Review & Giveaway: Noodles & Company #NoodlesMA

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Noodles tasting as compensation. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are all my own.


I love food. I really love food. And I really love food which I DON’T have to cook! My mother would be so disappointed! Maybe it’s the summer heat, maybe it’s my crazy schedule, but I’ve had zero desire to get in the kitchen this summer. Considering how much my eight year old eats this has caused quite the problem! So when we were invited for a tasting at Noodle & Company I jumped at the opportunity to try some food that I didn’t have to cook :-)

Since I’m not cooking much these days, it’s been important to be creative about the foods we’re eating and ensure that they are nutritious and tasty. My tummy has gotten super sensitive to many foods over the past year, and many regular on the go favorites no longer agree with my tummy. So it was exciting to hear that Noodles & Company uses only the freshest ingredients to make various noodle dishes, soups and salads inspired by the world. We’re talking Japanese Pan Noodles, Thai Curry Soup and Wisconsin Mac & Cheese just to name a few! And for around $8 a dish taking your family out for lunch and dinner won’t have to break the bank!



During our tasting we were able to try small tastes of many of their fan favorites including the Margherita Flatbread, Pesto Cavatappi, and Spaghetti. Our favorite bite of the meal was one that I wasn’t expecting I’d enjoy. Their Tomato Basil Bisque is out of this world yummy! It’s rich and tasty and perfectly seasoned….we both licked our bowls clean!!


We went over to their location in Burlington, just across from the mall, but they also have a location over in Shrewsbury in the White City Shopping Center.

Whether you are on kitchen strike like me or are looking to change up your dinner, I’ve got a great giveaway for local readers! One lucky reader will win a Noodles tote and a Noodles for Four gift card!

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Good Luck & Happy Eating!!


Boston Families: Annual Family Film Festival at The Shops at Prudential Center!

While August is upon us, our family has just under a month left until the school year begins. But until September 2nd rolls around we’re still enjoying the summer sun with lots of time outdoors with friends! While we prefer to be outdoors than inside watching the TV, we’re looking forward to the Annual Family Film Festival at The Shops at Prudential! The Prudential Center’s Magic 106.7 (my favorite bedtime relaxation station) festival runs until August 30 so there is still time to get the family down to the Center’s South Garden and enjoy a flick when the sun sets! Enjoy entertainment, games and gift card giveaways (starting at 6pm) and the first 20 guests to arrive receive a FREE picnic blanket compliments of The Shops at Prudential Center! Oh and did I mention there is no admission fee? That’s right, the Annual Family Film Festival is free and open to the public! If you feel like heading inside the shops and grabbing dinner or dessert of $10 or more, you can take advantage of on-site discounted parking!

Considering it is New England, in the event that it rains Saturday rain dates are scheduled for the following Wednesday. Full details can be found on The Shops at Prudential Center’s website or Facebook page.


 Our family will be attending the August 16 film to see The Lego Movie…who wants to join us?


JOHNSON’S® Baby “Your Promise is Our Promise”

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with JOHNSON’S® Baby and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions as always are my own.


Like many families, when my bouncy baby girl came into the world many Johnson products lined our shelves at home. Nothing beats the smell of a baby after they’ll bathed using JOHNSON’S® Baby soap and shampoo. Since that time there has been some questioning about the ingredients in JOHNSON’S® products, and the folks over at JOHNSON’S® want to ensure all families know that the children and families that use their products matter to them, that’s why they’re taking a stand and change their product formulas – not because of safety, but for peace of mind.

With the arrival of their new products, they have launched the “Your Promise is Our Promise” campaign to show their commitment to mom and the promises they make their children. We all know life changes (for the better) when our children are born, being a mother still completely fascinates me and like other parents I’ve made many promises to my daughter over the years. Promises to ensure she knows she’s loved, that she knows Mommy is always there, that I’ll always protect her and encourage her, and do my best to provide for her. Promises I intend to follow-through with as long as I am able. Well JOHNSON’S® Baby also makes promises so moms don’t have to worry about the products they use on their little ones.

In addition to the new products, a “One Promise” video (below) has also been created to show JOHNSON’S® commitment to the families that use their products. This inspiring video brings different walks of life together to build an origami stork mobile, symbolizing the delivery of their promise to always listen to their consumers. The concept dates back to a Japanese legend of folding 1,000 origami cranes resulting in a wish granted and a promise fulfilled, which is thought to be a labor of love.

The reformulated JOHNSON’S® Baby products was their labor of love for parents and babies. Storks were used in the video because they represent the delivery of babies, and the hopes and promises of families.

