RUUM AMERICAN KIDSWEAR HOLIDAY 2014 #ruumfashion @ruumkidswear

29 Aug

I was invited to Ruum American Kidswear Holiday 2014 Press Preview at the Ace Hotel in lower Manhattan. Having went to a previous preview and Sample Sale I was very excited to see the holiday collection. At the Sample Sale I purchased tons of clothes for my daughter for only $50. She loved everything I picked out. I love everything about Ruum clothes. The prices are very, very affordable, the styles are amazing, very comfortable, variety of designs and colors and your son or daughter will be the talk of the school or event they attend.

i noticed a lot of beautiful shiny dresses for the holiday, faux fur which i will make sure to get for my daughter, fringed boots, studded boots, doc marten floral boots, plaid shirts which my daughter loves and i love seeing plaid on girls. I love wearing it too. These plaid shirts had rhinestones for the girls and for the boys a heavy material to keep warm in the winter.Hats with hashtags on them and headphones printed on. Scarves with stars, Camouflage which never goes out of style. All different styles of jeans for boys and girls that weren’t hard but soft material for kids to move around comfortably without being constricted. I loved the red shearling motorcycle jacket paired with camouflage jeans.

There was also a section for the Rockstars. Black, leather, stars, silver, dresses, jackets, hats and boots. I know a lot of kids into the rockstar look. The Tres Chic look was a hit for the girly girly. The cable knit sweater and hat combo with the tutu skirt was another one of my favorites. I saw half of a denim romper with a tutu attached. Loved it!

From the look of the collection stars, hearts, hashtags and plaid is going to be very popular with the kids. My daughter already picked out everything she wants (which is everything) lol. There was a cape I saw that said SUPER on it that I will purchase for my daughter as well. I wish they had that in my size. I also adore how stripes and plaids were mixed together and created a fun outfit.

I am ready to start shopping now. Are you? Also just announced, Ruum has a pop up store (showRUUM) at 1153 Madison Avenue at 85th street. They will have fall holiday styles for kids ages 2 – 12. With every purchase you receive a free pair of sunglasses. If you are in Manhattan stop by and if not shop online or at one of their other 26 stores across the country. For locations go on their website.

Check out http://www.ruum.com and @RUUMkidswear on Twitter.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was invited to the press review and given swag items. Opinions are always mine 100%.

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This is one of my daughter’s favorite Ruum outfits

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OUR FUN NIGHT AT THE @SIYANKS GAME #MC #sponsored

26 Aug

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consultingfor the Staten Island Yankees. I received tickets for the game as well as food vouchers to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

When summer comes my kids and I enjoy getting on the Staten Island Ferry and enjoying the sights and breeze. This time were we not only going on the ferry for the sights, we were headed to a baseball game to see the Staten Island Yankees take on the Connecticut Tigers. The game was 7pm and this was our first time at The Richmond County Bank Ballpark. If you don’t know the ferry is a short ride from NY and when we got off the boat the signs were easy to read and led us straight to the park which is a quick walk.

We had great seats and saw the players up close. The balls kept flying in our section. My son caught a ball. He was thrilled about it. My daughter caught a t-shirt and she was very happy. The food vouchers that were provided was able to get us chicken tenders, fries, nachos, hotdogs and drinks. We kept the souvenir cups to remember the amazing time we had.

The game was great. There was plenty activities to participate in with the cheerleaders and mascot. As the night went on the view was beautiful as the ballpark, ferry and NY skylines were lit up. It was as if I were a tourist because I couldn’t stop taking pictures. The moon looked amazing as my kids pointed out and said “get a picture of the moon”.

I will definitely add this ballpark to my list of summer activities with the family. Next summer the whole family will come out and enjoy a game or two. We’ve been to other ballparks but I like the fact that this one isn’t too crowded, seats are great from any angle, food isn’t expensive and tickets are inexpensive as well. I also love night games and the ferry runs every 30 minutes so you can time it just right when to leave.

We enjoyed ourselves and loved the fact that the Staten Island Yankees won the game. Everyone in the ballpark was having fun and my kids met other kids and they enjoyed hanging out with them and talking baseball. Since this was a night game we had sweaters with us recommended from a friend of mine who went previously because it can get chilly.

Games run all summer from the beginning of June until the first week of September. I encourage all families to enjoy a minor league game with their loved ones. Check out the info below.

