Annedroids Inspires Kids Using STEM Curriculum! @KidzVuz #Ad

    I have been an educator for over fifteen years and I can't even begin to tell you how important exposing kids to a STEM curriculum centered around science, technology, engineering, and math is to their academic development.  This is why the teacher in me loves the new Emmy nominated Annedroids on Amazon.  Season three airs June 24th on Amazon Prime Video and features characters that encompass what a female role model should be.  It is through the trial and error of using science and technology that the main character builds androids with some help from her friends.     As I previewed Season 3, I immediately fell in love with the show's protagonist, Anne.  She is a genius who uses her skills as a tween scientist to invent and bring to life these androids while her besties Nick and Shania lend a helping hand.  It is easy to see how close they are to one another when they unite with their android friends to make sure that the junkyard … [Read more...]

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...]

Unleash your LEGO-tivity With Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    I've always encouraged my sons to use their imaginations and creativity when it comes to any project that they tackle or complete.  That's probably why I have always loved when they play with building blocks or LEGO.  From the moment that they hold their first block and envision what they are going to create, they embark on a journey of self-expression.     The best part is that my husband and I enjoy building with them and we often spend time as a family using our imaginations together.  It's the perfect opportunity to spend quality time together and to bounce ideas off one another.  We love seeing the smiles on our boys' faces when they are driven by inspiration and determined to bring their ideas to life.     As a Netflix Ambassador, I was so excited when we found out that our love of building is shared by many others who will be watching two new shows on Netflix :  LEGO Bionicle and LEGO Friends.   In Lego … [Read more...]

Hit The Road With Alvin And The Chipmunks! @Entenmanns #Giveaway #Ad

    Those of you who are longtime readers of Tough Cookie Mommy know that I love watching movies with my boys and spending time with them.  Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins are hitting the road, and just in time for the March 15th Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip DVD and Blu-ray release!  This means that not only can we watch some of our favorite characters on television, but we can also do so while enjoying our favorite Entemann's snacks!     From February through March keep an eye out for the specially marked Entenmann's Little Bites Chocolate Chip-Munk Muffin boxes. Purchase of one box includes a FREE chipmunks song download, one fun on-box activity maze and a great coloring sheet inside the box! Entenmann's Little Bites is also hosting Little Bites "Road Chip" Sweepstakes for fans to enter for a chance to win a 4 day/3 night family trip to Hollywood!      In the new movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip, Alvin, … [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...]

Plan New Family Adventures This Year! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    This year, we have decided as a family to take on some new adventures.  We've always loved doing things together and, if last year's escapades are any indication, we are sure to have lots of fun together in the coming months.  Since my boys are older now, I like to include them when it comes to making decisions about what trips and activities we will be participating in as a family.     Over the weekend, we sat down and had a brainstorming session over what our boys would like to do this year and some of their suggestions were surprising.  Here are the top five family adventures that they would like us to have this year: Camp out in the backyard overnight. Take a road trip to Florida. Sample new foods from all over the world. Go scuba diving. Learn how to ski.     There's no other family that can relate more to having adventures like these than the Croods - you know, the prehistoric crew whose every day is a new … [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...]

Is Your Kid A Bedtime Staller? #StreamTeam #5MoreMinutes @Netflix #Ad

    My nine year-old son is a master negotiator when it comes to extending his bedtime.  He is always looking for ways to take full advantage of those last "five more minutes."  Since he was diagnosed with epilepsy last May, adhering to a strict bedtime has become even more important because studies show that sleep deprivation can be a trigger for seizures.   Here are some of my little darling's favorite excuses for not going to bed: "I need to go to the bathroom." "When are you going to bed, Mommy?" "I can't sleep without my Teddy Bear." "I'm thirsty and I need a drink of water." "Daddy is snoring too loud and keeping me awake."     It turns out that I am not alone in this struggle of daily bartering.  As a matter of fact, bedtime excuses are universal – more than 60% of parents around the globe are dealing with kids’ stall tactics before bed, adding up to nearly 20 minutes every single night.  Imagine that, not only … [Read more...]

Check Out My Netflix Shelfie List! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    I've been trying to make a little "Me" time on the weekend now that my husband is finally off for those two days after having worked through them for the past ten years.  Since he is home now, he loves to take our boys out to spend some quality father and sons time together.  As a result, I now have some time to enjoy some of my favorite things to do including watching my shows on Netflix.     I'm very excited this fall because of all the new programs that are streaming on Netflix as well as catching up on the series that I have been meaning to watch but never had the time to do so before.  If you don't know what a "shelfie" is, it is the shows you've been wanting to watch but they've been sitting on the virtual shelf because...well, because you're a parent and who has the time? The following is my list of top three shelfies that I plan on finally watching because I can finally do so! #1  SCANDAL A powerful team of Washington, … [Read more...]