You’re Invited! | Babo Botanicals Spring Launch Party at buybuy Baby Chelsea

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Join me Saturday afternoon, May 3rd between 2 – 5 pm at buybuy Baby in my old stomping ground for a Spring Launch Party to celebrate Babo Botanicals‘ two newest hair care products– Smoothing Conditioner and Swim & Sport Conditioner.

Babo’s passionate founder, Kate Solomon, will be on hand with free samples and plenty of yummy snacks and fun activities to keep the kids busy while you browse.

If you’re not familiar with the brand, Babo Botanicals is a natural hair, skin, and sun products collection made entirely on a certified organic farm in upstate New York. The products are 100% vegan (except the lotions that contain beeswax) and free of parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances. Products you can truly feel good about bringing into your home!

I’ve recommended Babo Botanicals’ sun care products in the past since they rank highly among the top-rated sunscreens for the entire family but we just started using the hair care too. My kids and I have serious locks and Babo Botanicals not only gets the job done but the products smell divine and leave hair soft and manageable. Bonus points for getting my guys excited to wash their hair!

I really love this brand and hope you’ll pop in to say hello and learn more. Look forward to seeing you!

RSVP here or at babolove@babobotanicals.com.

{This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed herein are my own.} 

7 Lesser-Known Safety Tips for Kids

Close to one million children die of preventable injuries each year throughout the world. In the U.S., unintentional injuries are the number one cause of death to children.

No one wants to read grim statistics and dwell on “what ifs” but education and safer environments make an enormous difference in reducing child injury deaths.

This past Saturday, we attended the second annual Safe Kids Day at Highline Stages to help raise awareness about preventable injuries. Presented by Safe Kids Worldwide, the carnival-themed event featured interactive learning stations designed to reinforce safety tips for kids and VIP guest appearances from Nigel Barker, Alysia Reiner, Genevieve Gorder, and more.

My kids loved every minute of it and consequently, so did I.

Most important of course, are the safety messages. Sure, we’ve been drilled in the basics but you may be surprised to learn some of these lesser-known safety tips for kids:

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Check out SafeKids.org for even more great safety tips and ways for us to get involved.

My littles making themselves at home at the event:

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Glam Baby Gear | New BRITAX Affinity Stroller #BritaxStyle

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Last week at a launch event in Manhattan, I walked the runway with the brand new BRITAX Affinity stroller. Designed to blend fashion and function, Affinity is available in 18 fabric and frame color combinations allowing you to customize it to your personal needs and aesthetic.

The six color packs are offered in tones like “Cool Berry,” “Blue Sky,” “Cactus Green,” “Red Pepper,” “Fossil Brown” and “Black, and include a canopy, shoulder and buckle pads, basket liner and machine-washable padded seat liner. The streamlined frame is available in black, silver and white. 

One of my favorite features is the Click & Go system that allows you to install a bassinet or infant car seat, and switch direction of the seat, without the need for additional adapters.

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My black Affinity coordinated perfectly with the head-to-toe Kohl’s ensemble celebrity stylist Alana Kellan put together for me. Everyone has been asking about the heels! They’re HeartSoul and still available at Kohl’s here, although you may want to opt for a little less height while pushing a stroller!

I did my own hair and used the Rowenta Curl Active Curling Iron, a new favorite. More details coming up in a separate post.

{I was not compensated for this post. Thanks to the ladies of Getting Gorgeous for a fabulous event!}

Clean-Up with Jewel

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At a children’s crafting event celebrating the launch of the Swiffer Sweep & Trap this afternoon at Make Meaning in Manhattan, rockin’ mama Jewel serenaded us with her version of the “Clean-Up Song.” It’s far better than my own “If you don’t help me clean up now, you’re going to your room!” rendition, I’ll tell you that.

While the kids did messy crafts like glitter art and cookie decorating, we got to see the Swiffer Sweep & Trap in action scooping up large crumbs into its removable bin. You know I love my Swiffer products but it was Sebastian who was most impressed. When he saw it in our goody bag as we were leaving, he said something like, “Finally I get my own vacuum.” As if we’ve been depriving him all these years. Enjoy it kid! If you’re a really good boy, we’ll get you this one for your birthday.

Jewel was as sweet as you would imagine her to be and gushed about the hands-on experiences and messes made by her 2-year old son. The “Clean-Up Song” will be available for free download on www.facebook.com/swiffer, along with the video of her performance if you want to try and brainwash your children with it.

I also have one Swiffer prize pack to give away including:

  • Swiffer tote with Sweep & Trap
  • Sweep & Trap refills
  • Craft recipe cards
  • Kids crafts

Just leave a comment below to throw your hat in the ring and I’ll randomly choose a winner in a week. US only please and you must be 18 or older.

UPDATE: Congrats Janice!

