Sammy Makes Six

Sep 4, 2015

Friday Favorites

My friend Lisa posted her Friday favorites this morning and I decided I wanted in on the fun and needed to share my own post of weekly faves. This has been a LONG week and I am so thankful that we have a 3 day weekend ahead! It's going to be so nice to get to sleep in for three whole days because this whole back-to-school thing has been hard on a girl! Okay so let's chat about my favorite things from this week. These are the little things that have made a long week more bearable and simply make me happy. 

My first favorite is my OG Kindle Keyboard which I hadn't used in months and months. I got this in February 2011 as a Valentine's gift from Adrian and it was like my bff for the longest time. But lately I just don't get enough opportunities to read so it had been dead and put away forever. This week I found myself really wanting to read so I dug it out, recharged it, gave it a reset and threw it in my bag. Already I've gone through half a book just reading while we are driving or while waiting somewhere, this thing is the perfect size that I can have it in my hand just about anywhere. I love my Kindle!

Ever the sanitizer queen this week I found this cute pump Purell bottle on clearance in an end-cap at Target and grabbed a handful. I wash and sanitize my hands all day long and I really like these little bottles that pump out the perfect amount of sanitizer. These are also great for throwing in a purse or even your pocket in a real pinch. 

I am pretty simple when it comes to applying makeup, I don't like doing more than a few steps. I don't usually wear a primer, concealer or layers and layers of other stuff. I like to keep to as few layers as possible but recently I watched a video that showed how adding a layer of loose powder after your moisturizer and foundation aids in diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I don't have a lot of wrinkles but I really liked the idea of it so I ordered myself the Lancome Translucence Silky Smooth Powder. It helped that it came with a gift with purchase and i've tried it a few times now and really like the finish it gives my skin. Depending on the foundation I can get a full coverage from it and it's also supposed to give you a nice light coverage if you just use it over moisturizer or primer. Lancome is my favorite brand already and anytime I can get the free gifts with purchase I try to take advantage buy ordering something I need. 

We went to TJ Maxx the other day and I got a few goodies. This is only the second time I ever go into a TJ Maxx and I was really happy to see how much more stuff they have than Marshalls, my local marshals is a total dud. I got some Meyer's hand soaps and this huge tub of Chocomania Body Butter. I've been so close to ordering from The Body Shop online, I have heard their Strawberry scent is to die for, but this gave me a good opportunity to try the Body Butter at $5.99 versus $21.00. This is a very sweet scent but I love how moisturizing it is. I can see more of these in my future.

Lastly something I have really been enjoying is the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate. I only have this sample size and the regular size ranges from $69 to $109 which means I probably will not be getting the full size. Still I am enjoying using this product because it moisturizes my skin without making it oilier. I have an oily t-zone but at the same time my nose is always peeling and this manages to control the dryness without making me greasy. I love Shiseido products but sadly I am too poor to afford most of them. 

Okay so those are my Friday Favorites. I would love to know what some of your favorites of this week have been, or are you just glad this week is over?! I know I am. Have a fantastic 3-day weekend !

Avocado & Cucumber Salad #SaboreaUnoHoy

This is part of a sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Hass Avocado Board. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

September bring with it all the craziness of back-to-school and hurried schedules, but it also gives us a chance to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month together. There is no better time for us to showcase our traditions and share them with family and friends. This means big family get togethers, or just getting together for two hours at the end of the day to share a meal.

Nothing makes Mexican food quite as delicious as the addition of agucate (avocado). You can practically top any Mexican meal with avocado or add it as a side, and it will  compliment it and make it that much more delicious. Since fresh avocados play a large role in many Latino dishes and traditional foods it's great to know that they are also good for us with their 'good fats'. Over 75% of the fat in fresh avocados is naturally good fat making them a great substitute for foods high in bad (saturated) fat. In the U.S. - Hispanics are twice as likely as non-Hispanics to develop type2 diabetes. Eating well to maintain a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. Diets rich in foods containing fiber have been found to potentially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Avocados are a satisfying snack with 8% of your daily recommended value (DV) fiber per 1 serving of avocado. Also, remember that fiber adds bulk to your diet and can help provide a feeling of fullness. Avocados are virtually the only fruit that contains monounsaturated fat, and they are sodium, cholesterol and trans-fat free.

Even though September is such a busy month for all of us, there are plenty of dishes that we can enjoy together without a lot of prep time. My family and I really enjoy fresh salads which can be prepared in just a few minutes. This Avocado & Cucumber Salad is a great example of a quick meal you can prepare that is full of yummy ingredients that will leave you satisfied and since avocado is the star, you can really relish in its delicious flavor.

Avocado & Cucumber Salad
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 chopped cucumbers
1 cup cut sweet grape tomatoes
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 chopped green onions
2 medium/large diced avocados
1/4 cup crumbled queso cotija

Combine all ingredients, toss and top with salt, pepper, olive oil and cotija.

Avocados give us those good fats we need and they make our meals taste even better. Visit to find out how incorporating avocados into your daily meals and how they can help us all fight type2 diabetes.

