Kohl’s Is The Destination For Mother’s Day Gifts! #DearMom @Kohls #Ad

*This is a sponsored campaign on behalf of Kohl’s. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.       Let's me be honest, I am not a materialistic girl but boy do I love to get gifts for Mother's Day!  There is just something about being lavished with gifts and attention on this special day that tickles my fancy and I always make sure that I let my husband know exactly what items are on my wish list so he doesn't have to go crazy trying to figure out what to get me.     Kohl's is definitely the destination for all of the Mother's Day gifts on my list of must-have items this year.  Not only do they have a wonderful variety but their prices are just right for our family friendly budget.  Although I want Hubby to treat me like a queen, I also want to make sure that he has enough money left over to start saving for my birthday present, but I digress...     This year, since I have lost a lot of weight, I am excited about getting a new wardrobe and accessorizing those outfits … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For On The Go Moms At Best Buy! #GreatestMom @BestBuy #Ad

*The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.      I guess you could say that I am an on-the-go mom.  By day I'm a middle school English Language Arts teacher in New York City and by evening and weekends I'm the mother of two sons ages 8 and 10.  Not to mention the fact that I am also a wife, a blogger, and run a household.  Actually, I don't even know how I found the time to even write this post!     Mother's Day is the one special day a year that I get recognized for all that I do throughout the year for my family.  That is why I always create a wish list for my husband and family to use as a guide when buying gifts to lavish me with.  After all, I'm totally worth it!  My number one gift this year is Sonos Play:3 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music from Best Buy.     A lot of thought went into choosing this speaker as my top gift for Mother's Day this year.  You see, music is a huge … [Read more...]

Celebrate Motherhood With PassionRoses This Mother’s Day! #Giveaway #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of PassionRoses. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating. All opinions are my own.     Being a mother is probably the most rewarding role that any woman will ever have in her entire life.  There is nothing like bringing life into the world and nurturing your children to become productive and loving members of society.  That being said, it's also a lot of work and most mothers don't want any recognition for what we do lovingly all year.  We do, however, look forward to that special day in May when our efforts and sacrifices are recognized.     Mother's Day is the day to celebrate motherhood and to show appreciation for all of the mothers in your life.  There is no better way to recognize all that mothers do for their children and for their families than through the gift of roses.  These beautiful and delicate flowers have come to symbolize much more than just love and are now given … [Read more...]

Cherish A Unique Woman This Mother’s Day! @GemrocJenny #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of GemRoc. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.     My mother has always loved jewelry.  When we were children I remember watching her perusing all of the catalogs right around Mother's Day looking for just the right item to add to the wish list that she would present my father with.  After all, what woman doesn't love getting jewelry as a gift for any special event or holiday?     Now that I am a mother myself, I understand the desire to be romanced and given beautiful presents by my own sweetheart.  He's very lucky to have me for his wife so he should show his appreciation by presenting me with equally beautiful tokens of his love.  One of my favorite places to look for exquisite jewelry is at Gemroc.com.  They cater to the needs of jewelry fans by presenting them with trendy designs and quality craftsmanship at affordable prices.     Gemroc is … [Read more...]

Help Your Baby Get A Good Night’s Sleep! #WalgreensLatino #MiBebe @Walgreens #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Walgreens.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     When I became a mother for the first time, I was really eager to learn everything that I possibly could about taking care of a baby.  As a result, I read as many books as I could and I researched everything from potty training to proper sterilization of baby bottles.     One of my favorite places to shop for baby items has always been Walgreens.  Their Well Beginnings line has just about anything you need for your baby including diapers, wipes, formula and more.  It is the perfect store for stocking up on all of the necessities that make your bebé and your familia more comfortable.     During my infinite quest for "Mommy knowledge" I found out that there were specific things that I could do to help my baby get a good night's sleep.  After all, a happy sleeping baby means a happy new mommy that could get some sleep too.  That is when I devised the … [Read more...]

