Zinc Flyte - Children's Scooter & Luggage-in-1! (Ages 2+) #MyZincFlyte #SidtheCyclops

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Zinc Flyte - Children's Scooter & Luggage-in-1
Zinc Flyte - a suitcase, and a scooter in one!  It's kind of a dream come true for children and parents alike.  My children all love the scooter and luggage in one.  It is the perfect size for my 2 year old, and he has been giving it a real test by riding on it every chance he gets.  My daughter (4) loves being able to put her favorite teddy bear, toys, and more on the go without carrying it.  We take lots of walks around our neighborhood, the park, as well as day trips around the city.  We've taken it on many of our weekly trips and have been loving it.  I am imagining it to be amazing at the airport as it is airline approved!  

Little Live Pets My Dream Kitten Cuddles - Gift Idea Ages 4+

gift idea ages 4+
Cat person, dog person, frog person?  No matter what you are into, there's no way you won't love the Little Live Pets My Dream Kitten - Cuddles!  She is adorable, lovable, and oh so sweet for anyone.  So lifelike it is a great alternative for families with children who want a pet, but not the full responsibility of one.  My children are always asking for a pet, aren't they all?  For us, Cuddles has been a great way for my younger two to keep busy "taking care" of their new pet.  Her eyes open and close, her tail moves, she purrs, and has many fun features that react to touch.  

FlyBlocks DIY Build N' Fly Drone Kit - Gift Idea Ages 14+

Gift Idea Ages 14+
My son has been so interested in drones lately, so we were so excited to give the FlyBlocks DIY Drone Kit a try.  It is unique from any other drone toy we've seen as you get to build it in order to fly it.  My son and I found out that we were not as experienced as we wish we were, as it's meant for ages 14+ and perhaps those who are better experienced with flying drones.  It is so much fun to assemble it, connect the wires, and follow the easy steps.  I appreciate the educational component to it as it's not just a pick up and play toy.

Fingerlings Baby Monkey Zoe!


Fingerlings Baby Monkey review

Have you seen this cute little monkey by Wowwee yet?  The Fingerlings adorable pet baby monkey is an interactive toy that is great for kids to play with and take on the go.  We have Zoe pictured above who likes to hang upside down.  The little monkey is an interactive little toy that will keep children guessing the new sound and reaction with each swing, pet, and rock.  Adorable features include it's little hair, moving eyes, and head.  My kids love taking our little baby monkey Zoe on the go! 

No Tricks, Just Healthier Treats #Giveaway #ManukaHoney #shopPRI

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No Tricks, Just Healthier Treats #Giveaway #ManukaHoney
It's so important for us to give our families the best all year round, no matter the holiday or occasion!  We all indulge in our sweet treats but even for those moments, there are healthier choices for us all.  I am happy to participate it in the "No Tricks... Only Healthier Treats" giveaway.  Read on to win an awesome and delicious bundle, that is much healthier than most items coming out of those tricky bags on Halloween.  

Even if you don't win, I don't want to let you go empty handed so use the code Treats15 and get 15% off all products, including free shipping at shoppri.com!! 

SwaddleMe Gift Sets & Swaddles Parents Need

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SwaddleMe new items 2017
SwaddleMe has 5 new additions to their line of safe sleep products for infants! Adorable new swaddles that are uniquely genius and perfectly arranged new gift sets for the new baby in your life.  I am getting baby fever just looking at these innovative new products.  When I first became a parent, I swaddled my son with his baby blankets, luckily knew how to as it was a common way to wrap a baby when they're infants in my culture.  But with my second and third I discovered ready to go swaddles, and sleep sacks that made it all so much more convenient and safe for baby.  SwaddleMe has come out with the new SwaddleMe Footsie, and SwaddleMe Kicksie - new versions of their original swaddles.  Adorable names to go with effective products that will help new parents cater to their child's stage in development.     

Phyto-Medic Enhancer for Your Lashes and Brows!

