Friday, May 22, 2015

Office Gallery Wall

I've been working on my office space this week. I've had to get very creative 
with space and organizing my crafts, stationary, Glameratti supplies, etc.  
I once had a room to myself, but we've had to re-organize the spare room for guests. 
My beautiful prints and art have been stored away out of sight for some time now. 
So I am so happy to have my creative space again. 
It really does make a difference to have a little space for yourself that makes you feel 
inspired and creative. 
Being a mom, I think sometimes we push that need to the back of our priorities, 
but in my opinion, it actually helps us be a better mom! 
Anyway, here is my gallery wall and I love it! Now, I've got to tackle the desk!
 I will share more pics as I progress. Happy weekend!!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Baby/Toddler Favorites

  Hello! So I've got a little haul of my favorite baby/toddler things for April and May.
First of all let me say that I really appreciate when other moms make these posts too, as I love 
hearing what works and what doesn't! So please do share!
So first fav is Annie's Organic Whole Wheat White Cheddar Shells.  
My baby girl loves her some Mac and cheese! 
But a lot of other brands have iffy ingredients. I was so happy that she likes
these. I always scoop them up on sales and stock up.
 They also come in different shapes and flavors of course. 

  Both of these treats are just delicious! I even love them for myself!
Honest Kids Organic Juice is so good! I love having these for on the go.
 They are sweetened only with fruit juice. All the flavors are good. I found them at Target.

Black Forest Fruit Snacks have a juicy burst in the center that is really yummy. These
Are also made with real fruit juice and taste better than a lot of other brands. 

A new brand I just found is So Cozy, which is available at Target. Their bath products smell divine!!
 The Guav-o-rama 2 in 1 shampoo + body wash is my favorite. 
It has a nostalgic smell for me from when I was little and reminds me of 
something my mom used on me. We also love the Berry-whip Super Hydrating Conditioner.
  These products are non-paraben, non-toxic, sulfates, phthalates, synthetics etc. 
Amazing! I also tried out the de-tangling spray but my baby girl has mean knots that it 
just couldn't cut it! It smelled amazing, but it didn't work for us. 
 These other two, I can say are favs for sure!

Lastly, is Tom's Natural Silly Strawberry Fluoride Free toothpaste.
Alaia loves the taste and really enjoys brushing her teeth. 
It's  free of the yuckies and chemicals. It even has strawberry juice as a real flavor. 

That's our favorites! Hope you'll give some a try and let me know!

Xo - Taj

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DIY: Necklace for Mom & Giveaway with # RegaloDeAmorPampers

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration withDiMe Media and Pampers.  
All opinions are 100% mine.

I have a fun and easy DIY keepsake necklace for Mom or Abuela that is super fun to make!
I love receiving thoughtful gifts that are made from the heart and I know most moms do too!
This DIY is super inexpensive and easy. 
The fun part is designing something and getting creative while having
fun making a unique piece for your loved ones!

You will only need a few things for this keepsake necklace. Scissors, hot glue gun, beads, paper 
flowers and ribbon. All of which you can find at a Michael's.  I also used some vintage earrings
that I found at a thrift store for a few dollars. I thought they would just add something special and
I had a lot of fun picking out the ribbon. You can really find pretty patterns. Make sure it's soft, thin
ribbon.  Measure it around your neck and leave extra to be able to tie a bow for the closure. About 6 inc. 
Start adding your beads.  I chose contrasting colors for a pop. Also make sure when 
you are choosing beads that they have a bigger hole for the ribbon to easily slide thru. 
For the vintage earrings, I just removed the clasps on the pink ones. Then I easily slid it onto
the ribbon.
This is where you can be creative & have fun adding beads. 

To make the necklace extra special, I took a paper flower and a metallic gold pen and wrote
my daughter's name on it. Then I glued it to the end of the ribbon. You could also write the year.
I also made one with a different style ribbon & vintage earrings. Once you get started on these
I'm telling you they are so fun and easy to make! 
This earring was already missing a back so I just glued it right on. 
I took some pearls and placed them where I wanted to hot glue them.
They turned out so perfect! You don't need a clasp because 
you can just tie them on into a bow! 

This Mother’s Day, Pampers is celebrating moms and the precious moments of love with 
their little ones by giving the Pampers Gift of Love (#RegaloDeAmorPampers) to help families capture and cherish those loving moments with baby.  

When babies feel comforted and protected, they feel covered in love. 
It’s a privilege for @Pampers to be part of those precious moments that moms, abuelas, tias 
and the whole family share with babies. And to celebrate it, @Pampers is giving them its Pampers Gift of Love (#RegaloDeAmorPampers) to capture those loving moments this Mother’s Day! 

Babies experience mom's love in many different ways.  And those precious moments 
mom shares with her little one make every day special and worth remembering.  
I'm so excited to partner with @Pampers to host a giveaway for you!

Giveaway Includes:
$25 Michael's gift card
$100 SpaFinder gift card
Pampers Swaddlers & Pampers Wipes
a Rafflecopter giveaway

To find out more about @Pampers visit

Sunday, May 10, 2015

L'Occitane Prettiness

Happy Mother's Day weekend! I had to share these beautiful packages from L'Occitane. The gift sets 
are just beautifully packaged to send to mom or for a birthday. I always love going into 
their store and picking out little treats! My mother and sister both love their soaps and lotions 
and their L'OcciBox is just too cute to pass up with its champagne gummy bears from Sugarfina!

Hope you all have a wonderful Mothers Day! 
Xoxo -Taj

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fashion Dreams with Andrea

This is compensated collaboration between  ANDREA® and Latina Bloggers Connect.
However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Today I am revisiting the topic on women empowering themselves through entrepreneurship.
In a previous post, I collaborated with Andrea and shared how easy it can be to start
your own business and become your own boss thru their company selling fashion! Doesn't that
sound fun!

I know of so many stay-at-home moms who ask me all the time how I do it all myself.
 Running my own boutique and working in the beauty/fashion industry while raising my
little one is more than a handful! But the bottom line is I love it and have a passion for it.
If you love something, you know what they say! It's not work, it's living out your dreams!
My advice is always find what makes you happy and start there.
If you love fashion you would be a great Estrella Andrea
You have the opportunity to be self-employed and have the backing of a majorly
successful company to help you the whole way! I'm not going to sugar-coat it, there have
 been lots of times in my own business where I have been out in deep waters and no idea
how to solve a specific issue.  But with Andrea you have support and that is priceless!

Maybe you are great at styling looks together and have a great eye for what will be in fashion.
Or you just might love shoes! What girl doesn't love them? Andrea supplies all the wonderful
product for you and in return you get to help others make great fashion choices while
earning money! For the exact details on getting started, pay, bonuses etc. just click here.

It's seems as though the cooler weather may have finally passed here in L.A and warmer
temperatures are settling in. Yay!!! So this week I have been sorting thru my
winter clothes and shoes and getting them all ready to store away until fall.
These gorgeous leather boots that I chose from Andrea got lots of use and compliments!
So I will be looking forward to bringing them out again as they are a classic piece I will
always keep. 

I'm excited about this opportunity for women to make a path for themselves and
become their own boss!
The goal is to offer women business opportunities thru the Andrea catalog sales
system that offers professional growth and economic benefit!
I'm super supportive of anyone who takes a leap of faith and goes after making
their own dreams come to fruition through hard work.
Most importantly, just stepping out and giving yourself a chance!

xoxo, Taj

This is compensated collaboration between ANDREA and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Potty Training Diaries & a Pamper's Easy Ups Giveaway!

This is a compensated collaboration between Double Duty Divas and Pampers. 
However, all opinions expressed are 100% mine.

We are pretty excited to start potty training with Alaia! She's still on the fence about it though!
She has her little pink potty seat and a step stool for easy access to the toilet. 
Her Daddy and I both try to be supportive of her making the choice for herself to 
use the potty. 
We definitely bring it up a lot and remind her that she might need to go!
I found  a cute little book about a princess who learns to use the potty. 
So we read that over and over!  Of course there are a ton of help books and methods, but 
every child is different of course.

Training pants such as Pampers Easy Ups can help the diaper-to-underwear transition by 
allowing potty-training toddlers to set aside their diapers and wear something with 
more of an underwear-like design that still helps keep accidental messes off clothing, 
bedding and everywhere else! We got the Dora Easy Ups and Alaia just loves her! 
It's the little things that help right! 

If you're about to potty train or are in the trenches right now, I've got an amazing giveaway, 

the Pampers Easy Ups Potty Learning Package!  

This giveaway includes: 
Pampers Easy Ups
Little Looster Step Stool
Potty Lid
$50 American Express card and
It's You and Me Against the Pee … and the Poop, Too!

Potty training is such an exciting milestone for our toddlers and us as parents.  
If your tot is showing signs of readiness, spring and summer can be the ideal time to 
kick off potty training especially if your child is heading to preschool in the fall!

Potty training takes patience and lots of encouraging support on our part. 
If you're like me, you want the simple basics and the best steps to take. 
Dr. Laura Jana will be passing along all the advice tomorrow in a twitter party! 

Please join @Pampers on April 21st from 9-10pmEST as they host a 
Twitter Party with Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, award-winning parenting book 
author and potty training expert who co-authored to Its You and Me 
Against the Pee…and the Poop, Too! Dr. Jana will be sharing her tips to 
help simplify and improve the potty training experience for little ones 
and their parents. RSVP here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Nature's Gate Mini Haul

I've got a mini haul from Nature's Gate! It all started with their natural kids toothpaste 
that my daughter loves.  Since then, I've been trying out their natural products and have loved them 
and their prices too! 
Here I have the Avocado Night Cream, I love anything with avocado! I just started using it,
and so far it's creamy and softening.

The Herbal Blend Hand Cream in Orchid is Ahhmaze! It reminds me of my favorite place 
Hawaii! It's not too strong scented either like some floral scents. It's just heavenly and paraben free!!

I just tried out the Borage Serum last night so first impression is good so far. It's a little sticky consistency but it absorbs quickly and smells nice.

Last thing is the Lemon Verbena Oil Free Moisturizer. I haven't tried this yet, but the
ingredients are fab with lentil seed extract, white tea, olive, aloe, argan, flaxseed, blackberry
and acerola! Wow!!  It's free of parabens, phthalates, fragrance, PEG, mineral oil, and petrolatum.
Double amazing! I'm so happy there are these health conscious products with so many great ingredients now at the grocery and drug stores! Have you tried any of Nature's Gate products? 

Xo, Taj

Monday, April 13, 2015

March Favorites

Here are my March favorites that I have been loving.  I also have an empties basket that 
is overflowing and I need to get that up soon! I was thinking of doing a 
video for that so we'll see! 
First up is Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo.
Oh my goodness, this smells so heavenly, like perfume! I like it for volume and it 
gives life to hair that needs washing. I can't get enough of this, it's my 
favorite dry shampoo now.

Epielle Cucumber Cleansing Tissues
I've been using these forever and I realized I've never mentioned them in a favorites. 
I use them every single night and I can't live without them! 
I've tried all the other brands like Neutrogena etc.
 But I always prefer these. They are so gentle and I love the 
cucumber, grapefruit seed, aloe and glycerin. It is a Korean made product,
 but I usually find them at Big Lots. 

Aroma Actives Skincare Cleansing & Soothing Milk
This line uses aromatherapy as part of its technique as well as natural ingredients, which 
you know I love! This cleansing milk is very heavily scented with an earthy, herbal smell.
 At first it seemed overwhelming, but it was so smoothing and refreshing the more I used it.
Definitely aromatherapy!
I use it every time I take a bath. It has aloe vera, cucumber, milk thistle, and 
chamomile to name a few of long list of impressive ingredients. 

Arganesse Hair Treatment
This is such a luxurious argan oil hair treatment. A little goes a long way and it 
smells incredible!
It keeps my hair soft and shiny. I don't know what I did before argan oil!
 I use this everyday, especially on the ends of my hair.

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray
I have been obsessed with this vitamin based primer. It helps keep the oil at bay 
and helps with
reducing pores. Makeup looks flawless and fresh. Love!

Ambi Even & Clear Daily Moisturizer
This moisturizer is a busy multi-tasker with spf 30, 
and it works to even out skin tone and texture with
soy extract and vitamins c & e.
 I love a product that packs a punch and this steps up to the plate.
I have noticed a more even complexion since using and I 
apply every morning after my serum. 

