Farm Fresh FAM Tour with Dutchess County, EscapeMaker, Metro North #distinctlydutchess #hosted

3 Jul

I’ve always dreamed of moving into a big house having a farm and lots of land. I love the quiet life. New York is fine but it’s overcrowded. Who knew my dream was just a train ride away? If you hop aboard the Metro North you would think you have traveled to another world. Well that’s how I felt. It’s perfect. 

I was invited to the Farm Fresh FAM Tour with Escape Maker, Dutchess County and Metro North. 

I started my day early and met other journalists at Grand Central Terminal and we boarded the Metro North to Wassaic. From there we took a shuttle to our first stop on the tour to Harney & Sons Teas in Millerton, NY. If you appreciate a good cup of tea then I suggest you check out this shop. The company, which sources, blends, and packages their product from start to finish has grown from their original six teas, to more than three hundred. We sampled some of the teas and my favorite was the Hot Cinnamon Spice. Harney & Sons Teas gave us a nice variety of teas to take home. I absolutely fell in love with this town. So many cute shops and all the locals know each other and in no way is it overcrowded like Manhattan. Check out @harneyteamillerton on Instagram and http://www.harney.com for more info. 

Stop #2 was Irving Farm Coffee Roasters also located in NY. If you know me you know I love coffee. Iced, hot, cold brew and an occasional coffee ice cream and can’t forget coffee cake. Wait is there coffee in coffee cake? Don’t know, but it’s still good. Coffee samples were great. Coffees from Guatemala, Brazil and Columbia to name a few. I also purchased a coffee mug and bakery treats. Head to @irvingfarm on Instagram. 

Stop #3 the McEnroe Organic Farm. They produce premium organic meats, vegetables, and soils & compost. We took a tour on the shuttle through the farm and oh my did we smell the compost. I spotted chickens and sheeps. I also went inside my first greenhouse. There were tomatoes everywhere. We enjoyed the best organic, fresh, healthy lunch from the farm. Roast beef and chicken salad wraps, green salad cucumber water or iced tea and cookies were amazing. We were given time to shop in their market and McEnroe was nice to give us more cookies to take home. If you have kids or even if you don’t this can be a fun tour to take and learn all about McEnroe Organic Farm. Please check out their page on Instagram @mcenroeorganicfarm http://www.mcenroeorganicfarm.com

McEnroe Organic Farm has been NOFA-NY Certified Organic for over 25 years; it is one of New York’s oldest and most diverse certified organic farms and stands at over 1,100 acres of fields, pastures, and greenhouses.

Their Market has grown from a small roadside stand to year-round market, offering local, seasonal, and organic groceries. The talented kitchen staff uses the produce and meats from the farm to create healthy. delicious, and sustainable meals.

The farm’s methods include crop rotation, biological pest control, composting, careful cultivation, and cover cropping. They grow certified organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and feed for their livestock. With green houses and cold frames, they extend the season for organic tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, field greens and herbs, enabling them to grow as early as April and as late as December.
Established in 1683 as one of the original counties of New York. Bestowed in the Hudson River Valley midway between New York City and the the capital of Albany it is easily accessible by car, train, bus, air and boat. With its abundance of historic landmarks, restaurants, festivals and natural scenic beauty, Dutchess County is 800 square mikes of fascinating sits, lively events and breathtaking vistas. 

Dutchess County is a year-round vacation getaway so there are plenty of events and activities for all tastes and styles. Listings are subject to change so it’s a good idea to call ahead. Check out the calendar at DutchessTourism.com for current listings. 

EscapeMaker.com, NYC’s guide to local getaways since 2000, announced earlier this year that it was selected by Dutchess Tourism, Inc. to administer the operations of their successful Dutchess County Farm Fresh Tours program through 2017 with Metro- North Railroad.

For 10 years, Dutchess Tourism, Inc. has operated the Farm Fresh Tours program, which offers guided day trips to local farms and producers in and around Dutchess County by providing bus shuttle service to train passengers arriving at Metro-North Railroad stations in Poughkeepsie and Beacon, among others. 

Many Dutchess County farms are family-owned and welcome visitors to “pick-your-own” produce, make purchases from their farm stands, or join them during family-oriented festivals. Apple picking, wine making, visiting breweries and learning about cheese making are all examples of agritourism, which supports local farmers and producers.

