5 Easy Tips for Saving Money When Booking Your Travel

   


I love to travel. This year, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to some pretty amazing places including Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, San Diego and Tulum, Mexico. Over the past year, I've picked up a few tips and tricks that has saved me a ton when booking my trips. Traveling doesn’t always have to break the bank. No matter where you’re going, there are plenty of simple ways to save money.

Whether you’re planning a holiday getaway or just planning to travel more in the new year, here are my 5 tips you might want to keep in mind when booking your next trip.

Booking Online (Change to Private Browsing): Here’s a tip I wish I would have discovered earlier. Has this ever happened to you that you’re browsing for airfares online and suddenly the flight you had searched (literally 2 minutes ago) has now gone up in price? This has happened to me plenty of times! When you’re searching for airfares be sure to use the “Private Browsing Mode” (Chrome: “File>New Incognito Window”, Firefox: “Tools>Start Private Browsing”, Safari: “Safari>Private Browsing”, IE: Switch Browsers). This will prevent sites from using cookies and tracking your history, which is then used to strategically inflate prices.



Stay in a Hotel with Free Meals:  An easy way to save money is to book a hotel with free breakfast. As a Hampton by Hilton Seekender, I got to travel to San Diego this year and I absolutely loved their free hot breakfast. And we are not just talking a continental breakfast here. They had everything from hot oatmeal, fresh fruits, waffles, eggs and all the works. Plus it also saved us so much time in the mornings since we would just go downstairs, eat breakfast and then head out to enjoy our day.

You can check out my San Diego trip here.

Travel Off-Season: By traveling off-season you'll be able to save tons of money on airfare as well as other things. Besides many places are interesting any time of the year. This year I traveled to Greece in May. The high season technically starts in June. We were able save approximately $300 on airfare and still got to enjoy beautiful weather.

Travel on a Wednesday or Thursday: We've all heard several tips on what is the best day to travel.
From my experience the best days to travel is either Wednesday or Thursday. Fridays on the other hand are one of the most expensive travel dates and one of the busiest. It makes sense since most people are wrapping up the work week. Prices on airfare and even fuel generally peak on this popular travel day. On average you can expect to save anywhere from $50-$70 bucks. If you're looking into a small getaway I recommend flying out on a Thursday and returning on a Monday.

Consider Flying to a Nearby Airport: Look into alternate (regional) airports when booking your trip. There are several airlines that fly to smaller airports. For example, when traveling back home I'll look into flying into FLL (Fort Lauderdale) instead of MIA (Miami International Airport). It's about the same distance to my house. If traveling to Paris for example you can also look into Orly Airport instead of Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris' main international airport).

Quick Tip: You can also check one-way flights (and buying it seperately) instead of purchasing a round-trip flight).








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Holiday Shopping with Sawgrass Mills

   

The holidays are right around the corner and with it comes holiday shopping. I teamed up with Sawgrass Mills, the largest outlet and value shopping destination in the U.S. to get a head start on my Christmas shopping.  I've been a huge fan of this outlet mall for as long as I can remember. I use to go there all the time as a kid with my mom and my family (when they would from Colombia). Not only do they have 350 name-brand outlet  stores like J.Crew, Victoria's Secret, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF Fifth and The Bloomingdale's Outlet store, but they also have 90 exclusive retailers found nowhere else in South Florida (such as Gucci, Burberry and Club Monaco!) Speaking of Club Monaco, I might have gone a little overboard and bought everything in the store haha.

I've rounded up a few of my finds that would make the perfect gift for everyone on your list:

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Motherhood: Andy at 3 Years Old

   


As cliché as it sounds, I can’t believe Andres is growing up so quickly. I’m officially a mom to a pre-schooler. I remember when it was just yesterday that I was sharing with you guys an update when he was 6 months old. It’s been so amazing to see his little personality shine through and not to mention some of the things he says are absolutely hilarious.

Here’s an update of Andy at 3 years old:

He’s in Pre-School: Although Andres started a Montessori school when he was 2 years old, this is his first official year in the school’s pre-school program. Every Friday they have show-and-tell and it’s so cute to see him so interested in picking out something he wants to share with the class. 

Activities: Andy also started soccer class. Although technically the class is for 4 to 5 year olds, I managed to convince the coach to let him start at 3 years old. He’s the smallest, but it’s so amazing to see him hold his own against the bigger kids. He absolutely loves it.

Favorite Snacks: As of now, Andres has officially passed the picky eater phase (keeping fingers crossed it stays this way). So he pretty much eats anything. Some of his favorite snacks are kale chips and dried apricots. I also try to make sure he’s getting his vitamins and nutrients with Nido 3+. It’s filled with 12 vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, B6, Iron and Zinc that help support healthy growth and development for preschoolers (along with prebiotics and fiber to help support digestion). He usually will have this before soccer practice or in the mornings before pre-school. It’s his “energy” as he calls it.

His Personality: Andres has such an easy-going, care free personality ever since he was a baby. I always say that God knew exactly the type of personality to give him (especially since he knew I would become a solo-parent after the passing of my husband). He’s so sweet and has such a heart of gold. The other day he grabbed some of his old shoes and said “Mama, can we give these to babies that don’t have any shoes.” At such a young age you can already see his giving heart. Also, out of nowhere he’ll look at me and say “Wo Mama, you look so beautiful.”

Favorite Songs: His favorite song is “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley haha. You can totally tell he’s my son. Favorite Toys: He’s still really into dinosaurs. I would say he’s chosen dinosaurs overs cars and trains. His favorite, of course, is T-Rex with Triceratops coming in second place.




Photos: Karla Garcia

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My Holiday Beauty Essentials

   


Holiday cheer is in the air! For me, that means family get-togethers, holiday parties and NSYNC’s Christmas album on repeat. And, as social calendars start to fill up quickly, I’m sharing my best tips to help you look and feel your best this holiday season.

Take Care of Your Skin: During the winter, your skin can get pretty dry. To help combat dry skin, make sure you’re adding a moisturizer to your beauty regimen. Also, make sure it’s non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores or cause your skin to break out.

Makeup: Once you’ve applied your moisturizer, I love the idea of keeping the rest of your look simple with a winged eyeliner and a bronzer to give you a healthy summer glow (even in the middle of winter).

Smile! With so many holiday parties and family reunions, you want to make sure that your smile is in tip-top shape. My little beauty secret is ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Clean & Fresh Toothpaste. It contains baking soda, which is a powerful whitening agent, and it gives your teeth an amazingly deep clean. You’ll be left looking and feeling radiant. If you want to go a little more daring, you can rock a bold red lip, which can also make your teeth look even whiter!





This post is brought to you by ARM & HAMMER™, all opinions as always, are my own. 


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Getting Holiday Ready with Target

   

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Monticello Street and Target. 


I love any reason to get glammed up, mainly because I work from home and those times are very few and far between (pretty much only when I have an event or a TV segment). That’s why I absolutely LOVE the holidays. Between family get-togethers, Noche Buena and New Year’s Eve, it’s the perfect time to add some glam to my look.

I’m so excited to collaborate with Target to take on their challenge to create a holiday-inspired look. To help me get started, I received this box filled with goodies and beauty tips from the host of Univision’s Despierta America (and friend of mine), Ana Patricia Gamez.

Here are some of her tips along with my twist on a holiday look.



To start, I wanted to go for a more natural and glowing holiday look. This Pixi Palette Rossette in ‘Rosy Radiance’ is AMAZING. I added the ‘cheek blush’ to the apples of my cheeks and then added the ‘all-over glow’ to my face. It created that dewy, healthy look that I love.



Next up, I also filled in my eyebrows using the ‘brow’ shade in a medium brown and then smudged it with my finger.

Finally, for the lips I used this lip color from the Sonia Kashuk line called ‘Sheer Pink Lust.’ I had been looking for a lip color in this shade for the longest time. It adds the perfect amount of color to your lips, yet looks natural.



Most importantly, don’t forget to always take off your make-up each night. Ana Patricia recommends keeping make-up removing wipes on your nightstand, especially for those nights when we don’t have the energy for a full evening beauty routine.

Oh and don’t forget to also take advantage of Target’s 10 Days of Deals to take 25% off beauty purchases on Tuesday, November 22nd. It's a great opportunity to save on brands like Burt's Bees, Dove, Chi, NYX and more. Check out more special beauty promotions at A Bullseye View.



Now, keeping with the holiday spirit, I’ve teamed up with a group of fabulous bloggers to create our own “Parranda.” For those of you not familiar with a Parranda (also called Posadas) it’s a hispanic holiday tradition where groups of friends (and even strangers) overtake other friend's homes celebrating with music and food.  Our twist however includes tons of beauty tips to help you get ready for the holiday season.

So now that you’re done reading this post, I invite you to hop on over to these blogging gals "homes" (blogs) for an extra dose of beauty tricks.








Steal her Look: Camilla Belle

   


Camilla Belle looked beautiful as always wearing this Kate Spade lace bow-tie blouse paired with a scalloped skirt and leather ankle boots. Although not leather, we found a similar scalloped skirt for just $50 bucks. Here's where you can steal her look for less and get her same exact top.

Bow Tie Blouse, Kate Spade, $328 (same one she's wearing or check out this one
Scallop Hem Skirt, Topshop, $50
Boots, Target, $37


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