Encouraging words on Mother’s Day #JOHNSONSBabyCares

Disclosure:  This is a compensated post in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and JOHNSON’S Baby.  All opinions are my own. 

Whoever coined the phrase “Being a mom is the toughest job.” was right on the money.  Nothing or no one can truly prepare you for the ride of your life.  Whether you’re a first timer, a seasoned mama or have multiple children, you’ll always feel challenged and sometimes even pushed to your limit.  However, I’m pretty certain that all those distressing moments will never outweigh the wonderful ones, such as nuzzling your sweet baby, playing and giggling with your son or chatting with your daughter.  These are the moments that make all the chaos worthwhile.

Johnson's baby cares

JOHNSON’S® Baby CARES, the brand’s charitable platform dedicated to improving the health of moms and babies, recently launched an e-card digital platform, which allows you to send upbeat messages to moms across the nation, all while raising funds for the global children’s humanitarian organization, Save the Children®.  Each digital Care Card created on Facebook, sent, shared or ‘liked’ JOHNSON’S Baby will donate $1.00 towards one of Save the Children’s® programs, such as Early Steps to School Success, an early childhood education initiative.

With Mother’s Day just a few short days away, I wanted to encourage the many mothers in my life.  I especially wanted to brighten the day of one friend in particular.  I met Toniann a few years back, when I was a consultant for a well known direct sales company and she was a guest at one of my parties.  We kept in contact through Facebook (of course).  Toniann is a first time mama to the cutest 8-month old twins.  She and I reconnected recently, when she introduced me to clean eating, in fact she’s now my BeachBody Coach.

I created a digital card for Toniann to let her know what a ROCKIN’ job she’s doing as a mom.

Johnson's Baby Care Card

Toniann… Happy First Mother’s Day!  I just wanted to let you know that I think you’re doing a spectacular job.  Between juggling the babies, a hefty school load, maintaining a home,  dedicating yourself towards the health & wellness of others and yours… YOU ARE DOING IT!! Your hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed   You’re an inspiration!  Your beautiful twins are lucky to have you as their mother.

Is there a special mom in your life, that could use some encouragement?  Visit the JOHNSON’S® Baby CARES Facebook App to send her encouraging words on Mother’s Day.

Abrazos, Sapphire

 

Hello Monday {Friendships}

Monday again? Well, Hello!! I’m ready for you. Let’s Go. Go. Go.

How was everyone’s weekend? We had a wonderful one, spending it with new friends and reconnecting with old ones.

Now it’s time to say some Hellos for the new week.  Linking up to the Lovely Lisa.

strawfest 2013

Hello Gordita’s recital.  I’m beyond excited to see my baby girl up on stage. In truth, I’m nervous that she’ll just stand there & decide “I don’t want to dance.” because that’s something she would totally do.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

strawfest 2013

Hello Outdoors.  We were out & about the entire weekend enjoying the beautiful weather & making a ton of fun memories.  We trekked it into New Rochelle yesterday to meet up with my Hermanas for CNR’s annual Strawfest.  The kids had a great time.

strawfest 2013

Hello to Catching Up.  The beauty of good friends, is that even if you go sometime without seeing or speaking with each other, you know how to just ease back into conversation.  There’s no skipping a beat.

strawfest 2013

Hello Budding Friendships.

strawfest 2013

Why Hello Sweet Baby.

Hello Insanity.  My brother gifted me the video set &  I’ll be starting them tomorrow.  This should be interesting.  Keep you posted.

Well let’s see what this week has in store for us.  I’m ready, how about you?

Abrazos, Sapphire

The Great Pinterest Affair {Spring Edition}

It’s been absolutely FOR-EVAH since I’ve shared some of my faves on Pinterest.  Shame, shame!!! So let’s just get to it.

 

This week’s Pinterest Round-Up…

Home Decor

No-sew Burlap Curtains

Source: Four Generations One Roof via Sapphire on Pinterest

DIY / Crafts

Hot Glue Gun Holder (What every crafter needs)

Source: One Project Closer via Sapphire on Pinterest

Parties

Popcorn Cupcakes

Source: Ucreate Parties via Sapphire on Pinterest

Handy Tips

Summertime Stove-top Potpourri

Source: The Poor Sophisticate via Sapphire on Pinterest

Kiddie Fun

Papel Picado Banners

Source: SpanglishBaby via Sapphire on Pinterest

Deliciousness

Ginger, citrus + lack sesame carrots w/ edamame and avocado recipe

Source: The First Mess via Sapphire on Pinterest

Kiddie Fashion

“Let’s Go Fly a Kite” Dress

Source: The Ribbon Retreat via Sapphire on Pinterest

Mama’s Style 

Minty Cute

Source: Polyvore via Sapphire on Pinterest

Fitness

The 5-minute Ultimate Core Workout

Source:  Health.com via Sapphire on Pinterest

There you have it, the pins that brought a bit of sunshine to my week.  How about you? Have you pinned something worth sharing?

