*Disclosure: The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.
Staying healthy is important, especially to take advantage of the fun things to do this holiday season. Our family has already battled the flu and stomach flue this season. I actually had a bout with pneumonia back in October. I have become almost obsessed with keeping our family healthy. If you’re like me and have young kiddos you are often shuttling them to an from doctor appointments all the time. It is just as important that we take time for ourselves to visit the doctor for our regular check ups and wellness exams. So much good comes from preventative healthcare. I am married to an acupuncturist, so believe me when I say, we hear this admonition frequently. I usually focus on keeping the kiddos healthy but I’m learning that it is very important to keep myself healthy!
I think as women and especially as mothers, we put ourselves at the bottom of the list, especially with all the responsibilities we face. We are usually worried about our children and their care, before we worry about ourselves. Moms, it’s time we focus a little on our ourselves.
Most diseases that affect women usually don’t have any noticeable symptoms. This makes it hard to fight these diseases and the outcome is usually not as good when treatment begins in the later stages of disease. Many off these conditions, if caught early, can have very positive outcomes.
Molina Healthcare Offers These Wellness Tips:
- Annual checkup examinations
- Be physically active
- Be tobacco free
- Drink plenty of water
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Make healthy food choices
- Manage stress/stay positive
Molina Healthcare offers great maternity care from prenatal to postpartum care. They also have the facilities to provide all the important screenings for women. I love that they have access to every type of screening. Last year I had a health scare and had to run all over town to find a different facility for every test that had to be run. Molina has facilities that provide important screenings for women.
I know that one of the most important things we can do for our kiddos is to stay healthy. Making sure we are taking care ourselves if the best gift we can give our children.
Molina Healthcare offers a variety of healthcare and wellness tips. you can find all these and more here.
The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.
This is truly the most wonderful time of the year. There are so many things to see and do all over Southern California. Many of these events are free to attend and I love being able to share those places with you.
One of my favorite free events is The Mission Inn and Spa in Riverside is home to the Festival of Lights. More than 3.6 million (Yes Million!) lights transform this beautiful hotel into a holiday wonderland. The festival features nightly live entertainment, “fresh snow”, and even appearances by Santa and his reindeer. You can even ride around a horse drawn carriage around the hotel grounds.
The City of Riverside has adopted The Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights as a citywide initiative with a vision of a Dickensian holiday spectacle featuring lights and decorations throughout downtown Riverside, an outdoor ice-skating rink on the Main Street pedestrian mall, holiday vendors and family-friendly entertainment.
The Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel is now open and continues until January 6th, 2015. The Festival of Lights begins every night at sunset. For additional information head here.
Knott’s Merry Farm is once again been transformed into a magical wonderland just in time for Christmas. You may not know this but Monday through Thursday admission is free into the Christmas Crafts Village inside Ghost Town.
On a recent visit to Knott’s Merry Farm we had the opportunity experience the news ice skate show Merry Christmas, Snoopy! The show is wonderful with ice dancing and features vignettes with Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Snoopy. There is so much more entertainment around the park including a special Christmas show with the Peanuts gang in Camp Snoopy, Carolers and live performances of The Gift of the Magi and a Christmas Carol inside the Bird Cage Theater.
Knott’s has unique touches for the season all over the park. We were really impressed and surprised when we came upon this Nativity scene located just behind Santa’s Workshop, across from Big Foot Rapids.
We also got to visit Santa’s workshop and tried some delicious pastries, cookies, eggnog and fresh roasted nuts. Knott’s Merry Farm is one of the best places to get the traditional American Christmas experience.
Be sure to stick around at night for the tree lighting ceremony and calico Square where you’ll get visits from all of your favorite beagle as well as some of Santa’s elves and toy soldiers. After the tree lighting, walk on over into the Ghost Town’s Main Street to experience the all new light and snow experience.
Knott’s Merry Farm runs daily now through January 4th. And just in time for Christmas, you can get season passes with no black out dates, for just six payments of just $13.25 and you get an extra ticket to allow you to come visit before 2014 ends.
On December 1st, DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo FAST completes its first season on Netflix with five brand-new episodes. Throughout the season, we’ve seen the Fast Action Stunt Team take on many awesome challenges and now is your family’s chance to get in on some of action.
Did you know that there has been a mystery character present in 24 of the 26 episode season and the Fast Action Stunt Team needs your help to find him. He’s a tiny worm…and while he may be easy to overlook at first, once you know about him, you’ll never look at Turbo FAST the same. The Worm has turned up in settings as varied as a sunny SoCal beach to a Tokyo shopping mall, from Tito’s taco stand to a hot-sauce commercial – and even in the Miss Teen Mudbug competition.
As series executive producer Chris Prynowski explains it, “When I put The Worm in the first episode, I kept getting notes back to remove him, which I just ignored. They kept asking me to remove him, I kept ignoring them… Now, he’s something everyone’s always looking for.”
