Good Vibe Tribe

GoodVibeLately, I can’t help but feel saddened with all the bad news shown in the media. Is it me or is the negativity, hatred and freak accidents just too much to bear, bypass and just keep chugging along with our day-to-day? These unfortunate events make me hold my kids a bit tighter and make me realize that time is beyond precious. And more importantly, that we have to be the change, stay positive and raise our kids to be good humans. To uplift and give off nothing but good vibes all around. Hence why this tank is on repeat.

Good Vibe Tribe

| Good Vibes Tribe Tank, TJ Maxx $12.99 | Betsyville Cateye Animal Print, Target.com Clearance $7.48, | Red Chino Shorts, Banana Republic (Last Season Clearance) $14 |Sandals, Red Cutout, Forever21 $17.90 |

And by the way, this entire outfit was $52. Including accessories!Good Vibe Tribe

Good Vibe Tribe

Good Vibe Tribe

Good Vibe TribeThese cutout sandals are my go-to this summer. Loving the color and comfort. And for $17.90 you really can’t go wrong.

 

Cheers to spreading good vibes all around!

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

Iced Mexican Coffee

Mexican-Iced-Coffee-Nescafe-Break-Routine-Patron-CafeCalling all my coffee and adult beverage aficionados! Summer is literally days away and this Iced Mexican Coffee is simply pure bliss. I mean what’s not to love? A thirst-quenching caffeinated boozy drink. Yasss!

Iced Mexican Coffee

Yield: 2

Iced Mexican Coffee

Ingredients

  • 1 cup NESCAFÉ Clásico chilled
  • 2 tbsp Almond Milk (OR milk of choice)
  • 1 shot of Coffee Liquor
  • 1 shot of Tequila (I prefer Patron XO Cafe)
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Organic Sugar and Powder Cinnamon For Rim
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Make 1 cup of NESCAFÉ Clásico and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Mix sugar and powdered cinnamon into a small plate. Dab a little water onto rim of each glass. Turn glass upside down and place over sugar/cinnamon mix.
  3. Add 1/2 a shot of coffee liquor, 1/2 a shot of tequila and ice to each glass. Top off with 1 Tbsp milk and a cinnamon stick. Sip and enjoy!
http://themotheroverload.com/iced-mexican-coffee/

Mexican-Iced-Coffee-Nescafe-Break-Routine-Patron-CafeAnd speaking of coffee, I teamed up with NESCAFÉ Clásico to be a part of their Break The Routine campaign. The campaign invites us all to create little moments in the now rather than put them off for “the right time”, for “the perfect opportunity”, for the “next time.” To celebrate every moment every single day.

So I put this to the test and took the girls outside to eat our snacks (and pretend donuts) rather than eat them while running errands or staying inside while I do laundry and prep for dinner. This little outdoor picnic totally changed our moods and my four-year-old now wants to do it on a daily basis.

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Would you break your daily routine? The people in this next video agreed to do so and NESCAFÉ Clásico rewarded them by giving them the surprise of their life! Find out what it was by clicking play here.

Looking forward to seeing that NESCAFÉ Clásico bus around my neighborhood!

 

Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

 

 

 

 

 

DIY: Succulent Wreath

Succulent-wreath-diy-summerSummer is just around the corner but for some of us, it seems to already be here. Just last week, we hit the 100s! And if you’re from California you know that our drought is not going anywhere anytime soon. So for that reason, and mainly because I seriously do not have a green thumb, I’m now a lover of all desert plants. Succulents to be exact. They require very little water if that plus they seem to be the it thing at the moment, right?

Just the other day, while at Hobby Lobby, I came across a really neat section of artificial succulents. They all looked so pretty! Some even looked real. I put on my DIY hat and decided to make a summer wreath with them. I purchased a $10 succulent garland, a handful of succulent picks and an 18” grapevine wreath. Most items were discounted 40-50% but there are a few online stores such as Consumer Crafts that also sell these items at greater discounted prices. And side note, I only grabbed the items that caught my eye immediately as shopping with two littles can be a task in itself.

I paid, headed home, fed the kiddos and within a few minutes, Lexi fell asleep. Phew! That meant I had exactly 30 minutes to get something done. Because it’s all about teething and catnaps over here. So instead of washing the dishes, doing laundry and hand washing some stains on Lexi’s clothes, I decided to make my summer garland. I told myself that if I didn’t do it now, I’d never get to it. And thankfully, Mia was preoccupied making Playdo outfits for her dinos and the wreath was actually super easy to make. I got it done in less than 30 minutes. Just in time!

Items Needed

  1. Assortment of Faux Succulent Picks & Garland
  2. 18″ Grapevine Wreath
  3. Glue Gun
  4. Floral Wire

Directions

Grab a large succulent pick and insert the stem through the middle of the grapevine wreath.DSC_2553-1

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DSC_2557-1Add floral wire around the base of each succulent pick and secure onto the branches of the wreath.

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DSC_2558-1Pull out pieces from your succulent garland and use them to fill in any empty spots left in between each succulent pick. Glue them in using a hot glue gun.

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Keep adding garland pieces until your satisfied with the way your wreath looks. And that’s all the steps needed to make this wreath. It’s the quickest one I’ve made yet.

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Happy summer everyone!!

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

Am I An Inadequate Mother??

breastfeeding story-journeyThroughout my first pregnancy, I was that crazy mom-to-be surfing the web reading about baby tips, suggestions and things to buy for hours on end. I signed us up for classes that had anything and everything to do with babies. Moreover, I was determined to be the very best mom I could be for Mia and that included breastfeeding her. It could very well be due to the fact that I was being told breast milk was like “liquid gold” for my child at every.single.preggo follow up. That it provided immunity, antibodies, simpler digestion, a decrease in ear infections and interestingly enough, even lowered the risks of diseases such as leukemia. But becoming a first-time mom was certainly not a walk in the park. It made me question who I am and what I physically can do. Case in point, my breastfeeding journey.

I was beyond devastated when a team of lactation consultants and doctors advised me to stop breastfeeding altogether merely one month after I had Mia. To think my body was not ‘mommy material’ made me feel like the worse mom ever. I mean I was being told that breast milk was like liquid gold, right?! And side note, why is it referred to that way? Why can’t we call it like diamonds?! Aren’t diamonds forever and a girl’s best friend? I digressed. So since I had to stop breastfeeding altogether and had to give my little love formula, I then started to feel like an inadequate mom. I yearned to give my child the good stuff. To give her nothing but the best. But physically, I couldn’t do it. And for that, I became really hard on myself. Post-partum depression at its best. More so when I saw my little nugget become constipated from all the iron found in formula and always irritable from it. Quick gimme some of the liquid gold stuff to ease her pain!

Fast forward three years to finding out we were having baby numero dos. My initial thought was “great, I’ll for sure be depriving another child from the good stuff.”  And those crazy thoughts of being an inadequate mom started to surface again. But I tried to reassure myself that it really was not a big deal in the grand scheme of things more so since our first is a very active healthy kid. Liquid gold or no liquid gold.

So when the time came and they plopped our second onto my chest, she immediately moved her tiny little nose into position and latched on. All I could do was cry in sheer happiness and take it all in. I told myself that even if it was for just one month I’d be ok with that. That if my body would just refuse to let it happen again that I wouldn’t be so hard on myself, this time around. I kept thinking “just take it one day at a time”. And that one day at a time is now almost 6 months! Talk about making a comeback, right?

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And even though I’m beyond grateful my body worked its magic this second time around, my breastfeeding journey has not been easy (as I’m sure it has not been for most). But I’m embracing it all. The good (being able to physically produce liquid gold), the beautiful (bonding time) and the ugly (mastitis, thrush, plugged ducts, low supply, etc.).

