Saturday, February 18, 2017

True Heroes are Timeless: Celebrate Black History Month with the Disney Channel



Now more than ever and not just for the month of February, as a parent and educator I feel it's essential to celebrate diversity and to embrace one's culture. Whether it's casual talks about our own families history as an African-American mother, who's married to a Jamaican-American or through shows and social media that inspire conversation, during Black History Month we always seek out positive ways to explore what it means to be African American. With the help of popular programming on the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior children can enjoy shows that reflect on history and inspire kids to dream big.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Celebrate Diversity with Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend and 25% off on Tickets #ad



Having grown up and now raising our own two children here in NYC it's always been an amazing learning experience because of the diverse mix of people that live here and visit from other countries on a daily. In our very own building, because we live close to the airport our boys have managed to make friends with children who's parents are here on business with the United Nations, from Egypt, Dubai, Japan and more. It's wonderful to see how they embrace each other and help their friends adjust to being here, especially those who don't speak English very well yet. From early on we've taught our boys not to judge others based on the color of their skin, religions etc and to accept everyone's beautiful differences.As cliche as it sounds the world would be rather boring if we were all the same. Sesame Street Live is back in New York with their show "Make a New Friend" which shows our lil' monsters how to celebrate friendship and similarities despite cultural differences.

Disclosure: We were provided tickets to review the show, opinions expressed are 100% our own. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Babes of All Ages Protect Your Booty with a Barre Class and Boudreaux's Buttpaste #ButtpasteBooty #Sponsored


Dislcosure: This Post is Sponsored by Momtrends & Boudreaux's Buttpaste. Opinions expressed 100% my own!

Leave it to a Booty focused Barre class in the Exhale Fitness and Spa at the Gansevoort Hotel, a chat about the newest line of protective pastes for a babies bum from Boudreaux's Buttpaste & your 35th birthday to remind you that you aren't getting any younger!  I hate working out alone so I will adjust my schedule as needed when a call for a group fitness class comes along. I'm way more motivated to work up a sweat these days with a tribe of my favorite mama's and girlfriends. As a mom and former preschool teacher those roles ended up keeping me tone and fit as I tried to keep up with all of my littles nearly 15 hours a day, plus my energy level was zilch after the commute from Midtown back to Queens during rush hour.  At work during the lunch & diapering {a.ka. the most ridiculously chaotic portion of they day}, it felt like a mad dash getting one lil' monster after the either wiped and de-crusted, while others started to smell a little less than baby powder fresh and their tushies agitated. Squatting down to pick them up, sometimes leg lifts over wooden safety gates {because their was mess everywhere} while easing them on to the table with a calmly hum song, just to bend down again to grab the wipes and sometimes greatly needed Boudreaux's buttpaste


Thursday, February 9, 2017

{VIDEO} Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ninja Superstars Stop Motion Action #MustHavesforLilMonsters #WWESuperstars


Disclosure: We were provided the action figures to facilitate the stop motion video, no other compensation was received and opinions expressed are 100% our own.

Hands down two of the most iconic brands that I obsessed over as an 80's baby were the WWE and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, can you blame me? Most people won't believe that my dad & gramps introduced me to what was once the World Wrestling Federation {The WWF} back in the day but it's true she loved watching legendary superstars like "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Sting in the ring. My grandmother would let us stay up late to watch pay-per-view matches, only for us to wake up early on the weekends to binge watch those pizza loving, bad guy fighting TMNT cartoons. I find it just a bit hysterical and pretty damn cool that I have two boys who are also huge fans of both lines, all jokes aside I seriously unwind from a long week tuning in with them and we have a blast! So imagine how hyped we were when we spotted on the Ringside Collectibles Instagram the new WWE Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ninja Superstars from Playmates & Nickelodeon.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Original Harlem Globetrotters Debut Basketball's First 4-point Line & 25% off Tickets #ad



Every Saturday morning my dad would lace up and grab his basketball and meet our cousin for a couple of games in a park nearby and if us kids were lucky he'd take us a long too. At the end of the game I'd beg them to teach me how to spin a basketball on my finger and made them watch me two or three times while I attempted to dribble the ball in between my legs and behind my back. As I type this, I'm all of a sudden humming "Sweet Georgia Brown" and remembering running to the television every time the infamous Harlem Globetrotters were on. Talk about skill! Not only could they play the game, but they managed to dazzle the multi-generational crowd with every twirl & dunk that had everyone up on their feet in excitement. Growing up in Lefrak City in Queens we had a lot of great players on our community courts, and one of our neighbor's kids "Bones Millien"  even went on to fulfill his dream of playing for the Globetrotters.

If you're here in NYC, don’t miss The Original Harlem Globetrotters at Madison Square Garden February 19th & 20th with THREE amazing games! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ariana Grande and John Legend Featured in the Beauty and the Beast Final Trailer #BeautyandtheBeast


I don't know about you but in no particular order,  Disney's Beauty and the Beast is definitely hands down one of my top five favorites and that's including all of the Pixar films. Being the avid reader that I was I'd always been so jealous of Belle's gift from the Beast - a wall to wall, ceiling to floor library seemed like the coolest thing ever to me. It even inspired this Reading Space Pinterest board. When I was a tween I remember my parents taking my sissy Nicole and I to see it on Broadway and the "Be Our Guest" scene being absolutely mesmerizing. To this day we tease my sister because I think it was her first Broadway show and she jumped out of her seat to give a standing ovation - she had to be like six years old and she was so enthused, yelling "Brava, Brava!" She was seriously such a drama queen.

Seeing the film brought to life on the big stage under all the lights was one of the most amazing theatrical experiences I'd ever had as a kid. And now that one of our animated childhood favorites just celebrated it's 25th anniversary we can all anxiously count down until March 17th when it hit's movie theaters as a live-action movie! 

Have you had the chance to hear Ariana Grande and John Legend sing the classic "Beauty and the Beast"? It's perfect!

Check out the final trailer below as they sing of a tale as old as time...........

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.
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