It’s that time of the year when everyone is shopping away and us Latinos are not the exception. As we all know were all about gatherings with family and friends too. We love organizing reunions during the holiday season to celebrate friendships and the quality times we can spend with families because we are extremely busy during the year.

If there’s something I’ve learned from my own family growing up is that “familia” is a priority plus in all gatherings food is a must. Right? That is why this holiday season I decided to team up with my friends from ALDI so that I could remind you why I love shopping with them at least once a week. You may ask; but why once a week? Because ALDI supermarkets offers the best quality foods at the lowest possible prices.

You will want to know that their exclusive brands are as good, or even better, than the best known brands in the market. Just like I saved up to 50% on my recent holiday shopping experience at their store you can too, but this is any day of the year — not only during the holiday season.

ALDI is opening a few more stores in Southern California to ensure more families have access to the best quality foods at the lowest possible prices therefore I recently visited one of their Bakersfield, CA stores because I could not wait to check out that location. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this location was very similar to all the others I’ve visited with the freshest vegetables, fruits and products.

For one of our upcoming gatherings with family and friends we decided to get our shopping done there so that we could save ourselves extra money for the “regalitos” this time of year. Because that additional $1 always goes the extra mile during the holidays.

ALDI does not even compare to other competitors because they work with farmers and local growers to ensure the vegetables arrive from the field to the store in the shortest time possible and then to our homes — within 2 days. This is a huge plus for my wife and I who are health nuts. When we shop at ALDI we seriously feel like we are at a Farmer’s Market with the freshest produce and lowest possible prices.

Shopping at ALDI ensures me that I will score great deals with the quality foods and products I buy. They go above and beyond in making sure that their exclusive ALDI brands contain NO artificial colors, or have no added monosodium glutamate or MSG.

During my recent grocery shopping experience I spent less than $25 (as you can see receipt included below) for a small gathering that we recently hosted for family at our home. This goes to show how you do not need to spend a lot of money to purchase quality products for a delicious meal. Our guests loved the gathering just as much as they loved the food from ALDI.

In addition, something else that I love about ALDI is that you do not need to come in prepared with coupons. Leave all that hassle behind because that is old school. Once you step in you are guaranteed incredibly low prices. That is why they are helping Latino families bring organic products to their dinner table in California because there’s no need for a Club membership, buying in bulk (which a lot of times goes bad) or with coupons.

If you haven’t gone to ALDI supermarkets yet, swing by one close to you today so that you create delicious meals in your home this holiday season. They are pretty much everywhere in Southern California or check them out here. It will surely become one of your favorite stores just like it’s been for my wife and I for the past years.

Let’s celebrate for big savings on our groceries so that we are left with extra money to invest in those that deserve it most this holiday season.

And while you are ALDI you can also score big deals on ALDI Home Finds that include holiday themed products whether that be for your home decor or to gift to family and friends.

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Prudential and DiMe media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

For the first time this year my wife and I attended Hispanicize Los Angeles as Prudential ambassadors. We felt humbled and took on this opportunity with great responsibility because we understand the gap that there is when it comes to educating our audience on how to better approach their finances. I’ve said it before that it’s not only about the number of followers on social media that we have, but we really take our profession seriously as influencers.  

Hispanicize 2018 (#Hispz18) is the largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and entrepreneurship. Hands down this is one of our favorite conferences because it is one of a kind where we get to strengthen relationships with existing friends, but also are introduced to new people that end up becoming like a big extended family. In addition we get to form new brand partnerships with those that align with our own mission.

Furthermore, we get to participate in sessions and hear from keynote speakers that allow us to drive our business forward. Such was the case with all of the sessions Prudential sponsored this year. I love educating myself on the topics of financial wellness so I was happy that I was able to learn information on how to better manage my budget, make money work for me even during my sleep and also how to better monetize with my brand.

Day 1 was a lot of fun as the evening kicked off with Prudential Influencers Welcome Reception as we gathered to learn about the most recent initiatives that Prudential has put into practice to foster and attain financial wellness. I enjoyed hearing other influencers testimonies as to how they incorporate being financially fit on their blogs, the food was great and the backpack we received is now one of my favorites that I use during all of my recent trips.

