What’s Your Sick Day Survival Kit? $25 Gift Card #Giveaway #Ad

    Those of you who also follow me on social media know that my younger son is asthmatic.  As a result, we spend quite a bit of time fighting off upper respiratory infections during the winter.  The moment that the temperatures drop here in New York City, we have to keep the house stocked with everything that he needs to be comfortable when he gets sick.     We have all experienced a sick day from time to time. Whether it is with little ones or ourselves, it is always good to have a Sick Day Survival Kit prepared for that moment. Read more about 5 must-haves for every sick day survival kit for kids.   These 5 necessities include: Tissues and thermometer Cough and Cold Medicines Humidifier and Blankets Entertainment in the form of DVDs Plenty of fluids to stay hydrated     Make sure that you keep all of these items on hand so you can brave any sick days you might experience this winter.  Nobody likes to be sick … [Read more...]

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...]

Help Your Child Master Science Concepts With Galxyz! @GalxyzLab #KidzVuzBTS #Ad

    It might come as a surprise to many of you but I have never been very good at science.  Now, mind you, I did have to take education classes in college to prepare me to integrate science through literacy but that was about it.  This is something that I have had to overcome in recent years since my ten year-old loves anything that is science-related.  I've found that activities where we are able to engage in hands-on science activities are not only a lot of fun but also the best way to learn difficult concepts.       Recently, I was introduced to an exciting app that does exactly that!  Galxyz’s Blue Apprentice supports children in identifying science concepts in a way that increases their confidence academically and allows them to make real-world connections.  As an educator, I was impressed by the fact that this is accomplished through role playing where kids have the opportunity to actively use their critical thinking skills. … [Read more...]

Meet Nyahok – A Child In South Sudan #SouthSudan @CARE #Ad

    When my two sons were five years-old, they were in Kindergarten learning how to read and writing their names on everything they could get their hands on.  It was a magical time of curiosity and learning how to be a little more independent while still depending on mommy for quite a bit.  South Sudan will be turning 5 on July 9th, 2016 and, as the world's youngest country, upon its founding people were full of promise and hope.  Unfortunately, this hope quickly vanished in 2013 when armed conflict wreaked havoc on the region.     Children who currently reside in South Sudan and are five years-old, have no recollection whatsoever of anything but war.  Since the war broke out, 2.3 million South Sudanese have been forced from their homes into an uncertain future.  That’s 1/5 of the country which means that 5.1 million people, nearly half the country, are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.  CARE is a leading humanitarian … [Read more...]

Annedroids Inspires Kids Using STEM Curriculum! @KidzVuz #Ad

    I have been an educator for over fifteen years and I can't even begin to tell you how important exposing kids to a STEM curriculum centered around science, technology, engineering, and math is to their academic development.  This is why the teacher in me loves the new Emmy nominated Annedroids on Amazon.  Season three airs June 24th on Amazon Prime Video and features characters that encompass what a female role model should be.  It is through the trial and error of using science and technology that the main character builds androids with some help from her friends.     As I previewed Season 3, I immediately fell in love with the show's protagonist, Anne.  She is a genius who uses her skills as a tween scientist to invent and bring to life these androids while her besties Nick and Shania lend a helping hand.  It is easy to see how close they are to one another when they unite with their android friends to make sure that the junkyard … [Read more...]

Science Project Idea: Cloud Experiment

    Those of you who follow me on social media know that, last month, I helped my twelve year-old son with his Science project for school.  Although I am an educator, Science has never been my strongest subject and I struggled to find a project idea that I could help him with while enjoying ourselves at the same time.  We eventually settled on analyzing food dyes in a variety of popular candies.     Next year, when my younger son enters fifth grade, I will have to help both of my boys with their Science projects and I know that it is going to be a lot of work.  As a result, I have already begun to experiment with some fun ideas that I have found online and I'm hoping to choose some of them next spring when it's time for my boys to submit their finished projects to their school's yearly Science Fair.     This experiment is to teach kids how rain happens. Clouds form when water droplets from the earth evaporate into the air. They are … [Read more...]

Invite Your Kids Into The Kitchen! #BensBeginners @UncleBens #Ad

    Many parents don't realize that, in these modern technological times, they are forgetting to teach their children valuable life skills that will allow them to be self-sufficient in the future.  One of these skills that seems to have gone by the wayside is learning how to cook.  If we, as parents, only provide meals for our kids but never invite them into the kitchen we are not helping them to be independent and prepare their own meals as adults.     The mission of the Fourth Annual Ben's Beginners™ Cooking Contest is quite simply to encourage parents and kids to cook together. The contest provides a platform for parents with kids in grades K-8 to connect with their children one meal at a time by going to unclebens.com and submitting a three-minute home video of their family preparing a rice-based dish while discussing their experience cooking together. Five winners will win $15,000 each for their family and a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for their … [Read more...]

Add A Little Fun Back Into Your Schedule! #FisherNutExactly @fishernutsbrand #Giveaway #Ad

    We have officially survived the first week of school here in New York City.  My family and I are fully involved in a hectic schedule full of activities, organized sports and professional obligations.       As a result, my husband and I have to get a little creative when it comes to spending some fun, quality time with our boys.  After all, they are only going to be kids for a short while and it is important that we take full advantage of every moment that we have to spend with them.     One of the ways that we are able to relish these moments is by sitting down with them every afternoon and discussing how their day went at school over a variety of delicious treats or snacks.  You wouldn't believe how hungry kids are when they get home from learning in school all day.  Sometimes I even ask them if they ate lunch because they are just so famished!     Recently, I have found the perfect snack for taming their … [Read more...]

Inspire Your Children To Solve Problems In Creative Ways! #Wishenpoof @KidzVuz #Partner

    My nephew Christian is a very joyful and precocious little boy.  At three years old, he is always looking to investigate the world around him and to assert his independence when it comes to completing tasks and solving problems.  Such is the life of a preschooler who is exploring his surroundings and learning all of the wonders that fill his daily life.  The new Amazon Original Series, Wishenpoof, will be available for Amazon Prime members beginning on August 14th, and is perfect for curious preschoolers like my nephew.  Let me tell you a little bit about it before its Amazon Prime debut!     As his loving aunt, or "Titi" as he calls me, I am always looking for television programs that will inspire this creativity in him.  Not to mention that I am also an educator so there are qualities that I search for in children's programming.  I am very impressed by the new Amazon Original Series, Wishenpoof.  The series was … [Read more...]

Tips To #LiveBrighter With Kids Through Greener Living! #DirectEnergy @DirectEnergy #Ad

    As a parent, I am always trying to impart lessons unto my children about how they can be better citizens and productive members of society.  Now that they are older, I think it is important to teach them that they have to do their part to conserve energy and take care of our planet so that it will be here for generations to come.  Saving on our power during the summer is key which is why I love that Direct Energy savings is arming consumers with the tools that they need to help them conserve energy.     In our home, there are certain things that we do to encourage our kids to save energy and engage in greener living.  Although it may not seem like much, the following are ways that every home can do their part to take care of Planet Earth: Teach your kids to take showers instead of taking baths.  By setting time limits on the amount of time that they spend in the shower and encouraging them to turn the water off while they are brushing … [Read more...]