Friday, January 20, 2017

Celebrating National Hug Day, the Care Bears 35th Anniversary & a 12th Birthday with Sprinkles #NationalHugDay #SprinklesXCarebears #ad

Disclosure: We were provided cupcakes to celebrate! Opinions expressed are 100% our own.

Can you think of a better way to cheer up on a dreary Friday that tops hugs or Carebears? Keep in mind that this is a kid / family friendly site so please keep all answer PG-13 for the moment, but I can just imagine, lol. Flashbacking in time to the days where 80's babies everywhere belted out the call for a "Carebear stare" makes me realize that like me, these vibrant loving bears are celebrating their 35th anniversary and are aging fantastically! Ha! 

What's even cooler is that my mini me and twin Aquarius son CJ is celebrating his 12th birthday on January 21st which is also "National Hug Day" which is beyond fitting because CJ is the best hugger ever and knows the absolute most comforting times to dole them out. So just imagine how excited I was as a millennial mama to find out that Sprinkles the cupcake bakery had the perfect themed cupcakes to celebrate.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Remembering Lived in Moments Through Laughter & Love with the Mazda CX-3 #DriveMazda #Bestof2016

Looking back on 2016 for a lot of people means remembering some pretty awful moments whether personally or in the news. Moments that may have made your heartache, ones that may have made you frustrated or angry but one thing my hubby Mike is always encouraging me to do, is to seek out the positive in every lived in moment big or small. Having the ability to just pick up and go in a reliable car is a top priority for families, whether it's the daily trips to your grocery store or to create long lasting memories with friends and family. When setting off on the road the last thing you want to worry about is the safety of your loved ones. Compact in size and perfect for our family of four the Mazda CX-3 allowed us to celebrate a long time friends birthday, witness the union of two Blue Sky film makers, dab with clowns and make an urgent spur of the moment visit to see our favorite uncle.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Have a Magical Weekend with Disney's Mickey and the Roadster Racers #DisneyJunior

Typically by this time of year we've all been hit with a bit of cabin fever but it seems with the unseasonably warm temperatures lately, we'd be foolish to stay home with the little ones. Disney's Mickey and the Roadster Racers  in theaters by popular demand this Saturday, January 14th at select theaters nationwide.

Disney Junior at the Movies –   Plan for a day filled with family fun that should not be missed while celebrating Mickey's Birthday when this new animated series makes it's way to the BIG screen. You can sing and dance along with all your Disney Junior favorites, so grab the wheel and join the fun!

Be sure to check out Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Daisy and your favorite Disney Junior pals as Fathom Events and Disney Junior present a special sneak peek of Mickey and the Roadster Racers in select movie theatres nationwide at this hot diggity racer-rific one-day event on Saturday, January 14thAttendees will also receive a $5 offer to the Disney Stores and a free e-book download, as well as other giveaways courtesy of Fathom Events.
Grab your tickets here: 

Friday, January 6, 2017

{VIDEO} TODAY Show Appearance with The Toy Insider and Custom 3D Printed Skylanders Imaginator #Giveaway #MustHavesforLilMonsters

During my two days off a week I love to have my morning talk shows playing in the background and usually the segments that manage to tear my eyes away from my laptop screen are any having to do with shopping, fashion or travel. Ok and a few of the ratchet celebrity stories. So Imagine how excited we were when our blogging buddy Adam of hit me up to ask if we'd be interested in having our son CJ appear on the Today Show since their son Marc couldn't do it because they'd be out of town for the holiday. All CJ ever dreams about is his chance to act on a television show, so the chance to demo Skylanders Imaginators for Laurie Schect "The Toy Insider" during a Black Friday Segment was going to be huge deal since he'd be playing one of his favorite video games.

Disclosure: We were gifted a Skylanders Imaginators set for CJ's demo on the show.  No other compensation was received and opinions expressed are 100% our own!

With Just two days before the biggest shopping day of the year, our boys had already added
Skylanders Imaginators to their list to Santa and couldn't wait to find it under the tree so they could play while on winter break. Being the gamer fanatic that he is, CJ had no problem jumping on set {after the nervous butterflies of actually being on TV, versus recording himself on his Ipad for his LilMonstersinNYC Youtube Channel} to show   viewers and  how to scroll through the varied options to create his own custom Sklyander character. 

