Sep 30, 2014

RSVP for the #drinkTEN Twitter Party

Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know we do and we're excited to host a party about Dr Pepper TEN and all of the TEN beverages at Kroger! On Friday, October 10 at 12:00 pm ET, please join me for the #drinkTEN Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing adding TEN beverages to your Fall recipe lineup and giving you a chance to win prizes.

One of the easiest ways for me to cut back on calories is making smarter choices in what I drink during the day. This fall I am incorporating a lot of water into my days, but let's face it, water doesn't always cut it. That's why Dr Pepper TEN and the rest of the TEN lineup have been in my pantry since launching a few months ago. When I feel like I want a glass of cold soda pop, I pull out a Dr Pepper TEN and since it only has ten calories, I don't have to sweat the gain, plus I really love that real soda flavor. Join me for the #drinkTEN Twitter Party on October 10th and let's chat about how this yummy soda pop is giving us our soda fix while not adding up in calories. Hope to see you there!

Join me and RSVP for the #drinkTEN Twitter Party on SoFabChats!

DATE:  Friday, October 10, 2014
TIME:  12:00 to 1:00 pm ET
PRIZES:  10 - (1) $50 Visa Gift Cards & Dr Pepper TEN T-shirt
EARLY BIRD PRIZE:  1 - $50 Visa Gift Card
RSVP & PARTY GRID:  #drinkTEN Twitter Party Page

How To Participate In A Twitter Party on SoFabChats!
TIP:  How to join a Twitter Party – sign in! Before party starts, click on the green “Sign In On Twitter” bar at the top of the page!
TIP: Who to follow at a Twitter Party? Follow the Party Team by clicking on the Twitter handle links on the RSVP page!
TIP: Want to win Twitter Party prizes? RSVP by clicking on RSVP button before you join the party, follow everyone on the Party Team, and tweet with the party hashtag during the party to be eligible!
TIP: How to win the Early Bird prize? Watch for chance to share a tweet when you RSVP for chance to win!
TIP: Special deals and brand coupons? Keep that options checked when you RSVP for the party!
TIP: New to Twitter parties? Watch your column and Party Team tweet columns – they are slower paced and easier to follow!
TIP: Where to find Twitter Parties? Check out the SoFabChats Twitter Party Calendar to find more fun parties to attend!
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Sep 29, 2014

Cozy and Welcoming Tips From Ana Patricia

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Charmin and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

If you watch Spanish language television then you will know who Ana Patricia is. Ana Patricia is one of the co-hosts for “Despierta America”, the highest-rating live news and entertainment morning show from Univision. Before joining the “Despierta America” team in 2012, Ana Patricia was featured in “Nuestra Belleza Latina” in 2010. Since then, she has been a reporter and correspondent for various shows within the network, including “Despierta America”, “El Gordo y la Flaca” and “Premios Juventud”. Now married and living in Miami with her husband Luis Martinez, Ana Patricia loves opening her home and welcoming her guest with small touches that make all the difference.  Ana Patricia is also the current spokesperson for Charmin and I recently had an opportunity to ask her a few questions regarding memories of her childhood related to the scent of chamomile and tips for welcoming guests into my own home. 

I hope you enjoy this peek into Ana Patricia's life. 

 When I was little the scent of chamomile or manzanilla was always present in our house. My mom used it not just in her cleaning but in her cooking as well. Is this a scent that you remember from your childhood?
 Definitely, not only does it remind me of my childhood but it also transports me to it, I still vividly remember when my mom used to give me warm chamomile tea at night so I could sleep better. Now as an adult, she still does it every time she visits me and also when I’m back home in Mexico.

What are a few tips to make bathrooms more cozy and comforting for your guests?
For me, cleanliness is of prime importance and always having fresh white towels inspires trust and comfort, flowers as a small gesture is never too much either.

I am not a very detailed person and not the greatest hostess. What is an easy way to make every guest in your home feel welcomed and at home?
You always have to give them their own space so that they feel comfortable, when you travel you usually arrive very tired and people tend to forget basic personal items like toothbrushes. A small basket with some of these personal items can solve this immediately and make them feel at home.

