Wednesday, October 31, 2012

And the Winners...WRECK-IT RALPH and

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Día de los Muertos

Ideas para Darle el Toque Perfecto al Día de los Muertos

Si bien la gran mayoría de los estadounidenses celebran Halloween, hay otra festividad que está aumentando en popularidad: la tradicional fiesta mexicana del Día de los Muertos. Y al igual que en Halloween, los dulces y confituras juegan un papel importante en las festividades. Mientras preparas historias sobre el Día de los Muertos, no se te olvide que golosinas fácilmente accesibles como M&M’S pueden ser incorporadas a la diversión tradicional.

Algunas ideas:

·         Usa M&M'S como decoración – Crea frascos de dulces surtidos de M&M'S de los colores de la temporada de otoño o de M&M'S inspirados en el Día de los Muertos. Incluso puedes agregar un poco de color al tradicional 'Pan de Muerto' con decoraciones de M&M'S.

·         Personaliza tus regalos – A todo el mundo le encanta el chocolate, aquí en la tierra y en el ‘más allá’. Tradicionalmente, calaveras de azúcar con nombres de los amigos son intercambiadas como una forma de burlarse de la muerte. En, puedes personalizar tus chocolates con fotos, nombres e imágenes que crean una dulce forma de celebrar el día.

·         Celebra tu patrimonio – Celebra el Día de los Muertos al preparar bolsitas de regalo deliciosas y originales del Día de los Muertos para tus amigos y compañeros de trabajo. Las variedades de producto M&M'S de temporada le dan el toque perfecto de color a cualquier fiesta.

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

Happy Howl-oWeen~Frankenweenie

"Like" FRANKENWEENIE on Facebook: 

FRANKENWEENIE is currently in theaters everywhere!

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WRECK-IT RALPH Halloween fun

It's Halloween.  Got any fun plans?  Here are a few fun things to do to get you in the Spooky Spirit of Things~!
-a fun pumpkin stencil

and Ralph & Vanellope cut out masks


PLAY the three video games featured in WRECK-IT RALPH! Wreck-It Ralph Games on

Play Fix-It Felix, Jr. featuring Wreck-It Ralph :

Play Sugar Rush Speedway featuring Vanellope von Schweetz :

Play Hero's Duty featuring Sergeant Calhoun :
WRECK-IT RALPH opening in theatres everywhere this Friday, November 2nd.

Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Happy Halloween! This is an informational post only.

Happy Halloween ~ WRECK-IT RALPH

 "Like" WRECK-IT RALPH on Facebook:

 "Follow" WRECK-IT RALPH on Twitter:

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WRECK-IT RALPH smashes into theaters this Friday, November 2nd!!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Behind the Scenes Secret of the Wings

As part of my wonderful trip to California in August, I was able to go behind the scenes of the Secret of the Wings. It is so amazing. It was an experience like no other. Seeing all that it takes to make a movie is so awesome.

 So you need this special pass to let you in, and pass this point NO CAMERAS.  I was able to learn how to draw, which has never happened ever.  I cannot even draw stick people.  But this lady here, sure did RITSUKO NOTANI. 

She is the great.  She showed us techinique.  And we got to pick her brain on how she came up with the different characters.  It was amazing that we started out with a blank sheet of paper and then we actually had somewhat of a drawing of Periwinkle.  I give her props, I could not do it.  From the hair to the clothes, it was all so thought of.  You go girl!!

I then got to be to practice lines and hear them back.  How awesome is that!! Me in a movie, well not really but you get it, my experience was all great.  I was so nervous.  Like I really was going to mess something up.  The mic is very intimidating to me, it always has been.  But we did it and it was so cool to hear it back.
And from the picture, you can see the fear in my eyes...Sunny Chanel looked so comfortable.  Next line

We also got to meet and greet with Fred Warter and Nickie Huai, Paul McGrath-Audio Engineer, Michael Wigert-the Producer and Peggy Holmes-the Director.

I learned how detailed the wings are.  These people are so talented.  They love their jobs and from watching the Secret of the Wings, can tell what an amazing job they did.  When talking to the Director and Producer, we were able to see their passion.  What a behind the Scenes this really was.  If you have not seen the movie, you should check it out.  I will never see another movie without wondering all it takes to create it.  Thanks to all this wonderful people for sharing with us, showing us their creativeness, and for allowing us to walk a day in their shoes, per say.

***Disclosure-This visit to the Disney Toon Studios was part of my #DisneyInHome Bloggers event.  I am a #DisneyInHome Blogger!

And the Winner is...Secret of the Wings


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Monday, October 29, 2012

And the winner is...Tiny Prints


We have a winner for the Tiny Prints!!!