On day two when I attended Prudential’s “Achieveing a Life of Fire” panel and a lot of discussion points resonated with me and I immediately learned that there’s a lot of room for improvement with my own business and how I handle my finances. Although I feel I have done fairly well for myself and my wife who is also a full-time entrepreneur in the past year when we decided to retire from Corporate America there’s so much more we can improve on. Over the last year as self-made entrepreneurs we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs, but we wouldn’t change this lifestyle for anything — it is so rewarding.

From the panel we realized that we are working at a level where we can easily put ourselves through burnout and we need to be smarter with how and where we spend our time. If there’s one main point that stuck with us it was the fact that we need to get better at making money even when were sleeping to reach a higher level of financial wellness.

My wife and I took on this opportunity of being so close to Prudential’s financial experts to ask questions and even come up with a plan where we could start planning for our retirement early. Do you have a retirement plan? It’s crucial that you do.

During Hispanicize we sat down with one of Prudential’s advisors and he was extremely helpful to make us think outside of the box and gave us ideas to do different things to be more financially stable when it came to money. Why? Because money affects our stress level, mental state and physical health of course. Prudential advisors do take the time to provide the necessary financial education depending on the stage of your life that you are in — my wife and I are expecting parents and we even received valuable information to be the best parents possible.

Another great component that I got to cover as a Prudential ambassador was the Impact Awards presented by Prudential where we go to hear empowering stories from the awardees.

By far having the Prudential activation room at Hispanicize all throughout the weekend was another of my favorite parts of the conference because their interactive components made me learn so much more about optimized financial planning.

My wife and I are very appreciative to attend the Hispanicize and especially to Dorinda Walker, Vice President of Cultural Insights and Activation of Prudential.

Remember that it’s never too soon to teach others about financial literacy and it’s easier than ever by visiting www.prudential.com and putting their simple recommendations into practice when were around our loved ones and friends.

Financial Wellness could mean the Following:

  • Financial wellness means maintaining stability today while having the knowledge and confidence to do

what you want tomorrow.

  • Financial wellness is a continuous process of achieving and maintaining balance to ensure we are

equipped to handle whatever life may throw our way.

  • The journey to financial wellness is deeply personal. Our relationship with money impacts our physical

health, our stress levels and state of mind, our family dynamic and even our performance at work.

  • Similar to getting physically healthy, there is no magic number that works for everyone. Financial

wellness is about training ourselves to build good money habits that we can practice in support of our

own personal goals and dreams.

  • To date, financial wellness has predominantly only been spoken about in the workplace–but it’s so

much more than that. Financial wellness can and does impact our lives as a whole.

So what does financial wellness mean to you? To me it means having an overall stability with my finances so that my mental, physical and emotional health is not affected. I do this by having a monthly budget and managing my expenses so that I can create sustainability and create extra money for a vacation or outings that bring joy to my life.

Lastly, if you have not thought about your financial wellness recently, but would like to get your financial wellness aligned with your long-term goals please reach out to one of Prudential Financial Advisors just like my wife and I did.

This post is sponsored by REI but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Being my own boss and working from the comfort of my home I often do not get out to enjoy the outdoors because I get so caught up on the day to day tasks. But when I was invited by my friends from REI to experience the Full Moon Kayak Tour I was all in and immediately said “where do I sign up?”

Life gets so busy and now more than ever as we wait for the arrival of our first born my wife and I want to squeeze in as many activities as a couple because we know time will be even more restricted caring for baby #1.

Recently I joined my friends from REI to try one of their guided outdoor classes and when I saw that they offered a Full Moon Kayak Tour at Newport Beach. I had gone kayaking in that particular place before, but never for a night tour. I had always gone during the day. This time I was able to go with my wife and that made it even more special — so much more romantic.

It was a perfect day to go kayaking because we worked for a couple hours during the day and by 2 pm we completely disconnected to drive to the place in Newport Sea Bass where we met the REI team.

You’ll want to know that REI Outdoor School instructors will provide all the gear and basic kayak instruction. It was such a beautiful experience to see the sun set, then headed out for a 2 hour kayak full moon.

