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I recently posted about my concerns over the typical (quite revealing) swimwear options available for young girls these days (read more here) and my hunt for more conservative and sun safe options for my toddlers. I did find a few options, one of them being UV Skinz, who sent us some great children's sets for review, and will be giving away a full children's swim set (hat, top, bottom) to one lucky reader!! Watch our fun unboxing and swimwear fashion show, keep reading the rest of our review, and enter to win in the app at the bottom of this post!
Founded by Rhonda Sparks after losing her 32-year old husband to Skin Cancer in 2001, UV Skinz produces UPF 50+ sunwear for babies through adults, aiming to provide families with "peace-of-mind in the sun". You'll find great styles in everything from swim suits and rash guards to sun hats and cover ups to dresses and hoodies!
Our 3 year old twins received adorable swim sets from UV Skinz Girls' Seaside Breeze Collection. Emi got the purple-hued Hibiscus Floral Stripe design and Mia got the Pink Flamingo Stripe design in: Swim Shirt ($28.95), Swim Skirt ($29.95), and Sun Hat ($24.95). The skirts have built in bikini bottoms and an adjustable tie on the inside. The skirt provides extra coverage (from the sun, etc), as well as the "fun" skirt factor that some little girls (like my Mia) can't get enough of! We haven't had a chance to wear them in the sun or water yet, but they're absolutely in love with their new outfits and demanded wearing them around the house for 3 days straight, I kid you not, you can even see them donning their swimwear in our latest cooking video LOL!! That's definitely one perk of these modest swimwear - you can wear them in the water, on the beach, and once dried off, even straight into the shops and restaurants - no cover up needed!
Our 6 year old son received a set from the Boys' Seaside Breeze Collection - the Jaspe Royal Turtle Sport Sun & Swim Shirt ($31.95), Board Shorts ($26.95), and Snap Back Hat ($19.95). The board shorts have velcro and tie, are nice and long (knee-length) for maximum sun coverage, and are adjustable inside so you can make them snugger or looser, which is not something I've seen in swim shorts before and is great!! They also have built in mesh underwear which I know some people don't like (inspect before each use to make sure there are no holes that could entrap anything, or cut them if super paranoid), but they're required in NYC public pools so I was grateful to see it! The hat is adjustable in the back, and has a moisture-wicking terry cloth sweat band.
The designs and the quality are top notch, and the sizing seems to be correct as well. The shirts are a great length, we've had some rash guard shirts that were a bit short, leading to their bellies hanging out, but these are perfect! The only negative is that the necks are cut pretty small, meaning my kids aren't able to get them on and off over their heads by themselves, but on the bright side, they're fitted and tall, meaning more sun protection (without need for regular sunblock applications) for those delicate little necks!
You can purchase UV Skinz on uvskinz.com and Amazon (affiliate link), but you can also win some in our giveaway here!! Open to US residents ages 18 and over, one lucky winner will receive a hat, swim top, and swim bottom set for boy or girl in their choice of size. Don't forget, the more actions you take in the below app, the more chances you earn to win! Good luck!! Giveaway ends at 11:59PM EST on Thursday, April 11.
We are excited to partner with Create Play Travel to announce the Winter 2019 Eco Award Winners! Each of these products are sustainable or natural, easy to use and have a great design. You can find the full award details here!
Revelae Kids cloth snack bags - set of 3. These reusable snack bags are decorated with colorful, modern patterns. They're moisture resistant and have a zipper that's easy for kids to open.
Java Skin Care Full Body Routine & Bloom Duo. Collection includes body serum, body scrub, body wash, body bar soap, rose lip scrub and tinted lip balm. All products contain Java Skincare signature raw coffee-argan oil infusion, packed with nutrients, caffeine and antioxidants to make your skin look, smell and feel beautiful.
ergoPouch Cocoon swaddle & sleep bag - winner can choose boy or girl and size.
goSili $40 gift package of assorted goSili items.
