Friday, March 27, 2015

Flick Friday-HOME

***Disclosure-My family and I attended an advance screening.  All opinions that are stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

I loved the music in the movie, check out this lyric video for “Feel the Light” by Jennifer Lopez.  Featuring Jennifer Lopez and members of HOME's star studded cast including Rihanna and Jim Parsons, the new video gives you a sneak peak at the heartwarming and inspirational journey.  

But the music was not all that we liked from this movie.  It was funny.  Laughing out Loud funny.  We all enjoyed it.  We recommend it for all ages.  It is a great family movie, but anyone will enjoy it.  There are so many funny parts.

My favorite part of the movie is the dance scene.  My favorite line was "like sad mad", once you watch the movie you will get it.  No spoilers here.

HOME hits theaters everywhere today, March 27, 2015!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Giveaway-Bath Time is So Much More

***Disclosure-I received sample product for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.
JOHNSON’S® fue la primera marca para el cuidado del bebé en comprometerse con el progreso de la ciencia relacionada a la piel del bebé. En los últimos cinco años ha publicado más estudios en esta área que cualquier otra compañía global para el cuidado de la piel. Las investigaciones están siendo utilizadas para  establecer los estándares para el cuidado del bebé alrededor del mundo. Han logrando avances al apoyar investigaciones que demuestran la importancia de las experiencias multi-sensoriales las cuales fomentan el desarrollo feliz y saludable del bebé.

JOHNSON’S® Global Survey Bath Time Report: Resultados sobre los Hispanos

Sólo el 45% de los padres dice que el momento del baño es extremadamente importante para el desarrollo del cerebro de su hijo, aunque los padres hispanos tienen un poco más de conocimiento (57% dice que es extremadamente importante vs. 41% de padres no-Hispanos).

La hora del baño es una buena oportunidad para estimular los sentidos de mi hijo (tacto, olfato, visión, audición). El 53% de los hispanos está totalmente de acuerdo, versus 35% de no-Hispanos.

Dos de tres padres en EE.UU. dicen que lamentan perderse la hora del baño (66%), especialmente los padres hispanos (79% vs. 63% de los padres no-Hispanos). 

El efecto sensorial que experimentan durante la hora del baño se queda con ellos mucho más tiempo después de cuando terminan de bañarse (77%), especialmente para padres hispanos (88% vs. 74% de padres no-Hispanos)

La rutina de nosotros es importante para nosotros. Desde cuando mi beba era chiquita, el tiempo de bano siempre es un buen tiempo para disfrutar.  

Mi nena le encanta jugar con las burbujas. Este juego ayuda que los bebes desarollen la coordinacion entre manos y ojos.

Estos momentos pueden crear buenos recuerdos. Olores placenteros pueden crear recuerdos para toda la vida.

Otra cosa que nos encanta es oir musica. Esto puede estimular partes del cerebro responsables de la memoria y el desarollo del lenguaje.

Y despues del banito, le doy un masajito. Cosquillitas por aqui, cosquillitas por alla. Relajando mi nena antes del tiempo para dormir.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Giveaway-De Que Esta Hecha Tu Mantequilla

***Disclosure: I received a toaster/oven, $25 gift card and a butter spreader from Land O’Lakes in connection with this post. All opinions are my own.

De que esta hecha tu mantequilla?  Estas poniendo atencion a tus ingredientes? 
La Mantequilla Land O’ Lakes® con aceite de canola está hecha de sólo tres ingredientes auténticos: crema dulce, aceite de canola y sal. Te encantará su delicioso y saludable sabor y la suavidad con la que se unta.

Sin ingredientes artificiales.

El producto se puede consumir inmediatamente después de sacarlo del refrigerador, lo cual lo hace muy conveniente. Siempre está listo para untarlo en panes y pastelitos favoritos, durante el desayuno y la merienda, o en tus platillos favoritos durante la cena.
Land O Lakes me ayudo a crear este plato de Seafood Étouffée que quedo riquisimo...esta semana voy a cocinar una receta gracias a la pagina de Land O Lakes.  
Braised Cinnamon Pork Tacos...Taquitos de Puerco

Caliente el horno a 275 ° F.

Derretir 1/4 taza de Mantequilla Land O Lakes con Aceite de Canola a fuego miedo en una olla de 8 litros a prueba de horno.  Sazona el puerco con 1/2 cdta de sal y 2 cdtas de canela molida.  Pon el puerco en la olla y cocinalo a fuego medio por 5-7 minutos o asta que se dore.  Voltealo una vez durante este tiempo.  Saca el puerco de la olla y mantenlo separado por un momento.

