LEGO & Scooby Doo Take to Youtube

below is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own

A while ago we brought you new videos by WB Kids on Youtube. It was all about how DCKIds & WBKids are on Youtube.  For those of you that are Lego & Scooby Doo fans, you are in luck!!  I know that my sitter grew up and one of the only TV shows she watched as a kid was Scooby Doo.  Abby and Riley enjoy watching it at her house when it’s on, so they totally love it as well.  Add in another fun element that they love – LEGOS, and you have these fun new videos.

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Check out these amazing Scooby-Doo stop motion videos created using the brand new LEGO Scooby-Doo sets!  New videos will be uploaded weekly – so be sure to visit ScoobyDoo.com and subscribe to the WB Kids YouTube channel.

 

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A Blast at Blogger Bash – VIP Style

Many of you know how much we looked forward to BBNYC, and how much fun we had while there. This year we decided to “go big, or go home” and opted for the VIP ticket experience.  I knew once they released the dates for it that I was going, and immediately requested off for it.

 

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Wednesday, July 15th

Delta Children VIP Cocktail Party

While we started out with a damp and rainy start we made it to the city, checked into our catholic hostel room (post on that later), and went to Getting Gorgeous.  From there we went back to the room, got situated and headed to enjoy our Blogger Bash Experience!

Our VIP experience started at Delta Children’s Showroom. We checked out everything they had, and immediately my ovaries started to hurt wanting another baby, especially once I saw the bassinets (which we used a Delta one), beautiful Mickey Mouse Nursery Furniture, and Princess Nursery Furniture.  We love Delta, as we have the Delta Bentley Crib in Abigail’s Room.

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That was short lived until I saw the cute Minnie Mouse toddler bed. Which I absolutely adore and am figuring out how this will work in Abby’s Vintage Fantasyland Bedroom.

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We also got to see all of the standard children’s furniture that they have that you can find at Toys R Us, etc.  I’m thinking about one of these beds for my sitter’s house. It may come in handy once Abigail transitions to a bed.  She’s too big for her pack n play. We also saw the chairs that we love and own, as well as great little umbrella strollers.

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After that, we headed up to their rooftop to lounge, have some more delicious food (the sushi was incredible) and take in some pretty amazing sights. It was beyond incredible.

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Thursday, July 16th

Care Bears Share Your Care Brunch

We were super excited to wakeup and get our day started.  The one benefit of our hotel, is that it was a quick 5-10 minute walk to Pier 60.  So we walked to the pier and checked in and headed over to breakfast.  The awesome part of being VIP is that there were tables in the front that were reserved for us.  We even had our own little special “fast pass” line that was next to the regular ticket holders.  We were let into the room first.

 

 

We spent the morning enjoying such delicious brunch items.  The room was beyond perfect for such an event.  I thought I had taken a great photo that morning, but alas I did not.  However, I love this photo that Sarah from How I Pinch A Penny took.

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In our time there we got to meet Cheer Bear, learn about the loving attributes that make all of the Care Bears special and stand out across many different decades. We learned that some of our favorite stars are Care Bear fanatics, like Channing Tatum and Seth Green.

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I was excited when we found out that Care Bears and Cousins will be airing on Netflix staring November 6th.  I personally cannot wait for that.  Then we learned how young Zach Kaplan is making a difference with the #ShareYourCare movement.

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Zach raised $1200 for Typhoon Haiyan Relief.  He sold KIND bars outside of the grocery store so that he could earn funds to give back to those in need.  This year, Zach wants to make sure that every homeless child has a Care Bear to snuggle with at bedtime.  We were so glad to see that the Care Bears will be helping make that wish come true.

So incredible that a simple wish that other children had a bear to sleep with...@carebearsfriend is helping young Zach do just that! #ShareYourCare #BBNYC

 

 

VIP Amrita Singh Jewelry Grab

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After all that inspiring and motivational brunch was over, we walked back to the event space and then VIP attendees got to attend an Amrita Singh Jewelry Grab. There were so many amazing pieces that I wish to add to my accessory collection.   So many beautiful options. I was a huge fan of the green necklace that I tried on.  (I also love Briton radmomcoolkid behind me with her photobomb)

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We also got to learn about the jewelry trends that are happening.  There are 5 different trends currently that are all of the rage.  1. Luxe Black and Gold – Gold accessories with black details makes every look chic, and adds a glow and warmth to the wearer. 2. 70s – The 70’s came back this summer. For fall a simplified twist makes it modern. Focus onits traditional movement or embrace its geometry for a strong statement. 3. Symbols & Spirituality – Incorporate symbols from around the world and make a powerful fashion statement. The organic vibe of this Fall trend brings you closer to nature & showcases your personal spirituality. 4. Pearls – The power of pearls is strong and elegant. For Fall, classic meets modern giving you unique details and versatile styles by incorporating new colors and graceful shapes. 5. Headdresses – Exude confidence with this unique trend that can highlight the perfect up do. It’s a simple piece that can take your look to a new level.

