Monday, October 16, 2017

When Life Calls for a Mom's Night Out You Take It! #MTNightOut2


Squeezing in an hour or two just for myself kind of seemed trivial, knowing how tragic September ended for my family - loosing a loved one unexpectedly is never easy to wrap your head around. Yet at the same time, I needed a moment to breathe, to stop crying....... I needed a night out even if it meant it was a "work" thing. Despite rocking our best smile from cheek to cheek, I'm sure a handful of mama's in the room probably had some form of crap going on. Being able to revel in a MomTrends night out while learning about the latest products and destinations to help ease the day-to-day of #momlife was just the break I needed and beyond appreciated.  

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tips, Tricks and the Best Photo Gear Picks for the Holiday Season #CTAPhotoNYC

Photography is the beauty of life captured
Capturing those priceless candid shots and special moments with family and friends are a must this time of year as our calendars fill with penciled in gatherings and festivities.You know, those adorable shots of your toddlers first time pumpkin picking in a field of gourdes larger than themselves, or the hilarious pics of your favorite crazy uncle dressed as Santa & your terrier dressed as Rudolph are always fun to show off.  I've found that this especially rings true when you realize with a blink of an eye or a flash of your camera that your loved ones, unexpectedly may not be there to celebrate these love and laughter filled moments with you the following week, month or year. There are literally thousands of photos living on our laptops , cellphones and cameras and I'm so thankful to have them because they've allowed us to take bitter sweet trips down memory lane as the boys and I remember loved ones we've had to say goodbye to. With the holiday season in full swing I was thrilled to host an intimate lunch and learn which provided the best photography tips, tricks and products for an amazing group of local bloggers on behalf of The Consumer Technology Association, CES and Techlicious 


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Monday, September 18, 2017

LEGO NINJAGO Back To School Bash with Jamie Foxx and a Chance to Win Fandango Hollywood Movie Money




Back to School is in full swing, and with the first official week behind us, luckily the boys still have smiles on their faces this rainy Monday morning as they prepare to tackle 2nd and 7th grade. This weekend we're planning to spend some quality time with the monsters and are heading to the theaters to see the latest Lego Movie that's sure to be full of laughs and adventures. 

In the New Lego Ninjago Movie six young ninjas Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they're gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they're ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Giveaway #GotGVol2


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. hit store shelves this week on August 22nd and as huge fans of Marvel we have been counting down to it's release and are looking forward to some major action and laughter in this latest installment. Not to mention as WWE fans we love when our favorite film franchises include some of the awesome wrestling superstars like Dave Bautista who plays Drax. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

New Yorkers Celebrate Summer Reading & Vote in Nationwide #BookBattle for NYC Kids to Win 100,000 Free Books #Sponsored



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Did you know that by age 3, children from wealthier families have typically heard 30 million more words than children from low-income families?(AEC, 2010) That is such a huge difference right? One of the best ways to help little ones to develop such a vast number of words is by exposing them early on to age appropriate books & unfortunately in several cities around the U.S, kids live within book deserts and don't have access to adequate reading materials. This month the boys and I headed to popular NYC bookstore, The Strand to celebrate summer reading and the Soar with Reading Program. With one daily vote, through the Soar with Reading Program the public has the chance to vote in an online book battle which will reward the children of one city 100,000 FREE books

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Grab Your Boogery Friends for The Grossery Gang Putrid Power Movie & Giveaway! #MustHavesforLilMonsters #Sponsored


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Back in the day I loved collecting Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, do you remember those? If not just humor me a sec, but if you were an 80s baby then I 'm sure you may have had a stack of these grotesque yet funny looking characters that were a crude spin-off of the Cabbage patch dolls. These days it's no surprise that my boys along with thousands of other lil' monsters around the world are really into "The Grossery Gang" an assortment of mini collectibles that kids are obsessed over.  We couldn't wait to share the news that at the end of July Moose Toys’ The Grossery Gang announced the release of their first ever film, Putrid Power: The Grossery Gang vs. The Clean Team

In Putrid Power , fans will be treated to a gripping story of The Grossery Gang taking on the new evil force known as the Clean Team. With Cheap Town now under the terrible threat of being cleaned up for good by the evil Vac Attack and his team of clean freaks, Putrid Pizza, Dodgey Donut and the rest of the gang must band together to fight the power of clean; to save themselves from getting mopped up by the baddies.

It kinda reminds me of the battle in my house where I'm trying defeat two messy, youtube watching zombies who leave food wrappers, stinky socks and trails of toys everywhere. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Soar with Reading: Vote for NYC Children to Win 100,000 FREE Books from JetBlue and Random House Kids #BookBattle




"If you're going to get anywhere in life, you're going to have to read a lot of books" 
~ Roald Dahl. 

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At the start of the summer, JetBlue and Random House Children’s Books launched it's annual Soar with Reading™ initiative, which provides age-appropriate books to children who need them most and until August 31st of 2017 we all have the chance to vote for one of four cities, including NYC to win the next donation of 100,000 FREE books in a good ole' internet #bookbattle 

During school breaks I remember my mom would take my sister, brother and I to the library and we'd check out as many books that were allotted, typically more than we actually wanted to carry home and our dad proudly ordered us the full set of World Book Encyclopedia and we'd get lost in a world of imagination and history.

Being a mom who was an avid reader as a child, I knew that the day I'd have children of my own that I would spoil them with shelves of books very early on. My husband thought I was crazy to have subscribed to a book club for a baby, but sure enough CJ came home from the hospital with a shelf of books to get him through the first two years of life. Over a decade later and with another Lil' monster in the house, that shelf is bursting from the seams and filled with an array of books. Heck yes we've been fortunate to have access to so many pieces of literature but today there seems to be a vast number of areas around the U.S that have limited offerings of age appropriate books. 

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