Friday, May 22, 2015

An Afternoon at The New York Baby Show + MomTrends Blogger Lounge

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Expecting a baby is an exciting time in the lives of new parents to be and while watching that beautiful bump grow and anxiously counting down to baby's arrival, there's tons of planning and shopping to do. And let's admit it, it can all be a little nerve racking when you don't have a clue about the tons of products out there! How do you know which car-seat's the safest, which stroller's the lightest what's organic or BPA free and which app will be an absolute life-saver?  

Last weekend I joined thousands of new and expecting parents and my fellow blogger babes at Pier 92 for The New York Baby Show which was hosted by New York Family Magazine & presenting sponsor Canon. My first time attending was two years ago when my youngest Tristan was 2 1/2 and although there are no babies in our home now, I'm always excited to see what must haves are out there for the teeniest lil' monsters. 

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Before diving into all the fun, functional and innovative new products, Nicole Feliciano of MomTrends and her team set up an amazing blogger lounge which was a welcomed treat. Being pampered by GlamSquad with manicures, blowouts and makeovers was a great way to start the morning before meeting with brands. An added bonus was that the Nanny League was on hand to watch the kids while mom + dad bloggers worked. Throughout the day we were able to head upstairs to kick up our feet and enjoy lunch while catching up with our colleagues. 


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With 150 eye-catching vendors, attending The New York Baby Show is the best way to discover the latest and greatest in baby gear, technology and services from the most well known and up and coming brands. My best advice to you would be to wear comfy shoes, either bring snacks/ lunch or purchase goodies on sight and to ask lots of questions and enter the raffles because there are lots of great items up for grabs!

While I walked from table to table I scouted out a few Must Haves for Lil' Monsters I thought you guys needed to know about:

Baby Gear:

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I - Angel Hipseat Carrier is an ergonomically superior multi -function + multi-position carrier which can be worn on the front or the back with baby facing inward or outward. It's extremely versatile and can be used as a nursing sling, stand-alone hipseat of hipseat carrier

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Quinny Zapp Xtra: This stylish stroller from the South Beach collection folds compactly with seat attached, has 3 forward and 2 rearward positions, and is the only compact buggy that's compatible with a baby car-seat by Maxi-Cosi to use from birth. I love that it's a statement maker that's bold and fun and shows off personal style.

Eco-Friendly :
  
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Kids Play Home - I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw this line because it was just too cute & offers a variety of eco-friendly and organic products that help kids explore their imagination.
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Seraphic Organics is a line of beautiful, durable and affordable organic baby clothes and blankets that uses only 100% GOTS certified fair trade organic cotton and non-toxic dye.

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Primary: You have to appreciate a brand that keeps it simple by providing a line of modern classics, that's simple, made of sturdy fabrics at a great price point. Gone are the days of searching for that plain white tee, or sending the babies clothes off with the dry cleaning.
 Basic pieces + Bold primary colors = perfection 

Problem solvers:

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Sure Shop: So you're probably asking yourself what's so special about a tote bag right? Well the sureshop tote is pure genius. Just one of those things that have you plam smack yourself in the head because you wish you would have thought of it. Babies have tons of stuff loaded into their diaper bags, throw that on the stroller and a bag or two of groceries and your wheels instantly topple backwards. Sureshop is great because it's designed to prevent that from happening by redistributing the weight.

Coldsnap: Is a universal coat extender that keeps both mom and baby warm with body heat and an optional thermal insert.


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My Carry Potty: Potty training can definitely be an inconvenience and seems daunting but with this special potty it seams easier to accomplish at home or while traveling. It's lightweight and leak proof and comes in fun designs that kids will love!

Technology:

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Vipose Baby Guard: Allows you to stop worrying by protecting both mommy and baby from dangerous electromagnetic radiation by detecting it early on and alerting the mom with lights and vibration.
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Snuza Hero: I remember many a night, randomly waking up to see if my baby boys were breathing. Worrying about SIDS is a pretty scary thing. With the Snuza Hero clipped on to your babies diaper you can monitor for weak, or decreased movements{less than 8 movements per minute}. If no movement is detected after 15 seconds, a light vibration can be felt by baby. After doing this consecutively for 3 times, the parent will be alerted with an alarm.



