Moana Review #MoanaArtistTour #Disney #Moana 

23 Nov

I was invited to attend a very special presentation on the making of MOANA with Disney’s Creative Executive Jessica Julius at the Crosby Street Hotel. The presentation featured exclusive clips and behind the scenes information on the film, along with a Q&A session. I enjoyed seeing clips and learning what went on behind the scenes and how they created the characters, songs and dances. The island looked amazing. I also enjoyed seeing how the animals or Moana’s pets played a part in the film. 

Jessica Julius has been involved with “Moana” since day one, supporting the filmmakers’ development efforts. In addition to taking part in story/character/world development, Julius conducted intensive research for the film, utilizing books, online resources, expert consultants, local field trips and targeted island treks.

My family and I was also invited to see a screening of Moana. We loved it so much we saw it twice. I also purchased lots of toys because the film was that good and I just couldn’t resist. The cast was amazing. Very family friendly film and we loved the songs. We give the film 10 thumbs up. I loved how determined and strong Moana is as a young female. Take the whole family and enjoy this Disney film. 
ABOUT THE FILM: Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters today, Nov. 23, 2016.

Disclosure: I was invited to attend Moana Artist Tour and my family and I was invited to attend the Moana Screening. Thank you for the invite. 

#AccuWeatherReady Program & FDNY Want You And Your Family Prepared & Safe #ad #BeReady

23 Nov

Disclosure: AccuWeather sponsored this post. Opinions are mine 100%. 

AccuWeather Partners with FDNY’s Fire Zone to Help Keep NYC Families Safe and Prepared for the Upcoming Winter Season with special presentation for 80+ Bronx 1st Graders. 

The AccuWeather Ready program is a new year-round weather preparedness program that focuses on keeping people safe and informed. All of the AccuWeather Ready information is available on the 24/7 AccuWeather Network, http://www.AccuWeather.com/Ready and the AccuWeather app.

I headed to the FDNY Fire Zone to meet with FDNY Foundation Chairman, Stephen Ruzow, FDNY Foundation Executive Director, Jean O’ Shea, Nerisha Rivero, Fire Zone Director and Lieutenant Mancusto, Fire Safety Spokesperson.

 Also in attendance were the AccuWeather staff: Chief Executive Officer, Barry Lee Myers, Chief Marketing Officer, John Dokes and Meteorologist Laura Velasquez.


With winter quickly approaching, AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, has extended its continued mission to save lives, protect property and help people prosper with its new severe weather preparedness program, AccuWeather Ready, that focuses on keeping consumers safe and informed. 

With a shared goal to help educate and protect people, especially throughout the cold winter season, AccuWeatherhas partnered with the FDNY Foundation to educate local students on how to be ready for winter weather – with preparedness plans and fire safety. 

With the cold weather and holidays approaching some people might not have  enough heat and depend on space heaters, some might want to decorate the house with candles or attempt to fry a turkey indoors. Some of these could be very dangerous and start a fire in your home. If you must buy a heater find one that is approved for indoors and keep things away from it (blankets, shoes, anything can can catch on fire being next to it), Also don’t fry a turkey indoors that’s a No-No, You can now buy flameless candles. Ive heard a lot of people say they left their house and forgot to put the candle out. That could have resulted in a fire if it got knocked down by wind or a pet. Also cooking can cause a fire. I’ve had relatives leave pots on the stove on and walk away. Next minute the pit is smoking and the alarm is going off. I know when I cook I stay near the kitchen unless I’m cooking in a crock-pot where I can walk away. I never leave food cooking unattended. I also do not keep lighters or matches in my house. Those who smoke cigarettes aren’t off the hook either. It has happened where someone fell asleep with a cigarette in their hand and you know what happens next. That’s like going to sleep behind the wheel. If you know you’re tired don’t do it!!! Lives are more important. Make sure your smoke alarms are working. The new smoke alarms lasts for 10 years without having to change a battery. 

AccuWeather presented the FDNY Foundation with a check for $25,000 for all the incredible, courageous  hard work they do. 

BJ’s Wholesale Black Friday Spectacular Deals & $50 Gift Card Giveaway #shoptheclub

19 Nov

Did you know there’s an easy stress free way to shop for Black Friday and get everything you want in one store? Did you also know instead of one day you’re getting over a week of savings? How awesome is that? Want to know who’s giving you all this awesomeness? Well it’s BJ’s Wholesale Club of course. 

