Tuesday, December 31, 2013

To new goals, wishes and dreams...2013 is in the past

12 more months have gone by, the kids are 12 months older and TWENTY-FOURTEEN is bringing on another 12 months of growth, change, and memories to be made.  

Looking back on the past year my family has done a lot; whether it was together or individually we packed in as much as we could in the past 12 months.  Here is my review:

January: Trip to Botanical Garden to meet Thomas the Tank Engine, playing in snow, filming for the Rachel Ray show, sick visits to the ER 

February: #disasterbaby created, Jack started 2s program at school, playdates at Playscape,  

March: warm weather walks, Easter egg hunts, Home Depot workshops

April: Roadtrip to Disney World, I turned 28, park outings, farm visits, potty training

May: Jack turns 3, birthday party, Day Out with Thomas CT trip, Geocaching, Char sprains leg and in soft cast, Veteran's Park trips begin, allergic reactions

June: Zoo trips, outdoor playing, Father's Day, graduations, camp begins, family hikes, family vacation to Delaware/Maryland

July: Vacation continued, The View with my sister, movies, water damage to house, yard work, mall summer programs with friends, NYC dad's birthday, lake days, bye bye crib, 4H fair

August: Foxwoods, Justin Timberlake concert in PA, carnivals, parades, builder programs, movies, ice skating, zoo, foundation work on house, Dutchess County Fair, Charlotte turns 2, Long Island weekend trip with aunt & uncle, NYC trip with kids

September:  Strut Fashion Show, Maroon 5 Concert, Kid Rock concert, The Color Run in Brooklyn,  Back to School for Jack, soccer program, I started working Part time 

October: Friends wedding, Columbus Weekend in the Catskills, Tim turned 30, Charlotte started school, Halloween trick or treating, parties and parades 

November: Movies, shed demo, cousin dinner, Frozen movie with Jack in the city, playdates, Seeing Daughtry, 10 year HS reunion, Thanksgiving, mommy & me photos 

December: Elf on the Shelf arrived, zoo trip with our friends, Wolf Conservation Center Daddy/Son day, Holiday on the Lake parade- marching with school float, moms night out in the city, FH Christmas party, Christmas, parties, cousins wedding, cousins engagement party, dinners out with kids, Frozen movie for 3rd time, GNO with friends

These are some of the bigger or repeated things we did in 2013, can't wait for 2014!  Happy New Year everyone!




Frozen Obsession

Jack and now Charlotte are obsessed with the movie Frozen.  Jack and I have seen it 3times now.  I have also preordered the DVD with Digital Copy.  I know it will be watched over and over again, might as well have the copy for our electronics too!

It all started when I took him to the advance screening in the city thanks to The Moms/Mamarazzi (check out first review).  Then we had to bring Grandma, Aunt Kim and Charlotte in Thanksgiving to see movie.  Bring on Charlotte's obsession.  We downloaded the soundtrack, learned every word to the songs, and dance/sing to anyone who will watch/listen.  Fun times! 

Christmas presents included the Toddler Dolls of Anna and Elsa, dress up sets for Anna and Elsa.  We could not find Sven or Olaf dolls anywhere, I waited too long and missed the chance when I did have time.  So we have to continue our search in our local stores.

If you haven't seen Frozen, go now! A great story, music and overall experience. Thumbs up from our family! 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

TriCalm Review and Giveaway

TRICALM
Recently I received some samples of TriCalm, I was eager to try since we are a household of sensitive skin, allergies and Tim has to just look at poison ivy and he is covered.  Perfect fit for a family of rashes, itches and sensitive skin I thought.  TriCalm is steroid-free, works instantly and has no chronic side effects.
TriCalm Tube and Box
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TriCalm FDA approved for kids and adults and offers a powerful relief fro itching, burning and stinging that May be caused by: rashes, hives, sunburn, allergic reactions, bug bites, poison ivy and other skin ailments.  As always if you have a medical condition of disease contact your doctor for long-term use.  TriCalm does not numb skin like other steroids and topical creams, and can be used as often as you would like.  What is also great is it is not greasy, comes out clear and no smells either.
Active ingredient: aluminum acetate 0.2%
Inactive ingredients: Butylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, dehydroacetic acid, ethylhexyl glycerin, glycine, hexylene glycol, malic acid, phenoxyethanol, purified water, strontium chloride hexahydrate (Cosmederm-7®), xanthan gum.
The active ingredient in TriCalm, aluminum acetate, is a water-soluable salt compound often used in medicine as an astringent or antispectic. TriCalm’s patented formula works with the aluminum acetate to relieve minor skin irritations (e.g., insect bites, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, allergic reactions and other irritations).--TriCalm Ingredients

