Get ready to up your laundry game! (Photo: Pam Zamudio)

*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. No seriously, I'm obsessed with this new product from Tide!*

Doing laundry is not your favorite activity, am I right? We can all probably come up with a million other things we could be doing that are much more fun that than that. But when your family depends on you, you have to find a way to make it all work. So anytime something comes along to make cleaning my clothes an easier experience, I’m all for that.

I was elated when Tide reached out to send me its new Tide® PODS™ + Downy® laundry packets. Not only do I not have to carry a large bottle of detergent each time I have to do laundry, but I also don’t have to remember to go back to add fabric softener. SCORE!

I’ve been skeptical about using these smooshy little packets in the past because I worried that they didn’t hold enough product to get my clothes clean enough. I was seriously wrong! Not only were my clothes clean and soft, but the smell from the “April Fresh™” scent was amazing. The best thing about these laundry packets however, is that it’s the first of its kind that is designed to clean and protect clothes from stretching and fading.

Yes, my washing machine is finally a safe place to wash my favorite outfits!

Speaking of safety, as a fur mommy to two dogs and two cats, I needed to ensure that my detergent was out of reach to avoid any potential accidents. Like other household cleaning products, laundry packets need to be handled with great care to prevent unintended exposure. They come safely packaged in a large orange tub that you can store nearly anywhere. Mine lives on a shelf above the washing machine, far away from curious four-legged family members.

My two favorite things to wash with my Tide® PODS™ + Downy® are my dog Peetie’s clothes (because he can get stinky wearing his favorite muscle tees) and my gym clothes. If ever there was clothing that needed that April Fresh™ scent it’s those two! All you have to do is drop a packet into the drum of the washing machine before adding the clothes. That’s it! It works in any machine and in hot and cold water. If your clothes are really dirty, feel free to drop two packets to ensure ultimate cleanliness.

Clean clothes for my entire unconventional family

How are you upping your laundry game this summer? If you want to follow my lead, you can currently purchase Tide® PODS™ + Downy® at your favorite food, drug and mass market retailers.
What's the best way to deal with all the drama from Game of Thrones? Why, by drinking beer, of course. Now you can drink from three specially show-themed bottles aptly named "Bend the Knee Golden Ale" in support of season seven.

I'm not going to lie, but I'm seriously sad that these are not wine as I first suspected. But an iced cold beer won't hurt my feelings on a Sunday night as I prepare to watch an intense new season of HBO's Game of Thrones. The "Bend the Knee Golden Ale" bottles will be available on draft and in three collectible 750ml bottles featuring one of the three Great House sigils: Stark, Targaryen, or Lannister.

“With this next Game of Thrones-inspired release, we wanted a beer and a pack that was fit for a king… or a queen,” said Brewery Ommegang President, Doug Campbell. “Drawing from a rich Belgian brewing tradition, Golden Strong Ales are deceptive due to their unique combination of extreme drinkability and relatively high alcohol content. Bend the Knee walks that line, while also incorporating the delicate flavors of honey into the mix. The subtle noble and floral hop contribution adds to its delicateness, and the beer finishes smooth and dry.”

You can purchase and or all bottles around Memorial Day and will retail for $10.99 per bottle.
Beauty blogger and YouTube star Cindy Limon is making a special appearance at Macy's in Los Angeles and you're invited! You can meet Cindy on January 28, 2017, at Macy's Downey Stonewood Center starting at 2:00 pm.

Cindy will host a fun beauty presentation on level 1 in the section titled "Impulse Beauty" where she'll share tips and tricks to achieve the perfect Valentine's Day look. Even if you aren't planning to go all out on February 14th, the beauty influencer will be help attendees learn how to contour and highlight like she does in her popular videos.

You can get a confirmed seat to this class that will surely to fill up fast, by spending $50 on cosmetics on the day of the event. 

RSVP now via this link.

***This post was sponsored by Macy's and Latina Bloggers Connect. All thoughts are my own***
Wonder Woman made her big San Diego Comic-Con debut and star Gal Gadot is there!

I remember being a little girl and watching Lynda Carter become Wonder Woman on the original TV show. It was the first woman I ever saw that was a bad ass, other than my mother of course. She was strong, fair, and not afraid of anything. I owned pajama and underwear sets that had the logo emblazoned on it. I'd steal foil from the kitchen and wrap them around my wrists because I was powerful too.

