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Who’s Ready To #MeetTheAddams ?#ValpakSpookySavings #Ad

10 Oct

This post is sponsored by Valpak.

Hubby and I attended a screening of Meet The Addams and it was an absolute dreadful, dark movie. Translation: It was a riot. We loved it 100%. If you didn’t realize I’m describing the movie as if I’m one of the Addams expressing my feelings. We love animated movies as much as the kids. There were lots of funny scenes and it reminded me of the original Addams Family I used to watch on television. I’m still laughing.

I was always a Wednesday fan and it’s funny now how I’m constantly wearing black but for work of course (haha).

Lurch was another favorite and wait till you see what he’s bringing to the big screen. You’ll be amazed. Can Morticia’s waist get any smaller? I mean what’s the name of the corset or spanx you’re wearing? Hook a girl up. Lol. I have to say I did miss Gomez kissing Morticia’s arm the way he did in the tv show but of course he’s still crazy about his wife.

Believe it or not I wouldn’t mind having The Addams Family as neighbors. Wait, I better be careful what I wish for. In the movie they really are closer than you think. So technically they are my neighbors. Lol. You’ll see when you check out the movie.

The soundtrack had me dancing and singing in my seat from Snoop Dogg to Christina Aguilera. Her new song “Haunted Heart “was catchy. I could recognize her voice anywhere.

Fun cast line up includes: Charlize Theron, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Martin Short, Jennifer Lewis and so on.

So of course I have to see it again because my kids want to see it and once they read this post or see my pics on Instagram they will realize we went without them. Sorry. But we really enjoyed it so we don’t mind. They deserve to see it anyway. They’ve waited patiently.

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Disclosure: As I mentioned in the very beginning this is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine/ours 100% as always.

Going Down Memory Lane with Google Photos New Features #GooglePhotos #Google

23 Sep

I recently attended a Google Photos event and should have known better for not having the Google Photos app in my phone. I felt like I was living in the Bedrock days. What was I thinking? Now that I was informed how easy and important it was to use this app I was blown away even more about all the new features that recently rolled out.

  • Memories: A digital version of a walk down memory lane of your private photos – rolled out on Android and iOS.

  • Canvas prints: Now, you can decorate your home with your favorite memories with canvas prints from Google Photos —you can order canvas prints from Google Photos in the U.S., and they’ll be delivered straight to your home. Canvas prints start at $19.99 and come in three different sizes, 8×8, 11×14, and 16×20.

  • Photo prints: You can order 4×6 photo prints directly from Google Photos and pick them up same day at CVS Pharmacy or Walmart, at over 11,000 locations with print centers across the U.S.

Now when you feel nostalgic, you can search your photos by the text in them, for example, for home cooking you can just search “carrot cake” and find your mom’s recipe right away. 

Do you know how many times I wish I could just go to my 30,000 pics and search by word to find a certain picture. Now I can. Amazing!!! I tried it and it works.

  • In the coming months, it’ll be even easier to send photos directly to your friends or family within Google Photos. Photos will now be added to an ongoing, private conversation so there’s one place to find the photos you’ve shared with each other and keep the conversation going.

With all of these new features, you can relive your best memories, share them with the people that matter, and get them off of your phone and into your home.

I also can’t wait to test out my Google Nest Hub to share photos and connect with family as well.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I received a gift for attending this event. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

My Partnership with Fresh Produce Clothing for theCURVYcon #experiencethecolor #spon #freshproduceclothing

13 Sep

Last month- Fresh Produce®, America’s leading women’s apparel brand designed for every woman, every size and every age, announced its upcoming sponsorship of theCURVYcon. 

CURVYcon is a 3 day event for curvy women that was recently held in NY. I attended all 3 days and had the best time.

I received an email from Fresh Produce Clothing Company. I read about their sponsorship with the CURVYcon and saw they would be present at the event so I reached out after checking their website and kindly pitched to them. I said I’ll be attending and would love to wear some of your pieces to the event. After a few days they got back to me and agreed to send me clothing and a special partnership was formed. I couldn’t wait to receive my clothes.

The day finally came and I received 2 dresses, a jacket, t shirt, Capri pants and jewelry. I loved everything.

I wore the Christa dress in color Shadow from Fresh Produce on the second day of the CURVYcon because the first day was a workout welcoming party and I had to wear workout gear. With my dress I wore my pink CURVYcon varsity jacket and pink sneakers. I was so comfortable and stylish and received lots of comments. There’s a pick me up hem on the left side of the dress which is perfect because I’m 5″4 and it wasn’t too long.

The last day of the CURVYcon I wore my “Salty” tee shirt and necklace provided by Fresh Produce with white jeans, plaid shirt tied around my waist, a denim jacket and white & gold slip ons. Another winner. The tee shirt was so soft a little big so I just twisted it into a back knot. I loved how the necklace complimented the shirt.

The one thing women worry about the most when attending any type of event, conference, party is what to wear. I was going crazy trying to figure out what I was going to wear for over a month. The weather also plays a big part in that as well.

I was also able to rock the Pinstripe Mika Dress in black sent to me from Fresh Produce Clothing to a fashion show. This dress has what I loved the most which was elbow length sleeves. The a-line fit was another plus. It had a cute twist on the back of the dress and the fabric was amazing.

It was great meeting Fresh Produce Clothing in person at the CURVYcon. They were wonderful and loved how I wore the clothes they sent me. I saw so much more that I want to wear.

I just want to thank Fresh Produce Clothing for taking that stress off of me and allowing me to move around in comfortable, affordable clothing for every women of all sizes, ages and shapes. I also would like to thanks Dan Lebron from Zenergy for all his hard work and communicating with me through emails and making this happen. I look forward to continue working with you and Fresh Produce Clothing.

About Fresh Produce

Fresh Produce designs, develops and markets women’s apparel and accessories.  Since 1984, the Fresh Produce brand has delighted women with inspiring color, vibrant prints and stylish comfortable clothing.  The brand reflects the carefree coastal lifestyle, providing women with effortless style that evokes ease and relaxation.  The products give consumers the opportunity to bring a positive, vacation state of mind into their everyday lives no matter where they live.  The Fresh Produce line is available at 16 Company stores, online at freshproduceclothes.com and at more than 400 independent retailers throughout the continental United States, Canada, Hawaii and the Caribbean.  Fresh Produce is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with production and fulfillment facilities located in Gardena, California.  

Head to Instagram and check them out http://www.instagram.com/freshproducenow or @freshproducenow

Disclosure: I partnered with Fresh Produce Clothing. This is a sponsored post. Fresh Produce Clothing provided me with clothing. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

Hover-1 Journey Electric Scooter For Back To School @RideHover1 #ad @BestBuy

25 Aug

My younger kids grew up riding scooters instead of bicycles and my 16 year old son recently told me he would like an electric scooter. I told him that would be great to have. After researching I found an amazing electric folding scooter by Hover-1 from Best Buy. I also had to make sure it was a folding electric scooter because the less space it takes up the better.

Ride in style back to school Hover-1 Electric Folding Scooter. Let the Hover-1 Electric Folding Scooter take you back to school and give your student easy way to get to and around campus or the neighborhood.

Get around town on this Hover-1 Electric Folding Scooter. It has a range of 16 miles before it needs a charge, and it tackles hills at angles of up to 15 degrees effortlessly, so you can ride almost anywhere. This Hover-1 electric folding scooter has 8.5-inch tires that can handle rough terrain without a problem.  

36V UL certified battery pack
Simple to charge with the provided easy-to-use charger.
 
Foldable design
Offers a convenient, stylish, and exciting form of transportation.
 
Weight capacity of 220 lbs.
Ensures safe riding.
This electric scooter has a full 16-mile battery life, a 14 MPH top speed, and a bright LED headlight for safety.
– The Hover-1 Journey folds neatly in half for easy storage.
– At 27 pounds it’s light enough to lift and stow after it gets you where you want to go.
– Shop this and more electric scooters plus electric bikes and boards at Best Buy.
 
Ride Responsibly:
The purchaser and rider of this product are responsible for knowing and obeying all state and local regulations regarding the use of this product. It is highly encouraged that you read and follow the product instructions including all safety precautions and use protective gear. Protective gear can be found at http://www.bestbuy.com/protectivegear

Click this link to learn more: https://bby.me/fb6f6

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

Win An Oceanfront Condo or $50,000 Cash #MyrtleBeach #ContestAlert @VacationMB

17 Aug

ENTER TO WIN AN OCEANFRONT CONDO or $50,000 CASH! 
https://woobox.com/hsfeoo?source=usfam 
Win an Oceanfront Condo and Change Your Life! Vacation Myrtle Beach, one of the largest providers of family vacation accommodations in Myrtle Beach, SC, is pleased to announce the launch of The Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway contest, which features the grand prize of a furnished oceanfront condo at The Caravelle Resort located in Myrtle Beach, SC, valued at nearly $100,000 (or $50,000 CASH, winner’s choice)!!! Other lucky winners will receive a 7-night stay or a 3-night stay at one of Vacation Myrtle Beach’s oceanfront properties.

The newly renovated, oceanfront efficiency condo offers room for up to four guests and includes a fully-equipped kitchen. In addition to its prime Myrtle Beach location, the resort provides convenient access to all of the area’s major attractions, restaurants, and things to do. Families and couples enjoy a wide variety of on-site amenities including an indoor pool, a block-long poolscape complete with a large pool, whirlpool, lazy river, kiddie lazy river, kids’ pool, poolside bar, and plenty of relaxing deck options. In addition to everything you need for fun in the sun, the resort offers an array of dining options as well as an opportunity for rejuvenation and relaxation at its on-site spa.
The Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway sweepstakes is now open for entries.

Vacation Myrtle Beach hotels and resorts are family-friendly and offer a variety of accommodation types, choices, and amenities that include oceanfront rooms and suites, indoor and outdoor pools, waterparks, lazy rivers, a mini-golf course, and even a bowling alley!

For Official Rules and for more information about Vacation Myrtle Beach properties and deals, please go to https://woobox.com/hsfeoo?source=usfam

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.

Ezinma Hip-Hop Violinist “Classical Bae” partnership w/ Essentia Water #ItMightAsWellBeYou

8 Aug

I’m a big fan of Essentia Water and Ezinma hip-hop violinist “Classical Bae”. I was very excited when I got the chance to interview Ezi.

In May, Essentia announced a partnership with the Ezi who also stars the brand’s first national, multiplatform advertising campaign – It Might As Well Be You

The campaign’s message is personal, empowering and demonstrates what Essentia and its core consumers’ value – the power of resilience. With that, Essentia moved to collaborate with Ezi – her drive and dedication to her art is inspiring, empowering and relatable.

Here’s my interview with Ezinma:


  • How did you start your collaboration with Essentia? 
    • I have been a fan of Essentia for a very long time. Not too long ago, I learned that Essentia would be launching a new campaign focused on overachievement, It Might As Well Be You is a campaign that encourages people everywhere to get up, get out and go do that thing that they want to do. The concept really resonated with me because in the pursuit of my passion, I have put in a lot of hard work and dedication to be able to go after my dreams. I was excited to partner with Essentia to encourage others on their own journeys of dedication and resilience.
  • How does Essentia play a part in your career? 
    • I am a big fan of self-care and my schedule can often become very busy. Whether I’m practicing at home, in the studio working on my album, working out or on-set filming a project, hydration is part of my self-care and self-care is one aspect of my daily life that allows me to continue my journey towards fulfilling my passion and reaching success. Overall, when I feel good, I perform better, and knowing that I can hydrate better with Essentia plays a huge part in me being able to perform at my best. 
  • What led you to start playing violin? Who encouraged you to start? 
    • I was drawn to the violin from a very early age. It’s incredible, but I first picked up the violin when I was only three-years old. My father is Guyanese and my mother is German-American. I was fortunate to have their rich cultural and ethnic backgrounds influence my musical upbringing and that really helped mold me into the versatile artist that I’ve become today. Classics like Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, as well as artists like Bill Monroe, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Billie Holiday, and Earth Wind and Fire were influential in my musical development and continue to inspire me today.
  • How many times a day/week do you practice?
    • I try to practice everyday. If I have an early morning call for a shoot or I’m traveling, it can be tough! I’m always looking to improve my craft, even if I don’t have my violin with me. For example, I strengthen my fingers with rubberbands—that helps keep my fingers strong when I don’t get to put in work on my instrument. Other than that, I try my best to play and practice everyday and I even take lessons from my violin coach once a month!
  • Would you ever consider giving lessons to young kids?
    • I actually used to teach a lot. I love working with children and my biggest motivation is inspiring kids to play an instrument. A big part of my musical mission is visibility. As a person of color in the classical space, it is so easy to feel like you don’t belong. I want to show that classical music is not only “cool” but it is also accessible for everyone. 

