Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Role-Play Day

May 4, 2015

This is part of a sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Hasbro. However, all opinions expressed are my own. #MisVengadores

I left for a trip on Wednesday. Friday comes around, I call home and my husband Chris mentions that our sons want to see Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and he might take them on Sunday. I get home on Saturday and my nine year old son Duke tells me, “Mom! Avengers is in theaters NOW“. The toddler runs in and screams, “HULK HULK HULK!” so what happened was… I wanted time with my babies since I just got home from being away for three days so I surprised them with a day at the park! They had no idea I had an arsenal of toys awaiting them. Fresh from Hasbro, the new hero-sized toy line featuring Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron electronic action figures, role-play items and playsets!

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2015 Honda CR-V: Space For Dreams

April 29, 2015


I got in to Phoenix hours ago and I’m just settling in, going over my day in my mind. The road trip took about five hours but with good conversation, a prime spot in the backseat and just the general excitement of the journey, it went by crazy fast. It triggered a flood of memories of the times I’ve spent in the car with my family. All of our daily drives to the long road trips… I haven’t even been gone a day and I miss them but I’m here, right where I should be, because I chased a dream. A dream, years in the making, that started happening when I’d pass somewhere and think to myself, hey I want to be there! I want to do that! I need my kids to know that living (real living) is when you dream. No dream is too big! The 2015 Honda CR-V Space for Dreams commercial had me in tears over the little girl.

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My Favorite Baby Bath Time Hairdos

April 27, 2015

I used JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo to care for my little one as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #johnsonspartners #SoMuchMore

My baby is finally 3. I don’t know why this birthday was more rough on me than his first birthday and birthday #2. It has to be because he’s two years closer to being in kindergarten. You know how I can tell he’s getting older besides the obvous? His hair is changing! I love my baby boy with long hair (my husband doesn’t, that’s why his hair isn’t long right now), he lets me grab at it but he draws the line when I try to make a ponytail. I get my fix during bath time…when his hair is soft and easier to work with. I get to enjoy bath time just as much as he does. Bath time is so much more than an opportunity to clean your child. It’s special time where parents can nurture happy, healthy child development.

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Kids, Movies

How To Throw An Epic Avengers Party

April 25, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias
#AvengersUnite Raisedbyculture.comMy life is a daily series of BAM! POW! HULK SMASH! I’m not saying it because I’m complaining, I’m just saying. I love being a mom of boys. We live for adventures. My littles are super excited about MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, we haven’t been to the movies in forever and every time the commercial comes on, they go crazy. Absolutely crazy! The last shopping trip to Walmart triggered even more insanity cause it is Avengers everywhere!!! There is even an app called Super Heroes Assemble that you can use in the store – you just look for MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron displays, scan and unlock the features of the app! (Read more about the app here)

Seeing all of MARVEL’s The Avengers on bags and boxes up and down the aisles in the food department, the rad toy display…I totally promised I’d throw them an epic watch party. Which one is your favorite: Iron Man 1, 2, 3; Captain America 1 & 2; Thor 1 & 2; The Incredible Hulk, or MARVEL’s The Avengers.
#AvengersUnite Raisedbyculture.comWalmart hack: Custom order cupcakes. Easier than having to deal with cake (you’ll need a knife to cut the cake, plates and forks – why hassle?) These were only $6 for a dozen. Red, white and blue nod to Captain America!
#AvengersUnite Raisedbyculture.comProtect the snack table, Thor!
#AvengersUnite Raisedbyculture.comEasy party decor hack: Find a cheap vase, throw in MARVEL’s The Avengers branded snacks and use Iron Man as a prop.
#AvengersUnite Raisedbyculture.comFood hack: Buy a few pepperoni pizzas, rearrange the pepperonis to make it look like the A in MARVEL’s The Avengers. The kids thought this was super cool.
#AvengersUnite Raisedbyculture.comScience hack: Green gelatin in faux petri dishes. Before the gelatin sets, add a Hulk fruit snack. Insta-Hulk Blood!
#AvengersUnite Raisedbyculture.comDIY hack: My crafty husband painted these incredible buildings from my vision. Another kids favorite. They climbed in and out of the “buildings”, we taped them up so they could stack them like a skyscraper and let them Hulk smash them and Thor hammer ‘em. Hours of fun. Best idea I’ve had!
#AvengersUnite Raisedbyculture.comThe kids were absolutely amused with the buildings.
#AvengersUnite Raisedbyculture.comEveryone wanted to be Hulk.
#AvengersUnite Raisedbyculture.comSophie wanted to be Hulk.
#AvengersUnite Raisedbyculture.comLily wanted to be Hulk.

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Mother's Day

To My Beautiful Mother on Mother’s Day

April 20, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BestMomsDayEver #CollectiveBias
#BestMomsDayEver raisedbyculture.comMy beautiful mother. Hard to believe she had cervical cancer and turned the big 60 last year. Next year she’s looking at 5 years cancer free. She tells me that’s when you really celebrate remission but I’ve been celebrating her since she called to tell me she had cancer. She is one of the strongest women I know, she gets that from her mama and I get it from them both. The diagnosis was hard on our family. Married to my dad more than my whole life, didn’t smoke, had an occasional glass of wine, exercised daily, didn’t eat or drink junk… it didn’t make sense. You run those things in your head at what could’ve been done to prevent cancer. My beautiful mother, she powered through a hysterectomy and radiation. Incredibly, she looks amazing for 60. I can probably count the times she’s used makeup on one hand. She never cared for it and she didn’t need it. She’s old school and still believes in cards and snail mail. Enchanted by the One-Stop Shop at Walmart, I had to find that one card for my mama.

