September 17, 2014

Sears is giving back and bringing the tears! #MasDeLoTuyo

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Sears and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always, all opinions are my own.

It's funny, but growing up I always thought of Sears as the nicest store around. I remember learning that you could take your broken tools to Sears and they would replace them. But mostly because whenever I pass the Sears in my town, I always think of mi abuelo. Mi abuelo Thomas worked there for over 50 years. Sears was a big part of my moms childhood growing up and she always shares about her fond memories that my grandpa had of the company. Because of that personal relationship with Sears, I have always thought of it as a family oriented store. Just like my mom did growing up, we do a lot of our back to school and Christmas shopping there. I love that at Sears, you can always count on getting more – more value, more brands, more rewards and more ways to shop. To demonstrate all the ways Sears offers more to its members and customers, it has produced a video series called More To You featuring surprises with real people, based on real tweets from people who want to give more to the ones they love.

This video is a tear jerker for sure, so grab your tissues. It really is heartwarming to see how appreciative and grateful Jasmine is. When you are a kid, you don't realize all of the sacrifices that your parents make for your happiness. That all changes once you become a parent yourself. I never had any idea what sorts of sacrifices I would be making once I had kids.

Having my own kids has helped me to realize what my parents have sacrificed for me and my sister. I never had to want for much when I was growing up. But thinking back, my every day memories of my parents include my dad getting home late from work and my mom always running errands and cooking in the kitchen. We never did any vacations while I was growing up, because my dad was a self-employed business owner, he could never justify taking time off. Everything he did, the long hours he worked, his unavailability was all for our family. I see it so clearly now. I also recognize now how hard they are still working for our family. Life has never been easy for my parents, but as a kid, I didn't see it. I think I'm appreciative most for that, for the happy faces they always had for me and my sister.

So in this video, Sears visits Jasmine, a young woman who wanted to do something special for her hard working father and tweeted @Sears with #MasDeLoTuyo. Little did Jasmine know that he had a surprise for her as well.

Do you want Sears to give more to you like they did for Jasmine and her dad? Tweet @Sears with #MasDeLoTuyo and Sears just might give more to you too.

September 16, 2014

Messy hair, big smiles and Pamper butts! #BebeConRitmo (plus GIVEAWAY)

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers. All
opinions are 100% mine.
Messy hair, big smiles, and pamper butts! Oh, it's been a while since my girls were this little, but I will hold tight to those memories. I am certain my baby fever will kick in while I write this, here it goes. My favorite of the baby stages, was from 9-18 months. This was the age when they would sleep through the night (finally!), and wake up happy and ready to bailar the day away. I would always wake up before them and lay there in my bed, listening to the baby monitor waiting to hear them stir and babble before I would rush in there to get them. Some moms would wait until their babies would cry out for them, but not me. I missed them too much over night. I couldn't wait to go in there and sing "Goooooood Morrrrrrnnnnnning" and see their smiley faces staring back at me from their crib. I can still see it now, a little messy haired girl standing in her crib jumping around ready for the day.

These pictures seem so long ago now. Who are those little chubby cheeked babies? Ah, I miss them being this little. I will never forget their many moments of them dancing in their crib to music. One of the items we received at our baby shower was an iPod player that attached to the crib. This was one of mine and my husbands favorite items that we couldn't wait to put to use. We are music lovers, between the two of us, we pretty much cover every genre. My husband made a playlist that included all of our favorite music for her to fall asleep and wake up to, it was the best! I love that my girls have loved music and dancing from a young age. I only WISH I had video of them dancing in their cribs. Do you have video of your little one dancing away?

Well, share them! From August 18th through September 24th, parents can upload videos under fifteen seconds by using the hashtags #BebeConRitmo or #BabyGotMoves. Parents can tag @PampersBabyGotMoves on Instagram or @PampersLatino and @Pampers on Twitter or even share their video on Pampers Facebook walls ( or Pampers will pick a few of its favorites to appear in an upcoming video. Fun right?!

Now, how about a GIVEAWAY! How would you like to win:
o Jam Plus Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
o GrayBaby Einstein Octoplush
o Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
o Cha-Cha-Cha En la Selva (The Animal Boogie) book
o Pampers Sensitive Wipes
o Pampers Baby Dry Diapers

September 15, 2014

It's almost time to meet The Boxtrolls! (Printable Activity Sheets)

Oh man! We are so excited about The Boxtrolls! The movie comes out on September 26 and it seems like we've been waiting FOREVER! So what are we gonna do until then? Print out these super fun Printable Activity Sheets! Get to know the Boxtrolls, play games, and do mazes. 

What is The Boxtrolls about?
A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Check out the trailer below: