NYC Welcomes Billboard En Concierto Series! #Net10Latino

    I can barely contain my excitement!  For the fourth year in a row, Billboard is presenting its Billboard en Concierto concert series as part of a whirlwind, seven city, invitation only music event that kicks off April 2nd.  The series will feature live performances by Latin superstar Tito El Bambino and chart-topping sensations 3BallMTY.     Net 10 Wireless Latino is making it possible for me to attend the Tito El Bambino concert on April 10th at the Best Buy Theater in New York City!  As one of the proud sponsors of the Billboard en Concierto Series they believe that nothing should stand in the way of people connecting to each other.  This includes not limiting your wireless coverage and not providing you with outdated phones or restricting contracts.     As the proud parents of a soon-to-be ten year old who is chomping at the bit to get a cell phone, my husband and I appreciate having the option to purchase a phone and a calling plan that will allow us to stay connected with … [Read more...]

Cancer Made Me 2X Stronger! #AngelSoft Giveaway

    On July 17, 2007 I received some shocking news that forever changed my life.  I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, or CML as it is more commonly known as.  The only thing that I could compare receiving such news to is being hit on the side of the head with a sledgehammer.  As the doctor was speaking to me and explaining my options, all I could think about were my two sons, then ages 1 and 4.  Would I be able to see them graduate from high school or dance with them on their wedding days?     The next couple of days I walked around in a fog.  As I looked around at other people, I wondered if they knew that I was sick and I resented them for being healthy.  It was definitely a dark time in my life as I pondered over what was going to happen to me.  The following weekend, I remember laying in my bed and just crying non-stop because I couldn't believe that this was happening to me at such a young age.  I stayed in bed all day feeling sorry for myself until a voice from deep … [Read more...]

M&M’S “I M“ Campaign Celebrates The Uniqueness Of Latinos! @mmsbrown

      As a Latino family, we take pride in participating in any event that celebrates the diversity and uniqueness of Latinos all over the world.  We want to instill a sense of culture and community in our children and we want them to connect to their heritage and roots.     This past Summer, M&M’S launched the “I M“ Campaign which was designed to celebrate and recognize the uniqueness of Latino consumers.  Part of this campaign included introducing new M&M’S Spokescharacters such as Señorita Brown, Red and Yellow.  They have been sharing their unique personalities online and in commercials.     To celebrate how unique and proud our Latino family is, we designed our own individual "I M" T-shirts that showcase the characteristics that make us who we are. As you can see, my "I M" T-shirt defines me as a "maestra" or teacher.       Our older son chose to share his love of basketball with his "I M Deportista" or athlete T-shirt.  Lastly, our little guy's T-shirt … [Read more...]

Use Those Holiday Leftovers To Prepare Cultural Masterpieces! #HormelFamily

    We are very fortunate to live in a country that is a melting pot for people of all different cultures and backgrounds. Most of us join our family and friends during the holidays to celebrate and to engage in those traditional customs that we have known and loved for many generations. It is very important to celebrate our differences and to share our unique histories with one another, especially during these precious moments.     Food has always been a uniting factor when it comes to holiday celebrations. We love to prepare culturally inspired dishes that please our palates as well as showcase the recipes and themes that are familiar to us and have been a staple at family meals for years. Unfortunately, we often prepare well over what we need for these meals and we end up with mountains of leftovers after the holidays.     Fortunately, Hormel Foods has some great ideas regarding how you can add a cultural twist to those holiday leftovers that are still in your … [Read more...]

Warm Up This Holiday Season With Abuelita Hot Chocolate!

    The holidays are a great time to share traditions with families, friends, and other loved ones.  One of our favorite holiday traditions is curling up together and watching movies while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate.  From as far back as I can remember, my grandmother in Spain used to prepare hot chocolate for me and it always made me feel warm and happy.  I'm enjoying passing that family tradition down to my sons and, since they both love chocolate, they really enjoy it.     As you can see from the photos, they had a great time preparing their mugs of Abuelita hot chocolate.  They were literally slurping from and licking the spoons that they used to mix the hot chocolate.  Considering how cold it has gotten in New York City the last couple of days, it was the perfect treat to warm them up and the perfect opportunity to create lasting holiday memories together.     Abuelita comes in two varieties, Abuelita Granulado and Abuelita Instant.  Both pack a delicious punch, … [Read more...]

