Join Us For The #MyNovela “Lo Que La Vida Me Robó” Twitter Party with @Univision #Ad

This post was created in partnership with the Stiletto Blogger Network and Univision. However, all opinions expressed herein are my own.    If you are like me, you love shows with the reoccurring themes of power, love, family, betrayal and wealth.  Add these themes to a novela/soap opera and you have gotten my immediate attention.  That is why I just can't stop watching “Lo Que La Vida Me Robó” which is a Mexican novela that is set in a colorful village called Aguazul. Don't just take my word for how juicy their story lines are, go peruse some previews of the show on the dedicated novelas video page.     You will be introduced to protagonists who are driven by some of the same hopes and aspirations that you and I have.  Just like in real life, these characters are faced with adversity along with the intrusions of controlling parents and competitive friends who revel in stirring up drama, instigating financial hardships and generally making life seem impossible at times.  Not only … [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...]

The Women Of Osage County-Which One Are You? #AugustMoments #Ad ($100 Visa GC #Giveaway)

Disclosure:  This is part of a sponsored campaign with The Weinstein Co. However, all opinions expressed are my own.    During my childhood, I had the pleasure of being raised around my Great-Grandmother Carmen.  She was the epitome of strength and character and had known a hard life working in the fields and giving birth to her children right at home.  Although she was sometimes a bitter pill to swallow, she never backed down from anyone and taught me that women could be brave and fierce.    On the other hand, my Grandmother who raised me, was strong in a different kind of way.  She was never as overbearing and confrontational as Carmen was but she showed me that women could be strong and ladylike at the same time.  Although it seemed to outsiders that my Grandfather was the one calling all the shots in their home, she influenced his decisions behind the scenes and made her voice and opinions be heard subtly.    This December 25th, we will be introduced to the women of … [Read more...]

Earn Rewards For The Hallmark Cards You Buy All Year! #HallmarkCardRewards @Hallmark #Ad

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Hallmark and Latina Bloggers Connect.    When my husband and I started dating fifteen years ago, he was always very romantic but I noticed right away that he never gave me cards for special occasions.  Now, this might not normally have been an issue for another person but I love receiving greeting cards because I like to keep them in my special box and look back on them over the years.  He just couldn't understand why this was so important to me but he complied with my wishes and started giving me not one but two cards for every special day.     The first time that he gave me two cards, I was confused until he explained to me that he was starting a tradition where we would always gift each other a funny card and a romantic card for our anniversaries and birthdays.  He explained to me that our relationship was based on not only love and romance but friendship which is why it was important to include a card with a witty saying … [Read more...]

The Secret To Our Long And Happy Marriage

    Today is our 14th wedding anniversary.  Without a doubt, I can honestly tell you that the last fourteen years have been the best ones of my life.  Have they been easy? Hell no!  However, they have been full of love, joy, and lots of laughter.  My husband makes me a better person and he has given me the greatest gifts that I have ever received, my two boys.     We spent this whole weekend together reflecting on our marriage and the things that have given our relationship longevity and this is the criteria that we came up with:Love is nice but it just isn't enough sometimes.  We have found that we are friends first and genuinely enjoy each other's company as people and individuals. Open communication is key.  It's important to talk through everything even if the topic is a difficult one to broach.  Holding back feelings or thoughts can fester and cause resentment in the relationship over time. Give each other time to pursue interests separately.  Although we are … [Read more...]

Share What’s Good With Welch’s And You Could Win! #ShareWhatsGood @Welchs #Ad

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch's. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.    Recently, it has become more and more difficult to be able to spend quality time as a family due to my husband's and my hectic work schedule.  Add to that the fact that my husband works nights and that I work days and the opposite hours make it even more tricky to plan things for us to do as a family.  As a result, we have had to get creative about making sure that we have that important time to spend together and to connect with one another.    Here are some tips that we have come up with to help "steal" some quality time as a family:Watch a movie together at home.  It's a great way to save money on skyrocketing movie theater prices and everyone can relax together in the comfort of home. Take a drive with the family and head to a local park or recreation area.  We are lucky that we live right next to a huge park and … [Read more...]

Are Females More Prone To Bullying?

   This morning, I had to have some serious conversations with my students about a bullying situation that I have been watching unfold for the past couple of days.  It's the typical situation where a new kid arrives at a school and is targeted by other kids who have been there for a long time.  Add the fact that they are females and that the new kid is beautiful and drawing the attention of the male students and you have a recipe for disaster.     I enlisted the assistance of a lot of people to help me get this anti-bullying message out to my students including fellow staff members, parents of the children who were involved, and even older siblings of these girls.  As a united front, we met with a few classes and discussed with them the fact that we have a zero tolerance policy regarding bullying or any kind of violence or aggression in school.  Additionally, we talked to them about the dangers of being the victim of bullying such as low self-esteem and thoughts of suicide.  We even … [Read more...]

The Loss Of A Great Grandparent

    This past week, we received word that my Great-Grandmother passed away in Spain.  She was well into her nineties and had been bed-ridden for the past few years due to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and Alzheimer's.  In the wake of her death I find myself reflecting on her life and thinking about the legacy of the family that she left behind.     We called her "Madrina" which means "godmother" in Spanish.  The reason for this is that she baptized my father and was actually his godmother so, since he always called her that, the name stuck.  She came from a time when women worked in the fields alongside their husbands and never complained about anything.  I remember her telling me the story of how she gave birth in the old house, upstairs from where they kept the cows.     Back when I was a kid, I remember feeling like she was really old fashioned and like I couldn't relate to her.  She dressed in black as was customary for widows back in the day in Spain and always wore a kerchief … [Read more...]

Let The Soul Doctor Soothe Your Soul! @SoulDoctor #Review

*This post was written by me on behalf of Culture Mom Media LLC.  I received complimentary tickets to review the show.  All opinions are 100% mine.    My love affair with Broadway began years ago when I took my class on a trip to see Les Miserables.  Everything about seeing a show live on stage absolutely enchanted me, from the bright lights to the beautiful costumes and beyond.  Since then, anytime I have the opportunity to go see a play, it excites me.     However, when I received news that I would have the chance to see Soul Doctor on Broadway, I wondered if I would be able to connect to the subject matter since I am not an overly religious person and I assumed that the show would be laden with boring religious overtones and connotations that I would not be able to relate to.  Nothing could have been further from the truth...    Soul Doctor tells the story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach who is credited with being the father of popular Jewish music.  His ascent to this title … [Read more...]

Did She Really Just Say That?

    Many of you know that this past year, I had to deal with some parents behaving badly in my son's class due to the presence of "Mom Cliques" and the children that they are raising to think that being mean spirited to others is acceptable.  One particular parent's son has been especially cruel to my son and to other children not only in class but also during organized sports.  It's been difficult to avoid it since all of the kids participate in these activities together within our community.     This past baseball season, my son and this boy ended up on the same baseball team much to my chagrin.  You see, this Momma Bear has had to go up against this mom and son duo before.  His mean antics continued right from the classroom to the baseball field and dugout.  He even went as far as to call some of the boys on the team "fagg&%ts" when they ran out of gum and did not have a piece to give him.  This was no surprise to me because this is the same boy who had called my son a … [Read more...]