Kick Off A New School Year With Your Own Teacher Rewards Kit! #TeacherRewardsKit #Ad

    It's hard to believe that it is almost time for back to school here in New York City.  Not only will I be embarking on a new teaching journey as a high school reading teacher, but my boys will be starting fifth and eighth grade.  There are lots of exciting things coming up this year including my son's graduation, searching for the right high school that he will attend, and our younger son's transition into middle school.     As an educator, I cannot stress enough the importance of positive reinforcement when it comes to motivating kids to do their best academically and praising them for a job well done.  Both of our boys are required to complete book reports over the vacation to support their summer reading.  I knew that I would need to make this an enjoyable experience since getting kids to do schoolwork when they are off is like pulling teeth.  That is exactly why I love the Teacher Rewards Kit.  It is full of everything that I … [Read more...]

Promote Math Skills While Earning Box Tops! @BTFE @Walmart #BuyClipSendEarn #Ad

    I have been a New York City public school teacher for over fifteen years.  During my tenure, I cannot begin to tell you how many times I had to purchase school supplies for my classroom out of my own pocket.  It is an unfortunate truth that most public schools are lacking the necessary resources to help their students be successful academically.       Thanks to the Box Tops for Education program, many schools are gaining much needed supplies.  As you gear up for back to school, Walmart is definitely the place where you should be shopping because you can give directly back to your community at the same time!  You can find Box Tops on anything from your favorite cereals to easy meals.        Box Tops for Education makes it easy to give back to schools on your everyday purchases.  Simply look for the Box Tops label when you shop General Mills products at Walmart.  Your school will receive $.10 for every … [Read more...]

Planning Our Snack Sampling Adventure With Smucker’s® #Snackation @Smuckers @Walmart #Ad

    Last year, my brother and my sister in law picked up both of my boys and watched them until I got home from work.  Since they recently moved to another state, our boys now have to stay in their school's after-school program for a little while and wait for me to pick them up after work.  Recently, my younger son shared with me that he would like to be able to take special snacks to the program because he gets hungry after being in school all day.     After speaking to him, I immediately knew that we would have to take a trip to our local Walmart to purchase some Smucker's® snacks to allow me to prepare some treats for both of them to take with them every day.  Our family loves going to Walmart because they always have all of our favorite snacks at great prices.  After all, now that my husband and I will be paying for the after-school program too, we appreciate being able to save the extra money.     Of course, our first stop was … [Read more...]

5 Tips For Looking Your Best This Summer! $25 GC #Giveaway @CoverGirl @OlayUS @Walmart

    Looking my best is always a priority for me because I am a career woman and because doing so makes me feel beautiful and good about myself.  The summertime is the perfect time to experiment with new looks and to try new outfits because the weather is warm and everyone loves to spend time outdoors looking good.     The truth is that, although I enjoy buying beauty items that look flattering on me, I don't like to spend a lot of money on them.  Walmart always has products from P&G brands like Olay and CoverGirl that help me look gorgeous while allowing me to save due to their everyday low prices. Here are some tips for looking your best this summer using some of my favorite CoverGirl and Olay products: Use self-sharpening eyeliner pencils that glide on easily so you could get the perfect line every time like CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner Pencil. Use beauty bars that cleanse your skin without leaving it dry such as Olay Ultra Moisture Beauty Bars. Apply … [Read more...]

Help Walmart Fight Hunger And Spark Change! #WeSparkChange #SHOP2GIVE @Walmart #Sponsored

      According to the USDA, 1 in 6 Americans may struggle with hunger. That is a sobering thought considering that many of these Americans who are hungry are children. As an educator, I have seen first-hand how devastating poverty and not having enough to eat can be for families. There have been many times when I have had to deliver groceries to the needy families of my students or even send students down to the nurse because they did not have enough to eat for breakfast and could not function in class because they were so famished.     Walmart recognizes that it is time to fight hunger and has partnered with some of our favorite food brands to help feed America 75 million meals to Feeding America Food Banks nationwide.  As a Fight Hunger Ambassador, I am proud to join the movement to put food on the tables of those who need it across this country.  From April 6th to May 3rd, when you buy a specially marked item at Walmart, you help secure one meal on behalf of local … [Read more...]

Have You Seen Walmart’s New Website Experience? @Walmart #WMTBloggerDay #Sponsored

*I received complimentary airfare, lodging, and meals as part of a Press Trip from Walmart Global eCommerce.  As always my opinions are 100% my own.     Today was my first day back to work after being on vacation all summer.  As a teacher, this time of the year is an extremely busy time for me because not only am I getting my classroom ready for my new students, but I'm also getting my two boys ready for back to school.  A lot of preparation goes into making sure that we are all ready and that we all have everything we need to start the new school year off right.     This July, I had the opportunity to travel to California and visit the Walmart eCommerce facility in Sunnyvale to learn about their new website experience.  As an educated consumer and a mom, I was very excited to learn about how this new website was going to make shopping for my family easier for me.     The site was created for tablets first and built via responsive design so content, images and information are … [Read more...]

Stretch Your Tax Dollars With Walmart Best Plans! #FamilyMobile #CollectiveBias #Shop #Ad

*I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and its client. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own and are not influenced by anyone or anything.     My husband and I have been considering getting a smartphone for our 10 year-old son for a while now.  Mainly it is because he is on the Junior Varsity basketball team and has practices and games many times per week.  In addition to his basketball schedule, he has recently been accepted into the Drama Club at school.  A few times, he had to go to the main office to call us to pick him up later due to practices lasting longer than usual.  Cheap wireless plans would be our only option in order to stay within our family's budget.     We decided that he really needs his own phone to be able to call us whenever he needs to.  Unfortunately, many of the wireless plans that we have seen are too expensive so we set out to … [Read more...]

Find The Perfect Fragrance Gifts This Holiday Season! #ScentSavings #cbias #shop #Ad

*I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and its client. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own and are not influenced by anyone or anything.     This past week, my students and I have been planning our holiday celebration and we decided to include Secret Santa as part of the festivities.  We each had to pick a name from a hat and that will be the person who we will buy a Secret Santa present for this month.  The fun part is keeping the secret and having everyone in suspense not knowing who their Secret Santa is.  I chose the name of one of my students who is absolutely in love with Justin Bieber.  She constantly doodles his name on her notebook and talks about him so I knew that the new fragrance called Justin Bieber's Girlfriend was the perfect gift to give her.     As soon as I decided on the perfume, I set out to find out where I could purchase it and … [Read more...]