Summer Cruising In The Mazda CX-5! #DriveMazda @MazdaUSA @DriveShopUSA #Ad

    As many of you know, red is absolutely my favorite color.  You can imagine how excited I was to see the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring parked in front of my driveway in candy apple red!  When I realized that I would have the opportunity to drive such a beautiful car in my favorite color, I knew that we were sure to have a memorable week.  Our drive out to a local resort that weekend would certainly be a classy one.     I have to be completely honest, I have driven other Mazda models in the past and I loved them but I couldn't help feeling like they really outdid themselves when they designed the CX-5.  You really do get the best of both worlds with this vehicle because is is the perfect size to accommodate a family of four like ours but sporty looking enough to not have that whole minivan vibe that I personally like to avoid.     The CX-5 comfortably seats 5 and has a lot of legroom.  My 12 year-old commented about this throughout our entire road trip.  He loved that he was … [Read more...]

Enjoy A Staycation At Crystal Springs Resort! @CrystalSprings #ExploreCrystal #Ad

    Sometimes we all need to just get away from it all.  I can tell you that I have been completely overwhelmed the last couple of months.  Aside from adjusting to our new normal upon receiving our younger son's Epilepsy diagnosis, school recently ended here in New York City and this teacher needed a break!      Unfortunately, due to my husband's work schedule, it is not always possible to book an extended vacation so we often book a family staycation here and there just to maintain our sanities.  When I found out that Crystal Springs Resort is located in the Northeast and offers a unique vacation experience with luxurious amenities that are unavailable elsewhere locally, I knew we had to go there for our little getaway!     My family and I had the pleasure of staying at the Minerals Resort & Spa in Vernon, New Jersey.  Crystal Springs Resort boasts 3 unique upscale lodging properties which are highlighted by the sophisticated Grand Cascades Lodge.  We knew that Minerals Resort … [Read more...]

Vacation Home Dreams Are Finally Within Your Reach! #LiveCarefreeRV @CarefreeRV #Ad

    I've always loved living in New York City.  Not only is it truly the city that never sleeps, but there is a resilience about New Yorkers that is steadfast and ever-present.  The only downside to living in New York is the fact that it does have some cold and harsh winters.  For many years, my husband and I have considered purchasing a vacation home in a warm-weather state to provide us with the perfect winter getaway.     We both have family and friends who live in Florida so that has always seemed like the perfect fit when it comes to securing that paradise destination to head to during the cold-weather months here in the Big Apple. Hubby and I have always thought that this would be out of our financial reach for years but Carefree RV Resorts has taught us otherwise.  With 34 RV Resorts in Florida, Carefree RV Resorts have something to suit any budget or need. What Is A Park Model Home?     One option that they provide is a Park Model Home which is a smaller, single-wide home … [Read more...]

Keep Tech Essentials Within Reach And Simplify Your Life! @CaseLogic #Giveaway #Ad

    This past July, I traveled to San Francisco, California on a press trip.  Since I'm a blogger, there was no question that I was going to take my laptop and my tablet with me on the trip.  After all, these are the tools of my trade and I wouldn't want to be away from home without having access to them.     As I was packing for my trip, I was worried about being able to carry everything safely and without it getting damaged.  It was very stressful making sure that all of my electronic devices remained intact throughout the trip.  I vowed that, next time I travel, I would have a better solution for carrying them all with organization and flair.     Since my trip, I have learned that Case Logic offers a full line up of backpacks and sleeves for laptops and tablets that send students and travelers back to the classroom and on their travels with functionality, style, comfort and durability.  I was extremely impressed by their selection but also by how stylish and vibrant their … [Read more...]

We Made Unforgettable Family Memories At Morey’s Piers! #MoreysPiers @MoreysPiers #Sponsored

*Our family received complimentary lodging, entertaiment and meals as part of a Press Trip from Morey’s Piers. As always our opinions are 100% our own.         I'm sure many of you have been following our family adventures recently on social media.  We had the opportunity to visit the Jersey Shore last weekend to enjoy a weekend family vacation at Morey's Piers.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the famous Morey's Piers, it is located in Wildwood, New Jersey and boasts a 1.8 mile boardwalk along with some amazing beachfront water parks.     We arrived Friday evening and checked into the Starlux Hotel.  As soon as we drove up, I immediately liked its retro feel.  It's a boutique hotel with an all glass lobby and lounge which opens into the pool promenade and has the boardwalk just a walking distance away.  We were treated to a continental breakfast every morning for the duration of our stay and stayed in one of … [Read more...]

