Meet Joshua Williams, The Young Boy With A Heart Of Gold

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Joshua Williams is no ordinary teenager. Here’s why…

Hunger’s youngest victims are often invisible in the United States, but the reality is, hunger in America has no boundaries and can affect all children – from rural, urban and suburban. To help shed light on this issue and be a part of the solution, Unilever Project Sunlight has partnered with thirteen-year-old Joshua Williams of Joshua’s Heart Foundation to host a “Share a Meal” neighborhood potluck dinner.

Williams has been combatting hunger since the age of five by collecting donations to feed the homeless and delivering meals to underprivileged children and their families through his mobile food pantry program.

Join Williams and Joshua’s Heart Foundation this Saturday, December 20th, as they host a “Share A Meal” neighborhood potluck dinner for over 50 Miami families. The event will take place from 2 p.m.to 6 p.m. at the Arcola Lakes Senior Center, located on 8401 NW 14th Avenue in Miami, Florida.

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All attendees will be provided with a gift bag full of donated food supplies so that they can prepare healthy and complete meals at home.

For more information or to attend this event, contact: Naomi Ballah via email [email protected] or phone: 212-445-8355

“Baby Love” Mom Tees Pre-Sale #MTMEshop

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The “Baby Love” mom tees are now available on the MTME shop, and to celebrate, I am offering a pre-sale price of $30 on these tees! 

The “Baby Love” mom tees are available in Pink, Grey and Navy, and can be purchased in sizes Small, Medium and Large. XL and 2XL sizes are also available, but will need to email [email protected] to place to order.

Want $2.00 off the pre-sale price? Choose the “Random” option to receive $2.00 off and have me pick the right color for you. You will need to email [email protected] with your size.

After this month, the “Baby Love” mom tees will go up to $40.00, so be sure to order yours today!

>>Click here to place your order from Facebook<<

Sebastian’s First Haircut

Sebastian's first haircut! 😍😢 #sebastianabraham

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Hair is just hair, it will grow again.

I was a little worried when I set the appointment for Jeff’s aunt to cut Sebastian’s hair. Although it was not his first time having his hair trimmed, I was afraid of the way he would react to the scissors. I had trimmed his hair back in October, you can read all about it here.

He was nice and calm then and I was not surprised to see him react the same way with Jeff’s aunt. She is really good with kids and they love her. I think it has to do with her positive energy.

Sebastian’s hair looks great. I still use the Johnson’s No More Tangles Shampoo & Conditioner to help tame his hair. I recently ran out of the Leave-In Conditioner, so I will have to pick up a bottle from our local drugstore. I discussed how much his hair has improved after using the Johnson’s No More Tangles line in a recent post. You can read my review here, and initial reaction to using the products on my son’s hair here.

Have you trimmed your little one’s hair?

Motivation Monday: Breathe

Motivation Monday Breathe

Being able to breathe is something we often take for granted.

There will be moments in life when you feel as though someone has you in a chokehold. You are uneasy and cannot find the time to just breathe. The truth is, it is not that you cannot find the time, you are not making the time to do so. We often forget how important it is to just be present. Sometimes that is all your family and friends really need.

Every day I wake up hoping to accomplish a few things, and last week I wanted to get back into the groove of working on my blog, but something held me back. That something was me. Each time I sat down to write something, I preoccupied my mind with something else. I would get up and think of other things I could be doing rather than dedicating time to something I love. The thing about blogging is, if you do not feel like doing it, do not force yourself. I convinced myself to take a break from posts.

Although I continued to monitor social media sites via my mobile phone, I sat back and just let life happen. I put my blogging on hold to enjoy little moments with my son, called my family up North and just enjoyed the little things, like cooking.

