PARENTS ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS WITH #LuvsLeakFreeHoliday #giveaway #spon #twitterparty

9 Dec

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Luvs. All opinions are 100% mine.

Who wants to have a leak-free holiday with their baby? LUVS diapers wants you and your baby to enjoy the holidays without those leaking diapers.
I’ve experienced quite a few diapers that leaked and I was constantly emailing the company for refunds or free diapers but even the replacement diapers weren’t any better. I had to learn the hard way until I discovered LUVS. My kids deserved to be dry and comfortable the entire day and I wanted to get my money’s worth. My cousin is dry and always happy when he’s in his LUVS. See pics below.

The difference with LUVS is they have refastenable stretch tabs that help provide a secure snug fit. Leakguard core helps keep baby’s skin dry. The contoured shape hugs your baby for a great fit. Leak barrier, Leg gathers helps keep the leak in the diaper where they belong.

• Luvs with NightLock offers its largest absorbency area EVER to help lock wetness away, which means less leaks during the holiday season for baby and more time for parents to enjoy the festivities.

• Leaks can disrupt even the most routine baby’s sleep schedule during the holidays. Keeping baby leak-free through the night will make for a merrier morning.

• Have you checked out Luvs adorable “Will It Leak” video series yet? Well, tis’ the season of holiday miracles! And this year, Luvs is turning clicks into diapers. From December 9th – 25th, for every view their Will It Leak “Santa Suit” video receives on their social media channels, Luvs will give diapers to children in need through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

• Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFQTe9K7ZHY&list=UU4pyk3jfHEcOAPxG18lKLag

• The holiday fun doesn’t stop there! This holiday, Luvs is also inviting parents to whip up a baby book for their child in a few quick clicks with Luvs and Tweekaboo. Get yours here: https://www.tweekaboo.com/luvs’

Luvs URL: http://www.luvsdiapers.com
– Luvs on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LuvsDiapers
– Luvs on Twitter: @Luvs (https://twitter.com/Luvs)

Please join @Luvs and celebrity dad, expectant father and @donald_faison for a #LuvsLeakFreeHoliday Twitter Party on Thursday, December 11th, from 9-10pmEST, where we’ll be sharing personal holiday leak stories.

GIVEAWAY:

Branded Luvs tote bag
#LuvsLeakFreeHoliday travel coffee mug
Hot chocolate
Luvs branded purple star ornament
My First Kwanzaa book
Plush Musical Dreidel
Hanukkah gelt
Two packs of Luvs diapers
A tub of Luvs wipes

Mandatory Entry:
Comment on this blog post with funny holiday mishaps.

Additional entries:
Daily tweet: I just entered to win a #LuvsLeakFreeHoliday giveaway with @nilimonicky
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Giveaway Guidelines:
Entrants must be 18+up and live in the contiguous U.S. No Puerto Rico.
Winner will be picked December 26, 2014

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CAPTURE AMAZING HOLIDAY PHOTOS WITH #CanonatBestBuy #HintingSeason @BestBuy @CanonUSAImaging

8 Dec

If there’s one thing I love about blogging it’s the pictures I post. Whether it’s of my family, celebrities or food I have to get that perfect shot. I won’t call myself a professional photographer but I’ve gotten quite a few compliments from my pictures that I capture. I wouldn’t mind taking a few photography classes and upgrading to a DSLR camera. I watch how the professionals do it and it doesn’t look hard at all.

I remember taking my oldest son to purchase his first expensive DSLR camera and he was so happy. He saved his money and knew what he wanted. I was so proud he wanted to dabble into photography. My second oldest also want to go in that direction. Since I haven’t gotten around to purchasing one yet I make sure my phone has a good camera until I make my purchase. I know for sure Best Buy has some great cameras and great deals. I’ve been doing my research. There are so many to choose from and I don’t want anything too complicated so I have a few favorites.

The description below tells you about one of my choices.

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.
• Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
• Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
• Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
• The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Does this sound like a great camera or what? Come on,18.0 megapixel and Hollywood caliber full HD video. This is what I’ve been waiting for. My pictures look good now but with this camera I know my pictures will come to life. I want the best for my blog and my career. I want to take it to the next level and I also want my younger kids to learn how to use a DSLR and not just a phone camera. I hope someone reading this will see what I want and make me happy for the New Year to come.

