The New York Baby Show-Momtrends Blogger Lounge-@newyorkbabyshow-@momtrends

I was one of the lucky bloggers who got invited to be included in the Blogger Lounge hosted by Momtrends on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the New York Baby Show in New York City. I arrived early before everything started and got to see the quiet before the excitement started.

From the top of the lounge you could see the floor below and all of the people and the amazing vendors that were in attendance.


At the Blogger Lounge we were treated to some fun stuff. The Glam Squad was on hand to help us bloggers start the day off right. We could get our nails done, hair and make up. I took advantage of the chance to get my hair worked on. It turned out looking absolutely wonderful. The Glam Squad is an on-demand in home beauty service in New York City that sends the hair stylist and makeup artist to you. They are also currently expanded so they will be available in other places soon.


The Blogger Lounge had a great thing for bloggers who brought their kids along. The Nanny League, college-educated nannies were on hand to keep an eye on the kids while moms ventured out to meet some of the vendors. It was great to have that opportunity to feel relaxed that the children were in good hands, while we got to walk around and speak to everyone.

One of my favorite vendor’s was at the Blogger Lounge, Mabel’s Labels. They had a table set up and were nice enough to provide each of the bloggers with a custom Mabel’s Labels set. If you have never heard of them, you have to check them out, they provide custom labels for all of the stuff kids have. They are washer safe, and come in so many styles and shapes, that you will have a hard time choosing. They are great for school supplies, sports equipment and all other gear.


After spending time in the Blogger Lounge it was time to visit all the vendors.

One of the first vendors that I visited was the Quinny/Maxi Cosi. They are a company that is dedicated to creating products that grow together with your child. They understand what it means to be a modern parent and that we need products that are easy to use everyday. Their strollers, carriers and other products are easy to clean, comfortable and above have all the safety features we are looking for.


Another great vendor that I got to visit was Mom’s Pump Here. Co-Founders Priya Nembhard and Kim Harrison (both moms of three children/ currently based in NYC) were always concerned about where they could comfortably and privately feed their small infants in public so they developed an app that uses GPS technology to locate nearby Nursing Rooms throughout the United States. The app is officially available free for download via the Google Play Store, Amazon and very soon on iTunes.


Cannon who was the presenting sponsor at The New York Baby show provided demonstrations on how to use their cameras and other equipment to be able to take those perfect pictures. I am one that personally struggle with that, so I was happy for tips. Check them out.

Twitter: @CanonUSAImaging:

Thank you so Momstrends for inviting me to be a part of this event! It was wonderful, and I can’t wait to be a part of the next one!

Disclosure: I was compensated for writing this blog; however all opinions expressed here are my own.

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Nutri Ninja® | Ninja® Blender


Nutri Ninja® | Ninja® Blender – Nutrient extraction, blending, and meal making is packed into one appliance featuring intelligent programs that, at the press of a button, deliver consistent, delicious, results.
o Optimized for maximum nutrient and vitamin extraction and pulverizes fibrous vegetables, fruits, seeds, and nuts to an ultra-smooth consistency
o Includes a 72-ounce pitcher, and 18-ounce, 24-ounce and 32-ounce Nutri Ninja® Cups with Sip & SealTM Lids
o All detachable parts are dishwasher safe and BPA free
o Available at major retailers nationwide, starting at $199.99 MSRP

I was so excited when I got this blender. I have had a blender and food processor in the past and I wanted to see how this product would stand up to those two. The simple idea tat I could quickly blend up a smoothie or juice blend and start my day, it was a great concept.

Well it was time to get started, I loaded up the blender cups and got started. The instructions say to use short pulses instead of one long one, so I pulsed away for some time. I took the cup out and checked out my work. Everything was even in the cup and it was time to try it. It was a great smoothie. This was a thick smoothie that was great for me to start my day. I used it as a breakfast replacement, and not just a snack. Make sure you measure out the fruit and not just estimate.

