Dell Inspiron 15 series laptop : What you need to know

Everyone should have a reliable laptop and helpful service in their preferred language. That’s why we partnered with Microsoft on this sponsored post.
 

Are you in the market for a budget laptop? Because I’ve been using one that I think you’ll love. It’s part of the Dell Inspiron 15 Series. The Dell Inspiron 15 i5555 Signature Edition laptop is currently on sale for under $400!!!

Dell Inspiron 15 i5555 Signature Edition Laptop with touchscreen : The Dell Inspiron 15 is the Budget laptop you've been looking for : Living Mi Vida Loca (photo credit: Pattie Cordova)

Here’s why you’ll love the laptop:

It’s good looking and easy to tote around

It weighs 5.34 lbs and measures about 15 inches long. The exterior is a nice slate gray with great texture. It looks much more expensive than it really is.

Great camera

I use the integrated webcam on my laptop way more than I ever thought I would. I’ve even done some YouTube videos using it! Well the camera on this laptop is sharp so you can Skype, video call or make videos to your heart’s content.

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Powerful AMD A10 processor

I’m going to be honest, I have no idea what constitutes powerful processor – all I know is that I have it and it’s great. The quad-core AMD A10-8700P on this laptop delivers excellent speed for multitasking, as well as increased power efficiency and smooth video playback. I don’t get glitches when I’m streaming my shows or playing games (when I’m procrastinating work).

So much storage

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series laptop has a 1TB hard drive. 1 TB!!! That is a great amount of space to store songs, pictures, documents, videos, movies, etcetera. It’s a lot of storage. Which is awesome because it limits the amount of places where you’ll have to store your digital files. As always though, remember to back up your computer. Even if you do have a ridiculous amount of space.

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Dell Inspiron laptop : The Dell Inspiron 15 is the Budget laptop you've been looking for : Living Mi Vida Loca

It runs on Windows 10 and then there’s Cortana

Windows 10 is their newest operating system. It’s super fast, looks like a nicely organized box of squares showcasing your apps, and it has shortcuts that will help you do your work even faster. Windows 10 also has Cortana – your new virtual assistant. Cortana will help you find things on your PC, manage your calendar, track packages, find files, chat with you, and tell jokes. The more you use Cortana, the more personalized your experience will be. Get started with Cortana by typing a question in the search box on the task bar – or talk to Cortana via the microphone icon.

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Security

This Signature Edition PC has world-class security software with free updates and no annual contracts. It also has no junkware or 3rd party trial ware so feel free to share content online knowing that your PC is secure.

I set up my laptop in under a half hour. Everything was super simple to set up, and it walked me through all of it making it easy to be up and running in no time.

Also to note, this laptop comes with a DVD player, has a batter life of about 3-4 hours and it has a HD LED touchscreen. All features that make it the budget laptop you’ve been looking to buy.

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Best of all, this laptop comes with free training and support at your local Microsoft Store. My friend, Iris, has been in the market for a new laptop, and I’m excited to give her one a Dell Inspiron 15 Signature Edition laptop. We’re going to be going into a Microsoft Store near us for a one-hour personal training session. Oh, and did I mention that it’s FREE? And it’s in Spanish?! My friend is more comfortable speaking en Español so we were happy to learn that training was available in Spanish without an additional charge.

Visit your local Microsoft Store to test drive this laptop, and any other of their Signature Edition laptops. Their staff is really helpful, friendly and bilingual – so take mami too!

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

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Microsoft . The opinions and text are all mine.

Our Calico Ghost Town day trip

You know how they say that the mountains or the beach is only an hour away when you live in Southern California? Well, as it turns out, if you go just once more hour you can also get to a real ghost town! We took the kids on a Calico Ghost Town day trip last month and we had such a great time. It was adventurous, educational and we caught picturesque moments that we wouldn’t have seen if we hadn’t ventured out further into California.

Visiting Calico Ghost Town in Calico, California - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

Calico Ghost Town is known as California’s Silver Rush Ghost Town. It’s located off of Route 66 somewhere between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. First established during the largest silver strike in California, it was a bustling town around the 1881 until about 12 years later when the price of silver dropped and everyone left town. Interestingly enough, it was Walter Knott (of Knott’s Berry Farm) that bought the town and refurbished some of it. Since then, Calico has received State Historical Landmark 782 and became “California’s Silver Rush Ghost Town” by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Calico lives again sign - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

Calico Ghost Town restaurant with vintage rocking chairs - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

Dad and young boys walking down the bridge near the restaurant - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

Calico Ghost Town makes for a great family trip because there’s something for everyone, kids of all ages can enjoy it, and you’ll come across tons of unique places to discover and peek into to. There are plenty of restrooms, eateries, and spots to just chill out and relax.

Main street that runs down Calico Ghost Town - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

Family travel plans to Calico Ghost Town - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

Ice cream shop at Calico Ghost Town - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

Family sitting on front porch of restaurant rocking chairs - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

One of our favorite spots was the old school house at the top of the hill. You have to cross this little bridge to get to it, and inside it’s set up as school houses used to be. The kids got a kick out of learning about what school was like, and looking inside to see all the desks set up like they were. They couldn’t believe that kids of all ages were put in the same classroom! And a chalkboard? Yeah, that had to be explained.

