Second Chances Girl

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Apparoo App of The Week: Manilla

Hello and Happy Thursday! As you know, I have partnered up with Apparoo to bring you an App of the Week, that you can get at a reduced price or even free, every Thursday!

This Week's App:


Apparoo App of the Week
Hey, whatever happened to this ‘paperless desk’ we were all supposed to have by now? The endless influx of bills can be overwhelming – and buried bills mean late fees (ahem). Manilla is a simple, secure and free way to de-clutter your desktop. It retrieves and organizes household bills, bank, credit card and healthcare accounts, travel rewards – even offline accounts like rent or babysitters. It reminds you when bills are due and files old statements so you don’t have to. So save a tree, reclaim your desk, and never pay a late fee again! 

I desperately need to use this app and attempt to get organized!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Want to Drive Me Crazy? Do One Of These!! #30ThingsChallenge

Back today with #30ThingsChallenge (30 Things About Me That I Want My Kids To Know)! It's been a couple of days since I posted about the challenge, but I did start this challenge knowing it would take me all year!!

#6: Describe 10 pet peeves you have.

Pet Peeves. Everyone has at least one thing that someone else can do that will drive them absolutely insane! The actual definition (according to Wikipedia) is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to themselves, to a greater degree than others may find it.

1.  SPITTING. This is by far the most disgusting thing someone can do in front of me. Ewww, I'm getting grossed out just thinking about it. I just do not understand the need to spit and especially out in public. YUCK!!

2. CHEWING WITH YOUR MOUTH OPEN. Is this really necessary? Were you not taught as a child that this is bad manners? Adrian will do this sometimes and I just have to shoot "the look" over at him and he knows. He is a child and can forget sometimes but I have seen adults do this and I have to walk away. I can't handle it.

3. DRIVERS WHO DON'T USE A TURN SIGNAL. I'm thinking they just don't know where it is in their cars. How can you not use a turn signal? Ugh, I have had to do so many "sudden brakes" to stop myself from getting into accidents because the driver in front of me never used their turn signals.

4.  WHEN THE KIDS ASK FOR SOMETHING WHEN THEY ARE GUESTS. Oh I will lose it on them. I do not like that and I warn them before we walk into a place, whether it's a class or someone's home. To me, they need to wait until they are asked if they would like something. Do not ask for or much less demand anything.

5. HAIR IN THE SINK. It drives me nuts when JC is finished shaving and I find hair in the sink. I just stare at it and wonder how many more times I will have to remind him to clean the sink.

6. WHEN A SONG PLAYS ON THREE OR FOUR RADIO STATIONS AT THE SAME TIME. This happens often and I don't understand. I have 12 stations programmed in the car. How is it possible that four stations decide to play the same song at the same time?

7. LEGGINGS AS PANTS. This is probably my biggest pet peeve of all. How hard is it to cover your ass? Leggings are to be worn under skirts or tunics or dresses or shorts, not alone as pants. This is a huge problem here in Miami where lots of women like to wear tight clothes and they believe that leggings should be worn alone, you know to show off their big butts. To me, it's just lazy and tacky.

8.  CAPTCHA ON COMMENTS. I really dislike this. If I am leaving a comment on your blog, I don't want to have to type in 400 numbers or letters that I can barely make out. Just moderate your comments and publish the ones you like. I don't understand the need for CAPTCHA on comments.

9. GROCERY STORE BAGGERS WHO DO A BAD JOB. I have dealt with so many broken bags (from overpacking) and run-away groceries that I prefer to bag the items myself.

10. NAIL BITING.  This is such a nasty habit. Hands touch everything and then you are going to put them in your mouth? EWW! All three kids are big nail biters and I am constantly yelling "Take your hands out of your mouth" or "Sit on your hands" because their hands are always in their mouths. I'm hoping it's a passing phase.

WOW! I did have 10 and I could think of a couple more. I think I might have to start meditating to relax my soul!

What are your pet peeves? Are you participating in the #30ThingsChallenge? If so, leave your blog link below so I can check it out!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hispanicize Recap Day 3 #Hispz14

Back with my last recap of Hispancize. Today is all about my Day 3!

First stop: Latina Mom Bloggers Hospitality Suite. The amazing ladies from Latina Mom Bloggers had this incredible suite on the 34th floor just for us. There was coffee, macaroons, chocolate covered strawberries, drinks, gift bags and great company. They also had a photographer taking our head shots, as a gift to us.

After the Hospitality Suite, we attended a couple of panels, started our walk through the exhibitor booths but then lunch was called. This day's lunch was to honor Maria Hinojosa, an award winning journalist, anchor and executive producer of Latino TV. She is an inspiration. She was being interviewed by Maria Elena Salinas, another amazing journalist. I believe my mom is her biggest fan, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity for a picture, you know, for my mom!!

Wednesday was my longest day at the conference. I arrived a little before 9am and there was just so much to do. Felicita and I attended more panels, then went booth by booth of the exhibitor section and met so many people. By the time happy hour started, I was exhausted. It didn't help that I was carrying 4 bags (I looked like a crazy bag lady, I'm sorry if you got whacked with one!). 

Around 6pm, it was time for the Target Summer Nights/City Lights Party where we were going to see all the new summer styles coming to Target in the next couple of weeks. I wanted everything I saw coming down that runway!!

Now it is super exciting to meet new people and connect, but there is always a warm feeling when you run into an old friend. That's exactly what happened at the Target party. The runway show was being hosted by Miami's own "Mr. Fashionista" Rodner Figueroa. I have known Rodner since I was in my twenties but haven't seen him in about ten years. I ran up to him and hugged him tight. He was happy to see me and I him! It had been too long!!!!

After, Target came the highlight of the conference, the McDonald's Yacht party! This party is by invitation-only and everyone wants to go! On the way to the buses taking us to the yacht, I ran into Staci from 7 on a Shoestring! She is one of my favorites and we have tweeted back and foth about meeting one day and BAM!!

Onto the yacht!! There was a red carpet and everything!!! If you know me well, you know that I get extremely sea-sick. Nothing helps so I was a nervous-wreck getting on this yacht, but I couldn't miss this party! My solution: dance the night away and don't look out at the water. It worked!

I had a wonderful time with my friends! After, we were bused to a local McDonalds (at around 1 am) and had all the chicken nuggets and cheeseburgers we could ever want!!! 

Last, but not least, a BIG HUGE thank-you to this man: Manny Ruiz! Manny is the founder and coordinator of Hispanicize. He is all over the conference, talking to everyone and making sure everything runs smoothly! I was constantly listening to everyone mention how he does not sleep, but man he does an amazing job with Hispanicize. It definitely would not be the success it is without him!

I only attended three days of the five day conference. I had to work and take care of my responsibilities with Adrian. I am already planning for next year though and have decided to stay at the hotel so I can have ten
times more fun!!! If you haven't attended a blog conference, I highly recommend you do. It is such an amazing experience!