Everything cleaned up very easily by hand. I just had to use a little dish soap in the cup, filled it with hot water and shook it and rinsed it off. I loved it all the way. If you smoothies, protein shakes, or juices this is a very quick and convenient and less expensive way to make them. It is durable and high-quality

Disclaimer: Many thanks to Nutri Ninja for the product in exchange for this review and post, however all opinions expressed here are my own.

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Best Buy Can Help Transform Your School! @BestBuy @BestBuyEdu #BestBuyEducationEntry #ad


Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Best Buy Education is your Education Technology Partner!

Best Buy is a great store for a lot of reasons, but one big reason that they are standing out is now they can help you transform your school by entering now for a chance to win $25,000 Best Buy credit to upgrade your classroom technology. You can enter the contest by clicking the link This is a great contest and if you want to learn more about Best Buy Education check it out here They have a lot of helpful information for you to learn all about the program and how it can help you or your child or someone you know to further their education goals.

Best Buy Education, a direct-channel division of Best Buy®, makes it easier than ever to give students the tech tools they need to succeed. Their dedicated Account Managers will consult with you, offer knowledgeable, unbiased advice and guide you to the product and service solutions that best meet your needs and budget. Whether you are rolling out new devices in the classroom, launching a BYOD initiative, or upgrading the technology throughout your school, they can provide the products, support and protection you need!

Best Buy Education is now offering an exciting sweepstakes open to all educators and administrators. The sweepstakes is running from now through July 4, 2015 with a grand prize of $25,000 in Best Buy credit, as well as additional prizes of Gift Cards and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets with keyboards. This is an amazing opportunity to win the technology tools and services your students need to succeed. Visit to enter for a chance to win and view complete details.

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Guardian Repellent Review

I want to thank Guardian Repellent for introducing me to this product at the recent MomTrends Travel Expo Event. I had never heard of this product before. I had been using Off brand usually didn’t stray away from that. Where I live bug spray is an essential during the Spring and Summer. If you don’t have it you constantly get bit by mosquitos and have tons of bugs around me when I spend any time outside.

Since I had used Off all of the time, I did not notice the smell or the feel of the product on my skin until I tried Guardian. The plus to the Guardian repellent is it is 100% DEET free.


o According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes cause more human fatalities – over one million per year— than any other living thing on Earth (even other humans). And that doesn’t account for all the serious illness caused by insect-borne diseases.

Major Innovation

o For parents, the primary insect repellent available to protect their families has been the synthetic chemical DEET. Over 80% of insect repellents on the market in the U.S. are DEET-based, but true alternatives that rely instead on plant-based ingredients are emerging. Last year, Guardian insect repellent was introduced by life sciences company TyraTech who focuses on marrying natural solutions with proven science to offer products that work just as well as – or better! – than traditional synthetic chemical versions. Guardian is a safe, effective, non-toxic insect repellent that is 100% DEET-free. Guardian is the first major innovation in over 60 years in the fight against mosquito and ticks.


o Guardian’s patented technology, using the plant-based essential oil Geraniol (active ingredient derived from plants like geraniums, roses), is scientifically proven to perform as well or better than DEET-based products.

o For families looking for insect protection without the use of DEET, who dislike the strong odor or feel of DEET, or for whom DEET is ineffective or causes sensitivities, Guardian is the most intelligent and effective option.

Summer Travel

o A bite-free adventure awaits with DEET-Free Guardian insect repellent. Families traveling during the summer months, especially to areas where insects are active, need protection. Today there are choices about the type of repellent ingredients you use on your family – without sacrificing protection.

