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...]

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...]

You Are Invited To Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day 2018 at Showcase Cinemas! #ShowcaseCinemas @ShowcaseUS #Ad

    I've been keeping a wonderful secret for a couple of weeks! It is time to let the cat out of the bag and tell you all that I have been asked to be  a 2018 Showcase Cinemas brand ambassador! This means that I will be sharing news about upcoming screenings and promotions, hosting movie ticket giveaways, and keeping you guys in the loop about anything related to Showcase Cinemas.     In my first post as a newly appointed ambassador, I wanted to let you know that for the second year in a row Showcase Cinemas will be participating in Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day on April 10th. For the past 40 years, Ben & Jerry's has opened their legendary Scoop Shops to dish out free ice cream to fans and Showcase Cinemas is excited to be a part of the fun again when they try to beat the 22,000 cones they gave out at their theaters last year!     This year, Showcase Cinemas is adding to the celebration by offering customers the chance to enter-to-win a special family movie night prize pack! … [Read more...]

Top Netflix Picks For 2017 #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Before the credits roll in 2017, I wanted to take a look back at all of our favorite Netflix moments this year. From the very best binges to conquering family TV time, there was truly something for everyone. So, without further ado, here are the shows that filled our family's must-watch list this past year: Sneaking in some me-time with Orange is the New Black. Choosing what’s next with Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale. Binge racing through all episodes of Stranger Things 2 in one sitting.     Celebrating New Year’s with your kids can get exhausting. Fast. While they may think they’re staying up until midnight, little do they know the secret weapon you have in your pocket: Netflix New Year’s Eve Countdowns. With nine countdowns to choose from, you can press play on the night’s festivities whenever and however you want, so they’re off to bed sooner and you can pop a bottle of bubbles—now that’s a cause for celebration.     Featuring a cast of faces familiar and … [Read more...]

Ring In The Holidays With The Peanuts Gang! @Snoopy #Giveaway #Ad

    As you all know, I have been a Peanuts Ambassador for the past few years. The entire Peanuts gang has been such a huge part of my childhood and my life and I am so proud that my sons love them too. They immediately fall in love with anything that includes their beloved Peanuts characters so I am always on the lookout for Peanuts-themed gifts, especially around the holidays. Here are some of my favorites this season: Hallmark Peanuts Holiday itty bittys Set: Outfitted for Christmas in holiday editions of the beloved characters, this Peanuts itty bittys set serves as the perfect seasonal display or stocking stuffer. You can also take Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Woodstock out to play with this fun-filled carrier shaped like the beloved beagle’s doghouse. As an added bonus, Hallmark will donate $1.00 to Toys for Tots each time one of your readers buys a Peanuts Holiday itty bitty on their own. SRP: $32.75 for the whole set or $6.95 individually. The Peanuts Guide to … [Read more...]

Stranger Things Season 2 Is Coming To Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix

    Most of you have probably heart that Stranger Things Season 2 is coming to Netflix! The timing is excellent since Halloween is right around the corner and we all enjoy spooky programming during this time of the year. If you have not watched season 1 yet, you should probably start binge watching so you are ready in time to enjoy season 2!     The story is set in the town of Hawkins, Indiana in 1984. It focuses on the supernatural forces and strange events that continue to haunt this town and all of its residents. We can all expect to see all of the characters back from season 1 and also be introduced to some new characters including tomboy Max and her older step-brother Billy, a woman named Roman who has a connection to Hawkins Lab, RadioShack manager Bob Newby, Department of Energy agent Dr. Owens and  journalist-turned-conspiracy theorist Murray Bauman.     Stranger Things is like a time machine back to the 80’s. Now you can also play along with this super rad, nostalgic … [Read more...]

Enjoy The Fall With Snoopy! @Snoopy #Giveaway #Ad

    Fall has finally arrived and everyone I know is busy focusing on back-to-school and working hard. Snoopy would like to remind parents and kids that it's important to take a break from the grueling homework and serious textbooks every so often with these two new and entertaining Peanuts-themed books!     The first, called “Hugs for Snoopy,” is a Simon Spotlight novelty board book for kids about hugs with a touchable, lovable plush Snoopy face on the cover! It's perfect for teaching kids how important it is to show love to those who truly matter in their lives.     It doesn't matter if you’re happy, sad, lost, or found, nothing warms the heart like a hug—just take it from Snoopy! In this adorable board book, Snoopy earns a hug from Linus, snuggles away the sniffles for Woodstock, and gets caught in a cuddle with Charlie Brown. Now Peanuts fans, young and old, can feel the love, too!     In the second book, entitled “Peanuts for Inspiration and Relaxation,” from Posh, adult … [Read more...]

Practice The Art Of Persuasion With Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    I love to discover a new favorite show or movie on Netflix but I hate to watch it alone. My sons love to binge watch their favorite cartoons and shows too so I am always trying to recruit them as my watch partners. They always try to give me a hard time initially, however, they are powerless to resist my persuasive techniques for too much time. There are many ways that you can convince your friends and loved ones to join you when you are enjoying Netflix and I am just the person to show you how this is done! Chef's Table? You don’t have to know how to whip up a 5-star meal to watch someone else do it. Follow the recipe below to get the rest of the family onboard for a truly Michelin worthy experience. Need to convince someone to travel to a galaxy far, far away with you? Hyperdrive below for a map that will take your kids, spouse or parents from a Padawan to a Jedi Master. Repeat after me: Cartoons are not just for kids. If that’s not working for you, let … [Read more...]

Play Snoopy Pop Game With Your Family! #SnoopyPop @PlaySnoopyPop #Giveaway #Ad

    My family loves to play games and have fun together.  These moments allow us to make precious memories with one another and provide opportunities for us to escape from our hectic weekly schedules involving school and work throughout the year.  Since we are also huge Peanuts fans, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to review Snoopy Pop, the all-new bubble shooter game featuring all of our favorite characters including Snoopy, Woodstock, and the rest of the gang.     Of course, my husband and sons learned how to play the game right away since they are gaming aficionados and often play games on their electronic devices.  I was a little worried that it would take me a long time to get the gist of how to play Snoopy Pop but is was surprisingly easy.     Basically, the premise of the game is that players have to help Snoopy and the rest of the beloved Peanuts characters rescue Woodstock and his flock of bird friends who have been trapped in bubbles.  The bubbles are color … [Read more...]

Experience Interactive Storytelling On Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    As many of you know, I have been a Literacy Specialist in New York City public schools for over seventeen years.  Throughout my tenure, I have had a first-hand look at how reading affects children positively in every aspect of their life.  As a result, I am always on the lookout for opportunities for kids to improve their comprehension through creativity.     Netflix has recently announced their first interactive "branching" narrative episodes Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, where Netflix members have control over how the story develops and ultimately unfolds.  Non-linear stories like these allow children to tap into their imagination and to really think about the story elements and events taking place involving the characters.     My son and I recently had the opportunity to be among the first Netflix Stream Teamers to experience this interactive storytelling together.  As an educator, it was so rewarding to see him so engaged … [Read more...]