Back-To-School With Popchips

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I can’t believe the kids are starting school in just a few days and that means getting to bed early and homework for the kids! For me it means I’ll be in charge of packing their lunches. I love surprising them with something they’ll love but also something that is healthy. That is why I absolutely love the Popchips 6ct Variety Pack! It is the great-tasting, better-for-you answer to all my back to school lunch-packing needs. This variety pack combines Popchips two best-selling flavors so there’s something for everyone!

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If you haven’t tried them yet let me tell you why I love them so much! They are a healthy school snack, gluten-free and my kids favorite snacks… Popchips are the perfect snack for on the go and everything in-between! My kids are going to be so excited that they come in the perfect packable size for their lunch boxes now. Great for school lunches, on-the-go snacks, parties, off to soccer, and so much more. Did I mention they are gluten free, non-GMO, 100 calories per serving and made with real ingredients, so you can feel good about giving these single serve bags to the whole family.

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Popchips brand is all about creating craveworthy snacks that are made in a better way, so we can feel good about what we snack on without sacrificing on taste. In addition to the classic popped potato chips, Popchips now makes bold & crunchy Popchips Ridges & protein- packed Nutter Puffs.

So the Popchips 6ct Variety Pack comes with two flavors and the two my kids crave the most:

  1. Sea Salt: Is light and airy and popped to perfection, then simply add a dash of sea salt for a timeless classic chip. Enjoy with your favorite summer dip or on their own. With every bite you’ll find it harder and harder to stop, and why should you? They aren’t fried, just popped!

2. BBQ: Who needs backyard smoke and sizzle to enjoy lip-smacking barbeque? You don’t because with barbeque chips, you’ll taste tangy sauce and a hint of smoke on every chip. So pull up to the lunch table and savor the flavor, but skip the grease.

So when lunch time comes around grab a bag of Popchips for a perfect kids snack! Lunch time is crunch time! Popchips are never fried and contain only real ingredients. Did I mention they are under 130 calories per serving, pop open a bag and enjoy!

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Top Trends For Back-To-School

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With school right around the corner, I have been shopping and scouring the internet non-stop to find all the top trends!!

You are absolutely going to love this list! There is something for everyone and if you can tell some of these things are inspired by my favorite things… (a.k.a. Starbucks!)

  1. OmieBox Leak Proof 3 Compartment

  2. Yeti Kids Water Bottle

  3. Custom Nike Sneakers

  4. Starbucks Theme Power Bank

  5. First Day Of School Sign

  6. Twelve Little DIY Patch Backpack

  7. Keds Original

  8. Reusable Straws Multicolor Pack

  9. Lego Hair Clips

What To Do In NYC With Kids In Summer

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Hey! It’s hot outside and you’ve already hit up almost every playground imaginable to keep the kids entertained. Well, I am with you! Here is a list of some of our favorite places to visit in New York City during the Summer months (besides your local park or playground). I have put together a list of what to do with kids in NYC in Summer. It includes a few downtown options and places easily traveled from downtown if you are a downtown Momma like me or just want to venture down! Also, this list is super helpful if you are a traveling Momma and haven’t been to NYC with kids and are looking for some fun ideas on what to do to have fun and make memories while here on vacay!

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Governors Island (Open Fridays and Weekends Only)- Looking to take a day trip to escape the city. Enjoy bike rentals, large parks, mini golf, small water area for kids to play (or you to dip your toes on a hot day) food trucks, large slides, rock wall, zip lining. Warning, not a lot of shade. Bike rentals book up early (especially for the family bikes (aka like the ones you rent near the beach). Island Oyster it’s kid friendly and has ping pong, fun food and great view.

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Seaglass Carousel- Beautiful and magical. This sea life structure is open 10am to 10pm. So stop by before lunch at Pier A. Note that All children under 42 inches tall must ride on an adult’s lap, with only one child per lap. Both children and accompanying parents must have a ticket. Children under 12 months old may ride for free.

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MOI Museum of Illusions - A must see this summer! Its been all over Instagram and I can't wait to take the kids myself. Just waiting for all of them to be home from camp so we can experience it together! This is all about the full of optic illusions. Bring your camera because its a perfect place to take some fun photos.

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Dumbo (Carousel, Ice Cream and Playgrounds) Boat from lower Manhattan or accessible via subway. But if you ask me taking the boat is part of the fun! Get tickets at pier 11 and remember the schedule for your return trip! Once in Dumbo you can pretty much spend the entire day. There is the famous pizza place, Grimaldis, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Jane’s Carousel (a must) and some really fun parks/playgrounds that you can walk to. No need to pack food (ok, maybe snacks) because this is a foodie area! Tons of great restaunts and indoor shopping at Empire Stores.

