Let’s Have An Uncomfortable Conversation @TalkHIV #OneConversation #UnaConversación #Ad

    This is not the first time that I am going to broach a sensitive subject on this blog and it certainly won't be the last.  If talking about something that makes us all uncomfortable can help to save your life, or the life of one of your loved ones, I will not hesitate to bring it up here.       If we keep putting off having these difficult conversations, the CDC estimates that 1 in 36 Latino men and 1 in 106 Latina women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.  Those grim statistics are simply unacceptable during these modern times when information is so easily and quickly disseminated.       The problem is that we still consider it taboo to talk about sex, sexual health and HIV and, unfortunately, this is especially true in the Latino community.  Studies have shown rising HIV infections among youth between the ages of 13-24.  Youth between the ages of 13-24 now account for 26% of all new HIV infections in … [Read more...]

Celebrate Expressions Of Love With Your Children! #SoMuchMore @Johnsonsbaby #Ad

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with JOHNSON’S® Baby and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are 100% mine.     This past weekend was Mother's Day and most moms spent the day being pampered and doted upon by their significant others and their kids.  The truth is that every single day is an opportunity to celebrate motherhood and to share expressions of love from your children.  From the moment that they were babies, I have enjoyed every moment with my sons and know that every touch, hug, and smile that we have shared has nourished all of us emotionally.     As infants, I made sure that I bonded with them through daily rituals that allowed us to spend time together and to make wonderful memories through the power of touch.  One of these routines included bath time every evening which was spent as a family when my husband and I bathed each son before going to sleep.  Studies show that, in the first three years of life, interaction with moms and dads can help to … [Read more...]

My Sons And I Are #Inseparable @CocaCola #DiMe #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Coca-Cola and DiMe Media and all opinions are my own.     When my husband and I got married in 1999, we immediately discussed that we were planning on having children.  We both had so many things in common when it came to parenting and we agreed on all the important issues that arise when two people are raising kids together.  Unfortunately, we were unable to get pregnant right away and, year after year for four years, we were disappointed that it just wasn't happening for us.     Suddenly, in late 2002, we got the news that we had been eagerly awaiting for, we were expecting and I was due to give birth to our child in June of 2003.  During the entire pregnancy, we planned for everything!  Every afternoon, we would both come home with new clothes for the baby which soon began to fill the closet in the nursery.  There was so much planning for the arrival of our new blessing that we were actually painting the nursery in sky blue the … [Read more...]

Vi and Va Helps Latina Girls Embrace Their Heritage! #ViandVa @ViandVa #Giveaway #Ad

    When I was a little girl, I loved playing with dolls.  I can still remember spending hours role-playing with them and using my imagination to act out scenarios and to dress and accessorize them.  This time was magical for me because it was almost like I created my own little world that included my beautiful dolls and myself.  The only problem was that, back then, there were not many dolls who embodied or represented Latinas or Latin culture.     Although I don't have daughters, I teach young Latinas and have been doing so for over fifteen years.  During this time, I have seen how important it is for young girls to have images in the media, and around them, that they can relate to culturally and emotionally.  Vi and Va has recently launched a fashion doll line that is inspired by Latino cultures.  It consists of four main characters who are not just friends, they are also family!  This is an added bonus for me because Latino culture has always revolved around the importance of … [Read more...]

Paid Opportunity: Sign Up Today To Help Inspire Future Products From Colgate! @Colgate #Ad

    I'm very excited this afternoon because I have the opportunity to present all of you you with this amazing opportunity to collaborate with Colgate to help inspire their future products.  If you love to share your thoughts and opinions you are already the perfect candidate for this campaign.  Colgate is looking for some creative women to share ideas with and the best part is that they are going to compensate you for them!     Do you live close to Miami, Houston, LA, or the NY Metro area and come from a Hispanic/Latina background?  If so, you can sign up to join an exclusive, private, 2-month online community where you can share your opinions directly with brand decision makers.  As a mom, I jump at the chance to be able to connect directly with brands to voice my family's needs and preferences which is why I love that Colgate is reaching out to mothers around the country.     Not only will you have the opportunity to impact the brand, but members will also receive a $100 Amazon … [Read more...]

Tips For Child Safety In The Laundry Room! #ArribaYLejos @Tide @GainLatino #Ad

    I have always been a firm believer in teaching children how to be self-sufficient.  Part of imparting that independence unto kids includes modeling how to do certain chores like the laundry for them from an early age.  Along with learning how to wash and dry their own clothes, it's important to show them how to safely and responsibly use and store laundry pods and other cleaning products or detergents.     This year, I started teaching my eleven year old son how to wash his school uniforms since both of my boys attend private school.  Although he is very mature and responsible, his nine year old brother is a little more curious so I have to make sure that they both learned the ins and outs of laundry room safety.  Since my younger son watches his brother all the time, I had concerns about him being with his brother, while he is washing the uniforms, and improperly handling the laundry pacs. Here are my tips for child safety in the laundry room: Even older children need to … [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...]

Encourage Happy And Healthy Development During Bath Time! #SoMuchMore @Johnsonsbaby #Partner

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with JOHNSON'S® and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are 100% mine.     As a new mom, I learned right away the importance of encouraging happy and healthy development during bath time with my babies. It became immediately apparent to me that bath time was an important part of ensuring that my babies had a restful sleep and I quickly established a bedtime routine that we followed religiously every night.     In the evening, my husband and I would bathe our son with JOHNSON'S® baby HEAD-TO-TOE® wash. Not only did we love its scent but we also knew that it was gentle enough for our son's delicate new skin. Smell in general can evoke powerful emotions, and a clean, fresh, after-bath smell appears to be no exception for parents in the US, especially Hispanic parents. Parents around the world spend 10 hours per month on average bathing their babies and 90% of Hispanic parents consider this a special time to bond with their … [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...]

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...]