Oct 30, 2015

Dia De Los Muertos Sin Traducción

This post is sponsored by Target. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

Dia De Los Muertos Sin Traducción

Dia De Los Muertos Sin Traducción

Dia De Los Muertos Sin Traducción

Dia De Los Muertos Sin Traducción

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and Central America that is quickly becoming very popular in the United States, and I am loving it. I love the tradition behind Dia de los Muertos, and I love that I can find decorations for it at my favorite one-stop shop: Target. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is host different crafts parties for my kids and their friends. With colder weather heading our way, we are left with very few options for things to do with the kids. I decided to host a Dia de los Muertos party, and I stopped at my local Target for some inspiration. Not only were the decorations options at Target endless and beyond adorable, but Dia de los Muertos is also a great new cultural tradition to teach the kids.

Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drinks, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed while they were alive. Some of the most used symbols for Dia de los Muertos are the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which happened to be what caught my attention while searching the aisles at Target. They are found in sweets, as parade masks, as dolls, and much more.

I wanted to decorate my table with all the color and liveliness that is associated with Dia de los Muertos—and lots of calaveras. I found some amazing skull cups at the never disappointing dollar spot, and the best pack of foam stickers. I was able to put foam stickers in areas that needed some color, such as on the net I placed over the tablecloth. I also used the bone stickers from that same pack of stickers on the skull cups as markers to avoid any confusion as to whose cup was whose.

For treats, I made goody bags with caramel popcorn, spooky eyeball gumballs, and candy I found in the candy aisle. I knew the kids were most likely going to empalagarse (have too much of a sweet thing), but since it's not an everyday thing, I'm OK with it.

When planning special activities and events for the kids, I like to make sure they're easy and affordable. I love that I created this entire table for less than $100, and that I was able to shop at one store and in record time. It was all there for me to just grab and go. Kudos to Target for being so diverse and including traditions from other cultures in their holiday aisles. It inspired me to create new traditions with my kids.


Oct 20, 2015

Baby Mantra Review & Giveaway

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When it comes to our kids, we all want the best of everything and that is especially important when choosing skin care and bath products for our precious little ones. Knowing what you put on your little ones skin is so important and the less complicated the list of ingredients the better. So when Baby Mantra asked me to try their allergy tested, gluten-free, dye-free, toxin-free, cruelty-free, all natural ingredients products I was all in.  I tested all 6 products pictured above but wanted to share my personal favorites because they worked out so great and my kids loved them. 

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The Calming Massage Oil & Calming Lotion.
 This was all new to me I actually never used a massage oil or calming lotion on my kids and I have to say the kids and I have been missing out. My youngest (1yr.old) enjoyed the massage oil the most. It was a great bonding time and since he's been feeling a little under the weather he is definitely enjoying a little extra pampering before bedtime. What I loved most about the massage oil is that it can be used from head to toe, the ingredients in the oil also help nourish hair from the inside out so you can massage your little ones from their scalp to their little toes.
The calming lotion was my six year olds favorite. She is very independent and loves doing everything on her own . I usually have to help her with lotion bottles that do not have a pump because she tends to pour too much product. So when we received this calming lotion with a pump she was ecstatic because she could apply this on her own. All I had to do was tell her the exact number of pumps she needed. The combination of shea butter and lavender oil give off a subtle scent that is not over powering. The lotion itself is very light and leaves the skin moisturized without the oily residue.

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3-in-1 Bubble Bath, Shampoo + Wash
I usually stay away from 3-in-1 products because I feel like they dry out the skin and I don't mind spending a few extra minutes using individual products. I was originally skeptical about the 3-in-1, but I was pleasantly surprised with the 3-in-1 after using it.  Baby Mantra's all natural bubble bath does not bubble up like synthetic bubble baths, in order to get bubbles you need to pour under running water and shake it up. It was extra fun for the kids to "create" bubbles by splashing and shaking it up under the water. If you are going to try a 3-in-1 definitely try this one out. Like the rest of Baby Mantra's products this had a light natural scent and it did not dry out their skin.

Detangling Conditioner
One of the most dreaded tasks during bath time is detangling my daughters very fine hair. I've tried it all and it seems like all hair products for kids are two in one or leave in. When I saw that the baby Mantra detangling conditioner was just that, a conditioner, I was beyond excited to give it a try. I immediately loved that one of the ingredients in the conditioner is coconut. I use coconut oil on my hair and I know the benefits from it are amazing.  It was definitely easier to detangle my daughters hair with this product and it cut our detangling time in half because she wasn't running away from me. 

I was really pleased with the Baby mantra products and I recommend them to anyone looking for natural baby skin care.  If you would like to try the products here is a $2.50 coupon to use towards your purchase: http://www.babymantra.com/coupons.

If you need more information on Baby Mantra and the products they offer, you can click and read through this info from Baby Mantra:

Baby Mantra’s earth-friendly range of extremely gentle personal care products for children (newborn to 8 years old) are made with all-natural skincare ingredients. Baby Mantra products have been certified by the Natural Products Association (NPA), are gluten-free, allergy-tested and cruelty-free.

You can find Baby Mantra products across the country at stores like Albertsons, Jewel Osco, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Babies ‘R Us, and Meijer. We recommend using the store locator on the company's website to find a store nearest you. In addition, Baby Mantra can be found online on websites such as Amazon.com, Babiesrus.comDrugstore.com, Walgreens.com, and Diapers.com.

Now on to the giveaway!!! One lucky reader will win the following:
1.  3-in-1 Bubble Bath, Shampoo & Wash
2. Calming Lotion
3. Newborn Shampoo & Wash
4. Diaper Rash Ointment
5. Calming Massage Oil
6. Detangling Conditioner

a Rafflecopter giveaway I received this product for the purpose of this review, however, I am not compensated for writing or obligated to write anything specific. These are my own opinions and they have not been influenced in any way by Baby Mantra.
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