BROWFOODWhether you are looking to make your lashes and eyebrows simply healthier or want to improve the look, check out BrowFood and LashFood!  It contains the Phyto-Medic Complex that has been harvested from Jeju Island, South Korea's jewel of the sea.  It delivers nutrients to feed your eyebrows or lashes to help achieve your best look yet.
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The Perfect Mom's Night Out! #MtNightOut2

Parents magazine mom night out
Last week Mom Trends hosted it's second annual Mom's Night Out event, and as expected it was a wonderful evening!  Being surrounded by smart, hardworking women in one great space while enjoying drinks, some delicious bites and learning about some family-friendly brands makes for a fantastic night.  Did I mention the mini foot massages and makeovers?  Yup, Mom Trends always knows how to host a well-rounded event worth our time.  The event was sponsored by Meredith Publications (Parents, Family Fun, Fit Pregnancy), the brands at the event included Jif, New Balance, Swaddle Me, Visit Williamsburg, and Munchkin Inc.  Sometimes as parents, even when we get away from home, all we end up talking about is our children.  So an evening with great family friendly brands makes for a great evening, especially with other like minds.

GoTrax Hoverfly Hoverboard Giveaway!

I am excited to bring you the opportunity to win a GoTrax Hoverfly Hoverboard!  You get to choose the color of your choice if you win, the giveaway runs from 10/09 - 10/23!  Use the Rafflectoper below to enter to win!  It is hosted by What U Talking Bout Willis, and sponsored by GoTrax! 
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The Ozobot Bit - Boredom Buster for Kids #STEAM

The Ozobot Bit
The Ozobot Bit
I think these days our children reach a certain age, get a hold of tech devices and lose their interests in toys.  The years where our children actually play interact and have imaginative play pass by so fast, and the cut off age keeps getting younger and younger.  I cannot express my appreciation for the Ozobot Bit enough.  It is the perfect little bot to promote creativity, and eliminate boredom!  My son loves it so much, I love that it is endless amounts of fun.  Perfect for anytime, and great on-the-go.  Ozobit Bit is the perfect coding toy for beginners.  It perfectly blends coding while promoting creativity.    

Legoland Indoor Discovery Center in Westchester

Indoor play Westchester NYC
Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester NYC
I visited the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester with my 3 children and found myself pleasantly surprised.  It is an indoor family entertainment center located at Ridge Hill Shopping Center in Yonkers, NY in Westchester County.  I was skeptical based on a previous overcrowded experience many years back, but everyone truly enjoyed themselves.  We spent the whole day exploring all that there was to do.  All three of my children ages 9, 4, and 2 found things to get excited about.  Truly a wonderful play space for children, not just for LEGO fans, although they'll probably leave having become a LEGO fan.  There are rides, tons of opportunity to build, Master Builder Academy workshop, LEGO 4D cinema, and so much more!  I think it's best for ages 2 to 11, they're open every day so it's a great place to visit during the week if you homeschool or have younger children not in school yet.  I met some families who have annual passes and come after school, great idea!

Hathikuli Organic Black Tea - Good Earth Tea

Hathikuli Organic Black Tea - Good Earth Tea
Hathikuli Organic Black Tea - Good Earth Tea 
Good Earth Tea has a new tea Hathikuli Organic Tea, it is sourced from one of the world's most diverse ecosystems where elephants roam freely amidst land, people, and tea.  Love the sound of the elephants roaming free as they should be.  I was informed that September 22 was National Elephant Appreciation Day and while the day has come and gone, I think we can all agree they should be appreciated everyday!  Good Earth’s Hathikuli Organic is one of the most exclusive teas on the planet from Hathikuli Estate — the largest integrated organic farm located in Assam, India.  I tried the tea and find it incredibly aromatic and rich in flavor.  I am a tea drinker so it easily became a favorite.

Breakfast Donuts Made with Krusteaz Protein Pancake Mix

protein filled pancake mix
Krusteaz Protein Pancake Mix
I was sent a package of Krusteaz Protein Pancake Mixes, and of course, I had to try it as a deliciously fluffy buttermilk pancake that it was made for but I also had to try making something else with it too!  The protein pancake mix only calls for the addition of water, how incredibly easy is that?!  They do not contain hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  With the new season changes coming around, things can get chaotic in busy family homes, so it's great to have easy to prepare products like Krusteaz Protein Pancake Mixes.

