Find Your Sweet Escape in Hershey Pennsylvania! #HersheyPA @HersheyPA #Ad

    There is a reason why this blog is called Tough Cookie Mommy.  Those of you who are long-time readers know that I am a New York City public school teacher by day, Blogger by night, and mother/wife/Survivor all of the time.  It is very seldom that I am able to get any "Me" time, much less have the opportunity to get away for an entire weekend at Hershey, Pennsylvania all by myself!      Believe it or not, a few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of heading to Hershey, Pennsylvania for the sweetest escape of my entire life!  Not only did I have a wonderful time by myself, but I am over the moon excited about bringing my entire family back this summer so we can all enjoy the experience together.    Upon arriving at The Hotel Hershey, I was immediately spellbound by its gorgeous grounds and its historic appearance as I entered the lobby for Check-In.  Not only is their hotel staff pleasant and courteous, but they … [Read more...]

We Celebrated Our Son’s Eleventh Birthday At @Benihana Restaurant! #BeniKids #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of Benihana. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating. All opinions are my own.     This past week, we celebrated our oldest son's eleventh birthday.  It's hard to believe that he is even that old because I can still remember the precise moment that I laid my eyes on him for the first time.  He was absolutely exquisite with bright blue eyes and a shock of red hair that I couldn't believe that he was really my baby.  You see, I had wanted to become a mother for four years before becoming pregnant with him but it took us a long time to conceive.    Now he is a tween and I feel blessed to  be able to witness his transformation into a young man.  He has his own distinct personality and sense of humor and I see so much of myself and his father in him.  This year, he wanted to go somewhere special to eat for his birthday and, since he has been wanting to go to Benihana Restaurant for … [Read more...]