Manage Arthritis Pain While Staying Active! #Salonpas @Salonpas #Giveaway #Ad

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and in the United States, 23% of all adults—over 54 million people—have arthritis. As a Leukemia Survivor, I have developed arthritis due to some of the medications that I take even though I'm only 43 and I always thought that elderly people were the only ones who suffered from this pain. Unfortunately, as a busy Working Mom, I don't have time to be in pain but I don't like taking any additional prescription medications, if I can avoid it. Thankfully, I have discovered that Salonpas® is available to arthritis sufferers whose activities have been limited, and who suffer from severe joint pain. As someone who was raised in Spain, where people are less reliant on taking pain for pills than other countries, I was excited at the prospect of being able to use a topical analgesic to treat muscle, back and joint pain. The truth is that, worldwide, topical analgesics, physical therapy, and other approaches are often considered before … [Read more...]

Keep Your Kids Engaged During Remote Learning! @Snoopy #Snoopy #Ad

I've been a teacher for over twenty years and I have always known how rewarding it is to be an educator. However, I never imagined that I would be juggling my role teaching my students remotely while also homeschooling both of my own sons simultaneously. This is exactly what happened here in New York in March when school buildings were closed and we made the transition to remote learning. It became more important than ever to have the right resources to make learning engaging, not only for my students, but also for my sons. My younger son is in eighth grade and he is a huge Peanuts fan so I knew exactly what to do to not only make his learning fun while working from home, but also to keep him engaged and motivated to complete assignments remotely. Thankfully, I don't have to do this alone because Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts Gang are here to help keep your kids engaged and educated with a range of subjects including STEM, Language Arts, Social Studies, … [Read more...]

Stay In The Know With Notify NYC! #NotifyNYC @NotifyNYC #Ad

It's unbelievable how much can happen in a "New York Minute!" Those of us who have lived in the Big Apple for years know how important it is to stay in the know when it comes to all up-to-date information that impacts all New Yorkers. As part of New York City's Emergency Management (NYCEM), Notify NYC is New York City's official source for information about emergency alerts and important city services. Notify NYC staff operate 24/7 out of Watch Command where they constantly monitor emergency activity in New York City and the metropolitan area. Since I am a mom and a full-time educator I rely on Notify NYC to alert me when there is an emergency in my area. After all, being able to make informed decisions in those critical moments are crucial to the well-being of my family as well as my students. Here is what you need to know about Notify NYC to stay in the know for you and your loved ones: • Whether it’s a storm, a mass transit delay, or an unexpected event, be … [Read more...]

Love Out Loud This Valentine’s Day #Teleflora #LoveOutLoud #ad

    Imagine sweeping your sweethearts off their feet this Valentine’s Day with spectacular bouquets from Teleflora, the world’s leading floral gifting service. Recently, Teleflora revealed its newValentine’s Day bouquet lineup featuring a curated selection of arrangements always made by hand and hand-delivered to your door by a local florist.      From lush, dreamy arrangements that will take their breath away to bright blooms that will make anyone feel loved, the new collection offers a special, unforgettable gifting experience the moment Teleflora’s flower delivery arrives. It's really the perfect way to let that special someone in your life know exactly how you feel about him or her.      I had the pleasure of receiving Teleflora's Happy Harmony Bouquet for Valentine's Day. You can Celebrate love and friendship with this sweet floral arrangement. With a playful pattern of red and silver scattered … [Read more...]

Find Quality Time For Yourself This Mother’s Day! @Entenmanns #Giveaway #Ad

    If  you’re always rushing to make sure your kids are ready in time for school or traveling between basketball games and drama rehearsals, having an on-the-go breakfast or snack option like Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins is always a “berry” good idea. They are baked soft and moist using REAL STRAWBERRIES! The best part is that they are also a good source of Calcium and Vitamin D, too!     Let’s face it: as a Mom, you’re always on-the-go—from maintaining your family’s schedules to crossing off a list of never-ending errands. Finding quality time for yourself is not exactly easy, so to thank all moms for all that they do, Entenmann’s® Little Bites® is treating five lucky winners to a $100 spa gift card with its Mother’s Day Spa Giveaway.     I mean, let's be totally honest, how often do we moms actually take some time out to pamper ourselves a little bit? I'm sure most of you are in the same boat that I am in and you prioritize your children and your family … [Read more...]

