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September 25, 2019

Creating a good relationship with Technology

This post is sponsored by Google. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I grew up in Cuba, which is basically 20 or so years behind in technology. I remember the first time I shared a picture of me as a baby and everyone looked at it funny since it’s in black and white. When we came to the US in 2000 it was a different world, and a few years later I had my first phone. A tiny little phone that gave me 200 text messages and free talk after 8 pm. Remember those days?

Yup, those days are long gone, giving us a great amount of technology in the swipe of a finger, which great but in Spanish there is a saying

TODO EN EXCESO ES MALO

which means

EVERYTHING IN EXCESS IS BAD

So how do find control and create a good relationship with technology?

As a blogger, I work off my phone and computer, as a mom I believe in educational apps and as a woman, I love to relax watching a show or viewing Pinterest. Who doesn’t right?! But I find ways to balance it, to create control for my family and me.

I have teamed up with Google to share  3 tools we can have control and create a good relationship with technology for the whole family based off their Digital Wellbeing

1. Gmail Autoreply and Priority box.

I want to live by “do as I say and do ” and if I’m constantly on my phone or laptop there is no way I’m setting that example for my girls. I love that Gmail has this tool helping me focus only on what’s important. This way I can finish the emails that need my immediate attention first, cutting my time in half if not more.

2. AutoPlay control on Youtube.

This has been a saving grace for us. I won’t lie, we give Bella our phone to watch Christian music videos and playdoh stories and if we let her she could be there all day long. Again here is where the control takes comes in and thanks to this tool we have a choice.

3. Family link app.

This is probably one of my favorites. It allows us to set time limits, block specific stuff and more than anything allows us to shut down. It’s so important as a busy family to shut down. To stop the noise and enjoy the silence.

There is so much more and you can check here and see how Google Digital Wellbeing is changing the game! This week we will be working on a “OFF ” basket. Where we place our phones, tablets and all electronics there and enjoy each other. I’m so happy Google is taking the driver seat on this  “Digital Wellbeing” and reminding families what’s truly important. Tell me what’s you favorite tool?

 

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September 6, 2019

4 Tips to make Staying at Home easier

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Conagra Brands

Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. We’ve all been there, where people say staying at home is easy. I don’t know who they are talking to but that’s definitely not true.

Whether working from home or being a stay at home mom is one of the hardest jobs there is. You have no clock out time and that pretty much summarizes life.

But today, after reading what seems like a thousand of mommy blogs, and post I have rounded up a few of my favorite tips and tricks. I don’t have anything under control or even anything closed to having a balanced schedule but many of these tips are transforming the way I work and the way I spend my days.

1.Wake up Early.

This is easier said than done, with an infant this is probably the hardest thing ever, but when I do wake up early my day just runs so smoothly.  I get my bible reading time, I work a bit, pump and even have a hot, yes you read right, a hot cup of coffee.

2.Clean the kitchen the night before.

Ohhh this… This hurts just writing it. I aim so much to clean my kitchen the night before and many times it just doesn’t happen. Between bath times, church and other obligations it’s left to the morning, but goodness, when it’s done my mornings, are the best.

3.Schedule everything.

After having kids, my brain is mush. I don’t remember anything for the life of me. If it’s not written down it simply just won’t happen. This is where I get my planner and her buddies come in to play. I will share about all these later but here are a few links for you to explore.

4.Make lunch a priority.

File this into things I don’t forget. Guys, I love my food, I love eating and you’ll see me doing what my husband calls my “good food dance” more often than not. But kid you not, having good food in my tummy just fuels my every membrane. I recently tried these amazing dishes and well they have been delicious, the best part they are all prepared. hint hint. This is the key for every mama. Having something already prepared and made.

I love the EVOL, I had the fire grilles steak and I also have a few of them in my grocery cart as we speak. Very yummy and 3 minutes in the microwave. Yup, that’s it! Nothing artificial just a bowl full of love and protein.

My husband and I also shared a power bowl by Healthy Choice on Saturday and he agrees. It’s grain-free, vegan and over the top delish.

I even sent the Gardein strips for Bella’s lunch and she eats it up. This I like to call a mom win!

