Friday, August 31, 2012

Milk Unleashed Giveaway***CLOSED***

Have you ever tried shelf stable milk?  Did your milk go bad recently and you just don't have time to run to the store with back to school now in session?  Ever wanted to have milk that you can just grab and go?

Introducing Milk Unleashed.  Milk Unleashed goes wherever your family goes, whether it’s a lunchbox, a cooler, purse or a diaper bag!

Milk Unleashed wants to give you a gift pack of four cartons of shelf safe milk!

How to enter:

1)  Mandatory-Share your favorite On-The-Go Games from the blog app above! (1 entry) or take the Family On-The-Go Quiztacular and post your results in the comments section! (1 entry)
2)  Facebook share. (1 entry/per share/per day-must leave link)
3)  Tweet. (1 entry/per day/per tweet-must leave link)

enter to #win #MilkUnleashed @independentmami #giveaway ends 9/12

4)  Comment on any non-giveaway post dated September 1 and after... (1 entry/per comment-must leave name of post commented on)

This giveaway ends 9/12/12 ay 8 am.  1 winner will be chosen randomly.  US only.  Milk Unleashed variety pack giveaway consist of four shelf safe milks (white and chocolate) from: Hershey’s, LaLa, Horizon and Organic Valley *! Plus the variety pack will have a cow stress ball and information on shelf safe milk! *Milk will be chosen by random from the previously mention brands.  Please leave your email in the comment.  the winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Good luck.

***Disclosure-Sample product to be received.

Disney Consumer Products Hitting Stores Near You

I recently got a sneak peek at all the new Disney products heading to stores.  It is all so cute, and even momma can get in on some of this action. 
As part of the #DisneyInHomeBloggers, I got a VIP invitation and front row seat to the Disney Fashion Show.  I got to see all the lastest fashion hit this runway.  There was bling, sass, and lots of great looks.  I love the mother-daughter action.  For all those mommas that still have an inner princess inside:

Even a Cinderella inspired collection of jewelry.  I had the option of picking from the necklace, bracelet or earrings from this collection.  If you pay close attention, you can see the shape is the Cinderella Carriage all blinged out.

 It was hard but in the end, I picked these rocking earrings!

(August 24, 2012, Los Angeles, CA) Mommy bloggers attend Disney Consumer Product’s glamorous Cinderella Showcase Dinner at The London Hotel in Los Angeles to experience the new assortment of products celebrating the release of Walt Disney’s classic animated film Cinderella on Blu-ray. The event provided guests with the royal treatment, including pampering and accessorizing with Cinderella-inspired cosmetics and jewelry followed by a showcase of the latest Cinderella fashions set to release this fall.

Photo by: Kayvon Esmaili for Disney / Location: The London Hotel

***Disclosure-Disclosure-Sponsored post. As always all opinions are my own honest opinions. I was invited to attend as part of #DisneyInHomeBloggers Event.
For more information go to Follow them on twitter @DCAToday or @Disneyland

Friday Fitness-Road to Marathon Update

So it is that time again to update everyone on our fitness goals, and maybe help you re-evaluate your fitness needs and goals.  I am no personal trainer or have I ever tried to be.  I am only here to help get your started, cheer you on, and keep you going until you are where you want to be.

This month has kinda been rough on me.  The baby has been teething, back to school, concerts, games, and a little trip to a place called Disneyland.  No matter how the schedule has been I have been trying to keep up with my motto "Do Something"  I have had to get a little creative wherever I have been to get some exercise or mileage in.

Here are some creative ways I "Did Something" this month:

1)  Weightlifting.  Since Lil Bit weighs about 18 to 20 lbs, carrying her around should count as weightlifting.  And I do that all day long, day in and day out.  But really, I actually do sets and reps lifting her in the air as we play.  I do leg lifts.  I crawl around on the floor with her.  30 mins of this everyday will help you get in shape, or keep it up. 

2)  Walk.  Walking could be the best and easiest way to get started.  If you want to grab a buddy to talk to while you walk, or to make the time go by faster.  Last week while at the airport with nothing to do, I managed to walk 3.1 miles while waiting for my plane to arrive.  If you pick up your kids from school, instead of sitting in the car.  Park and walk around. 

3)  Gym.  You may or may not be able to hit the gym.  But after I surveyed most of my friends, all admitted to having a gym memberships and equipment in their homes that they do not use.  I understand not being able to make it to the gym, I am guilty.  I think this month I only made it maybe a handful of times.  But while at the hotel when I was out of town with not kids and no husband, I was able to get some gym time in.  I also was gifted an old bike from a co-worker.  His wife had it and has never used it or ever will.  Next month I will be riding my "new" used bike.  Look around your house, check your gym equipment inventory, and start using it. 
Remember my friends, "Do Something".  I managed to lose 2 pounds this month, which I am very proud of.  I have managed to keep them off the entire month.  Baby steps.  This is a lifestyle change not a fad diet.  The more you start incorporating things into your lifestyle, the easier it will be to do them.  You won't even think the next time.  And remember to get the entire family involved.  My son has started running cross country with his school.  He is very excited.  We have started to run with him on his off days from practice.  I was unable to do a fitness challenge this month but am so proud of our running "walking" team. They completed the challenge, 5K.  My husband is pictured here.  Just a little side note.  He works nights.  He just got off his shift at 6 am, and made it to run this race at 7:30 am.  No excuses.

What will you do this month?  What are you having trouble with?  Good luck!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Disneyland & California Adventure Experience

So remember my little secret that is not so secret anymore~yes, I went to DISNEY!!  I had never been to Disney and now I have!! 

Disneyland is a place for everyone, kids and adults.  It is a place where all your dreams can come true.  I always dreamed of one day going to Disneyland.  I got more than I expected, and was able to cross some things off my bucket list.

Go to Disneyland. Check!

Be a race car driver. Check!

Ride an elephant. Check!

Go under water in a submarine. Check!

Go on a pirate adventure.  Check!

Go on an adventure through ruins, boobie traps, falling rocks, etc.  Check!

Go into Space.  Check!

Time travel.  Check!

Visit a castle.  Meet princesses and princes. 

Have the ultimate adventure!!!! CHECK! CHECK! CHECK!

***Disclosure-Sponsored post.  As always all opinions are my own honest opinions.  I was invited to attend as part of #DisneyInHomeBloggers Event.

For more information go to Follow them on twitter @DCAToday or @Disneyland

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Scotch-Brite Botanical Disinfecting Wipes Review

Back to School is on a roll.  Everyone is back in their classrooms.  Do you worry about germs?  Did you school supply list have an extra item added?  Or why not add an extra item to take care of germs in the classroom?  I am always the parent that sends extra with my son to school.  But I had not thought about sending disinfecting wipes with him until now.  Flu season is around the corner, the West Nile virus is spreading, and who knows what else is coming?  Let's give the teachers one more tool in their classroom.
Made from botanically pure plant extracts, Scotch-Brite Botanical Disinfecting Wipes kill 99.9% of household germs and kill cold & flu viruses – with no rinsing required.  Available in Lemongrass and Breeze scents, these no-rinse wipes are an effective cleaning solution for the many hard, nonporous surfaces where bacteria or unpleasant odors are a concern including: desks, classroom countertops, food preparation surfaces, floors and garbage cans.

My thoughts-I like that it is not a an aerosol can or spray that could get everywhere.  I like that these are wipes that come in an easy to use container.  I like the scents in comes in.  I use Scotch-Brite products to clean in my house, why not let the teachers give it a go at the school to kill some germs.  it leaves no residue.  It is made from botanically pure plant extracts.  It is multisurface recommended.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Sample received to review.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, August 27, 2012

And the Winners are...Fiber One, Tigger, and Johnsons

Winner Fiber One Prize Pack 8/27

Anonymous said... 57

8/27 yellow_patricia at hotmail dot com

August 27, 2012 7:18 AM
Winner The Tigger Movie 8/27
Lilyana Cruz said... 13


August 20, 2012 5:17 PM
Winner Johnson's Baby Products ($30) 8/20
Carmen Ortiz said... 147 barcarel(at)yahoo(dot)com

August 7, 2012 9:58 AM

Congratulations.  You have 24 hours to claim your prize.  Thank you all for entering!

