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Healthy Skin is Beautiful Skin

September 24, 2016

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of NEUTROGENA® and #WeAllGrow Latina Network. The opinions and text are all mine.

They say it's never too late to start taking care of your skin but in my case I have always believed that it's never too early. I started taking care of my skin when I was a teenager. I started a skin regimen at a young age more out of necessity because I was the only one in the family that was graced with skin problems. The women in my family, everyone but me, all have really good skin. I'm the only one of us four that has ever had to deal with blemishes and acne. But as with everything, there's been a silver lining to my having to tackle skin problems at a young age, and that is that my skin will be younger longer. Not only have I always taken extra care to keep my skin clear and healthy, I have incorporated anti-aging products into my regimen because it's never too early to fight the signs of aging. 
I know that skincare can be confusing, especially when you're young and don't know where to begin. here are a few tips to help you maneuver the skincare aisle at your local store and find the right products for your skin.
  • Know your skin type: In order to find the right products for your skin, know what your skin type is. 
  • Stay on budget: Skincare products can be very expensive, but you don't have to pay the big bucks to find quality products. This is why I love Neutrogena and their skincare range.
  • Skin concerns: Are you fighting dry skin, oily skin or are you most interested in fighting early signs of aging? Know what skin issues you want to target and look for products geared to fight them. 
  • Change it up: Finding the perfect skincare products can take time. Don't be afraid to change it up or even mix it up by using several products at a time. 

Latinas often have to fight sun spots and hyper pigmentation, especially after having children or just as part of the aging process. Neutrogena® Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is clinically proven to reduce the look of dark spots and discoloration for noticeably more even, younger looking skin. The Vitamin C gently helps diffuse the look of brown spots and even out skin tone.
Are you fighting the first signs of crows feet or aging skin? My problem is fighting expression lines that are already starting to form on my face. Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 renews the look of skin throughout the day and visibly fades the look on those unwanted crow’s feet, stubborn deep wrinkles, and forehead and cheek, expression lines. This super charged formula is combined with UVA/UVB SPF 30 for daily sun protection.
Even while fighting blemishes and occasional acne I have always believed in moisturizing my skin. I never go to bed without cleansing and moisturizing and it's always the first step in my beauty routine.
Dry skin doesn't just feel awful, it looks really bad and unhealthy. Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Extra-Dry Skin, with hyaluronic acid, delivers vital hydration and instantly quenches the skin. While oil-free and smooth to touch, the unique gel-cream formula absorbs quickly, like a gel, but has the long-lasting, intense moisturizing power of a cream with olive extract that helps lock in hydration.
Eventually you will find products that become staples in your routine the way that I have. I am just like every other girl, I like to buy the new products I see in ads and magazines. But in my stash there are always the tried and true products that will always be part of my routine.
Healthy skin is beautiful skin, so take care of it because it's the only one we get. 

Fortify Yourself For What's Ahead

September 22, 2016

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

Getting back on track after summer hasn't been easy, it's hard to get out of the light summer routines and back into the grind of back-to-school, daycare and more hours at work. Sometimes I will look at my weekly schedule and actually wonder how I will get it all done. But of course no matter how big the list of items per day, they do all have to get done. The trick for me is making things simple and planning ahead so that I have what I need each week to get it all done. 

A big part of getting it all done is keeping myself nourished each day by not skipping meals. With so much going on, it's easy for us women to neglect ourselves and skip meals and snack times because we have so much to do. Today I want to share some tips to help you get back on track this back-to-school season, without neglecting yourself. 

