Sneak Some Me Time Into Your Day! #MomSneak #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Let's be completely honest, being a mom is not easy although it is very rewarding.  One of the more difficult aspects of motherhood is hardly ever getting any time to yourself.  Believe it or not, 97% of mothers feel that they had a lot more time to themselves before becoming mothers.  Me time is a luxury for most.     The reality is that most of us spend the majority of our time juggling busy schedules, holding down the fort at home, and just looking forward to even one moment of peace that we can enjoy by ourselves.  Now don't get me wrong, this does not mean that we do not love our children, it simply means that we sometimes need a break.     So how do we sneak some me time into our day you ask?  In my home, I can often be found smuggling a tablet into the bathroom to watch some of my favorite shows on Netflix.  Since you can stream your favorite movies and television programs on Netflix on just about any device, you can execute a mom sneak just about anywhere.     I highly … [Read more...]

Experience Interactive Storytelling On Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    As many of you know, I have been a Literacy Specialist in New York City public schools for over seventeen years.  Throughout my tenure, I have had a first-hand look at how reading affects children positively in every aspect of their life.  As a result, I am always on the lookout for opportunities for kids to improve their comprehension through creativity.     Netflix has recently announced their first interactive "branching" narrative episodes Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, where Netflix members have control over how the story develops and ultimately unfolds.  Non-linear stories like these allow children to tap into their imagination and to really think about the story elements and events taking place involving the characters.     My son and I recently had the opportunity to be among the first Netflix Stream Teamers to experience this interactive storytelling together.  As an educator, it was so rewarding to see him so engaged … [Read more...]

Connect With Your Teen! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Recently my son approached me and asked me if I was familiar with the Netflix original show, 13 Reasons Why.  Honestly, I had heard a little about it from some of my high school students but I had not watched the show myself.  He proceeded to tell me that the theme of the show was suicide and how he and all his friends were talking about it at school.     As parents, we sometimes are at a loss on how to broach some of the heavy topics that affect our adolescent children.  It has a lot to do with being conflicted over wanting to protect our children from some of the scary realities of life and wanting to educate them so they can make the best decisions as they grow into adulthood.  It goes without saying that discussing mental health issues and suicide is not really something that any parent is fully prepared for.  Being able to discuss his thoughts on the Netflix original series, 13 Reasons Why opened the door for us to have an open dialogue about a very sensitive topic.     … [Read more...]

Celebrate Easter With The Peanuts Gang! @Snoopy #EasterBeagle #Giveaway #Ad

    It's so exciting to know that Easter is this Sunday.  Not only does it signal Spring, but it is also a time of renewal and an important holiday for many families.  This special time of the year also means that the Easter Beagle is hopping his way to your doorsteps! We have an awesome spring-inspired package to give away to one of you that includes:  Easter Beagle Porch Greeter: Guaranteed to give a warm welcome to any visitor. Motivational Peanuts Tin Sign: Springtime brings on feelings of hope, joy, and love; so, what better way to be reminded of that when passing by this special Peanuts tin sign! It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown Coloring Kit: A fun spring break activity that every kid can enjoy. Charlie Brown or Lucy FunkoPop!: An adorable, collectible vinyl figure that is the perfect addition to any Easter basket!*     The Easter Beagle made his television debut on April 9, 1974, when CBS first aired It’s the Easter … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kids To Overcome Gender Stereotypes! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Growing up, our mother was not raising my sister and I to be damsels in distress.  I can still remember her telling us how important it would be to get an education and to always be independent women.  It might seem unbelievable but studies have shown that girls are being influenced by gender stereotypes from as young as six years old.  That is why it is so important that they have access to positive role models in the media and within the entertainment programming that they are being exposed to.     Thankfully, Netflix is home to girls who mean business and that’s something all kids can get behind.  Whether it’s Violet’s quick wit, Elena’s activist mentality, or Deidra & Laney’s unorthodox thinking, there’s something for every girl to relate to.  Strong female characters aren’t just important for girls.  Boys are growing up with Eleven saving the crew and Tip showing that true friendship knows no bounds.     … [Read more...]

