Ring In The New Year With Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Tonight is New Year's Eve and, since we are nearing the end of holiday vacation, we know it's not long before the first "I'M BORED" will escape our kids' lips. That's why, this past week, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television started treating families to 13 hours of adventure, suspense and limitless imagination with the all-new series DreamWorks Trollhunters.       Millions of kids are out of school and the threat of boredom looms but Netflix is helping us parents keep the whole clan excited with 250+ inspiring moments from the epic saga, DreamWorks Trollhunters. And parents, apparently this show is not only for kids, you're just as likely to get hooked.     For those of you who are visiting family this weekend, great news!  Just in time for long holiday trips, Netflix recently announced that members can now download many of their favorite series and movies at no extra cost.  To start downloading today, make sure your Netflix … [Read more...]

Survive Spending The Holidays With Family! #EnjoyTheGo @Charmin #Ad

    This Sunday, my entire family will be descending upon our home like a plague of locusts so that we can all celebrate Christmas together.  Don't get me wrong, we all really love each other but we are all also aware that we can get on each other's nerves when we are forced to spend a significant amount of time together.  I'm sure many of you feel the same way about spending the holidays with your family.  You can't live with 'em, and you can't live without 'em!     In our home, our bathroom has become a sort of sanctuary for everyone to get a little breathing room while the rest of the family continues to annoy each other in the living room.  While pulling off a successful holiday gathering can be rewarding, sometimes the only way to recharge your batteries is to hide out in the bathroom and get some much needed peace and quiet.  Whether it be scented candles, reading material, or five-minutes of silence, I'm a firm believer that Charmin … [Read more...]

We Are Officially Into The Peanuts Holiday Season! #PeanutsInsiders #Giveaway @Snoopy #Ad

    How many renditions of “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and Vince Guaraldi’s famous “Linus & Lucy” have you heard so far this month?! Yes, we’re officially into holiday season—and that means it’s time for a giveaway full of fun Peanuts stocking stuffers. (Well, you might need a king-size stocking for a couple of these!) • Sure to be popular with your kids: Munch your way through the holidays, then savor the memories all year long with a collectible Peanuts popcorn tin...filled with three different flavors of popcorn, of course! • Celebrate the legacy of Charles Schulz through the eyes of some of the world’s world's best-known names in comics, children's books, comic strips, cartoons, and webcomics, including Matt Groening of The Simpsons and Raina Telgemeier (Smile). The book is called Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz from Boom! Studios. • Celebrate the beloved holiday classic with a Charlie Brown Christmas Coloring Kit—the perfect … [Read more...]

Celebrate Family This Holiday Season! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    The beginning of the holiday season has been a whirlwind in our household.  The past couple of weeks have included parent-teacher conferences at my school and the hustle and bustle of planning for Thanksgiving.  As if all that wasn't enough, both of my sons came down with strep throat and my younger one even got an ear infection to boot.  Basically, I've been running around like a chicken without a head and we have tried to keep the joy in everything we are doing despite some of these bumps in the road.     I've really enjoyed being able to spend quality time with my family and those who truly matter in my life. We always get together to celebrate the holidays and, for the past two years, it has become a tradition to spend Thanksgiving at my sister's house.  Not only do we always have a great time, but I love not having to cook and just showing up to eat every year.  My sister is an amazing cook and she always prepares a feast for all … [Read more...]

Be Thankful For A Lot More This Thanksgiving! #EnjoyTheGo @Charmin #Ad

    Thanksgiving is only two days away and there are so many things to be thankful for this year.  First and foremost, I am thankful for my family and their continued good health and happiness.  My boys are a constant source of pride and love for me and they are my number one priority.  There are, however, a few more humble things that I'm grateful for and one of them is the opportunity to get together with those whom I love to celebrate one another and to enjoy some really delicious food together.      We are going to eat dinner at my sister's house this year and I am so excited that I don't have to cook.  You see, I've always had the task of preparing and organizing the entire meal for most of our family holidays so it will be nice to just show up to eat for a change.  My sister is a really good cook and my aunt will be helping her prepare all the food so we are all really looking forward to stuffing ourselves this Thursday. … [Read more...]

