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#KidzVuzBTS Bash Recap 2015 

31 Jul

KidzVuz Back to School Bash was held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on West 52nd St. this year July,18. The space was just right for everyone in the Central Park East and West ballrooms. 

My kids were first to run inside and we didn’t know where to start first. There were so many tables filled with great toys. Here is the list of sponsors who attended: 

Lysol : #LysolThat

LG – @LGUS

Lego – @LEGO_group

Wonder Workshop – @WonderWorkshop

Chuze – @GetChuze

WWE – @WWE, @NatbyNature @theMarkHenry

Lego Dimensions @LegoDimensions

Star Stable @StarStable

Game Stop @gameStop

Simply Mac @SimplyMacStore

Hasbro – @HasbroNews

ClassroomDirect @ClassroomDirect

Pixels – @PixelsMovie

Laser Pegs – @laserpegs

Domain.me @DomainMe

Philips @PhilipsSound

Dentek @Dentek

AVG @AVGFree

Mommy Nearest @MommyNearest

No Kid Hungry @NoKidHungry

Metropolitan Museum @metmuseum

The Broadway League @TheBroadwayLeague

LG was one of my favorites. I love their appliances and got to see the newest in washer and dryers and refrigerators. The kids made lunches to take in their plastic containers and even got aprons at the LG station. For every tweet LG donated $10 to No Kid Hungry so each tweet could connect a child struggling with hunger with up to 100 meals. I thought that was great and support No Kid Hungry through their blogger program. 

Dentek showed us the latest in their kids fun flossers , toothbrushes and toothpaste. You could also decorate cookies with edible markers. 

Wonder Workshop had a fun robots for the kids to control using a tablet and they were called Dash and Dot robots. My kids loved stopping here and working the robots. 

Phillips had this Mix DJ sound system and my son was definitely the DJ. He did a great job mixing music. I have to get one for him. (My 12 yr old) My oldest son DJ’s and this would be great for them to work on this together. They also had screen cleaners which I picked the Rose scent to clean my phone and kill bacteria and germs. There was also the wireless portable speaker asked the FL3X which was cool. 

Lysol had a cute station where kids played a game called Kill the Germs like a whack a mole version and took a picture in a cutout cardboard posing like a scientist, then a classroom set up with tablets learning about germs. I loved the coupons that were given out because I am a Lysol fanatic. 

For all those Broadway fans out there like our family The Broadway League was in the house handing out swag. 

My daughter got her hair done with glitter at Star Stable station along with a goodie bag. Laser Pegs handed out light up necklaces. Classroom Direct gave a backpack and school supplies. 

Met Museum letting parents know about their new digital feature MetKids launching in September 2015. 

WWE wrestler/diva Mark Henry and Natalya took pictures and gave autographs. They are both down to earth. Mark Henry is a big teddy bear. Glad to be a #wwemom

My kids enjoyed seeing the Game Stop table and playing video games. My daughter made sure to talk about germs with KidzVuz camera crew. There were treats throughout the room for the kids to snack on. Mommy Nearest had cupcakes for the kids to decorate. 

We enjoyed all the sponsors and can’t wait to do it again next year. Thank you to the KidzVuz team for another amazing Bash! Big shout out to my daughter Taylinn who had my business cards in her bag and handed them out to the sponsors. Great job!! 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are ours 100% as always. We were given swag. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Bratz Dolls Empower Girls To Create Their Own Worlds #BratzBesties 

31 Jul

Back in June I was invited to a never-before-seen preview of the re-launched Bratz doll. It was held at Hundred Acres down on MacDougal St. In NYC. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast and took a look at the dolls and their accessories.  

 On July 25, MGA Entertainment’s popular fashion doll franchise, Bratz, made its comeback with a new mantra to empower girls to create their own worlds. Celebrating creativity, confidence and friendship, the event was held at the flagship Toys”R”Us in New York City’s Time Square and featured activity stations including braid bars and a photo booth. 

My daughter was very excited to see the collection, hang out at the activity stations, get her nails and hair done, have breakfast in the Skybox and take pictures with teen pop sensation, Skylar Stecker. She also signed her autograph on a cute pair of lips which is a iPhone 6 cell case. My daughter also got a picture with real-life Bratz and the inspiration for the Yasmin doll, Jasmin Larian who also talked about all the ways the brand has evolved over the years. Actress Nathalia Ramos also made an appearance and took pictures. 