Revlon Top Speed in Jaded
A fun minty color for Spring. 
Dries quickly and looks shiny and pretty. 

Gucci Flora
My Spring scent is exactly as it sounds, a rich sultry floral.
 It's not to over powering but it lingers and smells so good!

Two lip pencils I've had in rotation are Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in 
Midnight Cowboy. It's a pretty nude liner. 
 And Mary Kay Lip Crayon in Toasted.
It's the perfect sun-kissed pretty lip combo. 

So that's March! Please tag me with your favorites! 
Xo- Taj

Friday, March 27, 2015

Becoming an Estrella Andrea (Andrea Star)

This is compensated collaboration between  ANDREA® and Latina Bloggers Connect.
However, all opinions expressed are my own.

If you are like many women today, there are not enough hours in the day to
get everything on our lists done. Between going to work, running the kids
here and there, housework, family, etc., there leaves little time left over!
I started my own business a little over a year ago, it was a little scary at first to
step out, but it has been nothing but the best decision I ever made for myself! 

I decided to start living the life I had always imagined, even with a
newborn by my side keeping me up all night! It definitely has been a lot of
hard work and dedication, but making my dreams a priority has truly
changed my life! Maybe you've been thinking about starting your
own business from home, making your schedule more flexible and
open to get things done on your timeline.
And to start living your dreams! If so, let me introduce you to Andrea

Andrea has been empowering women to start their own fashion
businesses for more than 40 years!

They offer shoes, clothes (for women, men, and children) and lingerie t
hrough catalogs which you can purchase thru an affiliate. 
You can become an affiliate, an Estrella Andrea, by either signing up online,
at a store or by phone, it's that easy! Once you are an affiliate you
can purchase ANDREA products at a discounted rate for yourself, or
turn around and make a profit by selling the products to others.

I had the opportunity to call into Andrea myself and learn about the
whole process and of course I tried out the goods! I'm very happy with the
quality of their products! The boots I ordered are just gorgeous and on point
with current fashion styles.

Andrea offers a great opportunity to start your own business from
home and I hope you will
take a look for yourself! 

Connect with ANDREA on Twitter or Facebook

This is compensated collaboration between ANDREA and Latina Bloggers Connect.
However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, March 23, 2015

First Impressions: Purminerals Start Now 5 Piece Beauty-to-go Collection

This is a quick first impression on the Purminerals Starter kit. If you would like a more
 in-depth review, please let me know.
This collection comes with five pieces: Correcting Primer, 4-in-1 Mineral Makeup, Mineral Glow,
Chisel Brush, & mascara.

I tried the color Golden Medium, I believe it comes in 8 shades.
First I applied the Correcting primer, which is supposed to reduce pores and brighten skin over time.
The primer went on smooth and a little goes a long way. It worked great to fill in pores. 
I have oily/ combination skin and my issues are dark circles, so I usually prefer a full coverage makeup. I was very curious to see how much coverage the makeup would provide. 
Next, I applied the 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup with the chisel brush. I did not like the brush at all.  There was way too much fallout everytime I applied product to my face. I ended up using one of my own better quality brushes. 
The makeup is supposed to be your foundation, powder, concealer and spf 15.  I applied it as directed in circular motions and buffed it into the skin. It feels very lightweight and doesn't feel like makeup at all. The coverage is buildable, but for me it gives more of a BB cream type coverage. Something that is nice for weekend wear, or running errands or gym, but it did't give the coverage I need for my dark circles. It definitely feels light and airy and the color was a perfect match.

The mineral glow is a bronzing powder with shea butter and antioxidants and gives a nice subtle gleam
to the overall look. I really like the bronzer, it's not shimmery or muddy. It gives such a pretty sun glow color.
The mascara was fine, but I have my favorites that I'll stick to!

Overall, it is a great starter kit minus the brush. I love that the makeup is made with minerals that 
benefit your skin. Coverage wise, I would definitely recommend it for someone who only needs light to medium coverage. After wearing all day, the foundation stayed in place and didn't migrate, but I did add my own concealer to feel like I didn't scare anyone! 

Have you tried mineral makeup?

Xo- Taj
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