Sammy Makes Six

Mar 31, 2015

Who Are You When You're Hungry?

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My boyfriend is a salesman who drives countless of miles on any given week. Sometimes just to escape the monotony of the small town we live in, I like to head out with him on a workday. Doesn't it sound like fun to head out of the little town out into the big city? Well it is fun,  but only for about the first hour. After that the dreaded carsickness and empty stomach begins to set in, because his first few hours are nonstop till we can reach Los Angeles. I usually try to make sure that I have at least a small breakfast, but you know how that goes. So even though we started our trip looking like this...

In a few hours we're looking more like this, especially me because I'm the one that gets to sit in the car and wait for him. 

I don't even know why do this to myself every single time, but it always sounds like it's going to be a fun day. But let me tell you a few hours and many miles into the trip, it's not looking so fun anymore. That's when I become that grumpy monster above. Have you ever heard of the word HANGRY? This is when you literally surpass hunger and are now hungry and angry. Just when I'm ready to bite his head off, we'll make a quick stop for some SNICKERS® Extreme, and SNICKERS® Peanut Butter Squares. You can find these in the Walgreens candy aisle. 

SNICKERS® really satisfies a hunger and always manages to tame the beast. When you're walking out of Walgreens with your SNICKERS® in the bag you can almost feel yourself going back to normal. Just look at this dudes face. 

With a SNICKERS® Extreme for him and a SNICKERS® Peanut Butter Squares for me, we are ready to keep going. Hunger is not my pretty my friends, it really isn't. That's why it pays to have a SNICKERS® in your bag in case of such emergencies. If not, at least there is a Walgreens just about at every corner. Don't be a hangry monster, grab a SNICKERS®!

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Mar 30, 2015

1st Time Dog Mommy Trying To Get IT Right

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Many of you might know the story of Rocky Balboa my Chihuahua mixed breed pup. She came into our life last last year rather reluctantly. First of all let me tell you that I am NOT a dog person, and have never had a pet dog. I like dogs well enough, just didn't have any interest whatsoever in having my own. Well Rocky sure changed that. Now you will find me at PetSmart like any other doggie parent stocking up on food and toys for my little doggie, like if she's been with us forever. But the truth is that I am still so new to doggy parenting and learning the ropes as to what foods, and other important things to do with Rocky. Recently we were at PetSmart shopping for some Purina® Pro Plan® because she is NOT enjoying her current food. I've already switched her food twice and so far, she hasn't been a fan of either food. My main goal is to give her the nest nutrition that I can, helping her to be full of energy and resilient. But I also want her to enjoy her food, she is sort of like Sammy, a pretty picky eater. When it's time for her to eat she smells her bowl so sadly and only takes a few bites before moving on. I'd love to see her eat with gusto and know that at the same time she is getting the proper nutrition. Parenting a dog is just like parenting a kid! Let me tell you about my special little girl. 

Her story begins (well her story with us) last summer. This part of California boasts of very hot temps, getting as high as 115 on a summer day. One day my daughter tells me that she has spotted a stray dog in her yard, which is a large piece of dirt land followed by a huge empty lot. This was not news to us because a lot of stray dogs seem to find their way to that same yard a lot, just last year at least 4 other strays were spotted in the area. I didn't really pay attention, feeling bad for the poor dog who was out there in the heat but knowing it would move on as the other eventually had. Fast forward about a month and she mentions this dog again and how she spotted it eating something in the bushes. Now this worried me, the same dog was still in the area, outside in that heat? That's when the thought of this "dog" started sticking to my head and I began to ask my daughter daily if she'd spotted the dog and if she could try to catch it. All this time I never knew what the dog looked like. It was over a good month and a half before I was visiting and spotted this little, white, fluffy doggy running around in the field. This was the "dog" that was living the empty lot with nothing to eat and very little protection from the heat? Why it was a pup,  all along I had imagine a very large dog! What in the world was this little doggy doing out there? That was the moment... the moment I knew that I had a pet dog. And even though it took us at least another month, we finally caught her and she became part of our family. I named her Rocky Balboa because even though she is to tiny, so fragile and such a lovely little lady, she is a fighter. She stuck it out through a terrible summer, she stuck it out after some person abandoned her and she made it long enough to find a family that will never abandon her or leave her to die in an empty field. 

