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Thursday, November 20, 2014

#DIY Baby Memory Chest #RegaloDeAmorPampers

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Julius just turned two last week and for me it has been an incredible first two years as a mom. It is amazing how much your life changes once you have children. I can't remember what it was like to live before him, it's like I didn't exist until he came into my life. 

My son is my biggest treasure and because he is so special, I have kept every single momento of his since the day he was born. I have everything from his crib card, our hospital bracelets and even the little hat and onesie he wore when he was born. These are things that are so precious to me and that I will always treasure. These are pieces of my little boys life that will always remind me those special moments in his life.

For his birthday I wanted to make Julius a special gift, something totally different from all of his other birthday gifts. He has tons of toys and other things that he loves, but will one day get rid of. Nothing is more special than making something for our loved ones, so I set off to make mi hijo un regalo de amor. What item would be more special than a hand crafted memory chest painted and put together by his mama? This little chest is where we will put all of his little life momentos. It will be a real life treasure chest! I got all of the items including the pre-made wooden chest at Michael's. 

This diy craft is very easy because you just have to paint the chest and decide how you want to decorate it. First I was thinking or stenciling in patterns or free handing some animals for him, but I am not the best artist. The little animal figurines where perfect and exactly the same theme that we had at his baby shower. 

To make the black letters more fun, I dotted them with a pencil eraser and the same paint as the chest. 

I used Elmer's Wood Glue to get all of the animal figures and letters glued on. 

The entire craft only took me a little while to finish up. You just have to leave enough time to dry the paint. For about $29, I made my son a keepsake that he can have once he is older and that should stand the test of time. I would love to see this in his home one day when he has his own place. Next I am going to make him a personalized wooden step stool! We still have the one my mom gave us when we were kids, so I know these items really are treasures. 

Showing our children love comes in many ways. From conserving special moments of their lives to our every day care of them. When babies feel comforted and protected, they feel covered in our love. It’s a privilege for @Pampers to be part of those precious moments we share with them. And to celebrate it, @Pampers is giving parents its #RegaloDeAmorPampers to help capture those loving moments. Pampers Swaddlers are the No.1 choice at local hospitals in Los Angeles and across the country. And now Pampers Swaddlers is available through size 6 to comfort and protect babies through many more moments of love!

Pampers is giving parents a chance to receive a gift basket to help capture those special moments of love with baby. The gifts include Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers Wipes, The Crafty Chica Collection Book, and a Michael’s gift card to create their own DIY loving keepsake!

Monday, November 17, 2014

#OOTD Fall in the Inland Empire

skinny jeans - Styles4less // camisole - forever 21 // cardigan - forever 21// 
scarf - fancy steps // Deb & Dave Fringe Crossbody Bag - tilly's // 

Stress-Free Holiday Beauty Tips

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The holidays are right around the corner...how stressed are you? I am trying to remain calm I really am but it's not easy when my to-do-list keeps growing every time I look at it. There is so much to do and so few days between now and Christmas that I so wish I had an assistant. But I'm not a wealthy OC wife that can afford an assistant, I am regular old me and all I can do is keep things as organized as possible so that I don't miss anything or so I don't forget anyone. One of my favorite strategies when it comes to handling stress during the holidays, is to pamper myself and give myself extra "me" time. My family and I take a trip to Sam's Club every week to stock up on household goods and this is when I take advantage on stocking up on some of my favorite beauty items. These are the items that will pamper me and take care of me so that I can be ready to face each new day. Today I would like to share some Stress-Free Holiday Tips to help you cope with the time-crunch and stress of the holidays. 

Care for your hair: Hair is a really big deal and I never feel better than when I am having a good hair day. You can find many of your favorite hair care brands at Sam's Club and with the larger sizes you can save quite a bit of cash. Saving money definitely helps me feel less stressed out!

Soothe your body with your favorite shower gels and bath soaps. I love the selection at Sam's Club on body care. You can find so many relaxing scents and formulas to really pamper you and make you feel brand new after a really long day.