Buttons Diapers (1) trainer & 2-pack of cotton boosters - winner can choose style based on availability.
Andy Pandy Organics (1) pack of bamboo diapers (any size), Organic baby body wash & shampoo (any fragrance) and Organic baby lotion.
This giveaway is coordinated by Create. Play. Travel. and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. One (1) winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Instagram on April 11th, 2019. This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. Create. Play. Travel. and the participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand. No purchase required to enter. Have fun and good luck!
Enter for your chance to win in the app below, and don't miss our other giveaways running at the moment as well:
I ran across EzyRoller at the 2019 Toy Fair New York (check out my highlights post and video here!!) and knew it would be a hit for my whole family. I was thrilled when they offered to send us a couple in exchange for review, and even more thrilled that they are GIVING ONE AWAY to one lucky reader!!! Watch our fun demo & review video, keep reading, and enter to win your own EzyRoller Classic in the app at the bottom of this post!!
It's hard to explain exactly what an EzyRoller is, there is a great demo video on their website that will give you a better idea!! But basically it's low-to-the-ground ride-on that you maneuver with your feet, not by peddling, but by kind of swerving them left and right. It's so easy, even my 3 year old twins got the hang of it quickly!
There are 5 EzyRoller models:
Our EzyRollers were surprisingly pretty quick and easy to assemble, just a couple of minutes to snap and screw parts together (1 tool required and included). It was also easy to change the length of our classic on the go, meaning the adults and the kids could share it, just screwing in and out the extension rod in just a minute.
I believe your environment will have a big impact on how fast you're able to go. I expect you'd get the best performance on smooth flooring such as in a gymnasium. We took ours out for an inaugural spin at a local park with a roughly paved track, and it was VERY windy. Still, they did great, but I blame the terrain on my snail pace performance (I came in dead last in a stop watch race against my husband and 6 year old son). My 6 year old, however, was a pro. He won the race. He didn't get tired (yes, I found it a bit of a workout for your thighs, which is good!!!). One of my 3 year olds got the hang of it much quicker than the other, and it surprised me because the one who did better on her EzyRoller was the one who is still pretty terrible on her scooter! But, I guess it's a completely different kind of skill set and muscles / coordination at play here!
All in all we found the EzyRollers to be extremely fun, and unique!! So different from the traditional bike, scooter, skate board, or roller skates! The perfect addition to round out your collection of movin' and groovin' fun active toys!! They're also pretty easy to store since they are self-standing, they fit into our crowded closet no problem!
You can purchase EzyRollers on their website or Amazon (affiliate link), but wait, you can also win one!!
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Open to US residents ages 18 and above. The more actions you take in the app, the more chances you earn to win! Some points are gained daily, so keep coming back!! Giveaway ends Wednesday, April 3 at 11:59 PM EST. WInner will be randomly selected, e-mailed, and have 48 hours to claim prize. Good luck!!!
At the 2018 Toy Fair New York (click for my highlights video) I stumbled across the EggMazing Egg Decorator and was totally blown away. It's basically a cute little machine that spins the egg while you hold the marker, creating a unique design every time. I regrettably didn't try it out myself, but last month at the 2019 Toy Fair New York (see my blog post & video here), I ran across their table again and they had added a new product, the TreeMendous Christmas Tree Ornament Decorator, which allows you the same fun, unique, and mess-free decorating but this time for round Christmas tree ornaments (that come with the kit)!
So, as a blogger does, I reached out and they sent us BOTH products to review and GIVEAWAY!! Hoorah!! Enter to win at the bottom of this post, but first, watch our demo video to see how easy and mess-free it is, even for our 3 year old twins!!
The EggMazing kit is incredibly easy and quick to set up - you just need 4 AA batteries and some eggs. I googled and found this recipe produced perfectly hard boiled eggs:
The 8 markers included in the kit are non-toxic and certified lead free, so as long as you handle the eggs safely and don't have them out of the fridge too long, eat away! After ours were beautifully decorated, I actually got my kids to eat hard boiled eggs for the first time in their lives! HA! Win win!!
