Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lil' Monsters in NYC: Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales is Coming to Town

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Disney Live Three Classic Fairy Tales 2015

Growing up I absolutely loved using my imagination while reading classic fairy tale stories and watching Disney princesses like Snow White, Cinderella and Belle on my old tapes that I popped into the vcr on Saturday mornings (I'm really showing my age). I'd throw on one of my favorite dresses and pretended that I was alongside them as they sang and dance, went on adventures, and defeated evil villains from page to page. I'd never been to a Disney on Ice show prior to last year but can't imagine how exciting it is to watch these stories come to life in a theatrical way. For kids of all ages that love Disney I thought it would be fun to share with you this giveaway that's being hosted by Kathleen of "My Best of Both Worlds", Good luck!
                    
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Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. This enchanting journey features more than 25 Disney characters in an unforgettable theatrical experience for all families.

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This giveaway is open to US residents 18 year and older. The giveaway ends on 3/11/15 at 1o:00 pm. A winner will be randomly chosen, once the winning entry has been verified, an email notification will be sent to the winner from My Best of Both Worlds. The winner will have 24 hours in which to respond to the email to claim their prize. If there is no response within the 24 hours another winner will be randomly selected then verified. Feld Entertainment is responsible for awarding the prize a family four pack of tickets to Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales for at Nassau Coliseum on April 16th at 7 pm.
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My Best of Both Worlds is very pleased to host the Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Giveaway!!! If you are interested in My Best of Both Worlds doing reviews of your products or events you can reach her at kathleen@mybestofbothworlds.com

Disclosure: My Best of Both Worlds will be receiving complimentary tickets to the show from Feld Entertainment. No other compensation was received in exchange for this post. All opinions are true and my own. Feld Entertainment is responsible for awarding the prize a family four pack of tickets to Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Giveaway for April 16th at 7 pm
The blogs participating in this giveaway received no financial compensation of any sort in exchange for this publication and they are is not responsible for selecting the winner or the prize. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lil' Monsters in NYC: Xtreme Family Fun with Ringling Bros. Circus Xtreme #RinglingNYNJ

 
Barclays Center

When I was a kid, it was a long standing annual tradition until I graduated from middle school to head to Madison Square garden with my parents and sis to see the circus. I remember insisting on getting my face painted to resemble the clowns (and crying because it would drip in my eyes by the end of the show) making sure that I had one of those twirling light gizmos and cotton candy on hand that never made it to intermission.

It's got to be almost seven years since we'd last been to the circus with our oldest CJ, so I can't even begin to tell you how excited our two monsters, ages 10 and 4 had been when we showed them a commercial for opening night at The Barclays Center of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME

Anytime our youngest caught a glimmer of it, he'd jump up and down through our apartment and continuously ask if that particular day was "THE" day we'd see the show. I don't think that tiny body of his could contain all the excitment he'd been holding onto for days & I ended up putting him down for a nap that afternoon because he was driving me insane as he counted down until we headed to Brooklyn.

Barclays Center

We transferred to the B train from Queens to get to the 6pm  All Access pre-show (free with your ticket an hour before showtime) but got stalled for nearly twenty minutes underground, leaving me probably more frustrated then the kids to miss out on such an awesomely unique experience, where you get to head down to the ring and meet the performers, try on costumes, watch a painting pachyderm create a masterpiece and see a few  of the acts up close. Get there EARLY!

Feeling refreshed, our 4 year old was literally pulling the hubby towards the Barclay Center because he didn't want to miss anything (that's them in the above left photo: Tristan wearing a color-blocked black and green coat, and the hubby giving me the side eye to hurry up). 

Barclays Center

From exotic, beautiful Mongolian elephants and daring BMX trick riders to a fearless human cannonball who flies gracefully overhead, kids of all ages will find themselves in awe & at the edge of their seats as they try not to miss a single exhilarating moment.  Every few minutes you could see Tristan pointing, and another adorable blogger kid screaming from the seat behind us "Mommy, Mommy, look! look!" as they were completely mesmerized by the performers in the ring.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Presents Circus XTREME is a more modern and thrilling, live entertainment show that mixes extreme sports and acrobatics, with a menagerie of animals, dazzling lights and fun music.
 Barclays Center

Tristan was extremely focused on counting each of the high - wire wizards as they bravely balanced on each others shoulders above the audience.