Uncap Their Future-College Scholarships For Latino Students! #DestapaSuFuturo

    It is extremely difficult, as an educator, to see students not reaching their full academic potential due to a lack of finances.  Unfortunately, this is the case for many Latino students who forego attending college due to the financial burden that it will place on their families.  It is simply heartbreaking to see young and talented Latinos deferring their dreams and goals due to financial limitations.     From as far back as I could remember, I knew that I wanted to go to college to become a teacher.  In Latin culture, family is very important and children often spend a lot of quality time with extended family members such as cousins and aunts and uncles.  In my family, I spent a lot of time with my Aunt Maria.  She was a Special Education teacher for many years and would take me to her school to visit her classroom whenever I had a day off from school.     As a result, I got to see how much of an impact a teacher has on the lives of her students.  It made me realize that this … [Read more...]

Parenting From A Dad’s Point Of View! #HuggiesLatino

    Most mothers have absolutely no problem articulating what some of the challenges of being a parent are.  They will brag about their beautiful children and sing their praises but they will also tell you that parenting can be stressful and messy at times too.     Now dads, on the other hand, also have their own point of view on the joys of parenthood but we rarely get to hear their take on being a parent or how they cope with the difficulties involved in raising children.     Now my husband always has an opinion on everything and is the best father I know so, who better to interview to get the dads point of view on parenting?  After much coaxing, he finally agreed to answer some of my questions and I am very excited to share his responses with all of you here:   -What are your tips for new dads? "Never lose patience.  There will always be an accident, a mess, something you don't know yet and you will learn everything you need to know as you go.  Parenting will get … [Read more...]

Make Your Voice Be Heard This Election! #WeDecide

    I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher.  From as far back as I could remember, my family taught me the importance of getting a good education.  They shared with me details about the various doors that would be opened to me by having a good education.  I vowed then and there that, not only would I always strive to further my own education but that I would also do everything in my power to make education accessible to others.     Unfortunately, education has been denied historically to groups of people for a variety of reasons including religion, race, cultural background, and even socioeconomic status.  Although we have made much progress in this area, there is still a significant difference in the numbers of minority students who are graduating from High School in comparison to other ethnic groups.  As a matter of fact, 41% of Latino students and 23% of African American students DO NOT graduate from High School.*     There are many reasons for this such as the fact … [Read more...]

Choose Skin Health With Neutrogena®! #ChooseSkinHealth

      Although most of us have been touched in our families by a cancer diagnosis at one point or another, it is still devastating to find out that a loved one is ill.  This is exactly how we felt a few years ago when we found out that the mother of my son's godmother was diagnosed with Skin Cancer.     Finding out about her condition was especially shocking because this woman is especially health conscious and works very hard to take care of her body.  She told me that, as a woman of color, she never really worried about protecting her skin from the sun and was shocked to find out that the mark on her leg was actually malignant.     She recovered from this brush with cancer, however, it certainly made me more aware of the importance of wearing sunblock and shielding my skin from the sun's harmful rays.  Additionally, it made me become more proactive in protecting my children from the sun as well, especially during the warm summer months when we spend a lot of time outdoors.   … [Read more...]

Nestlé Abuelita Hot Chocolate Review and Prize Pack Giveaway

        One of my fondest memories of growing up in Spain are the precious moments that I spent with my Grandmother enjoying "La merienda" with her and talking to her about my day in school.  The term "merienda" refers to a widely popular Latino custom.  It involves taking a break in the afternoon and having a snack in between lunch and dinner.  This is normally a bonding time where families enjoy a light meal as well as each other's company.     The hours between lunch and dinner can seem like a really long time when your stomach is growling.  La merienda definitely provides all of us with a solution to the problem of that afternoon craving.  One way to spend this time is to enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate along with some sweet pastries and share them with a close friend or family member.  It is wonderful to take a break and just "escape" for a few minutes.     Nestlé's Abuelita Hot Chocolate is a perfect "merienda" snack because it comes in convenient, single-serve … [Read more...]