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Send Your Kids Back To School Healthy! #GoBackHealthy @MinuteClinic #Ad

    Back to school is right around the corner here in New York City.  It's about a little over a week away, to be exact.  This year, my sons are entering fifth and eighth grade so we are fully committed to having both our kids in … [Read More...]

Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

    The countdown is on, I am scheduled to go back into the classroom and end summer vacation on September, 6th.  My boys will be starting school two days later and, since I am starting at a new position as a high school reading … [Read More...]

Kick Off A New School Year With Your Own Teacher Rewards Kit! #TeacherRewardsKit #Ad

    It's hard to believe that it is almost time for back to school here in New York City.  Not only will I be embarking on a new teaching journey as a high school reading teacher, but my boys will be starting fifth and eighth grade. … [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

Chicken Fajita Penne @ragusauce #Ad

    I had the fortune of growing up in a culturally diverse household.  My father is from Spain and my mother is Italian so my siblings … [Read More...]

Piña Colada Popsicles

    A few weeks ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to go away for the weekend without the kids for the first time in over ten years. … [Read More...]

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Recipe And Other Easy Morning Hacks! @JIF #Ad

    As a New York City public school teacher, I take my responsibility to educate young people very seriously.  It's a tough and … [Read More...]

Education

Inspire Love Of Reading With PreK12 Plaza! @PreK12Plaza #PreK12Plaza #Ad

    Ever since my sons were little, I have tried to instill a love of reading in them.  After all, I am a Literacy Specialist and have … [Read More...]

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...]

Travel

Rekindle Your Romance At Mount Airy! @MountAiryCasino #MountAiryResort #Ad

    Let's be completely honest, most couples with kids don't get enough romantic time together.  That has definitely been the case for … [Read More...]

7 Ways To Save Money At The Fair

    Do you love the fair but feel like it always leaves you broke? Do you wish there was a more budget friendly way to visit and enjoy all … [Read More...]

5 Things To Cross Off Your Bucket List In St. Louis! @ExploreStLouis #FunnestFamily #Ad

    A few years ago, my Sister In Law moved with my nephew to St. Louis and I have been wanting to visit and spend some time there with … [Read More...]

DIY

The Very Hungry Paint Chip Caterpillar Craft

    It's no surprise that I totally geek out over books since I am a Literacy Specialist.  I love to take advantage of any opportunity … [Read More...]

DIY Pokemon Bookmark And Pointer

    Since the majority of people over 5 and under 50 have begun playing Pokemon Go, Pokemon©, has suddenly jumped in popularity again, … [Read More...]

Fortune Teller Craft Activity! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Although my family and I definitely agree on the fact that we all love Netflix, we sometimes cannot agree on what we should watch next … [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

Bring Your Kids To A NY Liberty Game! #ShowUp @NYLiberty @KidzVuz #Ad

    Last week my family had the pleasure of going to see a NY Liberty game at Madison Square Garden.  Although we are native New … [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]