A Promise

adler-mfbs2This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with JOHNSON’S® Baby and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all statements and opinions are my own.

We all want the absolute best for our children. Since becoming a mother seven years ago, I have whispered in my little ones’ ears countless promises. I have promised to always love them, care for them, and give them the greatest experiences we can. Hubby and I want our three boys to know we promise them hands-on opportunities by offering them extra curricular activities and sports of their choice. We promise to be there when they have questions and we promise to guide them as needed when they are discovering and learning.

Many times, we need others’ help to give and do our very best to our children. Everything from where they attend school to what they eat to what products we use on their little bodies should be the best! JOHNSON’S® Baby has always been there for moms and have recently changed their formulas on their products to help parents make the best choices for their children.

As the new products hit shelves, they are launching a heartfelt campaign called “Your Promise is Our Promise” as a way to express their ongoing commitment to moms. Just as moms make promises to their children, JOHNSON’S® Baby also makes promises so moms don’t have to worry about the products they use on their little ones.

To share this commitment, they have created an inspiring story through the “Our Promise” video, which can be viewed on YouTube (and here!), as an open letter to moms showing their scientists and their families coming together to build an origami stork mobile, symbolizing the delivery of their promise to always be there and listen to moms.

Many of you know how much I love Japan. Diego, my first, was born in Tokyo! I loved this video because I know about the Japanese legend: folding 1,000 origami cranes will result in a wish granted and a promise fulfilled, which is thought to be a big labor of love. JOHNSON’S® Baby’s decision to change their products was their labor of love for moms and babies.

The JOHNSON’S® Baby Family is excited to introduce you to their seven newly reformulated products:

○ JOHNSON’S® Baby Lotion
○ JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo
○ JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo & Conditioner for Thick and Curly Hair
○ JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo & Conditioner for Thin and Straight Hair
○ JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo with Calming Lavender
○ JOHNSON’S® Baby Soothing Vapor Baby Bath

Isn’t it wonderful? Fulfilling promises are amazing all around. What do you promise to your babies? Please share!

Sunny in Chicago









Hi everyone! My friend Nancy and I recently took off for a “how to stylishly pair shorts” shoot and ended up on 18th Street in Pilsen, a historic and hip lower west side neighborhood in Chicago! Filled with gorgeous architecture and bright murals (almost on every corner!), we couldn’t decide where to stop for the photography.

Because we craved a sweet treat and rich coffee, we decided to settle on Café Jumping Bean’s comfortable stoop and outdoor bench. The temperature was and has been perfect, and the sun was giving off a beautiful light.  Everything was delicious!

This flowy yellow top from Antropologie is one of my favorites to pair with short shorts. I like to keep things balanced and never fully-fitted from head to toe. The Michael Kors heels are a perfect height to style with shorts too. It all comes together as a well polished look for “73 and sunny in Chicago” weather, don’t you think? What are you wearing on these gorgeous sunny days? 

Café Jumping Bean is located on the corner of 18th Street and Bishop and has served the Pilsen/Little Village community and outlying Chicago neighborhoods since 1994.

Anthropologie Maeve top (sold out BUT look at THIS one!)
J.CREW chino shorts
Tory Burch sunglasses
Michael Kors sandals (more colors HERE)
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM Monogram
Stella & Dot Chandeliers
Kate Spade ring (sold out but loving THIS one!)

images: Nancy Huayek

No More Pores! 4 Steps with Neutrogena


This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with NEUTROGENA® and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions and statements are my own.

Traveling can really mess around with all of your daily routines! For the last two weeks, I have been having such a great time but have managed to continue to take care of my skin. I have to thank NEUTROGENA® for providing me with great products to take its No Mas Poros Challenge! Let’s just say that after using the Pore Refining line products for seven days, my mom and my sister are in on it too!

Having a healthy, radiant complexion with minimized pores is key for a flawless look for all women!  It’s important to take good care of our skin and NEUTROGENA® knows that smaller pores means smoother, younger-looking skin.  Wrinkles and dark spots aren’t the only signs of aging. Over time, pores stretch to become more noticeable, making skin look duller. While every person has a predetermined number of pores, the size can be minimized. With the help of the NEUTROGENA® PORE REFINING® line, you can shrink the look of pores for smoother, younger-looking skin. It worked for me after only trying it for seven days. Just look at my “before and after” picture below. Notice that by “after” picture is even more enlarged to prove that my pores are visibly minimized.