Now, it's not 100% mess-free, but pretty close! You are dealing with markers after all, and markers + toddlers = uncertainty. You'll see Mia manages to get a dot of marker on her shirt, and a bit on her fingers (I would expect no less from her). But, compared to the stinky vinegar dye splatter messes we're used to with traditional Easter egg dipping, this was 200% better, and our little ones could actually do this unassisted! We did have trouble one time with the spinning wheels picking up some of the marker and then transferring that onto our egg. But the instructions have a simple solution, just wipe the wheels clean with rubbing alcohol.
So, if you're ready for fun, easy, relatively mess-free Easter egg decorating with kids, the EggMazing kit is a MUST!! You can order your EggMazing kit on eggmazing.com or Amazon (affiliate link) for about $25, and the TreeMendous on eggmazing.com or Amazon (affiliate link) for about $30. (Stay tuned, we'll be reviewing the TreeMendous later in the year).
But don't forget, you can also enter to win them!!
We're giving away a set to 1 lucky winner, including:
The 7th Annual Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo, presented by A Child Grows in Brooklyn, will be held on Thursday, April 11 from 3 - 7:30 PM at 501 Union. At this family-friendly event for expecting parents and parents of young children, you can expect dozens of exhibitors, gifts, raffles, demo classes for young kids, a sing-a-long with a Grammy-winning artist Lucy Kalantari, new baby talks, children's play space, and special experiences for soon-to-be moms (including mocktails & massages!). And we're giving away a ticket to THREE WINNERS (enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post)!!
Various ticket options are available, including an all-day all-access ticket ($22), companion ticket ($11.36), after work (delayed entry) ticket ($16.67), family pass ($18.80), and VIP ticket ($102.87).
3 winners will be chosen - each winner can choose between a single all-day all-access ticket OR 1 family pass. Open to US Residents ages 18 and over, enter to win 1 of 3 tickets in the app below! The more actions you take, the more chances you earn to win! Giveaway ends at 11:59PM EST on Monday, March 25. Winners will have 24 hours to respond with their info to claim their ticket. Good luck and see you at the expo!!
There are numerous milestones our kids reach, where we just kind of sit back dumbfouded going "Whoa, when did you get so big!?!" Upgrading out little ones' sleeping situations is always a huge one for me. From crib to toddler bed to twin bed, from swaddle to sleep sack to light blanket and now, to comforters!!
We were provided these adorable Milo & Gabby 3D Blankets from jolimoli.com in exchange for review, but don't worry, all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased. Watch our fun unboxing here, then keep reading and don't forget to enter to win $150 credit on jolimoli.com in the Rafflecopter app at the bottom of this post!!!
Once your toddler is ready for his or her first comforter, there are countless options out there. I have to say, I've never run across one quite as unique and, in a word, ADORABLE, as these Milo & Gabby 3D Animal Blankets.
Measuring 39" wide by 51" long, these comforters are the perfect size for a toddler bed, but as you can see they also work just fine on a twin or even a crib mattress! Our 6 year old graduated to his Ikea Kura twin bunk bed a year ago (see our blog post about the best products for bunk beds here), and while this blanket doesn't go all the way to the end, it's definitely big enough for him to use for a few more years! And he couldn't be more in love with the Tiger he picked out - it even has paws and a tail!!
Of course my 3 year old girls picked out the pink bunny design, which is super cute. They also have a blue dinosaur (I kinda feel sad none of my kids picked him, poor guy, no offense, you rock, too!). I love how simply designed they are - you could potentially have all 3 designs in one room and it would totally work because the colors are bold and basic, cheerful and childish without being over the top or babyish.
Each blanket comes with an attached mini stuffed animal, which is such an unexpected and sweet bonus! The shell is 100% cotton, with polyester fiber, and they are MACHINE WASHABLE!! YES!!! Machine wash cold, tumble dry low, good as new!!