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With opportunities to demo and sample products, sit in on expert speakers & entertainers and to meet other new parents, if you get the chance to attend The New York Baby Show it's really worth your time and it's great to visit with the whole family. Don't miss it next year!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Delicious NEW Line of Healthy Starkist Tuna Flavors Launching Fall 2015


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post I was invited by StarKist to get a sneak peek of their new fall flavors. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Without hesitation my kids will readily admit that I am not the cook in our house. If I walk into the kitchen at any given moment my one dimpled - smirking 4 year old will turn to me and say "Mommy why are you in daddy's kitchen? You don't know how to cook, you only cook coffee!" 

He's exaggerating just a bit. In my head I'm a millennial aged Julia Child but in reality I'm only good at making meatloaf, homemade pizza and pasta dishes. When left to my own devices in the kitchen, I try to prepare meals that are light, filling and won't cause food poisoning.

As a kid I grew up eating tuna, especially in the spring and summertime because meat just seemed too heavy to digest. My mom knew how to make it just how I liked it, a little salt and pepper, diced onions and add a hard boiled egg.YUM!



Recently I attended a press preview for Starkist Tuna and I was in heaven.. three words "Sassy Deviled Eggs", wait I meant to say "Brand New Flavors". While mingling and taste testing we learned all about the new &affordable, easy to make product line.

All Products Are:

·         A natural source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
·         Already pre-seasoned and comes in the easy tear-open pouch design.
·         No mixing or draining required.

StarKist Hot Buffalo Creations:
·         Tuna to fulfill your spicy cravings with the new hot buffalo flavor.
o   70 calories
o   15g of protein
·         Looking at food trends, StarKist discovered that hot sauce is the fastest growing condiment in the U.S. , with an average annual revenue growth that surpasses BBQ, ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard combined.

StarKist Kid’s Creations:
·         A better-for-you meal that tastes great and kids will want to eat.
·         Available in two kid-friendly flavors – Bacon Ranch and Honey BBQ
o   100 calories or less
o   14g of protein to keep kids full
o   95-110mg of DHA Omgea-3 Fatty Acids to help with brain development
·         With child obesity still on the rise StarKist new moms were looking for healthier options for their kids, something that they could serve their kids at home and could be taken to school for lunch or snack time.

StarKist Salmon Creations:
·         Using premium skinless, boneless and 100 percent wild caught salmon.
·         Available in Lemon Dill and Mango Chipotle flavors.
o   90 calories or less
o   14g of protein or less
·         While tunas popularity continues to grow, salmon is growing even faster. Consumers were looking for an convenient to enjoy salmon that still has a fresh taste. StarKist Salmon Creations line provides a healthy and delicious meal option for salmon lovers with busy lifestyles 



We were presented really fun and out of the box creative dishes, with Starkist Tuna in sliders, on top of pretzels, in mini tacos and my favorite: a deviled egg! The unique new line was really tasty and flavorful but definitely not overbearing. 

Guests really enjoyed themselves with a pretty amazing digital caricature "Cartuna" station, DIY station and pictures with Charlie.
 




The Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien who's a best selling author and Food Network star was on hand to give us a sneak peak of her new book The Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook: Healthy Recipes for Mix-n-Match Meals & Snacks.



As soon I got home I decided to add the Herb and Garlic Starkist Tuna Creations to a pasta salad I had already made to kick it up a notch. I don't have a recipe or anything for the dish above, because that just isn't my style but I swear to you if you can boil water then this can't get any easier. 

  • Bring water to a boil, add salt, olive oil and pasta of choice, after it's cooked then drain.
  • Cut up black olives, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella and mix with pasta
  • Add Italian dressing and then salt and pepper to taste
  •  Finally mix in your Tuna Creations flavor of choice.
How do you like your tuna?Bon Appetite & keep an eye out for the new line of flavors from Starkist! 







Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Must Haves For Lil' Monsters: Fabkids Style for April

Must Haves for Lil' Monsters
Disclosure: Opinions expressed are 100% my own. We were provided one outfit (top & bottom) to review no other compensation was provided. 

Everything is awesome when you're 4 years old and don't have a care in the world. Now that the weather has warmed up and it finally feels like spring lil' monsters everywhere can enjoy hours of play outdoors. It seems this age is also a great time for self discovery and even style discovery and it's cute to see how different Tristan's taste in fashion varies from his big brothers.

We're EXCITED to tell you that we've  teamed up with FabKids to show you our fave stylish looks each month. This e-commerce children's line was started by parents who wanted to help children express their own style through their personalized fashion choices & to make life easier for Mom and Dad with a trendy 2 piece outfit that's high quality at affordable prices {First outfit $15, membership $29.95/month}. 

