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...]

Practice The Art Of Persuasion With Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    I love to discover a new favorite show or movie on Netflix but I hate to watch it alone. My sons love to binge watch their favorite cartoons and shows too so I am always trying to recruit them as my watch partners. They always try to give me a hard time initially, however, they are powerless to resist my persuasive techniques for too much time. There are many ways that you can convince your friends and loved ones to join you when you are enjoying Netflix and I am just the person to show you how this is done! Chef's Table? You don’t have to know how to whip up a 5-star meal to watch someone else do it. Follow the recipe below to get the rest of the family onboard for a truly Michelin worthy experience. Need to convince someone to travel to a galaxy far, far away with you? Hyperdrive below for a map that will take your kids, spouse or parents from a Padawan to a Jedi Master. Repeat after me: Cartoons are not just for kids. If that’s not working for you, let … [Read more...]

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...]