Disney Junior At The Movies: Mickey and the Roadster Racers And Ticket Screening Giveaway

11 Jan

Mickey’s BIG Celebration: Mickey And The Roadster RacersDate: Saturday, January 14, 2017

Time: 10:00AM

Run Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


In this all-new series, Mickey and the gang now run a super-cool garage where they take care of their brand-new, transforming roadsters, as they get ready for races around Hot Dog Hills and around the world! 

When they’re not on the road with Mickey competing for trophies, Minnie and Daisy run their own business, “The Happy Helpers”, solving problems for anyone needing a helping hand. Minnie’s skills know no limits and her style will still be as fashionable as ever.


 “Disney Junior at the Movies – Mickey’s BIG Celebration” is almost here! Come celebrate Mickey’s Birthday and be the FIRST to see Mickey’s all new series Mickey and the Roadster Racers on the BIG screen. You can sing and dance along with all your Disney Junior favorites, so grab the wheel and join the fun!

Be sure to check out Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Daisy and your favorite Disney Junior pals as Fathom Events and Disney Junior present a special sneak peek of Mickey and the Roadster Racers in select movie theatres nationwide at this hot diggity racer-rific one-day event on Saturday, January 14th!

Attendees will also receive a $5 offer to the Disney Stores and a free e-book download, as well as other giveaways.

*GIVEAWAY*
Enter to win 2 tickets to the show in the link here: https://goo.gl/forms/KOhr52ikR70HyAMe2 

Where it says how did you hear about this event mention Five Little Words. 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Five Little Words is not responsible for ticket giveaway. Winner will be emailed. 

CARNIVAL VISTA 11-DAY CRUISE WITH MY 20 YR OLD SON. SHARING MY 20 MONEY SAVING TIPS. #hellovista #carnivalvista

31 Dec

So if you follow me on social media you’ve seen me posting pics about going on an 11-day cruise to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Antigua, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas on Carnival’s new ship The Vista with my 20 year old son. I’ve been on a Norwegian 7-day cruise with my kids but this really felt like a vacation. 

I want to share with you my money saving tips so when you’re ready to take a cruise you will still have money left when you return. 

TIP NUMBER 1:

I am so grateful that cruises leave from New York which saves me so much money on airfare. If you live in New York take advantage of the cruises and you’ll see just how much extra money you will have. I only spent $20 to take a cab from my apartment to the port.


TIP NUMBER 2:

You do not want to be disappointed or embarrassed when you check in and they tell you birth certificates are not allowed to travel. Have a passport or get what my son and I have: An enhanced license (permit, or non-driver ID) is a New York State DMV issued document that you can use instead of a passport to return to the US by land or sea from Canada, Mexico and some countries in the Caribbean. 

TIP NUMBER 3:

The first picture that the cruise member takes before you board the ship is the best picture. Even if you think you don’t want it let them take it, then look at it on your he app andi guarantee you will want it. I also allowed cruise members to take one picture of us at each destination. I don’t care what kind of camera you have their pictures always come out perfect. I also took home one in black and white which I didn’t know they could do. They are not expensive at all. 

TIP NUMBER 4:

Eat, eat and eat. It’s all included. Why would you not want to eat? Food is available all day. Some of the restaurants charge you to eat but you don’t have to eat there if you don’t want to. Also there were times when we didn’t want to get up early to go eat so I would order free room service for basic stuff like croissants, bagels, muffins, coffee, tea, fruit, cereal, etc.. After that if we wanted the hot breakfast we had till 11am to get it. So take advantage of free room service for breakfast only. On port days it would take longer so my advice get up and go eat before leaving the ship. Also don’t forget to tip for room service!!


TIP NUMBER 5:

Excursion: a going out or forth : expedition, a usually brief pleasure trip, a trip at special reduced rates. 

For some people these excursions are planned in advance and can cost quite a bit depending how many people you are traveling with and what exactly it is you want to do. There’s lots of things to do from snorkeling, horseback riding, party boats, beaches with access to spas, scuba diving, and shopping trips. You name it they’ve got it. There was one port we couldn’t stop at because of flooding so refunds were given. 

For others they just want to stay on the boat no matter what. Then you have some who want to hop on a free trolley like we did and do your own sightseeing and shop and just be a tourist with the people you’re traveling with. All the money I could have spent on an excursion we used to shop and unless we wanted to try the local cuisine we were nearby the ship where we could go back on have lunch, drop off our bags and head back out again or stay on the boat and enjoy the pool and other rides while the ship was empty. Remember there are things going on in the ship for those that don’t want to leave. At certain ports there are roundtrip boats that take you to the beach for $7 per person and you could also do shopping there as well. 


