Spend A Fuller Night In! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    When it comes to family night in our home, we love to cuddle together in the living room or in my king-sized bed and watch our favorite movies and shows on Netflix.  My husband and I have grown tired of some of the programming on cable and network television because they often contain subject matter that is not always appropriate for younger audiences.  This is not a concern that we have when we watch Netflix because they offer such a wonderful variety of family-friendly entertainment for us to watch.     Growing up, I loved watching Full House because the Tanners were such a loving family and they always had each other's backs whenever one of them had a problem.  That's why I'm so excited to see Kimmy, Stephanie and DJ all grown up and with their own kids on the recent launch of Fuller House.  Although I figured my boys would love meeting this family as much as I loved them when I was a girl, even I wasn't prepared for them to love the … [Read more...]

It’s Springtime, Charlie Brown! #ThePEANUTSSpring #Giveaway #Ad

    Ever since I became a Peanuts Ambassador, I have had the pleasure of bringing you all some amazing giveaways as well as giving you access to a lot of the behind-the-scenes information around Peanuts over the years.  Now that it is spring, I am excited to announce that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s THE PEANUTS MOVIEarrived on Digital HD Feb. 12 and its Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD is scheduled to debut on March 8, 2016.     Fans of all ages can now join in as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang appear as you’ve never seen them before in a brand-new feature film.  A whole new generation of viewers will now be able to enjoy Charlie Brown's never-ending optimism as well as Snoopy's sky adventures in search of the Red Baron.  It is just as perfect for family movie night as the Peanuts adventures have been over the years during our own childhoods.     With the Collector’s Edition … [Read more...]

Is Your Kid A Bedtime Staller? #StreamTeam #5MoreMinutes @Netflix #Ad

    My nine year-old son is a master negotiator when it comes to extending his bedtime.  He is always looking for ways to take full advantage of those last "five more minutes."  Since he was diagnosed with epilepsy last May, adhering to a strict bedtime has become even more important because studies show that sleep deprivation can be a trigger for seizures.   Here are some of my little darling's favorite excuses for not going to bed: "I need to go to the bathroom." "When are you going to bed, Mommy?" "I can't sleep without my Teddy Bear." "I'm thirsty and I need a drink of water." "Daddy is snoring too loud and keeping me awake."     It turns out that I am not alone in this struggle of daily bartering.  As a matter of fact, bedtime excuses are universal – more than 60% of parents around the globe are dealing with kids’ stall tactics before bed, adding up to nearly 20 minutes every single night.  Imagine that, not only … [Read more...]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hand Puppets #FandangoFamily @Fandango #Giveaway #Ad

    Although I have always been a movie buff, it takes a special film to get me really excited and make me want to go see it on its opening weekend.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens has me literally on the edge of my seat in anticipation.  So much so, that I have already purchased tickets in advance for my entire family the weekend that it debuts in theaters in December.  Let me tell you, that is the first time that I have bought movie tickets that far in advance!     This movie is special for me because of the nostalgia involved in watching the original Star Wars movies when I was a kid with my siblings.  I have nothing but great memories of the three of us being glued to the big screen watching some of our favorite characters like Han Solo, Princess Leah, Yoda and Chewbacca on their intergalactic adventures.       In this continuation of the epic space opera saga, a downed stormtrooper goes on a journey reconnecting him with … [Read more...]

Check Out My Netflix Shelfie List! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    I've been trying to make a little "Me" time on the weekend now that my husband is finally off for those two days after having worked through them for the past ten years.  Since he is home now, he loves to take our boys out to spend some quality father and sons time together.  As a result, I now have some time to enjoy some of my favorite things to do including watching my shows on Netflix.     I'm very excited this fall because of all the new programs that are streaming on Netflix as well as catching up on the series that I have been meaning to watch but never had the time to do so before.  If you don't know what a "shelfie" is, it is the shows you've been wanting to watch but they've been sitting on the virtual shelf because...well, because you're a parent and who has the time? The following is my list of top three shelfies that I plan on finally watching because I can finally do so! #1  SCANDAL A powerful team of Washington, … [Read more...]

