The Ultimate Mega Play Date With Nick Jr. And Mom.me

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I was compensated for attending this event sponsored by Nick Jr. and Mom.me. The thoughts and opinions below are my own.

I live for Sunday Fundays. It is what I like to do. It never occurred to me that I mostly plan Sunday Fundays for me and my husband and not the kids. I can look back at weeks worth of Sundays and it is all about eating good food and looking at art or some form of shopping. Swap meets. Antique malls. Flea markets. Sure the kids learn from our outings but it isn’t really their idea of fun. Whoops! I’m not even sure I’ve ever planned a fun, free day with only the four year old in mind. My bad! I have got to do better.

The Universe must have really wanted a Sunday Funday for my Omar because we got an invite to The Ultimate Mega Play Date from Nick Jr. and Mom.me. My kid was in for a Blaze and the Monster Machines surprise! I was low-key thrilled for Shimmer and Shine! I’m such a fan. We got to the Petersen Auto Museum and he was like “where am I?” We laughed and told him to just have fun. It was his day.

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A Star Wars Halloween

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Bless my husband. He always handles Halloween costumes for the kids. Duke wanted to be Kylo Ren and Omar wanted to be Darth Vader. Grandson and grandpa. We got both their costumes for under $30 total. I think they’ll be holding onto these forever though!

This year was the first year we didn’t do any pre-Halloween fun. The kids were burnt out for the past couple years and it was a sad reality that sometimes blogger kids do way too much. Halloween is my fave and I wanted them to enjoy it just like I did so when Omie was super excited that “tomorrow is Halloween, mom” my heart exploded at my decision. We had lunch with my grandbaby + his mama at John’s Incredible Pizza and then we went trick-or-treating at the mall. It was a good day. I want to be a cat next year. KTHXBI! 

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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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Dumb Ways JR Is For Kid Gamers

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This post is sponsored by Dumb Ways JR + The Motherhood.

Preschool gamers are a thing. My four year old started gaming when he was a toddler. He even beat a game once. Yep, times done changed. Gone are the simpler days of playing hide and seek. The only time my boy seeks me out is to refill his sippy cup or to type in the password so he can download more apps. I can’t wait till he can type in the password himself. Since he is still a kid, I limit what types of games he can play. It has to fall under my criteria: fun + educational. If he’s not learning something, I won’t even bother. 100% of my day is saying no to new apps or other in-game purchases to which he counters WHY.

And then there are the rare days where I find a cute game like Dumb Ways JR Boffo’s Breakfast that even I want to play. Those days are Christmas for my little one. Boffo (the younger version of one of the characters in the original Dumb Ways to Die video) is hungry and your kid gets to play his personal chef. The fun factor here is making an awesome breakfast by chopping and grating ingredients, adding sloppy items like eggs and milk, stirring, adding seasonings and serving to Boffo. Kitchen safety is something I’ve always taught my sons. I am a huge fan of engaging kids in experimentation through open-ended play.

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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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Donate A Photo, Save The Children

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I’m sharing #SoMuchMore in my life as part of a JOHNSON’S® + Save the Children Partnership sponsored series for Socialstars™

I could donate photos for days with all the pictures I take. I can’t help but be obsessed with my familia. They are my favorite subject. My toddler though, he brings life to every picture. He’s a unique soul, he had jaundice when he was born so we had to see his doctor his every day till he got a clean bill of health. During one of the trips back home, Nirvana came on the radio and he screamed something crazy that day. He still doesn’t like Nirvana. What he does like is traveling, food and hip hop. Those things make him happy. His happiness is my happiness. All parents want is health and happiness for their children and for every child.

Every day, millions of babies may miss opportunities critical to growth and development due to poverty, lack of early stimulation, poor health/nutrition, and lack of early education. Through its programs, Save the Children provides support to 300,000 U.S. children in need, and JOHNSON’S® shares in this mission to make a positive impact on baby’s cognitive, social, and emotional development.

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Modern Baby Shower Gifts + Ideas

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Today we’re using JOHNSON’S® Baby products as part of a #johnsonspartners sponsored post for Socialstars.

For the first time, JOHNSON’S® is unveiling an exciting line of limited edition Circo designer bottles, sold exclusively at Target and Target.com and these are them! How cute are these colors and designs?! My mind immediately went into gifting + planning mode when I saw these. Baby shower gift or centerpiece, gift for a new mom, styling and profiling in a nursery or bathroom. I like when brands step it up. Modern times calls for modern design. This is how you stunt!

I’m a minimalist, modern kinda girl + here are my tips on how to rock these:

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The Peanuts Movie Comes To Camp Snoopy

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It has been a week since The Peanuts Movie came out. You know how I know? Each passing day that we haven’t seen it, my 9 year old reminds me. He’s a good kid but I’m pretty sure if we don’t see it this weekend, I might get disowned. And I wouldn’t even be mad at him, I raised him on The PEANUTS Gang. With Knott’s Berry Farm + Camp Snoopy being our second home and all. We can’t even drive past the front of the park or behind it without my 3 year old throwing a tantrum. Some days be rough! So imagine getting the chance to meet Charles M. Schulz son + writer-producer Craig Schulz at the park with director Steve Martino and cast of The Peanuts Movie.

You know it’s gonna be a good day when you see a blimp! The Peanuts Movie blimp cruisin’ over Knott’s Berry Farm
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