August 28, 2015

Giveaway: Touring Stew Leonard’s for Healthy Meal Ideas & Stewie the Duck Book #Back2Stews


This week we headed to Connecticut for a tour of the famous Stew Leonard Supermarkets known for fresh products and great customer service, to learn more about easy meal options that families can use during the busy back to school season and beyond.

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Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift bag. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

To start the tour, our group met with Stew Leonard Jr. and his family. It was awesome to see and speak with real life family who are behind the Stew Leonard Supermarkets brand.

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I also learned how Stew Leonard Jr and his family connects with the community. After the loss of their 21-month old son in a drowning accident in 1989, the Leonard's formed a foundation in their son's name, which has raised more than one million dollars to fund swim scholarships and purchase water safety equipment.

In 2002, the Leonard's wrote a story book aimed at reaching children directly with important water safety messages. Stewie the Duck learns is used in water safety courses throughout the country. More than 40,000 books have been sold, with all proceeds from going to water safety programs and providing swimming lesson scholarships.

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Our tour started at the warehouse to learn how the products come into the store. We also heard from store employees who's worked for Stew Leonard Supermarkets for years. That was nice to meet some of the people who work in the store on a daily basis.

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Then our tour took us in store to see some of the products and services offered to customers. One of things Stew Leonard Supermarkets are known for is having fresh food products. They either get many items in store daily or make it themselves.

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Stew Leonard Supermarkets also offers way to families can shop and check out quickly. I love the idea of quick deli ordering to avoid waiting on crazy long line!

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For families concerned about hormones and other addin, there's the Stew Leonard’s Naked® brand line, which includes Naked Beef, Naked Chicken, Naked Salmon, Naked Pork and Naked Hot Dogs & Chicken Sausage containing no antibiotics, added hormones or preservatives, and are also raised and harvested humanely. Naked Beef and Chicken are Pesticide Residue Free

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Another thing Stew Leonard Supermarkets is know for is their animatronics throughout the stores. Young (and older kids) will be entertained by the various characters and songs played at scheduled times all round the store.

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After such an informative tour, Stew Leonard Jr treated the group to lunch. Kids enjoyed some crafting activities as parents sampled sandwiches, salads and more made with Stew Leonard products.

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Before heading back to NYC, we spent some time outside the petting zoo. We didn't get to meet the animals but we enjoyed saying hello and learning a bit about them. Maybe next time we visit we can do more.

We had a great day learning about Stew Leonard Supermarkets!

To learn more about Stew Leonard’s, visit - www.stewleonards.com



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Nintendo & NickToons Little Battlers eXperience Launch Event


This past weekend we visited the Nintendo World store in Rockefeller Plaza for an exclusive screening of Nicktoons’ LBX: Little Battlers eXperience new episodes.

Nintendo and NickToons Little Battlers eXperience Launch Event

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

In the new season of LBX: Little Battlers eXperience, Van Yamano is on his way to the exclusive release of a ground-breaking new prototype when the onslaught of unknown enemies and machines that seem to think for themselves make the threat of impending chaos greater than ever. Thankfully, the next generation of LBX players is on the horizon. With his friends and a new LBX by his side, Van is ready to battle on!

The new season of LBX: Little Battlers eXperience premieres Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.

The show is new to us so I was interested in checking the episodes out . The anime is good for the younger set. The characters and story-line are pretty straight forward. Plus there's robots. Robots are always cool.

We also previewed the Nintendo 3DS LBX: Little Battlers eXperience video game. I'm going to share a full review of the game in an upcoming post, but for now here's some info

Nintendo and NickToons Little Battlers eXperience Launch Event

Play as Van Yamano, a young boy who comes upon a unique LBX – a complex, customizable, palm-sized robot. Use it – and team up with familiar characters from the hit TV series – to take down the evil corporation known as the New Dawn Raisers.

Features:
  • Collect and build your own palm-sized robot from more than 4,000 parts to create a one-of-a-kind LBX
  • Choose from more than 130 different complete sets of matching parts, or mix and match.
  • Customize both external parts and interior parts individually to enhance your LBX’s capabilities.
  • Battle as your LBX against friends and foes in third-person view with local wireless multiplayer mode.
  • Battle other LBX models in 20 different arenas with unique environmental characteristics.
  • In local wireless multiplayer play, up to six players can battle using a variety of different rules

To learn more about Nicktoons’ LBX: Little Battlers eXperience, visit - www.nicktoons.nick.com/lbx



Kids Eat NYC Kid Friendly Restaurant Menus #KidsEatNYC


Like many parents I encourage my child to taste different types of foods. It's good to expose your child to new and different flavors. But while this might be easy to do at home, it's not so easy when your outside and in a restaurant.