Having been on both ends of the spectrum, I realize now that nursing a baby is not an indicator of what it takes to be a good mom. A good mom is one that rises above all the mommy adversities and situations thrown her way and pushes forward.

So whether you’re exclusively breastfeeding, supplementing or giving your baby a bottle/formula, none should be factors used to determine if you’re an adequate or inadequate mother. Please, let’s just stop the shaming. A child simply needs a happy, emotionally healthy mom to feed them and give them lots of love. In the end, that’s all that really matters.

Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

Coconut Crème Fraîche & Berry Gelatin

Coconut-Creme Fraiche-Berry-GelatinWith Memorial day being around the corner, I wanted to share this quick red, white and blue dessert that not only looks pretty neat on the outside but also contains some healthier ingredients on the inside. Ok – crème fraîche frosting aside. But really, who doesn’t love fresh berry desserts?? Not to mention making this recipe with my little one was tons of fun. We unintentionally turned it into a science experiment as Mia had never seen how jello is made. Love watching her learn new things. This recipe is a must!

 

Coconut Crème Fraîche & Berry Gelatin

Coconut Crème Fraîche & Berry Gelatin

Ingredients

  • Berry Gelatin:
  • 2 pouches Unflavored Gelatine 
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp organic sugar 
  • Fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries)
  • Silicone cupcake molds
  • Coconut Crème fraîche Frosting:
  • 1 (14 ounce) can regular coconut milk, pre-chilled the night before
  • 1/2 tbsp organic butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Berry Gelatin: Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and, without touching it, let it soften for 5 minutes. Heat a 1/2 cup of water in a small pan until very hot and stir the softened gelatin into it. Stir this mixture over a low heat until the gelatin dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in Meyer lemon juice. Pour a layer of gelatin into a mold and arrange some of the berries in this layer. Refrigerate for an hour. Repeat for additional layers. Before you try to invert it onto a serving plate, place the mold in hot water. If you're not serving it right away, be sure to keep it chilled.
  2. Coconut Crème Fraîche: Carefully open pre-chilled can of coconut milk and remove firm, white coconut cream layer from top, avoiding coconut water. Only the cream will be used. In a mixer, whisk butter for a couple minutes. Slowly add in confectioners sugar and coconut cream on high for a minute or until well blended. Add vanilla and blend for an additional minute.
  3. When serving, add a dollop of coconut crème fraîche, a strawberry slice and fresh mint leaves.
http://themotheroverload.com/coconut-creme-fraiche-berry-gelatin/

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Coconut-Creme Fraiche-Berry-Gelatin

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

Sunday’s Best

Cee Cee & Ryan - Diaper Bag - Review - Giveaway - Mommy & Me - Sunday's Best I’m all about buying mommy products that are versatile. And bonus points if they happen to be fashionable and on the cool side. Enter this Kennedy Cee Cee & Ryan diaper bag. It’s not your ordinary diaper bag. It’s got style and I love pairing it with our Sunday’s best mommy and me outfits.

This bag is not only easy on the eyes but it has tons of storage for my kiddos things as well as mine. The interior of the bag is divided into two sections. One section has pockets that fit Alexia’s bottles, wipes, diapers, clothes and even Mia’s toys while the other side has pockets for my cell phone, shades, lipstick, wallet, keys, water bottle and snacks to name a few. Definitely makes it easy to spot everything I need while I’m on-the-go.

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Cee Cee & Ryan - Diaper Bag - Review - Giveaway - Mommy & Me - Sunday's Best

And today, we’re excited to partner up with Cee Cee & Ryan to give one very lucky winner a chance to win a Cee Cee & Ryan diaper bag of their choice [Worth up to $125].

