Momma of Dos

Saturday, September 20, 2014

::The BoxTrolls:: September 26th #losboxtrolls #ad

{::Momma of Dos:: This is not a compensated post. Informational Only.}



The days here in Houston have been rainy so today we have a post that will help you deal with rainy day blues!

It will also get your kids ready to watch the new sure to be hit movie, The BoxTrolls! My son is so excited for this movie, he watches the clips every time he can on YouTube!!!

This month is his birthday month so we promised to take him next week when it comes out, he is looking forward to it!! So, when I printed these fun activity sheets out he was eager to work on them. You too can download fun new posters, activity sheets and watch clips of the upcoming movie by visiting: http://www.theboxtrolls.com/











::Information provided by http://www.terryhines.com/ ::

THE BOXTROLLS, the family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman”, has debuted a behind the scenes look at the magic behind the creation of THE BOXTROLLS! THE BOXTROLLS, in theaters on September 26th,  tells the story of a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs. THE BOXTROLLS features the voices of Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Tracy Morgan.


“Nature of Creation” Featurette — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYFNsXlbVto&feature=youtu.be


THE BOXTROLLS releases in theaters on September 26!

A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Un evento cinematográfico para toda la familia de los creadores de “Coraline” y “ParaNorman”, que le presenta a las audiencias a un nuevo tipo de familia: los Boxtrolls, una comunidad de criaturas estrafalarias y traviesas que han criado con amor a un niño humano huérfano llamado Eggs (con la voz de Isaac Hempstead-Wright) en la asombrosa casa cavernosa que han construido debajo de las calles de Cheesebridge. Cuando el villano del pueblo, Archibald Snatcher (el ganador del Premio de la Academia Ben Kingsley), propone un plan para eliminar a losBoxtrolls, Eggs decide aventurarse a la superficie, “para encontrar la luz”, y allí conoce y se hace amigo de la fabulosamente enérgica Winnie (Elle Fanning). Juntos, conciben un osado plan para salvar a la familia de Eggs.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stay Healthy and Be Fit #MolinaHealthcare #ad #client

::Momma Disclosure:: { The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.  I am  also not a healthcare professional, the statements below are simply from experience and may not work for everyone, some people may require a medical doctors opinion before beginning a new fitness regimen. }





It happens to the best of us! 

We get on a health binge and then slowly start to fall off the wagon. It's normal, we have busy lives filled with work, children, bosses, and well everyday life situations. As a Momma it's never easy to stick to one routine or a routine at all. Most my days no matter how organized and scheduled I want to be are thrown off with just about anything. 

In the last few months, sadly, I am one of those people that not only fell of the wagon but jumped off and ran! I know. Shame. Thankfully, I have learned the ways to get back to on track and help me fight the lazies I have been feeling lately. 

It's so important to have the support of your family, so if you are married and/or have kids make sure you announce it to them. That you will be starting a new health routine and you want everyone to help and stick to it. It helps to know you are not alone. 


 1. Create a weekly meal plan; there are so many websites out there with great everyday easy meals, Molina Healthcare provides great expert advice and tips for eating healthy and staying fit. It's a great quick reference. I then make my shopping lists based on the ideas that I find. And, then plan out my weekly meals. It helps SO much! 

2. Have plenty of healthy snacks; One of the things that I know about myself is that if I don't bring good healthy snacks I will turn to the vending machine. We have another snack room but the food there is so expensive. So, I buy things like cheese sticks, yogurt, and fruits like bananas or apples. It is a sure way for me to stay away from junk food or spending too much on expensive snacks that I can buy for cheaper at the grocery store. A great place for ideas is Molina Healthcare .

3. Drink a lot of water; A lot! It helps you feel full and is so good for detox! I hear so many different recommendations. Drinking half your weight or a gallon a day or 8 glasses a day, or twice that amount if you are super active. I do as much as I can and I set a goal for myself. 4 bottles in an 8 hour work day and 2 after work. Something simple I know I will be able to keep up with. 