Kids Eat NYC Kid Friendly Restaurant Menus

For one, some restaurants only offer the standard traditional kids menu items like chicken fingers, pizza, grilled cheese, etc. For another some restaurants aren't really kid friendly.

Thankfully this weekend Kids Eat NYC has a solution for both those issues! They're sharing a list of NYC Restaurants that are both kid friendly and offering healthy diverse meals just for kids to enjoy!

Kids Eat NYC is 4 days, August 27-30, and have partnered with forward thinking NYC restaurants who have each created their own take on the kids menu. It's restaurant week style, so each restaurant will be serving up its prix fixe kids menu at its location.

Kids can expect a totally different food presentation when they arrive including complex and savory flavors like Miranda’s Mangu and Black Beans, Black Tree’s Gooseberry ‘Artichoke’ Dip and Vai’s ‘Pancetta Salmon Saltimbocca’.

The current list of restaurants and their menus is online at www.KidsEatNYC.com/restaurants


August 27, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Exclusive Instagram Video #StarWars #TheForceAwakens


Young (and older) Jedi's, it's getting close to time! As we move towards the December 18th release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, lots of cool things are happening in the Star Wars universe.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Exclusive Instagram Video

This morning, Star Wars released an exclusive look at their upcoming film, The Force Awakens, using Instagram’s new landscape orientation. As part of this collaboration, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the very first video content to be showcased in this new format for the Instagram community.

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While this is cool because.....Star Wars.....it's also cool for non Jedi's who use Instagram.

Today, Instagram announced that - in addition to square posts - you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on their platform. With this update, Instagram users can upload widescreen video which will be more cinematic than ever.

Can you feel the power of the force...


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

About “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow.

Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers.

The screenplay is by J.J. Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan.

Visit the official STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS website: http://www.starwars.com/the-force-awakens/

Like STAR WARS on Facebook: www.facebook.com/StarWars
Follow STAR WARS on Twitter: www.twitter.com/starwars
Follow STAR WARS on Instagram: www.instagram.com/starwars
Follow STAR WARS on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/starwar



LeapTV Blaze and the Monster Machines "Monster Dome" Game


LeapFrog announced a brand new content lineup to add to the LeapTV (LeapFrog’s educational gaming system) content library featuring Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines

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Team up with Blaze and AJ to save the Monster Dome.

Blaze and the Monster Machines put science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in motion for children ages three to five years. Children use number recognition, physical science, problem solving and simple machines knowledge to help Blaze and his friends build a super-duper stunt track and leave the competition in the dust. The controller becomes a virtual steering wheel to put technology and engineering in motion to outmaneuver obstacles. Children get up and moving to become part of the experience with monster truck-size adventures and a chance to race against a friend.



Nickelodeon's Blaze and the Monster Machines (MSRP $29.99 per game) will be available online and at major retail locations.

With a new price point of $99 per LeapTV system, children can hang out with their favorite characters on the TV for an even more affordable price!

To learn more, visit - www.leapfrog.com



Disney Store Prepares for ‘Force Friday’ #StarWars #TheForceAwakens #ForceFriday


Disney Store are preparing to feel the Force on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 with product from the highly anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Disney Store Prepares for Force Friday in Celebration of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Disney Store locations in New York City in Times Square, Chicago on Michigan Avenue, and San Francisco on Stockton Street will participate in midnight madness.

On Sept 4, 2015, doors will open at 12:01 a.m. local time, giving fans the first opportunity to see and purchase toys, collectibles, books, apparel and more from the upcoming film. In addition, the first 1,000 guests will receive a free Star Wars: The Force Awakens D23 commemorative fan poster.

Additionally, on Thursday, Sept. 3, the Disney Store on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago will play host to one of the 14 live toy unboxing events happening around the world. Starting at 8:30 a.m. CDT, HobbyKidsTV, a YouTube channel part of the Maker Studios network, will be broadcasting live from inside the Store, unveiling new products from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, available exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.