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Must Haves for Lil' Monsters

Must Haves for Lil' Monsters

Graphic Tee's are perfect for kids with lots of personality and as a big wrestling fan, I wasn't surprised that Tristan picked out this tee with colorful Luchador Masks printed on it. As a fearless & active preschooler, I have to make sure that anything he wears is comfortable and will allow him to easily move around the playground. The Tan Twill shorts were a great pairing with the shirt because they feel durable and can even be dressed up with a button down shirt or polo. Isn't this outfit awesome? Stay Tuned for our May look for Memorial Day weekend!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Spring Has Sprung! Take A Stroll with the Latest from Stokke #StokkeStroll #MomTrends

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Shopping for baby gear was always such an ordeal for me while pregnant with each of my boys, especially since they're 5 1/2 years apart and there are just a wide range of products out there. During my last two trimesters you'd find me flipping through magazines, searching online, reading reviews & asking the few mommy friends I had their expert opinions. With questions like: What will it cost? how much does it weigh? Is it safe? Will it match our style? Any expecting or new parent might feel overwhelmed by the decisions to be made when there are so many choices. 

The best advice I can give you while shopping around for strollers is: If possible test it out! If you were buying a car you'd give it a test drive right? Head to your nearest retailer and give the floor samples a push around, lift it up to see how heavy it is and ask a sales associate about it's features and a demo if at all possible.

Nicole Feliciano the founder of MomTrends invited a group of top NYC bloggers and digital influencers out to preview exceptional new strollers from Stokke that appeal to the needs on every parents wishlist. Stokke has an amazing lineup of strollers that are not only safe & functional but they are stylish as well. Throughout the evening we were able to push the strollers around and watched demos of how easily they could be assembled and collapsed while swooning over the bold colors, adorable prints and must have accessories.  
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Available in 6 stylish colors, the Stokke Xplory brings parents and baby closer together and promotes interaction. With adjustable height seating it can be placed forward or rear facing as you go on your daily adventures. The stroller we were gifted didn't have forward facing seating which was something I wanted when the boys were just weeks old. I would have preferred to see their cute little faces while we were on the move. Early on I think it puts you at ease by being able to see their movements and facial expressions, especially if you are a first time mommy. It's great to have the option to be able to easily turn the baby towards you if he or she is upset and teary eyed, it may just take you holding their little finger or them seeing your face to soothe them.

Comfort is key when shopping around for the perfect stroller for your little one, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time out and about now that the weather is warmer. The Stokke Crusi has a high carry cot and seat position that enables baby to be closer to mom & dad and extra soft and luxurious cushioning that reduces seat depth for smaller babies. Imagine how excited I was when I won this beautiful stroller in a raffle that evening! My younger sister worked at Buy Buy Baby for years and is secretly wishing I give it to her for when she decides to have her first child because she used to refer it to all of her customers. One feature that had me sold on this stroller was the large shopping basket, which trust me is an amazing bonus for the days you have to stock up on diapers and wipes.

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When we hit the busy streets of NYC we usually get to our destinations via public transportation so most likely you would not have seen us without our lightweight stroller. Through winter slush and up numerous flights of stairs in the humid summer heat & with so many things to carry: diaper bag, toys, blankets and don't forget baby! A lightweight and functional stroller like the Stokke Scoot is your saving grace. This smart stroller has a compact folding design, two way reclining seats, is easy to maneuver and has large foam filled rubber tires with built in suspension which are a must if you live in more urban neighborhoods with bumpy streets. It's also a great choice for spring and summer because it has an oversized canopy with SPF 5O+ for protection, harness protector and comes with a rain cover and mosquito net. 
{Photos below courtesy of MomTrends}

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It seems like Stokke has thought of everything by creating stylish, quality strollers that have lots of accessories and make your day to day easier  while keeping baby safe & comfortable. What more could a parent ask for? Which of these strollers would be your top choice?  

Thank you Nicole/ The MomTrends Team & Stokke for having us!
Disclosure: The opinions expressed are 100% my own, I received a giftbag for attending and no other compensation was received.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Fashionable Afternoon with Kate Spade: Dressed Up in the Latest Styles for Spring #KateSpadeNY


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With two active boys I will revel in any girly moment I can get, which these days seem far and in between. When I get the chance I love to curl up on my coach with Spotify playing my fave songs in the background and either my coffee or a glass of white wine nearby while I flip through the fashionable pages of People Style Watch or Glamour Magazine. My magazines and Instagram feed are my sources for keeping up with the latest stylish trends,  seeing as I don't have the time to window shop. One of my faves to follow has always been Kate Spade NY which is a timeless brand with bold, chic yet playful looks and accessories girls of every age will covet.