I am from Mexico and my children are of a mixed nationality. Living in the U.S., it can be hard to to keep them as immersed in our Mexican roots as I would like. In what ways do you keep your roots and traditions alive in your home?
 In my home we speak Spanish and that will be the language that me and my husband will speak to our children, since English is so easy to learn at school. It will also always be a tradition to go back home to Mexico every December to spend the Holidays. It may be for a few days only, but I know it will be enough so that the love for our country stays alive in our hearts.

Scents are a big trigger for memories, what does the scent of chamomile remind you of and how does it make you feel?
It makes me feel at peace and harmony, it’s a fragrance that relaxes me and helps me revive childhood memories. Each time I felt like I was getting sick or my mom saw I was tense, she would give me a little chamomile tea.

At the end of the day, I love nothing more than a soak in the tub while I read a few chapters of my book. Adding the new Charmin plus the scent of Chamomile is a great way to make the bathroom feel  more relaxing. What else do you recommend, to make the experience more soothing and restful?
Having instrumental music playing in the background can make your relaxing experience even better. I love having candles and a small detail that helps create a perfect ambiance is adding flowers right next to them.

Charmin recently introduced Charmin plus the scent of Chamomile. Each roll has the scent of Chamomile added to the tube to create a bathroom experience that soothes all of the senses. I love this new roll and because the scent is released as the roll is used, my bathroom is always infused with this wonderfully cozy scent. For those who grew up with scented bath tissue, this can be a small way to carry on a family tradition. If you’re looking for a new way to freshen up your bathroom, Charmin plus the scent of Chamomile helps provide your family a soothing bathroom experience. When I was young the scent of chamomile was always present in my house and it is definitely a tradition that I have carried over into my own home. I love this new Charmin scented bathroom tissue which always takes me back to my childhood. Find out more about Charmin and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

I hope you enjoyed this post with a few tips from Ana Patricia on keeping our home cozy and welcoming for guests and loved ones. I love how a few small steps can make such a big difference, like how adding scented toilet paper made my whole bathroom seem so much cozier. What tips do you have for making your bathroom more welcoming for guests?
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Sep 26, 2014

Empowerment Is Always In Style!

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Allstate Foundation® and Latina Bloggers. However, all opinions are my own. 

Abusive relationships- we all know at least one woman who is trapped in one. Yet almost no one ever wants to talk about it. Maybe you will see her bruises and pretend you didn't see them. Or maybe you WILL talk about it, but it won't be with her, instead you will quietly whisper about it behind her back. Why is it that we find it so hard to say the words out loud, to ask if they are trapped in an abusive relationship and need help? Domestic violence affects one in four women in her lifetime – that’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. We're not just talking about domestic violence either but financial abuse as well. Financial abuse happens in 98% of all cases of domestic violence and is one of the most powerful ways to keep a victim trapped. I know exactly what financial abuse feels like, when you don't make any of your own money and have no access to funds, you feel absolutely trapped. I really am a perfect example of someone who was once caught in a very unhealthy relationship, trapped with 4 small children and no power or strength to walk away. Lucky for me, he walked away one day and that's the day that I became me. Because of that experience I am much stronger person, because of him I empowered myself and never again will anyone trap me in a similar manner. I alone hold the keys to my future and no one else. 

We need to empower our fellow women, no one should ever be stuck in a relationship that hurts them, with a person that abuses of them in any way. Allstate Purple Purse is making it easier to talk about about domestic violence and the financial abuse that traps women in abusive relationships. The program ignites fundraising for more than 140 national, state and local domestic violence organizations. Funds raised will support life-changing financial empowerment services to help domestic violence survivors build safer lives for themselves and their families. Let's help break the cycle-one woman at a time. The Allstate Foundation is investing more than half a million dollars in the Purple Purse Challenge. The more donations each nonprofit gets, the more it can compete for Allstate Foundation incentive funding. Go to between Sept. 2 and Oct. 3 to join the Challenge and help a nonprofit near you. Empowerment is always in style!
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Celebrating a Cleaner Home with Familia

