How Valentine’s Day Changed My Life…

    This Valentine's Day will make eighteen years since I met my husband for the first time.  I can still remember that day like it was yesterday... He was stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina at the time and we met in a chat room online.  Neither one of us had ever done that before but we really seemed to connect and had so many things in common.  That weekend, he had called me to tell me that he would be unable to take leave and drive up to New York with his roommate because he had been assigned guard duty.     Of course, I was extremely disappointed that I would not be able to see him but I resigned myself to the fact and just tried to keep busy.  Sometime in the evening, I received a call from Ben telling me that his roommate would be stopping off at my house on his way to Jersey to drop off my Valentine's Day present.  I could hear a lot of noise in the background during the call and he assured me that they were just running drills … [Read more...]

Ring In The New Year With Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Tonight is New Year's Eve and, since we are nearing the end of holiday vacation, we know it's not long before the first "I'M BORED" will escape our kids' lips. That's why, this past week, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television started treating families to 13 hours of adventure, suspense and limitless imagination with the all-new series DreamWorks Trollhunters.       Millions of kids are out of school and the threat of boredom looms but Netflix is helping us parents keep the whole clan excited with 250+ inspiring moments from the epic saga, DreamWorks Trollhunters. And parents, apparently this show is not only for kids, you're just as likely to get hooked.     For those of you who are visiting family this weekend, great news!  Just in time for long holiday trips, Netflix recently announced that members can now download many of their favorite series and movies at no extra cost.  To start downloading today, make sure your Netflix … [Read more...]

Build New Worlds With Minecraft! @Minecraft @BestBuy #Ad

    If you have kids, you have already been bombarded with holiday wish lists this year.  Every list that I have seen has included Minecraft, including the lists of my own two sons.  They love building and exploring exciting new worlds and my husband and I love that Best Buy has an assortment of Minecraft games and collectibles.       Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures.  If allows players to explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles.  The games are very family-friendly and great for kids. The toys and collectibles make great gifts for anyone already into the game.      Players in Creative Mode with unlimited resources or mine deep in Survival Mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off dangerous mobs.  They can do all this alone or with friends.  Best Buy carries a large assortment the assortment of … [Read more...]

Snowman Earrings

    I am way behind this year on Christmas shopping.  Normally, I would have already finished buying all presents by mid November.  I'm trying cut down on my spending budget and making sure I give some personalized gifts that will show my loved ones just how much they mean to me.  My godmother loves to wear themed costume jewelry so I thought it would be a great idea if I made her some earrings.       Since it is winter and she has been rocking her winter accessories, I came up with a plan to make her some snowman earrings using supplies that I could purchase right at our local art supply store.  You'd be surprised how many great gifts you could make with just a few items that you could buy locally and are pretty inexpensive. Snowman Earrings Materials Needed: Tools (small wire cutter, round nose pliers, and chain nose pliers) 22mm Fishhook earwire 3″ Head pins Glass snowman beads Tiny silver … [Read more...]

Watch Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas in Homestead” Thanksgiving Day! #CountdowntoChristmas #Ad

    The holidays are my favorite time of the year because they allow me to focus on the people who really matter in my life.  As a Working Mom, I spend a lot of time juggling my many responsibilities including being a mom, a full-time educator, a wife, a professional blogger, and much more.       I like to prioritize my time during this season to redirect my attention to where it truly belongs, which is on my husband and my sons.  They are the center of my world and I cherish every opportunity to spend quality time with them.     Hallmark Channel is my family's prime destination for all things holiday related! This season, we look forward to original movie releases such as A Wish For Christmas, Christmas Cookies, My Christmas Dream and much more! This Thanksgiving Day we will be tuning in to watch "Christmas in Homestead" at 8pm/7c!     The movie stars Taylor Cole and Michael Rady.  One of the most famous actresses in … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Sombrero Cookies Recipe

    Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and, for those of you who don't know the history behind this day, it commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  I actually know facts like these from the years that I taught middle school Social Studies and planned multicultural lessons for my students.     The Battle of Puebla is significant because it is the classic story of the underdog defying all the odds to come out ahead.  In this case, Mexicans were greatly outnumbered by the French who had not been defeated for almost 50 years.  It's a wonderful story that I love telling to my Mexican students to instill pride in their heritage.  This year, I thought I would also create some delicious treats to give out to my students as we discuss the day's historical significance. Cinco de Mayo Sombrero Cookies Recipe Ingredients: 12 Pillsbury Ready To Bake Sugar Cookies (or can use store bought) … [Read more...]

Cheap Valentine’s Day Ideas

    Let's face it, while most of us really enjoy celebrating Valentine's Day with our sweethearts, it can sometimes turn out to be a pretty expensive holiday.  The problem is that it lands less than three months after Christmas so many are still recovering from all the money they spent in December buying presents.  It's important to remember, however, that making time to show your partner how you feel about them and enjoying some romance together is a necessary part of having a good relationship.  The good news is that you can show your honey how much you love him or her without spending a lot of money. Make a love coupon book Love coupons are a great way to surprise your special someone on Valentine's Day.  You can create or print ones that are filled out already and also include blank ones that your partner can fill out with whatever task they want you to complete.  Some of the tasks that you can include on the coupons are enjoying a home cooked … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Poker Chip Heart Wreath

    I've always loved Valentine's Day.  Not only is it a special holiday for demonstrating your love for your sweetheart, but it is a lot of fun to get the kids involved and show them how important it is to tell their loved ones how they feel about them.       One of the ways that I have always gotten our boys involved during this sweet time of the year is by spending time doing arts and crafts with them.  Not only do they love creating things with their hands, but they also adore being able to spend this quality time with my husband and I.  This year, we decided that we wanted to come up with a unique Valentine's Day activity so we got really creative! Valentine's Day Poker Chip Heart Wreath Make this easy and inexpensive Valentine’ Day poker chip heart wreath in just minutes and with minimal supplies. Here is how you can get started.

 Supplies needed:
 Red and white poker chips (check your local dollar store) Hot glue, glue … [Read more...]

Head To BJ’s Wholesale Club This Holiday Season! @BJsWholesale #Partner

    I know the holidays can be busy, but BJ's is here to make sure you have a successful season and can enjoy every minute! Because whether you need a turkey and hand towels or green beans and gifts, BJ's is your one-stop-shop to help you get the holidays done right.       Trust me I know all about being overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done for the holidays!  I still have to wrap all the presents tonight and get everything ready for Christmas morning tomorrow.     Last night, we headed to our local BJ's Wholesale Club to pick up all of the beverages that we needed to take to my brother's house this weekend.  It was very convenient being able to find everything that we needed at one location.       A lot of you probably don't know that you can shop for a variety of items this holiday season at BJ's.  They also carry a huge selection of today's hottest toys at really great prices. … [Read more...]

12 Days Of Netflix! #StreamTeam #Giveaway #Ad

    With Christmas at the end of this week and 2015 winding down, there's a lot to be grateful for. Friends. Family. Good health.  Netflix is something that keeps giving back all year long. So in the spirit of the holidays, I've created a list of 12 reasons Netflix makes the best holiday gift for everyone on your list.  12 Reasons To Spread The Netflix Love This Holiday Season: 12. The Care Bears and Popples allow you to relive the 80s which, as those of us who lived through it know, it was one of the coolest decades ever. 11. Your kids are inspired to use their imaginations with shows like How To Train Your Dragon and Dinotrux. 10. Keep up with who Olivia Pope is representing on Scandal. 9. Watching movies on Netflix with the family is the best way to get some quality time in during the week. 8. Everyone has their own Netflix profile on your account so your favorite shows are right at the click of your remote. 7. You can watch from your … [Read more...]