CHARM IT! Design A Charm Contest #charmit

23 Apr

Saturday, April 18th partners CHARM IT! and Crayola held an event at Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC. It was for their Design-A -Charm Contest. Kids were invited to the event and encouraged to design an original charm for the chance to have it produced as an actual CHARM IT! charm.

It was a packed house and my daughter was very excited to get creative and design a charm. I think she did over ten designs. She loves drawing and I was happy to see her put her skills to good use. Hopefully one of her designs will come to life. 

She’s always been a fan of charms and girly accessories. I loved the way the staff wore the charms for necklaces as well as bracelets. They showed us the winning charms from their last contest. Kids know what they like and it shows in these wonderful charms. 

There was a photo booth for the kids and parents with different charm it props and a cute background. We had fun with that. Cupcakes that looked like one of the charms. Breakfast foods and beverages were also provided. 

These charms were tested in highly accredited labs and are safe. This is a big plus in my book. Here is a list of ways to care for your charms courtesy of CHARM IT!

Follow these basic care tips and enjoy your CHARM IT! collection! 

Remove CHARM IT! before engaging in rigorous activities or sports for safety. 

Remove CHARM IT! before hand-washing, bath and showers and swimming in chlorine pools or salt water. 

Remove CHARM IT! from all pockets before doing laundry. 

Do not clean CHARM IT! with any jewelry cleansers or chemicals intended for precious metal jewelry. 

Do. It wear CHARM IT! immediately after application of body lotions, sunscreen, creams and perfumes. 

The contest hasn’t ended yet. There’s still time to enter. You have till May 6, 2015. To enter head to http://www.shopcharm-it.com/contest and download the official entry form and let your kids get their charm skills on. Also check out @Charm_It and @Crayola on Twitter. 

What will your child create? 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. We were invited to the event and given gift bags. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

   

 

   

  


  

  

  

  

  

  

New York Baby Show Ticket Giveaway #giveway #ny #tickets #baby 

17 Apr

  

The New York Baby Show is coming to Pier 92 May 16, 17 2015 10-4 p.m. and I have 10 tickets to give away. This giveaway ends May 1,2015. Winners will be announced on Twitter, and Instagram. Must be following me on Twitter @nilimonicky , and Instagram @nilimo  RT this message: I want to win @newyorkbabyshow tix from @nilimonicky 

Plus, anyone who attends the event can also participate in the raffle for the Dream Green Nursery ($5,000)!

Check the website for more info about the show: http://newyorkbabyshow.com

• GIVEAWAYS!

Strollers, car seats, high chairs, baby photography sessions—and a Dream Green Nursery worth over $5,000! The New York Baby Show is full of awesome raffles! (details in Giveaways section)

    • • TOP BRANDS & GEAR

      Over 150 top maternity, infant, toddler and family brands from all over the world.

      • CLASSES

      Try one of the many baby and parent classes at the show, and learn new skills (and songs) while bonding with your baby.

        • • MOMS’ LOUNGE

          A restful haven apart from the busy show floor to relax, feed and change your baby, and meet other expectant and new moms.

          • DADS’ LOUNGE

          An oasis of support, information, and encouragement for dads (and moms) ran by the legendary NYC Dads Group.

REVIEW OF  VILLAGE VOICE CHOICE EATS 8TH ANNUAL TASTING EVENT #choiceeats #food

30 Mar

If you weren’t at Village Voice Choice Eats 8th Annual Tasting Event then you missed out on some great food. 68 restaurants from all the five boroughs participated at the Metropolitan Pavillion. It was a night  for this foodie to remember and something my taste buds and full belly will never forget. 

The Blue Stove, Brucie, Bustan, Butter Lane, Carlo’s Bakery, Coppelia, Delaware and Hudson, Doughnut Plant, Edi & The Wolf, Egg, El Atoradero, Fay Da Bakery, Fort Defiance, Genuine, Grandaisy Bakery, Juliette, Los Tacos No 1, Luca & Bosco Ice Cream, Papa’s Kitchen, Pickle Shack, Recette, Rubirosa, Sigmund’s Pretzels, Sugar Couture, Venturo Osteria, Veselka Restaurant, Wilma Jean, and Xe May Sandwich Shop.
2 Duck Goose, 606 R&D, Ample Hills Creamery, Applewood, Awadh, Baz Bagel & Restaurant, Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter, BOOMwich, Box Kite NYC, Brooklyn Kolache Co., Butter & Scotch, Calle Dao, Casa del Chef, Casa Mono and Bar Jamon, Commerce Restaurant, The East Pole, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Gloria’s Carribean Cuisine, The Gorbals, Huertas, John Brown Smokehouse, King Bee, Kuma Inn, Littleneck, Luke’s Lobster, Mable’s Smokehouse, MAX, The Meatball Shop, Mexico Lindo, No. 7, The NoMad, Queens Comfort, The Queens Kickshaw, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Robicelli’s, SCRATCHbread, Spicy Pot,Tabata Noodle Restaurant, Thai Rock, and Tuome.