Salted Caramel Iced Coffee @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    There is nothing like enjoying a cup of your favorite coffee anytime of the day.  The entire experience is mesmerizing and tantalizing from your taste buds to your sense of smell.  Folgers Coffeehouse Blend is perfect for exploring alternative brewing methods because of its distinct taste that starts smooth and finishes bold.  That is why I knew that it would be the perfect blend to use for my Salted Caramel Iced Coffee recipe.     Folgers Coffeehouse Blend allows you to add anything to your coffee and still taste your coffee perfectly.  When I was a little girl, my grandmother always loved to carry caramels in the pocket of her apron.  She would secretly eat them throughout the day and would often give me one to eat whenever I was good or just to reward me with a treat.  It's a beloved memory from my childhood so I knew that caramel would be the perfect ingredient for creating a decadent iced coffee recipe.    … [Read more...]

Netflix Halloween Doorbell #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    It’s Halloween night and you’re just settling in for a scary movie marathon when...“Trick-or-treat!” Every Halloween, Netflix pause rates spike as viewers around the country get up to give out candy. But this year, you can stay inside while Netflix handles Halloween—for you and your ghoulish guests.     The Netflix Halloween Doorbell welcomes trick-or-treaters with spooky sounds and music from your favorite Netflix shows and points them to candy, so you can treat yourself to a night of non-stop spooky streaming. How it works:     The Netflix Halloween Doorbell is hung right over your existing doorbell, temporarily hiding it from trick-or-treaters. As trick-or-treaters approach the house, a proximity sensor in the doorbell triggers the theme song from your chosen Netflix show. Pressing the doorbell initiates a scream from that show’s characters and reveals a customizable message to your costumed guests on an LCD display screen. Stream & … [Read more...]

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! #PeanutsInsiders #Giveaway @Snoopy #Ad

    We’ve officially entered October, which means that every child in America is busy counting down to Halloween! In addition to the costumes and the candy, the most beloved Halloween tradition in America has to be the annual airing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! And this year marks the 50th Anniversary of that beloved television special. (I know: Impossible to believe that Linus has been waiting for the Great Pumpkin for 50 years!)     I can still remember spreading a big, fuzzy blanket on the living room floor and laying with my siblings in anticipation of this Halloween special.  It was a tradition in our household to watch it every year on television when it aired!     So we have a special Halloween-themed giveaway this month, featuring all the charm, warmth, and delight of a Great Pumpkin night: First, put the spice in life with adorable Linus and Snoopy salt and pepper shakers from Hallmark. Then add color to your life with an … [Read more...]

Rock The Vote With Peanuts! #PeanutsInsiders #Giveaway @Snoopy #Ad

    I'm sure many of you have been watching the presidential debates on television and following the election very closely.  In our home, it has definitely been a hot topic of conversation and my sons are also very curious about it and have been asking a lot of questions.  Although they are not old enough to vote, my husband and I think that it is important for them to get involved.  The Peanuts Rocks The Vote initiative is an interactive website designed to allow kids to have fun and to learn about the election process!     We love the Peanuts Rocks The Vote site because kids can learn about the different "candidates" and to read up on the issues that matter to each one.  Also, the website teaches kids a lot of academic vocabulary that has to do with the election.  As a Literacy Specialist, I'm all for expanding kids' vocabularies and increasing their knowledge about current events.     Many celebrities including Nikki … [Read more...]

Make French Press Coffee Right At Home! @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    There's just something about making a hot cup of coffee right at home that makes it taste all that much better.  I love it when the delicious aroma of my Folgers Coffeehouse Blend permeates through the whole house.  Not to mention the fact that it also saves me a ton of money since I'm not purchasing my coffee at expensive coffee shops.  Recently, I have been experimenting with different ways to prepare my morning coffee and I stumbled upon the French Press.     A French Press is a brewing apparatus that extracts coffee from the grounds through a process where you "bloom" or steep your coffee in boiling water.  It is a favorite among coffee aficionados because it has a strong, true coffee flavor since the coffee to water ratio is higher in every cup.  Most Hispanic households love to drink their coffee strong so I immediately knew that preparing my coffee this way would immediately catapult me back to my childhood in Spain.   … [Read more...]