May 22, 2015

Enjoying Denny's & DreamWorks Animation New Interactive Kids Menu

Does your family enjoy the DreamWorks Animation films? Then you need to plan a trip to your local Denny's to enjoy a meal while checking out their new film-inspired menus featuring those loveable characters from the DreamWorks Animation movies!

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Note: This is a sponsored post to share about Denny's and DreamWorks Animation New Kids Menu. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

If you read my post about visiting the Bronx Zoo with Penguins of Madagascar, then you know my son is an unofficial part of the secret penguin team. So of course we had to visit our Brooklyn Denny's to check out the menu's and share a meal.

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Soon after arriving, we went over our menus and ordered our meals.

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My son's meal had the option of getting an Animal Adventure themed drink cup. Is it any surprise that he picked the penguin cup?! As he enjoyed his penguin swimming in a kid Shirley Temple (Sprite with cherry flavor), we checked out the activities on the new kids menu.

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The Penguins of Madagascar are the first DreamWorks film characters to be featured on Denny's kids menu. Later will come Puss In Boots and Turbo FAST, in addition to many popular characters such as Shrek, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, The Croods, Home (Yay! Read my interview with the HOME cast), How to Train Your Dragon and more appearing throughout the year.

The colorful characters will adorn Denny’s kids menu in a variety of interactive, themed puzzles and games to enjoy during mealtime. In addition, families will have access to a variety of fun family activities via the DreamWorks COLOR App along with an exciting selection of movie content, games and more.

We didn't bring along our iPad so sorry I can't show you how the app works. But for the families who want to try this out, here's more info.

The DreamWorks COLOR App lets you reimagine your favorite DreamWorks characters and worlds your way. You color the DreamWorks characters featured on the Denny’s kids menu then use the DreamWorks COLOR App  to bring their drawings to life. Then you can pose and take selfies with your characters, build and play in worlds you color and create.

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After checking out the DreamWorks activities on the Denny’s kids menu, it was time to have lunch! My son chose Dino shaped chicken nuggets with a side of grapes.

“We are delighted to align with DreamWorks to bring the spirit of its popular family favorites to America’s Diner this year,” said John Dillon, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Denny’s Corporation.
“Our new kids menu not only offers plenty of delicious all-day options, including several items verified by the Kids LiveWell program, but now features some of the most iconic DreamWorks characters and exciting, new digital entertainment for all generations to enjoy. Both Denny’s and DreamWorks are centered around bringing families together, and we look forward to working together to bring even more exciting experiences to families dining at our restaurants this year.”

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Since this was our first time at Denny's, I was impressed with the options of the kids menu. As a parent who encourages a child to eat healthy, I was happy to see healthy fruit, veggie and salad options.

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For my meal I chose a fish entree with more traditional sides. Macaroni and cheese with mashed potatoes. So yum! Hey, I need my energy to take all those photos for this post!

We both enjoyed our meals and plan to visit again to see the other DreamWorks characters and activities on the Denny’s kids menu!

Don't forget that Kids Eat Free Tuesdays at Denny’s from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m..

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Momtrends Blogger Lounge and The New York Baby Show #MomtrendsLounge

This past weekend I joined Momtrends at The New York Baby Show to check out some of the newest products and services for maternity to toddler for families.

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Note: I was invited as media to the show. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

This year Momtrends helped open New York Baby Show, which is considered the largest baby show for consumers in the country. While I wanted to be there, it was a bit early for us. So we joined the team much later to enjoy activities and see the show.

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After arriving for the NY Baby show, I checked in for childcare generously provided by Momtrends and The Nanny League, an elite placement agency that matches families with college educated, creative competent sitters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, NYC, NJ and Philadelphia. My son joined other kids to play and chill out while I walked the show.

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Since I was now child free I headed over to the Momtrends Blogger Lounge for some beauty pampering and networking with VIP brands.

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GlamSquad was there offering both makeup, hair and nail treatments. I chose the nail table to get a quick color pop to my much neglected hands. I use my hands to do so much , they deserve some pampering.

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As a FYI, GlamSquad an on-demand, in-home beauty service in NYC that sends the hair stylist and makeup artist straight to you. They can glam you out for any special event you have.

