Surprise You Are A Mom !: 2014

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Tuttorosso {Review & Recipe}



I love finding new recipes for my family to enjoy. 
I'm excited to share with you Tuttorosso's website and products. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014


Merry Christmas from the Guzman's ! 
I can't believe it's been a year since we were going through the ups and downs of getting our house.
What a year can make ! 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

#MerryKissmas Pancake {Recipe}


Can't believe that Christmas is just days away! 
I'm pretty sure you are cookie out. 
So I decided to create a Merry Kissmas Breakfast treat!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Let's Eat Cake! {Process Video #1}


This post is a bit different. 
I love to scrapbook but don't do it as often as I like to but none the less love it. 
I consider myself still new to scrapbooking so bare with me. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

{DIY} Christmas Ornaments


Christmas is almost here! I'm so excited!
When the holidays come around I love to decorate. I have a hard time picking holiday decor or sometimes its not in my budget to buy them. So I got creative and made these easy paper ornaments that anyone can make! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Getting Ready {VLOG}


This week we are getting ready for Thanksgiving and having family from out of town for the weekend. We also did a little bit of shopping and went out for a bit. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Supporting Local & Small Businesses {VLOG}


This week technology wasn't my friend. 
And I was prepping for Thanksgiving. 
We headed to College Park in Orlando, FL to support Jolie Bloom & Elle B

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Old Factory Candles Review & Giveaway!


I LOVE candles! It makes any room a cozy atmosphere. 
Or a scented candle can bring you back to a joyful moment. 
Whatever your reason is then you'll enjoy Old Factory Candles!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Potty Chairs, Accidents, and Training Pants, Oh My!


Potty training.
Every parent cringes to those words.
There are a million of ways to training your little one. There are different techniques from  the potty boot camp to start training them at months old. All of them are great and have the same end result. As a parent you have to determine how and when is the right time to potty train.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lalaloopsy World's Largest PJ Party! {Event}


We recently were invited to Nickelodeon Hotel for the Lalaloopsy World's Largest PJ Party! Yay! 
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter then you might have seen some the pictures that I shared. 
The great thing about this event is that you didn't necessarily need to be there. You could of participated right at the comfort of your home by #LalaPJParty on Instagram or Twiter.

Friday, November 21, 2014

November 2014 Ipsy Bag


Finally got my Ipsy bag! I don't know if it's just me but these bags are getting better and better every month. Well at least for me. My make up collection is shaping up and it's more due to my recent ipsy subscriptions. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cupcakes, Cateyes, & Cocktails: Mad Men Edition {Event}


A few weeks ago I was invited for a Mad Men inspired event. Any reason to dress up is okay on my book! I love the mad men era fashion besides the roaring 20's (which is my absolutely favorite era)
The event was held at SEE Eyewear in Winter Park, FL
They have a large variety of eyewear of any style from Mad Men inspired to modern trends. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nesquik Brownie {Recipe}


I love baking! 
Whether it's baking from the box or from scratch the kitchen smells delicious every time I bake. 
There are times that when I want to bake I'm missing ingredients for my baking needs. 
The other night I wanted some brownies but all I had was Nesquick , flour, sugar and other normal baking ingredients. 
Then I thought why not make Nesquik brownies?! 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Family Visiting & Historic Downtown Kissimmee {Vlog}


This week was a slow week for us. 
We created our DIY Halloween Wreath, ran a few normal errands and we had family over for the weekend.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Minted. Wishlist


Is it too early to start thinking about the holidays ?
I think not!
From the time it hits October till December it's my favorite time of year. 
We have Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Candy corn, turkey, presents and many more to look forward to. 
But there are also a few things in between that we have to do as well. 
Like creating Christmas cards, decorating the home and organizing yourself for all the family to come over for the holidays. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

September & October 2014 LootCrate


Halloween is already here! And just in the nick of time I'm showing you my September & October's Loot Crate Unboxing. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Visiting Mount Dora {Vlog}


This week was a bit of a different week for us. 
We had some rain and cooler weather too. But my daughter, Jinx and I got to visit Annie at Mount Dora, Fl. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Halloween Wreath


I absolutely love this time of year!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. You get to dress up and be your inner hero or princess. Or whatever you desire. And best of all the CANDY!!!!
Before I get side tracked I want to share my DIY Halloween Wreath!

