Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gotta Flurt Shoes Spring 2015

Gotta Flurt Shoes has just hit being around 10 years, branching out from dance world and into our stores.  Great for all preschoolers, girls and juniors (woman's) and go up to size women's 13 in certain styles.
Quick question what girl does not like shoes? I mean my 3 year old is obsessed already and has been since she could walk, at 22 months she tried on real cowboy boots and wore them almost daily for a year!  Currently she love her motorcycle boots, that is when she is not in "princess shoes", toy dress-up shoes are not for her, she wants the real thing, or mommy shoes.  The upcoming Spring 15 collection from Gotta Flurt even had a few sets of mother/daughter styles, to match, how adorable!

Gotta Flurt is one of the popular brands in shoes for dance, sold in all dance markets, but also great for everyday wear.  With heavy Hip-Hop influence they also have classic low cut shoes that can be worn with or without laces, to suit your style, using their patented option technology .  Colors and details are not forgotten, neon is back, are you ready for it?

Gotta Flurt will be sold at Kohl's and Sears online soon in addition to other online retailers.  Also all the toddler styles are $25 or less.  Cute and affordable, whose ready to order now?   I love all the choices between neon, animal print, sequin, two tones, chevron, dots and stripes.

Okay you can go shop now! 

Disclosure: I received sample pairs of Gotta Flurt Shoes, all opinions are my own and 100% honest as always. 

Aveda Naturally Straight #review

Disclosure:  I was sent a tube of Aveda Naturally Straight to from SheSpeaks complimentary for reviewing purposes.

I am always interested in what I can use to make my hair stay straight, not frizz and basically behave for a period of time without me getting frustrated and just throwing it up in a ponytail.  Naturally Straight is safe on relaxed/color treated hair and for medium to course thickness and wavy/curly.

Smooth Infusion  retails for $26.00 for 5oz/150mL at Aveda stores and online.

"After 5 consectutive applications hair will stay straight for up to 3 washes"- AVEDA

In my opinion the products works, I use it and my hair is straight, without frizz all day, it stays down for long periods of time.  I will be buying more when I run out.

Bronx Bombers Mamarazzi: Play Ball!

Bronx Bombers Play. 

Loved this play unfortunately it left the theater shortly after seeing the show.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Momtrends Holiday

Nicole at Momtrends did it again at her 4th annual holiday event.  On Monday November 10th,  she hosted Lands End, Stella & Dot, Walkers Shortbread, I Am Me books, Teleflora with great holiday arrangements, Little Me, Duck Tape and Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, and Priv doing manicure.  What more could you ask for?

As an event for mom bloggers, it was great to talk to these brands and gather a better insight to what they are about and the message they want to get through to consumers.  Lands End is one of those companies for me, that I never really give a second look beyond their kids products, honesty pays right?  For me, I always thought it was either too pricey for pieces that were not my style or youthful enough for me.   First, they have many reasonable priced gifts, as in under $30 for the holidays, that blew my mind.   Then the quality for the price, again I thought they were out of my budget for certain items, and their throws and stockings, socks, slippers are all incredibly priced well, hello teacher gifts!  They also had a fashion show with 5 moms dressed in Land's End clothing for the holidays, BEAUTIFUL women and beautiful clothing, my mind is changed, and I recommend everyone checking them out.

Little Me had their holiday pajamas and clothing on display, I have always loved their clothing, Jack and Char had many sets from them as babies.  My other blog, Apple Tots in the Hudson Valley, just did a review of the PJs, make sure to take a look.   These sets have been a huge staple at Baby Showers I have been to, great quality, adorable and the tiny sizes bring guaranteed "oohs and ahhs".  I was equally interested in the I See Me books featured that night also.  Already getting Jack and Char a book, personalized with both their names and how much Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa, Nanny and Papa love them.  They have so many choices, educational, fun and hand designed.  Each book is made special, for the kids.  Great new baby, birthday, or holiday presents.

Duck Tape had great displays of crafts you can make with their tape.  Ornaments, table mats, place card settings, so many unique and doable activities to do alone or with your kids.   Walkers Shortbread also shared the edible craft possibility to do with the kids.  Grab some icing, sprinkles and a box of Walkers Shortbread and go!  With snow days coming up, I am going to stock up on supplies so I am ready when they are.

Stella & Dot and Teleflora provide perfect gifts for this upcoming season, whether it be a celebration or secret Santa, they are great "go-tos".  Teleflora has beautiful floral arrangements and now their containers have a purpose too, from dip containers, candy holder or meatball dishes, they come with recipes to try.  Also tips shared were put flowers for decor and scents in bathroom during the holidays. They call it "table-scaping",  love that term! Stella &Dot has so many great necklaces, bracelets and earrings out.  Some great ideas for presents for the hostess, school office or workplace, this season, make sure to check them out.  Vermont Nut Free Chocolate was also at the event for taste testing, who doesn't love chocolate and for people with allergies, these are even better.  You can order sets to be sent as gifts or to your house, for your own enjoyment.  Essentially you can stay home and shop online and  have items delivered straight to where you need them, recipients will be impressed and its easy peasy for you!

