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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. 

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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. 

Mythbusters & Illusion Exhibits At Liberty Science Center & Ticket Giveaway #MTMyth

6 Mar

We’ve been to the Liberty Science Center quite a few times now with Momtrends and the fun never ends. This time we were there to attend Mythbusters The Explosive Exhibition and Illusion Exhibit. 


What does Illusion mean? 

Illusion: something that looks or seem different from what it is; a misleading image presented to the vision. 

I was excited for this exhibit and the hands on Mythbusters exhibit as well. 

We ate lunch first then headed to the Mythbusters exhibit where we tested out our skills. We love mental challenges science in general and couldn’t wait to experiment. 

If you’ve ever seen the television program Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel upon enetering the exhibit you see different props from the show and interactive videos. Under the guidance of the scientific method, MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition is your chance to try the MythBusters’ unique “Put it to the Test” methodology for yourself.

I think trying to pull the tablecloth off the table without dropping the dishes was the most popular. My daughter actually did it and I got some on video. It was fun seeing everyone try to pull it off. It’s actually very simple.

The exhibition team filtered the  “rainwater” with glow-in-the-dark florescence, which is completely stainless and harmless, but stays on your body and shines under black light. It’s perfect for counting the number of raindrops that land on you. My kids enjoyed this. On one side a person walks and the other side a person runs and you find out at the end which one gets wet more, less or the same. 

You can have fun at Killer Card Toss, Dodge A Bullet- how fast you can dodge a bullet (don’t worry no bullets actually fly at you), Change Like A Superhero- how fast you can change in a phone booth like a super hero, Cliff Hanger- how long can you hang off the ledge of a building. 

The Illusions exhibit was just as fun. The exhibit includes optical, perceptual, and audio illusions. Science and art intersect in this mind-boggling, mesmerizing exhibition.

My daughter put her hand on a screen and it looked like bugs were crawling up her arm. Now if those were real bugs she wouldn’t have done it. She enjoyed it though. My son gazed into a mirror and watched himself morph into his inner animal. 

Take a look at the pictures to see what other Illusions we came across. 
Mythbusters The Explosive Exhibition will be at Liberty Science Center till September 4, 2017. Get your tickets. The Illusions Exhibit will also be there till August 27, 2017. For all ages. 


Check out the Liberty Science Center for all types of programs, and exhibits and fun. 

GIVEAWAY: Want to see how cool these exhibits are ? Liberty Science Center was kind enough to offer one of my readers a family 4-pack of tickets. Just leave a comment below letting me know what Exhibit you want to see. Winner announced March 13, 2017. 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are ours 100% as always. Thank you to Momtrends for a fun science filled hands on day. 

School Of Rock The Musical on Broadway

21 Feb

It was a night out on the town for my son and I as we took in a Musical Broadway Play, School Of Rock. We loved the movie with Jack Black and couldn’t wait to see the play. 

Everything was great even with the script adding on things that made it just as great as the movie. The young cast was amazing and I was rocking out in my seat. Of course everything Live is better. I felt like I was in a concert. The pipes on these kids was incredible. 

We had the chance to talk to the cast after and they told us they started singing and playing instruments when they were young. The ages of the cast range from about 9-13. They also mentioned how excited they were when they got the call that they were chosen to be in the play. Two of the boys are brothers in real life and one said it was hard seeing his brother get the job first after auditioning over and over and being told he was too short he finally got the part. 

I encourage you to head to Broadway and see School Of Rock. You will want to join a band or your kids will wasn’t to join a band after the show is over. Also if you haven’t seen the movie check it out before you go so you can compare the two. The role of “Dewey “was played by Merritt David Janes the night we went. 

Social media:

Facebook: @schoolofrockmusical

Twitter: @SoRmusical

Instagram: @sormusical
Ticketing message:

Prices as low as $59!

Orchestra seats as low as $89!

Visit schoolofrockthemusical.com to learn more and to book tickets
Other info:

Show is 2 hrs 30 mins with one intermission

Recommended for ages 8 and up – children under 4 not permitted in the theatre
Standard About the Show copy:

Currently in performances at the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway), School of Rock – The Musical is based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes and direction by Laurence Connor. School of Rock – The Musical opened to rave reviews on Sunday, December 6, 2015. This Ben Brantley New York Times ‘Critics’ Pick’ “is an inspiring jolt of energy and mad skillz,” raves Jesse Oxfeld of Entertainment Weekly. And in his four-star Critics’ Pick review, Time Out’s David Cote proclaimed, “School’s IN – forever!” School of Rock – The Musical was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman).

