Friday, June 29, 2018

Cool down this summer with a Vampire Mangonada!!

Looking for a way to cool off this summer, head to theaters on July 13 to catch your favorite monster family. This new adventure is full of laughs and frights (but the good kind) sure to thrill everyone in your family. 

In inspiration of Hotel Transylvania 3 i whipped up some Mangonadas. Magonadas are a typical Mexican type slushy which is spicy & sweet. There are a various ways to customize it when you're making it at home, below I will share a easy & delicious recipe. 

Ingredients needed:

1-2 Mangos (Peeled & cubed)
¼ of pineapple Juice ( you can use orange juice as well)
½ cup of ice
chammy sauce (you can find at your local market in the international section or if theres is a mexican grocery store)
1 bottle of Tajin seasoning (Or Valentina seasoning flakes as pictured above)

In a blender you will mix the above ingredients till you have a slushy like consistency. 

Now In a glass of choice add some extra chamoy and Valentina seasoning then add your Mangonada slushy, top it off with a little more Valentina seasoning. 
Listo!!! Cool off on those summer hot days or just indulge on this Vampire Mangonada!

Doesn't this just look Delicious! 

If you have some extra Mango, top it with  some Chamoy & Valentina seasoning!
Your new favorite snack has arrived! Your welcome!!

Celebrate summer with HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 & some Pomergranate Guacamole!

Hotel Transylvania 3 hits theaters on July 13.

Join your favorite monster family this summer as they embark on a luxury monster cruise so Drac can  can take a summer break from providing other their summer vacay. But will their dream vacation come to a steaming halt when Drac falls for the mysterious ship captain Ericka, who is hiding a secret  that can destroy all of monster kind. 

Do you see what I spy? Drac knows that Pomegranate Guacamole is good! :)

While we await this lovable monster family movie to hit theaters, we will indulge in some yummy homemade Pomergranate guacamole!!
Yes you read that correctly pomergranate guacamole! If you're a guacamole enthusiast & one who enjoys their traditional guacamole as is, you might be a bit hesitant in trying this but fear not this will be your new guac addiction.

Heres what you'll need to craft up this yummy guac:

Ingredients Needed:

1 pomegranate ( or if your store carries the cups with just the pomegranate seeds, that''ll do)
1 Bunch of Cilantro
2 Avocados
3 tomatillo ( you can choose to opt this out but trust this will add some extra flavor to the guac)
1 tsp of Sea Salt ( to season to your own desire)

First you will cut & pit your avocados into cubes or slices then proceed to cut the tomatillos into cubes as well, in a blender add avocado, tomatillo, cilantro and salt to be iced together. 
Now it will be mixed not to the point where it is soupy, a nice thick puree is perfect. 

Once you have your beautiful guacamole just add some delicious pomegranate seeds and ENJOY!!

Weather its tortilla chips, or chips or heck just a spoon to enjoy this deliciousness!
To be honest I almost didn't have pictures to show because I was just waiting for the chance to eat this awesomeness!


Sorry but I have to dig into this plate of deliciousness!! 

Hope your summer is full of many delicious food & some monstrous fun!!
Make sure you guys make you way to theaters on JULY 13 to watch 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

.. Sherlock Gnomes Inspired Easter Basket. ..

Disclosure: This is not a sponsoredpost. We were provided with a gift card to facilitate this post. All words & opinions are 100% my own.

Gnomeo & Juliet are back!! This new upcoming adventure is set to hit theaters this Friday March 23rd. 
To celebrate this new fun filled adventure, we decided to build an Sherlock Gnomes Easter basket. 
What a fun theme to help set up baskets for all the little ones! (Grown-Ups too, LOl) 

I've done theme baskets before but this one is surely one of my favorite ones! 
Even my husband joined in to help create our gnome basket, Lol. We both certainly let our imaginations run wild, we brainstormed and shared ideas on how we could set this up. 
My husband and I had a great time creating this wonderful Gnome themed basket for our Frida but by far our favorite part was setting up the gnome home that would included in her basket. 

Creativity at it's finest!!!

Frida is not a fan of sweets so we opt the sweets for these cool gnome accessories!!! Fruits, veggies and of course the gnomes had to have a wheel barrow to carry their supplies in!!!! 
Our inspiration for the colors of the house were Frida's favorite colored mushrooms, we were extremely excited when we found miniature ones to decorate the house's front doorway to match our painted house. 
Not to toot our own horn but I say we ended with a pretty darn well Gnome house, I wished I could not in it, Lol.
Needless to say Frida will love it & surely have endless fun with it!

Loved the final product!! Can I live here?!?!?

Make sure you catch the this fun filled adventure, so you too can have some gnome fun!!
Sherlock Gnomes, March 23rd!!! 

