My Figure 8 Maternity Nursing Picks

My Figure 8 Maternity Nursing Picks

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received complimentary products for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Figure 8 Maternity is the one stop shop for all your maternity & nursing needs. Since I will be nursing my youngest baby for about a year, fashionable yet comfortable nursing wear is a must for me. There is a wide selection of nursing tops, dresses, gowns, tanks, bras and accessories onfigure8a the Figure 8 maternity website. Here are 2 of my favorite nursing summer wardrobe pieces.

1. Spring Maternity Briar Cap Sleeve Drape Nursing Top ($53)  available in green, coral & navy is the perfect top for summertime nursing. This shirt can be dressed up or down and paired with any bottom in your closet. I adore the details of the cap sleeves, soft pleating and my favorite part is the hidden zipper that can be unzipped for discreet nursing.

 

2. Sophie & Eve Charlotte Bamboo Maxi Figure8bNursing Dress ($85) available in black, grapefruit & Mediterranean. I absolutely adore this dress because it is perfect for any summertime get-together you may be attending. I wore mine to a wedding and it was a hit. This dress will definitely one one of my go-to maxi dresses this summer and its self-tie wrap allows me to customize it to fit me perfectly.

Check out the Figure 8 Maternity website to spruce up your nursing wardrobe today!

-SD

Blogger Bash #BBNYC 2015

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*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received a complimentary ticket to attend. All opinions are my own.

This year was the second year I attended Blogger Bash and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised at how much bigger & better everything was this year. The venue, Pier 60 in New York City, was a breath of fresh air, offering a spacious, scenic space for the fun filled two days of blogger fun. A few of my favorite events over the 2 days were:BBNYC1

Sweet Suite  This was truly the biggest night of play where bloggers got a chance to get up
close and personal with hundreds of new toys and connect with brand representatives. I had a great time playing with new toys and picking out some of my favorites to add to my upcoming gift guides. Skyrocket’s Chocolate Pen is at the top of my lists!

 

Disney Infinity Breakfast Not only was the breakfast delicious, I got a first hand look and
even had the opportunity BBNYC2to play the new Disney Infinity 3.0 game! I was super excited to see some of the new figures that included the characters from Inside Out and Star Wars!

 

Baby Palooza featured an inspirational panel b y the famous baby photographer, Anne Geddes as well as a showcase of perfect baby/toddler products to keep little ones happy, healthy and entertained.

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Peanuts Keynote Lunch introduced a room full of influencers to the new Peanuts movie coming this Fall. We got to see the preview trailer of the movie and had the opportunity to listen to the talented young actors who played the roles of characters from my childhood. Snoopy himself even stopped by to take pictures with us!

 

Blogger Bash 2015 certainly did deliver bigger & better and promises to outdo themselves in 2016! This is a great opportunity for bloggers new & old to network, connect and play!

-SD

 

 

Journey Girls Travel to Italy

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*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received a complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

The Journey Girls are ready to take on the world and celebrate their 5th anniversary in Italy! Chavonne, the multitalented performer; Callie, an aspiring dancer; Dana, the animal lover; Kelsey, who loves to seek out exciting new adventures or participate in extreme sports; Kyla, an amazing artist; Meredith, the energetic team athlete and Mikaella who loves cooking and baking are ready for adventure in their new fashions & journey girls3accessories! We had a great time at the Italian inspired playdate at Toys R Us in Times Square where we got a sneak peek at all the fabulous new fashions & accessories, accessorized our Journey Girl dolls, enjoyed some yummy Italian food, made luggage tags, colored & even made canolis! Share your Journey Girls experiences with your little ones & their Journey Girls travel adventures with  @ToysRUs on Instagram & Twitter using #JourneyGirls 

Journey Girls Group Shot

Photo Credit: N. Hayes

Beginning this September, customers will find their favorite dolls outfitted in styles perfect for their next Journey Girls adventure, an Italian excursion, in stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com/JourneyGirls. The company designed this quality 18-inch doll line in 2010 as an affordable option – at $39.99 – for doll enthusiasts and collectors of all ages.

