Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cascade Platinum - Another Shining Review

***Disclaimer: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.***


In my last post for Cascade I had a super awesome party with friends and family. Why? So I could show them all how the power of Cascade Platinum, makes even the biggest and worse a cinch to have sparkling like new in no time. But in typical me fashion, I couldn't just tell one set of friends and family, so I took it upon myself to host another party and SHOW everyone else I knew about the wonders of Cascade

I created this awesome recipe for French Toast I had never tried before, they were rich and crispy and heavenly. You know what the best part was? NOT having to wash off all that left over syrup and butter. I let #CascadeShiningReviews do all the work for me! This way, I could entertain guests by really getting in depth, asking them about their worst nightmare pot and pan stories. Boy, there were plenty!

For dessert, I decided to top off our brunch with a brownie creation, I knew for sure would make it the toughest, most persistent grease on a pan one would want to deal with, just to make a point! 


I took an ordinary brownie and turned it extraordinary, extraordinarily greasy and messy! My guests were like...you're CRAZY! This will need to be soaked and scrubbed off, you can't possibly think that you'll just be able to toss it into the dishwasher and forget about it, right?


Wrong! Look at that!! Everyone grabbed it to make sure it was the same pan, and I didn't do a bait and switch in the dishwasher! They wanted to know HOW it was possible:


  • Nearly half (46%) of survey respondents believe that skipping the pre-wash will lead to dirtier dishes. When in reality, breaking this habit – and skipping pre-wash – along with using Cascade Platinum, will help them achieve the ultimate clean and sparkle every time.
  • Two-thirds (65%) of survey respondents organize their dishwashers just like their closets – with everything stacked in its rightful spot.
  • Almost half (42%) of respondents have actually gone so far as to re-load the dishwasher after their family goes to bed because they did not think their family member(s) did it right the first time.
  • More than half (56%) of respondents load their dishwashers after each meal.
  • The majority of survey respondents (57%) cringe at the thought of hosting a party because of spotted wine glasses.
  • So if people stop pre-washing, how would they spend all that time they’ve saved? Almost half of those surveyed (46%) said they’d spend it shopping on line.
"Cascade Platinum’s superior technology achieves a clean so powerful it eliminates the need to pre-wash or pre-rinse dishes and even helps keep your dishwasher sparkling. Its advanced triple-action formula has powerful enzymes that break down even 24-hour stuck-on food for Cascade’s best clean and shine. Cascade Platinum is available at mass merchandise outlets, grocery retailers, home improvement stores and e-retail sites throughout the U.S. For a limited time, try Cascade Platinum risk-free. For more details on this offer; information on the Cascade family of products; and to post Cascade Platinum product reviews after using it in combination with skipping the pre-wash, visit www.cascadeclean.com.(via|marketwatch.com)

Then we turned it into a BIG Party!


Want to experience what Cascade Platinum has to offer? Well, here's your chance! I'm offering one (1) lucky winner the opportunity to win a Prize Pack from Cascade! It's simple, enter below:


What will your Prize Pack include?
  • 1 Pack of Cascade Platinum
  • 1 Bottle of Cascade Rinse Aid
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Wine Topper
  • Sugar Sifter

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Best Buy Holiday Gift Guide - 2014 #GoProatBestBuy

***Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.***

"Best Buy is the home of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a broad assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life."

The latest line of GoPro cameras are hitting your local Best Buy just in time for the holidays! With all the cool options and features these cameras have to offer, your gift is sure to be a hit! This GoPro holiday gift guide will not only inform you, but probably entice you to buy yourself a GoPro camera for yourself. Check out the cool new features below:



  • GoPro HERO4 Black: The most advanced GoPro ever, featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award‐winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.
  • GoPro HERO4 Silver: The first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling The camera, playing back footage and adjusting settings is ultra-convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second, HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.
  • GoPro HERO: Featuring high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.
  • 12x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates.

