Gabby’s #OOTD- My Little Pony Chic #KidsFashionFridays

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My blogger friend Alicia and I both love fashion! Since we are both moms and love dressing up our kiddos, we decided to team up and bring you all #KidsFashionFridays! Last weeks theme was military camouflage. Unfortunately, Gabby was out of town with her dad last weekend so she wasn’t able to participate. However, check out Alicia’s adorable daughter Naliya in her military camouflage outfit: Chica Fashion . This Friday’s theme is “Cartoon Character”. I immediately knew what Gabby would want to wear- something with My Little Pony on it. She is obsessed!

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Hat (similar)  & My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle Sweatshirt- H&M
Black Leggings- FabKids
Purple Sparkle Wristlet – Bixbee
Wedge Sneakers- Ruum

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Gabby loves her Bixbee wristlet! That’s where she stashes some of her cash. LOL She takes it with her whenever we go out. Check out Bixbee.com they have some really awesome backpacks and accessories! I love that for every backpack purchased, Bixbee will donate a schoolbag with supplies to a kid in need. How awesome is that?!

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Gabby LOVES My Little Pony! As soon as she saw this sweatshirt at H&M she had to have it! She’s worn it to school a few times already!

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Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to link up to this weeks theme below! Next weeks theme will be Mad About Plaid. Hope you join us!
Use the hashtag #KidsFashionFridays so Alicia and I can see all your stylish kids!

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Cord Blood Banking with ViaCord #Cordblood101

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A few days ago I was invited to an event here in NYC to learn more about cord blood banking with ViaCord. ViaCord is a leading private family cord blood bank that has been providing high-quality stem cell and tissue preservation services to families for 20 years. Their mission is to provide the highest quality stem cell preservation service and care for their patients, families, and physicians. ViaCord is dedicated to advancing the science of cord blood stem cells. They collaborate with leading hospitals and researchers across the country. Part of PerkinElmer, a global company focused on improving human and environmental health, ViaCord has the highest published treatment success rates out of any cord blood banking company!

What is cord blood banking?

Both cord blood and cord tissue are great sources of stem cells, which have the ability to heal damaged cells, tissues, organs, blood and the immune system. Cord blood is the blood that remains in a newborn’s umbilical cord after birth, and the stem cells it contains have been used to help replace damaged blood cells with healthy ones, with the potential to strengthen the immune system. Cord blood and cord tissue stem cells are collected at the time of the birth by the health care provider and stored at a ViaCord facility.

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What kind of choices did you have to make when you were pregnant?

So many decisions to make while pregnant. What information do you wish you had at the time that would have made those choices easier? Choosing the right doctors and birthing plan was a huge decision for me. You want what will be best for the baby! It took me months to even choose what kind of stroller and car seat I wanted to get! I’m happy with how everything turned out with my daughter’s birth; however, the next time around I definitely want to bank my child’s cord blood.

Why bank cord blood?

Cord blood stem cells are the fastest growing source of stem cells in pediatric transplants, and have been used in the treatment of nearly 80 diseases, including lymphoma and leukemia. The number of diseases treated by cord blood stem cells has doubled since 2007, and thanks to ongoing research, the potential for treatment continues to grow. To date, over 30,000 cell transplants have been performed. Clinical trials are being conducted to test the utility of autologous (a child’s own) umbilical cord blood stem cell infusions to treat autism, cerebral palsy, and type 1 diabetes84.  Cord tissue stem cells are now in preclinical (not human) trials for a number of conditions20-26. There is a high likelihood that biological family members could benefit from the baby’s cord tissue stem cells, because parents have a 100% likelihood and siblings a 75% likelihood of being a match16, 50. Cord tissue stem cells are not yet approved for treatment, but saving cord tissue stem cells means more potential treatment options in the future.

My Thoughts:

I wish I knew about cord blood banking before I had my daughter! I love that ViaCord is all about moving the cord blood industry forward! Though it is an extra cost to add on to your baby’s birth plan, I think it is such a great investment! You can even create a registry with ViaCord and have friends and family help contribute to banking your newborns cord blood. Did you know? ViaCord recently lowered the upfront price of cord blood banking by 40%! More opportunities for people to bank! Happy and hopeful for the future of cord blood banking!

