Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Give the Gift of Self Care & Ring in the New Year with a #DoveBeautyBar Giveaway

Disclosure: Opinions expressed are 100% my own, guests received a gift bag for attending and I received no other compensation to host this giveaway.




In just a few hours we'll be counting down to the end of 2014 and excitedly welcoming in the New Year and most likely a new set of resolutions, or what I refer to as daily steps to improvement. One of my biggest vows to myself is to set aside more "Mom - Me" time, even if it's a brief twenty minutes to myself (when the kids are asleep & hubby is at work, I squeeze in an episode of New Girl & flip through a magazine while indulging in a cookie & glass of Moscato) in some shape or form.

 It's funny my hubby and I were just talking this morning about how he manages to get in his "Dad-Me" time even if it means just grabbing the dog and taking him for a walk to clear his head. Yet I, and I'm sure quite a few other ladies out there don't put themselves as a priority and when we do, often feel guilty & question what other more important tasks, we could be crossing off our lists. Shame on us!




Earlier this month I attended the Dove  Build Your Own Beauty Bar event on behalf of Lady and the Blog, at the De Berardinis Salon where both media and the public were invited to an evening of pampering. Guests stocked up on beauty essentials for the season, enjoyed a customized makeover and got festive nail art at the mani station, while mingling and enjoying light bites and cocktails.   

One of our very first actions of the day is probably where our self-care and beauty regimen should begin, right in the shower! I remember after having each one of my boys, managing to hop in the shower was one of those fleeting luxurious moments and even now with them both 9 and 4 I live for that quite solitude (maybe not so quite while I belt out tunes on spotify) to help me jump start the day.

Dove has been a long time staple in my house, and has been since I was a kid (I always loved the scent and how creamy the lather was & how soft my hands felt after washing them). Having received the Best of Beauty Award from Allure magazine and If you've ever used a Dove beauty bar, you know it's not like any ordinary soap. And if you haven't tried it yet you'll discover that with it's signature 1/4 moisturizing cream it replenishes nutrients lost during cleansing and helps your skin feel firmer and more elastic, not tight, itchy or dry. I hate when my face feels like it's cracking after using some other products in the past.

No matter the fragrance preference we can all enjoy the beauty benefits in the New Dove Beauty washes that are made with an ultra-mild cleanser found in face moisturizers &  provide smoother, softer skin after just one shower (I won't even lie, I've stopped buying shaving cream and replaced it with this collection because the lather works just as well for me). 


This time of year, my skin gets super dry & flaky so I know it needs lots of moisture and that I need to stay hydrated. That evening, leading, dermatologist, Dr. Ellen Marmur was on hand to prescribe guests the type of Dove products that would help address their skin's personal needs.





Without a doubt the ladies were enjoying their consultations and getting a bit of pre-holiday glam, for FREE! I had such a good time with my glam-fairy Michael who had me laughing the entire time as he helped me create my customized lip-color, and they made it right in front of me! 


This event was a lovely reminder before the holidays that we all need to take time out to focus on ourselves. I am true believer that in order to take care of others we first need to make sure to take care of ourselves. Yes, Be GOOD to YOU! 

So as a special treat to welcome in the New Year, I've teamed up with Dove to offer one reader a year supply of Dove Beauty products: Your choice of an assortment of (8) Dove Beauty Washes or (16) Dove Beauty Bars. This giveaway is open to U.S residents only ages 18+

To enter: Simply answer the question below in the comments and then the rafflecopter for any additional entries. Lots of Luck and continued blessings in 2015!

How are you planning to take better care of yourself in the New Year & Which Dove Beauty Wash or Dove beauty Bar  are you hoping to try or gift ?



