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We All Have Our 'Bad Mom' Moments

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Bad Moms starring Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Kathryn Hahn. 

Bad Moms starring Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Kathryn Hahn. 

There is so much pressure on Moms today. Honestly, we mostly impose it upon ourselves and although I'd like to think we are the first generation to suffer, we're not. The pressure has always been there. It's just worse because of Social Media, the pressure is in our face more than ever before. With all that being said, you know what we need? We need to CHILL out and laugh at ourselves... Oh, and we need a movie Mom's night out to see the new movie, Bad Moms. Check out the trailer below! 

Every mom has a breaking point. On July 29th, find out what happens when over-worked, over-committed and exhausted moms liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities in the hilarious and highly anticipated comedy BAD MOMS, from the writers of THE HANGOVER. 

Oh I can not wait to hear everyone's Bad Mom confession! Let's all share, that's what we need to feel normal. We need to hear what Mom life is really like. It's not all cute pictures and smiley faces. So, I'll start.

Here's my Bad Mom confession:

I feel better when I tell my kids to Shut Up. I don't say it in the same tone that you would tell your older brother or sister. But, when all I hear is noise and arguing and whining, I will turn to them and look them in the eye and say, SHUT. UP. And, just like that. I feel better. 

Yes, we're not all perfect. Go ahead, don't be shy. Share your Bad Mom confession below. 

Legoland- Ninjago World Opens May 5th!

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Are you ready to test your Ninja skills? Legoland is ready for you! NINJAGO World opens to the public on May 5th, just in time for Summer. Keep reading to hear more about the fun new area of Legoland and get ready to plan your family trip soon. Disclosure: I was invited to preview NINJAGO World in order to share with you all of the fun info. 

LEGO NINJAGO tells the story of four young ninja heroes – Kai, Jay, Cole and Zane – who train under the watchful eye of Master Wu to master an ancient martial art – Spinjitzu.

NINJAGO The Ride enables guests to demonstrate their ninja skills without the use of a hand held device and instead, they simply use their hand gestures. Riders collect points for their training and battle efforts throughout the ride and scores are displayed when their quest is completed.

The opening ceremonies were incredible! I felt so honored to be there. We were wowed by the music and demonstrations and the confetti explosion at the end, was the best! We couldn't wait to get in there and try the new ride. 

I have to mention the food. When entering NINJAGO World you are treated to a whole new land, a land that includes Asian cuisine at Ninja Kitchen. This sandwich is only one option available and it is delicious- Bánh Mì Vietnamese sandwiches on fresh baked baguette or steamed Bao Buns. Both filled with crispy pork belly, lemongrass chicken or baked sweet chili tofu. This is the pork belly, on top of a freshly baked baguette with sliced jalapenos, cilantro and a spicy ginger/sesame dressing. I also heard mentions of rice bowls becoming available soon. 

NINJAGO World includes five new interactive attractions with NINJAGO The Ride being the main feature. The other four attractions are all designed to test guests’ creativity, agility, balance and speed, helping guests train to become a ninja. The new world also offers Asian inspired cuisine at NINJA Kitchen and shopping at Wu’s Warehouse. 


ZANE’S TEMPLE BUILD: Guests can tap into their inner imagination and create LEGO models inspired by NINJAGO. 

KAI’S SPINNERS: Guests can test their balance as they stand on one of Kai’s spinning platforms and twirl!

COLE’S ROCK CLIMB: Grab a hold! Kids can test their agility as they scale a rock wall.

JAY’S LIGHTING DRILL:  Are you lighting quick?  Guests can test their speed by pushing the lit up buttons in the speed cage.

This was our first visit in over a year and we had so much fun checking out Legoland Miniland USA, the new LEGO Friends Heartlake City and the Imagination Zone.  I can't wait to go back and do it all over again and the kids are already planning out which area they want to visit first.

Tell me: Have you taken the family to Legoland?

Mother's Day Movie - In Theaters April 29!

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A couple weeks ago I attended a MAMARAZZI® event hosted by The MOMSFUJIFILM INSTAX. I got to watch the new film Mother's Day at TCL Chinese Theater and sit in on a Q&A with Britt Robertson and Director Garry Marshall to chat about their new movie.

Mother's Day features an all star cast with Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis and according to Gary Marshall - the new upcoming star, Britt Robertson. 

