SAFE KIDS DAY (awareness about preventable injuries) #SafeKidsDay

19 Apr

On Saturday afternoon, April 12, Safe Kids Worldwide held its second annual Safe Kids Day at The Highline Stages in NYC to help raise funds and awareness about preventable injuries, the number one killer of children in the United States. My kids and I were excited to attend and learn how to prevent injuries. (Safety first). I also invited my cousin along to join in on the fun.

Special guests in attendance included: Cristen & Nigel Barker (host, The Face), Genevieve Gorder (host, HGTV’s Dear Genevieve), Felipe Lopez (retired basketball player), Bellamy & Tallulah Novogratz (HGTV’s Home by Novogratz), Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) & David Basche (The Exes), Nick Stevenson (Orange is the New Black), and more.

Guests were treated to a “carnival” themed event featuring booths with classic games and experiences that helped promote child safety. The festive atmosphere invited families to participate in different activities including a Fun House with an oversized “in the eyes of a child” kitchen, an Imagination Playground, face painting, balloon making, and more. “Click” the Talking Carseat Fortune Teller was a big hit with kids of all ages, utilizing his comedic wit to teach children about the importance of wearing a seatbelt; and there was a cool, virtual-reality car game to help teach kids about road safety.

My kids had fun at the oversized basketball court that were available as soon as we walked in. If you got the ball in the hoop kids were given a sticker to put in their booklet. Your booklet had to contain a sticker from each station in order to receive a prize at the end. Former NBA star Felipe Lopez was on hand to help some of the shorter children slam-dunk oversized basketballs. This station emphasized safety on the playground.

The giant ball pit was a favorite for my kids who put on life jackets and jumped in. This station focused on water safety. All the kids looked as if they were swimming and just having an amazing time. Even the smallest kids were adorable. My kids dived right in. (No shoes allowed).

There were face painting stations that my kids made it their business to get their arms painted with amazing art work.

There was even a stunt bike show by professional biker Chris Clark. Even professionals must wear helmets and that was demonstrated in his heart racing, mouth dropping performance. Bell Bike Helmets were at the event to provide kids ages 1 and up with helmets for bike safety. My kids were excited to get a cool helmet.

My son and cousin tried out the driving simulator courtesy of General Motors, and Chevrolet. My daughter sat in the back seat. The kids also sat on a real fire truck parked outside and received a fire hat. (Not a real one).

There were other fun games and entertainment for the kids as well. We also were treated to food at the food trucks that were parked outside for the guests. Uncle Gussy’s amazing Greek food provided us with gyros, Greek fries, and cheeseburgers. Gorilla Cheese had delicious tater tots and grilled cheese nice and hot and gooey. Yum!!! Coolhaus kept everyone nice and cool on that hot day with their gourmet ice cream sandwiches. Fed Ex parked outside with gift bags for guests.

It was a great turnout for Safe Kids Day and just want to thank everyone for putting this event together and for the invite. Can’t wait for the next one!!

Safe Kids Day was presented by Children’s Tylenol, with support from the General Motors Foundation, FedEx, Chevrolet, and others.

At the following link you’ll find exclusive images (**photo credit: Safe Kids Worldwide) from the Safe Kids Day NYC event : http://goo.gl/Ksnstl

And below are links to additional images & footage from the event.

House Photos can be accessed via Getty: http://goo.gl/KpgjQb (**photo credit: Safe Kids Worldwide) as well as http://goo.gl/3jx3JH (**photo credit: Karen Sterling/Safe Kids Worldwide).

House B-Roll Footage and includes red carpet interviews featuring Cristen & Nigel Barker, Genevieve Gorder, Felipe Lopez, Bellamy & Tallulah Novogratz, Alysia Reiner & David Basche, and Nick Stevenson, as well as inside footage from the event: https://www.hightail.com/download/elNLWUhqTStRR2REZU1UQw

ABOUT SAFE KIDS WORLDWIDE
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 600 coalitions in the United States and in 23 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 55 percent. Working together, we can do much more for kids everywhere. Join our effort at safekids.org.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% mine as always.

