Back on Track

That’s it, no more wasting time. No more excuses and no more delays. I am determined to start the teaching program in January. In order to do that, I have to pass the Elementary Education Grades K-6 Subject Area test, and I just registered to take the test on November 17th. I ordered the study guide last week, which arrived on Wednesday. Every free second will be spent studying for this test. I’ve put this aside long enough. Had I started school when I first decided to pursue this new career last summer (as in, 2013), I would have been already. There is no reason why I need to continue to put this dream on hold, this new path starts now!

Have you put aside something you really wanted to do? What was it, and what delayed you?

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Exercise and Sleep patterns + Giveaway #SleepMatters

Disclosure: I have received information, product and materials from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of Tylenol® PM. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.

I’ll admit it, I’m a sleepyhead. I’ll snooze three or four times before getting up, and I’d rather stay in bed on the weekend than get up early to clean, run errands, or attend an event. I do make an effort to go to the gym during the work week, and with my busy schedule that means a 6am workout. While I’m not fan of getting up that early, I have noticed that I sleep more deeply on the days I’ve worked out than the days I haven’t.

Did you know that getting regular exercise helps deepen sleep? While I work out before the sun comes up, you can grab a quick workout at lunch, go on a brisk walk, or even take the stairs. Regular daytime exercise can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply. Even if I have a long day, I have noticed that I sleep better those days that I’ve gone to the gym. What works for me may not work for you, so be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning or modifying your exercise routine.

Nutrition is an equally important factor when it comes to getting good sleep. It’s best to finish eating at least two to three hours before your regular bedtime. If you’re hungry, a light snack high in carbohydrates like bread or cereal can actually help you fall asleep.

Here are few tips for a better night sleep:

1. Physical Activity Can Promote Better Sleep (exercise, but not within a few hours of bedtime)
2. Pets disturb a good nights sleep, (get him his own bed)
3. Your coffee routine could be keeping you up at night, (limit yourself to one serving)
4. Clock watching keeps the brain stimulated and anxious, (keep alarm clock away from bed)
5. We replace our cars more often than our mattress, (It’s time to replace yours)
6. Backlit electronics keep you awake and delay your sleep, (Only use the bedroom for sleep)

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you’ll still suffer from sleeplessness. In fact, more than 30% of the U.S. adult population suffers from sleeplessness. What triggers sleeplessness varies from person to person, however sleep is extremely important. Tylenol® PM can help, it is the #1 doctor recommended brand for pain with sleeplessness. Tylenol® PM relieves minor aches and pains while helping you fall fast asleep and stay asleep. It is safe, effective, and non-habit forming when used as directed. Always read and follow the product label. Please note that Tylenol® PM is for adults ONLY and children 12 years and over. Tylenol® PM is available at your local Walgreens store.

For more information on TYLENOL® PM: Visit http://www.tylenol.com/products/sleep-pain or call the Customer Care Center at 1-877-895-3665

GIVEAWAY: ONE lucky Brandon’s Puppy reader will win $50 Walgreen Gift Card + a Tylenol PM #SleepMatters Kit!

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Breast Cancer Awareness socks, designed by a 6 year old

Have you ever met a 6-year-old CEO? We have! Late this summer, we had the opportunity to meet Sebastian, a 6-year-old entrepreneur who designs his own line of children’s socks. His line, called Are You Kidding, features all kinds of fun designs for boys and girls. His mom explained to me that Sebastian has a passion for fun and crazy socks, and decided to create his own designs. Sebastian would love to be featured on The Ellen Show, here’s the You Tube video he made just for her.

This month, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Sebastian created a special line of socks for kids and adults. His goal is to raise $10,000 for the American Cancer Society towards Breast Cancer research. I think he can do it, but he needs our help. Please visit Are You Kidding and help a 6-year-old help others!

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Bloggin’ Mamas Pink & White Havana Night Twitter Party

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Good Luck Charms Miami Fall Giveaway!

Today Tuesday is the official start of Fall, and do I have a treat for you, dear readers! I’ve once again teamed up with Good Luck Charms Miami for a stunning giveaway.

Good Luck Charms makes absolutely fabulous pieces for both women and men. Their creations feature beads of all colors and themes, and they take custom orders too. This beautiful set of three bracelets, “Pumpkin Spice, Oh So Nice” features pyrite crystals with marble and stone beads. It’s the perfect addition to your Fall wardrobe, and you can win it below!