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Outdoor Movie at the Seaport Pier 17 -Plan ahead with reserving your seat online. Click here and getting there early to secure a good spot. Bring comfy blankets. Even bring toys to play with kids on the mat while you wait for movie to start. Starts very late… after the sun goes down. So bring pillows if kids will want to lay down! Popcorn and candy is a must to bring a mom bag full of snacks!

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Rockaway Beach (Boat from Lower Manhattan) Pack food!- This is a fun day trip if you want to head to the beach but don't want to sit in traffic. Make sure to get in line early and get tickets before boarding. This boat fills up! There is light food and drinks on the boat but not a lot when you arrive in Rockaway. There are public restrooms and the beach and that is about it! I noticed one taco stand that was very crowded so if you really need to grab something to eat there is always that one place. The boat ride is fun but plan for at least 40-45 min ride. Also, its about a 5-10 min walk to the beach from the boat. There are free shuttles but I found it easier to just walk with my stroller, child and giant beach bag. I am a New Yorker so walking is sometimes easier.

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Trolls experience - Looking to do something inside on those long hot days of summer? Well, then they will love this fun interactive experience. It’s loud, energetic and has face painting, characters from the Troll Movie, a fun gift shop and sweet snack bar! Make memories and take pictures with the kids dressed up as some of their favorite Troll characters.

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Pips Island - NO PHOTOS ALLOWED! Well at least not till the very end! I don't want to spoil this experience because it's really so unique and fun for everyone! But plan to enter Pip's Island and go on a mission with a group. Purchase tickets ahead of time and make sure you go on a full tummy. There is no food available and not allowed during the experience.

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Picnic in Central Park- Pack up a large insulated bag with drinks and snacks and head over to Central Park. Wear comfy shoes because there will be a lot of walking and running around! Also, bring a ball, sunblock and blanket. You can relax and spend the day here. The park is also filled with tons of other activities if you are looking for more adventure. There is of course the famous Central Park Zoo (watch for long lines and crowds by buying tickets online ahead of time) Also, there are many playgrounds and don't forget to bring cash to get those iconic charcoal drawings done! This is even fun for locals... Who said you can't be a tourist in your own city! The kids will love this. Also, if the kids get board head over to Victorian Gardens a full amusement park right in Central Park!

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The NY Aquarium and Coney Island Beach- Accessible via subway or Uber (I have done both and if you an afford to take the uber (appx $40 on weekday) than go for it! The subway from lower Manhattan is about an hour. The aquarium has a new shark exhibit which is a must see! Then bring your suits and head to the beach! There are tons of place to get food and drinks plus Coney Island has the boardwalk and games/rides.

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30 Amazing Summer Boredom Busters

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Are the long hot days of Summer catching up to you? Need some help figuring out what to do when the kids are all screaming that they are bored?! Well, don’t worry! I have carefully put together a super fun (and kids tested) list of ways to keep the kids entertained. There is something on here for all ages and I bet you will even find a couple of things on here that will spike your interest as well. I love having the kids home with me over the Summer (aka when they are not in camp) but keeping them happy all day long can be tricky! Hope this helps you as well.. Don’t forget to read Number 30!

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  1. Paint Sea Shells- make mermaid shells

  2. Build a Fort

  3. Make Friend Ship Bracelets (rainbow loom)

  4. Bake Together (something sweet!)

  5. Make it Family Movie Night!

  6. Have a Picnic

  7. Go to the Beach

  8. Make a Jar with surprise adventure inside and do one each day (like find an ice cream truck or go to craft store)

  9. Make a Maze on floor with painters tape

  10. Tie-dye

  11. Write a Letter and mail it together (teach them how to write the address the envelope)

  12. Bike Rides

  13. Make a Picture of all the places they've been (or want to go) this summer

  14. Pick out Back-to-School Clothes (go through drawers and do a fashion show seeing what fit and doesn't) Or just do a fashion show

