Stop Hair Color from Fading with Nexxus #ColorAssure

This post is sponsored by Nexxus through Condé Nast. #ColorAssure 


My hair is blah… most of the time.  I apologize to my hair for my lack of creativity.  I do so much to damage my hair, but not enough to really take care of it.  Enter the Nexxus Color Assure line.  I just had my hair colored using mahogany 5WR.  After  my ombre bleached locks started to fizzle out, I wanted something vibrant that would withhold the color and not fade.  My usual colored hair will start to fade in about three weeks, give or take depending on how many washes and dips in the pool I have.  The Nexxus Color Assure line is an oil-infused color care system by Nexxus, that provides 2X longer color protection.

ThePre-Wash Primer is a secret weapon for anyone looking to maintain that vibrant, just left the salon color.  It is formulated to keep your color vibrant and prevent fading.  After my hair has been colored and styled I make sure not to step in the shower without using the pre-wash primer.  The pre-wash primer produces a barrier around dry hair that seals it and protects my strands from fading in the water. It also leaves my hair looking shinier and feeling silky smooth.  Sulfate-free and infused with a blend of clear oils, including almond, coconut and argan oil.

• Almond oil is known to lock in moisture, nourish hair and reduce breakage

• Coconut oil is known to provide softness and elasticity

• Argan oil is known to improve shine and vibrancy

• White Orchid Extract is known to provide moisture and works to seal and protect hair by repelling water** and keep it from entering the core.

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I then use the Nexxus Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo and Conditioner and finish with Nexxus Color Assure Glossing Tonic.


Available at mass retailers, select drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.  The line contains Nexxus Color Assure  Pre-Wash Primer, Shampoo, Conditioner, and Glossing Tonic.    Connect with Nexxus on Twitter @nexxushair


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After school fun with Dreyers #ReasonToSmile

This blog post is part of a paid The Motherhood and Dreyer’s blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. #ReasonToSmile


We are three weeks into the school year and starting to find our groove. Early mornings, off to school, carpool, afternoon snack, after-school activities, homework, dinner, early to bed…repeat. My five year old is starting to get the hang of things and I find a big part of me trying to make this repeated cycle fun and exciting. My guy loves being rewarded, so in an effort to keep him coming home excited about his long school day, I am giving him a reason to smile with Dreyer’s ice cream. Nothing is more exciting to him that having something special waiting at home. And snack time is a great time for us to connect, talk about our day and have a little one-on-one time. My now kindergartner has become so independent that snack time is the only time I have found him to really depend on me and open up about his day.

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Our favorite Dreyer’s ice cream is currently the butter pecan, cookie dough & mint chocolate chip flavors.

Take any of your favorite Dreyer’s slow churned light ice cream flavors and share a bowl of deliciousness. We love that every single scoop is filled with our favorite mixings. The unique flavors and creamy taste of Dreyer’s goes perfectly in a waffle bowl.

Want to give your family a reason to smile? Check out the fun ideas that incorporate Dreyer’s ice cream on their inspiration page and pinterest. Get creative with your after school snack time and make ice cream a fun and welcome alternative.



Connect with Dreyer’s on facebook.

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Red Carpet Ready Must Haves

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with LunchBox and Latina Bloggers Connect. #DivinaLatinaSC divinalatina5

Red carpet ready means feeling your ultimate best when you walk out the door. I have spent more time and money than I’d care to admit splurging and pinching pennies trying to find the best products in the beauty department. For me it has always been easiest to shop at an all-in-one wholesale store, like my favorite Sams Club. When I find something I love, I want to have plenty of it at a better price.  I’d like to introduce you to my personal beauty haul Divina Latina products found at my local Sams Club.  These are can’t live without, must haves in every woman’s bathroom.

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My hair is a big deal, it’s partly curly, party straight and very frizzy.  I flat iron, curl, color and strip my hair way too much. To give my hair a much needed break and a little TLC, I am obsessed with Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner. The keratin shampoo is a creamy and rich shampoo that helps shine and smooths my hair.  Paired with the thermal conditioner, I am able to pull off a sleek look without adding more damage to my hair.


My face goes through major dry spells, especially during the fall and winter months.  I have come to depend on the 24 hour moisture of POND’S Crema S to give my skin that refreshing and silky look. Crema S is a light nourishing cream that won’t leave an oily or greasy feel.


One of my big musts in body wash is having something that will leave my body feeling clean and also smelling great long fter I have showered.  Caress Body Wash white peach & silky orange blossom is a beautiful fresh scent with an invigorating lather that leaves my skin soft and delicately scented.


I’m a little bit of a deodorant snob.  I have tried just about everything I can get my hands on in an effort to smell fresh without an overpowering smell and no deodorant marks on my tops. My long time favorite is Degree MotionSense Deodorant fresh energy scent.  The invisible solid has a MOTIONSENSE technology that releases bursts of freshness as you move, keeping you protected longer.

All of these products can be found at your local Sams Club making shopping for must haves that will make you feel read carpet ready simple.  I can pick up all my must haves and monthly necessities in one stop.

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Enter the Be Radiant Demi Lovato World Tour Sweeps

Demi Lovato is Back on the Road.  Enter the Be Radiant Demi Lovato World Tour Sweeps.

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Always and Tampax, hit the road with Demi as a sponsor of the Demi World Tour with The Radiant Collection to inspire young women to have the confidence to wear what they want any time of the month.

Enter the Be Radiant Sweepstakes!  

Sept. 10, through Oct. 10, 2014 enter for the chance to win a VIP experience to attend Demi’s Brooklyn show in style receiving: a two-night trip to New York for one lucky winner and three friends, limo service, four front-row concert tickets, a meet-and-greet with Demi, and a year supply of Tampax Radiant and Always Radiant Infinity.

