Sunday, July 24, 2016

Must Haves to Send the Kiddies Back to the Classroom from the #MomtrendsBTS Bash

Must Haves for Lil' Monsters

Time sure does fly when you're having fun and I just can't believe we are almost through the month of July and already thinking about buying uniforms, lunch planning and after school activities for our lil' monsters. As my boys countdown until heading to the 1st grade and middle school, I'm realizing I've got quite a bit of shopping to do over the next 4-5 weeks and luckily I can always count on getting the scoop on the latest trends and product launches during the annual Momtrends Back to school party hosted by Nicole Feliciano and her awesome team. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Getaway to Block Island to Escape the Hustle & Bustle of City Life #RIBlockIsland #BlockIsland

Visit Rhode Island

With the first official weekend of Summer behind us, I'm sure we've all been wander-lusting and counting down the days until the first travel adventure of the season as a way to get away from it all. It's bound to happen when you live in the city- all the scheduling, commuting and meetings combined with juggling family life can be quite taxing on a person mentally and physically. Unfortunately it can sometimes be really hard and often dang near impossible to get away from it all for a long block of time, so it's important to take moments to just catch your breathe & unwind even if just for a day. My recent trip to Block Island earlier this month was just the escape I so badly needed and I knew I had to tell you guys all about it. Block Island is a destination that has just a bit of everything from restaurants serving delicious foods {chowder and lobster rolls take priority} to hiking, fishing and insightful tours that are fun and educational. Thanks to Adam of Dada Rocks I was able to accept an invite from Rhode Island Tourism to cover the trip for both of ours sites, along with a very intimate group of fantastic bloggers. We were able to enjoy this serene, little island that has no traffic lights or chain restaurants with the exception of Starbucks {there go those priorities again!} and it was fantastic!

Monday, July 11, 2016

7 Weeks of Summer Camp At Home: Around the World

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With summer vacation well underway whether you've been traveling or staying close to home with the kids it's so important to avoid summer brain drain by showing our children that learning can be fun beyond the classroom. This year I've teamed up with some fantastic parenting bloggers to bring you 7 weeks of themed activities and more to engage in with your little monsters while school is out. We are wrapping up our themed posts with a focus on "Around the World" and in light of what's going on in the news I think learning about the differences among races and cultures is perfect timing! As a former educator in elementary and preschool classrooms this made me miss teaching and was really fun to put together.
 I hope you all enjoy!
Here are weeks 1-7 of our Summer Camp At Home series:
Travel the Globe with a Turn of a Page: 

Here are 9 great books that will open your children's eyes to the diverse world around us through art, cooking, geography, language, math and poetry. Just think they can visit China, Africa, Greece, Paris, Alaska and Kentucky without ever getting off their couch and a bit of imagination. With varied topics you can peek the interest of each individual child and introduce them to something new. 

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Around the World Inspired  Educational Games & Toys:

Explore the world around us with fun, interactive and engaging toys that will keep kids busy while you prepare snacks and activities for the rest of the day. 

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Let's Get Snacking:

Now that they've worked up an appetite take a break to create some simple and tasty finger foods from different cultures. Take the time to discuss the ingredients and what country each dish comes from and the history behind them. For my two boys they don't need a reason to jump into the kitchen and would enjoy pretending to be international Master Chefs with these easy to make treats. 

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Fairy Bread {Australia} // Frushi  {Japan} // Stromboli {America/Itay} //
 Chicken Spring Roll {China}

Around the World Inspired Arts and Crafts:

Grab the glue sticks, construction paper and paint and don't be afraid to let the kids get messy. There's nothing a little water and baby wipes can't pick up. This hands on opportunity to create a beautiful piece of work will show them the differences in celebrations, art, architecture and traditional dress. 

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Tune in and Cheer on Another Country During the 2016 Olympic Games : 

With the Olmypics being broadcasted this August in Rio it makes for another great way to introduce other countries and history of the games.
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Take a Trip and Get Cultured: 

Just in case the kids or even you start craving a bit of outdoor fun you can always take a trip to the local museums or find a live street performer or art to view for a dose of culture. Here in NYC there's an abundance of places for kids to learn about the people and countries that make up our melting pot like this Cool Globes public art on display in Battery Park that raises awareness about climate change around the world for FREE!  

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Be sure to Pin the above picture to save all 7 weeks of themed Summer Camp at Home Lessons that can be used all year round!


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Reflecting on Why We Can No Longer Sit Idly: Please Tell the World my Son's Black Lives Matter Too #BlackLivesMatter #BlackSonsMatter

Dellah's Jubilation

This weekend has been anything but normal and I've found myself caught up in my feelings & like many of you I'm sure, I've been trying to find all the words to express what I've been thinking after the news of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile's tragic deaths. Typically I write about reasons to celebrate life but realize with this platform I have a social responsibility to speak out honestly on things that are a far cry from jubilation, despite how tough the reality may seem. Writing & sharing posts on our most recent lived in moments - trips to Rhode Island, movie screenings of the latest summer blockbusters and the perfect holiday gift seem so irrelevant to write about when our social media feeds and email boxes should be filled with the voices in mourning & those advocating for positive change. I'll make room here for me to share this story because I knew as a mother of two brown little boys I couldn't come back to this space without discussing the current state of our country. There is a need to recognize the disproportionate number of black lives lost at the hands of law enforcement who are meant to serve and protect us all and to encourage you all to speak out against it.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks at Gantry Plaza State Park: Flashback to 2015

With just 3 days until the biggest day of Summer have you made your plans for the 4th of July? 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display and I'm sure it's going to be one of the best shows we've ever seen. Although the Lil' monsters and I have voted to stay home to watch the spectacular show of lights from our rooftop here in Queens we definitely think if you're up to it, going out to see it up close will be an amazing and fun filled evening. Sometimes it feels like by living in Queens we miss a lot of the cool events and parades, so I was so excited when we discovered last year we could take in amazing views of the city skyline, have the kids play in the park and relax with our favorite people right in the midst of the beautiful Gantry Plaza State Park as we counted down to the show above us. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Discover the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Sewers Exhibit at Liberty Science Center #TMNTLSC

The infamous hero's in a half shell - Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Donatello are causing a bit of Turtlemania with the new exhibit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Sewers exhibit at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey which made it's East Coast debut just in time for turtle loving fans to explore while on summer break. It was without question that when we were asked to attend a press preview of the new exhibit by Momtrends and Liberty Science Center that we were excited for all of the fun they had in store for us that included channeling our inner ninja, a private meet and greet with the four brothers and of course a pizza party! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rock This Boat Season 2: Interview with New Kids on the Block #NKOTB #Rockthisboat

New Kids on the Block

With the mention of iconic boy band New Kids on the Block I can't help but start singing - "Oh, oh, oh, oh...Oh, oh, oh, oh...Oh, oh, oh, oh...the right stuff!" Having grown up listening to Jordan, Donnie, Joey, Danny & Jonathan belt out tunes that made teenage girls of the 80s and 90s swoon over the heartthrobs, I can't imagine how insanely fun it would be on a cruise ship with those now women as they get to enjoy photo opps and live shows with the heartthrobs that made them melt back in the day. Earlier this month I headed to CBS Studio 's Adorama Live Theater where I had the chance to view an early screening of one of the episodes and sat in on a live streamed Q&A with the boy band  to discuss everything from forgetting the lyrics to their songs before a cruise performance, traveling with their kids and how MTV hated on them back in the day.

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