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Dark Chocolate Coffee Truffles @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    If you are a longtime reader you probably know that I am obsessed with coffee!  I think that my love affair with Java began when I was a little girl and I helped my grandmother make it every morning for breakfast.  The … [Read More...]

FX’s Better Things is Literally My Life! #BetterThings #Giveaway @FXNetworks #Ad

    I'm pretty sure that I don't have to tell you all that being a mom is not an easy job.  Unfortunately, kids don't come with instructions so there is a lot of winging it that is involved in raising kids.  Most of us do the very … [Read More...]

Set The Tone For The 2016 School Year With Visionworks! #VisionWorks #Ad

    Starting the school year off on the right foot is always a very important part of the month of September for our family.  That includes making sure that the kids have all of the school supplies that they need as well as ensuring … [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

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 … [Read More...]

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...]

Education

Extend Learning Outside The Classroom! #HowLifeUnfolds @HowLifeUnfolds #Ad

   This summer has been a wonderful one.  I've spent quality time with my boys and my husband and we have dedicated time to take a few … [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 … [Read More...]

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...]

Travel

The All-New 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Has It All! @Chrysler #Ad

    Let me begin by telling you all that I have never been a big fan of minivans.  When I was a teenager, my father had one and it was … [Read More...]

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...]

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...]