Halloween Harvest at Coney Island’s Luna Park

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The Halloween Harvest officially kicked off this weekend at Coney Island’s Luna Park, and we had a behind the scenes look at all the fun activities and experiences they have to offer.

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In addition to the thrilling rides and amusement park fun that Luna Park is known for – the Halloween Harvest includes face painting, pony rides and the best pumpkin patch we’ve ever seen in NYC! The experience is included with the purchase of an all-day wristband and runs until October 29th!

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Check out Luna Park to get all the details on their upcoming annual Halloween Harvest Dog Parade & Costume Contest, the carving of their giant pumpkin and more!

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Shopkins Macaron Café Pop-Up Comes to NYC + SKECHERS Giveaway!

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Did you hear about the Shopkins Macaron Café Pop-Up experience that came to New York City?  In celebration of their newest collection, season eight, World Vacation – parents scrambled to get a coveted spot at the TriBeCa location during its duration in June.  We heard that tickets went within minutes of the free online sign-up opening – and team Shopkins even ended up adding extra slots for those on the wait list.

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We were lucky enough to attend their press day event prior to the pop-ups opening, and my big girl willingly obliged to take part in the press day fashion show where she wore head to toe Shopkins themed clothing and kicks – and beamed alongside real life Shoppies.  The kids in attendance enjoyed treats, indulged in Shopkins-themed manicures and of course checked out all of the latest merchandise from Moose Toys Skopkins collection.  We were even lucky enough to get sneak peek of the Shopkins Live on Tour!

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In addition to a cool bomber jacket, my tween was most excited about wearing sneakers from SKECHERS new back-to-school collection featuring the iconic Shopkins characters. And we’re so excited to partner with Shopkins and SKECHERS to send two lucky kids off to a new school year in their choice of the below sneakers from the new Shopkins-themed back-to-school line (sizes 8-3)!

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WIN IT:  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  For another entry, visit our facebook fan page and leave a comment on the corresponding post.  The two randomly selected winners will be announced on facebook on Thursday evening, August 3rd.

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Kids are Free This Summer at Medieval Times!

Did you have a chance to see how much fun we had eating with our hands and cheering at the top of our lungs over at Medieval Time Dinner and Tournament in Lyndhurst, NJ?

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Our kids still talk about our visit to the castle, and that epic battle where our knight emerged as the winner!

We’re excited to share that NOW is the time to visit their New Jersey location because kids are free (yes, FREE!) all summer! And if you’re able to catch a Wednesday show, this offer includes free Jr. Knight Training for kids.

Kids Free* All Summer + Jr. Knight Training at Medieval Times – Lyndhurst, NJ *One free child admission with each full priced adult admission. Must mention or enter code KFB17 at time of purchase. Not valid with other discounts, offers or group rates. Restrictions may apply. Valid thru 8/31/17. Make your reservations by call 1-888-935-6878 or visit medievaltimes.com Purchase tickets: http://www.medievaltimes.com/plan-your-trip/lyndhurst-nj/NJ-Kids-Free-Jr-Knight-Training.html

One free child admission with each full priced adult admission. Must mention or enter the code KFB17 at time of purchase. Not valid with other discounts, offers or group rates. Restrictions may apply. Valid thru 8/31/17. Make your reservations by call 1-888-935-6878 or visit medievaltimes.com.

Have fun with your little M’Lady and M’Lord and purchase your tickets here.

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Medieval Times: An Experience Fit For Your King and Queen

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You don’t need a time machine to travel back to the era of Kings and Queens, just venture over to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament’s majestic castle in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, where you’ll be greeted as “my lady” (or “my lord”) inside the 11th-century inspired restaurant.

Our Gallant Knight’s recent 7th birthday piqued our interests in experiencing the two-hour show as a family.  We brought our excitement (and our appetites) and got to rooting for our assigned Knight as soon as we were adorned with cardboard crowns!

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We took some family photos, checked out the castle’s interior, grabbed adult beverages and two light-up swords, and found our seats in our color assigned section. In an arena full of sand, complete with soon to be revealed characters including a wise King, Princess, Royal Falconer, and Knights upon their chargers – visitors cheered as the tale blasted across the loudspeakers.

We were given two booster seats for the kids (and, yes, one for me!) and were then set to dig into a hearty feast consumed without utensils.  We joined in the eruption of cheers as the six Knights were introduced in the impressive battle.  The Knights threw handfuls of flowers into their designated sections and competed in exceptional physical combat – complete with jousting, sparks, special effects and even dives off of horses! Our little birthday boy was all fired-up screaming for his Knight as they thwacked each other and smashed spears to smithereens inside the arena.

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Much to our surprise, our Knight won the tournament! My husband broke into hysterics watching me jump out of my seat in voracious cheers. We all rooted until our faces hurt and couldn’t believe the events that unfolded when our winning Knight came out of the arena and crowded our girl “the Queen of Love and Beauty!”.

