Archive for October, 2012

The trick-or-treating is over. Time to put away the decorations and welcome November. Growing up, our kitchen would smell wonderful the night of Halloween. My mom would be up making calabasa (sweet pumpkin fudge) to be enjoyed the next day, The Day of the Dead. November 1st is the Day of the Dead in Mexican Culture and it is a day to remember our loved ones that have passed away.

My abuelito (grandfather) loved Calabasa and she would make it in his honor. I think she still makes it, along with other of his favorite foods.

The Muckenthaler Center in Fullerton, is having a Day of the Dead Festival tomorrow from 5pm to 9pm. The Free festival features Mariachis, Ballet Folklorico, Day of the Dead Altars, sugar skulls and storytelling. There is a family friendly kid corner that features crafts designed for the kiddos.

For additional info head here. To learn more about the Day of the Dead head here (Smithsonian).

Where: Muckenthaler Center

1201 West Malvern Avenue

Fullerton, California 92833

What: Day of the Dead Festival

Time: 5pm to 9pm

Admission: Free

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Oct
31

Halloween Safety Tips!

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We hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween tonight. We’re in a new neighborhood this year with a lot more kids and have been warned about the large amount of visitors we might have.  While my husband has candy duty, I’ll be taking the kiddos around the area.

Below are some good safety tips/reminders:

  • Trick or Treat close to your home, on streets that you and your family are familiar with.
  • Bring a flashlight with you and keep it on at all times to help you see the pathways and walkways better and others that may be out Trick or Treating.
  • Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Go out early when there is still some daylight and return home early to keep everyone safe.
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Oct
26

#HasbroHalloween Giveaway

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The Amazing Spider-Man!

I have a little boy that is OBSESSED with being a super hero. This year when I asked about he wanted to be for Halloween, I knew before he answered, a Superhero mom! I want to be Spidey!

We love Halloween but it always pains me to shell so much money out for costumes that they only wear once a year.  Hasbro sent me an Amazing Spider-Man package to review and Mikey plans to wear it on Halloween. He has a mask, glove and chest light. Mikey is happy he gets to be Spider-Man and I’m happy that he has a costume that he gets to play with throughout the year! It makes a perfect costume and toy to be enjoyed all year long. Check out www.Hasbro.com  for more information on our Spider-Man mask and other Marvel toys such as Iron Man, Hulk, Thor or Captain America.

It’s Giveaway time!

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This is part of a product review campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Hasbro:, complimentary products were provided. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Laughter with Friends!

Is there anything sweeter in life than childhood laughs and making fun with friends?

 

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One of the Orcas during dinner

Last Saturday we met some friends at SeaWorld for a fun outing. It’s always so fun to meet up with another family with kiddos of the same age. We had a great time with our friends and the kiddos had a blast. We’ve wanted to do something special and decided to have a very special dinner with Shamu.

Dine with Shamu

Dine with Shamu is a special VIP guest experience that allows you to have dinner next to two magnificent Orcas in a private open dining room.  It was a fun experience and I would definitely love to do it again. The key to the best experience is getting a table poolside. We arrived in the seating area in a large group at 530 and did not have the best viewing spots.

Our table

You are led to your table, a server takes your drink order and then you can hit the buffet line before the 20 minute presentation/interaction. The interaction takes place during dinner and then there is a question and answer session immediately after.

The food is pretty darn good for a theme park and the service is great! The interaction is fantastic but in my opinion it could be a tad longer. It is an incredible experience to be able to observe the animals in such close range.

This is a popular experience and advance reservations are recommended.  There are available reservations on the same day, but they do fill up quickly. We booked our experience upon arriving at the park. We enjoyed the experience and the kiddos loved every single part of it. We had a great time and I would love to do it again and sit poolside.

For additional info head here.

 

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I love motherhood. For many years I struggled to be a mother. It took many years, doctors visits and fertility treatments to make my dreams of motherhood come true.  Becoming a mom has been the most amazing and adventurous experience. I never imagined that I could love someone as much as I love my children. It’s something that is indescribable.  I now know why my mami used to say, “you will understand when you become a mother”. You really can’t understand until you become one.

I’ve had such amazing examples of motherhood throughout my life. From my own mother, my sister, my tias and my many beautiful friends that have mentored me and inspired me to be the best mother to my children that I can be. I love that I can call my mother with any question or call one of my good friends with a concern and they are there to lend a supportive hand. I love being surrounded by such amazing and inspiring women. I couldn’t be the mother that I am without them.

