Ana Ortiz ‘Devious Maids’ Star Joins Active Family Project To Kick Off ‘Play Soccer

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Active Family Project media event.

Did you know September is Youth Soccer Month? ! ‘Devious Maids’ star Ana Ortiz teamed up with the Active Family Project to kick off the ‘Play Soccer For a Change’ campaign a few days ago on August 19th. The campaign supports US Youth Soccer to give more families the opportunity to be active through soccer. Ana is a great person to do this since she’s also the celebrity spokesperson for Merck Consumer Care’s Active Family Project.

The goal of the ‘Play Soccer For a Change’ is to encourage family playtime during Youth Soccer Month. Soccer is a great sport to get kids active. The organizers are putting their money where their mouth is, however. For every like, comment or share on the Active Family Project Facebook page, from August 19th through September 30th, they will donate $1 to US Youth Soccer, up to $15,000, to go toward soccer equipment and training in underserved communities, giving more families the opportunity to be active together through soccer.

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Mabel’s Labels-Back to School

I recently added a Mom’s Trend Event and got to meet the great people from Mabel’s Labels. I got the opportunity to test out some of their high quality labels, and I am a complete fan of it. I wanted to share why you are going to fall in love with these labels also.

You have to love the quality of the of these labels. They are glossy, durable and tough. I put my labels on everything imaginable. from cups, clothes, bags, books, boxes and everything else. It has held up through it all.

These labels are dishwater safe. We put everything into the dishwasher and when after washing the cups the labels stayed on. They did not fade, rip, or even start to peel off. It is also waterproof just another added benefit.

These labels are personalized. Most of the products are personalized and what child would not love that also. They have labels for adults as well so it helps keep everyone’s stuff organized.

The labels are kid’s safe. Mabel’s Labels has allergy alert labels and 411 wristbands. The wristbands come in five designs.

I love that these are write away labels. Even though most of the labels are personalized, Mabel’s Labels has a product line that isn’t, for those times when you need a label right away. Just write on it with any permanent marker, peel and stick

Check out the website for more information

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WallPops-Back to School Event

I recently attended a MomTrends event that focused on back to school I got the chance to meet the people from WallPops and learn about their incredible products. I wanted to share with you how great these are and how they can make your life easier.

WallPops is a pell and stick wall art that adds style to any office or school scene. You can coordinate locker kits to four piece organizers to chalkboard dots.

Locker Kits
The inside you locker room does not have to be plain. With the WallPops kit you can give your metal locker room a makeover and some creativity to your school day. All come with a wall decal, dry easer board, mirror, magnets and locket pocket.

Organization Kits
These are the ultimate tool for for desk-side organization. Each kit comes with a monthly calendar, weekly calendar, cork board, push pins and plain dry eraser board, so there’s plenty of room to just dot or hang up post it notes.

Black & Kraft Kits
Getting back into the swing of things after a long summer break can be hard but the help of these dry eraser calendars, and message boards. It will much easier to fall back into place.

Wall Quotes
These are great for expressing our emotions. Now all you have to do is put those thoughts onto the wall. These are great for inspiration.

Monthly Calendars with Notes
Are you juggling with trying to keep up with homework, sports and all school activities. With a dry eraser calendar, your plans can be scheduled in and out quickly.

This year make you back-to school days fun with the ease of WallPops. Plus they are reusable, can be moved around and is damage free.

Check out the different styles on their website

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US Open Tennis Tournament-Qualifying Days-Part 2

I wanted to give everyone an inside look at the Qualifying Rounds of the US Open Tennis Tournament

Held on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the home the US Open, the 2014 US Open Qualifying Tournament is one of the largest tennis tournaments in the world. Offering more than 1.5 million its prize money.

The US Open Qualifying Tournament typically includes players that are ranked between 105 and 250 in the world. In addition, the USTA awards wild cards to nine men and nine women. Two of those 18 wild cards are reserved for the men’s and women’s champions of the US Open National Playoffs, the series of qualifying events that opens the US Open to anyone and everyone 14 and over.