Monday, October 20, 2014

September & October 2014 IPSY Bags


Today I am sharing two unboxing of September & October IPSY. 
Since the bag was out of sight out of mind I totally forgot to share September's IPSY bag last month. I didn't even know what I got until my unboxing!
By now most of you probably have seen September's bag which it's theme was StreetStyle
I absolutely love the bag and its items. 
My favorite items from this bag were

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tantrums, Counting to Cinco & Pumpkin Cheesecake! {VLOGS}


I finally edited my vlogs! I know it's been sooo  long since I've posted a vlog. 
But not only do I have one video but four

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Disconnect

Growing up in a world that technology is at your fingertips does have its downfalls. 
Not saying that it is evil.
 Just saying that we forget to interact with others or use up a portion of our valuable time. 
I have to say that I am guilty of this. 
Sometimes Moxxi asks for attention while we are on the iPad.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

About Me

Welcome!
You must be very curious about me. After all you are on my "About Me" section.
It's alright! I would've done the same.
Let's start off my by an introduction!
My name is Maritza. I currently live in Saint Cloud, FL. Originally from Miami, Fl. I moved to Central Florida over 5 years ago with my boyfriend (now husband) and loving it ever since. 
Don't get me wrong I do miss Miami, especially their Cuban/Latin Cuisine! If you know of a good place up here then comment down below or email me.(ASAP!)



You are probably curious about the title "Surprise You Are A Mom!" 
Well it's simple. 
I wasn't aware I was pregnant until I was in labor. 
I always get the 'deer in the headlights' look or 'wishing they experience their pregnancy like mines' reactions. It's alright if you go either way. I am already used to it by now. 
At first I didn't want to share this cause I felt embarrassed. But then I wondered if there are other moms out there feeling the same way. So I created my blog in hopes to connect with other moms.


And as for the baby. Her name is Jinx and turned out healthy and happy.
I was very lucky indeed! 
She is our pride and joy and the reason I started blogging and became a stay-at-home-mom
My husband, Bryan, and I are each other's support system throughout all of this. We have been together for almost 10 years and married for 3 years.
When we learned about our pregnancy (I should say short pregnancy) my husband kept his cool and joked that he now can't buy a retro arcade game for our guestroom. If it weren't for him I think I would of freaked out.


Now we live in our new house that we recently purchased (Feb 2014). We are slowly getting our house in order and putting our personal touch.
If you want to continue to know about me then follow my blog. 
I share my experiences as a mom, share DIY/crafts, reviews and you can hop over to my YouTube Channel to watch our Vlogs and other videos.
Don't be a stranger! So comment down below every post/video!

I always love hearing from you.

PR/Media/Disclosure

Well Hello there! 
Thanks for taking the time to come to this section of my blog. Are you interested in partnering up with Surprise You Are A Mom? Do you have an item for me to review or an event you want me to participate? Or do a giveaway?
I'm glad to hear it!

Things that peak my interest and interest of my viewers are the following:
Toddler Items (toys, clothes, arts & crafts, apps, etc)
Cleaning/organization Items/Services/Events 
Preschool Items/Services (this will gradually change as my daughter gets older)
Beauty Product/Services/Events
Fashion Products/Services/Events
Food Products/Services/Events
Home Items/Services/Events
Mom related items/services/events 

Local business/events (Central Florida Area and possible South Florida Area)

Just because I stated those items above doesn't mean that I am not open minded. 
So fill free to contact me.

For a typical product review, I must acquire the product and the product will not be returned. There will be a blog posted up within a certain time period and promoted at least once on each of my social medias. If you want to add a YouTube Video to the post an extra fee may apply. Please contact me to work out a fair pricing. 

Interested in my Media Kit? You can Download It Here.

ADVERTISING

I currently don't have sponsor/Affiliate banners but will be doing so in the future! Once I start having sponsor/affiliate banners I will not advertise for any product/company that I don't believe in.
The only advertising banners are through Google's Adsense. I do not control it's content. 


DISCLOSURE POLICY
This policy is valid as of February 2013.
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. I believe in giving my full honesty to my readers when reviewing a product, service, or event. I have the ability to accept or deny reviewing a product, service or event if I choose fit. If I do receive compensation of any form I will clarify it in my post and social medias. 

Pictures posted on this blog are my own unless stated otherwise. I always give it's proper credit to it's source. If you wish to use my pictures or content I advise you to properly give credit to it's source. A great way is by linking it back to me. If you have other questions you can email me.


Thank you for your interest and look forward to work with you. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cherry Blow Dry Bar {Review}



I want to thank Cherry Blow Dry Bar for inviting me to experience their salon.
Before I looked into the company, I was a bit confused by the concept. 
A salon that specializes on blow outs? 
But as I looked into it and experience it myself I am actually sold on it.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Give Kids The World Village- Blogger Bash!




