Join Me In Taking The 7-Day Switch Up With Viva® Vantage®

6 Oct

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Viva® Vantage®.Opinions are mine 100% as always. 
Viva® Vantage® understands that people fall into all kinds of routines in life, including the household products they buy, and sometimes miss out on other great options in the process. Therefore, Viva® Brand is asking consumers to switch up their normal routine by trying Viva® Vantage® for seven days to see what they have been missing with their regular paper towel. Experience the stretchy-strength and great scrubbing power of Viva® Vantage®, recently named a 2015 Product of the Year.

I was invited to a Viva® Vantage® Live Party to the house of Amy Oztan from selfish in Brookyln, NY to learn more about the product. I learned some great tips that I will incorporate in my home. 

One of my favorite tips and newest kitchen switch up is to use a damp Viva® towel in the bottom of a container and put your washed strawberries on top and close with lid. They will last longer. 

Another tip is to use a damp Viva® towel under your cutting board to prevent it from shifting while slicing and dicing. I learned this from culinary classes years ago and still use this tip till this day. 

Ditch the bulky colander in favor of a paper towel. Place veggies and fruit on a sheet of Viva® Vantage® paper towels under a running faucet to function as a strainer; the stretchy-strength will keep the towel intact when wet. 

Need to chill white wine quickly? Don’t dilute it with ice; wrap a damp paper towel around the bottle and put in the freezer to chill rapidly.

I also enjoyed decorating wine glasses after I hand washed and dried the glass using the cloth-like texture of Viva® Vantage®. There was also a sparkling finish. 

I’d like to thank Amy for being a great host and making amazing food and sangria for her guests and also showing us her tips using Viva® Towels.  

Check out the website and kick off your own “7-Day Switch Up” by visiting for a Viva® Vantage® coupon to purchase and try the product. After experiencing the stretchy-strength and great scrubbing power of Viva® Vantage®, return to the website to dish on your switch and enter for a chance to instantly win a $100 gift card.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Viva® Vantage®.Opinions are mine 100% as always. 



Part Of My Family: Honest Tea, Honest Kids Organic Drinks 

21 Sep

When it comes to drinks for my kids I aim for the ones without high fructose corn syrup. It’s very difficult and tricky sometimes when reading labels. You might have no sugar added but then you have ingredients you can’t even pronounce. Is there really no sugar added? Then there’s your flavors. I’m sure every kid likes their drinks to taste good. My kids are all about the flavors and I’m all about teaching them about the healthy but also flavorful drinks. 

That’s where Honest Kids organic fruit drinks come in to play. Yes, organic and sweetened only with organic fruit juice. The flavors are amazing I find myself sneaking a few pouches to take with me. 

In 2013, they removed the organic cane sugar from all Honest Kids varieties and found a way to deliver the same great taste by sweetening the juice drinks only with fruit juice.
Super Fruit Punch and Berry Berry Good Lemomade are my kids top two favorites. There are also Appley Ever After, Goodness Grapeness, and Tropical Tango Punch. Don’t these flavors sound incredible? They are, and I make sure to stock up for school lunches and adventures so my kids can stay hydrated with favorite quench thirsting drink. 

Honest Tea made sure to look out for the adults too. Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling organic bottled tea, and is carried in more than 100,000 outlets. 

The Honest Tea Glass Bottles have awesome flavors like: Peach-Oo-La-Long Tea, Radiant Raspberry Tea, Moroccan Mint Green Tea and Mango White Tea just to name a few. 
The Honest Tea Iced Teas are certified organic, 100 calories or less per bottle and just a tad sweet are what I buy all the time. A few of the delicious flavors are Half Tea & Half Lemonade, Honey Green Tea and Lemon Tea. These come in plastic bottles. 


Honest Fizz is a refreshing take on certified organic zero-calorie soda with a modern (and Honest) twist. Zero- calories per can. Flavors include: Root Beer, Ginger Ale, Professor Fizz, Orange Pop and Lemon Limey.

Organic Lemonades, a Limeade and a Half & Half in family-sized bottles, sweetened with fair trade sugar. Love family sized bottles especially with all the thirsty members in my home. 

Honest specializes in offering beverages that range from unsweetened and zero grams of sugar to ones that are “just a tad sweet.” Their teas, juice drinks and sodas use a variety of natural sweeteners.

My kids packed two Honest Kids pouches each for lunch the first day of school. They still do. 


Check out Twitter: @HonestTea and on the web:

Have you tried Honest Tea? What flavors do you like? 
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Honest Tea was kind enough to send me and my family samples to try for review. My opinions are 100% my own. 

