Moms Know How to Travel in Style

18 Mar

I’m going to come out and say it. I’m not a mom.  BUT my friends are starting to have babies, and if there’s one thing I know, babies need a lot of stuff.

Whether traveling via subway or a 3-hour flight, I don’t know a single mom who doesn’t have at least a bag full of things for their children. The stroller, some toys, snacks, other things I’ve yet to hear of! So why shouldn’t they do it with quality products that are designed well? At Trumpeting Media’s “Travel in Style” blogger event, sponsored by Baby Cargo and Citrus Lane at The Peninsula New York, I learned about some necessary and helpful items for traveling with the kids in tow.

Here are some highlights that I’m taking mental notes about for the future:

Baby Cargo’s Lightweight Umbrella Strollers are “as versatile and well-traveled as your favorite cargo pants — chock full of pockets, easy to fold and as light as they come.” I’ve spotted these strollers while out and about, and they look good in person.  I’ll wait until the time comes to test out if there’s actually a stroller that is easy to fold, but at about $150 for the basic model, they’re definitely affordable.

I live in Brooklyn.  I like to ride my bike, and when I get to my destination I lock it up.  It’s pretty likely that I will lock up my stroller as well, and I’ll probably use a buggyguard. Besides, what adult wouldn’t want and excuse to carry around a cute hippo?

The Bubble Bum is an inflatable booster seat that is perfect for traveling.  When deflated it can fit in a large purse, and is easily inflated to use as a booster seat for the car or airplane.

Speaking of things that can fit in your purse, DiaperBuds are vacuum-sealed disposable diapers!  Think about how much space you can save by popping in a few of these into your carry-on.

Okay, okay.  So I don’t know that much about sippy cups.  BUT, I do know that these sippy cups from Tommee Tippee are adorable and they have caps on top of their dura spout to make sure your child’s drinking experience is spill-free and leak-free.  Serious mental note being taken right now.

A little bit about Citrus Lane.  Citrus Lane is a really cool concept – it’s a subscription e-commerce company where after you sign up receive a box every month filled with cute and practical products recommended by real moms.  My Citrus Lane box featured organic baby food in squeeze packs and some really awesome looking snack containers that I really want to keep (and just might).  A membership is about $25 – $30 a month, and they offer different pricing options.

Want to learn more about these brands? Join Trumpeting Media for a Twitter party hosted by Baby Cargo, Citrus Lane, and The Peninsula Hotel on Monday, March 19th at 8:30-9:30pm.  To find out more information, like what prizes you can win, and to RSVP, visit http://www.trumpetingmedia.com/travelinstyle.  Also, visit http://www.babycargo.com/travel-in-style/ for a chance to win a deluxe travel package worth over $5,000!  The contest is running from March 18 – April 27, 2012.

* Please note I received samples of these products to review.  I was not paid for this post.

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Visiting Robert Verdi’s Luxe Laboratory

12 Feb

Fashion Week is in full swing, and on Thursday I had the opportunity to stop by Robert Verdi’s Luxe Laboratory for a mid-day makeover, thanks to my friend Karen of Pretty Is Pretty Does.

To kick things off, my newspaper nails were switched for some sparkle with Queen of Beauty by SinfulColors. At only $1.99 a bottle, this is an affordable must-have.

SinfulColors Queen of Beauty

SinfulColors Nail Polish and Corrector

Next my hair was given a pick-me-up by the delightful Dan Sharp, who was repping T-3. He’s also the owner of the Carroll Gardens salon Danka Panka, which I must check out.  I was lucky enough to take home this T-3 SinglePass Compact flat iron.  After one use, I absolutely love it.  It’s perfect for traveling, using to straighten the baby curls along my hairline, and smoothing the frizzy pieces at the top.

Of course no makeover would be complete without the makeup, and that’s where I was pampered by Neutrogena.  Usually I’m disappointed by overdone makeup, but I was given a natural look that made me feel so good I had to hug the makeup artist!  I’m so excited to try my new products, especially the nourishing eye quad in Moonlit Violet.

Not a bad view while getting your makeup done...

The finished product

After I was feeling fabulous, it was time to have my photo taken by Snapfish by HP, while posing with my POP Phone by Native Union.  As a freelancer, my cell phone is my work phone, but this makes me feel better now that I don’t have to risk the radiation by holding my cell phone directly to my ear during those conference calls.

My last stop was meeting the lovely ladies of bamboopink, a direct sales company offering high quality yet affordable fashion jewelry designed by Jude Frances.  I love this bracelet that features their “love knot.”

When I woke up Thursday morning, I didn’t think my day would have turned out as fabulous as it had.  It was so much fun and I can’t wait to use all of these goodies I got to take home!

30/30

4 Apr

So far I’m still in the game for 30 poems 30 days.  I’ll probably post some here.  You have been warned xo FF

Tonight Feels Like the Night We Walked Over the Brooklyn Bridge

30 Mar

Tonight feels like the night we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge
Standing on the overpass waiting for the F train under a perfectly blue twilight sky I try to find the dividing line between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The skyscrapers all seem to be in my reach and so do you
The first time in weeks I’m not tied down to technology
I finally feel like you’re not thousands of miles away
That we’re not separated by a perfectly blue sea
But that it’s a year ago and we’re under the same sky
And the only thing that separates us is the bridge connecting you to me.

Stand Up for the Preggers!

28 Oct

I just want to put this out there: I am not writing this to toot my own horn. All I’m saying is that when you have friends who are pregnant, you begin to sympathize with the round bellies of the world. So while I was sat on the subway minding my own business, and I saw a blossoming belly staring me in the eye from across the way, I looked around from side to side. After I saw no one else was even inching to get up, I offered my seat.

People! These women are carrying our future, for better or worse. And if nothing else, do you know what it’s like to carry and extra 25 lbs with you all day?! Stand up for the preggos of the world and offer your seat.

I’m trying to be really good here

21 Sep

I’m trying to read Parshat Hanesi’im like I’ve done for the past 20 days, but I can’t concentrate because I’m listening to Darkcho‘s album in the background and the singer’s voice is doing terribly wonderful things to me, like breaking my concentration and making me remember the first time I was so taken by a chazan’s voice that I wished there was such a thing as kol ish.  If you’re reading this and you know him and think this man is my husband, help a sister out, because with a voice like this I could rest with a smile on my face.  Damn.

Being a dickhead’s cool – no matter where you’re from!

15 Sep

I am so thankful for Ronaldo at 101 Great Goals who sent me this hilarious song “Being a Dickhead’s Cool” by London’s music comedy duo The Grand Spectacular.  I have been obsessed with it since I first played the song 2 days ago.  Seriously.  It’s now my ring tone on my phone.  I play it for strangers on the street and have spontaneous dance parties to it.  I think I will have to go ahead and download the song so I can stop hitting play on their Youtube vid…which is part of the fun, though.  Anyway, please watch, listen and enjoy.  And don’t get freaked out by the “must be 18 years or older” thing.  There’s just one bad drawing of a penis in a song about dickheads.