Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hispanicize Recap Day 2 #Hispz14

Back today to recap Day 2 at Hispanicize. It was Day 2 for me, but it was the official Day 1 of the conference (4/1/14-4/4/14). I was up bright and early (6 am) at the train station to make it downtown for a 7:30 am breakfast!

I quickly learned that these are definitely conference essentials! I must have had about 3 Starbucks each day!!! My HP Chromebook was amazing. It was light and worked perfectly no matter where I was in the hotel! 

First stop: Home Depot's breakfast. I was so excited for this breakfast because it was the first time I met my bloggy buddy, Felicita from Casa Moncada, in person!! She rocks! She was so kind and it was like we had been friends for years!

Next stop: Getting our badges!!! This was so exciting. First conference, first badge! We also got epic swag bags!!

Cine Sony Television had a booth set up where you would post this picture for a chance to win a tablet! I didn't win :(

I needed this red carpet pic since it had all the big sponsors on it. Thank you to P & G, 3M, McDonald's, Toyota and Target for an amazing conference!

I attended a fantastic panel "Mama Knows Best: Top Latina Mom Bloggers Share Their Success Stories and Best Practices" with Silvia from Mama Latina Tips, Kristina from Hott Mama In The City and Ruby from Growing up Blackxican. This was a super informative panel and the one main idea I took away was that readers want organic content so balance your sponsored posts to your organic posts. A good balance is 3 to 3. This has really helped me in the past two weeks and I am editing my calendar to incorporate this. 

I was only at the conference half-day on Tuesday. I really wish I would have stayed the whole day, but I had to get back to work. Stay tuned for my recap of Day 3!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Healthy Essentials Has You Covered For Earth Day! Coupons & A Twitter Party!! #Moms4JNJConsumer

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions and experiences shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Do you recycle? Do you teach your kids to recycle? Are you like me and drive your family members insane reminding them to recycle? Helping care for the environment is a huge deal to me. I want my children and grand-children and great-grandchildren to be able to enjoy this beautiful planet. Teaching my kids to reuse and recycle is very important to me. We have a huge recycling bin outside, that gets picked up bi-weekly in our city, that is constantly full. We reuse items as much as possible. As much as I try to remind everyone to recycle, some items do get left behind, especially in the bathrooms. It's easier to throw stuff in the trash then walk up and down the stairs. Well, that stops today!

Did you know this? I didn't! You bet I will no longer throw out bottles. They will be recycled. What other bathroom items can be recycled? Well, here's a little cheat sheet for you!

HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Products have you covered for Earth Day! Remember to Recycle Packaging in the Bathroom!!

HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® is offereing amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more for all the products you and your family love! You can save over $55 by visiting in April and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons and offers.

In addition to the great savings, you can be more active in your community by supporting Earth Day and the wonderful initiatives sponsored by Donate A Photo:

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The free Donate A Photo (DAP) app allows consumers to make a difference by raising money and awareness for causes that they care about through one simple act-taking a photo. For every photo shared through Donate A Photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate one dollar to one of its non-profit partners, which each consumer can choose from a rotating list.

Twitter Party

On 04/17/2014 join me for a HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Twitter party all about shareable moments with friends and family-anywhere from online to in store to your own medicine cabinet. You can use the #Moms4JNJConsumer hashtag to follow along and see more details!
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

REVIEW: Sofia the First The Floating Palace DVD

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of Sofia the First The Floating Palace DVD for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Synopsis: Do YOU believe in mermaids? You will – when you set sail on a magical full-length adventure under the sea with Sofia the First! After Sofia helps a young mermaid named Oona, Sofia’s amulet grants her the power to transform into a mermaid and visit her new friend’s secret underwater kingdom. But when Cedric (disguised as a sea monster) plots to steal Oona’s enchanted Mermaid Comb, danger surfaces for both worlds. With a little help from special guest, Princess Ariel, Sofia embarks on an adventure to rescue Oona. Overflowing with oceans of song-filled fun – plus three more exciting episodes – Sofia the First: The Floating Palace proves that when families and friends work together, they can weather any storm and save the day!

We are BIG Sofia the First fans around here. She is an adorable princess with spunk. I think she is an amazing example of how to be a friend! If you have Sofia fans in your home, then I have the perfect Easter basket stuffer for them! Sofia the First The Floating Palace has been released (April 8th) on DVD.  The Floating Palace includes a special appearance by Princess Ariel, three Sofia the First episodes and three EXCLUSIVE Friendship bracelets!!

DisneyJr also has FREE printable coloring pages for your little princess: