Friday, October 31, 2014

Robeez's 20th Anniversary with Melissa Rycroft and Rosie Pope

Melissa Rycroft and family attend Robeez 20th Anniversary at New York City's Sugar Factory on October 21, 2014 in New York City.

Robeez celebrated their 20th Anniversary in NYC with Rosie Pope and Melissa Rycroft on hand, both moms with amazing fashion taste for their tots.  Robeez are sized from 0-24 months for boys, girls and unisex. 

Robeez mimic bare foot walking, encourage muscle growth, prevent slipping and have elasticized ankles which are perfect from helping them stay on or loop closures with high quality leather and materials.  

Robeez also carries Disney(R) Baby shoes, check out these cuties...

Robeez, has been a staple in baby/toddler footwear for 20 years now, have you shopped the MiniShoez, Soft Soles, DisneyBaby, Boots, Slippers or Hosiery?  They also make the perfect baby gift, one you cannot go wrong with. 

Target has just about everything for Holiday 2014

Target's Holiday 2014 Preview took place last week, between Home, Apparel, Accessories, Toys, Entertainment and Grocery- Target has tons in store for us.  I am super excited as I am obsessed with my RedCard, Cartwheel App and using coupons.  Targets with a Starbucks are even better!  Many brands and designers have collaborated over the years and more are following that lead and selling their designs and products at Target.

TOMS has partnered with Target for 50 item exclusive with them this holiday season.  TOMS includes shoes, clothing for kids size 4 and up, adult clothing and items for the home.  The sweaters are warm and cozy, or you can snuggle under a nice throw blanket while smelling a candle in a wooden holder.  Their classic shoes will be in the stores as well as accessories for everyone.  Great gifts and stocking stuffers.

TOMS' accessories
Clothing and shoes
Inspired by the movie Annie, Renée Ehrlich Kalfus has a line for girls coming out mid-November starting in size 4, mix and match pieces for unique looks and a DIY kit for girls to add jewels, ribbon, patches and paint to their clothing.   Renée captured the unique look of Annie's wardrobe while bringing it into closets at home.
Denim Jacket, French Terry Dress, Backpack
Pins and Patches Box

OH JOY! and Target continue their partnership with Pinterest inspired entertaining items.  Serving trays, place holders and the adorable holiday paper plates.  Nate Berkus Top 10 Collection will be released in early 2015, the pieces out now are ready for holiday or everyday use now.  Decorative dessert plates, frames, stools, table runners and pillows, I want it all.  Nate Berkus was onsite to share his personal opinions on his line and meet everyone.

Nate Berkus in front of his collection

If your kids are like mine, they know exactly where the toy section is located in every Target, anywhere.  Target is now selling many boutique style toys, like Melissa & Doug and bigger name toys like LEGO, Ninja Turtles and Frozen.  Did you know there are over 700 different FROZEN items in Target in all the different sections?  Neither did I until last week.

Terra Wooden Horse Barn
I shop a lot in Target for clothing items, Mossimo has some great holiday dresses for women, outfits for the men and cute coordinating sets for the little ones.  Family pictures anyone.  Target also has many Sam Libby bags and accessories.  Makeup special items, also great for smaller gifts without going over $35 from Pixi and Elf and exclusive for the winter.

e.l.f sets Exclusively at Target
Target's grocery line Archer Farms has many options ready in decorative packaging for the season, whether its just for personal use, grab bags or to bring to a party.  Archer Farms and other sets are available, great tasting too!  Personally I love the baking kits because everything is included, great for kids baking and family time.

Target is my one stop shop place, especially during the holiday season.   Check out everything they have  to offer: toys, electronics, entertainment, like the exclusive Taylor Swift 1989 album with bonus tracks only at Target.  Many artists have deluxe editions of their albums with extra songs you cannot get anywhere else.

Are you ready to shop yet?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wubble Bubble Ball Family Fun

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely my own.

To say my kids enjoyed the Wubble Bubble would be an understatement.  They flipped out the moment they saw it and wanted to play that minute.  As bribery and to buy time I had thennget their costumes on for the parade we need to be at within the hour while I filled the ball, pump was included in our box, just needed to add 4D batteries (don't forget, this stalled my original plans to surprise them with it blown up).  

