Before and after with Zerorez

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Did you know that the five-second rule is a myth? So my belief of dropping something on the floor, picking it up and still thinking that it’s okay because of “the 5 second rule” is out the window. It doesn’t exist! After baby numero dos that 5-second rule was easily extended to 10-15 seconds, so it’s been a tough one to live by the new mantra: “when it doubt, throw it out”.

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I was reading through some studies and articles online regarding the 5-second rule and I was surprised at some of the finding, and then closed the pages feeling lucky that my kids hadn’t contracted some type of horrible bacteria. For example, did you know that some bacteria can give you awful stuff, like diarrhea? You can’t see the bacteria but it sure can make you sick.

And even if you dropped your snack and then picked it up right away, bacteria can attach to your food as soon as it hits the floor. So food that is momentarily on the floor can get contaminated if conditions are right. Those foods with wet surfaces can pick up bacteria even more easily. It’s a dangerous world out there.

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My home, unfortunately, is ripe with bacteria. Not because I don’t clean the floors, vacuum, etcetera, but because we have horrible air quality. We live close to the freeway and we have an alley behind our patio. So all those vehicles passing by are constantly kicking up dirt, dust, and so on. Before we know it, our carpets are filthy, our countertops are dusty and our home is dirty. It’s a never ending battle, but one that I begun to fight back wholeheartedly thanks to Zerorez. Using this service on a quarterly basis will minimize the impact bacteria has inside my home.

About Zerorez

ZerorezSoCal is a new technology cleaning company that cleans carpets, upholstery, tile and grout, and much more using a patented, high pH alkaline water. The heated cleaning solution is simply softened water that is modified to increase the alkalinity, and it is so pure, the technician can drink it before they clean with it, because it truly is only modified water. That is very different from other cleaners that claim they “clean green” but still use undisclosed chemicals that may or may not be toxic. And because the Zerorez cleaning solution is “just” modified water, there is never any concern about “hidden” chemicals that remain after the cleaning technician leaves.

Before Zerorez came along, I knew my carpets were dirty – but I didn’t know that they were practically toxic. You can see in the image above just how dirty they were. I even had someone come in the day after and they asked me if I had put in new carpet. It was a night and day type of situation.

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And did you know that they clean upholstery as well?! Last year, I purchased this off-white couch as my rebellion in an all-male household. Let’s just say that it’s been a battle to keep it looking off-white.  And the thing is, that I can use wipes to wipe it down, but what that does is just spread the dirt around. So it looks like a gray-off-white color. Well Keith, our Zerorez expert, used this special cloth and cleaning solution and restored it to its beautiful self. I’m in love with it again!

As a Zerorez SoCal Ambassador, I have the opportunity to extend to you a super  special discount to Southern California residents: 2 Areas for $99.

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It’s a deal that is worth its weight in gold. To take advantage of this special offer, call 866-937-6739 or visit ZerorezSoCal.com. You’ll have the opportunity to use this deal on two areas (up to 200 sq feet each) for $99. It covers carpet, hardwood, tile and grout, and natural stone.

p.s. the Zerorez water cleaning solution is totally safe to drink. Proof.

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This is a compensated post as part of my participation in the Zerorez SoCal Ambassador program. I was also treated to a complimentary cleaning to review the service. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.
 

Must-Try Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

Girl Scout cookie time is almost gone! If you’ve been waiting to snatch some up, you gotta do it TODAY. Buy as many as you can and stash them in the freezer.

Girl Scout cookies

This year, Girl Scouts of Orange County unveiled two brand new cookies: Cranberry Citrus Crisps and Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread. Moreover, if you’re in Orange County, California, you have the luck of the draw because the Orange County council is one of just 20 councils nationwide that are running the pilot of the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread! I had the opportunity to try them and I totally think you should too (if you are able to grab some). They’re a lighter cookie that is a bit crispier. You can’t tell a difference!

Cranberry Citrus Crisps and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Crisps | LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Of course, Girl Scout cookies are sensitive to a lot of different diets, including Vegan diets. Girl Scout cookies that are vegan-friendly are: Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades and Thanks-A-Lot. So really, there is no reason not to grab some boxes!

If you buy more than you can consume in one sitting, consider freezing them. Take ’em out when you want to have a delicious treat, or maybe do something special with them. While I’ve always been partial to just eating them out of the box with some cafécito, you might want to try your hand at one of the “Must Try Girl Scout Cookie Recipes” that I pinned to the Girl Scout Cookies Pinterest board. These recipe masters are super creative and the drool-worthy pictures make it hard to stop at just one Girl Scout Cookie variation.

Girl Scout Cookie recipes

So head on out and buy some of your favorite, and soon-to-be favorites, as soon as you can.

Find Cookies with the Cookie Booth Locator!

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Kids Teeth Tips: The right products and making oral care fun

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waterpik.
 


I am diligent with a selective amount of tasks when it comes to the kids – oral care is one of them. Of course, I can’t do it alone and eventually they need to be able to do it themselves so it’s been super important for me to establish a routine.

So anyhow, my niños have the most amazing teeth – and I mean it in the most non-bragging kind of way. They inherited their super straight teeth from the hubster and I’m doing everything I can to keep them healthy, shiny and in the long run, save time and money on braces.

