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Top View Sightseeing NY Style #ad

13 Aug

Top View Sightseeing double decker tour buses have over 2 million happy customers.

I can definitely see why. I recently took a tour on one of these popular buses for a trendsbus event I covered with my blogger buddies.

Top View Sightseeing picked us up at one of their stops at South Street Seaport Pier 17. The buses are easy to recognize with their red, white and blue colors. I had a great time sitting outside on the upper deck. There’s also the option to sit inside on the lower level. Being outside up high got me awesome pics of landmarks in NYC. Yes I’ve seen these landmarks before as I was born and raised in NY but I don’t walk looking up taking pictures so Top View Sightseeing put me up close and personal where I got those amazing pics. I enjoyed hopping on and off and having the bus waiting till we got back then off to our next destination.

I love that Top View Sightseeing tours not only in Manhattan but The Bronx and Brooklyn as well. How amazing is that?

ABOUT: Launched in December of 2016, TopView now offers five different routes across NYC: Downtown Tour, Uptown Tour, Bronx Tour, Brooklyn Tour, and Night Tour.

Their destinations include the most essential sites for entertainment, shopping, culture, and history.

With four different All City Passes available there is sure to be one that will exactly fit your needs. Double Decker buses equipped with a state-of-the-art GPS triggered audio guiding system in 8 languages: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German, Korean, and Russian.

Booking your bus tour packages is simple, and when you buy NYC tour tickets online, you’ll save up to 50% off! You can also arrange group tours and save an extra 10%. Buying on their website is the most convenient and budget-friendly choice.

TopView Sightseeing, team is made up of local experts who know all of the best spots to hit. New York sightseeing bus tours with TopView include all the popular landmarks and attractions, and you’ll have the flexibility to see everything you want to see, without the stress of having to coordinate all of your top NY sightseeing stops Just hop on, they will take care of the rest, and hop off when you’d like to explore the sights further!

Let TopView Sightseeing help make your trip to New York City an unforgettable experience. Book your tour package today!

To book tickets and view packages check out: http://www.topviewnyc.com and head to @topviewnyc on Instagram.

Here are some of the super packages they offer:

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Thank you Top View Sightseeing for a fun tour.

LG TwinWash At @BestBuy #ad @LGUS

8 Feb

Have you heard about LG’s TwinWash system at Best Buy? I’m very excited about this washer. Not only do these washers have mega capacity to tackle any size load, they are energy efficient efficient while giving you the beat cleaning performance. households have chosen LG laundry over any other brand!

I love doing laundry but I hate going to crowded laundromats. I’m there for at least two to theeee hours depending on how much laundry I have and how many people are there. There’s never enough machines and sometimes they don’t do a thorough clean so I have to clean the clothes twice. Very annoying. Don’t get me started on the dryers that take so many quarters to dry. It’s so convenient when you have the right machine. I can wash and still do other things. Plus I can save so much money and don’t have to deal with the public and waiting for machines to become available to just do half the job. I want full cleaning. I have two kids left in school, I work and my two older sons work so clothes need to be washed weekly. Also changing bed sheets and fresh washcloths and towels are a must. I know LG has my back when it comes to these loads. 

With LG’s TwinWash system you get the best of both worlds. For small loads that can’t wait (The sweatpants after hot yoga, the red shirt in a pile of whites, the dirty school uniform on a Sunday night) there is the LG SideKick pedestal washer. You can even use it simultaneously while you do a bigger load up top on your LG Front load washer.

That’s definitely the kind of excitement I’m talking about. Here’s the link to shop and from 1/11-4/25 receive up to $500 off a LG laundry solution for your home. http://bby.me/m3qxa

Disclosure: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Weekend Family Fun in Philly With The 2016 Toyota Rav 4

28 Sep

I enjoy car loans and test driving around the mean streets of New York and going on weekend getaways and road trips with the family. The Toyota 2016 Rav 4  SUV showed up and I fell in love immediately with the size, the interior design and the color. If you’re from New York you know how bumpy the streets are. With the Rav 4 you don’t feel a thing. Smooth driving all week was what I was doing. 



When a car is delivered for a review it comes with a full tank of gas. I received it on a Monday and drove around taking care of errands and school drop offs with the kids. That Saturday was our family road trip to Philadelphia for a blogger event. Before our event started we toured the streets of Philly and the Museum. We made sure to get our Philly cheesesteaks and headed to the hotel after our event ended. We stayed the weekend in Philly and drove home Sunday. That full tank of gas got us there and back and I filled up a half tank in Manhattan for about $15. Can you say amazing? An EZ Pass also came with the Toyota Rav 4 courtesy of the company. That saved us a lot of money on tolls and we were very appreciative of that bonus. 