I love shopping on Black Friday at stores I know have what I want and where the lines aren’t  wrapped around the block. You know Wholesale clubs like BJ’s will have more than the quantity you need. Why go to a store where the fine print says 3 per store when you know you won’t make it in time to get that item you want? I stick with BJ’s every year and come out a winner. Look at all the great deals below. You can also shop online too. 

• Sharp 50” 1080p LED TV, $249.99. Save $250 with in-club clipless coupon.o My BJ’s Perks Members earn double on TV purchases, including doorbusters.

 
• Swagtron T1 Hoverboard, $299.99. Save $100 with in-club clipless  

• ProScan 39” 720p LED TV, $139.99. Save $110 with in-club clipless coupon.
My BJ’s Perks Members earn double on TV purchases, including doorbusters.

 
Black Friday Savings Event – available in-club and online at BJs.com from Nov. 18 – Nov. 28.
• Samsung 65” 4K UHD Smart LED TV, $899.99. Save $500 with in-club clipless coupon or BJs.com instant savings.

 
• Nutri Ninja Pro with 18 oz. and 24 oz. cups, $49.99. Save $30 with in-club clipless coupon or BJs.com instant savings.

My BJ’s Perks Members earn double on appliance purchases.

 
• Skull Candy Grind Wireless Headphones, $49.99. Save $30 with in-club clipless coupon or BJs.com instant savings.

 
• GoPro HERO4 Essential Camera Bundle, $199.99. Save $50 with in-club clipless coupon or BJs.com instant savings.

 
• Therapedic Comfort Cloud Luxury Queen Mattress Set with Gel Memory Foam, $299.99. Save $400 with in-club coupon.My BJ’s Perks Members earn double on furniture and home furnishings.
 Wholesale Club Holiday Hours:

• Step2 New Traditions Lifestyle Kitchen, $59.99. Save $50 with in-club clipless coupon.

My BJ’s Perks Members earn double on toy purchases, including doorbusters.

BJ’s clubs will open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday with hundreds of exciting offers, exclusive in-club only deals and dozens of doorbusters. Members of the My BJ’s PerksTM Program will get amazing awards through an exclusive holiday event this season. My BJ’s Perks Program Members will have the opportunity to earn double on select purchases made in-club or online at BJs.com during the holiday season

BJ’s will be closed on Thanksgiving Day for the 10th year in a row, enabling Team Members to enjoy the holiday with their families. For the first time ever, BJ’s will extend its club hours the week leading up to Thanksgiving giving Members more time to get everything they need for the holiday.
• Nov. 18 – Nov. 23: Clubs will open at 8 a.m. with normal closing hours.

• Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24: Closed.

• Black Friday, Nov. 25: Clubs will open at 7 a.m. with normal closing hours.

• Dec. 11 – Dec. 24: Visit BJs.com/locations for local club holiday hours.

Visit BJs.com/blackfriday starting Nov. 7 to view all Black Friday Savings Event deals. Customers not currently enrolled in Membership can sign up for a free 90-day trial at the Membership desk to take advantage of the hot deals BJ’s is offering this holiday season.
BJ’s Members can save even more when they shop the club first and fill up their gas tank at a BJ’s Gas® location on the same day. From Nov. 1, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017, Members will receive 5 cents off per gallon when filling their tank at a BJ’s Gas location after shopping at a BJ’s Wholesale Club location.
BJ’s Wholesale Club will continue to offer Members convenient shopping options during the holiday season including in-club shopping, BJs.com and its recently launched Pick Up & Pay service.

MyBJ’s Perks Program Members will have the opportunity to earn double on select purchases made in club or online at BJs.com, including toy purchases. The Double Perks promotion starts on November 18, 2016, earning MyBJ’s Perks Members up to 10 percent back on purchases in select categories including televisions, jewelry & watches, toys and more. BJ’s Perks Plus® and BJ’s Perks Elite® card members will earn double by using their MyBJ’s Perks® Mastercard®. The promotion is valid through November 28, 2016. Visit BJs.com/doubleperks starting on October 10 to learn more. 

Check out BJ’s on Twitter: @BJsWholesale and Instagram: @bjswholesale

*GIVEAWAY*

Who’s ready to shop till you drop? What’s your favorite item? What’s on your list? Comment below and you will be entered to win a BJ’s $50 gift card. 

Mandatory entries: 

*Must be following my blog

*Must be following me on Twitter @nilimonicky

*Must be following me on Instagram @nilimo

*Must be following BJ’s on Twitter 

*Must like my page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FiveLittleWords

*Winner will be announced on social media so leave your handles in comment for Instagram and Twitter and your email. Contest ends November 22nd. Winner announced November 23rd. U.S. residents only. 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am a BJ’s Wholesale Club Ambassador. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

I Toured The Set of Comedy Show #KevinCanWait

28 Oct

What are you doing Monday night at 8pm? Hopefully you’ll be indoors stuffing your face with your kids candy and watching a hilarious episode of Kevin Can Wait on CBS at its new time. 

