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October 31, 2018

Why we choose not to celebrate Halloween

 

Hey guys,

Today, being October 31st I wanted to share our reasoning for not celebrating Halloween. I know many will pull out the religious card and it’s true, but every year I get asked why we don’t partake in this “holiday” and today I wanted to take the time to explain as to why.

I came from Cuba almost 20 years ago and we come to find many new traditions and Halloween was one of them. In Cuba, we don’t have Halloween, Thanksgiving and we do Christmas a whole lot different. I will go into details on another post but I have teamed up with a close friend to share our view on Halloween.

As a 9 year in a new country, where candy was so good and different my first Halloween was hard. I saw my friends dressing up, talking about where they were going and kids ring the doorbell a lot, as I stayed inside. It was hard and I didn’t quite understand it so when I asked my mom why we didn’t celebrate it she answered honestly, or in her view.

She said we didn’t celebrate the devil.

I didn’t quite understand it until I was older and our church started showing us why. Is not what my mom said entirely, but it is, as a matter of fact, a day where people with very bad intentions take advantage of. I won’t go into the history of Halloween but I invite all of you on the other side of the screen to read it. Take a few minutes and look at the story of Halloween and how it started but more than anything this post is to answer the many questions.

So let’s gets started…

I have never in my 28 years of life celebrated a Halloween. We use to sit at home watch TV and turn our porch light off. People still rang the doorbell but we ignored it.

I have never gotten dressed.

I have never gone out to trick -or -treating.

My husband and I are both on the same page.

Our daughter, while a minor, will also follow this.

When Bella and baby sissy get older, Lester and I will sit down with them and explain what we were taught and why we choose for our family not to be involved. I won’t lie, at times this year it has been hard since most of the shows Bella watches have episodes of Halloween and it’s hard to teach a 3-year-old about it.

We decided to tell her we don’t like it and we don’t watch it. She is not interested in dressing up or anything related to it as she has never been involved.

I get it, this may not be for many people and to each their own. For us, this is how we do it.

Our church makes it a lot easier since today we have a Jesus Festival. We don’t bash Halloween, our kids don’t get dressed up and we don’t give candy out. It’s a day where we celebrate our life and our God.

We have games, rides, and food for all our kids.

The kids enjoy a beautiful play, bouncy houses and if it doesn’t rain we even have a petting zoo. I wish I would have had this growing up and that’s one of the many reasons I love my church. I want Bella and sissy to enjoy every day because it is a day the Lord created. And when they are older, who knows maybe we will make October 31st a family day and skip school.

Like everything in life, this is our alternative way.

This is not to say you are doing wrong or that I’m doing it wrong, but just like anything in else parenting, we each have our own style and this is ours.

This is how we have chosen to raise our children.

Thank you for reading this and feel free to email me or leave a comment if you have any questions.

Follow us on Instagram and watch our stories to see a little bit more of our night!

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May 15, 2018

Chemical Free Laundry Scent Booster

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I’m all about saving money and I have mentioned it on here before but something I don’t skimp on is my family’s health. I made the switch to essential oils about 8 months ago and has saved my life and a few bucks too!

Im still learning but I wanted to answer one of the most asked questions I get.

What else do you use them for?

Let me be very honest, the oils are not cheap. I think that’s the main reason it took me so long to finally sign up. Now 8 months later I regret that decision full heartedly. I wish I had done it sooner! They don’t work like the oils you buy at the store! Most people make the mistake of buying them and thinking they’ll work the same way! They dont!

There are so many ways to use them that I couldn’t possibly list them in one post, but I today I want to share just one of their many uses aside from diffusing,

Laundry Scent Booster.

I make a huge batch and it lasts me up to 3 weeks or more and the cost is about $1.50 or less for the batch. Since I use the oils for other areas in my home it would be a bit difficult to calculate the exact amount but I’m very positive is even less than that!

Here is what you need:

An airtight container like this one or this.(comes in a set of 2) Great deal!

15 Drops of the Essential oils of your choice. (I use Lemon and Purification)

2 cups of Epsom Salts ( you can get yours at your local store cheaper)

1/2 cup of Baking Soda  (Great Price) I also use this for my carpet cleaner!

That is it!

Check the video below for the instructions and feel free to comment below or email me if you have any questions!

If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, you can click here to order your kit today! If you want more info I would love to add to our Facebook group!