BRITAX Back Seat Mirror and Vehicle Seat Protector Giveaway***CLOSED

Britax makes great car seats and strollers with your safety in mind.  And now they make wonderful accessories. You would not want your accessories to be trajectories or the cause of your car seat failing.

The BRITAX Back Seat Mirror provides a view of your rear-facing baby at any angle while allowing installation to adjacent vehicle head restraints. The shatter-proof, extra large mirror is convex to reflect a head-to-toe view of baby. The adjustable attachment straps allow the mirror to securely attach to most vehicle head restraints, while its soft-feel frame design has a sleek, modern look.

MSRP (USD) $19.99

The BRITAX Vehicle Seat Protector-
Engineered, non-slip material for best-in-class car seat crash performance

Crash tested and approved for use with BRITAX car seats

Raised edges to catch spills and debris for easy clean-up

Designed for full coverage of the car seat base to minimize vehicle seat indentations

Front seat guard protects the front of the vehicle seat from child’s shoes

Waterproof and easy to clean

LATCH compatible

MSRP (USD) $29.99

How to enter:

1)  "Like" the Britax Los Lleva Seguros Facebook Page (1 entry-leave facebook name)
2)  Follow @SafeConBritax on Twitter (1 entry-leave twitter handle)
3)  Facebook Share. (1 entry/per share/per day-must leave link)
4)  Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet/per day-must leave link)

Enter to #win @SafeConBritax Mirror & Seat Protector ($50 value) @independentmami #giveaway ends 9/17
This giveaway ends 9/17/12 at 8 am.  1 winner will be randomly selected.  US only.  You must leave your email in the comment.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Good Luck.

***Disclosure-This is a sponsored giveaway as a Britax Latina Advisory Board Member and Blogger. As always, all opinions, ideas, and stories stated here are clearly my own.

Friday, August 24, 2012

And the Winner is.....Concert

Do you wanna know who won the Enrique/JLO tickets?  Madame Mariposa

Congratulations.  Thank to all who entered.

Britax B-Agile Double Stroller

You do not have to be a parent of twins to need a double stroller.  Do you have 2 kiddos and are looking for the perfect stroller?  One of the biggest complaints I here is that double strollers are so big, bulky, and don't fit anywhere.

I love Britax products.  And they make a double stroller.  The Britax B-Agile Double stroller.  Appropriate from birth up to 50 lbs. per seat
-Product FeaturesQuick-Fold with Automatic Chassis Lock

-Lightweight aluminum frame

-Less than 30.5 inches wide to fit through standard doorways

-Height adjustable handle

-Large under seat storage with access through front foot rest

-Two additional storage pockets behind seats

-Separate large canopies with ventilation windows

-Front swivel wheels are lockable

-No re-thread, adjustable, five-point harness and head pad with reflective binding

-Infinite seat recline positions

-Linked parking brake locks both rear wheels
-All-Wheel Suspension provides for a smooth ride

-Included Accessories: BRITAX CLICK & GO infant car seat receivers

MSRP (USD) $449.99

My favorite feature is that it is designed to be an on-the-go travel system using the BRITAX CLICK & GO receivers, the B-AGILE Double stroller accepts one BRITAX CHAPERONE or B-SAFE infant car seat.

Disclosure:This is a sponsored post as a Britax Latina Advisory Board Member and Blogger. As always, all opinions, ideas, and stories stated here are clearly my own.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

***Closed***Houston~Statefarm JLO & Enrique Iglesias Giveaway

Breaking news...Independentmami has a pair of concert tickets to this Sunday's JLO & Enrique Iglesias concert in Houston.

So how do i enter is the question...

How to enter:

1)  Go to State Farm Latino Facebook page.  Check out the photo gallery page, and tell me which pic is your favorite JLO &/or Enrique Iglesias. (mandatory~1 entry)
2)  Share this giveaway on facebook, tag State Farm Latino Facebook page.(1 entry)
3)  Tweet. (1entry/per tweet~tweets must be 1hr apart~link)

enter to #win #houston #enriquejlotour tkts @statefarmlatino @independentmami #giveaway ends 8/24

This giveaway ends 8/24 at 8am. 1 winner will be randomly  chosen and need to claim their prize asap.  Sponsor will overnight the tkts.

Winner will also receive a signed JLO poster and signed Enrique Look Book!!!