New action cameras unveiling soon and the full line will be available at all Best Buy stores. This launch comes in time for gadget guru’s, adventure seekers and family memory makers to upgrade to the latest technology or add them to their holiday wish list. Best Buy will also have the latest accessories and mounts to help you capture immersive footage of the moments that matter most.

Learn more at www.bestbuy.com/GoPro or visit your local Best Buy to check out the latest cameras in person.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Have you taken the Zevia Challenge - Make the Switch! - Review


For those of you that have been following along, you'll know that I'm a BIG fan of Zevia. I've reviewed them in the past and I've expressed how much I enjoy this zero calorie soda! 

Here's just a few of the reasons why I like Zevia so much -

Just the facts -
• Zevia Zero Calorie Soda is sweetened naturally with a unique blend
of high purity Stevia (grown right here in the US!) and Monk Fruit.
• Zevia comes in 15 different flavors, including Ginger Root Beer,
Strawberry, Cherry Cola, and many more.
• This soda contains no calories, sugar or artificial sweeteners.
• No worries! It’s totally Kosher, Vegan, and Gluten-Free!
• The retail price for a 6-pack of Zevia ranges from $3.99 to $5.99.

15 flavors? There is NO way you'd get bored! 

Coming from a HUGE hispanic family, where family gatherings at least 3 times a month are the norm, you can't find Zevia in an ice chest. I always make sure to take a few six packs. When family asks, "What are you drinking?" i'm ready with all my answers and I can usually get most of them to try and say, "These are REALLY good!"


I always keep Zevia in the freezer because I like them ice cold! I have a six pack in the pantry at all times ready to get popped into the freezer. Where do you keep your Zevia? 

While you tell me all the creative and delicious ways you drink Zevia, either at home or on the go, why not let Zevia know as well?

You can find Zevia on - 

zevia.com
facebook.com/zevia
twitter.com/zevia
instagram.com/zevialife
pinterest.com/zevia


I received this product for free from the sponsor of
the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC,
who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a
Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agree to use this product
and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not
necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group

LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Money Mailer - The Next Generation of Savings!

***Disclosure: I am participating in this campaign as a member of  The Niche Parent Network & Conference Network & Conference in partnership with Money Mailer. All opinions are my own.***


Here is a statistic that will blow your mind -

"92% of consumers use coupons, 60% use printable coupons"

MoneyMailer.com provided me with some great Couponing Craze Statistics, I believe it, too. I've been extreme couponing for a little over a year and so far I've been able to save my family thousands of dollars in just 12 months. 

I will share with you some of the most effective ways to save! You don't need to be extreme to be able to achieve maximum savings! 

Coupon Tips for Moms & Dads:

  • Budget - Make a budget and be sure to stick to it. Whether it's a daily, weekly or monthly budget it will help keep your spending on track!
  • Keep receipts - Most grocery stores and even large convenience/drug stores will show you how much you saved right on the receipt. 
  • Study Grocery Ads - It may sound daunting, but getting a sense of what sale is going to yield the highest savings makes sense. If your mail carrier doesn't deliver the weekly store ads, go online. Most stores will provide you with their current ad, and some will even post into the following week.
  • Stack your coupons - What is a coupon stack? It's very simple. Did you see a great advertised deal on your grocers weekly ad? Did the ad also provide you with a store coupon? Why not check out your Sunday newspaper and use a simple coupon database to locate a Manufacturer Coupon. You'll get your items under the ad sale price, plus, in store savings and a manufacturer coupon. What would normally cost you $4 a piece has now cost you $4 for 10! 
  • Shop Managers Specials - Does your family eat a lot of protein like mine? Head on over to the meat department (typically before ads end, which is Tuesday or Sunday) and look for any packaged meat that has a "Reduced"  or "Manager's Special" sticker. You'll be able to score great deals on meat, and if you freeze it properly you'll have protein for the entire month!
  • Check online for special promo or free shipping codes when making purchases online, also use sites like ebates and fat wallet to earn cash back on your purchases
  • Use moneymailer.com to find coupons specifically detailed to work for local business and get great discounts on just about anything! From products, brands, services to restaurants.
Avoid these common mistakes:

  • Using coupons on things you don't really need
  • Not following specific size requirements and guidelines
  • Not using coupons on items that are already on sale
  • Missing out on stacking opportunities (see above for example)
  • Not reading the coupons fine print or having no knowledge of the store's policy
MoneyMailer.com has a great FREE app that you can download onto your phone for easy access to coupons and promo codes! If you sign up for their free service, they'll mail you a current packet with coupons that are specifically for your local zip code!

So, what are you waiting for? Start saving!

Check out MoneyMailer.com  and sign up for their FREE service! 

Body Armor - The smart sports drink alternative - Review



What is Body Armor?
"BODYARMOR has more electrolytes than the leading sports drink, coconut water, and vitamins and contains NO artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. BODYARMOR is also low in sodium and high in potassium. Many of the top professional athletes have chosen BODYARMOR over all other sports drinks, including Andrew Luck, Richard Sherman, Mike Trout and James Harden – and Kobe Bryant is a major investor in the brand."
What you see above, is just a portion of what the brand Body Armor is and what they do. They provide athletes, young and old, a great alternative to the regular sports drinks we consume.

I don't know about you, but I'm sort of the queen of anything fitness or sports related. Why? Well, with three boys ranging from ages 14 to 6, they are ALL involved in some sport at any given time of year and I consider myself a pro when it comes to keeping them hydrated and keeping those little internal engines going as well.

My boys run the gamut when it comes to their likes and dislikes of foods or drinks. They can never agree, I have two that will eat or a drink a kitchen sink if I let them, and one who wouldn't touch certain foods or drinks even if I paid him a million dollars. 

Enter Body Armor with six delicious flavor you'll be sure to entice even the pickiest of the picky. My 12 year old is "King Picky", he does not eat fruits OR vegetables. You're probably thinking, what kid doesn't like fruit? Vegetables we understand, but fruit? Yup. No fruit. No joke. When he saw the box of Body Armor, he immediately asked, "what is that?" "will I like it?" To which I replied honestly, "Probably not dude, it's fruit and it's healthy and good for you. You can try it and if you don't want it, I'll drink it." I don't sugar coat it, I know what he likes and doesn't like, and while he's not typically open to trying new things, I think puberty is helping expand his very small palette. He grabbed and bottle of Mixed Berry Body Armor, and said "This is good, I'll drink it" *jaw dropped*




My 14 year old is a freshman, and he's currently playing football. He asked if I had bought him any of his regular sports drink and I said "No, but I have something for you to try in the fridge" and he protested, you know, typical teenager, "why!!!???" He drank the Orange Mango flavor and said, "Oh man, this is good! It tastes just like Mango!! I'm gonna take three of these to practice with me tomorrow."



He had a game, so he was running out the door and I asked him if I could take a picture of him with his Body Armor and he said "Yeah, but not my face", typical. My six year old thought they were delicious, but that kid will try raw onion and garlic just to make sure he "likes it" (as he puts it). 

What did I think?

I have to tell you, in all honesty, I'm NOT a fan of the regularly consumed sports drinks. My kids enjoy them, but what kid doesn't? Right? They're everywhere, and that's really all they get after their games. So when I tell you that Body Armor is REALLY good, it's no lie. They go down smooth, you can taste the Coconut Water (which is a natural replenisher of electrolytes) and you don't get that massive salty after taste! I have to say though, that I haven't seen them in my local stores, and was surprised that they sell Body Armor locally, but in my local service stations only. I'd be REALLY happy if they got some shelf space at my local grocery stores, because I'd stock up on these for sure!

