Thursday, September 12, 2019

Meet the Ooky Spooky Addams Family in Westfield New Jersey for AddamsFest

Imagine getting to celebrate Halloween with the creepy and cooky first family of scream, the Addams family in their home town! With their return to the big screen that’s exactly what you can do by heading to theaters for their first animated comedy feature premiering this October. Then, after the movie, take a trip with Lurch to Westfield, New Jersey for AddamsFest!!

Did you know that the creator of the original Addams Family New Yorker cartoons, Charles Addams, was in fact from this quaint yet eery little town in New Jersey? We had no idea and were intrigued by our visit to Westfield to tour where he grew up and see how the native son is celebrated with all the fandom of this iconic television family. 

Friday, September 6, 2019

Nike Adventure Club: The New Sneaker Subscription Service Encouraging Play

Back to School is in full swing and you can usually call me last minute Susie, but this year I actually got a headstart on supply shopping. I'd been procrastinating & dreading hitting the stores to stock up on gym clothes, sports gear, and sneakers for our two boys who seem to outgrow everything at lightning speed and although they have great personnel style have no patience to shop. Imagine how intrigued I was when Nike invited us out to an exciting day on Governors Island to learn all about their newly launched sneaker subscription service. Nike Adventure Club is going to save parents time and spare in-store headaches by sending a new pair of cool sneakers directly to your active kids at home. 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Camp Romper: Back to School Fun for the Entire Family in Brooklyn

What better way to close out the official last weekend of Summer than with an afternoon experience filled with activities, treats, and live entertainment to keep our Lil' Monsters of all ages busy? Well, get excited NYC families because the Folks at Romper are inviting you and your little ones to their first annual Camp Romper – their really cool version of summer camp, designed especially for your family to create lasting memories while playing together!

Monday, August 19, 2019

5 Reasons to Plan a Luxury Escape to the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach

Disclosure: This post is written in partnership with the Grand Fiesta American Coral Beach Resort, stay tuned for our full review.

Couples and families seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of life by unplugging and relaxing should plan their next luxurious stay at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach. With stunning ocean views and impressive 5-star amenities, a retreat to this centrally located resort is one we've read raving reviews about and can't wait to experience for ourselves as we celebrate our upcoming wedding anniversary.

Can you believe that the hubby, Mike and I have yet to ever travel anywhere alone? Nope, not even during our honeymoon in Cancun 11 summers ago. We're beyond hyped to be returning to Mexico on our first solo trip in 15 years.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Disney World Girls Weekend: Fun Planning Tips to Try on Your Magical Getaway

Who can agree it's time for a girls weekend at Walt Disney World? There's been a recent social media rant from a mom that's getting lots of buzz on banning kidless Millenials from visiting the most magical place on earth. I think that's such nonsense, especially over a pretzel her 3 yr. old son didn't get due to expected long lines. Disney is meant to be enjoyed by everyone! Can you imagine growing up and not being able to afford to go to Disney until you hit your adult years, only to be told you can't visit the parks because you're not a parent?

I'll never forget a spontaneous crazy six hours of kids free fun I had a few years ago with my girls Tiffani of MyMommyVents and Valerie of Mommyrandr running through Magic Kingdoms Main Street to Milly Rock with Frozo during a parade, grabbing dole whip and turkey legs and cracking jokes on a magical carpet ride before getting caught in a freaking downpour. When you don't make strategic plans you end up hanging out on all the kiddie rides and we could care less that we were soaking wet, we rode "It's a Small World" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" without our own kids fussing and whining and ended the night with spectacular fireworks. I put the dang mom guilt aside and had the absolute best time! Watch the fun here.

If you are taking a break with your girlfriends at Disney, I have some great planning tips for you. Follow these awesome Walt Disney World girls weekend ideas to have the time of your life with your girl gang at Disney!

Photos [polynesian @brittanyburwellmickeytravels // toystory @clumsydragon28]

Friday, July 26, 2019

Dora the Explorer and The Lost City of Gold NYC Advanced Screening FREE Passes #DoraMovie

Can you believe it's been nearly 20 years since our mini's ventured off on daily educational adventures with their guide, Dora the Explorer on Nickelodeon's hit television series? I know our CJ would always end up talking to the television and singing the backpack song. He swore he and Diego were besties. Well now Dora's back with her red boot wearing monkey & travel companion Boots in a new live-action comedy and we're giving away free passes to the NYC screening!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Circle of Life: Reviews of Disney The Lion King from Multi-Generational Families Across the Nation #TheLionKing

We made it a family affair and checked out Disney’s The Lion King, in theaters NOW! When I was a kid, I remember when big blockbuster movies hit theaters, our fam would rally up sometimes and go in big groups. I loved those moments so much because with tons of snacks in hand we'd fill rows of the theater with parents, grands, cousins, aunties, uncles and even the neighbor's kid from down the hall, LOL. 25 years later we knew we'd have to meet up to enjoy each others company amidst singing along and all of the laughter while watching this Disney classic unfold on the big screen once more. While scrolling through the #lionking on Instagram It was so awesome to see how many other families around the world journeyed to the pride lands, many rocking matching Lion King tees to see the film. 

With all the criticisms lately over the new genre of Disney live-action remakes (we're still not sure how to feel about the upcoming Mulan), we decided to go in with an open mind but definitely had high hopes that Director John Favreau would do one of our top 3 Disney films justice the way the animated 1994 classic gave us all the warm and fuzzy feels. To be honest, our multi-generational family of hard to impress Millenials and Gen-Z kids thought the new Lion King was a good family flick, despite any mixed reviews you've already heard or read. It's already made $185 million domestically this opening weekend, but is it really a must-see or are we all just buying tickets for the sake of nostalgia? We Chatted with other Disney loving families around the nation who shared their memories and thoughts on the movie.


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