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After getting my nails done, I checked out some of the VIP brands in the Momtrends Blogger Lounge. Mabel's Labels were one of the brands there and took time to talk with the bloggers and share gift us our own personalized label packs.

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Then I headed downstairs to walk the New York Baby Show. There's was lots to see! Since there was so many vendors I can't recap all I saw. But here are a few that caught my attention so I wanted to share with you.

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Primary is an up and coming children's clothing company with vibrant, beautiful, soft cotton basics...and nothing over $25.00.

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EvenfloFeeding NEW Tilty Cup features an internal angled wall that helps your child use a more natural drinking position.

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bump box is a subscription box of pregnancy, mom & baby products tailored for different stages

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The Yummy Mitt™ Teething Mitten The new and innovative teething mitten for newborns and infants 3-12mths. Secures to baby's hand allowing infant to provide teething relief to him/herself while simultaneously preventing gagging, need for constant parental assistant and dropping of teether.

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Seraphic Organics an affordable organic baby clothes and blankets line using only 100% GOTS certified fair trade organic cotton. Saturated in bright beautiful colors using ecofriendly nontoxic dyes, these clothes not only feel and look incredible – they were made to last!

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Chicco Lullaby Baby Playard provides all the essentials to care for and entertain your baby in style comfort. The thickly padded mattress features removable boards for machine-washing, ensuring your playard is always sanitary! The changing table conveniently stores on the side of the play yard, maximizing space and convenience. It also features a toy gym with detachable plush toys that's removable for use in the bassinet or on the floor as a play mat!

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Vipose Radiation-Detecting Smart Bracelet is a high-tech bracelet that alerts its wearer to electromagnetic radiation to help expectant moms know when they’re putting themselves and their unborn babies at risk through exposure to dangerous electromagnetic radiation.

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Besides lots of new products the New York Baby Show offered an selection of speakers and demonstrations, a newly expanded Stroller Test Track, the well-regarded NYC Dads Group, and local entertainers and demo classes to share with little ones.

As you can see, if your expect or a new parent, the New York Baby Show is the show to check out. See you next year!

To learn more about New York Baby Show, visit -

May 21, 2015

Nintendo Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros Game Event #PuzzleandDragons

A few weeks back Nintendo World hosted a pre-launch event for Nintendo Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition (two-in-one game pack), which will be available May 22 2015.

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Note: I'm part of Nintendo Ambassador Program and was invited as media to this event. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Nintendo Puzzle & Dragons Game Event

During the event we joined Nintendo representatives and staff for a walk through of the game before getting going into gaming mode. Of course we also enjoyed some time with the Nintendo gaming icons. I swear this kid has the coolest life.

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Nintendo Puzzle & Dragons Game Event

When my son wasn't schmoozing with the Mario Bros, he was learning the basics of playing the game. He even received some helps and tips from Danny Orihuela, Nintendo software developer.

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While in one way the game is simple, drag and match colored orbs for combos to take down enemies, in another way it's also about skill. You have to put a team together and based on their strengths and powers you play them. That's my super simplified version.

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But my son wasn't the only one learning the game. I was also busy learning Puzzle & Dragons Z, which has a much more advanced game play.

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Puzzle & Dragons Z is also a two-in-one puzzle RPG adventure pack for Nintendo 3DS. It features drag-and-match game play based on a quest storyline to save your hometown and rebuild the fantasy world of Dracomacia. In the game players will hatch, collect, battle and evolve more than 250 Monsters to unlock powerful skills to customize their team. Players will need strength to harness the power of the Orbs to battle the five legendary Skydragons and defeat Lord Dogma’s evil group, Paradox.

As you can see both games have their unique appeal and I think families will enjoy playing them.

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Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition will delight fans with the chance to befriend Mario baddies across multiple worlds to rescue Princess Peach.

Mushroom Kingdom devotees will feel at home navigating the familiar world map of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition as Mario. But in a unique twist, players can assemble a team of Mushroom Kingdom baddies, like Koopa Troopas or Goombas, and recruit friends like Toad and Yoshi to work together on a mission to rescue Princess Peach.

Players must drag and match colorful orbs to create chains of three or more orbs to launch an attack. By chaining multiple combos together, players can deal massive amounts of damage to their foes. The game’s unique depth unfolds over a variety of worlds filled with more than 80 classic enemies, most of which can join the player’s team.

