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Showing posts with label NYC. Show all posts

Pampers Celebrates #BabyGotMoves #BebeConRitmo In NYC + $100 Pampers Gift Bag Giveaway


The Pampers #BabyGotMoves event was recently held at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan - where guests celebrated those fun morning moments when baby wakes up dry, happy and ready to dance! 

Pampers teamed up with expectant actress and mom, Ali Larter, to help parents and babies dance the morning away in Pampers' oversized disco-style crib, complete with LED floors and giant disco ball

NYC - Win A Family 4 Pack of Tickets To A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Holiday Show At The Beacon Theatre


A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Holiday Show Presented by Citi will rock the preschool, parents and young adult set at the Beacon Theatre in NYC - December 20th, 21st and 22nd! Enthusiastic fans of all ages have the opportunity to see the characters come to life on stage for a live show experience like no other. $1 from every ticket sold will benefit Toys for Tots, the non-profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.



Babar Visits Hôtel Plaza Athénée on Manhattan's Upper East Side This Holiday Season


Helping to mark the 80th birthday of the world-famous pachyderm with impeccable style, the open-to-the-public “Tea Time with Babar” events will offer an afternoon full of fun and holiday cheer – complete with snacks and goodies for fans of all ages.
For more information about the upcoming festive fetes, taking place every Saturday, from November 30 to December 28 see below:




The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe - Narnia Comes To Life Off-Broadway For It's Third Year In NYC + Exclusive Discount Code

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is entering it's 3rd Season at St. Lukes theater in Manhattan!  This family friendly show depicts portions of the storyline from the beloved classic by C.S. Lewis.

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' classic, two actors give a tour-de-force performance that's sure to delight children and adults alike. Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. See them meet Mr. Tumnus the faun and conspire with talking animals to save Narnia. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all. 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is open to everyone, it is most suitable for ages 5 and up.
 
We have a special treat for our readers! An exclusive coupon code which saves you $15 on each ticket (making each ticket very affordable at just $20). This offer is valid on all upcoming performances.


"Squeeze The Day ®" NYC - Head To Jamba Juice ® For $2 Smoothies August 12 - 16!


We absolutely LOVE Jamba Juice! Is there a better way to kick off your day than with a delicious smoothie? It's certainly our favorite way to start the day.

Jamba Juice will be hosting a “Squeeze The Day®” $2 smoothie promotion at its New York City and Washington, D.C., area locations.

“Research shows breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and to help kick-start and energize our customers, we’re offering a $2 smoothie promotion in New York City and the Washington, D.C., areas,” said Julie S. Washington, senior vice president and chief brand officer, Jamba Juice Company. “As a leader in offering better-for-you food and beverage options, we encourage our customers in these markets to take advantage of this offer and come ‘Squeeze the Day’ with us.”

Ready for a delicious smoothie? The promotion will take place Aug. 12-16, 2013, from 9 to 11 a.m. Just head on over to any of the participating locations listed below to pick up a delicious $2 smoothie!
 

Despicable Me 2 - Win a Family 4 Pack of Tickets To An Advanced Screening + A Prize Pack! [ 10 Winners ]

The much anticipated release of Despicable Me 2, is fast approaching!

Despicable Me 2 officially hits theaters nationwide, July 3, 2013. But you might not have to wait that long! We have a super special opportunity for One Savvy Mom readers to catch Despicable Me 2, before it officially releases! Universal Pictures is giving 10 One Savvy Mom reader's a Family 4  Pack of Tickets + a Prize PackCan't wait to see those adorable minions back in action? ENTER TODAY!

I Did It! I Walked The 5K AHA Wall Street Run & Walk With Team Jenny and Valerie Bertinelli

I did it! I walked the AHA Wall Street 5K Walk - and it was an experience folks! I can honestly say that I wasn't prepared for the distance. Doesn't seem like much - 3.1 miles. But done in a [ahem!] crazy footwear choice, with only a week to semi-prepare? It kicked my backside! 

