Thursday, July 31, 2014

Element Associates brought Makeovers, Unique Bubbles, Cake and so much more at #BBNYC #EAevents

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It has been a fun month for me and part of the excitement was due to Blogger Bash.  One of the many events I was able to attend during #BBNYC was #EAevents.  There was so much going on, sometimes at the same time.  I might of missed something here and there but I didn't miss #EAevents!  I made my way through everything really quick making sure to stop where there was space for me.  I unfortunately didn't make it to every sponsor, which included COVERGIRL, Smokey Bear, Jewelry, Wubble Bubble, Alex's Lemonade Stand, Auto TexPink, and more!  Personally, the highlights of the event would have to be Cover Girl, and Wubble Bubble for me..only because that is where I stopped and talked.
I was in the room when there was lines for everything from the "meet & greet" line for NY Times best selling author Lauren Willig, all the way to a full circle to Jewelry.  I stood on the line right before me as I entered and ended up picking up amazing lip gloss from COVERGIRL, and then enjoying a mini manicure with COVERGIRL XL Gel collection.  I tried the Colorlicious Lip Gloss right away, and loved it.  I haven't purchased lip gloss in so long, and the last time I did I hadn't found one I truly liked.  It wasn't sticky, went on smooth, no smell or taste, and it lasted.  It was unfortunately really crowded where they featured more beauty products while giving make overs, that I didn't get a look at.  I later learned that the makeup touch ups/mini makeovers featured COVERGIRL's new #instaGLAM Collection, which I have to check out!  I might just create a "Fashion & Beauty" section on the blog because I am starting to love makeup!
I'm sad I didn't get to see the new Miii jewelry collection by Joseph Nogucci.  They are bracelets crafted from semiprecious stone beads and gleaming rhodim-plated magnets designed to bring all the bracelets together in a perfect arm stack.  And it is like charm bracelets, Miii charms commemorates a specific milestone or memory.

As I made my way around the room, I stopped to check out the Wubble Bubble in person and have to say it looked like lots of fun.  Looks like a bubble, and plays like a ball.  As tempted as I was, I didn't get to throw myself on it and bounce (not sure if I can do that!) but was excited to get an up close look for my son who has been asking for it.
AutoTex Pink was there to share "Wipe Out Breast Cancer," where a donation is made with every purchase of AutoTex Pink wiper blades to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  They are available for purchase in pink or black with a pink ribbon online at
Smokey Bear is celebrating his 70th birthday this year, and posed for photos and shared cake with everyone at the event.  Smokey Bear plays a key role in educating the public tha "Only YOU can prevent wildfires."  A startling fact I learned, nine out of ten wildfires are started by humans!
My only regret about the event was that I did not make my way to every sponsor, and did not take much pictures throughout.  Wait, that's not my only regret, I also should've had a piece of the Smokey Bear cake pictured above!  There was so much going on, but I am happy I took the time to get nail polish on my nails for the first time in forever! ( I'm singing the "Frozen" song in my head!☺)  The nail polish had such a nice glossy, gel finish, and since it was a mini manicure, clear nail polish wasn't even applied and it looked great.  Hopefully I'll be able to connect with some of the sponsors to connect better.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A New Video Game for the LEGO Fan - LEGO NINJAGO NINDROIDS Available July 29, 2014! -Plus Enter to Win a Copy! #Giveaway

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LEGO Ninjago Nindroids, a new game geared for all ages is coming out today, July 29th!  Exclusively available to Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita, retailing for $29.99.  Are your kids familiar with LEGO's popular animated TV series "LEGO Ninjago Rebooted?"  Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games are releasing this game, perfect timing to help parents keep their kids entertained all summer long.  It is great for the LEGO fan in your home, but looks like a fun family game for everyone.    

My son has always been into playing video games, but now that he is 6, ,it seems to be the perfect age to start letting him play the appropriate games.  He is a huge fan of LEGO, and says anything that is LEGO - he is a fan of.  His first video game I bought for him has been the LEGO Super Marvel Heroes game that he can't get enough of. 
I know he will be excited to give this game a try, but I am even more excited to share the news with him since he is a fan of Ninjago - the show and of course the LEGO sets.  I am always happy to see any fun video games with great graphics that are geared for everyone. 
Here's a quick trailer of the game!
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The Big Toy Book Baby Palooza Event at Blogger Bash NYC #BTBbaby #BBNYC

I'm clearly not that cool, but I'm also honest and that makes me pretty cool in most peoples eyes..right?  What am I talking about?  I'm talking about Anne Geddes, I did not know who she was before the Baby Palooza event during the Blogger Bash conference.  I have seen her work before, and love it, but did not know who she was.  But none of these facts held me back from being an instant fan of hers as she walked in gracefully.  She was clearly very talented, humble, and so classy.  Having her walking in with her family, and seeing her family sit behind her during the interview was beautiful in ways words can't describe.  The proud look on both her husband and daughters face, just made you smile on as she spoke so elegantly about her success and unique work.  I don't have a long list of people I look up to, but I admire people who have managed to stay humble and true through their success, she is one of them now.  Simple, talented, unique, and confident are just some of the words I could describe her from the short time she talked during the event.     

