Tips For Tackling Parenting Conversations With Your Kids! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    This week, my son is turning 13 and there are many important conversations that his father and I have begun to initiate with him since he is getting older.  These days, it is not easy to unglue his phone from his hand or to get his attention for more than five minutes to even sit down and talk.  I'm not going to say that addressing those tough topics with him has been easy either, after all, he is always going to be my baby.       As far as my ten year-old is concerned, the conversations that we have are still a little less complicated than the ones we have been having with his older brother.  We usually spend most of our time talking about why he should be getting along better with his sibling or what he has to do to earn more privileges.  Thankfully, with Netflix, I can use my sons'  favorite shows to open the door for these tricky, sometimes awkward conversations.  I'm sure those of you with teens, tweens, and preteens … [Read more...]

Fortune Teller Craft Activity! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Although my family and I definitely agree on the fact that we all love Netflix, we sometimes cannot agree on what we should watch next as a family.  We love each other dearly but we have huge differences when it comes to our taste in movies and shows.  Our weekly debates can go from pleasant disagreements to heated debates so we have been looking to find ways to compromise so we can all enjoy what we like to watch.     Since they know getting a collective answer can be easier said than done, Netflix has created an iconic fortune teller to help your family decide what to watch next. Even better, create your own! Fortune Teller Craft Activity How to play: Print out the Fortune Teller and cut (with help!) along the dotted line. Label the outermost triangles 1-8 and add in different genres for each. Then on the inner triangles, fill in your favorite show or movie currently streaming on Netflix that corresponds to each genre. Fold … [Read more...]

Family Movie Night Featuring The Peanuts Movie! #ThePEANUTSSpring @Snoopy Ad

    This past weekend we were very excited to celebrate family movie night by watching The Peanuts Movie on Blu-ray and DVD.  It was the perfect opportunity to explore the themes of setting goals and dreaming big as well as enjoying Charlie Brown and the entire beloved Peanuts gang with both of our boys.  For a limited time, get a Snoopy Flying Ace plush toy with THE PEANUTS MOVIE DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD combo pack, making it the perfect gift for Easter baskets.     In THE PEANUTS MOVIE, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and all your favorite Peanuts gang characters appear in a brand-new feature film from the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of Ice Age.  As we have come to expect from Charlie Brown, he takes off on a heroic quest in his usual optimistic way, while his beagle pal Snoopy braves the skies to look for his arch nemesis, the Red Baron.  We were laughing at their antics the entire time they were embarking on … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]