Take An Intergalactic Road Trip With Fandango! #FandangoFamily @Fandango #Partner

    As a member of the Fandango Family, we have the opportunity to watch awesome movies together all of the time.  It's so easy to watch trailers, read reviews, find movie show times, and buy movie tickets in advance.     Let me tell you, my son is so excited about the premiere of the Dreamworks new animated feature Home this Friday, March 27th.  We had the chance to watch the trailer for it the last time we went to the movies and he immediately turned to me and said, "Mommy, I want to see that movie!"      I have to admit, watching the unlikely friendship blossom between the human girl, Tip and the banished Boov, Oh,  really warmed my heart too.  Their adventures as Oh searches for a new place to live promises to make for a perfect family film.  I also love that it teaches our sons lessons about tolerance and accepting others for who they are.     To celebrate this interplanetary connection, I am going to share a delicious cookie recipe with all of you.  After all, what could be … [Read more...]

All Hail King Julien! Win A 1-Year @Netflix Subscription! #StreamTeam #KingJulien #Giveaway #Ad

    This month, the first five episodes of All Hail King Julien finally arrived on Netflix!  The series features everyone's favorite character from the Madagascar franchise, King Julien.  He takes on the jungle's craziest adventures in the new comedy series, along with his loyal sidekicks Maurice and Mort plus a whole new cast of colorful animals.     We had the opportunity to preview two of the all-new episodes of the Netflix original as well as engage in some fun activities.  Our boys had the chance to create crowns fit for a king, learn King Julien’s signature dance and pose Hollywood style with the King himself.  I'm not sure who had more fun, the kids or the adults.     To celebrate the premiere of All Hail King Julien on Netflix, we are getting ready with the biggest party animal of all time to enjoy the biggest party of the year, New Year's Eve!  We want you to join in on all the fun as well and, if you have kids like I do, you know that it's important to make this party … [Read more...]

Boost Your Kids’ Brain Power This Summer! #StreamTeam #Partner @Netflix

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Netflix. As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.     Every kid knows that Summer is the time to have fun and to leave school and homework behind.  Us parents know that, although we want our kids to enjoy themselves during their vacation, it's important to keep them engaged and to keep their imaginations active.  This way, it won't be such a shock in September when they have to return to the academic swing of things.     For the perfect way to beat the heat and indulge in some screen time, you can introduce your kids to something new with Netflix - whether it's a documentary about dinosaurs or the moon, you can keep your kids' brains active all summer long. 10 Netflix Titles for a Summer Brain-Power Boost: For your big kids: 1. Lewis & Clark: The Journey Out West 2. Walking with Dinosaurs 3. Secret Yellowstone 4. The Blue Planet 5. When We Left Earth: The NASA … [Read more...]

Beat The Heat This Summer With Movies On Demand! @MoviesOnDemand #Giveaway #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Movies On Demand. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you for participating. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.        Summer vacation began here in New York City about two weeks ago.  Although I have been enjoying some wonderful time outdoors with my two boys since school closed for the season, some days I just want to relax indoors.  This has especially been the case on those days when the humidity and heat index is very high in the city.  As a mom, I know that these are the perfect days to keep the kids inside since they both suffer from asthma.     The challenge then becomes how I can keep the kids engaged and happy while they are indoors.  It becomes even more tricky when my nephews are visiting and I have to entertain all the boys in the house.  Luckily, I don't have to worry about that thanks to Movies On Demand!  As cable subscribers, we have access to some of the most popular … [Read more...]

Take Time Out For Yourself And Put Your Feet Up! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Netflix. As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.     Although Summer Vacation began this past week here in New York City, parenting is a 24/7 job!  That is why taking time out for yourself helps keep you strong for your family. This month I'm switching gears and making the focus some time to myself for a change.     Most of my favorite shows are on hiatus, but Netflix has a selection of titles to get me through the summer months. And yes, that includes all-new episodes of some of my favorite Netflix originals -- Orange Is the New Black season 2 launched June 6th!  I plan on waiting until the kids are asleep for the night and then relaxing with one of my favorite new shows. Here are some of the titles I have heard about but I haven't yet had time to watch but plan to this Summer: 1. Orange Is the New Black 2. Scandal 3. Pretty Little Liars 4. Sherlock 5. Breaking … [Read more...]

