Monday, December 22, 2014

RED LIPS BRIGHTEN UP ANY OUTFIT




  

Sunnies/Gafas: Chanel
Lipstick/Labial: Russian Red by MAC
Cardigan/Sueter: H&M
Tunic/Camiseta: H&M
Leggings/Pantalones: Burlington 
Boots/Botas: Forever 21
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Nothing like a great red lipstick to brighten up a gloomy winter day. 
Yesterday we had a few places to run to so I made sure I was extra comfortable and warm. It actually wasn't too cold so I was able to leave my bubble coat in the car. I love it anytime I don't have to wear my coat, being pregnant it actually makes me feel so much more uncomfortable when I have to put it on. Something about being five feet tall, 33 1/2 weeks prego and layering that makes me feel like a stuffed polar bear. I wore my all time favorite boots. I got these as a Christmas gift a couple of years back and wear them a lot and they are still in amazing condition, pretty shocking for Forever 21 faux leather boots! I love them! And of course I added a long cardi for an effortless chic look. Just 5 more weeks until we meet our baby doll! We cannot wait... 
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No hay nada como un lapiz labial rojo para alumbrar un dia super de invierno nublado. 
Ayer tuvimos varias cosas que hacer, por eso me asegure de vestirme super comoda y calientita. Pero me sorprendi al ver que no hacia tanto frio como lo creia. Pude dejar mi abrigo en el carro. No se ustedes, pero estando embarazo, con coat y varias capaz de ropa me hace sentir super incomoda. Puede ser tambien por lo que ya solo me quedan 5 semanas! No puede creer lo rapido que han pasado los meses. Tambien me puse mis botas favoritas, fueron un regalo de Navidad hace algunos anios. Siempre me las pongo y estan en excelente condicion. Super buena calidad para ser de Forever 21. Me encantan! Que tengan una semana feliz!
xo,
E.

Friday, December 19, 2014

HOW TO WEAR LEOPARD PRINT



  
 
Beanie: Zara
Sunnies: Chanel
Sweater: H&M
Cardigan: Forever 21
Jeans: H&M Maternity
Shoes: ASOS
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Happy Friday! Last week I told you guys via my Insta how all I wear lately is black. For me it's easy and comfortable. I have been able to find some super comfy pants in several stores, from thick and soft leggings to amazing cotton pants to velvet chic styles. For this look I went for a simple black and jeans look and added the leopard shoes for a little bit of sass. I got these shoes at ASOS last month and I loved them from the minute I saw them. At less than $50 they were a must have! They are super comfortable and look amazing in person. These jeans are actually maternity jeans from H&M, I got them for $34.95 and they are really comfortable, I just wish they were a bit more of a skinny jean and they would be perfect!
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Feliz viernes a todos! Si me siguen en Instagram, la semana pasada les conte que ultimamente el color que mas uso es el negro. Para mi es facil y comodo. Combina con todo y se ve super chic la mayoria del tiempo. He podido encotrar pantalones super comodos, desde pantalones de gamuza y de algodon hasta leggings super comodas de maternidad. Para este look, aunque sea super basico, quise anadirle algo de pop! Por eso me puse estos zapatos de ASOS, cuales me encantaron desde que los vi. Y a menos de $50 los tuve que comprar! Son comodos y bellos. Por cierto, estos jeans son de maternidad, de H&M y pague $34.95 por ellos - lo unico que no me gusta es que no son muy como "skinny". Serian perfectos si lo fueran!
xo,
E.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | GIFT IDEAS FOR BABIES + TODDLERS

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Evenflo and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always all opinions are my own. 
Just 7 days until Christmas you guys! Yikes, did that fly! Thank God I got all my shopping done nice and early and guess what it was all done online. It is actually my first year shopping entirely online and I have to say I loved it. And I saved a ton of money because typical me I always have to have what I buy for someone else if it's already in my hands. Though I love shopping, the stores for me get overwhelming and I cannot focus on what it is that I need or want to get so this year was definitely easier and I was a lot more organized. I usually end up getting things I don't need and end up spending more money than I should. That is why I loved shopping online and using some amazing coupon codes and found great online deals! Have you guys finished your Christmas list? Well for today's post I have a super sweet and cool gift idea for the kids! 