TIP NUMBER 6:

Never leave the ship without your coupons. 

I had so many coupons to take with me during our port stops that I collected so much free jewelry and gifts I didn’t have to spend a penny. Even on the cruise there are events where you can win raffles for jewelry, pairings and even a free cruise. Make sure you always check your mail, redeem your coupons and attend the seminars to get even more coupon books and freebies. Some of the coupons can even be used when you come back so don’t throw them away. It was great to walk into a retailer and get a free gift without having to purchase anything even though they will try to get you to look at the expensive jewelry. It’s still cheaper to purchase souvenirs off the ship if you’re taking gifts home. Coupons are also good on the ship too. 

TIP NUMBER 7:

Your room key (sail and sign card) is your identification card on and off the ship, your money card and your card to turn on your lights in your room so don’t lose it. I purchased a sparkly necklace or neck rope to attach it to. If you don’t want to spend any money download the ship’s app which you’re gonna need anyway and show it to the shops and they will give you a free necklace to attach your room key to. The first day you board you can link a credit or debit card to your room card and it can be split between you and your family or you can have control of all the purchases. A minimum of $200 is what you should start with. I had mine linked with my son so he could make his own purchases. 

Drinks can be purchased at the bars, games can be played, snacks from other shops, etc.. I didn’t purchase a soda plan in advance because we don’t drink soda and it was too expensive. There is free coffee, tea, juices, cold lemonade, iced tea and water so we were fine. You must be 21 to drink alcoholic beverages . There is also a liquor package which I didn’t purchase. It was cheaper to buy a drink here and there. 

Here’s another great TIP. When you order room service ask for a pitcher of water then keep that pitcher for your entire trip and keep refilling with water to keep at the table or bring back to the room so you don’t have to make double trips carrying cups of water. Make sure you keep the pitcher in the fridge so housekeeping doesn’t take it. We stayed hydrated for 11-days. Also guests used sports bottles. 


TIP NUMBER 8:

Some people pay for tips and gratuity during  the booking of their trip. You don’t have to. You can do it 2 days before the trip ends. You can let the cruise add it on to your bill which they will do anyway. If you feel you need to dispute the price let them know in person and they will remove it and you can ask for envelopes and leave what you feel is right for each employee like housekeeping, bartenders, room service, etc.. I feel like I made personal connections with everyone so I handed enevelopes to individuals. 

TIP NUMBER 9:

If you see the prices of the spa on the cruise you might want to think again. I’m not saying don’t do it just me personally I got a better deal by bringing my own facial treatments with me. I spent less than $5 at Target and had the best peel off facials ever! I got to relax in my Carnival robe and meditate or watch tv, listen to music or just take in the ocean and didn’t have to spend hundreds of dollars. Now if you want a massage or botox or something else then I suggest you hit the spa. The hot tub is free too. 



TIP NUMBER 10:

Be sure the person you take is someone you will get along with. Believe it or not there were people arguing on vacation. 

My 20 year old son was the perfect choice. I love all my kids and it was hard to not have all of them there but I knew my son really needed this as much as I did. He’s a hard working young man and I couldn’t have asked for a better roommate. He doesn’t ask for much and he’s just the sweetest, funniest, polite, mellow person. Everyone complimented him on his manners and how he was the best dressed person they ever saw. They also asked him about how he does his hair. He really enjoyed himself and took great pictures, got on a ride with me on board and took advantage of rest and relaxation. We laughed, shopped, explored, ate our bellies full and just enjoyed every moment. He enjoyed Guy’s Burgers the most. I treated him to milkshakes, candy and video games and we also enjoyed a comedy show on board. We liked the fancy dining rooms as well. THANK YOU FOR BEING THE SON THAT YOU ARE AND HANGING WITH YOUR MOM! 


TIP NUMBER 11:

To dress or not to dress that is the question. 

There are evenings when you can choose to dress up and dine or have dinner with the Captain or just wear casual clothes and eat casually. Some people really dressed up with sparkly evening gowns, tuxedos, high heels, etc.. I knew I didn’t want to dress up so I just came with regular sundresses and opted for casual dining. There were also themed nights like where you wear all white, or 90’s party, etc.. Those were fun. You can get the scoop of that online ahead of time so you know what to pack. 

TIP NUMBER 12:

Our room was great. We had two twin beds, two bathrooms and lots of storage space, a couch and tables and tv. We also had a window view of the ocean. Didn’t need a balcony and the bottom level we were on we didn’t feel the motion of the ocean as much as other people. We were on Deck 1 , Starboard 1417 AFT-S. 