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January 24, 2018

TTC Tips: Second Time Around

 

Thank you Clearblue® for sponsoring this post. The new Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System is now available at major retailers across the U.S. such as Walmart, Target, Amazon and Meijer. Visit a store near you to try it!.

Almost a year ago I posted on our thoughts of baby # 2, and we are coming up to Bella’s 3rd, yes, her third birthday and I won’t lie, it has been tough! Not only because my sweet baby is growing up, but I imagined our family with another baby already.

 

We always knew we wanted our kids close in age but the timing has been off. Bella’s birth was not at all what we imagined, she got ear-tubes this year and lastly, we said goodbye to our first home. A full year for sure!

 

Now that we are settling into our new home, and praying constantly for our future, the baby subject is being touched more often. We think about him or her and how perfect it will be when we are blessed with another little angel. Meanwhile, there were a few things that we have to do, and if you are TTC you may want to stick around. I’m no doctor, nor nurse but these are tips that have worked for us back then and we are hoping they work for us when we start trying!

 

A little History

My monthly visitor has never been my best friend! I would even say we hate each other’s guts. I had months with two visits and months where she never came. It was plain hard. I had a condition where my eggs would rupture before ever getting to my uterus which caused me a lot of pain. I was even told that it would be very close to impossible for me to be a mom due to that. It would happen every month, and most of the time, I would end up in the doctor or even the hospital due to the pain. Once I got married things changed a bit. My visitor would come every month, and little by little the pain subsided. I still take aspirin during those days to make it a little easier on myself.

 

Trying to Conceive

Know your days!

This is very hard for all of us, women! I’m a planner type of person but most of the time, I forget to write my days and have to look back in my messages to find when I texted my husband about it. I also tend to forget how long my cycle is, as not all of us have a 28-day cycle, which is the most important number when TTC. My body seems to ovulate a lot and would let me know but it was still very hard for me to know when was my highest day or when my visitor is close by.

 

When we were trying for Bella I had a really difficult time when my monthly visitor had its shift! It would break my heart as I always thought “this month for sure”. I remember testing so much I got to a point of hating pregnancy tests. It took us 3 months which is not long at all, but as I was a first-timer I thought it would happen on our first try! Silly right!

This time around I’m more than prepared for this. I got my Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System and I love the fact that I have the info on me at all times. My test syncs into my phone and I get alerts as to when to test and my “peak” ovulation day. Here is an easy video!

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Take Vitamins

I start taking prenatal usually when we first touch the baby subject. It may be months before we actually agree on a time frame but my body needs it.

 

For some reason, before getting pregnant I can take gummy vitamins but when I’m actually pregnant the aftertaste kills me. I take these before and take these after.

Have fun!

This!!! When we were trying for Bella, it was my mission to get pregnant and forgot about the fun. I would then get stressed thinking if it happened or if it didn’t. Once I let go and just enjoyed spending time with my hubby things got amazing! TMI, but hey this post is about it all! Just last week we had a date and guess what we are having another one this weekend. Just the two of us!

 

On a more personal note, as I could get more personal, :). This is a tough time for many of us, so my only advice is to never take yourself too seriously. Don’t get me wrong trying for a baby is very serious but the whole trying part it’s very stressful. If you let that part get to you it will kill the joy. You know how the old saying goes, the journey is what matters!

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

 

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September 14, 2017

Welcome home baby basket

“This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.”

“Thank you, MAM, for partnering with me on this post. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own

 

This past week we welcomed a new baby cousin, Lucas.  He is the most adorable little boy I have ever seen. I love babies and seeing them those first few hours changes your life forever. Holding what you once felt from the outside it’s just one more miracle from heaven, and it is also the cause of my baby fever!

I remember those first few hours of being a mom, holding my sweet and beautiful child in my hands and never wanting to let go. You can bet I was the mom that slept with the baby in the room. I just wanted to hold her and kiss her. But, those few days were not all very tranquil and beautiful. The first few days were really hard on us so I’ve come up with a welcome home baby basket to help you or all your mama friends!

 

Without further or due here are the items I put in that basket and I’ll explain along the way why I choose those items!

