Oct 23, 2014

#OneConversation At a Time

This post is made possible by support from the We Can Stop HIV One Conversation at a Time campaign. All opinions are my own.


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I am embarrassed to admit that I am a coward when it comes to HIV. As I sat here last week looking at the statistics of Latinos with HIV, I realized that this is one conversation that I completely steered clear of with my daughters. My older girls are now: 19, 20, 22 and 25, and yet we have never had this conversation. Why? If I understand myself right, I think it has to do with fear. It's one of those things that makes you think that if you don't talk about it, then maybe it won't happen. It sounds silly but I am pretty sure that's why I have avoided specifically mentioning HIV when talking to them about boys and sex. Instead when giving advice I would always say be careful, there are "diseases", but never quite managing to say the words HIV or AIDS. 

My family has been lucky enough to be cushioned from this disease because we don't know anyone who personally has it. But the fact is that HIV is not going anywhere and in order to really protect my family, we need to have this conversation. My grandchildren and my youngest are getting older, we have to be prepared to have the same conversation with them and we won't be able to do it until we have it ourselves. The best way to protect our loved ones from HIV/AIDS is to talk about it and discuss ways to prevent it. Young Hispanic/Latinos, ages 13-24, made up 20% of all new HIV infections among youth in 2010, this number is way too high and unacceptable, it's time to change it.

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The fact is that Hispanics are disproportionately affected by HIV. The estimated new HIV infection rate among Hispanics/Latinos in 2010 in the United States was more than 3 times as high as that of whites. Socio economic factors such as poverty and language barriers may contribute to Hispanic/Latino HIV infection rates. 

Other HIV facts:

The stigma that surrounds HIV is also another reason why so many don't want to talk about it, but the truth is that it can happen to any one of us and that is why we must educate ourselves, our kids and our community. Our family is the first line in preventing and helping to reduce the spread of HIV infections. Let's get started One Conversation at a time. 

Get more facts about HIV and how it affects the Latino community by heading over to the CDC One Conversation page. Also stay up to date with them on Facebook and Twitter for more facts. HIV is scary, I am the first to admit it. But we can change the scary statistics simply by starting that conversation, una por una. 


Oct 20, 2014

Going Dark for Fall w/ #Madison Reed

Thanks to Madison Reed for sponsoring this post and for giving me a new fall look. 


I have been so ready to change up my hair for fall. First I thought that I wanted to cut it, but having just cut four inches a few months ago I realized I did not want to go shorter. Instead I decided I wanted to finally get rid of those orange/yellow streaks that I have been sporting all year. I got the chance to try Madison Reed hair color and I was very excited because Madison Reed has taken all the bad-for-you chemicals and replaced them with ingredients like argan oil, keratin, and ginseng root. Summer was really hard on my hair and I was not looking forward to damaging it even more, finding a chemical free hair color that would not damage as much as regular color was a definite bonus. 


I received the luxurious hair coloring kit and was duly impressed with how carefully everything was packed, with every single item needed to provide a true spa-at-home experience. Taking advantage of Sammy being in school today, I decided to take the morning to treat myself by having a pumpkin latte tea and color my hair before she got home. The kit makes it so easy to do your own hair, with all of the instructions clearly marked and ready to make your experience super easy. The detailing that went into this coloring kit is amazingly well thought out.  

Already a pro at doing my own hair, I quickly mixed the product and soon was putting in my chosen color, Perugia Black, into my hair. I could not wait to see this darker fall hair on myself . This was the first time that I actually did not stain some part of my face when doing black hair color at home since the kit even had a barrier cream and a wipe for wiping off any accidents!


Thirty five minutes later and I was washing the color of with the Madison Reed shampoo and conditioner provided in the kit. It was then time to air dry and apply makeup so I could look see how it came out. I loved how easy it was to brush my hair out after drying and how soft my hair felt.


The Madison Reed hair color that they helped me pick out is a perfect shade of black that suits my skin tone just right. All those pesky grays that were right on my hairline in the front, GONE!!! And those golden orange streaks that made my hair look really dry and damaged also gone!