  15. Do Something Memorable (like get ears pierced or get hair cut (locks of love)

  16. Visit a Museum

  17. Get a slip and slide for your yard or Vacation House (if you are city folks and going away to a house with a yard!)

  18. Scavenger Hunt (outdoors or in.. make a list and have the kids go find all the items)

  19. Treasure Hunt (play pirates and hide gold aka Hershey kisses!)

  20. Paint Your Own Pottery

  21. Redecorate your room (Move furniture around)

  22. DIY Volcano (Mix Baking Soda and vinegar)

  23. Lemonade Stand

  24. Get a pet fish

  25. Try a new sport (ever heard of tennis baseball?)

  26. Complete a puzzle

  27. Science Experiments (Sink or Swim/ Oil VS Water)

  28. Visit a different part of town or city you live in

  29. Plant Sunflower Seeds

  30. Make an “I’m Bored” Box and filled with all of these Ideas! Use it when kids say “I’m Bored!!”

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Educational Play with LeapBuilders® Fruit Fun Elephant

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Kids and babies learn through play and with Leapfrog, I know my kids are getting something out of their toys, turning playtime into quality time that helps them leap ahead! That is why I am loving the new Fruit Fun ElephantTM. Look how much fun Brent is having with this block toy! He absolutely loves stacking the blocks on top of the interactive Smart StarTM cube to trigger the fun sound effects!

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The LeapBuilders Elephant is geared toward children 2+ and is a 21 piece set. Brent loves building toys and this set comes with everything you need to build an elephant and more because it works with other LeapBuilders® sets (each sold separately). Plus, when he puts the 10 double-sided learning blocks into the interactive Smart StarTM he can hear the sounds and phrases that introduce fruits and colors. Which is such great practice over the summer months preparing him for Pre-K! But his favorite part is pressing the question button to hear the learning phrases and questions about animals. The Fruit Fun Elephant is so interactive! There is also a music button for melodies & learning songs for him to sing along too! I may or may not know every single one of these songs BTW! They are so catchy! We love singing them together.

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I have always loved LeapFrog toys because they are educational. I can remember the first Leapfrog toy I brought home for Brycen when he was little. It was the LeapFrog Spin & Sing Alphabet Zoo and he played with it for years! He learned so much from that toy and I even saved it for all these years. Now Brent gets to enjoy all the fun and still has it in his toy cabinet to this very day!

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LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in innovative learning toys for children that encourage a child's curiosity and love of learning throughout their early developmental years. For more than 20 years, LeapFrog has helped children expand their knowledge and imagination through award-winning products that combine state-of-the-art educational expertise led by the LeapFrog Learning Team, innovative technology, and engaging play. LeapFrog was founded in 1995 by a father who revolutionized technology-based learning solutions to help his child learn how to read. Which is one of the reasons we love LeapFrog so much because it was created by a parent, just like me!

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Get building with these smart blocks LeapBuilders® Fruit Fun ElephantTM. We even love bringing ours to the park. Look at how Brinkley is helping Brent stack his number blocks 1-10!! I always love watching them play and learning together:)

Can't wait to start building? LeapFrog is giving away five sets of LeapBuilders toys - visit http://bit.ly/LeapBuildersSweepstakes to enter! Good luck!

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This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. 

Suns Out! Snacks Out! With Popchips!

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When the Summer months hit, my family is always outside and on the go! Whether it be heading out of town for the weekend or hopping in the car and heading to the beach, I always grab a bag of our favorite go-to snack, Popchips! Popchips are our #1 Summer snack!  My little snackers can dive in and embrace all the best parts of summer because Popchips are light and airy and popped to perfection. Popchips are always gluten free, non-gmo and under 130 calories per serving. So why wouldn’t you pop open a bag!?! Shop now on Amazon.

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I absolutely love the sunny days, the long, warm nights, the backyard barbecues, beach days and pool parties with friends and family and that carefree feeling. It’s truly my favorite time of year and Popchips have got us covered all Summer long.

Plus, there are so many flavors and options. They are a great snack to bring to any Summer outing. Not sure that potato salad will make it in this heat? Skip it and rip open a bag of Popchips while you enjoy everything summer has to offer! Craving a salty snack or a sweet protein packed snack? Popchips has a flavor suitable for all preferences… Check out all the flavors!

Savory-

Sea Salt that are light and airy simply with a dash of sea salt and perfect for dipping in your favorite summer dips

BBQ for that backyard smokey lip-smacking tangy flavor

Sour Cream and Onion for that savory yet slightly sweet flavor

Cheddar & Sour Cream Ridges for that sharp cheddar flavor with the smooth sour cream and potatoes and this one is ridged and crispy so you get a whole mouthful of delicious

Buffalo Ranch Ridges which is tangy buffalo sauce that sets your tongue ablaze but has creamy, cooling ranch that comes to the rescue!