And the last product we have tried and loved is Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza. Again another product that’s grain-free with a sweet potato crust!! YES, delish!

To enjoy and purchase your own click here.

These 4 tips I learned from some of the best mommy bloggers out there. They have helped me so much and I know they will help you too.

For more on these amazing women check their Instagram accounts below.

Amy– Share great tips on her stories

Arin– The Organization queen

Aseky– Busy mom owning every aspect of her life

Clarissa-the queen of clean kitchens before bed

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August 28, 2019

3 Tips to Pump on the Go

Thank you Medela for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and options are my own.

Breastfeeding is tough, now insert to that,  pumping. I have read so many stories about pumping and why moms do it, and I never fully understood it until I had to pump.

In both my journeys with breastfeeding pumping to me was just an added thing, something I chose to do but never needed to since I stayed home.

A few weeks into our journey with Cami we discovered Cami does not empty my breast, better said she can’t. She has a tongue-tie or something of that matter and she is unable to empty them and that’s when pumping became a necessity. The rule of breastfeeding has always been supply and demand and if Cami was not demanding more I was not going to make more.

If I wanted to have some sort of supply I had to pump, as many times as I could as often as possible which literally meant being attached to a pump 24/7, to try to make more of a demand, but that was never enough.

We supplemented with Cam since day 2 Cami but I try my best to get a few pumping sessions a day. This is an easy task if I’m home but when I’m out and about is quite hard, until I heard about the Madela Sonata.

Let me begin by saying I have only had Medela Pumps.

A friend of mine let me borrow her In Style Advance Pump and I had to go out and buy one because it was that good. Back then insurances did not cover Medela so it was all out of pocket, and I have never looked back. With Cami, we are way busier and we have a toddler, preschooler-OMG, that doesn’t want to stay endless hours at home watching TV so we get out as much as we possibly can which made us find something that works for us and our schedule.

So here’s what I learned so far.

1. Have a system in place

Have a cover, cooler, extra bottles, and for easy cleaning, the Medela wipes or Spray. I put all of this and my pump in my pump bag. The wipes and spray have been a game-changer for me personally and I use my cooler from Clever Made to store my pumped milk. It may seem like a lot but it really isn’t.

2. Pump Everywhere.

I use to be embarrassed to pump, honestly very silly but I didn’t pump.  Then I realized, that with the little I was pumping I was supporting my baby girl. Every drop was one drop in her tummy and I’m all about that.

 

3. Have a great pump.

This is easier said than done, most pumps cost an eye and a leg, but always always always check your insurance first. Most insurances now cover Medela and it’s a great plus for us moms. My Sonata works wonderfully and so does my oldie but goodie, In Style Advance. Here are a few of my favorite things from it.

  •  I love the settings, easy to figure out. I don’t have to feel like I’m in calculus again.
  • The huge timer. No more going nuts trying to figure out how long I’ve been pumping
  •  The Letdown button, just like my In Style advance is probably my favorite from Medela.
  • Rechargeable. I charge mine every night and it’s ready for a brand new day.

Lastly, for an added bonus, have a pumping schedule. I save mine on my phone and it rings constantly but I help me maintain a schedule. There are days I stick to and others I simply don’t have the time and I just serve myself a huge plate of grace.

Grace is key whether you are pumping or breastfeeding. It’s very hard and many times people will not understand the pressure we are in but give yourself grace. You are a great mom!! Be sure to always contact a lactation consultant, Medela has one as well,  if you have any questions and I’m away open to give you a huge virtual hug!

Tell me about yourself, do you pump? What’s your number 1 tip?

 

 

 

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August 23, 2019

Taking Care of Furry Friends Summer Edition

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurinaNextStepsPhaseTwo #CollectiveBias

A few months ago I shared a few tips on how we take care of Rocco and with summer almost done I wanted to take a minute and share a few things we learned this summer and will be watching for this fall.

