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Momtrends Holiday Soirée 2017 #MTHoliday #hosted

4 Dec

I was so pleased to join Momtrends once again for their holiday soirée at Splashlight Studios. I walked into a room full of amazing brands waiting to show me all their great gifts for the holidays and beyond. 

First stop was the manicure station from Mani or Pedi. I particularly don’t like getting my nails done first because I always mess them up as I need to use my phone to take pictures so I put it off till later. Mani or Pedi had amazing colors and definitely hooked bloggers up for the holidays. You can book at home or office appointments and they also cater to spa parties, office events or weddings. Check them out on Instagram @maniorpedi 

Name Bubbles have the best labels to keep me and my kids organized. There were jars of hot cocoa mix to decorate. I wrote in calligraphy. These labels make great stocking stuffers. Check out all the different styles on their Instagram @namebubbles


Riders by Lee always have cute jeans and plaid shirts. I love their clothes. Comfy and very affordable. They had a style challenge for bloggers to come up with a outfit for a certain theme. Mine was for shopping and errands. I created a cute outfit that I would definitely wear. I loved everything I put on the mannequin. I want that entire outfit. Check out @ridersbylee on Instagram. 

Jarlsberg cheese set up shop and also had a challenge. We had to create a cheese/ fruit platter. You could either eat it or leave it there for pics. I love Jarslberg cheeses especially in my sandwiches. Original, Lite, Special Reserve and Smoked are so delicious. They also have Cheese Crisp Crackers which are available in 4 different varieties. My family enjoys those as well. Check out @JarlsbergUSA on Twitter. 

My Cents Of Style. I just want to say I immediately fell in love with their clothes and accessories. The blanket scarves they gave out are gorgeous and I enjoy wearing mine. I also have to get a few outfits and I just ordered their gloves. They have a 2-FOR-TUESDAY where you able to get two items for a great price. So I purchased the gloves I was eyeing at the event plus another pair for only $15. At the soirée there was a raffle and I won a blanket and reindeer slippers for my daughter. She was so excited. Looks like every Tuesday I will be taking advantage of their great deals. Go to Instagram now to see what I’m talking about @centsofstyle 

Red Velvet NYC gourmet desserts were in the house. I decorated my red velvet cupcake with frosting and couldn’t wait to eat it. They have pre-measured ingredients and recipes to bake desserts and deliver right to your door. Everything from Chocolate Truffles, Eggnog Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Nutella Cupcakes, Pecan Maple Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cupcakes and so much more. Red Velvet NYC gave us a baking kit to take home and make gingerbread cookies with the kids. Everything is pre-measured and in its own package. Just follow directions. My kids and I love baking. I love this company. Find them on Instagram @redvelvetnyc 

Second Chance Toys Charity Organization were collecting plastic toys for children in need so I gladly handed in a few. If you would like to donate toys to kids in need and keep plastic out of landfills head to their Instagram page @secondchancetoys for more info. 

Hasbro has a new fun family friendly game called Hearing Things. It’s a lip-reading challenge game that comes with speech cancelling headphones and  guess the phrase fast. There’s 600 phrases and a built-in-timer and sounds.  @hasbro on Instagram for all the fun.

Noble Vines Wines made sure they came to impress and get some of us tipsy. Love the 667Pinot Noir, 515Rose, 242SauvignonBlanc, 337Cabernet Sauvignon. These make great hostess gifts. Ok you can purchase for yourself too. I’m saving my bottle. Check out @noblevineswine on Instagram. 

O -Venture has the best key ring I’ve ever had and I can find my keys so fast I should’ve had this a long time ago. It’s literally a big O and we were given one and I haven’t lost my keys yet. I picked out a pretty blue. Sometimes when I don’t carry a bag for school pick up or a quick errand I just grab my big O and go. It’s like wearing a bangle just with keys attached. You can also add a card case to it for credit cards. I love mine. Their on Instagram @shopoventure 

I would also like to thank Boxed Water, Kidz Bop 36, Living Proof, Pearhead and Thimblepress. 

Big shout out to Momtrends and staff for another amazing holiday soirée. As always I appreciate you. Amazing time with friends and brands. 