Char has been itching herself lately, mainly to dry skin, and if think a mixed load of laundry with her dad's clothes.  I out some on, rubbed on legs and belly and she stopped itching.  Now when she starts to scratch herself she asks for "her lotion".  I can attest to 3 other sensitive skin/eczema creams not solving this problem for her.  Success!!  We have our tube and will be buying more when we run out.  I like the steroid-free composition as I try to use more natural ways of fixing/preventing issues then running for the medicine cabinet/doctor for everything.  Of course if a rash is persistent a doctor visit is never a bad idea.  Read more here about the science behind TriCalm.  Tricalm.com offers free coupons...or win one of 3 tubes by entering our giveaway.   Want a coupon while waiting to see if you win? Click here

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

National Geographic Books.. Holiday Gift Ideas

Need gifts for kids? Nonfiction books are great (not to mention the push with nonfiction in Science  in regards to the Common Core standards)! National Geographic has great books geared for kids.




"National Geographic is one of the world’s premier scientific, education, and research organizations. For more than 125 years, the National Geographic team has been dedicated to exploring and documenting the world. Their message reaches more than 450 million people worldwide, each month through several media outlets. The company has funded more than 10,000 conservation, exploration, and scientific expeditions in support of their mission “to inspire people to care about the planet.” As a continuation of this mission, National Geographic Kids Books also offer several nonfiction books for kids to help educate them about our planet. National Geographic is the leading kids nonfiction publisher, and each of their books is packed with photos, facts, and fun, offering the perfect balance of “edu-tainment” for kids and parents. If you’re looking to get your kids excited about learning, National Geographic books are a great place to start. " -Moms Meet/ National Geographic 
I received 10 great books to read and share with friends.  My kids love books and automatically these became some of our bedtime stories and mid-day turn off the TV and read books.  They love the real pictures of the animals and some of the jokes Jack would run around retelling and laughing out loud even if he was the only one laughing.  

We received:

  • National Geographic Kids Chapters: Best Friends Forever
  • Everything Pets
  • Funny Fill In: My Animal Adventure
  • National Geographic Reader: Meerkats
  • Ultimate Weird But True 2
  • Almanac 2014
  • Little Kids First Big Book of Why
  • Just Joking
  • Devoted
  • Mother's Love


Recently I also was able to partake in a workshop at the Moms Meet Mom Summit with National Geographic Kids called Dare to Explore.
They talked about Raising Curious Kids and gave some tips, which I thought would be perfect to add here.
Tip 1: EXPLORE - "world is waiting for them to explore"
Tip 2: GET OUTSIDE-  "Children are spending 1/2 as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago"
Tip 3: READ
Tip 4: SHARE STORIES- real and fictional, "unplug" from technology
Tip 5: INSPIRE WONDER- "find wonder in the smallest of things"


Photo Credit: Moms Meet

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

DaughtryMamarazzi event

DaughtryMamarazzi Event

Last Thursday I was invited to see an acoustic set and Q&A session with Chris Daughrty with his band Daughtry thanks to Mamarazzi at the Museum of Math and Bokskids.  With the new Daughtry album out a week now, we were serenaded with a few songs from Baptized (which I haven't stopped listening to since I bought my own copy the next day).  I highly suggest adding their new album Baptized to your Christmas/Holiday lists.

Christine and I        Photo Credit: The Moms Network


Daughtry interacted great with the many questions the kids in the audience threw at him,  only resulting in a few extra chuckles from the adults for some of his answers.  Throwing in a short cover of some Imagine Dragons' - Radioactive for everyone to enjoy.  I hope their 4th Studio Album gets them the results they deserve and want.  Afterwards we were able to meet and take pictures with them, all were friendly! Good luck guys! 




