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Back To School Bash With Momtrends #MomtrendsSchool

14 Aug

Yes it’s that time of year again. I’m talking about Back To School. Am I the only parent who loves back to school shopping or actually wanting her kids to have an extra month off? Well if I am so be it. I like all the new school supplies, accessories, clothes, backpacks and of course knowing my kids keep moving up a grade so they can graduate. I officially have a 5th and 9th grader this year. One tween and a teen. I’m sad they are going to different schools. My son starts a new school and my daughter is the last of the bunch in her school. Even though they’re not far apart they wil still miss each other. 

I attended Momtrends Back To School Bash and of course I had a great time. So much to see and share I had so many goodies I had to take a cab home. 

Ozery Bakery. If you haven’t heard of them I advice you to get on social media ASAP and see what I’m talking about. Since 1996, the Ozery family has been inventing alternatives to traditional bread products that are made from hearty whole grains, fruits, and seeds. Everything they make is intended to help you eat well and feel good.

The brioche buns are amazing. I had some with cream cheese and fresh strawberries and I made the exact same thing the next morning for my kids breakfast and they loved it. I think I ate about 7 at the event. Yes they are that good. Check out @ozerybread on Instagram. You can thank me later. 

Kite Hill is the brand where the cream cheese came into play. Plant based cream cheese made from Artisan Almond Milk. This cream cheese was banging. Yes my kids loved this cream cheese as well. I found more at Whole Foods and used the coupons that were given to restock. Tastes very good. 

The bread and cream cheese will be used quite often for breakfast, lunch and snacks. 

Head to @kitehillfoods on Instagram for more info and more products.

Staples is always my go to for back to school supplies. My kids and  I recently went on a back to school shopping spree and were happy with the sales and the amount of stock. I’m loving the folders and back packs this year. Also purchased my daughter over the ear headphones for $6.99. I’love be making another trip because my son hasn’t received his school supply list yet but I purchased some things for him to start. I couldn’t resist the sales.  @staples on Instagram. 

Name Bubbles has the best name labels for school supplies, iron on, clothing, bags, etc. There’s so many designs to choose from and the kids will love them. Even if clothing, lunchbags, bookbags or books are lost have no fear as long as your Name Bubbles labels are on them there’s a good chance they will be returned. I label my daughter’s clothing, and school supplies. @namebubbles on Instagram.

Bath and Body Works even hooked us up with hand soap, body wash and scrub with their amazing smells. I love this store and all the different scents for your body and home. I’m also loving the Purely Clean hand soaps.  Head to @bathandbodyworks on Instagram. 
French design Orchestra provided the clothes to the children who modeled for us in the mini fashion show. Orchestra had high quality affordable clothing for babies and kids. Take a look @orchestra_usa on Instagram. 

There was a contest to see who could create a lunchbag and fill it up with back to school favorites. I had fun decorating mine with iron on patches, snacks and a few school supplies. 12 Little provided the lunchbags. They can be found on Instagram @twelvelittle with a variety of kids bags, diaper bags and everyday bags for the modern family. 

Disclosure: I was invited to attended this event. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Swag was given. Thank you to Momtrends for another amazing event. 

Emoji Movie Screening & Roundtable with Maya Rudolph #emojimovie

28 Jul

Oops I did it again. I was invited to a Part 2 roundtable with Maya Rudolph, director Tony Leondis, producer Michelle Raimo and World Emoji Day creator Jeremy Burge. 

This is my second time interviewing  Tony & Maya and they remembered all of us bloggers. Maya also suggested we attend other press junkets/roundtables in places like Hawaii. I’ll be waiting for that email. 

Maya explained how she had to talk with a smile on her face the whole time she was in the studio. She plays Smiler in the movie and you will see why once you see it. I told Maya my daughter said her teeth were so white in the movie. I told my daughter that’s what brushing three times a day, flossing and a dental pik would do. 

In the movie Smiler is in charge of all the emoji’s but wasn’t too fond of the emoji Meh who was different from all the other emoji’s. He couldn’t be just Meh and he didn’t want to so that got him in trouble with Smiler who wanted him deleted. There’s so much more to see and so many apps to explore. 

