Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pregnancy Diaries ~ I survived my C-section

So I was told I was going to have a c-section. What is a c-section?

From Wikipedia,

A Caesarean section, (also C-section, Caesarian section, Cesarean section, Caesar, etc.) is a surgical procedure in which one or more incisions are made through a mother's abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more babies, or, rarely, to remove a dead fetus. A late-term abortion using Caesarean section procedures is termed a hysterotomy abortion and is very rarely performed. The first modern Caesarean section was performed by German gynecologist Ferdinand Adolf Kehrer in 1881.

A Caesarean section is usually performed when a vaginal delivery would put the baby's or mother's life or health at risk, although in recent times it has been also performed upon request for childbirths that could otherwise have been natural.

I had Placenta Previa and was told from the beginning that I would need one. My placenta was blocking my cervis. So if the baby decided to come, or I started getting contractions, the baby would not be able to come out. So here is my story from my eyes:

I had my last visit with my doctor Monday the 19th, where I was told what time to show up, where, what, how, and why. So I was told not to eat anything after midnight on Wednesday the 21st. Since we did not know if we would be missing Christmas with the family we had Christmas Dinner that night. We could not sleep that night. We were up still packing or trying to pack. We dosed off, dont know what time but set our clocks for 1 1/2 hours before our appointment.
December 22nd-That morning we could not wake up. It was hard. We were tired, very tired. We started loading up the truck, which we should have done the night before. We showered and got dressed. My bestfriend wanted to go with us, so we scooped her up. We then headed to the hospital. We never took a tour so we were just winging it to where we needed to be. We found the registration area, even though we were late for our 9:30 am appointment. I was asked for my ID and insurance card. Again I forgot my insurance card, but it was ok since it was on file. If not, not sure what we would have had to have done. I was checked in, and there was no turning back. They called my name and took me to prep.
I was tagged, Iv attached, and consulted by nurses, and anesthesiologist. I was scared. I was nervous. My husband went and grabbed some quick breakfast while this was being done. Then our family started to arrive to wish us well, and to pray for us. I am so glad they showed up for support not just for me but for my husband. This is his first baby. So of we go. I was taken into the operating room, very scary place. My husband again waited until he was called. The nurses from before were all in there. The anesthesiologist started getting me ready. I was given a spinal block. What is a Spinal block?

From Wikipedia

Spinal anaesthesia (or spinal anesthesia), also called spinal analgesia[citation needed] or sub-arachnoid block (SAB), is a form of regional anaesthesia involving injection of a local anaesthetic into the subarachnoid space, generally through a fine needle, usually 9 cm long (3.5 inches).

Difference from epidural anaesthesia

Epidural anaesthesia is a technique whereby a local anaesthetic drug is injected through a catheter placed into the epidural space. This technique has some similarity to spinal anaesthesia, and the two techniques may be easily confused with each other. Differences include:

-The involved space is larger for an epidural, and subsequently the injected dose is larger, being about 10–20 mL in epidural anaesthesia compared to 1.5–3.5 mL in a spinal.

-In an epidural, an indwelling catheter may be placed that avails for additional injections later, while a spinal is almost always a one-shot only.

-The onset of analgesia is approximately 15–30 minutes in an epidural, while it is approximately 5 minutes in a spinal.

-An epidural often does not cause as significant neuromuscular block unless specific local anaesthetics are used which block motor fibres as readily as sensory nerve fibres, while a spinal more often does.

-An epidural may be given at a cervical, thoracic, or lumbar site, while a spinal must be injected below L2 to avoid piercing the spinal cord.

My friend had told me her spinal block was great. It worked fast and afterwards she was able to recover faster. And she was right. As soon as they did it, I got numb from the boobies down to my toes. I did not feel a thing. All I felt was the table rocking.
My arms were spread eagle for the procedure. And someone had told me you shake and I did. I had asked the anesthesiologist why this happens and he explained that it is a common side affect of the medicine or also because the OR is kept cold your body will shake after you have the baby. You go from carrying a baby to not, you loose blood, the placenta comes out, etc... I shook cause I was really cold. It all went really fast but then really slow, if you know what I mean. I went in, and next thing you know we are there, and its happening and you are just in shock that it is happening. The procedure started, and that fast the baby was born.
At 10:18 am, my lil bit was born. Then it took until 10:45 for me to be sown back up and the c-section to be over. I was in recovery by 11 am. I did not feel when the baby came out. I only heard them say it. Then afterwards my husband came and showed me our baby. I heard what the doctors were saying and in the end they came and told me congratulations and that everything went well.