If you are looking to update your accessories, you can check out Amrita Singh online and order.

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Then it was time to get ready for THE RIDE NYC.  Acclaimed as “Part Tour.  Part Show. Total Entertainment”.  It was a pretty cool tour bus that had stadium seating, a fantastic sound system, and fun guides.  We enjoyed a little tour around the city complete with vocal performances and some beautiful dancing.  My favorite was the ballet that happened at Columbus Circle.

 

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It was time for my most favorite part of BBNYC – Sweet Suite!! It truly is the Biggest Night of Play, and we love to have a great time playing with all the toys.  This year it was absolutely beyond my expectations.  There were so many different brands represented and the food was beyond amazing.   We knew we were in for the time of our lives when we were greeted by these beautiful ladies.

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As I entered the party, I saw one of my favorites Just Play Toys so I was excited to stop and see what was in store for them! I had a quick preview of these items back when I went to Toy Fair, and I got to see some of the headliners that I’m excited to see released, such as the new Doc McStuffins Vet Clinic.  Abigail is absolutely obsessed with both Sheriff Callie and Doc McStuffins.  We watch it on repeat constantly, so I am excited for these new episodes to air, and the new role playing toys that go with it.

I know that it is definitely going to be happening sometime soon since all of my local Target stores just clearanced out most of the Doc McStuffins merchandise they have to make way for the new stuff!

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From that moment on, it was seriously a blur.  We had so much fun playing with everything and interacting with all of the brand reps that it felt like the time just rushed by.  Even with the extra hour VIP access at 3pm, I feel like we didn’t get to see absolutely everything.

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Some highlights on certain things that definitely stood out to us are:

  • Let’s start with my ultimate favorite – that is definitely going on the Christmas Wish List.  VTech Kiddizoom Action Cam. It’s pretty  much a GoPro for kiddos.  I would love to have them wear it on their helmet, or mount it to their bike just to see what their adventures look like through their eyes.  Not to mention $59.99 is a pretty sweet price point. Did I also mention, it comes with a waterproof case and can go up to 6 feet underwater!
  • Next up from VTech is Flipsies. First off they are so stinking adorable and each of the Flipsies has their own storyline.  I love that it is the advanced version of their smart point technology, the MagicPoint Technology.  They will be hours of fun for many little girls.
  • Moodsters are pretty incredible.  Little ones cannot always express the emotions that they are feeling, especially if they cannot identify them.  We have some trying times with my 2 year old, and especially my 4 year old niece who has serious anxiety issues (rightfully so).  Being able to talk to the creator of this ingenius tool for parents and caregivers, Denise Daniels gets it, beyond “gets it”.  She is absolutely incredible and extremely passionate.  She developed them as a tool for hospital nurses to use with their pediatric patients.  She says “Emotional intelligence can have a lifelong effect on children’s behavior, relationships, physical and emotional well-being, as well as school success”.  I’ve already downloaded the activity sheets to do with the kiddos.
  • LeapFrog Leap Pad Platinum – Did you know that this tablet for kiddos comes with WIFI! It has KidSafe Web so you can rest assured your kid will only see age appropriate content. It’s built to last with a shatter proof screen.

I could go on and on about everything we saw, but for now this will have to do!

Friday, July 17th

Disney Infinity Breakfast

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Another awesome breakfast is where we started our day, with amazing food once again.  We got to learn all that was in store for the new Disney Infinity 3.0.  Which is releasing the Star Wars empire into the Disney Infinity world.  By the end of the release there will be over 100 characters total.

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After we finished our breakfast it was time for sessions and panels back at the event space.  We attended our first panel that was about creating branded video.  I wish I could say that it was about tips and tricks you could do to create those videos that stood out to brands, but it really wasn’t.  It was more or less what brands look for when looking to work with bloggers.  While that information is definitely great and useful, it was knowledge that I was already made aware of.

I then headed over to Baby Palooza because I was looking forward to seeing Anne Geddes again! Before that started, I walked around and checked out the different brands that were represented.  I stopped by Ella’s Kitchen , Earth’s Best and then it was time to listen to Anne.  I was so excited to get another book signed by her at the event.  I cannot wait to get My Little Pumpkin, one of her baby board books, because that was my nickname growing up – and is Abby’s.