My kids and I enjoyed the movie very much. We were laughing and dancing in our seats when Meh, Jailbreak and Hi 5 visited the Just Dance app. Candy Crush was another favorite and we just loved the emoji town period. Emoji Hi 5 and JailBreak was another favorite of ours. This movie is for all ages and opens in theaters July 28th. Take the family and have some emoji fun. My daughter is tempting me with emojis like crazy now that she has a phone but I don’t mind because I use them as well. Emoji’s aren’t going anywhere. Right now there are over 2,000 emojis and more are being created Jeremy Burge told us. We hope there is a Emoji 2 in the works. Until then enjoy the film. We did!! 

Check out @emojimovie on Instagram and Twitter. 

Disclosure: I was invited to attend this roundtable and screening. Opinions are 100% mine and my family as always. Thank you Sony Pictures Entertainment. 

Making Brushing Fun With #ACTKidsToothpaste

18 Jul

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ACT Kids Toothpaste but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

I was always thankful that my parents made sure I brushed twice a day, took me and my sister to regular dental checkups and told us how important it is to take care of our teeth. Till this day I make sure to brush, floss, rinse and continue with my dental checkups.

 

With four kids of my own I made sure I did the same thing. I can honestly say it wasn’t easy. Sometimes they brushed twice a day and sometimes they didn’t. I did however make sure they see their dentist for checkups. Flossing was another hard thing but as they got older it was part of their routine. Cavities were minimal and lots of dentist visits there weren’t any cavities at all. That made me very happy. They all loved rinsing with a good mouthwash and brushing with a great tasting toothpaste and a toothbrush that gets the job done.

 

New ACT Kids Toothpaste is now available for kids ages 2 years and older in both bubble gum and fruit punch flavors. The ACT Kids Anticavity Rinse is for kids ages 6 years and older. You can find the new Kids Act Toothpaste in select Walmart, Walgreens and Target locations.

According to a recent survey, nearly 4 in 10 moms (35%) say getting their kid(s) to brush their teeth is one of their most frustrating daily battles, in line with convincing their kid(s) to eat their vegetables (38%) and putting their kid(s) to bed at night (40%).

 

This survey was sponsored by Sanofi Consumer Healthcare and conducted online using Toluna’s QuickSurveys methodology between February 13, 2017 and February 14, 2017 among 1,150 moms with children between the ages of 2 and 12 in the USA. Respondents for Toluna QuickSurveys are selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Toluna surveys.

 

I was asked to have a party and give out toothbrushes, toothpaste, timers and other cool things included in my party pack. We love having strong, healthy teeth and love using products to keep them that way.For more info about oral care check out this link: ACToralcare.com/act-for-kids

For a product coupon click here: ACTKidsSavings.com

 

Neuhaus Chocolate with Almonds

10 Jul

Neuhaus presents the perfect collection for National Chocolate with Almonds Day

 

Neuhaus Chocolates has the perfect collection to celebrate National Chocolate with Almonds Day on July 8th– the Chocolate Discovery Collection. This collection features several pralinés with almonds for all kinds of taste buds, including milk, dark and white chocolates.

National Chocolae with Almonds Day is over but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy Neuhaus Chocolates. 

In 1875 Jean Neuhaus settled in Brussels and opens a pharmacy in the prestigious Galerie de la Reine. He made a name for himself by innovatively covering his medicines in a layer of chocolate to make them more palatable. 142 years later, Neuhaus is the market leader in the luxury chocolate sector in Belgium. The company currently has over 1,000 sales outlets in 50 countries, and six stores in New York alone. Neuhaus recently opened its latest shop in Westfield’s, WTC. It is one of the few chocolate companies still manufacturing in Belgium. 

 

 In 1912, Neuhaus Jr. decided to expand his grandfather’s idea replacing traditional medicines with fresh cream, thus creating the first filled chocolate. He called it ‘Praline’, which became an immediate success, and an early form of the delicious chocs we know and love today. 

 

Hailing from Brussels, the luxury chocolatiers have a couple of options which lend themselves to this National Food Day – Passion Amandes White, a praliné with caramelized almonds and a pinch of salt or the Satan Dark, an almond and hazelnut praliné with caramelized hazelnut pieces.

The Chocolate Discovery Collection promises something for everyone. Whether for chocolate lovers or those looking to give that perfect gift – we all love an excuse to eat more chocolate, right? 

Check out http://www.neuhauschocolate.com

Instagram:@neuhauschocolates

Disclosure: Thia is not a sponsored post. Product was given for review purposes. 

