My #VivaVoxBox Review @influenstervox #SprayAndGo #ShellFuelRewards #PureIce #GentlePower #CityProofLipColor #MJClaySpas

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My #VivaVoxBox Review

What girl can resist a box of goodies delivered to her front door?  Leave it to the team at Influenster to totally just understand me ! From my favorite Vaseline Spray & Go, to Spring time favorites by NYC New York Color and Pure Ice Nail Polish. These colors were totally on point.

After Hours & It’s Complicated

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Not only do I enjoy the colors of Spring but I do also enjoy the fragrance of cocoa butter during warmer weather and as a BUSY Mom I loved the locking feature on the Vaseline Spray & Go. This keeps my children from getting carried away when spraying. We love how quick our skin instantly glows and how soft our skin feels.
http://www.facebook.com/vaselineUS

The Cetaphil Gently Cleansing Clothes (25 count Ultra soft) are perfect for those long, exhausting, draining Mommy nights where the trip to the bathroom just to wash off make up seems like a mission. I recommend keeping these on your nightstand. Great for sensitive skin like mine.
http://www.facebook.com/cetaphil

I’m now obsessed with the NYC Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color and how it blended so well with my olive complexion.  The texture wasn’t too greasy for me or overwhelming and as a New Yorker the name fitted the NYC brand, “South Ferry Berry”.
http://www.facebook.com/newyorkcolorcosmetics

The Montagne Jeunesse Honey peel off mask smelled amazing.  Great for a Mom’s Spa night in! I’ve forgotten how fun peeling a mask can be. Especially when the kids think I’m a science project. The bonus – One lucky fan can win goodies just by checking out their Facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/montagnejeunesseusa

And who can say no to savings? A Shell Fuel rewards card can save you money at the pump and you can earn Shell Fuel Rewards at Shell stations, even while dining and online shopping.
Learn more at
http://www.facebook.com/shell

*Disclosure: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

Dannon introduces Danimals Superstars Greek Lowfat Yogurt @Dannon #PowerUP

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Manhattan,  NY

I can admit that I’m a picky eater. I’ve been this way as a child and of course my children have learned my picky ways too. It’s known that parents ultimately influence their children’s eating habits, this is why it’s important to get everyone on the same track.

As a busy Mom, no matter what age your children are, I’ve learned it’s easier and more affordable to just pack a healthy snack rather than hit the drive through and make poor choices when a snack attack hits.  With Dannon Danimals Superstars Greek Lowfat Yogurt, you get twice as much protein as regular lowfat yogurt, it’s a great source of calcium and Vitamin D and contains no artificial colors or high fructose syrup. Let’s not forget the 5 delicious flavors.

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Cherry Rush
Cotton Candy Thrill
Mixed Berry Half – Pipe
Strawberry Banana Sprint
Strawberry Slide

Under each lid, kids will find a fun fact about their favorite activities to help fuel their minds. Keeping learning fun and kids active through physical play is such a fantastic way to keep kids healthy.

To learn more about Dannon Danimals visit http://www.Danimals.com

Tatz Bakery #GlutenFree #SweetTreats #Vegan

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Upper West Side,  NY

I may be a Queens Mom but this girl grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This exact shop was actually our local pastelito and pastry shop. As a little girl, this was our family bakery where everyone went for every occasion. Especially a Sunday afternoon.

Many years and store fronts later I decided to take my little girls on a tour of Mommy’s old neighborhood. As a pescitarian and a Mom to children with dairy allergies, I was excited to spot Tatz on 101 street and Amsterdam.  Goodies range from Vegan, Gluten free, wheat free and dairy free sweets which the children did not complain. They were packed on flavor and were delish!

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From cookies, doughnuts to jumbo sized cookies, there was a treat for all my girls. If you have a sweet tooth, Tatz Bakery is sure to please. While you’re there, make sure to enjoy the shops along Broadway or let the children whisk along thier scooters on the hills of Riverside Drive or West End Avenue.

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Tatz bakery is located on
844 Amsterdam Avenue http://www.katznyc.com

The Kids Concierge list of family fun activities

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NYC Parks Kids Week
All Weekend
Various parks around NYC
FREE for all ages

Even when school’s out, our parks are still the city’s natural classroom! Bring your kids to parks throughout the city for Kids’ Week. With programs led by our Urban Park Rangers, kids will get to experience nature in a hands-on and fun way.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/kids_week

Culinary Kids Festival
All weekend, 10:00am-5:00pm
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard
FREE with admission ($20 for adults, $10 for kids 2-12)
Family-friendly, food festival celebrating the relationships among plants, farms, and your favorite foods. Cooking demonstrations, recipes, and hands-on activities, with plenty of music and tastings to add to the Daily 1 p.m. cooking demonstration will feature kid-friendly recipes and tasty samples, while local chefs will share tips and recipes.

