Parenting

7 Sweet Lies Parents Tell Their Children

7 Sweet Lies Parents Tell Their Children

As parents, we have our children’s best intentions at heart, always.  There are some philosophies that have been passed down from generation to generation, among parents.  We share them with our children in hopes of building their confidence, teaching them to cope with struggles, overcome their fears, and live healthy and productive lives.  We are […]

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Clean Bathrooms Aren’t Too Much To Ask For: I’m Asking

Clean Bathrooms Aren’t Too Much To Ask For: I’m Asking

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Big families are not unusual for Latinos, but I never imagined having a big family. I always assumed I’d have two kids, an immaculate self-cleaning home, and a very fast car! Fast forward to reality, and here I […]

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Teacher Trumps Mom:  A True Story

Teacher Trumps Mom: A True Story

  Teacher trumps mom! I want what’s best for him.  I know what’s best for him! You see that boy sitting in front of all those  other amazing kids? That’s my Antonio, my oldest son, and one of my most important inspirations in life.  I would never lead him down a path of self-destruction.  Or, […]

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Another Party We Weren’t Invited To: Autism Misunderstood

Another Party We Weren’t Invited To: Autism Misunderstood

  We didn’t get invited to the party… I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately.  In retrospect, it’s much easier to understand those defining moments I didn’t recognize while they were happening. So, reflection is an important part of my life.  I use it to learn from my mistakes, keep doing the things I […]

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Are Your Kids Flashing The “Rape Face?”

Are Your Kids Flashing The “Rape Face?”

KSI – Rape Face There are a lot of rape face videos… So what would you do if your ten-year-old flashed some freaky eyes at you and said, “RAPE FACE!”  Um, yea… This is not something he learned at home. Well, not exactly.  He copied it from KSI, on the internet.  KSI, began his career […]

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Autism Is Hardest on Saturdays

Autism Is Hardest on Saturdays

Every Saturday is a fail.  They used to be my favorite days. I looked forward to that one special day I could spend quality time with my kids, not trying to recover from the previous work week or preparing for the next. Saturdays were by far, my happiest days! Autism turned my Saturdays into 12-hour […]

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Complicated Lives

Collect and Cook  with @Lucky: Earn Free Thomas Cookware #LuckyMakeMemories #Sponsored

Collect and Cook with @Lucky: Earn Free Thomas Cookware #LuckyMakeMemories #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of MomCentral for Lucky Supermarkets. I received Thomas Cookware items to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Have you heard about this awesome program yet? You would have heard about it from me a week or two ago, […]

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My Boys Are Feeling Like Manly Men:  Head To Toes

My Boys Are Feeling Like Manly Men: Head To Toes

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Old Spice.  All opinions are 100% mine. Have you heard of the Mandroid? Check him out! Isn’t that hilarious and spot on? Men should smell good.  Old Spice, the manliest men’s grooming brand on the planet, is back to inform guys that when […]

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Easiest Captain America Cake Decoration: Plus TEN $100 Gift Cards Giveaway

Easiest Captain America Cake Decoration: Plus TEN $100 Gift Cards Giveaway

  Of course, I think my kids are superheroes.   I love that they think they are too!  Andres has been asking to see the just released movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Kaitlyn frequently shouts out, “I’m a superhero,” at random times.  My favorite part is when she looks at me and says, “you’re a superhero […]

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Affordable Must-Have Fall Clothes For Kids: Back To School In Style

Affordable Must-Have Fall Clothes For Kids: Back To School In Style

Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.   I scored big last week at my second back-to-school shopping trip. Every little thing is a really big deal at Target! Right before school started, I made my first […]

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The Seasonal Flu Can Be Dangerous to Compromised Immune Systems: Take The Pledge to  Get A Shot. Give a Shot.®

The Seasonal Flu Can Be Dangerous to Compromised Immune Systems: Take The Pledge to Get A Shot. Give a Shot.®

Not long ago, the seasonal flu had me scared for my babies lives! When the triplets were finally able to co-bed in one crib at the NICU, it was a special day.  It was much like a graduation. Sadly, by no means did it make me feel like we were out-of-the-water concerning their delicate health. […]

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Finish® Quantum Dishwasher Detergent: Rollback Savings Plus Coupon

Finish® Quantum Dishwasher Detergent: Rollback Savings Plus Coupon

   I hate to cook. Actually, I love to cook.  I just hate the clean up.  I never imagined I would have such a big family (that eats so much) to cook for.  Making dinner for seven people each day feels like entertaining every night.  Entertaining is fun, but the clean up can be a […]

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Entertainment

@SyncLadies: All-Female Tap Crew Performs LIVE Tonight on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”

@SyncLadies: All-Female Tap Crew Performs LIVE Tonight on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”

The Syncopated Ladies, a.k.a Sync Ladies, the only all-female tap crew to compete and perform live on a national TV competition show. Featuring founder and lead choreographer Chloe Arnold, her sister Maud Arnold, and fellow tap dancers Sarah Reich, Anissa Lee,  Pamela Yasutake and Melissa Tannus   Watch their winning performance from the show’s season premiere: Tribute to Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” Tune in […]