Once again The Moms for putting on this event, a great night out with fellow Moms.  I can't wait to bring my kids back to the math museum, just the entrance looked great, I love hands on museums.  Also don't forget to check out BOKS and what they bring to our schools and Reebok for sponsoring the #DaughtryMamarazzi event.




Thursday, November 14, 2013

Disney's Frozen Review #FrozenMamarazzi


Our Movie Screening of FROZEN
Frozen-movie-poster
Jack and I were invited to preview Disney's 53rd Animated Film FROZEN on Monday, it was awesome.  Jack was glued to the screen the entire time, eyes only leaving the screen for some popcorn. Disney's latest film has two female leads, one playing a hero/villain combo, still dominating the story line.  This latest movie is a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen, full of mystery, excitement and the expected princess singing and dancing scenes.    Jack already cannot stop singing the chorus to Let It Go, which for only seeing it one time, and at 3.5 years old, is pretty good and catchy.  We both would crack up at the comic relief Snowman named Olaf.

The movie starts off with two young sisters Anna & Elsa playing around, Elsa has magical powers that turn things into ice and snow.  Elsa leaves and Anna vows to find her, and the story continues.  When we got home, he told his little sister he is going to take her to the best movie, called Frozen.   Grandma, Daddy, Preschool and basically anyone he encountered all heard about Frozen.

"Holy moly it's like FROZEN outside" -Jack Tuesday morning when he saw the snow outside.   Overall I am pretty impressed by the lasting impression the movie left on him, he is young, his attention span is short and like I said he latest the whole time, remember a tons of details from it and repeating things very accurately to our family and friends.  That's not something he does after only seeing a movie one time.   Overall Jack and I give the movie 2 thumbs up and have plans to see it again with Charlotte and Grandma. 


Some Q&A with Idina Menzel and The Moms.  Jack was adorable, he was standing up with his hand up each time they asked who had a question… His question, "Did Queen Elsa have fun ice skating?"/  I am sure she did Jack!









Official Movie Trailer



SamsungMobileUS was also at the screening with two of their latest products for the kids to play with and make a snowman drawing and tweet it for a chance to win.  We used the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 Edition, Jack was fascinated by the pen he could use to draw, not something he is used to.  Going home he asked for one of them for Christmas.  I think he will have to wait, but maybe Daddy needs a new tablet?  They also have a tablet for kids J tested out an app to make a snowman on it, much smaller for easier handling in their small hands, Galaxy Tab 3.  



Mommy helped with J's drawing:


Thanks to the Galaxy Tablets we came home with a print out of his snowman from the Kids Tablet and Jack as Olaf from the Galaxy Tab.




** Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are 100% my own. The Moms provided me with the private screening.**

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Day 9. Saturday

Already I am getting behind from regular must do things like cleaning, laundry, playing with the kids and errands.  Tonight I had free time and went to dinner with friends.  GNO (girls night out), 7 of us tonight, drinks food and maybe 5 probably more baskets if chips I are myself, I love the chips there. Home by 1130 and jumped right in bed to um surf my phone... Why not sleep.  I am going to now but wanted to at least catch up a bit here first.  So here I am with a snorer to my left and my phone to my right.   All days blend together.  Tomorrow I need to map out posts for the HV blog and get set up for giveaways and plans on what's up next. Two great Christmas one are lined up.  Readers get ready!!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Writing space...

I have been on Blogger for almost 8 years now, sometimes more sometimes less.  Started and has always focused on my family and then branched a little towards kids products, sales and reviews.  I then started a kid blog for my local area in June which is slowly but surely getting more active.  

Then I joined twitter, though I am still getting used to it, Facebook and Blogger are much easier to read/follow and Instagram for quick pictures.   As far as when/where I write, mobile apps make it a lot easier to do it on the go.  Right now I am in the passenger seat of the family car running errands, and getting my thoughts down, nifty right?  

You can follow me/read my blogs, twitter, FB, or Instagram if you want too! 

Day 5

Favorite character

Prompt for today is favorite character, but how do I pick one? 