With that said, I'm sure you'll understand why I was BEYOND excited to get extended an invite along with my fellow NYC lifestyle & mom bloggers for a day of VIP treatment at The Kate Spade store on 789 Madison ave. It was a gorgeous Saturday that finally felt like Spring and we chatted, sipped champagne & enjoyed bite size cupcakes after touring the 4 floors of fabulous finds. [Looks Featured above Top: Jaq Dress //  Stelli Dress
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I usually avoid stepping into a fitting room like the plague but that afternoon I was on a mission! A few of the ladies were initially hesitant about trying on outfits in fear of getting too attached to their new finds.I knew I wasn't walking out the door until I tried on my favorite two items from the Madison Ave collection and got snapped in a few good pictures. I had always wondered if I could pull off a crop top and shorts because I'm not too keen on showing off my Crohn's disease surgery scars or stretch marks and c-section scar from childbirth. But surprisingly I felt confident and comfortable in the Madison ave 2 piece (that was the perfect length) and the girls all seemed to enjoy posing for the camera.

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Ladybug clutch // Madison Ave Floral Lummi  top & shorts

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Heritage Fit and Flare Dress {Any dress with pockets is a yes!}

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Spring Fashion

I must give a special thank you to Kate Spade for having us, Evelyn of IndiaLynRose who coordinated the event, to Jonathan Castellanos our photographer for the day and to Vive Mejor (provided the Dove products), Carmex and Chantilly Dallas for the lovely swag bag goodies.

Honestly this was so much fun and just out of the norm for me, I think I speak for all of us in attendance by saying it was a great way to spend a Saturday. Who doesn't love playing dress up with friends? Which of these fun, fashionable looks and accessories are you loving?



Disclosure: The opinions expressed are 100% our own and there was no compensation given for this post. Attendees received a gift bag for their time.







It's a Jungle Out There:120 Ways #NYisWild & 6 Ticket #Giveaway to the Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo

Back in the day my mom would spend the night before packing our lunches & laying out our clothes for a day long adventure at the Bronx Zoo. We'd wake up really early to jump on the Q44 bus for a 90 minute ride from Queens to the Bronx to make sure we were one of the first few families there and would enjoy the entire day exploring until the zoo closed (even if it rained and we had to ask an employee for one of those super sized garbage bags to use as ponchos, lol) and were the last few out. 

I have countless childhood memories there and now as a parents, the hubby and I take our two monsters for visits to the WCS parks all year round hoping to create priceless moments for them too as they enjoy educational and fun-filled experiences. This month alone we've visited on Easter and we were just there yesterday for our monthly nature club meeting (through the AZA )where the boys searched for bugs by the Bronx River!


The Bronx Zoo

This summer, the Bronx Zoo will turn NYC into a city-wide social photo safari by inviting consumers to learn about “120 Ways #NYisWild.”  The more people share their in-park photos using the #NYisWild hashtag, the more chances they have to win a trip to Belize, one of the locations where the Wildlife Conservation Society—owner and operator of the Bronx Zoo – does some exciting and relevant conservation work.

The “120” part of this acknowledges and celebrates 120 years of conservation since the founding of this organization, and 100 of the 120 ways take place in WCS parks: Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo & Queens Zoo.


The Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo

Here’s what you need to know about #NYisWild:

·         To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a city-wide campaign called #NYisWild is turning our concrete jungle into a summer-long photo safari
·         New Yorkers can participate by choosing from 120 “wild” attractions around the city and capturing a photo of each for a chance to win irresistible prizes
·         There are several prize levels available, including a special Grand Prize. Entry to win these prizes increases for hitting certain milestones (ex: Escape for 2 to Belize for completing 10/120 or Whale Watching Tour for 4 With WCS Scientists for completing 50/120).
·         From April to August participants can capture each attraction using Instagram or Twitter with #NYisWild and also hashtagging the number of the clue (ex: #NYisWild, #84)
·         Keep track of all progress on NYisWild.com by logging in via an Instagram or Twitter account
·         Download the full list of all 120 attractions and have fun exploring! Direct download link here: http://bit.ly/NYisWildOnePager

With Spring weather finally here (yesterday at the Bronx Zoo felt more like Summer with an unexpected high of 78 degrees), #NYisWild is the perfect way to spend a day out in the great New York City! There is an exclusive discount for 20% off all tickets purchased only through NYisWild.com. This site also serves as the only destination for all news and information about this exciting new campaign. Be sure to check it out and have fun taking part in all of the #NYisWild activities!

