Seize the day because life is what you make it...

Once a runner, Always a runner....

I always knew I wanted to be a runner, I've always loved the rush and the feeling of my feet hitting the pavement!
That's my mom and I, during one of our races in 1991. 

Thanks to my pappa being a marathoner (he's the one in purple with the Mexican flag on his tank) and him loving to run we were able to grow up in that atmosphere. I remember my dad going to train every afternoon in Central Park. We would all get ready and my mom would take us to the park to wait for my dad, as he ran around the park we played in the playground or jumped rope. My aunts knew to never call the house in the afternoons, because we were always at the park. They said we should have built a house there, oh how I wish that would have been possible.
Every Sunday was race day and we would wake up early to go wait by the finish line and root for our pappa as he ran by us or crossed the finish line. It was our way of life and I loved it!
Before my 1st race - Ha! Look at our faces :) It has to do with that little band-aid on my knee!
My pappa, baby brother and I - after the race!
 It was even more special when my dad started signing us up for races. Sure it was nerve wrecking being in a crowd of women and being only 10yrs old. Not to mention that the day I ran my first race ever was also the day my period decided to make it's appearance, oh and I fell and hurt my knee. So much going on and the race hadn't even started. I remember crying when my mom started to run faster than me, I didn't want to be left behind. I was afraid of losing her in the crowd, but she knew what she was doing. I've always been the kind of person to push myself harder, I hated people wining me or passing me by. The moment my mom started running ahead of me, I knew I had to run faster to catch up to her! I did, yes I was crying and running but I did it!
I finished my first race and I was hooked!

With my pappa after racing in the Race For The Cure - 1993

We grew up a family of runners! Left to Right: My sister, me, mom and baby brother - 1995
  Thanks to my dad and mom's support I was able to participate in many more races! My last race was actually two years after munchkin was born, which means that was back in 2005.
I haven't raced since, no that doesn't mean I stopped loving to run and race. I've always had it in my mind and it's been in up and down journey for 7yrs now. A journey that started with me trying to lose the weight that I'd gained and ended up with me finding my passion for running again!
I was able to find me - I am a runner!!

 And thanks to Girls Gone Sporty I will be able to race again. This girl will be participating in her first race since 2005! I am the first ever GGS grant recipient for the Ambassador group!

I signed up for the grant back in October and patiently waited to see if I would get it. As I lay sick in bed on Sunday - November 18 (date will be engraved in my head) I decided to skim through my email, what else could I do, and my eyes hit "GGS Ambassador Grant". I was scared to open it, what would I do if I didn't get it. I mean you can sign up every month, until you receive a grant than you must wait a certain amount of time to sign up for another one. But my heart was set on this one. 
Why? It's a New Year's Eve race, that's why! That means that I would end 2012 and start 2013 doing what I love most - Running!

 I'm so grateful that my dream is coming true thanks to Girls Gone Sporty!
 I am ending this year with  a bang and I wouldn't have it any other way. The moment my finger hit the submit button on the registration for the Midnight Race I knew it was real. These coming days full of training & mental preparation will be so surreal, until the moment that my feet actually cross that finish line :) 

 Yay! For dreams coming true and a girl finding herself again!!

Thank you Girls Gone Sporty, Laura and you my loves for always rooting me on and believing in me!!

Love you all!!

To train I say - To train :)

Love,
Kary xoxo

Energizer & Crayola Help You Power The Creativity!

About a week and a half ago munchkin and I were invited to go to the "Power The Creativity Crayola and Energizer event downtown. There we would be able to check out some of the hottest Crayola toys that were of course powered by Energizer, everybody knows that it's the only battery that keeps going and going!

 



 Trying out the Light Up Tracing Pad! Now all of you know that munchkin loves his art, so once he got a hold of this Crayola toy no on could move him :) He spent the rest of the time left drawing!

An almost finished masterpiece!

While munchkin played I was able to learn a little bit more about Energizer's New Power Seal Technology. Everybody knows that when buying batteries Energizer is the way to go.
 But what's so special about Energizer MAX batteries is that these can now hold their power for 10yrs! What does that mean? That you can stock up on these babies and not worry about having them stored away in a drawer, and that when you have a hysterical child crying by your side because his favorite toy has just run out of life you'll worry about those stored batteries in your drawer, they will be ready for use. Trust me that's not a pretty situation! I remember having one or two of those episodes when munchkin was younger and it wasn't pretty.
You can safely store these for 10 years and find them ready to use. Remember that, as your doing your shopping during the next few days. I know these are top priority for me, as I will be gifting toys. There's nothing worse like an excited child or adult unwrapping a present to find that it needs batteries and there aren't any, do your loved one a favor and get them a pair of batteries if it's called for.