TIP NUMBER 13:

I do not like checking my luggage. I don’t like the fact that my luggage sits in front of my door while I’m not in my room. There were luggage missing from rooms days later that were never found that had wallets, medicine or electronics in. I rather we take our own luggage to our room. Nothing missing, nothing to worry about. If it’s not a hassle take your luggage yourself and don’t have your wallet, medicine, purse or electronics in it. Keep that in your carry-on.


TIP NUMBER 14:

Carry a small umbrella whether you think you need it or not. It felt like 100 degrees and I was so thankful I had that extra protection  from the sun along with my sunscreen, hats and shades. We also got some rain at a few ports. Umbrellas are your friend. Never leave home without it. 


TIP NUMBER 15:

Don’t forget your portable chargers. As a blogger I never leave home without it. You don’t want to miss that great shot or miss talking to loved ones when you dock because you didn’t fully charge your phone. 

Depending where you go on your cruise you might not  get Wifi when you dock so don’t get mad unless you’re willing to pay for it or sit somewhere where there’s free Wifi which is at a restaurant. 

On board the ship Wifi plans vary. There’spackages to choose from like social media packages or internetand email packages, etc.. When using Carnival’s app on board you will not be charged. It’s free. This app really comes in handy when you want to know what’s going on daily on board and to order your pictures, etc. We were too busy enjoying ourselves to worry about using our phones so when we did get a signal then that was a good time to speak to family and send pictures. 

TIP NUMBER 16:

Magnets, coffee mugs and postcards make great souvenirs. Inexpensive and you can find them anywhere. Also don’t forget the clothing factories like Polo Ralph Lauren which was my favorite. Amazing deals. 

TIP NUMBER 17:

There’s so much to do on board you will always be busy unless you just want to relax. There’s drive in movies, bingo, casino, comedy, seminars, spa, exercise classes, gym, pools, saunas, rides, water slides, dancing, karaoke, scavenger hunts and that’s just some of the things you can do. 


TIP NUMBER 19:

Double check before leaving for your cruise to make sure you have everything and double check before leaving the ship as well. You’d be surprised how many things get left behind. 

TIP NUMBER 20:

Always listen for announcements from the cruise director or Captain. The television also have announcements so pay attention and you can follow the map on the tv to see where your next destination is. 


HAVE FUN ON YOUR NEXT VACATION!! WE CANT WAIT FOR OUR NEXT CRUUSE!!! 

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 







Baking With @FreeRangeNellies Eggs 

26 Dec

My family and I enjoy eating scrambled eggs, egg omelets, baking and using eggs in different recipes. What eggs are you using in your recipes? Do you use organic, cage free, or hormone free?

Ive been using Nellie’s Free Range Eggs and love the taste and what goes into how they care for their hens.


Nellie’s Free Range Eggs believe happy hens lay better eggs and Certified Humane Free Range means letting our hens be…hens. All our hens live on real, small family farms, not industrial scale factories calling themselves farms. Free Range means there are no cages or enclosures, anywhere inside the barn. “Cage Free” cannot make the same claim. Our girls roam free and can head out to our spacious pastures anytime the weather is agreeable to engage in all their natural behaviors like roosting, dust bathing, scratching, and being social with one another.

 

Nellie’s contains no hormones and no antibiotics, and you and your readers can rest assured that you’re buying wholesome, humane eggs at a reasonable price. All of our farmers follow the strictest standards of humane animal treatment, safety, and environmental sustainability.

I decided to make chocolate chip cookies with the kids. We got our whisk out, animal cookie cutters and of course Nellie’s Free Range Eggs and got baking. The cookies were amazing and you can follow any chocolate cookie recipe and make sure to use Nellie’s Free Range Eggs. 

 

For more info visit http://www.nelliesfreerange.com, watch our recent Free Range Kids video or follow @FreeRangeNellie on Facebook or Twitter.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and swag was given to create my cookies. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Volunteering with @Nissan @NYCommonPantry, Nissan Rogue, @RogueOneMovie #NissanRogueOne

23 Dec

I was excited that I was invited to help out Nissan and volunteer at my local food pantry “Common Pantry” New York’s largest-community based food pantry providing social services to communities throughout NYC. They are located at 8 East 109th St. 


Low income families can sign up to receive groceries such as fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, fresh bread, cereal, boxed items, milk, eggs, etc once a week. Common Pantry also serves meals to the homeless. 

