Easy Mexican Recipe for Dia del Niño: Left-over BBQ Enchiladas

This post is sponsored by HERDEZ® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Dia del Niño, or Day of the Child, is a festive holiday celebrated across Mexico and many Latin American countries to honour and appreciate children. Growing up, I remember my cousins in Honduras would always ask me what I got for Dia del Niño, as it is custom that children receive regalos como en Navidad or similar to their birthday. Dia del Niño is a lively celebration which more than often includes a piñata, cake, presents y comida y refrescos tipicos de el pais. But, since I didn’t grow up in Honduras, my family didn’t celebrate Dia del Niño… and I always felt like I was left out, hahaha. I mean who doesn’t like a party with delicious food and games?

So, now that I have a child of my own, I am determined to celebrate Dia del Niño, especially since she is Half Mexican/ Half Honduran. Our plan is for her to have a couple of pen-pals via SNAIL MAIL and see how other children celebrate Children’s Day in their country or even family.

We will also make a traditional dish, as a family. It’s important to include your child in food prep/cooking, so they can get their hands dirty and have some fun cooking as a family. Some of my favourite childhood memories are of grocery shopping and helping my parents prep/cook, they inspired the chef in us from a young age. And we want to continue that tradition with Little Moon :) It’s a great way to show her how to use her senses (taste, smell, touch, sight…).

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A favourite (and easy) dish to prepare are BBQ Left-over enchiladas, an easy Mexican recipe. For the stuffing of the enchiladas, I used our left-over rice and meat from the BBQ the night before). First, I sauteed onions, cilantro and mushrooms in a skillet. Then, I added the meat (chicken , which I shredded off bone and beef that I minced up), stir. Add in the rice, a can of black beans and a cup of  delicious  sauce. Simmer.

Throw in 6 tortillas into the microwave and heat em up for 30 seconds, then grab a tortilla…and grab a couple cucharadas of the enchilada filling and colocar right down the middle of tortilla. Then you wrap that bad boy up and place into an oven dish and repeat until all of your tortillas are stuffed.

Now comes my favourite part, DROWN the enchiladas in the mouth-watering Herdez® Salsa Verde. Just thinking of this salsa is making me drool, for reals. Top off with shredded cheese and cover with aluminum foil. Pop into over for 15 minutes.

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Can’t forget about the creamy  avocado sauce to lather your enchiladas in. Super easy to make. In a bowl, mash a whole avocado and add Herdez® Salsa Verdad and mix. Yummm.

I serve the enchiladas on a bed of spinch salad and a side of creamy avocado sauce :) Let me know what you think recipe, and you can check out more  easy Hispanic recipes for Day of the Child by clicking here! :)

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As this holiday celebrates the kid in everyone, HERDEZ brand is holding a #ThrowbackThursday photo contest on its Facebook wall! This promotion will last from April 6th to – April 30th.

Each week, three winners will be chosen to win a Día del Niño prize pack. One grand prize winner each week will win a socialmatic camera, film, HERDEZ product, HERDEZ apron and recipe cards. Two runner up winners each week will win a selfie stick, HERDEZ product, HERDEZ apron and recipe cards.

To enter submit your favorite childhood photo tagged with #ThrowbackThursday directly onHERDEZ’s Facebook page.

ViandVa Dolls inspired by Latino cultures

This is sponsored post in collaboration with Vi and Va Dolls and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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What girl doesn’t love to play with dolls? I started playing with dolls at a very young age, and continued up until I was probably twelve. I actually still have a doll in a box, she was the last one that I received and I knew I wanted to save her for the future, when I had a daughter. I would always try to go for the ones that kind if resembled like me, which obviously meant a doll with dark hair and brown eyes. But who am I kidding, there weren’t dolls that looked Latina back then. So if a doll didn’t resemble me, we often chose one that I could relate to, like a dancer, or an athlete.

Boy, have times changed!