GIVEAWAY: One lucky Brandon’s Puppy reader will win the stunning three piece set pictured above from Good Luck Charms Miami. Just fill out the required entries on the rafflecopter form below. (For first time visitors, one of the entries is a comment on this post. Please scroll to the end of the post and “leave a reply”.) Winner will be announced on Monday, September 29th. Good luck!

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Press Release: Mundo Lanugo Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month with Pro-Social Initiative, “Soy Americano y Latino de Corazon”

Miami, FL (September 15, 2014) – Mundo Lanugo™, the lifestyle and entertainment brand for preschoolers inspiring Latino De Corazón™ (Latin at heart) confidence and cultural pride will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with family programs and live events supported by partners Seventh Generation, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Macy’s, Humana, and the Miami Marlins. The initiative encourages parents and kids to embrace Miami’s diverse and multi-cultural community, while enjoying Latino inspired entertainment and special Mundo Lanugo giveaways.

Mundo Lanugo’s™ mission is to empower parents to share their vibrant heritage through entertaining stories that build a child’s self-esteem and identity. Co-founder, Carla Curiel states, “During this special time, Lanugo and its partners invite families to celebrate the beauty and richness of being Americano y Latino de Corazón. We believe it is important to raise our children with a sense of their roots to give them a strong foundation for who they are, and the important role they play within their community.”

Lanugo’s™’ Hispanic Heritage Month Highlights:
A Special Delivery to Jackson Hospital (Kickoff: 9/17/14 at 10am) – Mundo Lanugo™ will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month initiative, “Soy Americano y Latino de Corazón” at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The founders of Mundo Lanugo™ and its live character, Gloria, will deliver, during the entire month, gift baskets filled with culturally relevant items to all new moms in the Little Miracles Maternity Suites at The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial. The baskets will include Lanugo’s new book, “Lula la Consentida,” a limited edition “Latino de Corazón” infant apparel, and Seventh Generation’s earth conscious baby product essentials.

Who: Mundo Lanugo™ team, including founders Carla Curiel and Roberto Castro, and Lanugo’s live-character, Gloria; new parents in the Little Miracles Maternity Suites at the Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial; Steven Burghart, chief administrative officer the Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial

When: 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Where: Little Miracles Maternity Suites at the Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial
(Third floor of the Holtz Children’s Hospital building)
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue, Miami

Notes: Media can park in Park Plaza East (red) parking garage. A representative from External Affairs will meet media outside of Holtz Children’s Hospital at 10:45 a.m.

Miami Family Expo (9/20/14 at 11am-3pm & 9/21/14 at 11am-3pm at the Fair Expo Center) – Join MCCI and Mundo Lanugo’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Miami Family Event Wellness and Lifestyle Expo, filled with exciting events and activities including live performances by Grammy-nominated children’s music artist, Rita Rosa, and kid-friendly entertainment.
When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21, 2014

Where: Fair Expo Center
Coral Way & SW 112th Ave, Miami FL 33165

Roberto Clemente Day at Marlins Park (9/21/14) – Mundo Lanugo™ will lead Abraham Ruiz, from Hialeah Athletic Association, and children “Americanos y Latinos de Corazón” singing a special presentation of “God Bless America” with Billy the Marlin and Lanugo’s main character Gloria. Lanugo will also be giving away Lanugo and Seventh Generation’s gift baskets throughout the entire game at the “Spin the Wheel” Fan Headquarters.
When: 7th inning stretch, Sunday, September 21, 2014

Where: Marlins Park
501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125

Macy’s Events – (10/4/14 at Macy’s Westland from 12pm-4pm & 10/5/14 at Macy’s International) Join Mundo Lanugo’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration featuring Grammy-nominated children’s music artist, Rita Rosa, and Lanugo’s live character, Gloria, at Macy’s stores. Our engaging and fun live entertainment will consists of a 35 minute show followed by a 20-30 minute Meet & Greet, and Photo Opportunity with the characters.

When: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, October 4th, 2014; 12 p.m. -4 p.m., Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Where: Saturday at Kids Department, Macy’s Store, Westland Mall; 1675 W 49th Street, Hialeah, FL 33012
Sunday at Kids Department, Macy’s Store, Miami International Mall; 1455 NW 107th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172

Lanugo Brand Relaunch – Visit us at www.MundoLanugo.com for a a view of our rebranding, event schedule, games, stories, music, and crafts.

