OC Fair On-A-Stick

Got a press release from OC Fair and all I see is one of my favorite summer things: FAIR FOOD! GLORIOUS DEEP FRIED FAIR FOOD! GOT TO WORK ON MY SUMMER BODY YASSSSSSSSSS!!! Check out my favorites + enter my giveaway!

Deep-Fried Pizza Log: Mozzarella cheese and pepperoni are wrapped inside of thin pizza dough which is deep fried until crispy and flaky. Served with marinara sauce on the side from the Apple Fries booth.

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Fuel Up To Play This Summer

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This post is sponsored by Real California Milk + The Motherhood.

Summer is for playdates. It is so crazy to get together with friends and their children during the school year. My boys love when their friends are out of school for the summer. We already have LEGOLAND and the beach on our calendar. We kicked off our summer of fun a couple weeks ago playing tourist with our San Antonio family. We went non-stop, we’re just active like that. The boys are too.

The right nutrition fuels play time with friends and family all year long and the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign can help provide the tools you need.

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Strawberry Shortcake Three Ways

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This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

The memories are so vivid. My mom buying premade sponge cups, a clamshell box of strawberries and whipped topping. It was my job to make strawberry shortcake for my dad. It was his thing, his favorite dessert after ice cream. I enjoyed the time in the kitchen back then and any chance I get to attend a free cooking demo, I’m there. Macy’s hosts amazing free events (check out the calender here) and their #AmericanIcons series is always a good one. This past Tuesday, June 14th was Strawberry Shortcake Day and I ventured to Costa Mesa to check out Chef Cheri Liefeld do strawberry shortcake THREE WAYS! Thee best way to celebrate summer and a true American Icon. YUM!

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California Love For ALDI

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This post is sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

I cry at how expensive living in California is. It’s rough out here for a freelancer. With kids. I can’t say that I’m totally committed to eating better and feeding the family healthy. I want to but reasons. The good food is pricey and the only way we were doing it was shopping 4-6 different stores a week. That got tiring and ridiculous. I couldn’t squeeze in trips to local farmers markets like I’d like and forget finding all the things you want in one store. Grocery shopping was my mission impossible. Until ALDI. I saw the coming soon banners go up in my city and kept tabs on the local newspaper for any info on the grand opening. A homegirl emailed me a list of her favorite ALDI products and I read blogs but nothing prepared me for shopping there. There is nothing like it.

Bring a quarter + reusable shopping bags. You’ll get your quarter back and you’ll finally use all those shopping bags you have laying around. You put the quarter in the slot and it pushes the back lock out. When you return the cart, you put the back lock back in and your quarter pops out. You smart, ALDI. Major key.

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Post Mom 2.0 Summit Bacon

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Shout out to Denny’s for bringing the bacon. Shout out to my roomies Amber, Amber + Lori.

The morning after a conference is the roughest. You probably spent all night laughing, dancing or both. The loudness of your girlfriends is different from the loudness of your home. There’s packing up what you brought and all the swag you need to bring home, wondering how you will hide it from your husband who explicitly said do not bring any swag home. An inevitable checkout time (I HAVE TO GO HOME?!) and those awkward goodbyes with your homies/roomies. May they be one in the same. This is the story of us and bacon.

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An LA Sunday Funday

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♫ Cause it’s Sunday last day for a fun day
Back to business as usual come Monday ♫

By the power of the internet, let’s flashback to March. My work with We All Grow Summit wrapped up and I planned on taking a month off. I lowkey laid on the couch for a week. But that’s not really how this life goes. You have to be ready for anything. My homies at DriveShop happened to reach out to me during my break and was like do you want to roll in a 2016 Mazda3 s GT for a week? OH YES. It was time to get out and do thangs. I wanted in on a good ol’ LA Sunday Funday for sure. We did want to see what the Shake Shack hype was all about. And maybe some shopping and art gawking.

These three. Lovers of shiny cars, smooth rides + a bumpin’ system. Me = lover of safety. Happy to be in a car that isn’t ours? ALL THE WAY YES. Happy to be cruising in a 2016 Mazda3 s GT to LA? YESSIR. Buckle up fellas + let’s ride!

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Lomo Saltado For The Soul

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Thank you VonsPavilions for sponsoring this post. Check out the new Signature family of brands from VonsPavilions, with more than 4,000 Signature products available and a 100% money-back guarantee.

I’m a work at home mama + wife working way more hours than I’d like to admit. I don’t have traditional work hours and have to stop working when the kids need me. I’m usually attached to my computer for the first few hours I’m awake. I almost always have to take calls or get on a conference call right around lunch and by the time dinner rolls around, I’m done with the day. So right now we aren’t eating the way I’d like. And that wife guilt is rough. The mom guilt even rougher. I’m trying to get better at cooking for my family. Pavilions NEW Signature line is helping me get better. The NEW Signature line, available exclusively at Pavilions, includes more than 4,000 items – from coffee to juice, soup to cereal, fresh produce to fried chicken, and delicious prepared foods to trusted home staples – all with a 100% money back guarantee. 

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Trix x Pan Dulce Ice Cream Sandwiches

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This is a sponsored post in collaboration with General Mills + Acorn Influence. All thoughts are my own.

I’m THAT mama. The one that concocts those crazy fun food creations. I might say that I create for the kids but between you and me, it is kinda for me. I’m young at heart and I like what I make. I consider myself a food matchmaker of sorts. You can find me daydreaming in food, ohhhing and ahhhing, this food will go with this and with that. That’s how I think. There is really only one thing my children want to celebrate Día de los Niños. Ice cream. Ice cream is the theme around our celebrations + traditions. Add cereal to the mix and you got a party and good memories.
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The inspiration for these Trix x Pan Dulce Ice Cream Sandwiches comes from an ice cream social I hosted with my BFF a few years ago but made better from a late night adventure Chris & I took our then 9 year old Duke on last year. My sister was visiting from TX and we went to get a milky bun (donut ice cream sandwich, HELLO!) at 10pm. We never take the boys out that late! Duke still talks about it to this day. We got to pick out ice cream and add cereal toppings. YASSS! Just stroll down the cereal aisle at your Walmart and grab a box of Trix!

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Oreo Dulce de Leche Waffle Bowls

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Thank you to Nabisco + Latina Bloggers Connect for sponsoring my merienda memories + creating new ones!

My Nana always hooked it up at merienda time. You know that sweet spot between lunch + dinner. The days I got to go to her house after school, I remember bursting in the kitchen, almost breaking down her screen door, to see what she made for me. I would throw my backpack in the corner, hop in my Papa’s chair at the head of the table, legs dangling, waiting to be served. She’d tell me, “wait for dinner” and give me a few Oreo cookies on a plate with a glass of milk. She returned to her spot in front of the stove, working on dinner. Having her back to me, she’d remind me “don’t make a mess”, “wipe off your milk moustache” and that’s the way it was and it was all good. I didn’t realize how fancy cookies on a plate were until I got older and didn’t have that luxury anymore. I wanted to take a new Nabisco spin on traditional favorites for Día del Niño and was so inspired to turn up the yum with this fun and delicious OREO Dulce de Leche Parfait Recipe.

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Three Kings Day Shopping With JCPenney

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with JCPenney and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Christmas and New Year’s went by completely way too fast for me. It was like time just ran out. I didn’t get to get my shopping on like I wanted to. I definitely had to make up for it with some Three Kings Day shopping at JCPenney. This year is our first year celebrating Día de Los Reyes and I wanted to make Rosca de Reyes for my familia. I was on the hunt for fancy décor, new kitchenware and fun gifts that will last a lifetime so my sons will continue the tradition.

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