5 Tips For Doing Your Baby’s Laundry! #Amazinghood @Dreft #Giveaway #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Dreft and DiMe Media and all opinions are my own.     Becoming a new parent for the first time is an exhilarating experience because you become engulfed in the excitement of bringing life into the world. While there is tremendous joy in planning for the arrival of your little bundle of joy, there is much preparation that must take place to make sure that everything is perfect when baby makes his or her big debut.  This includes mothers and fathers learning everything that they can about how to care for a new baby and making sure their home is babyproof.     When I was pregnant with my first child, I had no idea that so many things had to be done before he was born.  One area where I was completely clueless was how to do my baby's laundry.  I was worried about what detergent I should use, how I would remove stains on baby clothes, and whether baby poop came out in the washing machine. … [Read more...]

Enjoy Ten Years With One Car Seat! @GracoBaby #GracoBaby #Giveaway #Ad

    Having children spanning ages from 13 years to a week old I have literally tried almost every car seat system out there. As a mom my number one priority is safety. I want to make sure that my babies are safe from the moment they step foot in the car. I have a kindergartner, a toddler, and a newborn so I have 3 different car seats in my minivan right now. So when I got the opportunity to check out the Graco 4ever car seat I jumped at the chance.     This car seat has everything I look for in a car seat. It is extremely simple to set up and use. It is very plush and comfortable so I know my babies will feel cozy during short and long rides. The safety surround side impact protection really caught my eye because I know they are fully protected. One of the best things about this car seat is that you can use it from infancy to childhood.     Car seats are very expensive so it's nice to know you only have to buy one and it will grow with your child. It … [Read more...]

Graco’s Pack ‘n Play Playard Sport Is Big Hit With Mom Of Six! @GracoBaby #GracoBaby #Ad

    As a mom of six I have used and tried almost every baby or toddler product out there. My children range in age from 13 years old to 6 days old with a toddler and kindergartner in that mix.  I also work with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with special needs so I am always on the lookout for good products not only for myself, but also for the children I work with as a pediatric physical therapist.     That being said, the Graco Pack 'n Play® Playard Sport™ is amazing! Graco has covered it all with this play yard. It's sturdy and durable so you never have to worry about baby's safety.  It comes fully assembled; you simply take it out of the carry bag, and set up takes less than a minute.  All you have to do is open it up and lock it with 2 simple side locks, click the canopy in and "voila!"     I can't wait to bring it to the beach, park, and soccer games for my new little one.  It has two convenient side pockets to … [Read more...]

Busy Moms Love The Urbini Emi Travel System! @UrbiniBaby #Partner

    As a busy mom of five I am always looking for ways to make my life easier.  We are always out and about, and usually in a rush, so we need to move quickly all the time.  The Urbini Emi travel system allows us to do just that.  It folds up quickly and easily by pulling the strap in the middle of the seat.     It's lightweight which makes it a breeze to fold and lift into the trunk of my minivan.  It is also pretty compact so I still have plenty of room in the trunk for shopping and the kids' sports gear.  The Urbini Emi also has many conveniences to make shopping, strolling, and navigating any terrain a simple joy.  It has an extra-large storage basket with a zippered compartment to keep your belongings safely tucked away.  The cup holders for baby and mom are an essential because I know when I'm out at the park or mall I'm always thirsty.     Your baby or toddler will be extra comfy in the cozy padded seat that fully reclines so he/she can sleep peacefully.  Emi's click-fit … [Read more...]

Being A Mom In The City That Never Sleeps! #MomsTrustHuggies @CVSHealth #cbias #Ad

*This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias     Being a Working Mom can be challenging enough as it is but add to that living in the most fast-paced city in the world and it becomes even more interesting.  As a matter of fact, many of my friends wonder how I have ever even managed to get out of the house since I had my boys because they know that it is not easy being a full-time middle school teacher and a mom.     When I had my older son in 2003, I realized right away that I would have to get really creative and resourceful in order to be able to navigate being a mother in New York City.  There are just so many things for busy New York moms on-the-go to consider who live in the Big Apple such as packing a diaper bag that won't weigh you down or getting babies ready to head out and enjoy the big city.     Having lived in the City That Never Sleeps for the majority of my life, I adapted right away to … [Read more...]

Encourage Happy And Healthy Development During Bath Time! #SoMuchMore @Johnsonsbaby #Partner

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with JOHNSON'S® and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are 100% mine.     As a new mom, I learned right away the importance of encouraging happy and healthy development during bath time with my babies. It became immediately apparent to me that bath time was an important part of ensuring that my babies had a restful sleep and I quickly established a bedtime routine that we followed religiously every night.     In the evening, my husband and I would bathe our son with JOHNSON'S® baby HEAD-TO-TOE® wash. Not only did we love its scent but we also knew that it was gentle enough for our son's delicate new skin. Smell in general can evoke powerful emotions, and a clean, fresh, after-bath smell appears to be no exception for parents in the US, especially Hispanic parents. Parents around the world spend 10 hours per month on average bathing their babies and 90% of Hispanic parents consider this a special time to bond with their … [Read more...]

Celebrate First-Time Moments With Your Little One! #PampersPrimerasVeces @PampersLatinoUS #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine.     My husband and I tried for almost four years to become pregnant with our first child.  After much prayer and frustration, we finally found out that we were expecting and it was one of the single most joyous day of our lives.  From that very first moment, we were determined to document every precious first-time event through writing and taking photographs.     The first thing that I did was to start keeping a journal throughout my pregnancy to have a record of all of the thoughts and emotions that I was experiencing.  We also started putting together a photo album that included all of the sonogram images that we were given at my obstetrician appointments.     Obviously, the culminating moment of our joy was the birth of our son in June.  It was during that very moment that my husband and I learned what it meant to fall in "love at first sight."  We never … [Read more...]

Busy Moms Love The Graco Modes Click Connect Travel System! @GracoBaby #GracoBaby #Ad

    When I found out that my friend Lauren was pregnant with her third child, I knew that she would need a reliable stroller to travel with her newborn baby, and 4 and 3 year-old children.  She is a Working Mom and is very active so having a reliable stroller is going to be a must.  I immediately knew that she was going to need a Graco stroller because those were the strollers I relied upon when my boys were little.     The Graco® Modes™ Click Connect™ Travel System is the perfect stroller for Lauren's baby to grow from infant to toddler. It is 3 strollers in 1 and provides 10 versatile riding options. It also includes the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat, one of America's #1 selling infant car seats, holding your infant from 4-35lbs and up to 32". Here is what Lauren thought about the Graco Graco® Modes™ Click Connect™ Travel System:     I was thrilled to receive the Graco Graco® Modes™ Click Connect™ Travel System stroller and even more thrilled that I was … [Read more...]