Take a look at the gorgeous pictures below and let me know your thoughts.
Here’s a great deal: “Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20″

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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#GIVEAWAY – #HOLIDAY #GIFTS #STOCKINGSTUFFER

7 Dec

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky winner who subscribes to my blog FIVE LITTLE WORDS will win all 4 prizes listed below:

4 Alassis Assorted Votive Candles
4 Assorted Shower Gels from The Body Shop
Balsam Hill Scented Ornaments in White River Spruce
Onesie with hat from Little Me 6month

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Extra entries:
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Contest ends December 14,2014. You have 1 day after contest ends to claim. Open to U.S. only. 18 and older. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post.

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#MOMTRENDSHOLIDAY EVENT @StellaDot SHOWROOM IN NYC

4 Dec

This year bloggers celebrated the holiday season with Momtrends at the Stella & Dot Showroom down on Wooster St, in NYC. I always get super excited when Momtrends throws their fabulous events. Donations this year were to Bottomless Closet. We were able to bring new or lightly used work clothes, accessories, coats or shoes for disadvantaged women going into the workplace. I remember years ago being part of a program like this where I got a referral to get free clothes, jewelry, shoes, etc so I could go on an interview. These programs/agencies/charities come in handy when women/men need clothing to go into the workplace. I appreciated it a lot. I didn’t mind at all donating for a good cause.

Sponsors in attendance were Teleflora, Priv, Lands End, Walkers, Little Me, Duck, I See Me, Vermont Nut Free Chocolate, Apothederm, Peanut Hottie, Stella & Dot.

Teleflora. I absolutely love Teleflora flowers because first of all they never box any of their flowers. They are delivered fresh across the US and Canada. You can choose from a variety of occasions and styles. There’s the Thinking of You flowers, Just Because and I’m Sorry flowers just to name a few.

Teleflora featured three new bouquets that captured the authenticity and spirit of the festive family holiday traditions. The trio includes a holly motif- serving bowl, a gingerbread-house cookie jar and a merry mug. Each of these bouquets will arrive with a Teleflora exclusive holiday recipe. For example, a chocolate-dipped cookie recipe accompanies the Gingerbread Cookie Jar Bouquet. Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and Teleflora collaborated and recipes are courtesy of him.

My kids loved their Gingerbread Cookie Jar Bouquet. It made a great centerpiece on their table. Once the flowers have passed on the cookie jar is a special treat for the kids to grab cookies. Check out http://www.teleflora.com and order from the Homemade for the Holiday collection. Twitter: @Teleflora

Lands End my absolutely favorite store for apparel, outerwear, footwear and home items made sure they did what they do best and brought us their holiday outfits for a few lucky bloggers to model. I loved the black sleeveless ponte sheath dress with pockets and cashmere dress cardigan sweater in red on one of the models. The cardigan gave it that pop of color. The jewelry from Stella & Dot was sparkly and amazing. The whole outfit makes a great look for holiday parties. I also adores the Déjà Vu Double-Sided Stud earrings from Stella & Dot. I need to purchase these quickly.

Lands End also showed us gifts to please everyone on your list. Cozy pajamas, socks and slippers, and warm hats, gloves and scarves.
Stella & Dot had a table full of beautiful necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Mother, daughter, niece, aunt whoever they won’t be disappointed if any of these were handed to them. http://www.landsend.com http://www.stelladot.com Twitter: @landsend @stelladot

Walkers Shortbread cookies melted in my mouth. I love shortbread cookies and was happy to see they have festive shapes for everyone to decorate with ease. I can leave the cookie shapers and flour in the cabinet and just buy the cookies, icing and sprinkles and my kids and I can make a mess without making a big mess. I rather spend hours decorating and not having to turn on the oven. For more info click here : http://www.us.walkersshortbread.com Twitter: @shortbread

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates are you guessed it, NUT FREE!! There are so many people allergic to nuts so it’s good to know we can buy all the chocolate we want with this company. I’m a chocoholic so I made sure to try lots of samples. Even the chocolate covered pretzels were good. Check out the website for gifts and other treats. http://www.vermontnutfree.com Twitter: @vermontnutfree

Priv stopped by giving manicures to those who wanted it. I’ve been to quite a few events with Priv where I’ve gotten manicures or makeup done. They come to your home and hook you up. Follow them on Twitter: @gopriv

The Duck Brand is for that crafty, DIY person. My kids and I love duck tape and crafting. Love the ideas they showed us on how to decorate your Christmas table with tape. They made a place mat, utensil holder, gift box and name card. Can’t wait to get crafty with my kids. Follow on Twitter for great ideas @theduckbrand Web: http://www.duckbrand.com

I See Me company for personalized children books. So many to choose from for babies, girls, boys. We received a voucher for a personalized book. Twitter: @iseeme_maia Website: http://www.iseeme.com

Little Me stylish, fashionable child appropriate clothing. I loved dressing my babies in Little Me when they were growing up. From newborn to toddler, soft cotton, terrycloth and velour. “Little Me believes babies should always be comfortable, snuggly and safe, free to do what they do best: play, sleep and thrive.” The pajamas were too cute. Check out the clothes at http://www.littleme.com and on Twitter: @littleme_baby

Apothederm Skin Care provided products in the gift bag. They take care of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and stretch marks. You can take a look at their products at http://www.apothederm.com and on Twitter: @apothederm

Peanut Hottie gave away a gift basket full of their products and kitchen gadgets. They also had samples in the gift bag. Have you ever had a peanut butter hot drink? Neither have I but I will try it and let you know how it is. Just 83 calories. That’s incredible. Available at Walmart. Twitter: @PeanutHottieUSA

We also had a catered dinner with great sandwiches and wine. There were raffles, a fashion show and great conversation. Nicole even showed us her accessory picks. I enjoyed myself as always and want to thank Nicole Feliciano and Sherri Schubert @Momtrends for another great event!!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a gift bag full of goodies from the sponsors. Opinions are mine as always all 100%.

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@Snikiddy HEALTHY SNACKS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

3 Dec

If there’s one food item all my kids can agree on it’s macaroni and cheese. Especially my homemade mac and cheese. Did you ever think there would be a healthy chip/cheese puff version of mac and cheese? I’ve seen weird flavors like cappuccino chips but lets not go there.

Snikiddy, a line of delicious snacks made with all-natural and wholesome ingredients – the perfect, better-for-you substitutes to those unhealthy comfort foods that will leave you happy, but healthy too!

Craving French Fries? Meet Snikiddy Baked Fries. Snikiddy’s healthy option sits at 130 calories per serving and only 7 grams of fat. That’s half the fat AND calories of the traditional, greasy version of French Fries – a guilt-free solution that’s delicious too!

I love fries and so do my kids but when we are craving it’s good to know Snikiddy won’t leave grease sitting in our stomachs. Also when I make homemade french fries at home I don’t use vegetable oil just olive oil.

Put down the Cheetos! And try Snikiddy Cheese Puffs. Available in mouthwatering Grilled Cheese and Mac n’ Cheese flavors, these puffs are certified gluten free, non-GMO and contain no trans fats. Tasty and nutritious – your Cheeto cravings have met their match.

We are definitely a cheese family and grilled cheese and the mac and cheese is on point. I can’t believe Snikiddy came up with these awesome flavors in their cheese puffs. They were so good we ate them too fast. Need to restock quick.

Have your chips…and dip too! Traditional tortilla and potato chips don’t stand a chance against Eat Your Vegetables. They’re all-natural, low sodium and protein packed for a tasty stand alone snack or paired with your favorite dip or salsa. Plus, Eat Your Vegetables has a full serving of vegetables in each bag!

Each kid is different when it comes to veggies in my house. So I was very glad that these Eat Your Vegetables tortilla chips were a winner with my kids. They did not complain. Never had a problem with veggie chips, straws or dips for them to snack on. It’s the real veggies that they are picky about. They still have to eat them anyway.

These kid-friendly and parent-approved Snikiddy snacks had me when they mentioned they do not contain any artificial colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, hydrogenated oils or MSG. When you taste it you will love it!!

So many flavors to choose from.
Check out @boldfries and @Snikiddy on Twitter. On the web at: http://www.snikiddy.com
Our favorite in the fries were the hot & spicy and bbq, eat you veggies favorite were the Italian herb & olive oil, we loved both the baked mac & cheese and grilled cheese puffs.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given product to review and give my honest opinion which I did. My kids and I enjoyed Snikiddy very much.

