November 21, 2014

Exploring the Big Wide World Around Us! #PeepEnEspanol

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with PEEP and Latina Bloggers Connect.
One of my favorite parts of being a Mom to two little girls, is also being their first teacher. I have taken my role very seriously from the start. I would count and say the alphabet in English, Spanish, French and ASL to my girls when they were newborns and was the mom doing flashcards with my 9 month old. I don't know how much of that actually helped them get to where they are now, but I do know that I enjoy teaching them new things.
Before I became a mother, I swore I would not let my kids watch television for more than an hour a day. Well, that went out the window very quickly, but I soon discovered that are some really awesome educational shows that they could learn from. One of the shows my daughters discovered on Netflix is Peep & the Big Wide World. Of course, like anything else, once they watched the show, they wanted to know everything about it. So we went online to Peep & The Big Wide World and found so many fun resources.
Peep & the Big Wide World fills a void that a lot of preschoolers (ages 3-5) experience by helping to develop science inquiry skills in fun and creative ways by observing, making predictions, and problem solving in the world around them. The Emmy Award winning show, narrated by comedian Joan Cusack, stars a wide-eyed chicken named Peep, a robin named Chirp, and an endearing duck named Quack. They live in a large urban park a place of endless wonder, adventure, and mystery – perfect for learning science and math concepts each and every day! 
One of the categories that you can explore on the Peep website is Animals & Plants. For us anything involved with going outdoors is what we are all about. Whenever we walk home from school, we point out the flowers, bugs, and animals we see and always bring home a leaf. On this day, we decided to gather them. Our normally 15 minute walk home, turned into an hour and a half of exploring. 
A Find and Gather Nature Walk is a great activity that helps your kids open their eyes to the world around them. It's also the easiest activity to do with your kids because all it requires is heading outside and going for a walk. We also took a basket to carry our findings and a magnifier glass to get a better look at the details. While on the walk, we pointed out all of the different types, sizes, and colors of the trees and flowers. We were also hunting for shapes and found some bushes that were perfect rectangles and ovals. Once we were home, we sorted through all of the flowers, leaves, sticks and rocks and talked about our favorites and why. 
A new mobile-friendly bilingual Peep & the Big Wide World website launched on November 3, 2014 and engages both English and Spanish speaking preschoolers by using fun activities. The new educational content is also tailored specifically for the fast growing home-based childcare educators, a group typically underserved when it comes to professional development and educational resources, especially for science education. 

The one-of a kind online professional development and year-long curricula with six, 3-week long units provides effective resources to integrate science and math into curriculum and boost confidence in teaching these subjects in both English and Spanish. Now go check out the Peep & The Big Wide World Website, remember it's mobile friendly. 
in English #bigwideworld
 and Spanish #peepenespaƱol

November 20, 2014

(Giveaway)The Holidays are the Perfect Time for #BookMagic

Disclosure: I am receiving copies of these books for my daughters just in time for Christmas in return for promoting this amazing giveaway. All opinions are my own.

The day has come, my daughter can read. Hooray! She is reading everything in sight and I am so excited for her. I can not wait for her to get lost in a story, to be completely enthralled by a different world and to learn more about herself. I love to read, my husband loved to read, and as a child, you could say we were both book worms for a while. So I have the perfect gift in mind for my little one, a book with her in it. 
This year I am bringing #BookMagic to the holidays with her very own personalized book. Put Me In The Story has the perfect personalized book for girls and boys of all ages. There are so many options, from the I Love You books, to Goodnight books, solving a case with Doc McStuffins, to Adventures with Marvel's The Avengers, Sofia the First, Dora the Explorer, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. I have chosen the Hello Kitty books, because,well, I love Hello Kitty and my girls love Hello Kitty and I like that the story looks easier for my new reader. 
Books change lives, and we love the magic that the greatest stories create for kids – and adults, too! As parents, we know there’s nothing better than snuggling up for storytime with your kids. Sharing a good book together is about much more than the story – It is about the small moments with your child:

· Rocking and whispering On the Night You Were Born to your baby

· Watching your child clap his hands as he hears his name in his favorite story

· Seeing your reluctant reader eager to curl up and read a book again and again

For my readers, from now until December 5th, I am sharing an amazing contest sponsored by Put Me In The Story.
· Grand prize: $500 shopping spree on Put Me In The Story (OMG! Books for everyone in the family!)
· 50 winners will receive a free personalized book of their choice!

November 19, 2014

DIY Memory Keepsake Ornament #RegaloDeAmorPampers

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hola! It's getting to be the end of the year and for me that means it's time to reflect and look back, and bawl my eyes out as I realize another year has gone by and my girls are getting older. Today I'm sharing a DIY project that will help you treasure those moments and keep them safe in a fun way. I'm also sharing a fun giveaway from #RegaloDeAmorPampers. 
You have a chance to win a gift basket to help capture those special moments of love with baby. The gifts include Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers Wipes, The Crafty Chica Collection Book, and a Michael’s gift card to create a DIY loving keepsake! Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own memory keepsake ornament and how to enter to win this fun prize. 
As I was flipping through my copy of The Crafty Chica Collection by Kathy Cano Murillo I was inspired by her Divine Intervention Car Cross to make a Memory Keepsake Ornament for each year of my daughters lives.
I've been dying to try the bottle cap/resin craft for a while now and now that I have, I think I will be making more of these for bows and necklaces and key chains. The possibilities are endless!

Materials: Photos printed in 1 inch circles, Bottle Caps, Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, Hot Glue Gun, Paint, Glitter, Popsicle Craft Sticks, Ribbons, Yarn, Papers or any other materials that you'd like to use. 
Follow the instructions below to make your own keepsake ornament. 
  1. Print/Cut one inch circles.
  2. Glue the pictures to the center of the bottle cap.
  3. Pour the resin over the photo and cover completely. Try to keep a steady stream of resin when you're pouring, this will help keep the bubbles away. This will need to sit for 24 hours to completely harden.Please note: In this case, bubbles are the enemy.
  4. Paint your popsicle sticks and decorate however your heart desires. I added glitter, because, well I love making things glittery. 
  5. Cut ribbons, yarn, pipe cleaners or anything you have chosen to use and start gluing. My favorite part of the process is all the layering. 
  6. Adhere the hardened bottle cap with the photo as the last layer.
  7. Lastly, glue a string or ribbon to the top to hang the ornament. 
It happens in a blink of an eye. It has been years now since my little ones were in diapers, but I want to make sure I capture the moments and hold them tight. The picture above is of my littlest's very first Christmas. Your baby experiences your love in many different ways, and those precious moments you share with your little one make every day special and worth remembering. 
Pampers Swaddlers are the No.1 choice at local hospitals in Los Angeles and across the country. And now Pampers Swaddlers is available through size 6 to comfort and protect babies through many more moments of love! I remember being so sad when my babies grew out of their Swaddlers, I love that Pampers now offers Swaddlers through age 6. 
What do you think? I love it! It's gonna be so exciting to pull out the ornaments from the years past and look back at them and see how much they've changed. 

Are you ready for the giveaway?
  • $25 Michael’s Gift Card 
  • The Crafty Chica Collection Book 
  • Pampers Wipes 
  • Pampers Swaddlers Diapers
For an easy entry: Leave me a comment and tell me how do you capture favorite loving moments with your kids? For more chances to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below.

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