The Toyota Rav 4 is very comfortable and the heated seats kept us warm that chilly morning. I love the cup holders, in front and back, leather steering wheel, power moonroof and ECO Mode that helps maximize fuel economy. RAV4’s standard backup camera displays a real-time view of what the camera sees behind you on the 6.1-in. touch-screen display on the dash. Always great to have. 


The Entune Audio Plus system with Connected Navigation is standard on XLE and SE and ready to help you find your way. RAV4 is now equipped with the Scout GPS Link App, so simply pair your cell phone to get turn-by-turn directions.  I was happy to use this which came in handy. 


We left New York with 2 bags in the back and came back with loads of things. The trunk was full and the cargo space was perfect for all of our goodies. 

We give the Toyota 2016 Rav 4 eight thumbs up. Even though I have a big family and if I ever purchase a car or SUV I would need more seats but if I’m purchasing for myself this would be first on my list. I enjoyed driving and the kids enjoyed being back seat drivers. We miss it already and hope to drive it again. 
For more info head here: http://touch.toyota.com/rav4/2016

Disclosure: Thank you Toyota for loaning us the 2016 Rav 4 for a week to review. Opinions are ours 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

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Pete’s Dragon Movie Recap In Theaters Today #PetesDragon

12 Aug

I took the kids to an advance screening of Pete’s Dragon courtesy of Disney and we absolutely loved it. We attend lots of movies and Disney always catches my heart. Not only did my daughter and I cry I also had goose bumps. You know when you can feel something about to happen in a scene and then it happens and you say, I knew that was gonna happen. That’s how I was. 


I never saw the original but now I think it’s time to find it and buy a copy so we can see the difference. I’m glad this wasn’t animated. Love animated films but this was good just the way it was. The cast was amazing and Pete played by Oakes Fegley was wonderful. It was also good to see Robert Redford in this movie. 

Why can’t Elliot the dragon be real? At least he can disappear and camouflage into different things. Did I mention my daughter wants one? If I had the space I wouldn’t mind having him too. Just saying. 

Pete’s Dragon is in theaters today. Every child can handle things different so I suggest parents to see the trailer first.  My kids are ages 9 and 13 and they had no problems. We saw it in 3D. 

Here’s a Synopsis: A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”), Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (“Cedar Rapids”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.

 

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-yearold girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters today August 12, 2016.

Disney.com/petesdragon

Facebook.com/disneypetesdragon

Twitter.com/disneypetes

Instagram.com/disneypetesdragon

 

Disclosure: My family and I were invited to this screening. Opinions are our own 100% as always. 

Ebags Got You Covered For Travel 

27 Jun

I’m ready to take another cruise this year. Do you love traveling? Vacations and getaways are great. How great is your luggage? Do you regret packing because you know your luggage is not reliable? Do you have enough space? Are your bags rundown or don’t have wheels for easy travel? What about a lifetime warranty? If you’re ready for a change then I have just the right luggage for you. 

Ebags the #1 retailer in the country since 1999 have sold more than 25 million bags. Need useful tips and advice about bags, luggage and accessories? Ebags buying guides will not only help you make a more informed decision about your next bag purchase, they’ll also give you the information and advice you need to be an expert in travel, fashion, and more.

When I attended Momtrends travel event Ebags had a few items I knew I just had to have for traveling. One bag was the TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior. The tropical turquoise color just blew me away. My favorite features about this bag are: 

*Guaranteed for life under the eBags Lifetime Warranty

*Total weight of bag only (without additional straps) is 3 lbs. 6 oz.

*This ultimate carry-on travel backpack includes countless organizational details and a laptop compartment

*Zippered mesh panel inside the lid of the main compartment helps to divide and organize – many customers place dirty clothes in one side to keep them separated from clean ones.

*High-visibility 210D orange nylon lining makes finding your stuff a lot easier – plus it’s fun!

These are just some of the features. Want to see what other features the TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible can do? Check it out here: 

http://www.ebags.com/?utm_source=FiveLittleWds&utm_medium=Blogger&utm_campaign=Blogger?sourceid=BLGRALL

The second bag I had my eye on was the TLS Mother Lode Mini 21″ Wheeled Duffel. Also loved the Tropical turquoise color. Favorite features with this duffel: 

*Guaranteed for life under the eBags Lifetime Warranty and built with premium materials, wheels and handles

+Auto-retracting top lift handle keeps a low, out-of-the-way profile when not in use

*Moveable shelf to give you flexibility to pack and secure your belongings the way you want to

*Zippered 1.5″ expansion gusset increases the packing volume by 22% (so you can buy gifts for loved ones – ahem, yourself – during your travels)

For more info and features about the TLS Mother Lode Mini 21″ Wheeled Duffel click here: 

http://www.ebags.com/?utm_source=FiveLittleWds&utm_medium=Blogger&utm_campaign=Blogger?sourceid=BLGRALL

Ebags is having a big summer sale right now. Click here for the great prices: http://www.ebags.com/?utm_source=FiveLittleWds&utm_medium=Blogger&utm_campaign=Blogger?sourceid=BLGRALL

The final item I couldn’t go without we’re the incredible travel changing Ebags Ultralight Packing Cubes. 

