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LOL with Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation Review/ Q&A with Fran Drescher #HotleT3 @HotelT #hosted

13 Jul

Today is the day you’ve all been waiting for. Hotel Transylvania 3 hits theaters today and I’m sure tickets have already been purchased. If not I’d advise you to order yours now.

I love a movie that I can relate too, especially an animated one at that. Drac, his family and friends sail away on a much needed vacation aboard a cruise ship thanks to his daughter Mavis. This reminds me of the many cruises I’ve taken but more of the one with my kids. I love family vacations and creating special memories and bonding. We laughed from beginning to end.

Characters Wayne and Wanda the werewolf (husband and wife to 70 kids) are hilarious. If anyone needs a vacation it’s definitely them. Once they find out there’s a kids club it’s on. They don’t know what to do with themselves. I love it!!

We also enjoyed the fish (crew). They really made us laugh a lot. There’s so many fish. Me Tinkles is so cute. We need a dog like that.

Fran Drescher character is (Eunice) wife to Frank. Eunice keeps Frank in check but they love each other unconditionally. That hair though. Lol. Love her outfits too and she gets down doing the Macarena.

The first screening I saw there was a Q&A with Fran Drescher. She was pleasure to interview. She talked about how she got started in the business. If you check my Instagram @nilimo the igtv interview should still be up. Shout out to Sony for that fun filled day. The second screening was with family. We were treated to a great buffet breakfast and my family enjoyed the movie. I also loved the music (soundtrack) taking it back old school. We gave it a 10. I enjoyed seeing it the second time around as well.

Disclosure: Thank you to Sony Pictures Entertainment for hosting the best screenings and q&a’s. This is not a sponsored post. Opinions are mine and my kids 100% as always.

Neil Patrick Harris, Jif Snacks & Comedy at Caroline’s on Broadway #JifPowerUps #AD

2 Jul

I was invited to an exclusive event with Neil Patrick Harris at Caroline’s on Broadway in NYC. It was a comedy event that playfully pokes fun of the daily power struggles between children and their parents (which we can all relate to). Neil introduced a new line of Jif snacks. Jif Power Ups granola bars and clusters.

I cried my eyes out so hard with the improv actors who acted out scenes of the struggles we go through as parents with our kids. I have 4 kids so I’ve been through it all. The entire audience was cracking up. From potty training to car rides and everything else in between all I could do besides laugh was shake and nod my head to agree with scene acted out.

Neil Patrick Harris was a great emcee. Of course I got a selfie with him. That’s what I do.

The food and drinks were great and even though I’m not a big fan of peanut butter but I will eat it if it’s mixed with chocolate or strawberries. I enjoyed the Jif Power Ups granola bars. So many flavors to choose from. Just throw them in your purse, pocket, lunch bag or car. They are great anytime. Which flavor will you and your family try?

Check out Jif on Instagram @jifbrand and @Jif on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Thank you to The Moms for the invite.

Dove Beauty Bar Hydrates & Moisturizes Skin/Giveaway

21 May

As the weather warms up, it’s the perfect moment to reset our routines and take a deeper look at our skin.

During this transitional season, our skin is constantly dealing with crazy weather fluctuations, causing our skin to overreact. To help offset issues, like dry skin, irritation, and more, the right cleanser is key right at the start of your routine – the shower. Dove Dermatologist, and Latina beauty expert, Dr. Alicia Barba recommends using Dove Beauty Bar, formulated with ¼ moisturizing cream, to cleanse AND hydrate at the same time, which is an essential balance to maintaining healthy skin. What’s best is that the Bar is gentle enough to be on the face, beyond just the body!

I’ve been using Dove Beauty Bar for a very long time. All my kids use it as well. Some of them have eczema and Dove sensitive skin beauty bar really moisturizes our skin and keeps it healthy. My dermatologist even told me how great Dove is. I recommend Dove products to all my family and friends. I get complimented on how soft my skin is. Nobody wants rough, dry skin.

Unlike basic soap bars, Dove Beauty Bar gently cleanses and hydrates with its signature ¼ moisturizing cream, leaving soft, smooth skin.

*GIVEAWAY:

Dove wants to hook a lucky reader up with a Dove skin-care essentials giveaway.

