Sammy Makes Six

May 26, 2015

A Rocky Approved Treat

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Rocky's been with us now for about 7 months and in that time she's become one of my kids. She is the one that is always sitting at my feet when I work late into the night, or she will be the one that drives around with me as we do all the drops offs in the morning and afternoon. She is the one that is always there, sometimes "too" there if you know what I mean, because there are those times I just can't take her with me and she cries. That's right, after 41 years of never having had a dog of my own, I now have a doggie who cries when I leave without her. Her coming into our lives was definitely not something I planned, but it's worked out and Rocky is now as much as part of the family as the rest of us. And as a good pet mommy I have been learning how to care for her and part of that is finding good treats for her. Just like any child, I want Rocky to be able to snack and have something other than her regular dog food all of the time, I found some new snacks for her at Walmart that I brought home hoping she would enjoy them. These are the new Nudges® Grillers and Nudges®  Jerky Cuts.  

Now Rocky is a little, bitty thing, but believe me she can eat, and she's always sniffing around after the kids hoping to get some leftovers. But I want her to be healthy and I am pretty careful about what I give her. I also worry about her gaining too much weight, she is an older dog and that means being more careful with her well being. 

In trying to be a good mom I try to meet the four dimensions for complete care and health for her.

  • Physical needs - we are what we eat…dogs too! Highlight key benefits of Nudges® treats:
    • Made in the USA with only USA-sourced protein
    • Real Meat as #1 ingredient
    • "Real food-inspired"
    • No artificial flavors or fillers (natural ingredients)
    • Real meaty texture, appearance & smell
    • Nutrition
    • Grooming
    • Exercise
    • High-quality treats
  • Emotional needs - socialization to other animals
  • Mental needs – dogs get bored too… things to stop boredom for dogs
  • Social needs - Dog friendships

The two Nudges®  new products are:
  • Grillers – Chicken (18oz) & Steak (3oz & 18oz)
  • Sizzlers –Chicken Bacon (3oz & 18oz) & Beef & Cheese (3oz & 18oz)
Find them at Walmart and flow Nudges on Facebook and for more info. 

I'd say Nudges® Grillers and Sizzlers are Rocky approved!

Do you have a pet, and if so how does he/she fit into the family? 

May 22, 2015

A 90 Calorie Treat

It's almost the end of May and I can already see (and feel) summer on the horizon. The kids are excited for the end of the school year and for a summer that promises to be full of fun and adventure. There's going to be a trip to Knott's Berry Farm, a few trips to the beach and swimming lessons! It's going to be a blast! Of course I will still be as busy with work as I am now, but I will have to work my schedule around so that I can spend as many quality day hours of summer with Sammy as possible. 

As we prepare for summer and all of the adventures that are sure to come, I am also planning ahead to stocking up my pantry full of easy snacks for all of us. It is going to be summer, which is a time to enjoy all things to the max, but for me it's still going to be "smart snacking". Smart snacking just means that I can enjoy what the kids enjoy, but in a smaller portion or in a lower calorie pack. One of my favorite all time snacks is rice pudding and I love Kozy Shack's Simply Well Rice Pudding which has all of the flavor of my favorite pudding, with only 90 calories. Plus Kozy Shack Simple Well Rice Pudding is easy to pack for a picnic at the park or the beach. 

Just because I have to cut down on calories, doesn't mean that I have to cut down on flavor. I love bing able to snack without having to worry about sacrificing the delicious rice pudding flavor I love. Let's get ready to summer, grab a few packages of Kozy Shack's Simply Well Rice Pudding to enjoy with the family!

May 13, 2015

Connect With Mama

This is part of a sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Coca-Cola. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

My childhood wasn't perfect. I am not one of those people who remembers their childhood like if it was the most wonderful thing ever. I had a stable childhood, my mom was always working and she did her best to care for us, in her way. She has never been big on showing emotions or love, caring, I don't know why. So we didn't grow up with a mom who showered us with love, but we grew up with a mom who showed us how the real world worked and how only hard work and perseverance would pay off in the end. For those tough lessons my mom gave us, I am thankful. Of course I would have loved for my mom to be different, but it was what it was. I've taken those lessons and tried to do as best as I can with them always. They are actually some of the very same lessons that I now teach my girls, along with many others of my own.

In the cultura Mexicana, there are a lot of parents like my mom. It doesn't make me feel bad, it instead encourages me to be different. I am my mothers daughter and because of the way I grew up, I am also not into showing my feelings either (most of the time), but my girls know that I care for them above anything else in the world. My girls know that no matter what they choose to do in life, I will always be there.

The really wonderful memories that I have from my childhood are those moments when my mom would be off on the weekends and she would make her famous carne asada. My mom really went all out when it came to cooking (still does), she would make all of the traditional fixings: salsa fresca, frijoles and guacamole. How we used to love these days when my mom wasn't worried about bills, or work and was home to enjoy such a feast with us. And always we had Coca-Cola to finish off one of her amazing meals. Coca-Cola was the drink of my childhood and though I don't have all wonderful memories of growing up, I do have many. All those summers at the beach, those trips to the pool where she would let us take off with friends. How she was the first to take us camping and how awful it was. I am thankful to my mom for her hard lessons and for the good moments.