 

 

#SpiderManHomecoming Screening, Press Junket, Goodwill DIY Spider-Man Challenge, Sailing Around NY, Sony Experience

6 Jul

I just want to start by saying thank you to Sony for the best Spider-Man Homecoming Press Junket ever!!! 

There’s nothing like getting that email that says we’d like to invite you to….

It started with a screening of Spider-Man Homecoming. I took my 14 year old son with me and we enjoyed the movie so much. I was like “did you see that and ohhh that was nice” and I was jumping in my seat. It’s great for teens. I also took my 10 year old daughter to another screening and she enjoys it as well. Concession snacks were given to us and it was a nice comfortable theater. 

Haven’t seen Michael Keaton in a while so it was good seeing him play the villain Vulture. When you have a family to support and protect and no one cares or wants to listen you will do anything to provide for them and that’s what made him evil. Can I just say I liked his costume which would make a good ride at an amusement park. 

Tom Holland played 15 year old Peter Parker (Spider-Man). I enjoyed the storyline how Peter Parker was determined to show Tony Stark that he can fight crime and was ready to be an Avenger. He took on lots of bad guys but that didn’t stop him. 

Jacob Batalon played Spider-Man’s best friend, (sidekick) Ned. He was hilarious. He’s one of those friends you want in school. He’s there for you sometimes for good and sometimes you’re like Nooooo why did you say that? He’s a funny guy in person and real down to earth and sweet.

Zendaya played Michelle. I loved her character who played a loner but smart girl. She always had these one liner remarks. Love this line: 

Zendaya: I can’t believe you guys are at this lame party

Ned: You’re here too

Zendaya: Am I? 

When you see the clip you’ll be laughing too. I noticed Michelle might have a crush on Peter Parker. Hmmmm. Anyway, Zendaya is beautiful and sweet too. 

I enjoyed the press Junket at the Whitby Hotel with the cast and they enjoyed taking selfies with me (especially Robert Downey Jr.) Take a look at my pics below. After the press Junket we boarded a private bus to the Goodwill to compete in a DIY challenge. We were given a $25 gift card and had 15 minutes to shop for clothing to make a Spider-Man costume. I made my daughter a SpiderMan costume. She enjoyed dressing up like Spider-Man the girl version and posing for pics. We love it!! Pics below. Once we rung up our items without going over $25 we took our clothes and got back on the bus and headed to Chelsea Piers to sail around Manhattan on the Adirondack and explore the sights that Spider-Man took on in the movie like the Staten Island Ferry. I love boats and I even got behind the wheel. The captain asked if I’ve drove boats before and I told him this was my second boat I drove and I think it’s gonna be a new hobby of mine. It was a beautiful day. Food and drinks were served and just a great time. 

​​Back at the hotel a sketch artist drew our pictures with the special powered they we told him we wanted to have. Of course I wanted to teleport. I didn’t get the full pic of what he created. It was supposed to be sent to my email but I never received so I only got a picture of the unfinished version. The pad he was using was from Dell. I would be on that all day. I love it. All the Dell computers were amazing. I also got video of myself falling off the side of a building. Spider-Man was supposed to rescue me but he was no where to be seen so I was screaming my lungs out. I obviously made it or I wouldn’t have written this post. Lol.

The next event we went to was at Sony Square for the Spider-Man Homecoming VR Experience. We took pics on the side of a building and the kids got to meet and take pics with Peter Parker ( Tom Holland) and Spider-Man this time. There’s also displays of the outfits worn in the movie and the weapons. The VR is fun for teens during adults  to experience. My daughter was able to try it though. 

What will you be doing on July 7th? Hopefully you’ll already have your tickets and go check out this amazing movie. I saw it twice and will probably see it again. Check out @spidermanmovie on Instagram

Disclosure: Hosted by Sony. Thanks again to Sony for all these amazing opportunities for Five Little Words. It’s always a pleasure to work with you. Opinions are mine and my kids 100% as always. Swag was given. 

Top 3 Picks from New York Baby Show #MTBloggerLounge #ad

26 May

Attending the New York Baby Show at Pier 94 was fun this year. Don’t get me wrong it’s fun every year but this year there were more vendors, networking, space and the Momtrends Blogger Lounge was awesome and huge. This year I also got to record a video in the broadcast booth showcasing one of my favorite picks from the show. I’m not a mom of babies anymore but I go to the New York Baby Show for my readers to show them all things babies, what they should buy and also put on their registry. 

