Family Forward: Our First Family Retreat

Family Forward: Our First Family Retreat

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. 

Making memories with my family is always on my mind. We love exploring our city together and have a blast discovering new & exciting “things”. Now, that my boys are a little older and seem to have a perfect memory, its time to make memories while we travel! Being a family of 5, traveling with everyone may seem a bit daunting. That’s why I signed up for the 5 day Family Retreat #FamilyForward  2015 taking place at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. We are excited to be  making meaningful theme park vacation memories, strengthening our family bonds, completing hands-on activities & challenges together and hanging out. Family Forward is all planned out with visits to Universal Studios, Wet n Wild, a Blue Man Group show, family meals, themed parties, workshops and scheduled down time to unwind by the pool or lagoon. Traveling as a family is all about fun adventures and connecting with each other. Our upcoming surprise trip to #FamilyForward will be an awesome experience! 

-SD

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Introducing My Kids to the Funnest Sport

Introducing My Kids to the Funnest Sport

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post . I received complimentary lessons to facilitate this review.

Swimming is my absolute favorite sport. I learned at a very young age and always knew that it would be something I would introduce my own children to very early. So, when we had our first child, my husband and I enrolled him in “mommy” and me lessons at just 5 months old. Now, that my oldest is five years old, we have taken swimming class at a number of places in the city. This summer, we were given the opportunity to take lessons with Imagine Swimming as part of a campaign with Momtrends & Swim Today. I thought these swimming classes would be similar to the ones we took before but to my surprise they were absolutely amazing. The Imagine Swimming staff are professional, knowledgeable and devoted. The small.class sizes and attention to detail of proper swim technique gives the students the optimal conditions to become expert swimmers in no time. My older boys progressed immensely this summer as a direct result of their amazing Imagine Swiimming teachers, they have been practicing proper breathing technique and perfecting their front crawl strokes.  Imagine swimming offers classes ranging from “mommy & me” thru more advanced. I took a weekly “mommy & me” class with Baby Q and he now takes cues & hold his breath when going under the water. He was even so relaxed while floating on his back with me that he actually fell asleep in the pool! Check out the Swim Today website to sign up for classes or find a swim club near you today and start participating in #TheFunnestSport

-SD

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Imbible: Rum, Drinks & Pirates!

Imbible: Rum, Drinks & Pirates!Imbibe 4

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

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Photo Credit Dixie Sheridan

A scenic cruise with a DJ, Buffet, 3 bars & a musical (only for guests age 21 and over), put all these things together and you get the Alive After Five cruise. Hubby & I planned a date night with a couple of newlyweds, @ItsMonicaJVlogs & @BamWithTheCam and we had a great time. 

After boarding the boat, we headed to the lower deck where the performance would take place. We traded in our drink ticket for a well drink, grabbed some light bites and sat back and enjoyed the views till Showtime. the Imbible is a 4 “man” musical show all about the history of rum sprinkled with some pirate facts. The actors danced, sang and interacted with us encouraging us yo sing along to tunes we knew. During the show we were given 2 more craft cocktails: A hurricane & some spiced rum. The show had me laughing plus I  learned a few fun facts. The Imbible: rum drinks and pirates is a “great” way to spend a date night, girls night out or even celebrate a special occasion.  Check out the show now, it runs till September 6th!

Your $50 ticket includes:

  • Access to private pirate party deck
  • 30-min off-broadway smash-hit “Imbible” show
  • 3 complimentary craft cocktails
  • Amazing 360-degree views of NYC
  • Exclusive cash-bar

-SD

Fiji Fit with Momtrends & Peloton Cycle

Fiji Fit with Momtrends & Peloton Cycle

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Drinking water & being active are things that I am starting  to do more of to be a healthier, happier me. I took the challenge to become #FijiFit with Momtrends & the Fiji Water team at Peloton Cycle to celebrate the new Fiji Water bottle earlier this month. The new Fiji Water 700mL bottle is now sleeker and fits everywhere your active lifestyle may take you! This natural artesian water contains natural minerals and electrolytes to keep you hydrated all day long. 

