Fuel Their Dreams Of Being Part Of Team USA! #LetsPowerTheirDreams #Ad

    This is a very exciting time of the year for my family and I.  Ever since I was a kid, my siblings and I would post up in front of the television every four years to watch the Olympics.  Sports have always been an important part of our family life, everything from basketball and tennis to American football and soccer.  Since my father is from Spain and I was raised there until the age of eight, we love watching soccer and my boys love playing with their grandpa.     Thankfully, my son has had a very rewarding athletic journey.  He seems to excel at all sports with basketball and soccer being his favorites.  The relationships that he has forged with his teammates have been wonderful and playing sports has also contributed to raising his confidence and self-esteem.  We are extremely proud of him and hope that sports continue to be a big part of his life well into adulthood.  Soccer has especially been great for getting in touch … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kids To Go For The Gold! #NetflixKids #StreamTeam @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.     This winter, my family and I have been enjoying watching the Olympic Games at Sochi.  It has been very exciting to see my two boys observing the competition and supporting their favorite athletes.  These moments have opened the door to initiate important conversations with them about such topics as inspiration, teamwork and good sportsmanship.     Since both of our sons play basketball and other sports competitively, we are aware of the positive lessons that children learn through participating in organized sports.  Additionally, we appreciate the positive impact that playing sports has on their self-esteem and confidence. Here are some of the conversation starters that my husband and I used to elicit family discussions with our boys while watching the olympic action: What are some of the character traits that … [Read more...]

Host A Summer Olympics Watch Party With Hormel©! #HormelFamily

    Many of us would love to catch a plane to London this summer to attend the Summer Olympics.  Unfortunately, the reality is that the majority of us will probably end up watching all the excitement of the Olympics from our living rooms.  Watching the competition of this historical event is already exciting as it is but it can become even more memorable if you incorporate your own games and yummy snacks into a viewing party.     Decorating for your party is a no brainer because you want to demonstrate your patriotism by adopting a red, white, and blue theme.  You can even make it a multicultural event by including flags that represent the countries of your guests as part of the decor.  This is a great way of getting into the true spirit of the Olympics which is one of international brotherhood.     Take advantage of the commercial breaks to engage your guests in a series of Olympic Games of your own!  You can take these games outdoors to take full advantage of the gorgeous summer … [Read more...]