When I first moved to LA last year, I saw Ms. Carter at a party and I froze. I interview celebrities for a living and I'm not star struck by many. But Lynda Carter is burned in my memory as the superhero who helped teach me the kind of woman I wanted to be.

You can only imagine how excited I am about the new movie with Gal taking over the titular role. She's currently in Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center where the trailer has just made its debut.

Check it out now and get ready for the film when it hits theaters in 2017.

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Lil' Pudsy and Big Fat Pudding

I'm the human slave to two cats and I'm not sorry. If you're a fellow cat lady, you know what I'm talking about. Cats have these funny little bossy attitudes and they'll remind you on a daily basis what you're doing wrong. I get meow'ed off when the food isn't out and ready at the correct time. If I'm not providing cuddles at the very moment they'd like, they yell while comfortably sitting on the computer. And Lord help me if I don't clean up the litter box every day.

Throughout the years, I've learned exactly how to keep my cats happy and I want to pass on the knowledge to you dear friends. A happy cat equals happy human slaves.

1. Cats know what they like and they will not change their mind for you. One of my cats is a total cuddle bug and the other is a scaredy cat. The friendly cat, Big Fat Pudding, will greet strangers when they arrive at the house and he let's you know he wants to hang out. My youngest cat, Lil' Pudsy, will probably never be your pal. 

Learn their unique personalities and love them their way. This will help them open up to you as time goes by. Lil' Pudsy was a feral cat that found his way to my door at about 5 weeks old. His personality has evolved so much for the better because I let him be himself.

Pet Me Too Momma!
2. Learn what your cat is trying to tell you. Cats have their own little way of showing you what they want. When one of my cat jumps on the bed or couch and head bunts me or nudges my hand, they want a cuddle. Take a quick break and show them some love! If you don't, they'll work harder to get your attention! As previously mentioned, I've had Big Fat Pudding lay his twenty pound body on my laptop or in my way. He's part Maine Coon, hence how he got his name.

3. Find out what food works best for your cat. I realize that we're all on budgets but you should try to get the best food for them that you can. In the long run, it'll save you on vet bills and your cats will be happier for it. Lil' Pudsy will eat nearly anything but Big Fat Pudding will throw up if he doesn't like it. When switching out food, mix it up for them before completely replacing it. I have found this helps him adjust so much better.

Also keep in mind that cats don't really need carbs, they need a high protein diet.

Big Fat Pudding performing his nightly litter box inspection

4. CLEAN THE LITTER BOX! I hate using caps lock but I can't express how important this step is. If Pudding doesn't have a clean box daily, he will "go" wherever he knows that'll make me mad. I used to wait until my kitchen bag was full to clean the box but it's not enough. That's why you have to spoil your kitty by purchasing a Litter Genie Cat Litter Disposal System. I picked one up a few weeks ago from my local Target and I haven't heard one complaint since.

It's small enough to fit in our litter box area and it magically keeps the house smelling awesome. So having a clean litter box is a win-win for everyone. Since I have two cats, I'm going through the bags  quicker but for a home with one cat, the refill (which is 14 feet long) lasts about two months. It's so worth it! The way it helps eliminate odors and a trip to the dumpster daily is well worth the price.

Buying refills was also a snap. Target had plenty in stock along with a whole bunch of other fun and yummy stuff for the fur balls.

It was so easy to find my Litter Genie at Target

5. I am very against having a cats nails removed. So to keep a happy home, I make sure they have more than enough scratching posts so they don't use the furniture. It's part of their natural instinct to sharpen their nails. I make sure to trim them at least once a month to make sure they don't get too long or they could end up getting caught on bedding or the carpet.

They hate selfies but they indulge me
When you practice these five steps, you'll have a happy cat and a happy home. Just watch their body language and they'll tell you. In return, they won't scratch up your furniture or yell at you because their little box is full or they haven't been fed. A schedule and a fresh smelling home are important to both you and your cat. 

Love your fur babies and they'll love you back!

Kat Von D announced on Facebook that the two makeup moguls are no longer friends.

Jeffree Star and Kat Von D during happier days (Image: Wire)
The poop has hit the fan this morning after LA Ink star Kat Von D slammed Jeffree Star on her popular Facebook account. She is making huge claims against Starr including the he's promoting drug use, racism, and bullying.

