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Friday, September 19

The sickness + GMO OMG!

Ahhhh!!!! I truley dislike being sick. So first, Eliada got a cough, really bad, then she threw up a few days in a row (at night) then Annaleah started throwing up then mama had to go potty like every few minutes and coughing, so it turns out we have a bacterial infection, the same one. I blame it on all the eating out the weekend my sister came into town, lol. It might be parasitic, but haven't gotten our test results back.... on the phone with them now and on HOLD! ugh

So, I haven't been feeling well. There was also a day where I was nauseous and dizzy, that was not fun. No blogging has been done, nor vlogging. I did do an update on my fitness collab, which I'm in charge of, so yeah. I guess on the plus size, I have not gained any weight, I actually lost a little bit. I'll be uploading another video this weekend, so be sure to subscribe if you haven't already.

This week has been full of soups and salads for me. I also did a bit of researched and found a papaya smoothie I could mixup to help if it was parasites, found no harm in it if I didn't have them. We went off to HEB and bought all the ingredients, just papaya, pineapple, pumpkinseeds and some live culture yogurt. I also added some kale, blueberries and strawberries for a bit more sweetness, oh and some ice! It was delicious! After trying to chug it down I followed it with a tbls of coconut oil. I have a pic on my instagram!

I've had that smoothie for two days and going to do it again tomorrow morning. It sure does fill you up! I have some leftover papaya for the girls and just might freeze the rest of them. (we are also taking the antibiotics the doctor prescribed)

I hope ya'll have a great weekend and are doing better than us! We do have some plans for the weekend.... the Fooducation Movie Series and the People's Climate March!! Wooohooo! So excited to see the movie and join in the march!


Sunday, September 14

Just Beacause *Giveaway Hop*

Yeah! Another Giveaway Hop! Thanks to Up All night Blogging and The Hopping Bloggers I've joined in another giveaway, "Just Because We Can!" This will start off with a Twitter Party on the 15th of September and the Giveaway will end on September 29th! Scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of other blogs with more PRIZES!!

Since this is a #JustBecause we can Giveaway Hop, how about something for mama!

We all need some "ME" time, right! And we all know we don't take enough time for us. And whenever we have extra money we always buy something for the kids, right?! Well, here's a treat for you! ((And if you aren't a mom, this would be a great gift for you ANYWAYS))


Your very own "Beauty Box!" Your Beauty Box will include some jewelry, make-up and nail polish!

I have been eying "Twinkle Toes by Kim" on Facebook, I actually meet her at an local business expo and her products are so fabulous. She was gracious enough to offer a prize for this giveaway.

Aluminum cuff bracelet (leather included), Value of $15. 

I am also going to include a Wet 'N Wild make-up and nail polish to ad another $10 value to your box!

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Welcome to the #JustBecause We Can Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers and Up All Night Blogging! We are a group of bloggers that specialize in giveaway hops - so stay with us and you will have many chances to win some amazing prizes! Each of the bloggers participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $20 - and some are much more than that! Be sure to visit them all - there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! Good Luck and Have Fun!




Friday, September 12

Upcoming Giveaway Hop & Twitter Party!!

Evening!! I'm joining in with The Hopping Bloggers to do another giveaway hop!! Who's excited?! To kick off the event there will be a Twitter party! RSVP below and be sure to follow me too.... @cjrthemamiblog



- You need to follow each of the listed Twitter Pages
@ManicTravler
@MarvelGoddess24
@Jmmarrero1020
@UpaAllNightBlogs
@Poshmoma

- To RSVP is Free

- To win one o the prizes you must have RSVP'd

- Use the hashtag
- Follow Each Page

- Rewteet each Tweet

- Reply to each Tweet

RSVP'ing Will CLOSE on Sept 13th!!!








Thursday, September 11

Sprouts Weekly Deals: 9/11



Sprouts deals are back!