Body Armor, as I stated at the beginning is backed by many famous and popular athletes. While, I'm not big on believing any celebrity endorsements, I can tell you with certainty that Body Armor is going to be huge, even more than it is now! The drink is a smart alternative! I love that the flavors are legitimate, and not weird combinations! 


No Artificial Colors!

To say that I'll be hounding Body Armor at my local service stations, is an understatement. My boys loved them and I thought they were delicious! I'll be talking to the team mom's about Body Armor and we'll have to get the boys on the teams to try them out as well.

Finding Body Armor is EASY -

Start repinning, go find them and follow them on Pinterest
"Like" their page and tell them how much you like them on Facebook
Follow them on Twitter
Show them how much you love Body Armor, post a pic on their Instagram

Visit them on the web http://drinkbodyarmor.com/


***Disclaimer:  Powered by Sverve. Body Armor facilitated me with complimentary samples of their product for review. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.***



Tienes un #BebeConRitmo? #BabyGotMoves? Join us!

***Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers.† All opinions are 100% mine.***

Pampers and Pampers Latino are celebrating, que celebran? Tu #bebeconritmo, your #babygotmoves! Pampers wants to celebrate those special moments with baby! 

(Este es MI #bebeconritmo, ya no esta chiquito, pero todavia baila!)

Pampers is celebrating those fun morning moments when baby wakes up happy, energetic and ready to “bailar” in his or her crib after a good night’s sleep. When baby wakes up dry and ready to dance, mom can’t help but join in the fun!

In my previous post, we discussed all things baby! We even asked you to participate. Participaste? Incluyiste un video de tu #bebeconritmo?

On Wednesday, October 3rd, Pampers aired the final mash-up video on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channels. Let's find out if your video made the cut! I hope so, let's check out these cuties:



Did you enter my giveaway? Unfortunately, there could only be one winner. But guess what? You have another chance to win! Quieres ganar? 

Head on over to twitter and please join @Pampers, @PampersLatino and Latina Mom Bloggers for a #BebeConRitmo Twitter Party on October 7th from 9-10pm ET. There will be lots of fun prizes! To be eligible to win prizes, you must RSVP at Latina Mom Bloggers http://bit.ly/1tedRhu

Participa con Pampers en la Fiesta Twitter #BebeConRitmo el martes 7 de Octubre de 9 a 10pm EST, donde veremos el popurri final de imagenes en video y hablaremos sobre esos alegres momentos de la maƱana.



Friday, September 26, 2014

Word of Mouth...Lend Me Your Ear is Branching out!


I started this blog almost two years ago. It's opened many doors for me, I've been fortunate enough to work with fantastic brands, host monumental giveaways and speak to everyone who wants to lend an ear what I think about certain products, brands or services.

I'm a person who has many passions in life, my family, my dogs (both rescues) and most importantly...Saving Money!

I taught myself how to coupon and it's saved us hundreds of dollars a month. I was hesitant at first, because I had no idea what sort of madness I was getting myself into! It was overwhelming and scary and I wasn't sure if I had the patience to learn. But I stuck it out and I'm glad I did, now couponing is a way of life for myself and my family. 

Which is why I'm taking the knowledge that I'm learning first hand and sharing it with everyone else. What does that mean?

Well, it means that Word of Mouth...Lend Me Your Ear will be unveiling a sister blog, strictly for couponers, couponing, families that want to save money and anyone who is trying to save a buck! I was overwhelmed by the group of people who follow me on Instagram and enjoy my "hauls" (a big shopping trip), my store scenarios and my transaction breakdowns. There is so much more to couponing than just getting to your register and handing over a piece of paper. 

I'm still thinking of what I'm going to call this sister blog, but I'm hoping to have it up and running before the end of 2014. For those who follow this blog, I hope you follow my new blog as well and spread the word that I'm BRANCHING OUT!

I couldn't have done it without my supporters, it means the world!

I might even put together a personal giveaway to get ideas for a blog name. That's tentative, because I know the prize would have to be awesome! Stay tuned...there's much more to come!