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Johnson & Johnson Entre Tu y Yo Campaign: August Giveaway Gift Box filled w/ Johnson & Johnson Products- Ends August 31st 11:59p.m Central

No, this is not De Ja Vu’!!

In July, I was recently sent a large selection of Johnson & Johnson Products as part of the Latino & Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective campaign for the Johnson & Johnson Entre Tu y Yo Campaign. As part of being in this amazing campaign, I have the opportunity to sample various full-sized Johnson & Johnson products AND giveaway the exact set I received!! My July Winner was so excited when I notified her of her winning entry but today I have the opportunity to giveaway the same box that she & I both will or have received…AGAIN!! Keep checking Blogging, Babies & the Bayou in September & October to win more products from Johnson & Johnson via the #ETYY partnership. A new giveaway each of those months as well.

Working in Healthcare Lubriderm is a MUST!

One of my favorite all time Johnson & Johnson products is Lubriderm. Working in healthcare everyday antibacterial liquid is a necessity. Whether it’s patients, families, or even a vendor, reapplying antibacterial can be abrasive on your skin. Luckily, Lubriderm is made to repair and add moisture to your skin. I love to use this at work and am constantly giving some to my co-workers. Lubriderm works wonders and doesn’t have a strong perfumed scent that others are sensitive to. I noramally buy a trail size version and refill with my large Lubriderm bottle to store in my purse or work-bag. My only problem is sharing it so much, my friends always know if they need lotion, I’m the one to see.

Win the exact package I received! Giveaways Ends 8/31st @ 11:59 p.m central time. Valued at up to $100.00

Want to win this Gift Set of Johnson & Johnson Products??
Must be 18 years or older to win. U.S Only Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond to winning email. Please allow 4-6 weeks for winner to receive prize.

1. Go to : & make sure you like their Facebook Page.Come back & comment below letting me know that your a new Facebook Fan!

2. Comment below & let me know what is your favorite item or what your curious to try?

3. Share this giveaway on any social media site. Comment below & let me know where you shared this post. You can share once per day, per social media site. This gives you TONS of every entries EVERY DAY!

Want to know more about the Latino & Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective campaign for the Johnson & Johnson Entre Tu y Yo Campaign? You can go to Twitter and search hashtags #ETYY and #LLBLOG to check out our reviews, enter all of our giveaways & learn more about the Johnson & Johnson Entre Tu y Yo Campaign.

Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my honest review
and give-away as part of the Latino & Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective campaign
agreement for the Johnson & Johnson Entre Tu y Yo Campaign. Opinions are my own & can not be influenced in any way.

E.L.F Cosmetics Review: Can Inexpensive Be Better?


I have a Motto: Save When You Can, Spend When You Need To, & Splurge When You Feel You’ve Deserve It!

I love to shop! In fact, my husband has always said that it is far cheaper for me to work, than stay at home. I’m always up for a bargain, but there are some things you get what you pay for. But, there is always an exception to the rule!

I have been a fan of E.L.F Makeup for several years. It is affordable, readily available, and great for specific cosmetic needs. Normally my favorite E.L.F products are the brushes (their kabuki brush is just as good IMO as Sephora’s version), eye shadows & lip glosses. But those items can’t complete an entire makeup collection. Today, I decided to branch out & try a few E.L.F items I haven’t had the chance to test try.


1. High Definition UnderEye Setting Powder:

Working the Overnight shift every other weekend can cause some serious temporary dark circles under the eyes. Honestly, I can’t sleep during the day even when it becomes a necessity, so I take a short nap and by Monday morning I’m exhausted! The High Definition Undereye setting powder does a good job of making those dark circles less noticeable. The powder is light weight & camouflages well. Coverage was even and can be used with or without foundation. I’m sold!! The only draw back is the size of the container. But at $3.00, you can purchase a few at a time and save on shipping or returning to the store to repurchase.

2. Defining Eye Brush:

$1.00 and worth every cent!! The brush is economical and well made. It will not fall apart as you may think.You get a nice application every time & is perfect for eyelid or brow bone. I love their brushes!! I can not find a negative.

3. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer:

I have used many primers in the past, but the eyeshadow primer is a first for me. I find that I do not need it as some may, but as I applied the primer I noticed that it was smooth and instantly became invisible as it was glided on. The primer contains Vitamin A,B & C which is why my eyelids felt as I had just applied moisturizer. At $3.00, it is affordable and the vitamin benefit was worth using the product again.

4. Natural Lash Kit:
$1.00 but I’m not used to it. If your a false eye lash person this is affordable and very natural looking. I’m hoping to become a little braver as i continue to experiment with these. I did notice they were easy to apply and no mess to remove.

5. Mineral Lip Tint:

LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I love this product. The lip tint is smooth, glides on great, & nourishes. Shea, Coconut, Jojoba & Vitamin E is the perfect combination for your lips. My lips feel silky and gives a nice sheer tint without being overly glossy. Contains SPF so the product is great for the summer months, but can help eliviate pain from chap lips as well. At $3.00 it is worth adding to your lip collection!!

6. Lip Stain:
Not on my list of favorite products. I’m not sure if the product I received was faulty or the product itself is poor quality. I tried the Nude Nector which seemed to be a nice color match for my complexion, but the product did not show on my lips. Lip Stain is a pen-like applicator that create hours of lip color. I applied the stain and could not manage to get stain on my lips. The first application to my lips I could see a faint color, but as I continued the process nothing came out and nothing was visible on my lips. Retails for $2.00. Again, not sure if it was the quality or the product or the product I received was dried out?

7. 32 piece eye Shadow Palette:

At $5.00, this product is a must have for any makeup lover. It is affordable and versatile. You can easily find colors that match your skin tone and can be interchanged as the color trends/seasons change. In fact, at that price you can buy various palettes for all seasons. The only drawback is that each color within the is minimal. That being said, there are so many colors you can create your own colors.

Overall, the products I chose I would most definitely buy again, with the exception of the lip Stain. E.L.F is affordable and versatile. Some of these items would be great to use for everyday use. If you are on a budget or have a young teen, this is a great alternative to buying cosmetics at your local department store. Many of the E.L.F products contain no chemical dyes, no parabens, and contain no preservatives which is perfect for sensitive skin.

What are some of your favorite go-to economical makeup products?


Gearing Up for Review

Despite being in the midst of severe heat, the kids are back in school and planning all sorts of upcoming events in the next few months. Since I’m determine to be ahead of the game(a girl can try, right?), I have decide to start my Halloween shopping early. Locally, our costume selection is very limited. We either pay top dollar for a well made costume, or a decent price for something that is bound to fall apart the first time my kids wear their Halloween costumes. This year I decided to look online in advance for a combination of both quality & affordability.

Since my 8 year old son is pretty easy to gauge in size, I decided to start with him. We went through a few websites and went to for our 2012 Halloween Costume. We found a costume that he liked, and a price I can live with. For $26.99 we were able to get the Men’s Deluxe Avatar Jake Sully Costume. The costume includes: Jacket with attached shirt, pants and mask. The only additional item I would need to buy is the spear and at $10.99 it was something that we can afford to splurge on.

We received our package within 7-10 days and came with all items that were listed. One of the first things I noticed was the quality of the mask. Most masks that are included with many costumes, are very cheaply made. This costume however is made of good quality materials. To me, it resembled the quality of a mask you would purchase additionally versus a mask that was included with the costume. The mask was very detailed, coloring was well blended, and authentic for a Halloween costume.



Next the jacket with attached shirt & pants were made of Lycra & Polyester. The costume has enough thickness that you will not have to worry about bracing the cold elements this October. In fact, since I live in Southeast Louisiana, my son will probably be able to wear shorts under his costume. The stitching was lined properly and doesn’t show possible unraveling after 1 use. I purchased a standard size costume in the Men’s Department for him. Most costumes run small and I was afraid that this costume will be the same, but really it is fairly true to size. My 12 year old and she is 5’ft 3″inches. I think anyone over 5′ ft 7″in will need to order the XL costume merely for the length.

