Manage Your Child’s Allergies Once And For All!

I am participating in an influencer program on behalf of Claritin®. This program is paid for by the makers of Claritin® and I have received compensation for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own.    Seasonal allergies have been the bane of this family's existence for as long as I can remember. Not only did I suffer from them as a child, but now my son suffers from them as well. The problem is that he is also asthmatic, so his asthma is aggravated whenever he gets congested or irritated from his allergies. As a result, we have spent a lot of time in doctor's offices over the years.      Thankfully, the Smart Allergy Mom Toolkit® by the makers of Children’s Claritin® has empowered me with the information that I need to get a handle on my son's allergies once and for all!     In my son's case, he happens to be allergic to something in every season, so it has been difficult to get his allergies under control in the past. Some of the most … [Read more...]

Look Forward To The Future! @BasicInvite #BasicInvite #Ad

    Graduation is a stressful time for many people. For parents with children are graduation high school or college, graduation means sending your son or daughter off on their future. And while you are probably very hopeful and confident that your children will succeed, it’s hard to ignore the pangs of worry and fear that everything will work for your kids. Students graduating also have a lot to worry about. As exciting as it is to move onto college or the field of your choice, it is equally nerve-wracking to look toward the future and not know what’s coming. On top of fear of the unknown, there are many details about graduation that can also cause anxiety and worry. Here are a few tips to help parents and students manage their fears and look toward the future with optimism:     One thing to keep in mind as graduation looms ever closer is that change is a part of life. Sometimes your family has to move across the country, other times you may decide it’s time to … [Read more...]

Celebrate 20 Years With Entenmann’s Little Bites! @Entenmanns #HBDLittleBites #Ad

    Entenmann's® Little Bites® is celebrating its 20th birthday in a big way! Their Little Bites 20th Birthday Bash Sweepstakes is awarding 20 lucky winners the ultimate prize pack, including a $500 gift card towards throwing your child a birthday party bash! It's so exciting to know that Entenmann's® has been bringing smiles to families for so many years. They have definitely been a part of many of our gatherings and celebrations as a family over the years.    Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins are baked soft & moist using real ingredients! They have a yummy taste kids love and are the perfect choice that parents want— all together in the same, easy-pouch, on-the-go snack! We pack a pouch of Little Bites® snacks anytime we are heading out during the week! My sons especially love enjoying them on the way to basketball practices and drama rehearsals.    Our family's “Happy Birthday” wish to Little Bites® is that they will … [Read more...]

Love Out Loud This Valentine’s Day #Teleflora #LoveOutLoud #ad

    Imagine sweeping your sweethearts off their feet this Valentine’s Day with spectacular bouquets from Teleflora, the world’s leading floral gifting service. Recently, Teleflora revealed its newValentine’s Day bouquet lineup featuring a curated selection of arrangements always made by hand and hand-delivered to your door by a local florist.      From lush, dreamy arrangements that will take their breath away to bright blooms that will make anyone feel loved, the new collection offers a special, unforgettable gifting experience the moment Teleflora’s flower delivery arrives. It's really the perfect way to let that special someone in your life know exactly how you feel about him or her.     I had the pleasure of receiving Teleflora's Happy Harmony Bouquet for Valentine's Day. You can Celebrate love and friendship with this sweet floral arrangement. With a playful pattern of red and silver scattered … [Read more...]

Enjoy A Spooky Family Movie Night With Goosebumps 2! #Goosebumps2 #Ad

    Watching movies as a family is probably one of our favorite pastimes. There is just something about snuggling together with some delicious snacks and watching great films that makes this a great way to spend quality time together. It's even better when you watch spooky movies in the evening and, since my sons are older, we really enjoy a good scare!     This month, one of our favorite family movie night titles has been Goosebumps 2, which became available on Blu-ray™ and DVD January 15. Slappy the devious ventriloquist dummy returns to run amuck, in this second installment of the family-friendly franchise based on R.L. Stine’s beloved book series. Since both of my boys are huge fans of these books, they especially love to see their favorite stories and characters come to life on the Big Screen!    As the story unfolds, we are taught to be careful what you wish for. With their after school junk business, best friends Sonny and Sam hope … [Read more...]

