#KidzVuzBTS Bash Recap 2015 

31 Jul

KidzVuz Back to School Bash was held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on West 52nd St. this year July,18. The space was just right for everyone in the Central Park East and West ballrooms. 

My kids were first to run inside and we didn’t know where to start first. There were so many tables filled with great toys. Here is the list of sponsors who attended: 

Lysol : #LysolThat

LG – @LGUS

Lego – @LEGO_group

Wonder Workshop – @WonderWorkshop

Chuze – @GetChuze

WWE – @WWE, @NatbyNature @theMarkHenry

Lego Dimensions @LegoDimensions

Star Stable @StarStable

Game Stop @gameStop

Simply Mac @SimplyMacStore

Hasbro – @HasbroNews

ClassroomDirect @ClassroomDirect

Pixels – @PixelsMovie

Laser Pegs – @laserpegs

Domain.me @DomainMe

Philips @PhilipsSound

Dentek @Dentek

AVG @AVGFree

Mommy Nearest @MommyNearest

No Kid Hungry @NoKidHungry

Metropolitan Museum @metmuseum

The Broadway League @TheBroadwayLeague

LG was one of my favorites. I love their appliances and got to see the newest in washer and dryers and refrigerators. The kids made lunches to take in their plastic containers and even got aprons at the LG station. For every tweet LG donated $10 to No Kid Hungry so each tweet could connect a child struggling with hunger with up to 100 meals. I thought that was great and support No Kid Hungry through their blogger program. 

Dentek showed us the latest in their kids fun flossers , toothbrushes and toothpaste. You could also decorate cookies with edible markers. 

Wonder Workshop had a fun robots for the kids to control using a tablet and they were called Dash and Dot robots. My kids loved stopping here and working the robots. 

Phillips had this Mix DJ sound system and my son was definitely the DJ. He did a great job mixing music. I have to get one for him. (My 12 yr old) My oldest son DJ’s and this would be great for them to work on this together. They also had screen cleaners which I picked the Rose scent to clean my phone and kill bacteria and germs. There was also the wireless portable speaker asked the FL3X which was cool. 

Lysol had a cute station where kids played a game called Kill the Germs like a whack a mole version and took a picture in a cutout cardboard posing like a scientist, then a classroom set up with tablets learning about germs. I loved the coupons that were given out because I am a Lysol fanatic. 

For all those Broadway fans out there like our family The Broadway League was in the house handing out swag. 

My daughter got her hair done with glitter at Star Stable station along with a goodie bag. Laser Pegs handed out light up necklaces. Classroom Direct gave a backpack and school supplies. 

Met Museum letting parents know about their new digital feature MetKids launching in September 2015. 

WWE wrestler/diva Mark Henry and Natalya took pictures and gave autographs. They are both down to earth. Mark Henry is a big teddy bear. Glad to be a #wwemom

My kids enjoyed seeing the Game Stop table and playing video games. My daughter made sure to talk about germs with KidzVuz camera crew. There were treats throughout the room for the kids to snack on. Mommy Nearest had cupcakes for the kids to decorate. 

We enjoyed all the sponsors and can’t wait to do it again next year. Thank you to the KidzVuz team for another amazing Bash! Big shout out to my daughter Taylinn who had my business cards in her bag and handed them out to the sponsors. Great job!! 

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

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Bratz Dolls Empower Girls To Create Their Own Worlds #BratzBesties 

31 Jul

Back in June I was invited to a never-before-seen preview of the re-launched Bratz doll. It was held at Hundred Acres down on MacDougal St. In NYC. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast and took a look at the dolls and their accessories.  

 On July 25, MGA Entertainment’s popular fashion doll franchise, Bratz, made its comeback with a new mantra to empower girls to create their own worlds. Celebrating creativity, confidence and friendship, the event was held at the flagship Toys”R”Us in New York City’s Time Square and featured activity stations including braid bars and a photo booth. 

My daughter was very excited to see the collection, hang out at the activity stations, get her nails and hair done, have breakfast in the Skybox and take pictures with teen pop sensation, Skylar Stecker. She also signed her autograph on a cute pair of lips which is a iPhone 6 cell case. My daughter also got a picture with real-life Bratz and the inspiration for the Yasmin doll, Jasmin Larian who also talked about all the ways the brand has evolved over the years. Actress Nathalia Ramos also made an appearance and took pictures. 