Pregnancy Diaries ~ What to pack for the hospital ~ Mommy Bag

Mommy bag needs to be packed and ready to go. You need to have it ready because you do not know when the baby will come. I suggest you pack 1 month before. I was due on January 12. Then I was told I would have my C-section on January 5. And then surprised with, the date being moved to December 22. I had one week to get everything ready and trust me, we were not ready for all the things we were about to face. I asked my friends and goggled what to pack since it has been a long time. There are items you will and will not need. Some people have preferences of items but my checklist before and after are totally different. I packed some things I did not need and did not pack all I needed. Here are my suggestions (keep in mind I was a planned c-section):

Checking In-
-Admission forms or registration papers-my doctor registered me so I did not need to bring any papers.
-Insurance card-with the rush of everything I forgot mine but luckily my information was pre-registered into their system. Again luckily!
-Picture ID-I was asked for this for registration and then after when we were being discharged.

-Lip balm/chapstick-Your lips will get dry. Mine were not that bad at first.
-Hair bands or clips-You will want to have your hair pulled back for your entire stay, during labor and delivery, and when visitors show up. Pulling it back is as much as you can do.

-Camera-You will want to capture every moment possible. Don't forget to charge or bring batteries.

For Your Stay
-Toiletries-toothpaste/tooth brush, small shower items (shampoo), my hospital provided Dial soap in my shower. And they had plenty of towels. You will want to take a shower before you leave or during your stay. Bring a hair brush to comb out your hair. Dont forget the deoderant.
-Outfit to wear home–Check the weather and make sure you pack something that will be comfortable. I wore leggings, a nursing gown, small sweater, socks, and slippers.
-Don't forget the nursing bra if you will nurse. Or a comfy bra.
-Compression socks-My feet were and are still swollen. My compression socks have helped keep the swelling down.

For Your Partner's Stay-
-Toiletries-You and husband can share, so pack wisely
-Change of clothes-My husband brought comfies to sleep in, and gym shorts for the day.

Here are items I suggest you dont need, you may want to pack, but I didnt need them.
-Bathrobe-I used an extra hospital gown as mine. Plus everyday the hospital gave me a clean one.
-Non-skid slippers or socks-The hospital gave me some.
-Nightgown-I slept in my hospital gown everyday. I got a clean one everyday. Plus in my situation I would have ruined my clothes. It was easier access for me with the IVs I was connected to.
-Makeup bag-I did not have time to get all dolled up during my stay. Even when we were leaving it was not a priority.
-Pillow-I had 2 pillows provided by the hospital. And so did my husband.
-“Granny” panties-The hospital provides disposable underwear. And it is wonderful. It fits over your incision and your belly.
-Pads-My hospital provided me with 3 different sizes, all I had to do was ask for more.
-Nursing Pads-My hospital provided them for me. They even gave me Lanolin.
-Extra blanket/s-My hospital provided me and my husband with extra, we just had to ask. Your husband may want to bring a nice warm one with a soft pillow, just for comfort.
-Snacks-I could not before I arrived to the hospital and for 24 hours after. But when I could order my food, I ordered plenty and then some. You may not like the food from the hospital so my only suggestion would be for someone to bring you outside food for you and your husband.

Again, these are only suggestions. I over packed some things I did not need and did not pack what I really needed. I hope this helps.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Have a Merry Muppet Christmas

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Muppets Activity ~ Crafts

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Que Rica Vida

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pregnancy Diaries ~ Maternity Pics

So this week I am 36 weeks pregnant, and I have not taken any pregnancy pictures. With my son, I never took any pics and I have about 3 total with my little bump. This time I told myself I would embrace the belly no matter how small or big I got. One thing though, I did not want to spend an arm and a leg for them. I have wonderful friends who love to take pictures and they always come out awesome. See I think they take better pictures than professionals because they know how we want to look in the pics. So I asked my bestfriend to take my pictures, and here are her creations. What do you think?

I do not think you need a professional. You need someone who can take pics, good camera, and a good location. Find your poses. I looked online, and found some cute ones I could work with. I asked my friend to take them. We drove around looking for great sceneraries and this is what we came up with. Nothing too fancy, but free.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Pregnancy Diaries ~ Baby Bag

So one of the things I need to get ready is the diaper bag for the baby. It has been 13 years since I have done this. So I asked a couple of friends who recently had babies to tell me what do they pack, or what did they pack their baby bag?