Divaderme Fiber Wings Mascara and Lash Extender II

Divaderme FX Mascara and Lash Extender II
When I ask most women what's one makeup item they can't go without, it's usually eyeliner or mascara.  I think as you get older you start to worry more about skin complexion but for most of us, if we can make our eyes more awake and stand out, it helps us feel more confident.  Divaderme Cosmetics, a lash and brow collection that is 100% natural has the easiest way to get natural but dramatic lashes with the Divaderme Fiber Wings Mascara and Lash Extender II.  What makes them special is that they are made with natural ingredients like American Ginseng (Panax Quinquefolius Extract) and other ingredients that not only give you the look of great long lashes but those that help keep follicles healthy and allow new growth.

Playbrites Magical Fun Faces Nightlight Toy

kids night light
Playbrites Magical Fun Faces
We have tested and loved FlipaZoo and FlipZee Girls from Jay@Play before so when we learned they had another addition to their fun toy line we had to try it!  My children love the Playbrites Magical Fun Faces!  Initially, they look like a "potato head" toy, oval egg-shaped plastic with holes so you can pop in their mouths, ears, eyes, tail, and hands like one, but they're so much more.  They are a fun night light for kids, a great light "show" before children fall asleep as well.  Available in six characters Dragon, Puppy, Kitty, Bunny, and Shark.  The pieces are interchangeable so you can mix and match if you collect them all.  It functions as a toy for imaginative play promoting the improvement of motor skills as children put the pieces of their character together, and it also is a night light that is great for children growing their independence sleeping in their own rooms.

Nintendo Promotes a Smart Start to a School Year!

Nintendo NYC Back to school event
Nintendo NYC Back to school
Nintendo hosted a back-to-school event in their 10 Rockefeller Plaza store in New York City to give children a chance to pick up some goodies for school, hang out in store, check out the latest games, have photo ops with Mario and in the end, give them a fun incentive to come back for a special gift after their first month of school as well.  They handed out pencils, character skate-board keychains, stickers, activity sets, bookmarks and more!  As media, we were invited for some special perks that included primary access to photo ops, and a goodie bag.  Love when a brand we already love, promote learning.

Speck's Brand New Line of Backpacks!

I am so excited to share with you that one of my favorite phone case brands now carry a line of backpacks!  So if you are still looking for the perfect backpack for yourself or your kids, you have to check these out!  They definitely do not disappoint and hold up to the quality I have come to expect from the name Speck.  They all have the needed style, compartments, protection and comfort you need in a backpack.  We travel allot and even if it isn't a trip to school, we carry backpacks every day so I have been using all these to test them out.  I cannot get over how comfortable they are even while packed with so so many items necessary for getting around with 3 kids!  The Speck backpacks have compartments for your important gadgets as well as convenient pockets all around for an organized pack.

Back Pack Wine - Skip the Cork & Grab a Pack

wine in a can
Mmm.  Wine.  Did I get your attention yet?  For all you wine lovers out there, I'm happy to share with a way to take your wine with you anywhere with ease!  You'll love Snappy White, and Cheeky Rose!  Backpack Wine offers premium wine in a can perfect for taking anywhere you need to!  There are no worries about carrying a bottle, or a cork screw once you have it at location.  Great for get togethers with friends, game nights, and more!  Each can is one serving, perfect portions and overall convenience.

BEDDI Charge Alarm Clock by WITTI Design with Charging Ports and a Mood Night Light

Alarm clock with charging ports
How's the school year going so far for your family?  Has everyone adjusted to their schedules?  I find that my son loves to know what time it is at all times, and truly enjoys his freedom and independence when it comes to getting up and ready for a school day.  Allowing our older children to claim their independence helps everyone in the long run.  With BEDDIE Charge, my son can take responsibility for the time he wants to wake up each morning, and also keep track of time conveniently during the day too.  The BEDDI Charge isn't just an alarm clock but also a night light, and offers a place to charge his devices with 3 USB ports in the back.  Great device to have in almost any room of your home.