As we walked in we were given a shot glass for drinks and a tray to carry samples of food on. I didn’t know where to begin. I know I had my hear set on a few that I was dying to try.  My tray eventually was overstuffed that I had to contain myself and breathe. I didn’t want to get too full too fast. It smelled amazing like when you’re sitting at home watching the Food Network and wish you had smell-o vision.  Well I was live!! It eventually got packed but I memorized my favorites and maneuvered my way through the crowd and got my seconds, thirds and fourths. 
Here were a few of my favorites: 
Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue made a killer Tri-Tip Pastrami
The Meatball Shop had their awesome Pizza Balls
Luke’s Lobster served wonderful Chowder and Maine Shrimp Rolls on buttery buns 
Juliette Spicy Florida Rock Shrimp Slider OMG
Los Tacos No. 7 Double Decker Brocolli Tacos very good
John Brown Smokehouse excellent Pecan Smoked Pastrami Reuben Sliders
Mable’s Smokehouse BBQ Smoked Pulled Pork with Jalepeno Corn Cake & Collard Greens yum kept going back
Queens Comfort Steak au Poivre Mac & Cheese mouth watering 

Desserts were also part of the event but by the time I found them upstairs I was so stuffed. I forced myself to try some and take the rest home. My kids were very happy. 
Here are a few of my favorites: 
Carlo’s Bakery Cake Bites moist and fluffy
Ample Hills Creamery Chocolate Milk & Cookies Ice Cream heaven
Sugar Couture Banana Pudding Pie delightful
Butter & Scotch Mini S’mores Bars the liquor infused bars hit me
Butter Lane Vanilla Mini Cupcakes with Sea Salt tasty
Robicelli’s Nutelasagna amazing 
Doughnut Plant Chocolate Hazlenut Doughseed love them
Fay Da Bakery Japanese Cheesecake very good
Coppelia Bread Pudding beyond delicious


To avoid running back and forth to the restroom I saved the beer for last. I grew up on ginger beer and when I saw they had alcoholic ginger beer I knew I had to try. Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer was in the house with their original and spiced orange flavors. Both were amazing. I’m hooked. Rums of Puerto Rico drinks were on point too. 
We also were able to keep Stella Artois wine glasses, whole foods shot glass and other beer mugs.

I had a wonderful time and glad I got to cover this event and stuff my face. I have new favorite dishes and restaurants to check out. Can’t wait to do this again. 
   

                           



THE PERFECTLY POWERFUL PEANUT POP-UP #peanutpower

29 Mar

The National Peanut Board, which represents America’s more than 7,000 peanut farming families, is in New York City for a week of consumer and influencer events.  At the heart of the experience is two days of consumer sampling and engagement. Inside the Pop-Up space, visitors can meet and have their picture taken with peanut farmers, learn about peanut farming and sustainability and find out more about how peanut products are helping to feed people in need here and around the world.  And of course, you’ll be able to sample peanuts and peanut butter – as well as innovative creations from dietitians, chefs and other culinary professionals.

On Thursday, peanut farmers and other volunteers are making sandwiches with a local nonprofit organization that feeds hungry people in New York City.

 

The Perfectly Powerful Peanut Pop-Up space will be open to the public as follows: Tuesday, March 31 & Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 


 Guests will have the opportunity to sample free, peanut powered breakfast and snacks, take their picture with a peanut farmer and learn how America’s peanuts are grown and feeding the world. The event will be held at The Corner at the Roger Smith Hotel(47th St. and Lexington) from 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. both days. For more information, visit perfectlypowerfulpeanut.com and follow #peanutpower on Twitter.

   

     

GIVEAWAY- @Keurig 2.0 K550 Brewer #Keurig #Giveaway

25 Mar

GIVEAWAY: Keurig 2.0 K550 Brewer

As a coffee lover I appreciate my Keurig especially when I don’t want to get out of my bed. I have my favorite coffee brands right in my house. Just pop a k-pod in and it’s ready in no time. What I like about the 2.0 is now I can make more than one cup thanks to the carafe. Now my family can also have a cup with me. We enjoy the different brands like Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Timothy’s, and even Swiss Miss hot chocolate. There are 400 different beverages from 60 brands. I still haven’t tried all of them yet. The 2.0 has so much to offer. To learn more about it check out http://www.keurig.com ;

Who’s ready to win? 

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky reader of my blog Five Little Words will receive a Keurig 2.0 K550 Brewer. 

Mandatory Entry: 

Sign up for my blog via email. Confirm subscription. Comment telling me you’ve done so. 

