November 2018 was the 2017 NYC Play Fair and I had to ride in style so #Mazda hooked me up with this hotrod to take on the voyage across state lines. Ok, ok.. it’s only a 45 minute trip into NYC depending on traffic but I wanted that “dramatic” feel haha! And boy did they hook me up!
I feel like I need to start by introducing you to the safety features of this fine beauty called the 2018 Mazda3.
As a mother of 2 boys, I live and breathe what is best for them and my family, and being that we are in and out of it alot, my car isn’t a choice I take lightly.
2018 Mazda Mazda3 Safety Features
- Driver Air Bag
- Passenger Air Bag
- Front Head Air Bag
- Rear Head Air Bag
- Front Side Air Bag
- 4-Wheel ABS
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
- Brake Assist
- Electronic Stability Control
- Daytime Running Lights
- Child Safety Locks
- Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
- Traction Control
- Blind Spot Monitor
- Cross-Traffic Alert
In addition to all of the important features listed above, you can turn on the car length guide that shows you if you’re tailgating the car in front of you which I find extremely useful. You know us NJ drivers need to get where we’re going quickly and sometimes don’t notice we are tailgating until our husband’s yell at us (LOL!).
The interior of the 2018 Mazda3 is breathtaking. They hit the nail on the head with this ivory and black combination interior… I mean just look at how stunning this looks. Would you believe the 2018 starts at just under 20K??
This model came with a sunroof which i l love to keep the window closed but the screen open. Makes November seem like Spring time letting the sun in… when there is sun…
The heated seats, both driver and passenger are a huge bonus and to top it off, a heated steering wheel! ALWAYS GO WITH THE HEATED STEERING WHEEL! You can thank me later.
The interface leaves a little to be desired in my opinion as they artyl haven’t gotten it right. It’s 2018 and there isn’t a standard navigation package in this model which I found a bit odd with how luxurious everything else was.
Alao, getting used to the center console controls takes a little but, but once you get used to it, it’s fine.
Now onto the exterior. What more can I say, such a stylish, family friendly vehicle that works it in all the right places.
Check out this beauty in pearl white with aluminum alloy rims, halogen lights and sleek windows. Did I mention the grill is A-Maz-ingly intimidating yet beautiful? Zoom-Zoom!
See for yourself what the fus is about…
The trunk folds down into the 2nd row for sects space if needed, but even without doing that I wad amazed at how easily I fit my weekly HUGE grocery trip into it no problem.
Do you own a Mazda? Let me know what you think down below!
We are no strangers to Bookroo’s monthly subscription program. In fact, my son remembers how fun it was to unveil the books the last time he got a shipment, check out my previous post from a couple years back.
This is a great gift idea for little ones and older kids as well. They have board books as well as paperback and all are quality books worth every penny of the monthly fee you will be paying for them. The wrapping paper that they come wrapped in is worth that much alone!
Imagine the faces one the kids wheb they get their monthly package in the mail with two books to unwrap. Just watch my 5 year olds reaction to the “gifts” he got!
What’s even better is the fact that this makes him want to try reading and creates an excitement around the possibility of books. Personally, we have so many books that I like to donate books when we are done with them, but these we tend to keep because they’re special!
Right now they have a GREAT Cyber Monday deal going on for 25% off you order by tomorrow 11/27!
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Lately I’ve been on sort of a health kick.. I am part of a bootcamp training facility that I go to daily at 5am, I am walking a mike a day on my lunch break at work and eating more consciously. I’ve been getting a little into essential oils and using my oil diffuser while i take a shower or a relaxing bath with a bath fizz and some eucalyptus scented Epsom salt to help ease my sore muscles and dry skin.
It also helps me to wind down from the day and just clear my mind. My kids have also used the eucalyptus to help with allergies and sinus issues, I just prop the diffuser in their room and they’re good to go after a couple hours relaxing with it filling the room with aromas.
With that being said, I want to give my opinion on a lesser known mom and pop store in my home town of Staten Island (I love saying I was born on an island because it’s true haha).
Www.Relaxbehealthy.com sent me a few items to check out and i have to say I’m really loving them. I haven’t had much experience with essential oil water sprays but these probably take the cake of i had to guess from what i see with their essential oils.
All of their products are organic and hand made in their shop with imported products from around the world. The items in reviewing are made from raw materials from Bulgaria and are the real deal.
First up to the plate is the Lavender Water. It’s a 4oz misting spray and is $10.99. It has a scent of lavender just a bit lighter then the oil, and is a super soft delicate mist.
All natural Bulgarian organic Lavender water:
When sprayed directly only hair, it helps make hair shiny as it conditions the hair.
