Category: More than cooking

My favorites things from the 2017 New York Baby Show

This post for my favorites things from the 2017 New York Baby Show is sponsored by Montrends.

The New York Baby show is the largest show for new and expectant parents. Thousands of families come to the event every year to check what’s new for babies, toddlers and even older children.

We attended the show for the first time and enjoy the blogger lounge thanks to Momtrends. At the lounge we enjoyed  a delicious lunch, plus we mingled with other mommy bloggers and their families. The whole event itself was amazing!

Hailey and I sharing our favorite items

The event, organized by New York Family Magazine, consist of a showcase of different brands such as Canon, Seventh generation™, and evenflo® to name a few. At the Baby Show parents get to have a glimpse of what’s new in the baby world.

Today I want to share with you my favorite 3 items (and my daughter’s) at the New York baby show… Believe me, this was not an easy task!

Stuck On You® Bento Boxes and Mini Back Packs: As soon as I saw these cute back packs and bento boxes (I’m featuring the bento box in the picture above) I fell in love. Known for its personalized labels and accessories, Stuck on You is a great gift for babies and older children. My daughter and I loved the idea of the Bento box, which is perfect to carry all her favorites foods.

Dirty Kids Soap Foam and Gel by Dirty Soap Works:  A paraben-free, gluten-free, sulfate-free and phthalate-free colorful soap perfect for the little ones. Kids ( and adults!) can have fun when washing their hands with dirty soap. The dark looking soap turns into a white cleansing foam when washing your hands…and did I tell you it smell yummy? yes it does!


Mabel’s labels®: Always a favorite. These personalized waterproof labels, are perfect for kids clothing, bottles, lunch boxes and even food storage.

Many other brands were at the show such as The SNOO by the Happiest Baby, The NOOBIE Box, Plums Organics… and My 1st Years which gave my daughter a personalized teddy bear!

Overall, this past weekend my family and I had a great time at the New York Baby Show, and I can’t wait for next year!



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Gardening DIY: Tin Can Plant Holders

 This shop for Tin Can Plant Holders has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions, ideas and pictures are mine alone. #PureLife35pk #CollectiveBias

Me encanta la jardinería (I love gardening), in fact, before we bought our first home I was always looking for ideas for indoor gardening.  Now that we have a house with a yard, it is easy for us to plant vegetables and fruits that I couldn’t plant before, and even so, I still like to keep small planters inside the house. Small planters serve as beautiful home décor, plus you get to have fresh herbs in your kitchen all year round.

Side note: If working outdoors, keep in mind that during Spring and Summer months it can get really hot. Make sure that you do your gardening early in the morning and always keep yourself hydrated. As a matter of fact, I always have bottles of Nestlé® Pure Life® water on hand for those days when I need to stay in the yard working extra hours.

Since today is all about gardening, I want to share an easy DIY for Tin Can plant holders. These planters are great for the indoors and outdoors. Make them by recycling empty cans of food; you can paint them or add some accents y listo! beautiful planters in no time.

What you need:

  • Empty tin cans (washed and dried completely)
  • Hammer and nail (to make holes)
  • Rope or twine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Soil
  • Small plants such as cilantro, tomillo, strawberry etc.

Make them:

  1. Prep the cans by removing all labels and making sure there are no sharp edges and metal shards from opening the can.
  2. Use the hammer to make 4 drainage holes on the bottom of each can.
  3. Using the glue gun, place a bit of glue on the edge of the can and wrap the rope around it until you reach the bottom. Cut the rope and set it with a little bit of hot glue.
  4. Fill the tin can with soil and plant your favorite herb or flowers.

Now, all you have to do is find the perfect spot for your planters!

You can find most of the supplies by visiting Walmart. By the way, I found a great deal for Nestlé Pure Life Water-35 pack! this is how it works…As shoppers, we are receiving a great value by getting 3 more bottles for the same price as the old 32 pack! If the 35- pack of Nestlé Pure Life is not available at your local Walmart, please ask a store manager about getting the product in your area, cause this is a great deal! I mean, you can definitely find Nestlé Pure life 24 pack at, but make sure to visit the store for the 35pk!

Hope you like this idea for DIY-tin can plant holders as much as I do; you will have beautiful plants and herbs inside and outside your home.

Lindos verdad? (Aren’t these cute?)

Remember, now that’s is getting warmer you need to keep yourself hydrated and Nestlé Pure Life is committed to delivering pure, great-tasting water to you and your family; Every bottle is filtered through a 12-step quality process. Pure Life is re-launching in mid-May and will have a new packaging so be on the lookout! Great to stock up for the warmer weather.

Do you like gardening? What other ideas you have for DIY Planters? and for more on Nestlé Visit Nestlé Pure Life

Felíz Primavera and… Happy Gardening!


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The Latin Food and Wine Festival in New Jersey

Thanks to the World of The Latino Cuisine for partnering with Johanny’s Kitchen to promote this event. As always, all opinions are my own.

Blogging has become a way for me to share not only my passion for food, but to share bits and pieces of my life and my Latin culture. In addition, being a food blogger has helped me to connect with so many amazing people in the foodie world. A couple of years ago I heard about “The Latin Food and Wine Festival” for the first time; I always wanted to go but never had the opportunity… Well, not this year!

What’s The Latin Food and Wine Festival?

The festival features samples from the diverse cuisines of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), Latin America, and the Caribbean. You can find all kinds of dishes from paellas to pupusas, to empanadas or mofongo to name a few. Also beverages such as wines, sangrias, rums, pisco, and other sumptuous spirits and libations.

The event will feature musical entertainment and cultural presentations as well. Also, over 40 restaurants will offer their delicious food! The celebrity chefs presenting at the event are headlined by Fernando Desa, Goya’s Executive Chef, and Celebrity Chef Ricardo Cardona, a radio and TV personality who is Marc Anthony’s personal chef; Carolina Arias, an expert on the Cibao Region cuisine of the Dominican Republic, and Eddy Fernádez Monte, Presiden of Cuba’s Culinary Federation who will lecture and prepare dishes of the classical Cuban Cuisine.

“We want to accommodate everyone as this would be the place to be for foodies and lovers of the various Latino Cuisine –Bill Colon, Lead officer of the World of the Latino Cuisine Organization.

The Festival will be on August 23rd at 5:00 pm at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Newark, New Jersey. Tickets can be purchased online at, go to “Attendee Registration” and use promo code Johanny1

By the way, there is an Early Bird special, at $40 per person, is being offered until May 31, 2017!

Hope to see you there!


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Must haves for a Latina Blogger

This shop of must haves for a Latina blogger has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SigueConAdvil #CollectiveBias


It’s almost 2017! and as I write this post I reminisce on my early days as a blogger, when I didn’t think I was going to make it this far in the blogger world; It hasn’t being an easy ride but I’m still on the bus and I love it! Blogging has given me the opportunity to share something that I love and that is part of my culture–cooking.

Blogging takes a lot time and as Latina which her first language is not English, it takes double the work. In addition, I have a full-time job and a beautiful family that requires my time as well.  Sometimes it can be a little hard to keep up with everything, but I found a way to keep myself organized and to avoid headaches.

Today I want to share my “Must Haves” as a Latina Blogger. Of course there are many items that we must have to be successful writers/bloggers; but some of these items I keep at home and others I carry in my bag at ALL times.


1-An English-Spanish Dictionary at home: I know I can use my phone, but I’m old school and I love to have a book to reference. Sometimes I find myself second guessing the spelling of a word, so having a dictionary is always handy.

2-Smart Phone: Especially when you can not carry your DSLR camera everywhere and need to take pictures.

3-A Small Planner/Notebook and a pen: To write “in-the-moment” ideas and  datelines.


4-Advil®Tablets: For those minor pains and aches (headaches, muscle pains, minor arthritis pains) that potentially slow you down.


Again, being organized can help you avoid headaches and minor pains, but sometimes it’s just inevitable. So next time you head to Walmart make sure to get Advil® Tablets which is the #1 pain reliever*. Advil® Tablets provide tough pain relief that aligns with my lifestyle as a passionate Latina blogger; I get to continue doing all the things that are important to me and of course my Familia.



If you are a busy Latina and you are contemplating the blogging  world; or if you are already blogging, I hope these tips help you. Also, See how others are experiencing relief with Advil®.

How do you keep yourself organized? Share!


*Among OTC Brands.*Use as directed

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