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DIY Iced Coffee under $2.. Better than Starbucks?!?

Hey! I’m back to talk about my oh so amazing iced coffee I make at home. If you guys don’t know I’m a coffee addict, as a mom, coffee is definitely a must to get me going throughout the day. I don’t know about you but I can be super particular with my coffee. I don’t do black coffee,it has to be iced, it needs. To be sweet.. the list goes on. Over the years I have tried different ways to make the perfect iced coffee at home and I couldn’t find the right combo that I feel in love with.. until now! I’m super excited to share my at home iced coffee and guess what?! I love it wayyy more than Starbucks! I was going to Starbucks literally everyday sometimes twice a day and spending too much money on overpriced coffee. Don’t get me wrong I still love Starbucks however this mama is on a budget and if I can save money on delicious coffee that’s a huge plus for me. The most amazing part about this iced coffee is that it’s more than half the price of Starbucks! That’s right you get so much more bang for your buck! So my oh so delicious iced coffee combo is super quick and easy and hands down the best iced coffee I’ve ever had.         Also, I do want to mention that I’ve been using the Hydro flask, it’s the coffee cup and omg the best purchases I’ve ever made. If you guys don’t know the Hydro flask hype is so real! They are pricey by totally worth it. Why is it worth it? The hydro flask will keep your cold drinks cold for 24 hours, that includes ice! That’s right it’s super insualated that you will have ice in your cup 24 hours later! Isn’t that just life changing? Well it is for me at least. Anyway back to the iced coffee. So I don’t actually brew my iced coffee however I do get the Starbucks iced coffee in medium roast, you can find it at any grocery store and it’s around $4-$5 for a jug which I get about 5 servings from it. Next I use half and half, I’ve tried all different kinds of milk and I find this to be the best tasting, I like heavy whipping cream however I like the half and half better as it’s not as heavy. Lastly, I add 3 pumps of my favorite syrup seriously this syrup has changed my whole life and made my coffee game on point! I use the Torani French vanilla syrup. You guys, it’s so amazing! I love that it’s not too sweet yet sweet enough but it just tastes so creamy, it’s my favorite syrup at the moment. I add ice and literally that’s it, super quick and easy. Now I highly recommend trying my recipe if you will or you can substitute for your favorite syrup although I really think you should try the French vanilla syrup because it’s just too good! So let’s do the math. I buy the Starbucks iced coffee for about $5 which I get about 5 uses, then the half and half is around $3 and lastly the Torani syrup I get at World Market is about $7 I can get about 30 uses out of this syrup. The grand total per drink is about $1.60, compare that to $5 per drink at Starbucks,that’s a huge savings! I always crave this iced coffee as I can never get enough and for the price it’s such a steal! Let me know your  favorite iced coffee recipes as I love trying new coffee. Thank you so much for reading, bye!

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Tips to Keep You and Baby Healthy this Winter

Hiii!

So as you all know we are currently in flu season, this is the time a lot of people are getting sick, but this season has been really bad. There has been many deaths due to the flu, which can be so scary especially for all the moms out there,I’m with you there. As a mom, I’m doing all that I can to not only keep myself healthy but most importantly to keep my daughter healthy. I can’t even imagine how babies or young children can get really sick and they don’t have the strongest immune systems. So, I want to share with you my tips to keep myself and my daughter healthy this flu season.

Let’s start with baby.

1.Feed baby the healthiest of foods

What I mean by this is that in our household, we currently have changed our eating habits and are eating a lot cleaner foods and eliminating and limiting processed foods, that includes what my daughter eats as well. She eats a lot of fruits, and ground chicken or ground turkey with veggies, she rarely eats junk food like hardly ever and she only drinks milk and water. This way she’s getting all the nutrients she needs to keep her body strong and to help fight off sickness.

2.Probiotics!