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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Don't Miss Your Opportunity! 4 Reasons Why You Should See The New Annie Movie #AnnieMoms #NorwegianMoms



I remember the day after Thanksgiving I planned to have a family movie night at home with my two boys.When they first saw my choice, they both gave me this weird scrunched up face and started whining "Mom what is this?, not this mom can we watch something else?" I mean I didn't blame them, Annie did look outdated, but I convinced them to give it a chance in hopes they'd love it the way me and my sissy did growing up. Needless to say they were instantly hooked! Seriously who could resist all those amazing songs and such a sweet story? After watching, my 9 year old CJ who loves singing and dancing looked at me and said "Mom, It's not fair! I'll never get to play a part in Annie because the orphans are all girls."

As soon as I spotted the invite from The Moms in my inbox to attend an early screening of Annie prior to it's release in theaters on Dec. 19th.  I quickly rsvp'd (the hubby even put in a late slip for work) because we really wanted to see this latest interpretation of the film. The event which was hosted by Denise, Melissa and Norwegian Cruise Lines was held at the Sony screening room and was filled with all my favorite mom/parent bloggers, vloggers and their kiddies who were all excited to see the film and rocked Annie tees and red dresses. .



Like Annie who showed grit while making it in NYC, many of us know sometimes it can be "A hard knock life." It was great to hear from The Moms and their kids about how much fun they had escaping city life for some family fun while cruising like a Norwegian. One great feature they raved about was Freestyle cruising which enables guests the opportunity to create their own unforgettable memories by allowing flexibility in creating their dining, fun and activities.



At the end of the screening we were all treated to a special sit down with the young girls who played the "Foster Kids" in the film and enjoyed listening to how much fun they had on set with Jamie Foxx (Will Stacks) and Cameron Diaz (Miss Hannigan), their reaction when they found out they had gotten the part, and how the opportunity to act changed their lives. Watch the video, aren't they adorbs?

Here's 4 Reasons why you shouldn't miss an opportunity to see the film:



An updated Modern twist: The movie stayed pretty true to the original story line: Annie is the bubbly, witty, and beyond wise-for-her-age little girl who remains optimistic through it all as she hopes to be reunited with her parents. After spending time with a wealthy, unattached mogul who saves her from her foster mom, he is swept off his feet by the young girl who teaches him how to love and to loosen up enough to be loved in return. But clearly the biggest difference was that the movie featured cellphones and mentioned tweeting, facebook and George Clooney which got a few laughs out of us. As   pointed out in their interview "it's really relate-able to this generation of kids."

Talented cast:  Nobody in our house loves Quvenzhane Wallis more than my 4 year old Tristan who was mesmerized while watching her rambunctious character Hush Puppy in the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild (although the context was totally over his head he could totally relate to her wild spirit) and you couldn't help but fall in love with her as she sang her heart out and put so much emotion into playing Annie. You could also see the  seemingly natural, heart-tugging dramatic & comedic connection she had with Jamie Fox on set which definitely made their relationship play out beautifully.

I think the first time my son CJ had ever seen Jamie Foxx in a film was earlier this year in his role as Electro in The Amazing Spiderman 2, so after this film when he turned to me and said "Mom I didn't Know Jamie Foxx could sing" I understood why, but let it be known that it was nice to hear his smooth voice again (says the woman who belted out his hit songs back in her high school days).

Miss Hannigan was actually one of my favorite characters in the original film, you couldn't help but love to hate her and I think she was just desperate for attention and misunderstood. I've gotta say Cameron Diaz was awesome, playing the uncaring foster mom who was a tad bit overbearing, extra flirty & unexpectedly really funny. 

Catchy pop music and lyrics with Meaning: Have you heard the soundtrack yet? Without a doubt you may find yourself tapping your feet to the beat just a bit because these well known songs seemed to have gotten a bit of a pop remix that was integrated with the sounds of NYC streets & it really works. There are just so many positive, teachable moments within the lyrics of songs like "Tomorrow" and "You're never fully dressed without a smile", that provide lessons on staying optimistic and dreaming big.

               

Opportunities seemed to be a reoccurring theme in the film: Mr. Stacks had the opportunity to become mayor or to change the life of a NYC child and make a difference. Miss Hannigan was bitter about missed opportunities of stardom as a singer years ago and the jerky villain of the film Guy (Bobby Carnavale) didn't want to lose out on the opportunity of a big pay out, regardless off the consequences.