About Lanugo
Lanugo™ is the first lifestyle and entertainment brand that inspires Latino De Corazón™ (Latin at heart) confidence and cultural pride with preschoolers. Each Lanugo character represents a facet of Latino culture, empowering parents to share their rich heritage through entertaining stories that build a child’s self-esteem and identity. Discover the world of Lanugo at www.MundoLanugo.com.

About Seventh Generation
Established in 1988, in Burlington, Vermont, Seventh Generation is one of the nation’s leading brands of household and personal care products. The company lives its commitment to “caring today for seven generations of tomorrows,” with products formulated to provide mindful solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home — and for the community and environment outside of it. A pioneer in corporate responsibility, Seventh Generation continually evaluates ways to reduce its environmental impact, increase performance and safety, and create a more sustainable supply chain. To learn more about Seventh Generation products and business practices, locate a retailer in your area, or review Seventh Generation’s Corporate Consciousness Report, visit www.seventhgeneration.com.

About Jackson Memorial
Jackson Health System, an integrated healthcare delivery system, consists of its centerpiece, Jackson Memorial Hospital; three primary care centers; five specialty care centers; 18 school-based clinics; two long-term care nursing facilities; a network of mental health facilities; Holtz Children’s Hospital, Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital, Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, Jackson North Medical Center and Jackson South Community Hospital. Governed by the Public Health Trust, a dedicated team of citizen volunteers acting on behalf of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, Jackson Health System is dedicated to building the health of the community by providing a single, high standard of quality care for the residents of Miami-Dade County.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers, employees and Macy’s Foundation, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

About Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins were granted a Major League Baseball franchise on July 5, 1991. The Club’s first game and win was on April 5, 1993 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Club was originally named the Florida Marlins until November 11, 2011 when they officially became the Miami Marlins. In March 2012, the Marlins opened Marlins Park, their state-of-the-art, retractable roof ballpark in Miami. The Marlins won their first of two World Series Championships in 1997 in the deciding game of a seven-game series over the Cleveland Indians. At the time, the Marlins became the quickest expansion franchise ever to win a title in Major League Baseball history. The Marlins won their second World Series Championship in 2003 in six games over the New York Yankees. Since 1993, the Marlins have been awarded two Manager of the Year awards, four Rookie of the Year awards, seven Silver Sluggers, nine Gold Gloves and have had 39 representatives (23 different players) at the All-Star Game. The Miami Marlins, L.P. are owned by Jeffrey H. Loria who officially purchased the franchise on February 16, 2002.

About MCCI
MCCI Medical Group is a South Florida-based company that was founded and operated by physicians, and is committed to providing the community with convenient, comprehensive and excellent health care. In addition to centers in South Florida and Jacksonville, FL, the company has physician practices in Atlanta, GA, and in San Antonio, Corpus Christi and El Paso, TX. The company’s core mission is to provide high quality medical care to its patients. MCCI centers offer state-of-the-art modern facilities equipped with activity centers, creating a social and educational environment for its patients. The centerpiece of its philosophy is the formation of strong patient-doctor relationships. www.mccigroup.com

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The newest IKEA store opens in Miami tomorrow! #IKEAMiami

Disclosure: IKEA invited me to the pre-opening media event for their Miami location. The opinions expressed below are my own.

The day is here! The much-anticipated IKEA Miami store opens tomorrow, August 27th, at 9am. As of this morning, there were over 20 customers waiting for the store to open its doors (and I’m sure that number has significantly increased as the hours have passed). In celebration of this grand opening, IKEA has much in store for it’s customers over the next few days:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Rest Assured – The first 39 adults (18 and older) in line for the IKEA Miami grand opening on August 27, 2014 will receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa, honoring our new 39th U.S. store.

Take a Seat (And We Mean Take It!) – The next 100 adults (18 and older) in line at the IKEA Miami grand opening on August 27, 2014 will receive a free POÄNG armchair.

For the (Truly) Young at Heart – The first 100 children (younger than 18) in line at IKEA Miami’s grand opening on August 27, 2014 will receive a free FAMNIG heart-shaped soft toy.
Pick a Card, Any Card – The first 2,500 adults (18 and older) to visit IKEA Miami on August 27, 2014 will receive a random prize envelope with IKEA Gift Cards ranging from $10 to $250, or a “Buy One, Get One Free” cinnamon bun, hotdog or frozen yogurt voucher.

