September 16, 2014

Tech: LG "G Watch" Review and Holiday Products Showcase #LGWatch #AndroidWear


I had a wonderful time at the LG Happy Hour at ink48 hotel penthouse suite. LG had tastefully incorporated several of their products into the penthouse to showcase an 'LG' home and its uses in a more natural setting. Attendees enjoyed cocktails, hors d'oeurves and spectacular views of the city while learning about their products.

LG G Smartwatch Review

Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift bag with product samples for review. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Written by Christina Chin, who's hip, fashionable and located in New York City.

LG Holiday Products Preview

Some of the products showcased included the LG Smart TV, LG wireless bluetooth headset, and LG tablets, but I was most interested in the new LG G3 Phone and the LG G Watch. I've been using both for a few weeks now and it's definitely a new experience for me as my current Android phone is outdated and tiny in comparison.

LG G Watch

It took me some time to get familiar with the LG G Watch since I don't wear regularly wear watches. Once I was used to wear it, I actually really like the G watch a lot. While wearing the G Watch, I noticed a considerable dip in the number of times I pull out my phone to check for messages.

LG G Watch Android Wear

I wish it was just a bit more fashionable for dressier looks but it does have a large square screen, which is good for a casual/sporty look. Also the silicone band makes it comfortable to wear and easy to clean.

Now on to the highlights of what it can do!
  • Once you sync it to your Phone, all emails and texts will be 'pushed' to your watch so you can check and reply via voice back in short single messages (no punctuation!). No more having to constantly take out your phone from your handbag everytime you here a email/text notification.
  • It has Fitness app to track your daily steps and tells you when you reached your goal
  • You can Google search anything via voice command which will show top results and then you can open it on your phone
  • Record memos/reminders
  • Notifies you of your Agenda for the day and sends reminders
  • The watch is water resistant so no need to take it off when washing hands, giving your kids a bath, taking a shower or if you somehow accidentally drop it in shallow water (up to 3.3ft)
  • Full battery charges in about 2 hours and lasts about a little over a day
  • G Watch can sync up with most devices with Android 4.3 or later operating systems (sorry iPhone users!)
The LG G Watch is available in Black Titan and White Gold, and is sold through Google Play and national retail for an MSRP of $229.

LG G3 Phone

The LG G3 Phone has numerous capabilities on par or bypassing other current smartphones out the market but there were a few standouts for me:
  • The camera quality is so much better and clearer and one awesome ability is the front facing camera has an 'open palm to fist' motion sensor so no more holding your camera funny or reaching awkwardly to click a selfie! The motion sensor will sense and do a 3-count before snapping the shot. You can also take selfies with ambient lighting the phone provides so no more dark blurry selfies! This is me in a complete dark room using the phone's ambient lighting:
  • Guest Mode: Say your kids want to play on your phone or a friend needs to borrow it and you don't want all your settings accidentally messed up, your kid to dial your boss, or your friend to snoop at your private emails/text. You can lend your phone safely using Guest Mode that keeps selected apps/important files hidden from others.
  • I'm always accidentally turning off my phone or muting my phone when I hold it because of the side buttons but with the G3, there are virtually no buttons on the phone except in the very back for the power button and volume. The G3 uses onscreen keys instead which allows for a larger (5.5") touchscreen which makes it feel like the phone is 'all screen' and no more muting my songs when I'm running! 
The LG G3 Phone can be bought for about $200 with all 4 major carriers, usually with a 2 yr contract.

For more information and specs of each products, visit www.lg.com

Which one of the LG "G Watch" features impressed you?



September 15, 2014

Movie Mon: This is Where I Leave You Movie $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway #TIWILY


This week I'm sharing movie images, the new TV spot and a fun giveaway for the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film, "This Is Where I Leave You" in theaters September 19, 2014.

This is Where I Leave You Movie
This is Where I Leave You Movie

MOVIE SYNOPSIS

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.

This is Where I Leave You Movie
This is Where I Leave You Movie
This is Where I Leave You Movie

Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

This Is Where I Leave You - TV Spot


This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda

Based on the novel "This Is Where I Leave You" by Jonathan Tropper

To learn more about "This is Where I Leave You ", visit www.thisiswhereileaveyou.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/ThisisWhereILeaveYou

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September 13, 2014

Style Sat: 3 Back to School Fashion's at RUUM American Kid’s Wear #RUUMFashion


For back to school, trendy parents and kids can find lots of style options in RUUM American Kid’s Wear Fall 2014 Collection.

