A City Kid’s Guide To BTS {& Giveaway}

It gets me blue to think about it, but summer is already half way over, meaning prep for back to school is just around the corner. This season, I scouted all the brands that have become favorites for my children over the years, and combined them in one guide for easy access. Since all of these vendors offer different product lines, you will be completely set up for the back to school season.  And the best part of all, one  lucky reader will have the chance to win the entire guide!

brand_400x400.gifWhen I was a kid, I loved to shop for school supplies and gear, but shopping for clothes was always my favorite. There’s nothing I love more than fresh new threads for when headed back to school. The kids get excited to wear their new outfits, and I get giddy watching them go through the same late summer rituals. As the weather begins to get cooler, the kids closets with be stocked with fall clothes, like light weight pants, tees, dresses, and new shoes from H&M. They totally have you covered this season, and as part of our giveaway, they have included a $300 Gift Card!




Madpax have been Ryder’s go-to backpack for last three years. From top to bottom, inside and out, these 3D backpacks are not only stylish but super durable. With great designs like dino spikes and outer space bubbles, your child will sure be able to express themselves with these rocking packs that scream cool, fresh and funky. Madpax will be giving away a backpack of your choice!

DOOHICKIES3DOOHICKIES are colorful and completely customizable shoelace replacements, that turn sneakers into slip-ons. DOOHICKIES lacing system works by threading seamlessly through the eyelets of any shoe, then snapping in place for a hassle-free fit. Fasten once and never tie your sneakers again. DOOHICKIES will be giving away a pair of Converse, and your favorite color combo laces, guaranteeing to make your mornings a little easier.


Make lunchtime fun this year with PlanetBox. I know I am always getting creative with my children’s lunches thanks to their built in, separate compartments, which keep food neat and fresh.  PlanetBox uses stainless steel for its construction, which is safe, non-toxic, recyclable, and best of all, it doesn’t retain yucky food odors or stains like plastic containers. Let your PlanetBox serve as a guide for packing a healthy lunch. Our winner will receive a PlanetBox, a carrying case and BottleRocket water bottle of their choice!

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Other than walking, a city kid’s easiest mode of transportation to and from school is their scooters. Micro Kickboards in our house make drop off and pick up from school not only fast, but fun and adventurous. Micro Kickboard offers a full line of high-quality scooters, available for ages 1-100, with the world’s best-rated scooters and kick boards used for urban mobility. To spread the fun, we are giving away an Adult 2 Wheeled Micro White for you, and a kid’s Micro Maxi, in the color of your choice.

UnknownHealthy snacks are always well stocked in our house, and GoGo SqueeZ apple sauce pouches have been one of our kids’ favorite treat for years.  They are a staple in packing school lunches, and I seriously can’t keep them stocked in our house, with least three packs consumed daily. Their pure apple sauce now has expanded to offer more flavors, even adding veggies to the mix. Today one winner will receive a 2 month supply of GoGo SqueeZ Goodness!

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With three children, all in different schools this year, my plan for keeping organized will be to personalize everything! Minted offers a beautiful assortment of school supplies, all bearing your child’s name, even photo! Keep track of their belongings in a fun way, with customized labels containing their name, photo and contact information. For their doodles, let them design their own notebook cover, before school starts, give their room an update with unique art from Minted’s community of independent artists. One lucky winner will receive a $100 Minted Gift Card for their back to school supplies!  02C-GoldStar_InAppMockupShopkick is America’s most-used shopping app, which enhances your retail experience by helping you find nearby stores, deals and new items, and then it rewards you just for walking in. Want to make sure your kids look stylish in the schoolyard? Shopkick curates collections of trending products across top retailers. And when classes do resume, you can redeem your kicks (like rewards points) in the form of a gift card–a win-win! To celebrate back to school, shopkick is giving away $200 worth of kicks toward gift cards for BEST BUY, TARGET, STARBUCKS, and many more of your favorite stores.

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Give Mom the gift that keeps on giving by treating her to a membership at Crunch gym! Membership gets you unlimited access to innovative classes that are so much fun you’ll hardly notice you’re working out! Crunch has 15 conveniently located gyms in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and one in Hoboken! Plus, with childcare at West 83rd Street, East 34th Street, Fort Greene, Park Slope, and Hoboken, so you’ll never have an excuse to miss a workout again. One lucky reader will receive a THREE month membership to Crunch! But why wait for the contest winner to be announced? Click here to get 15 days for $15, or snag your own 5 day guest pass plus personal training session!



