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Momtrends Holiday Soirée Recap

17 Nov

I look forward to Momtrends Holiday parties every year. A few hours of fun with friends, food, fashion show and brands showing us what we absolutely must have this holiday season. 

Walking into the event was filled with beautiful fresh Teleflora flowers. It was like Winter Wonderland. I’ve always enjoyed having a Teleflora arrangement in my house. What I love is you can get flowers for any occasion. It brings out my surroundings on the table and my guests enjoy seeing what new arrangement I ordered.  

 POM juice is amazing. I was shocked when I found out the incredible flavors of juices/teas they have. I was really in shock when I tasted the appetizers that had pomegranate added. The Lamb Meatballs and Pom-Mint Relish and the Pom Guacamole served with tortilla and plantain chips were very good. There were also cocktails like the Pom Mimosa Mocktail and Sparkling Wine with Pom Wonderful Arils. The Pomegranate Peach Passion Tea was my favorite but I would drink them all. My kids enjoyed them as well.  

    
 Igloo Coolers and products are a must have. If you tailgate and party and don’t own the igloo brand then you need to get to a store and pick some up. The Igloo Party Bar is on my wish list. It features an exclusive LiddUp LED light system so when your party goes into the night guests can easily find their drinks. It runs on 4 AA batteries and have removable dividers. Also loved the thermal tote bags and took home in our swag bag the sports 1/2 gallon beverage cooler with hooks. Also the kids lunch bags were a hit and I appreciate Igloo thinking of them as well. There’s also a 45 can ultra collegiate cooler. 

 Family owned Tessemae’s brought along their all natural, healthy condiments. When I first heard of Tessemae’s I tried their ketchup at a kids food festival and immediately purchased a few bottles. This time I was impressed with their salad dressings, marinades, sauces and mayonnaise. Everything was delicious. 

   
Momtrends surprised someone special with a gift for dedicating six years of hard work, writing posts and being a supporter and attendee at all of their events. Who was it? Oh that would be me. I was in total shock and very happy to be recognized and receive an incredible gift. No words can express how I felt and was so grateful and honored. Thank you so much. You made my night and I am blessed to have Momtrends in my life. xoxo.  

 I enjoyed talking with all the brands and there were so much more. The picture below shows who they are.

Check out @Momtrends on Twitter for more on this event.   

    
   
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was invited to this event and opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Recap KidzVuz Holiday Party with the Perez’s 

17 Nov

Kidz Vuz Holiday Party took place at Studio 450 NYC on November 15. I love this party because it’s small and intimate and my kids get to do the networking, test out the toys, have fun with their friends and they cannot get lost. I still talk to the brands but my kids also hand out business cards and enter contests. It’s always a fun time with Kidz Vuz. 

This year Jakks Toys, Classroom Direct, Lincoln Center Kids, Wubble Ball, ThinkFun, Disney Pixar, Bway Zone, Compose Yourself, Vita Coco, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Food For Thoughts Cards, Save The Children, Heart Of Haiti, Randi’s Brownies, Once Upon A Mattress and National PTA were in attendance.  

 Lincoln Center Kids had one of the Nutcracker costumes on display for the kids to try on or take a picture with. My daughter loves watching ballet so this was a treat for her. We also visit Lincoln Center quite a bit so it was nice seeing Lincoln Center Kids at the event. They handed out their free events guide for 2015-2016 and we got to spin the wheel to win free giveaways.  

    
 Wubble Ball was the most popular with the kids. There were balls flying everywhere. I love how soft they are and the biggest one your child can lay in and it won’t pop. The parents were getting knocked I the head but it didn’t hurt. It looks like a bubble but plays like a ball and no pump is needed. Everyone got a sample.  

    
    
    
   
Disney Pixar was promoting their new movie The Good Dinosaur that hits theaters November 25th. We’ve been waiting for this movie and won tickets to a special screening on November 24th. We also received a hat, poster and notebook. Temporary tattoos, stickers and coloring sheets were also available for kids to take home.  