In ALL Disney Store locations throughout North America, doors will open for business on Force Friday with Star Wars-themed opening ceremonies, offering a galactic twist on the traditional “Unlocking Imagination” ritual.

Other activities taking place at Disney Store locations (excluding Disney Store Outlets) on Force Friday include:

  • A free commemorative Star Wars: The Force Awakens pin for the first 100 guests who make a purchase on Force Friday
  • Numerous Star Wars events taking place, including: R2-D2 craft activity, Ways of the Force, Star Wars Story Time, Art of Drawing: R2-D2, Free Topps vintage trading card giveaway upon completion of an in-store event and while supplies last
  • Epic Star Wars theming that pays homage to both the Dark Side and the Light

Online at DisneyStore.com, fans can enjoy special Limited Edition product, as well as free shipping on all Star Wars items from Sept. 4 – Sept. 6.

To learn about more Disney Store’s activities surrounding Force Friday, visit www.DisneyStore.com/ForceFriday


On Facebook - www.facebook.com/DisneyStore
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/DisneyStore


August 26, 2015

Black Breastfeeding Week 2015 & #LiftEveryBaby Twitter Chat


This week is the 3rd Annual Black Breastfeeding Week (part of National Breastfeeding month) and I'm joining in to support and celebrate! There's lots of events and activities happening this week in different areas including a #LiftEveryBaby Twitter Chat

Black Breastfeeding Week 2015 LiftEveryBaby

When: Thursday, August 27th 9pm ET

Where: Twitter, simply follow the #LiftEveryBaby hashtag

Who: To join in via #twitter with me (@MommyFactor) along with hosts and guest @BlkBFingweek , @EBONYMag , @MochaManual , @BMBFA , @MyBrownBaby , @matermea , @Hakimbe , @YayayarnDiva , @BeyondBabyMamas , and @AfroStateofMind

The purpose of the chat is to encourage a public conversation about child-rearing and family development, where breastfeeding is but one significant aspect.

During the tweetchat there will also be a @ErgoBaby giveaway prize so make sure to join in and tweet along.


August 25, 2015

Jurassic World Blu-Ray DVD Combo Release in Limited Edition Steel Packaging #TeamJurassic #JurassicWorld


Dino fans get excited because Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing JURASSIC WORLD on Digital HD on October 1, 2015 and on 3-D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on October 20, 2015!

Jurassic World Blu-Ray DVD Combo Release in Limited Edition Steel Packaging

As a fan of the Jurassic movies, I am beyond excited to join #TeamJurassic and share movie and product news. There's some great info coming so keep an eye on my blog!

For now, more info about the JURASSIC WORLD Digital HD and Blu-ray release!

MOVIE SYNOPSIS

The Jurassic World theme park lets guests experience the thrill of witnessing actual dinosaurs, but something ferocious lurks behind the park’s attractions – a genetically modified dinosaur with savage capabilities.

When the massive creature escapes, chaos erupts across the island. Now it’s up to Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to save the park’s tourists from an all-out prehistoric assault.

The film has taken in more than $1.6 billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history. Now fans can experience the thrill and awe when JURASSIC WORLD arrives in stunning hi-definition with the Blu-Ray Combo Pack in limited edition collectible steel packaging.

Jurassic World Blu-Ray DVD Combo Release in Limited Edition Steel Packaging

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY:
  • WELCOME TO JURASSIC WORLD: An in-depth take on the creation, look and feel of Jurassic World. Director Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg discuss how the idea of the film came together and how the casting was decided with actors’ commentary on their roles and filming locations.
  • JURASSIC WORLD: ALL-ACCESS PASS: Chris Pratt and Director Colin Trevorrow discuss key moments in the film, supported by behind-the-scenes footage and VFX breakdowns.
  • INNOVATION CENTER TOUR WITH CHRIS PRATT: Chris Pratt gives a tour of the Innovation Center, a museum/exhibit, built just for the movie.
  • JURASSIC’S CLOSEST SHAVES: Clips from all films in the franchise showing “near death” or extremely scary encounters with dinosaurs.
BLU-RAY and DVD BONUS FEATURES
  • DELETED SCENES
  • DINOSAURS ROAM ONCE AGAIN: Behind the scenes look at the making of Jurassic World’s visual effects, how the dinosaurs came to life, and actors filmed scenes.
  • CHRIS & COLIN TAKE ON THE WORLD: Chris Pratt and Colin Trevorrow (Director) interview each other and discuss Jurassic World as well as the other Jurassic Park movies.



