Sunday, December 9, 2018

Don't Forget Your Photo With Santa

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And what better way to get ready for the holiday season than with a visit to HGTV's Santa HQ. We recently had the opportunity to return to Fashion Outlets of Chicago, located in Rosemont, IL, right near the O’Hare Airport. This year the girls really enjoyed using the app on the phone and iPad where they could point at an image and have it appear in 3-D, and show the elves doing activities. Technology can be so much fun!


There were also two new friends, elves, that were there to interact with the kids. Very cute! Both Madeline and Olivia were measured for niceness/naughtiness. Olivia was pretty high, and Madeline, well, lets just say she just made the cut, LOL. I did like that it varied and was different measurements, making it a bit more realistic so mom and dad could put in a word or two of advice for getting that nice meter up. There were other activities where you could turn yourself into an elf and email/text the photo to yourself.

We really liked Santa this year. He was so jolly and attentive. The photo package is great. You get one printed photo, and a couple of downloadable photos from the online website. It was great having a couple of different poses with the big guy. Santa HQ is located right next to the food court. It’s a one stop spot for shopping, eating, and visiting Santa. Plus you can walk around the mall and see some great art being displayed. To make a reservation you can click here.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

More Than Pink Walk #Pak4ACure

This post is sponsored by Valpak. All opinions are my own.

Valpak has joined the community to share in the vision of the Susan G Komen for a world without breast cancer. They will be donating at least $50,000 in 2018 and encourage donations and support activations through local and corporate partners. I am always looking for companies who do so much to support causes that I care for. When I signed up for the walk I was also able to create a donation/fundraiser page and even have it post to my Facebook page. You can make your own donation too at http://www.komen.org/valpakgoespink

I had a great time participating in the Susan G Komen More than Pink walk thanks to Valpak, www.valpak.com/komen. The walk took place in Milwaukee with the Lakefront as a beautiful backdrop. I was so happy to have my family come along with me from Chicago. I received a shirt from Valpak and was able to personalize it. 

I discovered that with the walk,  the Susan G Komen foundation is trying to be More than Pink. They want to expand to more colors and have them relate to different aspects of the foundation. It is more of a learning environment as opposed as to just a run/walk. I like that I was able to visit various stations and get different types of information. Below is a a breakdown of what the colors represent, as the foundation continues to spread the word that Breast Cancer is #unacceptable. 

Photo: https://ww5.komen.org/unacceptable/

Everyone turned their pink head wraps inside out to reveal a new color as part of the More than Pink campaign. 
This was also a good opportunity to share with my daughters and nieces what breast cancer is, and help explain it to them in a way they would understand as they are still young. The walk included lots of activities for the whole family. Everyone was so nice and supportive of all those survivors we saw and of those we saw remembrance photos/posters of. It really was something special. I'm hoping next year my aunt will be in good spirits and maybe even join us. 

Girls getting face tattoos and hair sprayed in fun colors, all revolving around the new campaign. 

Making bracelets in the campaigns new added colors. 

A cute craft!

Friday, September 7, 2018

#Pak4ACure Valpak Turns Its Blue Envelope Pink!

This post is sponsored by Valpak

This year I've teamed off with Valpak to help spread awareness on why its classic blue envelope is going Pink!  

Valpak has joined the community of bold companies that share in the vision of Susan G. Komen for a world without breast cancer. To amplify awareness around this common vision, Valpak will turn its Blue Envelope pink this October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month while also working to raise local awareness within the communities that they serve and funds in support of the fight to end breast cancer.  In 2018, Valpak will donate at least $50,000 to Komen and will encourage donations and support activation through local and corporate partners. You can find more information at www.valpak.com/komen

Many of us have family members, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances that have been affected by breast cancer. This year I've decided to join the Valpak Team and race for the cure in Milwaukee, WI. I will be racing for my dear Auntie who was recently diagnosed with the early stages of breast cancer. Although my aunt doesn't live close to me, I'd like her to know that I'm here for her and she can count on me for whatever she needs. I'm making a special trip out to Milwaukee to show my support. 

Many of us are familiar with the Susan G. Komen foundation and their fundraising efforts. But here is a quick recap about the race. 

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world's largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. 

The series of 5K runs and fitness walks raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. 

The Komen Race Series welcomes people of all ages and fitness levels, from walkers to elite runners.

If you would like to help me reach my donation goal please use the link below. If you'd like to join me on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Milwaukee's Lakefront  you can register here. Together we can provide support for our loved ones. Thank you!

Monday, August 27, 2018

How Google is Helping Families be Internet Awesome

This post is part of a compensated campaign in collaboration with Google and #WeAllGrow Latina Network.

Se Genial en Interent es una manera de educar a los estudiantes y padres sobre el internet.
Last week Google hosted an event for students and their families at Gallistel Language Academy in Chicago. I was so excited to see so many parents and grandparents take interest in their student’s internet safety. I believe that education on any level starts at home with our families. So pleasing to see.

Be Internet Awesome or Se Genial en Internet en Español is Google’s FREE digital citizenship and online safety program designed to teach kids the skills they need to be safe and smart online. The children were given information on how to be internet awesome through a game called Interland. And we know kids love playing computer games. They had a setup of 5 lands. Each representing a key fundamental lesson. Once the students completed the lands they received a certificate of completion. 

The five fundamental lessons are as follows:
· Share with Care | Online Reputation
· Donʼt Fall for Fake | Phishing & Scams
· Secure Your Secrets | Privacy & Security
· Itʼs Cool to Be Kind | Online Harassment
· When in Doubt, Talk It Out | Inappropriate Content

At the school district I’m at we have a 1:1 on day one. This means that all of our district students will be supplied with a device on the first day of school. This includes elementary school aged students. I know that my 6 year old who has her own device can type in search words in a browser and have many pages come up. I think it is very important that both students and parents know how to be confident and safe while using the internet.

In the days when I was growing up we didn’t have to worry about posting something online and having it be there forever for anyone to see. With social media today we need to show our kids how to be smart about what they share, and how to be brave and report any bullying or inappropriate behavior.

Some of the things that stuck with me were:

Be careful who you are sharing information with. Think about how that person could possibly share what you have shared with them. I’m sure many kids forget that just because you post something on social media, and it says it will disappear doesn’t mean someone won’t screenshot it.

Phishing scams are hard to spot sometimes so be alert on any odd emails that ask for personal information.

In order to keep your information safe, try to use passwords that use numbers and symbols in order to make it stronger.

It’s not always enough to tell someone not to be a bully, we need to explain that being positive is key. We also need our kids to know how to respond to negativity and harassment on the internet in a responsible manner. 

Teaching our kids to alert an adult when someone is showing negative behavior is also important.

So do you think your kids are internet ready? Check out these resources available in English and Spanish and get Internet Awesome! 

Padres vayan a la pagina de Se Genial en Internet para ver recursos en Español!

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