Jeff’s cousin has been living with us for almost two weeks and he made me realize two things: 1) There is more to life than sharing it with the world; and 2) You can really enjoy family time once you put aside your own fears. You see, Jeff’s cousin posts on social media a lot, and I started to realize that was something I was doing as well. Since he has moved in, I have learned to cut back and appreciate the little moments I get to breathe again. The photos I take today I save for later dates and just appreciate family time. This also ties into the second thing he made me realize. I have a fear of trying something new. You can say I am pretty set in my ways. For me, family time is not the same if Jeff is working and I am at one of his family’s event. I often avoid those situations because I feel weird. I know I should not let the fact that I miss being around my own family interfere with the way I treat his, but it happens. The hardest part is hearing them say “I love you,” even if they are just saying bye or calling on the phone. Sometimes the whole “us” thing still feels new to me. It has been nearly three years, and here I am today, slowly used to it. I know it bothers Jeff, so I am really trying my best. With all the changes in the past year and a half, it has taken me a lot longer to adjust, but God knows I am handling the best way I can.

This weekend we celebrated Sebastian’s second cousin’s first birthday. It was nice to see the two of them playing. They are quite similar; calm, quiet and very independent. We stopped by the night before the party so Jeff can spend time with them since he would be missing the birthday party due to work. Here are the boys playing:

I cannot believe these two are growing up so fast! ❤️😘 #dannyandres #sebastianabraham

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Such cuties! <3

How do you cope with change? This mama needs some tips. 

The Very First #MTMEshop Giveaway!

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If you have been following along the last couple of days you may have noticed some new additions to the Motherhood Through My Eyes family. I have added a MTME giveaway site and created the MTME shop. To help introduce them both, I am giving away two items from the MTME shop:
1) The lovely “Take A Break With Me” mug; and
2) A simple pink “Keep Calm…I’m A Mom” V-neck tee from Bella+Canvas. 

As a mom, you overcome many challenges. From messy babies to the infamous terrible twos, you know what it means to sit down and really enjoy those five minutes of quiet time with your favorite hot beverage.

So, to help get your day started in the morning, the MTME shop is hosting a giveaway just for you, mom, because you are awesome.

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Terms & Conditions:
One lucky winner will receive a “Take Time Out With Me” mug and a pink “Keep Calm…I’m A Mom” V-Neck Tee in size Small, Medium or Large. All candidates are required to sign up to the newsletter for consideration. This giveaway ends January 15, 2015.

The winner will receive an email asking for their shipping address and shirt size. The winner must respond within 48 hours. If the person fails to respond with the correct information, the items will be sent to someone else. Good luck!

Minimum Entries:
This giveaway has set a minimum of 2 entries required before it will end.

Coconut Chia Granola With Honey

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 5.34.56 PMMe, cooking in the kitchen? Yup, and so can you! 
Stop making excuses as to why you don’t know how to cook but would like to learn. There are several recipes online, and your family’s traditional ones as well. So, get in the kitchen and try something new!


Disclosure: I received a box of Nature’s Path Coconut Chia Granola from Crafted Communications in exchange for my review of the product. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Finding the perfect afternoon treat is tough for me. Most of the time I want something crunchy, healthy and delicious. Sebastian and I typically go for grapes, but sometimes you get tired of the same routine. This weekend I received a box of the Nature’s Path Coconut Chia Granola and was so excited to try different recipes with it.

The package arrived just in time for our afternoon snack, and Sebastian and I needed a quick fix. I set up the cutting board to create little chunks of honey-dipped coconut chia granola. It was a bit messy, but Sebastian loved the sweetness.

Nature's Path Coconut Chia Granola

What You Need:
A clean area to work
2 tablespoons of Natural honey
1 cup of Nature’s Path Coconut Chia Granola

What To Do:
Warning — This is going to be fun and messy! Allow your little one to join in ;) 

Set up a small pile of Nature’s Path Coconut Chia Granola and drizzle drops of honey on top. Use your hands to move the granola around and form little chunks. Serve with a tall glass of milk and enjoy!

Are there any other ways you like to snack on granola?  

Making The Most Of Christmas Without Snow

Our First Christmas Tree as a family
Holidays are tough, especially when you do not have your family around. 

All my life I have associated Christmas with the winter season, and after moving to South Florida, this coming holiday won’t be the same as others.

For starters, I will be home with my little family and won’t be surrounded by my family back in North Jersey. Although our home has winter décor, stepping outside won’t be the same. Without snow, or much of a drop in temperature, it feels as though we are being cheated of a beautiful season. I have been craving hot chocolate, but it doesn’t feel right. Jeff says he can crank up the A/C so it can feel as if we’re back up North. Hilarious, no?