This has been huge to keep Mila healthy and preventing her from getting sick. I’ve been giving her probiotics daily which has helped so much. I give her Mommy’s Bliss Probiotic packets, I put it in her sippy cup with milk and it doesn’t have a taste so she will never know. She also like the Lifeway Probugs Organic bites, they are dried kefir yogurt bites , it’s another great option to give your baby probiotics and Mila loves them so much. Probiotics are a must have to keep baby healthy this season.

3. Hand Sanitizer

Some moms may use lots of hand sanitizer no matter the season however I’ve been really on top of it to make sure we don’t get sick, I’m always using sanitizer when I’m at work, I even have sanitizer in my purse, car and diaper bag to make sure we are never without it.

4.Limit outside time

By outside time I mean try staying home more. I typically take Milk out all the time, running errands and going to the mall to get out of the house. As of late, I’ve been doing all I can to keep her in the house as much as I can. I do have a full time job so I do take her to daycare but other than that she is home a lot. I know it can be so tough especially if you have a high energy toddler that needs to get out trust me I get it. By staying home more, you have less exposure to germs and all the sickness going around, and you won’t have to worry about your toddler touching something others have been touching or putting something in her mouth.

Now for Moms. (You don’t have to be a mom to use these tips)

1.Stay Healthy and Eat Clean

Try eliminating process foods and eat lots of fruits, veggies, and lean meats. Also, eliminate or limit junk food intake. I know it’s so tempting but it will do your body wonders and keep you healthy.

2.Drink Green Juice or Smoothies

Green juices are a great way to get your daily intake of greens, you need all the nutrients you can get to keep your immune system and body strong.You can mix it up by adding different fruits and veggies to your juice and smoothie to get so many great benefits to keep you healthy.

3.Ginger

It may not be the tastiest thing ever but it sure is effective at getting rid of bacteria and keep your immune system strong to fight off viruses, even if you are currently sick, try eating or drinking lots of ginger and it will help it go away quicker. Already this month I’ve fought off sickness twice and I have ginger to thank for that. I’ve tried drinking ginger shots or adding lots of ginger to my green juices and it does get pretty spicy but it helps to fight off any sickness so well that it’s worth it.

4.Drink lots of water

Water is the answer for almost anything. Water will not only keep you hydrated but it helps to keep you healthy and to keep your body running as it should to help fight off bacteria. Plus, water helps flush out any bacteria in your system to help prevent from getting sick.

5.Tea Tree Oil

I swear by Tea Tree oil as it’s an antibacterial and when applied topically on the body it seeps into your skin quickly to help get rid of any bacteria and to help you fight off any sickness. Last month I fought off sickness 4 times, yes that’s a lot of sickness but I fought it off by putting tea tree oil on my neck, behind my ears, on my chest and the bottoms and my feet 2-3 times a day as soon as I felt like getting sick and let me tell you within a day or 2 I felt 100% better. I’m now a firm believer in essential oils and I love how natural it is for your body too. I no longer take OTC medicine as its just tons of chemicals that hide your symptoms but don’t actually get rid of sickness.

I hope these tips are helpful if you are looking for ways to prevent you and your child from getting sick this flu season. Honestly, do all that you can as this season has been pretty scary. These tips really help my daughter and myself from getting sick,I’m not a professional but these tips are what we use to prevent from getting any sickness. Let me know in the comments if you have any tips as I would love to know. Also, let me know if you try any of my tips and how they work out for you. Thank you so much for reading this post and I’ll talk to you soon!

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Setting Goals in 2018

Hi!

I want to talk about setting goals and achieving your goals not just for 2018 but just in general. I definitely have goals I want to achieve, this is the time to do what you want to do,  whether it’s personal goals, career goals, whatever the case may be, why not achieve them? You can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do by putting your mind to it and hard work pays off. I will admit I’m one that has goals or dreams that I want to achieve and I just day dream about my dream career and how I could change my life by doing what I want to do but I never actually try or put in work to achieve these goals, I just think what if? This year I’m making a change and I will be writing my goals down and sharing them with you, if you constantly see your goals then it motivates you more to achieve them. I’m actually a private person and don’t really share my goals and what I want to achieve in life but today that will change. Now I don’t want anyone to get confused and think these are my new year’s resolutions, no these are goals I’m setting for myself that I want to achieve this year or long term goals that I will be focusing on year round. Now, let’s talk about goals!

