This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

‘Tis the season!

Once November 1st rolls around everything becomes all about the upcoming holidays. I’m ok with that because I truly love this time of the year. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve – we end up spending a lot of time with family and nothing is better than good company and even better food. I remember when I was little, besides the obvious -Santa!, I was always excited to dress up for the holidays. Now that I’m a mom I really look forward to buying my son comfy holiday themed pjs as well as cute and fashionable outfits for our family photo ops and parties.

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Carter’s is truly a one-stop-shop for all of you holiday needs this season for your little ones. Their clothes are always on trend without breaking your pockets and are great quality. They have everything from baby holiday clothes to cozy girl and boy pajamas to trendy everyday neutrals.

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This year, Carter’s will not only have amazing Black Friday deals but they are also offering a “Dash In to Win” sweepstakes that day that will award promo cards to the first 100 people to arrive at their local Carter’s or OshKosh store. Make sure to check www.carters.com/store to confirm what date the sweepstakes will be held at your local store.

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Head over to your local Carters or Caters.com to check out their amazing holiday selection and don’t forget to print out this coupon for 20% off your purchase!

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I have been compensated by Sundown Naturals® and Pollinate Media Group for this post as part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sundown Naturals® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #GoodnessGiveaway #sharethegoodness http://my-disclosur.es/OBstV

After you become a mom you tend to put yourself on the backburner. You are constantly worrying about taking care of the baby or your home but what about taking care of yourself? We often forgot how important it is to be mentally and physically in shape for ourselves. When you feel good it makes taking care of everything and everyone else that much easier. Here are 5 tip for maintaining a healthier you:

  1. ME time! – Sounds simply enough right?? Wrong. Most of us, especially parents, don’t take enough time out during the week to do something for ourselves. The daily grind can really wear us down so make sure to schedule that massage, head to Starbucks to have a coffee and read your favorite book or hire a sitter for a fun date night.
  2. Stay hydrated with water – Staying hydrated with water is key to maintaining good health. Being dehydrated affects your skin, your kidneys and causes you to feel down and tired. Drinking water safety detoxes your body and gives you natural energy which is so important when constantly on the go.
  3. Taking vitamins daily – When I stopped breastfeeding I also stopped taking my prenatal vitamins and I instantly noticed a change. I knew I had to incorporate a multivitamin back into my daily routine. While picking up a few things at Walmart, I ended up discovering Sundown Naturals® Adult Gummies Vitamins. Sundown Naturals® are free of gluten, dairy and artificial flavors◊. I started taking the Women’s Multivitamin with Biotin. These gummies are filled with essential vitamins and minerals and support healthy hair, skin and nails. I also purchased the Melatonin Gummies which help support sound and quality sleep. Sundown Naturals® Adult Gummies have a really good taste to them and don’t have that weird aftertaste, after having these I can never go back to the traditional type of vitamins. If you’re interested in trying these gummies for yourself then enter the Goodness Giveaway Sweepstakes today! Head into Walmart and purchase at least 1 Sundown Naturals® vitamin product for a chance to win weekly prize packages and a grand prize! Every week, one winner will be selected to choose from 1 of 4 prize packs – Yogi Pack, Fitness Pack, Foodie Pack, or a $100 Walmart Gift Card. Simply upload a picture of your receipt here and you are entered for a chance to win some incredible prizes now through 11/1!fullsizerenderimg_5505img_5863img_5881
  4. Relaxation & Rest – Stress can literally wreak havoc on your life! Remember to breathe and step outside for 5 minutes if you need to. Also try to maximize your sleep every night. The better nights rest you get the more refreshed and productive you will be the next day.
  5. Exercise – If you’re anything like me, the thought of working out makes you a little sad on the inside. It’s so hard for me to really get into a good routine BUT once I do (and once you start to) you feel so good about yourself. Exercise controls your weight, improves your mood, boosts energy and all around keeps your mind and body healthier. Remember that you don’t need to spend hours upon hours at the gym to achieve this. If all you have is 15 minutes, head outside and take a brisk stroll around your neighborhood. Something as simple and easy as that promotes better health.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. ◊Applies to all products manufactured after 5/1/15. Please check back of label as manufacture dates may vary.

