Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Perfect "Together Time" Toys- with Lamaze Toys

Can you believe Mason is already 14 months old, I swear time just flies! Ever since I became a mother and even during pregnancy I have bought more stuff for mason than I have for myself, and that's to be expected right? I am always on the look out for the safest car seats (which we are currently looking for ), softest blankets, shoes that will last him a while since mason loves playing in the dirt, but also finding new toys that are with his age and help him grow and development but still be the perfect toy for entertainment!

Even though toys are made to play with, its a double win if the toy provide educational features to it! Our babies minds are always growing and its our job as parents to keep them actively engaged that can help them figure things out, learn patterns, and see results by doing something. I don't think there's ever been a trip where we haven't brought a toy with us, especially now that he is a toddler, if its a long road trip or a flight we make sure to bring one that can keep him occupied. 

We just found out and received our Lamaze Toys and Mason and I are loving playtime together! Keep reading for a discount code!
 We have the Octotunes which is a musical toy that allows mason and me to have music time during playtime. It has 8 tentacles that have each its own color, textures & patterns, and when squeezed has different musical notes! This is masons by far! He loves playing with his octopus and squeezes the tentacles and making his own set of musical lyrics. This toy helps with eye development, encourages strength when pulling or squeezing, and so much more!

We also got Repeat Petey, who literally repeats what you say with just a press of the wing! With fun textures, crinkles, and bright colors its sure to grab your little ones attention. This toy helps with language skills and cognitive skills as well! Mason was a little confused at first when the cute bird toy kept repeating what he said but after some getting use to, he couldn't stop purposely saying things so that it can be repeated back. There were times that we brought this in the car and mason would be laughing while playing, it was the cutest thing! It seems he made a new best friend!

Last but not least we got the perfect on the go toy named, Flipping Felipe. We clip it to our diaper bag, stroller, and car seat which is great when your on the go with your child! It's a dolphin toy that by just the pull white clip, its little tail starts vibrating, great for grabbing attention. It also has a squeak and teething feature, which is truly the best feature for mason right now since he's been teething a lot lately! It helps soothe baby, helps engaged hearing, and because of the textures it has, it helps develop tactile sense! From birth and up this flipping Felipe is perfect for all ages!
Photos done by Wander Photo
Lamaze toys are made for every stage of your baby's growth and even backed up by infant development experts! I love interacting with Mason and having educational/fun playtime together, its one my favorites things I love doing with my little guy and love seeing the memories we are creating! Mom life truly is the best life!
To check out more information on Lamaze Toys click below

( coupon goes live when deal starts July 27-August 26)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My breastfeeding experience with Mason l Ear Fidgeting

As many of you know Mason turned one almost two months ago and a very special moment that I have shared with him is coming to end, Mason is now near his end of breastfeeding and it honestly makes me bummed.So since August is National Breastfeeding awareness month, I wanted to share with you my experience with Mason. I also share some photos which I wasn't going to share because their sacred and special to me but I did end sharing them because of the beauty of my experience with my little Mas.

While pregnant with Mason I read books, articles, heard stories from different women about breastfeeding. I even had a prenatal class talk about breastfeeding tips and facts, which became very helpful. I educated myself in different ways of feeding as well like just pumping and formula as well, I wanted to make sure no matter what form of feeding I gave mason that I was well educated. After I had mason I was fortunate enough to breastfeed mason, it was a little hard at first (finding what position worked best for him and I)  and pushing through some short timed pain as well, in which I told myself that my body was just learning something new and to keep going. Thank goodness for Nipple Cream though! I had such a great support system like the nurses telling me different positions to my mom and mother in law telling me what worked for them, and of course my husband being such a great support to me and helping  me out whenever I needed it. 

My boppy pillow helped me so much ( I highly recommend one), in which helped me find a comfortable way to place mason and for my hands not to fall asleep staying in one position for 30-45 minutes haha. Since I also went back to work after 3 months I also used a Pump I got from the hospital in which I pumped a good 2-3 times a day, since my body and breast were just getting use to creating milk, I was always full and needing to pump. But lets be honest hear, when your breast are full, they truly do feel like rock and hurt! Now even though breastfeeding was my ultimate goal, if I had to pump or formula I would have been completely okay with it, just because I truly believe that fed is best. 