There was a huge pair of pink lips cake that was so delicious. You know we just couldn’t leave Toys R Us without getting in the Ferris Wheel. We got in the Barbie car. 

Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckPH4uD4nJw 

Bratz Brand Anthem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckPH4uD4nJw

Bratz ‘Meet the Bratz’ (stop motion animation teaser): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL1LGEMljAA

 http://www.bratz.com/

It’s always hard to choose one doll as your favorite when there’s a collection. I like them all. My daughter was sent Sasha from the Sleepover party collection (Walmart exclusive). She loves the accessories and is having fun with Sasha. She can’t wait to get the entire collection. 

You can find the Bratz dolls at Toys at Us. Walmart & Target now. 

Disclosure: I was given a gift card in June for attending and my daughter received a doll for review. Opinions are 100% ours as always. Thank you to everyone involved in inviting us to these events.

   
    
    
    
    
   
    
    

    
    
     

2015 Blogger Bash Recap #BBNYC 

30 Jul

Blogger Bash came and went so fast if I had to  do it all again I would. July 16,17, two days of meeting new people, seeing friends, taking notes, networking and just doing what I love doing. 

This was the best one yet. I loved the location at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers NYC. Everything looked absolutely stunning and held just the right amount of people without it being overcrowded. 

There were so many exhibitors I can’t even begin to mention them all but it was great meeting all of them and seeing the ones I already knew.

The first day started with a Share Your Care Brunch. Of course it wouldn’t be a brunch if Care Bear wasn’t there. Brunch was delicious and we also got to take pics with Care Bear. I am also happy to say I am officially a Care Bear Ambassador. How cool is that? 

After brunch The Blue Man Group gave an exclusive performance for BBNYC attendees at Astor Place Theater. I chose to skip only because I want to experience this with my family first. I heard it was great and can’t wait for us to see. 

Sweet Suite was the final adventure of the afternoon. With over 80 toy and game sponsors I couldn’t wait to play with toys and see what’s in store this year. It was packed and I tested out so many toys and just had a fabulous time. The food and drinks were off the chain. After having fun inside my friends and I went on the outside deck to take in the views and take pics. It ended at 9 p.m.. 

Day 2: If you’re a Disney Infinity fan then you should have been at the Disney Infinity breakfast not just for the amazing food but you could have been one of the first to play Disney Infinity’s latest installment Disney Infinity 3.0, which features new Star Wars toys and gameplay. We took home two Disney Infinty 3.0 characters. 

Speaker sessions, Speaker panels and Brand speed dating were available throughout the day. Bloganthropy Awards which recognizes and honors bloggers who use their social media influence to support charitable causes which I think is wonderful was held at Blogger Bash. 

Baby Palooza was up next with baby photographer Anne Geddes. Tons of baby products were on deck to check out. 

The Peanuts Keynote Lunch was one of my favorites. Blogger Bash sure knows how to spoil us with all the delicious food they had. Cast members from the Peanuts were there to talk about the characters they played, how much fun they had and how they were picked. They were so cute and very funny. My kids and I can’t wait for this movie. Snoopy himself made an appearance and we took home fun swag form The Peanuts. 

Rite Aid sponsored a fantastic Recharge Lounge overlooking the Hudson River at BBNYC. Everyone were able to relax and recharge while learning about Rite Aid and their cool initiatives, products, and services. Loved all the products they gave out. Especially loved the Chocolate Pecan Clusters. 

Rene Syler spoke at the Brand New You event about health and wellness. Rene is deep and doesn’t let anything stop her. She’s been through a lot but she’s a go-getter. I love her inspiring words. 

Teleflora, the world’s leading flower delivery service, served as the official flower sponsor of BBNYC! Teleflora’s beautiful floral arrangements was on display throughout both days. 

Last event of the night was the Canadian Lentils Closing Carnival. Upon entering I noticed the game booths where I immediately tested my skills and won a few prizes. There were jugglers, magicians, a lady hanging from a chandelier upside down serving you champagne. Band, dancers, tall guy on stilts  and on and on. The food was made with none other than Lentils. Cupcakes with lentil, hamburgers,, pretzels, even the ice cream which was the best thing for me. I didn’t think I would like it but it was good. Loved the photo booth and all the acts. 

Until next year! It’s been a blast. 

