Chicken Tortilla Soup- Crockpot version

Chicken Tortilla Soup

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This has become a family favorite. The best part if you like it spicy or hot you can make it easily, by substituting mild ingredients for their hot versions.

Ingredients-

  • 4 uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (15oz) can of un-drained crushed or petite tomatoes
  • 1 (10oz) can of mild or medium red enchilada sauce
  • 1 (15oz) can of black beans, Drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped. I omit this because my son hates them and its just as good.
  • 1 (4oz) can of chopped green chile peppers
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic
  • 1 (15oz) can of corn, drained
  • 2 (14.5oz) can of chicken broth
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

 

  • Instructions: Place all ingrediants in Crockpot. Cook on High for about 3 to 4 hours. When chicken is done. Pull out the chicken and shred with a fork. Caution they are hot! Add the chicken back in and let sit for about 5 minutes then serve. Top with cheese and tortilla strips or broken chips.

Philips home Hue A19 Starter Kit and Hue Go Lighting our house in a whole new way!

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As some of you read in my previous blog I have been fixing up my house. But most people don’t always think about lighting when they first think redecorating. And I have to agree I am one of those people. But after seeing some of the ideas and photos I offered to do this blog. This will change the way you think of lightening your house. This will  transform the way you use light by adjusting colors, timers, alerts and more from your phone or mobile device. I mean who does not have their phone with them 24/7. I do and I have the new Note 5 so I couldn’t wait to download the application. The bulbs, accessory lights and bridge work with your Wi-Fi. You can  create mood-setting color schemes, or enjoy the right light setting for reading, relaxing, a romantic night in or even to fit the season. You can also easily maintain an automatic schedule so your lights will turn on when the sun goes down. Or if you are on vacation to look like someone is home.  Hue A19 Starter kit available at: Bestbuy.com

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Also for this project I got to try the Hue Go, completely wire free light smart light. Take it or put it anywhere. You can plug it in or carry it with you with up to 3 hours of rechargeable battery life. It has different preset settings also two shades of white. Bright and a softer white for when you want dim lights. You can control it with the button on it or through the app. “Hue Go helps you to wake up fresh and energized in the morning with deep dimming. The gradually increasing light intensity gives you the feeling you are waking up from sunrise – gently and naturally.” The Hue Go can ordered BestBuy.Com

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The final product I got to test is Netgeat Nighthawk DST Router & DST Adapter. I still have not received this as of writing this blog so I will update it when it when I do as far as my view. But from what I hear it has a plug in adapter that you can use in places like basements, where you get dead zones with your wifi. I cant wait to see if it works. It is a Best Buy exclusive. Available for purchase at: on BestBuy.Com

My favorite product so far is the wireless Hue Go. I use it in my room at night to relax. I love the color options. And its great to unwind after a long day. However, the kids steal it a lot so we will be buying a second one. As far as the est of the products I was unable to test the router before the blog was due. There will be an Update in a week or so. The starter kit is great however, I havent gotten creative with the lights as far as location…Yet! So I will add that to my update. But I did love the Hue app. I’m a app addict so this is so me and a must try for any techy.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

imPRESS Manicure: Can you get a Salon quality manicure at home?

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     As we all know a salon manicure can cost a lot of money. And worst is if your busy and do not have the time. A manicure usually costs me about $15 not including tip. But my real nails don’t grow, so if I wanted nails past the tips of my fingers I would have to get gel or acrylics nails. Those nails run $30 to $60 in most salons. For me I don’t get manicures often because my nails are so short. Also a standard Manicure for me usually chips in less then 2 days for me. Mom Life, dishes, cooking, laundry and whatever else can mess up my nails I do in a day.

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The imPRESS manicure isn’t the stick on nails of the past.

– Simply peel backing and press on
– No drying time and no mess
– Safe on natural nails
– Mega gel shine
– UltraHold Technology keeps nails on
– $7.99 / Walgreens

So I bet your wondering  what I thought? Well over all I love them. I originally thought these were the kind that you had to place little tabs on each nail, then stick the nail down. NO! These are so much easier. Just pull the tab and stick the nail down. The best part? These are not like the nails of the past they are waterproof. But my only issue is I had received 2 sets and bought 2 sets of their product because I liked them so much. Two of the Four sets kept popping off. One set did not even make it past midnight when I put them on for a night of dinner and drinks. It was probably due to washing my hands like 5 times in 6 hours or so. But if your going on a getaway or a long night out. Maybe bring some glue. As far as the looks of them. They are amazing and gorgeous.

Wanna Check out the imPRESS website? www.imPRESSmanicure.com

*I was given this product complementary for review but the thoughts and opinions are that of my own*

Back to School Shopping at Best Buy with SanDisk Memory Products

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      For many of us its Back To School time. And one thing on most of our lists is a memory card or memory stick. My 16 year old son is in public school. And they are not allowed to use the printers at school. So he has to have a memory stick to bring home projects to print. And Best Buy is the one stop shop to find safe storage for all your devices, from cameras, to tablets, to phones, and laptops.  SanDisk is the industry leader in performance and reliability. SanDisk SD cards are also designed to meet the security, capacity, performance, and environmental requirements of next generation devices. That means no lost projects, pictures, or files when upgrading phones. Also I love being able to remove your documents and knowing that you wont lose them. The best part is they have products for both types of operating systems. So no matter if your #TeamIphone or #TeamAndroid  SanDisk has you covered at Best Buy.

