Saturday, December 22, 2018

Exploring the New International Sherlock Holmes and Disney Junior Doc McStuffin Exhibit at the Liberty Science Center #LSCWinterfun


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

There's no reason to stay cooped up at home and glued to gadgets and gizmos when you could take a trip to Liberty Science Center in New Jersey. Families can escape cabin fever and head to this educational center for a day of hands on fun, deeper thinking and exploration. With kids out of school for the holidays I couldn't think of a better place to visit and my guys couldn't wait to check out the new International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes and Doc McStuffin. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Bumblebee NYC Screening Tickets and Pep Boys Gift Card Giveaway



Bumblebee is rolling back into action this month in the latest Transformers Installment directed by Travis Knight. On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Must Haves for Lil' Monsters 2018 Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway





 It's the most wonderful time of the year and we're beyond excited to be hosting our 4th annual "Must Haves for Lil' Monsters" Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway! All year we've been heading to our favorite toy showcases hosted by The Toy Insider and TTPM to check out the latest and greatest in toys and we've rounded up our favorite must haves for kids of all ages within 10 categories: Trendy Toys, Create, STEAM, Disney Lovers, Game Night, Video Games, Throwback, Books & Movies, Outdoor Fun and Stocking Stuffers.

This year we're offering 1 lucky reader a prize pack valued at over $400 and excitedly all of our giveaway sponsors have donated products to our #LilMonstersGiveBack Initiative where we will be donating toys to a local school, church and women's shelter! 


Disclosure: We have received review samples and donation contributions to facilitate this guide and giveaway. Opinions expressed are 100% our own and this post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays! 



Monday, December 3, 2018

Grab Your Tickets to NYC Screening of "Second Act" Starring Jennifer Lopez



SECOND ACT is a heartfelt comedy that will inspire audiences to believe that it’s never too late to create the life you want. Jennifer Lopez returns to the big screen in an empowering, signature role that proves your dreams are always within reach regardless of your age, background or zipcode.

I’m such a fan of J Lo and the relatably funny characters she’s portrayed over the years, and in her role as born and raised Queens girl Maya Vargas, she’s hoping that her 43rd birthday wish for a promotion comes true.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lil' Monsters Meet Up Under the Sea for "The Rainbow Fish" at Symphony Space


Disclosure: We were provided with tickets to host our group and to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are 100% our own.
One of our biggest peeves when the weekends roll around is hearing our boys mumble the words "I'm bored" while sitting in their room filled with all the latest toys and books. Leave it to them and they'll binge rounds of fortnite and claim they can't leave the game, abruptly. Anyone else's kids go running to the bathroom or for snacks once they come up for air?
With colder weather looming we refuse to let the boys stay chained to their gadgets and gizmos and will try to avoid the blah's of cabin fever setting in with a balance of screentime and unplugged fun.
We’re so excited to have FINALLY launched what we hope to be the first of many successful Lil Monster Meet Ups which will be events mostly geared towards tweens and teens with a focus on unplugged mindful play, wellness and entertainment. 
To celebrate Tristan's birthday we hosted our family, friends and blogger buddies at Symphony Space for Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia’s  “The Rainbow Fish”. A NYC premier of a thrilling and colorful glow-in-the-dark puppetry adaptation of a children’s classic tale being highlighted in Symphony Space's "Just Kidding Series"

Cirque Dreams Holidaze Illuminates Brooklyn: Tickets Giveaway


Disclosure: We’ve partnered to host a giveaway in exchange for media passes to review the show. Opinions expressed are 100% our own.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is headed to the historic Kings Theater in Brooklyn just in time for the holidays. From November 29th through December 2nd theater goers can catch 6 incredible performances of the show which has been hailed by the New York Daily News as “A delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load.”

Set in a multi-million-dollar wonderland of season’s dreamings and holiday pageantry, audiences around the country will celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with never before seen performances, over 300 costumes, 20 of the world’s best acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Shifting and Shaking things up at Sea During the Permission to Hustle Retreat #PTHCarnival



Thank you Carnival Cruise & Permission to Hustle for hosting our group during such a mindful & inspirational retreat. 

HUSTLE:

It’s just insane how quickly days fly by and even more noticeable when you realize you haven’t been devoting as much time as you’d like to your own personal growth and passions.

Two months ago I was setting off to join 40 female creatives and entrepreneurs at sea with Carnival Cruise Line for the Permission to Hustle retreat, hosted by Vera Sweeney of Lady and the Blog and Audrey McLelland of Mom Generations. When these two dynamic mompreneurs, content creators and besties announced that they were planning to get back to the roots and magic of blogging I couldn't wait to get the scoop on what it entailed and how to sign up.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

On Your Mark, Get Set, Shop! Zulily Thrill Week



Disclosure: This content is sponsored & opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

According to a recent zulily poll, 79% of Americans would rather find an amazing deal on something they want instead of kissing their celebrity crush! My vote wasn't counted but I couldn't agree more, as a mama to two boys and two dogs that live in NYC I'm all for scoring a good prices on the things we need from day to day. Plus The Rock, Dwayne Johnson has tons of money, a wifey and an adorable new baby so I don't foresee me getting him to pucker up anytime soon, so bring on the thrilling steals

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies: NYC Screening Passes Giveaway


Disclosure: We were provided screening passes to facilitate this giveaway, opinions expressed are 100% our own. 

