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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

My Dad The Ultra Marathoner!!

My dad at the finish line of the 60k race
Proud Family
Proud daughter
A 60k well earned
 On Saturday my dad was able to check off one of his dreams from his bucket list, for years now my dad has been saying that he wanted to do an ultra marathon. 
What is an ultra marathon?
It is any footrace longer that is longer than 26.2 miles, that is the usual marathon distance.
The NYRR has their annual 60k (37 miles)
Since I can remember my dad has been telling me I will be an ultra marathon runner I just need to train properly. Next year I will start my training, a year would go by and again he would tell me this year for sure. 5 years went by and nothing happened, but this year he kept telling me this is my year, I'm doing the ultra marathon, even if I have to walk it all and drag myself across that finish line. It would be tough since he was doing the marathon and that race is just two weeks before the ultra but he wanted to do it and it was this year or never, my dads words not mine.
Training was running and biking at the gym as the day neared he was quiet and didn't mention it. My dads plan was to see how he felt during the first 8 miles, if he felt like he couldn't anymore, he would get out or just walk it and try to make it before the cut off time which was 9 hours and 30 minutes. We believed in him and knew he would finish it no matter what, Saturday came and off he was. Miguel had his last Soccer game of the season and we couldn't be there to cheer him on during the first miles but we were there during the last 10 miles and the finish line.
8 hours and 22 minutes later my dad crossed the finish line, it was an emotional one with lots of tears and hugs. You can check out the vlog later this week to see video clips of my dad running and getting to the finish line.
That goes to show that you must always believe in yourself, listen to your body, trust your training and Go For It!
The Only Person That Can Stop You Is You

And that's how my dad became an Ultra Marathoner.

Kary xoxo

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Help Honor Nurses and win $100 AMEX Gift Card from Pampers #ThankYouNurses

Disclosure: This Review was made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% mine.

When I was little I wanted to be someone that could help people, and as I grew up my heart was set on being a nurse but things changed and that wasn't possible. Being a nurse means sacrificing your family and personal life most of the time and that is something to admire and be grateful for. That is why I am so excited to share with you an amazing program that Pampers is launching. 

It is the Thank You Nurses Awards program, it honors nurses in these three categories:
  • Labor & Delivery
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Postpartum

There will be three finalist in each of the categories mentioned above. Each of the three finalist will receive a one-year membership to the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), attendance at the 2016 AWHONN Convention, Procter and Gamble care packages, and more. 
You can visit tongal.com/pampersnurses for full prizing details.

But that's not all. In honor of these nurse winners, three Pampers Swaddlers scholarships will be made available to help nurses from underrepresented groups complete their studies toward a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Details and official rules here: 

What are you waiting for?
Pampers is inviting all of us parents to share our stories of nurses who helped make life #betterforbaby.

 So make sure to nominate a nurse, whether it was that nurse that helped console you in the waiting room when you were checking in your loved one or that nurse that was extra sweet to your loved one. 
The nomination period ends Dec 14, 2015 at 3pm Est.

    I know I will be nominating that nurse that helped console me when Valentina was born. She was born with jaundice and even though that's common with lots of newborn babies, it is very scary. Having to leave you baby under the lamp and worrying about her being by herself. My heart skipped a beat when I went in for a surprise visit and my nurse was holding Valentinas little hand. This mommy felt much better knowing that we were being taken care of so dearly. We were blessed with not one but many amazing nurses and to all of you we say Thank You for all of your hard work and sacrifices!

Be sure to check out the Pampers Swaddlers #ThankYouNurses Twitter Party going on
 Nov 19, 2015 from 8-9pm Central Standard Time. 
So come and share your stories and win great some prizes:

Prize 1: $50 AMEX, diapers and wipes
Prize 2: $75 AMEX, diapers and wipes
Prize 3: $125 AMEX, diapers and wipes
Grand Prize: $350 AMEX, diapers and wipes

Make sure to RSVP: Diapers And Wipes

And as if that wasn't enough Pampers is giving one of my C'est La Vie readers the chance to win a $100 AMEX gift card and a pack of Swaddlers Pampers.

Enter here:

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Good Luck!