Anade 1 cda  de Mantequilla Land O Lakes con Aceite de Canola a la olla.  Agrega 1/2 sebolla picada, 1/2 pimiento picado, 1 chile jalapeno picado, y 3 dientes de ajo picado.  Cocina por 4-5 minutos o hasta que las verduras se ablanden.  Anade 1 cda comino, 1 cdta chile en polvo,  y 1/2 cdta de canela.  Continua cocinando, revuelviendo constantemente por 1 minuto.  Anade 1 lata de tomates, 1 lata de consome de verduras, y 1 cdta de oregano.
Devuelve el puerco a la olla.  Cocina a fuego medio por 4-6 minutos o asta que las verduras hiervan.  Tapa la olla y metela al horno.  Volteandolo cada 45 minutos, hornea por 2 1/2 horas o hasta que se pueda deshacer facilmente con un tenedor.  Saca el puerco de la olla.  Separalo con el tenedor.  Regresalo al sarten y revuelvelo con el guisado.  

El guisado esta listo para servir como te gusten los taquitos.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Skincare Sunday-Introducing Neutrogena Brand Ambassador Eiza Gonzalez

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

Introducing Eiza Gonzalez.  She is a leading bi-cultural and bilingual Latina of Mexican descent.  She sings and acts, double threat.  She is the newest face for the Neutrogena brand. 
"I'm super excited to be a part of the NEUTROGENA® family, especially since I've been using it ever since I was a teenager," said Eiza.  "I'm humbled to represent a brand that values the Latina culture and encourages women to embrace a natural, beautiful and healthy appearance," she added. 

It is always important that we see people we can relate to.  I like that Neutrogena is diverse when selecting celebrity ambassadors including Kerry Washington, Kristen Bell and Sandra Echeverría.
"From the moment we laid eyes on her we knew she would be a great representative of the brand and what Neutrogena truly embodies. She is the prime example of a strong Latina that has worked very hard to be where she is today. As an influential Latina role model, Eiza serves as an extension of the brand and a key vehicle in our communications surrounding skin health and beauty," said Michelle Freyre, General Manager of NEUTROGENA®.
NEUTROGENA® a worldwide leader in clinically proven, dermatologist-recommended skincare and cosmetics.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Flick Friday-Avengers: Age of Ultron Spot – “BOSS”

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All you fans can find out more information by following The Avengers online:

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Visit the official website:

Marvel's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit theaters everywhere on May 1st

Friday, March 13, 2015

Flick Friday-Cinderella

***Disclosure-My family attended an advanced screening.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.
We all grew up knowing the Cinderella story.  Who doesn't love a fairytale?  

A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.

Soon, she is forced to become their servant, disrespected, covered in ashes and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her, and she continues to remain positive, determined to honor her mother’s dying words. 

When Ella meets a dashing stranger in the woods, unaware that he is really the Prince (Richard Madden) and not merely Kit, an apprentice at the palace, she believes she has finally found a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the King (Derek Jacobi) summons all maidens in the kingdom to attend a royal ball at the palace, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her Stepmother forbids her to attend and callously destroys her dress.

Meanwhile, the calculating Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård) devises a plan to thwart the Prince’s hopes of reuniting with Ella and enlists the support of the devious Stepmother. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand. Soon, a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin, a few mice and a magic wand, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

We loved Cinderella.  The message was perfect for us to teach our kids to “have courage and be kind.”  This is a great movie to take the entire family to see.  Perfect for this Spring Break Week.    

Cinderella” will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on March 13, 2015.

A little spoiler, see the picture above, when this part of the movie comes out imagine a 3 year answer the question that is asked....  wink, will know what I'm talking about when you go see this movie.  SOrry I dont like to ruin movies, even old classic that are remade.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CrunchPak Sweet Apple Slices

***Disclosure-I received coupons for product.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.
Thanks to CrunchPak for sending me coupons for cleaned, ready to eat apples.  I used the coupons to purchase Sweet Apples Multi-Paks.
Crunch Pak created the perfect recipe of vitamin C and calcium to prevent spoilage and maintain the crispness of an apple after it’s sliced. Then the company figured out the right width to slice apples so they stayed freshest longest. The last piece of the puzzle was packaging: Crunch Pak’s breathable bags allow the sliced apples to receive the right mixture of oxygen while emitting carbon dioxide; that combination ensures the apples maintain optimum quality during transportation to market.
I like that CrunchPak has the individual packs.  They have a variety of products.  They are the perfect snack size for kids or adults.  The packs are so easy to grab and go.  My daughter loves apples.  And now she can have them on the go.
CrunchPak has Disney products that offer more than just apples for your kids.  This is healthy snacking for the kiddos.  I don't have to cut veggies, or fruits.  Some kids don't like fruits and vegetables.  They are more likely to pick an item that has a character or that looks kid friendly.  This might be a way to get your kid to try healthy snacking, if they already don't.  Get them started today.  This work great for field trips, day trips, or road trips too.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Disney Side @Home Celebration 2015

***Disclosure-I was selected as a Disneyside @Home party host.  I received a party kit.  Any and all opinions stated are my own based on my personal opinion.