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A free special demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition is available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS to let players sample the drag-and-match game play.

Both games will be available on a single game card in stores and as a game download at and in the Nintendo eShop on May 22, 2015 for one suggested retail price of just $29.99.

For more information about Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, visit

Get Everyone Grill Ready with Johnsonville Sausage Brat Signal App #tech

Memorial weekend is a great time to pull out the grill and get together with friends. My friends have already put in their request for me and my son to join them. Have you contacted your friends? If not then it's time to use the Johnsonville Sausage BratSignal App to get your message out!

Get Everyone Grill Ready with Johnsonville Sausage Brat Signal App

Johnsonville’s new app – The Brat Signal – makes it’s easier than ever to let your friends and family know that a grilling gathering is about to start. The simple web-based app allows users to send out a virtual “smoke signal” with the grilling location and menu to Twitter followers and Facebook friends.

Get Everyone Grill Ready with Johnsonville Sausage Brat Signal App

This year, you can also spice up your traditional backyard gathering by adding different flavors to your favorite sausage lineup with the new Butcher Shop and Griller varieties.

Johnsonville is also celebrating 20 years of gathering Brat Lovers this summer with the return of the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill, the world’s largest traveling grill.

To see when the grill is coming to a tailgate near you, visit

To discover how it the BratSignal App can help you make memories this summer as you gather ‘round the grill, download it at

May 20, 2015

Birthday Party Ideas at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers

Each year as it closer to my son's birthday month, I try to think of new ways to celebrate his birthday. This year my son will turn 7 years old and the same birthday activities we did when he was 5 won't do. Now instead of just enjoying cake and ice cream with his friends, he'd rather enjoy activities while having fun.

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Note: I was invited as media to visit Bowlmor Chelsea Piers to try out the activities for review purpose. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

So a few weeks ago we met up with some of my son's friends and headed over to Bowlmor Chelsea Piers to learn more about their ultimate birthday party ideas and activities families can enjoy.

Did you know that in addition to the house specialty (bowling), families can enjoy two new additions to this spectacular birthday spot including a 1,500-square-foot gravity-ropes course and an NYC-themed laser-tag arena!

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To start off the fun, we tried out the bowling lanes since it's always a great activity for kids. My son and his friends were excited to see who can knock down the most pins.

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I tried to join my son but he wanted to do it by himself. Excuse me!

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He's first try wasn't exactly professional and his technique needed some work.....

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But after getting some suggestions, he was much better with his bowling technique. He even managed to get a strike here and there.

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But the kids weren't the only ones. The parents also joined them and enjoying some bowling time.

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After bowling the kids were ready to try out the rope course. I was going to join them but my sister beat me to it. Besides someone had to stay on the ground and take the photos right?

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The kids (and my sister) were put into harness for safety. Those harness would then be buckled to lead ropes along the course walk to keep them from falling.

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Before going up, they received safety instructions and then up they went

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While the kids can walk the rope course alone, if they get nervous one of the staff will go up and help them either along the course or down. Seems my son had a change of mind once he walked one part of the course. But he was helped down safe and sound.

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Meanwhile the other child walk all along the course and had a blast.

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My sister....well..... lets just say good thing her friend was there to offer a helping hand.

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Soon it was time to come back to the ground for a group game of lazer tag at Urban Mission, an NYC-themed laser-tag arena featuring a Central Park briefing room and mock Washington Square Park arch that players can pass under via elevated platform.

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To say we enjoyed playing lazer tag is an understatement. We had a BLAST. The area was just the right size for chasing friends around but not getting lost. There was sections to sneak attack (like me) and open areas to get your opponent (everyone else).

The gear was super cool and like most lazer tag clothing gave off sounds and flashing lights when you were hit. A good thing cause some people refused to believe that hit. Ha!

As you can see we had a great time! I highly recommend having a birthday party at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers. For those interested, the birthday party packages all include unlimited bowling, shoe rental, kid-friendly cuisine with the option to add on cake, gift bags, or a signable bowling pin. You can add on the rope course and lazer tag as options for a price.

While we really enjoyed these 3 activities there's lots more to do at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers including playing games and enjoy a meal.

To learn more and book a birthday party, visit -

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