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...]

Togetherness Defines Today’s Modern Family! #LaFamiliaDeHoy #Ad

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and Latina Bloggers Connect.     Last December, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies revealed the Jiménez family as LA FAMILIA DE HOY™.  This family was chosen to represent the family values of the Hispanic community which included being active, multicultural and keeping up with the modern times.  Juan, Biviana and their three children: Elisa, Diego and Benicio embody all of these qualities and definitely mirror what my family and I consider to be the epitome of the Latino family.     Like the Jiménez family, our family shares a special bond and we find ways to support each other and be there for one another whenever possible.  Sometimes this includes making arrangements to pick up each other's kids from school or sharing the cooking responsibilities during family gatherings and dinners.  Family is very important to us and we make sure that we teach our younger generation about their roots and … [Read more...]

Spend Family Time Making A Wind Wheel! #HadaPirata #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Disney Studios.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Spending time with my sons is on the top of my list of priorities.  As a Working Mom, I spend a lot of time away from them due to my career and I like to take advantage of every opportunity to bond with them or to engage in educational activities with them.  We do a lot of fun things when we are together and making arts and crafts is just one of them.     This evening, we are watching Disney’s Pirate Fairy on Blue-ray™ and Digital and watching a familia of hadas or family of fairies working together to bring their loved one, Zarina, back home after she has made the wrong decision and gotten mixed up in some bad company.  Like we say in Spanish, "Dime con quien tú andas y te digo quien eres."*  They encounter some pirates and use some pixie dust on their adventures which ultimately help to bring the fairies together again.     We are so … [Read more...]

Submit Idea To Improve Your Community! #StateFarmAyuda #SFNeighborhoodAssist @StateFarm #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and State Farm.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Recently, I shared with you all how you could make your community a better place.  State Farm Neighborhood Assist wants to help you breathe new life into your neighborhood!  By submitting your ideas around making local Hispanic communities better places to live in, you will be entered for the chance to win $25,000 to realize those dreams.  I'm very excited to announce that submissions are NOW being accepted until the first 4,000 submissions have been received – on or before March 23rd!  ¿Qué esperas?     I can't even begin to describe to you how much I would be able to do with that money by way of improving the community around the school I teach in.  Many of my students and their families struggle financially and they do not have a safe place in the community to go to after they leave school.  ¡sería un sueño hecho realidad!     My dream would … [Read more...]

Help Your Baby Get A Good Night’s Sleep! #WalgreensLatino #MiBebe @Walgreens #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Walgreens.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     When I became a mother for the first time, I was really eager to learn everything that I possibly could about taking care of a baby.  As a result, I read as many books as I could and I researched everything from potty training to proper sterilization of baby bottles.     One of my favorite places to shop for baby items has always been Walgreens.  Their Well Beginnings line has just about anything you need for your baby including diapers, wipes, formula and more.  It is the perfect store for stocking up on all of the necessities that make your bebé and your familia more comfortable.     During my infinite quest for "Mommy knowledge" I found out that there were specific things that I could do to help my baby get a good night's sleep.  After all, a happy sleeping baby means a happy new mommy that could get some sleep too.  That is when I devised the … [Read more...]

Make That Financial Dream Into A Reality For Your Family! #HispanicDream @massmutual #Ad

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for Latina Mom Bloggers on behalf of MassMutual and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Ten years ago, we bought our first home and it was a huge accomplishment for us.  We felt like we finally had our hands around the American dream and that we were finally on our way to obtaining some financial stability.  Unfortunately, buying a house is a huge expense and every time you turn around, there is something new to be fixed or paid for.     Fast forward to today and we have continued to pay down our debt and work towards becoming debt-free but, I have to be honest, my husband and I worry about how quickly we will be able to do that because of the current state of the economy.  It has become harder than ever to save money and to be able make lucrative investments.     Most Latinos have dreams about securing their financial futures but they … [Read more...]

Make Your Community A Better Place! #StateFarmAyuda #SFNeighborhoodAssist @StateFarm #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and State Farm.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     As many of you know, I have been teaching middle school students in the inner city for the past thirteen years.  The community that I teach in is full of life and made up of families who have come to this country looking for better opportunities for themselves and for their children.  Unfortunately, these families often struggle with poverty and end up making a lot of sacrifices to just be able to eat on a daily basis.     I've often thought about all of the ways that I would be able to support and improve conditions in this community if only I had the financial means to do so.  ¡Ojalá!  This will now be possible for many Hispanic communities across the United States and Canada thanks to State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grants.     For the third year in a row, the youth-led neighborhood assist program has inspired and empowered people to focus on … [Read more...]

I Lend My Voice To The Voiceless… #Bloggers4Venezuela #PrayForVenezuela #SOSVenezuela

    There comes a time in every Blogger's career where he or she has to decide whether to mesh politics into their posts.  Normally I don't discuss politics here but, my conscience is beseeching me to talk about what is happening in Venezuela with my readers.  Last weekend, I watched a YouTube video describing and depicting how college students in Venezuela had taken to the streets to protest peacefully against a government that was denying citizens its civil rights.     Now, I don't plan on spending a lot of time talking about the government because, frankly, they just don't deserve that kind of attention.  What I would like to focus upon is that we live in modern times where we would expect people to be able to speak freely and to be guaranteed basic human rights.     That is the real issue here, human beings are being denied the right to be free and to exercise free will.  As Bloggers, we cover topics regularly on a variety of subjects and our readers respect  what we say.  Since … [Read more...]

Tips For Planning A Dinner Out With The Family! @RedLobster #BestLobsterFest #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Being Latino and Red Lobster.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     One of my favorite things to do with my family is to go out to dinner.  Due to our busy schedules, we plan regular dinner dates to reconnect with one another and to enjoy each other's company.  My boys really like going out to eat and I also use the opportunity to reinforce good table manners as well as the proper way to behave when out in public.  We enjoy frequenting some of our favorite restaurants during these dinners and one of the restaurants at the top of our list is Red Lobster.     Having grown up in a fishing town in Spain, I know what good seafood tastes like and I like to enjoy it with my husband and my boys.  Now that Red Lobster's Lobsterfest event is back, we can enjoy some our favorite lobster selections from their new and classic dishes.     In addition to guest favorites like Lobster Lover’s Dream® and the Ultimate Feast®, there are three new … [Read more...]

Connect With Your Favorite Novela Characters Anytime! #MyNovela @Univision #Giveaway #Ad

This post was created in partnership with the Stiletto Blogger Network and Univision. However, all opinions expressed herein are my own.       Ever since I was a little girl, I can remember how beloved novelas/soap operas were in our home.  My Aunt, who was a teacher, would use the VHS to record her favorite stories during the day when she was at work and unable to watch them.  In the evening, my sister and I would sit with her captivated by the intriguing characters and their dramatic lives.  This is exactly what initially drew me to watching the telenovela Lo Que La Vida Me Robo on Univision, its colorful protagonists and their complicated drama.     My favorite character, and the one whom I can relate to the most, is Montserrat Mendoza.  She is the female protagonist who is a a young noble woman, willing to make any sacrifice for her family.  Unfortunately, she carries the financial future of her entire family on her shoulders and has to marry into money in order to … [Read more...]