You will receive Dove beauty bars to keep your skin moisturized and feeling soft.

To enter just comment below which Dove products you love or want to try.

Make sure you’re following my blog (Five Little Words)

Also make sure you’re following me in Instagram @nilimo and be sure to follow @dove on Instagram as well.

Leave your Instagram handle and email so I can contact the winner.

Giveaway ends 5/27/18. Winner announced 5/28/18.

#TELEFLORA CELEBRATES FEARLESS MOMS FOR MOTHER’S DAY/GIVEAWAY #LoveOutLoud

18 Apr

When it comes to being a mom, love conquers all. Every day moms wake up ready to take on challenges and are willing to do what it takes to fight uphill battles for their family with courage, strength and determination. Regardless of their background or status, moms pursue the same very special mission: to love their children unconditionally. Teleflora, the world’s leading floral delivery service, today unveiled its new Mother’s Day bouquet lineup and is honoring all sacrifices and fearless acts of love this Mother’s Day with the launch of the “Love Makes a Mom” campaign.

Love Makes a Mom” is part of Teleflora’s overarching “Love Out Loud” brand platform, which launched during Christmas 2017. The Mother’s Day campaign will introduce three sixty-second videos featuring fearless moms who earned their title with incredible displays of love in the face of adversity. Launching on April 30 just in time for Mother’s Day across YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, each video will focus on the stories of various moms with unique backgrounds or challenges. This series of videos is the newest addition to the collection of critically acclaimed online videos Teleflora has created in the past three years.

“Moms take on immense challenges and perform incredible acts of love for their families regardless of the situations they are facing,” said Kelly McKeone, vice president of consumer and florist marketing at Teleflora. “Through this series of videos, Teleflora is paying tribute to moms by putting a spotlight on the situations they  fearlessly tackle. And for that, we should be loving out loud on Mother’s Day and every day.”

Teleflora’s new Mother’s Day new floral bouquet lineup includes:

(All Mother’s Day 2018 bouquets are now available for sale at Teleflora.com in standard, deluxe or premium size options.)

Teleflora’s Winged Beauty Bouquet (Available on Teleflora.com for $59.95)

Bring all the elegance of a peaceful Victorian garden into the home with this spectacular arrangement. A luxurious mix of pink roses, chrysanthemums and soft purple accents are nestled within a gorgeous ceramic vase featuring soft brushstroke lines and an embossed hummingbird medallion mom will love.

Teleflora’s All Eyes on You Bouquet(Available on Teleflora.com for $74.95)

Honor mom’s timeless devotion with a stunning floral arrangement filled with fresh roses, pink lilies and a variety of purple blooms. Delivered in a hand-blown one-of-a-kind glass vase, this piece is sure to make an unforgettable impression on Mother’s Day.

Teleflora’s Country Beauty Bouquet(Available on Teleflora.com for $49.95)

Surprise mom with the rustic charm of a beautiful floral bouquet brimming with crème carnations, fresh pink blooms and seasonal stems. This 2-in-1 gift arrives in a functional hand-glazed stoneware crock that is perfect as a decorative piece and is also FDA-approved to safely serve and store food.

Teleflora’s Wildflower in Flight Bouquet (Available on Teleflora.com for $39.95)

Remind mom how special and beautiful she is with this whimsical French garden inspired floral arrangement. Wrapped in poetic script and a striking dragonfly in midflight, this exclusive glass cube brings together old-word charm and contemporary European style.

Teleflora’s Heart’s Pirouette Bouquet(Available on Teleflora.com for $94.95)

Celebrate the greatest mom in the world with this elegant treasure overflowing with soft pink roses, fragrant white lilies and lavender cushion spray chrysanthemums nestled in an exquisite azure glass vase.

Love Out Loud this Mother’s Day by sending a beautiful bouquet by Teleflora – all made by hand and delivered by hand by your local florist. To place your order, please visit www.teleflora.com.

About Teleflora

Say everything and share your “Love Out Loud”™ with the gift of Teleflora® flowers – all made by hand and delivered by hand by your local florist. By tapping over 10,000 member florists in North America alone, Teleflora offers the kind of personal touches, artistry and expertise you expect from a trusted neighborhood florist—even if that neighborhood is across the country. No prepackaged flowers in nondescript boxes dropped on your doorstep—Teleflora’s network of professional florists create artistic arrangements personally delivered in a vase, often on the same day. Teleflora makes every day an occasion with a 2-in-1 gift that includes a multi-purpose keepsake container for long-lasting enjoyment. Follow Teleflora on Facebook and tag your own #LoveOutLoud moment.

