Sprint #SuperBOLD50 Twitter Party!!!

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It’s going to be a huge surprise to everyone but this lady!

The BIG GAME is here! You know the one! To kick off this weekend’s fun, I’ll be co-hosting the @Sprint and @SprintLatino #SuperBOLD50 Twitter party with my friends this Saturday night! Sprint is making a BOLD announcement that you do not want to miss! We’re giving away $500 in Amazon gift cards too!!

Did you know switching to Sprint will save you 50% off of your rate plan, YAASSSSS!

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An Epic Vegas Vacation With Kids

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You know you had an epic summer vacation when you are barely recovering in January. We usually do one big family trip out of state every year. Orlando, FL in 2013. Austin and San Antonio, TX in 2014. 2015 was going to be mellow. I was actually happy that our families were going to come to us. On the trip radar: Palm Springs for my epic birthday (more on that soon) and a Las Vegas primer for the kids. I did Life is Beautiful Festival solo in 2014 and had to take the familia. Art, music, learning and food – I was into it and knew they would be too. On this year’s lineup, our favorites Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels and Ghostface Killah with BADBADNOTGOOD.

The wanderlust was strong, I even curated a story about what we’d do in Vegas with the kids.

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Three Kings Day Shopping With JCPenney

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with JCPenney and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Christmas and New Year’s went by completely way too fast for me. It was like time just ran out. I didn’t get to get my shopping on like I wanted to. I definitely had to make up for it with some Three Kings Day shopping at JCPenney. This year is our first year celebrating Día de Los Reyes and I wanted to make Rosca de Reyes for my familia. I was on the hunt for fancy décor, new kitchenware and fun gifts that will last a lifetime so my sons will continue the tradition.

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Giving Myself The Gift Of Data

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

I made the biggest mistake earlier this year when we got ourselves into a contract. I don’t know what I was thinking but my eyes popped out at the first bill we got and we’re stuck for at least another 18 months. I had to go on a data diet. The toddler could not use my phone to play games or watch videos, I couldn’t cover events on Persicope, I had to wait to get home to upload to Instagram via wifi. It was the worst way to live, especially in the business I’m in! I was starting to use my 9 year old’s phone cause he has Walmart Family Mobile! (I wrote about it here.) And then he was like… why don’t you get a backup phone to use at events? And I was like… yassssss you are right! Merry Christmas to me! You deserve the gift of data too.

I celebrated my savings by vintage and one-of-a-kind Christmas gift shopping at Long Beach Antique Market yesterday + showed off my new data service plan by covering it on Snapchat! More data, more fun! Especially around the holidays!
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Sparkling Mangonada Margarita

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This #SparklingHolidays post is sponsored by Acorn Influence. All thoughts are my own.

♫ Sleigh bells ring, are you listening ♫

It is 50° outside and I am finally getting in the holiday spirit. My mind and body needed the temperatures to dip before it started feeling like Christmas. That’s just how I function! Took my boots out of the closet and my favorite Christmas sweater. Started shopping and socializing. I live for the holidays!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party ✓
White Elephant Gift Exchange ✓
Signature Drink for White Elephant Gift Exchange ✓

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Easy Coconut Rice Pudding

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I live for the holidays. Not for the gifts but for the parties! It’s when I get to catch up with friends and celebrate the year. It’s sometimes when I get free time from the family and get inspired by other bloggers. I couldn’t say yes fast enough when the invite came in for the Minute® Rice Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. I knew there would be good food and laughs. The day did not disappoint, we know how to have a good time + maybe ugly sweaters are just magic.
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Banana Bread. This smelled so good when it was finishing up in the oven. And then our host Cheryl said one of the ingredients is rice!

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Holiday Cards Are Our Forever Tradition

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hallmark. The opinions and text are all mine.

Snail mail to my parents and in-laws are everything. Like if you don’t send them a card for the holidays, that means you don’t love them. And maybe you should move out of the country cause it is that serious. The guilt is real. I’m not going to say which of our mothers threw a fit one time cause we were late on a birthday card. She pointed out it was the one thing she looked forward to from her only familia in CA. I promise, we learned that lesson real quick. Apparently a phone call or text doesn’t cut it! We have never made that mistake again.