We Visited Legoland Discovery Center! @LDCWestchester #LegolandNYC #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of Legoland Discovery Centers US. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating. All opinions are my own.        When I was a little girl, my younger brother had so much Lego® that we used to build magnificent structures and pretend play for hours on end.  There are just so many great memories that I associate with these building blocks that revolve around family and togetherness.     This past Easter weekend, my husband and I decided that we wanted to plan a fun family outing after attending mass in the morning.  Sunday is the day that we are both off from work and our boys are off from school and it is important to be able to spend quality time together.  Our destination of choice was the Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester, NY within the Ridge Hill shopping district.     Both of our boys are huge Lego® fans and have used them since they were toddlers to spend … [Read more...]

We Had A Wonderful Time At Medieval Times NJ! @MedievalTimes #Travel #Sponsored

*This post was written by me on behalf of Medieval Times.  I received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.     We were very excited to have the opportunity to review the family experience at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. From the moment we arrived we were in awe of how magnificent and regal the venue was. I knew it would look like a castle but I never expected it to be so authentic.     We received the star treatment from the moment we arrived until the end of the show. As soon as we checked in, we were escorted to our seats in the front row which afforded us an up-close view of all of the action. Our server immediately came over to introduce himself and to ask us for our drink order. I was impressed by how pleasant he was and the fact that he spoke directly to our boys and asked them what they wanted to drink.     During dinner we were transported to a time of knights, bravery, and all of the chivalry that comes with … [Read more...]

Find What To Do Wherever You Are! @Zerve #travel #sponsored

*This post was written by me on behalf of Zerve.  I received a complimentary tour to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.     Living in New York City is an amazing experience because there is always something to do and something to see.  There are so many cool activities and attractions from food tours to sails/cruises to historical landmarks and so much more in between.  Zerve is a tour and travel resource that helps people to find things to do wherever they are across the country.     The Zerve website has all kinds of fun tours and activities that are browsable by borough and neighborhood and according to they type of activity that you want to engage in.  Their many tours appeal to a variety of unique interests.  Here in New York City, sails are among their most popular tours particularly the Schooner Adirondack Sunset Sail and the AIA-NY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour.     I was looking for a romantic getaway with my husband so I chose the Schooner … [Read more...]

Take The Travel Experience Beyond Books With History Hero App! $50 GC #Giveaway

*This sponsored post was written by me on behalf of Mind Gamez LLC.  I received a product sample to review.  All opinions are 100% mine.     It's no secret that I am madly in love with literacy and language acquisition.  Obviously, I have had a love affair with reading and learning my whole life and that is why I chose to pursue a career as an educator and a Literacy Specialist.  Reading can open up a whole new world for children and, nowadays, with the integration of technology the limits to learning are endless.  History Hero is the first app of its kind to use literacy to enhance families' visits to the world's greatest historical and cultural destinations.     The premise behind this app is to use the lure of technology to bring history to life for children and teenagers by engaging them in learning during their travels.  It infuses excitement into sightseeing in a whole new way that has never been available before.  This mission is accomplished by using an interactive video … [Read more...]

We Attended A Blogging Conference In Chicago!

   As many of you know, my family and I attended a large blogging conference last week in Chicago.  This is the second time that I attend a conference and I wanted to have my family with me because I just couldn't bear to be away from them for even one minute.  Before the trip, I set personal and professional goals for myself that would keep me focused throughout my stay.     My husband and I drove for almost 14 hours to get there and I cannot even begin to describe the excitement that I felt when we finally arrived in the city of Chicago.  I felt right at home since I live in a big city myself and I found that there were a lot of parallels between New York City and Chicago right away.     I was very fortunate to have had my ticket to the conference sponsored in part by Noodle.org.  Our collaboration was a match made in heaven because of my experience being a NYC public school teacher for the past 13 years and the fact that they are the first education search engine. … [Read more...]