June 21, 2016

TMNT Secrets of the Sewer exhibit at Liberty Science Center #tmntlsc #libertysciencecenter


This weekend, Momtrends invited us to join the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Liberty Science Center to train to be ninjas and eat pizza (of course!).


Note: I was invited as media to this event. While this is a sponsored post, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own


Our visit was part of the celebrate the new exhibit, Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Secrets of the Sewer™ open now through September 5.

But before we could check out the TMNT Secrets of the Sewer exhibit, we needed to be ready. And so the training began!


We meet, touched and learned about different types of turtles.


We learned how to throw a grapple (plastic so safe).


We learned how to open secret boxes by reading special marking and techniques.


Then my son received his Certified Pizza Ninja certificate.


Which lead to us eating pizza...naturally.



After all the training (and eating) we were ready to check out the TMNT Secrets of the Sewer exhibit.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brothers Leonardo (the tactical, courageous leader in blue), Michelangelo (the free-spirited jokester in orange), Raphael (the aggressive tough guy in red), and Donatello (the scientist and technological genius in purple) invite guests to their New York City sewer lair to train together and learn about the Turtles’ comedic, skillful strategies.





Visitors will be transported to the underground home of the crime-fighting heroes to see what really happens in their secret hideaway. Through team-building challenges, collaborative games and mind-teasing puzzles, families will learn skills to help them successfully work together.








Including:
  • Build a “bridge” together and think creatively as a team to overcome challenges.
  • Assemble two electrical circuit puzzles by taking one apart to build another.
  • Plan ahead and use patience to navigate the rope maze.
  • Practice Ninja speed and slicing skills while playing a dexterity-based computer game.
  • Shred up and practice your balance on skateboards.
  • Create a sewer pipe together and see where it goes.


My son had a blast in the exhibit, but the pizza theme fun didn't end there. We headed over to the “The Science of Pizza” presentation by celebrity chef Donatella Arpaia and the Star-Ledger’s Munchmobile maestro Pete Genovese.






There my son (and other kids) learned a bit about the history of pizza, what makes it tastes so good and join in to make their own or take turns flipping the dough (not real).

Needless to say my son (and other kids) had a blast.

It was a great way to celebrate the opening of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Secrets of the Sewer™ exhibit.

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer will be at Liberty Science Center from May 28 through September 5, and is included with general admission tickets ($21.75 for adults, $18.75 for seniors 62+, and $17.75 for children ages 2-12). Members and children under 2 are free.

To learn more about Liberty Science Center exhibits, visit - www.lsc.org



Giveaway: Kohl’s Cares summer collection books and plush


The summer collection of Kohl’s Cares books and plush are now available through June 25 at Kohl’s Stores nationwide and online at Kohls.com.


To date, Kohl's has raised nearly $300 million through the Kohl’s Cares merchandise program. The pieces are priced at just $5 each, with 100 percent of the net profit supporting children’s health initiatives nationwide.

The Kohl’s Cares collection, which makes a great birthday or baby shower gift, includes
  • Penguin on Vacation book, Penguin's Big Adventure book and penguin soft toy
  • Board Book Set and clownfish soft toy
  • Found book and bear soft toy
  • Stormy Night book and dinosaur soft toy

To reinforce the company’s commitment to children’s health, Kohl’s has donated financial support to hospitals across the country. The donations fund hospital outreach programs focused on children’s health initiatives and address the specific issues needed most in each hospital’s community.

These tailored programs provide vital resources to families at no cost and include topics such as injury prevention, asthma awareness, dental care, and fitness.

A complete list of hospital partners is available online.

As a thank you for helping spread awareness, Kohl’s has provided a prize for this giveaway.


ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!
Kohl’s Cares prize
  • (1) penguin plush
  • (1) penguin vacation book
  • (1) bear plush
  • (1) found book

WAYS TO ENTER:

Entries must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. June 30, 2016.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Winner will be selected by random.org. Giveaway entry must be completed before extra entries will count. Winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the U.S. with a valid street address.