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I HAD A HONDA FIT EXPERIENCE #FitForYou

19 Apr

I was excited to be invited to a VIP Honda Fit experience on April 15th to test out the new 2015 Honda Fit. When I arrived at Skylight West the first thing I noticed was the size of the cars. I loved it. Very compact, loved the colors, and I could easily find parking with no problem in one if these. Don’t let the size fool you. Even though it looked small it can hold a lot. They were demonstrating how it can hold 15 bean bags with the seats folded down. Love the cargo space. The front passenger seat once folded flat can hold a 9 ft. long surfboard and 2 6 ft. surfboards all at the same time. The driver’s seat also folds down and can be used to lounge and watch movies while waiting for your passengers. Hubby would like that. He’s very tall so any car that’s roomy enough for him is a plus. Legroom and headroom are important.

You can plug your smartphone into the car, and the Honda Link system has HDMI connectivity that allows you to watch movies and listen to music on your 7- inch screen while you’re parked. (Safety first). It also comes with Apple’s Siri hands free interface.

I was impressed with 41 MPG on the highway, and the 33 MPG in the city. Every 2015 Honda Fit also comes standard with the multi- angle rear view camera with 3 viewing modes. (Wide, normal, and top down ). I love the color blue they use on the dashboard that increases visibility and high quality feel. Honda’s linked satellite navigation system with continually updated traffic information is great. Loved how easy it was to use.

The new Lane Watch feature is very cool. It shows a view of the lane next to you on the dashboard. The camera is under the mirror and blind spot areas are minimized by expanded driver’s view mirror and Lane Watch. I took a picture when my friends and I took the car out. (I was not driving at that particular time).

Living in NY can get hectic when it comes to driving with traffic and finding a big enough parking spot. The Honda Fit will definitely come in handy. After my friends and I went for a test drive we saw how much power this car had, how much legroom we had, and how easy it was to use the navigation, and squeeze through tight spaces. It is definitely #fitforthecity #fitfortechnology #fitforduty and #fitforyou

Honda also treated us to breakfast and lunch which was amazing. I had a great time and hope to own a Honda Fit one day. My kids want me to have a car but my wallet says otherwise. Lol. I would love to travel if I owned a car. Get to your local Honda dealer and test drive. Also check out the New York International Auto Show at Jacob Javits Center going on now till April 27th and see it in person. I put a few pics from the Auto Show below.

Thank you Honda, Ellen, Shannon, and Blitz for a look at what’s in store for the 2015 Honda Fit. Thank you Denise for the recommending me.

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

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE 2015 KIA SEDONA? #WhatsYourSedona #spon

17 Apr

I received an email invite to the KIA New York International Auto Show Reception hat just took place on Wednesday, April 16. I had to double check to make sure this was real. I wasn’t dreaming. I was beyond excited to know I was going to get a chance to check out the new 2015 Kia Sedona. When it comes to cars and my family safety is first on the list and I knew this was the event I had to attend.

Hubby and I made our way to SIR Stage 37 and walked into a room full of people and a burlesque, carnival themed night. Acrobatics, hula hoops, and a lady that could fit her whole body in a balloon was amazing to see. There were food, drinks, and a DJ as well. The honoree of the night (2105 Kia Sedona) was center stage. I wanted to jump right in and take it for a test drive.

This mid- sized multipurpose vehicle is just what I’ve been looking for. With seating for up to eight passengers, and optional “first class” second row seats with footrests that can slide back and forth and rotate to face the back row.The Sedona is powered by a 276 -horsepower, 3.3-liter V6 engine, and is available with radar cruise control, collision alert and blind spot warning systems. All models have a 60/40-split third-row bench seat that folds into the floor.

One unique feature is a power tailgate that opens automatically when it senses the keyfob nearby for three seconds, allowing for hands-free access to the cargo area.

Fuel economy and pricing have not yet been revealed, but the 2015 Sedona goes on sale late this year.

I encourage you to check out the New York International Auto Show taking place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center 655 W. 34th st. April 18-27.
The Kia Sedona will be available for you to get inside and see what it has to offer you and your family. My kids can’t wait to attend and check it out. I’m sure they will ask can we take it home. I will have to save my pennies. We would love to travel in this.

