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...]

Safely Manage Your Child’s Screen Time This Holiday Season! @Screentimelabs #Ad

    With the holidays approaching, many kids will be receiving electronic devices that will likely increase their daily screen time.  If you are the kind of parent that I am, you want to be able to manage that time safely and productively.       Although we want to encourage our children to be technologically savvy, there are times when it is important to limit how much time they spend on these devices.  Additionally, monitoring their screen time is a great way to make sure that they are visiting child-friendly websites and safely interacting with others online.     The Screen Time app provides concerned parents like me with the management tools to proactively supervise my sons' time on their devices.  It is available for both iOS and Android users and it empowers parents be more in control of how much time their children spend online.       Some of the app's features that I really love are the fact that it allows me … [Read more...]

Lysol Back To School Science Fair Challenges Students To Expose Germs! #Lysol #Ad

    I can't even begin to describe how many of my students are currently sick with colds.  Along with the change of seasons and the spread of germs, most of them are really feeling miserable.  It's the perfect opportunity to teach them how important it is to wash their hands regularly and to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.  Believe it or not, millions of school days are missed each year due to student absences that are caused by illnesses like the common cold or the flu.     Lysol® has partnered with Madison Square Boys and Girls Club of America in New York City to teach students about the presence of millions of germs that invade their classrooms every single day!  The best part is that fourth-graders will be able to quantify these germs through interactive science experiments.  They are learning how germs can flourish on desks, light switches, doorknobs, and school supplies and how they can protect their classroom … [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...]

Feed Their Hunger After School! #tysonfoods #jimmydean #saraleedesserts #Ad

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.     Back to School is finally upon us here in New York City and there is a whirlwind of preparations that are taking place in our home to make sure the school year goes off without a hitch.  Believe it or not, meal planning is a huge part of our planning because I teach full-time and my boys come home from school starving every day.  It's not that they don't eat lunch at school but, for some reason, they work up quite an appetite acquiring all that knowledge!     So one of the things that we prepare for in advance is having the perfect snacks and foods that can easily be prepared once our boys get home in the afternoon.  Of course, sticking to our grocery budget is always a consideration but we also want to make sure that we buy foods that our sons really like.  Our youngest can be quite the picky eater so it's important that we take his … [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...]

Piggie Grahams Recipe

    We are two days from the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation here in New York City and I'm so excited!  Our family joined a pool club this summer and we will be going there almost every day so I have been trying to come up with easy snack ideas that we could take with us that the kids could enjoy.      What's summer without some sweet treats to let the kids indulge in?  Piggie Grahams are so easy to make and my boys love to eat them.  I like that they don't take up a lot of my time to make and that they are so adorable!  The only bad part is that I end up eating some of them as I am packing them in the picnic basket and the boys are always asking where all the extra Piggie Grahams went.  I always plead the fifth so, if I don't tell and you don't tell, there is nothing to worry about.   Ingredients - white frosting, any brand pink gel food coloring graham cracker squares Wilton pink … [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...]

10 Presidents Day Activities For Kids

    Are you excited to teach your children all about Presidents Day? Do you want them to have a deeper understanding of the holiday and how it relates to their lives today? If helping your child get a better grasp of Presidents Day is on your agenda, take a peek below at 10 Presidents Day activities for kids that you can try this holiday season! Teaching your kids about Presidents Day can be fun, informative, and even budget friendly. Here is how you can get started. 1. Create your own faux poll station.
 Understanding how our presidents are chosen is part of understanding Presidents Day! Talk to your child about the voting system, how one votes, and what age they have to be to vote. Create a faux poll station where children can cast their own vote to get an understanding of how democracy works. You can even look at pictures of ballots and stations online. 2. Look at examples of where presidents have been memorialized.
 Some of our most famous presidents have been … [Read more...]

Help Your Kids Live Out Their Dreams With Nesquik! #Nesquik @NesquikUSA #Ad

    Since becoming a mother of two boys, I have learned that they are both very different people and that their dreams and aspirations for the future are also unique.  While my older son loves sports and staying active, my younger son is very artistic and enjoys anything having to do with art and music.       As their mother, I feel that it is my duty to help both of them to live out their dreams.  Each day begins with me helping my boys start their day off right with Nestlé Nesquik Chocolate Powder which turns milk into an irresistibly delicious and nutritious chocolate milk that I feel good about and they love.     My older son is already shaping his dreams for the future by taking part in his school's varsity basketball team.  We have always known how much he loves to play basketball and have taken an active role in supporting his goals by coaching and volunteering our time throughout the week.  Until recently, we were … [Read more...]