Monday, January 31, 2011

CSN $40 certificate Giveaway***CLOSED***

About a year ago I did a wonderful review for CSN stores. It was a wonderful online experience. I picked what I wanted from their online store. It was really easy to order and just wait for your package. My order arrived on time, and in perfect condition. You can order anything from them even modern bar stools for your oh so chic home. Traditional, untraditional, whatever your style, you are sure to find an item you just have to have...

I have a wonderful opportunity for all of my readers. One lucky winner will win a $40 dollar gift certificate (does not cover any shipping costs but you can use it on ANY product from ANY one of CSN sites).

Here is how to enter:

1) Tell me what you want or will use your certificate on. (1 entry)
2) Be a goggle friend. (1 entry)
3) Be a twitter follower. (1 entry)
4) Be a Networked Fan on facebook. (1 entry)
5) Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet-unlimited)
Win a $40 CSN gift certificate @independentmami #giveaway 2/14

6) Link to any giveaway linky. (1 entry/per linky)

This giveaway end on 02/14/11 at 8 am. Please leave your email in your comment. I reserve the right to disqualify any comment for not following the directions. 1 winner will be picked at Good luck and thank you for entering.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received for this post.

Houston Auto Show Review

Cars, Cars, and more cars.... The Houston Auto Show was here for one weekend only. This past weekend Houston families were able to walk around and see all the new cars. Not only checking out all the new technology and innovative cars but also the classics. I love classics. I would have enjoyed riding in these beautiful creations.

Check this beauty out...

A favorite at the show is always the FORD robot.

This was the cutest car I had ever seen. Right now, it is on my list for my son's future car. It sits 4 people. It is cute, and budget friendly.

But let me show you my future car....Chevrolet Corvette!!

Even though I know it is not in my budget, this corvette is just so beautiful! I'm in love!

There are so many things to do at the Houston Auto Show. I could not show you all of our pictures but wanted to share some of my favorites. It really was a crowd pleasers when all kids under 12 are free. There were so many kiddos having fun with their parents. It was like always a great experience. Props to Chevrolet. My GMC Terrain was on display, well not mine. Mine was in the parking lot. But alot of people seem to really have an interest. I love my GMC Terrain. I have no complaints. We still get stopped in the street with people wondering how we like it. I LOVE IT!!

***Disclosure-My family received a 4pk of passes, parking pass, and notebooks/pencil pads for the kiddos. No compensation was received. These are Independentmami's personal opinions.

Certified Sneeze Catchers

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


Campaign Seeks to Enlist Them as “Certified Sneeze Catchers”; Give Their Families a Chance to Win a Trip to an Orlando, Fla. Theme Park

NEENAH, WIS., Jan. 10, 2011 – Kleenex brand facial tissue is offering Hispanic children a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip with their families to an Orlando, Fla. theme park if they sign up to help fight colds through education, this cold and flu season. The brand has launched a massive TV, radio, grassroots and digital campaign aimed at enlisting thousands of elementary-school-age kids to participate in an educational initiative called “Sneeze Catchers.” The goal is to help kids understand in a fun, child-friendly way the importance of using facial tissue when feeling a sneeze coming on. Five winners will be chosen randomly in March.
“Parents feel pride when they see their kids speaking and behaving responsibly about health-related issues,” said Ken Champa, associate brand manager for Kleenex brand. “That’s why we believe that as the kids share their learning about how facial tissue with Sneeze Shield Technology helps keep stuff off hands, the campaign will resonate with them, as well.”

A single sneeze can spray up to 3,000 droplets into the air at more than 100 miles per hour – something napkins, handkerchiefs and bathroom tissue simply are not created to handle as well as facial tissue. Sneeze Shield is a special protective layer in each tissue that helps keep stuff from soaking through. Of all facial tissues on the market, only Kleenex brand offers Sneeze Shield in all of its tissues.

Besides the chance to win the Orlando trip, kids who sign up as Certified Sneeze Catchers will receive a free official kit, while supplies last, with information and tools to better protect themselves against colds and keeping stuff off hands. The kit includes a Kleenex brand bag, T-shirt, cap, ID card, a Kleenex brand storage case, and an activity book. To become certified as Kleenex brand Sneeze Catchers, children must first obtain their parents’ permission before going online to visit . Although the campaign specifically targets Hispanic kids, it is open to children of all ethnic backgrounds.

About Kleenex Brand Tissue
The world's first and America's best-selling facial tissue, the Kleenex brand is recognized by families in more than 150 countries. Invented in 1924, Kleenex tissues were initially marketed as a sanitary way to remove cold cream and makeup. Once advertising was shifted to emphasize the product's use as a disposable handkerchief, however, sales soared. Always the innovative leader, Kleenex brand facial tissue has met the needs of consumers for more than 80 years with products that provide the comforting, reassuring touch to make things better.

