A Family Getaway to Woodloch Pines Resort With Evenflo

The perfect antidote to a jam packed family schedule is a weekend away to spend valuable time together and return home with a sense of reconnection.  A jaunt to Woodloch Pines Resort in the Poconos Mountains with the Moms and Evenflo turned out to be the sort of memorable respite that my family needed.

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There is something about being in the heart of nature on a picturesque lake that immediately made us all exhale – even in the rain.

Upon arrival, it took significant coaxing to get the kids to actually leave the room.  They were pretty thrilled with their new accommodations complete with two bathrooms and a lake-view balcony.

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The true charm in this all inclusive resort is definitely found in its family-focused atmosphere.  Along with friends – we took the kids on non-stopped activities including indoor kiddie vehicle rides, bumper cars, a play forest and an indoor-pool with a sprawling splash zone safely designed for little water lovers.  Those seeking a different pace can indulge in the nearby spa, workout room, and rejuvenating amenities.

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I even had a chance to meet my beloved Miss Piggy, at an 80’s themed dinner complete with an interesting array of characters.  I loved that she presented in her full-on 80’s glory –  and imagine that modernized costumes would have taken away from the true time-trip back to my early childhood.  With set family meal times – it was lovely to connect with fellow blogging friends and their sweet families.  And the Woodloch staff quickly accommodated for a larger family table to dine with friends.   As usual, the kids went bonkers for characters including a teenage mutant Ninja Turtle and Ariel.

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Our biggest little-traveler, Lucia, tested out the new Evenflo Platimum Protection Series Symphony DLX All-in-One Car Seat courtesy of Evenflo.  She’s often an ideal tester for these sorts of things because if she doesn’t like something we will all be made aware (swiftly and loudly!).  Although I stay on top of car seat safety standards, I immediately called Evenflo to speak to a product specialist.  I received exceptional personal customer service and installed the seat with my husband.  Although I don’t have a car of my own – it’s important for me to learn how to install my children’s seats properly.  At just 35 pounds, my six-year-old fits the frame of a much younger child and I believe that it will be quite some time until she meets the requirements to transition into booster mode.  Lucia loved her new chair (complete with cup-holders) and styled herself accordingly for her weekend getaway:

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In addition to meetings my daughter’s rigorous comfort factor – I’m most interested in the car seats safety features.  Evenflo’s Platinum Protection series is designed with e3Side Impact Protection to significantly reduce the forces in side impact crashes through advanced energy absorption and an expanded zone-of-protection.  I’m pleased with the numerous safety features which far exceed federal crash test standards.  I like how the versatile design can accommodate baby from birth through harnessed booster mode (5-110 pounds!)  In addition, the seat boasts many specialty features including buckle pockets to tuck buckles away from getting hot and innovative temperature regulating fabric.  I can’t wait to see how the fabric performs during the hotter months.

Evenflo Platinum Protection Series Car Seats are newly available at Babies R Us and select stores nationwide. To learn more about Woodloch Pines Resorts visit www.woodloch.com and to learn more about the Moms visit www.themoms.com.

Special thanks to The Moms, Woodloch Pines Resort and Evenflo for an incredibly memorable weekend.  All accommodations and car seat were provided. Opinions, as always, are strictly my own.

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The Everything Bag || Lily Jade

We had quite the busy weekend with birthday parties galore (three in one day!).  I even managed a solo evening on Friday night, to attend a P&G Beauty party in NYC’s Theater District celebrating the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.  I indulged in several “glam” stations and have been admiring my Olympic level nail designs all weekend.  Go Team USA!

I took my new Lily Jade Designer Diaper Bag along for the fun as nothing about this beautifully crafted leather bag screams “mom”.  I simply removed the “baby bag” insert for my big night on the town and added it back to schlep the kiddie accessories over the weekend.