I know the Kia Sedona has a lot to offer my family, and my favorite feature so far are the first class second row seats with the footrests that can slide back and forth and rotate to face the back row. I know my kids will also love this too.

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.
There will be a Twitter party coming soon. Stay tuned.

What are your favorite features? Will you be heading to the NYAS? What are you excited to see? Will this be your first time at he NY Auto Show? Would love to see your pictures in the Kia Sedona.

Check out this link: http://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/presskits/2014-new-york-international-auto-show

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10 WEEKS BODY CHANGE #fitness PROGRAM JOHN CENA’S MY COACH

14 Apr

I just signed up to work with WWE Superstar, John Cena, on his new fitness and nutrition program 10 Weeks BodyChange, and would love to get you involved in the success of this wonderful program!

10 Weeks BodyChange is an online fitness / nutrition program where John sends a set of personal videos every week to the subscriber outlining a nutritional diet and recipes (that he has developed). Each week John also leads members through workouts he has developed to be the most effective – only twice a week at 20 minutes each.

The program costs $99 for 10 weeks and focuses on three elements –fitness, nutrition and motivation – to help promote a healthy lifestyle change. It has more of a female focus as this is meant to jumpstart healthy lifestyle choices, rather than intense workouts only or quick diet fixes.

John created this program after his father developed many health issues due to being extremely overweight. He found a successful European company who combined fitness and health and added in his own elements from his career and knowledge to help motivate his father to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle.

His dad has since lost 50 pounds from being on this program and cured his health risks, and many people are raving about the incredible success the program has brought to their lives.

“I’m excited to start 10 Weeks BodyChange!”
“As of today, John Cena is my personal coach!”
“I’m getting swimsuit ready starting today with 10 Weeks BodyChange!”

I’m currently fighting to control my diabetes, and asthma. I can only do that by exercise, and eating right. I will push myself to get into shape and lose at least 50 pounds as well.

What are you waiting for? Come join me and in this great program!!
Here is the link to sign up:

http://t23.intelliad.de/index.php?redirect=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.10weekbodychange.com%2F%3Futm_source%3Dbl%26utm_medium%3Dbl%26utm_campaign%3Dus1wblbl1404xy04&cl=1393335323236323131303&bm=100&bmcl=6303835313236323131303&cp=101&ag=101&crid=163&subid=us1wblbl1404xy04

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. The program was complimentary.

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SPRING BREAK AT THE CULINARY KIDS FOOD FESTIVAL #GIVEAWAY #culinarykidsnybg

11 Apr

Celebrate Food With the Family at the
Culinary Kids Food Festival!
April 14-21; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

As part of the Garden’s Edible Academy initiative, join us for a family-friendly, weeklong food festival celebrating the relationships among plants, farms, and your favorite foods. Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden staff and the culinary team, Growing Chefs, will be on hand offering cooking demonstrations, recipes, and hands-on activities, with plenty of music and tastings to add to the fun. Bring your Festival passport along as you tinker with the science of kitchen chemistry and get to the root of foods from honey to sprouts at a variety of activity stations. The daily 1 p.m. cooking demonstration will feature kid-friendly recipes and tasty samples, while local chefs will share tips and recipes. For more information, visit nybg.org

Giveaway: Who wants to win a family four-pack of tickets to the festival? Leave a comment below telling me what your kids are looking forward to for Spring Break.
A winner will be picked April 13th and tickets can be used on one of the days between April 14- 21.

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MADAME ALEXANDER “FAVORITE FRIENDS DOLL” IS A FAVORITE IN OUR HOUSE #momadvisoryboard

11 Apr

There’s nothing like seeing the look on your kids faces when they receive gifts. When I was chosen to be on the “Mom Advisory Board” for Madame Alexander my daughter “Taylinn” was going to be blessed with the best dolls. She loves dolls and I couldn’t pass this up.