About Kimberly-Clark
Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world's population – trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's 139-year history of innovation, visit

Friday, January 28, 2011

45th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest

Calling all home cooks! Do you have a million dollar recipe idea? The 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest is open for entries and one simple recipe idea could help you take home the dough!

Pillsbury is looking for original recipes that taste and look delicious, are easy to prepare and that families across America will love to eat. Consumers can submit recipes in one of four recipe categories:

The Breakfast & Brunches category includes casual brunch or weekend family breakfast ideas. For example, sweet rolls, pull-aparts, pastries, breakfast breads, egg dishes or breakfast sandwiches.

In the Entertaining Appetizers category, entrants can submit appetizers and snacks to serve at casual gatherings with family and friends or for holiday entertaining. For example, bite size appetizers, tartlets, pinwheels, puffs, bruschetta or focaccia.

The Dinner Made Easy™ category encourages home cooks to create easy-to-prepare main dishes that will delight your family. For example, pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, foldovers, casseroles, chilis, soups or savory pies.

Quick and easy treats for anytime celebrations can be entered into the Sweet Treats category. For example, cookies, pies, tarts, brownies or bars.
Entries are being accepted online between now and April 18, 2011, at One hundred lucky finalists will compete for a chance at the grand prize during the contest finals, which take place March 25-27, 2012 at the Peabody Orlando Hotel in Florida. You’ll also find contest details, including eligible products, prizes and the official rules, on the web site.

The recipes will be judged for 1) taste, 2) appearance, 3) creativity and 4) consumer appeal. All entries must meet the requirements of the recipe category and appropriately use two of the eligible products in at least the quantity specified.

Sue Compton of Delanco, N.J. was named the grand prize winner of the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest in 2010 for her original Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups recipe. At the 43rd Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest in 2008, Carolyn Gurtz walked away with the million-dollar grand prize for her Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies. At the 2006 competition, the 42nd Contest, Anna Ginsberg, a stay-at-home mom who you might know from her blog, Cookie Madness, earned the $1 million prize for her Baked Chicken and Spinach Stuffing.

Visit to enter and learn more about the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest.

Your friends at Pssst…

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

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Box Tops For Education $50,000,000 Flash Parade

Do you save Box Tops? I do! I have everyone in my office saving them too. My son's elementary school was able to purchase gym equipment, and even put a brand new track for the kids. It is a great program that helps schools earn money. It is easy. Box Tops are on products you use. Check you boxes today. Find a school near you, if you dont have a school age child to support. Or send them to me, we love heling our schools.

Box Tops for Education was created by General Mills in 1996 as an easy way to help make a difference for kids and schools. Since then, schools have earned more than $375 million through the program to help get the things they need-from books and school supplies to playground equipment and computers. Help make a difference in schools by clipping Box Tops from more than 240 brands, including Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Hamburger Helper, Kleenex, Ziploc, Hefty, Juicy Juice, Avery, Welch´s, Land O´Lakes and Brita. Find out how much your school has earned and learn other ways to earn cash for your school at

Become a fan of Box Tops for Education on Facebook at
Follow Box Tops for Education on Twitter at

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

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

new Babies 'R Us sweepstakes, sponsored by Baby Brezza

Are you preggos? Congratulations!!

Have you registered anywhere? I hope you register at Babies R Us. Why?, you ask?

From January 13th until February 13th, you have the chance to win your entire Babies 'R Us registry*, just by adding the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker to your registry. That's right, one lucky mom-to-be will win her entire wish-list, including the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker! And trust us, this is one must-have that you'll want to add to your list anyway, since it's the only baby food maker that steams and blends in one simple step.

Where do you enter? Click here Good luck.

Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a gift card and Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place.

DACRON® mini-pillows review and giveaway***CLOSED***

It's January. Out with the old and in with the new. I like to get a headstart on Spring cleaning by replacing bedding and pillows. My husband has been complaining that we need new pillows. And we have been in search for pillows to fit all our needs. I was given the opportunity to try DACRON® mini pillows.
DACRON® has been America's favorite pillow fiber for more than 50 years. INVISTA recently launched the new DACRON® Fiber Quality Seal - a new icon that capitalizes on the heritage and excellence of the DACRON® brand and its unique relationship with today's consumer. With the quality seal's tag-lines of "Trust What's Inside" and "It Just Feels Good," how can moms go wrong?


INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. With a business presence in over 20 countries, INVISTA’s global businesses deliver exceptional value for their customers through technology innovations, market insights and a powerful portfolio of global trademarks including: ADI-PURE®, ANTRON®, AVORA®, C12™, COMFOREL®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, CORFREE®, DACRON®, DBE®, DYTEK®, FRESHFX™, LYCRA®, PERFORMA™, POLARGUARD®, POLYSHIELD®, POLYCLEAR®, SOLARMAX®, STAINMASTER®, SUPPLEX®, SUPRIVA®, TACTEL®, TACTESSE®, TERATE®, TERATHANE® and THERMOLITE®. For more information, visit

My thoughts-I like the support the mini pillow gives. It is soft. It is the perfect size to carry around for traveling. My husband and I both agree that this pillow is great for anyone. My son said it is his perfect size.

Would you like to try them out for yourself? 3 lucky winners will win a pair of DACRON® mini-pillows. How to enter:

1) Be a goggle follower. (1 entry)
2) Be a Network follower. (1 entry)
3) Be a twitter follower. (1 entry, please leave twitter name)
4) Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet, unlimited)

Win a pair of DACRON® mini-pillows @independentmami #giveaway 2/4

This giveaway ends on 2/4/10 at 8 am. 1 winner will be chosen. The winner must claim their prize within 24 hours. Please leave your email address in the comment in order for me to contact you if you win. Thank you and good luck.

***Disclosure-I received 1 mini pillow to review. No compensation was received. The DACRON® mini-pillow has been Independentmami tested and Independentmami approved.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Giveaways around the blogosphere...

Momma TOld ME 10 Winner YoCrunch Giveaway!1/31

Working Class tv sitcom review

CMT has a brand new show called "Working Class" featuring Melissa Peterman (Reba) and Golden Globe winner Ed Asner that premiers on Friday, January 28 at 8 pm PT/ET.

Premiere Episode: “The Buddy System”
Carli’s old flame from high school shows up hoping to re-ignite his “spark” with Carli — even if it means humiliating her in front of her new boss.

Independentmami's thoughts-
I really enjoyed watching the preview of the show. It was funny. If you watched Reba, and you loved it, you will love this show. It has that kinda humor. This is not your Barbara Jean character. I cannot wait to see more of this show. I really liked her character and cannot wait to see what else happens.

***Disclosure- I am a member of One2One Network. As part of my membership, I was able to preview this show and will be entered in a sweepstakes.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Giveaways around the blogosphere...

Beccas Backyard Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners - 101 3 winners 1/30

The Divine Miss Mommy WIN A MACY’S $50 GIFT CARD 01/31
A K Blessings Abound win a $50 Macy’s Gift Card 1/27

two boys one girl and a crazy mom Coupon Organizing Binder 1/28

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2011 Houston Auto Show Giveaway

Do you love cars? Are you looking for something fun to do with the family? I love cars, yes I am a girl. Ever since I can remember I have love collecting them, riding in them, and now driving them. My favorite car is a Corvette. At the Houston Auto Show, you can test drive the lastest vehicles. Check out the new electric cars. This show features first-to-market vehicles with everything from your favorite sports cars and luxury sedans to hybrid SUVs, Texas trucks, minivans and more! You and your kids can jump into the driver's seat to explore the newest models, for a day filled with fun. Don't forget to experience the Kids Fun Zone during the weekend for fun activities and arts & crafts. This show is sure to offer fun for the whole family.

Show Dates: Wednesday, January 26 - Sunday, January 30, 2011
(Please note: This year's show falls on only one weekend)

Show Hours:
Wednesday thru Thursday : Noon - 9:30 p.m.
Friday : Noon - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday : 10:00 am - 9:30 pm.
Sunday : 10:00 am - 7:00 pm.
(Please Note: There will be no admittance 45 minutes prior to the close of the show)

Reliant Center
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1400

Admission: Adults - $10.00 (cash only) There is an ATM on-site.
Children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are sold at Reliant Center box office. The box office opens 15 minutes prior to show opening and closes 1 hour prior to show closing. There are no advance sales of tickets.

Tickets can be purchased by credit card through TicketMaster
Discount coupons cannot be used with this service.

Coupons: $2-off discount coupons are available online (click here for coupon) and at participating Houston area new car dealerships.

Discount coupons are only valid for a discount on a single regular priced adult ticket purchased at the Reliant Center box office. Coupons cannot be combined with any other offer and must be surrendered at the time you purchase your ticket.

Discount coupons are not valid on weekend.

Parking: The Reliant Center charges $10 for all day parking.

For more information on the Show and for a $2 off weekday admission coupon, please visit

Want to win a family four pack of general admission passes? Enter now:

1) Follow me as a goggle friend. (1 entry)
2) Follow me on twitter. (1 entry)
3) What car is your favorite car? (1 entry)
4) Who do you want to win this for? or who will you bring if you win? (1 entry)
5) Tweet, leave link. (1 entry/per tweet unlimited)
Win a 4Pk of passes to Houston Auto Show 1/24 @independentmami #giveaway

The show is in Houston. Tickets will be left at will call for the winner. This giveaway ends on 01/24/11 at 8 am. One winner will be picked at Please leave an email in your comment. The winner will have 24 hrs to claim their prize.