GIVEAWAY: Teleflora was very nice to provide one of my readers with their own set of flowers. I have a gift code to give away.

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Winner picked and announced April 30th. Gift code expires May 11th. Can be used on Teleflora.com

Spring Break Family Fun @OkemoMountain Ski Resort #MtOkemoEvent #hosted

9 Apr

Planes, trains and automobiles are just some modes of transportation you can take to Ludlow, Vermont where you come to heaven when you reach Okemo Mountain Resort. Oh what is Okemo? Just the best family ski resort ever!!!!

Actually Amtrak Ethan Allen Express (which is what we took) takes you to Rutland and it’s about another half hour to reach Ludlow. Okemo’s shuttle picked us up from there. Yes there is an actual airport there as well which will gladly fly you over. Driving is always another option. Takes about 4 1/2 to 5 hours total from NYC. Not bad at all. We were ahead of schedule on Amtrak. Thumbs up!! We love traveling.

The reason I’m telling you all this is because we were very grateful to have been invited by Momtrends to a much needed family getaway during Spring Break to this beautiful resort. When I say beautiful I mean my kids wanted to move there that’s how amazing it was. From staff, to service, to a gorgeous suite and plenty to do we were just smiling the whole time we were there.

We arrived a day ahead and was given a gift bag and a huge suite with a balcony, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, fireplace and it sleeps 8 to 10 people. I immediately took a video of the room and put it on my Instastories. We didn’t unpack, we headed straight to dinner, looked around, watched a little tv and then lights out.

At breakfast the next morning my kids quickly found out how good the pancakes were and ordered it everyday. Dinner was great too, we had the most tender braised beef you ever tasted. The salmon, wings and Mac and cheese were delicious too. Momtrends held a special buffet dinner for influencers Saturday night.

The first night we arrived my kids saw there were s’mores on the menu and that was a must have at least 3 times. The server brings it out in a mini oven with flames already lit and you roast your s’mores at the table with everything included.

Waiting for us in our room was the best gift from Cabot. A Cabot gift bag full of cheeses, cutting board and knife. I immediately went in and had the Colby Jack with crackers. Thank you Cabot. Cheese fans we definitely are.

There are two different pools. One is located in the resort (indoor/outdoor heated pools) and the other one is steps away in the Spring House behind the resort. In this building there’s a workout center, sauna, hot tubs, racquetball court, kiddie pool, exercise classes and yes ladies a spa!!

There’s also an Ice Skating rink in the Ice House which we went to with friends. My children enjoyed SnowTubing in the Jackson Gore Village.

The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster was our absolute favorite. It goes up in the mountains and you can see the skiers/snowtubers in sight.

We loved it. You can ride alone or with someone and you control how fast or slow to go. Ages 3 and up can enjoy this year round.

The tent sale had the best sales ever!! Up to 50% off outerwear, skis, snowboards, goggles, accessories, kids clothing, etc I wish I could have purchased lots more. I found my daughter and I great goggles and other souvenirs.

Can’t forget about the Brew Fest. Lots of delicious beer to try, live band, yummy BBQ and a gorgeous day to enjoy it all. It was a packed scene.

There was an Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday and my daughter enjoyed finding quite a few eggs. Lots of kids had fun that day.

You might be wondering if went skiing or snowboarding. Unfortunately we did not this time. But I promise when we go back we will. We just wanted to enjoy other things and relax but I know for a fact it is fun when you go on the slopes. We’ve done snowboarding before.

I enjoyed the cozy lobby as well with another huge fireplace, lots of comfy couches/chairs and a bar as well.

This truly is the best place to visit. You will enjoy every second. Everyone was wonderful. Thank you to everyone who made his experience possible. Special shout out to Bonnie our host who picked us up and drove us back to the train and gave us a history lesson of Ludlow/ Rutland and Okemo. You have a great job and we love your driving and when you’re in NY let us know.

