Saturday, July 14, 2018

Summer Fun Time

Hi All,
It has been a while but I am back and ready to share maybe over share, LOL. As we all say goodbye to the days of school filled with plays, test and class gifts it is time to let loose and just RELAX. We move on to the days of no schedules and going where the day takes us. Hold on I have 3 critters to entertain all summer. Mom Life aka the best life keeps me from the full relaxation aka vacation mode. I am really trying to embrace this because school life last year was very stressful. I am loving the time we are spending all together with no bed times.

We have joined the Pokemon Go craze, yup we are late to the party but I like to think we let the games/app get all the kinks out and when we play it is running more smoothly. But the truth is I finally caved and installed it on my phone. This is the best mom hack to get them outside. If you live walking distance to a Poke Stop you can get them excited to go visit the stop and then get them to do more outdoor activities. You all know my crew is full of gamers so they have no issues staying home gaming all day in their pjs. Gaming time is a great opportunity for me to get any work done but summer is a time to be outdoors. It gets so very cold in the winter so I need to max them out on that good old vitamin D during the short summer months.

                   Pokemon Go is free in the app store but only available on a phone no tablets. 

Another fun summer activity will be Super League Summer Bootcamp. Yes we got to get the games in there for the days that we just need a break or it is raining. This boot camp is something new from Super League and we are all definitely excited. When the event is done I will give you all a full run down. We get to play from home and there is a chance to win MONEY. It is a scholarship so that is def a big plus for my mom life. They pushed back the start date from July 15th to July 22nd. There is still time to join in on the FREE fun.
                       Super League Web page where you can register for your free ticket.

The zoo will be our favorite go to activity this summer. Since the Bronx Zoo is like the biggest zoo in the world no one can see all there is to see in a day so I waited it out and got the membership. Now we can go see all there is to see in the Bronx Zoo and all the other zoos, wherever we like and as many times as we like. Good time to learn about the world and how so many factors cause it to go round. They are even more excited about the Zoo because we watch the show on Animal Planet.

Some of our fun Zoo adventures so far. Do you watch the Zoo we do and love it. Hi Jim!!

Definitely looking forward to having the most fun we can have this summer. My critters are growing up at the speed of light. My oldest will turn 9 this summer, middle guy is 7 and RebelGirl is 4 going on 14. I am not ready for them to all be in school next year so got to make as many summer fum memories as I can to get me thru to LONG school days.

Monday, April 23, 2018

New York Fury Season 3 ... Here we go !!!

MineCraft is a game that is played a lot at my house. We had the opportunity to participate in this cool event, Super League MineCraft City Champs in October 2017. We have liked Season 2 so much we decided to we definitely need to be a part of Season 3.

Season 3 will be even better because both our boys get to play side by side. My middle guy Kev is now 7 years old and has his own laptop (thanks to his Grandpa), this meets he has all the qualification to get in the game and play. After our first day (practice session), I see that this will be a chance for the broz to become even closer. Big Bro Ry is helping out lil bro and they are having a blast, even making some new friends. Dont leave out RebelGirl aka Baby Sister at all. She is by their side cheering them on and taking notes for when she is able to join the game.

                                   Helping Bro log in                  RebelGirl taking notes in her THT

I am so happy we were able to join the Season 3 for the practice day, we missed it for Season 2. Although they were not playing for points that count towards the championship, we had a few hiccups. We were informed that to be on the same team you needed to logging in at the same time. We did not do this so the broz are on separate teams, Ry is on Team D and Kev on Team F.
They are all on New York Fury so they all are on the same team right?! Mom Life always has its obstacles so you either get stressed or think your way out of the stress. I have found it is easier to just distract or confuse the Critters and it saves us all from getting upset. Hey whatever works right.

All the Super League staff has changed but they the new team is friendly and helpful. We missed Marco (who was such a big help to us in Season 2) but since we are "Vets" this Season we did not need so much tech support. We had fun seeing team mates from last Season entering with last Seasons jersey. It was a nice feeling to be able to help the new team mates get into the game and start playing.

                                    Movie theater #9 where all the game playing takes place

Season 3 is gonna be similar to Season 2 but I look forward to my guys racking up points and making it to the Finals. The first day we got to practice all the rounds, 2 of my favorite to watch are Soccer and Walls. I think all the players favorite one is Zombies, they always play this one last so might become the parents favorite too because you know the time is almost done. Some moms were brainstorming on ways to pass the time since most of them done understand the game, lol. Hopefully, moms and kids alike will have a good time for Season 3.


