Sharing Latino Holiday Traditions With My Boys! #LBCMoreMerry @Sears #Ad

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Sears and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are 100% my own.     There is never one single moment when I don't think in both Spanish and English when I am having a conversation.  Being bilingual and a Latina is part of who I am with every fiber of my being.  I can still recall the fond memories that I have of being a young girl in Spain and living with my grandparents.  They were such an integral part of molding me into the person who I am today and even the kind of mother that I am to my children.  As a result, it is extremely important to me to pass down some of the life lessons and cultural holiday traditions that I was taught when I was growing up.     In Spain, we always ate Paella on Christmas Eve.  It is a seafood rice that contains shellfish and chicken and is cooked in a "paellera" which is a round, flat pan with two handles.  I can still recall the delicious scents that would waft in from the kitchen and, since … [Read more...]

Celebrating Three Kings Day In Our Family! #JCPenneyLatino #RealLatinoHolidays @JCPenney #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and JCPenney.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.       We always celebrate Three Kings Day in our family.  This year, however, I have decided to spend a lot more time teaching my boys some of our family traditions around this special holiday.  It is really important to me that they look back upon this day fondly the way that I do from my own childhood in Spain.  My Grandparents always made sure that this day was very special in their home and I want it to be equally special in our house.     One of my favorite memories from our family Three Kings Day celebrations is the year that I wanted a special toy called Boti Bota.  It was fashioned after a character in one of my favorite game shows and was a toy that you wrapped around one ankle and swung around and jumped over with your other foot.  All of the kids in my class had one and I wanted one so badly!  Every single day, I reminded my Grandmother … [Read more...]

Start Your Holiday Season With Elf On The Shelf®! #Giveaway

Disclosure:  This is not a compensated post, however, it may contain affiliate links. The story of Elf on the Shelf is simple:     The Elf on the Shelf® is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts an elf and gives it a name, the elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day's adventures. Each morning, the elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their elf each morning.     There are two simple rules that every child knows when it comes to having an elf. First, an elf cannot be touched; Christmas magic is very fragile and if an elf is touched it may lose that magic and be unable to fly back to the North Pole. Second, an elf cannot speak or move while anyone in the house is awake! An elf's job is to watch and listen. Start your … [Read more...]