My day started with a Blogger Media breakfast with my kids and a few brands that talked to us one on one before the show opened. Ribbon cutting ceremony took place then we were off to speak to all the booths in attendance. 

Top three picks: 

1. My first pick was by Jujube. I spotted this bag from across the room and knew I had to have it. I am bag obsessed and I can literally open up a handbag shop. I still want this because it has so many pockets, keeps bottles warm if you use bottles, can be worn 3 different ways (handle, crossbody and backpack) Hello!!, and best of all Machine Washable. Yes you heard right. I also have a video of the bag where we talk about all the features that you can check out right here.: ​

2. Austlen Baby Co. is my second top pick. This stroller I picked is more like a mini van. It can hold so many things and the beachwheels can roll through the sand. Pack a few coolers on along with the kids, toys, soccer ball, bottles, diapers, etc.  I’ve included a video to show how it works and how easy it folds up without taken up lots of space in your home. Love it! 

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3. My third and final pick was the Canon EOS Rebel T7i. We all have to take pics of our pregnancy, kids and family so why not do it with this amazing piece of equipment. It’s small, touchscreen, 24.2 megapixels, built in Wi-Fi, and a flip out screen. I’ve been looking for a camera like this. On my wishlist. 

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Thank you to Momtrends for the invite and making our day fun as always. 

Family Funday Sunday At Madison Square Garden & NY Liberty #hosted

25 May

FAMILY FUNDAY SUNDAYPRESENTED BY FIDELIS CARE

 

Bring the entire family to The Garden for an action packed afternoon cheering on the New York Liberty and participating in pregame and postgame activations and giveaways!

 

The Family Funday Sunday partial ticket package includes tickets to all six (6) Liberty home games on Sunday afternoons this season, which also features some of the most anticipated on court matchups this season, including the only trip of the year to The Garden for Phoenix and Seattle, and both home games against Washington.

 

Six Amazing Matchups Include:

 

· Sunday, June 4 vs. Phoenix Mercury @ 3 PM

· Sunday, June 11 vs. Seattle Storm @ 3 PM

· Sunday, July 16 vs. Washington Mystics @ 3 PM

· Sunday, August 13 vs. Los Angeles Sparks @ 3 PM

· Sunday, August 20 vs. Minnesota Lynx @ 3 PM

· Sunday, August 27 vs. Chicago Sky @ 3 PM
Some of the exciting activities to look foward to each week include:

 

· Fidelis Care Fun Zone on the concourse (face painting, pop-a-shot, crafts, photo booth, prize wheel) – offered every game

· Each week will have one fun activity including:

o On court photo with Maddie!

o Autograph sessions with Liberty players and coaches

o On court game of family knockout

For more info visit: http://liberty.wnba.com/2017-new-york-liberty-partial-ticket-plans/#family

Disclosure: Tickets were provided to the game for my honest review. 

My Mother’s Day Gift Guide Favorites From One Mama To Another 

12 May

I’m writing this Mother’s Day gift guide to show you a few of my favorite things. It doesn’t mean you have to wait till Mother’s Day to give or receive these things because to me Mother’s Day is everyday. Below are classic gifts that will last for a very long time, except for the food of course and a few favorite movies that I suggest you see. 

1. Armitron Watches. Check out http://www.armitron.com to see what style you like. Ok all for the mesh band this year and I wear it everyday and get lots of compliments. It goes with any outfit and feels great on my skin. Prices are incredible. 

2. Keysocks. These comfortable socks go with me on vacation, are great for lounging around and feels great in flats. Lots of colors to choose from. 

KEYSOCKS are the first smartly designed socks that remains hidden inside pumps, flats, sneakers and moccasins. They pull up to your knee, but have a cutout on the entire top off your foot that makes them invisible inside shoes while still providing comfort, moisture wicking and blister prevention. Available in ultra lightweight and nylon. Check out http://www.keysocks.com

3. Godiva. How can you not have chocolate any day of the week? Just walking into any Godiva store you will want one of everything from truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, frozen drinks and lots of varieties of candy gives me that chocolate rush I love. Check out all you can eat on their website or if there is a store located near you head in. The gift wrapping is amazing. http://www.godiva.com

4. Boppy. The new Boppy Multi-use Slipcovered Total Body Pillow is a large one-piece pregnancy pillow designed to provide complete head-to-toe support. The pillow can be used multiple ways to make you and your bump more comfortable. Its unique contoured design supports head, neck, back, hips and tummy with just one pillow. Filled with 100% virgin fiber for just the right support. The 100% cotton slipcover is wipeable for easy cleaning. Both pillow is machine washable. No I’m not pregnant and you don’t have to be to use this pillow. It’s so comfortable my daughter and I take turns using it. It has great support for my back and neck that I need. We love it. Check out http://www.shop.boppy.com for all your needs. 

