A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words And Some Cool Prizes! #MasConCricket @MiCricket #Ad

This is a compensated campaign on behalf of Cricket Wireless.  All opinions are 100% mine.     I'm sure that many of you are familiar with the old adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words."  It basically means that one single still image can convey a complex idea.  In laymen's terms, it means that photos can share a lot more detail than mere words.  That is exactly the premise behind the  La Búsqueda del Más giveaway that is currently being hosted by MiCricket.  In this case, every picture you upload as part of their December photo challenge is not only worth a thousand words but could potentially be worth  a lot of prizes!     I first shared this exciting contest with you all a few weeks ago when the photo challenge began.  Now that the promotion is in full swing, I wanted to remind some of you of the many ways that you personally can take part and possibly even win big daily.  After all, every day, you have the opportunity to participate in fun photo tasks that will enter you … [Read more...]

Join Us For the @Coffee_Mate Photo Challenge! #MisDiasConCM #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Coffee Mate. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.     Growing up as a Latina, coffee has played a very important part in our family as part of our breakfast routine and also as an after-dinner treat.  Food and family are an integral part of growing up in a Hispanic household so it stands to reason that many fond memories are attached to meals and foods that we have shared together throughout the years.  In my household, I like to use Coffee Mate in my coffee for two very important reasons, it tastes great and it comes in sugar-free varieties.     When I was pregnant with my youngest son, I suffered from gestational diabetes which increased my chances of developing diabetes later on in life.  As a result, I am very cautious about my sugar consumption and I love products that come in sugar-free varieties and allow me to still enjoy my favorite foods. … [Read more...]

Celebrate The Real Spirit Of The Holidays! #JCPenneyLatino #RealLatinoHolidays @JCpenney #Ad

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and JCPenney.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Thanksgiving has always been a very important holiday in our family.  Although it is a holiday that we adopted here in the United States, it has become a special day for family bonding.  Since I was a child, we would all get together at my grandmother's house and spend time with one another being thankful for all of the blessings that were bestowed upon our family that year.  The food that we shared and the unity that we felt made it one of the most important days of the year and I have carried those feelings into adulthood.     Nowadays, my siblings and I carry on the Thanksgiving traditions that we learned as kids.  Every year, we get together with our own children and we break bread together.  The best part is that we still prepare a lot of the dishes that our grandmother used to make all of those years ago.  One of the recipes that she was most well … [Read more...]

21st Century Education-Con Qué Se Come Eso? @Univision #EsElMomento #Latism

    Many times, when the question arises about what 21st century education looks like and sounds like in today's classrooms, we look at each other with that proverbial quizzical look that we embody in Spanish with the saying, "Con qué se come eso?"  Basically asking, "What does that even mean?"  The truth is that there are so many theories and methodologies about education floating around that it is sometimes hard to keep up with what works and what doesn't.     I have a unique perspective on education in this century due to my over 13 years experience as a New York City public school teacher.  During my tenure, I have had the opportunity to observe firsthand some of the issues with our current educational system as well as celebrate some of its victories.  One particular victory being the recent consensus that has been reached regarding implementing a common core curriculum across the entire United States.     It was a necessary step that had to be taken because there have always … [Read more...]

Celebrate The History Of Latino Americans! @FordEspanol @PBS #LatinosPBS #LatinosFord

This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Ford.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Last week, I shared a very special experience with my two sons who are ages seven and ten.  We sat down as a family and watched the second episode in the PBS series Latino Americans which kicked off our official celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  It was a wonderful opportunity for us to spend quality time as a family and to reflect on the many contributions that Latinos have made over the last 500 years.     This episode focused on the struggles that Latinos encountered during the World War II years and years that followed the war.  Although many Latinos proudly served this country and defended it during the war, they were still discriminated against and had to fight for civil rights during this time.  We also learned about how Latinos from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Cuba came to the United States looking for better opportunities for their … [Read more...]