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Peanuts Lunch

It was then time for lunch, so we headed back over to Currents for our lunch with The Peanuts Gang.  We would be able to listen to the voices behind the upcoming movie. They were amazing kids, and the actor that does the voice for Linus was an absolute riot! They had everyone cracking up.  We even took a photo with Francesca (Little Red Haired Girl) since Lana’s girls are obsessed with Dog With a Blog.

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It was at that point that we rushed to another non-BBNYC event. In hindsight we probably should have spent some time in the Rite Aid Refresh & Recharge Lounge.  Sadly, by the time we got back they had closed up.  We did take the opportunity to speak to the rest of the brands at the Expo though.

Canadian Lentils Closing Carnival

I originally said that Blogger Bash is a party like you’ve never been to before.  That definitely sums up the closing carnival. It was INCREDIBLE.  There was a woman hanging from the chandelier pouring champagne,  jugglers, contortionist, a band, etc. It was out-of-this world.  We had such a blast, the food (all made from lentils) was delicious and we had so much fun playing games.

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We had an amazing time, as we expected we would.  We met new friends along the way, we enjoyed ourselves, we connected with  brands we had never met before, and spent some time with those that we already work with.  We cannot wait until the dates for 2016 are released!! Thank you so much to the BBNYC Team! 

Jenn GaffneyA Blast at Blogger Bash – VIP Style
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Blogger Bash Rocked AGAIN

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Blogger Bash was BIGGER, It was BETTER – it pretty much ROCKED!  We cannot believe that it’s all over and we are back in the routine of everyday life.  This was the one conference we couldn’t wait for, and it lived up to every hype and expectation.  The team did an amazing job and I walked away feeling so beyond happy to attend Blogger Bash.  I made new friends, reconnected with some old ones, and overall just enjoyed myself. Here’s a quick summary of the fantastic time that we had, be sure to stay tuned to full recaps.

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Starting on Wednesday evening with the Delta Children’s VIP cocktail party.  For starters, look at that amazing rooftop view.  Between seeing the beautiful Freedom Tower in the background, and then the Empire State Building, combined with a killer breeze – it was the perfect night!

They had some incredible pieces in their showroom.  We are already Delta loyalists, as that is the furniture we have in Abby’s room.  I found some great pieces to transition to for when she’s a little bigger. Plus we had THE most amazing sushi. delta-kids-bbnyc

Thursday started off with the wonderful Share Your Care Brunch with CareBears! Which transitioned to checking out the new Amrita Singh Jewelry line, and then a VIP event on The Ride NYC.

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After all that fun, it was time to head into Sweet Suite!  It was absolutely unbelievable, bigger than last year with so much to do. Even with an extra added hour for VIP access I feel like I missed a few things!

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Once that was over we hurried back to our hotel to catch some zzzs before a big day on Friday.  Which did not disappoint in the least.  Highlights were the Disney Infinity breakfast announcing that there will be over 100 characters with the 3.0 launch, watching/listening to the voices of The Peanuts Movie talk about their characters.   Meeting Anne Geddes AGAIN.  Then an UNFORGETTABLE closing carnival by Canadian Lentils.

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I cannot thank the team of women that put this killer event together enough!! We had such a wonderful time.  Stay tuned for our full recaps!  Now let’s start counting down to Blogger Bash 2016

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A Great Summer Brain Game

Friendspired was provided with LaserMaze to conduct this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are our own. 

I hate buying gifts, there I said it. Well not totally, but with ALL the birthday parties (see what happens with 3 kids!) we get invited to so many. For me getting a gift for someone is something special. I don’t like getting gift cards, or anything that puts in little to no thought.

My children do not share (or are unable to tell me) this thought process. When I do have to get gifts for kids I don’t really know what they are into, I don’t like to be the one who gets them the millionth Barbie, or Beanie Boo. Plus, I’d rather give something that can grow with them.

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Enter, Laser Maze Jr by Thinkfun! This is a great summer brain game! I usually have Seven test out gifts before I will put it on my list. I tend to like to give games that are a little different. One we just checked out has definitely passed the gift giving test. Seven, really all the girls, had a great time playing with it. It was nice to have a game they could play alone, or together.

The Laser Maze Jr not only got them to try to think outside the box, it also got them thinking about how light moves. Having two parents who have worked in lighting, it’s pretty awesome to see your kid understanding and having fun with bending light.

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With the kiddos in the midst of their summer break we can’t forget that they still need to exercise their brains not just their bodies!! In this game there are about 40 different challenges to try to get the beam of light to the tower to light it up. Each challenge tells you exactly how many mirrors you are allowed to use.