The #1 movie of the year proves that once again, dinosaurs rule the earth after shattering records globally, crushing the opening-weekend box-office and scoring the highest domestic, international and worldwide openings of all time!

To learn more about Jurassic World, visit: www.jurassicworldmovie.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/JurassicPark
On Twitter: www.twitter.com/JurassicPark
On Instagram www.instagram.com/JurassicWorld



August 21, 2015

Getting Ready for WWE SummerSlam 2015 Weekend #WWEMoms #SummerSlam


I thought meeting Seth Rollins and Paige at Toys“R”Us would be the highlight of my son's week until we attend SummerSlam this weekend. Then we came home to a package from WWE...

WWE SummerSlam 2015 toys and 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.

While I knew they were mailing our tickets to SummerSlam, I had no idea they were sending a package of items to get my son ready for this weekend!

Our package included SummerSlam t-shirt, WWE Magazine, WWE Action Figure and.....wait for it....a WWE World Heavy Weight Championship belt!

I don't have to tell you my son's excitement went up a level.

While we're saving the t-shirt to wear this weekend, the championship belt HAD to be worn for the rest of the day. He walk around strutting his stuff and telling everyone he was the WWE Champion. *sigh*

Thanks to the WWE, we're so ready for SummerSlam this weekend!


Playmobil School Playsets Helps Kids Get Ready for Preschool


As families get ready for the end of summer, some kids might need a little encouragement about going back to school. Whether it's your child's first going to school experience or they've done it a few times, these PLAYMOBIL play sets will help remind preschoolers how much fun going back to school can be.

Playmobil Helps Gets Kids Ready for Preschool

School Bus (5940)

Transport the children to and from school with the School Bus. Set includes four figures. The School Bus comes with front and rear lights and ample seating for figures. Suggested Retail Price: $24.99


Playmobil Helps Gets Kids Ready for Preschool

Children with Crossing Guard (5571)

Keep the neighborhood safe for the Children with the Crossing Guard. The crossing guard uses hand and road signs to alert drivers to children playing, biking, or walking in the area. Kids will love cruising around on the different colorful bikes, all with functioning wheels. Set includes one adult figure, two child figures, two bicycles, tricycle, scooter, helmets, road signs, orange traffic cones, and other accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten. Suggested Retail Price: $17.99

Playmobil Helps Gets Kids Ready for Preschool

Take Along School (5941)

With this adorable set, children can role-play their time at school. Set includes five figures, chalkboard, map, desks and chairs, and many other accessories that can all be stored inside the Take Along School. Set comes with a convenient handle so it can be taken with you anywhere. Suggested Retail Price: $39.99


Playmobil Helps Gets Kids Ready for Preschool

Playgroup (5570)

Giggle the afternoon away with a visit to the Playgroup. Whether enjoying a good gallop on the rocking zebra, reaching for the hanging toys from the play mat, or using the wall game, this set has tons of fun activities for growing preschoolers. Don’t let a mess slow you down, clean kids up with the changing table, which can also be converted into a baby bathtub. Then, use the high chair to feed hungry youngsters before continuing play. Set also includes one adult figure, three baby/toddler figures, teddy bear, toy box, baby toys, balloon, training toilet, and tons of other accessories. This set is compatible with the Sunshine Preschool (#5567). Recommended for ages four to ten. Suggested Retail Price: $26.99

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



Transformers: Robots In Disguise Toys & August News


Earlier this year we attended a special screening event for Hasbro Studios animated series Transformers: Robots In Disguise and had a blast.

Transformers: Robots In Disguise Toys

Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift bag. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Transformers: Robots In Disguise Toys

During the event we enjoyed a special sneak peek of the show which premiered on Cartoon Network. Transformers: Robots In Disguise is a modern updated version for the next generation of Transformers fan. I really enjoyed seeing new characters (including a female autobot!) and how the storyline progressed to the next level. We all knew it was time for Bumblebee to step up!

Transformers: Robots In Disguise Toys
Transformers: Robots In Disguise Toys
Transformers: Robots In Disguise Toys

We also joined in a few Transformers activities including playing with the latest line of toys from the series and the new app game.

