Watch #SummerintheCity this Saturday, August 13th at 9pm/8c on @HallmarkChannel! #Ad

    Being off during the summer affords me the opportunity to enjoy some of my favorite programming.  This vacation, I am enjoying watching The Hallmark Channel and their all new "Summer Nights" programming happening all summer long!       Their latest movie, "Summer in the City", premieres Saturday, August 13th at 9:00 PM / 8:00c. Throughout July and August, the Hallmark Channel will be releasing the original movies, Summer Villa, For Love and Honor, My Summer Prince, Managing Manhattan as well as the Kitten Summer Games, and the new original TV series, Chesapeake Shores.     As a New Yorker, I can totally relate to the main character of "Summer in the City," a small town woman with Midwestern charm.  It was a big culture shock for me to move to the Big Apple from a small town in Spain when I was eight years old.  There were so many new cultures, people, and experiences to become accustomed to.  She is given a … [Read more...]

Piggie Grahams Recipe

    We are two days from the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation here in New York City and I'm so excited!  Our family joined a pool club this summer and we will be going there almost every day so I have been trying to come up with easy snack ideas that we could take with us that the kids could enjoy.      What's summer without some sweet treats to let the kids indulge in?  Piggie Grahams are so easy to make and my boys love to eat them.  I like that they don't take up a lot of my time to make and that they are so adorable!  The only bad part is that I end up eating some of them as I am packing them in the picnic basket and the boys are always asking where all the extra Piggie Grahams went.  I always plead the fifth so, if I don't tell and you don't tell, there is nothing to worry about.   Ingredients - white frosting, any brand pink gel food coloring graham cracker squares Wilton pink … [Read more...]

5 Tips For Looking Your Best This Summer! $25 GC #Giveaway @CoverGirl @OlayUS @Walmart

    Looking my best is always a priority for me because I am a career woman and because doing so makes me feel beautiful and good about myself.  The summertime is the perfect time to experiment with new looks and to try new outfits because the weather is warm and everyone loves to spend time outdoors looking good.     The truth is that, although I enjoy buying beauty items that look flattering on me, I don't like to spend a lot of money on them.  Walmart always has products from P&G brands like Olay and CoverGirl that help me look gorgeous while allowing me to save due to their everyday low prices. Here are some tips for looking your best this summer using some of my favorite CoverGirl and Olay products: Use self-sharpening eyeliner pencils that glide on easily so you could get the perfect line every time like CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner Pencil. Use beauty bars that cleanse your skin without leaving it dry such as Olay Ultra Moisture Beauty Bars. Apply … [Read more...]

Spice Up Your Staycation With Chicken Fajitas! @MezzettaFoods #BringTheHeat #Ad

    Now that we are getting closer to summer vacation here in New York City, a lot of people have been asking me what my plans are for the next two months.  While my husband and I do hope to take a family vacation this summer, I am also looking forward to enjoying some time right at home sampling good food for the first couple of weeks.     Thank goodness, Hubby loves to cook so it gives me a break from my culinary duties sometimes.  One of our favorite recipes to prepare and to eat during our little summer staycation is Chicken Fajitas with Mezzetta Roasted Bell Peppers.     Mezzetta Peppers are perfect for adding to many of our Latino-inspired dishes because they come in multiple varieties and flavors that are not only spicy but savory at the same time.  We also love how versatile these peppers are because they add a pop of flavor to many of our grilled foods.  We want to preserve our culture and teach it to our children by making traditional dishes whenever possible to peppers are … [Read more...]

Cool Off This Summer With Homemade Ice Pops!

    When I was a kid, I remember visiting my grandmother and taking my bike to the park to spend all day outdoors with my friends.  Throughout the day, we would get hot and thirsty from playing "Red Light, Green Light, 123," "British Bulldog," and Freeze Tag.     To cool off, we would visit one of the neighbors who made homemade ices and buy one each for only a quarter.  I have such fond memories of sitting on the edge of the curb with my buddies enjoying these cool and refreshing ices.     Now that I'm a mom, I want to prepare some of the treats that I enjoyed during my childhood with my own sons so I am always on the lookout for ways that I could replicate them right here at home.  I'm a teacher so I have summers off and I greatly enjoy spending time with my boys and also enjoying cool desserts when we get overheated during our warm weather outings and adventures.     One of the ways that we get refreshed after a long, hot day here in New York City is by enjoying some homemade ice … [Read more...]

