Monday, August 29, 2016

Fun In The Sun: Making a Splash with Wet Head on the Beach #WetHeadChallenge



August is almost behind us and we knew we had to find the time to squeeze in at least one beach day before the lil' monsters head back to the classroom, not to mention the hubby just won't let me live it down that he didn't get his chance to bask in the sun seaside last year. Where I do love watching the waves, laying out under the umbrella while flipping through magazines and watching the kids collect seashells in their cartoon character plastered buckets, I am far from a fan of anything sand related: building castles, being buried beneath it or discovering it in unfavorable places like our lunch. Zing Toy's Wet Head was the perfect water roulette game to introduce to our friends and pass away the time while giggling in anticipation over who'd be the first to get soaked.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

12 Tips From Girl Scouts of the USA and Disney Channel's "Elena of Avalor to Inspire Girls to Lead

Girl Scouts


If you watched this year's Olympics in Rio, then you've witnessed a diverse and amazing group of athletic women fulfill their dreams by showing great teamwork, leadership and determination to succeed. I hope that little girls all around the world are inspired by Monica Puig  for winning the first gold medal for Puerto Rico & 19 year old African American, 5x gold medal winning gymnast - Simone Biles.  And let's not forget the first woman to wear a hijab while competing in the Olympic games like Muslim fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. These young women have proven that despite their differences if you're a go-getter that's willing to be a leader and dreams big, anything  can be accomplished. 


Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Disney Channel are teaming up to inspire girls and their families to practice leadership. The collaboration brings GSUSA’s focus on leading like a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM, the Girl Scout way, and Disney Channel’s recently launched animated television series Elena of Avalor into action with the debut of The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney ChannelAvailable in English and Spanish beginning today, the Guide showcases leadership activities and conversations parents and caregivers can engage their preschool through fifth-grade girls in to boost their everyday leadership skills and prepare them to create the future they imagine.

Planning Your Holiday Getaway?Skyscanner Reveals the Best Time to Book Holiday Travel...and it's Later Than you Think


Summer travel may be coming to an end and many of you have already sent your kids off to school and I even spotted Halloween items being stocked in the dollar bins of Target. Before you know it the phones will begin to ring and text messages buzz there way to our phones with talks of who's home to feast over Thanksgiving turkey at, where to create lasting new family memories while baking for Hanukkah and Christmas and where to blow those annoying horns after counting down and have your first kiss of the New Year. I've already had conversations with girlfriends about brainstorming their holiday travel plans because every year they wait until the last minute to think about it and we automatically assume the procrastination can be costly. Skyscanner reveals the best time to book holiday travel, and thank goodness it's much later than you probably thought.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Disney Queen of Katwe and 3 Great Places and a Festival for Kids to Learn to Play Chess in NYC



Growing up I remember watching my dad and cousin as they intensely eyed each other's pieces while playing an intense, weekend-afternoon round of chess. It seemed like neither ever blinked as I tried to follow along. Upon his return from a trip to Mexico, daddy brought home the most beautiful hand carved and painted board, naturally I thought it was way cooler than the traditional set with simple black and white pieces With no clue on the rules of how to really play I used to move the pawns, knights and bishops {i'm surprised I even know their names} every which way across the board in hopes to protect the magical Queen. It must be in their genes, because our two boys have acquired a fondness for chess and even stop in their tracks during leisurely strolls to watch the older men near union square in the city,  as they call out to passerby's to challenge them to a play a round or two. After seeing the preview for Disney's Queen of Katwe, my 11 year old instantly said " oh mom, this has to be one of those feel good movies, where the player goes through tough times and something great happens". From a Disney movie, could we honestly expect anything less?

Friday, August 12, 2016

New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles App Helps Teach STEM Concepts, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking


Naturally, seeing as the hubby and I grew up watching the Ninja Turtles as 80's babies, it only makes sense that we are all for our boys loving them just as much, if not more than we did at their age. Nickelodeon has launched its first app based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Half-Shell Heroes, a preschool and kid-friendly property inspired by the hit animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In the TMNT Half-Shell Heroes app, kids can join Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo on an action-filled quest through the sewers and streets of New York City. Boys and girls alike will surely love this new action packed app that will have them engaged in the educational games that helps teach STEM concepts, problem solving and critical thinking.The TMNT Half-Shell Heroes app is available now to download on all iOS devices, Google Play and Amazon

Sunday, August 7, 2016

WWE Summer Slam is Kicking off with a Concert To Benefit Connor's Cure


The countdown to one of the most popular WWE pay per views is well under way and in our house, aside from all the revamping of the Monday Night RAW and Tuesday Night Smackdown, Summer Slam is all my wrestling loving family can talk about & with the show headed back to NYC for the 2nd year in a row it's sure to be a night to remember. Can you picture how crazy the energy would be at a fully packed Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York in anticipation of a concert with music stars Flo Rida and Jason Derulo as a lead up to to the big night? For the first time ever, in support of Connor's Cure and the initiative to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer, the WWE is partnering with Iheart radio for a sure to be epic Summer Slam concert on Thursday, August 18th and tickets are on sale now.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Rockin' True Religion and Counting Down to the First Day of First Grade


Back to school fashion

"When do we go back to school mommy, is it almost time?" You'd think Tristan was having the most awful summer the way he's been counting down until he heads back to the classroom and gets to see all of his lil' monster friends. Watching his face change as he tries to process how many days are actually in a month is hysterical. "So, how many more days exactly? Today is Tuesday, so after Sunday?" and his big brother laughs at him as I tell him not to worry about it, it will be here before he knows it.

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