 

 

Fab Fit Fun Boxes

Fab Fit Fun Boxes

*Disclaimer: I received this product for free to review as part of a campaign with FabFitFun and Bloggin’ Mamas.

Fitness has not been one of the top priorities in my life, but as I get older, I realize that I have to be more active in order to stay healthy and keep up with my 3 little fabfitfun1boys. Fab­Fit­Fun is a sea­sonal sub­scrip­tion gift box with full-size fash­ion, beauty, fit­ness and lifestyle products. FabFitFun is a simple way for me to keep up with my fitness goals, especially in the summer when we all tend to relax a little too much. Every month, a box filled with fitness essentials arrives right to my doorstep just in time to remind me of my “fitness” “goals”. Being a part of the #FabFitFunMamas campaign is just what I need to get me motivated this summer!

The FabFitFun summer box is full of extremely useful, full size products to help me get moving. 

-Everyday Wireless Speaker (retail $29.99 ) These speakers are perfect for getting fabfitfun2me pumped up and energized to get moving to my personal workout mix or I can listen to the radio.  Plus it is pairs wirelessley to my smartphone, has a microphone for hands free use and a rechargeable battery! 

-FabFitFun Cosmobody Jump Rope (retail $14) I have been getting some great use out of my new jump rope. I use it when warming up.

-Hello Konja Cleansing Sponge (retail $12) is extremely useful for getting my face all cleaned up after a good workout.

-Tarte lip gloss (retail $19  ) I carry this in my gym bag, it is nice for a quick “glam up” after the gym.

-Vaseline spray moisturizer (retail $7.99 ) This moisturizer is quick and easy to use after taking a post workout shower. 

-Headspace 3  month subscription is perfect for focusing my meditation breaks that allow me to step back, focus and breathe. This guided meditation is delivered through an app or online.

-Scratch limited edition nail wraps (retail $12) Long gone are the days of worrying about chipping your new manicure while getting your workout on. These nail wraps are screenprinted on thin adhesive and look just like a fresh manicured when applied in a quick few minutes.

-Gorge “I’ll make you look amazing” daily spray ($24.95  ) This spray is a must after an energy filled workout, it adds shine, eliminates frizz and makes your hair more manageable, stronger and healthier.

-Inkling “sultry” fragrance & essential oils (retail $25 ) These 100% pure essential and perfume oils are fabfitfun3alcohol free and absorb easily into the skin for a long lasting light fragrance.

-Wren necklace (retail $100) This is one of my favorite items in the box, it is like a prize for working on my fitness goals. My Wren necklace goes with everything in my summer wardrobe.

Use the discount code THIRTY which will save your readers $10 off of a FabFitFun box! 

Family Friendly Pazzi Pasta

Family Friendly Pazzi Pasta 

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. pazzi pasta1

Good family friendly restaurants are few and far between and finding one that offers great food at affordable prices is even harder. Pazzi Pasta is a family owned restaurant that serves good food that is also good for you in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY. The menu is simple  but the food”is sophisticated, they offer wholesome pasta dishes made with ancient grains and locally grown produce. Pasta Pazzi serves fresh artisinal pasta…yes, FRESH pasta that is made daily. First, you choose your pasta (some choices are organic ancient grain farro, wheat free, gnocchi, semolina & Nero di Seppia aka Cuttlefish Ink pasta), then sauce (some choices are tomato, pesto, smoked salmon & gorgonzola and ragu bolognese)and you can add additional toppings like grilled chicken, meatballs, mushrooms and vegballs. Plus, you can finish off your delicious meal with a choice of traditional Sicilian desserts: Apple Harvest Cake, dark Chocolate Italian Caprese Cake, Dark Chocolate and Ricotta Cheese Crumble Cake or my absolute favorite, a Sicilian Almond cookie.

