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...]

Celebrate Dad At The Crosstown Diner In The Bronx! @CrosstownDiner #Ad

    My husband has always been a pillar in our community.  Not only is he a wonderful father, but he also gives his time selflessly to support young people at my sons' school and in the neighborhood.  Since our boys were little, he has volunteered to coach their basketball and little league teams and just about everyone knows him.  We like to honor him every single day of the year but, on Father's Day, we try to make him feel a little more special than usual.     One of Hubby's favorite things to do with our family is go out to eat.  This is a time when we can spend quality time as a family enjoying great food and just focusing on one another.  When it comes to his go-to restaurants, he likes to dine locally and one of his absolute favorite places to eat is the Crosstown Diner.  We have been going there for years, since even before we started our family.  He always says that eating there on Sunday reminds him of every good thing that he has done in his life.     This Father's … [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...]

Have Confidence In Your Tap Water! @ZeroWaterFilter #Giveaway #Ad

    I have to be honest with you guys, I'm not that confident in our tap water.  It's hard to ignore all of  the reports about chemicals such as Chromium 6 and Lead continuously popping up in the news threatening the drinking water in cities across the country.  Both contaminants are blamed for everything from birth defects and neurological disorders to organ deterioration and cancer.  It's scary to think that my family could be exposed to these toxins from our drinking water.     Most people either purchase expensive water filtration systems or spend billions of dollars on bottled water each year.  If you start to think about how many empty bottles of water you recycle or have lying around in your car you will realize how quickly this expense can add up!  Not to mention all the waste that is being produced from all of these discarded plastic bottles.  Factor in that you're still not getting the purest water possible. There is a better option.     ZeroWater offers an easy-to-use … [Read more...]

What Are You Passionate About? #JOURNEYTOÄAH #HäagenDazs @HaagenDazs_US #Ad

    It might seem like a simple question but some people actually have a hard time pinpointing the exact thing that they truly feel passionate about.  Passion is something that drives each and every one of us from within and it can mean the difference between being ordinary or being extraordinary.  Although it is a process to grow an idea from its early stages to its full bloom and glory, it is definitely worthwhile in the end.  The reason for this is that our true happiness will arise from the journey we take to transform our passion into a truly driving force.     In my case, I have always prided myself on being authentic and staying true to my core values and belief system.  Family and education have always been important to me so I have made both the focal points of my life.  Anyone who knows me is aware that my roles as mother and educator are an integral part of who I am and that I pour my whole self into doing both to the best of … [Read more...]

Take Your Food Storage To Another Level! #LockInBrilliance @Rubbermaid #Giveaway #Ad

    I've been on vacation this past week and trying to get the house ready for spring by cleaning and reorganizing some things.  My focus is always to simplify my life as much as possible since I juggle a full-time career as a teacher as well as a family and a home.  That is exactly why I was so excited to try out the new Rubbermaid Brilliance™ food storage containers!     Since my husband and I are both working parents, our everyday demands with regards to food preparation and storage can sometimes get overwhelming.  We need food storage containers that are as tough as we are and can handle the pressures of a revolving meal schedule along with our two hungry boys.  Rubbermaid Brilliance™ containers are guaranteed to be 100% leak proof and are ultra-durable to withstand all the "Tough Cookies" in our family.     We often microwave foods so I love the fact that these containers are designed with innovative vents that allow … [Read more...]

Monitor And Limit Your Child’s Screen Time! @Screentimelabs #Ad

    If your children are like mine, they love technology and are very savvy at navigating all of their electronic devices.  As parents, we all want our kids to be in step with today's modern times because we know that technology is evolving daily and will open many doors for them in the future.  The problem is that sometimes young people become consumed with their tablets and smartphones and don't know how to use them in moderation.       Thankfully, us parents have The Screen Time app in our arsenal.  It provides parents with the management tools to limit the time that kids spend on their devices. It is available for both iOS and Android users and is a wonderful resource for parents who want to establish boundaries when it comes to their children's screen time.     The Screen Time allows parents to automatically limit the amount that their child spends on selected apps each day.  You can even block certain apps from ever … [Read more...]

Share The Gift Of Love With Precious Moments! @PreciousMoment #PreciousMoments #Ad

    When I was a little girl my Godmother, Millie, had a curio cabinet where she kept all of her treasures.  I remember visiting her home and standing over this cabinet in awe of all the beautiful figurines and precious mementos that she kept there.  She had an extensive Precious Moments collection and she would take each one out, one by one, and allow me to carefully dust them and admire how beautiful they were.  Right around that time is probably when I fell in love with Precious Moments.     This year, I have been given the opportunity to represent Precious Moments as part of the Precious Moments Ambassador Program.  I'm very excited because this means that I will now be able to start my own collection and to share all of their beautiful collectibles with all of you.  Just this past holiday season, I was able to add a “Holly Cardinal” Petite Brilliant-Shaped Glass Ornament from Precious Moments to our family ornaments.     … [Read more...]

Get Back Out There And Live With Impressa! #LivePadFree @walmart @poise #ad

    This might come as a surprise to some of you but there are some changes that come about after having children that aren't always considered a blessing.  Not sure what I'm talking about?  Imagine worrying about every little sneeze or cough giving birth to a potentially embarrassing moment, pun intended.       Yes, I am referring to those little leaks that no woman wants to talk about.  The thing is that we should be talking about them so we could tell each other that there is help out there in the form of Poise Impressa ® Bladder Supports!     As the holidays are quickly approaching, we all look forward to spending valuable time with our loved ones and friends.  However, nobody wants to have to worry about laughing a little too hard or the odors that are involved with suffering from bladder leakage.       It's definitely not a pretty picture but now we can all feel empowered to get out there and do all of the … [Read more...]

Introducing Peanut Butter Creme Filled Cakes! @SaraLeeSnacks #Giveaway #Ad

    If you are looking for a delicious peanut butter snack that is high in protein and just tastes delicious, you don't have to look any further!  NEW Peanut Butter Creme Cakes cakes from Sara Lee are covered in chocolate and have a smooth peanut butter creme filling.  I can assure you that they are snack cake that you and your entire family can enjoy together!     Since the summer started, my boys and I have been heading to the pool regularly to enjoy some fun in the sun.  I've purchased a cooler and a beach cart to tote all of our pool supplies along with snacks and drinks to keep us full throughout the day.  You wouldn't believe how expensive it can get to purchase food and beverages at the concession stand!     My boys are very picky and I have to be very selective about the snacks I take with us or they just won't eat them.  That is why I was thrilled when I found out that Sara Lee is now offering Peanut Butter … [Read more...]