The movie follows several story lines. All stories that Mom's everywhere can relate to, including a young Mother, a Divorced Mother, and a widower. The film also touches on same-sex parenting, inner-racial parenting and some of the issues that come along with that. But, don't worry it's not too deep. Mother's Day has a lot of light hearted, silly moments that will make you laugh and maybe even remind you that as serious as life may be, you still have to laugh at yourself and enjoy all of life's little moments. 

I have to admit, I didn't know I was such a Britt Robertson fan. I loved her in the way too short lived series, Life Unexpected and in the movie Ask Me Anything. I have yet to see Tomorrowland, but it's on my list to watch soon. She had a big role in Mother's Day and director Gary Marshall mentioned that he likes to find young talent such as Britt and give them a shot to shine in something big. 

I loved hearing Gary Marshall talk, I could listen to him talk all day. During this Q&A, he talked about why he likes to make movies with a mostly female audience. Because according to him, women are much more complex and interesting. I couldn't agree with him more. The relationships alone in the film really show how complex the lives of women and Mother's really can be. 

It's days like this that I really appreciate and love what I do. I get to head to Hollywood, hang out with my friends Tee of That's It LA and Yvonne of MOMSLA, play with the new FujiFilm INSTAX cameras and watch a fun movie. 

These FujiFilm INSTAX cameras are so fun! I've been carrying mine around with me in my purse for a couple of weeks now, and I love being able to capture silly moments. I have a bridal shower coming up later this month and my FujiFilm INSTAX is going to be a cool way to keep and share memories. 

This was a fun group shot of the MAMARAZZI® if you are looking for me, I'm standing directly behind Gary Marshall.  Check out the trailer for Mother's Day below and then get out and see it.  Make a date of it, have your husband take you, take your Mom, go with your friends or go by yourself. Enjoy. 

Tell me: What are your Mother's Day plans?

Boysenberry BBQ Meatloaf #BerryMarket

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Earlier this year I attended Knott's Berry Farm's famous Boysenberry Festival and was able to taste Boysenberry in ways I had never even thought of. One of my favorites was the Boysenberry BBQ sauce, it is the perfect combination of both sweet and savory.  While filling my basket with goodies at the Berry Market, I knew I had to grab a bottle of the Boysenberry BBQ sauce.  

This Boysenberry BBQ Meatloaf is just like most of my favorite recipes; fast, easy and all you  need is one bowl and one pan.  

For this recipe you will need: 

  • 1 cup of delicious Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce (divided in half) 

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey 

  • 1 1/2 cups of dried stuffing mix 

  • 2 eggs 

  • 1 stalk of celery (chopped) 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl use your hands to mix 1/2 cup of Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce, 1 lb ground turkey, 1 1/2 cups of dried stuffing mix, 2 eggs and 1 chopped celery stalk.  
  3. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. 
  4. Pour contents of bowl into loaf pan and spread out evenly.  
  5. Poke holes about 2 inches apart throughout the meat loaf. 
  6. Use other 1/2 cup of Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ sauce to spread over the top of the meat loaf. 
  7. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until cooked through.  
  8. Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing to let the juices settle, then serve with some extra Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ sauce drizzled over the top.  


This is a great recipe for those cold days when you can turn on the oven to help heat the house while you cook. The Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ sauce makes the house smell so good while the meatloaf bakes. I also like this recipe for the holiday potlucks. Each meatloaf can be cut to about 9 - 3/4 inch thick slices and you can easily make a few meatloaves at one time.

Now Open: Dinosaurs UnExtinct at the LA Zoo

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We were invited to preview the exhibit so I can tell everyone about how cool it is. All opinions and images are my own. 

My family loves to visit the Los Angeles Zoo all year long. Whether you're celebrating Chinese New Year at ZOOdiac, Spring Fling, Family Jam, Boo at the Zoo or LA Lights- there is always something fun happening.  From now until October, you are in for an extra special treat, Dinosaurs!! 

The all new Dinosaurs UnExtinct at the LA Zoo is now open and features a ferocious pack of 17 life-size, life-like prehistoric creatures. It's so cool to walk in to a never before used part of the LA Zoo, in fact, as many times as I've been to the Zoo, I've never noticed this area before! 

The Dinos range in heights up to 22 feet, lengths of just over 21 feet and weights topping 6,700 pounds. If you have a Dino lover in the family or would like to research the Dinos before you go, here is a list of the Dinos you can look forward to seeing: Suchomimus, Brachiosaurus, Coelophysis, Citipati, Carnotaurus, Edmontonia, Triceratops, Utahraptor, Dilophosaurus, Diabloceratops and of course Tyrannosaurus. 