Get Everything Your Family Needs This Spring And Summer At Kohl’s! @Kohls #FindYourYes #Ad

    This weekend I went shopping with the family to check out the latest Kohl’s offerings from on-trend seasonal fashion to fun and fresh home décor.  We tend to go there every season to stock up on our seasonal wardrobes and to find new items to decorate our home with.  Since this weekend was Memorial Day, everything was either marked down or on sale so I was able to get the most for my money.     Since I have two growing boys, it's important that I have a budget set aside to revamp their wardrobes whenever they grow out of their clothes.  I'm sure those of you who are moms know exactly how quickly kids outgrow everything.  Thankfully, Kohl's always has the latest styles for kids and tweens at just the right prices.  That's a win-win for everyone because our sons are happy with the items they pick out and their father and I are always happy with the sales that Kohl's offers, especially on clothing.     The best part is that, by shopping at Kohl's, we are helping to support its … [Read more...]

32 Ways You Can Keep Kids Learning Over The Summer

    Summer seems to rapidly approach every year and many of my students'  parents have approached me for advice on how to support their children's learning at home.  I always tell parents that allowing their kids to have fun is extremely important, but you also want to ensure they are learning in some capacity. Here are 32 ways that all parents can keep their child learning this summer: Take them to your local library! Read to your child, and with your child, regularly. Help them master different math concepts as you cook together. Play counting and math games while swimming in the pool. Take nature hikes and use science terms to study nature. Complete science experiments as a family in your kitchen. Do arts and crafts together a few times a week outdoors. Sign up for educational learning boxes that are delivered to your front door and are very affordable. Listen to educational songs and talk about the lyrics and compare it to poetry and poetic terms. Create … [Read more...]

Our Fun Family Picnic At The Park! #GoodFunForAll @FritoLay @SkylandersGame #Ad

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of Frito-Lay and Skylanders® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     As the summer comes to a close in a few weeks here in New York City, I am reminded of all the fun activities that I have engaged in with my husband and sons during this time.  We have fully taken advantage of the sunny and mild weather that we have had this season to spend quality time as a family and to enjoy being together outdoors.     One of our favorite activities has been going on a family picnic at a local park and nature preserve.  It almost felt like everything was perfect that day, from the weather to the smiles that all of us had on our faces.  Up until six months ago, my husband was working nights until he got laid off.  Although getting laid off imposed some financial hardships on our family, we have adjusted and grown to relish in this newfound … [Read more...]

Ditch Your Sleeves For The Sleeveless Summer Challenge! #SleevelessSummerSweeps #MC #Ad

*I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.     The Summer is the worst time to have irritated skin under your arms from shaving or irritating deodorants.  During the warm weather, all of us ladies want to wear cooler clothing and possibly go sleeveless to show off our great skin.  There are certain things that I look for when I am purchasing deodorant and Dove Advanced Care Deodorant has a lot of the qualities that appeal to me.     Obviously, my number one item on my deodorant criteria list is that it keeps me fresh and clean.  Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture keeps you dry and odor-free for a long-lasting 48 hours which means that I can leave work and head straight to my afternoon business meetings without worrying about odor.  It is also clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving and provides softer, smoother skin in just three … [Read more...]

Introducing Carvel Ice Cream Featuring Nutella®! @CarvelIceCream #Giveaway #Partner

*This post was written by me on behalf of Carvel. I received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine.      When I was a kid growing up in Spain, one of my favorite "meriendas", or snacks, was freshly baked bread with Nutella® spread on it.  I can still remember how much I looked forward to coming home from school and enjoying that special treat with my Grandmother.  When I found out that Carvel was going to be introducing a new ice cream flavor featuring Nutella®, I was thrilled beyond words!     Yesterday, I decided to take my boys to Carvel to try this new ice cream flavor after depositing some money at the bank.  I explained to them how I had grown up eating Nutella® and that we were going to try ice cream that would taste like it.  Carvel introduced its line of treats with Nutella® June 30 and it will be available until Sept. 30. You can choose from the new flavors in soft-serve, hand-scooped ice cream, as well as Sundae … [Read more...]