SodaStream Unveils Scarlett Johansson As Its New Brand Ambassador! @SodaStream @ScarlettJ #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of SodaStream. I received a promotional item to facilitate this post and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.    Those of you who love bubbles as much as I do will be very excited to hear some important news that I have to share with all of you.  SodaStream, the leading manufacturer and distributor of home carbonation beverage systems, has announced a new partnership with an A list celebrity that will give other celebrity ambassadors a run for their money!     In an exciting unprecedented press event that was held on January 10th, SodaStream unveiled Scarlett Johansson as its first-ever Global Brand Ambassador.  As their new brand ambassador, she will also be the star of the much anticipated SodaStream Super Bowl ad.  In case you missed last year's ad, check out why they created so much noise with it!    Their new Super Bowl commercial is to run in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox on Feb. 2.  Their … [Read more...]

Great Gift Ideas For Boys! @HasbroNews #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Hasbro. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.    I have been blessed to have two beautiful boys and they are very precocious and certainly very active.  During the holidays, and for special events like birthdays, my husband and I spend a lot of time shopping around for just the perfect gifts to surprise them with.  Since they both have unique likes and personalities, it is important that we choose toys that they both will individually enjoy.     This year these were some of the items that were on our boys' wish lists from Hasbro: Beyblade Shogun Steel Octagon Showdown Battle Set:  Includes everything you need to battle Octagon Showdown Beystadium Samurai Ifrit Speed Attack Battler Adjust Warrior Weapon arms to change combat action Ronin Dragoon Range Attack Battler Customize your battlers and unleash the warrior within Battle … [Read more...]

How Would A Nexus 7 Tablet Change Your Life In 2014? @Google #Giveaway #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Google. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  This is not a compensated post, however, it may contain affiliate links.  All opinions are my own.    I have always been into technology.  When I was in middle school, I remember sitting in computer class and being fascinated as we learned about the Qwerty keyboard.  Of course, that was a long time ago when computers were not as portable and technology, as we know it, has certainly come a  long way.  One device that has certainly changed my life and allows me to manage the things that matter to me is the Google Nexus 7 Tablet (7-Inch, 16GB, Black) by ASUS (2013).    When I first had the opportunity to tinker with the Nexus 7 at Google headquarters here in New York City, one of the first things that immediately caught my eye was that it gives the owner the ability to create multiple user accounts for everyone in their home.  As a … [Read more...]

Dessert Meets My Perfect Companion! #CompañeroPerfecto @Coffee_Mate #Giveaway #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Coffee Mate. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.      When I was growing up in my Grandmother's house as a young girl, having visitors during the middle of the day was always a big production.  From the moment that the doorbell rang, we would all hurry to welcome our guests and to help Tata (Grandma) prepare the coffee and pull out all of the pastries, cookies and cakes that we kept in the house for just these visits.     I was always in awe as to how much coffee and dessert could be arranged in such a short time.  One of my fondest memories is the smell of coffee permeating the house and mixing with the perfumes of our female visitors.  Oh, how I wanted to grow up and be beautiful and gracious like these wonderful women whom I was surrounded by.    Now that I have my own family, it is important to me to maintain those wonderful … [Read more...]

Find Cute Gifts At Carter’s This Holiday Season! @Carters #CartersFam #MC #Sponsored

*I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Carter’s. I received a gift card to facilitate my shopping trip and to thank me for participating.    When our sons were little, we loved to shop at Carter's because they always had the most adorable outfits and there prices were really great.  One of my favorite things was to buy their pajamas due to the fact they kept our boys warm and were soft and cute.  No matter what time of the year we shopped, we were always able to take advantage of their awesome sales and their nice selection of outfits.    Now that our boys are older, I still count on Carter's for gifts during the holidays and for special events for the babies and toddlers in our family.  It always gives me great pleasure to browse through their store and pick out just the right ensemble to give as a present to our friends and loved ones.  They are definitely a trusted clothing brand in our household and they always make it easy to … [Read more...]

Tech The Halls This Holiday Season With @RadioShack #RadioShack #MC #Sponsored

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for RadioShack. I received a gift card to facilitate a shopping trip and promotional item as a thank you for participating.    Those of you who are regular readers of Tough Cookie Mommy know that, last month, I launched Operation “Buy Hubby a new phone.”  He was way overdue for a new smartphone and I had grown tired of having dropped calls or having him miss important messages because his previous, outdated phone was unreliable.     I've heard some great things about the deals that they are offering at RadioShack this holiday season so I decided to make an in-store shopping trip to our local store.  This year's holiday shoppers will be among the first to experience RadioShack's recently updated stores.  Also, by the end of 2013, RadioShack will have made improvements to nearly all 4,300 stores throughout the nation.     I had my eye on the prize, which was buying a new phone for my husband, and I … [Read more...]

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words And Some Cool Prizes! #MasConCricket @MiCricket #Ad

This is a compensated campaign on behalf of Cricket Wireless.  All opinions are 100% mine.    I'm sure that many of you are familiar with the old adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words."  It basically means that one single still image can convey a complex idea.  In laymen's terms, it means that photos can share a lot more detail than mere words.  That is exactly the premise behind the  La Búsqueda del Más giveaway that is currently being hosted by MiCricket.  In this case, every picture you upload as part of their December photo challenge is not only worth a thousand words but could potentially be worth  a lot of prizes!     I first shared this exciting contest with you all a few weeks ago when the photo challenge began.  Now that the promotion is in full swing, I wanted to remind some of you of the many ways that you personally can take part and possibly even win big daily.  After all, every day, you have the opportunity to participate in fun photo tasks that will enter you … [Read more...]

Our Christmas Family Traditions #JCPenneyLatino #RealLatinoHolidays @JCPenney #Ad

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and JCPenney.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Anyone who is close to our family knows that Christmas is a very important time for us.  Since my siblings and I were children, we learned the value of spending quality time with our loved ones during this very special time of the year.  As far back as I can remember, we were always surrounded by family for Christmas and there were unique traditions that we shared as part of this celebration.     Since we are from Spain, my father always makes a huge pot of Paella for us to eat on Christmas Eve.  It is a saffron-flavored Spanish dish made with varying combinations of rice, vegetables, meat, chicken, and seafood.  You know it is Christmas in our home when the smells of my Dad's cooking come wafting through the entire house.    We always celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve which is known as Nochebuena or "the Good Night."  After we feast on … [Read more...]

Celebrate All Of Your Baby’s Firsts With #SwaddlersFirsts #Giveaway @Pampers #Ad

Disclaimer: This review was made possible by Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine.    Becoming a mother is probably the most monumental event that any woman can experience.  Every one of us wants to be the best mom possible and we all want to savor every moment with our babies and to celebrate all of their firsts to create memories that will last a lifetime.     It has always been very important to me that I celebrate every single milestone in my sons' lives.  There are certain things that I have done over the years to highlight these special moments and to make them memorable for both my boys and for my husband and I.  We always make sure that we take lots of photos of their firsts that we may look upon fondly as the years progress.    If you were to look through my sons' photo albums, you will find photos of when they had their first bath, of their first meal eating table food, you name it.  Anything that they did for the first time, I tried to … [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...]