Cool Off This Summer With Homemade Ice Pops!

    When I was a kid, I remember visiting my grandmother and taking my bike to the park to spend all day outdoors with my friends.  Throughout the day, we would get hot and thirsty from playing "Red Light, Green Light, 123," "British Bulldog," and Freeze Tag.     To cool off, we would visit one of the neighbors who made homemade ices and buy one each for only a quarter.  I have such fond memories of sitting on the edge of the curb with my buddies enjoying these cool and refreshing ices.     Now that I'm a mom, I want to prepare some of the treats that I enjoyed during my childhood with my own sons so I am always on the lookout for ways that I could replicate them right here at home.  I'm a teacher so I have summers off and I greatly enjoy spending time with my boys and also enjoying cool desserts when we get overheated during our warm weather outings and adventures.     One of the ways that we get refreshed after a long, hot day here in New York City is by enjoying some homemade ice … [Read more...]

Homemade Meatloaf And Ketchup Recipe

    When I was growing up, there were certain recipes that my mother would prepare regularly that she had learned how to cook from her own mother, my grandmother.  Many times, my sister and I would come home from school and sit with her in the kitchen telling her about our day as we helped her prepare dinner.  One of her favorite recipes was for homemade meatloaf and I was always intrigued by how she mixed all the ingredients together in a large bowl and kneaded her hands throughout the mixture to blend them all together.     These are the recipes that I prepare in my own home for my children.  Not only do they remind me of happy times during my childhood, but they also help me to carry on family traditions with my boys.  They also will often descend upon me in the kitchen to tell me all about how their day went at school.  The best part is that they love meatloaf as much as I did when I was a kid and will usually clean their plates when I serve it to them.  Hopefully your family will … [Read more...]

Homemade Remedies And Beauty Tips Passed Down From Abuela! #ALLERGYFACE #ZYRTEC #Ad

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zyrtec and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are 100% mine.    Growing up, I always struggled with having combination skin which was difficult to control, especially during allergy season.  It didn't help that my allergies would act up and contribute to my blotchy appearance by adding red splotches to my skin and puffing up my eyes and nose.  As a result, I was always looking for ways to diminish and combat my ALLERGY FACE™.     My grandmother raised me and she has always been a big believer in natural and homemade remedies for almost every issue or ailment.  She also used these same natural ingredients in her skin care regimen.  One particular plant that I remember her using for a wide variety of problems was the Eucalyptus plant that grew right around the area surrounding our land.  We would walk together and collect them to use in her many do-it-yourself beauty recipes and remedies.    Whenever I had a stuffy … [Read more...]