The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: ‘When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It’ Pine-Sol® Sweepstakes! #RiseAboveIt #NoTeRindas
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

‘When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It’ Pine-Sol® Sweepstakes! #RiseAboveIt #NoTeRindas

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Pine-Sol®.

We all have adversity in our lives. Some more than others but adversity nonetheless. I have very been lucky in my life. My adversity has been tough but it was never devastating.  There are others who really have had a tough life. Mine has not been that bad.

I grew up in a lower middle class home. My parents weren't rich but they always had enough to give us a home, food and clothing. As immigrants they worked really hard to make a life here in the United States. They showed me and my sister that you can work hard and succeed.

But, when it came time to go off to college, they didn't have enough money to send me to school. It was tough for them so I knew that I would have to work super hard and do for myself. And I did. I graduated from high school and went to work. I started out as a secretary and worked for about 5 years before I realized that I wanted to go to college.

I kept working full time and going to school part-time at night. After a year or so, I had saved up some money and decided to go back to school full-time and work part-time. It was hard but I worked hard and was pulling in some good grades. My grades were good enough to get me into honor classes and raise my GPA. I decided that I would go away to school and started applying to universities in Florida. I was finally accepted into the University of Miami.  Because of my grades, I was able to receive some scholarships and grants. So, I packed my stuff and drove cross country to begin a whole new life. It was tough.

I was in a new city and I didn't know a soul. I found a tiny studio apartment that cost $400 with utilities. And I had a full class schedule. At one point, I was working 3 part time jobs and going to school full-time. I barely had money and had to budget. I ate a lot of Ramen and lived paycheck to paycheck. I won't lie, it was hard. There were months I almost didn't have enough money to cover my bills or buy groceries. When my abuelita would send me a random check, it was like heaven!

But it was all worth it. I was the first in my immediate family to receive a college degree. My education and degree have helped me in my life and career. If I had to do it all over again, I would not hesitate for one second. Life was tough but I rose above it!

That is why I love this new campaign from the makers of Pine-Sol® Products. Pine-Sol® is recognizing and celebrating remarkable women. Partnering with actress Rosie Perez, Pine-Sol® has launched the ‘When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It’ campaign. As part of the campaign, Pine-Sol® awarded a $25,000 donation to Women Empowered, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that connects, educates and supports women of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring them to give back to their communities.

It is fantastic! Anything that empowers women to share and celebrate their triumphs is something I am behind 100%. I triumphed and so can you. And you can share your story by entering the Pine-Sol® sweepstakes* on or If you share your story, you can also win some fantastic prizes:
- Once a week for 12 weeks, Pine-Sol® will award one lucky winner small tokens of appreciation. (Flower bouquet + Pine Sol coupons) ARV: $150 
- Three first prize winners will receive complimentary house cleaning services for a year ARV: $2,400 
- One grand prize winner will be awarded an all-inclusive trip to enjoy a peaceful spa experience at a deluxe hotel. ARV: $5,000
* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C. 18 years and older. Ends 1/31/14 at 11:59 a.m. PT. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds, and prize descriptions, visit Void where prohibited.

Wow, these prizes are fabulous. I, myself, would love the house cleaning services! I would take that over a spa trip any day! So head over to the Pine-Sol® sweepstakes site and share your story of when life got tough and how you rose above it!

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