Abrazos, Sapphire

Guac-A-Nana {Baby Food Recipe}

How do you make Lil’ Red’s belly a happy one?  Serve him Guac-A-Nana!

happy monster baby

What’s Guac-A-Nana?  Just the easiest and definitely one of the tastiest homemade baby food recipes out there.  More specifically, it’s the combination of avocado and banana.

I’m a big proponent for making babies first foods.  My type A tendencies kick in here.  I like to know exactly what my baby is putting into his system.  I want to guarantee that he’s getting all the proper nutrients, without any those nasty chemicals.  Plus, I want to develop his palate, so that he’s an adventurous eater.  Besides I find that it’s pretty easy to do, since I make his food in big batches, that last throughout the month.

Back to avocados and bananas which in fact seem to constantly disappear in my household.  It’s like I buy them one day & they’re gone the next.  It’s hard not to see why.  They’re just so darn savory & good for you too. Bananas are full of potassium.  While avocados are a super food, they’re a great source of monounsaturated fat which help increase your fat metabolism.

guacanana

Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 avocado

Prep

  1. Mash with a fork or food processor the avocado & banana until smooth, or leave it lumpier for older babies.
  2. Serve immediately.

Buen Provecho Bebé!

Note that you can certainly double this recipe and either refrigerate or freeze the remainders.  However, because both avocados and bananas tend to brown, the “leftovers” will have a top layer of browning.  To avoid this you can squeeze in a bit of lime juice, but this may change the taste.  I pass on the lime when freezing.  When reheating the Guac-A-Nana I make sure to mix it really well and serve.  Lil’ Red enjoys it just the same.  Then again he is a gordito.

guac baby

Abrazos, Sapphire

Linking up to some of my favorite parties:
The Gunny SackThe Girl CreativeFunky Polkadot GiraffeReasons to Skip the HouseworkToday’s Creative BlogTip JunkieOrganize & Decorate Everything, Someday CraftsMy Girlish WhimsSomewhat SimpleI Heart Nap TimeThe Shabby Creek CottageSeven Thirty ThreeDelightful OrderGluesticksHomemaker in HeelsFingerprints on the FridgeFive Days 5 WaysBacon Time with the Hungry Hungry HippoCraft EnvyToo Much Time on My HandsBe Different Act NormalUnder the Table and DreamingA Creative PrincessThe Peaceful Mom

Hello Monday {New Possibilities}

It’s the last week of April! Can you believe it?  We’re almost at the midway point of the year.  How did that happen?  Time really is just zooming right by.

I’m really making a point to embrace the big and small moments.  Because in a blink of an eye everything can change.  With that being said. Let’s say HELLO to a new week and new possibilities.

cousins

Hello to spending time with cousins.  The Pollitos had the opportunity to hang with some of their cousins over the weekend.  That’s always a treat.

Hello to Big Girl Time.  The Bestie & I also had our chance to spend quality time together.  Talking about life, the kids & everything else in between.

lil red

Hello Teething.  Lil’ Red has a case of the ouchies.  He’s got 3 teeth making their way down.  One in particular is about to cut through.  As a result, he’s super clingy.  He just wants me to carry him, snuggle with him & just be all about him.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to squeeze a chunky baby, but I have to get things done.  Not so easy, when I have a 24 pounder clinging to one arm.  This too shall pass, right?!?!

Hello Rockin’ Report Card.  Lil Giant brought home a remarkable report card on Friday.  His daddy and I are just so proud of him.

Hello Law Day Race.  I’m running my first race of the season with a co-worker.  Funny thing is that we’re not sure if we signed up for the 5 mile or 5k.  Our plan is to see what we’re up to running the day of our race.  Silly gals!

Hello StrawFest.  I know we just wrapped up the weekend, but my mind is already on next weekend.  Sunday, the Pollitos & I are heading back into the City to hang with a bunch of my hermanas at College of New Rochelle’s Annual StrawFest.  Just can’t wait.

Alright mi gente, let’s get it in this week!

Abrazos, Sapphire

Linking up to Lisa Leonard’s Hello Series.

Clean Rhubarb Strawberry Muffins {Recipe}

Yesterday, I gave you the low down on Clean Eating.  And last week I told you how I had picked up rhubarb for the first time and was looking for a recipe to experiment with.  Well I found the perfect one over at CDKitchen.com and adapted it into a clean recipe.

clean rhubarb and strawberry muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup of soy milk
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 3 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup minced rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries

Prep:

  1. Combine egg, milk, apple sauce, honey and agave syrup in a small bowl.
  2. Combine flour and baking powder in a large bowl.
  3. Mix liquid ingredients into large bowl.
  4. Fold in fruits.
  5. Fill lined muffin tins.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Check them with a toothpick to make sure they’re done.
  7. Yields 1 1/2 dozen.
  8. Enjoy them as a snack or as a quickie breakfast.

