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Getting That Holiday Glow

November 18, 2015

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With the arrival of cool weather my skin always goes a little crazy. You would think that my oily skin would relish the cooler weather and that I would breakout less, but it's not the case. I still have my oily skin but with this weather I get a lot of dry patches. How to balance your skin when part of it is oily and the other part is flaky and dry? That's why every year as soon as the temperatures come down, I have to switch up my skin care in order to balance my skin out. Last week I stopped by Costco and picked up a few items to add to my daily skin care regimen that will give me that holiday glow I need for these next months. 

I've been taking care of my skin since I was a pre-teen and one of the best rewards from that is that my skin is in good shape. I do have my regular breakouts but they have never broken out into full blown acne and I don't have a lot of discoloration at all. I never sleep with my makeup on and for me moisturizer has always been key. Let me give you a quick run through of my new skincare routine just to show you how easy and inexpensive it is to keep your skin in good shape. 

My quick & easy updated skincare routine:

Cleanse: Cleansing your skin twice a day even if you don't wear makeup is super important. I wash twice every single day no matter what. During the summer I will use an extra strong oil fighting wash but during the fall I like a mild and gentle foaming face wash.  

Tone: After turning 20 I added toner to my skincare routine because I had started to notice some unevenness in my skin. This toner has salicylic acid to help fight my breakouts but is gentle so that it won't irritate my dry spots. 

Moisturize: If you have time for nothing else then I suggest washing and moisturizing, these are my top two steps. For the daytime I chose Olay Total Effects Moisturizer which includes broad spectrum SPF 15 and is light enough to wear under my makeup. It's never too late to start fighting the signs of aging, Olay Total Effects fights the seven signs of aging and leaves my skin moisturized and even toned. 

I apply Olay Total Effects generously on my entire face and neck. I will be applying a powder with more SPF to protect from the sun but if you don't wear makeup or use makeup with SPF please make sure you wear another sunscreen under your moisturizer. 

Now my skin is ready for makeup.

At night I follow the same routine except I use Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream instead of Olay Total Effects. This is a stronger moisturizer that hydrates to firm and plump skin, keeping it younger looking. My mom uses this moisturizer and I would definitely suggest it if you are starting to see those age signs popping up. I love how soft and smooth my skin feels the day after I put this on. 

Find both  Olay Total Effects and Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream at Costco where you can find a lot of other heath & beauty items. Right now you can find a lot of cute gift ideas too. Whenever I go to Costco I feel like a kid in a candy store, I got new pajamas, a jacket and I already started checking off that shopping list. Plus at Costco you can buy in bulk and large sizes so you won't run out during the holidays. How about that value on these larger sized P&G skin care items! I like it when I know I won't be running out of my items anytime soon. 

My new skincare regimen will give me that holiday glow that will take me from holiday gift shopping to holiday parties. There is no better accessory than great skin.

What are some of your holiday must have from Costco and P&G?

Chipotle Albondigas

November 17, 2015

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

As you know my sisters and I are Japanese, Pacific Islander and Mexican with a little Irish thrown in for good measure. But my mom is Mexican and since we grew up with her, the Latino influence is strongest for us when it comes to so much of our lives. Maybe we don't speak Spanish or cook a lot of Mexican food all the time, but we sure love to eat it. My sisters are all pretty good cooks, which is something I aspire to be even though I don't have a lot of time to dedicate to it. That's why I have been asking my abuelita for ideas on some meals that are easier to make and don't take a lot of time to cook. I don't think that I will ever be as good as my abuelita is in the kitchen because she is the best cook that I have ever met, but I would love to have even a quarter of her talent for making delicious, hearty, home cooked meals. 

Yesterday I recreated one of my favorite meals from my childhood, albondigas. 

Ingredients for 13 albondigas and 1/2 pot of stew (caldo)
ground beef 2 pounds
2 potatoes
2 eggs
1 squash
3 tomatos
2 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper
1 tbsp chicken flavoring 
one whole onion
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 7oz can of La Morena Chipotle Peppers

Instructions for sauce:

Cut tomato and throw into blender with 1/2 an onion, garlic and the entire can of La Morena Chipotle Peppers. Add 1 cup of water and blend until smooth.

Instructions for albondigas:

Add 2 eggs, salt and pepper to ground beef and mix with hands. Once it is all mixed together it is time to form your meatballs. When they are ready place in a plate and add olive oil to pan and add 1/2 an onion diced into oil. Once onion has started to cook add the sauce from above along with diced potatoes and meatballs, chicken seasoning and cover pot. Cook for about 25 minutes, add diced squash, cook for about 5 more minutes and serve hot. 

Albondigas are a great, hearty meal for during the holiday season and any day that you are craving a little bit of comfort food. Serve them in a bowl like a stew or on a plate with veggies on the side and some tortillas. Don't forget a cold Coca-Cola to go with your meal.

