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Tuesday, July 09, 2013 1:11PM
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iHeart Pinterest Show & Tell! #1



SO its no secret to all of you how much IHEART Pinteret. Before pinterest I used to read a million magazines and fold over the corner of the pages and keep them in stock piles on the floors and closets. Well pinterest is the same idea but you get to keep them electronically into nice organized boards! 


So I decided its time to not only have you all join in on the fun but to show you my favorite pins for the week! 



Oversized Knit


                                       Catalano Striped Knit


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Mommy Style Watch Board! 


25 DIYs for a Summer Patio Makeover


Rubbermaid Touch-up Paint TIP! 

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There is No place like HOME! Board



Circus Animal Cookie Truffles


    50 Chicken Breast Recipes


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Striping Tape Nail Tutorial



25 New Products That Will Seriously Change Your Life

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I Feel Pretty...OH so pretty! Board


Sippy Strap with Suction Cup-Black with Pink Polka Dots




Ultimate List for Toddler Meals! 


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Keep it Simple Parenting! Board





Hope you enjoyed this weeks favorites! Come back again next week! OR just Follow @AMOMMYLIFESTYLE on pinterest and have access to awesome pins & boards all the time! 

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 6:38PM
By Guest Blogger Michelle Pino
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Rejuvenating Oat and Yogurt Facial Mask 

As a busy mother, I'm constantly running around doing things for other people. Reminding yourself to stop once in a while and take some time out for you is important. Going to the spa and getting pampered is always a welcome treat. However, money and time don’t always make it possible to get out there. The next best option is to have a DIY facemask at home. You can easily make your own facemask with items that you probably already have in your kitchen or that you can get for cheap at a local grocery store. It's an easy way to give yourself a little bit of a treat, while the kids are with a sitter or at school. Put of some soft music, turn off the ringer on your phone, and give yourself a break.


One of my favorite masks is a moisturizing one that leaves my skin soft and revitalized. I always find myself at the start of spring needing to refresh my skin that has gotten dry and dull from the winter weather. This oatmeal and yogurt mask is exfoliating to remove dry skin, leaving your face with a healthy glow.




1 tablespoon of oats

1 tablespoon of plain yogurt

1 teaspoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon of olive oil





Mix the above ingredients in a small bowl and let sit for about 15 minutes to let the oats soften. Apply the mixture evenly over your clean face and let it sit for 20 minutes. After about 20 minutes, rinse it off and gently pat your face dry.


What the mask does


This mask is good for dry skin because it contains a wealth of moisturizers. Such as yogurt and oatmeal, which are mild and great for people with sensitive skin.


Olive oil is a rich moisturizer that is full of vitamin E, A, and loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants are valued for their anti-aging properties. Honey has many skin benefits, among them is helping the skin to retain moisture.


Oatmeal helps keep moisture in the skin, reduces inflammation, and soothes skin irritation. Yogurt softens and hydrates skin. Yogurt also contains lactic acid, which acts as an exfoliant and helps to keep skin clear and smooth. Lactic acid is a natural alpha hydroxy acid that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and may give skin a more youthful appearance.


Michelle Pino, is a Spa Manager at Skana, a spa in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.  She enjoys DIY projects, healthy recipes, exercise, and all things related to skin care. If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact Michelle via email at michellepino@turningstone.com

Friday, April 26, 2013 2:16PM
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Feel like there are too many Hot woman around? Wanna be one of them? 


I know that every women, whether they will admit it or not, has looked another girl up and down with envy for their hair, body, wardrobe ect. We have all done it. But I think we more wish we could be the woman that other women look at and think, "I want to be that skinny."


Want to learn how to really look and feel your best. Its time for you to understand and accept that those women you may envy are not on some super awesome fad diet that you can just start yourself. Those women have a lifestyle that includes making the choice to eat healthy and exercise. There is no magic potion or secret society it is just simply your decision to live the lifestyle needed to look and feel that way. This again, is a choice you have to make every single day. This I promise you will be the miracle you have been praying for. Its actually very simple. 

Since giving birth I never thought I would make it to a day that I can honestly say I look my body and the way I dress better than I ever have before. When I thought to myself, "I look fat", I felt like a fat ass. When I would say it out loud to others then others began to think to themselves she is fat. The more negative things I would think and say to myself and others the more those were the thoughts roaming around my enviornment.


