Fortune Teller Craft Activity! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Although my family and I definitely agree on the fact that we all love Netflix, we sometimes cannot agree on what we should watch next as a family.  We love each other dearly but we have huge differences when it comes to our taste in movies and shows.  Our weekly debates can go from pleasant disagreements to heated debates so we have been looking to find ways to compromise so we can all enjoy what we like to watch.     Since they know getting a collective answer can be easier said than done, Netflix has created an iconic fortune teller to help your family decide what to watch next. Even better, create your own! Fortune Teller Craft Activity How to play: Print out the Fortune Teller and cut (with help!) along the dotted line. Label the outermost triangles 1-8 and add in different genres for each. Then on the inner triangles, fill in your favorite show or movie currently streaming on Netflix that corresponds to each genre. Fold … [Read more...]

Family Movie Night Featuring The Peanuts Movie! #ThePEANUTSSpring @Snoopy Ad

    This past weekend we were very excited to celebrate family movie night by watching The Peanuts Movie on Blu-ray and DVD.  It was the perfect opportunity to explore the themes of setting goals and dreaming big as well as enjoying Charlie Brown and the entire beloved Peanuts gang with both of our boys.  For a limited time, get a Snoopy Flying Ace plush toy with THE PEANUTS MOVIE DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD combo pack, making it the perfect gift for Easter baskets.     In THE PEANUTS MOVIE, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and all your favorite Peanuts gang characters appear in a brand-new feature film from the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of Ice Age.  As we have come to expect from Charlie Brown, he takes off on a heroic quest in his usual optimistic way, while his beagle pal Snoopy braves the skies to look for his arch nemesis, the Red Baron.  We were laughing at their antics the entire time they were embarking on … [Read more...]

Spend A Fuller Night In! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    When it comes to family night in our home, we love to cuddle together in the living room or in my king-sized bed and watch our favorite movies and shows on Netflix.  My husband and I have grown tired of some of the programming on cable and network television because they often contain subject matter that is not always appropriate for younger audiences.  This is not a concern that we have when we watch Netflix because they offer such a wonderful variety of family-friendly entertainment for us to watch.     Growing up, I loved watching Full House because the Tanners were such a loving family and they always had each other's backs whenever one of them had a problem.  That's why I'm so excited to see Kimmy, Stephanie and DJ all grown up and with their own kids on the recent launch of Fuller House.  Although I figured my boys would love meeting this family as much as I loved them when I was a girl, even I wasn't prepared for them to love the … [Read more...]

Is Your Kid A Bedtime Staller? #StreamTeam #5MoreMinutes @Netflix #Ad

    My nine year-old son is a master negotiator when it comes to extending his bedtime.  He is always looking for ways to take full advantage of those last "five more minutes."  Since he was diagnosed with epilepsy last May, adhering to a strict bedtime has become even more important because studies show that sleep deprivation can be a trigger for seizures.   Here are some of my little darling's favorite excuses for not going to bed: "I need to go to the bathroom." "When are you going to bed, Mommy?" "I can't sleep without my Teddy Bear." "I'm thirsty and I need a drink of water." "Daddy is snoring too loud and keeping me awake."     It turns out that I am not alone in this struggle of daily bartering.  As a matter of fact, bedtime excuses are universal – more than 60% of parents around the globe are dealing with kids’ stall tactics before bed, adding up to nearly 20 minutes every single night.  Imagine that, not only … [Read more...]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hand Puppets #FandangoFamily @Fandango #Giveaway #Ad

    Although I have always been a movie buff, it takes a special film to get me really excited and make me want to go see it on its opening weekend.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens has me literally on the edge of my seat in anticipation.  So much so, that I have already purchased tickets in advance for my entire family the weekend that it debuts in theaters in December.  Let me tell you, that is the first time that I have bought movie tickets that far in advance!     This movie is special for me because of the nostalgia involved in watching the original Star Wars movies when I was a kid with my siblings.  I have nothing but great memories of the three of us being glued to the big screen watching some of our favorite characters like Han Solo, Princess Leah, Yoda and Chewbacca on their intergalactic adventures.       In this continuation of the epic space opera saga, a downed stormtrooper goes on a journey reconnecting him with … [Read more...]

