Drifting Weekend

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That’s it! Summer has come to an end for us. I know my boys are ready for school to begin and honestly, so am I! This weekend we did our yearly Connecticut road trip to meet up with Hubby’s really good friends. It’s always a blast, the boys love the beach, and even though this is our fifth year going, I always find something gorgeous to admire at Kinsey’s beach house. Thank you, K & T!

Labor Day is also the unofficial/official (however you will like to see it!) end of summer. I have some great posts coming up on what to wear  as we head into fall. Some days are hot and some days are not! Please come back to look out for that.

We have one more celebratory summer dinner tonight and I should really start prepping. I just wanted to thank Hubby (he better be reading!) that I am so grateful and thankful to have had such an incredible summer with him and our boys. xoxo.

Enjoy your weekly links! But first…

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…may they always be this close and happy.

Perfect end-of-summer song.

Your September horoscope.

Ronaldo, James and now Chicharito on the same team? LAWD! Be still my heart.

L.A friends say Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros’ #ProfanityPop exhibition was a success! Thank you @raisedbyculture !

THIS nail polish is on backorder. Are you buying it?

THIS jumpsuit

Bullying begins even before kids start school

Technology in our schools.

18 Surprising Things About Parenting in Chile

Santi’s tee

Diego’s tee (sold out but similar HERE)

Jordi’s tee

Have a great week! 

More is More

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Most of us don’t like to see summer go…but we have to admit that fall fashion is a lot of fun. It’s nice to take advantage of the transition of the seasons to change it up a bit. For me, going back to pointy pumps and black (lots of black) is easy and very stylish. Floral pieces will remind me of our beautiful spring and summer memories, but something like this dark print says: It’s time to move on.

Fashion conscious moms will embrace the fall trends. This crop top is perfect for the mami who doesn’t want to show any skin but loves the effect it has on this look. I love the short kimono sleeves too! A great transitional piece as many will still experience some warm days in the next few weeks. Lucky gals! Are you looking forward to fall? I know some love it because it is layering season too. More is definitely more this fall. Enjoy!

Cropped Top with Kimono Sleeves
Flower print trousers
Christian Louboutin (new style HERE)
Kahlo Bib necklace
Kahlo bracelet
Avalon Bracelet Clutch
Ruby Woo lips

images: CR Photography

Part of Our Family

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I know a lot of moms understand that this happens a lot. Even though my three boys are no longer babies, it is hard for me to take a few minutes for myself in the morning unless I wake up at the crack of dawn! 6:30 is the earliest for me and I have mastered the ability to get ready super fast every single day.

To be honest, makeup is a must for me and I prefer to spend my precious minutes on concealer and mascara then on my hair. Every day I start off by wearing my hair down but halfway through the morning, I end up parting it and slicking it back into a tight ponytail. If I ever feel like I have to dress up my “updo”, I take a thin strand, wrap it around to hide the stretchy elastic and pin it under with a bobby pin! You can’t say that isn’t a brilliant for a busy mom.

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With my hair out of my face and a tight side part for instant glam, I’m confident my hair is always fresh too…and I never keep my favorite products a secret. I have used Head & Shoulders throughout the years, but now, beautiful hair has never smelled so good!

You all know Head & Shoulders Fresh Scent Technology is a breakthrough formula to leave you with 100% flake-free hair that smells amazing for an improved in-shower scent experience. But do you know which famous and busy mom uses Head & Shoulders too? Sofia Vergara!

Head & Shoulders has been part of the Vergara family for over 20 years because of the product’s surprising benefits. Today, Sofia has joined forces with Head & Shoulders and if you ever wondered if she is as gorgeous and funny as she seems, now’s your chance to meet Sofia Vergara and become #PartOfOurFamily! All you have to do is follow @HeadShoulders on Twitter and post a photo of your gorgeous, flake-free hair tagging #PartOfOurFamily #sweeps and @HeadShoulders. The winner will have the opportunity to meet Sofia at an upcoming Head & Shoulders advertising shoot! Wouldn’t that be fun? Hurry! The contest runs until September 1st!

Wishing you the best of luck and remember, whether you have a few minutes in the morning or oodles of time to get ready, let Head & Shoulders help you with your beauty routine! Everyone loves a confident mami!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

News and Weekend Links

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Hi there! Did you have a nice weekend? We spent a lot of time on the beach and can’t be thankful enough for another wonderful, happy, sunny weekend. The boys are ready for school to begin but we have one more fun in the sun road trip planned for them for Labor Day weekend. I feel summer just slipping away and I envy those who live in warm climates!

Nevertheless, I always welcome the fall and love that here in NJ you truly feel all four seasons. I’m all about change! AND this is great time to share my big news with you! Some of you might know already but I have recently joined the Latina Bloggers Connect team and I couldn’t be more grateful. You know how some of the sponsored content on MFBS is in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect? Well, I will now be on the other end of blogging, assisting other bloggers and making connections with brands we know their readers will love. It’s all about growing together, really, and I’m so proud to be a part of a group that is empowering to women.

