Join Me at the #VivaLaMorena Recipe Party on Pinterest!



Are you a connoisseur of Mexican cuisine? Whether part of your heritage or a new menu avenue you’d like to explore, join us for the #VivaLaMorena Pinterest Party!  We’ll be celebrating the flavors of Mexican meals, your recipes made better with quality, authentic Mexican products like La Morena!

To add a flavorful twist , when you join the party and chat with us on Saturday, November 15th at 12pm ET, we’ll let you in on a not so little secret, a $1000 secret, in fact!  We’ll be announcing the #VivaLaMorena Sweepstakes that you won’t want to miss because the grand prize is a $1000 pre-paid Visa card!  Shhhh, we’ll be unveiling a secret code during the chat for you to use for a second chance to win big!


  1. Meet hosts Candy, Jenetta, Maggie, and Krista
  2. Hosts will add Pins with questions to the #VivaLaMorena Pinterest Party Board
  3. Chat with us by commenting on the Pins.
  4. Find new Pins and conversations throughout Party by refreshing the Board.
  5. Find something you’d love to try – save it by Re-Pinning to your Boards!
  6. Watch for the Secret Code which will only be available during the party!

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RoC-ing it out at Duane Reade, RoC Brand Answers Your Anti-Aging Q’s!


I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wondered when was the right age to begin using anti-aging products? Do you start when you start seeing those laugh lines laughing back at you, or crows feet creeping up in the corners of your eyes. I always wanted a sort of “official” answer, so I was extremely pleased to join the RoC Brand, Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Senior Director, Anna Prilutsky, and RoC Brand spokesperson Dr.Debra Jaliman, as well as an array of social media and beauty influencers at Duane Reade a couple weeks ago to learn more about anti-aging skincare, what is retinol, and when you should start using wrinkle-reducing lotions and potions.


During the event Dr.Jaliman (who also attended the #Eyes4NYC twitter party) spoke about the importance of taking care of your skin. She says that sunblock is a basic must-have and that you can avoid certain skin damage just by applying it daily – yes, even when there’s no sun out. Not a fan of a zillion step skincare process? Well, most RoC products already include SPF!


But what exactly is retinol? Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, is designed to repair fine lines and deep wrinkles by reducing collagen depleted skin and increasing the cohesiveness of epidermal cells. Don’t have fine lines or wrinkles yet? Well, the retinol in the RoC Brand line of products also aid in diminishing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots too!

I was just burning with curiosity about this one, and had to ask, when do you start using anti-aging skincare products? Dr.Jaliman recommends as soon as possible – yup, you read that right, as soon as possible. In fact, I don’t have too many wrinkles and I’ve already added a couple RoC products into my daily routine, I’m all about preventative skincare!


Some skincare tips from Development Senior Director, Anna Prilutsky included starting off with the RoC Multi Correction 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer if you’re new to retinol or have sensitive skin and incorporating it into your routine gradually. Also, with eye creams, you’ll only want to use a pea-sized amount of cream, using any more would be a waste as you’re only dealing with a small surface area and a thin layer of skin. And one more tip, don’t apply your anti-aging eye creams over the actual lid itself – it can potentially irritate your eye.


I loved talking shop with Anna and Dr.Debra – they offered so much insight! Right now I’ve been using the Multi Correction 5 in 1 Eye Cream and I can already tell that my skin is softer and looks brighter, plus I’ve added the RoC Deep Wrinkle Serum as a part of my weekly cleansing/treatment routine. So far, I’m loving this line!

You can pick up the entire RoC Brand line of skincare and anti-aging creams at your local Duane Reade! Have you tried RoC before? Do you have experience with anti-aging skincare? Let me know in the comments below!

RSVP for a #NaturalProbiotic Twitter Party!

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Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know I do and I’m excited to host a party about being healthy this spring! On Tuesday, May 6th at 12 PM ET, please join me for the #NaturalProbiotic Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing healthy habits like adding natural probiotics to your daily routine. And, of course, giving you a chance to win prizes!

Spring is finally in the air and now it’s out with the old, in with the new. I not only think about spring cleaning my home, but my body as well. I don’t make the healthiest eating choices, especially during those long winter months. Then Spring hits and I wonder why nothing fits and why I feel like crap 50% of the time.

It’s time to get into healthier habits though, such as eating better for me foods. Another thing that I’ll do to help speed up the progress and help my digestive health is to try a probiotic, like Insync.

Insync helps promote digestive system balance with a gradual release of probiotic B. Infantis and 5 other natural probiotic strains. So join me for the Twitter Party and lets chat health!