So I decided that thoughts have power and it was time to use that power for the positive. I began to change my lifestyle. Soon enough I started to think "I am getting skinner." Then others began to comment on how amazing I was looking. Since this epiphany of now I feel great all the time, I never allow myself to put myself down in my head or out loud.


Here is how I changed my lifestyle. First credit has to go the birth of my daughter. She inspires me everyday to become a better person that she can use as a role model. I had felt very lonely and misguided after giving birth. I had this pouch that would not go away and these things called hips. I had never had these problems before. Granted, I had some body issues but now I had to add to new annoying ones to the list. I felt overwhelmed as if nothing I ever do will get me to be where I wanted to be, the girl everyone else envies.


My mother came to visit and made me watch stupid Dr. Oz. Of course my eyes rolled to the back of my head as she told me about this amazing discovery that we all were part of this epidemic of "Wheat Bellies". What is that you ask? This idea that we are killing ourselves with obesity and big guts due to the over use of white and wheat flour made foods. Yes, this includes anything whole wheat. So come to find out the only we can have is Gluten Free products. I thought to myself "ya right, how in the world is that possible." So I indulged her and watched and then didnt think about it again. Before she left she made me promise her that I would also watch a documentary on Netflix called "Hungry for Change". I told her I would even thought I never really planned to.


A few weeks later I was at home alone bored waiting for the baby to wake-up from her nap {yes, I actually had nothing to do at the moment}. Here I got searching through netflix for something to watch and I see this "Hunger for Change" crap. Somehow I convinced myself to press play. 5 minutes into it I was mesmerized. Granted, the way these things are produced is meant to brain wash the hell our of you, but it all made so much sense. It was this idea that its not about all these fad diets. It was about doing little things in steps to change your lifestyle so that eventually you arent on a diet you just are a healthy person.


After this I promised to do two things to start changing my lifestyle.


  • Workout three times a week. Do anything, take a long walk, play tennis, do a fitness class, hike, ect.
  • Stop Eating anything with Gluten. At first I knew it would be hard to find anything that was gluten free. Then I was surprised. Trader Joes is my savior.
  • Start Juicing. Once a day I would drink a veggie and fruit concoction that would probably be disgusting.


Ok so I had my starting changes that I would begin to do. Here is how it went. At first the working out was not a problem. I enjoy physical activity. Finding time to do it is a totally different story. I have a 10 month old, a business, friends, family, a home to manage, a husband and well sometimes I get to take care of myself too. I had made a promise and even if that meant working out three days in a row, or doing it in the middle of the night that is what I did. {Breaking a promise to yourself is just as bad as to someone else}. I tried to get the working out, out of the way at the begining of the week so that I wouldnt be stressed to squeeze fitness into my schedule. Also that meant that any extra activities I did was a bonus. ;) 

Next thing I did was stop eating gluten. Anything that said gluten free on the box I ate. I also found that there is pretty much a substitution for everything you can think of that is gluten free. I had brown rice pasta, gluten free breads, rice cakes, and found an awesome recipe for a gluten free flour mix. Can be used to substitute for any other recipe that includes white or wheat flour. The texture of the food might change due to gluten free but it will most likely taste the same if not better. So this meant no cereals, breads, pasta, cake, cookies, pretty much anything that was made with dough at any point. 

Then I started to juice. The first day I grabbed what I had in my fridge. It consisted of 2 mini cucumbers, 2 celery sticks, a carrot, 4 strawberries, a whole lemon and 3 cups of spinach. It didnt taste good but it didnt taste bad either. I learned that the colder it was the easier it was to drink. It was kind of refreshing. I had a whole glass first thing in the morning and suddenly my energy went through the roof. I am a vivid coffee drinker and I couldnt even imagine having a cup that morning. I felt great. Even more I was so PROUD of myself for accomplishing what I had promised.   