This is a great way to get some extra kayaking practice and meet new friends. No experience is required, but taking a Learn to Kayak Class is recommended.

With a recent home move my wife and I were in urgent need of some “off” time, to recharge and rebalance, and there was no better way to do this than being surrounded by water. It was so relaxing.

There’s something about being outside in nature that puts my mind at so much ease and calmness. Whether that be hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding or any other activity REI has something for everyone. Their goal is to connect people with the outdoors at all times when possible.

The Full Moon Kayak Tour was amazing because we got to experience a beautiful sunset and then a full moon making it’s grand appearance which was mind-blowing. This was my first time experiencing kayaking at night and I would do it all over again. There was a small group (7 people) on the tour, a knowledgeable guide and a breathtaking view of the Newport mansions and luxurious boats and yachts.

I must add that my friends from REI made the entire sign up process easy and instructions were clear that we got to kayaking within 10 minutes. Our guides were equipped with an emergency kit, snacks, waterproof pouches and hot tea for when we took our break.

We kayaked around the sheltered Newport bay before making our way into a more open space where we would watch the full moon set in with the ducks and pelicans. We even came across a gigantic sea lion. I just sat on my kayak and enjoyed the moment!

If you are looking to get outdoors, do something fun and meet cool people, you should check out REI’s outdoor classes because you are bound to find others that have similar interests as you.

Learn more about the REI experiences in your area here.

What is something you’ll signup to try with REI outdoors? I want to hear your comments.

This post is sponsored by Vega™ Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

It’s time to get real on how bad my eating habits have been these past summer months. Alright they have not been awful, but there were times when I know I could have made better food choices for my body. But let’s remember that summer is meant to be enjoyed with family and friends too.The vain of that  “dig in, give it everything and persevere” motto is encouraged by my friends from Vega. My wife and I are becoming more conscious with the food items we consume and we recently tried the Vega™ Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative. She’s vegetarian and has been thinking of making the transition into becoming 100% vegan so the discovery of these snacks was perfect timing.As I mentioned earlier, this summer our eating habits have been  a little off track with upgrading r our home, preparing for the arrival of our first born, traveling,  and running our home business, so we are glad we found Vega™ Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative. Vega is  all about the effort you put into life. We know life is never perfect and they understand that. I loved reading that they empower everyone to be their personal best.
But most importantly,  Vega™ Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative  has real, plant-based food ingredients that help anyone “LIVE LIKE YOU MEAN IT”. Now that’s a great line to live by!
You’ll want to know that Vega™ Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative is NEW is the best fuel choice to power through all of your life’s adventures and goals. Believe me that this has served us well in the middle of how chaotic and fun our current lifestyle has turned out. If these snacks have been ideal for us during our busy days I guarantee they will be beneficial for all of you living an active lifestyle.

With 13 g of protein, Vega™ Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative has the highest protein per serving of any plant based yogurt alternative on the market.
For the past week I have madebig progress at re-integrating myself into my previous workout habits, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. To help me  get back into the groove of things and to make sure that I am fueling my body with the protein that it needs,I could not think of a better snack than to incorporate Vega™ Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative.
What else will you find in Vega™ Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative?
Live and active cultures, including prebiotics and probiotics
Good source of minerals (magnesium, zinc, and iron)
Made with real plant-based food ingredients
More protein than sugar (7 g)

Vega™ Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative is a great option fora post-workout snack, an afternoon pick-me-up or a compliment to your breakfast.

Vega™ Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative snacks can be found at your local Whole Foods, Sprouts or Meijer in the yogurt section – very convenient for you to find. Go visit them so that you can start tasting delicious and real plant-based yogurt alternatives.  
Will you be adding Vega™ Protein Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative to your active lifestyle? I want to hear your thoughts.

This is a part of a sponsored collaboration with Prudential and Dime Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

As future first-time parents financial planning has become a priority in our lives. In the past Carmen and I would only think about us two as a couple, but now with the arrival of our first born we are thinking about all the expenses that will come in this new stage of our lives. For us it has always been a priority to be physically and mentally fit, but now being financially stable it just as important to provide for our growing family.

