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Getting your kids to read just one more book with The WrestleMania Reading Challenge

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Alright, alright. Happy Monday! Happy Monday after Royal Rumble and Happy Monday Night RAW. LOL!

If you haven't noticed, we have been on that WWE wrestling train for almost a year now, and it really isn't stopping. Christmas was all about the wrestling Superstars for both my son and daughter. It is something that I thought was going to just fade away, after our first Monday Night Raw experience, but we have embraced it as a family and now have some great memories from this time spent together.

Anyway, I know that you watched the Royal Rumble last night like my family and I did. Right? So you must be excited to see Roman Reigns and Brock Lesner duke it out at Wrestlemania. Well, the WWE is giving your kids a chance to see it in person by participating in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge!
Participate in the WWE Reading Challenge to win a chance to go to WrestleMania!

The WrestleMania Reading Challenge is an annual online contest designed to get kids excited about reading and writing. Beginning January 12 and running through February 22, students ages 4-18 can read online with a WWE Superstar reading buddy or write to a WWE Superstar pen pal for the chance to win fantastic prizes, including a trip to WrestleMania 31, or a WWE Championship title!

My kids each completed the challenge one night before bed, on our iPad. Easy and fun. And they did their extra reading without any questions, just to see what would happen when they finished!

It's easy, first go to the website: WrestleMania Reading Challenge, enter birthdate, and choose your reading buddy.
Participate in the WWE Reading Challenge to win a chance to go to WrestleMania!
Of course, my twins pick the twins: the Bella Twins and the Usos. It lists cute facts like their own favorite books, subjects and what they wanted to be when they grew up.
Participate in the WWE Reading Challenge to win a chance to go to WrestleMania!
They read their digital book online, got a message from their Reading Buddy, and a certificate! We were all winning, in my book. I hope you get to participate, too!

By the way, I love that WWE partnered with We Give Books. They are a great resource for reading Spanish digital books for kids, online, and free.




Tips for a Healthy 2015 and Enrollment Events for San Antonio

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Hey y'all this is just a reminder that the deadline for open enrollment is just around the corner! February 15th to be exact! And one of the best ways to keep healthy this year is to get you and your family covered with health insurance. It gives you peace of mind and gives you one less reason to visit the doctor, if you need. Keep in mind, if you do not enroll for 2015, you may have to pay a fine: $325 or 2% of your income, whichever is more.

But besides the meds and the docs, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself healthy for this year. Let's face it mamas, I know you have a desire to be healthier this year, we all do. Whether it's mental health, physical health or even relationship health, I think there is always room for improvement.

So here are some reminders for a healthy 2015:
Tips for a health New Year and enrollment event dates for San Antonio
◦ Drink more water ◦ Eat Breakfast ◦ Get a check up ◦ Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep ◦ Try Meditation to rest your mind ◦ Talk to a life coach, therapist, even your bestie. But get some things off your chest! ◦ Have a monthly family calendar to keep you organized ◦ Make time for yourself ◦ Exercise regularly ◦ Take your kids or the dog for walks, get some fresh air and sun! ◦ Keep sensible portions ◦ Meal prep for healthy snacks and lunches ◦ Keep alcohol in moderation ◦ Listen to your body ◦ Keep the negativity at bay ◦

I don't think it's as much as finding a balance, because that is a lot of pressure. I believe it's more about being a peace with our actions and results. 

At different times throughout the year, I find myself looking for mental health help and getting my life and thoughts organized. Then another times I can really feel like I need more fruits and veggies in my life and maybe struggle to be physically active. I am hoping to be a follower of my own advice much more this year.

