From Dudes to Heroes #MisVengadores

May 1, 2015

This is part of a sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Hasbro.However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Anthony and my son Julius are proper dudes and buds who love to hang out and play together. Anthony is just a year older than Julius which made them natural best friends since they were babies. We constantly laugh and call them "los primos" because we can't imagine what people are going to say when they get older and tell everyone that they are cousins and that they are both Mexican. The two Mexican primos are going to be quite a unique pair when they get older, and I have a feeling that they are going to get into a lot of trouble together. For now the only trouble they get into is when they get all territorial about their toys, and you might not believe it since Julius is the baby of the two, but he is the boss in that relationship. And Julius does.not.share. But even with a very stingy cousin, Anthony is happy to have a little guy his age to play with and somehow he tolerates the little tyrant. This week we went to the park to play with the new Hasbro Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron toys that have been released for all of those Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron movie fans. The movie is officially out today, are you going to watch it? We are!


Both boys are a little under the weather, but we went ahead and took off to the park for some fun. When they saw the new toys, they immediately perked up.

MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON IRON MAN ARC FX ARMOR
MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON HULK GAMMA GRIP FISTS
MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON CAPTAIN AMERICA STAR LAUNCH SHIELD
MARVEL’S AVENGERS: THOR Battle Hammer
MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON HERO MASK.

I knew that the masks, gloves and THOR Battle Hammer would be a big hit. These toys are perfect for little boys this age and each one grabbed something and made a run to go and play pretend.


Who could that be hiding behind the bushes?! The MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON HULK GAMMA GRIP FISTS are a must! I will have to go and purchase the matching mask so they can have the full effect on a future play date.


Kids can get in on the action by blasting into battle like Iron Man with the Iron Man Arc FX Armor, battling evil like Hulk, with the Hulk Gamma Grip Fists, or fighting for good like Captain America with the Captain America Star Launch Shield. This Iron Man armor made Anthony very happy. 







Role-play toys invite kids to unleash their inner Super Hero – whether they are recreating their favorite on-screen hero or creating their own heroes by mixing and matching items. Plus, channeling a Super Hero not only sparks creativity, but often leads to active outdoor fun! 


Spring colds are no fun and both of the boys had been home all week suffering, they really enjoyed their trip out to play with these fun new toys. All little boys should be so lucky as to have the chance to be a super hero and these toys let them be super heroes anytime they feel like playing. Find these Hasbro toys at your local stores and make sure to watch Hasbro's first ever Spanish language toy ad. We're looking forward to our next trip to the park with our awesome Hasbro Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron toys.

OOTD: Lilly Pulitzer for Target

April 21, 2015

We've been very busy so there hasn't been a lot of time to post. I thought I would share a very quick outfit of the day wearing my new Lilly Pulitzer Sea Urchin Halter Top from the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection. This top is adorable and I love the Sea Urchin design which I feel is a lot less busy than some of the others from the collection, this to me is beachy and fun. If you are interested in this SOLD OUT Lilly Pulitzer for Target halter top then you can find a similar one on sale here.  

I paired it with a simple pair of Forever21 skinnies and even grabbed the Lilly Pulitzer Raffia Tote Bag to show you what it looks like together. This is the perfect summer bag with so much room to fit all your beach goodies. Both items are for sale so if you are interested, let me know. 


Getting Your Kitchen Clean Faster

April 21, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PalmoliveMultiSurface #CollectiveBias

I am by nature not the biggest fan of household chores, just ask any of my sisters or mom. They will tell you that it takes a lot to get me down to the kitchen for cleanup. It's been that way ever since I was a child, I remember always hating when it was my turn to do the dishes. I would prefer to do laundry, dusting and vacuuming or anything else that wasn't the kitchen. But we had a household chore chart to follow and twice a week I would get kitchen duty even if I didn't like it. 

In order to survive the dreaded kitchen duty, I learned to do something that I still do to this day, and that is to get it done fast. I refuse to spend more time than necessary cleaning the kitchen and to this day I am always looking for ways to cut my clean up time even further. Today I want to share a few tips that I myself follow to get the kitchen spic and span in less time using Palmolive® Multi-Surface Dish Soap

Kitchen Clean-Up Tips

Use a product that can help you tackle more than one mess: Palmolive® Multi Surface eliminates 99.9% of bacteria (*staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica and E. coli ((157:H7)) from dishes and hard non porous kitchen surfaces. With this one convenient bottle, I can scrub the dishes quickly and then use it to wash off the counters and stove. I always feel better scrubbing surfaces and the stove rather than spraying because a lot of the Mexican food we cook is very greasy and can not be removed just by spraying and wiping. Palmolive® Multi-Surface knocks that grease out and leaves the stove and counters looking clean and sterilized. 

