April 19, 2014

Duke Is Going Evenflo Platinum Too

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Evenflo and Latina Bloggers Connect. All thoughts are my own. It’s been about a week since I shared how Omie went platinum with Evenflo.  A crazy busy week at that.  Driving around from shop to shop preparing for an event I was hosting, attending a local event, going to my own event, attending another local event with everyday driving… but it was all good!  Crying and whining was at a minimum!  My favorite is getting Omie in his car seat and him falling asleep a few minutes later.  The minute that magic moment happens, I want to go everywhere!  The real adventure is getting a sleeping baby out of a car seat Continue Reading »

April 18, 2014

PEEPS-A-BOO Magic Mousse

PEEPS have a soft spot in my heart.  I know it’s Spring when they make their appearance on store shelves.  They are so cute and I love the happy colors.  The lovely people at PEEPS sent me a box of PEEPS to check out, those PEEPS are now my PEEPS, for reals.  This year’s PEEPS Easter offerings include: PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks (in colors: yellow, purple, pink, orange, green and blue) PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies (in colors yellow, purple, pink, orange, green and blue) PEEPS® Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks PEEPS Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies PEEPS® Large Marshmallow Bunnies PEEPS® Chick in a Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg PEEPS® Chocolate Covered Continue Reading »

April 17, 2014

Happy Earth Month – Recycle In Your Bathroom!

Disclosure: This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time.  Opinions, experiences, and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them. Happy Earth Month!  We’re halfway into April and getting ready to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd by continuing recycling, upcycling, donating and reusing!  It’s super important for us to take care of our natural resources now for generations to come!  Did you know that only 1 in 5 people recycle items from the bathroom?  I usually just throw away empty shower bottles until I found out that 552 million Continue Reading »

April 16, 2014

Superb App: Experience Cool Places Together

I was invited to dinner a couple weeks ago to check out a cool new app called Superb – created by the founders of GrubWithUs.  I’m gonna go ahead and say it, the appeal to me of Superb was that it looked like Instagram (Rachael of glassofwin.com also attended dinner and brought up an interesting question about Instagram, read her post here) and Foursquare had a baby.  A very cool baby at that.  The new social networking app lets you share your favorite spots, browse places others find exciting and connects you with your friends that share a mutual desire to go out and experience these places.   I only peeked at Superb over dinner so this is not a review but Continue Reading »

Donate Stuff to Goodwill. Create Jobs!

Disclosure:  This post was made possible through the support of Goodwill.  All opinions are my own. I am a thrifter to my core.  I’m sure a lot of my thrifting posts and Instagram pictures make it look like I’m just happily shopping at Goodwill but the reality is…I donate stuff there all the time!  I choose to donate specifically to Goodwill because they make it their business to create jobs, that’s what they do.  We donate throughout the year but Spring Cleaning is our biggest purge.  Christmas always brings in new stuff so when Spring rolls around, it’s out with the old, in with the new.  I don’t have a system when picking through our stuff.  I have favorites from Continue Reading »

April 12, 2014

Omie Went Evenflo Platinum

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Evenflo and Latina Bloggers Connect. All thoughts are my own. Safety is my number one priority when it comes to my kids but sadly my budget doesn’t feel the same way.  Getting laid off last year sucked and upgrading Omie’s car seat was something we had to do.  Did my research and opted for a car seat that was within our budget but ranked in the middle on safety.  When we went to pick it out in-store, I thought it was the perfect size and weight to protect my littlest one but now having it next to the Evenflo Symphony DLX Platinum Convertible Car Seat from the new Evenflo Platinum Protection Series I know Continue Reading »

April 11, 2014

Time For A Huggies Little Swimmers Pool Party Playdate

If I had a superpower, it would be the power to stop time.  Time is just flying by and in 10 days, my last child will be 2 years old!  I want to enjoy my little Omie being a baby a little longer.  A few years ago, I made a conscious effort to spend more one on one time with each of my sons.  They are completely different people when alone with me.  Aside from the obvious, no fighting… we have good conversation and laughs.  The invite for the Huggies Pool Party Playdate came at a perfect time.  I was out of town a couple weeks ago for business and when I got home a couple days later, Omie was Continue Reading »

April 10, 2014

2015 Honda Fit Reimagined #FitForYou

I get a lot of crappy emails but then there are days that’s like Christmas morning… like the one time I got an email inviting me to a Honda media event in San Diego.  First, I never say no to San Diego.  That is one of my cardinal rules and really, it should be the general rule for everyone.  And hello, Honda!  Being a teenager in Long Beach in the 90s – all the cool kids had Honda Civics or Accords.  It was the car to have for your first car.  My husband’s first car was a passed down Honda Accord and we would’ve kept it if we didn’t need more room for our growing family.  It was so good to Continue Reading »

April 7, 2014

Disneyland Fried Chicken & Mickey Beignets

The good news is we’re Disneyland Annual Passholders again!  The bad news is it’s Spring Break season and the weather here is hot already.  Crowds and heat make me cranky but I’m all about those spontaneous moments we can sneak away for a few hours when the weather is just right and the crowds die down! If your husband says let’s go to Disneyland, you jump up and get ready to go!  That happened a few weeks ago and our day was perfection.  We started at The Disney Gallery, walked down Main Street, said hi to Esmeralda and headed to Plaza Inn for lunch.  Plaza Inn is known for their character breakfast and fried chicken, dining there would be a Continue Reading »

April 3, 2014

Girls Knight Out At Medieval Times

Last year we did Medieval Times for my son Damien’s 14th Birthday and it was the best time. Where else can you go and scream your head off at dinner?  I always rank things by my kids having a good time and if Chris and I had a good time.  If all those things align and all six of us agree on the same thing then trust me, it was a good time.  I have been itching to hang out with some local girlfriends but you know it’s hard for mamas to get together because, kids. Any chance you get to go out without the kids basically has to be one for the books… I pitched a fun girls night Continue Reading »

April 1, 2014

13 Recipes For A Diverse Sunday Funday Dinner

Disclosure: This post is made possible by Glam Media. All thoughts are my own. Sunday is my most favorite day of the week.  I love cooking like the next person but there is something spiritual like parking myself in the kitchen cooking all day for Sunday dinner. My best memories of my grandmothers is hanging out in their kitchens while they cooked.  I’m positive I picked up a thing or two by watching them.  I never saw them use cookbooks , measuring cups and the way they moved… like the most graceful dance.  My dad almost always barbecued on Sundays, it was his way of spending time with us and giving to us – it is a day for family Continue Reading »

March 27, 2014

Knott’s Berry Bloom Signals Start of Spring

Disclosure:  The 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. Yay It is officially Spring!  The very loud birds chirping outside my window signaled that the first day of Spring.  (I have a feeling they were just waiting!)  Another signal and a new seasonal favorite, in it’s second year is Knott’s Berry Bloom!  Last year, the Search for the Easter Beagle was a huge hit with Duke and he’s excited for the Easter Beagle’s ENORMOUS Egg Hunt – there will be five interactive locations (that will Continue Reading »