4. Workout for at least 30 minutes a day; Hard I know. But, start slow. When I have to get back in shape I start with a 30 minute walk. Again I give myself a goal, small one, and go from there. I for example calculate that 30 minutes is a few blocks down from my house and a lap around the trail and back home. I then build on that or start thinking of it in mileage. I was up to 5 miles a or more a day. A great way to keep track of this and be motivated is by using a step-counter. There are so many. I used a simple $20.00 one from the nearest grocery store.  Unitl I threw it in the washer one too many times.  Start small and go big! 

5. Keep a photo journal for motivation; YES, PHOTOS. I take them with my cell phone and then refer to them when I want to see progress or in my case now, when I want to get back on track. What you look like impacts how you feel. I know that if I think I look good in pictures, I feel amazing. Trust me, it's hard. I don't want to look at most my pictures but when I do it helps me be reminded of where I started and how far I have gone. 




6. Create a support group; In my case I created a small FB group where I added ladies who were also trying to be healthy and stay fit. It has REALLY helped, those ladies are amazing. Most of them are Momma's themselves and they have the best advice and supportive words! We are in it together and it makes me feel like I am not alone in this journey and like I can ask for motivation when needed. It doesn't have to be on FB it can be a friend, a cousin, a Sister, a neighbor; anyone you feel comfortable sharing with and who you know will keep you accountable. That is so important! 

7. Accountability partner; I have one or two friends who I email or text daily. It is so important to have that 1 person who is truly supporting you and wants to see you succeed. They will push you when you are not feeling motivated and they will remind you that you don't have to give up. It's such a great way to move forward on days when you just can't. Feeling accountable to that person will be motivation in itself, personally I don't want to disappoint my friends so I try to complete those tasks that I say I will do! Of course this should not be a stressful situation and that person should be positive and supportive anything is just not worth it. 

8. Set goals; write it down, I am a very visual person so I have to have things written down. I am a sort of a list maker. Start small,like I will walk 30 minutes this week, drink more water and cut out fries. Then check your goals monthly, are you reaching your weekly goals and which can you increase and how can you surpass your previous goals. You can make lists cross off items and make new lists with bigger and better goals. BUT, don't worry if you don't reach all your goals in a week or a month, fitness is a constant job. Be fit and staying healthy is an every day one step at a time kind of lifestyle. You should be ready on every level; mentally, physically and emotionally. 

9. Have fun! I always say...it's not that serious. Whatever your "it" maybe, it really isn't. Working out should not be a chore and if you no longer enjoy it that you should take a break. Doing something you really like as part of your work out is important, it will keep you motivated and easier to make this a good happy time. You don't want to burn yourself out though, having a varied routine that YOU like is important. There should be a good balance that you agree upon and want to do! 

10. Make some time to relax and rest; it's so important. I often forget to rest and just relax and become so involved in doing that I end up stressing out about having to workout.  You should want to work out and if you feel like you need a break then take one. You know your body better than anyone. You don't want to cause yourself harm and you want to be in full balance of body, mind and spirit. Otherwise you will not be engaged long and it will result in frustrating ups and downs. So, make sure you schedule some down time into your schedule and follow through with it. 

As mentioned before, this process is an everyday job. You must work on it everyday. And, if you fall off track well simply start over! No biggie. No one has a set timeline for you and you will know when and how to start. 




Thursday, September 18, 2014

::My 5 year Old Son:: Santi's Birthday Letter

On September 16th...5 years ago after about 24 hours of awesomely painful labor my life created a full circle. Our Son was born. This is his yearly birthday letter. {for more on Santi's Birth-story click ::HERE::}




My Beautiful Baby Santiago,

On this day, I love you, I cherish you and I am so thankful for you. I cannot believe that you are 5 years old, it was only yesterday that you were a tiny chubby baby cuddled into my arms in a hospital bed. Your tiny heart beating with mine, your tiny hands and feet so soft and precious. You were a baby.

