Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Help Children's Claritin and KaBoom Bring Innovative Playspaces to Communties in Need! #Vote4Playspaces #Sponsor

Parents! Vote Now to Help Kids Have More Fun – One Playspace at a Time

As parents, we spend a lot of time discovering creative ways to nurture our children’s curiosity. Luckily, being outdoors provides the perfect landscape, fueling young imaginations and creating endless possibilities for exploration, discovery and creativity. Children’s Claritin hopes to inspire parents to create innovative play spaces in their backyards, and communities.

Children’s Claritin also believes in the benefits of outdoor activity for children, and wants to help children get the most out of every day! They’re teaming up with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit, to help bring innovative playspaces to communities in need and you can help! By voting, you can help them pick the four community organizations that will receive Imagination Playground™. What’s Imagination Playground™? See imagination at play – watch last year’s winner enjoying Imagination Playground™.

Be sure to visit where you can place your vote and gather playspace inspirations for creating your own backyard playspace.  

While visiting the Children’s Claritin & KaBOOM! Facebook page, you can also:
·         Learn more about the twelve organizations you can vote for receiving Imagination Playground™
·         Download coupon offers
·         Locate a playspace near you

Vote now and help us pick the four community organizations that will receive Imagination Playground™. You can vote one time per day through 9/26/14Click here for voting rules.

Disclosure: As a member of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Must Haves for Lil' Monsters: The VTech Kidizoom SmartWatch & Our First Youtube Video!

*Disclosure: The honest opinions expressed are 100% our own. The VTech product (to facilitate review), a gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech. No other compensation was given.

One of our favorite ways to spend some local quality time with family is by heading to the Queens Zoo located in Flushing meadow park. My lil' monsters are always asking to use our cellphones to take photos and videos to record their day-to-day monster mayhem, and get excited to use anything with a shiny touchscreen. I'm always worried that little sticky fingers and clumsy hands will end up breaking one of our phones or tablets within a blink of an eye. We figured a family outing to the zoo would be the perfect way to let them test out the new Kidizoom Smartwatch from VTech while discovering all the beautiful wildlife. 

When I first learned about the VTech Kidizoom SmartWatch last month at Blogger Bash, I was really impressed with all of the features included in this multi-purpose watch for kids. My 3 yr. old Tristan is too young to tell time, but I think it's still helpful for him to use it for number recognition and he likes to (pretend) to tell time like his big brother CJ. We get a kick out of his confidence when he looks down at the screen to tell us "it's 13'o clock"'with pride. Here's some details on the smartwatch:

It’s camera time!

With the wearable technology trend kicking into high gear, it’s time for VTech to shine with its first ever fun camera watch for kids: the new Kidizoom® Smartwatch!

With the exciting interactive Kidizoom Smartwatch, kids can capture photos, add photo effects, record videos and play built-in games. Complete with an easy-to-use 1.4’’ color touch screen, as well as more than 50 digital and analog clock displays, the multi-functional Kidizoom Smartwatch is perfect for kids learning to tell time. The Kidizoom Smartwatch also boasts a rechargeable battery, 
alarm clock, timer, stopwatch, voice recorder with funny voice changing effects and parental game controls.

Kidizoom® Smartwatch (Ages 4 years and up; MSRP: $59.99) features include:

·         1.4 inch color touch screen
·         Camera for taking photos and recording videos
·         Voice recorder with 5 voice changing effects
·         Special effects including customized photo frames, color filters and distortion effects; fun    
video frames
·         4 fun games, included
·         Kid-durable design to withstand drops and bumps
·         Splash proof and sweat proof
·         Alarm clock with fun tones and animation
·         Timer and stopwatch in kid-friendly themes
·         50+ digital and traditional analog displays
·         Rechargeable battery
·         4 vibrant colors: blue, pink, white and green
·         Micro USB cable for data transfer and battery recharging
·         Access to Learning Lodge app store to download more games and watch displays

Check out why my lil' monsters think the Kidizoom SmartWatch from VTech is pretty awesome:

Where would your kids love to snap photos and record videos at?

