NAMM 2014: Best Moments & Gadgets


We attended the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show in Anaheim, CA.  There were 1,533 exhibits representing over 5,000 Brands and over 96,000 members in attendance.  We were very fortunate to connect with several industry professionals such as  Music artist Tori Kelly,  Guitarist & Composer Alex Hutchings playing on Laney Amplifiers and the “Forbes Best Producer ever” Terry Lewis .

We also attended the NAMM’s “Music for Life” award ceremony which recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate support for and exemplify NAMM’s vision that the joy of making music is a precious element of daily living for everyone. This Year’s award winner is Smokey Robinson.  Past recipients have included Stevie Wonder, Yoko Ono, Quincy Jones, as well as members of Congress, governors, business leaders, the Smithsonian, and Sesame Workshop.

The tech products were also very impressive.  Musician Tech Gadgets are getting smaller, going wireless and are easier for non technical musicians to use.  However, there were a couple of gadgets that require extensive training & practuce to use,  We felt like we were at CES for Musicians during our tour and had a wonderful experience.

Our Favorite Gadgets

  • Alto Professional Wireless speakers:  Built in Bluetooth Technology.  Sound quality is amazing!  Streams audio from iPhone, iPad, iPod or laptop without any cables.   You can also use it as a traditional PA speaker.
  • Korg USA Inc. Gadget a synthesizer  studio for iPad that has over 15 virtual synths that cover every electronic sound.  We especially love the drum sounds!
  • Numark iDJ Pro professional DJ controller that can be integrated with an iPad.  Pure awesome!
  • Jammit a music app tutor for the iPad that allows Musicians to isolate voice, instruments and music  tracks on original songs.
  • GoPro debuted the HERO3+ Black Edition bundle with mounts for music to help musicians capture and share epic moments.

Our NAMM 2014 Favorite Moments


There were 1,533 exhibits representing over 5,000 Brands and over 96,000 members in attendance.


Smokey Robinson Honored With NAMM’s “Music for Life” Award


“Babyface” Edmonds attends 2014 NAMM

Piano Arc QRS!

Sheila E. Rockin the House.


USC Band Drumline With Yamaha Drums!

Colgate Optic Whitening Regimen Review | Revisión de Colgate Optica Pasta de Dientes

I had the opportunity to review the Colgate Optic Whitening Regimen for the past 30 days.  The Toothpaste is offered in two great minty flavors- Original Sparkling Mint and Cool Mild Mint.  I had the opportunity to test the Sparkling Mint flavor.  About one week into the progam I saw immediate results.  My husband noticed the results and requested some products as well. I ended up buying a complete set of products for my husband as well to test.

After four weeks of using the products my teeth are whiter and brighter. One of the things I love about the products is that it is a complete system that can be used over the counter with excellent results. In addition to providing whitening results, Colgate Optic White Toothpaste fights cavities, freshens breath and helps reduce plaque with regular brushing.

I’m very glad I was able to test the product and recommend it to anyone that needs to put a little sparkle on their teeth.  Just make sure to purchase two sets, one for you and one to share.  In case your significant other wants to borrow it.


En Espanol

Tuve la oportunidad de revisar el Colgate Optica pasta de dientes durante los últimos 30 días. La pasta de dientes se ofrece en dos sabores a menta . Tuve la oportunidad de probar el sabor de menta. Alrededor de una semana en el progama vi resultados inmediatos. Mi marido se dio cuenta de los resultados y pidió algunos productos también.

Después de cuatro semanas de uso de los productos de los dientes son más blancos y brillantes. Una de las cosas que me gustan de los productos es que es un sistema completo que se puede utilizar con excelentes resultados. Además de proporcionar resultados de blanqueamiento, la pasta de dientes Colgate óptica combate las caries, refresca el aliento y ayuda a reducir la placa con un cepillado regular.

Estoy muy contenta de haber podido probar el producto y lo recomiendo a cualquier persona que tiene que poner un poco de brillo en los dientes. Sólo asegúrese de comprar dos juegos, uno para ti y otro para compartir. En caso de que su pareja quiere pedir prestado.


Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I received sample products for review.  All opinions are my own.

Nescafe Memento Coffee-House Experience

There is nothing like the perfect cup of coffee in the morning.  I start my daily ritual with exercise, a cup of coffee and daily news to get me on track for a great day.  As a busy mom I’m always looking for creative ways to save time and money.  I recently discovered Nescafe Memento. NESCAFÉ® Memento™, is a delicious single-serve instant coffee that offers the coffeehouse experience in one convenient stick pack.

It is made with real coffee, milk and sugar.  Memento is the very first instant coffee that has a rich, luxurious foam that can match any coffeehouse cappuccino.