The Milo & Gabby 3D Animal Blankets retail for $158 a piece over on jolimoli.com, so if you win the $150 credit giveaway, you could get one nearly for free!! But they have TONS of other great stuff to choose from, too! We're talking 3D Animal Pillowcases ($38), Animal Shaped Backpacks ($38), and other great items for baby through big kid from Innobaby, Kinderspel, Milo & Gabby, Aquaheat, Dono&Dono, Little Fennec, Ecleve, Botanical Therapy, Clarmiel, Sage Pole, and Spike.
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The New Victory Theater is THE best place to introduce your kids to theater, serving as "New York City's premier nonprofit performing arts theater devoted year-round to kids and their families and classmates". What's this mean? They are amazingly kid-friendly, with incredibly entertaining shows, activities before and after the show, stroller parking, changing tables, free lockers, and more. And oh yeah, tickets are actually affordable!! You can read more about The New Victory Theater in my blog post here, but THIS blog post is more specifically about the show they currently have running, Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams - keep reading for more and enter to win a 4-pack of tickets in the giveaway app at the bottom!! Please note: The show runs through December 30 but the giveaway vouchers will be good only for performances through December 23.
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams is an exciting acrobatic show put together by two brothers from Ethiopia, who dreamed of joining the circus and are now sharing that dream with the world! Knowing the backstory makes it even more interesting. The brothers, Bibi and Bichu, had this dream of joining the circus without ever having seen a show in person, and headed to England at the age of 12 and 13 with one of the first Nigerian troupes to tour Europe. They went on to perform all over the world, and since 2010 have been funding and providing equipment to several circus schools, including one in Ethiopia. From these schools, they've found the incredible and inspiring acrobats they've cast in Circus Abyssinia.
Geared toward guests ages 5 and up (but my 3 year old twins LOVED it!!), you'll be on the edge of your seat grinning and applauding to jaw-dropping contortionists, jugglers, Chinese pole acrobats, tumblers, an aerialist, a hula hooper, cloth spinners, and a hilarious comedian! Some of the acts are pretty typical, others are incredibly unique (an aerialist on chains instead of silk!? what!?), matching the talent you'd find in any great cirque show. Though the added African flare woven in through music, costumes, and dance really makes it feel a step beyond pure entertainment - it also feels like a bit of a cultural experience. You'll laugh, you'll scream, your spirit will be moved by the beauty and sensuality of some acts, and just try not to clap and dance along in your seat during the hula hoop and Chinese poles performances!! SO FUN!!!
As always at The New Victory Theater, you're also sure to enjoy the pre- and post-show fun and kid-friendly Family Engagement Activities! Our kids had fun balancing feathers on their hands and walking across tight ropes (i.e. jump ropes on the floor) before the show. It's a small theater that feels really intimate - there are really no bad seats. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, and the ushers will bring your little ones boosters!
Running November 30 - December 30 (with Autism-friendly show December 14 @ 7PM), the performance is 90 minutes with one intermission, and tickets start at just $22, but don't forget, you can enter to win a 4-pack of tickets below (giveaway vouchers will be valid for performances through 12/23).
GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Open to US residents ages 18 and over. The winner will be selected randomly and have 24 hours reply/confirm; they will receive a Family 4-pack Voucher to The New Victory Theater. This includes 4 tickets to any performance of CIRCUS ABYSSINIA: ETHIOPIAN DREAMS scheduled through Dec. 23, 2018, based on availability.
