Nessa's World: April 2016





I know how rough potty training can be. One thing that I learned is that it doesn't have to be. Yes, potty training doesn't have to be a nightmare. Before Evan was potty trained I would get so frustrated because he wouldn't tell me when he had to go potty, or when he would refuse to use the toilet. I came to a realization that Evan was just not ready at that time. I waited patiently for Evan to show signs letting me know he was ready. This is something that Dr. Laura Jana advises parents to do. Dr. Laura Jana is a pediatrician, award-winning parenting book author and potty training expert. I learned a lot from her tips, which you can find HERE. Evan is now three and has been potty trained for almost a year now. I definitely had my moments but I always remembered these three tips.

BE PATIENT! Don't rush potty training. I felt like I needed Evan to be potty trained by one! HA! I laugh at myself for even thinking that was going to happen. My mother in law was constantly commenting how her son (Evan's dad) was potty trained by one. I think that put so much more pressure on me, but I realized every kid is different. Every kid will be potty trained when they are ready. All we have to do as parents is promote potty training, encourage and teach them how fun and exciting this next step in their childhood can be. Stay patient and potty training will be a piece of cake.

PRACTICE! When Evan had accidents (which he still does from time to time) I would get sooo frustrated. We went from diapers to undies right away, but after one too many accidents I decided I would use Pampers Pull Ups. Training pants support the diaper-to-underwear transition for toddlers and their families as they have a more underwear-like look and feel while still helping to keep messes off clothing, bedding and other surfaces no matter where accidents happen: at home, on-the-go or overnight. With Pull Ups he was able to practice going to the bathroom like he would in undies, but if he had an accident I wouldn't freak out. The more Evan would practice the more he remembered to let us know he had to potty, and eventually we were able to transition to undies.

HAVE FUN and ENJOY this phase! Sometimes parents just need to take a deep breath, leave all frustration aside and enjoy the moment. Make Potty Training a fun experience. I remember Evan loved when we would celebrate his accomplishments. Evan also loved his Pampers Pull Ups because of the fun characters. Potty Training was challenging but we really enjoyed it. We have funny and embarrassing stories to tell Evan when he's older. Even though Evan is now in undies I always have Pampers Pull Ups on hand. 

I hope these few tips help your Potty Training Journey! Don't forget to follow Pampers on Facebook and Twitter for more on Potty Training! 

Please join Pampers on April 28 from 9-10pmEST as they host a Twitter Party with Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, award-winning parenting book author and potty training expert who co-authored to Its You and Me Against the Pee…and the Poop, Too! Dr. Jana will be sharing her tips to help simplify and improve the potty training experience for little ones and their parents. 
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This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.


My little Evan is getting bigger and bigger each day. I still remember purchasing Evan's first pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins. He basically learned how to crawl, walk and run in Freshly Picked soft sole moccasins. I have every single pair and Evan's footprint is marked on the bottom so we can remember every precious memory we shared in them. As he gets older it's a little sad putting away his soft sole moccasins because they no longer work for him. He is ready for the next step. The next step into a wonderful journey full of fun and adventure. I am so happy that Freshly Picked now offers Hard Sole Moccasins. Freshly Picked holds a special place in my heart. It's one of those companies that will always have my support. Everything about this company is pretty bomb you guys.

Take a look back at Evan's first pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins HERE.

We received Evan's first pair of Hard Soles two weeks ago. I measured Evan's foot and went by their size chart. A size 9 would have been okay for Evan, but I knew he would outgrow it soon so just went with the size 10. Without socks they fit him a little big but once we put socks on they fit him just fine. Evan has walked and ran in these shoes for two weeks, and all I can say is he needs another color asap.😂 So far we LOVE them!❤️ When I received them I immediately slipped them on. Even though they have elastic laces we did have a hard time slipping them on, but as he wore them in it became easier. Also they come with a slip on to make putting on shoe easier. The Hard Soles are leather upper and leather lined. The quality is so unique just like their soft soles. Freshly Picked is successful because they offer quality, style and the best footwear for our kiddos. They are there for every step. Thank you Freshly Picked!
I am so excited to team up with Freshly Picked once again to give away a pair of soft sole moccasins of your choice. Head to my Instagram for the giveaway. However, you can get an extra entry by simply following my blog and commenting down below what color you would get. 😚

Giveaway will run until May 7th and winner will be contacted within 48 hours. 