To enter simply follow these steps:

1. FOLLOW @themotheroverload & @ceeceeandryan via Instagram
2. LIKE the giveaway Instagram post and COMMENT which bag you’re diggin’
3. TAG your mama friends on a separate line for extra entries
All entries must be submitted by 5/21/16 9p PST. Winner will be announced 5/22/16.
Cee Cee & Ryan - Diaper Bag - Review - Giveaway - Mommy & Me - Sunday's Best
Cee Cee & Ryan - Diaper Bag - Review - Giveaway - Mommy & Me - Sunday's Best
Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

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Frozen Protein-Banana Mini Popsicles

Chocolate Covered Banana-Popsicle-Mini-Zoku-Frozen-Treat-SnackOk – so technically it’s not summer yet but the weather sure has been acting like it in our neck of the woods. We’ve even hit the low 90s folks! And since I’m a huge fan of all things summer; I wanted to share a popsicle recipe we love to make when the temperature starts to rise.

These mini pops are definitely sweet, but balanced with protein for a healthier kick. Oh, and if your kids are allergic to nuts, not to worry, skip them altogether and just add sprinkles, shredded coconut or even granola. Trust me, they’ll still be packed with protein.Chocolate Covered Banana-Popsicle-Mini-Zoku-Frozen-Treat-Snack

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Frozen Protein-Banana Mini Popsicles

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 9 Mini Popsicles

Frozen Protein-Banana Mini Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Bananas
  • 1 Scoop Organic Protein Powder
  • Dark Chocolate Large Bar
  • Sliced Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Pepitas, Cashews
  • Zoku Mini Popsicle Mold
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Bowls For Toppings And Protein Powder
  • Glass Measuring Cup (to hold 2 cups)
  • Parchment Paper
  • Baking Sheet
  • Spatula/Spoon

Instructions

  1. First things first. I've found it easier to work with the banana once it's frozen via a popsicle mold. So be sure to prepare the pops a night before or a minimum 8hrs prior to dipping them into the melted chocolate. Start by peeling and slicing 4 bananas (1-2 inches). Using a spoon, place a piece of banana into the crevice of each mini popsicle mold and smash with spoon until entire crevice is covered. Repeat until all crevices are filled. Top with popsicle sticks.
  2. Prepare your work space. Let's face it, anything that involves chocolate and melted for that matter, can get super messy. I like clearing our kitchen table and having everything I need on it to make these popsicles quickly.
  3. Arrange bowls for the toppings you'd like to use (we used almonds, pepitas, and sunflower seeds) and leave a space for the bowl of melted chocolate and protein powder. Place a cookie sheet with parchment-lined paper to place your frozen choco-banana mini popscicles.
  4. Fill the bottom of a sauce pan with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer. Place chunks of dark chocolate into a glass bowl (I used a glass measuring cup). Let the chocolate melt, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove the sauce pan and transfer to your work station.
  5. Once you have everything prepared and ready to go, take out your popsicles from the freezer (I suggest doing a few at at time as the banana can thaw pretty quickly and get mushy if left out too long).
  6. Dip a popsicle into your protein powder bowl. The powder will stick to the banana rather quickly as it's frozen. Then immediately dip into melted dark chocolate. Be sure to have a spatula or spoon inside the melted chocolate so that you ensure the popsicle is completely covered. I also turn the popsicle as I do this. Remember to move as quickly as possible as the banana will freeze the chocolate almost instantly.
  7. Remove popsicle from melted chocolate. Use one hand to hold the popsicle and the other to grab toppings. Sprinkle toppings over the melted chocolate while rotating. Again, be sure to move quickly as chocolate will harden and the toppings won't stay put if this occurs.
  8. Place the chocolate covered popsicles onto baking sheet with parchment paper for a couple minutes. Remove the rest of the frozen popsicles from the mold and replace with chocolate covered bananas back onto the mold. Be sure not to push the chocolate frozen bananas into the mold but rather just use the mold to stand them up. Place back into freezer. Once you've covered the remaining popsicles with chocolate and toppings add them all to the popsicle mold. And viola! you've got yourself a tray of delicious healthy mini treats.
  9. *Additional Topping Ideas: Sprinkles, Shredded Coconut And/or Granola
http://themotheroverload.com/frozen-protein-banana-mini-pops/

