My First Blogger’s Conference… Blogalicious ’12, here I come!!!!

I am so excited to be going to my first blogger's conference. In just a few days, I will be surrounded by a few hundred women- all of them bloggers! I look forward to learning so much more than I currently know about blogging… I know I have a lot to learn. This conference is going to help me in so many ways. First off, I am uber shy!! Extremely shy… so just going to this is a big deal… totally stepping out of my comfort zone. But you know what? I'm ready, I'm ready to spread my wings and fly… or at least attempt to! 

I have gotten to know many of the ladies that will be attending the conference via social media. They are a bunch of very talented women, and I hope to glean a little from each one. I am booked for just about every session they have to offer! And hoping to get a transcript or video of the sessions I cannot attend. 

Did I mention this conference is in Vegas?! WHAT?! My first conference ever AND it's in Vegas?! Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!! OH! And let's not even get started talking about food! I plan on trying a little of this … and a little of that… little bit more of this… you get the picture! It has been years since I have been to Vegas & I am going to enjoy each and every moment of it! 

Since this is my first conference, I thought I would try to do something special for the ladies that I will be meeting. I have been calling and emailing companies to see if they would be willing to donate snacks for me to hand out to the women. So far, I have had a lot of rejections… and a couple of folks that said yes!! I don't want to mention any names, just yet, in case things don't pan out- but I think I will be passing out some great sweet treats to the ladies in attendance and the sponsors/brands I meet! I am overjoyed about this!!! To think that little ole me could get treats donated for this event is mind-blowing! I appreciate the donors kindness so very much! I will be sure to post picks of all the goodies and give a great big shout-out to the deserving companies!!

So, I need to start packing… don't want to forget anything. OH! I almost forgot to mention something. I have challenged myself to be as frugal as possible in preparing for this trip. I want to show all the other moms and women out there that you do not have to break the bank to look nice. I have purchased a few "new" and not so "new" items of clothing for the conference. I made my purchases at Ross and a local thrift shop! I will post pics of my items when I return!

I did go to Michael's (I fell in love with the place!) and buy a tee and some letters so I could personalize it with my twitter handle!! I plan on wearing it the first day of the conference. What do you think?!

Have any of y'all been to a blogger's conference before? What did you like about it? Did you learn a lot? I'd love to hear about your experiences!!

Trident, it’s a family tradition!

I grew up in a pretty strict home. There were certain things we just could not do… drink soda, play in the front yard, go to sleep-overs, and chew gum… UNLESS it was Trident Gum (www.tridentgum.com). Trident is sugarless, and my parents only allowed me to chew sugarless gum. I can still remember unwrapping my favorite Trident flavor, Cinnamon, and smelling the wrapper after I put the gum in my mouth… I was a weird kid, ok?! I would inhale every last trace of that cinnamon scent on the paper and then throw it away. I grew up on Trident and you know what, I still love it to this day!

Now, I’m the mom- and I care about my child’s oral health, just as much as my parent’s cared about mine. When my child asks for gum, I reach for the Trident. My little one does not know that it is sugarless, all he cares about is that it tastes good! I love seeing the huge grin he gets on his face every time he gets to chew gum- it brings back so many memories! 

Now there’s even more for him to be excited about, because the new Trident Layers flavors include a lineup of unique blends including Layers Wild Strawberry + Tangy Citrus, Layers Peach + Mango, and Layers Juicy Berry + Tangy Tangerine. I predict I will be stocking up on a lot of Wild Strawberry + Tangy Citrus, just a hunch! 


   
  
  

 

Check out this fun video, brought to you by great-tasting Trident Gum. Trident: See What Unfolds.

 
 
I’m not as strict as my parents were with me, but I do agree that they were right about one thing: Trident Gum was the right choice for me… and it’s the right choice for my child also. If you have not tried the new Trident Layers yet, please do & let me know what you (and your kids) think! 

What did you grow up with, that your children now also enjoy?!  Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear all about it!! Thanks!
 
 

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and TRIDENT, however, all opinions expressed are my own. 

 

Do you like to scrapbook? Then you’ll love Lifeables!

