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Bold Flavor On-the-Go

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As a busy mom on-the-go, it's pretty normal for me to skip lunch as I run from dropping off one set of kids to picking up another. I always tell myself that I will stop by and pick something up after my next errand or that I will take a few minutes to cook something, but it doesn't usually pan out that way. There are just so many things to do in a day and not enough hours, and very often I will find myself having my lunch very late in the day or skipping it completely.

Skipping meals is never a good idea, that's why I am always looking for convenient meal options that fit my lifestyle. A lot of my days consist of sitting around in my car, and that is where I will have quick bite. Other days, if I am lucky, I can sit at the park for a while getting work done and enjoying lunch at the same time. StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD packets have become part of my busy days and now even if all I have is five minutes, I can enjoy some delicious, bold-flavored tuna in really convenient pouches that require nothing other than a fork.

StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD offer delicious & nutritious meal solutions to fit your busy lifestyle and add an extra kick of flavor —each is a good source of lean protein and 110 calories or less to keep you fueled.

Pouches are single-serve and require no can opener and no draining, making it easy to add a BOLD protein to your favorite salads, meals and snacks…or you can just grab a fork and eat straight from the pouch wherever you are—just Tear. Eat. And Go!

We love Tapatio and Sriracha and always have a few bottles of each at home so I was very excited to see these as flavor options in the StarKist BOLD creations lineup. Even my 10 year old was excited to see these flavors. As a family, we really like our hot sauce, always have tuna at home, and were excited to see that these StarKist Tuna Creations do not disappoint, they're really good!

Tuna Creations BOLD Tapatio: StarKist partnered with Tapatio and added their hot sauce and a touch of lime juice to their classic chunk light tuna.  This perfect blend is ready to enjoy on corn chips, on a salad, in a taco or straight out of the pouch.

On a really busy day I can sit in my car and enjoy a pouch of StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD with a few crackers or I can sit down and have a proper meal at the park while enjoying a beautiful fall day.

StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD really are a convenient meal option, you will find yourself packing them up for your entire family. They are a perfect snack for sending with the kids on game day. My daughter can stick a pouch in her backpack and enjoy one in between college classes. There's so many moments that one of these convenient on-the-go StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD are perfect for.

Never miss a meal again! Available in 6 BOLD varieties, including StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD Thai Chili Style, Tuna Creations BOLD Jalapeño, Tuna Creations BOLD Hot Buffalo Style, Tuna Creations BOLD Tapatío, Tuna Creations BOLD Sriracha and Tuna Creations BOLD with Rice & Beans in Hot Sauce.  Visit, and follow @StarKistCharlie on Instagram and Twitter.

5 Essentials for the Busy Woman

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I am a work-from-home mom which means days are pretty long and busy. A typical day for me starts at 5:45 AM and ends at about 11 PM, which at my age, is pretty late.  All those hours in between are filled with running kids back and forth to school, activities, appointments, work, taking cats to vet visits and more. Did I mention work? 

My days are hectic, but since I am a woman I am pretty good at multi-tasking. Today I want to share five essentials for the busy woman, along with some tips for making these busy days less crazy. 

5 Essentials for the Busy Woman

Like the typical blogger, my cell phone and laptop are incredibly important. Having a top of the line phone I can do almost anything my job requires from it, but if need be, I always have my laptop in my bag as well.  

With as busy as a typical day is for me, I would go absolutely insane if I didn't write everything down and plan accordingly. I not only have a jam-packed planner in my bag at all times, but a running to-do list that never seems to get shorter. 

An on-the-go office for many busy women is their vehicle, mine is no exception. In fact, when making the decision to purchase this car I made sure that it would have plenty of charge ports for my phone and laptop. My car even has a port for the actual laptop charger, should I run out of battery. 

My car also has plenty of room, seats that recline and move so that I can be comfortable and able to work in this space during the many hours I spend waiting for kids to be off of school or activities.

In my bag I also have all the female essentials that have to be with me at al times:  

  • a deodorant - because I constantly rush out without putting any on
  • a tube of lipstick or chapstick - because nobody likes dry lips
  • pain pills - for those unexpected headaches or  killer cramps
  • breath mints - because you want to be able to talk to people without killing them with your breath
  • period essentials - The DivaCup menstrual cup is my new period essential and I always have it tucked into my cosmetics bag

What is The DivaCup?

The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped silicone menstrual cup that is suitable for girls and women of all ages. Offering 12 hours of leak-free protection, The DivaCup is clean, comfortable and convenient, providing a better period care alternative to traditional tampons and pads. See the User Guide for more information.

The DivaCup is available in two sizes, Model 1 and Model 2
  • DivaCup Model 1: Recommended for women under the age of 30 who have never delivered vaginally or by caesarean section.
  • DivaCup Model 2: Recommended for women age 30 and over/or for women who have delivered vaginally or by caesarean section.