If you are still looking for the perfect gift for that precious baby or toddler this year, I've got you covered! We were lucky enough to receive the new super cool and amazing Evenflo World Explorer ExerSaucer and I am so happy we did. It is the perfect Christmas gift for your little one. It can be used from as little as the newborn phase to 2 years old and up. It has a 3 in 1 feature for the three stages of your baby's infant to toddler life. It even has a "BabyPad" which teaches your child four different languages including English, Spanish, French and Mandarin. Talk about fancy! This is definitely a gift that will last for years to come. I definitely recommend it, it is a great investment in your pocket and your little ones education and knowledge.
The price is amazing at just $129 and for a limited time I am sharing this 20% off Babies R' Us coupon with you. The coupon code expires on December 24 so be sure to take advantage of this great discount now!
I shared my thoughts and reviewed this product a few days ago, so if you want to know why this ExerSaucer is different and better than the rest head over to my post and read my official review with details and all. I cannot wait for our baby to be born and start using this super cool and interactive learning toy. I am sure Ben will be first in line teaching her all the ins and outs. 
xo,
E.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PREPARING MY SON TO BE A GREAT BIG BROTHER

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always all opinions are my own.  
 So for as long as I can remember, I have always wanted a really big family. I say it's because I am an only child. And to this very day, at 30 years old, I still long for a sibling. I truly believe that there is no best friend or cousin that can amount to that of a sister or a brother. I find that the bond between siblings is simply unbreakable and no matter how mad you may or may not get with each other, you will still have each other. Forever. And that's what I want to give to my son. I remember the days when my husband (then boyfriend) and I would talk about what our ideal family would be and I always said I want FIVE kids. I am surprised he didn't run away... but realistically today, I settle at three. And we both agree that's a good number for us all. God willing, of course. So the day we found out we were expecting, we were thrilled and over the moon, ecstatic and just so grateful to God for this blessing. With all the joys and happiness also came my worries on how I would make sure to prepare my son for what was to come. 
Now at 33 weeks pregnant, I am beginning to see the fruits of our labor. I say our, because I am not alone on this journey. My husband plays an amazing and very important role in all our lives. For the past 30+ weeks we have made sure to include B in every important event of this pregnancy and explain to him daily all about his growing baby sister. And looking back, I am so happy I did. Once we were all in the clear and new our pregnancy was a great healthy one, we told B he was going to be a big brother. And the boy couldn't be happier! At the time I wasn't too sure whether he truly understood or not. But today, I know he does. He understands so much more than I even know.
For me, this journey has not been easy, in terms of emotions and overwhelming feelings of happiness but so much bittersweet thoughts. As any mother pregnant with a second child, I began to feel nervous. Would I be able to love my second baby enough? How would I share my love with my two children? Would I have enough time to for the two of them equally? Will B resent me? All these crazy questions, kept popping into my mind. But I knew I had to take over those emotions and tell myself "Erika, you are doing the best job that you can. And nothing is perfect and your kids will love you no matter what".
So as the weeks passed we began to prep B for what will be his biggest role yet. The best BIG BROTHER in the world. He truly has been amazing. The amount of love he has for his sister is mind blowing. I never knew how much he would truly understand at 3 years old that this little human growing inside of me is his unconditional love. His unconditional baby sister.
So I wanted to share some tips that worked for us and hope that work for you too. I know being a mom is not easy. We have the biggest most important role in the world. And if I can help you just a little bit with a small tip or idea to make your days easier I am happy to do so.
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Here's a list of little things we did to make this "big brother"transition fun and comprehensive to B:
Include your child in everything
Take them to an ultrasound and tell them "Look, that's your baby brother/sister".
 Be sure to make them feel special too.
Anytime you can, remind them about the growing baby. 
Tell them how great they are doing in their new role as an older sibling.
Let them help you register for baby items.  
We did this with B and he had a blast and felt so helpful. It took longer than it should have but this is part of helping them prepare for their new role. And I truly enjoyed him picking things out for his baby sister.
Don't exclude them from the baby plans and errands. 
My husband and I made sure that B was included in everything... even building the baby's new dresser. It was the cutest thing. He truly believes he built his sister's dresser all on his own.
Pay attention to the little things.  
It melts my heart every time B is eating, he hands me a piece of whatever he is having and says "Here mama this is for our baby" - some times I really don't want to eat it but I do just so his generous gestures don't go unnoticed. He shares his toys and is always giving her kisses. It fills my heart with joy!
Now-a-days, my belly is full of hugs, kisses... and stickers! 
Let them be active towards their new sibling. First, it is adorable and second, they are really making a connection and growing their love for the arrival of the new baby. 
For our baby shower, we made sure to have B attend for a majority of the event.  
He was so excited for the "Baby's Party" as he called it and the next day said it was the baby's best "birthday" ever! He was included in everything, in all the photos. And of course opening all the gifts and even folding her new clothes. This made him feel so happy and though he made the biggest mess I didn't mind. Some times, we tend to get crazy (I know I do) with messes and keeping the house tidy. But there are just some moments when you have to sit back and take it all in. And this day was one of them for me.
Give them a gift too! 
My mom had special present for B the day of the baby shower. She filled his bag with stuff he loved. Little things like stickers, cars and Christmas shirts and cups and all little things we knew would make him feel special too. She gave it to him as we opened all of the baby's gifts and he was so happy. We plan to do this on the day he meets the baby too. The baby will have a gift for him and he will have a gift for her. 
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I can't say I am doing a perfect job as a mom. Most days, I wonder if I am even just OK. But I know I am trying my best. I hope B knows that. And one day when he and his sister are older they truly hold that special bond I have always longed for. There is no better feeling than love. And the love from a mother to a child is the biggest love I have ever known. Today, I know I will  have enough love for them both. And I will make time for them both. And I know it won't be easy but I think that as long as I try and I cherish the little moments, I believe my children will feel the love I have for them and in turn love each other and be there for each other for always.
This is my last post in collaboration with Huggies and it has been an amazing project to be a part of. With every post I wrote I felt closer to every one of your mommies and mommies to be. I hope you enjoyed this 6-part campaign as much as I did and that my tips and ideas were of some help to at least one of you. I am just 6 weeks away from giving birth to my baby girl. And time is sure not staying still. I am so excited and happy but nervous and emotional. Mostly for B. For his new life as a big brother. I pray I have the patience and the knowledge to be the best mom I can be to the both of them.
Thank you so much for reading this emotional and intimate post. I hope it is a little help to some of you.
xo,
E.