Stop #4 Taconic Distillery. If you’re a bourbon whiskey fan this stop is for you. Yes you get samples of spirits here. I’ve been in Distilleries before but if you see all the land that the Taconic is on you won’t want to leave. It’s breathtaking. I learned quite a bit about how the bourbon whiskey is made and how long is has to rest to become Straight Bourbon Whiskey. (2 years in case you wanted to know). I wrote my name on a barrel and will check it in 2 years. There’s also Founder’s Rye Whiskey, Dutchess Private Reserve, Rolling Hills Rum, LIMITED EDITION Double Barrel Bourbon Whiskey with Maple Syrup and Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey. We also tasted pure maple syrup. I purchased a bottle of the Barrel Bourbon Aged Maple Syrup which is enhanced by the hint of their Dutchess Private Reserve Bourbon. My pancakes and waffles won’t know what hit them!!! There was also a raffle and I won a cool tshirt. Instagram: @taconic_distillery and http://www.taconicdistillery.com for more info. 

Our final stop was at Crown Maple. This is where magic happens. Pure, organic maple syrup is made at Madava Farms. Lots of syrup tasting going on here. I also love the shop where I made sure to take home Madagascar Vanilla syrup for the kids. You can find them on Instagram @crownmaple https://www.crownmaple.com/visit-madava-farms

I really enjoyed myself on this Farm Fresh FAM Tour. It was great meeting new people and exploring for the day. Everyone on the tour was great!! 

Farm Fresh Tours will officially kick off for the season on Saturday, September 2nd and will run through the end of October 2017. Packages will go on sale via Metro-North Railroad in July 2017 and can be purchased from full-service ticket windows and ticket vending machines. Attendees will be required to make reservations beforehand at EscapeMaker.com/FarmFreshTours 
EscapeMaker .com will continue to offer many of the existing farm and destination itineraries from past seasons, which include Metro-North transportation. All itineraries transfer from the Beacon, Wassaic and Poughkeepsie stations and highlight artisanal eats, craft beverage tasting, apple picking, eco-friendly and organic farming, festivals and more. Following the 2017 season, EscapeMaker.com will be exploring ways to expand in other seasons, including working with GrowNYC’s Greenmarket and farmers to educate their shoppers about trip options.

Metro-North Railroad, is a suburban commuter rail service run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a public authority of the state of New York. The service also offers packages, special fares and deals to area local attractions and weekend getaway destinations.

Disclosure: This tour was hosted by EscapeMaker, Metro North and Dutchess County. Swag , tickets, transportation and lunch was given. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Emoji Movie Press Junket with Sony #EmojiMovie

29 Jun

Emoji Movie Press Day was held at Sony back in May and Bloggers were invited to meet with TJ Miller, Jake T Austin and Director Tony Leondis. 

Snipets of the film were shown. I wanted to see the whole movie but I’m glad I didn’t because I want to enjoy it with my kids. My daughter is such an Emoji fan. I just purchased her emoji bed sheets and she was so excited. 

Director Tony Leondis talked about the scenes that were shown and why he did a movie about Emojis. He said he looked at his phone and saw emojis and bought no one has ever did a movie about inside your phone. From what we saw this is going to be a great movie. All the characters are fun.

TJ Miller was fun to listen to at the roundtable. He said he really enjoyed being interviewed by bloggers. I appreciated that. 

Jake T Austin is a doll. I asked him about being Latino and not being fluent in Spanish like myself. His mother is Puerto Rican but she didn’t speak it as much as he would have liked her to. She grew up speaking more English but is fluent in Spanish. Jake T Austin was also the voice of “Diego”. He spoke a little Diego for us. His favorite 3 apps are Shazam, Instagram and Fruit Ninja. 

Synopsis: Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone’s very existence.

TJ Miller is “Gene”

Jake T Austin is “Alex”

Maya Rudolph is “Smiler”

Sofia Vergara is “Flamenca”

Patrick Stewart is “Poop”

James Corden is “Hi-5”

Anna Faris is “Jailbreak”

Steven Wright is “Mel Meh”

Christina Aguilera is “Akiko Glitter”
In theaters July 28. We are counting down the days.  @EmojiMovie on Instagram 

Disclosure: I was invited to attend this press junket. Swag was given. My opinions are 100% as always. 

