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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PC Sarah Mock @howipinchapenny
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.
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.
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.
VIP Amrita Singh Jewelry Grab
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)
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.
VIP The Ride NYC
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!