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!!!
My husband was born and raised in Japan, and I spent 5 years over there myself (2 years before meeting him and 3 years together). Our oldest child has visited twice and our twins just once so far, when we went in the summer of 2017 (don't miss our great 4-part video series of that trip to Japan here!!). So, when Japan Candy Box reached out for us to do an unboxing, we were totally psyched!! Watch it below, have some laughs, be inspired to try something new, see us demo and try out 2 of the crazy interactive candies at the end, get your own Japan Candy box with my affiliate link here! And ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN JAPAN CANDY BOX in the app at the bottom of this page - it's open WORLDWIDE (giveaway ended Nov 13, 2018)!!
Enter to win here, and don't forget to leave us a comment to let us know what you think about Japan Candy Box, our video, our silly kids, Japanese culture, or anything else!!
If you're searching for a unique Halloween Costume, or an easy Cosplay idea for your next Comic Con, I've got a suggestion for ya! Kigurumi hooded onesie costumes from Kutame! From dragons and sharks to unicorns and pandas, they have a massive selection of costumes! You'll even find some Japanese ones such as Gudetama, Korilakkuma, Rilakkuma, Mega Man, Shiba Inu, and Pink Gloomy Bear. Not only does Kutame have tons of Kigurumi, they also have Pusheen, blind boxes, mugs and other great gifts.
And are you ready for this?! We're giving away a $150 store credit (US residents only; good for 2 - 3 Kigurumi costumes), and have a 20% off coupon code for everyone else!! Just read on and enter to win at the bottom of this blog post!! (giveaway ended)
They are SUPER soft, and warm (made of 100% polyester, SAZAC's signature soft fleece), machine washable (just turn them inside out), and because they're so loose fitting they allow for plenty of layering underneath which makes them the perfect choice for Trick-or-Treating in chilly locations! Another thing that makes Kigurumi so great is there's no guessing game when choosing your size. They're meant to be loose fitting, and only come in 2 size options for adults: "regular one size" (what hubby and I got, we're both about 5'8") and "extra tall size" (for those over 6') and 2 size options for kids: 3-5 years old (what we got for our just turned 3 year old twins) and 5-9 years old (what we got for my small almost 6 year old son).
You can see that they're quite big on my kids, but the elastic wrists and ankles are great. Kind of harem pant style. Loose, comfy, and lots of fun to "monkey around in" as my son mentions in our HILARIOUS unboxing video, watch it here!! I can see them being a great costume during pregnancy and postpartum, as well, since they're so roomy!
Here are my husband and I modeling our "regular one size" Kigurumi. I got the "colorful skeleton" (only available in regular size) and he got the "skeleton" (available in regular & extra tall size), both have pockets and retail for $59 on shopkutame.com (don't forget to use code "USJAPANFAM" for your 25% off!!)
Here's our son in his Japanese monkey costume, with pockets, retailing for $45. He's almost 6 years old and about 43 inches tall, wearing the "5-9 year old size", it's also available in 3-5 year old size. I'm so happy he chose this costume, not only is it adorable and kinda hilarious with the red butt, but about 10 years ago his father and I actually drove out from our home in Yokohama to see the Japanese snow monkeys in the mountains of Nagano, lounging in the steamy natural hot springs! It was quite an amazing experience!!
Here are our twins modeling the pink unicorn and blue unicorn costumes. They just turned 3 and are about 36" tall, wearing the size 3-5 years (also available in 5-9 years). Both have pockets and retail for $45. The hoods were a bit difficult for them to manage at first, but after playing around in them for a while they figured them out. It's fun to pull them forward and be totally in character, but do make sure you and your kids can see well when necessary, or know to take their hoods down when crossing the road! Safety first!!
Suffice it to say, we are all totally in love with our new Kigurumi onesie character costumes, and think you will be too!!! US Residents can get 20% off their orders with code USJAPANFAM at shopkutame.com and can also enter to win $150 credit in the Rafflecopter box below. Don't forget you can earn more points daily with certain actions such as tweeting, watching our videos, and commenting on blog posts! The giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, October 15. Good luck to all, and be sure to comment below with your thoughts on these costumes, Japanese culture, or a fun Halloween/Costume-related story!!
We've rounded up our favorite products this fall for babies, toddlers, big kids, and parents into ONE HUGE GIVEAWAY!! We're talking $600+ value jackpot here people!! Read on for more details about each of the amazing prizes, and enter to win in the rafflecopter box below!! Don't forget, you'll get additional entry points for every action taken, from following each account on social media to signing up for mailing lists and leaving comments on the blog.
