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...]

Feed Their Hunger After School! #tysonfoods #jimmydean #saraleedesserts #Ad

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.     Back to School is finally upon us here in New York City and there is a whirlwind of preparations that are taking place in our home to make sure the school year goes off without a hitch.  Believe it or not, meal planning is a huge part of our planning because I teach full-time and my boys come home from school starving every day.  It's not that they don't eat lunch at school but, for some reason, they work up quite an appetite acquiring all that knowledge!     So one of the things that we prepare for in advance is having the perfect snacks and foods that can easily be prepared once our boys get home in the afternoon.  Of course, sticking to our grocery budget is always a consideration but we also want to make sure that we buy foods that our sons really like.  Our youngest can be quite the picky eater so it's important that we take his … [Read more...]

Start The School Year Off Right! #PeanutsInsiders @Snoopy #Giveaway #Ad

    We’re in the thick of back-to-school season, and we have the perfect Peanuts giveaway to add fun and color to school days—in fact, these items are so cute you’ll want to eat them up!     First is the Thermos-brand lunchbox kit featuring a giggly Snoopy and Woodstock, and containing two separate compartments for crushproof lunches. The colorful screen-printed graphics will brighten up your child’s lunchtime, and it features a comfortable, padded carrying handle. The lunchbox is 100% PVA free and well-insulated to keep lunch fresh!     Jealous that your child gets the cute Peanuts lunchtime companion? Then keep the next one for yourself: the Tervis-brand Peanuts 16-ounce wrap tumbler with lid, featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Woodstock. Double-walled insulation helps keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold longer.     The tumbler includes a plastic lid for safe traveling and to help prevent spills when on the go, and is made from … [Read more...]

Protect Yourself While Back To School Shopping! #FraudIQ @Chase @BrittneyCastro #Ad

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CHASE. The opinions and text are all mine.     We are down to the wire here in New York City when it comes to back to school shopping and preparing for school to resume next week.  I'm so grateful for online shopping because it allows me to purchase the majority of the kids' supplies from the convenience of home.  I'll also be shopping in-store this week for some of the items that I was unable to buy online.       Since I had my identity stolen a few years ago, I always worry about being a victim of fraud or having my financial information compromised.  CHASE's Financial Education Partner, Brittney Castro, has some great tips for how you can protect yourself and avoid fraud during busy shopping times like back to school. Some of Brittney Castro's smart shopping tips are: Shop at well-respected and trusted retailers both online and in-store. When shopping online only shop … [Read more...]

Send Your Kids Back To School Healthy! #GoBackHealthy @MinuteClinic #Ad

    Back to school is right around the corner here in New York City.  It's about a little over a week away, to be exact.  This year, my sons are entering fifth and eighth grade so we are fully committed to having both our kids in middle school.  It's so important that they start the school year off on the right foot so we are making sure that they have all of the vaccines that are required for their age.  Some of the back to school vaccines that schools require for kids their age are the Meningitis, Pertussis and HPV vaccines.     The meningitis vaccine protects against meningococcal disease, which is a serious bacterial illness. Many colleges and boarding schools require it to protect students living in dorms. It is recommended that 11–12 year olds be vaccinated with meningococcal conjugate vaccine with a booster dose given at age 16.  Since my older son just turned thirteen in June, he received this vaccine for school before his … [Read more...]