I accepted the invitation to walk the Wall Street 5K with Team Jenny without hesitation and without thinking of what it really meant. I walk - yes. It's even safe to say that I walk the streets of New York {on some days} at a pace that rivals a slow jogging pace for most Americans. But 3.1 miles [in sandals - I know, I know - OMG -WHAT WAS I THINKING?!] in all honesty, it was a challenge.

I finished in roughly 47 minutes. The clocks were a bit hard to follow, because they started when the first wave of runners set off- so it was a rough calculation.  I was in a back wave of walker's and the start pace was slow, understandably - due to the large crowd.

Thursday was a super fun experience, despite the hot and humid 90 + temperatures in NYC [and my footwear faux pas, of course].

I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Valerie Bertinelli {incredibly sweet and down to earth} of Hot in Cleveland, who is also an ambassador for Jenny Craig.

My Heart. My Life. - Why I'm Joining Team Jenny & Valerie Bertinelli For The AHA Wall Street Run & Heart Walk

Fact. Heart Disease has run rampant in my family. Sadly, it  has claimed the lives of many of my family members aged 65 and younger. Another fact. Heart Disease ranks high among my biggest fears.  As a mother, I naturally want to be there for my children every step of the way. For those huge milestone moments and all of the little moments in-between.

I have this looming fear though.

Since starting this blog, countless invites have landed in my inbox for events that have undoubtedly changed my life and have created memories that will last a lifetime. Though none quite as potentially life changing as an invitation that I received last week...

Epic NYC Premiere - Interview With Amanda Seyfried - The Voice of M.K.

After attending the green carpet premiere of Epic in Manhattan last week, we had the opportunity to sit down with the voice of M.K., Amanda Seyfried [Les Miserables and Mama Mia].

Amanda voices the strong willed character in Epic [M.K.] that has recently returned home to live with her father, after the loss of her mother. Though she feels no connection to her father at first, she eventually comes to believe in him and trust him again.

M.K. 's father, Professor Bomba, has been researching the forest [and the miniature world that he believes exists there] for as long as M.K. can remember. It's what tore their family apart - so M.K. is naturally having a very hard time readjusting to her fathers ways.

Everything unexpectedly changes for M.K. though- when a walk through the forest to find her beloved dog "Ozzy" turns into an incredible journey of a tiny secret universe [that her father believed was there all along].

Amanda Seyfried describes her character in Epic [M.K.] as "strong-willed and disconnected from her father to the point where she thinks there's no way she's going to be able to even live with him"

"She ultimately comes to believe in him" says Seyfried. "He was right about so many things."
This movie inspires viewers in so many subtle ways. Beyond the movie, Amanda expressed how she believes that we can all help to inspire change through Social Media.
"Listen, I was against it because I didn't feel like people earned the right to know what I was thinking all the time or I didn't think anybody cared. And the fact is we all actually do have voices, especially with kids, I mean, and with a movie like this."
"So I think that it's important that we do what we can every once in a while. The Twitter thing, I didn't want to do that for a really long time because I thought it was stupid. But, I did do it because somebody made me."
"And I kind of like it now because when I have an opinion about something that I share with a lot of people, I feel like I can make like a tiny, tiny little difference to my small amount of followers, and that feels good." said Seyfried.

If you have a child that may be interested in pursuing an acting career Amanda shared some sage advice for parents -

NYC Moms and Moms To-Be - The Can't Miss Event of The Season! Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever

Attention NYC Moms and Moms to-be - this is the can't miss event of the season! Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever event is like no other baby shower you've ever seen! With over 100 of the best companies in the baby industry, it's a one stop shop to test out, touch, feel and get educated on everything you can possibly need for your growing family. Enjoy mingling with other expectant and new parents while you enjoy sweet treats, mocktails and more - in the elegant setting of the Metropolitan Pavilion.
  
This star studded event showcases fabulous products for your growing family from over 100 different companies - including baby gear, accessories, furniture, clothing, skin care, parenting services, retailers, and more. The Biggest Baby Shower also offers tons of learning opportunities via informative seminars throughout the evening. Hear from experts such as Liza Huber, Latham Thomas and others... on important topics ranging from sleep safety to healthy eating to navigating NYC as a new mom. *Special gifts and prizes will be given to all attendees of the seminars.
 