http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2014/festivals/food-festival/april-culinary-kids-food-festival.php

EcoAnts for Earth Day at McNally Jackson
Saturday, April 19, 11:30am
McNally Jackson Bookstore, 52 Prince St between Mulberry and Lafayette Streets
FREE for all ages
To celebrate Earth Day and the 120-million-year-old ant species, we’ll read ant tales and build unique ant colony habitats. We’ll hatch our plastic ants, and use recycled materials to create tunnels, chambers, and, of course, a queen ant for every colony. Hosted by Yvonne Brooks.

http://www.mcnallyjackson.com/event/earth-day-event

Family Sing-Along Sunday Brunch
Sunday, April 20 at 11:00am
Measure at Langham Place Hotel, 400 Fifth Avenue between 36th and 37th Streets
$40 for adults, $20 for kids (includes food sing-along), reservations required
This unique, interactive 90-minute children’s concert comes complete with a custom kid’s cabaret menu and is a must-see event for grandparents, parents, siblings and friends. Special Easter Sunday prix-fixe menu includes hot cross buns and dyed deviled eggs.

http://newyork.langhamplacehotels.com/pdf/Tunes_With_Tina.pdf

Freedom Art Jam: Art & Dance Party for Passover
Sunday, April 20 at Noon-4:00pm
Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
Adults $15, kids 18 and under FREE
Join the Jewish Museum’s 2nd annual Passover extravaganza with art, music, and dancing! Set yourself free to the 60′s era tunes of Baby Loves Disco DJs, design a freedom sculpture, hear beloved songs from David Grover & Grover’s Gang, create an instrument, add to a giant word poem, and more!

http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/specialfamilydays

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Easter Egg Hunts

Chelsea: Spring Eggstravaganza
Saturday, April 19, 11:00am
St. Paul’s Church, 315 West 22nd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenue
FREE for ages 1-10
Trinity Grace Church in Chelsea sponsors this public event featuring an egg hunt, crafts, face painting and snacks.

https://tgc-chelsea.squarespace.com/community/#calendar-event-info

Soho: Clifford’s Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 10:00am-5:00pm
The Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway
FREE for all ages
The Scholastic Store is hosting a specially-designed EGG in our Broadway window in April, so they are inviting kids to design their own mini-egg during a daylong crafting event in the Imagination Clubhouse. Clifford will be there for pictures, and Scholastic Storytellers will host storytime every hour.

http://www.scholastic.com/sohostore/events.htm

West Village: Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 20, 10:30am
Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street near Christopher Street
FREE for all ages
Families can follow the Easter Bunny into the Church of St. Luke’s garden to join in a festive egg hunt that’s open to the public.

http://www.stlukeinthefields.org/calendar/event/4612

UWS: Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 20, 10:00am-noon
Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway
FREE with admission: $11 for ages 0-5
Hunt for hidden eggs throughout the museum!

http://cmom.org/visit/calendar?date=2014-04-20

Brooklyn Heights: Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19 at 10:00am
Pierrepont Playground, Columbia Heights and Pierrepont Streets
FREE for all ages
Every spring, hundreds of little bunnies and their families turn out to participate in our annual Egg Hunt at Pierrepont Playground. Candy, treats, balloons and good friends have made this a holiday tradition for many families!

http://www.bhplaygrounds.org/

Get out there and explore New York City!

2014 New York International Auto Show Women’s Blogger Event #NYIAS

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Javitz Center, NY

As a Mom, When I think of the New York Auto Show, I’m assuming the crowd would all be men right?  Well, leave to the Toyota’s Women’s Blogger Event to gather amazing Mom Bloggers to unveil the latest 60 models. This was my first time at the NY Auto Show and it won’t be my last. This place is not just for dad’s and son’s. It’s for Moms, daughter’s and friends too!

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In addition to viewing the latest vehicle’s, there were plenty of fun filled activities. I was able to drive in a simulator to see the dangers behind texting and driving. The scary part was that I crashed into a mountain. The best part was walking out alive!

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Dr. OZ, The Good Life Quizzes were given out which again, as a driver for almost 15 years, I was shocked to know about simple common mistakes that I make daily.

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The tough part was learning about Teen driving. Being a Stepmother of three teens, knowing that one day they will be driving absolutely frightens me. Here’s a fact: The first year behind the wheel can be one of the most dangerous years in a teen’s life. That’s why Toyota created TeenDrive365 – online tools, safe driving tips, and special driver events happening across the country, to help parents talk with their teen about safe driving.

