You Are Invited To Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day 2018 at Showcase Cinemas! #ShowcaseCinemas @ShowcaseUS #Ad

    I've been keeping a wonderful secret for a couple of weeks! It is time to let the cat out of the bag and tell you all that I have been asked to be  a 2018 Showcase Cinemas brand ambassador! This means that I will be sharing news about upcoming screenings and promotions, hosting movie ticket giveaways, and keeping you guys in the loop about anything related to Showcase Cinemas.     In my first post as a newly appointed ambassador, I wanted to let you know that for the second year in a row Showcase Cinemas will be participating in Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day on April 10th. For the past 40 years, Ben & Jerry's has opened their legendary Scoop Shops to dish out free ice cream to fans and Showcase Cinemas is excited to be a part of the fun again when they try to beat the 22,000 cones they gave out at their theaters last year!     This year, Showcase Cinemas is adding to the celebration by offering customers the chance to enter-to-win a special family movie night prize pack! … [Read more...]

Mommy Must Haves When You Have Big Kids #MommyMustHaves @Walmart #Ad

*I have been compensated by Johnson's® Baby for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.     Ever since my boys were babies, I have relied on Johnson's® Baby products as part of their daily and bedtime routines. As infants, I used their baby lotion to massage their new skin and keep it hydrated and their baby wash to clean their delicate little fingers and toes. I remember sniffing them before laying them down to go to sleep and loving how fresh and clean they smelled.     Fast forward to these days and both of my boys have grown into two handsome young men. My oldest just started high school this past Fall and my youngest is now in middle school. As a mom, I still continue to purchase the products that I love and trust for them to use. Just like when they were babies, I continue to rely on Johnson's®, especially when it comes to taking care of their skin.     My younger son tends to suffer from dry skin and will often complain that his skin is … [Read more...]

Real Women Have A Real Conversation! #AlwaysDiscreetBoutique @AlwaysDiscreet #Ad

    I have become a firm believer in the fact that, in order to have a healthy lifestyle, you have to be in tune with what your body needs and honest with yourself about addressing these needs. Over the years, I have noticed that we women are not always open with one another with the changes that our bodies go through after childbirth and as we mature into our beautiful selves.     One of these taboo subjects has always been Adult Incontinence, despite the fact that it is a lot more prevalent than you would think. As a matter of fact, 1 in 3 women experience bladder leaks1 and 2 in 3 who have tried bladder leak underwear avoid wearing them all together, even when they know they need them2. It's time that we have a real conversation about how AI has affected many of us. There shouldn’t have to be a tradeoff between bladder leak protection and feminine underwear that makes women feel beautiful and confident.     Part of being true to all of you and to myself includes me sharing my … [Read more...]

Protect Yourself While Online School Shopping! @CheetahMobile #Ad

    The final countdown has begun! We are officially about a week away from the start of the new school year here in New York City. This means that lots of last minute shopping for supplies and uniforms will take place between now and then. While I've already purchased almost everything my sons need, I still have some online shopping to do and I need to make sure that my phone is protected from potential hacking while I do so.     Many parents like me use their cell phones to do back to school shopping completely unaware that online predators can steal their sensitive information when they do so. They can potentially prey on you and compromise credit card account numbers, your identity, and even your address and contact information. It's so scary to think that, while you are busy shopping for new school clothes, supplies, or dorm necessities for your kids, hackers may be helping themselves to the data in your phone.     Thankfully, I'm one step ahead of the hackers because … [Read more...]

Affordable And Reliable Phone Service! #SentWithRepublicWireless @RepublicWirelss #Ad

    If someone asks me what the top two qualities are that I look for in our family's phone service, my answer is that we need reliable service that is also affordable and doesn't break the bank.  These days, being able to communicate with loved ones via smartphone has really become a necessity and not just a luxury.  This is especially true in our family since our boys are involved in lots of extracurricular activities and my husband and I need to be able to maintain contact with them at all times.     I was very excited to finally have the opportunity to review Republic Wireless for our family because they provide affordable phone service on leading Android phones so we can all stay in touch with one another no matter where we are.  Not only do they promise no contracts or hidden fees, but all Republic plans include unlimited talk and text and start at just $15.  Data plans start at just $20 per month which is a must in our home since we are active on social media and love game … [Read more...]