Sep 3, 2015

When the Circus Comes to Town

My boyfriend and I rarely fight, we have discussions maybe once or twice a month but we seldom fight. In the ten years we've been together we've never had a hitting/screaming match the way you see many people do. And that's what I like about this relationship. It might be because Adrian is a very level headed person, he's pretty old that guy (51) and he's kinda tame, it really takes a lot for him to even raise his voice. I'm louder, meaner and more difficult but with him that rarely has to come out. It's one of the main things that I have always appreciated about our relationship, the lack of drama and fights and always being on edge like I was when I was married. I have always been so thankful to have found such a stable guy.

But today the circus came to town and it was an ugly circus.

It all started with Sammy falling inside the store as we were getting our groceries. No matter how many times I tell her about the dangers of hard floors and doing all those acrobatics she likes to do, she did it and today and ended up on her face. After 30 minutes in the store filing a claim (because she told me she tripped on a mat), and paying for the damned food I had to buy for my post, we drove the two blocks home so tense and so upset. We were not mad at each other but at the circumstances. But then, then suddenly came the first "We didn't even want to go in, you should have let us stay in the car." Then, "But if you had just hurried the way you said you would have, she might not have fallen." Well yeah...but she also might not have fallen if she listened to me. 

We were home by then so I got out and started walking towards Jack's house which is 6 houses away, thinking okay we'll both cool off and then we can talk. Then all of a sudden I hear running and Adrian is behind me picking me up off the floor and trying to carry me home, ME. All the while I am yelling for him to put me down. I know I weight more than he does even though he's much taller but how he was carrying me or trying to I have no idea. By this time Cici and her boyfriend are outside, so are the neighbors on both sides and everyone is watching as Adrian is trying to carry me home and all the meanwhile he is telling me how we don't do ghetto stuff like this. 

REALLY? Like dude, you physically turned me around and are now carrying me home, can it get anymore ghetto?? 

At some point I got him to let go of me and we stood there like every other lame couple on this block arguing our point. Nobody hit anyone or no one did more than raise their voice but it was embarrassing for sure. The stress of Sam's fall, of watching her bleeding in the store and seeing her little teeth moving was so much that I guess we just broke, especially him. For that reason I will give him a pass, I know it had to be traumatic for him in order for him to have acted out like that but it's not something that can happen ever again. And I made it clear that the next time I walk or drive away he needs to stay and not chase me down in front of so many people. This isn't COPS and adults ARE allowed to walk away and cool off without being chased down. Today we were the wackadoodles giving everyone a free show. 

The circus came to town tonight, but it was a one time show and it's NOT going to come back. Now i'd love to go to bed and forget this day ever happened, that was seriously one of the lamest moments of my life. 

Aug 27, 2015

Back-to-Class w/ Angel & Sam

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #JustACallAway #CollectiveBias

Angel & Sam went back to class to weeks ago. Angel is now a 3rd grader and Sam is in second grade.  Angel is the older sibling of three kids and he is the one responsible for getting them to school safe, for texting that they have arrived and for calling once they are out of school and have gotten home. Angel really is at that age where he should have a phone anyways but with so many responsibilities should come something good and he has been very excited about having his first phone. He has the LG Leon LTE which right now is $79.82, on rollback from $99.82. With this affordable price, it won't be the end of the world should something happen to his phone, because after all he is a young boy and you know how that goes. On the Walmart Family Mobile Plan it's also not been a hardship to add his plan to the one all the girls belong to.  ( WFM is $29.88/month for the first line Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data.)

"Hey Angel, let's rock out to this cool song!"

Angel is always so quiet and he takes his responsibilities very serious. They make a great pair because she can be silly and dorky while he makes sure they are okay. 

On days that we pick them up from school they have something fun to do while waiting to be picked up. Who doesn't love all these game apps? 

We enjoy the security of knowing the kids are only a call or text away from us while walking to and from school. The school is only 3 blocks away but safety is such a concern these days with children. At the end of the day what we pay for his phone and his plan is nothing compared to the security that it brings us. Find WFM at Walmart along with a great selection of phones in all prices including the ZTE Zinger which is only $19.88. 

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.

Aug 25, 2015

Life is Wonderful But Sometimes It Sucks...

Yesterday I woke up in a really bad mood, I had a lot of pain during the night in my chest and woke up with an ugly headache. And of course it was a day that Adrian and I had a lot to do starting with a lot of shopping. While I was grumpily maneuvering the cart around Walmart Adrian told me that I was being a grouch and needed to stop it. He gave me this whole spiel about how life is wonderful and I should be thankful for a new day and yadah, yadah... everyday is a new chance to do something great he said. But yesterday sucked, and so did today. 

I'm not the nicest of people on a regular day, but when life decides to give you so many freakin lemons in one day then what am I supposed to do? It's hard to be all peppy and happy when you miss an important call in the morning thanks to awful Sprint service, then in the middle of the errands my car decides to start making a very strange noise. By the time the very long day was over at about midnight, I was ready to just about hurl. A restless night later I wake up to find that yes my car had now died and that it is NOT the battery as we had hoped, oh no that would have been to cheap, it's going to be something a lot more expensive to fix. Of course. 

There are so many things in my life that are so out of my control at the moment, things that are pretty serious. What I want to know is why life always has to be so darn hard. 

Argh, I know I should be thankful for the many good things in our life and I am. But I can't help but to wish that for once things would go smoother for my family. I know that things will never be perfect, life is just not that way. But how about a little break for me and my kids...just some time to catch our breath would be absolutely amazing.