Tips To #LiveBrighter With Kids Through Greener Living! #DirectEnergy @DirectEnergy #Ad

    As a parent, I am always trying to impart lessons unto my children about how they can be better citizens and productive members of society.  Now that they are older, I think it is important to teach them that they have to do their part to conserve energy and take care of our planet so that it will be here for generations to come.  Saving on our power during the summer is key which is why I love that Direct Energy savings is arming consumers with the tools that they need to help them conserve energy.     In our home, there are certain things that we do to encourage our kids to save energy and engage in greener living.  Although it may not seem like much, the following are ways that every home can do their part to take care of Planet Earth: Teach your kids to take showers instead of taking baths.  By setting time limits on the amount of time that they spend in the shower and encouraging them to turn the water off while they are brushing … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Be A Happier Person

    Are you tired of feeling sad or unhappy all of the time? Maybe you look at other people and wonder how they can be so happy all day every day. Well, there are some ways you can be happy and here are the tips to prove it. Work Less     Some of us spend literally every day working and it’s time to stop allowing work to suck life away. If you want to be happier, try and find a healthier work-life balance. If you are totally unhappy, maybe it’s time for a career change. Sleep More     How many of us stay up way later than we’re supposed to? Going to bed earlier can help ensure you wake up happier the next day. Being tired can only make a person cranky, so it’s important to get as much sleep as you can to avoid being cranky. Make New Friends     Maybe your friends are making you cranky? Perhaps they suck away the time you have during the day or they are just negative all of the time. Try finding new friends and ones that have a better outlook and perspective on life. Help … [Read more...]

Save Time And Money With A Personal Shopper! $30 Paypal #Giveaway #ShopYourWay

    Being a mom of two who works full-time, I am always looking for ways to save more money at some of the stores where our family loves to shop.  That is exactly why I love the Shop Your Way Rewards program at Kmart and Sears.  We shop there quite often and they always have some great prices so I was excited to find out that I could earn and redeem Points at Kmart, Sears, Lands’ End, Sears Auto Centers, and mygofer.     The Shop Your Way Rewards program is designed to reward you with special offers. You will receive custom offers and exclusive deals based on the purchases you make. You may get offers sent via email, text message, postal mail, and online.   You earn 10 points for every $1.00 you spend on qualifying purchases.  I love that you have the option of redeeming your points immediately or saving them for up to a year to use during the holidays or to buy birthday presents for loved ones.     Have you partnered with a FREE Personal Shopper yet? Did you know it's FREE to use … [Read more...]

Becoming Debt-Free After Having Children

    Are you done having children? Maybe it’s time to focus on serious matters like getting out of debt. There’s good news, it is possible to get out of debt with a little bit of determination. Here are some tips to make this a reality. Only Use Cash     It’s pretty simple to use a debit card and swipe swipe swipe. However, when you only use cash, it’s gone when you run out and there’s nothing you can do about it. Using only cash can help you get out of debt because you’re not going to continue to use a credit card. Prepare for Emergencies     One of the biggest issues facing people who are debt is that they are not prepared for emergencies. When an emergency happens, it’s easy to put it on a credit card and then debt adds up really quickly. You can start preparing for financial emergencies by having an emergency fund set up. Even if it’s only $500, that’s something you won’t need to put on a credit card. Sell Your Stuff     Although you may not want to, selling your items is one … [Read more...]

Get Ready For Summertime With The Peanuts Gang! #PeanutsAtTarget @Snoopy @Target #Giveaway #Ad

    Now that we are in the month of June, the countdown is on until the end of school here in New York City!  Most other states are already on summer vacation but ours does not begin until the end of June so my sons and I are eagerly awaiting the moment when we can enjoy lazy summer nights and fun outdoor summer activities.  Unfortunately, Hubby won't be on vacation at the same time as we are but I'm sure he will find some time to slip away and have some fun with us on our adventures.     This summer, we plan on enjoying some fun with our new Peanuts Products exclusively from Target.  There is no better feeling than enjoying a beautiful summer day enjoying the sun at the pool or beach with our buddies from Peanuts.  This year, they are celebrating their 65th anniversary!  It is so wonderful that my boys can now enjoy a timeless classic that I, myself enjoyed with my siblings as a young girl.     Even more exciting is the fact that, this fall, Peanuts will be releasing their … [Read more...]