Disclosure: I was invited to this event hosted by Momtrends. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

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/ 

Orchestra Kids (Baby & Children’s Clothing) & Giveaway #orchestrakids

8 May

I was invited to a​ private​ blogger luncheon to celebrate the launch of Orchestra, one of France’s leading children’s clothing line brands that will be launching in the US this Spring. 

CEO Agathe Boidin, stopped by and showed us the beautiful clothing and we were all blown away. She explained how the company started and how she got her job with the company.  Here’s her story: 

Ms. Boidin started her career as a Financial Auditor in the consultancy firm Coopers and Lybrandt (now PwC), before becoming the Financial Controller at DIM. In 2000, she joined Orchestra-Prémaman as Administrative and Financial Director before becoming Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Orchestra-Prémaman’s operations in 2010. Ms. Boidin was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 2012, following the acquisition of the Belgian group Prémaman and served in the position until becoming Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors in March 2016. Most recently, Boidin has been appointed CEO of Orchestra Prémaman USA and taken charge of the development of the group for North America. She now lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

Orchestra, a family-owned company since 1995, designs and produces fun and affordable maternity and children’s clothing, ranging from newborn babies to young pre-teens, as well as child care products.

Today, Orchestra, the leader in children’s clothing in France, is the 6th largest children’s clothing retailer in the world and operates more than 700 stores in over 40 countries.

Orchestra launched its first English language website (us.shop-orchestra.com) April 18th and opening its first U.S. retail store at King of Prussia Mall in May.

Club Orchestra is the brand’s wildly successful club membership that offers exclusive savings of up to 25% off all Orchestra products year-round and will be made available for U.S. shoppers in time for the launch of the website. 

Orchestra offers a comprehensive collection of newborn and baby clothing for all seasons, combining essentials and must-haves! Whether you’re looking for bodysuits, all-in-one snowsuits, lace dresses, or checked shirts, each Orchestra piece reflects commitment to comfort and practicality.

Orchestra also offers a collection for premature babies: The size 000 is specially designed for very small babies, keeping them warm and comfortable from birth. 
Orchestra’s collection of clothing for juniors has a multitude of joyful themes, from a trip to the end of the world, an afternoon in the fields or a short break with a smoothie. 

Orchestra allows girls and boys to dress in the latest fashion trends from head to toe at a reasonable price. 
Head to their website now: us.shop-orchestra.com

Here are the outfits my daughter and I picked out. A skirt, dress, crop top, hoodie, t-shirt and sports bra. My daughter couldn’t wait to receive her clothes and when the weather gets warmer she will definitely put them on in a heartbeat. The fabric and colors are great! 
GIVEAWAY

I AM GIVING A $50 GIFT CARD TO ONE OF MY READERS. 

Mandatory entry:

Must be a subscriber to my blog : Fivelittlewords.net 

Must be following me on Twitter: @nilimonicky 

Must be following me on Instagram: @nilimo

Visit my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/fivelittlewords 

Comment below and share what you would purchase and for who. 

Leave your name, email and handles. 

Winner will be announced Monday, May 15. 

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

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

Soul Kix Shoe Giveaway 

1 Sep

Soul Kix is an interactive shoe company with a purpose of allowing the consumer to have a creative choice in their footwear while also donating a pair of shoes to those in need for each pair purchased.


Here’s how you can join the Soul Kix  movement:

Our shoes come in a bag that has been made of recycled materials and can be reused for almost anything which is why we say Think Outside The Shoebox.


For every pair of SoulKix purchased, we donate the equivalent to a pair of shoes to our partners Soles4Souls. They then provide shoes to those in parts of the world that are less fortunate.

We have over 500 celebrities, athletes, musicians and actors wearing SoulKix.

We currently have a Kickstarter Campaign going to create awareness, excitement and support for our Kids line of shoes. Check it out.

You Design It. We Print It. This is what SoulKix is all about. The is the foundation of our company and caters to everyone who has ever wanted a pair of shoes they can truly call their own. 


Here’s the pair Soul Kix custom made for me. I will be taking these on my cruise this year. These can be worn anywhere like on the beach, streets of NY, traveling, shopping, etc. I love the way they come packaged and the bag can be worn with your shoes inside. Love it! I’m so glad to have met Soul Kix at the Blogger Bash conference I attended this year. Can’t wait for the kids line to come out. 


