Saturday, October 3

Throw Back Thursday Linky Love!

I have been invited to many linky parties but since I started blogging a bit more I thought I would give this one a go. I have clicked through the past few weeks and picked one of my faves! Throw Back Thursday with Tornadough Alli! What a cute name, right?!

Along with DadWhatsForDinner, they share some popular posts and then you can link up some of your current or old posts as well. I added two, go check them out and give them some love for me since it's my first time joining. Click the photo above to go to the linky.

As always, Don't Say Hurry and hope you come back and visit us soon!

P.S. Just posted a new vlog on my Youtube Channel as well!

Tuesday, September 29

Menu Plan Monday - Fall is here!

How is the weather where you are? The weather here in South Texas is amazing! I love fall and can't wait to cook with more calabaza (squash). My favorite dish is Pollo con Calabaza! Check out my Youtube Channel where I joined with a few other #YTMM vloggers to share their fav fall meals. And it's also a time to share meals, we love going over to grandmas house for dinner or having them over and speaking of sharing meals I was talking to my facebook friends today about menu planning. Telling them how much I love it! I have used different methods the past few years but I have been doing it for about eight years now, maybe even longer. Menu planning along with couponing and stockpiling we do not spend that much on groceries each week and my friends were kind of shocked to hear that I only spend about $50/week on groceries. I LOVE IT. If you aren't subscribed to my blog, you should because I'm going to share a few of my tips in the weeks to come, which is perfect with the holidays just around the corner! Here is this weeks menu (and shopping list)!

Monday: Fish Tacos

Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken Chili

Wednesday: Tuna Sandwiches

Thursday: Spaghetti and Homemade Pizza Rolls

Friday: Eating Out

Shopping List: Cabbage, Bread and wonton wraps! Yup, that's it! Thanks to my mom who brought home some limes and onions that she got from a co-worker I was able to cross those off of our list!

Excited to make those pizza rolls this week, first time making them. If you want the recipe I pinned in on my "Recipes to Try" board!

If you want more menu plan ideas head on over to! She hosts Menu Plan Monday and lots of new, old, young and old bloggers post their weekly menu on there and it's amazing to see what you can find and sometimes get inspired to make yourself. Go check it out.

Thursday, September 24

Family Favorites: Our Top 5 Restaurants in the RGV + Giveaway!

Before having kids, when it was just me and my husband we were living in Harlingen and we didn't have a car! Let me just tell you, it was one of the best times in our life! We had to walk everywhere, it was great.

Well, after a while life got boring. Not really life, but our food options just repeated themselves OVER and OVER. We went to McDonalds, Little Caesars, Pizza Hut, Peter Piper (oh boy, we had lots of PIZZA!) and sometimes Church's!

After a few years, we moved back to Donna and I had a few different jobs all around the valley. I started eating at different restaurants when I didn't pack my own lunch and it was so much fun. Ever since then I love to try out new places and it bothers me, a tad to eat at the same places again and again. So whenever I hear of a new place opening up I can't wait to go try it. One of my favorites to try our fish/shrimp tacos. It kind of irritates my husband because he doesn't think it's enough food, haha.

After 10 years of marriage I don't think I've told him this story. Whenever he asks, "Where do you want to go eat?", I always say the same thing, "Let's try somewhere new!" I have this list on my phone that I turn to. Most of them are in McAllen, I need to add more. So if you have a restaurant that you recommend, please leave a comment below and I'll add it to our list! Come to think of it same goes for movies, I don't like to watch the same movie over and over again. Tell me I'm not alone.

HERE IS THE LIST.... We decided as a family on our favorites. It was a list of about 12 and we debated over the weekend and this is what we came up with. The list contains a bit of everything, sandwiches, burgers, oriental and a healthy option too. Scroll down to see why they made our list!



Jason's Deli

Ting's Wok

Tower Burgers


Why: We are new Texadelphians, but we absolutely LOVE it! We have tried every CheeseSteak on the menu. There is always a special running and with 3 daughters we love their "Kids Eat for $1" special. The girls love to sit at the belly-up bar to watch the chefs at work as well as their "BigAssFan!"
Cost: You would want to visit for their cheese steaks and they can run up to $10 (and easily share). But don't worry, keep reading for a chance to WIN some coupons for a FREE meal! And follow them on Instagram, so you can see when extra coupons and specials pop-up!  Be sure to grab your Citizenship card next time you visit to to earn rewards, click the photo below to sign up.
Location: 1400 E Expy 83 #160, McAllen, TX