There is still time to join in the fun. Click the link and use the code PJ5 for $5 off. We will see you there. Super League 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

School Mom Life

As we say good bye to February and mid winter recess I am updating the kids room calendar. Yes I do have a calendar in their room, the kitchen and then I have my personal planner. We are a family of 5 needless to say we have a lot going on.

I want to teach my critters that it is important to know what day it is and what is happening that day. Sometimes we just go with the what that day brings but if we are more prepared more can accomplished so much more that day. I was told if you tell a child what you expect of them it helps them to excel and do well.

So I not only change the month for them but I add fun stickers to let them know days we don't have to go to school and special days. My middle critters birthday is coming in March so we got a extra sticker on the calendar for his special day.

Don't get me wrong yes school is fun, nice and the love their friends but it is not that favorite place to go as a kid. As much as I volunteer my time at school and send fun class gifts for holidays or national days (Thanks to Oriental Trading) my critters rather be elsewhere. As a "grown up" I can totally understand but sometimes we have to do things we don't really want to do right. Like work, laundry, food shopping, etc. the list can go on and on.

So due to all off this I think it helps to have a visual countdown of how many days are left in the week. It can also help the order of the days and months. Everything can be a learning experience you just need to keep it fun.

The (fun, pretty cool) stickers we used here, pictured above, are were gifts from the Valentine's Exchange we participated in with our Disney Latina Moms #DisneyLatinaMoms. I think the more "fun", bright or cool the stickers are the more attention they will get.

What are some fun and easy ways you help your weekdays go by a little faster?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

To Mask or Not to Mask??

So the new mask trend is on the rise. I must say I have tried out one or too. Have you??

I like this new hashtag #SelfCareSunday I try my best to pamper myself on Sunday but
even if it does not happen on Sunday I try to take these 20 mins for me once a week at some point.
As a working from home mama of three critters with a hubby with 200 (feels like that) jobs I am needless to say always busy. Always juice to be poured, a butt to be wiped or a fight to break up.
For 2018 (yes New Year Resolution time) I am trying to focus a little more on me. So 20 mins once a week is a baby step in the right direction. Lil by lil is a way to get things done.   
                                    Carrot on the Left and Avon on the Right

I have found that from the two different ones that I have tried some are more feel secure or "fit" better on your face and some slide off. Some actually even taste good. I know you are not supposed to eat the mask when you are done (that would be cool though) but I do lick my lips. Side Note - Someone please invent a edible face mask and just give me 5%, NO I am not greedy no Mr. Wonderful deals here lol #SharkTankFan

                         Here are the packages of the masks I have tried out

The first one I tried was Avon ones. I am a Avon rep so maybe I have a basis, lol. I feel like these are a bit thicker and don't slide so much. The Carrot brand I got for navidad. No I was not insulted instead happy that I can try something else to help my annoying adult acne. Hey it happens and if you are experiencing it there are so many different ways to try and help it. I was grateful for this useful gift from my lovely aunt.

No matter which one I try, I still try to lie back and relax while I let the mask work it's MAGIC. Most of the times is 15 to 20 mins so I take the MAX time to let it really work. Remember that when you try new products out especally on "problem" areas things can get worse before they improve.
After the first few times I felt that part of my face broke out a little more. No worries it is part of the process right?! I sure hope so.
                         You have to use downtime to play with FILTERS right ?! LOL

Use my link to try a Avon mask out. They are currently on super sale $8.99 down from $30. YEA Great deal.

My next one to try is one I saw in the Five Below IG page. It is pictured below, Gold Mask. I am all about it. I will let you know how it goes. I also saw that Bath and Body Works also has their own line so next round of mailed to me coupons I will be trying those too. In the meantime let me know different brand that I should try.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit movie was so cute. I LOVE love how they included the drawings from the original story I read as a kid and read to my critters as well. The "new" Peter Rabbit is very appealing to the Cruz Critters. Like most kids they don't care about dates other than Christmas and their birthdays but Feb 9th was a date they made sure to remember. Every time we would see the preview on TV they would remind me how many dates left until Peter Rabbit was out in the movies. We did read the stories, my mom still has a collect of old books. We also watched the Nick Jr show so we know all about the mischievous Peter and his friends and family. Peter's signature look has come a long way of the years but his blue jacket is always point point. Spoiler Alert - In this new movie he even has a inside pocket to hold things, like a bomb detonator. New look is Cruz Critter approved. 

