Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Celebrate National Hammock Day!

Something fun for today: it's National Hammock day!
mmm nothing like relaxing, reading a book or just looking up while gently swinging on a hammock.
There is just something magical that mixes and transports me to a very happy place when I am on a hammock.  Perhaps it is because my best vacation memories always include a hammock somehow.  Regardless if it was a beach vacation, going to the ranch or camping up in the mountains we somehow found a hammock in our native country at every corner.

While there is nothing like a true peaceful escape on a hammock, it is also true that hammocks can be exhilarating and full of action if you decide to have hammock races of sorts which simply aim at the hammock that moves the fastest or gets closest to the stars.... yes, we don't encourage these activities anymore now that we are moms!
When we were celebrating Earth Day we told you about a company called Hastens and their travel pillow and bathrobe.
True to the holiday today, we share a quick snipet on their hammock which is made the same people: Hastens, a company that focuses on delivering the best sleep to the world!  This hammock is  100% cotton and comes in a classic plaid design.

I can just picture myself having a wonderful summer nap on one of these.
This is us encouraging you to find a hammock today and celebrate a moment to relax, chill and rock yourself softly into a fabulous day dream.  Cheers!

Monday, July 21, 2014

#Florida Wish - Sunglasses, Flip Flops and A Book: Time to Relax and Unwind this Summer

Summer Yay!....Oh wait, kids are out of school and while we don't have the hectic routines we are used to, we are pretty busy moms constantly finding all sorts of activities for the entire family to have an unforgettable summer.  Note to self: making #FloridaWish to relax in my sunglasses, reading a book by the pool. 

This mom is was pretty tired and stressed out for a myriad reasons, and summer is still going strong.  Oh boy. But wait, Oh Joy! when we got selected as a #FloridaWish blogger!!!! Marriott offered us a two night stay at Miami Lakes Courtyard in Miramar Florida for the "Wish You Were Here Campaign". Please keep in mind that all opinions expressed in this post are our own. What better way for me to recharge, decompress, relax and unwind?  Especially when I am all about being cool, chill and zen.  The weekend couldn't get here any sooner!!  My plans were sunglasses, flip flops and a book for two days  my #FloridaWish was made.  No suspense here, it all came true!

I have to tell you, the first thing that caught me off guard was the beauty of the landscape and very well kept building for the hotel.  Then, the staff on premises blew my mind away.  From the very first "Hello" it was nothing but exceptional service from every single person we encountered. For two days straight it struck us how friendly, willing to help out and professional everyone was. South Florida has lost much of the southern hospitality but you can definitively get charmed by the amazing personnel at this property.

After grabbing a Starbucks which is part of the hotel, we roamed a bit the common areas. Here are some photos of them that show how convenient they are for quick meetings, a good bite to each, a quick snack and even some work time if you need.  Personally, I was checking out the collection of books with fabulous images.

Once we got acquainted with the convenience of the common areas, we headed for our room.
Loved how the bed was facing the sliding glass doors that viewed the pool!

Roomy and comfortable I set out like a tourist in my room scrutinizing everything.  Red based decor with Asian accents throughout we had a sitting area that included a twin sofa bed.  The desk complete with all the necessary amenities for some work, but I purposely left the laptop at home (no need for the free Wi-Fi this time, thank you)

I sat for a bit on our balcony enjoying the view and the weather.  Before I knew it, my hunger was demanding food.  We ventured out walking to a shopping strip mall we saw on our way in.  It was pretty busy as it had a few original standalone restaurants as well as 4 chain restaurants. With so many choices we went for a great Peruvian dinner.  Back at the hotel, I continued my inspection with the bathroom area.  The spacious shower area is separate from the sink, so it makes it convenient for two or more to get ready at the same time. Across from the sink, a mini fridge, coffee maker and a microwave and under these appliances more closet or storage space.  The back door of the shower room had a great head to toe mirror every gal likes using to assemble outfits and for that last top to bottom look before heading out. No detail was left out.

Our fist morning starter with a slow and lazy getting out of bed. The culprit was the fabulous uninterrupted tranquil sleep we had.  The bed was too comfortable and still calling my name, but we had plans....our plans were simple: coffee, breakfast, pool.  Once we were done with our first cup of coffee we went straight to the bistro.

