A Look Inside a Fun Moms’ Night Out

Big thank you to our sponsors, Parents Magazine, Clorox ®, and Dove.

With school in full swing and holidays soon around the corner, joining MomTrends for a fun evening at Meredith Corporation’s NYC headquarters for some helpful family lifestyle tips and tricks was just what this overscheduled (aren’t we all?) mama needed. The annual Momtrends Moms’ Night Out presented a bunch of fun activations and info from Parents Magazine, Parents Latina, Clorox ®, and Dove.

Let’s just say that I have a moderate obsession with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes. They save me on the daily with a quick swipe of countertops, kids’ sneakers, lunchboxes, and more. They also help to conveniently keep the kids’ creative spaces tidy, while killing 99.9% of germs. I may have been the only one who needed to reach for the Clorox ® Disinfecting Wipes at their fun snowglobe making station (yes, my mess-making left something to be desired). It was a blast gluing mini-trees, woodland creatures, and NYC-themed figurines to a snowglobe base – and then adding snow, water, glycerin, and glitter. Thank goodness for Clorox ® to quickly hide my glue mess! Also, if you haven’t tried the “micro-scrubbers” version of the wipes – do yourself a favor and stock up for eternity.

An excellent resource for all things parenting: Parents Magazine and Parents Latina shared DIY stations for moms and kids alike. Their current magazines came to life with an easy-to-replicate spooky fruit skewer station to make Halloween parties fun without all the added junk.

Not just for kids: the PARENTS team knows how to curate the DIY elements for the adults-only party too. Blending a custom scent with Alchemologie’s natural perfume station brought a super special touch to the Moms’ Night Out bash.

After the evening was over, I looked forward to dropping off a sweet little caddy that I decorated with a simple flower WikkiStix at the Baby Dove activation station to a new mom in my neighborhood. During those early newborn weeks, it’s always nice to gift helpful essentials like Baby Dove’s Tip to Toe wash since it’s free of all the stuff (no parabens, sulfates, dyes or phthalates) that you don’t want on your little one’s skin. I also love that Baby Dove is uniquely made with prebiotic moisture and 100% skin-natural nutrients to gently nourish the delicate microbiome that babies are naturally born with.

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Big thank you to Momtrends and all the sponsors!

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Add a Touch of Loveliness to Your Home This Summer

Big thank you to our sponsor, Air Wick©.

Summer brings a significant exhale. And I suppose I work hard to preserve the peace that comes with the early morning light, salty water, and hanging with kids who are built for the fleeting warmer months.

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We’re already deep in a new travel-baseball season and will soon add surf camp, trips and a few other things to our days. It’s all good and fun – but hopefully, the wetsuits and towels make their way from multiple bags to the wash – along with all those uniforms and gear. It’s tricky to balance the conflicting layers of loving life outdoors and not frazzling when rushing home to host friends and family.

I didn’t think I was the home-fragrance type until being introduced to the new Air Wick© Freshmatic© Pure© Automatic Spray. With three different settings built into a sleek, minimalist device, the lowest setting feels subtle enough to add a light touch of loveliness to our space – while making me feel like the home is covered 24/7 with continuous odor neutralization in every corner (for up to 60 days).

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It’s the little things that give me peace-of-mind when rushing from beach to baseball to back home again. I’m currently crushing on the Air Wick© Ocean Breeze scent (one of more than 15 Air Wick© scents available) – along with Gabby Bernstein, who I had the chance to meet and learn from at the recent Air Wick© mobile meditation event.

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She taught me a simple (and beautiful) mantra to do with my children. Begin by touching your thumb to pointer finger – working your way down to thumb to pinky finger, while repeating:

Peace. Begins. With. Me.
Peace. Begins. With. Me.
Peace. Begins. With. Me.

Wishing you all peace and joy in the summer days ahead!

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JoJo Siwa’s D.R.E.A.M. The Tour Comes to Forest Hills + Ticket Giveaway!

