Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe

    One of the things that I have noticed as an educator is that children and young people are completely addicted to technology. They don't take time out to speak to one another fact to face anymore and they definitely don't play the kinds of games that we used to play when we were kids. The games I'm talking about were Jacks, Tic-Tac-Toe, Hopscotch, etc.     Lately, my husband and I have been trying to limit technology in our home. Since we now have a teen and a pre-teen, they would rather spend most of their time playing video games when we are home. While we do reward them with time to play these games, we've also been going back to basics by making them turn off their gadgets in lieu of playing some good old-fashioned games as a family.     When I was younger, one of my favorite games was Tic-Tac-Toe because it was so easy to play and because you could basically use any surface as a game board and many items can be used as game pieces. That … [Read more...]

Mommy Must Haves When You Have Big Kids #MommyMustHaves @Walmart #Ad

*I have been compensated by JOHNSON'S® Baby and AVEENO® for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.     Ever since my boys were babies, I have relied on JOHNSON'S® Baby products as part of their daily and bedtime routines. As infants, I used their baby lotion to massage their new skin and keep it hydrated and their baby wash to clean their delicate little fingers and toes. I remember sniffing them before laying them down to go to sleep and loving how fresh and clean they smelled.     Fast forward to these days and both of my boys have grown into two handsome young men. My oldest just started high school this past Fall and my youngest is now in middle school. As a mom, I still continue to purchase the products that I love and trust for them to use. Just like when they were babies, I continue to rely on JOHNSON'S®, especially when it comes to taking care of their skin.     My younger son tends to suffer from dry skin and will often complain that … [Read more...]

A Night Of Broadway In The Bronx

      Every school year, we get caught up in our hectic schedules throughout the week. No matter how much we try to slow things down a bit, it always seems like there is something going on and there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done.     However, spending quality time together as a family is always number one on our list of priorities so we never stop trying to come up with creative ways to create those memories that will be cherished by all of us for a lifetime. That is why we were so excited to go see my nephew perform in Broadway Night at one of our local schools in the Bronx.     For the past few years he also attended high school in the Bronx and he participated in their drama club and performed at many of their shows! His last performance, as a Senior, was in his school's rendition of Grease in the Spring and we were so proud to see him on stage singing and acting. It was the first time     Since he started college last Fall, he has … [Read more...]

The Queen Rules At Medieval Times! #LongMaySheReign @MedievalTimesNJ #Ad

    After years and years of casting the king as the lead at Medieval Times, there is now a queen leading the entire kingdom. She inherited the throne after her father passed away and prides herself for being a firm and kind ruler who elicits the respect and admiration of all her loyal subjects. Since we have been huge fans of Medieval Times for years, we were beyond thrilled to go meet the queen last week. If you have never been to Medieval times, you have no idea what you are missing. Families enjoy dinner and a show as they are catapulted to medieval Spain within the stone walls of their 11th century-style castle. You are welcome to dine with Queen Maria Isabella and her royal court. As her noble guests, everyone feasts on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, the pastry of the castle, coffee and two rounds of select beverages.     We loved watching the battles between the knights right in front of us as they … [Read more...]

8 Ways To Save Money On Summer Activities For Kids

    While the arrival of summer brings excitement, you might also be seeing dollar signs. It is no secret that beating summer boredom can also mean racking up the bills, but the truth is there are ways to save money while still having fun! Look at these 8 ways to save money on summer activities, so you can still have all the fun you want without going broke. 

