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Mi experiencia en Hispanicize 2015

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Cuando me llego la invitación a Hispanicize me quedé perpleja. No sabía que hacer! Rápido llene el formulario y accepté la invitación procedente de Latina Mom Bloggers y cortesía de Disney Parks. Lo mas difícil fué dejar a mi chiquitos para viajar a Miami, ya que nunca los había dejado (pero esa es otra entrada luego). Llegué a Miami sola y con mucho entusiasmo para aprender ya que esta era mi primera conferencia. Aquí un recuento de mis días.

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Lunes: Llegué al hotel a eso de las 9:30am ya que quería llegar temprano. Tuve el privilégio enorme de participar en el Disney Pre-treat. Este era un evento privado para 50 personas con sorpresas al estilo Disney. Disney nos recogió en el Hotel Intercontinental para llevarnos a el Ritz Carlton. El hotel es espectacular pero más espectacular fue el lugar específico del almuerzo. En en jardín, casi-casi a la orilla del mar. Las mesas estaban preciosas y nos recibieron con Mojitos! Almorzamos, hicimos conecciones y nos divertimos en cantidad. También tuvimos la oportunidad de fotografiarnos con Mickey y Minnie! Nos regalaron una neverita para hacer picnics, una toalla y botella reusable para agua. Todo para celebrar el verano super divertido de Disney. Luego que terminara el almuerzo nos regresaron al Intercontinental.

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Martes: Mi primer día de “trabajo”. Mi primer seminario fué Dunkin Donuts: A Total Market Approach Case Study. En este seminario hablaron sobre los diferentes mercados y como Dunkin Donuts a evolucionado en su “approach” al mercado Latino. Hablaron sobre las estatísticas de el mercado anglosajón y el mercado Latino y por que Dunkin Donuts decidió tomar la ruta del mercado total pero con enfoque en los Latinos.

Luego del seminario comencé a conocer a las compañías que estaban presentes. Algunas de las compañías que estuvieron presente incluyen McDonalds, Toyota, Disney Parks, 3M, WordPress, Juana la Iguana, Samsung, Hasbro entre otras.

Aprendí un montón en los seminarios y mis favoritos fueron Mastering Instagram, Top 20 Secrets WordPress.com Features, Social Data Mining y 50 Shades of Green. Definitivamente hubieron otros seminarios como el de YouTube que me inspiraron en otros aspectos.

Ya estoy ansiosa por regresar a Hispanicize el año que viene. Tengo que decir que fue una actividad única para mi y para el comienzo de este blog y su crecimiento. Aquí les dejo un pequeño video de algunos de los mejores momentos para mi (a lot of Disney pero no puedo esconder mi fanatismo!)

 

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Home- Una película para toda la familia!

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El sábado tuve el privilegio de ir al cine a ver HOME de Dreamworks. Esta película se trata de un pequeño extraterrestre que busca integrarse más a su familia. Al mismo tiempo la historia se concentra en Tip, una niña a la cual le arrebataron a su madre. La película presenta la aventura de estos dos personajes en la busca de algo. Boove, el extraterrestre, busca escapar de la policía ya que cometió un error enviando un correo electrónico y Tip va en busca de su madre, la cual se encuentra en Australia.

De verdad que la película me gusto un montón. Me sorprendió mucho la dinámica de Boov y Tip y como al final terminan convirtiéndose en familia. Home es perfecta para toda la familia. Mi hijo de 4 años no a dejado de hablar de Boov y de como cambia de colores. Este es el tipo de película que me gusta enseñarle a los nenes por que tiene muchos mensajes de aprendizaje. El primer mensaje que me llamó la atención es el efecto de la tecnología. Aunque no tenemos carros voladores aún, si nos pasamos en el teléfono y en la computadora mucho tiempo. El segundo mensaje es que no importa que color, nacionalidad o raza todos podemos ser familia y vivir en un hogar. Osea, la película habla increíble de la convivencia y la tolerancia al cambio. El tercer mensaje, que verdaderamente se a quedado en mí, es el de no rendirse. Boov y Tip tienen una conversación bien impactante donde hablan del riesgo y de la seguir hacía la meta.

Sinceramente la película esta buenísima. Es colorida, tiene mucho movimiento, el tema está perfecto y te llenará el espíritu de mucho positivismo. Home está perfecta para toda la familia grandes y chicos la disfrutarán.

