Keeping The Spice In your Marriage After Having Kids #ScrapTheSoap @Lubrigyn #Ad

    As my sons are getting older, my husband and I are realizing the importance of making time for each other as a couple.  Most of us have children and dedicate ourselves entirely to being their parents while forgetting that we should also focus on our relationships at the same time.  After all, kids grow up and eventually make their own lives, as is the natural order of things.  So it makes sense that couples make an effort to keep the spice in their marriage after having children.     This is not as easy as it sounds since parenting is a full-time job.  Add to that balancing work, the household, and having some couple time becomes virtually impossible.  The reality is that, even though we love our kids, it's crucial that we have our own time to reconnect and interact romantically.  This process has definitely been a learning experience and we have gotten really creative when it comes to keeping things steamy and spicy.  Here … [Read more...]

Get Back Out There And Live With Impressa! #LivePadFree @walmart @poise #ad

    This might come as a surprise to some of you but there are some changes that come about after having children that aren't always considered a blessing.  Not sure what I'm talking about?  Imagine worrying about every little sneeze or cough giving birth to a potentially embarrassing moment, pun intended.       Yes, I am referring to those little leaks that no woman wants to talk about.  The thing is that we should be talking about them so we could tell each other that there is help out there in the form of Poise Impressa ® Bladder Supports!     As the holidays are quickly approaching, we all look forward to spending valuable time with our loved ones and friends.  However, nobody wants to have to worry about laughing a little too hard or the odors that are involved with suffering from bladder leakage.       It's definitely not a pretty picture but now we can all feel empowered to get out there and do all of the … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk Woman To Woman! @Lubrigyn #GetIntimate #Ad

    Let's face it, I'm surrounded by men and Testosterone in this house.  Aside from all of the wrestling and sports constantly streaming on our television, our bathroom is full of men's hygiene products.  My small corner full of feminine products can be found in a small space under the bathroom sink.     Clearly, this discussion would fall on deaf ears if I attempted to have it with the guys I live with.  That is why I decided to bring the conversation here to have with my large female following.  I know you ladies will understand when I ask you all to talk to me woman to woman!     I know many of you are still using soap and water to wash your most intimate areas and, let me tell you, this is leaving you open to getting irritation, dryness and discomfort.  You probably didn't even know that a fragile hydrolipid film protects the skin in your vaginal area and you are stripping it away when you wash with soap.     … [Read more...]

Paid Opportunity: Sign Up Today To Help Inspire Future Products From Colgate! @Colgate #Ad

    I'm very excited this afternoon because I have the opportunity to present all of you you with this amazing opportunity to collaborate with Colgate to help inspire their future products.  If you love to share your thoughts and opinions you are already the perfect candidate for this campaign.  Colgate is looking for some creative women to share ideas with and the best part is that they are going to compensate you for them!     Do you live close to Miami, Houston, LA, or the NY Metro area and come from a Hispanic/Latina background?  If so, you can sign up to join an exclusive, private, 2-month online community where you can share your opinions directly with brand decision makers.  As a mom, I jump at the chance to be able to connect directly with brands to voice my family's needs and preferences which is why I love that Colgate is reaching out to mothers around the country.     Not only will you have the opportunity to impact the brand, but members will also receive a $100 Amazon … [Read more...]

What You Need To Know About BRCA And Ovarian Cancer #beBRCAware @beBRCAware @SheSpeaksUp #Ad

    As many of you know, I have been a Leukemia Survivor for the past almost eight years.  Throughout this time, one of the things that I have maintained as a Survivor is the importance of advocating for your health and of early detection when it comes to cancer.      In today's modern medical times, getting treatment early on, and taking advantage of modern detection and treatment options, can mean the difference between life and death.  When faced with such a serious health crisis, it is normal to be afraid and to break down but, after that, you have to move forward and fight the good fight.     Many of you are probably not aware of the fact that there is a test you can take that can identify whether you are at a higher risk for a gene mutation that is commonly associated with breast and ovarian cancer.  Being armed with knowledge about your BRCA status can assist you in making important decisions about cancer treatments that are currently available. What is a BRCA gene?     In … [Read more...]

When A Loved One Suffers From Depression And Anxiety…

    This past week has been a difficult one because my mother had a severe anxiety attack last weekend.  As a family, we have dealt with the fact that she has suffered from depression and anxiety disorder for over thirty years.  We are not ashamed of talking about it whatsoever because it is an illness just like any other illness and she has no control over it.     As far as we know, it began right after my birth when my mother was eighteen years old.  She suffered from postpartum depression after giving birth but was able to recover from it after a few weeks.  Unfortunately, four years later after giving birth to my brother, she again sank into a depression but was not able to feel better on her own.     This is the way that depression and anxiety presents itself in the lives of many people.  It is brought on or awakened by a traumatic or stressful experience in a person's life.  In my mother's case, the stress of giving birth to three children in four years, at such a young age, … [Read more...]

It’s Not A Taboo Subject Anymore! #DropYourPants #Underwareness @Depend #Ad

    Ever since becoming a mom, I have realized that there are many topics surrounding pregnancy and childbirth that some women never talk about because they are not so pleasant.  One of those subjects is bladder leakage and, let me tell you, it might not be sexy but it is definitely a reality for a lot of us after having kids.  It's a common misconception that this condition only affects older people because I'm 37 years old and I've had my own experiences with it already.     After giving birth to our second son, I noticed that sneezing and coughing hard would sometimes cause me to have a little bladder leakage.  Other times, I would just notice that it would happen during the day while engaging in everyday activities like working or walking.  I was embarrassed by it at first but, over time, I have learned to accept it since most of the women in our family are open about going through it as well since having kids.     To deal with my slight bladder leakage, I've used pantyliners … [Read more...]

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 the most about this whole situation is that the ones who lose out in this fiasco are the children.  As siblings, they should all be raised around each other or, at the very least, know each other.  Since the mothers can't seem to get along, it doesn't seem like this will ever be possible.     Even more galling is that, while these women argue with each other, this man is like a spectator who is watching a show being acted out on stage.  Some of you might argue that this just happens on television but I beg to differ.  Time after time, I see familial situations like this one where women are devaluing their worth for the "privilege" of being with a man.  It brings me back to my childhood when my … [Read more...]

When Life Gets Tough, I Rise Above It And Get Tougher! #RiseAboveIt #NoTeRindas #Ad

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Pine-Sol® and Latina Bloggers Connect.     When I was 30 years old, two things happened to me that year, I gave birth to my youngest son and I found out I had cancer.  If it is shocking for you to read that, imagine how shocking and bitter-sweet it was for me to go through one of the most joyous events in my life while, at the same time, going through one of the most devastating things that could possibly happen to me.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the luxury of falling apart because I had a three year-old and a newborn that needed me to keep it together.     I remember the weekend after my diagnosis, I lay in bed feeling sorry for myself and wondering why this would happen to me.  After a while, I realized that the answer was "Why not me?"  People go through tragedies and receive bad news regularly so what made me exempt from it?  At that moment I decided that I was going to stay strong and rise above my cancer diagnosis, not … [Read more...]

Celebrate The Women Of Steel In Your Life! @SamsungTweets #Samsung #Sponsored

This is a compensated campaign on behalf of Samsung Home Appliances U.S.A.  All opinions are 100% mine.     Six years ago, my life was rocked with a Cancer diagnosis and I really didn't know what to do or who to turn to.  Being a teacher and a lifelong student, I decided to become proactive about my health and my mental state and I researched cancer support groups online to connect with others who were going through the same struggles.     One of the angels whom I met was Mike Tufo.  He was a Synovial Sarcoma Survivor and we would chat online during the wee morning hours about all of the concerns that were keeping us up at night.  He was an amazing man who loved his sweetheart Dianne and their four sons.     I can still recall how he would comfort me and give me hope during those dark early days when I was first diagnosed.  While he was fighting for his own life, he still found time to support others and be a mentor.  Unfortunately, Mike passed away on December 1st, 2009 after 19 … [Read more...]