The days during our period are uncomfortable, painful and messy. If you're always on-the-go you know that days are even more stressful when you're on your period. And it's not like we can stop working, driving the kids around or shirk all of our responsibilities during that week. 

I like to keep my options open when it comes to making my life easier, and I love knowing that with The DivaCup I have 12 hours of leak-free protection. Something else that is super important for me during my period, is comfort. Sitting on a badly placed tampon for hours on end is one of the most uncomfortable things any woman can endure and it happens all the time. 

I purchased The DivaCup Model 2 at Albertsonsyou can find it in your area using the store locator.

The DivaCup is very much like most of us women, it's ready to take on long hours and do a good job while at it. I know that it can look scary, but it's a great option for someone looking to simplify their periods. What would less bathroom trips, no leaks (even while sleeping!) and the value of not buying expensive period products month after month mean to you? At least check it out at your local store and find out if it's an option that will work for you. See what other women are saying about the DivaCup at the social hub

I love my life, even as busy as it is and now even during my periods I can have a less stressful, more efficient day. What are some of your most important everyday essentials?

For the Busy Woman | A 5- Step Fall Makeup Look & Easy Color-at-Home

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Southern California doesn't get a true fall like a lot of the country does but it's always been my favorite season. Something else that I love about fall besides the amazing weather and family fun is that I finally get to change up my makeup look. My favorite eyeshadows and lipsticks tend to be really plummy, coppery, earth-toned shades that are geared more towards fall. Not that there are rules to makeup, but it's really nice to wear fall toned makeup in the fall. 

But of course I am super busy and there isn't a lot of time on the daily to play with said makeup and I'd be lying if I said I even wore makeup everyday. But when I do have those extra 10 minutes, I love to sit at my desk and put on a better version of my face. 

If you're super busy on the daily the way that I am, you might think you don't have time to put on any makeup at all. But the truth is that if you have at least 10 minutes, you can put on a quick face. It just takes some practice and before you know it, you can probably do it in  five minutes. Let me show you how quickly I can do a fall makeup look, that includes a fresh hair color, because yo, look at those grays! 

5- Step Fall Makeup Look & Easy Color-at-Home

I love a good box of at-home hair color and this time decided to try the Schwarzkopf Color Ultime line. This product promises hair color that defies fading for up to 9 weeks of color shine, “True to box” color results and plenty of shine. All things that I am definitely looking for in my hair color. I picked up the shade Rich Brown at Walmart and could not wait to get rid of those grays. 

With Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Hair Color, I can color my hair at my leisure. In other words, I color my hair when I can catch an extra half an hour with no child clinging to me. Most of us are so busy, I don't have time to go to the hairdresser and honestly, I love the value of doing my own hair. 

I've been doing my own hair at home since my late teens and I can practically do it with my eyes closed. If you're a newbie to at-home color, you can find everything you need in the box including gloves and instructions. 

After my hair is ready and while it air dries, I am ready for my 5-step fall makeup look. 

5-step Makeup

  • foundation: I start the look with one of my best no-fuss foundations that is really lightweight but still offers medium coverage.
  • blush: next I put on a neutral blush that won't conflict with either the eye or lip color but will still give my cheeks a flush of color. I think blush is SO important, especially for dark hair. If I don't wear blush I look washed out, so blush is a must for me!
  • eyeshadow: the real stand of this particular look is this shadow, which is amazing and if you believe, under $4. I pat this onto my lids with my ring finger generously and then using a blending brush I will sweep it on my crease for a smokier effect. Don't forget to smudge some underneath the lower lash line too. 
  • mascara: mascara is another really important step - if I can do nothing else I always sweep at least one coat of a really good mascara on my lashes. 
  • lipstick: of course you can't have a fall makeup look without a fall-toned lippie. I used a shade that is brick orange.

There are many more steps to makeup that you can add to this look if you have the time: contouring, highlighting, lip liner, eyeliner, etc. But, if you're strapped for time, the way that I am, then this is a perfect 10 minute (or less) face.

Did I mention that for this look I only used FIVE makeup products? If that's not easy, I don't know what is. And as you can see, the transformation is real. 

With fresh hair color in Rich Brown and a ten minute face, I feel super ready to take on some fall activities. Right now is a great time to refresh your hair color for fall, try Schwarzkopf Color Ultime and use this Try Me Free Rebate to get your money back on any Schwarzkopf Hair Care or Hair Color. Need more color inspiration? Visit the Social Hub for more ideas. 

Morning Traditions | Fried Egg Sandwich

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Weekday mornings are very hectic at my house, this year all the kids are off to school including Julius who now goes to TK. With so many kids to pack off to class including one of my oldest who is going to college, it's hard to make sure everyone has time to eat before heading out at 7AM. But making sure my kids don't head to school on an empty stomach is important to me. Seven hours in school is a long day for them and they will only get a small snack and lunch throughout the day. Now I know how my mom felt when I was growing up, and how like most Latina moms, she made sure nobody left the house until they had a full breakfast. 