Must be 18+ to enter
US entrants only
Winner can not have won a pair of FP Moccs within the last 60 days

Good Luck!! Xoxo Nessa

I am excited to share a few pictures of a recent Mother's Day Photoshoot I did with a Dallas photographer. We got together and decided to do a fun giveaway for my DFW readers. The giveaway is on Facebook and entering is so easy. Giveaway starts today and will run until April 30th. Winner will be announced May 1st.

Make sure to check out my Facebook here and Melina Molina Photography here to enter. 

Even though Evan doesn't get very psyched about taking pictures now days. I try my best to capture priceless moments and that is something that Melina was able to do. My sister recommended her and I am really happy that I was able to collaborate with her. You can check out all her work on her Facebook page and of course enter this awesome giveaway while you're at it. Happy Wednesday!
Dress can be found here and flower crown made by Melina Molina.

Coffee after a delicious meal or even a coffee date are things that my family and friends do regularly. I believe spending time together makes any relationship stronger, especially with a cup of coffee. I decided to give The Sobremesa Project with Nescafé a try. Sobremesa is often described as an "after-meal moment". Based on the results, Nescafé proved that a sobremesa is a meaningful moment for Hispanic families and friends to reunite and share. A sobremesa could be a special moment to reconnect with your loved ones and the perfect catalyst for this to happen is a good stimulating cup of coffee. NESCAFÉ Clásico wants to rescue this notion and remind you that you could enjoy a great moment any day of the week simply by bringing coffee to the table after dinner.

I decided to compare how my family and I interacted without coffee versus how we interacted with coffee. I never thought there would be any difference. I am sitting there with my sister and dad we always have something to talk about, right? We gave it a test and when we didn't have coffee we did interact but other things were constantly distracting us. We found ourselves constantly on our phone or watching TV. Once I brought out my Nescafé coffee it was like an instant connection. We made our coffee to our taste and our conversations were endless. We reminisced about our childhood, talked about motherhood and made plans for the future. Having a delicious hot coffee on hand made us feel comfortable, relaxed and it made us feel at home.

Nescafé is the one coffee brands that brings back so many great memories. When we would go to Mexico Nescafé was the only coffee my grandma would buy. NESCAFÉ® CLÁSICO™ is the leading coffee for Latinos in the U.S. It is 100% pure coffee, made from a blend of selected coffee beans, carefully roasted to capture its full flavor and aroma. I love that we can continue making Nescafé moments with family and friends.

Check out The Sobremesa Project Video with NESCAFÉ HERE.
I decided to record bits and pieces of my own Sobremesa Project. I hope you enjoy!
I challenge you to give The Sobremesa Project a try and share your #MomentoNESCAFÉ with Nescafé on Facebook, or leave me a comment down below. XO

El Día del Niño (Day of The Child) is soon approaching. Each year on April 30th Latinos have a celebration for the children who fill our lives with love and joy. This day is so special for our children even for us as parents. We all get to channel our inner young soul. I have so many special memories as a child that I want to celebrate and integrate this tradition with Evan. I can continue making magical memories with him. El Día del Niño is a huge celebration, like many others, it involves lots of food, desserts and fun activities for the children.

This year I want to do something fun and involve Evan in the kitchen to celebrate. This Día del Niño we plan to cook something easy and traditional. I find myself using HERDEZ products weekly. As the No. 1 selling salsa in Mexico, HERDEZ® Brand cares about authenticity in both food and culture. In honor of the authentic holiday, Día del Niño, the HERDEZ® Brand encourages family and friends to celebrate their youngest family members by passing down beloved traditions where the heart of each celebration starts: in the kitchen. Enjoy this easy and delicious recipe your entire family will love.

-2 Flour Tortillas
-1/4 cup Mozerella Cheese
-1 Chicken Breast (cooked)

-1 HERDEZ Salsa Verde 16oz
-1 Avocado
-1/4 cup Plain Yogurt or Greek Yogurt

Quesadilla Directions:
1. Heat up a skillet over medium high heat. 2. Place tortilla on skillet allow it to cook for about 30 seconds and then flip it over. 3. Add cheese and cooked/shredded chicken. When cheese is slightly melted fold the tortilla in half. Let it continue cooking until chicken is warmed through and cheese is melted. 5. Cut into triangles and serve with Salsa Verde Avocado Dip.

Salsa Verde Avocado Dip Directions:
1. Add peeled avocado, 1/2 cup HERDEZ Salsa Verde and 1/4 cup Yogurt to food processor. 2. Once it's nice and blended through, just serve. That's it! Dip your Quesadilla into your Salsa Verde Avocado and enjoy.

