Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Fashionable Afternoon with Kate Spade: Dressed Up in the Latest Styles for Spring #KateSpadeNY


Spring Fashion

With two active boys I will revel in any girly moment I can get, which these days seem far and in between. When I get the chance I love to curl up on my coach with Spotify playing my fave songs in the background and either my coffee or a glass of white wine nearby while I flip through the fashionable pages of People Style Watch or Glamour Magazine. My magazines and Instagram feed are my sources for keeping up with the latest stylish trends,  seeing as I don't have the time to window shop. One of my faves to follow has always been Kate Spade NY which is a timeless brand with bold, chic yet playful looks and accessories girls of every age will covet.

With that said, I'm sure you'll understand why I was BEYOND excited to get extended an invite along with my fellow NYC lifestyle & mom bloggers for a day of VIP treatment at The Kate Spade store on 789 Madison ave. It was a gorgeous Saturday that finally felt like Spring and we chatted, sipped champagne & enjoyed bite size cupcakes after touring the 4 floors of fabulous finds. [Looks Featured above Top: Jaq Dress //  Stelli Dress
Spring Fashion

I usually avoid stepping into a fitting room like the plague but that afternoon I was on a mission! A few of the ladies were initially hesitant about trying on outfits in fear of getting too attached to their new finds.I knew I wasn't walking out the door until I tried on my favorite two items from the Madison Ave collection and got snapped in a few good pictures. I had always wondered if I could pull off a crop top and shorts because I'm not too keen on showing off my Crohn's disease surgery scars or stretch marks and c-section scar from childbirth. But surprisingly I felt confident and comfortable in the Madison ave 2 piece (that was the perfect length) and the girls all seemed to enjoy posing for the camera.

Spring Fashion
Ladybug clutch // Madison Ave Floral Lummi  top & shorts

Spring Fashion


Spring Fashion


Spring Fashion

Heritage Fit and Flare Dress {Any dress with pockets is a yes!}

Spring Fashion

Spring Fashion

I must give a special thank you to Kate Spade for having us, Evelyn of IndiaLynRose who coordinated the event, to Jonathan Castellanos our photographer for the day and to Vive Mejor (provided the Dove products), Carmex and Chantilly Dallas for the lovely swag bag goodies.

Honestly this was so much fun and just out of the norm for me, I think I speak for all of us in attendance by saying it was a great way to spend a Saturday. Who doesn't love playing dress up with friends? Which of these fun, fashionable looks and accessories are you loving?



Disclosure: The opinions expressed are 100% our own and there was no compensation given for this post. Attendees received a gift bag for their time.







It's a Jungle Out There:120 Ways #NYisWild & 6 Ticket #Giveaway to the Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo

Back in the day my mom would spend the night before packing our lunches & laying out our clothes for a day long adventure at the Bronx Zoo. We'd wake up really early to jump on the Q44 bus for a 90 minute ride from Queens to the Bronx to make sure we were one of the first few families there and would enjoy the entire day exploring until the zoo closed (even if it rained and we had to ask an employee for one of those super sized garbage bags to use as ponchos, lol) and were the last few out. 

I have countless childhood memories there and now as a parents, the hubby and I take our two monsters for visits to the WCS parks all year round hoping to create priceless moments for them too as they enjoy educational and fun-filled experiences. This month alone we've visited on Easter and we were just there yesterday for our monthly nature club meeting (through the AZA )where the boys searched for bugs by the Bronx River!


The Bronx Zoo

This summer, the Bronx Zoo will turn NYC into a city-wide social photo safari by inviting consumers to learn about “120 Ways #NYisWild.”  The more people share their in-park photos using the #NYisWild hashtag, the more chances they have to win a trip to Belize, one of the locations where the Wildlife Conservation Society—owner and operator of the Bronx Zoo – does some exciting and relevant conservation work.

The “120” part of this acknowledges and celebrates 120 years of conservation since the founding of this organization, and 100 of the 120 ways take place in WCS parks: Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo & Queens Zoo.


The Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo

Here’s what you need to know about #NYisWild:

·         To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a city-wide campaign called #NYisWild is turning our concrete jungle into a summer-long photo safari
·         New Yorkers can participate by choosing from 120 “wild” attractions around the city and capturing a photo of each for a chance to win irresistible prizes
·         There are several prize levels available, including a special Grand Prize. Entry to win these prizes increases for hitting certain milestones (ex: Escape for 2 to Belize for completing 10/120 or Whale Watching Tour for 4 With WCS Scientists for completing 50/120).
·         From April to August participants can capture each attraction using Instagram or Twitter with #NYisWild and also hashtagging the number of the clue (ex: #NYisWild, #84)
·         Keep track of all progress on NYisWild.com by logging in via an Instagram or Twitter account
·         Download the full list of all 120 attractions and have fun exploring! Direct download link here: http://bit.ly/NYisWildOnePager

With Spring weather finally here (yesterday at the Bronx Zoo felt more like Summer with an unexpected high of 78 degrees), #NYisWild is the perfect way to spend a day out in the great New York City! There is an exclusive discount for 20% off all tickets purchased only through NYisWild.com. This site also serves as the only destination for all news and information about this exciting new campaign. Be sure to check it out and have fun taking part in all of the #NYisWild activities!

What Zoo's and Aquariums do you love to visit? For all of our fantastic readers we are hosting a GIVEAWAY on Instagram for 6 tickets to the Bronx Zoo. In order to enter you Must
  • Follow Dellah's Jubilation on Instagram
  • Click on the photo for this #NYisWild Giveaway (same picture that's on top of this page) and like it.
  • Tell us what your family's favorite zoo animal is & Tag a friend who would like to enter!
Good Luck! Giveaway starts Sunday April 19th, 2015 and ends on Sunday April 26th and is open to entrants ages 18+ that reside in the continental U.S. Winner will be announced on Instagram on Monday April 27th and has 48hrs. to claim before another winner is selected.


Disclosure: Opinions expressed are 100% my own, I was not compensated for this post and received tickets to host this giveaway.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

John Hancock Insurance Announces a New Approach that Rewards You for Healthy Living #5MoreNow

#5MoreNow
Earlier this month, John Hancock Insurance and actor and health enthusiast Chris O' Donnell teamed up to announce how the company plans to recognize consumers healthy steps to physical, emotional and financial wellness by getting their #5morenow .
"Between filming and family, I know how hard it is to juggle everyday life and still fit in time to take care of my physical and financial health ......I try to share positive habits that keep us active now and healthy in the long term." - Chris O' Donnell

Now I hope what I'm about to say doesn't come off sounding conceited but, I get told all the time that I look at least 10 years younger than what I really am. Don't I wish! That's a pretty nice problem to have at this stage in the game I guess. Me being 33 years old people hardly ever believe I have a 10 year old and when they attempt at guessing my age, the answers range between 18 and 25. I remember when I was admitted into the hospital last year, the nurses would joke that I belonged on the pediatric floor, which would have been fine if it meant I was guaranteed more ice cream or red jello.

If you ask me how I feel physically, ha! I don't nearly feel that I have the energy of anyone half my age despite running all over this city with the two monsters in tow. I wish I could say that my young face came from years of drinking water, eating healthy and taking vitamins but that just isn't the case. I'm fortunate enough to just have good genes, and two parents that look really young as well. I remember in high school my girlfriends asking me if the good looking guy next to me was my brother, when in actuality it was my dad {yepp, I was extremely freaked out by that}.


#5MoreNow


During the John Hancock Vitality Village event visitors could sample free juices, enjoy massages and get their workout on. I signed up for an early morning bootcamp session that kicked my butt. I used to run track in high school, took Tae Kwon Do for years and I was so sore the next day and pretty upset that despite my small frame I was so out of shape. It was just the wake-up call I needed.

Consumers were invited to find out their vitality age which is an indicator of their overall health based on their lifestyle behaviors, including physical activity and nutrition habits. The average Americans vitality age is 5 years older than their actual age, I know.....kinda depressing right? But wait, don't get discouraged! Instead of just talking about how we wished we had more time to squeeze in a moment that benefits our wellness, with that new knowledge we just need to step up and set realistic goals to improve our lifestyle choices.  And John Hancock is prepared to encourage and reward those who are up for the challenge!

#5MoreNow

As parents and just in general we need to think about being around as long as possible for our kids and take the necessary steps to ensure that.  John Hancock Life Insurance with Vitality helps people to invest in both their health and wealth and work toward securing their financial future while pursuing a healthier, longer life.

Through it's exclusive partnership with Vitality, the global leader in integrating wellness benefits with life insurance products, John Hancock is offering a life insurance solution that gives consumers the chance to save on their premiums and earn valuable rewards and discounts, simply by living a healthier lifestyle. 

This new program integrates personalized health technology, including wearable like Fitbit offers those that participate rewards and discounts from major brands such as Amazon, Hyatt and REI just for walking, having regular check- ups and partaking in other daily healthy activities.

Stop by JHRewardsLife.com to learn more about John Hancocks new life insurance solution and the tools needed to take the steps towards a healthier lifestyle.