Disclosure: I was given a ticket to attend. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

EXCLUSIVE JOURNEY GIRLS ITALY INSPIRED DOLL COLLECTION AT TOYS R US

23 Jul

My daughter was so excited to hear that we were invited to Toys R Us in Times Square, NYC to get a sneak peek of the latest Journey Girls collection – dolls, fashions, accessories and feast on playful dishes and treats inspired by the country that the Journey Girls are exploring in 2015.

As we arrived we were greeted by al the beautiful dolls. Each child was told to pick the doll they liked. Some kids wanted more than one. Can you blame them? They all rock!! I wanted all the outfits. Lol. Very fashionable and had awesome accessories. 

Here are the names and descriptions of the Journey Girls dolls which will be available for $39.99 each, exclusively at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com/JourneyGirls for ages 6 years and up, beginning this September:

Chavonne, a multi-talented performer, will guide the girls through Milan, the City of Theatres, in a black-and-white striped top under a vibrant pink petite coat and trendy floral pants that match her navy slip-on shoes. No batteries required.

 

Journey Girl® Callie from Toys“R”Us®

Callie will seek out the best shops to show her friends the latest fashion trends, while wearing a black-and-white mini dress paired with an embroidered, blush colored jacket and elegant pink shoes and headband to complement her entire look. No batteries required.

 

Journey Girl® Dana from Toys“R”Us®

Dana, an animal lover, will be sure to stop by her favorite parco nazionale and protected reserves which are home to a variety of wildlife, all while dressed in a silver knit sweater and brown faux-fur vest with jeans, along with a leopard-print tote bag and chic brown boots. No batteries required.

 

Journey Girl® Kelsey from Toys“R”Us®

Adventure seeker Kelsey will challenge herself by taking on the best hiking trails and exploring marine life within Italy’s 4,000-plus miles of coastline! While out on the town, Kelsey will sport a grey and blue embroidered shift dress with navy headband, as well as a navy and emerald faux-leather shoulder handbag and navy flat shoes. No batteries required.
Journey Girl® Kyla from Toys“R”Us®

Kyla is ready to find the best spots rich with art and culture, dressed to explore the Italian art scene in a ‘Ciao!’ printed top with striped sleeves, pink wrap skirt, a black and white clutch and floral and classic pink flats. No batteries required.

 

Journey Girl® Meredith from Toys“R”Us®

Meredith’s athletic charm will help inspire all her friends to partake in awesome quests in Italy, and her sense of style will shine bright, as she dons a blue sparkle t-shirt, white striped circle skirt, pink handbag and trendy pink shoes. No batteries required.

 

Journey Girl® Mikaella from Toys“R”Us®

Mikaella, outfitted in a purple knit sweater with silver embroidery detail, metallic silver brocade pants, black flats and an elegant silver and pink envelope clutch handbag, will lead her friends to the finest cafes and pasticcerias in town. No batteries required. Available now in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com. 

Dana was the most popular doll of the afternoon which is who my daughter picked. Of course she would also love to collect them all. Once inside the kids took their dolls to the accessories station to collect new outfits, shoes, hair clips, etc. there was a photo booth with backdrops of Italy, canolli making table, arts and craft and the lunch and dessert was so delicious. 

Here’s what Toys R Us had to say: 

 Toys“R”Us® announced that it is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its award-winning*, private label Journey Girls® brand with an updated collection of artfully crafted fashions and highly detailed accessories. Beginning this September, customers will find their favorite dolls outfitted in styles perfect for their next Journey Girls adventure, an Italian excursion, in stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com/JourneyGirls. The company designed this quality 18-inch doll line in 2010 as an affordable option – at $39.99 – for doll enthusiasts and collectors of all ages. What began as a collection of four dolls and complementary fashions, has expanded to a selection of seven dolls, hundreds of mix-and-match clothing options and dozens of must-have accessories. In the five years since the brand’s inception, Journey Girls characters have gone on worldwide adventures spanning 20,000 miles around the globe, from London to Paris and now Italy, adding to their individual and collective backstory.

In preparation for the 2015 holiday season, Toys“R”Us is stocking its inventory with new, adorable fashions and accessories that help extend imaginative play. From furniture and pets, to stylish clothing and hair salon sets, all fashions and accessories are quality made, realistically detailed and scaled to fit 18-inch dolls. The brand also offers a wheelchair and crutch accessories set, providing children with disabilities the opportunity to reflect themselves during playtime. To coincide with the launch of the latest dolls, new Journey Girls accessories will debut in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com this September, including a Best in Class School Set, Birthday Celebration Set and Pet Grooming Set.