Outfit your company/organization with our shoes but your brand.

Employees are a company’s most important asset and being able to create an environment where each employee feels like they are a part of a team helps to create a culture of happy, efficient and loyal employees.


**GIVEAWAY**

Soul Kix is kind enough to offer one of my readers a custom pair or in house design of shoes. 

To enter (Mandatory entries):

*Leave a comment on Instagram and tell me which pair you would pick or what custom pair you would design. Tag it @soul_kix and hashtags #soul_kix  #fivelittlewordsgiveaway

*Follow @soul_kix on Twitter and Instagram 

*Make sure you’re subscribed to my blog.

*Make sure you’re following me on Instagram  @nilimo and Twitter @nilimonicky 

*Like my Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fivelittlewords

**Bonus entry:
Retweet this: I want to win a pair of @soul_kix from @nilimonicky through her Instagram @nilimo 

Giveaway starts today September 1st and ends 11:59 pm September 11th. Winner announced on social media September 12th. 

Disclosure: This post is not compensated. I was given a pair in exchange for my honest review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 


Back To School Fashion With Lands End 

29 Aug

Back to school is a breeze when your kids wear uniforms in my opinion. It’s also a money saver. This year I’m focused on my two younger children. I have a middle school and elementary school kids both in the same school and both in uniforms. 


Lands End is my go to for uniforms. My daughter’s colors are navy blue and white. I don’t know how my daughter grew so fast but I’m glad Lands End has her size, quality and styles that she needs. My son has been in the men’s section for a while now but Lands End can also help with that. Basic colors for him are khaki and navy blue. 

She loves skorts and with the weather being comfortable she can start out the school year wearing it. 
School Uniform Girls Active Skort $35

· Moisture-wicking enhancement allows for quick dry when working up a sweat

· Hidden waistband pocket for any gear or gadgets needed when exercising

· Hidden shorts keep her completely covered and confident while the skort gives off a cute feminine flair


Her school allows her to wear cardigans. We love this one from Lands End. 
School Uniform Girls Performance Button Front Cardigan $45

· Resists fading and piling for long-lasting color and comfort

· Easy-care blend feels soft as cotton

· Fully-fashioned construction for a great fit


Polos or button down collar shirts is also part of my daughter’s uniform. Here’s a great one. Love that it’s 100% cotton. 

School Uniform Girls Short Sleeve Fem Fit Mesh Polo $18

· 100% cotton mesh fabric is breathable and feels soft from the start

· Shaped side seams and neat side vents for untucked days

· Enhanced fabric keeps colors true and resist stains


Can’t go back to school without a brand new cool backpack. You know Lands End came correct with these. 
Classmate Backpacks

Double-touch bottoms, comfort-foam padded back panels & shoulder straps, long-lasting zippers and numerous pockets for organizing made easy. Backpacks come in five sizes made for every kid in school – preschool to high school. Personalize your backpack by adding a monogram, embroidery or both!

 Classmate Medium Backpack – Print $39

Classmate Medium Backpack – Solid $39

Check out @landsend on Twitter and online at: http://www.landsend.com

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Clothing was given to review. Opinions are 100% mine as always.

Comfort In Kids Lee Jeans 

26 Aug

5 Star Apparel Showroom in Manhattan is filled with kids clothing from different name brands. It’s like walking into a huge dream walk in closet with clothes at your service. I met with Brianne Tursi Manz (Stroller In The City) for a blogger event. 

Once there I took a look at what all the brands had to offer. Lee Jeans stretch jeans with soft jogging material and a drawstring  were the jeans I knew my daughter would like. My rule is always comfort first. 

Kids grow so fast so I’m always thinking ahead when buying clothes. My daughter loves dressing herself and putting outfits together.


When my daughter tried on her Lee Jeans she was able to bend, run, do a few cartwheels and just enjoy her Lee Jeans and style it with the Arizona Printed Peplum Cami (JC Penney) and her favorite glitter slip ons from (KidPik). 


Disclosure: Thank you Brianne and 5 Star Apparel for the jeans. Opinions are our own 100% as always. 