Barclays Center

Barclays Center

Barclays Center

Barclays Center

The human cannonball was pretty amazing to witness, honestly it happened so fast I couldn't get myself together quick enough to get video of her breezing by above the crowd, CJ kept asking for a replay, and still watches the video on IG that Scherrie (ThirtyMommy) managed to score.


A video posted by ThirtyMommy (@thirtymommy) on


Barclays Center

Some of the best entertainment by far was watching the elephants get silly as they showed off their tricks, dance moves and played a few rounds of toss the beach ball with the giggling crowd. 

Barclays Center

Without a doubt, no circus show would be as good if there wasn't some cool music to get the audience dancing in their seats. Our monsters have dance parties and create their own playlists all the time at home, so when the high energy dogs and their trainers came out and wagged their tails to Taylor Swifts "Shake it Off", Bruno Mar's "Uptown Funk" and a handful of other top hits, they couldn't resist clapping and tapping their feet to the beats.

Barclays Center

Barclays Center

My blogger babes Nicole (The Bronx Mama) and Nellie (Brooklyn Active Mama) brought their families along, and everyone was all smiles as we watched some of the most extreme stunts wrap up the end of the night.

Barclays Center

Barclays Center

What do you most look forward to seeing when going to the circus? 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey presents Circus Xtreme is definitely a fun night out with family and friends, so don't miss out on all the Xcitement. The show will be playing at The Barclay Center until March 1st. For the National tour schedule and to learn more about the show, head to Ringling.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!


Disclosure: We received 4 tickets to facilitate this review & the opinions expressed are 100% my own. No other compensation was given.


#TheBalanceProject: Bring A Little Balance Into your Day to Day


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One of the most common issues of topic I hear my mom girlfriends chat about, is the difficulties in finding the right balance between their home life and work life. Whether you work out of the home, in your home, have kids in school or babies and toddlers, juggling it all is never an easy task. I've actually been a stay at home for both my boys until they were 2 1/2 (now 10) and my youngest stayed with me until he turned 4 and entered preschool and in the interim I started grad school, teaching and event coordinating. Currently I'm navigating the idea of a more freelance-telecommuting lifestyle, while continuing to grow my blog, contributing content and coordinating events for other sites and substitute teaching. I've got to tell ya, honestly working from home just seems to be a thousand times harder, than anything I've ever done in the past. I can't let the pile of dishes and laundry distract me from writing, I have to remind myself to set boundaries and put the phone down when having dinner with friends and family and even if it's only 5 minutes I have to take time for myself. The key is BALANCE!


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  • 1 reader will win a Balance Bar Prize Pack filled with Balance Bars and some cool stuff .

  • This is open to the U.S. only

  • This Sweepstakes will end on 3/9/2014 at 7 p.m.

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  • Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to respond or another will be chosen. pankuch1605@hotmail.com is the email it will come from.

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Enter below and Good Luck to you~


Disclosure- Dellah's Jubilation was not compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Tammie at info@tpankuch.com.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Celebrate Your Pregnancy, Channel Your Everyday SuperModel and Capture the Moments: #BigBelliMoms Mamarazzi Breakfast with Molly Sims


Molly Sims - Dellah's Jubilation

Having been pregnant twice I can honestly admit I never truly embraced my own physical beauty as I transitioned through each trimester.The journey itself and the fact that I was caring for these little tiny humans for a time span that seemed to fly by was absolutely amazing. But I personally had a hard time embracing my mama glow. Maybe it's because both my pregnancies were high risk (I have Crohns which is an auto immune disease, that Ididn't have under control at the time) with the later being more difficult than the first, and although both my hubby and I were excited for our lil' monster's arrivals we definitely had our fair share of obstacles and I just was overwhelmed with it all.  Which just solidified for me that there's just no such thing as "The right time to have a baby" or the "perfect pregnancy" so just live in the moment and celebrate every single thing because through all the excitement and anxiety, it all goes by so quickly.