While I don't have the talent my mom does in the kitchen, she can still cook up a full breakfast in 15 minutes, I can fry up and egg real quick and make the kids a breakfast sandwich that reminds me of my moms friend egg on a tortilla. As long as I have important staples in the fridge like: bread, eggs, and Gold n Soft spread, I can get a fried egg sandwich on each plate quickly. 

I love to indulge in this fried egg sandwich myself once I get back from dropping the kids off at school and before I start work. Find the recipe below along with the simple instructions for making this delicious morning sandwich.

My mom and I shop at Smart & Final every weekend in order to prep for the week, this is where I can find a lot of my pantry staples including Gold 'n Soft spread. Gold 'n Soft has the same taste of butter with no cholesterol & hydrogenated oils, plus it has zero trans fats per serving. Gold 'n Soft is easily spreadable, convenient, and a great value and one of the more versatile ingredients in my fridge. 

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1 Egg
2 slices of bread
1/2 sliced avocado
1/2 sliced tomato
2 tbsp Gold n Soft
Salt n pepper

Instructions: Start cooking the fried egg in a medium sized pan - while the egg fries, you can slice the tomato and avocado. Butter one side of each bread and place tomato and avocado slices on top. Once the fried egg is ready, place on top of the avocado and cover with 2nd piece of buttered bread and place on pan to grill. Grill each side of the sandwich for about a minute or until golden brown. Slice in half and serve hot.

Gold n Soft Spread gives my sandwich that delicious buttery flavor that pairs so well with a fried egg. I'm one of those people that believes almost everything in life is better when you put a fried egg on top. 

Starting and ending the day with everyone at the table is a tradition that my mom passed on to me and that I hope to pass to my kids. So even on those busy weekday mornings, we will sit down to a quick 15 minute breakfast together to share a meal and start the day off right. 

Mornings and breakfast don't have to be so stressful. Stock your fridge with staples like Gold n Soft spread and you are ready to whip up a quick morning sandwich, or a grilled cheese at lunch (YUM!) in just minutes. Need more quick & easy recipe ideas? Visit the hub for more recipe inspiration.

Because Life Takes Wet Ones® Hand Wipes | Back-to-School Tutorial

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® Hand Wipes. The opinions and text are all mine. I received free samples of products from Wet Ones®. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias Inc. and its advertiser. #BTSWithWetOnes #CollectiveBias

The back-to-school season is upon us and just before heading back to class we are taking one last summer staycation by the beach. As any smart mom and grandmother will tell you, any outing with children means that you have to pack plenty of Wet Ones® Hand Wipes for all of those sticky hands and messy moments that require fast & easy cleanup. For this last weekend away, I made sure to pack some of the Specially Marked Wet Ones® canisters and travel packs that feature a sweepstakes to win a trip to Universal Orlando Resort™ and include two of Universal Orlando Resort’s hit attractions on the packaging – Shrek 4D and Transformers™: The Ride-3D.

For Back-to-School, Specially Marked Wet Ones® Hand Wipes canisters (40 ct.) and travel packs (20 ct.) are available in the following custom packaging:

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With a bag full of goodies for the weekend and plenty of Wet Ones®, we can get our last weekend of fun in before fully committing back to class and the coming of fall season.

During this last weekend, we plan on relaxing, hitting the pool a few more times and enjoying plenty of beach time. Of course there will be plenty of eating and snacking and that's why Wet Ones® are so important. Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes clean up messy hands and kill 99.99% of germs so no matter what the kids touch, I know I can get those germs off quickly before they eat anything.

They're such a convenient 2-in-1 way to wipe out dirt and messes when water isn’t available, so even when outdoors those little hands can be freshened up in seconds. They are easy on skin for even the littlest of hands. Wet Ones® are also hypo allergenic and clean better than hand sanitizers, making them my choice when it comes to my little guy’s hands. You can find great savings on Wet Ones® with this Ibotta offer.

Getting back to real life - since back-to-school is here I thought I would share how I pack my daughter's backpack and what her must have items are.

Back-To-School Backpack Must Haves

  • Cute pencils and a girly and fun pencil case
  • Fun notebooks and other supplies: scissors, pens, colored pencils, erasers
  • A lunch bag that matches the theme of the backpack
  • A bottle of water
  • Specially Marked Wet Ones® Hand Wipes travel pack

Sammy will use her Wet Ones® Hand Wipes throughout the day, especially at snack and lunch times. This travel pack is easy to carry in her backpack and has enough hand wipes so she can share with friends. It's important to share the gift of clean hands with friends.

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