The newest song "Opportunity" which is sung by Quvenzhane and Sia on the soundtrack was so heartfelt and inspiring, especially for my family as our 9 year old CJ was just selected to attend a prestigious public school for ballet in the city after randomly auditioning (and training one day a week for 3 months) . He's since heard the song a few times and can totally relate, realizing it's such great moment and he decided to transfer schools after the New Year. I'm hoping he'll one day hit the stage to perform to it. I tear up every time I hear it.

"Oh, now look at me, And this opportunity
Is standing right in front of me
But one thing I know, It's only part luck and so
I'm putting on my best show
Under the spotlight, I'm starting my life
Big dreams becoming real tonight
So look at me and this opportunity
You're witnessing my moment, you see?"


I'll be the first to admit that most times, when I read or hear about an Iconic movie from my childhood being redone I can be a bit of a skeptic, especially when it comes to musicals. Sometimes the remakes just don't go over as well and the magic of the original really just couldn't be duplicated but this latest version wasn't over the top & was nice to see.

Don't you want to see what the buzz is all about? Did somebody say Golden Globe nomination(s)? Stay up to date on any news by following Annie on  FacebookInstagram and Twitter

Friday, December 19, 2014

Must Haves for Lil' Monsters: Crayola Paint Maker Review and Giveaway (3 Crayola Paint Makers + $50 Visa Giftcard) #MustHavesforLilMonsters


Disclosure: The Crayola product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Crayola. The opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own, no other compensation was received.



When searching for gifts I usually have the hardest time deciding on what type of product to purchase and get so caught up in the idea of what's trending for lil' monsters vs. what the kid's parent would appreciate the child receiving. More times than not when I ask a parent what should I purchase, they request getting board games or puzzles, books and supplies for arts and crafts. With the weather changing and more time being spent indoors, I think arts and crafts activities like painting are the perfect way for children to pass away the time by allowing them to express themselves creatively. 

Recently my boys got the chance to try out the Crayola Paint Maker and just loved making their own colors and how simple it was. Their cousin in Arizona was born on Christmas day and so we're sending her a package to celebrate and we thought it would be fun to paint stencil designed shapes in various colors. Personalized gifting always seems like a sweet touch and both the kids that help to create it and the person receiving it feel extra special.



Steps:
After pouring the white base paint into the pot, you would tear the required number of (primary colors: red, blue, yellow) strips to put into the paint pot to make the colors liked best.

Then you would place the small pot of paint onto mixer and stir it up to make your color, just make sure to put the perforated strips as far inside the white base paint so that the color dissolves .

            

Benefits
• Allows kids to be in control of their creative experiences while
also sparking their imagination
• Enables kids to make a REAL Crayola product in the colors they
want to create with
• New paint strip technology and washable paint base
• Fun, easy process

Features
• Create customized washable paint colors
• New color strip paint technology reduces mess
• Built in storage
• Includes:
• 1 Paint Maker base unit
• (1) 2.5 oz bottle of paint base
• (10) 6” x 9” sheets of white paper
• 75 Paint Strips
• 15 Paint pots
• 15 paint pot labels
• 1 Coloring Mixing Guide
• 1 Paint Brush
• 1 Instruction Sheet

Age: 8+
SRP: 24.99



The boys then grabbed some stencils and their inner lil' artists got to work while they painted birthday decorations and used crayola broadline pastel markers to stencil in a message.


Using the Crayola Paint Maker is really simple and relatively mess free! I must say the coolest part for the boys, was naming their paint color : Elmo red, Graper purple, Sonic blue and Kermit green.