The exhibit is self-guided but there are also "Dino experts" along the way that offer fun facts about the particular Dino you may be checking out  at the time. Your kids will also find fun in the Fossil Dig area where they can brush away sand to uncover Dino fossils, make a Dino robot move using controls, and climb and take photos with a friendly Pachyrhinosaurus. 

 The LA Zoo has also made the exhibit interactive by creating a FREE downloadable "Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo" app that allows you to animate the Dinos that are in front of you. It even includes fact sheets and a quiz. 

Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12), and admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.  Admission to Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo is $5 per person in addition to regular Zoo admission; tickets are available online at and in person inside the Zoo at the Dinosaurs exhibit entry area.  Children under age two are admitted free to the Zoo and to the Dinosaurs exhibit.

DIY Fairy Garden

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This post is sponsored by Big Lots. You can find this post in Spanish over on Big Lots Latino.


One of my favorite things about being a mom to two little girls, is keeping the magic alive. I want them to believe in magic for as long as possible. When we talked about Spring coming soon, we decided that we need to thank the fairies for bringing Spring to our backyard. We headed to Big Lots and picked up everything we were going to need for our very own Fairy Garden. The best part about this project was that this was something that I could do with them, it was a chance for us to spend time together—albeit while getting a little bit dirty.  

For me and my girls, playing in the dirt never gets old. This is probably my favorite step in creating a Fairy Garden, adding the soil. To start, you'll need potting soil, a container for the base and some garden tools. After adding a layer of soil, we laid out the Roll Out Flower sheet that is full of seeds and cut it so it could fit the base. We also cut out a circle for the fairy's house.  

Next, per the instructions on the box of Roll Out Flowers, we watered the sheet full of seeds thoroughly. In fact, we soaked it. Word to the wise, stay in control of the water hose because kids with a water hose can be messy. There were quite a few options of Fairy Houses to choose from at Big Lots, after much debate between my daughters we settled on the toadstool house.  

Next, we covered the sheet of Roll Out Flowers with a little bit more soil and then started on the decorating. I had some of these stones in a vase and thought they would make a perfect stone path for so the fairy can find her way. We were also lucky enough to find the perfect additions to our Fairy Garden, a welcome sign and a mail box, because would any Fairy house be complete without it? I don't think so.  

This is what our Fairy Garden looks like before the grass and flowers grow. Notice in the background, I also found some small hummingbird feeders at Big Lots that compliment our garden very nicely. Because, according to my 5 year old, Hummingbirds and Fairys are very good friends and maybe even cousins.  

My girls check on our Fairy Garden every day and with each flower that sprouts, they continue to believe in magic. The magic of our planet is pretty remarkable and I love that they will grow up appreciating all that the Earth has to offer. Projects like this are the best, I spent time with my girls talking about magic, playing in the dirt and making memories.

Thank you Big Lots for having everything we need to create our very own Fairy Garden. 

Creating Fun and Yummy Recipes for Instagram #FlatoutLove

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Are you following me on Instagram? This post will be pretty convincing for you to want to follow me. Recently I took part in a delicious Instagram challenge with Flatout Flatbread. I was challenged with coming up with some fun recipes for 5 days using different themes. You can check out what everyone else came up with by checking out this tag: #FlatoutLove.

For all recipes I used the Flatout Flatbread Light. They are 90 Calories, High Fiber, 9g Protein
and Half the Calories and Carbs of 2 slices of 100% Whole Wheat Bread. Now go ahead and scroll down and see what delicious snacks and treats I created. 

Thanks for reading and now go ahead and follow me on Instagram to see what other fun stuff I'm sharing. 

New CVS/Pharmacy y Más- Coming Soon to LA!

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This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with CVS and Latina Bloggers Connect, however all opinions and photos are my own. 

There are BIG changes coming to a CVS/Pharmacy near you. Keep an eye out for the newly remodeled CVS/Pharmacy y más- a new shopping experience that provides more personalized service to the Hispanic community in the Los Angeles area.

Just a few of the new services and products you can look forward to include: Fully bilingual associates and signage throughout the store, more than 1,500 NEW products (including popular Hispanic brands) of which 300 are locally sourced, a fragrance counter with trained beauty associates and lower prices on more value-sized products. Sounds great right?!

I was at the official Grand Opening of CVS/Pharmacy y Mas in Bell, CA last week to learn all about the amazing things that CVS/Pharmacy y Mas will be offering to the community. Part of the ceremony included a celebration of the accomplishments of the CVS Health and its Foundation.

