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#KnorrCelebrations : Caldo de Camaron

February 12, 2016

This post is in collaboration with Lunchbox, however all opinions are my own.

Because I know many of you observe the season of lent, I want to share one of my favorite ways to enjoy shrimp. This is a: hearty, delicious, warm, spicy bowl of shrimp stew that the whole family will love. 

Like many modern families, ours is a busy one. It's not everyday of the week that we can sit together to share a meal, therefore when it does happen I like to make sure that we are having something really comforting and good. This sopita de camaron is going to become one of your favorite meals year-round, but it is also perfect for preparing during Lent. Lent doesn't have to mean that we can't enjoy foods full of flavor, especially when you have so many ways to get creative with fish & shrimp. As long as you have  fresh & delicious ingredients, you can make some really good eats.

To prepare my kitchen for the season of Lent I visited Northgate Market to take advantage of the fresh produce, the amazing selection of seafood and score some deals. At Northgate Market I can find authentic Mexican ingredients plus take cooking classes to help me with my skills in the kitchen. Want to learn how to make a delicious capirotada?! Attend free cooking demos at a Northgate near you.  For full class schedule visit northgatemarkets.com

Now with a cartful of ingredients, I am ready to prepare some of my favorite dishes. Let me share with you this easy-to-follow recipe for some of the most delicious Caldo de Camaron you will ever try!

Shrimp Stew - Caldo de Camaron (serve 6)

1lb shrimp cleaned 
3 large carrots diced
2 large potatoes diced
1 celery stalk diced
2 medium squash diced
1 medium chayote diced
1/2 cabbage chopped
1 cilantro bunch
10 Chile Peppers
3 tomatoes 
1/2 onion 
1 garlic clove 
1 tbsp olive oil
6 cups of water
Knorr Shrimp Flavor (2 cubes)
1tsp salt (to taste)
1tsp black pepper (to taste)

  • Start by cleaning shrimp and cutting all vegetables minus: tomato, onion, garlic, cilantro. 

  • In a medium saucepan with 3/4 cups water add tomato and simmer for about 10 minutes. Drain and place in blender.
  • In a small pan that's hot add olive oil, add chile peppers and turn steadily for about 20 seconds, add those to blender once finished. 
  • Add garlic, onion plus 1/2 cup of the water from the tomatoes into blender and blend for two minutes.
  • Using the pan with olive oil, strain the entire sauce into it and cook for about 10 minutes

  • In a soup pot add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling add all chopped veggies minus the squash or which can go in 15 minutes later because it cooks faster. Boil for 25-30 minutes until veggies are cooked. Add sauce which has been simmering on the stovetop, 2 cubes of Knorr Shrimp Flavor, salt and pepper stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
  • Add shrimp for 4-5 minutes, until pink. In the last moments add the cilantro bunch (this is just for added flavor)

Serve hot

Yum!! Try the secret of Knorr® in your traditional dishes and see just how much it amps up the sabor!

Visit your local Northgate Gonzalez Market for additional Lent recipes, special deals & offers! From 2/17 until 2/23, buy one Northgate private label cooking oil and get a free package of Knorr bouillon cubes (one 3.1 oz package, 8 cubes total)

I hope you have enjoyed my recipe and that it has inspired you to get really creative in the kitchen this season of lent

Winter Greys Featuring Essence Cosmetics

February 3, 2016

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

Have you heard? Essence Cosmetics has arrived at 500 select Target locations nationwide. I am not new to Essence because my mom is a beauty junkie who has known about them for years, and thanks to her I have gotten caught up in the excitement of this Target launch. Essence Cosmetics is a German brand that was launched in 2001 and since then it has gained an international following for having affordable, on-trend cosmetics that bring out the beauty, confidence and strength in any woman (or man). It's a super-fun brand that really let's you express your personality while not breaking the bank. That for me is one of the best aspects of Essence Cosmetics. If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I am a drugstore beauty lover, who very rarely shops high-end. Essence Cosmetics is a brand for all of us, no matter our budget and I was so excited to get to try some of their new Target items out and create a winter look for you. 

We were very excited to find that the Target display for Essence Cosmetics is a large one that features their full range: eyes, lips, nails and more! Because of the excitement, the display was already pretty bare but we scored enough items for this complete look. Here I share an easy, winter-grey look featuring Essence Cosmetics. 
1) Essence Cosmetics Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara helped me shape my brows and keep them in place. This product has a very small wand, perfect for shaping (very similar to a high-end product that does the same thing) and is super affordable.

2) Using the Essence All About Greys Eyeshadow Palette I created a two shadow eye look that is very cool and wintry. I used the third shade in the bottom row for the crease and the third shade on the top row all over the lid. Simple.

3) Using the Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder I warmed up the face and cheekbones. This is a huge pan that should last me a lifetime, I love the warmth it gave my face. 

4) I lined both the top and waterline using the Gel Eye Pencil. This is one of my favorite items so far, it's super soft and went on smooth, even and extremely black. 

5) The Essence Lip Pencil in Honey Berry is a beautiful berry shade that I used as all over color on my lips. I topped that with Essence Sheer  Shine Lipstick in Sparkling Miracle. This gave my lips a shine and made them feel very moisturized and soft. 

6) On my nails I wore Essence The Gel Nailpolish in Rock My World.

That completes my first look featuring Essence Cosmetics products that you can now find at select Target locations nationwide. 