I recently learned about Vi and Va, a recently launched fashion doll line inspired by Latino cultures.  Vi and Va (pronounced like Viva!) are two teenage sisters: Viviana (Vi) and Valentina (Va).  They are also joined by their best friends, cousins Felicia and Roxxi. I admire and appreciate that Vi and Va  were created to help girls honor and embrace their heritage. I know so many girls are excited to finally have a doll that not only looks like them, but that they can relate too aswell.

Por ejemplo, Vi, 16, is spontaneous and easy going. She loves music, and she also enjoys playing her guitar at family gatherings. Tambien le encanta crear nuevos estilo como fashion designer.

Va, es la hermana menor, ella tiene 15. She is neat y bien organizada. She loves learning to cook de su mama y abuelas. She’s already perfected several savory family recipes, like empanadas. Tambien es peluquera estilista.

For these girls, every day is an adventure and a reason to celebrate the bonds of family and friendship.  The themes and storytelling within the line focuses on both family and culture.  The 4 main characters are not just friends, they are also family!

Felicia and Roxxi are Vi and Va’s cousins. Felicia is 17 years old y es una artista que le encanta pintar. Roxxi is 18 years old and loves to dance to different genres, from ballet to salsa to hip-hop.

Vi and Va includes several dolls and activity sets that help little girls play out each character’s storyline and enjoy her special talents. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the line also has a Birthday Collection, where the family combines celebrations of  Vi’s Sweet 16, and Va’s Quinceañera.  It’s sweet because it shows that you can be proud and celebrate both of your cultures/traditions (Latino and American). Many of my Latina friends either celebrated their Sweet 16 or Quinceañera. I actually celebrated my Quinceañera when I was 16, Hahahaha.

Girls can even dress up and join the fun with role play and styling accessories. Dolls play such a big role in a little girls imagination. Not only do they decide how to dress them, do their  hair, but they also get to either play out the storyline (like singing and playing the guitar with Vi), but they can create their own too.

Me encanta lo que Vi and Va representan porque ethnic diversity is critically important to a healthy community. Y me da mucho gusto decirles que estamos sorteando a Va, la peluquera estilista!a Rafflecopter giveaway

Vi and Va Hair Stylist Doll ValentinaThe full assortment of “Vi and Va” fashion dolls is available at Target stores and on Target.com. For more information, please visit Vi and Va Dolls and join the conversation with our social community at ViandVa Facebook and ViandVaDollsTwitter.

Tangle Teezer Review

TANGLETEEZER-COMPACTSTYLER-INSTANTDETANGLINGHAIRBRUSHI have many memories of my mom combing my hair when I was little. I can’t help but smile when I remember how I used to wiggle in my bed or chair when she would be yanking combing the knots out. It didn’t matter if my cabello was dry, wet or damp…there always seemed to be some nudos.

Well not much has changed since then, I still get a ton of knots from bed head…and obviously not combing my hair for a couple of bed head days leads to bigger knots, aka un nido. JAJAJA. One of the main reasons why I don’t comb my hair is because it hurts trying to comb thru tangled hair! If you go to slow, it takes forever to get the tangles out and if you do the opposite, and brush thru the tangles quickly, you damage your hair. Oh, and don’t forget the brush. You have to have the right brush/comb or that maine of yours is going to pouff!

Pero adivenen que?! Encontre la solucion a ese problema.

Cuando anduve por Mexico de vacaciones, my sister-in-law showed me this cute little hot pink hairbrush called the Tangle Teezer. She swore by it, saying that it was the best detangling hairbrush. She showed me how it instantly detangles wet or dry hair, making styling quicker, easier, and pain-free.

No lo podia creer, was the Tangle Teezer actually going to solve MY HAIR (TANGLES) PROBLEMS?

Lo tenia que probar…

WOW! Me encanto tanto que necesitaba uno propio.

El Tangle Teezer is a hairbrush that detangles gently, sin lastimar tu cabello. La verdad es que me impresiono mucho lo rapido que el Tangle Teezer desenreda el pelo mojado o seco sin causar dolor y sin lastimar el pelo.