Entenmann’s® And BUMBLEBEE Movie – Match Made In Heaven! #BUMBLEBEEMovie #Ad

We love Entenmann’s® Little Bites® and especially enjoy them when we are watching our favorite movies as a family. As a matter of fact, we are huge moviegoers and love spending quality time together whenever we can.In partnership with BUMBLEBEE, Entenmann’s® is launching a fun offer to celebrate the theatrical release of the film. From now through January 5, 2019, with the purchase of three Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins, eight count donuts or Entenmann’s® Minis, fans will receive $5.00 off a movie ticket to see this action-packed movie!Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins are pre-portioned pouches of delicious baked snacks made with real ingredients like blueberries, strawberries and bananas. They also make a variety of delicious, cake style donuts such as Rich Chocolate Frosted, Crumb and Powdered.We have always loved that Entenmann's® Minis feature the same deliciousness and quality you know and love from classic Entenmann’s® products, … [Read more...]

Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe

    One of the things that I have noticed as an educator is that children and young people are completely addicted to technology. They don't take time out to speak to one another fact to face anymore and they definitely don't play the kinds of games that we used to play when we were kids. The games I'm talking about were Jacks, Tic-Tac-Toe, Hopscotch, etc.    Lately, my husband and I have been trying to limit technology in our home. Since we now have a teen and a pre-teen, they would rather spend most of their time playing video games when we are home. While we do reward them with time to play these games, we've also been going back to basics by making them turn off their gadgets in lieu of playing some good old-fashioned games as a family.    When I was younger, one of my favorite games was Tic-Tac-Toe because it was so easy to play and because you could basically use any surface as a game board and many items can be used as game pieces. That … [Read more...]

Enjoy Your Favorite Movies With Showcase Subscribe! #ShowcaseCinemas @ShowcaseUS #Ad

    Every holiday season, it's always a challenge to purchase just the right gifts for your friends and family. This year, my older son is a teenager and my nephews are teenagers so I wanted to make sure to get them presents that they would really enjoy. But what do you get the young person or loved one who already has everything? Since everyone in my family and my circle of friends loves movies, I knew that purchasing a subscription plan from Showcase Cinemas would be the perfect gift for all of them!    Showcase recently launched a special subscription program titled Showcase Subscribe to make moviegoing a easier and more affordable for its customers. You can purchase tickets from either the 2D or Premier plan, which includes 3D, XPLUS and IMAX formats. The best part is that their individual plan starts at just $16.96! It's so easy to reserve their tickets via the app without having to worry about blackout dates. My loved ones can also use their Showcase Starpass membership number to … [Read more...]

Nativity Puppets

    Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner? This is, by far, my favorite time of the year. I just love all of the sights, scents, and sounds of the holidays. It just feels like such a warm and inviting time and I do believe that it helps to bring out the good in people. Everything about the holidays also lends itself to some creative and colorful arts and crafts. One of my favorite memories from my childhood was my grandmother's Nativity which she put up every Christmas Eve. Those fond memories were the inspiration for this project. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Nativity Finger PuppetsSupplies needed:-stretchy gloves in your choice of color - peel and stick felt nativity stickers (found at Hobby Lobby or most craft stores where scrapbooking materials are sold) - craft glue or hot glue/glue gunDirections:1. First decide in which order you wish to place the nativity characters. For ours, we placed the Holy Family together on one side … [Read more...]

Basketball Cookie Pops

    I definitely could not let the official start of basketball season at my son's school without commemorating the event with a fun basketball recipe. His team often has celebrations throughout the season and parents are always being asked to bring treats and donate their time. My son and his teammates love cookies and they love anything that has to do with basketball.     I thought it would be fun to utilize my chocolate pop making experience to create some delicious basketball cookie pops for them to enjoy. Many of you probably don't know this but I worked at a gourmet chocolate shop when I was in college and learned quite a bit about creating delectable treats with chocolate. But that is a post for another day. In the meantime, check out this fun recipe that is so easy to make! Basketball Cookie PopsIngredients:Oreo cookies 2 cups orange candy melts 1 cup brown candy melts Lollipop sticks Parchment paper Decorating bagDirections-1. Lay out a … [Read more...]