Sweet-

Peanut Butter Nutter Puffs are the ultimate Popchips! Mix of salty-sweet and if you love peanut butter as much as our family, you will become obsessed with this sweet snack! Made with real peanut butter!

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Nutter Puffs are a mix of two delicious sweet flavors and create the perfect healthy snack. Taking everything you love about peanut butter and chocolate and packed it into one perfectly symphony of salty-sweetness.

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The best part is that the nutter puffs are a great snack anytime! Since they have 5g of protein and are made with real peanut butter they are great at breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, in-between class, at your desk, on-the-go, at the gym, park or playdate! These craveable snacks feel indulgent but without the guilt! They make a perfect snack for an active, balanced and healthy lifestyle.

So if you want a snack thats never fried and contain only real ingredients then pick up a delicious guilt free bag of Popchips. We love bringing them pool side and on our summer road trips! Plus they are perfect for sharing with friends at any park or playground playdate.

If you are in need of a healthy snack idea, grab a bag of Popchips and rip open the goodness!

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This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of popchips.

Easter (Non-Candy) Gift Guide

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When it comes to Easter morning, there is nothing better than a giant basket full of treats from the Easter Bunny! But it doesn’t have to be all candy… I noticed that my kids love the trill of getting the basket and having things other than candy is exciting to them. It gives the kids something to open and unwrap. Plus they can play with them all day long! Ok, sure, play with while they devour their giant chocolate bunny! We all know that no Easter Basket is complete without one of those!! But Bulls I Toys and Play Visions are my go to sites this year because they have so many unique, fun and exciting little toys! Here are a selection of my favorites that I know my kids would love. There is something in here for all ages and interests!

Now, off to plan their Easter egg hunt!

Here are my top 10 Best Non-Candy Easter Basket Treats:

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1. Cutie Beans Gudetama - These fun blind bags are the best way to get your kids excited on Easter morning.. or any morning! Because kids just LOVE these little fun surprises. These eggs will go perfect in your little ones Easter basket.

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2. Cutie Beans Hello Kitty- Have a Hello Kitty fan in your house? Then this blind bag surprise egg is perfect for them! Plus the egg can store the mini plush toy.

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3. JoJo Sequin Pillow Keychain- JoJo has a signature look that Brinkley just loves. I know she will be so excited to hang these little keychains on her backpack for that added sparkle!

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4. Squish’Ums Poo Pets - These super soft slow rising squishy toys are so fun to play with plus they calming and relaxing to the kids. These are also fun to collect and come with different color and faces! Great for all ages.

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5. LOL Mini Bows Surprise- These adorable blind bags are the perfect way to treat the little girl in your life. Lol Dolls are a must have! And these bows have all your favorite dolls and characters. How fun to wear and collet!

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6. Mobius Cube- This cube is the best way to distract the fidgety of kids! With endless way to flip, stack and fold. Kids will love this fun item!

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7. Crayola - These adorbale eggs are perfect for the Easter Basket. Filled with fun dough in vibrant colors, I know my kids will love these!!

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8. Floof- Think of snow but without the coldness or wetness, well thats what Floof is like! How fun, I know my kids will love this and Brinkley and Brent can play with this for all whole morning…

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9. Giant Stress Ball- I know my older two will love this, it can be played with (like an actual ball to throw around and catch) or help calm them when they are doing homework or going to bed.

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10. Chibi Blocks- These stackable little blocks are now made smaller and in fun kits! Kids will love to build there small animal and fun to collect.

New Year, New Bling With CharMED

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Sharing CharMED with one special doctor this New Year! Cheers to a happy and healthy 2019!

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We love giving and this holiday season we knew we needed a super special gift for one of our favorite doctors. That’s why we are giving the gift of CharMED to our loving neighbor Anna. She is such a special person in our lives and we consider her family. Anna is so warm and loving. We have actually shared countless New Years together. The kids have grown up with Anna as their neighbor and we cherish our friendship. So what better way to celebrate her and ALL that she does than with this fun stackable stethoscope charm! We want Anna to know how much she means to us today and everyday!

Brinkley chose to give Anna this beautiful angel charm for her stethoscope. There are so many gorgeous and meaningful charms. But we knew Anna would appreciate this one and we hope it brings her joy all year long! Cheers to 2019 ringing in the New Year in style. We also hope it brings a smile to all her patients during their visits. What a fun way to add a bit of sparkle to their day.

CharMED is a company that brings “Bling!” to any ordinary stethoscope. These beautiful sparkles of joy are created by Jennifer Namazy, M.D. Jennifer is a busy mom of three and has an equally busy medial practice. Spending most of her days in scrubs with the only accessory being her stethoscope, she created CharMED to add a style to her dull doctor wardrobe.

