Are Your Kids Getting Enough Physical Education? #ProtectPE @Voices4HK #Ad

*This post reflects a compensated editorial partnership with Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.     There are many factors that influence how children perform academically but I bet many of you did not know that students who receive physical education, or PE, do better when it comes to behavior, academic achievement, and emotional health.  It's important for kids have frequent opportunities to engage in physical activity on a daily basis.  Unfortunately, only 4% of elementary schools, 8% of middle schools, and 2% of high schools provide daily PE or its equivalent for the entire school year.     Racial inequalities and socio-economic challenges leave many schools without resources for PE, but kids shouldn’t have to miss out on the benefits of PE because of where they live or because their schools lack financial resources.  A good PE program is a crucial part of … [Read more...]

Fuel Their Dreams Of Being Part Of Team USA! #LetsPowerTheirDreams #Ad

    This is a very exciting time of the year for my family and I.  Ever since I was a kid, my siblings and I would post up in front of the television every four years to watch the Olympics.  Sports have always been an important part of our family life, everything from basketball and tennis to American football and soccer.  Since my father is from Spain and I was raised there until the age of eight, we love watching soccer and my boys love playing with their grandpa.     Thankfully, my son has had a very rewarding athletic journey.  He seems to excel at all sports with basketball and soccer being his favorites.  The relationships that he has forged with his teammates have been wonderful and playing sports has also contributed to raising his confidence and self-esteem.  We are extremely proud of him and hope that sports continue to be a big part of his life well into adulthood.  Soccer has especially been great for getting in touch … [Read more...]

Bring Your Kids To A NY Liberty Game! #ShowUp @NYLiberty @KidzVuz #Ad

    Last week my family had the pleasure of going to see a NY Liberty game at Madison Square Garden.  Although we are native New Yorkers, we don't often get to go cheer on our home teams due to our everyday work and school schedules.  Thankfully, the summertime is the perfect time to share these activities together.       My husband, father in law and son all decided that they would go see the game together since they are all huge basketball fans.  It was so sweet to see three generations of the men in this family heading out to watch the NY Liberty do their thing.  The Liberty have qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in 13 of its 19 years.  This is a fact that my son won't let me forget.     Led by Head Coach Bill Laimbeer, the Liberty are determined to improve on last year’s performance with top WNBA talent like Tina Charles, Epiphanny Prince and Essence Carson, veterans like Swin Cash and Tanisha Wright, as well as new … [Read more...]

Make Your Husband’s Man Cave Dream Come True! #ManCave @BestBuy #Ad

    I can't even begin to explain to you guys how often my husband has told me his elaborate plans for building a man cave in our next house.  We are hoping to purchase a second home in the next couple of years and he has this dream of creating the ultimate "Guy Experience," whatever that means.  He doesn't realize that I'm all for this idea because it would mean that I finally get to hold the television remote for a change and watch what I want to watch.     The definition of a man cave is a refuge where a guy can escape to, unwind, watch sports—his space, his rules, and where he has complete control. Technology is generally a big part of any respectable man cave, so to brag about what’s possible, Best Buy took a dilapidated, old basement and transformed it into something a little more “manly.”     Here’s some additional inspiration of six man cave ideas to help you get some brownie points with the man in your life: 6 Tech Ideas for the … [Read more...]

Learn How My Family Keeps Up With Its Busy Schedule! #ThisIsWholesome @HoneyMaidSnacks #Paid

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Being Latino and Honey Maid.     This family is constantly on-the-go.  If we are not rushing to get out the door every morning to get to work or school, we are driving to another state with my son's traveling basketball team.  Although it's not easy keeping up will all of our activities at times, we enjoy staying active and we love spending time together as we do them.     Through the years, I have picked up some tips that have allowed me to manage our time more efficiently to allow us to maximize on our schedule so that we could have enough time to do all the things that we love regularly.  Before I share those tips with all of you, let me give you an idea of what our schedule is like on a weekly basis...     Both of our sons play basketball.  Our older son is on his school's Junior Varsity basketball team and plays on a competitive traveling team as well.  Normally he has 1 to 2 games per week on weekday afternoons along with team … [Read more...]