Here's what she wrote:

"After years of making excuses for, and rationalizing Jeffree's inappropriate behavior (including, promoting drug use, racism, and bullying) I can no longer hold my tongue after recent events. I know that over the years, many of you were introduced to Jeffree through me, and regardless if you chose to continue to follow him or not, I just would like to disassociate myself from him and his brand from this point on. I plan on posting a video explanation as to why I felt compelled to make such a statement. But for the time being, I simply want to apologize to anybody and everybody who has ever had to deal with any of his negativity. And yes, with a heavy heart, I will be pulling the shade "Jeffree" from my collection. Sending extra love to everyone out there."

There's an overwhelming buzz in the comments section with followers agreeing with her statements especially as it pertains to bullying. One fan even claims Star pushed her mother and called her a bitch. Another says he called her sister a fat bitch! Wow...

Star is basically saying he won't bother getting into what happened. He claims the two haven't spoken to each other in a long time.

"Someone I haven't seen in over a year, wants to make a post about me, he Tweeted. "I'm yawning right now....."

He continued, "Kat and I texted a few days ago after 6 MONTHS of silence. She never supported me or my brand and got distant when I launched mine. She accused me of something that wasn't true, so I told her to fuck off and then blocked her number. Not that juicy of a story, sorry. This whole situation is sad and gross. I don't need to clap back or make a video about someone's post. It's getting trite. Instead of feeding into negativity and internet fights, I'm going back to the real world and off to enjoy the rest of my day"

Von D replied, "Jeffree-we texted on Saturday. Should I post a screenshot of you telling me to fuck myself after asking you to pay for the artwork u stole?"

So much drama! Check out her video statement. Whose team are you on?
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When it comes to enhancing the flavor of a meal, there's nothing I like more than wine. I love to cook with it and I also like to use it to pair with many of my favorite dishes. There are a lot of rules out there to help you do it the "right way," but I've found that it all comes down to what tastes good to you. So don't be shy! Gather your amigas and la familia together to sample different dishes and make it a fun event for everyone.

Forget about what you've heard: white wine doesn't only go with chicken and fish and red meat doesn't only work with red wine.

So what are some key points to follow? Here are a few simple things that will make the experience easy and fun. Keep in mind, you can use red or white wine when you host your event. But I'm going to focus on white because I find it's the easiest to work with and the most versatile.

1. You Don't Need To Spend A Lot- I love using the award-winning Sutter Home wine because they have a wide variety of wines available at affordable prices. They're my go-to wine all year round but they're the best during the summer months because it's so refreshing when it's muy caliente. Not only that, but are at least 5-6 locations within a 5 mile radius (minimum) of my home that carry Sutter Home.

Another thing I love about them is that they have different sizes you can purchase, si! For dinner parties I stock up on the 187ml sizes to encourage my guests to experiment. Sutter Home carries a nice Chardonnay, a sweet Moscato, a yummy Riesling, a delicious Pinot Grigio, and my favorite Sauvignon Blanc in that size. These are the perfect staples for any meal.

The larger sizes, including the 750ml and 1.5L, carry many more options. So buy various varietals in different sizes. You never know which one will be a hit!

2. It's Ok to Have Your Go-To Favorites-I can eat nearly any meal with a glass of Pinot Grigio or a Chardonnay. But if you go to a restaurant, ask the server or sommelier for a suggestion. It's a great way to try something new. Don't be surprised when your palette begins to change and like new flavors. Be open, and try something new!

3. Think Outside the Box- Do you know how delicious it is to have champagne with salty foods like burgers and pizza? I attended a champagne pairing dinner once and we sipped on bubbly with a variety of dishes including the aforementioned burgers and pizza as well as truffle fries, risotto and even steak. Champagne is extremely versatile and works well with red meat.

I used to only drink sweet wine like Riesling with dessert. Now I pair a refreshing glass with spicy food as well as Asian food like Korean BBQ. You can even have it with tacos! The sweetness from the wine will help create the perfect balance with some spice.

4. Chicken (and Seafood) Is Your Friend- Chicken and seafood are my favorite ingredients to cook with and drink with wine. Nearly any white wine goes well with either dish. If you're feeling adventurous, these are the two dishes to try it out with.

I make this super easy chicken dish where I brown chicken breasts on medium heat on both sides with nothing on it but a little salt and pepper. After browning, I add some white wine to the pan with onions and garlic. The chicken sucks up the wine and it's so juicy!

It hardly takes any time at all and it can be cut up in a salad or served over rice.

Also paella is muy sabroso with white wine. I went to an outdoor wedding where they had a giant paella chef cooking up so much goodness. Go for a light Sauvignon Blanc so as not to overpower the delicious flavors of the dish. You'll feel like you're visiting Spain!

