Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation

If you have not taken your kids to see Cars 2 yet, let me give you another reason to take them...Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation
Set in new owner Bonnie’s bedroom, “Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation” features Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) and Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the rest of the favorite “Toy Story 3” toys as they create the ultimate Hawaiian vacation for Ken (voice of Michael Keaton) and Barbie (voice of Jodi Benson). It seems Ken badly miscalculated their travel arrangements, so the gang has to create a dream getaway in Bonnie’s Midwestern bedroom—in the middle of winter. “Hawaiian Vacation” also features the voices of Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Blake Clark, Bonnie Hunt, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Jeff Garlin and John Ratzenberger.

“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation” appears exclusively with CARS 2 in theaters everywhere on June 24th.

Water Safety and Swimming Tips

This Summer in Houston and surrounding areas there have been many drownings already and Summer just started a couple of days ago. I think it is important for parents and kids to know and talk about water safety before heading to any body of water even your pool. Be safe this Summer, and share these tips with your kiddos.

The USA Swimming Foundation is preparing to launch an annual cross-country water safety tour, Make a Splash with Cullen Jones, presented by ConocoPhillips, to raise awareness about the importance of learning how to swim.

Water Safety At-A-Glance:
· Each year, more than 3,400 people drown in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
· More than one in five fatal drowning victims are children younger than 14
· Drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-14
· Seven out of every 10 African-American and Hispanic children cannot swim, according to a national research study by USA Swimming and the University of Memphis.
· African-American children drown at a rate nearly three times higher than their Caucasian peers (CDC).

When Olympic Gold Medalist Jones was five-years-old he nearly drowned - prompting his mother to enroll him in swimming lessons for the first time. Today Jones is committed to sharing his personal story and promoting water safety tips to parents and children across the county. By the end of 2011, it is the goal of Make a Splash to enroll more than one million children in swim lessons – regardless of economic status.

Five Tips for Keeping Children Safe In and Around Water*
1. Teach children to swim. It's the best way to be safer in the water. Research shows that parents are the most influential factors in whether or not a child learns to swim. Only 13 percent of children from non-swimming households will ever learn to swim, according to national research conducted by the University of Memphis for USA Swimming.
2. Make sure a responsible adult is watching the water at all times. Drowning can be completely silent, and most child drownings occur when the victim has been out of sight for less than five minutes.
3. Remind kids to always obey the rules of the pool, not to jump on or dunk other swimmers, and not to jump or dive unless they know how deep the water is.
4. Require kids to always swim with a buddy.
5. Remember, you don't have to be at a pool to drown. Lakes, rivers, large puddles and any other bodies of water also require caution. Make sure your child knows how to swim, whether or not they'll be around a pool this summer.

*Source: USA Swimming Foundation, 2011

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Cincinnati-Free Concert

Los Lobos, El Guero Y Su Banda Centenario and Comedian Alex Reymundo Perform at Voces Unidas Free Concert at 82nd Annual LULAC National Convention
With the backdrop of the 2011 National Convention & Expo in Cincinnati, LULAC has once again called upon the Latino entertainment community to unite and raise their collective voices through a star-studded concert with a cause, Voces Unidas or Voices United.
Top Latin entertainment Los Lobos, El Guero Y Su Banda Centenario and Comedian Alex Reymundo will perform Thursday evening, June 30 at Cincinnati's Duke Energy Convention Center, site of the 82nd Annual LULAC National Convention. Voces Unidas is a free concert with top Latin talent held in conjunction with the convention. This year's event continues a tradition of Latino entertainers supporting LULAC's call for a more united America.

"LULAC first and foremost addresses serious issues addressing our community, and this year we want to encourage partnerships, because together we can achieve so much more," remarked Margaret Moran, LULAC President. "At the same time, we want to give a gift of stellar Latin music and comedy to the Cincinnati Latino community, which now numbers 125,000."

Los Lobos, the three-time Grammy-winning band, is on tour now, treating audiences to the sounds of classic Los Lobos tunes in addition to material from their new album The Town and the City. After 34 years of making music, Los Lobos is still churning out inventive and inspiring music. Los Lobos is one of the premier Chicano Rock bands in America.

El Guero Y Su Banda Centenario are rising stars among the Regional Mexican music genre. Fresh off a 2011 Grammy Award in the Banda Category, the group is best known for its romantic style of Regional Mexican music.

Alex Reymundo boasts two one-hour specials "Red-Nexican" and "Hick-Spanic" that have aired on Showtime and Comedy Central. Reymundo spent three years touring with Blue Collar's Bad Boy Ron White and is one of "The Original Latin Kings of Comedy."

This is the fourth year that LULAC has joined forces with TV and music producer David Chavez and LatinPointe to use music as a unifying theme in rallying support from the Latin entertainment and political world.

The concert is a highlight of the LULAC's National Convention. This year's theme is Bridging the Gap: Expanding the Latino Agenda Into New Frontiers.

Voces Unidas will be free to the community, but ticketed. Tickets can be picked up from event sponsors in the Expo Hall at the LULAC Convention. The Expo is free and open to the public Wednesday, June 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, July 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Event sponsors are Macy's, MillerCoors, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Caesars Entertainment and Telemundo/NBCUniversal.

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The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, health, housing and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

MamaSan Maternity Review

Are you a Rocking Momma? Well just because you are pregnant does not mean you can no longer rock your style, lose your look. I was surfing the internet looking for something that said I am pregnant but I ROCK! That is when I found MamaSan Maternity.

About MamaSan Maternity Apparel-

MamaSan Maternity Apparel is a unique clothing line for the rockin' soon-to-be-mommy who has a distinctive style to preserve.

The company was founded by an expectant mom who unsuccessfully searched the ends of the earth for something cool to wear, while struggling to preserve her edgy style.

