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Family Movie Night Tutorial With Walmart Family Mobile

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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #YourTaxCash #CollectiveBias


There are so many things you can do with your tax return but how about adding value and giving back to your family? It's really easy to go out and spend your tax cash so I want to give you an option to get the most out of your money while also adding to your lifestyle. When it comes to the most important things in your life, most likely your family and money, you want to give the best back to them. With Walmart Family Mobile you can do just that! If being financially smart, getting the best value, and giving back to your family are things you love, read on and see how you can make this happen too!


Many times we stay on the beaten path because that's all we know, but there are other routes you can take that lead to better experiences and add value to your lifestyle. So if you haven't looked into Walmart Family Mobile, here is one of the awesome options you can choose from! I walked into Walmart and glanced over the phone option and picked out the Samsung On5 for only $119.00 ( you could even find it for $69 on Rollback!) Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/7e-jr or your local Walmart for current pricing. In today's time and age, we are closely connected to the rest of the world, family, and friends through our phones and the Samsung On5 has all the capabilities to adapt to your lifestyle. Whether you use your phone for social media, emailing or entertainment, you can easily do all of that with Unlimited* talk, text, and data. *Includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE† data then 2G. All you have to do is go in, choose your phone, pick a data plan ( the one featured here is only $49.88 ) and activate with a SIM Kit valued at $19.88. Now you're ready to go, and with the data plan featured here you also get a free VUDU movie pass every month (valued at $7). Find out how we made the most of our tax cash for family movie nights in the tutorial down below!




Walmart Family Mobile Plus with the Samsung On5


How To Make The Most Of Family Movie Night With Your Tax Cash Back

Alright! On to the fun stuff! Growing up, I enjoyed sitting down with my parents and family members to watch a movie (or two) and eating snacks or ice cream. I want to relive all the good memories with my daughter and I'm using my tax cash back to make some of these come to life. As mentioned in the paragraphs above, you want to give your family the best and here is how you can take your family movie night to the next level!

Our daughter loves balloons so we wanted to add the things she loves to her play area, also the same place where we watch movies. I got some streamers, a couple of stars to hang up, and paired them with white balloons. Instead of filling the balloons with helium, I filled them with oxygen and let them drop down from the ceiling. Get creative and try different set ups! I pinned the balloons to the ceiling with clear thumbnails (most clear tape won't stick very well). You can add a lot of character to a room with balloons alone and I would say you could even have a small movie party with family or your children's friends.

My wife and I got tired of the kids writing on the walls with markers and crayons, so we decided to paint a whole wall with chalkboard paint so the kids can write and draw all they want! Thanks to my tax cash back I could give back to my family! On family movie nights we write the announcement on the wall and plan crafts, DIY, or snacks for us to enjoy. Not will the wall last for a long time, but we can all enjoy it as a family. 

Whoever doesn't like food, isn't alive. We love food and like to get creative with ordinary things found around the kitchen. We made mini popcorn balls that are tasty and kid friendly. To make these popcorn balls you will need:

1 - 10 Oz bag of mini marshmallows
2 - bags of your favorite popcorn
1 Tablespoon of Maple Syrup
1/2 Stick of Butter

If you are a meat lover, you can even chop some bacon and turn these into Mini Maple Bacon Popcorn Balls!


By switching to Walmart Family Mobile I can enjoy my phone service and my time with my daughter on family movie night. We have a chalkboard we can all draw on. We can get creative with snacks, and have a free movie every month with the Unlimited* talk, text, and data plan! *Includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE† data then 2G.



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4 Easy Ways You Can Be More Productive

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We live in times where everything moves so fast that it's easy to feel like you've fallen behind. Everyone has the same 24 hours but we all carry ourselves differently. Over the years I've learned that I get the most out of my days when I have made changes to my daily habits.The following can be applied to anyone, not just parents. So here are 4 easy ways you can be more productive!


4 Easy Ways You Can Be More Productive


1. Wake Up Earlier

We are not all morning people, neither am I, but doing so allows me to do so much much more throughout the day. I can go on a run and workout before it gets too hot outside, make breakfast, run errands, all before the kids wake up.


2. Be Organized

This is key to saving time. We are not all organized and it's not a matter of having OCD or not. Designate a place for each thing or things and when the need for that particular item comes around you will know exactly where to find it. Avoid digging around and losing time by being organized. We can be messy, but as long as there's a place for everything, it's ok!


3. Stop Taking Your Phone To The Restroom

Most, if not all of us, are guilty of this one. Some habits can have a negative effect on our work and this one is definitely one of them. I used to do this all the time but stopped once I realized how much time I was losing from projects, work, and family. Remember, this is about being productive, so if you really have nothing going on and you are free from unfinished business, you're free to do whatever you want.


4. Take Short Breaks Often

A while back I came across an article that mentioned a particular method to maintain focus and therefore increasing productivity. This is called the Pomodoro Technique. You can read some more information on this here as well as this one. Ever since I've implemented this technique, I've completed so much more work and remain focused during long periods of time. I'm a very antsy person so this allows me to get up and stretch, use the restroom, or eat a quick snack. 


