Gabby’s 7th Birthday!

7th Birthday!

OMG! Gabriella turned 7 today! Why do the years go by so fast?! SEVEN! I can’t believe it! I am SO happy with the precious little lady she is turning out to be. She brings so much joy into my world. Can’t imagine life without her!

This year we decided to keep it more simple. No birthday party. And she was fine with that. She woke up super excited this morning. She’s been looking forward to her birthday for so long now! Since we opted not to have a party we at least brought cupcakes,juices and goodie bags to her 1st grade class. Her dad and I had fun hanging out with her 1st grade class. The teacher even put on the Frozen soundtrack while we celebrated Gabby’s birthday!

Mom In Love Forever

After school we headed into the city. 1st stop was Toys R’ Us. We let Gabby pick some toys for her birthday. She’s been obsessed with Barbie’s lately so she added some new items to her ever growing collection. Oh- and since she’s a bloggers kid, there WILL be a review coming soon. LOL It was her idea to do a review on some of the items so picked out. After Toys R’ US we headed to Ripley’s Believe it Or Not. It was our 1st time going there. It was fun, but not worth the money I think.

Toys R' US Times Square NYCripleys believe it or not Times Square NYC

We then went to Outback Steakhouse since Gabby wanted steak for dinner. lol The weather sucks right now in NYC. Can’t wait for Spring to finally arrive. Needless to say we didn’t stay out too late. Plus the kiddo still had to do her h.w! The celebration will continue tomorrow. Her dad and I have another surprise for her tomorrow after school. =)

Biracial Girl

Happy Birthday Princess!
Love you so much!

xo

Delicious Tilapia & Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes! #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

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For Lent I’ve noticed people like to look for different fish recipes to try out. I am one of those people!  I decided to create a dish with traditional flavor using La Morena products! I decided to hit up my local bodega here in NYC to pick up some La Morena products. I love using La Morena because it is a Mexican food brand that tastes authentic! Authenticity is important because I wan’t my family to have wonderful memories during special times like Semana Santa!

La Morena Mexican Food Brand

So many La Morena products to choose from! I ended choosing the 7oz Chipotle Peppers and the 7oz Pickled Jalapeños. I decided to make a pan seared tilapia with a spicy mashed sweet potato side.  I thought the sweetness of the sweet potato, along with the heat from either one of the peppers would be a great mix!

Tilapia Recipe

For the tilapia I used 1 fillet per person. I seasoned it with salt & pepper since it absorbs flavor pretty easily. I didn’t add too many spices because I know the mashed sweet potato is going to be full of La Morena flavor!

tilapia

Add a little olive oil and cook well on both sides.
You will know it’s done once the fish starts to break apart a bit.

Sweet Potato

Since I am an extremely busy mama, I like to take shortcuts in the kitchen occasionally. These mashed sweet potatoes pellets come in so handy when I want a delicious meal but don’t have the time to peel and boil potatoes.  Just follow the directions on the package, or make them from scratch. I promise I will next time! I decided to use the chipotle peppers in this recipe. I used my blender to mix it up finely and added it to my mashed sweet potatoes! The sweet & spicy mixture came out DELICIOUS!

Tilapia Recipe Using LA MORENA products!

This fish dish came out so great! The spicy flavor of the La Morena chipotle peppers definitely took the mashed sweet potatoes to another level. The tilapia paired nicely with it. I added a little extra chipotle peppers on top for those who want the extra spice!

Do you have any family traditions or recipes for Lent?
Would love to hear about it in the comments section!

Wait…there is more!

La Morena is having an awesome giveaway!
Be sure to enter using the widget below.
Good luck!

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Lalaloopsy Girls – Crazy Hair Dolls! Review & GIVEAWAY!

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Lalaloopsy Girls - Crazy Hair Dolls!

We are so excited for today’s review! Gabby LOVES Lalaloopsy and was SEW happy when we got the Laloopsy Girls- Crazy Hair dolls in the mail! The Lalaloopsy Girls now have fancy, bendy hair! Play 6 ways to style their hair- Cut, lengthen, color, glitter, style and accessorize! Check out our video below:

Hope you enjoyed our video! The Lalaloopsy Girls Crazy Hair Dolls are so much fun to play with! Gabby and I had a blast giving Jewel Sparkles and Scoops Waffle Cone crazy hair styles! March 6 will be #CrazyHairDay, be sure to join in on the fun! They want to see your best crazy, silly hair do’s. Not only on yourself but with your dolls as well! Check out this page for more details: #CrazyHairDay

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That’s not all! We are also having a GIVEAWAY! Yay!

One lucky person will win a Lalaloopsy Girls – Crazy Hair Doll!
Entering the giveaway is easy,just use the rafflecopter down below!
Good luck!

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Spring Haul From P.S. from Aeropostale

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P.S. from Aeropostale

Spring is right around the corner and we can’t wait! In the meantime Gabby and I have been getting ready for spring by starting to shop for some spring time items. P.S. from Aeropostale has been getting some really awesome spring product in recently! We hit up our local P.S. from Aeropostale store at the Manhattan Mall here in NYC recently. Check out the awesome items Gabby picked out:

P.S. from Aeropostale

Gabby loved this shirt because of all the different languages it say’s HELLO!
The jeggings she’s wearing are SUPER soft! Perfect for playtime!

P.S From Aeropostle

Just like Ariana Grande- Gabby likes to wear her cat ears often!

#Selfie
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Selfie Shirt
Everyone loves taking a #Selfie!

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How cool is this shirt?
This pink skirt will be perfect for spring then transition into summer!

We had so much fun shopping at P.S. from Aeropostale! They have stylish clothes at a good price! And most times they have some sort of promotion going on! We got all the items shown in the outfits above plus a pair of floral leggings and another tee shirt for less than $100! Awesome, right?!

Thanks for stopping by!

XO-Virginia & Gabby

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