Sucking It Up And Celebrating Life
I have come to realize that we may never have the same winters here in Florida, but we have family time – isn’t that what really counts?

They say holidays are the toughest times for families that are apart, and I have to agree. I love being able to spend more time with my boys, but I do miss my family and friends back North. I’m glad my boys keep me smiling during this tough time of the year.

Whenever I feel down I remind myself of the following things:
1. There are worse things in this life that I could be feeling, and at least the people I love are a phone call away.
2. Jeff and I are in the same boat because he also left behind family and friends.
3. Life is really what you make it. If I don’t like something I cannot change, I will have to change how I feel about it instead.
4. Love is really all you need, and I have plenty of it in my life – near and far.
5. Treasure the moments. They don’t last forever.

For other families dealing with change this winter, I highly recommend you try something new, something that makes you smile. You have one life to live, and if you really want to make the most of it, you will need to go after whatever it is that keeps you happy.

How do you deal with holiday blues? 

Finding The Strength To Keep Going

Blogging Tips Discipline YourselfWhen you love something, you have to keep up with it and improve your skills every day. I have been blogging for years, but it was more in the form of a journal. Today, my writing is less personal. I blog about companies and events, share tips and so much more.

I recently mentioned three bloggers that inspire me to keep going. You can read all about it in this post. One of them is a fashion blogger I have been following since before my pregnancy — that is almost two years ago! Naty Michele of A Love Affair With Fashion has a wonderful story of why she started her little corner on the web.

I remember following Naty on social media to get the latest looks for the office, and when I found out I was pregnant, I needed tips on dressing with a bump. Although Naty does not cover this topic, she made skater dresses look fabulous, and when I got over my “I-look-and-feel-funny-in-dresses” phase, I knew it was going to be the perfect piece of clothing in my closet. You can read all about how pregnancy and skater dresses are the perfect match here.

Sometimes you follow someone on social media for one thing, and then out of nowhere, you start to learn from them. Naty always tells other fashion bloggers never to start a blog with hopes of just connecting with brands and selling ads.

Naty is no blogging expert, but many bloggers have reached out to her asking for tips on how to start and improve their blogs. “Blogging is a learning process; you learn as you go, and you see what works best for you, ” she explained in this 2013 YouTube video. “Things that might work for you might not work for me as well.”

Start Strong, And Do Not Forget Why
Finding the right reasons to blog means you search for a reason for creating your own place on the web. Naty has great tips for bloggers, here are five things she advises bloggers to do:

1. Figure out what your message will be to your followers. For Naty, it is all about shopping on a budget and getting that same look for less.
2. Make sure everything on your site: posts, images and anything that goes up on your site reflects that message.
3. Attend blogging conferences and learn as much as you can.
4. Keep a good relationship with all the brands you work with, and be professional.
5. Be confident and know what you have to offer. Do not hold back because of negativity.

It is so important for bloggers to discipline themselves, not only as a professional, but also as a brand. Your blog is a representation of who you are, and for Naty, it is important to be passionate about what you are doing. Personally, I believe passion should be the greatest motivation as a blogger. “Have fun with it,” Naty said. “It is such a great way to get creative. Be as creative as you can with your posts. Try to come up with new ideas for your blog.”

GlamST App: Discover A New Look

GlamST the appTry something different, without really putting it on.

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to test and share my experience using GlamST app through a BrandBacker campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Being a stay-at-home mom means you do not always have the time or the luxury to step out and get a new makeover. With the GlamST app, moms can try different styles — hair color and makeup — without having to actually step foot into salon and I can skim through celebrity looks and try them on as well. This is a plus in my book.

Launched in November 2014, GlamST app is an online platform, which aims to create a new way of selecting and buying products. The app was created by two women engineers. who decided on this project to bring innovation to a problem women face everyday: simply choosing makeup that not only works for them, but is trendy.

So, how do you use this awesome app?

Before we begin, I want you to take a good look at the original selfie I posted on Facebook last week, which screams tired mom in need of a new look, PRONTO! Although my mom friends all agreed on how pretty I looked, I think that selfie (and the person in it) needs a new look.