It’s easy and economical to achieve beautiful skin with NEUTROGENA®. After the third day of my challenge. I started to see results. Here are the four products and the four simple steps you need to start doing right away. Get rid of everything else on your bathroom counter and give this a try!

1) Start with the NEUTROGENA® Pore Refining® Daily Cleanser. It sweeps away dead surface skin and smoothes over rough uneven patches for clear, smooth and more even toned skin–without over-drying.

2) Exfoliate with NEUTROGENA® PORE REFINING® Exfoliating Cleanser. The microbeads are gentle enough for daily use! P.s. I used it on my neck and chest too!

3) Take a little cotton ball and swipe your skin with NEUTROGENA® Pore Refining® Toner. This was my favorite step! My skin felt so clean and fresh while the toner worked hard to minimize my pores.

4) Apply the NEW! NEUTROGENA® Pore Refining® Moisturizer (in-stores in August). What a treat to be able to apply the luscious and light moisturizer before it is availabe in stores. You don’t have to wait much longer for yours!


Thanks NEUTROGENA® for the challenge! My skin is feeling and looking great! Why even bother with so much makeup now?

Let me know if you try the NEUTROGENA® PORE REFINING® line! Would love to hear what you think!

@MyFriendBetty Instagram images

Second City Weekend




Hi guys! We’ve been little tourists all over Chicago this past week! I really enjoy showing my boys everything including the Little Village block I grew up in (made a quick stop for pan dulce at La Espiga de Oro!) to the 10 year-old Millenium Park!  My sister-in-law and mom made the trip downtown with us to visit the Willis Tower (#SearsToMe!) and today we went to the Adler Planetarium. The boys are also enjoying time visiting great grandma and playing with all their cousins. They just happen to have so many BOY cousins, so of course, they have been totally psyched. My brother also treated all of us to an amazing BBQ dinner at a place called Lillie’s Q in Wicker Park. YUM!

It does seem like I have been eating and eating since arriving in Chicago! I have been meeting up with my sister and BFFs for various dinners too. Every time I visit here I must stop at my old time favorites such as Pequod’s on the North Side, Margarita’s and Maya del Sol in Oak Park, and for the first time, I tried a rico cafecito from Cafe Jumping Bean in Pilsen.  Lord. It’s all been soooo good.

Regardless of all the fun, I have continued to write late at night and every free moment I get. There has been lots of freelance work for me and my personal posts on this blog continue as usual. I even had an awesome photo shoot with the talented Nancy Huayek here in Chicago! I’m excited to share those pictures with you soon. Thank you for supporting my educational, parenting and lifestyle posts on other sites and for reading and engaging on brand sponsored posts that help support My Friend Betty Says. I really do appreciate it.


How to Raise Kind Boys (I wrote it!)

5 Tips for the Hostess and Overnight Guest (I wrote this too!)

All about the new 9/11 Memorial and Museum (…and this one!)

Should playdates be banished?

Hilarious video (in Spanish) to watch!

This doggie video will melt your heart… (thanks, Lily!)

What I’m reading now.

While out shopping, my mom and I couldn’t decide on these trousers for me.

Did you enter the Fisher Price giveaway? Winner announced!

Have a great week! 


What I wore:
Madewell Popover
JCrew Toothpick Denim
TOMS Sunnies
Stella & Dot Chandeliers

Cloud Gate (“Bean”) and Jay Pritzker Pavilion Images by Tiz and My Friend Betty Says

Resort Casual





Hi! Look! I’m wearing flip-flops in this post! jajaja! Honestly, this look was the most comfortable yet stylish beach and resort look that I packed with me for the Riviera Maya. Every woman needs a maxi dress in her closet…and suitcase.

Maxi dresses will continue to be a summer staple and there are so many styles that can really be dressed down or up. Depending on the fabric (but cotton definitely the most versatile) the maxi dress can be paired with any type of shoe, bag and jewelry. The ’70s always inspire me when I throw on a maxi, and I want to take along a huge tote, wear big sunglasses and have beach wavy hair when wearing the long  and flowy bohemian dress!

