Fun Toys for Hot Summer Days!

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Hot summer days are ahead, and it is the unofficial beginning of summer.  I am excited to share with you some items that are a must-have for some fun in the sun Memorial Day weekend and all summer long!  Perfectly priced toys that deliver lots of fun pleasing both children and parents alike.  American Plastic Toys has the perfect T-Ball set for little kids to start growing their interest in baseball.  My kids and I are in love with water blasters from Prime Time Toys, available in a variety of sizes and styles. My kids are excited and have been already enjoying these items so I could bring you a thorough review.

Treat Yourself to a Movie Night with G.H. Cretors Popped Corn #GHCretorsMovieNight

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  #GHCretorsMovieNight

One of the best ways to unwind at the end of a busy week is to grab a tasty snack, a comfy blanket and watch a good movie.  Too busy to actually go to the movies?  No problem!  Choose from the many flavors of G.H. Cretors popped corn and have a delicious movie night at home that you can't get elsewhere.  There are many flavors available, and I was sent a sampling of two popular flavors; The Mix, and Just the Cheese.  My personal favorite of the G.H. Cretors popped corn snack is the sweet and salty mix, called The Mix; a mix of cheddar cheese and caramel popped corn.  I love G.H. Cretors popped corn as it is made using high quality ingredients, non-GMO ingredients and is 100% gluten-free.  

FlipaZoo Stuffed Animals and Mini Collectibles! #toys

FlipaZoo Flipzee Stuffed Animals
Unicorn plush toy
Have you seen these adorable stuffed toys before?  These adorable FlipaZoo Stuffed Toys are two buddies in one.  We got to check them out at the TTPM Spring Showcase and my littlest one just fell in love with them.  He was screaming in delight every time you would flip the stuffed toy to the other side to reveal another animal on the other side. .  You get two soft colorful animals in one!  They have a full line of 16" stuffed toys, tiny soft collectibles, as well as Mini Collectibles!  Super fun for all ages, and I definitely got so much joy seeing how much kids love the flipping surprise.

"Protect Like a Mother" Exhibit by Lysol in Brooklyn Bridge Plaza (May 20th & May 21st)

free exhibit in Brooklyn Bridge Plaza


free exhibit in Brooklyn Bridge Plaza 
Looking for something to do this weekend?  Enjoy a beautiful day at the Brooklyn Bridge Park with your family and walk over to see the free "Protect Like a Mother" exhibit by Lysol.  Lysol is celebrating the protective instincts of mothers.  The exhibit demonstrate the incredible ways that moms protect their young, from harms way to harmful germs.  The exhibit shows different animals and share their mother's instincts and how they protect their young, including that of the human mom.

What Does a Stay-at-Home Mom Really Do All Day?

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I requested a group photo, my 2 year-old wanted to hug his sister & brother for the shot. 💕
Let's get this straight so men and grown children get it right.  I'm talking about Mother's Day!  What do moms really want?  On Mother's Day, on their birthdays, you know those few days in a year where they might get some attention all around and you feel the pressure to deliver something grand.  The truth is that moms really do just want to be appreciated and loved all year long.  If you do a good job letting your spouse, or mom know how much you appreciate them all year long, you don't need one day to show them.

Sure if you never

Quality Umbrellas for Rainy Spring Days by Shed Rain

I don't know about you, but I never think about umbrellas until I need it.  Today was one of those days, it was pouring out and I needed an umbrella!  It was the perfect opportunity to try out my new ShedRain umbrella.  As a kid I never knew how umbrellas made into our home, it was just always there when we needed it.  But unlike those careless days of being a child, as adults we have to be the ones that make the umbrellas appear in our homes.  I recently learned of Shed Rain, a brand that has all kinds of umbrellas available for just that.

FAWEN Ready-to-Drink Vegan Superfood Soups

When I first heard of FAWEN, ready-to-drink "cold soup" I was interested, but then totally turned off at the thought of cold soup.  I went through a mix of emotions..I expect soup to be hot and my fruity smoothies to be cold, so naturally your mind just doesn't not know what to think.  It took me a long while to finally give these a try, but once I did I was pleasantly surprised.  It wasn't at all how I expected it to be.  It was smooth, flavorful, and actually refreshing.  I think it just very well seasoned with the spices, and not in an overwhelming way either.  What makes it an absolute must-try is it's ingredients, and the health benefits packed into these ready-to-drink soups.  

TTPM Spring Showcase 2017 #toys #ttpm


The TTPM Spring Showcase 2017 was filled with incredible energy, surrounded with great people, and of course the best of the best toys of the season!  My kids and I were thrilled to get our hands on playing with so many new toys and some old favorites as well.  I was excited to bring my children along on Take Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day!  Everyone had a great time, and I'm excited to let you know we will be featuring many of the amazing finds from the event in the coming weeks and months!

