Help Walmart Fight Hunger And Spark Change! #WeSparkChange #SHOP2GIVE @Walmart #Sponsored

      According to the USDA, 1 in 6 Americans may struggle with hunger. That is a sobering thought considering that many of these Americans who are hungry are children. As an educator, I have seen first-hand how devastating poverty and not having enough to eat can be for families. There have been many times when I have had to deliver groceries to the needy families of my students or even send students down to the nurse because they did not have enough to eat for breakfast and could not function in class because they were so famished.     Walmart recognizes that it is time to fight hunger and has partnered with some of our favorite food brands to help feed America 75 million meals to Feeding America Food Banks nationwide.  As a Fight Hunger Ambassador, I am proud to join the movement to put food on the tables of those who need it across this country.  From April 6th to May 3rd, when you buy a specially marked item at Walmart, you help secure one meal on behalf of local … [Read more...]

Adventures Of A New York City Family In The Mazda CX-9! #DriveSTI @MazdaUSA @DriveSTI #Ad

      It's no secret that we had an extremely rough winter here in New York City.  Aside from our hectic schedules throughout the work week, we also had to maneuver around all the snow and harsh weather to plan creative outings as a family.  The Mazda CX-9 was the perfect fit for our family to be able to spend quality time together this season!  Not to mention its gorgeous leather trim interior which was love at first sight for my husband and I!     Since I have an eleven year-old and a nine year-old, they always want to invite their friends and cousins on outings with the family.  That usually means that, aside from our medium-sized family of four, Hubby and I have to make sure that we have enough room in the car to safely accommodate everyone on road trips.  After all, not having enough space can make us lose serious cool points with the Tweens!     So we all packed in to the Mazda CX-9 and headed around New York for some weekend fun.  If you are familiar with the area … [Read more...]

Learn How My Family Keeps Up With Its Busy Schedule! #ThisIsWholesome @HoneyMaidSnacks #Paid

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Being Latino and Honey Maid.     This family is constantly on-the-go.  If we are not rushing to get out the door every morning to get to work or school, we are driving to another state with my son's traveling basketball team.  Although it's not easy keeping up will all of our activities at times, we enjoy staying active and we love spending time together as we do them.     Through the years, I have picked up some tips that have allowed me to manage our time more efficiently to allow us to maximize on our schedule so that we could have enough time to do all the things that we love regularly.  Before I share those tips with all of you, let me give you an idea of what our schedule is like on a weekly basis...     Both of our sons play basketball.  Our older son is on his school's Junior Varsity basketball team and plays on a competitive traveling team as well.  Normally he has 1 to 2 games per week on weekday afternoons along with team … [Read more...]

Ensure Your Family Has Breakfast Every Morning! #GalletitasHBOats @HBOats @HBOatsLatino #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Honey Bunches of Oats. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     It's no secret that I am a very busy mom.  Aside from teaching full-time as a middle school teacher in New York City, I also run a successful blog and have two school-aged children who are involved in a plethora of extracurricular activities.  Most mornings we are all rushing out of the house to get to work and school and it is difficult to make sure we always have a healthy breakfast. Some of the ways that I try to ensure that my boys enjoy a hearty breakfast are: Waking them up a little earlier so they have enough time to eat breakfast after they have gotten dressed. Sign them up for the free breakfast program at their school so they can eat there if we are running late and they don't get to eat breakfast at home. Setting aside their breakfast the night before so they are not wasting time looking for what to eat in the morning.     As … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Game: Gold Coin Minute to Win It

    My mother's grandmother was Irish so she always told her stories about her life back in Ireland when she was growing up.  One of the most fond memories that she has of her is how she always made a grand affair of celebrating St. Patrick's Day every year.  She would pin my Mom and her siblings with green shamrocks and decorate the house festively.  She said that everyone has the luck of the Irish on this special day!     If you are looking for a fun and exciting St. Patrick’s Day party game, this Gold Coin Minute to Win It should fit the bill! You can create your own version for just pennies, and the end result is a game that kids will love to play. Here is how you can get started. 

Supplies needed: Timer or watch Bowl 
Chopsticks or Green paper straws (these paper straws are sturdy and make great chopsticks for this game!) 
Assorted plastic gold coins ($1 a bag at Dollar Tree) Directions: 1. Begin by placing all of the gold coins in the bowl. The average bag … [Read more...]

