Thursday, September 18, 2014

Giveaway-Go Dynamo #PorSiempreNaranja #spon

***Disclosure-Sponsor content.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

My family loves sports.  We love to support our Houston teams.  Soccer is a sport that I learned to love later on in my life.  When my son was 3, the only sport he could play was Soccer.  I had never really played or paid that much attention to it.  But I had to learn about the sport, I even ended up coaching a year or two.  It was so much fun.  The fans, them fans are wild.

My husband and I were invited to come watch the Houston Dynamo play.  We had never been to a game or the new BBVA Compass Stadium.  It is a beautiful stadium.  I have enjoyed seeing its beauty from the freeway.  It has been a great addition to Houston Downtown.

But before the game, we were able to attend a press conference with one of the coaches, Coach Tim Hanley.  This was so cool to learn about the game straight from a coach.
Next we headed down to the field to watch the players practice before the game.  This was so much fun.  I have not been on a field for a professional Soccer game ever.  The players so close to you.  Chris Canetti, Houston Dynamo President, came down to the field to greet us and answer any questions we had. 
Practice was awesome.  I am into fitness and seeing their drills was really cool to me.  The stretching was my favorite, wink, wink!

And now for the game Houston Dynamo vs Montreal Impact....GO Dynamo #ForeverOrange
 It was a great game.  We won!  After the game we got a special treat and went behind the scenes to meet and greet some of the players.


 Alexander Lopez

#10-Mid Fielder

Tegucigalpa, Honduras







Luis Garrido

#19-Mid Fielder

Juticalpa, Honduras




Alex and Luis were kind enough to hang out with us and answer my drilling questions.  Luis told me his mom was the one that use to practice with him when he was a little boy.  And that so reminded me of my kiddo and me.  They are so humble.  They are proud to be playing for the Houston Dynamo.  I am from El Salvador and they are from Honduras, kinda like sister countries.  By the end of our conversation I felt like we were related.  Thanks to their kind words and interactions.  It is good to know hard work does does pay off and these two have a great future in front of them.  I wish both Luis and Alex a great successful season, as they are already winners in my book.  I am so glad they aspire to be role models for our next generation to live and dream big.  When you come come our countries, there is no I in team.  You cheer everyone on, and wish them great success.  When one succeeds, it is as we all have gotten better by association.

Thanks also to Boniek Garcia, #27 Mid Fielder and from Tegucigalpa, Honduras for stopping to take a picture with us.
  You can follow along all the Houston Dynamo action at their website: www.houstondynamo.com  

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Tasty Thursday-El Pollo Loco #HoustonWeHaveAPollo

***Disclosure-I received an invitation to sample the menu.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

El Pollo Loco is coming to the Houston area.  There are 3 locations set to open this year:

Sugar Land - October 2014
Copperfield - Fall 2014
Katy - Winter 2014

And even more locations to come in 2015.

But whose of us who have never heard of El Pollo Loco, see below:
Ok, now that I have your attention let me tell you about my tasting experience.  El Pollo Loco got started in California but it is growing in popularity.  They marinate fresh, whole chickens in a citrus marinade. They cook the whole chicken right in front of you on open flame grills.
Then are hand-cut, and served.  Everything is made from scratch even all the salsas, guacamole, and cilantro dressings.
And no worries if you are watching your calories, there is the 5 under 500 calories.  But even the family meal can be proportioned for each individual, below is my plate which included broccoli.
Next we tried the Poblano Avocado Burrito - Can you see the chicken, avocado, rice, pinto beans, corn, cilantro, diced onions, cheese, and Poblano salsa?
The burritos were cut in half and that was a big serving so this could also be shared with a family member.  After this, like if I had room, we tried the Tostada.  I added cilantro salsa, yummy.  This is not your typical tostada that you are use to.
The tostada is like a salad served in a bowl.  The bowl is the crunch for those of us that need a crunch.

On a budget, try the Pollo bowl.  It is only $5 and comes with tortillas, and a small drink.
(this is a sample size not actual serving size for tasting purposes only)

Dessert anyone?

We love Churros!

The menu offered a variety of options for everyone to enjoy.  I like that it is all fresh. I can't wait to take the family to check their menu out!



   

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fruit Vines Review

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

The Maker of Red Vines is launching a new soft, chewy, fruit candy called Fruit Vines.
They are bite sized candies packed with a delicious fruit flavor.  It comes in Strawberry or Cherry.  They are low fat and made with no preservatives. 