 The Journey Girls brand is currently available for purchase at all Toys“R”Us stores across the U.S., and select stores in International  markets across the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Spain and the U.K., among many others.

Additionally, to celebrate the gal-pals’ fifth anniversary trip to Italy, the company is encouraging parents and kids to share their Journey Girls experiences with @ToysRUs on Instagram and Twitter, as well as Facebook.com/Toysrus. Fans are invited to post photos of themselves and their dolls traveling the country – or even the globe – as well as engage with one another and Toys“R”Us using #JourneyGirls. For enthusiasts looking for Journey Girls inspiration online, the Toys“R”Us Pinterest page, Pinterest.com/Toysrus, will feature the dolls’ different fashion looks, delicious Italian treat ideas, do-it-yourself arts and crafts and more.

We had a fabulous time and even the boys came and supported Journey Girls. It was a fun day that will always be remembered. My daughter plays with her doll everyday and can’t wait to get her some siblings. Maybe one day we can visit Italy. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. We were invited to this event at Toys R Us and was given a doll. Opinions are 100% mine as always. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

NEW YORK BABY SHOW FAVORITES & BLOGGER LOUNGE RECAP

21 May

The New York Baby Show presented by New York Family Magazine was in full effect over the weekend, May 16,17 at Pier 92 in NYC. I always appreciate these shows even though my kids aren’t babies anymore. However, I do have baby/toddler cousins. My readers also have babies/ toddlers and I’m sure they appreciate reading about the latest, greatest baby strollers, toys, clothes, furniture, etc. 

We went the first day and was there for the ribbon cutting ceremony with NBC News Anchors Erica Hill and Sheinelle Adams. Rosie Pope was in the house as well. Canon was the presenting sponsor of the New York Baby Show. Momtrends hosted the Blogger Lounge (#MomtrendsLounge) this year and child care was also provided. It was much needed and a big Thank You goes out to them for that. There was pampering for bloggers from GlamSquad giving the ladies manicures, hair and makeup touch-ups. My daughter immediately had her nails done. After we walked around and visited stations we came back to the lounge for a delicious lunch and raffles. My son decided to stay in the lounge because he’s not into baby things but he’s a great helper with kids and parents have told me he’s a very caring person and the kids love playing with him. He’s 12 and loving with his sister too. He had fun up in the lounge. My daughter saw a few of her friends in child care and wanted to play so I sent her off to have more fun. She was in good hands with The Nanny League. They are great with kids of all ages. 

NYC Dads Group hosted the Dad’s Lounge sponsored by Dove Men Care. They took care of the dad’s and moms by welcoming them in their lounge to change and feed their babies, get tips, advice and tricks from other dad’s. 

Quinny & Maxi-Cosi, Stokke, Evenflo Feeding, Delta Kids, Pottery Barn Kids, Mamas & Papas, Please and Carrots, Happy Family, Plum Organics, Shoosha True, Babies R Us, Britax, Vitamix, 92Y, Lincoln Center, The Bump provided reading material with the inside scoop of getting pregnant and pregnancy. New York Family Magazine another favorite magazine also provided reading material for helping parents enjoy raising kids in the city and beyond. 

Mabel’s Labels handed bloggers a pack full of labels with our names on it and a few dog tags. I use them for the kids school books, lunches and clothing. They come in handy. The goody bags were filled with fabulous items from lots of brands. A few of my favorite things from the goodie bags and on the floor were: Hatch Things have a lightweight caryall bag called “Sureshop” that won’t let your stroller fall over. I’m sure we’ve all experienced this with our strollers. I wish I had these when my kids were little but as a bag fanatic i can never say no to a good bag. While walking the floor my daughter found these cute reuseable garden snack bags from Green Sprouts. Comes in a 2-pack snack size and sandwich size. Fun styles. Safety 1st showed and awesome step and go stroller. Fold down is easy and to open just step down on the foot pedal and it fully opens up. No hands! Love it! Primary has amazing kids clothes for boys and girls for under $25. The softest material up to size 10. Mixed Pears make the cutest portable food scissors for parents to cut food to the right bite size. They are called “BiteSizers” and come in a variety of colors. 

