Make Driving Safely A Family Affair! #VamosConCuidado @Allstate #Ad

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for Latina Mom Bloggers on behalf of the Allstate Foundation and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     This June, my oldest is turning eleven years old and I am bracing myself to address some of the changes that will arise due to his being a tween and eventually a teenager.  Believe it or not, he is already asking me about when he will be able to drive and it is definitely a topic that I am apprehensive about because I understand the safety concerns that are involved with teen drivers.     Many years ago, my teenage cousin was driving his parents and sister home from a family gathering when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed.  He and his father died in the accident and his mother and sister spent weeks recovering in the hospital.  Due to this traumatic incident, I have always been afraid of the day that my own sons would finally get … [Read more...]

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...]

Tips For Planning Your Outdoor Memorial Day Party! @DollarTree #Ad

*Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Dollar Tree. However, all opinions expressed are my own.       Around our home, Memorial Day weekend is a special time because it signals the beginning of the Summer.  More importantly, however, it is the day for remembering the men and women who died serving in the Armed Forces for the United States.  My brother and husband both served in the Army and my Sister in Law is currently serving proudly in the Navy and we are very serious about commemorating our fallen soldiers.     Most people like to hold family gatherings and barbeques on Memorial Day because it is a long holiday weekend and many are off from work.  Dollar Tree has everything that you need to plan and host your Memorial day gatherings.  They have a full selection of themed patriotic holiday supplies to put all of your guests into the holiday spirit.  The best part is that everything they offer is just $1!  That price is definitely music to … [Read more...]

Togetherness Defines Today’s Modern Family! #LaFamiliaDeHoy #Ad

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and Latina Bloggers Connect.     Last December, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies revealed the Jiménez family as LA FAMILIA DE HOY™.  This family was chosen to represent the family values of the Hispanic community which included being active, multicultural and keeping up with the modern times.  Juan, Biviana and their three children: Elisa, Diego and Benicio embody all of these qualities and definitely mirror what my family and I consider to be the epitome of the Latino family.     Like the Jiménez family, our family shares a special bond and we find ways to support each other and be there for one another whenever possible.  Sometimes this includes making arrangements to pick up each other's kids from school or sharing the cooking responsibilities during family gatherings and dinners.  Family is very important to us and we make sure that we teach our younger generation about their roots and … [Read more...]

Date Night Preparations To Make Your Evening Special! #PGBestForMe @PGEveryday #Giveaway #Ad

*Disclosure:  This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with SheSpeaks and P&G.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Everyone knows that most parents are so busy with the daily responsibilities of raising a family and maintaining a home that they have very little time for romance.  My husband and I are no different and we are constantly looking for ways to fit some couple time into our already hectic daily schedules.  Now that Spring is here, the warmer weather and sunny days are just beckoning us to get out and enjoy each other's company but there are some preparations that always need to be made before we head out for date night.     P&G can help you find the best products for your special occasion. P&G’s beauty, grooming and home care brands have received hundreds of awards and recognitions from leading magazines, so you know you’ll get the look that works for you, no matter what. Create the perfect look for your special occasion this spring with … [Read more...]

Feel Beautiful Naturally! #AVEENO #Ad

*This sponsored post was written by me in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Aveeno.  All opinions are 100% mine.     Most women grow up and learn their beauty and skin care routines from their mothers and grandmothers.  Within the Hispanic community, this is especially true and, as young girls, we are taught the secrets passed down by generations of women in our family when it comes to grooming and taking care of ourselves.  In many cases, the tips that are passed down include ingredients that can be found in nature that serve to bring out our natural beauty.     I was raised by my Grandmother in Spain until I was eight years old and she has always used natural products to take care of herself on the inside and on the outside.  My grandparents owned a farm and she grew a variety of fruits and vegetables in her garden which we consumed and which she swore had secret beauty benefits.  I remember laughing whenever she would say that eating pears daily made her skin … [Read more...]

Spend Family Time Making A Wind Wheel! #HadaPirata #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Disney Studios.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Spending time with my sons is on the top of my list of priorities.  As a Working Mom, I spend a lot of time away from them due to my career and I like to take advantage of every opportunity to bond with them or to engage in educational activities with them.  We do a lot of fun things when we are together and making arts and crafts is just one of them.     This evening, we are watching Disney’s Pirate Fairy on Blue-ray™ and Digital and watching a familia of hadas or family of fairies working together to bring their loved one, Zarina, back home after she has made the wrong decision and gotten mixed up in some bad company.  Like we say in Spanish, "Dime con quien tú andas y te digo quien eres."*  They encounter some pirates and use some pixie dust on their adventures which ultimately help to bring the fairies together again.     We are so … [Read more...]

Enjoy A Better Pharmacy Experience At Target! @Target #TargetSponsored #Giveaway #Ad

*I participated in a sponsored campaign on behalf of Social Chorus for Target.  All opinions are 100% mine.     As many of you know, I am a six year Leukemia Survivor and I have had to learn very quickly how to advocate for myself when it comes to my medical care and treatment.  Since I depend on life-saving medications for my survival, it is very important that I have a reliable and affordable pharmacy to fill all of my prescriptions.  Aside from that, I also look for great customer service and convenience since I am a busy Working Mom who juggles many roles on a regular basis.     When it comes to having an overall better pharmacy experience, Target offers some great features that I personally look for when choosing a pharmacy.  I have some personal favorites that fit into my lifestyle and make life much easier for me on a daily basis.  I'm not very good at keeping track of my pharmacy rewards.  My husband jokingly refers to the fact that I've cost him millions in lost rewards … [Read more...]

Feather The Nest And Achieve The Goals You Always Wanted! @Feather_Nesters #Ad

*This is a sponsored post with Feather the Nest, however, as always my posts are based on my opinions and experiences.       I can still remember the excitement of leaving the realtors office where we closed on our house in 2004.  It was the first time that we truly understood what it meant to own a home of our very own and to live the American Dream.  Unfortunately, being a homeowner is wonderful but it is very expensive and purchasing your first home is a huge financial responsibility.     It would have been wonderful to be able to have some financial support from friends and family to help ease this financial responsibility.  Feather the Nest is a new company in New York and Miami that allows members to make profiles on their site to raise funds for their first real estate investments.  It's a great way for recent college grads looking to move out on their own or purchase their first home to get a little help.     The way it works is that Feather the Nest requires new … [Read more...]