Ring In The Holidays With The Peanuts Gang! @Snoopy #Giveaway #Ad

    As you all know, I have been a Peanuts Ambassador for the past few years. The entire Peanuts gang has been such a huge part of my childhood and my life and I am so proud that my sons love them too. They immediately fall in love with anything that includes their beloved Peanuts characters so I am always on the lookout for Peanuts-themed gifts, especially around the holidays. Here are some of my favorites this season: Hallmark Peanuts Holiday itty bittys Set: Outfitted for Christmas in holiday editions of the beloved characters, this Peanuts itty bittys set serves as the perfect seasonal display or stocking stuffer. You can also take Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Woodstock out to play with this fun-filled carrier shaped like the beloved beagle’s doghouse. As an added bonus, Hallmark will donate $1.00 to Toys for Tots each time one of your readers buys a Peanuts Holiday itty bitty on their own. SRP: $32.75 for the whole set or $6.95 individually. The Peanuts Guide to … [Read more...]

Introducing The New Keurig 2.0 Hot Beverage Brewing System! @Keurig #Keurig #Giveaway #Ad

    Last year was the first time that I received the Keurig Brewing System.  I was so excited about being able to enjoy my coffee one cup at a time.  Not only was my new Keurig easy to use, but the coffee tasted delicious each and every time.  My husband even commented that he didn't think he would ever want another brewing system again.  We have been enjoying our Keurig ever since.     Recently, Keurig introduced the new Keurig 2.0 hot beverage brewing system.  It is the first Keurig brewer with the ability to brew both a single cup and a four-cup carafe at the touch of a button.  This was music to my ears because now, I would have more beverage choices and be able to brew coffee for more than one person as easily as I have become used to doing with my Keurig.     I love that the new K-Carafe packs allow you to brew up to four cups of coffee at once.  This feature will be especially useful during the holidays when my family is visiting.  My brother and his wife are huge coffee … [Read more...]

Amazing Holiday Gift Ideas From Best Buy! @BestBuy #HintingSeason @Xbox, @TomTomUSA @Garmin #Ad

      I've noticed this year that it is becoming increasingly harder to buy Christmas presents for my two boys because they are now 11 and 8 and they don't really play with toys like they used to.  Everything now is about gadgets and technology for them and they both drafted extensive Christmas lists outlining what devices they want to receive this year.     Believe me, they know all about what new techie stuff that has come out and they have been teaching me all about these items.  The ironic thing is that they have also been giving me pointers about what presents their father might like to receive.  It seems that they have really done their homework this year.  Thankfully, Best Buy has all of the items on their lists and here are just some of their's and Hubby's favorite products: What is Xbox One?     Xbox One is a gaming console that was built by gamers, for gamers. It boasts the best exclusive titles such as Halo, Sunset Overdrive, the biggest blockbusters such as … [Read more...]

Sharing Latino Holiday Traditions With My Boys! #LBCMoreMerry @Sears #Ad

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Sears and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are 100% my own.     There is never one single moment when I don't think in both Spanish and English when I am having a conversation.  Being bilingual and a Latina is part of who I am with every fiber of my being.  I can still recall the fond memories that I have of being a young girl in Spain and living with my grandparents.  They were such an integral part of molding me into the person who I am today and even the kind of mother that I am to my children.  As a result, it is extremely important to me to pass down some of the life lessons and cultural holiday traditions that I was taught when I was growing up.     In Spain, we always ate Paella on Christmas Eve.  It is a seafood rice that contains shellfish and chicken and is cooked in a "paellera" which is a round, flat pan with two handles.  I can still recall the delicious scents that would waft in from the kitchen and, since … [Read more...]

Get Latest Cameras And Camcorders At Best Buy! @BestBuy #CamerasatBestBuy #HintingSeason #Ad

    You guys are probably really tired of hearing me talk about how much I would love to get a new camera for Christmas.  The problem is that I can't stop talking about it because I am enamored by the beautiful images that I've been seeing that were taken by the cameras that are on sale this holiday season.  I'm sure that getting one would take my photography skills to the next level and allow me to include more vivid photos in my blog posts on Tough Cookie Mommy.     Best Buy is your  destination for the latest cameras and camcorders to capture your precious memories. These three cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung, all come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can share amazing photos with ease.  Imagine being able to upgrade your camera in time to capture holiday memories that you want to reflect upon for years to come.     The Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens is a DSLR that comes equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can capture high quality photos and share them instantly … [Read more...]

Make Minions Digital Greeting Card! $25 @Fandango GC #Giveaway! (4 Winners) #FandangoFamily #Ad

    I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season.  Today I took advantage of doing some last-minute gift shopping because I find myself falling way behind on that this year.  Luckily, there are still some great offers online and most stores are offering free shipping with guaranteed Christmas delivery so it looks like I'm going to make it after all.     One of my favorite gifts to give during the holidays are Fandango gift cards.  They are perfect for giving to all of the people on my list because they can be used to see such a huge variety of movies.  This is especially true for the tweens and teens in our family who like to plan their own outings without the interference of adults.  Fandango makes it easy for them to plan to see the films that they want to see with their friends.     Unfortunately, I also haven't had time to send out Christmas cards this season either.  Luckily,  Fandango has launched a customizable Minions Holiday video and digital greeting card maker! This … [Read more...]

Give Your Tween Or Teen The Perfect Gift This Season! #GiftingAudio #Giveaway #CBias #Ad

*This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiftingAudio #CollectiveBias     As my boys are getting older, I am realizing that it is getting harder and harder to pick just the right gifts to give them during the holidays.  My older son is now eleven and in middle school so he is trying to establish himself as an individual and is very vocal about what he likes and what he doesn't like.  On the other hand, his younger brother loves to sing and share with others his favorite tunes.  Gone are the days of just buying whatever toys are hot that season.  I now have to be more creative about their presents because I want them to know that I have been paying attention to their interests and hobbies.     Like most tweens and teens, our sons are very much into listening to music.  Most days, you will see them each with a pair of earphones on jamming to their  favorite tunes and playlists.  We are currently in the process of … [Read more...]

My Favorite In-Ear Headphones For Busy Moms! @SOLREPUBLIC #Giveaway #Ad

    I'm not sure if I'm the only person in the world who has ever had this problem but I can never seem to find a pair of in-ear headphones that actually fit inside my ears.  Over the years, I have purchased so many varieties of them and they usually hurt my ears or keep falling out all the time.  It is really frustrating because I like to be able to listen to my music and other media on-the-go too but I don't want want to have to lug around bulky headphones.     Now, I can move with freedom and confidence thanks to SOL REPUBLIC'S award-winning sports headphone that is really easy to put in and never falls out.  The secret is the fact that they are made with a patented FreeFlex™ technology provides a seamless, adaptable fit.  I vouch for the fact that they really do stay in all day, regardless of whether you take them with you to the gym or just casually wear them about town.  For the first time in years, I don't have to worry about constantly adjusting my in-ear headphones because … [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...]