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!

Old Spice - What are your #Combos4Success?

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

    • Old Spice, the manliest men’s grooming brand on the planet, is back to inform guys that when they use Old Spice anti-perspirant and deodorant, body wash + 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner together the result is a manly, amazing, irresistible freshness from head to toes.
    • To experience manly head to toes freshness, download coupons from Old Spice here: Old Spice - Head to Toes Coupons!! 

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    I distinctly remember when my oldest son (now, 14) started kindergarten. I also remember crying, calling my then boyfriend (my husband, now) and him laughing at me because I cried. I couldn't believe how quickly time had passed and how my little baby was in school.

    Fast forward, and that sweet little boy, is practically a man. I'm not sure what my reaction will be when he starts shaving (meds, lots and lots of meds). One thing I did teach him well, was hygiene, no son of mine was going to walk around smelling funky! There was a dark period before he discovered girls, where I wasn't sure if he would ever brush his teeth or shower again. 

    He's the oldest of my three boys and he's quite the young man, he's like any other teenager, carefree and fun. Now that he's starting his first year of High School, I completely stocked up on his favorite Old Spice products. But he's really into sports! If you have a teenager, then you'll feel my pain. I carpool, yes, I pick up roughly 3-4 teenagers after football practice. Can you say stinkfest 2014? 

    That's why his #Combos4Success starts with a shower, his Old Spice 2-n-1 Shampoo, plus his Old Spice Deodorant. 

    If it weren't for this #Combos4Success, my house would definitely smell like his High School gym! I like that he can use the Old Spice 2-n-1 Shampoo, to give him the "silky" hair he likes to maintain so much, plus the Old Spice deodorant gives him that added protection so he's not constantly making sure that he smells okay. He's confident that he does! Que locura, es casi un hombre! El tiempo pasa, y mi bebe chiquito, mi principe, esta creciendo. Thank goodness I have two more that aren't quite teenagers, otherwise I don't know what I'd do!

    Old Spice always throws in humor into their campaigns and it's no wonder their YouTube spots are some of my sons' favorite, like this one:

    "The latest, hilarious Old Spice marketing campaign informs guys that when they use Old Spice anti-perspirant and deodorant, body wash + 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner together, they smell so clean that even a man who is not entirely a man smells like the best smelling man ever. And, yes, we have the mandroid to prove it. See all the spots on the Old Spice YouTube channel - you just might feel the need to spend the rest of your day speaking in robotic monotone."

    Interested in getting the young man, men or significant other their own #Combos4Success? Well, head on over to print out these GREAT coupons to snag a few bottles of Old Spice Body Wash, 2-n-1 Shampoo or Deodorant! Te gustan los cupones? Te gusta ahorar? Pue tengo buenas noticias! Old Spice te esta ofreciendo unos cupones super buenos, para que le compres a tu hijo, esposo, novio o sobrinos los productos Old Spice, como el Old Spice Body Wash, Old Spice 2-en-1 Champu, y Old Spice Desodorante!

    But hurry! Coupon expires 9/30/2014! Old Spice Coupons! Cupones Old Spice!

    You can definitely enjoy and read up on Old Spice on -

    Check out their site, with awesome info like this -

    Be sure to follow all the conversations and what people have to say on Social media by hashtagging #Combos4Success, and on that note. What are the #Combos4Success for the men in your life? If you're a man, what are your own Old Spice #Combos4Success? Let us know in the comments below!

    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:
    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:

    Want to see all the makeup by One Direction? Check out their entire collection and latest news about new products at:

    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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