Find La Morena products at a Vallarta, Los Altos Ranch, Northgate, El Super, Cardenas or Superior retailer. I went to Cardenas for my albondiga ingredients and a 12 pack of Coca-Cola. Right now you can buy (1) 7.5oz Mini Can or 6 pack PET bottles of any Coca-Cola brand + La Morena product and receive $0.50 off.

I keep the traditional flavors of my Mexican heritage in my foods by using products like La Morena and Coca-Cola. What dish will you be serving this holiday season that can use some La Morena Chipotle flavor?

Survive the Holidays: Holiday Survival Kit

November 12, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PreparedWithCVS #CollectiveBias
How many guests will you be hosting this holiday season? At our house we usually don't know who or when to expect guests because everyone's schedule is so busy, but eventually the house will be filled to the brim with family and friends. When you are expecting so many people it can get nerve wrecking because you want to make sure your guests will have a comfortable stay and that you will have whatever they may need on hand. The last thing you want to do is leave the holiday celebration to make a store run. The trick is to prepare your home and try to plan as best as you can so that you can forget about last minute store visits. 

Today I am sharing how to put together a Holiday Survival Kit for your guests.
Adding Premium Saltines to my survival basket will give your guest something to much on between meals. Add some jam, cheese, fresh fruit and a glass of wine!
With all of the rich foods and extra calories we will all be consuming, it's a good idea to offer your guests plenty of water. I love how elegant Smart Water looks on a tray or on a bedside table. Offering your guests the good water will have them coming back to visit again. 
Coughs and sniffles are pretty common during the holidays, that's why I always have plenty of HALLS to provide comfort for scratchy throats and Kleenex for the nosies. These little Kleenex packs are the perfect ones to offer your guests and they are so darn cute.  
Something else I always include are Lyson Wipes and spray. Lysol kills 99.9% of bacteria on soft surfaces. Always have an extra bottle in the restroom and spray all the high-traffic areas a few times a day. 
Guest Holiday Survival Kit

Now it's time to put together our guest survival kit. Grab all the items we talked about and fill up a small container for each guest. They can keep this kit in their room and always have those items at hand to ensure a more pleasant stay. Plus guests feel really special and welcomed when you give them their own goodies to enjoy. 

Preparing your guest holiday survival kit is easy. Just pop on in to CVS and grab all your items in one place. Find a CVS near you take advantage of this upcoming sale: starting Sunday 11/15 through the end of the week, get $5 in extrabucks back when you spend $15. 
Find other ideas for preparing for the holiday season with CVS here.
The holiday season is meant to be enjoyed. Don't get caught without the essentials, shop early and get it out of the way so you can relax and enjoy the holidays with your guests!

Date Night Essentials

November 9, 2015

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Date night isn't something that happens all the time for me. These past months I have been working so much that it is very rare for me to get any sort of night out, especially not a full-blown date night. But if our schedules align and we do manage to get a night free we will go out, even if for just a few hours. Because I am usually very tired, those date nights don't consist of anything too exciting, maybe some dinner or a movie followed by some light shopping. Today I want to show you a few essentials of getting ready for date night so you can enjoy your evening to the max. 

Getting ready for Date Night:

Stop by Walmart and grab some, ChapStick Total Hydration, Emergen-C and a Advil Tablet Vial from the travel section.

I love these new ChapStick Total Hydration tubes. The Vanilla flavor smells amazing and keeps my lips looking and feeling their best. ChapStick Total Hydration are 100% natural and are clinically proven to keep your lips healthier.
Something else that I like to have with me on date night is a packet of Emergen-C. I work at least 8 hours per day and spend the rest of the time chasing a just turned 3 year old boy. My body is tired, weak and in need of as much fortification as possible. Emergen-C gives me 24 nutrients and antioxidants, seven B vitamins and electrolytes. With over 20 varieties of vitamin supplement drink mixes, Emergen-C offers the formula, flavor, fix, and FUN you’re looking for!
The last thing you need is for your date night to be ruined by a headache. I recommend throwing a Advil Table Vial (use as directed) in your bag. Nothing’s faster on tough pain (among OTC pain relievers).You can take Advial for: headaches, joint pain (I carry a lot of camera gear at work) and pains from the common cold. It's such a tiny vial that it can even fit in your pocket, just have some with you so you can be ready to fight off any pain and enjoy your night. 
Now just throw some gum or mints and some perfume in your bag and you are ready to go and enjoy your evening. 
With these date night essentials you can have a successful evening out with your partner, which is so important for any relationship. You're not going to enjoy an evening out if you are feeling unwell, so take care of you beforehand and enjoy your date night. Find more tips for being healthier for every part of life.

How To Apply Liquid Lipstick Without The Drying Effect

For kissable date night lips, I always use ChapStick Total Hydration. Today I want to share how to get avoid the dry, cracked lips that you can get while using the popular Liquid Lipsticks that are on trend right now. 

1: Apply ChapStick Total Hydration generously all over your lips

2: Apply a lip liner to your lips as a color base
3: Apply liquid lipstick

Applying ChapStick Total Hydration generously under this dry lipstick will give you more kissable soft lips and avoid that crusty, peeling finish. I hope you can use my tips for your next date night!

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