Manage Arthritis Pain While Staying Active! #Salonpas @Salonpas #Giveaway #Ad

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and in the United States, 23% of all adults—over 54 million people—have arthritis. As a Leukemia Survivor, I have developed arthritis due to some of the medications that I take even though I'm only 43 and I always thought that elderly people were the only ones who suffered from this pain. Unfortunately, as a busy Working Mom, I don't have time to be in pain but I don't like taking any additional prescription medications, if I can avoid it. Thankfully, I have discovered that Salonpas® is available to arthritis sufferers whose activities have been limited, and who suffer from severe joint pain. As someone who was raised in Spain, where people are less reliant on taking pain for pills than other countries, I was excited at the prospect of being able to use a topical analgesic to treat muscle, back and joint pain. The truth is that, worldwide, topical analgesics, physical therapy, and other approaches are often considered before … [Read more...]

Working Moms Love Perdue Farms! @PerdueFarms #AD

Anyone who has been following this blog for awhile knows that I am one busy mom! Believe me, I wish I didn't have so much on my proverbial plate at times but as a full-time educator and mother to two teenage sons it's inevitable that I often have a packed weekly schedule. As a result, I'm always looking for ways to make my life easier, especially when it comes to preparing my family's meals! That is why I'm so excited to finally be able to tell you about Perdue Farms direct-to-consumer boxes! The Perdue Farms Family Bundle contains all of the products that my family loves no matter what meal of the day it is. I especially love the convenience of receiving these foods right at home and how easy they are for me to prepare for my guys to enjoy. When my younger son comes home from school hungry from a long day of classes and activities he loves to eat Perdue ® Panko Breaded Dino Nuggets. They are fully cooked and made from 100% all natural chicken breast with no preservatives, no … [Read more...]

Manage Your Child’s Allergies Once And For All!

I am participating in an influencer program on behalf of Claritin®. This program is paid for by the makers of Claritin® and I have received compensation for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own.     Seasonal allergies have been the bane of this family's existence for as long as I can remember. Not only did I suffer from them as a child, but now my son suffers from them as well. The problem is that he is also asthmatic, so his asthma is aggravated whenever he gets congested or irritated from his allergies. As a result, we have spent a lot of time in doctor's offices over the years.      Thankfully, the Smart Allergy Mom Toolkit® by the makers of Children’s Claritin® has empowered me with the information that I need to get a handle on my son's allergies once and for all!     In my son's case, he happens to be allergic to something in every season, so it has been difficult to get his allergies under control in the past. Some of the most … [Read more...]

Look Forward To The Future! @BasicInvite #BasicInvite #Ad

    Graduation is a stressful time for many people. For parents with children are graduation high school or college, graduation means sending your son or daughter off on their future. And while you are probably very hopeful and confident that your children will succeed, it’s hard to ignore the pangs of worry and fear that everything will work for your kids. Students graduating also have a lot to worry about. As exciting as it is to move onto college or the field of your choice, it is equally nerve-wracking to look toward the future and not know what’s coming. On top of fear of the unknown, there are many details about graduation that can also cause anxiety and worry. Here are a few tips to help parents and students manage their fears and look toward the future with optimism:     One thing to keep in mind as graduation looms ever closer is that change is a part of life. Sometimes your family has to move across the country, other times you may decide it’s time to … [Read more...]

Enjoy Your Favorite Movies With Showcase Subscribe! #ShowcaseCinemas @ShowcaseUS #Ad

    Every holiday season, it's always a challenge to purchase just the right gifts for your friends and family. This year, my older son is a teenager and my nephews are teenagers so I wanted to make sure to get them presents that they would really enjoy. But what do you get the young person or loved one who already has everything? Since everyone in my family and my circle of friends loves movies, I knew that purchasing a subscription plan from Showcase Cinemas would be the perfect gift for all of them!    Showcase recently launched a special subscription program titled Showcase Subscribe to make moviegoing a easier and more affordable for its customers. You can purchase tickets from either the 2D or Premier plan, which includes 3D, XPLUS and IMAX formats. The best part is that their individual plan starts at just $16.96! It's so easy to reserve their tickets via the app without having to worry about blackout dates. My loved ones can also use their Showcase Starpass membership number to … [Read more...]