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Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

 

 

 

Chambray Shirtdress + Neon

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Dress: Banana Republic Textured Chambray Shirtdress (similar here) | Clutch: Target Merona Pouch |Shoes: Guess Coral Patent Pumps (old) |Sunnies: Betsyville Leopard Cateye || On Mia || Dress: Target | Shoes: Clarks Silver Sandals

I’m a big fan of chambray anything and everything. It’s lightweight and oh so comfortable. You can dress it up this season with the right accessories or dress it down. Which is why I’m always on the lookout for timeless chambray pieces.

This textured chambray shirtdress from Banana Republic is one of my latest steals. I found it at a Banana Republic outlet for 50% off ($35). I love how the material feels and all the simple details it has. It’s loose-fitting with a wrap around belt to hide the little baby weight I’m still haulin’ around. Plus, it’s nursing friendly. Need I say more?

I’m currently wearing the dress with pops of neon (neon coral pumps and neon clutch) and loving the contrast. Would you wear it?

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Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

Our Sobremesa Tradition

The rainy weather in Southern California is long gone and we’re now enjoying our afternoon cafecito outside our grandparents lovely garden again. For as long as I can remember, my grandparents have had this tradition of hanging around the kitchen/patio table after meals drinking coffee and chitchatting (also known in our culture as sobremesa). Specifically drinking Nescafé. I was amazed to hear my abuelito tell me that he’s been drinking Nescafé long before I was even born. Apparently well over 40 years.Nescafé-cafe-coffee-cafesito

This lingering after a meal usually entails chitchatting about memories from our families motherland, Mexico, to catching up on what’s going on with the kids, grandkids, and now great grandkids. And let me tell you, there’s plenty of funny material to cover with all the younger kids travesuras (antics).

We’re truly blessed that our kids get to spend time with their great-grandparents. And I for one, am grateful to be able to capture these sweet moments on film so that my girls can one day look back at them. Interestingly enough, Nescafé has always been a part of these family memories.

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Great grandma Trina sure has the prettiest blooms we’ve ever seen. Her garden is filled with papayas, avocados, lemons and just about every flower and herb you could possibly think of.

Nescafe Collage-lemon treeThe sobremesa (after-meal moment) tradition is definitely here to stay. It’s also an integral part of my parents and in-laws weekly Sunday dinners and certainly a part of our extended family back in Mexico. I can’t imagine our family gatherings without our pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread) and NESCAFÉ cafecito. Coffee really does bring friends and families together, right?

NESCAFÉ did an interesting experiment about how people actually talk more when coffee is included in their after-meal conversation. Check out their video HERE and be sure to also stop by the NESCAFÉ Facebook page to create and upload your very own Sobremesa video with your friends and family. Nescafé-cafe-coffee-cafesito

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

Mom Fashion Tips: Summer Shades

Let me start by saying that, yes, I might be a tad obsessed with sunglasses. I really think shades or glasses in general, are the best accessory anyone can wear. And if you’re anything like me, I lose these things just as much as I do my hair scrunchies. Anybody else with me on this one? I mean come on. One day I have a pair of shades in my diaper bag and then viola! the next day it just magically disappears. Little sticky fingers are usually the culprit. Ahem, Mia. I’ve found some of them looking mighty “stylish” as she calls it on her stuffed animals others have just gone somewhere into the abyss. But regardless, just another excuse to buy new ones, right?

These Betsy Johnson Betsyville shades help frame the shape of my face and are perfect for summer. Found them on clearance at my favorite store, Target.com and at only $7.48 each (70% off), I had to buy multiples. Is that a deal or what?

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Happy Shopping!

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys