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Stocking Stuffer Ideas For The Runner In Your Life

I have personally tried all of the products mentioned below and know for a fact that any runner would love to find them in their stocking stuffer. Not only that but they are also great for any fitness enthusiast in your life. They are also great for the younger sport enthusiast in your life. My 13 year old son also loves some of the products mentioned in this post.

Building Fun With Lite Poppers

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. We were sent some Lite Poppers for reviewing purposes. All words and opinions are 100& my own.

Innovative, fun and educational toys are something that I am always on the lookout for. Not only during the holiday season but all year round. As a parent one of the things in a toy that will be a plus for me and a definite purchase is when they are educational and can help promote screen-less time.

Elena Of Avalor Inspired DIY Ornament & A Giveaway

The holiday season is here and that means it's time for Familia and spending time with them. 
With the cold weather upon us it's always great to have family movie nights. 
Elena Of Avalor Season 1 is now available on DVD, just in time for Christmas and the Three Kings Day. This would definitely make a great stocking stuffer for any little princess in your life.

Momtrends Holiday Soiree 2016

A few weeks ago I was able to attend for a second year in a row the Momtrends Holiday Soiree. It was actually also my 1 year anniversary with Momtrends. I've been blessed with being able to attend a few of their events this 2016 and it's been great meeting fellow bloggers and amazing companies to work with.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tsum Tsums Giveaway

'Tis the Season 

Celebrate National Mutt Day With Peppy Pups

Happy National Mutt Day! 
National Mutt Day, was founded by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige. It is observed Dec. 2nd and July 31st to celebrate the many wonderful attributes of Mutts to promote adoption WORLDWIDE.
 With Christmas around the corner I know a puppy can be on a child's Christmas wish list. 
There are many reasons to not be able to get a puppy, from a child being too little to understand the real concept of owning a dog to living in the city in and apartment building where dogs are not allowed.

Cubetto by Primo Toys

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Primo Toys. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.

This holiday season when you are shopping for toys make sure to check out Cubetto by Primo Toys. Award winning and Montessori approved coding toy for children ages 3 and up.

DIY Dream Jar Inspired by The BFG

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent supplies to facilitate making my own Dream Jar. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

The friendliest giant is coming to Blu Ray and Digital HD tomorrow.
  In honor of The BFG we made a dream jar, and you can make one to.
A fun craft that can be made with your little ones and they can hold onto while they watch The BFG at home. 

Keeping Safe With AccuWeather and The FDNY

Disclosure: AccuWeather has sponsored this post. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

'Tis the holiday season and that means that it's time for family and time to take a few extra safety precautions. Did you know that this is the season that most accidents happen?
I'm excited too share with you some safety tips that I learned thanks to AccuWeather and some members of the FDNY. They want to make sure we are all safe this Winter season.

Just Keep Swimming... Just Keep Swimming...

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

She stole our hearts this past Summer on the big screen and now she's available to bring home.
Finding Dory is now available on Blu Ray and Digital HD.
Digital HD October 25th and Blu Ray November 15th.

He Is Doing It Again...

 My everything, my hearts, my loves = my family!

Family Volunteer Day - Help Someone Smile

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Family Volunteer Day. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.

One of the things that I always try to teach my kids is that the holiday season is not all about the presents but about the time we get to spend with family. It is also a time for them to be grateful for everything that they have, there are people that are by themselves and don't have loved ones with them. The holiday season can be a little bit hard, but 
with Family Volunteer Day held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving it is the perfect time to teach our kids how great it feels to help someone else.

Save This Holiday Season With Groupon

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own

It's official - the holiday season is just around the corner and that means it's time to do some shopping. I have a big family and I always want to make sure that I save some money.
That's where Groupon Coupons come in. I can always find great savings on lots of my favorite stores that I end up buying from this holiday season.

TROLLS Delights Inspired Cupcakes & A Giveaway

The TROLLS Dreamworks movie is just around the corner, only 5 days away actually but whose counting?! :)

To celebrate we thought it would be fun to make some cupcakes. I've always loved Trolls since the 90's and I have quite a collection stashed away. Baking is also one of my favorite things to do, who better way to combine two things I love then by making TROLL inspired cupcakes.

Cooking With POM Wonderful #CookWithPom #Ad

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All words and opinions are 100% my own.

Did you know that November is Pomegranate month?! 
Don't worry you are not by yourself because I just learned this myself a few days ago when I was invited to cook with POM Wonderful and Momtrends.

Forget About The Mess With Bounty & Make Memories

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bounty. All words and opinions expressed are my own.

We played with paint, made fun flowers out of Bounty paper towels, finger painted and we even got to decorate our own mini cake so that we could recreate baby’s first cake smash.
Yes, this all involved getting messy and dirty but it was worth it, memories of baby girl's cake smash came back to mind and it reminded me how important it is to live in the moment.

GB Pock It The Must Have Stroller For City Life

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored posts. I was sent a GB Pock It for an honest review. All words and opinions are 100% our own.

Living in the city can get a little bit exhausting and hectic when you have to carry around your little one and a stroller, especially if you live on the fourth floor like we do. My husband is not always around to be able to help me carry down Valentina and the stroller and it's not safe to leave baby girl alone while I run downstairs to leave the stroller and then run up to get her.
That's why a few months ago when I stopped by the New York Baby Show and saw the GB Pock It in person and in action, I knew it was a must have and it ended up on My Top 3 Picks from the baby show. Then came the fun part being able to try it out for a few months for ourselves.

The Splat Collection

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. We were invited as media to attend this event and gifted a swag bag. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Last week we got attend a special event at Milk & Cookies Kids Salon and Spa located on the Upper East Side. 
Just by the name you know that it is definitely the place to be at.
Ignore those steel beams, due to construction all around the city those are a part of the front store for now. 

Happy 26th Birthday Baby Brother

26 years ago my baby brother was born. I remember feeling so excited for my mom to come home from the hospital so we could meet our new baby brother. It was love at first sight, there were a few moments of jealousy, very little. I've loved being his big sister and watching him grow up and seeing him makes all his dreams a reality. Can't wait to see him continue crushing those goals and all of his dreams coming true!

Happy Birthday always baby brother :)

Kary xoxo

Keep The Germs Away With Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

As a mom you better believe that I am a germ free freak, I am always trying to sterilize Valentinas toys or wash her hands, especially during the Fall and Winter season when all the cold and flu germs are around. One of my must have household items and even to carry around in my purse are the Clorox disinfecting wipes.

Much Needed Mom's Night Out #MTNightOut

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All words and opinions are 100% my own.

LVL The First Wearable Hydration Band

Are you ready for the first ever wearable bracelet to accurately measure hydration in real time?
Well, that is exactly what LVL (pronounced Level) is and does.
I know I'm not the only that has dreamed about finding an easier way of keeping track of my hydration.

Events Will Come And Go

It's been a little quiet around our little corner of the internet. The picture above shows what my weekend consisted of. Our weekend was full of plans but life had other plans for us.
And it all started Friday night.

Keep Your Phone Safe - Speck Phone Case Review

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent a Speck phone case for reviewing purposes. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Finding a good, protective and sturdy phone case can be one of the hardest things to do when scouring the internet. Especially when they all promise to be the best and to help protect your phone from drops and other casualties. You want to make sure that your phone is protected, because they already cost a pretty penny, you don't need to spend even more on getting the screen replaced when it cracks.

Let's Get Curious With Curious George and a Giveaway!

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. I was invited to attend this event with my family and given 4 tickets to host a giveaway. All words and opinions are 100% my own.

If you guys remember a few months ago we headed down to Liberty Science Center to check out the TMNT exhibit, well last weekend we were lucky enough to check out the newest exhibit at LSC.
The Let's get Curious with Curious George, perfect for all your little explorers.
You know it's always a fun day when you get to take the ferry down to NJ.

Super Wubble Bubble Ball Review

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Valentina playing with the Super Wubble Bubble Ball (approximate retail value $19.99)
If you guys remember last year we were able to check out the Wubble x & Glo Wubble, we were very excited to play with the newest wubble bubble ball.

The Lion Guard : Unleash The Power Giveaway

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent a copy of Disney Lion Guard Unleash The Power Dvd to facilitate this review. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.
The circle of life....
The Lion King has got to be hands down one of my favorite Disney movies, yes it's sad but still one of my favorite movies to watch. I love that with Lion guard Valentina can follow Kions adventures. 
Just in case you don't know, Kion is Simbas son.

Pamper Yourself With Groupon

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all words and opinions are 100% my own as always.

As a mom my number priority is always making sure that my kids have everything that is essential and sometimes spoiling them with little rewards here and there. But what I forget to do is remember that us moms also need some pampering. We work hard for our families and also need to pamper ourselves here and there. I find that the perfect way to do so is by going to the salon and getting nice manicure and pedicure or a nice haircut, the kind where you splurge for a scalp massage. 

My Champions

My champions!
I am definitely one proud momma and daughter. Today was a fun and busy day full of sports.
It was the first soccer game of the Fall season 2016 for Miguel and my dad had the much anticipated Tune Up 18 miler race. This race helps him see how ready he is for the marathon in November.
We love when we are busy cheering for our family, we were able to cheer Miguel on and my dad.

More Money In Your Pocket With Groupon Coupons

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all words and opinions expressed are 100% my own as always.

As long as I can remember I've always loved to save money. I'm sure it comes from my mom, I remember going to the supermarket with her and always watching her organize her coupons before we paid at the cash register. Now as a mom of two I am always happy to find ways to save money, no matter how much it is. it really does at up in the long run.

Marvel's Captain America:Civil War

The Years Biggest Blockbuster 
Marvel's Captain America:Civil War
is finally coming out on Digital HD Sept 2nd and Blu -ray Sept 13.
Get ready to watch from the comfort of your house!

Wet Head Review

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. We were sent a Wet Head for reviewing purposes. All words and opinions are my own.

It's most likely that you've stumbled upon a Wet Head video while surfing Youtube or your child has pointed it out to you while shopping at Target. 
And just in case you have no idea what this Wet Head game is, i'm here to give you a few details.

Surviving The First Day of School 2016

1st day of school and starting his senior year in junior high school.
I can't believe that today marks the day Miguel starts his year as an 8th grader. It seems like only yesterday we were getting ready to start junior high school and now we start the process of a new school all over again and not just any school, high school.

A letter to my son on his 13th birthday.

Happy 13th Birthday Miguel, my always munchkin.

Snapshot Sunday

Kazoops New Pre-school Show Now Streaming on Netflix!

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign by Kazoops. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.

Last week we were invited to watch a sneak peak of Kazoops, one of the newest pre-school series to come to Netflix (starting today September 2nd). It's perfect for kids ages 3-6
and follows the adventures of 6 year old Monty and his best friend Jimmy Jones, the family pet pig.
Each episode last about 19-20 minutes and is broken up into 3 mini episodes.
You have to love a show that promotes imagination, critical thinking skills and the importance of family and friends. 

Cute & Affordable Shoes Javie Flats Review

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent a pair of Javie Flats in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.
If you could go into my shoe stash I give you my word that you would find nothing but flats, running shoes and converse. My feet solely rely on that type of footwear. Do I not love high heels? Why yes, yes I do. But thanks to my feet and tendency to trip and fall flat on my face, I try to avoid them at all cost. Unless there's a party or a very special event and they are needed, then they are taken out of a secret little corner, where they await to one day be worn.

Fitness Is Always The Way To Go

It can be hard getting back on track when it comes to getting back to woking out or in my case running. As you guys remember I was out of running for about 5 months due to a broken toe, that's almost half a year. Way too much in my opinion, it was one of the hardest things to do. 
The first month went by fast because I had hopes of being able to run in about a month and a half but when that month and half started turning into 3 months I almost lost it. 
Not only mentally but body wise also, my body missed being able to feel the pavement under my feet. 

Celebrate Labor Day With Gourmet Gift Baskets

Disclosure: Gourmet Gift Baskets sent me a gift basket for my honest review. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

I can't believe that Summer is almost over, it really feels like just yesterday we were just celebrating the last day of school and now we are getting ready to welcome Fall. But before we can welcome Fall we have to make sure and say bye to Summer 2016 with one last big hurrah. 

Family Movie Night with Mowgli & Baloo #JungleBook

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent a digital copy of The Jungle Book and some treats. 
All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

It was great to come back from vacation to our digital copy of The Jungle Book and some extra goodies for us to be able to have a very special movie night. We had a chance to see The Jungle Book  in the movie theater a few months ago and loved it. We were counting down the days until we could watch it from the comfort of our home, that way we can dance around freely.
Movie nights happen at least twice a week, we love movies that much. In our package there was also a gift card so we could buy some yummy treats to enjoy during our family movie night.

Bye Mexico - Hello NYC!

 Picture taken at 6:45am, taken outside of my Grandmothers house before we left the pueblo and started our 16 hour journey back home.

Goodbye Mexico 2016

As this post goes live we are boarding our plane to com back home. Again my heart is sad and happy at the same time. Because I leave my parents behind, yes I get to see them when they come back to NYC but it's always hard saying see you later. But I'm happy because I know that my soulmate is waiting for us in NYC, this flight can't go fast enough. It's my first time on an airplane with only Miguelito and Valentina. Hoping Valentina is good during this flight back home.

Wednesday Wish List

Picture from the vans website
Princess Peach

SnapShot Sunday

"Mami look at me, I'm a detective"

ENK Children's Club at the Jacob Javits Center

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was invited to attend this event as press and received a goodie bag. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

This Monday I had the chance to go to the ENK Children's Club Fashion Showcase at the Jacob Javits Center thanks to Brianne from Stroller In The City.
This was my first time going to a fashion expo and I was very excited. Who doesn't love clothes?!
Valentina loves changing outfits a few times a day and Miguel loves looking fashionable. 
I arrived at around 1:00pm and omg, it was endless aisles of fashion fun.
This blogger was very excited to meet some of the team members behind some great brands.
KinderKind has fun and edgy looks for your little ones. I loved both outfits on the top for Valentina and if Miguel were younger he would be wearing that corner right one. The first outfit is a fun legging, with a sweater and vest. They can be worn together or separate.
Loved them so much.

Leaving on a jet plane - Summer Vacation 2016

See you soon New York.
We are on our way to Mexico right now, the beginning of a 16 hour adventure to our final destination in Mexico. We will be there for two weeks and a little over 3 days, making it almost 2 weeks and a half.
I'm half happy and half sad. Happy because I get to see my maternal grandmother and to be with my parents but sad because my soulmate stays behind.