Make sure to check out more recipes HERE and follow HERDEZ on Facebook & Instagram for more updates. Or search these two hashtags: #Herdez #DiaDelNiño

Do you have a little chef running around? HERDEZ® Brand is hosting a Celebrate Your Chef Giveaway. All you have to do is post a photo or video of you cooking with your little chef and post on facebook or instagram and tag it with #HERDEZKids for a chance to win the following:

- Grand Prize: 2 cooking classes for 2 (parent & child) plus $1000
- 2nd Place: 1 cooking classes for 2 (parent & child) plus $300
- 3rd Place: Child cooking gift basket
- Weekly prizes/honorable mentions: Child size Día del Niño apron.

Also, there will also be Weekly Día del Niño Trivia questions on the HERDEZ® brand Facebook giving you another opportunity to win a child size Día del Niño apron. ENTER HERE!


Welcome April! These months I find myself purchasing more beauty products. Which means if I fall in love with something I am for sure sharing. I gathered a few favorites from last month that I was completely obsessed with. If you are interested, then just keep scrolling! 

Lorac 'PRO MATTE' Lip Color in Pink Taupe: This shade is the best for everyday wear. I purchased this mid March and have been using it every single day!😚

Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil: Did any of you purchase this from Ulta during 21 Days of Beauty? I scored this brow pencil for $12. Awesome deal, huh? I purchased it in the color Medium Brown. I went a shade lighter (I have dark brown as well) and my eyebrows look so natural compared to when I use dark brown.

Too Faced Born This Way: I have this in the shade Golden, but I think Honey would be a perfect match for my skin. Nevertheless, I love how flawless my skin looks with it. It has great coverage and works great with my oily skin. 

It Cosmetics Brush Bath: Such an easy and effective way to clean your brushes. Before I would wash them with dawn dish soap, but that was such a hassle. I took so much time cleaning my brushes when all I really needed was this brush cleanser. I spray it directly to my brush before I use it and it literally removes all makeup and impurities from my brushes. This stuff is legit.👌

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion: I purchased this a few months ago and hated it because it was over drying my skin. Only because I was using too many acne products at once. Since I changed my skin care routine I now use this before I apply my makeup. I love that my makeup stays matte throughout most of the day. I am not as oily as I normally am. Love this!

Scentbird: I have a whole review on Scentbird HERE. I am currently wearing Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent. I love that I can carry my Scentbird spray anywhere I go. It basically stays in my purse. For only $14.95 you get a 30 day supply of any designer fragrance of your choice.

Sunglasses: I love simple and affordable sunnies because I literally can't take care of them. They break or mysteriously disappear (meaning Evan hides them😂) therefore I spend no more than $20 on them. These are so cute and only $10.😱

Morphe Brushes: What the heck? These brushes are SO affordable and apply your makeup so freaking awesome. I picked up a few and found myself using M177, M178 and M180 the most this month.

Juice Beauty Blemish Cleanser: I don't think I will ever use another cleanser. This stuff is amazing! My skin is finally looking nice and smooth! You guys have no idea how awful I have felt because of acne. This cleanser works wonders on your skin. If you suffer from acne run and purchase this! You will thank me later.👍
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I have so many things on my wish list, but it's impossible buying everything all at once. I have to buy one or two things at a time. I promised to reward myself a pair of shoes every ten pounds that I lose. Meaning that if you guys see me with all of these in the near future you will know I have accomplished my goal.😂 I kid you not this is really keeping me motivated, and I just need more shoes. After I had Evan I got rid of most of my heels, only keeping a few, and my shoe selection is so small compared to what I am used to. I need to lose five more pounds and I can purchase one of these beauties. I am definitely going for Tarita by Vince Camuto as my first purchase!😍

I am so obsessed with all of these! Which one is your favorite sandal?

XOXO -Nessa


I asked Evan to pick out a few of his favorite toys to share this Tuesday. He started grabbing every single toy and pileing them up. We had to narrow it down to the few that he's been plays with the most recently. He lined all of his super heroes in a row and we snapped a few pictures. He is at an age where his imagination is running wild. He loves to dress up as many super heroes, and when he plays with his action figures he makes different voices for each one. It is SO CUTE!🙂 When we buy him toys he will play with them for a few days and then completely forgets about them. These are the few that he will always go back to.

We have other toys that are educational and he loves them too, but these are his all time go to boy toys. When his cousin Diego comes over it's so much fun watching these two play together. It's just awesome to see their little imaginations grow. Evan's favorite thing to say when playing is, "The good guys win and the bad guys lose."😂 

What toys do your little one's love?


XOXO -Nessa