Staten Island Yankees website: http://atmilb.com/1x4QL1c
Staten Island Yankees Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StatenIslandYankees
Staten Island Yankees Twitter page: @SIYanks
Staten Island Yankees Instagram account: @SIYankees
Staten Island Yankees Promo Code: http://bit.ly/1nViaer CODE: “mommy”

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TAYLINN’S REVIEW OF MADAME ALEXANDER”S NEWBORN NURSERY CUDDLEBABY

25 Aug

As a dedicated member of Madame Alexander’s Mommy Advisory Board, my daughter Taylinn was sent a Newborn Nursery Cuddlebaby Girl Doll Angel Love! She’s never had a doll that looks and feel as real as the Cuddlebaby. As soon as she took her out if the package she noticed how life like it looked and felt. Heavy enough to feel real but not too heavy.she can also suck her thumb which she loved. Once you remove her hat she has curly brown hair which also feels very real. Her bug bright eyes are brown and has a beautiful skin tone. She has on a diaper underneath her pink gown as well.

Taylinn loves nurturing her dolls and being a great mommy to them all so Angel Love just made it easier for her to give her all of her love and show her motherly side. Taylinn also took her money and purchased a bottle for her doll that has magic milk in it and cries when the baby finish drinking so and also burps. She makes sure Angel Love is fed and changed everyday. I thought that was very motherly of her to think of her baby and responsibilities. She’s doing an excellent job at being a parent. She loves her newborn cuddle baby and takes special care of her.

Experience The World of Newborn Nursery today! Newborn Nursery Cuddlebaby Girl Doll Angel Love is retailed at $109.95 and can be purchased online at MadameAlexander.com.

The Madame Alexander team is excited to share that they have recently added a new feature to the website where customers and lovely Mom Advisory Board are now able to post reviews of each product directly onto MadameAlexander.com. This can be done by clicking the “Review” tab on the product page for each doll. Madame Alexander values your feedback and would love for you to share your thoughts on the website.

http://www.madamealexander.com
@AlexanderDollCo on Twitter

Disclosure: By me being on Madame Alexander’s Mommy Advisory Board my daughter receives dolls for her review. Her opinions and mine are 100% our own.

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NFL Presents Father & Daughter Days with Special NFL Appearances @SixFlags Beginning Aug. 12

11 Aug

NFL Presents Tweens Father & Daughter Days at Six Flags Great Adventure Aug. 12, 29 & 30

WHO:
The National Football League and Six Flags Great Adventure

WHAT:
In celebration of the NFL Tweens/Juniors Apparel campaign and the beginning of the football season, the NFL is hosting a unique event at Six Flags Great Adventure. The first 150 fathers and tween/teen daughters to arrive with valid park admission wearing licensed NFL apparel will receive early admittance into the park and exclusive access on SkyScreamer, Fender Benders and Skull Mountain from 10 to 10:30 am. Plus, fathers and tween/teen daughters will have the chance to receive fun giveaways, games and more.

The Aug. 12 event will also feature special appearances by David Diehl, former NY Giants player, Charles Way, former NY Giants player, and Jeremiah Trotter, former Philadelphia Eagles player, along with their daughters.*

Visit sixflags.com/NFL for more information on special rides and appearances for Aug. 29 and 30.

*Appearances subject to change.

WHEN:
Official kickoff August 12, 2014
Special appearances* and exclusive ride time from 10 to 10:30 am

WHERE:
Six Flags Great Adventure
Route 537, Jackson, NJ 08527

NFL Tweens/Juniors Apparel is about customizable looks that matches any lifestyle—a range of clothes that tell a story about who you are and what your favorite NFL team is. NFL Tweens Father & Daughter Days, is an initiative developed by the NFL to celebrate the ways football brings families together while encouraging fans to express their fandom through their apparel. For more information on the NFL Tweens Father & Daughter Days, visit http://www.sixflags.com/NFL. To purchase NFL apparel, visit http://www.nflshop.com.

Follow NFL Fan Style on social media at @NFLFanStyle on Facebook and Instagram. You can join the conversation using the hashtag #NFLFanStyle

MY BLOGGER BASH RECAP #BBNYC #KIDZVUZBTS #SWEETSUITE14

11 Aug

When I purchased a ticket to Blogger Bash Conference I knew I was going to have fun for two-days playing with toys, connecting with sponsors, stuffing my face and taking home lots of great swag. Once I saw the list of sponsors and blogger friends attending and encouraged even more bloggers to come I was so excited and counting the days.