The boys and I know this will be a must have gift for lil' monsters because it's fun & educational! Stay up to date on all the exciting new things happening with VTech on facebook and twitter & please feel free to follow Dellah's Jubilation on youtube for more reviews in the future.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stride Rite Shoes are Made 2 Play In & A Back To School Faves Giveaway! #BTSFaves

Let the countdown begin! I know most parents have finished their back to school shopping and that tons of lil' monsters across the country have already headed back to the classroom, but I'm relishing in this last week of summer vacation before the boys head back to school next Thursday. I thought it would be fun to join a few of my my favorite NYC/NJ mom bloggers {Make sure to stop by & say hello to: Nicole of Mommy Tips by Cole, Nellie of Brooklyn Active Mama, Karen of Mami Does It All, Scherrie of Thirty Mommy & Shirley of New Mommy Bliss } and brands to offer a Back to School giveaway #BTSFaves of products we love and knew that you and your kids would enjoy too!

My youngest son Tristan is entering Pre-k and can't wait to follow in his big brother CJ's footsteps as they walk & scoot to school (well at least part of the way). Seeing as Tristan is so active it was a given that we were going to have to find a quality pair of shoes that would be comfortable as he walked the halls and that would be durable enough to keep up with all of his lil' monster mayhem as he runs and leaps through the school yard. 

 *Disclosure: The opinions expressed are 100% my own, I was given (2) pairs of Stride Rite shoes to facilitate this review and no other compensation was given.


Whether it's great style for the 1st day of school or comfort in a traditional school uniform shoe, Stride Rite stores & Stride have everything parents and kids need for this back to school season. Stride Rite shoes are made just for kids, how they play, walk and run & with 400 different styles in the latest back to school trends, Stride Rite has you covered.

Tristan had so much fun trying out his new shoes from the Made 2 Play boys collection while playing in our yard and can't wait to show them to his teacher and new little friends on his very first day of school. Thanks to Stride Rite, as part of our #BTSFaves giveaway, one lucky winner will receive (1) pair of shoes of their choice!

The Other Amazing Prizes Include:

(1) set of Mabel's Labels Back to school combo + (1) set of Mabel's Labels Stylish Scholars labels. Founded by 4 moms, Mabel's Labels is the leading provider of labels for the stuff kids lose! Their latest designs are stylish, modern and perfect for scholars of all ages. Parents can send kids Back to school with Customizable labels that are laundry, dishwasher and micro-wave safe.

(4) NatureSmart Star Wars Brand gummy vitamins. It’s ALWAYS important to teach kids healthy habits and one of the ways to entice them is through the characters and flavors they love!There are Complete Multi-Vitamins, providing over 10 essential vitamins and minerals for a child’s health growth and development*, as well as an Immune Support formula to support a healthy immune system and energy metabolism.* Raising little healthy heroes and helping kids keep up a healthy routine just became a bit more fun!

(1) copy of the book : Choose your own Money Saving Adventure can reveal: How to price-match and save money on school lunch, school supplies, and school clothing and gear; Where to find the best promotions, How to create a back-to-school shopping plan; Why you shouldn’t shop alone, and more.

(1) Vamousse Lice Prevention Starter Kit. When head lice attack arm yourself with this starter kit that will kill 100% of eggs and lice in 15 minutes.

(1) Yubo personalized lunchbox from Zazzle. Made for utility and fun, this lunch box features a detachable handle for vertical or horizontal carrying, six fun colors, and easy access front and back lids - all BPA-free and 100% dishwasher safe. yubo's unique concept of design, cleanliness, and customization sets a new standard for personal expression at the school lunch table.

(1) Hallmark Sound Charm. Parents can record a message of encouragement directly within the charm and give it to a child, who can then listen to their parent's voice whenever they need a pick me up

(1) FabKids Boy or Girl Outfit Credit worth $29.95 A trendy kids clothing subscription. FabKids will put credit into winner's FabKids account. * Tristan is wearing a FabKids tee and denim pants in photos above that I purchased.

(1) Vera Bradley BackPack that's lightweight, durable, water resistant and comes in a fun print.