With the US Open Qualifying Tournament and Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day the largest single-day, of tennis the USTA gives fans an opportunity to enjoy a free week of tennis.

Here are a few pics from today
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The Start of the US Open Tennis Tournament-Part 1

The US Open Tennis Tournament gets ready to begin on August 25th 2014, even before the first star hits the court and official ball is struck, I am heading up to the National Tennis Center in Queens.

As I step off the 7 train and walk down the board walk, I am overwhelmed of years gone by and how I felt attending matches with my dad and younger sister. I instantly am reminded that they are not here with me anymore and I miss them even more because I can not share this experience with them.

As I continue to walk and pass the LIRR station, I flooded with memories of matches that I have seen over the years, some made me cry for joy others made me cry because of disappointment. What would this year bring, and why as a fan do I keep returning to work the Open each year. As I continue down the path to my destination, my answer stares in front of me. The Mercedes Benz display is already up and staring from a billboard is my favorite athlete Roger Federer. I am reminded that I am so lucky that I get to see him play and to have watched him over the years. I am reminded that people keep saying he is too old and will not win another Grand Slam (he holds the record with 18). I pass the exhibit and I catch myself smiling.

I made a promise to myself that I would enjoy the time I get to see him play win or lose I would just take it all in. I walk through the park on my way to my spot at the South Gate, and watch as the area is transformed into a tennis haven for the next two weeks.

I watch all the kids come from around the city to get a taste of tennis in New York.

This reminds me own lucky I am to be able to see all of these players and the upcoming stars.

I plan to write a series about my experiences over the next two weeks and share pictures of my adventures. I hope this will give those who wish they could be here some insight into the tournament.

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Blogger Bash-Johnny Rockets for National Milkshake Month

I was lucky enough to attend Blogger Bash last month. While there we were treated to a wonderful lunch hosted by Johnny Rockets. Johnny Rockets is known for its All-American food and fun, including spoon worthy premium ice cream shakes and malts.

Did you know that September is National Shake Month?
Well Johnny Rockets is gearing up to celebrate with a fabulous contest for Blogger Bash attendees. As a blogger bash attendee you simply need to create your own shake and post your blog on Twitter at @JohnnyRockets hashtag
#MyRocket Shake for a chance to win a family trip to Los Angeles, tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood and a dinner at Johnny Rockets at City Walk. The winning shake will be also be featured on Johnny Rockets’ website and social media channels.

Good Luck to all

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Vitamin Bubbles GLOW

Disclosure: I received this product for the purposes of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

If you are like most people you take vitamins on a daily basis. These days they are even vitamins that help us with our nails, hair, and skin. These beauty vitamins have become very popular. However, these pills are not always the safest for us because most beauty vitamins contain harsh chemicals that can make your stomach upset and even reduce the absorption rate.

Now there is a new product on the market that will help you with all your beauty needs and be safe for you. It is Vitamin Bubble GLOW. These are the first ever chewable liquid beauty vitamin; with these vitamins, you get immediate absorption at 80-90% so your body won’t just be wasting them. These vitamins will help bring you stronger and longer nails, gorgeous hair, and tighter and brighter skin. That same claim can not be made by other vitamins.

GLOW Vitamins have seven additional nutrients that improve your hair, skin, and nails like horsetail extract for brittle nails and youthful skin and Inositol to restore hair volume. It is also packed with Vitamin E to slow the aging process and Vitamin C to help promote hair and nail growth.

There are no unnatural ingredients or fillers in these little bubbles and they are gentle on the stomach plus they taste delicious!! A single tub costs $3.89 and a 1 month supply (a 10-pack) is $34.99.

It comes in great flavors such as acai blueberry, jasmine mandarin, mint, and ripen grapes

Disclosure: I received this product for the purposes of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

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Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash Review & Giveaway

Dial has done it again. A few months ago they came out with their Coconut Water Body Wash, now they have turned their attention to a summer fragrance. We know have the Refreshing Mango Body Wash. I was able to try it through the Purex Insiders Program.