June 16, 2016

Giveaway: Ice Skating & Snacking with GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ (3 winners)


We joined the GoGo squeeZ team for ice skating in June, to learn more about their YogurtZ, a yogurt so cool, it doesn’t have to be cold.


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




My son had a blast on the indoor skating rink. This was his first time ice skating so he was a bit nervous. At first he needed a little help and support.


But after a while he became more confident and was soon standing and skating around on his own.


After all that ice skating fun, my son "cooled" down with a craft to make his own "cow" using yummy fruit and GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ. It was a fun and tasty craft. Who says there's only one way to eat yogurt?!


The GoGo squeeZ® YogurtZ is a healthy and squeezable yogurt snack with nothing artificial and no fridge needed. Made with real low fat yogurt and fruit and available in three taste bud delighting flavors – Strawberry, Banana and Berry.

Each 3 oz. pouch delivers 4 grams of protein and 15 percent of the recommended daily value for Calcium and Vitamin D.

GoGo squeeZ® YogurtZ can be stored at room temperature until opened, for whenever and wherever you GoGo. That’s why it’s, “So cool, it doesn’t have to be cold.”

GoGo squeeZ® YogurtZ is available in 4-count packages at grocers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.29. All products are gluten free, nut free and Kosher certified.

To learn more about GoGo squeeZ, visit - www.gogosqueez.com


Ready to introduce your family to GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ? Enter this giveaway to win some.


ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!
  • (1) of (3) GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ Prize (All 3 flavors)
WAYS TO ENTER:

Entries must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. June 24, 2016.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Winner will be selected by random.org. Giveaway entry must be completed before extra entries will count. Winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the U.S. with a valid street address.


LEGO Store Flatiron Offers Kids Birthday Party Experience


Planning a birthday party just became way more fun with the new in-store LEGO® brick-themed birthday party experience, exclusively available at the LEGO® Store: Flatiron District.


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

To learn more about the LEGO Store Flatiron Birthday Party Program, we joined LEGO for a mini birthday party preview. I even got to wear a birthday party hat! I mean I'm working right? Have to dress for the job.






During our LEGO Store Flatiron Birthday Party preview, we enjoyed SO many fun activities, ALL included in the package.








Designed with a child’s desire for creative play in mind, the 90-minute parties incorporate personalized building activities, guided mini-model builds and fun competitive building challenges for a one-of-a-kind celebration.

Each party features a variety of fun building prompts and unique favors including:

  • Exclusive Mini-Model Build: build and take home a mini birthday cake LEGO model, only available from the LEGO Store: Flatiron District
  • Group Play: team up to tackle building challenges, such as creating the tallest LEGO brick tower or strongest LEGO bridge
  • Free Build Time: unleash your imagination to build anything you want during free build time
  • Pick-a-Brick Wall: take a trip to the iconic store wall to fill your box with any LEGO bricks and elements you desire, all of which go home with you at the end of the party
  • Story Starter Building: use any bricks you pick to create models based on themed story starters, as chosen by party hosts
  • Party Favors for Everyone: take home a bag full of the day’s builds, sticker sheets and more. The birthday child’s bag also includes custom t-shirt, frame and photo of the day.
  • Brick-Themed Party Kit: prepare for the event with LEGO-themed invitations and thank you cards
  • Birthday Treats: party hosts are welcome to bring their treat of choice to serve during the party


Families can reserve a Saturday or Sunday time between June 11 and October 30 to celebrate their child’s birthday. Parities can accommodate up to 10 children with a cost of of $40 per child.

Guided by two LEGO Brick Specialists, children ages 5-14, will take part in hands-on LEGO building activities and group challenges, and take home a LEGO-themed party favor.

For more information, visit

LEGO Store: Flatiron District
200 Fifth Avenue (@ 23rd Street),
New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212-255-3217.

Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am-8pm and Sunday, 11am-6pm.




June 15, 2016

Interview with New Kids on the Block for Rock This Boat: Season 2 #NKOTB #RockThisBoat


Growing up one of my favorite boys bands were New Kids on the Block. They could dance and sing plus they had style. Did you see their hair?!