A few volunteers took grocery orders from families on an iPad then orders came upstairs to where I was volunteering and I packed up the food in bags and handed it to them. I enjoyed packing bags and giving extra treats like a cupcakes, water and sandwiches. The community really appreciate this. For some this is all they have and I love helping people out. 

Even for Thanksgiving if you are signed up Common Pantry gives frozen turkeys and all the sides. The line goes around the  corner. When you live in a community where fresh fruits and vegetables are either expensive or nowhere to be found Common Pantry makes sure to take care of you. 

There are even working families who rely on Common Pantry for either the groceries or hot meals because they just aren’t making enough to feed their family. You should never feel ashamed to ask someone for help. I’ve told tons of people about Common Pantry. 

We volunteered for about four hours and after we hopped in the new Nissan Rogue, had a fabulous lunch at Maxwells Central Park then we were off to a screening of the new Star Wars Rogue One movie. I enjoyed the smooth ride in the Nissan Rogue. I can’t wait to test this baby out and go on a road trip. The movie was amazing. My son and I enjoyed it very much and all the concession snacks.


Don’t forget to check out: @nycommonpantry on Twitter and the Nissan Rogue @Nissan @NissanUSA

Website: http://www.nycommonpantry.org

http://www.NissanUSA.com

Huge thank you to Nissan and your great team, Common Pantry and Steven Oldham for an awesome day. 

Disclosure: Opinions are mine 100%. This post is not compensated. I was invited to this media/volunteer event. 

Don’t Show Up Empty Handed. My Top 5 Hostess Gifts Found At BJ’s Wholesale Club

20 Dec

I love hosting parties just as much as I love attending them. Lots of hosts don’t expect to receive a hostess gift from their guests. I enjoy treating the host to something nice for all the time and hard work they put into throwing a great party. It makes me feel good when I receive a hostess gift. It can be anything from a bottle of wine to a pie, flowers or even a hand written card. 

I’ve got my top 5 hostess gifts you can bring with you to your next holiday party or any party you attend. These gifts are all under $50 and are stuffed with so many goodies you might just purchase an extra one to keep for yourself. 

The best gifts I’ve been finding are at BJ’s Wholesale Club. There hostess gift baskets will blow your mind NOT your pockets. 

I’ve got you covered from everything to hot chocolate, chocolate candy, coffee mugs, pretzels and kitchen goods.

1. Wellsley Farms Cocoa Gift Set. This 3-pack set comes in French Vanilla, Milk and White. $9.99 a great price. 

2. Godiva Holiday Duo Gift Set. Love this and so will your host. Get this 4- pack for $19.99 an incredible price. Give to 4 different hosts. 

3. Ghiradelli Premium Collection Tower. Only $19.99. 


4. Marble And Acacia Wood Cheeseboard is a must have. Only $19.99. 


5. Wellsley Farms Festive Holiday Chocolate-Covered Pretzels.Just $9.99.

See something you like above? If you’re not already a BJ’s Wholesale Club member, we’ve got some more great news. Their free 90 Day Membership offer is still good until December 31st. Simply print out the coupon at http://www.bjs.com and bring to the Members Services Desk at your local club.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine 100% as always. BJ’s makes it easy for me to do all my shopping in one place. Thank you for a wonderful year. 

Olive Garden In Harlem Grand Opening Today

13 Dec

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for. It’s the grand opening of Olive Garden in Harlem at 100 W. 125th St. If you grew up in Harlem like I did you know how Harlem used to look and what a big difference it is now. Who would ever think we would have a Olive Garden in Harlem or for that case any of the stores and restaurants that are there now? If my father, great grandmother and grandmother could see it now. 

Yesterday, December 12 was the ribbon cutting ceremony and city officials, in partnership with The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce. came out and supported General Manager, Daryl Cunningham whose been with Olive Garden for 12 years. There was a live band, food and great conversation wishing Daryl success and supporting the restaurant by coming back to dine with friends and family. It was a great turn out. 


The new restaurant will feature an updated design with new artwork, fabrics and materials, lighting, seating, countertops and flooring, as well as a display of the new “Olive Garden Italian Kitchen” logo sign. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant will accommodate more than 300 guests and will create more than 170 new jobs for the surrounding community. Prior to the opening, the Harlem Olive Garden restaurant hosted Friends and Family events with free meals and proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem.


The Harlem restaurant, Olive Garden’s third location in New York City, features 19 bar tables, more than twice the number in a typical Olive Garden. It also has an elegant wine wall that reinforces the integral role wine plays in Italian dining.

