DRIVE SAFE! TOYOTA’S TEEN DRIVER SAFETY CLINIC (free) #TeenDrive365 #spon

17 Sep

Disclosure: “I am a member of the Stiletto Media Blogger Network. This is a sponsored post written for #TeenDrive365 and the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. For more information on the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic, please visit http://bit.ly/1nfUJ0e

When it comes to driving I try to be as cautious and safe as possible especially when my kids are in the back seat but anything can happen on the road no matter what so you have to always be prepared.

I want my kids to be as safe as possible on the road and Toyota is making that happen with their Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic. Where were these clinics at when I was a teen? I was so nervous when I got on the road especially when going up a hill and driving on the highway but if I wanted my license I had to shake it off, pay attention and pass that test. I took driving test and lessons in NY and received my license in New Jersey when I lived out there. I was so excited, nervous and happy when i was taking the test and when it was all over and the instructor said I passed. I also feel even though you get a license it doesn’t hurt to freshen up on your driving because there are some people who just do not belong on the road.

I have 4 kids and I think my 11 year old is more excited about wanting to drive more than the other 3. He’s always talking about cars and how he can drive this one and what dream car he is going to have. I’m so nervous because I know how fast Ferraris, Jaguars, Bugatti’s and Lamborghini’s are. Yes those are on his dream list. Can you say OMG? Safety first is always on my mind.

I wish we lived in the country because fast cars don’t belong in the city. Every parent want their teen drivers safe and if I have to be that back seat driver I will be. I am so happy Toyota is here for our teens.

Come down to the interactive Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic where they provide pre-drivers, new drivers and parents with car care basics to prepare for the road ahead. Other topics covered will be: Dangerous driving distractions and how to avoid them, communication and coaching tips for parents and teens and much more!

Click on this link and register now.

http://bit.ly/1nfUJ0e

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Dolphin Tale 2, @themoms @cruisenorwegian WE’RE GOING ON A CRUISE! #NorwegianMOMS

15 Sep

Did you hear the news? Dolphin Tale 2 is in theaters. My kids and I attended a special screening with @TheMoms at the Warner Brothers screening room Sept 10th. We never seen the first movie but that wasn’t stopping us from seeing part 2. Cast included Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson and Morgan Freeman. My kids ages 7 and 11 enjoyed the movie because they are fans of dolphins so I didn’t hear a peep out of them. I was in tears on a few scenes in the movie when one of the dolphins passed away and when one of the care takers got injured. You get to see how dolphins react to certain obstacles that occur in their lives. Dolphins are very smart. I would love to swim with dolphins.

Younger kids under 7 may ask quite a few questions throughout the movie or might not understand what’s going on but as parents we expect that. I think when they see the pelican named “Rufus” and the very huge tortoise they will be asking for one throughout the rest of the movie. My kids definitely wanted the tortoise and so did I.

There are a lot of decisions that have to be made for the dolphin “Winter’s” sake. Harry Connick Jr was great. Morgan Freeman wasn’t in too many scenes by he did have some funny lines and I enjoyed seeing him.

I will find the first Dolphin Tale and we will watch it as a family . We enjoyed Dolphin Tale 2 which ended on a happy note.

The Moms partnered with Norwegian Cruise Line and they are giving families a chance to win Norwegian Experience. They will be at attending a few MAMARAZZI events and one lucky family will win a cruise. They were present at this event and everyone including myself entered to win.
I went in with a positive attitude saying I’m winning this for my family. We’ve never been on a cruise and I had to win this.

You want to know who’s name was announced? MY NAME!!!!! Nichol Perez won the 7 day cruise!!! YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! My kids and I were so happy I’m still in shock. They have me on video jumping up and down, screaming and gratefully accepting my prize. Check out the video of The Moms announcing me as the winner and three other families won tickets to go see The Rockettes.

I hope this link works: http://themoms.com/norwegian-cruise-line-giveaway-with-the-moms/ I just want to thank The Moms and Norwegian and can’t wait to book our cruise and enjoy family quality relaxation time at sea.

Don’t forget to check out Dolphin Tale 2 and Norwegian Cruise Line and book your cruise and keep up with The Moms and you could be the next winner too.

@themoms
@cruisenorwegian
@dolphintale2
http://www.themoms.com
http://www.ncl.com
#NorwegianMOMS
#CruiseLikeANorwegian

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was the winner of a cruise which had no influence on me writing this. These opinions are mine 100% as always. Pictures in pic stitch courtesy of Freddy, rest are mine.

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FUN TIMES AT MY SECOND BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC #NilimonickyBTSPicnic

15 Sep

Summer seems to have come and left so quickly this year. It also seemed like school started much earlier than last year. I decided to have my second Back To School Picnic. Friends and family were invited. This time I had it September 7th in Central Park again of course. It turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day. With the help of my friend Denise from @boyzruleourwrld we headed downtown to pick up a catering order from the famous Hill Country Brooklyn. They were very, very generous in donating food for my picnic to feed my guests. They provided us with BBQ Chicken, Cornbread and Texas Black Eyed Caviar. Everything was amazing and everyone was able to get more if they wanted. I am in love with their new location in Brooklyn located at 345 Adams St. It is huge and as soon as you get out the train it is right across the street. The BBQ is delicious and there is also live music. Great for any event or party and on Mondays they have an All You Can Eat special from 5pm-10pm for $30 per person and kids 12 and under eat free when accompanied by an adult. I definitely will be taking my kids and a few friends with their kids to enjoy this special. For more info visit their website and check out the menu http://www.hillcountrybk.com and their Twitter handle is: @hillcountrybk Thank you again for donating food, utensils and paper products.

