First Time Mom and Losing It

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with My Abuelita's Hot Chocolate

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Hispanic Heritage Month comes as soon as September rolls into NYC with these nice crisp cooler days. When I feel the cool weather all I can think about is my grandma's homemade hot chocolate. She would cook up a huge pot of hot cocoa and we would all sit in the front of our house with our sweaters and enjoy the weather while we sipped and talked about our day.


We never grew up with the powdered hot chocolate that comes in little packets. We always used the Nestle Abuelita Drink Tablets that I can always easily find in Walmart.


You can easily just pop in a tablet with 4 cups of milk and swirl the pot on medium heat until the chocolate melts and then add some sugar.


My grandmother would always make it extra special. First she would grate the tablets then heat up the milk.


She would sprinkle in the fine chocolate shreds and we would watch the chocolate instantly melt.


Then she would whip out the can opener to open up the can of La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk to sweeten up the hot chocolate. It doesn't get any better than that! Have you ever tried to add condensed milk in your coffee instead of regular sugar? Super sweet indulgence!


Now that my grandmother is older and needs a wheelchair to get around she can't come over to my 2nd floor apartment or go up the steps to sit outside in the front of my house.  I decided it was my time to let her sit back while I made her special hot chocolate. I have seen her do it about a hundred times so I decided to surprise her!


I even made some homemade chocolate marshmallows to make it extra special for her. First I halved followed this super easy recipe from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom and let it cool for about 10 minutes. While the marshmallow mixture was cooling I grated 1/2 a tablet of the Nestle Abuelita Chocolate and mixed it in. I allowed the mixture to cool for another 10 minutes before I started whipping away. I poured the mixture into an 8" x  8" glass square pan and let cool and set in the refrigerator. After about 30 minutes it was all set and I cut them into squares then tossed each square into powdered sugar.


After letting the hot chocolate with #NuestroSabor cool a little bit I poured it into a mason and packaged some of the marshmallows to bring to my grandma. She was so excited that I remembered exactly how she made it and even told me mine tasted better than hers. She loved the chocolate marshmallows too.


My Abuela's Hot Chocolate
  • 1 Nestle Abuelita Drink Tablet
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup of La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk (less or more depending on how sweet you like it)
  1. Take the tablet and grate on a cheese grater. 
  2. Heat up the milk until warm and sprinkle in the grated chocolate. 
  3. Add the condensed milk and stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the condensed milk is thoroughly mixed in.
  4. Top with a chocolate marshmallow and enjoy!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fit Made Fun Party with the LeapFrog LeapBand


I have been wearing my FitBit since I started my weight loss journey. It definitely keeps me motivated as I try to reach my daily step goal everyday. When I heard that LeapFrog was coming out with an activity tracker for kids I was thrilled to try it.


The LeapFrog LeapBand is a fun activity tracker made for kids. First you get to pick your own virtual pet that you can take care of. The more active you are the more points and rewards you get to take care of your pet and also play other games. You can help your child pick challenges to do throughout the day like "Jump Like a Frog" and "Walk Like a Crab." It also has a feature that helps kids learn how to eat healthy. The LeapBand has a rechargeable battery, is water resistant and you can manage play time with quiet/school mode.


I was chosen by MomSelect to have a Fit Made Fun Party with the LeapFrog LeapBand. On September 6th other lucky moms also hosted a party to virtually participate in Fit Made Fun Day. I received two LeapBands and some yummy CLIF Kid Zbars to give out at the party.


Since my nephew was the oldest of the group he was the first to wear the LeapBand and test it out. He choose the monkey and did some of the challenges to keep his pet going. We then played some games that LeapFrog has for us to print out.

First we played a Fit Made Fun Board game where they got to learn about health and fitness.


Then I took out the activity flash cards for them to get super active.



Then they rested a little by getting to color while learning about healthy eating.


Lastly they got to regain some energy burned with the CLIF kids zbars.


We had so much fun with the party and the LeapFrog LeapBand. If you are looking for a fun way to get the kids up and active check out the LeapBand here: http://www.leapfrog.com/en-us/products/leapband

I received two free LeapFrog LeapBands and some CLIF Kid samples to host a Fit Made Fun Party sponsored by MommyParty. All opinions are 100% my own. 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Weight Loss Journey: 33 Weeks In!


Weight: I gained 3 pounds for an adjusted total of 52.4. My dad was in the hospital all week after having an unexpected major surgery so it was hard for me to stay focused. He is doing good and will be released tomorrow so I have no excuse not to do better this week.

Nutrition: I tried eating right in the beginning of the week and made some great salads. Then being away from home and in the hospital I ate out a lot and I didn't make the healthiest choices. I have to learn how to eat right even when I am occupied with something else.

Exercise: I didn't have time to go to the gym but I walked a lot! I think I walked the most this week since starting my weight loss journey. I surpassed my daily step goal by at least 1500 steps everyday and even doubled my step goal one day. Walking just helped me meditate and clear my mind.