Extra Entries:

1. Follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nilimonicky (leave a separate comment)

2. Follow me on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/nilimo (leave a separate comment)

3. Follow me on Pinterest: wwww.pinterest.com/nilimo (leave a separate comment)

4. Like my Facebook blog page: http://www.facebook.com/FiveLittleWords ;

5. Retweet this: Giveaway- I want to win a @Keurig 2.0 K550 Brewer from @nilimonicky via http://www.fivelittlewords.net #giveaway #keurig

Please leave a separate comment for each entry you make to be entered. If you are already following leave a comment letting me know. 

Open to US addresses only. Must be 18 and older. Odds of winning are determined by the number of eligible entries. No purchase necessary. Any applicable taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Contest ends April 25, 2015 midnight. Winner has 24 hours to claim. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. 

Good luck!!!!! 

  

@Bearpawshoes THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING IN NY AND BEYOND!!

20 Mar

It’s official that I totally need a walk in closet for my shoes/boots. It’s also official that I am a BEARPAW BRAND AMBASSADOR. I was so honored that BearPaw picked me as one of their ambassador’s. I have always been a huge fan and always made sure I owned a pair of their comfy, stylish, warm boots. I even love the way the boots look on my daughter, and she approves. There’s so many to choose from like wedges, booties, knits and also slippers. Bearpaw also made sure to have a men’s and kids collection and casual footwear. From hikers, slip on’s, all weather, you name it. Sheepskin naturally regulates body temperature so feet stay cooler and drier in the heat and warmer in the cold. This is why my feet are warm all winter and why I appreciate a good pair of boots. 

It didn’t take me long to pick out a few of my favorites. The pictures below will show you what I like. The three I picked are: 

Tigris: 5.5″ tall pull on with rabbit fur collar. Color is Hickory. They run big so get your true size or even a size smaller. DO NOT order a size bigger. I’ve gotten lots of compliments on these. I like wearing them with skinny jeans. 

Emma: 10″ medium height soft suede. These can be worn with skirts, sweats, jeans, leggings, etc. Lining is very cushioned and cozy sometimes I just want to wear them without socks. These you need to order one size up. I also got these in Hickory.

Isabella: I recommend these 100%. I love these in the cold, rain and snow. They kept my feet very dry and warm and are very lightweight and waterproof.  Rubber toe cap and outsole. I should have had these a long time ago. Better late than never. I loved these with jeans or leggings. I just love the color Hickory so I also got these in that color as well. I got these in my true size. 

All of these are extremely comfortable and I will do my best to keep these boots looking fresh year after year. I will never get rid of my BEARPAWS. 

If you need help deciding what to get here is Bearpaw’s description of the collections:

The Classic Collection leads the pack with comfortable styles featuring sheepskin linings and classic detailing.

The Boutique Collection features eye-catching silhouettes in stunning shapes and exotic materials.

The Campus Collection was designed for a “laid back” atmosphere in mind… quick, easy, and most important, comfortable.

The Tahoe Collection was inspired by those ski trips and hanging out in the lodge. Combining a more traditional, rugged outsole with the highest quality materials to deliver style and comfort.


The Slipper Collection is summed up by stating “…these aren’t your parent’s house shoes.” This collection offers unprecedented comfort with all-around functionality.

Disclosure: I am a BEARPAW Brand Ambassador and I receive boots, etc to review. I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are always mine 100%. 

What’s your favorite pair?

Enjoy the pictures and check out BEARPAW on their web: http://www.bearpaw.com and on Twitter: @bearpawshoes and on Instagram: @bearpawstyle 

Stay tuned for more posts to come with boots that I will review.

As BEARPAW would say: Comfortably yours!! 

   

   


DOVE ANTIPERSPIRANT DRY SPRAY WINNERS ANNOUNCED

13 Mar

The winners of the Dove Antiperspirant Dry Spray are:

JENNY CHILLO, AMY ORVIN AND SHELLY PETERSON. 

CONGRATS!!! 

PLEASE DM ME ON TWITTER WITH YOUR ADRRESS. MY TWITTER HANDLE IS : @nilimonicky

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED. STAY TUNED MORE GIVEAWAYS ARE COMING!! 



DOVE DRY SPRAY ANTIPERSPIRANT REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY #TRYDRY 

6 Mar

Dove recently introduced their new Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant at their Friendship Suite and I was invited to check it out. Dove partnered with Rocksbox, the innovative jewelry subscription company that was created out of the practice of sharing the latest fashion finds with friends. They asked you to bring your best girlfriend to take part in celebrating friendship. There were beauty makeovers, style trends to learn about and giveaways. 

The new Dove Dry Spray is the latest beauty trend and I see why. If there’s one thing I hate about deodorant it’s clumps under my arm that dried up. It provides 48 hour odor and wetness protection and is formulated with 1/4 moisturizers that offers all the care of Dove in a antiperspirant that goes on instantly dry for a cleaner feel. The scents are amazing. There are so many to choose from.  