Sprouts is a local Organic/Natural food store where we usually buy our fruits and veggies and on Wednesday (when their new ad comes out) they have Double Ad Wednesday, so last weeks ad and the new ad is in effect! And they take coupons too! You can use one Sprouts coupon and one manufacture coupon per item. In my experience the printable Sprouts coupons need to be manually entered, so, just a heads up. Oh and also, Sprouts coupons is one per customer. So they are not like internet coupons, you can only print one (per computer)! Hubs now has school everyday so on Wednesdays I give him a list of items to pick up for us. And don't forget, you can also PM (price-match) at Wal-Mart.

You can find more Organic Coupons for some great items and score awesome deals by visiting MomboSprouts.com. They also have monthly contests/giveaways, so you wanna check that out to.

Visit the Sprouts website HERE and you can see the pdf weekly ad for Sprouts on their website as well or sign up for their newsletter to get great coupons in your email (Sometimes for FREE items!) They have some great e-coupons too!! Be sure to become a Facebook fan as they usually offer coupons as well as Friday Face-Off! You have the option to choose which coupon you'd like and then on Friday the winning coupon is available to print. And of course they also offer a monthly coupon on their Facebook page! Who said you can't save on healthy, organic foods?

One more thing to mention.... Sprouts also has a Satisfaction Guaranteed policy! If you are not 100% satisfied, you get 100% of your money back! *We recently actually returned three items because we were not satisfied and they gave us our money back, plus replaced them!* THANK YOU Sprouts!


Organic Roma Tomatoes - 2lbs/$3
Organic Rainbow Table Carrots - 2/$3
Roasted Trail Mix - $2.99/lb
Super Nutty Granola - $1.99/lb
Brussel Sprouts - $1.99/lb
Grape Tomatoes - 2/$3
Whole Seedless Watermelong - $3.99
Organic Yellow Tomatoes - $.98/lb
Organic Gala Apples - $1.98/lb
Organic Hass Avocados - $.98ea
25% off 100% Grass-Fed Organic Beef Sale!
Rosie Organic Grill Pack - $2.99/lb
rBST-Free Colby Jack Cheese - $3.99/lb

***Stuck up and save during the Buy One, Get One FREE Sale***
Boulder Canyon chips
Van's Waffles
Daiya cheese shreds
Rising Moon Organics (pasta)
Michael Angelo's Entrees
Truwhip
Soyummi Pudding
Nasoya Tofu
Muir Glen pasta sauce/tomatoes
Lundbert rice chips
Glutino pretzels
Annies' Homegrown mac n cheese
Near East couscous
Back to Nature crackers
-----------added to the list from this week------------
So Delicious Frozen Dessert
Samazon Acai Juice
Celestial Seasoning
Good Karma Flavmilk
Tandoor Chef Entrees
C2O Coconut Water 
Ella's Kitchen
Seventh Generation Hand Soup
Pop Chips

AND MUCH MORE! Just look for the BOGO tags!


Tuesday, September 9

Unplanned Menu Monday - Unmotivated


Oh deal.... Monday has come and gone. This Mami is still sick and yesterday was full of errands, it just came and went. It's times like this I don't feel like cooking nothing at all. Since I was sick all weekend, dishes piled, floors weren't swept and trashcan got full! My cough got even worse today and slept horribly. I did get up early to make the girls lunch today, boiled some eggs and we had that for breakfast. Lunch is leftovers from dinner, and dinner was leftovers! lol Yeah, it's that kinda week. So, menu this week is far from the best, but hopefully I will start to feel better and the menu will change.

This weeks shopping list: nothing, if I can help it!

Breakfast: Pancakes, scrambled egg, oatmeal, fruit, toast and cereal

Monday: Leftovers

Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken (if I find a recipe)

Wednesday: Sandwiches

Thursday: ???

Friday: ???

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Check out OrgJunkie.com for more ideas! Click here for her Menu Plan Monday post for ideas and yummy recipes! Be sure to follow me on Pinterest (recipes) and Instagram for pics of the recipes!

Monday, September 8

Making Memories: Labor Day

Labor day was filled with NO WORK! For the exception of the regular mommy duties, of making sure kids were clean, fed and changed, which is enough work for the day, lol. If you watched my Zero Waste Week intro video on my Youtube Channel, you know that my sister was in town. That's always fun. She only lives 4 hours north of us, but we see her maybe twice a year! Only sad part was that my mom had to work on Labor Day (as did hubby and Yvette went to school too). My grandma invited us for a day out, breakfast and shopping!