How do  you style your maxi dress? Please share in the comments below! Have a great weekend!

Banana Republic maxi dress (sold out but THIS one is super cute. And THIS one too!)
Tory Burch sunglasses
Target tote
Reef Stargazers
Stella & Dot stackable bands

images: My Friend Betty Says 

Book Review: The Vacationers


As I still dream about our amazing vacation to the Riviera Maya last week, I would love to share with you one of our latest book club picks (two this time for the long summer). The Vacationers by Emma Straub is the ultimage summer/beach read. I finished it in less than two days while lounging pool side!

The main couple of the book, The Posts, take a two-week trip to an island of Mallorca with their son and his girlfriend, their daughter Sylvia, and a their close friend Charlie and his husband. The trip was planned because Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and Sylvia, has just graduated from high school. Although I was experiencing a gorgeous vacation myself, I coudn’t help but yearn to be in Mallorca and visit its beaches, and eat the tapas that Franny Post seemed to be so fantastic at preparing! As the family tries to escape from their current problems back at home in Manhattan, all does not go according to plan. While on vacation, they children learn some hard truths about their parents and vice versa.  Over day trips in Mallorca and extended meals where stories are shared, the other couples come to find that their own partners are not perfect either.  A perfect depiction of flawed family relationships, I worried that the characters I grew to like, wouldn’t speak after this trip!

The novel is funny and a quick satisfying read. Emma Straub developed a story of a family in the middle of change; a story I’m positive many of us can relate with. Let me know if you pick it up! I truly enjoyed it.


images: My Friend Betty Says

I Wore White Too






Happy Tuesday! What are you up to? I’m just starting to sort through the pics of Riviera Maya and because I’m not in my usual blogging environment at home, I’ve had some very silly technical difficulties. But, I am excited to show you a couple of Mami Fashion posts (deleted a third by accident!!! Ugh!) and decided to share what I wore for our 10th wedding anniversary  date night first. Cause I loved the choice. ;-)

The view from the pier at our hotel was absolutely stunning and like most photo shoots, the things that happen before and during a session are usually hilarious (more on that later!). For this one, let’s just say I forgot I had to walk on sand before getting here. No problem. I pulled my heels off and made my way up towards the pier. Unfortunately for me, resort professionals were taking some serious photographs of young couples, families, groups of friends, and everyone was wearing white (with the exception of a family who proudly wore Notre Dame Law School t-shirts). I bet everyone was taking their Christmas card pictures! Well, here at MFBS we are professionals too. And I wore white as well. It was my anniversary outfit darn it and we didn’t have much time before it got dark. The photographers told us it would only be “a few more minutes” and “only four more shots,” um…that wasn’t happening. I told Hubby to follow closely and while people rearranged themselves for yet another photograph, I ran past them and managed this little spot on the pier. Who was going to say something to us? No one, of course! But then, argh, I realized I forgot my clutch!

Oh well! Lighting is everything, right? I’m happy to report that no one was upset and eveyone got their images. haha! Here is what I wore:

Topshop Reptile Texture Jacquard Skort
Trouve top
Hunting Season clutch
Burberry sandals (out of stock but check THESE out for Fall ’14)
Necklace/Rings at Bungalow
Textured bangle set

images: My Friend Betty Says

10th Wedding Anniversary Weekend!


Hi there! I took some time off! I don’t know when it was the last time I went without turning on my laptop for this long! Thanks for checking in!

If you follow my Instagram account, you will have noticed that Hubby and I went to Riviera Maya to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary! It was so nice to have so many conversations without being interrupted by three little monkeys! But I will confess that on our third day in Mexico, I missed my boys so much…I cried!!!! I was weepy and sad without them. The presence of other children at the resort made it hard for me. Tip and note to self: book an adults-only hotel when traveling without the kids. ha!

Although I missed the three boys terribly, Hubby and I needed to honor and celebrate a big milestone in our marriage. It is amazing to be able to spend so much alone time with someone I have known for half of my life and still enjoy it as if not a day has gone by. No marriage is perfect, so dedicating a little vacay to the relationship (even if you don’t have kids) is truly necessary. We had a blast!

