A Fun Way To Zip Around Town!

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NYC kids finally went back to school this week, and the community is buzzing with students ready to hit-the-ground-running. Like many kids, if it has wheels, my children will ride it. We’re always on the lookout for fun, and fresh ways to get around town – and the Hover-1 Journey Electric Folding Scooter is the newest ride we checked out. 

Here’s the scoop: 

Designed for ages 14 and up, this super sleek, lightweight electric scooter has a range of 16 miles before it needs a charge. It reaches up to 14 mph and can hold up to 220 lbs. The Hover-1 Journey Electic Folding scooter is designed to tackle hills at angles of up to 15 degrees effortlessly – making riding almost anywhere, possible. 

Not just for city kids! The scooter’s 8.5-inch tires offer excellent stability, handling rough terrain smoothly. The foldable design has a minimal footprint, providing a convenient and exciting form of transportation.

Shop this specific scooter and more electric scooters, electric bikes, boards, and more at Best Buy.

*As always, ride responsibly: Purchasers and riders are responsible for knowing and obeying all state and local regulations regarding the use of this product. Read and follow the product instructions, including all safety precautions and recommended use of protective gear. Protective gear can be purchased here: http://www.bestbuy.com/protectivegear.

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Home Focus: Streamline Kitchen Clean-up with the AutoAir™ Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher

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Many thanks to Best Buy for sponsoring this post.

We’re all for sharing the latest and most exceptional cutting-edge products, especially when they find a way to help turn tedious chores into minimal tasks. Home appliances continue to get better and more efficient, and the AutoAir™ Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher has me dreaming of a kitchen redo! Designed to deliver a sparkling clean plus dry via advanced PrecisionWash technology – check out all the reasons why the Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher line, at Best Buy, is the beast I need in my dream kitchen: 

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  • A little fresh air equals a lot more dry! AutoAir™ automatically opens the door at the end of the drying cycle, allowing moisture to escape and fresh air to circulate for better drying results. (Disclaimer: compared to Bosch Dishwashers with PureDry.)
  • PrecisionWash, employs intelligent sensors that continually scan and check the progress of dishes throughout the cycle, while powerful spray arms target every item of every load, for the ultimate clean. 
  • The roomy interior profile easily accommodates 16 place settings, and the Flexible 3rd rack adds space for cooking utensils and more.
  • The Sanitize Option reduces 99.9% of bacteria with a hot-wash rinse for sparkling clean and sanitized dishes. Super handy with a baby or kids in the home! 
  •  The quiet operation (44 dBA)- incorporates 18 unique sound-reducing technologies such as multiple insulation layers, grindless food filtration, and a sound-absorbing base.
  • The flexible 3rd rack can accommodate all those bulky odd-shaped items. Adding the 3rd rack with its adjustable tines can create the right fit for deep, tall, or uniquely-shaped pots, pans and more. 

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Sunnies with a Soundtrack

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Sunnies with a soundtrack? Yes, indeed. Bose recently released the Bose Alto and Bose Rando Frames complete with a built-in audio system. Sunglasses with music (for the user-only!) without having to place anything directly in or on your ears. These are the first-ever audio-sunglasses with built-in Bose speakers hidden inside two classic designs.

Play music, take calls, and enjoy the sun with UVA/UVB protection – without disturbing others around you. Like magic, the revolutionary open-ear audio design provides sound to the user ONLY without blasting music in unintended places. Unlike existing open-ear products that use bone conduction, Bose Frames are comprised of a custom-designed speaker in conjunction with a series of patented acoustic chambers and ports. This design steers audio into the listener’s ears from the temples of the glasses.

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The shatter- and scratch-resistant premium lenses on the Bose Frames block up to 99% of UVA/UVB rays. And you can even make phone calls, access Siri and Google Assistant via the integrated microphone on these sunglasses.

In addition, the Bose Connect app (available on iOS and Android) allows the wearer to get tips, unlock Bose AR, and personalize their settings to spend more time enjoying music (instead of setting it up!).

Grab your pair at Best Buy!

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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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Girl Power: Captain Marvel Collectible SteelBook

This post is sponsored by Best Buy.

Hey, There Captian Marvel fans! We can’t get enough of this powerful hero (girl power all the way!) – and had to join in sharing the news that Captian Marvel is now available in collectible SteelBook format exclusively at Best Buy.

This sci-fi action film, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck is the latest offering from the American comic books by Marvel Comics. The narrative follows Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), an Air Force pilot who experiences a freak accident that somehow bestows her with alien superpowers, making her Captain Marvel. With time running out, Captain Marvel joins forces with Nick Fury (Samuel.L Jackson), and together they work to save the planet from a looming war between alien races.

This collectible SteelBook is a super cool addition to our home viewing library with custom box art exclusive to Best Buy. Grab your copy today!

