Nescafé With Coffee-mate 2-in-1 Together Is Better #NescaféCoffeemate #Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Nescafe. However, all opinions are my own.

As a busy mom, wife and working professional, the Fall is one of my busiest time of year.  I’ve been looking for different ways to enjoy my morning coffee with a busy schedule and was recently introduced to the new 2-in-1 Nescafe with Coffee-mate.    The coffees are very creamy and full of flavor and can be made in less than 5 minutes. To make a delicious hot cup of French Vanilla latte, you simply add 2 tablespoons of Nescafe Coffee-mate 2-in-1 into a coffee mug with hot water and viola, instantly create a delicious homemade hot coffee.  It’s also very tasty over ice as an afternoon refreshment or in the evening with dessert.

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I’ve been enjoying my daily hot coffee in the morning for about 2 weeks as I get ready in the morning while listening to music, on my way to work and in between meetings.  I absolutely love that it is so easy to make and comes in so many great flavors. Nescafe currently comes in original coffee flavor, hazelnut and my favorite, french vanilla.

I finally decided to make my husband and daughter a cup this week and they also love it.  I feel like a Barista in my own home.  Nescafe with Cofee-mate is better together!

 

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Giveaway

To celebrate the new 2-in-1 Nescafe with Coffee-mate will be giving away a two week supply to one of my lucky readers. Follow the giveaway to win:

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Tech Accessories For Women | Top 5 iPhone 6 Accessories

The thin iPhone 6 has become one of the most popular Apple devices to date.   It’s Retina HD display, faster speed, large memory capacity and bigger screen make it a multi-tasking electronic device for all ages, especially women.   Whenever I buy a smartphone I immediately look for accessories that will give my device longevity.   I don’t look for accessories that are too flashy and prefer accessories with simple designs that are fashionable, durable and functional.   Most of all I want my devices to be fun to use and to make my experience with my new device better. 

Here are my favorite iPhone 6 accessories to make your iPhone 6 more powerful and efficient:

 

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The ANKER Portable Battery size and sleekness make it one of my favorite  companions.  The first ANKER charger I received was a gift during a travel trip to Florida.  The device lasted all day and charged all of my devices.  I won’t leave my home without it and will drive back home if I forget it.   I have ordered several of these chargers as gifts for my family and an extra charger to carry during travel.  I  often get asked where I purchase my battery when I share it.  So make sure to pay it forward if you buy the device and share the good news. 

The sleek glossy chargers has Dual USB ports and works well with your iPhone 6.   The extra USB port is great to power 2 devices at once or  to share one with a friend.   The fast charging battery will charge your  iPhone 6 at least 6 times.   This is a must have durable accessory for busy tech enthusiasts.  Read the full article at eBay: Top 5 iPhone 6 Accessories.

 

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Dulce de Leche Cream Custard Recipe

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Coffee-mate.  However, all opinions are my own.

One of my favorite recipes to make during the Fall  is Dulce de Leche Cream Custard.  I serve it as a light dessert  after a meal, as an afternoon with tea or as a delicacy with warm milk in the evening.     It brings welcoming  aromas of a bakery into our home and reminds me of  my mothers baking.  It is also the perfect multi-purpose recipe that can be used to make pastries.   It’s one of my go to recipes because the possibilities with Dulce de Leche Cream Custard are endless.

Coffee-mate recently introduced new flavors that capture the natural flavors of Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Abuelita and are a wonderful way to make traditional recipes with ease.   In addition to using it to add delicious flavors to my coffee, I also use it to make my favorite Holiday recipes.

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I used Coffee-mate’s Dulce de Leche creamer to make Cream Custard and it is amazing!   I have developed several recipes, but this by far is one of my favorites.   It’s is my favorite ingredient for mult-purpose recipes. To make sure I have enough for the entire family I made 3 batches of Dulce de Leche Cream Custard and stored a batch in a container for future use during the week.

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Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup Nestle La Lechera Dulce de Leche Coffee-mate
1 cup milk
2 egg whites
1 egg
1/4 cup cornstarch (maizena)
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions *

1. In saucepan stir in Coffee-mate La Lechera Dulce de Leche Creamer, milk and egg whites. Bring to boil over medium heat.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites and egg. Stir remaining sugar and cornstarch; then stir the mix into egg until smooth. When milk comes to boil, pour it into bowl while mixing. Return mixture to the saucepan and slowly boil, stir constantly to prevent so curdle or scorch on the bottom.

3. Remove from heat and pour into container(s). Refrigerate until chilled before using.

*To make the perfect custard you need to stir continuously.

Giveaway

To celebrate the special occassion, Cofee-mate has offerred to give one of my readers 2 coffee-mate full value vouchers, $25 VISA, Coffee-mate Coasters, Coffee sleeve and a beautiful custom-made mug from Crafty Chica!