Skylanders Imaginators empowers players to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylander character, plus this latest installment supports all 300+ Skylanders from previous games. As parents we were pretty excited to hear that the boys could use the 50+ figures they already owned to play, which meant we wouldn't need to buy all new figures. With that said, the hubby and I used to game a bit when we were dating and one of our absolute favorite games of all time, even to this day was Crash Bandicoot. It's pretty cool that this latest game will also feature Sensei toys and characters including this year’s guest stars Crash BandicootDr. Neo Cortex and Kaos

Fans can also create on-the-go with the free Skylanders Creator App (select iOS and Android devices), offering the same in-game character creation tools plus the option to bring creations to life as a t-shirt, 2-D playable card, or a fully playable 3-D printed Skylanders Imaginators toy!  

Rated: E – 10+; Ages 6-12 
Available: October 16, 2016
Platforms: Wii U®, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Xbox One® and Xbox 360®. iOS and Android devices for Skylanders Creator App.
MSRP: $74.99 (Skylanders Imaginators – Standard Edition); $99.99 (Skylanders Imaginators – Dark or Crash Editions); Skylanders Creator App (Free)

Take a look at CJ's experience on the show as he opens the segment and is featured again while playing {starting at 4:19}. 

 Giveway Time!
As a special gift to our readers we're giving away: 
 1) Custom 3D  Printed Skylanders Imaginator Figure {msrp: $50}
Which will allow you to bring your created character from the digital world to life in the physical world as a fully playable figure. Enter to win using the giveaway tools below.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Avoid the Hazards of the Holidays with Tips from Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care #GoHealthUC #Sponsored

I'm sure I'm not alone in this sentiment, but somehow the holiday's managed to sneak up on us! And as I type this I stare at the twinkling white lights of our tree with no star on top and my hubby's crutches laying nearby. This year we're breaking tradition and I'm helping lift up our youngest son to crown our tree with it's golden star, because somehow the hubby ended up losing his balance on the subway staircase as he lunged to try and catch his train no thanks to a woman with lots of shopping bags. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays it's so important to remember to stay safe, calm and collected as we all do our last minute holiday shopping, house cleaning and everything else in between to welcome guests and the New Year! Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care has great tips to help keep families safe this season so that everyone can enjoy the festivities worry free!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Gift the Love of Reading with Books for the Holidays from 3 NYC Bookstores #Sponsored

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. A Love of books is the best of all!" ~ Jacqueline Kennedy 

One of our most favorite holiday traditions as we countdown to Christmas morning is to gift our lil' monsters with holiday themed story books and age appropriate reads that they can dive into well into the New Year. The coolest thing about a book is that it allows the reader to relate through emotions, travel to different lands and through numerous time periods, without ever having to leave their chair. Both of our boys were gifted shelves of books that welcomed the home as soon as they were born and we've added to their collection year after year. There's nothing more magical or as powerful as ones imagination and as a parent and educator I've always felt pride in watching little one's love of reading unfold and expand as they get older and discover various genres. 

Disclosure: Young adult fantasy author T. A. Barron has sponsored this post and opinions expressed are honest and one hundred percent our own.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Get to the Bottom of Digestive Wellness with Renew Life Probiotics #RenewLifeProbiotics #Sponsored

Having lived and persevered with Crohn's, a chronic auto immune disease {affects the gastrointestinal system} for almost 17 years, I'm the furthest from shy when it comes to chatting about my "yucky" gut, you have to have a sense of humor when you've had week long hospital stays, NG tubes that run through your nose to your stomach and 4ft. of intestines resected to help you alleviate painful symptoms - but apparently having the conversation is not the norm. Shockingly, nearly 2 in 3 {64%} of women are not willing to talk about gut issues with their friends because it seems so taboo. Ellie Krieger, RDN, the rock star culinary nutritionist, who is the host of “Ellie's Real Good Food” show, author of several cookbooks, and a columnist for The Washington Post hosted a private lunch to talk about ways that the gut impacts overall health and wellness.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network. Opinions expressed are 100% our own.  

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