I will still be here and I hope you continue to visit My Friend Betty Says!! I love blogging and know I will find balance with it all.  Thank you for your support (I feel the love!). Here are your weekend links:

The image above is from our NYC’s High Line visit a few weeks ago (I wrote this!)

My sister started a blog! Visit Lily and Coco‘s Stylish Diary and please like her on Facebook!

How to Make Your Kids Smarter (Thanks Caro!)

Hoping Diego enjoys this book series

In case you missed it…8 Questions to Ask Your Child After School (I wrote this!)

Just donate the money

Inspiring Celebrity Denim

10 Stylish Eyeglasses for Kids

Super cute Baked Birthday Doughnuts!

What Parents Tell Their Kids About Tragedies in the News

Even if you don’t like them…The Kardashian’s Just Owned the VMAs Red Carpet and I agree.

A quote: “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” 
― Thomas Jefferson

Have a great week!!

Asking Your Child the Right Questions

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Hi! I’m over at Mommy Maestra today with a post I hope you will find useful. It’s there to help you strike up a conversation with your child after school. NO more open-ended questions!  Please head over to read about the 8 Questions to Ask Your Child After School. Enjoy!

What I wore here:
J.Crew exclamation sweater
J.Crew 4″ chino short
Tory Burch Sunglasses
Enzo Angiolini sandals (super old, similar HERE)

P.s Diego’s tee: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn”-Benjamin Franklin

Images: CR Photography

Back-to-School with FabKids

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Hi! This is a HUGE week for many kids around the country and I know a lot of moms have started or have already done their back-to-school shopping. I just started BUT I’m not finished because…my boys still have a lot of summer left! Diego will be returning to school in two weeks and my little guys don’t start preschool for another 3 weeks! My summer has been long but a lot of fun and now it’s time for me to start thinking about their fall wardrobe and getting them back to school in style.

I just discovered FabKids for my boys and have to say I was intrigued! This is how it works: You first stake a style quiz for your child. Is he or she sporty? Really into music? Once you answer a few questions, the website will take you to a personalized FabShop (a handpicked selection!). All that’s left to do is shop! Filtering through the selections made my life easier and it became so much fun to browse and select.

My boys are really active and I consistently have to replace items…especially pants! Signing up for the monthly $29.95 VIP Membership with FabKids is smart as it allows you to receive your child’s first outfit for $15 plus FREE shipping, save up to 50% OFF retail prices, receive exclusive VIP pricing, skip any month and earn FabKids reward points. Just visit FabKids by the 5th of every month and shop or skip!

Let me know if you are going to give it a try! We loved the quality of Diego’s outfit, the design and colors. There’s something for every child! He’s ready for the fall! We hope you are too.

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images: CR Photography

Weekend: Hanging on to Summer

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Hi there! Guys, have you noticed it’s now cool in the morning and evenings? I can’t believe we are approaching the end of summer. We went out to dinner on Saturday with the boys and friends and I paired seersucker shorts with this long sleeve Zara top. You have seen it before HERE and HERE. I’m hanging on tight by mixing and matching summer pieces that can transition into fall without a hitch. I don’t want summer to end.

Although we have two more weekends before school starts, we did absolutely nothing this weekend! No trips to the city, no trips to the beach, not even a trip to a nearby playground! Oh, we also went out for dinner on Sunday. Just the five of us. I took advantage of our slow Saturday and Sunday and caught up with housework and we all hung out in our backyard for hours. We even shared mimosas with our neighbors by passing glass flutes over the fence!  Sometimes its good to just chill and have no plans.  I hope you had an easy and lovely weekend too.

Here are your weekend links! Enjoy!

Give someone Sugarwish! I loved mine!

A super sweet Frozen theme party!

I was interviewed! Please read about moving from state to state and out of the country…with kids!

Summer Baseball (I wrote this!)

Have you read about the secret treasure room? I want one!

The best tweets of the week.

30 Under- $50 Fall Shoes for Every Occasion

Spent the weekend flipping through THESE 708 pages.

10 Life Changing Travel Experiences (I’ve only done one!)

I think Nine West’s ad is brilliant! But others do not…

To light las veladoras!

Pop bottles! (Perfect hostess gift)

What I Wore:
Zara top (sold out, updated version HERE!)
JCrew seersucker shorts (colorblock HERE and cramberry punch HERE)
Sam Edelman pump
Banana Republic Cushion Necklace
Tory Burch York Tote (new fall colors HERE)
TOMS Sunnies
Lips: Speak Your Mind-bubble gum pink

Have a great week!

Perfect Read for Soccer Moms

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I have to admit, I picked up the fútbol legend’s autobiography only because I was done with all of my reading material while on our recent vacation. Hubby finished reading Pelé’s Why Soccer Matters while lounging poolside and he kept telling me, “You have to read this!”

The World Cup had just concluded a week before and our oldest, Diego, was recently notified of all his travel soccer team details. It really seems like soccer will take over our world soon (our middle guy, Santi, can’t wait to be part of a team too!) so I happily picked up this book while on vacay.