Why: We love their customer service, food and their events. We attend their kid-friendly events at least twice a month. It's really hard to beat their amazing customer service. They know our girls by name and their food is a plus. Check out the fun they had on Earth Day! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for #Free food too! We love their beliefs as well.
Price: Honestly, my husband use to hate going to chick-fil-a, but he loves it now, especially how juicy their chicken is. His sandwich is about $7, but well worth the money. They make it up with all the free food we have gotten over the years. We use to not visit as often because we had to travel to Harlingen or McAllen, but now we have one in Weslaco, so we've cut down on gas too!
Location: 1200 N Westgate Dr, Weslaco, TX

Jason's Deli

Why: Jason's Deli is one of the few healthy options in the Rio Grande Valley. There are more salad and deli shops than there were a few years ago, but nothing seems to be as fresh as Jason's Deli. The girls love that there is Free Ice Cream and they love their pastas. Hubby of course, loves all the sandwich choices and I love their salad bar and usually get their Manager's Special. You can read about their FOOD and see that they even have Gluten-Free and Organic options.
Price: $5-$10 and their kids menu is under $5! Way more filling than a fast food "kids' meal"
1308 U.S. 83 Frontage Rd S., McAllen, TX

Tings Wok

Why: Honestly, it's never packed with people! If you know me, I do not like buffets, but their food is made fresh and in small batches. Customer service is awesome, never an empty glass and if we ever want something made fresh we just ask Mr Ting! He's great with the girls and love that they have several "Big Tables" since we don't fit in 4 person table anymore, lol.
Price: $8-$10 We pay about $35 and that's a plus for us. Well worth the great food and service.
Location: 901 S Jackson Rd, Pharr, TX

Tower Burgers

Why: Rewards, plus freshly made buns and angus beef burgers. There is also the Samburger (salmon), which is my fav and their desserts are to die for! They too have big tables and great service too. I'm seeing a pattern here, SERVICE is top priority, especially when you have children. Visit their Facebook page to see their specials and photos of all the yumminess! Oh and FREE FOOD on their Rewards card, see cashier to sign up!
Price: $10, Kids have two options Grilled Cheese ($4.50) or Kids Burger ($6.75). The girls love the grilled cheese, but I think it's because it's a treat for them.
Location: 505 E Business Highway 83, Alamo, TX

Honorable mentions: Jose's Cafesito (Weslaco), McAllen and Harlingens' Food Park, PJ Pies and Siempre Natural.

Thoughts and reviews are our families own. We were not paid to post a review. We were given some free food coupons.

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Monday, September 21

Your Opinion Counts + Contest!

Ever wonder who those 1,000 people get polled for the 20/20? They have a 20/20 Research website with surveys that you can take. But not anyone can take them. You need to register and qualify! They aren't always accepting applications, but they are NOW!

I have been apart of the 20|20 Research team for about three years. I love it and love giving my opinion, my honest opinion. Sometimes there are rewards involved as well as webinars and more than just boring surveys. Many of the surveys are short, while others are more involved. I have enjoyed all of the research and surveys I have done with them. I remember I did one about breakfast. I had to log my breakfast for about two weeks and I earned a good amount of cash. And there are always contests and giveaways going on their Facebook page. Be sure to like and follow them.

CLICK HERE to register. All new applicants will be entered to win $250! Privacy Policy.

I started doing surveys back in 2003! I have earned up to $100/month. I usually do them right before bed when I have a few minutes. Besides 20|20 Research, you have to qualify, my favorite site is If you want an invite just email me at dontsayhurry at yahoo dot com! Be sure you create a new email or separate folder for surveys. You can also get points for printing coupons. I just got a $10 gift card to Chipotle last month. DATE NIGHT!

Are you apart of any survey/research site that has given you a little extra cash? Please share it with me and my readers! 

Go sign up with 20|20 Research before October 31st to also have the chance to win $250, share this blog post so others can register as well. Your Opinion Counts!

And in case you are wondering, 20|20 never tries to sell you anything. 
Disclosure: I was not paid to share any information. All thoughts are my own. I am also being entered into a giveaway for every sign up I get.

Friday, September 18 + Free Checklist

    It's almost fall! Who else is just as excited as I am. I may be excited for another reason.... HIKING! Yup, I started hiking this summer and I can't wait for the temperatures to cool down so we can explore the RGV a bit more. I've found some new parks that we haven't been to. I have been going to the track in the morning after dropping off the girls, but that's just not the same as hiking. But when I went for a walk the other day and I hardly sweated, it was a cool morning and a great feeling.

