Friday, July 31, 2015

Planning a road trip this summer? Here are some tips with travelling with kids.

For vacations and getaway's, I love nothing better than packing the family into the car and heading somewhere beautiful to enjoy the sunshine. Road trips can be great fun, but when you’re traveling with kids, you need to be prepared for every eventuality. These are my top five tips for preparing for a family road trip, including what you definitely should take along on a road trip. 

1. Make sure to pack Snacks

I always pack a big cooler box to be kept in the back seat, so that anyone feeling hungry or thirsty can grab something quickly. When you’re choosing snacks, it’s best to avoid the junk food. It’s likely to cause a big spike in energy, followed by a comedown that’s going to leave little travelers irritable and moody, especially if they have trouble falling asleep in the car.  Pack lots of fruit and of course, lots to drink. I also keep a damp flannel in the cooler box. If anyone is starting to feel a bit sick, applying a flannel to the insides of the wrists or the back of the neck will cool them down quickly. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Excited for the premiere of Disney’s “Descendants” on the Disney Channel July 31st? Check out the great Hasbro dolls from the movie! #Giveaway

Disney’s Decedents seem to be the new hit of the summer! From books to clothing to dolls, Disney Descendants is here and my daughter is loving every moment. She has really enjoyed the books and has been looking forward to the premiere of Disney’s “Descendants” on the Disney Channel for weeks now… This summer is all things Descendants! Did you know that Hasbro has a brand new line of dolls from the movie?
There is quite the selection, amazing dolls with fun accessories, all of your favorites are there including the characters played by Sofia Carson and Dove Cameron! Characters include Ben (son of King Beast and Belle, Audrey (daughter of Fairy Godmother), Jane (daughter of Sleeping Beauty), Lonnie (daughter of Mulan), Mal(daughter of Maleficent), Evie (daughter of the Evil Queen), and Carlos (son of Cruella de Vil). I know my Disney Descendants collector loved these dolls, would the Disney Descendants fan in your home like cool dolls like these?! The new dolls are as follows,

Dreamworks' HOME - Now available at all Digital Stores! #HomeInsiders

Dreamworks HOME is available via Digital HD on Vudu! Be sure to check out the great  video from Fox, to see how easy it is to use for the family you can take this movie anywhere!

 The HOME PARTY EDITION is Packed with over and Hour of Hit Music and Fun Dancing Content that will Get the Whole Family Shaking Their Boov Thing! Celebrate family, friendship and fun in the surprise smash comedy hit of the year from the creators of How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek! In DreamWorks Animation's HOME, Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet meets a girl named Tip. The two unlikely friends embark on the greatest journey of all time...the journey HOME.

Check out some fun BFFs reimagined as My Little Pony figures! #MLPFriendshipDay

 My Little Pony is celebrating International Day of Friendship day! In honor of this globally recognized holiday, the beloved brand has created one-of-a-kind My Little Pony figures honoring five notable friendships throughout entertainment history, including friends from Sesame Street, Clueless, I Love Lucy, Transformers, and Laverne & Shirley! 

In addition to these custom My Little Pony figures, Hasbro has teamed up with youth service organization generationON to honor the importance of friendship by launching a service campaign to teach children about helping others. You can learn more by visiting , and join the conversation on social media using #MLPFriendshipDay.
Brought to you by the letters B.F.F., Sesame Street buddies Bert & Ernie have joined the My Little Pony brand to celebrate the International Day of Friendship!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Have your own staycation with tropical and romantic flowers & plants from @ProFlowers #MySummerStaycation

The summer is just flying by! Can you believe it is the end of July already?  We have been busy with camp, swim club, and summer homework. My family and I seem to always be on the go, and this summer has been especially busy. Being a working mom is no easy job, it seems like I have no time to slow down and get away.
I know I do a lot of hard work and I am in need of a break I am bringing  the vacation to my home this summer. With Tropical-inspired bouquets  and Romantic bouquets from ProFlowers.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales comes to DVD on August 11th #BerryTales #Giveaway

Are you looking for a fun movie that has your favorite Strawberry Shortcake characters and friends? Well it is time to get excited, there is a brand new Strawberry Shortcake movie coming to DVD soon! Strawberry Shortcake Berry Tales comes to DVD on August 11th. With this fun DVD you can fall into the world of make believe and princesses. 

