Mom Trends Holiday Soiree Event 2016 in NYC #MTHoliday

Mom Trends Holiday Soiree 2016
Have you started shopping for holiday gifting yet, or are you all done shopping?  I had a fantastic time getting into the holiday mood before Thanksgiving even started, and it was all thanks to a beautiful evening with Mom Trends.  They held their annual Mom Trends Holiday Soiree, and as a first time attendee of the #MTHoliday, I wasn't disappointed.  It was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season, an evening with awesome brands, great company, opportunity to shop, as well as donate.

The App that Every New Parent Needs - The BabyTime App!

New Parent Needs - The BabyTime App!
There are so many apps out there, you imagine it, and there's probably an app for that.  When I was pregnant, one of the very first things I did was download an app to track my pregnancy.  Apps can be entertaining and fun, but then there are apps that become a necessity and I think the BabyTime app is an app that every new parent needs.  It is an app that helps you record your baby's daily activities with ease, while offering many more features that help new parents in a unique way.  Nursing, formula, baby food, diaper, and sleep or just a few options along with many activities to track on the app.  The activities you choose to track are then calculated and converted to simple graphs and charts.  There are so many great features that this app has I just have to break it all down and share it here with you all, because I truly do think it will change your first experiences as a parent.    
New Parent Needs app!

Build Your Own Furniture with Aran Building Blocks

Aran Building Blocks laptop stand
Lego marries IKEA
A while back I got an email telling me about these building blocks that you can make your own small or even large furniture with.  It is well described as what you would get if LEGO met IKEA, fell in love and had a baby.  That was all I needed to hear to peak my interest as we are huge fans of both.  The Aran Blocks, a patent pending building blocks system can be used to create strong and usable weight-bearing structures like a small laptop stand.  With more pieces it is possible to create bookshelves, and many other fun structures - the only limits being your imagination.  Easy to build with, perfect for the young and old.    

Affordable VR Real Feel Virtual Reality Car Racing Gaming System with Bluetooth Steering Wheel and Headset

VR Gaming System with Bluetooth Steering Wheel and Headset
VR Real Feel Virtual Reality Car Racing Gaming System REVIEW
VR gaming system for young kids

Back in the day we would have been excited for a phone with a color screen, but technology has advanced in full speed in the last decade and no one is blown away by anything anymore.  A cool tablet, and the endless amount of apps alone have numbed our children to simply not being impressed often.  Which is the reason why I am always on the look out for what's new on the market for my children, and to share with you all.  The latest in toys and tech worth mentioning is the VR Real Feel™ Racing gaming system, it is the only virtual reality gaming system that gives you control with a real steering wheel to be able to accelerate, brake, and steer with Max Force Feedback™ to feel the vibrations in the wheel when you bump other racers or the wall.  What makes it even better is that it is affordable at only $29.99!

Tips for Those Who Want to Breastfeed!

exclusively breastfeeding
The first question to ask yourself is if you truly want to breastfeed.  If the answer is "yes", not "maybe", not "I will try" but "absolutely "yes", then I have some tips to help you.  First thing is being prepared, do your research, and get the right products to help you along.  You will need your patience, and determination if you want to nurse successfully.  It's too easy to quit because it isn't easy, so if you decide you want to nurse - don't give yourself the option out.

Useful and Cute Gift for Babies - SOZO USA Hooded Towels

fish memo towelgift for baby useful
Whether you are shopping for the holidays, a baby shower, or a birthday there are so many items out there for babies that you can give as a gift.  But the honest-best way to narrow it down is by necessity.  You and your gift will be remembered if it is something useful.  Another important factor in baby gifts besides necessity, is how cute it is!  The SOZO USA Hooded Towels are perfect a fit as they are cute and a totally necessary item when it comes to gifts for babies.  These good quality towel will be used for a very long time.

Drinking Tea for Your Health + Win a Tea Council of USA Prize Pack! #IndividualiTEA

There are so many benefits to drinking tea, it is a great alternative to give your body a break from coffee every once in a while.  The perfect hot drink to wind down at the end of the day.  With the cold days here and colder days fast approaching I have partnered with some other bloggers to bring you a chance to win a Tea Council of USA prize pack.  Read on to find out how to enter!