Welcome Home Basket:

  1. Carter’s bodysuits: One of my first lessons as a  mom was that there was going to be lots and lots of laundry along the way. These bodysuits are amazing, safe as per usual and super soft. (Carter’s is having a sweepstakes, more info at the end of this post) Click here to join the Twitter party!
  2. MAM Pacis and bottle: [Gifted] Here is the story on this one, After being home for a few days Bella was still not sleeping and losing weight, so we were told to had to supplement with formula. We tried and tried all my bottles and all my pacis and nothing worked. After thinking a bit we decided to sanitize a set we had gotten for free at the doctor’s office and Bella drank from them up until she was 4 months old. The shape of both, the paci and bottle of the MAM somehow were closer to my breast than any other and boy was I happy mommy to be able to make daddy a bottle of expressed milk and have him feed her.
  3. Bella B Naturals, butter, and body wash: [Gifted] As much as these are items for babies, I used these on myself still whenever handling a newborn. Many people still forget that they are sensitive and most shower gels are very strong. Plus they make awesome bubbles, per Bella 😉
  4.  A cute decorative cup. I got one very similar to this one to help me hold all of Bella’s pacis. It kept them out of eye and added a special touch to her room!
  5. A handmade anything. If you read a few of my posts you’ll know I’m not a good cook but I can crochet and bake, so I usually tend to pick one of those for my handmade item. Cupcakes or cookies are always welcome for new mamas. For this box, I made a crocheted bonnet! I’m thinking of doing a tutorial for some of my crochet items and adding a few to my Etsy shop for all of us who are always in a hurry!

A few extra tips:

I added a printable that was sent to me by one of my favorite companies Cozy but Etsy usually has a pretty long list of amazing printables!

Remember the basket, the items inside are important but remember the basket will also be used a lot.

Lastly, kiss those baby angels as much as you possibly can.

 

The Carter’s Sweepstake:

1. The Original Bodysuit Sweepstakes: (Thursday, 9/14 10AM-6PM EST, on Twitter & Instagram)
a. To Enter: Post a photo of baby in a bodysuit using the hashtag #bodysuitsweepstakes on Instagram or Twitter from 10AM – 6PM EST for a chance to win!
b. Prizes: Five winners will be selected to receive a $100 Carter’s Gift Card each hour from 10 AM – 6PM EST! One lucky winner will be selected to win the grand prize of Carter’s bodysuits for 1 year (in the form of a $625 gift card)!
i. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The Original Bodysuit Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., DC, U.S. territories and PR, 18 yrs. and older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 9/14/17 on or about 10:00 AM ET and ends on 9/14/17 at 6:00 PM ET. For a copy of Official Rules visit the www.carters.com/originalbodysuitsweepstakes. Sweepstakes is sponsored by The William Carter Company, 3438 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 1800, Atlanta, GA 30326.
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a. Rewarding Moments members will earn double points on their bodysuit purchase on bodysuit day! You can check out their offerings below! *Some exclusions apply. i. http://www.carters.com/carters-baby-boy-bodysuits?navID=header ii. http://www.carters.com/carters-baby-girl-bodysuits?navID=header
iii. To learn more about Rewarding Moments visit www.carters.com/rewards
3. Bodysuit Day Twitter Chat Sweepstakes: (Thursday, 9/14 1-2PM EST, on Twitter)
a. Carter’s will also host a Bodysuit Day Twitter chat from 1-2p EST! RSVP today and join in the fun using #cartersbodysuitsweepstakes for more chances to win big! http://bit.ly/BodysuitChat

Updated:If you missed the sweepstakes above here is another one for you! All you need to this is click THIS link and enter.

Read all the good stuff below!

  •  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Win Every Day Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., DC, U.S. territories and PR, 18 yrs. and older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 9/25/17 on or about 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”), and ends on 10/2/17 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. For a copy of Official Rules visitwww.carters.com/wineverydaysweepstakes. Sweepstakes is sponsored by The William Carter Company, 3438 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 1800, Atlanta, GA 30326. 

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July 27, 2017

Cenas con Campbells faciles y sencillas para el regreso a la escuela

 

Esta campaña ha sido compensada por Collective Bias, Inc. y sus anunciantes. Todas las opiniones expresadas aquí son mías. #CampbellsShortcutMeals #CollectiveBias

Puedes hacer click en la foto para comprar los Campbell Soup Company products que yo utilice en Walmart.com! Visita el portal Campbell’s Shortcut Meals para que puedas obtener más recetas de Campbell Soup Company products.

