Being a mom blogger in NYC can be fun and rewarding but also overwhelming and extremely competitive! You've got to build your following into the tens of thousands before you're given a second glance, network like crazy, and hustle your bootie off for sponsored campaigns by brands big and small! Being a busy mom working from home while wrangling the kiddos can also feel a bit lonely, with a lack of in-real-life adult conversation!
That's why I couldn't be more honored or delighted to attend various blogger events throughout the year organized by Momtrends. Partnering mom bloggers and influencers with amazing brands, at fun events where we can mingle, build relationships, and test out products, it's always fun for all and a total win-win for everyone in attendance, as well as our readers!! This year I had the pleasure of attending their New York Baby Show Blogger Lounge, and NY 529 College Savings Plan Workshop, and just last week had a blast at their Moms' Night Out 2.0!!
Partnering with Meredith Magazines (with editors from Parents*, Parents Latina, Fit Pregnancy, and FamilyFun magazines in attendance), Momtrends invited an amazing group of mom influencers to mingle, nosh, get pampered, and learn about some amazing brands at their Moms' Night Out 2.0. Read on for more about the brands at the event and all the fun activities we got to partake in!
*Random fun fact: did you know Parents.com featured my twin prengnacy progression video on their site 2 years ago?? Check it out here!!
Promoting their new ultra cushioned Fresh Foam Arishi sneaker, New Balance brought a pair for all bloggers to test out and TAKE HOME! Ah-may-zing! Providing lightweight breathability, comfort, and support in a neutral color, these kicks could go with any outfit and are perfect for city moms such as myself pushing 3 kids in the stroller several miles a day! After playing around with the shoes, we were pampered with a foot massage. Now we're talking!! Check out New Balance's Fresh Foam Arishi on newbalance.com and Amazon (affiliate link).
One of my favorite brands for baby and toddler gear, Munchkin was here to promote their Munchkin Step Diaper Pail powered by Arm & Hammer, proven #1 in oder control! Their patented self-sealing technology twists the bag each time you close the lid, so there is no "stink blast" when you next open it - genius!! It also features a childproof locking system and is dual-refill compatible - it's the only diaper pail system that works with both rings and snap, seal and toss bags. Munchkin sent us each one of these amazing diaper pails, and had us decorate cute little flower arrangements to decorate the nursery they set up at the event. They also included a Munchkin 360 Sippy Cup and Latch Bottle in our swag bags! Be sure to check all of these products and more out on munchkin.com and Amazon (affiliate link).
Greater Williamsburg (i.e. Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg) in Virginia has way more to offer than I ever knew!! We're talking thousands of acres of beautiful woodlands and wetlands (for hiking and ziplining galore), living history at Colonial Williamsburg, roller coasters at Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, wineries, art galleries, spas, water sports, and so much more!! Go for a weekend or a whole week, it's fun for the whole family, and is about a 7-8 hours drive from NYC. They even make their own beer and mead, which we got to taste test at the event - yum!! They also had a ton of activities printed on magnets and let us flip through and arrange our ideal vacation to share on social - it made me eager to pack my bags and head to Virginia! Be sure to head over to VisitWilliamsburg.com for more info and to plan your next vacation!! (I'll be doing a more in depth blog post in the next week on what all there is to do in Greater Williamsburg, so stay tuned!!)
Possibly the most well-known and beloved brand of baby swaddles, SwaddleMe® by Summer Infant has recently come out with some exciting new lines that we got to bring home from Moms' Night Out 2.0!! Their new SwaddleMe® Kicksie™ is a legs-free swaddle, great for warmer weather and also swaddling while in a 3-point harness, such as a baby swing. The new SwaddleMe® Footsie™ is a swaddle with pajama-like legs and footies, great for cooler weather and while in a 3-point harness. They also have 3 new gift sets which make fabulous baby shower gifts, and at the event were thoughtful to pamper us with mini makeovers by Glam Squad. Check out all of these on their website and Amazon (affiliate link).
My kids are huge consumers of peanut butter, seriously, huge! So, we all love peanut butter and I also love brands that have inspiring missions, give back to the community, and support the education and imagination of the next generation. One such brand, also a sponsor at Moms' Night Out 2.0, is Jif! Their "Imagine If, With Jif" program is aiming to support children and families trying to make the world a better place. Through October 20, families can submit their creative idea to achieve this goal for a chance to win up to $30,000 to make your idea a reality!! Read more about this campaign and submit your idea here! And of course, you can shop Jif peanut butter on their website or Amazon (affiliate link)!
An amazing night with some great brands and fabulous group of people!! Thank you again, Momtrends!!
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Meredith Magazines, Jif, Munchkin, Visit Williamsburg, New Balance, and SwaddleMe. I was compensated for attending this event and writing this article, but all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased. Cuz hey, I'm no sell out!
About Me ^_^
I'm a NYC metro area mom blogger living in NJ with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1). This blog is chock full of product reviews, family travel guides, and giveaways galore! It's also home to Bay Ridge Families, and several guides focused on kid-friendly activities and guides to South Brooklyn, Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, as well as family-friendly destinations beyond the NYC area (check the menu bar!)