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

Some photos and information was provided by EA for the purpose of this post.  All opinions are a 100% my own. No compensation was provided.
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, JosephNogucci.com 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 JosephNogucci.com 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 www.thecequentstore.com.
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! (Great..now 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.




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

*Images, and information were provided.  Giveaway will be fulfilled by sponsor.  No other compensation was provided.  All opinions are a 100% my own.
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 all..it was an great event!







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

*I received promotional item/s for the purpose of this post.  All opinions are a 100% my own.  No other compensation was provided.
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."


 

 

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. 










Easy "Beef and Brocolli" Recipe

This dish is top 7 allergen free.  (wheat, dairy, egg, peanut, tree nut, shellfish, fish)      
I've learned to cook as simple as possible over the past few years of my life because of food allergies.  Surprisingly it makes for tastier dishes where you actually taste what you are eating instead of added seasonings.  Less is more when it comes to cooking in the kitchen for me.  It also helps make shopping, and cooking easier.  I see so many people struggle with cooking allergy friendly, and I can't help but think it really isn't that difficult unless of course your list of allergens are unique and long.  I understand ours is always changing and difficult.  We don't eat out as a family, and we definitely don't order out Chinese food, so I created our own version of "Beef and Broccoli" for the whole family. 

All you need is:
Thinly sliced beef (or chicken) - about 2 cup fulls
Tons of broccoli rinsed and separated - twice or three times as much meat you use
1 onion cut up
Garlic - minced (we are allergic to garlic, so don't use it but if you can have it, it will add great flavor to this dish)
About 3 carrots - cut into strips
1/2 cup of olive oil
Half a teaspoon of sugar
1/4 a cup of soy sauce
(optional) add vegetables like mushrooms, or colorful bell peppers for added crunch, flavor, and vitamins

I don't measure when I cook, so hopefully my estimates here are good enough to help you out.  If you are comfortable in the kitchen, feel free to adjust accordingly to your instincts.  Also feel free to contact me, I'd be more than happy to help.

Place the oil, onions, *garlic, sugar, and soy sauce into the pot you will be cooking in.  Stir it all around until it is all mixed up.  Add your meat choice.  Let it marinade from 10 minutes to an hour in the fridge. -marinating is optional

Once done marinating, place it on the stove on high.  Let it heat up thoroughly, it will be well done fast so right before you see the beef turning completely brown (well done) add the vegetables like broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and mushrooms.  Place the stove medium heat, cover for about 5 to 10 minutes.  The meat should be full of flavor, the vegetables perfectly coated with flavor but still with the crunch. 

Prepare your choice of plain rice/grain for the side to serve.  And enjoy. 



Laughter, Toys, Fun and DANGER?! #foodallergies #d2dFoodAllergies

I always want to refrain from making everything in my life about food allergies, but then I realize that I don't really have a choice.  Recently I went to a blogger conference, where I took a much needed break from my usual responsibilities and enjoyed myself.  I met blogger in person, I met many wonderful people representing many of our favorite brands.  There was food, and drinks everywhere during the 2 day conference filled with many amazing events.  Throughout my time there, I couldn't help but think about my kids, and think how would they be able to attend an event similar to this as adults and be safe.  I tried not to let it get to me, but it was on my mind the whole time.  The last day of the conference, there was an event that I was able to bring my son with me.  We were so excited about it, it was all he talked about for days.  He counted the days, and brought it up daily.  Finally, it was the day of the event where he could join me for some fun.  I knew it was announced that there wont be food served, but I also knew there would be snacks around for sure.  I just didn't really know what I was getting into, until I was standing there holding both his hands close and tight surrounded by..what in translation is poison...

The event was great, lots of things to do, and overall amazing.  Just not if you have food allergies.  I grew up without even knowing what food allergies were, so now I can't help but wonder what peoples opinions are...  Does a child with severe multiple food allergies just not go to events or parties?  What can be changed so everyone can be safe and have a great time?  Are people willing to make slight, small changes? Wash hands?  Eat, whatever foods at somewhat designated areas?  I mean is that just a dream or something possible without making a fuss about it.  Will awareness of food allergies, make that possible?  Or is everyone pretty much going to look my way and not want to deal with me/us?  Is there some people reading this thinking I need to just stay home if everywhere else is unsafe?  After all it is a disability.  A blind disability that gets overlooked.  We are talking about a child in this case, but people with food allergies being left out because they have a medical condition.  Unable to join in because of airborne and contact allergies to foods.  This isn't about not being able to eat what others are eating, but not being able to take part in non food related fun because of food allergies.

