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

Family outing with my favorites

32 week bump - almost 33 weeks.
Nachos & salsa
Love my Mexican food
With my munchkin
My favorites- my mommy & daddy
A view from above! Baby girl is really popping out :) 


The weather was perfect, it really was a great way to end a weekend and to go out shopping for for any last minute details you were in need of. Christmas is just 2 days away, but for my family and I it is actually just 1 day away. For those who've followed be for some time years now, know that we celebrate the Mexican traditional way. Which means we start cooking and celebrating the 24th into the wee hours of the 25th :)
Today was food prep shopping day. I got to go with my mom and dad, which is always fun! We got to eat some Mexican food at this yummy place and lots of walking was done. It was a perfect Sunday :)

I can't believe that Christmas is already here!! Can you believe it?

Love,
Kary xoxo


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Keep Calm and...


It's Saturday, Christmas vacation is officially on for munchkin, and only 52 days left till Jellybeans due date!
I turned off all the lights, turned on our Christmas tree, poured myself some hot chocolate and just sat down to stare at the beautiful lights.

Keep Calm And Jingle All The Way

Love,
Kary xoxo


Cord Banking - Some information & personal thoughts


“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Cord Blood Registry. I received promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Breakfast at The Russian Tea Room
Autographed book by Dr. Rallie McAllister
2 weeks ago I got the opportunity to attend the NYC Cord Blood Registry event that took place at The Russian Tea Room. Here I got the opportunity to learn about Cord Blood banking and to listen to two amazing speakers. One was Dr.Rallie McAllister and the second one was Shelley Connelly the mom of a little 5 year old who knows first hand the benefits of cord blood banking.


As a mom and mommy to be again, it was an eye opening experience to be able to learn about the importance of CBR.
Cord Blood Banking cost is a one time payment and than monthly storage fee.
At first you might think it's a little steep, but let's be serious how much is a life worth, Especially that of a loved one?


Did you know that it's a safe procedure that is done in a few minutes. You order the kit, it is sent to you at your house and you than take it with you to the hospital when it is time for baby to be born.

The cord blood stem cells are scraped from the umbilical cord (painless) and they are than stored and put away until you need them. We pray to never be in a situation where a loved one needs the stem cells, but you will never have to worry if you have yours stored. CB stem cells have been used in the treatment of more than 80 conditions and are currently being evaluated in FDA- regulated clinical trials for their potential regenerative ability in common health issues that include autism, pediatric stroke, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury.

One of the things about CBR is that it is not that talked about. I'm not sure why doctors won't talk about it. I am 7 months into my pregnancy and not once has my doctor brought up the topic. I had an appointment, 3 days after this opportunity and I was able to ask my doctor questions regarding this topic. She said she wasn't sure, and even she was a little clueless when I asked her how I could go about getting myself a kit. So mommies if you really are interested, you must do a little research, call CBR to order your kit and do a little more research. It really is worth it and your little ones life.
It will be money well invested and your mind will be at peace.
You never know and you don't want to live with a what if?

To learn more about CBR you can go to their website.

Love,
Kary xoxo

Do you have any experience with CBR?





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Core Power Fit-Kit Giveaway

Exciting times indeed! I've been asked to be a Core Power ambassador and I couldn't be happier.

Core power is available nationally and they've also been named the "Official Protein drink of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Games". Plus look at all the flavors that are available!

You guys all know how important milk is, it does a body good and it's one of the best sources of protein. It helps to build lean muscle and recharge the body when consumed directly after physical activity.



Core power is the real - milk based sports recovery drink and it contains natural whey and casein proteins found in milk - never removed from their original liquid state. The brand features simple ingredients and great taste, which means no chalky texture - win for us!
You can also check out the Core Power website for recipes.




Now for the fun news. Core Power is hooking me up with a Core Power Fit-Kit AND hooking up one of you guys with a Fit-Kit of your own!!
The kit includes an exercise ball, a gym towel, a water bottle and a gym bag (all Core Power branded). Fun right?! Enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter widget below, you have until Christmas Day to enter - Good Luck :)



Love,
Kary xoxo


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5 Gift Ideas For The Girl Runner In Your Life


This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Koss.

