Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Recipe And Other Easy Morning Hacks! @JIF #Ad

    As a New York City public school teacher, I take my responsibility to educate young people very seriously.  It's a tough and rewarding job and I do it with pride.  Unfortunately, being a full-time career woman is very demanding and it is extremely difficult to juggle working and being a mother.  As a result, mornings definitely don't always go off without a hitch in our home.  I've tried to perfect some morning hacks, over the years, to make our mornings easier.     Since I know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that children who eat breakfast daily perform better academically, that was the first area where I wanted to improve our morning routine.  Let's be honest, I don't have a lot of time to prepare breakfast every morning with our hectic schedule so I had to get creative to make sure my boys eat something wholesome that doesn't take a lot of time to prepare.       This is where my morning … [Read more...]

Get Your Kitchen Ready For Family Night! @Glad #Ad

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of TapInfluence and Glad and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     As the mother of two sons, I consider it my personal responsibility to teach them the life skills that they will need to be independent and productive members of the community once they become adults.  This includes spending time with them teaching them how to take care of things around the house such as cleaning, cooking and doing laundry.  Every week, we spend a family night reinforcing how to get things done in these areas and it is also a wonderful opportunity to bond and spend quality time together.     This past week, I taught my boys how to get the kitchen ready for entertaining when the whole family comes over.  We love to get everyone together for the holidays and it is important to make sure that the kitchen is clean and … [Read more...]

Power Through Your Morning With Jimmy Dean Delights! #JimmyDean @JimmyDean #Ad

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jimmy Dean through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Jimmy Dean Delights, all opinions are my own.     Mornings in our house can be somewhat of a blur.  Between getting myself ready for work and chasing after my boys to make sure they get ready in time for school, we barely make it out of the house in time.  Although I want my family to have a good breakfast, it just isn't possible for me to spend a lot of time preparing it every morning.       Jimmy Dean Delights are made with real ingredients like whole eggs, lean meat and real vegetables, providing families with a delicious, wholesome breakfast option to start the day off right.  They allow me to feel good about feeding my family on weekday mornings.  My boys'  personal favorite is Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage, Egg White & Cheese Croissant because it is made … [Read more...]

Tips For Making Perfect Pancakes @tfal_cookware #StackedandSticky #Giveaway #Ad

    When I was a little girl, I loved eating my grandmother's pancakes.  Whenever I slept over her house, I would ask her to make them for me and they have always been the best pancakes that I have ever eaten.  As an adult, I still have a love of pancakes but since Grandma passed away years ago, I have never been able to replicate her delicious pancake recipe.     Over the years I have tried to perfect my pancake making technique but I honestly have never been able to make good pancakes.  I'm not sure if this was because I wasn't using the right pan or because I wasn't flipping the pancakes at the right time but it has been a total disaster.  When I found out about the new T-fal OptiCook Total Non-Stick Fry Pan, I knew that this would finally be my chance to make the perfect pancake and also make my grandmother proud. Here are some tips I have learned for making the perfect pancakes: Using less pancake mix and more water makes for … [Read more...]

Give Your Kids A Glimpse Into Your Childhood! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Partner

    One of my favorite things to do is listen to music and watch shows with my sons that I used to enjoy when I was a kid.  There is just something magical about bridging the gap between your own childhood and your children's childhoods by connecting through these "blasts from the past."  It's a great way to let them know that you weren't always an adult and you weren't always their parent.  Also, it allows you to create memories with them that will last a lifetime.     My siblings and I used to lay on a blanket on the floor and watch Inspector Gadget while munching on our favorite snacks.  It was so much fun to say, "Go, Go, Gadget, Go!"  These special moments allowed us to bond with one another and I love now having the opportunity to watch Inspector Gadget with my boys on Netflix.  They enjoy all of his antics and adventures as much as I did when I was a little girl.     You guys can create these precious memories with your children as well.  Netflix has an entire list of of … [Read more...]