I grew up with some childhood favorites which of course have changed over the years but I still remember them.  Then there are the ones now that the kids are getting into from my childhood.  Little Mermaid was my first Disney movie, that I remember.  I was 4.5 when it came out.  I have the sleeping bag, bed sheets, and toys for Little Mermaid.  Sure Disney had other princesses movies out, but this was NEW for everyone all at once, especially me. 

 Now Jack and Char are into the movie, and new toys are out for them to play with, such as the Duplo Lego set.  Jack starts singing "kiss the girl" whenever we see the set of Ariel and Eric in the boat.   It's great to relive with them, it's also amazing to see just what Disney movies have before as Little Mermaid was state of the art at the time and now with Pixar helping too, the graphics are just incredible.  

It is fun to think about another 25 years when the kids are my age now and new movies are coming out what they will look like,  will I be watching with my grandkids at that point too? 

Just the past two nights.. after the kids went to bed, we watched Wreck It Ralph and Monsters University together.  Forever kids at heart, or just great entertainment.  You decide, we think both. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday fun day the third

Today was busy the whole family "worked"...

Tim started early with ripping down our existing shed.  Which involved taking everything out first, the ripping everything apart and disposing.  He stopped after 10pm, long after kids were in bed. 

I worked on weekend chores: laundry, organizing kids room of toys and clothes. Setting up everything for an Origami Owl party I have tomorrow night, booking another party, vendor events for holiday season.  Setting up the family week calendar to know where everyone will be and what we have planned (busy busy week ahead).  Then bedtime routine with kids and doing a fee surveys online. 

Jack has been working on chores too!  He has a daily schedule chart (more on that to come) and then his chore chart, reinforcing and adding to his schedule.  He cleans up after the meals for Charlotte and him, puts laundry in hamper, shoes at door, toy pick up, and bed making.  Of course he has fun and still makes messes throughout the day. 

Charlotte is still in disaster mode but does like to have jobs like Jack.  Granted I have to be more I top of her the whole time or my plates would all be missing in the garbage.  Her biggest job currently is the be a two year old toddler with the much anticipated case of the terrible twos.  She gets an A+ for this stage.  


The kids and I did take a time out and go to the movies with Grandma to see Free Birds which was adorable!  A 90 minute movie and they we excellent for 80 of it, the last few minutes they reached their max until the music came on during the credits and a dance party began.  

It was a long day between Tim and I being out late last night (after 2 but then clocks went back) and kids waking up at 7 new time.  We managed, and sleep is minutes away. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Day 2: "This is the best Halloween EVER!"- Jack

Happy Halloween 
Halloween was deemed "the best Halloween ever" by Jack while out Trick or Treating on Thursday.  We continued tradition of Trick or Treating from Tim's parents house, this year having rain instead of snow/no power (Hurricane Sandy) maybe next year it will be HOT.   Jack was Sully from Monsters Inc/Monsters University and Char was Doc McStuffins, we went Disney characters this year.

I loved how both kids really "got it" this year, running house to to house with "ToT and Thank yous, even a few "can we have your dog?" thrown in too.  They loved the houses that were all done up,  and Jack liked giving out candy and telling kids "cool costume, scary mask, Happy Halloween" when we got back to Nanny's house and he switched sides to the giver from the receiver.   Sugar high for him though would be an understatement.

This years Halloween also included: Trick or Treating at Stew Leonards with Aunt Kim, the town's Ragamuffin Parade the weekend before, a get together with other kids at our park, and 2 school parties- one for each.  So they each got full use out of their costumes.  I will next year prepare for jack more in advance incase he picks out a character they don't sell in stores "Stuffy" from Doc McStuffins to match Charlotte, I was "the worst mommy in the world" according to Jack until Aunt Kim rescued him with Sully.  Thank you Aunt Kim!!

Halloween was great this year, we sure did have a lot of fun.

Stew Leonards

2011. 2012, 2013

Marching at Parade

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Treats for School

Our Trick or Treating on Halloween


Friday, November 1, 2013

November First..

I am participating in a blog challenge for the month of November in hopes to get more active again with my personal blog.  I took on a "business" page and since then I have slacked on this one.  Not to mention since the school year started our schedules have been crazy busy.   

