Monday, December 15, 2014

Baby's First Christmas Miracle or Just Smart Shopping? #LuvsLeakFreeHoliday

*Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and
Luvs.  All opinions are 100% mine.*

Its been a while since the schedule was dictated by a baby, but every time I visit with my sister and new nephew life is just that. The little munchkin is a total turd....a super cute turd. Because this is his first Christmas, my sister has been busy keeping the little guy super cute and fresh at all times-- not an easy task.

One of the biggest worries is the little guy's diaper, and he is an expert diaper filler. My sis spent a lot of time looking up diaper brands for boys, comparing what other moms seem to like best. I don't ever remember being that worried about leaky diapers with girls. See, in addition to being a great diaper filler, he is a great sleeper, but sometimes he's woken up with a damp back. :/
Serious sleeping going on.....
Luvs recently released a "Will it Leak" video series, and I was laughing when I saw the Santa one because my sister had that same worry.  

See, for a leak to happen when you're out is the worst, because then you have to deal with a wardrobe change AND exterior fabric cleanup (car seat, your clothing, other surface) on the go. On one visit, my sister played SuperMommy and brought my nephew with us to a huge toy convention in the city. She tied on this awesome baby carrier and off we went on what was basically a test run for future baby outings. Back and legs were checked periodically to ensure there were no leaks, and everything held up!
SuperMomma in action!
Such a small thing can quickly lead to a few pretty high stress moments. Luvs, with NightLock are meant to reduce some of that stress, on account of the large absorbancy area that is especially great for boys. There is even the Luvs Leak Barrier Leg Gathers to make sure that you don't need to stress out about ruined holiday outfits and photos-- seriously, YAY for leak free (and sleep filled) holidays! 
 
It's so hard to work when this cutie pie is nearby!

When Luvs contacted us about their funny Will It Leak videos, we said yes to sharing with our readers because of the awesome holiday giving campaign that goes along with it. Every time you view the Santa video I shared above, Luvs will donate diapers to a baby in need through the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. So go watch it now!

And to help you celebrate, Luvs is throwing a Twitter Party: Please join @Luvs and celebrity dad, expectant father @donald_faison for a #LuvsLeakFreeHoliday Twitter Party on Thursday, December 11th, from 9-10pmEST, where we’ll be sharing personal holiday leak stories. 

Also, Luvs is inviting parents to create a babybook for their child in a few quick clicks with Luvs and Tweekaboo. Get yours here: https://tweekaboo.com/luvs

Luvs is also offering a holiday giveaway for my readers right here on the blog! You can win this:
- Branded Luvs tote bag
- #LuvsLeakFreeHoliday travel coffee mug
- Hot chocolate
- Luvs branded purple star ornament
- My First Kwanzaa book

- Plush Musical Dreidel
- Hanukkah gelt
- Two packs of Luvs diapers
- A tub of Luvs wipes


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Because Beauty is Contagious #FeelBeautifulFor

*This is a sponsored post with Dove and Global Influence. All opinions are mine.*

Working with so many girls and young women on a regular basis, you get to chatting with them about all the things that are important to them. Of course, their looks and beauty come up, and while they may be insecure about the things they want to talk about, they are not shy about asking. 

Dove is so well known for its body positive campaigns that I am always eager to hear about the next one. This time Dove asked me about the beauty legacy I want to leave, who I want to be beautiful for, now and in the future. Honestly, I had an answer the second the question was asked. 

I've talked a little about the space and STEM journey that I have been on lately. I've always believed that when you are passionate about something, other people can sense that and want to be a part of it too. Turns out its true. One of the things I get told a lot is that my enthusiasm for space is so infectious, that it inspires them to want to learn more. 


When it comes to the young women that I volunteer with, nothing thrills me more than for one of them to tell me that they want to be as crazy about the things they love when they grow up. When you're happy and share that happy, it makes other people want to be happy too. So sappy, I know, but it makes everything worth it. 

Things like this, make me even more excited about the future, both mine and all the young women that I work with. 

One thing I promised to share, was a giveaway that Dove is hosting. You can win a $25 Spa Week Gift Card! 

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But what I really want to know is, who do you want to feel beautiful for?

Friday, November 14, 2014

New Baby, New Worries: #RSVAwareness for World Prematurity Day

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with MedImmune and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.*
Ever since the little minion joined the population we have been discussing illness, vaccinations, germs and health. See, soon after delivering my nephew, my sister got sick and it made for some very difficult days. Thankfully, everyone made it through the flu without the baby ever getting sick-- but man, was it hard to juggle. 

He's such a pretty baby. 

