Cricket Wireless NEW unlimited plan is available now!

All the mamarazzis out there should have access to a cell phone carrier that provides good coverage at a good price. That’s why we partnered with Megan Media and the Cricket Wireless blogging program for this post.
 

My exclusive partnership with Cricket Wireless and its #SwitchForSmiles program has continued on and off the blog because I truly believe that they are an awesome carrier, they offer simple, straight-forward monthly plan pricing and they have their consumers’ best interests in mind. So when they tell me to spread the news about the Cricket Wireless NEW unlimited plan, well I’m all ears!

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Cricket Wireless NEW Unlimited Plan

So here’s the gist of it: With the new unlimited plan, you get unlimited talk, text and high-speed DATA for $65 a month after $5 auto pay credit.* *First mo. $70. $5 credit applied upon enrollment in auto pay. Additional fees and restrictions apply. See offer details. From the looks of it, that’s as good as it gets. So you can chat todo el día with your friends, mom, family… and it’s only $65! Heck, you can periscope todo el día — have your own personal reality show — and it’ll still be only $65 a month!

The way it works is that you pay $70 for the first month, then, when you enroll in auto pay, you’ll get a $5 credit applied to your account every month. Your unlimited plan includes talk, text and data.

If you’re currently with T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless has a new offer just for you!

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Special offer for T-Mobile customers

If you’re currently a T-Mobile customer, you can bring your number to Cricket Wireless and get a $100 bill credit!** This is currently a limited time offer for new service lines only and requires porting your number and two qualified plan (for a minimum of $40 a month) service payments within 45 days. You will then receive your credit within 60 days of activation. Charges and restrictions apply. See offer details.

If either of these two great deals don’t get you taking a second look at Cricket Wireless, remember that they have a great lineup of brand-name smartphones, but if you don’t need a new phone, you can bring your own device. I have a Samsung S6 and I know that I’d be bummed if I couldn’t use it with this network. You should also know that getting your coverage with Cricket is super simple and transparent. They don’t work with annual contracts OR phone contracts, so you never have that tied-up feeling of having to stay with a carrier even if you’re not happy. And unlike T-Mobile and other carriers, monthly taxes and fees are included in Cricket’s rate plans, so you know exactly what you’ll be paying every month.

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Of course, many of us have multiple people on our phone plans, and you can bring them all with Cricket’s Group Save. By adding family members to your account, you could save up to $100 per month. Unfortunately, the Group Save is not stackable with the auto pay credit, but that’s okay because you’re going to be saving money just by having everyone on your plan.

I highly recommend you keep Cricket Wireless in mind when you shop around for a new carrier. Cricket is so easy to work with, what you see is what you get, and Cricket representatives in their stores are very knowledgeable about their services. They walk you through the whole process, and they have super-clear boards that outline all the plans for you. It makes choosing the right plan simple! And that is something to smile about.

So tell me, what would you do with unlimited talk, text and data?

*Unlimited Plan: Download speeds max of 8Mbps (LTE)/4Mbps(4G). Incl. talk, text & data. Mobile Hotspot feature not avail. Activ./upgrade (up to $25) & add’l fees & restr’s apply. Pricing, avail., terms & data usage & speed & other restr’s subject to change w/o notice. Coverage not avail. everywhere. Auto Pay: First mo. $70. $5 credit applied upon enrollment in auto pay. See https://www.cricketwireless.com/legal-info/plan-terms.html for details.

**$100 Bill Credit: Limited time offer. Req’s number port from T-Mobile & activ. on qual. plan. New svc lines only. Basic phones excluded. Must be active & in good standing for 45 days. Credit received w/in 60 days of activation. Credit is not redeemable for cash, has no cash value, is not transferable or refundable & is forfeited if account is cancelled. Limit: Max. credit combined w/other offers is $100. 1 per qual. line. Activ. Fee: up to $25. Bring Your Own Device: $9.99 Universal SIM Card Kit & unlocked, GSM-compatible smartphone req’d. Taxes, fees, charges & restrictions apply. Coverage & svc not avail. everywhere. Offer subj. to change & may be terminated at any time without notice.

