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Monday, June 30, 2014

Cookina and Colman's Summer Grill-Off!

It's summer and it is time to grill! Unfortunately for me, we have no grill this summer. When we moved we left our old grill at the old house. We thought we would buy a new one here in Wilmington but with all the moving, traveling and unpacking, we will not have one for the 4th of July. Sigh.

Luckily, my new range has it's own grill feature! YAY! This is a plus because while I cannot grill outdoors, I can grill indoors. It's a little messier inside but it still gives me the option of grilling until we get an outdoor grill.

Luckily, I have something that will make my messy indoor cooking less messy. I received a sample of COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling sheets. COOKINA sheets offer a great solution for making grilling easy. The sheets are non-stick and easy to clean. You can use them over and over. Plus, your grill will be nice and clean for the next time. You can find COOKINA grilling sheets at Home Depot.

I also received some samples of Colman’s Mustard. Colman's is my go to dry mustard. It is the only one I use. It is made from 100% pure mustard flour made from brown and white mustard seeds. It contains no dyes, chemicals or preservatives. I love it because it really gives my recipes a punch a need. I make sure to put this in my dry rub for steaks and chicken. It is fantastic!

What I hadn't tried was the Colman's prepared mustard.  The mustard is fat-free, cholesterol-free and kosher plus it was really delicious especially when I made a vinaigrette. I know that I will be using the mustard this summer!

Head over to the COOKINA Facebook page and learn how you can win a trip to Las Vegas. Right now Cookina and Colman's are having a great contest. Just enter a photo of  your best COOKINA recipe and you might win. The grand prize winner will win the trip but other winners might win a COOKINA prize from Chef George Duran. You know I already entered.

Make sure you enter! And make sure to follow Colman's on Facebook as well. Happy cooking!

Keep your Skin Looking Luminous and Beautiful this Summer with Jergens! #LuminousSkin

It's summertime and I am glad. We had a brutal winter. Now my skin gets really dry in wintertime. I call it alligator skin. But I am not immune to dry skin in the summer either. With the heat and sun, my skin get dry as well. Even with the humidity here at the beach, I still suffer from dry skin.

I think it is because I am out in the sun. We also are going to enjoy the beach this summer since we moved to coast. And do not forget the pools! I love pools. So I suspect that my skin will suffer and I will have to take steps to make sure I keep it moisturized and healthy.

I'm the little one on the left! 

I remember when I was little, our abuelita used to warn us about the sun. Even with the suntan lotion we used, we would get sunburn or our skin would dry out. Our abuelita always had the aloe vera ready to rub on our sunburn. She also used to use petroleum jelly or coconut oil to keep our skin smooth. I hated them both because the coconut oil and petroleum jelly were always greasy and sticky. I always felt uncomfortable after the application and it used to get on our clothes and hair. I loved my abuelita but I would always go and wipe it off.

Nowadays, we have great lotions to use for our skin. I let the petroleum jelly and coconut oil go a long time ago. Now, I use lotions that are made for trouble skin. This summer, I will be using JERGENS® Shea Beauty Oil and BB Body Skin Perfecting lotion to keep my skin moisturized. I received the products and after a few days, I can tell you that my skin is looking radiant and healthy.

I recently came back from Costa Rica and my dad, who was sick, wanted to head to the beach for a few days to relax. It was wonderful but the sun and the pool chlorine left my skin dry. Although I used sunscreen, it is not the same as a good body lotion. When I got back home, I started a regiment of the JERGENS®  Shea Beauty Oil and BB Body Cream on my skin. It was the thing my skin needed. I was worried the Shea Butter Oil would be greasy. It wasn't. Of course when it goes on, it feels oily but then soaked into my skin without any greasy residue. It also had a wonderful light scent that made me smell wonderful.

The BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream came in two different shades: medium and light. Right now my skin needs medium for the summer because I got a little bit of a tan. The light BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream will be used during the winter when my skin gets lighter due to lack of sun! The BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream went on smoothly and had a stronger fragrance than the Shea Oil but it it was still light enough not to be overpowering.

It is so important for me to take care of my skin now that I am older. But, then again, skin care is important at any age. The sun and chlorine will damage your skin and you need to keep it hydrated and moisturized. If you get alligator skin during summer, you need to check out these JERGENS® products. They left my skin, especially my legs, luminous and fresh. Now that I am using skirts and dresses, my legs need to look gorgeous. And, they do!