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Secret of the Wings Giveaway ***CLOSED***

 SECRET OF THE WINGS was released 10/23/2012.  Do you have a copy of it yet?  Do you want one?  I have a giveaway for 1 lucky reader....

•1 copy of the Secret of the Wings Flitterrific 4-disc combo pack (3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Download)

•1 pair of wings

•1 Secret of the Wings zipper pull

•1 fairy-sized Secret of the Wings storybook pamphlet

How to enter:

1)  Blog follower. (1 entry)
2)  Facebook share. (1 entry/per share/per hour)
3) Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet/per hour)

I want to #win Secret of the Wings @independentmami #giveaway ends 10/30 #lowentry

This is giveaway ends 10/30/12 at noon.  Sponsor will ship the prize pack to one lucky winner in the US or Canada. Please leave email.  Winner will need to claim their prize asap. 

***Dislcosure-I am a #DisneyInHome blogger.  No compensation was received.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

yurbuds Inspire for Women Running In-Home Party

Yurbuds® Inspire line is designed specifically for women.  Since its arrival on the sports equipment scene, yurbuds has made an impact on athletes everywhere as the only earphones with patented TwistLock™ technology, guaranteed never to fall out. The new Inspire for Women features that same technology, and the FlexSoft™ comfort fit, while being specifically designed to fit smaller ears. Available at Target for $29.99 starting in October, these performance fit earphones are sweat and water-resistant, provide exceptional sound, and are the perfect training partner for the female athlete.

I get to be among the first to try the yurbuds Inspire for Women line and so will my running group.

You know I run all week long with my family, and my running group.  We also do runs at least one per month.  This weekend we just participated in the Alzheimer 5K walk which we ran.  I ran pushing my daughter on her stroller and we still managed do finish in 36 mins.  But before we headed out to this last run, I had a small get-2-gether with the ladies of our running group.  We had a small workout sessions, and Thanks to yurbuds we had an awesome time.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Party kit was received. 

Scare Away Stains with Purex plus Oxi Giveaway

Scare Away Stains with Purex plus Oxi
Runs through 10/15-11/16

There will be one (1) Prize. The Prize winner will receive $1,000 in the form of a check or gift card and a (1) year supply of Purex plus Oxi detergent in the form of 10 “Free Coupons” valued at up to $6.00 per coupon.

Sweepstakes Link: click here

I have a giveaway for you to win a bottle of your own Purex plus Oxi!!

How to enter:

1)  Enter the Sweepstakes: click here (1 entry)
2)  Facebook Share this link: (1 entry/per share, must link)

Enter to win  $1,000 at

3)  Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet/unlimited)

Enter to win Purex plus Oxi @independentmami ends 11/5
This giveaway ends 11/5/2012 at 8 am.  1 winner will be randomly selected and will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  US only.  Please leave your email in the comment.  Good Luck.

***Disclosure-This giveaway and sweepstakes is brought to you by Purex.  I am a Purex Insider.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions.

Tinkerbell and Periwinkle Meet & Greet

Secret of the Wings came out yesterday!!! I got to watch it before it came out with the #DisneyInHome bloggers group at Disney.  And not only did I get to preview the movie at a special advance screening, we were also able to meet Tinkbell and Periwinkle at Disneyland.  We were taken to a secret location, get it secret...shhhh
It was such a beautiful setting, perfect for our meet and greet.  #DisneyInHome bloggers were able to get up close and personal with THE Tinkerbell and THE Periwinkle.

And what you all have been waiting for, let me introduce you to the lovely fairies...Tinkerbell and Periwinkle.

My daughter is going to get a kick out of this.  I know I did.  They are both so very sweet.  They even did personal message for some of the #DisneyInHome bloggers. 

***Disclosure-Thie trip was a part of the #DisneyInHome bloggers event I was invited to.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ball Park Burgers Across America Sweepstakes

 With football season is in full swing, Ball Park has teamed up with three pro football legends Deion Sanders, Tony Siragusa and Jason Taylor to search for the best burger recipes across the country. Ball Park – the renowned hot dog brand – recently introduced Flame Grilled Patties, a fully cooked patty made with 100% beef that gives you the “just off the grill taste” straight from the microwave in about a minute.  Since no grill is required, it’s easy to make a quick, tasty burger just in time for kickoff or even during a quick commercial break. Through the “Burgers Across America” contest, Ball Park is looking for touchdown worthy recipes using regionally inspired ingredients. 

 Facebook fans are encouraged to share how they top their burger for a chance to win a Super Fan Pack valued at $5,000 - including a new 52’ HDTV, a gift certificate for game-day tickets, a gift card for new apparel and a grocery gift card!  Each NFL legend has also created a unique burger recipe. 

We love burgers.  How many different toppings or different creations can I make is the right question to ask? 

