Play Snoopy Pop Game With Your Family! #SnoopyPop @PlaySnoopyPop #Giveaway #Ad

    My family loves to play games and have fun together.  These moments allow us to make precious memories with one another and provide opportunities for us to escape from our hectic weekly schedules involving school and work throughout the year.  Since we are also huge Peanuts fans, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to review Snoopy Pop, the all-new bubble shooter game featuring all of our favorite characters including Snoopy, Woodstock, and the rest of the gang.     Of course, my husband and sons learned how to play the game right away since they are gaming aficionados and often play games on their electronic devices.  I was a little worried that it would take me a long time to get the gist of how to play Snoopy Pop but is was surprisingly easy.     Basically, the premise of the game is that players have to help Snoopy and the rest of the beloved Peanuts characters rescue Woodstock and his flock of bird friends who have been trapped in bubbles.  The bubbles are color … [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...]

Stream Crystal Clear Sound With Chromecast Audio! @BestBuy @Chromecast #ad

    Our family lives life on a daily basis accompanied by the sounds of our favorite music and songs.  At any given time, we can be found listening to our favorite tunes around the house or with headphones on.  Add to that the fact that I have a teenager in the house and that tells you how important music is in our home.  That is why we are so excited about the new Google Chromecast Audio at Best Buy! It enables you to play music on your speakers, new or old, wirelessly from your phone, laptop or tablet.     Chromecast Audio uses WiFi instead of Bluetooth, you can stream crystal clear hi res sound.  You can listen to your favorite songs on your speaker by using your phone to  play, pause, or change the volume from anywhere in the home.  And while streaming, you can still text or call without interrupting what's playing or draining your battery.  This is extremely convenient for me because I love to check my email and use … [Read more...]

Monitor And Limit Your Child’s Screen Time! @Screentimelabs #Ad

    If your children are like mine, they love technology and are very savvy at navigating all of their electronic devices.  As parents, we all want our kids to be in step with today's modern times because we know that technology is evolving daily and will open many doors for them in the future.  The problem is that sometimes young people become consumed with their tablets and smartphones and don't know how to use them in moderation.       Thankfully, us parents have The Screen Time app in our arsenal.  It provides parents with the management tools to limit the time that kids spend on their devices. It is available for both iOS and Android users and is a wonderful resource for parents who want to establish boundaries when it comes to their children's screen time.     The Screen Time allows parents to automatically limit the amount that their child spends on selected apps each day.  You can even block certain apps from ever … [Read more...]

Build New Worlds With Minecraft! @Minecraft @BestBuy #Ad

    If you have kids, you have already been bombarded with holiday wish lists this year.  Every list that I have seen has included Minecraft, including the lists of my own two sons.  They love building and exploring exciting new worlds and my husband and I love that Best Buy has an assortment of Minecraft games and collectibles.       Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures.  If allows players to explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles.  The games are very family-friendly and great for kids. The toys and collectibles make great gifts for anyone already into the game.      Players in Creative Mode with unlimited resources or mine deep in Survival Mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off dangerous mobs.  They can do all this alone or with friends.  Best Buy carries a large assortment the assortment of … [Read more...]

Safely Manage Your Child’s Screen Time This Holiday Season! @Screentimelabs #Ad

    With the holidays approaching, many kids will be receiving electronic devices that will likely increase their daily screen time.  If you are the kind of parent that I am, you want to be able to manage that time safely and productively.       Although we want to encourage our children to be technologically savvy, there are times when it is important to limit how much time they spend on these devices.  Additionally, monitoring their screen time is a great way to make sure that they are visiting child-friendly websites and safely interacting with others online.     The Screen Time app provides concerned parents like me with the management tools to proactively supervise my sons' time on their devices.  It is available for both iOS and Android users and it empowers parents be more in control of how much time their children spend online.       Some of the app's features that I really love are the fact that it allows me … [Read more...]

Inspire Love Of Reading With PreK12 Plaza! @PreK12Plaza #PreK12Plaza #Ad

    Ever since my sons were little, I have tried to instill a love of reading in them.  After all, I am a Literacy Specialist and have been a reading teacher for over fifteen years.  During the school year, it's a little easier to get them to read and write because it is a natural extension of what they are doing in the classroom.  However, it becomes a little harder to inspire them to read during summer vacation.       That is why I love PreK12 Plaza, it allows me to engage my boys in educational activities to warm up before school starts in September.  My ten-year old sometimes struggles with his writing stamina and with getting all of his ideas down on paper.  The PreK12 site allows children to create their own eBook which is the perfect way for my son to see his writing come to life!     My son created his very own eBook on the PreK12 website using some of the things that he has learned this summer as inspiration. … [Read more...]

Help Your Child Master Science Concepts With Galxyz! @GalxyzLab #KidzVuzBTS #Ad

    It might come as a surprise to many of you but I have never been very good at science.  Now, mind you, I did have to take education classes in college to prepare me to integrate science through literacy but that was about it.  This is something that I have had to overcome in recent years since my ten year-old loves anything that is science-related.  I've found that activities where we are able to engage in hands-on science activities are not only a lot of fun but also the best way to learn difficult concepts.       Recently, I was introduced to an exciting app that does exactly that!  Galxyz’s Blue Apprentice supports children in identifying science concepts in a way that increases their confidence academically and allows them to make real-world connections.  As an educator, I was impressed by the fact that this is accomplished through role playing where kids have the opportunity to actively use their critical thinking skills. … [Read more...]

Breathe Life Into Your PC With FreshStart! #FreshStartMyPC #Ad

    I can't begin to describe to you how frustrating it is when your PC doesn't perform well and you are an educator and a blogger.  It simply is not acceptable because I rely on my computer to help me plan my lessons for my students and to keep my blog up to date with fresh content.  Unfortunately, PC repair can be extremely expensive so it's just not possible to pay someone every single time I have an issue with my computer.     There are just too many precious items on your hard drive that you cannot afford to lose including important documents, files and precious photographs that you would be devastated to lose.  The good news is that, when these computer issues come up, you don't have to run out and buy a new one because there is help and it is really affordable.  It's super easy and fast to just contact a FreshStart certified tech, with just one click, that will be onsite to install your drive in under 30 minutes.  No service center … [Read more...]

Give Him Mobile Virtual Reality This Father’s Day! @BestBuy @SamsungMobileUS #GearVR #Ad

    My husband has never been a really techie kind of guy but he has always enjoyed experiencing new types of technology.  Since I have been wanting him to become more savvy in this department, I have decided to expose him to different types of electronics every holiday.  This Father's Day, it's the perfect time to do so because you can get Free Samsung Gear VR, plus $50 of Virtual Reality content with the purchase, or lease, and activation of select Samsung Smartphones.     Mobile virtual reality has finally arrived.  I think Hubby will really enjoy being at the center of exciting games, watching the best of Hollywood in his own private cinema, socializing with friends, and so much more. The Samsung Gear VR drops you right in the action — and it's only from Samsung and Oculus.  It's the perfect opportunity for him to experience the extraordinary in the form of the latest virtual reality technology.     From taking … [Read more...]