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A Must Have in My On-the-Go Bag

November 30, 2016

Today I have partnered with Target to talk about how I am now saving on my monthly diaper budget, while still getting great quality. 

My mom had a lot of girls and I remember how we always wondered what life would be like if we had any brothers. Now I know how lucky mom was to have given birth to all girls. If you know anything about boys, especially toddlers, you know that they are non-stop all day long. Seriously, I have never seen as much energy in any little girl than I see in our boys. Miah is a perfect example of a child who wakes up at 5:30a.m. and doesn't stop till night. The only way that I have found to tame some of that energy is by taking a daily trip to the park, which relieves him of that excess energy and gives me some down time to recouperate.

Since he will outplay everyone, I have to count on being at the park at least two hours and that means being prepared. That's why my on-the-go bag is always packed and ready with everything we will need to avoid accidents and meltdowns.

So what do I pack in my on-the-go bag?
  • Nini : a cup of juice with a backup because the thirst is real when you're playing for so long. The minute he's thirsty and I don't have juice is a moment I will be sure to regret. Don't forget the nini! 
  • Cars: Miah's favorite toys are cars and little figurines and I always have a few in the bag. Eventually he gets bored of the playground and he will want to play on the blanket and he loves having his favorites with him.
  • Snacks: Whether it's a banana or a bag full of dry cereal, I always pack something for the munchies monster. You also want to have something with you to help discourage the ice cream man that happens to come by a million times while we're there. 
  • Diapers: How many times have you forgotten to pack a diaper and lived to regret it? Yes, you can not forget extra diapers, especially when there will be so much drinking and moving around. I was recently sent some Target up & up™ Diapers and these are the ones we have been using for our park trips and anytime I am on-the-go.

I have used Target up & up™ Diapers in the past, when Julius was a baby and I already knew they were a very good value. But I wasn't sure how they would hold up to the energy of Miah. I was pleasantly surprised to note that they were able to handle this kids non-stop playing, running and rolling without bunching up. We also haven't had any accidents, which is great because I usually pop into the store after the park and a wet baby is not something I want to deal with on such a busy day.

I'm really happy for the opportunity to get to know more about Target up & up™ Diapers once again. Diapers are one of the pricier items on my monthly budget and if I can save money while still getting premium quality, then I'll take it! With up to 12 hours of leak protection, a new Quilted Absorbent Core that provides enhanced softness for comfort, and a wetness indicator that lets me know when the diaper needs changing, I am sure we will be buying more Target up & up™ Diapers.

Would you like to try Target up & up™ Diapers for yourself? Register here to sample free up & up™diapers in sizes: 3, 4, 5. Register to get your free sample today and maybe you can save some money on your monthly diper budget too.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Target up & up™ Diapers

What's In My Workbag?

November 22, 2016

I have received information and materials from Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc., McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WinOverWinter #CollectiveBias
Winter is less than a month away and so is Christmas, which is probably the busiest time of the year for me. And yet with all that I already have to do for the holiday season, this is also when I start prepping for the colder months and taking care of my family. I have to be ready to deal with the colds, fevers and illnesses that are sure to come at home. My son has always been a sickly child and the winter months are pretty hard on him. I have to be prepared to care for him, while not letting myself get sick because it's also a busy time at work.
I am a school photographer and during the winter we will be working long hours. Long hours make for great paychecks, but they also mean so many more aches and pains! I deal with a lot of equipment and heavy setups on a daily basis as part of my job. Not only do we pack all of the equipment that we use at each of our jobs, we also do the set up ourselves. That means lifting and putting together really heavy equipment and a lot of hard labor that most people don't associate with being a photographer. I still love what I do and every morning I pack my bag carefully so I can be ready to face the many kids germs, cold weather and pain, of the day. 

So what do I pack in my workbag?
  • Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream is a must have for anyone who suffers with muscle aches and pains. Find BENGAY® Cream at Target along with all of the other items you will need to #WinOverWinter.
  • When you come in contact with so many kids in one day, antibacterial lotions and wipes become your best friends.
  • Hand cream to apply generously after the antibacterial lotion is a must. Dry hands during the winter can be terrible so I apply hand cream all throughout my day.
  • Dry lips are also a big problem in the winter. I always carry lip balm with me and will apply several times a day. If I am wearing lipstick, I will apply a thick coat of lip balm underneath.

I first discovered BENGAY® Cream when my grandma let me use it at her house. She told me that it's what kept her going in her years of working a manufacturing job, while having arthritis. Now I know why she has trusted it for so many years and why it's always had a place in her medicine cabinet. BENGAY® Cream really does help to temporarily relieve the minor aches and pains of muscles and joints. I have a tube in my bag for those moments when my back acts up or when I happen to bruise myself, which is pretty often in this job. 
A little bit of BENGAY® Cream over all of your achy spots right after a hot shower is also amazing and a great way to prepare for a restful night. Winter is a busy time and it's a hard time on our bodies, we need all the rest we can get. And that's why BENGAY® Cream is a must in my home this winter season. What are some of your winter must haves?