Extra Money In Your Pockets With #GrouponCoupons #ad  

25 Aug

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

I’ve been clipping coupons for years and there’s been times when I went shopping and forgot my coupons or they ripped accidentally (that happened recently) or they expired (the worst). Was there a easier way to carry coupons with me without ever forgetting them? 

When Groupon Coupons was introduced I was all over their site. I couldn’t believe all the coupons and promo codes from brands I regularly shop at. Coupons available when I need it and the best part on my phone. No losing, forgetting or accidentally ripping in my bag. Groupon Coupons goes wherever I go. 

I love the money I save at restaurants and my favorite retail shops like: 

JCPenney

Foot Locker

Nike

Macy’s

Bed Bath & Beyond

Target

Best Buy

Lands End

Starbucks 

Olive Garden

Panera Bread


I’ve been taking advantage of the awesome promo codes for back to school. Foot Locker has $20 off when you spend $120. My son can’t fit kid sneakers so his sneakers are in the men’s section. This coupon will come in handy. 

Land’s End has 25% off which is great for uniforms for my kids and free shipping when you spend $50. 

LL Bean has up to 50% off and free shipping. Their backpacks are great, very sturdy and are on sale.

I’ve even gotten a mani/pedi for $20. Yes!!

I also downloaded the Groupon App on my phone. Don’t miss out on all the savings available 24 hours a day. 

Check out: (Groupon Coupons) – https://www.groupon.com/coupons

– Twitter – https://twitter.com/groupon

https://www.groupon.com/coupons/stores/jcpenney.com

The Moms Back To School Bash Recap #TheMomsBTS

24 Aug

The Moms held their Back To School Bash at 100 Barclay Street. They also had their live Sirius XM Stars Show and I was happy to be a part of it on the 25th floor with beautiful views. This is my second time on their show. We talked about anxiety, nutrition, sleep, fashion and first day of schools cheers or not. The Moms were also celebrating being on the August cover of New York Family Magazine. Have you seen the cover? Get your copy quickly. 


The Back To School Bash was held in the lobby of 100 Barclay. Sponsors included Fruit Of The Loom, Subway, Chobani and Kidbox. 



We are fans of Subway and Chobani. Back to school lunches will be healthy with these two. There are so many varieties to choose and I love that my kids eat healthy. Well some of the time. As long as they get their veggies and fruit I’m happy. Have you seen the Siracha Mango Chobani? Love Greek yogurt. We love Chobani Kids and Adult products. 

Fruit Of The Loom has been a favorite of mine for so long now my kids use them. From t-shirts to underwear Fruit Of The Loom knows exactly what parents and kids need. Comfortable and great quality which never shrinks or stretches out of shape. I love the new Breathable underwear for women. With the hot, muggy weather we’ve been having I can honestly say these underwear has kept me dry. I am going to stock up on these. From boy shorts to bikinis Fruit Of The Loom got you covered. I also love the bonus packs where you get three free items. Check out their web page: http://www.fruit.com/

Kidbox is  a box full of stylish pieces from well-loved brands, selected just for your special kid. Whenever you keep the whole box, they will commit a donation of new clothes to children in needy families. 


We had a blast and want to congratulate The Moms in all their success. Thank you for always including my family in your fab events. 

Check out @themoms  @chobani @fruitoftheloom @subway on Twitter and @Kidbox on Instagram 

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

Styling My Daughter With Vigoss Jeans 

18 Aug

I attended a blogger event with Stroller In The City ( Brianne Tursi Manz) at the 5 Star Apparel Showroom and was excited to see the latest in kids clothing and the hard work and sweat that goes into giving kids the best quality in name brand fashion.

My daughter loves dressing up and being a mini fashionista means she must be comfortable first and foremost. Vigoss Jeans has just what we’re looking for. 
Not only do Vigoss Jeans look great they are skinny stretch jeans. She paired her jeans with a lace high neck woven top  from Arizona (JC Penney) and glitter slip ons from (KidPik).


As much as she wants to wear her Vigoss Jeans to school they will be her go to jeans on her off days from school since she wears a uniform. She loves the fit and style and loved posing for pictures. 


Disclosure: Jeans were provided for honest review. Thank you 5 Star Apparel and Brianne for this wonderful opportunity. All opinions are our own as always.