This Mother’s Day, Coca-Cola is reminding us of the inseparable bond between mother and child with an interactive video in which the viewer can switch between the point of view of a mother and daughter throughout the different stages of their relationship. Starting May 6, Coca-Cola is giving its Mother’s Day video viewers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico the opportunity to call their mothers anywhere in the world for three minutes. I've now watched this video like 15 times, and it has made me cry each time. I am thankful for my mom, and a lot of times I forget that she is the reason I am who I am. I am lucky enough to have her very close to me, but if you don't have mom nearby, take a few minutes and give her a call.

May 12, 2015

Join Us for the “Angels Among Us” Discovery Familia Twitter Party #MediumDeAngeles

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Discovery Familia and DiMe Media.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Throughout life there are special people along the way who help motivate us, inspire us, guide us, and protect us. We like to call them our “angelitos” or guardian angels. We are so excited about Discovery Familia’s newest show, “Medium de Angeles” (“Angels Among Us”) which delves into more of the spiritual side of our “angelitos” through the eyes of Rosie Cepero. Since she was young, Rosie has had a special gift that allows her to communicate with guardian angels and deliver their critical messages to the people they protect on earth. “Medium de Angeles” premieres on Discovery Familia on May 19th and will air Tuesdays at 9pm ET. Outgoing, kind and generous, Rosie lives on a farm in upstate New York with her Cuban husband, George, and their three sons, Frankie, Georgie and Joey.

MEDIUM DE ANGELES offers a glimpse into the spiritual world through the stories of people from around the country who flock to Rosie’s farm.  Some seek confirmation of inexplicable events, while others recount miraculous rescues from certain death.  Their experiences are unique, but all are searching for answers from the angels who confide in Rosie.  Sometimes their messages are for her, but more often they are the guardians of others seeking a link to their loved ones.
Join DiMe Media and Discovery Familia on Monday, May 18th from 8-9 pm ET to honor the guardian angels in our lives. We’ll be talking about loved ones who have inspired us and protected us throughout life.
What: Discovery Familia Twitter Party
When: Monday, May 18th at 8pm EST/5 pm PST
Where: Twitter
Hashtag: #MediumDeAngeles

Who to Follow:
Co-Hosts: @smashbravoteam, @CouponMamacita, @briteandbubbly, @superlatinashow, @mami2mommy
Brand: Discovery Familia @Discoveryfam
Moderators: @DiMeMedia, @LatinoMarketing, @JollyMom

Prizes: Winners will be selected at random, for a total of four (4) winners:
Prize 1: One (1) Scented Candle and one (1) $50 Target gift card
Prize 2: One (1) Scented Candle and one (1) $75 Target gift card
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Prize 4: One (1) Scented Candle and one (1) $200 Target gift card

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May 8, 2015

There is #SoMuchMore to Being Mom

This is a sponsored campaign in collaboration with JOHNSON'S® and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Mother's Day is this Sunday and as much as I tease my older girls about how they'd better have a nice gift for me, I know that it's so much more than that. Mother's Day  for me, is not about going off on my own on a "kid free" day to shop or relax. Mother's Day is for spending with all of my girls and as many of the kids as possible. I can not even imagine what it would be like to spend the one day we celebrate being moms, without the people who's mom I am. Know what I mean?

As you know I no longer have any "babies". My baby is now a full 8 years old and she is growing up so fast. She seriously just had a major growth spurt and just about left all of her clothes and shoes behind. It came so suddenly too. One day she was normal Sammy and then next she is this tall girl who looks like Sammy but is about 2 inches taller. It's made me realize how fast she is growing and how soon she will be totally out of this child age and into the pre-teens, which is not exactly my favorite age. I need to really take advantage of these next years with my child, before she grows up on me all the way. 

I didn't think that it was possible to love anyone more than you love your kids but I think it is. I am so in love with all of the little people that we have been blessed with in this family. There is my oldest grandson who looks like this super-cool dude and who probably won't want to hang out with us soon. I have a grandson in Mexico who I hope will return to us at some point. There is my one grandaughter who is the devil incarnate and will drive Jackie mad one day. Then there is Anthony who is such a pleasure, he really is a good egg, always saying please and thank you and trying to hug everyone to pieces. He especially has been a gift we didn't know we wanted, but needed. I think Anthony was given to us simply to make our lives better and to make us better people, like Sammy was. 

And then there are the little ones...the two most precious boys in the world. 

Notice how I saw we and us when it comes to the grandkids? I know they're not mine, I am not their mom. But I am super hands on with all of them, I try to be, on purpose. lol. My boyfriend likes to tell me that I am "too close" to the kids and that maybe I need to let them be with their moms alone more often, but that's not for me. Every moment that I can spend with them I will. That's it. It's simple. I don't know how much time of my life I have left, but I do know that there will be no regrets with them as there are with my girls when they were young about not enough time together. When the kids remember me, I want them to remember that I was there every step of the way. 

There's #SoMuchMore to being mom than just the first 18 years of life. From the day they bring that baby to you at the hospital, to the day you leave this earth, you will be mom, cheerleader, judge, many things!

The best gift any mom can receive this Mother’s Day is an expression of love from her children. For this special date, JOHNSON’S® wants you to enjoy those moments and to remember that every touch, every hug, and every smile stimulates your baby’s senses and helps their healthy development. It’s through the power of your loving touch­ you are able to soothe them, delight them, and nurture their developing mind. This Mother's Day don't forget to hug, squeeze and simply enjoy your child! This Sunday I will celebrate the never-ending journey of being a mom. Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful mommas out there!