***Disclosure~sponsored post

The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure

Grab the kids for a visit to LovelyLoveville and join the Oogieloves on their journey to Schluufy's surprise birthday party! All your favorite characters will be there from Goobie, Zooie and Toofie to J. Edgar, Windy Window and Ruffy. This special celebration is not one to miss so mark your calendars because The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure is coming to theaters on August 29th, 2012!

The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure was created to encourage interaction between the characters and the audience. It's a one-of-a-kind family musical that will have your children (and YOU) dancing and singing along in the aisles. It wouldn't be an adventure without some bumps along the way so come in with enthusiasm, creative thinking and be prepared to have a rocking good time!

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

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hotel Transylvania Coming Soon


 Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them.  On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday.  For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but everything could change for the overprotective dad when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

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

Monday, August 20, 2012

Doctor’s 5 Tips How to Avoid Getting Sick Over Labor Day Weekend

1. Sanitize everything!~One of the first ways to ruin a vacation together is catching a cold on the plane. Carry antibacterial wipes and wipe down every surface you may touch on the plane. Wipe the belt buckle, food tray and latch, volume control, and armrests. The airline crew cannot clean all these surfaces between flights which can harbor contagious viruses and bacteria.
2.  Wash your hands~Wash your hands especially before touching your own or a loved one’s eyes, nose or mouth.  When traveling, it is impossible to avoid contact with surfaces that many others may have touched.  To avoid those bugs contaminating your family, wash your hands.
3.  Be proactive~On family vacations with everyone close together, take Cold-EEZE at the first sign of a cold to shorten the duration, minimizing the amount of time you are sick to better enjoy your vacation. Cold-EEZE zinc lozenges have been found to decrease the duration of colds by nearly half in studies by Dartmouth Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic. Also, by shortening your cold, it minimizes the chances of spreading the cold onto your family members.
4.  Be prepared~Carry medications with you to minimize the impact of a cold or illness so you can all still enjoy your trip. Useful medications include analgesia like Tylenol or allergy medications for adults and children. Adults may also want to have some decongestants handy just in case.
5.  Be healthy~Good hydration, good nutrition and exercise go a long way to giving the body the support it needs to stay strong.

Dr. Yael Halaas, ear, nose and throat doctor. She’s been featured on round up/lifestyle and breaking news segments on The Doctors, FOX News and ABC New York.

She has been quoted in US Weekly, Men’s Fitness & Fitness Magazine.

•          Medical School - Cornell University
•          Yeshiva University, Residency in Otolaryngology
•          Yeshiva University, Internship in General Surgery
Board Certifications:
•          American Board of Otolaryngology
Professional Memberships:
•          American Medical Association
•          American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery.
•          American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery

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


OMG.....I know everyone including me was waiting for these news.

SEQUEL TO MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS TO HIT THEATERS MAY 1, 2015 The Walt Disney Studios has announced a release date for Marvel Studios’ sequel to the biggest Super Hero blockbuster and third highest grossing film of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers. Joss Whedon returns to write and direct the UNTITLED MARVEL’S AVENGERS SEQUEL set for release May 1, 2015.

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

Lincoln Coming Soon

"Lincoln" focuses on the last four months of the president's  life and the political strategizing he undertook at the close of the Civil War to ensure that slavery would be forever outlawed. “Our movie is really about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition,” Spielberg says.

“Lincoln” is a DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, Participant Media production opening in limited release November 9, expanding November 16, 2012.Like LINCOLN on Facebook:

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

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hey Girl Blog Hop

So as I am scrolling facebook on my tea break, I see Trisha from MomDot is hosting a Hey Girl Blog Hop and I just had to add mine...


The Tigger Movie por primera vez en Blu-ray Alta Definicion con opcion en Español - The Tigger Movie for the first time ever in Blu-ray High Definition with Spanish option

In my previous post, The Tigger Movie I gave you all the details of this awesome movie coming this August 21, 2012.

Do you want to win a copy? Quieres ganar esta pelicula?

