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Red & Lulu Book Is Sure To Be A New Christmas Classic #Giveaway

I want to share a very special book with you, that I find just amazing. It is a children’s book, one that is sure to become a traditional favorite in our home. One of my favorite books as a child was one about the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center and where it came from.

Over the years, I have shared books with similar tones with my children. This year, we were introduced to Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares. From the first time I opened and read the large, hardcover book with my kids,we were hooked.

For me, it had much to do with the bonded pair of cardinals, Red and Lulu. Cardinals are very special to me and if you have been reading this blog for a while, you may remember my post about the significance of them in The Cardinals’ Kiss.

Beyond the cardinals, we live in Upstate NY where many of the trees that have graced Rockefeller Center have come from. Put the two together and add the magic of the Christmas season, and you have a recipe for a new holiday classic. I know we will read this book many times this season.

Red and Lulu lived happily in the tree that was going to be cut down and transported to New York City. The problem was not that they were going to lose their beloved home, it was bigger than that!

The morning the tree was cut and loaded on the truck, Lulu was in the inner branches. Lulu was in trouble because Red was not with her at the time and now she was on her way to The Big Apple.

Red caught sight of what had happened and  flew as fast as he could to catch up to Lulu, but before long, he lost sight of the truck. Red did not give up, he flew all the way to NYC and eventually found Lulu and their tree. Reunited, they happily explored this big, bustling city and made many friends in beautiful Central Park.

Red and Lulu were so happy to be together again. They would sit in the branches of their tree and admire the lights and the people who came from all over the world to see the majestic evergreen.

When the season was over, Red and Lulu made a new home with their new friends in Central Park. One of the perks of their new location, was that every year they could return to Rockefeller Center and sit on the branches of a new Christmas tree. The whole season long, they could happily enjoy, the sights and sounds of the city that never sleeps, during the most wonderful time of the year. This book shows there is no distance too far to keep a determined cardinal from his loved one in an ode to serendipity and belief that is destined to be a new Christmas classic.

This book pulls at my heartstrings in so many ways. That is why I have added it to Mommy Ramblings’ 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. 

Candlewick Press is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. One lucky blog reader will win their own hardcover copy of Red & Lulu! Thank you to Candlewick Press for the review book and for sponsoring this amazing giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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The Perfect Gift For The New Baby! #HolidayGiftGuide

If you have a baby on your Holiday Gift List, I have an adorable gift suggestion for you! I recently connected with a company called Estella in NYC that has the sweetest organic gifts for baby. Sets that include a hat, lovey security blanket and soft rattle are available in a number of different designs.

I really like the MTA Set since my daughter works with the MTA and this is adorable for any MTA baby!

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I also like the Whale Set. See my video unboxing of this great set below:

 

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This set is organic and perfect for summer or water-loving babies. The whale rattle is a winner of the Mom’s Choice Award and The National Parenting Seal of Approval. Everything is handmade n Peru with GOTS certified organic cotton. The rattle is stuffed with polyester filling.

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Blanket measures 14″ X 14″. Rattle measure 4”l X 2”w. Hat fits 0-6 months. All machine washable on gentle, dry flat. Gift giving is easy because these sets ship in a gift box.

We are happy to offer our readers a special discount code that will allow you to get 35% off your orders when you shop at Estella now through December 30th. Use Promo Code MR35Off when you checkout! We are also adding these Estella Baby Gift Sets to our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings!

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Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of these adorable sets!

 


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Enjoy Cocoa, Cookies & Christmas Carols As You Cruise Through The City The Never Sleeps!

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If you are looking for a fun way to take in the sites of New York City and celebrate the holidays, you have to hear this! How does a warm and cozy cruise tailored for friends and family sound? Step inside Manhattan’s toasty solarium which is decked out in holiday decor for a 90 minute cruise to see the lights of New York City! Of course delicious hot cocoa, cookies and treats for all guests are included. Then join in on 20 to 30 minutes of live holiday carols or enjoy 2 live Jazz Trio Sets!

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Aboard the 1920’s style yacht, you can relax on the heated back deck salon to enjoy the gorgeous view of the island. Take in picturesque views from the glassed-in observatory.

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Along the way you will see:

The Yacht Manhattan in Full Holiday Decor!
Cocoa, Cookies & some sing-along Holiday Carols or live Holiday Jazz!
Battery Park, South Street Seaport & the Financial District
Governor’s Island, The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Parts of Brooklyn & Queens & the NYC skyline
The Williamsburg, Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges of the East River

A complimentary beer, wine, spiked hot cocoa or champagne from the bar is offered on all trips. Mixed drinks are available for purchase. For more information to see cruise schedule please click HERE!  Receive 15% off each ticket purchased at www.sail-nyc.com using ONLINE promo code 15COCOA – Valid for any Cocoa & Carols Cruise aboard Yacht Manhattan II!


