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Boost Your Kids’ Brain Power This Summer! #StreamTeam #Partner @Netflix

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Netflix. As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.     Every kid knows that Summer is the time to have fun and to leave school and homework behind.  Us parents know that, although we want […]

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My Promises To My Children… #PromiseToBaby #Partner #LatinaBloggers

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with JOHNSON’S® Baby and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are 100% mine.     Becoming a mother has been the greatest joy of my entire life.  Despite my many other accomplishments, whether academic or professional, motherhood has been the most rewarding and truly the role that I want […]

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Make Sure Your Kids Don’t Miss Their First Day Of School! @MinuteClinic #GoBackHealthy #Ad

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for Minute Clinic and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.       This week will be the first day of August and I will be starting to schedule our […]

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Media Events

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Go Back In Time Walking With Dinosaurs! #WalkingWithDinosaurs #Ad @JohnLeguizamo

*This post was written by me on behalf of 20th Century Fox.  All opinions are 100% mine.     Last weekend, my family and I had the distinct privilege of attending the Walking With Dinosaurs premiere in New York City.  My sons and nephews are big dinosaur fans and they were thrilled to have the […]

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Warm Up Your Walls With HP And Genevieve Gorder! #WarmUpYourWalls @HPPrint #Ad

I participated in a campaign on behalf of HP. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.     Recently we had the opportunity to attend a very special event with TV personality and interior designer Genevieve Gorder.  We asked her all of our photo décor related questions which was especially helpful […]

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Recipes

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Celebrate Soccer Season With The Perfect Pair Of Foods! #GolazoKraft #CollectiveBias #Shop #Ad

*I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.     Soccer is a beloved sport in our home.  My husband and I are both of Latin descent and we have lived in our native […]

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Creamy Fruit Topped Pound Cake Recipe #SLSweetTreats @SaraLeeDesserts #Ad

*I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Sara Lee. This could include Sara Lee providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.     When I think back to my childhood and the desserts that I would enjoy with my parents and my siblings, one of the treats that always […]

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Make A Delicious Swiss Sausage Omelette On The Go! #JDCrumbles #Recipe #Ad

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Jimmy Dean. This could include Jimmy Dean providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.     Let’s be honest, if you are a busy mom like I am, you don’t have a lot of time to prepare breakfast in the morning. […]

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Education

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How Can You Make Your Kids Read More This Summer?

    I’m sure that most of you struggle with coaxing your children to read during summer vacation.  Even though I am a teacher, my kids would much rather ride their bikes outside and play on their tablets than read any day.  Believe me, teachers’ kids are just as good as at other kids at […]

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Get Ready For Back To School With Kohl’s! #Kohls101 @Kohls #Ad

*This is a sponsored campaign on behalf of Kohl’s. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.      Although school just ended here in New York City about 3 weeks ago, I always like to get a head start on all our Back to School shopping.  This allows me to get some of the […]

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My Nephew Is Headed To High School!

    This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending my nephew’s eighth grade graduation.  I can’t even begin to describe to you guys how proud I was of his accomplishment.  You see, his academic road has not been an easy one and, as a result, reaching this milestone is even more significant.  As […]

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Travel

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We Made Unforgettable Family Memories At Morey’s Piers! #MoreysPiers @MoreysPiers #Sponsored

*Our family received complimentary lodging, entertaiment and meals as part of a Press Trip from Morey’s Piers. As always our opinions are 100% our own.         I'm sure many of you have been following our family … [Read More...]

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We Visited Legoland Discovery Center! @LDCWestchester #LegolandNYC #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of Legoland Discovery Centers US. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating. All opinions are my own.        When I … [Read More...]

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We Had A Wonderful Time At Medieval Times NJ! @MedievalTimes #Travel #Sponsored

*This post was written by me on behalf of Medieval Times.  I received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.     We were very excited to have the opportunity to review the family … [Read More...]

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Working Mom

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Take Time Out For Yourself And Put Your Feet Up! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Netflix. As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.     Although Summer Vacation began this past week here in New York City, parenting is a 24/7 job!  That is why taking time out for yourself […]

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Enjoy Some Well-Deserved Relaxation! #SangriaSunday @yellowtail_usa #Ad

*This post was written by me on behalf of Yellow Tail USA. I received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine.        This past Thursday was the last day of school for New York City public school students.  As a middle school teacher, I can tell you that […]

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Connect With @KFC Family Game Night! #HowDoYouKFC #Ad

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for KFC and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.         As I’ve mentioned before on Tough Cookie Mommy, game night is extremely important to our family because […]

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My oldest son's First Birthday Party!

Celebrate Early Learning With Fisher-Price®! #FPMiPrimerCumple #Giveaway #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Fisher-Price® and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.       I can still recall the joy of planning both of my sons’ first birthday parties.  For me, it was such a precious milestone that should be celebrated and rejoiced while surrounded by […]

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Celebrate Fútbol Fever With @Orgullosa! #MyHouseIsMyStadium #Ad

*This is part of a product review campaign with Orgullosa; complimentary products were provided. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Anyone who has visited my household recently knows that we have been rooting for our favorite soccer teams as they all battle to be number one in the world.  Sadly, our two […]

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Keep Your Skin Healthy During The Hot Summer Months! #LuminousSkin #Jergens @JergensUS #Ad

*This is part of a product review campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and JERGENS® ; complimentary products were provided. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     My skin really takes a beating during the hot, summer months.  Besides the fact that I expose it to more sun than the rest of the year, […]

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New York

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Unlock An Unexpected Dose Of Joy! #MusicToYourNose @GainLatino @Gain #Giveaway #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of Gain. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating. All opinions are my own.     Many people don’t know a lot about the Bronx aside from what they have seen on television or in the movies.  This […]

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Support Kids Walk For Kids With Cancer! #KidsWalk #WalkWithUs @KidsWalkMSKCC

    As many of you are aware, I am a six year Leukemia Survivor.  Receiving a Cancer diagnosis is devastating at any age, however, it is especially horrific when a child is diagnosed with this disease.  It’s every parents’ worst nightmare and, unfortunately, the reality is that Cancer is the leading cause of death […]

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Marriage

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Why Do Women Put Up With This?

    This evening I was watching a popular reality television show when I found myself sadly wondering why women put up with men who cheat.  In this particular episode, a man has three kids with three different women and they are all arguing with each other due to him.  The thing that troubled me […]

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Parenting

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How Can You Make Your Kids Read More This Summer?

    I’m sure that most of you struggle with coaxing your children to read during summer vacation.  Even though I am a teacher, my kids would much rather ride their bikes outside and play on their tablets than read any day.  Believe me, teachers’ kids are just as good as at other kids at […]

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My Nephew Is Headed To High School!

    This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending my nephew’s eighth grade graduation.  I can’t even begin to describe to you guys how proud I was of his accomplishment.  You see, his academic road has not been an easy one and, as a result, reaching this milestone is even more significant.  As […]

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