You ARE a Great Mom GIVEAWAY!

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My dear friends, Kerry and Holly, started You Are A Great Mom with a simple mission: to inspire moms to release guilt and embrace great. After one of them had a frustrating day followed by a sleepless night with a sick toddler, their attention turned to how they could help themselves and other mothers feel less guilt and more confidence. The idea of creating a reminder with the simple affirmation–You are a Great Mom–gave them chills.

I knew my friends were starting this company and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I have my “You are a Great Mom” affirmation sticker on my kitchen window–because I need it there! When I am home, I spend 90 percent of my time in the kitchen. I often end my day there too. Usually exhausted, I clean up and go over every single thing I did wrong that day. No lie, I have glanced up at my sticker with tears in my eyes to bring me back, to re-energize me and to remind me that yes, I am a great mom. I also know other great moms… my mother, my comadres, my BFFs, my Chicago girls, my primas…and I’m going to make sure they all know it.

Let’s support each other and the greatness of motherhood by visiting Kerry and Holly’s You Are a Great Mom site. Please like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. AND enter this wonderful Reminder Kit giveaway…

-7 Reusable Stickers for you to place wherever you need them.
-7 Notecards to share with moms you love and admire.
-7 Magnets for those “mom-strangers” you know could use a boost of confidence.

I want to wish every mom reading this, a VERY happy Mother’s Day! We start our celebration tomorrow, Saturday, because in Mexico, El Dia de las Madres is always on May 10th! So we get the whole weekend…woot!

May 10th is also Jordi’s birthday and I couldn’t ask for a better gift. To celebrate these great occasions, You are a Great Mom and I are picking TEN (!) MFBS readers at random to receive this Reminder Kit. The best part about this giveaway, is that we know you will spread the love and share with other great mothers.

Good luck and happy Mother’s Day!

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Images: CR Photography

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Gift Ideas for Mami’s Day!

Hello there! It’s Cristalia with a very special post. Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I want to give you a few ideas that I know moms will be happy to receive on this special day.

My list includes a trendy nude supercalifragilipstick from Kate Spade, a casual stripe dress (also comes in black & white), or metallic espadrilles that are very trendy for the summer season. My latest purse crush, a versatile tote/pouch from Sole Society is also included below! Lastly, scented candles or a beautiful terrarium to adorn her work space are great ideas too! Enjoy!

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Stripe Dress $29 :: Lipstick $24 :: Sandals $60 :: Laser Cut Tote w/pouch $70 :: Monogram Votive Candle $14 :: Terrarium $14-$198

Hope you and your mami love these as much as I do!

Love & cheers! Cristalia

 

Cinco de Mayo Weekend

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Hola! How was your weekend? We had a really busy and festive weekend. The boys attended birthday parties, soccer and started a garden! My mom spent all of Saturday making pozole and prepping for tostadas. I took out all of the bright table linens to compliment her delicious feast. She also made agua de tamarindo and we finished our meal with a few shots of tequila!

On Sunday, I surprised everyone with spicy chorizo and refried beans. OMG. We eat a lot when family is visiting, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Today, the fun continues as I am hosting my book club at our place for the first time! Hubby will prepare margaritas for the ladies and my mom promised salsa and guacamole. Que Viva Mexico and it’s fine, fine cuisine!

Here are your weekend links…

Gorgeous Mexican theme party ideas.

Buying this book for Diego now.

Teacher Appreciation Week: What they REALLY want!

10 lessons learned from our mothers (look closely for mine!!).

Gifts for mothers who teach.

More gift ideas.

Adorable little t-shirts.

I bought it! Hoping my boys notice.

Have a great week!

P.s. Cinco de Mayo, Teacher Appreciation Week, Jordi’s 2nd birthday, AND Mother’s Day all on the same week!!!!

Veo and GIVEAWAY!

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Like most moms, I am constantly searching for the best products and the best deals all the time. I love using all my electronic devices…especially my mobile! To be able to use it for work and to find our family’s favorite apps on the go is indispensable. Not too long ago, I discovered a new app–Veo–and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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Latino shoppers can find free products, promotions, recipes, and giveaways specifically for them from brands they love through a new mobile app called Veo, from Latinum Network. Veo is fun, culturally relevant and community-oriented. Veo will also make it possible for shoppers to receive messages directly from brands–an excellent way to stay informed.

Just yesterday, Veo had free TRESemmé Split Remedy system samples, and a children’s book ready for download from my friends over at Bebe Lanugo! Veo truly knows what products Latinos love. They are working with brands like Nestlé Abuelita, Discovery en Español, Shout, and many more. It’s smart! As a Latina mami, I want deals on products my mom used and on those that I have discovered and continue to use for my own family.