New Latina Disney Princess : what you need to know

The new Latina Disney princess was just announced today! Princess Elena of Avalor will be appearing at Walt Disney World Resort this summer and at Disneyland Resort in the fall, following her television debut in a new animated series this summer on Disney Channel. It’s their first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures – and one that I’m anxious to share with the kids.


Elena of Avalor // Latina Disney Princess // LIvingMiVidaLoca.com

About Princess Elena

Princess Elena is a bold, caring, funny and clever 16-year-old who is ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor.

About the show

Princess Elena of Avalor will make her debut in a special TV event this summer on Disney Channel. Aimee Carrero (Freeform’s “Young & Hungry”) stars as the voice of Elena.

The series follows the story of Elena, who saves her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule with the support of her appointed Grand Council and some magical friends by her side. Elena’s adventures will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders, while highlighting the importance of family and family traditions.

Disney Parks: Where to find her

Find Elena in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort beginning in August. At Disneyland Resort, she will appear at Disney California Adventure. Her Disneyland arrival date will be announced in the near future.

New Latina Disney Princess at Walt Disney World // Latina Disney Princess // LIvingMiVidaLoca.com

 

What do you think about the new Latina Disney princess? I’m super excited that it’s finally happening!!! Maybe a movie will be in the works later?

Also, if you want to access Disney activities, videos and stories in Spanish, you can find them here: http://aja.disney.com.

Spending quality time with my preschooler

We believe that spending quality time with your kids is a must – even if it’s just an hour every week. That’s why we partnered with Juicy Juice Splashers for this post.
 

I blinked and it happened… my “baby” is heading into kindergarten this August. These past four years just flew by, and it feels like it’s going even faster since he started attending preschool. So I made a plan and started spending quality time with him on a weekly basis.

Mother son holding hands // Afternoon dates with my preschooler // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Every Wednesday, after I pick him up from preschool at 12 p.m. we head to a local downtown area and browse the shops, talk about our day, our plans for the week, and why the Hulk is the best superhero of all.

Orange Circle in Orange County, California // Afternoon dates with my preschooler // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Mother son dates // Afternoon dates with my preschooler // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Thrift store shopping // Afternoon dates with my preschooler // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

We walk through the endless thrift shops in the area and we check out all the cool stuff in the display cases. We hunt for those rare Ghostbusters toys that we never seem to find, and we buy more than our share of comic books to read later.

It’s usually only about an hour that I have to spend with him before we have to leave and pick up his older brother. Wednesdays are early dismissal days so we don’t have much time, but that one hour that we have to ourselves is the time that I hope he remembers when he grows up.

Japanese dolls at thrift store // Afternoon dates with my preschooler // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Spending one-on-one time with kids // Afternoon dates with my preschooler // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

On these occasions I also bring along a Juice Juice Splashers for him to sip on as we walk around looking for a treat to enjoy in the park. Most of the time, we end up at a soda fountain shop (the first in California!) where we pick up a treat – and coffee for me.

Watson's is California original soda fountain // Afternoon dates with my preschooler // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Watson's in Orange, California // Afternoon dates with my preschooler // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Juicy juice is a great afternoon date // Afternoon dates with my preschooler // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Old towne orange in Orange, California // Afternoon dates with my preschooler // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

I do Bikram yoga right before picking him up and don’t have time to go home. So I freeze a Juicy Juice Splashers and bring it with me. The juice will defrost by the time I pick him up – and it’ll be nice and cold!

Boy drinking Juicy Juice Splashers // Afternoon dates with my preschooler // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

We pick a bench near the fountain and just chill. Me with my coffee and oatmeal cookie in hand. He with his Juicy Juice Splashers and whatever treat he chose. I’ve been bringing this drink for him for a couple months now. Did you know that they have 50% less sugar than the leading juice? They’re a super delicious blend of fruit juice and filtered water, and contain no artificial colors. They’re super yummy (trust me, I’ve tried them too) and like their other Juicy Juice products, they have 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C.

spending quality time with my preschooler // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

I’m going to be really missing my boy when he heads off to kindergarten. So regardless of what’s happening, our weekly afternoon dates are a must. Spending quality time with him is important (probably more for me than for him) because I know how easy it must be to get lost in our family, especially when he has an older brother who he mimics all day long. I look forward to Wednesdays, handing him his little Juicy Juice Splashers, walking around and getting to just hang out with him.

