Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Life of the Lunchbox: Entenmann's Little Bites and Nature Harvest Giveaway #Sponsored

How are you all adjusting to the back to school routine, was it a seamless transition or were there a few bumps in the road? For us, one thing that makes it easier to get into the swing of things is going with what we know and keeping things simple, especially when it comes to packing school lunches. Our kids aren't really fans of the choices they have in the cafeteria so we pack tried and true favorites that we know they love and that won't end up in the trash can or still sitting in their lunchbox at the end of the day. 

After a while though we may easily fall victim to the routine of packing the same items for their lunches and it's sometimes nice to have a little fun with how it's presented to our lil' monsters and they can even help make them!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Let's Get Curious! 4 Ticket #Giveaway to the Liberty Science Center

It's said "The future belongs to the curious" and as a parent and our children's first educator isn't it just amazing when we get to witness their little minds explore and question the world around them? This year marks the 75th anniversary of the appearance of the adorable and adventurous Curious George in American children's literature and we had the chance to check out the Let's Get Curious exhibit that opened on National curiosity day at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey.

Disclosure: As a Liberty Science Center Blog Ambassador for the day, I have been provided with vouchers for my visit. All opinions expressed are 100% our own.

With a focus on key concepts in science, engineering and math kids are surrounded by their favorite characters and familiar settings from the classic books and the popular PBS television show.  Geared towards ages 4-7 littles ones will enjoy hands on experiences and problem solving. 

I enjoyed the fact that a lot of the exhibits needed two friends to accomplish the activity.This is a great way to expand on the idea that we have to all work together to accomplish a task.

Some highlights of the exhibit for us were getting to pretend play - dressing up like the doorman & working at the fruits and veggie stand was lots of fun!

Making butterflies and birds with our hands

Liberty Science Center

This larger than life space rocket was definitely a hit, the kids loved going up and down the long bumpy slide and i'm pretty sure they were wishing they had one in their own bedroom.

Liberty Science Center

The Mini golf course featured ramps, pipes and funnels to putt their way through.

 A lot of the exhibits posed a question that the children had to think about, open ended questions are perfect for fostering communication and higher level thinking!

Liberty Science Center

Kids of all ages who are fans of Curious George will love the mini museum that explained the history behind the character who's first book debuted back in 1941 and showcased old memorabilia and of course the gift store had lots of fun goodies to bring home to remember the day.
Liberty Science Center

Families can visit the exhibit which is included with their ticket for LSC {Adults $21.75 and Kids ages 2-12 for $17.75} from now until January 8th, 2017 and can meet Curious George himself on October 1st, November 11th, November 25th, December 28th and December 29th. 

We're offering a set of 4 tickets for your family to visit the Let's Get Curious exhibit!
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Friday, September 2, 2016

NY Liberty Back to School Game & Performance from Disney's Laura Marano #Showup #NYLiberty

The countdown is on! Summer vacation here in the city is winding down and in less than a week the kids will be heading back to school and what better way to celebrate conquering a new school year than with a Back to School NY Liberty Game at Madison Square Garden? The Liberty is one of New York’s most successful teams and are even making a run to qualify for the WNBA playoffs and they are part of one of the most entertaining sporting events we've ever attended! On Friday September 9th, they'll be playing against the Connecticut Sun and making a run for the playoffs! And they need you to #Showup and cheer them on! 

As part of the fun-filled night they have an amazing half time show planned with a performance from Laura Marano of the Disney Show Austin & Ally who'll be singing her hit "Boom Box" and new song "Lala". Here's the details:

Kazoops: Kids Discover the Power of Imagination with Debut of New Netflix Show

Most of our kids have returned to the classroom or will be after the long labor day weekend and as a mom, former preschool and elementary school educator it's always been an enlightening experience watching both my boys and students question the world around them and to use their imaginations to make up their own stories and engage in creative play. At home we try to encourage deeper thinking and want our kids to feel as comfortable as possible seeking answers to whatever they are curious about. In the animated series Kazoop {debuts on Netflix on September 2nd, 2016} kids will follow the adventures of six year old Monty and his adorable best friend names Jimmy Jones, the family pet pig.  Monty uses his big imagination to challenge notions of everyday life such as "Why do all games need rules?", "Why can't we have more than one best friend?" and demonstrates the value of critical thinking.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Working It Out with WWE Women's Revolution at Tapout Fitness #TapoutFitness #WomensRevolution

Honestly, I have no idea what possessed me into believing that it was a smart idea to join the phenomenal WWE Women's Revolution along with television personality & NY Times best selling author, Maria Menuonos in a workout event at Tapout Fitness, other than the fact that I've been an admiring fan of these hard-working, driven and athletic women for years! As part of the the WWE Summer Slam NYC Take Over my blogger babes and I, alongside other media outlets and WWE universe super fans joined in on a 60 minute class that had us all sweating, or as WWE superstar Naomi would say "Glowing". After a stressful morning of dealing with extended family drama, working it out in my head & in the gym was a more than welcomed way for me to clear my head! I was almost deterred from going because I was mentally drained but knew i'd regret missing out on an opportunity to get my adrenaline pumping in a positive way. 

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.

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