Staying organized while traveling is easy when you embrace the concept of packing cubes. Divide and Conquer. Socks or Underwear in small cubes, T-shirts in slim cubes, Shirts and Slacks in large cubes. Sharing your packing space with family? Everybody gets their own color. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without these. 
With 4 kids and myself even though I can say I am a organized mom I find these very convenient and a life saver. I also don’t like putting our clothes in drawers at hotels so these are easy to just sit in the drawer without emptying the contents or just leave in the suitcase. 

Check out the colors here: http://www.ebags.com/?utm_source=FiveLittleWds&utm_medium=Blogger&utm_campaign=Blogger?sourceid=BLGRALL


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Disclosure: I was given product in exchange for my review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass Top 10 Reasons To See 

1 Jun

Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass was an incredible film. I took the kids to a screening that we were invited to by Disney. I love anything Disney and we were excited to see. The 3-D effects were perfect for this film. Lots of exciting things were coming at us from all angles. 


Why we liked it and why you should see it:

1. Adventure movies are fun. We get to follow along on a journey and hope that it turns out good in the end. 

2. Cheshire the Cat. I want to have him. Can I just take him home with me? Who doesn’t want Cheshire? I mean really. Love his voice, cool smile and disappearing acts. 


3. Johnny Depp “The Mad Hatter”, even though when his eyes turned black my daughter got a little scared he’s still super cool and I love his acting. I definitely need a wig like his. Would love him as a friend. 


4. Time. He’s the one in charge. He’s funny he is “time” and he just might make you like him. 


5. Alice. Yes women can do anything they put their mind to. Doesn’t fear anything. Must save her friend. 

6. Chronosphere . I need this so I can go back in time maybe three times a week. 
7. Red Queen. You will notice her. She has the enormous head with red hair, hence the name “Red Queen.” Is she really a bad/evil person or does she just want to be loved? 


8. You get to hear recording artist, Pink new song “Just Like Fire”

9. If you saw the first one you have to see this one. 

10. In theaters now! See a matinee, take a group, family fun day. Check out @DisneyAliceFilm on Twitter for more info. 

Disclosure: Thank you Disney for the invite. This is not a compensated post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Cinco de Mayo Must Haves from JCPenney

4 May

If you’re celebrating Cinco De Mayo at home or in your backyard you’ll want to make sure you not only have plenty of food and drinks but your decor must play a big part in your fiesta celebration as well.  

What better way to spruce up your party than with a bright tablecloth and napkins from JCPenney Home™ Hayden Indoor/Outdoor Table Linen Collection.

Cover your outdoor table in style with this fun, colorful designed tablecloth or napkins made for get togethers on any occasion.

*water resistant for easy cleaning

*polyester

*washable

*imported

On sale now $16.99-$29.99 depending on size

JCPenney Home™ Hayden Indoor/Outdoor Set of 4 Water-Repellent Napkins. 

Sale price $16.98

Here is the link to order: http://m.jcpenney.com/jcpenney-home-hayden-indooroutdoor-table-linen-collection/prod.jump?ppId=ens6006450010&catId=cat100240103&subcatId=cat100240016&deptId=dept20000011&_dyncharset=UTF-8&colorizedImg=DP0315201617065567M.TIF

What I like about this tablecloth and napkins is you don’t have to just use it for Cinco De Mayo. It can be used for any party, BBQ or get together. I will get good use out of my set thanks to JCPenney. 

We started our celebration a day ahead and my daughter and I had fun decorating the table with the tablecloth, napkins and lots of great food. It brightened up my table and took it to a whole new level. Take a look at how it went down in the Perez Casa.  

 Also, set the scene with bright, decorative pillows set atop of a sturdy outdoor lounge set. Or, serve up delicious cocktails using the Outdoor Oasis Diamond Facets Pink Melamine Pitcher with Hightail glasses or the Outdoor Oasis Flamingo Shaker with Melamine Glasses and Stirrers for a fun, festive touch. 

    
    
    
 
For more info head to http://www.jcpenney.com and on Twitter @jcpenney

Disclosure: This post is not compensated. I received product for my review and honest opinions which is always 100%. 