MamaSan wants you to be true to yourself and to your lifestyle. Just because you are pregnant doesn't mean you have to stop looking cool. We know you want the same edgy style, but with the extra comfort for your growing bump. Our designs allow you to look sexy and rocker-chic throughout your pregnancy and well beyond your 9 months of glory. Whether your lifestyle is Punk, Rockabilly, Psychobilly or Goth, it's all Rock and Roll through and through when you sport our gear.

Preserve your original, edgy style. Wear MamaSan Maternity Apparel - a distinctive way of expressing oneself.

Here are some of my favorites:
Cherries Strapless Top


SKU: MT-691-C

• lightweight polyester/rayon/spandex blend

• made with love in USA

• hand wash / hang dry or dry clean

Betty In Stitches Tank Top



• lightweight polyester/rayon/spandex blend

• made with love in USA

• hand wash / hang dry or dry clean

Check me out:

My thoughts-This dress is so cute and comfortable. I really like the style. I had not seen a dress like this one at any store. It has cross over straps on the back. It actually ties in the front. My husband loved the dress. He said it was complimenting my body better than anything else he has seen on me. I like the knee-length, just right for work. It has elastic right under the bust for a perfect fit. I like how light weight it was, with this hot summer I will be in this dress all summer long.

MamaSan Maternity offers free Domestic and International shipping with a minimum purchse of $35.00 usd. They also have kids clothes.

On Monday, June 27th, 2011 MamaSan Maternity announced that you could Win $100 in MamaSan Cash!!

MamaSan Maternity Apparel is trying to reach 1000 Facebook Fan page “Likes” and they are asking their fans to help them get there!

Participants will ask as many Facebook friends as possible to become a fan of MamaSan Maternity Apparel. Referred friends can only post within the DISCUSSION forum and need to say who they were referred by. When we reach our goal of 1000 “Likes” or more, our Head Mama will count up all the referrals and a winner will be chosen based on the largest amount of fans referred.

Full Details at

***Disclosure-No monetary compensation was received. I received this dress to review on my blog. All opinions are my own, and are my honest opinions. I was not asked to post about this giveaway but I am passing it along as Informational.

Facebook-Free Pantene

I have some Pantene news!

To show appreciation for the Facebook fans, Pantene is giving away over 500,000+ free coupons for a bottle of shampoo or conditioner (valued at $4.99) on their Facebook page over the next 2 days! The coupons entry form will be available at 8PM every night on the “Pantene North America” Facebook page. The coupon will be mailed within 4 weeks and it expires on 9/30th. This is only for US Residents, limit one per household, you must “Like” the page. Check out the schedule below:

· Tuesday (6/28): 200,000+ coupons @ 8PM EST

· Wednesday (6/29): 200,000+ coupons @ 8PM EST

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

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cars 2

Rated: G
Run time: 1 hr, 46 min

When star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater(voice of Larry the Cable Guy) head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix, Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.
My thoughts-We love Cars, the first movie. So we were waiting for Cars 2 to come out. My boys and I loved this movie. Cars 2 is not just for kids but it is a great movie that the parents can really enjoy watching. My husband and I were laughing the entire time. There was alot of action, and fun throughout the movie. Not spoiling the movie for you, so go check it out. We recommend this movie for EVERYONE!!
Here are 2 new characters that are in the movie!!

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. My family was invited to an advance movie screening. These are our honest opinions. This movie has been Independentmami viewed, and Independentmami Recommended!!

And the winner is..Johnson's gift bag

Thank you so much everyone for sharing your stories. I really enjoyed them. I read each one and I really took my time picking a winner. I was really hard because of all the wonderful personal stories you all shared with me but I have picked the winner...

Congratulations goes to...

Shannon said...

My favorite moment of joy is when my son with special needs says, "I zuv Mom!" and wraps his arms around me every morning when I get him out of bed. At night, after bed, i still give them both a nice leg and foot massage with Johnson's lotions. My oldest son that is four wears braces on his feet all day and I know this must feel relaxing on his tired feet, he has a lot of therapies so he is tired at the end of the day. Thanks for the opportunity.

June 10, 2011 8:46 PM

Please respond to the email I am sending you to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize another winner will be chosen. Thank you everyone for sharing.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pregnant Belly Salve Review and Giveaway ***CLOSED***

Motherlove just celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have been making natural, safe and effective products (without toxins!) for women since before any other company thought it was necessary. When you visit your favorite store today and see all the less toxic products for pregnancy, thank Motherlove for their vision and commitment to nurturing life! To give you an idea of the history and legacy of this company, Motherlove has been in business over twice as long as any other truly-safe brand. Their products are all rated 0 on Skin Deep for toxicity (zero is the lowest possible rating).

Let me introduce you to one of their products:

Scar-healing shea butter is added to the same certified organic herbs and oil base as Motherlove's pregnant belly oil to create this creamy salve that keeps skin soft and elastic. This salve effectively prevents stretch marks and relieves the itch of stretching skin. Wonderful for regular moisturizing in the mornings, evenings or anytime! Motherlove’s pregnant belly salve has a zero rating (zero toxins) on EWG’s skin deep database.

Pregnant Belly Salve $17.95 size: 4 oz.

(apricot oil, beeswax*, shea butter*, marshmallow root*, rosehips*, lavender*, chamomile*, calendula*, lavender essential oil*)
*Certified Organic Ingredients

Rub onto growing belly, breasts, hips, and thighs to minimize stretch marks and ease itching.

My thoughts-I like that this product is organic. I, as a good mother, am looking to take care of myself and my baby from the inside out, and outside in. I am 3 months and growing. I want to take care of my skin and body for the changes it is taking. The salve is really easy to use. It is not too thick, like other products. I know it is safe because of the all natural ingredients used. I really like the smell.