Hello, tweens! JoJo Siwa’s first live-concert tour, D.R.E.A.M. The Tour, produced by Nickelodeon and AEG presents, kicks off this week – and one of the 25 scheduled U.S. stops is right here in Queens, NY. We’re excited to partner with D.R.E.A.M. The Tour, to giveaway a family four pack of tickets to our local show at the Forest Hills, Stadium on July 21, 2019!

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I’ve been to several concerts at the Forest Hills Stadium (with and without kiddos!), and it’s a really special venue to experience with pint-sized fans. With tons of different food and beverage vendors – and a sprawling green area to hang with friends – make sure to come early to take in all that the Stadium has to offer. We usually grab dinner, treats, and drinks inside the venue. That said, Station Square in the heart of Forest Hills, NY has just been beautifully restored and there are lots of local spots to explore and dine-in as well!

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Get all the scoop on JoJo Siwa’s D.R.E.A.M. The Tour tickets here. And head on over to our Facebook page to enter our ticket giveaway.

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I may not have been able to make my big kid’s Nickelodeon SlimeFest dreams come true – but I will be at the Forest Hills Stadium with her and a gaggle of tweens! Hope to see you there!

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  • Forest Hills Stadium
  • July 21, 2019

Tickets at foresthillsstadium.com

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Snag This Savings Offer at Medieval Times!

It’s no secret that we’re super-fans of Medieval Times! The jousting, knights, falconry, and excitement won us over at our very first visit to the Lyndhurst, NJ castle. We’ve since made annual visits a family tradition. Last time, we brought along the grandparents and cousins, and there’s nothing like feasting with your hands and cheering until your faces hurt (while donned matching crowns) alongside family and friends. It’s a super fun and entertaining experience for all generations!

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That’s why I’m happy to share the best Medieval Times coupon code available right now! You won’t find a better deal than this:

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Coupon Code: NJBlog36

Exclusive Price: $36.95* for adults and $30.95* for kids (*plus tax and processing). This is a savings of up to $26 per person! General admission is usually $62.95 for adults and $36.95 for kids.

Includes: Two Hour Tournament • Four Course Feast • Magnificent Pure Spanish Horses • Authentic Sword Fights Jousting and more!
Valid through: 12/31/2018, excluding the late NYE show.

Restrictions: Must mention or enter code NJBLOG36 at time of purchase. May not be combined with any other offer or group rate. Tax, gratuity, and applicable fees are additional. Not valid on prior purchases. Not valid for the late NYE show. Valid at the Lyndhurst location only for shows through 12/31/2018.

WIN IT! Head on over to our Facebook Page for a ticket giveaway to the NJ Castle!

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On Family Meditation with Headspace

This post is sponsored by Headspace. Start a daily meditation practice by scrolling to the bottom of the post for a discount code. 

Summer is a powerful time. Magic happens within waves amongst salt water’s healing powers.

As a parent, summer can also sometimes feel like a strange dichotomy of being present in the readily-available peace found in the ocean – while fighting frustration on the days when sibling bickering sets in. According to a recent parenting survey by Momtrends Media, 40% of parents find the summer months to be the most stressful, followed by back-to-school season and the holidays.

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I always welcome opportunities to better myself and when a partnership with the meditation app Headspace came my way it truly felt serendipitous. I tried other meditation programs in the past but eventually couldn’t stick to their many commitments. Headspace was different; within just a few minutes a day, I found myself calmer, more alive, and well aware of the fact that I’m in charge of my responses to the world around me. Headspace never made me feel judged – often reminding me that there is “no good or bad way to meditate”. This app has given me a tool to introduce meditation to my kids (they especially love the animations) with a specific section just for them. We now have a family meditation practice that is beautifully simple to stick with.

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Thanks to Momtrends Media, I had the chance to meet the Headspace team at a lovely lunch event that they hosted in NYC. When I was introduced to co-founder Andy Puddicombe, and voice-of-all-things Headspace, I found myself gushing “but I feel like you’re my friend!” while restraining my arms behind my back before they could unfurl around him in an awkwardly tight hug. If you’re familiar with the app, Andy’s soothing British-accented voice, along with a collection of animations, quotes, and secular, simple meditations – make meditation a part my day that I look forward to and crave.

