Monday, July 21, 2014

High Flying Fun at the Planes: Fire and Rescue Screening #Planes2Mamarrazi #Lilmonstersapproved

*Disclousure: My family and I were invited as guests, the opinions expressed are 100% our own and we received a goodie bag for attendance. No other compensation was given.

Who wouldn't love spending fun, quality time with their family while viewing the latest kid friendly action-packed animation from Disney? Add seeing an interview between mom of 3 boys (including twins), actress Julie Bowen who plays Claire Dunphy on the hilarious ABC sitcom Modern Family and the media mom mavens Denise Albert & Melissa Musen Gerstein of The Moms, some awesome local NYC parent bloggers and their families & your afternoon is sure to be nothing but good times!

Last week my two monsters headed to the Elinor Bunim Monroe Film Center with my hubby and brother to check out the newest, beautifully animated Disney sequel Planes: Fire and Rescue that was released this past Friday, July 18th in theaters. When my family arrived they were excited to see their friends, took a few photos & enjoyed tasty hot dogs from Wind Mill Hot Dogs and sweet cupcakes from Baked by Melissa before sitting in on an intimate chat between The Moms and Julie Bowen. In the recording my hubby did for me, I loved listening to Julie Bowen when she realized not only was she an animated character but that she was also now a vitamin and excitedly told The Moms and guests "If I am a plane and a vitamin, I've made it! Who needs awards, who needs Emmy's!"

Courtesy of The Moms

Courtesy of The Moms

Courtesy of The Moms

courtesy of The Moms

Courtesy of The Moms {My boys receiving their goodie bags}

Kids who attended the screening were sent home with a goody bag filled with an assortment of delicious multi-vitamin gummies from NatureSmart LLC, including a pretty awesome Planes version:

·         Unique Planes-shaped Gummies in 3 fantastic flavors – grape, orange and cherry.
·         Provides over 10 essential vitamins and minerals for your child's healthy growth and development,* including Vitamin A for eye health, B Vitamins for energy metabolism and Vitamins C&D to support immune function.* 

·         For adults and children 4 years and older, chew two (2) gummies daily. For children 2-3 years of age, chew one (1) gummy daily. 
·         Free of milk or milk derivatives.
NatureSmart is the brand behind a number of popular ©DISNEY, ©MARVEL, ©DISNEY/PIXAR - licensed vitamin gummies for children. They are sure to please parents who want to supplement their child’s healthy routine, and delight any Disney or Marvel fan. Make sure you head to  
to sign up and receive free samples.

 *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. ©Disney, Manufactured by NatureSmart, LLC.

 My 3 year old Tristan {excuse his bedhead} is already a huge fan of gummy vitamins and always asks first thing in the morning for one for him and his brother CJ. I'm so glad they have a child proof lid because he'd raid them whenever he got the chance because they taste so good. The boys wasted no time and despite us having a bottle opened up at home, they insisted that we open one up while staying with their grandparents because these NatureSmart vitamins were way cooler, with fun character shapes and tasted great! They've already decided they were going to open the bottle with Perry the Platypus on the front next. As a gown-up who really despises taking vitamins in pill form, I admit I enjoyed the NatureSmart gummy vitamins too!

   Movie Plot & Review:

In the new Planes Fire and Rescue film the main character Dusty who's a famous aerial racer, discovers that his engine is damaged which means he may never be able to race again. The movie teaches that there are always second chances when viewers see Dusty join a team of high flying, firefighting aircrafts including Dipper (played by Julie Bowen) a spirited super scooper, who are responsible for protecting Piston Peak National Park from a dangerous and destructive wildfire. Dusty's adventure teaches a valuable lesson on what it means to be a hero and that "When others fly out, hero's fly in." My 9 yr. old CJ thought "This one was really good and funny too, especially the character Cad Spinner. I liked the new one better than the first one. Kids going to see it will be way more excited watching this one."