 We started by taking Yvette lunch, cus mama kind of slept in, so I didn't make it for her in the AM. So I boiled some water and made her a mac n cheese veggie mix with crackers and some fruit. Oh and a granola bar for dessert. We all (my sister included) headed over to her new school to drop it off. We were lucky to get a new secretary, but she did get her lunch.


Grandma was calling as we left the school cus she was hungry! We drove to two places and they were both closed. We were surprised to see that Shoney's was permanently closed! So sad, we won't be able to enjoy Free strawberry shortcakes on Mother's Day and discounted hamburgers and not to mention their great buffet! We ended up at Golden Corral. I'm not a big fan of this place, but did love that we were able to fresh made-to-order omelets. The girls loved the fresh fruit.
CHEESE EVERYONE!

Next was shopping! We headed over to JcPenney, it was Annaleah's nap time was just around the corner so I used my Inda-Jani woven wrap and she was literally out within minutes! I'm glad she wasn't running around everywhere, cus the store was empty.
We tried on a few things. I was looking for a Sunday/Thanksgiving dress (yes, I shop early) and some tshirts of Eliada. Check out what I found on clearance! This georgous dress! Retail was $70 and it was on clearance for $25 + all clearance was an additional 30% off and I had a coupon for an additional 25% off! Woot! Thanks to my sister for paying the bill.


Look at this stud muffin in her black leather jacket. She loved it, but it was a $50 jacket. Eeesh, a little too much for Texas heat, don't ya think. She was sad, so I'm gonna be on the look out for one after the holidays.

We ended the evening eating out at Wendy's, I had a $2 coupon for a salad and after 4pm they have kid meals for $1.99 + family game night, we played a few games and the girls hit the hay after taking a bath.  Yeah, took a selfie in the bathroom. New #babywearing mom-style, right?! I think it's a great look.

Now it’s your turn!
Mama's Losin' It

Choose a prompt, post it on your blog, and come back to add your name to the link list below. Be sure to sign up with the actual post URL and not just your basic blog URL (click on the title of your post for that URL). For good comment karma try to comment on the three blogs above your name!!

The Prompts:
1.) Share a back to school memory.
2.) Find a photo of your grandmother’s hometown and share it.
3.) Talk about one thing you learned last month.
4.) Describe how your family celebrated Labor Day Weekend.
5.) Good television is coming! Share the Fall lineup you’re looking forward to.

click HERE to join in..... Sorry my post is so late.... been sick all weekend! 

Doc McStuffins' School of Medicine *Review* New Release!

This past weekend Mami was sick! Ohhh, mom's aren't suppose to get sick. I had hubby go buy me some soup, I snuggled up with some hot tea and my sewing kit to replace some elastic in my cloth diapers! (I also stripped some diaper too, by hand). But the girls obviously could not stay still. They finished all their homework for the weekend and hubby had taken them out for dinner and a movie, but when they got back, they were still as hyper as can be.

Thankfully, I received a free copy of Doc McStuffin's School of Medicine to review. Perfect timing! It had 5 episodes and a cute little "Doc Dress-Up Play Set" inside. My 10 year old had more fun with that. I asked my girls a few questions after watching two episodes (and then it wa bath time), because believe it or not, they had never seen this cartoon before.


Me: What did you think about Doc McStuffins'?
The Girls: It was awesome!

Me: Who was your favorite character?
The Girls: Doc Mcstuffins'!

Me: Do you want to keep watching?
The Girls: Yes!

Me: Why did you like best about Doc McStuffins'?
The Girls: She made everyone feel better!


And yes, they literally did scream every answer, so that deserves an "Exclamation Mark!" lol. I enjoyed the DVD myself and the girls can't wait to finish watching the rests of the episodes.

The DVD is available to purchase starting September 9th, 2014. I also love that there are multiple languages available, including Spanish! When my grandparents babysit, it would be great that they all watch together in Spanish, since it's my grandparents native language.

