Moms Making A Difference

Credit: OC Mommies

I love reading and learning about Moms who are out making a difference to make our communities stronger and a better place for our children.

Red Tricycle and Blue Shield of California have teamed up to spotlight local moms that are on a mission to promote health and wellness in their communities.  These ladies have inspired others to promote healthy, balanced and active lives—all the while balancing the needs of her own family.  (Not easy, we know!)

Highlights include profiles of women like Nicole Dawes, the Founder and CEO of Late July Organic Snacks, who remains committed to providing healthy, organic snack foods to our kids and Stephanie and Beth (the moms behind OC Mommies) who put together a fundraising event called Trike 41, where over 100 toddlers rode tricycles to fundraise $10,000 for other kids their age fighting cancer.

But we all know that there are many more moms who fly under the radar who are doing meaningful things for their community and Blue Shield of California wants to find them!

Know a mom like this? Are you a Mom making a difference? There are two ways that you can help Blue Shield of California recognize these moms.

1.  Read about Moms who Make a Difference on Red Tricycle at and become inspired.
2.  Nominate yourself  or a friend in the We Shield Moms contest. Enter for a chance  to win $5,000 grant to donate to the charity of their choice, a $500 shopping spree and a family membership to local zoo or museum.
To enter, visit Blue Shield of California’s Facebook page.

As a bonus to say thanks to all the moms that are out there doing great things for the community, Red Tricycle is hosting a series of free playdates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.  To read the lineup head here.

Disclosure: This is a compensated post with Red Tricycle and Blue Shield of California.

My favorite Winter Treat: Mexican Hot Chocolate #Positivismo


Good to the last drop!

I love this time of year. I’m all about drinking yummie drinks to warm up, when there is a chill in the air. After a day of running around and shopping till I’m dropping, I love warming up with a good cup of hot chocolate. My grandmother used to make the best Mexican hot chocolate almost every night in the winter, and it’s become a source of comfort. I use the Abuelita hot chocolate tablets. It gives the hot chocolate the most amazing flavor.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 table of abuelita chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, bring milk to a boil. Add the tablet of abuelita chocolate. I usually break it off, instead of using the full tablet. Stir until chocolate is well blended. Add the cinnamon and vanilla. Stir some more. Let it cool down a bit and enjoy!

I love making a batch and putting on my favorite Real Housewife show after the kiddos have gone to bed. It is my own little piece of heaven. I usually whip some up when I have a few minutes to spare. I sometimes skip the chocolate and just warm some milk to help me go to bed. It always seems to work like in a charm and helps me unwind.  I also wanted to share with you a webisode of another of my favorite milk dessert recipes, flan! One of my favorite bakeries, Porto’s Bakery (they make the BEST potato balls and Cuban sandwiches), shares their delish flan recipe! It’s so good!  Check out their world famous flan recipe below and don’t forget to check out  El Vaso Medio Lleno Webshow and YouTube channel.


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

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream

It’s that time of year, when Disney on Ice, makes it way to various Southern California venues. Disney on Ice Dare to Dream, follows three of Disney’s most popular princesses, Rapunzel, Tiana and Cinderella.  The show also features the classic Disney characters such as Donald, Goofy, Minnie Mouse and of coure Mickey Mouse.

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream, will play at the Staples Center, the Honda Center and the Ontario Citizens Bank Arena, The Long Beach Arena and the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

Staples Center :

December 12-16

Honda Center:

December 18-23

Ontario Citizens Bank Arena:

December 26-30

Long Beach Arena

January  3-6, 2012

Valley View Casino Center

January  23-27, 2013

To purchase the tickets and to learn more about the show, head here.