School bridge leading to the old Calico Ghost Town school house on the hill - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

Old Calico Ghost Town school house on the hill - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

Inside of the old Calico Ghost Town school house on the hill - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

We also took them to the top of another hill that overlooks Calico. You can see the train passing through the mountains, the restaurants, cemetery, school house – basically everything. It’s a great place to take pictures too. The top of the mountain is a bit rocky and uneven, so make note of that and make sure to bring your closed-toe shoes.

Walking up the stairs to the Calico Ghost Town hill - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

Latino Kids TV boys standing atop of Calico Ghost Town hill - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

Railroad train tour at Calico Ghost Town - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

Calico Ghost Town overview - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

We picked up a few souvenirs at their gift shops, enjoyed treats like their old fashioned sodas (and yeah, I picked up a coffee too) and headed out after a day at Calico Ghost Town happy to have discovered a location that we hope to return to one day. As we drove out, we saw many people camping in their RVs out by the front of the town. They also have a KOA available for travelers. We went in April, so the weather was perfect. When you visit, I recommend dressing comfortably and bring a light sweater. It does get warm. Also, it’s a popular spot for tourists (and tour stops) as well as school groups, so definitely try to get there early.

Abandoned silver mine at Calico Ghost Town - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

Silver mine tunnel at Calico Ghost Town - Calico Ghost Town - Living Mi Vida Loca

p.s. many of the silver mines are closed off – but you can view them through the wired fence. The town is also known for ghost sightings, and if that’s your thing, I suggest you check out the Calico Ghost Town ghost tour.

To get a more detailed account of our visit, visit Travelocity.com where we share our stop-by-stop itinerary.

Calico Ghost Town

36600 Ghost Town Road
Yermo, CA 92398

I-15 at Ghost Town Road Exit

Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. except Christmas Day

Phone: 800-TO-CALICO
Fax: (760) 254-2047
email: calicotown@parks.sbcounty.gov

Online Camping Reservations: http://www.sbcountyparks.com
Central Reservation: 1-877-387-2757

A day trip to Placita Olvera

I love it when the kids get a day off from school – especially when it’s during the week. One of the last times they were off I decided to do a quick Placita Olvera day trip. We jumped on the Metrolink in the morning and landed at Union Station just in time for a quick snack before lunch. I’ll have to tell you about how easy it was to take the train from Anaheim to Union Station some other time, because really, the walk around Placita Olvera was just too much fun not to jump into right now.

Kids visiting Placita Olvera in Los Angeles - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca

It had been a while since the kids had been to Placita Olvera, so this time we decided to do as much as we could in the few hours that we had. We stopped by the first firehouse established in Los Angeles and did the free tour. We made sure to pick up the free El Pueblo de Los Angeles historical monument map so we could check off our museum visits as we went along.

Firehouse and Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca (photo credit: Pattie Cordova)

First firehouse in Los Angeles - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca (photo credit: Pattie Cordova)

Firehouse No. 1 in Los Angeles - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca

El Pueblo de Los Angeles historical map - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca

The brick building is the perfect spot for photo opps because it has the brick detail that we don’t have much around here in Southern California. There also isn’t any car traffic, so you can take your time taking the kids’ pictures.

Family visiting Placita Olvera in Los Angeles - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca

The Chinese American museum is around the back, so we stopped in there and I saw that they exhibit in the upstairs floor had changed since the last time I was there. So we hung around, and went room by room until we had explored every bit of the museum. The kids were surprised to learn that the spot where they were standing was once part of Chinatown (before it moved to its new location).

Kids walking to Chinese American museum - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca

Chinese American museum in Los Angeles - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca (photo credit: Pattie Cordova)

Chinese American museum in Southern California - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca (photo credit: Pattie Cordova)

The Pico House was also open, so we peeked inside for a quick history lesson on slavery. It was a heavy topic, but it was set up in a way that made it easy for kids to understand. There was also a table set up for them to color if they needed a break. Which, of course, they did. They’re still a bit young so there’s only so much they can really absorb at once.

Kids activity table at oldest hotel in Los Angeles - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca

The map was really useful for us to find our way around. Placita Olvera is filled with free museums, ranging from everything like the oldest house in Los Angeles, to the controversial America Tropical mural painted on the rooftop of a historical building.

Avila Adobe dining room - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca

America Tropical Siqueiros mural in Los Angeles - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca (photo credit: Pattie Cordova)

But I think our favorite part was walking through Olvera Street and visiting each kiosk. They’re filled with colorful merchandise that came straight from Mexico. Huaraches, candies, flowered dresses, Mexican puppets, serving ware – you name it, they had it!

Mexican puppets sold in Mexican shop - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca

Mexican candy at Olvera Street - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca (photo credit: Pattie Cordova)

Olvera Street in Los Angeles - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca (photo credit: Pattie Cordova)

We asked around for recommendations on where to pick up a sweet treat, and we were told to stop by Mr. Churros for a raspado and churros – they were delicious!

Raspado from Mr. Churro in Los Angeles - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca

We had so much fun on our Placita Olvera day trip and can’t wait to go back. It was only about an hour train ride and really inexpensive because kid tickets are cheap (or free!) on Metrolink. To get a more detailed account of our visit, visit Travelocity.com where we share our stop-by-stop itinerary.

Things to see at Placita Olvera in Los Angeles - Placita Olvera day trip - Living Mi Vida Loca

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!

cricket wireless store

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.

kids and cell phones

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.

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