Drop by DOC MCSTUFFINS' SCHOOL OF MEDICINE for five song-tastic episodes about staying happy and healthy, whether you're a girl, a boy... or a toy! Share the fun as Doc teaches the toys to patch themselves up when they're down, and shows them how visiting the dentist, seeing an optometrist and even getting an X-ray can work wonders! Banish the blurries as you help Professor Hootsburgh choose the perfect pair of glasses, get soccer star Johnny Foosball back in the game, and fix a friendly bath-time shark's cracked tooth. Then, when Doc sprains her ankle, join the toys as they rush to her rescue. But don't worry -- with rest, patience, and plenty of cuddles, she's back on her feet before you can say, "The Doc is in!"

Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine DVD available for purchase at:


Toys R'Us: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=41972716

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L1WJH0A/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_vV3-tb10Z1GB

Best Buy: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/doc-mcstuffins-school-of-medicine-dvd/8190793.p?id=3271594&skuId=8190793

Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Doc-McStuffins-School-Of-Medicine-Widescreen/37578273


*Disclosure: I received this DVD from Allied Hispanic to review, all thoughts are my own. No compensation was offered for this review*

Friday, September 5

Thursday Night Special - Formacio Pizzeria



I have had a craving for homemade italian style pizza and I remembered about Formacio Pizzeria in Mercedes, so I thought I'd share with you for todays Thursday Night Special! 

I featured them in a Sunday in My City this past summer, it was the first time we went and it was AH-MAZING! So I wanted to do a short review for ya'll.

Formacio Pizzeria is in Mercedes, Texas and they just celebrated their two year anniversary and offered a Free slice of pizza for customers, how nice, right?!

When we visited we actually had no idea where we were going. So we got on Facebook and tried to see where they were located. Google maps sucks, lol. We finally found it, thanks to me! We weren't too sure about if we should eat there cus the landscape, well, there was no landscape, it looked really small. But while we were getting off like 5 cars had come and gone, so we thought it would be okay.

We had never been there, so we had no idea what to expect. We actually heard about this place from my mom. She didn't tell us any info, just that it's really good, lol. So we walked in and first thing you see is where they make the pizzas and some extra chairs, for waiting, and the cooler for drinks.

We weren't sure if we had to order first or not, so we just followed the lead. I went to go sit down, it was bigger than it looked, and daddy stayed with the girls to see, what we assume was the owner, flip some pizzas in the air. They enjoyed that. While daddy was looking, I ordered our drinks with the waitress and she brought some paper plates (which is a bit disappointing) and handed us paper menus.

We ordered an order of garlic nots (8/$1) which arrived minutes later, but were tiny than I imagined. They made up for their size in taste, freshness and affordability! Hubby saw the table next to us order wings, so he called the waitress over and he ordered some. Again, they arrived so fast, spicy and came  celery and ranch sauce. ! It was nice that the drinks were in cans and that we could choose which we wanted from the cooler or opt for fountain drinks from the dispenser. 

Check out the pizza! We ordered a surpreme pizza, I don't remember the size, check out their website to see the menu, I think we got an Extra Large! Perfect size. If we hadn't ordered appetizers, we would have finished the pizza. We took two slices home. To get a perspective of the size of the pizza, look at Yvettes slice below! Holy cow!
 

As far as taste and freshness, Formacio Pizzeria gets 5 stars! The crust was crispy, the cheese was melted and flavor was right on. The girls loved the pizza too, they even at all their veggies too! The staff was friendly and did have to call them over a few times, but it was a full house, dinner rush hour on a Saturday night.


Check out their Facebook page and let them know you saw them on The Mami Blog! For more information also see their website. So if you are ever in the need for some freshly made pizza at a great price, check out Formacio Pizzeria! 

Our Hours

Mon-Thu 11 am - 10 pm Sat-Sun 11 am - 10 pm
Fri 11 am - 11 pm

Call 956-903-4109
To Place Your Order!

316 W 3rd Street
Mercedes, Texas 78570

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