It was such a fun day and since then the Transformers: Robots In Disguise series have been enjoyed by many families. So I'm excited to share about latest Transformers: Robots In Disguise products and news happening this August!

Check out some of the great events in store for AUTOBOT AUGUST and the rest of the fall:


Transformers: Robots In Disguise Toys

August 22 – Season one of TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE returns for its epic conclusion, when rampaging DECEPTICONS are joined by evil bot Megatronus – more powerful and more sinister than any DECEPTICON loose on Earth. Only with the help of the greatest AUTOBOT of all time, OPTIMUS PRIME, can BUMBLEBEE and his team hope to power up and defeat them!

After catching episodes on Cartoon Network every Saturday morning, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE fans can watch again via iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Cartoon Network’s Watch App and On Demand service.

Transformers: Robots In Disguise Toys

August – New for 2015, Toys “R” Us launches CLASH OF THE TRANSFORMERS, featuring exclusive characters and looks from the final episodes of season one of TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and featuring exclusive 3-step and 5-step figures and Legion Class packs.

With CLASH OF THE TRANSFORMERS, Toys “R” Us is your exclusive destination to get toys featuring the mighty DECEPTICON legend, MEGATRONUS! The official Toys “R” Us Facebook page will also debut two exclusive digital shorts featuring your favorite TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE characters!

Transformers: Robots In Disguise Toys

August – MINI-CONS are here! Based on the MINI-CONS seen in the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE animated series, MINI-CON figures convert from robot to weapon mode in one simple step. Choose from buzzsaw-shaped AUTOBOT MINI-CONS or torpedo-shaped DECEPTICON MINI-CONS, then customize each figure with the included battle accessories. Look for a special feature spotlight on MINI-CONS on Amazon.com.


Transformers: Robots In Disguise Toys

August – Check out Target’s Cartwheel app for special offers on new Transformers toys, including the massive TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE SUPER BUMBLEBEE! At over 19 inches tall, SUPER BUMBLEBEE features electronic lights and sounds and converts from robot to vehicle in three steps!

Transformers: Robots In Disguise Toys

August – The TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE: A NEW AUTOBOT MISSION DVD is available for pre-order exclusively on Amazon.com before its October 20 release from Shout! Factory. The DVD features five episodes of TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show with interviews from the star-studded cast and crew.

Late August – Your iOS device becomes your TRANSFORMERS entertainment destination, with the launch of the brand new TRANSFORMERS STOREFRONT App, powered by Ruckus. Featuring all of your favorite TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and RESCUE BOTS characters, this free app is a one-stop mobile destination for interactive iReader storybooks, comics, full-length TV episodes, and videos!

The app also features in-story activities such as word hunts, mazes, and other puzzles, plus a make-your-own-story finale. The TRANSFORMERS STOREFRONT App will be available for free in the App Store, and features in-app purchases.

September – Catch the two-part finale of TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, airing on Cartoon Network on September 5 (Part 1) and September 12 (Part 2)!

To learn more about Transformers: Robots In Disguise, visit - http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/transformers




August 20, 2015

Meeting Seth Rollins & Paige at Toys“R”Us WWE SummerSlam Event #WWEMoms


Today we made a special visit to Toys“R”Us Times Square to meet with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins and WWE Diva Paige, who was there for an exclusive autograph signing with fans in celebration of the upcoming WWE SummerSlam!

Meeting Seth Rollins and Paige at ToysRUs WWE SummerSlam Event

Note: I was invited as media to this event. 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.

Usually at media events, I'm in charge of asking the questions while my son hangs out in the background. But not today. Today was all about my son enjoying this experience and getting his chance to step up to the mike. Figuratively speaking.

Meeting Seth Rollins and Paige at ToysRUs WWE SummerSlam Event

So when it came time to ask our question, my son had a chance to ask Seth Rollins a question first. Who knew my son would be nervous. Understandable since Seth is a bit intimidating when you watch him wrestle. So it took LOTS of encouragement, including from Seth himself, before my son finally got the question out.

The question? What is Seth favorite part about being WWE World Heavyweight Champion?!

Seth answered (in part) that it's about meeting the fans. About putting on a great performance and then getting the support and feedback from the fans.

Then he asked my son if he wanted to hold the belt *gasp* How did he know my son has dreams of having his own mini wwe championship belt?! What a special honor for my son. Who BTW, said the belt was heavy. HA!

