Keeping The Spice In your Marriage After Having Kids #ScrapTheSoap @Lubrigyn #Ad

    As my sons are getting older, my husband and I are realizing the importance of making time for each other as a couple.  Most of us have children and dedicate ourselves entirely to being their parents while forgetting that we should also focus on our relationships at the same time.  After all, kids grow up and eventually make their own lives, as is the natural order of things.  So it makes sense that couples make an effort to keep the spice in their marriage after having children.     This is not as easy as it sounds since parenting is a full-time job.  Add to that balancing work, the household, and having some couple time becomes virtually impossible.  The reality is that, even though we love our kids, it's crucial that we have our own time to reconnect and interact romantically.  This process has definitely been a learning experience and we have gotten really creative when it comes to keeping things steamy and spicy.  Here … [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...]

Let Your Star Shine With Honey Bunches Of Oats! #HBOestodo @HBOatsLatino #Ad

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Honey Bunches of Oats and WeAllGrow Latina. All opinions are 100% my own.     Ever since I started dating my husband, he has loved Honey Bunches of Oats.  As a matter of fact, not only is it his favorite cereal, but he doesn't want to share it with anyone else in the house.  Unfortunately for him, our boys love it too so they are constantly trying to come up with sneaky ways to slip the box past him when they eat it in the morning.  When I heard that Honey Bunches of Oats created a microsite to recognize their fans and give them the opportunity to star in their own ad, I knew my guys were perfect for it!     If you have never tasted Honey Bunches of Oats, you have no idea the deliciousness that you are missing out on. Imagine tantalizing your palate with a multitude of flavors and textures that include crispy flakes and mouthwatering clusters of crunchy oats that are sprinkled with the sweet … [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...]

Extend Learning Outside The Classroom! #HowLifeUnfolds @HowLifeUnfolds #Ad

   This summer has been a wonderful one.  I've spent quality time with my boys and my husband and we have dedicated time to take a few adventures together.  While we were having fun, we were also creating opportunities for us to learn together.       After all, you wouldn't expect anything less from an educator with over fifteen years of teaching experience in the classroom.  I've noticed that no matter where we are or what we are doing, we can always use paper and paper-products to inspire learning beyond the classroom.  You'd be surprised how many creative activities and writing exercises can arise from everyday events.     My ten-year-old son's favorite thing to do is illustrate his experiences using crayons and his favorite drawing notebook.  It is such a pleasure to watch him bring his drawings to life.  It's a great way to foster his creativity and to allow him to use visualization to create images … [Read more...]

Find Your Outdoor Adventure In Hershey Pennsylvania! #HersheyPA @HersheyPA #Ad

    As many of you know, I had the wonderful opportunity recently to spend the weekend in beautiful Hershey, Pennsylvania.  A few weeks ago, I shared with you some of the delicious dining options and hotel accommodations in a post to help each one of you find your sweet escape.       This week, I wanted to discuss all of the outdoor adventures that you can have with your family in Hershey.  During the spring and summer months, is the best time of the year to get out and experience all of the fun outdoor activities that Hershey has to offer.     By far, one of my favorite parts of my weekend trip to Hershey was our visit to ZooAmerica, a year-round, 11-acre, walk-thru zoo adjacent to Hersheypark.  They offer a variety of behind-the-scenes tours for those who are curious about what happens at the zoo during the early morning hours and after it closes.     We were treated to an After-Hours Tour where we joined … [Read more...]

Spark Curiosity Through Early Learning! #SparkAMind #IC @HMHCo #Ad

*This post was sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.     When I was growing up, I was a reluctant reader and refused to read unless I was required to do so for school assignments or homework.  This was very upsetting to my mother who had always been an avid reader and tried to instill a love of literature in us kids since we began our early learning.  She knew that once I realized how wonderful books were, it would spark a lifelong love of reading in me.     Finally, in fourth grade, a family friend gave me a box of old books that she had put away from when she was a young girl.  I decided to start reading them and I immediately fell in love with reading!  It was almost like a lightbulb went off over my head and I realized how wonderful it was to be transported into the worlds and adventures inside the books that I was reading.     Unfortunately, in … [Read more...]

Step Into A Healthier Life, We Dare You! @myUHC #Ad

    As many of you know, I have been a Leukemia Survivor since 2007 and being proactive about my health is extremely important to me.  The truth is that my life depends on me striving to live a healthy life and it is a responsibility that I take very seriously.       We Dare You is a campaign UnitedHealthcare has been running for a few years that dares people to live healthier lives every day, one step at a time. The dares focus on encouraging healthy living as well as on taking control of your health care.     Most families that have members who live with chronic medical conditions like I do, spend quite a bit of money on health insurance and copayments.  As a result, being frugal and mindful of health expenses can be a real cost saver.       By educating yourself about health care and learning how to navigate the complex health care system, you can save a little money.  UnitedHealthCare wants to help you save and … [Read more...]

The Fold Versus Sprunch Debate Continues! #TweetFromTheSeat @Charmin #Ad

    It's pretty common for things to get a little zany around here during the holidays.  My husband and I feel like there just isn't enough time in the day to get all of the preparations and plan festivities while working full-time and running around with our boys.  Every year, we find something to debate back and forth about in order to have some fun and tease each other as we run around trying to get everything ready.     This year, we are back to disagreeing about the proper way to handle toilet paper when you are taking care of your business.  Yes, I know, this is a comical topic of conversation but that is what married people who have been together almost seventeen years do, talk about anything and everything.  In our case, since he has always been a folder and I have always been a spruncher, this is not the first time that this subject has come up.     I can still remember it like it was just yesterday, that fateful moment when I … [Read more...]

Men’s Bathroom Etiquette, According To Hubby! #EnjoyTheGo @Charmin #Ad

    Last weekend, my husband and I took our boys out to dinner.  Whenever we go out to eat, Hubby always takes our sons to the men's bathroom with him when they have to go. We are definitely helicopter parents and we worry about them being alone with strangers in public bathrooms, but I digress.  Once they returned to the table, my husband proceeded to tell me that a guy in it had broken "Guy Code" when it comes to bathroom etiquette.     Now, let me tell you, I had no idea that there are so many rules for how guys are supposed to behave in the men's bathroom.  According to my husband, everyone knows that you are supposed to skip the urinal next to a guy who is already using one.  It seems the offensive guy in the bathroom had failed to do this and posted up in the next urinal.  This whole rule was news to me because I thought guys basically had no rules for bathroom use.     Apparently, you are not supposed to have any physical … [Read more...]