Today, you are a handsome little, eye rolling, back talking 5 year old with so much attitude. Talk about a personality. None of this is meant out of ill feelings; you are only 5 and still learning your ways, and yes you are a little stubborn. A little spoiled. And, know very well what you want.

But you know what? We love that about you.

You don't allow anyone to push you around or tell you what to do but you are also respectful and kind when needed. If you do feel pushed around you are quick to let us know that we are being "mean" or your new word, being "bullies". 

You are smart and imaginative. Creative and a story teller. You love to dress up in anything "Mexican" like your GranPa Chuy's black sombrero and anything "Super-Pee-Row" related.

You know your Bible stories and can tell them to us in one breath and as if they all happened at once. You pray for us all every morning, especially for GranPa Chuy and his missing teeth. {sorry but they are still missing}. Your prayers are usually so thought-filled and genuine, always far more than I except. 

When you want to be, you are the absolute best older Brother, protecting and caring for your "Sis-der". She loves you so much. To her you are the best in the world, no matter what.



You are my warrior, my strength, my courage. You live life on the edge, as much as  a 5 year old can. You live life to the fullest. It's contagious. We admire that about you. You never have a bad day and even when you do, you manage to turn it around or simply fall asleep.

You are full of energy and light. Your heart is pure and growing healthy and strong. You have no real fears, except for cockroaches. Those you hate.

You are playing soccer {or "staulker" as you call it} this year and even though on most days you claim to be "scared" of it only because you want to rush home to your I-Pad {which is really mine} to watch YouTube videos! But, no matter what you end up giving it your all and loving it every time we go to practice. You are like this about most things...all or nothing. 

Some days you are all about the "feelings" and everything we say causes you to cry, other days you have the attitude of a teenager. As your parents we are learning with you. How to care for you, how to love you and how to be there for you. You are at times more patient than us. 

You love pizza like the Ninja Turtles. Right now you want to go see the Boxtrolls even though no other kid your age or adult knows what that is! You love watching cartoons and playing with ALL your toys at once. Yes, fun times, our house looks like a toy store blew up, every.single.day.

You have a great imagination and can create a whole war in a matter of minutes on the living room floor or play a businessman who has very important work to do and just cannot be bothered.

You have a pretty awesome life, and so many people love you. I hope that you never forget that. I pray that you can appreciate those people who are in your life and who have been there for us from day one. 

One of your favorite people in this world is your cousin, Olin. You love to dance and your "body just moves on it's own", especially when the telenovela theme songs come on. Your dance moves, well they are pretty awesome and I think.....you get it from yo'momma! 

You are amazing. You are beautiful and you are and will forever be our baby. Until you get too old and have to move out of the house..just sayin'... 

Happy Birthday!!!! 

We love you more than words.

Momma, Daddy, & Cami




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

::Quinceañera:: #txlatinoblog #hhm14

{This blog post was created in collaboration with Texas Latino Bloggers ‪#‎txlatinoblog‬ for Hispanic Heritage Month you can also follow our Photo a day Challenge on Instagram  http://instagram.com/txlatinoblog‪#‎photoadayhhm14‬http://www.texaslatinobloggers.com/}



Ever since I was a little girl I remember dreaming of my Quince. I was very blessed to have this traditional celebration that these days can be lost with new generations. It doesn't have to be an expensive or as extravagant of an event as it is now, something that simply honors the tradition works just fine. I personally love the traditional and cultural value that it holds. It's a tradition that I hope one day my daughter wants to celebrate. 



Ever since both my children were born I have attempted to instill in them our Mexican {American} culture and heritage as well as traditions and customs. Not just so that we know we are Mexican and that yes we are very different from most, but so that they can learn the meaning behind these traditions and why they are special to us. 

As a Quinceañera I remember wanting to be a respectful representation of my family and values. My dress was very modest and I opted for a very traditional celebration. My cousins were the chambelanes and I danced "el vals" tradicional. I also had the traditional "ultima muñeca" gift and dance, which signifies the going from childhood to young adulthood. My religious ceremony honored my faith, my family and my life to come. It was followed by a night of fun, friends, food and dancing! 