Products – Guardian Wilderness/Guardian Backyard

o We Beat DEET™! DEET-Free Guardian insect repellent is proven to perform as well as 15% DEET using non-toxic ingredients safe for the whole family. See how plant-based Guardian is scientifically proven to deliver an effective mosquito and tick repellent you can rely on at, and find our 4-hour and 8-hour formula at for a bite-free adventure.

o DEET-free Guardian insect repellent, available at, is the first major innovation in over 60 years in protection against mosquitos and ticks – plant-based, safe, non-toxic, and proven to repel for 4 or more hours with a formula that matches your outdoor plans.

o Guardian Wilderness is an 8-hour formula for extended time outdoors in heavily infested areas (outperforms 15% DEET). Camping, fishing, kayaking, backpacking, whatever adventure awaits, Guardian Wilderness delivers repellency with no compromises and won’t harm your plastics and gear.

o Guardian Backyard is a 4-hour formula designed for activities such as backyard BBQs, trips to the playground, and time spent enjoying outdoor sporting events (comparable to 15% DEET products). Guardian Backyard lets you delight in warm weather bite-free with a lighter scent and lighter feel than Guardian Wilderness.

Where to Buy

o Guardian products are available nationwide at More info at

Social Handles

o Facebook link:; Twitter link:

Now for some great news. I am excited to share this new line of Guardian Repellent. One reader will win Guardian DEET-Free Guardian Insect Repellent Pack that includes the following full size and travel size products: Guardian Wilderness (1) 4 oz., Guardian Backyard (1) 4 oz. Guardian Wilderness (1) 1 oz., Guardian Backyard (1) 1 oz

Here is all you have to do to enter, and you can get additional entries for doing more than one thing.

1. Follow me on twitter at

2. Vist my Facebook page and leave a comment

3. Follow me on Instagram and leave a comment

4. Follow me on Pinterest and leave a comment

5. Follow me on Google Plus and leave a comment

You must leave a separate comment in the comments fields for each entry that you make to be entered. This contest ends on May 30 ,2015. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Disclosure: Disclosure Many thanks to Guardian Repellent that I received in the MomTrends swag bag; however all opinions expressed here are my own.


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I am a BEARPAW BRAND AMBASSADOR. I was so honored that BearPaw picked me as one of their ambassador’s. I love their boots and shoes and have been a fan for years. Bearpaw also makes shoes for kids and men, they are so great.

I recently got a chance to review the Lola sandals. With the long cold winter that we have had in the East. I was so excited to get these scandals. What was also great was that the weather was finally nice for me to try it.

This Lola in Linen by Bear Paw is a great versatile shoe for spring and summer! This flip flop features a polyurethane upper with the Bear Paw logo detailed on the strap, comfortable toe post, with an MD rubber outsoles for traction. I love pairing the shoes with my slacks and dresses.

I highly recommend you checking out the Bearpaw brand! I love these sandals. They come in a variety of colors that you can show you style in the best way.

Disclosure: I am a BEARPAW Brand Ambassador and I receive sandals to review. I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are always mine 100%.

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Vicks ZzzQuil


I have always had trouble sleeping and I have tried over the counter medications before and none have really helped me that much. They leave me feeling tired but not enough to fall sleep. Now Vicks finally has come up with ZzzQuil. A sleep aid that takes the knock out formula of Nyquil and puts it in a non-habit forming pill. A pill that you take when you’re not sick. A pill that actually puts you to sleep.

If you have sleeping issues, I definitely suggest giving ZzzQuil a try. It puts you to sleep without causing any harm. It contains diphenhydramine HCL, an antihistamine which blocks the effects of histamine in the body to help people fall asleep fast.

ZzzQuil is available in 6 or 12 fluid once bottles, as well as 12, 24, or 48 count boxes of LiquiCaps.

Get a beautiful night’s sleep with ZzzQuil, from the makers of Vicks® NyQuil
Zzz Quil is a non-habit-forming sleep-aid for the relief of occasional sleeplessness that helps you fall asleep easily, sleep soundly and wake refreshed

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Momtrends Travel Trends Event

I recently attended the MomTrends annual travel event. The event was a great one with the Summer approaching and plans of getting away are in our minds. The event presented us with ways to make traveling more easy and fun.