I hope you found these easy ways to be more productive helpful! If there are any other methods or techniques that have helped you, don't forget to mention them in the comment section below!


Here is a short video about the 4 easy ways you can be more productive




QOTD: What are some things you do that help you throughout the day?

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Houston: The Texas Shaped Pool At The Marriot Marquis

12:24 PM


Needless to say, we are always up to something whether it is at home or out and about. We start the weekend with one idea that eventually becomes something completely different, and we love it that way. Houston is a big and beautiful city and have yet to see all the things the city has to offer. One of the things we wanted to see up close was the Texas shaped pool on top of the Marriot Marquis and since we were hanging around at Discovery Green, we decided to go up and check it out!

This was one of the highlights of the day but we did so much more! We stopped by my Grandma's place to eat, then we made our way to downtown where the rest of the adventure happened before going to Torchy's Tacos to end the day. Even though we didn't get in the pool ( it was a bit cool outside), we are looking forward to going back in the summer and share with you all another awesome adventure! See it all on the Vlog below! 




What has been the coolest pool you've been to?

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Tax Refund With Walmart Family Mobile Plus!

1:17 PM

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Yourtaxcash #CollectiveBias

It's tax season and we all have things in mind that we want to go out and buy. As a millennial dad, I am always looking for ways to save the most money and get the most out of it too. With Walmart Family Mobile I can stay connected with my family while also being smart with my tax refund. We are all constantly working or doing something but we are always a phone call away to see how each member of the family is doing and so my parents can see our daughter when we can't go visit them. Family is important to me and so is money, so I want to share with you the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan so you can get the most out of your tax refund!

Choosing the Walmart Family Mobile Plan PLUS !
Most of us could say we can't live without our phones right!? And that implies that we use our phones to do a lot of things throughout the day. So when it comes to receiving your tax refund, you want to make sure you're getting the most out of your money such as getting Unlimited* data on your phone! (*Includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE† data then 2G). With the Samsung Galaxy On5 I can carry myself through the day checking social media, calling friends and family, taking pictures and video, and checking email plus a few other amenities. I can do all of this for only $49.88. The Samsung Galaxy On5 is priced at $119.00 and the SIM Kit activation is only $19.88. All you have to do is pick a phone or bring one you'd like to activate and since Family Mobile bills you later, you only pay the SIM Kit activation and you're good to go!  Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to this link here or your local Walmart for current pricing.


The *Unlimited Mobile Family Plus plan also comes with a free VUDU movie credit every month for each line you have ( a $7 movie value), same pricing as the new movie rental releases! (*Includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE† data then 2G).  My daughter loves movies and we can watch a new movie every month! I can be financially smart while also giving back to our family by sitting down together for a family movie night. So what will you do with #yourtaxcash ? 

If getting the most out of your money is something you are interested in or care about, I personally invite you to go check out the Walmart Family Mobile isle (near the electronics) at your local Walmart and see the different plans and phone options too! Get the most out of your money and stay connected with your family! 



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What are you planning to do with your tax refund?

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What's A Blogger's Day Like?

2:36 PM


Many times, actually way too many times, I get asked what is it that I do and what our days are like. As a blogger, you are constantly creating content for your website or social media. The thought alone of working from home is easily looked down upon, especially as a young male latino dad. But in order to give the best of ourselves my wife, who is also a blogger, and I made the decision to invest in our blogs full-time and less than a year later, everything is starting to pay off. But this post is not about our journey but more so what a typical day in our life looks like. We have normal lives, kinda, but instead of going out to a workplace, we do all our creative work from home. 

We wake up around 9am, most days at least, and take advantage of the time we have while the kids are still asleep to get the day going. We go through emails, reply, send more emails, out, then we check our social media accounts to see what happened overnight and engage with our online community ( replying to comments and giving out likes). The next thing we do is follow up with our blogs, check the traffic, sources of traffic, update a thing or two, reply to comments on the blog, and analyze our work. This goes on for about 1-2 hours and by then the kids are up and we make some breakfast. This is somewhat like a 30-minute break.

For those that don't know, my wife is a mom, fashion, and food blogger over at Newmominanewera.com and has had some amazing accomplishments! The rest of the day is different for both of us. I begin to edit the vlog from the previous day ( you can check out the vlog below) and get it published on YouTube and write a brief blog ( like this one) about what the video is about and giving some feedback. I have focused more on video lately and Ashley does a few videos here and there. However, what takes up most of our time is getting outfits ready and getting out the door to go shoot at different locations. Usually, we plan ahead for this, but we are a very spontaneous couple so we pretty much go out every chance we get, and yes, we bring our daughter along too. The time we spend out shooting pictures varies greatly but as soon as we get back home, we begin to edit pictures, write or finish a blog post, and that brings us close to dinner time. The rest of our day is following up on social media (yes again), insta-stories, doing facebook live, and planning for the next day. 

You can see what our day is like in the vlog below! We go out to shoot some pictures and you can see how we get it all done. I will be doing another video about this exact topic pretty soon! If you haven't seen our vlogs, I invite you to check them out and see what happens in our daily lives and catch all of the behind the scenes of our lives!