Here were the suggestions I received, and what I have packed in my baby's bag:

1) Baby wipes-I did not remember that hospitals only use wet towels to wipe the babies butty.

2) Baby Going Home Outfit-Not sure if it will be cold or not when we come out because our weather is crazy here, so I packed 2. I packed a onesie with sleeves. A cute little top with pant bottoms. I also packed socks, mittens, and a hat. Another thing I packed was a sweater, one with a hoodie and one without.

3) Baby blanket-I am packing a baby blanket to cover her car seat with when leaving the hospital, or cover.

4) Car Seat-Can't leave home without it.

So bare necessities, I understand the hospital gives you diapers, and anything else you need for the baby. So no extra stuff for me...

Am I missing something?

Pregnancy Diaries ~ The baby is coming

So sorry I have been so distant lately but I was told the baby is coming. Shocker, right. If you have been following my pregnancy you know that I have been on high risk the entire time. It has been a very difficult time for myself, my husband, family, friends, and co-workers. At 14 weeks, when I almost lost my baby girl, my world turned upside down. I have been as careful as can be, so that I can go full term to see my baby girl. Well I been under very good care with my OB/GYN and my Fetal Specialist. My visit have been very fun. We get to see the baby and things couldn't have been better when we scheduled our c-section for January 5, 2012. But this week, I went to the doctor and guess what? The baby is coming on Thursday, December 22. Now tell me that you would not be shocked to find this out. We thought we had more time to prepare and get ready but we don't. She will be here in 6 days. So we are rushing to get ready for baby girl. Until next time...

Monday, December 12, 2011

new Neutrogena® Microdermabrasion System review and Giveaway

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My thoughts-Well as you know I am pregnant and my body is going through some things. My face happens to be taking a toll. I used the Neutrogena's Microdermabrasion System and am enjoying softer and visibility brighter skin. My husband has also tried it and he is enyoing his new skin too. Would you like to try to get new skin for the new year?

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War Horse Perfect for Christmas Stocking Stuffer

DreamWorks Pictures’ WAR HORSE opening in theatres this Christmas. WAR HORSE is based on the young adult novel by Michael Morpurgo, first published in 1982. While the film is rated PG-13, it’s perfect for families with older children!
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WAR HORSE rides into theaters on Christmas Day, December 25th! War Horse – Trailer
DreamWorks Pictures’ “War Horse,” director Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

La Virgen de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) 2011

Terra to Live Stream the Tribute to La Virgen de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe)

Terra brings coverage live from the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico 7 million people are expected to visit the Basilica de Guadalupe

Miami, FL - December 9, 2011 - This Sunday, December 11th starting at 11:00pm ET/ 10:00pm CT, Terra, a global digital media company and content producer with a presence in 18 countries, will provide the most comprehensive live stream digital coverage of the annual commemoration of the appearance of La Virgen de Guadalupe. With a team of professionals reporting live from the Basilica in Mexico City, Terra will provide its users live streaming of this important religious tribute as well as on demand content generated before, during and after. Live stream coverage will be available at

La Virgen de Guadalupe, also known as Queen of Mexico, Empress of the Americas and Patron of the Americas. This annual event is one of the most important dates on the Mexican calendar, and Terra is offering its users the opportunity to be part of this unique cultural experience. This Sunday, almost 7 million people are expected to visit the Basilica de Guadalupe, to celebrate the 480th anniversary of the appearance of the La Virgen de Guadalupe to Juan Diego indigenous boy peasant. Thousands of people of all ages and from all over the world travel to the Basilica and other churches that bear her name to celebrate, petition for a miracle, give thanks for one already received or pay tribute to La Virgen de Guadalupe's appearance in 1531.

Famous Mexican celebrities will gather at the Basilica de Guadalupe to sing "Las Mañanitas" to La Virgen de Guadalupe. Mexican singer and actress Lucero is among the celebrities that participate annually in the ceremony and dedicates a special song to her as well as singer Marco Antonio Solís, who worships and thanks her every year.

"We are honored to live stream the celebration of La Virgen de Guadalupe to all of the US and Latin America," expressed Ingrid Otero, Director of Programming and Content at Terra. "We are happy to share such an important day with our Mexican users and provide our other users with an inside look of this spiritual experience through our one of a kind content," said Otero.

Not only will the celebrations be taking place in Mexico, but millions of people around the world will pay tribute to La Virgen de Guadalupe. For the first time ever, Pope Benedict XVI will honor this celebration at the St. Peter's Basilica in Italy with a mass. Government ministers, public figures and academics from various countries as well as official representatives of Spain, Portugal, USA and Canada are expected to attend.