Pregnancy and those early months of motherhood are joyous but they can certainly take a toll on mom- so how about some much-deserved pampering? Style experts will be on hand to help moms and moms to-be look their best and get that "pregnancy glow"...take a load off and relax with a massage or two with leading skincare lines.

Pregnancy cravings have your taste buds in a frenzy? Big City Moms has thought of it all - Enjoy sweet treats including frozen yogurt, cake pops, and more. Plus, sip the Big City Moms signature mocktail!

Epic NYC Green Carpet Premiere + Interviews with Aziz Ansari & Chris O'Dowd

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the NYC Premiere of Epic. The day kicked off with a premiere screening of Epic, at the beautiful Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan. Guests and cast members of the film walked the "green" carpet [pictured above] before entering the screening. Afterwards we all headed to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to interview cast members - Colin Farrel, Amanda Seyfried, Aziz Ansari, Chris O'Dowd - and director Chris Wedge.

Chris O'Dowd [the voice of Grub] and Aziz Ansari [the voice of Mub] had us all laughing hysterically - these are two very funny guys! 

EPIC NYC Premiere #EpicTheMovie - Profound Wisdom + Breathtaking 3D Animation



Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending the NYC premiere of the new 3D animated film, Epic. While the day was certainly eventful [ in addition to attending the premiere we had the opportunity to interview Colin Farrell, Chris O'Dowd, Amanda Seyfried, Aziz Ansari and director, Chris Wedge] - the profound wisdom imparted throughout the film is what's at the forefront of my mind today. These three quotes [also pictured above] really stuck with me.

8 Amazing NYC Summer Camps - Make It A Summer To Remember! + Exclusive Discount Codes


It's about that time of year! School will be letting out soon for Summer break and we think that these 8 NYC area kids Summer Camps will help make this Summer, a Summer to remember.

Our top picks include:

THE CROODS Press Event - Interview With Nicolas Cage + Prize Pack Giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to attend a press junket for The Croods, in Manhattan. The day included round table interviews with Nicolas Cage [the voice of Grug], Ryan Reynolds [the voice of GUY], Emma Stone [the voice of EEP] and The Croods co-writers / co-directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DiMicco.

Nicolas Cage voices Grug, in DreamWorks' new Animated film, The Croods. Grug is an overprotective [caveman] father. He teaches his family to fear everything and only finds comfort in routine and his familiar [cave] surroundings. Though a bit extreme and overly cautious, Grug has the heart of a loving father and he means well. At the end of the day, he would do anything for his family
In reality, Nicolas Cage is a father of two [boys],  so we were interested to see if he could relate to his character's parenting style. While he is certainly a concerned parent, he does not take it to the same extremes as his character, Grug.

"Without getting too personal, I do have those feelings at times of concern for my family and feelings of being protective. But, I like to think that I live my life in a way where I'm willing to take chances in my work and also in my life. So, in that sense, I don't relate to Grug because he's more surviving as opposed to living, whereas I do believe there's value in taking chances and exploring" said Mr. Cage.
In The Croods, Grug is fighting a seemingly uphill battle; against the ever-changing World, his combative mother in-law [voiced by Cloris Leachman] and his adventurous [somewhat rebellious] daughter, EEP.  He's trying to juggle it all, and for a guy who hates change, it's an awful lot to process!

There are definite relatable parallels to be found in The Croods. The ever-changing landscape of parenthood [prehistoric and modern day alike] can be difficult to navigate.  Nicolas Cage offered up some sage words of wisdom on parenting, that I couldn't agree with more! "I think the two most important things you can give to a child, if you want my opinion, are love and a good education. Those are the two most important things and a feeling of home and safety at home, that that's a safety zone" said Mr. Cage.