I was invited to tour the set of Kevin Can Wait and there was also a Q&A with none other Kevin James and Erinn Hayes who plays his wife. Bloggers took a bus and headed to Long Island. Director Andy Fickman welcomed us and asked Kevin and Erinn questions that we wrote down. I asked Kevin and Erinn since the show is about Kevin retiring When so you see yourself retiring and what would be the first thing you would do when you retire? Do they have a bucket list? 

Erinn said she wants a Volkswagen camper van to go cruise around on an adventure. Kevin said he loves what he do and want to do it as long as he can (stand up, movies, comedy). No retiring anytime soon. Then Erinn said she wants t retire between seasons. She also enjoys what she’s doing. 

Andy gave us the behind the scenes scoop on how the cameras capture those moments, showed us the pictures on the wall are of the actual actors, Mets souvenirs ( Kevin said if you’re a Yankee fan you shouldn’t be there) Lol. If there’s a scene in the bathroom that requires running water they have to call in a plumber to start the water and stop it as soon as that scene finishes because it doesn’t really work. Who would have known? Andy also mentioned they love when there’s a pizza scene because the staff can’t wait to eat the pizza. He said the pizza is very good. I also believed he said the audience gets some too. Ok can I just be an extra? I need an agent. I absolutely loved the set and live the show even more. I’ve been a Kevin James fan for a long time. I like his character and the fact that he’s playing a husband and father. The whole cast is funny. 


This is my second time meeting him. I also can’t wait to see his Netflix movie TRUE MEMOIRS OF AN INTERNATIONAL ASSASSIN. 

Here is a clip of the upcoming Halloween episode airing 10/31 8pm on CBS. Check your local listings. Enjoy! 

https://cbs.box.com/s/god1ie7q5iju04p11ap52jukizes94x8

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

POM Wonderful Recipes & Cocktails #CookwithPom #ad 

27 Oct

Pomegranate season is in full effect and POM Wonderful and Momtrends invited me to a hands on cooking experience to make and try delicious recipes made with fresh pomegranate arils and juice. I headed to the Miette Culinary Studio to cook with professional chefs. Looking for new recipes for the holidays? 


Have you ever had Guacamole or Moroccan Shrimp with POM POMS Fresh Arils? What about Whole Wheat Waffles with POM POMS or Roasted Salmon with POM POMS Salsa? How heavenly do they sound? I even had a drink called the Dapper Devil. This drink contained Pomegranate Wonderful 100% juice, Aviation Gin, Club Soda, Fresh Gin and a twist of lime. Great for any party or celebration. 

I even made a smoothie with POM Wonderful juice and it was amazing. Take your favorite fruit and POM Wonderful juice, Ice and I also used tropical coconut water. Blend well then serve. 


The Guacamole station was calling my name and I really wanted to know how Pomegranate would be incorporated into guacamole. It was so easy, tasted great and brightened it up. The recipes are below. Give them a try and discover what POM can do for you. 

Click here for more info: http://www.pomwonderful.com/



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Thank you Momtrends and POM Wonderful for a great night and amazing food/recipes to take home and share with my family and friends. Some pictures courtesy of Momtrends. 

New Pure Leaf Bagged And Loose Long Leaf Teas, Daphne Oz & Tea Experts #PureLeafHomeBrew

21 Oct

In celebration of its new bagged and loose long leaf teas, Pure Leaf invited me to Talk Tea with chef, author and tv co-host Daphne Oz and also tea, wine and culture experts. 

Alex White, Research & Developmemt Manager, Chef and professional tea taster started of the evening talking about his profession as a tea taster and the process of the teas. The process of how teas are picked at their freshest, rolled to preserve their freshness, chopped and dried for the most balanced aromas, then the leaves are blended by tea masters to ensure consistent taste. He also explained the difference between the cold ice teas and the hot. 

Laura Maniec, World’s youngest female Master Sommelier and owner of Corkbuzz Wine Studio spoke to us about the similarities of wine and tea. The same language you use to describe wine you also use to describe tea. The raspberry and peach tea is like Pinot Noir wine. 

My family and I have always been a fan of Pure Leaf Iced Teas and now I get the pleasure of drinking a hot cup of tea when I want. I always make time for me so this will definitely be a treat to try something new with all the amazing flavors. 