Top 3 Picks from New York Baby Show #MTBloggerLounge #ad

26 May

Attending the New York Baby Show at Pier 94 was fun this year. Don’t get me wrong it’s fun every year but this year there were more vendors, networking, space and the Momtrends Blogger Lounge was awesome and huge. This year I also got to record a video in the broadcast booth showcasing one of my favorite picks from the show. I’m not a mom of babies anymore but I go to the New York Baby Show for my readers to show them all things babies, what they should buy and also put on their registry. 

My day started with a Blogger Media breakfast with my kids and a few brands that talked to us one on one before the show opened. Ribbon cutting ceremony took place then we were off to speak to all the booths in attendance. 

Top three picks: 

1. My first pick was by Jujube. I spotted this bag from across the room and knew I had to have it. I am bag obsessed and I can literally open up a handbag shop. I still want this because it has so many pockets, keeps bottles warm if you use bottles, can be worn 3 different ways (handle, crossbody and backpack) Hello!!, and best of all Machine Washable. Yes you heard right. I also have a video of the bag where we talk about all the features that you can check out right here.: ​

2. Austlen Baby Co. is my second top pick. This stroller I picked is more like a mini van. It can hold so many things and the beachwheels can roll through the sand. Pack a few coolers on along with the kids, toys, soccer ball, bottles, diapers, etc.  I’ve included a video to show how it works and how easy it folds up without taken up lots of space in your home. Love it! 

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3. My third and final pick was the Canon EOS Rebel T7i. We all have to take pics of our pregnancy, kids and family so why not do it with this amazing piece of equipment. It’s small, touchscreen, 24.2 megapixels, built in Wi-Fi, and a flip out screen. I’ve been looking for a camera like this. On my wishlist. 

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Thank you to Momtrends for the invite and making our day fun as always. 

Family Funday Sunday At Madison Square Garden & NY Liberty #hosted

25 May

FAMILY FUNDAY SUNDAYPRESENTED BY FIDELIS CARE

 

Bring the entire family to The Garden for an action packed afternoon cheering on the New York Liberty and participating in pregame and postgame activations and giveaways!

 

The Family Funday Sunday partial ticket package includes tickets to all six (6) Liberty home games on Sunday afternoons this season, which also features some of the most anticipated on court matchups this season, including the only trip of the year to The Garden for Phoenix and Seattle, and both home games against Washington.

 

Six Amazing Matchups Include:

 

· Sunday, June 4 vs. Phoenix Mercury @ 3 PM

· Sunday, June 11 vs. Seattle Storm @ 3 PM

· Sunday, July 16 vs. Washington Mystics @ 3 PM

· Sunday, August 13 vs. Los Angeles Sparks @ 3 PM

· Sunday, August 20 vs. Minnesota Lynx @ 3 PM

· Sunday, August 27 vs. Chicago Sky @ 3 PM
Some of the exciting activities to look foward to each week include:

 

· Fidelis Care Fun Zone on the concourse (face painting, pop-a-shot, crafts, photo booth, prize wheel) – offered every game

· Each week will have one fun activity including:

o On court photo with Maddie!

o Autograph sessions with Liberty players and coaches

o On court game of family knockout

For more info visit: http://liberty.wnba.com/2017-new-york-liberty-partial-ticket-plans/#family

Disclosure: Tickets were provided to the game for my honest review. 

My Mother’s Day Gift Guide Favorites From One Mama To Another 

12 May

I’m writing this Mother’s Day gift guide to show you a few of my favorite things. It doesn’t mean you have to wait till Mother’s Day to give or receive these things because to me Mother’s Day is everyday. Below are classic gifts that will last for a very long time, except for the food of course and a few favorite movies that I suggest you see. 

1. Armitron Watches. Check out http://www.armitron.com to see what style you like. Ok all for the mesh band this year and I wear it everyday and get lots of compliments. It goes with any outfit and feels great on my skin. Prices are incredible. 

2. Keysocks. These comfortable socks go with me on vacation, are great for lounging around and feels great in flats. Lots of colors to choose from. 