For more information, visit the JERGENS® Shea Beauty Oil site or the JERGENS® BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream site. You can also like on JERGENS® Facebook.

This is part of a product review campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and JERGENS; complimentary products were provided. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hoover Life Hacks for Lighter Living + Hoover Air Cordless GIVEAWAY!! #RethinkCleaning

This is a sponsored campaign in collaboration with Lunchbox

We just moved into a new house and it has been a lot of work. Part of that work involves me cleaning almost every day. Every box I open leaves dust and packing peanuts. It is too much for my little vacuum. And my bigger vacuum cannot reach into the smaller spaces and the cord is too short. What is a girl to do?

Luckily, Hoover has a new cordless vacuum that will fit my lifestyle. The Hoover Air Cordless has all the power of a full-size vacuum bit it is light and cordless. I love that. It is thin enough to fit into those nooks and crannys that regular size vacuums cannot. This is definitely a life hack! It is a Macgyver-esque machine that will make my life easier.

I am all about anything that will make my life easier. During this move, I have discovered a few life hacks that have helped me immensely. I took all my hanging clothes and put them into a garbage bag. When I needed to unpack them, I was able to just lift them out onto the hanging rod! For cleaning my floors after unpacking, I used the towels and sheets we used to move to wipe up the mess. Then I popped them into the washer! Easy peasy!

The fact that Hoover has a cordless vacuum is a huge life hack. I cannot imagine being able to vacuum my hardwood floors, tile floor and carpets without having to move the cord from room to room. How wonderful.

Here is some info about the Hoover Air Cordless:
  • Two LithiumLife™ batteries provide an average of 50 minutes of fade-free power to clean both carpets and hard floors. That’s enough to clean a 2,500 square foot home with no loss of suction and without recharging.
  • WindTunnel® 3 technology allows you to clean deep with three nozzle channels of powerful suction to capture dirt — other vacuums rely on one.
  • Full Power.Full Size. Now Cordless.
  • The Air™ Cordless vacuum contains all the technology you'd expect to find in a Hoover® upright. It includes a steerable design and a weight of just 9.9 pounds and removable cleaning tools. All backed by a 5-year limited warranty.
  • We removed the cord but kept everything else. It’s a simple change that changes everything.
  • The Hoover® Air™ Cordless will make you rethink cleaning.

Key Features
  • 50 Minutes of Battery Power -Two batteries provide an average of 50 minutes of cordless fade-free battery power on carpet and hard floors. "
  • LithiumLife™ Battery Technology brings power and cordless convenience for whole-home cleaning.
  • Exclusive WindTunnel® 3 Technology uses three nozzle channels of suction to lift and remove deep-down, embedded dirt.
  • No Loss of Suction*- Cyclone Technology delivers constant, powerful suction. *Per IEC60312-1 1st Edition, Clause 5.9. "
  • Reusable Easy Rinse Filter means you can rinse the filter to maintain the power to clean.
  • High Capacity, Easy-Empty and Easy-Clean Dirt Cup holds up to 1.05 liters.
  • Battery Level Indicator lets you know exactly how much charge you have left.

Hoover is giving away 2 vacuums. The giveaway ends tonight so enter ASAP!! You definitely want to get in on this great sweepstakes. Just click on the link below to take you to the widget!! GO NOW!

Hoover Air Cordless #RethinkCleaning Sweeps

Friday, June 27, 2014

Omelette aux fines herbs recipe and The Hundred-Foot Journey! #foodiefriday

Here is another great recipe from The Hundred Foot Journey! Whenever I see a movie that incorporates food into the story, I am always on board. This movie is my type of movie. I am loving all these recipes as well. I remember when "Like Water for Chocolate" came out. I tried many of the recipes in the book and movie. That's how nerdy I am! I cannot wait for this movie!

Enjoy it! Click on the pic and print!



THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY arrives in theaters everywhere on August 8th!

Here is the synopsis of the movie:

In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

Directed by Lasse Hallström, and starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. The executive producers are Caroline Hewitt and Carla Gardini. The screenplay is written by Steven Knight, based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Milk Splash Giveaway!