El diseño es unico en que cabe perfectamente en la palma de tu mano y los dientes son flexibles, especialmente dise~ados para moverse facilmente a traves de pelo for sleek, smooth, tangle free hair. The Tangle Teezer has a removable cover to protect the patented and innovative teeth from fluff and dirt. It’s small and compact, so can easily move from purse, to diaper bag.

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Speaking of diaper bag…Tangle Teezer is SO gentle,  I can use it on Little Moon! It doesn’t snag or pull, just runs through smoothly. It works great on all hair types, whether straight or curly, long or short, smooth or frizzy.

Hoy me peino diario, for a sleek, smooth, tangle free hair gracias to the best detangling brush, Tangle Teezer. I highly recommend the Tangle Teezer, especially if you hate batallando con tu pelo, o el de tu bebe. Te va ahorrar mucho tiempo y gritos! Hehehe.

Birth Injury, what you don’t expect when you’re expecting.

There are so many things going on when you are trying to birth a child into this big beautiful world. You trust that your care-providers will guide support, and take care of you during the birthing process. We look forward to having healthy babies, without any complications. Unfortunately, birth injuries do happen.

Dr. Brad Bradshaw is a licensed physician, surgeon, and lawyer who has has highly specialized training in preventable injuries. He currently has practices in several locations throughout the US, and is expanding his presence to Vancouver. Through his legal practices, Dr. Bradshaw helps ensure families have the finances to pay for the lifetime care of a child injured during birth.

At a recent lunch, I was able to ask Dr. Bradshaw a couple of questions about Birth Injury.

What is birth injury?

Birth injury is damage sustained during the birthing process, usually occurring during transit through the birth canal. There are different forms of birth injury, which include, but are not limited to: Cerebral Palsy, Forcep Marks, Spinal Injuries and Brachial Plexopathy. Some birth injuries may even lead to intellectual and/or physical disabilities. And in the worst cases, birth injury can be fatal.

What is the most common birth injury? 

Cerebral palsy, which is a  life altering condition that frequently requires ongoing medical care. Cerebral palsy is actually a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions including movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking. There are several different types of cerebral palsy, including spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, hypotonic, and mixed.

How does birth injury occur?

Many birth injuries are preventable, caused by inexperience, negligence or mistakes/errors in the medical healthcare environment. We often forget that Doctors are human, and sometimes make mistakes. And these mistakes have life-long effects on the child and/or mother and their families.

What do you do if you think you/baby suffered birth injury?

Contact a lawyer immediately to share your experience and discuss your options. Document everything. And call us at 604-337-1616.

Why don’t we hear more about birth injuries?

The unwillingness of people to question their doctors, and healthcare providers to admit they have made mistakes.

Are doctors and hospitals protected?

Yes, doctors and hospitals have medical malpractice insurance.  This protects them when they make a mistake, and more importantly, it protects those who they have hurt.

Raising public awareness about birth injury is important so that those affected by it can receive the proper care and help they deserve. And that those who caused the injury can be held accountable for their actions. To learn more about  birth injuries contact Dr. Bradshaw and his team by visiting www.vancouverbirthinjurylawyers.com.

SNICKERS® When I’m Hungry

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

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I am a HUGE fan of the hilarious “You’re not you when you’re hungry” SNICKERS® commercials. You know, the ones where someone is not acting like themselves. My favorite  SNICKERS® commercial happens to be the one where Marcia Brady is acting a little hostile and aggressive (not like herself) and we see her as Danny Trejo (whose characters are hostile/agressive) until she has a  SNICKERS® and is “back to normal” acting like herself.

You can relate, right? I mean who hasn’t had one of those moments when you are NOT feeling or acting like yourself?

I know I have. Being a new mom, sometimes I feel like a zombie! You know those days where you’ve barely slept, haven’t been able to sit down for a meal and just about EVERYTHING irritates you? UGH! Well, I’ve realized that I am not me when I’m hungry. I don’t like being snarky, hostile or rude, but it happens when hunger gets the best of me, and sometimes somethings as small as a SNICKERS® bar makes me fell ME again, happy-go-lucky!

