Affordable Housing Community Coming To The Bronx

    Anyone who lives in New York City can tell you that it can sometimes be very expensive to live here.  Most New Yorkers cannot afford to live in Manhattan so they reside in the outer boroughs where real estate is a little more affordable.  There have been some recent exciting changes here in the Bronx and that includes the availability of affordable housing options that are accessible to everyone.     The new Gouverneur Place Apartments boast a development which includes 68 units and provide support services for those who suffer from mental health related disabilities.  The building will be located in the Bronx and offer affordable housing without compromising quality.  Recently, community advocates, proponents of affordable-housing and investment partners participated in a guided tour to observe the progress of this project.     Many people who have been unable to secure affordable housing options will benefit from this new construction.  The seven-story affordable-housing … [Read more...]

Bring Your Family To Burger King This Month For Angry Birds™Merchandise! @BurgerKing #Ad

    We experienced the first major snowfall of the season here in New York City today.  Of course, in our home that also means that the cold weather will cause our youngest son to suffer from asthma throughout the winter.  Right on time, he got sick last night and we had to take him to the pediatrician this morning.  On our way out of the doctor's office, he asked me if he could have a treat for being such a good boy and I replied that he could.  I knew that the perfect reward was to take him to Burger King to enjoy a kid's meal because they are featuring Angry Birds™ Merchandise all month long!     Our local Burger King is really beautiful as it was recently remodeled and is very family-friendly.  If you live in or plan to visit the Bronx, you should definitely stop by and grab a bite as it is located at 1590 Hutchinson River Parkway.  Since my son wasn't feeling well, I knew this was the perfect inviting environment to get him to eat a little something and drink so he could stay … [Read more...]

Save Music And The Arts In Our Schools! #Clothes4Schools @Schoola #Sponsored

*This sponsored post is brought to you by Schoola, the best place to buy discounted kids clothes all while give back to schools in need. CLICK HERE to learn more about Schoola and to see what people are saying.     When I first started teaching in 2000, our middle school had a band class, daily arts classes, and put on a full-scale play every semester.  During this time, our students were engaged and invested in these activities and it translated into improved academic performance in their core classes.     In many cases, they used some of the skills that they learned from the arts to help them learn in the areas of literature, Science, and Mathematics.  I have had the opportunity to see first-hand how participating in the Arts helps to improve the overall academic performance of all students.  Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, many of these arts programs have been cut from schools and many schools struggle to raise the funds to keep these activities afloat.     Since … [Read more...]

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 borough of New York City is often depicted in a less than favorable light and we don't get the credit that we deserve for being full of decent and hardworking people.  That is why I was so excited when I found out that Gain was coming to the Bronx to transform local neighborhood laundromats into something special.  I immediately knew that this would help to spread an unexpected dose of joy throughout our community!     This past Friday, I had the pleasure of meeting Bronx-born musician Leslie Grace, who has partnered with Gain, to showcase how art, music and culture collide to celebrate the launch of six community-decorated Laundromats throughout the Bronx, Spanish Harlem and Washington … [Read more...]

Tragedy Struck Close To Home Today…

    This morning, a tragic event took place in my neighborhood, right around the corner from my house.  It all started at approximately 7:45 a.m.  I was driving to work and talking to my mother on the Bluetooth while I was driving.  While we were talking, I heard the faint sound of sirens in the background behind her and remember thinking it was weird because we live in a very quiet community where you hardly hear any city sounds at all.  Since I was rushing to get to work, I never even had time to ask her what was going on and eventually ended the conversation and entered my job.     Fast forward to this afternoon, I am driving home from work when I notice at least 4 different news vans parked all around the corner at the end of my block.  I immediately started wondering if the sirens I had heard that morning while I was talking to my Mom had anything to do with it.  Without stopping, I drove up to my house and called my husband who proceeded to tell me that a fire had broken … [Read more...]

Come Out And Celebrate Aaron’s 2000th Store Grand Opening Celebration In The Bronx!

      As a native of the Bronx, I have always supported local businesses that are concerned with joining our community and improving it with their presence.  I am pleased to announce that Aaron's Inc. will be opening their 2000th store right here in our borough!  They bring with them a tradition of being a family and community oriented company.     Aaron's specializes in providing their customers with retail consumer electronics, computers, residential furniture, household appliances and accessories.  In essence, they provide many items to cater to every family's needs in one place!  Their new store will be located at 3254 White Plains Road and will join a thriving shopping area within the White Plains Shopping strip.     Local shoppers can now enjoy Aaron's affordable payment plans which are extremely important for some families in light of the current economic situation.  This is true not only across the country but especially throughout this borough and many of the outer … [Read more...]