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ALL MIGHTY PAC STAINLIFTERS WITH OXI (SAY GOODBYE TO GREASE STAINS)

3 Dec

I don’t mind doing loads and loads of laundry, but when it comes to grease stains that’s when it gets frustrating. I don’t like any kind of stains in my clothing or linens. I have pre-treated grease stains, Nothing. Tried tricks that people swear gets the grease out and Nada. So what happens? I wind up throwing out clothes or covering up linen with props so the stain doesn’t show. I even get grease burns on my skin but that’s another topic. Is there a detergent strong enough for my clothes and linens that will actually do the job? The answer is yes!!
All Mighty Pacs Stainlifters are the answer to my prayers.
According to All Holiday Stain Report:

Heading into the heaviest cooking and baking time of the year, you spend your time worrying about over cooking casseroles and undercooking holiday turkeys. That being said ‘all laundry recognizes that with all of this time in the kitchen and at the dinner table it is primetime for tough holiday stains.

* Grease and oil top the list of food stains during the holiday season. Making holiday gravy a major culprit.
* With lasagna and meatballs being very prevalent winter dishes, tomato-based sauces and condiments are some of the most frequent and toughest food stains.
* Spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, tomato sauce and ketchup are the worst offenders.
* When it comes to baking, a majority of people experience stains from snack bars, baked goods and sweets.
* However, All laundry has this covered because when it comes to the difficulty of removal and their frequency, both are generally low.

To help families with one less thing to worry about this holiday season, try ‘All laundry’s full line of tough cleaning products and combat holiday stains.

There are so many varieties to choose from and Oxi is included in some of the detergents. Check out the full line at http://www.all-laundry.com

I don’t purposely put grease stains or any other stains in my clothes or linens but if there happen to be a stain it’s good to know All is there for me to lift the stain as if it was never there.

Disclosure: I received samples if the mighty Pacs and detergent to test out on grease stains and other stains from clothing and linens. I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% mine as always.

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#SKYLANDERS & MORE NEW BALLOONS ADDED TO MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

26 Nov

Big news from Skylands! Skylanders, the popular kids video game that brings physical toys to life, is taking flight in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time! Fan-favorite Skylanders character Eruptor will join the prestigious collection of balloons at the parade, marking a significant pop culture milestone for the franchise.

To re-create Eruptor’s smoldering physique, artists used more than 40 gallons of florescent paint and five barrels of glitter! The live broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. all time zones on NBC. A sneak peek of the Eruptor balloon can be viewed via the attached graphic rendering and through additional assets in the link below.

https://www.webcargo.net/delivery/view/id/7081919/dp/sBCAUXbv6blBsfRHQD/

Fan-favorite character Eruptor, who will be flying high above the New York City skyline, hails from deep in the underground of a floating volcanic island that launched his entire civilization to the surface after a massive eruption. He’s a complete hot head – steaming, fuming, and quite literally erupting over almost anything.

I had the privilege of covering the Macy”s Balloon Fest at Citi-Field in Queens one cold Saturday morning but it was all worth it. I got to see 6 new balloons that will be in the parade inflated and taken around the lot for a test run. It was very exciting. Usually I take the kids the night before Thanksgiving to see the balloons inflated on Central Park West but this was way cool. When you’re standing there and see how big they are right in your face and taken down its amazing and they are huge. I loved Paddington Bear, Skylander’s Eruptor and the Pillsbury DoughBoy the best. It was a great morning getting to see these new balloons first and be behind the scenes with the volunteers who have make sure they handles these enormous balloons just right. Hopefully the weather will hold up for the inflation of the balloons tonight and the parade tomorrow. I would love to take the kids to both events if weather allows us and food is prepared. Fingers crossed.

STARS ON PARADE
The star power on Thanksgiving Day comes courtesy of performers from music, film, sports, theatre and television. As they reach their marks on 34th Street, the nation will enjoy their spectacular performances. Joining the festivities this year are the Big Apple Circus, Before You Exit, William Blake, Sabrina Carpenter, Cirque du Soleil, Hilary Duff, Renee Fleming, Becky G., Lucy Hale, Nick Jonas, KISS, Sandra Lee, The Madden Brothers, Idina Menzel, Miss USA 2014- Nia Sanchez, MKTO, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, NEEDTOBREATH, NHL® legends John LeClair and Pat LaFontaine, Pentatonix, Romeo Santos, Cole Swindell, Meghan Trainor, The Vamps, Quvenzhané Wallis, and more.

Kicking off the march will be a special group of children who have embodied the Parade’s spirit of teamwork. Throughout their remarkable run this past season at the Little League World Series, Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons displayed an inspiring level of collaboration, spirit and camaraderie – as perfectly evidenced by the group’s embrace and support of star pitcher Mo’ne Davis. In honor of that exemplary effort this year the Taney Dragons will lead the procession down the streets of Manhattan with Macy’s Parade executive producer Amy Kule.