1- Race Registration: Everyone knows that a runners dream is to be able to win the lottery and have unlimited access to all the races his or her desires. So, what better present than that of a race entry.

Price range - anywhere from $15 to more than $100.00



Left to Right: FitBuds - FitClips
Rockin my pink FitClips
2- Koss Fit Series: Two styles available either the FitFlips or FitBuds. Perfect for the girl runner in your life because they are the first headphones designed by women for women and they are perfect for our small ears. I loved running and working out in these, they were sweat resistant and did not slip out. They also came with three different size cushions, so I could try them out until I found the prefect fit for me. The fun bright colors are also a plus, they made me want to push myself harder, and there are more colors available.

Retail Price: $29.99 each style and they can be found at your local Walmart, BestBuy, Walgreens, Kmart and Sears.

You can find Koss on Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Koss
Twitter: @KossHeadphones
Instagram: @Koss




3- Sparkly Soul Headband - Not only are these headbands fun and sparkly. But they really do stay put during your workouts. Whether you're running or doing hard core cardio. They are available in many pretty colors, in 2 different kinds of widths and these fun headbands will help that special girl in your life feel sparkly - Sparkle on!!

Price range from $15-$17 each headband

Sparkly Soul can be found on Social Media:
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/sparklysoulinc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPARKLYSOULINC
Instagram: http://instagram.com/sparklysoulinc




4- Mizunos Wave Rider 17 - Every runner needs a good pair of running shoes. You can never go wrong with Mizunos. They are soft, cushiony and light for the girl runner in your life, and they have this new pair of Wave Rider 17's in pink and other colors also. Talk about perfect!!

Price - $114.95

You can find Mizuno on Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mizunorunning
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mizuno_Running
Instagram: http://instagram.com/mizunorunning



5- Barefooters: Every one, athlete or not needs  pair of these recovery shoes. The lovely thing about Barefooters is that they are unisex! You can get yourself pair when you're buying that special someones pair :) Your feet will go uhhhhh, ahhhh and they will be oh so thankful! My preggo, running feet are in love and literally in heaven when wearing them.

Retail Price: $89.00 and up
To find a store near you, you can look at the store locator on their website.

You can find Barefooters on Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mybarefooters
Twitter: https://twitter.com/barefooters
Instagram: http://instagram.com/barefooters


All of the items found above are great. I have one of each and recommend them all. Now, as a girl runner is there anything special on your gift list?

Love,
Kary xoxo

P.S.Giveaway up on the blog tomorrow. You won't want to miss it :)


10 Years & still going strong...


12-15-13
13 years ago I was lucky enough to have met my soulmate and 2 years later I got to marry him. 
10 years of marriage and our love is stronger than ever. Together we have a beautiful family.
I have been blessed with an amazing man who is an mazing, dad, husband, friend and my everything. This girl is blessed!
I can't believe that we've been together a decade already :) Looking forward to many more decades together with my lobster!
Yes, we've had our ups and downs, but that's marriage.

Cheers to true love!

Love,
Kary xoxo

Delta Labs Ambassador :)


You guys! I'm so excited to announce that I am now part of the Delta Team Labs, I am an ambassador and I couldn't be happier! I love to represent companies that I believe in.


I took their prenatal vitamins to the doctor with me on last weeks appointment to check them out.
And as she read the label she said "oh Delta Labs. They are a very well reputed brand. These pre natal vitamins have everything you need. Even Iron, which many of the other pre natal vitamins don't have" - From the mouth of doctor :)

Good news for you! You can get $5.00 off your entire purchase each time you use the code "runchiquitarun"

Happy Shopping, loves!

Love,
Kary xoxo


MIzuno Wave Rider 17 - Be ready to make your runs brilliant ones!


The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.


