Waffles and Sunday Mornings

Hubby works six days a week, and with our conflicting schedules it is practically impossible most days to sit down for a meal together. Except for Sundays. Sunday is his day off, and since he’s a morning person, he’s usually wide awake by 7am (as are the kids). I, on the other hand, am a night person, and I like to sleep in. He lets me sleep until about 9am, or rather, that’s the time when I can’t keep my eyes closed anymore because the boys are being loud. Almost immediately after I get out of bed, I’m hungry, so I nudge hubby that I’m ready for food. We stumble to the kitchen to get started on our weekly tradition, family breakfast.

Nine times out of ten we make waffles and Cafe con Leche, usually accompanied with bacon, and more often than not there are strawberries or blueberries on hand to add onto the waffles. And by we I mean he, he likes to make the waffles, he won’t even let me make the mixture. And he is the expert in our house making Cafe con Leche. I sit there and watch, set the table and make the bacon, then watch some more until everything is ready.

A friend shared this simple waffle recipe with us years ago, and it’s been our Sunday breakfast tradition ever since!

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-3/4 cups reduced-fat milk
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground clove

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine well. Do not overmix.
Let batter stand for about 5 minutes before cooking waffles. Heat waffle iron on 3 or 4, depending on desired crispiness. Makes 5 to 6 Belgian waffles or 8-10 thinner waffles.


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Good Luck Charms Miami Spring Giveaway!

In Bloom by GLCM giveaway

Today is the first day of Spring, and In Bloom by Good Luck Charms Miami is the perfect accessory to wear during the season!

This gorgeous set of (3) is adorned with Almond Vanilla Accent Swarovski Crystals and Embellished with Spring Pastels and Metallic Metals, Stardust Beads and Facetted Crystal and Gold Bicone Accents. Its the perfect set for Spring Love!

We’ve once again teamed up with Good Luck Charms Miami to host a seasonal giveaway. This set would make a lovely gift for yourself or loved one for Easter, Passover, or even Mother’s Day! Check out their Instagram feed for other amazing creations! (Profile is private, but please feel free to request)

GIVEAWAY: One lucky Brandon’s Puppy reader will win the gorgeous 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 Friday, March 27th. Good luck!

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5 Reasons to go see #Cinderella, in theaters now!

Disclosure: I was invited to a pre-screening of Cinderella by Disney Pictures. All opinions are my own.

I had the pleasure of having a girls’ movie night earlier this week and going to a pre-screening of Disney’s Cinderella with two friends. We had all been looking forward to this live action retelling for months, and it was a joy to be able to treat them to a screening before the movie’s release. Here are the top five reasons you should go see Disney’s Cinderella this weekend:

1. Brilliant talents including Lily James and Sophie McShera from Downton Abbey star as Cinderella and her stepsister Drisella, respectively (with Holliday Grainger cast as Anastasia, Cinderella’s other stepsister); Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter plays Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother; Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett owns the role of Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s stepmother; Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh directs.

2. The Transformation Sequence: The transformation scene, from the lizards as coachmen and mice as horses to the iconic pumpkin into an absolutely perfect golden carriage, and of course Cinderella’s rags to stunning ballgown, is Disney perfection.

3. The Prince. No more words needed.

4. It’s visually captivating: Ella tending to the animals, the kingdom’s landscape, the costumes, the sweeping staircase and chandeliers at the ball: Every aspect is breathtaking, perfect for the retelling of this timeless fairy tale.

5. It’s simply charming! Disney’s Cinderella does not try to reinvent or modernize the classic fairy tale. Why mess with a formula that works? It reminds us that it’s still okay to believe in magic and happily ever afters.

Official boilerplate:
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.

Go see Disney’s Cinderella, in theaters now!
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In which Rachel and I run in the Florida Keys

So when my friend Rachel told me she wanted to come to Miami for her birthday, I was thrilled. Then I get a text, “Are there any races March 7th or 8th in Miami?”. We searched high and low, found two, and made a decision between those two. We completed the Sombrero Beach 15K Challenge on Saturday, and overall it was a fantastic experience!

We woke up at 4am on Saturday and left my house by 4:45am, ready for the 2 hour drive. I expected traffic because there was a biking event in the Upper Keys, but we got there without any issues, and by 6:35am we were parking in the lot at Sombrero Beach Park. We made it out of the car and walked over to the shore, just in time to see the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.

