Friday, December 2, 2016

Prep Your Family for a New Pooch with Peppy Pups on National Mutt Day #PeppyPups #MustHavesforLilMonsters


National Mutt Day, founded by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, is observed Dec. 2nd and July 31st to celebrate the many wonderful attributes of Mutts to promote adoption WORLDWIDE. Hubby and I had always known we'd get a dog or two because we had never had one as kids and there are so many different breeds we'd been dreaming of bringing home from Labradors and Bulldogs to the Pitbull and Terrier we have today. A new puppy may be topping your kids wish list, but is your family not quite ready for the real thing? Young children and parents alike will love the irresistible personality of Peppy Pups from TPF Toys, the official plush dog of National Mutt Day.
Peppy Pups™ brings to life the authenticity of puppy friendship, complete with a pup that follows its owner everywhere.The cuddly plush puppy has a spring in its step and when walked by its owner, can run, jump and wag its tail like a real dog.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Encourage Children to Think Outside of the Box and Learn to Code with Cubetto #ad #MustHavesForLilMonsters



Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Primo Toys. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.

Limits on screen time for our two boys are necessary during the week otherwise they turn into zombies. They typically aren't allowed to play any video games or use their tablets until Friday unless it's something we deem educational and even then we have to set boundaries because they'll end up playing Minecraft for hours and when I've said enough is enough they'll quickly answer back with a response like "but mommy we're learning how diamonds are made" and dive right back into playing because they assume there's no way I could refute that they are truly engaged and learning. Our lil' monsters are extremely tech savvy they love making stop motion videos together, edit their own YouTube videos and create their own background music with various apps. With all that said we're certainly concerned about all the actual time spent staring into screens, I know it affects me as I bounce from laptop to cellphone to tablet to desktop in heavy rotation. Created by Primo Toys, Cubetto is the only screen-less programming system, powered by a revolutionary coding language made of colorful blocks that lets children ages 3 and up write their first computer programs. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Muppets, Monsters and Brooklyn Birthday Bash Redemption! #LilMonstersinNYC


We suck when it comes to attending birthday parties! Well I guess in actuality I suck or the universe just doesn't work in our favor every now and again. and we end up late or needing to cancel. The hubby will take no ownership in this because it's usually me who has to schlepp the boys somewhere that feels like it's across the country to get to. And of course I feel horrible, because yeah it's some cute kids celebration of life but if you know me and our crazy world we have the most random shit happen to us, so much so you'd think we were lying. And honestly I'd almost prefer I'd been lying then to have to actually physically or mentally go through whatever the heck it was that prevented us from having cake and Ice cream and singing the Stevie wonder rendition of Happy Birthday as your awesome kids opened our dope gifts! To our credit we always give a gift whether we make it to the shindig or not and I usually hope that counts for something but I know it's important to just be there.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Rock Band Rivals: The Most Addictive Family Game of the Year! #Ad #RockBandRivals



Your family parties are going to be lit from now on thanks to the new Rock Band Rivals! With a list of over 2,000+ songs there's something for everyone across varied genres: Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder, The Wknd, David Bowie, Pink and Queen, The Doors, Marc Anthony, No Doubt, Snoop Dog, Magic, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Otis Redding, The Chainsmokers, Sia, Bob Marley (I was swaying to Redemption Song). We all know music brings people together and Rock Band 4 is the perfect music game and family game for PS4 & Xbox one. Playing Rock Band has been some of funnest quality time we've had in a while. Cj is such an old soul he knows that the hubby and I had way better music when we were kids so he was just as excited as we were when we scrolled through the choices to rock out with on this guitar game that also includes a drum set and microphone. 


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Harmonix and Kidvuz and opinions expressed are 100% honest! 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Winter is Coming! Prepare Your Family with Tips from the FDNY and #AccuWeatherReady Program #Ad #BeReady


Disclosure: This Post is sponsored by Accuweather and opinions expressed are honest & 100% my own. 

Did you know November is the month with the most dramatic drop in temperatures? We've witnessed this right here in New York with a significant 30 degree fall from last week to now. It's safe to say the frigid chill was an indication that Winter is coming and I'm freaking out because I haven't even brought my winter coats up from storage yet due to the confusing and unseasonable 70 degree afternoons we had been enjoying for it to be mid November. recent survey conducted by AccuWeather found that the number one weather-related concern Americans have this winter is being caught by surprise by inclement weather. Despite all the fun in the sun it would be foolish of us to not be aware of the hazards and precautions needed to be taken as the colder weather approaches. 

Just looking at those pictures above that the hubby took last year around our Queens neighborhood has given me the goosies remembering how bad it can really get. Just a few days ago we were invited to the FDNY Fire Zone to learn all about the  AccuWeather Ready initiative which is a new, year-round weather preparedness program that focuses on keeping people safe and informed. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Imaginations Run Wild with Schleich's Big Adventure at the Water Hole #Sponsored



Disclosure: This is sponsored post in which I received compensation for, but my review and opinions are 100% my own.

As much as we love visiting our local Zoo's and watching the animals in their natural habitats it's nearly impossible to get to visit any of them with school back in session and with the temperatures cooling down, making trips like that are far and in between these days.  Watching the boys pull themselves way from the gadgets every now and then to enjoy some imaginative, pretend play makes me so happy so I knew with their fascination for wild animals and their love for viewing National Geographic that the Schleich Big Adventure at the Water Hole set would keep them busy.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Grab the Popcorn and Pass the Wine! Girls Night In with Groupon Coupons #Sponsored



Can you believe it will be Thanksgiving next week? It may be seasonably warm for this time of year but I'm beyond ready to let the holiday festivities commence. I've already started humming those classic soulful holiday tunes and we might actually get our Christmas tree up over Thanksgiving weekend. This time of year can definitely cause a frenzy of spending and although I do love my quality time with friends and family I'm not trying to go broke! Think about it, decorations, fancy schmancy outfits, the mani-pedis and blowouts, the gift giving...... the list goes on and on. One thing I do know is that I have no intention of having to commute across the five boroughs from one soiree to the next and will gladly partake in a house party or two to avoid the high costs of getting into some of these insanely high priced - so called "trendy" NYC venues. Thanks to Groupons Coupons you can crank up your Penatonix, Jackson Five,  holiday mix and Karaoke the night away with your favorite people while indulge in some popped corn and bubbly in the comfort of your own home.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and opinions expressed are 100% my own 

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