These days many girls opt for the more modern Sweet 16th, I believe either is a great way to continue the traditions and customs of our roots and growing heritage.  I want my daughter {and my son} to embrace the good of both of our cultures and be able to understand as well as appreciate them both. 

Being a Mexican {American} comes with many lessons to learn and different worlds that should be combined in order to grow as individuals and love where we come from. As my children grow I will continue to teach them about Mexican traditions, their roots and hope that they can be proud to be who they are! I also hope that they will want to continue in these traditions of not only our families but our language and Mexican rooted lives. 

Being Mexican and being able to have grown up with such great and memory making traditions have made me who I am today, and I love it! 

Funny enough; my children are now at that age where they are understanding and questioning their surroundings. We recently went to a family Quince and my daughter was taking it all in and LOVED it. Both my kids wanted a picture with the "Queen". This kind of celebration has also turned into a great opportunity to see family and friends we wouldn't otherwise see. Which allows us to slow down, embrace life and create new memories and traditions. 





   

Monday, September 15, 2014

:: 4th Annual Total Beauty Expo:: GIVEAWAY!!!

Every once in a while you meet amazing women who support you and on are on a similar mission as yours. This happened last month when I attended the Woman 2 Woman Empowerment Conference. Event organizer and so many of the attendees just opened their arms, hearts and lives to me and are really making an impact in my life. Since in that instance I was sponsored to attend, I now want to pay it forward and give some of my readers the opportunity to attend their next event.





        I have not 1 but 3 tickets to giveaway for their upcoming Total Beauty Expo in October
                                 


                                                       4th Annual Total Beauty Expo
                                             October 25th from 1-6pm (VIP 12-6pm)
                                                CWA Local 6222 Banquet Hall 

                                                                 Houston Texas

                               They have so many great features: 
                                                          A Pink Shoe Contest
                                                             Fashion Show
                                                               Workshops! 
                                                         and so much more.... 

                               



Fall TV Shows ::Momma Approved::


I don't know about you but I get really excited about new TV shows or returning seasons of my favorite ones. Then I remember that I have two toddlers who will never let me watch them. But, this Fall I have a few MUST see shows that I don't want to miss! 

I don't care what anyone says..a Momma can dream no? 

And, yes I know, maybe I will fall off the bandwagon but here we go! 

::Monday & Tuesday::

THE VOICE.  RETURNS SEPT 22-at 8/7 p.m. 

For obvious reasons. Pharell. Adam. Gwen. & Blake. Need I say more! I love this show. I love the stories. I love the music. I love it. All. 






::Wednesday::

Black-ish. SERIES PREMIERE WED SEPT 24 9:30/8:30 p.m.
  
I love Tracee Ross, she was hilarious in Girlfriends and I also love shows that could possibly reach levels of classics like "The Cosby Show" or "Good Times" but with a new age twist on them. 




::Thursday::

How to get Away with Murder.  SERIES PREMIERE THU SEPT 25 10/9 p.m. 

I love the suspense that will come with this one. It reminds me of "House M.D." but with Lawyers. Just seems like it will keep you on the edge of your seat!   




::Friday:: 

CristelaSERIES PREMIERE FRI OCT 10 8:30/7:30 p.m.




DUH! Because I have hope for all shows that portray Mexican-American's in a humorous manner. If we can't laugh at ourselves, well then it's no fun!  








       {Photo Credit~All pictures and video clips are originals of ABC & NBC websites}

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

::Family Night:: #porsiemprenaranja

::Momma Disclosure:: { This is not a compensated post. I received complimentary tickets for the special Houston Dynamo VIP event and a family 4-pack for a giveaway in collaboration with Lopez Negrete Communications  and Houston Dynamo. All opinions and statements expressed below are my own and true and honest. }

