Protect What You Love And Care About The Most! #MasterLockProtects @MasterLockUS #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of Master Lock. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.       I've always been very clear that my children and my family are my top priorities.  Everything that I do in my life is with their best interests at heart.  Part of loving and caring for them is making sure that they are safe at all times and that I educate them about staying secure in a variety of situations.     Recently, Master Lock kicked off their year-long initiative aimed at helping consumers to protect all that they love and care about in 2014.  They really know what they are talking about when it comes to safety because they are the world's largest manufacturer of padlocks and other security products.     The campaign will continue throughout the year by providing a series of safety tips and advice to families.  Master Lock made an initial donation to the American Red Cross … [Read more...]

Feather The Nest And Achieve The Goals You Always Wanted! @Feather_Nesters #Ad

*This is a sponsored post with Feather the Nest, however, as always my posts are based on my opinions and experiences.       I can still remember the excitement of leaving the realtors office where we closed on our house in 2004.  It was the first time that we truly understood what it meant to own a home of our very own and to live the American Dream.  Unfortunately, being a homeowner is wonderful but it is very expensive and purchasing your first home is a huge financial responsibility.     It would have been wonderful to be able to have some financial support from friends and family to help ease this financial responsibility.  Feather the Nest is a new company in New York and Miami that allows members to make profiles on their site to raise funds for their first real estate investments.  It's a great way for recent college grads looking to move out on their own or purchase their first home to get a little help.     The way it works is that Feather the Nest requires new … [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...]

The Return Of Working Mom Guilt

    This afternoon, I received an email from my 7 year-old's teacher stating that she had sent a memo home last Friday alerting me to the fact that he was talking excessively in class.  She went on to say that he had failed to copy down the homework assignment due to his socializing.  No sooner had I read the message that I began to feel the all too familiar pangs of Working Mom guilt.     You see, I asked him this weekend if he had finished his homework and he assured me that he had.  The responsible mommy thing to do would have been to check his folder and make sure that he had indeed finished all of his work.  Instead, I chose to give in to my exhaustion and take his word for it.  Now I feel terrible.  God knows what the teacher must be thinking of me.  In her mind, I probably don't care about my son's academic progress.  It's even more embarrassing because I am a teacher myself.     The truth is that I check every homework normally and I always take care of everything and I think … [Read more...]

Select The Best Candidate For The 2013 Maytag Dependable Leader Award! #MC #Ad

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Maytag. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.     Being an educator, I am always on the lookout for initiatives which celebrate young people or recognize those who are committed to helping young people to reach their full potential.  One of the organizations that I have always respected is the Boys & Girls Club.  They help to inspire children all across America to be the best that they could be.     Maytag needs your help to select the best candidate for the 2013 Maytag Dependable Leader Award - an award to recognize someone committed to making a difference in the lives of youth -through America's Vote competition.     From November 12th through November 29th, visit to learn about all five finalists and the exemplary work they do in their respective communities, and to help make a difference, vote once a day for the nominee they find to best represent a … [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...]

Make A Commitment To Safe Driving! #CelebrateMyDrive @StateFarm #Sponsored

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and State Farm. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     It has been amazing seeing the overwhelming response from parents to the Celebrate My Drive campaign from State Farm.  To a certain extent it has put my mind at ease knowing that so many other parents have rallied together to make sure that our children understand the importance of driving safely and adhering to the laws designed to protect young drivers and those on the road with them.     The time has come for action because, sadly, auto crashes continue to be the number one cause of death for teens in North America.  While being able to drive is an exciting and wonderful rite of passage for many teens, there is great responsibility that comes with having a driver's license.  By staying positive and celebrating safe driving, we are drawing attention to a cause that will ultimately save many lives.     Every day this week, October 18-26, you have … [Read more...]

Is Your Local High School Registered For Celebrate My Drive? #CelebrateMyDrive #Giveaway #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 the importance of discussing driving safety with your teen and pre-teen through the State Farm Celebrate My Drive® Campaign.  As an educator of adolescents, I understand perfectly their need to be treated like young adults and the fact that they want to gain more independence.  However, I also know that teens often think that they are immortal and they fail to take serious heed when it comes to the advice that we adults give them.  This is especially true when it comes to driving safely.     Luckily, State Farm understands the importance of emphasizing driving safety when it comes to teen drivers and rewards their adherence to safe driving through Celebrate My Drive®.  By holding young drivers accountable and asking them to make an online commitment to safe driving, many lives will be saved.  Maybe next time they are … [Read more...]

21st Century Education-Con Qué Se Come Eso? @Univision #EsElMomento #Latism

    Many times, when the question arises about what 21st century education looks like and sounds like in today's classrooms, we look at each other with that proverbial quizzical look that we embody in Spanish with the saying, "Con qué se come eso?"  Basically asking, "What does that even mean?"  The truth is that there are so many theories and methodologies about education floating around that it is sometimes hard to keep up with what works and what doesn't.     I have a unique perspective on education in this century due to my over 13 years experience as a New York City public school teacher.  During my tenure, I have had the opportunity to observe firsthand some of the issues with our current educational system as well as celebrate some of its victories.  One particular victory being the recent consensus that has been reached regarding implementing a common core curriculum across the entire United States.     It was a necessary step that had to be taken because there have always … [Read more...]

What Does It Mean To Be A Latina Of Today? @Orgullosa #OrgullosaHeritage #HHM

This is part of a sponsored campaign with P&G and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Being a Latina of today means many things to different Latinas.  We all juggle diverse roles as mothers, businesswomen, professionals, wives, and daughters.  The one common foundation that we all have is our desire to have the best of both worlds by embracing our Latina heritage and culture and taking advantage of the opportunities that being American has afforded us too.     For me personally, being a Latina of today means that I have bridged the gap between the traditions of my Latin ancestors and the modern roles and opportunities that Latinas are able to experience in the United States.  It means that I can have it all, a family, a career, a business, and a relationship without having to compromise any one of these roles.  Also, it allows me to be a strong and independent woman who is not afraid to balance it all and be successful while doing it!     … [Read more...]