Pure Leaf bagged teas are offered in seven varieties which include, Black Tea with Vanilla, Chai Tea, Green Tea with Mint, Iced Classic Black Tea, Iced Black Tea with Peach, Iced Black Tea with Raspberry and Iced Green Tea with Citrus. These come in 16-count jars. 

Pure Leaf loose teas are offered in three varieties-English Breakfast Black Tea and Iced Black Classic Tea available in 4.7-oz. jars and Gunpowder Green Tea available in 5.8 -oz. jars. 

Available on Amazon.com and in grocery, mass market retailers and select club stores nationwide.

I tried a variety of samples at the event and enjoyed them. I am a big Chai Tea fan so that was one of my favorites. 

Lisa Boalt Richardson, Certified Tea Specialist and author of “Modern Tea: A Fresh Look At An Ancient Beverage” and “Tea With A Twist: Entertaining and Cooking With Tea” took us on a journey around the world to India, Kenya, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. 

Did you know that Chai means Tea? So when you ask for a Chai tea you’re just saying ” Can I have a tea, tea?” I found that interesting and funny. In Kenya you will be served tea all day long so you have to politely say that’s enough if you don’t want anymore. Also, in Kenya the bigger the cup the better. If they serve you in a big cup you’re considered a guest. Indonesia has 17,000 islands. It would take me forever to visit all of them. Sri Lanka is located off the southeastern coast of India. A former British colony, Sri Lanka was called Ceylon before it became a republic and took on a new name in 1972. For almost one hundred years before that Sri Lanka produced the commodity it’s best known for today – a black tea that’s still referred to as Ceylon. A boy or young man who serves tea in India is called Chaiwala or Chai Wallah. They are everywhere in India, from busy urban street corners to hidden alleyways, at bus depots and railway platforms and walking through the train cars, along riversides and on footpaths when you need a fresh cup of tea, the chai wallah is always near.

Daphne Oz talked about how she loves her “Me Time” with a hot cup of tea. There’s something about tea that just relaxes you and the aromas just make the experience that more calming. Daphne also talked about her two children, spending time with her family members, cooking for the holidays and how you can cook delicious but easy, fast dishes so you can also spend time with your family. She also talked about staples to keep in your kitchen, seasonings, and how to prepare the juiciest Turkey for Thanksgiving using a cheesecloth, fresh herbs and butter. Yes I will attempt that this year.  Her recipes in her cookbook I will definitely be taking advantage of because I love cooking and trying new things. Daphne brought her Blueberey Tea Cake to the event and you talking about the moistest cake ever. I wanted to take it all with me. It was very good. Copies of her new cookbook “The Happy Cook” was in our gift bag along with Pure Leaf Teas and other goodies. 

I learned so much about the process of teas and listening to the experts. I really enjoyed myself and taking a journey. It was as if I went on a vacation and came back an expert in teas myself . 

Here is the recipe of Daphne’s Blueberry Tea Cake: 

Blueberry Tea Cake

Pairs with Pure Leaf Black Tea with Vanilla

Makes one 9-inch square cake
2 sticks (8 ounces) plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature

21/2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup packed light brown sugar

Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

 

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch square cake pan with 1/2 tablespoon of the butter, lay down two sheets of parchment paper perpendicular to each other, leaving overhang to use as tabs to lift the cake out when it is cooked, and grease again with another 1/2 tablespoon butter.

 

To make the streusel, in a medium bowl, whisk together 11/4 cups of the flour, 1/3 cup of the brown sugar, and a pinch of salt. Melt 6 tablespoons of the butter in the microwave. Drizzle in the melted butter and use a fork to stir the mixture together until large streusel-like crumbs form. Set the streusel aside.

 

To make the batter, in a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 11/4 cups of the flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

 

In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and lemon juice. Set aside.

 

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the granulated sugar and the remaining 1/3 cup brown sugar and 10 tablespoons butter and cream on low speed until the mixture is combined. Increase the speed to medium-high and cream until the butter is airy, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium and add the eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed between each addition. Add the vanilla and beat to combine.

Reduce the speed to medium-low and add half the reserved flour mixture, then the sour cream mixture, then the rest of the flour mixture, mixing until combined and scraping down the bowl as needed. Remove the bowl from the stand and fold in the blueberries

 

Scrape the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top evenly with the streusel and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out with just a crumb or two attached. The top will be a rich golden brown under the streusel, and the cake will give springy resistance to pressure.