 

 

**Participé del “screening” para reportar mi opinión. Todas las opiniones son solo mias.

 

 

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Cinderella, Crest + Oral-B & The Moms

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Unless you have no children, you know that FROZEN is IT! And you will ask why I bring Frozen up in a Cinderella and Crest post? Well last week I had the pleasure of attending another awesome The Moms event and guess what? It was a screening of the new Cinderella movie, the new Frozen short and they Crest was there promoting their new app. What is the app you ask, it is an app to make kids brush their teeth for 2 minutes!

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How awesome is that? Along with the app they have a new electronic toothbrush and new Frozen themed toothpaste. Of course, this is perfect considering that Frozen 2 was just announced.

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The evening was so cool, because the kids were playing with the app. What the app does is basically keep the kids busy while they brush their teeth so they don’t notice the time. As they brush their teeth an imagine will appear in the electronic device where the app is installed.

I don’t know about you but this is kind of genius. The toothbrush we got had Olaf, which is perfect because: girls, boys and parents alike LOVE him. This is also really awesome because it engages kids in a different way when it comes to hygiene.

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Photo Credit: Crest + Oral-B

Now the movie: YOU HAVE TO GO SEE IT! Cinderella is AMAZING! I cannot say enough good things about it. I do have to say, I am a Disney fan, I am a Cinderella fan, I am a princesses fan, so I might be a bit bias. I loved how they stayed true to the original story, but more importantly the acting is superb.

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Little princesses listening to The Moms!

Cate Blanchet is amazing and I was very skeptical about Cinderella herself but was pleasantly surprised by her performance. She is so credible as the princess. I have to say that I’m glad it’s the kind of movie that even boys can enjoy. Don’t cross it off your list if you don’t have a princess of your own. There is something about the magical moments and the teachings in the movie. It really takes an old fairly tale and takes it to a new level. It is definitely going to be a classic and there is no doubt in my mind we’ll be talking about this movie for a very long time. Of course my favorite moment is the transformation. My only criticism of the movie is the dress. I DON’T like the dress. I thought they could’ve made it differently, more like the original dress. But not a big deal. The movie is a really good time and full of love and magic.

I will not say anything about the Frozen short. GO SEE IT!!!

 

DISCLAIMER: Thanks to The Moms for the invite and putting together such a fun event.

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The END= The beginning? My breastfeeding journey.

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So it has been almost 5 years since my motherhood journey began and with it the joy of breastfeeding. And now this very week that joy has ended. Let me put it in perspective for you. Since November of 2009 I have been pregnant or breastfeeding a child, with NO break in between, until this week. I went away for a blogger conference and I came back to my almost 15 month old daughter asking for a bottle. I have to admit I am sad. I am not ready emotionally for this to be the end.

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I am tired, this is true. I longed for my body to belong to me again. I want to be able to do with my body whatever I want, without thinking of the consequences it would have on my children. I want to be able to be more intimate with my husband, I want to wear my pre-pregnancy tops (those that don’t require easy access for on-the-go feedings). I want to wear a regular bra, and not worry about leaking, and engorgement. I want to be free from the physical attachment.

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EMOTIONALLY, I AM DEVASTATED. I want to grab her and feel her warmth. I want her to latch on while sleeping. I want to nurse her to comfort her. I don’t want her to let go. I don’t want to let go. Maybe because this is the end of my pregnancy-maternity journey, since she’s my last baby, I just wanted to hold on as long as possible. I want to cherish every moment, every feeding, every bite, every cuddle.

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My first born

So this morning as I cry while pumping, because I had no choice as the pain was unbearable, I long to nurse my baby. I know you’re thinking, “well if you love nursing so much why’d you stop?” Honestly, it’s time. I know she’s ready, as she’s had absolutely no problem asking for a bottle. My body is also ready. It’s time to focus on me, I guess. It’s a crossroads, when you reach the end of an era. The end of my breastfeeding journey, a beautiful one. I have nothing but amazing memories that make me yearn for another baby to nurse, but time is up. The new time has begun. Time to get in shape and not use breastfeeding as a crutch. So yes, I will cry a lot. But I will also grow. And growth is never a bad thing.

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My “LAST” pump.

Have you been had this conflict in your life?

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center-Westchester

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We recently visited in New York. And I cannot wait to go back. The Discovery Center has everything for every Lego fan in the family, from the little ones to the mom and dads. We went on a Friday around noon- can you believe we were there for 6 hours!! Yes, that’s how much we ALL liked it.

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When you enter the space, you get your tickets and have ton of picture ops. Then you go in a green room where you are directed where to go next. When you enter the following room, the kids go through the process of making a Lego. When they are done, they receive a complimentary Lego.

