Friday, September 19, 2014

"Mom always said..." - Mom Wisdom that lasts Generations - Toma Leche (Drink Milk)

When you're little, you think Mom is the ultimate. I mean, how can one lone woman do so much in a day and still manage to tuck you into bed with a hug and kiss goodnight, smiling from ear to ear with that loving look only she could give you? The only explanation you had was that she has super powers, she was nothing short of a "Super Mom". 
Aww, wasn't I sweet? (Me, age 1)

Then you become a teenager, and suddenly Super Mom, turns into "Super-Annoying-Doesn't-Know-What-She's-Talking-About-Mom" and suddenly you can't stand anything she says, why is she always nagging you? Drink your milk! Eat breakfast! "Tomate tu leche" my mom would always say, followed by my teenage angst, massive eye roll. 
My mother's WORST nightmare "The Dark Ages" (Me, age 15)

Now that I'm a mother, that advice has come back to me tenfold. Growing up in a hispanic household, we grew up with a VERY opinionated mother. She had little pearls of wisdom for everything. I've taken some of her advice, some of her wisdom and I've implemented it into my own life. I am now the proud mother of three boys, maybe it's different because girls and moms usually have conflict during the teen years, or maybe it's because I took that Mom Wisdom with me and made it my own.

Here's a fun one for ya! This is me, 20 years apart! Ahhh...what would 35 year old me, tell 15 year old me? Drink your MILK! Hahahaha (1994 & 2014)

My mom would tell me that drinking milk was essential for me to grow up and be beautiful, she would say, if you don't drink your milk you'll get ugly. Now, we all know that's insane, ha! But, I thought my mom was the most beautiful creature in the entire universe, surely she drank all her milk at my age, and that's why she was so pretty, down the hatch went the milk! Mom and grandma would get together and show us their tried and true recipes for flan (custard) and arroz con leche (Rice Pudding). I have fond memories attached to milk.

But the lessons and words of wisdom that truly stood out, were these:
  • Drink a warm glass of milk to help you go to sleep, ESPECIALLY if we had a test the following day at school
  • Drink your milk to build strong bones 
  • If you don't want to go to the Dentist, drink all your milk (this one, and the beautiful one, were the two that really "motivated" me to drink more than one glass of milk at a time" hahaha)
I always wondered how she knew so much, now that I'm a mom I know. You DON'T know, you just know that you want the best for your kids. You make sure they eat healthy, that they get a good nights sleep, that you keep up with their homework, make sure you have contact with their teachers and you keep them busy.

With my three boys, I make sure they're always involved in extracurricular activities. For now, they have taken a strong liking to sports, more specifically, football. We all know the rough and tumble of that sport, which is why I'm such an advocate for fresh milk! 

Some of the benefits of Milk are:
  • Muscles - One tall glass of cold milk will help you re coop from a work out! (Football puts a beating on the muscles, which is why I try and incorporate milk into all their meals if not more!)
  • PMS - A diet high in calcium will help alleviate PMS symptoms, women who have at least 1200mg of Calcium, have reported that within 3 months they experienced, less mood swings and irritability. They no longer feel depressed or experience back pain. (This is a win/win all around don't you think?)
  • Bones - Drinking at least 3 glasses of milk a day will help with considerably reducing the risks of bone disease and bone fractures.
  • Beautiful Hair, Skin and Nails - Due to it's content of Protein, Lipids, Calcium, Vitamin A, B6, biotin and potassium, these work together to give you soft, shiny hair, longer and stronger nails, plus it helps give skin a healthy glow. (Guess Mom was right about that one!)
Check out California Milk's site, to find even more benefits, yummy recipes and cool videos. Plus, if you like to read in español, you're in luck, que suerte! Toma Leche, es parte del sitio California Milk! Enterate porque la leche es tan importante! Tambien, dales un "LIKE" en su pagina Facebook. Check out their Facebook page, keep up with all things Milk! Or follow them on twitter @tomaleche 

I never thought I'd miss the days, when I'd hear my mom's little "pearls" of wisdom, but I do. I call her often, and seek out advice, even when I know what to do. It just feels good to hear it from her.