Because we loved it so much we want our readers to enjoy a little paint maker fun in the new year, so we're choosing 4 winners & offering to giveaway:

(3) Crayola Paint Makers and (1) $50 Visa Gift Card 
to anyone 18+ years and lives in the continental U.S.. Closes 12/31/14

First Step: leave a comment down below: What would you name 2 of your paint colors? and then enter the Rafflecopter for additional Entries.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WWE's Tribute to The Troops Holiday Special Airs Tonight 12/18/14

                           
The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends and creating those long lasting memories and traditions. During this time of year I'm always moved by the messages we see on T.V delivered by the many troops overseas to their families, while away for the holidays. This time of year is extremely special to me and I couldn't imagine not being around my hubby, and two lil' monsters and family. Growing up I remember when my gramps was still living, she would watch the Bob Hope specials that would come on, after fixing us dinner and it was always so nice to see these men and women who serve our country be recognized and treated to such a special day when they've done so much for us and deserved to be saluted.




Multi-platinum recording artists and two-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year winners, Florida Georgia Line will join WWE Superstars and Divas to honor the United States Armed Forces with the 12th annual WWE holiday special, Tribute to the Troops, which will air on USA Network as a part of “WWE WEEK” on Wednesday, December 17, from 8-10pm ET, and will re-air as a one-hour special on NBC on Saturday, December 27, from 8-9pm ET.


In the tradition of Bob Hope, WWE brings together the best of entertainment and pop culture with celebrity appearances and performances for our servicemen and women to celebrate their dedication and commitment to our country with a holiday program that is considered one of television’s most patriotic and heartwarming shows. NBCUniversal joins WWE in saluting our troops with special messages from some of their networks’ biggest names such as TODAY anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, and Al RokerSeth MeyersThe Kardashians, Andy Cohen, Giuliana Rancic, Katherine Heigl, Lester Holt, Padma Lakshmi,Mark Feuerstein, Debra Messing, Tom Brokaw, Rachel Maddow and Carson Daly, as well as the coaches of The Voice, PharrellWilliams, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

“For 12 consecutive years, WWE has been entertaining American military personnel both overseas and domestically as a way to thank them for their commitment to our country,” said WWE Chairman & CEO, Vince McMahon. “Our servicemen and women work tirelessly for our freedom and we are proud to continue our Tribute to the Troops tradition.”

WWE Tribute to the Troops will chronicle WWE’s visit to United States Army post Fort Benning, where WWE Superstars and Divas will spend two days giving back to those who serve and their families with hospital visits and Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies. Fort Benning supports more than 120,000 active-duty military, family members, reserve soldiers, retirees, and civilian employees and has been the home of the Infantry division since 1918.




The television special will also highlight WWE’s annual goodwill visit to our troops who are fighting for our freedom overseas. WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Superstars Big Show® and R-Truth® and WWE Divas Summer Rae™ and Alicia Fox™ will travel abroad to spread some holiday cheer to the men and women serving our country far from home during the holiday season.

WWE’s dedication to the military is a long-standing tradition that continues year-round, through programs that boost morale for soldiers, offer free tickets for active servicemen and women, and provide workforce assistance for veterans through a partnership with Hire Heroes USA.

For more photos, videos and info on the WWE's efforts in supporting the troops: WWE.com/military 

*Disclosure: As a WWE brand ambassador I will share with readers information on programming, community involvement, events and products. Any opinions expressed are 100% my own and there was no compensation for sharing this content. Photo credit: WWE 2014 







Monday, December 15, 2014

Must Haves for Lil' Monsters Holiday Gift Guide & #Giveaway


It's kind of crazy that the year is almost over and that Christmas is only 10 days away, yepp that's right less than 2 weeks! This year my two lil' monsters and I have been able to work with some of the best toy brands, that have always aimed to create the coolest, most innovative and educational products for our children and over the next week we will be wrapping up our Must Haves for Lil' Monsters series for the year with reviews from some of our featured top 12 Toys for this holiday season. We thought it would be pretty awesome to celebrate the holidays by offering a few of these amazing toys in a giveaway to our readers as a thank you for supporting us this year.

