Help Walmart Fight Hunger And Spark Change! #WeSparkChange #SHOP2GIVE @Walmart #Sponsored

     According to the USDA, 1 in 6 Americans may struggle with hunger. That is a sobering thought considering that many of these Americans who are hungry are children. As an educator, I have seen first-hand how devastating poverty and not having enough to eat can be for families. There have been many times when I have had to deliver groceries to the needy families of my students or even send students down to the nurse because they did not have enough to eat for breakfast and could not function in class because they were so famished.    Walmart recognizes that it is time to fight hunger and has partnered with some of our favorite food brands to help feed America 75 million meals to Feeding America Food Banks nationwide.  As a Fight Hunger Ambassador, I am proud to join the movement to put food on the tables of those who need it across this country.  From April 6th to May 3rd, when you buy a specially marked item at Walmart, you help secure one meal on behalf of local … [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...]

Break The Cycle Of Violence-One Family At A Time! #PurplePurse @Allstate #Ad

*This sponsored post was written by me in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and The Allstate Foundation®. All opinions are 100% mine.       Many years ago, when I was in high school, I had a friend who was being abused by her boyfriend.  It was a very scary time for me because it was the first time that one of my friends approached me about domestic violence.  She would often have bruises and marks on her skin and I can remember sitting with her in the bathroom at school holding her while she cried and wondered what she should do.     I tried everything to get her to leave this guy but it became a vicious cycle where he would apologize and be loving for some time which would convince her that he was really going to change.  Eventually, she became strong enough to break away from him and she used her newfound independence to help her heal from the years of abuse that were inflicted upon her.     An unfortunate reality is that domestic violence affects one in four women … [Read more...]

Support The Creative Cups™ Project To Raise Breast Cancer Awareness! @AdelphiU #Sponsored

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of TapInfluence and Adelphi University and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.    As a Survivor, cancer awareness is a cause that is extremely personal to me and close to my heart. I'm a seven-year Leukemia Survivor and my family and loved ones have also been affected by other kinds of cancer. My great-grandmother died from Breast Cancer and I actually had my own mammogram scare last year when I was asked to return for further testing because they saw something on my images. One of the things that most people will tell you is that receiving a cancer diagnosis can be devastating and extremely lonely. At that moment, you feel like you don't have anyone to talk to or who understands what you are going through.    I was very excited to find out that Adelphi University is home to the NYS Breast Cancer Hotline. They realized that … [Read more...]

Sign Up For Walk/Run For Hope Near You! @TicTacUSA @CancerCare #ShakeShareCare #Ad

*This post was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Shake, Share & Care® program.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own.      This past July was my seven year cancerversary.  I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in July, 2007 and have been a Survivor for the past seven years.  Thanks to modern medical miracles, I am able to take a daily medication to keep my condition under control.  I cannot even begin to describe to all of you what a blessing this has been in my life.     It has allowed me to live and to be able to raise my boys which is the single most important role of my entire life.  Unfortunately, not all cancers are treatable like this and a lot of work still needs to be done to find treatments and cures for other types of malignancies.     Since being diagnosed, receiving the support of organizations dedicated to providing free support services and financial assistance to … [Read more...]

How Can You Teach Your Children To Give Back? #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.      Anyone who has ever been a parent can tell you that it is not easy.  Children don't come with instructions and it's hard to know whether one is doing a good job or not all the time.  Early on, my husband and I agreed that we would teach our children to be appreciative for all their blessings and to be able to give back to those less fortunate.  This was especially important to us both since we had been raised in households where lack of finances and poverty had been real factors for our parents.     The question then became how exactly we would go about teaching our boys these valuable lessons about humility and generosity?  An answer might seem simple to some but, in these materialistic times that we live in, it's not always easy to explain to young people … [Read more...]

Celebrate Mothers And Help Raise Money For Childhood Cancer! #MyHeroMom #MC @NM_News #Ad

*I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.      Have you lost someone you love to cancer?  Unfortunately, chances are that you have been negatively affected by this disease in one way or another.  In 2007, when I was thirty years old, I was diagnosed as having Chronic Myeloid Leukemia or CML.  There is no way for me to describe to all of you what a shock and horror it was to hear those words.  When you are young you think you are invincible and you never expect to hear that you are afflicted with a life-threatning illness.     Since I had a newborn baby and a toddler, I did not have the luxury of feeling sorry for myself and I decided to take my health into my own hands and to become proactive about my treatment.  I am very blessed that advances in modern medicine have made my form of Leukemia treatable although I do still suffer from … [Read more...]

Make Driving Safely A Family Affair! #VamosConCuidado @Allstate #Ad

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for Latina Mom Bloggers on behalf of the Allstate Foundation and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.    This June, my oldest is turning eleven years old and I am bracing myself to address some of the changes that will arise due to his being a tween and eventually a teenager.  Believe it or not, he is already asking me about when he will be able to drive and it is definitely a topic that I am apprehensive about because I understand the safety concerns that are involved with teen drivers.     Many years ago, my teenage cousin was driving his parents and sister home from a family gathering when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed.  He and his father died in the accident and his mother and sister spent weeks recovering in the hospital.  Due to this traumatic incident, I have always been afraid of the day that my own sons would finally get … [Read more...]

Support Kids Walk For Kids With Cancer! #KidsWalk #WalkWithUs @KidsWalkMSKCC

    As many of you are aware, I am a six year Leukemia Survivor.  Receiving a Cancer diagnosis is devastating at any age, however, it is especially horrific when a child is diagnosed with this disease.  It's every parents' worst nightmare and, unfortunately, the reality is that Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children.  Each day 46 children will be diagnosed with Cancer-this number is equivalent to the number of seats that it takes to fill a school bus.     Pediatric Cancer research is severely underfunded which is why Kids Walk For Kids With Cancer is such an important event.  In 2001, a group of 8th grade students in Brooklyn, NY decided to raise funds to help cure pediatric Cancer.  One of the students had a little brother who was finishing treatment for stage IV neuroblastoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center so this cause was deeply personal to him.    These 8th graders raised $35,000 through their walkathon and, since then, new teams continue to … [Read more...]

Protect What You Love And Care About The Most! #MasterLockProtects @MasterLockUS #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of Master Lock. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.      I've always been very clear that my children and my family are my top priorities.  Everything that I do in my life is with their best interests at heart.  Part of loving and caring for them is making sure that they are safe at all times and that I educate them about staying secure in a variety of situations.     Recently, Master Lock kicked off their year-long initiative aimed at helping consumers to protect all that they love and care about in 2014.  They really know what they are talking about when it comes to safety because they are the world's largest manufacturer of padlocks and other security products.    The campaign will continue throughout the year by providing a series of safety tips and advice to families.  Master Lock made an initial donation to the American Red Cross … [Read more...]