This fall, Philosophy, the wellbeing beauty brand, is collaborating with Golden Globe nominee and 2015 People’s Choice Awards winner Ellen Pompeo on a campaign to eliminate stereotypical perceptions of middle age and introduce a much cooler option based on the facts. To celebrate the release of Uplifting Miracle Worker, Philosophy and Ms. Pompeo will promote a new reality—that middle age can be the coolest time of your life—inviting women to remove the anti in anti-aging and replace it with cool. Women everywhere are invited to join the conversation and declare themselves or women they admire #CoolAgers through original interactive content and social media activity.

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Did you hear? The mid-life crisis is over! A recently released 25-year longitudinal study conducted by the University of Alberta has demonstrated that the phenomenon known as the “mid-life crisis” is unfounded and therefore untrue. Their study shows that happiness actually improves consistently over time. To celebrate this sentiment, Philosophy will launch original video content featuring Ms. Pompeo in comedic, stereotypical roles that have historically defined middle age. Giving the message greater depth will be the host site of the video—CoolAger.com—an online destination for women defined not by chronological age, but rather a will to live life by their own guidelines. The website will feature contributions by renowned authors to serve women young and old who want to envision their lives as uplifting, enlightened experiences instead of a series of planned events.

“At Philosophy, we believe that women should act their age in all the right ways, and Ellen’s admirable, effervescent approach to living well and aging positively is a powerful way to lift spirits and spread a message,” says Rachel Shelowitz, Vice President, Global Marketing, Philosophy. “The philosophy of Uplifting Miracle Worker is ‘Happiness is feeling cool, calm and uplifted,’ a sentiment that not only ties perfectly to the CoolAger campaign, but also to Philosophy’s longstanding message that beauty lives within.” Adds Ms. Pompeo, “I am thrilled and proud to be partnering with a company who has two very important goals: to break down negative stereotypes that society has placed on women regarding their age, and raise awareness and funding for women’s mental health issues.”

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As with every launch, Uplifting Miracle Worker will inspire both beautiful skin and beautiful days, with contributions toward women’s mental health causes. In July 2014, Philosophy launched the Hope and Grace Initiative, the cornerstone of the brand’s philanthropic mission wherein 1% of Philosophy product sales across all retailers supports community-based organizations working to empower women through the promotion of mental health and wellbeing, and the prevention and treatment of related issues. Unique to Uplifting Miracle Worker, Philosophy will donate $10,000 to the Aviva Family and Children’s Services, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing community mental health services and support to at-risk children and families, and personally chosen by Ms. Pompeo. To date, Philosophy has granted $1.8 million to 29 mental health organizations across the country.

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Getting to the gym a few times a week is a little more difficult these days since becoming a mother. You have so many other things to worry about and take care of that fitness can take a backseat. I’ve been trying to find a little extra motivation so what I’ve been doing is keeping my gym bag already packed and close to my front door as a reminder to just grab that bag and go! I feel like I carry so much stuff in mine but it’s all items that are super useful and products I use frequently.

So… here is what’s in MY gym bag:

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 1. Towel – Chances are after a good workout, you will be sweating! Because of that, I make sure to always carry a towel with me.

2. Face Makeup Wipes – I’m usually on the go prior to making it to the gym so by keep these wipes with me, it guarantees I can wipe my face clean before my workout.

3. Deodorant – ….for those times when you just absolutely need some lol

4. Sandals – I love taking my sneakers off after a hard workout and throwing these on to give my feet some relief.

5. Ipod + Earbuds – I love getting in the zone while working out and that includes good music, so I make sure to have the essentials with me.

6. Always Sheer Dailies and Wipes – The Always Sheer Dailies is a thin flexible panty liner that is so comfortable that you can wear it all day, including during your workouts, which is why I always make sure to carry a few in my gym bag. Always wipes keep me feeling fresh ALL day and since they come conveniently individually wrapped, they are perfect for on the go. Adding Always Sheer Dailies and Wipes to my daily routine helps me stay shower fresh – before, after and during my workouts.

So… what’s in YOUR gym bag?

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When we were house hunting a few years ago, one of our must haves was a great big yard. As a Latina, I love the island life and since we can’t always jet away to visit our family – we wanted a space where we could bring a little bit of the tropics to our home.