About Terra
Terra ( is a global digital media company and content producer with a presence in 18 countries, including the United States where it serves the growing Hispanic community. Focusing on lifestyle, entertainment, sports and news, Terra creates an interactive user experience for millions of U.S. Hispanics and provides comprehensive solutions for advertisers seeking exposure among this key demographic. In Latin America, Terra is the region's leading Internet company, with 81 million unique visitors per month. In 2011, Fast Company named Terra in their ranking of The Most Innovative Companies in the World.

Terra Ofrecerá la Transmisión en Vivo del Homenaje a La Virgen de Guadalupe

Terra ofrece cobertura en vivo desde la Basílica de Guadalupe en México
Se estima que 7 millones de personas visitarán la Basílica de Guadalupe

Miami, FL - 9 de diciembre de 2011 - Este domingo, 11 de diciembre a las 11:00pm ET/ 10:00pm CT, Terra, una empresa global digital con presencia en 18 países incluyendo los Estados Unidos, ofrece la cobertura digital más completa en vivo de la conmemoración anual de la aparición de la Virgen de Guadalupe. Con un equipo de profesionales reportando en vivo desde la Basílica en la Ciudad de México, Terra ofrecerá a sus usuarios una transmisión en vivo de este homenaje religioso. La cobertura también estará disponible on demand antes, durante y después del evento. La cobertura en vivo estará disponible en

La Virgen de Guadalupe, también conocida como la Reina de México, Emperatriz de las Américas y Patrona de las Américas. Este evento anual es una de las fechas más importantes en el calendario mexicano, y Terra ofrece a sus usuarios la oportunidad de ser parte de esta experiencia cultural única. Este domingo, se espera la visita de casi 7 millones de personas a la Basílica de Guadalupe, para celebrar el 480o aniversario de la aparición del la Virgen de Guadalupe a Juan Diego, un muchacho campesino indígena. Miles de personas de todas las edades y de todo el mundo viajan a la Basílica y otras iglesias que llevan su nombre para celebrar, pedir un milagro, dar gracias por uno ya recibido o rendir homenaje a la aparición de la Virgen de Guadalupe en 1531.

Personajes famosos de México se reunirán en la Basílica de Guadalupe para cantar "Las Mañanitas" a la Virgen de Guadalupe. Lucero, la cantante y actriz mexicana, se encuentra entre las celebridades que participan cada año en la ceremonia y dedica una canción especial para ella y el cantante Marco Antonio Solís, es un gran devoto a la Virgen y le da las gracias cada año.

"Nos sentimos honrados de transmitir en vivo la celebración de la Virgen de Guadalupe a todos los EE.UU. y Latinoamérica", expresó Ingrid Otero, Directora de Programación y Contenidos de Terra. "Estamos felices de compartir un día tan importante con nuestros usuarios de México y Latinoamérica. Esta sera una experiencia unica la cual vamos a proveer a nuestros usuarios a través de nuestro contenido", dijo Otero.

La celebración no solo se llevará a cabo en México, millones de personas en todo el mundo rendirán homenaje a la Virgen de Guadalupe. Por primera vez, El Papa Benedicto XVI celebrará formalmente la fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en la Basílica de San Pedro en Italia con una misa. Ministros de gobierno, personalidades públicas y académicas de diversos países, y representaciones oficiales de España, Portugal, Estados Unidos y Canadá se esperan estar presentes.

Sobre Terra
Terra ( es una empresa global digital con presencia en 18 países incluyendo los Estados Unidos, en donde se enfoca en la creciente comunidad hispana, ofreciendo contenido original en áreas de entrenamiento, estilo de vida, deportes y noticias. Terra crea una experiencia única e interactiva para millones de usuarios hispanos en los Estados Unidos y provee una solución efectiva para los anunciantes en busca de exposición estratégica en este mercado. En Latinoamérica, Terra es la empresa de Internet líder, con 93 millones de usuarios únicos por mes. En 2011, Terra fue posicionada por la revista Fast Company, como una de las compañías enfocadas en música más innovadoras en el mundo.

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

Friday, December 9, 2011

Roselyn Sanchez Baby Shower hosted by JOHNSON'S® Natural

JOHNSON'S® Natural Le Celebra el Baby Shower a Roselyn Sánchez

La famosa artista puertorriqueña Roselyn Sánchez espera con ansias la llegada de su primer bebé y JOHNSON'S® Natural le celebra su Baby Shower en la ciudad de Los Ángeles.