You can use the water spray as deodorant for your body, or even spray on furniture and around the home to deodorize.
There are many other different uses for lavender you can experiment with.
Now this Rose Water is my absolute favorite. They captured such am amazing scent I could wear it as a body must and probably will! Also $10.99 at their store, I wish you could smell it through this post, but if you do order from them, I suggest you put this in your cart.
All natural organic Bulgarian Rose Water:
It can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, helps to maintain the skin’s PH balance, helps to hydrate the skin, helps to aid healing scars, cuts, wounds, regenerate skin tissues, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores, helps aging skin, wrinkles and fine lines
Extra fun uses include mood enhancer and spray the scent on your pillow to help to sleep better.
Enhance the quality of hair. Helps to rid dandruff, natural conditioner.
For dry & frizzy hair: Mix equal parts rosewater and glycerin, apply on the scalp, massage for 10-15 minutes. Let it stay for another 30 minutes and wash off with shampoo.
Last but not least is their 20ml Lavender Oil that retails for $24.99 but is currently on sale for $21.99 At their online boutique. This little potent bottle is much more fragrant then any other essential oil I’ve gotten and you can tell it’s just so fresh and pure. Check out my video below to see what i compared it to.
- Reduces anxiety and emotional stress.
- Heals burns and wounds.
- Improves sleep.
- Restores skin complexion and reduces acne.
- Slows aging with powerful antioxidants.
- Improves eczema and psoriasis.
- Alleviates headaches.
The NYC Play Fair is only weeks away and I am giving you the chance to be in the building!
At Play Fair attendees can feel, touch, and take home their favorite toys and games — and be the first to glimpse the toys of tomorrow from more than 70 exhibitors including Cartoon Network, Hasbro, Just Play, K’NEX, LEGO, Midtown Comics, ALEX Brands, Moose Toys, Spin Master, Maddie Rae’s Slime Glue, The New York Doll Company, Toys “R” Us, VTech, Kvellix, Inc. (NUTSO) and WowWee. See firsthand which toys, games, and entertainment will be the biggest hits this season, just in time for Black Friday. More information and scheduling of events can be found at .
WHEN: Play Fair 2017
Saturday, November 4th – Sunday, November 5th
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
WHERE: Jacob K. Javits Center, Halls 1A and 1B
655 West 34th Street
You can purchase tickets at http://www.playfairny.com/ and save $5 per ticket with discount code TRU5 or scroll down below to enter to WIN 2 passes now through 10/31!
Larger-than-life play experiences, stage activities, and consumer challenges. Highlights include: a Minecraft VR station, a NERF Arena, an augmented reality Ben 10 experience, Builder demos with Magformers, live product unboxings, and a Shopkins fashion show!
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ attempt by 12-year-old slime glue entrepreneur Madison Greenspan of Maddie Rae’s Slime Glue. Join Madison as she and her team attempt to make over 6 tons of slime!
Exciting photo opportunities with talent and costume characters from PAW Patrol®, Rusty Rivets, Toys “R” Us’ Geoffrey, Ben 10, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Peppa Pig, SpongeBob SquarePants, Leapfrog’s Scout & Violet, Shopkins, and more!
Halloween Costume Parade, presented by Rubies Costume Company
Top 2017 holiday toys from drones and blasters to the best in kids’ crafts, collectibles, coding and more!
Interactive exhibits fostering team-work, discovery, and play.
Museum quality displays offering glimpses of vintage toys, rare variants, and mock-ups of upcoming toys to learn about the past, present, and future of some of America’s favorite toys and games.
Toy unboxings unveiling some of the biggest toys of the holidays.
Celebrity guests including Mindy Thomas, co-host of NPR’s “Wow in the World”, WWE ® Superstar Big Show and WWE ® Superstar Daniel Bryan, the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers, Mommy Tubers, Toy Bloggers, Toy Designers, and more!
Show exclusives and limited edition toys you won’t find anywhere else.
And a Race Around NYC – Take your Play Fair badge to dozens of shops, museums, restaurants, and landmarks to get discounts, goodies, and freebies all weekend long.
I know me and my kids are super excited to check out the entire line up and enjoy all of the fun!
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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week. It was a really brisk morning this morning when I was up and out at 5am.. out first of the season where you see your breath when you speak and I don’t like it! 39º is what tree car read, and it didn’t warm up much throughout the day either.
As I wind down for the night and am settles in to begin this post, I thought the title would fit perfectly. Before kids, weekend’s were occasionally for “bar hopping”, now it’s only right that they’ve been formally replaced with what I call “Farm hopping” haha!