Now that I have been using it for the past couple of weeks, I am really enjoying this summer scent. The addition of Mango makes this so more inviting and wanting to just drink in the summer. The great things about this product as with all Dial products is that it works great, leaves you feeling fresh and clean, easy to use, and does not leave your skin feeling sticking or dry. It leaves your skin feeling moisturized, and hydrated. My skin can get extremely dry in the summer and this body wash has left it feeling silky smooth.

Now it is the time for you to get to try this great product. I am giving you a chance to win one free coupon to try it. Simply leave a comment and follow me on twitter, instagram, pinterest, or facebook. This contest will run until August 31, 2014 please make sure to include your email so that you will be notified if you win.

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MelanSol Sunscreen – The Safest 100% Natural, Tear-Free Sunscreen

I received this product for the purposes of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

As we get into the heart of summer we have all been spending time applying sunscreen to our skin as a way to protect our skin from the sun. When it is hot and we apply sunscreen and it runs into our eyes it stings and hurts so much. The chemicals in sum of these sunscreen brands can do as much damage as the sun. Common sunscreen chemicals like octocrylene and oxybenzone are absorbed through the skin and accumulate in the body.

It is why MelanSol Sunscreen is an important product. It is available in both adult and baby formulas. MelanSol is a certified 100% natural, toxin-free sunscreen that protects, conditions and hydrates the skin. MelanSol is a certified 100% natural, toxin-free sunscreen that protects, conditions, and hydrates the skin. MelanSol is the only natural sunscreen that uses a high concentration blend of bio-active antioxidants to boost your child’s ability to neutralize free radical damage that is responsible for sunburn, early skin aging, and skin cancer later in life.

I was really grateful to try this product as I was about to take a vacation and was excited to see how it would work on my skin. I love the fact that it comes in a nude-tone. When applying this product it absorbed into my skin very quickly and did not leave my skin feeling sticky and slick.

MelanSol is a dermatologist approved and is essentially the safest, best possible sunscreen you can use on your child. MelanSol isn’t just protection for a day in the sun, it’s protection for life.

You can purchase MelanSol for $25 at

I received this product for the purposes of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

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MOMTRENDS BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT #MOMTRENDSBTS-French Toast Clothing-Back to School-Part 2

Finding clothes that are cute and affordable for kids can sometimes be a big chore. Most schools these days are requiring students to wear Kids school uniforms. While I am very glad that kids get to wear what they want. I do believe that kids should be dressed appropriately and modestly.

I recently got a chance to at a Momtrends Event to check out the French Toast line. Offering high quality school gear for over 50 years, the company allows parents to purchase a year’s worth of school uniforms for just $125!

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French Toast–the leading school wear brand in America –is known for school uniforms. However, parents whose children’s schools do not require uniforms also find a great one-stop-shop for back-to-school needs—with all garments affordably priced.

French Toast apparel is known for comfort and durability. Their clothing outlasts a 50 wash test without visible wear/tear or color fading. Staples for back-to-school include:
-Double knee pants with adjustable waists…perfect for the boy who is rough and tumbles. $14.98 and up
-Short Sleeve Pique Polo…available in over a dozen colors. $7.98 and up
-Crisp white shirts and blouses…the options for girls are especially fashion forward, offering rhinestones, peplum and grosgrain detail $7.98 and up

With French Toast, parents can purchase one year’s worth of uniforms for just $125! (Photo attached.) And the brand always offers discounts on their site. Today there is a 15% off discount on blouses and shirts + free delivery on orders of $99 or more.

My friends at French Toast want to give you a chance to try out their great clothes, we are giving you a chance to win one of their fabulous polos. Simply leave a comment and follow me on twitter, instagram, pinterest, or facebook. This contest will run until August 31, 2014 please make sure to include your email so that you will be notified if you win.

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