 Jakks Toys made sure to bring their Star Wars collection and Disney’s Star Darlings dolls with them. My daughter took a picture with her favorite doll in hopes of winning. They were all cute.  

   
Food For Thoughts Give Back Greeting Cards is doing great things to feed the hungry. With the purchase of each card, Food for Thoughts Cards donates the value equivalent to the cost of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to a food pantry, soup kitchen, or other organization that feeds the hungry. We wrote encouraging words on a few greeting cards. No one should be without food. 

    
    
    
    
  
    
    
    
 My daughter also loved being interviewed by KidzVuz with her bestie.  

    
 To learn about all the brands mentioned above check out @kidzvuz onTwitter or http://www.kidzvuz.com and look for the hashtag #kidzvuzholiday on Twitter and Instagram. 

Thank you KidzVuz, we had an amazing time and can’t wait for the next KidzVuz event.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. We were invited to this event through KidzVuz. Opinions are mine and my kids 100% as always.

 

BIG APPLE CIRCUS FAMILY 4-PACK TICKET GIVEAWAY

2 Nov

Big Apple Circus returns to the Big Top at Lincoln Center for the company’s 38th season with the World Premiere of its all-new show, The GrandTour! Tickets start at $25, and the show runs from October 21, 2015 to January 10, 2016. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit http://www.bigapplecircus.org.
 The GrandTour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began to tour the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on their own whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each of more than 100 performances.

Four-time Big Apple Circus ringmaster John Kennedy Kane returns to introduce a variety of stunning performers: clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth; third-generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel with her pony and dog acts; aerialist Sergey Akimov; international juggling sensation Alexander Koblikov; ninth-generation circus performer Chiara Anastasini with hula hoops; the Dominguez Brothers defying the law of gravity with their thrill-filled act featuring the Wheel of Wonder; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; and the Dosov Troupe soaring on the teeterboard.

The GrandTour, conceived and created by Joel Jeske, is directed by Mark Lonergan (artistic director of Parallel Exit, the three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company) with associate director and choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo. Musical direction by Rob Slowik with clown material created and directed by Joel Jeske. Set and lighting design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Oana Botez, and props design by Katie Fleming.
As a nonprofit performing arts institution, the Big Apple Circus is committed not only to thrilling audiences in the ring, but also to bringing the joy and wonder of circus into the community. Big Apple Circus creates direct, shared connections inside its one-ring Big Top AND in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, in its New York City home and in cities across America.
**GIVEAWAY: Big Apple Circus is offering one of my readers a family 4-pack of tickets to the Wednesday November 11, 2015 4:30pm show. 

To enter answer this question below: 

What year was the Big Apple Circus founded? You can find answer on the website. 

1962

1982

1977

Winner will be picked and announced Friday, November 6. Winner will be emailed by Big Apple Circus to claim tickets. My readers can also use use promo code BIGAPPLE to save 20% off tickets (that’s not just off one ticket, but the whole purchase).* (*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Other conditions apply. Children under 3 are free when on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap.) 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. This is a giveaway. 

Update: WINNER WAS ANNOUNCED ON SOCIAL MEDIA: @dadarocks is the winner. Congrats! Thank you to all who entered. More giveaways to come. Check out one going on now. 

 

First Time Walking Across Brooklyn Bridge Using Runkeeper App 

24 Oct

Momtrends and Runkeeper (health & fitness app) teamed up together to invite a few bloggers to run/walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I’ve always wanted to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge but never got around to doing it so I said this would be a great time to scratch this off my bucket list and get fit at the same time with a bunch of colleagues. I also wanted to use the new & improved Runkeeper app and track my status. 

We met Thursday morning in Brooklyn in our baby blue Runkeeper t-shirts and with my iced coffee in hand some of us ran and some walked across the bridge. I also periscoped some of my journey. You know if you’re walking with someone and talking and taking pics it doesn’t seem as far as you think. I just walked from one borough to another and back again. How cool was that? 