No es nuevo para nadie que yo no sé y no me gusta cocinar. (Pueden leer mas aqui)

Todo mi familia y amistades y mi esposo lo saben. Y fue algo que desde el momento que nos casamos he estado trabajando en eso. Ya voy por 8 años y medio y todavía no tenemos una buena relación (la cocina y yo).

 

Te pudiera dar mil y una razón por la cual no me gusta pero la más obvia es que todo se me quema…

 

He tratado todo. Poner alarmas y todavía es el dia que no lo soluciono. Que todavía si fuera posible el agua se me quemaría.

 

Pero mi pobre esposo ya esta acostumbrado. Vuelvo y repito son ocho anos pero cuando nuestra bebe, Bella, ya pudo comer tuve que intentarlo otra vez. Intentar arreglar nuestra relación porque no se puede comer en Chick-fil-A todos los días.

 

Ya ha pasado un poco más de un año pero y yo he encontrado una manera de salir adelante sin gastar tanto dinero comiendo  fuera y no pasarnos mucho tiempo en la cocina.

Especialmente ahora que los niños regresan a la escuela y el tiempo es más corto de lo normal mientras que el hambre es más de lo normal.

 

Entonces para todas ustedes que no les gusta la cocina y no les guste estar mucho tiempo en ella aquí hay dos recetas para ustedes que Walmart les ayuda a hacer. También unas recetas perfectas para el regreso a clases para aquellas madre que quieran acortar su tiempo en la cocina.

 

Estas dos recetas son muy fácil y hasta se pueden hacer, congelar y estar lista para cuando el hambre llegue.

 

Raviolis con Prego® Italian Sauce

 

Esta es una de las comidas favoritas de Bella porque al igual que a mi, les encanta el queso. La salsa Prego® Italian Sauce con su cremosidad y saber les da un toque exquisito.

 

Ingredientes:

  • Raviolis Congelados
  • Prego® Italian Sauce (Traditional)
  • Pan
  • Spray de Aceite
  • Sal de Ajo
  • Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato Soup

 

Este platillo es una cena entera que toda la familia puede disfrutar. Es una platillo que incluye Ravioli, sopa y panecillos.

 

Es muy simple.

 

Raviolis:

  1. Hervir Agua
  2. Poner los ravioles a hervir y esperar.

 

Pan con ajo:

  1. Partir el pan a la mitad
  2. Echarle Spray de aceite
  3. Rozear sal de ajo encima del pan
  4. Poner al horno

 

Sopa de tomate:

Seguir las instrucciones de la lata y poner a calentar ( esto lo puedes hacer mientras que se cocina el pan y el ravioli)

 

Si te pasa como a mi, algo siempre se te quema.

Esta vez fue el pan.

Ese mismo pan tostado lo puedes usar como panecitos encima de tu sopa de tomate.

Por eso les digo es más que simple y a todas nos puede salir bien.

Esta receta no se toma más de 25 minutos para ejecutar y tus hijos y pareja les va a encantar.

 

Ahora todos nos gusta la comida deliciosa y si nunca has probado un ravioli frito no sabes lo que te estas perdiendo.

 

Esta receta la puedes hacer antes de tiempo, y tenerla lista para solo freír.

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Raviolis Fritos:

 

Ingredientes:

Pan molido (puedes usar el pan que te sobró de la comida)

1 huevo

Prego® Italian Sauce (Traditional)

En esta receta usamos Prego® Italian Sauce otra vez ya que su cremosidad puede ser usada como salsa para mojar los raviolis.

 

Para empanizar estos raviolis es muy fácil. Pasalos por el huevo y después por el pan molido.

y listos.

 

Poner aceite a calentar y esperar.

 

Esta parte es muy importante, el aceite tiene que estar caliente. Puedes probarlo con con unos pedacitos de pan para asegurarte que el aceite esté lo suficientemente caliente para freír.

 

Tener un plato con servilletas al lado para que absorba la grasa cuando vas sacando los raviolis

 

Otra opción para hacerlos un poco más saludables es hornearlos.

Estos mantienen su sabor y es la manera favorita de mi esposo.

 

Y ahora si estan muy cortos en tiempo una de mis cenas favoritas como niña y todavía hasta el dia de hoy es un delicioso plato de Campbell’s® SpaghettiOs® pasta. Un secretico: los niños los aman!!