29 November 2015

A Day at Newport Beach

One of my favorite cities to visit for a quick family outing is Newport Beach because it gives me a “taste of the good life." Just yesterday I was there with my little family. Since we wanted to do some shopping for Black Friday, but wanted to avoid the crowds, we decided to spend our late morning and  afternoon at Balboa Pier and then do some shopping at Fashion Island. The weather was a bit on the cool since, but that didn't stop us from enjoying some of the activities that Balboa Pier has to offer. The first thing we did as soon as we got there was head to the arcade. Boy was my honey happy!Newport Beach

Newport Beach
Sadly, when we decided to go and purchase tickets for the whale watching attraction, it was too late. The last trip had just departed. But I can tell you that it's a must-do. I went aboard about two years ago with my little brother and we definitely got to see a few gray whales and lots of dolphins! It's breathtaking. Since we weren't able to hop on the whale watching tour, we decided to check-out the ferry. It was only a 2-3 minute ride, but I enjoyed the ride and so did my honey.
Newport beach
Newport BeachNewport Beach definitely has something for everyone all year-round. Now that the holidays are here, you can visit and enjoy the 107th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. I know my family and I will be there. If you need some ideas on things to do while you're there, here are a few.
• Explore the boardwalk, making a stop at each of the local hotspots
• Grab a milkshake at Ruby’s on the Balboa Pier
• Watch the fisherman on the Newport Pier reel in the catch of the day 
• Witness the gray whales migrate on a whale watching excursion
• Catch the top body surfers in action at the world-famous Wedge
• Bike along the historic Back Bay
• Hike through Crystal Cove State Park after an infamous brunch at The Beachcomber
• Learn how to kayak and use a stand-up paddle-board for the first time 
• Snack on a Balboa Bar while strolling on Balboa Island
• Show outdoors at Fashion Island because the weather is great all year long – pet friendly!
• Take in a sunset cruise in a Duffy Boat around the harbor, then dock and dine at the Cannery Restaurant 
• Roam the beaches at Crystal Cove State Park and the historic beach cottages
5 month old babyNewport Beach

23 November 2015

Tostadas De Camaron con Jalapeño #VivaLaMorena

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I am so glad that the holidays are upon us because it means spending time with family and also lots of delicious food. When I was a child my mother made tostadas de camaron pretty often during the holiday season because they are fast and easy. With cleaning, shopping and getting the house together for our gatherings, I could't blame her because there was almost no time for anything. Now that I am an adult, I make my own version of tostadas. I named them Tostadas de camaron con Jalapeños. Each time time I eat them, they take me down to memory lane. This is one of the few dishes I dare to even take when I go to family gatherings because if you know me, then you know that I am definitely not even close to being a good cook. Although my tostadas are not the same as the ones my mother makes, when I make them, they go by fast. So I can only assume that they are good, right?la morena jalapeños #vivalamorena #ad #cbias #lamorena #lamorenajalapeños #

03 November 2015

My Purse Essentials #BeHealthyForEveryPartOfLife

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I don't know about other mothers but ever since I became a mother, the days in which I would carry a different handbag everyday are pretty much gone. My handbag is now a diaper bag and no I am not complaining. I love being Nathaniel's mommy! It's something I wouldn't trade for the world. But yes, I do admit that sometimes I miss carrying a handbag. Now, I know that I can carry a handbag if I really wanted to, but then that's another thing for me to carry. That's why I like to throw in the diaper bag a small clutch/makeup bag with a few essentials because it's good idea to always be prepared.  So you might be wondering what is it that I carry. Well, here is my list. 
Centrum Vitamints

28 October 2015

How I Got Rid of My Baby's Dry Skin #AveenoEczemaTherapy

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for AVEENO® Eczema Therapy. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Babies on magazines and commercials always have perfect skin, but the truth is that not all babies have smooth skin. At least that's what I learned with my son. When he was about a month-and a-half-old, I noticed that he was getting really dry, flaky, red spots on his cheeks. I immediately made an appointment with his pediatrician and she confirmed my doubts. He indeed had a mild case of eczema. I immediately got home and started looking up remedies to help alleviate the discomfort that he was feeling. I also got rid of all scented bath products and lotions. After doing research, I learned that oatmeal helps calm irritated skin. So I went to my local Target and stocked up on AVEENO® Baby Eczema Therapy products because I knew that they contain oatmeal which was going to be beneficial for my baby. Ever since then, I have no stopped using the AVEENO® Baby Eczema Therapy line.

27 October 2015

Fight Like a Girl #BCRF #IDEOLOGY

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of the Lifestyle Bloggers Collective (#LLBLOG) and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #macystrendboxfw15

October is one of my favorite months. Not only because of the fall festivities, but also because it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This means that the whole month is dedicated to bringing awareness about the importance of taking steps to detect breast cancer early. Although I have been blessed to not have any women in my family be affected by this condition, I do know a few  women that have, and I know that it can happen to anyone. So as a woman, I understand the importance of bringing awareness. Sometimes we tend to think that certain things won't happen to us. But breast cancer is something that can happen to anyone! That is why it's extremely important to follow necessary steps to fight this disease. According to the Breast Cancer Foundation, as a woman, we must have an early detection plan which consists of self-exams, clinical breast exams and mammograms depending on age and health history.

26 October 2015

Egg-Tastic Review Plus Giveaway

I work overnight and so when I get home, I want to get into bed as fast as I can. But because my honey leaves for work a few minutes before I get there, I always try to make him breakfast, even if it's something quick. I recently got the opportunity to try out the Egg-Tastic Microwave Egg Cooker which is an As Seen on TV product. It claims to give you fast, flavorful and fluffy eggs every time. I was excited to try out this product the next morning. I put three eggs into the bowl and threw it into the microwave for three minutes. I heard a loud popping sound and got scared. When I opened the microwave, it had been splattered with scrambled eggs. I was so disappointed, but then I read the instructions and noticed that the amount of minutes needed for cooking depends on the watts that your microwave has. So that's what happened, I put too many minutes. I then tried it again and it worked!! I had fully cooked scrambled eggs in less than two minutes.

As Seen on TV Egg-Tastic

13 October 2015

A Daytime Look without Falsies #FalsiesPushUpDrama

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During my last trip to Walmart, I noticed that Maybelline had come out with a new mascara. So as a makeup lover, I couldn't resist. I purchased the NEW Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara along with other Maybeline products. The next day, I got ready using my new products. The result, an everyday look without fake lashes. I used the following items.
  • NEW Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara
  • Maybelline Fit Me Foundation
  • Maybelline Brow Precise Shaping Pencil
  • Maybelline Eyeshadow Expert Wear Quad
  • Maybelline Master Kajal Eyeliner
  • Maybelline Lipstick in Make Me Pink#FalsiesPushUpDrama #AD #CBIAS
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