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5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean & Fresh For You & Your Cats

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I saw a sign at the store the other day that said, "Home Is Where My Cat Is", and I couldn't agree more, but for us, home is where our cats are. Last year I shared all about Fluffy, the pregnant stray who came to our door when she went into labor, and her 5 beautiful kittens.

We were supposed to start looking for new homes for this furry family starting in January but they are still with us and honestly we are in no hurry for them to go anywhere. While it took the family a bit to get used to having so many cats underfoot in the beginning, we've become used to this extra family being part of the mix. And, while we know that they will have to go to a new home soon, they are still very much part of our family. 

So how does our family plus three cats get along with having an extra six cats in the home? Having grown up in a large family I am already used to tidying up everyday. The addition of pets, especially so many, just means that daily clean up and constantly keeping on top of their needs is important. If you're vigilant about their needs and messes, it is possible to keep a clean home.
Today I am sharing some of the ways that we keep the house livable and pleasant not just for us, but for the pets too.

Comb your cats coat every few days: One of the biggest things you have to tend with when having multiple cats under one roof is cat hair. I grew up with 4 sisters and my mom, and I thought we had a lot of hair fall-out. With these cats, especially the long haired ones, the hair problem is insane.
An easy way to cut down on some of the mess is to comb their coat at least every few days. This can be something relaxing for kitty, I find most cats really love having me run a brush through their fur, and it gives each cat a little bit of extra one-on-one time with you.
Dust and vacuum on the daily:  I'm a mom so I know all about cleaning house daily, but with multiple cats you really can't skip it. There is just too much cat hair! A light dusting and vacuuming every morning, gets the house ready to be lived in by the humans and allow the cats to lounge about all day in comfort.
It's not as much work as it seems, not in our place. We've actually clocked it and with two people helping, we can actually get all the surfaces downstairs and floors cleaned in about 35 minutes.

Pick the right kind of liter for your multi-cat home:

How can we maintain the house smelling clean even with so many litter boxes? Fresh Step® Clean Paws™ Multi-Cat Scented Litter with the power of Febreze™ Freshness is specific to our multi-cat needs. We bought it at Target! Fresh Step® Clean Paws™ Multi-Cat Scented Litter with the power of Febreze™  Freshenss helps keep cats paws and your home clean with a Low Dust Formula for cleaner surfaces. The low tracking formula helps keep litter in the box and off paws and floors, while eliminating odors for up to 10 days.

A special blend of larger particles is designed to stick less to your cat's fur and stay in the box, which means less tracking of litter all over your home's surfaces. Most importantly in our case, is the increased odor-fighting protection with the power of Febreze™ Freshness for multi-cat households. With 10-Day Odor Control, it eliminates odors for ten days guaranteed and has more odor-fighting power for litter boxes used by more than one cat.

Make sure you have enough litter boxes:

While our older cats have always had their own litter boxes, we simply didn't have the space to do the same with Fluffy and her many kittens. Instead, they share four boxes and we use Fresh Step® Clean Paws™ Multi-Cat Scented Litter with the power of Febreze™ Freshness, to keep them as fresh as possible.

Don’t expect the litter to make magic happen, you still have to clean the boxes daily, and sometimes more than once a day. But overall this litter really makes a remarkable difference in how the litter box area smells.

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Light & Refreshing: Shrimp & Mango Shrimp Skewers

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It's a common misconception that in order to lead an active lifestyle, you have to abstain from good food and drink as well as constantly diet.
I've never had to diet, honestly - I don't think I ever could because I love to eat and I am a constant snacker. Instead of dieting or skipping foods
and drinks that I enjoy, I do so moderately. I also like to stay active. Making better-for-me choices when it comes to the majority of my meals
and staying physically active, allows me to enjoy all the food I want. It's about moderation and balance.
I also don't believe in giving up a good beer either, not when there is Michelob ULTRA.
Michelob ULTRA has 50 calories less than Corona Extra and 80% less carbs than Corona Extra.
With its light, crisp and refreshing taste - Michelob ULTRA is the perfect way to celebrate a big day,
without stressing about the calories.
My family is big into celebrating life  moments. Whether it's someone's birthday,
a baptism or an anniversary, we celebrate all with food. As with most Mexican families, we
eat a lot of traditional foods. Carne asada, carnitas or our beloved tamales are amongst our go-tos. My favorite
dishes are always the ones with shrimp; they are still packed with flavor but are lighter in terms of calories.
I can then save these calories for my dessert, which is my favorite part of any meal!
If you have a few pounds of cooked shrimp, you can prepare them in so many ways. My abuelita’s favorite is Camarones Endiablados,
which are so spicy, you're going to need a cold Michelob ULTRA at your side as you eat them. But a dish I love to prepare on the weekends,
when I am home and just want something quick and easy is Shrimp & Mango Shrimp Skewers. Here is my easy recipe.
Shrimp & Mango Shrimp Skewers
1lb cooked shrimp (cleaned)
2 fresh mangos
2 limes
salt and pepper to taste
Cut mangos, keeping them more flat than squared
Thread shrimp and mangoes alternately onto each skewer
Squeeze lime juice, salt and pepper the kebabs
Cook on grill for 2-3 minutes on each side
When kebabs are cooked squeeze a little bit more lime juice on them

This dish is very light and refreshing just like each bottle of Michelob ULTRA. The shrimp are not overly fussy and the ripe mango gives everything such a delicious twist. I love fruit and try to incorporate it into many of my dishes, this is a great way to use mango, which is a favorite fruit of mine.

