Feed Their Hunger After School! #tysonfoods #jimmydean #saraleedesserts #Ad

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.    Back to School is finally upon us here in New York City and there is a whirlwind of preparations that are taking place in our home to make sure the school year goes off without a hitch.  Believe it or not, meal planning is a huge part of our planning because I teach full-time and my boys come home from school starving every day.  It's not that they don't eat lunch at school but, for some reason, they work up quite an appetite acquiring all that knowledge!     So one of the things that we prepare for in advance is having the perfect snacks and foods that can easily be prepared once our boys get home in the afternoon.  Of course, sticking to our grocery budget is always a consideration but we also want to make sure that we buy foods that our sons really like.  Our youngest can be quite the picky eater so it's important that we take his … [Read more...]

Planning Our Snack Sampling Adventure With Smucker’s® #Snackation @Smuckers @Walmart #Ad

    Last year, my brother and my sister in law picked up both of my boys and watched them until I got home from work.  Since they recently moved to another state, our boys now have to stay in their school's after-school program for a little while and wait for me to pick them up after work.  Recently, my younger son shared with me that he would like to be able to take special snacks to the program because he gets hungry after being in school all day.     After speaking to him, I immediately knew that we would have to take a trip to our local Walmart to purchase some Smucker's® snacks to allow me to prepare some treats for both of them to take with them every day.  Our family loves going to Walmart because they always have all of our favorite snacks at great prices.  After all, now that my husband and I will be paying for the after-school program too, we appreciate being able to save the extra money.    Of course, our first stop was … [Read more...]

Add A Little Fun Back Into Your Schedule! #FisherNutExactly @fishernutsbrand #Giveaway #Ad

    We have officially survived the first week of school here in New York City.  My family and I are fully involved in a hectic schedule full of activities, organized sports and professional obligations.       As a result, my husband and I have to get a little creative when it comes to spending some fun, quality time with our boys.  After all, they are only going to be kids for a short while and it is important that we take full advantage of every moment that we have to spend with them.    One of the ways that we are able to relish these moments is by sitting down with them every afternoon and discussing how their day went at school over a variety of delicious treats or snacks.  You wouldn't believe how hungry kids are when they get home from learning in school all day.  Sometimes I even ask them if they ate lunch because they are just so famished!    Recently, I have found the perfect snack for taming their … [Read more...]

Sara Lee Snacks And Entenmann’s Little Bites Back To School #Giveaway! #GoodToGo #BTS #Ad

    The time for a new school year is right around the corner! Back to school season has taken on a new delicious spin with Sara Lee® Snacks and Entenmann’s Little Bites® baked snacks.  They can help remove the chaos from the mornings and get the family back into routine with the ABC’s of Back To School campaign.     Kathleen Robbins, head baker at Sara Lee Snacks, Entenmann’s Little Bites and a full time Working Mom, knows exactly what us moms are going through.  Her family gets through the mornings with some tips and DIY homework helpers, the fun Little Bites Party Cakes Caterpillars and exciting Sara Lee Brownie Chocolate Chip Snack Kabobs!  These are her secret weapons in her arsenal for getting everyone out on time to start their day.     Additionally, both Sara Lee Snacks and Entenmann’s Little Bites have created a five-day planner that will make those on-the-go mornings a breeze. “The Lunch Box #KidzStyle” five- day snack … [Read more...]

Share Special Moments With Your Active Child! #ThisIsWholesome @HoneyMaidSnacks #Paid

    As many of you know, we are a huge basketball family.  Both of my sons play basketball and they get it from their grandfather because my Father in Law plays every Wednesday with his friends.  My husband is also a big sports fan and enjoys playing from time to time.  Due to this, we are an active family that is constantly active and on-the-go.     Despite the fact that we are always either playing or running to basketball games, my husband and I try to make sure that we steal special moments with our boys.  One of these touching things happened at my older son's last tournament and he melted my heart and confirmed that I am doing pretty good as his mom.    During halftime I was sitting in the bleachers with some of the other moms as our active sons practiced their free-throws until the beginning of the third quarter.  Normally, I try not to bother my son because he is eleven and he is at that age where he doesn't want his mom embarrassing him in front of his friends.  So I just … [Read more...]