Thanks to Motherlove, I have 1 bottle of Pregnant Belly Salve to giveaway to one of my readers.

1) Be a follower. (1 entry)

Extra entries-
1) Like, thank them for this giveaway on their wall. (1 entry)
2) Follow @motherloveherb. (1 entry)
3) Follow @independentmami and tweet. (1 entry/per tweet, unlimited-must leave link in comment)

#Pregnant - #win 1 jar of #motherloveherb Pregnant Belly Salve @independentmami ends 7/11

4) Share this giveaway on Facebook, blog, linky, etc... (1 entry/per share/per day-must leave link of where they shared in comment)

This giveaway ends 7/11 at 8 am. 1 winner will be randomly selected to win 1 jar of the Pregnant Belly Salve. Please leave your email in the comment. US only. Good Luck. The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.

On a special note about the company-(Over 10% of after-tax profits go to Motherlove's foundation)

In 2005, as part of its 15th year anniversary celebration, Motherlove Herbal Company created the Nurturing Life Foundation, a non-profit private foundation.

The Nurturing Life Foundation has a twofold mission:

To promote breastfeeding and support mothers-in-need.

To create opportunities for children nationwide.

The Nurturing Life Foundation is wholly funded by Motherlove Herbal Company. Thanks to the growing support of our many customers, we are now able to support others as we donate a percentage of sales to organizations that truly help nurture life.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. I received 1 jar of the Pregnant Belly Salve to review. These are my honest opinions. This product has been Independentmami tested and Independentmami approved.

Dove® Don't Fret The Sweat "Keep Your Cool" Gathering

I got a chance to host a Dove® Don't Fret The Sweat "Keep Your Cool" Gathering with friends and family. I invited them to come and learn now to help their tweens with the help of a cool party kit that was sent.
What was Included:
-Full Size Dove® go fresh deodorants (2.6 oz.)
-Full Size Dove® go fresh body mists (3 oz.)
-Travel Size Dove® go fresh deodorants (1 oz.)
Gift bags for your guests
One set of dice and directions for "The Sitch" party game
For more information, or to join the discussion go to
***Disclosure-No compensation was received. The party kit included samples for my friends and family to try. These are our honest opinions.

Skintactix Clear Skin Challenge

I have accepted the Skintactix Clear Skin Challenge. I will take a before and after picture and keep you up-to-date with my challenge.

Stay tuned...

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. I will be receiving Acne Treatment Kit to test and review on my blog. My honest results and opinions will be shared with you.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Terra Te Ofrece Tips - Verano en Familia

Sol, agua y sonrisas son el pronóstico extendido de este verano, así que prepárate, pon en práctica los tips que te ofrecen Terra y Kool-Aid y disfruta al máximo de este Verano en Familia.

Verano en Familia te ofrece ideas diarias que te ayudarán a sacarle el mayor provecho a esta temporada tales como: vacaciones sin tener que salir de la ciudad, las bebidas refrescantes y los snacks más saludables para tus hijos en un día de playa, consejos para un verano seguro, diversión garantizada sin salir de casa, guía de deportes en la playa, entre otros.

Además podrás aprender de manualidades, ideas para el patio y jardín, picnic y camping, playa y piscina y no podrían faltar recetas deliciosas y sencillas que te endulzarán la vida. No te pierdas de este especial que te ofrece diversión garantizada para su familia.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational Post Only.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Giveaways Around the Blogsphere

Win MichaelMoooDesign $25 GC ends 7/7 @ MNM Specials

Win Tea Collection Baby Gift Set ends 7/7 MNM Specials

Kiddie Corner Deals WIN Baby Magic Patty Cake Dustless Powder and Lavender Baby Wash 2 Winners!
Check out the giveaways at

Cars, Trucks, & Teething Rings

$25 Target Gift Card (Ends June 23, 2011)
Fiber One Cereal Prize Package (Ends June 24, 2011)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules DVD (Ends June 27, 2011)
Cars 2 Prize Package (Ends June 28, 2011)
The First Years: True Fit Recline Convertible Car Seat (Ends July 21, 2011)

Degree Women motionSENSE™

Somos mamas, esposas, athleticas, etc... y siempre nos estámos moviendo. Salimos a la tienda, al mandado, llevamos a los ninos a la escuela, salimos al parque, vamos al gymnacio, siempre andamos activas no importa que hora es.

Mi tipico dia es llevar a mi hijo a la escula, ir al trabajo, al tiempo de lonche salgo, regreso al trabajo, salgo y a traer al nino. Pero ayi no se me termina el dia, comiensa la segunda parte de mi dia. Y con este calor que estamos pasando. Ase poco comense a usar Degree Women motionSENSE™, y me encanta. Me da la proteccion que necesito durante mi dia que nunca termina. Lo uso cuando salgo a caminar o a trabajar, y sigue trabajando.

Degree Women motionSENSE™ es el nuevo desodorante con protección Degree está recompensando a las mujeres por moverse.

La aplicación “Entra en la Movida” se lanzó en Facebook, y recompensa a las usuarias con la oportunidad de ganar miles de premios fabulosos por las maneras en que ya se mueven, no importa si caminan para hacer mandados o si se montan en la bicicleta para recorrer muchas millas.

Al registrarse para la aplicación “Entra en la Movida” de Degree Women en Facebook ( o en dispositivos móviles (, las fans pueden empezar a acumular motionMILES, moneda virtual que se puede cambiar por oportunidades de ganar miles de premios.

NUEVA YORK (14 de junio de 2011) – Para celebrar el lanzamiento de Degree® Women con tecnología motionSENSE™ —la única fórmula antiperspirante activada directamente con el movimiento, no con la humedad— Degree está recompensando a las mujeres por moverse. La aplicación “Entra en la Movida” que se lanzó hoy en Facebook recompensa a las usuarias con la oportunidad de ganar miles de premios fabulosos por las maneras en que las mujeres ya se mueven, no importa si se montan en el auto para hacer mandados o si se montan en la bicicleta para recorrer muchas millas.