The Giveaway prize is valued at $60.  You have the opportunity to win by participating in the giveaway below:

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Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit

The Latina Think Big Summit was founded by Angelica Perez, PhD to showcases the innovative ideas and talents of Latinas, in a series of short talks. These talks bring successful leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and influencers together in an environment that encourages connection and education.

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The conversations surrounding change may begin at the Latina Think Big Innovation Summit but they do not end here. Join us in the movement.   Read the rest at Linkedin – Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit

Wearable Tech | Top 5 Wearable Tech Gadgets

I really love Wearable Technology gadgets.   They are innovative tools that are getting smarter, smaller and connect to your smartphone.   I recently started connecting my Smartphone to wearable tech gadgets to improve my outdoor experience and started using the Fitbit to increase my fitness goals.  Whether you are staying fit, hiking or walking, wearable technology will enable you to stay connected and have quick access to your tech tools. 

These are my top 5 Wearable Devices for a FUNtastic outdoor experience:

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FitBit Flex

The FitBit Flex is a wristband that connects to your smartphone  and captures your daily steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed, active minutes and sleep.  It also lets you set health and fitness goals.The best features is the wireless data sync ups to smartphone.
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Smart Tech Tips | 3 Ways To Avoid Being Hacked

Did the recent celebrity hack occur due to a security vulnerability with iCloud?  We still don’t know the full extent of the compromise.  However, what we do know is that the majority of hacks typically occur with the unknowing assistance of the account owner.  In fact,  most account hacks take place when someone gains access to your username and password via phishing, social engineering or weak passwords.

 

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Here are 3 smart tech tips to proactively protect yourself from being hacked:

 

Phishing Schemes Protection

Phishing occurs when someone tries to acquire your username, password, credit card numbers or personal information via electronic methods by masquerading as a trustworthy source.  The phishing attack can be as simple as an unsolicited email with a link from  your bank, your internet service provider, retail company or social media account.  However, when you click on the link it redirects you to another link that looks like a clone of the providers website.  The links typically contains malware, viruses or record username and passwords with failed attempts to login into your account.

To protect yourself from Phishing schemes do not click on unrecognizable links or sites from unsolicited sources.  The companies you do business with will NEVER send you unsolicited emails to change your username and account password. Also, make sure to report unsolicited emails to the company to engage IT Security teams.

 

Social Engineering Precautions

Have you ever received an unsolicited phone call or face to face request asking for personal, credit card or user account information about you, your family or coworkers?  This type of hacking technique is referred to as Social Engineering and is also a form of phishing.  The hacker(s) will use human interaction to gain your trust to access to your accounts, company secrets, company assets or strategy.  The sensitive information you unknowingly share is collected and will eventually be used against you to help the hacker bypass security safeguards and make you or your company a victim of fraud or computer access.    The interaction or phone call also leaves a weird feeling in your stomach.

To protect yourself from Social Engineering become aware of the security threat and do not share any personal information.   Minimize the amount of information you share via the phone.  Also, record the full name, phone number, company name of the offender and specific details about the interaction and report it to the affected company to engage IT Security teams.  Also,

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User Names and Passwords

With the recent hacks it’s critical for online users to take an inventory and record all digital accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Email, iCloud, Instagram, Retail accounts, etc… and periodically change your passwords. Also, make note of accounts you are no longer using and consider deleting the account(s).

The most common way that hackers access user accounts is via weak passwords, such as no passwords required to access accounts, the password simply set as the word, “password” or one of your kids’ names.

To ensure the security of your user accounts:

  1. Set passwords that are 5-7 characters long and include capital letters & special characters.
  2. Change your password periodically by changing 2-3 times per year.
  3. Answer the Security Questions. The questions are put in place by the company for additional security and to protect you. Answer the questions and do not share the information with anyone.
  4. When selecting a new password consider using a paraphrase to create your new password. A paraphrase is a catchy phrase or sentence you can translate to a password.

Example of a password using a paraphrase:

I always ride the teacups at Disneyland
Password example: I@rtt@D

 

To stay informed on the recent Apple iCloud hack, check the Apple Media Advisory – Update to Celebrity Photo Investigation for up to date information.  To protect yourself from similar hacks, proactively take an inventory of your user accounts and start changing those passwords!

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Oceanside Beach is one of my favorite beaches to capture a sunset!  You can stroll down the pier, listen to the waves, enjoy lunch at the local diner on the pier and watch a beautiful sunset.

 

#EarthToEcho Movie Review and Cast Interview

We recently attended a private screening of Earth to Echo courtesy of Relativity Media and absolutely loved it.  The movie is made for inquisitive kids and takes us back to the time when kids were just kids exploring their surroundings and joining forces to solve problems.  Make sure to mark your calendars for July 2 and make this a family date to remember!