The app is easy to use, engaging, and really stylish. You have to download Veo! It’s free! Once you do, play around with it a little and enter the $25 gift card giveaway below as a thank you for helping launch Veo. Veo app is available for FREE (didn’t I say that already? jajaja!). For iPhone and iPod touch click HERE and for Android click HERE! I promise you are going to love it!

Don’t forget to tell me all about your experience in the comments below! Buena suerte!!

Images: CR Photography

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Inspiring Weekend

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Hubby and I attended a beautiful wedding in picturesque Tarrytown, New York this weekend. We were honored to be the padrinos de lazo–sponsors for the Mexican Catholic tradition of placing two rosaries joined together with a cross on the beautiful bride and groom. We had an inspiring taste of Mexican culture throughtout the reception as well. Everything was perfect– just like our dear friends.

This weekend, I couldn’t help but think about our wedding day (almost 10 years ago!) and it was nice to go all out with a fun dress, dance with Hubby and have a romantic brunch alone on Sunday morning. I was inspired by our friends’ love and vow to remember our special day more than once a year. Although we want our boys to travel as much as we all can, a date night, weekend trip or a week long vacation alone are all great ideas to focus on my life long partner a little more than usual.

Here are your weekend links…

The BarkPost = Cutest site ever.

Mad Men fashion: Sally.

Why Chocolate is Good for You

Video: More American women starting small businesses.

Have you been following El Dia blog hop? Special announcement on Friday!

How about entering the Stia Couture giveaway? Please do!

This tote!

Greek paradise.

16 detoxing guidelines

How to help your young child recognize letters and numbers.

Have a great week!

Image by: CR Photography

Long Easter Weekend

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How was your weekend? We had a nice three days off but I had to catch up! After spending Thursday evening in the city with Hubby, then again all day Saturday, and a long Easter Sunday here at home with my 4 guys, I passed out early on Sunday night! Hence, this post is a day late but I HAD to share the links below (especially because I wrote 2 of them!) Hee hee!

Lots of fun things happening here too. Quick update: My mom is coming from Chicago! Woot! We are all very excited. Diego is trying out for soccer travel teams (!) and practicing a lot for his piano recital. Jordi is having a birthday soon…the BIG two!! I’m sure he is currently teething and Diego is finally losing teeth. So funny. Santi is great! We are working on a lot of español with him. Mi chiquito!

Here are your links…

On Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I’ll never forget where and when I read my favorite.

Mommy Maestra has 3 awesome picture books to giveaway!

Are you done making your kid’s childhood magical?

Easy summer dress.

10 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence

As always, thank you for your support here and all over social media. You guys are the best!! Have a great week!

 

 

End of a Roller Coaster Ride Weekend

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I had THAT week! It has been a long time since I experienced a bad day followed by a fantastic day, followed by an awful day…I couldn’t wait for the weekend to arrive. On Saturday, I did a lot of reading in bed and we all met up with great friends for pizza. The five of us went in to the city yesterday to meet my cousin and his lovely girlfriend. They are in for the week and we just had to go to Landmarc for a scrumptious brunch. It’s the little things, right? Rest, friends, family, great food and crisp champagne are all needed to recuperate from the week.

A big part of my emotional roller coaster is that Baby Jordi is well into the Terrible Twos. Honestly, he is draining everything out of me. Dividing my time between three little guys is hard enough. When one dominates all of my effort and energy (not in a good way)…I just can’t.  I feel guilty,  I lose my patience, raise my voice and end up laying in bed at night thinking of all the things I did wrong during the day. I might be an experinced mom but I’m definitely not a perfect mom. I don’t think any of us strive to be perfect–good moms, yes–but not perfect.

Dear Jordi, I want you to know that Terrible Twos or not, I love you with all my heart. You are so stinkin’ cute, determined and smart! You are a joy to us and your brothers adore you. We know it’s hard to be the youngest. Everyone is talking and moving around so quickly and dragging you to where we all have to be. Believe me that everything must stop when you need to eat and take that great little nap! You are important too and we are watching…and yes, listening to you as well. My heart bursts when you smile. I love you, Mami

It’s a new week! Here are your links. Enjoy!

Because sometimes I need to check with the experts.

Monday morning cuteness.

A must read: Blogger friend writes about what she learned about life from raising an autistic child. 

American Blogger trailer. Can’t wait to see it!

Be humble and kind. It will make your life easier.

6 Secrets for a Faster Metabolism

The Power of the Earliest Memories

Easter egg decorating ideas!