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HGTV Magazine Blogger Block Party Highlights! #BloggerBlockParty

Who doesn’t love a great summer block party? Especially one held in the Big Apple! Over 500 people attended the second HGTV Magazine Blogger Block Party on August 17th. The event was timed to align with NY NOW, the fashion-forward, design-driven home and lifestyle show in New York City attended by the hottest lifestyle, entertaining, food and home bloggers.

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The friendly neighborhood format of this summer celebration featured engaging demonstrations including:

  • Editor vs. Blogger Flea Market Flips Challenge featuring Brooklyn Craft Company’s Brett Bara and HGTV Magazine’s Lifestyle Editor Jodi Kahn, presented by Benjamin Moore
  • DIY Art as seen in the DIY Network Blog Cabin with lifestyle expert, Laurie March
  • Easy Paint Fixes with licensed contractor Jason Cameron, presented by Wagner
  • Upcycle & You with green lifestyle expert Danny Seo, presented by Wilsonart
  • Designer Downloads with designer Danielle Colding, presented by Stanton Carpet
  • Design Trends for 2016 with designer Genevieve Gorder

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There were great interactive activities for the attendees to engage in like:

  • A Chinet Place Setting Challenge
  • Gold Peak Iced Tea throughout the day
  • The Delta “HappiMess” Terrerium Station
  • The Overstock.com sharable shopping board and lounge
  • Wagner Spray Booth
  • The Benjamin Moore Paint Party
  • A chance to win at the Snuggle ‘Guess the Flower’ wheel and Cuisinart giveaway
  • Products directly such as the Tempur-Pedic day bed, Stanton Carpet, Wilsonart countertop samples, Secret samples and the Nutrish ‘Cat Tent’
  • A socially-enabled step-and-repeat with Instaprint social photo booth

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“HGTV Magazine’s Blogger Block Party is such a fun event!  It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with influential bloggers, show them some great products and let them get hands-on with them! Did you attend? I would love to hear all about it if you did. Share it in the comments.

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If You Are Visiting NYC, Don’t Miss This “Must See” Family Attraction

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In a few short weeks, school will be out for summer and if you’re like us, you are probably thinking and planning vacations and day trips for the family.  One great attraction for folks in the NYC area or those that will be visiting is Madame Tussauds. Located in the heart of Times Square, you will find over 85, 000 square feet of interactive entertainment for the whole family. Get up close and personal with over 200 incredible wax figures of celebrities, historical icons, sports legends and more. From Lady Gaga to Marilyn Monroe to Carmelo Anthony to the Marvel Super Heroes. The check out the 4D Theater featuring these legendary super heroes.  mt photo
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We are planning our trip to Madame Tussauds and I know my little ones are going to freak out when they see the Marvel Super Heroes. It will be such fun and thankfully not in the bone chilling winter cold like our last excursion to NYC.  So have you been to Madame Tussauds or will you be visiting soon?  If you are planning a trip to NYC, check it out, I am sure it will be worth the trip. Visit nycwax.com for more information.

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We will update with our trip soon and be holding a giveaway for at least 6 tickets to Madame Tussauds then as well.  Let me know what you are planning for this summer in the comments, I love to see what everyone is doing.

 

 


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How To Save Big & See The Sights of New York City With Your Family

Want to know one of the best ways to see the unique wonders of The Big Apple with your family?  I thought you would. The  Classic Harbor Line provides family-friendly boat tours of Manhattan dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of New York City.  When you travel the Classic Harbor Line, they will escort you and your family  on a relaxing, inspiring and breathtaking sightseeing cruise through the waters they proudly call home.

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Their classic yachts – the Schooner Adirondack & Adirondack III and the Schooner America 2.0 ( sailboats), and the Luxury Yacht Manhattan (motorized yacht) are reminiscent of the classic boats that cruised New York Harbor a hundred years ago.

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My Readers receive 15% off each ticket purchased at HERE using ONLINE promo code Mom2015 – Valid for any Day Sail, Sunset Sail, City Lights Sail aboard Schooner Adirondack, Schooner America 2.0 OR any Cruise aboard our 1920’s style motor yacht: Yacht Manhattan!

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Let me know if you have ever traveled the Classic Harbor Line or plan to take advantage of the big savings and book your tour.  We are going as a family, maybe we will see you there.

 

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Brand-Blogger Relations Focus of NYC Type-A Bootcamp-Will You Be There? #typeacon

 

I am making it a point to attend more conferences and network with other bloggers this year.  One of the conferences I am excited about is the Type-A Parent New York City Bootcamp which is going to focus on brand-blogger relations.  Not only is NYC super convenient for me, the focus of the bootcamp is perfect!