The selection is ample and varied at the bistro for all 3 meals. I loved the rounded booths with their own TV and remote control.
After enjoying our meal we headed out to the pool area where spent my time between the water, lounge chair, and my office for the afternoon.  I was in heaven, taking in the peace and quiet of the moment.

Ahhhh, I can do this forever!  I even forgot about lunch!
What a great escape.
In addition to all this, the hotel is located very near a private jet airport, and a couple of malls. It is also 25 minutes from the beach, so you do have everything you need at an arm’s reach from your little private paradise at Miami Lakes Courtyard Marriott  We truly uncovered a gem in Miramar.
If you are ever thinking about visiting the area, or even Miami, this would be a perfect central base for you with the added benefit of all what Marriott stands for. Of course, unwinding and getting in touch with your inner cool and chill is easy here, so next time I feel stress creeping up, I am giving myself a time out to indulge at this property!

I am rubbing my lamp for many more Florida Wishes’ to come true!  Tell us, what would your #FloridaWish heart's desire be?

Join in and be sure to follow the #FloridaWish fun at  FacebookTwitter & Pinterest so you don't miss a thing, and we can enjoy together all what the "Wish You Were Here" Marriott campaign is bringing us.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dusty Soars above our Parks in Fire & Rescue - New Disney Animated Film

We were invited to the advance screening for the new Disney movie Fire & Rescue, and we were on a countdown to today July 18th, when the movie is in theaters, so we could watch it again!
As big fans of the Cars / Plane franchise we had been waiting for this movie eagerly.  So much was the anticipation and wait at our household that the little ones have put together a few pitch ideas for Disney on movies to create for us :-)

Here is the trailer of the movie for you:

Here is the synopsis of the movie
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”) and produced by Ferrell Barron (“The Fox and the Hound 2”), 

For us Dusty soars again with a great story courage to accept and make the best out of the changes we face in life.  Noble themes of helping others and self-sacrifice are more than evident in the film.  A a great value lesson for the children moment for parents.  We won't tell anymore about the movie so you can discover for yourself in a theater near you.  Take the kids, the entire family will enjoy this beautifully made animation film.
cool moms cool tips #fireandrescue florida wilfire prevention team

Before we let you go to the theater, we just wanted to mention how we love that the movie is a nod to all those who help preserve our forests. So we join in the party and invite you to enjoy our amazing National Parks responsibly.  As Smokey the Bear says: "Remember: Only you can prevent forest fires.
cool moms cool tips Everglades wildfire prevention team #fireandrescue

Keep updated with eveything related to Fire & Rescue visitng the site Disney.com/Planes and following social media on  Facebook and Twitter 

See you at the movies!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Don't Miss Out on the 3 Last Stops of the IKEA Cafecito Truck in Miami!

The biggest buzz  this summer? IKEA is coming to Miami!!!
You and I have been anxiously waiting  for opening day, and it is coming soon!  Stay tuned for the big day announcement.

 As you’ve probably seen or heard around town, the IKEA Cafecito truck has been making rounds in advance of the grand opening of the new IKEA Miami store near the Doral area.  
It has already been to he Galleria GUM in Wynwood featuring high-design items for fast-paced city life where displayed, as well as The Grove where  sand sculptures of iconic IKEA products  were placed at CocoWalk and Peacock Park.

There are three stops left, so while  we  get our IKEA Miami store  shopping on,  let's  enjoy some coffee, and admire IKEA’s signature home furnishing products. 
Need more incentive?  I know you don't but just in case, we wanted to share that at these stops you can enter to win for different  giveaway prizes. 

Here are the final 3 stops:

  • Marlins Park Family DayJuly 20 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: IKEA invites parents and children to enjoy Family Day at Marlins Park and a chance to win IKEA and Marlin prizes before the game including VIP game tickets and goodie bags.
  • Domino Day in Little Havana’s Maximo Gomez ParkJuly 25 2- 10 p.m.: Enjoy a game of dominoes while sipping IKEA coffee and relaxing in the some of the retailer’s most popular furnishings. 
  • Zoo MiamiJuly 27  9 a.m.- 1 p.m.: While exploring the Zoo, guests can stop by the IKEA Cafecito truck for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up.