Buen Provecho!

I’m so glad that I’m stepping out of my comfort zone with food, because I really enjoy the taste of rhubarb.  I have some left and am thinking of making jam with it.  Off to peruse the net for another recipe.

Have you tried any new foods lately?

Abrazos, Sapphire

Linking up to some of my favorite parties:
The Gunny SackThe Girl CreativeFunky Polkadot GiraffeReasons to Skip the HouseworkToday’s Creative BlogTip JunkieOrganize & Decorate Everything, Someday CraftsMy Girlish WhimsSomewhat SimpleI Heart Nap TimeThe Shabby Creek CottageSeven Thirty ThreeDelightful OrderGluesticksHomemaker in HeelsFingerprints on the FridgeFive Days 5 WaysBacon Time with the Hungry Hungry HippoCraft EnvyToo Much Time on My HandsBe Different Act NormalUnder the Table and DreamingA Creative PrincessThe Peaceful Mom

The Dish on Clean Eating

Eat Clean

{Source}

Type “What is Clean Eating?” into Google and I’m certain you’re gonna find a wealth of knowledge.  In late January, I definitely did.

I had become intrigued by the concept, after seeing a ton of photos of delicious looking meals, my friend Toniann was posting on Facebook.   She had begun her weight loss / clean eating journey just a few short months earlier.  I reached out to her & she gave me the 411 on Clean Eating.  She even invited me to become a part of a Challenge Group she was putting together for the month of February.

And thus started my journey.

As I told her, following the birth of Lil Red I was pumped to get back into shape.  But then life happened.  Life with 3 kids happened.  I didn’t seem to have enough arms or hours in the day.  Plus as I have the tendency of doing, I over-extended myself.  Something I’m working on fixing.  Anyhoo, by January I knew that I had to do something.  I was especially tired of looking at all the clothes in my closet that I couldn’t fit into.  Soooo frustrating!

On February 1st I jumped into Toniann’s group with an open-mind & ready to make changes.

Here’s the dish on Clean Eating.

It can vary depending on who you ask.  This is what I’ve taken away the last few months.

Clean eating is the concept of eating food in it’s most natural state or as close as possible.  Enjoying plenty of fruit and veggies; lean protein; complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.  It’s steering clear from preservatives, additives and all the other junk put into most pre-packaged meals.  It’s also about eating several small meals a day (5-6); drinking a ton of water, at least half your weight in ounces; choosing organic when possible; learning how to read food labels; understanding portion control.  We’ve become this nation that is always on the Go-Go-Go, leading us to neglect our temples & more times than necessary opt for meals coming from a clown’s mouth.  As a “clean eater” you are consciously making the decision to carve time out of your day, week or month to prep good healthy food.  It’s also about embracing brown baggin’ lunch.  You’re accepting that food shouldn’t be laced with a ton of chemicals, dyes and who knows what else to taste good.

Some believe in eliminating certain foods from their diets, like cheese, dairy, sugar, white flour and fast food.  I subscribe to notion of “Everything in Moderation.” Nevertheless, I have dumped sugar, white flour and fast food, but I NEED cheese.  Ohhh just thinking about Babybel cheese, I get all gaga.

Then there are others who allow themselves a cheat meal either weekly or monthly.  A cheat meal would be considered a dish that isn’t particularly clean (i.e. cold cuts, hot dogs, donuts) or high in fat and calories.  Initially, I too allowed myself one cheat meal a week.  But I noticed how I was seeing food & becoming way to critical.  So instead, I stick true to the main concepts of clean eating, but won’t kick myself in the butt if I decide to have a bowl of Kix, a day or two after I’ve had my cheat meal.

That’s clean eating in a nutshell.

And here it is April and I MUST tell you that I am feeling AH-MAZING!  I’ve lost weight & inches. I’m almost back to my pre-preggo weight. I have a ton of energy.  My skin is glowing.  I’m working out regularly. And most importantly I have made this paramount lifestyle change, that is benefiting me and in turn my family.

I’m also giddy with excitement to share everything that I’m learning about clean eating, my experiences and the yummy recipes I’ve been trying.  So let me share with you that my go-to place for deliciousness is the wonderful blog The Gracious Pantry.   Instagram has also been a tremendous place for inspiration.  I’ve begun following other users that follow the Clean Eating Lifestyle.

I’m gonna sign off here, because chances are that I can keep talking about this.  This is what happens when I get all charged up about something.  But I will tell you this, come back tomorrow cause I’m gonna share with you my first clean recipe.

Abrazos, Sapphire