My daughter received the “Favorite Friends Madame Alexander Loves NYC 18 inch Play Doll.” Her face was priceless when she came home from school and saw her doll waiting for her. Taylinn immediately named her doll “Ashley.”
She couldn’t wait to play with “Ashley” and introduce her to her other dolls. My daughter likes to style her dolls in different outfits, give them makeovers and have them cook in her kitchen. Taylinn also uses her hair accessories to give her dolls the ultimate hair styles as well. She hasn’t put “Ashley” down yet and plays with her everyday.

Her doll has sparkly blue eyes that open and close and long blond hair. She has the cutest outfit showing how Madame Alexander loves New York City since (1923). I love the outfit too since we are New Yorkers as well. I need to find a matching outfit for my daughter so when she takes her out they will be twins. I also have to purchase more outfits for “Ashely” as well.

Taylinn said: “I love my doll Ashley and can’t wait to get more.” She also said “I am going to take a picture of all of my dolls when they come.”

I had a neighbor who collected dolls and I would visit and ask about her enormous collection. Every time I ran into her she told me to come look at the new doll she just received, and would tell me all about the doll and where she purchased it from. I loved sitting with her and getting to know her dolls. She had over 500 dolls. I don’t know how she remembered all those dolls names. She was dedicated and took very good care of her dolls. My daughter wasn’t born yet but she would have loved her collection. My neighbor eventually moved and took her collection with her. Now I get the chance to have a collection for my daughter. Madame Alexander made this possible. I don’t know about collecting 500 dolls because I would probably need storage but we will have a nice amount.

I can’t wait to see what doll my daughter receives next. She deserves it. Thank you Madame Alexander!!!

This doll is available on the website for $59.95 and is for ages 3 and up. http://www.madamealexander.com and check out their Facebook page : https:// http://www.facebook.com/Alexanderdolls
Here’s a link to the Favorite Friends dolls : http:// bit.ly/1bvNzPR
Their Twitter handle is @AlexanderDollCo

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I am on the Mom Advisory Board and receive dolls for my daughter and I to review. These opinions expressed are 100% mine and my daughter.

Which “Favorite Friends” doll would you like for you daughter? Are you a doll collector? How many dolls does your daughter own? Do you keep them in the box or let your kids play with them?

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FAMILY FUN WITH SCOOBY DOO, THE WWE WRESTLERS, & MONDAY NIGHT RAW #wwe #wwemoms

9 Apr

I grew up watching Scooby Doo and the gang solve mysteries, so when my family was invited to a screening of their movie “Scooby Doo Wrestle Mania Mystery.” I knew we were going to be in for a treat. Not only were my kids seeing the movie, they were also going to meet the WWE wrestlers who were also in the animated film. Triple H, Sin Cara, Brodus Clay, Santino Marella, The Miz, Kane, AJ Lee, and Stephanie McMahon were all at the screening for the kids to take pictures with, and they also stayed to watch the movie with everyone. Scooby Doo even showed up, greeted the kids, and took pictures. John Cena is also in the movie but was not at the screening. Everyone had a great time. There were snacks, lunch buffet, gift bags, and the movie was funny and my kids enjoyed themselves. As a Scooby Doo fan I always knew the gang would solve the mystery and was always on my toes hoping Scooby and Shaggy wouldn’t get caught by the monster. This film is great for ages 5 and up especially if you love mysteries, adventure, humor, and a little wrestling.

In front of the theater was a Scooby Doo van that I had to take a picture of. I also took plenty of pics of the WWE wrestlers.

If that wasn’t enough we also got treated to see WWE Monday Night Raw at Barclay Center in Brooklyn. First there was a pre party with tons of food, treats, Stephanie McMahon, more wrestlers, Scooby Doo, and gift bags. I’ve always wanted to see a wrestling event live and finally got my wish. My two youngest kids, hubby, and I were super excited. Special guests on stage were Hulk Hogan, Arnold Schwarzenneger, and Joe Manganiello.

Scooby Doo Wrestle Mania Mystery is now available on DVD $19.98 and Blue-Ray Combo $29.98. (Suggested retail prices)

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. My family and I saw the screening and received tickets to Monday night Raw and received gift bags. Opinions are as always 100% mine.

R.I.P (Ultimate Warrior) James Brian Hellwig #WWE HALL OF FAME

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