Veggies Can Be Fun Too! #PlayWithVeggies @BirdsEye @JennetteMcCurdy #Ad

*This post was written by me on behalf of Birds Eye.  All opinions are 100% mine.     As a Working Mom, planning healthy meals and getting my boys to eat more vegetables can sometimes be a challenge because we are always on-the-go.  I was very excited when Birds Eye introduced their 4 House Rules this summer to demonstrate to all kids that eating vegetables can not only be good for them, but it can be fun too!     This week, my boys and I had the opportunity to attend our first event for Birds Eye vegetables.  I was very hopeful that attending this event would arm me with a few tricks to get my sons more excited about eating their veggies on a daily basis.  When we arrived, I immediately noticed the different stations outlining all of the ways that eating vegetables can be fun.     The first station that we visited consisted of allowing the kids to blindfold the parents and feed them various foods containing vegetables.  The parents then had to guess which veggies were … [Read more...]

What Are Some Fun Summer Activities To Keep Kids Engaged? #PCBigDay #Ad

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats.  All opinions are 100% mine.     The Summer can be a great time to spend some quality time with your family and to enjoy some fun outdoor activities with your children.  It is important to keep kids engaged during their vacation from school so that they can be productive during their time off.  There are many exciting activities that you can do with your kids that can help them to nurture and foster their interests and to teach them how to set and accomplish personal goals.     Personally, we love to get outside during the warm weather and have some fun together riding our bikes.  It allows all of us to enjoy some fresh air while getting some great exercise.  We also take the time to enjoy the scenery and nature around our neighborhood while we ride together and laugh and talk together.  I can't think of a better outdoor activity to get our boys up and about during the Summer.     Since we have … [Read more...]

Enjoying Mami And Me Time This Summer! @DoleNutrition #DoleSquishems #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Dole Packaged Foods, LLC. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     One of the benefits of being a teacher has always been having Summers off with my two boys.  Every Working Mom understands how difficult it is to juggle having a career full-time and making time to spend with our children.  As a result, I have always loved having this time during the Summer to spend that quality time that I don't always get to spend with my kids throughout the year while I'm working.     I love to plan adventures with my boys and to pack lunch to take along with us.  It's important that our picnic lunches contain wholesome ingredients because, just because we are on-the-go doesn't mean that I want to compromise healthy nutrition in their meals or their snacks.  My husband and I normally look for foods that are convenient to pack and carry and that contain natural ingredients at the same time.     We love to take new Dole … [Read more...]

CESAR® Cookie Crunchies Treats For Dogs

    We have a one year old half Labrador, half American Pit Bull Terrier named Onyx.  He is very much loved in our household and has really become another member of the family.  The only problem is that he doesn't always behave the way that he should and we have been working with him to follow simple commands using positive reinforcement.     When he complies with or obeys a command, we give him a dog treat.  Onyx, however, does not just eat any treat and has an extremely picky palate.  As a result, we were very hopeful and excited about trying new CESAR® Cookie Crunchies treats for dogs.     These baked treats come in two flavors including Rotisserie Chicken Flavor and Filet Mignon Flavor.  Each bag comes with 130 pieces and, at just 10 calories per piece, you can give your dog more treats per day without having to worry about excessive calories.  We loved the small, bite-sized shapes of the treats which are hearts, paw prints, and bones.     Since we love Onyx so much and … [Read more...]

Making Healthier Food Choices

This year, I am making a conscious effort to introduce healthier food choices to my family.  Being a working mom, it is often difficult to juggle meal planning and meal preparation along with my professional responsibilities.  My sons are actively involved in sports and I feel that their eating habits should mirror the good habits that we are trying to instill in them with regards to physical fitness and nutrition. Breakfast has become one of the meals that we focus on because studies have shown that eating a healthy breakfast helps you to have more energy throughout the day and be more productive.  Our meal choices center around whole grain cereals and fruits and definitely have to be easy to prepare as mornings are generally hectic in our home with two children in school and two working parents. Lately, I have enjoyed the variety that McDonald's has added to their menu with healthier food choices while maintaining the convenience and affordability that they have always had.  … [Read more...]