What is farm hopping you might ask. Think about it.. there are so many to choose from locally, why only pick one? Is there some rule? I mean, there are ones that are totally FREE to go and enjoy the festivities, so why not?
Lucky for me I got to sport around in the all new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S and since it is a V6 but eco friendly engine, it was super fun to take these trips.
My favorite thing about getting to spend time in different vehicle models is seeing jyst how different they really are. Although many standard features are the same from model to model, there are some that just stand out (And some for a bad reason too).
This particular model was a Quartz brown exterior, personally I love this color on any car. It just seems so high end and ritzy and I feel really fancy driving around in it. The interior was pretty nice too, tan and black, although i would prefer a lighter tan as this is a bit on the yellow side (although I guess it’s good for young children because you cannot see the crumbs my boys have already spilled in it or “other” things that may happen that may be yellow in color…)
The thing I missed the most during the week with this car has too accrual be TWO things. My remote start for my 5am early mornings and the keyless entry that allows me to lock my keys in the car when I go into the gym. I’ll tell you though first hand, this model will not let you lock the keys in the car 😀🤣 and it’s a good thing because i would’ve done it twice out of habit. It tells at you and promptly unlocks the doors right after you hit lock.
The most unique feature that helped us on our trips was the huge trunk capacity for such a small crossover suv. My youngest is now 5 but we still bring a stroller, mainly to hold jackets and bags that I’m too lazy to carry and to avoid lockers that I’m too cheap to pay for. Ok, it’s also to carry tired kids after a long day of fun back to the car.
I did find it very unique but also a bit odd and concerning that the back seats EJECT fot you to get anyone into the third row or to fold the second row down for extra trunk space. It did run through my mind for a split second that this could happen if my children were to accidently pull the lever on the side or the head rest although I’d like to believe there is some sort of safety feature regarding weight on the seat that prevents this. I didn’t want to test this out with my children in the seats lol although they probably would enjoyed it on hind-sight, so if you know the answer, please feel free to comment below because it’s really interesting…
This particular model also didn’t come with built in navigation, so that wasn’t very fun having to old-school it and use my cell phone on the center cup holder navigating me to our first destination of the weekend, Turhune Orchards.
Don’t let the name fool you, it isn’t only an orchard although they have a lovely apple supply of trees to pick fresh apples from, and FREE apples put in giant boxes throughout the farm to feast on (I assumed they were washed 🤔) and the we’re really really yummy!
Parking was easy because they navigate you in, however it was crowded as ever since it was the first day of their “annual fall festival”. They take both cash and cards at the entry and it does cost a hefty $12 per person which I though was a bit much for what they offer, however once inside, almost everything is included without an extra charge with the exception of pony rides, pumpkins, and of course food.
They have a couple of food tents and the food was just OK and not really great in my opinion. They have chicken, pulled pork, and some various soups and salads but nothing really geared towards children, especially my picky eater. My favorite thing was the apple cider donuts and I ate more then I should have on my excersize diet that I’m currently on.
My kids really enjoyed the pumpkin painting, and pumpkins under 5lbs were just a few dollars and the painting was free. The corn maze was simple and cute, and my 5 year old son and gid daughter proudly led us all through it without a problem.
The hay ride was short, but takes you around the beautiful fruit orchards and compared to may others I’ve been on, it was a nice smooth comfortable ride.
They did have animals to see, but I didn’t see very many. If you want to fork up the extra dough on top of the entry fee, you can do a pony ride for the kids which is cute.
Would I go back? I’d have to say probably. It’s a nice open family friendly space and had some nice activities for all. I wish they would lower their prices a bit for entry though, but the included activities make it worth it. Also, they do have wine tasting which is always a bonus😉.
Check out more as well as their activities calendar at:
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton NJ
Sat & Sun 9am-6pm
Winery Tasting Room
Fri, Sat & Sun 12pm-6pm
Bottles available in farm store daily
Next up on my list is Snyders Farm. This is an amazing place for young children. It will cost you $8 CASH ONLY per person to get in, parking is simple, and you must take the hay ride over to the farm area. We first visited this farm last year during a birthday party for my god daughter and we had a blast. I wanted to see what it was like as a regular visitor, and it didn’t disappoint. The activities are geared towards all ages, and it is a big enough farm that it doesn’t feel over crowded and the kids can run around safely.
They have a small animal farm with just a few goats, many hay climbing sections, and my favorite, the giant hay slide. We must have gone on this thing a dozen times and ir doesn’t get old. Each time is just as fun as the last. It reminds me of the giant slides at amusement parks that you get into the potato sack and slide on down. Only this, you slide directing into a giant tub of corn! Yes, it will get in your shoes and everywhere else.