Day 1, Sweet Suite kicked off the conference/party with lots of great sponsors. Kidz Bop Kids welcomed us into the building and signed an autographed picture for us to take home. We also were directed to the badge table where we got to decorate and personalize our name badge courtesy of Crayola. Hasbro, Activision, Razor, Lego, Crayola, Just Play, HexBug, Creativity for Kids, Faber-Castell, Jazwares, Techno Source (Kurio), Play Vision, Boogie Board, Uncle Milton, Bananagrams, Tech 4 Kids, Spin Master and Disney Infinity were a few of my favorites. I enjoyed talking to the reps and playing with toys, taking pictures, and learning about the new toys coming out this year. I even won a Kurio tablet for my kids after skiing on one of the cool apps on their device. It comes out in October so they are excited to get it. Crayola came in handy for back to school. I’ve always used Crayola even when I was little so it was nice to talk with them. They even had tables set up to let us decorate lunch bags for our kids to take home. Razor showed their new scooters and my daughter would flip for the light up one they showed. It’s not out yet but I’m sure the rep said September or October. I’ve always wanted a Boogie Board for the kids. I’ve seen them in Costco but never purchased one. I was glad to see the reps there and learn more about it. Jazwares was a must because my kids love Minecraft and I had to make it my business to connect with them. My daughter loves arts and crafts, drawing, painting and Faber-Castell high quality products are just right for her to show her creative side. Bananagrams is an Anagram game that will keep my kids busy on the road or just hanging out at home, a friends house, or at the park. I also have a back to school picnic coming up that will be great to bring with us too. Just Play had Care Bear come to life and I got to take a picture and even won a huge Care Bear that was sent to my house. I also loved Doc McStuffins toys. My daughter is a huge fan. Hasbro wouldn’t be Hasbro with My Little Pony toys which my daughter is obsessed with. Activision’s Skylander game is on my son’s wish list. I even want that game. Lego is a must in our family. We love building and these keep us busy as a family. I love the new Marvel and DC Comic Superheroes Lego figures. Tech 4 Kids booth had the WWE rumble fists, and punching bag that were a big hit. Spin Master never lets me down and I am biting my nails for the new doll Chatsters to come out this fall. I asked the representative at Spin Master how they came up with the idea for Chatsters. She explained she was born from a focus group of little girls. They were asked what they would like in a doll. She is so cute and perfect for tech savvy girls. She communicates with you through her interactive glasses which are mini LED screens. In addition to interacting with you she will also respond to her dog (Boomer), lipstick and other accessories. Her glasses can play mini games too. Chatster will have her own app where you can discover her other features and she can even text you for free through the app, no data charges will apply. HexBug previewed its new line of Vex Robotics. My kids are fans of the Aquabot 2.0 robotic fish. I need to order more because one is definitely not enough. I also want to get the fish tank as well. Uncle Milton toys brought along their new Frozen room decor. My daughter will enjoy this decor in her room. Disney Infinity hooked everyone up with a Preview Edition Tinkerbell 2.0 Figure. What a great collectors item.

Skylanders Trap Team invited everyone Into their suite with video games, photo opps with one of the characters and delicious cupcakes.

Angry Birds Stella After Party was just right to end the day with. All the bloggers gathered in a beautifully decorated room with a DJ playing great music old and new, food from Taco Bell which I personally don’t eat, hot dogs, humungous cookies with Stella Angry Bird face on it, drinks, etc. We danced to all the songs and had a great time. Of course we didn’t want the party to end but we knew we had Day 2 to attend and we needed our rest.

Day 2 started with a Bat-tastic breakfast by Lego Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham #LEGOBatmanGame
I enjoyed learning about this new game and playing this action packed adventure game with friends. Buffet breakfast was yummy with a variety of hot and cold foods and drinks.

We had a speed dating session with brands where we sat down face to face and learned about their products up close and personal in the 2.5 hour session. We went table to table to brands that participated. I was able to ask questions, leave my business card, and receive important info.

Chicken Soup for the Soul had food demos that showcased new Chicken Soup line of food products. The food was delicious. I personally loved the meatballs but everything was delicious.