We totally recommend you go out and see Planes Fire and Rescue and head to a neighborhood retailer like Price Chopper, Kroger, Target, Walgreens & Duane Read for NatureSmart Vitamins because they are #Lilmonstersapproved!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lil' Monsters in NYC: Grand Opening of Teich Toys & Books

*Disclosure: The opinions expressed are 100% my own, we were invited to the grand opening but there was no compensation for this review.

Every now and then New York City can surprise you with a new shopping experience that's inviting and relaxing, in a space where you'll discover hidden gems so good you'd want to keep them a secret from your friends. I for one am always on the look out for shops that allow me to look for unique gifts without all the hustle and bustle of being in some of the larger department stores with lil' monsters in tow.

Last month my boys and I headed to the new Teich Toys and Book store  that just so happens to be across the street from Bleeker Playground, which made for a fun way to wrap up our enjoyable afternoon. The grand opening was on a perfectly, sunny Saturday in the West Village and the vintage circus themed celebration included a talented juggler, bubbles and awesome circus Tattly tattoos. As soon as you step foot in the door, you can't help but want to take a seat and a few cute pictures in front of the larger than life toy train that kids will really love to play in.


The store is perfect for kids of all ages & filled with everything from old school childhood favorites like the slinky and Chinese checkers to new, engaging products from brands that are trusted and loved, like Crayola and Green Toys. And if you're someone who's looking to give a gift that doesn't focus on the latest technology or feature bright lights and overbearing sounds you'll be really impressed with Teich's selection of toys for imaginative play, books, games, crafts and Eco-friendly goodies.

CJ and Tristan were complimented on how extremely well behaved they were by Allison, who is a mommy to an adorable 3 year old and owns both Teich Designs and Teich Toys and Books with her husband JJ McGowan. My boys refrained from running around the space while exploring, mostly because I know they were banking on the possibility of me buying them each something cool.

There were so many great choices that caught our eyes and the boys had such a hard time making a decision because there was something that catered to several of their interests. They both agreed to join forces to pick out a larger item and went along with the Green Toys Pizza Parlor. Excited doesn't begin to describe how they felt about their purchase, so much so that they wanted to skip the park and meeting their dad for lunch all together just to go home and play.

You honestly can't go wrong with any item you decide to bring home or give as a gift but the monsters and I decided to share a few of our stand-out favorites that are featured at the top of the page.

  • What kid wouldn't love fun circus themed Tattly tattoos starring a ringmaster, circus monkeys, a strong man and more? A few of the grownups were seen sporting them throughout the store.
    • Pretend play with a wooden cash register is a great way for kids to imagine they are ringing up their own toy sales.
    • The Crumpled NYC Map was by far a favorite amongst visitors I overheard admiring all the iconic city details featured for kids and families. 
    • Mix and match shapes to create your own fun or scary creature combinations with monster blocks . 
    • Kids will have hours of fun pretending to be chefs by making their own yummy creations with the Green Toys Pizza Parlor set (our household favorite).
    • Test how good your memory is while you learn more about the city that never sleeps, from it's buildings, bridges, venues and more while playing New York City Memory Challenge  .

    Be sure to stop by the new store location to enjoy story-time, puppet shows and other fun activities! 

    Teich Toys and Books

    573 Hudson Street (at west 11th street)
    Mon - Sat 10am -7pm and Sundays 10am - 6pm

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Elated with Etsy: 9 Faves of Random Goodness

    This week I thought rather than sharing a fabulous shop or a curated theme of favorite Etsy items, I'd give you guys a dose of the random goodness that showcase the talented businesses on the site.  I apologize in advance if you proceed to grab your wallet.

    Pom Poms and raindrop garland are sweet for a babyshower or to decorate your lil' monsters nursery.

    Gift your latest travel finds in this historic maps wrapping paper and have the receiver in wanderlust.

    A graphic print headband is perfect for those hot & humid city days, making it a necessity.