Al registrarse para la aplicación “Entra en la Movida” de Degree Women en Facebook ( o en dispositivos móviles (, las fans pueden empezar a acumular motionMILES, moneda virtual que se puede cambiar por oportunidades de ganar miles de premios. Estas motionMILES se acumulan por diferentes maneras en que las mujeres se mueven, incluyendo el entrar con los Lugares de Facebook y registrar las actividades. Acumular motionMILES es sencillo; las actividades elegibles son entre otras, ir al gimnasio, tomar clases de Zumba o de yoga y varias actividades más que las mujeres ya hacen, como ir de compras o tomar el autobús. Las fans también pueden acumular motionMILES al responder preguntas diarias en la aplicación de Facebook, al invitar amigas a “Entra en la Movida” e incluso al entrar diariamente.

Una vez que las fans acumulen motionMILES, las pueden utilizar para intentar ganar premios al instante haciendo girar la rueda o participando en los sorteos semanales y del premio mayor. Los premios incluyen un viaje de surf en Hawaii, zapatos de diseñador, certificados de regalo de Zumba y mucho más. Las fans también pueden donar motionMILES en dinero a una de estas dos organizaciones benéficas: The Challenged Athletes Foundation y Girls in The Game.

“En un día normal, las mujeres participan en numerosas acciones. De hecho, la mujer promedio se mueve 5,000 veces al día”, explica Mike Dwyer, Director de Mercadotecnia de desodorantes en Unilever. “Con la nueva tecnología motionSENSE™ de Degree, mientras más te mueves, más trabaja. Tomamos esa misma idea y creamos un programa de recompensas para que nuestras fans entren en la movida y sean recompensadas con motionMILES –cuanto más acumulan, más posibilidades tienen de ganar. ¡Qué manera de poner nuestro producto a prueba!”

Baila para obtener motionMILES con Zumba® Fitness
Para ayudar a las mujeres a acumular motionMILES, Degree Women se asoció con Zumba® Fitness, la mayor compañía de baile como ejercicio en el mundo. El programa Zumba combina coreografías contagiosas y fáciles de seguir con música internacional de los mejores productores galardonados, para ofrecer un ejercicio eficaz para todo el cuerpo. Las fans pueden ganar premios de Zumba® Fitness a través de la aplicación “Entra en la Movida” y acumular motionMILES tomando clases de Zumba en gimnasios participantes.

“Para ayudar a las mujeres a entrar en la movida, les enseñamos algunos pasos de Zumba que serán presentados en la página de Degree Women en Facebook”, explica Beto, creador del programa Zumba. “No se necesita ser bailarina para dominar los movimientos, sólo estar dispuesta a dejarse llevar por la música y gozar con Zumba… ¡el objetivo es divertirse!”

La Tecnología MotionSENSE™ -- Mientras más te mueves, más trabaja.
El antiperspirante/desodorante promedio suelta fragancia al contacto con el sudor. En cambio, Degree Women con motionSENSE™ es el único antiperspirante que comienza a trabajar cuando las mujeres empiezan a moverse, manteniéndolas más frescas durante más tiempo.

Degree Women Expert Protection con motionSENSE™ mantiene a las mujeres protegidas por más tiempo que el antiperspirante líder*
Degree Women Clinical Protection® con MotionSENSE™ proporciona protección clínica contra la humedad sin necesidad de receta médica. Siete de cada diez mujeres afirman que cambiarían su antiperspirante actual por Degree® Women Fresh Energy Clinical Protection**
Además, los antiperspirantes/desodorantes Degree Women Fine Fragrance® y Natureffects® cuentan con la tecnología motionSENSE™

Para más información, haz clic en “Me gusta” en la página de Degree Women en Facebook en y sigue Degree Women.

*Más protección contra el olor después de 12 horas con Degree® Cotton Fresh y Fresh Energy
**Los resultados se basan en una encuesta entre mujeres usuarias de Antiperspirantes Clínicos, después de usar Degree® Fresh Energy Clinical

No es necesario comprar para participar o ganar. Nulo donde esté prohibido. El concurso termina el 23 de agosto de 2011. Para ver las reglas oficiales, visita

Acerca de Degree
La marca de desodorantes Degree, fabricada por Unilever, es la de más rápido crecimiento en la categoría de desodorantes, ofreciendo la máxima protección contra el olor y la humedad con su línea de antiperspirantes y desodorantes para hombres, mujeres y jovencitas. La línea Degree Men, ganadora del premio “Producto del Año 2009”, ha experimentado un crecimiento de dos dígitos durante cinco años consecutivos con las variedades de antiperspirantes/desodorantes Adrenaline Series, Clinical Protection e Invisible Solid. Visita para más información. El año pasado, la línea Degree Women se expandió más allá de los desodorantes Clinical Protection, Invisible Solid, Ultra Clear y Girl, para incluir los desodorantes y body mists Natureffects y Fine Fragrance, y los antiperspirantes/desodorantes Expert Protection con motionSENSE™. Todas las líneas de Degree están disponibles en supermercados, farmacias y grandes tiendas del país. Para más información, visita Degree Deodorant – no te abandona.