A few weeks ago,  NYC lifestyle/mom bloggers and other press outlets were invited to the Artisanal Bistro in Midtown for a #bigbellimoms Mamarazzi event hosted by The Moms Network with special guests: Super Model Molly Sims & Big Belli media.

Molly Sims - Dellah's Jubilation

Over lunch guests in attendance were introduced to Big Belli media, which is the parenting content and social networking brand behind the documentary 40 Weeks. Filmmaker Christopher Henze and his wife Dominique Debroux were on hand to share with us the story of how expecting their first child led to them researching all things pregnancy and realizing that there was a need for more visual sources of information. 4O Weeks is a full lenghth documentary that takes an intimate look at the journey through pregnancy and touches on the physical, medical (partnered with Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses for accurate & current information) and emotional aspects of having a baby. Starting March 1st, 2015, 40 Weeks will be available on DVD, or download through the website and itunes, you can also learn more by visiting 40weeksthemovie.com  

Molly Sims - Dellah's JUbilation


^ 2 photos above courtesy of Freddy Mfuko of Mission 101 Media ^

"I feel and look better know at 41 then I did at 21!" I loved that Molly Sims, (who was so real and down to earth) admitted this to the luncheons audience of media and Lifestyle/Mom bloggers. I don't think anyone could disagree that Molly has aged beautifully and in her newly released book "The Everyday Supermodel" My Beauty, Fashion and Wellness Secrets Made Simple; Molly shares how she wasn't always the hot face and body you've seen grace the covers of Sports Illustrated and Allure.

Molly's Motto: If you look good, you feel good ----and when you feel good, you look good. So you might as well fell f***ing fabulous!

After perusing through her gorgeously put together book, I stumbled upon some relatable reflections and great tips on food, fitness, fashion, skin, hair and feel-good advice. Here's a summary of 4 out of 10 tips for three of the six chapters. I really love this book because it's like your super-model bestie giving you some real talk on how to be a better you!

 Molly Sims - Dellah's Jubilation

The everyday model TOP takeaways ( food is not the frenemy)
  • Buy Organic When it Counts: If you can't spend the extra cash on organic buy conventionally grown fruits and vegetables but remember to wash them well and peel those that you can. Helpful guides to refer to: "The Dirty Dozen Plus" and "Clean 15".
  • Get Fiber focused. Don't avoid carbs like the plague, instead eat a balanced diet.
  • Treat, don't cheat and avoid binges.
  • Try to replace a meat based meal with a vegetarian one a few times a week.
The everyday model TOP takeaways (fashion institute of Mollyology)
  • Build your core wardrobe. Be Frugal but not afraid to invest good money into forever pieces.
  •  Dress to impress yourself. We are all a work in progress.
  •  Your tailor needs to be on speed dial . Getting clothes tailored makes a piece of clothing look chic, sophisticated and expensive.
  • It's never just about the clothes, polish is about the total package: from hair to skin to nails.  
The everyday model TOP takeaways ( I made that sh*t happen)
  • Start being in charge of your life right now. There is no reason to wait. You only have one life to live, you might as well live it!
  • Face your fears and chase down your dreams.
  • Get a plan. Put it on paper. Write down steps to making it happen.
  • Know when to fold'em; let it go and move on.
Molly Sims - Dellah's Jubilation

^ above photo courtesy of Freddy Mfuko of Mission 101 Media ^
Molly Sims - Dellah's Jubilation

These days I love how there are so many women documenting their pregnancies with professional photo shoots and sharing their #pregnancystyle across social media and I regret not taking more photos of my bump to look back on now. However I think I've made it up for it by taking loads of pictures of the boys over the last 10 years and have them spread out on my cellphone(including the ones that fell in the toilet or on the sidewalk and no longer work), digital cameras, on Facebook, on Instagram and on two iPads. 

Being a new mom, and watching your kids grow up are perfect reasons to take an abundance of pictures to capture the day to day moments like, the first time they had solid food, moving up day in preschool or their first school show. The only problem with snapping so many pictures is where to store them all? I can't even tell you how many times I've been at a family fun blogger event and had my iPad or cellphone tell me it was out of space and I had to delete a few of the 2,300+ photos on my phone just to squeeze in 2 more photos, can you relate?