    Every pie & cookie lover will agree that this quote cake stencil is on point.

    A Winterfell candle will have you picturing yourself warm by a fire set in a Game of Thrones scene. 

    Because your space requires Good Vibes Only, hang this simple yet beautiful reminder.

    Head to the beach and rock the fruit trend in this retro swimsuit.

    Great your guests with a fun + comfy, geometric print Hello pillow.

    Herb sticker decals will help you showcase your in house spices by labeling the pot they sprout in. 

    Which of these goodies has caught your eye?

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    Must Haves for Lil' Monsters: Make Bubble Blowing Easier with Fubbles Bubble Puppy + #Giveaway

    *Disclosure: The opinions expressed are 100% my own, we were given the product to review and no other compensation was given.

    Summer is officially here, which means my boys and I are excited about the longer days of warm weather fun ahead of us. One of our favorite things to do has always been to blow bubbles, whether it's outside in the yard, or playground or indoors while taking a bubble bath. We have had every kind of bubble maker imaginable and no matter the type, my 3 yr. old Tristan would always pull out the bubble wand, puff out his cheeks as far as he could + blew, only to see a bubble or two float off and solution trickle down to the ground. You'd either see Tristan trying  to pucker his lips to blow so close to the wand, he was basically licking the solution off or he'd be pouting somewhere in a corner because he was frustrated and wanted to prove he could do it all o his own, like his big brother.

    A few months ago I attended the Time To Play Magazine Toy preview and found some adorably, fun and affordable toy products from Little Kids Inc. One of my favorites by far was the Fubbles Bubble Puppy which is part of Little Kids Inc's new EZ 2 DO bubble line. What differentiates itself from many of the other bubble making products we've seen, is that the wand is this really cute looking puppy character, who's head is a conically designed mouthpiece to help lil' monsters like mine master bubble blowing by guiding kids to use the wider end of the wand. This design is perfect for bubble blowing newbies ages 2+ because the air blown is funneled directly through the wand, and your little ones mouth never touches the solution.

    Tristan was super excited to try it out and so right after I poured the solution (which comes in a bottle that resembles a can of dog food) into the doggie bowl, he was all set to dip in the wand and start blowing. Naturally, because he was so used to trying so hard while using other wands he had puffed out his cheeks really big, and blew so hard. When I showed him how to blow softer he got the hang of it right away and was able to do it all on his own and I wasn't worried about him drinking the solution.

    Tristan was really proud of himself for being able to blow bubbles like a big boy with the Fubbles Bubble Puppy. At one point he turned to me and said "See mommy I don't need CJ's help, I can do it, watch me!" It was awesome to see him accomplish creating bubbles all on his own, he was so confident.
    After a few rounds of blowing bubbles by himself, Tristan Riley decided it was time to let his big brother join in on the fun, and was really impressed with CJ's bubble blowing skills.

    As a special treat to our Dellah's Jubilation readers, my lil' monsters and I are hosting a giveaway for 1 lucky reader to win an EZ 2 DO Fubbles Bubble Puppy for lots of bubble making fun. All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below by answering the blog post question in the comment box and feel free to gain more entries by completing other Rafflecopter tasks. Good Luck!

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    Sunday, June 8, 2014

    A Day of Extreme Family Fun at the #WWE Extreme Rules Event + WWE #Giveaway

    * Disclosure: We were given tickets to attend the event, and products to host a giveaway. I was not compensated for this post and the opinions written are 100% my own.

    I can't even begin to tell you how much fun it was to head to East Rutherford, New Jersery's Izod Center with my two monsters, hubby and a friend to attend the WWE's Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View Event. Both my hubby and I grew up watching the WWF superstars as kids and now love watching it as a way to unwind with  2 boys. We all get excited when the infamous theme songs of John Cena, Triple H and Daniel Bryan play in the house while watching RAW and Smackdown on television or when catching up on the WWE Network.  As ultimate fans, to be there live, in a crowd of  thousands who were cheering for their favorites was an unbelievable experience. The last time I had attended an event was back in the 90's when my dad took my sister, my best friend and I to Madison Square Garden. I remember watching Yokuzuna fight the UnderTaker and being decked out in a Brett the Hitman Heart cap and shiny pink reflecting glasses, flailing my matching teddy bear around in the air, and honestly I'll never forget it.