Last year, we hosted and showed how we, Texans, show our Disneyside.  Our Celebracion de Disneyside was so much fun.  And this year was no different.  From the moment this box arrived:
  The pixie dust was sprinkled on this package.  My daughter was so excited to check everything that came.  And then it was time to plan our party.  Our invitations went out and our guests could not wait.  The party prepping started at our house.
We played put the smile on Mickey, Disney Parks Bingo, Disney word search, and even worked together to complete a Minnie Mouse puzzle.
One of the fun things we got in our box was the Duff Tie-Dye cake mix.  Instead of me preparing it for the party.  I let some of the kids work together.  The kids had so much fun baking, and decorating the Mickey Mouse cake for everyone to enjoy.
While we waited for the cake to be ready, we watched pictures from our recent DisneyWorld 2014 trip.  We visited 3 Disney Parks; DisneyWorld, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom.
We did Disney trivia, talked about our favorite things to do while at Disney Parks, and answered questions.  The girls got manicures and their nails painted by my daughter.  She is such a good host.  Everyone loved the Disney luggage tags that were hand delivered by our very own Prince Charming.
Thanks to Disney Parks and Mom Select for this wonderful opportunity.  You too can show your Disneyside by using the #Disneyside hashtag on social media, you may be featured on the website DisneySide Celebrations.  There are recipes, party ideas, and activities.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Dear Me - Happy International Women's Day

Happy International's Women's Day!

I heard on the radio station that today was celebrated as a day to celebrate women everywhere.  Also that several people were going on You Tube making videos.  But the part that most interested me was that they were talking to themselves.  So this is my letter to my younger self:

Dear Alba,

I am you many years from now.  I have a husband, 2 kids, and the corner office job.  Yes, I do.  It wasn't easy.  As you know, life has not been easy to you.  And there are somethings I want you to know.

You are beautiful.  Your glasses do make you look smarter.

You think you are fat, but you are not.  

Try, try out, attempt, take chances.  You never know where it will take you.

There so many people that will come in to your life that are really good.  They will help you.

Make more friends.  You will be surprised at how many people remember you and you not remember them.  Yeah, the memory goes when you get older.  You are good at making friends.

You are a NERD, and who cares.  It is a good thing.  

But the most important thing I want you to remember is to be HAPPY.

With Love,


I don't regret my past because it made me who I am today.  When I was younger I wish I would have known that life is happening with or without me.  That my problem of the day was not going to be my problem tomorrow.  Everyday we face different issues that we all think are so world ending but they are not.  That you can choose to live life HAPPY.  Not to let unhappy people ruin your life.  Falling down hurts but you can't go any further down.  Get up, don't stay down.

Live life, Don't let life live you.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Flick Friday-Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer #3

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Who is an Avengers fan?  We are.... Have you seen the trailer?

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Marvel's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit theaters everywhere on May 1st!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Once Upon A Time Themed Party Tips

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Once Upon A Time..... this is how all fairy tale stories begin.  What is a wish if you can't wish it upon a star, right?

I was picked to host a themed party.  I love themed parties.  Theme parties are like fairy tale stories you tell.  Every guest that comes plays a part in your story.  Your home can be a castle, enchanted forest, or a magical place.  Whatever story you decide to tell with your party theme.

My daughter loves to think she is a Princess.  Playtime with her is so much fun.  She loves to dress up and play her characters.  So picking a party theme was so easy...Once A Upon a Time.  Now that the theme is chosen, we need to tie the party with the theme.

Food.  Pick food that will make your theme come to life.  You can serve grape juice to represent wine.  Use cookie cutters to cut out crown shaped sandwiches, cookies, rice krispie treats, or brownies.  A table full of small appetizers can do the trick for parties.

Also serving platters, plates, silverware, and glassware can make a big difference.  My suggestions would be to pick gold and silver platters.  The fancier looking the better.  The platters don't even have to be expensive.  I have gotten some really cute ones from the dollar stores.  You can dress up items to make them look nicer.  Presentation is key also.  Party stores are now starting to carry items that are plastic but look like the real deal.  I always check the Dollar stores first.  Glass vases are also good for presentation and of course, can be used for decorations.

Decorations.  Look for any items around your house that can help you pull your theme together.  Depending on how your scene is suppose to look.  You do not have to spend money, just repurpose items in your house.  I have used curtains as table cloths to set the theme.  I have used frames to label my food.  Mirrors in your home can now become enchanted.

Do you have a Prince Charming in your life?  What is a fairy tale party without it's very own Disney's Prince?
Surprise your guest by having special appearances.  You can have someone dress up.  You can invite everyone to wear their fairytale costumes.  Have a Meet and Greet area with photo opportunities.  Make a photo booth with boa's, crowns, and wands.  A curtain, blank wall, or decorated area can be used to set the background.

So what are you waiting for, get those invitations started and host your own party with these tips.  Once A Upon A Time can be used for baby showers, and bridal showers too, not just birthdays.  Good luck and remember...your party will be happily ever after!!