You guys remember that awesome package I received last week that had a pair of the new, yet to be released Mizuno Wave Rider 17?!? Well it's been more than a week and I've been able to take them on some morning runs. 
I think that I can safely say that they have been great for Jellybean and I. My preggo running feet have been free of pain. They are so soft and cushiony. 
Before I continue let me state two things:
1) I am girl runner 
2) Yes, I own way too many running shoes (Not a bad thing in my opinion) 

So, you might ask yourself how can a girl that owns lots of running shoes say that these are the best?
Well they are, and along with the other pairs that I own, these will also be part of my running shoes and will be in rotation with the other pairs that I own. 
This is not my first time trying out a pair of Mizunos and I couldn't have been happier when the  chance to review a new pair of Mizunos came up. I jumped up in the air, and I don't mean it literally. Last year I won my first pair via another runners blog and I fell in love with the idea of my runs being brilliant. Only difference with this pair of Mizunos is that the Wave Rider 17 are Neutral compared to my old Wave Inspire 9 that are Support shoes (you can read more about m experience with that pair here) I've been meaning to try a pair of Neutral shoes and see if I could transition to them. Well guess what? I have and I love it! 
 Sure, I'm not running as fast as before but I'm still running and when my feet hit the pavement, they feel cushioned and supported. They are way lighter (they only weigh 7.8oz)  than my Wave Inspire 9. which makes me want to run faster but that will have to wait until after Jellybean is born.
 I also love the colors, that's a major plus for me. I love that they are pink, and flashy. 
I'm also loving the mesh material used on the upper part of the shoe. My feet appreciate the fresh air and my toes appreciate the ability to wiggle into soft material.
My verdict? This pair is a must for every runner, they will definitely make your runs brilliant! 
My husband now wants a pair! Maybe if he's been good, Santa will bring him his own pair of Wave Rider 17s :)

Wave Rider 17 - Color: Sugar Corral - Aurora - Dark Slate 
The Wave Rider 17s will be available starting tomorrow December 5, 2013 and will retail for $114.95
They are available in other colors: White - Dark Slate - Dewberry
and Dark Slate - Cabbage - Raspberry Rose.

 Some other key features are:

- The shoes U4ic midsole delivers, resilient cushioning - means you every time your feet hit the pavement your feet feel heavenly. 
- New dissolving upper fit with new DMF execution  and soft, supple mesh materials - means your feet get fresh air and more room for for your little piggies.
- SmoothRide Engineering for a brilliant run - your runs will definitely be brilliant.
- Lateral Forefoot Sculpting for smooth touchdown and transition - Every time you run it feels like your feet are being hugged.
- Blown rubber forefront with deep flex grooves for optimal flexibility and cushioning - which means that you will never want to take these sneakers off!!!

Are you a Mizuno runner? Have you tried Wave Riders before?
Do you rotate between running sneakers or are you a one of a kind sneaker person?

Love,
Kary xoxo

Thanksgiving Eve 2013

Spiderman, Spiderman...
Snoopy & Woodstock
Happy, Happy Hippo
Dinosaur Shaped Christmas Tree in front of the AMNH 
Papa smurf 
Jellybean at her 1st Macy's Parade Balloon Inflation viewing :)
Toothless
My 1st Jellybean, my munchkin completes me!
Thanksgiving Eve and that means it was time for our yearly tradition of checking out the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation. It does take place only 3 blocks away from where we live, so no rain can stop us. I get to pick munchkin up a little bit early from school and off to see the balloons we go. It's always so magical and fun to see the big balloons, especially when you find a cartoon character you really love. I love seeing everything through my munchkins eyes, it makes it even that more special. I love being able to still hold his hand and see his little smiling face. It was especially special when my munchkin pointed out balloons to Jellybean. He kept saying that he can't wait until next year, when his baby sister can really see them. It's these moments that I live for. It was a magical Thanksgiving Eve indeed, now we are ready to watch movies while bundled up in bed. It is very cold outside and Munchkin and Jellybean wore me out.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving Eve?

Love,
Kary xoxo


Happy Mail - Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.