But that's not all I wanted to talk about! I wanted to ask ya'll to go check out my first blog post as a contributor with RGV Mom's Blog (apart of the City Mom's Blog Network!)! I have been following this blog since the beginning. It was great to find another mommy blogger in my area and loved the content. I was so excited to see they were looking for contributors last year that I applied, but didn't get to join the team. Which was probably for the best because last year was one of my hardest times (personally and the blog). But I applied again when I saw the post on their facebook page and applied immediately!

Want a hint ^^^
I attended the first contributors "Welcome" meeting, signed a contract and worked on my first post for like two weeks! But I am so happy with the piece and hope ya'll love it! It will go live on Saturday and I will share it all over, so be sure you are following me on Facebook page! I'll probably share it there first. And then I'll probably jump on Periscope to squeal like a little girl, lol, search for me @cinella_themamiblog. I don't know how to share my Periscope link, but I tweet whenever I'm live, so follow me on Twitter! LOL

So back to hiking. This past summer every time I walked out the door I felt like I was missing something. And I usually did. Tell me I'm not the only one. You know that movie, where the mom always has lists running through her head. That's me! So I told myself, once the girls go back to school I'm going to get more organized and I think I've done a pretty good job so far. One of the things I did was get a planner, not a fancy-shmancy one, just one from Walmart. And in the front I have a list for everything from Grocery List to Blog Ideas and "Don't Forget" lists. I created this one and I have it inserted into my planner for when we go hiking. It's right next to my list for tracking my miles with

Click HERE to download the list! Save it to your laptop, screen shot it for your phone or print it and put it in your planner like I did.

So yes, I have been hiking with the family, but also with! A friend of mine started a chapter in Hidalgo County. Feel free to go to the website, find one near you and see what it's all about! It's been an amazing summer, we had so much fun! We did lots of new things including Geocaching and went to Buckets of Fun, hosted by Quinta Mazatlan. See the photo below, doesn't it look so peaceful! 

I hope with this checklist you can take the family out for a hike and know that you did not forget anything. You can personalize it and write in a few more items on top of the sun or maybe an inspirational quote. I have all my caps and flash lights ready to go in a reusable bag, I just need to add the other items as needed.

Where do you go hiking?

 First time posting this, but click here to see the story behind changing my blog name.... don't forget, take time to slow down and enjoy every moment. Don't forget, "Don't Say Hurry!"

Saturday, September 12

Fun in the Sun Series - Jumpin Frogz

 I heard about this awesome cool place called Jumpin Frogz earlier this year. It opened up in March but we have yet to take the girls! I was talking to another mom about other outdoor activities to do in the RGV and we have been doing so much that I always get other friends asking me to share with them all these events. So I created this "Fun in the Sun" series! Yeah, summer is almost over, but come on ya'll, we are in Texas, some years it's still hot on Christmas Day! I will continue to add to this series when I hear about something I want to share with ya'll. These are not sponsored posts, thoughts are my own, but if you'd like to feature your business feel free to email me (dontsayhurry at yahoo dot com).

Like I said, first one is Jumpin Frogz. Located in Harlingen, Texas and owned my Mr. and Mrs. Galvan. Head on over to their Facebook Page for more pics and information. It looks so cool doesn't it!

Hours: Monday &Tuesday Closed Wednesday thru Friday 4:00-8:00 Saturday and Sunday 11:00-3:00/4:00-8:00 unless there is a private party. kids 1-3 yrs. old ($2) Adults ($4 admission) Kids 4 yrs. and up ($6) under 12 months (free admission)
no outside food is permitted.

If you are interested in having a birthday party reservations have to be made and packages have to be purchased (no exceptions)
Party packages are as follows:
Basic party package ($300) $50 deposit toward balance 4 hr reserved party area (raised deck) includes: 30 guest admissions 10 kid's hot dog meals and 10 bottled waters 20 *(additional children or adults see details below).
Deluxe party package ($450) $100 deposit toward balance 4 hr reserved party area (pergola) includes: One party hosts/hostesses 45 guest admissions 15 kid's hamburger meals , 15 bottled waters *(additional children or adults see details below).
Ultimate party package ($650) $100 deposit toward balance 4-hr (private party) entire park area reserved. includes: 2 party hosts/hostesses. 60 guest admissions 20 kid's cheeseburger meals and 20 bottled waters . Alcohol is permitted with this package as long it is canned and is kept at a designated area. *(additional children or adults see details below).