Back to School Fashion from RUUM American Kid’s Wear

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

This Fall RUUM features unique fashion-focused, head-to-toe looks with styles that include hand-embellished and raw-dye denims, Coachella inspired dresses, soft cotton graphic tees, lightweight slub jerseys and enzyme washed hoodies, rocker inspired faux leather and vegan suede jackets, that coordinate with RUUM’s own line of footwear.

Back to School Fashion from RUUM American Kid’s Wear

Back to School Fashion from RUUM American Kid’s Wear

We're big fans of RUUM American Kid’s Wear, and their clothing suits my son active lifestyle. We like that their clothing has an easy relaxed fit but still looks great so we can go from media event to playground during the same day.

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Back to School Fashion from RUUM American Kid’s Wear

For my son, RUUM's Athletic Cool Collection is a great fit since this line includes fun, bright and athletic pieces that aren’t just for the playground.

Back to School Fashion from RUUM American Kid’s Wear

A few key pieces in Athletic Cool Collection include: RUUM’s oversized hoodies and cozy sweaters double in both comfort and style. Tailored top stitch detailing and strong silhouettes make these pieces go from runway to real-way for both kids and toddlers.  RUUM’s pieces celebrate self-empowerment and self-esteem with subtly placed woven labels offering hidden words of encouragement to be discovered.

RUUM's other Fall 2014 collection includes

Back to School Fashion from RUUM American Kid’s Wear

Modern Rocker - Meant for the kid with a rock star edge and an undeniable flair. The fall collection houses embellishments, graphics, metallic and dark tones. It’s what we call, touch chic.

The must have: The Moto Jacket is the perfect layering piece for fall with just enough edge to breathe life into your everyday look. Our red vegan suede biker jacket is stylish and on-par with this season’s runway obsession with moto style and shearling. The jacket is lined with faux shearling, bringing the perfect amount of slouch and edge to a wardrobe essential that both savvy moms and stylish girls enjoy.

Back to School Fashion from RUUM American Kid’s Wear

Woodland - Coachella meets Boho chic.  Think woodsy inspired patterned tops, earthy tones, cozy yarns and rich fabrications, all rolled together to make an effortlessly stylish woodland girl look.

The must have: Dress over leggings may be the foundation to every girl’s closet, but this time around we’ve elevated the layered look with a sequined collar putty floral dress and accompanying harem brushed cotton pants in olive. This is the perfect look to become your insta-obsession! 

Celebrity parents with an eye for easy-to-wear fashion also dress their kids in clothing from RUUM American Kid’s Wear. RUUM latest looks being spotted on Suri Cruise, Harper Beckham, Sara Jessica Parker’s twins, Marion and Tabitha Broderick, along with Sean (Diddy) Combs daughters, Jessie, D'Lila and Chance Combs.

To see more kids fashion from RUUM, visit - www.ruum.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/RUUMAmericanKidsWear
On witter - www.twitter.com/RUUMKIDSWEAR

Which RUUM Fall 2014 style would your child wear?




September 12, 2014

Screening Dolphin Tale 2 with TheMOMs & Norwegian Cruise Line #NorwegianMOMS #DolphinTale2


Earlier this week we joined The MOMs and Norwegian Cruise Line for a special Mamarazzi Screening of Dolphin Tale 2, which opens in theaters this weekend.

Screening Dolphin Tale 2 with The MOMs and Norwegian Cruise Line

Note: I was invited as media to this event. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Screening Dolphin Tale 2 with The MOMs and Norwegian Cruise Line

Before the screening TheMoms shared about their trip on Norwegian Cruise Line and what they enjoyed. They also highlighted some of the activities that families can enjoy while sailing with Norwegian Cruise Line.

Screening Dolphin Tale 2 with The MOMs and Norwegian Cruise Line

Then there was a giveaway where one family won a family cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line! Sadly we didn't win that giveaway but since TheMoms are now officially working with the cruise line there will be more giveaways for us to try and win.

After awarding the prizes it was time for us to screen the movie.


MY REVIEW

Dolphin Tale 2 has a really touching story the follows the dolphin Winter's story after her rescue and rehabilitation. Even though Winter the dolphin has settle into her new life, it's not without challenges. The main story surrounds what will happen to Winter when she loses her companion dolphin friend. Can they find a new friend for Winter? Or will she have to be removed from the facility?

While the movie is family friendly it does touch on subjects like animals death, sadness and a little bit of violence. Nothing very extreme but something that families with younger kids should be prepared for. My son had LOTs of question during the movie so trust me about this warning.

