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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Toy Emporium Imagination at Work

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

My little guy loves to play and there is almost no toy that he will say no to, that's why his room is jam packed. But for me, it's very important to find him toys that will help his imagination grow, I am so happy he is not into technology yet like his cousins. While he is still little and before he discovers the world of tablets full of apps, I want him to enjoy playing with good old fashioned toys like the ones we had when I was little. By quickly logging into Target's Toy Emporium (available online) I can find so many toys for him that will boost his imagination and provide him with fun and exciting hours of play. Him and his best friend and cousin Anthony have recently discovered dinosaurs and after finding the Terra line of toys online at the emporium we went to our store which happens to also stock them.
In the same trip we looked for a birthday present for my niece Darlene. In the same theme as the boys, I wanted to find her something that would foster imaginative play since she spends a lot of time on her tablet. I looked at all the Imagine and Move toys available and knew she would love one of the dolls from the Our Generation section of the store, which happens to be my little sister Sammy's favorite isle in the store. In just one trip to Target I got each of the boys a dinosaur from Terra and we picked out a gift that would be sure to please. Knowing that all of the selections would encourage the kids development and provide them with technology-free hours of play made me feel really good about buying these toys for them. 

Today the boys finally got together for a play date and sure enough they were very excited to be opening up the little dinosaurs they had only been allowed to hold thus far. You should have heard the growling that was going on and the chasing of the poor puppy through out the house was too funny. 

This is the perfect age for this type of toy for them. They played for a good hour and a half before finally going down for naps and even then they were unwilling to part with their new found pals. I will totally have to go back and pick out a few more for each, and thank goodness that the figurines in this line are very affordable. 

Julius has a birthday coming next month and I will be going online to visit Target's Toy Emporium to pick out some more Imagine and Move toys for him. We shall work to foster his little mind and get that imagination growing and growing without the need for technology or much television. 

With his best friend and primo Anthony, they will for sure spend hours and hours chasing each other and playing their tiny hearts out. It does my heart good to see them having so much fun with toys that though very simple and small, provide BIG learning and BIG fun. 

Visit the Target Toy Emporium online to see all available brands and toys. The holidays are on the horizon and it's time to start planning all that shopping. Also visit the Pinterest board below for tons of other fun toy posts featuring Target Toy Emporium brands!

Be a Hostess with the Mostess & Enter the Mis Primeras Mañanitas Sweepstakes

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Fisher-Price® and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

My sons first birthday party was a very exiting time for me as a first time mom. I literally spent months and months planning everything for his first birthday. Everything had to be just perfect, and his dad, his grandmother and aunts all chipped in to help make his day as special as possible. It's not everyday that you get to celebrate your precious child's first birthday so it had to be just right. 

While I was planning for his party, I used the internet religiously to come up with ideas and to look for tutorials on making a lot of the party favors. What a wealth of information is at our fingertips, I found so many ideas and tips I wished I could have done all of them. For someone like me, who is not used to hosting parties, this was perfect. If you are like me and needed some fresh ideas on being that perfect Hostess with the Mostess the visit the Hostess with the Mostess Fisher-Price® Site for so many ideas for your little ones party. They have some of the neatest and cutest ideas that I have seen, so perfect for a first birthday. And on their site you get step-by-step instructions on how to do everything, making even really hard looking things very simple. I did a lot of DIY and it really makes the party seem personal when you take time to put work into it yourself and it's a lot of fun to involve the entire family. 


Fisher-Price ® is proud to announce Mis Primeras Mañanitas, the first-ever fully integrated Hispanic dedicated program of its kind that will connect directly with millennial moms.In its first year, the campaign will tap into the culturally relevant and emotional connection to “Las Mañanitas”, a song that highlights the love and optimism that a mom feels on her baby’s special day. 