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I’ve learned a few tips that have helped me keep their teeth nice and healthy. I’m sharing them with the hopes that you’ll tell me one or two tips to keep them interested in healthy teeth as they grow up.

Which way should you brush your teeth?

Aim the bristles on your toothbrush at the gum line at a 45-degree angle and brush in a circular motion. Do not brush side-to-side. It’ll ruin your enamel.

What kind of toothpaste should kids use?

Use a fluoride toothpaste (you know, the ones with the fun characters on the tube?) and use a small, pea-size amount of toothpaste if they’re two years and older. If under two, consider using non-flouride toothpaste, just in case they swallow it.

What kind of toothbrush should kids use?

It’s important to have the right toothbrush to be more effective when brushing their teeth. Babies can start off with the thumb brushes that fit over your finger. Toddlers should have toothbrushes that have wide, easy-to-grip handles, small, narrow heads and soft bristles. The older kids should have toothbrushes that have slightly longer handles which, by now, they should be able to use thanks to their improved coordination. The heads on these toothbrushes will also be larger to accommodate growing mouths and teeth.

How can I make brushing time more fun? 

It’s hard for kids to get excited over brushing their teeth, and those musical toothbrushes get expensive – fast. So we rely on a toothbrushing playlist that I created using some of our favorite songs that talk about brushing your teeth. It’s fun, upbeat and it keeps the kids distracted for three minutes.

How can I make flossing fun for kids?

My favorite way to floss my kids’ teeth is by using the Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser because it’s the easiest, most effective and fun way to floss. It also happens to be the most advanced water flosser ever.

We’ve been using a Waterpik Water Flosser since 2011 when they looked like this.

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In 2011, my oldest was three years old. And that’s when we started using the water flosser. He loved it from the get go. The new Waterpik Aquarius Professional is even better than the old version because it has the on/off water control on the handle that makes it easier to use and less of a mess. It also has an added water flossing mode – massage, in addition to the regular floss mode. The new model also has 7 water flosser tips and thankfully, they kept the tip storage under the lid. Makes everything so much neater.

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In addition to making flossing more fun, the Waterpik Aquarius Professional water flosser is also clinically proven to improve gum health, versus just using string floss. It’s like giving your teeth a run through a waterfall. By the end of your session, it leaves your mouth feeling incredibly fresh and clean.

If you’ve been thinking of taking the plunge to a water flosser, or need to update your last Waterpik model, visit the Waterpik website and use code FREESHIPWP660 to get FREE shipping on any Waterpik product purchased through the site. This coupon code is valid until March 31, 2014.

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Taking care of your kid’s teeth, and establishing good oral care habits is something that all of us mamás struggle with. Having the right equipment makes it easy for us to set up a good routine and make the dentist visits more pleasant. What tips have you found make tooth brushing time easier and more fun?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waterpik.

How to remove your makeup in two simple steps

By the time 8 p.m. hits, I am done. The niños are in bed, I’m getting ready to work the night shift at my computer and I have to show up with a freshly cleansed face. Fortunately, I have my makeup removing routine down pat thanks to my recent partnership with Latina Bloggers Connect and Neutrogena.

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I’ve been a fan of Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes for a while now. Not only because it removes 99.3% of all traces of dirt, oil, and makeup, but because I feel amazing after the makeup comes off and I can see my clean, fresh skin afterwards.

Pass the White Towel Test

My go-to makeup removing process takes just a few minutes. Start off by using the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes then wash your face with a daily cleanser (I like the classic Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash) and dry your face with a white towel. ¡Lista! It’s the modern version of your mom’s “wash your face with a bar soap” routine. Except, this way you have the Neutrogena brand behind you – the one recommended by dermatologists two times more than any other brand.

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I can never get my lashes to curl, unless I apply waterproof mascara to them. Unfortunately, it’s super difficult to remove waterproof mascara with just soap alone. Using the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes I was able to get my lashes back to their natural state with just a few swipes across my eye lids. Try it for yourself – you’ll only need one wipe!

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Find your favorite Neutrogena cleansing and make-up removal products nationwide at food, drug and mass merchandisers for about $8.99 for 25 towelettes with Vanity Case.

Julia Roberts wears Lancôme at the 2014 Academy Awards

Inspired by Julia Roberts’ custom couture black lace Givenchy gown, celebrity makeup artist Genevieve Herr gave the Lancôme Ambassadress a glamorous, smoky eye for tonight’s red carpet. Keeping the focus on classic, contoured, smoldering eyes, Herr left the rest of the face clean with an elegant, nude lip.

How to get Julia Roberts makeup look at 2014 Academy Awards Oscars #LancomeRedCarpet

Lancôme products featured

Face
➢ NEW Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute Blur]
➢ Lancôme Dual Finish Multi-Tasking Powder and Foundation
➢ Lancôme Blush Subtil Palette in Framboise Flirt

Eyes
➢ Lancôme Color Design Eye Shadow in French Nude
➢ Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee
➢ Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara

Lips
➢ Lancôme Rouge in Love in Delicate Lace

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