And now for the good stuff, the EnrollSA enrollment events around San Antonio:
  • Baptist Health System’s - Rock & enRoll Event - Sat. January 17th at Sunset Station Pavilion 1174 E. Commerce St., 78205 from 9 am - 1 pm
  • CentroMed - Encino Ballroom - Sat. January 17th at 3800 Commercial Ave., 78221 from 10 am - 3 pm 
  • Southside Early College HS (Cafeteria) - Sat. January 24th at 1460 Martinez-Losoya Rd., 78221 at 10 am -3 pm
  • Mexican American Unity Council - Sat. January 24th at 2300 W. Commerce St., 78207 from 9 am - 2 pm
  • Southwest General Hospital - Sat. January 24th at 7400 Barlite Blvd., 78224 from 10 am-2 pm
  • CentroMed - Encino Ballroom - Sun. January 25th at 3800 Commercial Ave., 78221 from 10 am - 3 pm 
  • Semmes Library - Sat. January 31st at 15060 Judson Road, San Antonio, TX 78247 from 10 am - 2 pm
  • Metropolitan Methodist Plaza Building -  Thursday, February 12 on 1200 Brooklyn Avenue, Suite 225, 78212 from 2 pm - 8 pm
  • CentroMed DEADLINE ENROLLMENT EVENT - Sun. February 15th on 3800 Commercial Ave., 78221 from 10 am - 8 pm 
  • CentroMed DEADLINE ENROLLMENT EVENT - Sun. February 15th at the Noemi Galvan Eling Clinic at 5542 Walzem Rd., 78218 from 10 am - 8 pm 
For more information on local events or help with enrollment in Bexar County visit www.EnrollSA.com or call 2-1-1. 

Pinto Bean Salad Recipe using Bush's Cocina Latina Frijoles a la Mexicana

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This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Bush’s Cocina Latina™ and Latina Bloggers Connect.

This week many celebrated Dia de los Reyes on January 6th, marking the 12th day after Christmas where the Three Kings arrived bearing gifts to baby Jesus. I am so glad to have been in the company of these Latina Bloggers for a pre-Dia de los Reyes event hosted by Denise Browning, chef and blogger from From Brazil to You

Check our timed selfie, we are totally pros!
Pinto Bean Salad using Bush's Cocina Latina {plus 3 more bean appetizer recipes}
Denise invited us into her home and showcased the four rich Hispanic flavors from the Bush's Cocina Latina line: Frijoles Negros Machados, Frijoles a la Mexicana, Pintos a la Diabla and Frijoles Charros Machacados. 
Pinto Bean Salad using Bush's Cocina Latina {plus 3 more bean appetizer recipes}
She is originally from Brazil and made traditional Brazilian dishes, each incorporating one of the Cocina Latina flavors: Spicy Bean Corn Muffins, Pinto Bean Meatless Meatballs, a Black Bean drinkable appetizer and the Pinto Bean Salad. All of the recipes compliment many other Latino dishes. 

We talked so much about the food and traditions of Dia de los Reyes. Denise shared with us the many different ways that beans are eaten in Brazil and how we shared how we eat frijoles almost everyday here in the US. Bean dishes are so important to our culture, and the taste and convenience of the slow-cooked beans really help me create savory and traditional dishes for my family in a shorter amount of time! I was already a big fan of the Frijoles Negros Machados to use on chalupas. 

My favorite of Denise's appetizers was the Pinto Bean Salad, which I could see being served alongside fajitas at my next barbecue! This salad is really a no-cook type meal, besides steaming or warming up the corn. 
Pinto Bean Salad using Bush's Cocina Latina {plus 3 more bean appetizer recipes}
I added the corn, beans, bacon and other chopped ingredients and set in the refrigerator for later.
Pinto Bean Salad using Bush's Cocina Latina {plus 3 more bean appetizer recipes}
Below is the entire recipe.
Pinto Bean Salad using Bush's Cocina Latina {plus 3 more bean appetizer recipes}

Pinto Bean Salad (Salpicão de Feijão)

Description: Inspired by a popular Brazilian chicken salad, "Salpicão de Frango," this is a cold bean salad with green apple, raisins, and vegetables topped with shoestring potatoes.

Serves 6-8 - Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cooking Time: None
Ingredients:
1 can (15.5 oz) BUSH's Cocina Latina  Frijoles a la Mexicana, drained
1/2 cup canned corn kernels, drained
1/2 large carrot, peeled and finely shredded
1/4 large red onion, finely chopped
1 medium green apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
2-3 Tablespoons golden raisins
2-3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley
1/3 cup chopped cooked smoked bacon
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/3 cup plain yogurt
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon olive oil

Shoestring potatoes to garnish top of the salad

Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, mix together drained beans, corn, shredded carrots, chopped onions, chopped apple drizzled with 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice, raisins, cilantro or parsley, and the cooked bacon.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together the yogurt, mayo, olive oil and the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice, stirring well. Add to the bean mixture and stir to combine. Place in serving glasses or bowls, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Right before serving, sprinkle a bit of shoestring potatoes on top and enjoy!

You can visit FrijolesBush.com to enjoy other recipes and pairings from Bush's Cocina Latina. 
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