PS: Remember, you can now add Huggies Little Snugglers and Natural Care Wipes to your baby registry by visiting THIS link to enter for the chance to make your dream wish come true. And you can request a sample of Huggies Little Snugglers diapers and wipes by visiting HERE.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NIGHT TIME BEAUTY ROUTINE WITH POND'S

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with PONDS® and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

It's Beauty Tuesday! For today's post I teamed up with POND'S to share my night time beauty routine with you. I have been using POND'S moisturizers for about 4 years now. I started using it when I was pregnant with Ben, as it was recommended to me by one of my dear friends because of my very dry skin at the time. But I always knew about the brand because my mom and aunts have used it ever since I can remember. I remember when I lived in Ecuador... 20 years ago, my aunt would actually use it every night to remove her makeup! Yes, before these amazing POND'S® Makeup Removing Towelettes even existed! And let me tell you she still uses the brand and has amazing skin. So when my friend recommended it years ago I began to use and see results immediately. And have not stopped using it since. Most recently I tried out POND'S Bio-Hydratante Hydration Cream, as you all know I love to test out other brands and new products and I love sharing my favorites with you because they really work for me. POND'S is one of the brands I always keep in stock at home and use it nightly, especially in the winter. It has an amazing moisturizing and refreshing texture and leaves my skin feeling smooth and fresh every single time.
I remember the days when I worked my 9-5 I wore makeup every single day. My skin was much different back them. It is amazing what makeup will do to you - good and bad. It can make you feel stunning and beautiful but it can also cause your skin to dry out and bumps or acne to appear. That is why it is so important to have a good daily facial cleansing routine, no matter what age you are. Nowadays, I don't wear makeup everyday and honestly it feels great... while I love makeup I am also happy to be makeup-free because I can see the difference in my skin. I am typically au-natural when running errands throughout the week. But still whether or not I wore make up that day I still clean my face with makeup wipes before washing my face. And lately I have been using POND'S® Makeup Removing Towelettes and love them!

First, I clean my face at night with my facial wipes (makeup or not).
Then wash my face with a good facial cleanser
Lastly, I apply POND'S Bio-Hydratante Hydration Cream.

