Set The Tone For The 2016 School Year With Visionworks! #VisionWorks #Ad

    Starting the school year off on the right foot is always a very important part of the month of September for our family.  That includes making sure that the kids have all of the school supplies that they need as well as ensuring physicals are up to date along with new eyeglasses.  This is no easy feat since every single member of our family of four wears glasses and designer eyeglass frames can get pretty expensive.     Our boys both have their own fashion sense and color preferences so they put a lot of thought and time into choosing just the right frames that will express their individual styles.  Visionworks has the largest selection of kids' frames for Back to School with the bold and bright colors that have become all the rage this back to school season.   Here are some of the current trends that they have for kids: Fiery reds: A hue not for the shy, frames with pops of red are perfect for your fiery spirited child, who … [Read more...]

Feed Their Hunger After School! #tysonfoods #jimmydean #saraleedesserts #Ad

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.     Back to School is finally upon us here in New York City and there is a whirlwind of preparations that are taking place in our home to make sure the school year goes off without a hitch.  Believe it or not, meal planning is a huge part of our planning because I teach full-time and my boys come home from school starving every day.  It's not that they don't eat lunch at school but, for some reason, they work up quite an appetite acquiring all that knowledge!     So one of the things that we prepare for in advance is having the perfect snacks and foods that can easily be prepared once our boys get home in the afternoon.  Of course, sticking to our grocery budget is always a consideration but we also want to make sure that we buy foods that our sons really like.  Our youngest can be quite the picky eater so it's important that we take his … [Read more...]

Start The School Year Off Right! #PeanutsInsiders @Snoopy #Giveaway #Ad

    We’re in the thick of back-to-school season, and we have the perfect Peanuts giveaway to add fun and color to school days—in fact, these items are so cute you’ll want to eat them up!     First is the Thermos-brand lunchbox kit featuring a giggly Snoopy and Woodstock, and containing two separate compartments for crushproof lunches. The colorful screen-printed graphics will brighten up your child’s lunchtime, and it features a comfortable, padded carrying handle. The lunchbox is 100% PVA free and well-insulated to keep lunch fresh!     Jealous that your child gets the cute Peanuts lunchtime companion? Then keep the next one for yourself: the Tervis-brand Peanuts 16-ounce wrap tumbler with lid, featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Woodstock. Double-walled insulation helps keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold longer.     The tumbler includes a plastic lid for safe traveling and to help prevent spills when on the go, and is made from … [Read more...]

Protect Yourself While Back To School Shopping! #FraudIQ @Chase @BrittneyCastro #Ad

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CHASE. The opinions and text are all mine.     We are down to the wire here in New York City when it comes to back to school shopping and preparing for school to resume next week.  I'm so grateful for online shopping because it allows me to purchase the majority of the kids' supplies from the convenience of home.  I'll also be shopping in-store this week for some of the items that I was unable to buy online.       Since I had my identity stolen a few years ago, I always worry about being a victim of fraud or having my financial information compromised.  CHASE's Financial Education Partner, Brittney Castro, has some great tips for how you can protect yourself and avoid fraud during busy shopping times like back to school. Some of Brittney Castro's smart shopping tips are: Shop at well-respected and trusted retailers both online and in-store. When shopping online only shop … [Read more...]

Send Your Kids Back To School Healthy! #GoBackHealthy @MinuteClinic #Ad

    Back to school is right around the corner here in New York City.  It's about a little over a week away, to be exact.  This year, my sons are entering fifth and eighth grade so we are fully committed to having both our kids in middle school.  It's so important that they start the school year off on the right foot so we are making sure that they have all of the vaccines that are required for their age.  Some of the back to school vaccines that schools require for kids their age are the Meningitis, Pertussis and HPV vaccines.     The meningitis vaccine protects against meningococcal disease, which is a serious bacterial illness. Many colleges and boarding schools require it to protect students living in dorms. It is recommended that 11–12 year olds be vaccinated with meningococcal conjugate vaccine with a booster dose given at age 16.  Since my older son just turned thirteen in June, he received this vaccine for school before his … [Read more...]

Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

    The countdown is on, I am scheduled to go back into the classroom and end summer vacation on September, 6th.  My boys will be starting school two days later and, since I am starting at a new position as a high school reading teacher, my schedule will be more hectic than ever.       Both of our sons attend an after-school program due to our packed working hours.  We've noticed that they are usually both famished by the time we pick them up and they get home.  The problem is that it's very easy for them to reach into the refrigerator or cabinet and just grab the first thing that they see, whether it is the healthiest option or not.       This year, I have started making a lot of changes to my personal diet and eating healthier.  I've also begun to make subtle changes in our entire family's eating habits and opt for healthier snacking options for all of us.  Included in this new vision are lots of vegetables and … [Read more...]

Kick Off A New School Year With Your Own Teacher Rewards Kit! #TeacherRewardsKit #Ad

    It's hard to believe that it is almost time for back to school here in New York City.  Not only will I be embarking on a new teaching journey as a high school reading teacher, but my boys will be starting fifth and eighth grade.  There are lots of exciting things coming up this year including my son's graduation, searching for the right high school that he will attend, and our younger son's transition into middle school.     As an educator, I cannot stress enough the importance of positive reinforcement when it comes to motivating kids to do their best academically and praising them for a job well done.  Both of our boys are required to complete book reports over the vacation to support their summer reading.  I knew that I would need to make this an enjoyable experience since getting kids to do schoolwork when they are off is like pulling teeth.  That is exactly why I love the Teacher Rewards Kit.  It is full of everything that I … [Read more...]

Schedule And Track The Activities You Care About! @VolunteerSpot #Ad

    The fall is usually the busiest time of the year for me.  Not only do I prepare the kids to go back to school, but I also go back into the classroom every September to welcome a new class.  Aside from those two major milestones, my sons are involved in sports and other extracurricular activities in the afternoon and weekends.  It's all a lot to juggle and coordinate so sometimes I rely on a little help from my husband, family and technology!     Recently I discovered VolunteerSpot and it has made my life a whole lot easier.  So far, it has helped me save time and money by allowing me to create simple one-stop-shop for all scheduling and fundraising needs. The best part is that it is always free and it helps me to keep my stress levels within normal ranges.  I can organize helpers, conferences, potlucks and events without ‘reply-all’ emails, spreadsheets, and paper sign-up sheets that get lost and just add to my daily … [Read more...]

Tips For Having A Healthy School Year! #HealthyHabits #Lysol @KidzVuz #Ad

    The school year is finally in full swing here in New York City and I am excited about how motivated students are to learn.  Another reality when school is back in session is that kids and adults alike sometimes get sick due to the change of seasons.  Unfortunately, I always manage to catch some kind of a cold as soon as I get back into the classroom in the fall.       This year, I've been trying to keep the germs at bay by washing my hands regularly and cleaning the desks and doorknobs in my class.  Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes are designed to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria throughout your home and even in my classroom. Cleaning with soap and water removes dirt, however, disinfecting kills germs on hard surfaces, providing additional protection.  Since my students often sneeze and cough at their desks, this is a great way to stop the spread of colds and infections.     Although I cannot control how germs are contained in my … [Read more...]

Join Us For Our After-School Snacking Adventure! #Snackation @Smuckers @Walmart #Ad

    Recently, I shared with you all how our family headed to Walmart to shop for our after-school snack sampling adventure.  We were inspired by Smucker’s® to come up with some delicious snacks for our boys to take with them to enjoy while they wait for me to pick them up from school after I get out of work.  Of course, their first choice for what types of snacks we could make was anything containing peanut butter and jelly.  In our home, we love Smucker’s® products.     My boys had a great idea and told my husband and I that they wanted us to have a snack sampling adventure right at home where we make a variety of snacks and they taste them to choose their favorite.  During our shopping trip to Walmart, we were able to pick up Smucker’s® jelly and JIF peanut butter and Whips.  We also purchased Uncrustables and Goober spread.  Having such delicious foods made it easy to come up with simple snack ideas that a Working … [Read more...]