Friday, July 12, 2019

Spread Love It's the Brooklyn Way! 6 Places to Celebrate Your Birthday in Williamsburg

"Stay Close to People that Feel Like Sunlight"

Unless one of us is out of town and traveling, birthdays are usually the ultimate reason for my three high school besties and I to get together to celebrate another spin around the sun! Of course, crazy schedules can sometimes make getting a date on the calendar difficult, whether it's an annual park picnic, a pop-up shop experience or good eats and cocktails, we love having a few hours together to catch up on the ups and downs of life as we age gracefully. Our tribe encompasses a family doctor, an architect and two work from home mama's so as you can imagine we don't need any excuse at all to want to get together for a night out but celebrating our girl Venesa's belated twirl around the sun was a perfect reason.

My girls, Natacha, Venesa, Marta and I met in the hallways of our high school Brooklyn Tech, so hanging out in BK is always a good time for us to reminisce on the good ole days while creating new memories. We can't ever seem to get over how much the neighborhoods have changed in the last two decades and although we're not a fan of all the gentrified changes we did enjoy spending a summer night in our favorite borough.  If you're ever in the neighborhood, here are a few fun ways to get out and celebrate while chilling in Williamsburg: 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Toy Story 4 Review: Every Ending is A New Beginning as We Discover Purpose, A Voice and Prioritize Happiness

Whoa, where does the time go? It just dawned on me that it has been 9 years since we all thought the Toy Story franchise had come to an end as Woody, Buzz and the gang said farewell to their college-bound kid Andy and found themselves in a new room with the adorable, imaginative new kid Bonnie. 

Last week the monsters and I had the chance to partake in an early screening of the latest Pixar adventure Toy Story 4 and I hope you all have plans to see it this weekend!  It was a truly hilarious journey between friends new and old, that highlights discovering your purpose, finding your voice and learning that it's really ok to prioritize your own happiness. You could feel the anticipation in the theater once the lights dimmed, and the sweetest giggles of a child two rows in front had us moviegoers all laughing before the opening rescue scene. 

At the root of it, these iconic Disney Pixar characters are more than just our favorite toys who've been tugging at our heartstrings and making grown folks weepy for over 2 decades, they bring so many of our human characteristics to light in a relatable way. Would you have ever believed that Pixar's very first movie could carry such longevity and through animation allow us all to reflect on our own lives: successes, disappointments, and insecurities?

There's been a lot of internet buzz surrounding the film and whether or not there was a need for a third sequel and I'm going to say heck yes! I honestly think Toy Story 4 gives us the closure we didn't even think we needed and I'm happy that Disney Pixar decided to do it. Now, not everything in the film gave me the magical feels but didn't take away from the overall enjoyment and I'll break that all down in this spoiler-free review.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Join the Free Alamo Kids Club and 5 Ways Families Can Beat the Heat this Summer #Giveaway

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse, opinions expressed are 100% our own. 

Summer will officially be upon this weekend and where most kids around the nation have already traded in their school books for camp fun, in NYC we still have 6 more days of school. It's been so humid and rainy lately our 'cereal' movie watching family can't think of a better way to beat the heat than by grabbing seats at a cool Alamo drafthouse location where we can catch some of the newest blockbusters like Toy Story 4, Spiderman Far from Home and Disney's The Lion King, that we've excitedly been counting down for. With dozens of locations across the U.S from New York City, to Texas, California, and neighborhoods in between families will love the new Loyalty Program and Alamo Kids Club. To celebrate our love of movies, food and Summer's arrival we've partnered with Alamo Drafthouse for a fun giveaway!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Don't You Dare Close Your Eye's! 4 Reasons Disney's Aladdin is a Must See + Video Review and Giveaway #Aladdin

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jakks Pacific whose sponsoring this giveaway and our annual holiday toy drive. Thank you for reading & supporting the brands who help us support families in need. 

Growing up I remember watching Disney’s Aladdin in the living room of our 2 bedroom apartment in Queens, we'd pull off all the seat cushions from the couches and spread each of them across the floor. My sissy and I would pretend that we were hopping from one rooftop to the next like we were being chased through the city of Agrabah. I'm surprised we didn't ruin the dang VHS ribbon after the number of times we played that tape. We'd belt out all of those catchy songs at the top of our lungs and crack up at Robin Williams in his larger than life role as the Genie.