KEYSOCKS are the first smartly designed socks that remains hidden inside pumps, flats, sneakers and moccasins. They pull up to your knee, but have a cutout on the entire top off your foot that makes them invisible inside shoes while still providing comfort, moisture wicking and blister prevention. Available in ultra lightweight and nylon. Check out http://www.keysocks.com

3. Godiva. How can you not have chocolate any day of the week? Just walking into any Godiva store you will want one of everything from truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, frozen drinks and lots of varieties of candy gives me that chocolate rush I love. Check out all you can eat on their website or if there is a store located near you head in. The gift wrapping is amazing. http://www.godiva.com

4. Boppy. The new Boppy Multi-use Slipcovered Total Body Pillow is a large one-piece pregnancy pillow designed to provide complete head-to-toe support. The pillow can be used multiple ways to make you and your bump more comfortable. Its unique contoured design supports head, neck, back, hips and tummy with just one pillow. Filled with 100% virgin fiber for just the right support. The 100% cotton slipcover is wipeable for easy cleaning. Both pillow is machine washable. No I’m not pregnant and you don’t have to be to use this pillow. It’s so comfortable my daughter and I take turns using it. It has great support for my back and neck that I need. We love it. Check out http://www.shop.boppy.com for all your needs. 

5. Zac Posen. I can’t even begin to tell you how many handbags I own. I could open a shop. I fell in love with Zac Posen Eartha Iconic Soft Top Handle bags. It’s so chic, clean, sleek and classic and goes with any outfit dressed up or down. Lightweight and can be worn as a crossbody, floral shoulder strap or by the handle. I love the hinge lock flap closure. I treated myself to this beautiful bag and I’m about to purchase another one. Please head to http://www.zacposen for gorgeous styles, colors and prices. 

6. Castello del Poggio Moscato Provincia Di Pavia. If you’re looking for a great wine this Moscato is for you.  Unique sweet and aromatic characteristics. Fruity and very inviting, with intense scents of peaches and exotic fruit. Can be found online by googling or stop into Olive Garden restaurants. My favorite wine. 

7. I would also like to suggest a few movies from Disney. Beauty & The Beast and Born In China. You might need some tissues for Born In China. These movies were great! We sanged, laughed and cried but I would definitely see them again. Check your local theaters to see the schedule. I also want to throw in the Broadway play School Of Rock which was amazing. I wrote a post about the play that you can check for my review. I also want to check out Snatched which I missed the screening for. Looks very funny. 

8. G.H. Cretors Popcorn. End the day with a bowl of yummy popcorn. G.H. Cretors is the perfect snack for at home game night, movie night or any time you want. This artisanal popcorn is made in small batches using only the highest quality ingredients. Delicious flavors ranging in bold craveable favotites. Check these out: The Mix (cheddar cheese and caramel), NEW Organic White Cheddar, NEW Organic Honey Butter Kettlecorm, Organic Chile Jalepeno White Cheddar, Organic Salted Butter, Organic Dill Pickle, Just The Cheese, Just The Caramel, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Non- GMO ingredients and 100% gluten free. Gold mine!!! These amazing, delicious popcorn can be found nationwide. At Target, BJ’s, Walgreens and Rite Aid and more retail locations. Also head to www. ghcretors.com for more info. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. A few of the items mentioned were given to me for review or as a gift for attending an event. Others were purchased. Opinions are mine 100% as always/ 

Orchestra Kids (Baby & Children’s Clothing) & Giveaway #orchestrakids

8 May

I was invited to a​ private​ blogger luncheon to celebrate the launch of Orchestra, one of France’s leading children’s clothing line brands that will be launching in the US this Spring. 

CEO Agathe Boidin, stopped by and showed us the beautiful clothing and we were all blown away. She explained how the company started and how she got her job with the company.  Here’s her story: 

Ms. Boidin started her career as a Financial Auditor in the consultancy firm Coopers and Lybrandt (now PwC), before becoming the Financial Controller at DIM. In 2000, she joined Orchestra-Prémaman as Administrative and Financial Director before becoming Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Orchestra-Prémaman’s operations in 2010. Ms. Boidin was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 2012, following the acquisition of the Belgian group Prémaman and served in the position until becoming Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors in March 2016. Most recently, Boidin has been appointed CEO of Orchestra Prémaman USA and taken charge of the development of the group for North America. She now lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

Orchestra, a family-owned company since 1995, designs and produces fun and affordable maternity and children’s clothing, ranging from newborn babies to young pre-teens, as well as child care products.

Today, Orchestra, the leader in children’s clothing in France, is the 6th largest children’s clothing retailer in the world and operates more than 700 stores in over 40 countries.