Life is weird isn't it? There I was living my life, pet free and now knowing or ever having to deal with doggy issues. Now, I am at the vet paying for ear infection checkups and applying medicine at home to Rocky, just like if she was a child. I am also constantly looking for that perfect food for her to try so that she can enjoy her food and get her nutrients. 

I was excited to learn about Purina® Pro Plan® and how I could try it for FREEReal chicken, beef, lamb, or salmon is the #1 ingredient found in all Purina® Pro Plan® dry formulas, which I was hoping would translate to Rocky loving it. 

Would this picky, little eater enjoy her food for the firs time? 

 She sniffed it from afar, she got closer and sniffed again...

 And she dug in! I think mommy finally got it right, she actually ate for a while before going to take her nap. We're almost on an entire week of the Purina® Pro Plan® and so far so good. I see that little Rocky is enjoying her food and I feel comfortable knowing that she is getting everything her little body needs. She's not a puppy, I actually found out at the vet that she is an older pup, which is more reason for me to take care of her. 

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Mar 27, 2015

What To Pack For An Active Spring Break

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April is going to be an amazing month! We are so ready for our Spring Break vacation and all of the amazing adventures waiting to be had. I'm still in the middle of planning activities for each day of our vacation, and can't wait for the week of April 4th to come around. It's going to be great to pack up the 5 kids and hit the road!! But as much as I am looking forward to this vacation, it's going to be crazy tiring. As any mom can tell you, vacationing with small children is amazingly hard, especially when there are 4 kids under the age of 8, one being a baby of 1. That means that I am going to be up and down, and up and down for an entire week. Not just doing our vacation activities but also: getting kids in and out of the car, onto strollers, running around at the beach and endless walks around the beach town we will be staying at. As luck will have it, my menstrual calendar is telling me that one day of that same week, Mother Nature is going to come calling. Of course. I mean out of an entire month I have to have my period on my vacation week! Isn't that the way the cooking always crumbles? My menstrual protection for the week is going to have to handle all of the activities and busy schedule, without accidents. Which brand of protection am I taking with me to spring break?. During this vacation I need to be as carefree and comfortable as possible so I am taking the NEW! Playtex® Sport® now available in Pads, Liners and Combo Packs at Walmart! Now Sport Level Protection™ pads, liners and combo packs with Flexfit™ design to twist and turn with your body. Don't let your period get in the way. PlayOn!

We are taking one vehicle for 2 adults and three kids, Jeremiah is going to be meeting us there, so I personally am not going to have a lot to luggage room. I have to pack really smartly since I won't have a very big bag. Here is a list of must haves that I am going to pack for myself, to care and pamper myself and to get ready on the daily. 

Makeup: We will be staying at the beach so heavy foundations and other cosmetics will not be necessary. It's more about an easy, light look that will make me feel good but not be overly done. I am packing one of my very light foundations, a blush that has all day staying power and my favorite gloss for that perfect pop of moisturizing color. I'm also bringing a setting spray that should hold my makeup on all day so I won't have to worry about touch-ups. 

Moisturizer: My skin gets very dry during travel, especially with the extreme change of weather between here and there. Vacation is not a time to forget to care and nurture your skin. I am taking a moisturizing face wash and my new moisturizer which can really handle dry skin. I'd be lovely to get some extra time to go for a facial but just in case there isn't, I will be packing a face mask for at least one evening of pampering.

Playtex® Sport® Combo tampons and liners: My period is not getting in the way of my vacation, I intend to play on and enjoy all the activities planned. Don't forget to fill up a small travel bag with these items so you can be prepared to deal with your period. 

Sunnies, sunblock and some cute polish: No vacation is complete without tons and tons of sunscreen for all the family, some cute sunnies and a bright and happy nail polish. 

With Walmart's low prices, it's easy enough to pop in for a box of Playtex® Sport® Combo. 