How To Get Back On Track This Fall Season
Weekly shopping trip: I shop Sunday evenings for the week and when I am making my shopping list I always include my favorite cereal and snacks for the entire week. I am really busy during the week and this is the one shopping trip I will be making, so I carefully plan out my list. I purchased Special K® Cereal and bars at Ralphs where I can usually find a really good promotion. This week I got all the bars for only $1.99 a piece which made stocking up so easy.
Breakfast: Something I have learned with time is never to skip breakfast. This I learned by making the mistake many, many times. But now something as simple as my favorite cold cereal - Kellogg’s® Special K® Cereal in Fruit & Yogurt makes such a difference in my day. We can take ten quick minutes at the table with the tv on and enjoy a breakfast together as Julius laughs watching his favorite show. 
Pack nourishing snacks: As much as I would love to pack my favorite chips to enjoy for snacking each day, I don't. I know that a snack that's full of calories and sugar isn't going to do me many favors. I'm also not a health nut and you would never see me eating anything diet, my snacks have to taste good. Some of my favorites are Kellogg’s® Special K® Bars or Pastry Crisps. There's so many flavors and varieties to pick from so I never get bored. 
This week I picked up the Kellogg’s® Special K® in Strawberry, Kellogg’s® Special K® Chewy Granola Bars in Dark Chocolate and the Trail Mix Bars in Fruit & Nut. I love variety and this gives me a little bit of sweet, salty and they are delicious so I never feel like I am cheating myself. 
 Pack snacks into all bags: There's nothing worse than buying snacks and forgetting them at home. I plan ahead and stick a few bars into each of my bags (school bag, purse, even the diaper bag) that way whichever bag I have on me will have be snack ready. 
 Nourish yourself: Now that you have the right snacks that won't give you the dreaded sugar rush and fall it's time to nourish yourself. Make time even on those busiest days to crack open a  Kellogg’s® Special K® bar and enjoy it. These are so convenient that you don't have to wait for an actual sit-down break, you can enjoy a bar while driving, sitting in the car in the school line, or while walking to class. You'll find that when your tummy is happy you're just going to feel better and your day will be a lot easier.
On the busiest of my days Special K® Cereals and bars help me nourish my mind, my soul and my body without a lot of time that I don't have. These are easy solutions to help make any day easier and better so I can keep going on to the next full day. The fall back-to-school season is incredibly busy but Special K® Cereal and bars help me get back on track and fortify myself for what's ahead. 

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Life Lessons

September 14, 2016

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

My mom and grandmother have taught my sisters and I many lessons. Some of the most important lessons have been about taking care of ourselves, our family, our home and our vehicles. Lessons like the one about not leaving your room in the morning till you bed is made or making sure you don't go to work looking like you just woke up, are ingrained in us. Lessons about taking care of your home and auto so they can take care of you, those are very important lesson we take to heart. If you don't take care of yourself and go out into the world looking awful, chances are you will feel awful and not have a good day. If you don't take care of your car, one day it will leave you "a pata". I don't know about you but I could never get everything I have to do done in a day by foot or by public transport. So we pay heed to our lessons and are on top of our vehicle needs and everything else. 

Vehicle maintenance is a top priority in our household, ever since the days when my grandmother came to the US from Mexico, not knowing how to drive, bought herself her first car and then proceeded to learn to drive and maintain that car. 
One of the easier things to do when it comes to maintaining our vehicle is to do an at-home oil change. That's why one of the reasons that it's so convenient we live on the same street as a Walmart. If we are in a hurry we can drive in for a change or if we have time we can do our own at home using Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ Motor Oil. Quaker State is the #1 oil in Mexico which means that it's probably the same oil our family who lives there uses and that it's an oil we can trust with our car too. 

Those first few miles after you pour brand new oil into your car? Child’s play. It’s the thousands of miles of stop-and-go traffic, idling, and extreme temperatures that are the true tests of toughness. These are exactly the tests that we put Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ Motor Oil through. In taxi fleets across North America, we test our oil to ensure it delivers even more protection. Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ proved it delivers twice the wear protection of the industry standard throughout its life.
Like any regular mom, I am usually running behind in the mornings. With a full-time job, a four year old at home and so many things to do, I usually run into the car with my bag full of makeup and a bare face. This is the lesson about not going to work looking like I just woke up, and truly I never would because it's just not in me to go to work and face people looking less than okay. Today I am going to show you the quick makeup routine I do on those days that I am really running behind, in the car while I am being driven to work. 
I am a school photographer so I deal with people all day which means it's important I don't look like a zombie at work. But I do keep my makeup simple, more of a no-makeup look, while still wearing enough to make me look presentable. 

