Monday, July 28, 2014

Ms. Luansing Joins Counselors Around the Country to #ReachHigher

I have been so excited about Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative. Her support of school counselors has been inspiring and motivating. I'm excited about the White House's support of school counselor professional development, training, and recognition of hard work. I look forward to changes in the education system that increases the number of highly qualified school counselors at all levels of our public school system! 

I was fortunate enough to be a part of the counselor #ReachHigher slide show that was presented at the Harvard Graduate School of Education College Access conference today! Check me out at :08!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Laugher with Protection with the Poise Microliner

I don't know if this happens to you, but it happens to me. It's a bit embarrassing but I know many of you can relate! I laugh a little too hard or let out a really big sneeze and I'll pee on myself. Yes, it's gross but it happens. Don't judge me, I know it's happened to you too!

Reality is, one in three women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL), which can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercise. Many women rely on feminine care products or nothing at all to manage their little leaks because they don’t know there are solutions designed specifically for LBL or they don’t think incontinence products are for them. As the leader in the light incontinence category, Poise brand offers a variety of pads and liners to make it easy to find protection for every woman’s needs.

LBL became more frequent for me after I had my two boys. Baby Center shares that "The tissues and muscles that support your uterus (womb), bowel and bladder can become stretchier in pregnancy... These muscles and tissues are called your pelvic floor. When you gave birth to your baby, your pelvic floor muscles stretched even more, which will have further weakened them. Having a weak pelvic floor makes it harder for you to squeeze the muscles and sphincters at the bottom of your bladder". Thus, the LBL with my laughing and sneezing.

These shockingly thin and surprisingly absorbent liners feature SAM (Super Absorbent Material) to provide discreet Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) protection that helps keep you dry and comfortable all day long so you can manage life’s little leaks with confidence. Poise Microliners are the thinnest liners in the light incontinence category and are designed to absorb wetness, neutralize odor and stay three times drier than period liners.

Poise helps me keep on the go, feeling protected from my LBL when I'm enjoying the laughter of life! Get your very own Poise Liner Free Sample Kit today!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored Poise Microliners  but the opinions are all my own. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Perfect Movie Night Popcorn Each and Everytime

Movie night at the Garcia's can be complicated. Having our two boys choose a common movie to watch can cause a huge disagreement. So, sometimes movie nights look like this:

They eat sit with their own iPads and watch the movie of their liking! This leaves mom and dad to watch what they want on the big TV! Yay!

I have to admit, there is one thing about movie night that none of us disagree - POPCORN!

I'd delighted to share with you the Pop Secret Perfect Pop App! Since our boys love technology, they couldn't wait to try out the app for themselves! The Perfect Pop App saves the night and it is super easy to use! It ensures a perfect bag of popcorn each and every time!

Everyone can relate to the frustration of burning popcorn, so Pop Secret decided to solve the problem once and for all, so you can spend more time enjoying movies and less time worrying about burned popcorn! With your iPhone 5+ on iOS 7+, download Perfect Pop (“Perfect Popcorn”) for free on the App Store.
1. Put a bag of Pop Secret in the microwave and enter suggested cooking time from the packaging. Note: Perfect Pop is optimized for the deliciousness of Pop Secret popcorn only.  2. Turn up the volume on your iPhone. Point the phone’s speaker towards the microwave and keep within 3 feet.  3. Start the microwave, and then start the app. No more relying on the popcorn button or guessing how many seconds in between pops. Pop Secret is serious about perfect popcorn, so the less you have to worry about, the more time you can spend enjoying movie night with your friends and family. Perfect Pop listens to the pops, waiting for the precise moment to let you know when your popcorn is perfect.
The Perfect Pop App is a favorite in our home! We are sure you'll think it's pretty awesome too!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pop Secret, but the opinions are all my own. Apple is not affiliated and does not endorse, sponsor or support this third party app.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Keep Momming

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Raising a child at any age is challenging, and when it comes to mothers and daughters, the dynamic can be even more complex. What some may dismiss as “typical tween girl behavior” can sometimes be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

That’s why I’m pleased to be joining Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub,, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Check out Holly’s message about how she keeps momming, and don’t forget to visit

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fun at The San Diego Waterfront Park

Summer has been filled with beautiful sunny days in San Diego! We decided to explore the San Diego waterfront on the morning of the Fourth of July to enjoy the new waterfront park, as well as soaking in the awesome weather!