Hard Candy Cosmetics Color Correcting Line + Giveaway!

Hard Candy Cosmetics Color Correcting Line
There are so so many beauty products out there, and it's hard to choose which ones to try out, and spend your money on.  Most of us are not beauty experts, no matter how many online video tutorials we might watch.  Specially when the long list of products used by our favorite makeup artists are one too many.  Which is why I'm always happy to share new products for you guys that works and is also affordable.  The newest product I have tried is the new color correcting line by Hard Candy Cosmetics, exclusively available at Walmart.  I would have never thought to purchase it, because I'd be too busy buying the usual eyeliner, and mascara first.  I'm glad to have tried it out because I have been pleasantly surprised by the results.  And always a plus when trying something new off the "budget list" is affordability, these retail for $5!  Keep reading for your chance to win a Color Correct Primer, Expert Stick, and Baked Powder by Hard Candy Cosmetics below!

PBS Kids "All About Allergies" DVD + Giveaway

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I am so excited to share this post with you all.  The PBS Kids "All About Allergies" DVD is a must own for those with young kids, and honestly good for adults to watch as well.  My oldest son and I watched the episodes along with my younger two, ready to judge and critique it all.  We were pleasantly surprised, and my son said "it must've been written with the help of those with real allergies".  It does a great job teaching about food allergies, teaching those with allergies understand, and those without to understand as well as learn how they can help friends who have allergies.  Keep reading to enter to win the DVD below!

"Models Own" Makeup Collection Now Exclusively Available at Ulta - Mother's Day Gift Idea!

I am always wanting to try out the latest makeup products out there, but how can anyone truly keep up?  Which is the reason why I was excited to try out some products from the new makeup collection Models Own exclusive to ULTA.  They offer over 650 products that offer everything unique to you and your own look.  I was sent three Models Own products and am happy to report that I love them.

Models Own believes in going brighter, bolder and bigger.  Their colors are amazing, and what's amazing is the results.  They are so very well pigmented, a little goes a long way.  It is exciting and amazing to use so little of the product and have it not only look great instantly but last.   If you are looking for some new products to try, go to Ulta.com, and choose from the many products available by Models Own here.

Surprizamals Series 2 - Tiny Plush Toy Collectibles

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Have you seen some of the Surprizamals Series 2 collectibles yet?
Surprizamals rare
They are super cute little plush toys that come in a surprise toy.  I think these are super cute for any age.  I have so much fun watching my children open up these little plush toys.  They are adorable as they are tiny, and with the added element of surprise.  My two youngest love having these in their little pocket, and in their bag to take along everywhere.

New "Go! Go! Smart Wheels Press & Race™ Vehicles" by VTech

Have you seen the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Press & Race Vehicles by VTech?  Not only are they just adorable and tons of fun for kids, they are the perfect little gift for kids this spring.  Enjoy some outdoor time with them, while they learn to press and race with these fun little toy vehicles.  If you're still looking for cute add-ons to your Easter basket, gift, or cute surprise for your kids - these will be the perfect icing on the cake.  Get away from surprises filled with sugars, and artificial coloring - and go with cute toys that will be played with and treasured.


"Good Food Made Simple" Gives New Definition to Frozen Foods

Good Food Made Simple Entree meals
Sometimes people give their brands a name, and with that title, it ends up describing exactly what the products are about.  Good Food Made Simple is exactly that!  I wasn't sure what to expect when I was given the opportunity to try frozen foods, something I haven't had or thought about in a long time.  I admittedly used to have my share of frozen foods back in the day, but once I learned to read the actual ingredient list on our food products I stopped.  I gave the Good Food Made Simple products a try because of the same reason, I read the ingredients and was pleasantly surprised that their name actually matched what they put in their products.  They recently added to their extensive product line, a new selection of Entree Meals, and I gave them a try.  Before you imagine it to be more expensive because it has better, simpler ingredients..think again.  They are marked at around $3.99, and can be found at a discount price in stores.  The name is great, the price is great, the pictures are great, but how did it taste?

Twirl into Spring with Kate & Mim-Mim Activities, Books, and DVD's + Giveaway #TwirlAway #KateandMimMim

Kate and Mim Mim toys
Are you feeling the joy of spring yet?  It has been pretty rainy and gray lately, but luckily we had some great fun Kate & Mim-Mim spring activities to keep us twirling into spring.  I'm happy to share with you some of the latest Kate & Mim-Mim books, DVDs, and a super fun Springtime Fun Kit featuring activity and coloring sheets, along with fun printables that will brighten up and inspire children, no matter how gray the weather.    