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Mami’s Milanesa De Pollo With A Chipotle Twist! #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

*This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.*

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There is nothing like some good ol’ latin food! Am I right? I miss my moms cooking so much! I think my all time favorite was Mami’s Milanesa De Pollo! ¡Qué delicioso! I decided to keep my moms memory alive by recreating her milanesa- but with a chipotle sauce twist! I headed over to my local mexican bodega here in NYC and purchased some products from LA MORENA to help create my Milanesa De Pollo With A Chipotle twist!

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It was so hard to choose, but I ultimately ended up choosing the chipotle peppers to work with in this meal!
Let’s see what I whip up with the Jalapeño peppers in the near future!

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My mom usually made arroz blanco with her milanesa, but I decided to do a cilantro lime rice for this meal.

Cilantro Lime Rice
1/2 cup of cilantro
Salt (to taste)
2 Tablespoons of lime juice
2 Tablespoons of water

Mix all ingredients with some already cooked plain rice and voila!

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Mami’s Milanesa De Pollo With A Chipotle Twist


Ingredients:
(1) 7oz La Morena Chipotle Peppers Can
(1) Egg
Salt
Pepper
Breadcrumbs
Chicken Breasts

Directions:

Mix up the La Morena Chipotle Peppers in a food processor. Marinate chicken breasts with salt,pepper, egg and the newly mixed La Morena Chipotle Peppers. Let marinate for a bit to absorb the flavor. Dip chicken breasts into breadcrumbs, then fry! 

 

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I am so happy with how my Milanesa De Pollo With Chipotle came out! The La Morena Chipotle Peppers gave the chicken just the right amount of spiciness. And the cilantro lime rice was so delicious as well! I topped off my chicken with a bit of La Morena Home Made Style Red Mexican sauce and a little lime on the side. !Delicioso! Mami would be proud! A simple but delicious meal to make! With it being Hispanic Heritage Month I am sure my mom is happy that I am embracing my latina roots and sharing them with my daughter as well. I want her to grow up being proud of her latina roots!

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Secret Extensions™ Review #SecretExtensions

* I was invited to an event and was given the chance to review the item below. All opinions are my own*

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I recently attended an event at the Paul Labreque Salon to try out Secret Extensions™. I had such a fabulous time! 1st and foremost I was super excited to attend because I’ve been meaning to try out hair extensions. Ever since I had my daughter, my hair just isn’t the same as before. I wanted to try our hair extensions for added length (though my hair is getting longer now), but most importantly for volume! Also, Daisy Fuentes endorses the brand so I definitely had to support a fellow latina! Check out my before and after below:

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The 1st pic is my before,loving my ‘after’. The fabulous hair stylist Marlena gave me an awesome braided headband look!
Theres no way I could of achieved this look without the Secret Extensions™ blended in with my hair.
Doesn’t my hair look fabulous?

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Another look done that night (pictured above) was a lovely ombre look!  I LOVED it!
Yet another great look, so easy to do!
The best part of it is that I don’t need to dye my own hair to achieve an ombre style!

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Guests got to go home with the items shown above.
Really looking forward to doing my nails with the Hot Designs nail art pens!
I also can’t wait to master the perfect bun with Hot Buns!

Overall, I am so happy with my new Secret Extensions™! I love how easy it is to use Secret Extensions™. Just slip it on like a headband, then pull your own hair over to blend. It’s that simple! It’s not heavy on your head either which is great! Looks real too! Price is great too, starting at $39.99!

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Here I am wearing a set of Secret Extensions™ after the event. I love braids, but normally my hair is too thin to achieve a nice braid. I was able to pull off this look by blending in a set of my Secret Extensions™! So many more hair possibilities now! Thanks Secret Extensions™!

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* Thank you Natalie and Ciaran  from Hot Moms Club for the invite! The event was fabulous! *

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