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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

Making Icy Coca-Cola Magic

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I like to consider myself to be a bit of an expert on icy beverages. I live in California where icy and slushie type drinks are a year-round thing and I was pretty sure that I knew all of the best places to score one. Turns out that I was wrong and I have been seriously missing out one of the coolest ways to enjoy a delicious Coca-Cola™ or Sprite®. 

My icy drink cravings tend to come at various hours in the day including in the middle of the night or maybe on the drive home from a long day of work. And nothing is worse than getting to your favorite slushie place only to find it closed. That's why my new must-stop place for an icy drink is Chevron Station, home of the Arctic Coke machine. Voila!

I don't even know if I had seen the Arctic Coke machine before last week. Gas station stores tend to be so busy that I don't know if I had never seen this machine, or maybe I saw it and thought it was a simple fridge. That's what it looks like right? Well, check out how cool this machine actually is. 

Start by picking out your favorite Coca-Cola drink. 

Now you slowly tilt the beverage upside down, then right side up.

Place your cold beverage on the platform.

Press the red button.

Now, watch the icy magic happen!

My bottle of Sprite literally turned into the perfect icy beverage right in front of my eyes.

How amazing is this? If you're like me, you have attempted to create this kind of magic at home by putting your soft drink in the freezer. But getting the perfect amount of ice is not easy and I usually end up freezing mine into a hard rock. 

All the Arctic Coke machine needs is a press of the button and you have the PERFECT slushie in mere seconds. 

I think it's safe to say that I will now be taking a different route home from work, specifically the one that brings me past this Chevron Station. Unfortuntately, not all stations have the amazing Arctic Coke machine so you will have to find an Arctic Coke near you

I'm hoping that as the word gets out and more people find out about Arctic Coke, more machines will be available because this is such an awesome way to enjoy a Coca-Cola product. Seriously, I have found my favorite new way to enjoy a cold drink and I hope that soon there will be an Arctic Coke machine closer to my place so I can make some midnight soda runs. 

Check out this video to see exactly how the Arctic Coke magic came to be and let me know if you have spotted this delicious icy beverage machine in your area.