Shaila Durcal Sets Her Own Path With Her New Album! #ShailaDurcalWMAT @AccesoTotal #Sponsored

    Growing up in Spain afforded me the distinct pleasure of hearing some of the great Spanish singers and see them in concert when I lived over there.  One of the greats that stands out in my mind is legendary singer  Rocío Dúrcal.  Obviously, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree because her daughter, Shaila Dúrcal, also has tremendous singing talent.     Shaila Dúrcal is back on the music scene and has recently completed a very personal album which sets her own path.  The singer-songwriter was inspired to create this album from her stories and experiences.  Her music resonates with a new sound and allows her fans to get more insight into who she is as a person and as an artist.     As Walmart’s Acceso Total Artist of the Month, Shaila Dúrcal is also treating her fans and listeners to a live performance and interview.  Acceso Total talks to Shaila about her famous mother, musical influences and working with her family. Don’t miss her one-on-one interview, exclusive live … [Read more...]

Invest In Latino Education By Supporting Mi Escuelita! #TheStoryOfEmma #cbias #edu #Ad

*This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheStoryOfEmma #CollectiveBias     Ever since I was a little girl in Spain, I was taught that education was the key that would open any door for me in my future.  As early as I can remember, I would walk to school with my grandmother and she would remind me to do well in class that day because education was everything.  She would always keep drilling into me that she never had the opportunity to get an education and that it was one of her greatest regrets.     When I was eight years old, my parents sent for me to come to the United States because they had finally secured jobs and an apartment.  They would now be able to care for and support my siblings and I in this new country.  The prospect of coming here was daunting to me because I did not speak English and I had never traveled out of Spain that I could remember.  As soon as I arrived and began to attend school, I knew … [Read more...]

What Trunk Junk Will You Need This Winter? #InviernoSeguro #Giveaway #TrunkJunk @StateFarm #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with State Farm and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     As we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week, we are also anticipating a Nor'easter here in New York City.  The storm is expected to hit Wednesday evening right into Thursday and we are already receiving warnings that weather conditions will make driving and road travel dangerous and difficult.  I'd like to think that I have the supplies that I need in the car in case of this kind of emergency but one can never be too prepared.     Unfortunately, I've had the first-hand experience of being stuck in my car on the highway during the cold, winter months.  Years ago, we had a car that was handed down to us by my father that would always break down.  Don't get me wrong, we were very thankful to have received a car for free but getting stuck in the middle lane on an expressway with no heat can be extremely scary.  These moments taught us … [Read more...]

When Is The Last Time You Had Your Eyes Checked? #TransitionsLens @Transitions #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Transitions Optical. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     My father has been a diabetic for over twenty years.  I remember when he found out that he had Diabetes and how upset he and my mother were at the diagnosis.  Over time, he learned that he had to watch his diet and take special care of his feet and his eyes.  While anyone can have problems with their vision, Latinos are more likely to suffer from health conditions like Diabetes that can have adverse effects on their eyes and their life.     Unfortunately, Diabetes is hereditary and, since I had gestational Diabetes when I was pregnant with my younger son, I had a greater chance of having it come back after giving birth.  Last year, my doctor alerted me to the fact that the Diabetes had returned and she put me on a medication regimen to control it.  I am always worried about my vision and I make sure that I go for my yearly appointment to the … [Read more...]

Start The Conversation About HIV/AIDS With Friends And Family! #OneConversation @TalkHIV #Ad

    How has HIV or AIDS affected your life?  Unfortunately, chances are that you know someone, or are related to someone, who is HIV positive.  Since there is still a huge stigma around the disease, most people choose not to talk about it.  As a result, they forego having important conversations with their friends and family about how they can protect themselves or what the facts are around how one can contract it.     Our own family has been directly affected by HIV because both my husband and I have cousins who are HIV positive.  I was 13 years old when I found out my older male cousin had HIV.  I can still remember how it was something that was discussed only in whispers and that the entire family went to great lengths to keep a secret from outsiders.  These were just not topics that were openly talked about in the Latino community.     Honestly, I didn't know much about HIV back then and, every time I asked an adult in the family about it, they shushed me and changed the subject. … [Read more...]