So, it’s important that even when I don’t have time to eat a meal, I have to grab something that will satisfy my hunger, like a  SNICKERS® bar. It’s just something about SNICKERS® milk chocolate and nuts that keeps the hunger at bay and the crazy away! Jajaja, and I don’t have to worry about not acting like myself.SNICKERS-keephungeratbayandcrazyaway-whenimhungry-cbias-AD-711

Personally, I like to keep  delicious treats like  SNICKERS® Peanut Butter Squares in different places like diaper bag, purse, car, stroller caddy because you never know where hunger will creep up on you. And lets face it, we want to keep the cray away, for everyone’s sake.

We usually pick up our SNICKERS® bars from our local 7-11. They are in the candy/chocolate aisle.

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To see more great SNICKERS® recipes and fun stories check out the SNICKERS® social hub.

You can also enter the SNICKERS® “Who are you when you’re hungry?” contest by uploading a personal photo or video from your computer, Facebook, Instagram or use the SNICKERS® Meme Generator to create something new! Voting begins at Noon on 5/11/15 and ends at 11:59:59 AM ET on 7/15/15.

Who are you when you’re hungry?

Milkies Milk-Saver Review

ninaonthemoon-milksaver-saveeverydrop-reviewBeing a new mom for me means many things, like constantly learning new things, and leaking breasts, hahaha. As my milk production increased I noticed that my breasts would leak, especially during feeds. While my little one is feeding on one breast, the opposite one is leaking a ton of milk. It’s uncomfortable because it’s not a little drip every couple of seconds, it’s like a fountain, continuously shooting out. Hahaha, I just had to provide that visual so you know what I mean.

Anyways, after a month of soaking thru bras, nursing pads, shirts, burp cloths I got annoyed and a light bulb went off in my head! I was like “someone must have invented something to stop this leaking thru layers while feeding!!!Ugh!!!” So I quickly googled “breast milk catcher” and voila, there it was, Milkies Milk-Saver!

Sigh of relief.

I couldn’t believe it, someone had actually invented something to catch breast milk, keeping mom dry and comfortable. The Milkies Milk-Saver collects milk from non-nursing side while breastfeeding.

I couldn’t wait for shipping, so I crossed my fingers and headed to a local baby store, Room for 2 (on Commercial Drive) and asked if they carried “milk catchers.” The sales associate happily showed me to the Milk-Saver! YES, I was so excited to try it out.

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Did you know that the average nursing mom leaks 1-4 ounces of milk each time she feeds her baby? The first couple of months, the Milk-Saver  would catch anywhere from 2-3 oz of milk, from just ONE of my breasts. The Milk-Saver reservoir holds 2+ ounces of milk. We all know that milk during those first months is precious and we would do anything to catch every last drop. The milk caught with the Milk-Saver can be stored and used for bottle feeding or fortifying cereal.

The Milk-Saver is discreet and easy to use. It fits into any bra or snug tank. The only thing that I didn’t like was that sometimes I would forget that I had the Milk-Saver in and I’d  bend over to pick something up and get wet (or wet something/one else). Yes, the Milk-Saver is actually that comfortable that I would forget that I was wearing it.

The Milk-Saver is a great eco-friendly alternative for disposable nursing products, since it is durable and re-usable. It is BPA and Pthlate free, safe to boil, dishwasher safe. The Milk-Saver also comes with a case that keeps it clean and protected, and makes it great for travelling. It is also made in the USA.

We are almost one year into our breastfeeding journey and my milk is regulated, so I don’t use my Milkies Milk-Saver anymore. But, I have it in the baby cabinet for the next time we have a newborn.

What do you think of the Milk-Saver? Did you use anything to catch your milk during breastfeeding?

Making Bath Time So Much More

This is a compensated collaboration with Johnson’s® and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Bath time in our house has always been a ritual that we look forward to, especially since our little moon has joined us. Before Lunita was here, we would have candle lit baths to relax, now we find ourselves splashing, singing and playing with her collection of ducks. Bath time is definitely a lot more fun! Bath time is a great way to bond with baby. Did you know that, two in three parents in the US say they hate missing bath time (66%), especially Hispanic parents (79% vs. 63% non-Hispanic parents)?