Sample menu choices include:pazzi pasta2

Pasta: semolina, farro, kamut, spinach or tomato, nero di seppia (cuttlefish ink), gnocchi, and ravioli; gluten-free choices available

*Sauces: San Marzano tomato, ragù Bolognese, pesto, cauliflower with garlic and almond, four cheese, smoked salmon and gorgonzola (a creation uniquely Sandra’s), funghi boscaoiola (mushroom sauce), and puttanesca

Slow-cooked toppings: grilled chicken, meatballs, veg-balls (zucchini, eggplant, ricotta, egg white, wheat breadcrumbs), pan-fried eggplant and zucchini, mixed forest mushrooms, and peas and pancetta

Pazzi Pasta offers pasta classes to show you how to make ravioli & gnocchi, just to name a few, ($55 per person) Each class includes hands on pasta making, wine, lunch, and a take home of fresh gnocchi or ravioli and are available for purchase here:  Plus, Pazzi Pasta hosts birthday parties with different kid friendly fun food activities like, “who can make the longest pasta dough”. For event info call 347.916.1076.

LeTop USA’s Summer Collection

LeTop USA’s Summer Collection

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received a complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.letop2

Summer time is a time for getting out and enjoying the weather, traveling and having fun in the sun. I love dressing my boys in unique, fashionable clothing different from what every one else is wearing. LeTop USA children’s clothing has some adorable collections that will fit right into any little one’s summer adventure plans. The Sail Away collection features nautical inspired pieces: rompers, swim shirt, swim trunks, shorts set & bucket hat . The boys looked absolutely fabulous in their similar outfits: the Sleeveless Pieced Romper and the Nautical Striped Shirt and Terry Shorts. Girls are not left out because the Sail Away collection features sweet stripes and dots . Add some of these LeTop pieces to your little ones summer wardrobe and get 10% off regular priced items using the code: LETOP10 valid until July 31st.

Celebrate Summer with Milk Nursingwear

Celebrate Summer with Milk Nursingwear

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received a complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.Milk Nursingwear1

This summer I will be nursing my youngest son and I have been looking forward to wearing my summer dresses, unfortunately my dresses are not really nursing friendly. Milk Nursingwear has an extensive collection of fashionable, comfortable and fully functioning nursing dresses to choose from. There are long ones, short ones, sleeveless ones and a whole lot more. I chose the Striped Nursing Tank Dress in red ($54)  to wear to celebrate the 4th of July for our annual family walk in the park. The nursing tank dress is easy to put on, made of rayon & lycra and best of all has hidden nursing openings that make nursing the baby easy & discreet. A few of my other Milk Nursingwear dress faves are: Maxi Nursing Dress ($49.99) , Split Sleeve Nursing Dress ($56) and Cocktail Nursing Dress ($56). If you are nursing this summer, you don’t have to be stuck in boring nursing tanks, check out all the cute dresses, tops & sleepwear Milk Nursingwear has to offer.

Berenstain Bears Live

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*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received complimentary tickets for review purposes.

The Berenstain Bears and Bear Country comes alive on stage at the Manhattan Movement & berenstain bears 2Arts Center in NYC. I remember reading these classic books & even watching the television show always ready to see what adventures lay in store for Brother & Sister bear in Bear Country. Now, my little ones are able to be a part of Bear Country and interact with the Bear family.

This hour long live show is filled with singing, dancing, jokes and best of all morals. The Bear family overcomes a few obstacles and shows the audience that healthy eating, exercise, telling the truth and being careful with strangers are all ways for us to be better citizens, friends, neighbors and family members. The boys loved being V.I.B.’s (Very Important berenstain bears 3Bear) and they wore their special hats during the show and had front row seats in the “grassy” area right on the stage. They followed along, danced and giggled their way through the show. The Berenstain Bears Live is a must-see for all classic Berenstain Bear lovers and their families!

-SD

Adapted from the classic children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical brings everyone’s favorite bear family to life in a thrilling theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come.

Now playing at  the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (MMAC)  248 W. 60th Street (b/w Amsterdam and West End Ave.) You can purchase tickets here.

 

Oatmeal Carrot Zucchini muffins

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • I tbsp baking powder
  • I tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • I carrot shredded
  • 1/2 zucchini shredded
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Combine dry ingredients (flour, oats, baking powder,cinnamon, salt) and mix. Combine wet ingredients (milk, olive oil, egg, vanilla) mix well then add shredded carrot & zucchini. Scoop into greased muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes about 9 muffins.