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The next room is a city landscape. It’s NYC made entirely of Legos. I loved how they recreated all the NYC scenes including a baseball Subway Series. There’s even a spot where you can see yourself on Times Square billboard. You keep going and find the first attraction. This is a laser game, where everyone in the car has to shoot the bad guys. It is also a competition of the people in the car. I never win any of these! I should mention that my 3yr old was petrified of this attraction. It is VERY dark for little ones, so if they are afraid of the dark is best to skip it (don’t worry, there are plenty of other attractions that they will like!). The first thing you see in the main space, is a gigantic jungle gym, with a Lego pool! The jungle gym acts as the centering attraction of the center. To the right you can find a race track area. My boys spent half the day building their own cars and racing each other.

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They offer Master Builder classes, as well! You can just walk in, but make sure you prepare with enough time. The area for the little kids is awesome it has a different areas where they can play including a slide. My only complain is that I wish this area was gated, so the kids don’t run away! Another area is the “house” area. This was my favorite! It was like a house and it has a kitchen, garden, living room. The living room even has a karaoke machine! The Merlin’s Apprentice Ride is so much fun, you have to pedal to go up. The Center also has a movie theater and they play 3D movies, they are always different and play every 15 minutes.

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You can celebrate birthdays at this Discovery Center and also have snacks. They have private rooms where birthday guest can celebrate. The food court has everything from chips to sandwiches. They are getting ready to open a new attraction soon. When you exit you land at a Lego store so be ready to spend some $$ if you have little ones.

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Tickets run about $17.50 for kids and $19 for adults when you get the tickets online. They have great hours, opened until 9:30pm on most nights. Remember how I told you they have something for everyone? They have adult only nights! Check out the website for more information.

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Staying on Budget using the T-Mobile Simply Prepaid™ Plan

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

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As you know when you have kids, budgeting is super important, and when we talk about cell phones it is important to keep our bill low and be flexible. Now T-Mobile is introducing the Simply Prepaid™ plans, which are perfect for my family. We headed to Walmart to pick up a Samsung Galaxy Avant and our monthly card to load up to the phone. This plan is a no-brainer for our family because for just $40 dollars a month we get 4G LTE network with unlimited talk and unlimited texts! And I love this plan as there are no contracts so I can have the flexibility to use the phone as I need.

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The phone is excellent. I have been using it to schedule all of our appointments and my blogging events, as well as taking pictures of my kids. The plan is great because it’s on T-Mobile’s Nationwide 4G LTE Networks so you can be connected with anyone. So far, I have had nothing but four to five bars of 4G LTE, and no call drops. This made calling grandma and sending her pictures much easier and much quicker (no need to get home, download them, and email them). And because it’s unlimited I can keep up to date with social media. This is the best option, in my opinion, because other prepaid plans have slower data, spotty networks, and out of date, low-capability phones.  T-Mobile Simply Prepaid™ allows prepaid customers to have the same quality product as contract customers!

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My son loves to be on the phone with Grandma so unlimited minutes are the best option for us!!

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Taking picture of my son getting his haircut…

You can be sure that this plan can work for you because they have no overages, no credit checks, and best of all, no annual contract required so you can pay as you go. I am loving how the plan is working for us; it has helped me stay on budget because I know that my cellphone payment is ONLY going to be $40.

The phone we got for the plan is also pretty awesome. The Samsung Galaxy Avant gives you Samsung quality tech on the vast T-Mobile Network. No one would be able to tell this is a prepaid cellphone. And it is fast, takes great pictures, and uses the Google Play store, so there are tons FREE apps for me and the kids, guaranteeing we stay on budget! Now you know how I’m saving money with this prepaid plan it’s your turn! Comment below and let us know how you save money on your cell phone bill!

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My Target Obsession

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If you read my blog regularly, know me personally, check out my Facebook page, you know I spend a lot of time at Target on a weekly basis. So I figured I would share why Target is my happy place. So here is my list of reasons:

1. Target is one of the only places in NYC where there is available-free parking. This means I can drive and park in front of the store. This is important because if I have to go somewhere where I have to spend time looking for parking, and then walk with the kids it would be a waste of time for me.

2. I get everything I need. Clothes, groceries, essentials and hello that Dollar Spot is AWESOME! They have the cutest stationary and craft things ever. Plus everything is $1 or $3 can’t beat that!!!

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5. My kids love it. They enjoy sitting in the cart and going through the store with me, granted they usually leave with a toy or a snack but it’s a win win for both all of us.