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DATE: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

PRIZES: 5 – $100 Visa Gift Cards

EARLY BIRD PRIZE: 1 – $50 Visa Gift Card

HOSTS: @KellysLuckyYou, @MsMissy62, @OutnumberedMama, @KristaK2,@JManMillerBug

RULES: #NaturalProbiotic Twitter Party Official Rules

RSVP & PARTY GRID: #NaturalProbiotic Twitter Party Page

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“Let It Go” of My FROZEN Eggo!


I have a really close relationship with my sisters, especially with my baby sister, Jules. I take her out all the time and one of our favorite things to do together is go to the movies. Our favorite movie so far this year has been Disney’s FROZEN. We both love that FROZEN celebrates the special love and bond between sister’s. At her insistence, I’ve taken her to see FROZEN four times, and she still can’t get enough of it! I really love how she identifies with both Anna and Elsa, and she has been begging, to have the movie on DVD so she can watch it as often as she likes. Luckily for her, the FROZEN DVD will hit Walmart shelves on March 18th, right before her birthday, at a special reduced price of $14.96 – down from $16.96!

#FROZENFun #CollectiveBias #shopI recently swung by Walmart to pick up a few essentials for the FROZEN themed mini-bash I plan on throwing Jules for her birthday. I definitely plan on stopping by on the 18th to pick up the FROZEN DVD – which by the way, you can score a $5 off offer with the purchase of specially marked 24 count Eggo waffles – but I wanted to pick up part of Jules’ FROZEN birthday present as well as some Eggos to make a special FROZEN inspired treat!


Lucky for me, I snagged the last plush Olaf! Olaf is Jules’ favorite – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve overheard her singing “In Summer” to herself! I must admit, I too know the lyrics by heart, to this song and every other one in FROZEN. I also picked up plenty of Eggos!

I’ve been eating Eggos my whole life and so has Jules, they’re her favorites so I decided to pull together a fun, healthy, FROZEN Eggo snack – I call them Elsa’s Eggos!

Piping-FROZEN-WafflesI’ve watched enough cooking shows to know that presentation is everything and I really wanted for Jules to see her favorite movie in this treat, so I used Sugar Free Cool Whip with two drops of blue food coloring to get that snowy effect. When you mix up the Cool Whip with the food dye you don’t want to overmix – just a few folds and your good to go! If you don’t want to use food dye, you can also mix in jam or jelly (1 tablespoon for every two cups of Cool Whip). You don’t need any fancy tools, just a plastic baggie. Snip of the end and pipe around your stack of Eggos.

I also added blueberries between each layer and made a little blueberry mountain on top – a healthy nod toward Elsa’s ice castle, and sprinkled coconut flakes for more of a FROZEN snow effect. I love it – the blueberries and coconut give a really tropical taste, and there’s nothing like having the bursting flavor of blueberry enveloped within warm homestyle Eggos!


For extra fun you can pre-fill the bags and let your kids or party guests pipe their own FROZEN Eggo designs! I got a little carried away and made my Eggo interpretation of Olaf using light yogurt, fruit, sugar free cool whip, and coconut flakes.


I can’t wait to gift Jules the FROZEN DVD, Olaf plush (so she can give him plenty of warm hugs!), and treat her to some delicious Elsa’s Eggos – I’m certain it’ll be one of her most favorite birthdays yet! Don’t forget to pick up your FROZEN DVD at Walmart on March 18th, and pick up a box of specially marked Eggos (24 count) for additional savings!

Let’s Talk Style at #ThisisStyle Twitter Party! #shop #cbias

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and whether you have romantic plans with your spouse or are planning a casual date night with a new love interest you will want to look your best!  Sears carries a variety of the latest fashion trends so you can find the perfect outfit no matter what you have planned.   Please join me at the  #ThisisStyle Twitter Party where we’ll chat about how you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day and how to incorporate new spring fashion trends into your upcoming date night.

Whether you’ve got a date or are flying solo, Valentine’s day is a great time to breakout some of your funnest fashion picks. And as Spring gradually draws near (I know, I know, there’s snow everywhere! But you’ll see, Spring will be here before you know it!) I’m all about exploring fun trends and going out on a fashionable limb! Personally, I’m spending Valentine’s Day out with the girls and I’ve decided on a on-trend floral dress from Sears – what do you plan on wearing? Join host @SuburbiaU, co-hosts @blueviolet, @thedomesticexec, and me – @KristaK2  as we talk style!

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DATE:  Thursday February 13, 2014

TIME:  11am – 12 pm ET


5 – $100 searsStyle Gift Cards

3 Fragrance Prize Packs (ARV $87.50)


1-Curve Fragrance Gift Set for Men 3 piece gift set of hair and body wash, cologne & skin soother lotion ARV $38.00

1- Taylor by Taylor Swift Eau de Perfume 1.7 ounce spray bottle ARV $49.50

EARLY BIRD PRIZE: 1 – $50 searsStyle Gift Card

RSVP:  #ThisisStyle Party Page

LOCATION:  SoFabChats Tweet Grid

HOST: @SuburbiaU

CO HOSTS: @blueviolet, @thedomesticexec, and @KristaK2

SPECIAL GUEST: @searsStyle

PARTY RULES: #ThisisStyle Official Rules


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Let’s Chat Beauty at the #WalgreensBeauty Twitter Party!

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It’s a new year and a perfect opportunity to explore new trends to update your look.  Walgreens is the ultimate beauty destination to find everything you need from head to toe.  Enhance your natural beauty with a swoop of the new L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara, or go all out with haircare, skincare, and oral whitening products.  Walgreens knows how to be beautiful and has great savings on beauty and personal care products.

You know how much I love talking about beauty products, and I’ve already had a chance to give the L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara a go – so I’m more then ready to give you the scoop on that! Join me, @KristaK2, along with @sweeptight, @therebelchick, and @thedomesticexec, as we chat about makeup tips and news about an exciting L’Oreal Times Square event!

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DATE:  January 14, 2014

TIME:  1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

PRIZES:  5 $100 Walgreens Gift Cards and 3 $50 L’Oreal Prize Packs

RSVP:  #WalgreensBeauty Party Page

LOCATION:  SoFabChats Tweet Grid

HOST:  @sweeptight

CO HOSTS:  @therebelchick@thedomesticexec@KristaK2

PARTY RULES:  #WalgreensBeauty Official Rules

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Holiday Essentials with Duane Reade!


I absolutely love the holiday season – especially because it gives me the chance to not only attend a fair few of holiday parties, but also because I get to host a few myself. My favorite place to go to pick up some holiday essentials is Duane Reade. While I shop there all year ’round, it’s always fun to stop in during the holiday season because not only do they have great everyday items, Duane Reade’s seasonal holiday items are amazing!

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I love the deLish line of foods, their frozen selection is perfect for throwing a holiday party. They don’t require any prep time, are fast, and dependably delcious! My favorites are the Spanakopita and their Spinach & Artichoke Cheese Dip – which I’ve only discovered after trying their ready to eat version which is equally delicious.

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Speaking of ready-to-eat, Duane Reade also offers a wide range of fresh prepped food in many of their stores. I love looking over their offerings because they have a lot of great options if your throwing a party or just want to grab something to bring to a party.

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I love browsing their Christmas items – things like this NYC themed Santa hat are right up my alley! I really love that about Duane Reade though, that you can buy really cool NYC themed things from them. I love to rep my city, and even have little NYC ornaments that I put up on my tree so I was excited to see that they have things like this in stock.

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I had a small party with family and a few friends, and I have already gotten a few people as in love with the deLish Spinach & Artichoke dip as I am – nobody believed that it came from Duane Reade! I have a couple more events that I’m hosting and I definitely plan on serving it again!

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XSRE Haul & Giveaway! (Ends 12/06)

As promised, here are the awesome items I picked up at XSRE recently! There were SO many great things to choose from, if you’re not careful you could end up dropping quite a lot here! I bought this amazing chunky knit scarf in teal – I love the color teal, and chunky knits are really popular during the winter, plus this scarf was super soft I just had to have it.

I also bought this purple scarf – it’d made up of thinner material, and has sort of a fishnet pattern to it. But what really won me over was the color – I don’t know if you can really see it in this picture, but it’s a gorgeous deep purple, with purple and gold threading going through it. It’s a more fancy in-doors type of scarf. At $6.95, it was so going home with me!

I scored two pairs of adorable flats – the great thing about XSRE is that they have so many style options and each option has an accompanying matching pair of shoes. If I remember correctly, the lace and black one was in the romantic section, and the nude color one was with coral and nude color products. I absolutely adore the bow detailing on both of these – aren’t they super cute? They were $19.95 each.

I also bought a fair isle print hard case wallet – I loved this so much, I bought two – one for myself and one for my sister. I also bought a headband that was on clearance for $1, and a mini notebook that was also on clearance for a $1.

I also bought this necklace, which I just loved because it’s so simple but still very glamorous. The gold really just makes you glow – without being heavy or garish. I also loved these earrings – the pink and gold combination is one of my favorites, and XSRE had lots to offer in that department.

Lastly, I picked up two of these beautiful bracelets – XSRE had a lot of on-trend accessories like these, and I couldn’t help but score a few. I’m keeping one for myself, but I’m also going to give one away to a lucky reader here on The NYC Talon!

The picture doesn’t do the bracelet justice – it’s a really pretty purple with silver spheres lining the inside of the bracelet, and ends with a little lock and key charm (ARV $8.95 ea). To enter to win, just follow the directions below – I hope you enjoyed my XSRE haul post, and maybe found some inspiration for your next shopping trip! Thanks for reading and good luck!

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