Modeling Good Sportsmanship For Young Athletes @hotelsforteams #Hotels4Teams #Ad

    The definition of good sportsmanship is when athletes exhibit respect for their opponents, conduct themselves graciously when they are winning or losing the game, and being fair during sports games. Unfortunately, sometimes parents get a little too competitive during athletic events and they don't always model good sportsmanship from the bleachers.     As a Basketball Mom, I have experienced frustration when my son's team has been down by a lot of points, made technical errors during an important game, or even lost a tough game by only one or two points. It's not easy to watch the disappointment on my son's face when his team loses or when they get a bad call from the referees since I know how hard both he and his teammates work all year long.     However, since we are the parents and the responsible adults, our children look up to us to be their role models when it comes to handling their emotions around losing with honor or conducting themselves responsibly as young athletes. … [Read more...]

Experience Indoor Extreme Sports! @indoorextreme #IndoorExtremeSports #Ad

    If you are the parent of a teenager, you know how difficult it can be to plan a birthday party for them. When they were little, it was easy to get them excited about a cartoon themed celebration and some goodie bags. When they get older, it's not that easy to plan an event that will make them happy.     Last month, my son's fifteenth birthday was coming around and I was picking my brain for weeks trying to figure out how we were going to commemorate his special day. I found out about Indoor Extreme Sports through an online search and I knew immediately that I had found just the experience to make me cool mother of the year in my son's eyes for the rest of the year!     Indoor Extreme Sports is the home of New York City’s only indoor Paintball/ReBall centers, host to the world’s most unique Laser Tag experiences featuring 5 Adrenaline Pumping fields to choose from! We run NYC’s first and only Archery Tag Centers. They have two Locations – Long Island City, Queens and their New … [Read more...]

Celebrate Life’s Special Precious Moments #PreciousMoments @PreciousMoment #Ad

    Growing up in a Hispanic household, I vividly recall seeing the curio cabinets that were prominently displayed in the homes of my grandmother and godmother. They were full of sentimental items that us kids were not allowed to touch as we were too clumsy and might drop one of them. The only time I can recall seeing these items up close was when the cabinets would be opened for dusting and, even then, we were not allowed to touch anything unsupervised.     My godmother, Millie, had an extensive Precious Moments figurine collection which she prized and loved receiving new additions as gifts during special occasions from my godfather. I remember thinking how much I would love to have my own Precious Moments collection one day when I was a young girl. This year, Precious Moments, one of the world’s most recognized and inspirational brands known for their adorable figurines, is celebrating its big 40th Anniversary. I couldn't think of a better time to start my own collection in order to … [Read more...]

Traveling To NYC For A Sports Tournament @hotelsforteams #Hotels4Teams #Ad

    Many of the sports parents that I am friends with around the country reach out to me when they find out that their child's team is scheduled to travel to my native New York City for a tournament. After all, most of them have never visited the Big Apple and coming here for the first time can be a little intimidating. One of their major concerns is usually how they are going to be able to afford a trip to a major city on their team budget.     My experience has been that not only do they all end up having a great time while they are here, but that they also are able to take advantage of visiting some of our attractions as well during their stay. When it comes to planning their stay and needing some downtime activities, I always recommend that they use the City Guide that Hotels4Teams offers parents and coaches. They've compiled some great places for teams to relax and bond before or after the game.     The best part about NYC is that it is that it is full of fun things for … [Read more...]

How Much Do You Love Donuts? @Entenmanns #ChiefDonutOfficer #Giveaway #Ad

    We love donuts in our house. As a matter of fact, I took both of my sons to my job last Friday and one of my co-workers asked if she could bring in a special treat for them to enjoy. Of course, they asked her to bring in donuts and they enjoyed eating them all day long! I would say that donuts are definitely in their top three favorite desserts.     I think our family loves donuts so much because they come in so many varieties and they are the perfect on-the-go snack. We often take them with us on road trips and because they are so convenient to travel with and so much fun to eat. Also, they can be eaten for breakfast with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate or even enjoyed as an after-dinner treat. Really, there is no wrong time of the day to enjoy donuts.     The search for the country’s biggest donut devotee is on! Entenmann’s®, the iconic baked goods brand, has officially announced its search for the person who deserves its sweetest honorary title ever: Chief Donut … [Read more...]