***Disclosure-I will be receiving a 4 pk tkts, parking pass, and reporter notebook and pencil for the kiddos.

Great Wolf’s 48 Hour Sale

On January 20 at 10am CST, Great Wolf’s 48 Hour Sale – their biggest sale of the year – will go live. The sale is good on stays from January through April and would be great for anyone wanting to visit during Spring Break.

The deal hasn’t been announced yet.

Once the deal goes live on January 19, you’ll be able to find it here: Using the promo code 48HOUR, guests can save up to 20 percent during the sale – stays must be booked 10am CST January 20 – 7pm CST January 22.

***Disclosure-Informational post only.

Giveaways at Cake Mom


Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator ends 1/27 (3 winners)
Hartz Dog Toys ends 1/26
Fix it, Make it, Grow it, Bake it ends 1/25
Tropical Traditions Dish Liquid ends 1/25
Cardiwrap ends 1/24
Pear Tree Greetings ends 1/24
Miche Bag ends 1/23
Darn Tough Vermont Socks ends 1/22 (2 winners)
Uprinting brochures ends 1/21
Jammy Pack ends 1/21
Bling Strands ends 1/20
365 Hangers $25 Gift Code ends 1/19
Purex Complete Crystals ends 1/19 (3 winners)
Change Your Life Book ends 1/18

Monday, January 17, 2011

Concursos en el Web 01-17-11

* Pack Deportivo de General Mills

* Suavizante en cristales Purex; 3 Ganadoras


Gana un bolso con productos de Johnson’s Natural (3 Ganadoras) (01/20)

New Year's Challenge

Ok, so as you know my New Year's Resolution is to do a fitness challenge every month in 2011. It is not about losing weight this year but about staying active.

So here are the 5 W's:

Who: Independentmami

What: 5K, 10K, half marathons, marathon??

When: 2011-every month

Where: In Houston and surrounding areas

Why: This is one deserves a whole entire explaination. See below:

First let me start by saying that I have found a new love for running. Ok, so years ago, my bestfriend invited me to join her in a 5K WALK for a great cause. I did, and we crossed the finish line. That was fun. We always saw the runners and never thought we would be one of them one day. You look at them and see how in the zone they are about running. The gear they have on to help them run is impressive too. But never in a million years would I have thought that would have been me. Throughout the years we have continued to do several 5K walks every year. Well my bestfriend invited me to do a 10K RUN this past Thanskgiving. How crazy was she to think we could do it? How crazy was I when I said ok? Well we did it. We crossed the finish line and that is how I became runner. The sense of great accomplishment. I pushed my body to those limits and I went there. It was great. A little after that we did the jingle bell run and I bombed. It was a 5 mile race and my body was dying. My knee started killing me. I couldnt breath. I have attached pictures from this dreadful day so have proof for one day when I look back.

Here are my times:

Alba Turkey Trot 6.2 miles 1:19:24

Jingle Bell Run 5 miles 1:06:32

Remember with the 5Q's always comes the big H.


So I decided that it would not happen again. Yes, I am running again. As of January 1, 2011 I have started TRAINING. Yes, I train. It is a word I use for exercising. I started out slowly walking. I downloaded a free ap. (Endomondo) It keeps track of the miles I do. So it turns out that my entire neighborhood is a little over 3 miles. I manage to do the entire neighborhood in 1 hr walking for the 1st week. The secong week I start running. I ran my entire neighborhood in 37 minutes the first day. I average 38 minutes the entire week. I am hoping to improve my time every week as I continue to train. My knee still kills me sometimes but I keep going. At times I get home I dont really feel like doing it but then I get out there and I do it. And here is the best thing of all, I have not entered a gym at all and I have lost 10 lbs. I am eating healthy balanced meals including snacks everyday. I am at the half way point this month and am very happy about how I feel and the results. On Jan 30th, I will be running the El Paso 5K. I hope to do the run in under or right at 30 minutes. I hope to continue improving my time as the weeks pass. I will check in after the race and give you my results, thoughts, and reactions.


I dont know about you but I use my help button. I am not doing this alone. I recommend you get a partner if you need help. My husband is helping me achieve my goals. He has helped me with the food, gear, and advice. Not only has he done that, but he is beside me everyday on my runs. He runs faster, way faster than I do. But I hope to be at his pace soon! My bestfriends are running as well. This is something that has changed all of us.

To be continued...stay tuned for my shoe review. Find out what shoes have helped me.