First off I want to thank Mom It Forward, Sunshine Baker and Annie from Annie A to Z for inviting me to the Give Kids The World Village- Blogger Bash! 
I've lived in Central Florida for over 5 years and I've personally never heard of Give Kids The World Village before. I was surprise to find this place in the middle of all the Central Florida attractions. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

LootCrate August 2014 Heroes



August came and went. But it also means I got my Loot Crate! This theme is Heroes ! 
I was so excited for this box cause I truly loved July's box. If you haven't seen my unboxing for that one then click here

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Influenster #VitaVoxBox


Sharing my Influenster Vitality Vox Box!
Or #VitaVoxBox for short. 
I was surprised with all the items I received in my box. A select few items I've used them before like I mention in the video. And they are items I will continue purchasing in the future :)
Influenster must know I am sucker for any lip related items. Lip Balm, lipstick , lip sheers. You name it I just love them! I love the Softlips Cube ! I can't wait to purchase the other ones.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

IPSY August 2014



School is in session! This month's theme is Beauty Schooled. 
So it is only appropriate that this month's bag is shaped as a pencil case. 
I enjoyed majority of the items in this bag. Some of these items/brands I've never heard of. This is one of the great things about the monthly subscription (which is $10/month!!) is that you can test out new products without forking over a larger amount of money.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DIY Birthday Banner With PicMonkey (Despicable Me Theme)



Today I am bring you another DIY using PicMonkey! Like I said in my previous video/post I am not sponsored by PicMonkey. I just like using their site for editing videos, creating collages and much more. 
The purpose of DIY-ing (don't really think that's a word lol) is to customize my party gear. The Despicable Me Party supplies that I found at the party store were very boyish to me so I decided to create my own.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DIY Despicable Me Invitations Using Pic Monkey



Like any parent, I plan maybe a year to a few months in advance my daughter's birthday. I always try to make it special. After all she was a huge surprise for us three years ago! (Time sure flies!)
I look through Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration. If you need inspiration I have a board dedicated to Birthday Ideas: Despicable Me
Follow Maritza's board Birthday Ideas - Despicable Me on Pinterest.
I absolutely love Etsy but sometimes those customized invites can become pricey. Don't get me wrong I truly support small businesses but sometimes your budget can become play a factor in your purchases.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

July 2014 IPSY Bag



Sharing another unboxing! But this time it's July's Ipsy. 
I am very pleased with all the items that I received. I wish I got a full size Pixi lip balm but that's okay cause I am definitely will be purchasing some very soon. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Loot Crate July 2014 Villains



I'm a little behind with my Loot Crate Unboxing. 
It's better late than never. I just wanted to say that I LOVE July's box. The theme is Villains. As you guess it its everything villian related from Darth Vader to Joker& Harley Quinn was in this box.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Happy Tag


I was tagged by Nicole from Mommy Tips by Cole.
Thanks Nicole!!
If you want to check out her Happy Tag then click here to watch it.
I've listed 11 things that make me happy. Of course there are many more things that make me happy but these are the ones that truly makes me happy.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Catching up

Hi guys! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. 
I've been really behind in posting my vlogs. 
So today I am sharing them. Instead of making multiple videos I created two. 
The June 23-29 ,2014 was edited way in advance before I things got a little too much for me ( You can read more about it here
Therefore I have two videos.
In the first video I filmed my daughter playing Zoo Tycoon on the XBOX. She really enjoyed "interacting" with the animals. Even though it looks like a simple game it actually more of a build of a business type of game. My husband loves those strategy kind of games. We are glad we can have our daughter engage with us playing video games. 



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Words Hurt

You may or may not have noticed my slow incline of my posts, YouTube, and other social medias.
No nothing drastic has happened to me. And no I am not quitting blogging. 
Love blogging too much and have met so many amazing people. Even though I've never met them in person. 
It has been more due a comment that my mother in law has made that completely discouraged me in many ways. 
As many of you know I'm a stay at home mom. And if your a mom that works or is a stay at home mom you might of  heard this comment before: 
"You're a stay at home mom you have plenty of time!" or "You're a stay at home mom? You don't do much."
I've personally never been told this in person until a couple of weeks ago by my mother in law. 
I just want to be clear I am in no way bashing my mother in law. We get along great. Never really had any problems.
I've always heard of scenarios of mothers bashing other mothers by the way raise their kids or give their two cents about the moms that decide to stay home instead of working.
I always say if it works for you then it works for you. There is no set way of doing things. 
When I hear negative comments from strangers  I don't take it personal cause they truly don't know me or what's my situation. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DIY 4th of July Lanterns & Stars



Check out my DIY or you can read it down below
If you can't see it here you can go over to my YouTube Channel: Surprise You Are A Mom!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Floors are done!


You can watch our week below:
If you can't see it here then your can come over to my YouTube Channel: Surprise You Are A Mom!


This past week; we were having crazy weather in Florida. It would rain nonstop at times or its stop and go rain throughout the day. 