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Mount Snow Vermont Resort: A Family Review

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The family and I headed down to Vermont’s Mount Snow on a Thursday, for a long weekend of skiing, first-time snowboarding and checking out all that the ski resort has to offer. We had an incredible adventure – as part of a media trip with Momtrends. Just four hours from NYC, Mount Snow is Vermont’s closest big mountain resort; check out why it’s such a great place for families:Mount-Snow-Ski-Resort-Family-travel

Mount Snow’s Ski & Snowboarding School Knows How To Get The Kids Dialed In:
My kids, ages 8 and 11 approached snowboarding for the very first time with confidence. I listened to comparisons of their skateboarding and surfing experiences – and honestly thought that snowboarding would be humbling. With solid expert instruction, the kiddos proved me wrong. Mount Snow’s Ski & Snowboarding school offers a variety of lesson options beginning at just three-years-old. We opted for the Mountain Riders full-day (snowboarding) camp for kids ages seven through fourteen, placed in small groups by age and level. I couldn’t believe that my children were up and going, and riding the chairlift at the end of their very first day. Rick, their instructor, knew just how to work with my daughter and son – and even pointed out to me how skateboarding helped them naturally nail their turns. After a full day of Mountain Riders camp, I rode the chairlift with the kiddos until closing, absorbing their excitement and cherishing the moment (and awesomeness!) of being together on the mountain. We arrived at the Discovery Center, early the next morning to enroll in another full day of camp – and stayed again until we found ourselves on Sunday’s last chairlift of the day. I think it’s so important for these sort of challenging “firsts” to be positive experiences – and our pro instructor dialed my kiddos right in. The kids progressed a “color” level each day of camp, while I was free to enjoy the slopes on my own before regrouping for many runs together in the late afternoon. The rental process was also a well-organized breeze. Fully immersing my beginners in Mount Snow’s snowboarding camp was hands-down the best decision – and a win-win for the whole family.

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Mount Snow Is the Place to Experience All-Day-Après:
I had high hopes of my husband catching the ski bug – and I certainly give him an “A” for effort. Let’s say that there were a lot of laughs the moment his boots clicked into bindings – but all worked out because Mount Snow manages to make those who prefer all-day-après still feel connected. Work-out at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel’s fitness club, and unwind in the sauna and steam room. Then grab a beer at The Bullwheel (or really good coffee in the Deli if you need it!) before meeting the kids for a coveted waffle after their lessons.

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Mount Snow’s Tubing Experience is Off-The-Hook:
Gone are the days of having to haul it back up the hill after the thrill of tubing down the mountain. Mount Snow’s “magic carpet” makes the way back-up super fun. With eight tubing lanes, the whole family will want in on the action – and the best part is that you don’t need any special skills to be the queen and king of the tubing hill.

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Mount Snow’s Grand Summit Resort Hotel Is The Place to Stay:
A family ski trip undeniably involves a lot of gear and the good-sort of exertion. Mount Snow’s Grand Summit Resort Hotel located at the base of the hill handles the transition from slopes to chill-mode as a family seamlessly. The hotel offers several room size options, dining options and an efficient system of checking your skis and snowboards at the hotel entrance – all within a short walking distance to the slopes. On my solo morning, I was able to click my skis on – and take off directly from the back entrance. We didn’t have to move our car the entire four days of our trip – and staying on site made family travel with kids a breeze. The indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub invoked a lot of “oohs and ahhs” while night-swimming (outside!) during a serious snowfall. Seafood all-around at Harriman’s Farm to Table was our most memorable meal – and the kids were thrilled to get in a bit of post-dinner arcade action. And although I intended to have time to indulge in the full-service Nature Spa, or take a yoga class – the mountains were calling!

Mount_Snow_Vermont_Ski_Resort-Family-ReviewMount Snow is the Perfect Ski Resort to Get Back Into Skiing:
I don’t know why I assumed I’d be back to beginner-status after a nearly 20-year break – but it’s thrilling to come to realize that skiing isn’t something you just forget. After overcoming a bit of fear, I enjoyed run after run without wanting to stop and take a break. My re-entry experience was nothing but positive because Mount Snow’s trails are so well maintained – boasting the most powerful snowmaking system in the Northeast. I didn’t come into contact with the sort of icy trails that scared the living daylights out of me in the past – thanks to the snow guns blasting. I spent most of my time catching the Bluebird Express (inside a super cool blue plexiglass bubble shield ) up to the top of the mountain while adventuring through fun green and blue trails on the way down. Every run felt like a different thrill, with new turns to discover on the way down. The stunning views (sometimes amidst a total whiteout) absolutely took my breath away.

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We drove away from the beautiful green mountains feeling exhilarated, excited and reconnected as a family. My kids are so pumped about snowboarding, and I’m thinking about all of the other metaphorical mountains in my life that I hope to revisit and conquer.

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Beginners – take advantage of the Peak Discovery ProgramFor just $139 you’ll get three days of lessons, rentals and lift tickets for seven mountains across the Northeast, including Mount Snow, Hunter Mountain, Attitash, Wildcat and more. Also, check out the Momtrends Ski Guide for the full scoop on hitting the slopes with your family.

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Many thanks to Mount Snow for hosting us and to momtrends for media trip inclusion. 

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