Check out @essentiawater and @iamezinma on Instagram. Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was invited to interview Ezi. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

 

Fill Your House with Air Wick® Freshmatic® Pure® Automatic Spray #AirWickAlwaysFresh #AD

3 Jul

Growing up I used to always wonder why my mother would put cinnamon in a pot and just let it smell like she’s been baking all day. She said she did it so the house would smell good. I thought what a clever idea since she didn’t like spraying aerosol cans around the house. Actually the cinnamon smell lasted the entire day.

Who would ever think as I got older I wouldn’t have to go that route because Air Wick® Freshmatic® Pure® Automatic Spray does the job for me.

1. Air Wick® has moms covered 24/7, providing continuous odor neutralization at home.

2. Air Wick® Freshmatic® Pure® Automatic Spray collection reaches every corner of the room for up to 60 days of freshness.

3. During key life moments (new baby, new pet, holidays, back to school, adolescent sports, summer vacation) and the odors that come with them, Mom can rest easy knowing her home smells great.

As a mom of 4 I’ve been through all the smells a parent can go through from a smelly boys room to shoe closet, laundry, kitchen and garbage smells and everyone’s favorite the bathroom.

After attending an event on the Air Wick 24/7 Fresh Truck mobile meditation studio in lower Manhattan I was impressed.

Provides 24/7 Odor Neutralization in your home

 Fragrance dispersion that fills every corner of the room
 Provides up to 60 days of continuous fragrance on minimum setting
 Hang on the wall or place on a shelf or cabinet
 Choose from three settings to achieve desired fragrance level
 Customize your home with over 15 unique fragrances to fit any mood

I enjoyed meeting spirit junkie Gabby Bernstein and getting great meditation tips and breathing exercises from her. I told her how I take time for myself everyday and she shared with us a great mantra to do everyday no matter where you’re at and your kids can also do it as well. Repeat this: PEACE BEGINS WITH ME. You have to touch each of your finger tips from your thumb to your pinky while saying it. Love it! Everyone knows how positive of a person I am. 

I immediately set up my Air Wick® Freshmatic® Pure® Automatic Spray in the bathroom using the Pure Ocean Breeze and the whole family was amazed how powerful it is. Every time we walk in the bathroom we are hit with an amazing smell. I placed it on a cute little stool so it can spray in the right direction and fill the whole bathroom with freshness.

I’m looking forward to trying all of the 15 fragrances and tackling the kitchen and kids rooms next. Check out http://www.airwick.us and sign up for the newsletter to receive exclusive coupons and more.
What fragrance will you try? Which room will you tackle?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100 percent as always. Thank you to Momtrends and AirWick for this opportunity to cover a great event.

#PrettyWomanTheMusical Review

15 Jun

Pretty Woman The Musical on Broadway. What can I say? I’m pretty sure you’ve seen the original movie like I have. Hubby and I did a date night and we absolutely loved it. The vocals on the leads were incredible. Andy Karl had that rockstar voice and Samantha Barks had some soulful pipes on her. We loved everyone’s vocals. My hands hurt from clapping so much. Each scene had me wanting more and remembering the movie. The opera scene was beautiful.

Tommy Bracco the bellhop did his thing dancing and making us laugh. The hotel manager Eric Anderson played plenty of characters and sung his ass off. Orfeh who played Kit Deluca was amazing. Did you know her real life husband is Andy Karl?

