New Year's Eve Dinner with Jimmy Dean's Bacon Lovers

Oh the Holidays! This season is a bit difficult for me. As I have mentioned before I am Puertorican and all my family is in the Island while I live in California. I was raised in a family that celebrated EVERYTHING. Birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, Valentine's, Christmas, Three Kings' Day, New Year's… anything was a good excuse to get together and celebrate at grandma's. I miss all that!

But, since my husband and I moved, we haven't had the opportunity to be with family like that again since 2011. Now we are a non-traditional family, so we decided to skip the traditional foods and go with a Pizza Party for three this Holiday season. 



Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Recipe

I was looking for an easy cookie recipe to bake with my little one. He loves to help me in the kitchen and I had promised him that I was going to bake Christmas cookies this week.

And guess what? I found the most delicious recipe ever! IT is going into my recipe binder because these are the best cookies evaaaa'!



Explanation behind my MIA status :)

I've been MIA for a long time, but I promise there is a good explanation.

WE BOUGHT OUR FIRST HOUSE!


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After being searching for the perfect home for us, and going through ups and downs, we found our perfect little home last month and we have been extra busy organizing and trying to fit everything in its place.

We also had my in-laws visiting so we were busy with that too ;)

I have new recipes in store and as we begin to renovate the home I'll be posting the projects so you can see the before and after, and you may even get inspired!

In our reno-list we have: the entire kitchen, our master's bath and closet, garage, relocating a wall to make the guest bathroom smaller and give more space to the garage and my favorite part coming in spring: our own vegetable garden in the backyard. YES! WE HAVE A BACKYARD! Woohoo!

We also have a nice tree in front of the house and I'll be building a tree swing for my little peanut! How fun, right?!

So stay tuned because there is a lot coming in the upcoming months! I prmise you I haven't forgotten about you all!

Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas! :)


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Find the next great story... #wheretowatch


This anthemic video from the film and television industry reminds us how Movies and TV shows bring us together. What we watch doesn't just entertain us, it inspires and moves us. It's the show that gave you the chills. The scene that left you crying from laughing so hard. The movie you watch when you are having a bad day. The things that drive you to be fearless. Make you get up and dance. The movie that makes you ask, "what would Ferris do?" Where the underdogs always come back on top. The storylines that redefine your own life experience. What we watch doesn't just entertain us. It changes us, helps us believe, and overcome any challenge life throws our way. This is the anthem that runs through the core of WhereToWatch.com. Visit the site and find the content you already love.



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Holiday Gift Guides from Amazon

Hey guys! I know we all love to start shopping for Christmas super early. And here I have some links from Amazon for you to get some ideas. I also have a link with a preview of Black Friday deals from Amazon as well.

Enjoy!


ELECTRONICS


Pouch2Go Review

Who's kids don't love the famous fruit and veggie pouches? They were a lifesaver for me when we traveled by air (which was a lot of times during the past two years). I loved them, until I started to see videos and stuff about "things people find in there". This made me gag and reminded me about the day I cut a strawberry in half and found worms inside… same day I was feeding my kid whole strawberries… yeah, awful. Now I don't do that and give him halves or quarters ha!

Anyway, what a better way to make sure your kid is eating good food than making it yourself, and best of all, reusing the pouch so there is not additional cost or garbage generation? :)

Pouch2Go is a refillable squeeze pouch ideal for homemade baby food or fruity snacks.

Hydracentials 16oz Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle Review

As an active blogger I get contacted by different companies to review they products. This time I was provided with a second product from Hydracentials and, of course, they never disappoint.

This time I had the pleasure to try the Hydracentials 16oz Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle.


This Hydracentials Insulated Water Bottle has been a great gift for my kiddo. It has a capacity of 16 ounces and its double wall keeps my kid's water cold for long periods of time.

The Hydracentials Insulated Water Bottle is made from 18/8 Food Grade Stainless Steel, so you don't have to worry about chemicals getting in your water. The flip up spout with straw is easy to flip and comfortable to drink from. The bottle doesn't leak, even shaking it or leaving it on its side for long periods of time.