My son was finally accepted in the local toddler soccer league  this season. As a 4 almost 5 year old boy his focus is really not all there. Let's just say he doesn't exactly play soccer just yet. When I was invited to attend the Houston Dynamo special event and home game I thought; "What a better way to teach my son soccer then showing him soccer, other than on T.V.!" Como quien dice, en Vivo y a todo Color! My Hubby is also a huge, did I say huge? I meant ginormous soccer fan. Especially, yes his Mexico team. So, this would be an ideal family night for this Momma and her boys. {My Daughter went to a birthday party with her GranMa Chelo}



So last Saturday we headed out to downtown Houston to the BBVA Compass Stadium to enjoy an afternoon of soccer! We also had the opportunity to be on the field during the teams warm-up, and see some  of the newest Dynamo players. The Houston Dynamo faced the Montreal Impact it was great for our little man to have this experience especially this month, it's his Birthday month so I am glad we got to share this with him.




The night was also filled with great company from fellow bloggers; such as Alba of Independent Mami. The experience began with a walk into the Dynamo Media room. Where Coach Tim Hanley gave us a sneak peak of what was to come that night and answered some of the fan questions, something that is done regularly with Season ticket holders. We then walked out onto the field  for an up close look at the teams warm-up! 

After warm-up was done we headed back to our seats. The night was warm and we enjoyed drinks and hot-dogs like most other sporting event goers. But, without a doubt as soon as the first goal was scored my Son's excitement peaked! El Batallion had us dancing in our seats and singing some classics such as como te voy a olvidar from the Angeles Azules. Seeing my Son's face as he experienced "stocker" {as he calls it} first hand was awesome! No matter how much sweat came off my face I enjoyed it. 





The evening was fun and had so many great highlights including the Dynamo winning 3-1. The orange haze filled the night and the celebrations brought on fireworks, dancing and cheering!  It was a fun family friendly activity that I would not mind doing again.




We also had the opportunity to meet the Houston Dynamo players after the game but we had to leave early and didn't get to experience that part of the event. You though can find more information on their newest players and entire team online:

Website: www.houstondynamo.com  
To purchase ticketswww.houstondynamo.com/tickets
         Houston Dynamo History: www.houstondynamo.com/schedule/history
             Houston Dynamo Social Media:
Twitter: @HoustonDynamo
Instagram: Houstondynamo

                Hashtags for Houston Dynamo:
#ForeverOrange
#porsimprenaranja

 

Player Bios:


ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN FAMILY 4 PACK FOR TO WATCH THE DYNAMO IN ACTION!!!! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

::Momma Fitness:: #sweattour2014

If you know me you that when I say I am going to do something, I usually do it. Saturday morning I was determined to go out and not only meet but exercise with one of my Instagram Fitness hero's the beautifully inspiring Estelle Archer who is out and about promoting her Sweat Tour 2014

Last year I set out on a weight loss and fitness goal that sadly I dropped around April of this year due to a fall and bad knee injury. I also experienced a pinched nerve in my right leg after only a couple of day of cross-fit. So, I have gained some weight back thankfully not all of my 17 Lbs that I lost over the course of the year.  Needless to say getting up this past Saturday was not fun. I struggled and almost didn't go. But, I pushed myself out of bed and out of the house and into Southwest Houston to the Lady of Essence fitness studio where I regained my motivation and inspiration to keep on and never give up. 

I am so glad I went that morning. 

Fitness, being healthy, staying fit, being strong and loosing weight is not easy. Ever. At least not for me. I make tons of great excuses. My kids. My job. My blog. My Husband. And I stop. Then you meet ladies like Estelle. And, your perspective changes. If you don't know her story I advise you to look her up and get to know her story, her struggle and her journey.



When you work out with her the passion, the happiness, the strength, her smile is all not only visible but contagious. Her patients with herself and her ever changing body is evident. She not only worked out with us and gave us a fabulous butt kicking but she also took the time to take pictures with us and then sat down and shared her tips, her life and her heart with a crowed filled with  women waiting to be motivated to reach that next level and to realize that they are not alone.

She did mention that she doesn't use any name brand substances to help her loose the weight and advises that if you do, you make sure you know what's in them. They are usually not "all natural" and will not be long lasting but instead temporary. All of which with I agree.   