EA Events Social Suite was the place to be if you wanted manicures, makeup touch ups from Cover Girl, Jet Set dress by Lisa Maree, arm candy from Joseph Nogucci, lip gloss by Cover Girl as well, goodies from Washdrops (car wash solution), AutoTex Pink wiper blades, Wubble Bubble Ball demos, Alex Lemonade Stand samples (I also donated). Smokey The Bear was there taking pics and celebrating his 70th birthday.

Korus kept everyone dancing when they demoed their wireless, portable speakers and had a contest where you bring your playlist on your smartphone and play DJ so you could try and win a speaker or a set.

MZ Wallace had a collection of their handbags and totes on display. The VIP attendees received a free handbag. (Jealous) I’ve seen this handbag around and always wanted one but never knew the name. Now I know and I still want one and a few of the gorgeous totes too. There’s even a farmer’s market tote available now. I hope to own a few handbags and totes one day.

Wow Wee had MIP the toy robot at their station . I love robots and this will definitely be on my kids wish list.

Anne Geddes world renowned photographer was at Baby Palooza to talk and her family attended. She autographed copies of her book and was a pleasure to meet.

KidzVuz Back To School was strictly for the kids and my kids made sure to be in attendance. They were waiting for this for weeks and I was glad they got to experience this fun event. I am also glad Blogger Bash thought of the kids when planning this conference.

So many great sponsors for the kids to run around to. My son made it his business to stop at Microsoft first. He loves technology and wanted to see what new tablets or laptops they had in store. He was very impressed after speaking with the rep and now wants one of course. Lands End had kids put together a back to school outfit and pose for the camera. I loved all the clothes and accessories. My daughter even had the chance to model in a back to school fashion show the next month wearing Lands End and got to keep all the pieces. She loved it and did a great job!!! My daughter spotted glitter and ribbons and made her way to Star Stable to get a hair makeover. She also got to play this game on the iPad that was provided to keep kids occupied . It’s an online adventure horse game. She enjoyed it and loved her hair makeover. School Specialty the arts & craft supply store had a money booth with fake money that kids entered and was timed to grab as much fake money as possible so they could collect school supplies when finished. Parents even got to go in too. There were no losers and my kids had a ball. They racked up on school supplies. Hasbro had all the toys my daughter wanted. Littlest Pet Shop is one of her favorites. UniKey can turn my smartphone into a universal key. Attach a Kevo fob to your child’s backpack for easy, convenient access to the home. I would love this for my family. I hate looking for my keys or losing them in the house. This would make things so easier. Speck handed out cell phone and iPad mini cases. Their cases have been protecting my iPhone and iPad mini for years. Love the colors and designs.

Make My Cake handed out cupcakes which were amazing. I live a few blocks away from them so we enjoyed having them at Blogger Bash.

After running around to all the sponsors all the kids were given Lands End book bags and a bunch of toys.
Everyone who attended Sweet Suite was also sent a box full of awesome toys to their house. The kids couldn’t wait for that. They loved everything in the box. Something for everyone. I put a video of my daughter opening the box on social media. My daughter also made videos with KidzVuz discussing and reviewing her favorite toys.

I’d like to thank everyone connected with Blogger Bash for a great time. I hope it returns to NY again.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% mine as always. My kids and I received lots of swag.

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@MarvelOnTour Review @themoms #SuperheroMoms #mul

7 Aug

It was family night at the IZOD Center for bloggers courtesy of the moms Denise and Melissa to see MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE. The kids were so excited and we’ve never been to the IZOD so this was a treat. We did have a hard time getting there, however we put that behind us, made it on time and had a blast. We met some of the cast and the kids dressed up as their favorite characters and had props to use as well.

There was a buffet full of delicious foods such as chicken tenders, burgers, hot dogs, veggies, pretzels, cheese platter and drinks. The kids received goodie bags when we checked in. We loved the water bottles.

After taking pictures and stuffing our bellies we proceeded upstairs to our seats which were great seats might I add. Denise and Melissa opened up the show and our section full of bloggers cheered them on.

The show started with a bang. The characters were full of energy and the kids knew every character in the show. I was excited to see Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine and the Black Widow to name a few. They were all awesome. They got some fighting, acrobatic, flipping, motorcycling skills on them.

Lots of explosions, fire, dropping and flying from above and team work. This turned out to be a great show and we enjoyed ourselves and I know my kids would love to see it again.
It was great seeing everyone and I’d like to thank the moms Denise and Melissa for a fun family night.