How to enter:  Como entra:

1)  Become a follower. (1 entry)
2)  Follow me on Facebook. (1 entry)
3)  Follow me on Twitter. (1 entry)
4) Tweet. (1 entry/per day, must leave link)

Enter to #win The Tigger #movie @independentmami #giveaway ends 8/27

This giveaway ends 8/27/2012 at 8 am.  1 winner will be randomly selected.  The winner must claim their prize within 24 hours.  You must leave an email in your comment.  US only.  Good luck.

***Disclosure-I received sample copy to review. 

Vote for Unknown Mami

I have a wonderful friend who has entered a contest and we need your votes.  She has entered the Circle of Moms~Top 25 NorCal Moms-2012. 
Unknown Mami ~ Unknown Mami is a blog with an often humorous take on life and mami-hood featuring a weekly celebration of San Francisco; it's strong enough for a Mami, but made for everyone.

by Unknown Mami

Yes, she wears a paperbag!  But isn't she the prettiest paperbag wearer ever!! 

So, please vote for her!!!

Go to Circle of Moms~Top 25 NorCal Moms to vote.  You do not have to sign up.  One vote per day.  Voting ends Aug 30 @ 4pm. 


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Always Radiant Infinity Pads Review

Always Radiant Infinity pads feature a unique technology that conforms to each individual shape, delivering premium protection. Always Radiant Infinity pads are part of the Radiant Collection, a new complete offering of premium tampons, pads, liners and wipes that meets all of a woman’s feminine care needs. The new Collection stands out on shelves and features packaging and wrappers that compliment any girl’s unique style, making these products must-have accessories any time of the month.
Suggested retail price: $3.99 - $5.49 (16 pads), $7.49 - $9.49 (32 pads)

My thoughts-Though growing up I did not have a very heavy period, I had never really found a pad I liked.  Until I found Always.  Always is always coming up with the next best thing.  And they have.  These Always Radiant Infinity pads can hold alot.  No more accidents for me.  I no longer have to make the embarrassing call to my husband, to please bring me a change of clothes.  Or have to do the walk of shame out of my office building.  Especially now that after having Lil Bit, I seem to be like a running faucet.  I also like that they are so thin.  I can stick them in my back or front pocket and no one will know any different.

***Disclosure-I am an Influenster.  I received a Latina Beauty VoxBox filled with complimentary samples to test and review.  These are my honest opinions.

VEET® Ready-to-Use Wax Strips Leg & Body Review

VEET Ready to Use Wax Strips, Leg & BodyThis summer, keep your skin smooth for longer with VEET® Ready-to-Use Wax Strips for Legs & Body. The strips are specially formulated to remove hair on legs, underarms and bikini area from closer to the root than shaving for smoothness that lasts up to 4 weeks.
You can find VEET Ready to Use Wax Strips at Walgreens, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart!

Suggest retail price of the Wax Strips: $9.99

My thoughts-So I am all for testing a product and really putting it to the test.  So I have been letting myself walk around with some hairy legs for a couple of days.  I let my hair grow out just enough to be able to get waxed.  I once went to a place and was turned away because my hair was not long enough.  The strips were really easy to use.  I followed the directions which were easy to follow.  And here are the results:
The picture on the left is my left before waxing.  I am not a really hairy person so you can bearly see my hairs.  But on the right, is both of my legs without hairs.  They are smooth and soft.
But because I really like to test a product out, I asked my husband if he would allowed me to wax his hairy self!!  And yes, he is hairy.  See the results below:
On the left is his wax strip fill of hair.  On the right is the before and after.  Don't mind the redness.  My husband refused to move from the ackward position he was in, so I had to pull slowly and go over that area twice.  But the strip worked on his hairy body.  Clean, smooth, and soft skin left. 

I like that I don't have razor burn afterwards.  I was done and I didn't have to keep going over and over an area (at least on me).  The strips were so easy to use. 

***Disclosure-I am an Influenster.  I received this Latina Beauty VoxBox full of complimentary samples to test and review.  For more information go to

And the Winner is...MadDogGear Backpack

Just in time for Back to School...Congratulations to....