(1) Alex Toys  Zoomer Racing set perfect for racing and can make 12 creations and 6 vehicles.
(1) Alex Toys  Zoob Jr. 55pc set soft building blocks perfect for classrooms and playrooms.

(1) Purell Gift Basket of sanitizing and back to school goodies + (1) $50 Target Gift Card. Hand hygiene can play an important role in keeping students happy, healthy, productive - and in school.

We are really excited to offer this giveaway to our readers and want to thank all the sponsoring brands for participating. For a chance to win just enter the rafflecopter down below and feel free to come back daily to complete. This giveaway is open in the U.S.A only for entrants ages 18+ and closes on Sept. 5th 2014. A winner will be announced on Sept 8th  2014 & prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the brands. Best of luck and thanks for entering! 


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Life is All About Facing the Curve Balls! Recap of Henry and Me Movie Premier #HenryandMe

  * Disclosure: We were given screening passes to attend, no other compensation was given and views expressed are 100% my own.

Sometimes when you or a loved one are facing illness, all it takes is a little magical thinking and believing to overcome the obstacles, which a young boy and NY Yankee fan named Jack learns while facing cancer and a sentiment as a Crohns patient that my family and I can relate to, all to well. 

Last week, thanks to The Moms Network the Hubby and I joined other NYC parent bloggers to enjoy a night out at the Ziegfield Theater for the red carpet movie premier of Henry and Me. The animated, independent film hosts an array of amazing talent, both in the world of movies and baseball. The characters are voiced by some of my favorite stars: Richard Gere (voices Henry), Cyndi Lauper (voices nurse Cyndi) Chazz Palminteri ( voices Babe Ruth) and Austin Williams (voices Jack) who I admit I loved as an actor when he played Shane Morasco on daytime show One Life to Live. I'll bet that if you are a NY Yankees fan, like many of us in the audience you'll probably be smiling & cheering a little harder when you see and hear NY Yankee players of past and present like, Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Mariano Rivera, Hideki Matsui, Jorge Possada, C.C Sabathia and more.

Based on Ray Negron's children's book series, In the opening scene of the movie we hear the voice of Henry, a mysterious man who with the touch of his Yankee pin can take Jack on a magical journey to a place where illness doesn't exist and where Yankee legends play the game in a field of dreams forever. Henry, with an encouraging tone says "When Life Throws a Curve Ball... Swing Away" & explains all the valuable lessons the game of baseball teaches us: teamwork, having hope, facing our fears and never giving up. As we head Uptown on the 6 train to Yankee Stadium and are taken on this inspiring adventure, we see how Jack must find the courage to believe in himself, to save the season and to find his way home.

After the film, Denise & Melissa of The Moms Network sat down for a talk back with Yankees Coach Joe Girardi, his daughter Serena Girardi (voice of Sissy), Chazz Palminterri, Ray Negron and director Barrett Esposito. You could feel all the emotion in the room as Ray Negron (who, as a kid was given the dream job of bat boy after being caught by George Steinbrenner tagging graffiti on the stadium) was asked about the boy who inspired the film and as he teared up talked about the real life Jack (who ran up from the audience to join the panel) almost not making it.  


Having been diagnosed with Crohns (an autoimmune disease) at the age of 18, the idea of persevering and having hope hit home for me and my husband and yes when Cyndi Lauper's remixed version of her classic song "Time After Time" played I got all emotional and teary eyed. I can't imagine being a child, or having a child with a life-threatening illness and I remember those feelings of doubt and despair and all the people who we were there to pick me up when I was feeling down and out. My hubby and I thought it was really great to get to share with Ray Negron and Jack, how moving the film was for us. Joe Girardi, his beautiful daughter and Chazz Palminteri were extremely nice to meet and made time to take photos and talk to everyone. 


Ray Negron

Joe Girardi & his daughter Serena

Chazz Palminterri

Aside from a great storyline and cast, what's even better about this film is that portions of the proceeds will benefit several charitable organizations like Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, St. Judes, The Lou Gehrig Society, Pitch for a Cure, Harlem RBI, The Yankees Foundation, Stand Up 2 Cancer and more. You can find Henry and Me on DVD and on digital copy worldwide on Sept. 9th and at home games at Yankee Stadium. Check out The Moms Network's Facebook page for more photos of the event.