Here you can see CVS Health and its Foundation presenting a $50,000 grant to St. John’s Well Child and Family Center to support under-served pediatric asthma patients in South Los Angeles, a majority of whom are Hispanic. 

The goal of the program is to help families manage the child’s asthma to ensure optimal health and reduce emergency room visits. This grant was part of the “Innovations in Community Health” grant program, a three-year, $3 million partnership between the CVS Health Foundation and the National Association of Community Health Centers.

If you're like me then, the first stop while visiting CVS/Pharamcy is in the beauty department. I love being able to pick up whatever I need and even throw in a new nail polish or two. I mean, you can never have too many. Well at the new CVS/Pharmacy y Mas the first display I noticed was ETERNAL Nail Enamel. This is one of the new Hispanic brands that you can expect to see at CVS/Pharmacy y Mas. I found these polishes on sale, 2 por $3! I loved the colors and their names: Bellisima, Tormenta, Loco Por Ti and Sirena. 

So much of what CVS/Pharamcy y Mas offers is tradition and I like that. One of my favorite go-to first aid items is Vitacilina- an antibacterial ointment. My mom has used this on every single cut, scratch, or rash for as long as I can remember. Now, when my girls have a boo-boo, we use it too. It's tradition. You will also be able to find classic herbal remedies that your abuela swears by and so many of the traditional Hispanic ingredients needed for any delicious meal.  

I have noticed that as I get older, I find joy in my shopping trips. Gone are the days of shopping for hours on end at the mall- for one item. Now, I like my shopping trips to end in success. I like to feel like I've successfully remembered every item I need and saved money. At CVS/Pharmacy Y Mas you can easily achieve success. You can pick up your prescriptions, a gift for that party this weekend, the sauce for the enchiladas, Fabuloso- since you just ran out, a bag of chips for the husband, some cute chanclas for you and the kids, and since you saved money a couple new ETERNAL nail polishes.

HINT: Another way to achieve success is to sign up for the CVS Extra Care card. I speak from experience, you will save so much money. Recently, my mom used hers and saved 95% off of her total! Check out my video above, it's just a few snaps from my day while touring the new CVS/Pharmacy y Mas. Are you following me on Snapchat? I'm easy to find, kindasillymommy.

The new CVS/pharmacy y más format will launch in 9 existing CVS/pharmacy stores throughout the greater Los Angeles area through August. Check out for more information and keep an eye out if you are near South El Monte, Bell, Walnut Park, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, South Gate, Pico Rivera, Lynwood and Norwalk.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CVS. The opinions and text are all mine.

Take Care of Those Messy Moments with Pledge® Multi Surface Antibacterial Everyday Cleaner

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This post is sponsored on behalf of Pledge®. However, as always all opinions and phots are my own. #SCJMessyMoments

When I was a kid, I despised polishing the furniture. It was the chore that I absolutely hated the most! Now, as an adult it is still my least favorite chore. The only difference now is that I get to choose when I clean and what I use to clean.  I very strongly believe in the saying, "Messy Houses means Happy Kids." I am a busy Mom and I wear a lot of different hats. Between working, blogging, volunteering, homework and cooking... cleaning is definitely at the bottom of my list.  

When I was growing up, we always used Pledge® Lemon Clean Furniture Spray and it was only for wood surfaces. But over the years Pledge® brand products have evolved and look at all the options that I found at Walmart. Not only can Pledge® be used on Multi Surfaces, but it's also available in other fresh scents and antibacterial.

This is a typical day in my house, my daughter reading a book and a cat sitting on the furniture. As you can imagine, there is always pet dander, dust and messy fingerprints pretty much everywhere. How is a Mom supposed to keep up with it all? A cleaner that can be used in every single room in the house is definitely helpful. 

With Pledge Multi Surface I can go from room to room cleaning glass, wood, plastic, and metal all with the Pledge® Multi Surface Antibacterial Everyday Cleaner. So not only am I cleaning, I'm also killing 99.9% of the germs on all of those surfaces. Messy kids are much worse when they are sick, so my best bet is to take care of both.

Can you see the difference? It's a little embarrassing that I was able to find something so covered in dust that it made for such a good "before" picture. But, as I said before I am a busy Mom and sometimes we are too busy having fun and making memories to notice the dust covering up the furniture in the corner. 

But life is all about balance, so when we're done having fun and I find a moment to clean, at least I get to use the cleaner that I choose, Pledge® Multi Surface Antibacterial Everyday Cleaner makes me feel good about cleaning when I have to.