Add Colgate Total Daily Repair toothpaste to your morning routine

I have my weekday morning routine down pat so I can get out the door in 10 minutes and get the kid to school in time for breakfast. I kick off my day by washing my face with whatever awesome face wash is sitting next to the sink, pulling my hair back and brushing my teeth with our newest partner, Colgate Total Daily Repair. I smother on the moisturizer with SPF 20, then I throw on a dress, or shorts and a top, run downstairs and slip on some flats. The trick to getting the kids in the car? Yell at them and tell them to put their shoes on in the car. Believe it or not, we’ve perfected our chaotic morning routine and the kid gets a hot breakfast every school day.

Today is a Good Day sticker

So let me get back to my new toothpaste (it was just released in July) because you’ll need to get it next time you run out of your current toothpaste. Colgate Total® Daily Repair Toothpaste is part of the Colgate Total® portfolio. This new formula is multi-active and helps repair early teeth and gum damage before you may know it even exists! How does it do it? It reverses early gum issues by helping prevent gingivitis and remineralizes enamel damage to strengthen teeth and help prevent cavities.

Brushing teeth with Colgate Total Daily Repair

I have a horrible habit of chewing on ice (even though I know how bad it is to do so), so knowing that it helps any enamel damage that I have is amazing. Colgate Total® Daily Repair Toothpaste helps improve gum health by killing bacteria that cause gingivitis.

Colgate Total Daily Repair toothpaste

So how does it compare to other toothpaste? Well I’ve been using it for a bit now, and so has the hubster. My mouth feels fresher because of the mint taste. The paste seems to be a bit thicker than others that I’ve used before, and I can feel small granules of whatever is in the multi-active formula.

Colgate Total Daily Repair toothpaste and tooth brush

Just for fun, I also tried the Colgate 360º Total Advanced toothbrush. The bristles are the perfect conduit for my hard-working toothpaste. Next time though, I’ll have to pick it up in a different color – something brighter.

Favorite toothpaste brand

And there you have it, me – makeup less, making my kids a bit late because I had to share my new toothpaste with you. Give it a try next time you need to pick up a new tube and get on the road for amazing looking teeth and oral care.

For more information, visit

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Colgate Total. All thoughts and ideas remain my own.

Decluttering for Fall with Savers Donation Drop Spots

Fall is here!!! And that means that it’s the perfect time to make some space for fun new stuff – clothes, dishes, shoes… the works! It also means that we’re almost six months in to our new home and we REALLY have to finish going through our boxes. I would love to know where my hand mixer ended up. So anyway, we spent all day going through boxes, unpacking Halloween decorations, and decluttering for the Fall season. We ended up with so many clothes sitting in a giant pile, shoes, housewares and even a small television. However, our partnership with Savers meant that I knew exactly where our goods were going – to one of their Savers donation drop spots!

donating at Savers Donation Drop Spots

We loaded everything into the car and took them down to the drop spot in Santa Ana on Bristol Street.

Savers Donation Drop Spots in Orange County

Savers thrift stores in our area have partnered with Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles and opened new Donation Drop Spots that provide convenient locations for the community to donate our used goods.

Savers Donation Drop Spots

It felt good to drop off our goods at the Savers drop off spot because they pay Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles when community members donate their goods to the Epilepsy Foundation at the Donation Drop Spots, whether the items make it to the sales floor or not.

Donating at Savers

The new Donation Drop Spots are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are located at:

  • 31845 Temecula Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592
  • 17511 Colima Road, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
  • 3361 Bristol Street, Santa Ana, CA 92704
  • 9727 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331
  • 638 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, CA 92673
  • 2753 E Eastland Center Dr., West Covina, CA 90603
  • 15320 Summit Avenue, Fontana, CA 92336
  • 6150 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
  • 24155 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Donation hours at Savers drop-off spots

When we dropped off our goods, we also received a reusable bag. The gal told us that many people fill up the bag and return it to them with more goods for their store. I thought that was such a great idea! So the kids took it home and filled it with some of their clothes that they no longer wear. I LOVED seeing this generosity come out of my babies. Makes me feel like I’m doing something right.

donation bags at Savers Donation Drop Spots

Savers is doing some awesome things in the community, and here at Living Mi Vida Loca, we’ve talked about how awesome they are plenty of times. They are not only big on doing good deeds and one of the largest recyclers of used goods in the world, but they’ve also pioneered a thrift store experience that has defied typical expectations for secondhand shopping. When you walk into a Savers, you’ll find their stores to be spacious, well-lit and easy to navigate. The inventory is carefully curated so that shoppers are provided with easy access to high-quality goods at affordable prices.