You Are Invited To Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day 2018 at Showcase Cinemas! #ShowcaseCinemas @ShowcaseUS #Ad

    I've been keeping a wonderful secret for a couple of weeks! It is time to let the cat out of the bag and tell you all that I have been asked to be  a 2018 Showcase Cinemas brand ambassador! This means that I will be sharing news about upcoming screenings and promotions, hosting movie ticket giveaways, and keeping you guys in the loop about anything related to Showcase Cinemas.     In my first post as a newly appointed ambassador, I wanted to let you know that for the second year in a row Showcase Cinemas will be participating in Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day on April 10th. For the past 40 years, Ben & Jerry's has opened their legendary Scoop Shops to dish out free ice cream to fans and Showcase Cinemas is excited to be a part of the fun again when they try to beat the 22,000 cones they gave out at their theaters last year!     This year, Showcase Cinemas is adding to the celebration by offering customers the chance to enter-to-win a special family movie night prize pack! … [Read more...]

Entenmann’s Little Bites Cookies And Cream Muffins Are Here! @Entenmanns #LoveLittleBites #Giveaway #Ad

    It's no secret that our family has always loved Entenmann's® Little Bites® but we are super excited that their Cookies & Crème Muffins are finally hitting shelves! They are the newest addition to the Little Bites® Seasonal Favorites line. My husband is sleeping over our house this weekend and you can see he was thrilled to be able to sink his teeth into these delicious muffins as well.     With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Cookies & Crème Muffins are the perfect addition to a Valentine’s Day card exchange for your little one and their friends! I love that they are only 190 calories per pouch and never contain high fructose corn syrup or trans-fat. This makes me feel great about sharing them with my sons, my nephews, and having them share them with their buddies as well.     If you love Little Bites® as much as we do, you should definitely try the NEW Little Bites® rewards program! All you have to do is buy 10 5-count boxes of … [Read more...]

Enjoy The Fall With Snoopy! @Snoopy #Giveaway #Ad

    Fall has finally arrived and everyone I know is busy focusing on back-to-school and working hard. Snoopy would like to remind parents and kids that it's important to take a break from the grueling homework and serious textbooks every so often with these two new and entertaining Peanuts-themed books!     The first, called “Hugs for Snoopy,” is a Simon Spotlight novelty board book for kids about hugs with a touchable, lovable plush Snoopy face on the cover! It's perfect for teaching kids how important it is to show love to those who truly matter in their lives.     It doesn't matter if you’re happy, sad, lost, or found, nothing warms the heart like a hug—just take it from Snoopy! In this adorable board book, Snoopy earns a hug from Linus, snuggles away the sniffles for Woodstock, and gets caught in a cuddle with Charlie Brown. Now Peanuts fans, young and old, can feel the love, too!     In the second book, entitled “Peanuts for Inspiration and Relaxation,” from Posh, adult … [Read more...]

Protect Yourself While Online School Shopping! @CheetahMobile #Ad

    The final countdown has begun! We are officially about a week away from the start of the new school year here in New York City. This means that lots of last minute shopping for supplies and uniforms will take place between now and then. While I've already purchased almost everything my sons need, I still have some online shopping to do and I need to make sure that my phone is protected from potential hacking while I do so.     Many parents like me use their cell phones to do back to school shopping completely unaware that online predators can steal their sensitive information when they do so. They can potentially prey on you and compromise credit card account numbers, your identity, and even your address and contact information. It's so scary to think that, while you are busy shopping for new school clothes, supplies, or dorm necessities for your kids, hackers may be helping themselves to the data in your phone.     Thankfully, I'm one step ahead of the hackers because … [Read more...]

Make Your Child Feel At Ease At The Dentist

    Every summer, I make sure to catch up on all of my kids' appointments since I teach full-time the rest of the year.  Going to the dentist regularly is an important part of instilling good oral hygiene in my boys so we all go every six months for a checkup and a cleaning.  My older son now sees the same dentist that my husband and I do because he is fourteen but our younger son still sees the pediatric dentist since he is eleven.     Since we often made doctor's visits as a family, my younger son has had the opportunity of being present for his older brother's dentist appointments which has helped a lot by way of soothing his fears regarding what to expect during his own visit.  I also allowed him to ask the dentist a lot of questions during my cleaning because he was very curious about the whole process.  It really helped him to understand why we place so much emphasis on brushing his teeth a few times a day and flossing twice a day.     Once the time came for his own dentist … [Read more...]