I know that all of you are as excited as I am to welcome Essence Cosmetics to Target (select locations). I look forward to finally getting to know more about this range and really trying out all of their products. I love how affordable and fun this range is and I know that it's going to be a blast to get to know them even better than before. 

Have you spotted Essence Cosmetics at your local Target? Which items are you most excited to try out: eyes, lips or nails?

More Data That Fits My Life

January 31, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias

To say that my LG G Stylo is my life is not an understatement. In this day and age the same can be said for most people and their cell phones. I use my phone for so many areas of my life that I can't even remember how I managed everything before having one. Lucky for me I was a teen back then and didn't have much of a life but now that I am older my phone helps me schedule my life. It also helps me stay in touch with my family, my son and plays a big part in my down time and how we spend that valuable quality time. 

My plan for a few years has been Walmart Family Mobile, but today I want to introduce you to the newly launched Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan featuring Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE data PLUS a free movie on VUDU ($7 value) every month per line for $49.88.

We're big on watching movies at my house, it's one of the best parts about having 10GB of 4G data per month. I love that the Family Mobile Plus plan comes with a free VUDU movie each month ($7 value) that we can watch on our smart tv. On my day off you can either find me watching funny YouTube videos with my sister or watching our free VUDU flick on the tele. 

Not having to worry about overages on my data plan is amazing. I remember getting into so much trouble when I was a teen and we always went over our minutes, data and texts. Walmart Family Mobile Plan is a perfect plan for teenagers and anyone that uses a lot of data. All of my sisters have the plan, including my little sister, and we never have to worry about any of us going over and having to pay more than our monthly plan fee. 

My LG G Stylo is the best assistant ever. This is where I plan my weekly to-do-list, my work schedule and anything to do with Julius. It's my alarm clock, my radio and it helps me stay on track on even the busiest week. I enjoy sitting down every Sunday and crossing out everything I got done the week prior and making a new list of things to do. Being able to see everything I got done in one weeks time really motivates me to keep going. 

As a blogger my phone is my office and the LG G Stylo ($179.00 was $199) gives me all of the features I need for my life. And if something happens to happen to it, which is highly likely with a three year old son who uses it a lot, I won't have to replace it with two months worth of paychecks. 

Know someone who could use Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE? Look for Walmart Family Mobile PLUS at Walmart and forget about overage fees. 

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/28aqc or your local Walmart for current pricing.

Better For Me Snacking

January 30, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #V8LlenodeSabor #CollectiveBias

2015 was the year of getting my body back to healthy after having my son. After having him I breastfeed him for over a year of his life, and as healthy and beneficial that can be for baby, it was really hard on my body. During his first year of life, he was this beautiful, bouncing, healthy, chubby baby boy, while I was way too thin and fragile. That's why last year I resolved to start getting more active, I started a vitamin regimen and I started to work out and get my body stronger. Overall I did a fair job at getting my overall health back on track and my body ready to face the challenge of a very active three year old boy!

In 2016 I want to continue to care for myself inside and out so I can handle everything on my schedule. Between my son, work and this blog, I need as much energy as I can get. Part of my routine is making sure that I don't fall for the greasy, sweet snacks during the day, which is something I always do. I have a major sweet tooth and I love snacking, which leads to an overload of bad calories and feeling tired by 2:00pm. Every morning before I head out I pack my lunch bag full of better for me snacks that will get me through my day without falling into the fast food trap. I start each week by shopping at Walmart for fruits, veggies, and V8 V-Fusion® drinks and other items to keep me on track.

V8 V-Fusion® drinks are easy to fit into my healthier lifestyle because they are 100% Juice and taste great. I could not incorporate anything into my day that I don't actually enjoy so I am thankful for V8 V-Fusion® drinks. With flavors like: Peach Mango, Pomegranate Blueberry and Strawberry Banana, I have a different choice each day and they are all so good. If you remember the V8 from our childhood, that just tasted like veggies, this is very different. Each flavor is a fusion of vegetables & fruits that taste just right, the whole family loves them.

What I Pack In My Lunch Bag to Curb The Bad Snacking
1) There is no better snack than fresh fruit. I will include some mixed fruit or maybe a few apples and bananas, I like to change it up everyday to keep the gusanito contento and away from the vending machines. 
2) Since I have a sweet tooth I have to add something that feels like candy and that's usually a granola bar or a rice cake. 
3) For protein I always add either a string cheese or yogurt. 
4) I take a few cans of V8 V-Fusion® drinks. I will also drink a lot of water during the day and carry a water bottle but for lunch and snack time have a V8 V-Fusion® because I enjoy them a lot more than the water. 

That's how I pack myself enough healthy snacks to get me through the day. In between I have the regular breakfast, lunch and dinner which I never skip because it's part of keeping my body strong. I am not on a diet at all just trying to stay of the bad snacks during the week so I can have energy and not feel sluggish. I do enjoy my candies and chips during the weekend when I have time to enjoy with my son. It's a balancing act that keeps me at my strongest when I have the most to do and lets me enjoy my time off with the junk food I love. 

Find V8 V-Fusion® drinks and the entire V8 selection at Walmart. My family has been drinking V8 since my mom was a kid, now my son and I do the same. Have you tried V8 V-Fusion® juice drinks? I think you'll enjoy them, I especially like the Peach Mango.

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