#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.



Wear winter’s moody lip shades and fight dry lips with the tinted Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm, which is packed with soothing shea butter.

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Give your dry, dull hair a lift with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Leave-In Conditioner. The weightless leave-in formula restores natural moisture, leaving hair more manageable, softer and shinier.15041857



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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Miami Half Marathon 2015

I completed my sixth half marathon on Sunday, and to not mess with tradition, I did not train in the traditional sense. I did, however, get a few runs in before the Half took place (which is more than I can say about other Halfs I’ve run):

3.01 miles on December 14th
2.07 miles on December 31st
4.44 miles on January 2nd (with Rachel while in Orlando)
4.56 miles on January 4th (with Rachel while in Orlando)
5.75 miles on January 7th
2.05 miles on January 9th
1.96 miles on January 14th

I also went to the gym about seven times during the last three weeks. While it’s not the perfect training scenario, I was definitely active enough to know that I could get through the Half Marathon. Ideally, I would have liked to PR, but by the time the race started I knew I’d be happy finishing within my usual range. I was running nice and steady, using 1 minute walk/1 minute run intervals, but started feeling sore around mile 8. I really thought I’d end up walking the rest of the way, but my friend Lorena kept me in check, reminding me that I could do it. And I thought to myself, “of course I can, this isn’t my first Half! I know what to expect, I’ve run this course in particular twice before. Come on, you’ve got this! Once we finish this bridge it’s an easy 5K and we’re done!”

Thanks to Lorena’s encouragement, and my internal pep talks, I finished at 3:12:13, just a few minutes off from my PR of 3:08:08, and about 30 seconds quicker than the last time I ran this race in 2013.

I was significantly sore after the race, waddling all the way to the Metrorail station to head back to my car, but the discomfort was short lived. Less than two days later and I’m feeling pretty good today, and intend on heading back to the gym tomorrow. So what did I do this morning? Register for the Miami Half 2016! Yes, we crazy runners are crazy, and what runner in their (in)sane mind can say no to a registration blitz?!

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I don’t know how a dozen years have already passed since you were born. I was looking through hundreds of pictures to make this collage, and yes, there are definitely 12 years’ worth of memories, but it doesn’t feel like it. It feels like just yesterday we were welcoming you into our lives. You were an itty bitty thing, and now you are just a few inches shorter than me.

Like I said last year, we wish you as much joy as you bring to us, and we hope all your birthday wishes come true. We are so very proud of you, and love you more than you can even imagine.

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.”

― Robert Munsch, Love You Forever

Happy 12th birthday, my sweet boy!

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Holiday Magic with Disney Infinity 2.0

Disclosure: As an attendee of the Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes demo event, our family was given a Starter Pack as a gift. All opinions are my own.

Last month, we were invited by our friend Rory from Mama Contemporanea to attend a special demo event of the Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes. To say the boys were thrilled is an understatement: their entire Christmas Wish List consisted of the Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack and figures! I knew they’d love the opportunity to attend a game demo and meet one of the creative forces behind the game, José Villeta, Director of Technology for Disney Interactive.

En la presentación de #DisneyInfinity 2. Muchos personajes #Disney disponibles. #games #Marvel #MujerVersatil

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(Photo courtesy of Claudia Gomez, @mujerversatil on Instagram)

The boys had a blast playing with the Disney Infinity 2.0 and the Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack on the demo station set up at the event. They tried a bunch of different figures, exploring the characters’ unique powers and features. It was a great opportunity for them to be sure of the figures they wanted for Christmas.

The organizers not only provided the demo station, arts and crafts, and face painting for the kids, but they had a few non-video games for them to play as well. Matty was thrilled when he won one of the games and earned his first Infinity 2.0 figure, Stitch!
And as a huge surprise to everyone, all families would be shipped a Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack for the gaming system of their choice! What a great holiday gift!

The boys were counting the days until the Starter Pack arrived, and in the meantime they received all the figures on their wishlist on Christmas. Can you tell they love their new game?