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Note: Sponsored through the Role Mommy Writer's Network. I was invited as media to the screening and interview. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

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Fast forward a few years later and I'm now part of a group getting ready to interview them about the second season of their show Rock This Boat.

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When New Kids on the Block (Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood) came on stage, I was amazed. Yes they had grown into adult men but there was still that charm about them.

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A charm I noticed during watching the preview episode of Rock This Boat: Season 2. But the charm of the guys is not just TV based. It flows from them in real life also.

I admit I was a bit surprised that the guys were both charming and SO real. Like down to earth, sit around sharing jokes, being honest about how hard it is filming at their age and discussing blogging... kinda real.

You can watch a reply of the New Kids On The Block Live Q&A below


WCBS-FM’s ‘Broadway’ Bill Lee and Entertainment Tonight’s Jen Peros with the New Kids On The Block during a live Q&A session at the Adorama Live Theatre

It's this same realness that fans can see and love, even after all these years. It's this realness that makes Rock This Boat, a great show to watch and enjoy as a fan (new or long time). Make sure to tune in!

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This summer, Pop jumps on-board one of the hottest selling, fan-driven cruises of the year, with the second season television series ROCK THIS BOAT: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK (NKOTB) on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT.

Season two of the music reality series brings fans intimate, unprecedented access to NKOTB in 10 new television episodes.

NKOTB bandmates, Donnie, Danny, Joey, Jordan and Jonathan, make the cruise one of those can’t miss annual experiences with up-close and personal interactions with fans, theme parties and special live music performances.

This season will give fans a whole new perspective on the NKOTB cruise as they experience it through the band members’ eyes with pre-cruise video shot in their homes, exclusive access to rehearsals for deck parties and concerts, and revealing looks inside their cabins.

Also, new for season two are five consulting producers behind the camera who are die-hard NKOTB fans, representing the voice and perspective of the band’s most loyal followers.

To learn more about Rock This Boat, visit - www.poptv.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/RockThisBoat
On Twitter - www.twiter.com/rockthisboat


June 8, 2016

Quickly Find Babysitter with Chime by Sittercity plus Free Childcare Promo Code


The juggle of parenting and getting things done. It's not easy. I'm usually dashing around from one place to the next. Many times my son tags along.


Note: Sponsored through the Beyond PR Group. I received promo code for Chime by Sittercity for review purpose. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

But sometimes I can't (or don't want to) bring my son with me. As a blogger, many times I need to cover a media event, interview or a press junket. For those times I need to use childcare. But finding the right type of childcare for my lifestyle isn't easy.

I usually need childcare for just a few hours, on the weekends or early in the morning. Not exactly easy requirements.

While not every childcare service can fit my requirements, Chime by Sittercity, a new on-demand service and app for finding, scheduling and paying for childcare, said they were up to the task.

And they were!

After downloading the app, I used Chime to find a "babysitter" for when I needed to cover an upcoming press event. Did I mention it was on the weekend and early in the morning?! I wasn't sure I would find someone quickly, but I did!


After connecting with a sitter and telling her what my childcare needs were, we made plans to meet. I was impressed that my sitter made connecting to discuss easy. Within minutes of selecting her from the site and exchanging contact info, she texted me first and shared she looked forward to working together.

The morning of our meeting, my sitter showed up early and ready to work! She was open to my suggestion for the activities to do with my son. Anyone that knows us, knows we're not the sitting at home type. I need a sitter who will be outside and active with my son. I suggested they go to the museum and the sitter said no problem. And off they went!

While on a break during my media event, I texted the sitter to see how things were going. She texted back. With a photo! I have to tell you I REALLY appreciated that extra. It helped me feel secure as a mom that my son was in good hands while I was at work.

After my event was over, I texted the sitter to meet for the exchange. LOL. When we met she gave me a quick run down of what they did and how my son was. Nice and easy!

Wondering how I found such a great sitter?



I used the Chime app, which was surprising easy. I posted a booking request for the day and time I needed. Then waited for sitters to reply they were available. From there I could check out each sitters profile, qualifications, rating from other parents and video interviews.





