Club MomMe Family Fall Fest 2014: My first event as a blogger!

I had the pleasure to attend this years Club MomMe Family Fall Fest Event in Palos Verdes this past Sunday, November 9th. It was extra exciting for me and couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity because it was my first event as a blogger.  My husband and daughter went with me and as a family we had a wonderful time.
My daughter and I at Club MomMe Family Fall Fest 2014
This magnificent event put on by Club MomMe is an opportunity to try, see, experience, and get to know products and companies that are great for the family. I was able to see lots of familiar products and got to know some new ones. There was also a panel discussion focused on work, life, and balance that included Journalist Lisa Ling, TV Host and Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley, Co-Founder of Petunia Handbags Denai Jones, Radio Host and Best Selling Author Samantha Ettus, and Jamie Lynne Grumet from the cover of Time Magazine- Are you Mom Enough?.

Panel Discussion

Listening to this panel discussion enlightened me so much. I realized that I am not alone on many things that sometimes I feel that I am. I loved hearing from Samantha Ettus that she makes it a point to make every Friday or Saturday a date night with her husband. She said that if you think about it and discuss it, “should we go?”, “should we get a babysitter?” most likely you wont go; but if it’s scheduled it will happen. In my case it is hard to go out on dates because we have no family close by to babysit our daughter but we do need to make it a priority. I will definitely follow her advice. Another thing that caught my attention that Tamera Mowry-Housley said was to learn to let things go. As mothers we have a certain way to do things and take care of our little ones but when Daddy or someone else doesn’t do it like we would we tend to control and would rather have us take care of it. By doing this we are not helping us at all we need to learn to let it go and understand that Dad can do things too and however they do them is ok. Daddys are learning too and we need to give them that opportunity. I loved this panel and learned so much.

Some of the Companies present were:

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Mixed Up Clothing–  A beautiful and unique multiethnic children’s clothing line with fashionable clothes. I had been wanting to meet them and I had the pleasure to do so in this event. My daughter loved the dresses on display.

Essentia Water: Hydration Perfected- A water with electrolytes that is clean and smooth tasting to help your body stay properly hydrated.

Re-Play– Recycled tableware. These were a success with my daughter they are so fun and practical.

Bundle Organic Juices– Organic Prenatal Juice full of great nutrients.

Sprinkles Cupcakes– Famous and delicious cupcakes.

Babyganics– Better and safer baby products. We have just started using their Eczema Care Skin Protectant Cream and it has worked wonders. I will be writing about their products more in upcoming post.

Trunki– Fun and innovative travel gear.

Mendocino Farms– Delicious food.

Kind Healthy Grains– Delicious and healthy nut bars.

Lakeshore Learning Store– A great store for learning toys, crafts, and teacher materials.

Pressed Juicery– Tasty juices.

Macaroni Frames– We received a beautifully wrapped frame from Macaroni Frames and my daughter loved it. A beautiful gift of a special captured memory to send to friends and family. Loved it!

Townsley Portraits– A great photographer, Stuart Townsley, with a great vision for captured memories. Please visit his website for more information on their photography.

Overall a great Sunday afternoon at a great event for our family. I learned, enjoyed, and met so many amazing people. I would like to thank Delia Douglas from DDHPR for the invite and for making this experience a special one. I would also like to thank Club MomMe for an amazing event that gives us families a place to learn, have fun, and enjoy in great company.



Buenos Productos: Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner

The Honest Company Multi-Surface Cleaner

I have found a multi-purpose cleaner that is effective, great smelling, and more natural than all those other well known cleaners out there. Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner White Grapefruit has become my new favorite go-to cleaner. I like the fact that it is non-toxic, biodegradable, pH balanced (which means it is great if you are sensitive to harsh chemicals and for sensitive surfaces), and contains no harsh chemicals. I can use it to clean my kitchen counter tops, living room furniture, bedroom furniture, the bathroom counter tops, and pretty much any surface. The grapefruit smell is just divine; it is refreshing to smell something nice after you clean instead of inhaling harsh chemical smells left by other cleaners. The Honest Company has many other cleaning products as well as baby, bath and body, health and wellness products. The great news is that not only can you purchase all of their lovely products online but you can find them at Target which is where I discovered this amazing product. I love it, I recommend it and it has become a must have product at my home. It is what I consider, Buen Producto!

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He encontrado un limpiador multiusos que es eficaz, con buen olor, y más natural que todos esos otros limpiadores que existen. El limpiador de Honest multiusos de olor a toronja se ha convertido en mi limpiador favortito. Me gusta el hecho de que no es tóxico, es biodegradable, pH equilibrado (lo que significa que es recomendable si usted es sensible a los productos químicos ásperos y para superficies sensibles) y no contiene químicos agresivos . Me encanta el hecho de que lo puedo usar para limpiar la cocina, muebles de sala, muebles del dormitorio, el baño, y cualquier otra superficie. El olor de toronja es simplemente divino; es refrescante oler algo agradable después de limpiar en lugar de inhalar olores de químicos fuertes dejado por otros productos de limpieza. Honest Company tiene muchos otros productos de limpieza, así como de bebé, baño y cuerpo, la salud y productos de bienestar. La buena noticia es que no solo puedes comprar estos productos por internert sino que también los puedes encontrar en Target que fue donde yo descubrí este maravilloso producto. Me encantó, lo recomiendo y se ha convertido en un producto de limpieza que no puede faltar en mi hogar. En mi opinion es un, ¡Buen Producto!