  • To be healthier and active, focusing on me, to tone and strengthen my body and watch what I’m consuming to be healthy and strong!.
  • Being consistent and posting regularly on my blog, I want to focus more on the blog, and grow my following.
  • To be more positive and not let negativity get the best of me, I want to focus on being a happy and healthy mom for my daughter and hubby.
  • I would love the chance to collab with one of my favorite beauty brands, this a long term goal, but I will work hard to get there.
  • Start a youtube channel! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for 4 years now and I’ve never done it but this is they year!
  • Be able to work from home to spend more time with my daughter and just be able to stay home with her and live a stress free life.
  • Be able to give back to the community in some way, not sure how but also to make time to do so.
  • Be successful in my career,I love what I do know however I do want to create my own career and be my own boss

 

Now, some of you may already know that I’m a mom and I have a full time job and that I’m always exhausted, but I want to do what I can to focus on myself and my family, to take care of myself so I can work hard to achieve the goals. I think sitting down and being able to have goals written down, where you can go back and read them and constantly think about them. Let’s try a vision board together, I know it sounds cliche but why not try it out? What do you have to lose? Absolutely nothing. I’ve started this process by creating this blog and putting myself out there. This blog was once just a thought of something I’ve wanted to do and something I would constantly think and talk about and here I am, creating blog posts for you, my followers who read this blog. I just want to say thank you so much to whoever reads and follows this blog, you have no idea how much it means to me as I put time, effort and passion into these posts for each and everyone of you who reads my posts. I can’t say thank you enough as this is a goal I have achieved, it just means a lot. I would love to know your goals or any ideas or suggestions you have about goal setting and achieving goals. We are in this together, let’s do this together!

Hope this inspires you somehow or gets you thinking about your goals or anything you want to accomplish. Why must we keep day dreaming about what we want, now is the time to actually go out and get what we want! Talk yo you soon!

 

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Mom Update: Where I’ve been and Mila’s trip to the ER

Hey my loves!

I know I’ve been MIA for awhile now. If you read my posts you may know that I’m figuring out how to balance work and mom life as well as posting frequently on the blog. I recently changed work locations so I do have a longer commute, plus dropping off Mila at day care and with traffic by the time I get home I’m exhausted, to the point where all I want is sleep and household chores have been a struggle.Being a mom is a full time job in itself so I haven’t had time for anything else, if I didn’t heavily rely on coffee to get me through the day, I sure do now! While were on the subject of coffee, if you have any DIY recipes for iced coffee I would love to know!

Literally Starbucks just takes my money since I’m always on the go and this mama is on a budget. I’ve also felt just a tad unmotivated recently, like there are so many great successful blogs out there, how can I compete with that? I have so many ideas for posts and the direction I want this blog to go in, but will people really read my blog? But you know what, even through the ups and downs I have to pull myself together and just do it. I’ve been wanting to do this blog for so long and now that I’m here, there’s no way that I can give up now.

Whether only a few people read my blog or not, I do it for my supporters that enjoy my blog and that follow me and also, for myself. I always have to remember everyone starts somewhere and even though I’m not where I want to be yet, I will get there, it just takes time, so with all that being said I’ve been trying to be positive and motivate myself to be consistent with my blog.I will always let my supporters know that I appreciate them so much for reading posts or following me, you have no idea how much it means to me, thank you!

So let’s talk about Mila.