Alba Burger-

Bread- lighty glazed with butter, toasted on the grill
Cheese- shredded Mexican mix
Avocado- lots of it
Tomato- Big round piece
Lettuce- Green Leaf Lettuce Tomato
Pickles- On my burger and on the side
Jalapenos- Pickled preferred
Flame Grilled Pattie
Bread-Toasted just hard enough to hold all of this goodness in

What will your burger look like?  Enter on facebook and you could win!!  Good luck.

***Disclosure-I received a coupon for sample product to review.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions.

The Greater Good Movie Review & Giveaway

THE GREATER GOOD is a character-driven documentary that explores the cultural intersections where parenting meets modern medicine and individual rights collide with politics. The film offers parents, doctors and policy makers a safe space to speak openly, actively listen and learn from one another. Mixing verité footage, intimate interviews, 1950s-era government-produced movies and up-to-date TV news reporting, THE GREATER GOOD weaves together the stories of families whose lives have been forever changed by vaccination.

For more information go to

My thoughts-First of all I have 2 kids.  A 13 year old son who I had when I was 20, and my daughter who is almost 10 months.  I received a copy of The Greater Good Movie to watch and boy was I watching.  I always thought that shots were mandatory but there are not in every state.  In Texas you can get exemptions but in some states you cannot.  I also did not really stop to think about what is in a shot.  Do you know what is in the shots you take or that are given to your children?  This movie opened my eyes to information I did not.  I do not think I was well informed about immunization at the time of me taking my kids.  I like everyone else walk in to the appointments and think everything is honky dory.  I also did not know that there is Mercury in the Flu shots we get every year.  My daughter just got her 1st flu shot and now am wondering if I should give her the second dosage-booster.  I think as parents we need more information.  If you are a parent I think this movie is a must watch for informational purposes.  Learn the facts.

Giveaway-The Greater Good Movie

How to enter:

1)  Follow on Twitter: (1 entry)

2)  Like on Facebook: (1 entry)

3)  Like Hello Houston! Media Facebook: (1 entry)

This giveaway ends 10/31/12 at 8 am.  1 winner will be randomly selected.  US only.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Please leave your email in the comment.
***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Sample copy received to review.  These are my own honest opinions.

Monday, October 22, 2012


Are you taking your kiddos to see WRECK-IT RALPH?  Or heck, are you going? 

WRECK-IT RALPH smashes into theaters everywhere on November 2nd!!

I have a WRECK-IT RALPH giveaway.

ITEMS FOR GIVEAWAY: - WRECK-IT RALPH t-shirt in adult sizes of S, M, L, XL - VANELLOPE VON SCHWEETZ t-shirt in adult female sizes of S, M, L, XL

How to enter:

1)  Mandatory-Follow my blog.  (1 entry)
2)  “Like” WRECK-IT RALPH on Facebook: (1 entry)
3)  Follow WRECK-IT RALPH on Twitter: (1 entry)
4)  Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet/per day)

Enter to #win @wreckitralph #giveaway @independentmami ends 10/31

This giveaway ends 10/31/12.  1 winner will be randomly selected.  Only open to US and Canada.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  All prizes will be shipped to winners by the end of November from the sponsor.   ***Please note regardless of how many times a person wins this giveaway on various sites, they will only receive one prize pack total.***

Johnson & Johnson~Global Motherhood~Latism'12

It is almost going on a year now that my Lil Bit was still in my belly.  I am so thankful to that I received all the care I needed throughout my pregnancy and delivery.  With all my complications, almost miscarrying, and then the hemorrhaging, I am a very lucky mom to be able to hold my Lil Bit.  But I think about all the mothers out there in the world that are not as fortunate as I am.  The babies that will not have the care my baby had in the NICU.  Will they have oxygen when they can't breath?  Will they have a monitor checking to see if their little hearts stop?  Will they get the food they need to survive while their mother is not at their side?  Will they have a nurse assigned just to them like my Lil Bit did?  Will they keep them in the hospital until all their tests come out normal?  Will they even make it to a hospital?  Are there hospitals available to them?  Do you ever think how lucky we are?

Did you know that Johnson & Johnson supports Global Motherhood? 

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies touches so many people’s lives each and every day.  And they continue to help around the world through non-profit organizations.  There are so many issues affecting women and children around our world. Johnson & Johnson is helping support programs particularly focusing on the rights of mothers and on maternal and infant health.

With programs like:

Note: These photos represent a few of the many programs supported by Johnson & Johnson and its partner organizations to serve the health and well-being needs of communities and people around the world. To read more about these programs and others that help us care for those in need, please visit our website:”

-Making Childbirth Safer
Every year, 280,000 mothers die from complications in pregnancy and child birth and at least 3.1 million newborns die in the fragile first month of life. We partner with organizations around the world to help every mother and newborn survive and thrive.