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Beauty Company SF Event 06-24-14: Gilt City Pampering Series

Beauty Company SF Event 06-24-14: Gilt City Pampering Series

This post is sponsored in partnership with Beauty Company and their Affiliates. You’re invited to Beauty Company for the San Francisco           installment of the Gilt City Pampering Series, in partnership with          La Marca Prosecco. You deserve it! RSVP your 6/26/14 session. You’ll sip premium prosecco as you’re […]

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@LaVozKids Winner Revealed Tonight! Join the #LVKBloggers at the #LVKParty

@LaVozKids Winner Revealed Tonight! Join the #LVKBloggers at the #LVKParty

As a selected blogger by Telemundo and Mami Innovative Media, information presented here is from exclusive media participation in #LVKBloggers Day and opinions expressed are our own. THE WINNER OF THE SECOND SEASON OF “THE VOICE KIDS” TELEMUNDO WILL BE REVEALED TONIGHT DURING THE GRAND FINALE – JUNE 8 – 8pm/7c Imagine my excitement when Mami […]

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Maxim Cover: June #MaximHot100 Reveal

Maxim Cover: June #MaximHot100 Reveal

The 2014 REVEAL continues! These stunning ladies are celebrating their first time on the list:Lacey Chabert, Lauren Cohan, Lili Simmons, Lisalla Montenegro, Margot Robbie, Samantha Hoopes, Sarah Dumont, Eva Marie and Taylor Momsen.  Who else do you think will be on the list? Get your copy on 6/3/14! Keep up with MAXIM’s reveal week, visit Maxim.com! Join in on the […]

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I Voted For The Jimenez Family And They Won: Meet #LaFamiliadeHoy

I Voted For The Jimenez Family And They Won: Meet #LaFamiliadeHoy

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my own. As soon as I laid eyes on the Jiménez Family,   I knew I had to pick them to be #LaFamiliadeHoy! I am so excited that they won! I mean, really excited! The other families were lovely, but the […]

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San Francisco Ride The Ducks Giveaway: Four Tickets So The Whole Family Can Enjoy

San Francisco Ride The Ducks Giveaway: Four Tickets So The Whole Family Can Enjoy

This Giveaway in sponsored in partnership with Ride The Ducks, San Francisco. Enter our Ride The Ducks Giveaway! Win Four Tickets & take the whole family! Last year we had a blast and we were quacking up! It’s not everyday you get to Drive into the water! Check it out HERE!  Photo Credit:  Alicia Gonzalez And […]

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Food

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latin Food: Shredded Pork Sopes Secret Recipe

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latin Food: Shredded Pork Sopes Secret Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Did you know that I didn’t learn to speak Spanish until I was an adult? Yep! I’m a Puerto Rican – Italian and spoke English as my first language for most of my life.  I was very frustrated […]

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Collect and Cook  with @Lucky: Earn Free Thomas Cookware #LuckyMakeMemories #Sponsored

Collect and Cook with @Lucky: Earn Free Thomas Cookware #LuckyMakeMemories #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of MomCentral for Lucky Supermarkets. I received Thomas Cookware items to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Have you heard about this awesome program yet? You would have heard about it from me a week or two ago, […]

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Panko Breaded Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe with a Side of Habanero Heat

Panko Breaded Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe with a Side of Habanero Heat

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone In my house, we’d likely go without water before we run out of hot sauce! For friends and family, this is no surprise.  For my readers, you  may notice random pictures of hot sauce in the backgrounds of […]

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Wordless Wednesday:  09/24/14

Wordless Wednesday: 09/24/14

Photo Credit: Alicia Gonzalez

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Easiest Captain America Cake Decoration: Plus TEN $100 Gift Cards Giveaway

Easiest Captain America Cake Decoration: Plus TEN $100 Gift Cards Giveaway

  Of course, I think my kids are superheroes.   I love that they think they are too!  Andres has been asking to see the just released movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Kaitlyn frequently shouts out, “I’m a superhero,” at random times.  My favorite part is when she looks at me and says, “you’re a superhero […]

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After School Snacks Kids Can Make Themselves: Coupon Savings

After School Snacks Kids Can Make Themselves: Coupon Savings

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. My favorite after school snacks are the ones kids can make themselves! Antonio started his first day of High School last Thursday.  My heart breaks a little as I mourn for my (once) little baby. He is growing […]

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Style

My Embarrassing 30 Day Exaltria Skin Care Challenge Before Picture

My Embarrassing 30 Day Exaltria Skin Care Challenge Before Picture

I guess that the only way to hold myself truly accountable on this #30Days2BetterSkin Exaltria skin care challenge I’ve accepted (was absolutely going wild to take) is to share an embarrassing before picture.  I’m a mostly positive person but I haven’t been taking great care of myself lately.  I’m not sleeping well.  I’m not drinking […]