 

Use the parchment paper to remove the cake from the pan, then discard and cool the cake completely on a wire rack. Cut into squares and serve, or cover with a dome or plastic wrap for up to 3 days (though there’s no chance it lasts that long in your kitchen).

 

Tip: This batter works very nicely in a muffin tin, a loaf pan, or practically any baking dish. The cook time will vary depending on whether you use a dark coated pan, cast iron, or glass dish, so just keep an eye out for the golden brown top and springy texture to make sure you don’t overcook.
 From THE HAPPY COOK by Daphne Oz. Copyright © 2016 by Daphne Oz. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. I was invited to this event . Swag was given. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Six Flags Great Adventure Thrills By Day, Fright By Night 

17 Oct

Fright Fest is still happening on the weekends at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson NJ. Every year I say I’m going to go but I chicken out. This year Six Flags invited bloggers to their Fright Fest blogger event. From 11-6 the kids enjoyed thrills by day. New Halloween harmonies by the Skeletones, Just My Rottin Luck, Trick or Treat Trail and Spooktacular Dance Party. My kids were so into the rides we didn’t get to see any of this. We went all over the park just enjoying the rides and food. 


I kept saying I was going to leave before 6pm when Fright Fest starts but I ran into my blogger friends and decided to stay past 6 pm. I’m glad I did. Yes the zombies came out and yes me and my kids were running from them like crazy but it isn’t as bad as it seems unless you go inside the haunted houses. There are also scare free kid zones where you don’t have to worry about zombies. We survived our first ever Fright Fest and I’m glad my kids and friends were there with me to keep me calm. 


There’s a New Cell Block 6 haunted maze, Blood Shed, Big Top Terror, The Manor, The Awakening and Dead Man’s Party: Graveyard Rock both offering new scares in a new location. 

Here’s a full description:

JACKSON, NJ — The world’s first fully interactive, horror-themed virtual reality coaster gaming experience, a new haunted prison maze and four new, devilishly entertaining shows including the world-famous Lizardman headline the biggest and scariest Fright Fest® season in history at Six Flags Great Adventure. Weekends and select days September 16 through October 31, families can enjoy all of their favorite roller coasters and thrill rides plus family-friendly themed attractions with Thrills by Day and terrifying mazes, scare zones and shows during Fright By Night. 

 

Daytime thrills are devoted to families. Guests can start their visit by dancing to Halloween hits at the Spooktacular Street Party, or catch the Just My Rottin’ Luck magic show staring Raoul the Duke of Deception beginning Sept. 25. New this year, Six Flags introduces “The Skeletones” a ghostly and charming acapella group performing bad-to-the-bone harmonies at the Wilderness Theater. Children under 12 can journey down the Trick-or-Treat Trail while meeting their favorite characters.

 

Beginning at 6 p.m., things take a drastic turn with the Fright By Night festivities. Swarms of decaying zombies, crooked clowns, freaks of nature and monsters of the night emerge in The Awakening parade, and then Dr. Fright unleashes these horrors into the streets. As the night creeps on, guests can enjoy one of three new “Monstertainment” shows, a new haunted maze, and fresh takes on park classics.

 

New and improved this season:

· New! Rage of the Gargoyles virtual reality (VR) coaster – Riders will use Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus headsets to battle demonic creatures in the world’s first interactive gaming VR experience on a coaster, Skull Mountain. Exclusively for Season Pass holders, active Members, haunted maze pass purchasers and owners of the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy Note7. Must be at least 13 years old to wear Samsung Gear VR. Must be at least 44” tall to ride with an adult or 48” to ride alone.

· New! Bilkum, Burnham & Haugh’s Side Show Spectacular – World-famous Lizardman, Murrugun the Mystic and the beautiful sorceress Catalina Askew headline this jaw-dropping and heart-pounding freak show.

· New! The Donniker Bros. Worlds of Mirth – Dark and devilish clowns urge guests to step right up to this uproarious new performance packed with unseemly humor and ample shenanigans.

· New! Slash – Gallows humor meets unsettling, gory, hard rock violence as illusionists John Bundy and Morgan blur the line between reality and horror, premiering in Showcase Theatre. Suitable for mature audiences only.

· New! Cell Block 6 Haunted Maze – A prison on lockdown is overrun with strange and scary inmates desperate to break free. Guests wind their way through twisting corridors trying to escape before it’s too late. Extra fee to participate.

· Dead Man’s Party: Graveyard Rock – Dr. Fright and his friends take over a graveyard for Fright Fest’s signature song and dance production featuring many new Halloween hits and dazzling special effects with the help of celebrity choreographer Ashle Dawson. New location in the Movietown Arena.