Choosing The Right Children’s Hospital For Your Child #HassenfeldChildrensHospital #Ad

*This post is brought to you by The Motherhood and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. All opinions are my own.     Having a child with a chronic medical illness is extremely difficult. As parents, we never want our children to be ill and we want to make them better right away whenever they do get sick. As many of you know, my younger son has had Benign Rolandic Epilepsy since he was eight years old. I can still remember the first time I witnessed him having a seizure, it was one of the worst moments of my entire life. As a result of his illness, we have spent quite a bit of time at the hospital having him tested as well as taking him to the Emergency Room.     As I navigated the medical system at our local children’s hospital, I learned that one of the best things that parents can do for their children is to advocate for them to receive the best care from the best doctors. It’s so important to choose the right children’s hospital to entrust with the care of your … [Read more...]

Back To School Eating Done Right! #lunchboxx2018 #Ad

*This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com     When it comes to back to school tips, I always have a unique perspective since I am not only an educator, but I'm also a mom! Believe me, I know how overwhelming this time of the year can be when it comes to getting the kids ready for the new school year and making sure you purchase all of the school supplies that they need.     As a Working Mom who juggles a career and a family, meal planning during this time can be especially stressful because I just don't have the time to plan elaborate meals or go shopping for elaborate ingredients. So I've decided to get smart about how I'm going to prepare our family's meals and my sons' school lunches this back to school season. Thank goodness I have the help of 4 Lunchbox brands to help me keep my hungry family fed well! Here are some of my back to school meal planning tips: Prepare Big Meals To Last All Week:     My mother is Italian so we grew up eating bit Italian dinners when I was a … [Read more...]

Support Your Local School! @Walmart @BoxTops #BoxTopsatWalmart #BuyScanEarn #ad

*I have been compensated by Box Tops For Education for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.     When I was growing up, I used to visit my aunt's classroom whenever I had a day off from school. She was a Special Education teacher for twenty years and she loved taking me to her school and having me spend time with her students. It was during that time that I decided that I wanted to grow up and become a teacher. I fell in love with everything about teaching from sharpened pencils to writing on the blackboard.     I have now been a teacher for the past eighteen years and, while I still love teaching as much as I did when I was a kid, I have realized that many schools are in need of valuable resources that are not always readily available due to budget constraints. As a result, we teachers will often supplement those materials that aren't available from our own money. Unfortunately, it's not always possible to provide all of the supplies that my … [Read more...]

Juggling Your Child’s Sports Schedule @hotelsforteams #Hotels4Teams #Ad

    This past weekend, things got a little hairy around here due to the fact that my son had games scheduled for both of the traveling teams that he is participating in this summer. Normally, we do a really good job of managing his sports schedule for both of his teams but, this time, we got jammed up with games on Saturday and Sunday.     Although I realized that it would be tricky for my son to keep up with the demands of participating on two teams, I also know that the more he practices and plays, the better he's going to become at playing basketball. As a result, we have worked out a system for juggling his busy sports schedule and it has helped to alleviate some of the stress associated with being somewhat overextended. Here are some of the things that have worked for us thus far: Make sure you get a schedule of all the games that are planned for the season so you could plan ahead. Using Hotels4Teams allows you to book hotel accommodations as early as possible and to … [Read more...]

Traveling To NYC For A Sports Tournament @hotelsforteams #Hotels4Teams #Ad

    Many of the sports parents that I am friends with around the country reach out to me when they find out that their child's team is scheduled to travel to my native New York City for a tournament. After all, most of them have never visited the Big Apple and coming here for the first time can be a little intimidating. One of their major concerns is usually how they are going to be able to afford a trip to a major city on their team budget.     My experience has been that not only do they all end up having a great time while they are here, but that they also are able to take advantage of visiting some of our attractions as well during their stay. When it comes to planning their stay and needing some downtime activities, I always recommend that they use the City Guide that Hotels4Teams offers parents and coaches. They've compiled some great places for teams to relax and bond before or after the game.     The best part about NYC is that it is that it is full of fun things for … [Read more...]