If you have a child who doesn't like milk, MilkSplash might be a great product for you. MilkSplash is a zero-calorie milk flavoring for kids who might not like drinking their milk. It’s no secret that kids can be picky with what their favorite tastes are and how long their interests are piqued. Often, healthier food and drink options don’t make the cut – which is part of why milk consumption in kids has been on a steady decline for decades. This trend means that kids across the country are missing out on important vitamins and nutrients.

With flavors like Cocoa Loco, Orange Cream Dream, Six Strawberry Swirl, Jammin Banana and Cookies and Cream, any child would love these flavoring their milk. I loved them in my milk!

MilkSplash has teamed up with actress Kelly Packard. Kelly has four kids so she knows a lot about being a mom.  Luckily, Kelly agreed to do an interview for The Art of Random Willynillyness. I asked her a few questions regarding parenting, nutrition and how she deals with feeding her kids. Here is the interview:

Thank you Kelly for answering my questions. I hope you watch the video because she has some really handy tips to give your kids healthy options! Thanks to MilkSplash, I have a set of MilkSplash milk flavors to giveaway to one lucky reader. These are actually really tasty! To win, just enter below on the Rafflecopter widget.
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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mix it up with Moscato, Anytime! #MeEncantaMoscato

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Gallo Family Vineyards and Latina Bloggers Connect.

I am not a huge wine drinker but I will have it with dinner and if I am out with friends. Given a choice of drinks, I like fruity drinks that do not taste like liquor.

About 10 years ago, I was at a friend's house having dinner. For dessert she served a wonderful chocolate cake and some Moscato wine. I had never tried Moscato wine. It was sweet and smooth and I was hooked. I had never had it and it was the perfect drink for dessert. Then a few years ago, I was at a friend's party and she had Moscato wine as a party drink and not a dessert wine. Since I loved it, I tried with dinner and it was perfect.

Moscato is not just a dessert wine, it goes well with everything. I always have a bottle in my house and when I want wine, I reach for the Moscato. I always have it with dinner if given a choice. I have even convinced others it is okay to drink a sweet wine with savory or spicy food.

We just moved into a new house and the past few weeks of our lives have been crazy. We are also traveling in between our move so it just got crazier. I needed a break so I broke out the wine! The Moscato wine, of course. Luckily, I had been asked to review Gallo Family Vineyards Red Moscato wine so I knew it was the perfect time to open it.

Because we just moved, our kitchen is not really set up for me to cook. We have been eating out a lot. But we also have a few snacks just in case we get hungry with all the unpacking. Our house is crazy, but we have one outdoor space that is perfect for an afternoon break. I decided to bring out one of my favorite snacks: cheese and crackers. I had some salami, Gouda cheese, spicy olives and cheesy crackers. I added some fresh orange slices and ice to my Moscato. If I had more fruit in the house, I would have added a variety of fruit to make a quick and easy Sangria.

While hubby worked building shelves for our closet, I sat outside and had some Red Moscato and snacked on the cheese. Luckily, he joined me later and we had a wonderful evening sitting on our porch watching and enjoying our new neighborhood.

In fact, when we have our housewarming party on the 4th of July, I will have the same set up. I will have cheese, crackers, olives and spicy cured meat. I will also have other savory appetizers that will pair well with Moscato wine, including my new favorite, Gallo Family Vineyards Red Moscato.

If you have never tried Moscato, you should. It is sweet but not too sweet. It is a refreshing drink for summertime. Add fresh fruit or some sparkling water and you have a great cocktail. It pairs well with spicy and savory as well as sweet foods. It is perfect for any occasion. In fact, May 9th was National Moscato Day. I cannot believe I missed it! Next year, I will be celebrating it!  Give a try and see what a wonderful drink it is especially during summer!

Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato Wines comes in three different flavors:
* The Original White Moscato features tasty peach flavors.
* The Pink Moscato has notes of aromatic orange blossom.
* The Red Moscato has a yummy red berry finish.

Brothers Ernest & Julio Gallo founded Gallo Family Vineyards in 1933 with the idea of creating high quality wines at an affordable price, a tradition they have continued for four generations. Gallo Family Vineyards is the proud producer of flavorful wines that celebrate the spirit of hardworking American families of all shapes, sizes, and forms. The vast portfolio includes 16 fruit- forward wines.