Juicy Juice Splashers is available in four flavor varieties. For a coupon good for $.75 off your next purchase, click here!

Afternoon dates with son // Afternoon dates with my preschooler // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Foods you should be eating for healthy eyes

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying – you are what you eat. Well, we’ve partnered with the American Refractive Surgery Council to share five foods that will help promote eye health (and are good for you too!).

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Carrots

An oldie, but a goodie. Carrots and any other fruit and veggie that is orange-colored have tons of beta-carotene. In the body, beta-carotene converts into vitamin and promotes retina health.

Snack idea: Carrots and avocado-hummus with carrot-pineapple smoothie

Hummus with avocado and cilantro

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Green leafy vegetables

Vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards are full of antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin. According to studies, these types of antioxidants lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

Snack idea: spicy ancho chile baked kale chips with green juice

How to make green juice // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Non-meat protein

Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources are full of vitamins. For example, the egg yolk is a great source of lutein and zeaxanthin (just like green leafy veggies!) but it also has zinc which helps reduce risk of macular degeneration. A handful of almonds (about an ounce) will provide you with about half of the suggested daily dose of vitamin E.

Meal idea: Vegetarian burrito bowl

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Citrus fruits and berries

Fruits like oranges and citrus fruit juices are a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

Meal idea: Strawberry banana berry bowl and orange spiced iced coffee

Strawberry banana chia seeds smoothie bowl

Fatty fish

Salmon, tuna and other oily fish are super high in DHA – the same type of fatty acid that is found in your retina. Keep the levels of DHA high to avoid dry eye syndrome.

Meal idea: Fish Veracruz served with a side of white rice

Using olloclip fish eye lens

While nutrition is an important way to maintain your eye health, mindful eating doesn’t address the most common vision conditions including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism – the vision problems most often treated with corrective lenses such as glasses and contact lenses. Corrective lenses are often a source of frustration for those who rely on them to see well, which is why many people are interested in exploring their surgical vision correction options. If you are among the millions of adults who are tired of the visual compromises presented by glasses and contacts and are ready to look into whether a procedure such as LASIK might be the right option for you and your vision, the American Refractive Surgery Council has great resources to help you make an informed choice.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with the American Refractive Surgery Council. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.
 

What makes ALDI so different? A Photo Journey

We welcomed our new partnership with ALDI just last week and since then, I’ve been telling everyone about it. A visit to my nearest ALDI was about a thirty minute drive out to Moreno Valley, and one that led to a new grocery shopping experience.

We’ve had eight new ALDI openings in Southern California and I thought it would be a great opportunity for you to get a glimpse of what makes ALDI so different… and just a hint, it goes beyond the low prices.

ALDI ad for Southern California //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Store layout

I noticed big differences as soon as I stepped through the sliding doors at ALDI. First and foremost – the wide aisles. Wide enough for two shopping carts to pass next to each other without getting fingers squished between the carts. The store is bright and clearly labeled. The Moreno Valley location is 12,000 square feet with their featured items at the front of the store; deli and frozen cases lining the walls.

Wide aisles at ALDI //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Frozen case at ALDI //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Another big difference you’ll notice is the lack of shelves. Instead, ALDI focuses on efficiency with their easy display cases. Most cases are mixed so you’ll still get different varieties of the product, but you won’t be paying the overhead of someone stocking shelves. Also, pay attention to the price tags. A red price tag will tell shoppers that it is a limited-time offering. On-trend items, such as nuts and banana chips, are also located towards the front of the store.

Guerrero tortillas //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Mexican cookies at grocery store //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Cost-Saving Measures

ALDI has refined its processes throughout the years to save its customers the most money. You’ll notice this when you go to pick out your food because instead of seeing 20 versions of everything, ALDI only offers the best of customers’ weekly must-haves like fresh produce and organics, dairy, gluten-free foods, USDA Choice beef and bakery items. This helps customers save on their grocery bill.