Monday, April 13, 2015

Must Haves for Lil' Monsters: The New Kardashian Kids Line for Summer 2015 Hits Nordstrom #Kardashiankids

Nordstrom

It's been 4 years since we've had a baby-baby in the house, but that doesn't stop us from wandering through the aisles of our favorite retailers while daydreaming of dressing up a third lil' monster {especially if it were a little princess for the hubby} in some of the trendiest childrenswear brands.

Of course the Kardashian sisters are infamous for being trendsetters and with 2 of the 3 sisters being stylish mamas it only makes sense that they have a hip and playful clothing line for kids from ages newborn to preschool. As mom-preneurs who juggle careers and motherhood they can relate to sometimes being too busy to head out to the local mall or boutique to shop. Knowing that convenience is essential, it's genius that they've teamed up with Nordstrom to offer their new Summer 2015 collection for lovers of online shopping! I for one, probably do 75% of our clothes shopping online to avoid long lines and meltdowns from the monsters as we bounce from store to store.

“I’m constantly shopping online because it’s so convenient no matter where I am around the world,” said Kim Kardashian West, mother of North. “I know how important an easy-to-use, stress-free ecommerce platform is to a busy mom trying to multi-task."

We recently got all the deets from a preview of the collection and are excited to share that today, April 13th, 2015 - fans of Kardashian Kids in 96 countries, worldwide will be able to shop the collection online through the Nordstrom website.

Nordstrom

What's even more exciting are the new styles for boys, which I imagine had probably been in demand since the line first launched for girls last year. I'm a bit biased as a mama to two boys and remembered looking at the fashionable babies on the Kardashian Kids Instagram feed and wondered where were the cute looks for boys? 

The beyond adorable summer line for boys is offered in sizes newborn to 24 months and retail from $23.99 - $29.99. With an assortment of choices, I know you'll love the lightweight denim shirt and tees and I'm sure the comfy, camo print - french terry pants are going to be a must have for both active boys and girls!

Nordstrom

I'll be the first to admit that there are a few pieces from the girls line, that I'd love for myself {ahem, do you see that romper, too cute!}. Styles for little girls include rompers, dresses  and separates in playful geometric prints and beautiful shades of lilac and ballet-slipper pink that range in sizes newborn to 5T & retail from $24.99 - $34.99.

With great detailed pieces like faux leather trim tees and peplum shorts, you'll covet the line {that can also be found at babiesrus.com} because it's perfect for stylish little monsters and functional for everyday. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Kardashian Kids happenings on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


Disclosure: Opinions expressed are 100% my own and no compensation was received for this post.





Saturday, April 4, 2015

10 Must Haves from Target to Dress Up Your Easter Table #TargetStyle



It never fails, every holiday I'm instantly brought back to memories of my grandma and the many family filled days spent in her apartment on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. For Whatever reason, she rarely ventured out of the house with us but it didn't bother my sister, cousins and I at all because our visits were always filled with love & laughter. We'd all be dressed in our Sunday best outfits (which for me included those uncomfortable white shoes with the annoying buckles), the house would be filled with the aroma of her yummy home-cooking (I'd watch her smack away a hand of a sneaky uncle who'd try to sample a dish) and we'd quickly notice the fun themed details that were perfectly placed throughout every room as we searched for plastic eggs filled with chocolate and money.

Mother Nature's temperamental weather over the last few weeks had me seriously caught off guard by how quickly Easter snuck up on us. Wasn't it just snowing a few days ago? Feeling unprepared  and remembering that I attended a Spring  preview for Target I thought I'd share some table decor inspiration in case you had some last minute shopping and decorating to do before all of the festivities. 

I swear my grandmother would have loved going to Target, or sending one of us to shop for her because you can always grab some great finds and deals even at the last minute.


Easter

Easter

1. Retro style dotted textured tumblers // 2. multi-color floral table runner // 3. Egg wreath // 
4. Coral serving tray (mint)  5. Turquoise and pink appetizer plates // 6. Happy Easter garland // 7. Easter hanging paper flowers //  8. Bunny cookie jar // 9. Easter swirly straw cups
 10. Egg topiary

This year we'll be heading to the Bronx Zoo for an early afternoon Easter egg hunt and then headed to dinner at my parents place. What do you have planned for this holiday weekend? Whatever it is, I hope you live in the moment and enjoy!


*Disclosure: Media & bloggers in attendance received a gift-card for attending. No other compensation was given and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Having a Mommy Moment: Racing Shadows & Celebrating Just Being a Kid


It's inevitable, before you know it your youngest one will no longer want to build blocks with you, squish play doh or race you home from school.