NEW SUPER B SUBLINGUAL VITAMIN SUPPLEMENT FOR IMPROVING ENERGY, METABOLISM AND BRAIN FUNCTION by NUTRAGLOW

SUPER B SUBLINGUAL VITAMIN b
I got an email that started with "Ever have those seasons when getting out of bed is agonizing, your typical workout is leaving you more winded than usual, or you’re feeling forgetful?" and I don't know how you feel when you read those words, but I felt like it truly spoke to me!  As a busy parent of three this feeling is so familiar lately, and I was so excited to give the NutraGlow a try.  Suber B is the newest sublingual vitamin from NutraGlow that blends active B-6 and inactive B-12 to help fight fatigue by supercharging the body and optimizing brain function.  I have been trying it out for the last three weeks, and have loved the added boost.  While I can't say I am dramatically energized and focused I do appreciate giving my body and brain all that it needs to be at it's best for my busy days.  I will continue to take it as it tastes good and I feel confidend in it's ingredients and benefits.

Protect Your Skin All Year Long with Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen
Sunscreen that smells good and is free of chemicals?  Yes, why of course I had to share it with you all.  I have fair sensitive and fair skin, it wasn't always so sensitive but I was also not great at taking care of my skin in my younger years.  I rarely wore sunscreen, only tanning formulas while out in the sun. As the years went on and after I became a mom, my skin showed some serious sensitivities to the sun.  I became best friends with different skin protective options, for the purpose of avoiding any more sun spots or rashes from the sun.  The latest products I have been loving is the Australian Gold New Botanical Sunscreens.  They are non-greasy, antioxidant rich formulas that provide the UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection, that happens to smell great as well.  Great for every day when planning to be out in the sun.

Super Vites - Children's Chewable Multivitamin! #gf #dairyfree #soyfree

Children's Chewable Multivitamin!
With the new school year in full force, everyone is adjusting to the new and busy schedule they have to keep up with.  I think children especially have it hard coming from a lay-back summer to busy weekdays.  As parents, we all worry and one of the worries parents have is "are they providing the needed nutrition for their children daily?"  Previnex Super Vites, children's chewable multivitamin can help ensure they are getting needed minerals and vitamins.  It is packed with an organic blend of 28 super fruits & vegetables, with no preservatives or artificial additives, as well as features like gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free.  Products that promote a healthier well-being is always great, but the added bonus is that these taste great, and can easily be passed as a sweet treat they will enjoy daily.

Mechanical Engineering Robotic Arms Experiment Kit by Thames & Kosmos

Mechanical Engineering kit for kids
How do robotic machines perform work?  Children learn by getting hands on, building up to 6 different pneumatic machines with the Thames & Kosmos - Mechanical Engineering Robotic Arms Experiment Kit.
Experiment Kit by Thames & Kosmos stem
I love Thames & Kosmos products for children, they provide so many incredible products geared towards fun learning.  This Mechanical Engineering Robotic Arms kit allows for a child to build up to six mechanical models of the type or arms, grabber claws and legs found on robotic machines.  It is geared for ages 7-14.  I let my 9-year-old do it independently and he was able to complete it without any issues.  My son loves seeing how things are built by breaking them apart when possible, so building kits are perfect for him to see how things are constructed to make mechanical machines.  These kits with easy-to-follow instructions teach children so much without them realizing it is learning time.  The best way to learn is through play and this is one of those items that both parents and children love.

Rigoni di Asiago Sweetener & Spreads You'll Love!

Rigoni di Asiago Sweetener & Spreads
Absolutely delicious spreads by Rigoni di Asiago that will change the way you snack!  You can feel good about indulging in these rich and flavorful spreads knowing they are non-GMO and organic!  The simple ingredients will make you smile even brighter than the incredible flavors these Nocciolata and Fiordifrutta spreads bring!  Add the Rigoni di Asiago Dolcedi low glycemic sweetener from apples into your diet, you'll be one happy person.  Add these spreads to healthy crackers, simple store bought cookies, serve them up next to fruit and make yourself to be a master in the kitchen to friends and family.  