 

Doing my own hair coloring at home today was a lot of fun. The Madison Reed kit made my experience feel luxurious and pampering and really easy. I got a vibrant, shiny, healthy black color that I can rock this fall and winter and there were no chemicals to damage my locks any more than they already are. I really love the finished look and love how healthy my hair looks. What  hair color are you rocking this fall?
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“How are your EYES?” Vision Screening #TransitionsLens Twitter Party

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

The fall brings on many delicious opportunities to enjoy some of our favorite foods. But many of those favorites are also loaded in sugar and calories. Fast approaching is November which is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a silent enemy and over 90 percent of severe vision loss and blindness are caused by a serious vision condition called diabetic retinopathy. This can be identified and addressed early on based on the changes that occur in the eye that are visible during a comprehensive eye exam from an eye doctor.
Join Transitions Optical and Latina Mom Bloggers on October 22nd for an important chat, “How are your EYES?” Annual Vision Screening Twitter Party. With the year-end fast approaching, it is time to have your eyes examined if you haven’t already done so.
We’ll be chatting about the causes of Diabetes which can include family heritage, age, ethnicity, obesity, habits and lifestyles. We also have great prizes including a set of prescription glasses fitted with Transitions Lenses valued up to $500!
Transitions® lenses are the #1 recommended adaptive lenses worldwide and are an ideal choice for healthy sight. Transitions lenses block 100 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays – helping to protect the health and wellness of your eyes – so you can see better.
Transitions Optical understands that vision problems can affect anyone, but certain ethnics groups are more likely to develop eye- and overall-health issues that can take a serious toll on their vision and quality of life. Through its various web platforms and programs, Transitions Optical is helping to educate and motivate consumers nationwide, particularly in ethnics groups such as Hispanics, African American and Asian American, to visit an eye doctor regularly for comprehensive eye exams, helping with the early detection of vision conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy.

Twitter Party Details:

What: How are your EYES?” Vision Screening Twitter Party
When: Wednesday, October 22nd 9:00PM – 10:00PM EST
Where: Twitter
Brand: @Transitions
Hashtag: #TransitionsLens
Who to Follow:
Panelists: @7onashoestring @toughcookiemom @clubdelasdiosas @smashbravoteam @athriftydiva @UrbanJibaro
Moderators: @latinamomblogs @latinomarketing @JollyMom
Prizes:
Winners will be selected at random, for a total of four (4) winners:
    • Prize Pack #1: One $100 Visa Gift Card
    • Prize Pack #2: One Food Network Star Robert Irvine package including Robert Irvine cookbook, Robert Irvine signed apron and more + $100 Visa Card
    • Prize Pack #3: A pair of Transitions Eyewear (frame and lenses valued up to $500)
    • Prize Pack #4: A pair of Transitions Eyewear (frame and lenses valued up to $500)

Rules: For the official rules, please click HERE

RSVP: To be eligible to win prizes, you must RSVP at Latina Mom Bloggers. Click HERE to 

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Oct 17, 2014

#STSA Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias Fall Tour

“I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Cricket Wireless. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

I am a huge fan of Enrique Iglesias, and have been every since he used to sing in Spanish. I've loved watching him do the whole crossover thing and have enjoyed seeing his success and how he just keeps coming back with more hits every single time. If you asked me to name a few of my favorite songs of his, I don't think I would be able to name them all because I have so many. I was super excited to hear about the The Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias Fall 2014 tour sponsored by Cricket Wireless. Cricket Wireless aims to give people something to smile about (#STSA), connecting with consumers and music fans.

More than a sponsor, Cricket is enhancing the fan experience by setting up some super cool activations, including:

Cricket Stage - A 10X20 stage erected at select tour stops where fans can hop up on stage and give their best "headliner" pose. Participants can share their 360 images on their social channels via "share kiosks" around the stage. Photos will be entered into a sweepstakes where a winner and 3 guests will get a trip to the Miami Latin Grammy Street Party.

Participants of "The Stage" activation all receive Cricket ear buds

VIP Meet & Greet - A backstage VIP area will be set up backstage. Meet&Greet participants will get to meet Pitbull or Enrique and take photos on a Cricket step & repeat.

Selfie Station - Mirrors in the ladies room encourage fans to snap selfies and post to their social channels. They can take pictures of all the fun they are having at the concert to share with friends.

Ask Enrique – Fans can win a trip to the Pitbull andEnrique tour stop in Atlanta, meet Enrique in person and ask him that burning question they have.

Hologram Standee Billboards - Located at high-traffic spots within the activation venues, holograms of Enrique and Pitbull will create completely lifelike images of the musician for concert goes to check out!

Find out more about Cricket Wireless and about the widely popular Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias Fall 2014 tour by following Cricket Wireless on Twitter and Cricket Wireless on Facebook.

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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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