Easter Personalized Books & Gifts from "Put Me in the Story"

All the occasions you can think of Put Me in the Story has the book for you!  Personalized books are the best option to give a gift that will be treasured for years to come.  There are so many options from gift-sets to many different kind of adorable story books along with coloring books as well.  All personalized and oh so sweet.  These books allow you to personalize them with images, names, and a special message.  It often beats many other gifts for special occasions, check out the many options they offer for Easter today.
"Play a game of hide-and-seek with the Baby Looney Tunes! In Find Me If You Can: Baby Looney Tunes, your child stars alongside some of their favorite cartoon characters. This interactive book asks your little one to find their smiling face in playful pastel scenes featuring Bugs, Tweety, Taz, and the rest of the Looney Tunes crew. With options for 1, 2, or 3 faces to find as well as simple, rhyming text, your child will come back to this one-of-a-kind, personalized adventure again and again!"

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Daniel Visits the Farm DVD + Giveaway

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Luckily there are so many great fun and educational options for our children's screen-time these days.  One of our favorites is PBS Kids series Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.  Today I have your chance to win the new "Daniel Visits the Farm" DVD that was released earlier this month.  A fun addition to your DVD library.  It's great to have in the car for road trips for young kids.

Enter below using the Rafflecopter for your chance to win.  More information on the DVD  and episodes below.


Get Your '2017 New York Baby Show' Tickets Today! #MTbloggerlounge

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If you or someone you know is expecting or a new parent be sure to check out the 2017 New York Baby Show on May 20th and 21st.  It will take place at Pier 94 for the 7th year, and will be the largest show of it's kind in the country.  No other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties.  Great for all seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood.  I have enjoyed going for the past few years and have gained so much as a parent.  Just check out my top picks from last year here, there are so many brands and products for our babies you'll learn about there.

Kate and Mim-Mim Party Ideas!

Kate and Mim Mim Party Ideas
Make your Kate & Mim-Mim fans dream come true and create a themed party complete with DIY decor, party activities, and a fun recipe to serve up.  I think when it comes to creating the perfect Kate & Mim-Mim party it starts with the right color scheme.  Pick out all things colorful, and make an excuse to watch more episodes of the fun energetic show for inspiration, your kids will love you for it.  I've watched many of the hit Disney Junior show myself while my kids enjoyed it and was so excited to put together a Kate & Mim-Mim party, and to share my tips in creating this super fun Kate & Mim-Mim party with you all.

You're Not too Kind, But I Don't Care...

It comes a point in life when you finally feel like an adult.  A good amount of years of young adulthood is spent wandering, waiting, hoping, hurting, living, laughing, learning..and then before you know it..you've grown.  You had to go through all those years..some fun, and some difficult - all to become who you are today.  All to become stronger, and wiser for more years of life.  Life isn't easy, life isn't all hard, life isn't all anything.  It's up and downs.  It's life.  You are not alone in your struggles, while everyone has their own battles - we all share in that we are all LIVING.  

Celebrate Spring with Crafts and Sweet Halos #MTHalosFun

Can you believe it's already March, and Spring is a little over a week away?  What better way to get in the mood for the season other than some sweet crafts?  Mom Trends and Wonderful Halos hosted a family Spring crafts event last weekend at The Children's Museum of Art, and we had such a sweet time.  Yes, sweet like the Halos mandarins.  My son and my husband surprised me by getting really crafty in their space.  Who knew you could create the cutest bunnies, chicks, and so much more with Halos mandarins.  We love Halos, it disappears by the bags in our home as they are the perfect anytime anywhere healthy snack that pleases kids and parents alike.

A Weekend Escape at the Kenshire Campground

Getaways have become a must for our family.  I didn't travel much as a child, parents were too busy with work, and we were always busy with school.  I have a handful of memories doing a short getaway or two.  It just makes me that much more grateful for being able to give my children opportunities to learn through travel, and to simply experience it all.  I'm more than happy to share these experiences and life long memories with them.  Last year before the weather got too cold, we did a road trip from New York City to Pennsylvania, where we stayed in a small deluxe cabin at the Kenshire Campground for a few nights.  As expected it was a memorable trip.  Something about changing the daily scenery and getting out and away from the norm is incredibly refreshing.  The memories created during these trips are truly the most valuable ones.  Kenshire Campground is a beautiful campground located on two ancient ox-bows of Pine Creek.