Check out the little Gnome accessories!! 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

.. Making my way back. ..

Well, Hello again..... Its been awhile since we talked. 
I feel likes its been ages, years have gone by since I opened up my laptop and tapped on my keyboard to share some things with you.
Where have I been? Honestly Ive been caught up with life, Mom life, wife life and just life in general. My brain has been all jumbled up with so many thoughts & ides to share with you but they have been over seen by those of life! Truly all I wanna do is go on vacation or go somewhere I can scream on the top of my lungs & let it all out, the frustration, the feeling of overwhelm and a little bit of sadness that has been consuming me. 

As I am typing this very moment I can feel a little bit of everything come over me, I feel lost in all the emotions, should I ask (better said can I ask for a little break?) Can I step away to gather my thoughts & emotions in sync? As quickly as I feel I can guilt steps in; Nope you gotta be there, they need you. I love my family, I love being a wife, I can remember at a young age wanting to be a good wife, great mom & a supporter of my family but that does mean I loose the sense of who I am? 

Who is Jessica? Do i just respond to Mom and/or wife now? 
If it makes any sense I feel like I lost but also gained so much, My life is filled with so much joy, love and experiences that Ive never thought possible. I love my life, my family and the all that has come with this new life. 
But (Yes there is a but) I wanna refund myself, I want to rekindle my Jessica candle, Jessica the person, not the wife, not mom but just Jessica. To be focus on bringing myself back to life, so i can not only be a better me but also a better person to continue supporting & taking care of those I love. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Be a Diva... With some help from Divatress!

Disclaimer: The following is a sponsored post. Like always opinions are 100% my own. 

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

.. December 12, Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe ..

"Am I not here, me that I am your mother"

December 12, Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is one of the most important and spectacular days that is celebrated in Mexico & amongst believers around the world. On this day people from all parts of Mexico make their way to the Basilica in the Mexico city, where they will celebrate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. 
This day is a national fiesta, which is celebrated with traditional music, folkloric dances and songs dedicated to the Virgin. Amongst the thousands of bouquets of flowers that pilgrims bring in honor of the Virgin De Guadalupe, you can feel the love and thankfulness that each person is feeling. 
This day is of great importance to Mexicans and believers around the world. It is a day filled with gratefulness, love, compassion and it is hard to put into words but honestly when you are celebrating you are filled with peace within yourself. 

Frida's first Dia De la Virgin De Guadalupe celebration.

This is a very special day for us, it is of custom to dress little ones in traditional clothing and bring either flowers or a small offering to the church to present our Virgencita as a way of thanking her. 
Since Frida was born we have been showing her this beautiful tradition, she now 5 & loves this celebration. 
She gets to see first hand her culture, her faith, and her love for "Mama Lupita" as she refers to the Virgin. It is an aspect of her culture she gets to partake in, choose what offering we will be taking and simply learn more about her Mexican roots. 
Every year we look forward to December 12 to honor our Virgencita, we gather as a family filled with faith, thankfulness and love in our hearts to not only show our gratitude but to grow our faith in our family, in our home and in our hearts. 

Aztec folk dance in honor of Our Lady Of Guadalupe.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

.. Dia De los Muertos: A day of remembrance..

Dia De Los Muertos also known as Day Of The Dead, is a Mexican tradition where families create altars in remembrance of loved ones that are no longer with us. Altars that are decorated with favorites items, foods and the loved one(s) picture.

Now a mom, This is one tradition that I absolutely love teaching Frida about, her curiosity and intrigue about it is something I love to see. When we are getting ready to build our altar, I tell her stories about loved ones she sadly did not meet but knows of due to this beautiful custom, she loves to help in getting the items we will be placing on the altar. 
I remember when Frida first asked my about Why we celebrate Dia De Los Muertos? 
It caught me off guard and honestly I was a little confused, how do I explain DEATH to her, thats even though it is a natural part of life, it is still something we tend to shy away from the subject.
Before I could answer her she told me " Mommy, we celebrate Dia De Los Muertos to remember our family that we love so much!" 
I answered her "Yes, we love our Family and even though they are no longer with us, we celebrate our love for them."

Every year as soon as we start getting ready to create our altar, Frida loves to help in getting things prepared, we go buy favorite food items, flowers and other things we will place in the altar. 
While we create the altar we play music each one of our loved ones enjoyed listening to, share stories of our loved ones and creating new memories with each other. 

" The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living."

Dia de los Muertos is special to myself and has become special to Frida, we will keep setting up our altar every October 31-Nov.2. We will remember our loved ones with much love and understand that even though there presence is no longer with us their love will carry on.

" When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."