IRS and Telemundo Host Tax Information Program in Spanish

Issue Number: IR-2011-6
Inside This Issue

IRS and Telemundo Host Tax Information Program in Spanish

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is joining national TV network Telemundo in a special one-hour tax program for Spanish-speaking taxpayers on Sunday, Jan. 30.

The program “Los Impuestos y Usted” (“Taxes and You”) will air at:

• noon Eastern time
• 1:00 p.m. Central time
• 1:30 p.m. Mountain time
• 1:00 p.m. Pacific time

Check your local listings for exact times.

“Los Impuestos y Usted” will help viewers determine whether they qualify for many tax benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC. Workers who earned $48,362 or less from wages, self-employment or farming last year could receive larger refunds if they qualify to receive EITC.

IRS estimates four of five eligible taxpayers claimed their EITC last year, obtaining an average $2,200 from the credit. To qualify, taxpayers must meet certain criteria and file a tax return, even if they do not have a filing requirement.
Among other topics, the program features Free File, a program that allows individuals to file their taxes online at no cost, how to get free tax help at local community centers and other services available at

Mónica Noguera, host for many of Telemundo’s specials, will present the IRS program, which features in-studio interviews with IRS tax experts. IRS tax experts will also be available during the airing of the program to answer questions submitted online via Telemundo’s website.

Information about the EITC, Free File and other IRS programs and services is available in Spanish at or toll-free at 800-829-1040, extension 8.

***I subscribe to the IRS Newswire. This is an informational post only. For more information, go to

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Free Cleaning Service for Chemo Patients

I just received this email from a co-worker and felt I had to pass this along to my readers. All pictures and information came from their web page which I have linked below. If you know anyone or would like to make a donation, please visit their page today.

If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It's our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.

You may not know someone going through chemo, but someone on your email list might. Please pass this information on to your family & friends.

The Cleaning for a Reason Foundation has been in operation since 2007.

***Informational Post Only.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

California-Free Whooping Cough Booster Shot for Teens

Hey California....


Evento en el Boys and Girls Club del Este de LA destacará la disponibilidad de vacunas gratis o a bajo costo para adolescentes a través del Programa de Vacunas para Niños (Vaccines for Children)

QUE: Mariano Trujillo del club de fútbol C.D. Chivas USA se unirá a la Dra. Aliza Lifshitz en el Boys and Girls Club del Este de Los Angeles para realizar un evento especial en nombre de Vacune a sus Hijos Adolescentes, una campaña creada para para educar a los adolescentes latinos sobre la importancia de vacunarse contra las enfermedades graves como la tos ferina y la meningitis.

Chivas USA se une a Vacune Sus Hijos Adolescentes para ayudar a correr la voz entre las familias hispanas de Los Angeles que la vacunación es una forma segura y eficaz para ayudar a proteger a los niños y adolescentes de infecciones potencialmente mortales, y que los jóvenes de 18 años de edad o menores pueden ser elegibles para recibir estas vacunas gratis o a bajo costo.

Tras el programa educativo, Trujillo y su compañero Bryan de la Fuente llevarán a cabo una clínica de fútbol y firmaran autógrafos para los preadolescentes y adolescentes presentes.


Mariano Trujillo: Defensa, C.D. Chivas USA
Dr. Aliza Lifshitz: Médico de radio y televisión educadora de salud de la campaña
Teresa Palacios: Director Ejecutivo, Eastmont Community Center Carolina Sandoval, RN, Pediatric Nurse PractitionerAlgunos jóvenes locales recibiran las vacunas recomendables durante el evento


Boys and Girls Club en el Este de Los Angeles
324 N. McDonnell Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 263-4955

CUANDO: Jueves, 13 de Enero, 2011, 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Los portavoces estarán disponible para entrevistas durante el evento


La vacunación para los adolescentes es más importante que nunca en Los Angeles:
·la epidemia actual de la tos ferina en California afecta a muchas familias hispanas
·El Departamento de Salud Pública de California recientemente estableció un nuevo requisito, entrando en vigor este año; todos los estudiantes que ingresan o avanzan al 7º - 12º grado deben recibir una vacuna de refuerzo contra la tos ferina antes de comenzar la escuela
·Los casos de meningitis entre los adolescentes son mas frecuentes durante esta época del año
·Muchas familias hispanas no están enteradas de que las vacunas estan disponbles a través del programa de Vacunas para Niños (VFC) gratis o a bajo costo

***Disclosure-Informational Post Only.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Deadline Extended to Jan 31, 2011

El Hispanic Scholarship Fund exhorta a los estudiantes Hispanos mayores de 21 años a participar en su convocatoria para becas de $10,000 antes del 15 de enero

Los ganadores entran automáticamente en una competencia para
ganarse $30,000 dólares adicionales de beca

[New York, NY], 5 de Enero – El principal fondo educacional para los hispanos en Estados Unidos, el Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) junto a la National Basketball Association, (NBA) y Bacardi Gold se han unido para financiar y promover becas de $10,000 a estudiantes mayores de 21 años que buscan seguir estudiando en los Estados Unidos. La beca forma parte del Gold Standard Scholarship Program y la fecha límite para la aplicar es el 15 de enero. Además, de la posibilidad de recibir el apoyo de $10,000, cada ganador será automáticamente elegible para participar por una beca de $30,000 por medio de una competencia en línea que se entregará durante un evento de la NBA.