There Is Nothing Like A Father’s Love And Protection! #imbornto #MoDSquad @MarchofDimes #Ad

    Last month, I shared with you all how proud I was to have been chosen as one of only 39 moms across the country as an ambassador to March of Dimes in the #ImBornTo campaign.  The entire premise of this campaign is to celebrate all the mothers and fathers who do such a wonderful job every single day to keep their babies safe from conception all the way through childhood and beyond.     Children need their moms but they also need the love, guidance and protection of their fathers.  It is that love and encouragement from both parents that propels kids to greatness due to having a solid and supportive foundation at home.  In my case, I have been extremely fortunate to have my husband as the father of our boys.  From the moment that I shared their impending arrival with him, he has strived to be the best role model and "daddy" that he could possibly be.  These qualities are evident in the eyes of our children when they look up at him.     Over the years he has coached little league … [Read more...]

You Are Better At Parenting Than You Think! @minutemaid_us #DoinGood #DiMe #Sweeps #Ad

*DISCLAIMER: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Minute Maid and DiMe Media.  Minute Maid will provide this prize. Minute Maid is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with the contest – and all opinions are my own.     This time of the year is very special because it honors all the moms and dads through the celebration of Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Although parents make many sacrifices for their children throughout the year with absolutely no expectation of recognition, it's really important to highlight what a wonderful job they are doing raising their kids.  After all, who doesn't like to hear that they are doing a good job, especially when that job is as monumental as being responsible for another human being?     I have to be completely honest, I don't always feel like I am doing the best job possible at raising my boys.  Although their father and I do everything possible to ensure that they are always safe and cared for, life … [Read more...]

Every Baby Is Born To Do Something Special! #imbornto #MoDSquad @MarchofDimes #Ad

    I'm very excited and proud to share with you all that I have been selected, along with 39 other moms across the country, to represent March of Dimes in the #ImBornTo campaign.  That number was chosen to represent the number of weeks in a full-term pregnancy.  They call us the MoDSquad and we are here to celebrate all of the moms and dads who keep babies healthy and safe, before and after birth.     During my second pregnancy, I started having contractions at 34 weeks and my son was in real danger of being born early.  Every week, I had to go into the hospital to receive IV fluids in order to stop my contractions and keep me from going into labor early.  I was very afraid because I knew that babies born prematurely are at risk for developmental delays and medical problems.  Thankfully, the medical interventions worked and I was able to hold off giving birth until 38 weeks and had a healthy baby boy.     March of Dimes believes that every baby is born to do something special and … [Read more...]

Help Walmart Fight Hunger And Spark Change! #WeSparkChange #SHOP2GIVE @Walmart #Sponsored

      According to the USDA, 1 in 6 Americans may struggle with hunger. That is a sobering thought considering that many of these Americans who are hungry are children. As an educator, I have seen first-hand how devastating poverty and not having enough to eat can be for families. There have been many times when I have had to deliver groceries to the needy families of my students or even send students down to the nurse because they did not have enough to eat for breakfast and could not function in class because they were so famished.     Walmart recognizes that it is time to fight hunger and has partnered with some of our favorite food brands to help feed America 75 million meals to Feeding America Food Banks nationwide.  As a Fight Hunger Ambassador, I am proud to join the movement to put food on the tables of those who need it across this country.  From April 6th to May 3rd, when you buy a specially marked item at Walmart, you help secure one meal on behalf of local … [Read more...]

Show Your Appreciation For Those Who Protect Our Freedom! #DECares @DirectEnergy #Ad

    We have always been very proud of the military personnel in our family and throughout the country.  Both my brother and husband served in the Army previously and my Sister in Law is currently serving in the Navy and has completed tours in Afghanistan.  Their sacrifices have helped to ensure not only my own family's freedom but every other citizen's as well.  It is a source of pride to know that they have served our country in this way.     When my Sister in Law was in Afghanistan for a year, I wanted to know how we could support her while she was away from home.  She would often call us and tell us how lonely and homesick she was so far away from home.  During this time, I picked up a few tips for how we could let her know that we were thinking about her and show her our appreciation for her service. Servicemen and servicewomen benefit greatly from feeling connected to their family and loved ones when they are deployed.  The long-term benefits for veterans are … [Read more...]