One of the things I like about is that they allow for not only costume exchange, but they also pay for shipping BOTH ways!! You can also receive free shipping for any order over $50 using a coupon code as well. They have a huge variety of popular trendy Halloween costumes for 2012. From Monster High to Avengers, you’ll be able to find a costume your child will love & a price you can afford. Don’t forget to remind your children of Halloween Safety Tips this year.



I am halfway through my 2012 Halloween Costume shopping & it’s not even September. I definitely feel one step ahead of the game. Now if I can remember to decorate this year, I will be surprised!!

What are your kids planning for their Halloween Costume?


Disclosure: I was provided with a costume of choice to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own & can not be included in any time.

Saturday Sweeps Roundup

Don’t forget to enter the giveaways on my blog! Also, I will have another Johnson & Johnson Giveaway (like last month) next week!!

I want to know:

What kind of giveaways are you looking for?

Having a Healthy Winning Smile: Crest Complete Prize Pack Giveaway Ends 8/23/12

JuJu The Good Voodoo by Michele Hirstius – Children’s Book Review & Giveaway Ends 8/20/2012

Discovery Girls’ Middle School Survival Guides [Paperback] Review & Giveaway Ends 8/20th

Newest Little Black Bag Purchase-Bag #7

Little Black Bag

1 Word= Addiction!!

I wanted to post my 7th bag through Little Black Bag. This is my only once a month splurge. I’m trying to get all items that will go with my wardrobe. Recently I have managed to pick up 3 various watches (a dressy one, silver & gold tone) and various purses for every season. If your interested in more information check out their site http:/ and see how $54.95 after shipping each month (with the option to skip months) can get you items like BCBG, Kenneth Cole, Cynthia Rowley, Olivia + Joy and much more!

On a side note: This is a perfect site for gifts. You can pay one price and get several gifts for the upcoming holiday season!!

Total Bag retails for $141- $54.95 (Out Of Pocket Monthly Cost= $86 Savings!!

Having a Healthy Winning Smile: Crest Complete Prize Pack Giveaway Ends 8/23/12

To say my 12 year old daughter is obsessed with her teeth is a huge understatement. She is determine to have a healthy white smile and her dentist can attest to that. Since she was little, she has always been extremely eager to take pictures and pose for the camera. Over the years many of her classmates & friends have struggled with crocked teeth, teeth not coming in on time or even teeth decay causing a mouth full of silver teeth. None of these things are anyone’s fault. Genetics & health cause a huge role in how a child’s teeth grows in. But fortunately my daughter hasn’t had to endure any of these problems.

My daughter knows how lucky she is and is determine to have a mouth with no fillings. Every dental visit she’s worried about getting her first cavity. I tell her as long as she maintains good healthy dental habits she won’t have to suffer like her parents have over the years.

We always looks for products that not just freshens her breath and whitens but something that deep cleans her teeth. Crest has a deep clean line that does just that! From Oral B dental floss picks with Scope (which is perfect to carry in their backpacks or our purses) to Crest Multi Benefit Toothpaste she can maintain her winning smile even when she’s had some hard candy in between brushes.

I’m always telling both my children “I want to see some teeth!”when taking pictures. The confidence they get from having a great smile is priceless, just like those pictures their always posing for!

Wants to win a Crest Deep Clean Prize Pack?

GIVEAWAY: (1) Crest Complete Deep Clean Prize Pack

To Enter:
Mandatory Entry: Comment below with the answer to the following question.
How does a nice smile give you or your family confidence?

Additional Entries:

1. Like Crest on Facebook. Comment below and let me know your a Crest Facebook Fan

2. Go to and let me know an idea you would like to try from the Complete Deep Clean line.

3. Share this giveaway on any social media site. You can receive 1 extra entry PER social media site PER day!! That should equal to tons of extra entries!!

Offer is valid in U.S only. Giveaway will end 8/23/12 at 11:59p.m Must be 18 years old to enter.


Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Latina Mom Bloggers on behalf of Crest and Oral-B and received product samples to facilitate my candid review. Latina Mom Bloggers sent me a promotional gift to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Oasap High-Street Fashion – Purse Review

As much as I l LOVE to save money, unfortunately I also love to SPEND money! Since I’m on the plus sized section of the department store and wear a size 11 shoe, I gravitate more towards the accessory department of a department store. Fashion jewelry, purses, watches, sunglasses… you name it, I want it! The perfect way to complete an outfit is to accessorize. Recently, I became a Oasap Fashion Hunter Blogger. I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to pay high dollar prices to get a high dollar look. You can purchase key wardrobe staples and rotate them with various accessories, like scarves and fashion jewelry, to give it a different look every time you slide your key pieces on.

For my first item as a Oasap Fashion Hunter Blogger, I decided to be safe. I wanted to get something you can never have to much of- a Purse! I love my various Coach Purses, but I also like to have different style purses to get with certain outfits in my wardrobe. Every lady needs a go to clutch, a nice over-sized shoulder bag, even a nice fun laptop bag to add to your purse collection.

Since I’ll be attending various blogging conferences soon, I needed a nice business shoulder bag that I can also incorporate into a Laptop Bag as well. I decided on the Black Oversized Glossy Shoulder Bag with Beading Pendant for $41.00. For me, the bag was not as over-sized as I thought it may have been, but I should have read the dimensions a little better. It is however the perfect size for an evening out or to finished that polished business look your looking to achieve. The purse comes in 3 colors- Black, Milky, and Pink. I’d love to get the pink version of this purse and combine your favorite cardigan & pearls with this glossy patent leather looking purse!!

One of my favorite aspects of this purse is that because of the material used, you will not have a problem with stains or dirt. Being a mom, you never know when your going to spill juice in the shopping cart all over your $600 purse! Save your pricey purse at home and use your inexpensive purse at the grocery stores.The top zipped closure pendant, adds a classic element to the purse. The purse seams all are in lace and doesn’t look jagged or as if it would unravel at any time. In addition, it has a nice solid flat bottom surface which is great when setting on a desk or table. I also think beading pendent gives it a nice sophisticated feel to the look. I can’t wait to try some of their apparel soon!! But until then, I’m sure I’ll be getting many uses out of my new purse!

Which are you.. a shoe, clothing, or accessory lover??



Disclosure: I received this item in order to facilitate a review as part of the Oasap Fashion hunter Program. I was not compensated in any other way.

Comfort Plus, Inc: Providing Elderly Care At Home Made Easier #CaregiverComfort

Working in the Healthcare Industry, health related issues have become a huge importance to myself & my family. Adding the fact that I have a multicultural family, my husband & I are prone to certain health related issues that differ from each other. Our cultural differences can sometimes interfere on how we see a health related topic. Growing up in Los Angeles, I remember our friends, families, & neighbors having extended family members residing in one household. Almost everyone had their “abeulita or abeulo” (grandmother or grandfather) living with them under one roof. Since my maternal grandparents passed away in accidental deaths, I never experienced a large family living within one roof. But it is something I’m very familiar with.

I recently read WHITE PAPER Caregivers Latina Hispanics and found some interesting information. The percent of Hispanic older persons living with other relatives is almost twice that of the total older population. The information is very realistic since there is a low percentage of Hispanics in the Nursing Home System. Because the Hispanic population is prone to live longer (as well as have a high chance of being overweight, obese, & become diabetic), they not only require early elderly care, but they also require longer elderly care. Hispanics also have higher rates for the causes of incontinence (diabetes, overweight, Alzheimer’s, etc.) Also, Hispanic women reported more urinary incontinence than did non-Hispanic white women. These higher prevalence were largely associated with diabetes and other physiological issues (Firouz Daneshgari, 2007). 21% of Hispanic caregivers cite that they help their care recipients with dealing with incontinence.

Comfort Plus, Inc. launched in March of 2012 with the intentions of making our products and services more accessible to at-home caregivers. Comfort Plus, Inc has a variety of Tranquility products that can help caregivers with the special needs required for aging family members in their homes. Their incontinence product selection combined with their customer satisfaction goal makes purchasing these products easy & affordable then purchasing in a store. Their goal is to promote the best product on the market, but also provide the best services possible to help home care giver. Comfort Plus, Inc. also has a section within their main website dedicated to the Spanish speaking community. The “Comfort Plus Para Ti” is a Spanish-language section helps people find the correct products that they are looking which is a fantastic idea. Many Spanish-only speaking people often shy away from purchasing online because they are unsure if the product is right for them & their families needs.

Tranquility products are the most absorbent products on the market. For that reason, they require fewer changes and permit lasting comfort.
Tranquility products provide unsurpassed skin dryness, odor elimination, and leakage protection.
Tranquility products save money for the user due to their efficiency.
Tranquility products require fewer changes due to their superior absorbency. This makes the user more comfortable and requires less work from the caregiver

Make sure to find Comfort Plus at Facebook Page & “Like” them for more information or follow them on Twitter.
Discount code: Use LMB2012 at checkout for $10 off any case of Tranquility products

Personal Important Disclosure:
Providing good care is a huge emotional, social, and physical stress on not only the elderly, but also the caregiver. Incontinence is extremely normal and does not mean your family member is nearing the Nursing Home vs. Family Home decision. Providing proper care should be the #1 goal in caring for a family member. Please educate yourself on products & your family member’s health related issues with a physician.

I want to add that I work in a Skilled Nursing & Rehab Centre. We care for long-term patients as well as rehabilitation patients who will discharge to their own homes or families. I love what I do & where I work, but I also believe that being within the family unit for as long as possible (depending on the health diagnosis) can also heal. This post is merely about the products you can purchases from a Comfort Plus, Inc. vs. in a brick & mortar retailer.

This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and ComfortPlus Online However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Music On A Budget

My daughter plays the clarinet for the school band, is in chorus and recently started private piano lessons. We found a great selection of 15 piano books, mic stand, and 2 microphones with all attachments, plus extra mic clips at a recent garage sale. Great part about our purchase is that one of the mic’s is a wireless microphone which can get pretty pricey at the music stores.

Grand Total: $12!!

Do you have a music lover in your family? If so, how do you save money on their hobby?

By the way, I’m looking for another Clarinet. If you happen to have one let me know, maybe we can make a deal.


RedLaser App Review- #RedLaser


My daughter & I have been trying to tackle our Back to School shopping little by little. Since I work full-time outside the home & am a full-time blogger, my time is very limited, even for shopping. I’ve been pretty fortunate in that my future 3rd grade son has a pretty basic school supply supply list. My daughter however is headed to 6th grade & a new school. Her school supply list is far more detailed than she has ever had in the past.

Recently I downloaded a new app called RedLaser. RedLaser is a free app that allows users to scan & search for items locally and online. You can price compare, get reviews, and even pay for items using your PayPal account. I was able to download the RedLaser App, scan the bar code of an item at one store & compare prices with other retailers in seconds! Not only did it save me time wandering through a store trying to find if an item was in stock, but it took the guess work out of my daughter’s school supply list.

One of my favorite features is that not only can I scan the price for an item, but I can easily create a shopping list of items to look for PLUS share the list via email, twitter, Facebook, and even text message. Every week my husband & I tag team grocery shopping at our local Sam’s Club. Since he knows which household items (like garbage bags, dog food etc we need) he can scan an item from one end of the warehouse, text the product details to me at the other end of the warehouse & we can decide if we should add the item to our cart without standing around thinking if the item is at it’s lowest cost in bulk, or can we get the item cheaper per unit elsewhere.
Perfect for a on-the-go family!



About RedLaser:

RedLaser is a free app available for download for iPhone, Android and Windows phones. Downloaded over 20 million times,
RedLaser is a secret weapon for the smart shopper – allowing you to scan or search for items to make sure you have all the
information you need, including product details, ratings and price comparison.

Interested in more information:
Twitter: @RedLaserApp


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/RedLaser All opinions are my own & can not be influenced in any way.