This is where we feel fortunate to have come across our friends from Prudential who are always providing solutions to help people improve their financial wellness, but more specific with subjects related to our Hispanic community.

According to a recent publication published by Prudential for Hispanics, the disconnect with financial planning is largely rooted in lack of awareness and familiarity and Carmen and I couldn’t agree more with this statement. As we were both speaking we personally don’t have the example from our families of planning for the future and this represents a challenge. Nonetheless this can the perfect opportunity to show people that follow us that it is very important to have a budget and to educate ourselves about the different ways of how we can have a successful financial future.

Getting a helping hand from Prudential Financial Professionals has already helped us tremendously in order to be more focused when it comes to planning for the present and the future where we will be incurring a lot more expenses once our baby arrives.

Working with a budget and also saving for the future is one of the recommendations and solutions that Prudential suggests that will help to protect ourselves and our future baby. The first step for us will be to balance how much we earn vs. what we spend. Thankfully we are already on top of this first task but I love the interactive tools “Slice A Budget” that you can find in the following link that will help you to have more clarity of this important step.

Once the budget is in place the next step for us is to think about saving for our baby and I like the advice from Prudential where they recommend that the key is to assign easy-to-handle dollar figures for each of our goals and to take action steps even though they may seem impossible. This is another reason as to why we can use a trusted Financial Professional that has the financial knowledge to better guide us and who better than a Prudential Financial Professional that can become our accountability partner.

In addition, something that Carmen and I already put in place is “wants” vs. “needs” and we were glad to find more information on this from our friends at Prudential as to how they recommend to save for a rainy day and expect the unexpected. Unforeseen circumstances are unavoidable, but there are ways to work around some unexpected life struggles. As I mentioned Prudential recommends thinking about “wants” vs “needs” such as putting off spending money on large purchases and discretionary spending. To help increase that emergency fund is to set up automatic, recurring monthly transfers in there and most importantly pay down debt.   

Now more than ever because of this new and exciting chapter in our lives we understand that working with Financial Professionals Rocks. They will help us eliminate roadblocks and they will take an unbiased and holistic view of the financial picture. It’s important to note that they can help organize so that we make valuable, cost-saving decisions that affect our future.

It is an honor for Carmen and I to be named 2018 Prudential Ambassadors and we will be at Hispanicize LA from October 11-13th. Hope to see you all there to talk more about being financially fit with everyone.

This post is sponsored by iWi but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

It’s been almost a year that my wife and I both decided to be more self-conscious on the food items we buy and consequently put in our mouths. We have not strictly gone vegetarian or vegan yet, but we have definitely cut back on our meat and fish consumption by over 80%. The main reason we did this at the beginning was to try out something new, but seeing how our energy levels improved we’ve decided to stick to this new lifestyle.

Throughout my life I have struggled a lot with my wellness, improper exercise, weight and body image problems, but ever since 3 years ago that I changed my lifestyle completely to one where I work out at home for 30-40 minutes, go on runs 2-3 days a week my health has tremendously benefited in ways that I would have never imagined. Staying active and eating healthy food has made me have more free time, stay more alert, be more creative and has made me feel great, but with summer here and with so many outdoor activities I felt that lately my energy was not how it was before.

As I mentioned earlier although my wife and I have changed our nutrition to be more plant based in the last months we’re always researching ways that we can continue to optimize our performance as athletes. Having the correct nutrients in our bodies is key to help us recover more quickly after we train and be able to hit “repeat” the next day during our home workouts.

The moment we began looking for the right sources to give us Omega 3 from algae that is grown in a sustainable way we came across iWi® Omega-3 EPA+DHA softgels. What this means is that these supplements are also great for the world.

We could not let this opportunity go by without trying them and implementing them into our daily lives. We both consume them now and right off the bat we’ve felt our performance and energy levels skyrocket as to how they were before.

An important nutrient for athletes, Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to quicken workout recovery by reducing inflammation and improving protein synthesis which may enhance workout gains. In fact, everyone benefits from omega-3s, as they are also essential for cardiovascular, brain, joint, eye and skin health as well as fetal development and a reduced incidence of certain kinds of cancer.

iWi is a U.S based company that is changing the Omega 3 scenario. Their product is algae based and actually has the highest bioavailability in the Omega 3 market (higher than fish and krill). Take a look at the graphic below so that you have a better idea as to what I am referring to. A side note is that it has a higher potency and absorption rate. They have full traceability of the entire product.
They make efficient use of land that is not suitable for farming and the delicate ecosystem of the ocean is not bothered. Sunshine is their main source of energy. The process is sustainable and scalable and the brand is socially-aware, creating jobs in rural areas. All of this ties into iWi being ocean friendly, which is pretty awesome right? They’re helping to save our oceans ecosystems. Now don’t we all want a better and healthier planet for the generations to come. I know the answer is: YES!

You’ll love to learn that iWi® Omega-3 EPA+DHA are non-GMO and suitable for all diet tribes from vegan and vegetarian to paleo and keto.

I continue to strive for implementing healthier habits in my daily life, but also serving as an inspiration in the lives of everyone who I impact via social media therefore I believe it’s important I share the new product I found and has benefited me. I make health and fitness a priority therefore I am incorporating iWi® Omega-3 EPA+DHA supplements in my life.

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This is a sponsored post by ALDI, but all opinions expressed here in the post are my own based on my personal experience.

I find myself shopping at ALDI at least once a week if not twice because their deals are superb to any other grocery store in town. I learned about ALDI several years ago when I visited my family in Chicago and always wanted something like that store here in Los Angeles, CA. It took many years for us to see one literally 2 miles away from my house (Downey, CA), but I am thrilled that we finally did. Now you can always find me there shopping for the freshest vegetables, fruits and products at easily accessible prices.

ALDI works with farmers and local growers to ensure the vegetables arrive from the field to the store in the shortest time possible and then to our homes. This is a huge win for us health enthusiasts.

This past weekend my wife and I hosted a soccer viewing party for friends to watch the Mexico vs. Germany game during the World Cup and it was huge success. Did you all see it? What a great game!

Not only did my favorite team win, but I also scored some great deals at ALDI too. Can you believe that under $40 we were able to purchase all of the gourmet food we served during our brunch. We served delicious avocado toasts and oatmeal (one of my wife’s staple snacks) with fruit. One of the deals of the week was almond milk and that’s exactly what we bought at ALDI for the oatmeal.

Our guests loved the bruch just as much as they loved the game. We even shared with them where we purchased our food because we had the urge to say it and the majority of them did not have an idea that the store was so close to everyone. Our friends mentioned that they would make that their go-to grocery store moving forward.

Why do my wife and I love ALDI so much? ALDI supermarkets offers the best quality foods at the lowest possible prices, with exclusive brands that are as good, or even better, than the best known brands in the market. I was able to see this for myself this weekend because with under $40 I was able to feed a large group of friends during our soccer viewing party at our house. I will show you the receipt below.

Note: Please deduct $15.56 from the total amount on the receipt since I bought four pints of my favorite ice cream (Halo Top) and that was not intended for the brunch. That will be my for my cheat days. Deducting $15.56 from $49.25 is $33.69 and that is under $40.

Shoppers can save up to 50% any day of the year, compared to what we would spend at a leading competitor. If I would have gone to any other grocery store to buy all of the goods for our soccer viewing party I would have easily spent $75 or more.

Shopping at ALDI first guarantees that you are making your groceries stop really count. You will see that their exclusive quality brands are always exceptional and healthy, especially Simple Nature, A Simple Choice. If you were to come to our home and look through pantry and refrigerator you’ll see this brand everywhere.

What I love the most about ALDI is that you do not need to come in prepared with coupons. Leave all that hassle behind. Once you step in you are assured of their incredibly low prices.

Remember that we’ve still got a lot of fun soccer matches to watch during the World Cup. You can also score big savings at ALDI when you host a soccer viewing party.

I will be hosting giveaway so that one of you can enjoy a World Cup match with a $25 ALDI gift card. Next Mexico games are on Saturday, June 23 at 8:00 am and Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00 am. In order to win gift card follow ALDI on FB, TW and IG. Also comment on my social media channels when this post goes live as to why you love shopping at ALDI too.

If you haven’t gone to ALDI supermarkets yet, swing by, get to know them just like my friends that come to our soccer viewing party. It will surely become one of your favorite stores just like it’s been for my wife and I for the past year.

Plus, this year Market Force has named ALDI once again —among US grocery stores— as the leader delivering to its clients more value for their money; an award ALDI has received for the last eight years.

Let’s cheer for our favorite soccer team to keep scoring during the World Cup, but most importantly that we score big savings in our wallets too thanks to ALDI.

 

This post is sponsored by Michelob ULTRA but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

With Fathers Day just being one week away, it’s time we take a look at the strong and compassionate men in our lives who we will be celebrating. I feel honored and blessed to have been raised by a man that has taught me so many great lessons, values and attributes that constitute into being an honorable man — yes as cheesy as that my sound that is my Pops.

Since I will be traveling this year during Father’s Day I decided to celebrate my ULTRA father an entire week early because he deserves two celebrations for being an excellent human being.

In so many aspects I see myself reflected in my father. He’s taught me work ethic, compassion, integrity, responsibility and respect. Those among other qualities are what really defines him and I am proud that those important things have rubbed off on me. I always wish I live closer to my father because we are currently a 6-hour drive away from each other, but every opportunity I have to spend time with him I am all in.

My father is a real simple man, keeps to himself and is such a homebody that enjoys gardening and growing his own organic and healthy vegetables and fruits. Every time I visit he loves to show off his new crops and new projects he’s working on around the house. He’s retired now after so many years of working in agriculture and constructions jobs. I have so much admiration for him for always providing for my 4 siblings and I.

Often times and especially on a hot summer day and when we BBQ we enjoy a nice cold beer while we catch up on life and talk about my future plans w/ my family. I love sitting next to him and hearing all of his tips and tricks on how to live a more fulfilling life.

Quality time with my father is so valuable because we do not live so close to each other and I only get to see him once a month. Having a Michelob ULTRA with dad was a perfect option this weekend because although I live an incredibly fit lifestyle I believe it’s extremely important to live without restrictions and balanced. Everything with moderation is great. Plus Michelob ULTRA counts with only 95 calories and 2.6 carbs, there is no need to feel guilty about taking a break from my workout routines and trainings.

Quality time with your dad is a great gift you should never take for granted and consider giving more of that this upcoming holiday. In case you have no idea what to buy for him and really want to give him more than your attention and time Michelob ULTRA has a great online shop now where you can find some different & fun gift items for your special dad.

How are  you going to celebrate your ULTRA Dad this Father’s Day?  Will you spend time outdoors? BBQ together like we did, grab a few cold ones and spend some quality time together?

Cheers to all the dads out there instilling positivity into the world!

This post is sponsored by Sapporo USA but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

As we all know there’s an international day for everything and sushi could not be left out from these big celebrations. I bet that you probably did not know that International Sushi Day falls on June 18 (Monday) and you can celebrate it too. I know I will be eating Sushi that day because I eat it at least twice a month and that day I will want it even more. I have an obsession with Sushi, not only is it delicious, but I feel that it is very refreshing and goes perfect with my fit lifestyle.

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Every time I visit a Sushi restaurant I need to pair my sushi with the oldest and best-selling brand of Japanese beer, which is Sapporo Premium Beer. I will omit how many glasses I actually drink, but understand that it is one of my all-time favorite premium beers.

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I will never forget the very first time that I was introduced to Sushi. I was a freshmen in college. I visited a Japanese restaurant and that time with friends and we ordered so many sushi rolls and I was enjoying all of them. At that time I was under 21 and I could not have Sapporo, but as soon as I did turn 21 and paired Sushi with Sapporo Premium I honestly felt that it was the perfect harmonious Japanese combination. Would you agree?

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There’s a cool thing going on right now over on Sapporo Premium page and thanks to OpenTable giveaway one of you will have the opportunity to receive a gift card by commenting on my blog post with your favorite type of sushi to enjoy a Sapporo with! You do not want to miss this opportunity so that you can have an even better International Sushi Day at the restaurant of your choice.

In addition to the above giveaway there’s a Sushi Star game where you can find more information on the Sapporo Premium page and play for a chance to win fun, Sushi Day related prizes!!

So what will you do on June 18? Eat Sushi of course and wash it down with some crisp and cold Sapporo Premium Beer right! You can choose to visit your favorite sushi restaurant in your neighborhood or why not make your own sushi at home.

Recently my wife and I bought a sushi toolkit where we can make our own sushi and we have yet to use it so that’s what well do on June 18th. We’ll break the seal and have a sushi prepping party at our home with close friends.

We already have the complement to our Sushi, which is Sapporo Premium Beer and all we’ll need to go purchase are the ingredients on International Sushi Day. We will not do any fancy rolls since it will be the first time that we cook sushi at home, but California Rolls will be on the menu list for sure. A California Roll is very simple and the one I recommend everyone if they are trying out sushi for the very first time. The California Roll consists of rice, avocado, imitation crab meat and cucumber.

Lastly don’t forget to chime in on the fun and go have Sushi on June 18. Follow Sapporo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for International Sushi Day content – and don’t forget to share your celebration of International Sushi Day with all of us using the hashtags: #InternationalSushiDa #CelebrateWithSapporo or#SapporoPremiumBeer.

Kampai (cheers in Japanese) or Salud in Spanish!

It’s no secret that my wife (Carmen Melgoza founder of Latino Fit Club) and I love traveling and exploring new places. We’ve been fortunate enough to be living a life on-the-go since the beginning of 2018. When the opportunity of driving the Chevy Cruze Hatch Diesel came about we immediately said yes because not only would we make this a road trip experience to Scottsdale, AZ, but we would also attend an MLB spring training game.

The Chevy Cruze was delivered days before our departure so I was able to enjoy it in my city by running errands and simply taking it out for a couple spins with my wife. My wife’s favorite color is red and we were happy to drive the car in that color. The brown leather interior caught my eye since the moment I was handed the keys because it made the compact car look modern and sporty. You’ll like to hear that the Chevy Cruze offers up to an EPA-estimated 48 mpg on the highway with manual transmission.

For the extensive distance that we drove it from Los Angeles, CA to Phoenix, AZ we were surprised yet pleased with the fuel-efficiency of the car. You would love this too for your future car if you’re looking to purchase soon.  

We arrived to Scottsdale, AZ late on Friday night and although we only made one pit stop in Coachella, CA we were extremely tired of the long 6+ drive. It was great to be sitting in extremely comfortable seats. While I drove the entire way there my wife was able to take care of our online business. Aside from being bloggers and social media influencers were also fitness coaches and thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi hotspot she was able to get a lot of work done with our clients who are seeing amazing body transformations.

Saturday was game day and we were stoked to be enjoying a spring training game between Los Angeles Angels and Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. We were happy to arrive in style inside the Chevy Cruze. The weather was perfect and the best part was that we got great seats where we could watch the game without sun rays directly on our faces!

You’ll want to know that manual-transmission models for the Chevy Cruze come standard with the RS package, sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels.

Since 2006, Chevrolet, has been supporting baseball and softball at the youth level in communities across the country through Chevy Youth Baseball, a grassroots, community outreach program. Chevrolet once again has sponsored Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL initiative, a collaborative effort between MLB, USA Baseball and USA Softball to encourage participation in all forms of baseball and softball.

After enjoying the game we were starving so we headed out to eat a vegetarian/vegan restaurant called “Flower Child”, which by the way was delicious!

After that we went back to the hotel to do some R&R and got ready to explore Downtown Historic Scottsdale in our Chevy Cruze. It was a fun night and we were glad we got to enjoy the small city.

Sunday was return day to Los Angeles and we were sad that our experience had come to an end in the Phoenix area. In Los Angeles, CA we still had more hours to enjoy the car though.

You’ll want to know that available features inside the Chevy Cruze include wireless phone charging, heated rear leather seats and heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel. There’s also OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility through Chevrolet MyLink.

Our drive back to Los Angeles was fun because we were able to see an amazing sunset during our drive. Wife and I got to enjoy quality time together and began planning our next trip.

We always felt safe inside the Chevy Cruze because its strong body structure because it features high-strength steel in key areas.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog post and learning more about the highlights of our trip and of course the car.  

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