Meeting Seth Rollins and Paige at ToysRUs WWE SummerSlam Event

Then it was my turn. Since SummerSlam is this weekend, I wanted to know how's he's preparing. Now let me say I was ready to hear some trash talking. Instead he said he's just trying to relax and get some rest so he's ready

Wait what?! Where's the trash talking about getting pumped up to put the finishing move on John Cena?! I think he toned it down because I'm mom, I swear he did! But I'm not fooled. I know he's going to pull out some special moves during his match with John Cena!


Meeting Seth Rollins and Paige at ToysRUs WWE SummerSlam Event

Speaking of special moves, we also met WWE Diva Paige, who was just as sweet and sassy as she is on TV. Of course I had to get a photo with her right?

Meeting Seth Rollins and Paige at ToysRUs WWE SummerSlam Event

I thought my son would have a question for her but he just wanted a photo also. LOL

Meeting Seth Rollins and Paige at ToysRUs WWE SummerSlam Event

Paige is an amazing wrestler so it was cool to meet with her in real life. I'm also excited to see what wrestling moves she pulls out during the Three Team Elimination Match at Summer Slam.

Meeting Seth Rollins and Paige at ToysRUs WWE SummerSlam Event

After the media interviews both Seth and Paige took time out to meet their fans. The fans were amazing and so excited to see Seth and Paiage. Some came with gifts to give while getting autographs and photos with Seth and Paige.

Meeting Seth Rollins and Paige at ToysRUs WWE SummerSlam Event

How did those fans get so lucky? They were part of the first 225 customers to purchase $30 or more of WWE merchandise at Toys“R”Us Times Square to receive a ticket to the event.

What a nice way to give fans a little extra as we count down to WWE SummerSlam 2015!

For the first time since 2007, WWE’s SummerSlam returns to the NYC-Metro area with a week-long lineup of events including interactive fan experiences and community outreach programs covering all five NYC boroughs. SummerSlam takes place this Sunday, August 23, live on WWE Network at 7 p.m. ET from a sold-out Barclays Center in Brooklyn.


August 19, 2015

Nickelodeon Holiday 2015 Toys Preview: Blaze and The Monster Machines, Dora & Friends, TMNT & PAW Patrol


During a media preview I received a first peek at Nickelodeon and NickJr holiday 2015 toys and products for Blaze and The Monster Machines, Paw Patrol, Dora and Friends, Spongebob Squarepants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Here's a a few items families can look forward to.

Nickelodeon Holiday 2015 Toys Preview or Blaze and The Monster Machines, Paw Patrol, Dora and Friends and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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

Blaze and The Monster Machines

Blaze and the Monster Machines is Nickelodeon’s new animated action-adventure series. It stars Blaze, a problem-solving truck that can transform into multiple machines, and his best friend and driver, AJ.

Nickelodeon Holiday 2015 Toys Preview or Blaze and The Monster Machines, Paw Patrol, Dora and Friends and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Blaze Turbo Launcher by Fisher-Price SRP $14.99

This action-packed set comes with two accessories that can transform Blaze from a road-ready racer to a helpful helicopter or a hang-gliding Monster Machine. Press the launcher’s button to hear revving sounds and then press the spoiler to send Blaze speeding into action. Tilt the adjustable ramp to change Blaze’s trajectory and see him catch some air. Includes a die-cast Blaze vehicle, launcher and snap-on hang gliding and helicopter accessories. AGE 3+


Nickelodeon Holiday 2015 Toys Preview or Blaze and The Monster Machines, Paw Patrol, Dora and Friends and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Die-cast Vehicle by Fisher-Price SRP $4.99 - These die-cast vehicles are perfect for recreating all of the adventures of Blaze and the Monster Machines™. Choose from a varirty of characters. AGE 3+

Transforming Blaze Jet by Fisher-Price SRP $24.99 - When you lift Blaze up, his jet wings automatically pop out and transform him from a road-ready monster machine to a high-flying hero who uses thrust to zoom into aerodynamic action. As you pretend to fly Blaze in jet mode, he will speak flight-related phrases. Once his tires are back on the ground, he’ll race back into Monster Machine mode with sounds and phrases to match. AGE 3+

Nickelodeon Holiday 2015 Toys Preview or Blaze and The Monster Machines, Paw Patrol, Dora and Friends and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Full Speed Ahead! coloring Book SRP $4.99 - Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will love this coloring book that comes with four chunky crayons and over 30 stickers.