So are you ready to seize the day with a better for you beer paired with one of your favorite dishes? I am! Michelob ULTRA is a premium, great tasting beer that won’t fill you up, with only 95 cals and 2.6 carbs. Next time you're celebrating or just enjoying some down time, open up a cold bottle of Michelob ULTRA. This way, you can celebrate and relax without stressing about the calories.

A Simple Skincare Routine That Doesn't Break the Bank

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.

I'm not a big follower of makeup trends, especially these days where they come and go so quickly. Instead of focusing on what's hot in makeup, I concentrate on my skin. If you've followed my blog for a while then you know that I struggle with acne and have oily and dehydrated skin. Acne has been an issue for me since I was about thirteen years old, that's almost ten years now! That's why skincare has to be my top priority.

One of the most important parts of my skincare is my daily cleansing, which I do morning and night. Today I'm going to share a few of the products that are in my cleansing regimen. My favorite part about these products, besides how well they work, is that I don't have to sweat when it's time to re-buy them. In fact, right now at CVS, they are Buy One, Get One 50% Off all POND’S, Noxzema, St. Ives and Simple skincare products + Get $5 ExtraBucks when you spend $15 on participating POND'S, Noxzema, St. Ives and Simple skincare products.

Let me now show you how I use these products each evening before bed. I cleanse every night, but when I am wearing makeup I cleanse even more throughly. Clean pores are so important when you struggle with acne and I never go to bed wearing makeup. I start with Simple Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water which is infused with skin-loving minerals and plant extract, it's specifically developed for dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin. This no-rinse cleanser gently yet effectively cleanses and removes impurities and makeup from your face.

Oily skin CAN be dehydrated, so I love that this product also soothes and instantly rehydrates my thirsty skin.

Plus, Simple Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water does such a good job of getting rid of lipstick, mascara and liner, which are the hardest to remove.

Simple Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water gets a good majority of my makeup off, and I can then move on to the second step.

My second cleanse product is the POND’S Cold Cream Cleanser. This cleanser is unlike ordinary cleansers, POND’S Cold Cream Cleanser is actually 50% moisturizer, which again, is so good to dehydrated skin like mine. It deep cleans and removes dirt and makeup, while infusing your skin with vital moisture – all in one easy routine. 

You can use POND’S Cold Cream Cleanser as a one step cleaner, but I enjoy using it along with Simple Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water, as part of my double cleanse routine. Double cleansing is the best way to go for a really thorough skin cleansing.

When you're through using these two products together, you skin will feel extremely clean but not dry or itchy. Normally, I would use my serum and moisturizer on top and call it a day, but twice a week I have a third step in my cleansing routine.

The St. Ives brand is one my mom bought my sisters and I as teens, and I still love it. The St. Ives Green Tea Blackhead Clearing Scrub is a great exfoliator that I only use twice a week but that makes such a marked change in my skin texture. It has the most amazing green tea scent and really packs a punch when tackling my blackheads.

St. Ives Green Tea Blackhead Clearing Scrub has antioxidants and it’s moderately exfoliating too, helping to target blackheads, unclog pores and calms redness, for a more even skin tone. With natural ingredients that include green tea and exfoliating mineral, my skin feels so smooth after using it.

I don't recommend using an exfoliating product more than three times a week, but I find it an essential step in any skincare routine. If it's not a step you currently take - I definitely reccomend adding it to your routine. Your skin will feel amazing after!

A product I did not use in today's routine but that I also love for my double cleanse routine is the Noxzema Classic Clean Original Deep Cleansing Cream. This is another og product that my mom remembers from her days in high school. I love how this product smells and always stock up on the big tub, which is super affordable.

Noxzema Classic Clean Original Deep Cleansing Cream reaches deep into pores to remove dirt and oil. Made with eucalyptus and linseed oils, it leaves skin smooth, soft, and moisturized.

Now, with cleansed, moisturized and baby soft skin, I can hit the sheets and know that my skin has been taken care of. I've actually had the flu for over a week now, but my skin hasn't had to pay the price because I am taking good care it, as usual.

Don't forget to head to CVS to stock up on these skincare faves from Unilever : Buy One, Get One 50% Off all POND’S, Noxzema, St. Ives and Simple skincare products + Get $5 ExtraBucks when you spend $15 on participating POND'S, Noxzema, St. Ives and Simple skincare products