We picked up our packets and loitered about the beach, snapping pictures and taking in the beauty of this little park. Before we knew it the parking lot started to fill up and the crowd got bigger, and it was 8am, time for the race to start.

Off we were, ready to tackle this 15K challenge. First up was the 10K course, which started at the beach and headed up Sombrero Beach Road, along a bike path. The course turned left onto Sombrero Boulevard, then along the Sombrero Country Club golf course, then a left by the back nine. We then headed up a small bridge onto Flamingo Island, a small residential island, ran through the neighborhood and followed the same route back to the beach.

Rachel and I did amazing! Our pace was on-point, staying at or below a 13-minute mile throughout the 6.2 miles. I got a small cramp right at the 5K mark in my right thigh, but it quickly passed, and we finished the 10K in 1:22:05, a personal record for both of us. We were on fire!

We approached the finish line just minutes after the 5K race started, crossed the finish line, grabbed some water, turned around and headed back out onto the course. At this point it was around 10am, and we figured we’d be uncomfortable, but no worries…we’ve got this! After all, we had “just a 5K” to go, which is roughly another 40-42 minutes, given our usual pace. But we didn’t have it. For the first mile I was great, trying to stay on pace and encouraging Rachel along, but the heat got the best of both of us. We just couldn’t keep up the amazing pace we had earlier. Shortly before the 2nd mile, Rachel felt ill, and we walked the rest of the course. Even so, we finished the 5K at 49:37, not terribly bad, all things considered. Also, we weren’t last, and that’s always a good thing.

Once we were done and able to refuel our bodies we were fine, and if the organizers of this race change the start time, we’d definitely do it again next year!

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Running Related

I’m super excited: there’s a running store opening in the shopping center close to our house. I saw it last weekend. I’m not sure when it’s opening, but I’m so happy about it. I’ll have easy access to accessories, running fuel, and new gear pretty soon. Hubby may not be as happy about this as I am….($$$)

I’m participating in the Carnaval Miami 5K this weekend. It’s one of my favorite races of the year! I’ve run it the last several years in Key Biscayne, and this year it’s being held on Calle Ocho, which is totally appropriate since it’s the precursor to Carnaval on the Mile and Calle Ocho, coming up over the next two weekends (respectively). This year, I’m a Carnaval Miami Blog Ambassador (did you notice that cute little badge on the right?), and I get to be a part of these events that I love in a different capacity. So cool.

In even more fun, running related news, Rachel is going to be in town for her birthday next weekend, and we’re going to register for a race! We’re currently torn between the Biggest Loser 10K and the Sombrero Beach 15K Challenge in Marathon Key. We’re both leaning towards the Sombrero Challenge, as this will be a unique opportunity to run through an gorgeous scenic route. I can’t wait for this one, I’ve never run in the Florida Keys before.

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#SoFabUOTR is coming to Miami!

I was taking a look at my calendar yesterday, and one of the things I’m most looking forward to is just around the corner. The #cbias SoFabU On The Road event will be in Miami in just two weeks! On Saturday, February 28th, the Social Fabric traveling conference comes into town, and I’m so excited about it! (Did you catch that? A conference that comes to you. How cool is that?!).

The organizers have a wonderful day planned for attendees at The Four Seasons, including Matty Cherry from iBlog magazine, who will share secrets the experts use to maximize their exposure, connect with brands and eliminate administrative tasks that keep bloggers from realizing their true potential to make MONEY! We’re also going on an Education Adventure – Photography and Instagram School at the Wynwood Walls! The entire day is sure to be a fun learning experience for all attendees, all made possible by sponsors Johnny Rockets, Müller, Kraft and iBlog.

Can’t make it to the Miami #SoFabUOTR stop? There are still quite a few events left throughout the country:
March – Phoenix
April – Cincinnati
April – Seattle
May – Dallas
June – NYC
July – Chicago
Aug. – Minneapolis
Sept. – Atlanta
Oct. – Bentonville

SoFabUOTR is open to all bloggers and influencers, so don’t hesitate to attend this unique event!

About SoFabU on the Road
SoFabU on the Road is a unique event that allows influencers to take advantage of educational opportunities that will help set them a part from the rest.
SoFabU on the Road features hands-on, interactive sessions for influencers to implement what they’re learning on the spot. The sessions are paired with fun city-specific adventures where attendees get to practice their newly learned skills.