I have my Runkeeper app hooked up to my Spotify so I could hear music but I was acting like a tourist in my own city that I didn’t even have time to listen to my music. The Runkeeper app tracks your workout in real time and let other runners become your running buddy and we could see each other’s progress and also check your running history. It’s a cool app. It also has GPS. 

After our run/walk we headed to Almar restaurant in Brooklyn (Dumbo) for lunch. It was great. We were given a gift bag with goodies and I felt good. I think I will walk the bridge again. This time I will do it with my kids. 

Thanks for a great morning on a beautiful 70 degree day. Now go download the Runkeeper app in the App Store and get out there and run!!! 

Disclosure: This is a compensated post however opinions are mine 100% as always. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
   

 

 
  
    
 

Giveaway: Quaker Wants To Fuel You Up For Back To School #QuakerBTS

16 Aug

 “Quaker is teaming up with Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school wellness program, and Emmitt Smith to encourage and inspire families to balance eating sensibly and getting active as they fuel up for back-to-school.”

 1. Quaker is partnering with Emmitt Smith to help families understand the importance of eating sensibly and getting active to maintain a healthy lifestyle. From his days gearing up for football season, to getting his own kids prepped for the school year, Emmitt Smith knows firsthand that a healthy lifestyle helps families fuel greatness for the season ahead.

2. Quaker has been committed to fueling families for the past 138 years by offering nourishing products made with whole grain oats, educating families on the importance of leading an active lifestyle and seeking partners that offer physical activity solutions. Partners like Fuel Up to Play 60 and Emmitt Smith help continue that mission.

3. To learn more about Quaker products or news, visit http://www.quakeroats.com. To learn more about the nation’s largest in-school wellness program, visit FuelUpToPlay60.com. Follow @Quaker on Twitter.

 

Giveaway Details:

Quaker Fuel Up to Play 60 Family Fun Kit is helping you and your family fuel up for the new school year. We hope you’ll be inspired to share your own tips for including active play/sensible eating into their family’s back-to-school routines.

 Each Quaker® Fuel Up to Play 60 Family Fun Kit will include:

· Personally autographed headshot of NFL Legend, Emmitt Smith

· Custom storage water bottle for convenient, on-the-go use

· Dry erase, magnetic weekly planner to stay on top of your family’s activities

· On-the-go oatmeal mug for busy weekday mornings

· Jump rope for the whole family to combine fun and physical activity

· A foam Fuel Up to Play 60 football for active play

· A cute, durable storage bin to put it all in!

· A variety of Quaker products to fuel your morning, including Quaker Chewy Granola Bars and Instant Oatmeal Protein Cups

To enter this giveaway:

Must be subscribed to my blog Fivelittlewords.net

Follow me on Instagram @nilimo

Follow me on Twitter @nilimonicky 

Follow @Quaker on Twitter

Leave a comment telling me how you are including active play and sensible eating in your family’s back to school routine. Also comment with your social media handles and tell me you’ve completed everything mentioned. Giveaway starts today August 16, 2015 and ends August 30th. Winner announced August 31st on Twitter. 

Disclosure: Five little Words is an Ambassador for Quaker. I was not compensated for for this post. Quaker is responsible for shipment of prize. 

  
 

 

Giveaway: 2 Month Supply of FijiWater 

16 Aug

I recently wrote about my morning with Fiji Water so incase you missed the post click the link here: https://fivelittlewords.net/?s=Fiji&submit=Search It will be the post underneath this giveaway. 

In that post I mentioned I was given a lucky reader a 2 month supply of Fiji Water. In order to win you must be:

Subscribed to my blog: FiveLittleWords.net

Following me on Instagram: @nilimo

Following me on Twitter @nilimonicky 

Following @Fijiwater on Twitter

Leave a comment with your handles for Twitter and Instagram saying you did all the above. 

Giveaway starts today August 16, 2015 and ends August 30th. A winner will be announced  on Twitter August 31st. Five Little Words is not responsible for shipping prize. 