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I keep saying that I’m going to reclaim my bag as just my own since we’ve been diaper-free for well over a year, but I still find myself vacuuming out the inside of my bags every now and then (not kidding).  Motherhood has proven that child-related gear simply shifts post-baby years (I now lug LeapPads instead of diapers), and urban adventures on trains and our feet call for just one bag. Lily Jade’s “baby bag” insert has proven to be the answer to my organizational issues with 16 sturdy pockets and secure spots for kid-sized water bottles.  I love that I can reach in and remove the washable insert when heading out sans kiddos.

The Best Diaper Bag, Lily Jade Designer Diaper Bag

 

Lily Jade’s luxe leather bags are an investment – but are also multi-functional, fashionable pieces that will well outlive the diaper years.

Grab my Caroline Bag in Brady for a newly reduced price and stay tuned for an exciting giveaway!

Lily Jade provided a bag for review purposes.  As always, opinions are my own and Marino Bambinos only collaborates with Companies that are of perceived interest to MB readers.

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Ultimate Baby Registry Holiday Giveaway

In the spirit of Holiday giving, I’m joining together with Stroller in The City, Casey Leigh, Lunch Pails & Lipstick, Lillies & Leon, and Tastefully Childish to offer one lucky parent a fabulous Ultimate Registry Giveaway!  We’re incredibly excited to be collaborating with favorite brands that you can find across all of our blogs.  We’ve handpicked products that we love and would want for our own families.  One lucky winner will take home ALL of the following items (total giveaway value = HUMONGOUS!!!):

REGISTRY GIVEAWAY

Lily Jade – Diaper Bag // Bellini – $150 Gift Basket // Freshly Picked Moccasins (winner choses color & size) // UPPAbaby – Mesa Infant Car Seat // Joovy Scooter Stroller // 4 Moms – Breeze // STOKKE – Tripp Trapp // Orbit– Bassinet Cradle G2 // 7 A.M. Enfant – Warm Muffs // Aden + Anais – New Beginnings Gift Set // Ergo Baby – Original Collection Baby Carrier in Night Sky

TO ENTER:  Simply enter via the rafflecopter below.  This contest is open to US only and will run until 12/19 midnight.  Please note that all entry methods are verified.   A winner will be selected in one week.  Best of luck and Happy Holidays from us all!

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On The Move With Kickboard Scooters {a Maxi Micro Review}

The fall has brought considerable changes for my little family.  Both kids are in school, and each new day seems to bring visible indicators that little ones are growing up.

Although I sometimes gripe when the weather is gloomy, I appreciate that our lifestyle makes us depend on our feet for transportation.  We take in a lot on our little excursions, and I definitely need the added physical activity.  While I sometimes depend on my stroller for my nursery schooler, many of our adventures are on foot or on scooters.

We were already huge kickboard scooter fans, prior to Lucia receiving a Maxi Metallic for review.  We purchased a Mini Micro for Lucia when she was in pre-school – and her brother somehow claimed stake on it around his second birthday. 

We’ve since been on more scooter riding excursions than I can possibly count.  It is an incredibly fun way for the children to travel.  Lucia’s sturdy Maxi Micro has given her the confidence to smoothly navigate uneven urban sidewalks and the school playground with her peers.  As a parent, I appreciate the sound 3-wheel maneuverability and ease of control.  Best of all, I don’t have to worry about the pavement-splats that I frequently witness among the poorly-designed scooter riders on the playground. 

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Although an investment at $129.99, the adjustable handlebars and outstanding quality ensure that the Maxi Metallic will last my first grader for many years to come.  And one can hope that the cool silver metallic color will enable boy/girl sibling sharing. 

All kickboard scooters are 25% off from now until October 31st.  Just enter code: HOLIDAY2013 at checkout.

Kickboard USA provided me with a Maxi Metallic for review purposes. As always, opinions are strictly my own.