Type-A Parent was founded in 2007 and hosts the world’s top conferences for mom and dad bloggers.  In addition to the New York City bootcamp, there will be the 7th annual conference in Atlanta.  Type-A Parent conferences are packed with powerful networking with the best and brightest parent bloggers along with major brands and firms who want to engage with them.

Influential digital parents like myself will be attending  Type-A Parent New York City Bootcamp (Focus: Brand-Blogger Relations) and Type-A Parent 7th Annual Conference (Atlanta, October 8-10, 2015) this year.  Will we see you there?  Register at Type-A Parent Conferences, the premier events for mom and dad bloggers. Use CODEPARTNERSPECIAL to get 20% off for one day only!  Hope to see you there!

 


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Our Trip To The Big Apple Circus In Lincoln Center To See Metamorphosis

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A couple of weeks ago, on Saturday, we went to New York City for the last Saturday performance of The Big Apple Circus in Lincoln Center.  The theme of the show was Metamorphosis and it was a spectacular show.  It was an entirely different show than 2 years ago when we saw them in Lincoln Center and it was filled with fun, death-defying acts and adorable animals.  My kids were wide-eyed during the entire performance and my husband and I were just as amazed.

 

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The Big Apple Circus not only impresses with their stupendous performers, but in the way they treat their animals, the way they give back to the community and how they help bring laughter to sick children and the elderly.  They even have Autism Friendly shows.

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Francesco, The Musical Clown is the first performer to see and he gets right in the audience supposedly searching for his seat.  He keeps us entertained throughout the circus and is absolutely hysterical.  The quick change Smirnov Duo still has my husband and I shaking our heads with how they do what they did.  We saw it but it does not seem possible.  There were many performances that had us asking, “How did they do that?”  Trapeze artists, contortionists, jugglers and amazing feats of all kinds has us still talking. Ringmaster, John Kennedy Kane keeps us on top of everything under the big top.  If you get a chance to attend, you should, it will make memories for a lifetime.

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Check out the cities and dates to see if there is a performance near you.  You can buy tickets HERE and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  You can check out more pictures from our trip to the circus on  Instagram

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Did you see Metamorphosis from The Big Apple Circus?  If so, I would love to hear where and what you thought.  Please let me know in the comments.

 

Disclosure: As a USFG Blogger I was provided with complimentary tickets to the performance but as always my views and words are 100% my own.

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Sunset Yoga Workshop in Brooklyn Bridge Park With Miz Mooz Shoes!!! #MizMoozMoves

Well, I am very proud to introduce my daughter Alexandra as a new guest blogger for Mommy Ramblings. Alexandra graduated with her Masters in Public Administration in May and is working full time with NJ Transit as a Transportation GIS Analyst.  She lives in the NYC area and will be covering local events and happenings in the city that never sleeps.  Her first event post is one I knew she would love.  She is a very active young woman and after work can be found jumping on a train to a yoga studio.  So the September 16th Sunset Yoga Workshop sponsored by Miz Mooz Shoes in Brooklyn Bridge Park had her name all over it.   For all the details read her post below:

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The weather was breezy but nice in the Harbor Side Park in DUMBO. The bright orange yoga mats were set up directly across the Manhattan skyline with a perfect view of the Statue of Liberty.

I am used to taking power yoga at my home studio but have been craving a slower flow and the teacher, Kelly, absolutely delivered. The poses she recommended were perfect to completely stretch out the body no matter if you were a novice or a very practiced yogi.

 

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The class was very welcoming and provided a nice retreat from the chaos of the city. Miz Mooz showcased some very fashionable styles for fall and each blogger was sent home with a very comfortable espadrille style flat which I have been using for commuting on the PATH.
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The shoes are comfortable  and fashionably perfect for the city.  I had an absolutely amazing experience sharing this class with all of the awesome bloggers and want to thank Miz Mooz for their hospitality and the great shoes and goodies we all got to take with us!  To see all the gorgeous Miz Mooz fall shoe styles visit their website and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

 

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In The NYC Area–Be Sure To Visit Madame Tussauds & Be A Star!!! Save 15% on Admission Now!!!

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If you live near or are planning to travel to the New York City area and want a suggestion for a fun attraction for the whole family, I have just the thing.  At MADAME TUSSAUDS you can become a star!  With over with over 85,000 square feet of interactive entertainment in the heart of Times Square. There are millions of things to see and do in New York City, but there is only one place where you can get up close with over 200 incredible wax figures of celebrities, historical icons, sports legends and more. From Marilyn Monroe to Barack Obama to Lady Gaga to Carmelo Anthony, there is a star for everyone! Don’t miss the thrilling Marvel Super Heroes 4D theater featuring Marvel’s legendary Super Heroes. Visit nycwax.com for more information.

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Stay tuned to see pics and live tweets from our trip there in the upcoming few weeks.

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