Keep Your Eyes Young While Aging Gracefully! @EyePromise_ZV #Ad

    Recently, an old high school friend of mine shared on social media that her vision is getting worse and that it is because she is getting older.  I think most of us are aware that aging can have adverse effects on our eyes but we don't really think about it much until it affects us directly.  What most people don't realize is that the foods that we eat in our daily diets have a direct impact on our eye health.     When I was a kid, my parents and grandparents would always tell me to eat my carrots because they were good for my eyesight.  While they were partly right about the benefits on the eyes of beta-carotene, which is contained in carrots, just eating this food was not going to be enough to protect my eyes.  The reality is that it's almost impossible to absorb all of the vitamins and nutrients that are required to protect vision from food alone.     So you're probably wondering how you can keep your eyes young and healthy while aging gracefully and looking, as well as … [Read more...]

Let’s Make New York Tobacco Free! #SeenEnoughTobacco @TobaccoFreeNYS #Ad

    My grandmother died of lung cancer.  She was a cigarette smoker for over thirty years and smoking ultimately killed her.  It was horrible to watch her suffer as she struggled to breathe during her final days.  You would think that this experience would have been enough of a deterrent for me to avoid smoking at any cost, but it wasn't.  One day, a friend in college passed me a cigarette and it began my addiction to a dangerous habit.     I smoked on an off for about eight years and finally quit, cold-turkey, in 2007.  It was  definitely a difficult habit to kick but, I am proud to say that I have not smoked a cigarette in almost ten years.  Due to my experiences with tobacco, I am constantly warning my high school students about the dangers of smoking.  Unfortunately, the tobacco industry spends billions of dollars on promotions, in places where children can see them.  They promote cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to young people and funnel a lot of that money into advertising that … [Read more...]

Experience Home Entertainment Like Never Before! @VIZIO #Ad

*This sponsored post is part of a blogging campaign on behalf of Vizio. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating and in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.     I guess you could say that we love watching television because we spend a lot of time doing so as a family.  Right after our oldest son was born, my husband and I purchased our first Plasma TV and we still had it up until a few weeks ago.  Our son is turning fourteen this week so that gives you an idea of how long it has been since we upgraded our home entertainment system.  That is why we were ecstatic to have the opportunity to review the all-new VIZIO SmartCast™ M-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display.     The first thing that immediately impressed me about this display is how crisp and clear the picture quality is.  We are now enjoying family movie nights more than ever due to its astonishing brightness with remarkably high contrast levels.  The VIZIO SmartCast™ M-Series™ Home … [Read more...]

Ladies, Your Financial Future Awaits! #OwnMyFuture @Prudential @SheSpeaks #Ad

*This post was sponsored by SheSpeaks for Prudential. All opinions are 100% my own.     I can still remember the first time that I started thinking about my long-term finances.  It was in September of 2000 and I had just started a new job as a NYC public school teacher.  As I was filling out papers for my pension, another veteran teacher sat down next to me and advised me on the importance of starting to think about my retirement from an early age.     At that moment, I recall stifling a chuckle because nothing was further from my twenty two year old mind.  She persisted and went on to tell me how women's social security benefits are 27% lower than that of their male counterparts.*  This statistic shocked me as well as the fact that she shared with me that she had failed to make those important financial decisions at the beginning of her career.  As a result, her pension consultation had left her disappointed and worried about her future.     That day, my eyes were fully open to … [Read more...]

Should Teachers Take Students’ Phones Away On School Trips? #SquashTheBeef #Ad

    This past week, my son went on his eighth grade Senior Trip to Philadelphia.  This was the first time that he was away from his father and I for the whole day in another state.  As you all can imagine, I was a nervous mom all day wondering if he was having a good time and if he was safe.  As parents we want our children to have many wonderful opportunities and experiences but we also want to protect them and keep them safe whenever possible.     Sometime in the afternoon, one of the parents on the trip messaged me to let me know that all the boys had gotten in trouble and their teacher was going to take their mobile phones away for the remainder of the trip.  Now, let me tell you, as an educator of over seventeen years, I am keenly aware of how distracting phones can be when it comes to the classroom.  Had his teacher chosen to take my son's phone away in school, I would have been all in support of it but this was not the scenario and I felt she was completely wrong in taking away … [Read more...]