May 22, 2015

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 - www.newyorkbabyshow.com






May 20, 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.

Nintendo Puzzle & Dragons Game Event

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.

Nintendo Puzzle & Dragons Game Event
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.

Nintendo Puzzle & Dragons Game Event

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.

Nintendo Puzzle & Dragons Game Event

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.

Nintendo Puzzle & Dragons Game Event

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.

Nintendo Puzzle & Dragons Game Event

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.

Nintendo Puzzle & Dragons Game Event

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 Nintendo.com 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 www.puzzleanddragons.nintendo.com





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 - www.bowlmor.com/chelsea-piers






May 19, 2015

SpongeBob Truck Tours for World Oceans Day #SpongeOutOfWater


To help spread awareness about World Oceans Day 2015, SpongeBob SquarePants is coming ashore in 8 cities across the U.S., to bring laughter, joy, and SpongeBob frozen treats!

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Come join the family-friendly fun, check out the SpongeBob truck, get your own ocean-friendly tote bag, plus more free goodies!

SpongeBob Treats Truck Tours for World Oceans Day

Fans can keep cool with tasty snacks, pose for photos with SpongeBob as his superhero alter-ego Invincibubble, plus get a free reusable tote bag and tips on helping to keep the world’s oceans healthy. The Sponge Out Of Water eight-city tour leads up to World Oceans Day on June 8th.

SpongeBob Treats Truck Tours for World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is a UN-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. This year, people are encouraged to pledge not to take any disposable plastic bags for a whole year!

Learn why it’s important to keep plastics out of the ocean by visiting www.worldoceansday.org

The SpongeBob Treat truck will be visiting the following cities:

Tampa—5/21
  • Lowry Park Zoo (9:30 am-12:30 pm)
  • The Florida Aquarium (1:00 pm-4:00 pm)
Atlanta—5/23
  • The Children’s Museum of Atlanta (11:00 am – 3:00 pm)
  • Atlanta Aquarium “Dive In Movie” event (7-10pm)
Houston—5/25
  • Houston Aquarium (10:00 am-2:00 pm)
Dallas—5/27
  • Dallas World Aquarium (10am-2pm)
Albuquerque—5/29
  • Albuquerque Aquarium (10am-1pm)
Phoenix – 5/31
  •  Location/time to be announced
Los Angeles—6/2
  • Location/time to be announced

For complete details of the tour stops, check out www.SpongeOutOfWater.com


Don't forget The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is available now on Digital HD, and arrives on Blu-ray™, Blu-ray 3D™ and DVD June 2nd.


The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out Of Water Blu-ray 3D DVD Release

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER

On a mission to save his world, SpongeBob SquarePants is headed to ours. When pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) steals the secret recipe for the beloved Krabby Patties, SpongeBob and friends come ashore to bring back the missing formula. To succeed, they must team up with former rival, Plankton, but soon realize that to defeat a super-villain, they must unleash their inner superheroes.

Street Date:
May 19, 2015  on Digital Download
June 2, 2015 on Blu-ray 3D (SRP: $52.99 U.S.), Blu-ray Combo (SRP: $39.99 U.S.) and DVD (SRP: $29.99 U.S.)

U.S. Rating: PG for mild action and rude humor

Purchase via iTunes: http://j.mp/GetSpongeOutOfWater
Purchase via Amazon: http://j.mp/BuySpongeOutOfWater

To learn more about The Spongebob Movie, visit - www.spongebobmovie.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpongeBobMovie
On Twitter: www.twitter.com/spongebobmovie





Adventure Time Puzzle Quest Mobile Video Game


D3 Go! and Cartoon Network have released Adventure Time Puzzle Quest, an all-new match-3 puzzle mobile game that fuses the humor of the animated series with the role-playing elements.

Adventure Time Puzzle Quest Mobile Video Game

The mayhem will unfold with Finn and Jake journeying through the Land of Ooo and battling bad guys with totally mathematical abilities, an arsenal of equip-able items, and a boat load of sandwiches to fill your buns.

Adventure Time Puzzle Quest Mobile Video Game

Developed by WayForward in partnership with Cartoon Network, Adventure Time Puzzle Quest will allow players to complete quests and daily events, collect new characters, and compete in numerous tournaments for radical prizes.

The game is available worldwide as a free-to-play download in the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod and Google Play for Android devices.

For more information on Adventure Time Puzzle Quest, follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AdventureTimePQ
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/AdventureTimePuzzleQuest





Peppa Pig at the Bronx Children's Zoo Re-Opening


To celebrate the grand re-opening of the Bronx Zoo’s Children’s Zoo, Peppa Pig, the world-famous star of the hit animated TV series airing daily on Nick Jr., will join NYC-area families for a weekend full of fun at the zoo!

Meet Peppa Pig at the Bronx Children's Zoo Grand Re-Opening


Peppa will be greeting fans for irresistible photo opps at the Children’s Zoo all weekend long on Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31, at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.

