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

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 CVS.com/ymas 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.

#ShopWSS for the Best Deals for Back to School

Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to facilitate my review. However, as always all opinions are 100% mine.

When back to school time comes around I start shopping little by little. I pick up a couple items of clothes here and there and back to school supplies a few at a time. The one thing that I always save until last is shoes. Shoes are important and a personal part of their style. But, as their mother I always have to make sure they don't just choose the cutest shoes, but the cutest shoes that will last longer than the first month of school. This year we headed to WSS for our new shoes and I was so excited to find some of our favorite brand shoes for such a great deal. 

There are so many options of all of your favorite brands at a great price. Aisles and rows of shoes for your little ones to pick from and from you to ultimately decide on.  

I have to admit I was in heaven when I saw the wall of sandals. Sandals are my favorite, did you know that? Well there are plenty to choose from at WSS. Shoes of all types, brands and styles. You can also find backpacks, socks, and some very stylish athletic clothes. 

Just in time for Back to School, WSS will be hosting awesome Back to School “Fresh Cuts,” free haircuts for kids from noon – 7pm! There will be a pop-up barbershop in-store.

8/29 Saturday – Store 65 (2541 E Anaheim Street, Long Beach) 

8/29 Saturday – Store 68 (3000 W. Century Blvd., Inglewood) 

8/30 Sunday – Store 67 (1422 E. 1st St. Santa Ana) 

9/5 Saturday – Store 22 (460 Mission Blvd. San Fernando)

Time to Stock Up for the Weekend, Albertsons is having #AHugeSale

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AHugeSale #CollectiveBias #Albertsons

Is it crazy that Summer is almost over? The kids are already almost back to school, so you know what that means? Time to make the best of these last few weekends of Summer. It has become a sort of date night for me and my husband to spend Friday night shopping at Albertsons. I know it's not the most romantic, but for us, it's time without the kids and we enjoy planning fun meals for the weekend. There is something calming about shopping at Albertsons on a Friday night, it's actually kinda pleasant, especially when we save money.

Now through August 11th, Albertsons and other banner stores (like Safeway, Vons, Super Saver and Acme) are having #AHugeSale for their anniversary and right now is the perfect time to stock up for the weekend and even back to school. I picked up 4 bags of my husband's favorite chips for under $8 and stocked up on 3- 8 packs of 20 oz Gatorades for under $10. Just those items alone will guarantee that my husband will be a happy camper all weekend.

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As you can see, I managed to remember my shopping list this time. I don't know how many times I pull into the parking lot and realize I left my list on the counter at home. My weekend shopping list always includes breakfast, pancakes and OJ and food to BBQ and snack on. I love the produce and fresh salads and my husband loves his chips. He's very particular about which chips he buys, so I like to leave him in the chip aisle while I shop for other items on my list. We always find each other 15 minutes later with the weekends chips in hand.

The Gatorades are a great deal! With the Summer heat, we drink a lot of water but with my husband working and sweating so much at work, he definitely needs something to help him rehydrate. At the end of the day my husband will sneak a couple bottles of Gatorade in the freezer to make them slushy and use that to cool himself down before bed.

My favorite part of shopping at Albertsons, besides the sale prices of course, is shopping in the produce section. I am in love with how fresh everything is. I always leave with a fruit bowl.

These last few days of Summer we will be spending all day outside and look how easy it is to prep a lunch filled with variety. All the options available at a great price are perfect for the weekends and when it's time to start packing those school lunches. Do you shop at  Albertsons? Shop the HUGE Anniversary sale and stock up on your favorite Pepsi and PepsiCo brands 7/29-8/11. I'd love to hear how your family will stock up!