Strawberry
Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Wheat Flour, Modified Corn Starch, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Artificial Flavor, Malic Acid, Glyceryl Monostearate, Sunflower Lecithin, Glycerin, Salt, Artifical Color (Red #40). Allergen Information: Contains Wheat

Cherry
Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Wheat Flour, Modified Corn Starch, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Artificial Flavor, Malic Acid, Glyceryl Monostearate, Sunflower Lecithin, Glycerin, Salt, Artifical Color (Red #40, Yellow #5, Blue #1). Allergen Information: Contains Wheat Allergen Information: Contains Wheat

My daughter loved these.  My husband thought they looked like little Mickey Mouse ears.  With Halloween right around the corner, don't forget to add fruit snacks for the kiddos trick or treat bags.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pines Wheat Grass Review

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

According to WedMD, Wheatgrass is a kind of grass. The above-ground parts, roots, and rhizome are used to make medicine. Wheatgrass is primarily used as a concentrated source of nutrients. It contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, and amino acids.

 Pines Wheat Grass is a gluten-free, dark green, leafy vegetable.  It is certified organically grown.  Pines has done its research from the way it is grown to the way it is bottled.  You can take them as tablets or as powder.  See below:
Pines Wheat Grass powder comes with this cup that tells you the instructions on your daily intake. 

If you are trying to add more vegetables to your diet, but don't like eating them - this could be a way for you.  You can mix it in a glass of juice, a smoothie, sprinkle on your food. 


Makeup Monday-Soft Pretty Lips

***Disclosure-Sample products were received to review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.  All other information is for informational purposes only.

It is Back to School time.  My first lesson on make up, and anything like this came from girls at school.  Now a days our kids are always on the internet for personal reasons or for school work.

I will sharing with you a series of beauty tutorial videos brought to you by Neutrogena for back to school.

Stay tuned next Monday for Bright Eyes.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tasty Thursday-Whataburger Monterey Melt

***Disclosure-I received an invitation to one of our local Whataburger's.  This is part of a compensated (food and giveaways) campaign with Hahn Public Communications and Whataburger. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Whataburger is to Texas as cowboys are to a Rodeo.  I was so excited when I received a special invitation to join fellow Houston blogueros/as:


@JuanofWords
@laurie
@DearPolia
@SandraSays
@PalomaCruz
@hispanichou
@LuvFoodAndMedia
@RolandoRodJr
@Marco4rmHouston
@gu_heffner
@mikethemovieguy
@MelissaDarragh
@MadameMariposa6

to try the newest addition to the All Time Favorites Menu, The Monterey Melt. Back by popular demand, the Monterey Melt kicks it up. 
This Monterey Melt is so good.  The flavors, what a great combination of ingredients.

Monterey Jack Cheese
American Cheese
Grilled Onions
Grilled Peppers
Jalapeno Ranch Sauce

The jalapeno ranch sauce is to melt for...get it!  

But we also got to get our custom orders in, and in case you are wondering:
Wheat buns
lettuce 
tomatoes
light mayo
mustard
cheese
loaded with pickles
you can't forget the Spicy Ketchup for the onion rings
Sweet Tea

Did you know Whataburger has lemon pies?  not just apple pies but lemon pies too!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

School in Session ‪#‎BTSConBritax

Disclosure-As a Britax Latina Blogger/Advisory Board Member (and in partnership with Mami Innovative Media), this post is part of a sponsored outreach. All opinions expressed are my own.


2014-2015 School is now in session.   A new year, new school, and new adventures.  Every year is always different.  Some may be excited, some may be scared, and some may just be there.  This year my son is a high school sophomore.  Oh 10th grade, how I miss 10th grade!  His school moved locations again this year and so he is starting this new year at a new campus.  

 That is not the only thing changing.  He also gets to ride the bus this year.  He has always wanted to ride the bus and mami never wanted him too.  Plus, I have always been able to drop him off and pick him up.  But his new school is not conveniently on my way to work, so there was no other way.  I know I should not be this worried about him but he will always be my baby bird, no matter how old he gets.  Bus riding has always been a scary subject for me.  Wondering if the bus will get there on time, wondering if he will make it to school, wondering if he will get dropped off at the right place, and so many more thoughts just wondering around my head.  Riding the bus can’t be that bad?  I rode public transportation to school at one time.  Anyways, we waited to hear from the school for his route, bus, and times.  We received a cute little postcard from the school with the information we needed.  We also received a phone call and emails with the information.  I like that the schools are now moving forward with using social media.  Our school has a FB page and they also gave out information on there for parents.