And there it was. This card is everything. Yes those are diamond earrings on the card which I’ve had since last year for her 60th. Inspired to finally send it to my mom by a super cute jewelry dish I saw in Walmart’s American Greetings One-Stop Shop!

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Wendy’s Is Fresh: Farm To Drive-Thru Journey

April 13, 2015

Life is funny sometimes. How things come full circle. Back in February, I went on a farm tour in Imperial Valley. I was in a romaine lettuce field and the farmer casually mentioned that the crop would be heading to Wendy’s. His words stuck with me and last week, I found myself behind-the-scenes in a Wendy’s kitchen learning + seeing for myself how fresh their salads really are. A little background on me: I have over 18 years experience in food management (I’ll spare you my resume). Everything I knew about salads came in the form of precut and bagged vegetables. My staff would pour salad mix in a bowl and it was a done deal. We didn’t cut heads of lettuce so I just assumed that’s how salads were done everywhere. Wendy’s proved me wrong. You ever wonder what it takes to go from field to table? Check out this awesome video of Wendy’s Romaine Lettuce Journey (I promise it is a real cool video!)
#BeyondTheBowl Changing the process and setting the bar for fresh.

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I’m A Rapper When I’m Hungry

April 7, 2015

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

That picture on top ^ that’s my alter ego. I straight up turn into a rapper from the hood. I grew up in Long Beach, home of Snoop Dogg. You stare at my children too hard and I’m coming for ya. One time this lady got too close to me at a store, proceeded to push my shopping cart with the baby in it – I saw red and heard the sirens from Kill Bill. I swear I didn’t even know I had that many bad words in my vocabulary either. I will slice you with words, cut you with my tongue. But you know what, it happens. Everyone has their boiling point, one of mine happens to be food. You don’t even want me to tell you about that one time it took 40 minutes for us to even see our server at a popular LA restaurant. No lie, I shot daggers with my eyes. I die laughing at the You’re not you when you’re hungry commercials. SNICKERS® does an amazing job showing how crazy we get when we’re hungry. I know who I turn into when I’m hungry, who do you turn into?

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April 1, 2015

Rose Gold Morganite  - Don Roberto raisedbyculture.comThe opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

The minute the temps are steady at 75ish degrees, I happily switchover to dresses. I’m pretty much over leggings and can’t wait to start living in dresses again from spring to summer. It is just my thing, my way of feeling feminine. Rose gold jewelry is super feminine and I’m really feeling it for spring. Don Roberto Jewelers takes it to another level by adding morganite to the mix. Rose Gold x Morganite is probably my most favorite thing right now. It screams wear me with a floral dress (or any dress really) and because you should look good and spoil yourself or the one you love, I’m hooking you up with 25% off your online purchase! All you have to do is use my special 25% off discount code when you checkout at Don Roberto Jewelers: BP25FP (Discount is only valid online and must be be entered at checkout when purchasing online.)

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Crispy Capirotada Recipe

March 23, 2015

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

The culture of food is changing. The hottest food fads aren’t created in fine dining kitchens anymore. Gone are those days! The levels of new food are super exciting, I tend to follow the semi-homemade, food beast trends. I keep my ear to the streets, that is where all the fun food making is going on. My favorites are the outrageous concoctions at county fairs, festivals and yes, the swap meet or la pulga (aka flea market). You thought you knew food but there is nothing like seeing something brand new at the swap meet. This is where my M&M’s® Crispy Capirotada was born. I saw a capirotada (Mexican style bread pudding) with cacahuates Japones (Japanese nuts) and knew that the idea behind it was for the crunchiness of the nuts and I just had to do it one better with M&M’s® Crispy to celebrate their comeback! My spin on capirotada with M&M’s® Crispy would make my bread pudding pop with that undeniable crispy texture, awesome color and flavor cause you cannot deny that delicious milk chocolate with a crispy rice center! We are hooked and never want them to go away ever again!

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Education, Kids

A Real Summer Treasure Hunt With Brain Chase

March 20, 2015

#BrainChase #AdventureLearning
Thank you to #BrainChase for introducing #AdventureLearning to our family and our readers! All thoughts are my own.

If learning languages exist, my kids learn by doing. In your face, hands-on, that’s what works. If your kids are the same way, you have to look into signing them up for Brain Chase this summer. It’s a very cool 5-week online summer learning challenge for 2nd through 8th graders. Welcome to adventure learning where the massive global treasure hunt is powered by reading, writing and math with a golden trophy and $10,000 scholarship to the winner!

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The Power of Smell and Touch with JOHNSON’S® Baby Products

March 20, 2015

#SoMuchMore #JohnsonsParnters
I used baby products by JOHNSON’S® to care for my little one as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #johnsonspartners #SoMuchMore

I didn’t know the power of smell and touch until I had my fourth baby a few years ago. My midwife sent me home with a pamphlet on the importance of skin-to-skin contact when I was pregnant. Looking that new information over and immediately thinking back to my other babies, I questioned if I touched them enough. I knew from the advice my mama gave me with my first baby way back in 1997 that I had to make sure to massage my baby’s legs and stretch them out every morning.

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