As part of the Peppa-centered festivities, kids can:
  • Pose for photo opps with Peppa herself
  • Create their own Peppa mask
  • Pick up a free bookmark (while supplies last) upon entering the zoo
  • and, of course, learn a lot about animals big and small all along the way…!
To learn more, visit www.bronxzoo.com/childrens-zoo






May 18, 2015

Giveaway: Summer Memories with Playmobil 2015 Play Sets


This year PLAYMOBIL has fun sets that will get kids excited for summer and also allow them to explore their imaginations by recreating fond memories. Whether your family prefers to spend time at the beach, enjoy rides at the amusement park, or take fun-filled road trips, kids will love to experience the fun memories gain with these summer-themed sets!

Summer Memories with Playmobil 2015 Play Sets

One of PLAYMOBIL’s most exciting new playsets is the Amusement Park theme, allowing kids and families to transform their playrooms into their very own park and boardwalk. With a fully functional Ferris Wheel as its centerpiece and a spectacular light up Spinning Spaceship, the theme has fun additions to assemble a complete amusement park experience.

Summer Memories with Playmobil 2015 Play Sets

Tin Can Shooting Game (SRP: $19.99)

Load the functioning launcher and then position it to get the perfect angle before firing at the stack of tin cans. Extra darts can be stored in the compartments on either side of the launcher. Any knocked-over cans will fall into the collecting area beneath the setup platform.

Set includes two figures, launcher, firing darts, and six cans. Recommended for ages four to ten. Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.


Flying Swings (SRP: $64.99)

Families can spot the ride from afar thanks to the flashing lights in various colors located around the edge of the roof (batteries not included). Place each figure in one of the six swings and then lower the lap bar so that they can hold on and remain securely seated throughout the ride. Then, crank the handle at the end of the set to manually rotate the swings and watch as the riders glide through the air.

Set includes two adult figures, two child figures, and the flying swings ride. To operate the swings automatically, upgrade this set with the Electric Ride Motor (#5556). Recommended for ages four to ten. Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.


Sweet Shop (SRP: $19.99)

Hungry youngsters can choose from a bunch of tasty snacks, including ice cream, popcorn, smoothies, and juice pouches, before paying the shop worker. When finished, be sure to throw any garbage in the shop’s trash bin.

Set includes four figures, cash register, price board, cooler, trash bin, two cups with lids, one smoothie machine, and other great accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten. Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.


Summer Memories with Playmobil 2015 Play Sets

Ferris Wheel with Lights (SRP: $79.99)

Equipped with colorful flashing lights (batteries not included) and seven red and blue gondolas, this ride can accommodate up to 14 people. First, check to make sure you meet the ride’s height requirement before purchasing a ticket and hopping into the next available gondola. Once everyone is safely seated in their gondola, turn the crank on the side of the Ferris wheel to start the ride.

Set includes two adult figures, two child figures, functioning Ferris wheel, ticket office with tickets, cash register, computer, and other accessories. To operate the Ferris wheel automatically, upgrade this set with the Electric Ride Motor (#5556). Recommended for ages four to ten. Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.


Boat Swings (SRP: $26.99)

Sail to new heights on the Boat Swings. Each brightly-colored swing can seat up to two figures who can grasp the swing’s handlebars to ensure secure seating throughout the ride. Kids can move the swings alternately or in sync using the rotating knob at either end of the ride.

Set includes three figures, boat swings ride, and accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten. Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.


Spinning Spaceship Ride with Lights (SRP: $57.99)

Take a whirl through the galaxy on the Spinning Spaceship Ride with Lights. This ride is perfect for festival-goers who love spinning around at top speeds. Place up to two figures in each of the three rotating cars and then crank the handle to begin the action and launch the riders into “outer space.” Figures can grasp the handlebars on each car to ensure secure seating. Plus, don’t miss out on the ride’s disco ball! Located in the center of the ride, the disco ball flashes in alternating colors (batteries not included), adding to the intergalactic theme.

Set includes three figures and spaceship ride with flashing lights. To operate this ride automatically, upgrade this set with the Electric Ride Motor (#5556). Recommended for ages four to ten. Warning. Choking Hazard. Contains a small ball and small parts. Not for children under 3 years.


Summer Memories with Playmobil 2015 Play Sets

For kids that are eager to explore the open waters, spend time with friends outdoors or live like a celebrity, other summer-themed highlights include the Coast Guard Station with Lighthouse ($79.99), Speed Glider ($26.99), and Luxury Yacht ($29.99).


With a roster that includes a wide variety of playsets spanning the exciting worlds of thrilling theme parks, luxurious mansions, epic castles, daring coastal rescues, and more, PLAYMOBIL inspires kids to travel wherever their imaginations may lead them.

To learn more about PLAYMOBIL, visit - www.playmobilusa.com


PLAYMOBIL Sweet Shop Playset

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