{I was not compensated for this post. Swiffer provided us with transportation to and from the event and a goody bag for our participation. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}

#UnwrapWonder Holiday Shopping Event at C. Wonder Walt Whitman Shops

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Last Thursday I hosted a holiday shopping soiree at C. Wonder Walt Whitman Shops with sips, sweets, a $75 gift card for one lucky raffle winner (congrats Emily!), and 30% off purchases. Ten percent of the night’s proceeds benefited Toys for Tots.

We had a great crowd of bloggers, family, friends– both old and new, and walk-ins. Thankfully I crossed a few people off my long Christmas list and am in good shape heading into next week. Not to mention I’m all set with some new holiday heels!

C. Wonder has THE best gifts! From iPhone cases to clothing to jewelry to home goods. The boxes and bows they provide are a lifesaver, especially for last minute gifts.

Some of my favorite snaps from the event:

How’s your holiday shopping coming along? Done? Almost there? Not even close?

{My participation in the #UnwrapWonder shopping event and social media campaign is sponsored. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}

Join Me for Holiday Shopping at C. Wonder, Walt Whitman Shops 12/12

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Happy Black Friday Lovelies!

With Thanksgiving behind us, the gift-giving season has officially begun! To help you tackle your holiday shopping list, I’m hosting an in-store event at C. Wonder in the Walt Whitman Mall on December 12th from 6 – 8 p.m. complete with sweet treats and refreshments, a curated display of my favorite gift picks, a $75 gift card raffle, and THIRTY PERCENT off all full-price purchases. Hope you’ll join me!

You know my affection for C. Wonder. On any given day they have the cutest clothing, accessories, and home goods but they really pull out all the stops for holiday gift giving. Striped monogram tote anyone?

Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots, Suffolk County, to ensure Santa makes it to everyone’s home.

Please RSVP here by December 9th to qualify for the 30% discount and $75 gift card raffle.

If you’re a Nassau County gal (or guy), Vera Sweeney is hosting a party at C. Wonder Roosevelt Field. RSVP here.

AND, if you’re not on Long Island, fret not. There are C. Wonder parties across the country! Check out Momtrends for the full list and your nearest store.

Hope to see you!!!

{This is a sponsored post.}

CAbi Is Coming!

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Remember when I went out to Newport Beach for “The Scoop,” CAbi’s semi-annual training and runway show? Well, CAbi is bringing its fashion, female empowerment, and career opportunities to us this year with an “Exploring CAbi Event” on November 5th in New Rochelle AND you’re invited!

Created by Carol Anderson for real women with busy lives, the women’s apparel line includes an affordable mix of professional separates and casual everyday pieces that are refreshed twice yearly in the Spring and Fall to stay on-trend.

One thing that separates CAbi from other fashion brands is their consultant-based selling model. With approximately 3,500 CAbi Consultants spread across all 50 states, the unique shopping experience is really where the magic happens. CAbi Consultants host private trunk shows in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by their best girlfriends. CAbi Girls have the best of both worlds: a home-based career without compromise, and fashion, friends and fun on the job.

Each year CAbi celebrates the brand and invites a new group of entrepreneurial and stylish women to explore a career in fashion, with the flexibility of working from home. At the November 5th event in New Rochelle, you can expect 2 hours of light refreshments and mingling with the passionate CAbi community while getting up close and personal with the latest collection of clothing.

President & Chief Culture Officer, Kimberly Inskeep will discuss how CAbi plays a unique role in the life of today’s woman, CAbi’s Founders will tell you about the company’s unique heritage and how it offers a rewarding career that fits into any lifestyle, and you’ll get a glimpse into the CAbi home show experience, as well as learn about the brand’s charitable efforts with The Heart of CAbi Foundation.

Did I mention you get to play with the gorgeous clothes? Stay tuned! I’ll be styling my very own CAbi outfit in an upcoming Mode Monday.

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If you’re interested in learning more about CAbi and meeting a fun group entrepreneurial women, grab a girlfriend or go it alone and REGISTER HERE NOW!

Have a glamorous weekend!

{This is a sponsored post.}

Cabbage Patch Kids 30th Anniversary {Guest Post}

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My Cabbage Patch Doll plays a prominent role in many of my childhood memories. Her name was Alice and she was the curly, blond, haired variety. My memory of going to the toy store with my parents and sister and mobs of other people to buy a coveted Cabbage Patch are so clear it’s as though it was just yesterday. The doll was so wildly popular that Toys R Us didn’t even let us pick one out — they just gave you a ticket and you went home with whatever they handed you!  We didn’t complain though – we just felt lucky that they had any for us to adopt!