I met a Momma who drove almost 2 hours with her two young daughters to share this fitness moment with them. She really inspired me to workout with my children and make them a part of this fitness world. It's contagious the lives that Estelle is reaching and changing one work out at a time and one city, state and heart at a time. 

Estelle not only traveled many miles to Houston to work out and inspire but she also teamed up with an amazing group of ladies here in Houston who provided the venue for our workout session. The ladies of Lady of Essence check out their website to see their great fitness programs and be locally inspired to be FIT and MOVE! In the Southwest area of Houston right off of the beltway and Bellaire sits this powerhouse fitness studio you do not want to miss!




Monday, September 8, 2014

Me Time ::Massage Envy:: #ad #client


::Momma Disclosure:: { This is not a compensated post. I received a complimentary massage and a gift card for a giveaway in collaboration with TrizCom & Massage Envy . The opinions expressed are my own. }




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::My Experience at Massage Envy::

There is always that one thing that was missing from your life, that you didn't know you were missing, until you find it. Confusing enough? 

Friday, I was treated to the most amazing me time. A full body 45 minute massage. ::heavens opened up:: and I had my "where have you been all my life!" moment! 

I drove up to Massage Envy in Copperfield here in Houston with really not knowing what to except but from the moment I arrived, a smiley happy face greeted me. Made me feel very comfortable and at peace. After I completed a short assessment page of why I was there the attendant further explained the process and went over why I was there. I really wanted to feel relaxed as most toddler Momma's would agree, we deserve it. I wanted to feel serene it had been a stressful week; working 40 plus hours outside the home, Soccer practice with my son and trying to be very consistent with my blog creates some stress.



I wanted to be relaxed and feel some serenity. Easy enough. After my initial assessment, I was taken into this awesomely low lit peace filled room. The aromas, the sounds, the big comfy couches and oh yeah no screaming toddlers, I could of fallen asleep for 45 minutes and that would have made my day alone. But, then I was introduced to my therapist. She was very nice and then took me back to the massage area where she once more went over the plan and areas that needed work. 

The next 45 minutes are a blur. Kidding. She was amazing. I immediately felt relaxed even though she had to tell me a couple of times to relax. I am not used to the quiet and peacefulness that I was experiencing but let me tell you if you have no ever had a massage I recommend you getting one. Now. Today. It will change you and what you think being relaxed is.  

After my session, my therapist advised me on drinking plenty of water that day {and everyday}  and was to regain the relaxation during the day. The best thing is to take plenty of breaks, stepping away from your desk and taking 3 truly deep breaths to help bring back oxygen into your body! Just sit in that moment and clear your mind. The concept seems simple enough but how often do we really do it. 

My therapist also gave a recommendation of frequency to continue having these sessions. I don't know if my Hubby will agree but I totally do! ::insert BIG HUGE smile here:: 

What about you? When will you make some me time and try Massage Envy??

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

::Turkey Tacos:: #miercolesdefoodie

One of my favorite dinners is taco night. For obvious reasons. It's perfect for busy nights, it's an easy, DIY, dinner. I simply create a filling and layout all the toppings. The combinations are endless. Our family loves this dinner and we make them often. 

Last night I made a spicy turkey taco filling. It was fast and easy to prepare. 



::I used the following::

  • Ground Turkey about 1lbs. 
  • Canned corn
  • 1 Medium tomatoe
  • 1/4 of a white Onion
  • 1 large Jalapeño 
::I did the following::

  1. I diced {or chopped into big chunks}all my veggies and drained the canned corn. 
  2. I seasoned my met with garlic salt and black pepper and a little of Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper. {season to taste}
  3. I then added some Olive Oil to my frying pan and waiting for it to heat on medium. 
  4. I added my defrosted Turkey Meat, when it was half cooked I added all my veggies and corn.  I added a bit more seasoning while it was browning. I let it cook on high for about 10 minutes and then cook on medium for about 15 minutes. 

Once my turkey meat is fully cooked and browned and my veggies are tender, it's done!