As hard as it is to make sure a newborn baby does not get sick, its even more important to ensure that a preemie stays healthy. We've had two preemies in the family too-- twins. Premature infants are so much more susceptible to viruses, and those viruses seem to be so much more taxing on their tiny bodies.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a relatively common virus that accompanies flu season, and while all babies are at risk of contracting it and falling ill, premature infants have an increased risk of severe RSV. The 17th is World Prematurity Day, and to bring more awareness to RSV risks to infants, this infographic was put together. 

When the twins were infants, we had a strict no sick people policy, and we limited their outings to doctor visits-- of which they had a lot. We were able to keep them from getting any flu or cold too. Keeping the house clean, especially the areas where baby is going to be, is important too. We've been using natural disinfectant baby wipes for that, and cleaning bed sheets and covers like clockwork. 


These are all things that you can easily do to prevent disease. There are more tips for prevention at www.RSVprotection.com, and more information about this childhood illness that can take a toll on the entire family. 


With flu season on the way its important that we do everything we can to keep babies healthy and happy. Speak to your pediatrician about RSV disease and any additional steps they might recommend you take. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ready for Winter with Dreft

*Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Dreft. All opinions are 100% mine.*

There is a newborn in the family! Yes, my sister finally had her son and he is veritably the cutest baby I've ever met. Knowing that she had a baby and that Dreft was a brand I trusted in the past, I told her she had to give it a try.

I know Dreft was what my mom, and so many other mothers have been using for over 80 years, because of its safe and hypoallergenic formula. As it gets colder, and winter approaches, we are bound to wrap babies up more often, in more clothing and fabric, and my nephew loves to be snuggled. 


It's already cold up here, so its important to use fabric and blankets that are tough enough to protect his newborn skin from biting wind, but also soft and gentle enough to be safe for his skin. Because Dreft is hypoallergenic, its become the number one choice for mom's with babies. 

Dreft sent us their laundry detergent, stain remover and a to go stain stick. They also sent along some of their home cleaning products, I didn't even know they had those, including odor eliminator and fabric refresher and Dreft wipes.

Almost right after my nephew was born a really bad virus struck, so it was a race to wipe down every surface, and doing so with products that were still safe for baby was difficult. Had I known that Dreft made the wipes, I would've brought those over for my sister, but we have been using them like mad since then to make sure that there are no lingering bugs. 
Now that everyone is healthy again, its great to just have time to cuddle. Seriously, my nephew is the best cuddlebug! 

My sister even started a blog, That's Not My Boob, to talk about her journey as a mom-- and about my nephew's propensity for latching on to things. Check it out to see what she thinks of Dreft so far.  :)   

If you'd like to give Dreft a try, there is a $2 off coupon on the website that you can print off right now. This week (Oct. 30, 9-10ET) there is also a Twitter party, I know how much y'all love those, to talk about Dreft and of course there will be prize giveaways. RSVP here.

And, Dreft has offered to send a giveaway package to one of my readers!

Prize includes:
• 2 bottles of Dreft (RV $38)
• 1 set of Dreft wipes (RV $10)
• 1 laundry stain remover (RV $5)
• 1 to-go stain remover (RV $4)
• 1 odor eliminator and fabric refresher (RV $5)
• $30 gift card for Little Me clothing (RV $30)
• Little Me footie pajamas (RV $16)  
Winner must be 18+ and provide U.S mailing address. Winner must respond in 48 hours for prize reporting.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday Morning Etsy Blackholes

Its been a while, too long really, since I was sucked into Etsy for the better part of a morning. Lazy Saturdays are perfect for that though, right?
How Zorro spends his Saturdays :)
I used to have a busy Etsy shopped, that I closed, and then opened up a new one that I was too busy to fill and keep going. But, now that I am on another giant purge and feeling super crafty-- it's a fall thing-- I've been super tempted to start stocking it with cool finds again. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sharing My Purple Purse Story to End Financial Abuse

*This is a compensated blog post in collaboration with Allstate Foundation® and Latina Bloggers Connect. Everything stated is my own opinion, and my story*
 
If you had to walk out on your life right now, right this very second, do you think you could do it? This is not an exercise asking what 3 things you would grab from your house if it was burning or what you want to be stranded on a deserted island with. Rather, I'm asking you to think about the things that keep you where you are, doing what you do and staying with the people you are with. Could you really walk out on all of that?

As much as we like to think money and finances shouldn't and don't control our lives, they do. It's the reason why so many women stay in abusive relationships,

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Astronauts, Launches, a Kickstarter from @SpaceFlightGrp and #ISSRDC

I've never met anyone that had the opportunity to see a shuttle or rocket launch and wasn't changed by it. Most of us become addicted, lining the streets, bridges and nearby waterways to feel that rumble. 


Three years ago today, I was sitting on the banks of the Indian River, with my three sisters, hoping to see my first and last shuttle launch.