There is really nothing eventful going on this week. Other than we finally got our floors done!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Protect Your Eyes

As far as I can remember my mom always wore sunglasses. We lived in sunny Miami, Florida so I didn't really think it was big deal. In my teenage years I really loved wearing sunglasses. They were always a great accessory. Girls just love to accessorize and I was no exception. Again never really thinking about if it were beneficial for my eyes.
Over the years my husband pokes fun of the variety of sunglasses that I own. He doesn't understand why I have so many (which I don't). But now I have acquired some knowledge , thanks to The Vision Council, that can help my argument and probably change my husband's view on sunglasses.
If you follow me on Instagram I have a variety of pictures of my daughter and I. And majority of them are of us wearing sunglasses. She has a bigger collection that I do and she is only three! 
Without me realizing it I am creating good habits for my daughter which will protect her for the future.
Just by simply having her wear sunglasses.
You might be asking why are protecting your eyes so important?
It's highly important more for children from infant age till they are 18 years old to protect their eyes since their eyes are not fully developed yet. The reason being that children receive THREE times the annual adult dose of UV radiation since their eyes are not fully developed
In a mature eye, behind the iris there is a lens which filter out the UV but children under 18 years old don't have this fully developed.

Before I had my daughter and even after I always thought it was funny that stores would sell sunglasses for infants/children. Always perceived it was a way to have parents fall into "oh so cute" trap to spend money on them. Little did I know at the time that there was a purpose for them!
I know I am emphasizing to protect your children's eyes but you, as an adult, have to protect your eyes as well. There are short term and long term vision problems that are due to not protecting your eyes.
In the short term you have things such as  Photokeratitis (fancy word for sunburn on the eye), irritation, redness, swelling, and hyper sensitivity to light. 
This can happen at the beach/pool to just walking down the street. Yes these are short term issues that will go away but as you get older you will see the long term UV-related eye damage. Such as premature aging of the skin (wrinkles and sunspots), pterygium (abnormal growths on the eye and eyelid), Cataracts, Macular degeneration, Cancer of the eye, eyelid and surrounding skin. 



Just as we protect our skin with sunblock we must protect our eyes. But how do you protect yours eyes?
It is simple! Just by wearing UV protective eyewear (UVA & UVB) is a great start! 
You can even go further by finding the sunglasses that have the following : anti-reflective (cut down on glare this will minimize squinting), impact resistant ( it doesn't crack or break into the eye) , mirror coated, photochromic (great for those who wear eyeglasses), polarized, warparound,  or scratch resistant. You won't find everything in one pair of sunglasses but these are just an added bonus.

The Vision Council was nice enough to send me some cool 100% UV and polarized sunglasses from TUMI. Also Jinx is adding another pair of sunglasses to her collection. They are from a brand called Banz World of the Banz Adventure line. I honestly never heard of this brand before. I feel that these would be perfect for those with infants since it wraps around the head and it has an adjustable Velcro.


There are a variety of sunglasses out there from different colors to different frameworks as well as price.
You don't have to break your budget to protect your eyes. Just remember to look for sunglasses that are UV protective.
I am so appreciative that my mom has influenced me into wearing sunglasses on a daily basis. If it weren't for her I know that I would have a higher chance of having UV related eye problems in the future.
With her influence I am now creating a great habit for my daughter and protecting her as well.

Today(June 27) is National Sunglasses Day!! So share your #SunglassSelfie on The Vision Council's Facebook or twitter (@opticalindustry) and don't forget to use #NationalSunglassesDay
Join the fun and spread the word of protecting your eyes!

Let me know by commenting below if you shared your #sunglassselfie, learned anything new or to just say hi!  


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Disclosure: The Vision Council gifted me products for my post. I would not post anything that I wouldn't agree/like.

Monday, June 23, 2014

My First IPSY Bag June 2014



You can watch my uboxing here or you can read it down below


If you can't see the video then you can go to my YouTube Channel: Surprise You Are A Mom!

I'm so excited to share this unboxing with you guys! I've been watching other YouTubers show off their Ipsy bags and I've always wanted to sign up.
 If you are not familiar with Ipsy it is a monthly beauty subscription of just $10 per month. With no delivery fees. Each month you'll receive a cute pouch with at least 4 to 5 beauty items. They range  from sample, deluxe sample or full sizes.
 When you sign up on Ipsy.com they ask you a variety of questions from which make up products you use to how you wear your makeup. This questionnaire helps customize your bag to your liking. For just $10 you get to try out beauty products that you were probably eyeing or be introduced to new brands/products. You definitely get your money's worth in each bag. 

The following are the items that I received this month. I have links to each items if you are interested in purchasing them. Some of them you can find at Ulta, Walgreens or department stores. 
The bag is from Rebecca Minkoff. Unfortunately you can't purchase the same bag but there is a similar pouch from Rebecca Minkoff's line





NYX Butter Gloss, Color: Eclair, $5






Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, Sample size, Estimated $3.24

If you are subscribed to ipsy I would love to know what you got. Or even if you are not an Ipsy subscriber have you tried any of these products? Comment down below and share your thoughts :)





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