Peter's evolving look 

Now that @rebel.girl.54 is going to be FOUR, (Yup OMG lets just say I am not READY, at all) and able to sit still for long feature presentation we want to start going to the movies more. We have signed up for the AMC Stubs Premiere account. It is awesome for discounts and rewards (my favorite) check out the link to sign up AMCStubs
              Thanks to my older sister for letting me know about this one. 
Movies at the movies in 2018 are definitely different than Movie nights when I was younger #olderNOTold. No more tickets and being one hour early to the theater to pick your seats. You can now do that all in advance and you get a text message that is scanned at the theater. Yes mom hold on to your glasses and flip phone this are all done on your smartphone or computer now, LOL. The prices are all different as well depending on when and where you go. Mom Hack be sure to look at different theaters and times to get the best deal. AMC was the best deal and with the membership it was even better.


                                         Screenshots of the new way to "movie"

The movie itself was cool and fun to watch. I have to admit I was LOLing quite a bit. THe rooster dialogue was pretty funny for the grown ups. Sometimes when movies do the computer generated animals and real people together "thing" it looks fake but this time they got it right. I believed it when the new young Mr. McGregor (my hubby's favorite guy) was touching, holding or hitting Peter. My critters were all about the movie, even @rebel.girl.54 stayed wide awake for the entire film. She usually gets antsy and wants to wander around the theater mid movie but she was captivated by these rabbits. She did get up by the end but just stood "nicely" near her big bros seats. The characters were different from the Nick Jr show but it was a plus how they had different rabbit character to relate to. We all have our own character flaws so it was nice to get to pick a favorite rabbit. The Critters all picked Peter Rabbit (of course) but if you know me you know my favorite was the PIG. Yes Pigling Bland with his high class purple sports coat was the best. He reminded me of myself on a "diet". If I had to pick a favorite rabbit it would be Benjamin, the voice of reason and loyal sidekick. Parts of him remind me of myself especially his matchy matchy style. LOL #BrownONBrown 
      We bought our Easter Bunny ears along for some added fun.

We give Peter Rabbit two EARS (thumbs) up. I know once it is on DVD or Netflix we will be watching it a couple more times. I am going to print out some coloring pages to continue the furry fun times. Maybe even send some to school because Sharing is Caring. 

Google and Nick Jr to the rescue, click links if you want to join in the coloring fun.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Gifts, gifts and more GiFtz

So as January comes to an end and we have hopefully all put away the holiday decorations, stopped saying Happy New Year and have given up on the New Year's Resolutions 100 times, lol, we are left with all the gifts. Did anyone get anything useful or helpful ones. Things that will help with your new year day to day. Or did you get the standard lotion, gift card, cute plush??

I am definitely guilty of giving those standard gifts. It's the thought that counts right and that you completed the thought with a purchase. That really makes it better. Some people you do not know well enough to give a useful or helpful gift but I think we can all use chapstick with this weather so in addition to lotion and a cup I gave the school teachers chapstick. As a trend, I did manage to give a few more useful gifts. The first and favorite was to a neighbor that always helps me out in my laundry mom life jams, I gave her a wash card. Now she can wash her clothes on me a few times. I hope she will always think of me as she swipes her card in the washer and dryers.
Mailmen I like to give cash but since I am not ballin (yet) I cant just hand out $20s so instead I gave a tin of cookies and a $5 gift card to a good eatery. This year I picked Panera, usually it is Starbucks. Download the apps, they are always giving rewards. You know I love me a good freebie, Wink wink. I like to pick a place that maybe they don't always go to but that is good. A treat for them if you will.

So since I want to give useful gifts I would love to receive them as well. Duh! I have taken it upon myself to start asking for useful things (for the critters at least). Since I am a mom of 3 I don't really expect my family or friends to get me stuff just for the kids. For the holidays, for moms' day and my birthday I drop hints here and there. Please note, I only do this with my family like my sisters or any other family member that ask me what the kids need. We are blessed and grateful to have friends and family that remember about us and get us gifts at all. Don't want to seem like the standard gifts are unwanted. With my crew it is all about quantity and then quality, so the more gifts they have to tear open the happier they are.

I am not a Grinch and I don't want my critters to only open underwear and clothes on navidad that would def not merit classic pictures, yes all about the pictures.

There are other "fun"gifts they can get. The toys and toys are fun of course but they end up on the floor and I have the luck to step on them all. Yes OUCH. We lost some good toys that way #RIP.

