Archive | April, 2014

@Dannon Danimals® SuperStars Greek Low Fat Yogurt #PowerUp Afterschool Event

30 Apr

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Last week my oldest daughter and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and scooted to the Chelsea Piers Mind, Body Studio and Sports Center to celebrate Dannon’s newest product, Danimals® SuperStars Fat Greek Yogurt for kids.  Upon arrival, my daughter snapped a shot with the adorable mascot and headed in to try a sample of the new yogurt!  She absolutely loved it.  She then headed upstairs to participate in a variety of sports activities which included basketball, steal the bacon, and tug of war (her favorite).

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While the the kids were upstairs, bloggers were able to learn more about the product from the Danimals® team.  Danimals® SuperStars are available in 4oz 4-count packs in five delicious flavors made specifically for kids, including: Strawberry Slide, Strawberry Banana Sprint, Cotton Candy Thrill, Mixed Berry Half-Pipe and Cherry Rush. The names of the flavors make it fun for kids and more exciting for kids to eat. The yogurt has a creamy, mousse like texture. Pull back the top of the yogurt for fun Disney facts.

 

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Image from Dannon

Image from Dannon

After learning about Danimals® SuperStars Fat Greek Yogurt, pediatrician, author of Mommy Calls, and fellow mom, Dr. Tanya discussed healthy habits, the benefits of Danimals® SuperStars, and answered questions from guests.  Information she provided:

  • Added sugar? Remember all dairy has naturally occurring sugar.  Danimals have a low amount and Dannon is working to lower the added sugar content more.
  • Yogurt has live active cultures which are beneficial in digestive health, especially when you are sick.
  • Kids need 20g of protein per day.  Adults need 50g.  Good sources of protein other than meat include eggs, beans, & 3 servings of dairy (greek yogurt).
  • Dairy has calcium for bones and vitamin D.
  • Greek Yogurt is great to have in the morning, as a snack, and is also great for dipping bagels in.
  • Start kids on Whole Grain bread early on.  When buying bread and grains make sure there are at least 3g of fiber per serving.
  • Kids need at least 60 minutes of exercise a day.

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For more information about Dannon Danimals® SuperStars Fat Greek Yogurt see the Danimals SuperStars Fact Sheet, visit https://www.facebook.com/danimals http://instagram.com/dannonyogurt, or follow @Dannon on Twitter.

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KIDS DESIGN THE WORLD Children’s Store Opens Saturday 4/26!

24 Apr

A new children’s store, Kids Design The World, will open to the public at 1 pm on Saturday. Kids Design The World will sell cool and innovative kid’s toys, games, furniture and more. In addition to selling products, they will offer related courses for kids in graphic design, furniture design, intro to architecture, animation and more.
Kids Design The World is located in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (walking distance from the Barclays Center). Stop by after 1pm Saturday to celebrate the Grand Opening (details below)!

 

While the event is over, definitely stop by to check out all that Kids Design The World offers!

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Matilda Jane Spring Collection: It’s A Wonderful Parade (Review & #GIVEAWAY) @matildajanegals #SpringFashion

24 Apr

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Spring is finally here!  I’m cleaning out the closets and transitioning my girls clothing into Spring pieces that are colorful and great for either cool or warm Spring days.  Last  winter my daughter received an outfit from Matilda Jane’s Paint by Numbers collection (review here).  It was truly her favorite outfit in her closet.  She was so excited when she received another outfit from Matilda Jane’s newest collection for Spring, It’s A Wonderful Parade!  Her outfit (pictured below) is adorable and perfect for Spring.  She is wearing:

  • The Cloudy Puffer Tee, made with super soft cotton top and has a 3/4 length ruffled sleeve.
  • Love Bug Knot Top, bright, fun, colors. Wear with the Puffer Tee underneath on the cooler days and without on the warmer days.  For the summer, it looks cute paired with denim shorts.
  • Sweet Heart Ruffled Leggings, sweet for a little girl. My daughter loves the hearts and ruffled ankle.  Made with soft cotton, not too heavy.

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I love Matilda Jane Clothing because all their pieces are colorful and fun!  They are great quality.  I’m shocked with the amount of times my daughter wore her last outfit and the several times it’s been washed. There has been little fading but it still looks new.  The pieces are beautiful and will keep your little one looking like a little girl.  Some of our other favorites from the It’s A Wonderful Parade Collection include the Everything is Nice Dress, the All A Flutter Peasant Top, the Sorbet Circle Skirt, & the Bliss Shorties (pictured below left to right).

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Matilda Jane is unique to purchase because it cannot be found in stores.   To purchase, you first have to find a Trunk Keeper.  Once you find a Trunk Keeper, you can order items from our one-of-a-kind collections by attending or hosting an in-home Trunk Show, or by directly contacting a Trunk Keeper with your online Wish List! To see the latest collections or to find out more visit www.matildajaneclothing.com!

GIVEAWAY: One lucky reader will have the chance to win a $50 Matilda Jane Clothing Gift Card!  Click HERE
to enter! Giveaway begins today and ends May 14, 2014 at 11:59 pm!  Good luck!

Disclaimer:  I received an outfit for the purpose of this review and a gift card to giveaway to one lucky reader.  This did not alter my opinions, all opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics are from Matilda Jane.  All images are my own unless noted below.

An Evening at the @NYAutoShow! #NYIASGirls

23 Apr

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Last week I attended a Girls Night Out with 50 other influential mom bloggers at the New York International Auto Show. The event was hosted by SheBuysCars, Toyota and Dr Oz: The Good Life, a new magazine. Guests received massages. We talked about leading women in the auto industry.  Audrey McClellan and Vera Sweeney from Getting Gorgeous gave tips and trends for Spring included wearing plaids and adding color using statement necklaces or bright nail polishes on your nails.

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Toyota provided safety tips for driving which included always pulling over when eating, giving snacks to your kids, or answering phones. Your car tends to go to the direction your eyes are looking, so if you are looking at something other than the road your car will swerve towards that direction you are looking.  This was clearly demonstrated on the simulator provided at the event. I was able to take a “ride” in the TeenDrive365 simulator.  Participants in the simulator were asked to check texts, change the radio station, or take a drink of water while driving.  While doing that you will see yourself swerve in the other lane or crash.  You don’t realize how little things, like taking a sip of water can be so distracting while driving.  You should definitely check it out if you attend.

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After the event we had the chance to walk around the different exhibits and check out the latest cars.  Walking around I had many fond memories of my childhood.  My father is in the car business so we always made a visit to the DC auto show.  The New York Auto Show tops it and is one of a kind.  If you haven’t made it to the show yet, and would like to make an evening of it after work (it’s open until 10) or round-up the kids and head there this weekend.  The Auto Show will be at the Javits Center until April 27!  Don’t miss the classic cars, a personal favorite!

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Need tickets? I am having a flash giveaway for 4 tickets which begins now ends at 6pm tonight, April 23.  I will e-mail a promo code once a winner is chosen.  To enter (please leave a comment for every entry):

  • Leave a comment with the make of car you drive or your dream car.
  • Follow me on twitter @tastefulychldsh.
  • Tweet about the Giveaway (comment with link)
  • Like on Facebook

 

 

 

 

Happy Easter!

20 Apr

Happy Easter to you and your family!

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National Grilled Cheese Day with @ArlaDolfino and @TheNaptimeChef at @FreshmadeNYC #HavartiParty

18 Apr

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CHEESE, please!  Words I hear often in my house. My girls LOVE cheese and my usual picky eaters aren’t picky when it comes to cheese. It’s an ingredient in all of their favorite meals; mac and cheese, pizza, ravioli, grilled cheese, to name a few. If cheese isn’t in their meal, they ask for cheese on top or on the side. They also ask for cheese as a snack in cubes or on crackers.

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Last week, we celebrated National Grilled Cheese Day with Arla Dofino Cheese and Kelsey Banfield, Autor of The Naptime Chef Blog at one of my favorite spaces in NYC, FreshmadeNYC.  The space was filled appetizers and meal ideas using the Arla Dofino brand of cheese.  Samples of the many flavors and varieties of Arla Dofino Cheese which includes a delicious range of family-­‐ friendly cheese flavors such as Havarti, Gouda, Edam and Fontina. Arla Dofino cheeses are naturally good, free of added hormones and crafted with quality, natural ingredients in an environmentally friendly way.  It was Cheese Heaven for cheese lovers like my two little girls (and myself).  On t
he menu; pizza, fruit, cheese skewers with fruit, mac & cheese, and grilled cheese.

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In celebration of National Grilled Cheese day, Kelsey Banfield shared her grilled cheese favorites using Arla Dofino cheese. Her creations included Havarti and Pear Grilled Cheese, Havarti Prosciutto & Fig Grilled Cheese, and Havarti, Tomato & Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese (click links for recipes). All of the grilled cheeses were made with Arla Dofino cheese. My girls loved the Havarti and Pear. She also shared tips for entertaining including starting with an empty dishwasher, creating a cheese platter using variety with mild flavors like creamy havarti or gouda to keep the picky eaters happy, and whatever you serve should be eaten in two-bites or less.

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I’m always looking for new ideas for lunch and snacks.  Kelsey had wonderful cheese- inspired ideas including quesadillas, making your own lunchable, mini quiches, and english muffin pizzas.   I will definitely try these and will mix it up using the different varieties and flavors of Arla Dofino cheese.

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My daughter walked away with this block of cheese to share with family on Easter. A great suggestion at the event was to carve it and serve fruit or I may even put eggs in there for an Easter decoration.

 

Thank you for a wonderful evening! My girls walked away trying new recipes and discovering new foods they enjoy!

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post all opinions expressed are my own.  I received cheese, a lunch bag from dwell studios, and car service for attending the event.  All opinions expressed are my own unless noted.  Information in italics are from a press kit.

 

 

 

 

A Gift For Mom #MothersDay with @Teleflora & @SpaFinder (#GIVEAWAY)

15 Apr

It’s hard to believe we are half way through April already and Mother’s Day is only a month away! It wasn’t until I had my own kids, that I really appreciated everything my mom did for my brothers and I. She continues to always show her love and support and at the drop of a hat she’ll come to NY to help me with my girls. I received a sample of Teleflora’s Lavender Grace Mother’s Day bouquet to send to my Mom from my girls and I. We won’t be together on Mother’s Day but she recently came up to visit so timing was perfect.  I had them delivered the day she arrived. She was so surprised and taken back by the gorgeous arrangement. She loved them and said it was the fullest and most beautiful bouquet she has ever seen or received.

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To say I Love You and Thank You to Mom this Mother’s Day, Teleflora and SpaFinder have teamed up for the ultimate gift for mom, flowers and a gift card for a SpaDay! The floral gift combos include beautiful, fresh arrangements in lovely collectible containers, plus the option of adding a SpaFinder gift card in increments of $25, $50 or $100, so mom can choose from an array of spa services, beauty treatments or other premier wellness offerings available at any SpaFinder partner location worldwide. As an added bonus, beginning April 14 through May 11, online shoppers who visit Teleflora.com and purchase any of the featured Teleflora Mother’s Day bouquets will be entered to win a luxurious SpaFinder vacation package, as well as other daily spa prizes.  Featured bouquets include: Lavender Grace, Everything Rosy Gift Set, Pink Bliss, Butterfly Serenity, and Enchanted Garden.

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The Everything Rosy Gift Set, Image from Teleflora

GIVEAWAY:  One lucky reader has the opportunity to win a Teleflora Lavender Grace Bouquet. Enter here. Ends 5/1/2014 at midnight. Good Luck!

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Lavender Grace Bouquet, Image from Teleflora

 

About TelefloraTeleflora has connected customers with the nation’s best florists for more than 78 years. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Teleflora has over 16,000 member florists throughout the U.S. and Canada, with an additional 20,000 affiliated florists outside North America. This extensive network, coupled with our commitment to exceptional customer service, means that when you send flowers from Teleflora, you can be confident that you’re sending the best.  Teleflora offers flowers and gifts for every occasion.  Make sure to visit their site for and follow on twitter,facebookpinterest and Instagram.

 

Disclaimer:  Thank you Teleflora for the beautiful bouquet.  All photos (unless otherwise noted) and opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics came from Teleflora!

Celebrate Easter with Hershey’s #BunnyTrail

7 Apr

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In 2 weeks the Easter Bunny will make his return. My girls are excited for Easter Egg Hunts filled with their favorite candy, dying eggs, and making crafts, but they are most excited to wake up Easter morning to see what the Bunny left.

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Our Bunny tries to limit the amount of sweet stuff when filling our baskets, with the exception of a few Kisses,  since they eat a lot of candy during egg hunts with friends and family. Last week, I took a walk on the Bunny Trail with Hershey’s and The Licensing Company to get some basket filler ideas from beauty supplies to electronics that would make great alternatives while sticking to a candy theme.

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Ideas included filling baskets with licensed Hershey’s beauty supplies scented like your favorite Hershey’s brand candies. Bubble Yum nail polish, a Jolly Ranch hair color comb, and Hershey’s flavored lip balm are just a few beauty products available. Woven wrapper  wristlets and head bands also make a wonderful addition to a basket for girls who love accessories like mine do.  T-shirts in a variety of brands long or short-sleeved, headphones (ear buds or DJ style) and mini speakers are more great (and allergy-friendly) products to incorporate into a basket.

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At the event I couldn’t get enough of the adorable Hershey’s train set (pictured below).  Depending on how much you want to spend, this set would be an extra special gift from the Bunny for your little one 0-5.  Each train set item is 54.99 and the Little Lines Play Set (below) is $74.95.

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Retailers for the various products include Walgreens, WalMart, Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Brookstone, Toys R Us, Ross, & Five Below to name a few.  Products range in price from $3.50-$74.95.

Looking for a fun on a rainy afternoon or to get in the Easter Spirit, I love the Easter Critter Cups displayed at the Event (pictured below).  We will definitely make these to get us in the Holiday Spirit and use as favors for our Easter Egg Hunt with friends.  For more Easter ideas visit CELEBRATE WITH HERSHEY’S and follow #bunnytrail

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For more information about brands and products visit Hersheys.com.  Hersheys.com is also a great resource for recipes and other seasonal and fun crafts.

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Have a Happy Hershey’s Easter!

 

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  I received a gift bag for attending the event.  As always all opinions are my own.  All images are my own.

Celebrating The Launch of H&M’s Spring Collection! @hmusa #TSQSPRINGKIDSEVENT

2 Apr

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I’ve always loved H&M, for myself and for my girls.  You can always find affordable styles for any occasion.  Over the weekend, my girls and I ventured up to Times Square to celebrate the launch of H&M’s Spring Collection for Kids.The event took place at the Flagship Store and was hosted by a good friend and fellow blogger, Brianne from Stroller in the City.

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We could hear our favorite music playing and the energy pumping when we arrived.  Bite-sized snacks were passed; grilled cheese, hot dogs, pretzels and cheeseburgers, to name a few, but the favorite for my girls was the cotton candy machine. After a few snacks we made our way to the dance floor for a family dance contest.  Next, the girls headed to get their hands painted by Fantasy Face Painting and Balloons by Sharon. Funny, but we saw her at a party not long ago and she remembered my girls.  They were so excited to get more of her beautiful artwork.

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After all the fun, we made our way upstairs to shop the collection.  I really wish we weren’t in a rush, we had to head to my daughters school fashion show, because the collection was awesome, it was hard to choose what to get for my girls.   If you haven’t made it to an H&M since the styles hit stores March 20, you have to stop by.  The new collection is fun, colorful, and most importantly affordable.  Cotton dresses in several prints start at $4.95 are fashionable yet great for play.  The new collection also features some pieces made from organic cotton.  I will definitely be going back for more. Visit HM.com to find out more and shop.

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Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  The girls received a complimentary outfit and a gift bag for attending the event!