The loop in the lid makes it easy to carry the bottle, or even secure it to your gym or outdoors backpack. The slim shape of the bottle is comfortable to hold and the size of the bottle can fit most cup holders.



One cool feature about the Hydracentials Insulated Water Bottle is the non-slip bottom. Where-ever you place your bottle, it won't move thanks to that non-slip pad on the bottom.

For cleaning do not put in dish washer, wash by hand and do not use bleach or hot liquids in it. Just wash it with some warm soapy water and let it air dry.

So far I have used this bottle for my son's milk while I am running errands, for my Zumba class, gym workouts, to the zoo and even sent it with my husband's lunch to keep him hydrated during the day. Thanks to its large capacity, we've been consuming more water than usual.


I would recommend this product to everyone! If you would like ti purchase the Hydracentials Insulated Water Bottle click on this link: Hydracentials Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle


After receiving the bottle you can request a koozie that fits it perfectly! :) I love it, although it is not necessary because the bottle doesn't sweat :)

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BeeSili Silicone Ice Pop Molds Review


I follow a blog where a great mom posts her kids lunches and she sends them ice pop molds like these with frozen smoothies. I was dying to have a set of these, but was hesitant thinking it would be a waste of my money. Well when I had the chance to review the Bee Sili Silicone Ice Pop Molds I learned I was so wrong for thinking that.


First thing: no strong odors. These Bee Sili Silicone Ice Pop Molds are BPA Free, FDA Approved non-toxic, food grease silicone. The size is perfect for us (since my kid is only 2.5) I can freeze juice or smoothies and take them with me in a cooler when we are out. I also use them to pack dry snacks like cheese fish crackers, almonds, cashews, or sometimes I just puree mangoes and freeze them inside for a green refreshing treat :) They don't take too much space in your freezer either. 





Colors are beautiful and bright! Having colorful products makes me happy :)


The lids fit perfectly and I haven't had any leaks so far. They are easy to clean (please clean them as soon as you are done, don't let them sit on the sink for days with food residue inside) and don't get any odor. 




Don't over fill it with liquids before freezing. Remember liquids expand so it may look like it is empty but it is not.

Since they are reusable you are helping the planet by generating less waste, and it will save you money :)


I take them with me everywhere now, for my little one's snacks (and even mine).





I am so excited about this product. I would definitely recommend it to every single person! They rock! You can purchase them directly from Amazon: Bee Sili Silicone Ice Pop Molds.



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BruJoy Can Opener Review

Oh sensible hands. Who likes to mess her hands trying to open a freaking can? Not me! Thank goodness for this awesome can opener from BruJoy. 

The BruJoy Can Opener has sharp cutting disc blades, a large turning knob, and a nice smooth and round handle. You will be able to open cans effortlessly. The opener is made out of stainless steel so it should last long. 

The cutting drive leaves a smooth edge so you won't get hurt by those sharp pointy edges other can openers leave. 

The cleaning of the BruJoy Can Opener is super easy. You just rinse under running water and then you can place it in the dish washer (or wash it by hand like I do). 

Overall I am super happy with this product, I threw away my older one and would never look back :)

If you would like to purchase this product you can go to Amazon.com and buy it through this link: BruJoy Can Opener

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  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

 *This post may contain affiliate links, which means that I receive a commission if you make a purchase using my links and/or promotion codes. You do NOT have to pay more for the product. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Bellemain Stainless Steel Lemon Press Review

I love citrus with everything, seriously. With my chicken, guacamole, cilantro lime rice, fish, shrimp, to cook my pork… I love citrus. 

I normally squeezed these with my bare hands, even though I love how much juice I can get that way, I didn't like to have my hands covered in lime/lemon juice, because there is always something happening last minute when I need to use my hands… 

With this new Bellemain Stainless Steel Lemon Press that problem is solved. Made from 18/10 stainless steel, it won't rust, stain, chip or peel. It has silicone handles to make it easier and more comfortable to squeeze.

Size is perfect. Works for small lemons, as good as for large limes. It will squeeze most of the juice with so little effort. You won't even notice that you finished squeezing the lemon, because with a gentle squeeze you are done.

The Bellemain Stainless Steel Lemon Press is easy to clean, just runs under warm soapy water and thats it. You can also wash it in the dishwasher if you wish.