For many years, Johnson & Johnson has worked with its partners to care for the well-being of mothers and children around the world. It is estimated that Johnson & Johnson and its partners touch more than one billion people’s lives each day through health care products, services and various programs.  At this year’s LATISM 2012 conference, Johnson & Johnson will be showcasing some of these initiatives under the theme “global motherhood.” You are invited to learn more about this work and help them spread the word through social media about the challenges that mothers face around the world. You can inspire mothers like you to join them in helping other mothers by raising awareness about important issues and some of the solutions that make a difference. Please stop by suite Arboretum II during the LATISM conference to talk with Johnson & Johnson and its partners about the work they do.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and Latina Bloggers Connect.

 

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I grew up in East Los Angeles. I attended what many would probably not call the best ranking elementary school, City Terrace Elementary, but I never would have known it. The most wonderful teachers that loved their job, the kids and made our education their top priority abounded at the school.  The teachers encouraged us and always reminded us that our future was bright and we could achieve anything we set our minds to.

Many of our teachers were Latinas and came from the same neighborhoods in East Los Angeles. They understood our culture and always reminded us to be proud of our beautiful heritage. My hope is that my own children will have similar experiences and be surrounded by inspiring teachers.

Those amazing teachers and my heritage have inspired me to pursue a career in education. I’m currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Digital Education and a specialist credential in special education. I think that my decision to pursue a career in education can be credited to my amazing teachers and my cultura.  I am so thankful to be the first member in my familia to graduate from college and I can’t wait to give back to my community. There is a need for Autism specialist and I hope to be able to help in a small way to meet this need.

Coca-Cola has had an extraordinary relationship with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund for more than 30 years and are committed to helping them meet their goal of having a college degree in every Latino household by the year 2025.  Along with Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Coca-Cola wants to motivate people to get involved and help make a difference.

From now through October 31st, students can apply for a scholarship at www.hsf.net/cocacola by answering three thought-provoking essay questions. Students must reflect on how their heritage affects their career goals, the importance of education in their lives and their community service experiences.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Coca-Cola and Latina Bloggers Connect.

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There are so many Halloween events that are taking place during the next few days. I hope I can squeeze all of them in.

One of my favorite Halloween events takes place at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on Saturday, October 27th from 6pm to 9pm. Sea Scare is a super fun Halloween event that is fun for the entire family. The Aquarium transforms itself into an underwater world of chills and thrills!

Come in costume and trick or treat through one of six stations or head over to the nursery for a very special treasure hunt. There will be treats, animal demonstrations, a live magic show, a costume contest, or dance your heart away! You can also craft to your heart’s content, with a variety of crafts that are kiddo approved.

For a fun and frugal night, make sure to check out Sea Scare. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for kiddos. Can’t beat that!

For additional info head here.

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Oct
22

Cirque Du Soleil Dralion

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I think if you’ve read this site for some time now, you know that I’m a super fan of Cirque Du Soleil Shows. I’ve watched over half a dozen show and I’m amazed by each and every one.

Cirque Du Soleil’s show Dralion will be at the Long Beach Arena from November 1st to the 4th. The show features the 3,000 year old tradition of Chinese acrobatics. The show is by inspired by Eastern Culture and blends together the East and the West. It sounds absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to catch this show. My husband and I are debating whether our almost 6 year old son is ready for the show. We’re leaning towards yes and hope to snag some tickets soon.

To learn more about the show or to purchase tickets at a 25 percent discount head here.

The show is also playing in Ontario from October 24th to the 28th and San Diego from November 15th to the 18th.

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Oct
19

#Positivismo Milk’s Truck

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As part of the being a positivismo ambassador, I’ve shared about our bedtime routine at home with my kiddos. We drink some warm milk, say our prayers and then read a book, before they are tucked into bed  or mom and dad’s bed. They love love sleeping in our room whenever they are given the opportunity.

We have enjoyed reading www.otroscuentos.com.  The kiddos love that the stories are in both English and Spanish. We usually read them in both languages and they have now become part of our bedtime rituals.

We watched the video from the milk truck earlier today and they were of course asking if they could have the milk truck stop off in our neighborhood right before bedtime. Warm milk, a good story before bedtime? Dreamy!

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This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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