Maybe you are not sure what you need for the products you own. Well you don’t want to miss out on important pictures on your dream vacation, or during the Holidays with family. Some cameras have very limited space, especially if your using it at a high resolution. I remember my 1st camera point and shoot camera. I could not take more then 25 photos before I ran out of memory. Of course I ran the next day to Best Buy and fixed that. But if your unsure what you need…

Visit the site and figure out what product is right for you:

SanDisk Site!

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Features of SanDisk Memory Products:

  • Capture more fast action , Record  4K Ultra HD and Full HD video.
  • Transfer speeds up to 60MB/s for smartphones, tablets and action cameras.
  • Over 10X faster than ordinary cards
  • Transfer speeds of up to 80MB/s for DSLR cameras/camcorders.
  • SanDisk SD cards are also designed to meet the security, capacity, performance, and environmental requirements of next generation devices. 

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Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Coca-cola and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund working together #ForTheDream


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     *This is part of a Sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Coca-Cola. However, all opinions expressed are my own.*

     Coca-Cola is joining with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to help Hispanic families achieve their dreams of going to college. This is part of the #ForTheDream Hispanic Education Program. There is also a #ForTheDreamSweeps Sweepstakes. This subject is very important to me not only as a Latina but as a single Mother. I am sad to say I was a High School drop-out. I never saw education as important as making money. While I was taking my GED classes I became pregnant with my son. My Boyfriend was not ready to be a Father, so I became a single Mother. I did not finish my classes. I basically found a job and worked to support my little family. However, without a good education my jobs were limited to retail. As my Son got older, I decided that I needed the education I did not have. I took my GED classes and got my certificate. However, having that still limited my job search a lot. So in my 30’s I started College. It was a City College but it was still a step in the right direction. I am currently working toward my degree. As a mother to a teenage son and a niece who just graduated High School. I make sure that I explain how hard it was to find a job with minimal education. I DO NOT want anyone to struggle like I had to. So we have to make education a priority with today’s youth. And in our family we did. My Niece is going to a local Community College, which she was not planning to do.

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     My Story is the same as many Hispanic families. We get caught up in financial obligations and put our education on the back burner. Our dreams of having a great job and education are seen as unrealistic. Food, rent, and daily bills are more important.And they are but we need to add education to those priorities.  My story is very common among and that needs to change. That is why this Summer Coca-Cola is donating $100,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. We are the quickest growing minority in the USA and our children are the future. And they need to go to college and achieve a higher education. They deserve to have a better life then we had. We need more Latina and Latino CEO’s in the world. And we can make that a possibility by prioritizing education to our youth. Everyone deserves to achieve their dreams. Coca-Cola’s #ForTheDream program is helping provide Hispanic families with the resources to go to college and get that higher education that is needed.

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Are you the parent of a child going college this year? Is your a college student getting ready for back to school. Or maybe you have a teen that just needs to start thing about colledge. This site is a great resource. I especially like the section about tests like the SAT and such.  You don’t want to miss the great information at: 

Http://coke.com/forthedream

 Now I bet your wondering what exactly is the For The Dream program? Well this summer there is a sweepstakes component called #ForTheDreamSweeps. Coca-Cola is awarding one College Tour Experience and 34 X $500 grants to help with Expenses. There are two ways to enter the sweepstakes:

  • Enter a product code on the site: Http://Coke.com/Forthedream
  • Post a selfie on Twitter or Instagram with someone who is helping you achieve your college dreams and use the hashtag #ForTheDreamSweeps

For every social media post with #ForTheDream a $1 donation is made to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, up to $10,000. So get posting!!!

 

I am also hosting a fun Coca-Cola-themed Summer Prize Pack
#ForTheDream Coca-Cola Prize Pack

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*Please Note that the #ForTheDream program and #ForTheDreamSweeps run from July 1,2015 to August 31, 2015*

 

Beba Babble 7/20

Well as you know I am known as Beba and on occasion I like to babble about life. Well after feeling a bit down about some blog comments, I went in hiding. But then I realized that I am not perfect. At least when it comes to my writing. However, I will take everything with a grain of salt. Maybe ask for a lime and some Patron while I’m at it. Haha!

So how is the diet going? I am down 12lbs and 2 inches from my abs. But I have to be honest I cheated a lot, in June. This week I have gotten back on track. I will try to finish my blog about attending SoFab on the road. Talk to everyone soon.

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As some of you know I attended #SoFabOTR this weekend. After learning quite a bit I plan to revamp my blog. I realized since switching to WordPress I have not given myself full to my blog, as I did before. I am unsure of the cause but I will fix what is wrong and return soon.