Thanks to the Moms Network for an amazing night!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Head Back to School & Stomp Out Bullying w/ the WWE & The Creative Coalition's Newly Launched Be a S.T.A.R Alliance #WWE #BEaSTAR

* Disclosure: As a member of the WWE Brand Ambassador program I was given a chapter tool kit and information to share with readers. There was no monetary compensation and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Kids across the United States have headed back to the classroom or will be between now and Sept 4th. Aside from teachers and administrators planning curriculum and organizing classrooms & parents doing back to school shopping for supplies and creating healthy lunch menus, there is another issue of concern that they unfortunately have to think about this school year and it's Bullying. Did you know that 160,000 kids miss school every day due to fear of bullying by other students (National Education Association)?

Be a STAR is an anti-bullying initiative co-founded in 2011 by The Creative Coalition and WWE. Its mission is to encourage young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect through education and grassroots initiatives. WWE and The Creative Coalition leverage the power of The Creative Coalition’s entertainment industry constituencies and WWE’s global brand and platforms to help combat the bullying epidemic plaguing today’s youth.

Be a STAR, which stands for "Show Tolerance And Respect," promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals.  Last week The Creative Coalition and WWE who are the co-founders of the Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) anti-bullying initiative announced the launch of the S.T.A.R. Alliance, a group of actors, musicians, comedians, athletes, television personalities and members of The Creative Coalition, who have joined together to help put an end to bullying.

Members of the S.T.A.R. Alliance will join WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Superstars such as Big Show®, The Miz® and Mark Henry, and The Creative Coalition to spread the Be a STAR message. 

S.T.A.R. Alliance members include:
Description: • Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side)
• Kris Allen (American Idol Winner)
• Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays)
• Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives)
• Erin Cummings (Astronaut Wives Club)
• Tim Daly (Madam Secretary)
• Daughtry (Grammy Nominated)
• Omar Epps (Resurrection)
• Flo Rida (Grammy Nominated)
• Florida Georgia Line (Award Winning           Country Superstars)
• Skylar Grey (Grammy Nominated)
• Chelsea Hightower (Dancing with the Stars)
• Caleb Johnson (American Idol Winner)

,Description: • Arielle Kebbel (John Tucker Must Die)
• Piers Morgan (Piers Morgan Tonight)
• Ryan Ochoa (Pair of Kings)
• Sharon Osbourne (The X-Factor)
• Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish)
• Cassie  Scerbo (Make It Or Break It)
• Kendall Schmidt (Big Time Rush)
• Chaske Spencer (The Twilight Sagas)
• Train (Grammy Award Winning)
• Gerard Way (formerly of My Chemical Romance)
• Pete Wentz (Grammy Nominated Fall Out Boy)
• Constance Zimmer (House of Cards)

As an educator and parent some of the problems I've noticed within the school community is that a lot of times, kids who do the bullying most likely are having problems of their own, sometimes stemming from life at home, or they don't even realize that when they think they are just "joking" around, they are actually being hurtful and inconsiderate of a peers feelings.Both in the classroom and at home it's imperative to have the conversation about the affects of bullying and how to find a solution. 

I think it's really important for kids who are being bullied or had been in the past to see that the celebrities they're a fan of in the movies, on T.V or that they rock out to on the radio have had similar experiences that they can relate to. And honestly what kid isn't going to listen to WWE superstar The Big Show when he tells you that in order to Be a STAR you have to help stomp out bullying?

CJ is headed to the 4th grade this September and can't wait to enlist a few of his friends to take the pledge to stop bullying.  You can start a Be a S.T.A.R chapter by getting more information here and by helping to jump-start the conversation at home and in school.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Patriotic, Striptease Date Night with Wasabassco Burlesque #RevelinNY

Disclosure: The opinions expressed are 100% my own and I received 2 tickets to review the show as a social media curator for Flavorpill. No other compensation was given.