RELATED POST: Savers opens a new store in Yorba Linda

With more than 100,000 items on its sales floor at any given time, and carrying everything from clothing and accessories, to housewares and electronics, Savers is no ordinary thrift store. Customers will find a fresh stock of value-priced goods, including authentic vintage finds and name brand fashions, with up to 10,000 new items placed on the floor each day.

I invite you to clear out your closets and donate them at a local Savers donation drop spot this season. You’ll feel great clearing out some space in your home and knowing that you’re helping more than one organization.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Savers. All thoughts and ideas remain my own. 

Update on UltraShape procedure

The best partners for this blog are those who fit in perfectly into my lifestyle. That’s why UltraShape makes sense. From the start of my UltraShape treatment to now, I have enjoyed showing you my initial thoughts, what it was like at my first UltraShape procedure, and now, a brief update on what UltraShape has done for me.

ultrashape machine

UltraShape has continued to be a completely painless body-contouring procedure. I go into the office, lie down for about 25 minutes, and I’m done before I know it. It’s so quick, simple and effective.

Side view of UltraShape patient

UltraShape before pictures

I have noticed a difference in my belly, and the Hubster has too. He is not one to take it easy on me when I ask him a question about anything, including my body. Many times, he has said that he can see a difference in the way my stomach looks. So I know that if he notices, it must be pretty major.

My UltraShape experience is coming to a close soon as I’m waiting for the final look to come to light. Full results should show about six weeks after the last procedure. Meanwhile, I’ll keep drinking a lot of water, and I’ll stay away from alcohol and Tylenol.

I invite you to watch the video to get a better idea of what I have gone through ,and check out our other UltraShape posts in this series so you can see where I started. And make sure to stay tuned for the final post in this series! If you have any questions on anything regarding UltraShape, please leave your questions in the comments below. I’ll try to answer them the best I can.

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and UltraShape blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Toast 5 ways and yoghurt to go with it

As many of you know, I’m not a cook. My family is lucky if we eat a home-cooked dinner once a week. At best, I can do chilaquiles and sopa de estrellitas. Breakfast and lunch though? That’s my thing. I’m a big carb and dairy consumer, and more often than not, you’ll find me snacking on toast with different toppings and a side of yoghurt with a big mug of black coffee. So when my absolutely favorite yoghurt brand, noosa®, approached me about sharing my favorite unique pairings with their yoghurt, well all I really had to do is look at last week’s menu. 

toast pairings for breakfast and lunch

I’ve been a fan of noosa® yoghurt for about two years now. I came across my favorite flavor (noosa® passion fruit) when I was at an expo where they feature good-for-you foods. I had one small sample and I was hooked! From start to finish, noosa® is unlike any other. It comes to my home in Southern California all the way from Bellvue, Colorado where the company sources milk locally in Colorado from family farms located within an hour of Bellvue. The yoghurt is infused with a touch of clover alfalfa honey, and this is one of its unique attributes. It’s what makes it taste sooooo good, and that’s why it’s my favorite. 

noosa yogurt flavors

While there are times where just a bit of granola on top of the noosa® yoghurt is enough to get me through the day, there are other times where a little more substance is needed. Today, I share with you five toast pairings that are delicious in their own unique way, and absolutely delicious when paired with noosa® yoghurt.

toast 5 ways and yoghurt

toppings for toast

I like to start off with a nicely toasted slice of sourdough bread. Then I head to my fridge and I choose my favorite toppings:

  • Maple-flavored peanut butter, apple slices and honey – pair it with noosa® tart cherry
  • Fig and pumpkin butter, peach slices and smoked cheddar cheese – pair it with noosa® pumpkin
  • Cream cheese, tomato slices and pepper – pair it with noosa® lemon
  • Avocado, cilantro and queso fresco – pair it with noosa® coconut
  • Guava paste and pear slices – pair it with noosa® strawberry rhubarb

toast pairings with yoghurt

Each of the delicious noosa® yoghurt flavors brings out something special in their toast pairings. Some are amazing for breakfast, and others are much more suitable for lunch time. Personally, if it’s 10 a.m., then I’m good with any and all toast pairings. It’s my own personal brunch menu. 

easy toast pairings

I invite you to try any of the 14 fresh flavors that noosa® has to offer, including: honey, blueberry, mango, raspberry, strawberry rhubarb, peach, passion fruit, lemon, tart cherry, plain, coconut, pineapple and pumpkin. For Fall, you can also find their new flavor, cranberry apple. Each one is creamy, smooth and has the best fruity flavor – you really can’t go wrong with any of them.