Show Your Peanuts Side With Hanna Andersson! @happyhannas #PeanutsInsiders #Ad

    I'm sure I don't have to tell those of you who are long time followers of Tough Cookie Mommy how much we love Peanuts around here!  As a Peanuts Insider, I have the distinct pleasure of sharing amazing interviews and products bearing the entire Peanuts gang and logo.  Today I have some really exciting news for you guys, Hanna Andersson is offering all of us 15% off all merchandise today, March 16th only.*     I've shared my favorite Hanna Andersson Peanuts backpack here before and now I am really excited for you to shop there!  Hanna Andersson was founded in 1983 and is a leading premium children’s apparel and lifestyle brand.  It is known for its iconic, globally recognized products with superior quality, classic styling and unique designs that “let kids be kids.”  The company’s products are designed for babies, boys and girls, ages newborn to 12 years.     Hanna Andersson created these adorable matching PJs for the … [Read more...]

Are You A Netflix Cheater? #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    It feels like I can never enjoy my favorite Netflix shows because my husband always ends us liking what I'm watching and then tells me not to keep watching without him.  Now, it is not that I don't want to spend time with my Hubby but our schedules sometimes conflict and I find myself wanting to watch without him.       Yes, I admit it, I have been tempted to become a Netflix cheater!  However, I have not given in to these desires or, at the very least, I've never gotten caught cheating, wink, wink.  That is why it was so upsetting to find out that my beloved spouse has been cheating on me behind my back and watching OUR Netflix shows without me.  You would think that there would be more trust between us after eighteen years.     The truth is that we have all cheated. In fact, 46% of viewers are cheating right now—with their favorite Netflix shows. And it’s not just parents who are culprits of the crime, cheaters come in … [Read more...]

Introducing The Snoopy and Belle In Fashion Exhibit #PeanutsInsiders @Snoopy #Ad

    As many of you know, as a Peanuts Ambassador, I often get to enjoy an inside look into everything Peanuts related.  This month, we had the opportunity to be part of a conversation with Jill Schulz, the daughter of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz and Melissa Menta, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Peanuts Worldwide LLC, and the producer of the Snoopy and Belle In Fashion Exhibit.     According to Melissa, this exhibit is actually a reimagination of an exhibit that first premiered in 1984.  A woman who was in charge of spearheading Peanuts merchandise in Japan went to Charles Schulz, or Sparky as he was called, and asked if she could do this exhibit.  He said “yes” and she pulled off this amazing feat of getting all the major designers in the world to design outfits for Snoopy and his sister Belle.     The original exhibit was called “Snoopy in Fashion.”  They were plush dolls dressed by famous … [Read more...]

Coffee Rubbed Pot Roast @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    It's no secret that I love Folgers coffee.  Over the years, I have gotten very creative and infused its rich flavors into many recipes.  After all, why should I limit myself to enjoying the smooth and bold taste of my favorite coffee only in the morning when I am having my breakfast?     Folgers Coffeehouse Blend has been my perfect muse for trying out all of these dynamic recipes because its taste is rich and strong from beginning to end. I’ve used it before to create my Salted Caramel Iced Coffee recipe and it turned out delicious! This time, I wanted to really see how this coffee blend would stand up when paired with one of my favorite meats, pot roast.     Yes, you read that correctly, I used Folgers Coffeehouse Blend to prepare Coffee Rubbed Pot Roast!  This was the best way to take my brew to the next level by pairing this recipe with the smooth, bold flavor of this coffee.  You can add anything to this blend and still … [Read more...]

Is Your Family Always Covered? #EnjoyTheGo @Charmin #Ad

    Now that we are well into the month of January and starting February tomorrow, I thought I would check in to see how you are all doing with your New Year's resolutions.  Many of you have been exercising like crazy to decrease some of that junk in the trunk while others have been changing other aspects of their life.  My priorities center more around whether my family is "covered" at all times.  After all, who wants to get caught in the bathroom without toilet paper coverage?     I'm pretty sure that I have your attention now because I don't know anyone who hasn't gotten caught with the proverbial pants down due to a short supply of TP.  In our house, I'm pretty sure my children were creating origami with our toilet paper because there never seemed to be enough of it.  If you know anything about kids, you know that they love playing in the bathroom and getting into everything.  I've had every experience from having entire bottles … [Read more...]