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with AstraZeneca and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

October is National RSV Awareness Month. 

What is RSV?

RSV is a common seasonal virus that typically occurs between November and March in the US and is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies in their first year of life. Premature babies are particularly at risk for developing severe RSV disease due to their underdeveloped lungs. Nearly 100% of infants will contract RSV by the age of 2. 

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RSV is something I am all too familiar with. This past March, at the tender age of 6 months, my son ended up getting it. As a first time mom I always made sure to be extra precautious when out with him and I carried, as well as used, hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes like it was my second job. Letting my guard down just ONE time is what ultimately led to him getting sick. The weather that day was beautiful and I decided to head to the park to stroll around just so we both could get some fresh air. I ended up passing by the newly renovated kids park and thought it was about time he got to try out the swings. He laughed and smiled so big while on them and we truly had such a great time. A few days later I noticed he just wasn’t himself. He wasn’t very active, had a runny nose and had a slight fever. Within 24 hours of noticing those signs, I also noticed his breathing was different and his fever spiked. When I brought him to the pediatrician he was diagnosed with RSV and we were given a nebulizer to treat him. I drove myself nuts upon returning home retracing my steps and trying to figure out who he was around that could of passed this on to him when it hit me — THE PARK! I was so in the moment that day I never wiped down the swing (ok, I know that might be extra but I still feel like I should have done that) or his hands when he got off. I have a ton of pictures and videos of him on the swing and his hands are in his mouth the whole time! I felt so defeated as a Mom at that point but my main concern was getting him better. I knew RSV was not your typical cold but as a first time mom, all of this was new to me. The next day it was even worse and we ended up having to take him to the hospital. He was having a tough time breathing since he was so stuffy which basically led to him to not wanting any fluids and I feared he would end up dehydrated. Seeing him in that mini hospital gown and watching what he was going through was so heartbreaking but it was a relief when we got the OK to go home. I had to monitor him closely for the next few days and it was such a great feeling once he was back to himself.

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I wanted to share my experience with RSV because any child can catch it – even those who have a mom, like me, who is extra when it comes to trying to keep their child germ free.

Now that you know what RSV is, let’s talk about the signs as well as some ways you can help prevent RSV. Babies lungs are fragile and it’s important us parents know how to keep our little ones safe this season. Severe RSV disease can cause up to 125K infant hospitalizations and around 200 infant deaths in the US each year. 

What are the signs of RSV?

-coughing or wheezing that does not stop

-troubled breathing / gasping for breathe

-fever over 100.4

-bluish color around mouth and fingernails

– spread out nostrils or caved in chest when breathing

*Please call your baby’s healthcare provider if you see these symptoms of RSV

How do I prevent RSV?

RSV disease is spread just as easily as the flu. Sneezing, coughing and toughing are all examples of ways RSV can put your infant in risk.

 -Wash your hands throughly before holding your baby and make sure others do the same

-Keep your young baby away from large crowds, young children and people with colds

-Wash your baby’s toys, bedding and clothing often -Don’t let anyone smoke around your baby. Tobacco irritates babies airways and can affect the growth of their lungs.  

*There isn’t a cure for RSV diesease but there are measures you can take to prevent it.

Visit http://bit.ly/RSVProtection to learn more about RSV disease and how to help keep your child healthy this RSV season! #LittleLungs #RSVAwarenessMonth

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so we should all be thinking PINK!

Here’s some items that when you purchase them this month, will help support the cause.

