Parenting

FAPE Is Not A Privilege, It’s A Right: Special Needs Education 101

FAPE Is Not A Privilege, It’s A Right: Special Needs Education 101

***Disclosure:  I am not an attorney. I cannot provide you with legal advice regarding special needs education or any other matter.  I do take part in some advocacy work as a volunteer and not in an official capacity.  None of the information provided is intended to be used as legal advice and it is not […]

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Parents Rights: Special Education In California

Parents Rights: Special Education In California

The following California Parents Rights were Copied directly from the California Department of Education website, and includes direct links below. If you have a child with Special Needs, most likely you have been given a copy of the Parents’ Rights on numerous occasions.  It’s easy to set them aside on top of the other mountain […]

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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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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

The Better Skin Care Reveal: My 30 Days to Better Skin Challenge

The Better Skin Care Reveal: My 30 Days to Better Skin Challenge

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. That’s me two years ago on a not-terrible skin day.  When I was younger I remember thinking that all older women had beautiful skin.  When I got older, my skin wasn’t beautiful.  In fact, it was worse than it was […]

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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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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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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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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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Entertainment

Celebrity Cancer Survivor Melissa Etheridge Wants Pot Legalized: Interview With Larry King

Celebrity Cancer Survivor Melissa Etheridge Wants Pot Legalized: Interview With Larry King

In her interview with Larry King, Melissa Etheridge says legalizing marijuana will be good for us… What do you think? I’ve known too many Cancer patients in my life and it has certainly affected my own opinions on medicinal use. Melissa and Larry discussed a lot of hot topics during their interview, such as: “Panic” […]

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@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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@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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Nuclear Cowboyz: A New Era in Freestyle Motocross 03/29 & 03/30 in San Jose

Nuclear Cowboyz: A New Era in Freestyle Motocross 03/29 & 03/30 in San Jose

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. Really? Another family […]

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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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Alicia*s Blog

Kaitlyn Dreams Big In Her New Doc McStuffins Costume

Kaitlyn Dreams Big In Her New Doc McStuffins Costume

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. I love all of my children, equally and wholeheartedly! I’m so lucky to have a mother-son bond with four of my amazing kids.  I have the mother-daughter bond with only Kaitlyn.  If you’ve been reading for a while, […]

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The Unrealistic To Do List: Lies We Tell Ourselves On Sundays

The Unrealistic To Do List: Lies We Tell Ourselves On Sundays

Are Sundays the end of the week or the beginning? I suppose it doesn’t matter which way you look at it.  Sundays are the days I try to prepare for the following week and wind down with the family.  Who am I kidding? Sundays are crazy! They are the reigning champion of The Unrealistic To […]

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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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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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My Daughter Is NOT Hungry, She Just Likes To Eat

My Daughter Is NOT Hungry, She Just Likes To Eat

I know I bought a bag of 15 apples but I only see three in the fridge.  That’s strange, but I could just be losing my mind.  Why wouldn’t I be? On the other hand, I’m sure I bought that bag of apples. I mean, I JUST bought them.  Oh, not this again! Yesterday it […]

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Tech

Available 11/9 HP’s Sprout Lets You Create In 3D: Computer Platform Redefines The User Experience

Available 11/9 HP’s Sprout Lets You Create In 3D: Computer Platform Redefines The User Experience

What is Sprout by HP? “We are on the cusp of a transformative era in computing and printing,” said Dion Weisler, Executive Vice President, Printing & Personal Systems.     Seeing is believing! I know some of you are going to want to know all the details, including specs and especially price.  As important as that […]

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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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Get The Best Price On Your Samsung Electronic Devices & Home Theatre System At Best Buy

Get The Best Price On Your Samsung Electronic Devices & Home Theatre System At Best Buy

One of the things I love most about Samsung electronic devices is how their new ecosystem makes everything more interactive.  For example, I can easily and efficiently use my mobile device as a universal remote.  It’s also important for me to know exactly what a store’s return policies are on electronic devices since they tend […]

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