Fast forward to today and us 80’s and 90’s babies have been waiting patiently for the release in theaters, some of us with a little skepticism after seeing what felt like subpar trailers and having high expectations of Disney’s latest live-action update. Would it be masterfully produced, and visually engaging? It's freaking Disney of course and Guy Ritchie was at the helm in the director's seat giving his touch of fast action and grit, while the legendary Alan Menken would undoubtedly have us singing along on a new adventure, with 2 brand new songs.

Aladdin is one of those movies that quintessentially represents our childhood and we knew there was no way with all the cinematic magic in the world that Disney could fail us, or could they?

I'll say this, Don’t You Dare close your eyes on this movie or underestimate Will Smith in his role as the Genie! We screened the film with our 2 boys and it brought a whole new world to light in a way that was true to the nostalgiac storyline yet updated with a few modern twists that were meant to appeal to a Gen Z audience.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Toy Story Drop Mobile App Game with Special Toy Story 4 Levels #MustHavesforLilMonsters

Big fish games recently released Toy Story Drop!, a new mobile game fully themed in the Toy Story universe and it's been the perfect way to keep Disney and Pixar fans preoccupied while waiting for Toy Story 4 to hit theaters on June 21st. The new game will include characters, friendships, locations, environments and motifs from the entire Toy Story universe, including the latest installment.  Players progress through gameplay by matching, dropping and clearing hundreds of exciting puzzles to help favorite characters like Woody and Buzz Lightyear overcome larger-than-life obstacles as they journey across iconic locations such as Andy's Room and Pizza Planet. 

Players can also unlock bonus gameplay driven by new Toy Story narrative adventures inspired by the toys’ unique worlds. Players can help Sheriff Woody and his posse of friends track down Evil Doctor Porkchop who has robbed the bank, or join Buzz Lightyear to protect a top-secret prototype from Zurg’s clutches. 

Key Toy Story Drop! gameplay features include:
  • Journey across iconic locations while matching three or more colorful marbles on the board to meet level goals, rescue stuck toys and overcome obstacles to unlock new levels;
  • Unlock fully themed bonus levels with original narrative content by collecting and assembling character-themed sets of beloved characters, accessories and set pieces;
  • Make impressive combinations to unleash more powerful play: bouncy Pixar Balls bump away big groups of marbles, rockets blast off to clear random tiles, jack-in-the-box boosts punch through entire lines on the board and disco balls clear all pieces of one color; and
  • Unlock special items for added strategy and fun: zap away pieces with the Aliens’ flying saucer and swap marbles with The Claw.

Beginning June 21st, Big Fish will unveil additional Toy Story 4-themed content syncing to the theatrical release, including a Forky playable scene and special content where players help Bo Peep find her lost sheep. Big Fish expects to release additional Toy Story Drop! content every few weeks.

Toy Story Drop!, by the developer of Gummy Drop!, is available worldwide on the App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore and it is coming soon to the Microsoft Store on Windows 10. To learn more, please visit: and follow FacebookTwitter and  Instagram.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Nickelodeon's Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader Returns with WWE Superstar John Cena

"You Can't See Me" is WWE superstar John Cena's infamous tagline, but it's the furthest from the truth because we can see him practically EVERYWHERE these days. From mainstream movies on the big screen to commercials w/ our favorite household brands on the small screen and even a children's book about a little monster truck with guts, the professional wrestler and actor has been solidifying his career outside of the ring as rumors swirl about his retirement. Nickelodeon is launching the family fun game show, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, with a week of premieres beginning Mondy, June 10th, at 7:00pm. (ET/PT). Hosted by John Cena, who also serves as executive producer. We love this show and play kids against grownups while tuned in and can't wait for the revamped series to start!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Sun is Also a Star: NYC Screening and Fandango Giftcard Giveaway

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

Are you a believer in fate and destiny or do you think that life is purely based on fact and science? It's been a while since I've read a good romantic story that later unfolds on the big screen, so I'm really looking forward to seeing The Sun is also a Star. story that follows College-bound romantic Daniel Bae (Charles Melton) and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi) who meet -- and fall for each other -- over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City.  As a New Yorker born and raised I always enjoy movie scenes that use this crazy city I love as a backdrop, and spotting neighborhood staples, touristy spots and the mix of culturally diverse people that make this a special place.

Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family's deportation just as fiercely as she's fighting her growing feelings for Daniel.

In anticipation of the release of The Sun is Also a Star in theaters, we're giving away passes to an NYC screening and 10 Fandango gift cards. 


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