Prompt 1: First Day of Something

I went back to work part time in September.  I love it!  I am a SEIT for Early Intervention services in the nearby counties.  It works with my schedule and family, and I love teaching once again.  Next week I start my first day of Substitute teaching, another First Day.  Starting slowly for now,  trying not to add too much to our hectic weekly schedule, but looking forward now that Jack and Char are getting older to adding more in the future.   


Friday, October 18, 2013

Art-doors Adventure

Every Columbus weekend our family goes upstate on a mini vacation.  This year was my 8th time, Jack's 4th, Tim's 20th and Char's 3rd.  Tim was working the day we left, so I took off a little earlier then normal to check out a place mentioned in the October issue of Family Fun Magazine: OMI International Art Center in Ghent, NY.

The trip was about an hour and half up Taconic, 82, 9H to 22.  Beautiful drive and this time of the year can include many stops for apple picking, scenery pictures and some pumpkins.  We arrived to the dirt/rock parking lot facing huge sculptures and pieces of art.   Kids got out of the car and RAN! Great place to stretch your legs (dog friendly too!). 

We only say 1/3 of the art, and were there about an hour, kids like looking and naming them. The heads and yellow beam were favorites.  Jack enjoyed the pyramid too, yelling for Charlotte to come running and "check it out".  I was able to get great pictures, including some of them hugging.  Worth the stop for that alone! 

If you are in the area, or need a place to just drive to I highly recommend the visit to Omi International Arts Center. 



"This is colorful"- Jack

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Charlotte



Those who see us regularly or follow Instagram know I call Char disasterbaby, check her pictures out, many explain why.  She is a handful, full of attitude, sass, and has a mouth that already talks back.  If you correct her, well she is drama filled. Lays on the floor, kicks, screams and cries all while making sure you are watching.  Like that YouTube video I saw a while back, she will follow you to next room and start tantrum all over again.

Fighting you ask? Jack and her go out it a thousand times a day.  She grabs his trains and runs away, he takes them back and hits her. She hits him, he takes her toys and leaves room. Repeat! She is also independent, part of her stubbornness, maybe.  She gets her own drinks, climbs up on counters with assistant from whatever is nearby.  My makeup has been destroyed from her getting it, I am about to hang it on ceiling to keep it away.  But she is cute so it's hard not to laugh through all of this. 

When she turned two at her check up, she came in at 34 inches and 27lbs, not bad, definitely different then her brother.   She went to the allergist for testing which we have to follow up during the winter, for now we know she is allergic to Onnicef, an antibiotic and has to stay away from the penicillin family until we do further testing but she won't sit through them now, as they are intense and time consuming, although the blood came back negative.  

She started school in October, a Twos program, for 75minutes once a week.  She RAN inside the first day, refused to kiss me and told me to leave.  Upon pick up again she said leave she wasn't going home.  I'd say she likes it.   I think she also likes her alone time from Jack and her independence of everyone at home watching her.  Forming her own friendships with little girls, recently having a play date with a girl she "picked up" in Starbucks, girl after my own heart.   

At two, she finally plays with dolls: feeding, diaper changing (takes her wipes to clean them) and cuddles.  Just like a little mommy.   She is obsessed with shoes, especially her boots which when out on make her start dancing immediately.   Dancing is another favorite, to theme songs in TV, music channels and in the car to the radio.  "My love, my love, my love she keeps me COLD" is what she sings thanks to her brother changing the words.  

Charlotte is full of spunk and keeps us on our toes for sure.  We love her for all of that! 






Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Let's Talk Bums

Performable

Cottonelle is all about BUMS with their latest #LetsTalkBums and the Cottonelle Clean Crew campaigns they have out currently.   The sleek design for the Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleaning Cloths is perfect for every bathroom. It is stylish and simple (plus you can decorate it yourself if you want) to keep it displayed.  It is refillable saving on buying new ones each times.
The clean feeling after using them, is enough to make you use them again.  Cleaning cloths are not only for babies, they are for everyone. Pick some up today!


**I received incentives and products as apart of this campaign from Crowdtap and Cottonelle but all opinions are my own.  Crowdtap is a member of the WOMMA (word of mouth marketing association).  **

Great Giveaway!!