Finding common ground to connect with our children, is also incredibly important. In The Croods we see Grug attempt to mirror Guy's pioneering/innovative ways [see clip above].  He wants his family to look at him with the same respect and admiration, as they do Guy. He wants to find a common ground on which he can relate to his family [mainly his rebellious daughter Eep]. Though Grug fails in some ways, he succeeds when it's most important.
So, how does Nicolas Cage find common ground with his own children? In-part through his favorite Apps. "I like music. And I like movies, obviously. I need to keep current with what's happening now with film and also with music. I love classical music and also want to hear what's happening with the new rock music because my oldest son is immersed in that.  So, it's something I want to keep up to date on" said Mr. Cage.

Overall, Nicolas Cage was incredibly happy with his character [Grug] in this film and how the movie turned out.

"I remember, years ago, there was some discussion about doing Shrek. And I didn't want to look like that.  I didn't want to be the ogre. I didn't. Now, I maybe should have. But, I'm glad that Jeffrey [Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation] thought of me again for this and, finally, we found the right one.  It's been many years where the two of us have been trying to find the right match.And I must say I'm happy with this result. I like the quality of the humor in this film. I think it's humor that parents will be comfortable with their children copying.  It's pretty wholesome humor. And so, I like that" said Mr. Cage.

Agreed, The Croods is definitely a film that the entire family can enjoy! 

VH1 Save The Music Foundation Family Day 2013 - NYC

Music plays a huge role in our home. Our son plays 3 instruments and has been enamored with music and instruments, since infancy. As a parent, I cannot imagine his world, without music. It's who he is. For so many children, a world without music education is becoming reality.

VH1 Save The Music Foundation is fighting to preserve music education and enrichment programs for our youth. They held their Annual VH1 Save The Music Family Day - a free, family fun day that was open to the public - at The Anderson School in New York.  The daylong festival saw over 1,400 guests and featured live performances from TBNB and Out of Ideas, both a part of the “Come Join The Band!” music school. An exciting live deejay set was performed by nine-year-old sensation DJ Fulano [a protégé of DJ Cassidy]. Congressman Jerrold Nadler was also in attendance, showing his support for the interactive music expo that gave children of all ages a stage to express their love of music, culture and creativity.

Throughout the day, friends and families had the opportunity to play, learn, share and celebrate music. The festival offered a number of fun activities including: “Welcome To The Jungle” interactive stations, “Try This” Instrument Discovery Zone, “We Got The Beat” Drum Circle presented by NAMM, Juice Box Rated Workshops hosted by Disney, Rock ‘N Read Story Time with Tracy Delio and more. In the parking lot, the street vendor food showcase included La Bella Torte, Toum, Coolhaus and Palenque Homemade Colombian, all of who donated 10% of each sale to benefit the Foundation.

THE CROODS Press Event - Interviews With Ryan Reynolds & Emma Stone + Prize Pack Giveaway


I recently had the opportunity to attend a press junket for The Croods, in Manhattan. The day included round table interviews with Nicolas Cage [the voice of GRUG], Ryan Reynolds [the voice of GUY], Emma Stone [the voice of EEP] and The Croods co-writers / co-directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DiMicco.

After screening The Croods, I couldn't help but feel that all families, prehistoric and modern day alike, are comparable to The Croods. Our manners are far more advanced, yes, but at the crux of every family unit lies the same innate desire to protect each other.
The father, Grug [voiced by Nicolas Cage], finds comfort in routine and regularly reminds his family of the dangers that exist in the unknown. His motto is, well, prehistoric! Basically, if you do anything that strays from the norm..... you DIE! But in life change is inevitable and for The Croods, change is  just on the horizon.

It all begins when the Croods' rebellious daughter, EEP [voiced by Emma Stone] ventures outside of the cave one night to follow "the light".  EEP encounters GUY [voiced by Ryan Reynolds], the source of "the light" [fire] and all of their lives are ultimately changed forever.
As I mentioned, The Croods, as a family,  are highly relatable. Though the animated adventure is set in prehistoric times there are definite parallels. I believe Ryan Reynolds said it best, when he said "Love was the same back then as it kind of is now".  I couldn't agree more; love and the family bond is universal and timeless.
EEP's character reflects the rebellious nature of modern day teens. She is trying to find herself and "stretch her wings", while her over protective father [Grug] only wants to shield her from harm

Having experienced both the rebellious phase in my teen years and now motherhood, I can definitely respect that there is a fine balance in parenting that isn't easily achieved.