New Amazon Original Holiday Special "If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie" Premiere + Our Maple Syrup Sweetened Cookie Recipe

maple syrup no sugar cookies
What's your favorite part of the holiday season?  Allot of our most treasured memories are made in the kitchen.  As much as I dreaded the year coming to an end, the holiday season is my favorite time of the year.  It's easy to make the most memorable time of year extra special, just follow my tips on how to do so...  Reading holiday story books with your children for the next couple of months is a must.  Then a few times in the next couple of months gather your children, and put some Christmas music on.  If you're anything like me, the music will get you in the mood for singing songs, and you're going to find yourself wanting to bake some holiday cookies too.  If you bake you're going to want to decorate your special cookies with your kids.  Then you're going to want to cuddle under a blanket with you children while you enjoy your cookies, and if you do that - you might want to tune in to If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie the holiday special on Amazon Original this Friday, November 25.  Read on for our go-to "sugar" cookie recipe and how-to.  

Cabbage Patch Kids - Baby So Real Doll | Traditional Play Combined with Today's Tech! #toys #tech #dolls

Cabbage Patch Kids - Baby So Real Doll Review
The ultimate doll of all dolls is the 14" Baby So Real doll from The Cabbage Patch Kids!  It's one of the most advanced baby doll you'll own to date.  It's like no other doll we've ever owned.  We had dolls that have sound, and even movement..but what truly makes the Baby So Real stand out for us is the bright LCD eyes!  I remember my old dolls used to open and close its eyes when you laid it down and picked it up, but the CPK Baby So Real doll has expressions that will amaze!  It opens, closes, looks around and has expressions that will have everyone of all ages interested.  It's the perfect kind of doll for children who want to play with dolls the old fashioned way and combine it with some high tech features.  The Baby So Real doll comes with fun accessories and a free app that interacts with the doll for more fun!

Portable Mat - The New Quilted Monkey Mat

portable mat for family

monkey mat on the go
We own the original Monkey Mat and have used it for many years now.  It has come in handy to have in the back of the car for when we need to have a clean surface for our kids when they were at the crawling stage.  I love using it on the grass in the park for picnics, and having a mat to put down anytime without carrying a bulky mat.  It packs away so easily, and is a perfect on the go mat.   The old version we owned was very thin, but the newer version is quilted.  It is still a great size and also packed with the same great features as the original, like being water resistant.  

Watchitude - Slap Band Watches for Kids!

Watchitude stocking stuffer for kids
Watchitude slap band watches
Looking for a unique gift for a child this holiday season?  Maybe a fun stocking stuffer item?  These slap band watches might just be what you're looking for.  Watchitude offers so many choices, you can find the right one for just about anyone on your list.  These are really a fun take of the slap bands we are familiar with.  Great for anytime of year as a special gift for a child, designs also available for teens.  

ODD SQUAD Fans Check out OddTube! #PBSKids #streaming #OddTube #YouTube

Odd Squad Oddtube
In case you missed it!  The super fun, super odd Emmy-winning PBS Kids series Odd Squad is available to stream on OddTube, the first ever digital short-form spin off for PBS Kids!  My son loves Odd Squad and I just found out about this and had to share with you all!  The first episode first became available this past Thursday, November 10th!

Meet Santa & Experience the Magic at the HGTV's #SantaHQ at the Queens Center Mall #LoveHGTV

*We were invited to experience #SantaHQ, and received a gift bag as well as a complimentary photo package to truly get an experience.  All opinions are a 100% my own.  No other compensation was provided. 


Do you get pictures of your family or your kids with Santa every year?  I admit I ran out of time last year - time flew by and it was too late. Which is why I'm saying you can be too late, but never too early.  Head on over to #SantaHQ at the Queens Center Mall to experience the magic of HGTV's Santa HQ starting today, November 11, 2016.  Queens Center Mall in partnership with HGTV - one of America's leading home and lifestyle brands - invite you to a modern, extraordinary experiential visit with Santa - the new Santa HQ.  We got to experience it right before it opened up to the public and had an incredible time.

Children's DVD Options for Fall Road Trips

We do allot of road trips, so distractions are absolutely necessary for long rides with three children.  Snacks, games, and DVDs are at the top of my list when I pack.  Most of our road trips are about 4 hours on average so when I do pull out the DVDs in our family van, I look for fun family friendly screen time options, preferably educational.  I was sent some Halloween DVDs and thought they make for great additions to a child's fall DVD collection that are great for road trips  
Halloween DVD for kids
PBS Kids shows are on the top of our list since they are the most family friendly and educational ones out there.  This is our latest additions to our DVD folder in the car so they are great for the fall season and holiday season.

Personalized Book for Disney Princess Fans - Disney Princess Dream Big Princess

Put Me in the Story DREAM BIG Disney book review
Disney princess fans can feel inspired to dream big and be one of our favorite princesses in this Put Me in the Story children's personalized book.  Young kids will see their picture inside of the book as well as on the back cover.  Their name is mentioned within the storyline, prompted with questions and many memory making moments.  The reaction on children's faces are unforgettable, they will love it.  