Nota: Por favor no dudes en compartir este material con tu audiencia. Fotos en alta resolución están disponibles.

Roselyn Sanchez Baby Shower hosted by JOHNSON'S® Natural

The famous Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sanchez is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first baby and JOHNSON'S® Natural hosted her Baby Shower in Los Angeles.

Photos are courtesy of StarTraks/Fotos cortesía de StarTraks

Roselyn's Baby Shower Hosted by JOHNSON'S Natural

Roselyn Sanchez and her husband Eric Winter

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

Gracias Box Tops ~ NY

PIE DE GRABADO: La escuela pública, PS 16, de Staten Island, recientemente recibió un gran regalo de Navidad: $25,000 en cupones de Box Tops for Education, los cuales se piensan utilizar para adquirir tecnología móvil para las aulas del colegio elemental, cuyo alumnado es más del 65% hispano y 95% de bajos ingresos. El dinero fue el resultado de una rifa nacional que realizo el programa de Box Tops for Education y en el que se registraron más de 700 mil participaciones. En la foto, de izquierda a derecha, se encuentra la maestra de primer grado, Hilary Zablocki, que sometió la participación ganadora, rodeada de alumnos contentos por el cheque. En el centro de la foto se encuentra la directora de la escuela, Vincenza Gallassio, y a la derecha, el Sr. Zack Ruderman, director del programa Box Tops for Education, que permite a los padres apoyar la educación de sus hijos recaudando fondos para sus escuelas con los cupones rosados que aparecen en cientos de productos de uso diario.

Box Tops for Education in the John D. Driscoll Elementary School in Staten Island ~ The students of this school are of low income and have never had access to technology of any kind. With a check for $25,000 the school will be purchasing laptops, IPads and IPods where students can experience what other children have in their homes. The money was the result of a national sweepstakes that Box Tops program provided for the school. 66% of the students are of Hispanic origin.

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

Tradiciones Navideñas

La importancia de las tradiciones se refleja en fechas Navideñas, pero sobre todo en las campanadas de Año Nuevo, una tradición que ya tiene mas de 100 años, y que nosotros, los hispanos, nos encargamos de conservarla en familia.

Te has preguntado alguna vez donde se cosechan las deliciosas uvas de la suerte? Necesitas consejos para preparar y presentar las uvas de la suerte de una forma creativa?

El 98 por ciento de las uvas que se consumen en este país se producen en el estado de California. Mira, estas sugerencias podrían ayudar a tus lectores a celebrar la llegada del 2012:

· Sírvelas con estilo: Puedes personalizar y preparar racimos de uva individuales para cada invitado. Una buena idea es usar copas de champaña para poner las doce uvas y colgarle un distintivo con el nombre de cada persona, también puedes ponerlas en bolsitas decorativas.

· Un puñado de deseos:, Pídele a cada invitado que escriba un deseo y los eche en un sombrero festivo. Antes de la medianoche, cada uno puede sacar un deseo al azar y tener la opción de comerse una uva más a nombre del mismo.

· Pruébalas con “nieve”: Las uvas de puede espolvorear con azúcar, especial y nueces en trocitos bien pequeños y finos. Lo único que tienes que hacer es mojar las uvas o cubrirlas de gelatina líquida y luego rodarlas en tu mezcla favorita. Así, las puedes comer solitas o usarlas para decorar pasteles, mousses, bandejas de galletitas o turrones.

Mis pensamientos-Cual quiera tu tradicion, el tiempo de las fiestas es mas especial celebrando lo con la familia. Nosotros nos comemos las uvas a las 12. Tradicion, pasada de familia a familia.

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

Las Uvas en la Mesa Esta Temporada de Navidad

Las Uvas en la Mesa Esta Temporada de Navidad
Las uvas de California son un complemento perfecto para cualquier aperitivo o plato fuerte para compartir con la familia y amigos durante esta temporada navideña. La California Table Grape Commission ofrece estas sugerencias y ricas recetas para disfrutar de la fruta durante las fiestas.
• La tradicional bandeja de quesos: Para que la presentación de la siempre bien recibida bandeja de quesos, añada racimos de uvas blancas o rojas en el plato. Póngalas en las esquinas en ramitos pequeños y córtele los tallos para que apenas se vean.

• Una sangría frutosa: Si quiere servir una bebida festiva, la sangría siempre es una buena alternativa. Es muy fácil de preparar de antemano y rinde más porciones de cualquier botella de vino tinto seco y de buen cuerpo. Solo mezcle el vino con una taza de agua de soda, 2 tazas de sus uvas favoritas, una naranja y nectarines en una jarra.