Even though it was unexpected to have limited WiFi…it was awesome! Truly a special treat to be disconnected for the majority of our trip, so I missed what was happening or trending this past week! I did finish 2 books (this one and this one), stole one of Hubby’s and started my third. I also flipped through a couple of fashion magazines and read everything in my front seat pocket on the plane ride! Therefore, I apologize for the lack of links on this Monday post and please bare with me the next couple of weeks (the boys and I will be tourists in my Sweet Home Chicago!).

I leave you with these few Riviera Maya pics from my iPhone. More to come soon!





Have a great week!

Mis Primeras Mañanitas with Fisher Price and GIVEAWAY

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Fisher-Price® and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

I will always carry the sweet memory of waking up to my mom fiddling with the cassette player on our birthdays. Pedro Infante’s voice will burst out of our boom box and fill the whole apartment with the famous Mexican birthday song, “Las Mañanitas.” My mom did it for all three of us and even if we were awake, we would wait in bed pretending to sleep and waited for the yearly serenade.

The memories are priceless and I am thrilled to write that Fisher-Price® is announcing the first-ever Hispanic dedicated program that will connect directly with millennial moms through the Mis Primeras Mañanitas campaign, which is centered on a key milestone moment in their child’s life – Baby’s First Birthday. “Las Mañanitas”, a song that highlights the love and optimism that a mom feels on her baby’s special day is important to so many of us modern mamis, and I’m excited that Fisher-Price® is helping us celebrate.

To help kick of the celebration, head over to Fisher-Price® Mis Primeras Mañanitas Sweepstakes to enter for a chance to win a party prize pack and a bundle of 12 toys! Here are some of the toys and prizes included:

A party kit (party invites, favors and decorations, and a customized cake!)
Fisher-Price® Baby’s First BlocksTM
Fisher-Price® Rock-A-Stack®
Fisher-Price® Laugh Brilliant Basics™ Corn Popper®
Fisher-Price® Little People ® Lil’ Movers™ School Bus….and more!

Mis Primeras Mañanitas will also serve as a resource hub to help moms access unique and creative ideas for baby’s first birthday party. Moms will be able to find decorating, recipe and gift ideas to help make their little one’s first birthday extra special. You know that your friend Betty will be checking all of those resources out!

All of this is so close to my heart. I can’t stop thinking about my mom and those special mornings. To help launch the Primeras Mañanitas campaign, I’m hosting my own #FPMiPrimerCumple GIVEAWAY here on My Friend Betty Says! After you enter Fisher-Price® sweepstakes (you’ll get and additional entry here) enter for a chance to win a Fisher-Price® Laugh & LearnTM Crawl Around TM Car (Retail value $59.99) by following the steps in the Rafflecopter below. Do you have any special childhood birthday memories? Let me know in the comments below! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Vibrant in this Maxi Dress






Hi everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far! I wanted to take a little time to send you greetings from Mexico! And to let you know: if you are traveling soon, pick up this gorgeous Mara Hoffman maxi dress. Mara Hoffman is a hot desinger and Lori from Dressed by Lori will assure you Mara Hoffman is the hottest one yet. An American designer known for her signature vibrant prints, Hoffman will help you feel as if you are on vacay year-round.

This maxi dress has a slimming silhouette, is just the right amount of bold and is super comfortable. I know you mamis like that! This dress just says, “I’m happy.” Although I miss my babies terribly (everyone says the first day is hard!), I’m happy to celebrate with hubby in style!

Don’t forget that Lori is having an amazing event tomorrow night! She is hosting Rosie Battista at the boutique, Wednesday, July 16th from 6pm-8pm. Below are the rest of the details for you…enjoy! P.s If you are not in the New Jersey area, don’t forget that you can always visit Dressed by Lori’s online shop or call her at 973-218-6206 (she’s super sweet!).

Mara Hoffman Maxi Dress (in store)
Evocateur Cuff (in store)
Vintage Ring (in store)
Enzo Angiolini sandals (old, but THESE are cute and on sale!)

images: CR Photography