Shopping at Target Just Got Easier: Curbside Pickup

18 Sep

Ever been running around doing errands all day wishing you didn’t have to park, get out of the car, unstrap your little one from the backseat and then go in and face the crowds and long checkout lines?

With Curbside, a new mobile app that allows shoppers to order from Target from their phone and swing by the store to pick up their order without having to get out of the car, those days are gone. Yep, their goods are waiting for them by the curb when they arrive (hence the name Curbside).
The Curbside app is free, there’s no mark up in pricing and shoppers no longer have to battle the parking wars, the mob scene finding items on shelves and the never-ending checkout lines. It’ll make running errands and doing your upcoming holiday shopping about as easy as possible!
Curbside launched first in the Bay Area to the delight of shoppers on the go and it’s now available in New York and New Jersey!

I was asked to test out this service and downloaded the app. The app was very easy to use. I went to the Target in the Beonx because my local Target doesn’t have this service yet. I ordered a few things and the app said it would be ready in an hour. By the time I arrived I still had about a half an hour till the delivery. I started getting emails and texts saying my order changed. Some things I ordered weren’t available. I waited then received a text letting me know my order was ready. I saw the Target employee with blue bags in her hand and knew those were mine. We went over the list together and everything checked out. However, there was one thing I came all the way to the Bronx to get that I really wanted because I was flying out the next day and called Curbside customer service and explained and everything was resolved and I got what I needed. 

Curbside customer service was great. 

App is easy to use. 

Hope they set up in my local Target so I don’t have to travel to Bronx. 

If you want to try out Curbside the stores are listed below. I’m offering my readers a coupon code to save $10 off your $20 purchase. Use: FIVEWORDS at checkout. You can also try this code: SFPTB 

Curbside is available at the following New York and New Jersey Target locations:

Bronx-Throggs Neck Target

815 E Hutchinson River Pkwy

Bronx, NY 10465-1818


Gateway Target

519 Gateway Dr.

Brooklyn, NY 11239-2801


College Point Target

13505 20th Ave.

College Point, NY 11356-2446


Edgewater Target

543 River Rd.

Edgewater, NJ 07020-1146


North Bergen Commons Target

7101 Tonnelle Ave.

North Bergen, NJ 07047-4507


Jersey City Target

100 14th St.

Jersey City, NJ 07310-1202


Menlo Park Target

100 Parsonage Rd.

Edison, NJ 08837-2424


Fairfield Target

632 Route 46 E

Fairfield, NJ 07004-1581


Hackensack Target

630 Main St.

Hackensack, NJ 07601-5913


Union North Target

2235 Springfield Ave.

Vauxhall, NJ 07088-110

Disclosure: I was given a gift card to try out Curbside. Opinions are mine 100% as always and the gift card had no influence on my thoughts. 

Order Ahead

Drive To Store 

Curbside Pickup!  


Smashburger’s New Better For You Kids Meal 

14 Sep

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“This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smashburger.” All opinions are mine 100%. 

After a fun day at an event with my kids I surprised them by taking them to Smashburger in lower Manhattan for a meal. I’ve never been to Smashburger nor my kids so this was exciting for all of us. I’ve heard of them before but never came across one. 

We were there to try Smashburger’s new, better-for-you kid’s meal menu which consisted of Grilled Chicken Strips and Musselman’s Unsweetened Squeezable Apple Sauce and a drink. Unfortunately our location didn’t carry kid’s meals and my kids were hungry and I didn’t travel all the way down there to not try something so we ordered smashburgers in which I had the Sin City Burger, fries, haystack onions, a salad and drinks. I was disappointed they didn’t carry the kid’s meal but still made the best out of it and enjoyed everythingthing we ordered. 

We enjoyed eating out at Smashburger and trying good affordable food as a family. I also took home burgers, and fries for my 19 year old son and he enjoyed it as well. We took milkshakes to go. I recently was in the neighborhood and stopped back in to Smashburger to talk to the manager about the kid’s meal. He said it’s coming soon and staff has been trained to prepare and will be put in the system. It will include what I mentioned above. I believe he said it’s coming later this month or this year. Couldn’t remember exact but this post is due way before that so I couldn’t wait. He did let me order the 3-piece grilled chicken strips for the kids to test out. I took it home and they tried it. 

My kids are chicken lovers and they approved of these. The Grilled Chicken Strips are 100% premium all-white meat. I love that. When my local Smashburger get the kid’s meal they can enjoy an entrée, side and drink for a total of $5.49. 