  • InnoTab MAX is the perfect tablet for kids ages 3-9 with 650+  cartridges and age appropriate downloadable content. Kids can take pictures, create movies, with Kids Connect they are able to send text messages to their parents (for free), play videos, music and more! Watch & read our review.
  • Your little singer will love belting out tunes with the My Little Pony Equestria Girls Singing Twilight Sparkle doll who has fun rainbow-tied colored hair, wings, microphone stand and can really sing!
  • Fans of the new TMNT cartoon are going to love the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Monopoly that's based on the show and features 22 locations in NYC (Shredders hideout, Splinters Lair, Donnies Lab) and has some great token pieces they'll love to use as either a good guy or bad guy (shredders mask, a pizza pie, Kraang, Spike). 
  • If you know a dino lover who'd love to tame a T-Rex, they will have a blast with Zoomer Dino an interactive robot that moves and sounds like a real dinosaur. You can use your hand or controller to try and tame him but beware like any other T-Rex he may chomp, roar and spin around if you make him angry. For laughs, he may even dance or let out a silly burp or fart (CJ thinks these functions are hilarious). 
  • Wouldn't it be awesome to be able to design your dream car on paper and bring it to life in an app? Race car fans and kids of all ages will think the Virtual Design Pro Car Collection is amazing as they race their designs across a virtual stunt course. With 10 designs to choose from the racing fun can begin using iOS and android smartphones and tablets as well as an ipod touch.
  • Tristan loves watching Elmo the musical & your child will have a blast singing, counting and playing along with Let's Imagine Elmo who wears 3 different hats and pretends to be, a cowboy, prince or sea captain. Kids will love the interactive games and songs and when Elmo is just being himself he's still tons of fun.

  • We absolutely love supporting small businesses and are big fans of Etsy and featuring shops on our site and recently featured a product in our gift guide for "Him" from Handz/ReStyle Art. With all the exciting buzz over the new Star Wars movie coming out in 2015 we thought we'd feature this trio of Star Wars themed Scandinavian retro print posters that are beyond cool to look at it.

  • Encourage STEM based learning with the robotic VEX Ant that promotes hands on play by having little ones build this humongously cool robot using 150+ easy to snap on pieces. The robotic ant can be controlled or you can let him guide himself as it tries to steer itself clear of any obstacles in the way.
  • If you've been on Pinterest you must have stumbled upon the obsession with melted art and Crayola has created a simple to use MeltDown Art set that's tons of fun for your budding artist who loves getting messy while being creative.
  • Who doesn't love taking a Selfie? Grab your friends and family for some indoor fun, filled with laughs. The Selfie Game is a cross between apples to apples and charades, where players have to act out the silly prompt given on the card, whoever gives the best interpretation and collects the most cards wins! Check out how much some family friends had playing the Selfie game on Halloween.
  • Get ready to make some tasty Krabby patties, with the Spongebob Krabby Patty Maker, which has realistic cooking and frying sounds and your little ones will like that Spongebob has 12 fun phrases.
  • CJ has recently been intrigued by yo-yo's and if a child you know is just learning they will build confidence with the Rookie: Yomega Brain Yo-Yo that automatically returns to the players hand, making it great for beginners & if he or she is a skilled yo-yo trickster, they'll love having the coolest yo-yo in the galaxy with a Star Wars Yo Men high performance character yo-yo and action stand.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog has returned, better than ever with the recent release of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric  (Wii U) where Sonic, Amy, Tails and Knuckles have to set aside their differences to save the world from Lyric and his mongering robots and in the new (3DS) Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal Amy discovers an ancient secret language and manuscript detailing where to find the lost crystal of power and gets kidnapped by evil Lyric. Sonic must team up with Knuckles, Tails and new friend Sticks to save her.
If you haven't gotten all your holiday shopping done yet, we hope our holiday gift guide was helpful, and we will have a few more review posts up throughout this week and you can catch a few previews on Instagram. Now that you know our fave picks, we are going to offer 1 lucky reader a few amazing products that you can gift, donate or save for another occasion. Winner
must be 18+ and live in the continental U.S, contest will run from Monday Dec. 15th and closes on Thursday Dec. 18th.  Best of Luck!