Lice Prevention Products You Need by Fairy Tales Hair Care

Prevent Lice products
Lice.  When you think of lice, I think we can all agree it is a nightmare for all families to imagine their child coming home with lice.  And it's that exact thought that has us wanting to do anything we can to prevent it from becoming a reality.  Luckily there are preventive products you can use on your children's hair to prevent lice and nits.  Fairy Tales hair care products uses all natural and organic blends including Rosemary, Peppermint, Tea Tree and Citronella that are not only all natural & safe but also clinically proven effective.   All these natural lice prevention products for children are a must-have all year round, and specially important to start using now that the school year has started.

Save Money - Shop Online Consignment at Swap.com

Online Consignment at Swap.com
Dress: $4.50 (1 of 2)  Tights: $6.00 

fashion for kids
Shirt: $6.50  Pants: $11.00 
Have you heard of Swap. com?  I was recently introduced to it, ordered some great items from there, and had to share it with you all.  It is an online consignment store that sells something for everyone in your family.  I took the opportunity to do some "back-to-school" shopping, even though for us it was more like a "end of summer" shopping!  Searched on all the categories I found useful and bought something for my whole family for $100.60!  It was a total of 14 items that included shirts, dresses, pants, tights, workbooks, chapter books, hats & mittens and more for everyone.  Many of the items were "like new" or "new with tags", all for a fraction of the retail price found in stores.  I was nervous shopping online, not having checked out the quality, but it all worked out!

Manuka Honey Products from PRI

manuka honey product review
I try many different products and while I love so many of them, all of them are not always all natural, and I get most excited when they actually are.  The products from Pacific Resource International are made with all-natural organic ingredients, and not tested on animals.  They are a California-based New Zealand importer that was the first to introduce Manuka Honey to American consumers, they are also family owned and run since 1985.  They offer a great variety of items with Manuka Honey covering beauty, wellness, snacks and the likes!  I got to try out some products, and am excited to share a brand that might not be well known to the everyday consumer.  These include the Manuka Honey Lip Balm, Manuka Oil in Sweet Almond Oil, Nectar Ease Manuka Honey with Bee Venom.

Alkamind Daily Greens for a Healthy, Happy & Energized You

Alkamind Daily Greens to Get Energized
I'm not a perfect parent.  I don't have a perfectly set schedule, as much as I try life is too hectic to stick to one schedule strictly all the time.  I make sure everyone is fed, rested and happy all the time, but I forget about me allot.  I don't really forget, but just have no time left for me when the day is done.  I am all about anything to help me get energized every morning and evening.  The two times of the day that I feel exhausted.  I usually go for coffee, but have been trying to cut back after I've noticed some dependency growing.  Right when I was trying to figure out how to cut back or gain more energy during my busy days, I was introduced to Alkamind Daily Greens.  Something that can naturally help me get energized and get some much needed nutrients into my body.  I tried it for a whole week and have had a noticeably different energy level.

Fun Learning with the Magic Sketch by Boogie Board! #FunLearning

Jot 4.5 Boogie Board
Our children's minds are like sponges, the less you push the more they'll learn.  What do I mean?  When you sit down and force your child to study and learn, they will most likely be hesitant, but if you play or make the activity fun they will learn without it being a daunting task.  The Boogie Board's latest addition Magic Sketch make my points valid and provide a way for children, even toddlers to learn through fun.  The Scribble n' Play featuring Colorburst is the first ever color eWriter, and excites even the youngest of children into creating on the board.  It featuring accesories including the clearview extension which allows children to trace, and play - encouraging creativity and a whole new way of learning on the Boogie Board. 

Natural & Effective Way to Clean Your Face - Konjac Sponges by Dew Puff

Dew Puff konjac sponge exfoliate skin
Who knew washing my face could be fun?  Like everyone else I wash my face in the morning and night, and I usually just use a cleanser and water.  No special scrub or sponge.  I knew there were different tools but didn't bother before.  Thought all was well, thought my face was at it's cleanest potential.  But then I tried the Dew Puff konjac plant fiber sponges, I realized it is the best way to clean and exfoliate my skin.  These are totally unique in itself, and will give you an awesome experience every time you wash your face.  It can be used anywhere on your skin but I have been using it to wash my face.  They are gentle enough for your face, and can even be used by children.  Although gentle they deliver the perfect amount of scrub to take away dead flaky skin cells, leaving your skin actually clean and healthier.