We had our first experience taking Mila to the ER, it all started when Mila woke up at night coughing a lot, so to take it back she’s had a bad cough at night for a few weeks now, plus an ear infection to top it off, so she’s been on antibiotics for that. I thought it was just a cough, but she threw up, and continued to throw up all night long. As a new mom, I always call the dr because you just never know, and us moms worry about our babies,I called like multiple times, she wasn’t keeping anything down even pedialyte. She was in pain and barely got any sleep so around 2 am I decided it was best to take her to the ER because she couldn’t keep anything down and I was worried about her getting dehydrated.

We were there probably a good 3 hours, and with hardly any sleep it was a little rough but we got through it. As we still aren’t 100% sure why she was getting so sick to her stomach, maybe food poisoning who knows but the good news is that they gave her medicine for nausea and ever since she was able to sleep and hasn’t gotten sick since. We didn’t get much sleep so she’s been taking frequent naps and her stomach is still a little sensitive but she’s a strong girl and is doing much better now. As a parent it can definitely be scary seeing your baby in pain or sick especially when there’s not much you can do, but moms will do anything they can for their little ones. I’m so thankful that she is ok and doing better. Any moms out there have any experiences or trips to the ER? Share your stories in the comments.

Talk to you soon!

 

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Mila’s Bow Haul

 

Hey Mamas! P.s. Don’t mind the baby hand, this is the best pic I could get lol! Since lately my posts have been more about beauty, I wanted to talk more about #Momstuff! As you may or may not know I am a mama to my beautiful daughter Mila. She’s 1 about 15 months old, since she’s been born I’ve always loved putting bows on her, right now she’s at that stage where she does take them off occasionally but there are so many Etsy shops that make the cutest bows ever and I just can’t resist. If any mamas have girls you know how fun it is to dress your girl in cute clothes and bows,I’ve been buying bows for Mila over the past few months so I wanted to share the bows I picked out for her.

Most of her bows I do buy on Etsy, I used to shop for bows at Babies r us and Buy Buy Baby but I feel like now that Mila is bigger they just don’t fit her, those bows are more for infants. I love that I can support a small business by shopping on Etsy, and find one of a kind bows that are handmade. My tip is to follow an Etsy shop on Instagram and especially around holidays they offer discounts or even free shipping to get the best deal when shopping for bows. Another tip I have is if you have a boy, you can turn bows into bowties for your little boy, and it’s such a cute idea. My fav shops and sites to shop for baby bows are:

 

My biggest reason why I love these bows from my fav shops are because of the stretch, they all carry bows that either come on or are made of nylon which has an amazing stretch, which not only will last a long time but it doesn’t leave marks or indents on my daughter’s head like some other bows do, the plus side is that they have really cute prints and are one of a kind.All my mamas out there or even if you know someone who has a baby be sure to check out these sites and Etsy shops, check them out on Instagram, you’ll be pleased with the quality and the cuteness of these bows.I’m so excited that fall is right around the corner, can’t wait to put these gorgeous bows on my babe!

Talk to you soon my loves!

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Life Update

Hey all!

So I’ve totally been slacking on my posting. I’m still getting used to a routine and trying to find time to post. I wish there were more hours in a day but since thats not the case, I’m trying to figure out ways to make time for my posts. As some maybe not all of you may know I am a full time working mama,I’ve been focusing on growing in my position at work as well as being a mom, taking care of my 1 year old daughter and trying to focus on my blog and posting more. I’ve also been sick I guess you can say for about a week, well I’ve been trying to fight either a cold or virus not too sure what it is, still not feeling well but trying to recover.

Even with body aches and tiredness I have the urge to make a few posts and to clean and organize the house, I guess I’m short of feeling better. I just want my followers or anyone who reads or even just looks at my blog, thank you so much for taking the time too read and/or like my blog. It’s been a dream of mine to start this blog and share things with all of you. I love that I have this blog to talk about anything,I do have specific topics that I do talk about but I don’t want this to be a traditional blog, I want to be able to share more than those topics with you all whether its about life or anything else.