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Infrared Knee Support Sleeve Review

As you all know I have Fibromyalgia so knee pain happens. But a couple of months ago my right knee was killing me and my doctor said it will get better. For the most part it has not. I was offered to test the Infrared Knee Support Sleeveecf86b3ddfbe0eac73efc63b288a18639d9b3d14

 

Well I really can not give an accurate review. My sleeves rolled down within a few seconds of wearing them. I thought it might be me. I have chubby thighs so I had my Mom try them on. Her legs are thinner, but she had the same issue. I contacted the company and they say I have a faulty pair. Not even one in 200 have. Guess I am lucky like that.

Below I am adding some information directly from the company:

“What makes this sleeve unique?
1. Free Range of Motion, Stays Firmly In Place: Designed for maximum comfort, there are no hard edges, instead, the elasticized fabric is ergonomically designed to provide the needed compression and support while keeping the maximum possible comfort.
2. This product is made with activated Black Tourmaline, a naturally occurring semi-precious crystal, containing Boron and complex silicate minerals – known as the “Electric Stone” – as it has been shown to produce a weak electrical charge, which is what enables it to produce and emit Far Infrared Rays (FIR) and Negative Ions. Before the Tourmaline is infused into the fiber it is crushed into powder and altered at the nano-scale to better react with lower temperatures (your own body temperature) to safely emit the Far Infrared Rays.

What Does This Mean?
a. The Tourmaline gives the product an antibacterial activity.
b. The FIR, while invisible to the naked eye, elevates the knee temperature without making you feel hot.
c. The FIR promotes the repair of tissues and the regeneration of cells, aiding in the reduction of inflammation and pain.
d. The Product gives you the comfort and support you need, while providing a bonus therapeutic property to the knee.”

 

Wanna try this for yourself? They are on Amazon

 

*Disclosure I received this product complementary for review. The thoughts are that of my own*

Slimquick Pure Protein Powder- Vanilla Review


 

As everyone knows I am on a diet. I have not used much protein powder so far. But now that its getting too hot to eat heavy meals, I have to find a lighter meal or snack. I recently purchased a new Nutri-Ninja blender so making smoothies are a must. But why should I make something unhealthy? A couple of ice cubes and a few strawberries to my protein shake is an easy breakfast. Slimquick Pure Protein can be consumed just with water. I did try it the way it that way. It was good. When compared to other brands I have tried its equal as far as taste. I prefer making my Protein with Low fat milk or Almond milk. When I made Slimquick with milk I loved the taste and in my smoothie even better. YUM!

 

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SLIMQUICK Pure Protein comes in chocolate and vanilla

New SLIMQUICK  Pure Protein tastes great and provides 20 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber a day. Just what my diet needs to feel full longer and keep me out of the cookie jar. Since I have used this product less then a week I can not say how well it works with weight loss. But I will add my results when I finish the container. It was my Birthday last week so I over indulged. The SLIMQUICK site I listed below has a 25lb challenge that I may try.

 

 

Banana Breakfast Smoothie

  • 1 Scoop of SLIMQUICK Pure Protein powder-vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup of Strong Black Coffee
  • 1 Cup of Non Fat Milk
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 Cup of Ice

Blend in a Blender. You can Sprinkle Cinnamon on top.

Want to find out more about SLIMQUICK Pure Protein and their other products? Or join their weight-loss community. Anyone can join! It offers meal plans, workout exercises, and also emotional support 24/7

 

http://www.myslimquick.com/

 

*Disclosure I received a sample of this product for review and this blog post. The thoughts and opinions are that of my own*

 

Yay! I am a Chewy.com Blogger.

As some of you know I am the proud Mom of a teenage boy. But what most of you don’t know is I also am a pet Mom. I have two furbabies. Hercules, who lives in my house and Pierre, who lives on my 1st floor. Both are rescue dogs, that the owners could no longer take care of them and we were offered them. Hercules is a 4 year old Brittany Spaniel. Pierre better known as Peeper is a Tibetan Terrier that is about 8 or so.

logo.20130121 I was asked to be a blogger for Chewy.com. I have to be honest until I got the email I had NO CLUE about the site. So before I said yes I had to check out the site. I am impressed I loved the brands they carried. Brands like Blue Buffalo, Natural Bounty, Wellness, and Greenies can be found on Chewy. The prices were equal or better then most places I shop. They also offer a discount on Auto ship, which is great for the pet parent on the go. And free shipping on all orders over $49.

 

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My Son and Hercules.

As a blogger I get to select an item to try. This month we selected Nature’s Recipe Chewy chicken Treats. We also recieved Nature’s Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits in Chicken flavor. The Chewy treats were a hit with both dogs. The Biscuits were more Peepers favorite but Hercules did eat a few of them. Fyi Hercules will not usually eat any biscuit or crunchy treat. So him even eating one was a surprise. I cant wait to see what the boys get next month.

Check out Chewy.com

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Hercules in his box from Chewy

*Disclaimer I am a blogger with Chewy.com and I am given products for honest reviews*