There was a huge pair of pink lips cake that was so delicious. You know we just couldn’t leave Toys R Us without getting in the Ferris Wheel. We got in the Barbie car. 

Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckPH4uD4nJw 

Bratz Brand Anthem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckPH4uD4nJw

Bratz ‘Meet the Bratz’ (stop motion animation teaser): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL1LGEMljAA

 http://www.bratz.com/

It’s always hard to choose one doll as your favorite when there’s a collection. I like them all. My daughter was sent Sasha from the Sleepover party collection (Walmart exclusive). She loves the accessories and is having fun with Sasha. She can’t wait to get the entire collection. 

You can find the Bratz dolls at Toys at Us. Walmart & Target now. 

Disclosure: I was given a gift card in June for attending and my daughter received a doll for review. Opinions are 100% ours as always. Thank you to everyone involved in inviting us to these events.

   
    
    
    
    
   
    
    

    
    
     

JC Penney Optical Back to School  Promotion & Photo Contest #spon 

30 Jul

Disclosure: I received a JCPenney gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. 

My daughter had been wearing glasses since the age of two. Glasses are expensive especially when you have three kids wearing them and yourself. Not all health insurance covers prescription glasses. I was happy to find out about JC Penney’s fabulous Back to School Promotion which includes: 

Complete pair of Kids’ designer eyeglasses for $29.99

Offer includes select Kids’ frames up to $120, FREE impact & scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses, FREE UV protection and FREE eyeglass protection plan for any school-aged child 16 & under. 

Dates of promotion: July 6th – September 15th

JCPenney Optical site: http://www.jcpenneyoptical.com

To find a JCPenney Optical near you: http://www.jcpenneyoptical.com/eyeglasses-store-locator.html

http://www.jcpenneyoptical.com/Back-To-School
We took a trip to JC Penney to pick out a new pair of glasses for my daughter and boy did she have a fun time trying on different frames. I think she tried on more than ten pairs. There’s so many to choose from and at that price you can afford to get a back up put in case your glasses get lost or break by mistake. Here are a few pair she tried on before finding the pair she loved. She also loved modeling the different style of glasses. 

   

    
    
    
    
    
   
Here is the pair she chose with doggy paws in purple. I didn’t get a front shot just a side. When the glasses are ready I will post to my social media and show you how they look on her. Get to your local JC Penney and take advantage of this great promotion. 

  
There’s also a Glasses 4 Classes Photo contest going on now! 
Glasses 4 Classes Photo Contest will be on the JCPenney Optical Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/JCPenneyOptical)

How to enter: Parents need to snap a picture of their kid preparing to go back to school and share it on Twitter, Instagram, or the JCPenney Optical Facebook Wall with the hashtag #PicMyKidContest. Or you can upload it directly via the entry form on the JCPenney Optical Facebook Page.

Twitter and Instagram accounts must be public for the entry to be official.

12 winners will be picked to each win a $30 JCPenney gift card to purchase new frames for their child.

Dates for entry: 7/8 – 8/16

   
   
Disclosure: I received a JCPenney gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. 

2015 Blogger Bash Recap #BBNYC 

30 Jul

Blogger Bash came and went so fast if I had to  do it all again I would. July 16,17, two days of meeting new people, seeing friends, taking notes, networking and just doing what I love doing. 

This was the best one yet. I loved the location at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers NYC. Everything looked absolutely stunning and held just the right amount of people without it being overcrowded. 

There were so many exhibitors I can’t even begin to mention them all but it was great meeting all of them and seeing the ones I already knew.

The first day started with a Share Your Care Brunch. Of course it wouldn’t be a brunch if Care Bear wasn’t there. Brunch was delicious and we also got to take pics with Care Bear. I am also happy to say I am officially a Care Bear Ambassador. How cool is that? 

After brunch The Blue Man Group gave an exclusive performance for BBNYC attendees at Astor Place Theater. I chose to skip only because I want to experience this with my family first. I heard it was great and can’t wait for us to see. 