It's truly incredible how nursing changes you, I didn't think it would have this effect on me but it has. I love knowing that mason is dependent on me to give him the nutrients he needs to become a strong and healthy boy. It's amazing what nutrients breast milk contains and what it can help prevent! It truly is a beautiful thing to have between you and your child. I loved seeing mason fall asleep while latched and seeing how chubby he got as well, seriously he can eat! Hense why I almost have a 30 pound child at one year old.  I loved seeing him give me a quick smile and then re-latching. I revolved my schedule around masons feeding time making sure that if I was out that I could be home within hours or have some ready for him, which Rex loved getting the experience to feed him as well. As one of my friends has said, it has provided me with a new sense of love for my body and how happy I am to be able to breastfeed mason. Mason has hand this cute little habit you can say that he has done since I could remember. Every time he feeds he always grabs his ear, playing with it and even though it's something so little it something that I'm going to remember. 

My personal experience breastfeeding mason has brought me so much happiness, love, pain, long nights, midnight and early feedings, and this incredible bond with him that is shared between us that I will never ever forget. I am so blessed that I made it to my goal of breastfeeding mason for a year; and gone past that, and even though were not done yet, I am cherishing every moment of this that we have left.

Here's a link to my where I get mason's cover (which is also multi-use) and his bibs.. they even have towels and much more! Their soft, comfortable, and I cannot get enough of their prints! Love this shop! Copper Pearl
Photography by Audrey Kay Photography

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Smithfield Fresh Pork-Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop Recipe

“Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Prime Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.”

Happy Hump day friends, can you believe this week is almost over, I know I sure can’t and that summer is also halfway over! Where are all my pork lovers out there?! I have a special recipe for all of you! Not a pork lover or questioning eating pork? Let me just tell you this, “Not all pork is created equal!”

Even though fall and winter are my favorite seasons, I must say that I love the food that comes with the summer months. There’s something about having a picnic, seeing clear skies, and of course those yummy and festive bbq parties that I just love! I think my favorite recipes that I love to cook are the ones that end up being fast and easy, because we all know that no one likes to clean a messy kitchen or dishes.

So let me tell about a easier way of cooking that can help you enjoy those beautiful summer days while you’re with family and friends! I headed to my local Dan’s Fresh Market, and I’ve never shopped there and I must say that the experience was one to remember. I was greeted in the store, helped out in the meat section, and even had a friendly employee greet me, my son, and husband at checkout. I was able to find items quickly and loved all the options Smithfield® had for me!

If you are not near a Dan’s Fresh Market, you can also find this at any Associated Food Grocer. Fresh Market, Maceys, & Lins all carry this product


In my today’s recipe I used Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork to make a delicious Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop! This was my very first time ever cooking pork chops, and to be honest I was a little nervous because I have bad luck cooking meat; I don’t know why I just sometimes overcook it or end up under cooking it. But let me just tell you that the meat god’s were in my favor this time around and read through to find out how it came out! First let’s start out with the ingredients you will be needing.

  • 4 Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork Chops
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil (you can use vegetable oil)
  • 2-3 tbsp Italian Breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • ⅛ paprika
  • ⅛ basil
  • Salt and pepper to your taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take out a medium frying pan or skillet and on medium heat pour your olive oil and allow it to heat until you see smoke rising. In a separate mixing bowl mix together what will become your crust for your pork chops, which will be garlic powder, Italian bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, paprika, basil, and salt and pepper.

Mix ingredients together. Take pork chops out of packaging and dip each piece into your crust mix, if you think your crust isn’t sticking to your pork feel free to smear some water or oil on it. Once pan is hot and ready, add your pork, making sure you let it sear on both sides for a total of 3 minutes. You should see that your pork is starting to turn golden brown, so that all those yummy juices soak in your meat.