When Life Gets Tough, I Rise Above It And Get Tougher! #RiseAboveIt #NoTeRindas #Ad

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Pine-Sol® and Latina Bloggers Connect.     When I was 30 years old, two things happened to me that year, I gave birth to my youngest son and I found out I had cancer.  If it is shocking for you to read that, imagine how shocking and bitter-sweet it was for me to go through one of the most joyous events in my life while, at the same time, going through one of the most devastating things that could possibly happen to me.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the luxury of falling apart because I had a three year-old and a newborn that needed me to keep it together.     I remember the weekend after my diagnosis, I lay in bed feeling sorry for myself and wondering why this would happen to me.  After a while, I realized that the answer was "Why not me?"  People go through tragedies and receive bad news regularly so what made me exempt from it?  At that moment I decided that I was going to stay strong and rise above my cancer diagnosis, not … [Read more...]

Win A Café La Llave Gift Basket For Mother’s Day! (4 Winners)

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Café La Llave. All opinions are 100% mine.     I can still remember the rich aroma of coffee waking me from my slumber as a young girl in Spain.  My Grandmother would get up earlier than everyone else in the house and prepare coffee and put out breakfast pastries to help fuel our bodies before we headed out to work and school in the morning.  To this day, the scent and taste of coffee catapults me back to a happy childhood abroad.     This Mother's Day, we want to celebrate all of the mothers who give of themselves tirelessly day after day to make sure their children and families have the very best of everything.  We are offering you the opportunity to win a Café La Llave gift basket full of delicious coffee products and much, much more.  It's just our way of letting all the moms out there know just how much we appreciate them.     We want to hear about your favorite coffee moment with your mom over the years.  While you are … [Read more...]

Brighten The Day Of A Deserving Mom This Mother’s Day! #JohnsonsBabyCares

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Johnson's Baby and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are 100% mine.     I met my good friend Lauren almost seven years ago.  From the moment I met her, she always made it clear that she wanted to have children one day.  From the way that she has interacted from the beginning with my own boys, I knew right away that she would make a great mother.  She is very affectionate and loving towards them and thinks nothing of rolling up her sleeves and sitting on the floor to engage them in any activity.     A few years ago, Lauren gave birth to her daughter Carmela and she proved to me right away that I had been right about her being a great mom all along.  She immediately immersed herself into motherhood and did everything in her power to be the best parent for her daughter.  Shortly thereafter, she gave birth to her son Mateo who completed her life and they couldn't be a happier family.     Unfortunately, she has had to … [Read more...]

Don’t Mess With Momma Bear!

      This past weekend, I have seen a side of Mom Cliques that even I wasn't prepared to accept.  Never, in a million years did I expect that their catty and petty ways would ever be directed at any of my children.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.     As you all know, this past week I was very sick with the flu and pneumonia.  Saturday morning was the first day that I ventured out to my 9 year old son's basketball tournament championship.  It turned out to be a wonderful morning since they took first place and we got to witness a beautiful awards ceremony.     That same afternoon, my son's were invited to the birthday party of another one of the boys on the basketball team.  Since I was still recuperating from being sick, my Father in Law offered to take the boys to the party.  I was very grateful to him and was happy that the boys would have that quality time to spend with their grandfather.     Later on that evening, I was notified by another parent that an incident had taken … [Read more...]

Global Motherhood Unites Mothers Around The World #InspireCare #Latism

These photos represent a few of the many programs supported by Johnson & Johnson and its partner organizations to serve the health and well-being needs of communities and people around the world.   To read more about these programs and others that help us care for those in need, please visit our website:http://www.jnj.com/connect/caring/.     Being a mother is the most important role that I have.  At the end of my life, I want to be remembered for having been a good mother above all of my other accomplishments.  Most of us have had women in our lives who nurtured us and taught us the meaning of "motherhood."  In most Latino homes, grandmothers are not only the matriarchs of the family but also some of the first women who teach us what being a good mother is all about.  My situation is no different.     My paternal grandmother raised me during a time when my mother was incapable of handling the responsibility.  I have always affectionately referred to her as "Tata" and she has … [Read more...]