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.

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.

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

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?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Always. The opinions and text are all mine.

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

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!

Click HERE to get a $1 off  your next purchase.

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