April 27, 2015

Vi and Va Dolls - Giveaway

I always loved playing with dolls as a little girl. I played up until I turned twelve, yup I would even beg my younger sister to let me play with her sometimes. Most twelve year old girls nowadays are too grown up to play with dolls. I always looked forward to playing dolls with my daughter one day and when I heard Vi and Va's new fashion dolls launch I knew they would be perfect for Sarah... and me too. 

Vi and Va is a recently launched fashion doll line inspired by Latino cultures. Vi and Va (pronounced like Viva!) are two teenage sisters: Viviana (Vi) and Valentina (Va).  For these girls, every day is an adventure and a reason to celebrate the bonds of family and friendship. Vi and Va, along with their best friends, cousins Felicia and Roxxi, were created to help girls honor and embrace their heritage.  The themes and storytelling within the line focuses on both family and culture.  The 4 main characters are not just friends, they are also family!
Sarah received all four Vi and Va dolls. Two of them are sisters and the other two are their cousins. What I like about these dolls is that they're not just about fashion. They each have a hobby/personal interest and include accessories to match. For example the Felicia doll loves to paint so she has her own set of paints and a little box for art supplies. This gives each doll a personality and gives your child a boost in their imagination as they play. I also love that these dolls are not skinny, they're curvy ;)
Sarah loves that she has dolls that look like her to play with. The Valentina doll is her favorite, she says it looks just like her. 
We love Vi and Va's new line! The full assortment of "Vi and Va" fashion dolls is available at Target stores and on Target.com. One of my lucky readers will get a chance to win one of Vi and Va's new products: The Vi and Va styling head. 
Just enter via Rafflecopter below for a chance to win this for your daughter, niece, neighbor or maybe even yourself. I won't judge ;) Giveaway ends this Friday May 1st, winner will be notified by email.

This is sponsored post in collaboration with Vi and Va Dolls and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

April 24, 2015

Space for Dreams - 2015 Honda CR-V

Dreams, we all have them. We often think about them and wonder if they will ever come true. One of our dreams (prayers) came true just recently. I shared about how we always wanted a house on some land/acreage where our kids could run around and play. Just a few weeks ago I remember talking about it with my kids while driving back from school. Everyday after school they would ask me "when are we moving to the new house?" I would listen to them talk about playing in the yard and what they wanted their new rooms to look like. I love listening to their conversations and their dreams!
When I watched Honda's video on the new 2015 CR-V it reminded me of all of the dreams I would have as a child...
I had the chance to visit my local Honda dealership in Round Rock,TX to check out the new CR-V and it is AMAZING! It's decked out to the max with everything you can ever imagine. 
Let me tell you that we are a Honda family, we've owned a Civic, CR-V, Odyssey, and now we own a Pilot. I already knew I would love the new CR-V but was amazed to find so many awesome new features. I walked in and they helped me right away, explaining all of the new CR-V features. Yamile (the sales consultant) was super nice and helpful, she took time to not only explain the new features but try them out on the CR-V as well. 
I got to see all of the new features in action like the awesome rearview camera...
There's so many cool features but one of favorites is the new smart key system that allows you to lock, unlock and even start your CR-V without taking your keys out of your purse. This was especially appealing to me as a mom, I'm always digging through my purse to get my keys out. This smart system just requires you to have your keys nearby which means you can just keep them in your purse or pocket. The start button won't start unless you put your foot on the breaks, this help keeps kiddos from starting the CR-V themselves.
The other awesome feature that I loved was the cameras. There's not only a rearview camera but also a side camera under the passenger side mirror. This is perfect for those blind spots. It automatically turns one when you hit your right blinker or you can turn it on anytime you click a button at the end of the handle. Loved this feature, I've had too many close ones with my blind spots.

I am actually considering the new 2016 Honda Pilot that is supposed to come out this Summer and was told that many of these features would more than likely be on the Pilot as well. If so, I'm SOLD!

The new CR-V is spacious and perfect for small families, perfect to drive your little dreamers around ;) It's decked out with the latest technology, things we could only dream about a few years ago. Thank you Honda for allowing me to test out the new CR-V features and for reminding me that dreams can come true!
This is sponsored post in collaboration with Honda and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed and love of Honda are my own.

April 14, 2015

My new non-black dress - eShakti review

If you know me, then you know I tend to wear black a lot. In fact most of my closet consists of dark colors like black and navy. So when eShakti e-mailed me about reviewing one of their dresses, I naturally started browsing the black and navy colored dresses. Then I got a sudden urge to just step out of my comfort zone and I let my husband choose for me and he chose this gorgeous ivory chiffon dress.

eShakti's email came just in time, it's like it was perfectly planned. A true blessing! You see each year we celebrate the Lord's Supper and although it is not about what you wear, it is the most special day of the year. So just as I would buy a new dress for a wedding, I wanted to buy a new dress for The Lord's Supper. We were in the middle of selling our house and I didn't have the time or energy to go dress something and then I received the e-mail and I almost cried. 

eShakti's dresses are seriously one of a kind. They've got a huge selection and you can customize any dress to your liking. From sleeve length to the overall length of the dress to inputing your specific measurements to get the dress made perfect just for you. I didn't think I would love the dress as much as I do. I mean it's already hard shopping for dresses in stores, to order one online was kind of nerve-wrecking for me. Especially since I didn't buy a back up for the event. I just decided to trust it would fit and it fit so perfectly! Not only that but the dress was so comfy and it has pockets! Yes pockets in dresses are the best! Especially in fancy dresses that you just don't expect it. I got so many compliments on my dress! Thank you so much eShakti for the beautiful dress! 

Now you have a chance to win a $25 giftcard to eShakti! We will have TWO winners!
Just enter below using rafflecopter and I will announce the winners on my social media on Friday April  17th. Now get going and visit eShakti to see what you will pick when you win ;)

Here are three dresses I'm thinking of ordering (of course I had to choose a black one)...
a Rafflecopter giveaway

April 7, 2015

We Bought A House! - Before Pictures

I'm still letting it all sink in. Within a month we sold our first family home and bought our second. It's amazing, God is very very good! The day we signed on the new house, Omar and I sat outside just admiring it all, completely in awe of the new place God had given us. We always talked about owning land with lots of trees one day but never did we imagine it becoming a reality so soon. 
Our new home sits on two acres. It is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. It is a 2,200 sqft home which is way bigger than our previous. I still can't believe it! The house is an older house which means it needs a lot of work but it is beautiful and has tons and tons of potential and features you don't see anymore in new homes. 

As you may know (from following me on insta) the house doesn't look like this anymore. We hired out most of the work so that we could move in as soon as possible and I've been sharing the process on instagram using #cinsarahhome

Alright let's get down to the pictures now shall we? 
The back of house
Our new big backyard
This is the main entrance
formal dining room
living room
One of the things I fell in love about this house is this stone wall fireplace!
This section is an addition to the house. It used to be the patio which is why there is that open window from the kitchen. We already opened up that wall in the back to connect it to the laundry room. You can find photos on instagram.
breakfast area
laundry room/utility closet right next to the garage
hall bathroom
view from hall bath
 Bedroom One (Sarah's new room)
Bedroom Two (Josh + Levi's new room)
Master Bath/Dressing Area
Master Bedroom
All the popcorn and wallpaper are gone! Painting is being done this week and hopefully flooring next week and then we can finally move in and continue to work on it once we are all settled in. I can't wait to start showing some after pictures on here soon. Meanwhile you can keep up with our progress on instagram here