6. The clearance! Target has some of the best clearance ever. I am not lying when I tell you that you can get amazing deals like Mossimo jeans for $5 to Melissa & Doug toys for under $5.

7. Holiday items change every season and every holiday, this means there is ALWAYS something new at the store to check out and discover and love. I got so many cute things for Valentine’s Day and now the Easter stuff is adorable!

8. The clothes is actually good quality. In all seriousness, I’ve bought my kids $30 pants from the high end brands and stores and the $5-10 Circo and Cherokee jeans have lasted a lot longer than the expensive ones, the same with t-shirts and sweatshirts. It is definitely a no-brainer for me as a mom of 3 small children to shop at Target.

9. I actually like the styles they have for me! I can find jeans that fit me (although I’m still on the quest for the perfect stylish mom jean). Cute tops that most of the time I get for 50-70% off!

10. Hours! Target is open the latest around here so where can I go if I need anything at 9pm? Hello Target!!!! It is just perfect for me.

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My littles can fit in one cart! Making it much easier than other stores!

 

There are a million other reasons why me and thousands of other moms enjoy and indulge Target visits. It is an actual pleasant store, in my opinion and it has everything I need. I also go multiple times a week because I have 3 Targets around me in a 10 mile radius so if I’m looking for something in specific I have options. And did I mentioned they have a Starbucks? Yeah it’s my perfect combination I can have a Starbucks coffee while browsing isles of shopping. No stroller (since we use the shopping cart), and relaxed time. And if you go at the right times you increase chances of more clearance items!

I know a lot of people make fun of me because I should be taking the kids to the park instead of Target or Ikea (their other favorite store), BUT the truth is, Target is for me. Sometimes I go really early in the morning just to grab coffee, we’re never there for more than an hour and we do 20 million other things the rest of the week. Sometimes I go by myself after their bedtime! Sometimes I have “momdates” at Target with fellow mamas!!! Anyways I hope I clarify some of the questions I get asked on the daily about my reasons for going to Target so much. FYI, I post some of the sales in the Facebook page so make sure to check it out!

Are you obsessed with Target as I am?

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IntroNYC Official Launch Event

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It’s been a couple of weeks since the official launch of IntroNYC. What is IntroNYC? It is everything. It is a way for bloggers, media outlets and brands to connect. This is a great tool for bloggers as they are also teaching everything from how to switch domains to how to better your content. The masterminds behind this awesome resource are Stephanie Barnhart from Football, Food & Motherhood and Alison Cooper from Project Motherhood. Recently they held an event in NYC to celebrate the launch of this awesome idea with fellow NYC are bloggers.

During the event bloggers mingled, enjoyed yummy treats, got pampered by Priv and also connected with several brands including LeSport Sac and Babyganics. The event was hosted at Classic Kids Photography in Manhattan. And it was really the perfect night of networking, connecting while having fun.

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If you are interested in learning more, check out there website or Facebook page, they have a series of events like Lunch and Learn where you can just go have lunch with awesome bloggers and learn how to better your own blog.

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Disclaimer: I was invited by IntroNYC to this event as a member of their blogger network.

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Hasbro #PlayLikeHasbro Event

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By: guest blogger Valerie Pierre-Cadet from Mommy R+R

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A couple of weeks ago Hasbro held an event that celebrated 80th birthday of Monopoly. The event took place in Times Square and it was totally fun and fantastic! It featured some the coolest and most popular toys that will be launching over the next few months.

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Usually when you think toys you think kids, and while that may be true that is not entirely the case here. There was something from everyone spanning all age ranges. Walking in the door is complete sensory overload. You want to immediately dive in and immerse yourself in everything Hasbro has to offer.

 

Hasbro4While all of the toys on display were awesome, I have to say the stand outs were there hand held Scrabble Twist for adult and family fun. Star Lily the unicorn from FurReal Friends. It must be noted that is the closest thing to having a real unicorns you’re going to get. It responds to your touch and can practically hold a conversation with you. Playskool also had some amazing toys that are fun babe and compact for parents. No more clunky toys taking up space in the diaper bag. This is all about time and space saving storage. There were also Transformers and Star Wars, the latter of which has a movie due out later this year. There were toys for the kids and figurines for the adult collector. And lastly, Mr. Monopoly himself was on hand to show off both a special 80th edition board as well as a limited edition board designed by Coach that is valued at $1500!

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As a whole the event was fantastic and great way to start off the new year. I look forward to attending next year.

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