With all of his sweetness and playfulness I'm so thankful to have a 4 year old that can suck me out of any funky day I'm having with a simple laugh and a request to see who's the fastest.... "Mama, you wanna race? I bet I can beat you!"

Of course whenever anyone from the younger set challenges me to a race, I get hyped and remember my days of running track and field and excitedly take on the dare
But who am I fooling? I hadn't run in ages and to top it off It had just been a physically awful week for me and could tell something was off with symptoms from my Crohns disease resurfacing.

Being the freakin' genius mom that I am, I set him up with a greater challenge...
" I'm sure you can beat me, your such a big boy, but I don't think you can beat your shadow!"

Tristan gave me his one dimpled smirk and laughed while he boasted  "Yes I can, watch me mama, yes I can."

 You could see the pure determination in his face each day he tried to race, who he called his "Shadow friend". And he made attempts at racing if the sun and clouds allowed it, over an 8 day span.

Motherhood

Day 1 - They tied and he was so frustrated that there his shadow was, side by side. he kept looking to his right and then back at me, while yelling "But Mama, I wanna win, tell him I wanna win!" 

motherhood


Motherhood

Day 2 - It was like he had something to prove, the sun was shining and his eye was on the prize.Tristan just cracked up while he ran with all his might. I even raced behind him this time, while cheering him on. He seemed ok with his shadow always being in front of him since I joined in on the fun.

Motherhood

Day 3 - I just so happened to notice that his new friend was behind him and suggested that Tristan give it another go. He was ready!

Motherhood

While I watched his victory, it really had me thinking about how innocent and fun it is to just be a kid, not a care in the world! Wouldn't it be nice to let go of all the adult woes simply to enjoy a day of Peter Pan syndrome. Sometimes I wish my monsters never had to grow up but know it's just inevitable. In the meantime I'll enjoy all these simple moments watching my monsters being monsters.

What was one your favorite imaginary games as a child, or moment you've witnessed with your own kids?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Must Haves for Lil' Monsters: DVD Release of New Animated Film, The Flintstones and WWE Stone Age Smackdown #WWEMoms


Disclosure// We are Brand Ambassadors for the WWE and were provided a copy of the DVD to facilitate this review, no other compensation was given and the opinions expressed are 100% our own!

"Flintstones, meet the Flintstones, they're a modern stone aged family" ..... as the opening credits play, the hubby and I are instantly brought back to our childhood days as we watched two prehistoric families get into all sorts of silly antics. Yet clearly The Flintstones and WWE Stone Age Smackdown animated film is a modern day twist on the classic, as we watch cartoon versions of WWE Superstars: The Undertaker, CM Punk (Rock), Mark (Marble) Henry and Rey Mysterio (Mysteriopal) grab a cup of coffee from "Stonebucks" (Starbucks) which got a laugh out of our ten year old, vanilla chai loving - wrestling fanatic CJ.

As the countdown to WrestleMania 31 is well underway, excitement is stirring up in the homes of fans in the WWE Universe who are going to love this new movie that's co-produced by WWE Studios & Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Available on DVD, Blue-ray combo and Digital HD on March 10th, 2015 fans will enjoy the high energy fun, as the Flintstones (who were rated the #2 greatest cartoon of all times by TV Guide) return to center ring. 


About the Film: 

Get ready for some raw-kin’ action in this all-new, original movie that brings some of WWE’s toughest, wildest superstars to Bedrock! When Fred loses his family’s vacation money, he hatches one of his hair brained plans to get it back. It’s a sports entertainment spectacle that involves throwing his best bud, Barney into the wrestling ring with the likes of John Cenastone (John Cena), Marble Henry (Mark Henry) and even The Undertaker, with Fred himself as event promoter! The crowds roar, the “clams” are pouring in from ticket sales and even Mr. McMagma(Vince McMahon) is taking notice of all the hoopla. Can Fred keep serving up bigger and badder matches or is he in for the rocky ride of his life? Including all-star appearances from The Boulder Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) and Daniel Bry-Rock (Daniel Bryan), it’s time to get the whole family together for a collection of hard-hitting, side-splitting laughs from the most epic event in all of prehistory!

              


This latest WWE crossover film (The Scooby Doo WrestleMania Mystery was a hit too!) was lots of fun and stayed true to classic Flintstones, laughter-filled adventures. Even though my two monsters (ages 10 and 4) haven't really watched too many episodes of The Flintstones in the past, it didn't seem to bother them at all because there was tons of action that featured some of their WWE favorites. Do we think it will be a hit in your house? In the words of Daniel Bry-Rock: Yes! Yes! Yes!

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