Save Money By Cutting The Cord To Cable! @BestBuy @madebygoogle #Ad

    If you are a budget conscious mom like me, you are always looking for ways to save money on your monthly family expenses. Imagine saving money by cutting the cord to cable and streaming their entertainment with the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player. You can all together now watch movies, shows, live TV, YouTube, and photos streaming on your television from all your family's devices.¹     You can now stream from your phone to TV. All you have to do is plug Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV and to power and stream your favorite entertainment right from your phone with just a tap. This allows you to watch shows, listen to playlists, and more. The best part is that, while streaming, you can still use your phone as you normally do.     Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player works with the streaming apps you know and love! Enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports and more from over 2000 apps like Netflix, YouTube, YouTube TV, and HBO NOW.¹     … [Read more...]

Your Middle Schooler Will Love The Storm Runner! #TheStormRunner @ReadRiordan #Ad

*Disney Book Group is partnering with me for a giveaway!     As a Literacy Specialist who teaches adolescents, I am always on the lookout for new books that my students will love. Since I now have a son in high school and one in middle school, I also recommend these same books to my own boys. Recently, I introduced the book The Storm Runner to my classroom library and my 12 year-old has also gotten his hands on a copy and he can't seem to put it down!     I asked him what he loved so much about The Storm Runner and he shared with me that the book is full of adventure. He said that, as he was reading it, he was able to visualize exactly what was going on in the story and he felt like he was right there as the action was taking place. As an educator I know that books that inspire this type of love of reading are the ones that kids and teens really love. About the Book How can one boy with a limp stop the Maya god of death, disaster, and darkness from destroying the world? Zane … [Read more...]

Choosing The Right Children’s Hospital For Your Child #HassenfeldChildrensHospital #Ad

*This post is brought to you by The Motherhood and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. All opinions are my own.     Having a child with a chronic medical illness is extremely difficult. As parents, we never want our children to be ill and we want to make them better right away whenever they do get sick. As many of you know, my younger son has had Benign Rolandic Epilepsy since he was eight years old. I can still remember the first time I witnessed him having a seizure, it was one of the worst moments of my entire life. As a result of his illness, we have spent quite a bit of time at the hospital having him tested as well as taking him to the Emergency Room.     As I navigated the medical system at our local children’s hospital, I learned that one of the best things that parents can do for their children is to advocate for them to receive the best care from the best doctors. It’s so important to choose the right children’s hospital to entrust with the care of your … [Read more...]

Back To School Eating Done Right! #lunchboxx2018 #Ad

*This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com     When it comes to back to school tips, I always have a unique perspective since I am not only an educator, but I'm also a mom! Believe me, I know how overwhelming this time of the year can be when it comes to getting the kids ready for the new school year and making sure you purchase all of the school supplies that they need.     As a Working Mom who juggles a career and a family, meal planning during this time can be especially stressful because I just don't have the time to plan elaborate meals or go shopping for elaborate ingredients. So I've decided to get smart about how I'm going to prepare our family's meals and my sons' school lunches this back to school season. Thank goodness I have the help of 4 Lunchbox brands to help me keep my hungry family fed well! Here are some of my back to school meal planning tips: Prepare Big Meals To Last All Week:     My mother is Italian so we grew up eating bit Italian dinners when I was a … [Read more...]

Listen To Music On A New Level! @BestBuy @SonyElectronics #Ad

    We are huge music aficionados and greatly enjoy taking our music on-the-go as well! Since we all have different tastes when it comes to the kind of songs we listen to, we often rely on our headphones to when we are traveling or around others. We are able to take our playlist with us by using the Sony Noise Canceling Headphones. They are available at Best Buy and they have an amazing 30-hour battery life, so we can jam all day to our favorite artists without worrying about charging. Here are some of our other favorite features of Sony's Industry Leading Noise Canceling WH-1000XM3 Headphones: Their 40mm drivers with liquid crystal polymer diaphragms fill your ears with booming audio to immerse you in songs, and they're ergonomically designed to provide comfort during extended listening sessions. Sony’s proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1 brings the WH-1000XM3 to the height of noise cancellation when you need it the most. Aside from an all-day charge, it features … [Read more...]