So I'd like to share with you guys our most random, yet very entertaining way to spend the Fourth of July here in NYC. Our kids ended up spending the holiday with their nana watching the fireworks from  her apartment in Queens and the hubby had to work the night shift at the midtown restaurant he works for because his boss thought they were going to have an influx of customers, seeing that the fireworks had been moved to the east side of the city. Totally wasn't the case by the way. This year started off by far as one of the most boring 4th of July's I had ever celebrated in my life. We usually head to Long Branch and spend hours on the beach, or BBQ and this time around I was pretty peeved I had to watch the fireworks solo from our rooftop with my neighbors instead of with my boys. However  I was beyond excited that I signed up to spend the evening at a Wasabassco Burlesque show in the city that I was given tickets for to review.

Have you ever been to a Burlesque show before? Does the thought of one sound like a lot of fun or does the idea of seeing a bunch of scantily clad women and men make you a bit uncomfortable? Well this was our second time, the first performance we'd seen was more of a circusy type show with hula hoops, bubbles and those sorts of things and although entertaining not very provocative. Honestly we didn't know what to expect from this show at City Winery but we were completely open-minded and up for anything!

We freakin' loved the show from beginning to end, everything from the venue and music to costumes and just the performers personalities overall made for a great show. Right from the beginning Nasty Canasta (pictured at very top) got the energy level up and made sure the crowd was excited to be there. The audience was filled with couples, friends and a few bachelorette parties who decided that was the place to celebrate and rightfully so because you could tell throughout the evening from the laugher and applause that filled the room, that everyone had a great time. I didn't bother to look into the venue beforehand but it was a plus that City Winery had an open bar and delicious flatbreads for those with the late night munchies.

It would seem that most of the guests didn't want to be too up close and personal and passed on the seat that was in the front, dead center. Oh but not me, I grabbed the hubby's hand and told the hostess we were fine sitting up front. I assured him, after he gave me a discerning eye that nobody would pull him up on stage or make him wear tassels, lol but what the heck did I know. Honestly even though I know he'd kill me, I was secretly hoping someone would. Fortunately for him the show wasn't so out of control that you'd feel too nervous to be sitting center stage, the ladies did some tassle twirling, some splits and a lot of seductive, leg lifts, bends, shaking and teasing but it was all tasteful and fun to watch. The most the hubby got was a few winks and smiles as the ladies lustfully, unzipped and tossed costume pieces across the stage floor. But hey I got a few winks myself, so we'll call it even.

This lovely lady photographed with the hubby was always standing by to pick up any items the performers may have left behind on stage and managed to pick them all up while showing us how flexible she was. I must say we were completely impressed with how poised and limber she was, she was shaking what her momma gave her and she was so cute while doing it.

There was an amazing playlist of music to keep the crowd engaged, everything from old school blues and jazz, to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air's Summer Time, to hard core rock and songs by Kiss. The costumes matched the portrayal of the characters and featured a variety: from coy women dolled up in sweet little maiden dresses, to stunning divas that were glammed out in sequins and feather boas and ladies who rocked edgy, sexy leather and completely dominated the stage. Of course twirly tassels and bedazzled and laced gloves to seduce and add to the allure were a necessity. It wasn't a surprise to learn that these ladies received accolades and awards from around the country with the way they worked the stage.

Seeing as it's a live performance do keep in mind while enjoying the show to live in the moment and try not to watch from behind a camera. Throughout the evening it was highly recommended by the hosts that we put down our phones so not to miss anything, otherwise what was the point of being there in the flesh to see it? And to keep in mind that Facebook and Instagram would still be there at the end of the show.

This date night was completely an out of the box night out on the town, but we were so glad we took advantage of an evening sans the lil' monsters. An evening with the fantastic ladies and gentleman of Wasabassco really saved what started off as an epic fail for a holiday and turned it into an entertaining & explosive performance of striptease that was unforgettably fun.

