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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Our First Staycation


You guys as this post goes up. I am quickly packing up for our first staycation and it is seriously going to be the best.
If you remember my post about the TMNT secret lair (you can read more about it here) then you know that Miguel made me promise to stalk the TMNT Movie twitter account so I could try and book us a night at the lair. Well, this mommy delivered and after stalking them and refreshing like a mad woman. I was able to out of pure luck, book us a night for today Wednesday the 25th.
We will be grabbing our copy of TMNT and heading to the lair. There we will enjoy some pizza and some much needed family time in our little staycation. The only thing that really is missing for it to be absolutely perfect is my husband. He could not get off work and will not be going with us, in my opinion he is the one that needed it the most but so is life and in his own words "as long as his family is happy and having a good time, than he is happy working his butt off"
As we head off to todays adventure we will definitely miss my Humbe, my lobster.
But I will make sure that the kids have a memorable experience.

 Make sure to follow me on snapchat @RunChiquitaRun and our youtube channel www.youtube.com/afewmomentswitkary 
I will be snap chatting from the lair and there will be a vlog up later in the week.

Cowabunga,
Kary xoxo


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ready For College with the NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was invited by Momtrends to attend this event. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
I look at my children and know that I want only the best for them.
The future can be a scary one, especially when it involves your children's future and making sure that they get a good education. You want to make sure that you have enough saved up so that they don't end up with thousands in loans and because when your child gets accepted into the college or vocational school of their choice, money is not a factor for them and not going to that school.
The future looks bright. Just look at these future little bloggers.
Miguel with the First Deputy To The Controller
As a parent and being a part of a family who is on a fairly tight budget it can be hard to sit down and try to calculate how much it will cost for Miguel to go to college and get a degree it can be overwhelming to see so many numbers, especially since he is actually 6 years away from being a high school graduate.
This past weekend I had the great opportunity to meet the First Deputy to the controller and talk about our children's future. After listening to some speakers talk about the
NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan, I am sure of my kids having a good college education and being able to help provide one.
Did you know that a college graduate is twice more likely than a high school graduate to get a job and three times more likely than a non high school graduate to get a job.

Did you also know that there are over 80 million kids and only 10 million have a NY 529 Direct  College Savings Plan. What about the other 70 million kids?
They also need to be set for college.
I hope that after reading this post you feel reassured about being ready for your child's school future and being ready money wise.

It is basically a type of investment plan that is used for higher education and can be used or tapped into incase of an emergency that is not school related, a little more on that further down.
The NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan can be opened with as little as $25.
There is no monthly minimum or yearly contributions limits.
There is also no income restriction and anyone can open one up.

Anyone?
Yes, anyone. It can be a parent, grandparent, or other relative and friends. As long as he or she is a U.S. Citizen or a resident alien.
The account owner will pick who the beneficiary is and determine how the money is used.
The best part is that the NYC 529 Direct College Savings Plan is tax deferred and as a New York State Taxpayer, you can benefit from the state tax deduction.
A tax reduction of about $5,000 per year and $10,000 if you file jointly.

How does the NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan work and how can the money be used?
The money can basically be used for any kind of higher education. That includes vocational schools, graduate school, and any accredited school located over seas. 
Don't take my word for it and make sure to check out their website here for a full list of schools.
It can also be used for any higher education expenses that includes books, supplies, equipment, software and computer related services.

In emergency has come up and you need money, can you tap into your childs or beneficiaries NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan?
Yes, you can like I mentioned above. You can tap into the funds in case of an emergency you will only suffer a 10% penalty.

What if your child ends up getting a scholarship and doesn't end up using the the money from his or her NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan?
Have you ever wanted to go back to school and finish your college education or go to grad school. Well, you can use that money :) Or you can switch the beneficiary and pass it over to another child you may have. There is always an option.

Still not convinced?

A few quick more facts about the NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan:
  • There is no age limit for beneficiaries in the NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan.
  • A beneficiary can have more than one account. 
  • NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan are great for birthday parties. How many times have you thought "Oh God, not one more stuffed animal. You can ask for guests to donate to your childs NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan.
  • If at any moment during the setup plan online you feel frustrated or overwhelmed just call the NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan hotline and they will be happy to help you step by step and answer any questions you many have.

It is never too early to start planning for your childs education and remember that $1 saved is better than $1 borrowed.

