#QuikWins for My Soccer Player

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


It’s no secret that I am a true #soccermom. I LOVE el juego bonito. Always have.

Thanks to my dad, ever since I was a little girl I have been following fútbol with lots of heart . I am so lucky that my husband and boys are even bigger soccer fans. We have season tickets to New York Red Bulls matches and even got to see the Men’s USA team practice right before they headed off to Brazil in 2014. We never miss a match during any World Cup and my boys enjoy watching women’s soccer as equally as they love to see Ronaldo, Messi and Chicharito play.

When I read about FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and Olympic soccer gold medalist, Kelley O’Hara’s post workout routine, I was blown away! O’Hara started drinking chocolate milk in college when one of her assistant coaches said there were studies that proved that low-fat chocolate milk was great for recovery. I knew I had to start providing the same drink for my little soccer player right after an intense match.

Diego is currently on his second year of travel soccer. Who would of thought that U9 soccer players would have such an intense soccer schedule?! He trains for an hour and half twice a week and is off to games and tournaments every weekend. Just a few weeks ago, on the first weekend of the season, he played 4 matches in 24 hours. That’s a LOT of running in a short period of time for an 8 year-old! After thorough research, I started taking Nesquik for his post-game drink to substitute for the sports drinks I wasn’t thrilled he was having.

Nesquik ready­-to­-drink chocolate milk is free of artificial colors and sweeteners which gives parents greater confidence when choosing flavored milk. The ideal 3:1 ratio of carbohydrates ­to ­protein in Nesquik helps muscles recover quickly, which is especially important when there is a short turnaround between practices and games like in Diego’s team’s case. After an intense practice or game, it’s crucial to maximize recovery within 30 minutes. It’s also important to get the most out of your body on game day by eating right, so we are incorporating Nesquik with veggies, fruit and Diego’s favorite…pasta!

I know Diego loves the game of soccer and loves that we treat his athleticism with the respect it deserves. As a mom who is conscious of what he needs to replenish and be ready for the other aspects of his life, I trust Nesquik to help us balance it all out. #QuikWins in my book!

Can you guess why Diego chose #14? #SoccerMom trivia 😉


This is a sponsored campaign in collaboration with Nesquik and Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions and text are all mine.

Knits and Leggings




What makes us go crazy happy during this time of year? Cozy warm layers! There’s something about hugging your body with soft, oversized knits and fitted leggings, grabbing your wallet and running out for a cup of coffee.  We’re all about comfort during the fall season. Just indulge!

P.s. This is the last photo you will see of me with long hair! I have chopped it off!! See? Fall makes me go crazy happy! Come back soon to check out new pics!

cabi Cowl Poncho
cabi Nouveau Legging
Tory Burch Booties (last season but loving THESE)
Louis Vuitton Sarah Wallet
Tiffany & Co Daisy Ring

CR Photography 

Thank you, cabi for the #ootd!

New on YouTube Kids

FullSizeRender (19)Do you guys remember Reading Rainbow?? Our kids can now meet LeVar on YouTube Kids! I used to watch Reading Rainbow as a kid and loved it sooo much. Like many moms, I love to show my boys what I enjoyed watching at their age. As you can see my boys love to read, but they also love all types of screen time! For me, it has to be about quality. I really appreciate all the amazing video options like National Geographic Kids and Pocoyo in Spanish!

Speaking of Spanish…you HAVE to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this playlist of the best bilingual videos on YouTube Kids! Our favorites are Pin Pón, a Sesame Street video featuring Juanes and the super catchy Buenos Dias. We’re singing and dancing in both languages day and night!

It’s so great that things are getting so much easier for our kids to watch safe and educational content and we love YouTube Kids for this as well. The whole family can enjoy watching videos from the YouTube Kids app straight to any TV using Chromecast, Apple TV, a game console or a smart TV. YouTube kids will also let you set up a custom passcode to access parental controls! Bravo!

Let me know what you which YouTube Kids video you will be sharing with your kids! If you find something fun, please share with us in the comments below! Gracias!FullSizeRender (20)Thank you, YouTube Kids for the wonderful gift, for creating amazing content my bilingual boys can enjoy, and for promoting reading and education the way you do.

#BloomiesBloggers Recap and Outfit Details









Happy Monday! Here’s the outfit I wore to #BloomiesBloggers last week!