You can follow Gallo Family on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Neutrogena Men makes your man feel special! #RespectYourFace

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with NEUTROGENA MEN® and Latina Bloggers Connect.

My hubby loves men's grooming products but never buys them. If he receives them as gifts, he will use until the products are gone. I am not sure why he doesn't buy them for himself but at least that makes it easier for me when I have to buy him gifts.

I recently was able to have hubby try the NEUTROGENA MEN® skin care products that are specifically designed for a man’s skin type. Hubby has sensitive skin and these products were perfect for his face. They were gentle on his skin yet got the job done. The line includes:

  • NEUTROGENA MEN® Sensitive Skin Shave Cream
  • NEUTROGENA MEN® Razor Defense® Daily Face Scrub
  • NEUTROGENA MEN® Invigorating Face Wash
  • NEUTROGENA MEN® Triple Protect Face Lotion SPF 20

His favorite products were the Shave Cream and the Triple Protect Face Lotion. The shave cream lathered up nicely and made it easy for hubby to shave. It allowed for a smooth and close shave like he likes it. I like that the shave cream is oil and dye free.

The Triple Protect Lotion was a mystery to hubby. He never uses anything on his face after he shaves but I told him to give it a try. He was reluctant but did it anyway. Because he is not used to wearing lotion on his face, he said it was weird at first. But because the lotion was non-greasy, he did not even notice it after he put it on. I liked it because it has 20 SPF. Having SPF in any lotion is important to me.

The Triple Protect Lotion contains some great ingredients. Chamomile soothes the skin. Olive extract moisturizes the skin. Green Tea extract and Vitamin E help protect the skin. Plus soy helps fight the signs of aging. I need a lotion like this for me!

NEUTROGENA MEN® is #1 men’s facial skincare brand. I am glad to see that I might have found products that hubby will incorporate into his daily regimen as well. I liked the way his skin felt after a few days and I think he did too. The good thing is that if I keep buying him the products and encouraging him to use them, he will. The products are a win-win for us. They will protect and moisturize his skin and I have a hubby with nice skin! It is important for me to have good skin, why not him?

Check out the new NEUTROGENA MEN® line of products for your man. Trust me, his skin will thank you! And you will love that you can give him great skin!

The ISIS App Helps You Pay on Your Smartphone #PaySmarter #MC #sponsored

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Isis Wallet. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review."

Have you ever been shopping and find you have no money or credit card? Wouldn't it be nice to pay for your purchases through your smartphone? I know I would love that. The other day I was at a fast food place and I looked in my purse and realized I had forgotten my wallet at home. I only had my phone. I had no money or credit cards. Luckily, I found $10 in my jeans but, if not, I would have had to leave without my food.

I would have been okay if I had the ISIS Wallet on my phone. What is ISIS wallet, you ask. The ISIS Wallet is the new revolution in smartphone technology. The ISIS Wallet allows you to pay with your phone at merchants who accept ISIS Wallet payments.  Some of those merchants include Jamba Juice, McDonald’s, Toys’R’Us, etc.

The Isis Wallet app is only supported through T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and AT&T service providers. The ISIS Wallet works on your smartphone. Download the app and head over to any ISIS Ready Merchant. All you do is open the app, enter your pin and hold the back of your phone over the contactless symbol at checkout when prompted by the cashier! How easy is that? You can find merchants at this site.

The Isis Wallet app supports American Express, Chase and Wells Fargo cards. OR you can sign up for American Express Serve prepaid card that you can fund from any bank account. Sign up for American Express Serve and receive an initial $25!! The ISIS Mobile Wallet holds virtual versions of your credit cards from participating providers. ISIS also lets you unlock great savings like free smoothies from Jamba Juice and 50% off NYC taxi rides when you use your American Express card and $1 back when you pay with American Express Serve!

Head over to the ISIS site and see if your smartphone is compatible. If it is, download it. I cannot wait to get a phone that works with the ISIS Wallet. I am signing up as soon as I can. It will make my life so much easier. Check out ISIS Mobile Wallet today. Remember you can like ISIS on Facebook as well.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Pampers/Babies R Us celebrate your baby's #MilestoneMoments + GIVEAWAY!

Having diapers that will keep your baby dry and comfortable is something I hear from moms. It is tough finding a reliable diaper. My friend recently tried Pampers Swaddlers and she is really excited that these work so well for her and her baby. Pampers is a trusted brand for any mother.

