Monday Mingle Blog Hop #135

    The time has come for another Monday Mingle. It is always a pleasure to meet those of you who are linking up for the first time and to see those of you back who have been linking up for a long time. It is so exciting to link up with you guys week after week!  It has been a while since I hosted the Mingle here at Tough Cookie Mommy due to the busy holiday season.  No worries, the Mingle will be up every Monday henceforth, I promise. ;)     There are always exciting things going on here at Tough Cookie Mommy.  We discuss important topics, try out new products, attend great events, travel with the family and conduct exciting giveaways.  Please make sure you don’t miss any Monday Mingles and remember to subscribe via email.     This blog hop continues to be for everyone with NO RULES. Personally, I hate having to follow a bunch of rules just to connect with all of you so this hop will continue to be RULE FREE!     I hope you are all ready for a great week of networking. So please … [Read more...]

As The New Year Approaches…

    With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I have been very busy here on the blog sharing all of our family's experiences and even reviews and giveaways of some of our favorite products.  As the New Year approaches, I feel the need to slow it down a little bit for this post and share some of our family's behind the scenes stuff which I'm sure many of you can surely relate to...     Two weeks before Christmas, my husband got laid off from his job.  It certainly wasn't the best time for this to happen but then, is it ever good timing?  I keep reminding myself that it could be worse, at least I still have my job and medical benefits, thank God.  Every single time I turn around, I hear about families being hard hit by unemployment in these uncertain economic times and I'm thankful for what we do have.     Today, my boys attended a basketball game with my Father in Law at Fordham University and I stayed behind because walking around such a huge college campus is just not … [Read more...]

Ring In The New Year With A Rockin $130 #Giveaway

    Every single year, we all hear our friends and family talking about how they are going to stick to all of their New Year's resolutions and everyone tries to start the year with good intentions.  A New Year's resolution is defined as a promise that you make to yourself to begin doing something positive or to stop doing something negative on the first day of the year.     This certainly resonates with me because I was raised to believe that the New Year comes with fresh starts and new beginnings.  It is the perfect opportunity to shed all of the problems and negativity of the previous year and almost to be born again.  The problem is that these resolutions are not that easy to keep up with and most people end up giving up on them fairly quickly.     I'm not sure exactly why people give up on their resolutions so easily but I'm fairly certain that lack of finances sometimes has something to do with it.  For example, some might commit to losing weight in the New Year but they end up … [Read more...]

Become Your Own Boss And Change Your Life! #SomosAmway @AmwayUS #Giveaway #Ad

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Amway.     I have always wanted to be my own boss.  Ever since I was a child, I can remember being in awe of family members who owned their own businesses.  They always had the freedom to attend family events on a whim and generally seemed to be happy most of the time.  My Grandfather's brother owned a motorcycle shop and dealership and I can recall all of the fun that us kids had pretend riding on all of the bikes in the showroom.  We never worried about getting in trouble because well, let's face it, our Uncle was the boss and he would never get angry at us.     As I became an adult, my career path took me in the direction of education.  Although I never abandoned my dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur, I also had a desire to impart knowledge unto the youth so I put my business plans on hold while I pursued my degrees in education.  It wasn't until I started blogging that I realized that my … [Read more...]

Bloggers Don’t Just Get Stuff For Free!

    This past week, I read a colleague's Facebook thread where someone commented that bloggers are really lucky and that they just get stuff for free.  They went on to say that all of the reviews that we write are doctored up just to get free items and that they are not honest and authentic.  Short of having my head blow up and confetti come out of it when I read this, it's safe to say that it really struck a nerve.     Let me begin by saying that yes, bloggers are in a unique situation where brands seek them out to try out their products.  However, this arrangement is not without its strings attached.  If only we could be so lucky that companies just jump at the chance to throw rose petals at our feet... There is a reason why they want us to review their products, because we have an audience.  So, when brands send products for review, the hope is that bloggers will share their experiences around the products with their readers.  You see, there is an exchange of services.     As far … [Read more...]