The Disney Infinity 2.0 combines the pixie dust magic of Disney with children’s endless imagination. There are two ways to play, with the featured Play Set mode and in Toy Box mode. My boys prefer Toy Box because they can combine characters in a world that meshes all kind of Disney landscapes and scenery, and even ones they create. Brandon says that one of his favorite features is that you can choose your own terrain for your Toy Box world, like mountains or the desert. Matty’s favorite feature is that he can “ride” Space Mountain with the figures.

The Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack includes the 2.0 Edition Software, the Disney Infinity Base, Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow figures, 2 Toy Box game discs, 1 web code card, 1 Marvel’s The Avengers Play Set piece, and 1 poster. The Starter Pack is available for the following gaming systems: XBox 360 & One, Nintendo WiiU, and Playstation 3 & 4. I love that the Disney Infinity 2.0 is forward compatible, meaning that all figures and power discs from the 1.0 version can be used with the 2.0 version. That means more characters and more power discs with endless possibilities and hours of Disney fun.

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Good Luck Charms Miami #Winter #Giveaway!

Stunning, isn’t it? This is Gypsy’s Winter, one of the newest creations from our friends at Good Luck Charms Miami. With the official start of winter just a couple of days away, and Christmas right around the corner, we’ve teamed up with them once again to host a seasonal giveaway. This would make a wonderful gift for a loved one, or even a lovely little treat for yourself. 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 Christmas Eve! Good luck!

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Sandy tries Purina ONE Smartblend, and starts the 28 Day Challenge

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

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It’s been just over six years since we were adopted by Sandy. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long, I look at her and she still looks like a puppy, but the fact is, she’s a mature doggy. Just like humans, her body is changing, so her needs are too. We’ve always fed her dry dog food, but we’ve always just purchased the store brand at our grocery store. We have never given her people food since that can mess up her digestive system. Plus there’s so many things dogs shouldn’t eat, it’s just safer to stick to the food that’s meant for her (except for bacon, she’s all about bacon!). It really is so important to give her food that will keep her healthy and strong for the years she has left. So when the opportunity arose to try Purina ONE SmartBlend Dry Dog Food, I was thrilled! Because Purina ONE SmartBlend dry dog foods are meant for adult dogs, this gave us the rare opportunity to try something new that’s just right for her. The Chicken and Rice Adult formula is ideal for dogs between 2 and 6, and the Vibrant Maturity formula is perfect for dogs 7 years and older. Since my baby girl just turned 7, we purchased the Chicken and Rice formula, which includes:

  • Real chicken as the first ingredient blended with other high-quality protein sources helps support strong muscles and a healthy heart.
  • Omega-6 helps give your dog a radiant coat and healthy skin.
  • Natural sources of glucosamine help support healthy joints.
  • Highly digestible so more nutrition goes to work inside your dog.

I know I can order just about anything online, but it never occurred to me that dog food was one of those things. I ordered Sandy the bag of Purina ONE, and five days later it was here. With Amazon Prime, it would have been here even quicker, in two days’ time. I didn’t have to worry about going to the store and lugging the bag of dog food from the store shelf to the shopping cart, from the shopping cart to my car, from my car into the house. Thanks to the power of the internet, it magically appeared at our doorstep.

Purina ONE is asking dog lovers all over the country to switch to Purina ONE dry dog food and accept the 28 Day Challenge. They believe people will see:
Day 1+: Taste: When your dog loves the taste of his food, it can make all the difference.
Day 7+: Energy: An optimal blend of ingredients provides the energy your dog needs.
Day 14+: Digestibility: Highly digestible food helps more nutrients go to work inside your dog.
Day 21+: Skin & Coat: Balanced nutrition supports a beautiful coat and healthy skin.
Day 21+: Bright Eyes: Your dog’s eyes are a window to his health.
Day 28+: Dental Healthy: Great nutrition and crunchy kibble support strong teeth and healthy gums.

Sandy has been eating the Purina ONE Chicken and Rice formula for a little bit over a week now. So far we have seen that she really likes the food, she finishes her bowl within minutes, and looks at us as if asking for more. We have also started to notice she’s a bit more energetic than usual. If we’re on the couch watching TV and winding down for the night, she jumps on our laps and wants to play. I encourage you to try Purina ONE SmartBlend. What difference will you see in your pet?

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