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Satisfy Your Hunger in a Delicious Way!

May 25, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #50YearsofBreakfast #CollectiveBias

Happy Memorial Day, how are you spending this day off? I'm as usual, very busy today and just trying to get it all done so I can have some time off with my family. My day begun in the normal way, with me getting up later than I had planned and almost no time to eat. Without a lot of time but with my stomach craving something, it was time to pull out the Carnation Breakfast Essentials, some milk and fresh strawberries. This is my go-to breakfast when I am running late and also makes a great snack for anytime of day. Licuado de Fresa is something I have enjoyed since we were very little, it's one of my moms specialties and her recipe comes from my great-great abuelitas recipe in Mexico. My mom makes this same smoothie or licuado in several varieties, all featuring fresh fruit. Sometimes she will make Licuado de Platano with Chocomilk, other times she will make Licuado de Melon or Licuado de Arandanos. As long as you have some skim milk (or water) and fresh fruit on hand, you can make this smoothie very quickly. I enjoy adding Carnation Breakfast Essentials in vanilla or strawberry flavor to my smoothie to make it more nutritious. Each serving of Carnation Breakfast Essentials is packed with protein and 21 vitamins & minerals, which make my regular smoothie a SUPER SMOOTHIE which can help me start the day with energy. 

We love smoothies and they are the reason why we always keep fresh fruit on hand. Strawberries are priced very low right now at the store, which makes it easy to enjoy a smoothie daily. I never met my great-great abuelita, but she her licuados are still being enjoyed by her family. I have aunts and cousins who really make her traditional recipe like my mom, I've just made it a little healthier, which I think she would appreciate. 

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Find Carnation Breakfast Essentials at Walmart in the cereal aisle. I hope you have time to enjoy a strawberry smoothie this week. 

Dreft Welcomes You to the Beautiful Journey of #Amazinghood

May 20, 2015

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Dreft.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Before having a child of my own I had no idea that there was such a thing as baby laundry detergent. Dreft came into my life after I had Julius and it came to me from a very experienced person, my mom. She gave me the first bottle of Dreft when he was very little and told me it was important to only use this detergent for all of is baby clothes because his skin was very delicate and Dreft was specially made for that delicate skin. Now Dreft has brought us even more products than that first detergent I started out with, which makes sense because babies go through a lot of changes within their first few years, leading to different needs for different life stages - especially when it comes to their laundry. 

Understanding that laundry needs for little ones change as they grow and develop, Dreft, the #1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians, the #1 dermatologist recommended brand for baby clothes and a trusted brand for more than 80 years, has expanded its product line-up to better meet the different life-stage needs of babies and their families. Now with Dreft's new line of laundry care products, families can focus less on the mess and more on the amazing moments they share together. 

Let's talk a little bit more about Dreft products and how they grow with your child. 

  • Dreft Newborn (Stage One): Expectant and new parents can wash their little one's fabrics with Dreft’s same beloved hypoallergenic formula, designed to be tough on stains and gentle on baby’s skin with the beloved Dreft baby scent.
  • NEW Dreft Active Baby (Stage Two): Specially designed with a growing, developing baby in mind, NEW Dreft Active Baby helps to remove 99% of baby food stains and other outdoor messes with a gentle, hypoallergenic formula and fresh scent.
  • NEW Dreft Blissfuls (Stage Three): NEW Dreft Blissfuls in-wash scent boosters gives families the baby fresh scent they love. Safe on all fabrics, these beads help bring back that nostalgic, amazing baby scent (and all those memories) with every wash.

My son is in Stage Two of Dreft's new lineup. He is always staining his clothes because he like me, is big on snacking. He is also a very active little boy whose clothes always need extra scrubbing. I am guilty of overspending on his clothes, which he has many of, and I work very hard to care for his wardrobe. And even though he is not a tiny infant anymore, I can recapture that baby fresh scent anytime I want with Dreft Blissfuls In-Wash Scent Booster.

Make sure to download Dreft's "Amazing Baby Days" app now available for FREE on the App store. This one- of-a kind app helps parents - and parents to be - capture the amazing moments of pregnancy through their baby's first year and has recently been updated so that moms and dads can make keepsake movies from photos and videos captured within the app!

Dreft has been very generous in providing us with a special Dreft #Amazinghood prize pack for one of our readers!