What wisdom did you take from mom? How does it help you with everyday life? How do you incorporate the wisdom from mom into your own mothering? Comment below and fill us in!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Tu Baby Tiene Ritmo? Celebrate your Bebe's Moves - Plus, un Giveaway espectacular de Pampers! #BebeConRitmo #BabyGotMoves

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

Le gusta bailar a tu bebe? Does baby like to dance? Well, now you have the opportunity to share and make us all a little jealous of those babies bailando (dancing)! But before we get to that, let's talk about what make all the mama's y papa's feliz (happy). Un bebe que despierta seco, despierta contento. Verdad que si? A dry baby is a happy baby, right?

Mi bebe, acaba de cumplir seis añitos, pero la marca de pañal que yo usaba siempre, era Pampers. 

Tengo recuerdo, de cuando tuvo que pasar el dia en el hospital. Scariest time of my life, era una sirugia pequeña pero como mama, my heart was outside of my chest. He on the other hand, happy as a clam! 




Que hermosura! Miren, nothing held this kid back! Not even surgery!

Does your baby have a ton of spirit? Le gusta bailar a tu bebe? Baby got moves? Show us! Pampers is celebrating the fun, feliz parts of your morning. When your bebe wakes up feliz (happy), energetic and ready to dance (bailar) after a good nights sleep. We want mom's, dad's, aunt's, uncle's and grandparents, help us celebrar and join in the fun! From now until September 24th, you'll be able to upload a 15 second video of your #BebeConRitmo.

It's simple, muy facil! Simply upload to Instagram, your cutest video of your bebe bailando (dancing, happy baby) and tag @PampersBabyGotMoves or @PampersLatino and @Pampers on Twitter. If you don't use Instagram or Twitter, no worries, head on over to their Facebook wall and post your video there. Don't forget to use the hashtags #BebeConRitmo or #BabyGotMoves.
Finally, on September 29th, Pampers will reveal it's final video and your baby could be one of the ESTRELLAS! If you have a twitter account, then be sure to get with other padres and chat it up on the @Pampers twitter feed October 9th from 9pm-10pm EST, during the live Twitter Party be sure to use the hashtag #BebeConRitmo to see what others have to say about the happy bebes bailando.

As promised, the wonderful people over at Pampers wants you to enjoy a great gift pack!

Te quieres ganar todo esto? Want to win this great #BebeConRitmo prize pack? Be sure to upload those videos, and share with us and all my readers we want to see those cuties! You can keep up with all the videos, de esos bebe hermosos bailando their little hearts out, on Facebook. Give them a follow on Twitter and their sister page Pampers Latino on Twitter as well, para todos los papas latinos!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Win an autographed One Direction Makeup kit!


Fans of the popular group One Direction can now wear the latest makeup line from Markwins. Markwins and One Direction partnered to bring makeup kits (available at Macy's 8/11) appropriately named after their most popular albums - Midnight Memories, Up All Night and Take Me Home.

“The Looks Collection” comprises three keepsake tins inspired by One Direction’s globe-conquering albums, “Up All Night, “Take Me Home” and the latest chart topper, ‘Midnight Memories.” Each tin comes complete with everything you need to show off your personality. Are you a rock n’ roll girl, a fun party girl or the girl next door? We have just the right collection for you and illustrations to help show you just how to get your perfect look. All your beauty essentials are housed in a LIMITED EDITION collectable keepsake tin with removable sleeve, complete with ONE DIRECTION doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it uniquely your own! 
Details on the 3 Looks Collection tins: http://bit.ly/1DMakeupLooksCollection
Let's take a sneak peek into what each makeup tin contains -




How would the One Direction fan in your life like to win their own collection kit? Well guess what? Here's their chance:

(25) Lucky readers will have the chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED One Direction "The Looks" Collection Tin. Entering is super easy -

Enter by September 26, 2014: https://promosimple.com/ps/5645

Want to see all the makeup by One Direction? Check out their entire collection and latest news about new products at: https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection

If you want to know what bloggers have to say about the One Direction makeup kits, check out my good friend Amber's Blog post! AlwaysBlabbing

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

igottadrive.com - #DivasDrive Review and Giveaway

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and igottadrive.com. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

This year I became a parent to a full blown teenager. A high school aged kid, I couldn't believe how quickly time passed and how we were suddenly thrust into the world of teenagers. Sure, it's a fun time, but you know what teenagers want the most? To DRIVE! *shriek*

I wanted to prepare my teenager for the wonderful world of driving, and I say this in a sarcastic typing tone. We all know that when you're a teen, driving is the ultimate, the best thing to happen. But as you become an adult, the last thing you want to do is sit in traffic everyday.