 For my candle lovers, have you ever considered a battery operated candle? I've always wanted to try one but I hadn't found one that I liked. I was gifted an Energizer Flameless Waxed Candle, and can I tell you that I love it. Not only does it do the flicker thing that makes it look so real but it smells amazing!!
When I took it out of the package I couldn't believe it, now munchkin and I just take turns using it. He falls asleep with it next to him every night, and I don't have to worry about their being a fire or him getting burned. Now when I know he's really asleep I'll quietly sneak in to his room and use it for my late night bubble bath, it's great for relaxing in the tub while I read a nice book.
 We love it and you better believe that I will be purchasing more! One for each of us :)

So my loves remember your Energizer Max batteries as you go shopping this holiday season and when you purchase specially marked packs of  Energizer Max AA-16 and AAA-16 batteries you'll find crayola coupons that will help you save up to $20 on selected Crayola products!
Thank you Mom Central, Energizer and Crayola for a wonderful evening!

Love,
Kary xoxo

"I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Energizer. I attended an event and received a promotional item to thank me for my participation."


2012 Runner Holiday Gift Guide

It's cyber Monday loves and this girl has her credit card ready to go.  
Ha, I wish!
I seriously wish I could buy all the things on my Christmas wish list, if only I'd win some sort of fitness scholarship where I could buy all the fitness gear my heart desired.
 Let's imagine I did?!? 
And that I could pick some items from my Christmas wish list. 
These are just some of the things I'd buy:


 Perfect for these upcoming, very cold morning runs in Central Park. Including my special very race that's coming up! Race?!? Yep, more info coming up on this exciting news :)

I say it over and over again, sparkle and glitter is a must in life!
This girl needs to get her hands on one of these sparkle skirts - STAT!!

These make for a great fun run. I love the color and chevron stripes! What's not to love :)


Earphones that don't fall out while your running or kicking your fats butt?!? Yes please!!
I'll take a pair in pink. Thank you very much!

A B.I.A Training Journal from Believe I Am
Perfect to write down your training and goals. It's full of motivational quotes!


Do the runner in your life a favor and get him or her a pair of compression socks. Not only will they look super cool in them, but it will also help prevent injuries, help improve their performance and endurance, and provide their achy feet some relief!


My heart and feet are aching for some Mizunos!!


This girl loves her Polar FT4 HRM and now it's time to upgrade and get one with GPS! 
This one is my #1 on my wish list!

Aside from running apparel or watches, a nice gift certificate for a massage or spa treatment is always nice. Not only would your favorite runner appreciate it, I'm sure their sore muscles would also love it!
Or the gift of racing! Races can be pricey which can sometimes make it hard to participate in lots of races, a gift card so they can sign up for a race,would be awesome! 

Spoil the runner in your life, they deserve it! 
They train hard, run in the rain, cold, and hot days.
Love,
Kary xoxo


Thanksgiving 2012

Ahhh!! I fell of the wagon! I've been having way too much fun with munchkin, and getting over this horrible infection! So much exciting news :) But first a Thanksgiving recap!!
Warning: Picture Overload

November 21st: - Wednesday

 Munchkin and one of his favorite balloons - Buzz Light Year

 Sonic not inflated yet.

 Munchkins favorite balloon - Greg from Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

Munchkin and Kermit!

 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation - 2012




Munchkin got picked up early from school so we could go see the balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving parade get inflated. This is a yearly tradition and we love it!! Yeah, I uploaded our message a little late, sorry! But we do hope your day was blessed!

November 22nd - Thursday:


 People waiting for the parade to start

It's flying Kermit!

It's a bird, It's a plane, It's Superman.... Oops, I mean it's Paul Frank!

Woody! Well Elf on the Shelf, but Munchkin liked to think that it was his Elf - Woody participating in the parade

Ho-Ho-Ho! Merry Christmas!!!

A sneak peak at our Thanksgiving dinner. Boy was I full!

My loves it was a very blessed Thanksgiving, I was with my family which is what matters most to this girl. I am the happiest when I'm with my parents, brother, sister, husband and munchkin!
Everyday is a blessing :)

Hope your Thanksgiving Holiday was full of lots of happiness, love and blessings.
Cheers to it officially being the Christmas Season!

Love,
Kary xoxo

P.S. Don't forget to enter the Flying Buttress giveaway on right now, tomorrow is the last day! 
You can enter here.


Don't be a stinky... #StayFreshTeam

Don't be a stinky, even if your a cutie!! 

 I'm so excited to talk to you guys about ShowerPill, last week I was able to try it out and let me tell you that it is a must for every athlete or busy person!
This girl is always running around, and sometimes has to go and meet people after a sweaty run or a cardio session, just imagine me all smelly and hugging you (shuddering). Not a pretty picture at all!
If only there were portable showers lying around the park?!
Since there aren't any, everyone knows that the next best thing to a shower is dousing yourself in some perfume - ha! Or carrying around a handy dandy Athletic Wipe - ShowerPill.

 Each wipe comes individually wrapped & fits perfectly in any purse, bag or even pocket!