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**12/1/2018 update: the giveaway is over and the show is mid-run but I wanted to do a quick update because we went to see it last night and it was AH-MAY-ZING!!!!! The acts were simply out of this world, jaw dropping, exciting, hilarious, beautiful, all rolled into one crazy good show! Our 3 year old twins took a nice long nap during the day so were able to stay awake and in absolute awe during the entire show (we saw the 8pm show which had a 20 minute intermission), my 5 year old unfortunately as much as he loved it couldn't keep his eyes open even til intermission, he's so bummed today!!). So that's my only recommendation, try to get the matinee show if going with small kids! But as for the show, it's truly good for all ages - I would have loved it as a date night with hubby, but perhaps for the first time in my life I enjoyed something with my kids even more than I would have alone? Seeing their faces watching it, their laughter, their "WOW!!!!!s", simply the best!!! If you can get tickets for today or tomorrow, or whenever the next time Cirque Dreams comes to town, do it!!!
Guys!! I'm thrilled to let you all know about an amazing tour coming to Brooklyn! Cirque Dreams Holidaze will be lighting up the stage of Brooklyn's Kings Theater from November 29 through December 2. I'll be GIVING AWAY A 4-PACK OF TICKETS (enter to win below) and all can get 20% off tickets with code FAMILY (lap children under 1 year old do not need tickets, and the theater will have a stroller check).
Featuring 20 of the world’s best acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites, audiences will be dazzled and amazed by this gravity-defying holiday celebration that is fun for the whole family.
The Holiday Spectacular is making its first ever visit to Brooklyn, and they'll only be here for 4 days, so grab your tickets quick before they sell out!! Cirque Dreams Holidaze run dates – November 29th – December 2nd, as follows:
BROOKLYN KINGS THEATER (1027 Flatbush Avenue)
You can purchase tickets through the Ticketmaster link here (don't forget to use code FAMILY for 20% off!!)
My family has been provided tickets in exchange for this promotion, and we couldn't be more excited!! Check back in after the 30th as I'll be adding my review in here (but don't wait til then to grab your tickets)!!
And now, what you've all been waiting for - the giveaway!!! Enter to win below (open to US residents ages 18+ only). Once you leave a blog comment and click in the giveaway app that you've done so, it'll open up more options to gain extra entry points. Some are daily, so come back and keep increasing your chances!! The giveaway will end on Monday, November 12 at 11:59PM EST and the winner will be randomly chosen and contacted on November 13 (and will display in the below app). Good luck everyone!!!
Looking for clothing & accessories for babies, children, and adults from small to well-known designers? One-of-a-kind gifts and fabulous home decor? Unique toys, jewelry, and birthday gifts? All while supporting a mother-owned and run business? Then you've come to the right place, because you can check off every single one of those boxes by shopping at Picket Fence, a small brick and mortar boutique in Pittsburgh, offering personal shopping assistance in shop, and an easy online experience as well with free nationwide shipping on orders over $40. And you're in luck because we are going to be giving away $50 store credit - be sure to enter to win in the Rafflecopter app at the bottom of this post!!
At Picket Fence you'll find unique, trendy, and classic items for your children, yourself and your home! Browsing through the baby and kids sections, you'll find great brands such as APPAMAN, Freshly Picked, Kickee Pants, Tea Collection, and more.
In the home section, you'll find everything from holiday decor to towels, cutlery, tumblers, tote bags, and candles! Look at this fun stuff:
The women's section features made-in-America clothing and accessories by small designers and well-known brands, such as Kate Spade and Chloe.
It's not the best place to go when needing duplicates for twins, since there is only 1 available in each size for most of the items, though I did find some great coordinating items, for siblings or twins:
Looking for a fabulous deal? Don't miss their sale section!! Check out some of these great deals I found:
And now that you've seen what amazing goods Picket Fence has, it's time for the giveaway!! YAY!! Enter to win a $50 store credit to PicketFenceShadySide.Com below - you must leave a blog comment to enter, and once you do that and click the button in the app, it'll open up a whole bunch of other entry options that will earn you more chances to win. Open to US residents over the age of 18 only. GOOD LUCK!!!
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I'm a NYC mom blogger, Influencer, YouTuber, & Entrepreneur living in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1)! My blog is chock full of humor, honesty, family travel, product reviews & giveaways, galore!