About Collective Bias and Social Fabric
Collective Bias® is the only shopper social media company that solves shopper marketing problems by weaving together organic social content with engaging, real-life stories to generate millions of impressions, increased share of voice, SEO and retail sales for brands and retailers. Top brands such as Tyson, Nestlé and Duane Reade rely on Collective Bias to sell their stories socially. Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, with satellite offices in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Cincinnati and London, Collective Bias was named one of America’s 25 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a part of the Inc. 5000.

Social Fabric® is Collective Bias’ proprietary community of nearly 3,000 shopping-focused influencers with an aggregate multichannel reach in excess of 130 million.
For more information, please visit Collectivebias.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cinderella Perfect Fit Sweepstakes

Did you know Disney Pictures latest film, Cinderella, will be in theaters on March 13th? A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, Cinderella brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. I’m am so very excited about this movie: it looks stunning, and I think Lily James, who plays Rose on Downton Abbey, is a perfect fit for the role. (Ha, see what I did there?)

Speaking of perfect fit: In anticipation of Cinderella, the folks at Disney are giving away a 5-day, 4-night enchanting vacation for four to the Walt Disney World® Resort, which includes one special night in the Cinderella Castle Suite!

That sounds like the perfect vacation to me! Enter here for your chance to win!

The sweepstakes ends 3/27/15 and to enter you must be 13+ and a resident of US or CA (excluding Quebec). Limit one (1) Entry per day, per person. There is only one (1) prize available to be won. Entry/Full Official Rules: http://di.sn/6009IaAB. Void where prohibited.

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Love Yourself!

Sometimes as moms, we have to be a little selfish. We have to remember that in order for us to take care of those around us, we have to take care of ourselves first. To love ourselves first. Even busy moms need some “me” time. In my case, it’s getting up an hour earlier and going to the gym, or going for a run. I’m not the world’s greatest athlete, but doing these things for me makes me feel good, gives me strength and a sense of accomplishment. More often than not, I’m in a better mood and a better mami to my babies when I’ve taken some time for me.

Whether you are signing up for a half marathon, or a photography class, or just go to a weekly mani/pedi appointment, even indulging in a daily cup of coffee before everyone gets up in the morning, take care of yourself. Love yourself.

Need a reminder? Check out the “Love Yourself” t-shirt, available at the Motherhood Through My Eyes Shop. #MTMEshop

Thank you to MTMEshop for sponsoring this post, and for the great reminder. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Eight years ago, our family became complete. I cannot imagine life without my sweet, silly, sometimes bratty little monkey. Matty, I hope every wish you wish comes true. I love you with all my heart.

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What’s Your Target Beauty Pick? + Win a $50 Gift Card!

Do you love Target as much as I do? I’ve teamed up with Conservamom to share these great Beauty tips with you, and to let you know how you can win a $50 Target gift card. Read on for more details!

Beauty Tips for the New Year form Target!

Whether your beauty goal this year is to take better care of your skin or try new beauty trends, Target has everything you need to replenish your beauty basics and embrace this season’s trends at affordable prices.


Here are some great Beauty tips to help change up your routine a bit and give your skin a fun boost!

Resolve to protect your skin this year by using MD Complete Healthy Skin Accelerator, which regulates cell turnover, refines skin’s tone and texture and hydrates while mattifying the complexion.MDComplete_SkinClearing_Healthy_Skin_Accelerator_Box_Product

Smooth and hydrate skin with antioxidants Vitamin C & E found in L’Oreal® Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream. The formula instantly transforms to your perfect shade for a flawless bare skin finish.14034931(1)


Play up your eyes by using NYX Two Timer Dual Ended Eye Liner in Black to create both a cat eye and a smoky eye with eyeliner.



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Ready to try some of these fun products? One lucky reader will win a $50 Target Gift card you can use towards these fantastic products! Just head below for your chance to win. Giveaway ends on 2/11 at 11:59pm and is open to US only. Good luck!


Disclosure: All opinions are 100% mine. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network.All opinions and experiences are Conservamom‘s. Open to US residents, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product fulfillment to winner(s) of the giveaway. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in an Event you can contact Elia At Conservamom
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