Archives for September 2012

A Bedtime Story and Milk Help Children Sleep Better and $40 Walmart Giveaway #POSITIVISMO

Reading to children can provide a lot of benefits including strengthening the bond between parents and their children.   By now you know that giving your children milk before bedtime may help them sleep better and be more alert and aware the following morning.  There is a new collection of bedtime stories that were developed to encourage kids to drink milk while the story is being read to them. The books provide a fun and engaging way to spend quality time with your children, while helping them to get a good night’s sleep.

My favorite book is El Mal Humor de Benito.  All the books are bilingual and will not only help your child learn to read in multiple languages, but also encourages kids to have a glass of milk before they go to bed.  Benito the Elephant has a bad attitude to the point that a lot of the friends around him don’t want to be around him.    This story encourages children going through a similar situation and has a positive ending.

Download bedtime stories from to read to your children while drinking milk.

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To help you prepare your child for bedtime at home El Maestro is providing one of my readers with a $40 Walmart Giftcard and a FREE hard copy of your child’s favorite bedtime story. Follow the instructions below to win it!

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This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.  This giveaway is open to to US entries only. 18 and up. 

When was the last time you let yourself take the unexpected turn and see what unfolds? #seewhatunfolds

When was the last time you let yourself take the unexpected turn, the road less traveled and see what unfolds? For me as a fulltime employee, mom, wife and entrepreneur I need to make time for myself to explore and be creative.   It’s a pretty hectic day on the day to day basis in the Smith home.  Work, laundry, blog posts, deadlines — Can you relate?

One week in the busyness of it all I took  a walk in the park.   The following day I joined a  Zumbaa dance class to dance all night, release stress and just having a lot of fun with friends. It took me back to my teens and twenties when I danced to the rhythm of dance choreography and  college cheer.   The following day I took the day off to rejuvenate and relax and was swept up in a bit of fun. I grabbed a beach bag, bathing suit and sunglasses and made another  journey!  I enjoyed  a visit to the spa, a swedish massage and lunch — a completely spontaneous week.

While at the spa I enjoyed some Trident Layers gum.  The new Trident Layers flavors include a line up of unique blends including Layers Wild Strawberry + Tangy Citrus, Layers Peach + Mango, and Layers Juicy Berry + Tangy Tangerine.   My favorite is the layers orchard peach ripe mango gum.  It’s been my favorite gum to date.

I normally will chew up a pack of gum in less than a day because the flavor of the gum goes away quickly, but Trident Layers gum is different.  The flavor lasts a long time and has a  natural fruit flavor.  A pack of Trident gum will last at least a week.  The best thing is that its sugar free.

Trident is the spark that ignites a journey connecting you to the positivity you’ve always had inside.  Whenever I have a stick of  Trident gum it takes me back to the day I started to dance again and take a little bit of time for mom.  These days you’ll find me hiding my Trident mango-peach gum from my family and buying an extra pak to share.

Trident chewing gum invites you to “See What Unfolds” when its flavors create a spark that ignites a journey connecting you to the positivity you’ve always had inside.

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and TRIDENT, however, all opinions expressed are my own.


Question:  When was the last time you let yourself take the unexpected turn and see what unfolds?

Meet the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project Finalist

I had the opportunity to attend the Jose Cuervo’s Blank Canvas Event. This event marks the second stage of Jose Cuervo’s Tradicional Mural Project. As part of its mission to support the arts and Latin culture, Jose Cuervo has selected 10 artists from different states to paint an original mural inspired by Latin culture.

Each mural will be exhibited in a public center such as a gallery or museum.  The artist are very passionate about what they do and have inspiring stories.  They will be creating original murals in just 30 days!  I had the opportunity to talk with some of the artists.  I was really drawn to Ricardo Gonzalez Aztec serpeant artwork.  I also love Cuban artist Nereida Garcia Ferraz work.

The winner will be selected by public vote in late October.  Please take the time to visit the the Facebook Page and vote for your favorite artist at  The unveiling will take place in Chicago on November 8.