• Sírvalas en una fuente: Los niños siempre buscan algo que comer y las uvas son una alternativa saludable, rica y fácil para servirles.

• ¡Piense en el postre!: California Table Grape ofrece muchas opciones de recetas para deliciosos postres que pueden complementar sus cenas y agradar a sus invitados. Ya sea que las cubra de chocolate o las sirva en una tarta, las uvas son muy versátiles en la cocina.
Para obtener ideas y recetas, visite

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


Temporada de Fiestas


8 onzas de queso crema bajo en grasa, ablandado
1/4 taza de chocolate blanco finamente picado y derretido
Hornear un molde de 9 pulgadas de pasta para pie de nuez cremosa
3 tazas de uvas rojas y verdes de California sin semillas.
¼ de taza de conserva de albaricoque
2 cucharadas de brandy
Pedacitos o risos de chocolate blanco.


Bata el queso crema con una batidora eléctrica hasta que esté suave y esponjoso. Agregue el chocolate blanco y bata hasta que se mezcle. Unte la mezcla de chocolate con crema de queso en el fondo del molde con la pasta de tarta ya horneada. Coloque las uvas en la mezcla de queso crema. Caliente la conserva hasta que se derrita; mezcle. Añada el brandy y mezcle bien. Glasee las uvas con la mezcla de albaricoque y brandy. Decore con trocitos o rizos de chocolate blanco. Refrigere hasta que esté listo para servir. Rinde para 12 porciones.

Sugerencias Para Servir
Pasta de nuez cremosa: Bata hasta hacer una crema ½ de mantequilla, 2 cucharadas de azúcar, ½ cucharadita de vainilla y 1/8 cucharadita de sal. Mezcle en una taza de harina y 2 cucharadas de almendras finamente picadas hasta que la mezcla se asemeja a la harina de maíz. Estire en el fondo y los lados de un molde de 9 pulgadas para pie. Hornee a 400 ° F 10 a 15 minutos o hasta que la masa este ligeramente dorada.

1 botella de vino tinto, seco, de cuerpo completo
2 tazas de uvas de California rojas o negras sin semillas, sin tallo y enjuagadas
1 naranja, en rodajas de ¼ con la cáscara
1 nectarina o durazno, en gajos finos
2 cucharadas de miel
1 taza de club soda (opcional)
8 racimos pequeños de uvas verdes de California
Mezcle todos los ingredientes en la jarra, excepto la soda. Revuelva
bien. Refrigere durante 2-24 horas para que los sabores se mezclen.
Añada la soda, si lo desea y sirva con o sin los trozos de fruta, en
vasos adornados con pequeños grupos de uvas.

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Baby Brezza Sweepstakes

At Baby Brezza, we're committed to helping moms provide their families with the healthiest lifestyle possible. That's why we're thrilled to introduce the "Fresh Produce" Sweepstakes! By simply adding the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker to your registry via, you'll have the chance to win the Grand Prize of fruits and vegetables for your family for an entire year**.

The Sweepstakes First Prize is a Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker.($99.99)

From now until December 31st, you can enter the Sweepstakes by completing the following simple steps:

• Add the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker to your Baby Registry wherever available including retailers such as*

• Send an e-mail to including the direct link to your registry. Make sure you also include your full name, address, preferred email address and phone number.

A grand prize** winner will be randomly selected and announced by January 6th, 2012. For full sweepstakes rules and regulations, click here

So to all you expectant moms, what are you waiting for? Add this must-have baby item to your list and enter today. Even if your registering days are long behind you, we have a feeling you know some moms who are expecting a new little bundle of joy so make sure you spread the word- we know they will thank you! Good look to all the new mamas out there!

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, BabiesRUs, Target, or

**up to $2,500. Prize awarded in the form of grocery store gift cards.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. This post is my entry to a sweepstakes.

Sock Ons Review

So baby girl will be here in a month exactly. One thing I remember is having a hard time keeping my son's socks on him. Have you had a hard time? How have you deelt with it? What are your secrets? Well I found a great product to help all mommies keep their baby's socks on...

Tiny stocking stuffers for baby! Keeping baby socks on can be a challenge. They slip off easily from baby’s kicks and tugs! A new and adorable mom-invented innovation keeps socks snug and on baby’s feet. Sock Ons are worn over the baby sock, locking the sock firmly in place. Sock Ons are an essential baby item that no baby parent can do without and make a perfect little baby gift item. I am happy to provide samples for review or giveaway! Available from or check
To ensure a good fit, use the right size for your baby. Always put the ordinary sock on baby first, then place the Sock Ons® over, ensuring a snug fit, as per display packaging.


