April 23, 2015

Always Have Space for Dreams with #CRVSueƱos

This is sponsored post in collaboration with Honda and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

So much of our family time is spent in the car. We are always on the go, running errands around town or on the hunt for new adventures. Most of the time we spend in our car involves us singing but now I have started to appreciate that our family time in the car has become a chance for my girls to "unplug" and use that time to let their imaginations run wild.
While riding in the car, my girls like to watch as the clouds take different forms, keep an eye out for airplanes, and watch as the city passes us by. Right now is such an exciting time to be a young girl. Our world is encouraging young girls everywhere to not only chase their dreams, but to also embrace and conquer the field of science. In the newest commercial for the 2015 Honda CR-V, Space for Dreams, we are reminded that so much goes on when you are a kid in the backseat. Every where you go is a new adventure and every time you jump into the backseat, you are preparing yourself for whatever may come your way.
Recently I visited our local Honda dealer and was able to check out the new 2015 Honda CR-V.  I am working so hard right now to put myself in a position to purchase a new family car, and the Honda CR-V is on the top of my list. I love all of the new features like the push button start and rear view camera and I especially love all of the space my girls would have in the backseat. Because to keep it real, keeping them separate during car rides is just better for all parties involved and by that I mean, less bickering and more space to dream
If you haven't already, check out the video above and let me know what you think in the comments below.  I'd love to know how the commercial made you feel.
This is sponsored post in collaboration with Honda and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.


April 22, 2015

How We Use #MyDataMyWay to Search Pinterest

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

I am guilty, I must admit that I use my phone for everything. It is just the generation we are in. Our phones are practically glued to our hands. As a blogger, my phone is one of my biggest tools for work. All photos that you see on my blog are from my phone. I recently purchased the Samsung Galaxy Avant from Walmart for the amazing price of $100 and we are getting so much use out of it, this may be one of our best family purchases so far. 
You know when the kids are "bored" and asking for something new to do. Well, this is when we use the phone to search Pinterest for new fun stuff to do. I knew just what the girls wanted and searched for a homemade play dough recipe. There are a lot of recipes out there, but they are all pretty much the same with a tweak here and there. You can follow my version below. 
3/4 cup of water 
1 cup of flour
1/4 cup of salt
1 package of KoolAid
1 tsp of vegetable oil
1 tsp of cream of tartar
Here you can see my helper telling me what the recipe says. I cut it in half so I didn't make enough play dough for an army, because to keep it real, so much of it ends up on the floor. I love that she can read now, it's so nice to have a helper. 
1. Heat the water to boil and then turn off the heat. 
2. Add the oil, cream of tartar, KoolAid, and salt to the hot water, mixing well after each addition. 
3. Add the flour and mix. The mixture will be lumpy and crumbly. 
4. Add flour to the surface and dump the contents of the pan on the flour. 
5. Lastly, kneed away! The dough will be hot at first, but the more you knead, the cooler it gets. 

I ran out of food dye, so I used some random packages of KoolAid that I had on hand. I like using KoolAid, most colors end up pretty vibrant and they smell so much better this way. I think the little kid inside of me really enjoys making play dough. I find myself playing it for longer than is required. 

Now let me tell you how we settled on making home made play dough. My girls have been watching YouTube lately and stumbled upon a channel where they create dresses for their princesses out of play dough and have been dying to do this for weeks now. Our new family phone, the Samsung Galaxy Avant comes in really handy for us. My girls were able to watch the YouTube video while playing with their play dough to get tips on how to make their dresses for their princesses. 
I was so happy (and so was my daughter) to find this phone at Walmart for such a great deal. I was able to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Avant and Starter Kit for under $130! The Walmart Family Mobile service is $29.88/month(for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data. I am a Samsung fan all the way, I love their phones and the Avant has such great features for a $100 phone. We are able to use it to search Pinterest, watch videos on YouTube, take photos of our activities and of course call their Daddy while he's at work. 
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/6zx1 or your local Walmart for current pricing.

What do you use your phone for? Do you have a family phone? 

April 21, 2015

Every Day is Earth Day (DIY Shirt & Activity) #EarthDay2015

We celebrate our Earth quite a bit at our home. My girls are ALWAYS playing outside and usually in the dirt, they are outdoor lovers and professional nature appreciators. I really love that we have a day set aside for the kids to take a moment to really think about our Earth and what we can do to make it better. I'm always looking for something fun for the kids to do or just something to make the ordinary day special. 
This year I wanted to make them special shirts to wear to school, but first I had to come up with a quick design that you can find here. I printed it out, slid it into the shirt (along with a piece of cardboard to prevent marker bleeds) and traced with a marker. Once I started puffy painting the shirts, I realized I could be saving a lot of time if I were to just use fabric markers, but I had the paints on hand already so I took the harder route.
I really love how these came out and was so relieved when my daughters came home from school and said, "Oh Mama! I love it! Thank you!" It's not often that my 6 year old gives me praise, so I almost teared up when she hugged and thanked me for her new cool shirt. Yes! Total Mom Win! 
Feel free to click the link and download and print for yourself, how cute would this look on a tote bag too? 
This one was fun! I told my girls to go outside and gather flowers, sticks, rocks, grass and anything else you can find. An hour later, I started with my Earth Day creation and I looked over and saw my girls made their own. 
So tell me what fun activities do you do on Earth Day?