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...]

DIY Star Wars Hair Bow

    My family and I had the pleasure of going to see the new Star Wars film in 3D.  It was a wonderful opportunity to introduce both of our sons to the movie franchise and a nostalgic experience for my husband and I.  Not only did we love the film, but we began to look for anything and everything that was Star Wars themed.     I've always loved adorning my hair with fabulous accessories.  Although I don't have any daughters, I am able to spoil my Sister in Law's niece during the holidays and for her birthday.  That is where the inspiration came up to create a Star Wars hair bow for her to wear. DIY Star Wars Hair Bow: Materials- 1/4 yard Star Wars fabric Needle and thread Hot glue/hot glue gun Iron/ironing board Alligator clip 7/8" ribbon (any color) Scissors Directions- Cut out three pieces of fabric: -6"x4" -5"x3.5" -1"x3"  Iron the long sides of your fabric over about 1/2" Using your largest … [Read more...]

12 Days Of Netflix! #StreamTeam #Giveaway #Ad

    With Christmas at the end of this week and 2015 winding down, there's a lot to be grateful for. Friends. Family. Good health.  Netflix is something that keeps giving back all year long. So in the spirit of the holidays, I've created a list of 12 reasons Netflix makes the best holiday gift for everyone on your list.  12 Reasons To Spread The Netflix Love This Holiday Season: 12. The Care Bears and Popples allow you to relive the 80s which, as those of us who lived through it know, it was one of the coolest decades ever. 11. Your kids are inspired to use their imaginations with shows like How To Train Your Dragon and Dinotrux. 10. Keep up with who Olivia Pope is representing on Scandal. 9. Watching movies on Netflix with the family is the best way to get some quality time in during the week. 8. Everyone has their own Netflix profile on your account so your favorite shows are right at the click of your remote. 7. You can watch from your … [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...]

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...]

DIY Minions Sugar Cookies Decorating #FandangoFamily @Fandango $50 GC #Giveaway #Ad

    We first met the Minions when we watched the debut of Despicable Me a few years ago.  They were the servants of the villain Gru and their loyalty and dedication to him never faltered.  This summer, we learn about their origins and the backstory about how they came to be the sidekicks of such an infamous super villain in the new Minions movie.     Narrated by Geoffrey Rush, we learn how the Minions evolved over the centuries throughout their quest for new evil masters to serve.  Along the way, they encounter notable historical figures and find themselves in comical situations that we have come to expect from them since we met them years ago.     As a result of their new movie, adorable Minions-inspired DIY crafts and recipes have begun to pop up all over the place.  My contribution to the new Minions craze are these delicious Minions Sugar Cookies.  They are the perfect snack for enjoying after school or for serving at … [Read more...]

Give Your Kids A Glimpse Into Your Childhood! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Partner

    One of my favorite things to do is listen to music and watch shows with my sons that I used to enjoy when I was a kid.  There is just something magical about bridging the gap between your own childhood and your children's childhoods by connecting through these "blasts from the past."  It's a great way to let them know that you weren't always an adult and you weren't always their parent.  Also, it allows you to create memories with them that will last a lifetime.     My siblings and I used to lay on a blanket on the floor and watch Inspector Gadget while munching on our favorite snacks.  It was so much fun to say, "Go, Go, Gadget, Go!"  These special moments allowed us to bond with one another and I love now having the opportunity to watch Inspector Gadget with my boys on Netflix.  They enjoy all of his antics and adventures as much as I did when I was a little girl.     You guys can create these precious memories with your children as well.  Netflix has an entire list of of … [Read more...]

Why Do I Love Snoopy And The Peanuts Gang So Much? @Snoopy #PeanutsMovie #Giveaway #Partner

      When I was seven years old, my parents left Spain to come to the United States in search of a better life.  They did not have enough money to come here with all of their children so they left my sister and I with our grandparents while they found a place to live and secured jobs.  I can still remember laying awake every evening with my mother's necklace clutched between my fingers wondering when we would once again be reunited.     A year passed and our grandparents finally told us that our parents would be sending for us to travel to the United States.  It was a bitter-sweet moment because, while I was excited to be together with my parents again, I knew that I would be a whole continent away from my grandmother and grandfather.  After a few weeks passed, we boarded a flight to America full of excitement and expectations about what this journey would bring.     Once we arrived, our accommodations weren't as luxurious as we had expected.  My father was working in a … [Read more...]

This July, Go Back To Where It All Began… #Minions @Minions #Ad

    This past week, my family and I had the opportunity to attend the advanced screening of the Minions movie here in New York City.  We were all very excited because we have always loved these funny characters and were curious to see what a movie dedicated entirely to their story would be like.     Many of the coming attractions promised that it would be a hilarious and entertaining film and it certainly did not disappoint.  All of us were laughing from the beginning to the end of the movie and it really did give us a broader perspective into who the Minions actually are and where they originate from.     The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Minions commences at the dawn of time.  Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, the Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable and ill-reputed of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to … [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...]