5. Zac Posen. I can’t even begin to tell you how many handbags I own. I could open a shop. I fell in love with Zac Posen Eartha Iconic Soft Top Handle bags. It’s so chic, clean, sleek and classic and goes with any outfit dressed up or down. Lightweight and can be worn as a crossbody, floral shoulder strap or by the handle. I love the hinge lock flap closure. I treated myself to this beautiful bag and I’m about to purchase another one. Please head to http://www.zacposen for gorgeous styles, colors and prices. 

6. Castello del Poggio Moscato Provincia Di Pavia. If you’re looking for a great wine this Moscato is for you.  Unique sweet and aromatic characteristics. Fruity and very inviting, with intense scents of peaches and exotic fruit. Can be found online by googling or stop into Olive Garden restaurants. My favorite wine. 

7. I would also like to suggest a few movies from Disney. Beauty & The Beast and Born In China. You might need some tissues for Born In China. These movies were great! We sanged, laughed and cried but I would definitely see them again. Check your local theaters to see the schedule. I also want to throw in the Broadway play School Of Rock which was amazing. I wrote a post about the play that you can check for my review. I also want to check out Snatched which I missed the screening for. Looks very funny. 

8. G.H. Cretors Popcorn. End the day with a bowl of yummy popcorn. G.H. Cretors is the perfect snack for at home game night, movie night or any time you want. This artisanal popcorn is made in small batches using only the highest quality ingredients. Delicious flavors ranging in bold craveable favotites. Check these out: The Mix (cheddar cheese and caramel), NEW Organic White Cheddar, NEW Organic Honey Butter Kettlecorm, Organic Chile Jalepeno White Cheddar, Organic Salted Butter, Organic Dill Pickle, Just The Cheese, Just The Caramel, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Non- GMO ingredients and 100% gluten free. Gold mine!!! These amazing, delicious popcorn can be found nationwide. At Target, BJ’s, Walgreens and Rite Aid and more retail locations. Also head to www. ghcretors.com for more info. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. A few of the items mentioned were given to me for review or as a gift for attending an event. Others were purchased. Opinions are mine 100% as always/ 

New York Baby Show Ticket Giveaway #MTBloggerLounge #ad

9 Apr

The 2017 New York Baby Show, on May 20 & 21 at Pier 94 will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 7th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood. I am giving away tickets for you and your family to experience the show. Normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual. 

GIVEAWAY

10 free tickets are up for grabs for singles or families by clicking on this link. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-york-baby-show-may-20-21-2017-tickets-30329817300?discount=NicolPFree

50% OFF TICKET LINK

My readers can also enjoy 50% off any tickets (family or single) click on this link. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-york-baby-show-may-20-21-2017-tickets-30329817300?discount=NicolP50

Spring Crafting = Halo’s Fun #MThalosfun #ad

13 Mar

When asked to get crafty at a recent event my kids and I attended we said sure but we couldn’t do it on an empty stomach. Sure we had breakfast but we needed a little more energy from something healthy that was easy to digest, easy to peel and no mess. What snack could we possibly have like this? Halos mandarins is what I’m talking about. 

These little guys have been a favorite of ours for years. Who doesn’t love a seedless, easy to peel, sweet mandarin that you can snack on any time of the day? Halo’s go to school, work, on the go, when we travel and is stocked in the fridge for whenever we want one or two. 

Momtrends invited us to the Children’s Museum of The Arts to get crafty on a cold day but once inside it felt like Spring. Halos mandarins surrounded us and we took our fruit to a whole new level and created chickens and bunnies. We were also treated to amazing snacks that included: Mandarin Spring Salad, Fruit Pizzas, Cider and Smoothies as well as other fun, healthy treats. 

I love the canisters that we took home because they can be used for so many different things. The tote bags were cute as well and there were also coupons for more Halos. Check out the website for more craft ideas: http://www.halosfun.com/teamhalos.html. 

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. Thank you to Momtrends for the invite. All opinions are ours 100% as always.