Hoping your oven is ready to go, using a small deep dish place your pork chops in it for a total of 30 minutes, but also note that it  depends on how thick your pork chops are.It can take longer for thicker pieces. So let’s bring back the meat gods haha, you guys they turned out perfectly, juicy, and delicious!! We ended up eating with family and left the curtains open, letting the beautiful sunset colors fill the home. It truly was a miracle that they came out so perfectly, I mean no shocker there to such a great meat brand! I’m excited for you all to try this and please let me know in the comments if you do!

For more Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork recipes visit

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer Beauty Favorites

I was just talking to Rex the other day about how summer is already half over, is it bad of me to say that I'm totally ok with that. Haha I've always been a fall/winter kind of gal but I am loving the summer beauty products I've been using this summer. I've been using so many new products this year (trying to switch my routine). Most of these products I found out from bloggers, my ipsy bags, and of course you guys, so thank you so much for all your recommendations! So let's hope right in!

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Compact , this came in my Ipsy bag as a full sized item and I was soo happy not only because I've never tried an Estee Lauder product but because I've heard so much great things about this product! So creamy and has great coverage, I have found my newest foundation obsession! 2. Benefit Roller Lash I believe I got this for my birthday this year and it came as a mini size but I love trying different mascaras and this one packs so much volume for your lashes, I love it! 3. Dove Refresh Dry Shampoo , so ever since I heard of dry shampoo I've always wanted to try it and I tried Batiste and didn't really love it, I think it was because it sprayed and came out too gray, I dont know maybe I didn't spray right ahha but this one when it spray it doesn't come off gray on my hair and it keeps my hair refreshed and smelling good, leaving it like I washed it. But seriously where would we be without dry shampoo, the thing is gold in a bottle! 4. Too Faced Natural Love Eye Shadow Palette, guys this stuff is amazing not only are the colors colors that you can use for an everyday look but this palette is super pigmented (like all their stuff) but this is a definite must in your beauty collection! 5. Pixi with Aspyn Ovard Highlighter, I have also recently started using highlighter and it truly is a came changer! This came in a swag I received from a fellow blogger friend and I already follow Aspyn on her Youtube channel, and when I heard she was collaborating with Pixi I was beyond excited. So of course you can imagine my excitement when this came in my swag bag! The color of this is perfect, its pigmented, and looks amazing on your skin, seriously a 10 out of 10 for me, I love it! 

6. Tubby Todd Tropics Summer Bundle, I know I know you've heard me rave about this company but guess I can't get enough of their scents and their products! I think the reason why I love it because it works for all skin types, helps with several different things, and everyone in the family can use it! They just released their summer tropics collection and these scents are to die for! Maybe not literally but they smell like you're in Hawaii and for me that's the kid of lotion I want! 7. Elf Mist & Set Spray, another new item I have added into my makeup routine is a set spray. Because this is a entirely new item for me, I didn't want to spend a much of money on one, so I put my trust to elf cosmetics where they sell it for $3 and it I'm loving mine! It leaves my makeup all day and also gives me a refreshing mist for these hot summer days. 8NYC Sun n' Bronze Bronzer, this is also my very first bronzer I ever got, and it truly lives up the their product name, your skin truly has a beautiful sunny touch and gives you a light tan look to your face, I love it! 9. Last but not least Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, Dark Circle Concealor, I discovered this from a blogger friend and I've used elf or a different brand for concealer but none have worked and covered up dark circles or imperfections like this one has, I mean its affordable and does exactly what it says it does, I don't think I'll ever switch to a different concealer, this stuff is amazing!

Well thank you so much for reading my summer favorite beauty list, If you have one of these products let me know which one and if you've just bought one of these items also let me know! I would love to hear from you! Until next time 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Growing Little Minds with Bookaroo

Remember how I posted several months ago about the importance of reading to your child and us striving to read mason a book every night, well I decided to tell you about a company called, "Bookroo", that I recently found out about to share you their company, their message, and to keep sharing the importance of reading to our child.

Bookroo is a monthly children's book subscription Club for kids. They are adorably wrapped with fun wrapping prints and filled with different books designed specially for you little(s). You pick what type of book fits your child, either Board Books (for ages 0-2); includes 3 books per box or Picture Books (for ages 2-6); includes 2 books per box. You can also choose what your subscription box to come, from monthly, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months.