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Before leading us all in a guided meditation, Andy spoke of his decade of training as a Buddhist Monk. Along with his business partner, Rich Pierson, the duo sought out to improve the health and happiness around the world with the creation of Headspace – the first meditation app on the Market in 2012. Headspace now reaches over 30 million people every year!

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A few things that Andy said really stuck with me:

I love how Andy spoke of mediation as a vehicle to increase compassion, gratitude, and empathy for the world around us. Pulling from his time in the monastery, he spoke of meditation as a means to not just better yourself, but also make a difference in your families and communities while putting something valuable back into the world.

Andy spoke of focusing on the breath to destress. Headspace makes this so simple even for children – with prompts to invite their favorite stuffed animal or toy to join them and rest on their bellies while breathing.

He also asked us to keep a gratitude journal specifically about family. I adore this idea. While we already have a gratitude practice in place in our home – focusing on what I’m grateful for within my children is a beautiful thing.

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As a mother, a person who lives with migraine, and as someone who comes from a public health background – it’s hard to adequately capture how grateful I am to be introduced to something so helpful.  Headspace is wonderful to gift to a friend or family member suffering an acute loss or trauma (there is a grief pack within the brave section) and even coping with cancer and pain management packs within the health session. There are single meditations for things like losing my temper and panicking – along with falling back to sleep, creative writing, difficult conversations, fear of flying and so much more.

I hope you’ll join me in this meditation journey because I want everyone to have headspace! Get 40% of your Headspace subscription for the year (which you’ll need to have full access to the app) with this code:

https://www.headspace.com/buy/checkout/summary?voucherCode=MARINOBAMBINOS

Register and enter the promo code here by July 4th:

Once you log into the app on your phone, it will automatically connect to the subscription you just activated.

Event photos 4-6 via Momtrends. 

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Not One Type: A Closer Look At Breast Cancer

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Thank you to Genentech for sponsoring this post.

 According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 236,968 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States in 2014, and (not counting some types of skin cancer) breast cancer in the U.S. is the most common cause of cancer in women – across all races and ethnicities. It is also the leading cause of death from cancer, among Latina women. Like so many others I know, breast cancer has impacted my family profoundly and the trajectory of my loved ones. That’s why it’s important for me to join in sharing the Not One Type campaign, merging messages from a trifecta of champions – Genentech, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and ThirdLove.

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I recently joined New Yorkers in exploring the Not One Type Studio – a SoHo pop-up experience, encouraging women and their loved ones to take a closer look at breast cancer. Upon stepping into the ThirdLove Studio, women curious about bra shopping were visually halted by ThirdLove’s bra installation – challenging prevalent breast cancer misconceptions – with uniformed rows of suspended bras that were only one size, and only one color. Just like ThirdLove creates uniquely tailored bras to a women’s specific size, shape and color preference – Not One Type is sharing information about the ways in which breast cancer is a very complex and not-one-size-fits-all disease.

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The Not One Type website explains how breast cancer is classified into different types – determined by the unique characteristics of each tumor, including subtype, lymph node status and stage, among other criteria. Understanding the uniqueness of each diagnosis helps to empower women and their loved ones to engage in helpful conversations and make more informed treatment decisions with their providers.

I know first-hand that family and friends often step in as patient advocates – and according to Not One Type, women facing the early stages of breast cancer rely on three or more people to help them process treatment options. An incredibly valuable tool on the Not One Type website is a checklist of questions to help women facing this diagnosis and their supporters be as well-informed as possible in conversations with doctors.

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In addition to all of the visual messaging, a lovely tribute wall, “boobie pins” in all shapes and sizes, and ThirdLove discount cards – the campaign’s spokeswomen Giuliana Rancic was on hand leading the discussion with women currently living with breast cancer as well as drawing from her personal experience.  According to Giuliana “understanding your unique diagnosis is critical to receiving the right treatment for you. And it’s not just important for those diagnosed to know about the different types, but for those who love them.”

Armed with new-to-me facts and insight, I’m grateful that I can now help better support a loved one. Have a look around notonetype.org, I’m sure you’ll learn something too.

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