When she came over with her baby, I was impressed at how well Pampers work. They fit the baby well and Swaddlers change colors when they are wet. The color-changing wetness indicator makes it easy to tell when your baby might be ready for a change. Of course, I handed the baby over to her when he was wet.

Pampers are also the softest diaper and the #1 choice among hospitals. Pampers Swaddlers are available up to size 5 at Babies “R”Us. With up to 12 hours of overnight protection.  Swaddlers Super Economy Pack and Economy Plus Pack are now available (online only).

Thanks to Pampers, I have a wonderful Pampers Swaddlers Babies”R”Us Prize Pack for one lucky reader. The prize pack includes:
· $150 Babies “R” Us gift card
· Pampers Wipes (64 count)

Think of all the Pampers you can get with $150 at Babies “R” Us! This is such a great prize pack that you will want to enter as many times as you can!

Also, join in at the #MilestoneMoments Twitter Party on Thursday, June 26 at 9pm ET. I love Twitter parties and I hope I will see some of you there!

To win the prize pack, just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below! Good Luck.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Slimfast 14-Day Slimdown! #pmedia #14daystoslim #ad

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Slimfast, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #14daystoslim

For the past few months, my life has been in chaos. We found out hubby got a new job. We put our house up for sell. We bought a house. We moved. We had to fly to Costa Rica because my father was sick. Of course, with all that came bad eating habits since we had to eat out for a few weeks. In Costa Rica, I was eating all the yummy food I love like Gallo Pinto. Suffice it to say, I have gained a few unwanted pounds.

It is time for me to lose those unwanted pounds. So I will be trying Slimfast® to help me drop a few pounds before August. I have tried Slimfast® before and it works if you want to drop a few pounds fast. I switch out my breakfast and lunch with a few shakes and it helps. The shakes have lots of vitamins and protein and keep me full. Then I have a sensible dinner at around 500 calories and I am good.

It is easy to swap out the shake for a meal. I rarely eat breakfast so this really helps me in terms of getting some nutrition. I have my shake with a cup of coffee in the morning. Then for lunch, I grab a shake and Slimfast® snack and that keeps me in line.

My main problem is snacking in the afternoon and evening. Luckily, Slimfast® has introduced a new meal bar called: Have Your Cake. The meal bar has 180 calories per bar. It’s made of delicious vanilla cake and frosting, combined with fun sprinkles.

The Slimfast® shakes and snacks along with a low calorie dinner and exercise, make for a good plan to lose those unwanted pounds. It is a sensible meal plan and easy to do. I will do it for 14 days and see how much I can lose. I am hoping 5 pounds in 2 weeks. We have a big party party coming up in early August and it would be great to slip into my clothes without a problem.

If you need to lose a few pounds or more, you should try Slimfast®. It is an easy and delicious way to do so as well.

Slimfast® Have Your Cake…™ Meal Bars are available in 5-count boxes and sold at Target and other mass and drug stores nationwide for a SRP of $5.49. You can also follow Slimfast® on Facebook and Pinterest.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Costa Rican Goodies Giveaway!

Every time I come back from Costa Rica, I like to bring some goodies for one lucky reader. This trip I have an assortment of fun stuff. I have a really cute and cool Costa Rica hat. I have some Costa Rican coffee, candies and chocolate covered coffee beans. I also have a cute wooden mug and a bottle of Salsa Lizano!

You will absolutely love the coffee because it is the best in the world. Yes, I am biased. I wish I would have bought a cute t-shirt especially now that Costa Rica is in the semi-finals of the World Cup! YAY!!

It's easy to win, just enter below on the Rafflecopter widget below!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Keep your bum clean while traveling! #letstalkbums

This post is sponsored by Cottonelle.

I don't want to potty talk but I will. When I travel, it is tough for me to use public restrooms. You never know what you are going to get when you walk through the door. Sometimes, they are nice and clean. Sometimes, they are dirty and scary.

This past week when I was in Costa Rica, I found some of those scary bathrooms. We were at the beach and decided to do some sightseeing. We headed out to the local rain forest and took a small hike. On the hike, I needed to go and use the bathroom. When I went into the bathrooms provided, it was not pretty.

Besides not having toilet paper, the bathrooms were not all that clean but they were out in nature so what can you expect. Luckily, a lady in the next stall was smart enough to bring her own supplies and shared. It is times like these that I need to bring my own supplies when I travel.