Coconut Cupcakes Recipe

    We are finally back in the full swing of things here in New York City. It feels like we were the last ones to start back to school after seeing all the pictures that parents have already been posting for weeks on social media from other states. We finish school at the end of June which is why we start up later than most other places. My sons are enjoying their new teachers and classes. Honestly, I'm just glad that we got through the first week.     As usual, my boys come home starving after being in school all day. I now have a tenth-grader and a seventh-grader and they both have huge appetites. Since I am a full-time Working Mom, I don't have a lot of opportunities to bake treats for them when they get home from school. However, this week I am actually off today and tomorrow for the Jewish holiday so I am taking advantage by making coconut cupcakes for my big boys.     These cupcakes are really easy to make and they taste delicious. I'm so excited to see how my boys are … [Read more...]

Choose Quality For Your Home! #BoschDishwasher @BestBuy @BoschAppliances #Ad

    Last Fall, we remodeled our kitchen and I can't even begin to describe how much work it entailed. Surprisingly, one of the things that we were the least equipped to deal with was choosing all new appliances. You wouldn't believe how many choices there are out there and it can be difficult to know which brand and style is just right for your home and your needs. This is especially true when it comes to choosing a new dishwasher.     Bosch dishwashers are known for being some of the best out there but there are many reasons why they are the World’s #1 Dishwasher Brand! If you like quiet appliances, Bosch is the quietest dishwasher brand in the U.S. Each one of their dishwashers contains 18 sound reducing technologies. As a matter of fact, its InfoLight ® lets you know it’s running.     Bosch is the most reliable dishwasher brand with the lowest repair rate according to a leading consumer publication. Their design and flexibility includes a variety of designs and door handles that … [Read more...]

Support Your Local School! @Walmart @BoxTops #BoxTopsatWalmart #BuyScanEarn #ad

*I have been compensated by Box Tops For Education for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.     When I was growing up, I used to visit my aunt's classroom whenever I had a day off from school. She was a Special Education teacher for twenty years and she loved taking me to her school and having me spend time with her students. It was during that time that I decided that I wanted to grow up and become a teacher. I fell in love with everything about teaching from sharpened pencils to writing on the blackboard.     I have now been a teacher for the past eighteen years and, while I still love teaching as much as I did when I was a kid, I have realized that many schools are in need of valuable resources that are not always readily available due to budget constraints. As a result, we teachers will often supplement those materials that aren't available from our own money. Unfortunately, it's not always possible to provide all of the supplies that my … [Read more...]

We Celebrated National Root Beer Float Day! #AWRootBeer #Ad

    Did you know that August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day? Honestly, I couldn't imagine a better excuse to enjoy A&W Root Beer since it has been a beloved beverage in our home since I was a little girl. My mother has loved it since she, herself, was a kid and she shared it's refreshing taste with us when we were growing up. Who doesn't love the nostalgic taste of a root beer float?     A&W Root Beer has a long history of creating family memories. The unique, creamy taste of A&W Root Beer is a simple treat that creates fun, care-free experiences for families and can help make any moment special.A&W Root Beer helps create the perfect timeless family night treat: an A&W Root Beer Float! We get our “float how-tos” and recipe inspiration by visiting, www.rootbeer.com ,and you can too!     In honor of National Root Beer Float Day, my sons and I had fun creating delicious and creamy floats using A&W Root Beer. My boys really got a kick out of filling up … [Read more...]

Cactus Bottle Craft

    Last Fall, we remodeled our kitchen and purchased new appliances. Now that we have a refrigerator that allows us to dispense filtered water, we are not buying bottled water that much anymore. As a result, it has allowed us to see not only how much money we were spending on bottled water, but also how many empty plastic water bottles we were contributing to the environment. This inspired us to figure out creative ways to recycle these plastic bottles.     You'd be surprised how many uses there are for making sure that we don't just throw these bottles away in the trash. Since the weather during the summer is perfect for enjoying the great outdoors, what better way to reuse these bottles than by using them to do crafts that will beautify your front yard. The thought inspired the following Cactus Bottle Craft which I'm sure many of you will love too! Cactus Bottle Craft Plastic water bottles Green spray paint Yellow tissue paper Toothpicks Hot glue/hot glue … [Read more...]