What other must-have items can you pick up at Walmart for your spring break? 

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Fashion

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When my older girls where young, Nickelodean was their favorite channel, we have so many memories of their 90's shows and just sitting there day after day watching and laughing. My girls are all now in their 20's, and are past the Nickelodean age, but the second group of fans is coming along just fine. With Angel (10), Sam (7), and Lene (7), there is a whole new group of Nickelodean fans who keep the channel a constant in our homes. This year Sammy is so into the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards that one Saturday morning I found her voting for her picks. Yes, Sammy is only 7 and yet she went on the site and voted for all the categories. I tell you, this is quite another group of young people that are growing up right now. By the time they are in their 20's, they will be masters of all technology. The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards are this weekend and the kids can not contain their excitement, especially the ones that voted, they want to see how their vote affects the results. Today in preparation of the awards show we had a bit of a red carpet to try out the outfits that they will be wearing the day of. I told you these kids are totally different, I don't dress up to watch awards shows, but these kids are totally into the entire experience. We grabbed a box of Capri Sun Roarin' Waters and headed to out for our pre-awards mini-fashion show. Capri Sun Roarin' Waters is a low calorie (only 30 calories) way for the kids to hydrate* everyday and especially the day of the show, when we will have plenty of drinks on ice for them to enjoy with their friends. 

The kids love Capri Sun Roarin' Waters, with the clear bottom pouch. Angel asked if he could have his own box, lol. I love how affordable this drink is so we can stock up and never run out. 

Right now you can find these specially packaged 3 packs of Capri Sun Roarin' Waters at Walmart. Look for the special Capri Sun Roarin' Waters Kids' Choice Awards display!! You will want to stock up and have plenty on hand on March 28th 8pm ET for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Have your kids planned what they are going to wear to watch the awards show? 

*Consume a variety of beverages every day.

Mar 23, 2015

Welcoming Spring With Andrea

This is compensated collaboration between ANDREA and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

It's still strange to me that I moved from my hometown of San Diego, which is known worldwide for it's idyllic weather and moved to Riverside County which is weather bipolar. In this area, you will need a sweater or light jacket in the morning and you will be sweating like crazy by mid day. It makes it really hard to plan out your wardrobe and makes shopping for clothes very hard since you don't know if a season will ever really arrive. This past week has been crazy hot, we are talking high 90's, and then today we woke up to a very foggy, gray and cool day. 

Luckily Cici has her new Andrea boots which we got her specifically to enjoy this past fall and winter. Munkey is all about the boots, always has been, and when it came time to select one Andrea style, it wasn't easy. She finally settled on a style that was missing from her shoe collection and that is a riding style boot. With these elegantly designed riding boots, she can put together many looks which are perfect for her lifestyle and the ever changing weather patterns of the Inland Empire. 

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? As a woman who works for herself, I can't tell you how rewarding it is to own your own business. I worked for so long for others, putting in so much energy and time while the person being benefited was never myself. When you are your own boss, you have that incentive to put as much time and effort as possible, because at the end of the day, you are working for YOU. 

Andrea has been empowering women to start their own business for more than 40 years. Andrea is a Mexican company with more than 130 branches in Mexico and in the U.S. They are a catalog style business that offers a lot more than just shoes. Becoming an Estrella affiliate is an easy way to not just own your very own business, but to have a way to update your shoe closet at a discount. This is one of those great businesses that allows you to grow as far as you are willing to work. 

By becoming an Estrella Andrea you’ll enjoy the following benefits:
  • Additional discounts depending on your purchase volume
  • You’ll have the opportunity to earn bonuses by rewarding your efforts, and the bonuses are like cash which allow you to purchase more products
  • Attractive promotions

If I have one wish for my kids besides leading a healthy and happy life, it would be that they never work for anyone. Having your own business, generating your own income and being responsible for setting your own schedule is priceless. I hope at least two of them follow me in the path that I have set out for them, with businesses like Andrea, earning money from home is a total possibility. Learn more about becoming an Estrella by following Andrea on Facebook and Twitter