Cleaning your kitchen daily makes cleanup faster: I wipe down surfaces, put away dishes and sweep and mop floors every day versus waiting to do it once or twice a week and this cuts down on a messy kitchen. That way when I get into the kitchen, everything just needs a quick once over and I don't have to spend extra time cleaning really ground in grease, stains and sticky floors. Plus having a clean kitchen at all times makes for a happier home.

Once a week do the harder kitchen clean up tasks: things like washing the oven, cleaning the microwave and a through scrubbing of the sink with bleach can be done once a week.  This is when I will do any rearranging of dishes and scrubbing of walls that might have food stains.

Having the proper tools makes it fast and easy: Under the sink I have: clean sponges, paper towels, dish gloves and a few kitchen rags to aid in the cleanup. These are items that I always make sure are stocked up. I will also have a backup Palmolive® Multi-Surface Dish Soap because I hate going to do the kitchen and finding out that I am out of detergent. 

Constantly keeping my kitchen tidy and having all the tools necessary for clean up makes it easy for me to do my daily kitchen cleanup faster. As with most Latino families, the kitchen is the heart of the family and it is where we spend countless hours cooking, chatting and laughing. But no one likes a dirty kitchen, so follow my tips to keep the area looking inviting and ready for a get together con la familia



Find Palmolive® Multi-Surface Dish Soap at Walmart. 

5 Tips to Make Laundry Day Better

April 13, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LongLastingScent #CollectiveBias

I've always enjoyed doing the laundry and have been doing my own laundry since I was about 11 years old. I know that most teens prefer for their parents to do their laundry but I have always been the opposite, instead I used to wait till mom was done with the rest of the laundry and I would begin my own. Folding our warm clothes together soon became our thing and it's one of the best parts of doing laundry in my family. It's something we've done since I was a child, I remember mom would bring in the clean clothes and all of us girls would gather around and help sort and fold. Folding warm, scented, clean clothes is very therapeutic. 


I'm staying with my mom again so we are back to our routine of folding and sorting together. It'll be me folding clothes, mom looking at Instagram and showing me makeup photos while China texts on the couch and Sammy sits at the table with her homework. Oh yes, and meanwhile Julius will be running around in his diaper like a loony tune. Folding clothes that I dried using Suavitel Liquid Fabric Conditioner and Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ is even more of a pleasure because they smell amazing! Have you had a chance to smell the Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ in Soothing Lavender? Ah-MAZING! When you smell these scent booster pearls, you are going to want to do an immediate load of laundry. Not only will your laundry be incredibly soft, it will smell so good that you might not mind doing laundry next time. 


On that note, I would like to share 5 tips to help make your next laundry day a more pleasant one:

Sort as you go: I purchased a very affordable sorter at Walmart where I can sort my darks, whites and lighter colored clothing. That way on laundry day I don't have the extra task of sorting laundry, instead I just pull out each color at a time and save myself a load of time. 

Turn on your favorite music station: Laundry should always be done to the sound of your favorite music. If the kids are asleep you can grab your headphones and iPod. Music just makes everything better and I don't mind loading up the wash when I am listening to my favorite song. 

Make yourself a drink before you start: Depending on the time of day that I do laundry, I will either make a nice hot cup of coffee, an iced flavored coffee or a cold sweet tea. Our machines are in the garage so on a hot day nothing feels better than some iced sweet tea as I am going in and out to load the machines.

Make it a family affair: As I mentioned before, my familia and I love getting into the action of folding and sorting piles of clothes together. There is something about the scent and warmth of clean laundry as we chat and catch up on each other's busy days that is very comforting. Even the smaller kids love getting involved and don't mind getting it all put away. Working as a team you also finish much faster. 

Use Suavitel Fragrance PearlsSuavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ provide 5x longer lasting fragrance vs. using detergent alone. Suavitel Fragrance Pearls are in-wash boosters that will give all of your laundry a wonderful, lasting scent. Find Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ in Soothing Lavender and Fabulous Field Flowers in your local Walmart. Some Suavitel Liquid Fabric Conditioners will include Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ samples, so keep an eye out for those. 


Laundry day doesn't have to be a pain. I do it once a week and because I don't let too much pile up at once, I don't need more than a few hours to finish. With my cool drink, favorite song playing and family at my side during folding time, it's one of my more pleasant tasks. How do you make laundry day less of a chore?
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