That's where igottadrive.com comes in! My son has taken a real interest in all the aspects of driving, he asks the typical questions, how do you know where to turn? What is this button for? What is this gear for? I'm actually proud of him for concerning himself with the boring parts of the car and not just how fast can I go?! We started looking for a drivers education course he could try out and prepare for because before you know it, he'll be old enough to get his learners permit and I would hate for him to not know the California driving laws, etc. 

igottadrive.com provides us, as parents, peace of mind. Why? It's simple, the course is online, so we can sit and answer questions for our teens, and it's comprehensive. Easy to learn, simple guides and quick "cliff note" type reading and every portion of the course has a quiz. I'm not going to lie, I sat with him for a few minutes and I thought to myself how cool it would have been to have something like this when I was a teen, instead of sitting in a classroom watching traffic accident videos on VHS.

The igottadrive.com course uses simple wording, pictures and diagrams to get a better understanding of the core concepts being taught. You can get a sense of what your teen will learn from these videos.


There are several ways to get your teen on igottadrive.com and get them on the road to safe driving! You can purchase the course on Groupon and Living Social! You save $15 when you purchase through them, that's a GREAT deal!

Plus,

You can enter my giveaway (sponsored by igottadrive.com!), but before you do that, check them out and give them a follow on social media -

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Family Dinner Time is STILL Cool at Chronic Tacos - #ChronicTacos

I am a member of the Niche Parent Network. This post has been compensated with payment or product. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.


Finding time to squeeze in a sit down dinner with the entire family can be difficult. Between sports, school, chores and busy work schedules we can get completely consumed with everything else BUT spending quality time together. Not this momma! I try to have dinner ready at the same time everyday, this typically ensures that everyone will be ready to sit and eat as a family. However, Friday thru Sunday are MY days and on those days this busy mom refuses to cook, that's where Chronic Tacos comes in!

Here is a little background on Chronic Tacos -
"Randall L. Wyner was tired of having to jump in his car every time he craved a good taco. After a long night out in west Newport Beach, CA left Wyner and friend Daniel A. Biello disgruntled and hungry with no good local Mexican joints to choose from, the idea hit them right in their angry stomachs: Made-to-order Mexican food that was both fast and fresh. It could be something far superior to what the competition was offering. With more than just good food, it could be a place where they would want to hang out too.Through this idea, along with third-generation recipes they acquired from a close family friend, Chronic Tacos was born."
Chronic Tacos opened it's doors just in time for the 2002 Annual Newport Beach Fourth of July Celebration. It was the perfect opportunity to have thousands of consumers try out Chronic Tacos for the very first time and it was a hit! From then to now, Chronic Tacos has opened over 30 locations in California, Nevada and Canada!

Being a local Southern California resident, we have so many Chronic Taco locations to choose from, but our favorite is located in Fullerton, CA.

We are a large family, five in total, so we appreciate being able to have dinner together and have it made to order. We can sit and enjoy some great music and even better, delicious food. The items as I mentioned are cooked to order, the ingredients are fresh and they never disappoint. From their traditional mexican dishes, to their own signature twists they've added to the classics! Like their Chronic Fries, just imagine a typical nacho plate but with fries instead of tortilla chips...it's GENIUS! It's not just tacos and burritos either, they have a great Chronic Salad option where you can choose your protein (if any) a topper and some fantastic dressings, Jalapeño Ranch is one of my favorites.