Orchestra launched its first English language website (us.shop-orchestra.com) April 18th and opening its first U.S. retail store at King of Prussia Mall in May.

Club Orchestra is the brand’s wildly successful club membership that offers exclusive savings of up to 25% off all Orchestra products year-round and will be made available for U.S. shoppers in time for the launch of the website. 

Orchestra offers a comprehensive collection of newborn and baby clothing for all seasons, combining essentials and must-haves! Whether you’re looking for bodysuits, all-in-one snowsuits, lace dresses, or checked shirts, each Orchestra piece reflects commitment to comfort and practicality.

Orchestra also offers a collection for premature babies: The size 000 is specially designed for very small babies, keeping them warm and comfortable from birth. 
Orchestra’s collection of clothing for juniors has a multitude of joyful themes, from a trip to the end of the world, an afternoon in the fields or a short break with a smoothie. 

Orchestra allows girls and boys to dress in the latest fashion trends from head to toe at a reasonable price. 
Head to their website now: us.shop-orchestra.com

Here are the outfits my daughter and I picked out. A skirt, dress, crop top, hoodie, t-shirt and sports bra. My daughter couldn’t wait to receive her clothes and when the weather gets warmer she will definitely put them on in a heartbeat. The fabric and colors are great! 
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I AM GIVING A $50 GIFT CARD TO ONE OF MY READERS. 

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Comment below and share what you would purchase and for who. 

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Winner will be announced Monday, May 15. 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100%. 

Mom’s Time Out with Audrey & Vera and Armitron Watches #onewatchmanyfaces 

28 Apr

When was the last time someone told you as a MOM you need a Time Out? Just what kind of Time Out were they referring to? Not the punishment, I mean a time out to go hang with your friends and enjoy great conversation, food, fun and take home an amazing watch from the awesome brand Armitron. Hey, you can put me in that kind of Time Out every week. 

Audrey and Vera my dear close friends thought that’s just what we Mom Bloggers needed and got togtether with watch brand Armitron and threw an amazing Mom’s Time Out early Mother’s Day event. 

As we entered the Armitron Showroom we were greeted with three watches and told to select one. Shut the front door!! Usually swag is handed out at the end of events so this was a treat. My eyes immediately went to the silver mesh watch in the middle. It stood out and I did not own a mesh watch before. It is perfect and even though I have the smallest wrists I like big watches. Of course I had to get it adjusted which they were kind enough to do there. 

The next room we were swept to was filled with all types of food from salmon to quiche, salads, desserts and amazing drinks. There was also a candy station filled with chocolate, chips and seeet treats for us to take home. If kids were allowed this would have been gone in seconds but they kept replenishing because you know us moms weren’t letting chocolate and chips go to waste. Lol. Another treat was a photo booth for our arm candy and a nail station with Jamberry Nails. We had the pleasure of meeting Jenna Von Oy from the television show (Blossom). She played the character (Six). She has two kids and a new book. 

Audrey and Vera welcomed us and talked about the collection from Armitron, the latest in fashion and how your watch can be dressed up or down. There’s so many styles to choose from for women and men like the Adventurer, ProSport, Dress and of course my favorite the Silver Tone Black Dial Watch with Stainless Steel Mesh Band. I love my watch. That’s just some of what Armitron has to offer. To check out more head to their website here: http://www.armitron.com

Spring 2017 Watch Trends:

· Blush/Rose Gold: Perfect for spring, this color has been all over the runways for this season. With rose-gold hardware and blush-colored straps, these watches are easy to pair with any spring outfit.

· Mesh Straps: Metal, mesh straps are growing in popularity in men’s and women’s watches in gold, silver, rose-gold and even black.

· Luggage-Colored Leather Strap Watches: Easy to dress down, leather strap watches are comfortable and easy to pair with casual attire or spring dresses.

· Gold Hardware with Silver Watch Hands/Numbers: More and more watch designers are mixing metals, with gold-framed faces and silver hands and markers. This two-toned look pairs seamlessly with all types of accessories.

· Simple, Large Faces: The boyfriend look has been in with clothing for a while, and now larger, simpler watch faces are becoming popular for women’s styles, too.

Special shout outs to Armitron, Audrey McClelland and Vera Sweeney. Another amazing event. Thank you for everything. 

Disclosure: I was invited to attend this event. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Swag was given. 