Sweet Suite was the final adventure of the afternoon. With over 80 toy and game sponsors I couldn’t wait to play with toys and see what’s in store this year. It was packed and I tested out so many toys and just had a fabulous time. The food and drinks were off the chain. After having fun inside my friends and I went on the outside deck to take in the views and take pics. It ended at 9 p.m.. 

Day 2: If you’re a Disney Infinity fan then you should have been at the Disney Infinity breakfast not just for the amazing food but you could have been one of the first to play Disney Infinity’s latest installment Disney Infinity 3.0, which features new Star Wars toys and gameplay. We took home two Disney Infinty 3.0 characters. 

Speaker sessions, Speaker panels and Brand speed dating were available throughout the day. Bloganthropy Awards which recognizes and honors bloggers who use their social media influence to support charitable causes which I think is wonderful was held at Blogger Bash. 

Baby Palooza was up next with baby photographer Anne Geddes. Tons of baby products were on deck to check out. 

The Peanuts Keynote Lunch was one of my favorites. Blogger Bash sure knows how to spoil us with all the delicious food they had. Cast members from the Peanuts were there to talk about the characters they played, how much fun they had and how they were picked. They were so cute and very funny. My kids and I can’t wait for this movie. Snoopy himself made an appearance and we took home fun swag form The Peanuts. 

Rite Aid sponsored a fantastic Recharge Lounge overlooking the Hudson River at BBNYC. Everyone were able to relax and recharge while learning about Rite Aid and their cool initiatives, products, and services. Loved all the products they gave out. Especially loved the Chocolate Pecan Clusters. 

Rene Syler spoke at the Brand New You event about health and wellness. Rene is deep and doesn’t let anything stop her. She’s been through a lot but she’s a go-getter. I love her inspiring words. 

Teleflora, the world’s leading flower delivery service, served as the official flower sponsor of BBNYC! Teleflora’s beautiful floral arrangements was on display throughout both days. 

Last event of the night was the Canadian Lentils Closing Carnival. Upon entering I noticed the game booths where I immediately tested my skills and won a few prizes. There were jugglers, magicians, a lady hanging from a chandelier upside down serving you champagne. Band, dancers, tall guy on stilts  and on and on. The food was made with none other than Lentils. Cupcakes with lentil, hamburgers,, pretzels, even the ice cream which was the best thing for me. I didn’t think I would like it but it was good. Loved the photo booth and all the acts. 

Until next year! It’s been a blast. 

Disclosure: I was given a ticket to attend. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Reader Giveaway of the Limited-Edition Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce

24 Jul

I am sharing a giveaway with my fantastic readers. For those who love to cook whether you’re marinating, barbecuing or you are in need of a sauce to dip your veggies in I’ve got something for you. Warning: I’ve been addicted to this sauce since the first time I tasted it at the BBQ launch party and it blew me away. You will be blown away so make sure people are around to catch you. 

 About the Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce:

The perfect accompaniment to backyard BBQ’s and gatherings of family and friends, the Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce translates the dark fruit and caramelized flavors of the Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon into a sweet and tangy molasses-based sauce. The limited-edition recipe is ideal as a marinade, dipping sauce or topping for everyone’s favorite summer meats and vegetables, including ribs, grilled chicken, pulled pork, hamburgers, bratwurst and grilled vegetables. Its flavors are amplified further when paired with a glass of Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon ($6.99 per 750mL bottle / $10.99 per 1.5L bottle). The sauce is available through September 30, 2015 on Amazon.com.

Check out my post I wrote about the launch of this amazing sauce here: http://fivelittlewords.net/?s=Woodbridge&submit=Search

Who’s ready to win? I’ve got 4 bottles of Woodbridge Wine Cue Sauce up for grabs. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me how you are going to use your sauce. Also, make sure you are following me on Twitter @nilimonicky and Instagram @nilimo and leave a comment that you did with both your handles for Twitter and Instgram. Contest ends August 6, 2015. Winner announced August 7, 2015. You have 24 hours to claim prize or new winner will be picked. Good luck!! 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given jars of sauce to review and a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. Opinions are mine as always 100%. 

   
    
 

2015 Getting Gorgeous Recap

24 Jul

Take a look at these brands/sponsors below. 