{update: I have also started doing smoothies to change up texture and flavor. I blend 4 strawberries, 1 banana, ice and 1 cup of nonfat organic milk, with 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder to keep me full} 


I have received so many compliments on my new body. Everyone is asking me how and what I do. Well that is it, {so far}. I think that I am more happy about feeling good, both in my clothes and with them off ;). I have more energy Im not tired all the time and not feeling bloated 24/7 is amazing! Go ahead and make just three commitments today and see how you do. Once you have mastered those commitments and you start to feel good then slowly add another one. Soon you will have adjusted to a completely different lifestyle and you wont even notice it accept for the pounds you will lose. 



Here are some great inspirations I have found on Pinterest! Check it out..... Keep It Simple Fitness! 


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Thursday, April 11, 2013 2:16PM
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Top 10 Must Haves for Maternity Wardrobe! 


1. Tunic Top-  provides plenty of room where pregnant women need it – across the middle, to accommodate a growing belly, and in the length, to cover your expanding hips and bottom. It also keeps you cool in warm weather. 






Yoga Pants- preferably in black or gray, for versatility – do more for your shape than baggy "I've given up" sweatpants, and they're just as comfortable. Find a pair that are stretchy enough to hold their shape and yours. Look for a wide, fold-over waistband so you can adjust it as your body changes.



Maternity Skirts- Look for ones in darker colors to keep you looking slim, with a soft fabric that folds over easily at the waist. You wont feel constricted and have pleanty of ventilation for your fluctuating body temperature, Especially in the summer. A-line styles flatter most including those that are top heavy. 



Maternity Jeans- Invest in a pair of maternity jeans in a dark, slimming wash and a universally flattering boot cut. Or buy a few in different styles so that you wont feel so limited. You can find styles that fit over or under belly with several versions of stretchy material to grow with you. Lets face it you will probably wear them post partum as well so we highly recommend you invest especially if its your first and you plan on having more. 



Leggings- keeps you comfy and stylish year-round. Pair them with knee-high boots when it's cold, or ballet flats or sandals when it's warmer. While you can get away with non-maternity leggings, pushing the waistband beneath your bump, maternity leggings have a more forgiving belly band that grows with you. You will want to live in these, just like the yoga pants. THese can also be dressed up for work with a pretty dress. 


Dress Pants- they'll hug your curves and move with you. Make sure that the cuff falls just an inch or two from the floor to create a long, lean line from waist to toe. Any shorter can make your legs look stumpy; any longer can look sloppy and widening.




2. Maternity Tanks- have extra fabric in the belly that expands with you while keeping your curves comfortably contained. Plus, showing a little skin can keep you cool when your inner furnice kicks in. Go for hip length, which not only is more flattering but allows a pop of color to peak out beneath top layers, adding visual interest.

Cardigan- The silhouette that is most flattering during pregnancy is one that hangs loose and helps give a more vertical, elongated look to your figure. Choose one in a midweight, drapey jersey knit or lightweight wool blend. Depending on the time of year you will be heaviest. Try to find one that is a bit shorter in the back than the front, so you can wrap the longer ends around your shoulders or sides for warmth and shape.


Dresses Wrap/Maxi- plays up your shape without restricting it, and the V-neck showcases your growing bust. The crossover tie helps define your smallest area on your torso which helps you look tiny even with a bump. The maxi dress is great for hiding swellen legs and not being able to reach areas for remobing hair. ;) 









Comfy Flats- these have no laces or buckles means no bending over your burgeoning belly. They are super easy to put on and off without too must hassle. If you get ones that are super comfy then you will be able to withstand the swelling and pain that comes with a growing belly weight. Eventually the only thing you will be able to fit on are flipflops and I highly recommend Havanas! 



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Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:14AM
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 Interview with Actress Patricia Raestarring in

"The Big Wedding"

coming out soon! 


AML: Tell me about the role you play in the upcoming movie “The Big Wedding?”


Patricia Rae: “I play a Columbian woman guided by my religion and faith. She is a woman who gave her son up for adoption when he was 8 years old and keeping close to faith is a way to overcompensate for her mistakes in life. She attends the wedding of her son, and a typical crazy family is involved with this whole occasion.”


AML: How does your character in the movie relate to your role as a mother and/or your family dynamics growing up? Were you able to use real life experiences to help you get into character? If so what’s an example?

Patricia Rae: “I was young and unwed when I had my daughter. I was also had a grandmother that was very much like my character. My grandmother was all consuming in god. She is not someone that would have ever found herself pregnant and unwed. I used her as my inspiration for this character. “


AML: What was the funniest day you had filming this movie?