Sock Ons® are not suitable for walking in or for wearing with shoes.

My thoughts-These are so cute. And they actually do work to keep the babies socks on their feet. No cold feet for my baby girl.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Sample product received to review.

Aqua Clean Concentrate review

Let me tell you about a product that I was able to test out.

Aqua Clean Concentrate
Springtime-Fresh for Your Fine Washables!
Safely soaks all fine washables clean in three minutes. No shrinking, no stretching, no fading -- no surprises! Eliminates costly dry cleaning of fine washables. Concentrated, so you use only 1/2 as much as the leading cold water wash. 32 washloads in one bottle! Biodegradable and phosphate-free. 32 fl. oz.

Contains BITREX®--which has such an intensely nasty taste it is practically impossible for a person or pet to ingest.

Price : $8.99

My thoughts-Stanley Home Products features the Aqua Clean Concentrate laundry helper that has really helped me and my laundry routine. It is not the typical soap or detergent you wash with. This was a concentrate I used to wash my son's school uniforms. And it worked great.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Sample product was received to review. My honest opinions.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

HERSHEY´S® Horneando Juntas Spark and Giveaway

Hornea con tus amigas y disfruta! Thanks to The Hershey Company I hosted horneando junta, a fun and delicious cookie exchange to welcome the holidays.

Cookie exchanges are a longstanding tradition in the United States where the host and each of their guests bake and bring a batch of cookies, and then get together to trade and try each kind. After the horneando juntas, everyone will leave with new holiday memories and plenty of cookies to enjoy, share, and even give as gifts to others.

I was able to bake some cookies with the HERSHEY´S® KISSES® brand chocolates and HERSHEY´S® Cocoa. When the guests arrived the smell called them in. We shared family recipes, tips, and secrets.

Try some of the great recipes from La Cocina de HERSHEY´S® including:
•Florecitas de Chocolate KISSES®, delicious cookies topped with HERSHEY´S® KISSES® Chocolate
•Bolitas Mágicas KISSES®, delicious cookies rolled in powdered sugar
•Polvorones de Limón y Coco, for those who prefer lemon and coconut fruit flavors
•Galletas de Chocolate HERSHEY´S® y Menta, for a hint of mint
•Galletas de azúcar, a classic recipe

I have a giveaway.
Winner´s prize pack will contain:
•(1) bag of HERSHEY´S® KISSES® Chocolates
•(1) can of HERSHEY´S® Cocoa
•(1) $10 Visa Gift Card for the purchase of additional recipe ingredients
•Mixing Bowl

Here is how to enter-

1) What is your favorite cookie recipe?, What do you like to bake during this joyous time of the year?, or How do you plan to add your own flair to an horneado juntas? (1 entry)

Extra entries:

2) Follow HERSHEY´S® Kitchens on Facebook (1 entry)
3) Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet/per day)

Enter to #win a Hershey's prize pack @independentmami #giveaway #MyBlogSpark ends 12/15

This giveaway ends 12/15 @ 8 am. 1 winner will be randomly selected. Please leave your email in your comment. US only. Winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Thank for entering and Good luck.

Disclosure: The Hershey´s product, information, recipes, and prize pack have been provided by The Hershey Company through MyBlogSpark.

Pregnancy 2.0 Mommy Parties

So I am so excited to share with you the wonderful opportunity I was chosen for, to host a Pregnancy 2.0 Mommy Party. We experienced from brands such as Britax, Baby Plus, Xlear and Rashti & RashtiCheck out all the goodies, and information, I received to share with my guests:

Thanks to Britax for providing a car seat, stroller, baby carrier, and extender. When I first got pregnant, I asked my friends in person, on facebook, and on twitter to tell me what brand they recommended. It has been 13 years since I have had to research, or think about baby items. I had heard of Britax, and not surprising to me, everyone had great reviews and recommendations.
Modular stroller with over 14 configurations accommodates multiple seat, bassinet, and infant car seat configurations

-Reversible top seat with 3 recline positions
-Large under seat storage accessible from all sides
-Large canopy with sun-visor and ventilation window
-Simple fold with automatic chassis lock
-Adjustable handle height
-No re-thread, adjustable, five-point harness and head pad
-One-step linked brake locks both rear wheels with one step
-All-Wheel Suspension provides for a smooth ride
-Removable storage bag with insulated drink holders
-Included accessories: adult cup-holder, rain cover, CLICK & GO BRITAX infant car seat adapters
-MSRP (USD) $499.99