My other blog is hosting a giveaway for the Botanical Gardens.  It's a family 4pack of tickets.  Anyone can enter.. check it out HERE

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sunday Mass- Jack and Grandma

Taking any toddler is an adventure.  Staying quiet for almost an hour is a challenge for even adults.  Well last Sunday, the 15th, Jack wanted to go with Grandma when we brought her over there.    A mass to remember, my mom wrote down the "incidents" so I could share.

-Jack picked up seat cushion and was flapping it up and down
-Jack crawled under pew and said "hi lady"  to woman behind them
-During mass when priest raised the holy communion and the alter boy ran the bell Jack yelled out "time's up let's go"
-Granma took him in the back and showed him a picture of the Pope. He says to the picture "Pope can I go to the bakery" and then he turned to Grandma and says, "Pope says yes" (in response to my mom saying no bakery because of his behavior"
-Jack looks at the candles and yells out "oh no, FIRE!"
-When the usher came with the basket for donation Jack refused to put the money in, Grandma took it from him and put it in.  Jack yelled "give me back  my money"

Oh Jack... I think this is better then when he was about 13 months old and he yelled "DADDY" at the Jesus on the cross statue and had the entire church laughing.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

One busy week

 I set out to do one kid friendly fun event each day for a week in August (deplayed post)  We succeeded and the kids were tired every night (as was I)!  Granted every day is like summer for us: I am home, we have lithe that is "required/scheduled" for us and we can just go-go-go.  The weather is warmer and certain activities places are only open during the summer (local lakes and beaches). Onto our quest:

MONDAY- Animal Kingdom (Pet store) we like to visit to see the fish, birds and large turtle Turbo.  Then we met with friends at the beach and played for a few hours, building/squashing sand piles and splashing in the water.

 


TUESDAY- We decided to meet Aunt Kim at the movies with the two boys she watches (and I used to since the youngest was 8 months now in 2nd grade, man do I feel old).  So we went to see Turbo at the theater and it kept their attention for a solid 40 minutes and Char was over it.  So we hung out in the lobby or on the side of theater watching the movie from my arms.  I do enjoy Disney movies so much more, it will not be a movie I run out to buy for the kids.












WEDNESDAY- Cousin Ryan came over and we went ice skating.  The kids amazed me, they didn't fall on skates walking around and loved being on the ice.  We ran errands in the afternoon and later that day had dinner at Desert Moon for their weekly kids night with grandma too.  Jack went home with grandma to sleep over.  We may have been down a Jack for the night but we gained two cousins who slept over in his place.



THURSDAY- ZOO DAY!  We took a trip to the Bronx Zoo with our friends and cousin Ryan.  This was our first time in the Butterfly house too.



FRIDAY- Aunt Kim and Grandma joined us for a beach day at the Veteran's Park (our summer hang out).  When we showed up our friends were there too, so the kids played while we relaxed, watched and talked.



SATURDAY- Kids hung out at in-laws, hung out with their Uncle Kevin before he headed back to work and ate with their Great Grandparents too.  Daddy and Mommy we able to sneak a quick dinner in.


SUNDAY- Beach day #3 of the week, this time PaPa Neil joined us.  It was overcast and we decided to just go to the beach anyways.  A little girl had been catching frogs before we got there and showed the kids, next thing I know our buckets are full of frogs and Charlotte is running all over holding them.  She is just like her mother, no fear and just picks up anything, I have always loved frogs too.  All afternoon she ran around with frogs playing, Jack liked them but refused to touch.




Strut Moms -MBFW in NYC


Strut Moms- MBFW in NYC 

repost from AppleTotsintheHudsonValley Blog

CrowdTap Cottonelle Clean Crew
Laura Posada


What an exciting experience to see fashion show during Fashion Week in Lincoln Center.  A huge thanks to CrowdTap and Cottonelle for giving me the opportunity to attend Strut.TheFashionable Mom Show which was presented by The MOMS and SWWCREATIVE and sponsored by Whirlpool, Cottonelle and Vaseline.


The show featured all REAL moms who were 'strutting for a reason' either their own charities or a cause that is close to their hearts.  It was nice to see all the moms from various backgrounds: bloggers, celebrities, children and product ambassadors walking the run way.  
Some "people" we met
After noticing several people before and after the show, we were able to squeeze in a few photos.  We can only hope to go back again, the opportunity was incredible just walking in the tents and around the lines for the various shows.