I am really satisfied with the quality and functionality of this product, and I would recommend it to everyone. 

If you would like to purchase this product, click on this link: Bellemain Stainless Steel Lemon Press


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Perfect Baked Potato Recipe

This one is super easy! I have always made my baked potatoes this way and will never change it. This is my husband's favorite recipe :)



Simple and easy are the words I use to describe it.

You only need:

Russet Potatoes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher Salt (Coarse)


Directions:
1: Preheat oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
2: Clean your potatoes' skins with a brush and dry it with a  towel.
3: Poke your potatoes with a knife OR fork. This will help the steam escape from the potatoes while they're cooking.
4: Rub the potatoes with olive oil and ten sprinkle the kosher salt all around.
5: Place in baking sheet and in the oven for 30 minutes. Turn them over and then bake for 30 more minutes.
6: Insert a fork to check for doneness and serve if they are ready :)

You will get crispy skin and fluffy soft inside. I LOVE IT!

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Children 'n Us Stroller Organizer Review

Who doesn't love a nice stroller organizer? I know all mommas do, including me!

When I received the Stroller rainier from Children 'n Us this is what I automatically looked at:
1. How big it was 
2. How many pockets (3 pockets outside, 1 main compartment, 1 pocket inside with zipper, 2 mesh pockets that are cup holders)
3. Straps and buckle mechanism

Let me tell you, this Children 'n Us Stroller Organizer is the perfect size for everything you need when you go out to a park, a playdate, the mall or anywhere, really. I have never been a diaper bag person, so this is a great item for me. Although, my kid is already 2, but I still need to have extra outfits, snacks and sippy cups just in case.

In this stroller organizer I can fit, 2 sippy cups (or bottles) in the cup holder meshes, my wallet in an inside zipper compartment, my cell phone and keys in the outside velcro pocket, my pepper spray (yes I carry a pepper spray with alarm with me) in the outside open pocket for easy reach, and an outfit (shirt, pants, underwear, socks and crocs) with a travel towel in the main compartment, plus couple of snacks! And there is still space left! Amazing right?

I don't only use the 
Children 'n Us Stroller Organizer for my stroller, I use it for my bike and for my shopping cart. 



The grocery store is less than half a mile from my house so I walk there when I need to buy everyday stuff. I buckle my stroller organizer to the handle and when we get there I place my cart in the lower rack of the shopping cart and move the organizer to the back of the child seat. It is amazing. 








My husband is trying to convince me to use it for his chair in the living room, so he can place all the controllers inside, because we don't have side tables yet haha!

The straps have buckles easy to install and are adjustable, that is why the stroller organizer can be placed everywhere. I am already thinking to use it on the back of my seat in the car too, for the drive in movies ;)

The 
Children 'n Us Stroller Organizer is tested to hold a maximum of 2 kg (4.4 lbs). I mention this because I had the issue that when my stuff weighs more than that, the straps get loose and the organizer will start to hang lower than where I want it to be and it bothers my kid when he wants to recline and his head bumps the organizer. But this does not affect how great this organizer works and how much you can fit inside. 

I would suggest to leave the straps as wide as they are, but instead of the buckles add velcro or other type of mechanism for that matter. Something that will still let you adjust the height, but that won't move after you place it at a certain position.


Overall great product and I would recommend it to other parents! You can buy it directly from Amazon here:





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BakeitFun Silicone Baking Mat Review






I received the Bakeit Fun Silicone Baking Mat and as soon as I got it I checked for odors and it had zero strong odors which was good. The color blue is a fun color for me! 

It rolls really small so it takes little space in my cabinets, which I love! The Bakeit Fun Silicone Baking Mat is made out of high food grade silicone, so it is reusable. AND since it is reusable I can stop buying the parchment paper I always use, and at the same time this reduces the amount of waste my family generates, oh and I am not counting the baking spray. I can stop buying that too because this Bakeit Fun Silicone Baking Mat is non-stick so I won't need spray or grease anymore.