The entire cast did a phenomenal job and I would love to go back and see it again.

Love is a beautiful thing and you never know where you’re gonna meet your partner. Your prince and princess or king and queen is out there somewhere.

I met the love of my life at work. You never know who’s paying attention to you and could possibly be your future husband or wife.

I just want to give a shoutout to everyone who works on Broadway. I’ve been to a lot of Broadway plays and it takes a lot of work from all team members to make it happen. Lot of sweat and tees and long hours.

Now is the time to see Pretty Woman On Broadway. Running time is: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. Use this Ticketmaster discount code: MOM1

Check out: https://www.prettywomanthemusical.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrettyWoman

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Disclosure: This post is made possible by support from Pretty Woman: The Musical. All opinions are my own.

#TheSecretLifeOfPets2 Movie Review

7 Jun

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood to see an animated film. I’m talking about The Secret Life Of Pets 2. We saw a a screening a few days ago and yes we loved it. We couldn’t wait to see all the characters return along with a few new ones.

Synopsis:

Max the terrier must cope with some major life changes when his owner gets married and has a baby. When the family takes a trip to the countryside, nervous Max has numerous run-ins with canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses.

Here’s the cast info: Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings, Ellie Kemper, Nick Kroll, Bobby Moynihan, Patton Oswald, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet

What do the pets get into this time? We loved the story line and the soundtrack. Chase scenes, fight scenes, drama lots of awesome and OMG’s. All ages will enjoy this movie and I encourage you to get your tickets now. Just got to say the baby puppies that Pops are training are adorable especially Pickles. Granny with all the cats is a bad ass. Tiffany Haddish character Daisy don’t play. Be on the lookout for a baby tiger called Hu. He’s so cute. There’s a farm dog called Rooster who’s straight to the point and not scared of anything. He’s cool!! We also liked the Turkey on the farm, he was funny. Of course Snowball, Gidget, Max, Mel, Chloe and Duke are always getting into something. That’s what makes the movie story line interesting and fun.

We’re ready for Part 3. My family and friends had a great time and we know you will too. Ten thumbs up.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This was a hosted event that we were invited to attend. Opinions are mine and my family 100% as always.

Social media: @petsmovie on Twitter and @secretlifeofpets on Instagram

Disney Aladdin Movie Review #Aladdin @disneyaladdin

23 May

My kids and I could not wait for a Disney Aladdin screening and we had the privilege to see it the other night. I also invited my friend and her son who were just as excited as we were.

Let me just start by saying we all want to see it again. That’s how much we absolutely loved it. From the beautiful bright color costumes to the Bollywood dancing with hip hop thrown in and the original songs that I was definitely singing out loud and learning the new songs as well. I loved Jasmine’s voice when she sung.

Everything was on point. The story line was the same with lots of funny scenes from The Genie. Will Smith made a great Genie. Mena Massoud you were amazing as Aladdin. Naomi Scott your singing was flawless and you made a beautiful Jasmine. The entire cast was incredible and did a wonderful job. Lots of memories from the original but we are feeling the remake.

My daughter and I want to take Bollywood dancing lessons. She also wants to adopt Abu. She also likes the part when Jafar got sent far, far away. My son liked when Will Smith appeared as the Genie and explained how the 3 wishes worked by rapping and dancing. I loved that part too and the party at the Palace. My kids, my friend and I couldn’t stop talking about how good Aladdin was. We were even singing in the streets on the way home.

Nasim Pedrad who played Handmaiden Dalia and The Genie’s love interest had us cracking up in lots of scenes. We can’t leave out the Magic Carpet, Raja and Abu. Give it up!!! I could talk about Jafar but he’s the enemy. Billy Magnussen who played Prince Anders was a cornball in a funny way. Not my kind of Prince but he played the part right.

So with all our thumbs we give it 10 thumbs up and that’s coming from ages 4 and up.

So if you don’t know Aladdin hits theaters tomorrow, Friday May 24 2019. Don’t wait. Get your tickets now!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This was a hosted event. I was invited to attend this screening with my family. Opinions are mine and my kids 100 percent as always.