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We’ll be back with the grandparents and cousins in the future as the experience proved fit for a royal celebration.  We also left with a few helpful tips to share:

  • Arrive Early: There’s a lot to experience inside the castle, from fun photo-ops – to cool gift shops, a great bar, a dungeon and more. Also, regular seating is first-come-first-serve inside the assigned arena sections.
  • Consider Purchasing the Celebration Package add-on: For an additional $18 per person you’ll get VIP seating (we had our own table), priority castle entry, VIP lanyards, Knight’s rally towels, cheering banners, framed entrance group photos, slices of cake and best of all: a personalized announcement during the tournament! We had them give a shout-out to our son on his birthday, and he hasn’t stopped saying, “but HOW DID THEY KNOW?!!!”.
  • Bring Your Energy!: The collective excitement of visitors in the arena elevates the experience. So come ready to cheer and share your fun on social media with the hashtag #MTFan!

 

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Luckily, you don’t have to live close to New Jersey to experience this epic battle of steel and steed since Medieval Times has nine locations nationwide.

Special thanks to Medieval Times for hosting us.  Opinions, as always, are my own. 

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Protect Like a Mother Installation Comes to Brooklyn

This post sharing details on the Protect Like a Mother exhibit in Brooklyn is sponsored by Lysol. Thank you for reading.

When my children were toddlers and had difficulty separating from me, a little storytelling ritual began.  I’d form the shape of a heart with my hands, and recite a made up story reminding them that our hearts and souls are connected forever.  The consistency seemed to calm all of our nerves, and years later I still find myself including that story in my parenting toolkit.  Motherhood continues to show me the absolute truth in that metaphorical heart.  Motherhood is hardwired to the very core of my being in the most profound and powerful ways.  I’m inextricably connected to my children and have learned to trust my gut, motivated by being my babies greatest protector and nurturer.

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I was so excited to venture over to Brooklyn Bridge Park today with my family to check out Lysol’s “Protect Like a Mother” exhibit featuring a larger-than-life art installation of a trio of animals, honoring both human and animal mothers alike. On the heels of mother’s day weekend, it felt fitting to work with Lysol in celebration of a mother’s innate protective instinct.  After all, they help moms like me protect against germs in my home, in ways that mirror how animals defend their own babies.

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The cool interactive installation features gargantuan sculptures of a golden eagle, a 24-foot-tall orangutan, and an octopus.  Amidst bubbles, kids are allowed to play on the large animals, and a fantastic photo booth captures great quality family photos.  There’s also a cool educational component with several facts about the animal mothers and ways in which they protect their offspring from predators. The protective instinct is a universal truth of motherhood – in both the animal kingdom and in our own. Different species demonstrate amazing feats to protect their young, including us human mothers, right?!

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No one protects quite like a mom, and nothing helps mothers protect against germs like Lysol, a leader in germ killing for over 100 years, with products that kill 99.9% of germs to help moms protect their kids from passing germs and getting sick.  Lysol has created a fun analogy and expereince that families can certainly relate to and enjoy together during the weekend.  Best of all this free exhibit is still open to the public.  Check it out tomorrow, Sunday, May 21st from 9 am to 6 pm.  You may even leave feeling a bit more loved than ever:

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“My mom protects me like a unicorn because she is magic.” – L.P – age nine. 

 

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Kids & Coughs + Mom’s Secret Weapon

There have been many times in motherhood when I’ve yearned for ways to soothe my kids when they’ve fallen sick. It’s never easy to watch your child’s discomfort when they don’t feel well.  And I only hope that I’m comforting my kids through their illnesses in ways that emulate how my mother tenderly cared for me as a child. I remember how she’d change my sheets, give me a warm bath, and carefully rub Vicks® VapoRub™ on my chest when I had a cough.  Just the mere scent transports me back to my childhood – and I’ve naturally kept it in my arsenal of go-to remedies to combat nighttime coughing ever since my babies were two-years-old.

Attending Vicks® VapoRub™ 8 Hour Playdate along with my eager kiddos at Recess Dumbo in Brooklyn was a perfect fit for us!

The kids had a blast playing in a vibrant indoor play space while I gleaned info on how to keep kids healthy and comforted when colds and coughs strike.  It’s always helpful to have healthy habit reminders reinforced by a registered nurse – especially the points shared below!
  • Did you know that many people only wash their hands for six seconds?  Did you know that the recommended time for hand washing is actually 20 seconds?  I immediately implemented the advice of singing a song with my six-year-old son to ensure that the hand washing is, in fact, effective.
  • Those beloved stuffed animals can be serious germ harbors! We like to toss ours in the washing machine (usually while the kids are at school) to get any funk off of them since the kids often tuck them into their beds.
  • Sufficient rest is crucial especially during sickness because those resting hours allow the immune system to restore and reset – and even protect the body from illness.
  • The leading cause of poor rest among children during colds is nighttime coughing.  Vicks® VapoRub™ – the #1-selling branded children’s cough-cold product, appropriate for ages two and up—is a topical cough medicine with medicated vapors*.  It works quickly for adults as well to help relieve cough symptoms.
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I have a lot of stories about my mom’s belief in Vicks® VapoRub™ – as do others who grew up in Latin households! It’s helped me through rotten coughs – while providing my kids with that layer of comfort during illness.  As a parent, there’s security in knowing that Vicks® VapoRub™ vapors last up to eight hours, allowing my little ones (and me!) to get crucial rest. I imagine that my children will too grow up with ingrained memories of their mama singing special nighttime songs and carefully rubbing their chests to help soothe, calm and relax.

*P&G calculation based in part on value sales data by The Nielsen Company through its Retail Scantrack Services in the US market to which P&G subscribes for the Respiratory Care Category for the 52 week period ending 06/04/16

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