 Six free scares, eight Monstertainment shows, the new Rage of the Gargoyles virtual reality coaster and the park’s world-class thrill ride collection are included with park admission, Season Pass and active Membership. Seven haunted mazes require an additional fee. Fright by Night is not recommended for children under 12 and those who scare easily. 

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Disclosure: My family and I were invited to attend Six Flags blogger day as media. Some info given. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

@BJsWholesale Tackling Your Tailgating Party This Football Season #shoptheclub #ad

12 Oct

Football season is in effect and whether you’re a fan or not somebody you know is and there’s a tailgating party going on somewhere. I love football and love what comes along with it. I am a foodie and what better way to root for your team then to have your favorite foods, beverages and desserts. Of course we can’t forget our team colors and favorite jerseys. Whose your favorite team?

Tailgating for me is friends, family, great food and cheering. Whether indoors or outdoors I go all out when it comes to cooking for any type of party or celebration. I make sure to head to my local BJ’s Warehouse Club for all the food I need. Buying in bulk is a must. I save so much money and time doing all my shopping in one store which has everything I need. Take a look below my shopping cart is full to capacity. 

I created a recipe for Beer Brats Turkey Chili Dogs that can be cooked in your slow cooker. 

What you’ll need:

*1 large slow cooker

*Johnsonville Brats ( I used beef and beer brats)

*3-4 cans (12 ounces) beer ( I used 1 (24 ounce) can

*1 medium yellow or white onion, sliced into rings ( I used lots of onions & a red onion as well)

*1 large green pepper

*1 large red pepper

*2 (15 oz.) cans turkey chili with beans

*Jalapeños to top

*Mustard

*Potato rolls

What to do:

*Pour in the beer, add butter, peppers, onions and turn slow cooker on high

*Heat a grill pan or heavy skillet to medium high and grill or sear the brats on all sides until fully cooked when internal temperature reaches 160F.

*Add your Johnsonville Brats to the slow cooker and heat till brats are cooked about 2 hours.

*Reduce heat to low to keep the brats hot throughout the game.

*Heat chili as instructed on can

*Open a potato roll, add brats and onion mixture then top with chili, jalapeños and mustard.

*Enjoy!!


I also make burgers, appetizers, salad, wings, ribs and buy the delicious cakes already made form BJ’s. You can have your team logo decorated on the cake. You can’t forget the beers and water. 

Below I made a recipe with Wellsley Farms Shrimp found at BJ’s. I added a stir fry mix to it that has corn, peppers, onions, and broccoli and served over mini tater tots. Served with mini size Martinelli Sparkling Apple Cider. These are great for the kids and adults. 


Are you a Planner or a Moocher? 

BJ’s Wholesale Club Kicks off Football Season with
Insights on America’s Tailgating Habits

Survey shows Buffalo wings rule, and a team’s loss can affect tailgaters for the whole week  

Westborough, MA (September 7, 2016) – Break out the face paint, a funny wig or team jersey,
football season is here and that means it’s time to tailgate. New research from BJ’s Wholesale
Club tackles the question of America’s tailgating habits, showing that for almost half of Americans (45%) tailgating is more important than the game. And 60% of us are diehard
tailgaters, showing up for the pre-game party rain, sleet, snow or shine.  

According to an online survey conducted by BJ’s Wholesale Club of 1,001 tailgaters on the East
Coast, when it comes to sandwiches, burgers (49%) are the clear winner among pre-game
partiers, followed by pulled pork (24%) and hotdogs (21%). And according to the research, the most important item for a tailgate is the cooler and ice (71%), followed by the grill (57%). The most forgotten items are bug spray (15%), with sunscreen 11% and trash bags 10% a close second and third.  

Football fans might be even more passionate about their tailgates than their teams said Bari
Harlem, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Membership at BJ’s Wholesale Club. ͞For our
Members, tailgate parties are a family tradition. BJ’s Wholesale Club offers great value on everything fans need for the perfect tailgate party, whether you’re a Patriots fan craving wings
or a Gators fan grilling a pre-game burger.

But for some tailgating comes with a downside. About forty-percent of fans say a loss by a
favorite team affects them all week but there’s always another tailgate to look forward to.  

Key survey findings reveal:

Planner or a moocher?  

*Half of tailgaters say they are planners. Two in five prefer to wing it, putting things together at the last minute. While one in ten are moochers, just waiting to enjoy what the planners bring.  