::Usually our toppings are::
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Salsa {homemade or canned}
  • Lettuce
And, really anything that you want! 

::Last night my toppings were::
  • Avocado
  • Sour Cream 
  • & Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Taco Night success! 

I also used the leftover meat for my lunch today...nachos which you can find on my Instagram

What about you? What is your favorite dinner night for your family?!





Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day ::Weekend Snapshots::

My good friend Ari from 3Twentysix does a weekend snapshots on her blog every week. I kind of stole her idea this week; except my snapshots are not at fancy at hers...but I tried.

Here goes.

Most our weekends look pretty much the same if you follow us on Instagram you would know. We try to have fun, we eat well...very well and love our little crazy life. We try to make up for lost time during our busy week that is filled with work, school and more work. My kids LOVE being home but also never mind being out and about.

I personally love being home. It's rare but when we are home, we relax and have fun. My kids are free to play and explore and be themselves. I love it and so do they. We do though get out some days because too many days in a house with two toddlers and two parents makes for some clashing and fit throwing... mostly by the overwhelmed Momma. But, we try to keep it happy and sane for the most part!

This weekend...like many others...

We did a little of this:



A little of this:



AND, of course a lot of this!!




What about you? What did you do labor day weekend? We will look forward to hearing about your weekend and seeing your fun weekend pictures!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hola Septiembre! #mommaofdos

People say I am a dreamer... oh yeah and a little crazy and ambitious too.

I am.
 


And, like August, September has so much meaning. In 2004 it was a difficult eye opening month for our family. It was never ending and hopeless we almost lost my father to addiction a situation my family doesn't take lightly. Our story was written, our lives were changed....then 5 years later a complete 360. Hope, faith, life, rebirth. My son was born {Sept. 16th}, he was the light, the tie, the sign of good that we all needed. And, my father, like everyone else...fighting to live life once again, taking charge of his life and regaining his family.



Not only is September my Son's birth month, it's also the month that was honored with my Momma's birth {Sept.26th}. That same woman that experienced life in the most painful way and today is the only reason why I never, ever, EVER give-up. Her and my son are part of my motivation. My inspiration. My reason. My faith. My life.




It's also Hispanic Heritage month, AJUAH!!!!  {September 15th-October 15}




And, {September 16th} Mexico's Independence Day!!! AJUAH!!!!

Every month since May I have told myself, I am going to take a break but I only take on more projects and more collaborations. And, I am tired but you know what I wouldn't have it any other way! I don't know where this road is leading me to but I am running it and I can't give up now.... or ever...

My Momma always says.... "Si vas a hacer algo, hazlo bien!" Which is probably why I never give-up on my dream for this little here blog, which is why I believe in being consistent and finding time for my priorities!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

::Cantinflas, La Pelicula:: #Cantinflas


::Momma of Dos:: { This is not a compensated post. I received a free ticket to the press screening of Cantinflas and an invitation to interview Oscar Jaenada in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions expressed are my own. }



Cuando era niña me acuerdo que lo que nos mantenía apegados a mi Abuelita era su amor por el cine Mexicano. Ella se sabe todas las películas del cine Mexicano y Americano de los años 30 y 40. Su conocimiento del cine Mexicano es algo que siempre ha compartido con nosotros. Por eso cuando me invitaron a ver la primicia de la película de Cantinflas, no espere y me apunte!

Al igual que muchas familias mexicanas,  Cantinflas era y es un nombre reconocido y muy querido en nuestra casa. Su historia como comediante y actor en México al igual que sus películas son inigualables. La pelicula  nos da más detalles sobre la vida privada de la estrella querida de México. Tambien nos muestra cómo fue el  inicio de Mario Moreno al cine México y el talento que se encontraba en el estilo de entretenimiento de "las carpas" en los años 30 en la ciudad de México.
 
No cabe duda que el personaje de Cantinflas fue unico y alguien especial para Mario Moreno quien nacio muy humilde y crecio el Tepito.

