Monday, February 18, 2019

A Simple Space: The New Victory Theater Show that Throws Inhibitions Aside to Entertain Kids of All Ages #NewVictory

Winter break is in session and literally, while I write this post my two crazy boys are giggling in the midst of flipping each other and tossing one another around on my bed. Jokingly I tell them all the time that they should join the circus and entertain the world with the their stunts. I've got to wonder if childhood antics like these are what inspired Australian acrobatic ensemble Gravity & Other Myths to create their incredible show A SIMPLE SPACE which is playing at the New Victory theater now through February 24th, 2019.
Disclosure: We were extended complimentary tickets to facilitate this review and opinions expressed are 100% our own.

Friday, February 15, 2019

3 Lessons from Fighting With My Family and Q&A with WWE Divas Champ Paige and Cast #FightingwithMyFamily


Watching Wrestling in our family is going 4 generations strong so when I think about all the cool and random moments we’ve had it’s really crazy to look back on all of our WWE experiences. My maternal grandmother {gramps} and my dad first introduced me to the sport and I was instantly hooked, naming my one boy cabbage patch doll after Virgil a professional wrestler for the WWF. 

Fast forward to adulthood and my two boys CJ and Tristan have been fans of the WWE universe for nearly 5 years and have crazy dreams of becoming professional tag team partners one day. You can only imagine how excited we were to be invited to an early screening of Annapurna picture's new film "Fighting with My Family" - the life story of one of our fave WWE Divas Champ Paige!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Cleaner Day: The NYC Wellness Crawl that Gave Us Mama's Life at Just $35 #ACleanerDay


First let me preface this with saying that this isn't a sponsored post and that this was hands down the best way to spend a weekend in NYC for less than $50. Bustle and bareMinerals — the creators of clean beauty — hosted a truly unique NYC experience that  rejuvenated our mind, body, and spirit and it was worth every damn dollar! 
Knowing I needed a moment to unwind without the kids, my Christmas gift to myself was a much needed day of self care with my boo Valerie of Mommy R and R to pull me out of my winter funk. A ticket to A Cleaner Day wellness crawl gave attendees full access to: meditation, a yoga session with superstar teacher Jessamyn Stanley, makeup applications, nail art, crafty fun, massages, and so much more! Yes, all of that for just $35, unbelievable right? 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Mom's Day Out: Fitness Boxing Release for Nintendo Switch #FitnessBoxing




Disclosure: I attended this event as media and received a review copy of the game. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

The beginning of the year usually rings in a new set of goals meant to inspire positive change, especially when it comes to creating healthier habits and working out. My inbox has been flooded with promotions for memberships to the latest and trendiest workout classes here in the city, but the frosty winter temperatures have definitely been a deterrent. Not even cute, new, multi print and vibrant colored workout gear have been able to motivate me to get off the couch. The polar vortex has definitely made the 90 minute trek into the city by bus and two trains, just to sweat among strangers for an hour less appealing. Thanks to the new Fitness Boxing game that recently launched for the Nintendo Switch I can still get a start on my fitness goals from the comfort of my apartment. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Microsoft Gaming for Everyone: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion Among Gen-Z Gamers #MyXbox



Disclosure: We attended this event as media and opinions expressed are 100% our own.
So, how are you're Fortnite dance skills? If you're a parent of a tween or teen these days I'm sure you're all too familiar with your kids requests for more vbucks to purchase skins and their victorious, orange justice and flossing dance moves. Gaming is pretty big in our house, the common enjoyment of classic games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Bros. admittedly was one of things that hubby and I enjoyed doing together when we first started dating. So it's really not a surprise to us that our boys countdown until Friday after-school so that they can power up their Xbox. 
African American consumers over-index when it comes to gaming consoles. Sixty-six percent of Black households in the US own gaming consoles, compared to half (51%) of the total population. However, Black gamers feel excluded, unwelcomed, and are disproportionately underrepresented in both video games and in the gaming industry.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Celebrate the Evolution of the Lego Brick with The Lego Movie 2 Mini Installation & NYC Screening Ticket Giveaway #TheLEGOMovie2 #AwesomeWeek



Can you believe that 61 years ago today an awesome patent was signed and the very first Lego brick was born? Those colorful bricks have encouraged countless hours of building fun and stop motion video creating among kids of all ages and although those tiny pieces are clearly the enemy of every parents feet, i'm personally grateful for the endless imaginative play and creativity they have encouraged in our home.  I bet just like my two monsters, your kids are counting down until they can check out The Lego Movie 2. Who would have guessed that these building bricks would have evolved into a tremendously popular series of Lego movies? 

The Kid Who Would Be King: Interview with Cast and Jr. Knight Training #KidWhoWouldBeKing


Disclosure: We attended this press junket as media views are 100% our own. 

Remembering my love for the animated, classic movie The Sword and the Stone and reading the adventures of the Knights of the Round table, I was looking forward to the new spin on the story of King Arthur in the recently released film "The Kid Who Would be King" that hit theaters this weekend. In anticipation of the movie we attended a fun NYC press junket where we watched an early screening of the film, interviewed the legendary Sir Patrick Stewart, Director Joe Cornish and the cast, trained to become honorary knights with a lesson in swordsmanship and trip to our favorite toy store, FAO Schwarz to see who Excalibur would choose as the new king!

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