Hooray Heroes Book Giveaway

Do you and your children absolutely love books? We do! We have a huge book collection and are still adding!

Hooray Studios, a young start-up company that creates personalized children’s books offers a variety of children’s books in which the main character of the book is a child. But not just any child – your child. You can name and choose the gender of the main character and design their overall appearance: you choose the hair color and style, skin tone, eye color and shape, and even add freckles or glasses.  There are as many possibilities as there are children in the whole world.

 At the moment, the Daddy Edition of “When Tonya Grows Up” is really trending and generating a good deal of hype. What is so special about this book is that the narrator of the book is Dad. Mothers and partners from all around the world are going crazy about it.

I can’t wait to review my book, but in the meantime head over to my Instagram page to enter to win one of your own!!

**Thank you to Hooray Studios for hosting this giveaway and sending me a book to review! This is not a sponsored post. **


Boiron Arnicare Roll On & Leg Cramp Relief Review

Summer of 2017 was a rough one! My husband was in chronic pain, and unfortunately nothing was working. Referred to a Dr in the city, one very hot day we drove down near Central Park, and after an hour we found out he needed major surgery. They were going in a cleaning out the arthritis around the hip, and replacing some of the damaged cartilage.

Two weeks later his 2 hour surgery ended up being 7.5 hours, which was insanely terrifying for me. I was alone in the waiting room waiting for some answers. Turns out he needed a partial hip replacement. After A very long recovery, we were on the search for some homeopathic products to help with some discomfort in his hip and leg. Cue:Boiron

I was extremely lucky to meet the wonderful people of Boiron way back in 2015 at Blogger Bash in New York City. The company is amazing, the people are knowledgeable and they are so generous. We had use their Arnicare before on back aches and loved it.

I was lucky enough again to go to an amazing event in NYC a few months ago and meet Boiron again! They have come out with so many new products, but of course I have to showcase the Arnicare Roll -On.

Arnicare Roll-on temporarily relieves muscle pain and stiffness due to minor injuries, overexertion, and falls; reduces pain, swelling, and discoloration from bruises.*

This product truly helps- or else I wouldn’t be sharing it. It obviously isn’t going to cure anything, but for temporary relief it’s amazing!

Active Ingredients**:

  • Arnica montana 1X HPUS – Relieves muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries, discoloration from bruises

The letters HPUS indicate that this ingredient is officially included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States.

Inactive Ingredients:

  • Alcohol

  • Carbomer

  • Purified water

  • Sodium hydroxide

We also love the leg cramp tablets for temporary relief of leg cramps as well. Due to this surgery it he tends to get a lot more leg cramps and aches.

Arnicare Leg Cramps temporarily relieves dayand night cramps and spasms in calves, legs, thighs, and arms as well as cramps from muscular overexertion.*

Thanks to these products he can have some relief, and we are super thankful. Thank you Boiron!

**Boiron was amazing to send these products to me for review purposes only, and I always share my own opinion. This post is NOT sponsored and is my own words and experience.**


Food Allergies & Kids: Tips

The dreaded word…Allergies. I was a teacher for about 8 years (assistant teacher in a daycare while going through college, and then pre-k for 4 years), so I have seen and had many kids with allergies. I never thought I would be an allergy mom, and honestly I wasn’t until 2015.

Molly is now 8 and just got re-tested a few weeks ago, but let’s go back 4 years to when we found out. She was such a good eater! I loved being able to feed her all the good things (and some not good things on occasion) and our go to was always Snap Pea Crisps. We called them “Green Snacks”. We took a break from them for about 6 months, and One night she had them and her throat started closing. It started with hives around her mouth (photo above) and we rushed her to the local walk in. They have her an Epi-Pen and instantly felt better!

We followed up with our allergist and sure enough she was highly allergic to Legumes. Peas,Chick Peas, Beans, etc. This blew our minds due to being Puerto Rican we have Rice and Beans more then someone has Coffee in the morning!

