Nessa's World: 2017





My favorite dessert to make during the holidays is FLAN! Flan brings back so many childhood memories and family traditions. Everyone has a different way of making flan. But there is one ingredient that everyone loves to use, NESTLÉ® La Lechera! La Lechera has been passed on from generation to generation is most Latino families. I know my grandma uses it, my mom used it, and now my sisters and I always have La Lechera on hand. I try my best to continue family traditions with Evan, and he loves it. He loves helping me in the kitchen, but enjoys eating whatever we cook up more.


As much as I wanted to put up my Christmas tree the first week of November, I patiently waited until this week to start decorating. Every year putting up our holiday decor is always special. We do it as a family. We blast Christmas music. We have fun and try to soak up every minute of this holiday season. Evan just turned five and the holidays just seem more fun as he gets older. This year I really want to enjoy December. Every year it seems like we have so much going on we forget to take it slow and enjoy the little things. Decorating our Christmas tree was so much fun. This year we incorporated Goldfish Crackers to our family holiday decorating tradition. Goldfish Crackers reminded us to enjoy the moment. Watching Evan put ornaments on the Christmas tree and take a break to enjoy his Goldfish was priceless.


For breakfast today we had our delicious Bear Naked Custom granola. We always buy Bear Naked cereals, so when I found out we could customize our own granola I knew I had to give it a try. Customizing online was so much fun. There are so many delicious options and endless ways to create the perfect blend. 



I love this recipe because my family makes it. When we have family gatherings this fruit salad is the first thing everyone runs to. I love that it is not over indulging. You can eat as much as you want and enjoy every bite. This was my first time making it myself and I will for sure continue making it this season. I think it's the perfect dish to take to pot lucks or family gatherings this holiday season. It's a creamy, sweet, and crunchy salad everyone will enjoy. Plus, it is so easy to make. There is one ingredient that is the perfect addition to this salad, Nestlé Media Crema. Nestlé Media Crema gives this apple and pecan salad the final touch. It took me minutes to make once I chopped the apples. Evan's little fingers were all over this salad before I could finish. This fruit salad is SO GOOD!😋 Let me know if you try out this recipe! 


Fall is officially here and even though the weather hasn't gotten the memo I am still so excited. Our decor is out and Evan had so much fun helping me decorate our home. We have pumpkins everywhere and our fall scented candles fully lit. I recently received my order from I  found so many great deals. Everything I love for this season at a low price, because this mama is on a budget. is making shopping for this season convenient and fun! Coffee was the first item I added to my cart and ended up adding six more items, one of them being a cute sweater! Their website makes shopping so easy for this mama. I can avoid having to go into the store with my four year old, who is obsessed with going to Walmart, but only to sucker me into buying him something he doesn't need.😅 This wasn't my first time shopping and I am sure it won't be my last. It's my one stop shop, it's easy, and the prices are always low. Saving me big!!


Many of you don't know this but Evan is skipping Pre-K and will start Kindergarten next year. Meanwhile, I am trying my best to teach him what I can at home and prepare him as much as possible before he goes off to school. Finding activities to do and ways to keep him entertained every day can be tricky, but luckily I have found so many ideas online and even created a lot on my own. Many of our activities involve Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers. We are currently loving Goldfish Colors. We are able to sit down do a fun learning activity, while enjoying a snack and making memories with Goldfish. Using Goldfish in our daily lessons has really helped him learn and grow on a daily basis, and that makes my heart so happy.


My morning routine is critically important to me. It's a way to help set my mood for the entire day. If I'm in a great mood I can have a productive day. It's a routine that has helped me enjoy my mornings, because I was NOT a morning person. I get time to myself. I get to relax. I get to have some peace and quiet before my four year old wakes up. It's something I do for me. I have been on this schedule for almost a year now and I love it.



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Over the weekend we cleaned out our pantry. We got rid of most of our junk food and replaced with healthier options. I really thought my family would be bothered by this because this summer junk food took over our pantry. Me on the other hand, am more of a health freak and always on the hunt for products that I will feel comfortable feeding my family. This summer was an exception, but it's time to get back on track to clean eating. They didn't complain, they actually helped me organize our pantry area. Evan found it fun filling our glass jars with rice, lentils, flour, along with other pantry essentials. One snack that is currently taking over our pantry and getting us ready for fall is Sejoyia Coco-Roons.


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Happy FRiYAY!! Who has been watching all the new Disney Junior episodes on Disney Channel every Friday morning? We have, and Evan has a new favorite show, Puppy Dog Pals! Evan is a dog lover so I knew this show would have his full attention. Bingo and Rolly have us hooked on their pup-tastic adventures. Any show that revolves around family, friendship, education, and humor is a must watch for my family. I love that Bingo and Rolly's characters are based on human puppies. It's as if they were 4-year old kids. All of their adventures and detective work is through the eyes of a 3 or 4 year old. And who doesn't love pugs? They are adorable!! Bingo and Rolly have inspired us to create a paw print t-shirt. Evan will be wearing it for all the new Puppy Dog Pals episodes airing FRiYAY mornings on Disney Channel. Disney Junior has all new episodes of your favorite shows every FRiYAY morning on Disney Channel. Make sure to tune in!!