Besides the Musselman’s Unsweetened Squeezables they can also choose one of the three drink options: Organic HONEST Kids® Juice, Horizon Milk®, or a fountain drink, A USDA organic beverage, Organic HONEST Kids Juice is sweetened only with fruit juice, has ½ the sugar of leading kids juice drinks and 100% of the daily dose of Vitamin C Horizon Milk, a USDA organic beverage. 
You can go to their website for more info:

“This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smashburger.” Opinions are 100% mine and my kids.


#SummerSocial InStyle Recap 

27 Aug

In Style hosted their #SummerSocial event at 404 NYC highlighting all the must haves in beauty, fashion and lifestyle brands. It’s an event not to be missed. 

Some brands that caught my eye were Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel. I remember this smell growing up from my mother and grandmother. I still use it till this day and now my kids love the towelettes and the face wipes. I will be taking these with me when traveling as well. They are also good after a workout in the gym. They also handed out a cute notepad with a key attached which was very nice. 

Gardein meat free foods were the treats of the night. The fishless fish & chips and beefless tacos were spicy and so good. The crabless crab cakes were banging. 

Thierry Mugler perfumes were amazing. I’m in love with the Alien scent. The other scent available was Angel. I was able to get both samples and a large Angel sample came in the gift bag. I will be stocking up on the Alien perfume. My favorite new perfume. 

Peony had gorgeous leggings with animal and floral prints and asymmetrical tops and luxe tees to sports bras. Fashionable activewear that’s comfortable and can be mixed and matched. Leggings are versatile and can go from work to workout. Everyone received a great headband from them. 

Sun Chips gave out samples of their chips. I love the Harvest Cheddar and French Onion. There were raffles throughout the night and I won a pair of Ross & Brown sunglasses. Loved it! I also enjoyed receiving Ponds cleansing towlettes in my gift bag as well. Essie nail polish in copper was also included. Can’t wait to try that color. I also decorated a cool cell phone case with gems and bling courtesy of Brancott Estate. 

I had a great time with friends and connecting with brands and can’t wait till the next one. Thank you for the invite Single Edition Media. 

Here is the full list of brands: 


Brancott Estate



Jose Eber


Nicole Benisti


Sally Hansen

Sarah Potempa

Sun Chips

Thiery Mugler

Think Thin


Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was invited to attend this event. Opinions are mine 100% as always.  


French Toast A Uniform For A Kids Life

24 Aug

French Toast America’s leading uniform brand is expanding and they invited me and a few bloggers to a Back-To-School breakfast to unveil their new look of play and weekend wear. I’ve always been a fan of French Toast uniforms. The adjustable waists and power knees in the pants are my absolute favorite. Kids always seem to rip their pants at the knees first so to know these power knees are double protected makes me a happy parent. Adjustable waists I always look for because I buy my kids clothes a size bigger to last longer and having that is good so when it’s time to let a button loose they still can fit the pants or skirt. 

You can check out the new commercial which highlights the Power Knees and 50 Wash Test. In the 30-second spot, acrobatic kids put French Toast to a uniform test by doing the things they do throughout their day: running, jumping and flipping through sporty and sticky situations while wearing French Toast. At the end of the spot, the kids…and their uniforms…look great.  

The commercial highlights the versatility of the brand’s fashions. French Toast is a uniform for a kids life, offering both school uniforms as well as essentials to mix and match for everyday wear. It is durable with Power Knees to withstand even the most energetic kids. It’s comfortable with adjustable waistbands and soft fabrics that allow for easy wear. And most importantly, it will stand up to the 50 Wash Test and lasts throughout the school year and beyond. French Toast has been refreshed and reimagined to better fit every student’s school needs. Check it out here: 

The play and weekend wear is perfect. I can’t wait for 2016 to release these comfortable, fun clothes. Graphic tanks and tees, leggings, raincoats, sweaters, colorful shorts and cool hats. The accessories are great and compliment the outfits. I wish my son could still fit into French Toast but my daughter will love the new collection.  

Breakfast was great. Of course you know we had to have french toast right? Check out French Toast on the web at: and on Twitter: @FrenchToastcom

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given clothes for review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 


#ShopkinsSwap Preview Event Recap at Toys R Us 

24 Aug

If there’s one thing my daughter is obsessed with its Shopkins. She’s been collecting since Season 1 and to be honest I absolutely don’t mind. I like them myself. They are so cute. It’s fun not knowing what she’s  getting in the package then seeing her face light up when she gets a shopkin or the special limited edition, rare or ultra rare. She plays with them everyday. They’re not expensive and you can get a pack with two or the bigger packs with twenty. There’s so many and we won’t stop till we collect them all. 