Be on the lookout for their seven newly reformulated JOHNSON’S® Baby products:

  • JOHNSON’S® Baby Lotion
  • JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo
  • JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo & Conditioner for Thick and Curly Hair
  • JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo & Conditioner for Thin and Straight Hair
  • JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo with Calming Lavender
  • JOHNSON’S® Baby Soothing Vapor Baby Bath

Have you used JOHNSON’S® Baby products with your family? If so, would you consider purchasing one of their new products?


Are You a Passenger or Pilot In Your Life? Take Control Of YOUR Life

In life you are either a passenger or a

Over the weekend I got to thinking about my life – where I’ve been, where I am and where I’m going. At 28 I’ve had some crippling days and some joyous moments – all have landed me where I currently am in life. From a young age I was in control of my own life – it was up to me to make decisions about my future and my happiness without a parent around to give me direction. Though it’s been tough I have found extreme satisfaction in being able pilot of life and can’t imagine someone else being in control of my future. I chose to take control of my life and I’m so glad I did.

As a woman and as a single mother I take pride my ability to stand on my own two feet. That I can independently provide food, housing and love to my daughter. That I am able to go out into the world and use my skills to give back to others and support my community. That I’m not a pushover and that I give respect and demand it back. I’m ambitious, at times confident and fearless and I wouldn’t be who I am today without the experiences I’ve been through and choosing to live life on my terms.

Because it’s a choice. You choose to either be a passenger in your life. Or you choose to be the pilot. And the choice is always yours. Will you take control of your life?

Yes, I’m a strong and independent afro-latina, I’ll say it loud and I’ll say it proud. That being said, I do look forward to the day I can share my heart and home with a partner and create a life together. But within that relationship I will still be in control of my own life – I’ll still be the pilot – and within that relationship I’ll stand on my own two feet together with someone moving forward.

I’ll be honest…it’s difficult for me to see people satisfied being the passenger in their own lives. Content with just buckling in and preparing for the ride because they are afraid to stand up for themselves and know their worth. Content with someone being in control and making the decisions, worried that it’d be too difficult to take the lead. And at times I can understand the desire to have someone else take the lead – but to have them be in control of your life? YOUR life? I urge you to seriously re-consider.

When you look back upon your life will you be satisfied with being a passenger? Will you regret not being in more control of your life? At any point in your life you have the opportunity to change your circumstance. If you’re unhappy and unsatisfied with your relationship, your job, your nagging friends. It’s up to you to find the happiness you seek. To create the life you want. To create a life you are satisfied with. It’s no easy process, but I encourage you to start today – start being the pilot in YOUR own life. To take control of your life. Today


Saving for College is Possible: 5 Tips to Get Started!

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


My baby will be in the 3rd grade in the Fall. The THIRD grade people. It’s scary to see how fast she’s growing up and into her own young woman. Just last week she got her very own email address! In my first email to her I asked her to stop growing, to which she responded “I will grow one day. You can’t stop me.” Yep, my heart completely melted. There is so much to plan for now that I often forget to look ahead. My life is very much in the present and doesn’t leave room to consider planning for future events and happenings like college. And while I’d rather my 8 year old stay young and innocent forever – life cannot stop just because I want it too and I have to be smart about planning for her future now. Part of that planning includes saving for college.


You may have seen a colorful tent at some local events throughout Boston and beyond. Within the walls of these U.Fund Dreams tent are opportunities for kids and their family to experience their dreams like never before. This past weekend my daughter and I visited the U.Funds Dreams Tent at the WGBH FunFest in Boston where we walked away with some information on how we can get started with saving for college and our college savings options.


Doesn’t she look excited?! These Dream Tents encourage families to see their children’s dreams come to life through interactive activities, educational information, and a green screen. Yep, like the ones on movie sets! Whether your youngsters dream is to become an architect, astronaut or teacher the dream tent wants kids to dream and dream BIG while realizing the sky is the limit! I want to support my daughter in whatever career she decides to pursue, but one thing is clear. I won’t be able to support her higher education without some savings to get her through.


The great folks over at Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) know how scary and overwhelming saving for college can be – but want you to know that it’s POSSIBLE…with some planning of course! Below are five tips to get you and your family saving for college:

  1. Develop a budget that includes a college savings plan.
  2. Use a notebook, spreadsheet, or smart phone app to track personal and household spending for a week to identify areas for savings. Next try tracking your expenses for a month.
  3. Save money on lunch. Make a double-batch of dinner & wrap up leftovers to take to work that week.
  4. Save for a short-term goal, like a family movie night. Show yourself that savings works, then aim higher.
  5. Put some of your tax refund towards college savings.

I know I’ve got some SERIOUS work to do to build up my daughter’s college savings. But I’m happy to say I’ve already started. It’s not A LOT, but it’s started and that’s something! I’m sure a few of the tips many of you have already implemented, but like many of us, just need to be more consistent.

How do you and your family save for college? What tips would you share with other families? For 5 more college saving tips from MEFA be sure to CLICK HERE!

Happy Saving!