Imagine how freakin' excited we all were when we were introduced to Lyve  an amazing, FREE app that enables you to collect all the photos & videos you have on all of your devices into one single library, so that it's so much easier to find, view and share them.

I couldn't wait to get home and try it out, because as you can see from the photo above, having 4,000+ photos in just 1 of my 47 folders on my cellphone is insane and I'm always so worried I'd lose them. I'd totally recommend you download this app if you take tons of pictures because it will save you the worry of having those priceless moments lost somewhere, makes them more easily accessed and you'll free up some space on your other gadgets and gizmos!


Many thanks to The Moms Network for a fantastic lunch date! If you'd like to see more snaps from the event, check them out here!

*Disclosure: I attended this event as media, and received a copy of The Everyday SuperModel to assist in facilitating this review. No other compensation was received and opinions expressed are 100 %  my own.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Lil' Monsters in NYC: Can Do Duck: The Musical #CDDTM #Review

Dellah's Jubilation

"In our house, our kids know that when it comes to getting things done and setting goals the word CAN'T might as well be known as one of those bad 4 letter words" I overheard my hubby explaining to Ducktor Morty who's the author of the children's book "The Can Do Duck" (which was illustrated by his two young daughters and wife).

Last week we were invited to the preview performance of Can Do Duck: The Musical,  an Off Broadway, kid-friendly show (based on Morty's book) at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project in Soho, NYC. Although it was definitely one of those chilly winter mornings in the city we can say it was totally worth the trek from Queens because my two boys aged 4 and 10 had such a good time and raved about the fun they had.
Dellah's Jubilation


Directed and produced by the author's daughter Arielle Sosland, this inspiring musical featured catchy songs and was funny and touching. Mike and I watched from the third row & our boys sat on the floor with a bunch of other tiny theater goers.There really wasn't a bad seat in the house which allowed the kids in the crowd to hop on stage and interact with the cast. 

Dellah's Jubilation

Dellah's Jubilation

With the theme of Believing in Yourself prominent, during the performance viewers get to follow the lives of two families, one human dad who's been brainstorming ideas for his new children's book with the help of his young daughter Sarah and another made up of a mother duck and her 5 ducklings (Can Do, Russ, Penelope, Lilac and Nelly) who face issues that are very common for most kids: accepting one another, facing fears and sibling rivalry.

Dellah's Jubilation

Dellah's Jubilation


Geared towards children ages 3-11, little ones will most enjoy being able to follow the story along by watching the animated scenes drawn on the screen behind the live performers. The kids in the audience were completely captivated and engaged as they watched the tale unfold and giggles filled the room as we witnessed the ducks learn to walk, fly and swim. 


Dellah's Jubilation


Dellah's Jubilation

I know after the show a few of the moms admitted to getting teary eyed by how sweet the unexpected ending was & how overall it echoed the importance of supporting your loved ones and having a "Can Do" attitude!

Having a positive frame of mind has been crucial in our home as we have all recently gone through significant transitions: Tristan just started preschool a month before his 4th birthday, our 10yr. old CJ just transferred from the school he'd been at since Pre-K, during the middle of 4th grade to attend a pre-professional ballet public school and my hubby and I are both taking leaps of faith to explore our creative passions. Although change is good, we've definitely needed to be each others cheering squad these days. Towards the end of the show, when we heard the phrase "I say I can, I make a plan, I get right to it and then I do it" it really resonated with conversations we'd been having & will surely be a great confidence booster for all ages!


Dellah's Jubilation

Dellah's Jubilation

At the conclusion of the show all of the lil' monsters were invited up on stage to learn from the ducklings how to swim and fly. As we listened in on a Q&A with the author of the original children's book and his wife & their daughter Arielle (Director) they shared how her college project led to bringing her father's story to the stage.
  Dellah's Jubilation

Dellah's Jubilation

The hour long show runs through March 8th 2015, with Saturday and Sunday performances at 11am, so don't miss out on this opportunity for some indoor fun!