5 Tips For Getting Your Family Ready For Back To School! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Partner

    I cannot believe how quickly the summer is over!  In less than one week, students will be getting ready for back to school here in New York City.  Honestly, it is a bitter-sweet time for me because I relish every moment that I get to spend with both of my boys during summer vacation.  As a Working Mom, I have to try to take advantage of the opportunities that I have to enjoy some quality time with them.     No more letting them get away with staying up past their bedtime or sleeping in every morning.  It's time to get their brains working and their creative juices flowing so they can start the academic year off on the right foot.  That is exactly what I love so much about Netflix, its movies and television shows allow me to get them back into school mode while making them think that they are just having fun.  Don't tell them but, they are actually learning something while watching these programs. Here are five tips for getting … [Read more...]

Join Us In Search Of New Dragons! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Partner

    This past week, I finally had the chance to sit down and watch Dragons: Race to the Edge on Netflix.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed watching it along with my nine year-old son.  The two main characters, Hiccup and Toothless risk leaving the safety of their home, on the island of Berk, to search for new dragons.     My boys had a ball using their imaginations to create their own adventures where they set out to find mystical dragons.  They were so excited about possibly finding dragons with some of the abilities of the dragons on the show including sending shock waves, cannon balls and fire blasts.  Who knew that modern dragons had such amazing abilities?     In Dragons: Race to the Edge, Hiccup finds the magical Dragon Eye artifact aboard and abandoned ship.  This discovery leads him to learn that there is much more to find outside the Berk limits and he allows his curiosity to get the best of him.  Hiccup’s own words, “this changes everything,” shows us that … [Read more...]

Honor Your Favorite Hero This Father’s Day! #FandangoFamily @Fandango #Giveaway #Ad

    This past week, I spoke to my boys about what we are going to do to for my husband this Father's Day.  They always get excited when we plan surprises for their dad because they are both very close to him.  Also, they realize how much he sacrifices every single day to make sure they enjoy the very best that life has to offer.  Immediately, they told me that they definitely wanted to make cards for him and we brainstormed ideas for themes that we could follow in order to decorate these cards.     My nine year-old son said that many superheroes save the world and never quit just like the Avengers.  He then went on to say, "Daddy is my superhero because he never quits on me no matter what and he always saves the day when something is wrong."     I was so deeply touched by his words that I decided right then that we would make Father's Day cards using the new film, Avengers: Age of Ultron as inspiration for these cards.  Since this is the ultimate superhero movie, it is perfect … [Read more...]

Embrace Your Inner Unbreakable With Kimmy Schmidt! #StreamTeam #KimmySchmidt @Netflix #Partner

    Being a parent is not for the faint of heart.  This is especially true at the beginning of parenthood when mom and dad are still trying to adjust to their new identities as caretakers of another human life.  After a while, most of us realize that we can't let this experience break us and we figure out how to juggle everything that involves being a parent including changing diapers, making meals, and basically doing everything to keep our little person alive.     This month on Netflix, we are introduced to a hysterical comedy series called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starring Ellie Kemper who is a woman that is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for a socialite in New York City.  She's definitely in for the experience of her life when she arrives armed with only a backpack, a comical pair of light-up sneakers and some overdue library books.  It's safe to say that she was unprepared to tackle this new world that she had no idea even existed.     Kimmy … [Read more...]

The Circus Is In Town! #RinglingBros #CircusXtreme @FeldEnt @RinglingBros #Partner

    Ever since my boys were little, they have loved the circus.  I can still remember their bright, shining faces the first time that my husband and I took them to see it.  I'm not sure who had more fun, us or them.  Now that they are older, I was very excited to have the opportunity to take them to see the new Ringling Bros. Circus Xtreme at the Barclay's Center in New York City.  I couldn't wait to see how they would react to the show now that they are older.     This new show features some unexpected spectacles that have never been seen before in the with unique circus artists and amazing animals.  That is why I think it is appealing to children and adults of all ages, it has attractions that appeal to everyone universally.  The best part was that, this time, I had the chance to take my nephews with us to the show so I enjoyed seeing their looks of wonder and amazement as each star put on their act.     My younger son's favorite star was Gemma Querida Kirby, also known as The … [Read more...]