Nestle Damak Fine Chocolate with Pistachios #DiscoverDamak

*I received the item/s for the purpose of review.  All opinions are a 100% my own.  
Chocolate with Pistachios
Did you know that the pistachio tree is one the oldest flowering nut trees on Earth?  People have eaten and enjoyed pistachios for nearly 9,000 years, and the NESTLÉ® Damak brand has been around since 1933.  It was finally time I tried the delicious pistachio chocolate bars.  It is the perfect combination of crunchy pistachios and rich chocolate.  It is available in a creamy, fine chocolate bar and a rich, dark chocolate bar.  The name Damak (pronounced "dih-mok) means "great taste" in Turkish.

Teleflora's Valentine's Day 2017 Floral Collection - $75 GC #Giveaway! #HandMadebyTF


I love flowers, and honestly who doesn't?  A beautiful arrangement can transform a space and bring so much joy to the recipient.  So whether you are decorating a romantic space or looking to surprise a loved one, check out Teleflora's Valentine's Day 2017 floral collections.  You can choose from hand-made floral bouquets, professionally designed and personally delivered by a local Teleflora florist in your neighborhood.  I'm excited to offer you guys a chance to win a $75 gift code to order your own bouquet that is #handmadebyTF from #Teleflora.  Read on to find out how to enter!

Something I Didn't Know I Needed! The Shark Lift Away Pro Steam Pocket Mop!

 I am blown away at how much this has changed my daily routine!  One of the hardest things about being a full-time mom is that the chore list never ends, and there is never enough time.  One of those daily chores are to clean the floors.  I have been mopping the floors with a bucket of water and traditional mop for years.  This Shark Lift Away Pro Steam Pocket Mop cleans well, uses no chemicals, and overall gets the job done fast and easy.  

At one point I purchased a steam mop, it was a random brand I can't recall, but I only used for a short time and tossed because it didn't do the job.  Because of that experience I was never interested in steam mops until Shark had one for me to test out.  I am so glad I got the opportunity because I wouldn't have known of it's greatness otherwise.  It is super easy to use, and gets the job done efficiently. 

Kaufman Music Center's Broadway Playhouse Musicals + Family 4 Pack Tickets Giveaway

We had the pleasure of spending our morning last week at the Kaufman Music Center at a special event where we had a mini sing-along and meet-and-greet with the cast of Broadway Playhouse: George & Ira Gershwin performance, along with an exclusive backstage tour.  It was one of very first plays as a family, and my children found it to be lots of fun that was truly engaging.  I have your chance to win 4 tickets to a performance at the Kaufman Music Center below.

The cast were so great on-stage, and so kind to children off-stage.  They personally come out to say goodbye, take photos, and talk to families as they leave the music center.  Check out a sneak peak of the Broadway Playhouse cast above.

The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child DVD + Giveaway


We love The Gruffalo Stories in our home.  The Public Media Distribution has re-released the Oscar-Nominated films, The Gruffalo and the sequel The Gruffalo's Child on DVD earlier this month.  The two films are based on beloved children's books written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, and feature an all-star cast of voices.  They are the perfect stories for the whole family.  I love to have DVD's like this on hand for long road trips.  Reading gives my children motion sickness so that's always the perfect time to bring out family films like this one, we are excited to add this to our collection.  I have your chance to own both these DVD's, read on to enter to win!

Chocolate Drizzled Banana Bites Recipe Inspired By Amazon Original Series " Just Add Magic" Season 2 Premiere!

Just Add Magic inspired Recipe
Looking for a fun series to watch with your children that is full of family friendly mystery, friendship, fun and time in the kitchen?  Amazon Original Kids Series Just Add Magic is the series to watch as a family and enjoy with your children.  My children and I have been obsessed with the show, and I admittedly binge watched a show with my children for the first time, 2-3 episodes at a time!  Each episode is about 25 minutes long, giving just enough information to keep the story going while leaving us wanting more.  The season 2 of Just Add Magic premieres today Friday, January 13.  As the last season left us with a huge new mystery of a new character that threatens to steal they magical cookbook, we are excited to start streaming.  Just in time for the new season we have created a recipe, we so proudly came up with named "Chocolate Drizzled Banana Bites"- they are allergy friendly so everyone can enjoy it, and so easy to make - it's almost magic!  Our recipe is magical in it's own way, and brings instant smiles.
Just Add Magic Inspired REcipe

Four Steps to Achieving Your Goals

There are FOUR important steps to keeping up with your goals.  Writing your goals down and believing in yourself is the first step.  Writing it down allows you to see it in writing and allows you to actually keep your goals, and makes it something to achieve and cross off your list!  The rest of the steps are simple and easy if you are able to follow them.