  

Giveaway: Breyers Gelato Indulgences Picnic Date Night Kit

10 Aug

With the kids out of school and summer in full swing, you may be finding it hard to schedule a date night with your special someone. But it can be easier than you think! Breyers Gelato Indulgences wants to offer you a sweet solution – no flowers or reservations required. 

You can squeeze in quality time right in your own backyard or local park with a picnic date night kit from Breyers Gelato Indulgences, including:  

· One (1) outdoor picnic blanket, handwoven from genuine Turkish cotton

· Three (3) full-value coupons for Breyers Gelato Indulgences, so you can enjoy a few of the brand’s premium gelatos, each featuring a creamy gelato, luscious sauce and gourmet toppings. More details on the eight varieties of Breyers Gelato Indulgences currently available are below.

· One (1) insulated cooler tote to transport your Breyers Gelato Indulgences to your date. This tote is also perfect for other outdoor events and trips to the market. 

· Two (2) heart-shaped Alessi designer spoons so you can dig in on your date! These spoons are crafted of 18/10 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe.

Current varieties of Breyers Gelato Indulgences include:

· New This Year: Cappuccino – Features cappuccino gelato with a foamy cream swirl and gourmet chocolate chips

· New This Year: Chocolate Caramel – Features chocolate gelato with luscious caramel sauce and gourmet chocolate curls

· New This Year: Mint Chocolate – Features mint gelato with a rich fudge swirl and gourmet chocolate curls

· New This Year: Strawberry Truffle – Features strawberry gelato with a rich fudge swirl and gourmet dark chocolatey truffles. 

· Vanilla Caramel – Features creamy vanilla gelato with luscious caramel sauce and gourmet caramel curls

· Raspberry Cheesecake – Features cheesecake gelato with luscious raspberry sauce and gourmet graham crumble

· Tiramisu – Features mascarpone gelato with espresso sauce, ladyfinger cookie pieces & gourmet cocoa

· Triple Chocolate – Features milk and dark chocolate gelato with white chocolate sauce & chocolate curls

  
Giveaway: Breyers is offering one of my readers the picnic date night kit mentioned above. To enter make sure you are subscribed to my blog, following me on Instagram @nilimo and Twitter @nilimonicky and following @Breyers on Twitter. Leave a comment below telling me why you could use a date night or what flavor gelato you will bring to your picnic. 

Giveaway ends August 20, 2015 and winner announced August 21,2105. Five Little Words is not responsible for shipment of prize. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a date night kit for reviewing purposes. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Reader Giveaway of the Limited-Edition Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce

24 Jul

I am sharing a giveaway with my fantastic readers. For those who love to cook whether you’re marinating, barbecuing or you are in need of a sauce to dip your veggies in I’ve got something for you. Warning: I’ve been addicted to this sauce since the first time I tasted it at the BBQ launch party and it blew me away. You will be blown away so make sure people are around to catch you. 

 About the Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce:

The perfect accompaniment to backyard BBQ’s and gatherings of family and friends, the Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce translates the dark fruit and caramelized flavors of the Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon into a sweet and tangy molasses-based sauce. The limited-edition recipe is ideal as a marinade, dipping sauce or topping for everyone’s favorite summer meats and vegetables, including ribs, grilled chicken, pulled pork, hamburgers, bratwurst and grilled vegetables. Its flavors are amplified further when paired with a glass of Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon ($6.99 per 750mL bottle / $10.99 per 1.5L bottle). The sauce is available through September 30, 2015 on Amazon.com.

Check out my post I wrote about the launch of this amazing sauce here: https://fivelittlewords.net/?s=Woodbridge&submit=Search

Who’s ready to win? I’ve got 4 bottles of Woodbridge Wine Cue Sauce up for grabs. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me how you are going to use your sauce. Also, make sure you are following me on Twitter @nilimonicky and Instagram @nilimo and leave a comment that you did with both your handles for Twitter and Instgram. Contest ends August 6, 2015. Winner announced August 7, 2015. You have 24 hours to claim prize or new winner will be picked. Good luck!!  I extended this giveaway. It will end August 27, 2015 and winners will be picked August 28, 2015. One winner already won so there are 3 bottles left. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given jars of sauce to review and a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. Opinions are mine as always 100%. 