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales,The spotlight shines on the importance of being true to yourself in Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales.  Join Plum in “Snowberry and the Seven Berrykins” as she learns to believe in herself when putting on a small and simple play for a young audience.  In “Berryella and Prince Berry Charming,” Huck agrees to be in a production, but then quickly realizes that he’d be happier behind the scenes.  

The Longest Ride, a great girls night or date night movie! #TheLongestRide #InsidersLongestRide

Summer is in full swing and with it comes trips, camp, sports and nonstop on the go action. Sure it is fun for the kids and it is fun for me too, to a point. As a working mom my days and nights are just busy and always on, it can get to you after a bit. One think I love to do, to slow down life a bit and have some relaxing me time is to make sure I take the time to have a date night with my husband. It is a great time to just relax and reconnect with my husband without the kids just us two.
Could you use break from the busy life of a mom, a time to just sit back and enjoy the company of your significant other? Sometimes getting a sitter and going out on a date night can be all but impossible, but that does not mean that you can not have a nice romantic date night at home... I fall into the line of never having the time for a date night with my husband. I know that I have to make the time, and this past weekend my husband and I had a fun and romantic home date night.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Honey Banana Bread Pudding, made with Nature’s Harvest® Honey Wheat bread #Recipe #Giveaway

Are you looking for a way to add more whole grains in your diet? You are going to love the delicious, Nature’s Harvest® bread! Here is a little more information about this tasty better for you bread from the website:
Helping balance your family's diet with plenty of delicious, nutritious whole grains is as simple as adding their favorite Nature’s Harvest® breads to your grocery basket. You can count on at least 8 grams or more of whole grains in every serving. And no artificial flavors, colors or high-fructose corn syrup.  Whether your family has a taste for Made with Whole Grain White or Honey Wheat-or any other variety-you can be sure it's made with whole grains because it says Nature’s Harvest®

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Enjoy a Dairy free, Fat Free, Gluten Free, sweet treat this summer with PhillySwirl #Giveaway

Do you love sweet frozen treats? Well my family just loves them especially in the summer, and a local favorite Italian Ice (or water ice as we call it) is one of the best. I would like to introduce you all to PhillySwirl, a swirled ice treat your family will love! Here is a little information about PhillySwirl from the website:
Can two nice young men from Philly make a living selling Italian ice on the beaches of Florida? That's what the founders of PhillySwirl, Max and Alex, set out to discover some 20 years ago. In 1987, PhillySwirl's co-founders, Alex Plotkin and Max Lapin were attending Penn State University. One day Alex was leaving his dorm room and the door hit another student in the head. That unfortunate student was Max Lapin. (Talk about opportunity knocking!). After becoming friends, Alex graduated from Penn State while Max finished his last year at University of South Florida. Following graduation they enrolled together at Widener University School of Law.

Monday, July 20, 2015

My Little Pony brand in celebrating the magic of friendship during the first ever #MLPFriendshipDay on July 30!

My Little Pony brand in celebrating the magic of friendship during the first ever #MLPFriendshipDay on July 30! In celebration of International Friendship Day, you can help your child make their mark on the world through friendship and service! Friendship Parties with a Purpose are an exciting way to introduce children to the genuine thrill of doing good for their communities while experiencing all the fun of a traditional gathering or party. 

Hasbro has teamed with youth service movement generation! On for a day-long celebration that encourages and empowers kids around the world to make their mark on friendship through volunteerism. We invite you to participate the way your fellow pony friends would – by getting involved in simple service projects and performing acts of kindness that help others while strengthening the bond of friendship.  Whether it’s volunteering with friends and family, helping out in your local community, or completing other simple service projects, you can help make a difference.

Back to School with Peanuts and Hanna Andersson! #ilovemyhannas #BTS

We’re (my husband and I) in a strange time now with our daughter, she’s a tween and now I totally understand what that means. What she liked two weeks ago she’s not into anymore and she’s all about being more mature and grown up….ugh. 
Now she’s heading into the 5th grade and that’s a transitional phase for kids, they’re not the little kids in school but they’re not the oldest, they’re in the middle. So when school starts in six weeks or so she’ll need a backpack. And let me tell you shopping for a kids backpacks can be a tough experience when you have a tween.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Marvel's ANT-MAN In Theatres today! Are you excited?? #AntMan

Marvel’s Ant-Man is finally in theaters today!  Are you excited?? My family and I got to see a little clip (ha, no pun intended) of Ant-Man in Disneyland last month and it looks pretty action packed! Are you planning on seeing Ant-Man this weekend? Before you go be sure to check out the “Little Ant-Man” clip that has caused a bit of a viral sensation! It is an adorable video, I am sure you will love it!