This year marks Cabbage Patch Kids 30th Anniversary, yes 30th anniversary of these beautiful dolls and I was so excited to take my own daughter to a party celebrating the occasion. With over 130 million adoptions the Cabbage Patch Kids are part of American culture and to celebrate this milestone birthday JAKKS Pacific launched a line called The Cabbage Patch Celebration Kids.  They come dressed in fun, playful looks (Lucia’s doll has pink cowgirl boots – adorable) and bright streaks in their hair – our brunette doll had pink streaks! They also have some fun accessories – the girls come with a cute cupcake comb and the boys are outfitted with a cool pair of glasses.

On our way to the party I told Lucia the story of my first Cabbage Patch doll and how special she was to me and when we got there she was able to pick out her very own doll, take the oath of adoption, pick a new name for the doll and learn how to care for her new baby.  She told the helpers at the party that she already knew how to change a diaper because she has a new baby brother and it was fun to see her try to do it herself! She was really overwhelmed with everything to choose from and her eyes lit up when she gave her new doll a hug and said “mommy, she smells like a real baby!” These iconic dolls still have that yummy baby powder scent that I loved as a child and it took me right back to my kid-self hugging my own doll all day, every day. They even had the entire vintage collection of dolls for us to admire (including my Alice) and Lucia had fun taking a few of them for a stroll in the original Cabbage Patch baby carriage.

After stuffing ourselves with a delicious brunch, singing happy birthday, getting our hair done up with bows and blue hair chalk, and indulging in mulitple cupcakes, we went home. She cuddled that doll tight and even buckled her in the backseat of the taxi.  I can’t wait to tell her this story when she’s a little bit older and I was so happy to share such an important part of my own childhood with my girl that day.

To learn more visit Cabbage Patch Kids.

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Monica Shulman is a photographer and author of Ciao, Chessa! – a photography and lifestyle blog. She lives in New York City with her husband, toddler daughter, and infant son.

{I was not compensated for this post  but we did receive a gift bag for attending the event.}

Beauty Buzz | New York City’s Best Kept Beauty Secret

Derm_AcademyThanks to the ladies of Trumpeting Media, not only did I ring in the fall season among friends at their Relax & Rejuvenate event but I learned one of the city’s best kept beauty secrets– Dermalogica Academy.

An undergraduate training center under strict professional supervision, Dermalogica Academy offers beauty treatments starting at just $5 for waxing and capping off at $50 for a one-hour facial! It’s still hard to believe such a good deal exists in New York City but it does!

I received the heavenly 20-minute MicroZone Treatment (facial) which starts with a skin analysis and includes exfoliation, age management, moisture boost, and black head relief. Change of season is the perfect time for a facial and this short but sweet one jumped started my skin for fall.

The academy’s location in Chelsea is clean, modern, and convenient. I will definitely be back!

You can check out the full menu of services here and if you have teens, you’ll want to check out the new Clear Start, an 8-product system for break-out prone skin.

{I was not compensated for this post. I received a gift bag for attending the event.}

#ReadyForFall Lacoste Pinterest Party 7/22

Are you guys on Pinterest yet? You’d better be! It’s growing rapidly and an amazing source of inspiration from interior design to birthday parties. And if you’re a blogger, you’ll probably be interested to know that Pinterest now drives more traffic to this site than Facebook, and I’m not even hugely active. WHAAAAAT? All true.

I’m guest pinning at another Pinterest Party hosted by BonBon Rose Girls and The Little Style File, along with fellow guest pinners The Stylish Housewife and Baby Shopaholic to bring you a fashion-filled party with prizes from Lacoste.

Prizes: We will be giving away over $1000 in prizes including 3 pairs of Lacoste Berdine sneakers, (1) $250 Lacoste gift card, and (2) $100 Lacoste gift cards.

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Participating in a Pinterest party is easy as pie!

To join: Create your own #ReadyForFall Pinterest board and pin during the party using the #ReadyForFall tag. Please repin at least 10 pins from our #ReadyForFall board, two of which must include the Lacoste Berdine sneakers in both colors (black/gray and brown/green) available at Nordstrom.

To be eligible for prizes: You must FOLLOW our sponsor, Lacoste, on Pinterest and come back and leave the link to your #ReadyForFall Board using the Rafflecopter widget below ONCE THE PARTY STARTS!

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Please also follow the hosts Bon Bon Rose Girls and The Little Style File, sponsor Lacoste and guest pinners Glamamom, The Stylish Housewife and Baby Shopaholic. We’ll be tweeting during the party too! Join us by using the hashtag #ReadyForFall!

If you haven’t signed up for Pinterest yet:

CLICK HERE. Winners will be randomly selected at the end of the party (10 pm EST) and notified by email as well as announced on Facebook and Twitter. Prizes are non-transferable. If you have questions about participating, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re pumped about partying with you!

{My participation as a guest pinner during the party is sponsored.}