The thing that excites me most about NROs (New Restaurant Opening) is the opportunity it gives us to add value and exposure to both the community and our company,” said General Manager Daryl Cunningham at the Harlem restaurant. “So much effort goes into selecting great new team members who reflect the best each new community has to offer, and I love watching them grow!”

Olive Garden’s menu continues to feature guest favorites, such as the Lasagna Classico and unlimited Soup, Salad and Breadsticks, as well as new Lighter Italian Fare dishes, like Shrimp Scampi and Chicken Piccata, inspired by the Mediterranean region of Italy. Additionally, guests can enjoy new innovations, such as the Grilled Chicken Piadina and the Spicy Calabrian Chicken Breadstick Sandwich.

I have quite a few favorites to share with you when you come to the restaurant. Just ask me and don’t forget dessert. 

I attended another event Olive Garden had in the summer on the High Line and that’s where I met Daryl Cunningham. He mentioned Olive Garden was coming to Harlem and I told him I would love to be part of the restaurant and applied for a job and now I am proud to be a Certified Host. So come bring your family and friends and join us. Experience a family friendly restaurant, very delicious food, great ambience and the best friendly staff and service you ever had. 

Disclosure: I was invited to attend this event. This is not a compensated post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. My employment with Olive Garden did not have an influence on my opinions. I am writing this post as a blogger. Some pictures courtesy of Hubert Williams.

ELLIE KRIEGER #RENEWLIFEPROBIOTICS LUNCH #ad 

12 Dec

Ellie Krieger, RDN, the rockstar culinary nutritionist, who is the host of “Ellie’s Real Good Food” show, author of several cookbooks, and a columnist for The Washington Post hosted a private lunch to talk about recent survey results that confirm most women consider a taboo topic — the gut. They say it’s a “yucky” word, but gut issues affect the entire body, from mood, to memory, immunity, digestion and more — prompting Renew Life Probiotics to start the “Get to Know Your Gut” campaign to better share the benefits.


Ellie revealed the surprising ways the gut impacts your readers’ overall health and wellness, and talked about her expert go-to guide for replenishing and infusing balance back into the gut. In addition to good-for-your-gut foods, Ellie shared her not-so-secret weapon of a healthy regimen of probiotics, and she even helped us create a personal probiotic mixture.


The “gut”is considered the core of your body’s overall health and well-being and can affect your entire body, including immunity, digestion and more. According to a recent survey, nearly three-quarters of women (72%) have experienced a digestive/gut issue in the past twelve months and nearly two-thirds (64%) of women aren’t willing to talk about it with their friends. 

70% of the immune system is located in the intestinal ttact, therefore, maintaining gut health is a key part of maintaining your overall health. 

Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotics wants to educate women about digestive health, how vital it’s ecosystem isotope our body’s overall health and well-being, and the benefits everyone can reap from taking a probiotic. Visit http://www.RenewLife.com for more information. 

Renew Life Probiotics are available at health food stores and major retailers including Target and Walmart. 

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. Opinions are mine 100%. 

 

#NintendoDisneyMagicalWorld2 

5 Dec

Family of gamers are what we are. Video games, board games, computer, app, card games you name it we love playing. Nintendo invited us to their Rockefeller  Plaza location to get a look at the new Disney game for 3DS that launched. What game is it? Disney Magical World 2. 

We had so much fun at Nintendo with Olivia Holt. The girls dressed up as their favorite princess and the boys picked their favorite Disney characters as well. Olivia Holt danced with the kids and showed us how much fun she has playing the game. She also danced with the kids. My daughter enjoyed teaching her how to do the whip and nae nae dance. My daughter had her hair and makeup done at Minnie’s Style Salon, was given accessories and also picked out Princess Elsa for her costume that she got to take home. Everyone enjoyed cupcakes and snacks. 


Ever since this game launched my kids have played non stop. They also are fans of Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros and Super Mario 3D Land. 

The Nintendo 3DS XL is one handheld  system that I don’t mind my kids faces buried in. Whether it’s at home or on the go I know their enjoying every minute of it. I also think I need to get one too, then we all can play. 

There’s so many games to choose from and they make great gifts. If you have a tween or teen or even an adult gamer that you know would love a 3DS or any of the games mentioned you should click on this website for more info or visit the Nintendo Store in Rockefeller Center in NYC. (www.nintendo.com)

The 2DS is still being sold at the incredible price of $79.99. The Disney Magical World 2 game is only $39.99. The 3DS XL is $199.99

Disclosure: My family were invited to attend this media event. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

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.