Natalia’s Frozen Theme Birthday Cake by Cake in Mission Hills San Diego

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My daughter’s birthday was approaching and one of the key components to her Birthday celebration is her cake. I had made it a tradition since her cake for her first birthday was just too precious that I wanted to continue getting her nice custom cakes for her birthdays.

As her birthday got closer I was looking forward to going to Hans and Harry’s Bakery in Bonita which is where I have been getting her cakes done since her first birthday. They have always been super nice and have been great in creating custom cakes for us according to our birthday theme. Not to mention delicious cakes. This years theme was Frozen.

Unfortunately, when I arrived to Hans and Harry’s Bakery I discovered that they no longer create custom cakes. I was in complete shock with this curve ball. I was told that the owner thought that they were taking too long creating  custom cakes and no longer wanted to provide them. I was very sad to hear this because I know I am not the only one that will pay for these once a year beautiful custom cakes but it was time to move on, I guess.

It is hard to find a bakery that not only makes great cakes but that they taste good as well. So I started searching online and going on Yelp to see what other bakery I could go to. I ended up deciding to check out Cake in Mission Hills San Diego and was so happy to be welcomed and received with such great customer service. It put me at ease because like I mentioned before for us the cake is the main focus to my daughter’s birthday celebrations. My daughter looks forward to her cake, the first two years not so much because she was too young but since last year (her 3rd birthday) and this year she has been greatly involved in her cake creation. Cake bakery was kind enough to listen to what we wanted as far as the decoration for the cake. I even had a picture with me as an idea of what we wanted and they said they could do it and even make it better; they told me not to worry that they were going to take care of us. I felt and knew that I could trust them.

The day had arrived to celebrate Natalia’s birthday and I was busy taking care of some things at home so I asked my husband to pick up the cake. My daughter and I were anxiously awaiting for the cake to arrive. When we saw it we fell in love. My daughter’s eyes sparkled with happiness. I was so thankful and grateful and new immediately that sometimes things happen for a reason. It was meant for us to switch bakeries. Cake did an amazing job with the cake. The Olaf, made out of chocolate, that they created was just too cute. Also, you should know that they don’t use fondant on their cakes (fondant is that thick icing that is used to decorate or sculpt cakes) they use butter cream frosting which in my opinion is a lot better than the fondant that usually ends up just being a blanket of icing you don’t really eat.

If you are looking for delicious cake, beautiful creations, great customer service and just in general a great bakery do not look any further and give Cake in Mission Hills San Diego a try. Love it, I recommend it, and I will definitely be back. Thanks again Cake for saving the day and giving us and awesome cake that not only was the highlight of my daughter’s birthday celebration but it was a huge success with everyone and specially with the Birthday Girl.

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Se acerba el cumpleaños de mi hija y para nosotros uno de los detalles principales para las celebraciones de cumpleaños de mi hija es el pastel. Desde el primer año que ordené su pastel para su cumpleaños me gusto tanto que decidí en hacerlo una tradición. No importa si la celebración es chica ó grande el pastel siempre será el centro de atención de su fiesta.

Y como cada año ya sabía en donde iba a ordernar el pastel porque la panadería, Hans and Harry’s Bakery, de Bonita, Ca ha sido el lugar que nos ha hecho los pasteles desde el primer año. Estaba muy emocionada de ir a la panadería y ordernar el pastel. Cuando llego a la panadería me dicen que ya no hacen pasteles personalizados. Me dijeron que el dueño decidió ya no hacerlos porque se tardaban mucho y por eso los descarto. Me quede muy decepcionada y a la vez un poco desconcertada porque ahora que iba hacer.

Es muy difícil encontrar una panadería donde no solo hacen bonitos pasteles pero que también estén buenos. Me puse investigar por Internet y buscando en Yelp otras panaderías para ver a donde iba ir ahora. Me decidí por Cake en Mission Hills San Diego y cuando llegué me recibieron muy bien. Yo llevaba una foto de la idea que quería para el pastel y me dijeron que si lo podían hacer y hasta mejor. Me dijeron que no me preocupara que ellos se iban a encargar de hacerlo bonito y especial para mi hija. Me hicieron sentir muy bien que supe que podía confiar en ellas.

Se llego el día y como yo estaba ocupada haciendo otras cosas en casa le pedí a mi esposo que si podía recoger el pastel. Mi hija y yo estábamos ansiosas por ver el pastel. Cuando llego mi esposo con el pastel nos quedamos con la boca abierta. A mi hija le brillaban los ojos de felicidad. Les quedo el pastel hermoso y hasta hicieron un Olaf de chocolate. También quiero mencionar que el pastel estaba delicioso. Cuando ví el pastel me di cuenta que por algo pasan las cosas tal vez ya era hora de cambiar de panaderías.

Quedamos muy satisfechos con el pastel, estaba riquísimo, nos dieron buen servicio y regresaremos otra vez. La tradición de tener un pastel hermoso y decorado del tema de la fiesta continuo y mi hija estuvo muy contenta. Gracias a Cake por su maravilloso trabajo. Se los recomiendo.