I don’t want our fun summer days to come to an end, but at least I know kids will be ready to hit the books, with all the right supplies, while looking sharp. You can get into the back to school mode with a chance to win our giveaway below. Good luck, and enjoy the rest of the summer break!

A City Kids Guide To BTS .


This guide is sponsored of all of  my favorite things. 

Childhood Chronicles

Yesterday was probably one of the best days we’ve had so far this summer. The weather lately has been extremely hot and humid, and quite frankly unbearable. With another scorcher predicted, I pulled the big kids from camp, and hit the Jersey Shore. I grew up going there and it brings back so many memories whenever we visit any of the New Jersey shore points.

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For some added fun on our beach day, I planned to spend part of the afternoon on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. We had access to the beach, the amusement park, an aquarium, and the boardwalk filled with endless games and activities. I let the kids decide which activity we do first, and naturally they went right for the games. The boardwalk had all the favorites including the water squirters, jumping frogs, and fishing for a prize. Once each of the kids had won their own stuffed animal, we cooled down with a visit to the air conditioned Aquarium. During our hour inside, we checked out the huge shark tank, and other attractions with different kinds of creatures, saw a penguin feeding and even held and touched star fish and sting rays.

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Next up, the rides. Some amusement parks don’t have enough rides that cater to the very young ones, but Jenkinson’s was the perfect balance. This outing marked the first time Gemma rode alone, like a big girl, without mommy. Watching her face as she came around each time was priceless. Of course, there were still rides, like the roller coaster, which required supervision, but she loved them just the same. In fact, Siella gets a little scared on fast rides, but didn’t seem to mind it at all. We laughed and screamed the entire ride, staying on for three runs in a row. I felt like I scored high points in the parenting circuit that day.

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The amusement park wasn’t overwhelming in size, leaving time for the kids to take breaks in between the rides, to walk off to the boardwalk and play some games. By the time we had our fill of the rides, games, sea life, and sweets, it was time to head home. Each of them walked back to the car, with prizes under arms, proud of their winnings. The drive home was peaceful, with all three passed out cold in the back seat, as we made it back to NYC in record time. Before getting into bed, we laughed about our action packed day, and I am confident that it was a childhood memory we will all remember for sure.

And as a gift to you..I am giving away a family of 5 day VIP Day Pass that allows access to the beach, aquarium, and unlimited rides! Head over to my IG account for deets…..contest runs till August 3rd.

As part of being a Jenkinson’s Memory Maker Ambassador, I have been provided with a voucher for my visit.

Summer Quencher


Jason is traveling for the next two weeks. Normally, I can easily handle a two week stint, but during the summer, with all our outdoor activities, I can sometimes get overloaded. Our daily routines during the week consist of hitting up the spray grounds, visiting the pool in our apartment complex, and shuffling between play… Read more »

A Classic Escape


This weekend, the kids and I enjoyed a staycation at The Surrey Hotel on the Upper East Side, the only Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel in NYC. I love getting away to different parts of the city, because you have the opportunity to experience different parts of the city, at your own pace. Staycations for me remind me… Read more »

Goodness On The Go


The minute I became a mom, I made a conscious decision that I would do my best to teach my children to eat healthy. Baby food was made from scratch, with only the freshest and most organic products. Now that they are older, I still continue their healthy eating routines, and as a result, they have… Read more »

Saturday Style: Sun Savvy


It’s a no brainer that during the summer months, before the kids and I step foot outdoors, I slatter them with sunscreen. They are certain to squirm and complain every single time, but it’s something that we won’t back down on. Some of my own facial creams contain SPF, but truthfully there are times when I forget… Read more »

Changing The Connection


Working in my industry, I am amazed by how far technology has come the past 5 years. The fact that I am able to do just about everything from my cell phone is crazy, but liberating. Recently, I was on the subway, and noticed just about every person traveling alone was using their phones. Usage varied from playing… Read more »

Cultivated Passages


For the next two weeks, Ryder and Siella are in camp for full days. It’s only been three days, but they are loving every minute of their days. While I do miss them, Gemma and I have been hitting up the playgrounds and running errands per our usual schedule, less the bigs. While we were out and… Read more »