Brunch with Nellie's Eggs & Cabot Cheese

Brunch with Nellie's Eggs & Cabot Cheese
Brunch with Nellie's Eggs & Cabot Cheese
When I had the opportunity to work with Nellie's Eggs and Cabot Cheeses, I knew exactly what recipe I wanted to share with you all!  It had to be our old favorite go-to mashed plantains, fried eggs, and a salami or sausage on the side topped with cheese.  It's one of the best brunch meals to keep you full for a long time.  Nellie's Free Range Eggs paired with Cabot Creamery Co-operative Cheeses make a delicious combination.  I also learned both are B Corporations which means they meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance.

Healthy Mamma Chia Products for the Whole Family + Giveaway! #moms #bts

Mamma Chia review
It's back-to-school season and everyone is looking for new and fun things to send in their children's lunch boxes.  Many parents are still reaching for snacks that aren't healthy, full of additives and ingredients not beneficial for their whole family.  I am happy to share with you all great options for healthy snacking, a variety of products from Mamma Chia.  While offering fat and fiber to keep little tummies full it also is a great source of protein and Omega-3s giving them exactly what they need in a snack food.  To try a sampling of the Mamma Chia Squeeze and Granola products keep reading and enter the giveaway at the end of this post for your chance to win!

Great Tasting Beetology Cold Pressed Juices

Beetology  Juices
When it comes to drinks for the whole family we should be looking at all the benefits it can provide.  Not just taste but actual nutrients.  The Beetology juices are tasty, thirst quenching, and good for you!  They are available in a variety of flavors that are all good!  The Beetology cold pressed juices are actually made up of 100% juice!  The variety of flavors include Beet & Lemon & Ginger, Beet & Veggie, Beet & Tropical Fruit, Beet & Berry, and Beet & Cherry.  Mix them into dessert recipes, smoothies, or enjoy as is.

Pocono Manor Resort & Spa in Pennsylvania

Pocono Manor Resort & Spa in Pennsylvania
plenty of sitting areas to mingle and relax
Pocono Manor Resort & Spa in Pennsylvania
Looking for a quick weekend getaway from New York City?  The Pocono Manor Resort and Spa can provide you with the perfect convenient getaway with your whole family.   There are many family-friendly activities to look forward to, many of which are in the 3,000-acre property.  What attracted us was the fast escape from the city that allowed us to get away with a quick family road trip.  It is less than a 2-hour drive away, which is a kind of trip we are always looking for.  The resort has something to do for everyone; go for a relaxing time or an adventure filled one.  Great for families, friends, and special occasions as well!

Getting Blown Away by The Gazillion Bubble Show

daytodayMOMents family to do nyc
daytodayMOMents family to do nyc
Giggles, laughter, and smiles from the audience of all ages can be seen when I did look away from the mesmerizing stage and performance.  You can also spot the occasional shy and slightly hesitant smirks hiding the childish joy within from adults too.  Who knew bubbles had that effect on people?  The Yang family knew.  They are a family of bubble artists among other talents who hold 17 Guinness World records dating from 1997 to 2012, and you can expect one of the Yang family members on stage at The Gazillion Bubble Show share their joy of bubbles and their talents at New World Stages in New York City.

Endangered The Musical at the Davenport Theatre #NYC #FamilyFriendly

Endangered The Musical at the Davenport Theatre
Endangered The Musical at the Davenport Theatre
New York City can be one of the best places to grow up, as much as it can be hectic and crowded it can be your child's classroom with so many opportunities to learn.  There are so many places to go, and so so many shows to attend.  I was able to take my kids to Endangered The Musical at the Davenport Theatre last week and thought it was a cute family-friendly production.  A musical enjoyable for ages 2 and up?  Why, yes!  Endangered The Musical is an adorable play to get children into live theater, featuring a fun and energetic cast of 8.  There are lots of dancing and singing going on to keep even the youngest children glued onto the performance.  For older kids and adults, it brings to light an important message about environmental issues in a lighthearted fun way.