Post a solo selfie showing off your Radiant-inspired look on Twitter or Instagram tagging @Tampax, using the hashtag #BeRadiantSweeps and including a link to

Even after the VIP winner is announced, fans can still enter to win weekly prizes through Nov. 14, 2014, ranging from an exclusive autographed picture of Demi to Tampax Radiant products and more!


Be Radiant Sweepstakes Official Contest Rules

No Purchase Necessary. The Tampax Be Radiant Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C. and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 or older. Void where prohibited. VIP Drawing ends 10/10/14; Weekly Drawings ends 11/14/14. Sponsored by The Procter & Gamble Distributing LLC. For Official Rules, Click Here.


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How To Get Rid of Acne: Clear Proof Acne System

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Mary Kay.  All thoughts expressed are my own. 

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I’m guilty of doing everything you are not supposed to do when it comes to having a clear face. My teenage years were oh so good to me, but my young adult years were a roller coaster of battles with acne.  Unfortunately my skin only got worse with three pregnancies and I have tried just about every quick acne fix on the market.  I have picked up a few tricks to make my daily routine of a flawless face more attainable and to minimize my battle with acne.

Clear and conceal blemishes for a more flawless look.

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1. Daily skin care regimen.  I know how easy it is to skip the routine and how a multi-step program can feel tedious.  I’m here to tell you that salicic acid and benzoyl peroxide are your friends and will improve your skin if used correctly.  My acne plan is courtesy of Mary Kay clear proof acne system.  The clear proof system has four steps.  The clarifying cleanser immediately removed my oily skin and left my face feeling clean.  The blemish control toner will leave that fresh tingle all over your face and noticeably removed makeup and dirt that I have missed with the cleanser.    For on the spot acne treatment is use the gel as an easy way to target any trouble spots.   Lastly the moisturizer which is one of my favorite “do not skip” steps, it immediately helps my face look hydrated and fresh.

2. Ever notice those breakouts around your cheekbones? It just might be from your phone.  Your phone is a breeding ground for germs.  Icky pore clogging dirt and grime is sitting on your phone at this very minute.  And then you send out a few texts, make a few phone calls and boom… you have just introduced a whole new family of acne onto your face.

3. Skip the caffeinated drinks and opt for water whenever possible. Plain ol’ water  is the best way to flush out those toxins in your body.  Spend a few days with more water and less caffeine and watch your skin literally start to breath.

4. Less sleep each night, means more stress on your body.  More stress causes natural breakouts.  So sleep it off and look more rested and fresh faced.

5. Skip the fingertip applications and opt for clean makeup tools.  Use a drop of shampoo and warm water daily to clean your brushes and tools.  Rinse them out in warm water until the water runs clear and leave tools out to air dry daily.


The Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne System fights my acne and is leaving me with better skin than I have ever had.  Using the daily cleanser has dramatically decreased the breakouts and left me having to disguise fewer trouble spots if any.  Now I still have occasional spots of breakouts, it is not a magic formula that will change your bodies reaction to food, impurities and hormones.  What the clear proof system does is keep the surfaces and top layers of your skin as clean as possible.


Win Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne System (valued at $45)

Giveaway ends 9/16/2014 at 11:59PM CST.  Winner will be announced here and via email with 48 hours to respond to be eligible.  US Residents 18+ only.

To enter please comment below letting me know about your current acne fighting routine.

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Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know we do and we’re excited to host a party to share our  Hispanic Heritage and our flavors or in Spanish as #NuestroSabor!  On Friday, September 19, from 1-2 pm ET, please join us for the #NuestroSabor Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing family recipes, what Hispanic Heritage means to us, how we celebrate with our family, and giving you a chance to win prizes!
Growing up, I spent my days being cared for by my abuelos and younger tia’s.  My parents both worked long hours which allowed me lot’s of quality time at my abulos casa. I have sweet memories of the way my abuelito infused his home with the aromas of his pot of Nescafe, I loved helping my tias in the kitchen baking up delectable treats with La Lechera and watching my abuela melt Abuelita over a pot of milk as my afternoon treat. Abuelita, La Lechera and Nescafe are all reminders of my amazing childhood and the memories I now make with my own  family. As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this September, I am reminiscing in all of our traditional favorites. Join me for the #NuestroSabor Twitter Party!  Tweet you there!



DATE: Thursday, September 19

TIME:  1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

PRIZES: 5 – (1) $100 Walmart Gift Cards

EARLY BIRD PRIZE: 1 – $50 Walmart Gift Card

HOSTS: @Candypo, @coolchillmom, @athriftydiva, @naturalmentmama @tsue1136

RULES: #NuestroSabor Twitter Party Official Rules

RSVP & PARTY GRID: #NuestroSabor Twitter Party Page



How To Participate In A Twitter Party on SoFabChats!

TIP:  How to join a Twitter Party – sign in! Before party starts, click on the green “Sign In On Twitter” bar at the top of the page!

TIP: Who to follow at a Twitter Party? Follow the Party Team by clicking on the Twitter handle links on the RSVP page!

TIP: Want to win Twitter Party prizes? RSVP by clicking on RSVP button before you join the party, follow everyone on the Party Team, and tweet with the party hashtag during the party to be eligible!

TIP: How to win the Early Bird prize? Watch for chance to share a tweet when you RSVP for chance to win!

TIP: Special deals and brand coupons? Keep that option checked when you RSVP for the party!

TIP: New to Twitter parties? Watch your column and Party Team tweet columns – they are slower paced and easier to follow!

TIP: Where to find Twitter Parties? Check out the SoFabChats Twitter Party Calendar to find more fun parties to attend!

Find more helpful Twitter Party Tips on SoFabChats!


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