December 21, 2014

Laugh So Hard You Pee Your Pants…

I am celebrating #LifesLittleLeaks with Poise® Microliners and Socialstars in today’s sponsored post! Life is funny. Literally. I’m always laughing. It is kinda hard not to being married to my husband and being the mom of four boys. Chris is always doing and saying things that make me laugh. I blame all the wrinkles on him. You ever laugh so hard you pee your pants? Me either. Who does that? Sike! I have. It’s no big deal. When it happens you are in denial like… did that really happen? Ew! And then you wonder if anyone knows or can see. Ew!

December 19, 2014

How I Stay Forever Young

Thank you Olay for sponsoring today’s post! No one believes me when I say my oldest son will be attending college next fall. I will be turning the big 4-0 next year (I say that proudly!) and maybe I can thank good genes, but I’d like to think my choices in life helped me looking and feeling forever young. The secret is to take care of you! I work hard at my self-care routine and want to share my top 5 things I do to stay forever young: Water is your BFF. Seriously, we go hand in hand. You should be drinking 2.2 liters per day; your body needs it. Calorie-free and readily available, go ahead and indulge in the Continue Reading »

December 18, 2014

Bath Time Fun #johnsonspartners

Today we’re using JOHNSON’S® Baby products as part of a #johnsonspartners sponsored post for Socialstars. I am currently in the greatest adventure of my life. The feat of raising four boys from 2-17 years old. My oldest will be 18 next month, graduating high school in June and starting college in the fall. I can hardly believe it myself. The 15 year old, a gamer with my sense of humor, excellent taste in music and full of the cutest awkward charisma, the almost 9 year old is a mirror image of him. There are days when I feel I didn’t get to enjoy my bigs like I should have. That guilt triggered me making a promise to myself (when I got laid off last Continue Reading »

December 17, 2014

Holiday Traditions Remixed

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Sears and Latina Bloggers Connect. All thoughts are my own. There were only two times a year you got presents in my family, on your birthday and Christmas. And Christmas was a big deal, the essence of it all was a celebration of our family. I didn’t realize it at the time but my family worked so hard to make it special for all of us. There was no shortage of Christmas trees, presents, food and love. Nights filled with novenas, being shuttled from house to house before and after midnight Mass to open gifts and stuff our happy faces with good food. Then Mass again on Christmas Day, more presents Continue Reading »

December 16, 2014

Cooking with Vons Holiday Essentials

Thank you Safeway/Vons for sponsoring our Thanksgiving feast! My husband Chris is serious about turkey. We only buy Butterball and we only buy it from Vons. Every year like clockwork, the ad comes in the mail and our beloved Butterball is on sale. Yay! Some years it is spend $25 and get a 10-16 lb. turkey for $10, this year it was something like spend $25 and the turkey is .87 a pound. Which totally works out for us because we spend over $25 in holiday essentials. Our menu for the past few years is simple, I make mashed potatoes with gravy, jalapeno cornbread dressing, King’s Hawaiian Rolls, vegetables, turkey and pumpkin pie.

December 12, 2014

Guardians Of The Galaxy Time Capsule

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OwnTheGalaxy #CollectiveBias Throwback Thursday. Flashback Friday. I know one thing is for sure in 2014 – everyone loves reminiscing about the good times. I was blown away by the 70s-80s music on Guardians of the Galaxy. It is a true flashback fest to the classics. The soundtrack worked in glorious harmony with the cast and script. I think music is an important and mostly overlooked detail in movies. Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is just that, AWESOME. Inspired by the movie and soundtrack, I had to create a time capsule about Peter Quill / Star-Lord. A box of his earthly things to stay connected to Continue Reading »

December 10, 2014

The 10 Minute Windex® Pledge® Superclean Team

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Instaclean #CollectiveBias My grandma was the prototype. She had being a stay at home mom down. And when I came into the picture, she was set in her cooking and cleaning routine after raising six kids and tending to my grandpa. When I was old enough, I started to help her cook and clean. There were days I complained but mostly, I enjoyed the time spent with her. I had no idea that watching her Windex® mirrors and Pledge® tables (that’s what she really referred to them as back then!) was actually preparing me for adulthood. Now I can’t say she’d be proud Continue Reading »

December 8, 2014

Honey For The Holidays: DIY Honey Sugar Scrub

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinons are mine alone. #HoneyForHolidays #DonVictor #CollectiveBias Ever since my husband Chris and I were laid off last year, we’ve had to cut back on gift giving during the holidays. That basically means gifts for our little family only. When you go from shopping for 30-40 people down to about 10, it’s rough. Especially since we’re both gift givers, we looked forward to shopping every year, we put a lot of thought into what we gave and were proud that we could treat our family and friends during the holidays. I hated being held back by not having the funding to splurge so I started to find other ways to Continue Reading »

December 6, 2014

My Unstoppable Moms Moment

Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. #unstoppablemoms

December 2, 2014

Date Night: Try Something New

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #YoursandMine #CollectiveBias A date night is a rare occasion for us. We haven’t done one in about 3 years, that was way back when I was pregnant with our youngest so I don’t even think that counts. We didn’t even get to go on nighttime dates, we got away during the day when Duke was in school. We would get cute, go out to lunch, catch a movie or look at art… it was my absolute favorite escape. No kids, no worries, just us. Our biggest issue has been living away from our families. They are all living in Texas and we had no Continue Reading »

December 1, 2014

Gameband for your Minecraft Maniac

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameOnTheGo #CollectiveBiasI had to take a picture the day I bought my kid this Gameband cause I don’t remember the last time he gave me that big of a smile! I do remember exactly when Duke got sucked into the world that is Minecraft. The curiosity started last summer, he played the demo for a few months and asked for a “real” account for Christmas. That’s when it sort of becomes a blur – the laptop we handed down to him was old and outdated, running slow and we decided to buy him a new laptop. I assumed he would just log on to his Minecraft Continue Reading »