There are also rocks they use to block the path. The girls decided to make it a competition taking turns to see who could figure out each challenge first. Even now, when they grab a game it’s one of the first ones they reach for.

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The great part is that this game is easy to find. I’ve spotted it at Target. For me that’s one of the best parts is being able to get the game quickly. Sometimes the more unique games have to be ordered or I have to go to a specialty store, but being able to run to a regular store is nice when I forget to grab a gift for a party coming up.

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NYC Dreaming

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With a little under 18 days until the summer blog conferences start.  We cannot wait to attend Getting Gorgeous, Blogger Bash (as a VIP baby) and KidzVuz that we are NYC Dreaming!  I thought I’d share some of my favorite things in the city.

Having lived in the city when I was going to college and briefly after when I was working I have a few spots I try to hit when I’m in town.
When I’m there and need a quick lunch, or any reason really,  I try to find my closest PAX Wholesome Foods. Personally I’m a big fan of the make your own salad. I lived about a block or two away from them, and they delivered or I’d grab them on the way home, so a little bit of love for them. I know Jenn is a huge fan as well, she was very excited when she attended SoFabUOTR last weekend and they had breakfast from PAX.
FAO Swartz – We may stop here on Wednesday beforeGetting Gorgeous or Blogger Bash begins to say bye to the 5th Avenue location before it closes that day,  July 15th. It’s the only location I’ve ever known that iconic store to exist, that I wouldn’t mind going in one last time. Hard to believe after 30 years it won’t be there, thankfully it’s just going to relocate.
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The Disney Store!  If you know us at all, you know that Jenn and I will most definitely make a stop there. As self proclaimed Disney Freaks we enjoy going together to these stores and checking out all the cute Disney stuff. Also since I don’t have a local one, I always like to check it out from some good deals. After all it’s like paying homage to what brought us together (we met while planning our own Disney Weddings)
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American Girl Place – Since Seven will be joining us Saturday for the KidzVuz Bash, I made a reservation for lunch at the cafe. Seven’s birthday is in early July so as a little treat (in addition to all the fun of Saturday and getting to spend the day in the city with just me and Aunt Jenn, which truly is a special treat in it’s own right). We will have lunch and also let her doll get treated at the beauty salon, which she saw on our 1st visit last month and has not been able to stop talking about it. She just got her 1st doll last christmas from Santa. We made it to 7.5 before getting into this so I guess I should be happy about that. But know this would not be the in the plan if she wasn’t with us.
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Two words, Mister Softee. I LOVE their shakes and constantly try to bribe my husband to bring me home one when he drives home from work. I have yet to get him to agree (or have it make it all the way home) so I always look for the truck when I’m in town. On our last trip we didn’t see any, I was so sad and just got a shake from another ice cream truck. My sister then sent a picture of her with one after I left. I think they are mostly on the midtown west side, so I will make sure to hit them one day (or all of them) while I’m there. Just a great way to top off any summer day, even though Jenn doesn’t get my obsession. (but then again, she’s not a soft serve fan, so I don’t know why we are friends)
Last but certainly not least is Buttercup Bakeshop. My college dorm is right around the corner. Located on 2nd Ave between 51st and 52nd ave on the west side of the street, my favorite bakery can be found. My personal favorite is the Red Velvet, however, just about anything they sell is YUM. Since we won’t be on the east side very much this trip I’m thinking about getting them delivered (I KNOW RIGHT?) so that we can enjoy them without making the trek all the way over there. They deliver to all of Manhattan for a flat rate of 12.50. I know it seems like a lot, but the time and energy or cab ride needed to get there, the 12.50 is sooooooo worth it when we will be busy with Blogger Bash. Jenn disagrees and is just begging me to get them delivered. Again, not sure how Jenn and I are friends, she’s not the biggest fans of Buttercup Bakeshop.  She’s more a Baked by Melissa mini cupcake fan.
Since most of our time will be spent at Blogger Bash, we won’t have much time for museum visits, or anything else. That is a whole other post because with NYC being one of the biggest travel destinations the possibilities are endless! So many great adventures to have.
Jenn and I keep saying one day we will go and actually do some of those things, but we have yet to do so. However, ask her about the time she got to be Katniss Everdeen on a wild adventure in Queens! (Let’s just say I’m the queen of 30th birthday scavenger hunts)
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The best part of the trip will be getting to spend some kid free time with my best friend. As much as I love my kids, I really need some adult time-while it doesn’t have to be in NYC it sure doesn’t hurt! Jenn and I keep saying that we cannot believe that we will be with each other for more than 24 hours without children.  We cannot wait!  Oh now to get prepared for Blogger Bash! Is it too early to start packing?

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