Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Catching up & life..

Life, its been a hectic one this past month. There was a very tramautizing event that happened to Miguel during the month of November. I've only told a few of my closest friends and I chose to keep it out of my media outlets for his sake and ours. The healing process has been a very rough and hard one but we've received so much love from so many people its amazing. I'm happy to see him smile more and even though he does have his days, things are starting to look up again. Just when I thought I was going to break, husband had an accident at work. He cut his finger and sliced it open, he ended up with 6 stitches and one week off from work. The one week off from work was good for our family & for him, even though we rely on his work income. We had family by our side to help, & savings. Before I knew it, it was already the beginning of December and we are now getting ready for Christmas, New Years Eve & Valentina's big 1 year birthday. We started this year full of so much excitement & blessings but now it seems like we get to end it with nothing but bad memories. I promise you that I'm trying my best for it not to be that way. I will make these last 2 weeks of 2014 the best ones possible! I'm also planning to get back to more life updates. I'm sorry for those of you who have come and it seems like all you see are reviews & what not but this momma has been giving her little family some much needed attention! I'm also hoping to get some vlogs done, so I hope you stick around and join us. Hope you all have been good. Love, Kary xoxo P.S. this blog was done on my phone so the text might be all over the place.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fast Breakfast On The Go #Atkins

For those mornings when I don't have time to make myself breakfast I love the fact that I can quickly microwave something healthy and eat it guilt free. Atkins breakfast sandwiches are the perfect example, with a good source of protein and healthy carbs.
The egg really does look like it's real, yes it's real but if you've eaten frozen before you know what I mean. There are some frozen foods that have egg that's real but looks all plastic like. The egg in this case was yummy looking and tasted yummy. You can buy a box and it contains two sandwiches, perfect for sharing with someone else, in my case my son. The sausage is also good, the biscuit taste sweet and not greasy looking. You will have your breakfast ready in 4 minutes, perfect for those on the go days with baby and munchkin in two.
I've been doing the Atkins way of life for almost two months now and it's helped me get back on track after having baby girl. I've lost 7lbs, perfect for this breast feeding momma.
You will also love the fact that the Atkins breakfast is an affordable option and can be found at Target (my favorite shopping place) and online at Vitacost.
I have already stocked up on these for when my son is on vacation during this holiday season.
Love,
Kary xoxo
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

GirlzNDollz - Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Disclosure: I was sent a GirlzNDollz for reviewing purposes. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Be Confident - Be Happy - Be YOU!

You have to love that message, I know I do. With the world we live in, it's so important nowadays to remember that you have to love yourself for who you are, you have to love yourself so that you can radiate that. If you don't love yourself, you don;t give space for others to love you because you are too busy putting yourself down to focus on all the wonderful things that other people see in you.


My baby girl is only 9 months and i'm making sure to show her this and to teach her this lesson every single day, my 11 years old boy knows that. He grew up with me telling him that everyday and thanks to that everyone always tells me that he is such a beautiful old soul, the way he carries himself. 
My husband and I have always told him that in order for him to be beautiful outside he has to be beautiful on the incised, he has to be kind, love himself the way he is because he is perfect. We are all perfect and beautiful in our own way, what we might think is a flaw is actually what makes us beautiful. That's why when I went to Blogger Bash 2014 this Summer and got to meet the GirlzNDollz team I fell in love with them. I ran to my computer to go to the GirlzNDollz website and learn more about the company.
Jessie the founder of GirlzNDollz is a sweetheart and you have to love her mantra behind the dolls 
"I AM ME"
The goal to help all girls accept each other for who they are. They get to pick their own little fashionista doll and accessorize her while at the same time learning to accept her the way she is, accepting the way she herself is. It's a beautiful message that they get to learn while playing with their dolls! What's not to love?!
I was so excited to receive a GirlzNDollz doll to review, we picked Leila from the Totz line and she is so cute with her little dress and bows in her hair. The packaging is the cutest, the dolls each come in their own little cardboard house.

BE CONFIDENT
BE HAPPY 
BE YOU

So this holiday season make sure to get your little girl or boy, yes boy! 
GirlzNDollz just came out with boy dolls. Let them play and learn a very important message that is so important in this society that we live in.




They are soft, perfect for carrying around and for hitting mommy and daddy :D
They come in two different sizes, they have accessories available and you can pick out one that you think fits your little ones personality.
Plus, they are very budget friendly, they won't cost you an arm or a leg.
Make sure to order yours in time for Christmas or if you celebrate Three Kings Day (Beginning of January). I'm getting one for my niece, she loves playing with Valentinas when she comes to the house. 

Now I have a big surprise for all of my C'est La Vie readers! 
Jessie, the founder behind GirlzNDollz has come up with a special giveaway for you my loves.
One of you will get to pick your own GirlzNDollz of your choice.  
 Here's how to enter: Go to the GirlzNDollz website, take a look around, come back and comment below with which doll you would pick if you won :D That's it! Yay - You will have one week and a half to enter :D
Good Luck!