“Little Ant-Man”          
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.
Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

Did you know that Ant-Man was one of the first Avenges? Well he sure was! If you have a little pre-school Avenger fan in your household, I am sure they would love the new book from The World of Reading, Marvel Avengers The New Team! A great book for read alongs, be sure to pick up this fun book, and see this great movie! 

 The Marvel Heroes of Reading line of early readers is designed to offer reluctant readers, specifically boys, books that they will want to read by featuring characters they love. The series is broken into three levels that invoke the rigorous training courses their favorite Marvel heroes must engage in to perfect their super powers. In reading this series, boys will prefect their own power to read. The New Team introduces readers ages 4-6 to MORE Super Heroes from Marvel’s most popular team, the Avengers, such as Hawkeye, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Vision, and Falcon.

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ANT-MAN opens in theaters everywhere Today July 17th!


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Little Caesars Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza is back and also try the new CHEESE-N-PRETZEL DIPPERS! #PretzelCrustNation #Giveaway

Are you a pretzel fan? Well you are going to love Little Caesars! They are  re-releasing  the Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza and introducing the new CHEESE-N-PRETZEL DIPPERS! Are you excited?? Little Caesars new CHEESE-N-PRETZEL DIPPERS are 16 savory pieces of buttery, salty, toasted, soft pretzel bites served with a side of warm, creamy cheddar cheese dip, all for $3.49. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus summer getaway survival kit #Giveaway

Could you use some wrinkle  free travel clothing? I know with all of the traveling I do during the summer having the option to have wrinkle free clothing with the help of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is a great thing! 

 It is now officially summer, which means travel season is in full swing. And the last thing anyone on vacation wants to deal with is wrinkly clothing. For decades people have perfected specialized packing techniques, even purchased wrinkle-free clothing just for traveling.  Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus wants you to forget about putting that hotel iron to work. With Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus travelers can simply spray clothes, tug out any visible wrinkles, smooth the fabric, allow the garment to dry and be wrinkle, static and odor free in less than five minutes. Silicones in Downy Wrinkle Release Plus grip the fabric fibers in garments making it possible for them to slide against each other rather than being frozen in a crease. 

Check out a fun Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Zootopia Teaser Trailer! #Zootopia

Check out the teaser trailer from Walt Disney Animation Studio’s ZOOTOPIA! ZOOTOPIA opens in theatres everywhere March 4th, 2016!

ZOOTOPIA- Teaser Trailer
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy.

Timeless beautiful 18K gold designer jewelry from Rivka Friedman #Giveaway

 Are you looking for jewelry that stands out, but is timeless? An amazing piece of jewelry that never goes out of style and you will love forever? I would like to introduce you all to the spectacular collection of jewelry from Rivka Friedman. Here is a little more about this very talented jewelry designer Rivka Friedman, from the website:
Experience the lustrous look and feel of when you wear Rivka Friedman's  designs.  As the daughter of two artists, Rivka Friedman's appreciation of fine craftsmanship, form and design developed at an early age as did  her passion for jewelry.  Inspired by her world travels, her textural and sculptural designs, range from the delicate to the bold and are enhanced with genuine gemstones that are set in rich handcrafted satin finishes. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Comic-Con Reel Star Wars: The Force Awakens #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

 Are you excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? We sure are! My husband is the ultimate Star Wars fan, and he has been geeked up and ready for this movie for a good long time. He is so geeked up that he has the day off from work to make sure he sees this movie multiple times on the premiere day, now that is dedication! If you were one of the lucky few to visit San Diego Comic Con you may have been one of the lucky fans that got a sneak peak of the film, and got to see the film legands in person on the amazing panel.
Fans at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H were treated to a special look behind the scenes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Director J.J. Abrams, Producer and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Writer Lawrence Kasdan. The filmmakers were joined on stage by cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford to the surprise and delight of fans.

Check out the amazing Comic-Con Reel Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!!!
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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrives in theaters everywhere on December 18th!

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Halo Top, healthy Ice Cream that actually tastes like ice cream.

Halo Top ice cream, have you tried this yet? It is a yummy ice cream treat without the guilt because it is.... 240-280 calories per pint! That is just amazing, there is nothing else out there like this! How can it be so low in calories?

At Halo Top, how we sweeten the deal, we use organic stevia. Stevia is a plant native to Paraguay that’s been used to sweeten foods and beverages for more than 200 years. It’s really good. We use it as a sugar replacement. Erythritol has a funny name, but it’s another all-natural sweetener. It’s found in things like pears and grapes and has naturally been in our diet for a looooong time.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Asian Salad has returned to McDonald’s! #Giveaway #McDSalad

Do you love to try new things, or return to a classic favorite? McDonald’s newly enhanced Asian Salad is a colorful mix of its new premium artisan grilled or crispy chicken, edamame, snow peas, red bell peppers, mandarin oranges, chopped Applewood smoked bacon and a bed of romaine lettuce, baby spinach and baby kale. The salad is accompanied by all-natural Newman’s Own® Lighten Up! ® Sesame Ginger salad dressing and a package of sliced and toasted almonds, on the side. 
The Asian Salad is in stores now, available for a limited time. Through early September, McDonald's customers across the country can enjoy a returning favorite -- the Asian Salad. Joining McDonald's existing line of Premium Salad! Here is a little more information about this great salad from the press release:

Thursday, July 9, 2015

WHYY “Be My Neighbor Day” join Daniel Tiger to help build your community! #bemyneighborphl

Summer is here and the kids are out of school? What to do? There are some great events coming to the area, and one of these great events is Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Be My Neighbor Day”. The kids can help their community and meet Daniel Tiger! As a child he was my most favorite character on Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood. He was such a grown up, even down to his gold watch. I love that the character I was such a big fan of is just as popular today and even more adorable!

Are you looking for fun and educational activities for your kids this summer? WHYY invites families in the greater Philadelphia area to help build their community at Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Be My Neighbor Day” Events this summer. The first event at Smith Memorial Playground Playhouse was a success and many children took part in crafts and meeting others from the community. 

Toys from Hasbro your kids will love! Fun summer toys for all ages! #Hasbro

With summer in full swing and my daughter at home with her non Wi-Fi enabled grandparents she needs something to do, and what that means is she gets to do what I did when I was her age and play with toys! A novel concept anymore in this age of connectivity, playing with toys seems like something we did long ago back when the dinosaurs ruled the land. But what she’s learning is that playing with toys and getting up and moving and using your body and your mind is kind of fun.

If you’re like me and have a kid who is stuck at home and you want them to do more than just sit around and surf the net or playing video games for hours on end head on over to the Hasbro Toy Shop and see what they have to offer they sent me a small sample and so far its been a great way to keep my daughter occupied.
The one thing I will admit she loves (even to this day) to collect and play with are the Littlest Pet Shop toys, we have a small army of these adorable little pets and all sorts of play sets for them to have all kinds of adventures in. What my daughter was able to add to her collection were the Pet Pawsabilities line.

Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray #Giveaway

Scooby-Doo Where Are You? Everyone’s favorite crime fighting kids are back with their biggest mystery ever in Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! To help them solve the case the Scooby gang teams up with Rock and Roll legends KISS for an all new Mystery Inc. adventure!

About Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, Get ready to Rock! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at Kiss World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from Kiss, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang's cunning and Kiss's power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!

Best the first to see the trailer for, The Finest Hours! #TheFinestHours

A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Presented in Digital 3D and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale.
A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Presented in Digital 3D and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. 
As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast.
Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.
Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana. Produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero, the screenplay is by Oscar® nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. Doug Merrifield serves as executive producer. “The Finest Hours” storms into U.S. theaters on January 29, 2016 in Digital 3D and IMAX® 3D.
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THE FINEST HOURS opens in theaters everywhere on January 29th, 2016!

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Great summer books for tweens! Disney's Descendants!

Are you excited? Summer is here and it is time for fun it the sun. Time for vacations, camp and family events. Sure there is a lot to do in the summer, from camp, to vacations, and lots of time traveling in the car, a great time for reading.  When I was a kid I could spend hours, relaxing and getting into a great book, I would love nothing more than getting lost in a great story while I relaxed on summer vacation.

A summer tradition of mine was picking up a few books for our vacation to the Jersey Shore, to read and relax while on the beach. My daughter seems to be taking after her mother with her love of reading. Since my daughter has really gotten into The Descendants, she just loves reading about famous Disney villains kids. If your child is a fan of The Descendants too, they are going to love the new books coming to a book store near you on July 14th! Get the scoop on all of these great Descendants books just in time for the Disney Channel original movie premiering on July 31st!

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