 Left: Sheet of paper Right: ShowerPill
The wipes size is approximately 9' x 8' inches

The wipe is thick and almost cloth like which is wonderful, for those who've tried baby wipes (me) know that they start breaking easily and you have to use at least 3 of them to feel somewhat clean. It's a totally different story with these Athletic Wipes, they are really strong and I have to say that what I love the most is that there is no residue left behind. There's nothing worse than feeling sticky after
 wiping yourself down!
Not with the ShowerPill nope, only feeling that's left behind is the so fresh and so clean feeling!
No lying when I say that munchkin took half my stash of the ShowerPill to use after his Saturday Soccer games, something to do with girls not liking stinky boys?!
Even he knows a good thing when he sees one!

Since we are a family of athletes you better believe I ran to Amazon.com and stocked up on some.
Since ShowerPill  is just that cool, they are offering you my loves a special black Friday code that can be used 11/23-11/25

What are you waiting for to stock up on some ShowerPill? 
 Buy 2 boxes, get 3rd one free! Code: SPFRIDAY
Valid 11/23-1125
 Happy Shopping

 Love,
Kary xoxo

Disclaimer: I received this product free to review through a FitFluential campaign. I was not paid to write this post. I did not promise a positive review. These opinions are solely my own.

 

Flying Buttress Review and Giveaway



 Hola my loves! 'Tis the holiday season for wish list to come up and all of us to start shopping for our loved ones :) It can get a little bit crazy when you start to run out of gift ideas.
So, today I'm so excited to introduce you to Flying Buttress, they designed a handbag collection that is perfect for children or tweens! Their approach on handbags encourages imagination, sustainability and individual expression. They specialize in handbags, totes, tech cases and lunch bags. 

I recently had the opportunity to review a Booie bag from Flying Buttress through the Latina Lifetstyle Bloggers Collective #LLBLOG Holiday Gift Guide
and let me tell you that this handbag is perfect for any child, tween or grown up like me :)


Before I talk a little bit more about what makes these handbags so special, let me tell you what I received. I was sent  the Booie Bag Gift Pack, this pack includes (1) Booie Bag, (2) Mona Lisa Panels, (2) Kimberly Panels/Magenta Sequin Panels, (1) Fabricmate Marker - Color option Black or Magenta.
 You can buy the handbags separately and as many panels as you want or you can buy a Gift Pack like the one shown above.


 Can I just tell you that I love the idea of snaps on a bag. I can be so crazy and I can easily get bored with my handbags.Their bags feature exterior snaps for attaching any of their 35+ decorative panels! Say what?! Yep you heard that right, a bag with snaps and tons of panels to choose from. All of their U.S. manufactured panels fit their five styles of Flying Buttress handbag line. That means that you can switch the panels as many times a day or week that your heart desires.
The bag is the size of of a medium lunch bag - Dimensions: 8"H x 10"W x 2.5"D


It is lined with a white, pink silky material and it has a zipper on the inside. 
You can carry it across or just by the shoulder and you can also use it without any panels, the denim also works.
 

My Booie bag in the Mona Lisa panel waiting to be transformed into a beautiful piece of art!



My Booie bag all snazzled up! 
So you see this is the perfect bag for any person who loves to change up their bags without having to purchase a new one (even though a girl can never have enough bags) or for any budding artist you may know.
My son loved decorating these panels and I can't wait to carry around my bag (tomorrow) and proudly display my munchkins art! You better believe that this is a masterpiece still not finished and I thank Flying Buttress for helping encourage my munchkins imagination!
What are you waiting for? Go follow Flying Buttress on facebook, or twitter and check out their awesome line of bags!

For more great holiday gift ideas don't forget to check out the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective #LLBLOG Holiday Gift Guide, you can also check out #LLBLOG on their website, facebook or twitter.

And now for some great news, a giveaway!! One lucky C'est La Vie reader will win a Booie Bag Gift Pack, courtesy of Flying Buttress!


Read more: http://www.theartofrandomwillynillyness.com/2012/11/amy-michelle-magnolia-bag-review-and.html#ixzz2CjZEU7vAAnd now for some great news, a giveaway!! One lucky C'est La Vie reader will win a Booie Bag Gift Pack, courtesy of Flying Buttress!
 Lots of confetti going up in the air right now :)
Go on enter, you know you want to!



Good luck loves :) Giveaway winner will receive their prize within 2-4 weeks!
 UPDATE: The winner is Elyse Reyes from A More Conscious E..
Congrats girl! Email me at: Kary10024@hotmail.com

Love,
Kary xoxo


Disclosure: I am a member of the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective #llblog. I received prodecut from Flying Buttress for review and for reader giveaway as part of our the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective #LLBLOG Holiday Gift Guide. All opinions and photos are my own.



So me... #NaBloPoMo


Nothing sweeter like when your Soulmate is out shopping and she sees something that knows is so you!
Christy, you know me so well!!

Love,
Kary xoxo