Although she was the main guest during Baby Palooza, there many other wonderful representatives with great products at the event as well.  Here are just a few of my favorites that I had the opportunity to take a close look at, and can see my self using.  
The JOOVY Caboose Vary Light.  It is everything I wanted when my daughter was born, and if I choose to have another addition to our family, I will be looking for this stroller or the latest version from them when the time comes.  There are many strollers out on the market that are designed for 2 kids, but this stroller takes the space of one stroller but fits both children comfortably.  It is customizable in many ways, I just fell in love with the amazing features!  They did a great job, I highly recommend checking it out if you are in the search of a new stroller.  It was a popular item to check out, well every item was hot, so I unfortunately did not get great shots of all the products.
A collapsible baby to toddler bathtub.  Need I say more?  As parents, we always could use more space, specially living in a NYC apartment, and this is a product that is catering to our needs.  The last bathtub I had for my kids were so big, and took up so much space.  This little bathtub is actually pretty small in comparison even without collapsing flat.
The Boon Inc. bath toys.  Ever look inside those squeaky bath toys that squirt water out?  I did a very long time ago, and realized it never dries out inside, and eventually grows mold inside.  That was the last time I purchased any bath toys with holes in it.  These are the perfect bath toys, colorful and anti mold!

There were sweets from Sprinkles cupcakes, No Chips Tips Jamberry nails, Britax with their amazing strollers, JJCole, and not to mention Baby Safety Alert, TOMY, Delta Children, and Intimacy which helps you find your right size for bra, lingeree, swim and more.  Lots of fun and amazing products packed into an amazing intimate space.  I hope to connect with these brands in the future to offer all of you more details on their latest products.  But all in was an great event!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Real Food Allergy Stories #1- Small Victories #d2dFoodAllergies #RealFAstories

Check out the Introduction to day to day with Food Allergies for a better understanding of what this post is about. 
I kick off #d2dFoodAllergies (#RealFAstories) with a post from a mom who is feeling genuinely happy about something so many probably don't even think about as a victory. 

July 13, 2014 10PM
My daughter had her swim team banquet tonight and even though I had to take her dinner and her safe cupcake it made me so happy that she was able to have fun and participate safely on a team. I don't even think she was phased about bringing her own food. Hoping we can all enjoy the small victories we win as allergy moms and dads!

I don't know what her daughter is allergic to however I know that feeling of winning when your child with food allergies is able to have a good day, a normal day.  It takes lots of planning, baking and cooking ahead of time just to make sure our children are safe from allergic reactions and also because we don't want them to be harmed socially we will try our best to include them in everything they'd be if they didn't have food allergies.  I'm excited for her and her daughter! 

This is post #1 and is the beginning of many real food allergy stories shared as a part of day to day with food allergies, click on the tab "
day to day with Food Allergies" to see them all as I add more.  Don't forget to subscribe to get email updates.

What's one thing you forget to appreciate daily? 

Disney's Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast DVD Available August 5

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Sofia the First, such an adorable character, the little girl in me was automatically drawn to wanting to be her.  I loved her name, and how she looked, I was like a little girl all over again when I first saw this character by Disney.  I was glad to find out her character was as adorable as the image portrayed.  As expected from Disney Junior "The Enchanted Feast" was full of tid bits of educational, motivational stories.  Both my children seem to approve and enjoy the DVD, even my little boy.    

DVD will be released August 5, 2014

"Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast DVD
There's more than meets the eye when you join Sofia the First for this royally scrumptious adventure! All the monarchs from Enchancia's neighboring kingdoms have come to watch a dazzling display of magic: First, Cedric will conjure up a fabulous feast. Next, he'll transform the banquet room into a hall of amazing ''morpho-mirrors.'' But before the fun begins, wicked Miss Nettle (disguised as ''Sascha the Sorceress'') crashes the party with a scheme to steal Sofia's magical amulet. Can Sofia foil the bad fairy's plan before it's too late? Perhaps . . . with help from Snow White, who reminds her it's important to trust your instincts."



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Real Food Allergy Stories #d2dFoodAllergies

Food allergies.  What do we really know about it?  Not necessarily from a medical standpoint, but a real day to day life point of view.  What is it really like to live with food allergies? 

Us food allergy parents are just like you, we want our kids to be happy and healthy.  We want the best for our children, just like you want for your child.  Unfortunately we have to deal with a huge challenge while trying to do this already hard "job" that is called parenting.  What food allergies are to me is something straight out of a horror movie, quite literally food, innocent food can kill.  Many of the challenges we face are ones we have to learn to live with, and mainly focused around keeping our kids safe while trying to give them a "normal" childhood.

If you are dealing with food allergies, one of the most important parts of living successfully with it is with the support of family and friends.  Food allergies takes lots of learning, understanding, patience, and adapting.  I learn something new everyday, so I understand when my family and friends don't get it, but that's a part of my inspiration to start "day to day with Food Allergies" where I will be sharing Real Food Allergy Stories.

So in an effort to do something about this very difficult, often isolating life we live as people with food allergies I will be sharing real food allergy stories here, sometimes they will be long and sometimes short.  These posts will be made possible by the support of other food allergy families.  I will not edit original posts made by real people other than for privacy reasons.  I want everyone to see what we go through, what fears we have, what gets us excited, what scares we go through and more.  If we don't share these stories with the support of each other, how will others know how it is to live with food allergies.  Letting everyone see a page of our lives is important so we can hope for a safer, and overall better future for people with food allergies.  

Even if you are here for the first time, I invite you to come by more and read these real stories.  If you don't have food allergies, it might not mean anything to you now  but with food allergies on the rise your child might have a friend with food allergies in school this coming season or a you make a new friend that deals with it, whatever the case - the food allergy community will appreciate your time and care.  I also think food allergy parents ourselves can learn from each other through these real stories. 

Everyone please share these posts with your friends and family, even if it doesn't directly concern you, I hope these series of posts helps someone, and help us all for a better future.  Subscribe and check back often for these posts, also follow along with the hashtag #d2dFoodAllergies or #RealFAstories.