We were invited to the Media Preview Shopkins Swapkins Party at Toys R Us in Times Square, NYC on August 14. My daughter had no idea until we got to Toys R Us and she saw a character in costume and figured it out. However, I did tell her to bring a few Shopkins with her just incase she saw someone there with a Shopkin she wanted to swap with. She kept asking me “why if the swap wasn’t till that Saturday?”. “I said you never know”. 

It was amazing. We were greeted by two Shopkins characters and led into the skybox for a great breakfast and to see what’s new. We love the new Lego Shopkins. There were Shopkins on the tables to also trade with and cookie decorating table, coloring and just swapping away. My daughter did good and got a few Shopkins she’s been wanting. She loved swapping with MommyandGracieShow and DisneyCarsToys. 

Kids were also given a Limited Edition NY Apple Blossom Shopkins. Only 800 of these were made. That made my daughter’s day. Looking forward to collecting Lego Shopkins for my daughter and I’m sure Season 4 will be just as fun. 

We had a great time. Thank you Toys R Us and Moose Toys for the invite. Yes, once again we rode the ferris wheel. It’s a must!! 

Check out @ShopkinsWorld @ToysRUs and @Moose_Toys on Twitter. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. My daughter was given swag. Opinions are ours 100% as always. 


Swim Classes With SwimToday #FunnestSport 

17 Aug

My daughter is enjoying her swim lessons courtesy of Momtrends and SwimToday. She took swim lessons with her class the whole school year and didn’t want it to end so I was happy when Momtrends held an event with 5 time Olympian Dara Torres and SwimToday to discuss why swimming is the funnest sport and she also shared her experiences as a swimmer and a swim mom, address common misconceptions and educate parents on the sport’s top 10 benefits. 

My daughter attends swimming lessons once a week at Asphalt Green on upper east side in NYC. This class is much smaller than her classmates at school so she gets that one on one attention to really focus so she can be the best swimmer. Her swim instructors are amazing. There’s been a few kids crying their eyes out but the instructors know how to talk to them and give them the confidence that they can do it.  Her class ends the end of August and I know she will miss it but she has learned so much and made big improvements. She even practices in the bathtub at home. Lol. She was given a bathing suit,  backpack, goggles and a swim cap. She will also receive a certificate of completion signed by Dara Torres. When we receive her certificate I will add a picture to this post and share on social media. 

Why is swimming growing at such an immense rate? FUN is the number one reason that 99 percent of swim parents stated why their kids swim and swimming tops every category most important to parents. 

SwimToday ambassador Dara Torres, a five-time Olympic swimmer-turned-swim-mom, and 13 industry partners are banding together to show non-swimmers and their parents why swimming is the #FunnestSport and provide a warm invitation to join in.

Through SwimToday, teams nationwide are inviting new swimmers and families to experience the sport with incentives such as free swim team trial periods, customized swim caps and promotional materials from kits sent to 1,500 swim teams to use locally. Parents can learn more about participating teams and find those nearest them by searching their zip code at

It’s closer than you think – 62 percent of families live within 10 minutes of a pool; 52 percent of households with combined income of $50,000 or less report they have access to a pool nearby

· Everyone participates – Swimming is inclusive, there are no benchwarmers (nor benches)

· Swimming is a team sport – Only 16 percent of non-swimming parents view swimming as a team sport but parents of swimmers associate the sport with teamwork more than any other sport

· Suit up and go – Only a swimsuit, cap and goggles are necessary to get started

· Life skills – Swimming increases self-confidence, self-esteem, time management, goal-setting and social development

· Easy to learn – 76 percent of parents said the ease of learning to swim was high

· Low risk of injury – No contact makes for a safer environment

· Swimming = total body fitness – Burn 650 calories in an hour – more than walking, biking or team sports

· Sport for life – Once you learn to swim, you can enjoy no matter your age

· Swimming is FUN – Parents confirm that swimming is the #FunnestSport

Disclosure: My daughter was given swimming lessons courtesy of Momtrends, SwimToday and Asphalt Green. Opinions are ours 100% as always. 