 

Based on the hit film, School of Rock – The Musical is a hilarious new musical that follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

Disclosure: This play was hosted and tickets were given for my honest review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Thank you for a great night out with my son. We really enjoyed it. 

Head to MSG check out Venus Williams at BNP Paribas (Get Tickets)

16 Feb

BNP Paribas: 

Tennis icon Venus Williams takes on French Open Champion Garbine Muguruza. Fan favorite Juan Martin del Potro plays Japan’s Kei Nishikori. Top ranked American Jack Sock battles Australian up start Nick Kyrgios. American tennis legend and Grand Slam champ Andy Roddick will match up against Australia’s former world number one player, Lleyton Hewitt.
This year’s tennis celebration will feature the World TeamTennis format, where every point counts!

BNP Paribas, the Tennis tournament at MSG on March 6th.

 Save 20% on tickets!*

*Valid on select seats

Use code: FAMILY

To purchase: http://bit.ly/2f11pad

 

Legal: *Offer valid on tickets originally priced $65 – $150. Not valid on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Ticketmaster purchases are subject to a Ticketmaster service charge. All sales are final- no refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Offer subject to availability. Other restrictions may apply. Accessible and companion seats are available via the Disabled Services Department at 212-465-6115. ©2017 MSG Sports & Entertainment Holdings, LLC. All rights reserved.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Tickets were given. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Tickets to Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend at MSG

16 Feb

Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend

Celebrate the universal joy of friendship in this fun-filled, interactive live stage show! Sing and dance along with your favorite characters – Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and Big Bird and their Sesame Street friends – as they welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. The Theater at MSG is the perfect place to join the fun, make some new friends and share unforgettable memories with your loved ones!

Sesame Street Live playing at the Theater at MSG February 16th – the 26th

Save up to 25% on tickets!*

*Valid on select seats and performances

Use code: FAMILY

To purchase: http://www.theateratmsg.com/sslfamily

 

Legal: *Must use code SSLFAMILY to receive offer. Valid on select seats and performances only. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other offer. A $6.00 facility fee is included in the price of each ticket. Discount is calculated off of the original box office price. Service charges apply to telephone and internet orders. All sales are final—no refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice and is subject to availability. Other restrictions may apply. Offer expires Sunday, February 26 at 5:30pm. Accessible and companion seats are available via the Disabled Services Department at 212-465-6034. ©2017 MSG Sports & Entertainment Holdings, L.P. All rights reserved.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Tickets were given. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Nintendo Switch Approaching Fast 3/3/17 #nintendoswitch

9 Feb

Back in January of this year my kids and I were invited to a Nintendo Switch event where we were the first to test out the new console. My kids were counting down the days. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a console since the NES. The Switch hits stores March 3rd.

When we walked in it was like a home filled with nothing but video games. We tested out Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, my daughter loved dancing with the Just Dance 2017 game. She was there practically the whole time. My son enjoyed Street Fighter 2  The Legends Of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Arms, Splatoon 2 and so many others they both enjoyed. 


I was impressed how the console looks, how many people can play and where it can be taken. We do a lot of traveling and this is great to take on the road, hotels, airplane, picnics, bbq’s, etc. I was also impressed with the price of $299. Battery life can last more than six hours depending on the software and usage conditions. 32 GB of internal memory. Users can easily expand storage space using microSDHC or microSDXC cards.6.2-inch, multi-touch capacitive touch screen; can display a resolution of 1280 x 720.Keep the focus on fun by using parental controls to manage how your family interacts with Nintendo Switch. Link up to eight systems together to play anywhere.


I’m going to enjoy Just Dance 2017 with my daughter at home and on the go. We love dancing and this is great for exercise too. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the whole family is gonna love. Bring all the games to us. 


We are back at it again this Sunday 2/12 this time for a Nintendo Switch exclusive event at the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Center. This time we are going to play the 1-2-Switch game. What do milking a cow, a samurai duel and an eating contest all have in common? NINTENDO, of course!!  1-2-Switch is a ridiculously fun “Party in a Box” game. What makes the party? Fun and crazy competitions that let you literally face off with your friends and family: everything from a wild-west duel to a cow-milking competition to a copycat dance-off. With 1-2-Switch you can throw an impromptu party anywhere thanks to a new play style in which players look at each other—not the screen.

This games launches March 3rd. We can’t wait for this one. We had a great time at the first event and are super excited about the next one. We will be even more excited to get the Nintendo Switch in our house and have friendly competitions. Nintendo for life!! 

Disclosure: My family and I were invited to attend these events. Opinions are mine and my kids 100% as always. My kids are Nintendo game reviewers.