It was a party with lots of fun happenings in every corner.  There were snack tables set up, we stayed far away from that.  But there were many people walking around snacking, enjoying themselves like they should be, and but then touching everything, which made the toys and other areas to be enjoyed unsafe for us.  Even an area with playdoh fun was unsafe for us because of wheat.  I quickly changed from worry free standing alone to holding on tight to my child barely moving, making sure he doesn't touch anything, making sure nothing touches him, and rushing to wash his hands when he did have the chance to.  I am now an experienced food allergy mom (that's always learning), so I know how to not let any of my worries get to him.  I wasn't stressing him out or harming the fun he could enjoy, just in case anyone reading is concerned.  I didn't let my son know my worries, I simply kept him away from where I saw was unsafe.  I knew..he was obviously left out from how much fun other kids were having, but he wasn't bothered and didn't feel like he was left out at all.

But again, my question and frustration with food allergies never ends.  What are our "rights?"  Not by law, but by common courtesy.  Most people are all about giving, helping the disabled, or sick child, how about when it comes to food allergies?  I don't expect there to be no food at events, especially when food companies are sponsoring an event or have paid for their spot but what..what can be done to keep children like mine safe and be a part of the fun at events like this one.  And even an interesting question for me is, how about as adults?  I have no answers, and I don't even have requests regarding this matter - I'm mostly sad.  Not at people, but at food allergies.  It is more and more common to meet someone with food allergies these days, so I think many of us need to learn more and respect it as the medical disability that it is. 

If anyone is wondering, if I get the opportunity to go to an event like this again with my children, I still will.  We can't let food allergies keep us from enjoying the fun parts of life, and we have to learn stay safe somehow, even if it means being left out.  I much rather be there for my children while they see how unsafe the world is for them, then them figure it out when they start to venture out on their own as young adults.  I'm sharing this post only because I welcome you and everyone into a moment in my life with food allergies, and because with awareness I hope for it to be safer for everyone with food allergies one day.  Everyday is difficult, events are even more so with food allergies.  Food, food can kill with food allergies. 

Thank you for reading, please comment below as I am interested in everyone's opinions.   


Blogger Bash Coffee Talk

Blogger

This post is dedicated to getting know the awesome people I'm going to meet in person and spend an amazing time on Thursday and Friday at Blogger Bash on Thursday!

1. Name
Call me Hali! :)

2. Where are you from?
New York City

3. How long have you been blogging?
I've been blogging for a few years, but with many breaks in between.  Lots of changes in my life, couldn't think straight enough for my writing to make sense.  Now a full time food allergy and homeschool mom and getting back to blogging fulltime.  

4. What is the meaning behind your blog name?
Self explanatory.  day to day MOMents

5. What are you most looking forward to at Blogger Bash?
I am excited about it all, hard to choose just one thing! 

6. What three words describe you the best?
Uhm..I'm never good at any of these "describe yourself" stuff!
Here it goes...
Loyal because if you're good to me I'll always be good to you.
Passionate because I get really passionate about anything I really like. 
And I think the third word should be "mom," it's what I am 24/7! 
 
7. Got kids? How many?
Yes, they are my everything! My adventurous 6 year old boy and my curious little 1 year old daughter who follows after him.

8. We all have a pet peeve. What is your #1?
Fake people.  Mean people.  People who generally think they are better than everyone else. 

9. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
My mom who passed away back when I was in high school.

10. Show me your face!

Cherrybrook Kitchen Sugar Cookie Mix #Review #GlutenFree #FoodAllergy

These would have to be my favorite allergy friendly cookie yet!  All I had to do was add in melted shortening, vanilla extract (which I didn't have and put orange oil extract), mix, and bake.  Cannot get any simpler than that when you are cooking without all the top allergens. 
 
It is crunchy and a bit chewy but not at all in a bad way.  I've made cookies from scratch, and due to my lack of following measurements precisely every time it comes out different and therefore harming the result every time!  When it comes to allergy friendly baking, it is like a science project with all the mixing and measuring but not with the Cherrybrook Kitchen Sugar Cookie Mix.

Why I love it:
It's simple ingredients.
It's simple instructions.
It is allergy friendly and doesn't call for eggs in the instructions. (Way too often it does, defeating the purpose of "egg free")
It tastes really good.
 