Make Your Guests Feel Welcome During The Holidays! #TuiteaDesdeElTrono @CharminLatino #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Charmin and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.      I can't believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  Not only is it one of my favorite holidays, but it is also when I get to enjoy having my family around me since I normally host dinner at our home.  It has always been a special time because every single one of my family members prepares a traditional dish for our meal.  This helps me from having to cook everything on my own and it allows all of our children to sample a variety of traditional Latino dishes.     Normally, our guests only stay for the day in order for all of us to be able to eat together.  However, sometimes when my husband's family comes from out of state, it is necessary to open up our home to them for the night.  During these moments, it is especially important to me to make sure that they feel welcome for the duration of their stay.  After all, it's hard enough being away from … [Read more...]

Oats And Apple Smoothie Recipe #HerenciaLeche @SiempreLeche #Ad

*This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and MilkPEP. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     This week I have started to notice that the leaves are finally starting to change colors here in New York City.  I really love the Fall because the weather gets cooler and it is a busy and exciting time preparing for the upcoming holidays.  Everyone seems to be busy and productive and our home has returned to keeping up with school schedules, extracurricular activities, and sports.     Since Hispanic Heritage Month is also in the Fall, many Latino families like ours also enjoy this time of the year because it allows them to share time-honored traditions with their families and loved ones.  Preparing food together and sharing family recipes is an integral part of our culture.     Many Latino family recipes contain milk as a key ingredient.  Growing up in Spain, I can still recall the delicious cheeses that were served during the afternoon when kids were … [Read more...]

Dreams Can Come True! Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition #Giveaway #SleepingBeautyPromo #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Disney Studios. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Ever since my boys were little, I have encouraged them to always dream big and reach for the stars.  During my childhood, I was very lucky that I had my mother and grandmother to remind me to set goals and to work hard to accomplish those goals.  As a mother, I have always wanted to provide my sons with this same kind of inspiration that I received and motivate them to never be afraid to keep their eyes on the prize.     Currently, my sons are very adamant about what their future dreams are.  My eleven-year old wants to be a professional basketball player and he keeps reminding me that he is going to take good care of me when he grows up.  On the other hand, my eight-year old has an angelic voice and has decided that he is going to be a professional singer and a superhero.     As you can see from his vision board, he is pretty set on becoming … [Read more...]

Celebrate With @ChefMerito This Hispanic Heritage Month! #ChefMerito #Giveaway #Ad

    Cooking is the way to many people's hearts and this is especially true in Hispanic culture.  Huddling up around the kitchen for family holidays is a common sight in Latino families.  In our family, we like to all contribute a dish when we get together.  I've always loved this because it has allowed me to focus on spending time with my loved ones instead of slaving in the kitchen the whole time.  Plus, since everyone in our family has a signature dish that they are really good at preparing, we all have the opportunity to sample a little bit of everything.     As we approach Hispanic Heritage Month, it's important to celebrate the Hispanic foods and products that are staples in our homes and that have accompanied these family traditions for years.  Chef Merito is a family-owned business that feature a full line of special seasonings, spices and herbs. The products combine only the freshest and highest quality spices and are dedicated to enhance authentic Latin American, Mexican, and … [Read more...]

Transport Yourself To A Relaxing Place! #TuiteaDesdeElTrono @CharminLatino #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Charmin and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     I consider the bathroom one of the most important rooms in our home.  Not only do we all spend a lot of time in there, but it is probably the only place where I can manage to get a few minutes to myself once in a while.  Lately, I have been feeling like it needed a few extra touches to make it a more relaxing place.  I decided that it would definitely benefit from a Chamomile Makeover!     When I found out that America's most popular toilet paper for more than 25 years was launching new Charmin plus the scent of Chamomile I knew that this was exactly what I was looking for to make my bathroom experience a little more special!     For those of you who are unfamiliar with the benefits of scented tissue, the way it works is that ach roll has the scent of chamomile added to the tube.  It smells so good that you experience a soothing moment that tantalizes all … [Read more...]