Tips For Making “Me Time” A Priority That Include Coffee! ​#CoffeeRoutine #Pmedia #Ad

*This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®​,​ The J.M.Smucker Company, White Wave,​and Truvia Natural Sweetener, b​ut all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CoffeeRoutine h​ttp://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV     This week has been like most weeks in that I am incredibly busy and and don't have much time in my schedule for "Me time."  However, having a full-time career and taking care of a family is exhausting.  It is important for me to be kind to myself and steal a few precious moments here and there to recharge whenever possible.  From as far back as I can remember, enjoying a good cup of coffee has always been part of any ritual that involves me having a few quiet minutes of reflection and peace.     Believe it or not, creating "Me time" is something that I have learned to perfect over the years.  I've noticed that most moms like me have a lot of trouble slowing down long enough to stop and … [Read more...]

Tips For Tackling Tough Laundry Stains For Working Moms! #OxiClean #Partner

    To say that I am a busy mom is an understatement.  As I like to explain when people ask, I'm literally going all the time between having a career as a full-time educator, publishing a successful blog, and raising children in New York City.  Most days, I am lucky to fit in some "Me" time just to take a shower so I often do get backed up when it comes to doing laundry.     It is especially frustrating when I have trouble getting stains out of clothes because I just don't have a lot of time in my schedule to spend scrubbing them out of our dirty laundry.  For a long time, I have been on the lookout for a laundry detergent that removes a wide-range of stubborn, dried-on stains the first time around to maximize on the limited time that I have to do laundry.     OxiClean™ Laundry detergent truly has been the answer to my Working Mom prayers!  It saves me lots of time because it tackles stains in just one wash and does not contain … [Read more...]

Recognizing The Hard Work Moms Do Every Day! @hamptoncreek #Partner

    Many people are out and about trying to enjoy the last few weeks of summer.  Others are busily trying to get everything ready for back to school and buying uniforms, school supplies and lunch boxes.  However, there are mothers out there right now worrying because they don't know where the money will come from for their child's next meal much less, how they will buy pencils for school.     Unfortunately, they have to make hard decisions every single day because they are trying to raise a family on limited funds.  Often, this means that they settle for foods that are not as healthy for their children to eat because they are the more affordable option.  It's the only way that they are able to stretch their grocery dollars even though they are aware that these foods are not as good for their kids as their more expensive counterparts.     Hampton Creek is making the right thing the easier thing for moms everywhere.  This … [Read more...]

Confessions Of A Really Tired Mom #IWasSoTired @Tylenol #Sweeps #Ad

    I'm not even going to mince words in this blog post, I am really tired.  Now, you are all most likely saying to yourself right now, "Join the club!"  As most of you are probably moms, I know that you feel my pain when it comes to the topic of sleeplessness.  I'd like to say that, like any other self-respecting superhero, I can go days or even weeks without sleep and still perform at optimal levels.  However, this is simply not the case...    The truth is that I have done some really embarrassing things lately as a result of my exhaustion.  Let me begin by saying that I'm normally a pleasure to be around, despite what my husband says.  Unfortunately, my grouchiness has reached an all-time high as I imagine getting some sleep more than I actually do sleep.  As a matter of fact, my eight year-old son likes to refer to me as "Mommy Meanie" in the morning.     It's not easy being all things, to all people, at all times.  This is why I sprayed my neck and wrists with hairspray … [Read more...]

Share Special Moments With Your Active Child! #ThisIsWholesome @HoneyMaidSnacks #Paid

    As many of you know, we are a huge basketball family.  Both of my sons play basketball and they get it from their grandfather because my Father in Law plays every Wednesday with his friends.  My husband is also a big sports fan and enjoys playing from time to time.  Due to this, we are an active family that is constantly active and on-the-go.     Despite the fact that we are always either playing or running to basketball games, my husband and I try to make sure that we steal special moments with our boys.  One of these touching things happened at my older son's last tournament and he melted my heart and confirmed that I am doing pretty good as his mom.     During halftime I was sitting in the bleachers with some of the other moms as our active sons practiced their free-throws until the beginning of the third quarter.  Normally, I try not to bother my son because he is eleven and he is at that age where he doesn't want his mom embarrassing him in front of his friends.  So I just … [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...]

5 Myths About Being A Working Mom

    This past week, I have read a lot of posts on social media about the difficulties and triumphs of being a Working Mom.  Many of them make me chuckle seeing as how I can relate since I have juggled a career since I became a mother eleven years ago.  However, I have also found that some people have the wrong idea about what Working Moms experience on a daily basis.     Although we are driven to excel in our careers, we also have the same concerns about parenting and our families that all mothers have.  After all, being a mom is a lot of work whether you add working outside the home to that equation or not.  This post is definitely not about whether Stay At Home Moms or Working Moms have it easier or harder than one another.  In my mind, it is a given that all moms work hard.     The purpose of this post is just to debunk some of the myths about Working Moms that I have been reading lately…  So, without further ado, here are 5 myths that are completely wrong about women juggling … [Read more...]

Being A Working Mom When Your Kid Is Sick… #WorkingMom

    The past couple of weeks have been rough for us in the health and wellness department.  If you have been keeping up with us here on the blog and on social media, you know that I have been sick on and off with a bad cold, we have been dealing with my mother's mental health issues, and this week my younger son got sick with strep throat and asthma as well.     Normally, when either one of my sons is sick, my Mom stays with them during the day.  This really puts my mind at ease while I am at work because I know that she will care for them just the way that I would if I was home.  Since my mother is currently in the hospital, I had to take my sick son with me to work on Monday in order to administer his asthma medication throughout the day.     Today we had a snow day so I was glad to be able to stay home with my son an additional day to care for him.  He is definitely better but he still has a cough which I wish I could take away from him.  Tomorrow it will be back to work and I … [Read more...]

A Smartphone That is Helping Working Moms Get Ahead! @HuaweiDeviceUSA #Ad

    Last week, I lent my son my smartphone so he could watch videos on it.  He's normally very responsible with it so I didn't think anything of it until I asked him for the phone a while later.  It seems that he had put it down and forgot where he had put it so we spent a few nervous moments looking for it. During this uncertain time, I realized that my entire life is on that phone including my personal and my business contacts.  It's amazing how much I depend on my smartphone for everything that I do in my life.     The Huawei Ascend Mate2 is the perfect phone for resilient, Working Moms like myself who juggle many roles on a regular basis.  It features a 6.1-inch high-def screen and incredible screen-to-body ratio which means that you can conduct all of your business and enjoy all of your entertainment apps in more pixels.  Its unique floating screens also allow you to multitask like having your calculator, messages, and much more open at the same time.  Believe me, being able to … [Read more...]

Eat Healthier Without Giving Up Taste Or Convenience! @PhilipsPR #Ad

    I'm going to be completely honest, I don't have a lot of time to cook.  During the week, I teach middle school full-time, I blog full-time, and I'm a full-time mother and wife.  There just isn't a lot of space in my already crammed schedule to plan and execute elaborate, gourmet meals.  It's not that I don't want my family to enjoy tasty meals and snacks, I just have to be very careful how I manage my time.     Due to these time constraints, I am on an infinite quest to find products that allow me to prepare meals for my family in half the time.  The Philips Airfryer has been the answer to my prayers!  It is one of the most innovative new kitchen appliances that I have ever used and it allows me to fry, bake roast and grill with ½ tablespoon of oil or less.  The best part is that not only are these meals less fat, but they can also be prepared in a fraction of the time.     The digital touchscreen interface lets you easily customize the settings to cook your food to your … [Read more...]