Apr 18, 2014

Safety and Comfort All-In-One w/ @EvenfloBaby #EvenfloPlatinum #ad

This post is part of a compensated campaign in collaboration with Evenflo and Latina Bloggers Connect, however all opinions are my own.

If you recall, last week Julius was here with us and he got to ride around in our brand new Evenflo Symphony LX Platinum All-in-One Convertible Car Seat. Well this week it has been little Jeremiah's turn to sit in the comfiness of this amazing car seat. Because the Evenflo Symphony LX can be used for children from 5-110 pounds, all we have to do is add the padding for smaller children and turn the chair around. Having a chair that is both front-facing and rear-facing really adds to the value of this chair because it means that this could be the only chair we will ever have to have for them. I am all about buying baby items that will grow with baby, especially when you have more than one child! 

More importantly when it comes to a car seat, is safety. When you are driving around all day with such precious cargo in the back, you need to know that you child is in the safest car seat possible. Evenflo continues to go above and beyond government standards to provide car seats that are 2X the Federal Crash Test Standard. In addition, Evenflo car seats have e3 Side Impact™ Protection, which contains 3 layers of engineered foam designed and tested to reduce side impact forces up to 50%. No one wants to think about a car accident, but they are a fact of life and it's why I feel so much better knowing my little guys are in such a safe car seat.

Baby Jeremiah was a little bit fussy today, but I know it was because of he is sick and not because he was uncomfortable. The NASA-developed Outlast® technology that was used on the fabric, regulates the temperature and ensures that he is never too hot. The Buckle Pockets safely tuck the buckle tongues away from him so that there is no buckle burn and all the padding really makes for a comfortable ride.

Keeping baby comfortable is a big priority for Evenflo, because a happy, comfy baby means you have your eyes on the road and not on the baby. Keeping your eyes on the road means a safer ride for everyone. The Evenflo Symphony DLX Platinum Convertible Car Seat is a keeper and makes me feel so secure anytime they are in the car with us. Every car ride should be so safe!

Apr 17, 2014

Food for Thought: Dream Big or Go Home #inspiration

Release Your Child's Imagination with Hasbro Marvel Toys #MiHasbroMarvel

This is part of a product review campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Hasbro; complimentary products were provided. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is hitting movie theaters on May 2, 2014, as big fans of all super heroes, we can't wait to see the movie. I have always been a big super hero fan, something that I have passed to my daughters and now my little Sammy. In my house we don't talk about being Wonder Woman or Bat Girl, here we talk about being The Dark Knight, Spiderman or Captain America. Super heroes are not just for boys, girls love them too!

In preparation for the release of, Spider-Man 2 and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Hasbro is launching a line of toys that will spur children's imaginations and get them to spend time playing with something other than technology.  These toys are will provide kids with hours and hours of imaginative play and will let even little girls know that they too, can be Spidey. Nothing is cooler than a mask and we were excited to receive The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spider Vision Electronic Mask, which is great for role playing and really getting into Spidey's head. LOL. 


The SPIDER VISION Electronic Mask lights up and the light reflects off the two web discs that come with it, giving children the illusion of having Spider-Man's famous SPIDEY SENSE.  The disks are pretty light but I would recommend letting the kids know not to throw in anyone's face or maybe even in the house, we let Sammy run crazy outside with them instead. 

All you have to do is put the mask on your child, and they literally become Spider-Man!

Lurking behind bushes getting ready for the attack!

Almost ready!

"Got you with my web disk!"

It's not always easy for me to tear Sammy away from her tablet to go play outside, but toys like this make her want to go. It also helps that the neighborhood kids think her Spidey mask is oh-so-cool. Who can rock flowered tennis shoes and a Spidey mask? Sammy can!

Visit Hasbro.com to find out more about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spider Vision Electronic Mask and the Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spider Strike Blitz Board as well as other Hasbro Marvel toys that will let your kids imaginations roam free.

Essence Colour & Go Break Through #Swatches

Today's nail color is a beautiful purple creme color that I picked up at Ulta a month or so ago. I love Essence Colour & Go Polish for many reasons:

cost: $1.99 but with Ulta coupons or even a buy one get one 50% off sale, you get them a lot cheaper
color variety: though here in the states we don't have as large of a selection as Europe, I do like the colors available and only wish we could get more! Come on Essence, bring us your ENTIRE LINE!
cute: Essence Colour &Go Polish bottles are super cute little things. I love a cute presentation as much as I love an elegant, sleek one. 
quality: for me, these polishes tend to last at least 5 days or more with no chipping. True that I don't do a lot with my hands besides a lot of typing. If I had to be more hands-on at home, I probably would chip my nails in any polish, a lot faster.
the brush: Essence Colour & Go polishes feature the same brush as Wet N Wild Megalast Polishes. This wide brush makes application so much easier and faster.