Noosa coconut yoghurt

See where to find noosa® yoghurt in your area with their handy locator: We’re also sharing a coupon to save a bit on your next noosa® purchase!

noosa coupon

Have you tried noosa® yoghurt? Which one is your favorite?

 This #noosafresh blog post is sponsored by noosa® yoghurt and SocialMoms. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. 

Why Californians need the Kidde Worry-Free Alarm

Did you know that as of July 1st, California has a New Fire Alarm Law?  If you responded NO, then you’re with the majority of the population. Many Californians, including myself, are unaware of the New Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Law. This is why we have teamed up with KIDDE, an innovator in fire alarms, to inform our readers about this new law and tell you why you need to get the new Kidde Worry-Free Alarm.

kidde worry free smoke alarm

According to the California State Fire Marshall “Effective July 1, 2015, all battery operated smoke alarms must also comply with Provision (1) which shall contain a nonreplaceable, nonremovable battery that is capable of powering the smoke alarm for at least 10 years.”

So what does this new law mean? It means that as of July 1st, retail stores no longer sell AA or 9-Volt battery operated Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms. You’ll notice that they’ll only sell alarms installed with a sealed ten year battery. This also means that you will no longer have to worry about replace the batteries, or having the flashing red light for weeks until you finally get around to replacing them. This makes me a very relieved mamá because I won’t have to worry about my smoke alarms for the next ten years.

kidde 10 year smoke alarm

Our fire alarm of choice has remain KIDDE, even after moving into our new home, because of their innovations. In fact, over the last 90 years they have led the way in fire safety. Back in 2012, they introduced the new Worry-Free line of smoke alarms with a 10-year sealed-in lithium battery. All because survey after survey revealed that one of three homes needed to have their smoke alarms replaced. Thanks to KIDDE, and the new law, millions of Californians will no longer be in danger of risking their homes and lives in a fire.

We would love for you to join us and replace your old smoke alarms to the New Worry-Free 10-year lithium battery smoke alarm. No longer will you have to live by the “replace your batteries every time the time changes.” – instead, you’ll replace it in 2025!

Smoke Alarms made by Kidde

Learn more about at the KIDDE 10-year Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms on their website at or your local retailer. And please, help us out in sharing this new fire safety information with your loved ones – it might safe their lives.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with KIDDE. All thoughts and ideas remain our own. 

Orange Spiced Pumpkin Martini Recipe

Fall is hands-down my favorite season. The air is crisp, it cools down just a bit, and staying inside and cuddling with la familia is encouraged. This season, I’ve also come across a new pumpkin martini recipe that I’ll be making for the hubster and I. It would even make a great Thanksgiving cocktail!

Pumpkin martini recipe

This orange spiced pumpkin martini recipe calls for seasonal ingredients, including pumpkin flavored vodka. This may be one of the few times you can actually use this vodka, so grab a bottle next time you see it. We also chose VOGA Italia prosecco as our wine of choice because a) it comes from a brand that produces award winning wines and b) if it’s good enough for Teri Hatcher, it’s good enough for me.

Try this easy pumpkin martini recipe next time you have people over and impress them with your cocktail-making skills. ¡Salud!

orange spiced pumpkin martini-recipe

Orange Spiced Pumpkin Martini recipe


  • 2 oz. VOGA Prosecco
  • 2 oz. pumpkin flavored vodka
  • ½ oz. triple sec
  • 1 dash orange zest
  • 1 dash of cinnamon
  • 1 orange twist


  1. Pour VOGA Prosecco, vodka, triple sec and orange zest into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice
  2. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  3. Garnish with an orange twist, a dash of cinnamon and serve


image credits: VOGA Prosecco

Top 5 Rules of Wearing a Fragrance

According to Carlos Huber, fragrance developer and creator of Arquiste, you may possibly be wearing your fragrance wrong. Depending on your mood or the occasion, whether it’s a special event or just a normal day, you must choose the right fragrance for you – but it goes beyond that. Today, Carlos shares his top 5 rules to wearing a fragrance.

rules of wearing fragrance

Top 5 rules of wearing a fragrance

Don’t rub your wrists together. Rubbing your wrists together may bruise the scent molecules, smashing them all down instead of letting them lift off your skin naturally.

Splurge on scents that you can wear daily– and on the ones that are special occasions. Quality is quality always!

Less is more…and more is more. Depending on what you prefer! There are no written rules.

Throw out fragrances when they are more than 3 years old, as their scent can turn and change. Normally a scent kept in stable temperatures and away from light will keep nicely between 2 -3 years.

