Monday, July 31, 2017

The Emoji Movie: Not as Poopy as the Critics Make it Seem & a Few Fun Interviews #EmojiMovie



Let's face it, we're all so darn connected {maybe too connected} that sometimes it's just a lot easier to throw up a smiley face, a thumbs up or side eye emoji to quickly express what's on our mind.  And Seeing as our daily lives are consumed with the usage of apps that help us get through the day, whether it be a space to save our photos and keep our family schedules organized or a strategic game to keep the monsters entertained on our commutes all over the city, we honestly admit that we really wanted to see Sony Animation's new family friendly release of The Emoji Movie. The usage of emoji's has been a fun + simple way to express ourselves without the complexities of trying to find just the right words to get your feelings across and it's a form of communication that unlike trending slang seems to have no age barriers. Gotta love when the grandparents text back using them, it's kinda cute! This week we had the chance to screen the film before it hit theaters and leading up to it's release I had the opportunity to sit down with some of the cast and director of the film Tony Leondis.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Beyond Tablet: Taking Family Game Night to the Next Level #Sponsored #MustHavesforLilMonsters




We all know how hard it can be to pull the kids away from their precious screen time, especially during summer vacation. I'm sure if you haven't eliminated screen time entirely you are often questioning how much game play your children should have. Over the vacation we've allowed the boys to play 3 days a week, for a a max of 2 hours or so to avoid them becoming zombies. I'll admit, since I work from home that there are moments where the Xbox and Playstation are lifesavers because I just need the boys to be quiet for a chunk of time. Not to say it lasts long because it's guaranteed there will be an argument over a controller or something. This summer we were recently introduced to Beyond Tablet which is the first tablet of it's kind that has no display screen and incorporates blocks, cards and figures for variations of educational, hands on play for the entire family. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Exclusive E3 2017 Video Game Play of Mario & Pokémon at the NYC Nintendo Offices #E32017 #MustHavesforLilMonsters


Hey guys it's Chris from Lil' Monsters in NYC and today I'm giving you my input on three new Nintendo games that will be coming out on Nintendo switch soon. My lil' brother Tristan and I had the very awesome chance to visit the Nintendo corporate offices with our parents while getting sneak peeks at the new games                    


The first game that we got to test out was Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Now this game really surpassed my expectations and was a really fun and addicting. Did you know that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Won Best original and Best strategy game at E3 this year? Well that's how amazing this game is. Now you're probably wondering where the crazy awesome Rabbids come in? Well let me tell you what story is: The mushroom world was undergoing chaos when a mysterious vortex appeared in the sky bringing these Rabbids to the mushroom world. So now Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi must team up with the four hero Rabbids on a journey through 4 different worlds to restore peace and order back to the mushroom kingdom.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Building Self Esteem with City Parks Foundation Summer Sports Program #LilMonstersinNYC



It's the summer Tristan has been waiting for! He's six and a half and finally old enough to participate in the free sports programs hosted by the City Parks Foundation in local playgrounds around the 5 boroughs of New York. Every summer for the last six years he's been watching his big brother CJ leap hurdles during Track and Field at Juniper Park  and practice his tennis swing at Cunningham Park and he's always wanted to step off the sidelines to show his ever growing grit on the field and courts. For the first year ever, the city introduced soccer to the roster which has always been a sport he's wanted to play, so this FREE program was a definite must to add to our Mommy Camp schedule.  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Spider-Man HomeComing: Press Junket and Review from Queens Proxy Blogger #SpidermanHomeComing



Sometimes being your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man just isn't enough! Spider-Man Homecoming was released in theaters nationwide on July 7th, 2017 and before it's premier I had the exciting chance to cover a press junket with a few local NYC + west coast bloggers and media. Not only am I not a real reporter, I'm not a "real" blogger but Danielle's long time Queens neighbor, friend since High School & proxy for her blog when she's not available. The movie is definitely thoroughly a high school movie: the actors actually look like teenagers and the relational dynamics they build between the characters are very dimensional. 

Having spent my childhood and currently raising my gaggle of three in the borough, extra kudos to Marvel & Sony for making the population of a Queens high school look very ethnically diverse without having to supply an explanation for it. When the producer Amy Pascal was asked during the press junket what was the inspiration for that she answered (rightfully so): "Reality." It got a big positive reaction from the crowd. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Kick off Summer with Chef Capon and Pine Mountain ExtremeStart Fire Starters #PineMTNGrilling


Disclosure: We were invited to attend & opinions expressed are 100% my own. 
Who doesn't love a good cookout, with yummy food, friends and family, music and games?Our family surely does! But I have to admit that one of my biggest pet peeves during family functions, especially the ones that we host is that my hubby is always slaving in the kitchen, or during the summer months - stuck behind the grill. To him it's no big deal because in his eyes grilling is the quintessential thing to do as often as possible, all summer long. It doesn't matter the day of the week, Mike enjoys throwing down probably just as much as we all love stuffing our faces with the food he prepared. Last week we were invited to "The Grilling Games" presented by Pine Mountain® firestarters and firelogs and Royal Oak®charcoal which had Chef Chef Josh Capon, the executive chef behind Lure Fishbar, B&B Winepub and El Toro Blanco in New York City as their special host.   

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