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...]

Keep Teens Safe: Free Teen Drive Safety Clinics In NY And NJ! #TeenDrive365 @Toyota #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Toyota. However, all opinions expressed are my own.       As a parent of a Tween here in New York City, I know that it is only a matter of time before he is old enough to want to go and get his driving permit.  Although I understand his excitement at being able drive and asserting his independence, I worry about him driving safely in an urban environment.  I was a teenager once so I understand how peer pressure and the fact that teenagers think they are invincible can be a dangerous combination when it comes to driving.     Looking back on when I started driving, I wish someone would have taught me how to do some basic upkeep on my car.  It would have been great to know how to check the oil and possibly change a tire back when I was driving around in my old jalopy.  It's actually quite embarrassing how many times I became stranded on the side of the road and had to call my parents to come and pick me up because something went … [Read more...]

Unlock An Unexpected Dose Of Joy! #MusicToYourNose @GainLatino @Gain #Giveaway #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of Gain. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating. All opinions are my own.     Many people don't know a lot about the Bronx aside from what they have seen on television or in the movies.  This borough of New York City is often depicted in a less than favorable light and we don't get the credit that we deserve for being full of decent and hardworking people.  That is why I was so excited when I found out that Gain was coming to the Bronx to transform local neighborhood laundromats into something special.  I immediately knew that this would help to spread an unexpected dose of joy throughout our community!     This past Friday, I had the pleasure of meeting Bronx-born musician Leslie Grace, who has partnered with Gain, to showcase how art, music and culture collide to celebrate the launch of six community-decorated Laundromats throughout the Bronx, Spanish Harlem and Washington … [Read more...]

We Visited Legoland Discovery Center! @LDCWestchester #LegolandNYC #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of Legoland Discovery Centers US. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating. All opinions are my own.        When I was a little girl, my younger brother had so much Lego® that we used to build magnificent structures and pretend play for hours on end.  There are just so many great memories that I associate with these building blocks that revolve around family and togetherness.     This past Easter weekend, my husband and I decided that we wanted to plan a fun family outing after attending mass in the morning.  Sunday is the day that we are both off from work and our boys are off from school and it is important to be able to spend quality time together.  Our destination of choice was the Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester, NY within the Ridge Hill shopping district.     Both of our boys are huge Lego® fans and have used them since they were toddlers to spend … [Read more...]

Support Kids Walk For Kids With Cancer! #KidsWalk #WalkWithUs @KidsWalkMSKCC

    As many of you are aware, I am a six year Leukemia Survivor.  Receiving a Cancer diagnosis is devastating at any age, however, it is especially horrific when a child is diagnosed with this disease.  It's every parents' worst nightmare and, unfortunately, the reality is that Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children.  Each day 46 children will be diagnosed with Cancer-this number is equivalent to the number of seats that it takes to fill a school bus.     Pediatric Cancer research is severely underfunded which is why Kids Walk For Kids With Cancer is such an important event.  In 2001, a group of 8th grade students in Brooklyn, NY decided to raise funds to help cure pediatric Cancer.  One of the students had a little brother who was finishing treatment for stage IV neuroblastoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center so this cause was deeply personal to him.     These 8th graders raised $35,000 through their walkathon and, since then, new teams continue to … [Read more...]