A Mom’s Guide To Parking In NYC! @ParkWhiz #Giveaway #Partner

        Have you ever been to New York City?  Chances are, if you have, you know that it is nearly next to impossible to find parking downtown.  We live in one of the outer boroughs of NYC so we don't have to deal with the hassle of getting parking in the city.  However, there are many exciting things to experience in Manhattan so the kids like to head over there as often as possible to enjoy all the sights and events.     Most New Yorkers will tell you that taking public transportation is the most convenient and affordable way to get around the city.  They are right.  Unfortunately, moms sometimes have special reasons for needing to drive places.  In our family, my younger son and I have health issues that make traveling through the Subway difficult for us.  Likewise, there are many moms with babies and strollers that find it extremely hard to get around on the buses and trains.     Thankfully, I have found the solution to all of our parking problems in NYC!  A great … [Read more...]

Grocery Shopping In NYC Has Just Gotten Easier! @PeapodDelivers #Giveaway #Ad

    I'm going to get right to the point, I am an extremely busy mom.  Not only do I have a full-time career as a New York City public school teacher, but I am also the mom of two active boys, I publish a successful blog, and I am married to a wonderful man.  All of these roles are wonderful but they keep me on my toes and often wondering why there aren't more hours in a day.     I just don't have a lot of time and I am always looking for ways to simplify my life.  That is why I was so excited when I found out that Peapod’s recent expansion in NYC means that every zip code in all 5 boroughs is now able to experience the time and money savings Peapod has to offer!     Let's be honest, grocery shopping can be a very time consuming task and it's a necessary evil because we all need to stock food in the house and feed our families.  Unfortunately, it can sometimes be very difficult to squeeze the time in to go food shopping.  In NY, Peapod offers the best of the suburban grocery store … [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...]

Stay NY Tough During End Of Winter! #NYTough #ColdandFlu @Puffs @PeapodDelivers #Giveaway #Ad

    If you live anywhere near the East Coast this winter, you know that the entire region has been pummeled with a barrage of snow and freezing cold temperatures.  Here in New York City, it has not been any different and many people are struggling to stave off the bitter cold as well as getting sick during cold and flu season.     It is particularly difficult to avoid the cold weather in the "City That Never Sleeps" because New Yorkers are too busy and just don't have time to be sick.  Imagine trudging through six city blocks of blowing snow or having to sneeze through a Broadway show.  Our family actually has some unfortunate experience in this department because we are just getting over having all been very sick the past three weeks.     The worst part of all of us being sick was trying to sleep through the night with a bad cold or the flu and nursing our constant runny noses.  Thankfully, PeapodNYC has all the products that you need to get you through cold and flu season from … [Read more...]

Being A Mom In The City That Never Sleeps! #MomsTrustHuggies @CVSHealth #cbias #Ad

*This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias     Being a Working Mom can be challenging enough as it is but add to that living in the most fast-paced city in the world and it becomes even more interesting.  As a matter of fact, many of my friends wonder how I have ever even managed to get out of the house since I had my boys because they know that it is not easy being a full-time middle school teacher and a mom.     When I had my older son in 2003, I realized right away that I would have to get really creative and resourceful in order to be able to navigate being a mother in New York City.  There are just so many things for busy New York moms on-the-go to consider who live in the Big Apple such as packing a diaper bag that won't weigh you down or getting babies ready to head out and enjoy the big city.     Having lived in the City That Never Sleeps for the majority of my life, I adapted right away to … [Read more...]

Make The System Work For You: Save Money On Small Business Health Insurance #Sponsored

    When I first started teaching fifteen years ago, I had a lot of decisions to make with regards to choosing the right life insurance as well as deciding on my health insurance company.  Honestly, I didn't realize the importance of having these two things in place because I was very young and not really thinking about a time when I would suffer from poor health or not be able to work.     Thankfully, I had a veteran colleague who mentored me and helped me choose the health insurance plan that would cover my family and I in the event of suffering a serious illness.  It was a decision that I have been grateful for having made correctly many times over during the last fifteen years.  Unfortunately, my health has failed me a few times during that time and, having the right coverage, helped to relieve a lot of the stress of being sick in the first place.     Small business owners in New York City know that health insurance is one of the most important considerations when attracting … [Read more...]

Start The New Year Right With Dunkin’ Donuts! @DunkinDonuts ( #NYC #Giveaway ) #Ad

      It's hard to believe that the holidays have come and gone so quickly.  There is so much preparation that goes into making them special for our loved ones that it's exhausting when they are finally over.  Now that it's time to clean everything up and get back into the swing of regular, everyday life, I could use a good cup of coffee to get me going.     Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the Metro NY area are selling Coffee Coupon Cards. These cards give the guest 10 large hot coffees or teas for $14.99.  I don't know about you but I could use being able to save a little money and know that I am getting delicious coffee in the process.  It's so convenient to just use the card and walk out with a steaming cup on my way to work.     You can check out the selection of coffees and teas that are available at your local Dunkin' Donuts by visiting their website.  Also, make sure that you connect with them on Twitter and Facebook to learn about their current offers and promotions. … [Read more...]

Make Your Everyday Life And The Holidays Even Better! #NYTough #Giveaway #AdPG

    Living in New York has always been an amazing experience.  It's a city that is full of life and a melting pot for many nationalities and cultures.  Those of us who reside here are cut from a different cloth and tend to exhibit a sense of strength that radiates from within.  I've always said that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.     During the holidays, you can literally sense the excitement in the air and the city is bustling with many festivities and sights to experience and take in. This time is also a very hectic time for most of us New Yorkers because we have to carry groceries and packages on mass transit as well as make sure that our homes are festively decorated for our families.     In our family, we love having this time to spend with our family and those who matter the most in our lives.  It's the perfect opportunity to celebrate with one another and to feast on some of our traditional foods.  Of course, this also means that there is a big … [Read more...]

Experience The Magic Of Radio City Christmas Spectacular! #RadioCityChristmas @RCChristmas #Ad

    Most New Yorkers will tell you that there are certain magical events and locations that define the holiday season here in New York City.  Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of attending the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the iconic Radio City Music Hall.  Just seeing the beautiful and talented Rockettes in the commercials on television made me realize that seeing this event live would be a once in a lifetime opportunity.     Recently, I had the privilege of not only attending the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with my family but of visiting the famous Roxy Suite at Radio City.  This suite is normally reserved for Radio City performers and VIPs like Elton John, Dave Matthews and Paul McCartney.  It boasts 20-foot-high domed ceilings made of real gold, cherrywood walls and an intimate dining area.  I could literally feel the spirit of the room's history while I was in it.     This year's Radio City Christmas Spectacular includes dynamic songs and dance … [Read more...]

Fall Pumpkin Picking Tips

    Last weekend, I had the pleasure of taking the family to visit Prospect Hill Orchards in the beautiful Hudson Valley in New York State.  You can pick your own apples, pears and pumpkins there and it is very family-friendly.     We've never been pumpkin picking before so we were very excited to see all of the different pumpkin varieties and to decide on just the right ones for our Fall and Halloween decor. The truth is that I knew very little about picking just the right pumpkins before we set out on our adventure.  I did a little research to find out how to pick a pumpkin prior to heading out.     Many of you will probably be picking or purchasing your own pumpkins now that we are heading into the month of October and the season for Halloween.  I figured you could probably use some pumpkin picking tips too. Here is what I learned about picking the right pumpkin: It is much better to pick your own pumpkin at a pumpkin patch than purchasing one at the store. … [Read more...]