Crayola hooked the kids up with their fabulous New Ultra -Clean Washable Markers. Just the fact that they are washable made me and every parent happy. Where were these when I was growing up? Crayola has always been my favorite brand when going back to school shopping with my mom. I always asked for the 64 crayons with crayon sharpener built in. I still buy Crayola for my kids and will always use their products. Find them at http://www.crayola.com and on Twitter: @crayola

Bitsys Brain Food is one of my favorite snacks for kids. Made with organic ingredients, nutritious, real fruits and veggies. They donated their fabulous Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I found out about these at an event I went to and fell in love immediately. The toddlers at my picnic loved the cookies. I gave extra to everyone to take home. There are 4 flavors to try. They also make cereal as well. Check out their website and try all the delicious flavors. http://www.bitsysbrainfood.com on Twitter it’s: @bitsysbrainfood

Pirate’s Booty blessed me for my picnic last year and again this year with their aged white cheddar puffs. Kids love these and my guests went home with enough for their kids to take as a snack in their lunch bags. You can never go wrong when there’s Pirate’s Booty snacks around. Check out other flavors on their web at http://www.piratesbrands.com and on Twitter: @piratesbooty

Vera Bradley was gracious to send me a stylish backpack to give away. I recently visited her showroom in Manhattan because my daughter modeled there for a back to school fashion show and we fell in love with everything from bags to accessories. My winner was Tanisha Gomez from My Journey With Josh. She was so happy because she’s starting school and really needed it so I am so glad she won. What’s your favorite style? Check for beautiful selections now: http://www.verabradley.com and on Twitter @verabradley

Arizona Drinks provided everyone with their famous iced tea. From the kids half and half to the adults lightly sweetened, lemon and unsweetened Oak Brewed Tea drinks we were hydrated throughout the day. The kids drinks were just the right size for smaller hands and perfect it fits in any lunch bag. I loved all the Oak Brewed Tea flavors made with Black Tea. My kids like opening their lunch bags and finding an Arizona inside. find your favorite at www drinkarizona.com Twitter: @arizonadrinks

Krusteaz known for their pancake mixes, dessert bar, pie crust, muffin and crumb cake mixes and a variety of others sent me coupons so I could make their products to serve at my picnic but I couldn’t find the lemon bars anywhere so I just handed out coupons to guests so they could get a free box of their favorite. I will find the lemon bars and make the and serve at my next party. If you like baking go to their website http://www.krusteaz.com and on Twitter @Krusteaz

Hefty famous serving, storage and disposal products brand sent me a coupon to use for plates or bowls. I appreciated the coupon but didn’t use it yet because the food that was catered provided us with plates. However, I will be using this as well at my next party. Need products? http://www.Hefty.com and @Hefty on Twitter.

Musselman’s Apple Sauce sent over packs of applesauce. Best tip they shared with me was to freeze the cup of applesauce and use it as an ice pack in the lunch bag. By lunch time the cup is thawed enough to eat as a healthy slushie. Isn’t that a great tip? I think so. So I tried that tip and the day of my picnic forgot to bring the applesauce with me. OMG. I was so upset. I knew I would see some of my guests over the next few days after the picnic and gave some out. My kids enjoyed the slushie in their lunch bags. For more awesomeness check out http://www.musselmans.com and @Musselmansapple on Twitter.

Aquaball the great sugar-free naturally flavored water for kids sent over a variety of drinks with Disney characters on the labels. Flavors included fruit punch, berry, grape and orange. The kids loved having their favorite Disney character to collect on their bottles like Disney Princesses, Marvel Avengers and Disney Planes. Aquaball does not add any artificial colors and flavors. No high fructose corn syrup which I make sure not to give my kids. Zero calories. What parent wouldn’t want that? Don’t buy the sugary drinks, give Aquaball drinks a try. Visit http://www.theaquaball.com for more info where to purchase. @AquaballDrink on Twitter.

Poketti Plushes reached out to me with their adorable animal pillows with back pocket designed by 14 year old Sydney Loew from Palo Alto, California. These are great pillows and you can stuff a favorite toy, glasses, pacifier, cell phone or even a tooth for the tooth fairy in the back pocket. There’s Baxter the Puppy, Roxi the Kitty, Sydney the Penguin and Toni the Bunny. My guests got to choose their favorite. These pillows are super soft plush with 100% cotton and are great for any age. I find myself sleeping with one and putting my phone in the pocket. These are available for purchase and are currently on sale. Check http://www.poketti.com for price and stores that sell Poketti. Twitter @PokettiPlushies

GoGo squeeZ kept everyone happy with their 100% fruit squeezable applesauce. I personally love their commercial and products. There are a variety of flavors available and the package is so convenient it fits in anything. My kids take them to school and my oldest always grab one as he leaves and when he comes home. Come on, who doesn’t love applesauce?
I always find them on sale at my local Target store. The parents had a good time getting our GoGo squeeZ on as well. You’re never too old for GoGo squeeZ. Find them on Twitter @GoGosqueeZ

Vamousse I recently met at an event and wanted me to provide their product in the gift bags. Non-Toxic and Pesticide Free head lice products that treat, prevent and protect children and their families against lice, eggs and super lice. I didn’t even know there was a super lice. I’m sure no parent wants to experience any type of lice on their children. It’s good to have this product ready just in case. For more info you can check them out at http://www.vamousselice.com and @Vamousselice on Twitter.

Thank you to everyone once again who donated, attended and helped out. I really appreciated it. Let me know if you visited any of the Sponsors listed above and what you thought of their products.
Enjoy the pics. I can’t wait for the next #NilimonickyBTSPicnic

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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.

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