Happy FRiYAY! Thanks to Disney Junior I am back with another fun sponsored post. There are two new Mickey & The Roadster Racers episodes on Disney Channel next Friday morning, Mouse vs. Machine and Grandpa Beagle's Day Out! Evan is a huge fan of Mickey Mouse Club House and race cars, so this show is his current favorite. Mickey & The Roadster Racers is a show about Mickey Mouse and all of his classic character pals like, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, and more. They race all around their town of Hot Dog Hills. I love that this show is full of valuable lessons for little ones such as, friendship and good sportsmanship. They make it fun and entertaining getting everyone hooked, including the parents. Am I right? New Disney Junior shows airing every FRiYAY on the Disney Channel morning block (from 6am-10am). Enjoy other fun and educational programs like Puppy Dog Pals, Sofia the First, The Lion Guard, and Elena of Avalor. I have my DVR scheduled in case we miss any show. Don't miss out on all the fun. 


Currently sipping my coffee and ignoring that it's crazy hot outside. I love summer, but why does it have to be so hot?😩 I step outside and immediately feel sticky, sweaty, and smelly! What a nightmare! Thank goodness for SweetSpot Labs! Their natural and gentle formula is perfect for my skin. My skin can be really sensitive when it comes to body wash or body wipes, but SweetSpot Labs has a product that is a must try ladies. You can purchase their delicious coconut lime body wash and wipes now at Walmart! (in store & online) Not only can you use them on your sweet spot, but all over your body. Leaving your skin feeling soft, refreshed, and ready to beat the heat. 


It's officially summer and I am partnering up with Disney Junior to inform you of some exciting news, and creating a refreshing recipe. I don't know about you but my four year old is a Disney Junior lover. Disney Junior holds a special place in my heart and I am sure other mamas can relate. From infancy, to toddler-hood, and now the preschool years Disney Junior has always been there. Disney Junior has brought magic and imagination to our home. This is why I am so excited to celebrate summer with Disney Junior. Disney Junior has all new episodes every FRiYAY morning premiering on Disney Channel. Tune in every Friday morning from 6am-10am on Disney Channel and start off your Friday Morning with a YAY! Below is a schedule so mark those calendars!  


After four years of being a mom I have learned quite a lot about how important self care is. I was so used to taking care of myself before, but once I had a baby all of that changed. All my attention went to that baby and eventually not taking care of myself led to always feeling depressed and extremely insecure. Fast forward to now and I am happy and feeling better than ever. All thanks to giving myself a little more attention. I realized I was a strong, bad ass, and powerful woman. A new show that I am currently watching, Queen of the South, inspired me to share a few ideas to help you feel like a queen and slay life. Whether you are a mama or not I have a feeling these will work for you too!


Happy Friday!! I am currently online shopping for summer clothes and I am so glad I shopped this past weekend because I got great deals on a few items. It rained yesterday and today it is feeling crazy humid. I don't think I will be able to wear jeans much longer!😭 Totally random but Nashville returned last night and I didn't watch. I am still depressed over Rayna! Anywho, on to something that keeps my mind off everything negative in this world, a few faves!😂 I recently added a new tab on the blog designated for all of my recent purchases, and hoping to do a few more updates to refresh this space of mine. Check the shop tab at the top of my page for style, beauty, home décor, and littles shopping! xo


Before I sign off for the weekend I wanted to wish all of you amazing mama birds a wonderful Mother's Day!! Being Evan's mama is the best gift in the world. Motherhood has brought so much joy to my life. Connecting with other moms through blogging and Instagram makes motherhood even better. I wish I could send all of you flowers on this very special day. Happy Mother's Day!!! 😘

My sweet sister asked Evan a few question about me and this how he answered. His answers made me laugh and ever tear up a bit so I had to share. Give it a try and see what your kiddos answer. 😍


Summer is right around the corner and that has us really excited. Lately we have been spending a lot of time outdoors, going for walks, or just to enjoy the weather making us anxious for summer. We are ready to go swimming, enjoy a cold treat on a hot summer day, or have a family water balloon fight. There is so much to do during the summer. As I am prepping for summer I realized I have a few items that will be my go-to on those hot summer days. Three things that I am loving, especially for summer and I think all my mama friends will agree.


Happy Friday!! I really hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. We spent our day with friends and family at our new place, which unfortunately is still not livable, but everyone seemed to have a good time. Evan loved his Easter bunny surprises and was a pro hunting for those eggs, but then again he did get some practice the week before. Evan helped filling the eggs with chocolate, we made cupcakes, but totally forgot to dye eggs.😂 We had so much food, rode four wheelers, and had a fun day full of adventure.


Every year our tradition is to have Evan pick out what he wants in his basket, and this year I only let him pick out a few things because we wanted the Easter bunny to pick out the others. He's older this year I wanted him to be a little surprised vs. previous years he knew what was in his basket. Seeing his little face full of excitement is priceless. I used the same basket as last year because it is just too cute not to, and this mama was on a budget.