1. Head over to the iTunes App Store and download the GlamST app (or simply click here).
2. Use your Facebook or Google Plus profile to sign in or you may login with your email/signup with email.
3. Select Details. Match your Eye Color, Hair Color, Skin Color and Type, and share your age range.
4. Now choose between #BetterLookingSelfie options, #CelebritySelfie options or among #ITGirls like Emma Stone.

Once you have selected your preferences, you can skin through different styles and choose which ones look best on you.
GlamST App control panel

The Control Panel
If you want more details on a specific look, simply click on the makeup button o the far left.
I love that I have access to three different price ranges for my desired look. I am a woman who loves a bargain, so if I can get the same great style for a cheaper price, I am all for it!

Here are examples of all three options:
GlamST App Sexy ExampleIf you find a look you love, simply click on the item and purchase it from the Sephora website.
GlamST App Buy At SephoraGlamST App Inspiring PhotosThe lightbulb icon is to view inspiring photos of other women that have tried this look. GlamST App Share Your SelfieThe square with the arrow icon (which is always highlighted in red) allows you to share your GlamST app selfie.
GlamST App Day And Night Look
The moon and the sun icon are to switch between day and nigh looks. I did not see much of a different when I switched over to night, except the color of my face seemed to get a bit darker.

And just in case you thought I was joking about the tired mom look, here is a side-by-side comparison of my original selfie and my GlamST App selfie: GlamST App Side by Side ComparisonThe best part is I was able to create these looks and find inspiration while breastfeeding my son.
Go, me!

And just to add how cool this app is, I was able to try on looks from celebrity moms I think are very stylish: GlamST App Angelina Jolie Look GlamST App Eva Mendes Look GlamST App Heidi Klum Look GlamST App Reese Witherspoon Look
Check out the GlamST app on iTunes.
You can also follow GlamST app on social media:
Instagram || Twitter || Facebook

Pink Ribbons: Exposed

The Truth Behind Pink Ribbons“If people actually knew what was happening, they would be really pissed off.” – Barbara Brenner, former Breast Cancer Action Executive Director.

October is a time when everything around you turns pink. From paper toilets to guns, practically every industry wants a piece of that pink money — so to speak. But what is it about this time of the year that has most cancer survivors upset?

I met Karym Urdaneta, Partner at toxic-free skincare company Pink Horizons Botanical Skin Care, at a recent mommy and me event in October and our discussion opened my eyes to the idea of pink ribbons. During our discussion she shared the concept of pinkwashing, placing a pink ribbon on products that contain carcinogens.

Pink Horizon Botanical Skin Care partnered with Breast Cancer Action to connect with women and educate them on the importance of changing their lifestyle based on the products they use.

“When Melissa and I first launched Pink Horizons, we were looking to partner with a cause,” explained Urdaneta. “We reached out to a well-known organization that works with brands throughout the world to help create awareness for breast cancer. Once we were able to get through to the right person, they told us all we needed to do was pay $5,000 and we could use the logo on anywhere to promote our campaign.”

Urdaneta offered the organization a chance to review their product and they declined, stating that it was not something they did. All Pink Horizons needed to do was simply pay the fee and they would receive the organization’s logo in exchange. “They did not care about reviewing our product,” Urdaneta explained. “They suggested we just pay the fee and sign the documents stating how much of the funds you will be donating and that is it.”

Organizations are taking advantage of people’s willingness to do something good, according to Urdaneta. “I do not blame the community, I blame the organizations. Breast Cancer Action targets companies that pinkwash the truth behind their product. They are known to take action, they could not have a better name because they go against companies that claim to promote awareness, and go against what they tell the public.”

The Original Fight
For years, people have grown accustomed to the pink ribbon symbolizing Breast Cancer Awareness, but did you know that the original ribbon was actually a peach color?

One woman wanted to educate people on how much of the money that was being raised to help fund cancer research was being used for the cause. This woman was Charlotte Haley. In 1991, Haley created peach breast cancer ribbons and attached each one to a postcard that read: “The National Cancer Institute’s annual budget is $1.8 billion, only 5% goes for cancer prevention. Help us wake up legislators and America by wearing this ribbon.” These ribbons and the messages that was being distributed were used as a call to action for recipients of the postcard.