Emma Stone did an excellent job voicing EEP. I was interested to see if she could relate to her character's rebellious nature during her own teen years.  "I wasn't all that rebellious. But, I definitely wanted to forge my own path and do something different. Neither of my parents are actors or performers of any kind.  I was born a court jester. It was as if someone was holding me down, and I was like, "Let me shine." So, I can relate to that." said Ms. Stone.

The Croods, though slightly intrusive and overprotective as parents, mean well. I think we can all remember a time when our parents [or even as parents ourselves] overstepped the boundaries just a little. Ryan Reynolds can definitely relate. When asked if  they [Ryan and Emma] had met Cloris Leachman [the voice of Gran] while voicing the film, they both responded that they had not. However, Ryan did go on to share how he met Cloris Leachman by chance [not while working on the film], through his Mom!

"I met Cloris Leachman once. My mother was visiting and she can't help herself.  If she sees anybody that's in the SAG Union she has to immediately speak with them, exchange phone numbers, and then spend her remaining days with them. So, Cloris Leachman I just know, which is weird, through my mom. Because my mom accosted her at a Starbucks in L.A. one day." said Ryan Reynolds.
Both Ryan and Emma were thrilled to work on this project and expressed pride in the finished product.

"Being a part of this from its genesis and kind of watching it go from these rough storyboards to this living, breathing, hulking thing that jumps off the screen into your senses, was incredible" said Mr. Reynolds. 

"I really like the story and the character. It was very exciting. And Kirk and Chris [The Croods Writers/Directors] are amazing" said Ms. Stone.

VH1 & Parenting Magazine Present The VH1 Save The Music Foundation Family Day 2013 In NYC



On Saturday, March 9th, VH1 and Parenting Magazine will present the VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s Family Day , a free family fun day open to the public,  at The Anderson School in New York - from 10AM to 4PM.
The VH1 Save The Music Family Day aims to give children of all ages a stage to express their love of music, culture and creativity through an exciting interactive musical expo for families. The inaugural Family Day in 2011 saw over 1,000 guests and featured live performances from Mat Kearney, HANSON, Hot Peas ‘N Butter, SafetySuit, The American Secrets a.k.a. FreeCreditScore.com band and nine-year-old violin prodigy Brianna Kahane.

This year’s event will feature a live deejay set by nine-year-old sensation DJ Fulano. A protégé of DJ Cassidy, DJ Fulano is not only deejaying around the country, but also recording a rap album and modeling for major publications and clothing brands.

Throughout the day, friends and families will have the opportunity to play, learn, share and celebrate music in ways that will delight both your children and your inner child. The daylong festival offers a number of fun features, including: “Welcome To The Jungle” interactive stations, a “Try This” Instrument Discovery Zone, “We Got The Beat” Drum Circle presented by NAMM and Juice Box Rated Workshops hosted by Disney.

There will also be a street vendor food showcase in the parking lot, where you can grab a bite from La Bella Torte, Toum, Coolhaus or Palenque Homemade Colombian; the participating street vendors will donate 10% of the price of your lunch to benefit the Foundation. Continuing through the music expo, you will find Rock ‘N Read Story Time with Tracy Delio and The Secret Adventures of Louie V, as well as the “Hey Momma” Market featuring scarves by Otrera, Chalkboard Tees, CDs from Moey’s Music Party and more.

The 2013 VH1 Save The Music Foundation Family Day will feature products and more from 92.3 Now, Celestron, Chalkboard Tees, Coolhaus, Disney, Glitter Tattoo New York, GoGoSqueez, Jupiter, Kreative Katie, La Bella Torte, Moey’s Music Party NAMM, Otrera, Palenque Homemade Colombian, Parenting Magazine, pediped®, Pirate’s Booty, Plum Organics, Quinny, RS Berkeley Musical Instruments, Smilebooth, Taylor Guitars, The Anderson School, The Little Orchestra Society, The Secret Adventures of Louie V, Toum and Yamaha.