Acerca de Unilever Norteamérica
Unilever es una de las empresas internacionales líderes en la comercialización de productos de consumo masivo con fuerte presencia en más de 100 países y ventas en 180. Con productos que se utilizan más de dos mil millones de veces al día en todo el mundo, trabajamos para crear un mejor futuro cada día y ayudar a la gente a sentirse bien, a verse bien y a aprovechar mejor la vida con marcas y servicios que son buenos para ellos y buenos para los demás. En los Estados Unidos, Canadá y el Caribe (Trinidad y Tobago, República Dominicana, Puerto Rico) la cartera de la compañía incluye marcas que son iconos como: Axe, Becel, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Blue Band, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, productos de cuidado personal Dove, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Omo, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Ragu, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Suave, TIGI, Vaseline y Wish-Bone. Todas las marcas mencionadas son marcas registradas de Unilever Group of Companies. Unilever —una compañía dedicada a servir a los consumidores y a las comunidades en donde vivimos, trabajamos y jugamos— emplea a más de 13,000 personas en Norteamérica, generando casi 10 mil millones de dólares en ventas durante el año 2010. Para más información, visite,, o

Acerca de Zumba Fitness, LLC
Zumba Fitness es la compañía de baile como ejercicio más grande del mundo, conocida por el programa Zumba®, una mezcla de coreografías contagiosas y fáciles de seguir con música internacional animada. Las clases de Zumba® ofrecen un ejercicio eficaz para todo el cuerpo, que tonifica y al mismo tiempo quema grasa. En 2011, Zumba Fitness celebra 10 años de cambiar vidas al mismo tiempo que más de 12 millones de personas toman clases de Zumba semanalmente en 125 países y 110,000 lugares. Además del programa original de Zumba, actualmente hay cuatro programas especiales: el programa Zumba Gold®, una versión modificada para adultos mayores activos; el programa Zumba® Toning que cuenta con los Zumba® Toning Sticks, palos ligeros similares a las maracas; el programa Aqua Zumba®, el máximo “ejercicio- fiesta en la piscina”; y el programa Zumbatomic®, con rutinas de Zumba adaptadas para niños. Para hacer ejercicio en el hogar, la marca ofrece el juego de DVDs Zumba® Fitness Total Body Transformation y la colección de DVDs de vanguardia Zumba® Fitness Exhilarate™; ambos tienen la música original de Zumba® creada por productores ganadores de Grammy. En 2010, se lanzó el video juego Zumba® Fitness en varias plataformas. La marca también ofrece su colorida colección para todas las temporadas del año, Zumbawear™. En cada nuevo proyecto de Zumba Fitness la misión es la misma: hacer que los instructores sean exitosos. Para más información o para encontrar una clase en vivo, visita y encuéntranos en Facebook y Twitter. Para fotografías aprobadas, envía un correo a

***Disclosure-No monetary compensation was received. Sample product was received to review. These are my honest opinions. Degree Women motionSENSE™ has been Independentmami tested and Independentmami approved.

State Farm-Juega Hoy. Ilumina El Mañana

State Farm recently launched their latest program, Play Today. Illuminate Tomorrow (Juega Hoy. Ilumina El Mañana), as part of their sponsorship of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Gold Cup Semifinals are taking place here Houston, TX on tomorrow, June 22. This State Farm event is taking place at the game!

State Farm has partnered with sOccket™ (a soccer ball that generates and stores electricity via physical play) in an effort to bring a light of hope to the Latin America and Caribbean countries with lack of access to electricity. With Play Today. Illuminate Tomorrow program, State Farm is asking Gold Cup attendees to stop by the mini State Farm soccer field for the chance to physically play with and donate sOccket balls to participating countries. There will also be athlete and celebrity appearances! Additionally, there is a brand new Juega e Ilumina tab on the State Farm Latino Facebook page, which will house the opportunity for visitors to generate and donate sOccket™ balls as well. Every 15 minutes of play collected will result in one sOccket™ ball donation, so State Farm will donate more sOccket™ balls when consumers play more (online and offline).


NEW YORK (JUNE 14, 2011) --- 31 million people in Latin America and more than a quarter of Latin American rural communities have no electricity.* Americans often do not recognize and understand the difficulties that a life without electricity brings. Thanks to sOccket™, a newly developed product from Uncharted Play, Inc., play time can also mean a solution to this unfortunate situation in Latin American countries around the world. sOccket™, a soccer ball that harnesses and stores green energy during play for later use as a power source, has partnered with State Farm® to launch its Juega Hoy. Ilumina el Mañana (Play Today. Illuminate Tomorrow) program in association with the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the regional soccer championship of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

sOcckets are portable generators that combine the fun of soccer with innovative engineering, providing clean power and a purposeful symbol of empowerment for those with limited access to energy around the world.

The State Farm Juega Hoy. Ilumina el Mañana program allows participants the opportunity to generate energy, while playing with the prototype balls, for their participating Latin American Gold Cup country of choice. Participants will be able to play with the prototypes in person at select Gold Cup events and virtually on State Farm Latino, State Farm’s Hispanic Facebook page, and via an iPhone mobile application. Their physical and virtual activity will be tracked, and the more play that occurs, the more sOccket balls will be shipped to Latin American countries in need. Every 15 minutes of play equals one more ball that will be donated. Participating consumers will have the opportunity to vote on where they would like to send a sOccket ball. The top three Latin American countries receiving votes will receive sOcckets.

“State Farm is so happy to be able to be a founding corporate Champion of sOccket to help these Latin American countries in dire need. As the good neighbors to the North, we hope that soccer fans will take part in these fun activities and help us send the first large shipment of sOccket balls to the chosen Latin American countries.” Said Pam El, marketing vice president for State Farm. “We understand that the Hispanic community in North America has a strong desire to help their families in their home countries and we hope that this program will empower them to assist in yet another way.”

“When State Farm came to us with their Juega Hoy. Illumina el Manana program, we knew immediately that we had found a great partner in the fight for energy empowerment around the world,” said sOccket co-inventor and Uncharted Play, Inc. CEO, Jessica O. Matthews. “We were seeking a venue to bring sOcckets to Latin American communities that needed them most, and with State Farm’s help, it is finally happening.”