Ticket Information: 
Adults (18 and over) Ticket $40 
Child (Under 18)Ticket $30
Group Rate $10-15 
*Children under 2 are free

3 ways to buy your tickets: { Hooray! use code INTRONYC for 50% off}
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Lil' Monsters in NYC: Get Ready for Some Xtreme Fun with Ringling Bros Circus #Giveaway #RinglingNYNJ

Dellah's Jubilation


As a little girl I remember my parents taking my younger sister and I to Madison Square Garden to see The Greatest Show on Earth: Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus and it being one of the coolest shows we had ever watched. Without a doubt the show was Xtremely entertaining and we found ourselves mesmerized by the lights, music and high energy, amazing performances. Some of our all-time favorite acts included watching the daring motorcycle riders race around in a metal ball (how on earth did they get so many to fit and ride around at those speeds?), the seemingly fearless animal tamers give commands to ferocious lions and the beautiful women who could gracefully contort their bodies while drifting through the air.   

I always knew that taking my children to the circus would be a must and the first time we took our oldest son CJ, he was only 3yrs. old (photographed below). Imagine how amazing it was for him to be able to attend a pre-show where he had the chance to meet the Ringmaster of the show and while up-close, watched a talented elephant paint a colorful masterpiece in front of a crowd of super-excited families. And now that we have our animal-loving, dare devil son Tristan to add to the mix, seeing the show after all these years will prove to be a crazy, X-citing, fun filled night at the Barclay Center. 

Dellah's Jubilation

This year at Ringling Bros.® Presents Circus XTREME, Ringmaster David Shipman guides audiences on a quest around the world with the help of hilarious adventure seekers, Alex and Irina Emelin. The show thrills as the Mongolian riders, an all-female troupe, displays their skills in one of the most unique acts this year, performing a series of tricks and maneuvers atop elegant two-hump camels. Jaw-dropping freestyle BMX riders and free running tumblers fill the arena floor performing crazy-stunts mixed with acrobats leaping through a 15 foot transparent tower – and that is just one act! During this energetic show, personal introductions to their performing pachyderms will allow audiences to be on a first name basis with the magnificent animals. All this and more happens during the most unexpected circus experience at Ringling Bros. Presents Circus XTREME.


          

Get X-Cited because we'd like to offer one of our readers the opportunity to win (4) tickets to one of the following show dates.
  • Barclays Center, Brooklyn – February 19
  • Nassau Coliseum, Long Island – March 4
  • Prudential Center, Newark, NJ – March 12
  • IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ – March 18

All you have to do to win is let us know What day you'd like to attend in the comments and for additional entries complete the tasks below and leave a comment for each one completed:
visit Dellah's Jubilation on Facebook and leave a comment on the post for this giveaway
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This Giveaway is open to entrants ages 18+  residing in the U.S.A only and closes at 11:59pm on Feb 3rd. The winner must respond within 24hrs. Good Luck!

*Update: Giveaway Closed >> The WINNER is Marta G




Disclosure: The opinions expressed are 100% my own and we will receive tickets to attend opening night to facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. 


Monday, January 26, 2015

Having A Moment: It's Tough Saying Goodbye to 2014, My Year of New Beginnings


I'm Baaaacccckkk! Sorry I've been MIA for a bit, I needed to take some time to reflect and couldn't return to this space until I could get this post done. It's really hard to sum up a year of happenings in one post without boring you all to death.

We're officially almost a month into the New Year and I'm honestly having a hard time letting go of 2014, which I know seems silly but with all the events and milestones that happened this year I'm actually kind of nervous about what the future has in store. It actually didn't sink in until I started collaging the photos for this post, just how monumental this year actually was in various ways. I get goose-bumps thinking about the amazing people my boys and I have been fortunate enough to meet, and when I play back inspiring conversations I have had, I get freaking excited thinking about how to bring those words to fruition in 2015. 

Now don't get me wrong, by no means was 2014 perfect! I shed tears, I got angry, I doubted myself, but oh boy did we have some great laughs & good times! And it took a low moment during the beginning of the year for me to realize we needed to celebrate life despite our circumstances because as cliche as it sounds, tomorrow just isn't promised.



January 23, 2014: after 26 days in the hospital and an emergency surgery due to strictures and fistulas in my intestines (I couldn't eat anything thicker than the consistency of applesauce and the photo taken is the next morning after 2ft. of intestines were removed) due to Crohns disease, I vowed that 2014 would be my year of New Beginnings. After dealing with such a roller-coaster ride of flare-ups and pain killers and then facing an unnerving experience like that hospitalization, I decided to only focus on the things that were in my control and that would make me and my family happy. We needed to just live in the moment!


