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...]

Tips For Getting Thicker, Fuller Hair! #RogaineRevival @DuaneReade @JNJCares #Giveaway #Ad

   Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an event co-hosted by celebrity hairstylist, Jill Crosby.  It was nice to get pampered for a couple of hours and to enjoy a little "me" time.  The event was held at the fabulous Salon Ziba in Manhattan and we all learned some tips and tricks for getting thicker, fuller hair.  After all, what woman doesn't want to boast a glorious head of hair?     According to Jill Crosby, one of the biggest hair issues that her clients have is the desire to have thick hair that looks full and healthy.  I had the privilege of spending some time with Jill and getting some tips directly from her on how I could maintain the fullness of my hair: Setting heat styling products on the highest setting can damage your hair.  It's better to style your hair using a moderate heat setting instead. Using thermal sprays on hair before applying heat during styling can protect your hair from unnecessary damage. A great haircut can add volume and fullness to your … [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...]

What Outfit Should I Wear For My Date With Hubby? (Reader’s Choice) #ClaiborneClasico

      This past weekend I had the pleasure of heading to my local JCPenney to choose the two potential outfits for my upcoming date night with my husband.  Since my husband had to work Saturday, I took my two sons with me and we decided to make a day of it.  As we were driving towards the store, I made a mental note to make sure to choose outfit options that are both stylish and true to my usual comfortable style.     As we entered the store I was pleased to see that the Liz Claiborne section was prominently displayed and very shopper friendly.  As you can see from the following photos, not only was the display colorful and vibrant but also welcoming and comfortable.  If you look closely enough, you can even see my six year old lounging on their modern white lounging chair.     I spent the first part of the hour perusing through the fabulous display of Liz Claiborne handbags and wallets.  Not only was I impressed with the variety of the handbags but by their colors and style … [Read more...]

The True Definition of Beauty! #DoveInspired

    As an educator, I get to see first-hand what happens to young girls who have low or poor self-esteem.  Almost immediately, not feeling good about themselves catapults them into a downward spiral that they cannot always recover from.  This is especially true during adolescence when the added factors of going through puberty and peer pressure cause many young girls to doubt their own self-worth.     Many of my female students come to me to share their feelings about not being pretty enough, about not being as beautiful as their friends, or wondering why certain boys are not interested in them.  Notice that all of these feelings stem from what they think other people's perception is of who they are or whether they are good enough.  The thing that is lacking from this equation is a feeling of love and worthiness from within.  The problem is that a lot of young girls have not been taught how to love and value themselves first.     We need to teach young girls and young women that they … [Read more...]

“Mom Cliques”

        Lately I have been noticing more and more Mom Cliques when I attend functions as my sons' school or their sporting events. I have always been aware of them over the years since I had my boys but they seem to be multiplying and I never feel like I fit into any of them or that I even want to fit into them.      Being a Working Mom, I have had limited opportunities to observe these cliques in action.  Obviously, there is nothing wrong with being either a working mother or a stay at home mother. Both of these roles come with responsibilities that are unique to both and are equally stressful to both. This will not be one of those posts that pits mothers against each other for making very personal decisions about whether to work at home or away from the home. As women we all know that being mothers and wives is hard enough period and we don't need to compete with one another about who has it harder...     The reason why I bring up that being a Working Mom separates me … [Read more...]

Who Are You Calling Old?

        I'm getting old and I'm not sure how I feel about it.  I have never been one of those women that is overly concerned with getting old and have always considered aging to be a blessing.  It is proof that you have been around for a long time to witness all of the beautiful things that life has to offer.  Having said that, I am now realizing that one cannot necessarily predict how he or she will react to realizing that they are aging and that their body is changing.  This is probably because aging is somewhat of an abstract concept until you begin to see the physical effects of it on the body that you still see through young eyes.     Lately, this whole concept has been becoming a little less abstract and a little more concrete for me.  Some of the changes that my body is going through are not so subtle anymore.  The first sign that things were awry was the fact that the skin on my face has been undergoing some bizarre changes with regard to texture.  I have had oily … [Read more...]