This past week I had the opportunity to taste all the Memento flavors:  Caramel Latte, creamy Cappuccino and rich chocolate Mocha.   My favorite flavor was the Carmel Latte.   One of the things I love about Nescafe Memento coffee is the taste and rich foam.   It has the flavor and quality of specialty coffeehouse drinks without leaving your house.
I even had the opportunity to enjoy a cup of Nescafe Memento coffee with Guava Pastelitos!  Next time your in the supermarket make sure to pick up a couple of Nescafe Memento coffees for the office and the home.  At 100 calories a pack and $4.29 for a box of 8 packets it’s definitely something to add to your New Years resolutions!
Nescafe Memento can be found at your local grocer nation wide. For more information about the delicious Nescafe Memento coffees, check out their website at  or “Like” Nescafe on Facebook and request  a FREE sample with for a limited time only.  Your Sample pack includes two (2) NESCAFÉ® MEMENTO stick packs and a coupon to Save $1.00 on your next purchase of any NESCAFÉ® MEMENTO product. Offer good in the US only.
Buen Provecho!



Disclosure:  This personal experience has been sponsored by Nescafe and Being Latino.  All opinions are my own.


Designer Christian Siriano for Payless Collection Shoe Review & Giveaway

A girl can never have too many shoes!  If you look through my closet you’ll see a lot of shoes, especially black pair of shoes.  I go through a pair of black business shoes at least every month or two.  I shop at discount department stores and take advantage of sales & discounts at major department stores before paying full price.   However, with the New Year here I’m looking for ways to trim down my budget without compromising quality. I recently received a pair of Christian Siriano for Payless Collection shoes for review and discovered a whole new place to purchase designer shoes at great prices.

The La Femme pumps from designer Christian Siriano are 4″ high and are stunning.  They are very comfortable to wear & are a timeless wardrobe stable. At $32.99 this shoes will definitely make you stand out without breaking the bank.  I’m looking forward to shopping at Payless for their upcoming designer collections in 2013.


Please, feel free to check out their website, to check out the latest styles or check out the Payless Shoes Clearance Sales with discounts of 40-75% on shoes.

Payless has graciously offerred to give one of my readers a pair of Designer shoes.  Please follow the instructions to enter to win:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rules:  The giveaway is only open to legal residents of forty-eight (48) U.S. and the District of Columbia (excluding residents of Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and all other U.S. territories and possessions) who are of legal age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside (and at least eighteen (18)) as of date of entry.

Disclosure:  This experience is sponsored by Payless Shoe Source.  I received a pair of shoes to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

My 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Experience

I was recently invited to attend the Los Angeles Internationa Auto Show – Nissan NEXT Event to preview the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.   The all new Pathfinder is a mid-sized SUV and features a redesigned chassis, dual moonroof, a slightly larger model, increased fuel efficiency and is also equipped with a lot of technology features for the entire family.

As a mom one of the first things I look at in a car is safety.  The Nissan 2013 is equipped with several safetly features including built in GPS to immediately detect your location, antilock disc brakes and six front-seat & full-length airbags.  The  2013 Pathfinder also has a hands free built in phone system, a 360-degree AroundView Monitor camera system, a backup camera and parking sensors.  There are also child safety rear door locks for the passenger doors.

The second thing I look at is the appearance and features. Is it easy on the eyes?  Does it have an iPhone connection?  Can I listen to my favorite music? Will my family be entertained? These are the type of questions I have when checking a car.  The Nissan 2013 Pathfinder is a classy and sexy mid sized crossover SUV.  When I stepped into the vehicle is feels like a luxury car.   Immediately upon entering the car I had to check to ensure there is a USB connection for my iPhone.  I found it and was very pleased because it also had a roomy center-console to store my purse, CDs, DVDs and personal items.


If you are an adventurous family like mine, the vehicle also features 2WD, 4WD or Auto mode options and 5,000 pound towing capacity to tow your boat, trailer or camper on a hitch.  The beauty of this car is that it seats 7 people comfortably for a large family such as mine.  The seats in the rear also fold down for added cargo room.


The interior of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder includes seats for 7 members of the family.  There is a lot of legroom for all the passengers and a roomy in the cargo area to carry groceries or sporting equipment.

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder we previewed includes a Tri-Zone Entertainment System which is controlled with a touch screen display on the dash and Onstar FMV (For My Vehicle) feature for navigation services. The driver and front seat passenger can enjoy satellite radio while the remaining passengers watch movies on dual 7-inch DVD monitors.  One of the best features of the entertainment system are the wireless headsets and rear auxiliary audio and video input jacks for family members that want to plug in their video games or electronic equipment.