Title Sponsor – Restylane Silk – http://www.restalynesilk.com

Livestream Sponsor: Stokke – @StokkeBaby

BALI – @BALIIntimates

Kodak – @MyKodakMoments

Trollbeads – @TrollTweetsUS

Chobani – @Chobani

Liquid Oxygen – @luvliquidoxygen

KeVita – @KeVitaDrinks

Cocktail Caviar – @CocktailCaviar

Spa Chicks on the Go – @thespachick

The Backyard Food Company – @BackyardFoodCo

Wouldn’t you be excited to walk into a room filled with staff from every single one of them ready to give you samples, take your business card and tell you about how you can work with them? I’m always excited when opportunities like these arise. One on one attention and working with amazing brands is what I love doing. 

Getting Gorgeous has given me that. Audrey and Vera definitely know how to throw an event. I’ve been attending every single event they have given and will always support these amazing ladies. 

The Metropolitan Pavillion was on and popping July 15th. Filled with bloggers from all over I had the early session. 

Restylane Silk had complimentary consultations with top NYC dermatologists, where we learned about the recent release of the first and only FDA-approved product specifically for the lips and mouth area that is uniquely designed to restore natural youthful definition, symmetry and smooth wrinkles. Restylane Silk can gently restore natural-looking lip volume, while also defining the lip shape and smoothing fine ‘barcode’ lines around the mouth. I had a consultation and will make an in office appointment. 

Chobani had a DIY lunchbox station where you wrote whatever you wanted in the lunchbox with a cool marker and stickers that can be written on in chalk. Samples of their products were also given out and insulated lunch bags.
Bali Intimates measured the ladies for their correct bra size. Big shocker when I found out my real size. Love the new collection of bras and picked out my favorite to be sent to me. 

Kodak has a new app coming out where you can print pictures from your phone and send to CVS or from your printer at home. 

The Backyard Food Co had me at their booth half the day with amazing gourmet condiments. From sweet tomato jam, wholly jalapeño, red hot relish and red sweet relish. I loved them all. I can do some major damage with those and couldn’t stop eating. Praying these come to Whole Foods in New York. I’ll even buy bulk if they come to Costcos.

Trollbeads jewelry included beads, bracelets, bangles, etc.. Attendees were given a bracelet and was told to choose a bead which was attached and we made ourselves a trollbead. Very nice. 

Kevita Organic, non-GMO, Sparkling Probiotic Drinks. Pineapple Coconut and Lemon Cayenne were my favorites. Need to stock up on these delicious drinks.

Stokke always have the best baby products to choose from. Love the strollers. Too bad I don’t have any babies or my apartment would be filled. 

Liquid Oxygen skin care solution for acne recommended by Dermatologists. Al natural, benzoyl peroxide free, paraben free, fragrance free, for all skin types. Can’t wait to give this a try. 

Cocktail Caviar edible pearls that can be put in the bottom of your glass of wine or served as a dessert. Made with Premium Vodka. Basically liquor in a stackable jarrah at looks like caviar. Variety of flavors like: Raspberry, Green Apple, Blueberry, Lychee and Peach. 

Spa Chicks on the Go spa event company that delivers onsite beauty and wellness in NYC. That they did! Hair, makeup, nails and massages is what every girl wants. These ladies did amazing jobs hooking everyone up with these services. 

I also had fun with my blogger buddy friends in the photo booth. I even won a Sephora gift card. Woo-hoo!! The day was great and big shout out to Vera and Audrey and the Getting Gorgeous team. Looking forward to next year. A few pics from Audrey and Vera photography. 

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

   
    
    
   

  

    
     
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

EXCLUSIVE JOURNEY GIRLS ITALY INSPIRED DOLL COLLECTION AT TOYS R US

23 Jul

My daughter was so excited to hear that we were invited to Toys R Us in Times Square, NYC to get a sneak peek of the latest Journey Girls collection – dolls, fashions, accessories and feast on playful dishes and treats inspired by the country that the Journey Girls are exploring in 2015.

As we arrived we were greeted by al the beautiful dolls. Each child was told to pick the doll they liked. Some kids wanted more than one. Can you blame them? They all rock!! I wanted all the outfits. Lol. Very fashionable and had awesome accessories. 