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My Hair Struggle Is Real Update

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Do you remember when I decided to go for a second round of Women’s ROGAINE® Foam back in September? I was struggling with my hair loss again. It is my only complaint about me and I got to that point where I was like… it isn’t something I could control. It was just easier convincing myself of that. I’m telling you, my hair struggle is real till now. I liked the results when I did the foam last year but had issues when it came to maintaining. I could not get into a routine but this time would be different. I just added the foam right after I brushed my teeth and washed my face. You know I had to do that every morning. 12 weeks of this. I was excited to see my after. My happily ever after!
#RogaineTrueVolume raisedbyculture.comBack in September. My hair was something ratchet after a summer in pools but I kept positive.
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Donate A Photo, Save The Children

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I’m sharing #SoMuchMore in my life as part of a JOHNSON’S® + Save the Children Partnership sponsored series for Socialstars™

I could donate photos for days with all the pictures I take. I can’t help but be obsessed with my familia. They are my favorite subject. My toddler though, he brings life to every picture. He’s a unique soul, he had jaundice when he was born so we had to see his doctor his every day till he got a clean bill of health. During one of the trips back home, Nirvana came on the radio and he screamed something crazy that day. He still doesn’t like Nirvana. What he does like is traveling, food and hip hop. Those things make him happy. His happiness is my happiness. All parents want is health and happiness for their children and for every child.

Every day, millions of babies may miss opportunities critical to growth and development due to poverty, lack of early stimulation, poor health/nutrition, and lack of early education. Through its programs, Save the Children provides support to 300,000 U.S. children in need, and JOHNSON’S® shares in this mission to make a positive impact on baby’s cognitive, social, and emotional development.

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Everyday Essentials at Sam’s Club

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This special Husbands of Bloggers Comic & #FullHomeHappyHome collaboration is sponsored by Acorn Influence. All thoughts are my own.

My family is never not gonna need paper towels. If there is one thing I’m sure of in life, it is that. No joke, my husband is always on me about keeping ’em in stock, he is obsessed. Buying everyday essentials in stock-up sizes is the only way. Happy to say Sam’s Club is my BFF when it comes to buying quality brands like Bounty, Olay, Swiffer, Febreze and Gain. Especially around the holidays when I’m trying to save money for the fun stuff like gifts + entertaining! Keeping a full home is having a happy home.

This is how serious it is. My husband is so silly with his husbands of bloggers comic strip!
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Tastes Of The Holidays At Denny’s

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Disclosure: I’m a proud Denny’s Ambassador. When you support my blog, you are supporting our familia! Don’t be a hater.

It is no secret the October-December holidays are my favorite. Favorite flavors, favorite weather! There is only a small window of time in Southern California where I can bust out my boots and I want to be out + about getting my frozen fashion on when this happens, not holed up at home in a hot kitchen! Lucky for me and the family, there’s always Denny’s and the seasonal Tastes of the Holidays menu. Check it out:

  • NEW! Pumpkin Pecan Pie Pancake Breakfast
  • NEW! Holiday Harvest Skillet
  • NEW! Rudolph™ Pancake Breakfast
  • NEW! Santa’s Milk & Cookies Shake
  • Holiday Turkey & Dressing Dinner
  • Build Your Own Holiday Slam® (Seasonal flavors: Gouda-Apple Chicken Sausage, Pumpkin Pancakes)
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pecan Pie
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Northgate Market – Norwalk, CA

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This is a sponsored post by Northgate Market and Society Culinaria. All opinions are my own.

Four times in 8 days. That’s exactly how many times I’ve been to the newly reopened, reimagined Northgate Market in Norwalk. I’m lucky I live 10 minutes away cause this is my new grocery store. It is a unique and fresh experience, it is everything. I’m not just saying that either. The Mercado Project debuting at #NorthgateNorwalk takes your favorite local Latino/Hispanic grocery store to the next level. The traditional, old school mercado gets a modern transformation from the Gonzalez family’s younger generation while staying true to the culture and history. The family is true architects of community. This is the future and I’m here for it.

If there’s one thing I hate, it is going shopping at 3-5 different stores to get my grocery shopping done. Not anymore! Authentic foods to go: hot food bar serving up chorizo mac ‘n cheese, rajas con queso, arroz… soup bar, salad bar, salsa bar and a tamale bar! The tamale bar had the usual suspects + some I haven’t seen before: bean & cheese, turkey, pumpkin and jalapeno & cream cheese.#northgatenorwalk raisedbyculture.com

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