I’m so grateful that I have some of you that follow my blogs, it doesn’t matter how many followers I have along as I’m able to post for you that’s what matters to me. Hopefully I’ll have energy later to post more for you but in the mean time I’ll be resting trying to get better. I do apologize that I don’t post too often or have a schedule as blogging is still new to me and I will figure out what works best for me to continue to produce lots of posts. I know my photos and posts aren’t perfect like you see on other blogs or Instagram but I’m learning and researching new ways to improve my photos, but so far I’m so glad and thankful you all enjoy it. Thank you!

 

Talk to you soon!

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Traveling with Baby PT.2

Heyyy all!

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a few days, Mila and I went on a mini vacation over the weekend, and we just wanted to relax and take time off.  We went to Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo for a few days, it was so nice to get out of the heat. Check out my Instagram to see how beautiful it was by the ocean, info is on my homepage.

Now lets talk about how I traveled with baby and what I packed for her. First off, it was a 5 hour drive to get there, she did ok of course she was fussy plus she’s been teething so I’m sure you moms know how that is. I made sure for the car ride she had a few toys to entertain her, plus her favorite blankie to make sure she was as comfortable as possible. Here are my top items that were a must to bring with us traveling:

  1. Stroller– We use the Baby Trend jogging stroller, it makes it so easy to get around.
  2. Sippy cups– Yassss! Sippy cups arte a must when traveling, we use the Nuby 12m+ with the flexible straw. I also, brought a pack of disposable sippys just in case which worked out great! I purchased both at my local Target.
  3. Portable Place mat– It’s perfect for going out to eat and putting baby’s food on their instead of on top of the table or a plate (which can easily be thrown) its portable and perfect for traveling and take sup no space in her diaper bag.
  4. Backpack diaper bag– It was perfect and big enough to store everything she needs from diapers and wipes to extra clothes even my stuff. The brand we have is from carters and I bought it at Buy Buy Baby. FYI love that place!
  5. Lots of Snacks– I made sure to bring lots of snacks from her Happy Tot puffs, granola bars, cereal to fruit pouches and water. Us moms have to make sure to always have snacks on deck especially when out and about with baby.
  6. Sippy cup holder strap– I know it sounds weird but it’s a strap that attaches to the stroller on one end and grips the sappy cup on the other end. Mila loves to constantly throw things especially her sippy cup, I found it at Buy Buy Baby for like $7 but its totally worth it, I don’t have to worry about mile throwing her sip cup and getting it dirty.

I wasn’t sure what the weather would be like but it was pretty nice a little chilly, so I packed her bomber jacket and some sweaters and sweat pants, as well as a few onesies and rompers just in case and it worked out perfectly. Also, since Mila loves to walk around I brought her moccasins and they are so easy and convenient and super cute too. I really love having moccs for her, they’re so easy to slip on and go, they’re a must for babies, I get mine online from Monkey Feet.

Those were my baby travel must haves, let me know if you have any suggestions or products that make it easier to travel with baby, I love trying new products for Mila so I would love to hear your suggestions.

Talk to you soon!

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Traveling with Baby

Good morning!

So next weekend my daughter and I are going on a family girl’s trip with my mom and sis to SLO. I have traveled with her in the past when she was like 4 months old but I’m sure it’ll be different this time now that’s she’s 1. I’ve already started to think about what I need to take, how much I should pack, what the weather will be like. It can definitely be a little overwhelming.Once I start packing next week, I will post a packing guide for traveling with baby. As of right now I’m doing some research to see what she really needs so I don’t go crazy and pack up our house for a 3 day trip.

I seriously can’t wait for our upcoming trip, of course it will be a lot of work being out all day with a 1 year old, but it’s so much needed, since my life consists of working full time, and coming home to take care of my family and the house. Especially since I don’t travel much or take much time off for family stuff. If any moms out there have an suggestions for traveling with your babes or any recommendations on places to see or things to do in SLO, please let me know!

 

Talk to you later!