Disney Films Are Coming To Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    I cannot even begin to tell you guys how glad I am that we have all survived back to school and that our family routines are back in full swing.  I'm thoroughly enjoying the change of seasons here in New York City and I've even started digging my boots and leggings out of the closet.  To make everything even better, Disney is now on Netflix.  Yes, you read that correctly, all of our favorite Disney films have arrived on Netflix!     Disney films are just perfect for snuggling on the couch during family movie night and we have already planned our first gathering to watch Disney's Zootopia.  We are so excited about spending some time with Judy Hopps and making some of our favorite movie time snacks like ice cream sandwiches.  I can't wait to also introduce my boys to HOLES since it has been one of my favorite Disney films for years and I have also greatly enjoyed teaching the book to my students over the years.    If you … [Read more...]

What’s The Craziest Place You’ve Watched Netflix? #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

In the bathroom? Under the covers? Where have you done it?     We know there are only so many times you can hear the Dinotrux theme song before you start sneaking off to binge the new season of Orange is the New Black in the bathtub or "do work in the garage" while you secretly watch Voltron: Legendary Defender. Don't be ashamed, moms and dads, you're definitely not alone.    In our house, it's basically get your Netflix time in whenever you can.  Since we all love watching our favorite shows and we have three televisions in the home, you would think that there would be plenty of opportunities for all of us to watch Netflix.  Unfortunately, my two sons pretty much monopolize two of our TVs and my husband likes to come in from work and take over the living room.  As a result, I often have to sneak my viewing time in every chance I get.    So, since it is time for confessions, I guess I should divulge what some of the craziest places … [Read more...]

Tips For Tackling Parenting Conversations With Your Kids! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    This week, my son is turning 13 and there are many important conversations that his father and I have begun to initiate with him since he is getting older.  These days, it is not easy to unglue his phone from his hand or to get his attention for more than five minutes to even sit down and talk.  I'm not going to say that addressing those tough topics with him has been easy either, after all, he is always going to be my baby.       As far as my ten year-old is concerned, the conversations that we have are still a little less complicated than the ones we have been having with his older brother.  We usually spend most of our time talking about why he should be getting along better with his sibling or what he has to do to earn more privileges.  Thankfully, with Netflix, I can use my sons'  favorite shows to open the door for these tricky, sometimes awkward conversations.  I'm sure those of you with teens, tweens, and preteens … [Read more...]

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 ActivityHow 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...]

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...]

DIY Minions Sugar Cookies Decorating #FandangoFamily @Fandango $50 GC #Giveaway #Ad

    We first met the Minions when we watched the debut of Despicable Me a few years ago.  They were the servants of the villain Gru and their loyalty and dedication to him never faltered.  This summer, we learn about their origins and the backstory about how they came to be the sidekicks of such an infamous super villain in the new Minions movie.    Narrated by Geoffrey Rush, we learn how the Minions evolved over the centuries throughout their quest for new evil masters to serve.  Along the way, they encounter notable historical figures and find themselves in comical situations that we have come to expect from them since we met them years ago.    As a result of their new movie, adorable Minions-inspired DIY crafts and recipes have begun to pop up all over the place.  My contribution to the new Minions craze are these delicious Minions Sugar Cookies.  They are the perfect snack for enjoying after school or for serving at … [Read more...]

Give Your Kids A Glimpse Into Your Childhood! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Partner

    One of my favorite things to do is listen to music and watch shows with my sons that I used to enjoy when I was a kid.  There is just something magical about bridging the gap between your own childhood and your children's childhoods by connecting through these "blasts from the past."  It's a great way to let them know that you weren't always an adult and you weren't always their parent.  Also, it allows you to create memories with them that will last a lifetime.     My siblings and I used to lay on a blanket on the floor and watch Inspector Gadget while munching on our favorite snacks.  It was so much fun to say, "Go, Go, Gadget, Go!"  These special moments allowed us to bond with one another and I love now having the opportunity to watch Inspector Gadget with my boys on Netflix.  They enjoy all of his antics and adventures as much as I did when I was a little girl.    You guys can create these precious memories with your children as well.  Netflix has an entire list of of … [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...]

How Can You Teach Your Children Not To Lie? #StreamTeam @Netflix #Partner

    Before I had children, I assumed that when children lied it was because their parents never taught them any better or they learned to lie from their peers.  When I was growing up, my siblings and I were taught that lying was wrong and would not be tolerated so I resolved early on that this would be a value that I would pass on to my own kids.  That is why I'm always caught off guard when my boys get caught in a lie and I've come to realize that everyone lies at one point or another and that it is a part of life.    The reality is that parents lie all the time, even if they do it with good intentions.  Some of the lies we tell our kids are just to make things easier for us like telling them that the park is closed when we don't have time to take them there.  We tell other white lies because we want to make our children happy such as telling them that the Tooth Fairy put money under their pillow or that the Easter Bunny dropped off their Easter baskets.     The Rayburns, from … [Read more...]

Take An Intergalactic Road Trip With Fandango! #FandangoFamily @Fandango #Partner

    As a member of the Fandango Family, we have the opportunity to watch awesome movies together all of the time.  It's so easy to watch trailers, read reviews, find movie show times, and buy movie tickets in advance.     Let me tell you, my son is so excited about the premiere of the Dreamworks new animated feature Home this Friday, March 27th.  We had the chance to watch the trailer for it the last time we went to the movies and he immediately turned to me and said, "Mommy, I want to see that movie!"      I have to admit, watching the unlikely friendship blossom between the human girl, Tip and the banished Boov, Oh,  really warmed my heart too.  Their adventures as Oh searches for a new place to live promises to make for a perfect family film.  I also love that it teaches our sons lessons about tolerance and accepting others for who they are.     To celebrate this interplanetary connection, I am going to share a delicious cookie recipe with all of you.  After all, what could be … [Read more...]