NJ and NYC bloggers were invited to Bloomingdales at The Short Hills Mall for a morning of “Bloggers, Breakfast and Bloomies.” I got to see some of my fantastic bloggy friends and had a chance to meet new ones. We worked out with Nadia Murdock (yes, in my Louboutins!) and freshened up at the hair and makeup bars. We sat and enjoyed the Bloomingdales 100% fall line and gosh…we wanted it all! I took notes, posted it all on Snapchat (My Friend Betty), and tweeted using @LBConnect handle (follow there too!) because there was so much I wanted to share!!

The best part of the morning?? Re-uniting with former My Friend Betty Says photographer, Mallika of Mikifoto!!! She captured the whole event beautifully and we were so lucky to have our photograph taken and update our headshots. Thank you, Mallika! Thank you Bloomingdales and Alita’s Brand Bar! I had a wonderful time.

Zara Metallic T-Shirt (Silver only)
Banana Repbulic Pencil Skirt (Last season. But many options HERE!)
Rebecca Minkoff Shoulder Bag
Christian Louboutin Pumps
Madewell Arrowstack Necklace

Images: Mikifoto

It’s Time for Statement Jackets




I was shocked to feel how cold it was in NJ this morning! I jumped in my car without a jacket even though I clearly needed one today. I swear I am prepared! I just wasn’t ready to face the fact that jacket season has officially begun.

But I should get excited because hanging in my closet is this gorgeous cabi Casablanca Trench!

There’s nothing more classic in the fall than a camel-colored trench, but the ponte fabric in this cabi style makes it completely unique.  The material hugs the body in all the right places and is super flattering.  Get creative and accessorize freely (or not!). The trench comes with a belt but if you take a close look you will notice there are no belt loops!  I decided to go without for this outfit. The trench coat alone pops perfectly with this dress.  Endless future outfit possibilities with this as a seasonal jacket…

Now I’m definitely excited about the upcoming season. Are you?

Casablanca Trench c/o cabi
Lips: CHANEL Rouge Allure 124 Ambigue

CR Photography

Today’s Perfect LBD


Hi guys! I’m uploading this short and sweet post to show you today’s perfect little black dress. I purchased it from Zara when I was shopping for my birthday outfit! But as you can see, It’s got a lot of texture, which makes it super warm. It was so affordable and so cute, I grabbed it for the fall.

Now that the weather is cooling off, pair it up with your favorite sandals or save it for a day you can wear with adorable high heel booties. I love A-line dresses, don’t you? You can do so much with the right LBD.

Have a great weekend!

Zara Jacquard Dress
Banana Republic Jaylen Heeled Sandal
Stella and Dot Clutch (Sold out but loving THIS one)
Banana Republic Art Nouveau Fan Necklace
CR Photography

This Fall: The cabi Fashion Experience + GIVEAWAY!





A big thank you to cabi for sponsoring this post and this giveaway. 

I told you that this August has been all about pants! I love summer and I LOVE how it gradually becomes fall out here in NJ. Transitioning from dresses and shorts to jackets and cozy knits is so easy! The skinny jeans are back and the tops are now in the darker shades…cabi is making it easy for me to get excited over cooler days.

But while we wait, something like the Bustier Top is perfect for the mild summer days we are having. Dress it up with this vintage-inspired cabi Simone Bracelet, a fun clutch and open-toe shoes. An instant chic and polished look. It’s all about the details.

This is my first fall post and I can’t wait to show you what other key pieces I have for the upcoming season. I would love for you to also add cabi to your wardrobe so today we have a $250 cabi clothing giveaway for one lucky MFBS reader!!! All you have to do is: 1. Watch and share the cabi video below on Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag #bettyxcabi. AND 2. Follow @cabiclothing on Instagram. The Rafflecopter below offers extra entries for those who just want to share the love.  Good luck!!

cabi Bustier Top
cabi Knight Skinny Jeans
cabi Simone Bracelet
Couture Planet clutch purchased at Dressed by Lori
Ring (gift from my mom)
Vince Camuto mules

CR Photography

a Rafflecopter giveaway

August: What I Have Been Wearing and Eating!

Hi guys! I know!!! It’s been too long! I miss my blog. It has been an incredibly busy summer and I had to take a little time off. But now I’m back and excited for what’s to come. Please join me on Snapchat (MyFriendBetty) as it reveals A LOT of what’s been going on. Don’t you just love a good sneak peek? I do!