In addition to the coffee stops, you can also com by and admire chalk art!
·         Miami International MallJuly 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.:  unique 3D chalk-art of IKEA products will be featured!  I am sure these will be amazing images to share on Instagram with our friends!

Don't forget to share your photos of the IKEA Glass Truck driving around town showcasing a small scale bedroom setting!  I haven't caught a glimpse of that yet, but you know I will be sharing with the world when I do!

See you at the IKEA Cafecito stops and at  the chalk- art viewing!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Celebra Las Primeras Mañanitas de tu Bebe con Fisher-Price®!

Si bien este post forma parte de una campaña patrocinada con Fisher-Price® y Latina
Mom Bloggers, las opiniones expresadas son mías.
Les compartimos un noticionon: Fisher-Price® ahora nos trae el primer programa Hispano dedicado a celebrar el primer año de nuestros bebes: el programa Fisher-Price® “Mis PrimerasMañanitas”. Las respuestas en tu idioma a todas tus preguntas sobre esta primera celebración las podrás encontrar en este universo. No es maravilloso? Esto es gracias a que “Mis Primeras Mañanitas” se desarrolló como el recurso perfecto para que las mamas puedan tener acceso a ideas creativas para esta primera fiesta. Y al son de Las Mañanitas, me parece lo máximo!
El lanzamiento de este programa “Mis Primeras Mañanitas”, nos trae un gran concurso donde todas las mamas que participen pueden ganar un súper paquete para celebrar las Primeras Mañanitas" en grande!
El premio ofrece elementos para la fiesta y 12 juguetes Fisher- Price®! Mira el listado de lo que te puedes ganar:
• Invitaciones para la fiesta
• Sorpresas (party favors) y decoraciones
• Piñata
• Ponqué, pastel, pudding, en otras palabras, un CAKE
y estos son algunos de los juguetes que te ganaras si entras al sorteo son:

• Fisher-Price® Baby’s First BlocksTM - Los Primeros Bloques del Bebe
• Fisher-Price® Rock-A-Stack®- Pila de Aritos
• Fisher-Price® Laugh Brilliant BasicsTM Corn Popper®.- Andador de Colores
• Fisher-Price® Little People ® Lil' MoversTM School Bus
• Classic Zylophone - Xilofono Clasico
• Silly Sounds Puzzle - Rompecabezas Silly Sounds
A esa lista le faltan aún 6 más para completar!
Para todos los detalles del sorteo, y para poder participar del sorteo, por favor ingresa a este enlace http://www.fisher-price.com/usp/misprimeras. 

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Yo estoy muy emocionada! qué lindo poder tener un sitio nuestro para descubrir fabulosas ideas para hacer de esta celebración una ocasión fabulosa mientras tenemos la oportunidad de ganar un premio de ensueño!! Realmente la ilusión y la alegría de festejar el primer añito de vida de nuestros bebe es inolvidable y que mejor que con un aliado como “Mis Primeras Mañanitas”!
Mi mejor amiga, Mónica y su esposo se mudaron cerca Boston dejando el terruño atrás. Estaba descubriendo todo un mundo nuevo, estrenando vida y prácticamente renaciendo. Aun amoldándose a su nueva vida se encontró mi amiga descubriendo el nuevo mundo de ser mama.
Dejo sus clases de inglés y se ha dedicado estos últimos meses exclusivamente a sus hermoso bebe. Lo lleva a "playdates" al parque, busca grupos de mamas y hace lo que todas hemos hecho por nuestros chiquilines.

A puertas del primer cumple de su hijo, Mónica quería marcar la fecha con una fiesta. Está muy lista para cantarle las mañanitas al pequeño pero nada más. Como se prepara ella para marcar "Baby's first Birthday" integrando su cultura y la de su nueva vida? Que debe ofrecer? Que prepara? Pues todas las respuestas y mucho más las está encontrando en el sitio de “Mis Primeras Mañanitas”!
No dejes pasar esta oportunidad. Visita http://www.fisher-price.com/usp/misprimeras y participa ya mismo! Yo sé que Mónica ya se registró al concurso y además está felizmente ocupada tomando ideas y organizando su fiesta con la ayuda de “Mis Primeras Mañanitas”. Yo no me pierdo esa fiesta! Ya estamos todos comprando tiquetes de avión para disfrutarla toda :-)
 Fisher-Price® Laugh & LearnTM Crawl AroundTM CarPremio sorteo aqui mismo en Cool Moms Cool Tips