GIANTS IN THE SKY
The Parade’s signature giant balloons have for decades showcased the world’s most recognized characters. This year, Macy’s will introduce the biggest class of new balloons in its history. Six new giant characters will take to the sky including The Weinstein Company’s loveable Peruvian bear Paddington™; the always electrifying Pikachu™; the warm giggling Pillsbury Doughboy®; the vanquisher of evil the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger; the lava spewing Skylanders® Eruptor; and the friendly locomotive Thomas the Tank Engine®.

Rounding out the ballooning line-up are returning favorites including Adventure Time with Finn & Jake, Diary of A Wimpy Kid®, The Elf on the Shelf®, Hello Kitty®, Papa Smurf, Ronald McDonald®, Snoopy and Woodstock, Spider-Man, SpongeBob SquarePants and Toothless of How to Train Your Dragon. In addition, the balloon cast includes new balloonicles (a Macy’s Parade hybrid of cold-air balloon and vehicle) of the famed-spokesduck the Aflac Duck and Cloe the Holiday Clown, as well as the return of the KOOL-AID Man. In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the film classic, balloonheads of The Wizard of OZ™ characters will also make a special appearance.

FLOATING SCENE MAKERS
Macy’s floating stages take to the streets bringing a collection of whimsical treats that transport spectators into worlds of fantasy. This year’s five new fantasy floats include Cracker Jack® Popcorn’s At the Ball Game; Sino-American Friendship Association’s Beauty of Beijing, Dora and Friends: Aventuras Fantasticas, GoldieBlox™’s The Girl-Powered Spinning Machine, and Pirate Booty®’s Treasure Hunt.

The returning float roster includes 1-2-3 Sesame Street; Big Apple; Bridge To The Future; Daytime, Play Time, Night Time Too…; Dreamseeker by Cirque du Soleil®; Enchanting World of Lindt Chocolate; Frozen Fall Fun; Goldfish® on Parade; International Cele-bear-ation Clock Tower; It’s All Rock & Roll; Marion-Carole Showboat; Mount Rushmore’s American Pride; On The Roll Again; Pep Rally; Santa’s Sleigh; The Smurfs™; Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Tom Turkey; Waves of Conservation; Winter Wonderland In Central Park; and A World at Sea.

Who’s your favorite character or float? Do you attend the parade as a guest or as a spectator? Is this a tradition with you and your family? Do you prefer to watch it as a family on television?

Disclosure: I was invited to cover media event for Balloon Fest by Skylanders. Opinions are 100% mine. I was not compensated for this post.
Enjoy the pics.

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@RUUMKidswear TEXTILE RECYCLING PROGRAM

26 Nov

RUUM is having a Textile Recycling Program from November 19 – December 15, 2014. The program limits one bag per family. Each donation receives 15% off one item.

What Is Accepted:
Clean & dry clothing, paired shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts, fabric scraps 36″ x 36″ or larger and other textiles. No rugs, carpeting or commercial waste.

Interesting Textile Recycling Facts:
The average New Yorker tosses 46 pounds of clothing and other textiles in the trash each year.

NYC residents discard 193,000 tons of textiles every year, at a cost to taxpayers and our environment.
Many recycled textiles are reused as apparel, either in the United States or for export to other countries. Below is a list of some of the ways textiles are reused and recycled.
• Good clothes get reused as good clothes.
• T-shirts, sheets, towels, and clothing become wiping cloths.
• Stuffed toys and pillows become car seat stuffing and automobile insulation.
• Denim becomes home insulation.
• Shoe soles become paving material.
• Sweaters and coats become carpet padding.
• Curtains and drapes become stuffing for pillows, sleeping bags, and animal beds.
• Wool sweaters and materials become baseball and softball filling.
• Velvet materials become jewelry box lining.
• Leftover fabric scraps become paper money.

I love donating clothes and recycling. With 4 kids after it’s been passed down and is still in good condition then I take huge bags and donate. I hate throwing clothes in the trash. I’d rather see a family get. And with this recycling program it’s good to see how items are reused and turned into automobile insulation, wiping cloths or carpet padding.

