September 29, 2014

Yummy AND Delicious! Snikiddy Snack Giveaway!

Disclosure: I was provided with some of these delicious snacks to review. All opinions are my own. 

You know I love making lunches for my little ladies. But I must admit, I am having a hard time trying to keep things interesting. I am always on the hunt for something I can feel good about adding to my daughters lunch. Behold, I have found a good one. Snikiddy Snacks are our newest favorite yummy (and healthy) snack. My girls devoured their Cheese Puffs right away (not pictured for that very same reason) and were really excited for the other flavors too. 

I added the BBQ flavored Baked fries to their lunches the other day and they LOVED them. They've only tried BBQ chips as a treat when their daddy buys them, so they were really excited to have some of their own. And I was excited that they were such a healthier option. Win-win!

To give you a little background, Snikiddy is a line of kid-friendly and nutritious snacks that promote a healthy and active lifestyle for the whole family and include Baked Fries, Cheese Puffs and Eat Your Vegetables. The perfect alternative to traditional, greasy potato chips and other popular snacks among kids. 

You can learn more about Snikiddy products at www.snikiddy.com and can find them at these locations:
Now how would you like to win a pack of Snikiddy Snacks? Enter below!

September 27, 2014

Raising Awareness for Domestic and Financial Abuse with my #PurplePurse

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Allstate Foundation® and Latina Bloggers Connect, however, all opinions are my own. 

This is not an easy thing to talk about, in fact, it's one of the hardest topics to address. As difficult as it may be to talk about, it is a topic that definitely needs to be addressed. I'm talking about domestic violence. Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in her lifetime. What a scary statistic right? How about this: 1 in 4 women is more than women affected by breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. 
To be clear, I've never been a victim of domestic violence. Although I've never been a victim myself, both my husband and myself have been witness to domestic violence and have our own very different personal experiences with it. (Out of respect for our families, I have chosen not to go into the unfortunate details.) However, I feel that within my culture, domestic violence and financial abuse has been all too common in the past. For a long time, women would start families and get married before they were financially stable and would have to rely solely on the man in the relationship. Most people only think of the physical abuse, however, financial abuse happens in 98 percent of all cases of domestic violence.
Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is bringing awareness to financial abuse. I had never considered financial abuse as a form of domestic abuse before now. But in 98 percent of all cases of domestic violence, it is financial abuse that traps women in abusive relationships. The number one reason domestic violence survivors stay, leave or return to an abusive relationship is that they don’t have the financial resources to break free. The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is working hard to change that. By raising awareness and funds for more than 140 national, state and local domestic violence organizations, Allstate Foundation Purple Purse aims to break the cycle of violence in our nation, one family at a time.
PurplePurse.com has important tips and tools to help you recognize domestic violence and financial abuse, talk about it and end it. You can help ensure domestic violence survivors are not financially trapped in an abusive relationship by joining the Purple Purse Challenge. Open your heart and wallet to stand up for survivors and the organizations that serve them at PurplePurse.com.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline
at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

September 24, 2014

The BoxTrolls Costume and Lamp {Tutorial} #TheBoxTrollsCC

We've just been obsessing over here about the upcoming release of the new film The BoxTrolls. The movie opens everywhere on September 26 and we will be seeing it for the first time in its entirety tomorrow! Knowing my girls, I just knew I would have to make them their very own BoxTroll costume. Keep reading for my easy how-to instructions.
There really isn't much to a BoxTroll costume. You can definitely make it with items you can find at your house, which is my favorite part of any project. This is what I used:
-Large Cardboard Box
-Scissors or Razor blade
-Box tape
-Markers
I didn't end up using the hot glue gun, but it can definitely be used for reinforcement. 
Drawing and cutting was all I had to do. I drew a circle for the head and circles for the arms and then cut away! Once I cut, I taped the sides of the box to reinforce the structure. All that was left to do after that was decorate. I decided to personalize their BoxTroll costume with their favorite food and drink. My oldest loves pizza and my youngest loves her milk.
And here they are silly faces and all! Meet my BoxTrolls, Pizza and Milk! Don't forget to check out this Cardboard Challenge when you're done. 
If you are a DIY'er and love fun projects, I'm sharing one more with you. 
You have got to see this cool BoxTroll inspired project. The video made by Liz from Crafting Geek is amazing! I had no idea how simple building a lamp could be, but now I am dying to make one. Seriously, next time I'm at The Home Depot, I am going to pick up all the pieces and try it. 
Check it out!