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We recommend this movie for ages 0 and up!  The movie is not just another kid movie, it’s a family movie for every member of the family to enjoy. If you are a child it will make you want to grab your bike,  go outside with your friends and seek adventures that help you bond in real life with your friends.  If you’re an adult, it will take you back to your childhood memories and the time when life was just about the things that really mattered, friendship and family.  There is also no coarse language, no uncomfortable cursing or offensive scenes either!

The actors also do a very good job of drawing you into the emotion of the characters and make the movie realistic.   The directors made it seem like the movie was filmed by the teens which is a genius idea! Due to all the technology resources available today our children are very inquisitive, always thinking, creating ideas and using new types of communication to connect with each other.  The characters in this movie creatively use technology, social media, filming abilities and GPS tools to create a believable movie.    Echo also did an awesome job of making us love him  He was so adorable.  I don’t think I can even call him and alien.  He is a great friend.

We often don’t see these type of family friendly movies and I am hoping there will be an Earth To Echo 2!

 

Earth To Echo Cast Interview

Our reporter Denise Nicole interviews Teo Halm, Ella Wahlestedt, Astro & Reese Hartwig to find out what it was like to film Earth To Echo movie.   Find out how the actors individually relate to movie, how they bonded in the movie and more!

 

Earth To Echo Writer, Producer, Director Interview

We also interviewed the Writer, Producer and Director or Earth to Echo movie.  Dave Green (Director), Andrew Panay (Producer), and Henry Gayden (Writer) were very transparent in their interview with us.   We omitted movie spoilers from the answers for readers who haven’t watched the movie.

Question:  How long did it take to select the actors for Earth To Echo?

Answer (Andrew Panay): The actors were found within a week of shooting the movie.   Although the turnaround time was short, we were not panicked at all as we were looking for a cast that had authenticity and chemistry.  Andrew Panay also advised that they were looking for a cast that felt like “real kids” that speak to the next generation of kids and for  parents to relate to some of the movies  to see when we were growing up.  

 

Question: Were any scenes filmed with a mobile device?

Answer (Dave Green):  Yes, 2 scenes were filmed with an iPhone.  The first scene and another scene in a truck.

 

Question:  How were you able to draw all the emotion with the CGI special effects?

Answer (Henry Gayden):  A lot of the Echo scenes were filmed off camera as Echo was either not there or a robot.  The actors worked in groups and supported each other with the scenes.  They raised to the occasion, especially for the emotional scenes.

About the Movie

Tuck, Munch and Alex are a group of close friends whose neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones. The team is convinced something bigger is going on and team up with another school friend, Emma to look for the source of their phone signals.  They discover a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. The friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home.

Cast

Actor Teo Halm  as Alex
Actor Astro  as Tuck
Actor Reese Hartwig as  Munch

Actor Ella Wahlestedt   as Emma

Echo as Himself

Actor Jason Gray-Stanford Jr.    as Dr. Lawrence Madsen

For additional Earth To Echo movie details:

Visit the Official Website

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Latina Innovation Presented By Ella Institute

Join us for a dynamic conversation on how Latinas are innovating in this country at work, in business, technology and in our communities!  Meet some amazing Latina innovators, and learn how to leverage technology and social media to advance your innovation!

As a women in Technology field I believe it’s important for us to share our experience so that future generation can be inspired to succeed in Technology fields.

The focus of the Twitter Party is LATINA INNOVATION.

During this live Twitter conversation, we want to hear how Latinas are innovating in every field and sector, and how social media and technology are helping women advance their entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

We want to hear from YOU.  How do YOU innovate?  Together, let’s redefine the face of innovation in this country!  During the event, we’ll discuss how we innovate, why we innovate and what is in store for our future!  JOIN US!

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Join us for a dynamic Twitter chat on:

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Latino Social Media Day

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Latinos nationwide will join forces to celebrate Latino Social Media Day.   Latino Social Media Day is being hosted by the Hispanic Public Relations Association and recognizes the growing influence of Latinos online.  As an active Social Media power user, I’m really excited to support Latino Social Media Day and celebrate nuestro dia!

According to Pew Hispanic Center research, 80% of adult Hispanics use Social Media today.   The number of Hispanic Social Media users is also growing daily.  Latinos use Social Media to share content and shop online.  However, Latino Social Media is more than just about selling to the Hispanic consumer.  Latino Social Media is also  being leveraged to connect Hispanics, build loyal followings and create digital communities.  Latino Social Media also empowers digital communities to join forces and create change in Politics, Education, Health and Immigration Reform.

To celebrate Latino Social Media Day, the Hispanic Public Relations organization will host a Google+ hangout to discuss the growing influence of Latino Digital Communities.  You can also follow the conversation online via the #LatinoSMday hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram.

Make sure to put on your best outfit and share a #LatinoSMday selfie and join in the celebration.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Join the Latino Social Media Day Google+ Hangout below on June 25th at 11amPST:

 

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