We're Back to School Shopping with Carter's and Kohl's

This post is sponsored by Kohl's. I was paid for this post and received the included Carter's clothing as compensation.

Back to School season is my most favorite season. Even as a kid, it was always so much fun shopping for new clothes for a new year, it made me feel so excited for new possibilities. Now, as a Mom I think I love Back to School season even more. As I shop for my daughters this year, I've noticed two things. 1. They have grown so much and 2. They now have a style of their own. This year we went to Kohl's and fell in love with the Carter's Back to School collection. Come see what my 6 year old chose for her introduction as a 1st grader.

My girls have known Carter's since they were babies. Carter's has always had adorable and affordable stylish clothes. This year my little girl who up until now has always been a shorts and t-shirt kinda gal, chose some "big girl" dresses.

When she spotted this cute Army green/pink floral combo outfit, she gasped. According to her, Army green is a color that only big girls wear and you can tell it's a big girl shirt by the cute belt. Carter’s provides so many options of easy outfit sets, all the way up to size 8!
What I liked most about shopping with my little girl was that once I started shopping in the Carter's section, I didn't have to worry about the clothes being age appropriate. It can be very frustrating when shopping for little girls and the hemlines are just way too short or necklines are not high enough. I don't have to worry about that with Carter's. The styles that Carter's offer are appropriate and stylish, which make both Momma and daughter happy.
That pink dress was my favorite and how cute is this sparkly shirt? Mixing and matching leggings and shirts are kind of a Mom's dream come true. I love that you can buy 3 cute shirts and a couple pairs of leggings and be set for the week. It just make life all that much easier.
So as you get ready for Back to School shopping. Head over to Kohl's and shop their amazing prices on Carter's Back to School collection. And because I love my readers I have a special discount code just for you!

 

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Fish Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce #VivaLaMorena

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

When I was 11 years old I took a trip to mi abuelas hometown of Guanajuato, Mexico to visit mi gran abuelito before he passed away. That trip was life changing and I went through a major culture shock especially when my car broke down outside of a slaughter house and after seeing animals being sold in a marketplace, I left Mexico a changed young lady. Most practicing Catholics don't eat meat on Fridays during Lent, but I gave it up completely and didn't eat a single piece of meat for 6 years. I will always remember mi abuleas recipes that were specific for Lent, especially her tacos del horno and fried potato cakes. Now, I have my own traditional non-meat recipes and today I am sharing my favorite fried fish tacos with a creamy chipotle sauce with the help of La Morena

I am a new fan of La Morena, I love it's authentic ingredients, it is a Mexican food brand that lets you incorporate a true taste of Mexico into your own home cooking. Opening a can of La Morena chiles takes me and my kitchen back to mi abuealas home cooked meals that I miss so much. 

Do you like fish? I know a lot of people shy away from cooking fish at home, but not me, I love fish and especially fish tacos. Although I make them pretty often during the summer, I think I mostly love the versatility of them. Today I am sharing my recipe for the easy, but delicious Creamy La Morena Chipotle Sauce to top my fish tacos.

I went to my neighborhood Food 4 Less store to purchase all of my ingredients for my fish tacos.

Ingredients:

  •  La Morena
  • 7oz Chipotle Peppers
  • 2 lbs Swai Fish fillets
  • 1 package Fish Fry 
  • (You can use any batter you desire but I use Louisiana style Fish Fry, It's spicy.)
  • 1 cabbage sliced (or cole slaw)
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • Corn Tortillas
  • 16 oz. Crema con sal (Sour cream)
  • Queso Fresco (crumbly cheese)
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat skillet with oil and prepare to fry. Once fish is covered in batter, place in oil for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from oil when lightly browned and set aside. 
  2. Open can of La Morena Chipotle in adobo sauce and empty into a food processor along with garlic cloves, a pinch of salt and pepper and a cup of crema (sour cream). Blend until creamy.
  3. Warm tortillas on a comal or in a microwave to soften. 
  4. Build your taco: a piece of fried fish, topped with shredded cabbage, creamy Chipotle sauce, and crumbles of queso fresco. 
  5. Enjoy! 