 Living in the Moment in NYC: Creating Memories

So as a family, we did what we do best: despite any health issues or financial woes we hit the streets and enjoyed experiencing our crazy, fast paced city and discovered new places and connected with people unexpectedly.

Thanks to Facebook, relationships were re-established as my hubby reconnected with his father and that side of our family after 16 years!!! Our lil' monsters met their Grand-pops, theor daddy's brother and sister (the trio of bald headed guys is my hubby on the left, his dad in the middle and brother on the right) their great-grandmother and a ton of aunts, uncles and cousins over the summer. So, crazy right?


From my baby Tristan starting preschool and having his first school birthday party, to my oldest experiencing Alvin Ailey and getting excepted to a prestigious ballet program in the city, I was one proud & emotional mama that year. Their daddy and I couldn't be more lucky, to have been chosen as parents to, two monsters who are beyond amazing little boys and it makes me sorta sad that the time is just speeding by before our eyes.

NYC is nothing short of things to do and we made our best attempts to see as much of it as we could while not hurting the wallets too much. We rounded up family for a trip to Flushing Zoo and  the adults reminisced and while riding the carousel & as Marvel lovers we had so much fun checking out the incredible, stunt-filled live show at the IZOD center. Some of the coolest things we got to do as a family for the first time was to visit Madame Toussand wax museum, discovered a secret water feature at The American Museum of Natural History and explored midtown on The RIDE, a one-of-a-kind tour bus experience which featured the boys picture in a local newspaper for a few days before the year ended. 

Our metrocard took us everywhere from the New York Public library for a unique exhibit on children's books, to an off Broadway shadow puppet performance of The Old Man and The Old Moon at the New Victory theater and then got us to Brooklyn to check out the dopest street art in the boroughs and to the Bronx Zoo  to explore with our nature club for hours once a month.

Although we make sure to prioritize our free time to our kids, we find it equally important to carve in moments for ourselves and with friends, which ensures we don't lose our sanity & sense of self. I'm always looking forward to celebrating any occasion  whether with my three long time friends from high school while dolled up in sequins over dinner or with my hubby who cooked up the sweetest surprise rooftop brunch right above our apartment for our 6 year wedding anniversary in August.

Blogger Life

                         

It's really kind of crazy how in just a year, my little blog that started off focusing on the fun we had been having in NYC as a family, has allowed us to meet so many awe-inspiring people and how it's been a platform to help us form great relationships and to create some pretty-freaking awesome memories! 

I've sort of just been learning as I go along & fortunately I have met some fantastic and supportive bloggers & digital influencers along the way at events like: Well Rounded NY's Tips by TrimesterGirls Night Out  at the car show and at conferences like Blogger Bash (my first conference) and Fashion Forward who have given sound advice, have been my cheering squad and many of whom I call my blogger babes. In all honesty, we probably see each other more than we see our closest friends and family and even our kids look forward to the next event & hanging out with their blogger buddies.

I love that blogging is something that allows me to spend time with my family and gives us something to look forward to from month to month. My two boys even discovered they love making videos and started recently creating reviews for their series Must Haves for Lil Monsters and started another with their dad, Lil' Monsters in the Kitchen , which we are hoping to do more of this year.

 The Amazing Things Crossed of our Bucket List:

1. Attended the NYC Wine and Food Festival which was probably my hubby's fave event.
2. Watched celebrities walk the red carpet of The Amazing Spiderman 2  premier.
3. Saw the Lion King on Broadway, which was phenomenal.
4. Saw not 1, but 2 shows for NYFW and one was under the tents at Lincoln Center.
5. Got the closest I ever dreamed of getting to Oprah at the Live Your Life tour.


Becoming WWE Ambassadors



If my maternal grandma was alive today, I know hands down she would have loved to share in the amazing experiences we had thanks to the WWE, their Superstars and Divas. I grew up watching the greats like the Ultimate Warrior, The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan and Brett the Hitman Hart with her and my dad and it brings back so many great memories. Now that I have two boys who are die hard fans I'm so beyond grateful that blogging has allowed us the chance to experience such exciting moments as a family. 