These charms are so fun to collect and stack! As their saying goes, they are stackable and lovable! Plus, they are made from medal that is naturally resistant to germs and bacteria.

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We loved giving this gift to Anna and we know a special doctor in your life would love one too! Anna can’t wait to collect more and really appreciated this gift that she will enjoy for years to come. So bring a smile to everyone’s face with CharMED.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019!

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*This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.

Winter Fun at the Liberty Science Center

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The cold weather has arrived here in NYC and that is why we decided to stay in!! Inside at the Liberty Science Center that is… With so much to do and explore, it’s the perfect haven for kids on a cold winters day!

My kids love coming here and if you follow this blog, you’d know that! We would go everyday if we could. It’s a favorite of ours… I love it because the kids love it. There are so many things to do and everything is educational. From the tiniest little hands exploring sensory exhibits to the older kids learning about the black holes in outer space! This place is such a wonder and joy for the whole family. And my kids always find something new to see when they come.

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Brent loved the Doc MStuffins exhibit. His game of choice is always doctor so it was fitting that he just loved this super cute and nurturing exhibit. It teaches kids how to care for babies, animals and even test out all the doc tools on each other! Brent was so cute when he tried out the x-ray machine on the little stuffed animal. With no insructions needed he went up and knew exactly what to do. I just love seeng them doing what they love and learning as they go!

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Brycen was so into the new International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. And this one is a must see! Perfect for adults and children it will let you test out your detective skills! From the footprints in the sand, to the blood splatter (yes, you heard right!) to gaining stamps as you go, this takes you on a journey though the fun and excitement of the hunt.

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Brinkley loves all the exhibits but what is the most magical for her is the Infinity climbing structure in the center of it all! No trip to the Liberty Science Center is compete without getting thought the maze of ropes that spans the vast middle arena of the center. Dangling high in the air, she seeks out the most adventurous exhibits finding excitement around every corner. Like making ice-cream from liquid nitrogen!

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We always love coming and making a day of it. And starting December 26th through New Year’s Day they are offering guests an array of activities from a Giant Snow Globe to a TP Blizzard. Also, see a show if we can, this year we’ve seen the Laser Show and the epic Planetarium Black Hole. Brycen loved it so much he went twice!

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Need the perfect place to escape form the cold? Head to Liberty Science Center. Make it a great family day and the kids will be asking to go back before you even head out the door.

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*This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.

2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - My Top Picks

I have been on the hunt for the latest and greatest in kids TOYS since before Halloween (well really all year long…) so I am fully ready to post this gift guide. In fact, I have been waiting and perfecting it for weeks… Just in time for all of you and Black Friday!

This guide has something for all ages and all interests! From toddler learning, to technology to STEM for the older kids. I hope this helps you with all the gift giving you’ll be doing this holiday season!

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Shopkins Swapkins Playdate Hosted by FabGabBlog

Does your little one go crazy over these tiny little treasures?! Well, so does mine! Brinkley had the best time at this adorable Shopkins Playdate hosted by our friends Stella and Juliet from Stylishly Stella Blog.

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We headed over to their terrace for a playdate and brought along all of our favorite little Shopkins toys! The girls tasted unique treats, played dress up and then got to swap their Shopkins with their friends! How fun is that! 

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Brinkley is obsessed with all the adorable little designed from high heel shoes to cupcakes, there is a Shopkin for everyone!

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Then the girls got wild and crazy in these super sweet Shopkins costumes. And loved picking out their favorite Shopkins plush toy. Brinkley loves playing dress up and this playdate was one of her favorites! She had so much fun with Misa and Juliet.

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Then, the girls took out all their own Shopkins toys, Brinkley organizes her in her Shopkins backpack, I mean what else would she use right?! Then, they took out the ones they wanted to swap with her friends. 

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The moms, Melissa from Justabxmom, me and Stella had the best time watching them!! Check out all the fun gifts the girls got to play with! Playdate score! What a fabulous time.

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Valentine's Day Crossword Puzzle from Education.com

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Have fun this Valentine's Day with this festive Valentine's Day Crossword Puzzle from Education.com

Who doesn't love a good crossword puzzle and this Valentine's Day treat the kids to something special that doesn't include sweets. And really get their brains working!


Solve this crossword puzzle with Cupid's help! Education.com has hundreds of other spelling resources to check out here!

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Kinder is now in the USA!! Hooray!!

This post was sponsored by Kinder but all opinions are my own. 