Honor Your Favorite Hero This Father’s Day! #FandangoFamily @Fandango #Giveaway #Ad

    This past week, I spoke to my boys about what we are going to do to for my husband this Father's Day.  They always get excited when we plan surprises for their dad because they are both very close to him.  Also, they realize how much he sacrifices every single day to make sure they enjoy the very best that life has to offer.  Immediately, they told me that they definitely wanted to make cards for him and we brainstormed ideas for themes that we could follow in order to decorate these cards.     My nine year-old son said that many superheroes save the world and never quit just like the Avengers.  He then went on to say, "Daddy is my superhero because he never quits on me no matter what and he always saves the day when something is wrong."     I was so deeply touched by his words that I decided right then that we would make Father's Day cards using the new film, Avengers: Age of Ultron as inspiration for these cards.  Since this is the ultimate superhero movie, it is perfect … [Read more...]

Embrace Your Inner Unbreakable With Kimmy Schmidt! #StreamTeam #KimmySchmidt @Netflix #Partner

    Being a parent is not for the faint of heart.  This is especially true at the beginning of parenthood when mom and dad are still trying to adjust to their new identities as caretakers of another human life.  After a while, most of us realize that we can't let this experience break us and we figure out how to juggle everything that involves being a parent including changing diapers, making meals, and basically doing everything to keep our little person alive.     This month on Netflix, we are introduced to a hysterical comedy series called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starring Ellie Kemper who is a woman that is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for a socialite in New York City.  She's definitely in for the experience of her life when she arrives armed with only a backpack, a comical pair of light-up sneakers and some overdue library books.  It's safe to say that she was unprepared to tackle this new world that she had no idea even existed.     Kimmy … [Read more...]

Create A DIY Vision Board With Your Kids! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Partner

    I've always loved sharing the characters and music that I enjoyed during my childhood with my children.  Not only does it allow me to reflect on happiness from the past, but it also makes my children more well rounded and knowledgeable about a variety of subjects.  As a parent, I realize that my boys will be more successful in the future if they are armed with the tools to create their own destinies.     That is one of the reasons why I love Netflix so much!  They stream shows that encourage kids to create their own futures and to envision being successful.  The all new original special Ever After High: Spring Unsprung, celebrates the idea that the story of your life is not written in permanent ink. You have the power to forge your own path!     In two other Netflix original series premiering this month, there are kids also creating their own destinies. Teenage mermaids stand out from the crowd in Season 2 of Mako Mermaids, and Richie Rich, the same entrepreneur we grew up … [Read more...]

All Hail King Julien! Win A 1-Year @Netflix Subscription! #StreamTeam #KingJulien #Giveaway #Ad

    This month, the first five episodes of All Hail King Julien finally arrived on Netflix!  The series features everyone's favorite character from the Madagascar franchise, King Julien.  He takes on the jungle's craziest adventures in the new comedy series, along with his loyal sidekicks Maurice and Mort plus a whole new cast of colorful animals.     We had the opportunity to preview two of the all-new episodes of the Netflix original as well as engage in some fun activities.  Our boys had the chance to create crowns fit for a king, learn King Julien’s signature dance and pose Hollywood style with the King himself.  I'm not sure who had more fun, the kids or the adults.     To celebrate the premiere of All Hail King Julien on Netflix, we are getting ready with the biggest party animal of all time to enjoy the biggest party of the year, New Year's Eve!  We want you to join in on all the fun as well and, if you have kids like I do, you know that it's important to make this party … [Read more...]

Dreams Can Come True! Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition #Giveaway #SleepingBeautyPromo #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Disney Studios. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Ever since my boys were little, I have encouraged them to always dream big and reach for the stars.  During my childhood, I was very lucky that I had my mother and grandmother to remind me to set goals and to work hard to accomplish those goals.  As a mother, I have always wanted to provide my sons with this same kind of inspiration that I received and motivate them to never be afraid to keep their eyes on the prize.     Currently, my sons are very adamant about what their future dreams are.  My eleven-year old wants to be a professional basketball player and he keeps reminding me that he is going to take good care of me when he grows up.  On the other hand, my eight-year old has an angelic voice and has decided that he is going to be a professional singer and a superhero.     As you can see from his vision board, he is pretty set on becoming … [Read more...]