 

American Girl Day At The Rink [ At Rockefeller Center ] Event - American Girl Place New York City


Have you ever been to any of the American Girl Place Stores or dined in their cafes [available at select locations]? If you have, then you know what an amazing experience it is; if you haven't been yet, I highly recommend planning a visit!  

We recently attended the American Girl Day At The Rink event [at Rockefeller Center], and it was an absolutely magical day. My daughter had never been on ice skates before and was a little nervous. There was a wonderful instructor at the rink who was kind enough to take her around the rink and get her comfortable with the ice. At the very end he also treated her to a fast skate around the rink and twirled her around at the end [see the above video]. I have never seen such a huge smile on her face!

Our time at the rink was followed by a delicious lunch [included with the event] at the American Girl Place Cafe, just up the street from The Rink At Rockefeller Center.
The Cafe offers a delicious menu [selections for children and adults], incredibly friendly service and a fun energy in a beautiful setting [the cafe is decked out in pink and black themed decor with daisy accents].

Girls can bring their dolls to dine alongside them in the provided treat seat [each doll is also providing with a doll sized place setting!], or they can borrow a doll from the selection in the front of the restaurant. This particular event includes a four course meal [pictured above] that includes the signature "warm welcome" mini cinnamon  buns, an appetizer tray, a set menu with entree and beverage options that are included with the event and their signature dessert [chocolate mousse presented in a flowerpot, cake and a fresh fruit kabob].

Circle Line's Spring 2013 Kids Cruise Series - NYC


Cruises have become a staple way see the city and get an up close look at the Statue of Liberty. Whether you reside in the city or you are just visiting, the Circle Line Kids Cruise is a fabulous entertaining adventure that the entire family will enjoy!

The Circle Line Kids Cruise Spring series dates are March 23rd, April 20th and May 18th [there will also be a Summer and Fall series].
Each Kids Cruise includes:

  • Interactive kid-friendly tour guide
  • Snap a picture with the Statue of Liberty
  • Kid friendly food and drink for purchase
  • prizes and giveaways
  • Live band [the band for the Spring Series is the Anna Banana Band.
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Artist
  • Magic Show
Circle Line also offers fun Kids Cruise Birthday packages! What a memorable way to spend your child's big day! The package is $49.00 per child and includes:
  • Reserved birthday table for the birthday boy or girl’s guests
  • Captain’s Kids meal Choose one: hot dog, mini beef sliders, uncrustable peanut butter and jelly or chicken fingers. Served with: apple slices, organic honest kids juice and chips.
  • Souvenir pencil topper
  • Birthday boy or girl will receive a Circle Line snow globe
  • 10 children minimum

Kelly Florio Kasouf Celebrates The Launch Of The Super Adventures of Sophie and The City: Grand Central Escapades At Barneys New York Madison Avenue

Kelly Florio Kasouf, June Ambrose, Tracy Anderson, Lisa Salzer, and Simon Doonan celebrated the launch of The Super Adventures of Sophie and The City: Grand Central Escapades, a children’s book by Kelly Florio Kasouf, along with the debut of her jewelry collaboration with Lulu Frost on November 29th at Barneys New York Madison Avenue. 

The fabulous soirée included fun activities; complete with a dress up station for the children! The Super Adventures of Sophie and  The City: Grand Central Escapades, is the second book in The Super Adventures of Sophie and The City series.


About The Super Adventures of  Sophie and The City: Grand Central Escapades:
Sophie is back with another fantastical adventure in New York City! On her very first trip to Grand Central Station, Sophie meets Henry, a charming paperboy who takes her on a magical train ride back in time that she will never forget. Come along and explore the Roaring Twenties with these two new best friends as they journey through the past meeting iconic historical figures along the way. From flappers to jazz musicians to fashion designers, Sophie learns what life was really like during this era - but it is her trip to Ellis Island that teaches her the true meaning of family and courage.