Capturing Memories Forever

May 20, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MobileMemories #CollectiveBias

Life passes by in a fleeting glance. Sometimes it's scary to think just how quickly time flies by, my son will be three this year and it seems like he was just born yesterday. That's why I always try to capture the moment and there is nothing simpler and more convenient that the ease of capturing memories with our cell phones. I remember a time before cell phone cameras where the norm, we had a little baby blue digital camera my mom had bought us and we used to take so many pics with it, but it was also such a pain to have to load these to our old desktop. Now it's so easy to simply pull your cell phone out of your pocket and snap a picture or a video. I've always got my cell phone in hand and I am thrilled that I have been able to catch so many treasured moments with my son and family. Even when my son is with his dad and I am alone, I love being able to take a morning to snap some pictures for the blog or social media. Isn't social media, Instagram in specific, fabulous? I went back on my IG account the other day and had a tearfest looking at my little boy when he was so little, time flies, I'm telling you. It's important that we capture as many of those moments as possible. 

Today I went on a nature walk with my little sister (yes I take nature walks in sandals) and we had a blast taking photos of the beautiful greenery. We don't have a lot of green areas in our town so we enjoy the little bit we do have. I pulled out my Samsung Galaxy Avant and took pictures of the beautiful trees and many of my little sister to send to her dad who is away on business. With my unlimited Walmart Family Mobile plan, I was able to send copies to my mom, sisters and her dad. Of course I also had to take a few selfies...

I love my phone, it's one of two phones that I have with my WFM ($29.88/month (for the first line and a $25 Starter Kit) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data) plan. I've now had WFM for over two years and because of them, I don't stress the high cost of a monthly data plan or worry about an expensive phone replacement cost.  This phone was only $149 on Rollback and takes great photos. 

Photos & videos are priceless. Don't forget to capture as many moments as you can. 

Sign up for Walmart Family Mobile at your local Walmart and take a look at the different phones, there's usually a few on rollback. I'll probably be getting another new phone to add to the two I have now because I enjoy switching them out, and with Walmart prices I can afford to do so. 

All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/8e03 or your local Walmart for current pricing.

An Affordable Luxury For Mom

May 17, 2015

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #L2LMom #CollectiveBias

How was your Mother's Day? I spent the day relaxing and basically spending time with Julius. We didn't really have plans to go out or get together with the family because Mother's Day for me is more about spending it with my child. Truly for me, Mother's Day is something that should be celebrated everyday of the year not just that one day, so I knew I would be able to make plans with my mom and sisters for another day and just enjoy Sunday with my son.  

I became a mom two years ago, and since then I have realized just how hard a moms job really is. Being a mom is a 24/7 job, and now that I have my son I know how hard my moms job was having 4 of us around the same age and how little thanks she got for it. When kids are little we just don't realize how much work mom has to do for us each day. But now that we are older I can totally appreciate just how much she did. I don't think we should celebrate our mom that one day a year the calendar shows us, we should celebrate moms and ourselves every single day.  A great way to show mom some love is by picking her up a great fragrance (my mom loves fragrances of all kinds), and Coty  Love2Love fragrances which you can find at Walmart are a great value. I picked up two bottles to give to my mom this weekend, I got: Bluebell + White Tea fragrance and Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa. There are 5 fragrance options in this line, I really love the beautiful bottle adorned with a whimsical petal shaped cap and know my mom will appreciate getting two new scents to add to her collection. This Coty Love2Love collection is all about floral scents that awake your senses and make you feel super feminine and beautiful. Let me tell you about the two scents I picked out for my mom. 

Bluebell + White Tea is captivating, radiant, delicately feminine; and is like the tranquility and ease of Sunday morning. This is that scent that you want to wear on a Sunday when you are spending time at home, relaxing and enjoying some time off. Then you can spritz some more on as you head out to a late brunch with the family and feel confident and ready for some shopping! This is one of those scents that I can see my mom reaching for daily. 

Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa is carefree, invigorating and energetic; like the first day of Spring. This scent is a burst of freshness mingled with honeysuckle, jasmine and sweet pea. This is that scent that you want to wear out on date night or anytime that you want to feel feminine and subtly sensual. 

Both of these Love2Love fragrances are super pretty and look so delicate and feminine in these beautiful bottles. It's hard to believe what a value they are, make sure to look for the special end cap featuring Coty Love2Love fragrances that includes the perfect bag for gifting them. 

Don't wait for the next Mother's Day to give you mom a special thank you like Love2Love fragrances. Buy a bottle for her and get one for yourself...after all these are so affordable!! Mother's Day is everyday, don't forget to show mom how much she means to you and let her know how appreciated she is. 
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