This post was sponsored by Kinder but all opinions are my own. 

Just in time for the holiday season, Kinder Joy eggs are finally arriving here in the states! The best news you've heard all day? We agree!! 

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I can hear all the kids cheering now... their favorite surprise egg treats are no longer something they can only devour while on an international vacation or envy from children abroad posting their videos on youtube; which my kids are obsessed with!  Kinder Joy surprise eggs will be in all our grocery store aisles for good! 

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Kinder Joy will start appearing in stores as soon as this month and will be in most stores in time for Christmas. How exciting? Stocking stuffer alert!!! 

The Kinder Joy eggs will first hit the Walmart shelves on Black Friday and then your favorite grocery store soon after! 

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Already sold in over 170 countries worldwide, many of us have grown up on them. Seeing how they've evolved is fascinating. Originally, the treat was a hard chocolate shell with a surprise inside. However, due to FDA regulations, this has been banned since the Food and Drug Administration formed back in 1938 because of the potential choking hazard.

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Brycen and Brinkley enjoying a special moment in the Kinder Kid Lounge

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Today, this iconic treat is sold with two individually wrapped halves that are adhered together to form the egg. Totally separated! One side of the egg is filled with a soft creamy layer, one milk-crème flavored and one cocoa flavored and that is topped with two chocolate wafer bites. It's divine if you have never had one, you are totally missing out! The velvety smooth base mixed with the crunch of the wafer is perfection. Or eat it how my kids like to by starting with eating the wafers then eat the cream separately. 

The other half has a small plastic spoon and inside a small toy. 

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The most magical part of this treat is the surprise! I know all the kids will agree that the excitement and joy of discovering what toy they've received is unparalleled! I have to say I am excited to hear that they have over 40 toys that will be updating often. So the joy and excitement will never dull. The small toy comes in pieces and the kids get to build it themselves. My kids love this part too, figuring it out as they go along. All part of the thrill and charm!

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Plus, the toys are so unique! Brinkley's favorite, a wizard shaped plastic toy that she discovered under his hat doubles has a red crayon. How amazing right? There are also mini bikes, cars, balls, dolls just to name a few. I also heard there were some licensing deals happening which means more exciting toys to come! 

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Mary Wassner with Malin Ackerman who loved eating Kinder Joy Eggs as a kid in Sweden.

Mary Wassner with Malin Ackerman who loved eating Kinder Joy Eggs as a kid in Sweden.

This post was sponsored by Kinder but all opinions are my own.

Fun Educational Games from Education.com

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Spelling is more fun when you practice it with sea creatures! Your child will have such a good time doing this Under the Sea themed crossword, he/she will hardly realize she's learning! Looking for more? Education.com has a great collection of spelling games that kids love.

My kids don't always love doing homework, and I am sure you can relate. So getting them to do extra learning aside from a full day of school and homework, can be well, impossible. But we recently found these super fun spelling games from Education.com and I have to admit, my kids LOVE them and don't even realize they are leaning while doing them. 

Many nights after dinner,  I find our family has an extra half hour or so to kill before they hit the bath. We normally run down to the playroom in our building but at this time of day they really need to start unwinding and calming down. Running around at this hour only really riles them up. So, I decided to bring a handful of markers and these print outs down with us and the kids absolutely loved them! They see it as a game or activity without realizing they are doing more learning.

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As the colder months are approaching I know these will come in handy on playdates, to kill a witching hour or just unwind after a pretty hectic day! 

I am grateful for site like this as I come from a long line of child educators in my family. My beloved grandmother was a public school teacher and my mother followed in her footsteps and continues to educate young minds. Letting the kids play games and learn at the same time is a win win! 

You may see some of these fun activities in my "mom" bag so I can pull them out when I need them! Check out these fun theme mazes that they have! So easy to print out and bring anywhere.

Education.com

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Fall Fest at Jeff Lake Camp

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Nothing says Fall like a little pumpkin picking and decorating in the middle of a picturesque setting like the waterfront views at Jeff Lake Camp. My daughter and fellow NYC pals, had the best summer camp experience last summer so when we heard Jeff Lake Camp was hosting a Fall Fest, we knew we had to be there! Brinkley lit up as soon as we pulled up and she saw the sign. "This is it Mommy!! My camp!!" 

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The event was filled with seeing old friends and making new ones! Even my husband and I ran into old friends whose kids now also attend camp here! One of our college friends sends her two boys and my husband reconnected with some high school buddies who also have been sending their kids for the last few years. Small world!