To learn more about Toyota’s commitment, visit http://www.TeenDrive365.com

Want to visit the car show with your family? 3citygirlsnyc is giving away a 4 pack of New York International Auto Show tickets to a lucky subscribed reader. If you’re not subscribed, simply subscribe to enter. If you’re already subscribed make sure to Tweet for your chance to win. Good luck!

*Disclosure: I was invited as Media to the 2014 New York International Auto Show. As always, All opinions are of my own.

Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity @WendyBellissimo

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Wendy’s signature boho-chic aesthetic and own wardrobe staples inform the collection which is designed to offer both comfort and style for moms-to-be. The collection features every day, easy-wearing essentials like billowy maxi-dresses, layering tops, on-trend denim with double zipper front pockets, tribal-inspired sweaters, moto jackets and scarves. The pieces can be worn together for a head-to-toe look that is fashion forward and perfect to be used as accent pieces that can be layered into both mom-to-be’s maternity and existing wardrobes. The collection will be in Destination Maternity and Motherhood Maternity stores and online beginning in September 2014.

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“In all of my designs, from home décor to clothing, I find a way to incorporate relaxed, approachable style elements without over-complicating a look,” said Wendy Bellissimo, CEO & Creative Director of Wendy Bellissimo Media, Inc. “As a mother of four, I have the highest appreciation for the evolution of a woman’s body during this transformational phase, and have always dreamed of creating a line of fashionable stand-out items that flatter an expecting woman but that includes special and meaningful pieces that will continue to be part of her rotation even after her baby is born. That dream has finally come to fruition through my work with Destination Maternity.”

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“Destination Maternity has long-admired Wendy as a tastemaker, entrepreneur and mother,” said Destination Maternity Corporation President Chris Daniel. “Her style and keen eye for selecting pieces that can transform a wardrobe into a personal statement are apparent throughout the collection and we look forward to sharing it with our style-savvy moms-to-be.”

Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity Availability / Pricing:

The collection will be available beginning September 2014 at Destination Maternity® and Motherhood Maternity® stores and online at http://www.DestinationMaternity.com

Celebrating National Grilled Cheese Day with The Naptime Chef #HavartiParty @thenaptimechef @ArlaDofino @freshmadenyc

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Manhattan, NY

As a busy Mom and wife, there are lot’s of days that I don’t have the energy to get fancy in the kitchen. I cook what’s easy, quick and filling for my family. It’s either a home cooked meal or takeout which is not always a healthy option. I was thrilled to meet Author of The Naptime Chef Kelsey Banfield, after my confession that I’m not always a healthy cook at dinner time and I normally go the simple route,  she shared amazing recipes that are so easy, your little ones can actually help too.

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When you think of Grilled cheese, we think of the plain boring way right? This is why you must try Kelsey’s recipes. This is not just for children. Believe me when I say my next Mommy’s Night In will include Havarti Cheese and wine!

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Which grilled cheese couldn’t this mama stop devouring at the Freshmade NYC kitchen? the Havarti Tomato and Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Want to create your own?

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Pesto Ingredients

1 cup packed arugula leaves, stems removed¼ cup walnut halves2 garlic cloves, peeled, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup olive oil.

 
Sandwich Ingredients

2 slices country bread, 1½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, 1 tablespoon arugula, 2 thick slices, fresh tomato, 1 Arla Dofino Havarti cheese slice.

 

Directions

Pesto:

In a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, combine the arugula, walnuts, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Pulse twice to combine. Pulse a few more times while pouring the olive oil down the feed tube. This makes about half a cup. Whatever is not used for the sandwich can be stored in the refrigerator for future use.

Sandwich:

Place the two slices of bread side-by-side and spread the top of one with ½ tablespoon of butter. On the second slice, spread arugula pesto and top it with two tomato slices and 1 slice of Arla Dofino Havarti cheese. Close sandwich with the buttered bread slice, butter side up.

 Add the remaining butter in a nonstick skillet and place over medium heat. Swirl butter so it coats the bottom of the pan. Place sandwich in skillet, with non-­buttered bread side down and cook until the bread is toasted and golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the sandwich and cook the other side for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the skillet, slice and serve. 

Thank you to Havarti Cheese, The Naptime Chef and Freshmade NYC for an evening of great food, wine and a deeper passion of cheese.

For more information on Arla Dofino and recipes please visit: 

http://dofinousa.com/

For more information on the Naptime Chef Kelsey Banfield, please visit:

http://www.thenaptimechef.com/

For more information on Freshmade NYC, please visit:

http://freshmadenyc.com/

Disclosure: I was invited as Media to attend. Havarti products were given for review purposes.  All opinions and review are of my own.