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5 things I've learned as a dad

5 Things I've Learned As A Dad

2:32 PM


In the journey and everyday life of fatherhood, you learn and pick up on things every day. Sometimes it's understanding your child better and other times it's coming to realizations about yourself. So as I was reflecting on the time I've had as a father, I wanted to share some things that I believe can help you reflect on fatherhood and be a better dad! So here are the 5 things I've learned as a dad.


5 Things I've Learned As A Dad




 1. Let the kids be kids

Kids will be kids right!? Of course! Parents are the first people in life to limit children's imagination and curiosity and telling them they can't do something simply because we as parents don't want to clean up after them, is limiting them in their daily exploration and learning abilities. This, however, does not mean you should let your children do whatever they want, we as parents must always use our better judgment and common sense to keep our children safe and away from any danger or harm. The toddler ages can be frustrating and a challenge to most parents and most are quick to discipline simply because we don't like what they're doing. So don't be afraid to let the kids be kids, they can learn a lot from simply being a kid.




2. It's not all about teaching but also learning

This one goes hand in hand with the first point. As parents, we are quick to tell our children what to do, discipline them, or teach them. There's nothing wrong against discipline and teaching them right from wrong, but what I'm emphasizing here is that we are "too quick". In the time that I've been a dad, I've learned a lot of things from my daughter and other children too. Many times we want to teach them something when in reality if we take a few moments to realize, they are actually teaching us something about themselves or the world around them. Some of the things I've learned from observing my daughter are perseverance, friendliness, being adventurous, and showing love to everyone. 




3. You're the Dad

This one may seem a little out of place right? The truth behind this one is that we live in a society that lacks good examples of father figures and most dads think they have to be like the few good role models. At the end of the day, you are the dad to your own children and needless to say, all children are different, and only you know your children best. Many times, people will come along and tell you what to do and what not to do when it comes to raising your children, it's ok to listen, but you as the parent, are the one who decides what you will take as advice. Be the dad your kids look up to, only you can do that. There's nothing better to your kids than having a loving, caring, and involved dad.




4. Be flexible

I don't mean flexible as in being able to touch your toes or putting your legs behind your head. Being flexible when things don't go as planned is frustrating and for some could even be infuriating, especially when you take the time to plan an itinerary! However, be willing to be flexible and enjoy the moments you have with your family and kids. If there's a delay, see how you can be of help and make everything go smoother instead of complaining. As adventurous and spontaneous as some parents can be, we all get a little frustrated when something doesn't go as we thought it would, but truthfully, some of our best moments have happened when we have taken a wrong turn and gotten lost. Learn to enjoy all the moments in life and be happy to enjoy the company of the ones that love you the most.




5. Full-Time Parenting

Some parents may say they spend time at home but that doesn't mean you spend time with your children. Those are two different things and being a parent means you spend quality time with your kids. I understand what it feels like to work 12-14 hour shifts and come home tired but happy to be with my family. This can go both ways too. Some dads are stay at home dads (SAHD) and the other parent works all day. But one thing I learned from this period of time was that my daughter didn't understand or see that I was tired, she was happy for the mere fact that I was home and I could be with her. As adults and working people, we are blinded by all the things going on around us that we can't see the simple joys right in front of us. This does not only pertain to spending time with oru children but also when it comes to changing diapers, taking the kids a bath, cooking meals, and cleaning the home. Parenting is a full-time responsibility and if your partner isn't able to do something at the time, well, it is your responsibility as a parent to step up to the plate and do what needs to be done. 











What are some things that you have learned as a dad or as a mom? 


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Where Do We Draw The Line When It Comes To Vlogging ?

8:15 PM


I wanted to talk about a subject that some have found to be an obstacle in the realm of content creators. Life is constantly changing so we should all be ready to change and adapt. It's not easy and it does take some trial and error to get right So where do we, as content creators, who our job is to be on social media, draw the line between our work and personal lives? For some, this may be easy, but what about those who have vlogs, and have video content to create? 

Once I started vlogging, I ran into this issue myself, and at the recent Dad 2.0 conference this topic came up during a dinner. I personally think that everyone should, first, know how to differentiate between work and personal life. Then, analyze and understand if the content goes with your channel / brand. Talk with your significant other, family, or close friend what they think about personal space. A good rule I think is good to follow, is to leave a space of your life that you can always go to when you need alone time, family time, or simply a space to take a break from the social media scene.

This is a topic that I is close to me since it involves my personal life as a father and my job as a content creator/social media influencer. In some cases, parents push their kids to be in their pictures and videos but we only do so when it comes naturally. If our daughter is crying or not feeling well, we don't take outfit pictures of her or wait for her to compose herself. Family is important to me so I had to draw a boundary between family time and work. I work from home, so my daughter is always around us while we work, but if she needs something or wants me to play with her, I'll drop whatever I'm doing and spend time with her. Even though I create daily vlogs now, I make sure to leave a space in the day for my own personal time with my family and for privacy. 



If you found this helpful or have any other tips, feel free to leave them in the comment section below!