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...]

Get The Dream Kitchen You’ve Always Wanted! @BestBuy @LGUS #Ad

    When I had my kitchen completely remodeled last year, it was one of the most exhilarating experiences that I have had as a homeowner. It was such a treat to see my vision come to life and I absolutely insisted on having matching appliances so they could be the Crown Jewels of my new kitchen. There must be something about getting older because I get so excited about purchasing major appliances these days! Best Buy has always been our go-to retailer for everything appliance related.     The new LG Matte Black Kitchen that is available at Best Buy and it is a homeowner's dream come true. Its exclusive Matte Black stainless steel combines the timeless look of stainless steel with a luxe and low-gloss matte finish that compliments any kitchen décor. The best part is that these LG smart kitchen appliances are wi-fi and voice-enabled, allowing you to control your kitchen appliances remotely -- from changing settings, to checking the status, or turning on or off.    Smart appliances … [Read more...]

Superhero Soaps

   In our family, we have been blessed with nothing but boys and they love wrestling, running around, riding their bikes, and pretending to be superheroes. Now that my boys are older, they enjoy being superheroes on their favorite video games. Recently, I was asked by a friend to come up with some fun party gift ideas for her nephew's birthday party. Since I've made DIY soaps before, I thought it would be fun to make superhero soaps for all the kids. Superhero SoapsMaterials:1-2 lb. clear glycerin soap block (I purchased mine at a local arts and crafts store but they are readily available on Amazon) 4-5 drops of essential oil in your favorite scent (optional) Superhero erasers Square soap moldsDirections:Cut the glycerin into small chunks using a sharp knife and place in a 2 cup microwave safe glass measuring cup. Microwave the glycerin in 1 minute increments, stirring until completely melted. If using essential oil, add 4-5 drops and stir. … [Read more...]

Enjoy A Halloween Monster Movie Night! #HotelT3 #Ad

    Can you guys believe that Halloween is right around the corner? My family and I are so excited with all the costume and candy preparations that this fun holiday has really crept up on us. One of our favorite Halloween traditions is also watching spooky movies together and making the night a fun monster movie night. That is why we have added Hotel Transylvania 3 to our scary movie collection!     Available now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury, haunted monster cruise ship. Of course, the rest of the Drac Pack has to tag along, and that’s when things get a little…batty. The monsters are having a great time, indulging in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to colossus-sized buffets and exotic excursions, but then the unexpected happens when Drac falls for the ship’s mysterious, and dangerous, human captain Ericka.It also has some fun, family bonus features, … [Read more...]

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 BookHow 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...]