We challenge your family to put on their Fast Action Stunt Team gear and apply teamwork to complete The Worm challenge. Here’s what he looks like and a few of The Worm’s appearances are below – can you and your family find all of them?
EXCLUSIVE INSIDER TIPS:
· He’s super tiny (even smaller than the snails of the Fast Action Stunt Team)
· He’s light green with googly eyes
· He usually hangs out in the background, but on occasion he takes a shot at hanging with the snails
· More than likely he can be found with his tongue sticking out
With the whole season soon to be available for streaming on Netflix, here’s your chance to go on a worm hunt! Happy hunting.
Also! Be sure to catch “VeggieTales in the House,” which starts streaming this Wednesday, Nov. 26! Enjoy your Thanksgiving and time with the family!
I love this time of year. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. As a family we try to watch at least one Christmas musical or show. This year we are going to be watching The Nutcracker and we might head to Orange County to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. We love the book and the movie. I can’t wait to watch the musical.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will be playing at Segerstrom Hall from January 10th to January 14th. The show is based on the classic Dr. Seuss’ book and will feature the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas”. Tickets start at $29 and would make great gifts!
For additional info or to purchase tickets head here.
This post is brought to you by a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Wells Fargo. All thoughts and content are my own.
The last ten years have affected more American’s financially and we were no different. The recession caused our employers to cut back, which then required our family to downsize as well. First it was with are vehicle and then, the harder decision was when we had to downsize our home. After attempting to have our home loan refinanced proved unsuccessful, we decided to sell and move. That was over two years ago and ended up being the best decision we could have made. Since that time, both my husband and I have left behind old unfulfilling careers and started new ones, that we actually enjoy. Our kids have never been happier with their school and friends and my husband and I feel like we have found a place where we really belong.
#WellsFargo held one of our prior mortgages and was extremely helpful through the process of selling our home and helping us move forward. We will soon be looking to purchase a new home and have spotted some that we like, especially the one seen below. You can bet that Wells Fargo will be one of the first places we consider to help us arrange for the financing of our next dream home.
Growing up with immigrant parents, I often had to help them with finances like balancing their checkbook and helping translate at the bank. Wells Fargo proudly offers bilingual online tools, Spanish Text Banking, Spanish account statements, Spanish-language call centers, Spanish-speaking bankers in stores across the nation, and more. Things to make everyone’s life easier. Wells Fargo has also teamed up with Telemundo to empower Latinos to reach their financial goals.
One of the most important things we can do as a consumer, is making sure we stay on top of our credit score. Making sure our credit score is in tip top shape is very important. Having a good credit score will ensure we are able to buy the home of our dreams. Here are some simple yet effective advice to help maintain or improve your credit score from Wells Fargo.
- Make sure to check your credit report annually.
- Pay your bills on time.
- Set up alerts.
- Pay more than the minimum.
- Keep debt at no more than 35% of your monthly income.
- If you have trouble paying an account, contact your lenders.
Did you know that adding to your credit line has less effect on your credit score than maxing out your credit line does? You can learn more about your credit and finances by visiting www.WellsFargo.com/Conversemos for additional tools and resources.
We love Irvine Park Railroad and it has become a family tradition to take the train to visit Santa. We love it and can’t wait to head there next weekend. The Christmas Train starts the day after Thanksgiving and you don’t want to miss it! Plus all of the other fun activities. This year in addition to the Christmas Train and all of the other fun activities, The Irvine Park Railroad will be home to a Christmas Tree Ranch!
Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, you will be able to purchase Christmas trees at Irvine Park Railroad. You will be able to choose from among Douglas fir, Noble fir, and Grand fir trees ranging in height from 4′ to 12′. Christmas tree stands, preservatives, tree disposal bags, wreaths, and garland will also be available for sale.
The Christmas Tree Ranch is open daily at 10:00 am beginning Friday, November 28th through Tuesday, December 23rd. Families can walk the Christmas Tree Ranch to find their perfect Christmas tree. Irvine Park Railroad staff will help you load your Christmas Tree into/onto your car.
Christmas trees will be individually price and all trees contain a tag with the cost for that tree. The Christmas Tree Ranch will be open from 10am to 8pm everyday from Friday, November 28th to Tuesday, December 23rd. To purchase your Christmas Train tickets ahead of time or to learn more about the Christmas Tree Ranch head here.
It’s Giveaway time! We’re giving away 2 Christmas Trees to two lucky readers! The Christmas trees are valued up to $75 with stand included.
Giveaway ends on November 24th at 11:59pm. All you have to do is let me know what your favorite Christmas tradition is. That’s it! Winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!
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Last week I shared about Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate coming to Southern California in the next few weeks. We’ve had the opportunity to attend to a couple of Disney on Ice shows and they are so much fun! Disney on Ice – Let’s Celebrate is coming to a city near you!