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These durable and comfortable silicone rings are a great alternative to traditional gold, silver, and platinum rings. Breathable (thanks to unique grooves on the inside of the band), they're safe for work and play, are budget-friendly, and come with a "No BS" 94 year unlimited warranty - if you lose it or break it - no worries! Our grand prize winner will receive a $100 store credit at groovelife.com - that's enough for 2 or 3 rings (can I suggest a matching pair of silicone wedding rings for you and your partner's next anniversary)!?
Full of flavor but free from gluten, carrageenan, and soy, each serving of Sneakz organic drinks contain a half serving of veggies! Available in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry - you can choose from their original ready-to-drink "milkshake" dairy-based boxes or the new vegan protein & probiotic powders - each scoop has 14 grams of pea protein, 10 essential amino acids, fiber, half a serving of vegetables, and at least 500 million CFUs of probiotics! Our grand prize winner will receive a $95 value variety pack - 1 vegan powder pack of each flavor, and 1 six-pack of milkshake boxes in each flavor! You can shop for Sneakz drinks on their website and Amazon (affiliate link), and don't miss our personal review here.
Your child will be strumming away in no time with the award-winning Loog mini guitar as his or her first musical instrument! Using just the first 3 strings of a 6-string guitar, a Loog mini has the same strings, tuning, and finger placement as a traditional guitar, making it an easier way to get your child (3 years and up) started on the guitar, acquiring skills that stay with them a lifetime. With the chord cards that come with the guitar, and the free Loog Guitar app, playing guitar will be a fun endeavor for both child and parent! Our grand prize winner will receive one Loog Mini Guitar, an $79 value. You can shop Loog guitars (mini and pro) on loogguitars.com and Amazon (affiliate link).
Whether shopping for baby's first shoes or your big kid's "cool" sneakers, award winning pediped has shoes for all of your littles - with over 130 styles from newborn to size 6 youth! Made with premium grade, non-toxic materials, pediped shoes are comfortable, supportive & healthy for growing feet, stylish, and durable! Our grand prize winner will receive 1 pair of pediped shoes, a $60 value! You can shop for their shoes on pediped.com and Amazon (affiliate link). Be sure to check out my past reviews here (2017), here (2016) and here (2015), and...
Stuck On You
From backpacks to bento boxes (that don't leak even when you put dipping sauces in them!) to washable labels for clothes and water bottles, Stuck On You has a fabulous variety of items for kids and families. The best part? Everything comes personalized, just selecting an image, text, and font! Our grand prize winner will receive a $50 store credit to shop on stuckonyou.us! Don't miss my review of the Large Backpack and Bento Box Value Pack, and...
Nothing makes changing your bedding easier than QuickZip!! With fitted sheets that save you the struggle by coming off with a quick zip (for crib mattress through California King; a MUST for bunk beds!!), to waterproof mattress pads, pillow cases, flat sheets, and even an adorable crib artist series!! Our grand prize winner will receive a $50 store credit. You can shop for their products on quickzipsheet.com and Amazon (affiliate link). They are one of my very favorite brands for families - see my personal review here (we have them on our Queen mattress, 2 crib mattresses, and a twin at the moment!), and how I am using them on my son's bunk bed!!
Squeasy Gear's silicone pouches are perfect for on-the-go snacks such as applesauce, yogurt, and smoothies, and even make great water bottles that roll up when empty!! Use the removeable no-spill insert or take it out and use as a "free flow" bottle. The pouches are reversible for easy cleaning, and all parts are top-rack dishwasher safe!. The original Squeasy Snacker comes in 3.5oz and 6oz sizes, and the Squeasy Sport is 16oz. Both are available in pink, green, turquoise, and grey, with new colors and top options launching soon! Our grand prize winner will receive 2 Squeasy Gear items - their choice of size and colors, a $34 value! You can shop on squeasygear.com and Amazon (affiliate link), and don't miss my personal review here!
Art & Eden
Childrens clothes that are better for the planet, better for the people making them, and better for the children wearing them - this is Art & Eden!! They are GOTS certified, utilize sustainable farming methods and fair business practices, low impact dyes, and recycled packaging. They offer local and global giveback. What's more? They're super cute and affordable! Our grand prize winner can select either the Leah Dress or the Eli Crew Neck Sweatshirt, both pictured in the image below and available in sizes 2T - 10, a $40 value. You can shop for more on artandeden.com.
Once you go Munchie Mug, you never go back. For real, it is THAT GOOD!! The fabric top is gentle on hands, and also completely prevents snack spillage. Shake it, drop it, no problem!! Muchie Mugs come in 9 color options in both 12oz and 16oz sizes, are BPA, Phthalate, and PVC free, made in the USA, top rack dishwasher safe, and come with a stay fresh lid to keep leftover snacks fresh. Our grand prize winner will receive 2 snack cups in their choice of size and color, a $36 value. You can shop for these great snack cups on munchiemug.com or Amazon (affiliate link), and don't miss this adorable video of my twins giving Munchie Mug's spill-proof feature a run for its money!
