Keep Kids Smiling With Little Bites! #LoveLittleBites #BackToSchool @Entenmanns #Ad

    It's been a crazy couple of weeks with all the hustle and bustle of going back to school. We have all been adjusting to the new schedule and I have been trying to keep up with my sons' and nephews' appetites when they get home from school in the afternoon. For some reason, they are always famished and complaining about how being at school all day really made them hungry.     Some of their favorite treats to enjoy are Entenmann’s Little Bites® snacks because they have the yummy taste that my boys love and are a good choice that parents like me also want, which keeps everyone smiling together. Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins are baked soft and moist, using real ingredients such as strawberries, blueberries and bananas, are perfectly pre-portioned and portable, and contain no high fructose corn syrup and zero grams of trans fat per serving.    With more than 10 varieties to choose from, like Chocolate Chip, Blueberry, Party Cake, Fudge Brownies, Banana and more, there’s a Little … [Read more...]

Have A Happy School Year With Amazon! #HappySchoolYear @Amazon #Ad

        It is officially Back To School season in our household! This is the first full week of school here in New York City and, although it has been quite busy, we are all settling back into our regular routines after enjoying a wonderful summer as a family.     Usually I get all my sons' school shopping done earlier in the summer but this year we traveled a lot so I was scrambling to get everything at the last minute. Thank goodness that not only does Amazon offer everything you need for the school year, they also have those special things that will help all students to feel his/her best this year.    Since every new school year is also a new beginning, it's the perfect time for students to set new goals and it's our job as parents to set our kids up for success by making sure they have the tools and resources they need in order to be successful. Amazon had everything I needed to set both of my sons up for a Feliz Año … [Read more...]

Beat The Traffic This School Year! @ridejetson @BestBuy #Ad

   It's hard to believe that summer vacation is over and students are returning to school here in New York City. This year, I have an eleventh grader in high school and an eighth grader graduating from middle school. They are both wonderful young men and a great source of pride for me as their mom. My husband and I will be visiting college campuses this year with our older son and we want to support him in any way possible as he begins to look ahead to his future.    Some of our family friends had children whom they dropped off at college this year for the first time. It's unbelievable how large some of these campuses are and I often wonder how students are able to navigate their way to their classes on time. The Jetson Quest Electric Scooter gives students an easy way to get to and around campus. It is available at Best Buy and can handle any rider weighing up to 220.5 lbs.Here are some of its other impressive specs:Powerful 250W hub motor Helps … [Read more...]

Back To School Eating Done Right! #lunchboxx2018 #Ad

*This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com    When it comes to back to school tips, I always have a unique perspective since I am not only an educator, but I'm also a mom! Believe me, I know how overwhelming this time of the year can be when it comes to getting the kids ready for the new school year and making sure you purchase all of the school supplies that they need.     As a Working Mom who juggles a career and a family, meal planning during this time can be especially stressful because I just don't have the time to plan elaborate meals or go shopping for elaborate ingredients. So I've decided to get smart about how I'm going to prepare our family's meals and my sons' school lunches this back to school season. Thank goodness I have the help of 4 Lunchbox brands to help me keep my hungry family fed well! Here are some of my back to school meal planning tips: Prepare Big Meals To Last All Week:     My mother is Italian so we grew up eating bit Italian dinners when I was a … [Read more...]

Calling All My Oreo O’s Lovers! #BestCerealEver @ShopRiteStores #Ad

    I can hardly contain my excitement about new OREO O’s® CEREAL! First of all, we have been fans of the cookies since as far back as I can remember and, to think that we could now enjoy them in the form of a delicious breakfast cereal that tastes so good is a dream come true!     These chocolatey, crunchy O's will give you that nostalgic taste that you love from your childhood of rich creme coating and leave your bowl full of cookie flavored milk that will have you drinking every last drop. We love this tasty cereal because it can be enjoyed in so many ways.    So far my boys have enjoyed it as a back to school snack, they have shared it with their friends in the car during road trips, and they beg for it for breakfast and I don't even have to twist their arm to eat it in the morning before school. I think many of their classmates have started requesting that their parents pick it up while grocery shopping because I've seen it in the carts of other moms I know while shopping for … [Read more...]

Teach Students Healthy Habits #Lysol #Ad

    It's fitting that I should be writing this post as I currently battle pink eye in, not one, but both of my eyes! Getting sick during back to school season is one of the things that affects teachers and students alike. It's something that occurs but it can be prevented with a few precautions.     Back to school supply shopping is a must-have for students, school administrators, parents and teachers know that Lysol® products are a must when it comes to keeping students healthy! Although it's difficult to prevent exposure to all germs within a school setting, Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria.    I am keeping illness-prevention on all of our minds this Back to School season and reminding parents to donate disinfecting products to help create a healthier classroom. This is possible with Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes and Lysol® Disinfectant Spray. Helping to stop the spread of germs in the classroom not only helps reduce a child’s absenteeism but can also be … [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...]

Start Organizing For Back To School! #BTSReady @SchoolSpecialty @KidzVuz #Ad

    I can't believe that back to school is right around the corner!  Some states have already started the new school year but here in New York City we don't return until the beginning of September because school ended on June 28th.  Although we still have about a month left of summer vacation, it's never too early to begin organizing for the upcoming academic year.  As a parent and an educator, I have to prepare on both fronts to make sure my sons and my students start off the year on the right foot.    Every year, I depend on SchoolSpecialty.com to help me get all the materials that I need to launch a successful school year beyond just basic supplies like pencils and crayons.  It takes a lot more than just these traditional items to transform our home into a command center to coordinate and prepare for our daily routine once we all go back to school and work in September.    In our home, I have to be very strategic about how I set up our back to school command center because I … [Read more...]

Backpack Essentials For This School Year! @ChapStick #Giveaway #Ad

    This past week, I was checking my younger son's backpack when I realized that he has not been carrying some of the essential items that make his school day run a little more smoothly.  He definitely needs to carry tissues with him every single day because he has terrible allergies and, when the seasons change along with the temperatures, he suffers from having a very stuffy nose.  Additionally, he always gets sick during back to school because of the other kids spreading germs so I like to keep some hand sanitizer in his backpack as well.  Lastly, he needs to keep a ChapStick® in his pencil case because his lips get so dry throughout the day.    ChapStick® has been a staple in our hom e since my childhood.  When I was a young girl, my mother would put a cherry ChapStick® in my jacket pocket and backpack every September.  I loved its cherry smell and I would apply it often throughout the day whenever my lips felt dry or chapped. … [Read more...]

Set The Tone For The 2016 School Year With Visionworks! #VisionWorks #Ad

    Starting the school year off on the right foot is always a very important part of the month of September for our family.  That includes making sure that the kids have all of the school supplies that they need as well as ensuring physicals are up to date along with new eyeglasses.  This is no easy feat since every single member of our family of four wears glasses and designer eyeglass frames can get pretty expensive.     Our boys both have their own fashion sense and color preferences so they put a lot of thought and time into choosing just the right frames that will express their individual styles.  Visionworks has the largest selection of kids' frames for Back to School with the bold and bright colors that have become all the rage this back to school season.   Here are some of the current trends that they have for kids:Fiery reds: A hue not for the shy, frames with pops of red are perfect for your fiery spirited child, who … [Read more...]