The best beauty tools to help you look your best: you can find a lot of accessories and beauty tools to give you that perfect look. These brush sets would also make a fantastic gift for those beauty lovers in your life. 

Sam's Club is a one-stop place to get everything you need for the holidays. From food and dishes for entertaining, to everyday snacks for the kids who will soon be on break, you can find it all. With the large selection of personal care and beauty items, I can shop for myself while getting the rest of the household stocked as well, and that makes my day a lot less stressful. 

Now that you have all of your beauty goodies, you need to take them home and give yourself the time to use them and relax. Give yourself those extra 30 minutes to straighten or curl you hair. Pull out a colorful lip shade and start your day on a bright note. 

Pull out your favorite magazined and light a candle for 15 minutes of relaxing reading. 

You can also download the Sam's Club Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine and get a more tips on how to have a healthier and less stressful holiday. This article is a must read if you are starting to feel overly frazzled : De-Stressing The Holidays.

No one is going to have a "perfect" Christmas and you don't have to do it all. First, take care of you and then manage as best you can by letting others help you. Make a list and share some of those chores and errands. And no matter what, take at least 30 minutes each day to give to yourself. A stress-free holiday is possible, let Sam's Club help you survive.

Caring for Your Hands this Winter

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with NEUTROGENA® and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions are my own.

Now that fall is officially here, so is dry skin and chapped lips! Oh, the joys of life. Actually, I love fall and winter so I don't mind having to deal with the changes my skin and body take when we reach these cooler months. I usually change my skincare routine at the same time that I change my wardrobe around to suit the new weather better. This year I have a new ally when it comes to dealing with those very dry hands of mine, enter the NEUTROGENA® NORWEGIAN FORMULA® Hand Cream. 

I have been taking part in the NEUTROGENA® NORWEGIAN FORMULA® Hand Cream 7-day challenge and I have been seeing the benefits of this formula. I don't just worry about dealing with dry skin that makes my hands look really old, I wash dishes and bottles all day and it can get to the point where my hands are chapped and in serious pain. Bleeding hands are not a cute addition to any outfit and I hate even just thinking about how much it hurts. This tube will become your best friend and it's a great size for carrying around with you wherever you go.

This fast absorbing formula moisturizes skin while repairing skin's moisture and providing a barrier to keep hands smoother, longer. It's really light and non-greasy so I can apply and keep going with my day without having to worry about greasy residue. To keep our hands young, this formula eliminates 7 signs of damage – dryness, chapping, cracking, split nails, dry cuticles, scaliness and roughness. It's only $4.99 so it is very friendly on any budget.

I've only been using the  NEUTROGENA® NORWEGIAN FORMULA® Hand Cream for less than 2 weeks and there is a very noticeable change in my skin. With prolonged use of the product I am hoping to cut off any dry skin worries or eventual pain attributed to severely dry hands.

I am all for healthy, soft and beautiful hands this winter. Here are a few tips to help you and me both achieve this.

  • Cut down on hand washing: My entire family has an obsessive-compulsive need to wash our hands every 10 minutes. Water dehydrates hands and dries them like mad, it is best to use a moisturizing hand sanitizer and wash less whenever possible. 
  • After hand washing always apply NEUTROGENA® NORWEGIAN FORMULA® Hand Cream or a similar hand cream generously. Moisturizing often is the key to keeping hands supple and soft. 
  • Exfoliate your hands once a week with a gentle hand scrub. Making your own moisturizing hands scrub with olive oil and sugar is an easy way to get rid of that dry flaky skin. Your skin will be so soft after an application, they will literally thank you for it.
  • If your hands are really in bad shape, try an overnighter. Apply hand cream very generously right before bed and cover with sot gloves or even a pair of socks.
Beautiful hands are in our future this winter and with these tips it won't be such a challenge. What are some of your tips for keeping hands soft and smooth?