El proceso de la aplicación es sencillo y sólo requiere que el estudiante esté matriculado en la universidad, sea mayor de 21 años, sea ciudadano o residente permanente de los Estados Unidos, tenga raíces Hispanas, este inscrito en una universidad o cuente con una dirección permanente en las siguientes ciudades: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleáns y Nueva York.

La población Hispana representa el segmento de mayor crecimiento en los Estados Unidos, aproximando el 56% del total de la población proyectada para el 2025. Sin embargo, a pesar de su crecimiento demográfico, solo el 19% de Hispanos entre los 25 y los 64 años de edad cuentan con un titulo profesional - menos de la mitad de los no-Hispanos en el país.

Como es el caso para todos los grupos, en promedio, los Latinos que cuentan con un titulo profesional ganan mejores salarios y tienen menores niveles de desempleo que aquellos que no cuentan con titulo profesional.

"El Hispanic Scholarship Fund quiere que todos los hogares hispanos logren que por lo menos un adulto de su familia obtenga un título universitario para el año 2025, ya que sabemos que este es el camino mas seguro para poder alcanzar el sueño americano,” dijo Maria Romero, Directora del Programa de Becas del Hispanic Scholarship Fund. “Ayudar a los hispanos a alcanzar el sueño americano significa que en última instancia, tendrán los ingresos necesarios para invertir en su futuro y el de su familia."

Por lo tanto, organizaciones y marcas líderes, como la NBA y Bacardi Gold, han acordado financiar el Gold Standard Scholarship Program, para reafirmar que la educación es la única vía hacia el progreso de la comunidad Hispana.

Para obtener más información:
Por favor visite nuestra pagina web o aplique directamente a traves de WWW.HSF.NET.

Acerca de HSF
Acerca del Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Establecido en 1975, el Hispanic Scholarship Fund considera que el país prospera cuando cada estadounidense puede acceder a las oportunidades que conlleva la educación universitaria. Como el principal fondo educacional para los hispanos en Estados Unidos, HSF procura hacer frente a las barreras que impiden que muchos hispanos obtengan un título universitario. En los últimos 35 años, HSF ha concedido becas que suman más de $300 millones, y ha apoyado una gran variedad de programas de difusión y concientización que ayudan a los alumnos y a sus familias con los diversos aspectos de la vida universitaria, desde el ingreso y la ayuda financiera hasta el empleo después de la graduación. HSF contempla un futuro en que cada hogar latino cuente con un egresado universitario, lo que dejará un impacto duradero en las perspectivas universitarias de las familias latinas de todo el país, fortaleciendo así la economía estadounidense para las próximas generaciones. Visite para más información sobre el Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

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Candidates Were Nominated By the Community, Elected By Panel of Independent Judges

A Miami attorney, who devotes her evenings to helping homeless youth in her community. A Houston handyman, who helps out elderly, disabled and low-income neighbors repair things around their homes, at no charge. A Los Angeles woman, who volunteers her time to work with incarcerated youth, to the point of having adopted one of their children.

These are but three examples of the kinds of unsung heroes an independent panel of judges from Hispanic media recently chose to receive the Scott brand’s first “Done Right Awards.” The award was created this year by the Scott brand to recognize ordinary people, who have done extraordinary things to help the Hispanic community. The eight winners hail from Miami, Chicago, Houston, San Antonio, Los Angeles and Union City, NJ. Each will receive $2,000, plus a $5,000 donation to their favorite charity or non-profit of their choice.

“These awards celebrate our brand’s Done Right philosophy, which is to blend great performance and value in all our products,” said Chris Allen, Scott brand manager. “The eight remarkable individuals we are recognizing this year embody our core values of doing things right, in this case by going above and beyond the call of duty to help others in the Hispanic community. We are very proud to honor them, and in so doing to thank all our Hispanic consumers for their loyalty to the Scott brand.”

This year’s winners are: Miami attorney Liz Fate; Chicago social worker Edwin González; retired San Antonio public school counselor Gene Cortez; Houston handyman Filiberto Cárdenas; Union City, New Jersey restaurateur José García; Los Angeles social worker Fernando Sarabia; retiree Herlinda Morales and housewife Hilda Morella Esparragoza. Their inspiring, personal stories were among the thousands of nominations received between Sept. 1 and Oct. 15, 2010 from members of the Hispanic community throughout the country, who answered the Scott brand’s call for nominees.