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CYBEX By Jeremy Scott

We love when cool and kiddie intersect and are officially swooning over the Cybex by Jeremy Scott CollaborationInspired by the school cafeteria “food fights” depicted in ’80s movies, this comic print is fun, colorful and definitely eye-catching.  Last night I viewed the collection at VFies in Soho where the line will be available for purchase until August 31, 2013.

I happened to leave the Cybex by Jeremy Scott catalog on my nightstand last night and woke up to my children prying my eyes open with requests for stories about the characters.  My son decided that he would be the popcorn character and his sister the soda-pop girl.   I definitely think that aspects of parenting and childhood resemble a colorful food fight, and this brilliant collaboration is appealing to both the big and the small.  Most importantly, these visually pleasing products have consistently achieved outstanding results in consumer safety tests.  Parents can rest assured with the award-winning German based CYBEX.

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For more information and store locators please visit CYBEX.

I was invited as media and not compensated for this post in any way.  All images via CYBEX.

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Britax Pioneer 70 {Giveaway}

When it came time to purchase car seats, safety was absolutely paramount.  My family ultimately went with Britax because of their outstanding safety standards.  Both of my children have traveled in a Britax Marathon, and my oldest is currently in a Britax Frontier 85.

Britax recently introduced the Pioneer 70 Combination Harness-2-Booster seat.  It is designed to grow with the child, accommodating 25-70 lbs (must be two-years-old) in the 5-point harness, and 40-110 lbs as a belt-positioning booster.  I had the chance to meet with the Britax team to learn more about this premium seat, designed for children graduating from a convertible car seat.

Since the Pioneer 70 is a smart-value seat ($229.99 MSRP in comparison to the Frontier 90 – $329.99 MSRP), I  asked the product manager if there is any sort of step down in safety features.  The Britax team explained in detail how the Pioneer 70 still includes the best safety technologies, at a significantly lower price point.  I was impressed when I learned of  the seat’s exclusive Safety You Can See technologiesFor example, the child’s head is protected  by integrated steel bars, base with SafeCell technologies and energy-absorbing versa-tether.  True Side Impact Protection provides deep side walls, and a head restraint with energy-absorbing EPS foam to distribute crash forces, shield from vehicle intrusion and contain the head, neck and body.  This seat can be reclined from the front, and the headrest and harness can also be accessed from the front.  The roomy seat also has cup holders and storage space.  In addition, vehicle installment is made simple via an easy-access belt path.  Please note that the Pioneer 70 is not yet FAA approved for airline travel – however I can’t image navigating an airport with a car seat this size!

When I first viewed the Pioneer 70, I was a bit confused with the belt path design.  The lower back portion of the seat appears to stick out a tiny bit (the belt path is behind it).   I was certain that my son would notice this despite the fact that the product manager explained that it was not an issue in their extensive product testing (there is also an ample amount of material-encased padding over the belt path).  I had my son travel in the seat for a few weeks prior to writing this review since I wanted to wait for the novelty of a new seat with cup holders/storage areas to wear off.  Much to my surprise he never once mentioned a sensation is his lower back.  The belt path design continues to be a non-issue for my son.

The Britax Pioneer 70 Combination Harness-2-Booster will be on store shelves next month, and our experience has been positive.  My son is clearly comfortable in his spacious new seat (he especially loves the arm rests and storage space).  The directions are straightforward, and installation was easy (I like the open-access belt path).  Most importantly, I know that my son is traveling in superior safety.  I’m also pleased with the fact that the Pioneer 70 is designed to accommodate him as he grows older.

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Britax is generously giving away one Pioneer 70 Combination Harness-2-Booster seat to one lucky winner!  The winner can even select their color (I’m a fan of Onyx and Silvercloud. It also comes in Kiwi, Redwood and Gardengate). Enter via the below rafflecopter.  A winner will be selected in one week.  Please note that all entries are verified and the contest is open to US only.  Thanks for visiting and good luck!

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Britax provided me with a Pioneer 70 Combination Harness-2-Booster seat for review purposes.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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