Friday, March 13, 2015

Transformers - Robots in Disguise Special Primetime Premiere March 14 on Cartoon Network

All new animated series Robots in Disguise from Hasbro Studios are sure to please all the Transformers fans in your home! 
Everyone had fun racing with the new Robots in Disguise theme toys.
My family and I got a sneak peak last weekend and had fun seeing the new series as well as playing with the new line of Robots in Disguise toys.  Tune into Cartoon Network March 14 at 6PM (ET/PT) with a special one hour premiere event.  It's made with an all new animation style full of humor - great for the whole family.   

Following the premiere event tomorrow, new episodes can be seen every Saturday starting March 21st at 6:30 PM ET/PT.

"The new series begins as Bumblebee must step up to be a leader in the years after we left the Autobots in Transformers Prime. Summoned by Optimus Prime to save Earth from a new Decepticon threat, Bumblebee puts his light-hearted mettle to the test after assembling a rogue team of young Autobot action heroes. Bumblebee must balance his job fighting off evil with being equal parts squad leader and coach to a rascally band that needs constant coaxing to learn how to work together. The results are comical when the cool rebel Sideswipe, elite guard cadet Strongarm, bombastic dinobot Grimlock and overly-excited mini-con Fixit must balance keeping the team together with chasing and capturing their new enemies in every episode packed full of action, fun and adventure."

Check back here for a review of some of the new TRANSFORMERS Robots in Disguise toys soon!

DiONO Radian RXT Car Seat #Giveaway (ARV $340)

The Diono Radian®RXT Carseat is an amazing addition to any family who loves to travel. The installation is so very easy, and the comfort of the memory foam will help to keep your little bundle of joy comfy and safe. Diono offers a wonderful selection of convertible car seats as well as booster seats, all of which offer "Safety in Style". To read the the full review on the Diono Radian®RXT Carseat by StellarManicMommy2, you can read it HERE. I have never seen a car seat that you are able to fold to make moving it easier, but why stop there? You are able to add travel straps so that you can take it with you on a flight to your next vacation! The Radian is an FAA approved carseat.

Information directly from the website: The Radian®RXT Car Seats are designed with your child's security and safety as top priorities. Premium materials and thoughtful safety features like a steel alloy frame, aluminum reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, and a five-point harness put your mind at ease as your little one stays safe and sound. The reinforced adjustable head support provides additional side impact protection. 

Key Features:
  • Full steel frame and aluminum reinforced sides for unmatched safety

  • Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 5-45 lbs, forward-facing children from 20 - 80 lbs in a 5-point harness, then converts to a booster for children up to 120 lbs.

  • Unique SuperLATCH system that makes installation easy

  • It also fits 3 across in most mid-size vehicles, folds flat for travel and is FAA certified

  • Booster mode from 50 - 120 lbs (40 to 57 inches)

  • NCAP crash tested, the industry benchmark for verifying child seat performance in severe accident conditions

  • So lets get to the good part shall we! The Giveaway!
    Diono has so graciously donated a Radian RXT Car seat for w giveaway prize! This means ONE lucky winner will win their very own car seat, and be able to choose which color they want. This Car seat is being featured on the Top Child Products of 2015, along with tons of other great items for your infants to teens. Click on the picture below to visit our Virtual Guide!

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    Good Luck to everyone who enters! Thank you for stopping by this Giveaway!
    Disclosure:This is a sponsored post on behalf of Diono & StellarManicMommy2. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email by the hosts of this giveaway, StellarManicMommy2 & Diono. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited. Open to entrants of U.S. and Canada.

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    Join Juicy Drop at Dylan's Candy Bar on March 21st for Sweet Fun + a #Giveaway #NYCevent #Family #JuicyDrop

    Join Juicy Drops and Dylan's Candy Bar Partner for Day of Sweet Fun in celebration of New Juicy Drop Gummies on March 21st!  You'll have a special first taste of the new Juicy Drop Gummies, plus there will be games, giveaways and more.

    The new Juicy Drop Gummies combine delicious soft gummies with a special "drop zone" with the signature Juicy Drop sour gel pen allowing fans to combine the two for a new taste experience.
    "Fans will be greeted by Juicy Drop’s official Juicador Señor Sour and given the chance to take a turn on the Juicy Drop Prize Wheel where they could win fun giveaways including T-shirts, temporary tattoos, stickers, candy, and more. One lucky attendee will win a basket filled with a year’s supply of candy from Bazooka Candy Brands."
     WHO:                  Juicy Drop’s Señor Sour Fans
    WHAT:                Juicy Drop and Dylan’s Candy Bar partner to offer fans a first taste of new Juicy Drop Gummies with a chance to win prizes, photo ops with Señor Sour, games, and more.
    WHEN:                Saturday, March 21st, 2015
                                  Noon – 4pm   
          1:00pm – 3:00pm (Señor Sour)
    WHERE:              Dylan’s Candy Bar
           1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10065
           (3rd Ave at E 60th Street)
    More about Juicy Drop brand:
    "The Juicy Drop brand has always been a leading force in category innovation as evident from their most recent launch, Juicy Drop Gummies.  Juicy Drop, the #2 selling non-chocolate candy front of store¹, features a unique two-in-one candy experience that enables consumers to control their flavor intensity.  First launched in 2003, Juicy Drop Pop quickly became a mainstay in the Bazooka Candy Brands portfolio.  Juicy Drop Taffy was added in 2012, bringing the innovative taste experience into the soft and chewy segment and is one of the first taffy candy lines that lets kids customize the intensity of their chosen flavor.  Juicy Drop Taffy spearheaded the Juicy Drop’s brand’s growth which drive the Kids Non-Chocolate category across all channels by 64² percent in a two-year period.  The Juicy Drop brand is part of Bazooka Candy Brands popular confectionery portfolio that includes Ring Pop®, Push Pop®, Baby Bottle Pop®, and Bazooka® Bubble Gum.  For more information, visit"

