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Thursday, September 25, 2014

M&M’s Desserts For Captain America Movie Night

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

You can tell that my mom would have loved to have sons, she is a huge fan of superheroes, and therefore my sisters and I are too. Throughout our childhood, she took us to see every single Disney princess movie the day it came out, and when they were released she would purchased them for us. Along with those princess and girly movies though, we saw our share of super hero and karate movies. How many moms know Mortal Kombat line by line? It's no surprise that it's now become a tradition for us to get together to watch the latest super hero movies together. While we can't ever seem to get together to go see the movies at the theaters like we used to, now we wait till they come out on DVD and watch them at home. Life is so busy and hectic, so it's not quite the same as catching the flick at the theater, but as long as we are together, we still enjoy our movies to the max. Last week was the official release date of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier DVD, and as usual, we had been waiting excitedly to watch it here together. Last night I took a fast trip to Walmart to grab some M&M's® and other goodies to enjoy during the flick. It was only going to be my mom, step dad and little sister, but there still had to be a fun snack to enjoy, and I especially wanted to find something my little sister could help me make.

Walmart has the best selection of candies and they have all the M&M's flavors, but Sammy's favorite has always been plain milk chocolate, which happened to be on rollback which you can tell by the empty shelf. I don't know about you, but I love me some rollback prices.  It was while I was in the cookie isle that inspirtation struck and I thought about making some ice cream sandwiches with M&M's. I grabbed some waffle crisps and vanilla ice cream along with 2 packages of M&M's.

Sammy was very excited today once she saw what we were going to be making. She usually gets a little package of M&M's, so these larger bags are very much a treat. 

For my mama who is a big fan of FROYO, I made a strawberry cup topped with ice cream and M&M's and a waffle, then Sammy and I set about to making our sandwiches. It's over 97 degrees today so I wasn't even sure if our waffles and ice cream would be able to hold up in the heat, but hey you only live once. We threw caution to the wind and broke out the vanilla ice cream and got ready to move fast.

M&M's Ice Cream Sandwich
vanilla ice cream
flat waffle crips
M&M's candies

Allow ice cream to soften enough to be able to scoop out easily. Place your waffle down and using an ice cream scoop grab a nice round scoop of ice cream. We tried spreading  the ice cream and this did NOT work, using a round scoop works much better. Top ice cream generously with M&M's and gently push down second waffle on top. 

I would call this a very successful dessert for our Captain America movie night. The really fun part and what always challenges me when it comes to making these simple little snacks, is finding something the kids will like. Anytime that I can include them in the fun of prepping a dessert or meal, they really enjoy it and sometimes we come up with things that later become a tradition. And you know me, I am about easy, simple to make stuff and this was the perfect dessert because it was fun to make and so yummy to eat. M&M's just make everything better! Now we can just sit down and enjoy our super hero movie with the perfect snack. I'm pretty sure Captain America was wishing I would make one for him too but Sammy finished all the chocolates. Maybe next time!

Celebrating Baby's Mornings with #BebeConRitmo

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

My son Julius is a natural born dancer. I don't know if it's because his father is a really good dancer and it runs in his blood or if it's just because he loves music and has that same passion for dance as his dad, but he has been dancing ever since he was in the womb. I remember when he was just a few months old and how he would wake with so much energy, and no matter that it was 6:00 a.m. (his normal wake time) he had to get his dance on.  Morning is a great time for babies, it's when they seem to have the most energy and when they are the least fussy. His routine ever since being a baby is to wake up before everyone else and spend some time in his crib playing. A few minutes of that and soon he would be in there dancing and asking to be brought down to dance on the bedroom floor. By that time the entire house was up anyways, with all of the commotion coming from him it was hard to sleep in any longer. Like I said, my son is a morning baby and that has made the rest of us become morning people too, whether we like it or not. 

Julius is now 2 years old and not the same little baby boy who used to wake in his crib and yell till he was brought down to dance. Now he has a big boy bed and gets off it all on his own and he pretty much does what he wants in his room for the first ten minutes till I get to him. When I greet my son in the mornings he is usually dancing or playing with one of his many toys. No more crib, no more onesie pajama and no more little baby, but he still loves dancing more than anything else. 

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! On Monday, September 29th, Pampers will air the final mash-up video on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channels and your child could actually be featured in this video!! Please join Pampers for a #BebeConRitmo Twitter Party on Thursday, October 9th, from 9-10pmEST, where we'll be watching the final mash-up video and chatting joyful morning moments.

To celebrate our #BebeConRitmo, I am partnering with Pampers to bring you this great giveaway that is going to give baby even more to dance to. Please enter below and good luck.


o Jam Plus Bluetooth Wireless Speaker 

o GrayBaby Einstein Octoplush

o Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

o Cha-Cha-Cha En la Selva (The Animal Boogie) book

o Pampers Sensitive Wipes

o Pampers Baby Dry Diapers

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Operation Save The Undies

Thanks to U by Kotex for sponsoring today's post.

As you know I love to shop and I love spending money, but that doesn't mean I love to waste money. I've always been obsessed with cute panties. Having those ultra cute styles and designs can get pretty expensive especially when you buy them from Victoria's Secret and similar stores. I have been collection panties from this store for years and years, and the last thing I want to do is throw them out because of an accident. Yet, I very often have to do just that. That's right, when mother nature comes calling all my panties become endangered species, and all because at any moment an accident can completely ruin them. How much money have I thrown away on panties that were ruined? Hundreds. And the worse thing is that it's just not money that you are throwing out, because when you have to throw out a favorite panty, it really stings. We all have those favorite panties: the favorite for date night, or the one that makes you feel super comfortable and confident, the one that makes you feel super sexy or even the one you use on laundry day, all these panties become part of our fashion wardrobe and no one likes having to throw any of them out. 

So what can you do to save the panties from this fate??

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Don't throw out any more of your favorite panties, visit the U by Kotex landing page and get a free sample to try out for yourself, no purchase necessary. Wouldn't it be nice to never have to throw any of those cute panties away, ever? Help Save the Undies* with U by Kotex pads by grabbing your free sample today.

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!