Canon had fun interactive activities for the entire family. There was a play area where parents could take photos of their children, and have one-on-one guidance on capturing that once-in-a-lifetime moment.  There was also a Pregnancy Portrait Studio where expecting moms could had a professional photographer snap and print a baby bump photo. Canon experts also hosted two photography seminars to lead new and expecting parents through Baby Steps lessons for each stage of their child’s life.

These are just some of the brands that were in attendance. For more info check out @newyorkbabyshow and @momtrends on Twitter. 

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. Opinions are mine 100%. 

   
         

#SHAREYOURCARE AND WIN! CARE BEARS ONLINE VIDEO CHALLENGE 

7 May

  


For more than 30 years, the Care Bears have been on a mission to help make the world a better place by spreading messages of sharing and caring wherever they go. Now, in an online campaign, the Care Bears are asking people to #ShareYourCare and post videos telling the Care Bears how you make the world a better place by showing how you LOVE, CARE, SHARE and HELP others every day! The #ShareYourCare contest will award some lucky Care Bears fans with pre-paid Care Bears branded Mastercards and themed merchandise.

 

From May 4TH through May 31ST, participants can enter the challenge by uploading 15-30 second videos to www.CareBearsShare.com, and using hashtag #ShareYourCare. Videos should identify how Care Bears fans share their care, based on four themes: Love, Care, Share and Help. Here is an example of New York – Sharing Their Carehttps://youtu.be/JDIKmzEG4uM

 

Each week, one video will be chosen and the winner awarded a $500 pre-paid Care Bears branded Mastercard and prize pack. Videos will be judged on the following criteria:

·         Originality

·         Best use of Care Bears brand

·         Best use of Love, Care, Share or Help theme

·         Most charitable

·         “Awwhhh factor”

Then, from June 1 through June 7, fans will be able to vote on the four weekly winning videos to determine the video that will be selected as the grand prize winner. This winner will be announced on June 8 via social media and receive a $1000 pre-paid Care Bears branded MasterCard.

  

 

In addition to viewing submissions on CareBearsShare.com, fans can find highlights of the #ShareYourCare video challenge on all of the Care Bears social media. All winners and announcements will be communicated via social media. (see below)

 

Care Bears Social Media Handles:

Website:  www.CareBears.com
Twitter and Instagram: @CareBearsFriend
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CareBears
YouTube: http://www.YouTube.com/CareBears
Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/CareBearsAGP 
Hashtag: #ShareYourCare

  

 

TTPM SPRING SHOWCASE HOTTEST TOYS 2015 RECAP 

4 May

TTPM had their Spring Showcase and as always I had a great time seeing the hottest toys of Summer 2015. We started with a press conference unveiling the top products and trends for the season from the TTPM editorial team. My favorite part was testing out the toys and meeting with more than 30+ companies from Nickelodeon, Lego, Toys R Us, Mattel, Universal, Hasbro, etc. 

Are you looking for a great scooter for your kids or even yourself? I am. Well Micro Kickboard has amazing scooters for ages 1 and up. Their smooth gliding and polyurethane wheels and a flexible fiberglass reinforced deck absorbs bumps in the sidewalk. As a New Yorker I found this the number one reason these are the perfect scooters. Also lightweight and portable. There is also a two-way kickstand on the Micro Black/White for ages teen/adult. Love that too!! The Micro Sprite for ages 8+ is only 5.5 lbs. with an adjustable height handle bar that extends 34 inches above the deck. Colors available: Red, Black, Blue, Pink, Purple and Silver. The Micro Mini 3 in 1 is a ride on toy and scooter that grows with children from 1-5 yrs old in 3 stages. Now that’s getting your money worth. Our family will love these. For more info on all the scooters check out http://www.microkickboard.com 

K’nex showed us their Mighty Makers collection. Created by an all female marketing and design team these construction toys are designed to empower girls to build big ideas through creative and stimulating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The set comes with colorful rods, connectors, panels and story based instructions that follow the adventures of the included female figure. Choose from Inventor’s Clubhouse, Ferris Wheel, and Home Designer to name a few. My daughter is going to love this. Check out knex.com 

Just Play came through with he mini snowmen from DISNEY’S Frozen movie. They are called Snowgie Chatterbacks. These plush characters talk and repeat what you say in funny voices as their heads and bodies bob up and down. The Sheriff Callie’s Callie-oke Sing Along is great for those who love singing. Press her badge to hear her sing her theme song and dance along. There is more available from this line as well. Go online to http://www.justplayproducts.com 