The balls will appear at 10 of 13 Gold Cup participating cities during the month of June and participants can interact online, download the mobile app, track activity and vote for where the balls will be donated via State Farm’s Hispanic Facebook page at sOccket, the flagship movement for Uncharted Play, Inc., will be available for purchase by end of summer 2011. For more information, visit or and

Uncharted Play, Inc. is a zero-profit social enterprise co-founded by Harvard graduates, Jessica O. Matthews and Julia Silverman, with the mission to create fun products and services that address sustainability and real-world problems.

About State Farm®:
State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. Our 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 78 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 37 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit® or in Canada®.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. This is an informational post only.

And the winner is...Olay Basket

Congratulations goes to...

C said...

“Like” OLAY’s new Facebook Tab for Latinas and wrote on their wall@tcarolinp JessieKatie S

June 13, 2011 3:45 PM

You have 24 hours to claim this prize. Congratulations to you. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Muppets are coming...

At the Cars 2 advance movie screening, we got to see the trailer for The Muppets. They are coming to the movies this NOVEMBER!!! Kermit, Ms Piggy, etc.. Can't wait!!

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

Cars 2 Preview-Video clips

So excited that this movie comes out this week. Here are 2 clips to get you even more excited, that will make you want to race into the movies.

CARS 2 races into theatres everywhere in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D on June 24th!

Cars 2 – “Tokyo Party”

Cars 2 – “Meet Finn”

And the winner is...Wendy's $10 gc


Anash said...

I tweeted at!/anashct/status/81545257073913857
email: anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

June 16, 2011 9:15 PM

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Soft Scrub Picture of Hope

Recent natural disasters in the U.S. and around the world have left many families without a place to live. Soft Scrub® wants to help by donating $35,000 to provide decent, affordable homes for families in need.

And you can help too! It is really easy go to the Soft Scrub® Facebook page from June 6th through July 12th, "Like” Soft Scrub® and Renuzit® on Facebook. Soft Scrub® and Renuzit® are donating up to $35,000 to Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that provides decent, affordable homes to families in need.

Once you like them, you can share to your friends on face, and even add your picture to the mosaic of Picture of Hope. I just did, and I hope you will too.

***Disclosure-I am a Soft Scrub Captain. No monetary compensation was received. This is an informational post only.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 Review and Giveaway***CLOSED***

So as you may have already figured out, I'm pregnant. I am so excited for this new adventure we are taking. It has been almost 13 years since I was last pregnant. I was a size 5, and I did not look pregnant the entire time. This time, I am older, and a little fuller than before. So I am in need of some cheap maternity clothes that will be comfortable for me to wear now, and throughout the entire prenancy. Because if it one thing I have already realized, comfort is what I need. But I also like clothes that are versatile and multi-purpose for both day and night wear. And of course I need clothes I can wear to work, and with this HOT SUMMER, may be even some cute maternity dresses.

I found a place where fashion meets my budget for maternity clothes.

Right now they are having a summer sale, 20% of Summer Sale, Plus FREE Shipping on $75 or more (using coupon code-summer45,limited time only)

There is so much to choose from

White Blue Script Maternity Tank Top

SKU: Z-14787-M-W

Regular Price: $20.99

On Sale For: $9.99

Ivory Lace Back Tie Short Sleeve Maternity Shirt

SKU: Z-1246-S-W

Regular Price: $22.99

On Sale For: $9.99

Pink Ruffled Maternity Dress

SKU: Z-SCE6949-L-P

Price: $26.99

Check me out....

My thoughts-I loved this shirt. It comes in Gray and Silver, or Navy Blue and Silver. I love the design on the shirt. The color fades from top to bottom. It is light gray at the top and fades down to black. It is very comfortable. I got alot of compliments at work and at the mall when I stepped out for lunch. In the picture, you can bearly see my lil bump. It is only $21.99. Compared to "other" places, this is a great price.

Thanks to, I get to give one of my readers a $25 gift certificate.

How to enter:

1) Go to and tell me what you will buy. (1 entry)
2) Like kikisfashions on facebook, and thank them for this giveaway on Independentmami (1 entry)
3) Tweet (1 entry/per tweet, unlimited)

Win a $25 gift certificate to @independentmami ends 7/5 #maternity #giveaway

This giveaway end on 7/5 at 8 a.m. 1 winner will be randomly selected. US only. Please leave your email in the comment. The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Good Luck.

***Disclosure-I received the top in the picture to review. No monetary compensation was received. These are my honest opinions. has been Independentmami tested, and Independentmami approved.

Brookstone-Father's Day Sale

I was invited to attend great event at Brookstone where they demonstrated some really cool gadgets. If you have never been to Brookstone, or the name does not sound familiar, it is the store with all the cool gadgets at the mall. You can test it, before buying it. The salespeople are always friendly and ready to give you all the information on any item in the store. No matter the question, they will always find an answer.

They have new items that just hit the store, and they are also having a sale. So if you are looking for a Father's Day present, you can head on over to Brookstone, play with the gadgets, and find the perfect gifts.

Here are some of my favorites, which some I tried in store:

1) OSIM uAstro Zero-Gravity Massage Chair Was $3,495.00 Now $3,299.00

*My thoughts-My husband and I have a membership at a local massage place and we each pay a monthly due which could be my monthly payment to this chair. I sat in this chair and I loved it. It contours to your body as it scans you as soon as you sit in it. It has air bags that cushion you as you sit there in bliss. From head to the tip of your toes, you get a great massage. It has different settings you can use in the morning, afternoon, and at night. It can be used by children age 10-to the elderly age 99, because of the design of the chair contouring to your body. No need to figure out the complicated control, one button push, and you are in massage heaven.

2) Brookstone Anti-Snore Pillow $99.99

*My thoughts-Are you like me, and find gifts for your hubby that benefit you? I am just saying. This is a God send. I have not tried it but I thought it was a great idea. My husband snores all nite long, anything that can help him stop, I would love to try. Again, I am just saying.

