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Oct 12, 2016

See a Spanish-Speaking Doctor Online

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LiveHealth. The opinions and text are all mine.

When you're a parent there is nothing scarier than one of your kids or grandkids being very sick. Recently my family had a scare when my youngest grandson ended up in the ICU at the San Diego Children's Hospital for over a week with pneumonia. The helplessness that you feel when something like this happens is crippling and it's not something I would wish on anyone. His situation was really serious and required several doctors and ER visits. But what about those smaller illnesses that we tend to ignore most of the time, or leave for too long?

I know a lot of times with our busy lives we can let certain everyday illnesses go on for a while without seeing a doctor. I get it, I do exactly the same thing. Making a doctors appointment and spending an afternoon taking care of something like a cold isn't fun nor is there time for it. What if it could be easier to see your doctor, from wherever you happen to be?

One of the best ways to be more proactive when it comes to a non-emergency illness is to see your physician as soon as possible. For the first time in California, Anthem Blue Cross Spanish-speaking members can talk to a doctor for non-emergency needs on their phone or tablet. Finding help in our native language is not always easy but Anthem Blue Cross has made this possible to thousands of Latino consumers.  

Online care, for non-emergency medical conditions, is more convenient and affordable than a visit to the local urgent care clinic. Members can access a US-based, board-certified doctor of their choice to discuss common health conditions from home or anywhere they happen to be as long as they are online. The doctors who see Anthem members using Cuidado Médico on LiveHealth Online can assess a member’s condition, provide a treatment plan and even send a prescription to the pharmacy if needed. No more long wait times at the doctors office? Yep! Anthem members who have used LiveHealth Online reported that the service has helped them save two to three hours of time when they have a common health condition because they do not have to leave work or home to visit a doctor’s office or urgent care facility.

California residents who do not have Anthem coverage or who have no coverage at all can also have access to Cuidado Médico on LiveHealth Online in Spanish for $49 per visit. This is more affordable that an Urgent Care visit for sure. I know because my boyfriend recently had to go in for an ear ache and not only did we have to wait an hour to be seen, it was almost $100. LiveHealth Online is a convenient way to see a doctor instead of waiting it out or having to make an appointment for those non-emergency situations that don't require an in-office visit 7-days a week for Spanish speaking members. Visit LiveHealth Online to download the app and for more information.

Sep 26, 2016

Always On-the-Go

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CambialoConQS #CollectiveBias

Our car is not just a car, it's another part of the family. It's also one of the most important members of our family because it's the vehicle that helps us get life and everything that comes with it, done. From early morning till late into the night, my Flex is getting the job done. Our days are so full that it's pretty much non-stop for the poor car. Luckily our town is pretty small and between the kid's school, the college and stores, we can get everywhere in a relatively short amount of time. 

Mornings are all about school drop offs. My three grandkids attend one school together which is nice because they can all get dropped off at once. 

Being able to drop them off is a luxury because I know many parents can't do it either because they don't have a vehicle or they might be working. It's something that I definitely don't take for granted.

Then my little Sammy gets dropped off at her school. She goes by herself which is kind of sad, I'm sure she would rather go with the rest of the kids but she attends a great school and our car affords us the ability to be able to drive her there daily. The opportunity for her to attend a better school because we can drive her there is something else that I don't take for granted. 

After school drop off and before I take my older daughter to college, I actually have a few hours to go home and work. This is when we do our coffee run and get ready to do as much as possible in a few hours. 

Before it's time to start the afternoon pick ups. 

My car is also my on-the-go office. In fact when I picked this car out I made sure to get one that has extra charging ports and I can even connect my computer for when we have those long trips out and still work! 

When you work online, you're always on and I love that my car is virtually an office. That way on the weekends we can hit the road and I don't have to worry about being offline. I can work from the car and we can still get our roadtrip on!

There's nothing more precious than family and knowing that my family is in a safe and reliable vehicle is incredibly important. With such precious cargo on board and with so much to do, you know that maintaining our car is very important. That's one of the lessons that I learned early on from my mom who bought her first used car here in the US and then proceeded to own it for many years. Like us, she depended on that little car to do everything that came with having a large family, a job and give a good life to her kids. My mom took such good care of her car because in Mexico she didn't have the luxury of one, and that's another reason why I don't take my car for granted and instead I follow her lead and do the best I can to care for it. 

A visit to our local Walmart Auto Center every few months for an oil change is one of the ways that I maintain my car. Not only is it very convenient but it's really affordable. The Pit Crew Oil Change with Quaker State ® Advanced Durability Motor Oil is only $19.88. I can take drop it off on one of my regular shopping trips and get the oil changed while I shop. Quaker State Oil is the #1 oil in Mexico and South America and gives great durability, perfect for an on-the-go car like mine. 

The Walmart Auto Center gets the oil change done fast and easy. With so much to do back at home, I love that I don't have to spend hours sitting in a lobby waiting for my car to get the oil done. 

My car is part of the familia, it really is, and I can't help but to love it. It works so hard for us every single day and it makes our lives so much better. Thank you Flex, you are the man.

Sep 20, 2016

Echo Park Lake #1

We visit L.A. pretty often but had never stopped at Echo Park until recently. Turns out we've been missing one of the most wonderful places in Los Angeles all this time. Well not anymore. Since this visit we've already gone back once and plan on visiting at least once a month. It's just a great place to hang out, to walk, to eat a bunch of snacks and let the kids play in the playground. Echo Park Lake has this amazing sense of community and it's such a welcoming place. 

I've taken a ton of photos (w/ my iPhone) and will be sharing them in a series of posts. I'm just so in love with this place. If you ever visit the L.A. area I definitely suggest visiting Echo Park Lake. Parking is a bit of a pain since you have to park in the street and it's super crowded, but just be patient, it's worth it. 

