Friday, March 24, 2017

Springing into a Healthier Me #LALAChallenge

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with LALA® Yogurt Smoothies and #WeAllGrow Latina Network.

Are you as happy as I am that Spring is finally here?  The air is different.  The flowers start to bloom.  But that is not the only thing blooming around here.
This year I decided on making myself my New Year's Resolution.  Over the years, I have put others before me.  Not this year.  I'm being a little selfish.  I am taking the attitude - me before you.  Thanks to some of my changes, I'm springing back like an old, used coil. 

Here are tips on how SPRING can help you get healthy too:

Self-You matter.  It all starts with the person you look at in the mirror everyday.  Take a moment and stand in front of the mirror.  Seriously.  It does not matter how people see you, it matters what you see.  What do you see?  Is this a happy person?  Don't look for flaws/scars but look at the glass full.  I see an able body that has so much potential.  It is like an art piece waiting to be sculpted.  You are the artist behind this vision.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

Prioritize-What is your goal?  Do you want to get healthier?  Do you want to lose weight?  Break it down.  Interview yourself.  Define your needs versus wants.  Pick a reachable goal, timeframe, and give yourself milestones.  I want to be healthier, so that is my ultimate long term goal.  It is a lifestyle.  One of my biggest issues was doing good during the week and messing it up over the weekend.  My first small goal was to be the same weight or less on Mondays.  Then it was to continue to maintain the weight loss throughout the month.  Baby steps are helping me get to the ultimate goal.

Rotate-Don't let the routine stop you.  Rotate, revolve, change your schedule.  One of my trainers told me it takes 21 days for us to build a habit.  But some people get bored real easily or things happen in your life.  If you don't like the gym, find a park.  If you can't make it to the park, have a dance party at home.  Start with doing 30 minutes of exercise whenever you can fit it in.  I started out being able to go to the gym at 5 am, then I had to go during my lunch hour to the park, sometimes I can make it after work. 

Ignite-Light a fire and get closer to your goal.  Find a piece in your closet that you have not worn in a while and would like to get back into.  Buy yourself an article of clothing one size smaller.  I have all different sizes of clothes that no longer fit in my back closet.  As I am losing weight, my smaller sizes are coming back into my closet.  The clothes I am no longer fitting is going out the door.

New-Try something you have never done.  Crossfit, yoga, cycling, dancing, but try something.  You never know if you are going to like something unless you try it.  I tried running years ago and found that I loved it.  I never thought I could to Crossfit but after I tried it, I found that I could.  Cycling is hard but guess what, once you get the hand off it you will want to do it too.  Indoors and outdoors.  Currently, I am trying to get one hour of physical activity into my day.  It doesn't matter what it is as long as I get it done. 

Go-We live our lives always on the go.  That should not be the reason why we cannot keep ourselves healthy.  I plan ahead for my non-stop lifestyle.  This is why our HEB grocery list always includes LALA® drinkable yogurt smoothies.  

They are great tasting, nutritious, and healthy.   The perfect on-the-go snack for my on-the-go life.  Made with real fruit and has 5g of Protein.  We keep our refrigerator stocked up.

  • I can grab a LALA® Yogurt Smoothie as I run out of the door.  This way I am not missing meals, my body is getting fueled, and I am staying on course with my goals.

  • Did you know LALA® Yogurt Smoothies is proud to be a sponsor of the H-E-B Slim Down Challenge?   Earlier this year, H-E-B invited Texans to apply online at  Though only 28 were selected for the competition, you can follow their journey along from home.  Not only will you be following their journey but you can access workouts and recipes, and read contestants’ blogs for inspiration.  The Slim Down Showdown is part of H-E-B Health & Wellness, a comprehensive, long-term commitment to improve the health of Texans.  H-E-B aims to inspire Texans to adopt and stick to a healthy lifestyle through special offers on healthy food, nutrition labeling, events, competitions and educational opportunities.  Winners will be announced April 1 at the H-E-B Alamo Health and Fitness Expo in San Antonio. 

    Are you ready to SPRING into a healthier you?

    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LALA Yogurt Smoothies and WeAllGrow Latina Network. The opinions and text are all mine.

    Friday, March 17, 2017

    Disney-Beauty and The Beast

    It is a tale as old as time.  You know the story.  It is one of favorite stories of all time. 
    I was invited to an advance screening.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

    The story has been brought to life before my eyes.  The film stars that brought it to life are Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, thewardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.  This cast did an amazing job truly portraying this story.

    The story that starts with a daughter's request: "All I'd like is a rose you've picked specially for me!"  A beautiful rose for a beauty.  “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle.  Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. 

    It is the story that teaches us to look within.  To go past the outside exterior of a person and really get to know them.  There is beauty in everyone.  We have to want to give people a chance.  You do not know the other person until you give them a chance.

    It teaches us that no matter how lost you are and when you see no light, you never know what may come to your life to be the light.  To bring you out of the darkness.  It is a beautiful story.

    My favorite song that always touches me...

    The story on screen opens in theaters today.   

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Giveaway-Taco Cabana Houston Fiestas

    Hey Houston...Do you know what a Fiesta is?  A party.  Have you ever heard of the San Antonio Fiesta?  Annual celebration every April to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.
    This is a sponsored post brought to you by Taco Cabana.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

    Taco Cabana will be offering month-long weekend fiestas over the next few months at various restaurants throughout Houston.

    The fiestas, which will be held in The Woodlands, Kingwood and northwest Houston, will feature family fun entertainment including:

    · DJ, Photo Booth, Prize Wheel and chance to win “Free TC for a Year”

    · Balloon Artist, Caricature Artist, Face Painter and/or Temporary Tattoos

    The Woodlands
    Address: 3079 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77384
    Dates: Saturday, March 11 – Saturday, April 1
    Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

    Address: 25657 US Highway 59, Kingwood, TX 77339
    Dates: Saturday, April 8 – Saturday, April 29
    Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

    Northwest Houston
    Address: 167 Yale St., Houston, TX  77007
    Dates: Saturday, May 6 – Saturday, May 27
    Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

    Thanks to Taco Cabana for allowing Independentmami's readers to get the fiesta started, enter below.
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    US only.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  The prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.  Good Luck!

    Boss Baby Advance Screening

    Who wants to go see the Boss Baby?
    This is a sponsored post.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

    SYNOPSIS-DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby.  He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby.  The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim.  With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.  

    I have advance screening passes for Houston.   First-come, First-serve.  Admit Four passes.

    Go to: to print your passes out.  Make sure you arrive early to get your spot in the theater.

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    How Do You Granola - Challenge

    Do you granola?  I do.  It is great for breakfast or a snack.
    Thanks to Viki's Granola for sending sample product to review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

    I like making Granola Parfaits.  They are so easy to make.  You can add your favorite fruit or what you have available or in season.  Granola provides fiber.  Also the oats in the granola are a whole grain.  For parfaits, you don't need that many ingredients or that much time.


    -Greek Yogurt
    -fruit of your choice (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)

    It is so easy, you just build layers.  You can add fruit as part of your layers too.  You can top it with fruit.  It is up to you. 
    Viki's Original Granola takes rolled oats, organic honey and adds a touch of almonds and pecans for a flavor-packed ride.  It is available in Original, Apple Cinnamon, Maple Cranberry, Blueberry Almond or Banana Walnut.

    With 100% All Natural Ingredients and they are:
    • Gluten Free
    • Non-GMO Verified
    • Cholesterol Free
    • Zero Trans Fats
    • Sodium free
    • Dairy Free
    • Kosher Pareve

    For more information on Viki's Granola, go to