If you are anything like me, you love to take pics of your children and share them with everyone you know. Right?! I'm always posting pics on various social media networks… we all do it. Pictures on Instagram, FB, you name it- we post photos to it! Why do we post pictures in the first place? We post pictures so that our families and friends can share in our good times and see our babies grow up. Many of us do not live close to family and loved ones and posting pics helps us stay connected.

Sometimes I post pics online, but forget to send them to family and friends that do not have social media accounts. Then I feel guilty because they are missing out. There's nothing worse than a relative who is on Instagram talking to a family member that is not, and having them mention the photos that you posted. The family member without Instagram always feels left out and I end up feeling like a big loser for forgetting to email them a copy of the pic. It would be easier if I could post all my pics to one site, a site that everyone could access… don't you agree?!

Enter Lifeables!

Lifeables is like a virtual scrapbook. But wait, it gets better! This awesome online picture service will capture, sort, organize and display my family pics from social networks like Twitter and FaceBook, all in a few short seconds! Once you set up your FREE account and link up your social media accounts to it, you're off and running. Lifeables will scan all the photos you have posted, and pick out the ones you have told it to (such as pics of your kids) and then post them all onto their site. It'll do the same with any videos you have posted. Once it has found pics, videos, posts and comments with your child in it- they will be displayed for you. You can then choose which ones you want to include in your scrapbook and simply delete the rest. How cool is that? You will have all your kids photos and videos in one spot- a virtual scrapbook! All the posts and comments that are important to you will be displayed. Everything will be automatically formatted for you, it's a breeze to do!

Here's a little video demonstrating how easy the process is: http://vimeo.com/44009601

I cannot wait to share my Lifeables page with all our family and friends- they are going to flip out when they see it! Now it won't matter if Aunt Mary or Grandpa John do not have a twitter account, or a FaceBook page- they don't need it to see their nieces, nephews and grandchildren's photos anymore! All our memorable moments will be in one place- births, birthdays, first day of school, the big game, vacation, camping trips, graduation… the possibilities are endless! They'll think I spent hours going through pics and videos… little will they know it was as easy as clicking on an icon! I love it! I cannot stress to you enough how easy this site is to navigate. Within seconds, literally, I was looking at photos Lifeables had found on my social media networks… it was so cool… can you tell I am a bit of a tech geek?! 

And if you happen to be expecting a little one anytime soon, you'll want to check this out: http://www.babyblog.lifeables.com

Lifeables is secure and free. Check out the website and get started on your virtual scrapbook today! 


This post is compensated and in collaboration with Lifeables and Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions expressed are my own, thank you! 

Tips for Dad from Huggies & Latino T.V. personality, Poncho de Anda!

As a mom, we know that raising a child is a lot of work. There are many stresses and messes involved with bringing baby home from the hospital. Babies do not come with instruction manuals, and once you leave the hospital with your bundle of joy; you are pretty much on your own. We do have our families and friends to help us and give us advice…but what about Dads? Do they have someone advising them? Does your baby's father have any words of wisdom for all the new fathers and/or fathers-to-be out there? 

Huggies is launching a campaign to help dads be better prepared for fatherhood, and all that it entails! Huggies Latino FB page, ( www.facebook.com/Huggieslatino)  would like to invite readers to join them on September 20, 2012- from 12PM-1PM EST for a chat with Poncho de Anda. Poncho is the host of Despierta America and a father of two little ones. Participants in the chat will have an opportunity to ask Poncho how he handles the challenges of parenting. I'm sure Poncho will have a lot to share with everyone during the chat, so if you know someone who could use some advice on what it takes to be a great dad, please tell them not to miss out on this! Look for Poncho's photo on the FB page to participate! (I have posted a photo of him below). Oh, I need to add that this chat will be in Spanish, so you need to habla espanol to participate! 

Poncho de Anda

Until then, I thought I would ask Mr. Mommy Powers if he had any advice for the new dads out there. What did he wish he had known before the baby was born? Who did he turn to for advice in those early days of being a father. Here's what he had to say:

Mommy Powers: What were you most worried about when it came to being a new dad?

Mr. Mommy Powers: "The thing I was most apprehensive about was changing diapers! I was really grossed out at first, but after a while, it was no biggie! To all you dads out there- it's ok to change a diaper, don't have your wife (or the baby's mom) changing all the diapers… man up and do your share! It won't kill you."