Here are a few:

Nourished Beauty: A floral, powdery fragrance with notes of jasmine and rose.

Cool Essentials: A blend of cucumber and green tea.

Revive: A pomegranate, lemon verbena scent. 

These are just 3 of 6. The other 3 are Beauty Finish, Skin Renew and Sensitive. These can be found now at mass food and drug retailers nationwide. SRP $5.49 (3.8 oz) can. 

I tried the Nourished a Beauty and loved it! No more clumps and when I feel under my arms it’s so smooth and the fragrance was still there hours later. The 48 hour protection really worked. I will be packing this for my cruise. Dove didn’t forget the men. I found it in Target for my boys. It’s called Dove Men Care Dry Spray Antiperspirant in Clean Comfort which also smells amazing. They love it too!

I had my makeover which I loved and consulted with a Rocksbox stylist about their gorgeous jewelry and how the subscription works. They were kind enough to offer my readers a free one- month subscription to try unlimited jewelry. For more info and to try your free month head to Rocksbox.com and enter promo code: DoveBFFs 

Go to dove.us and @Dove on Twitter for more info. 

GIVEAWAY: I am giving away 3 Dove Dry Sprays to 3 winners. Choose from Nourished Beauty, Cool Essentials or Revive. Comment below and tell me which one you want to try. Open to US residents only. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I received free samples. I was excited to receive these new Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant from the Dove Team. I also received a necklace from Rocksbox. 





MY BIG HERO 6 OSCAR #DISNEYSIDE @HOME CELEBRATION PARTY

6 Mar

I was so excited I was picked again to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration party. This years theme was multigenerational. Last year I did Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in my daughter’s 1st grade class. The kids loved it and I enjoyed hosting. This year was a little different. The weather was bad and sickness took a toll on everyone in our house. I was admitted in the hospital with asthma and my kids stayed in and out of the emergency room with colds and asthma. They missed so much school. 

I was sad hoping my kids would get better. Disney puts a smile on everyone’s face, so I  knew I had to make this party happen and even with the kids still under the weather I was gonna brighten up their day. 

I decided to do a #DisneySide Big Hero 6 Oscar Party. We weren’t able to invite guests over but we had our family was just right. I decorated with what was given to us in our box. I made buffalo wings, vegetable rolls, cole slaw and mashed potatoes. I wasn’t able to make the tie-dye cake but will make it one day. I did have red velvet cake. We also had Izze’s and sparkling cider to toast Big Hero 6 for winning an Oscar that night. I made mallomars with whipped cream as treats. We also played games and did word search that were provided in our box. 

A majority of the items that were sent to me were used and I will be using the rest soon. They came in handy like the Twinnings Herbal Tea for those that wer sick and the All mighty Pacs with Oxi for all the laundry that needed to be done and the luggage tags will come in handy next month for our cruise. 

I wish I had more pictures of my kids but they were still under the weather. I appreciated hosting again this year and hope I’m picked again for the next round. We hope you enjoy our #DisneySide multigenerational party re-cap. 

Thank you to everyone who made this party possible and to all the sponsors. Mom Select, BSM Media, Disney Parks, Maria Bailey, Leanne Jakubowski O’ Regan. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a box full of free products to host my Disney Side party. Opinions are 100% mine as always. 





@DrMartens BOOT LAUNCH EVENT WITH X ADVENTURE TIME @tristinandtyler #StandForSomething

5 Mar

Twins Tristin and Tyler hosted the Dr. Martens and Cartoon Network X Adventure Time Boot Launch Event at the end of February and my kids and I were invited. How could you say no to these two cutie pies who always welcome you with a hello and big smile. They are amazing and we support everything they do from modeling, hosting, vlogging, you tube, to blogging.

I couldn’t wait to see these new limited edition boots with Adventure Time characters for adults and kids. My daughter and I want the black pair with characters Finn and Jake the dog on them. We want to Dr. Marten mom and daughter rock stars strutting our boots. 

Citibabes was the perfect place to have this event being that the place was packed with kids. There was a big play area full of fun things for the kids to do from slides, & small rock climbing. Like a huge jungle gym. There was also food from tacos to churros and apple juice. 

Finn and Jake showed up and took pictures with everyone and Finn and my daughter showed off their dance moves to each other. She loved that. 

All the boots are cool to have. Especially when they’re limited edition. Can’t wait to see what else is in store with Dr. Martens.

We had a great fun filled day and the kids even took home goodie bags with the characters toys and other goodies. Thank you for the invite. 

Check out the pics below and let me know your favorite pair. 

Check out the twins Tristin and Tyler: http://www.tristinandtyler.com and on Twitter @tristinandtyler

Dr Martens website : http://www.drmartens.com and on twitter @drmartens

Disclosure: I was not compensated fir this post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 





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