As Lunita has grown, we’ve realized just how important rituals are, including bath time, to stimulate baby’s senses and provide an opportunity for us as parents to nurture baby’s ability to learn, think, love and grow. Which is exactly what the JOHNSON’S® SoMuchMore campaign is all about.

The simple act of bathing is a big sensory experience for baby. There is so much to see, touch, smell, and more during bath time. We start our bath time ritual by singing “Do you know what time it is?BATH TIME!” and make funny faces while we remove clothes and wait for bath tub to fill up. Bath time is a good opportunity to stimulate my child’s senses (touching, smelling, seeing, hearing)- Hispanic 53% strongly agree- to 35% non-Hispanic.

Once she is in the tub, we let her explore and play for about 15 minutes. Using different toys during bath time allows your baby to develop certain skills. Our little moon loves to play with her growing collection of rubber duckies, that are great for imagination. She has a couple bath toys that we use to show her about filling, pouring and stacking. We also like to use play-by-play commentary, to show/explain what a toy may be doing. For example, “This little fish is going to the bottom of the tub to find his friend.”

We also give her things that have different textures so she can feel how each is different. For example, sometimes she will have a couple ducks, a bath sponge, a loufa, and wash cloth to name a few. Oh, and I almost forgot about BUBBLES! She loves touching bubbles and blowing the foam off of her hands. When either one of us are in the tub with her and we have the bubbles, we cover our faces/hair with bubbles and it cracks her up. Then we do it to her! Playing with bubbles helps babies develop hand-eye coordination and discover objects exist even when they can’t be seen. 

We also like to sing “Rubber Ducky” during bath time. She loves it when we sing to her. Did you know that singing can help expand her music and language skills?  While we are washing her, we like to sing what part we are washing to the tune of “La Bamba” hahaha. It goes a little like “Hoy me lavo las manos, hoy me lavo las manos con jabon y un poquito de agua,” and then brazos, pelo and so on. Did you know that  Listening to bath time music or talking back and forth with baby can stimulate parts of the brain responsible for memory and language development. Studies show infants who are spoken with more have larger vocabularies by 24 months of age.

Smell in general can evoke powerful emotions, and a clean, fresh, after-bath smell appears to be no exception for parents in the US, especially Hispanic parents. We like to use lavender for our night time baths, as it is a scent that is soothing, yet refreshing.

When we are all done bath time, we dry her off and give her a relaxing lavender oil body massage. Research shows that infants who experienced routine touch and massage (a big part of the after-bath routine) were 50% more likely to make eye contact and 3X more likely to have an overall positive expression. 

After her massage, she is ready for story time and some ZZZz’s. The sensory effects of bath time stay with them long after bath time is over (77%), especially for Hispanic parents (88% vs. 74% non-Hispanic parents). Bath time is the perfect opportunity to bond with your little one and enrich their senses. Although only 45% of parents say bath time is extremely important to their child’s brain development, though Hispanic parents are a bit more in the know (57% say it is extremely important vs. 41% non-Hispanic parents), these everyday interactions are the perfect opportunity to stimulate baby’s senses and lead to happy, healthy development.

What does your bath time ritual look like?Johnson_BathTimeIsForMore_Infographic_w28

Dr. Woods Soap Review

Dr.Woods Soap

In our home, we try to be conscious about what goes into our body, whether it is ingested orally or absorbed through the skin (via soaps, makeup). We try to buy things that are NATURAL, and I  mean that they are really NATURAL and not “natural” as part of the registered name/trademark of the brand (read my post about GREENWASHING).  It’s important to buy products that don’t have harmful ingredients, like synthetic agents and harsh chemicals.

I remember that the first products that we threw out were all from our washroom. We dumped the hair products, lotions and soaps because they had some of the nastiest chemicals in them. So over the last year and a bit, we have been trying out natural, hand made soaps. Some of my favourite soaps are made by Dr.Woods.