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  1. Ralph Lauren Tender Romance ($96) – To support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ralph Lauren Fragrances is proud to anniversary its Pink Pony campaign with the sales of best-selling TENDER ROMANCE. Packaged with a signature pink ribbon to herald the cause, 100% of profits from every bottle sold will be donated to Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony Fund, a worldwide initiative to fight against Breast Cancer, which supports programs for screening, early diagnosis, treatment, research and patient navigation.
  2. Teleflora’s Pink Grace Bouquet ($55+) – Celebrate a fabulous woman in your life with a beautiful mixed bouquet featuring pink roses and arranged in a perky pink cube. She’ll be thrilled with this charmingly feminine gift – and touched by your thoughtfulness because it is also a gift for others! Send this featured bouquet and Teleflora will donate 15% of the purchase price to support the vital work of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
  3. Sabres pepper spray with Pink Ribbons ($10) – Purchase a product that not only can keep you safe but also supports an amazing charity. Proceeds benefit National Breast Cancer Foundation (over $1.25 million donated so far!)
  4. Clinique Moisturizing Lotion+ ($38) – This set features a limited-edition jumbo size Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ paired with a pink BCA key ring. $10 from each sale goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure in our lifetime.
  5. Carbon 38 Audrey Leggings ($98) – Pink is so much more than just a color when it comes to these ombre leggings. Exclusively designed and named in loving memory of a Carbon38 family member, $10 of the proceeds from each pair of leggings sold will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, helping to find a cure.
  6. Alex + Ani Spiral Sun Charm Bangle ($38) – Change is constant. It is ongoing and rhythmic. The spiral reminds us to go with the flow and accept where life carries us. Feel the sun’s warmth, nourishing as it shines upon us, and receive its vital force. ALEX AND ANI will donate 20% of the purchase price* from each Spiral Sun Charm sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Walt Disney World – The happiest place on earth!

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When Disney reached out to me to attend the Royal Welcoming of the First Latina Princess, Elena of Avalor, I screamed YES with no hesitation. I’ve been to Disney twice, once with my madrina and Tio Danny when I was about 7 years old and another time in High School when I had the opportunity to play in a Disney softball tournament. This was my first trip as an adult and I felt like I could really soak in this experience. I knew I was only going to be in town for about 30 hours so I was looking forward to making the best of it.

We stayed at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

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The property is absolutely beautiful and filled with charm. The staff was so friendly and very accommodating.

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Upon checking in, I received my Disney MagicBand and went on to explore my room as well as the property until it was time to meet up with some of the ladies to have dinner + dessert at Epcot.

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After checking into Epcot, we dined at La Hacienda de San Angel which served an authentic Mexican cuisine and killer margaritas. The best part of dinner had to be getting to know all the girls, great conversation and a ton of laughs. When we were done we headed to the Italy Pavilion for a private dessert party where we had front row seats to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, which is an incredible show that features fireworks, pyrotechnics, laser lights, fountains, and fire to create a visual production on the park’s World Showcase Lagoon. It’s an absolute must see!

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The next day I was up bright and early because I was so excited to get together with the group again and head to the Magic Kingdom for the Royal Welcoming for Princess Elena.

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Cinderella and Prince Charming appear on the stage of the castle, dándole la bienvenida (giving a welcome) to everyone to this magical kingdom and introducing their special guest from Avalor. Princess Elena arrives accompanied by a troupe of regal banner carriers and musicians and when asked to share her historia, Elena
picks up a guitarra and joins her musicians in a performance of the song “My Time,” recounting her magical adventures and triumphant return to Avalor.

It was truly magically to witness this and as a Latina, made me super proud! After the Royal Welcoming we headed to a Disney luncheon where we got to meet and interview all the important people behind Elena of Avalor and even got to meet the princess herself.

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This trip, while short, was an incredible experience and I’m so glad that so many of you followed along with me on Instastories (@pearls_and_paris) and Snapchat (pearlsandparis). THANK YOU Disney for a magical time.

As many of you know, my son is turning ONE in just a few weeks and so we have planned a Family Disney trip for mid October!!!! Make sure you stay tuned as I will be sharing every step of the way with you guys while there.