The Nissan Pathfinder has evolved from a rugged mid-sized SUV into a luxury crossover.   This vehicle is a great option for techie families in need of a  mid-sized SUV.    For an overall experience of the vehicle, please visit:, follow Nissan on Facebook and visit your local Nissan dealer to test drive the vehicle for yourself.


This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Nissan. However, all opinions expressed are my own. 


Question:  What are the features you look at first when test driving a vehicle?  What is the most important feature overall when purchasing a  vehicle?  


Wish List For On The Go Tech Savvy Families #GiftsThatDo

We are a very busy and active family with alot of gadgets. We travel several times a year during the holidays to experience the holiday season at our favorite places. We’re a multicultural family and celebrate several holidays including Christmas, New Year and Three Kings Day. When our family travels during the holidays our gadgets go everywhere we go. We prepare with all the necessities of a home office, and take gadgets that have multiple functions and use minimal accessories. We also don’t want to take our entire home office — so we pack small, light and compact. Can you relate?

I’m going to share my favorite gadgets for on the go Tech Savvy Families and also list some details on the items that are on my wish list:

iPad Mini

Source: via Eva on Pinterest

Our reliable iPad Mini is small enough to fit in a carry-on bag, but still large enough to function on the go. My husband primarily uses it to watch movies,read books and read emails. The iPad can also be used to play a number of games on the go. My husband keeps getting suggestions from his friends to try out this new online casino Australia, so maybe that’s something I can try on the device! My children use it to play with the apps while we’re on the road. I love to look at family photos and google maps for historical sites during road trips. It brings back memories of all our trips. Also, with WiFi in hotels its a must have gadget for a traveling family.


Source: via Eva on Pinterest

I love taking photos during a road trip, editing, and publishing them as we travel. Sony DSLR camera’s take Professional style photos with minimal effort. On our recent roadtrip from Miami to Walt Disney World, I was abe to upload daily photos of our trip to share with family.

Whether we’re traveling by plane or on a roadtrip, I feel secure knowing that we have technology at our finger tips when we travel. On our 10 day trip through Southwest National Parks and historic sites during the summer our gadgets were very instrumental in helping us plan visits to historical sites such as Socorro, New Mexico to visit the San Miguel Mission, established in 1626.

Our family also picks up some small items gifts for Three Kings Day Celebration to celebrate the holiday and special family members in our life:


Source: via Eva on Pinterest

Our famly loves the Retro POP Handset. We walk around the house chatting on our mobile phone sand it is just like using our house phone. This phone is a lot of fun for the children and also for the entire family. I’ll get them in various colors for Tres Reyes gift giving.


Source: via Eva on Pinterest

One of my favorite movies of the year is Brave. I love buying movies for the family and watching them throughout the year in the house or during a roadtrip. Our pick for Tres Reyes celebration is Brave, but seriously there are so many more wonderful movies to choose from. A movie is a must have item for Three Kings Day celebration.


Source: via Eva on Pinterest

I always pick up a couple of gift cards under $25 and hand them out to family during Tres Reyes day to purchase a phone battery, office equipment, mouse or other home office accessories. It’s a wonderful way to kick off the New Year with the people we love. And sometimes, tech savvy people too need a break from tech! Which is why these gift cards can be used to buy anything they want, not just tech or tech accessories. Besides this, a designer gift box curated with some self-care essentials can also make for a wonderful gift. Maybe if you pair it with the gift card, or give them separately-either can work well. Like I said, everyone needs a break from technology once a while.


Source: via Eva on Pinterest

By now your probably wondering, how I organize it all? I pack all my tech gadgets in this handy purse that doubles as a camera bag — seriously, it’s a versatile tech accessory bag. I make it my own by adding my personilize pens and journals. This bag functions as both a purse and bag, but best of all it makes me a very Tech Savvy Mom.

Question: What Tech Gadget are on your wish list? What Technology gadgets do you recommend? What gifts will you be getting your loved ones for the Holidays or Three Kings Day (Tres Reyes Day)?

Disclosure: I have partnered with Best Buy in their Holiday “Gifts that Do” efforts. All opinions are my own.designer gift box

When was the last time you let yourself take the unexpected turn and see what unfolds? #seewhatunfolds

When was the last time you let yourself take the unexpected turn, the road less traveled and see what unfolds? For me as a fulltime employee, mom, wife and entrepreneur I need to make time for myself to explore and be creative.   It’s a pretty hectic day on the day to day basis in the Smith home.  Work, laundry, blog posts, deadlines — Can you relate?