Add Another Layer Of Confidence To Your Performance! @ACE_Brand #ACEBrand #Sponsored

*This is a sponsored campaign on behalf of ACE™ Brand. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.     Ever since I have known my husband, he has always been very active and involved in sports.  He enjoys playing football and handball and can often be seen tossing a ball around with our sons, either in front of the house or at our local park.  Unfortunately, as he is getting older, he is noticing that old injuries from when he was in the military are affecting his performance when it comes to sports and physical activity.  This is especially true with his right knee that regularly gives him pain and discomfort.     He usually wears an ACE™ Brand Bandage when he knows that he is going to be using that injured knee a lot, but he always complains about the pesky metal clips that keeps it fastened.  Also, he is constantly adjusting it to make sure that he gets the support needed.  When I told him that the NEW ACE™ Brand Elastic Bandage features the improved ACE™ Brand Clip and stays … [Read more...]

Celebrate Fútbol Fever With @Orgullosa! #MyHouseIsMyStadium #Ad

*This is part of a product review campaign with Orgullosa; complimentary products were provided. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Anyone who has visited my household recently knows that we have been rooting for our favorite soccer teams as they all battle to be number one in the world.  Sadly, our two top teams are now out of the competition but that hasn't stopped us from enjoying the remaining games and taking advantage of spending some quality time together as a family.     This year, Orgullosa is rewarding diehard soccer fans with an awesome giveaway where you all have a chance to win some huge prizes!  By uploading a photo that demonstrates the passion and pride that you have for your favorite teams and colors, you will be eligible to win a TV, XBOX1, sound system and lots of P&G products!     Some of my favorite memories of watching soccer with my family when I was a kid in Spain are of sitting around the living room with my parents and grandparents … [Read more...]

Every Moment Matters! #CatchItAll @BestBuy @BestBuyWolf #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of Best Buy and have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.     You can probably tell from a lot of the photos that I post on social media that we are big basketball fans in this family.  Not only do both of our sons play basketball, but all of my men watch it on television as well.  It goes without saying that NCAA March Madness is a very exciting time in our home and we don't want to miss a thing!     We use multiple screens to stay connected to our favorite teams but my personal favorite is my cell phone.  After all, what better way to keep up with all of the excitement of basketball during this season, even when we are on-the-go.  With our busy schedules, it is nice to know that we don't have to miss a single play thanks to our mobile devices.     Best Buy helps keep you connected to the excitement with the devices and connectivity that make it … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kids To Go For The Gold! #NetflixKids #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Netflix.  As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.     This winter, my family and I have been enjoying watching the Olympic Games at Sochi.  It has been very exciting to see my two boys observing the competition and supporting their favorite athletes.  These moments have opened the door to initiate important conversations with them about such topics as inspiration, teamwork and good sportsmanship.     Since both of our sons play basketball and other sports competitively, we are aware of the positive lessons that children learn through participating in organized sports.  Additionally, we appreciate the positive impact that playing sports has on their self-esteem and confidence. Here are some of the conversation starters that my husband and I used to elicit family discussions with our boys while watching the olympic action: What are some of the character traits that … [Read more...]

Celebrate The Athletes Of Team USA! #ItsOurTime @ATT $200 GC #Giveaway #Sochi2014 #Ad

*I participated in this compensated campaign on behalf of AT&T. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.     When I was younger, my brother and I would always watch the Olympics together.  It was a time for us to spend quality time together and the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate our pride in being Americans by cheering on the athletes who represented us in Team USA.  Now that we are both adults and have our own children, we are seizing the opportunity to instill this same pride in our own boys.     Many people don't realize the tremendous sacrifices that the athletes of Team USA have made in order to compete in the Olympic games at Sochi.  Not only is it an enormous expense, but they also give up personal time with friends and family in order to practice tirelessly day after day in order to be able to compete at the top of their game.  Young Olympians lose out on going to the mall … [Read more...]