They loved the fact it was easy to carry, Char could hold it above her head while running to throw it at Jack.  Jack caught and tossed it high in air back.  It's full of regular air but directions say you can put a small amount of helium in it (small or it will just float way) to let it float longer in air.  I plan on trying it when I can find my tank for parties. 

The kids loved running straight into it and going in it slightly and rolling off.   Also when it his them it is so light, no one gets hurt, the only crying was about who got it next.  At price point of $29.99 it's worth getting everyone their own and playing games.  Even better if it breaks you send part of the ball back in with $6.99 and they will send you a replacement.  score!!

My kids give it 2 thumbs up and if you are ever stuck on a gift for birthdays or holidays I recommend this! 

Fun facts to share about Wubble Bubble:
  • Target selected the Wubble™ Bubble Ball as a 2014 Top Toy for the Holiday Season. It was listed among other popular toys and games that are sure to be on every holiday wish list.
  • Wubble Bubble Ball is a Family Fun Toy Of The Year Award Winner. The 25 winners are featured in the November 2014 issue of Family Fun Magazine. 
  • Inspired by his children's wish for a real bubble to play with, NSI President Frank Landi developed the Wubble™ Bubble Ball to keep children's love for fun, active play alive.
  • Wubble has won numerous toy awards, including an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award, a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, a Mr. Dad Approved Award, a Parent's Choice Award and the  Dr. Toy Best 100 Picks Award and more! 
  • Wubble Ball is available at Target, Toys R Us and online Wubble Ball is on Twitter (@WubbleBall) and Facebook ( 
  • Wubble Ball's are not indestructible, but they have a lifetime replacement guarantee. It costs $6.99 to replace a Wubble under the guarantee. 
  • Please take care not to damage your Wubble Ball during inflation. It might be necessary to use a little bit of oil (whatever you have in your kitchen) to insert the pump into the Wubble Ball the first time. If you have any trouble inflating your Wubble ball, you may find this video about "How to Inflate a Wubble Ball" helpful: 

Also appeared on Apple Tots in the Hudson Valley

4 Kids, 3 Moms and a Chevy Tahoe #appletotsroadtrip

So remember that time 3 moms, 4 kids all piled into a Chevy Tahoe and took a road trip? Oh yeah, I do!  This weekend we went down to PA to visit Sesame Place for the first time and the Crayola Experience.  We also added a dinner time trip to Chuck E Cheese and Target.   What were we thinking?  We'll we wanted to experience and make memories with our kids, that's what!

I have been looking at Chevy Tahoes and Suburbans for a few months now, I need more room with the two kids and want a bigger car now that the kids are getting older, we take trips and their toys (the quad, dirt bike, tricycles and everything else) continue to get bigger too.  I was able to experience driving a brand new 2015 Tahoe LTZ made by Chevrolet.  It was a beauty, had everything anyone could ask for and more.  Who needs a DVD player when you can have BluRay?  Also many models of 2015 Chevys now come with wifi inside your car apart of OnStar packaging.  Now Jack and Charlotte can stop yelling at me when we loose wifi on their devices as we pull out of the driveway.   Heated steering wheel, air conditioned seats, vibrating nofitifaction when cars are on your sides, seriously I didn't know have these feature existed.   Now that I do, I want them and can't imagine settling for less.  Gas mileage was basically the same that I get currently in my SUV.

Saturday morning, Christine and RJ came over early for our adventure and we were off to get numbers 6 & 7 then head to Langhorne, PA.   Stephanie and Maximo got in and we were off, goodness for Stephanie sitting in the middle row, she became toddler waitress for all the snacks.  How many pretzels, goldfish, teddy grahmans, water, milk and juices can four toddler/preschoolers consume? LOTS!  Also had to move her head from blocking Jack's view a few times.  Kids don't care if their moms are trying to talk. Drive down took a little over an hour from the Bronx.  Just enough time to watch Tale of the Brave movie and rock out to some music before pulling in to park.   At which point the "you're touching me", "top tickling me" and "we need to go to the bathroom" were beginning from the back seat.  Phew we made it!  My kids loved being in the back row all together and also when they needed to get out of their seat, walking between captain rows instead of climbing over seats which they do now.  Jack loved having a charger for his iTouch next to him, I will never hear "my batteries died" again! 

Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar
Sesame Place was all done up for Halloween, big pumpkin heads met us at the entrance with a huge inflatable Count in the center, just through the ticket gates and bag checks (great news you can bring in a small cooler to keep the little ones fed and hydrated).  First view was the Vapor Trail roller coaster that Charlotte wanted to go on.   I have to say for a kids coaster, it whipped around fast, but she loved it and didn't want to get off, just wanted to go again.  All that mattered was that she liked it.   During the Halloween season, they also offer trick or treating, providing the bags and great snacks throughout the park at different stations.  Impressive treats: juice boxes, pretzels, gummies and fruit strips.  We rode more "Halloween special rides" and then went to meet and take pictures with some characters.   Now getting multiple kids to smile at the same time was impossible, I have many great shots to prove that.  

The Count.. 1 Jack, 2, Charlotte and 3 Robert 
What I am most happy about is the bracelets I put on the kids while at the park, they are if lost call my parents bracelets which include my phone number, I first bought them for Disney last year.   Jack wandered off and after a brief panic attack and unsuccessful search, I went to LOST CHILD office and he was standing there showing them my phone number.  They commented on how great the bands were and how smart he was to show them.  Although they didn't call I had walked in the middle of them dialing.  Oh, Jack!!!  Also if you want a good viewing spot for the daily parade, you need to start lining up and marking your space early.  We had no idea that was the case, people had strollers and blankets laid out to reserve thei space, this was at 2:30pm and earlier,  parade started at 4, that is just insane.  There is only one parade a day.  

Jack, Maximo and Stephanie going around and round
We planned on trying to go on more rides  thinking the lines would be lighter, all morning we had encountered having to wait 5-6 cycles to get on a ride.  The waiting game is not easy with two preschoolers who just want to go on, and struggle with the standing still part of a line, calling their names to stand in line enough to frustrate anyone while becoming "that mom".   Also as a mom with two young kids, many of the rides were for one adult/one kid leaving it impossible to ride when everyone wants to go on, I can't leave a 3 or 4 year old standing alone waiting.  I would never be able to go to the park alone, this was very disappointing.  Even with the parade going on, Sesame Place was packed by the rides, we decided to just let the kids run around in the Monster & Mini Monster Clubhouse section.  They had lots of fun in there.  We left the park shortly after around 5:30, just before closing.
Are we sure of this Rosita Muppet? 
I am glad we all experienced Sesame and maybe it is different in the summer when the water rides are also open, or during the week when school is in session, but the crowds were a major turn off for me.

More on after the park fun and Sunday's adventures to come!

Stephanie is from Football Food and Motherhood, she supplied many photos for our trip check her and #growingupmaximo out!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Great Wold Lodge- Howliday Preview #greatwolfnyc

Disclosure: I was invited as media/press to attend event and received gift bag while there.  All opinions are as always honest and my own.

I have been dying to go to Great Wolf Lodge for a good year now with the kids, first wanting to make sure they are a little older and second if they like water parks, we'll after going twice this year to water parks, we are ready for Great Wolf Lodge.  Jack and Char love characters and I know would flip for Wiley and Violet, I got to meet both in NYC at the Grand Hyatt, lucky me!  

At the event I was able to check out some of the activities the Great Wolf Lodge offers during your stay, you know besides the water slides and pools.  Scooops is a Kid Spa, geared to girls 4-12, where they do spa treatments, manicures, pedicures. I left with a strawberry hand massage and hair smelling like cupcake, yummy!  I know Char would just love to visit Scooops and get a crown and sash too.  What girl wouldn't?

Cupcake decorating, bag coloring, and story time were all apart of the NYC event.   Let's talk about story time- each night in the Grand Lobby at the Poconos' Lodge wearing PJs, and a story is read to all the kids, how fun is that?  Kids still get their bedtime story and parents get a break for a little.  

Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos has something for everyone, just check out all the activities offered. What other FAMILY vacation spot can you say offers all that in one location?  I want to do bowling, mini golf, and the Magic Wand Quest.  Can I go now?

Want to connect with Great Wolf Lodge?  Check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

By the way- wolves don't high five or fist bump they give paw.  How adorable is that?  

fun goodies I brought home

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Columbus Weekend in the Catskills

Another Columbis Day weekend has come and gone.  A week back in the grind already, school, doctor appointments and events in NYC to attend.  I have to say having limited cell reception and no wifi for almost 3 full days lets you check out digitally and check back in physically.

The kids love going away in general but for Columbus Weekend everyone on my Mother-in-Law's side is there also, the amount of kids is insane.  Jack loved hanging out with "his boys", Char loved her girl cousins and all the newly attained "princes" she got to hang out with.   Or the little girl on the huge playground she walked up to, grabbed her hand while declaring "you are my new best friend" and walked off with.   I love that my kids are so friendly.

6 kids at once.. impossible
I went go-karting with a bunch of the cousins one night, some ventured in a haunted house but I stayed out waiting.  We still attended Lowes' Build and Grow program with the kids, making Haunted Houses for their candy at the Catskills Lowes.  Hunter Mountain's Oktober Fest was much smaller this year but Jack and. Char both attempted the rock wall climb making it half way up.  I was beyond proud of Jack, last year he never even showed interest and with his hand and all the psychical and occupational therapy he climbed TWO times!! Monkey girl Char gave it a ago too.  The kids' tent this year had ghost crafts, pumpkin decorating and pipe cleaner spiders the kids made all for free.  Great projects too.

Glenbrook Farm, where we all stay, was as always beautiful with the lake, leaves, and animals the kids love to see and feed.  Both kids were maniacs on their bikes chasing the bigger cousins around, Jack even attempting riding without training wheels a few times, go Jack!  They also painted ceramics to bring home, Jack did a penguin with Tim and Char painted a snake.  We have projects now from 2006 to current and memories.

Jack jumped into our picture
Cannot wait until next year!!

Cairo's Apple Fest

Practiced without training wheels

hug attacks

Saturday, October 4, 2014

My School/Life/Home Organization Systems #giveaway #organization

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but did receive items complimentary for review purposes.  Some affiliate links are in post.  As always all opinions are my own and honest.

Preparing 2 preschoolers each morning to walk out the door can be a task. So over the summer, I  worked on making a system for my family in order to speed of the process in the morning so I won't forget anything, plus give the kids their own routine and independence.  Now a month into the school year for both the kids and parents, we have our routine.

WallPops Organizer Kits
Located in my kitchen is our Organizer Kit by WallPops! A 4 piece peel and stick set that is also dry erase and includes a cork board and push ins.  A monthly calendar, weekly calendar, message board to layout your schedules.  I use the weekly planner to keep track of recuring events for everyone, message to note future events in upcoming months and things I need to do/buy and important papers pin to cork board easily.  This set and its central location have made it easy to know where everyone is and what everyone has going on in our house.

Hung in our kitchen
our very busy September 
Clothing Daily Organizer
With 2 kids getting dressed in the morning, socks flying, underwear missing and crazy outfits would be the norm this year until I found a closet hanging weekly clothing organizer.  JACKPOT!  This was I can pick out a week's worth of clothing for both in advance so in the morning I hand clothes to kids and they get dressed.
shared closet with M-F hanging organizer

Command Center
I made this command center at the end of last school year.  I was tired of shoes, papers, bags being thrown all over my house.  This 9 bin storage unit is great for shoes, hats/gloves, and papers for each kid.  I love SkipHop, so each kid has all matching accessories in same "print/animal", Jack is Owl and Charlotte the Bumble Bee (we have everything for this set).  Their papers go in the character bin, on the clipboards they pick out work to hang up.  Invites/notices go on the magnetic board and in binders are class lists, curriculum sheets, classwork and notes.  Can you tell I like to be organized?  The shoes are in the bottom bins on left/right sides and back packs hang on the sides.   Jack and Charlotte are great about putting their shoes away and putting on their shoes in the morning.  The command center is located at the bottom of the stairs for easy access.

command center

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