Happy Birthday to You and Us – Visitors bringing proof to IKEA Miami on August 27, 2014 that their birthday is the same as the store’s can receive a gift card in the amount of $30.50, a tie-in with the prominent Miami-Dade area code.

Enter our Home, Enter to Win – From August 27 through August 31, 2014, visitors to IKEA Miami may enter a drawing to win one of ten $450 IKEA Gift Cards through the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program. IKEA is matching more than twice the amount of those prizes (a total of $10,000 per organization) with a donation to National Young Arts Foundation, a group that identifies and supports the next generation of visual, literary, performing and design artists, and Amigos for Kids, a Miami organization committed to child abuse prevention and awareness.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Sleep Like Royalty – The first 39 adults (18 and older) in IKEA Miami on Thursday, August 28, 2014 will receive a free queen-sized SULTAN HALLEN mattress.

Take it Easy – The next 100 adults (18 and older) in IKEA Miami on Thursday, August 28, 2014 will receive free home delivery for their purchases on that day.

Friday, August 29, 2014
Meatballs for a Year – The first 39 adults (one per immediate family) in IKEA Miami on Friday, August 29, 2014 will receive a voucher for the equivalent of a weekly meatball meal for a family of four at IKEA Miami’s Restaurant through next year, expiring on August 21, 2015.

Swedish Food Shopping Spree – The next 100 adults (18 or older) in IKEA Miami on Friday, August 29, 2014 will receive an IKEA Food tote bag and a voucher to fill the bag up with whatever they want from IKEA Miami’s Swedish Food market.

A Cold Sweet-ish Treat – The first 305 visitors in IKEA Miami on Friday, August 29, 2014 will receive a voucher for a soft-serve frozen yogurt available that day at IKEA Miami’s Exit Bistro.

Kids Eat Free – Children 12 & under can eat for free at IKEA Miami on Friday, August 29, 2014.

Wednesday, August 27 – Monday, September 1, 2014
Play Big If You’re Little – Face-painting for kids, caricature artists, music and entertainment will enhance the family-friendly fun at IKEA Miami from August 27 through September 1, 2014.

I was able to attend a pre-opening media event last week, and I can tell you firsthand that the store is amazing!! IKEA Miami, at 416,000 square feet, is the largest in the state, and contains the largest rooftop solar installation in South Florida. With 600 seats, it’s restaurant is the largest in the country. It also includes 44 inspirational room settings and three model home interiors (these are my favorite!), a bistro near the store’s exit which serves hot dogs, cinnamon buns, frozen yogurt and beverages, 1500 parking spaces, and SmaLand, the supervised children’s play area.

See for yourself:

I’m so happy that IKEA Miami is just a few hours from opening. I’ve been waiting for it for months, and can’t wait to visit again and get some shopping done.

IKEA Miami is located in Doral, adjacent to Dolphin Mall, just off Florida’s Turnpike. Regular business hours are 10am until 9pm, seven days a week.

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Kids are ready for Back to School in Style with Cartoon Cuts (and mommy is too!)

Disclosure: I was invited to a Tweet Up event at Cartoon Cuts. My family and I received free haircuts during the event. The opinions expressed are my own.

It’s been a very long time since we went to Cartoon Cuts. That used to be our regular place for children’s haircuts when the boys were younger, they both had their first haircuts there.

But with the demands of our crazy lives and limited time, we began visiting the barber shop just down the street instead. Last week, we were invited to Cartoon Cuts for a local blogger Tweet Up, and I was so happy to visit again. I had forgotten how much I love this place!

Cartoons Cuts offers kids (and moms too, but more on that later) great haircuts in a kid-friendly environment. Each hairdresser’s station has a TV with a direct feed from their multi-player DVD player, so kids can watch their favorite animated movie or TV show while they wait for their hair to be cut. Children can also spend time in the play area, playing as they wait for their siblings to be finished.

The stylists at Cartoon Cuts cut your child’s hair with patience and care, and they engage with them too! It was a great treat to have Lili, the stylist who cut Matty’s hair, attend to us. She gave Brandon his very first haircut over a decade ago! She remembered us, and asked him and Matty what grades they would be starting and complimented them on how handsome they are and how much they’ve grown, all while giving them a great new cut.

Cartoon Cuts has convenient locations in Florida, Maryland and Virginia, and has great programs to save you a bit of money, too:

  • 6 For 5: Pay for 5 haircuts in advance and receive one for free!
  • Locks of Love: Donate 10″ or more of your hair, and you will receive a free haircut, any Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Cheaper by the Dozen: A loyalty program that rewards customers by giving them their 12th haircut free!
  • I didn’t plan on getting a haircut too, but I was due for a trim. My fellow blogging moms were doing it, so why not join them? Stylist Juanita did a great job giving me that cut that I wanted.