Being a part of local communities is important to RUUM. Below are additional ways RUUM is supporting local organizations:

• Little Swappies Holiday Kid’s Clothing, Toy, And Book Swap
Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 10 AM – 12PM
Preschool of the Arts, 121 West 19th Street, NYC
Let this holiday season be about sustainable consumption. Bring at least 8 items that your kids no longer wear or use, and in return take home up to 15 new finds for your family! Items can include: kids’ clothing (size 0-4), books, toys, and/or maternity wear. All remaining items will be donated to our charity partner, Room to Grow.RUUM, will both be hosting a pop-up sample sale at the event, with pricing up to 50% off retail.

• RUUM Give Back Program
Schools signing on to participate in the RUUM Give Back Program raise funds while having fun shopping! The program gives 20% off to shoppers and an ADDITIONAL 20% goes back to the school. For ways your school or organization can participate, contact Nataly Blumberg at: nblumberg@tbg-world.com

Also, check out RUUM’s Black Friday deals.
Mall Stores are 40% – 80% off! RUUM.com is 50% off and free shipping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Don’t forget to stop by RUUM TRIBECA store: 138 West Broadway, NY,NY.

RUUM.com
#RUUMfashion
@RUUMKidswear
RUUMAmericanKidsWear

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% mine.

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#MomMixer HOLIDAY SHOWCASE WITH @CVS_Extra in PHILLY

23 Nov

Another road trip was taken to Philly with my kids and friend Geanine and her son for the Mom Mixer with CVS Holiday Showcase. This year it was held at The Franklin Institute which is beautiful. There’s so many exhibits to see. We love museums and getting our education on. We will definitely return to check out the Sesame exhibit (The Body), Yoga with Elmo, Kitchen Science and Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out.

As always Colleen @ClassyMommy and Whitney @WhitneyMWS know how to get awesome sponsors to come out and meet a room full of bloggers for a fun filled day to gear us up for the holidays.

It was rainy and cold this particular day but that didn’t stop us. The kids were just as excited as we were and I couldn’t wait to see lots of familiar faces and new ones.

Sponsors in attendance and or gifts in gift bags included:
@CVS_Extra
@JustPlayToys
@StellaDot
@Morphmallow -Spaghetti Headz
@RodanFieldsHQ
@McDPhilly
@TeleBrands
@WickedCoolToys
@MixedBagDesigns
@StrideRite
@HasbroNews
@ZipzWine
@PaulFrankTweets
@WowCups
@TheFranklin
@ZipzWine
@SaharaSams
@DiggerlandUSA
@Colgate
@JenThomasJewels
@mabelhood

It was a room full of gift and stocking stuffer ideas from toys, lotion sets, coffee mugs, chocolates, cookies, even the famous North Pole communicator. CVS had me hooked with their delicious cookies and candy from their Gold Emblem line. I even won the CVS North Pole giveaway prize pack. I love to sparkle on holidays and Stella & Dot had beautiful sparkly jewelry and accessories. Stride Rite has cute comfy boots, sneakers and shoes for little feet. Spaghetti Headz had their famous hair accessories for the girls. Mixed Bags Designs provided everyone with their awesome huge reusable colorful bags to carry all of our gifts in. Wicked Cool Toys always bring along cool toys for the kids like Vrum the toy box that children ride on. Toys are packed inside while kids take a ride. Hasbro News is one of my kids favorite. My Little Pony, Play-Doh, Nerf, Transformers just to name a few. We love our board games like Monopoly and thanks for giving my son Battleship. TeleBrands amazed me and my kids with their Wow Cups. These are spill-free cups. Every family with kids should have theses. Kids can jump, run, roll and the drink always stays in. Amazing! Paul Frank gave out cute t-shirts in the gift bags. Love Paul Frank! Just Play Toys knew what they were doing when they had a display full of Care Bears, Puppy Surprise, Doc McStuffins Walk ‘n Talk Doc Mobile and Doodle Bear Toys. My daughter was extremely happy to win the Doc McStuffins Walk ‘n Talk Doc Mobile. Mcdonalds was happy to show everyone fresh ingredients used in their foods. Rodan and Fields a skincare company came with samples of their products for softer lips and face samples. My son spun the wheel at Sahara Sams table and won a pass to visit this amazing indoor/outdoor water park located in Berlin, NJ that’s open all year. We need to be there right now. We also want to visit Diggerland the only construction theme park located in West Berlin, NJ. Love water and theme parks. Elmo even made an appearance for the kids.