Twenty finalists were chosen by the brand in the first round of judging. The finalists were then evaluated by an independent panel of judges hailing from respected news organizations throughout the country. The judges included, Pedro Rojas, Editor in Chief, La Opinion Newspaper, Los Angeles; Manuel Martinez Llorián, Vice President & General Mgr., WSCV-51, Miami; Tino Duran, Publisher, La Prensa Newspaper, San Antonio; Areli Padilla, Entertainment Editor, La Raza Newspaper, Chicago; and Adriana Calhoon, on-air personality at KOVE-FM Recuerdo, Houston.

Below are the winners’ stories:

·When she isn’t busy with her law practice, Miami attorney Liz Fate volunteers her time to run the Drop-In Center for Homeless Youth (Project NEST), in that city. There, she helps provide the kids with food and hygiene packs, donated clothing and educational resources. She also cooks meals and sometimes serves as a mother and guidance counselor to them.

·Edwin González is responsible for the success of hundreds of poor kids from the inner-city ‘Pilsen’ Neighborhood of Chicago, where he grew up. He can be found wherever there is need – whether holding up a grieving mother at the casket of her 15-year-old son, a victim of gang violence, or attending the college graduation of one of “his kids.”

·Houston resident Filiberto Cardenas, a natural handyman, volunteers a lot of his time to helping the elderly, disabled and poor in his neighborhood with odd jobs around their houses, whether repairing a window or a leaky faucet. He does this out of the goodness of his heart, without expecting anything in return. He says he is just happy to help.

·Los Angeles social worker Fernando Sarabia devotes himself full-time to helping kids in his inner-city neighborhood stay out of gangs, and go on to reach their full potential in life. Despite being confined to a wheelchair as the result of a congenital condition, Fernando not only mentors, tutors and provides them with personal counseling and encouragement, but he also leads them in recreational and sports activities.

·Retired San Antonio public school counselor Gene Cortez’s passion is to help those who cannot help themselves. After a 22-year Army career, he returned to the predominantly Hispanic Near East Side of San Antonio to serve as a Boy Scout Leader and social worker. In addition to volunteering with the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team – he has logged in more than 300 hours in 2010 alone – he and his wife Anita also provide mental health and medical assessments to victims of disasters.

·Hilda Morella Esparragoza is a constant source of guidance and support to at-risk Hispanic youth 18 years of age and younger, both within and outside prisons. For more than a quarter of a century, she has been encouraging and advising them on ways to change their lives and care for their children. Hilda’s credibility comes from practicing what she preaches - 27 years ago she adopted the three-year-old daughter of a female inmate. She raised the little girl as her own and provided for her throughout her life with all the necessary financial and spiritual resources to help her graduate college and go on to live a successful and meaningful life.

·Through his business, Union City, New Jersey restaurateur José García devotes himself to helping others less fortunate than he, who are undergoing either health or financial problems. Every Monday, he donates the day’s profit of his Restaurant Cejas, to a different person or family in need of help.

·Just when she should have been preparing to enjoy a bountiful retirement, Herlinda Morales fell on hard times financially and health-wise. This development forced her to move in into a very modest dwelling in Los Angeles’ Skid Row community. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, however, she joined the Los Angeles Mission, where she volunteers many hours a week serving as a Spanish interpreter for the staff, and helping with numerous other responsibilities.

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COVERGIRL’s 50th Anniversary party with Latina spokesperson Dania Ramirez

Dania Ramirez- by Celebrity Makeup Artist Matthew VanLeeuwen

Dania’s makeup inspiration was a twist on a classic beauty look. She called me earlier that day to tell me she was in love with her dress and thought she wanted a red lip, which I totally agreed with once I saw her outfit. We stuck with a fairly clean, pale lid and sculpted brows, but I also wanted to add a little gold to the eyes in honor of COVERGIRL’s 50th Anniversary.

To start, I prepped the skin with a light moisturizer and then applied COVERGIRL Simply Ageless Serum Primer. I then used COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Foundation in Nutmeg which gave her perfectly polished skin with a luxurious finish.
On her eyes, I applied COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast in Citrus Flair, using the green color on the lid and the bronze color in the crease and then darkened the outside of the eye with COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast in Bronze Fire. I created a minimal line to define the eye with COVERGIRL LiquiLineBlast in Black Fire and finished with a few coats of COVERGIRL LashBlast Length Mascara in Black.

On her lips, I created a strong, glamorous red lip with COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Lipstick in Hot.