Just answer this question in the comments below & rafflecopter for extra entries
Which 2 products in this gift guide would be a Must Have for your lil' monsters this holiday season?
                                                                PRIZES (Valued at $300)
              (1) Crayola Meltdown art set 
              (1) My Little Ponny Equestria Girls: Twilight Doll
              (3) Star wars retro print posters from Handz size 11x14 (A3)  or smaller
              (1) Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U  or  (1) Sonic Boom Shattered Crystal                           for 3DS
              (1)  Selfie Game
              (1) Yomega Brain yo-yo and (1) Yo Men Storm Trooper yo-yo
              (1) VTech InnoTab Max 




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*Disclosure: Dellah's Jubilation was not compensated for this post but have received products to review from brands participating in giveaway, any opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Must Haves For Lil' Monsters: VTech's InnoTab MAX #HolidayGiftGuide



Our lil' monsters are growing up in an age where by the age of 2 their little fingers know how to use tablets, phones and any other technological gizmo probably way better than many of the grown-ups in their lives. As parents we want to make sure they are exposed to the most kid-friendly, age appropriate applications out there, that create fun and engaging learning experiences. 

We recently had the chance to test out the VTech InnoTab MAX and we've been truly impressed with it's features that make a great fit for both my boys ages 4 and 9 and they think it's the coolest thing ever. Check out some of the Lil' Monsters favorite games and what they enjoy most about the VTech InnoTab MAX, in their video review.


                


Built to grow with a child for years of learning fun, Innotab MAX, the newest tablet with Android learning content, uniquely combines VTech’s expert-supported library of cartridges and apps with carefully selected educational Android apps – offering the best of both learning worlds and the widest variety of curricula to provide a superior children’s tablet.  


  • VTech’s 4th generation kids’ learning tablet features its fastest processor yet with up to six times the processing power of previous generation and a 7” high-resolution multi-touch screen display
  • InnoTab MAX features an enhanced 2nd generation version of Premium VTech Kid Connect™, at no additional charge, allowing children and parents to exchange voice and text messages, photos, drawings and fun stickers in real time between the tablet and a smartphone
  • InnoTab MAX offers the best of both learning worlds with access to more than 650 educator-endorsed, age and stage appropriate learning titles as well as carefully cultivated educational Android apps that can be purchased and downloaded through VTech’s Learning Lodge® app store
  • The tablet comes with 15 onboard apps including Premium VTech® Kid Connect, My Magic Beanstalk, Movie Maker, Art Studio, Wonder CamMax, E-Reader with Story Dictionary and more
  •  InnoTab MAX also comes with one free Toca Boca app and two additional free apps that can be downloaded from the Learning Lodge
  • Other InnoTab MAX features include a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery and kid-safe Wi-Fi so kids can explore appropriate online games, videos and websites that have been pre-selected by VTech
  • Parental controls allow parents to manage their child’s apps, web access and tablet time, as well as view a progress log


  • Dellah's Jubilation Holiday Gift Guide

    Which feature do you like most for your kids and which do you think they'll find to be pretty amazing?

    Stay Tuned because these Lil' Monsters will be hosting a fun holiday giveaway this upcoming week where you could win a VTech InnoTab MAX!

    *Disclosure: The opinions expressed are 100% my own and I received an InnoTab MAX to facilitate this review and fact sheet from VTech, no other compensation was given.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    Elated with Etsy: Style Your Own Solange Inspired Wedding


    What can I say, I freakin'  loved everything about Solange's wedding day because you could see that it was planned around the couple's eclectic, laid back style and I love seeing unions celebrated in a way that reflects their own personal taste. She may be known to some as Beyonce's lil' sister but Solange has made a name for herself & is the epitome of going against the grain, in a good way! As one of today's most fashionable influencers she gives us lots of chic, quirky-glamour and edginess that seems effortless. She showed us all how you can shut the internet down with grace and it's been exciting as well as inspiring to see how her style has evolved over the years. 