*Almost half of tailgaters say they would have no problem tailgating and not attending a
game.

*Three to four hours before is when over three in five tailgaters start. 

Most popular foods

 Overall, appetizers and wings are the favorite foods.
 For over half of tailgaters (56%), it’s got to be Buffalo-style wings followed by barbeque
at 44%. 

 Beer is the beverage of choice for 73% of tailgaters and almost half say they also need
soft drinks/soda (49%) and water (48%).

Tailgating Type:

* Thirty-seven percent of tailgaters say they are diehard fans because when their team
loses, they feel lost all week.

* Three in five (60%) tailgaters throw the football around while over half (53%) prefer to
play cornhole.

* One-third (34%) find professional football games more fun for tailgating, one-third
(33%) say college games are more fun, and one-third (34%) say both are equally as fun!

And finally, when it comes to showing spirit, most tailgaters go with a team jersey (82%), while
13% choose face paint and 5% pick body paint. Only 2% opt to wear a team wig.

In collaboration with Regina Corso Consulting, BJ’s Wholesale Club surveyed more than 1,000
tailgaters in its 15-state footprint. Participants were adults, 18 and older, with male
respondents making up 58% and 42% female. Surveyors live primarily in suburban settings and
have achieved a college degree. This survey was conducted between August 2 and 9, 2016.

With their wide selection of festive, fresh and fine-quality foods, BJ’s makes it convenient
to order deli platters, cookie assortments and custom-order cakes made exactly to your
specifications. 

Browse through BJ’s Party Planning brochure, then fill out an order form in-Club — or
download one at home from https://www.bjs.com/deli- bakery.content.services_deli_bakery.A.services — then, simply drop it into the kiosk at  your local club. Your order can be ready for pick-up in as little as 24 hours!  

For more info on BJ’s visit: http://www.BJs.com and for exclusive content find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Remember you can join the club with a Free 90 Day Membership running through December 31.

Disclosure: This post is compensated. I am a BJ’s Wholesale Club Ambassador. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Back To School Sandwiches With @BJsWholesale #shoptheclub #ad

12 Oct

National Sandwich Month is coming to an end but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy sandwiches whenever we want. 

Back To School is approaching very fast and my kids know what type of lunches they want to take to school. When it comes to sandwiches they are only picky about the types of meat they eat.  

A morning breakfast sandwich could be bacon, egg and cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich but a deli sandwich has to be honey glazed or regular turkey. 

Since I’ll be preparing lunches for two kids I’m depending on BJ’s Wholesale to give me the great selection and meats, cheeses, breads, produce and condiments I need. 

My daughter who’s going to 4th grade will probably be the one who will use cookie cutters and make cute faces for her food. (As she did below) My son who is going to 8th grade just wants a meal. He’s not into all the cute lunches. 


I love pre-sliced cheeses. No cutting or slicing just take out of package, put on bread and that’s it. Wellsley  Farms has a variety of cheeses to choose from. Pepper Jack, Provolone, Sharp Cheddar and Muenster are on the top of our list.  


Bread for my kids school lunches have to be on rolls. Even though the kids love Wellsley Farms whole wheat bread and Sara Lee Artesano Bread they prefer rolls at school. My daughter switches up sometimes. BJ’s has a great selection of fresh bakery bread from rolls to whole wheat and even challah when I want to make French Toast for breakfast.

(Turkey and Pepper Jack Cheese on a roll)


Deli meat is Turkey like I mentioned earlier. You can purchased from the deli department by the pound or packaged deli meats. I love Wellsley Farms brand and I think I’m going back to Chicken Breast which is also good. I’ll still but Turkey but I want to eat chicken again. I also want to try buffalo chicken as well. I love spicy food. My kids also love spicy. 

So for back to school cold sandwiches hold better for my kids and when they get home they enjoy grilled cheese or panini sandwiches. No matter what type BJ’s has it all. Here are my grilled cheese and panini versions I made before. Grilled cheese doesn’t have to be just cheese I made a turkey, cheese, peppers and onions. The kids also loved the panini grilled cheese and the triple decker grilled cheese. 


Here’s a great recipe from BJ’s for a grilled Cuban panini sandwich: http://journal.bjs.com/recipes/grilled-cuban-panini

Keep reading on how to get your free 90-day membership. 

Americans love to shop membership warehouse clubs. In fact, nearly 125 million Americans shop at the largest warehouse shopping clubs. Members at BJ’s Wholesale Club — one of the leading clubs — save 25% off grocery store prices* every day and find twice as many items as other warehouse clubs, including groceries, electronics, home goods and more. 