Timshaun said... 42

Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot ok
July 31, 2012 6:36 AM 

 You have 24 hours to claim your prize.  Please repond to the email.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Cantante Vanguardista, Compositora y Viajera del Tiempo
Se Propone Inspirar Tendencias de Belleza Como la Nueva COVERGIRL

La marca COVERGIRL cree en ayudar a las mujeres a encontrar lo que las hace únicas y especiales, con seguridad en sí mismas para celebrar un estilo que solo ellas pueden hacer brillar. Así que es lógico que la marca de belleza que promueve "se tu misma " se haya unido a Janelle Monáe en un nuevo y emocionante capítulo de su vida. La célebre artista, que en alguna ocasión fue llamada por la revista Vogue como "otro tipo de diva", acaba de terminar su primera campaña publicitaria con COVERGIRL, la cual está programada para debutar en la edición de septiembre de dicha publicación que saldrá a la venta la próxima semana. Monáe, quien ya es un ícono de la moda por sus famosos trajes de etiqueta negra y su llamativo peinado conocido como "Monae", ahora se convierte en la más nueva COVERGIRL y asume la misión única de inspirar a las mujeres a usar todas sus facultades artísticas para jugar, cambiar y transformarse.
"Creo que es hora de que las mujeres realmente dominen sus súper poderes y utilicen su belleza y fuerza para cambiar el mundo que las rodea", dijo Monáe. "Uno de mis valores fundamentales es poder ayudar a redefinir lo que significa ser una mujer fuerte y hermosa en el mundo de la música y de la moda, y de esta manera destacar las cosas maravillosas que nos hacen únicas. Ser una COVERGIRL es un verdadero honor y un regalo que me brinda una nueva plataforma para inspirar a las mujeres a sentirse más fuertes, más valientes y más hermosas por dentro y por fuera".
“Desde que Janelle apareció en la escena musical ha capturado nuestra imaginación de manera electrizante, estremeciendo nuestras almas y haciéndonos mover los pies", dijo Esi Eggleston Bracey, vicepresidente y gerente general de COVERGIRL Cosmetics. "Janelle es una verdadera fuente de energía y un espíritu hermoso que realmente nos deleita a lo largo de su camino creativo. Estamos muy emocionados y no podemos esperar para mostrarle al mundo una nueva dimensión de sus súper poderes artísticos como la nueva miembro de nuestra familia COVERGIRL".
Janelle Monáe ha sido ampliamente elogiada por la industria de la música por sus actuaciones energéticas, su voz dinámica, su sensibilidad artística dentro de su género y su enfoque visionario para escribir canciones. El debut del álbum de Monáe llamado "The ArchAndroid" fue recibido con gran éxito por la audiencia. Esta epopeya "película emotiva" (un término que ella ha utilizado) le valió múltiples nominaciones al Grammy y reconocimientos del Associated Press, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune y Los Angeles Times, quienes nombraron a "The ArchAndroid", como el álbum # 1 de 2010. Además de estos galardones, Janelle Monáe fue galardonada con el Premio ASCAP Vanguard 2011 y fue una de las mujeres incluidas en la exposición, Women Who Rock, que se exhibió por primera vez en el Rock & Roll Hall of Fame este año.
Recientemente, Monáe hizo una aparición vocal como invitada en la exitosa canción, "We Are Young" con la banda Fun. Esta canción alcanzó el primer lugar en la cartelera Billboard® Hot 100 Chart dándole a Monáe su primera aparición dentro de los Top 10 de EE.UU., así como su primera nominación a los premios MTV Video Music Awards. Por otra parte, Monáe se ha ido desarrollando también como una innovadora social al fundar su propia organización sin fines de lucro Super7, cuyo compromiso es proporcionar "Súper Poderes" esenciales a jóvenes y niñas, enfocándose en su salud, bienestar y sus sueños personales.
Desde su introducción en 1961, la marca COVERGIRL ha sido pionera en brindarle a las mujeres las herramientas de maquillaje necesarias para ayudarles a brillar al ritmo del rock todos los días. La larga lista de famosas COVERGIRL ha incluido a Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Rachel Hunter, Tyra Banks, Niki Taylor y Molly Sims, y su lista actual de COVERGIRLs incluye a íconos como P!nk, Sofia Vergara, Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift y las atletas olímpicas de Team USA Jennifer Kessy, medallista olímpica de plata (Voleibol de Playa Femenino) y Marlen Esparza, medallista olímpica de bronce (Boxeo Femenino).
Visita para obtener más información sobre la extensa gama de productos COVERGIRL para las mujeres de todas las edades. Selecciona “Me gusta” en la página de CG en, y sigue la marca en Twitter en
Acerca de P&G
P&G y sus marcas sirven a cerca de 4.6 billones de personas alrededor del mundo. La compañía tiene uno de los portafolios de marcas de confianza y de alta calidad que son líderes en el mercado, entre las que se encuentran: Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®, Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, Ambi Pur®, SK-II®, y Vicks®. La comunidad de P&G incluye operaciones en cerca de 75 países. Por favor, visite para las noticias más recientes e información acerca de P&G y sus marcas.