Echo Park Lake

Echo Park Lake

Fighting Aging Skin One Day At A Time

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of NEUTROGENA® and #WeAllGrow Latina Network. The opinions and text are all mine.

I talk a lot about beauty and the latest makeup trends and products, but I think something that is much more important than cosmetics is taking care of our skin. I turned 43 just two months ago, an age that I used to think was ancient and way over the hill. But now that I am actually here, 43 ain't all that bad. However, at this age there is a lot more "upkeep" when it comes to caring for my skin. When we are young our skin is supple, firm, wrinkle-free and in great shape, but as we get older all of these things begin to change. One of the most important aspects of fighting the good fight against aging skin is making sure that I am using the right products for my skin type and needs. Today I want to share two of the products that I am currently using to keep my dry, aging skin looking great.  

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer is not new to me at all because I have been using the Night version for years. That has been a part of my nightly skincare routine for about six years and it's stuck around so long because it's a product that really works for me. Recently I have added Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer with sunscreen to my daytime skin care routine for the same reasons I use the night version, I need help fighting skin aging. 

While I don't have really noticeable crows feet yet, I do have deep expression lines in between my eyes, in my smile lines and on my forehead. My skin also isn't as bright as it used to be. Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 renews the look of skin throughout the day and visibly fades the look on those unwanted crow’s feet, stubborn deep wrinkles, and forehead and cheek, expression lines. This super charged formula is combined with UVA/UVB SPF 30 for daily sun protection. The added sun protection in this product is a big plus for me since I am in and out of the car picking up kids all day, I can use as much sun protection as possible.

A newer product in my daytime skincare regimen is the Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Gel-Cream for Extra-Dry Skin. When your skin as dry as mine the aging process is even faster. I envy women with oily skin because even though they have to deal with extra oil, their skin is so much healthier looking and they age slower. My dry skin is so parched, and so devoid of any moisture that there are days it looks older than 43. Using Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Gel-Cream everyday, even under makeup has given my skin a boost of hydration in a really cool gel cream that feels wonderful going on the skin.

Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Extra-Dry Skin, with hyaluronic acid, delivers vital hydration and instantly quenches the skin. While oil-free and smooth to touch, the unique gel-cream formula absorbs quickly, like a gel, but has the long-lasting, intense moisturizing power of a cream with olive extract that helps lock in hydration.

I didn't start taking care of my skin until I was in my mid-30's which is something I totally regret. I can only wonder how much better shape it would be in had I taken care of it from the beginning. My girls are in their early 20's and they all have daily skin regimens, which makes me so happy. But all I can do now is stick to my morning and evening skincare routines using products that help me hydrate my skin and hold the aging process off as long as possible. Something that I really enjoy about Neutrogena's products is that they don't break the bank, so we can all afford to care for our skin daily.

For my dry, aging skin I trust Neutrogena. I'm okay being 43 years old, but I don't necessarily want to look it. Why age faster than we have to?

Her Favorite White Bunny Top

This post was sponsored by the Maker of OxiClean™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about their White Revive™ Laundry Stain Remover, all opinions are my own. 

My Sammy is getting to be so big, when I look at her I can't believe that she's my baby. This is that same shy little girl with the Dora bangs that was so quiet I wondered if she would ever make friends or even talk at school. She's also the same little girl that I used to dress up to my liking, always choosing pink, frilly clothes and over-fussy outfits. She's my last kid and I guess I really wanted to get my fill of getting to dress my last little girl like a princess. 

But now Sammy is a whole nine years old and I no longer get to dress her in pink ribbons or really tacky outfits. Sammy has her own style and she now gets to pick out what to wear, and she has her favorites. 

Like her white bunny shirt that we got a few years back but she refuses to stop wearing. The thing is starting to get really snug in the tummy area and the arms are getting shorter but it's still the one that gets pulled out a few times a week. Especially now that it matches her brand new school shoes.

With her bunny shirt she's happy and comfortable, I get that. But what's going to happen when it completely stops fitting her? I've actually started looking at the H & M site for anything that might be similar in a larger size, because the end of the bunny shirt is near. Seriously, if it gets any shorter she's going to be showing major tummy.

One thing I've never had to worry about with Sammy's bunny shirt or the many other white tops she owns are constant stains. Because when you have kids you know that stains are absolutely inevitable, especially if they are wearing white. So when the cranberry juice she was supposed to be carefully drinking ends up on her favorite bunny shirt, we don't have to worry that the end of her beloved top is here, because we have OxiClean™ White Revive, which is a miracle worker. 

OxiClean™ White Revive from the OxiClean™ family is one of those products that you need to invest in and that will pay for itself immediately. OxiClean™ White Revive helps me keep Sammy's cute white clothes from looking dingy, it revives them and always makes them look fresh.

All I have to do is add a tiny scoop of OxiClean™ White Revive into warm water, allow to soak for a few minutes, and that's it. The stain actually came right off but might as well let it soak for a while to really brighten it up.  

Isn't it incredible? I don't know about you but I don't keep bleach in the house, it terrifies me and I have ruined plenty of clothes (and other household items) with it. OxiClean™ White Revive has no chlorine and is safe on colors so you never have to worry about those awful bleach accidents.  

The beloved white bunny shirt has survived another cranberry juice accident and can continue to be on constant rotation in Sammy's wardrobe. After washing it again with OxiClean™ White Revive it looks even whiter so she's probably going to wear it again tomorrow. 

OxiClean™ White Revive is a superhero in my house. I use it with a lot of our household loads (linens, kitchen towels and bed clothes) to keep everything crisp and fresh and it works so well that it's a must have in our home. Plus it takes the stains out of her white clothes like MAGIC! 

Got kids? Buy OxiClean™ White Revive and forget dealing with stains on whites.