I also used La Morena sliced Jalapeños to create a creamy jalapeño sauce as another option, by using the same directions as the chipotle cream sauce. 

I've shared my favorite recipes and traditions so tell me, what is your favorite non-meat or Lent inspired recipe? I could always use fresh ideas. I hope you enjoy your fish tacos with creamy chipotle or jalapeño sauce. 

La Morena is hosting a great giveaway and I know my readers love giveaways, so go enter! 

La Morena Lent Giveaway

Those First Moments Are The Most Memorable #PampersPrimerasVeces

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine.
Becoming a Mom has been one of the greatest things to have ever happened to me. It's like all of a sudden your life changes so drastically that you no longer live for yourself, you live for them. When you become a Mom, you literally fall in love at first sight. Every single part of your day and night is devoted to this new little one, and all the little things start to matter. All of the firsts are forever imprinted in your mind, the first time you see them, hold them, and look into their eyes are moments you'll never forget. Then there are the moments that you write down to help you remember the dates, the first time they roll over, laugh, sit up, talk and the first steps. 
My most favorite firsts, would have to be the first time I held my girls. I know most mom's would probably agree that holding their baby for the first time is the most memorable moment. For me, after only being able to hold my son for a few hours before he passed away, holding my daughters and bringing them home for the first time was the moment I looked forward to most as a Mom. I feel so lucky to have been able to capture some of my favorite moments in photos. I love being able to capture the first moments I held my daughters and the first moment my daughters met, this picture still makes me cry like a baby. 

As the #1 choice of hospitals in North America* and the first diaper worn by millions of babies, Pampers Swaddlers comforts and protects babies through their entire journey of firsts, helping to ensure their happy, healthy development. Now available through size 6! Pampers Swaddlers wraps baby with superior comfort, protection and blanket-like softness, helping to take care of babies during all the precious first moments they share with their parents.

Join @PampersLatinoUS and Latina Mom Bloggers on February 12 at 6 p.m. for a Twitter party to celebrate Valentine’s Day and baby’s firsts! Prizes include, Canon DSLR Camera, ERGOBaby Carrier, gift cards and more! To be eligible to win prizes, you must RSVP at LatinaMomBloggers.com. Check out this video from Pampers about all of those very special firsts. 

Big Game Recipe: Spicy Chicken and Bacon Cheese Dip #FarmlandRecipe

Disclosure: This post is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Farmland® and Latina Bloggers Connect.

Let's be honest, the best part of watching the "big game" is the food. It is a guilt free day of eating any and every delicious thing you can fit in front of the t.v. For me, I usually want something easy and with a little bacon. While shopping for ingredients at Walmart, I found

Farmland® bacon

to use in my recipe. My delicious recipe that I am sharing with you today is for a Spicy Chicken and Bacon Cheese Dip. This is my favorite kind of recipe, delicious ingredients all cooked and thrown together to make something even more delicious. 

Before I get started on all the amazing-ness of my dip, I want to mention how easy it is to make homemade tortilla chips. Of course, you can always buy a bag of tortilla chips, but there is nothing like making your very own fresh tortilla chips. Chop up your tortillas and fry them in a little bit of oil until brown, easy and delicious. 

Ingredients:

1 package of Farmland® bacon

2 chicken breasts (boiled and shredded)

1 can diced green chiles (strained)

1 can diced tomatoes (strained)

2 cups of mixed cheese

Directions:

Step 1: Dice the Farmland® bacon and begin frying in the pan. Once the bacon begins to cook, move it over to one side of the pan and add the chicken, diced tomatoes and diced green chiles all to the same pan and let cook until heated through. 

Step 2: Once the Farmland® bacon, chicken, tomatoes and chiles are all heated through, add the cheese and stir until it melts. 

Step 3: Spoon the chunky, cheesy delicious dip into a bowl and enjoy! 

Word of advice, keep an eye out for little thieves in the kitchen because all of the ingredients taste delicious both before and after they're cooked. 