 

For consumers who want to experience what they’ve been missing, BJ’s is offering a Free 90-Day Membership (today through December 31st).

 

In addition to unmatched value on one-stop-shopping, a BJ’s membership comes with big benefits, including:

 

Valuable Coupons – BJ’s accepts more coupons than any other warehouse clubs.

Fresh Choices – Shop a delicious variety of fresh produce, meats and bakery items includes everything needed for weekly shopping.

Custom-Cut Meats – BJ’s butchers are standing by to recut and repackage any selection at no charge.

Exclusive Club Brands – Save on our high-quality Wellsley Farms® and Berkley Jensen® brands.

Easy Party Planning – Wow guests with fresh deli platters, custom cakes and cookie trays.

More Ways to Pay – Get rewarded with My BJ’s Perks ™ Program or use any other form of payment including EBT.

Order Online and Pick Up in Club – Save time with BJ’s Pick Up & Pay. Enjoy the convenience of shopping online and immediacy of in-Club pick up.

Gas Savings – Our gas prices are consistently rated as the best around. Find great low prices on fuel every day at 130 locations.

 

BJ’s Free 90-Day Trial Membership offers savings during the biggest budget-busting seasons of the year, protecting shoppers from such wallet whoppers as:

Back-to-School Shopping

Halloween Costumes and Treats

Thanksgiving Festivities

Holiday Shopping and Entertaining

 

Shoppers can print the Free 90-Day Membership coupon at http://www.BJs.com/savings and visit their local BJ’s club to activate their trial.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored. I am a BJ’s Wholesale Club Ambassador. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

 

Holiday Of Play Top Picks For Tweens and Teens #weknowplay

10 Oct

Toy Insider Holiday Of Play had me very excited to see what toys for my tweens and teens will make it in our house this year. I don’t have little ones anymore so it’s all about Tech, Stem, Games, Drones, and my daughter still loves her dolls and dollhouses, Shopkins and all girly things in between. I love playing al types of games with my kids from video games, board games, puzzles and outdoor activities. I also play girly toys with my daughter as well. This time around I’m focusing on ages 9 and up. 


One outdoor activity game we love are Nerf Toys. We can’t wait to try out the Nerf Rebelle Flipside Bow. This bow has two five-dart drums that flip around to blast 10 darts. Kids can pull the string back and release it to send each dart flying up to 80 feet.


Another outdoor game we will take with us as we are huge Nintendo and Mario fans is the Nintendo MarioKart 8 QuadCopter Drone. Kids can fly Mario’s R/C quadrocopter with anti-gravity mode. Features a six-axle gyro system for flight stability, a protective cage for the rotors, and 2.4 GHz technology for up to seven minutes of flight. It has beginner and advanced modes, and a rechargeable battery.


My kids will also love the Nerf Mastodon Blaster. The first-ever motorized Nerf blaster is ready for battle with rapid-fire speed and a 24-dart drum. Its massive size and shoulder strap make for epic battles and easy maneuverability.


Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition just made me wanna battle my kids and show them how I used to do it. This new nostalgia-fueled gaming system is a near identical, mini replica of Nintendo’s original home console and syncs directly to a TV. It comes with 30 NES games built-in, including Super Mario Brothers and Pac-Man.


Yes my kids still play Minecraft games so this Lego Minecraft Jungle Tree House will be fun to build and keep them busy for a while. Kids can build an awesome tree house using more than 700 pieces, then defend it from intruders. The set includes a trap door to lure in Creeper, plus a tamed Ocelot and Alex figure.


Why spend money in the salon when I could give my daughter a pedicure at home with the Shimmer ‘N Sparkle Real Super Spa Salon. This spa provides the ultimate pedicure experience when kids add water and scented spa fizz. It features a cascading waterfall, sparkling lights, and bubbling water, leaving kids feeling pampered and relaxed.


I was also amazed with the Bose Build Speaker Cube- A Build-it-yourself Bluetooth Speaker for Kids. My kids enjoy taking things apart and putting things together. 


I also want Snuggles My Dream Puppy from Moose Toys. This puppy looks so real and we just want to snuggle with him. Best thing about it I don’t have to clean up behind it or walk it. My kids want a puppy. Here it is. 


These are just some of the games and toys that were featured at the Hokiday Of Play event. To learn more about all the toys please click here: http://www.thetoyinsider.com/2016-holiday-gift-guide/


Disclosure: I was invited to attend Holiday Of Play. Thank you for the invite from The Toy Insider and the fun time. Opinions are mine 100%.