Honey Chipotle Brussels Sprouts

November 20, 2016

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

Frequent heartburn is not fun, but especially not during the holidays when there is so much great food to enjoy. Today I am going to share one of my favorite holiday recipes and how Nexium® 24HR 42ct Tablets helps me avoid heartburn.
It's the season for food, otherwise known as the holiday season. Sure we're all looking forward to Christmas, but I admit that I am a super fan of Thanksgiving and can't wait for Thursday so we can eat all those yummy dishes. Some of my all time favorite Thanksgiving dishes are: my grandmas turkey, which she covers in a chili pepper sauce, and her chipotle stuffing which is spiceeey. Yes, we eat a lot of spicy foods in my family.  Our Mexican heritage and roots have been nicely blended with our American traditions, which means a lot of flavor and a lot of spice in all holiday meals. 
As well as being a fan of the turkey and ham, I love the Thanksgiving veggie side dishes. I am not normally the biggest fan of eating veggies, honestly. But there's something about a savory & sweet veggie dish that you just can't say no to. And something I never thought I would like, brussels sprouts, suddenly turns into a delicacy. The Honey Chipotle Brussels Sprouts my step dad makes are actually highly addicting, and today I will share how easy they are to make. 

Honey Chipotle Brussels Sprouts
(Serves 4)

1 1/2 pounds clean and halved brussels sprouts
3 tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp salt
3tbsp honey
1 lime juice
3tbsp chipotle pepper sauce
Preheat oven to 425°and start by lining a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Take brussels sprouts and toss in a large bowl with olive oil and salt. 

Once coated throughly, place brussels sprouts onto cooking sheet and bake for about 35 minutes, tossing them every once in a while to get an even roast. Meanwhile, combine chipotle sauce, honey, lime and a pinch of salt in a small bowl for sauce.
Once brussels sprouts are tender on the inside and nicely roasted on the outside, place into serving bowl and drizzle with sauce.  
The honey chipotle sauce is what makes these brussels sprouts amazing. This recipe should provide four pretty good servings, but I would suggest making extra because everyone is going to ask for seconds!
Warning: These will be pretty spicy, so make sure that you've prepared to deal with frequent heartburn. 
How I avoid dealing with frequent heartburn: Pick up Nexium® 24HR, at Walgreens ahead of time. This product does not treat immediate heartburn, but takes a few days for full effect, so don't wait until the last minute to pick it up. Don't let the burning and discomfort of frequent heartburn spoil your holiday dinner. 

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Nexium® 24HR provides protection from frequent heartburn so everyone can savor the best of the Holidays. Just one pill a day provides all-day, all-night protection from frequent heartburn – no matter what triggers it.* Nexium® 24HR may take 1-4 days for full effect. It is not immediate relief.

DIY #ToPetsWithLove Pillow

November 18, 2016

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

I never thought that I would be a dog and cat lady. Two years ago had you told me that soon my house would be home to a dog, and a handful of cats, I wouldn't have believed you. But it's happened. We now have 4 cats , which is almost same as having 4 toddlers running round, and we still have our one and first pet, Rocky. And while we're pretty happy about having 4 cats under one roof, Rocky still isn't that thrilled. It's like she will look at you with her very sad eyes saying, "I didn't sign up for this." Poor Rocky, she's just not that into the cats. They get to go into the bedrooms where she's not allowed, they get to jump on the furniture, and they even drink her water and sneak into her food bowl.

But she really doesn't have to worry at all, while there is a whole bunch of them, there is only one of her and she is the one that we rescued first. While the cats will get to stay home during the upcoming holidays while we go our for family dinners and events, she will get to go with us. She will get to enjoy Thanksgiving turkey at my sisters house and she will get to go and open presents on Christmas morning too. And while the cats will be home sleeping, she will be opening up and getting to play with her new gifts as well. 
Since Rocky spends a lot of time in bed and the winter will soon arrive, I decided to make a Pet Pillow using some warm fleece blankets that I found at the store. We usually buy her a bed every few months and she loves that, I thought this would be a great way to put some more thought into a gift rather than buying it premade. It also ended up costing less than a pre-made bed, and since I used really warm holiday blankets, she will be a lot warmer in the cold months ahead. This pet bed is incredibly easy to make, as you will see below and I think it's such a nice holiday gift for our furry loved ones.

DIY #ToPetsWithLove Pillow 
Products needed: Ruler, two fleece blankets, scissors and a pillow

  • Start by lining up both fleece blankets
  • Place pillow on top of blankets. My blankets were squared so I had to cut off about 4" on each side to shape it to the pillow. You want to leave about 7" of material on each side of the pillow
  • Cut a 5" square off from all four side of the blankets 
  • For the fringe we will cut 1" wide, 5" long strips all along three sides of the blankets
  • As you go, tie up the strips into a knot so you don't have to come back around a second time
  • Before closing the last side, stuff pillow into the case and finish tying

You're done making a very soft & cozy pet bed for your furry one. This will be a fantastic holiday gift that will get its use and then some. It's also going to be so comfy and soft, I almost want my own. 
Other items to put into your pets holiday gift basket:

The one thing that never fails to perk Rocky up is, food. She does love to eat, just like the rest of her family. That's why for her holiday basket we will be sure to pick up a large bag of her favorite food, Purina Beneful Incredibites and some treats. At Ralphs you can find an extensive pet aisle filled with all the treats that are sure to make those little tails wag come Christmas morning. She'll have some Beggin’ Strips which smell like bacon and taste like bacon because they’re made with real bacon. These are her favorite! She will also be getting a few bags of  Busy Dog Treats. These treat your dog with long-lasting chews that'll keep them busy and happy, chewing away while the rest of the family opens up gifts. 
Spread holiday love to your furry friends with the help of Purina! Now through the end of November, take advantage of great savings on your favorite Purina pet products available at Kroger with this Coupons.com link, while supplies last. For more inspiration for treating your pets to a special holiday, visit the Social Hub
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