To the Limit Deluxe Paint Box Book SRP $7.99 - This Deluxe Paint Box Book features 64 images to paint, a paintbrush, and 16 different watercolors - making it perfect for boys and girls ages 3 to 7.

Blaze Bedding - Get ready to race into sweet dreams with Blaze and the Monster Machines.

This 4 piece Blaze Toddler bedding set (SRP $44.99) featuring Blaze will delight little ones as they cozy up under the covers at bedtime. Set includes Comforter, Pillow Case, Fitted Sheet and Flat Sheet.

The Blaze Juvenile Bedding features Twin Comforter: $32.99, Twin Sheet Set: $21.99, Blanket: $24.99, Pillow Buddy: $19.99. Available at Target


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PAW Patrol

PAW Patrol is Nickelodeon’s animated action-adventure series starring a pack of six heroic puppies led by a tech-savy boy named Ryder.

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PAW Patrol Girl Infant/Toddler Sweatshirt and Sweatpants (SRP $16.99). Available at Kmart


The PAW Patrol Girl Juvenile Bedding features Twin Sheet $21.99, Twin comforter $32.99, Full sheet $29.99, Full comforter $39.99. Available at Target

Paw Patrol 12” Rolling Backpack (SRP $14.99) Available at Toys ‘R’ Us

PAW Patrol "8” Skye Ceramic Coin Bank (SRP $9.88) Available at Walmart

The PAW Patrol Flipeez Hat (SRP $19.99) features heroic rescue pup Skye. Pump the pom poms to make the ears flap. Available at Target


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PAW Patrol Infant/Toddler Boy Sleep Set (SRP $12.99). Available at Walmart

These 3-Dimensional PAW Patrol cuddle pillows (SRP $24.99 each) are perfect for cuddling during TV time, nap time, or as a decorative bed pillow in your Paw Patrol bedroom. Available at Walmart, Target, Toys ‘R’ Us and Kmart

PAW Patrol Imagicard Cards & Game by LeapFrog (SRP $24.99) - An all-new digital learning game that brings 30+ character and curricular cards to life onscreen. Join Ryder and the PAW Patrol as they lend a paw for Adventure Bay Appreciation Week, and unleash mathematics and problem-solving skills to earn Good Citizen badges. AGE 3-5

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Dora and Friends - Dora has moved to a big city, made lots of new friends, and going on all-new adventures!

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Dive & Splash Mermaid Assortment (Dora, Alana, Emma) by Fisher-Price (SRP $9.99)

Each of these mermaid friends will magically dive out of their seashells and into the water. For on-the-go adventures, the mermaid figures can be neatly stored inside their seashells. Each sold separately and subject to availability.

Dora and Friends Doggie Day Accessory Set by Fisher-Price (SRP $14.99)

The 13 piece Dora and Friends accessory set includes a Brush, Comb, 2 Barrettes, 2 Ribbons, 2 Hair Clips, Necklace, Earrings, Bracelet and a cute Bone-Shaped Tote to store all the pieces. It features all the Dora and Friends: Into the City! characters from the “Doggie Day!” episode.


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Half Shell Heroes Shellraiser Vehicle by Playmates (SRP $34.99)

Built to run either on the subway rails or on the busy streets of New York City, the Shellraiser delivers all the fire power needed for the Turtles to travel together to take down Shredder and the Foot Clan. The vehicle features over 20 phrases and sounds, firing sewer cover disc-launcher, barrel-biter bumper, firing Trash Cannon and Leo figure.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Oven by Wicked Cool Toys (SRP $49.99)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pizza Oven lets kids experience the hands-on fun of making their own Pizza. A real working oven, it comes complete with tools and mixes that allow Turtles fans to make mini pizzas that look and taste just like the real thing. There’s also a viewing window that lets kids see their creations. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Oven comes with mix packets to create Pizza, a spatula, pan and measuring tool.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Juniors 2PC Sleepwear (SRP $15.00) Available at Walmart

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sprayground Backpack (SRP $60.00) Available at Nordstrom

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Juniors Onesie with Hood (SRP $48.00) Available at JCP.com


As you can see there's lots of cool toys and products for families to enjoy this holiday!





 
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