One week in the busyness of it all I took  a walk in the park.   The following day I joined a  Zumbaa dance class to dance all night, release stress and just having a lot of fun with friends. It took me back to my teens and twenties when I danced to the rhythm of dance choreography and  college cheer.   The following day I took the day off to rejuvenate and relax and was swept up in a bit of fun. I grabbed a beach bag, bathing suit and sunglasses and made another  journey!  I enjoyed  a visit to the spa, a swedish massage and lunch — a completely spontaneous week.

While at the spa I enjoyed some Trident Layers gum.  The new Trident Layers flavors include a line up of unique blends including Layers Wild Strawberry + Tangy Citrus, Layers Peach + Mango, and Layers Juicy Berry + Tangy Tangerine.   My favorite is the layers orchard peach ripe mango gum.  It’s been my favorite gum to date.

I normally will chew up a pack of gum in less than a day because the flavor of the gum goes away quickly, but Trident Layers gum is different.  The flavor lasts a long time and has a  natural fruit flavor.  A pack of Trident gum will last at least a week.  The best thing is that its sugar free.

Trident is the spark that ignites a journey connecting you to the positivity you’ve always had inside.  Whenever I have a stick of  Trident gum it takes me back to the day I started to dance again and take a little bit of time for mom.  These days you’ll find me hiding my Trident mango-peach gum from my family and buying an extra pak to share.

Trident chewing gum invites you to “See What Unfolds” when its flavors create a spark that ignites a journey connecting you to the positivity you’ve always had inside.

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and TRIDENT, however, all opinions expressed are my own.


Question:  When was the last time you let yourself take the unexpected turn and see what unfolds?

Dollar General Comes to California and $25 Gift Card Giveaway #DGlatino

Great news for California moms and families – Dollar General is opening 50 new stores.  Dollar General is different because it is convenient and affordable.   The stores are typically located in suburban, rural and metropolitan communities.

I recently had the opportunity to shop at a new Dollar General Store in Southern California.  In preparation for my shopping experience, I checked the online site for coupons, discounts and deals.  I clipped the $5 OFF $25 or more at DG coupon on Saturday, 7/14/2012 coupon and a couple of $1 and $2 off coupons for household and beauty products.  I also printed the coupons using the coupon print application provided by Dollar General and saved over $13 at the checkout!


The store is well stocked with National name brand food, snacks, school supplies, cleaning supplies, apparel for mom, dad and kids, party supplies and beauty supplies.  Find out more at –> .  I was able to purchase household products for our home, beauty products,  treats for our puppy and back to school products for my nephews — all at a discounted rate! If I had to do similar shopping at any other store I would have to go to 3 stores.   It’s a one stop shop for household needs for families.  Overall, I had an excellent experience.


In addition to giving discounts to shoppers, Dollar General also gives back to the community.   Dollar General is committed to the communities it serves and has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education.  More information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation can be found at


To celebrate the opening of additional new stores, Dollar General has provided me with a $25 gift certificate to share with my readers. The deadline for this Giveaway is July 31, 2012.

This giveaway is open to to US entries only. 18 and up. This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Dollar General. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Kroger Daily Deals: Save an extra $2.50 on Tide Liquid or Powder at Ralph’s & more

I do a lot of commuting during the week and need to find ways to stay within our budget.  Can you related? With the cost of gas rising it’s very important for me and my family to find money-saving tips.   [Read more…]

Makari DeSuisse Hair Care – Hair Anti-Breaking Serum Review

I have been looking for products for my hair to protect my hair from damage when I flat-iron and curl my hair. My hair is naturally curly and takes me about 2 hours to wash, blow dry, flat-iron and curl. It’s definitely a time-consuming task, but I believe it’s important to care for my hair. With all the heat I have been applying to my hair I was looking for a product to protect it while I curl it. I also needed a product to apply periodically during the week to maintain a healthy & natural shine.


I had the opportunity to review the Makari DeSuisse Hair Care – Hair Anti-Breaking Serum. You can see the photos of my Amazon shopping experience here on Google+. I need a product to revitalize my hair and protects my hair as it repairs it. On the first day I saw immediate results. My hair was shiny and felt a lot healthier. The hair serum has a nice soft and light fragrance as well. The ends of my hair were lively and not dull. Prior to applying the serum my scalp was feeling a bit dry. After I added some serum to my scalp my scalp has a healthier feel.

The one thing I really like about the Makari DeSuisse Hair Care – Hair Anti-Breaking Serum is the dispenser. The end of the dispenser let’s you apply the perfect amount for your hair needs. One drop for revitalization and shine and two drops to apply to the entire hair including ends and scalp.

I recommend this product for all women with ethnic hair to maintain your natural curly hair or to care for your hair if you flat-iron or curl your hair periodically. What type of hair do you have? How do you maintain your hair?  


Disclosure: This  is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.



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