We did some shopping here and there.  My son does not have to wear uniforms, and gets to wear pretty much anything he wants.  We some some really good deals and kinda did all our shopping in one trip.  Different stores but just one trip.  His favorite sale was the shoe sale where I got him shoes in every color.  Wardrobe check!

No school supply shopping for us before hand.  High school is different.  I wait for the teachers to tell him what he needs in their syllabus.  We then make a list and shop for all the supplies.  
The day finally came for the 1st day of school, Monday, the 25th.  
 We were up at the crack of dawn and headed to the bus stop.  I drove him to his stop, and yes it is still dark outside.  The excitement was there and he even said he was a little scared but I assured him that this all are new adventures he must face that will be lessons learned.  

I did see many mamis out there with their kiddos on their strollers, half asleep or asleep.  I have many friends that walk their kids to school.  I don't have to walk my kid to school but I am glad that our stroller reclines so my baby girl won't be all uncomfortable.
On my drive to work I see many mamis out there pushing their babies and they are falling out of their stroller or their heads are bobbing all over, our Britax B-Ready is so adjustable.  The seat can move from forward facing to rear facing easily.  I also like the undercarriage is huge.  It is big enough to hold a couple of back packs, lunch bags, and/or purses under there.  It also has a large canopy with a sun-visor.  The canopy has a ventilation window too.  The foam filled tires and 4 point suspension are great of the street and sidewalks.  I like a stroller can be be versatile and this stroller does it have it all including room to grow.  If you have another kiddo, a second seat can be added to this stroller.

No matter if you are walking your kids to school or driving them, I hope you have a wonderful safe year!

 

Skincare Sunday-Oats

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Informational post only.

I start my day with a bowl of oatmeal, how about you?  There are so many great benefits and breakfast is the most important meal of the day!



Oat is a natural ingredient that has many benefits for your skin and health!  Some of these benefits include:
  • ENERGY:  Start your day with a nutritious bowl of oatmeal, which will provide you with carbohydrates to boost your energy throughout the day.
  • HEART HEALTH:  Eating three grams of fiber from oatmeal daily in a low fat and cholesterol diet may reduce the risk of heart disease
  • NUTRITION:  Oatmeal is an excellent source of soluble fiber, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc
  • SOOTHING:  Oat is the #1 natural ingredient most trusted and recommended by dermatologists to improve the health of dry skin
  • ANTI-ITCH:  Topically, oatmeal baths are used to soothe skin ailments such as bug bites and poison oak
  • MOISTURIZATIONColloidal oat is a skin protectant that locks in moisture
The special properties of oat give it an enhanced ability to absorb moisture and relieve dry, itchy, irritated skin. That is why, the founders of the ACTIVE NATURALS® Brand developed a special milling process to create colloidal oatmeal, an ingredient found in the AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING COLLECTION. This finely ground oat locks in moisture and retains the soothing effects of the whole oat grain, relieving dry or irritated skin to help soothe your itchy scalp and nourish your hair.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Makeup Monday-Get the Bella Thorne Look

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Bella Thorne at the Young Hollywood Awards
 By: Celebrity Makeup Artist Amy Oresman  




Step-by-Step Makeup Application 
  1. For Bella's foundation, I used Neutrogena® SkinClearing Liquid Makeup in the Natural Ivory shade. An extra tip - apply foundation on your neck, and extended towards your jaw line, blending it with your chin and below your check bones.
  2. Next, Neutrogena® Healthy Skin Blends in the Pure shade was used on Bella to set the foundation.
  3. I applied Neutrogena® Healthy Skin Custom Glow Bronzer in Sunset Glow for the perfect sunkissed look. I started by applying the bronzer on the apples of her cheeks and slightly brought it outwards and upwards directing it towards her temples.
  4. I used Neutrogena® Crease Proof Eye Shadow in the Forever Platinum shade giving Bella's eyes a pop of sparkle. I applied the eye shadow from the top of her lash line to the center of her eye lid. I blended the eye shadow with my fingertips gently extending it to the outside corner, then swept a a mixture of our blush and bronzer through the crease for a warm definition.
  5. I love using a brown eyeliner and mascara on Bella's beautiful eyes. My favorites are the   Neutrogena® Nourishing Eye Liner in Spiced Chocolate and the Neutrogena® Healthy Volume Mascara in Black/Brown. Both of these products create the perfect soft bronze smoke.
  6. To really contrast Bella's angel pink dress, I opted for a sheer wine lip color - Neutrogena® MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Rich Raisin. This shade is perfect to wear with pastels during the summer season.  

    *After an event, Bella uses Neutrogena's Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes to remove all traces of makeup!