3) Cuisinart® BBQ Tools 14-piece Set $49.99

*My thoughts-Perfect gift for any griller out there. My husband loves to grill. Our dog attack his set, and chewed it all up. Since it was made out of wood, it was destroyed. I like this set.

Now this one is for a gamer, check this out...
The A R Drone. It its controlled by an Iphone. It's cool. Now dad can be a kid again. This would be fun to take to the park with the kiddos.

Another fun one...
Zoku® Quick Pop Maker. This could be fun for a family activity. You make pops with the kids. Make it a fun Father's Day by giving a dad this gift. He can make design and creations with his kids.

Hey parents, one hot toy this Christmas was the Paper Jamz guitars. Brookstone has them for $14.99. My son and my nephews love theirs. They have a great selection, in case your kids collect them.

These are just some of the gifts in store. I like going to Brookstone for the friendly salespeople, innovative gadgets, and great prices.

***Disclosure-I was invited to attend this event. No monetary compensation was received. I received a gift for attending. These are my honest opinions.

Rio coming August 2

Pásalo en grande con los pájaros más populares de la ciudad. La fiesta de RIO llegará a los hogares cuando el espectáculo de música y baile de llegue al Blu-ray y DVD el 2 de Agosto.
Llévate a tu casa más de una hora de emocionantes contenidos extra y exclusivos niveles adicionales de Angry Birds Rio® con la compra del Blu-ray.

LOS ÁNGELES, CALIFORNIA. (14 de junio de 2011) – A medida que el verano se va haciendo sentir, ¡abre tus alas y celebra con los pájaros más graciosos de la ciudad! La nueva comedia de aventuras RIO llega al Blu-ray y al DVD de la mano de Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. RIO combina a ricos personajes y coloridas locaciones con energizantes canciones latinas y contemporáneas, creando la mejor experiencia musical y de baile para toda la familia. Además de más de una hora de contenidos adicionales especiales, ¡los consumidores podrán tener acceso a nuevos y exclusivos niveles del exitoso videojuego Angry Birds Rio® que cuenta con tus personajes favoritos de la película!

Capturado cuando era pequeño en la jungla, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) es un guacamayo domesticado que vive a miles de kilómetros de su tierra natal en Brasil. Cuando su dueña humana Linda (Leslie Mann, 17 Again) descubre que él es el último macho de su especie, viajarán a Río de Janeiro para conocer a la única hembra en existencia. Pero no será amor a primera vista entre Blu, que es tímido y no sabe volar, y la feroz e independiente Jewel (Anne Hathaway, The Princess Diaries). Al poco tiempo del arribo de Blu, las dos aves son capturadas por ambiciosos contrabandistas de animales y se encontrarán perdidos en las selvas brasileras. Sin esperarlo, la pareja deberá embarcarse en una aventura hilarante llena de torpezas donde aprenderán sobre la amistad, el amor, la valentía y el poder abrir las alas para levantar vuelo.

Los creadores de ICE AGE traen al público una nueva aventura tropical en RIO, con el mejor elenco al sur del Ecuador, incluyendo a George López (Beverly Hills Chihuahua), Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”), Jemaine Clement (Despicable Me), Rodrigo Santoro (Che), (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa), Jamie Foxx (Dreamgirls), Jane Lynch (“Glee”), y Wanda Sykes (Over The Hedge).

RIO estará disponible en una Edición de Fiesta de 3 discos, con el Blu-ray, DVD y una copia digital, y también en una Edición de Fiesta de 2 discos en DVD. Estará disponible en Estados Unidos y Canadá.

RIO Blu-ray
• Características especiales
• Explora el mundo de Rio
• Playa
• Jungla
• Ciudad
• Estadio
• Blu muestra el camino (introducción)
• Boom-Boom Tish Tish: Los sonidos de Rio
• Cómo se hizo Hot Wings
• Salvando a la especie: Una voz a la vez
• El Rio real
• Video musical Welcome to Rio
• Escena eliminada – El puesto de frutas
• Postales de Rio
• Baile de carnaval O Rama
• Intro
• Blu
• Jewel
• Luiz
• Monos
• Nico y Pedro
• Rafael
• Samba Line
• Rio de JAM-eiro Jukebox
• Taio Cruz – Video musical “Telling the World”
• Angry Birds Rio – Trailer
• Angry Birds Rio – Mash up de Nigel
• Angry Birds Rio – Video con instrucciones
• Conexión en vivo a IMDB

• Características especiales
• Explora el mundo de Rio
• Playa
• Jungla
• Ciudad
• Estadio
• Blu muestra el camino (introducción)
• Boom-Boom Tish Tish: Los sonidos de Rio
• Cómo se hizo Hot Wings
• Salvando a la especie: Una voz a la vez
• El Rio real
• Video musical Welcome to Rio
• Escena eliminada – El puesto de frutas
• Baile de carnaval O Rama
• Intro
• Blu
• Jewel
• Luiz
• Monos
• Nico y Pedro
• Rafael
• Samba Line
• Rio de JAM-eiro Jukebox
• Taio Cruz – Video musical “Telling the World”
• Angry Birds Rio – Trailer
• Angry Birds Rio – Mash up de Nigel
• Angry Birds Rio – Video con instrucciones

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

And the winner is...Wendys $25 gc


Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

June 14, 2011 1:08 PM

You are the winner. I am sending you an email. YOu have 24 hours to claim your prize. Thanks for entering everyone.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wendy's Father's Day Frosty Weekend Giveaway***CLOSED***

Starting today starts the Wendy's Father's Day Frosty Weekend!
You may not know that 50 cents from each Frosty purchase will be donated to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA, on Father's Day weekend (June 18 & 19). These donations will be used to benefit the cause of Wendy's Wonderful Kids, which is a program that helps foster children in need find great homes.