Dr.Wood’s soaps are:

  1. All natural (NO DETERGENTS)
  2. Vegetable Based
  3. With Fair Trade Shea Butter
  4. Triple milled
  5. Biodegradable
  6. Lauryl/laureth sulfates free
  7. Paraben and Phthalate free
  8. NO artificial colours
  9. NO animal ingredients
  10. NOT tested on animals
  11. Eco-Friendly
  12. Made in USA

On Lunita, we use the Unscented Baby Mild Soap. I really like this soap because it is actually UNSCENTED, yes, NO fragrance. Woo-hoo. Its lower pH balance ensures a gentler clean, which is ideal for sensitive skin. Dr. Woods Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap is also hypoallergenic, made with organic essential oils, organic shea butter and Vitamin E. It lathers well and can be used on body and hair.

Dr. Woods Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap is gentle on Lunita’s delicate/sensitive skin. It leaves her skin soft and moisturized.

Ingredients in Dr. Woods Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap : Organic palm oil, organic coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, water, organic olive oil, organic shea butter, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, citric acid, vitamin E.

Gabriel and I have tried both the Ginger Citrus Castile Soap and Shea Vision, which is a liquid soap.

Ginger Citrus Soap.  We like this soap because it awakens and restores. The ginger and citrus combo is revitalizing and pleasant scent, which is light, not over-bearing. All of Dr. Woods soaps don’t contain detergent, so it doesn’t strip away skin’s natural moisture. In fact,, the Vitamin E, organic shea butter, and blend of organic jojoba and olive oils leaves your skin feeling naturally soft, clean and moisturized.

We love that Dr.Woods soaps are versatile for everyday use as a body wash, facial cleanser, even shampoo! It lathers great. I have used it on my body, face and hair, and found that it leaves my skin feeling super soft and has even helped minimize the redness/blemish on my face.

Dr. Woods Bar Soaps come in nine different scents and types- allowing you to choose the type that best matches your skin’s needs.

  • Ingredients: Organic palm oil, organic coconut oil, sodium hydroxide*, water, natural ginger citrus fragrance, organic olive oil, organic jojoba oil, organic shea butter, citric acid, vitamin E.

Dr. Woods also makes a liquid soaps,Shea Vision, which comes in a variety of natural scents: Lavender, Peppermint, Almond, Tea Tree and Pure Black Soap. We had tried the later, Dr. Woods Pure Black Soap, and swear by it, its ideal for skincare.

Dr.Woods Pure Black Soap is by far my favourite soap because it’s multi use, it can be used as a facial cleanser, body wash, shaving lather, shampoo,a soak AND you can even use it as an all natural cleaner (to clean floors, countertop, etc). Dr. Woods Shea Vision Pure Black Soap With Organic Shea Butter gently exfoliates dead skin, leaving your skin looking radiant. I noticed after several used that my skin was looking brighter and felt softer too.  Dr. Woods Shea Vision Pure Black Soap With Organic Shea Butter has also done wonders with my blemishes (undiagnosed rosacea), it reduces the redness.

The light scent is also very relaxing, Dr. Woods Shea Vision Pure Black Soap With Organic Shea Butter leaves both my body and mind feeling refreshed and revitalized.

Uses for Dr. Woods Shea Vision Pure Black Soap With Organic Shea Butter:

  • Daily Facial Cleanser: Massage onto wet face in circular motion with fingers; rinse with warm water.
  • In Shower: Apply generous amount onto wet hands, washcloth, or loofah and massage over body; rinse well. Apply small amount to palm and massage into wet hair; then rinse.
  • In Bath: Squeeze a capful or two into running water to form a wonderful, soothing soak.
  • All Natural Cleaning: Use 4 parts water to 1 part Dr. Woods for dishes, floors, counters and more!

Ingredients: Water, Saponified Coconut, Hemp & Olive Oils with retained Glycerin, Black Soap Concentrate,Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermun Parkii), Fragrance, Vitamin E Oil, (Tocopheryl Acetate), Peppermint Oil, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Extract, Caramel.

If you are looking for a soap/shampoo/cleaner that has NO synthetics, NO artificial colours, NO parabens and pthalates, NO lauryl/laureth sulfates, in other words 100% NATURAL AND cruelty free, vegan and organic…you have to try Dr. Woods soaps. They won’t disappoint.