Su trayectoria fue admirable, claro que en su vida personal tuvo tropiezos pero a pesar de todo era humano. Su sencillez y manera tan inconfundible de hacer reír y entretener con sus "Cantinfladas" es lo que más se recuerda ahora. El actor Oscar Jaenada ha capturado la esencia del fallecido actor y su personaje tan querido en la película nueva, Cantinflas the Movie. Su parecido físico a Mario Moreno es algo que hace que Cantinflas vuelva a la vida.

Lo que me encanto también fue que la película tiene muchos actores populares y grandes del cine Mexicano como Rafa Amaya, Barbara Mori, Otto Sirgo, Joaquín Cosio y muchos más. Al igual que otros comediantes de México como Adal Ramones. Es un orgullo como mexicana que estos personajes sean introducidos al cine Americano. Porque al igual que en la vida real de Cantinflas; yo pienso que Hollywood subestima a los actores increíblemente talentosos que se desarrollan en la Cinematografía de México.

El actor Oscar Jaenda interpreto de maravilla a Mario Moreno. Y yo creo que con esta película se ha brindado un lindo homenaje al el gran actor, improvisaste y comediante que era Mario Moreno “Cantinflas”. La película muestra el lado humano del actor quien se sucumbió a las tentaciones del mundo de los artistas y quien sufrió en sus relaciones personales y matrimonió. Fue antes que nada humanosiempre puede haber tenido éxitos también hubo fracasos en su vida.

La película demuestra que hubo una falta de credibilidad y apoyo en Hollywood, quizás todavía la hay para artistas Mexicanos. Su poca fe en él como un actor "Mexicano" y querer menospreciarlo y darle papeles insignificantes cuando él muy bien podría tomar el papel principal en cualquier película. Y fue así en la película de Around the World in 80 Days, por la cual Cantinflas gano un Golden Globe.

Aparte de poder ver la película tuve la oportunidad de entrevistar a el Actor Oscar Jaenada aquí en Houston en la sala de conferencias del hermoso Hotel Granduca. Aqui estan algunas de las preguntas que le hice sobre la película y los obstáculos que tuvo para completar este proyecto de ser Cantinflas:









Yo: Cual fue el reto más grande que tuviste al aprender a ser "Cantinflas"?

Oscar Jaenada: Bueno lo más difícil para mí no fue mucho Cantinflas si no Mario Moreno. Ser Cantinflas fue ver películas, contrate a una instructora de baile, aprendí a imitar/colocar su voz.... era trabajo, disciplina....para mí el reto fue encontrar a Mario Moreno, porque sobre Mario Moreno "la persona" había muy poco. Fue buscar entrevistas y documentos y hablar con personas quien podían darme información sobre el... eso fue mi reto.


Lily: Que te dejo Mario Moreno y Cantinflas en lo personal?

Oscar Jaenada: En varias entrevistas que encontré de Mario Moreno le preguntaban quién es Cantinflas?... y él decía….."México". Yo creo que eso es lo que me dejo esta experiencia yo me llevo a México! Yo vaya me siento Mexicano por haber podido interpretar a Cantinflas.


Yo: Con quien te identificas más con Mario Moreno o con Cantinflas?

Oscar Jaenada: Solo una vez e tendió que interpretar a un actor antes de ahora, y es una cosa maravillosa porque estás hablando de tu misa profesión, de tu mismo estilo de vida, de tu misma dirección! En el caso de Mario Moreno me pasa lo mismo, conocer al artista, tenía mucha atracción aprender sobre el actor y sobre su personaje que mantuvo durante tanto tiempo… y fue impresionante su calidad que tenía como actor!


Lily: En algún momento tuviste miedo de no poder personificar a Cantinflas a nivel de quién era el?

Osacar Jaenada: La seguridad absoluta no la tienes pero la confianza en sí mismo sí. Tenía experiencia y confianza pero fue un poco más difícil porque fueron dos personajes fue un reto, nunca dude que lo podía hacer y que iba a poner todo de mi parte, y cuando uno pone todo de su parte raramente te puede salir mal.




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