Check out their social media outlets:
@MarvelOnTour- Twitter/Instagram
Show at IZOD ends 8/10
Next show at Barclay Center, Brooklyn,NY 8/13-8/17
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 8/21-8/24

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% mine. My kids received goodie bags.

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ETSY’S HOLIDAY PRESS PREVIEW 2014 #ETSYHOLIDAY

5 Aug

I was invited to Etsy’s Holiday Press Preview 2014 to check out fashion accessories, home and entertaining gift items from Etsy’s top vendors.

The first vendor I met was Chilean jewelry designer Soledad Proano. She launched “Sol del Sur” her metals and textiles jewelry and accessories company. Sol obtained a certificate in metalsmithing and took other design and art courses at Pasadena City College in California, before moving to Brooklyn, NY in the Summer of 2013. All her jewelry is made by hand in her light-filled studio in Bushwick. Sol del Sur jewelry is available locally at independent and museum shops in the US, as well as worldwide through soldelsurshop.com and more recently, at Anthropologie.com
Take a look at her beautiful pieces below. Guests were given samples of her bracelets and earrings.

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The next vendor was Dominique Caron with her skincare line “Caru Skincare Co.” which crafts gentle and effective products from high quality botanical ingredients that are carefully selected for their potency and sustainability. Frustrated by the poor selection of skincare products on the market Dominique Caron took matters into her own hands and started making her own. The scents are amazing. Guests were given samples of her soap to take home. I picked peppermint and the chamomile and honey soaps. Take a look at her products.

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The third vendor was Amanda Schwartz, designer of her handbag and accessory line “Two Tickets”. Her passion is to unite form and function, past and present, beauty and durability. She showed us her beautiful collection of color block crossbody bags, clutches, wallet pouch phone cases and fringed key chain tassels. Guests were given a key chain tassel to choose from a variety of colors. Take a look at her bags and accessories below.

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Here are the sellers/vendors pages:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SolDelSur

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CaruSkincareCo

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoTickets

Everything was beautiful at the preview. I love decorating and the home decor had amazing pieces. I also loved the entertaining section. If I could put my wish list out now I would ask for everything. Here are a few pictures that I took of my favorite things.

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There were also delicious appetizers and drinks.

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Here is the link to view the Holiday 2014 digital look book:

http://etsylookbooks.com/

My favorite in this look book is The Passenger. Yellows were my favorite color this season and these accessories is on my must have list. I also had to throw in the cute tote bag.

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Swag given was mentioned in this post. Opinions are 100% mine as always.

#MomtrendsBTS event and fashion show @VeraBradley Showroom NYC

1 Aug

Momtrends hosted their annual Back to School event this year at Vera Bradley’s showroom in NYC. My daughter Taylinn was given the opportunity to model in the fashion show and she was one very happy girl. The sponsors that the kids modeled for were from Carter’s, Appaman, Lands End, Stride Rite and French Toast. My daughter wore Lands End polka dot denim jacket, skirt and cute long sleeve shirt with horses. Her cute sneakers were from Stride Rite. To top off the outfit she carried a colorful Vera Bradley lunch bag. I was so proud of her. All the kids did a great job and even got to keep the outfits they modeled and were sent book bags and lunch bags to their homes.

Vera Bradley’s showroom is so vibrant and full of color. Her collection is amazing I wanted to take everything home from jewelry to wallets, iPad cases, backpacks and totes.

Vera Bradley spoke to everyone about the trends for the fall. I love pink and that’s the color that will be mixed with materials like faux leather and cotton. Barbara Bradley spoke about the 32 year old company that was started with a $250 loan from her husband that she gladly paid back.

French Toast has been around for more than 50 years and I have always relied on them to bring me the best school uniforms for my kids. Everything you need from polos, button ups, jumpers, skirts, and pants. I’m loving the pants with the bow for a belt and the shirts with buttons that look like bling. There’s also a one piece dress with the shirt attached. Incredible. You can also purchase a years worth of uniforms for $125. That’s amazing! They have really been a blessing for my kids. Love the new uniforms. Check out the website.

Stride Rite has kept my kids feet happy with all their amazing, shoes, sneakers, boots and sandals from all brands. I love taking my kids in for a shoe measure and let them pick out the great styles. These are very comfortable, durable and inexpensive. I also love the dress shoes for my daughter like the Mary Janes and the colorful, bright sneakers. My son foot is too big for Stride Rite but at least I have one child left who can enjoy over 400 styles to choose from.