DIY Tutorial: Birthday Ball Garland

ENTER TO WIN: Mis Primeras Mañanitas was developed to be a resource hub for moms to access unique andcreative ideas for her baby’s first birthday party so take advantage of it! Visit the Hostess with the Mostess Fisher-Price® Site to help you plan your bebes primer mananitas and while you are there enter the Mis Primeras Mañanitas sweepstakes. One winner per month wins a $100 gift card to help plan baby's party and a selection of classic Fisher-Price® toys like these: Brilliant BasicsTM Corn Popper®, Little People ® Fun Sounds Farm, Little People® Classic Xylophone. I remember these toys from when I was a kid and I know my little boy loves them too!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

@Pampers #BebeConRitmo Video and Twitter Party

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

Dancing is in my sons genes and there is no better moment of fun for us than first thing in the morning when he wakes up with so much energy and with a dry booty. A dry diaper and a restful night's sleep are cause for a morning time fiesta!

Pampers is celebrating those fun morning moments when baby wakes up happy, energetic and ready to “bailar” in his or her crib after a good night’s sleep. When baby wakes up dry and ready to dance, mom can’t help but join in the fun! Pampers asked parents to share video of their little one's best morning dance moves and share it with them for a chance to have their baby's best moves featured in their next Pampers video mash up. I have the finished video to share with you today, it's extremely adorable and fun!

Please join @Pampers, @PampersLatino and Latina Mom Bloggers for a #BebeConRitmo Twitter Party on October 7th win prizes, you must RSVP at Latina Mom Bloggers http://bit.ly/1tedRhu from 9-10pm ET. There will be lots of fun prizes! To be eligible to win prizes, you must RSVP at Latina Mom Bloggers.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month With Food & La Morena

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

Hispanic Heritage Month is here and as a Mexican-American / Pacific Islander, it is something that is very near to my heart. My mom's home country and the place that gave birth to half of my ancestors runs deeps in mine and my sisters veins always. Ever since I can remember food has played a big part in our lives, most notable the food from both of our cultures. My grandmother in my dad's side always making traditional Chamorro foods and my abuelita always making the most amazing Mexican dishes. We learned early on that Christmas means tamales, menudo and bunuelos, NOT turkey or ham like other families. On the rare days my abuelita took care of us, other kids were taking turkey sandwiches for lunch while we had sopa de fideo in a container, very uncool for sure. My mom is not a great cook, not like my abuelita, she says she is allergic to making anything that takes more than 30 minutes or 5 ingredients, but we have still learned a few things from her. And together with my sisters, all who cook pretty darn well, we make our own recipes based on both of our cultures. I personally am a big pasta lover because pasta is very easy to make and so versatile. Plus pasta is very filling and feels like a real meal to me. When I went to pick a new recipe to cook with La Morena Chipotle Peppers, I immediately decided to put a spin on one of my favorite cold pasta dishes and give it some traditional Mexican flavor. 

You can find La Morena products at a few Hispanic retailers here in Socal but you can also find them at Food 4 Less and Ralph's. I found mine at Food 4 Less and will keep looking because I heard they have some really good beans that Food 4 Less didn't have. You can find more info about La Morena products on FB.

Pasta Fria con Chipotle 

1 cup garden rotini pasta
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 cup black olives
1/2 cup green pitted olives
Queso cotija to taste
salt to taste
pepper to taste
3 tablespoons La Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce

Prep: Cook rotini for about 15 minutes, adding pinch of salt. Drain pasta and in a big bowl add mayo, olives and a pinch or two of pepper. Last add 3 tablespoons of La Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce, I did not add the peppers just the sauce. Serve in a large bowl and add as much Cotija cheese as you like, this cheese is heaven in our house so we add a lot. It's also pretty salty so I only added the smallest pinch of salt to the pasta. 

If you are looking for a lighter version of this pasta you can replace the mayo with either a light version or some olive oil. I very seldom have mayonnaise and don't mind the extra calories now and then. One day I will share a similar version that I make with Mexican sour cream too in case you like a really creamy pasta. 

Yum! I love olives and I love pairing them with cotija cheese and the tangy and spicy flavor of chipotle sauce. I almost added too much chipotle to this batch but added extra cheese to take the edge off. I admit to not eating as spicy as my sisters but they love everything as picoso as possible. 

This Hispanic Heritage Month my sisters and I will be celebrating our culture in many ways, one of the ways will be by cooking our favorite Mexican dishes. When our kids get older they will know what their mixed cultures taste like and they will know where they come from. I am extremely proud to be Mexican and I celebrate this month with my fellow Hispanos/Latinos.