I was born in El Salvador where there was not much for me or my family.  Many mothers in our family there lost their babies because they were unable to feed them.  They also had poor prenatal care, if any at all.  My mom became a mother at a very early age but overcame all of her circumstances.  Because of my mother's care, I am alive today.  She not only inspires me to be an awesome mom but to help others along the way.

This year Johnson & Johnson is the title sponsor for Latism'12 Conference in Houston, TX.  If you are attending the Latism, stop by the Johnson & Johnson suite (Arboretum II second level) to learn more.  Follow the conversation on twitter #LATISM, #InspireCare.  I will be tweeting, @independentmami. 

To learn more and to get more detailed information on how Johnson & Johnson is helping Global Motherhood, please click here.

***Disclosure-Sponsored conversation brought to you by Latina Bloggers Connect and Johnson & Johnson.  These are my own honest opinions.

Shutterfly~Frankenweenie Trick or Treat bag

Do you love to make photobooks?  I am in love with Shutterfly!! 

Thnking of making a Halloween photobook?  Shutterfly can help...
If you're looking for Halloween inspiration, check out the Storytelling tab! Shutterfly offers everything from photography tips to design ideas.
DIY Trick-or-Treat Bags: Score loads of sweets on Halloween by creating a customized candy sack with a photo, print or child's artwork. 

Check out my daughter's Frankenweenie trick or treat bag.

Halloween Riddle Reveal Plates: Kids will eat their veggies to learn the answer!

Tips for Taking Pictures at the Pumpkin Patch: A few fun ways to capture the outing.

Top 10 Halloween Photos to Take: Don't miss any big or little moments on the Night of Fright!

Check out this sweet Halloween video.

***Disclosure-Sponsored post.  These are my own honest opinions.

Friday, October 19, 2012

HoneyBaked’s New Recipe Turkey Breast

HoneyBaked is proud to be a family tradition for more than 40 years, but more than just holiday time, HoneyBaked knows that memories are made every day.  While HoneyBaked has been selling turkey for more than 20 years, this year, they reformulated this product and the new recipe is more tender and flavorful than ever.  There’s never been a better time for an easy weeknight meal with HoneyBaked New Recipe Turkey.  Get the conversation flowing and gobble up the good times.


98% fat free

100% turkey breast meat

Slow roasted for that home-cooked flavor

Moist and tender

Available roasted or smoked

Each turkey breast is sliced for convenient serving and is hand-finished with our signature sweet and crunchy HoneyBaked glaze.

Regular price $22.99
My thoughts:  We love HoneyBaked Ham and is part of our holiday tradition every year.  HoneyBaked's new recipe turkey breast is so good.  My husband could not wait for me to reheat the sides.  It was ready to eat.  He popped the package open and him and my son started gobbling it up.  It was really juicy.  Even Lil Bit had a handful of turkey.  It was Thanksgiving in October at our house.  I placed my order and it was ready for me to pick up on the way home.  I reheated the sides, and served it up.  And what a meal this was!!  My family was completely satisfied with the new recipe.

If you would like to try HoneyBaked's New Recipe Turkey Breast, click here and receive a $3 off coupon.
***Disclosure-Thanks to HoneyBaked my family received this dinner.  HoneyBaked's New Recipe Turkey Breast has been Independentmami and family tested and Independentmami and family approved.  These are our own honest opinions.

Great Expectations Best Food for Your Baby & Toddler

The definitive guide to infant and toddler feeding—from first foods to meals your child will love
To ensure that baby gets the best, most wholesome, and natural food possible, go homemade! The newest entry in the acclaimed Great Expectations series focuses on easy preparation of nutritious baby and toddler meals at home—from the first finger-foods to more than 130 delicious kid-tested recipes that will lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating.

The book teaches parents how to select the right food, set up a pantry (with a guide to key kitchen equipment), establish smart eating routines, and introduce a wide variety of tastes and textures. It also explores today’s most pressing nutrition issues: Should you buy only organic food? Is it healthy to restrict a toddler's calorie intake? Is a vegetarian diet good for a very young child? Additional resources include information on breastfeeding and food allergies, as well as a comprehensive listing of whole foods companies and products that make healthy eating faster and easier.

My thoughts-I love how much I learned from reading this book.  I have been using it as a guide book.  We were already making Lil Bit's food at home and now I have a recipes to follow.  Here are tips from the book: 

 ***Disclosure-Sample copy was received to review.  These are my honest opinions.

And the winners are....Progresso and YoCrunch

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-Winner of Progresso Light Cream Soup Prize Pack
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Madagascar~Houston Zoo

In celebration of the release of MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED – Radio Disney will be at the Houston Zoo on Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM with music, games, activities and more for the whole family! THE FIRST 100 KIDS IN LINE WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE!

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