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You can’t have cookies without milk, right? Cookies LOVE milk. And yet, for almost 100 YEARS, the Girl Scouts have been selling their delicious cookies, and milk has been nowhere in sight.

In honor of the upcoming National Girl Scouts Weekend (February 26-28), got milk? helped the Boy Scouts surprise the Girl Scouts with the missing milk! The scouts were excited to work as a team and make sure that folks who stopped by would finally have the opportunity to enjoy milk and cookies together. The scouts earned official “got milk?” patches, raised cash for their troop and enjoyed milk and cookies together. And all was right with the world.

Watch a short video that recaps the fun activity:

Text and Video Credit: RL Public Relations

1. Jogging helps prevent #hypertension and #heartdisease. 2. Jogging helps prevent some cancers. 3. Jogging improves mental fitness. 4. Jogging combats stress. 5. Jogging helps you #loseweight and reduces #bodyfat levels. And if those 5 reasons are not convincing enough to go #jogging then go to enjoy the beautiful weather we have here in Cali! Do 30-45 minutes of walking, jogging or sprinting a day at least 4 days of week and you’ll see how healthy and good you start feeling.

1. El trotar ayuda a prevenir enfermedades del corazon. 2. El trotar ayuda a prevenir algunos tipos de cáncer. 3. El totar mejora la actitud mental. 4. El trotar combate el estrés. 5. El trotar ayuda a perder pezo y reduce los niveles de grasa corporal. Y si estas 5 razones no son lo suficientemente convincentes para ir a trotar entonces por lo menos haslo para disfrutar del buen tiempo que tenemos aquí en California! Has de 30-45 caminando, trotando o corriendo al día por lo menos (4 días de la semana) y veras qué tan saludable te hara sentir.

Every time I visit Corner Bakery Café I always get the feeling of wanting to go back immediately the next day because their meals are delicious and the perfect size. And when you feel they might be a little too big for your appetite you can save them for the next meal of the day or share them with someone.

You really cannot go wrong with what you order at Corner Bakery Café because all their food is fresh and made-to-order.

From the moment I walked into Corner Bakery I felt as if I could stay there all day tasting their different food items on the menu, but seeing how I was in the middle of moving from one house to another it was impossible to do. Plus, I don’t think that would align too well with the healthy lifestyle I promote.

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Nonetheless their fast service and amazing food made the lunch break my fiancé and I took very well worth it.

There are some new items on the menu that Corner Bakery has launched for 2016 and I recommend you order at least one to taste all the goodness in these meals made to perfection:

Anaheim Scrambler – For breakfast, this dish is made with freshly scrambled eggs with Applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes, green onions and cheddar cheese, topped with avocado.

Chopped Salad – This salad features all-natural chicken, Applewood smoked bacon, avocado, bleu cheese, tomatoes and green onions tossed with iceberg and romaine lettuce and our sweet and spicy house vinaigrette.

Pesto Cavatappi – All-natural grilled chicken and cavatappi pasta tossed in our rich pesto cream sauce and sprinkled with toasted bread crumbs.

Since my fiancé and I had been running around all day with moving boxes, driving a U-haul and carrying furniture we wanted something refreshing so during our visit we opted for the Chopped Salad. The salad came in a big portion that we both ate and then we even had leftovers for dinner that evening.

We also ordered the Chicken Pesto on Ciabatta Ficelle which comes with all-natural chicken, arugula and tomatoes with their sweet and spicy house vinaigrette and pesto mayo. In addition we ordered the Tortilla Soup, which came in the right portion control amount. YES!

I am Latino and growing up my mom would make us tortilla soup and this one in particular at Corner Bakery reminded me of those days when I was young and ate homemade soup.

I love pesto and tomatoes so the sandwich made me feel in heaven while taking every bite out of it.

To top it off and since we both have a sweet tooth we went with the Lemon Bar, which is delicious and perfect for the sunny weather we’ve been having in California lately.

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We received our food within minutes and the people there were so attentive to make our visit the best one, just like they were with everyone else walking in the door.

What has been your experience at Corner Bakery? Do you usually eat there or take-out? Have you visited?

If you haven’t I recommend you take a trip to Corner Bakery for your next meal. In addition, I’ve got a gift card ($$$) giveaway that I am raffling off so that you and a special someone can go and experience their great food and venue.

I look forward to seeing your participation.

For the details on how to participate message me on my Facebook page.

Here’s a plyometric exercise you can do from a sidewalk!!! Stop giving yourself excuses about not having the proper equipment just look at your surroundings and get creative. Begin by standing in front of the sidewalk with both feet on the ground. Rapidly alternate tapping the top of the sidewalk with each foot, springing off the ground with each step. Move your arms in the running motion as your feet tap and to add complexity travel from one side to the other. Do 20-40 taps, take a break and then do 50-60 taps, take a break and finish with 70-100 taps.

Aquí un ejercicio pliométrico que se puede hacer desde una banqueta. Deja las excusas a un lado por no tener el equipo adecuado porque con tan sólo ver a tu alrededor lo tendras y se creativo. Comienza con los pies delante de la banqueta y con los dos pies en el suelo. Alterna rápidamente tocando la parte superior de la banqueta con cada pie, saltando sobre el suelo con cada paso. Mueve los brazos en el movimiento y para añadir dificultad viaja de un lado a otro. ¿Has 20-40 toques, toma un descanso y luego has 50-60 toques, toma otro descanso y termina con 70-100 toques a la banqueta.

How many times do we under estimate our own body weight??! There’s an infinite amount of exercises you can do without weights and still get results. Try these #tricepdips for your #triceps from the comfort of your front yard, a park or sidewalk. There’s a lot of variations for these, but the knees-bent dip is the most basic version of this exercise for all my starters. I recommend you do 30, 20 and 10 reps in combination with other outdoor exercises that I’ll be showing all of you throughout my #avivirlafit #videos!

¿Cuántas veces subestimamos nuestro propio peso corporal??! Hay una cantidad infinita de ejercicios que pueden hacer sin pesas y aún así obtener resultados. Prueba estas “tricepdips” para sus triceps desde la comodidad de tu patio en casa, un parque o en la banqueta. Hay una gran cantidad de variaciones de estos, pero la de las rodillas dobladas es la versión más básica de este ejercicio para todos mis principiantes. Te recomiendo que hagas 30, 20 y 10 repeticiones en combinación con otros ejercicios al aire libre que les voy a estar mostrando a todos ustedes a lo largo de mis videos de AVivirLAFit!

Feeling great about life and yourself is something we all ultimately aspire to achieve.  In the upcoming film, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by Paramount Pictures, Tina Fey is an unhappy journalist sent to Afghanistan to cover the war. Through her journey she does a complete 180 degree change with her life for the better by changing her outlook on life and assimilating to a whole new world. To celebrate this film I have created a quick list of ways to achieve happiness, health and self-love.

  1. Exercise – With as little as 30 minutes a day, you can be on your way to a healthier and happier you! Studies show that exercise not only do you better, but your mind is clearer which enables you to accomplish  more.
  2. Find a partner and exercise together – Grabbing your bud and hitting the gym is not only fun to catch up, but it also keeps you committed to a routine.
  3. Exercise helps you feel better about yourself! Once you get into a routine, you will begin to see a change in your appearance.
  4. Have you ever felt stressed or anxious? If so, next time it happens just take a deep breath and close your eyes! Visualize everything working out. Not only will this calm you down, but you’ll feel extremely positive.
  5. Smile! The power of a smile is infinite. You’ll feel better and your smile will help others feel better too.
  6. Take time every day to write 5 things you are thankful for! Gratitude opens the door to more blessings and improves your physical and psychological health.
  7. Take a look in the mirror every morning and give yourself a positive pep talk with a few positive mantras. Anything from, “I am great” to “Today will be amazing” works! Figure out which mantras work best for you and stick to it.
  8. Meditation is key! I’m sure you’ve heard about meditation in the past few years, right? Well it works! Take a few minutes each morning to zone out and relax. There are several mediation apps and books available to help you get started.
  9. Do not compare yourself to others! We are all different and that’s what makes you unique. That is your very own super power! Embrace you!
  10. Challenge yourself to a new workout routine! Nowadays there’s a variety of fun and exciting exercise routines. From Body Beast, Insanity, Zumba to running clubs. Find what works best for you and give it a go.

Make sure to catch Tina Fey’s transformation in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot on March 4!

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Throughout its history, Copa America has served up high doses of drama, with each competition fueling the mythology of the world’s oldest international soccer championship – be it final matches featuring four periods of extra-time or a hat-trick of penalty-kick misses.

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This year’s special-edition contest promises to uphold the theatrical tradition, with the tournament (kicking off this June in the United States) augmenting its standard 12-team line up to 16. Comprising North and South American Football federations, plus a host of invited teams, the cup’s player roster includes Neymar Jr., Giovanni Dos Santos, Alexis Sanchez, Edison Cavani, Clint Dempsey and more.

“We’re excited to create the official ball of the Copa America Centenario and to be able to bring Nike innovation to what promises to be an incredible spectacle,” said Andrea Perez, General Manager of Nike Soccer North America.

At the center the entire spectacle sits the tournament’s official match ball: the Nike Ordem Ciento. Exclusively created to honor the competition’s legacy, the ball blends leading technologies with a bold, graphic aesthetic.

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The Nike Ordem Ciento will be available on March 1 on Nike.com. Copa America Centenario play kicks off on June 3 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Although I would like to have had that man-to-man conversation with the father of my girlfriend before embarking on this big step of our lives, it was impossible.

Now I want to ask you: Is asking the father of your girlfriend for her hand in marriage an old tradition or is it still valued by Millennials today? I am not sure of your answer, but I am looking forward to your responses. In fact, I believe that your comments will depend on how you have been raised and the importance that your own parents have placed in this conventional yet beautiful tradition.

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If you decide to not ask her father for her hand in marriage it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong. In my case, I decided that out of courtesy and respect I wanted to keep her family and mine involved in my decision. Family will always want the best for you and once you share such a big step in your life with them, their blessing will mean the world to you. In addition, taking this fearful step (for some) of including her parents in the process will set the tone for the relationship you will have with your in-laws for the rest of your lives.

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If you think about it, you are going to ask a girl to become your wife, to start a brand new journey together and to become a part of each other’s families forever. Asking for her father’s permission might be a no brainer.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t have the choice of asking my girlfriend’s father for her hand in marriage. You see, the father of this beautiful and smart woman that is now my fiancée passed away almost 10 years ago. What was I to do then? I did the next best thing. I had a beautiful conversation with her mother! I am pretty sure I scored lots of points there! She expressed her full support and wished us the best in this new chapter.

My fiancée has a big portrait of her father and her at her house. I once had a moment of silence next to that photograph and asked her dad for his blessing from up above. I believe he approves and would be happy for how extremely joyful our lives have become since we met each other.

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My parents knew all along that I was planning this big step in my life. They even knew when I would propose! I am very close to my parents and I’ve always included them in any of my big decisions. A marriage proposal was no exception. Having their approval meant the world to me. Above all I think it’s a cultural tradition to want to include your own parents if you still have them around.

While I will not be going into detail of how stressful the “picking a ring” process was, I can tell you that it was hectic. There is a lot of planning involved, especially as it relates to the cost. You will end up spending at least up to three months of your salary on this asset. It is a big investment, and I recommend you do your research.

 

So now that I have done the asking, and the ring is on my fiancée’s finger, I ask you guys, how will you propose? Will you still follow tradition and ask the father first? Please share. Ladies, do you have an opinion? Comparte por favor, share!

In the meantime, our wedding will be in the summer of 2017 so the planning for the BIG day has begun!

Saludos Mileniales,

Gustavo

P.s. Don’t forget to visit Mari’s site and follow her on all her social media.

Creo que todos en algún momento hemos sido victimas de entrar en la rutina y lo monótono que puede ser una relación amorosa. No es que sea difícil ser espontaneo o hacer cosas diferentes pero simplemente la rutina del trabajo y cosas por hacer en casa nos dejan rendidos o a veces con muy poco tiempo y energía para ser creativos para realizar nuevas experiencias.

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Credito: Video Cine Distribucion

Pero caer en la misma rutina a veces nos puede costar hasta el hermoso matrimonio que se ha construido y muchas veces es lo causante a que existan tantos divorcios, en mi humilde opinión, porque se va perdiendo la gran chispa del amor.

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Con un atractivo toque de humor y una película que es para toda la familia, Busco Novio para mi Mujer (2016) aborda esta situación y como puede llegar hasta sus últimas consecuencias. ¡No te la pierdas en solo 2 días, el 19 de febrero!

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El pasado sábado tuve la oportunidad de ver esta película en un screening adelantado donde los protagonistas Dana (Sandra Echeverría) y Paco (Arath de la Torre) se desempeñan muy bien y sacaron la historia al 100.

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Credito: Video Cine Distribucion

Gracias a Latinas Bloggers Connect (LBC) pude disfrutar de mi sábado y reír como nunca antes. Al final de la película Sandra Echeverría nos deleitó con su presencia y nos habló detalles de la película y cosas que pasaron “behind the scenes” que no había contado. (Risas)

Disfrute mucho de la charla de Sandra y creo que muchos de los otros bloggers que participaron estan de acuerdo conmigo.

En Busco Novio para mi Mujer, Sandra Echeverría incursiona como productora cinematográfica después de haber participado en algunos doblajes (El Libro de la Vida (2014) y El Profeta (2016)) y haber compartido el set con Salma Hayek en la película Salvajes (2012) de Oliver Stone. Por su parte, Arath de la Torre vuelve como protagonista a la pantalla grande después de 15 años (Inspiración, 2001), compartiendo créditos con Mónica Huarte (Cansada de Besar Sapos, 2006), Mauricio Isaac (XY, 2009, 2012) y Yago Muñoz (Miss XV, 2012).

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De la mano de Pantelion Films, la casa productora detrás de la película mexicana más taquillera de la historia, No se Aceptan Devoluciones (2013), de Eugenio Derbez, llega Busco Novio para mi Mujer. Bajo la dirección de Enrique Begné, Sandra Echeverría y Arath de la Torre protagonizan esta adaptación de la cinta argentina Un Novio para mi Mujer (2008), de Juan Taratuto, la cual tuvo tanto éxito que inspiró otros dos refritos en Italia y Corea del Sur.

El poder de la voz latina es inmensa entonces todos vamos a verla el 19 de febrero en una sala de cine cerca de tu casa. Si te gustaría ver más películas en español en las salas de teatro aquí en Estados Unidos te recomiendo apoyar esta cinta cual saldrá en más de 350 cines para que tengamos acceso a más películas en español.

Ya sea que vayas solo o acompañado, esta cinta te hará pasar un muy buen rato y, en una de esas, te hará pensar dos veces antes de dejar ir lo que has ganado con tanto esfuerzo y dedicacion.

Que te diviertas.

Did you know that February is National Chocolate Lovers’ Month?

Choco-Cinnamon Popsicle Hot Chocolate

Choco-Cinnamon Popsicle Hot Chocolate

I am here to confirm with you that it is. In addition, if you still haven’t received your chocolate fix for the season I will also share with you some original hot chocolate recipes from my friend, Amara Barroeta, from Amara Chocolate & Coffee that she created after teaming up with the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), creator of the iconic got milk? campaign.

Would you be surprised if I told you that my fiancé and I celebrated Valentine’s Day at Barroeta’s Pasadena-based Amara Chocolate & Coffee shop?

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I hope you are not surprised because we are not fans of going on a fancy date that day because you end up spending twice or triple the amount of money on a dinner than any other day and you end up eating what is cooked for the masses so our outing thanks to Got Milk? and Amara Chocolate & Coffee was perfect.

While we were there we saw visitors from all ages from newborns to elderly couples enjoying their cups of coffee on that sunny morning. It’s a quaint place, but feels as if you were at home. The owner was there and she greeted everyone as if they were part of her familia.

With the warm weather fast approaching on us her in So. Cal. it would be uncomfortable to sip on some hot chocolate so you have the option of making your beverage cold and that’s exactly what we did. We had the Choco-Merida “cold” (dark Chocolate and milk).

“While developing these hot chocolates, I took inspiration from chocolate’s beginnings and revisited some of the original ingredients. I’m really excited about the results, especially because each drink is so different, yet all have the perfect silky texture and flavor you can only get by using milk,” adds Barroeta. Amara’s experience and travel has awarded her the ability to combine flavors from all over the world and bring them together in each one of her delectable creations.

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Now more than ever, chocolatiers are giving us a lot to look forward to with the craft chocolate trends that is taking the chocolate world by storm. To develop original and exciting hot chocolate recipes that are guaranteed to capture your eyes and hearts this month Barroeta’s delicious, milk-based recipes range from a Mexican Choco-Latte with dry chile pasilla to a Popcorn Crowned Orange Hot Chocolate with orange peel and caramel popcorn. These recipes are inspired by chocolate’s history and the craft chocolate trend.

This warming, filling and satisfying drink has never gone out of style, and milk has always been the go-to base for the perfect cup. Milk has the ability to tone down spices, balance sweetness and harmoniously bring together ingredients to achieve extraordinary flavors. A quality hot chocolate requires pure and natural ingredients – from the cacao bean to the base. “I always use milk for my hot chocolates because it gives them the richness and creaminess I’m looking for,” said Barroeta.

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She continues to practice her craft daily, making everything from delicate handmade pastries to truffles, fondues and sipping chocolates – all made with imported Venezuelan chocolate.

While we visited this cozy chocolate and coffee café situated on busy Raymond Avenue in Pasadena we couldn’t pass the opportunity to indulge in the delicious “La de Pabellon Arepa.” This type of food is a white corn flatbread, born in Venezuela. To top it off we also pleased our palate with freshly-made churros and dipped them in three different sauces; freshly-made guava marmalade, chocolate and “dulce de leche” and if that wasn’t enough the churros were topped with Vanilla and Pistachio ice cream! YUMMY!

Watch Barroeta at work here:

Guests that visited Amara Chocolate & Coffee on Valentine’s Day were able to select from delectable options: Aztec-Latte (chile pasilla, dark chocolate, expresso and milk), Choco-Merida (dark Chocolate and milk) or Venezuelan (rich, sipping hot chocolate).

Mexican Choco-Latte

Mexican Choco-Latte

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With an eclectic background as a chemical engineer, a former Miss Venezuela contestant and now an expert chocolatier, Amara Barroeta is a talented entrepreneur who is quickly making a name for herself in the world of chocolate. She first discovered her passion for chocolate working with Pastry Chef Pascal Chérancé, in Caracas, Venezuela, known by many as the “mecca of chocolate”. After traveling the world and being inspired by different cultures, Amara began to create her own recipes which culminated in making her dream of opening her own chocolate shop a reality in 2012 with “Amara Chocolate & Coffee.”

Her chocolate career hit a high note in 2015, when Amara attended the International Chocolate Awards in Germany and came back a winner. Her famous chocolate was awarded the bronze prize in the category of Drinks and Dark Chocolate.

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The California Milk Processor Board was established in 1993 to make milk more competitive and increase milk consumption in California. Awareness of got milk? is over 90% nationally and it is considered one of the most important and successful campaigns in history. Got milk? is a federally registered trademark that has been licensed by the national dairy boards since 1995. The CMPB’s Spanish-language campaign began in 1994 using the tagline “Familia, Amor y Leche” (Family, Love and Milk). The toma leche (Drink Milk) campaign replaced it in 2006, in order to better align the English and Spanish language work. The CMPB is funded by all California milk processors and administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Popcorn Crowned Orange Hot Chocolate

For all of Amara’s hot chocolate recipes, created exclusively for got milk?
Visit: www.gotmilk.com and follow got milk?

Via social media:

Facebook / Twitter @gotmilk and Instagram @officialgotmilk.
Don’t forget to use the #ChocolateLovesMilk

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