The Mural Project Finalists
 Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado, Southern California
Fidencio Duran, Northern California
Nancy Saleme & Patricia Cazorla, New York
Carlos Ibarra, Arizona
Diego Rodriguez-Warner, Washington
Adriana M. Garcia, Texas
Frances de la Rosa, Georgia
Adolfo R. Gonzales, Nevada
Nereida Garcia Ferraz, Florida
Ricardo Gonzalez, Illinois

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I received an invite to attend the event.  All opinions are my own.

Question:   Have you seen a mural? What type of art inspires you?  

Hispanic Children’s Author Partners with GOT MILK? & TOMA LECHE to Offer Tools for Restful Sleep at Carson-Gore Reading Event

Great news for California community schools!  The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), the creator of GOT MILK? and TOMA LECHE, is hosting a reading event at various schools in California with Latino Storyteller and Author Antonio Sacre (A Mango in the HandLa Noche Buena – A Christmas Story and The Barking Mouse).

Carson-Gore Reading Event

With kids going back to school, parents need to do everything they can to ensure their kids are performing well in school.  However, as parents we also need to realize that a productive date starts with a good night’s sleep.

Carson-Gore Reading Event

Through the reading events, the author will raise awareness about the importance of proper sleep to ensure children get a good night’s sleep and prevent fatigue and irritability.   Studies show that a warm glass of milk coupled with a bedtime ritual of storytelling can help provide a good night’s rest, while promoting family bonding.

Carson-Gore Reading Event

Remaining Event Dates:*

9/24 – Fresno – McCardle Elementary School
9/25 – Sacramento – Woodbine Elementary
9/26 – San Francisco – Cleveland Elementary School
9/27 – San Diego Logan Elementary School
10/3 – San Clemente – Las Palmas Elementary School

 * Events are not open to the public

The National Sleep Foundation reports that school-aged children up to 12 years need at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep daily.[1]  Yet health experts say distractions from busy life and influences from technology such as computers and video games result in inadequate sleep in children today.

To help parents cope, GOT MILK? & TOMA LECHE have created eight bilingual milk-themed bedtime children’s stories specifically created for the campaign. “The Waves on the Moon,” “Thirsty Carlitos,” “A Day with Pedro” and “Elena the Slurping Monkey,” “Benito the Grumpy Elephant,” “The Lake’s Secret” and “Dante’s Monstrous Monsters” and “White Downpour” will be available for download for free at starting today.

What a great initiative to educate parents and students!

Download a free bilingual book at .  Which bilingual book did you download?  What bedtime story is your favorite?

Tech Tuesday: Twitter Announces Major Design Changes to Showcase Profiles

Twitter announced some major design change to the way Twitter users can showcase their profiles online.  It makes a profile page an integral part of a users presence online.


The new changes allow users to customize profile pages with header photos that will be visable on, iPad, iPhone and Android.  Profile header photos will also appear across mobile and desktop.

Twitter announced some major design change to the way Twitter users can showcase their profiles online.

New Twitter Profile

The best feature change is the background image enhancements which allows Twitter users to control the elements within the background image of the profile and display the most recent six images you shared via Twitter.

Twitter users can switch to the new profile design starting today.  Read the detailed enhancement report HERE.
Question:  Will you switch to the new profile?  How can the new Twitter profile help you promote your brand online?

Hispanic Heritage Month: Latino Bigs and Why We Need a Mentor in Our Life #LatinoBigs

I’m very excited to announce that I’m a Big Brothers Big Sisters Latino Recruitment Ambassador.  Latino Bigs, A Latino Recruitment site will launch on Monday, September 14, 2012!  The site encourages Latinos to mentor Latino youths.  Many of us have influencers in our lives.  As children, teens or adults we have been influenced by positive role models outside of our immediate family who saw something in us that we did not see in ourselves.  Teachers, coaches, neighbors, co-workers, clergy and family friends are all people who serve as mentors in informal ways every day.

I’m very fortunate that I have had many positive role models in my life.   In High School my teachers and advisors always challenged me to do better.  Many of them went out of their way to encourage and motivate me as well. I took on many challenging roles as the result of their guidance and support.

While I was in High School I took English and was active in sports.  My English teacher Mr Nicolof always made his class a lot of fun.  He always allowed us to learn English creatively.  We also learned the story of Macbeth by participating in a play for the classroom.  My English teacher was also the football coach and my soccer coach.  He really pushed me to do better in the classroom and as an athlete. After our games he would go out of his way to give everyone on the team a ride home if they needed it, including me.  I believe the continued support and encouragement of my teacher and coach  made me a better person and provided the environment and opportunity to excel.   It also gave me the self confidence to challenge myself when I went to college and inspiration to become a mentor to others today.