Have A Rockin’ February With The Beatrix Girls! @TheBeatrixGirls #Giveaway #TheBeatrixGirls #Ad

    When I was a little girl, I loved playing with dolls.  I remember spending hours role playing with them and pretending that they were real people.  Now that I am an educator, I realize that all of this time engaged in pretend-play was crucial to my social development.     Although I don't have any daughters of my own, I have always encouraged both of my sons to pretend-play with their toys and have never established any gender restrictions when it comes to playing with dolls or other toys.     I really like the Beatrix Girls dolls for that reason, they are very modern and colorful.  Not only are they pop stars but they’re also big romantics! They love hearts, chocolates, and love making each other feel special!  That's why I couldn't have picked a better month than February to celebrate the month of love with the Beatrix Girls!     What better way to celebrate this month than with cute custom accessories for all of you Trixie Fans?     Popstar Club is granting one lucky … [Read more...]

When Is The Last Time You Had Your Eyes Checked? #TransitionsLens @Transitions #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Transitions Optical. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     My father has been a diabetic for over twenty years.  I remember when he found out that he had Diabetes and how upset he and my mother were at the diagnosis.  Over time, he learned that he had to watch his diet and take special care of his feet and his eyes.  While anyone can have problems with their vision, Latinos are more likely to suffer from health conditions like Diabetes that can have adverse effects on their eyes and their life.     Unfortunately, Diabetes is hereditary and, since I had gestational Diabetes when I was pregnant with my younger son, I had a greater chance of having it come back after giving birth.  Last year, my doctor alerted me to the fact that the Diabetes had returned and she put me on a medication regimen to control it.  I am always worried about my vision and I make sure that I go for my yearly appointment to the … [Read more...]

Tips For Stress Relief And Relaxation For Busy Moms! #SleepMatters $50 GC #Giveaway #Ad

*I have received information, product and materials from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Inc., the makers of Tylenol PM®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.     I cannot even begin to describe to you what a hectic week I've had.  Managing a full-time career as a teacher and running a successful blog is definitely not for the faint at heart.  Yesterday was an extremely stressful day for me because I was inundated with deadlines and had to complete 90 progress reports for my students that had to be mailed out today.  As a result, I barely slept a wink last night and was exhausted all day at work.     I'm certainly not alone because more than 30% of the US adult population suffers from sleeplessness.  Everyone has different triggers when it comes to the causes for their lack of sleep but what is clear is that sleep is important and it certainly affects your performance when you don't get enough of it.  Stress is definitely a factor when it comes to sleep … [Read more...]

Transport Yourself To A Relaxing Place! #TuiteaDesdeElTrono @CharminLatino #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Charmin and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     I consider the bathroom one of the most important rooms in our home.  Not only do we all spend a lot of time in there, but it is probably the only place where I can manage to get a few minutes to myself once in a while.  Lately, I have been feeling like it needed a few extra touches to make it a more relaxing place.  I decided that it would definitely benefit from a Chamomile Makeover!     When I found out that America's most popular toilet paper for more than 25 years was launching new Charmin plus the scent of Chamomile I knew that this was exactly what I was looking for to make my bathroom experience a little more special!     For those of you who are unfamiliar with the benefits of scented tissue, the way it works is that ach roll has the scent of chamomile added to the tube.  It smells so good that you experience a soothing moment that tantalizes all … [Read more...]

Enjoy Kid-Friendly Recipes This School Year! #ChickenOfTheSea @COSMermaid #BackToSchool #Ad

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of  Chicken of the Sea® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Back to school time always comes with the usual hustle and bustle in our home.  Besides worrying about making sure that our boys have all of the materials that their teachers requested this year, I also go back to my job teaching middle school in September.  Not only do we all have to adjust to a hectic weekday schedule, but I have to plan ahead for our meals during the week and other chores around the house.     The name of the game in our house when it comes to back to school recipes is kid-friendly and easy to prepare.  Unfortunately, I simply don't have the time as a Working Mom to cook elaborate meals during the week.  I want my family to eat healthy dishes that I can prepare for them in a snap.     One of the things that inspires my boys to eat healthier is … [Read more...]