FAQs to know:

For those who need babysitting services they thought of that too. The daycare center at Jackson Gore offers evening hours on selected holiday dates, so mom and dad can enjoy an evening out together. Kids’ Night Out for ages 6 mos -12 years from 6-9:30 pm includes movies, pizza, and lots of age appropriate fun including swimming, skating and wallyball for the older kids. Reservations are required. Please call 802-228-1600 to reserve a space for your child.

There’s also day care in the Penguin Playground Day Care Center for children ages 6 months to 4 years. Reservations are required. You can call 802-228-1600 or learn more about the daycare center online.

They have skis, boots, poles, snowboards and helmets available for rental in their rental shops.

Ski season is Early November to Mid April. There’s 121 trails, slopes and glades 20 lifts, including 1 high speed detachable 6-pack chair with protective bubbles and heated seats, 9 quad chairs (4 high speed detachable quads, one with protective bubbles), 3 triple chairs and 7 surface lifts.

Vertical drop: 2,200 feet (highest in Southern Vermont)

98% of all terrain. The highest snowmaking efficiency amongst all ski resorts in Vermont!

They offer Adult lift access for ages 19-64; Young Adult/Senior lift access for ages 13-18 and ages 65-69; a Junior/Super Senior lift access for ages 7-12 and ages 70+. Children 6 & under ski or ride free.

Okemo’s Ski + Ride School offers private, semi-private, group lessons and children’s programs.

First Timers: First Tracks and Double Tracks introduction to skiing or snowboarding offers an affordable lesson, lift ticket and rental equipment package (available in 1 or new 2-day option). They also offer an affordable Learn to Ski & Ride promotion early each season for true beginners.

Inside Edge Rentals at Okemo is a privately owned boutique rental and lodging company specializing in beautiful homes in prime locations both on and off Okemo Mountain (ski on/off properties are available).  Our properties include luxury slopeside custom homes, townhouses and condominiums as well as off mountain private homes and condominiums located within 3 miles of Okemo.

Inside Edge Rentals at Okemo

PO Box 168

Ludlow, VT 05149

802-298-0087

www.insideedgerentals.com

insideedgerentals@gmail.com

Okemo’s 10th Annual Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival will take place August 3-5, 2018 in the Jackson Gore Courtyard. This signature festival lodging package includes two nights lodging (arrive Friday, depart Sunday), plus a minimum of 2 sampling glasses with 3 tasting tickets each.  Choose either a commemorative stemless wine glass or pint glass for beer enthusiasts.  Sample more than 90 craft beers and ciders from regional brewers, and you can also enjoy a selection of great wines as well.

The festival will also showcase a great lineup of live music with 6 bands, craft vendors, tasty food options and the great outdoors in Jackson Gore courtyard.

Head to @okemomountain on Twitter and Facebook

@okemomtn on Instagram

Website: http://www.okemo.com

Love cheese: Check out @cabotcheese on Instagram and Twitter and @cabot on Facebook

Disclosure: This trip was hosted by Momtrends. We were personally invited to attend. Opinions are ours 100% as always. Thank you for an incredible time from the bottom of our hearts.

@NewYorkBabyShow Giveaway: 10 Free Tickets #NYBSBloggerLounge

29 Mar

The 2018 New York Baby Show, on May 19 & 20 at Pier 94 will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 8th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood. We are giving away tickets for you and your family to experience the show. Normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual.

Who wants free tickets? There are only 10 tickets available. Grab yours now here: https://newyorkbabyshow.eventbrite.com/?discount=NicholPFree

Once these tickets are gone you can enjoy 50% off when you follow this link:

https://newyorkbabyshow.eventbrite.com/?discount=NicholP50

Dryel At Home Dry Cleaner

15 Mar

Have you ever purchased the cutest blouse or the most amazing jacket or dress then got home and looked at the label and it says: DRY CLEAN ONLY. How did you feel? The first thing I say is “Maybe I can wash it on permanent press and pray it comes out perfect.” I also think of those dry cleaner prices and refuse to go unless I absolutely have no choice. Yes, some dry cleaners do a good job then there are those that just don’t and I’ve waisted my money and time.

There are certain clothes that I can get away with putting in the washing machine and the ones I can’t I hope not to get a grease stain or any type of mark on.