Mabel’s Labels is a big hit with my kids folders, lunches, clothing, and school supplies that need labeling. My daughter loved all the labels especially the luggage tag with her name on it. All the labels have the name of the person on it. I picked up some with my name on it at the event that was pre-made for us bloggers. It’s all about organization. My daughter loves to be organized. She takes after me. The designs and colors are fun and stand out. I’ve never had a problem with these labels getting lost or not sticking well. Very durable. Check their website for a back to school combo.

Foods with no artificial flavors or colorings is a plus in my house. Revolution Foods provided us with a sample of their healthy snacks in our gift bags. I will be checking out their website for more info on how my kids can pack their healthy and fresh foods meal kits in their lunch bags.

It was nice to meet Wall Pops and learn about wall art and other goodies they carry. I especially liked this because my daughter (like her mother) loves decorating and this wall art will be great for her space. I want to see what she comes up with.

No parent wants to hear their kid say “my hair itches”, so the company Vamousse was there to show everyone their products to use to get rid of head lice. In 15 minutes the lice is killed. We received a sample in our goodie bag. Have never had to experience that and hope I never have to but it’s good to be prepared.

Sheila McCraith, author of The Orange Rhino showed parents her tips on how to yell less for a week, month, or year. I definitely could use those tips. I don’t yell everyday but I’m sure her tips could help. If she could do it for a year straight so could I.

The food was amazing. Sushi was served, my favorite and other goodies.
There were raffles and guests were given cute, colorful Vera Bradley totes with school supplies inside.

We had a great time and Taylinn is ready for her next fashion show. Thank you Momtrends for a wonderful event!!!

Here are a list of the awesome sponsors:
Check out their websites and social media

Vera Bradley
French Toast
Stride Rite
Mabel’s Labels
Vamousse
Revolution Foods
Wall Pops
The Orange Rhino
Carters
Appaman
Lands’ End
Aquaball
Brush Buddies
Dolphin Organics
Fiskars
Florastor Kids
Libby’s
Sunscreen Bands
Thred Up
Zarbees

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% mine as always. My daughter was given clothes and back to school swag and I was given a Vera Bradley tote.

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SPRINT SOUND SESSION HTC ONE M8 HARMAN KARDON EDITION #sponsored #MC #Sprintmusic #Sprintmom

28 Jul

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint Sound Session. I received a sample of the HTC One to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.” http://momcentralconsulting.com/

I recently attended the Sprint Sound Session event at the beautiful Lambs Club restaurant in NY located in Times Square. We were treated to delicious appetizers, drinks, lunch and dessert.

I went there to learn about the HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition Phone, the Harman Kardon Onyx Speaker and listen to #TheVoice Season 2 winner Jermaine Paul serenade us with his beautiful music.

I couldn’t wait to test out the HTC One M8 and see what was in store for me. I love listening to music in my house, the car, train, gym, anywhere. I usually don’t put music on my phone because I have an iPod and I feel that my battery will waste, but after hearing music on my HTC One M8 phone I was blown away. First of all I didn’t know how easy it was to use Spotify. The sound is amazing from the headphones that come with the phone and includes LiveStage a Harman technology that provides a more lifelike listening experience. Now, I don’t have to carry around my iPod anymore. Sprint exclusively offers customers access to Spotify’s catalogue of +20 million songs for either three or six months for FREE, plus reduced Spotify Premium pricing for 18 months for Sprint customers on Framily plans. Spotify is a great value. A music lover can easily spend more than $9.99 per month buying individual music tracks or albums. For that same price (or less), Sprint customers have access to +20 million songs with Spotify Premium on their mobile phone, computer or other compatible, connected device. Here is the Sprint Music Page: http://www.sprint.com/landings/music/index.html?ECID=vanity:music#.U87LWYBdXmU I also love the other music apps on the phone like Next Radio which has different radio stations available from Hip Hop, Top 40, Jazz /Blues, even Classical music. Another app is the Sprint Music Plus where you can purchase music and ringtones.

I am a photographer at heart. I take my pictures serious and my favorite is the amazing camera on this phone. When the Sprint representative showed us what the dual lens camera could do I knew I was going to have fun. I’ve been using the camera and I’ve already had people tell me that my phone and the camera is great. My photos look like professional photos and I didn’t have to carry around an extra bulky camera. I can’t get over how I can edit the pictures to my liking from the vintage look to drama and I can add frames, center focus and tilt shift. I also love the selfie mode that counts down from 3 to 1. Pictures are crisp and sharp every time. Video is on point too. I used it for the first time and the sound and video was clear.