Patricia Rae: “There was a scene where I go to confession and Robin Williams is the priest. {I ended up lucky having the opportunity to write my own lines all in Spanish} I had to get very frustrated and passionate and basically scream in Spanish at him. Eventually the scene turns to where the entire family of the bride is there as well in a big group confession. It was fun and hilarious.”


AML: How is having a career in Hollywood affected your role as a mother?

Patricia Rae: “I think the area that affecting my parenting the most is having an eclectic support group of friends, neighbors and colleges. I also would have to take her along to auditions and other activities having to do with my career. Being a single mother isn’t easy and adding the pressure of Hollywood to it makes it a bit harder. She was a trooper and now she has grown up to be an amazing young lady.”

{You could tell how proud of her daughter Patricia is.  Patricia is an amazing, talented and inspiring person}



AML: What started your interest in yoga? What made you start creating your own methods for practicing?

Patricia Rae: “I had been practicing yoga for a while and always wanted to teach and share it with others. My daughter has Scoliosis and I began researching the best yoga poses for this issue. I began compiling a series of poses from different methods and had her try them. She realized how well they were helping with the pain and so I decided to try it with others.”


AML: You seem to have a strong cultural background; I also have a strong tie to my culture. What advice can you give to a mother who wants to raise her children with cultural awareness living in such a diverse country?

Patricia Rae: “I grew up in a home that was Spanish speaking, with Columbian food, music and traditions. Unfortunately, my daughter didn’t. I do regret not keeping that culture in our home but now she seems to becoming curious and interested in her background and is planning a trip to Columbia soon. I think it’s important to be the best parent you can be and your children will find their way.” 






Patricia Rae


Patricia Rae stars along side Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton in the much anticipated Lionsgate ensemble comedy The Big Wedding due in theatres April 26, 2013.  Rae’s character Madonna Soto is the catalyst for the humorous charade that is the movies premise. “I am twice blessed on this film in working with a fantastic cast and on a movie with such heart and humor.”  Rae is best remembered for her iconic role as Carla, the surrogate mother in the shattering HBO movie Maria Full of Grace.  She also appeared in the cult classics Swim Fan and Nightstalker


On television Rae recurred on Chuck as the infamous Bolonia Grimes and has guest starred on Touch, Blue Bloods, The Mentalist, The Closer, The Chicago Code, Life, all franchises of Law and Order, and many more.  She received her SAG card on her first television job ever, Miami Vice.


Born in Manhattan and raised in Queens, New York, Rae is the daughter of first generation Colombian parents.  As a young child Rae knew she wanted to be an entertainer and was popular for her backyard productions of the Johnny Carson Show where she took on ALL the roles: Johnny, celebrity guests, and musical talent.  It was when she moved to Homestead, Florida at the age of 14 that Rae joined her first acting troop through her high school.  Although she excelled within the troop, Rae felt discouraged because most of the “leading lady” roles were given to her fairer counterparts.  This changed when the troop performed “West Side Story” and Rae was given the leading role of Anita.


After graduating high school Rae attended Flagler College to study acting.  Again she encountered the problem of productions not implementing diversity casting. Feeling stifled in Florida, Rae moved back to New York and was accepted into the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where her idol Marilyn Monroe studied.  While in New York Rae performed with the 13th Street Repertory Theatre, INTAR Lab, and in the long running off-off Broadway show Line.  She also found success as the spokesperson in the Spanish market commercials as the Ogilvie Home Perm Girl.  Feeling Los Angeles was calling for her, Rae moved to California with auditions already in her pocket. Shortly after the move she booked the feature Maria Full of Grace, and she continues to work in both Los Angeles and New York.


Rae has a magnetic personality, a contagious laugh, and a sense of humor that never lacks color. She strives to inspire those around her, namely through her experiences and yoga practice, even dubbing her own particular brand “Menopause Yoga”.  She also developed yoga methods to aid those suffering from scoliosis, like her daughter Sage.  Rae enjoys painting, interior design, and performing with the Elephant Theatre in Los Angeles. She is featured in the coffee table book “Celebrity Scarves 2” where she knit a scarf for her beloved Westie Roxy.