1. Check Groupon and Living Social daily.
Since deals on these websites are always changing, it is always worth checking them out! Look for attraction tickets, movie deals, gift card deals, and other offers from summer fun spots. This way, you can enjoy the activities you love for less. 2. Call your local parks department.
Chances are your local parks department is offering all sorts of summer camps and activities for kids. Since these programs are often funded on tax dollars, this means the cost passed onto you is minimal. Call your local parks department for a schedule of summer events and be in the know! 3. Head to the … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Beach Trip Packing List

    Is your family beach bound soon? If so, you want to make sure you are well prepared! Packing for the beach can be tricky, because you might be in such a hurry to get out and go that you forget some essentials. To make sure you are well prepared for your next trip of sun and sand, look below at the ultimate beach trip packing list. This list will help you arrive to the beach well stocked and well prepared for anything you are likely to encounter! 1. Mini first aid kit. Cuts, scratches, and other minor injuries can occur when at the beach. Save yourself a trip to the life guard stand or searching for a band aid when you bring your own mini first aid kit. It is an easy way to deal with minor injuries fast. 2. Inflatables.
 Don’t forget water wings or vests for kids as well as any inflatables adults may wish to use. Carry an air pump in your trunk so you can easily inflate your items without having to blow them up by mouth. 3. Baby wipes or wet wipes.
 Hands can get … [Read more...]

7 Ways To Save Money At The Fair

    Do you love the fair but feel like it always leaves you broke? Do you wish there was a more budget friendly way to visit and enjoy all of your favorite games, rides, and food? If so, take a look below at 7 ways to save money at the fair. With these simple tips, you will find that you can have a wonderful time with family and friends while still keeping some cash in your pocket! Here is what you need to know: 1. Buy tickets in advance.
     In many cases you can buy entrance tickets in advance, which saves you some cash up front. See if the fair company has an online site you can buy from, or see if any local businesses will be selling discount tickets in advance. 2. Go on wristband night.
     Although this is one of the busier nights, it is a great time to save money. On wristband night you can usually ride all the rides you want for one fee. This saves you from having to buy tickets and you can ride anything you want as many times as you … [Read more...]

Face Winter Head On And Enjoy Outdoor Activities! #PassThePuffs @Puffs #Ad

    You wouldn't know it from the weather we have been having this week in New York City but it can get pretty cold here during the winter.  Freezing temperatures and a lot of snowstorms are usually the norm around these parts during this time of the year.  Unfortunately, along with the change in weather, we also spend a lot of time dealing with colds and the sniffles.      Both of my boys have asthma so I worry about them heading outdoors to enjoy winter activities due to the cold air that they will experience.  Often times, they get red and sore noses from blowing their nose every five minutes when they are sick.  Puffs Plus Lotion allows our family to face the cold and participate in our favorite winter activities.  Although I'm not a big fan of the snow and cold, I do enjoy watching my family having a good time outdoors.     Despite living in the city, my husband and sons really love going snow tubing and having … [Read more...]

We Are Dedicated To Being A Close Family! #LatinosConDedicacion @HBOatsLatino #cbias #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LatinosConDedicacion #CollectiveBias     Have you ever had one of those weeks where you wish you could have a do-over?  That is exactly what it has felt like since this week started.  Between mixups in basketball game schedules, trying to get over a bad cold and keeping up with the house I don't know whether I'm coming or going.  One thing that is always foremost in my mind is my dedication to making sure that I fit in some quality time with my boys whenever possible.  When our weekdays are busy like this, I have to get a little more creative.     Believe it or not, there are so many ways that you could spend time with your kids.  Something as simple as a trip to the grocery store can turn into a fun time sharing laughs and enjoying each other's company.  As a Latino family, what matters to us that we are together and we are … [Read more...]

Make Your Kids Smile Every Morning! #CinnamonRollSaturday #CinnamonRollSunday @Pillsbury #Ad

    I have a guilty confession to make, I don't have time to prepare breakfast in the morning on weekdays.  Between being behind both of my boys to get ready to go to school, I have to leave extra early for my commute to work and so I will find parking near my job.  If you have ever been to New York City you know what a challenge it can be to find a parking spot.  As a result, I try to make sure that I spend special time with our boys on the weekend making and enjoying special breakfast treats.     When I ask my sons every weekend what they want to eat for breakfast, their immediate response is always Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls.  They love them and we have a great time putting the icing on them as soon as they come right out of the oven.  I'm sure we should probably wait until they cool off but it's just so hard to hold back when the whole house is filled with the delicious smell of warm cinnamon.     As a family, we really … [Read more...]