How Valentine’s Day Changed My Life…

    This Valentine's Day will make eighteen years since I met my husband for the first time.  I can still remember that day like it was yesterday... He was stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina at the time and we met in a chat room online.  Neither one of us had ever done that before but we really seemed to connect and had so many things in common.  That weekend, he had called me to tell me that he would be unable to take leave and drive up to New York with his roommate because he had been assigned guard duty.     Of course, I was extremely disappointed that I would not be able to see him but I resigned myself to the fact and just tried to keep busy.  Sometime in the evening, I received a call from Ben telling me that his roommate would be stopping off at my house on his way to Jersey to drop off my Valentine's Day present.  I could hear a lot of noise in the background during the call and he assured me that they were just running drills … [Read more...]

My Heart Belongs To You This Valentine’s Day! #MyHeartBelongsToYou #Giveaway

    Valentine's Day is a week away and many sweethearts are scrambling, at the last minute, to buy the perfect gift for their true love.  I am definitely one of them because I am desperately trying to get my husband something that he will never forget this year.  He is a great spouse and a wonderful father and I want to demonstrate to him just how much I love him.  It's a little easier to buy gifts for us ladies.  After all, what woman doesn't love diamonds or jewelry?     This lovely Topaz Heart Pendant from Super Jeweler is waiting to be won by someone who will love it. The pendant is made with 10k white gold. The blue topaz and diamond pendant have a total gem weight of 1/2 ct. Diamond content is .005 ct in I/J color and 12 clarity. It comes attached on a complementary 18" chain. The chain is delicately made and goes well with almost any outfit.Let's Discuss:  What types of gifts have you received for Valentine's Day throughout your life? GIVEAWAY: One lucky person is going … [Read more...]

Woo Your Sweetheart This Valentine’s Day! @PromoCodesSave #Ad

*I participated in this compensated campaign on behalf of PromotionalCodes.com. I received a promotional item to facilitate this post and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.      Every year I have the same problem during the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day.  Not only is it hard for me to find the perfect gift for my husband, but it is also difficult to try to stay on a budget when it comes to buying something for one's sweetheart.  After all, I would like to say that I have an unlimited supply of funds to buy him anything that he wants but the reality is that I do have to stay within a certain price range.    This is exactly why I love using PromotionalCodes.com to help me save money on every purchase that I make online.  They make it so easy to take advantage of literally thousands of coupons from some of your favorite retail stores.  When you use their coupons, you can save 10%, 20% and even 60% or more off purchases and cash in on free … [Read more...]

The Joy Of Experiencing Love, Sleep, Or Play #pampersamorsueñosjuegos #Ad

*This sponsored post was written by me on behalf of Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine.    Ten years ago, when I became a new mother, I had no idea the kind of joy that watching my baby would bring me every single day.  There were many things that I had to learn since this was my first baby and I paid very close attention to him and learned what his needs were.  Unfortunately, my son had very bad Colic as an infant so it sometimes became increasingly difficult to put him to sleep and to feed him because of the discomfort that it caused him.    In order to make his bedtime more comfortable for him, I decided to implement a ritual that I adhered to every evening.  I figured if he had some consistency and if I did some special things with him, he would feel soothed enough to be able to sleep despite his Colic.  So every night I bathed him, massaged his whole body with baby lotion before putting on his pamper, and I played classical music.  For some … [Read more...]

My Valentine’s Day Playlist! #Troop8x #HTC8X

      Valentine's Day is an extremely romantic time for my husband and I because we met on Valentine's day weekend 15 years ago.  He was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina at the time and he surprised me by showing up on my parents' doorstep unexpectedly with roses.     Unfortunately, social media and technology was not as advanced back then as it is now so I don't have photos and posts to remember those first blissful moments.  However, one thing that is timeless and has always been around is music.  There are many songs that my husband and I have shared over the years that have become part of our Valentine's Day playlist.     As we near the 15th anniversary of the day we met on February 12th, I would like to share this playlist with all of you to bring a little romance into your life that you can share with that special someone.  So, without further ado, here is the Tough Cookie Mommy Valentine's Day Playlist:        As you can … [Read more...]

Puppy Love (Wordless/Wordy Wednesday)

Even though one steals the other one's socks you can tell that these two really love each other.  This is my husband and my puppy, Onyx caught taking a nap together. Please link up only your Wordless/Wordy/Wordful Wednesday posts. All other links will be removed! … [Read more...]