On the topic of shoes, it rained while we were there and yes it did get muddy so don’t wear any nice shoes here.
More activities to highlight is the daily surprise where captain America shoots CANDY to the kids from the sky out of a real CANNON, and no kid leaves without candy. It is such a fun, unexpected treat for newcomers and it is so fun to watch all of the kids screaming with excitement.
That’s not all that is shot at Snyder farm. You can pay ($3 for corn, $5 for pumpkins) too shoot corn or pumpkins at cars! This was so fun for us all.
The only downfall of this place is, #1 I cannot figure out where to actually do pumpkin picking or apple picking, and #2, lack of food options! They only had one food truck when we were there and it was a seafood focused truck wick is odd to be the only option, in october, at a kids fall festive area.. but i have to say, their Chicken tenders and fries although expensive, were really good. This place is tree opidumy of fall activities (besides pumpkin and apples).
The best part is that NOTHING (except food and any picking) is an extra charge once inside, so this is definitely the best value.
Would I visit again? Absolutely! Hopefully next year on a less muddy day.
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Last on my list is Ort Farm. This is FREE to get in, parking is simple too although a very crowded lot and you should be prepared to walk a little bit.
Without an entry fee, it really can’t be beat. Free fun for all, however if you want to do the routine stuff like hayride and pumpkin picking, your gonna have to pay up. The $1 per person hayride takes you to the pumpkin patch which is really huge. Each pumpkin is .59 cents a lb which isn’t bad. We got an 8 pounder and paid just $4 and change, while my cousins picked out a giant sized 25lb pumpkin for their little ones first Halloween. The pumpkins are in really great shape and many perfect ones to choose from preclipped, or that you can rip right off of the vine.
At check out they have amazing homemade salted caramel chocolate fudge, and Apple cider donuts that I may or may not have consumed…
They have the hands down most unique activity of all here though… MONSTER TRUCK rides. A “hayride” like ride on REAL monster trucks. Amazing! We didn’t do this because of timing and the line was super long, so I am not sure of the cost but we watched them and they looked and sounded awesome.
We did however check out all of the animals which the had quite a few including chickens, ducks, pigs, goats, an adorable baby calf and some cool bulls.
Across the street from this section was their corn maze. This is the BEST corn maze I have ever been in. I seriously couldn’t find my way out, even when using the provided map, aside from a 5, 8, and 9 year old leading the way… so I feel it was worth the $6 a person they charge to get into the maze. Apparently they do corn maze at night too and everyone gets a flashlight. I am too much of a chicken for that, but if you like the dark, I suggest you check that out because you WILL get lost in there.
We didn’t eat any real food there due to time, so I am not sure of the cost or if it is any good, but I definitely smelled hot dogs and hamburgers and they did smell AMAZING.
Would I go back? Yes! If you don’t feel like spending money but want fall activities, this is the place to just soak in all the fall feelings.
Check out more info at;
Activity Hours: Weekdays 12-6 (Hayrides/Maze/Animals/Play Area)
Weekends 10-5 (Hayrides/Maze/Animals
/Train Rides/Cannon/ Monster Truck)
Overall, we have enjoyed all three farms and had fun “Farm Hopping”. And thanks to the Mitsubishi Outlander, we got to there and back safely!
You know I enjoy a good subscription box. So when I was invited to review Yogi Suprise, of course I jumped on board. It’s something about the ‘unknown’ when that box shows up on the mail, it makes it feel like ion opening a present!
New to market, Yogi Suprise is a monthly subscription box valued at over $70 a month according to their website. They only pass a $44.95 fee along to the customer for this monthly box (+ Free Shipping), and although the subscription auto-renews monthly once you sign up, you have the option to cancel at any time..
What’s different about Yogi Suprise? It promotes a healthy lifestyle, with Yoga, charity, and global well-being intertwined.
Not only do you get 6-7 full sized products to delve into, and monthly self healing Yoga sequences.. you also get a monthly chance to enter to win a retreat to a different island monthly. You can choose between the ‘Lifestyle or ‘Jewelry” boxes. The one i received is the lifestyle box, so it is a mix of goodies.
So without further delay, I present to you, my first Yogi Suprise Lifestyle box.
Check out their site for more info and to sign up and receive your box and save 15% for life with my code (coming soon) ♡ Yogi Suprise 《
Details of products;
Headbands For Hope
Peaceful Warrior Pouch
A Path of Light Clementine Scented hand lotion
‘This Bar Saves Lives’ snack bar
Can’t leave out my little side kick who made an appearance in the video 😍😎 he was just as excited you unbox it as I was!
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