We parked in the underground parking at the San Diego County Administration Center. It was a bit pricey since it was the holiday, but it was convenient since there were lots of people out by the water.

Although the Waterfront Park is already finished, there is still lots of construction around the cruise ship terminal so it was tricky trying to get around on the bikes and dodging the crowds of tourists. 

Of course only a few minutes into our ride, the kids needed a snack! Here they are enjoying their "break"!

It was such a beautiful day! There were lots of people enjoying their water spots, San Diego bay tours, and even more people just enjoying the scenery by foot!

Before heading home, the boys (and daddy) cooled off at the fountains at the Waterfront Park. They had lots of fun! We love our Sunny San Diego!

Monday, July 7, 2014

DJ Mel, the President's DJ

Today I'm bragging! I'm bragging about my cousin Mel who I like to call the "First DJ of the United States of America". "Kuya" (big bro) Mel and I are first cousins, his mom and my dad are brother and sister (two of 12 siblings). We share over 30 first cousins! 

Here he is with the POTUS and FLOTUS themselves at the last Inauguration Ball at the White House where he was the official DJ of the evening. Check out President Obama's Inaugural Ball address giving DJ Mel props (first full paragraph)! You can also check out the video below!

It all started with a gig at Barack Obama's Election Night Party

He's even gotten a shout out on CNN!

He's been the DJ a few white house events, the latest being the annual White House Easter Egg Roll

I love listening to his music on Soundcloud. Here's his set from his recent stint at the Do-Over in Los Angeles. It's great workout music! 

Last week I shared the story of my cousin Tara who pursued her career in Culinary Arts. Both Tara and Mel are following non-traditional career paths, especially when it comes to the expectations of our Filipino immigrant parents. Growing up there are pressures to pursue careers in the medical field, education, government, or law -even if passions and talents do not reside there. Yet, both Tara and Mel followed their passions and talents and now are both successful in what they do!

 You can follow DJ Mel on Instagram,  Facebook, or Twitter.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Appropriate or Not? My Thoughts on Booty Shorts and See Through Clothes

Recently, I've been in a rant on social media about appropriate dressing in public. I understand it's summer and it's hot, but that does not give girls the freedom to expose their bodies for all to see. Shorts are so short, you can see butt cleavage, along with see-through clothes with only bras underneath.

Here are a few pictures I was fast enough to catch. But believe me, and I'm sure you can agree, there is much more skin showing outfits out there!

If I'm at the beach or a water park, I'll expect to see more skin. But there are parts of bodies exposed that should not be seen at Disneyland, restaurants, and even church. Yes, church. I've been tempted a few times to go up to these young ladies dressed inappropriately and advise them on their attire.

So, why does it bug me to much? When seeing these people with their bodies exposed, I'd mumble to myself, "I sooooooo did not need to see that!", then I'm left feeling a bit irritated. It's not like I was purposefully looking at them, but because of how they are dressed, it catches my attention and I'd do a double take. Thus, forcing me to see something I'd rather not see. 

At Mass a few weeks ago, Father Anthony hit it on the head! He put words to my feelings towards these girls who are inappropriately dressed, especially at church. Here at about 8:15 Father Anthony talks about modesty and appropriate dress saying, "Dress in a way that will not cause your brothers and sisters to sin with interest eyes..." He also talks about how the "male mind" works. At this point in mass, I gave my husband a "I told you so" look since he's been on the receiving end of my rants the last few weeks. He agreed with Father Anthony's message.

Seeing these girls inappropriately dressed, we make judgments, have thoughts, or opinions. I'd rather not have those thoughts and opinions. I'd rather not have my kids or my husband have to see those girls, especially at church. But if these girls don't care that other people think, to each his own! But I might have to give a few girls a "gentle reminder" of appropriate dress next time it happens at church =)

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