I’ve heard good things about the Framily Plan from Sprint. I also have lots of friends who are Sprint customers and if I join the Framily Plan the more people in my family, the lower my rate will be. I would also get unlimited data, talk and text with the Sprint Network. That’s my kind of deal. The company I’m using doesn’t offer me unlimited data and I definitely need that in the blogging field. I feel a switch coming on.

I’ve met quite a few celebrities in my years but there’s nothing like meeting a music artist. There’s a connection there especially when it’s a live performance because you get to feel what the artist feels when they are singing in person and hear the music up close. I love live concerts and hearing the artist let it all out. My favorite instrument is the drums and it just sounds so good live. Grammy nominated artist, Jermaine Paul from #TheVoice Season 2 sounded great live. Watching him on television was one thing, seeing and hearing him live playing the guitar is another. He sung three songs and took pictures with everyone. His song “Next To You” had everyone with smiles on their faces. “Eyes Of Brazil” was another beautiful song. I’ve already downloaded his songs and it sounds great on my phone and on my Harman Kardon Onyx Speaker that I won at the event.

When I got my Harman Kardon Onyx Speaker home I immediately took it out, downloaded songs from Spotify and connected. It has Bluetooth connectivity which connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth enabled device. My kids and I couldn’t stop playing song after song because of the sound. Our music experience was as if we were at a live concert. There are 4 powered speakers and dual passive radiators for extraordinary acoustics. The design is sophisticated and has a highly distinctive shape. The round button on the back pumps up and down with the vibration of the music. My kids enjoying looking at it and feeling it move. We listen to it a lot since I got it.

I also couldn’t believe how easy it was to link my phone contacts from my iPhone to my HTC One M8 so quick and easy with just the press of one button. Genius.

I am so happy I was able to experience this Sprint Sound Session. I love my new phone and speaker and will be making that switch to the Framily Plan soon. If you want more information about the HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition and the Harman Kardon Onyx Speaker go to http://www.Sprint.com to learn more. For the Framily Plan go to http://www.Sprint.com/Framily

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SOCIAL HOUR WITH VIVE MEJOR & CELEBRITY GUESTS #ViveMejor #Beauty #Latinas

16 Jul

I was invited to the Hudson New York Hotel for Vive Mejor Social Hour for an evening of pampering and scrumptious recipes with Celebrity Beauty Expert and Hairstylist Mario Anton and former Real Housewives of Miami and Celebrity Chef Ana Quincoces.

My friends and I walked into a beautiful penthouse filled with beauty and food products, cupcakes, amazing appetizers, drinks, a DJ spinning great tunes, beauty station, manicure station, and a roof deck where you could take gorgeous pictures.

I immediately went for a cupcake then proceeded to the beauty station to see the gorgeous hairstyles that Mario Anton was creating on guests throughout the night. Easy to do and beautiful hairstyles for every occasion. Beauty product full size samples were available for guests to take home and we were given a bag to stock up in the goodies. Food product samples were also given so we could try the amazing recipes that Ana Quincoces created when she demonstrated how to make quick appetizers using Knorr products. Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Ragu spaghetti sauce my favorite was also given out. Beauty products were from a Dove, Suave, TRESemme, Ponds, Caress and Clear. Everything from lotion, shampoos, conditioner, BB Cream, soap and body wash.

We danced the night away and it turned out to be a beautiful evening because it rained earlier but the skies cleared up and we had a ball. Any event with beauty products, music, food, drinks, and swag you already know it’s gonna be a night to remember. We didn’t want to leave. Lol.

Vive Mejor encourages Latinas to rethink their food, beauty and lifestyle routines to make them better. Check out their site here: http://www.vivemejor.com for inspirational ideas to help you live better!

I can’t wait fir the next event. I could do this every month.

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

Giveaway: I am giving one of my readers a gift basket including items from TRESemmé, POND’s, Dove, Caress and Suave.

Mandatory entries:
Follow @vivemejor on Twitter
Follow @nilimonicky on Twitter
Follow @nilimo on Instagram
Like http://Facebook.com/fivelittlewords
Leave a comment below telling me which product you want to try most and why.
Good luck! Giveaway ends July 30,2014.
Winner will be announced on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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