Pretty Girl Lips n Lashes - Younique
Looking to support a budding momtrepreneur while purchasing fabulous makeup? Then Younique is for you! With everything from foundations and fragrances to eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks, you'll find everything you need through our mom friend and presenter, Allison. You can join her Facebook group or reach out to Allison directly with any questions, or with interest to join her team and become a presenter yourself - what a fun and easy way to make money from home! Our grand prize winner will receive 1 Moodstruck Epic Mascara (providing "Legendary lashes with a wave of a wand), a $24 value - check out my dramatic before and after here!
The Tag*a*Long is a flexible handle that quickly loops through your stroller, giving your walking child something to easily hold on to. So simple, and yet SO GREAT!! It can make tagging along more fun for your child, and let's face it, a bit safer. They're BPA, PVC, & Phthalate-free, dishwasher safe, made in the USA, and require no tools or deep thought to install (I swap them out from stroller to stroller on a whim, that says a lot!). Our grand prize winner will receive 2 tag*a*long handles, a $20 value. You can shop on tagalongkids.com or Amazon (affiliate link), and get 20% off if you order through their Facebook post by the end of Friday, September 7!
When you need to hydrate your sick child, Wubba Water has your back. With NO GMO's, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, corn, gluten, soy, dairy, or nuts, Wubba Water is an organic and healthier alternative to Pedialyte. With just 1 gram of organic sugar per serving, Wubba Water tastes great and helps replenish lost water and electrolytes. Our grand prize winner will receive 2 bottles of each of 3 flavors (6 bottles total), a $18 value. You can shop for Wubba Water at Whole Foods, Walmart, and Amazon (affiliate link), or check the map on wubbawater.com.
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Giveaway ends September 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to US Residents ages 18 years and older.
Don't forget - the more actions you take (some daily) the more points you accrue and the better your chances of winning!! After leaving a comment and clicking "done", more options will open up!
Are you expecting a baby this summer? These 2018 Baby Shower Essentials are practical, natural, problem-solving and adorable! We are excited to share with you some great baby gift ideas and offer you the chance to win an amazing gift collection!
The Ultimate Gift Collection - Win It!
More Baby Shower Basics (not in giveaway set)
Enter to win these 14 Baby Shower Essentials!
Toofeze Natural Baby Teether • Yummi Pouch Brights • Back Buddy • Revelae Kids Cozy Sleeper • Buttons Diapers (3 covers/inserts) • Pacific Baby Natural Bamboo Bowls • bamboobies Variety Pack • Earth Mama Organics Baby Travel Set • Eco Wind Fleece Bunting • Goat Milk Stain Remover • Curtain Critters • Natural Moisturizing Lotion for Stretch Marks • GOOtensils • Yookidoo Elephant Baby Shower
It's that time of year again. Your special day, moms. The day you get to sleep in, be served breakfast in bed, and be showered in hugs and kisses and adorable hand-made gifts by your children. Or, perhaps it's just another day of you doing all that you do for your family, sometimes (often?) thanklessly.
But this year, we wanted to do something special to honor you, moms. To thank you, for all that you do for your families, your loved ones, and the community of Bay Ridge!
We've gathered over $2,000 in prizes from 18 wonderful local businesses to give away to FIVE lucky winners!! We're talking gift certificates for dining, hair makeovers, clothes, babysitting, fitness membership, activities for kids and adults, and more!!! Read on for more details about the prizes, and enter to win at the bottom of this post!!
Prize Pack A will be awarded in a special Mother's Day Themed contest where YOU get to vote! To enter, simply reply to our Facebook post with a photo or comment that represents motherhood, Bay Ridge, or motherhood in Bay Ridge. The reply with the most likes by the end of the giveaway will be the winner! Feel free to leave more than one post, tag your friends, etc.
Prize Packs B - E will be awarded randomly using the Rafflecopter App at the bottom of this page. Participants will gain entry points for each action taken within the app, such as following various accounts on social media. The more entry points gained, the better your chance at winning!! Do note that some actions can be taken and accrued daily, such as tweeting and tagging friends on Instagram.
SO EXCITING, RIGHT!?!? We hope our giveaway will help a few of you mamas have the best Mother's Day ever!! Enter to win below (don't forget to leave a reply on our Facebook post for a chance to win Prize Pack A)!!
The giveaway will end at 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, May 1 and winners will be contacted via e-mail with 48 hours to reply, or a new winner will be chosen.
GOOD LUCK!!! And Don't forget to sign up for our e-newsletter - we produce weekly kids' events roundups for the Greater Bay Ridge Area as well as other helpful resources!
About Me ^_^
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, and giveaways galore! It's also home to Bay Ridge Families, with weekly local kids' events roundups and annual guides for families here in South Brooklyn!