Catch the Kate & Mim-Mim special "Kate in Oz" featuring actress Cat Deeley on 11/14 at 8pm #DisneyJunior

Cat Deeley in Kate in Oz
My kids are loving the perks of being a Kate & Mim-Mim Ambassador.  Surprisingly my youngest has become a huge Mim-Mim fan, calling him by his name and carrying around our plush bunny.  I guess he's become a fan after watching some great DVDs on our recent road trips.  There are so many amazing toys and DVDs for fans, if you haven't already checked them out, be sure to here.  Speaking of perks, today my children and I enjoyed an afternoon break watching a special sneak peak of the "Kate in Oz" episode that will premier on Monday, November 14 on Disney Junior.  As always we were captivated to the screen by the adventures of Kate & Mim-Mim.

The all-new Kate & Mim-Mim special, "Kate in Oz' features actress, model and mom Cat Deeley as a wicked witch named Violet.  Inspired by the classic tale, it is complete with the fun magical adventures and twists of Kate and her stuffed bunny side-kick Mim-Mim.  

Nintendo Girls Love Gaming Event with Disney Channel Star Laura Marano in NYC #3DSMyWay #Nintendo

Nintendo girls love gaming event nYC
Nintendo NYC blogger event
We had a great start to our Saturday when we attended the Girls Love Gaming event by Nintendo at Lightbox Studios in New York City.  The morning included lots of fun games with special celebrity guest Laura Marano, super adorable Disney channel star from the series "Austin and Ally, and "Boombox" singer.  It was a great opportunity for my kids to play their new favorite games, and not only meet the Disney Channel star but also hang out with her over games.

Fourth Grade Science Fair with Lysol & Actress Ali Larter at the Boys & Girls Club in NYC

Actress Ali Larter Lysol Boys & Girls ClubActress Ali Larter Lysol Back to School Science Fair Boys & Girls Club NYC
The students all cheering in the news that they all won! 
Last month I had the opportunity to attend an event with actress and mother Ali Larter where she was in attendance as the Lysol spokesperson for a student Science Fair at the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club of America in New York City.  Too many children miss school days each year due to common illnesses like the cold and flu, so this was a great opportunity to bring attention to and teach students about preventing the spreading of germs with simple everyday habits.  Healthy habits in the classroom and at home are the very first things children need to be taught, find more information on the Lysol website here.  It was a great event where the students were eager to share their projects with us upon arrival.

Zakia's Morocco Skin Care Products with Pure Organic Argan Oil

Many parents do not take care of their skin.  It is one of the easiest things to neglect.  Making time to take care of your skin is so important.  One of the easiest ways to begin good skin care is by having and using good quality skin care products.  I rotate the different skin care items I use, and one of the latest I've tried is Zakia's Morocco skin care products with Argan Oil.  Two of the products they have available are the Moroccan Black Soap and the 100% pure & organic Argan Oil.  

Molly's Suds Laundry Powder - Affordable | Effective | Eco-Responsible

eco friendly vegan laundry detergent
The truth is I like to do natural, eco-friendly, and look for everything I use for my family to be with ingredients that aren't harmful to them.  I like to, but I don't always do...  I think many can relate to me, we all want the best for our families, which is why when I do get the opportunity I like to share products that are better for everyone, and our planet.  Since 2008, Molly Suds has been committed to providing families with safe, non-toxic and eco responsible laundry detergent that is devoted to using the purest ingredients to deliver a hight level of cleaning power, stain removal, and color care.

Smart Indoor Climate Monitor - The Netatmo Healthy Home Coach

smart indoor climate monitor
As a parent, sometimes all we do is worry.  One of our worries from the very moment we bring our babies home is of the quality of the air in our home, constantly trying to get the right temperature, making sure there's enough moisture and more.  Luckily there is this one sleek device that helps monitor it all and conveniently shows up on your phone via a free app, that also happens to work with Apple HomeKit.  The Healthy Home Coach, is the innovative new indoor environmental information monitoring system. It has four precise sensors that will monitor the humidity, air quality, noise, and temperature.

Build & Imagine Magnetic Building and Storytelling Sets - Malia's Beach House #toys #review

Build and Imagine magnet building toy sets
I remember when I was in about 3rd grade or so, and having these paper cut out dolls that had interchangeable outfits, they had a fold that let it attach to the paper dolls.  Such a simple toy, yet I remember spending hours playing with them.  The Build & Imagine StoryWalls sets reminds me of it, an upgraded version of it.  The set comes with dual sided illustrated magnetic building panels, wooden dolls and dozens of magnetics colors and props to dress the dolls, decorate the scene, and inspire storytelling.  While offering hours of play it also encourages children to develop pre-literacy skills through storytelling.