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Thursday, March 26, 2015

#OOTD Andrea Style

I recently collaborated with my mom for an Andrea Shoes post and here is the outfit details and more pictures from that day. I wear leggings 5-7 days of the week and own very few pants, so they stars of this outfit are the Andrea Riding Boots and my new bucket fringe bag from H & M that Jackie got me for my birthday. For these pictures I am wearing Gerard Cosmetics 1995 lipstick which is from their Jaclyn Hill collection. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Salsa Fresca de Mango & Delimex Yummies!

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Mexican food is something of a daily thing around here. We usually go out for Mexican about twice a week, especially on Tuesdays when it is Taco Tuesday at our favorite Mexican place. But with such busy schedules, going out to eat is not always an option, yet the cravings are there for some authentic Mexican flavor. There is nothing more traditional in Mexico than tamales, but we don't exactly know how to make them, besides making tamales is a 2-day event and ain't no one got time for that! When game day rolls around and the family gets together, I head to the frozen aisle at Walmart and pick up a few boxes of Delimex

Get your Coupon: $1 off on any TWO (2) Delimex® Frozen Taquito products (Excluding Fruit Taquito Products) at Walmart." (valid from March 9th, 2015 through April 7th, 2015)

Delimex makes spicing up your taco bar for game day easy. There are several flavors of taquitos, tacos and tamales, which will please the crowd. To make it even better, you can make your own salsa to give it a homemade feel and taste. Here is my recipe for Salsa Fresca de Mango which is perfect for pairing with Delimex Tacos and Tamales. 

Salsa Fresca de Mango

1 can of canned mangos
3 medium tomatoes
1 white onion
4 chiles serrano
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper

Dice tomatoes, onions and chiles. Drain can of mangos and pour into a bowl, add the rest of the components including salt and pepper. Mix and put in fridge to chill. Serve cold. 

This fresh salsa is delicious and all the colors really give your plating a colorful and special feel, no one is going to guess you put it together in about ten minutes. 

Delimex Mexican Dishes are just as easy to prepare. The ease makes them a winner not just for game day, but any day of the week that I feel like having some Mexican food. 

Delimex uses time-honored recipes to create these convenient dishes that give us an opportunity to enjoy Mexican food any day of the week. Serve them up at your next fiesta and I bet they will ask for seconds, especially on the tamales!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lemon - Guava Gelatin with Coconut Topping

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I've confessed to my love of sweets many times, and how I love coming up with new ways of satisfying my sweet tooth cravings. Usually I will spend my time baking, but it's been a very hot few days in Southern California. This heat calls for a refreshing, chilled dessert. It was time to hit up the JELL-O aisle at Albertsons. So many flavors, all perfect for this heat. I picked up a few boxes of lemon and lime which are so versatile for adding fruits.  

I knew I would be making Julius a few cups of plain lemon JELL-O but I wanted to make something more interesting for me and China. A nostalgic flavor that we have always enjoyed is guava. Do you remember the Mexican Guava roll from when you where a kid? My mom would buy those at the Mexican market for herself and then we would eat them all. It's still one of her favorites and whenever I see fresh guavas, I can not help but to think of her and how we used to eat her candies. I will have to make a JELL-O cup with extra fruit and deliver it to her tonight. 

Lemon JELL-O with Guava and Coconut Topping ( 4 servings)

1 3oz box JELL-O Lemon Flavor
3 guavas
1 cup boiling water
1 cup cold water


1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese softened
2 oz softened butter
1/2 tbs vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar

To prepare JELL-O: Add 1 cup boiling  water to 1 3 oz package of Lemon JELL-O and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in cold water and refrigerate for 1- 1/2 hours and then add cut up fruit (guava). Refrigerate for four hours. 

To prepare cream cheese/coconut topping: In a bowl beat Philadelphia Cream Cheese with mixer on low and keeping the beater on low add powdered sugar, vanilla and lastly 1/2 of the shredded coconut. Once your jello has set top each cup with frosting as you would a cupcake and sprinkle with the rest of the coconut. Serve cold. 

JELL-O is not the fastest thing to prepare since you have to allow the 4 hours plus for setting, but it's something that will never get old. You can work it in so many ways and add your favorite fruits to really change it up. I am still trying to perfect my tias gelatina de leche (the one with the marbled squares of different colored JELL-O) which is one of the most delicious things I have tasted in my life. Oh man, and her gelatina de rompope! 

There are so many ways to take good old JELL-O and turn it into a traditional dish or something totally different. I love twisting up an everyday staple and giving it a Latino twist. You can find more recipes and ideas on changing up the every day staples in your pantry by visiting the Albertsons Pin That Twist Hub. How would you twist up JELL-O and give it your own spin?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Prepping for Spring and Saving Money

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Have you looked outside your window today? I live in Southern California and signs of springs arrival are everywhere. Last week we got our first taste of pre-spring showers, and it was nice to have a few rainy days. In our town spring only sticks around for about a month before the heat rolls in, so if you live here, you totally want to take advantage of every moment. Next to fall, spring is my favorite season and I am doing a lot of prep so that I can enjoy it to the max. A lot of the prep has been shopping, because what would spring be without a brand new wardrobe? No way that I want to wear all the stuff that I was wearing all fall and winter, I want to have all those cute little outfits that I just saw at my favorite boutique. I also want some of those pastel strappy sandals that are all over fashion magazines, and of course I want all of the spring lines of makeup. And I want to have a fun and relaxing spring break. We're still undecided as to a trip to a theme park or a few days away, but I am saving my pennies for whichever we end up doing. 

To help you save some money for spring break, I am sharing a few tips to save on your spring shopping:
  • Drugstore shopping can be just as rewarding as high end department stores when it comes to makeup. Spring makeup lines are launching everywhere and instead of paying $49 for a high end foundation, visit the drugstore and get everything you need for that same price. I'm partial to drugstore polish and lipsticks. 
  • Use your phone to download savings apps. Almost every store has an app or accepts online coupons. Having these apps on hand will make your money stretch a lot further. 
  • Clipping coupons is a good way to get more bang for your buck. I get my Sunday paper every week and take an hour to organize my coupons. Almost all of my bath & beauty items are purchased using coupons. 
  • Finding the best data plan for your needs is important but you can also do it on budget. Walmart Family Mobile is only $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data. Why would I want to pay more if I can get 4G LTE speeds for just under $30 per month?
  • Finding the right phone is also important because this is where you will have all those apps that will save you money. Right now you can purchase the  LG L90 for only $99.82 - WAS $179.88. 
  • Following your favorite brands online is another way to score deals. When I have time, I like to sit down with my phone and check out my fave brands on Instagram. This is where they announce special promo codes and deals. Yesterday I got a deal for two lipsticks I have wanted forever, for more than 50% off!
  • Selling off some of your fall/winter items is one way to earn some extra cash. I do this every season and always make enough for a few shopping trips. This is how I always have the most updated styles.

I'm always looking for ways to save money and by doing so I get to enjoy a lot more things on my budget. Did you hear? Spring is coming! How will you save some pennies to enjoy a better spring?

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/aafid or your local Walmart for current pricing.