This started some major food issues which we are still having today. I just got her retested and these were her arms. She is now allergic to Chicken…

Here are some tips for new allergy parents:

  • If your child has an Epi-Pen always always carry it (Of course).
  • Make sure your child tries other foods. Molly won’t even try things because she’s terrified she’s going to have a reaction- 4 years later!
  • Keep some snacks in your car Incase you are out and about!
  • Always tell other parents if you are dropping your child off and leaving them.
  • Make sure your child is aware of their allergy and if they are old enough remind them what they can and can not have.
  • For school birthdays, make a treat box and leave with your child’s teacher (so they aren’t left out).

Please note: I am NOT a doctor (and this is not sponsored). I just wanted to share my story and my tips with you!! I hope this can at least help one person!


ZURU OOSH:Cotton Candy Cuties

I have an 8 year old, and all the rage right now is slime and squishes! Much to my surprise a new product has come out from ZURU called Cotton Candy Cuties!

New Cotton Candy Cuties look so real and smell so good! This scented, squishy fun slime comes in four awesome colors and each contain a surprise Cutie inside! Collect all 6! You can

• Tear it, bounce it or stretch it into any shape you want! Adorable slow rise cutie included.

• Encourages creativity, self-expression and develops fine-motor skills.

• Perfect for arts and crafts and school projects.

• Available in 4 vibrant and fun colours all of which have delicious scents!

• Complies with International Testing Standards.

We ordered one from Amazon, at a higher price and it finally came today!!

The packaging is clean and vibrant!

When you remove the packaging, there’s another package inside that looks like the above. This fluffy slime is truly amazing. It’s super soft and stretches fantastic!! Love the color too!!

Inside the fluffy slime is another surprise. A squishy!! I mean what can be better then this!?!

The squishy comes in another package and it is super adorable!!

I am super impressed with this product! We love ZURU! My daughter loves it!


Live-Action Aladdin Trailer


I had to share this exciting news. During The Grammys tonight, the trailer for Aladdin came out and to say I’m Excited is an understatement! I saw Aladdin in the movie theaters as a child, and I am thrilled to be able to see the live action version! Also, who doesn’t love Will Smith!?

Watch below!

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia; Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim.


“Aladdin” is produced by Dan Lin, p.g.a., and Jonathan Eirich, p.g.a., with Marc Platt and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers. Eight-time Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar®-winning lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and includes two new songs written by Menken and Oscar and Tony Award®-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.


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Favorite Toys {Months 5-8}

Having kids almost 8 years apart is like starting over;completely. There are so many new fun toys and baby items out there, but there are also the old classics we know and love. I thought it would be fun to share Evan’s favorites (or what I think are his favorites) from Months 5-8.

Let’s start with the “old” but new version of V-Techs Stroll & Discover activity Walker.

Molly had one of these, but this is revamped. I went to an event in NYC a few months ago and met with V-Tech. They said this is the first time in years they have changed this model. There’s some new features and he absolutely loves the little door! The only downfall, is this is loud! Even on the lowest setting it’s loud. Either I don’t remember how loud toys are or I’m getting old!

To go along with the V-Tech theme, we absolutely love the Laugh and Learn Around the Town table! He got this for Christmas and wasn’t really interested in it until about a month ago! He’s huge on standing right now so this is the perfect toy!! The songs are super catchy as well. “Hi. It’s Puppy”!!! There are three different stages of play which makes for years of fun.

I love B.Toys by Battat. Baby B Elemenosquueze blocks is One of my favorites! These blocks are the best! They did not have these when Molly was a baby! They are really durable and super fun! We love building them up and knocking them down! Also each block is the letter of the alphabet. Took me weeks to notice!

Next up is a toy that I know he’s a bit too young for but he lovesssss to watch his sister play it! The Little People Friendly People Place. I love Little People. It’s probably one of my all time favorites. I got this before Evan was born for $10 at Kohl’s, so I picked it up and put it away! Two weeks ago we took it out and he really likes it! The Little People characters are also big enough so they aren’t a choking hazard! I can’t wait to purchase more!!

Last, this isn’t a toy but I have hard wood floors so this is a must for me! The B. Toys Beautifloor Alphabet Tiles are soft so if he falls and bonks himself it won’t hurt. Plus they are super bright and colorful!!

I hope this list helped everyone with some ideas for fun toys!! What are some of your favorite toys for baby’s?

Until next time,

Alena xo