Let’s see…I just had a birthday and celebrated with my boys and closest friends here in NJ. I had several dinners! I kicked off my week celebration (cause that’s how a Leo does it!) with a visit to Arturo’s with one of my dear friends and discovered the best pizza in NJ! I also had a dinner with my childhood/Brooklyn BFF to celebrate BOTH our birthdays at Pulqueria in NYC. I had a group celebration at Son Cubano where my girls SPOILED me with gifts, AND a family dinner at Basilico. My boys didn’t mind dressing up for me! So much yummy-ness. My heart is full too.

I posted my outfits on Instagram but in case you missed them I have all the details below. I don’t know about you but I have started to transition to fall weather outfits. I’m loving comfortable pants like the culottes and joggers below. And I can never resist a great pair of jeans. My sandals have been on constant rotation and perfect for summer and fall #ootn. Stay tuned for more to come!


Culottes: 1.STATE via Bungalow Boutique
Top: Ann Taylor (Sold out)


Jeans: JCrew (on sale!)
Top: Hinge via Nordstrom
Heels: Banana Republic
Clutch: Stella & Dot (old but they have GREAT ones this season!)


Joggers: Naked Zebra via Bungalow Boutique
Top: Naked Zebra
Heels: Banana Republic

Focusing on #FitMom Chitra

DSC_8731I’m so happy and honored to finally turn the camera around and show you who CR Photography is! Chitra has been photographing me for MFBS for over a year now. In the last year, every time I would meet Chitra, she looked…different. Healthy! I started to ask her what she was up to and told me all about her fitness goals. Since I met Chitra, she has lost over 80 pounds! I have witnessed her transformation and she was truly one of my main inspirations for this #FitMom mini series. She has a fantastic story to share and her new blog, New Mind, New Body, New Me carries her complete journey and is full of tips for all of us. Thank you, Chitra for sharing and thank you for photographing all of us for this series. xoxo

When did you decide to change your life and live it to its full potential? What happened that made you say, “Today is the day?”

January of 2014, I joined a “Lose 15 lbs in 30 days challenge” at My Training Gym in Morristown out of sheer frustration, not expecting much. By the end of the month, I was thrilled to have lost almost 16 lbs without any fad diets or meal replacement shakes, just eating ‘real’ clean food, working out and tons of support. That’s when I knew that I had hit upon something big and I just had to keep going.

What does your typical workout entail?

I usually do 3 bootcamp classes, 2 personal training sessions and five 30 minute cardio sessions at the gym every week. I don’t enjoy working out on my own, so it helps to have trainers who motivate/push me with fun workouts. Occasionally I will go out for a run outdoors and have started enjoying running

How do you make time for training?

Its not easy to take time out for yourself especially when life, family, and work get crazy. I am blessed to have my own photography business, which gives me the flexibility to get my workouts in while my kids are in school. I also believe that you can only take care of others if you take care of yourself. Over time I have learned that self-care is not selfish, it’s essential! So even if it means making it to the gym at 5 in the morning, I make sure I get it in. ☺


We all wake up feeling unmotivated once in a while. How do you get through a tough day?

There are many days I’d rather hit the snooze button, but I have my gym buddies who come to the rescue. We help motivate each other and get through those slumps. I have a great support system around me that I know I can count on for such days

How many children do you have and do they “work out” with you?

I have 2 boys, 11 and 8, who have a ton of energy and ever since I got on the “fitness” bandwagon, we do all sorts of fun active things together. At home, we hang on the pull up bar for fun, we do plank and pushup contests, my little guy has tremendous core strength, and I was shocked that he could hold a plank for over 4 minutes!! We go for bike rides as a family. My older son loves to run, and we do 5Ks together.


Tell us about a challenge you overcame during the process of ‘changing your life once and for all.’

