5.20.2016

Growing up with Olly vitamin boosts

Fully acknowledging I sound like an old lady here, but I can't help myself... my kids are growing up way too fast. Physically, they're growing like weeds. I can't buy pants long enough for these children. Emotionally, well, there's a lot of emotions happening in our home at the moment. Maybe it started with Vivian in school full-time this year, but between the two of them, my babies are long gone. Waaaah...

I've started giving them vitamins to aid in their growing bodies, and that's part of the reason I'm so excited to partner with Olly Kids this month. They've recently released 4 new supplements that my girls are loving: Super Brainy, Happy Tummy, Growing Bones & Mighty Immunity. Not only do they taste yummy, but they can also double as dessert, moms! That's a win win in my book.

























I love discovering a solid product that is healthy for my kids (Olly products are packed with vitamins and made from natural colors and flavors) and these new flavors really cater to kids' growing needs. With a long winter finally behind us, we really took advantage of Mighty Immunity, and the girls' current favorites are Super Brainy and Growing Bones -- because who doesn't want to grow up smart and strong? They love getting to pick out their favorites after dinner each night, so vitamin-chewing has easily become part of our daily routine.

























As they continue to grow, I hope we're instilling in them many valuable lessons (like climbing trees!), but chief among them is taking care of their health. Olly is a first step in the process, and I'm so thankful for that.



Lastly, exciting news! Olly is participating in an AWESOME "Up, Up and Away" giveaway with Tea Collection, Target, Starbucks and Method Home -- like, amazing. Enter HERE to win:

- A year supply of your choice of two OLLY Kids Wellness Boosts
- $250 gift card to Tea Collection
- $500 gift card to Target
- $100 gift card to Starbucks
- A year supply of method cleaning products

Good luck, and here's to growing bodies (sniffle) and starting healthy habits early!


Disclosure: This post features sponsored content. All opinions herein are my own.

5.16.2016

Big Apple Books: The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home

It's true, I might be stretching it a bit this week by calling The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home a Big Apple Book. This personalized book from UK-based Lost My Name is really for everyone, and that's why I love it so much. With the help of a cute little alien,  the story tells the tale of Millie's journey home from outer space. Through twists and turns and strange encounters (and lots of lemonade!), they finally make their way back to her apartment in New York City. Whew.






The personalized aspect of Home really engages the reader, especially as I was able to pick the character that looked most like her, and in giving the company my address, they were able to pull up an overhead map of our neighborhood in Manhattan. In the pages leading up to the end, Millie's rocket ship even buzzes past the Statue of Liberty. Nice touch! And in the photo below, I can see our apartment building across from the baseball diamonds!

























So while this particular copy of The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home is NYC-based, yours will fit your child's hometown perfectly, too. Here's to this adventure, which keeps children inspired and interested while reading. Can't wait to see what the folks behind Lost My Name have in store for us next!




Disclosure: We were given copies of the book for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

5.14.2016

Mother's Day with Hornblower Cruises

Mother's Day has come and gone, and yet I'm still thinking about the Hornblower Cruise we took last weekend to celebrate. We had terrible, dreary weather all week, but fortunately, the sun came out on Sunday. Thank you, Mother Nature! After arriving at Pier 40 & boarding the yacht, we were seated next to a window with easy access to the all-you-could-eat brunch (a lot tastier than I expected) and as an added touch, champagne and orange juice was already on our table. Oh, and they also had masseuses giving mini massages! Clearly Hornblower knows what mamas want on their special day.

We enjoyed taking in views of the city, including the Brooklyn Bridge and Lady Liberty herself. Other than the crazy wind, which made photos a little challenging (see next to last picture- ha!), it was a perfect afternoon. A super relaxing day with my family, and truly, just what I was looking for this year.

If you're thinking about Father's Day plans already, Hornblower will be hosting a similar cruise for Dad. Such a fun afternoon -- I totally recommend the yacht life experience!

A gorgeous view of the city


Mimosas at our table - yes, please!





The chocolate fountain was a hit!


Windy, much?




































Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there!





Disclosure: We were given complimentary tickets to attend a Hornblower cruise. All opinions are my own.

5.06.2016

Calling All Little Monkeys to Brooklyn Boulders

Over spring break, the girls and I had a chance to check out the new Brooklyn Builders location in Long Island City. It was their first time rock climbing, and oh my goodness... they LOVED it! I expected Millie to have fun, but I was a little surprised about how quickly Vivian took to it and kept asking to climb again. If you've got little monkeys at home, this place is for you!







After a tour of their expansive space (as a member, you have full run of the place, which includes a gym, yoga classes, co-working space, cafe & all the bouldering/rock climbing/repelling, etc you could possibly want), the girls received climbing shoes and instruction before going for it.























I'm pretty sure as much as they loved climbing up, they also liked being brought down, or "flying" as they preferred to call it. Ha! Thanks to the patient help from their climbing instructor, they got to enjoy that as well. Another thing that I thought was cool was the gorgeous art covering the walls -- all from local artists, too. Pretty rad.

Our afternoon at Brooklyn Boulders was for sure the girls' favorite activity during spring break! If you want to check out the space for yourself, they will be holding an open house for their summer programs (yes, they have kids camp!) next week, May 9th-11th from 3pm-6pm. Tours will be given at the top of every hour, and an RSVP is required. I love that they really bill themselves as a family-friendly setting, and there are tons of programs for kids throughout the year.


Climbing for the stars -- yet another fun thing for kids in NYC.







Disclosure: We were given comped day passes to check out Brooklyn Boulders. All opinions are my own.