A classful of bloggers came together to celebrate Fiji Water’s new look and participate in a spin class. Our Peloton Cycle instructor wasfiji water 2 high energy and motivating from the minute we stepped in the room. Our bikes were all stocked with a bottle of Fiji Water which easily fit into the holder because of its new sleek design. This was my second spin class and I really enjoyed the Peloton studio. The classes are all filmed for live stream & for an on demand library where riders can join in at home. (Get your first ride free at the NYC studio). Our bikes were also outfitted with a timer, calorie information and a leader board. I tried my best to keep up the pace in the class and was proud that I made it through the thirty minutes, thanks to my determination and my refreshing bottle of Fiji Water!

Plus you can get Fiji Water delivered right to your doorstop one time or monthly! Enter to win 2 months of FREE home delivery of Fiji Water & be #FijiFit (US residents only) (Giveaway ends 8/31)

 

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Wishenpoof, an Amazon original Series

Wishenpoof, an Amazon original Series

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post.

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Get ready for a brand new series starting on August 14th on Amazon. Wishenpoof is another great series from the brains behind Blues Clues, Creative Galaxy and Daniel Tiger. We were invited to a special premiere of Wishenpoof with KidzVuz and the creators themselves at the Boathouse in Central Park. We had a magical evening, decorating wands, eating yummy food and best of all getting a sneak peek at the new series!

Meet Bianca Wishenpoof, a girl who loves math & science. Each episode, children become part of her adventures with her best friend, Bob the Bear and are left with a new big idea, wishenpoof logoexperiment or  that they can explore further. This series teaches life skills like communicating, setting goals, practicing self-control, critical thinking and making connections. The boys instantly fell in love with Bianca, her friends & family and will be tuning in to catch each and every Wishenpoof adventure!

Beginning Friday, August 14, Amazon Prime members can watch episodes of Wishenpoof ad-free with the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at amazon.com/wishenpoof.

Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.  

Baby “Q” is my third baby and even though I often consider myself a parenting pro…every baby is different, reaching their milestones at their own pace and he is a perfect example of how different babies can be. Even though he has been my earliest crawler/walker, he still has no gerber chewu1teeth and really wants table food anytime we are eating around him. Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes offer crawlers the perfect food to assist them in learning and practicing how to mash and chew using the perfectly sized soft bits of fruits or veggies in each container. Gerber’s special cooking technique gives little one’s just the right texture and sized bits that help them become master chewers; lots of expert research was spent to develop these perfect foods. The Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes allow babies to easily transition to table food by offering a gradual texture progression in the food options. The ten new Lil’ Bits recipes come in super convenient and easy to transport plastic tubs in 7 fruits and 3 veggies. Fruits are: Apple Blueberry, Orchard Fruit Medley, Apple Banana, Banana Apple Strawberry, Pear Apple Berry, Island Fruit Blend and Banana Apple Mango. Veggies are: Mixed Carrots, Corn & Butternut Squash, Butternut Squash & Potato, Sweet Potato Apple Carrots & Cinnamon.

Baby “Q” was introduced to smooth pureed baby food, since he was about 5 months old after he began showing a strong interest in food & we were given clearance from ourgerber chewu2 pediatrician. Children who have not been exposed to “lumpy food” that require mashing and chewing before 10 months of age have experienced difficulties transitioning to more advanced foods. Now that he is 10 months old Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes are the perfect way to get him ready to chew & eat table food. We tried the Sweet Potato Apple Carrots & Cinnamon blend and he absolutely loves it. I can see him feeling the little bite sized pieces and trying to mash them up with his gums, working on the early skills to become a master chewer!  Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes is filling a gap in early childhood nutrition with these new food options and giving parents the tools to help their little one’s become Chew U graduates!

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Check out the  Gerber Chew U Instant Win Promotion , get your little ones into Gerber Chewgerber chewu6 University today & return to the site daily for a chance to win Class of 2015 Chew U prizes! Promotion period ends on September 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET Enter today!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gerber. 