I was very excited to be a part of the 2018 Dryel Brand Ambassador Program. Having a product way better than a dry cleaner that’s affordable, convenient, gets the job done and I can have right in my apartment.

Let me introduce you to Dryel.

Dryel® uses a patented process to clean your dry clean only and special care clothes.

• The heat of your dryer activates the cleaning solution in the ULTRAcleaning Cloth™ to release a steam that removes body soils and odors from the clothes.

• The Fabric Protection Bag maintains the optimal balance of cleaning agents and heat, allowing the steam to work thoroughly through the clothes, and then slowly vents the vapors out of the bag and dryer.

• Dryel Booster Spray includes extra cleaning agents to remove stains, and add freshness to heavily soiled areas prior to putting the garments through the in-dryer system.

Dryel can be used in two ways: 1. Dryel quickly refreshes and renews clothes in just 15 minutes. This is a great way to remove odors and restore shape between trips to a professional dry cleaner. 2. In just 30 minutes, Dryel thoroughly cleans special care clothes. This means that you can skip a trip to a professional dry cleaner, and avoid harsh dry cleaning chemicals.

Some heat is needed to activate the ULTRAcleaning Cloth, but you don’t want to overexpose the clothes to high temperatures. For best results, use medium heat.

Do not use Dryel on leather, velvet, suede, fur, silk or rayon. Always test garments for colorfastness before use.

Dryel is available for purchase in retail stores throughout the United States, and in select stores in Canada. For more information about Dryel products and where to find them, visit http://dryel.com/.

Each Dryel Starter Kit (MSRP:$9.99)

I can’t wait to show you the results when I test out Dryel.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as I am a Dryel Brand Ambassador. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

Peter Rabbit #peterrabbitmovie 

9 Feb

Peter Rabbit hits theaters today and my kids and I want to let you know we had had an awesome time when we saw a special screening thanks to Sony Pictures. We laughed and laughed and laughed. All the animals in the movie were special in their own way. There’s a rooster in the film that cracks me up and the human characters aren’t bad either. Peter Rabbit and his siblings are out to take back what belongs to them with help from all their friends. 
Synopsis: PETER RABBIT, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door.

DOMHNALL GLEESON (Mr. McGregor) and PETER RABBIT were at the screening and we attended a Garden Party after the movie  at the restaurant Parm. The kid friendly food was delicious and there was even a brownie ice cream sundae bar. The gift bags had Peter Rabbit ears and other cute toys inside. 

This was a great Sunday morning just having a fun filled day with my kids, Sony and friends. So like I mentioned it’s out today. Grab your tickets early. We gave this movie 10 stars. All ages welcomed.

Check out the trailer here: http://www.peterrabbit-movie.com/

Disclosure: This was a hosted event. Thank you Sony Pictures for inviting my family to the screening. Opinions are mine and my kids 100% as always. 

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. 

Finding The Perfect Family Car #spon

31 Jan

This is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

What is the perfect family car? That depends on a lot. How big is your family? How much storage do you need? Is a mini van better than a SUV? Can I afford the one I really want? Safety, gas mileage, gps, Bluetooth enabled with my phone. 

I’ve never purchased a car because living in NY with a car makes no sense. Of course my kids bug me about buying a car but it just ain’t gonna happen at least not now. I only drive when a car company loans me cars or when I rent cars. As much as I want to keep them I know the hassle of moving the car (alternate street parking), buying gas and having insurance will leave me working three jobs. 

My ideal family car will be room for about 7. I love big cars (SUV’s, Jeeps) but would settle for a comfortable and safe wagon. I have a few in mind.  Test driving is a must and I’ve tested quite a few so that’s easy. Lots of leg room because my boys are tall. Love drive assist which is very handy on road trips. Drive assist reads the road and pulls you back into your lane if you drift without putting your blinker on. Would also love TVs for the kids but they would probably be on their phones, Nintendo switch and 3ds so if it’s not included I wouldn’t pay extra. I love having heated seats (winter) and of course air conditioning for the summer. 

Yes we should all want a safe vehicle and driving should be fun and stress free but to some it isn’t so being alert and having a good night rest for those long trips are worth it. There are so many new features in cars now to help you stay focused and alert.

Check out https://www.cars.com/ for more info.