1: foundation- a light coverage foundation to even out skin tone and cover any blemishes
2: concealer- a secret weapon for moms! This gets rid of those dark circles from lack of sleep
3: powder- I have extremely oily skin but will not have time to blot during the day or touch-ups. That's why I always use a really good matte powder to set my face in the morning.
4: blush & countour- you can skip the contour but it's a step I always add so that my face has more dimension. Really important is a pop of blush on the cheeks, this immediately wakes up your face and gives a healthy glow. 
5: mascara- a few coats of mascara will wake up your eyes and make them look less tired
5: lip color- finish off by adding a nice pop of color to your lips.
As you can see I keep all my makeup simple and all of the colors I use are nude neutrals. But they make a ton of difference in how I look and most of all how I feel. It's hard to have a good day at work when you don't look your best and this simple 15 minute makeup allows me to feel confident all day. 
Taking care of ourselves, our family and our car makes for a better life. It takes effort to keep all things looking and working good, but in the end it's all worthwhile. When was your last vehicle maintenance and oil change?

Four Ways To Pamper Your Kitty Cat

August 15, 2016

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

Having a pet is a lot of work and it's something that's definitely got to be considered before getting one. For years and years my family didn't get a pet because we knew that we were not prepared for the responsibility of one. But sometimes fate steps in and let's you know that you are in fact ready. Cat (formerly known as Buttercup) came to us on the way to the pound. Someone (who shall remain nameless) had gotten her for their kid as a kitten and as soon as she began to get bigger they decided they were suddenly "allergic".  Sound familiar? It's one of the many excuses people use once the novelty of a pet has worn out or once a small animal starts to get bigger.
She was packed up and sent to the pound, and they couldn't even take the time to do that but asked my boyfriend to come by and do it for them. Being a good enough guy he brought her home so we could try to find her a suitable owner on Facebook instead of sending her to high kill shelter. It only took a few days for us to figure out that we wouldn't be able to let her go, especially to the people that kept replying to our ad. That's how we knew she was ours, when nobody was good enough to take her.  She's part of our family now and I do spend a good portion of time making sure that she's happy and healthy. Today I want to share a few of the ways that we pamper Cat so she can have a good quality of life. 
Grooming: There's all kinds of ways to groom your cat: potty wipes, baths, nail care and so much more. But our favorite is the daily fur brushing. It's one of the only things that Cat lets me do with her, we tried the potty wipe once and it did not end well. She seems to like it enough to allow me a few minutes of brushing while she purrs away and the bonus is that it cuts down on her shedding. Anything that cuts down on the daily vacuum time is a big help to me.
Play time: One way to keep your pet cat healthy and fit is to keep them really active. Cat has many toys that get her chasing and running all over the house. She loves to pounce on anything that moves and I really enjoy throwing stuff around for her to chase. A really active playtime later leads to a long naptime which is beneficial to both of us. 
Love: Cat isn't the friendliest of cats, I think most cats aren't, and she is pretty good at giving a scratch if you happen to hold her for too long. But once in a while I get to cuddle her. Giving your pet love is as important as the love we give our kids. Pets are basically children with fur. 
Portion control at feeding time: Something that we've found to be a struggle with our dog that we don't want to have with Cat is the problem of weight gain. Our doggy, who came to us right before Cat as a stray, is a bit of a chubster. That's why SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ is a really great option for us. SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ is the perfect portion for feeding your cat or kitten. It ensures you do not overfeed your cat, because the product includes the right amount of ounces for each mealtime.
SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™takes the guesswork out of trying to find out how much to put in the cat bowl. When it's feeding time all I have to do is crack open a package and put it in a bowl. 
You can find SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ and Meaty Tender Sticks at Walmart including:

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SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ Paté In Natural Juices Roasted Turkey Entree

SHEBA® Meaty Tender Sticks with Chicken: savory snacks that will keep your feline companion meowing for more. These are a great treat for Cat for when she's behaving. Most people don't give their cats treats but let me tell you that she loves these meaty sticks. 
We're lucky to have Cat in our lives, we really are. She takes a lot of work and it's not always easy but at the end of the day everything is worth it if she is happy and healthy. Find more inspiration for pampering and treating your cat to the best and learn more about SHEBA® WHAT CATS WANT.
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