Monday Mingle #134

    The time has come for another Monday Mingle. It is always a pleasure to meet those of you who are linking up for the first time and to see those of you back who have been linking up for a long time. It is so exciting to link up with you guys week after week!  Tomorrow is the last day of September and I cannot believe how quickly this month has flown by! There are always exciting things going on here at Tough Cookie Mommy.  We discuss important topics, try out new products, attend great events, travel with the family and conduct exciting giveaways.  Please make sure you don’t miss any Monday Mingles and remember to subscribe via email.     This blog hop continues to be for everyone with NO RULES. Personally, I hate having to follow a bunch of rules just to connect with all of you so this hop will continue to be RULE FREE!     I hope you are all ready for a great week of networking. So please link up and follow each other on Google Friend Connect, Facebook, or Twitter. Monday … [Read more...]

Monday Mingle #133

    The time has come for another Monday Mingle. It is always a pleasure to meet those of you who are linking up for the first time and to see those of you back who have been linking up for a long time. It is so exciting to link up with you guys week after week!  Tomorrow is the first day for students back to school here in New York City.  It will certainly be a busy week full of responsibilities and lots of excitement.     There are always exciting things going on here at Tough Cookie Mommy.  We discuss important topics, try out new products, attend great events, travel with the family and conduct exciting giveaways.  Please make sure you don’t miss any Monday Mingles and remember to subscribe via email.     This blog hop continues to be for everyone with NO RULES. Personally, I hate having to follow a bunch of rules just to connect with all of you so this hop will continue to be RULE FREE!     I hope you are all ready for a great week of networking. So please link up and follow … [Read more...]

Monday Mingle #132

    The time has come for another Monday Mingle. It is always a pleasure to meet those of you who are linking up for the first time and to see those of you back who have been linking up for a long time. It is so exciting to link up with you guys week after week!  Thank you to all of you who voted for us as we came in the top 5 of the 25 NY Moms on Circle of Moms!     There are always exciting things going on here at Tough Cookie Mommy.  We discuss important topics, try out new products, attend great events, travel with the family and conduct exciting giveaways.  Please make sure you don’t miss any Monday Mingles and remember to subscribe via email.     This blog hop continues to be for everyone with NO RULES. Personally, I hate having to follow a bunch of rules just to connect with all of you so this hop will continue to be RULE FREE!     I hope you are all ready for a great week of networking. So please link up and follow each other on Google Friend Connect, Facebook, or Twitter. … [Read more...]

Monday Mingle #131

    The time has come for another Monday Mingle. It is always a pleasure to meet those of you who are linking up for the first time and to see those of you back who have been linking up for a long time. It is so exciting to link up with you guys week after week!  There are only a few more days left to vote for Tough Cookie Mommy as a Top 25 NY Mom!  Please click on the button below to vote once daily until August 27th.     There are always exciting things going on here at Tough Cookie Mommy.  We discuss important topics, try out new products, attend great events, travel with the family and conduct exciting giveaways.  Please make sure you don’t miss any Monday Mingles and remember to subscribe via email.     This blog hop continues to be for everyone with NO RULES. Personally, I hate having to follow a bunch of rules just to connect with all of you so this hop will continue to be RULE FREE!     I hope you are all ready for a great week of networking. So please link up and follow … [Read more...]

Dear PR Person

    Today as I was going through my emails I had at least 10 emails from PR companies asking me to "spread the word" about their products or services on Tough Cookie Mommy.  Those of you who are bloggers and are reading this post already know where I'm going with this.  Of course, I have time to spread the word about your product because this blog is just a hobby and I have no other responsibilities besides providing free advertising and promotion to every company that asks me to.  Insert sarcasm here.     Let me begin by saying that it takes a tremendous amount of work, time, creativity, and money to run a blog.  Yes, I said money.  It costs money to pay for web hosting, blog design, owning a domain, etc.  I'm sure those of you who are not bloggers are probably incredibly shocked to learn this information.     Also, if you follow me on social media, you know that I rarely go to sleep before 2 AM.  That is because I am busy writing posts, answering emails, fielding conference calls, … [Read more...]