Last Weeks Goals: (No Goals Met)
  • Gym or DVD 3 times
  • Strength training 3 times
  • Be aware of calories and water intake
  • Continue vitamins and probiotics
  • Try a healthy dessert
This Weeks Goals:
  • Gym or DVD 3 times
  • Strength training 3 times
  • Be aware of calories and water intake
  • Continue vitamins and probiotics
  • Try a healthy dessert

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ThermaFuse Dry Oil Treatment at Beauty Care Choices


Beauty Care Choices is the perfect place to get any beauty product you can imagine. When I was asked to asked to review one of their products I was looking for something to help me straighten by hair and keep the frizz away. ThermaFuse Dry Oil treatment was the perfect product for me.

Shipping was super quick and it was packaged perfectly. When I first opened the package it came in a very attractive blue bottle with an easy to use pump. I loved the consistency and the smell. It is a nice vanilla musk fragrance. It has no artificial color, is lightweight and alcohol-free.


Since I don't have time to always do my hair I always try to wash and air dry my hair the night before. Then I go in with my curling iron and straighten and curl the ends. Things get tough when you have a toddler running around and wanting your attention right when you sit down. I often rush and don't come out with the best results. After seeing that my hair wasn't at it's best I pumped some of the ThermaFuse onto my hands and applied it all over my hair. It instantly felt softer and looked shinier. It also made my hair super smooth.


To learn more about ThermaFuse and purchase you own click on the following link: http://www.beautycarechoices.com/thermafuse/heatsmart-serum-dry-oil-treatment

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Adovia Daily Moisturizing Cream


I have tried Adovia's Natural Deep Sea Mud Soap with great results so I was excited to try one of their other products the Daily Moisturizing Cream.

Adovia's Moisturizing Cream is quick absorbing and doesn't feel greasy. It contains an active complex of Dead Sea Minerals from Dead Sea Salt for natural moisture balance. It also contains natural oils and aloe vera gel for a deep hydration that lasts all day. The combination of these ingredients keep your skin super hydrated and is said to give you a natural glow. The moisturizer is hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and approved.

I used it in the morning after waking it up and cleaning my face. I love how it quickly absorbs into my skin and doesn't give me a greasy oily feeling. I didn't have to reapply as I did before with my other creams so that was a plus. The only complaint that I have with this cream is that is doesn't have SPF in it. Sometimes I just want to moisturize and go and don't have time to add sunscreen. It also has a mild scent that I didn't mind.

You can click on the link to learn more about the moisturizer and order you own: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b00mg7rqpm

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Baby/Toddler Boutique Headbands from Girl Crochet Headbands



When I found out I was having a girl one of the first thoughts I had was all the pretty bows I could put on her. I love the big boutique ones to the little mini bows. I was lucky that my daughter tolerated me putting all these cute bows and flowers on her head even when she was a newborn. Now that my daughter is a toddler she loves wearing them still. I will let her go into her big box of accessories and let her pick one that matches her outfit.

After reviewing the super cute Lacy Romper from Girls Crochet Headband I was thrilled that they wanted me to review their head bands.


I got a pack of 5 that included:
  • Pink Cherry Blossom Headband
  • Black/Pink Floral Shabby Chic Headband
  • Turquoise Rosette Bow Headband
  • Coral Champagne Princess Diamond Headband
  • Turquoise Classy Headband
Not only are the headbands cute and comfortable but they are also extremely affordable. They have tons of different colors and styles. You can purchase your own headbands at http://www.girlscrochetheadbands.com/headbands/boutique-headbands/ Be sure to check their other beautiful items like rompers and leg warmers.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Weight Loss Journey: 32 Weeks In!


Weight: I lost 1 pound for a total of 55.4 pounds lost. I think I did really well this week and am starting to feel like I did when I first began.

Nutrition: I stayed pretty low carb and made some healthy meals at home. I had my tuna confetti with lettuce leaves instead of bread. I even compromised when going to my moms house by enjoying her stewed chicken without the potatoes, sauce or white rice. I had a salad on the side instead. I made roasted chickpeas and kale chips to snack on during the day.

Exercise: I went to the gym a couple of times and did a workout DVD at my moms house. I walked a lot and ran around with my daughter at the park. It really is so much fun chasing around a toddler at the park. (Did I just say that??)

Last Weeks Goals:
  • Join a weight loss challenge on Spark People - GOAL MET
  • Go to the gym 3 times (2 times and DVD 1 day) - GOAL MET
  • Strength training 3 times
  • Modified Dr. Oz Rapid Weight Loss Plan - GOAL MET
  • Take Vitamins and Probiotics - GOAL MET
  • Increase FitBit goal by 500 steps and meet it each day - GOAL MET

This Weeks Goals
  • Gym or DVD 3 times
  • Strength training 3 times
  • Be aware of calories and water intake
  • Continue vitamins and probiotics
  • Try a healthy dessert

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