    A traditional veil was replaced with a bad-ass cape and glamorous golden cuffs around her wrists that had her resembling a modern day superwoman as she said her I do's. 

    From the baby's breath that adorned her Diana Ross-esque fro, to the sexy, egg-shell white jumpsuit she wore while pedaling side by side with her extremely dapper hubby, to the asymmetrical dress which was one of many outfit changes she wore as they celebrated the night away in New Orleans.

    Every, single last detail was ah-mazing!

    Want to try to recreate parts of her wedding day style? Well discover these Etsy finds that I thought channeled the day best:

    Giselle Two Piece Bridal Junpsuit
    Wide Matte Gold Cuff Bracelet or Modern Gold Cuff Bracelet
    Baby's Breath Bridal Barette
    Asymetrical Flannel Wool White Cape Dress







    Monday, November 24, 2014

    Must Haves For Lil' Monsters: "But First...... Let Me Play the Selfie Game" Review #theSelfieGame #HolidayGiftGuide #Mygamestory


    The selfie craze has become such an insanely popular trend among tweens, teens and adults (including those celebrities who can't seem to get enough) and with the word making it's way into the dictionary last year, a hilarious "Selfie" entitled television show, mentions in songs across various music genres and an influx of duck faces all over our Instagram feeds, it's no wonder the geniuses at USAoploy decided to create the fun, laughter induced Selfie Game that's perfect for a night in with friends and family. 
    This past Halloween while friends gathered at a house party we encouraged them to partake in a costumed night of taking selfies, which turned out to be a freaking blast. The Selfie Game is super silly & pretty simple to play and although the 360 cards are pretty kid-friendly, it's better suited for those who are 13+. Honestly if you take a moment to sort through the cards prior to playing you can eliminate any of the cards you may find to be inappropriate for a younger age set. The ones featured above say:

    "You just got a huge promotion" , "You were just told you have food in your teeth" and "You are cornholio" . Honestly I had to google cornholio because I had no clue of who or what that was and it turns out the term is associated with Beavis and Butt Head, if you even remember those guys. You'd more than likely want to remove that card because your lil' monsters would be too young to even know who those two are, but no worries there weren't too many that were meant for a maturer age group. 

    • First, a player draws a card and takes a picture using the included selfie frame or your own smartphone.
    • Then the other 3   players have to guess what your expression is and chose one of the 7 cards they chose that they feel best matches.
    • A point is then given to the best guesser and whoever has the most points at the end of the game is the winner. 
    The Selfie game would make a great gift this holiday season for anyone who loves game nights and get-togethers because it can be played anywhere and will make for some great moments not to be forgotten. It can be found at Toys R' Us, Amazon, Calendar Club & Bam-Books-A-Million for an MSRP of $14.95. Make sure to capture all the fun and share on Instagram @theofficialSelfieGame using the hashtag #theselfiegame. You guys should also stay tuned because the Lil' Monsters and I will be hosting an awesome #LilMonstersHoliday Giveaway really soon!


    Sunday, November 23, 2014

    Amazing $5,000 Holiday Giveaway with Bumblebean #bumblebean #giveaway

    Header_4_lighter This year we're participating in an awesome Bumblebean Holiday Giveaway that we'd love to share with you all! Bumblebean is the destination for unique brands for moms and kids. They've put together a special holiday giveaway and scavenger hunt for parents to learn more about these great brands. You will have the chance to win one of three Bumblebean bundles with up to 35 prizes in each prize pack! They'll be giving away over $5,000 worth of top baby and kids items. You're invited to be part of this amazing holiday giveaway and join in the Bumblebean fun!

    How it Works

    • Giveaway will run from November 20th - December 20th.
    • Entering is easy, just click the button below to go to the entry page with full instructions.
    • 3 lucky winners will receive a bundle prize pack with 35+ hand-selected items!
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    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Stay Healthy & Explore Nature at The Bronx Zoo with LifeStraw Go & CVS Gold Emblem Abound Snacks Review & #Giveaway

    No matter the time of year, one place we always love to visit as a family is the Bronx Zoo and the monsters and I were really excited when we found out we were chosen to be members of of their ground-breaking Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium Initiative / AZA Nature Play which is a collaboration between the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and The Walt Disney Company that meets once a month for local families to enjoy nature experiences on-grounds and around the community.