But don't take my word for it, here are some links where you can find some more information regarding the NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan and if you have any further questions feel free to ask me and I will help in any way that I can :)

NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan Website:

FAQ'S:

Twitter:

Youtube:

Facebook:


Love,
Kary xoxo


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Save on Luvs and a $100 Amex Gift Card Giveaway

Disclosure: “This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.”

Having a baby can be really expensive, especially in the diaper department. For me that is one expense that takes a little longer to go away. As Valentina grows the baby expenses start to go away, the only really expensive item that doesn't go away are the diapers. Even if she's 2 years old, diapers are still a must at home and when we are outside to avoid any accidents.

One thing that I am always on the hunt for are coupons or any special deals that will help me save. Those are always helpful, even if it's $1 off, adding it up in the future it adds to a good amount in savings. Right now Luvs has some pretty sweet deals going on.
There is a $2 off print at home coupon and they have partnered up with Ibotta, to offer a limited time $5 rebate on any boxed variety of Luvs diapers that is 54ct. or larger.

With Luvs being the official diaper of experienced mom now is the time to stock up. They come with large stretch tabs, ultra leakage protection, and a money-back guarantee.

You can find the $2 off coupon here.


To download Ibotta:

  • Download the free Ibotta app on iOS or Android and register an account.
  • Go to the search bar and look for Luvs to unlock an exclusive $5 rebate
  • Go shopping for Luvs Diapers at any local participating store.
  • Verify your purchase by scanning the product barcode and submitting a photo of your receipt.
  • Save money and earn cash back! 


Your $5 rebate will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.
It's that simple. What are you waiting for? Go download Ibotta and save on many more items.

Make sure to check out Luvs diapers on their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates and fun news.

Now for some exciting news. 
One lucky C'est La Vie reader will win $100 Amex gift card.
Talk about savings and deals :)

Enter below:

Giveaway begins today 5/22 and ends 6/16

Good Luck Everyone!
Now go and start saving

Love,
Kary xoxo

Friday, May 20, 2016

Nature Cat on PBS Review

Disclosure: We were sent a Nature cat set that included two brand new episodes to review. No compensation was received. As always all words and opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

It's always great when your kids get to watch cartoons that not only are cute but also provide some sort of educational message. Nature Cat is definitely one of those shows. It comes out on PBS and kids get to go on fun nature adventures and learn many fun facts along the way. We've been watching Nature Cat for a few months now so when I was offered to be sent 
 a special package that included the first ever Nature Cat plush and two brand new episodes that are set to air this coming Monday, May 23rd. I had to say yes, I mean we would get a Nature Cat plush that Valentina could hug while she watched him go on adventures. Plus,we'd get to view two not yet released episodes and let you know what we thought about them.

 Fall For Hal:
In this episode kids get to learn about friendship and helping someone else feel better and happy, while they learn the differences between Fall and Spring/Summer.
Here we learn that the first day of Fall is Halls favorite day. Every year they hold a scavenger hunt that is filled with all of his favorite things that he loves from Fall. Hal is very sick and can't join in his favorite festivities. That's where Nature Cat comes in, with a beautiful message of being a good friend. He gets the rest of the gang together and they on a mission to find Hals list of 6 items that remind him of Fall.
 Along the way the kids get to learn fun facts about the colors and how they are darker earlier in the Fall. This episode we really loved, because Fall is our favorite season also and Central Park here in NYC is seriously the best!


 The Great Grasshopper Race:
In this episode kids get to learn a lot about grasshoppers, when they are introduced to Hal's grasshopper, Dustin Hopman. 
Hal's grasshopper, has been training for the great Grasshopper race but when race day comes and he disappears from the race course before the race begins, Hal and friends go on an adventure to find Dustin. Along the way kids get to learn fun facts about grasshoppers like how they can jump 20x their own length, Valentina loved watching the jumping parts.
Kids get to learn about nature and making new friends while laughing.
They also get to learn fun facts about animals.

 Valentina could not stop watching Nature Cat and carrying him around, while she jumped and laughed. 
Make sure to check out the all new Nature Cat episodes coming out next week on PBS.