Wear what defines YOU! Don’t let the occasion be the only thing dictating what you may or may not wear.

I would also add: spray the fragrance directly onto your skin, not your clothes. Spraying directly onto your clothes might stain the material, and the scent won’t come off as intended.

I’m crazy about citrus-scented fragrances right now, but with Fall weather upon us, I’ll be switching over to something more woodsy. As for Carlos, he likes to wear his new Nanban Fragrance on a day-to-day basis as it makes him feel confident and remembered. It contains ingredients such as black pepper, Persian Saffron, coffee absolute, and Spanish leather. It’s a very Fall-friendly scent.

Keep these rules handy and pair them with your fragrance throughout the year. Remember, they also pertain to body sprays, not just perfumes.

Making life easier with the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE

I think we can all agree that we have more than enough to remember just dealing with ourselves. Add in home life, chiclets, work and everything else, and well – let’s just say that we need a helping hand. That’s why we partnered with Walmart to bring you more information on the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE tablet. It puts the world in the palm of your hand, giving you the mobility to stay connected while on the go. It has an ultra-light minimalistic design, that helps you not only keeps you in touch with friends, but is also great for entertainment. I use mine for just about everything. Keeping the kids entertained, watching beauty tutorials while I put on my makeup, playing music while we entertain… everything. AND you can get the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE for about $168 at Walmart and It has the ability to work with the AT&T network, so make sure you sign up for a pre-paid data plan .

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE with headphones

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE features

  • 7” HD tablet with dual front facing speakers and 178-degree wide viewing angle, perfect for watching movies, playing games etc.
  • Dual cameras: 5MP rear / 2MP front
  • Quad-Core Intel® Atom™ processor 1.3 GHz, gives it the performance to stand out in the 7-inch tablet market.
  • AT&T 4G LTE network provides speed and reliability at your fingertips
  • Scratch-resistant glass with anti-fingerprint coating
  • 16GB internal storage w/ up 64GB MicroSD Card Support
  • Usage time: up to 10.5 hours
  • Perfect for kids and teenagers

I tend to use mine the most during the day. When I’m working, I LOVE playing music. It keeps me focused and off of the TV. When we entertain, we take it out to our patio, and when I want to try a new beauty routine – I head over to Styled by Ale on YouTube and watch her tutorials.

beauty tutorials

asus memo pad 7 lte for entertaining

Literally, this tablet is used It was super easy to set up – just make sure to have your Google info handy since this is an Android tablet and you’ll want all your accounts synced. You’ll also want to use the “What’s Next” feature that keeps track and intelligently manages your schedule. It’s set up as a timeline filled with reminders of tasks, events, special items/reminders.

Because the tablet is designed with entertainment in mind, you’ll find that colors stay true no matter what angle the tablet is being held. It’ll help create an enjoyable and immersive experience whether you’re listening to music, playing games or watching movies. The sound is also directed at you, so you’ll love the loud and vivid surround sound. Comes in handy when the kids are using it for their games!

boy playing with asus memo pad 7 lte

I gave the tablet a shot with taking pictures and video too. It didn’t do too bad! I thought it the images might be a bit grainy, but they turned out good. The tablet has a front-facing 2-megapixel camera as well as the rear-facing 5-megapixel camera. Both of the images below were used with the rear-facing camera. The ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE also has a few different modes, including Time Rewind, Always in Focus and Selfie. When I took the pictures, all I really did was just touch the screen to focus it. Easy peasy.

asus memo pad 7 lte rear camera

photo with asus memo pad 7 lte

taking pictures with asus memo pad 7 lte

I like playing Tetris while I chill out before bed – yes, I know you’re not supposed to be on tablets and phones before bed – and I really like the performance and speed on the tablet as it runs all the little blocks down the screen. 

tetris on tablet

This last month has been all about organizing myself, becoming less stressed and making everything more streamlined. The ASUS MeMo Pad 7 LTE has helped me do this, while also capturing some of the fun we’re having as a family.

boy running through sprinklers

I invite you to learn more about the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE by watching the video below, and don’t forget to enter for a chance to win one of your own!

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE Giveaway

We’re giving away one tablet to one lucky Living Mi Vida Loca reader. All you have to do is tell us which feature on the tablet is your favorite. Use the easy Rafflecopter widget to enter. ¡Buena suerte!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Abbreviated Rules: NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY, A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The Giveaway starts on 9.18.15 and ends on 9.25.15. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C. and 18 years or older as of time of entry. Residents of P.R. are ineligible. Void in P.R. and where prohibited.

This post was sponsored by ASUS and Walmart. All opinions are mine.

New Captain Underpants book in stores now!