    This month was our second meet-up and despite it being a super chilly, early Saturday morning in November, we layered up, grabbed our tool kits, CVS Gold Emblem Abound snacks and LifeStraw Go water bottle and rode the bus from Queens to the Bronx with smiles on our faces, excited for the day of discovery. This weeks nature club activities included building animal habitats, trading items we found outdoors and meeting a box turtle named Terrance. 

                                        


                              


                         

    Digging in the dirt and finding squishy worms, building homes for our plastic animals and piling up mounds of crunchy fall leaves to plop around in and throw up in the air was tons of fun for the kids, who by the end of our session were ready for snacks and really thirsty. We made sure to come to this months meeting well prepared and packed our LifeStraw Go water bottle with us for moments when we were exploring areas by the Bronx River and throughout the zoo and didn't want to stop all of our fun to grab a drink of water.



    The LifeStraw Go water bottle is lightweight, durable and perfect for a variety of uses outside, whether you are a runner, hiker, camper or looking to use it daily. LifeStraw Go converts micro-biologically contaminated water into safe drinking water, removing 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria. 

    LifeStraw is manufactured by Vestergaard a Swiss-based global company dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged people with game-changing solutions that fight malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal disease and neglected tropical diseases.

    Did you know that 50% of the schools around the world don't have fresh water or adequate sanitation? As an educator here in NYC I've come across various reasons as to why children aren't present at school and I found it so amazing that something as simple as clean drinking water in schools could improve absenteeism by 42%

    Through LifeStraw Go's Follow the Liters program, when a consumer purchases any LifeStraw Water filter a portion of the funds are used to provide one school child in Africa with safe drinking water for an entire school year. 
                      




    After about two hours at the zoo, my snack monster Tristan was ready to take a break for a few treats we brought along with us from the Gold Emblem Abound line that recently launched this summer at the 7,600+ CVS/pharmacy stores found across the U.S. We recently had to do an overhaul in our snack cabinet because of Tristan's serious sweet tooth and my need to avoid flare-ups due to my Crohns disease and certain ingredients that triggered them.

     Gold Emblem Abound is an affordable, yummy tasting and healthier snack option that's free of artificial preservatives and flavors, and are made with wholesome ingredients that will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied. The line was created to cater to the dietary needs of the consumer including cholesterol free, gluten free, and high in fiber and protein.  

    In between him observing their movements and trying to draw the lions and red panda's I handed Tristan a Chocolate Chunk & Chia Snack Bar and a bag of Sweet Probiotic Trail Mix and he really enjoyed it. I was surprised he didn't mind the chia seeds, I'm assuming because of the little bits of chocolate that were included and he liked the chocolate covered cranberries and creamy yogurt covered raisins mixed with the crunchy almonds in the trail mix (great for immune support), so much so that I had to remind him that he needed to save some for his brother.




            

    We are hoping that you and your families decide to get outside and explore your neighborhood parks, zoos and aquariums and to help you prepare for your next outdoor adventure we are hosting a giveaway thanks to Vestergaard and CVS. Just leave a comment answering the question below and enter the simple rafflecopter for additional entries to win (1) LifeStraw water bottle, (2) boxes of Gold Emblem Snack bars and (2) bags of Gold Emblem Trail Mix. One winner, 18+ (U.S.A only) will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 4th. Lot's of Luck!

    What nature filled adventure will you bring your LifeStraw Go water bottle and Gold Emblem Abound Snacks on?
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    *Disclosure: The LifeStraw Go and information were provided by Vestergaard and Gold Emblem Abound Snacks were provided by CVS to facilitate this review and giveaway. No other compensation was provided.








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