These books are truly unique, you wont find them at stores or online, and that's one of the reasons why I love it so much, because their unique and who doesn't love that?! We both share the same mission and that is to build our book collection for our kids, that it's never early to start reading with them, and that reading can be fun; and of course that it be delivered to you and be inexpensive!

Mason loved unwrapping each book because they were a present to him and unwrapping anything is always exciting! He instantly knew what it was and loved looking at each book! We immediately started peeping at each page and seeing the new characters, letters, and numbers we were about to dig our minds into! We got books with numbers, textures, and even little animal friends. I think that out of all the books, the number book was his ultimate favorite because he loved lifting the flap. If your'e interested in subscribing and getting fun unique books, I highly recommend Bookroo, and don't forget to use code: "RICHES" to receive 15% off your order!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

StoryBrook Play Cafe and Boutique Review

Ever wish you could find a place where you can sit in a nice air conditioned area, drink a fruity smoothie and have your kids be entertained all while you see them from where your drinking that nice smoothie?? I know the places of having all of that are quite limited but let me tell you about a wonderful place where that exists and us parents may even call it "magical'!

Storybrook is located on 1538 E 3300 S, Salt Lake city  and as you walk in you, you and your little one(s) are greeted and introduced. The entrance fee is ONLY $6 and if you child isn't wearing any socks you pay just a small fee to purchase a pair. You quickly sign a waiver and your all ready to have some fun, and don't worry mom that means for you too! As you come in you will see on your left their boutique where they sell clothes, accessories, and fun little toys as well!

 Mason was in Ah as to the unlimited amount of toys and structures around us! First we played with Fruit Market area, then we poked our little heads into the houses they had, each one with different designs! Can I just say I may have missed being a child again, but I loved seeing Mason play with all the different toys.

After passing the first half of the play area, mason caught a glimpse to a ball pit, and that was it guys, that was his all time favorite area to be in, and as you can tell by the photo, he had a BLAST! We probably spent a good 20 minutes in there haha. I had to go upstairs to see what their cafe menu offered and mason didn't mind one bit, because he could see me and I could see him as he played and I look at their menu. Before I knew it mason was interested in what mom was doing and so he joined me upstairs.. We ordered a Strawberry Smoothie and shared a chunky chocolate chip cookie. He was such a happy little boy, I mean wouldn't you be?!

Not only do they have a cafe and a play area  but also a set of comfy couches where us parents can hang and watch our little ones without wondering where their going and not being able to see them. They also have party packages where you don't need to pay a bunch of money on decorations and spend time setting up everything for their birthday party, they will do it for you! They have different themed packages and have special guests that can also attend your child's birthday, like princesses and much more!

The fun doesn't stop there, they also have camps you can enroll your kids into and if you want to see more of their boutique, there's much more on their site! Mason and I had a blast and its perfect for anytime of the year and you can relax, eat a snack, and watch your kid(s) have the time of their life! And because I appreciate and am grateful for all of you, I got you a little code you can use for their online boutique, classes and camps. Just use code "Valentina" for 25% off your next purchase!

I also linked their website right here ---> Storybrook PlayCafe , and I highly recommend visiting them you wont regret it!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Finding strength to love my postpartum pregnancy body

I've been deciding whether or not to share this for several months, not because how others will think but because how I feel. I'm showing you my vulnerable side but honestly I feel like I'm also being more honest with you all and I really want to do that through my blog, I want you to learn who I am, , to know how I really feel and relate to others on different subjects. So her it goes my first "open" post.

I've been struggling with something  lately and that's been my weight. As you can tell in the title of this blog post I'm trying to find strength to love my post pregnancy body. I know I know I just had a baby almost a year ago , I should relax right? Well I ain't doing that and I'm digging deep to find strength within myself to love my new body.

