October 22, 2014

Target Toy Emporium Is Real

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TargetToys #CollectiveBias My sons, all four of them, even the 2 year old are like old men, set in their ways. These kids know what they like, which aisles of toys they want to look at when we’re out shopping and which ones they want me to buy. But who wants to drag them out to shop for toys?! Not me! Especially during the holidays – the crowds are crazy, toys get sold out… No way, no thank you, I’ll pass on the madness. And then I found Target Toy Emporium – available only online. It features the best toys for good old fashioned Continue Reading »

October 21, 2014

California Drought & Lundberg Rice Farm Tour

I flew up to Sacramento a couple weeks ago to learn more about the drought from the farmers and see the Oroville Dam myself. I was invited on the farm tour with the California Farm Water Coalition - CFWC is a non-profit, educational organization formed in 1989 to provide fact-based information on farm water issues to the public. I had no clue my beloved state was in a drought until only this year. The reality is this record setting drought is heading into its fourth year. California is the 4th largest of supplier of food to the World and the #1 largest supplier of food to the entire United States. Yep, our drought is your drought. The 2014 farm water drought Continue Reading »

October 20, 2014

Halloween Candy Pixel Art

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweetOrTreat #CollectiveBias One month out of the year we go wild on candy because, Halloween. My favorite time of the year. It is the start of cooler weather and the holidays. Sadly in the area we live in, we don’t get trick-or-treaters so I basically want all the candy for myself! My kids rarely indulge in sweets but when they get that sweet tooth, it’s Starburst and Skittles all the way. They about went crazy when they saw the Skittles & Starburst 30 Pack from Sam’s Club and I said yes, put it in the shopping cart. Now hear me out, I had Continue Reading »

Kids Learn With Creative Galaxy

We fancy ourselves a creative family. Art is our life. The reality is, art is your life too. Even if you aren’t artsy, even if you don’t go to museums, even if you don’t have art on your walls! There are sculptures in parks to add interest, posters on walls give information and motivation, the clothes we wear are designed, music has meaning and tells stories… our world is full of art!

October 14, 2014

Read Conmigo Search For Latino Children’s Book Authors

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Read Conmigo and Latina Bloggers Connect. Earlier this year when I got involved with Bilingual Literacy Month through Infinity Auto Insurance’s Read Conmigo program (a literacy program that promotes English/Spanish bilingualism), I hoped their work would continue and I’m thrilled to announce that it has! But first, I want to share a couple more shocking statistics to see why this contest and Read Conmigo is important:

October 13, 2014

GameStop Expo 2014

Disclosure: I was invited to attend as media. All thoughts are my own. GameStop Expo is awesome. I’m not just saying it as a mom who took her 8 year old gamer son. (My teenagers are gamers too and I might have been obsessed with Animal Crossing at one point of my adult life) I’m saying it as a lover of cons. What I loved is there wasn’t an overload of everything. Other cons are crowded with people, stuff and endless amounts of things to do, that it tends to get so overwhelming for me and especially my kids. While I love all of that, I love being able to just enjoy at my leisure. No wasting away in long lines and Continue Reading »

October 4, 2014

Smart and Final opens 200th Store in Long Beach

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChooseSmart #CollectiveBias Opening a store is always exciting, especially in communities that thrive with them. But opening 200 stores is absolutely monumental. Smart and Final reached that milestone yesterday and I got to attend the preview night at their newest store in Long Beach on 7th and Redondo. I knew why I wanted to attend, I grew up in Long Beach and have watched my hometown over the years make huge leaps and bounds toward improvement. This is Smart & Final’s 3rd store in the area and I couldn’t be happier that they chose the city for their 200th store! Smart & Final carries warehouse Continue Reading »

October 3, 2014

El Loco Moco con La Morena

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias The truth is I’m not that fancy in the kitchen. I just like making it sound and look that way. Even the best chefs in my life – my two grandmas needed a little help in the kitchen. The secret is semi-homemade, experimenting with recipes and updating the classics. My favorite thing to do is create fusions of the classics. Sometimes you need to refresh a dish to give it new life. My Nana never used recipe cards and always always taste tested as they went. They didn’t believe in plating and counting calories. They just did what they knew best, cooked! Loco Continue Reading »

October 2, 2014

My Unstoppable Moms

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.