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 Book How can one boy with a limp stop the Maya god of death, disaster, and darkness from destroying the world? Zane … [Read more...]

How Much Do You Love Donuts? @Entenmanns #ChiefDonutOfficer #Giveaway #Ad

    We love donuts in our house. As a matter of fact, I took both of my sons to my job last Friday and one of my co-workers asked if she could bring in a special treat for them to enjoy. Of course, they asked her to bring in donuts and they enjoyed eating them all day long! I would say that donuts are definitely in their top three favorite desserts.     I think our family loves donuts so much because they come in so many varieties and they are the perfect on-the-go snack. We often take them with us on road trips and because they are so convenient to travel with and so much fun to eat. Also, they can be eaten for breakfast with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate or even enjoyed as an after-dinner treat. Really, there is no wrong time of the day to enjoy donuts.     The search for the country’s biggest donut devotee is on! Entenmann’s®, the iconic baked goods brand, has officially announced its search for the person who deserves its sweetest honorary title ever: Chief Donut … [Read more...]

Entenmann’s Little Bites Cookies And Cream Muffins Are Here! @Entenmanns #LoveLittleBites #Giveaway #Ad

    It's no secret that our family has always loved Entenmann's® Little Bites® but we are super excited that their Cookies & Crème Muffins are finally hitting shelves! They are the newest addition to the Little Bites® Seasonal Favorites line. My husband is sleeping over our house this weekend and you can see he was thrilled to be able to sink his teeth into these delicious muffins as well.     With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Cookies & Crème Muffins are the perfect addition to a Valentine’s Day card exchange for your little one and their friends! I love that they are only 190 calories per pouch and never contain high fructose corn syrup or trans-fat. This makes me feel great about sharing them with my sons, my nephews, and having them share them with their buddies as well.     If you love Little Bites® as much as we do, you should definitely try the NEW Little Bites® rewards program! All you have to do is buy 10 5-count boxes of … [Read more...]

The Queen Rules At Medieval Times! #LongMaySheReign @MedievalTimesNJ #Ad

    After years and years of casting the king as the lead at Medieval Times, there is now a queen leading the entire kingdom. She inherited the throne after her father passed away and prides herself for being a firm and kind ruler who elicits the respect and admiration of all her loyal subjects. Since we have been huge fans of Medieval Times for years, we were beyond thrilled to go meet the queen last week. If you have never been to Medieval times, you have no idea what you are missing. Families enjoy dinner and a show as they are catapulted to medieval Spain within the stone walls of their 11th century-style castle. You are welcome to dine with Queen Maria Isabella and her royal court. As her noble guests, everyone feasts on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, the pastry of the castle, coffee and two rounds of select beverages.     We loved watching the battles between the knights right in front of us as they … [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...]

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...]

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...]

The Tale Of The Traveling Blanky #Lysol #Giveaway #Ad

    Once your kids get older, you think that they are going to outgrow certain things including taking their favorite blanket everywhere.  That has not been the case for my younger son, he will not sleep or lay down anywhere without his favorite "Blanky" and I am constantly chasing after him to try to keep it clean.  Not only does he drag it all over the house with him but, when he is at school during the day, our dog Onyx will take it and lay on it.  I'm literally at my wits' end when it comes to keeping yucky germs off of it.     Until recently, the only tool that I had in my laundry arsenal was detergent but I have always wondered whether or not his blanket truly gets clean after every wash.  NEW Lysol® Laundry Sanitizer is a revolutionary laundry additive that kills 99.9% of bacteria that detergents may leave behind.  I love that it eliminates bacteria, even in cold water!  Having it in my laundry room has empowered me to finally think that I am protecting my family and that all … [Read more...]

Introducing Anne With An E On Netflix! #StreamTeam #Giveaway @Netflix #Ad

    Are you ready for the exciting next chapter in Netflix content?  I am so excited about being a part of celebrating the debut of the Netflix original series, Anne With an E, based on the beloved book series Anne of Green Gables.  As a Literacy Specialist, I always enjoy when some of my favorite books are made into television series that different generations can enjoy and fall in love with.     Anne With an E is a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and many challenges, fights for love and acceptance and her place in the world. Set in Prince Edward Island in the late 1890s, the series centers on Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), a young orphaned girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an aging sister and brother.     Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform the lives of Marilla (Geraldine James) and Matthew Cuthbert (R.H. Thomson) and eventually the entire small town in which they … [Read more...]

Make Mom Feel Beautiful With IT Cosmetics! @ItCosmetics #Giveaway #Ad

    What do you get for the woman who has given you everything?! This year, ItCosmetics is offering a bunch of must-have items that will have all moms feeling beautiful on their special day!     Now that the weather is expected to get warm here in New York City starting next week, I need to up my game and look my very best.  I even have my spring and summer wardrobe lined up in the closet ready to wear! Here are some of my favorite IT girl essentials: Your Beautiful Basics Airbrush 101 5-Piece Face & Eye Getting Started Brush Set - $58 Every woman needs the basic brushes in her makeup bag!  Airbrush 101 is how you get started with brushes! Blend, blur, buff and perfect for a flawless airbrushed finish! Your Face & Eye Essentials Mini 5-Piece Face & Eye Travel Brush Set - $30 When it comes to brushes, start with the essentials!  A great powder, eye shadow brushes and a liner brush can help get you ready in no time!  4 brushes to line, define, smoke out … [Read more...]