The show will play at the following locations :
WHEN: Wednesday, December 10 – Sunday, December 14
- Wednesday, December 10 7:30 PM
- Thursday, December 11 7:30 PM
- Friday, December 12 11:30 AM & 7:30 PM
- Saturday, December 13 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
- Sunday, December 14 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
WHERE: STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)
WHEN: Tuesday, December 16 – Sunday, December 21
- Tuesday, December 16 7:30 PM
- Wednesday, December 17 7:30 PM
- Thursday, December 18 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM
- Friday, December 19 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM
- Saturday, December 20 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
- Sunday, December 21 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
WHERE: Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*
WHEN: Thursday, December 25 – Sunday, December 28
- Thursday, December 25 6:00 PM
- Friday, December 26 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
- Saturday, December 27 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
- Sunday, December 28 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
WHERE: Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*
WHEN: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – Sunday, January 4, 2015
- Wednesday, December 31 4:30 PM
- Thursday, January 1 6:00 PM
- Friday, January 2 11:30 AM & 6:00 PM
- Saturday, January 3 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
- Sunday, January 4 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
WHERE: Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*
We’re giving away two tickets to any of the following shows
Staples Center 12/10 & 12/11 – 7:30
12/12 : 11:30 am
Honda Center 12/16 ,12/17 & 12/18 – 7:30pm
12/18 10:30am & 1:30pm
Citizens Arena 12/25 6:00pm
12/26 11:00 am
Long Beach 12/31 4:30pm
01/02 11:30 am
Giveaway ends on 11/22 at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at Random. Good luck!
We had a fun time last month attending the UCLA game at the world famous Rose Bowl. We cheered on the Bruins who fought tough and eventually won the game. The Rose Bowl holds a lot of people which means a lot of cars that need somewhere to park, (we drove our Honda!), so when you attend a game, be prepared to walk a ways, but it’s worth it! We were amazed at how elaborate some of the tailgaters were with barbecues and big screen televisions.
On game day, tickets for children 3-12 years old are just $5 and general admission seating is as little as $20 for some games. There’s some great food options at the stadium. Apart from the standard stadium food (hot dogs, pretzels), the Rose Bowl also offers more unusual and unique halftime options, including Mexican food, hand-squeezed lemonade, and Dippin’ Dots. We had a chicken teriyaki bowl that was pretty tasty.
You’ve seen the commercials about Helpful Honda, well it’s a real thing. Southern California Helpful Honda are really out there helping out people with stuff. In fact, all around the Rose Bowl stadium, the Helpful Guys and Gals in Blue were seen greeting fans, picking up trash, and giving out game-day essentials like hand sanitizer, portable radios, & more. Plus, Honda drivers are being surprised with seat upgrades and for a few lucky UCLA fans there is even an upgrade to dream seats right at field level! It’s great seeing a company that offers free services to the public.
The Guys in Blue will continue to be around at various home games during the remaining UCLA football season. To find out when they will be at the Rose Bowl next and to learn more about other acts of helpfulness in Southern California, make sure to like them at https://www.facebook.com/SoCalHondaDealers and follow them on Twitter @HelpfulHonda.
We always have a carton of organic real milk in our refrigerator. It will come in handy as we plan for a Latin GRAMMYS viewing party this Thursday night! Milk is fortified with vitamin D, another important player in bone health, and it has other vital nutrients, including protein, phosphorous, vitamin A and some B vitamins, most of all, it tastes great!
For the party this week, we’re making Leche Frita – Fried Milk! It has a funny name but tastes delicious.
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons sugar
11-inch-by-3-inch strip of lemon peel
1 stick cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable oil, for frying
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup plain panko bread crumbs
Step 1 – Using a wire whisk, combine the milk, cornstarch, sugar, lemon peel and cinnamon stick in a 1 1/2 quart saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil while whisking, then lower the heat and continue to whisk for 10 minutes. Whisk constantly so the mixture does not scorch.
Step 2 – After the 10 minutes of whisking, the pudding mixture should be very thick. Remove and discard the lemon peel and cinnamon stick. Pour the mixture into a 9-inch-by-4-inch ceramic or glass loaf pan, and allow to cool for at least 24 hours uncovered on your kitchen countertop.
Step 3 – When your pudding mixture has cooled and dried completely, cut into 12 equal sized squares.
Step 4 – Prepare three shallow dishes to use when dredging your leche frita. Fill the first dish with the flour, scramble the eggs well in the second dish, and fill the third dish with the panko.
Step 5 – Heat the vegetable oil in an 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Pass a square of the leche frita though the flour, then coat with the egg, and then pass through the dish of panko breadcrumbs.
Step 6 – Using a slotted spatula, carefully place the uncooked square of leche frita in the hot vegetable oil, and fry until golden on one side, about 1 minute. Carefully turn to the other side, and fry for another minute. Remove the leche frita to a pan lined with paper towels to cool. Fry all of the squares in the same fashion. Serve warm.
Drinking milk has been one of the keys to the success of many artists attending the Latin GRAMMYS. Milk builds strong bones and give you stamina to keep up with all of that salsa dancing! And just imagine all the milk that Pitbull must drink. It’s always a good time to #tomaleche! Milk fuels a better future!