They have many bus routes in NJ as well as lower Manhattan! See if there is one near you at JeffLakeCamp.com

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But the best part for Brinkley and Brycen was the ninja course they has set up and of course the DIY cupcake decorating! Brent even got in on the action just like his older siblings. He enjoyed it the most I think. Just running around the gorgeous campus soaking it all in!

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My city kids love nature and it's so important to me and to them to escape the concrete jungle! We all need a break from it now and then and getting into a summer camp community like Jeff Lake has been the perfect balance. It is a family run camp for over 60 years and the family who runs it, well, they are pretty amazing. We have become quite close! I feel so comfortable knowing they will take the best care of my kids.

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Check out Brinkley last summer in full camp mode. She made so many great new friends and memories. She was so excited to run into her favorite buddy from the summer at The Fall Fest! And can't wait to go back next year, bringing her older brother along for a few weeks too!

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Email emily@jefflakecamp.com if you may have questions or check out their website Jefflakecamp.com. Also, $250 off tuition for anyone who mentions DowntownChicMoms when they enroll!!! 

See below for some of the fun your kids can have Summer 2018!

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Perfectly Pink Playdate

When a friend, and fellow mommy blogger Stella Leo from FabGabBlog, told me about this all pink restaurant in NoLita called Pietro Nolita, I knew we had to go. 

I used to live in the neighborhood, pre-kids, and loved it. It's fun, fashionable and quirky. So, it didn't surprise me that an adorable pink restaurant would pop up here. We dressed up our girls in their sweetest pink attire and headed uptown to this pink jewel.

Brinkley, went through an all pink phase and she still loves to be girly and dress up. This was right up her alley! The girls were welcome with open arms into this super packed tiny restaurant.  They enjoyed the tiny pink window behind our table that opens up to the kitchen. Even the bathroom is all pink!

Did I mention they have the best glass of rose?! We definitely didn't share the wine nor the words on the napkins with the girls. To finish off this fab playdate we let the girls tour the funky neighborhood and street art.

Read more about Stella on my Featured Moms Page.

LEGO Worlds, LEGO Dimensions, and LEGO CITY Undercover.

Brycen and Brinkley are definitely little gamers, so when they heard they'd be trying out the new Lego Worlds, Lego Dimensions and Lego City Undercover video games they were super excited.

They just love playing and they can't get enough of these new Lego video games!

Lego Worlds, is an imaginative world made entirely of lego bricks! Do you have a lego lover at home too? Well, they'll love this tech version of the real thing! Kids can explore, discover and create together. Feeling creative? This game let's the player's imagination come to life. My kids loved building whatever they wanted in different environments. And they even customized their own characters. Some other cool features of this game are the players get to explore galaxies, collect rewards and friends can play together exploring each other's worlds!

Then the kids tested out their skills on the new Lego Dimensions game. To get started all you need is the The LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack!! Which has the LEGO Dimensions video game, LEGO Toy Pad, Bricks to build the LEGO Gateway, 3 LEGO minifigures (Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle) and LEGO Batmobile vehicle.

Have a pro gamer? Here are all the add on features! 

  • Story Pack: The biggest add-on for the ultimate gamer and Master Builder. Each includes six new game levels and LEGO bricks to build a themed LEGO Gateway to customize the LEGO Toy Pad. 
  • Level Pack:  One new mission-based game level, along with a minifigure, a vehicle and a gadget that players can build and use in-game for access to new areas and more abilities.
  • Team Pack:  Two minifigures and a vehicle or gadget for each, all with their own in-game abilities.
  • Fun Pack:  One new minifigure and a vehicle or gadget. 

Some of the fun features of this game are that you can cross over characters mixing Wizards with Knights and a Lego Master Builder all while discovering new worlds and of course battling!! What else?!

Then there was the super fast paced game called Lego City Undercover. This game is super cool! The kids loved racing at top speed! This game is coming out on current and new generation consoles. Players become Chase McCain, a police officer who goes undercover to hunt down the notorious – and recently escaped – criminal, Rex Fury, to put an end to his city-wide crime wave!

This open-world game has 20 unique districts to investigate, filled with car thieves to bust, vehicles to navigate, mischievous aliens to capture, hilarious movie references to discover, lost pigs to rescue and of course, hundreds of collectibles. Featuring brand-new two player Co-Op, this new mode allows friends and family to fight crime in LEGO CITY together for the first time. And it's available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One®, Nintendo Switch™ and PC.