Do you know what makes a real hero? It's not the flashy costumes, or the cool gadgets and gizmos, It's definitely having your own awesome movie. It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own films—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is!  But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick.  If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them.  With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, determined to make their dreams of movie stardom come true. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!


Friday, July 13, 2018

AILEY EXTENSION BRINGS DANCE TO KIDS AND TEENS WITH SUMMER WORKSHOPS & WEEKLY CLASSES

 Photo: Horton with Karen Arceneaux at Ailey Experience NYC. Photo by Kyle Forman

Our summers are usually a mix of outdoor sports with the City Parks Foundation, trips to the local zoos and museums and visits to some of the city's coolest & affordable drop in classes. Ultimately my goal for our boys is to try avoid summer brain drain & balance screen time while juggling being a work at home parent so we're always on the lookout for the latest happenings across the five boroughs. This summer, Ailey Extension is offering a variety of unique dance programs for young, aspiring dancers. With one or two-week performance intensives and weekly training classes taught by New York City’s premiere choreographers and instructors, kids and teens can enjoy developing technique, enhancing musicality, and releasing creative expression. All classes take place at The Joan Weill Center for Dance – home of the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, and The Ailey School.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

End the Summer Snack Time Struggle with Jif Power Ups


It never fails! Once the kids start summer break us parents know dang well that the one line we'll hear on repeat over and over is "I'm hungry can I have snack?"They don't even care that they just had a fully loaded, protein filled breakfast unlike most school mornings where you toss them a banana and a bagel as you all rush your way out the door. These lil' monsters are un-phased by what time of day it is, or how much time has passed since they last asked for something to eat. They seem to want to munch on goodies non-stop, and god forbid you run out of their favorites! The snack time struggle during summer break can be really funny at times, so to introduce the launch of their new Power Ups chewy bars and creamy clusters Jif invited a few of us parents our for a night of laughs at Caroline's comedy club with funny dad and actor Neil Patrick Harris. 

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

Monday, June 18, 2018

11 Top Tech Products to Take on Your Summer Adventures #CTATravel


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Techlicious and the Consumer Technology Association. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Can you believe we're already half way through June? I'm not sure where the time went exactly but the official start to Summer is just a few days away and NYC kids will officially be out of school next week, which means we're counting down to a few weekend trips and two family reunions. This month I co-hosted a travel themed lunch and learn at midtown restaurant Quality Italian, alongside Suzannne and Josh of Techlicious on behalf of CES and the Consumer Technology Association. NYC local influencers in attendance were invited to learn all about the latest and greatest tech products to take with them on their summer adventures. Bloggers and Editors were able to get hands on with the best gadgets to keep their families entertained and gained insight on tech safety tips and on how to use technology to make the most of their trip. We all know life's just that much easier and enjoyable with a few tech essentials to kill time, especially during travel time, we have a few layovers coming up so the hubby and I were eager to discover some new finds. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

A Case of Baby Fever and Top 3 Picks from the 2018 New York Baby Show #NYBSBloggerLounge


Disclosure: This is sponsored content. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and you may find a few affiliate links throughout the post. 

Baby fever is no joke and I've been showing all the classic symptoms: oohing and aahing over their tiny baby toes and adorably cute summer outfits in Target. With close friends pregnant or celebrating 1st birthday's I've been eyeing the latest and greatest must haves for babies and every Spring there's only one place to go!. At this years 2018 New York Baby Show I decided to scope out some of the newest and coolest products for little ones with my blogger babes and team Momtrends who hosted us all in their amazing blogger lounge. It's always so tough to narrow down the best of the best for the little ones so I've highlighted a few brands you should check out plus my top 3 picks that had only been launched within the last two years.  

Friday, May 11, 2018

"SOLO" A Star Wars Story: Fun Facts and a Gift Pack Giveaway #HanSolo #AStarWarsStory


In honor of Star Wars’ release of SOLO: A Star Wars Story on May 25, 2018, I’ve teamed up with some amazing Disney Bloggers for a galactic giveaway of a Star Wars Gift Pack—a $300 value! No purchase necessary!