For my first time using the baking mat, I made chocolate chip cookies, following the Ghirardelli recipe that comes on the back of the milk chocolate chips package. They turned out perfect and their bottoms were not burnt like before (I like them crispy, so it kind of is my fault lol)

Although the baking mat didn't fit my sheets (9"x13"), it worked for me. I placed it in my pan with the edges bent and it was perfect. Cookies didn't stick, it was super easy to clean and dried fast. I also love the "ruler" in the edges because they help me measure if my dough balls are too big or too small. They give you measurements in inches and centimeters :)

The size of this mat is 16.5" x 11". Does not need to be greased, and it is oven, microwave and freezer safe. The Bakeit Fun Silicone Baking Mat can hold temperatures from -40 F to 450 F! It doesn't get stained or absorbs odors either.

 I would definitely recommend this product to bakers! You won't have to buy parchment paper, baking spray or grease anymore! This does the work and it is reusable :)


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Sunsella's Little Gems Silicone Baking Cups Review

As you all may know, I love to cook. I also like baking, but mostly sweets. My son is a fan of cupcakes, and once in a while I make him a batch for the week. 

I still don't have a "healthy" cupcake recipe, featuring a veggie or a particular fruit, so if you know a great recipe let me know and I will give you credit if I try it :) 


I had the chance to review these cuties. They are the Little Gems from Sunsella. It is a set of twelve (12) colorful silicone baking cups. The colors are exquisite, they are bright, so fun and cheerful.


Little Gems are high quality and BPA Free. They are made from food safe silicone and are also phthalate and lead free, and meet FDA standards.

Cleaning is easy, food doesn't stick to them, they are reusable and environmentally friendly since you reduce your amount of garbage by stopping buying the disposable liners. They are stackable so they take little space in your cabinets or pantry. 

This silicone baking cups hold temperatures for up to 440 degrees Fahrenheit, and are freezer friendly too (temperatures from the -40 degrees Fahrenheit)

Their measurements are: 2.6 inches (top diameter), 1.78 inches (bottom diameter) and 1.3 inches (height)


The Little Gems by Sunsella not only can be used as cupcake liners, you can use them as food separators as seen in some bento box lunches (sadly I don't own any food containers like those so I can't show you any photos), you can make gelatin and frozen treats and also great cups to control portions when it comes to snacks.

I would recommend this product to everyone. They make great gifts and has lots of uses!

If you would like to purchase this product click on this link: 

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Hydracentials Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review


First of all, let me begin by saying that the only thing that I drink is water. I don't like juices (unless it is a really, really good lemonade), sodas or any sweet liquid. I just don't. I love my water cold, always, unless I am in an adventure outdoors.


This Hydracentials Insulated Water Bottle has been a great gift for me (Thanks Hydracentials for the free product). It has a capacity of 25 ounces and its double wall keeps my water cold for long periods of time. I always drink it all before I can tell it is not cold anymore.

The Hydracentials Insulated Water Bottle is made from 18/8 Food Grade Stainless Steel, so you don't have to worry about chemicals getting in your water. The flip up spout with straw is easy to flip and comfortable to drink from. The bottle doesn't leak, even shaking it or leaving it on its side for long periods of time.

The loop in the lid makes it easy to carry the bottle, or even secure it to your gym or outdoors backpack. The slim shape of the bottle is comfortable to hold and the size of the bottle can fit most cup holders.



One cool feature about the Hydracentials Insulated Water Bottle is the non-slip bottom. Where-ever you place your bottle, it won't move thanks to that non-slip pad on the bottom.

For cleaning do not put in dish washer, wash by hand and do not use bleach or hot liquids in it. Just wash it with some warm soapy water and let it air dry.


So far I have used this bottle for my son's milk while I am running errands, for my Zumba class, gym workouts, to the zoo and even sent it with my husband's lunch to keep him hydrated during the day. Thanks to its large capacity, we've been consuming more water than usual.


I would recommend this product to everyone! If you would like ti purchase the Hydracentials Insulated Water Bottle click on this link: Hydracentials Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle


After receiving the bottle you can request a kookie that fits it perfectly! :) I love it, although it is not necessary because the bottle doesn't sweat :)

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 *This post may contain affiliate links, which means that I receive a commission if you make a purchase using my links and/or promotion codes. You do NOT have to pay more for the product. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.