Celebrate The End Of The School Year With Your Favorite Musicals! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Netflix. As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.     If any of you ever asked me what my favorite musical of all time is, my response would have to be Grease.  I can honestly say that I have watched this movie hundreds of times and can quote every part of the storyline.  It's just one of those feel good movies about young love and all of the trials and tribulations of being a teenager in high school.     There is just something about musicals that brings out the best in all of us.  Many schools use this time of the year to have shows which showcase their students' artistic abilities and to host performances that bring the entire school community together for one night.  My own son is currently rehearsing every single day for his upcoming school play where he will be playing a prince and engaging in quite a few musical numbers with the rest of his ensemble.     If you are an … [Read more...]

You Are Cordially Invited! #Rio2LiveChat ‘La Familia’ Bilingual Twitter Party March 26! #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Rio Movies.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.     Has your familia fallen in love with the wonderful flying amigos in the smash-hit animated adventure film, Rio? Our family has, and we have some great news!     The cast is all heading back to the Amazon on April 11th when Rio 2 hits theatres nationwide. Now, you can join them on an adventure that is even wilder, more colorful and more fun than the original.     Latina Mom Bloggers is thrilled to bring a little Brazilian flavor to Latino families in celebration of the return of our favorite characters by hosting a fun Twitter party with fantastic prizes and lots of surprises to celebrate Rio 2! Rio 2 Movie: It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome … [Read more...]

Get Your Kids Excited About Science With @Netflix #NetflixKids #StreamTeam #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Netflix.  As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.     I never fully appreciated how much work parents put into helping their kids with homework and projects until I, myself became a mother.  Prior to that, as an educator, I would dole out assignments and never even consider how much work parents would have to put into making sure that their children completed each task.     Now that I am a mother of school-aged children, I have spent my share of evenings doing homework that was supposed to be for my boys but that I ended up feeling like it was homework for me.  This was especially true when I had to help my son build an Iroquois Longhouse situated in fall foliage.  As you can see from the photos below, it was a lot of work for my son and for me!     When it comes to helping them with science projects, I enjoy the hands-on aspect of it but I'm not that strong in that subject … [Read more...]

Take Your Family To See Mr. Peabody & Sherman This Weekend! #MrPeabody @DWAnimation #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of DreamWorks Animation. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.     Recently, my sons, nephews and I had the pleasure of attending the screening of Mr. Peabody & Sherman in New York City.  We were all very excited to see the film version of this timeless classic.  All of us had already become enamored with the characters that we were introduced to in the previews that we had seen.     The film is centered around Mr. Peabody, who is an intelligent dog who speaks and lives in the human world, and his son Sherman who is a real boy. Together they use their time machine, called the WABAC, to have some amazing adventures.  When Sherman takes the WABAC for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they rip a hole in the universe and end up altering some of the most famous events in world history.  Luckily, Mr. Peabody comes to the rescue and, in the process … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kids To Go For The Gold! #NetflixKids #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Netflix.  As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.     This winter, my family and I have been enjoying watching the Olympic Games at Sochi.  It has been very exciting to see my two boys observing the competition and supporting their favorite athletes.  These moments have opened the door to initiate important conversations with them about such topics as inspiration, teamwork and good sportsmanship.     Since both of our sons play basketball and other sports competitively, we are aware of the positive lessons that children learn through participating in organized sports.  Additionally, we appreciate the positive impact that playing sports has on their self-esteem and confidence. Here are some of the conversation starters that my husband and I used to elicit family discussions with our boys while watching the olympic action: What are some of the character traits that … [Read more...]