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Affordable Must-Have Fall Clothes For Kids: Back To School In Style

Affordable Must-Have Fall Clothes For Kids: Back To School In Style

Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.   I scored big last week at my second back-to-school shopping trip. Every little thing is a really big deal at Target! Right before school started, I made my first […]

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Maxim Cover: June #MaximHot100 Reveal

Maxim Cover: June #MaximHot100 Reveal

The 2014 REVEAL continues! These stunning ladies are celebrating their first time on the list:Lacey Chabert, Lauren Cohan, Lili Simmons, Lisalla Montenegro, Margot Robbie, Samantha Hoopes, Sarah Dumont, Eva Marie and Taylor Momsen.  Who else do you think will be on the list? Get your copy on 6/3/14! Keep up with MAXIM’s reveal week, visit Maxim.com! Join in on the […]

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Get Ahead of the Trend: #SikkShades by Eddie Bauer Jr.

Get Ahead of the Trend: #SikkShades by Eddie Bauer Jr.

I was provided with two pairs of #SikkShades and 4 Beanies for review, by Eddie Bauer, Jr., at no cost to me. I was not compensated in any other way.   All opinions are my own! Eddie Bauer, Jr. is a trend SETTER! Whether you are a fashion fanatic, a talented Twitter master, or a business […]

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Breastfeeding is Back in Fashion with a Whole New Look by @JunoBlu

Breastfeeding is Back in Fashion with a Whole New Look by @JunoBlu

I’m going to be honest.  This post is mostly a copy/paste from a Press Release.  It’s not a sponsored post.  But – I am really hoping to work out a deal to do a giveaway.  If you would love that too, then share, okay?! I breastfed three babies at the same time, pumped, and supplemented […]

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Bid On a Celebrity “Signed” Bag: @PatriciaNashBag @jenniegarth @GiulianaRancic @ElizabethHurley @IAmCattSadler- Bidding Starts at $100

Bid On a Celebrity “Signed” Bag: @PatriciaNashBag @jenniegarth @GiulianaRancic @ElizabethHurley @IAmCattSadler- Bidding Starts at $100

Breast Cancer Awareness month is October.  That’s NOW!  I love to see Celebrities use their power for good! Patricia Nash, Jennie Garth, Giuliana Rancic, Elizabeth Hurley, Catt Sadler, and more amazing women have come together to support Breast Cancer Awareness.  And – they are fashion-forward women taking us along for an affordable runway look, with […]

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Tech

Cheapest Wireless Plans for College Students: Plus Smartphones Under $100

Cheapest Wireless Plans for College Students: Plus Smartphones Under $100

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Phones4School #CollectiveBias This week has been very challenging.  I think the adjustment has been harder on me than it has been on the kids.  Antonio is excited to be in High School now.  Pedro got to keep his […]

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FAU Signs Licensing Agreement for a Patent that Disables Cellphone Texting Features While Driving

FAU Signs Licensing Agreement for a Patent that Disables Cellphone Texting Features While Driving

The Complete Press Release as Mentioned In:  New Technology Could Soon Put An End to Texting While Driving BOCA RATON, Fla. (July 16, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University and PortNexus have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement to implement a patented idea that will help solve the growing national problem of auto accidents caused by people texting while […]

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New Technology Could Soon Put An End to Texting While Driving

New Technology Could Soon Put An End to Texting While Driving

  Could new technology save lives by putting an end to texting while driving? Antonio will be fifteen years old in just a few short months! I can’t believe that my little BABY is taller than me, heading to High School, and almost ready to drive! I snapped that picture above when I was working on […]

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Walmart Best Plans: Ten Year Old Boy Flips Over His New Smartphone & Unlimited Plan

Walmart Best Plans: Ten Year Old Boy Flips Over His New Smartphone & Unlimited Plan

True Story.  Especially today, I am thankful for #FamilyMobile and #CollectiveBias.  It was impossible for me to tell Pedro that I can’t afford to get him a cell phone with unlimited talk and text.  That’s because I was able to get the Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans from Family Mobile. Pedro is my ten-year-old son. He […]

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24/7 Modern Mom™ 1st Anniversary 24 PRIZE Blogger Giveaway: Graphic Design

24/7 Modern Mom™ 1st Anniversary 24 PRIZE Blogger Giveaway: Graphic Design

This Blogger Giveaway is my way of celebrating, YOU! You, the blogger.  You the reader. You, the one who helped my dream come true! I’ve always been a writer.  I wrote on napkins.  I wrote on my hand.  I even wrote on toilet paper while I… Okay, TMI! I sometimes wrote in journals.  For as […]

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Every Smartphone Deserves Unlimited Plans with No Contract: How Mom Got Extra Kudos From the Teen

Every Smartphone Deserves Unlimited Plans with No Contract: How Mom Got Extra Kudos From the Teen

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. Every Smartphone deserves the joy of No-Contract Unlimited Plans! My teen deserved a Smartphone! This combination made for the best Christmas present, ever! There was no way […]

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