    Head over to Cartoon Cuts and get your kids ready for Back to School in style!

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    Get Back To School Physicals & More at Your Neighborhood Walgreens! #WalgreensLatino #CollectiveBias #Shop

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it’s advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

    Where has the summer gone? The kids are headed back to school in just a few days and it’s time to get everything ready for a new school year: school supplies, uniforms, physicals. What, you forgot about that last one? No problem, Walgreens can help with all your back to school essentials! #WalgreensLatino

    Walgreens Healthcare Clinics offer school and sports physicals for patients 21 and older for just $49*, possibly even $39 with a $10 off coupon available in-store and online. They do take appointments but walk-ins are always welcome. Simply make an appointment or check in at the computers in the Healthcare Clinic and make sure you have any paperwork required by your child’s school. Your child will be seen by one of their knowledgeable and friendly Licensed Healthcare Professionals, who can provide any immunizations your child may need for the upcoming school year, and answer any concerns you may have.

    Once you’re done at the Healthcare Clinic, wrap up shopping for back to school essentials while you’re still in the store: Walgreens makes back to school easy!

    They have everything your child will need for their return to school, from notebooks, backpacks and lunchboxes to tissue, sanitizer and cleansing wipes for the teacher’s wish list. There’s no need to head to the big department store, Walgreens has it all in one place. We wrapped up our back to school shopping during our most recent visit to Walgreens. (I’m so glad to be done with that!)

    We are now all set for a new, exciting school year, thanks to my neighborhood Walgreens and #CollectiveBias!

    Legal Disclaimer: “*Promotion ends 9/7/14. Sports and school physicals not typically covered by insurance. Certain exceptions, including age restrictions, may apply. Patient care services at Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently owned professional corporation whose licensed healthcare professionals are not employed by or agents of Walgreen Co. or its subsidiaries, including Take Care Health Systems, LLC. Walgreen Co. and its subsidiary, Take Care Health System, LLC, provide management services to in-store clinics and provider practices.” Visit walgreens.com/gobackhealthy for details.

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    How the boys survived No Screen Week

    Throughout the summer, the boys have a pretty flexible schedule. I let them play whatever they want, and they can stay up past their normal bedtime since there’s no rush to get to school the next day. This is a big difference from their routine during the school year, when they have to be in bed by 9pm and are only allowed electronics on weekends. Halfway through the summer, though, I realized that their entertainment of choice revolved around being in front of a screen. Whether it was playing XBox, playing with their Nintendo DS, watching YouTube, or watching movies, they preferred screen time to anything else. One particular Monday I got fed up. They were home with their dad on his day off, and when I got home at 6:30pm from work, I found them in the living room exactly as I left them: in pajamas playing XBox. While they certainly didn’t play video games the entire 8 hours I was gone, I’m sure the bulk of their time was spent on the couch, and I had to do something to change that.

    That’s when I got the idea to implement No Screen Week. I told them that they could not touch their XBox, Wii, DS, or YouTube for a week. If they stayed home with daddy on his day off and he wanted to watch a movie with them, that was fine, but they had to stay away from the screen otherwise. During the first couple of days, they thought it was torture. They complained and whined that they were bored and had nothing to do. But one day I came home to this:

    Another day, Brandon wanted to build his KNex Roller Coaster, a Christmas gift he begged and pleaded for two years ago, built once, and put away in the closet to gather dust. They spent the day putting it together. (in pajamas, and their beds a disaster, but I know how to pick my battles).

    Another day, I walked in the door after work and found Matty drawing on the coffee table (again with the pajamas!).

    It took them a little time, but they found ways to entertain themselves that didn’t involved electronics, and they were having fun!

    No Screen Week extended into two weeks because they ended up misbehaving during the weekend and I told them I was extending it. That was a mistake on my part, No Screen Week should not be a punishment, but a break to do other things that encourage them to use their imagination.

    I don’t know if I imagined it, but it sure seemed like during No Screen Week they fought less and played together instead of against each other. I told them that I know they love to play their video games, but we will definitely have No Screen Week once in a while to encourage them not only to use their imagination, but to play nicely together.

    Has screen time gotten out of hand in your household? What kind of screen time limits do you set?

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