5. Don't Skip Dessert- Sweets should not be ignored when it comes to pairing wine. Chocolate can be tough to pair but once you learn how to break it down, you'll love it! A Chardonnay works well with medium dark to milk chocolate. Bittersweet dark chocolate is excellent with a White Zinfandel.  Creamy milk chocolate goes perfectly with a Sauvignon Blanc.

If you prefer white chocolate, go with Moscato or Champagne. A delicious flan also pairs with champagne!

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Sarah Jessica Parker returns home to HBO with her new show, Divorce this fall.

Sterling Jerins, Sarah Jessica Parker, Charlie Kilgore. photo: Macall B. Polay/HBO
If you were as big a fan of the long-running series Sex and the City, you might be as excited as I am about this first look at Sarah Jessica Parker's return to series television. In Divorce, SJP stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.

I need to talk to Frances because starting over is never easy but she should not be dismayed. She does have children with her husband played by Thomas Haden Church however, so I sort of get it. He apparently had an emotional affair and he doesn't think it's considered an actual affair. Are men really that daft? She should of just dumped him via text message. You know, it's the new post-it note!

The trailer is kind of boring but I'm going to assume that every girl has hopes of finding similarities to Carrie Bradshaw in this character. The only similarity you'll find is that Molly Shannon, who played one of her book publishers in SATC, is also in this show.

'm sure they were going for something totally different. Regardless, I'll be watching when it premieres! What do you guys think?

Stella McCartney announced she's expanding into the area of men's fashion on Thursday. The designer, famous for creating male-inspired clothing for women, will debut this fall.

One of my favorite designers, Stella McCartney, confirmed news she's expanding her business by adding menswear. The debut collection will be released on November 10th in London alongside her women’s resort 2017 collection. Stella will continue to create sans leather or shearling.

“I want to deliver to men what I deliver to women,” McCartney told the New York Times, “A wardrobe, a choice and effortless modern clothes.”

Stella has dabbled in menswear in the past, making suits for father Paul McCartney and husband Alasdhair Willis. She's also made athletic gear for both men and women of Britain’s Olympic team in collaboration with Adidas.

My favorite men designers are Tom Ford and Dolce & Gabbana. But if her creations from the past are any indication of the future, they're going to have some major competition.
This is a sponsored post by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own

When I moved from Miami, I thought my days of going to concerts and hearing Latino acts were done. So when I got the call and heard Premios Juventud was hitting the road with a special concert series heading to Los Angeles AND that I was invited, I couldn't type "yes" and "thank you" fast enough.

This special project involved me visiting my local Walmart and buying products that would help me turn up the volume on my look. So what products did I pick up? As you can see from the photo above, I had a lot of fun with my TRESemmé products and my go-to body wash from Dove.

Here's the breakdown of what I bought:

TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Shampoo and Conditioner:

TRESemmé is one of those brands that has been on heavy rotation in my household since I was younger. So when I saw they had an "Expert Selection" line featuring no dyes, no silicones and no parabens, I knew this duo would help get my hair shiny and bouncy. I do not like buying products that are full of the extra stuff that can be bad for your hair.

Also, the conditioner left me tangle-free! I normally add an oil to my hair after using shampoo and conditioner but this time I didn't have to.

PLUS: The featured ingredients, coconut milk, aloe vera, and macadamia oil, are all ones I stand by and look for in other products.

DOUBLE PLUS: They smell amazing! My hair gobbled up the subtle and sweet fragrance. This will be awesome for later when I'm dancing and sweating!

TRESemmé TRES Two Hold Hair Spray:

I just told you I plan to jump around and dance all night. It is a concert after all! When I trust a brand I stick to it, so I purchased TRESemmé's hairspray as well. I found out earlier this week that I will partake in a meet-and-greet with the talent performing! How exciting, right? So you know what that means right? SELFIE TIME! 

I need a hairspray that was going to keep my 'do looking fly but not sticky. No one wants to hug a girl with helmet hair.

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash with NutriumMoisture

When I get the chance to work on these types of projects, I love trying out new things. But I really cannot live without my Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash. I suffered from dry skin before moving to Los Angeles and now it's even worse. So I live for products that give me extra moisture. 

I pour the body wash onto my pouf and POOF! My dry skin is gone. I truly live for this product and I think I'll wait awhile before deciding to swap it out for something new. 

Dove promises, "Softer, smoother skin after one shower" and it was true for me.

All of these products are available at great prices at your local Walmart. To learn more about them and other great products, click here