Love,
Kary xoxo


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Broken Toe Update #3



Today was my much awaited orthopedist appointment. I think I've already said that before, but this time it really was. Last time I went to the orthopedist, a little over a month ago (you can read what happened here) I was told that my toe was still broken. It had improved nothing and surgery was looking like a reality. So we scheduled a follow up for today and here we would find out if my toe had improved a little bit. To my relief and happy news it has improved a little bit, not enough to rule out surgery but enough to make me smile and give me hope. Running is still out of the question, my toe still swells up and hurts after a long day of a lot of movement which is normal and a part of the process. If the pain becomes unbearable then an immediate visit to the doctor it is.
But for now the next scheduled appointment is for June 16, 2016. That's when the toe should be completely healed, if not then there's no waiting or hoping for a fast recovery. Surgery it will, so please keep on praying for a speedy recovery and sending good vibes my way.

I have to say that I still did cry a little bit after I saw the orthopedist. I'm not sure if it was out of relief or why it was but some tears came out, this time I made sure to not hold it in and therefore avoiding a sure to happen meltdown one of these days. One thing that has been making me happy these past few weeks is that I've been able to workout and that has really helped me feel like my old self again.
 I do miss running with all my heart and can't wait to feel the pavement under my feet again.
In the meantime I'm enjoying the gym and kind of falling in love with working out indoors.

Love,
Kary xoxo


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Child & The World

I thought I would have to teach my child about the world.
 It turns out I have to teach the world about my child. 

It still amazes me and surprises me that I am a mom. There are times where I will look at Miguel and all these feelings pop up. When did he grow up? When did he become so wise? 
My baby boy, how is he 12 years old, on the verge of being a teenager and it is so hard for me to let him go. I still pick him up from school and even though he has asked me countless times to let him walk  by himself, I say no, it scares me. I don't want to let him go, it's like a passage. The moment I let him walk home by himself, without me it's like I'm letting him go out by himself into this world. This world that can be the most beautiful thing, yet the most scary at times.
All I want to do is keep him close, turn back time and hold his little hand in my hand. Walk down the street hand in hand with my little one. Yes, those days are gone but a mom can wish or think about those beautiful days.
Just looking at my son makes my heart swell up, I am proud of him. I know that there will be moments where I might feel mad, but those moments are also a part of life. But I know that as long as we stay strong, and support each other. We will get through anything.

Before I used to be afraid of letting go of Miguel but I know that there is nothing to be afraid of.
My son can do anything he sets his mind to and he will!

Love,
Kary xoxo

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My Top 3 Picks From The New York

After going to the New York Baby Show and stopping by all the booths and looking at so many amazing products it was really hard to pick my top 3 favorites, I mean there were so many great products ranging from clothes to food and from strollers to toys. 


1- Gb Pockit
So many amazing strollers to pick from but a stroller that can fold up into a little square is definitely a plus in my books. I go up and down 4 flights of stairs every single day and this stroller would definitely help so much. I am also a mom who is always on the go. The Gb Pockit weighs a little under 10 lbs and is available in a variety of 6 colors. It is so light and cute
The retail price is also around $250, very affordable for such a great functioning stroller.


2- Kiddylicious 
A delicious snack, potato chip style that will be available this coming fall 2016.
I was a little bit sad that these little chips will be available until the fall, Valentina is the worst, pickiest eater you will ever meet. She is only 2 years old and she will smell whatever you give her to eat and if she does not like the smell or look, she will not taste it. These little snacks were quinoa flavor and Valentina loved them. She ate two little cups and wanted more. A healthy snack that my daughter will eat happily is definitely a must have in our kitchen. Make are to follow Kiddylicious on their media sites, that way you will find out when they are finally on the market.


3- Britax B-Agile 3
This stroller I've been wanting to get my hands on. It is a great everyday stroller, that's easy to navigate making it perfect for everyday adventures.  This is a new updated style and that means more upright seating and an amazingly large storage basket. If you are anything like me then the large storage basket had you at hello also. I am always so full of bags because I always tend to go shopping whenever I'm with my stroller and that means this stroller is perfect for lugging around all those shopping bags. It is available in a few different colors and also available at a great reasonable price.

These are my top 3 picks and it was so hard to pick only these, because there were so many great products at the baby show. I will be talking a little bit more about them in a few upcoming blogs so make sure you come back and check them out. I might have some surprises for you guys.
In the meantime go google these products and put them on your wish list.

Disclosure: I was invited to the New York Baby Show as media and received a goody bag. Thank you to Momtrends. All words expressed are 100% and in no way influenced.

Love,
Kary xoxo