Before you enter to win the prizes below I thought you'd all love a few cool FUN FACTS from the movie: 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

New York Baby Show FREE Ticket Giveaway & 50% Off Discount #NYBSBloggerLounge


Dislcosure: This is a sponsored post & opinions expressed are 100% my own

Strollers, Breast Pumps and Diaper Pails OH MY! These days there are just so many choices to make on everything from car seats & diaper bags for dad, to luxurious high chairs and even the best lactation cookies. The 2018 New York Baby Show, on May 19 & 20 at Pier 94 will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 8th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood. 
A weekend at the New York Baby show is the perfect way to check out the latest must haves for your newest addition.To celebrate another fun year, we are giving away  FREE tickets for you and your family to experience the show. Regular ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual. Get your FREE tickets HERE

FREE Tickets are offered on a first come first serve basis, but don't fret! Once all of the FREE tickets are distributed, you can still grab tickets or have your friends and family join you with 50% off either family or single tickets. Get your discounted 50% off tickets HERE



Monday, March 26, 2018

Acrimony Starring Taraji P. Henson Movie Ticket Giveaway #Acrimony



Film story lines with the suave, philandering husband, some gorgeous side chick and the jilted, enraged wife are pretty common. When you add to the mix Tyler Perry's gift for depicting the stories and issues that families of color deal with on a daily (in a way that makes you feel them, laugh hard with them, cry harder with them) and then mix in Taraji P. Henson's talent for serving bad-ass gritty, realness -  of course we want see what their new project Acrimony is going to bring to theaters that we haven't already seen before. We're even more excited for this film because my parent's childhood friend and my husband's cousin Denise is in the film as the Psychiatrist who you'll hear talking to Taraji in the preview below! Denise was also Taraji's dialect coach for Hidden Figures, which was another FANTASTIC movie {her role as the brilliant Katherine Johnson has been my fave} that proves how dynamic Taraji is as an actress. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Channeling Spring: Mazda Joyrides and Floral Bomber Jackets #ExploreMazda #MazdaLatino


Sometimes you’ve gotta learn to just laugh at ya self! I am the furthest example of what a true fashion blogger looks like and my hubby probably has a better eye for what looks good on me. He is literally my stylist and shopping buddy, he never complains! I try not to take myself too seriously when it comes to style because comfort is key in my opinion. I’m short & bow legged, wear minimal to no make up and can’t stand posing for cameras. Last weekend I joined a few local bloggers for a brunch hosted by Mazda, DiMe Media and DriveShop at the beautiful New Leaf restaurant up by the Cloisters. 

I swear All of this bipolar weather - 70 degrees and sunny one day, arctic chills and chunky snowflakes the next, has had me clueless on what to wear these days. It's been a while since I've been out, the Flu and all kinds of cooties have had me and the youngest out of sorts these last few weeks and cabin fever has definitely taken it's toll on all of us. Weekend brunch with some of my fave mama's and driving around in the newest Mazda rides were the perfect cure. Plus I caught a bit of nostalgia because the New Leaf hosted the last wedding I coordinated before moving on to coordinating media/ consumer events and it was a great reminder of doing what I love alongside my blogging tribe. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

20at20 Off Broadway Shows for Kids of All Ages


Don't let this crazy frigid weather keep you from enjoying all the great happenings in the city right now! Cabin fever can definitely start to get to the best of us but this time of year is awesome because there are so many opportunities to enjoy what makes NYC one of kind with discounts on theater shows on and off Broadway. 20at20is a biannual event featuring $20 tickets to participating Off-Broadway shows 20 minutes prior to curtain. 20at20 is kicking off on January 23rd to February 11th, 2018 and there's such an adorable line up of shows to take lil' monsters of all ages to see. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sesame Street Live! Let's Party! Madison Square Garden Discounted Ticket Offer


Disclosure: Opinions expressed are 100% our own, we have partnered with MSG to receive media tickets to the show. 

Having raised both of our boys on Sesame Street, with them now being in 2nd grade and middle school it's so fun to have a our toddler nephew Baby Q in the house to tune into our favorite educational program to jump start our mornings. I'm a little biased, because Elmo and I share a birthday but seeing all of the fun loving characters like Cookie Monster and Abby come to life on stage is going to be such a fun experience for him because he loves to sing and show off his dance moves while learning. 

This February, families can jump to the beat with their friendly furry friends on Sesame Street! Introducing an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest party in the neighborhood… get ready for Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Owning Our Glow: Spiritually Cleansing Our Home as a Family for the New Year




Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links for which I may receive a small commission for any purchases made. This is not a sponsored post and Opinions expressed are 100% our own

Tackling all the laundry before the New Year just wasn't going to happen but for the three full bags of linens and clothes that did get washed, we managed to fold and put them away. Moving all the bins down to storage wasn't accomplished either but we successfully purged our closets, donated items from every room and started to re-organize drawers, shelves and cabinets. What I did not want was to stress cleaning the house top to bottom before the start of the year, we took care of what we could and enjoyed our time playing tourists in the city with out-of-town family from the West coast. One thing we knew was an absolute must do for the start of 2018 was to cleanse our home spiritually by Smudging as a family for the first time. It had been a purification process that quite a few people had recommended to us & I thought it would be perfect to use wellness & lifestyle expert and author Latham Thomas's new book "Own Your Glow" as a guide. 

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