I’d like to thank everyone who made this event possible. My kids and I enjoyed ourselves. Will see Whitney and Colleen next year. We also had to make a stop at Geno’s Steak for Philly steaks. Yum.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are mine 100%. Gift bags were given.

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#CELEBRATEINSTYLE HOLIDAY PREVIEW @SingleEdition

22 Nov

Single Edition Media invited women to #CelebrateInStyle at their holiday preview event at Glasshouses in NYC.
Sponsors came out for a wonderful night to show their holiday products and fashion trends.
As soon as I reached the 21st floor I was greeted by the first sponsor of the night DSW. One of my favorite shoes stores I couldn’t wait to see what holiday gifts they brought with them. They had everything from animal print shoes, sparkly jewelry and tights, even hats that sparkled with rhinestones and dressy clutches. Of course I wanted it all. Check out @DSWShoeLovers on Twitter.

Vigoss Jeans treated attendees to a free pair of jeans to take home when you stopped by their table. I loved the new styles. I picked a shiny black pair. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram @VigossUSA

Diamonds are my best friend and Bulova was showcasing their amazing watches. Slim watches are what’s in now. Bulova gave away three watches. Unfortunately I didn’t win but I will own a Bulova one day. Check out these watches on Twitter: @Bulova

Sears Style knows that a woman doesn’t have to pay a fortune to look like a million bucks. With their new Metaphor line where everything is under $100. Lace, faux leather and tweed my favorites were a big hit. Attendees walked away with small prizes after posting a pic on Instagram with their hashtag and waiting for the vending machine to drop a little something. I won a gift card. http://www.sears.com/style

Silk ‘n Solution the professional aesthetic devices for home use was giving away gift baskets to five lucky attendees worth $700 full of their products. Thirty attendees won a ReVit or Flash & Go device. I won a Flash & Go permanent hair removal device which is great. No more disposable razors. Yippee! Who wouldn’t want spa products in their home compared to going to an actual spa and saving so much money. I want the Sonic Clean Plus which is a deep skin cleansing device that removes dead skin cells on your body and face with vibrating or pulsating modes. It removes 6 times more makeup and dirt than hands alone. Attendees also had a coupon for a free Silk ‘n Pedi in their gift bags. This can be used for dry callused skin. Check their website: http://www.silkn.com

Jergens Skincare knew every woman would love their BB body cream for all skin types. I was already a fan of Jergens products but this just sealed the deal. This lotion goes on sheer, dries quickly and works like a moisturizer to visibly improve your skin with every use. Available in 2 shade fair to medium and medium to tan skin tones. Samples were given out at their table and a bigger sample was in our gift bags. Twitter: @JergensUS

Elizabeth Arden had me blushing for their new perfume Untold Absolu. This sensual fragrance is perfect for the winter season. Florals, red plum, ginger and bursts of raspberry is what makes this perfume my pick of the season. There was also a makeup artist who gave guests lipstick touch ups. On their website you can see all their collections. http://www.elizabetharden.com Twitter: @elizabetharden

Gardein hooked guests up with their healthy meat-free foods. We had their fish & fries, tacos, chicken and turkey cutlets. Amazing! Nothing wrong with vegetarian food. I love spicy black bean burgers too. Twitter: @gardein and on the web at http://www.gardein.com

In Style is known for fashion, beauty and celebrity buzz you need to know. They showed everyone love at their table with jewelry to take a sneak peek at and copies of their magazine. Web: http://www.instyle.com @InStyle on Twitter.

GlasshousesNYC is one of the best event space for any venue in NYC with spectacular views of Manhattan. Located at 545 West 25th St. I love events at night because the pictures of the background are breathtaking. Fir more info visit http://www.glasshousesny.com or on Twitter @GlasshousesNYC

There was also a presentation with all of the sponsors talking about their products. Also, In Style beauty director Kahlana Barfield talked about trends for Spring 2015. I’m still fascinated when it comes to makeup and learning how to apply bold or pastel eyeshadow, bright red lip and the winged mascara look. I’m loving the matte lip personally and the amazing smells of some of the perfumes.

Big shout outs to @Tagspire and @SingleEdition (Single Edition Media) If you’re a blogger or social media fan or brand you must check them out. Thank you for inviting me. It was wonderful!!!

These were just some of the sponsors that were present. More sponsored products were included in the gift bags. I’d like to thank all of them and everyone who made this event possible. Can’t wait till the next one.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% mine. We were given samples, and gift bags.

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