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Taking Charge of Your Finances

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Prudential and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.    
There's a saying in Spanish that goes Mujer Prevenida Vale Por Dos!, which translates to something like "a prepared woman is worth twice more!"  Technically, the saying wants to remind people that being prepared is important. Women are often the ones to have the responsibility to financially manage the family's budget and finances, and that is why we need to be even more prepared financially for the future.

As many of you may know, I recently earned my M.A. degree and, quite frankly, saving is not was not a top priority. After graduating all I wanted to do was pay off my student loans and secure my future with a good stable job. In my mind, I just graduated, life has just begun, and I just started to earn a good income, why think about the future if I have yet to worry about the present? However, a few days ago I attended the #WomenInspired event with  Prudential. They invited many bloggers to this event and we sat down to discuss our financial worries and tips to take charge of our financial future.

In this blog post I want to share with you some of the things I learned, and that I want to begin to implement in my life to take better control of my money and financial wellbeing. I know, I know.... this is a beauty and fashion blog. Well, let me tell you, being financially stable is fashionable. Being well-off financially makes us feel better. Like someone at the event mentioned, there is a difference between having money and being well financially. So, with that said, here are some of the tips I learned and that I hope we can start implementing now.

#EssentialUpgrade : The Importance of Deodorant

 This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Dove and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my own. 
September has been a month of changes and upgrades. I microbladed my eyebrows so that they would be on fleek all day, every day, I cut and dyed my hair, and I also resumed my early morning hiking routines during the weekend. Well, except on the day that I went to take the photos for this outfit because... well, I stayed up until 3 am the night before working on a youtube video, and I ended up having to go hiking in the sunny afternoon. My Snapchat family already knows the entire story.

In addition to those changes, I also made an #essentialupgrade to the Dove Advance Care Antiperspirant, a deodorant that offers 48 hours of protection against odor and wetness. This deodorant if formulated with NutriumMoisture™ which helps maintain your underarms soft and smooth. Therefore, on this hot hiking day, I could not leave the house without my Dove Advance Care Antiperspirant.

Workwear Outfit: Little Wins of the Day

I have been compensated by ZonePerfect for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.
Time goes by extremely quick and I know that many of us feel that there are not enough hours in a day to accomplish all that we need to do. Many of us have to go to work and/or school, take care of children, some us are caretakers, we need to take our pets for walks, do homework... and I'm sure the list goes on and on.

Although we try to fulfill all of our responsibilities the best that we can, sometimes taking care of everyone else leads us to neglect ourselves, which often leads to making bad snacking choices. Some of us may be the type of person that leaves home without breakfast and does not eat anything all day, and others may be the type to snacks on anything easily accessible at the moment– like candy, chips, donuts etc. Neither of those options are the best and sometimes we just need something quick and easy to satisfy our snacking needs, like the ZonePerfect nutrition bars.

When I purchased the ZonePerfect bars at Walmart, I honestly did not expect to love them. I thought they were going to have that distinct flavor that many protein bars have, but when I tried the Chocolate Almond Raisin bars, I fell in love instantly. They are delicious and taste just like a bar that you find in the cereal section would, except that these ones are located in the pharmacy isle and are not just any bar, they are protein bars that give your body protein, vitamins, minerals and, delicious flavor.

Tips for Pet Owners

This post is in collaboration with Beneful and its #FriendsofBeneful Campaign. All opinions are my own. 
Having a pet in our lives can be one of the best experiences ever. Our pets give us love and make us happy; however, not all is fun and games. Many pet owners, like myself, have experienced stressful and scary moments. Having a pet means that we have the life of another living being in our hands, and it is up to us to keep them safe. Today, I want to share with you some of my experiences and tips that I have learned in the 9 years that I have been a dog owner. 

Later on I will also share how you can win a sample of Beneful's new dry food, which is made with real meat as the #1 ingredient. As many people are now searching for healthier eating options, Beneful wants to do the same for our beloved dogs by providing them with food made with real meat. 

Lets begin with the tips...

New Superhero Palette from IT Cosmetics- Swatches and Review

This product was sent to me for consideration. All opinions are mine alone. I'm not being compensated to write this post.   
This blog post is dedicated to all of my girls and boys that love neutral palettes. This month IT Cosmetics launched their new Superhero Palette, which is an ULTA Beauty Exclusive.  For this palette, IT Cosmetics worked together with plastic surgeons to develop a new formula that will not only make our eyelids look beautiful, but will also provide anti-aging benefits. 

These new eyeshadows are built with hydrolyzed collagen, silk, peptides, and antioxidants. The palette has three Eye Foundation Eyeshadows that help neutralize the color of our eyelids and can serve as a base for your eyeshadow. The main shadows are divided in three sections, the Superhero Nudes, Superhero Neutrals, and Superhero Liners. Each section has three shadows. 

But, is this palette worth it?

Hello Kitty Plus Size Line: Bralette and Jeggings

Moda Para Gorditas 2016
Who else was or is a Hello Kitty fan? ME!!🙋 I still remember having my school pencil box full of Hello Kitty, Pochacco, and Keroppi, mechanical pencils. So, when Torrid released their Hello Kitty Collection  I went crazy! I ordered many things, some worked, others didn't, but I was very happy with my finds. I like that some of the pieces can even be worn to work. An example is this red/orange cardigan. From afar you can't really see the Hello Kitty faces or the bow buttons, but from up close you can see all of the cute details that make this cardigan, a MUST HAVE. 

Casual Dog Park Outfit + We Join the #FriendsOfBeneful Campaign

Vicky and I are Beneful Embassadors this 2016. Like always, all opinions stated on this blog are my own and are 100% honest.
 Vicky and I share a special connection from the time we met. Many people say that pets are a lot like their owners, and I could not agree more. Vicky is a fashionista who loves dressing up, just like me! So, when Beneful contacted us to become ambassadors for their #FriendsOfBeneful campaign I did not hesitate. Vicky loves Beneful and I thought it would also be a great opportunity to continue bonding with my special friend, Vicky! And, of course, I wanted to also share with you more exciting news about Beneful and their dry and wet food line, which was recently reformulated to provide more nutrition and flavor to our pets diet. 

On this occasion, Vicky and I want to share with you our casual outfits of the day– park edition.