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

It's true that many of the memories I have from when I was a child are of cleaning. My mom was very strict and she loved nothing more than to clean, clean again, and then clean some more. Back then, being a kid, I didn't really appreciate it at all. No kid wants to spend their life cleaning right? But we did our share of cleaning and now as I think back to all those times, the memories are not actually unpleasant, instead they are kind of nice. As families grow older, they tend to separate and my siblings and I don't see each other very often, so the memories I have of them when we were all little are pretty priceless now. What really stands out to me in those memories now is the scents that surrounded us, and those are the scents that I now use to keep my house cleaner. I remember very strong scents of lemon, because my mom has always used the same lemon wood cleaner and I remember the varied scents of the floor cleaners we used throughout the house too. Sometimes it would be lemon or pine and then of course lavender. Lavender is a scent that brings back so many memories of those Saturday's we would spend as a family cleaning so we could enjoy our Sunday off. 

Now that I am a mom I definitely don't put as much of an emphasis on cleaning as my mother did, but because of her influence I am still a neat freak. But I do my best to keep it in check. Instead we clean a few times a week and as long as everything looks neat and clean, I can function and I don't have to harass anyone. And normally my girls are pretty good about it and will even pull out the cleaning supplies on their own. China, who is the one who enjoys cleaning the most, is the one that always reminds me what cleaning products to purchase when I go to Walmart and this week she asked for more Fabuloso. Perfect timing because Walmart now carries a Fabuloso Twin Pack in lavender, that gives you even more bang for your buck than normal. 

I grabbed this special Fabuloso twin pack, along with the other items on my list and knew we could keep one bottle for ourselves and give Cici the second one for her new apartment. My girls use the same cleaning products that I use in their homes, which are the ones my mom used, so we have a real tradition happening here. In our Mexican culture, traditions are very strong and I try so hard to make sure that my girls who are mixed, take as much of my culture with them as possible, even when it comes down to the cleaning products we use. 

Coming home at the end of a long day of running around getting everyone to and from school and activities and smelling Fabuloso upon opening the door will never get old. Strange that something that might seem so trivial to some, is so important to others. Those memories I have of cleaning with my sisters while my little brother played on in the same room, those are special moments that will never happen again. And that's why I love infusing my home in the same scents, one day I want these same scents to remind my girls of me and of themselves when they were little. Sometimes memories are all you have. 

Enough of the melodrama, now let's talk about how happy cleaning can be! Check out my little family cleaning moment with 4 of my grand babies, yes these are my grand kids. The bottom half of the walls are always super dirty from their little hands so on Friday's we do a small cleaning before heading off to haircuts and dinner. As long as you add music, they don't mind!

How do you clean as a family and what traditions are you passing on to yours?

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Sep 24, 2014

Wet n Wild Lac-My Mani Swatches

Two weeks ago I came upon the Limited Edition Wet n Wild Megalast All Access Beauty Collection for Fall 2014 Matt Polishes in Walgreens and I had to buy 5 of the 6 shades. Today I am sharing LAC-My Mani? 

LAC-My Mani? is an off white shade which really interested me since I have been seeing a lot of white polish lately. This is the first one that I grabbed out of the display and I could not wait to try it out. White is not a color that plays wonderfully with my skin tone, but lately I have been really getting out of my comfort zone and really branching out on new colors. For years I stuck to reds, burgundy's and really dark shades, and recently I am taking my love of polish to new heights and it's been fun. That's why I really love LAC-My Mani? 

LAC-My Mani? was a bit hard to work with. This formula is on the thick side and because of the wide brush and color, I had to move both fast and carefully trying to get the 3 coats on as thinly as possible. It took a bit longer to try because it is thicker, but nothing outrageous. After it dried and I cleaned it up a bit I totally loved the finished effect. LAC-My Mani? is not completely white, it's more of a vanilla white which looks really mod and cool. I think this is a perfect canvas for all those nail art ladies that can do so many great designs. 

After the third day, I found LAC-My Mani? started yellowing out, I don't know if it was something on my end but I did change it out at that point. But for the first two days I loved this color and how different my hands looked every time I looked at them.

I can definitely see myself pulling out LAC-My Mani? for those times when I am looking for something really different to wear, or when I am going to wear black and white because this polish is so very mod. So far, I am a fan of this Wet n Wild fall collection, I can't wait to try out and share the rest of the colors with you! 
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