Take A Stroll Down Memory Lane! #StreamTeam #NetflixKids @Netflix #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Netflix. As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.    As I'm planning my son's First Communion party in a couple of weeks, I find myself feeling nostalgic and reminiscing about when I was his age and I celebrated this sacrament with my parents and family.  Being a parent certainly forces you to take many trips down memory lane as you experience milestones and rites of passage with your own children that you went through yourself.     I can recall what a wonderful day it was and how much fun we all had together. My parents had a party for me at a Spanish restaurant and I can still smell all of the delicious foods and hear the music that they played during the party.  The adults all sat around the table and talked while the kids danced around and played all around them.  This is exactly the image that I plan to see during my son's celebration next month, a happy smiling face … [Read more...]

Celebrate The Start Of Spring With Peeps! @PEEPSANDCOMPANY #Giveaway #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of Peeps And Company. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.    When I think of spring and celebrating Easter, it is always synonymous with PEEPS®.  As far back as I could remember, my siblings and I would look forward to finding our baskets on Easter morning and enjoying all of the delicious and sweet treats in there.  My mother has always loved PEEPS® so we always had their Marshmallow Chicks and Marshmallow Bunnies in our baskets.    Over the years I have noticed that these family traditions are very important to pass down to my own two children.  Ever since they were very little, I have celebrated the start of spring with fun and iconic PEEPS®.  Not only are they essential for filling Easter Baskets, but they are also perfect for garnishing baked goods and adding adorable accents to art projects and decorations.    This year, we added a new … [Read more...]

Celebrate 75 Years Of Iconic Summer Moments With Lay’s! #Lays75 #Sponsored

*This sponsored post was written by me for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Lay's.  All opinions are 100% mine.    The Summer is a magical time when we all let down our hair and really take the time to enjoy those precious moments with our loved ones.  For me, this time of the year is very special because it is when I finally get some time off from my career as an educator to spend quality time with my two sons.  Nothing compares to having the opportunity to enjoy the warm weather outdoors with them and enjoying the extra daylight in the evening.  It truly makes for some iconic summer moments with them.     Lay's potato chips is celebrating 75 years of being the perfect summer snack this year.  As part of this celebration, they are taking the time to highlight favorite summer moments on the packaging of their Lay's potato chips.  They want all of their fans to get in on the fun and would like you to share your favorite summer moments on Twitter and on Instagram using the … [Read more...]

Make Priceless Memories With Your Family!

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jane Goodrich Photography. All opinions are 100% mine.    I cannot even begin to describe to you all how badly I have always wanted to take a family portrait with my own family.  Whenever I visited the homes of friends who had beautiful photos on the wall of their families, I wondered when we would have the opportunity to take one of our own.  After having health issues starting in 2007, it became increasingly more important to me to be able to preserve these priceless memories with my husband and my boys.     Recently, we had the opportunity to finally have our family portrait taken by renowned photographer Jane Goodrich.  The prospect of being able to capture that special moment after longing to do so for so many years nearly brought tears to my eyes.  I would finally be able to hang that special photo on our wall along with the rest of our joyous events.  We had never had a professional photo shoot before so I didn't really … [Read more...]

Capturing Precious Memories! #Troop8X #HTC8X

    We are definitely a sports family.  Although I am not very good at sports, my husband is an avid sportsman and my sons both play basketball and baseball.  There is nothing more exciting than cheering your children on at a sporting event.  Besides the pride that one feels as a parent, it is wonderful to know some of the skills that sports are teaching our boys which they can use on and off the court or baseball field.    It is very important to be able to capture all of these precious moments on camera and to be able to look back on our children's successes and joyful moments.  The HTC8X boasts an ultra-wide angle front facing camera which is just perfect for video chatting and keeping in touch with family and friends.  Additionally, it has an amazing 8-megapixel camera which takes beautiful and crisp photos and practically brings events to life in its images.     We have been fortunate to have the opportunity to review this amazing phone and have been around town taking the … [Read more...]