Like I’ve mentioned before our dog is a Schnauzer and they are known for a few things:

    1. Hypoallergenic. Honestly, this is the reason we picked a Schnauzer. I’m very allergic to dog hair and this puppy is amazing!
    2. Hyper, very hyper. If you ever been to our house you are familiar with Rocco and his excitement every time someone walks in the door! He honestly thinks people are here to see him. Maybe the Hispanic in him, but he feels the need to kiss everyone that walks in our door for about 5-10 minutes.
    3. Sensitive Skin. This one is a little harder to decipher and this is what we will be talking about today. Rocco skin is very sensitive and little do people know that many dogs suffer from this and that it harsh weather, like the Texas heat, it gets worse.

This summer for the second time in a row Rocco got sick. We had been questioning how he was acting and one thing lead to the other we found ourselves in the vet’s office having Rocco examed. Turns out that his rash had spread out all over his body and after a trip outside Rocco got bit by a spider making it 1000 times worse. He scratched his neck so much that he had no skin left and was bleeding. We ended with a cone and lots of medicine and antibiotics, so how can you avoid this?

Here are a few tips that will help.

    1. Good food. This is key. Just like us, what our dogs eat will affect their skin and overall how he or she acts. We have chosen to give Rocco Purina® Beneful® Grain Free with Farm-Raised Chicken. The fact that its grain-free helps his skin and of course, it’s 100% complete and the balanced nutrition he needs. I add this to my Walmart cart and they deliver it to my door. Super easy!

  1. Spray your yard with pet-sensitive sprays. It’s great to spray our yards, not only for our kids but our pets spend time outside too and being so close to the grown they get affected 50 times more.
  2. Keep their hair short. We suck at this. As much as we bathe him and keep him smelling good I love his hair on the longer side but with the horrible heat, his skin cannot stand it.

 


All of this has helped us so much with Rocco and of course giving him a huge dose of love is always the best. Now tell me what’s the quality you love the most about your dog?

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July 17, 2019

School Lunch Ideas for the Picky Eaters

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It’s back to school season and this usually means nothing to us but this year, we will have a school-age child!  This year Bella is going to school!

Is so hard to believe my baby will be going to school but my baby is now 4 and she is excited to leave mommy and meet new friends. That being said, this mama is getting herself into overdrive thinking about everything that will be new this year.

School wardrobe, lunch, supplies, and homework!

In this post, I want to tackle the first item on my list, school lunches. Even though Bella will not be a full-time student just yet, she will be eating at school and makes me worry as I have the pickiest eater of the picky eaters. I’ve compiled a list of lunches and snacks we will be trying and hopefully, we can add a few more as we get more into the year.

You see, my picky eater is not a fan of veggies and it very particular about a lot, how we cut and shape her food, but what I will be doing this year is incorporating something she loves, something she likes and something new. I’m sure I’ll get something new back a few times but my hope is to help her eat better. I’ve listed the something she loves in green, the something she likes in red and the something new in blue.

 

Apples/ Almond Butter/ Carrot Sticks

Pita / Cheese/orange slices

Oatmeal/ Raisins/ strawberries

Veggie stick chips/Blue berries/ Ham

Toast/ Hard Boiled eggs / Yogurt

Crackers/ Cheese/ Turkey Ham

Cucumber/Apple Slices / Begals

 

Now, I know what you must be thinking my child loves cheese, many kids do, so what I suggest you do is make a list of the items your kid’s love, likes and the something new. In the new list, I did not make it as these were too things I want her to try, which is basically everything and if I did the list would be endless. The idea is that the new goes well with the something they love.

To every snack or lunch, I will a pack of  Nabisco Fun Shaped cookies, it as the perfect portion and is exactly what she wants after a hard day, I know that’s what I want after a hard day too. The idea is to have something extra delicious, perfectly packed and something easy for mama just to pick up and pack, if you know what  I mean.

On top of that, I will also add a pack of Kleenex® Brand Wet Wipes™  because I know my kid. I’m sure you know yours and whether he or she is messy or extra picky about keeping their hands clean I know she will definitely use them all! The best things is that I can all of these to my Walmart shopping cart from the convenience of my own home and not have to take both girls down, especially on rainy days.

Now it’s your turn, tell me what you pack in your kid’s lunch and more importantly how do you get them to eat it?