Happy Mail at my doorstep
Christmas came early for this mommy runner :)
Mizuno - Wave Rider 17 
Christmas came early for this mommy runner, yesterday morning. The mailman brought me the best brown box ever!! Inside were the Mizuno Wave Rider 17, which are to be officially launched on December 5, 2013. Not only was I sent the coolest pink looking running shoes but these babies are so light to the touch! I can't wait to test them out on my morning runs with my Jellybean, the weather here has been gross. Lots of rain and wind, which means that my morning runs will have to hold off until this Friday at least. But I couldn't wait till Friday to wear them, these cuties were begging me to take outside. So off we went to pick munchkin up from school and to do some walking. So far I'm in heaven, now to take them for a run. Can't wait to see the difference between my Mizuno Wave Inspire  9 - Support Shoe and these my new Mizuno Wave Rider 17 - Neutral Shoe :)

Where would you take your Mizunos to?

Love,
Kary xoxo


A few tips to help you survive this holiday season #HuggiesLatino

This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Huggies.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.



Only 3 days left till Thanksgiving, say what?!?
Where did the days go, that we are already worrying about the holiday season.
Family reunions, buying a present for those special someones in your life and worrying about what to cook?
I'm happy to share with you a few holiday tips that help me survive the holiday season and I hope they help you to.

1- If you have a baby. I know one of the major things is dressing them up for the holidays. But they are babies and it's always so stressful to have them wearing their special clothes and getting them dirty. My suggestion, take them wearing another set of clothing and when it's time to start taking pictures. Which for us is usually after we are done with all the cooking. Take baby and dress them up in their holiday clothes. They have less time to dirty it :)

2- Don't forget what the holiday season is all about. It's easy to get carried away with shopping and what to buy. But remember that you are loved no matter what, remember to remind your child what the season is truly about and they will appreciate anything that you gift them.

3- Have patience with your children. They are children and might not get the hint when it comes to you wanting alone time or you being stressed. Sit, down, close your eyes and berth in and breath out.

4- Your children want to help. Make it a memorable one and find something child friendly that they can help out with. Maybe help you fold the napkins, set up the tables or even better bake some holiday goodies :)

5- Sit, down take a breather. As adults, the holiday season can take a toll on us, and instead of really enjoying the holiday season for what it is, we can end up hating it. Remember now is family time, to see all those family members that you might not be able to see all year long. A time to enjoy with your children, have fun. Watch movies, do arts and crafts, sleep in and most of all be grateful for everything you have.

6- Oh and for those messes that are sure to happen, especially when children are around let's not forget to that Huggies Natural Care Wipes with Triple Clean layers are a must. Make sure to carry a pack with you! They are sure to help with any spills and dirty hands :)
Now enjoy this holiday season!

What is one tip that you recommend to survive this holiday season?

Love,
Kary xoxo

Remember to follow Huggies Latino on Facebook and Twitter 
#HuggiesLatino

Drink up!


Now that it's winter we can sometimes make the big mistake of forgetting to drink our water as much as we do like when it's summer time. I know I tend to trade my water bottle for a big cup of Starbucks coffee - big no-no!
We might not be sweating the same and that's why it's easy to assume and ignore the signs of dehydration. Not only are those cramps, muscle fatigue and tiredness signs of dehydration but you're leaving your body to be more vulnerable when it comes to the common cold and flu.
Some ways to monitor yourself and make sure you are dehydrated enough is by checking your urine.

This week at my doctors appointment I was found to be super dehydrated. My urine was a scary orange dark color, no bueno at all. Not only for me but for my Jellybean.  So make sure to check your urine and that it's nice and clear, the perfect sign of you being nice and hydrated.

If you are going to be exercising make sure to drink up before and during you exercise. It's recommended that you drink at least 1-2 cups of water at least one hour before working out. After that every 30 minutes while you're working out is ideal.

So don't forget to drink up this Winter Season and aim for a gallon of fluids a day!

Love,
Kary xoxo


Smile even though your heart is breaking...



Love,
Kary xoxo


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