Love,
Kary xoxo




Monday, December 1, 2014

Atkins On The Go

For this mom on the go snacks are always a must! My backpack/diaper bag is always full of snacks for my munchkins and I. When Atkins sent me a sample of the snacks that they have available I was very excited to try them. Chocolate covered almonds are my favorite and bars can always be found in my backpack. They are a must in our household.
They each contain about 1.5-3 net carbs, have a good amount of protein and fiber but the best part is that they truly are delicious. We especially loved the Blueberry yogurt covered bar, I say we because I have my two boys (husband and son) with whom I always love to share my goodies with. Plus, when they saw the package of goodies that arrived I had to literally hide them or else they would have been gone. They are lucky that I like to share with them ;D
The blueberry yogurt bar had the perfect touch of sweetness and creaminess, plus they look and smell yummy. That's always important for me when I try something out, it has to be eye appealing.
This mommy on the go shares 3 tips to help you stay on track while on the go:
1- Always make sure to put away some bars, or healthy snacks in your backpack or purse. I change so many bags like I change underwear. That means everyday, SO you better believe when I tell you that I buy a bunch of bars and snacks and put a few in every single bag that I own, yes every single one!!
2- In case you forgot to pack some healthy snacks, yes it happens. Or you run out of them while outside. Stop by a grocery store and buy yourself a bar there. Yes, you can now find them in a dusty corner somewhere but trust me they are there.
3- Make sure to not skip on breakfast, that way you can make healthy choices. On days when I don't eat breakfast I always tend to make unhealthy choices.
SO EAT YOUR BREAKFAST :D
Or else be ready to listen to the hungry roar your stomach makes!
Make sure to stop by Target or check Vitacost online to purchase some of these yummy Atkins products. You won't regret it!
How do you stay on track while on the go?
You can follow Atkins here:
Facebook: http://www.facewbvook.com/AtkinsDiet
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/atkinsinsider
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/AtkinsInsider/
Love,
Kary xoxo
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Happy Birthday 29th Birthday Little Sister


29 years ago I was blessed with the best, beautiful sister ever! Jessy, You are my best friend, my partner in crime (in the good ole days), my bodyguard who has always had my back. You have been my rock through the hardest moments. I love you and your little mini me so much! You girls make this world a better place and we love you so much! Thank you for being the best sister, aunt and friend. Wishing you my beautiful sister Jessy, many more years! Looking forward to welcoming you to your dirty thirty next year Love you always, 
Your Big Sister Kary

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day 2014

With my munchkin on our way to the Thanksgiving Day parade
Paddington Bear takes the NYC sky for the first time

Go, go Power Rangers!!
Pikachu
Papa Smurf
Baby girls 1st Thanksgiving Day
 We were blessed with another beautiful Thanksgiving day full of family, laughter, love and our annual viewing of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We got up early, I'm lucky husband was off this year as he had an accident at work, he was off nonetheless. Off we went to get a good place for viewing, it was cold and it started snowing about half way during the parade but it was the best morning. Jellybean loved seeing the big balloons and Munchkin loved taking pictures with his phone. The pictures above are courtesy of him and his phone :D We ran home to get ready for family time with our loved ones.
We got to enjoy some turkey, mash potatoes, stuffing, and other delicious food. Jellybean was able to enjoy some herself. She loved the turkey, she's not a fan of mashed food so mash potatoes was not a big hit with her but she did love the Turkey.
Now counting down the days till Christmas! Looking froward to so many fun family activities coming our way.

Hope your Thanksgiving Day was a great one.

Love,
Kary xoxo

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Train More - Pound Less #ZeroRunner Review

Zero Runner - The must have machine for all runners, no matter the level!
Last week I was lucky enough to attend a special event hosted by Octane Fitness, where I got to learn more about the Zero Runner - the must have equipment for all level of runners. I headed down to Gym Source, located in East Midtown.
Larry Schmidt Zero Runner Ambassador - Larry really is an inspiration and I almost cried when I heard him talk (he reminded me of my dad). He might look like the average guy but he really is not. He is an ultra marathoner, has done several triathlons and didn't stop until he did the Kona, He also completed 83 marathons, but so much pounding took a toll on his body and he ended up getting a knee and hip replacement. He had to stop running due to the pain. which is very hard when you love this sport. Until that one day when he walked into the Boston Marathon expo and tried out the Zero Runner himself. He was able to run for hours, pain free. He hadn't been able to do that for a long time, that's when he knew that this equipment was a must have for all runners. This became his new passion, to advocate for Zero Runner. He owns 2 and loves to run alongside his wife, a fellow runner herself.
Carrie Tollefson Olympic runner was also one of the speakers. There's nothing like listening to someone that inspires you. I loved listening to Carrie and her experience with Zero Runner. I also loved knowing that she herself is like all of us, a mommy on the run who worries about her weight, food intake and exercising. Yep, we are all on the same boat. She loves the Zero Runner especially for cross training. She only wishes this machine would have been available years back, it would have helped prevent many of the injuries that she's suffered as a runner. Why?
Because on the Zero Runner you can train more, as you're not pounding that much. The pounding of running really does take a toll on your joints and other body parts sooner or later.
Trying to get the hang of the Zero Runner
Woot - I got it!
After the Zero Runner presentation we all had the opportunity to try it out ourselves.
I was nervous to get on and you will notice in the first picture that I didn't get the hang of it right away. I'm so grateful for Larry who got on the one next to mines and helped me out. The third time was a charm and I was able to get the hang of it. Once you're on it and you know how to properly use it, it's like you're running on air. It's really way more fun then the Dreadmill, um I mean Treadmill.
So Who Is The Zero Runner for:
It's for everyone who loves to run. There is no level required or rules.
You can be a beginner runner, or expert runner, even walker. This machine will help you feel like a runner.
Zero Runner:
Will help perfect your running form
Will make you feel like a runner and not a cross trainer
Train More - Pound less
Perfect for Active recovery - Will help warm up your muscles without hurting your form
It's made especially for at home use (not for gym use)
It will cost you $3,299 and worth every penny
I'm not lying when I tell you that the Zero Runner is on my Christmas Wish list and it should be on every ones wish list.
Thank you so much to Octane Fitness for hosting such an awesome event! This mommy runner loved being introduced to this new piece of equipment.
Make sure to connect with Octane Fitness and Zero Runner on the following social media sites, so you don't miss any new and exciting news!
Twitter: http://twitter.com/octanefitness - Hashtag #FueledByZero
Do you think Zero Runner is for you?
Love,
Kary xoxo
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