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Are You Suffering From A Cold Or Allergies? #BeatSpringAllergies @MinuteClinic #Ad

    This past week, I had to keep my younger son home from school because he was really sick.  It started at the beginning of the week with a stuffy nose which progressed to a sore throat and a bad cough.  He didn't have a fever … [Read More...]

Charmin Ultra Strong Versus Charmin Ultra Soft! #EnjoyTheGo @Charmin #Ad

    This past week, we have had our share of bathroom mishaps including my husband having to rebuild our toilet tank because the flushing mechanism was not functioning properly.  Now that this problem has been resolved, I have been … [Read More...]

Remove Stains With Purex Plus Clorox 2 Detergent! @Purex #SocialInsiders #Giveaway #Ad

    Now that basketball season has arrived, I am going to be up to my elbows in dirty uniforms and other sports related laundry.  It can be pretty difficult to remove some of those tough stains which is why I am glad to have the help … [Read More...]

Media Events

Find Your Sweet Escape in Hershey Pennsylvania! #HersheyPA @HersheyPA #Ad

    There is a reason why this blog is called Tough Cookie Mommy.  Those of you who are long-time readers know that I am a New York City public school teacher by day, Blogger by night, and mother/wife/Survivor all of the time.  It … [Read More...]

Fall In Love With The All-New 2017 Chrysler Pacifica! #PacificaPlayZone @Chrysler #Ad

    We are a family of four and it's very important that we have a comfortable and roomy car because we spend a lot of time in our vehicle.  On any given day, we will be on the road on our way to our son's basketball games or heading … [Read More...]

Recipes

Coffee Yogurt Smoothie Recipe @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    I think when most people think of smoothie recipes, they imagine that you take fruits or vegetables and blend them together with a few … [Read More...]

7 Tips For Cleaning Produce

    Do you love cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables? If so, you might be wondering what the best way is to clean these items. Making … [Read More...]

Coffee Flavored Caramel Flan Recipe @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    Growing up in Spain, drinking coffee was an integral part of every breakfast meal and often part of an after-dinner ritual. … [Read More...]

Education

Science Project Idea: Cloud Experiment

    Those of you who follow me on social media know that, last month, I helped my twelve year-old son with his Science project for school. … [Read More...]

Support STEM Programs In Schools! #YoungScientist @3M @TheMoms #Ad

    Recently, I visited one of my teacher colleagues who teaches math at our middle school.  It was fun to work out math problems with … [Read More...]

Spark Curiosity Through Early Learning! #SparkAMind #IC @HMHCo #Ad

*This post was sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.     When I was … [Read More...]

Travel

Take A Sweet Ride In The Mazda6 i Grand Touring! #DriveMazda @MazdaUSA @DriveShopUSA #Ad

    It's a very rare occasion when I take a road trip or go away without the whole family in tow.  This past month, I had the … [Read More...]

Travel Tips For Moms Of Older Boys

    Traveling is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but when you have kids their restlessness can make you stressed out. If you are looking … [Read More...]

Experience New York City And Its People On The Ride NYC! @The_Ride_NYC #Giveaway #Ad

    I have a confession to make, although I have lived in New York City most of my life, I have never really attempted to go sightseeing in … [Read More...]

DIY

7 Tips For Planning The Perfect Picnic

    The arrival of spring means it is time to get outdoors and dine alfresco style! Eating a meal outdoors can be wonderfully relaxing and … [Read More...]

Make Your Own Easter Bunny Bar Soap!

    Lately I have been on a DIY kick and have been researching different ways to make some of our favorite products, or items we use every … [Read More...]

7 Creative Uses For Paper Towels

    When you have a spill, the first thing you might do is run for paper towels. Sure paper towels are perfect for cleaning up spills and … [Read More...]

Latina

Teach Your Children To Celebrate Their Differences! #LaFamiliaCool #Giveaway #Ad

    As many of you know, I have been a Literacy Specialist for over fifteen years in New York City.  Working in such a diverse city, I … [Read More...]

Put A Healthy Twist On Holiday Traditions! #FuelGreatness @FUTP60 #Ad

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with National Dairy Council Fuel Up To Play 60 en español and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always our … [Read More...]

Immortalize Your Family’s Memories! #MiVidaShutterfly @Shutterfly #Ad

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMeMedia and Shutterfly. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Over the … [Read More...]

New York

The Perfect Last Minute Stocking Stuffer At Dunkin’ Donuts! @DunkinDonuts #Giveaway #Ad

    If you are a procrastinator like I am, you are scrambling at the last minute trying to get everything ready for the holidays.  This … [Read More...]

A Mom’s Guide To Parking In NYC! @ParkWhiz #Giveaway #Partner

        Have you ever been to New York City?  Chances are, if you have, you know that it is nearly next to impossible to find parking downtown.  We … [Read More...]

Grocery Shopping In NYC Has Just Gotten Easier! @PeapodDelivers #Giveaway #Ad

    I'm going to get right to the point, I am an extremely busy mom.  Not only do I have a full-time career as a New York City public school teacher, … [Read More...]

Marriage

Keeping The Romance Alive In Your Marriage

    Wouldn’t it be awesome to still have a romantic relationship with your spouse, even years into your marriage? The good news is that it’s very possible to keep the romance alive in your marriage. Here are several tips for helping you to … [Read More...]

Parenting

Increasing Communication Between You And Your Tween

    Wouldn’t it be great to increase communication between you and your tween? The question is: how do you make that happen? Communication is an important part of parenting, no matter what stage you are at. Here are some tips to help you make … [Read More...]

Honor Important Women In Your Life This Mother’s Day! #PutYourHeartToPaper @Hallmark #Sponsored

    This weekend is a very important one because, although we like to think that we honor the important women in our life all year long, we don't always stop to give them the recognition they deserve.  On Mother's Day, we take some time away from all … [Read More...]