Written by both Pelé and Brian Winter, Why Soccer Matters was released right before the 2014 World Cup, and because Pelé was honored as the official ambassador of the tournament, the timing was perfect. No doubt, the book should still be read as Pelé shares countless stories of his childhood, his relationship with his fútbol-loving father, and his first experiences traveling the world.

Pelé grew up very poor, but very happy and his voice throughout the book is cheerful. I could imagine his beautiful smile while I flipped through the pages.  Pelé takes us back to the beginning of soccer history and provides insights into how soccer played a huge role in the politics of Brazil and other countries. He also explains the start of players jumping from country to country, playing for different teams and the demand of traveling the world as a fútbol athlete. As he shares both his personal story, we get a little history and a look at his personal life. Hard lessons were learned by Pelé throughout his long career (he lost his fortune twice!) and heartwarming stories he learned from fans that continued to keep him humble, hopeful and positive.

I recommend this book to all fútbol aficionados (Diego picked out this book as a Father’s Day gift for Hubby) and for all soccer moms who want to learn more about the legend, Pelé, and the history of the sport know as the beautiful game. Let me know if you have read it or plan to pick it up! 

P.s. Our boys LOVE the BILINGUAL picture book, Pelé, King of Soccer! Check it out!

Image: CR Photography

One Item, Instant Update

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Hi there! I hope you are having a great week! These are the last pictures from our trip to Chicago! Nancy and I headed to historical Oak Park, IL to meet our girlfriends and of course, a bunch of memories of my life as a single girl whirled me around. I lived with my BFF (now comadre) Tiz in  Oak Park and it was the last place I lived before moving to NYC…ten years ago! Crazy, huh?

Anywho, this post is about creating a complete new, updated and trendy look with just one new item.  Everything you will see on the shopping list below are goodies that have been hanging around my closet for a while. Perhaps this is why I gravitate towards classic pieces that will last and can be used for a few seasons. I have had these sandals, sunnies and top for quite some time now and thought they would all go perfect with my new print trousers from Topshop. These black and white print jersey pants were only $56! I also have a much more budget-friendly pair from Forever 21.

Print trousers are bold, fun and versatile. As  you start planning your fall wardrobe, pick up a few of these! You’ll transition easily into fall without spending all of your budget before the cold weather arrives. What do you think? Have you given print pants a try? P.s. They were super comfy too…so I ate my whole pasta dish that night!

Fifteen Twenty silk top
Topshop print trousers
Rebecca Minkoff clutch (no longer available but look at ALL these!)
Pelle Moda sandal
Pave Link bracelet (on sale!)
Daisy ring
Ray-Ban Sunglasses
Necklace (gift)

Ruby Woo lips

images: Nancy Huayek

36th Birthday Weekend

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I used to make sure I planned a whole week of celebrations for my birthday (doesn’t every Leo?)! Life is a little more busy now with three little guys! Thankfully, August is a slow month so I can narrow it down to a weekend. jajaja!

Hubby and I started on Friday night with a fabulous dinner with friends at Son Cubano. Mojitos, platanos maduros, chimichurri on skirt skirt and churros for dessert…PLUS we had a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline and you know I absolutely love that! On Saturday, we took the boys to our town’s pool and later to a minor league baseball game. It was one of those perfect summer days that end with sticky fingers and faces from too many ballpark treats; one that I wouldn’t trade for the world. As I counted my blessings during the colorful display, my boys gazed at the sky in awe but I couldn’t stop staring at them.

Yesterday, we met our Brooklyn BFF at Sarabeth’s in the city for brunch. Some of you may remember from previous posts that she is a childhood friend. This year will mark our 29th year of friendship. Amazing. Our birthdays are two weeks apart and we make sure to see each other to celebrate and toast with our favorite brunch drink.

So…today is my actual birthday!!!! I feel incredibly blessed and happy and bursting with crazy emotions. Life is never perfect for anyone, but I have learned that if you surround yourself with positive people who you truly love AND you live your life with purpose…it’s all good. Really. I really hope you find some of today’s links useful!

P.s. I made two looks of my Sunday brunch outfit. Notice that at the end of day in the city, I swapped my shoes for more comfy walking ones!

My 35th in Puerto Vallarta last year…

And remember when I received THIS on my 34th??

6 Back-to-School Tips for Parents (I wrote this!)

Let the kids eat a little junk food. Thank you, Caro!

Have you met my friend  (and recipe developer), Melissa? Check out her blog! You can thank me later.

Can I be a little girl again? Just look at these adorable outfits!

THIS pillow. Hola!

Making this champagne cocktail next!

What it means to be a little boy’s mama. Sob! Thank you again, Carol!

Comino Island: Heaven on Earth

Thinking about going back

3 Ways Parents Can Encourage Rigorous Learning

THESE shoes! Do I really need them? jajaja! 

Have a great week! 

Topshop overlay dress
Michael Kors Sandals
Earrings at Bungalow
Stella & Dot Portia bracelet
JCrew Marina mini wedge (almost gone!)