The ingredients are as follows:
White rice flour, evaporated cane juice, potato starch, tapioca flour, non-alluminated baking powder, xantham gum, sea salt.
 
Unfortunately my son had a reaction to something in them or the Earth Balance dairy free margarine we used.  Not sure which ingredient he reacted to, but I don't think it was a cross contamination since Cherrybrook Kitchen seems to be so good with labeling and awareness.  We will be looking into it further on our end. 
 
If your allergies aren't as many or as severe as ours, see if you can have these and give them a try.  If you have friends and family with allergies, these are a great alternative for parties or school that's safe for many.  
 
 
 
 

Antioxidant Full Smoothie featuring the Good Cook ProFreshionals Fresh Cut Fruit Bowl #FreshFruitBowl #BBBproduct #GoodCook

*I received product for the purpose of this post, no other compensation was provided.  All opinions are a 100% my own.
I received the Good Cook ProFreshionals Fresh Cut Fruit Bowl to try out and it inspired me to make a smoothie and use the big 3 piece bowl to hold the watermelon I didn't use right away.  I usually use a combination of fresh and frozen fruit, and I'm happy to share one of my go-to recipes that I have been enjoying everyday.  I love the bowl, and needed it more than I anticipated, check them out at your nearest Bed, Bath & Beyond.

You'll need a handful of the following:
Fresh Kale
Fresh Spinach
Fruits of your choice (I used frozen organic mix of blueberries, rasberries, strawberries, and cherries).
A fresh banana
And a cup full of freshly cut watermelon.
(optional and dependant on your blender) 1/2 cup of dairy free organic coconut milk.
  I blend all the fruits first.
 A handful of spinach and kale
 I add the spinach and kale on top and blend until I don't see it anymore. (other than slight change in color - depending on how much greens you put in)
 
My blender isn't that great compared to the higher quality blenders like Vitamix, and Blendtec so I end up having to shake or stir to get it all blended.  If you are in the same situation and but don't like your smoothies really frozen and thick like I prefer, feel free to add 1/2 a cup of coconut milk or more watermelon.
Sometimes having a whole plate for lunch weighs me down and leaves me with no energy so I turn to quick healthy smoothies like this to replace my breakfast or lunch.  I love the ProFreshionals Fresh Cut Fruit Bowl so much, more than I thought I would.  I bought a huge watermelon and was able to cut up a whole half of it and place it in the bowl without worrying about it spoiling overnight.  It has a top layer with holes that drains out the liquid that drips out of the watermelon overtime to the bottom bowl, and has a lid to help with keeping any fruit you store in the bowl fresher longer.  The kids and I love snacking on watermelon throughout the day and we all seem to like how convenient it is.  We finished a huge watermelon in 2 days, that has never happened before!  It totally had to do with fresh cut watermelon ready to eat, and none of it was soggy or had the flavor of the whole fridge - which happens without the bowl.  

Even thought there are a handful of greens in the smoothie, it doesn't taste like it at all!  Give it a try, and adjust it as you prefer.

 

Allergic Reaction After Feeding Dolphins

 
This is a picture from our vacation a few years back when I was pregnant with my baby girl, she is now 19 months old.  It represents a beautiful family vacation we had, but also reminds us of how we are never safe with food allergies.  That's my sons little hand on the right, feeding the dolphin at Sea World, moments after this picture was taken, he broke out in hives.  We had to wash him up and give him Benadryl.  Luckily nothing was ingested so he got passed the reaction from touching the fish, we assume it was the fish he pinched to feed the dolphins.  I think he was 3 years old, and he still remembers feeding the dolphins, and getting an allergic reaction.  Everyday we learn something new, and this was one of those moments.  We knew how serious his allergies were, and were cautious of him touching the fish, but we didn't think he would break out from hives from touching it with the tip of his fingers.  I don't know what kind of fish that was, and we really don't know if he reacted to the fish or everything surrounding us there but it's just to show us - an allergic reaction can happen anytime, anywhere.  We made sure he didn't dip his hands into any other water to feed, pet any swimming creature at Sea World to prevent further incidents during our visit.      
Since I did mention going to Sea World, I will note that they were very helpful and friendly when we needed a place to heat up my sons food.  We bring our food everywhere we go, so unfortunately I won't be able to tell you if they are accommodating with preparing food for order if you have a simpler restricted diet than us.
If you have food allergies that are life threatening, always be cautious.  If you know someone with a serious allergy, please be kind and understanding.  It's a hard disability to live with, but also very easy to accommodate if you just give a little extra care.