This has been a year of transformation for me, and I’ve been blessed with an amazing personal trainer, Joe, who doubles as a motivational coach/ mentor. He constantly pushes me to go a little further than I can imagine. I had just started training with him, and during one of the sessions, he took me to the treadmill and told me he wanted me to run intervals and he would up the speed for a minute as we went along. Before that day, [Read more…]

#FitMom Sharon: Resilience and Determination


Sharon and I immediately connected when we shared stories of growing up on all things Latino, our expat experiences, and raising all boys. Her story needs no introduction. Sharon is one of the strongest women I know. Not only because of her physical strength but because of what she has been able to do mentally. Our minds need training too and Sharon is an example of someone who won’t give up despite of heartache and broken bones…Thank you, Sharon for sharing such a personal story. xoxo 

When did you decide to change your life and live it to its full potential? What happened that made you say, “Today is the day?”

I have to say that I always did…especially after my 30’s when we became expats and were stationed in different countries temporarily. You make the most out of your years there and of the time with the people you meet. You’re constantly thrown out of your comfort zone, facing new challenges…and you have to be capable of starting from scratch each time. Expat life makes you very aware of ‘limited’ time and teaches you how to make the best and get the most out of that time.

At least for me.

But I took it to the ‘extreme’ right before turning 40.  I hit an emotional low in my life after moving from Sydney, Australia to Augusta, Georgia. My husband’s job brought us to the US. I never wanted to leave Oz. After more than 4 years, it had become home. I loved the lifestyle (outdoors!!) and had many wonderful friends there.

We arrived on a mid October day and I think for months after there were many tears, I was feeling low, spent days and days in my bath robe and I basically just spiraled downwards emotionally.

I couldn’t connect with anything. I just wanted to go back.

Just a little over a year after, on January 1st (the one day we all make our NY resolutions), I told my husband that this no longer could go on. It was also the year I would turn 40 and I wanted to mark it in some way. If I couldn’t go back to Sydney, then in some other way. I wanted something completely different and something I’d never done before.

So I decided to complete a half Ironman. Why? Because it scared me.

It seemed impossible and at the time I didn’t care much for cardio work. Give me weights any time, any day…but cardio…not so much.

I bought a book, signed up for several events spread throughout the year:  a Sprint distance, Olympic distance, a Mudrun and the half Iron distance at the back end of the year that was close to my birthday. I looked at Youtube videos and taught myself how to do freestyle swimming and at the same time had to conquer my fear of murky open water and ocean swims.

All these events gave me something else to focus on, I was learning new things while enjoying the outdoors at the same time. Taking this challenge, learning, and meeting new people along the way was a major turnaround for me. I was slowly becoming my ‘happy’ self again.


What does your typical workout entail?

In the colder months I like to do more cardio/ strength indoors (d&i Fitness!).  Dumbells, kettlebells, battleropes etc. As soon as the weather gets a bit milder, I like to run 2-3 days a week, bike twice a week and continue my strength classes at least 2-3 days a week. It depends if I signed up for a race or not.

I  love to balance it out.


How do you make time for training?

I schedule it as an appointment.  If possible, I never schedule anything between 8-10 am so I can get my workout in. Whatever else I plan, I try to plan around my workouts.


We all wake up feeling unmotivated once in a while. How do you get through a tough day?


If I had a few training days back to back, I give in and do whatever it is I feel like doing. It’s good to listen to your body. We all need a break sometimes and it’s best to do something different. It helps you return strong.

On tough days, when I really do need to go work out (like when preparing for an event) I usually schedule something with a friend. Whether it’s a run or a ride. This holds me accountable.


How many children do you have and do they “work out” with you?

I have 2 boys. 15 and 11.

My oldest is a year-round competitive swimmer and runs cross country and track. He was born athletic. We really never had to encourage him to do anything. He’s always been active and is already talking about one day doing an Ultraman.

My youngest has found a passion for basketball.  He needs a little more encouragement in other areas. We encourage him to run at least two 5k’s a year by picking fun races like the Color Run or any local events which he can do with his friends.  We try to go out for long hikes on a regular basis. Great quality family time while staying active! Now in the summer, he likes to bike next to me as I do my runs.


Tell us about a challenge you overcame during the process of ‘changing your life once and for all.’

As I was preparing for a 70.3 Ironman on August of 2014, I had a major road bike accident.  I broke my scapula, collarbone, a few ribs, lost some back teeth, suffered a bad concussion, short term memory loss, and had deep abrasion wounds on my entire right side of the body.

I underwent surgery and physical therapy and was told it would take me at least a year, to ease into lifting, biking and swimming again.  I will never ever take brushing my hair, my teeth or being able to just move around normally for granted! [Read more…]