***Disvulgacion-No mas informacion.



Innovative Singer, Songwriter, & Time Traveler
Sets Out to Inspire Beauty Style Statements as Newest COVERGIRL

The COVERGIRL brand believes in helping women tap into what's uniquely special about them and working it with confidence – celebrating a style that only they can rock. So it’s fitting that the beauty brand that’s all about “doing you” authentically is partnering with Janelle Monáe for an exciting new chapter of her life journey. The celebrated artist, once called a “different kind of diva” by Vogue, just wrapped her first COVERGIRL advertising shoot, which is scheduled to debut in the September issue of that publication next week. Monáe, who is already a renowned style icon with her signature black-tie wardrobe and striking hairstyle known as a "Monae," becomes the newest COVERGIRL today, and she is on a unique mission to encourage women to use all their artistic powers to play, change, and transform.
“I believe it’s time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them,” said Monáe. “One of my core values is to help redefine what it means to be a strong and beautiful woman in the music and fashion worlds and to empower the wonderful things that make us unique. Becoming a COVERGIRL is truly an honor and a gift: it opens up a new platform for me to inspire women to feel stronger, braver and more beautiful inside and out.”
“Ever since Janelle made her electrifying arrival on the music scene, she has captured our imaginations, stirred our souls, and made us all move our feet,” said Esi Eggleston Bracey, VP and General Manager, COVERGIRL Cosmetics. “Janelle is a true force of energy and a beautiful spirit who truly delights in her creative journey, not just the destination. We’re elated and can’t wait to show the world another dimension of her artistic ‘superpowers’ as a member of our COVERGIRL family.”
Janelle Monáe has been widely lauded by the music industry for her energetic performances, dynamic voice, genre-bending artistic sensibility, and visionary approach to songwriting. Monáe’s debut concept album “The ArchAndroid” was released to widespread acclaim. This epic “emotion picture” (a term she coined) earned her multiple Grammy nominations and accolades from Associated Press, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, and the LA Times, who all named “The ArchAndroid” the #1 album of 2010. In addition to these accolades, Janelle Monáe was a recipient of the 2011 ASCAP Vanguard Award and included in the first-ever Women Who Rock exhibit in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Most recently, she made a guest vocal appearance on the hit song, “We Are Young” with the band Fun. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard® Hot 100 chart and gave Monáe her first appearance in the U.S. Top 10, as well as her first MTV VMA nomination. Furthermore, Monáe is also a rising social innovator with her own non-profit organization Super7, which is committed to providing essential "Super Powers" to young women and young girls everywhere, focusing on their health, well being, and personal dreams.
Since its introduction in 1961, the COVERGIRL brand has been a beauty industry leader in providing women with the makeup tools to rock their everyday cover moments. The long list of famous COVERGIRLs has included Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Rachel Hunter, Tyra Banks, Niki Taylor and Molly Sims. The current roster of COVERGIRLS includes such icons as P!nk, Sofia Vergara, Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift and Team USA athletes Jennifer Kessy, Olympic Silver Medalist (Women’s Beach Volleyball) and Marlen Esparza, Olympic Bronze Medalist (Women’s Boxing).
Visit for more information on COVERGIRL’s extensive lineup of products for women of every age. Like CG on, and follow the brand on Twitter at
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Ghost Buddy #2: Mind If I Read Your Mind? Review

Do you have a kiddo that loves to read?  Does your kiddo like to read series?  My son Matt has been an avid reader since elementary school.   He loves book that come in a series.  He wants to read more and more about what is going on.  One book is just not enough.  I grew up reading Scholastic books.  And now he is growing up reading them too.