Como si fuera poco, Fisher-Price® también ha facilitado un sorteo adicional para nuestros lectores!
Completamente independiente al concurso que ya les explicamos, les traemos la posibilidad de ganarse un Fisher-Price® Laugh & LearnTM Crawl AroundTM Car que tiene un valor de $59.99
Para entrar al sorteo Fisher-Price® de Cool Moms Cool Tips, por favor dinos en que mes festejas el cumple de tu hijo. 
Luego de hacer esto, puedes aprovechar estas entradas adicionales:

1.   Haz un Tweet sobre el concurso de Mis Primeras Mañanitas: Participa en el concurso Mis Primeras Mañanitas de Fisher-Price® aqui http://www.fisher-price.com/usp/misprimeras #FPMiPrimerCumple vía @coolchillmom. No olvides dejarlos el enlace de tu tweet en la sección de "comments"
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Monday, July 14, 2014

$500 Gift Card Summer Giveaway!

Here is a great summer giveaway we are happy to share with you: how does $500 sound?  I can definitively count many ways in which I would spend all of this prize.
We sure hope one of our readers wins, so go ahead and enter - remember, if you don't enter, you can't win :-)
Amy over at This Mamas Life recently had a new little one and Kinsight.com is helping us Celebrate! One lucky reader will win an Amazon.com Gift Card
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A little about Kinsights: Kinsights is an online Pediatric Personal Health Record Keeper for parents. Gone are the days where you’re being held responsible for keeping track of slips of paper or lugging files and folders containing your children’s health information. And in the event of an emergency, you can even have the health records sent to the ER or out-of-town doctor in a snap. Organize your child’s growth and developmental milestones, immunizations, medications, allergies, and more. This tool is amazing and a godsend to parents. Kinsights is also a community where parents can safely seek and share answers to parenting questions. You can ask anything and Kinsights will find the right community members who can provide guidance. Kinsights even offers groups with similar interests their own pages, including single parents, grandparents, those interested in car seat safety, baby & kids fashion, potty training groups, and many more What's really cool about this community is that it makes finding the best answers easy-community members vote up answers so the best content rises to the top.

*One Lucky Reader will receive the a gift card ( $500.00 Value)
 *Giveaway starts July 14, 2014 at 12:01am est.
*Giveaway will end at 11:59pm est on July 31, 2014
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 * You must be 18 or over to enter
 * Winner will be chosen at random via Giveaway Tools
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* This Mamas Life and the other participating blogs are not responsible for prize shipment or fulfillment *Prize will be fulfilled by the Sponsor. BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE!
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Friday, July 11, 2014

How to be Prepared for Hurricane Season: Use FEMA lists and Resources for Guidance

Living in South Florida, we know too well this image
It means it is Hurricane season, and something is definitively brewing in the Atlantic.
That in turn means lots of things that boils to one word: preparing.  We would have been, checking lists, making sure our homes are prepped up, and remembering Hurricane Andrew.
Although Andrew was over 20 years ago, it is fresh in many South Floridian minds.  Truth is that while we have been blessed not to have had to endure such catastrophe in a while, Hurricanes continue to visit us (with lesser force like Wilma or Katrina) and every season a hurricane or two do wave their hands good bye to us.
This is why we are happy to join FEMA and Blogging Mamas to spread out the word on being truly prepared and ready.
Hurricane season has such a wide span of time in effect ( The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1rst through November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began on May 15th and will end on November 30th as well.) So, if we all prepare thoroughly once, and update on details when the threats truly come in, we can all breathe easier.
We particularly love this FEMA site Ready.gov/hurricanes  because is divides it all clearly for us before, during and after a hurricane.  Remember that the first shelves to empty out during a warning or watch is the ones for water at our friendly supermarkets...

Central to the preparations is to have your very own family communications plan as well as an emergency kit. 

While it is the summer, and we do want to be out and enjoying it all, the sooner we prepare, the sooner we have to stop thinking we have to cross getting prepared for a hurricane off our lists. 
You can even make it into a summer activity getting the kids involved checking off the list with you.
We hope we don't have to make use of our preparations this Hurricane season, but we sure want everyone to be prepared and safe.