Here are the names and descriptions of the Journey Girls dolls which will be available for $39.99 each, exclusively at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com/JourneyGirls for ages 6 years and up, beginning this September:

Chavonne, a multi-talented performer, will guide the girls through Milan, the City of Theatres, in a black-and-white striped top under a vibrant pink petite coat and trendy floral pants that match her navy slip-on shoes. No batteries required.

 

Journey Girl® Callie from Toys“R”Us®

Callie will seek out the best shops to show her friends the latest fashion trends, while wearing a black-and-white mini dress paired with an embroidered, blush colored jacket and elegant pink shoes and headband to complement her entire look. No batteries required.

 

Journey Girl® Dana from Toys“R”Us®

Dana, an animal lover, will be sure to stop by her favorite parco nazionale and protected reserves which are home to a variety of wildlife, all while dressed in a silver knit sweater and brown faux-fur vest with jeans, along with a leopard-print tote bag and chic brown boots. No batteries required.

 

Journey Girl® Kelsey from Toys“R”Us®

Adventure seeker Kelsey will challenge herself by taking on the best hiking trails and exploring marine life within Italy’s 4,000-plus miles of coastline! While out on the town, Kelsey will sport a grey and blue embroidered shift dress with navy headband, as well as a navy and emerald faux-leather shoulder handbag and navy flat shoes. No batteries required.
Journey Girl® Kyla from Toys“R”Us®

Kyla is ready to find the best spots rich with art and culture, dressed to explore the Italian art scene in a ‘Ciao!’ printed top with striped sleeves, pink wrap skirt, a black and white clutch and floral and classic pink flats. No batteries required.

 

Journey Girl® Meredith from Toys“R”Us®

Meredith’s athletic charm will help inspire all her friends to partake in awesome quests in Italy, and her sense of style will shine bright, as she dons a blue sparkle t-shirt, white striped circle skirt, pink handbag and trendy pink shoes. No batteries required.

 

Journey Girl® Mikaella from Toys“R”Us®

Mikaella, outfitted in a purple knit sweater with silver embroidery detail, metallic silver brocade pants, black flats and an elegant silver and pink envelope clutch handbag, will lead her friends to the finest cafes and pasticcerias in town. No batteries required. Available now in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com. 

Dana was the most popular doll of the afternoon which is who my daughter picked. Of course she would also love to collect them all. Once inside the kids took their dolls to the accessories station to collect new outfits, shoes, hair clips, etc. there was a photo booth with backdrops of Italy, canolli making table, arts and craft and the lunch and dessert was so delicious. 

Here’s what Toys R Us had to say: 

 Toys“R”Us® announced that it is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its award-winning*, private label Journey Girls® brand with an updated collection of artfully crafted fashions and highly detailed accessories. Beginning this September, customers will find their favorite dolls outfitted in styles perfect for their next Journey Girls adventure, an Italian excursion, in stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com/JourneyGirls. The company designed this quality 18-inch doll line in 2010 as an affordable option – at $39.99 – for doll enthusiasts and collectors of all ages. What began as a collection of four dolls and complementary fashions, has expanded to a selection of seven dolls, hundreds of mix-and-match clothing options and dozens of must-have accessories. In the five years since the brand’s inception, Journey Girls characters have gone on worldwide adventures spanning 20,000 miles around the globe, from London to Paris and now Italy, adding to their individual and collective backstory.

In preparation for the 2015 holiday season, Toys“R”Us is stocking its inventory with new, adorable fashions and accessories that help extend imaginative play. From furniture and pets, to stylish clothing and hair salon sets, all fashions and accessories are quality made, realistically detailed and scaled to fit 18-inch dolls. The brand also offers a wheelchair and crutch accessories set, providing children with disabilities the opportunity to reflect themselves during playtime. To coincide with the launch of the latest dolls, new Journey Girls accessories will debut in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com this September, including a Best in Class School Set, Birthday Celebration Set and Pet Grooming Set.

 The Journey Girls brand is currently available for purchase at all Toys“R”Us stores across the U.S., and select stores in International  markets across the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Spain and the U.K., among many others.