Check out Scholastic’s release of Ghost Buddy #2: Mind If I Read Your Mind? by New York Times-bestselling authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver. Ghost Buddy #2 is the follow-up book to the very successful 1st in the series, Ghost Buddy: Zero to Hero. 
“Billy and Hoover are back in the hilarious new series from bestselling authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver!It's time for Moorepark Middle School's annual Speak Out Challenge, and Billy Broccoli thinks he's got it made. With his best friend Hoover Porterhouse—the ghost with the most—by his side, Billy’s got the competition in the bag. Who wouldn't vote for a demonstration on mind reading?But when Billy lands a spot on the sixth-grade team, he starts spending more time with his new teammates than he does with Hoover. And the Hoove plays second fiddle to no one! If Billy's not careful, his secret weapon might just vanish into thin air, leaving Billy to pick up the pieces of a demonstration-day disaster!” 

My thoughts-I like that this book is about Billy in middle school.  My son Matt is entering 8th grade this year.  He so could relate to middle adventures.  Like in the book, I can so relate to a friend feeling outcast.  And when it all blows over, it can really explode.  It is a great read, even for a grown up.

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

Go Back to School with Tiny Prints Giveaway***CLOSED***

Summer is almost over.  Are you and your kiddos ready for Back to School?  Do you have a little one going for the 1st time?  Do you have a preschooler heading to big school~Elementary now?  Well Tiny Prints has great tools to help you and your kiddos get started on the right foot.  Back to School with Tiny Prints

allergy alert cards -These are awesome!  You want everyone to be aware of your kiddos allergies.
Blooming Book - personalized notebooks that your tween/teen would love. 
custom stickers and labels - These will save you a whole lot of writing.  Perfect for placing on all the school supplies.
lunch box notes - Perfect for little reminders, love notes to the little ones, etc...
Strawberry mom contact cards - Team Mom, PTO, PTA, etc...
teacher stationery - perfect for presents for teacher's goody bags, Christmas gifts, etc...

Tiny Prints is sponsoring a Twitter party along with @ResourcefulMom on Tuesday the 21st from 1-2pm PT/4-5pm ET based around the Back to School theme with awesome prizes to giveaway, so mark your calendars.  RSVP here:

Giveaway~ $50 promo code + free standard or USPS shipping to be used at Tiny

How to enter:

1)  Visit the Back to School  page , click through to your favorite product page, and pin your favorite item on Pinterest with the hashtag #TinyPrintsBTS (1 entry, must leave link in comment)
2)  Visit the Back to School page , click through to your favorite product page, and use the Tweet button to send a tweet. (1 entry, must leave link in comment)
3)  Visit the Back to School page , click through to your favorite product page, and use the Facebook button to like a product. (1 entry)
4)  Visit the Back to School page , click through to your favorite product page, and use the Google+ button to recommend to your followers. (1 entry)
5)   Follow Tiny Prints on our social channels (1 entry each, must leave your user name with corresponding)

BONUS-(Must do all the above first)

TWEET- Enter to #win $50 #TinyPrintsBTS @independentmami #giveaway ends 9/14

This giveaway ends 09/14/2012 at 8 am.  1 winner will be randomly chosen.  US only.  You must leave your email in the comment.   The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  (Please note promo code excludes, calendars, photo books, Erin Condren notebooks & planners, and gift certificates)

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Monday, August 13, 2012

I have a Secret! Shhhh..

I am so excited to share some news with all of you.  I feel like I just won the Superbowl or the Olympics and am being interviewed by Matt from the Today Show.  "Alba, what are you going to do now?"  And this is me, doing a happy dance, shouting, "I'm going to Disney!!!!"

Yes, you read this correctly.  I found out a couple of weeks and had to hold this very good secret in until I was confirmed that this would be a done deal.  I am so thankful to my wonderful husband, mother, and mother in law who will be watching my kids.  Wish I could take them with me.  But follow along on my blog, facebook, and on twitter, as I update you and my family of where Independentmami is?

Well here is a little preview of my Disney trip:

In Theaters September 14th & Available on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack December 4th

CINDERELLA: Diamond Edition

Available on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack October 2nd


Available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack & HD Digital Download October 23rd

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Saturday, August 11, 2012