We had some of the hottest vendors there showing us all the new things that are ahead for us. They included the following:

Baby Bjorn-
Yamis and Dawni-
Guardian Repellent-

If the vendors were not enough to keep you going we enjoyed chicken burgers and spring rolls along with wine from Xo, G. We also were treated to a wonderful fashion show. The fashion show included all the new bathing suits from Magicsuit. This is the new line of swimwear from Miraclesuit. The women looked fabulous and these suits will have you begging to head to the beach and pool soon.

We also got a chance of some pampering with the Glam Squad. We got make overs and hair blow outs. It was fun to look beautiful for the night.

It was a great event, and gave me a lot of great ideas for my next trip








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My Mother’s Day Memory


When you’re a kid you never imagine growing up and having your mother (and father) be gone. When that time comes it brings a pain that takes a long time to settle into the dull everyday ache of missing someone who was a big part of your life. My mother died in 2006, and every Mother’s Day since then I have given thanks for how blessed I was to have her for a mother. I hope she is proud of the things that I have done, and on this day and every day my heart is always full when I think of her.

I’ll still wake up Sunday morning wishing I could hear her voice, see her smile, wrap my arms around her waist, and tell her one more time how much I adore her.

And so, on this Mother’s Day (and the other 364 days this year), I wish she could cheer me on. I was taught by one of the best that it’s not about doing it all or being there for every minute (again, it literally wasn’t possible), but it’s about being fully present for the stuff that matters. I try to hear her voice in my head and give myself a break when I know she would have encouraged me to do so, congratulate myself for being able to do some things right and know that she will guide me when I am feeling scared and alone.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.

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Softsoap Fresh & Glow Hydrating Shower Cream and Exfoliating Fruit Polish

As a hard working individuals, showering is the only time we have some stress free relaxation time. To celebrate the launch of the new Softsoap Fresh & Glow body wash line Softsoap is challenging you to take back your shower.

Softsoap Fresh & Glow Body washes to help me clear my mind, wash away my stress and take back my shower by using the new line.


Softsoap Fresh & Glow Hydrating Shower Cream
Made with 100% real extracts sourced from milk, coconuts and almonds.
The unique formula is proven to lock-in long-lasting moisture to hydrate skin leaving it soft and radiant.


Softsoap Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish
Made with a 100% real extract sourced from kiwi and orange
The unique formula is packed with apricot seeds that exfoliate, giving you smooth healthy looking skin.

I am a big fan of Softsoap and I love how it makes my skin feel so soft and smooth. The Hydrating Shower cream takes that to the next level leaving my skin so soft and with the warm weather coming. I want all my dry skin gone. The Exfoliating Fruit Polish exfoliates leaving your skin refreshed and ready for the warm season.

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Disclosure: Disclosure Many thanks to Softsoap and Colgate-Palmolive for the products in exchange for this review and post, however all opinions expressed here are my own

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Softsoap Fragrant Foaming Collection-Hand Soap Line

Softsoap would like to awaken and pamper your skin with three new enchanting fragrances that will brighten and beautify every skin in your home. Introducing the New Softsoap Fragrant Foaming Collection Hand Soap Line. These three specialty inspired fragrances will help you express your own personal style in each room of your home.


Jasmine and White Cotton
Impress your guests with the fresh scent of Jasmine and White Cotton. Its air aroma makes every hand wash sparkle, while lush foam gently purifies the skin.


Whipped Cocoa Butter
Pamper your skin with the rich foam lather infused with real cocoa butter extracts. The decadent scent of Whipped Cocoa Butter makes every hand wash a treat.


Kitchen Citrus Bliss
Awaken your senses and brighten your home with the crisp, sun-drenched scent of Kitchen Citrus Bliss. Its vibrant aroma invigorates every hand wash, while lush foam gently cleans and soothes skin.

Softsoap keeps coming up with these products to make your hands feel so much cleaner and softer.

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Disclosure: Disclosure Many thanks to Softsoap and Colgate-Palmolive for the products in exchange for this review and post, however all opinions expressed here are my own

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