Learn How My Family Keeps Up With Its Busy Schedule! #ThisIsWholesome @HoneyMaidSnacks #Paid

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Being Latino and Honey Maid.    This family is constantly on-the-go.  If we are not rushing to get out the door every morning to get to work or school, we are driving to another state with my son's traveling basketball team.  Although it's not easy keeping up will all of our activities at times, we enjoy staying active and we love spending time together as we do them.     Through the years, I have picked up some tips that have allowed me to manage our time more efficiently to allow us to maximize on our schedule so that we could have enough time to do all the things that we love regularly.  Before I share those tips with all of you, let me give you an idea of what our schedule is like on a weekly basis...    Both of our sons play basketball.  Our older son is on his school's Junior Varsity basketball team and plays on a competitive traveling team as well.  Normally he has 1 to 2 games per week on weekday afternoons along with team … [Read more...]

We Had A Blast At Our #SkylandersGame Party! @FritoLay @PepsiCo @SkylandersGame #Ad

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of Frito-Lay and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.    Last week, I shared with you all that we would be hosting a Frito-Lay and Skylanders home gaming party.  Frito-Lay and Activision recently gave families the chance to choose and name a new Skylanders character which will appear in the upcoming video game, Skylanders Trap Team™.  It's not every day that our boys have the chance to vote for the first-ever fan-selected Skylanders Hero!    Family parties in our home are very special occasions because it allows us to spend quality time with one another and to share common interests.  In this case, since we are huge Skylanders fans, we are thrilled to be voting for our favorite hero finalist!     Fans 13 and over can VOTE for their favorite next Skylanders Game character all day, since voting ends today, from the three … [Read more...]

Take Gold Emblem Snacks On Your Family Excursions This Summer! @CVS_Extra #Ad

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CVS/Pharmacy. All opinions are 100% mine.    If you are a busy mom like me, you are going to be on-the-go this Summer with your family.  It is always fun to plan excursions with my boys and to spend quality time with them since I work full-time as an educator throughout the year.  I really get tremendous joy out of finding exciting events and locations to attend with them and we even spend time together grabbing and packing snacks for our special getaways.     When we are looking for snacks to take on our adventures, the two major factors that we take into consideration are taste and convenient on-the-go packaging.  It's important that we be able to pack, carry, and eat our snacks at the beach, during a ball game, or even in the car on a road trip.  It's no secret that my neighborhood CVS/Pharmacy is one of my favorite places to frequent for most of my family's needs including filling prescriptions, picking out just the right … [Read more...]

Pillsbury® Baguette Chips Review and Giveaway

    We have been looking for ways to spice up our snacking routine lately.  Although we enjoy regular chips, we eat them in moderation due to their high fat and sodium content.  Pillsbury had the answer to our snacking woes and awakened our taste buds with new Pillsbury® Baguette Chips!     These chips are sliced from oven baked bread and topped with delicious seasonings that couple the unique and modern flavors of Italian Cheese & Herb and Cheddar Sun-dried Tomato in a gourmet chip option.  Aside from being crispy and hearty, they are a great addition to any recipe option.     My family loved that they could enjoy Pillsbury Baguette Chips in a variety of ways.  I enjoyed eating them alone while watching my favorite television shows.  Our sons enjoyed eating them while reading a book and dipping them in their favorite dip.  Lastly, my husband really liked adding them to his salad for an extra crunch.    Pillsbury Baguette Chips were definitely a healthier snacking option … [Read more...]

Make Your New Year’s Dinner Party More Delectable With Gourmet Gift Baskets!

      We love to get together for holiday dinners as a family.  I always make sure to put out a spread of snacks that everyone can enjoy while they are hanging out waiting for dinner to be served.  The problem is that it is not always so easy to put together a variety of finger foods that everyone will love and I usually have to be very creative with the items that I choose.     This year I had the opportunity to review the Christmas Gift Basket™ Classic from Gourmet Gift Baskets and I was thrilled that the basket would come already put together with all of the pre-dinner foods that my family loves to eat and that I would not have to go crazy running around to get all the items.  This particular gift basket boasted that it contained "a variety of award-winning gourmet snacks that appeal to a wide variety of tastes."  We couldn't wait to try all of the yummy snacks.Some of the gourmet snacks that were included in the gift basket were chocolate covered cherries, dark chocolate … [Read more...]