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Friday, August 29, 2014

A Clean House Is a Happy House

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own. 

My apartment is very small but it get messy looking pretty fast. It's hard for me to function when everything isn't in its place, so every morning I take about 45 minutes to get it all in tip top shape. Once everything is clean and sparkly, I can then concentrate on work or my homework. Sometimes I will even sit in the clean and quiet and enjoy a mocha frapp and a Netflix movie, but not till I have cleaned up.

These are 5 tips that I use myself to get my apartment clean every morning in under an hour.

1) Have a cleaning caddy filled with your favorite cleaning supplies. I have a glass cleaner, an all purpose cleaner, a bathroom cleaner, and some brushes for spot cleaning the rug. I already know which products work most efficient so I can give everything a quick wipe down or scrub.

2) I don't like to use rags or cleaning cloths because they can transfer a lot of the same germs back and forth. Instead I use the new Viva Vantage paper towels from Walmart. These paper towels are so strong that you can actually use them to scour the kitchen counters and really grimy spots.

3) I dust daily instead of letting the dust gather for more than a day. I grab one of the Viva Vantage paper towel and some dust spray and give everything a quick wipe. I suffer from allergies so this is a very important step in my cleaning routine. We just got a cat too, so dusting is now even more important.

4) I use a small vacuum on my hard wood floors versus lugging out the big one. I quickly vacuum all the floors with the smaller machine during the weeks and only pull out the big one on weekends for a more thurough cleaning.

5) Cleaning up behind yourself all day will keep your place looking nice and neat. I get so stressed when I see everyone leaving things where they don't belong or just not putting things back. In my place dishes can get washed as they are used and we all put things back in their place.

Vivia Vantage paper towels are so stretchy and strong that I can use them for so many things including drying up spills and scrubbing dry baby food of the hard wood floor. I like a paper towel that doesn't shred when you use it and can handle even the biggest spill. Check out Viva Vantage at a Walmart near you and let me know how quickly you can get your place cleaned up!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LA Are You Ready? Budweiser's Made In America Fest #MadeInAmericaFest

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. 

Hey Los Angeles, are you ready for the Budweisers Made In America Fest? This is the inaugural year of the Budweiser Made in America 2 day festival in Los Angeles.  The festival benefits the United Way of Greater and is the first American festival to run simultaneously on both coasts (LA and Phily). Not only does it benefit an amazing cause but check out the lineup! You will not want to miss these artists!

Labor Day Weekend
August 30th & 31st
Grand Park, Downtown LA

The Amazing Lineup
Imagine Dragons, Kanye West, John Mayer, Steve Aoki, Juanes, Afrojack, Kendrick Lamar, Rise Against, Weezer, Sublime with Rome, Metric, Capital Cities, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Gareth Emery, R3HAB, Schoolboy Q, Wolfgang Gartner, Borgore, DVBBS, 12th Planet, YG, Mute Math, Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Dr. Dog, Terraplane Sun, ZZ Ward, Classixx, Hit-Boy, DJ Mustard, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA, Yellow Claw, Grits & Biscuits, Will Sparks, Cut Snake, Scavenger Hunt, A Tribe Called Red. 

Get your tickets!

I must say that I am excited about Rita Ora, Imagine Dragons and Juanes! Who would you be most excited to see?

Monday, August 25, 2014

You Make Me Feel Brand New

My days as mom to a soon-to-be 2 year old are not very easy or exciting. Mostly it's a lot of sticky hands, cleaning and trying to put a child to bed who refuses to sleep. I could say I am tired of it and long for a single life or at least a more glamorous life, but I love my days. Even when I hear my son crying for an hour or when he refuses to sleep at night, I would never trade it for the world. If at any moment I am feeling sad, tired or in need of a little pick me up, there are many things that make me feel better right away. These are not expensive things or expensive brands, these are all little things that make a big difference in my life but in actuality cost very little. 

Scent is a big deal and I love the perfume selection from Styles For Less. These are all more of a body spray than a perfume and cost $10 per bottle. Usually they are running a sale too and you can get them even cheaper. We bought their newest scent Craze a few weeks ago and I am obsessed with it. It is a very fruity, melon scented spray that is just amazing for these warmer days. 

My new Forever 21 bag fits everything including my laptop. I loved this the moment I saw it and it cost a lot less that you would figure. 

A small detail like my new initial necklace from Styles For Less gives my tops a whole new feel. I can wear this short or make it longer and it works great as an every day accessory.

During the only rainy, drab day we had in the I.E., I had to pull out one of my bright lippies. Baby Lips that barely have any color are usually my thing but when the day is gray, only a bright lip will do.

I have other favorites like my Bath & Body Works candles and other goodies spread all over my house. I find that if you surround yourself with things you love, it's hard to ever be truly unhappy. What are some of your every day favorites?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Habanero Chicken Wraps

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

Happy Monday to you friends. It's been a little bit hectic here, we have been moving and Julius has been sick so it is even crazier than normal. Moving is one of my least favorite things to do, but lately it seems that all I do is move. I am now in my new apartment and can't wait for things to settle down so we can get to the business of getting ready for my classes to begin and to welcome fall. 

This Sunday was the first time in 4 days that we got to eat something other than fast food and in our new place! It was very simple and quick, but it was great after so many days of junk food. I made some of my favorite chicken wraps with Tyson Chicken Strips, but to kick up the flavor, I added some El Yucateco Hot Sauce which I found at Walmart. 

El Yucateco sauces are full of flavor and have just enough heat to give all of your dishes a spicy little kick. I like hot sauce in almost everything from chips to meatloaf. There are four varieties available so you can pick the flavor that suits your dish best. 

Here is my recipe for quick a quick chicken wrap full of El Yucateco flavor.

Ingredients for two wraps: 
2 Tyson Chicken Strips Grilled or Crispy
2 flour tortillas
A few leaves of lettuce
1/4 cup shredded cheese
El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce

Make: Heat up Tyson strips and tortillas. Slice chicken and place in tortilla, add lettuce, cheese and El Yucateco hot sauce to taste. Garnish with some more shredded cheese. 

This is something very quick and easy that I love to make during hectic weekdays. It's filling, very tasty and if I want to cut back the calories I just use grilled chicken. You don't even need to use the stove if you don't want to, I didn't have my pots and pans unpacked so I microwaved both the chicken and tortillas. The sauce gave the wraps a great kick of flavor and just enough spice. Find more delicious recipe ideas by liking El Yucateco on Facebook. Also make sure to join us at the bilingual #SauceOn Twitter Party for inspiration and ideas on how to bring more excitement to your everyday meals by using El Yucateco.  We’ll be sharing delicious and exciting recipes using El Yucateco and there will be $550 in Walmart gift cards!  RSVP here.

Are you excited to try El Yucateco sauces? Here is a chance to win a prize pack including the sauces: ONE lucky winner with a $75 Walmart gift card + Gift Basket will include El Yucateco products and apparel, a wood cutting board and cheese knives worth approx. $80 in retail value.