Lastly, I applied COVERGIRL Simply Ageless Blush in Plush Peach on the apples of her cheeks to balance out the look. It is really important to create a natural looking balance on the skin especially when working with a bright red lip. I finished it off by setting her face with a light dusting of COVERGIRL Clean Pressed Powder in Tawny.

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In Spanish-

Dania Ramirez- maquillada por el maquillista de celebridades Matthew VanLeeuwen

La inspiración del maquillaje de Dania fue una variación de un look clásico. Dania me llamó temprano ese día para contarme que le encantaba su vestido y pensaba que debía llevar en los labios un tono rojo a juego con él. En cuanto vi su vestuario, le di la razón. Escogimos darle a los párpados una coloración bastante limpia y pálida y demarcar y esculpir bien las ceja, pero en honor al 50mo. Aniversario de COVERGIRL añadí un toque dorado al maquillaje de los ojos.

Para empezar acondicioné la piel con un humectante ligero y luego apliqué el suero COVERGIRL Simply Ageless Serum Primer. A continuación usé la base COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Foundation en la tonalidad Nutmeg con la que el cutis quedó perfectamente nítido con un acabado de lujo.

En los ojos apliqué el juego de sombras COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast en la combinación Citrus Flair, usando el verde en el párpado y el color bronce en la curva del párpado. Oscurecí la parte externa del ojo con la sombra COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast en el tono Bronze Fire. Tracé un línea minima para definir el ojo con COVERGIRL LiquiLineBlast en la tonalidad Black Fire y terminé con unas cuantas capas de la mascara COVERGIRL LashBlast Length en negro.

Para los labios, utilicé un tono rojo, intenso y glamoroso con el COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Lipstick en Hot Red.

Por ultimo, apliqué rubor a las mejillas con el COVERGIRL Simply Ageless Blush en Plush Peach para lograr un equilibrio en el look. Es importante crear un balance natural en la apariencia de la piel, especialmente cuando se llevan los rabios rojos. El toque final del maquillaje fue una ligera capa de polvos compactos COVERGIRL Clean Pressed en la tonalidad Tawny.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

COVERGIRL’s 50th Anniversary

COVERGIRL’s 50th Anniversary party with Latina spokesperson Dania Ramirez

Kicking off the new year in “COVERGIRL 50th-Style”, the brand hosted an exclusive party in LA last night.

More about COVERGIRL’s 50th Anniversary and opportunities…

This year, beauty giant COVERGIRL cosmetics commemorates its 50th anniversary and that every woman is a COVERGIRL. This golden year also brings the introduction of myCOVERGIRL – a rewarding new program from COVERGIRL, where all women can share what makes them a COVERGIRL on myCOVERGIRL, now featured on, offers women the opportunity to star in their own COVERGIRL video or advertisement, with exclusive chances to win free makeup and once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift, Queen Latifah or Drew Barrymore. In addition, COVERGIRL will donate $1 to the U.S. Make A Wish Foundation® for every COVERGIRL who joins – up to a $50,000 donation. Visit to join the myCOVERGIRL program and find out more information on COVERGIRLs 50th Anniversary and new product offerings.

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Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year.

I know I have been a little distant but life has been complicated. Well the wedding went fine and perfect with a some imperfections that are expected at weddings. The honeymoon cruise was good. I was little sea sick but I made it back in one piece. The holidays were pretty busy with all the family and friend get2gethers. And if I wasn't busy enough 2 days before Christmas, I hurt my back at work. I could not even breath. So I was handicap for the last 2 weeks of the year. My mom also had some heart complications and went to the hospital. She is all better now. But anyways, I just wanted to catch you up with what has been going on.

I again have gained weight, and need to lose it. My husband is helping me achieve my goal. I weighed myself at the beginning of the year, and today I weighed in 7 lbs lost already. My New Years Resolution is to do a fitness challenge every month this year. On January 30, I will be running a 5K. And on Feb 19, I have another 5K scheduled. I had lots of fun at the end of the year when I completed my 1st 10K on Thanksgiving Day. Soon after that I did a 5 mile run, I just can't get enough. The runs were so much fun. It takes a lot of discipline to commit yourself. I had never done a run, always walks. I love to support my causes and that is how I got started. My walks are alot of fun, and now the runs. This year it is not about losing weight short term it is about a lifetime commitment for good health. I got so tired of dieting and exercising last year for my wedding that I burned out. Don't get me wrong I loved how I looked for my wedding but I soon lost it all as soon as I stopped doing all the things that helped me get to my goal. So this year is about having fun training for my runs. I hope to cut my time every time. Right now I stand at more than an hour. So first goal is to cut my time to under an hour. I am not trying to win a medal or first place just trying to achieve my goals. Maybe one day I will win a medal or 1st place.