 
 
 

New York Baby Show Ticket Giveaway #MTBloggerLounge #ad

9 Apr

The 2017 New York Baby Show, on May 20 & 21 at Pier 94 will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 7th 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. I am 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. 

GIVEAWAY

10 free tickets are up for grabs for singles or families by clicking on this link. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-york-baby-show-may-20-21-2017-tickets-30329817300?discount=NicolPFree

50% OFF TICKET LINK

My readers can also enjoy 50% off any tickets (family or single) click on this link. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-york-baby-show-may-20-21-2017-tickets-30329817300?discount=NicolP50

Lenovo & Amy Poehler Teach Kids To Code 

16 Mar

Lenovo and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls have teamed up to help teach kids to code.

LenovoGameState.com is a free online destination where kids ages 13 and up can register to become part of a Code & Play Adventure powered by Code Combat that teaches them how to code while playing a game for the chance to win awesome prizes and scholarship money.
 

Kids play through three immersive worlds and 142 levels coding their way as they go and gaining the equivalent of a college course in computer science in the process, learning real-world programming skills and languages (Python, JavaScript, Lua and CoffeeScript).

 

Each level completed counts toward an additional entry, so the more kids Code & Play, the more chances they have to win $5,000 in prizes, including a $2,500 scholarship to a coding school or camp and Lenovo products. Register at LenovoGameState.com by March 31, 2017 when entry period for Grand Prize Drawing of $2,500 scholarship ends (see LenovoGameState.com/rules for more details).

 

Inside Lenovo’s Code & Play Adventure Powered by Code Combat:

•Starting in Kithgard Dungeon, the player’s chosen hero has been imprisoned by ogres and must sneak, puzzle and battle their way out by writing code to control their hero. In the first 10 levels (or about a half-an-hour of game time), players learn programming concepts like writing basic syntax, calling methods, writing strings, passing function arguments, repeating code with while-loops and storing data in variables.

•With those basics covered, the game quickly moves on to exploring if-statements, x-y coordinates, Boolean operators, event handling and other coding concepts.

•Along the way the player finds loot that allows their hero to access new programming methods and abilities as their quest continues through the Backwoods Forest and Sarven Desert where adventurers master wielding mighty powers in defense of their people against the ogre threat.

•Players reaching the end of Sarven Desert will master arrays, break statements, counters, computer arithmetic and more.

•Throughout the Code & Play worlds, multiplayer arenas give players a chance to develop their own artificial intelligence code for their heroes to compete against each other, customized to their unique hero builds and individual coding creativity.

•The most powerful heroes will choose to shoot lightning from their fingers by putting a spell on the Emperor’s Gloves; wield the legendary Sword of the Template Guard; or use a good defense as the best offense with a full set of highly durable Enameled Dragonplate body armor. It’s up to them!

•Tips & tricks are built-in to the user experience including auto-complete codes kids can use on-the-fly
Read full news @ Lenovo and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Teach Kids to Code

 Watch the Code & Play Adventure trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBSZe5IuDvI.    

Disclosure: This post was provided by Lenovo. 

Spring Crafting = Halo’s Fun #MThalosfun #ad

13 Mar

When asked to get crafty at a recent event my kids and I attended we said sure but we couldn’t do it on an empty stomach. Sure we had breakfast but we needed a little more energy from something healthy that was easy to digest, easy to peel and no mess. What snack could we possibly have like this? Halos mandarins is what I’m talking about. 

These little guys have been a favorite of ours for years. Who doesn’t love a seedless, easy to peel, sweet mandarin that you can snack on any time of the day? Halo’s go to school, work, on the go, when we travel and is stocked in the fridge for whenever we want one or two. 

Momtrends invited us to the Children’s Museum of The Arts to get crafty on a cold day but once inside it felt like Spring. Halos mandarins surrounded us and we took our fruit to a whole new level and created chickens and bunnies. We were also treated to amazing snacks that included: Mandarin Spring Salad, Fruit Pizzas, Cider and Smoothies as well as other fun, healthy treats. 

I love the canisters that we took home because they can be used for so many different things. The tote bags were cute as well and there were also coupons for more Halos. Check out the website for more craft ideas: http://www.halosfun.com/teamhalos.html. 

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. Thank you to Momtrends for the invite. All opinions are ours 100% as always.