{Update: GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED winner on IG was Crafty_mommy_blogger} 
What Zoo's and Aquariums do you love to visit? For all of our fantastic readers we are hosting a GIVEAWAY on Instagram for 6 tickets to the Bronx Zoo. In order to enter you Must 
  • Follow Dellah's Jubilation on Instagram
  • Click on the photo for this #NYisWild Giveaway (same picture that's on top of this page) and like it.
  • Tell us what your family's favorite zoo animal is & Tag a friend who would like to enter!
Good Luck! Giveaway starts Sunday April 19th, 2015 and ends on Sunday April 26th and is open to entrants ages 18+ that reside in the continental U.S. Winner will be announced on Instagram on Monday April 27th and has 48hrs. to claim before another winner is selected.


Disclosure: Opinions expressed are 100% my own, I was not compensated for this post and received tickets to host this giveaway.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

John Hancock Insurance Announces a New Approach that Rewards You for Healthy Living #5MoreNow

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Earlier this month, John Hancock Insurance and actor and health enthusiast Chris O' Donnell teamed up to announce how the company plans to recognize consumers healthy steps to physical, emotional and financial wellness by getting their #5morenow .
"Between filming and family, I know how hard it is to juggle everyday life and still fit in time to take care of my physical and financial health ......I try to share positive habits that keep us active now and healthy in the long term." - Chris O' Donnell

Now I hope what I'm about to say doesn't come off sounding conceited but, I get told all the time that I look at least 10 years younger than what I really am. Don't I wish! That's a pretty nice problem to have at this stage in the game I guess. Me being 33 years old people hardly ever believe I have a 10 year old and when they attempt at guessing my age, the answers range between 18 and 25. I remember when I was admitted into the hospital last year, the nurses would joke that I belonged on the pediatric floor, which would have been fine if it meant I was guaranteed more ice cream or red jello.

If you ask me how I feel physically, ha! I don't nearly feel that I have the energy of anyone half my age despite running all over this city with the two monsters in tow. I wish I could say that my young face came from years of drinking water, eating healthy and taking vitamins but that just isn't the case. I'm fortunate enough to just have good genes, and two parents that look really young as well. I remember in high school my girlfriends asking me if the good looking guy next to me was my brother, when in actuality it was my dad {yepp, I was extremely freaked out by that}.


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During the John Hancock Vitality Village event visitors could sample free juices, enjoy massages and get their workout on. I signed up for an early morning bootcamp session that kicked my butt. I used to run track in high school, took Tae Kwon Do for years and I was so sore the next day and pretty upset that despite my small frame I was so out of shape. It was just the wake-up call I needed.

Consumers were invited to find out their vitality age which is an indicator of their overall health based on their lifestyle behaviors, including physical activity and nutrition habits. The average Americans vitality age is 5 years older than their actual age, I know.....kinda depressing right? But wait, don't get discouraged! Instead of just talking about how we wished we had more time to squeeze in a moment that benefits our wellness, with that new knowledge we just need to step up and set realistic goals to improve our lifestyle choices.  And John Hancock is prepared to encourage and reward those who are up for the challenge!

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As parents and just in general we need to think about being around as long as possible for our kids and take the necessary steps to ensure that.  John Hancock Life Insurance with Vitality helps people to invest in both their health and wealth and work toward securing their financial future while pursuing a healthier, longer life.

Through it's exclusive partnership with Vitality, the global leader in integrating wellness benefits with life insurance products, John Hancock is offering a life insurance solution that gives consumers the chance to save on their premiums and earn valuable rewards and discounts, simply by living a healthier lifestyle. 

This new program integrates personalized health technology, including wearable like Fitbit offers those that participate rewards and discounts from major brands such as Amazon, Hyatt and REI just for walking, having regular check- ups and partaking in other daily healthy activities.

Stop by JHRewardsLife.com to learn more about John Hancocks new life insurance solution and the tools needed to take the steps towards a healthier lifestyle.






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