    Enter below to win some Juicy Drop Gummies to try for yourself! a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    YouTube Kids App Review! #YouTubeKids #d2dKids

    We've tested out the YouTube Kids app for about a week now, as well as joining in on the fun this past weekend at the #YouTubeKids app launch party here in New York City.  It's everything we as parents all needed but just didn't know.  The app was created from the ground up with our little ones in mind, and it shows.
    Kids these days end up with our phone or tablet one way or another - and if their anything like my kids, will figure out YouTube right away. But ever have to skip over ads or random strange videos for them? Not to mention having to sit with them making sure everything they've clicked on is safe, and of course there's limiting their screen time too. 

    The YouTube Kids app erases worries we as parents might have about letting them explore on YouTube. Here are the basics you will love:
    • Set a timer to set limits on screen time.
    • Sound settings where you can turn off background music and sound effects.
    • Search settings allows you to turn off the 'search' function, and children are only able to access pre-selected videos.
    • And in the case inappropriate videos does pop up, easily notify YouTube right from the app, as well as with any other feedback.
    Basics your kids will love:
    • When your little one opens the app - it's fun and inviting, much like opening a game application.
    • Being the tech savvy kids they are- they'll learn to navigate real quick.
    • All their favorite videos are all organized and placed in full color making it easier for curios little minds to explore safely. 
    • Search option for older kids to search within the kid friendly app. and only allowing filtered videos to appear. 

    It's simple. It's free. Download it today available in the U.S on Google Play and in the App Store.  It will soon be available on Kurio and nabi kids' tablets.  No reason not to give it a try!  
    My 2 year old and 6 year old tested it out as we celebrated at the official launch party of the YouTube Kids app this past weekend - they approve!  I think the app is perfect from preschoolers up to when your child is "too old" for the app.  As I found older kids seem to want to use regular YouTube to explore.  What can I say, kids these days - they want to grow up so fast!   
    *Thanks YouTube for letting us be apart of the #YouTubeKids app launch party!
    Remember it's still the Internet, the app will not watch your kids for you, however it will help.  I love YouTube for having all the educational resources available for me to use as a parent, and as a homeschooling parent.  I teach, and play with my kids - then there's videos they could watch to further their learning.  Fun songs that teach my toddler, phonics.. to Lego videos that inspire my sons creativity. Makes learning with my kids as fun as the picture above!

    I've already read reviews saying the timer can be reset by closing the app and reopening.  Well, I'm totally okay with that! That's why I am the parent. My son will get the "alarm" of sorts that screen time is over, and will have self control and discipline.  Also heard complaints that the passcode can be unlocked easily by anyone who can read, while that is true - same thing applies.  I will teach my children to not access that part, and if I'm doing anything right - they should listen to me. 

    If you've let your child watch YouTube videos before, I think this just makes it allot more organized and fun for them with the added controls for parents. 


    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    Big Hero 6 -Baymax Themed Brunch #BigHero6 #FunLunchforKids #d2dKids

    Not sure if you've heard but all the excitement for Big Hero 6 has returned again!  They won Best Animated Feature at the Oscars and is now available on Blu-Ray.  This movie has been one of our very favorites this year.  My son - for the first time, counted down the days to see it in theatres when it came out and still a fan of the motion picture.  So in celebration of the excitement, I made our brunch Big Hero 6 themed by having Baymax himself sitting in the bowl.
    Rice and seaweed is all you need for your main centerpiece, Baymax. 
    At this point you can add anything you want into the bowl and make the meal complete.  Great way to have rice on the side of any dish and make it extra fun for the kids.
    We had some veggies and some bacon to complete our meal.  Make a meal look fun like this, and your kids will eat it all up!   

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    How to Make an Ice Igloo with Sugar Cubes + How to Video #d2dKids #craftingwithkids #allergyfriendly

    Making an ice igloo with sugar cubes is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your kids indoors during these cold winter days.  Forget about the gingerbread house that requires allot more time and ingredients - make an ice igloo instead!  If you have food allergies, it isn't always easy to find ways to have fun building, or playing with food but this only requires 3 ingredients.
    Watch the quick video above to see how we made our own.  Please 'Like' and subscribe if you like the video.
    Mix water and powdered sugar to form "glue."
    You will need:
    Powdered sugar
    Sugar Cubes
    Paper Plate - or any other flat surface
    Optional - plastic/wooden tool to spread the "glue" over the sugar cubes
    Mix the powdered sugar until it gets into a thick glue like texture.
    Outline a circle as the base of your igloo on your white paper plate.
    Use the glue you have made to hold the sugar cubes together as you build up from the main base.
    After your second base, start placing your sugar cubes in smaller circles until you make it to the top.

    We've made marshmallow igloos before, but thought using sugar cubes will be just as fun and as you can see it can't get any easier than this!  So stay warm indoors, and have fun making sugar cube ice igloos with your kids today!