   
    
 

MOTHER’S DAY AT BELMONT PARK VIP STYLE #ABRMomsDayAtBelmont

12 May

This year I celebrated Mother’s Day at Belmont Park. America’s Best Racing invited mommy bloggers and their families to a VIP fun filled day with food, drinks, racing and activities. 

My kids and I were very excited to go to Belmont. This was our first time. We took the LIRR train and once there was escorted to the private area where there are picnic tables with umbrellas, grills and a front row to see the horses up close when they’re racing. 

Food was great! Everything from sandwiches, bagels, burgers, hotdogs, salads, desserts, and drinks.

I didn’t wear a fancy hat but my kids and did dress up. Everyone looked nice. 

My son and I learned how to pick horses by their name, number or how many wins they have, the jockey, his weight, his age, etc, etc. My first bet of the day I won some money. However, I’m still not a millionaire. I will be one day. All the kids had their favorites and were calling out the numbers that they wanted to win. 

We took a tour of the Paddock. That’s where the horses, jockeys, trainers and owners meet. The horses were calm walking around by their trainer getting a little exercise . The owners stood around waiting to meet with the jockeys. The jockeys were very friendly and even stopped and spoke with our kids and took pictures. After a hope you win wish from the kids the jockeys got on their horses and headed to the track. 

In the back of Belmont near the Paddock is a park for the kids. We didn’t get a chance to go but my kids saw it and we will go back and visit next time. 

Dan Tordjman and Victoria Garofalo Brand Ambassadors for Team ABR Live were just the sweetest. They made everyone feel welcomed, conversated with all and told us everything about Belmont Park. It’s as if we knew each other for years. I want to thank both of them for inviting us so we could experience this. It was a great add-on to my Mother’s Day. 

Check out Americas Best Racing on Twitter: @TeamABRLive  Instagram: @AmericasBestRacing 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

   
                  

CHARM IT! Design A Charm Contest #charmit

23 Apr

Saturday, April 18th partners CHARM IT! and Crayola held an event at Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC. It was for their Design-A -Charm Contest. Kids were invited to the event and encouraged to design an original charm for the chance to have it produced as an actual CHARM IT! charm.

It was a packed house and my daughter was very excited to get creative and design a charm. I think she did over ten designs. She loves drawing and I was happy to see her put her skills to good use. Hopefully one of her designs will come to life. 

She’s always been a fan of charms and girly accessories. I loved the way the staff wore the charms for necklaces as well as bracelets. They showed us the winning charms from their last contest. Kids know what they like and it shows in these wonderful charms. 

There was a photo booth for the kids and parents with different charm it props and a cute background. We had fun with that. Cupcakes that looked like one of the charms. Breakfast foods and beverages were also provided. 

These charms were tested in highly accredited labs and are safe. This is a big plus in my book. Here is a list of ways to care for your charms courtesy of CHARM IT!

Follow these basic care tips and enjoy your CHARM IT! collection! 

Remove CHARM IT! before engaging in rigorous activities or sports for safety. 

Remove CHARM IT! before hand-washing, bath and showers and swimming in chlorine pools or salt water. 

Remove CHARM IT! from all pockets before doing laundry. 

Do not clean CHARM IT! with any jewelry cleansers or chemicals intended for precious metal jewelry. 

Do. It wear CHARM IT! immediately after application of body lotions, sunscreen, creams and perfumes. 

The contest hasn’t ended yet. There’s still time to enter. You have till May 6, 2015. To enter head to http://www.shopcharm-it.com/contest and download the official entry form and let your kids get their charm skills on. Also check out @Charm_It and @Crayola on Twitter. 

What will your child create? 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. We were invited to the event and given gift bags. Opinions are mine 100% as always.