Check that out! Those homemade tortilla chips are perfect for scooping up a bite of spicy, chicken and bacon cheese dip. So as you plan out your recipes for the upcoming big game, pick up some Farmland® bacon and make sure you have all of the other ingredients on hand and ready to make a crowd pleasing appetizer. 

There are many options when it comes to bacon, but I am glad I discovered

Farmland® bacon

. It is slow smoked over real hardwoods for maximum flavor and has taken pride in perfecting their curing and smoking technique – a difference you’ll taste in every delicious bite. 

My Holiday Traditions: Tamales, Baby Jesus and Santa!

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Sears and Latina Bloggers Connect.
I am so thankful to have only wonderful memories of the holidays. As a kid you mostly look forward to the presents, but the gifts aren't what last. The memories are what last a lifetime. I feel so blessed to be able to remember and share some of my fondest memories with you all, starting with one of my favorite holiday traditions: shopping for that special dress just for Christmas. A few days before Christmas, my mom would take me and my sister to Sears to buy our special Christmas dress, tights, and shiny new shoes. Going to Sears is a tradition, since my Grandpa Lara worked there for more than 50 years, Sears was also where mi abuelita would take my mother and her siblings as children. 
Each year of my childhood, Christmas Eve was spent with my Mother's side of the family, my grandparents, many aunts and uncles and about 20 cousins. The house would burst with the laughter only cousins could share, the smell of my grandmas tamales, and the alcohol induced adult conversations that as a child, made no sense whatsoever. At 11:45 p.m on Christmas Eve, one of the older cousins would pass around a ceramic baby Jesus doll for all of us to kiss. I don't know the origin of this tradition of ours, but it is still alive. All these years later, our children now kiss baby Jesus before any presents are opened. 
Christmas morning was spent with just our immediate family and since I was the baby of the family, I would wake everyone up shouting "Santa was here!" The rest of Christmas Day was spent with my Dad's side of the family complete with another set of traditions. After dinner all the kids would gather around the Christmas tree and sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and just as we were finishing up Jingle Bells, Santa would come bursting through the door and everyone would take turns sitting on Santa's lap and taking pictures. 
I love that for the most part our family still gets together to spend this special time together. Although some have grown and gone down their own path, it seems that Christmas always brings us back together and now the next generation, our children, are making their own memories. Each family has their own traditions that they hold close to their heart. The article How My Latino Family Does Christmas Differently, talks about the different ways this particular multi-cultural family celebrates and how they have adapted over time.

Let's talk Christmas, tell me: 
What traditions do you hold close to your heart? What traditions have been passed down from past generations? What is your favorite holiday memory? 

Tylenol Wants to See You #SmilingItForward

I have received information about the TYLENOL® SMILING IT FORWARD™ program from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post for Latina Bloggers Connect.
The hardest part of being a mama is when your babies are sick or sicky, as we say in this house. But one of the best things that a mama can experience is the smile that your baby gives you when they start to feel better. The way you take care of your babies, usually comes from the way that your mother took care of you, and her mother took care of her. As an adult, I'm not ashamed to say I wish my Mom would still take care of me when I get sick, because there really is nothing better than a Mom's care.
Recently, I was invited to a luncheon at the Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills to hear Dra. Aliza A. Lifshitz M.D speak about what we, as mamas can do to help prevent our children from getting sick and what we can do to help them feel better. 
I was joined by not only fellow Moms, but fellow Latina Blogger Moms like myself. It was an afternoon of delicious food and great company as we discussed our tips and tricks for helping our babies feel better.
Just in time for cold and flu season, Dra. Aliza shared some of the best tips for preventing your littles from getting sick:
  • Wash your hands! Not just rinse, but make sure the kids wash their hands with soap to keep the germs away. 
  • When soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer. Throw it in the backpack or lunch bag for the kids. 
  • Eat a balanced meal. You can maintain your immunity by eating healthy amounts of veggies and protein.
  • When a fever hits over 101 degrees, it's time to take your child to see the doctor.
Tylenol has been a part of motherhood for nearly 60 years. From the scary first fever, to the teething, and the horrible ear infections, Tylenol is what brings comfort to our babies. In 2013, Tylenol started the Smiling It Forward program to help bring children in need the healthcare they deserve.
Tylenol began to recognize that moms like to post cute photos of their child’s adorable smiles, including the “feel better” smile that moms can't wait to see.  Those "feel better" photos are what inspired the team at Tylenol to create the Smiling It Forward program. By sharing a photo that makes you smile at SmilingItForward.com, Tylenol will make a $1 donation* to Children’s Health Fund. 
The Children’s Health Fund is a national leader on healthcare for vulnerable children and has a fleet of 50 mobile medical clinics serving hundreds of locations across the country, including schools, community shelters and homeless shelters so that every child in need has a chance to be healthy and ready to learn.