Before I go into this I want to mention that I am beyond blessed that I was able to have my little boy , I would do it a thousand more times, heck I miss labor (not the contraction) but seeing Mason's for the first time! It was a beautiful experience and I loved seeing my bump grow and grow. During pregnancy I didn't think about my weight, since I knew that Mason was growing and my body was making room for a baby to arrive, and let's be honest the cravings were necessary right? I mean I was having to feed another human and because I was so sick with morning sickness I felt the need to eat more since It was so hard to keep anything down! I was told that after having Mason I would still look pregnant and again I was okay with that, my body needed to adjust no longer having a baby and well all my internal body parts needed to be put back in its rightful place haha. Well it's summer time and I don't go out to much since i just wanted to stay inside and soak it all in having a newborn, and plus it was so hot outside that I didn't want to be miserable lol. So I told myself when it gets cooler I will workout again, well that didn't happen, I kept telling myself I would but didn't , I kept going on walks everyday and then one bad weather day seemed to ruin it and my routine would be thrown off. I kept hearing that oh it can take 9 months to work off your post baby body since you carried a baby for 9 months.... that didn't happen. I cannot tell you how much I kept telling myself that okay baby weight is hard to lose your fine. But to be honest It's harder than it seems. Never have I felt just dislike for body and didn't know why I was feeling this way since hello I just had a baby , he's healthy and so am I, what's the problem?

I saw the stretch marks thinking why haven't they gone away? I still have a pouch. I looked back at old photos from highschool or pre-baby and thought wow look how skinny I was, look at my soccer and track days. I kept remembering how my body use to look like before having a baby and it wasn't good. I mean we all miss things in our life but what if that is preventing us from seeing what it is now? I felt like I was being consumed by celebrity moms bouncing back from having a baby. Silly I know. But it's true!

It's so hard in this day in age to not compare yourself to others around you, I thought well if that mom looks great after pregnancy why cant I. I was in this state of denial as to why my body wasn't looking the way I wanted it to. I know it was my fault as well though, I procrastinated working out and I know not having a good diet didn't help either... but to be honest all my mind could think about was one sentence... "Why don't I look the way I use to." For some reason I didn't get why this sentence couldn't magically rant itself...My inner thought would say hurtful things about how I looked on the outside.. "You have so many stretch marks", "You're not pretty enough" and so on.. for the first time I felt hurt by my own words.

One day around a month ago, I heared and finally believed three special words, "You are Beautiful"Since struggling with how I felt with my body post mason, my husband would always try to lift me up with his words of affirmation telling me I was beautiful, but a month ago my brain and my heart finally matched up with what my husband had been saying all this time, "You are Beautiful". Yes I just had a baby a year ago, Look at him... he is healthy and the most happiest boy I have ever laid my eyes upon! So what if I have stretch marks, they will go away some day and if they don't that's okay because guess what?! You had a baby! Don't compare yourself how other moms look, your body is uniquely beautiful, and all of us moms no matter how we look after having a baby, are beautiful!

My all of a sudden loving my postpartum body didn't happen the next day, but it took week and months to loving it. I had to find strength for myself to love the new beautiful body I had now, to love my skin and to not judge how it looked. I was and am proud of the beautiful journey I was able to go with mason, I cannot tell you how much I love being a mother, it has strengthen me in way I didn't think I could find strength within myself. He has made me into the person I want to be. He has opened my eyes to see more beauty and happiness, just like how he sees it in his eyes. I am one blessed mother, I couldn't emphasize that anymore!

Sure it can be hard to love our bodies after having a baby, it make take days, weeks, months or years, but I promise you if you take a moment to look at your little miracle(s) you just may understand how I now feel. You are beautiful, you survived pregnancy, and you have a beautiful child! You go momma! Try to not stress about how your body looks like right now, don't look at other moms and how they look, don't fall into pressure about how and when you will lose the stretch marks or the weight, just be the best emotionally and physically healthy you can be, and love the bundle of joy you have in your arms. As for me and continuing to love my postpartum body, I've been eating and feeling healthier, we go on more runs and i'll do these

workouts not to get my post baby body back but to feel great again and love my new body. If you ever feel like you need some words of encouragement or want to share your love for your body post baby feel free to send me a message on my social media channels, or comment below! Love you all beautiful mommas!