With the holidays coming up she stressed, even with work and blogs, to carve out time with our kids: personal and private time that we don't share.  It's important to put family first with our businesses still active.  I connected with that, in this day everything is so shared, everything is busy, families need to keep memories but also keep things private.

Disclosure:  I was invited as media and received a gift bag, all opinion as always are my own. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gold Emblem Abound Review

CVS/pharmacy is kicking it up a notch with their new line of snack that launched this summer.  I was able to taste some of the yummy snacks recently with my family.  The kids loved them, and have been taking snack bars and the different trail mixes to school daily.  Win-win for them and me that we all enjoy healthier foods.  Literally the Heavenly Light Popcorn didn't make it a day in my house, once I started I ate almost the whole bag and he kids finished it off while  watching a movie for snack.  Yum!

With picky kids (and myself) it's hard to find something we all enjoy and that doesn't cost a lot, Gold Emblem Abound does just that.  Another plus is you can find it in CVS stores and they are everywhere locally.  The cookies were great desert treats, the trail mixes are in resealable bags making them perfect too for your purse, the car, stash them anywhere for when you are feeling hungry.

My house gives them 2 thumbs up. What will you try first? 

·         Gold Emblem Abound is a line of affordable, great tasting, and healthier snacks that launched in CVS/pharmacy stores this summer. The snacks are free of all artificial preservatives and flavors and are made with wholesome ingredients that help you feel nourished and satisfied. The line was designed to have options for each individual shopper’s dietary needs including gluten free, cholesterol free, and high in fiber and protein.
·         The line is perfect for any snack round-ups or features you may have planned for the coming months, and they are also great to include in any posts you might be writing about healthier snacking for on-the-go families, kids’ lunches or afterschool snacks. The Gold Emblem Abound line is also a good option for those looking for healthier snacking alternatives around Halloween, the holidays, etc.
·         There are more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy locations across the U.S. – and more than 75% of the U.S. population lives within 3 miles of a CVS in the markets we serve. That means, with this launch, it is easier than ever for shoppers to grab healthier choices without having to make an extra trip to a health food store or specialty store. Now everyone can grab something for school lunches, road trips or a family movie night that offers nutritional benefits and tastes great, but is totally free of artificial preservatives and flavors, when they’re running into their local CVS to fill a prescription, buy band-aids or grab other health and beauty essentials.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar and Marriott's Residence Inn #RIFamily #PenguinsMovie

This past Saturday at the Bronx Zoo we had a great fun filled afternoon with Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico.  Who are they?  The Penguins of Madagascar, from the lasted movie by DreamWorks and you do not want to miss it!

The kids enjoyed a meet and greet with the Penguins and viewing the Madagascar exhibit at the Bronx Zoo.  The Madagascar exhibit features a look at all the animals found there like lemurs, turtles and hissing cockroaches, all kids want to see that.  I know my kids do.   After, we went to the Aviary for a Penguin and bird feeding.  Everyone was allowed to ask questions, my son asked "if they feed differently for the weather?", very smart for a 4 year old.  Did you knows they have a computer dating system for animals, SSP, its for all zoos to network together for breeding purposes.

The Penguins of Madagascar are on another mission in this new movie, coming out November 26th.  They need to help a new group of animals against an old zoo friend Dr. Octavius Brine, who my kids thought was just a silly character.  The new crew working with the Penguins is North Wind, a mixture of new animals.   I found it very interesting that many of the animation team members, including co-director, are character voices in the film.  Tom McGarth is Skipper in the movie, his role all started when he would do preliminary voices.  The Penguins of Madagascar is a great family film, if you liked the first two Madagascar movies then you will love this one.

The family and I stayed over night at the Marriott Residence Inn, a sponsor for the DreamWorks Penguins of Madagascar event.   Located on 54th Street and Broadway with views of Time Square, Central Park and the Hudson River.  Marriott's Residence Inn was built as an extended stay brand, with studios and suites to fit your needs.  The Broadway location boasts views of Time Square, Central Park and the Hudson River, day or night the views looking out your windows are incredible.   The rooms include kitchenettes, necessary items for making small meals, including a dishwasher.  chairs, desks, and TVs.   They have a Bistro open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, food shop delivery and free breakfast for Residence Inn visitors, a Marriott Courtyard shares the building with Residence Inn.

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