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...]

Connect With Your Teen! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Recently my son approached me and asked me if I was familiar with the Netflix original show, 13 Reasons Why.  Honestly, I had heard a little about it from some of my high school students but I had not watched the show myself.  He proceeded to tell me that the theme of the show was suicide and how he and all his friends were talking about it at school.     As parents, we sometimes are at a loss on how to broach some of the heavy topics that affect our adolescent children.  It has a lot to do with being conflicted over wanting to protect our children from some of the scary realities of life and wanting to educate them so they can make the best decisions as they grow into adulthood.  It goes without saying that discussing mental health issues and suicide is not really something that any parent is fully prepared for.  Being able to discuss his thoughts on the Netflix original series, 13 Reasons Why opened the door for us to have an open dialogue about a very sensitive topic.     … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kids To Overcome Gender Stereotypes! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Growing up, our mother was not raising my sister and I to be damsels in distress.  I can still remember her telling us how important it would be to get an education and to always be independent women.  It might seem unbelievable but studies have shown that girls are being influenced by gender stereotypes from as young as six years old.  That is why it is so important that they have access to positive role models in the media and within the entertainment programming that they are being exposed to.     Thankfully, Netflix is home to girls who mean business and that’s something all kids can get behind.  Whether it’s Violet’s quick wit, Elena’s activist mentality, or Deidra & Laney’s unorthodox thinking, there’s something for every girl to relate to.  Strong female characters aren’t just important for girls.  Boys are growing up with Eleven saving the crew and Tip showing that true friendship knows no bounds.     … [Read more...]

Tackle Those Tough Conversations With Your Teen! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    My oldest son will be graduating from the eighth grade this June.  He has always been very independent and wise for his age even when he was younger.  Now that he is a teenager, we have open conversations about earning privileges and how getting older comes with a lot of responsibility.  There are many hard-to-discuss topics around sexuality and current events that have been made much easier in part thanks to having access to an educational platform like Netflix.       Some of the mature themes that are explored through Netflix original series like One Day At A Time and the dark comedy depicted in A Series of Unfortunate Events have lent themselves organically to some of our most in-depth conversations.  The question that arises with most parents as their kids get older like my son, is how to identify when their kids are ready to watch television shows that contain mature themes or content.  Much of their apprehension stems from … [Read more...]

Ring In The New Year With Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Tonight is New Year's Eve and, since we are nearing the end of holiday vacation, we know it's not long before the first "I'M BORED" will escape our kids' lips. That's why, this past week, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television started treating families to 13 hours of adventure, suspense and limitless imagination with the all-new series DreamWorks Trollhunters.       Millions of kids are out of school and the threat of boredom looms but Netflix is helping us parents keep the whole clan excited with 250+ inspiring moments from the epic saga, DreamWorks Trollhunters. And parents, apparently this show is not only for kids, you're just as likely to get hooked.     For those of you who are visiting family this weekend, great news!  Just in time for long holiday trips, Netflix recently announced that members can now download many of their favorite series and movies at no extra cost.  To start downloading today, make sure your Netflix … [Read more...]

Celebrate Family This Holiday Season! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    The beginning of the holiday season has been a whirlwind in our household.  The past couple of weeks have included parent-teacher conferences at my school and the hustle and bustle of planning for Thanksgiving.  As if all that wasn't enough, both of my sons came down with strep throat and my younger one even got an ear infection to boot.  Basically, I've been running around like a chicken without a head and we have tried to keep the joy in everything we are doing despite some of these bumps in the road.     I've really enjoyed being able to spend quality time with my family and those who truly matter in my life. We always get together to celebrate the holidays and, for the past two years, it has become a tradition to spend Thanksgiving at my sister's house.  Not only do we always have a great time, but I love not having to cook and just showing up to eat every year.  My sister is an amazing cook and she always prepares a feast for all … [Read more...]

Watch Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas in Homestead” Thanksgiving Day! #CountdowntoChristmas #Ad

    The holidays are my favorite time of the year because they allow me to focus on the people who really matter in my life.  As a Working Mom, I spend a lot of time juggling my many responsibilities including being a mom, a full-time educator, a wife, a professional blogger, and much more.       I like to prioritize my time during this season to redirect my attention to where it truly belongs, which is on my husband and my sons.  They are the center of my world and I cherish every opportunity to spend quality time with them.     Hallmark Channel is my family's prime destination for all things holiday related! This season, we look forward to original movie releases such as A Wish For Christmas, Christmas Cookies, My Christmas Dream and much more! This Thanksgiving Day we will be tuning in to watch "Christmas in Homestead" at 8pm/7c!     The movie stars Taylor Cole and Michael Rady.  One of the most famous actresses in … [Read more...]

Watch #SummerintheCity this Saturday, August 13th at 9pm/8c on @HallmarkChannel! #Ad

    Being off during the summer affords me the opportunity to enjoy some of my favorite programming.  This vacation, I am enjoying watching The Hallmark Channel and their all new "Summer Nights" programming happening all summer long!       Their latest movie, "Summer in the City", premieres Saturday, August 13th at 9:00 PM / 8:00c. Throughout July and August, the Hallmark Channel will be releasing the original movies, Summer Villa, For Love and Honor, My Summer Prince, Managing Manhattan as well as the Kitten Summer Games, and the new original TV series, Chesapeake Shores.     As a New Yorker, I can totally relate to the main character of "Summer in the City," a small town woman with Midwestern charm.  It was a big culture shock for me to move to the Big Apple from a small town in Spain when I was eight years old.  There were so many new cultures, people, and experiences to become accustomed to.  She is given a … [Read more...]

What’s The Craziest Place You’ve Watched Netflix? #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

In the bathroom? Under the covers? Where have you done it?     We know there are only so many times you can hear the Dinotrux theme song before you start sneaking off to binge the new season of Orange is the New Black in the bathtub or "do work in the garage" while you secretly watch Voltron: Legendary Defender. Don't be ashamed, moms and dads, you're definitely not alone.     In our house, it's basically get your Netflix time in whenever you can.  Since we all love watching our favorite shows and we have three televisions in the home, you would think that there would be plenty of opportunities for all of us to watch Netflix.  Unfortunately, my two sons pretty much monopolize two of our TVs and my husband likes to come in from work and take over the living room.  As a result, I often have to sneak my viewing time in every chance I get.     So, since it is time for confessions, I guess I should divulge what some of the craziest places … [Read more...]

Tips For Tackling Parenting Conversations With Your Kids! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    This week, my son is turning 13 and there are many important conversations that his father and I have begun to initiate with him since he is getting older.  These days, it is not easy to unglue his phone from his hand or to get his attention for more than five minutes to even sit down and talk.  I'm not going to say that addressing those tough topics with him has been easy either, after all, he is always going to be my baby.       As far as my ten year-old is concerned, the conversations that we have are still a little less complicated than the ones we have been having with his older brother.  We usually spend most of our time talking about why he should be getting along better with his sibling or what he has to do to earn more privileges.  Thankfully, with Netflix, I can use my sons'  favorite shows to open the door for these tricky, sometimes awkward conversations.  I'm sure those of you with teens, tweens, and preteens … [Read more...]