Some great features are becoming a master of disguise, trying out over 100 vehicles, fighting crime and last but not least, this game is full of all the signature humor with hilarious movie and music references. 

But one of Brycen and Brinkley's favorite thing was the amazing gift bag! Check out all the legos!!!

For all the games and more, check out Lego.com

This is a sponsored post but all options are my own.

Teletubbies 20th Anniversary... Can you believe it? I can't!!!!

THE TELETUBBIES TAKE MANHATTAN! 

Iconic kids’ characters celebrate their 20th anniversary in New York style. I still can't even believe it's been that long. I was a little too old to get into them when they first arrived on the scene but now that they are back, it is a perfect time! 

My daughter just loves their cute little faces and voices! And my little guy is just mesmerized by pretty much everything they do!!

If you are not familiar their names they are Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po. These are all four characters from the Teletubbies which is one of the most successful children’s TV shows of all time!

And Celebrating their 20th anniversary of entertaining kids, with a lavish celebration for children of all ages.

I just love seeing the new generation of children fall in love with these adorable creatures!

10 years ago today, Mayor Bloomberg presented the Teletubbies with the keys to NYC.  Now they are back, celebrating their 20th anniversary and the upcoming second season of the new Teletubbies, designed to appeal to today’s tech savvy toddlers. New features include the Tubby Phone smartphone and touch screen tummies. The Teletubbies can be seen on Nick Jr. weekdays at 9:47am.

The Boss Baby, Arriving March 31... THIS FRIDAY!

It is not everyday that you get invited to the NYC screening of the movie your kids have been watching the trailer of for the past few months and just dying to see, Dreamworks The Boss Baby!! Thanks to The Moms for allowing me to be part of this adorable Mamarazzi Event! And Subway for feeding my hungry children a delicious lunch after the movie!

This movie is exactly what my family is dealing with right now, The Boss Baby!! Because we have a little boss baby of our very own.

We just love everything about this movie and quote it numerous times a day! Our favorites are "I don't wear nautical" and "Cookies are for closers" and of course the all time favorite, "Meet your new baby BROOOOTTTHEERRR".. We always make each other laugh saying these quotes and we were trilled to see the entire movie. It brings a lot of laughs but some tears when you realize that bond between siblings is so very special. 

This movie is a must see and it just as enjoyable for a parent as it is for the kids. I love the imagination and innuendos that are apparent throughout. Also, getting to meet the voice of Tim, the older brother, and the movies writer and director really was the icing on the cake. But the cake itself was meeting The Boss Baby himself! Check out the fun pictures we took with him! 

An over all blast! The Boss Baby arrives in theaters this Friday, March 31st! 

Mathnasium with Danica McKellar and The Moms at MoMath

My older son loves math. He gets it from his dad, I have to admit. I wish I could say he gets it from me, but I'd be lying. I am much better using the right side of my brain, which is the creative side. He is a left brained kid and proud of it! And so am I... I struggled with math as a kid. Even in college, I had a math tutor. So, to see him strive in this area, is just amazing. 

If your little one seems to be struggling with math, like I did, check out Mathnasium, The Math Learning Center that teaches kids math the way that makes sense to them. It is also a great place if you have an eager learner who wants to learn more than what they are getting in school. Mathnasium creates a learning program specifically for your child.

Math doesn't have to be hard or confusing and at MoMath, they make learning fun. I am all about enjoying education. I did, after all, have a mom who was a teacher and she would always try to make learning a joyful experience for me growing up. I too want this for my children and at MoMath, it makes doing that, simple! 

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) helps you see how math is used in everyday life. The space is filled with exciting and entertaining ways to discover how math is the foundation of so many things that we do, daily.

The best takeaway was meeting one of my favorite childhood actresses, the beloved star of The Wonder Years, Danica McKellar. Who recently wrote a children's book that helps young readers grasp the concept of math and numbers for the first time. The book titled, Goodnight Numbers, is  for 1-5  year olds. This is the first book of many for Danica as she explained, there will be more to come for all ages. And we can't wait! Goodnight Numbers was a hit in my house, with it's sweet and gentle approach to learning numbers and what they are. We loved this story and can't wait to read more books from her series!

Thanks to The Moms for organizing such a wonderful event that my son and I both enjoyed. We enjoyed it so much in fact, that we have already set a date to return to the museum to explore more. This time with my daughter. I know my daughter will love MoMath just as much as we did. 

To purchase your copy of Goodnight Numbers click here.

To find out more about Mathnasium and find a center near you http://www.mathnasium.com. 

For more information about MoMath and their schedule check out their website http://momath.org. 

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