Using Your Time Effectively During Off-Season @hotelsforteams #Hotels4Teams #Ad

    Those of you who are sports parents know how important it is to plan for how to use your time effectively during off-season as well as maximize on that time when it comes to the young athlete in your life. Since my son plays on his school's basketball team during the Fall, his coaches always stress the value of making sure to get as much practice in as possible when the team's regular season is over. This is not very hard because, if it was up to my son, he would eat, breathe, and sleep anything that is related to basketball.     One of the things that we try to also do during the off-season, aside from practicing, is making sure that we plan to save as much money as possible for the expenses associated with my son being on his school's team as well as the traveling team that he is on the rest of the year. Since we finally get a break from the chaos of busy season, we can focus on creating a reasonable budget for the rest of the year. Travel is one of our major expenses when it … [Read more...]

Visit The New Marshalls Store In The Bronx! @Marshalls #MarshallsSurprise #Ad

    I love shopping and I especially enjoy getting high-quality items at incredible prices. After all, who doesn't love getting designer, brand name items for less? Since I live and work in the Bronx, I like to shop in my borough too so I am thrilled to be the first to tell you all that there is a new Marshalls store in the Bronx!     I've always loved shopping at Marshalls because they have an ever-changing selection of high-quality merchandise at amazing prices across fashion, home, beauty and much, much more. This means that each shopping trip is an opportunity for my family and I to discover something new and unexpected that we're guaranteed to love.     The location of this new Marshalls store is right in the heart of one of the busiest shopping areas in the Bronx, the 3rd Avenue HUB. Upon entering the store, I was immediately impressed by how modern and bright it was. Let me tell you, there were so many amazing, high-quality name brands to choose from!     Even though I … [Read more...]

Budgeting During Travel Tournaments @hotelsforteams #Hotels4Teams #Ad

    The school year is almost over and most of you are probably breathing a collective sigh of relief because you know you are going to get a break from driving kids to extracurricular activities and sporting events. Around these parts, there is no off-season! My son participates in a traveling basketball team when his school team is enjoying their off-season. This means that I am still one busy mom at the end of the school year and during the summer.     Those of you who have children who play sports know that it can become a huge expense. Aside from buying the proper safety equipment and athletic shoes, there is also the cost of traveling to away games, eating out when you are away, and travel expenses that you incur from having to take road trips and stay in hotels during travel tournaments, for those of us on traveling teams as well. Fortunately, I have picked up a few tricks over the years to help us budget during travel tournaments which I would love to share with all of … [Read more...]

Game-Based Learning Is Changing Student Learning! @LegendLearning #LegendsOfLearning #Ad

    Imagine a classroom where students are actually having fun while learning at the same time! As an educator, this is a challenge that I have faced many times over the years. It can often be a balancing act to create fun and engaging activities while, at the same time, addressing the learning standards that are required for my students to master. Most teachers will tell you that students often have a better grasp on material and content that they learned while having such a good time that they didn't even feel like they were learning.     Legends of Learning is a game-based learning platform that offers science-based games for grades 3-8. Although their educational games currently only focus on science content, they will be rolling out other subjects and levels in the near future. Those of you who are science teachers will also be thrilled to find out that all of their games are compatible with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers and students alike will find … [Read more...]

I’m A Hotels4Teams Sports Mom! @hotelsforteams #Hotels4Teams #Ad

    Since my older son was in third grade, I have been a proud Basketball Mom. He has always loved basketball and, if it was up to him, he would spend every minute of his life on the court. Seeing him grow as an athlete has been a tremendous source of pride for me because of the values that have been instilled in him when it comes to being a team player and pushing himself to the limits.     When we started this journey years ago, I never imagined that I would begin to love basketball and even become one of the loudest moms in the bleachers cheering for my son. Basketball has become a huge part of our lives since my son plays for his school's team and is also on a traveling team during the off-season. So, basically, it's all basketball, all the time around these parts.     Our family's love of basketball and our son's dedication to the sport is why I was so excited when Hotels4Teams asked me to become a part of their Ambassador Program. Since my son is on a traveling basketball … [Read more...]