I also want to warn you to take lots of tissues since there's many heart touching moments that will bring on the tears. But don't let that scare you away from the movie, Dolphin Tale 2 has a great ending that will leave you with happy tears and a warm fuzzy feeling.

And if nothing else, Rufus the Pelican is worth seeing in Dolphin Tale 2.

The cast of the original film are returning including Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and the dolphin Winter.

DOLPHIN TALE 2 is in theaters Friday, September 12. This film has been rated PG

To learn more about the movie, visit www.dolphintale2.com



Giveaway: Dunkin' Donuts Offers Almond Milk as Dairy Alternative & $25 mGift Card #AlmonDDmilk


Do you stop at Dunkin’ Donuts for an iced coffee or a hot latte? Then you'll notice there's a new milk option. Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced almond milk to its menu as a new non-dairy alternative to milk and cream for guests to add to their beverages.

Dunkin Donuts Offers Almond Milk as Dairy Alternative

Through a new partnership with Blue Diamond Growers, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide will now offer Vanilla Almond Breeze Almondmilk as an addition to hot or iced coffee and lattes.

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk offers varieties that are calcium rich and a good source of vitamin D, E and A for customers. Whether they are looking for an alternate to dairy or simply prefer the rich and creamy texture and delicious taste that Almond Breeze offers, now Dunkin’ Donuts guests can enjoy more options when it comes to their beverages.

Want to know which Dunkin’ Donuts locations offering Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk? Use the store Locator and search for a special “AM” symbol indicating locations with this option at www.DunkinDonuts.com


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Total Divas Favorite Beauty Products & 3rd Season #WWEMoms #TotalDivas


This week the WWE Ambassador Program sent us a package filled with beauty products. Wondering what beauty products have to do with wrestling?

Total Divas Favorite Beauty Products

Note: I'm part of the WWE #WWEMoms Ambassador Program and will share information about their activities and products. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Have you seen the Total Divas?! Those women are always looking good in and out the ring. Our package highlighted some of their favorite beauty products to use.

What to know which product your favorite Total Diva likes? Check out the breakdown below.




Now that you know what products keeps these Divas looking great, be sure to watch on E!'s "Total Divas"! The third season of the show premiere last weekend so get ready to enjoy an all-new season.

The show kicked off with an introduction to the brazen WWE Diva, Rosa Mendes, and saw Nikki Bella pursue freezing her eggs unbeknownst to her longtime boyfriend, WWE Superstar John Cena. Can't wait to see what else will happen during this third season peek inside the lives of the women of the WWE.

Learn more about www.eonline.com/totaldivas
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/TotalDivas


Giveaway: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal 30th Birthday & $20 Visa Gift Card


Join me and wish Cinnamon Toast Crunch a happy 30th birthday! Can you believe General Mills introduced Cinnamon Toast Crunch in 1984?! Now Cinnamon Toast Crunch is turning 30 and there’s plenty to celebrate, like more real cinnamon!

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal 30th Birthday

From being the spotlight of the breakfast table to the secret ingredient in shakes, cakes and even cocktails, thirty years later Cinnamon Toast Crunch is still a fan favorite. In fact, Cinnamon Toast Crunch is one of the top five grossing cereals in the U.S.1 preferred by the most states by Facebook users.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal 30th Birthday

“General Mills is honoring the iconic taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch by giving fans more of what they love – cinnamon – in response to consumer feedback,” said Elizabeth Crocker, Associate Marketing Manager. “Like our consumers, we just keep getting better with age.”

As part of the celebration marking three decades of deliciousness, Cinnamon Toast Crunch is going back to its roots by enlisting chefs and bakers to develop cinnamon-inspired recipes for fans that grew up with the beloved cereal. Through a partnership with social food network Tastemade, popular online food personalities have created clever concoctions with Cinnamon Toast Crunch as a key ingredient.

Check out the delicious Cinnamon Toast Crunch concoctions at www.youtube.com/Tastemade and join the party online by using #cinnablast.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch with more cinnamon is now available at local supermarkets and retailers nationwide.

For recipes and more info about Cinnamon Toast Crunch, visit www.crazysquares.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/CinnamonToastCrunch
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/CTCSquares


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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal Prize Kit
  • New Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal with more cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch Lip Balm
  • $20 VISA gift card

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This is Where I Leave You Movie Trailer #TIWILY


Based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper and features an ensemble cast including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda is the upcoming film, This is Where I Leave You, in theaters September 19, 2014

This is Where I Leave You Movie

MOVIE SYNOPSIS

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.

Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

View the Trailer below


Genre: Dramatic Comedy
Rated: R

Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda

Directed By: Shawn Levy
Screenplay By: Screenplay by Jonathan Tropper, Based on the novel "This Is Where I Leave You" by Jonathan Tropper
Produced By: Paula Weinstein, Shawn Levy, Jeffrey Levine; Executive Producers Mary McLaglen, Jonathan Tropper

To learn more about "This is Where I Leave You ", visit www.thisiswhereileaveyou.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/ThisisWhereILeaveYou



September 10, 2014

Review: Natrol Angry Birds Vita-Chews and Gummies #AngryBirds


Over the summer, my son was active with going to summer camp, joining me at blog events and of course visits to various playgrounds. Since my son is a busy boy, I needs ways to keep his growing bones and immune system healthy. One great way is with vitamins.

Natrol Angry Birds Vita-Chews and Gummies

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

So we reviewed Natrol's Angry Birds Vita-Chews and Gummies. My son really liked them and took them every day without a problem. Of course it helped that the vita-chews and gummies are shaped to look like Angry Bird characters. Which made it easy for me to help give him a health boost over the summer.

Since the Angry Birds Vita-Chews and Gummies Natrol worked so well over the summer, I plan on continuing to use them now that my son is back in school.

Natrol Angry Birds Vita-Chews and Gummies

Natrol Angry Birds Kid’s Vita-Chews 90 ct. ($13.99) - Support Your Child's Growing Cells

This vita- chews contains 21 Vitamins and Minerals which support healthy eyes and strong bones in young children. Also contains fruits and vegetable extracts that are naturally flavored and sweetened to meet your child’s sweet taste receptors.

Plus FREE Angry Birds™ Collectible Prize! Each Angry Birds™ Kids Vitamin Chews come with one of 4 fun Angry Bird™ collectables that go where you go! Hang from your backpack or trade with friends.

Natrol Angry Birds Vita-Chews and Gummies

Angry Birds Vitamin Gummies 60 ct ($13.99) - No fillers included unlike other vitamin gummies.

Natrol gummies are a children’s multivitamin and mineral supplement in a delicious gummy vitamin. Supports the immune system and includes Vitamin D for strong teeth and bones. Made with natural flavors in delicious Mixed Berry, Orange, Strawberry and Watermelon.

Natrol’s Angry Birds™ gummies are made in 4 fun Angry Birds™ shapes. Taste the Red Bird, the Blue Bird and the Yellow Bird. Kids will have fun taking the gummies and parents will want to join in as well.

DOES NOT CONTAINS: Milk, Egg, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Wheat, Peanuts, Soybeans, Yeast, Artificial colors or Flavors, Added Starch or preservative.
CONTAINS: Tree Nuts (Coconut)



Tech: Otterbox Alpha Glass Screen Protector Event #alphaglass


Otterbox recently introduced their new Alpha Glass screen protector, an ultra thin fortified protector that retains your cell phone's screen look and responsiveness.

Otterbox Alpha Glass Screen Protector

Note: I was invited as media to this event. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Written by Christina Chin, who's hip, fashionable and located in New York City.

Basically, instead of the typical screen protector that has the film-feel touch, this Alpha Glass is an ultra thin piece of glass and you don't even know it's on your screen.

Alpha Glass features:
  1. Flawless clarity that maintains image quality
  2. Retains your touchscreen's responsiveness
  3. Anti-shatter/scratch technology to avoid splintering and shattering
  4. Tools for precise, simple and bubble-free application to screen

Otterbox Alpha Glass Screen Protector

There were several phones at the event to demo and at first I didn't even realize there was a screen protector on the phone until they explained it!

The Alpha Glass screen protector is available for $29.95 for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 5/5s/5c. The Alpha Glass is designed to fit several Otterbox cases, including Symmetry Series, Resurgence, Commuter Series and Commuter Series Wallet.

For more information on Alpha Glass, visit www.otterbox.com


September 9, 2014

Tech Giveaway: Kelly and Julian McMahon Interview for Bedtime For Sarah Sullivan App #SuperSarahKids


As a digital parent, I learn about and review many apps I think families should know about. But it's rare that I have the chance to meet and talk one on one with the creator of the app, much less get a first look at the app before anyone else.

Kelly and Julian McMahon Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan childrens book app
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Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift card to download the app for review purposes. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Well, in truth my son was the one who had the first play, while I spoke with Kelly McMahon, author and creator of Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan, a new children's book app.

Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan is the first book in the Sarah Sullivan series and captures the magical hour that happens every night at bedtime, when kids "try" to go to sleep. Sarah is a bright confident little girl with a keen sense of adventure and is not afraid to express herself. Readers are invited to travel with Sarah through the wonders of her imagination as she learns what it is like to create her own dreams.

Kelly and Julian McMahon Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan childrens book app

The storyline of a Father putting his daughter to sleep was inspired by Kelly's husband, actor Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck, Fantastic Four) and his close relationship with their daughter Madison ("Maddy").

During the meeting I spoke with Kelly and Julian about the important of building a routine with your child. Something that parents can do regularly to bond with their child over. Having a night time routine is a great and easy way to do this.
"Reading at bedtime is such a great way to connect with your children, creating new adventures and memories," said Julian McMahon. "It's a daily ritual I enjoyed with Maddy and hope other parents can have the same wonderful experience through the Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan app.

Julian shared how as an actor he was very busy. He traveled a lot, worked long hours etc. But he tried to not miss a bedtime routine with his daughter. It not only kept their bond strong but he felt it also helped to put her (and him) in a positive frame of mind every night, the next day and beyond.

Kelly agrees about the positive after effects and shared
"Recent studies show that the 30 minutes before bedtime can significantly affect a child's tomorrow, setting the stage for a happy and successful next day," said Kelly McMahon, Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan author with previous elementary school teaching experience. "This inspired me to create a positive storytelling environment. Along with the activities, the app is designed to empower young girls and boys from an early developmental age with a nightly bedtime ritual of practiced positive imagination."

Kelly and Julian McMahon Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan childrens book app
Kelly and Julian McMahon Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan childrens book app

Positivity, encouragement and fun are standout ideas in both the physical book and the app version. I was able to view the story in book form (my son received his own personal signed copy) and then within the app.

Kelly and Julian McMahon Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan childrens book app

The Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan app has interactive pages that feature objects and/or characters that make sounds, movement or speak upon touch. Julian provides the voice of the father and the Queen's gnome while his daughter Maddy brings to life the character of Sarah, a modern little girl who is outgoing, bold, and expressive.

Other features of the app includes:
  • Choose Autoplay, Read to Me (with word by word highlighting), or Read to Myself
  • Tap all over the pages for great animations, sounds, and laugh-out-loud effects!
  • Bring Sarah’s dreams to life in the Coloring Activity with 3 brush sizes and a full color palette.
  • Play and learn about nocturnal animals in the flashlight game!
  • Help Sarah find cookie ingredients in 3 levels of ’The Queen's Party'!


Both my son and I enjoyed demoing the storybook app and the games. Everything was so creative and fun! I was really impress with the Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan app and Kelly's dedication to having the app make a positive impact on families. I highly recommend the app and know your family will enjoy it also.

The Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan, children's book app is available on iOS for Apple, Google Play for Android and Kindle for a special back-to-school price of $2.99.

To learn more about Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan, visit - www.bedtimeforsarahsullivan.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/BedtimeForSarahSullivan
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/SuperSarahKids
On Instagram - www.instagram.com/bedtimeforsarahsullivanbooks

What is your bedtime routine (for yourself or with your child)?



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Giveaway: Staples Trendy & Educational Items for Back to School $25 Gift Card #StaplesBTS


For families who need supplies for back to school, many headed to their local Staples to fill carts with notebooks, pencils, folders and more.

Staples Trendy and Educational Items for Back to School

Note: Staples provided me with product samples and a gift card to shop for back to school, plus another gift card for this giveaway. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

In addition to top products, Staples offers a back-to-school 110% Price Match Guarantee. Staples will match the prices of all competitors with retail store and online presence (as well as Amazon.com) plus give back-to-school shoppers 10% off the price difference, whether in store or online.

Additionally, you can shop the best way for your family whether online, mobile or in-store at conveniently located stores nationwide.

So we visited our local Staples to pick up a few things and also check out what new items Staples has to offer students of all ages. Beyond the basic items, I discovered that Staples also offers

Staples Trendy and Educational Items for Back to School

Learning and writing books! My son uses these to learn how to write letters and words. They have books for different grades and subjects including math.

Staples Trendy and Educational Items for Back to School

BIC Kids stylus, pen and pencials are great for kids learning how to write properly. They are ergonomically designed specifically for kids' hands

Staples Trendy and Educational Items for Back to School

Decorating stickers and tapes. Your child can customize their lockets, binders, anything with fun patterns.