When we took pics with Triple H at the  Scooby Doo Wrestlemania Mystery event I literally got teary eyed because he was one of my gramps's favorites and I knew she was smiling from heaven. From attending Extreme Rules and seeing Evolution get back together to fight the Shield, to my oldest son CJ singing & dancing with Darren Young at the KidzVuz BTS party and meeting his crush Natalya........ to bringing my dad to his first live event, creating a WWE tribute video and becoming WWE Brand Ambassadors, we are so thankful for the fun that has brought us closer together. And let's not get it twisted, my boys are huge fans and can name all the signature moves but i'm the true fanatic! 


A lot of people I know just aren't moved much by meeting celebrities because honestly, they are human just like us. And well, although that's very true, excuse me while I say " I took a freaking selfie with Boo (Lea Delaria) from Orange is the New Black at a Kiehls party, haha!" and she has some pretty awesome moves on the dance floor.

I love meeting celebrities, especially ones who have impacted my way of thinking in a huge way. Meeting GMA anchor Robin Roberts was probably one of the most moving moments for me last year, her book "Everybody's Got Something" although it was her testimony on how she handled beating breast cancer and a rare blood disorder, her journey resonated so deeply with my heart. From page to page I found myself scribbling in the margins my own reflections and crying at how easily I could relate to her story.  

        1O More Fave Celeb Encounters by Far Were:  

1. Winning an Instagram contest to meet celeb stylist June Ambrose a few days after my release from the hospital and the day after my birthday. Also in attendance was the Glow Maven Latham Thomas, owner of Carols Daughter Lisa Price and NJ Housewife reality star Dina Manzo, who I all admire as mom-preneurs.
2. Attending the Henry and Me Premier with my hubby and meeting Yankee Coach Joe Girardi and his daughter and making my sister seriously jealous when I told her we met Chazz Palminteri from the movie A Bronx Tale who joked with us about opening car doors.
3. Getting complimented on my color blocked outfit & advise from Amber Sabathia at a NYFW event hosted by The Moms Network.
4. Channeling my inner DIY'er and getting crafty with Sabrina Soto  who was named Velcro Brand Amabassador.
5. Enjoying a summer day in Brooklyn at an Essence Magazine Festival and meeting two of my fave bloggers Gorgeous in Grey and Rae Holliday and Project Runway star Korto Momolu who said she was love'n my statement necklace.
6. Listening to tips on how to capture the best family moments from photographer Anne Geddes who was a keynote speaker at Bloggerbash.
7. Reminiscing on my days as an MTV lover and chatting it up at a #FeelGlade event with Sway
 who is hilarious.
8.  By Far Robin Williams was one of my all time favorite actors and I wish he could've been in the room the day I had the chance to interview the cast of Night at The Museum: Secret of the Tomb, you could see how hard it was for Ben Stiller  to discuss their final moments together.
9. My high energy kids enjoyed an afternoon away from all the gadgets and gizmos and headed to a Nickelodeon Day of Play event and had a blast meeting Nick Stars like Jack Griffo.
10. I wrapped up my year by attending a luncheon where I got to sit next to Marlo Thomas 
as she shared the inspiring mission of St. Jude's Children Hospital & the Thanks and Giving campaign.
So, What Now?

Before this month is over I promised my boys I would print out a book of photos for them because these experiences were beyond special and deserve more than being stored on my phone or liked on Instagram and Facebook. I want them to be able to flip through the pages of this year even when I'm gone and remember all the fun they had, people they met and achievements and firsts that happened.  We always joke about all the cool things our boys have been able to experience before the age of ten, that we are just experiencing in our 30's and that we never even dreamed of happening and I hope if nothing else they learn from this year that there is light after darkness and as cheesy as it sounds, brighter days after you weather a storm!

For me, 2014 proved that after darkness there is light, I can't even wrap my head around the idea that I might not have been alive to experience all of this.  I'm not sure how 2015 can top my year of New Beginnings but my boys and I say bring it on! We are looking forward to a year of good health, growth and happiness and wish the very same to you and yours!

What was the highlight of 2014 for you & what are you most excited for this year?


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