If I had any questions or concerns, I could chat live with a Chime by Sittercity team member. I actually did and found them quick to reply and answer my questions. I think that's a pretty cool feature of the Chime app.



After the end of my childcare session, paying for the service was also quick and easy. I confirmed date, time of service and done! All through the app.



Chime by Sittercity is really a great service to find, book and pay a sitter in your area. Sitters on Chime are handpicked by Sittercity. Each goes through a thorough vetting process, which includes an application, in-person interview, enhanced background check, identity verification and a social media screening.

There are no subscription fees and the service is completely commitment-free. Flat, friendly pricing is set by the hour and varies by city.

Chime is now available in the IOS App Store for New York City, Chicago, Boston and Washington D.C., with other major metro areas to launch in coming months.

If your like to try out Chime by Sittercity, use my Use promo code MOMMYFACTOR and receive your first day or night of babysitting free (up to $50, covers about 3 hours).

Go to www.hellochime.com to book your sitter. Expires August 31, 2016.



Interview Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Actors, Director, Producer & Screenwriters #TMNT2


During the press junket for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, I joined the interviews with TMNT 2 cast.


Note: Hosted by Paramount Pictures, I was invited as media to the movie screening and press junket interviews. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

After the cast, I joined the interview the Director, Producer, Screenwriters and the actual guys in the costumes as Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo.

Sorry Raphael wasn't there. *tear*

Joining the interviews during the second part of the TMNT 2 Junket were

  • Andrew Form - Producer
  • Brad Fuller Producer
  • Dave Green - Director
  • Andre Nemec - Screenwriter
  • Josh Appelbaum - Screenwriter
  • Noel Fisher - Michelangelo
  • Pete Ploszek - Leonardo
  • Jeremy Howard - Donatello

On introducing Bebop, Rocksteady, Casey Jones and Baxter Stockman, the Screenwriters shared


There were there during development on the first one (TMNT film), we always talked about Casey Jones and Bebop and Rocksteady. There was no room in the movie for them. But Baxter was in the original. He has a cameo in the first movie for about 18 frames.


On the evolution of the TMNT in the sequel, the TMNT actors shared


Pete Ploszek - Leonardo: I think with Leo, what was really fun to explore was seeing where his breaking point is. You know, Leo’s always been the leader, the do-gooder, the one who’s by the book. And I think because of that, a bit of a almost silent sufferer where he won’t show weakness. He won’t show emotion like these other guys can.

But everyone sort of has a breaking point, and it was sort of exploring how, what does it take to push Leo to that edge where he’s gonna speak his mind, and he’s gonna tell these guys how he feels? And, yeah, really sort of that balancing act was fun to come up against.


Jeremy Howard - Donatello: I think these guys, as they grow older, especially in this film, you see it’s that the individuality really starts to come out. And as the team, it’s a question of can we keep this team together, these guys with all the unique traits that they have, and work as a team?

And, I think that’s the challenge that your character has, kind of deciding what can I do to bring these guys together to kind of save the planet?


Noel Fisher - Michelangelo I think for this movie in particular, I was really excited because the turtles have a really specific arch that you get to see, and it explores that family dynamic that makes the turtles kind of that timeless. You know what I mean?

And for Mikey specifically, I really liked the idea that he’s sort of the youngest out of everyone. He’s very much the youngest feeling. And so the idea that he might get to be accepted in the rest of society, and not have to necessarily be a turtle anymore is like a really strong pull for him. So I that was what I really wanted to see, what that was like, get back in that teenage, I wanna be like everybody else kind of mode.



On the appeal of the turtles and why everyone love them, the Producer and Director shared


I think it’s easy to connect to those characters because everyone at one point or another has been, a teenager or has been close to being a teenager. And, those characters are just very easy to connect with, and they have teenager logic. You know, they’re not always sharp. They’re not always logical, and they improvise, and they are a family, and they are brothers. And these guys were amazing at bringing that to life.

I'd say everyone did an amazing job bring the TMNT characters and world to life. Make sure to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows now in theaters!


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MOVIE SYNOPSIS:

Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell).

After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world.

As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang

To learn more about the movie, visit - www.teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com

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