Next time those supplies will include Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths on-the-go packs and Clean Care toilet paper. These two products give the wet + dry combination you might need when traveling or during a summer activities.

These bathroom wipes will give you the freshness needed any time and anywhere. The Clean Care Toilet Paper will give you the dryness needed as well. We travel a lot so these packs are wonderful to slip into my luggage and purse. These are also great to have in your car as well. We do a lot of road trips and it would be great to have these when we stop at rest areas.
The Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths On-The-Go Soft Packs feature SafeFlush Technology, so they not only offer you a confident clean but also start to break down immediately after flushing. Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths On-The-Go Soft Packs are available in discrete and modern packs that fit in your pocket or purse. 
On-the-go soft packs are small enough to conveniently take with you and keep you clean and fresh when you’re away from home. 
Product Details:
• Alcohol-free for a safe clean
• Sewer and septic safe, breaks up after flushing
• Pre-moistened and gentle 
Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper
• Strong and effective for a confident clean
• Tuggable, huggable softness that goes a long way
• Two-ply
• Pairs well with Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths for the ultimate in clean

These are great for traveling and for your home. I know I will be slipping a pack of these in my luggage or purse the next time I am out and about. Not only are they sanitary but they will keep my bum happy and clean!

Visit the Cottonelle Clean Care website to try the product and hear Cherry Healey talk about bums and how to keep them clean and fresh! You will also find coupons, videos and other fun information on the site. So head over and Let's talk about Bums!!

The Greatest Gifts for Grads at Best Buy @BestBuy #GreatestGrad

It's that time of year when students are graduating from High School or College. It is an exciting time for any grad. With graduation comes gifts for the grads. If you are looking for great gifts for the graduate in your life, then you need to check out the Best Buy Gift Center.

There are all different types of grads. My friend's son just graduated from high school is on his way to college. He cannot wait to leave the house and head out to a new adventure. He is what I call the "Moving Out" graduate. He can't wait to start is new life in Ohio. I am a little jealous of him because when I went to college in Miami, I could not wait as well.

Here are a few gift items recommended for the Moving Out grad. They need all the help they can get because they are leaving the comforts at home. Giving them a leg up on getting settled into their new place by buying them a few choice gifts that will get them started.

Here are a few recommendations:

Amazon Fire TV
• 4-Slice Toaster Oven
• Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Portable Stereo Speaker
Samsung 32” Class LED 1080p Smart HDTV
• Sony Smart Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Player
Stone Bake Pizza Oven
• Frigidaire 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator
Keurig Elite Single-Serve Brewer
• HP Envy Wireless e-All-in-One Printer
• Hoover WindTunnel 2 Vacuum
Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Stay or Go Slow Cooker

Any of these gifts are great for any grad. Shopping at Best Buy is always a great thing because you can find any type of gift for any occasion.

Shop at Best Buy now and receive a Free Case: model LCSBBM/B with purchase of Sony QX10 black (SKU: 1758117) or white (SKU:1781702). To redeem coupon on enter code QX10FREECASE at check out.

Do you love twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting two Grads Twitter Parties on Thursday June 19th (6/19) at 7PM CST and Tuesday June 24 (6/24) at 7PM CST. Make sure to join to get valuable information! And remember that if you have a grad in your life, gift them a gift from Best Buy.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Further Your Team Goes, the Closer you Get! #CelebrateCloser #ad

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Crest Latino and Latina Bloggers Connect

I have to admit that I am not a huge soccer fan. There, I said it. I grew up watching soccer because my papi loves it. But being born and raised in the United States, I liked the sports popular here in the United States like baseball.

This past week, I was in Costa Rica visiting my papi who had been in the hospital. Our visit coincided with the start of the big soccer games. I have to admit that hubby and I were not thrilled with the idea of hanging with my dad and watching soccer all day. But because that is what he likes, we did it.

What we found is that we actually enjoyed watching soccer once my dad started telling us the rules and the letting us know what was going on. We watched the opening ceremonies and then the first game and we were hooked. On the weekend, we had planned a trip to the beach with my dad and sister. That Saturday, Costa Rica was playing against Uruguay.