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Workbooks for Math and Reading including Common Core. Since my son will have to deal with this, I picked up a few books to get him (and me) familiar with this teaching method.

Staples Trendy and Educational Products for Back to School

There was also fun work books for the younger kids

For the 2014 back-to-school season, Staples debuted new exclusive assortments from Teen Vogue and Nickelodeon.

Staples Trendy and Educational Products for Back to School

Staples offers unique designs on products including exclusive Nickelodeon patterns on Staples BETTER binders, pencil pouches, die-cut erasers, notebooks, folders and clipboards that make it easy for students to show off their favorite characters from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob.

Staples Trendy and Educational Products for Back to School

The Teen Vogue collection, exclusively at Staples, features Electric Jungle, Punk Prodigy, Rive Gauche and Festive Floral prints across an array of school supplies including notebooks, pens, erasers, folders, Staples BETTER binders and more. Inspiration straight from the runway gives trendsetting students function with fashion.

Staples also has products featuring glitter treatments and bright, colorful patterns including:
  • Take a walk on the wild side with University of Style, Into the Wild and Neon Safari notebooks and composition books ($3.00) that add depth to note-taking in eye-catching colors. Or have zoo animal fun in the classroom with Staples Animal Erasers ($1.00), Staples Animal Pencil Sharpeners ($0.99) and Staples Animal #2 Pencils ($0.65).
  • The Poppin Mouse Pad ($9) provides a squeak-free experience as its pointy round shape slides right up to the computer. The colorful Poppin Stapler is bound to get double takes as it adds flair and sophistication to any desk. Or dress up desks with the bright-colored Poppin Tape Dispenser ($12) available in a variety of colors.
  • From a magical My Little Pony Lunch Box ($7.99) to a purrrfect Hello Kitty Lunch Box ($9.99) to beyond the bots with a Transform Lunch Box ($12.99), Staples has a wide selection of bags to make lunchtime fun. To keep the on-the-go student quenched, Staples offers stylish and eco-friendly Glass Water Bottles ($19.99) or Mason Jar Water Bottles ($9.99) that keep drinks colder, longer.
  • A wide selection of the latest tech tools at Staples will keep students up-to-date on the latest classroom and dorm room gadgets. Perfect for touch screens, the Slapband Stylus ($14.99) adds style to a traditional stylus while keeping it within reach anytime and anywhere as a bracelet on your wrist.
  • The easiest way to enjoy stream videos and music on dorm room TVs – just plug in and play with Amazon Fire ($99.99). Pick up the latest laptops, tablets and mobile phones at Staples but don’t forget the accessories. From tablet covers to 3-1 in charging cables and more, Staples has everything your tech savvy student needs.
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September 8, 2014

James Blake at Amex EveryDay US Open Viewing Party #EveryDayMoments #usopen


This past Saturday I attended the US Open Live presented by the Amex EveryDay Card viewing party at Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Despite the absolute sweltering heat (Indian summer anyone?), there was a nice crowd of family and friends lounging on the lawn enjoying the women's singles match.

Amex EveryDay US Open Viewing Party

Note: I was invited as media to this event. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Written by Christina Chin, who's hip, fashionable and located in New York City.

The first 500 early birds to arrive for the viewing party received a special free Amex picnic basket filled with a Bouchon Bakery lunch and picnic blanket to layout on the lawn. In my picnic basket was a turkey sandwich, wheatberry/tomato salad and choc chip cookie! Soo delish, but I think the bottled water was an absolute necessity in that heat!

James Blake at Amex EveryDay US Open Viewing Party

I had a chance to meet famed tennis star James Blake and his family, who were planning on attending the finals.

James Blake at Amex EveryDay US Open Viewing Party

photo credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for American Express

James gave tennis lesson to kids during one of Amex's fun kid activities during the viewing party.

James Blake and Mariska Hargitay at Amex EveryDay US Open Viewing Party

photo credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for American Express

Mariska Hargitay at Amex EveryDay US Open Viewing Party

photo credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for American Express

Mariska Hargitay, from Law & Order SVU, also made an appearance with her family to enjoy the lovely day and play some tennis with James and kids attending the event.

About Amex EveryDay:

The Amex EveryDaySM Credit Card was designed with the multi-tasker in mind juggling family, work and personal lives. The Card rewards Card Members at the places they may already shop, and includes access to the retail protection, security and service expected from American Express. During the US Open, American Express will continue to bring to life #EveryDayMoments and offer families a fun-packed day.

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