Alex Toys DIY Bro Bands are great for the boys in the family who want to make friendship bracelets to give to his friends. You can make 15 bracelets in 2 styles with lots of patterns in glow and neon. I loved the hair chalk pens that were for the guys but us girls can use it too. Includes 6 hair chalk pens that are washable. For the girls Shrimky Dinks Bake & Shape Jewelry. Amazing Knitter, make tons of knitted strands to create necklaces, bracelets and headbands. Slinky is still around for those that remember. This Slinky makes 10 different silly sounds as it flips and walks.  Their web is http://www.alexbrands.com

This year TTPM had furry friends greeting us. Nerf teamed up with the dogs to bring your best friend toys that will have them barking to stay out and play all day. Squeaker football, crunchable football, football launcher, barbell chew toy, rubber tennis ball, whistling flyer disc and a squeaker bone are just some of the toys available to keep your dog active the entire day outdoors and in. Check out the entire collection at : http://www.nerfpet.com

Zing Toys is coming at you with their Firetek Rocket and Firetek Bow. The Rocket has a light switch that you turn on, then attach the light up rocket to the launcher, pull the tab and let it roar in the sky. It flies up to 250 feet high. Each set comes with two light up rockets and one launcher. The Bow now with blazing LED light up power. Just hook the Zonic blaze arrow into the loops then pull back and it’s ready to fire. Soaring through the air up to 145 ft. Both are for ages 8+. The Air Huntress Firetek Bow available for girls in two colors: pink and purple or pink and black. http://www.zingtoys.com http://www.firetekbow.com for more info. 

Minions made an appearance at TTPM for pic ops and to greet the kids that cam later on during the day. The gifting suite was handing out Minion helmets which were so cute. You could choose one eye or two on the helmet. These are  going to be a big hit this summer and for many more to come. I could never get tired of Minions. We all love them. 

Skyrocket Toys have these helmets available. They also have safety pads, a Minion Kickboard and goggle swim mask for the water for ages 3 and up. There’s also the Minion Singing Sound Pad that plays hilarious musical Minion sounds and harmonies.  For more visit http://www.skyrockettoys.com

These are just some of the toys. For a list of all the hottest toys please check http://www.ttpm.com

My kids will be reviewing toys soon so look out for their favorites. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given toys for my kids and I to review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

   
     

I HELPED @MarloThomas @Kmart & @StJude FILL #KmartCarts FOR A GOOD CAUSE

22 Dec

Kmart hosted a very special toy shopping spree for the patients of St. Jude. Marlo Thomas, St Jude’s National Outreach Director for the patients of St Jude was in attendance. Kmart K-Club bloggers, Marlo Thomas and a St. Jude beautiful patient, 11-year old Mary Browder stocked carts with the hottest toys of the season to donate to families who will spend their holidays at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have been providing free treatment for every child with cancer and life threatening diseases for over 50 years. I never knew their services were free. This is awesome. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Kmart is the leading fundraising partner in the history of St. Jude Children’s Research a hospital, having already raised more than $13 million for St. Jude this holiday season alone. In 2013 Kmart Shop Your Way members and customers donated a record $21.9 million to St. Jude- the single largest corporate partner donation ever to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. Kmart has raised more than $72.2 million for St. Jude through in-store and online donations.

Bloggers made their way to Kmart in Penn Plaza, NYC to fill carts full of toys for the kids of St. Jude. As a mother of 4 I knew this was an event I wanted to be a part of to help out the children and put smiles on their faces.

I got into the holiday spirit, put on my Santa hat and filled my empty cart up full of goodies. It was so stuffed I was still trying to add more. I picked out toys, games and costumes for all ages. The aisles were packed full of the hottest toys and I made sure to put it all in my cart. I felt like I was on a shopping spree for my kids. My daughter saw the pictures of me with my cart full of toys and asked are those for her and I explained about St. Jude and how we should help out and give to others. She said she wish she could have been there to help fill the carts. That made me very happy. We took in unwrapped toys to donate to our local pantry that week.
My cart alone totaled over $1300 in toys.
This was an amazing event. Over $10,000 in toys were donated. I’m glad I was a part of this amazing cause. Thank you Kmart.