Additionally, to celebrate the gal-pals’ fifth anniversary trip to Italy, the company is encouraging parents and kids to share their Journey Girls experiences with @ToysRUs on Instagram and Twitter, as well as Facebook.com/Toysrus. Fans are invited to post photos of themselves and their dolls traveling the country – or even the globe – as well as engage with one another and Toys“R”Us using #JourneyGirls. For enthusiasts looking for Journey Girls inspiration online, the Toys“R”Us Pinterest page, Pinterest.com/Toysrus, will feature the dolls’ different fashion looks, delicious Italian treat ideas, do-it-yourself arts and crafts and more.

We had a fabulous time and even the boys came and supported Journey Girls. It was a fun day that will always be remembered. My daughter plays with her doll everyday and can’t wait to get her some siblings. Maybe one day we can visit Italy. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. We were invited to this event at Toys R Us and was given a doll. Opinions are 100% mine as always. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Momtrends Back To School Bash Recap 

23 Jul

I still have two kids to go that are still in school so when there’s a Back to School Bash to attend I’m down. I want to see the latest trends in school supplies, clothes and even a few things for myself. Did someone say Lysol? 

I was ready to see what Momtrends Back to School Bash was bringing to the table this year. Well all I have to say is Marvelous Darling!!! Of course it was all about the models. All of the kids did an amazing job showing clothing from Matilda Jane and Stride Rite. This year it was all about the girls. Sorry boys. Love the ruffles and prints that Matilda Jane offer. I’ve always been a fan. Even the book bag has ruffles. We got one in our swag bag. My daughter loves it. Stride Rite took it up a notch and came out with machine washable Made2Play kid shoes line. Say what now? Yes parents, let your kids get dirty. No more worrying because those muddy shoes can go right in the washing machine. Separate from clothes of course. Those are on my back to school list. 

Mabel’s Labels are always a must when school is in session. My daughter and I take pride in labeling everything. Folders, backpacks, clothes, lunchboxes, we do it all. I was glad to stock up on more and there’s a few new labels as well. 

Lysol anyone? Uh, yes!!!! Not only is my apartment stocked with Lysol but I make sure the teachers get a decent supply as well. I’m a germaphobe and if you’re ever around me you know I always pull out some type of sanitizer or wipes. Germs, deleted!! My kids know I don’t play. Don’t touch nothing. Lol. 99.9% viruses and bacteria are killed thanks to Lysol. 

The majority of attendees are parents and sometimes our babysitters cancel at the last minute or we just don’t know who to trust. What about date nights? Shouldn’t  the adults enjoy a few nights out too? Thanks to Date Night now by SitterCity this amazing company will help you find trusted babysitters that were hand picked. How awesome is that? They got you covered. 

Inside the swag bag was Play-Doh. My daughter loves her some Play-Doh. Growing up I loved it too so I see where she gets it from. She can make amazing things. I often find myself playing with her and sometimes without. Lol. It’s so fun. 

WallPops are the hottest wall art around. The most fashionable peel and stick wall decals. My daughter likes to stick her calendar on her desk. I want to decorate my bathroom or kitchen. The patterns and colors are fun. Dry erase maps and calendars and wall word decals are just some of the wall art you can choose from. Have a ball and get to decorating!!

More Sponsors:
Vamousse

ThredUp

Indigo Rooftop

GlamSquad

I had a great time with friends and a big shout out to Momtrends and all the Sponsors. 

For more info check out @Momtrends on Twitter.

Some photos compliments of Momtrends.

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

   
    
 

A Stella & Dot Afternoon In Central Park 

23 Jul

I absolutely love collecting accessories. Growing up I was only into gold jewelry and small handbags. I’d say for the past 20 years I’ve been collecting scarves, handbags, jewelry  of all kinds. Statement necklaces were always hard for me to find because It had to stand out. I never tried bold colors but I notice how great they looked and give your outfit that pop. 

Stella & Dot is an incredible, boutique style jewelry and accessories available exclusively through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists and online. The one of a kind collections are designed by celebrated New York designers and featured in countless television shows and magazines, including Vogue, Elle, People, In Style and Lucky Magazine as well as on the wrists and necklines of today’s hottest celebrities. The Today Show, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have praised Stella & Dot for their innovative social shopping concept which brings together the best of e-commerce, social media, personal service and passionate earning to create the ultimate home based business for today’s modern woman and gives her the means to style her own life! G

At an event I attended is where I found Stella and Dot. Their jewelry was just calling my name. I contacted Associate Director and Stylist Jessica Sigler with Stella and Dot immediately and told her how beautiful the collection is and that I was interested in purchasing this gorgeous statement necklace I saw online. It was love at first sight.