Other fun gifts I asked for are fun sheets and my sister came through with emoji theme different for each critter and pjs. These are great because fun sheets help (well most times) keep the critter in their own bed and pjs are always fun. My middle critter is a homebody to the MAX so he loves pjs. The ones she got him are his new favorite, Angry Birds onies with the feet. He was super happy to see they had the feet attached so he does not have to wear socks. He has named his feet when he wears them Rag Doll feet. Got to love their creative minds.
                  Poop Emoji                            Pink Emojis                             Texting Emojis 

Another fun gift are bath towels. I originally my Dad for their passports, yup how else are we gonna get the crew to DR to the Nick Hotel. #OneDaySOON. Of course, he did not get them LOL but he did get nice fun towel set for each of them. Towels help (again most times) to get the critter that did not want to get into the bath out of the bath. #MomLife.
                Star Wars for the boys and Shopkins for the girl, Towel and Washcloths.

So although the holidays are done we all will have upcoming birthdays, graduations, end of school year celebrations, etc. Think outside the box and get a gift that will be used or make someones day easier. As a parent, at time I think we buy cheap or not so fun because we have to also buy food, clothes, pay rent, etc. When you have the chance to give or get everyday things that are fun or nicer than what you normally have or buy think that is great. Also, I like to think that the person will think of you more and maybe you will even hang out more this year. I know I am thinking of my loved ones more as I look into my critters room and making plans to hang a lot more.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Traditions YAY or Nay!!

So as we say goodbye to Thanksgiving and gear up for the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa I am left thinking about traditions. As my "new" family (hubby and critters) have tried to start our own like seeing Santa, get a Critter Santa pic to share, decorating our tree altogether and driving around the neighborhood to see all the beautiful decorations (this is a fun one it  reminds me of Halloween but replace candy with hot cocoa). Along with our new ones we try our best to incorporate the traditions that my husband and I have brought with us from our childhood.                   
These beauties were taking at the Queens Mall at the Santa HQ -

One of mine helped me create a new one. We all used to pile in the car to see the Big Beautiful Christmas house on Pelham Parkway. Yes the one Mariah Carey shot a Christmas video at. So this house is not what it used to be or it is just not cool. I still find it amazing but my kids are done with it after one glance. So I built on this by taking a look around the neighborhood to see the other houses. There are so many people that take just as much time to decorate got to show them love too right. Maybe this year we can even add to this and choose another night and go to the city to see all the store windows done up for the holidays. Just get me some Starbucks and I am good to go. I like to dream when we have our big house on the hill, lol, on what decorations I will have.

Another one from my childhood is going to my grandma's (Abuela's) house every year for Thanksgiving. Most of the family had been keeping this tradition but slowly over the years it went from getting together for all the holidays at Abuela's to then just Thanksgiving. Now just a few of us show up on turkey day. She always like to make a bring spread, classic PR grandma loves to feed her family. We all try to chip in and bring dishes or drinks but no one confirms until the last minute and we all show up when we want so kinda hard to eat together. I guess the most important part is being there since my Abeulo is no longer with us (RIP) Abuela definitely needs company.                                          

Since these tradition have grown and changed over the years as many things do, I am left with the questions why do we continue to follow traditions? Is it that we are comfortable doing them or do we all just feel forced to do things that we do not necessary like or even want to do.
As a newer mom, I want to instill Love, Pride and Joy in my critters lives not Regret, Anger and Hate. So even if we are going to continue some traditions we will still do them our way. For example, we will continue to go to abuela's house but not at the time one or two family members decide we will got at the time that works best for us. As the tradition goes we would all try to arrive early to help Abeula cook. I am talking like 9am she would never let us help and we really dont need to have turkey at that time so we would all just be there feeling uncomfortable because of the heat in the apt or the latest family drama. So this year we left the BX at 2pm and arrived to Manhattan at 3pm, traffic was still impossible so got to find a better time or route for next year, lol. We still had a early dinner but it was dinner not breakfast, lol.

I hope this helped you to think outside the box and do things that work for you and your family. I hate to say it but LIFE IS SHORT. So if there is anything you are doing that maybe you hate or puts you in a mood try to put "your" spin on it. If it means not showing up until most of the family leave because you want to avoid drama and confrontation do it. If it means eating ham and not turkey because you hate the smell of turkey then do it. The happier you feel the happier the holidays will be.
After all of that thinking and thinking I have decided to change my blogger name to RebelMom618.
I have and will be doing things my way and I invite you along for the journey. I hope you will update the link and continue to follow my journey.

                                                           Happy Holidays to all of you.