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Vegan Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

      Many people are going vegan these days for a variety of reasons.  Some people do it because they are animal rights activists, others do it because they are concerned about our planet and taking care of our natural resources, and still others do … [Read More...]

Little Bites Strawberry Yogurt Muffins Are Back! #LoveLittleBites @Entenmanns #Giveaway #Ad

    I can't tell you how hectic mornings are in our home.  I'm not a morning person so I am usually rushing around the house getting ready for work while the kids are going back and forth between their bedroom, the bathroom and the laundry room … [Read More...]

What Are You Passionate About? #JOURNEYTOÄAH #HäagenDazs @HaagenDazs_US #Ad

    It might seem like a simple question but some people actually have a hard time pinpointing the exact thing that they truly feel passionate about.  Passion is something that drives each and every one of us from within and it can … [Read More...]

Media Events

Domino’s Digital Insiders Day #DPZDigitalInsiders @dominos #ad

    I recently had the opportunity to visit the Domino's World Resource Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan and I am excited to tell you about all I learned during my two days there. I have loved Domino's pizza for years and was thrilled to learn … [Read More...]

Find Your Sweet Escape in Hershey Pennsylvania! #HersheyPA @HersheyPA #Ad

    There is a reason why this blog is called Tough Cookie Mommy.  Those of you who are long-time readers know that I am a New York City public school teacher by day, Blogger by night, and mother/wife/Survivor all of the time.  It … [Read More...]

Recipes

Caramel Coconut And Fudge Truffles

    This past week, my husband and sons have been munching on caramel coconut and fudge cookies every single day.  I promise that I did … [Read More...]

Watermelon And Blueberry Infused Water

    Many of you have been hearing about the benefits of drinking infused water on a daily basis.  Since giving up drinking soft drinks … [Read More...]

Coffee Rubbed Pot Roast @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    It's no secret that I love Folgers coffee.  Over the years, I have gotten very creative and infused its rich flavors into many … [Read More...]

Education

Are Your Kids Getting Enough Physical Education? #ProtectPE @Voices4HK #Ad

*This post reflects a compensated editorial partnership with Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert … [Read More...]

Ignite The Genius In Your Child! #eBookPlaza @PreK12Plaza #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration ̊with the PreK12 Plaza. However, all opinions expressed are my own. #eBookPlaza #PlazaBilingue   … [Read More...]

Lysol Back To School Science Fair Challenges Students To Expose Germs! #Lysol #Ad

    I can't even begin to describe how many of my students are currently sick with colds.  Along with the change of seasons and the … [Read More...]

Travel

Disney With A Tween Or Teen

    Planning a Disney family vacation with a tween or teen who is not too excited about the trip can take some of the wind right out of your … [Read More...]

The All-New 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Has It All! @Chrysler #Ad

    Let me begin by telling you all that I have never been a big fan of minivans.  When I was a teenager, my father had one and it was … [Read More...]

Rekindle Your Romance At Mount Airy! @MountAiryCasino #MountAiryResort #Ad

    Let's be completely honest, most couples with kids don't get enough romantic time together.  That has definitely been the case for … [Read More...]

DIY

DIY Cardinal Craft

    Lately I have been up to my ears in projects for my sons' classes.  It seems like every week there is some new assignment to … [Read More...]

DIY Easy Spring Snow Globe

    I'm pretty sure that I am trying to will Spring to arrive sooner, especially since we had snow today here in New York City.  Mother … [Read More...]

Hashtag Soaps

    I've been blogging since 2009 and my children have always been a part of my blog and have listened to me talking about blogging over the … [Read More...]

Hispanic

Teach Your Children To Celebrate Their Differences! #LaFamiliaCool #Giveaway #Ad

    As many of you know, I have been a Literacy Specialist for over fifteen years in New York City.  Working in such a diverse city, I … [Read More...]

Put A Healthy Twist On Holiday Traditions! #FuelGreatness @FUTP60 #Ad

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with National Dairy Council Fuel Up To Play 60 en español and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always our … [Read More...]

Immortalize Your Family’s Memories! #MiVidaShutterfly @Shutterfly #Ad

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMeMedia and Shutterfly. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Over the … [Read More...]

New York

Bring Your Kids To A NY Liberty Game! #ShowUp @NYLiberty @KidzVuz #Ad

    Last week my family had the pleasure of going to see a NY Liberty game at Madison Square Garden.  Although we are native New … [Read More...]

The Perfect Last Minute Stocking Stuffer At Dunkin’ Donuts! @DunkinDonuts #Giveaway #Ad

    If you are a procrastinator like I am, you are scrambling at the last minute trying to get everything ready for the holidays.  This … [Read More...]

Experience New York City And Its People On The Ride NYC! @The_Ride_NYC #Giveaway #Ad

    I have a confession to make, although I have lived in New York City most of my life, I have never really attempted to go sightseeing in … [Read More...]

Marriage

Keeping The Romance Alive In Your Marriage

    Wouldn’t it be awesome to still have a romantic relationship with your spouse, even years into your marriage? The good news is that it’s very possible to keep the romance alive in your marriage. Here are several tips for helping you to … [Read More...]

Parenting

Help Your Teenager Deal With Peer Pressure

    Teenagers seem to be faced with so much more today, then I ever faced as a kid. It’s a tough world out there. Unfortunately, there are teenagers out there who won’t do the right thing. Since they refuse to do the right thing, they will … [Read More...]

Increasing Communication Between You And Your Tween

    Wouldn’t it be great to increase communication between you and your tween? The question is: how do you make that happen? Communication is an important part of parenting, no matter what stage you are at. Here are some tips to help you make … [Read More...]