-Energy-Absorbing Foam Liner absorbs and distributes crash forces
-Four Harness Heights and Two Buckle Positions for your growing child
-Removable Comfort Pillow, shoulder pads, and belly pad provide extra comfort
-Stroller Compatible Design Integrated CLICK & GO adapter system works with BRITAX B-Series strollers.
-Lightweight and travel-friendly for vehicle and stroller compatibility
-Adjustable Base has five positions for proper seat angle and positioning
30-pound Weight Capacity for safety and comfort through the first years
-Large Multiple Position Canopy blocks wind, rain, and harmful UV rays from baby's sensitive skin
-Ergonomic Carry-Handle designed to contour to forearm to allow for more comfortable carrying of child in car seat
-Premium Lower LATCH Connectors for a quick and simple installation featuring a push button for easy release
-Energy-Absorbing Foam Liner absorbs and distributes crash forces
-Four Harness Heights and Two Buckle Positions for your growing child
-Removable Comfort Pillow, shoulder pads, and belly pad provide extra comfort
-Stroller Compatible Design Integrated CLICK & GO adapter system works with BRITAX B-Series strollers.
-Lightweight and travel-friendly for vehicle and stroller compatibility
-Adjustable Base has five positions for proper seat angle and positioning
30-pound Weight Capacity for safety and comfort through the first years
-Large Multiple Position Canopy blocks wind, rain, and harmful UV rays from baby's sensitive skin
-Ergonomic Carry-Handle designed to contour to forearm to allow for more comfortable carrying of child in car seat
-Premium Lower LATCH Connectors for a quick and simple installation featuring a push button for easy release
-Built-in Lock-Offs ensure a snug lap and shoulder belt installation with minimal effort
-Front Harness Adjuster provides effortless front adjustment when loosening the harness system
-Easy-to-Read Level Indicators provide quick reference for proper angle of recline
-Easy-to-Install Seat-to-Base Design self-guides car seat into proper locked position
-Easy-to-Install Base with LATCH Connector Storage (Included)
-Certified for Aircraft Travel
-MSRP (USD) $179.99
-Multiple Carrying Positions offer parent versatility to face baby inward or outward
-Padded Leg Openings protect baby’s legs
-Open and Contoured Design for breathability and temperature management
-Simple Slip On & Off Design makes use quick and effortless
-One-Handed Buckles and Snaps allow you to get your child in and out of the carrier easily
-Harness Straps adjust from front of carrier for proper customized fit
-Easy-Adjust Waist Belt accommodates 22 inches to 56 inches for the perfect fit
-Excess Belt Storage Bands eliminate loose straps
-Machine Washable for easy cleaning
-100% Cotton Machine Washable Bib (included) protects carrier from stains
-Adjustable Head Support provides head and neck stability for younger infants
-Leg Loops reduce the size of leg openings for 8-11 pound infants for secure fit
-Secure Harness and Pouch Design ensures that baby will stay securely within the carrier
-MSRP (USD) $129.99

Thanks to Baby Plus...
What Is It?
The BabyPlus curriculum is a series of 16 naturally derived sounds that resemble a mother's heartbeat. The rhythm of the sounds increases incrementally as the pregnancy progresses. The BabyPlus sonic pattern introduces your child to a sequential learning process, built upon the natural rhythms of their own environment.

This "auditory exercise" strengthens learning ability during the developmental period when the advantages will be most significant and enduring for a child. BabyPlus is the first educational tool designed for prenatal use that has been proven effective. BabyPlus children have an intellectual, developmental, creative, and emotional advantage from the time they are born.

I actually have been using it everyday since I received it.

And here are some of our guest, and their goodies:

***Disclosure-No monetary compensation was received. All items and information was provided by Mommy Parties and sponsors.

Vocal Point Orgullosa Party

Orgullosa is a movement that celebrates everything that makes you and your friends fabulosamente Latinas. Orgullosa is for women who don't settle for walking the same path, but instead make a new one every day.

Orgullosa es para mujeres como tú.

So I invited 5 of my hardworking friends, who are mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, many titles. I invited them to come over in their natural beauty. Orgullosa to me means pride within myself. I am proud be naturally beautiful, as most Latinas are!!

Check out our goodies bags, products we talked about, and of course my guests...

We had alot of fun. And of course Orgullosas to be Latinas!

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. I received a party kit with samples for my guests.