For more information in Espanol, head on over here.


*Between June 23, 2014 and November 30, 2014, McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL® is inviting anyone 18 and older to upload a “smile” photo on the TYLENOL® Facebook page. Each approved “smile” will trigger a $1 donation from TYLENOL® to Children’s Health Fund, with a minimum donation of $75,000 and a maximum donation of $100,000. Review Terms and Conditions for complete program details. For information about Children’s Health Fund, visit www.childrenshealthfund.org.

Raising Awareness for Domestic and Financial Abuse with my #PurplePurse

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

This is not an easy thing to talk about, in fact, it's one of the hardest topics to address. As difficult as it may be to talk about, it is a topic that definitely needs to be addressed. I'm talking about domestic violence. Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in her lifetime. What a scary statistic right? How about this: 1 in 4 women is more than women affected by breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. 
To be clear, I've never been a victim of domestic violence. Although I've never been a victim myself, both my husband and myself have been witness to domestic violence and have our own very different personal experiences with it. (Out of respect for our families, I have chosen not to go into the unfortunate details.) However, I feel that within my culture, domestic violence and financial abuse has been all too common in the past. For a long time, women would start families and get married before they were financially stable and would have to rely solely on the man in the relationship. Most people only think of the physical abuse, however, financial abuse happens in 98 percent of all cases of domestic violence.
Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is bringing awareness to financial abuse. I had never considered financial abuse as a form of domestic abuse before now. But in 98 percent of all cases of domestic violence, it is financial abuse that traps women in abusive relationships. The number one reason domestic violence survivors stay, leave or return to an abusive relationship is that they don’t have the financial resources to break free. The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is working hard to change that. By raising awareness and funds for more than 140 national, state and local domestic violence organizations, Allstate Foundation Purple Purse aims to break the cycle of violence in our nation, one family at a time.
PurplePurse.com has important tips and tools to help you recognize domestic violence and financial abuse, talk about it and end it. You can help ensure domestic violence survivors are not financially trapped in an abusive relationship by joining the Purple Purse Challenge. Open your heart and wallet to stand up for survivors and the organizations that serve them at PurplePurse.com.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline
at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

This is how we #SavorSummer!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dixie Consumer products. All opinions are my own. 

How has your Summer been so far? Sunny Southern California has had warm days since May, so we've been having to find fun and different ways to keep cool. But, it's fun! Summer is always fun. We definitely do our best to #SavorSummer by making fun memories every day. Dixie Ultra products wants to help you #SavorSummer with their super fun sweepstakes
We had a lovely pool side lunch with our Dixie plates before we jumped in the pool to cool off. Aren't these plates super colorful and bright? Perfect for Summer Time! 
What kind of fun ways do you keep cool and #SavorSummer? We like to use water guns, the water hose and the sprinklers to keep cool on most days. On special days, we blow up our inflatable pool and play for hours, hook up the hose to the Slip-N-Slide for exciting fun or visit our family to swim in their backyard pool. I think those smiles definitely show how we #SavorSummer! 

Now let Dixie products help you #SavorSummer by entering their sweepstakes to Win fun stuff! 
Check them out on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Pinterest for great ideas and then go Enter their Sweepstakes!