Express Yourself With Cherokee School Uniforms

17 Aug

I’m sure those of you that have children or shop at Target are aware of the brand Cherokee. The back-to-school shopping season has begun and school uniforms by Cherokee earn high marks for durability, versatility and affordability. As shopping budgets continue to rise, almost 60% of American families surveyed by the National Retail Federation plan to spend more in the 2015 school season than last year, and a quarter of those consumers wait until the last minute to make back-to-school purchases. No matter when or where consumers choose to shop, Cherokee school uniforms are readily available at Target stores and on-line at

Cherokee has its pulse on back-to-school basics with school uniforms that meet classroom dress codes without compromising individuality. Wearing a Cherokee school uniform can still allow you freedom of choice to customize your look. For girls, Cherokee uniform selections include a button front blouse, a safari dress with cinch waist and front pockets, knit scooter skirt with side button details and a drop waist jumper. While boys can choose from durable flat front shorts and pants, a classic oxford shirt as well as a smooth uniform blazer while unisex options abound featuring polos in a variety of colors. Cherokee uniforms range in price from $7.99-$29.99 

Cherokee asked my daughter to express herself with their uniforms and make a style that she likes. Even though my daughter has always worn a uniform she’s always made her own style by wearing funky statement leggings, crazy socks, printed tights, blinged out shoes/boots and cute accessories with pops of color. The basic blue and white uniform wasn’t basic anymore and everybody looked forward to seeing what she was going to wear the next day. We knew this shopping trip was going to be fun. 

Target is one of our favorite stores to shop at and Cherokee uniforms are front and center when we walk in so once the uniforms were found we headed straight for the accessories. This year we were going make her uniform pop with a cute Hello Kitty tutu that we found at Target. The cute socks and ankle boots with blinged hearts are from previous purchases. The Safari dress and blouse are Cherokee from Target and the total for all three items were $44.87 and I saved $8.99. How awesome!! 

She loves her knew outfit and we styled it according to how she likes to dress. She added bracelets for that extra girly look and it matches her tutu. We are showing you a variety of looks of how the safari dress looks with the tutu underneath whether it’s open or closed. The white blouse which is part of her school uniform went great and we popped the collar up. 

As the weather changes we will add in a sweater, scarf, leg warmers and outerwear. Even cute earmuffs would go great. 

Boys also can add a dashing bow tie, suspenders, blazer, beanie, denim jacket or spiked bookbag. 

It’s a no brainer… your choice for back-to-school basics has never been more simple. Convenient, durable, affordable Cherokee school uniforms give you the foundation to express yourself. You’ll find Cherokee school uniforms at Target stores as well as on-line at

 Disclosure: I was provided with a Target gift card to review Cherokee uniforms for my daughter for this post and for back to school. Opinions are ours 100% as always. 

How do you like the way we styled the Cherokee uniform ? What about the prices? Leave comments below. 

Giveaway: Quaker Wants To Fuel You Up For Back To School #QuakerBTS

16 Aug

 “Quaker is teaming up with Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school wellness program, and Emmitt Smith to encourage and inspire families to balance eating sensibly and getting active as they fuel up for back-to-school.”

 1. Quaker is partnering with Emmitt Smith to help families understand the importance of eating sensibly and getting active to maintain a healthy lifestyle. From his days gearing up for football season, to getting his own kids prepped for the school year, Emmitt Smith knows firsthand that a healthy lifestyle helps families fuel greatness for the season ahead.

2. Quaker has been committed to fueling families for the past 138 years by offering nourishing products made with whole grain oats, educating families on the importance of leading an active lifestyle and seeking partners that offer physical activity solutions. Partners like Fuel Up to Play 60 and Emmitt Smith help continue that mission.

3. To learn more about Quaker products or news, visit To learn more about the nation’s largest in-school wellness program, visit Follow @Quaker on Twitter.


Giveaway Details:

Quaker Fuel Up to Play 60 Family Fun Kit is helping you and your family fuel up for the new school year. We hope you’ll be inspired to share your own tips for including active play/sensible eating into their family’s back-to-school routines.

 Each Quaker® Fuel Up to Play 60 Family Fun Kit will include:

· Personally autographed headshot of NFL Legend, Emmitt Smith

· Custom storage water bottle for convenient, on-the-go use

· Dry erase, magnetic weekly planner to stay on top of your family’s activities

· On-the-go oatmeal mug for busy weekday mornings

· Jump rope for the whole family to combine fun and physical activity

· A foam Fuel Up to Play 60 football for active play

· A cute, durable storage bin to put it all in!

· A variety of Quaker products to fuel your morning, including Quaker Chewy Granola Bars and Instant Oatmeal Protein Cups

To enter this giveaway:

Must be subscribed to my blog

Follow me on Instagram @nilimo

Follow me on Twitter @nilimonicky 

Follow @Quaker on Twitter

Leave a comment telling me how you are including active play and sensible eating in your family’s back to school routine. Also comment with your social media handles and tell me you’ve completed everything mentioned. Giveaway starts today August 16, 2015 and ends August 30th. Winner announced August 31st on Twitter. 

Disclosure: Five little Words is an Ambassador for Quaker. I was not compensated for for this post. Quaker is responsible for shipment of prize. 




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