Essence Colour & Go in Break Through is a bit of a chameleon. In certain lighting it looks more of a raspberry shade, in others a deep purple. This is a deeper shade of Radiant Orchid, the color of the year. The formula is quite good needing only two coats and I always love how shiny Colour & Go polishes look. 

My favorite part of this polish, this super-duper brush. 

Please bear in mind that the day before I took these pictures, I spent washing dishes and mopping the house with bleach because Jermiah was going to be crawling around on it. So there is some dryness going on here, and I don't have the patience to soften it up and make it less noticeable. The polish is also smudged a bit on two fingers, but for the sake of getting this up while it is till fresh, I am posting as is. 

These last two pics are with flash so you can get a good idea of what that looks like as well. This is where you see more of the raspberry color. 

Overall I am super pleased with Break Through,  and it's hard to believe I almost didn't buy it. I normally don't like purple polishes all that much, but goodness as soon as I applied this one, I loved it. Essence Colour & Go in Break Through is simply F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. and so perfect for a pop of color on a beautiful spring day! 

What is your favorite spring nail color.

Apr 15, 2014

Cutting Back On Calories Doesn't Have To Be Painful #TENways

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As soon as spring arrives with its super cute fashions and warmer weather, I usually begin to dread the coming summer. It's not that I don't love summer, because I do. The problem is that when you are overweight, it is so hard to enjoy a weather that calls for light clothing, while you are stuck in big tops and jeans. As you know, I have been working making some changes to my lifestyle so that by the time summer arrives I can hopefully be at least a few pounds lighter. Because I am a more relaxed person, none of the changes I am making are drastic or severe in any way. Instead I am making small but meaningful changes to my days. One of the biggest changes that I am making is to how many times I eat in a day and how much I move around. For me it is actually about eating more than the two times I normally do, and watching those calories more closely. But just because I am going to watch my calories doesn't mean that I want to eat or drink anything that either tastes like it's diet or lacks flavor. I believe in enjoying what I eat and drink.

Today is a perfect example of how cutting back on calories, doesn't have to be painful. How? By eating my normal lunch and instead of having a regular sugary soda, we had two of the four TEN Sodas from the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. These four sodas are only ten calories and taste so good, you don't even realize you are working your way to a better body just by substituting regular sodas with them. I found these sodas at my local Walmart and grabbed a bottle of 7-up TEN and Canada Dry TEN for today's lunch. They were out of stock on the A&W TEN and Sunkist TEN flavors, so I will have to wait to try those, but the two we got are really good.

Adrian was making our favorite ensalada de tuna and I wanted to spice the drinks up a little since it's not everyday that we get to eat together. You know it really doesn't take a lot to make a regular lunch like ours a lot more fun. All I had to do was take out some fresh strawberries and some super sweet oranges my mom sent me and cut them up to add to each of our drinks. I added strawberry slices to my Canada Dry TEN and the oranges to his 7-up TEN.

Immediately everything looked more festive and special, perfect for our little lunch.

Because my weeks tend get so busy, these moments that we actually get to sit and eat together, are pretty special. I really must make a note to do this more often with him.

Lunch was totally delicious and our drinks were the perfect compliment. TEN Sodas allowed us to enjoy our beloved soda, without all of the calories. If you'd like to try TEN Sodas yourself, right now at Walmart.com you can find this coupon for $0.50 off of the purchase of TWO 2 Liter bottles or TWO 4-pack cans of 7UP TEN, A&W TEN, Canada Dry TEN, RC TEN or Sunkist TEN soda. This offer is available while supplies last, from 3/27-4/17. If you share this special offer via email, FB, Twitter (there is a click to share function) you will get brought to a coupon that will get $1.50 off that purchase rather than just $0.50. It def pays to share! Find out more about TEN sodas by following DPSG on Facebook and Twitter.

Making small changes like substituting TEN Sodas with regular full calorie sodas, will help me stay on track for my weight loss target. It's about making those small changes, that will make all the difference in the end. And it doesn't even have to be painful. Not when you can have full flavor without sacrificing taste. Try TEN sodas for yourself, and let me know what you think!