Legoland Discovery Center

Legoland Discovery Center 

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.legoland3

Legoland Discovery Center and perfect for a fun day trip during the summer.  From the moment you enter everyone is completely fascinated. We visited with three little ones, an 8 year old and two 4 year olds and everyone had an awesome time! There are rides, a 4D movie, Duplo land and of course actual Lego brick play! People usually buy Legos and make what the box shows you but walking thru Lego city  showcased what you can really build with your own imagination.  Legoland makes you feel like you are  in a land of endless blocks and it puts your building skills to the test. Too bad you just can’t stay! 

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What’s happening at Legoland Discovery Center this August:

·         Adult Fans of LEGO Night  has returned! On Thursday, August 6th, AFOL night will have a musically inspired and exciting Brickchella theme. Taking note from the famous Coachella Music Festival, activities will include musically themed builds, karaoke, a great soundtrack, music trivia, life-size celebrity wax figures courtesy of Madame Tussauds New York and a cash bar for those who are 21+.

·         Help LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester and its charity Merlin’s Magic Wand give back to those in need during their Back to School Drive. Visitors to the attraction from August 17th through September 8th are encouraged to bring school supplies such as pens, rulers, notebooks and backpacks. All donations will benefit The Lakeland Children’s Center, a non-profit organization supporting families and children. Visitors who show a valid receipt for their donations ($20+) will receive one free adult admissions ticket. More details on the drive and ticket offer can be found here.

·         Calling all tennis fans! As the highly coveted US Open trophy takes its final tour before landing in the hands of the event’s champion, it will be stopping by LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester on August 20th. See if you can spot which is the original and which is our Master Model builder’s LEGO replica!

Thirtymommy Summer Travel Must Haves

Thirtymommy Summer travel Must Haves

Summer travel is a must for my family to get out of the city and enjoy time away from everything. Now, that we are a family of 5, traveling and prepping for traveling can be a chore. This summer, we set out on a week long road trip and here are a few of my summer travel essentials.

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Road trips can be long and boring for the little ones sitting in the backseat. Coloring books are a good option but personalized coloring & activity books from I See Me is an awesome  idea. The boys absolutely loved coloring, reading and completing their very own coloring books during the car ride and even when they had down time in the hotel.
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Striderite shoes/sandals 
Summertime means spending lots of time outdoors and when we are traveling I like to travel with shoes for everyone that are comfortable and go with everything. Stride Rite offers a huge selection of shoes that are perfect for running around, exploring and playing in the water when your little ones are on vacation. The boys each chose a pair of marvel avengers sneakers (they love that they light up) and a pair of sandals.
During vacation, we are all usually stuck together in one small hotel room and there is no where to escape to. Having something for the boys to occupy themselves with is a must. Eeboo has a great selection of toys that are travel friendly. Their “Make Me A Story” Magnetic Playboards ($14.99) were a great way for the boys to spend their downtime. They had fun playing with the foldable standing magnetic easel and magnets in the Robots Landing magnetic playboard. They made up silly stories and “acted” them out using the pieces. They also played with a pack of ‘Create A Story” cards ($9.99)  where we all picked a card from the deck and made up stories.
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Le Top clothing
Simple outfits are a must when I am traveling with the boys. Le Top’s summer essentials has a variety of rompers, shirts, shorts and even swimming trunks that can be mixed & matched which is perfect for go-to vacation outfits. Baby “Q” is stylish and comfortable in his Le Top romper.
Traveling with an infant can be difficult especially when they fall asleep and you have been carrying them around all day. I knew I wanted to travel with a stroller but wanted to take one of our lighter strollers. I chose to take our Quinny Zapp Xtra and was happy I did. The Quinny Zapp Xtra reclines fully, adjusts to face two ways and has swivel wheels perfect for any terrain.
Traveling doesn’t mean that our vitamins stay behind. Rainbow Light Gummy Power Sours ($17.99) comes in single serve packets that we took on the go and the boys were able to enjoy their vitamins and take in twice the daily recommended value of Vitamin C and lots of extra nutrients they needed to keep them healthy and active on vacation.

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