Wendys wants to treat you for helping. Want to win a $10 Wendys gift card? How to enter, simple help Wendys spread the word, donate, etc...-

1. Twitter – Use the Treat it Forward application on (Treat it Fwd tab), or use the hashtag: #TreatItFwd. A donation will be made, by Wendy’s, for each designated tweet or re-tweet made from Treat it Forward. (1 entry/per tweet, unlimited-you must leave link in your comment)

2. Facebook – Send a Facebook friend a “virtual” Frosty, or tell friends about Father’s Day Frosty Weekend through the Facebook application found on (Treat it Fwd tab); as a result, Wendy’s will make a donation. (1 entry for every "virtual" Frosty sent, 1 entry for every share on facebook.-please leave time links in comment)

3. Also, from Facebook, on Father’s Day Weekend only (June 18 & 19), offer a “Here’s to You, Dad!” Frosty “virtual toast” by snapping a photo of you raising your Frosty cup to Dad, tagging it with the words “Wendy’s Father’s Day Frosty Weekend” and posting it to Wendy’s Facebook wall or tweeting it; this, too, will result in a donation from Wendy’s. (1 entry, please leave link in comment.)

4. Foursquare – Every person who ‘checks in’ to a Wendy’s during Father's Day weekend only (June 18 & 19) will result in a donation from Wendy’s.
(1 entry/per each day you check in-only valid for 6/18 & 6/19, please leave link in your comment)

This giveaway ends June 20 at 12:01 am. 1 winner will be randomly selected. You must leave your email in your comment. Winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Good Luck.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Car 2 Activity Sheets

Cars 2 Prize Pack Giveaway***CLOSED***

Their back!!! My boys and I have so be looking forward to this movie coming out June 24th. We loved Cars!! Our favorite car is Tow Mater. My son's name is Matthew and this is what we called him after the movie came out. Mater cause it kinda looks like his name and he had those 2 front teeth. We even threw him a Cars themed party and we dressed up as my son's pit crew. My nephew fell in love with Cars too.
CARS 2 t-shirt in youth sizes of S, M, L, XL
If you saw Cars, you are going to want to watch Cars 2:

When star race car Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy)
head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix, Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage!

But before the movie even comes out, I have a great giveaway for my readers. Do you want to win some Cars 2 gear for your kiddos?

CARS 2 t-shirt in youth sizes of S, M, L, XL

CARS 2 set of 3 bumper tickets

CARS 2 temporary tattoo sheet (2 per winner)

CARS 2 puzzle

Here is how to enter-

1) Tell me who your favorite car(character) is and why? (1 entry)
2) Tell me who you want to win this prize pack for? (1 entry)
3) “Like” CARS 2 on Facebook, leave a message on their wall telling them- you just entered Independentmami's giveaway(1 entry)
4) Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet, unlimited)

Win a Cars 2 prize pack @independentmami #giveaway ends 7/5

This giveaway ends 7/5 at 8 am. CARS 2 give-away includes a youth size t-shirt, set of 3 Bumper Stickers, 2 temporary tattoo sheets and a puzzle! Only open to US and Canada. 1 winner will be randomly chosen. Please leave your email in your comment-YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF EMAIL IS NOT IN COMMENT. Good luck.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.

Giveaway Winners Announced

And the winner of the $50 Neutrogena gift pack is...

~dab said...

May 31, 2011 11:27 AM

OMG....My sponsor said 2 winners on this prize pack so the other lucky person is...

justicecw said...


I love that it is oil free...don't need any more of that! And I love the smell of pink grapefruit so that is a great bonus. Thanks for the chance,

May 31, 2011 7:17 PM

And the winner of the $70 Neutrogena Wet Skin gift pack is...

AubreyLaine said...

I follow you on Twitter
NEUTROGENA® Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 50

May 31, 2011 4:29 PM

Congratulations. You have 24 hours to claim your prize.

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Babas Farm Life Win $300 American Express Card From Pampers Big Mother's Day Give! @ @babasfarmlife @pampers

Monday, June 13, 2011

Beyond Bedding review

There are so many things to do before my baby comes, and one of the things on my checklist is selecting baby bedding. There are so many choices to choose from, one being Camo Baby Bedding since my husband is a Marine and wants the baby to be named "Marine". Yes, you just read that. The name is cute because in Spanish, it is "Marina". And I like bilingual names. Another choice we looked at was Sports Crib Bedding. We are a huge sports family. My son and husband both play baseball, and I played softball in high school. We are sports fanatics all year long. But keeping with the decor of my house of red, white, blue, and stars, I had see what was available in Western Baby Bedding. There are so many other choices to look at, because everything baby is so cute. I mean who doesn't like Polka Dot Baby Bedding? I remember looking for a baby gift last year for my cousin who loves polka dots, and remember thinking that the dots were so cute so babies. Like I said there are so many choices, I had to go with something so timeless.
I found the perfect color and bedding pattern that I really liked. This Camel Paisley gold and chocolate baby bedding. Beyond Bedding has flat rate shipping at $7.95. They carry luxury bedding at comfortable prices. This is a 9 pc set for $159.99. The set includes comforter, bumper, skirt, fitted sheet, toy bag, decorative throw pillow, diaper stacker, and 2 window valances. I have not seen this set anywhere, trust me, this weekend we ventured around from baby store to baby store. We did notice alot of stores carrying the same ole, same ole for about the same price or more and some with less pieces in the set.
We really liked this pattern and it goes with our decor. I could so add some stars to this pattern. It is timeless and cute for the baby. And I also could add some cute stuffed animals to this pattern.

***Disclosure-No monetary compensation was received. I received this set to review. These are our honest opinions, and this is the set we picked for our baby.