*Each additional child and adult will pay regular entry and food prices note: party area is limited to the specified number of guests and space is limited we may not be able to accommodate additional guests.
Adult combos optional $4 Nathan hotdog $5 cheeseburger $6 pulled pork sandwich all include chips, canned drink)

We have a fully stocked snack bar and grill (sorry no outside food is permitted) with the exception of a birthday cake and/or goodie bags. decorations can be brought in. You are allowed to have a clown, face painting, and or a piƱata. we have an area for that as well. We have two wading pools, two billiards tables, two ping pong tables, a basketball hoop, volleyball area and a fooseball table, and a track for pedal cars and a small playground.

Were also offering child care services every Friday night from 8 to midnight cost per child $20. Includes pizza combo meal, theater screen movie, popcorn, raspas, arts and crafts, and much more. Free registration call 421-4445 or text 244-2049 for more details.

We may have to take advantage of the child care for a date night, what a great idea! I sent a message to ask why they started this business and here is what Mr. & Mrs. Galvan had to say:
My wife and I are school teachers at Harlingen. We have been teaching for over 11 years. We wanted to give back to the community and come up with something for parents to do. We are proud parents of two wonderful girls ages 9 and 5. We opened in march of this year. Rudy and Biada Galvan. I'm a 2nd grade teacher and she is the yearbook teacher at Harlingen south. We live in Rio Hondo but grew up in Harlingen. 

So, if it's a hot day and you don't know what to do on one of these hot days, head on over to Jumpin Frogz! Maybe we can have a playdate! Can't wait to take the girls for some fun!

Wednesday, September 9

Meals with Memories *Fall Favorite*

"Do you know when the first day of fall is?" - Eliada
And that repeats with every season, "When is it Summer?" I love that my girls ask these questions, especially Eliada, because she's still a sponge right now. Well.... do you?

The first day of fall is September 23rd! Now you know, just in case your kids haven't asked you that question yet. It's kind of hard for us to tell because we're in Texas and the leaves don't change colors. Do they change where you are?

We were talking fall, schedules and food over at the Youtube Mommy Meetup Group and Alaska Mama Vlogger created a collab! Favorite Fall Recipe Collab! I had mentioned these amazing Mexican dishes, but then thought about it and decided they were very hard to make from scratch and they are usually winter dishes, sooooo..... maybe if ya'll go over to my video and comment telling me you want to see those winter recipes, I may do them, lol. I joined the Youtube Mommy Meetup Moms in a collab and chose a recipe that is full of memories for not just me, but my mom too. It also does not cost much either. I think I spend under $5 for everything. It was a super fun one to watch all the other moms share their favorite meals and recipes!

Check out my video below and subscribe if you haven't already, I've been editing (when I can) so watch out for some new weekly vlogs! Oh and feel free to click the discription box under the video and see all the other amazing recipes everyone else shared and say hi for me (Cinella from!

Sunday, August 30

No Internet for 30 Days! *Challenge*

I challenge YOU! Yup, you read the title correctly! We are disconnecting our internet for 30 days. Watch the video below to see our daughters reaction and keep reading to see why we are doing this....

So if you are friends with me on Facebook you know that I went off Facebook for about a month, during the beginning of Summer so that I could focus on me, my girls and just the family in general. I had just stretched myself so thin that I just needed a break from it all! I was still on Instagram, sharing photos of our Summer Adventures (#TheAverageSummer), but cut Facebook out of my life.

Then I came back and everything was great, until school started and things started to get hectic again. My sister posted one day that during this fragile transition, back to school takes a toll on the whole family and, to shorten the story, put down our electronic devices and communicate with each other and help one another during the beginning of the new school year rather than waiting till it's too late and your child has failed half the semester. I don't want to brag, but our girls are pretty smart and we know that wouldn't happen, but we thought about it. I looked at my husband after reading my sisters Facebook post and asked him,
"Do you think we could do it?"
"Are you serious?"
"Okay then. Yes, I think we could do it."
And that was that. Starting September 1st we will no longer internet service at our home. Now, of course, I will still be on social media, just not while at home. We will be focusing on our girls, their homework, reading, exercising, communicating and just having fun with each other.

I ask that you talk about how much screen time your family is getting and consider taking this challenge or maybe just putting your cell phones down when you get home from school or work, or turn off the TV during dinner time. Check on your childs' progress at school.

Leave me a comment down below with your thoughts and I will see you back here in 30 days (I will still blog here and there)!

PS. I am joining RGV Moms Blog as a contributor, head on over there and watch out for my blog post next month!


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