In a documentary film titled Pink Ribbons, Inc., Haley said that Estee Lauder liked her message and reached out to her in hopes to use her ribbon on their products. She refused to have her message be placed on items that contain carcinogens. Estee Lauder found a way around this and decided to alter the ribbon. After polling women on different colors and what they symbolize to them, Estee Lauder discovered that most of the women considered pink to be very happy and comforting, so they changed the ribbon to the color pink, and used it to “promote” Haley’s message. Haley passed away in early 2014.

Breast Cancer Action Puts A Stop To Pinkwashing
Today, you can find companies using the color pink on various products, causing the message behind these ribbons to become a blur. Well-known brands such as Express and KFC have used the logo to help raise awareness and have been shut down by activist groups.Consumers today have a voice, and according to Barbara Brenner, former Breast Cancer Action Executive Director, there is the power of activism. “[The power of activism] is when ordinary people do a simple thing like sending an email or writing a postcard.”

Top pinkwashing industries, according to Brenner, are cosmetics, car and food — mainly dairy.
In the documentary, Brenner discussed how several companies were using the cause to gain sales rather than helping raise funds. The fashion retailer Express is one of them.

Express ran a Breast Cancer Awareness campaign that read: “Every dollar counts,” and in fineprint stated that for every purchase a penny will be donated to the cause. “So, although every dollar counts, only a penny would go to the actual cause,” said Brenner. Breast Cancer Action went after Express and they took down the ads.

Clothing stores are not the only ones taking advantage of the cause, in fact KFC partnered with Susan G. Komen a few years ago to promote its Pink Bucket. Although Susan G. Komen argued that the partnership focused on healthy options at KFC and that “the decision to maintain a well-balanced diet lies in the hands of the consumer,” one must question whether Komen had lost its mind in supporting this campaign. The fineprint about the partnership read $0.50 of each purchased bucket will be donated to the cause. Breast Cancer Action took a stand and shut this campaign down.

Another Breast Cancer Awareness campaign that takes place every year is the Yoplait pink-lidded yogurt products. These are used to promote and raise funds for the cure. Consumers are asked to mail-in the pink lids and for every lid sent, Yoplait would donate $0.10 to breast cancer research. In the month of October, if you ate three yogurts a day that would only add up to less than $10. Brenner believes this is pointless, and consumers should write a check for the cause.

Why Consumers Get Sucked In
For consumers, Breast Cancer Awareness month is comforting because people feel they are doing something to help fight for something that scares them. If given the right information, consumers would be more than willing to not only donate to help really find a cure, but also help prevent the spreading of it.

Consumers are often told the money being raised is going to cancer research, but if they ask where companies really put the money they raise they would be shocked. “All the data is based on well-educated, white women,” according to Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade, a hematology oncologist interviewed in the film.  “There is no research on minorities or different types of women. There is endless repetition on the same research and countless gaps.”

Educating Consumers On The Risks
It all starts with the consumer, and as members of the society it is important that we voice our opinions. “Do the research on the companies you are investing your money in,” Urdaneta told Motherhood Through My Eyes. “People complain that organic products are expensive and the truth is, organic [food and beverages] is only expensive because not a lot of people buy it. If more people went out and bought these products, the prices would go down.”

Start-up companies looking to educate the public should research different companies and really think about their mission, and most importantly how certain companies are responding to issues in the community, said Urdaneta. “If you look up start-up companies, most of them have mission that ties to social responsibility.”

As consumers we have the power to practically shut down these companies or at least do away with their products. “Companies make the product, people work and they get paid. After they pay the necessities they buy food. It is part of our basic necessities to buy food, to eat.”

You know why organic is expensive because not enough of us are buying it. “Companies are getting away with selling you crap because you are buying it,” stated Urdaneta. “They are making it look pretty, people are going to buy it. Find organizations that are doing the work for you — which is simply researching companies — and make the changes in your life. Start with what you can afford. Organic is expensive, but organic apples are not that expensive anymore because people are buying it.”