Monday, August 11, 2014

8 Sweet Suite 14' Must Haves for Lil' Monsters at Blogger Bash NYC #Sweetsuite14 #bbnyc

It's that time of year again where educators will be looking for toys, crafts and technology to fill their classrooms with and where parents and loved ones will be on the hunt for the latest and greatest new products to gift the lil' monsters in their lives for the holiday season. During Sweet Suite 14 at Blogger Bash NYC parent bloggers were able to preview and play with some of the awesome, fun, new kids toys hitting store shelves as early as this month, with more products launching in the fall. I decided I'd round up a few of my favorites that you will surely want to get your hands on early or will end up finding yourselves on line for after stuffing your face full of turkey and stuffing on Black Friday. Be sure to click on the product name for more details on these great toys.

Treasure Trax  (USAopoly) :  Grab your preschooler and go on an adventure filled scavenger hunt through your home. Kids can actively play & learn daily with prompts that will help them with colors, letters, image and word recognition by using their thinking skills.
Ages 3-5 // $19.95

Zoomer Dino- Boomer (SpinMaster Toys): Dino lovers will have a roaring good time with this remote controlled prehistoric friend.  Boomer has sounds effects, mood indicating eyes that light up & can do a handful of tricks like his robotic predecessor Zoomer the pup can do, like follow your hand with its motion sensory. But beware, if you pull on his tail you may just make him angry! Kids will love that it can be programmed to guard their room from nosy parents and siblings who steal their toys. Take a peak at Boomer the Dinosaur in action during Sweet Suite. (Image Courtesy of Janice Croze)
Ages 5+ // $99.99

Leap TV (Leap Frog) As a parent to a 3 year old who is always trying to get it in on the gaming fun with his 9 year old brother and his dad, I'm always concerned about the content he is being exposed to at such an early age. I am really excited about Leap Frog introducing the new Leap TV gaming system for younger gamers because it allows them to get active while developing their reading, math, science and problem solving skills through games with their favorite characters like Sofia the First and Spider-man. I think it's ability to give audio instructions is a great feature for younger children that can't read just yet.
(Image Courtesy of Janice Croze)
 Ages 3-8 // $149.99

Moxie Girlz
(MGA Entertainment): The positive message behind these fashion savvy, fun dolls is that girls can be amazing by having the courage to accomplish anything they set their minds on doing. Children will love that these stylish dolls have colorful, adorable poopsy pets and lots of accessories and clothes for them to dress these fashionistas in.

(Image Courtesy of Janice Croze)
Ages 3+ // 14.99 and up 

The Big Creativity Can (Faber-Castell): Let imaginations run wild in the classroom or at home! Perfect for a rainy day or just because your lil' monster's creative juices are flowing, the Big Creativity Can has 100+ crafty materials that include googly eyes, pipe cleaners, feathers and more!  (Image Courtesy of Janice Croze)
Ages 4-94 // $19.99

Paw Patrol Rescue Racers (SpinMaster Toys): These push and play character race cars will have your Paw Patrol fan excited for lots of adventures with Rubble, Chase, Zuma, Skye, Rocky, Ryder and Marshall as they race out to save the day!  
(Image Courtesy of Janice Croze)
Ages 2+ // $5.99

Lalaloopsy Color Me Trace E. Doodles This latest Lalaloopsy doll (from MGA Entertainment) will provide endless hours of fun for your lil' creative because they can draw + color new looks on her clothes and pet with 4 vibrant neon markers and two stamps. As soon as the masterpiece is  complete they can wipe it clean and start the fun all over. 
(Image Courtesy of Janice Croze)
 Ages 4+ // $29.99

 Kidizoom SmartWatch (Vtech):  If your kids are anything like mine, they are always trying to use your phone or camera to take pictures or record video. Now they can be their own independent photographers and videographers with this smartwatch which is pretty awesome wearable technology for kids. Aside from taking pics and recording, this smartwatch will help your children learn to tell time and will keep them engaged with educational games. These stylish watches come in 4 colors and is splash-proof and comfortable for active kids.

Ages 2-9 // $59.99
Which of these Must Haves do you think your Lil' Monsters will add to their holiday wishlist?

*photo credit: Janice Croze photography

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