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Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Have you noticed that laundry mysteriously appears overnight? (okay.. I know.. there are no fairies that pile laundry in the wee hours ..) However... one of the coolest things about being a grown-up is being able to buy whatever product I want .. like a beauty product (or two or three)... 

Being a Purex Insider I get to try products FOR FREE (how awesome is that!) ... and even though I HATE DOING LAUNDRY ( partly because it never ends)... this new product, which just hit stores today, is really awesome .. yes.. it smells great .. and yes.. there is NO oily residue on clothes.. but the coolest thing about it is that all you have to do is toss the crystals in at the beginning of the wash and you don't have to worry about forgetting to put fabric softener when the Rinse cycle comes on... wooo hooo!

Who wants a free coupon to try it out? Be the first to leave me a comment on this post and you will get a coupon to try this product out :) Happy washing! ;)

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sand, road and my first marathon…

Last weekend I ran my first marathon.. Let me tell you .. it was a very big milestone in my life… let me explain.. in my family we are prone to uterine and breast cancer so I get checked quite frequently (which I HIGHLY encourage all the ladies reading this to do the same .. and men to please encourage the women in your life to do the same). Last June I had to have a growth removed and then unfortunately it returned by November which meant I had to have another surgery.

It was difficult for all of us, me and my children were in a very bad emotional place.. needless to say I had to move from Tampa, FL back home to have the second surgery and make sure that I recuperated fully … thankfully it has not returned (woooo hooo).. which leads me to my marathon story.. the anniversary of my second surgery was on November 4th  and so that day I made a decision to "take more control" of my body.. and that led me to make the decision to run my first marathon .. well that and one more thing..

One thing that is very hard for a strong woman to say out loud is that they need help and believe me .. last year taught me to humble myself enough to ask for outside help .. but there is one more thing.. HAVING OTHERS BELIEVE IN YOU MEANS SOOOO MUCH…

Also in November some very special people believed in me enough to send me out to a press junket for the Toy Story 3 DVD release and that day pushed me to believe that I could come out of the shell that I had created because of a variety of circumstances… if you get nothing else out of this post .. hear this: LONELINESS is a choice… you have to want better for yourself and just take a leap of faith .. because believe me .. even though the hardest thing to face is to rejection.. what is worse is not even trying.. GET OUT THERE.. join a gym. join a book club, take a college class.. reevaluate what you are doing and find what you love because as you get older the things you enjoy change.. and once you find out what you love .. GO FOR IT…. and just know that the universe/God/ or whatever it is that you believe in .. are behind you .. if you just love yourself enough to seek positivity.. :) Leave me a comment and let me know what drives you or what you love now that you may not have realized you loved … as for me .. I'm training for my next marathon! 

Here are some pics:

Me and the road :)

My favorite part of my run ...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Yogi Bear, Boo Boo and my boys!

This past weekend I took the boys to see Yogi Bear IN 3D! It was beyond awesome and you can read my interviews in my contribution to CLICK {latina}.. however ... today my eldest son wanted to tell you about the movie in his own words :) ..enjoy!:

There you have it folks the movie was SUPER-NICE! We had such a good time and the movie is definitely worth spending extra to see it in 3D. The actors were all hilarious and of course Yogi and Boo Boo were at it again .. this was a movie that had us all laughing!

Here are some pictures of our movie experience:
They are fans of the CHEESE

We had pizza afterward..

Guess where we saw the movie :)

Saying he wished he could see it again .. that day :)

I know for those of us that grew up with Yogi it will be so cool to see the "smarter than the average bear" in the big screen.. but wait until you see your kids' faces when they see Yogi and Boo Boo "kicking it" and traipsing in roaring rapids... it's magical!

One of the things I love the most about having kids is that they see things in such a magical way that even if you did what they did when you were little .. you get to relive your childhood all over again .. I know that it sucks to be the "bad cop" or the "mommy" ALL of the time.. so I encourage you to take a breather one night/evening/afternoon  and take your kids to a movie and pretend that you were their age again .. STUFF your face with popcorn, drink sugary drinks, and laugh with them ... and afterward take them to a park to burn all that energy off .. because believe me kids grow up fast .. and you want to enjoy them (and vice versa) .. leave me a comment and let me know what you guys thought of the movie :)! (and have some popcorn for me!)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Treasured time…

I cooked on Sunday.. I made greens, sofrito-infused ribs, and mac and cheese..soo I didn’t feel too bad that I did NOT cook for Thanksgiving ;) .. instead my mom, the boys, and I headed to Vegas for 4 days… let me just say this: If you think Vegas is just for adults .. you would be WRONG.. there are a TON of fun stuff for kids and their parents to do there.... like buy them stuff they don’t need. :)


                                              Watched some shows.

                                       Snuggled in front of a fireplace.


                                       and… ate lotssss of yummy food!

Since I work so much, it is so rare that we actually spend a lot of quality time together… so just being able to sleep snuggled next to them and not have to wake them up at the crack of dawn was an experience unto itself. I try to do exciting things with them as much as I can because I know that one day they will be with friends, out of town, or maybe working (
Being a single mother is a lot of things … but it is rewarding .. the key is to find a way to still do what you love ( whether it is a hobby or your 9-5) … and to take the time to enjoy the little things with your loved ones.. whether it is an impromptu park date .. ice cream cone.. or what in our house is called “backwards day” .. it is a day in the month where we have dinner for breakfast and vice versa .. it is the memories you create in such times that will make everything else worthwhile..
Love yourself, cherish your time, and treasure your memories :)