Bring Joy And Health To Your Family With Big Hero 6! #BigHero6Sweeps #Giveaway #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Disney Studios. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Ever since I became a parent my priorities have changed and, at the very top of my list, is making sure that I do everything I can to bring joy and maintain good health for my family.  I know better than anyone how busy we can all get and how that sometimes sidetracks us from what really matters.  It is important to make a conscious effort, on a daily basis, to spend quality time together doing what really makes us happy or trae la felicidad.     En nuestro hogar, or our home, maintaining good communication is key in ensuring our happiness.  My husband and I have conversations with both of our sons every afternoon to recap the day's events.  Although we are both working parents, this allows us to be engaged in our boys' daily activities and shows them that we value taking the time out to reflect on their day.  As you can see from their smiles … [Read more...]

Celebrate First-Time Moments With Your Little One! #PampersPrimerasVeces @PampersLatinoUS #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine.     My husband and I tried for almost four years to become pregnant with our first child.  After much prayer and frustration, we finally found out that we were expecting and it was one of the single most joyous day of our lives.  From that very first moment, we were determined to document every precious first-time event through writing and taking photographs.     The first thing that I did was to start keeping a journal throughout my pregnancy to have a record of all of the thoughts and emotions that I was experiencing.  We also started putting together a photo album that included all of the sonogram images that we were given at my obstetrician appointments.     Obviously, the culminating moment of our joy was the birth of our son in June.  It was during that very moment that my husband and I learned what it meant to fall in "love at first sight."  We never … [Read more...]

Experience The Rabbids® Invasion TV Show In A New Way! @Ubisoft @Rabbidsofficial @Kidzvuz #Ad

    A few months ago, my sons and I had the privilege of attending the KidzVuz Holiday Event in Chelsea Piers.  It was a wonderful opportunity for us to test out all of the new toys and technology that is available for kids of all ages.  Although my boys loved all of the items they had the chance of trying out, one particular game really caught their eye and they have not stopped playing it since they brought it home.  This is because Rabbids® Invasion, the kids’ hit animated TV show, is now a video game!     My eight year-old was teaching me how to play the game and he explained that the concept behind it.  He shared with me that players can choose episodes from the TV show and compete with other players while completing silly challenges that are also a lot of fun.  There are hundreds of full-motion activities  in Rabbids® Invasion and kids can even have virtual egg battles with the Rabbids® themselves.     I have to admit that even I had fun trying to mimic the Rabbids® funny … [Read more...]

Celebrate Your Favorite Furry Friend! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    I'd been trying to convince my husband to get a pet for our family for years.  Three years ago, he finally gave in and we all went to adopt a dog from our local rescue shelter.  We wanted to save the life of a pet that might otherwise be euthanized due to the limited space that there is at shelters.     Also, we knew that we were guaranteed to get a healthy pet from a shelter because most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted.  As soon as we arrived, we knew that we had made the right decision.     As we were walking around all the dog cages, a cute black puppy caught our eye.  I guess we made an impression on him too because he started biting the newspaper that was lining the bottom of his cage and spitting it at us to get our attention.  After playing with him for a little while, we immediately fell in love and promptly adopted "Onyx" and, as you can see from the photo above, the kids and I weren't … [Read more...]

Making Family Memories With Fandango! #FandangoFamily @Fandango #Sponsored

    Going to the movies as a family is something that we love to do.  Not only are we all huge movie buffs, but we also love to spend time together making memories.  Recently, we planned one of these treasured outings to see Big Hero 6 with the kids.  My husband and I knew that this would be the perfect film to go see with our boys because it features a lovable robot named Baymax that performs some heroic acts with his group of friends.     One of my favorite things is seeing my sons' reactions when we are watching movies.  During Big Hero 6, they were sitting up on the edge of their seats as Hiro Hamada and Baymax band together with their techie friends to save San Fransokyo from the evil plot that threatens the entire city and its inhabitants.     I especially loved the messages of friendship that the film portrayed.  After all, Baymax was designed to take care of people and he never faltered from his responsibilities as a friend and protector.  He immediately became my sons' … [Read more...]