I go to bed with clean, fresh and smooth skin and wake up with a "I WOKE UP LIKE THIS" look I love. I definitely recommend these two products ladies, they are inexpensive, effective and you will see immediate results. Especially if you have dry skin. They have several different types of moisturizers and you can use they one that best suits your skin. You can purchase these products at your local Walmart. Let me know if you try it and I guarantee you will love it as much as I do!
xo,
E.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

RECYCLING OUTFITS THIS WINTER

 
Headband/Cintillo: Forever 21
Sweater/Sueter: H&M
Pants/Pantalon: H&M
Shoes/Zapatos: Zara
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This weather is making me bananas. One day I am freezing! One day I am enjoyinh the sunny cool days! I am loving the gorgeous 50 degree December days! I wish these were our winters. It makes life so much easier! I can wear cute shoes and no socks! Yay! I wore this outfit on Saturday for some errands. If you've noticed I have not bought many new things lately. For me it would almost be a waste of money to start shopping now at 8 months pregnant for something I will only wear another month or so. So I have been recycling outfits and playing with accessories instead. If you are like me, you don't LOVE maternity clothes... they are very expensive (in my opinion) and you won't wear them for very long. So I use most of my pants that have a comfortable elastic around the waist and sweaters for the most part, as of lately. I have to be honest, while I love my heels, I can only wear them for so long. So I always change into flats after a little while.
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Este clima me esta volviendo loca! Un dia super frio, otro super hermoso! Pero de los dias soleados y preciosos no me quejo! Ya quisiera que el invierno de aqui sea asi de bello como el dia de hoy. Es super mas facil decidir que ponerme cuando sale el sol y las temperaturas estan altas. Nada de medias y abrigos gruesos. Como se pueden haber dado cuanto he esta reusando muchos de mis looks - ya que no pienso comprar mucha ropa mas hasta que de a luz. Me parece que seria un gasto de dinero para algo que no usare mas de un mes mas. Por eso veran muchas de mis piezas de el invierno pasado repetidas, en estilo materno. Lo mas facil y comodo para mi con este embarazo a sido usar pantalones de elastico en la cinturan y sueters o cardigans de telas comodas y stretch. La ropa de maternidad me parece demasiada cara, en mi opinion.
xo,
E.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

EVENFLO WORLD EXPLORER EXERSAUCER

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Evenflo and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always all opinions are my own. 

Happy Sunday! I am happy to share today's post with all my mommy readers. Whether you are an expecting mom or an experienced mom, this post is for you. I was lucky enough to receive the amazing Evenflo World Explorer ExerSaucer to review. And I have to say I couldn't be happier that I did. With Ben, I used a different ExerSaucer but to be completely honest it does not compare to this one. It is so important to expose our children to different visuals and cultures from when they are very small. And this activity center does just that. It boasts innovations designed to encourage hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and imagination. I love the 3-1 feature, you can use this toy/activity center for a few years and that to any mom is win-win... for my pocket and for my kids knowledge and entertainment.
You can start using it from as early as the newborn stage (0-4 months) with the play mat feature. This is typically when babies are all about seeing and touching, all about sensory and exploring the world around them. I love that the mat can be easily cleaned. We all know how drooly babies can be at this stage! The mat is nice and cushioned to prevent head bumps and the toy is very engaging with all its colors and sounds. A great way to stimulate your growing baby in the early stages.
Next is the "moving" stage! Around 4 months your baby will begin to explore its surroundings and turning and rolling and ladies, this will go on forever! You can use the ExerSaucer Activity Center "Move and Bounce" until the child is about 12 months or when your baby starts to try to climb out of it, because believe me they will! I remember when Ben was 6 months old, it was one of my favorite stages. He was so mobile and silly and just so precious to me. He has started to love to bounce and blabber and just enjoyed toys and learn new things. I know with my new baby girl on the way it will be great to use the Evenflo ExerSaucer and see my two kids play together. At this stage you can turn it to the typical ExerSaucer stationary position. Babies can enjoy the Language Pod with 12 scenes in 4 languages! Yes FOUR languages which include English, French, Spanish and Mandarin. How cool is that? They will learn animal sounds, like elephants, penguins and pandas. It also has a LED camera that flashes and displays different photos. I truly love this! I know that Ben will love showing his little sister all the tricks and features on this toy.
Lastly, once your child is walking or standing up alone they can enjoy the"Create and Play" feature. It opens up and transitions into an activity table for hours of entertainment. You can use this from 12 months to 24 months or as long as your child is enjoying it. With its 20+ activities it is designed to help your baby/toddler learn through play for more than 2 years. 
You can purchase the Evenflo World Explorer ExerSaucer at your local Babies“R”Us for $129 and for a limited time receive 20% off your purchase by using THIS link - this offer will run from December 5 to December 24, 2014, so take advantage of this great discount! Happy Shopping! 
xo,
E.