World Cup anthem is out! Have you heard it?

Tomorrow is Tax Day!

When was the last time you checked your horoscope?

Have you experieced the Terrible Twos with your child? I’ll take your advice! Have a great week!

Image shot at Jia Boutique by mikifoto by mallika malhotra

Cozy in Coral and Gray this Weekend

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Happy Monday! This week’s “Weekend” post looks a little different! My hubby did such a great job at capturing us in our backyard, so I thought I would make this into a Mami Fashion post as well. Two in one!

Did you have a nice Saturday and Sunday? The sun was so bright this whole weekend and all we did was take it slow. So nice to be still for a change. It’s getting darker later and the boys are restless! They ran around, dug through mud, picked up sticks and they even built a fire with us! Please take a look…

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Everything was so color coordinated, right? I often catch myself putting the boys in clothes that match my outfit. Does that happen to you?

Here are your weekend links! Enjoy!

Did you catch my 7 Books to Help Celebrate National Poetry Month on Mommy Maestra?

In love with this t-shirt.

And this one

36 Hours in Cancun, Mexico. Sigh.

13 Reasons Your iPhone Keeps Running Out of Battery. Oh.

Did you see Maria Kang on Nightline?

And here is her beautiful letter to Sara

How to Wear White Denim this Spring.

Just finished reading this.

Sunnies sold out, but loving these!
Scarf sold out, take a look at this one!
Sweater
Jeans
Sneakers (Nordstrom Rack)
Link bracelet
Stacked rings
Boys’ jackets

P.s. Lashes (still going strong!) Thank you, Lash House!

Images by: Hubby

Celebrating Love this Weekend

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Hi! Did you have a nice weekend? We were honored to attend one of the most beautiful weddings we have ever witnessed! Jackie and Cheryl were married yesterday and Hubby and I had a great time. Our table was full of great couples who we truly enjoyed meeting. You know how it can be a little akward when you don’t know too many people at a wedding? Not at Jackie’s! Our dear friend and her partner have fantastic friends and great families. It truly says so much about them!

I realize that the weekend links include celebrity stories because this past week’s news was full of entertainment gossip. Some stories are happy and some are just so sad. We can really get caught up on what others are doing in their marriages and personal lives. Although I’m so guilty of buying the magazines to read the scoop, I must remember that other people’s love life isn’t something we should judge. Pretty much, right? I’ll continue reading Vogue no matter who is on the cover and I really don’t care who Gwyneth will date next. I’m concerned for my family and friends and wish couples like Jackie and Cher a life full of happiness and love.

Here are the links!! Enjoy!

CHURRO Banana Bread!

Best airport! Such a shame that I don’t even remember it.

Have you seen the new Prince George photo? Adorable.

What about Kimye’s?

Famous quotes illustrated. Very cool.

Diego Luna on Cesar Chavez.  Will you go see the movie?

I have my eyes on these sandals!

More on “Conscious Uncoupling.”  

Dear Kids, Sometimes I’m a Horrible Mom. Thank you for your honesty and wisdom, Nina. xoxo

The next book for our book club!

Are you the Dove giveaway winner? Please check here!

What have you been up to? Leave me a comment! Have a great week!

PRET*TY for a Cause

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I was listening to the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show in the car on Wednesday morning (they really boost my mood after the crazy school drop-off), and learned from Carla Marie that there is a jewelry and product line of which 100% of the proceeds go to the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.  I couldn’t wait to get home and take a look at the jewelry, instead, I became so wrapped up in his story.

Before his third birthday, Ty was diagnosed with a rhaboid tumor–a mass at the base of his skull that pressed his brainstem. Ty fought courageously for two years but he died at home in his parents’ arms on October 17, 2012. He was only five.

As a mother of three handsome boys like Ty, his story and his parents love and wisdom filled my heart. When Ty passed away, “…instead of gifts of flowers, his family asked his supporters to celebrate the joys of childhood in his honor. To allow their children to jump in muddy puddles (one of Ty’s greatest aspirations). To give piggyback rides to bed, to play with glitter, to get downright messy and have fun in celebration of Ty’s spirit, because that is how he wanted to live his life… The Muddy Puddles Project was created to celebrate kids being kids in honor of those who can’t.”

PRET*TY was also established to raise money for the foundation. The beautiful and delicate jewelry made me think about how a lot of women love their stylish jewelry and treat it with such care. I bet a piece or product from PRET*TY will be even more valuable to many.

Please take a moment to follow this group on Facebook by clicking HERE and when you are in the mood for pretty gold, silver or pearls, consider shopping HERE.  It feels good to shop…but even better to shop for a cause.