My seven year old son has been going to a dual-immersion school since Kindergarten (he’s in second grade now). Unfortunately, for him that means that he’s not encouraged to read in English until he reaches third grade. And yes, we worried about that when we signed the school contract. We worried because we thought that he would struggle to read in English by the time third grade happened. Thank goodness that he figured it out himself. He learned to read in Spanish a few months in Kindergarten, and last year, he picked up reading in English on his own. Since then, he’s been reading whatever books we have at home. But when the new Captain Underpants book arrived at our home as part of our partnership with Scholastic, I figured that I would have to be reading it to him because it was very much a “big kid” book. He surprised me yet again.

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot book review

He picked up the book, Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot, and started reading it on his own. In four days, he came to me and said, “done!” Chicas, I gotta tell you. I doubted him. I asked him, “Are you sure you read it?” “Did you skip parts?” “Okay, if you read it, what is it about?” I felt horrible after grilling him with questions, but I was in disbelief that he had actually read it! AND enjoyed it! Weeks later, he can’t get enough of the series. We’ve since bought novels one through four in the series, and it’s all because we came across Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot.

About Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot

by Dav Pilkey

In stores August 25

There’s something rotten in the state of Ohio, and it’s smellier than a pile of putrid gym socks! Steer clear–it’s Sir Stinks-A-Lot!

George, Harold, and their doubles, Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold, have a good thing going. Two of them go to school, while the other two hide in the tree house and play video games all day–then they switch! But when their malicious gym teacher, Mr. Meaner, creates a method of mind control that turns their fellow students into attentive, obedient, perfect children, the future of all humanity will be in their hands!

Video: Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot Book Review

About the Captain Underpants series

Best friends George Beard and Harold Hutchins are the unofficial class clowns of fourth grade. There’s nothing they love more than making comic books about a silly superhero named Captain Underpants. But now they’ve accidentally transformed their mean school principal, Mr. Krupp, into Captain Underpants himself! Join George, Harold, and the Waistband Warrior as they fight for Truth, Justice, and all that is Pre-Shrunk and Cottony – and save the world, too!

He thought the book was hilarious, and the comic book-style pictures in the book gave him a nice little break in between the chapters. I talked to him about how reading gives him superpowers. I know that when I was a kid, reading gave me the ability to escape to different worlds. So that’s exactly what I told him. His superpower is the ability to transfer himself anywhere and make the characters come alive in his head. He quickly understood what I was telling him, and since then, I’ve never seen him read so much. He travels everywhere with his Captain Underpants series and soon we’re going to have to pick up the rest of the novels in the series. Like my kid, I highly recommend Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot. It’s the perfect mix of graphic novel and chapter book that keeps kids interested, and the names in the books are super hilarious. The kids relate to the characters in the book and they’ll quickly discover their favorite.

Captain Underpants book

You can check out to learn more about the series.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Scholastic. All thoughts and ideas remain our own.

Save on international calls with Cricket Wireless

I’ve been talking about Cricket Wireless since early last year – back when the stores were starting to sprout throughout the country and their affordable plans weren’t as talked about as they are now. Fast forward to now, and it’s clear that they just kept getting bigger and better. I’ve partnered once again with Cricket to share with you the new add-ons that you can have with an existing Cricket plan.

cricket wireless store

Cricket has continued to expand their flexible, low-cost plans to make staying in touch a breeze! In fact, they have this group saving discount where you save up to $100 a month by adding eligible lines… and you can choose to have cell phones from some of the top brands, including Samsung, Nokia and HTC. The reliable nationwide network covers 98% of Americans (via AT&T cell phone towers), and still has more 4G LTE coverage than Sprint, T-Mobile or MetroPCS.

cricket wireless plans
My mom, a Cricket user, likes that the carrier connects her to many countries, including Mexico. Now they’re also offering Individual Country Add-Ons.

About Individual Country Add-Ons

If you have a Smart or Pro plan, you can ask Cricket to add the international calling feature to your plan. If you’re a customer on auto-pay, you’ll get $5 off your bill each month (though this discount can’t be combined with Group Save), with roaming in Mexico and Canada included. Unlimited talk and text is still included.

  • Call and text individual countries
  • International calls to landline and mobile numbers
  • Unlimited international messaging (SMS & MMS)
  • Only available on Smart and Pro plans
  • Starting at $10/mo

Customers can choose from 10 popular calling destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, Haiti, Nicaragua and Cuba.

Cricket has been our favorite no contract carrier since we became introduced to it last year. I invite you to learn more about Cricket Wireless at

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and #CricketWireless blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

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