High School Trip to Yosemite National Park - 1986

While in High School our Dean of Activities took a group of young  leaders on a one week trip to Yellowstone Park.  It was a trip of a lifetime for many of us.  During the year he acted as a guidance counselor of our young ASB leadership team.

A couple years ago I had the opportunity to catch up with with Mr. Nicoloff and Mr. Cinaris. They are both very proud of the accomplishments I had made in my life.  Last year I  also surprised Mr. Nicoloff in his English classroom.  He is teaching and making a difference in his student’s lives.  It’s one of the reasons I continue to proudly give back to my alma mater.

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Not everyone has the opportunity to have mentors in school.  That is why I’m so glad a program such as Latino Bigs exists.

Why Latino Bigs are so Important

About 20% of the children Big Brother Big Sister program serves are Hispanic – a number on the rise. Yet, only 9% of Bigs are Latino.  Also, more than 70% of the children ready and waiting to be matched with a mentor are boys, yet only 3 of 10 volunteer inquiries come from men.   Children need a boost in self-esteem and encouragement to believe in themselves that only an adult can give. Guidance and consejos can come in the form of sharing a personal story about the difficulties of algebra.

Join the Chat

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month we will also be hosting a Twitter chat on October 10, 2012  to discuss the importance of mentorship among the Latino community.  Please  join Latina Mom Bloggers and Big Brothers and Big Sisters on Wednesday, OCT 10  from 7- 8:00 pm ET for a Twitter CHAT!

There will be lots of information regarding our Latino ‘littles’ and their need for ‘Big’ volunteers! Lets work together to support our youth, our future. Follow the hashtag #LatinoBigs

If not us, who?  If not now, when?  Volunteer Now.

For more more information about volunteering as a ‘”Big” check out or

This is part of a supported campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.


Question:  Have you ever mentored a child?  Have you considered mentoring a child?

Drinking Milk Makes Bedtime & Life Better! #Positivismo

As a child I had several bedtime rituals to go to sleep.  Brush my teet, brush my hair and jump into my favorite cozy pijamas.  When I had a child of my own I incorporated the same routine and included a warm glass of milk.  Sometimes I add a little chocolate abuelita to it as well to make it a perfect routine for bedtime for my family.

Whenever I feel restless I know just the thing to make me sleep well! A warm glass of  milk.  Drinking milk before going to bed helps my family sleep better.  Sending your kids to bed early with a glass of milk may help them to be more awake and alert the following morning.  Drinking warm milks helps your body rest.

Telemundo and Univision is currently airing the California Milk Board’s TV spot, “Ya es hora de ir a la cama”.  Have you seen it?


If not, please  make sure to tune in every night between 7-9 pm PT to Telemundo and Univision to watch the California Milk Board’s TV spot, “Ya es hora de ir a la cama” which reminds parents and children that it’s time to go to bed!


It’s a great initiative to encourage kids to go to sleep and rest well.  Don’t forget to spread the word!



Don’t forget to follow The Master of the Glass Half Full on Facebook and Twitter.   Visit the “Maestro del Vaso Medio Lleno” website at:

This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Question:  What is your bedtime routine? Do you have a bedtime routine for your children?  

Join Me Today at 4:30pmPST/7:30PST for a #Blogalicious12 Google+ Hangout

Join Me Today at 4:30pmPST for a Google+ Hangout!  The Hangout will be live. It will be saved onto youtube. We are all new to this platform, so keep an open mind and be ready to learn from each other! We would like to conduct the hangout between 7:30-8:30. The format will include Q&A.

Participants will experience at past Blogalicious conferences, what we have learned in the past, how we have used the info to help your blogging, connections that we’ve  made, brands you have worked with, etc. We will do a getting to know you ice breaker activity for the first part of the hangout, then we will get into the questions.



What: #Blogalicious12 Google+ Hangout

When: Tuesday, September 4th at 7:30-8:30 PM EST/4:30-5:30PM PST


Host:  Swarthy Daisy

Hope to see you there!


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