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month As A Family @FordEspanol @PBS #LatinosPBS #LatinosFord

*This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Ford.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Family is very important in the Latino culture.  We pride ourselves on always being there for one another and passing down our customs and heritage from one generation to the next.  In our home, our sons are blessed to be mixed with Spaniard, Cuban, and Puerto Rican.  My husband and I think it is important for both of them to know about their roots so we work very hard to instill these cultural values in them throughout the whole year but especially during Hispanic Heritage Month.     All of our grandparents migrated to the United States with the hopes of creating better opportunities for their children and for future generations.  My grandparents actually moved to Venezuela from Spain and lived there for many years working and saving money to come to America.  They struggled with very little money and two children but managed to persevere due to the promise … [Read more...]

How Can You Manage Your Child’s Mobile Phone Usage? #SprintLatino #Sponsored

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sprint Latino.  I was compensated to participate in a Sprint Latino research study around Latina Moms and mobile security for their children.  All opinions are 100% mine.     In today's modern technological times, it's hard to keep children from gravitating towards all of the new gadgets that are out there for them to explore.  This is especially true when it comes to smartphone technology and kids wanting to have their own smartphones like their peers.  In our home, we are currently negotiating the guidelines for allowing our ten year old son to have his first cellular phone.  This conversation has come about partly due to necessity and partly due to his wanting to have a phone like some of his friends.     According to a Social Lens Research Study, within the Latino community, the average age that children are given access to mobile phones is 12.  Latina moms cite their top two reasons for getting mobile phones for their … [Read more...]

Authentic Latin Cooking With Real California Cheese! #VivaCADairy

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The California Milk Advisory Board and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are 100% mine.               In the Latino culture, food is a very important part of every family gathering or event.  We take pride in preparing delectable meals that our loved ones can enjoy together and we infuse love and affection into every dish that we serve to our families.  As a result, we include ingredients in our recipes that are fresh and natural whenever we can.  After all, we wouldn't serve our family or friends anything that was any less than that.     My husband is half Cuban and, since becoming a part of his family, I cannot even begin to describe all of the delicious meals that his grandmother has prepared for us to eat during holiday gatherings or special events.  One of my favorite treats that she always makes for me is the Cuban Sandwich.  It is a variation of the traditional American ham and … [Read more...]

Top Picks For Latin Billboard Awards #SeHablaMusica

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Target. All opinions are 100% mine. Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.     We are big Latin music fans in my home.  My husband loves playing Latin music for our boys and showing them all of his favorite dances including Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue.  I normally leave the dancing lessons to him because, while I greatly enjoy listening to music as a family, I've been cursed with two left feet.     This year, we are following the Latin Billboard Awards very closely because some of our favorite artists have been nominated in a variety of categories.  Latin music's hottest event will be broadcasting live from Miami on Thursday, April 25th and it promises to be a star-studded evening featuring top musical nominees and stars.     My husband and I have been debating back and forth about who we think will be taking home the top honors in some of the Latin music categories.  He has his favorites and, of course, I … [Read more...]

Your Cheek Is Hairy, Mom…

    My nine year old son kissed me on the cheek this evening and told me that my cheek was hairy.  Now, don't go getting the wrong idea, he was referring to that peach fuzz that we all have on our faces.  We do all have it, right?  Well, I'm Spanish and it's no secret that we Latinas are blessed with tons of hair.  Yes, even hair on places it's not supposed to be is a blessing.     Anyhow, I commented about what he said on Facebook and an old school friend of mine answered that he will learn soon enough about women.  She is absolutely right, before you know it, he will be noticing everything about the opposite sex and he won't need me to state the obvious about them.  It's funny how children rely on us during these elementary school years to answer their questions and to address their curiosity.     Once they get to be the age of my students in middle school, they couldn't care less what us parents have to say about anything.  At that point, the authorities on everything are their … [Read more...]