Invest In Latino Education By Supporting Mi Escuelita! #TheStoryOfEmma #cbias #edu #Ad

*This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheStoryOfEmma #CollectiveBias    Ever since I was a little girl in Spain, I was taught that education was the key that would open any door for me in my future.  As early as I can remember, I would walk to school with my grandmother and she would remind me to do well in class that day because education was everything.  She would always keep drilling into me that she never had the opportunity to get an education and that it was one of her greatest regrets.     When I was eight years old, my parents sent for me to come to the United States because they had finally secured jobs and an apartment.  They would now be able to care for and support my siblings and I in this new country.  The prospect of coming here was daunting to me because I did not speak English and I had never traveled out of Spain that I could remember.  As soon as I arrived and began to attend school, I knew … [Read more...]

Start The Conversation About HIV/AIDS With Friends And Family! #OneConversation @TalkHIV #Ad

    How has HIV or AIDS affected your life?  Unfortunately, chances are that you know someone, or are related to someone, who is HIV positive.  Since there is still a huge stigma around the disease, most people choose not to talk about it.  As a result, they forego having important conversations with their friends and family about how they can protect themselves or what the facts are around how one can contract it.     Our own family has been directly affected by HIV because both my husband and I have cousins who are HIV positive.  I was 13 years old when I found out my older male cousin had HIV.  I can still remember how it was something that was discussed only in whispers and that the entire family went to great lengths to keep a secret from outsiders.  These were just not topics that were openly talked about in the Latino community.     Honestly, I didn't know much about HIV back then and, every time I asked an adult in the family about it, they shushed me and changed the subject. … [Read more...]

It’s Not A Taboo Subject Anymore! #DropYourPants #Underwareness @Depend #Ad

    Ever since becoming a mom, I have realized that there are many topics surrounding pregnancy and childbirth that some women never talk about because they are not so pleasant.  One of those subjects is bladder leakage and, let me tell you, it might not be sexy but it is definitely a reality for a lot of us after having kids.  It's a common misconception that this condition only affects older people because I'm 37 years old and I've had my own experiences with it already.     After giving birth to our second son, I noticed that sneezing and coughing hard would sometimes cause me to have a little bladder leakage.  Other times, I would just notice that it would happen during the day while engaging in everyday activities like working or walking.  I was embarrassed by it at first but, over time, I have learned to accept it since most of the women in our family are open about going through it as well since having kids.     To deal with my slight bladder leakage, I've used pantyliners … [Read more...]

Support The Creative Cups™ Project To Raise Breast Cancer Awareness! @AdelphiU #Sponsored

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of TapInfluence and Adelphi University and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.    As a Survivor, cancer awareness is a cause that is extremely personal to me and close to my heart. I'm a seven-year Leukemia Survivor and my family and loved ones have also been affected by other kinds of cancer. My great-grandmother died from Breast Cancer and I actually had my own mammogram scare last year when I was asked to return for further testing because they saw something on my images. One of the things that most people will tell you is that receiving a cancer diagnosis can be devastating and extremely lonely. At that moment, you feel like you don't have anyone to talk to or who understands what you are going through.    I was very excited to find out that Adelphi University is home to the NYS Breast Cancer Hotline. They realized that … [Read more...]

Sign Up For Walk/Run For Hope Near You! @TicTacUSA @CancerCare #ShakeShareCare #Ad

*This post was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Shake, Share & Care® program.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own.      This past July was my seven year cancerversary.  I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in July, 2007 and have been a Survivor for the past seven years.  Thanks to modern medical miracles, I am able to take a daily medication to keep my condition under control.  I cannot even begin to describe to all of you what a blessing this has been in my life.     It has allowed me to live and to be able to raise my boys which is the single most important role of my entire life.  Unfortunately, not all cancers are treatable like this and a lot of work still needs to be done to find treatments and cures for other types of malignancies.     Since being diagnosed, receiving the support of organizations dedicated to providing free support services and financial assistance to … [Read more...]

How Can You Teach Your Children To Give Back? #Clothes4Schools @Schoola #Sponsored

*This sponsored post is brought to you by Schoola, the best place to buy discounted kids clothes all while give back to schools in need. CLICK HERE to learn more about Schoola and to see what people are saying.      Anyone who has ever been a parent can tell you that it is not easy.  Children don't come with instructions and it's hard to know whether one is doing a good job or not all the time.  Early on, my husband and I agreed that we would teach our children to be appreciative for all their blessings and to be able to give back to those less fortunate.  This was especially important to us both since we had been raised in households where lack of finances and poverty had been real factors for our parents.     The question then became how exactly we would go about teaching our boys these valuable lessons about humility and generosity?  An answer might seem simple to some but, in these materialistic times that we live in, it's not always easy to explain to young people … [Read more...]

Celebrate Mothers And Help Raise Money For Childhood Cancer! #MyHeroMom #MC @NM_News #Ad

*I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.      Have you lost someone you love to cancer?  Unfortunately, chances are that you have been negatively affected by this disease in one way or another.  In 2007, when I was thirty years old, I was diagnosed as having Chronic Myeloid Leukemia or CML.  There is no way for me to describe to all of you what a shock and horror it was to hear those words.  When you are young you think you are invincible and you never expect to hear that you are afflicted with a life-threatning illness.     Since I had a newborn baby and a toddler, I did not have the luxury of feeling sorry for myself and I decided to take my health into my own hands and to become proactive about my treatment.  I am very blessed that advances in modern medicine have made my form of Leukemia treatable although I do still suffer from … [Read more...]

Support Kids Walk For Kids With Cancer! #KidsWalk #WalkWithUs @KidsWalkMSKCC

    As many of you are aware, I am a six year Leukemia Survivor.  Receiving a Cancer diagnosis is devastating at any age, however, it is especially horrific when a child is diagnosed with this disease.  It's every parents' worst nightmare and, unfortunately, the reality is that Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children.  Each day 46 children will be diagnosed with Cancer-this number is equivalent to the number of seats that it takes to fill a school bus.     Pediatric Cancer research is severely underfunded which is why Kids Walk For Kids With Cancer is such an important event.  In 2001, a group of 8th grade students in Brooklyn, NY decided to raise funds to help cure pediatric Cancer.  One of the students had a little brother who was finishing treatment for stage IV neuroblastoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center so this cause was deeply personal to him.    These 8th graders raised $35,000 through their walkathon and, since then, new teams continue to … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]