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We ended up finding the perfect one that had an incredible deck and yard with a lot of green space. We knew we had to include a hammock as laying in one instantly reminds me of being at my abuelo’s house in Puerto Rico. Since setting it up, it has easily become one of our favorite spaces. The boys love playing football on warm days out there and my son gets so excited to lay in the hammock with his dad and read his favorite books en espanol. We literally spend hours our there and it has become our little get away space.

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After a fun filled day outside, everyone comes in messy and sweaty and immediately toss their clothes in the hamper. In my home we use all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ when doing the laundry. Fresh tropical mist is all®’s newest scent offering and it instantly makes me think of the caribbean and spending the day at the beach since it has a light floral scent. Don’t let that sweet and fresh smell fool you, it still has the same powerful clean. all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ contains in-wash pre-treaters which cleans up even the toughest stain. all®’s trusted stain fighting power fights the toughest kid stains like grass, mud, and grape juice and costs 30% less than the leading brand.

Make sure to visit your local grocery store and pick up all® Fresh Tropical Mist™. I made my way to Shoprite and found it in the detergent aisle. Not sure where to purchase? To find NEW fresh tropical mist in store near you, visit all®’s website and click Where to Buy!

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As a first time mom, it took me some time to find a balance between mom life and me time. This was especially true when it came time to feeding my son. Prior to his birth I already knew I wanted to breastfeed and hoped to do so for at least the first 3 months. Breastfeeding was this totally new concept for me and I was a little overwhelmed when I started to think about running errands between nursing him.

After a few weeks of us being settled at home, I decided I wanted to exclusively pump. I knew this would be more time consuming but it was important to me that I continue providing breast milk for my son. I was little nervous about bottle feeding as I have heard many babies have nipple confusion and will refuse to bottle feed or even start refusing the breast. This is when I was introduced to Munchkin’s LATCH line. Designed to ease the transition from breast to bottle—and back again, the LATCH bottle features a patented nipple that enables the baby’s palate to stretch back and forth, and attain a proper latch. When breastfeeding, baby controls the flow of milk by applying pressure to the base of mom’s nipple. The LATCH bottle mimics mom by releasing more breast milk as baby pushes against the nipple’s base.

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In addition to the bottle, the LATCH line also includes nursing pads (5X thinner and 3X more absorbent than the average nursing pad), a LATCH bottle brush, sterilizer bags (Which I love! Just toss one in your bag for easy on-the-go bottle cleanings) and a pump brush (the only brush on the market designed for a breast pump).

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The LATCH line really gives me freedom to not only get things done around my home but also to take some time out for myself, which is so important when you are a parent. I love that I have peace of mind that my husband and family can also help during my son’s feedings. Motherhood is stressful and sometimes you just a need time out to go outside and read a book or relax. I do yoga to destress as well and the LATCH miracle nursing pads keep me dry during class but are super discreet since they are so thin.

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How do you find balance as a mom? Leave your tips below.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Munchkin and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions and text are all mine.

While this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Munchkin and Latina Bloggers Connect, all opinions expressed are my own.

Since my husband and I decided not to find out the sex of our baby ahead of time, we went with a very neutral palette and Chevron design when putting together the baby’s nursery at first. Baby Victor is now almost 9 months old and we decided it was time to upgrade his decor.

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I still have another corner to finish and I have to arrange his book shelf but overall I’m really happy with how it’s coming along. Thankfully, we were able to just move around a lot of pieces we already had and just incorporated a new rug, bedding, curtains and some wall decals.

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This is one of my favorite areas in his room. I love corner shelving since we get to display so many different things and how can I forget about his STEP diaper pail from Munchkin. I love how sleek and contemporary the design is. It flows so naturally with the rest of the room decor instead of being an eye sore. Most of all I love how it keeps his room smelling fresh. YES—you read that right! To lock-in the stink, the STEP diaper pail relies on the odor-busting duo of lavender-scented Arm & Hammer baking soda and Munchkin’s patented self-sealing technology which seals in odors as the lid closes. It’s definitely a registry-worthy item that seamlessly integrates into any nursery decor.

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I got a lot of my decor inspiration from Pinterest and Etsy as well as just browsing the children’s aisle in Target and Homegoods. Those two stores are my go to when redecorating my home.

So what do you think about his new room decor? If you have any fun ideas of what I can add, leave a comment below because I love hearing other people’s inspirations.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Munchkin and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions and text are all mine.