4.30.2016

The Week in Photos: Spring Break

I have to admit I was slightly dreading Spring Break. I had a few things scheduled, but I always worry that too much free time leads to bickering and whining (which leads to wine consumption by parents, though that's not such a bad thing). Luckily, though, the girls behaved pretty well over the week and we had some fun in the midst of things. Vivian was sick off and on which was a bummer, but I do feel like we made the most of their time off from school. Will elaborate a bit more on a couple activities in future posts, but for now, here are a few pictures of our time off:































We kicked things off with a promotional party for #NationalSuperHeroDay & the PJ Masks at the New York Fire Museum in Soho. The girls hadn't really watched the show before, but saw a couple episodes which they really liked. If your kids are into this crime-fighting trio, check out these PJ Mask-related activities you can do online!




































Windy days call for kite flying, wouldn't you say?


I am still trying to process the awesomeness that is Brooklyn Boulders. We checked out their Long Island City location, and I was so impressed with the space. Not to mention, the girls had a blast! More information on their programs coming soon...

Towards the end of the week, we checked out the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater's new production of Little Red's Hood (with a modern twist). Hilarious! One of my favorite activities for kids in the city. Afterwards, we hung out at the newly renovated Discovery Playground in Central Park (next to Tavern on the Green). Millie is rocking her new Chuck Taylor kicks from Converse, proving that what's old & classic is definitely new again.

How could I not mention Mr. Bo?!?! Mr. Bo is Vivian's class guinea pig and he has been with us all week. ALL. WEEK. LONG. The girls have loved having him and I will love returning him on Monday (we were in the midst of cleaning out his cage when I took this photo).

Ended the week with cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery. Because why not, right? More details on Brooklyn Boulders and Little Red's Hood coming soon. Have a great week!

4.24.2016

A Little "Me Time" Thanks to Crocs

A MOM PSA: we all know that enjoying a little "me time" is important. And completely necessary. But finding that free time to go off on your own is the challenge, right? Since Mother's Day is right around the corner, I wanted to re-invigorate the discussion, because it is so easy to sweep our needs under the rug when we're used to putting everyone else in the family first. Which is okay most of the time, except when mama needs a break.

A few things need to happen. First, acknowledge that you deserve a little time to yourself. We're not talking about a solo vacation to Hawaii (though that would be nice), but an afternoon will do. Second, get your partner on board. And if they're not fully supportive of you needing a couple hours to yourself, then you may have a bigger problem on your hands. Lastly, exit the scene. It may just be for a little museum and reading time in the park (like me), getting your nails done, going to the movies, catching up with friends -- WHATEVER! All that matters is that you get a bit of time to think about something other than what to make the kids for lunch. I guarantee you'll come home feeling more rested and reinvigorated. Which only serves to make you a better mom.

See it all comes full circle, right? Luckily, Crocs shares my enthusiasm for this subject. See below for how you can win some cash and gift cards to have a little #MomsDayOff for yourself!






And quick sidebar, how cute are these wedge sandals? They are so comfortable and stylish! I really like this new direction that Crocs is going in -- I'll be wearing them all summer long. You can see more of their new arrivals here.

Meanwhile, click on the image below to get more details on a fun #MomsDayOffContest sponsored by Crocs! Because they believe in mom's R&R, too, entrants will have a chance to win a $50 Crocs gift card and $100 to spend on your very own mom's day off. Good luck, mamas -- hashtag #MomsDayOffContest on Instagram or Twitter before May 6th to be considered (& be following Crocs, too!)





Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Crocs. All opinions are my own.

4.20.2016

A Date Night Thanks to Chime: Let's Celebrate with a $50 credit!

Husband and I don't get out much. I'm not PROUD of this fact, but it is a fact just the same. Busy schedules often get in the way, and to be honest, we haven't had a regular babysitter since our girls were really little. Friends used to babysit occasionally when we had just one kiddo, but throw an extra kid in the mix and I feel like we're overstepping our bounds.

So naturally, I was very excited when Chime contacted me about helping spread the word about their babysitting service. Launched by the creators of Sittercity, Chime sitters are hand-picked and go through a lengthy vetting process. This includes: an application, and in-person evaluation, enhanced background check, identity verification and social media screening. As a slightly-anxious-to-leave-my-kids-with-a-stranger mom, I really appreciate their thoroughness.

The process of finding a babysitter (or "kid" sitter, as Millie prefers) is pretty simple, too. After creating an account on the site (or app), sitters are matched with you based on your zip code. When viewing a profile, you can discover each sitter's experience, reviews and ratings, video profiles and interviews prior to choosing your favorite. Sitters typically contact families beforehand (via phone or email) to get more information about the kid(s) and learn more about the family prior to showing up on the babysitting date.

And here's the SUPER easy part -- no worrying about cash to pay the sitter at the end of the night! Payment is processed automatically via credit card through the app or website.  Hourly fees vary per city with NYC being $17/hour (with each additional child $1 more per hour). With no subscription fees, Chime is completely commitment-free.

Leana showed up to our door on Monday night, and she couldn't have been lovelier. She immediately began engaging with the girls, and when I walked out the door they were playing a game of Candy Land. I got the full recap the next morning, and the girls had so much fun! Meanwhile, their daddy and I attended a screening and Q&A with the actors and producers behind Showtime's The Affair, one of our favorite shows -- such a fun date night!




To celebrate our kid-free evening, Chime is generously giving Baby Meets City readers a $50 credit to try their amazing "kid" sitters, which is good through July 31st, 2016.

Please use CITY2016 to receive your $50 credit, and enjoy a date night (or even some "me" time) worry-free!



Disclosure: I was compensated for this review with Chime. All opinions are my own.
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