Kary xoxo

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Babys 1st Time At The Circus

More excited about the popcorn than going to her first Circus show.
My partners at crime 
Just one of the amazing acts
Lincoln Square
My mom won tickets to the Big Apple Circus for this past Wednesday. Miguel had no school and it we had perfect weather. It was Valentina's first time going to the circus and I was a little bit nervous about you she would react. She was laughing and enjoying the fact that she could pick out some popcorn, the lights went off and she was an awe, that was until the clowns came out. The moment this one clown sprayed water at the other one, she started crying. Good thing it was loud or else everyone would have been looking her way. She loved everything else but the moment it was time for the clowns to come out, she would turn around and say no, go away.
The show was about 1 hour and a half and everything was great, the acrobats, the music and all of the performers were just amazing. There were moments when I would gasp because I thought some of the performers would fall. For animals the only ones used were ponies, dogs and horses and they were too cute and oh so smart. For $10 the kids could ride the ponies during intermission or at the end of the show. Valentina wanted to ride a pony, she fell in love with horses during the Summer while in Mexico, when she got to ride her uncles horse.

 It was a great show and it might become an annual family tradition.
You can see more on my vlog.

What's your favorite act at a Circus?

Kary xoxo

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Happy Mommy

Enjoying the beautiful view

 Ice coffee & fall colors

 My mini me and I

These two complete me

It was a beautiful spring day on a fall day and I couldn't not enjoy it. Valentina and I left the house early, and made sure to enjoy some time in Central Park before picking Miguel up from school.
There is nothing more beautiful than Central Park during the fall, the colors are amazing and breathtaking. It was nice to have some one on one time with my mini me at the park but we did miss our Miguel. Just look at that last picture, Valentina hugged us that way. When she saw that I was going to take the picture she grabbed us both, so much love!

Hope your day was a great one.

Kary xoxo

Monday, November 9, 2015

Marathon Sunday

 The route Miguel ran, the last 1.8 miles that the marathoners were going to run later that day.

 After the race with his medal and heat warmer

My two runners - Grandpa & Grandson

I can't believe that Marathon Sunday is over and that it's already been a week. 
After a year of planning, of training and dreaming it's all over now.
This year was even more special, it was the first time that the NYRR had an invitational youth run. They invited kids from NYC schools to run the last 1.8 miles that the marathoners would run later that day. Miguel is on his schools track team and he was invited
to participate in the race. We were up at 5am and at his school by 6:15am, a beautiful sacrifice that's worth it in every way. His race started at 8:45am, we waited by the sideline and it was great to cheer him on. At the end of the race he was given a medal, heat warmer and a bag with apple, pretzels and bar. Like a real marathoner, they really made it a special and memorable day for all the kids. 
We had time to spare before going back to the park to cheer on my dad, so I took the kids to eat some breakfast and than went back to the park with my mom and family to wait for my dad by mile 24. It was great to see him go by and ready to finish his 15th marathon. Marathon Sunday is full of lots of inspirational runners, all with a different story.
Counting down the days till next year and getting ready for another big surprise :)

Vlog link is below, there you can watch how we spent our:

Have you ever run a marathon?

Kary xoxo 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday Wish List

Stock picture via Forever21

Stock picture via Forever21

Stock photo via Forever21

Stock photo via Forever21

Stock photo via Forevere21

You can never go wrong with a great pair of boyfriend jeans, paired off with a cute sweater and simple yet unique accessories.
I love Forever21 and if I won the lottery I would buy all of their clothes!

What's a must have wardrobe staple for you?

Kary xoxo 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Frappula - Wakkula!!

We were halloween ready and way too excited about Starbucks and what was supposed to be a 4 day limited edition drink time. It was called the Frappula, and was only available at Starbucks Oct 28th-Oct 31st. I told Miguel to wait till the next day that the drink came out so the baristas had time to familiarize with the drink itself. But sadly enough, we went and the barista had no idea what we were talking about, she kept saying what was a Frappula and what ingredients did it have? The cashier told her and she made it, she handed us the above drink. To say that we were disappointed is an understatement. 

Where was the red drizzling blood?
Where was the white mocha?

Starbucks did it again and not in a good way!

Kary xo