Hispanic foods at ALDI //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

A quarter for a shopping cart

Not only does ALDI offer a lot of parking for its customers, it also offers cart-free parking lots! That’s due to their special cart system. When you insert a quarter into the shopping cart, the cart is unlocked from the other shopping carts. When you’re done putting your groceries in your car, you bring back the shopping cart, click it into another cart and the quarter is released!

ALDI opening in Moreno Valley //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

ALDI shopping carts //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

ALDI exclusive brands

More than 90 percent of the groceries sold are under ALDI premium exclusive brands (you’ll read more about these below). Each product is regularly tested in the ALDI Test Kitchen (also in Moreno Valley) to make sure the quality and taste is just as good, if not better, than the national brands. While we walked around the store, we had the opportunity to test a popular brand to the ALDI exclusive brand and found that most of the time, it was better! But if you buy an ALDI brand and you don’t like it, then take advantage of the ALDI Double Guarantee.

ALDI Fit & Active brand //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

ALDI Double Guarantee

Trying new products at ALDI is risk-free with their ALDI Double Guarantee. If for any reason a customer doesn’t like an ALDI exclusive brand food, they’ll give them their money back and replace the product.

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Checkout process and BYOB

Don’t forget to bring your own bags on your next ALDI shopping trip. Otherwise, expect to pay ten cents for a paper bag, and fifteen cents for a plastic bag. Once you go to check out, you’ll also notice that the checkout lanes don’t offer candy and toys like many other stores do. Instead, you’ll see healthy snack options like snacks for kids, food pouches, trail mixes, nuts and even household essentials like batteries.

Shopping at ALDI grocery store //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

ALDI in Southern California //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Product offerings

Produce

ALDI offers organic products including bananas, tomatoes, avocados, apples and salad mixes – many of which go on sale along with their other locally grown produce offerings. Thanks to all the awesome farms in Southern California, ALDI offers only the highest quality produce that is shipped to its stores on a daily basis. To top it off, their produce picks of the week will be competitively priced, generally half of what you would pay at other grocery stores.

ALDI produce deals //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

ALDI organic produce //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Wine

The wine selection at ALDI takes up about half a lane with super affordable wines. They come from all regions including Napa Valley and Italy. Their budget-wine is the Winking Owl line with different varieties and only $2.19! I picked up some chardonnay and served it during Easter. My guests had no idea that it was a low-priced wine!

ALDI winking owl wine //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

ALDI award winning wine //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

SimplyNature product line

Their private SimplyNature line consists of organic and/or all-natural products such as milk, almond butter and salsa. You’ll find that ALDI organic products have an easy-to-spot “organic” seal on the packaging.

ALDI Simply Nature //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

liveGfree product line

ALDI offers a variety of gluten-free foods through its ALDI liveGfree line. It includes everything from baking staples and mixes to breads, crackers, chewy bars, cookies, cereals, pastas, frozen foods and more. 100% of these items, along with all ALDI exclusives products will also be no trans fat added, no MSG added and no certified synthetic colors.

Specially Selected product line

My favorite line at ALDI is the Specially Selected line because it offers premium and unique items. You can easily spot these because they are packaged in sleek containers with black backgrounds on the lettering.

ALDI specially selected products //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

ALDI Finds products

ALDI Finds are premium food and household products that are only in stores for a limited time. The product variety depends on the season, and there’s usually a theme for the week’s Finds. You can find these specials noted in its weekly ads, online and on the ALDI app. When I shopped, they had a variety of Easter products and toys that went great in Easter baskets like little cars and airplanes.

ALDI Finds deals //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Upcoming ALDI openings in Southern California

ALDI stores in California are open from 9 am. to 9 p.m. for your convenience. And if you don’t have an ALDI near you, keep an eye out because by the end of 2016, ALDI will open approximately 45 stores, with nearly 25 of those expected to open by July 2016. ALDI stores will be located in the eight southernmost counties of Southern California (Kern, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Imperial counties). Visit them on their blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter for recipe ideas, tips and updated news!

p.s. Note that they do accept EBT cards, but not WIC.

ALDI deli cheese //  ALDI openings in Southern California // LivingMiVidaLoca.com

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

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