We met for coffee and collaborated over how I can become part of Stella and Dot and host an online trunk show. She is so sweet and she could see how much of a fan I was. Jessica suggested a photo shoot to show my readers a few of my favorite pieces of jewelry, and how to throw in a scarf and handbag all from Stella and Dot. She wanted my readers to see how beautiful the jewelry looks on me. You can dress up your outfit with these gorgeous accessories or dress it down. 

Take a look below at what I wore. What colors do you see in the statement necklace? Did you notice the cuff? What about the earrings? Would you dress up or keep it casual? What’s your style? 
I am hosting an Online Trunk Show of the latest and greatest pieces! Shop the link here: http://www.stelladot.com/ts/hjq86 ! This is the first look of two shoots with some of my favorites, including the gorgeous Palmia Necklace, Nancy Studs in gold and the Becker Cuff. I am also a huge fan of the Signature Engraveable Bar Necklace. 

 All  shoppers will be eligible for Trunk Show Exclusive Offers (certain pieces at 50% off!) as well as be entered to win free jewelry and pieces at 50% off. Happy shopping!

Awesome photography taken by Michelle Mouthapong. Check her out!!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Lucille-Photography/349340278431140?fref=ts
Website: http://www.michellelucille.com

Twitter & Instagram: mlucillephotog

Visit: http://www.michellelucille.com/contact–booking-info.html  If you would like to inquire about booking a shoot/contact her for a Standard rate sheet. 
Michelle will only be local to NYC until the beginning of october so you need to book before then. 

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

   
   

BATMAN THE RIDE BACKWARDS AT SIX FLAGS, GREAT ADVENTURE 

19 Jul

Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ is our favorite amusement park. We were invited to the Press/VIP event July 7th to experience the Batman The Ride Backwards rollercoaster. I’ve always loved the Batman rollercoaster and when I found out it was going backwards I knew I was going to enjoy it even more. Joining us was Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and the Dynamic Duo Batman and Robin. I even got my mother on the ride with me. When I told her I was staying on to go again she said she would sit that one out. Lol. Don’t get me wrong, she loves rollercoasters but wanted to space them out. If my two oldest sons were there they would have went on again with me. It was amazing! No lines, media went on first and I could have rode on it all day. 

After the event ended we stayed at the park and got on more rides. My mother, sister and my two younger kids enjoyed the day. There’s so much to do and it was such a beautiful day. We stuffed our faces with delicious food,  kept cool with drinks and unlimited refills, found shaded areas and covered the whole park. My daughter took pictures with cartoon characters including Batman and Robin. Skull Mountain, Superman, Green Lantern, El Diablo, Great American Road Race and Buccaneer are just a few of our favorites. Can’t forget Bugs Bunny National Park, Bumper Cars, Skyway, Tea Cups, Carousel, and many more kid rides. 

You know I never leave without getting the famous Funnel Cake for everyone. We stayed till a little after 8pm and will be returning again this year. My family can’t stop talking about the fun we had. It’s always a pleasure when we spend the day with Six Flags Great Adventure. 

Six Flags Great Adventure, the world’s largest theme park, unveils a second thrilling roller coaster experience for 2015 as it flips one of its most innovative and adrenaline-charged coasters backwards for a limited time.

BATMAN™: The Ride becomes even more intense as it undergoes a gravity-defying role reversal from July 4th weekend to Labor Day weekend. Guests can dare to take on an all-new experience on the world-famous suspended, looping coaster when its chair lift-style train is flipped 180 degrees on the track.

BATMAN™: The Ride Backwards Fast Facts:

Soar backwards, chair-lift style (beneath the track)

50-mph juggernaut

Five gut-wrenching inversions guests never see coming

2,700 feet of twisted track

Since opening in 1993, BATMAN™: The Ride has given more than 27 million thrilling rides and reigns as one of the most popular roller coasters in the world. 

Video of Batman the Ride Backwards can be found here: https://youtu.be/Cf_S0DIXO3c

Disclosure: My family and I were invited to this Press event. Opinions are 100% mine and my family. 

   
    
    
    
 

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