The resort we were staying at had a Tiki Bar where the game was going to be shown. We headed over and ordered some lunch and we all decided to watch the game. Hubby and I thought we would watch a little of the game and then head for the pool. Those plans did not happen. 

We started watching the game and Costa Rica was down 1 to 0. Then they rallied and came back to win the game. I cannot tell you how exciting it was to sit in a place where everyone was Costa Rican and rooting for their team! We caught Mundial fever and never looked back.  Soccer brought me closer to my family in Costa Rica.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

This summer Discover Boating! #MC #discoverboating #sponsored

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I am an Ambassador for Discover Boating this summer! That is so exciting because we love boating. I have loved boating since I was a little girl. When I was little my parents used to take us camping in Baja California. We lived in Los Angeles so it was a short drive to go to Ensenada and Sam Felipe Beach. While we were there, my dad used to rent a little boat and we would go out into the ocean and fish.

I always remember how rickety these boats were but it was always fun to go boating with my dad. If we caught any fish, we would bring it back in and my mom would fry it up over a campfire. Camping in Mexico was one of my favorite things in the world.

As I grew older, we stopped boating. Every so often, a friend would suggest we go. When we visited Costa Rica, we would rent a boat at the hotel we stayed at. It is always so much fun to be out in the water. Whether we fish or go swimming, boating is always a part of my life.

I am lucky my hubby loves boating as well. When we went to Ireland, we hired a boat. We went to Colorado and stayed at a lake house and went boating. In Vermont, we did the same thing. About 2 years ago, we went to Lake Lure and rented a house. Of course, we had to also rent a boat and go fishing. We had the best time.

One of the sites I like to visit about boating is has tons of information for any boater. On the’s homepage you can find  Stories of Discovery videos. These documentary-style videos tell the stories of real boaters like me. Make sure to watch the video with country star, Jake Owen. If you want to see an amazing story, make sure to watch the short film on the site called Good Run. It is a touching story about a man’s life journey by boat.

Our move has us inspired to finally start saving for our own boat. We now live near the coast and it is the perfect location to have a boat. It might be a while before we save enough but we really want to take advantage of the coast and Cape Fear River. It is the perfect place for boating. In the meantime, we will have to rent a boat when we want to go out. Luckily, has great tips for renting or chartering boats.

If you are a boater, head over to the Discover Boating Facebook. You will some a lot of useful information and be able to hear from other boaters. If you love boating, like I do, then you definitely need to check out the website as well.

Follow DiscoverBoating on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest as well.

Discover Boating is the U.S. recreational boating industry’s nonprofit awareness program to help people get on the water to experience the fun of boating. For those looking to get their feet wet, is an unbiased online resource to explore the enjoyment and accessibility of the boating lifestyle. Packed with easy, interactive features to familiarize people with all aspects of life on the water, offers a boat selector guide, cost comparison tool, renting options, favorite boating destinations, links to education courses – even nautical lingo and how-to videos. Plus, offers tools and information for experienced boaters looking to learn more. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

MasterLock Storage Security Lock Giveaway!

As some of you know, we just moved from the mountains of North Carolina to the coast of North Carolina. We bought a house but we still have our old house that we are renting. We now live 6 hours from the old house so we cannot easily drive and show the house to potential renters.

Instead of leaving a key for our friend to show the house, we are using the new MasterLock Storage Security lock. When I received this lock, I knew it was the perfect solution to our problem. The Storage Security lock works on any door.

The lock actually is a key safe. You insert your key choose a combination for the lock and place it on your door. The large buttons allow for ease of use. You can fit more than one key or an access card in the lock. It is perfect in any kind of weather as well.

A few months ago when we rented a house in Palm Springs, the owner had one of these locks on the door. It allowed him to not have to be there when renters came. He gave us the key code and we had no issue getting the keys. When we left, we put the keys into the lock and they were safe.

When we realized we were going to rent our house, I knew we had to get the same lock as well. It is super convenient and easy to use. Now we do not have to worry about anyone getting into the house. It also makes it easier for renters to go see the house while we are out of town.

This lock is also great for storage sheds, storage lockers and garages. Our new house has a detached garage so I think another lock is in order. We have a key but it keeps getting lost. I think this lock is more secure and easier to use.

So if you are looking for a secure and easy lock, this might be the lock for you. If you want a chance to win a Storage Security Lock then enter below on the Rafflecopter widget!

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.