Donations and info can be found here:
http://www.stjude.org
http://www.kmart.com/StJude
@Stjude on Twitter

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kmart. All opinions are mine as always 100%.

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#MomMixer HOLIDAY SHOWCASE WITH @CVS_Extra in PHILLY

23 Nov

Another road trip was taken to Philly with my kids and friend Geanine and her son for the Mom Mixer with CVS Holiday Showcase. This year it was held at The Franklin Institute which is beautiful. There’s so many exhibits to see. We love museums and getting our education on. We will definitely return to check out the Sesame exhibit (The Body), Yoga with Elmo, Kitchen Science and Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out.

As always Colleen @ClassyMommy and Whitney @WhitneyMWS know how to get awesome sponsors to come out and meet a room full of bloggers for a fun filled day to gear us up for the holidays.

It was rainy and cold this particular day but that didn’t stop us. The kids were just as excited as we were and I couldn’t wait to see lots of familiar faces and new ones.

Sponsors in attendance and or gifts in gift bags included:
@CVS_Extra
@JustPlayToys
@StellaDot
@Morphmallow -Spaghetti Headz
@RodanFieldsHQ
@McDPhilly
@TeleBrands
@WickedCoolToys
@MixedBagDesigns
@StrideRite
@HasbroNews
@ZipzWine
@PaulFrankTweets
@WowCups
@TheFranklin
@ZipzWine
@SaharaSams
@DiggerlandUSA
@Colgate
@JenThomasJewels
@mabelhood

It was a room full of gift and stocking stuffer ideas from toys, lotion sets, coffee mugs, chocolates, cookies, even the famous North Pole communicator. CVS had me hooked with their delicious cookies and candy from their Gold Emblem line. I even won the CVS North Pole giveaway prize pack. I love to sparkle on holidays and Stella & Dot had beautiful sparkly jewelry and accessories. Stride Rite has cute comfy boots, sneakers and shoes for little feet. Spaghetti Headz had their famous hair accessories for the girls. Mixed Bags Designs provided everyone with their awesome huge reusable colorful bags to carry all of our gifts in. Wicked Cool Toys always bring along cool toys for the kids like Vrum the toy box that children ride on. Toys are packed inside while kids take a ride. Hasbro News is one of my kids favorite. My Little Pony, Play-Doh, Nerf, Transformers just to name a few. We love our board games like Monopoly and thanks for giving my son Battleship. TeleBrands amazed me and my kids with their Wow Cups. These are spill-free cups. Every family with kids should have theses. Kids can jump, run, roll and the drink always stays in. Amazing! Paul Frank gave out cute t-shirts in the gift bags. Love Paul Frank! Just Play Toys knew what they were doing when they had a display full of Care Bears, Puppy Surprise, Doc McStuffins Walk ‘n Talk Doc Mobile and Doodle Bear Toys. My daughter was extremely happy to win the Doc McStuffins Walk ‘n Talk Doc Mobile. Mcdonalds was happy to show everyone fresh ingredients used in their foods. Rodan and Fields a skincare company came with samples of their products for softer lips and face samples. My son spun the wheel at Sahara Sams table and won a pass to visit this amazing indoor/outdoor water park located in Berlin, NJ that’s open all year. We need to be there right now. We also want to visit Diggerland the only construction theme park located in West Berlin, NJ. Love water and theme parks. Elmo even made an appearance for the kids.

I’d like to thank everyone who made this event possible. My kids and I enjoyed ourselves. Will see Whitney and Colleen next year. We also had to make a stop at Geno’s Steak for Philly steaks. Yum.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are mine 100%. Gift bags were given.

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@LALALOOPSY WORLD’S LARGEST PAJAMA PARTY 11/15 #LalaPJParty

4 Nov

Let the countdown begin! We are just a couple weeks away from the Lalaloopsy World’s Largest PJ Party!

We are going to attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for most slumber party participants in multiple locations. The current record is 34,000 girls. We are hoping that with your help, we can smash that record!

Lalaloopsy’s World’s Largest PJ Party will be held on November 15th from 7-10 ET (4-7PT). We will be live tweeting (Twitter.com/lalaloopsy) and Facebook posting (Facebook.com/lalaloopsy) from the event. Join the fun using the hashtag #LalaPJParty. You will have the ability to win prizes, answer trivia questions & have the chance to enjoy all the Lalaloopsy activities.

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