Credit Via | Chronic Tacos Facebook Page

I enjoy hearing about my boys week, we headed over to Chronic Tacos in Fullerton this past Sunday. We talked about how excited they were for school to start the following day and how we'd have to come back and have some Potato Tacos on Friday to talk about the week. New school for my older boys and a full day at school for our little one. My husband got to unwind from his long week at work, and I got to take a break from slaving over the stove! Which is nice because as I'm cooking in our tiny kitchen, no one wants to hang out with me because it gets so hot in there it's a one person kitchen. I like to be able to sit with my family and talk, we have a strict "NO CELL PHONE or ELECTRONICS" rule during dinner. 

Family dinner time is important, it gives you a chance to reconnect, to listen to your kids and to listen to your significant other. I look forward to our family dinner nights, especially when we have them at Chronic Tacos! Our oldest son started his first year of High School and in 3 more years he'll be off to college, I'll take all the family time I can get!

Chronic Tacos creates a real cool atmosphere for parents who are like us, younger and hip, but don't be fooled, we took my mom who was visiting from Texas and she loved the food and the music! Chronic Tacos allows you to step away from the norm, enjoy and great meal and create lasting memories with your family!

Want to learn more about Chronic Tacos and their menu? You can find them here:

Twitter: @eatchronictacos
Instagram: @eatchronictacos
Hashtag: #ChronicTacos (Make sure you get noticed by Chronic Tacos! Let them know you're a fan and use their hashtag!!)

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No Rinse? Say What? - Cascade Platinum No Rinse Review and Giveaway

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.


I love hosting any type of event in my home, typically I like to purchase some great plastic plates, cups and utensils. It's not because I'm cheap, okay, partially because I'm cheap, but mainly because I hate doing dishes. Sure, my dishwasher gets me by but I dread scraping or rinsing off dishes before loading.

This weekend I hosted brunch at my house, and as always the food and desserts were a HUGE hit. Then I sprung a surprise on my guests! 

Gathering around the kitchen after a big meal, is not the norm, I take everyone into the family room and we chit chat but this time I wanted to talk to them about Cascade Platinum and my #cascadeshiningreviews challenge.

I started loading my dishwasher and everybody almost instantaneously yelled "Waiiiitt!!! You need to rinse off those dishes, otherwise you'll have caked on food!" To which I smiled slyly and said "Watch and learn everyone!"

First I dumped in our dishes which were caked with an abundance of sauce -



Next, our raspberry mimosa jars -



And finally a brownie pan -



Doesn't that already look somewhat clean? Well, a few of the husbands decided that they would scrape off the goodness at the bottom and eat it, hahaha. I can't blame them, those brownies were delicious!

I put in the Cascade Platinum pods and The Cascade Rinse Aid. You gotta make sure your plates are dirty and unrinsed for Cascade Platinum to work effectively! It's powerful emzymes lift up food and cleans and scrubs inside your dishwasher. Worried about all that food clogging up your machine? Not to worry, your machine is set up to dispose of food particles just like your sinks garbage disposal.

My guests were surprised because they always thought they had to pre-rinse make sure no large pieces of food went into the dishwasher on purpose, not with Cascade Platinum. After I had everyone help me load the machine based on a really cool chart, that actually helped me maximize space, we got around to chatting and of course taking pictures!



After our longest wash cycle, I took out the dishes! The grimiest ones anyway.



Shiny, sparkling and NO SPOTS or FOOD! Who knew these tiny little pouches and rinse aid could pack such a punch?


 

I can't wait to host another brunch or dinner party at my house! I sent each guest home with a goodie bag, a sample of these Cascade products and I told them I wanted to see them clean up a huge mess without rinsing or scraping! They were overjoyed to say the least!

Have an opinion to share? Head to the Cascade website to leave a short review of Cascade Platinum (http://www.cascadeclean.com/us/cascade/review) including #CascadeShiningReviews. One reviewer will win a Kitchen Aid Dishwasher!

How about you? Are you curious to try out Cascade Platinum and give your own #CascadeShiningReviews? Well, why wait?! Enter my giveaway below!

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Win a Cascade Prize pack including Cascade Platinum, Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid, a whisk, spatula, cheese grater and oven mitts so that you can take the baked-on challenge for yourself!