Tips for staying healthy

The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

So many things change when you become a parent, for the better.  When I found out I was pregnant with our Little Moon I decided that I wanted be the “BEST” version of me. That meant everything from expressing myself creatively, learning something new and to ultimately develop and maintain healthy habbits. Not only for me, but for my now expanding family.

The last one, developing and maintaining healthy habbits is especially important because as a parent, your child picks up everything from you. Children are always watching and learning, that’s why it is important for parents to establish healthy routines, including physical activities and healthy eating habbits. So as a parent, you have to lead by example.

Being healthy is a lifestyle, it is a commitment that will benefit not only yourself, but everyone around you. As I mentioned before, I started focusing on my health habbits during pregnancy because I knew once my baby was born, it would be a lifestyle.  So I’ve been on this healthy lifestyle for about a year and a bit now, and I have really enjoyed  the process and am happy that I started when I did.

And now that Lunita is growing, I notice that she is getting used to some of our healthy routines, which includes,going for walks and eating veggies and fruit. Below are some of my tips to help you keep your family healthy:

  1. Healthy Eating:
  • Don’t skip meals. Always eat breakfast.
  • Snacks:  I enjoy simple snack, like hard boiled eggs with a plate of veggies and fresh fruit with a side of hummus.
  • Smoothies: You can throw in veggies/fruit, oatmeal, chia seeds.

2. Water: Drink up to 8 glasses of water a day. I have a tall glass of water in the morning, in between meals and one before bed. It helps that            in my home I don’t buy juice or soda.

3. Physical Activity: Do something you enjoy. You don’t have to go to the gym, you can go for a bike ride, or simply go for a nice walk around                   the neighborhood.

Starting a healthy routine is easy, keeping it may be another story. But take it one day at a time and make the effort for you and your family, it’s one of the most important things you can do.

Safe Sleeping with HALO

Hi NOTM readers, it’s Jessika from L.A. again! Hope you all are enjoying the recipes I’ve shared so far. Our little family has finally recovered from all of the holiday and New Year madness that always accompanies January. Little Nina Rose is about to turn one (where has the time gone?) at the beginning of February and we are in the midst of planning her first birthday party! All of this build up to her birthday has really had me reminiscing over the last year and all the amazing ups and unexpected downs of my first year of motherhood.

One thing I never expected to experience was the constant justification of the big three. Breastfeeding, Vaccinations, and Sleeping. There is such an overwhelming amount of information on these topics it can seem dizzying. As parents we all have the same motivation, to do the best thing for our children. We want them to be safe, happy, and healthy.

Busy day in Venice Beach means an early bedtime in her Halo® Sleepsack for Nina Rose

Busy day in Venice Beach means an early bedtime in her HALO® SleepSack for Nina Rose

While so much of parenthood is choosing what feels right for your family, one choice I think we should all make is to have our babies sleep on their backs in cribs that are safe. I was so excited to decorate and so bummed when my babies crib had to go without all the adorable accessories they sell. Then Nina Rose came home and I was terrified every time she slept. I think I watched her sleep her entire first month home! I had done everything to ensure she was safe. No blankets, stuffies, bumpers. But she seemed so cold and our little escape artist was out of that swaddle in no time flat. It wasn’t until my Mom picked up a HALO® SleepSack that I felt comfortable knowing she was warm AND safe. I so often roll my eyes at all the niche baby gadgets aimed at overwhelmed parents (check this out if you think I’m exaggerating) but the HALO products are a must have for every mom out there. I’m currently pining away for their sweater knit SleepSacks, so cute! Nina has two at the moment in the cutest prints and they are the perfect weight to keep her warm without overheating her with our temperamental California weather. If you live in colder climates they also offer warmer versions to keep your little bugs nice and snug! If you or anyone you know still isn’t sure why babies should sleep on their backs until they can flip themselves on their own take a look at this article.

A quick thanks to HALO for sending Nina the Sleepsack you see in the picture. We were already fans to begin with!