My Review of @MonsterProducts #YouDeserveBetter 

21 Mar

As a blogger, traveler and mom I am constantly on the go and so are my tablets and cell phones. Nowadays just about everyone owns a cell phone and or tablet but I don’t see lots of people with portable cell phone chargers and I always wondered why. If there’s one thing I hate its looking for an outlet. I rather keep it moving and get to where I have to go instead of searching for a place with an outlet that half the time doesn’t work or is being used. 

I was so happy when portable chargers made the scene but some were so worthless it only charged my phone half way that I would have to still find a place to charge. Was there a powerful portable charger that could handle my phone and tablet and give me more than one charge for the entire day that I was out and about?

Monster Products saved my day. I don’t leave home without my portable Monster charger. Monster Mobile PowerCard Turbo Portable Battery. Monster’s Power Card packs serious punch. Super thin, it fits into your wallet for power on the go. A great value and easy to transport, it’s perfect for quick emergency charges. 

The Power Card charges up to 3 times faster than standard USB chargers. 3 LEDs on the Power Card show your battery level and charge indicator. Use it with anything that requires USB charging. Power Card quickly provides five hours of energy to your smartphone. 

Check out the link for details: http://www.monsterproducts.com/Monster_Mobile_PowerCard_Turbo_Portable_Battery#productDetailsTabs1

  
When it comes to my music I must have the best in-ear headphones so I can hear every beat, base and word in the song I’m listening to. My headphones have to zone out background noise so I can be at peace with my music. I also don’t like in-ear headphones or earbuds that fall out of my ear. 

Monster has done it again with their Clarity HD High Definition In-Ear Headphones. I mean just the name alone should make you say I need to know more about these headphones. I don’t know how many headphones I’ve purchased in the past but I know they are no where to be seen or found. That was money wasted. I’m not saying things don’t break  or just ware out I’m saying I shouldn’t have spent all that money knowing I wouldn’t own at least one pair that I can say I’ve had longer than a month or two. 

With the Monster Clarity HD High Definition headphones I have stopped looking. These headphones have superior noise isolation that keeps the outside world out so you can focus on the music. Combined with Monster’s ControlTalk Universal in-line microphone, you can take and make crystal-clear calls and control music from any smartphone or tablet. Multiple ear tips ensure the best possible fit for any set of ears–and they won’t fall out like other earbuds. 

Look at them here: http://www.monsterproducts.com/ClarityHD-Earbuds?id=e54221d0-7ec6-4f3a-8fba-06670fde0a55#productDetailsTabs1

  
What’s a selfie without a selfie case? Selfie sticks are so banned and played out that Monster came up with a better idea. A selfie case for your IPhone that mounts to glass, mirror, acrylic, marble and other smooth, flat and glossy vertical surfaces. Special gel material functions like millions of tiny suction cups. It is also shock absorbent and impact resistant. Has high quality, flexible case body and provides improved grip. You can video chat and use GPS navigation hands free as well.

Did you see what I just wrote? It mounts to glass, mirrors, etc.. Hands free selfie case. When I first saw this demonstrated my mouth dropped. I love it and as much selfies as I take i couldn’t be more happier to own this. Want to see what I’m talking about? Here you go: http://www.monsterproducts.com/Monster-Mobile-Selfie-Case-for-iPhone?id=d60c593d-a4cb-422a-bd17-4a5ff65c8e44#productDetailsTabs1

  
Disclosure: I am a Monster Nation Reviewer. Items were given in exchange for my honest review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Disney’s Zootopia Review & Behind the Scenes with Animator Darrin Butters

2 Mar

We recently attended an advanced 3D screening of Disney’s animation film Zootopia. In the city of Zootopia there’s all types of animals from every environment living together. It reminds me of New York with neighborhoods like Sahara Square and Tundratown.  

When rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack acase, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman),to solve the mystery. 

My favorite characters were the Sloths. They’re in the DMV scene where it’s actually showing you how slow the DMV really is and the Sloths represent the workers. That was the funniest scene in my opinion. My kids enjoyed that part too. Another scene we enjoyed were the elephants in the ice cream shop. Wait till you see the giant pop that the so-called kid wanted. 

Voice Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Bonnie Hunt 

Hits theaters Friday, March 4, 2016

http://movies.disney.com/zootopia

@DisneyZootopia on Twitter 

I also attended a behind the scenes animation event with Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Darrin Butters. Darrin has been an animator on many of Disney’s top films including TANGLED, BOLT, WRECK IT RALPH and FROZEN. Butters began his career as an assistant animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios in September 1996. He shared exclusive clips and behind the scenes info on the upcoming ZOOTOPIA, and there was a Q&A session.

It was great to see what goes on in the making of animated films and how a persons expression can turn into something so funny when it’s shown on the big screen. Darrin Butters is a genius. His work is amazing. It was a pleasure listening and meeting him. 

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