Mommy Powers: What advice would you give to new dads?

Mr. Mommy Powers: "If you work outside of the home, and your wife is home all day with the baby… make sure you give her a break when you get home. Tell her you will feed the baby and spend time with the baby so that she can have some time to herself. Maybe she wants to unwind with a book or take a hot bubble bath… whatever it is she wants to do- just make sure you take care of the baby so she can have a break everyday. Being home alone with a new baby can be overwhelming – mothers need time away from the baby so they can just chill out."

Mommy Powers: Who did you turn to for advice about parenting? Besides me, of course!

Mr. Mommy Powers: " Whenever I had a question, I would usually talk to one of my co-workers who had kids. But that wasn't very often. Or I would just talk to you about it. You were the one who read all the baby books and parenting books before the baby was born, so I knew you would probably have the answer! Parenting is a full-time job and both parents need to be involved and communicate with each other. Try to divide all the baby duties evenly… I know that isn't always possible; but if dads would just do their part, instead of just expecting the moms to do it all… it would be better for everyone- Mom, Dad and Baby! Enjoy your kids, take lots of pictures- before you know it they will be crawling, then walking and soon they will no longer be babies. It's a lot of hard work, but the love you get in return is worth every bit of hard work. "

Spoken like a true dad! 

So don't forget:

When: September 20, 2012 from 12 pm EST to 1pm EST

Where: www.facebook.com/Huggieslatino 

 



This post is compensated and in collaboration with Huggies and Latina Bloggers Connect. All thoughts and opinions are mine…and Mr. Mommy Powers! 

Love shouldn’t hurt, a warning to all entering college!

Now that everyone is getting settled into their new routines, I thought this would be an excellent time to speak to all the new college students out there (and their parents!) For many of you, this will be your first time away from home- first time away from the watchful eye of your parents. Sure, your new found freedom is liberating and exciting… but it could also be dangerous. You see, there is something out there far worse than the dreaded "Freshman 15"… it's an abusive partner.

There are folks out there who prey on young freshmen. They see them as easy targets… inexperienced, naive, trusting of everyone. Most, but not all, of these abusers are male… usually a Jr. or Sr., someone older than their victim. Do you know the warning signs of an abuser? As someone who has been involved in an abusive relationship in the past, I wish I would have known the signs. Here are a few:

1. Does your new love try to keep you all to himself/herself?

2. Does he/she try to limit the amount of time you spend with family or friends?

3. Does he/she try to tell you how to dress? Pick out your clothes for you? Tell you how to wear your hair/makeup?

4. Does he/she try to control what and how much you eat?

5. Does he/she need to know where you are at all times? Do you have to ask their "permission" before you go out or do something?

6. Is he/she verbally abusive? Do they put you down, try to belittle you?

7. Do they try to control every aspect of your life? 

8. Is he/she a "smooth talker?" Can they get you to do whatever they want, just by sweet-talking you?

Abuse is not always physical. it can be mental, verbal & emotional as well. ALL abuse is wrong. If you recognize any of the warning signs listed above; please think long and hard about whether or not you need to be with this person. Get out of the relationship before the abuse progresses. 

What if you are in a physically abusive relationship? Or have been in the past and are scared your abuser may retaliate? You need to contact your local authorities and let them know of your fears. Tell them you are or have been involved in an abusive relationship and you are in fear of your abuser. Give them the name of your abuser and all demographic info you have on him/her. Advise them that if anything should happen to you, they need to question your abuser before they question anyone else. Look into getting a restraining order.

Along with contacting your local police department, make sure all your friends and family know about your abuser. Tell them that if anything ever happens to you- to give the authorities the name and address of your abuser. Everyone around you needs to know about your abusive past. Write a letter to the police, telling them about your abusive past and give them the name of your abuser. Make copies of the letter and give to your friends and family, instructing them to hold on to them in case anything ever happens to you and you cannot speak up for yourself. I know this may sound drastic- and hopefully you will never have to use those letters, but it is better to have all your bases covered. 

Parents, please talk to your kids about abuse. Tell them what to look for, so they will be well informed… and safe!