    From beginning to end, the Extreme Rules experience was non stop fun and high energy. We headed to the Times Square Port Authority and rode the Coach USA bus which was a quick, smooth ride to the Izod Center. As we filled the bus and took our seats, all of a sudden we were all cheering "Yes!, Yes!, Yes!" and getting hyped to see Daniel Bryan. Minutes later others began yelling out "John Cena Sucks!", which honestly I didn't care for because I can't stand the former Cena fans who have now jumped on the bandwagon {including my 9 year old, CJ} to root for that creepy Bray Wyatt and couldn't wait for their steel cage match-up. We got to the Izod Center about an hour early and there where tons of people already in the parking lots, tailgating and buying souvenirs, while others waited in line chanting in anticipation.

    We were originally concerned about the event taking place on a Sunday night since CJ would still have school the next morning, but how on earth could we let the boys miss out on such an amazing first time opportunity? School night or not, we were not alone! Families were out there in groups, with some kids even dressed up in costumes to resemble their favorite WWE Superstars like: Kane, Bray Wyatt and Dolf Ziggler. Another major concern we had , was whether or not the event would be to graphic for the kids altogether and quite honestly, as avid watchers, it was really a pretty mild show in comparison to past years. As the WWE tries to shift gears and become increasingly more family/ kid friendly, the hubby and I agreed that the most slightly concerning part was at the end of the show during the match with Daniel Bryan vs. ane, which I discuss later in the post.

    We could not have asked for better seats to witness such an epic night of battles between these iconic WWE superstars. CJ was so excited, he even started to tear up, and Tristan Riley just couldn't stop bouncing out of his seat anytime his favorite WWE wrestlers theme song played. I wish I could have captured the excitement in the twenty-something year old guys sitting behind us who admitted that this was their first live show. One of them even apologized in advance for his screaming, but could you blame him? You easily get so caught up in the excitement and action, you can't help yourself.

    The amazing Extreme Rules lineup included: the humorous match between El Torito and Hornswaggle, an intercontinental match between Big E. Lnagston and Bad News Barrett, a triple threat elimination between Cesaro, Rob Van Dam & Jack Swagger as well as a 2 on 1 handicap match featuring Alexander Rusev vs. R. Truth and Xavier Woods and a Diva's Championship match featuring Paige vs. Tamina Snuka.

    One highly anticipated battle by far, was the legendary Six man Tag Team match up between Evolution {The Cerebral Assassin: Triple H, The Animal: Batista and The Viper: Randy Orton} vs. The Shield {Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins}.In my house we BELIEVE IN THE SHIELD!

    During the steel cage match between John Cena and Bray Wyatt we found out whether The Wyatt family really did have the whole world in their hands.

    The WWE world championship match between crowd favorite and current champ, Daniel Bryan vs. the demon Kane called for a forklift and fire extinguisher after they dragged the fight out of the ring and into a loading dock.

    You can find the WWE Extreme Rules 2014 results online, but If you'd rather view all the Extreme Rules action for yourself, you still can by signing up for the WWE network which we really love because it's affordable. One Pay-Per-View event usually costs $60 from providers, but with the monthly subscription to the WWE Network you can see all 12 Pay-Per-View events for $9.99 per month w/ a 6 month commitment. You can also discover what other WWE family experiences we've had and new content and products that are out right now, here.

    And as a special treat for all our fellow WWE fans + Dellah's Jubilation readers, I'm hosting a giveaway of some pretty awesome WWE products. Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win! [Items pictured in top left corner of post]

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