Food

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 raisedbyculture.com

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

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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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Kids

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

March 20, 2015

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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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Food, Kids, Travel

Kids Day Out with Denny’s & Aquarium of the Pacific

March 20, 2015

#DennysDiners raisedbyculture.comLiving in California is mad expensive. When you add kids to the mix, you are lucky if you can afford to take them out for dinner and get in on some fun. Lucky for me (and for you) I have an incredible partnership with Denny’s and guess what – they think about the kids! Denny’s loves the kids! I know in Southern California, kids eat FREE on Tuesdays and Saturdays (restaurant participation may vary by location so call first!) with the purchase of an adult entree purchase of $4 or more. And right now until April 30th, guests can request a coloring sheet from their server to be entered to win a family four pack of tickets to Aquarium of the Pacific! All entries will be given a coupon for free child admission with the purchase of a regular adult ticket, valid through August 30, 2015!

My littles never say no to Denny’s! Neither can I – I love that kids eat free two nights out of the week. Beats the dollar menu!

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Family, Southern California, Travel

5 Must Do Things At Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

March 18, 2015

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So excited to partner up with GigaSavvy on this post! #KnottsSpring

Are you ready for Spring? I know I am! Daylight savings time is over, the birds are chirping, the temps are rising and on March 28th, Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival begins! The 16-day festival celebrates Knott’s roots and I am so ready to have some fun + food with my family! Here is my list of 5 must-do things at the Boysenberry Festival! ENJOY! Continue Reading…

Food

Game Day Delimex Fiesta: Taquitos y Tamales Verdes

March 18, 2015

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

#DelimexFiesta raisedbyculture.comI am known to make game day grub fancy. I do it mostly for me. I’m the one that watches sports and I’m the one that cooks so I make what I like. Not that anyone has ever complained! I love spring when it comes to sports – college basketball is getting good in March and wrapping up, the weather is not too cold so you can imagine… I am all about bright, light flavors. Flavors that pop and wake up the senses. No getting the “itis” here – you know, when you get sleepy after you eat. One of our favorites and a staple in our freezer 365 days a year, (seriously, open our freezer anytime and you’ll see a box) is Delimex Chicken Taquitos. I fancy it up with an amazing creamy, green sauce inspired by my amiga Ruby’s Tia Rosita. Did I mention when I say fancy I mean flavors and ideas – I’m all about super easy and this is one of the easiest, tastiest sauces you will ever make.

Taquitos y Tamales Verdes Sauce

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Kids

Celebrating Baby with Pampers Firsts

March 15, 2015

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I loved partnering with Pampers on this post celebrating baby’s firsts with friends! #PampersFirsts

The first year with baby is always a blur. It all happens way too fast. Next thing you know, baby’s 1st Birthday is here, you celebrate that you all made it so you finally ease up a little and just enjoy the ride. You don’t forget the memories, those never go away. You will celebrate it till the end of time, at the most random moments, at birthdays, when you are in the presence of another baby or when things like walking past the baby department at Target triggers those milestone memories. Pampers Firsts triggered all those memories. It is an adorable video that highlights those wondrous “first” experiences together.

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Food

Limon, Pineapple y Chile JELLO Jigglers

March 11, 2015

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This is not your mama’s JELL-O. I twisted the jigglers recipe and turnt it all the way up cause True Life: I am obsessed with JELL-O. When I was a little girl, I used to beg my mom to make her JELL-O fruit bars, my mama’s specialty – cherry with mandarin oranges. And when we would go to fiestas, I would ask how the ambrosia salad was made. No one ever had one answer but I knew it had to start with J and end with O. I stalked thrift stores to find old school gelatin molds and I bought a vintage JELL-O recipe book last year on eBay. Told you I was obsessed. I actually just got back from an amazing Latina conference where I ate really really good food created by my favorite chef, Roy Choi so I was fresh with ideas and the desire to go grocery shopping. All my favorite fruits are in season but I had to stock up on pineapple. It was hot all week and nothing beats the heat like pineapple y chile but when you add lime to the mix… say hola to my gamechanger.

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Food

Easy Potato Tacos Recipe with La Morena

March 10, 2015

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I’m all about easy cooking. Life is too fast paced around here and when the options are cooking something simple at home or eating out everyday, I choose fast food. Just kidding! Easy Potato Tacos are the way to go. You probably already have all the ingredients at home, my recipe uses thee Mexican staples: tortillas, queso fresco and my new favorite La Morena chipotle sauce – it is the secret shortcut to Mexico, for real. I make tacos all the time but mostly street tacos style, this recipe is tacos dorado style (hard shell – not your typical gringo style) – if you haven’t had the honor, do yourself a favor and make these. Make ‘em till you reach perfection.

POTATO TACOS

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Beauty

My Signature Move Is Spoiling My Man

March 9, 2015

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Chris puts up with my crazy busy blogger lifestyle and for that, he deserves to be spoiled. (Spoiling when I can is kinda my signature move.) I’m not talking spoiling him all the time but there are a few shining moments throughout the year that isn’t his birthday, Valentine’s Day, our anniversary or Christmas. These times are when I’m away from home at conferences or trips and he’s fully invested in our kids. When I say fully invested, I actually mean no showers cause he doesn’t want to leave them alone. Mamas, we all know that taking a shower is a luxury. See, I didn’t even say a long shower cause you know. I got home from a recent conference, the one he explicitly told me not to bring home any more swag bags – I laughed cause we all know that doesn’t happen! So I get home with bags and bags of stuff for women. Sorry bruh! He gave me a sad face cause he wants bath products too. He wants to smell good. He wants to take long showers. But wants to smell manly.

Aw pobrecito (poor baby in Spanish)

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Tech

Surprising Daddy With Simply Prepaid from T-Mobile

March 7, 2015

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#ChangingPrepaid raisedbyculture.comJust when I was leaving for a conference I was working, my husband’s phone (it is a dinosaur, he’s not into having the newest phone every year) started dying. The same way mine died last year… beeping that it wasn’t charged but it was, beeping when it was charging, beeping all the time. And just as I was about to promise that I would buy him a new one when I got home in a week, it was fine. But I made up my mind that when I got home, we would surprise him anyways with Simply Prepaid from T-Mobile. The cool thing about us is we’re both savvy about our money and all about prepaid plans even though it gets a bad rap. I’m just not into being locked into a tricky contract for two or more years of my life. That is a huge commitment and life changes so fast, a lot can happen in two years! Don’t settle for second-rate prepaid wireless when you can have it all (4G LTE data with unlimited talk and text for $40 a month!)

You know how you make giving a phone special? Take pictures and make videos! I did a really short and cute one thanking him for holding our family down. Omie wanted to show off his t-shirt (toddlers really really love phones) and Duke made a video basically saying, here’s your phone!

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