Our weekends are not the same if we don't bake or create something delicious in the kitchen. Evan is like my little helper and always so inquisitive in the kitchen. Baking on weekends is almost like a tradition for us to celebrate his childhood. Dia del Niño is soon approaching and we created a fun and delicious trail mix that you have to try at home. I love that a trail mix can be a fun and fresh snack for the kiddos, and a great activity to have them do. A trail mix requires nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruit, and sweets. The Honey Nut Cheerios provides the grains and sweetness from the honey, we have cashew, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and the coconut chips complete this delicious mix. This trail mix has it all and kid approved!


Hey guys! I am back with another VitaTops post because I am obsessed. Every time we make a trip to the grocery store we pick up a few boxes. We can't get enough of VitaTops. Not only me but my little family is loving them. It has been our go-to snack for the past few weeks. If you look in my purse you will find a few VitaTops MuffinTops. It all started as a snack for me to indulge on, and not feel guilty about all the calories and nasty ingredients. What I love about VitaTops is that each MuffinTop is low in calories and made with clean and simple ingredients. From high in fiber, to super food options, to gluten free. Each VitaTops MuffinTops has its own delicious health benefits.


With every season I feel so inspired to try new recipes in the kitchen. With Spring here I love putting color and flavor in every dish. If you are like me I use herbs in most of my everyday cooking. As much as I love to use fresh herbs it can get pretty messy in the kitchen. I recently discovered a new and unique way to incorporate herbs to my recipes mess free. Dorot is fresh and frozen portion controlled garlic and herbs. How amazing is that?

I cooked up a pasta full of flavor, color, and creaminess. My sister made a very similar pasta not too long ago. I knew I had to give it a try with my own little twist, basil. Yum!


My mom's rose bushes bloomed not too long ago and it's officially Spring. Hello Spring! There are so many activities that I want to do with my little family this season. Farmers markets are opening up, it's strawberry season, the weather is amazing, and doing activities outdoors is what makes me happy. I recently discovered a farm about 25 minutes from our house where we can go strawberry picking. I am so excited because we have never done this before. We also have a Tulip field not too far. I am hoping we can go there as well. So much to do, lets hope we can get it all done. What's on your bucket list? Happy first day of Spring!! xo


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Getting back on track after the holidays is difficult. My body was used to me feeding it junk. My mindset for the new year was to get back to basics and begin eating clean again. Not only for me but my family as well. Can I just say it took me a while to find the drive and motivation to begin. So I began planning my meals, looking up recipes, and slowly making it a habit to eat clean. It can be challenging especially when you are a mom on-the-go. My meals are always simple and made quickly. I spend the most time cooking dinner, but other than that I need something fast, good, and healthy. I am sharing what I ate today including a quick and delicious snack any mom can appreciate. Evan goes crazy for LALA Yogurt Smoothies that we purchased at H-E-B.


Happy Monday! So much has been going on in my life and it's just been so hard to sit down, take a break, and write it all down. So please excuse this post if it's all over the place. Evan started playing soccer and he has practice twice a week and his games are on Saturdays. I have never found a sport so entertaining as watching four year old boys running around and fighting for a ball. Make sure to check out my insta stories. I always record!😂

This rug is everything, but man it sheds!! I know a lot of people have it, but it's just too cute not to include in my home. I have read to vacuum as frequently as possible until shedding stops. If you have any other suggestions let me know. Also if you have it what room do you have it in? I originally got it for Evan's room, but now I'm debating whether it should go in my room or living room. So many decision. I just purchased this rug but I won't receive until mid March. Slowly but surely my home will begin to feel like mine.


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Growing up I remember my mom would always stress the importance of milk. She always made sure we drank milk every day, and when we were able to get a hold of farm fresh milk we always had it. Fast forward years later, now I am a mom I strive to give my son the best quality milk. There are only a few brands I can say I truly trust. About a year ago we only drank farm fresh milk from a local farm. However, times got tough and purchasing a ten dollar gallon of milk weekly was no longer in our budget.

Mornings can be hectic. Especially if you wake up to a super happy and energetic four year old. Luckily, I have it all under control because of my morning routine. There are certain things that you can do each morning that will set you up for a more productive and happy morning. Good mornings lead to a more productive and happy day.


I am currently sitting down and going over my goals/resolutions from last year. Sincerely, I stayed on the right track and knew what I wanted to achieve, but towards the end of the year I was slacking. Slacking in life, my blog, social media accounts, and myself. I don't know what happened. I just kinda lost the motivation/energy. The only good thing about the last few months of 2016 is that we closed on our house and are officially homeowners!👏

Where are my PB&J lovers at? When I think of PB&J I think of my childhood. My childhood wouldn't have been the same if I didn't enjoy my mom's PB&J sandwiches. Luckily for me my kid is just as obsessed with PB&J as I am.😍 We make PB&J sandwiches on a daily basis so peanut butter and jelly are always on my grocery list. Target is offering 5% off on both Jif Peanut Butter and Smucker's Fruit Spreads using the Cartwheel app, so we rushed to my favorite one stop shop to pick up our faves.