Living in New York City you Need to Arm Yourself with P&G Products To Stay #NYTough

Living in NYC, requires a certain level of mental toughness. Like for instance, when you are riding the subway you learn how to be morph into a BRITISH PALACE GUARD and keep still as can be so that homeless guy who is about to talk to you keeps on moving. Or  after embarking from said subway, and smelling like the guy who was crammed up next to you in that packed subway car- and feeling like you want to JUMP INT HE SHOWER BUT YOU CAN’T or you’ll be late for work so you pull out your trusty bottle of febreze and just SPRAY yourself silly. THAT IS being NY Tough. Which is why I love P&G brands (Bounty, Crest,  DawnFebreze, Tide, Secret and  Head & Shoulders) #NYTough campaign–  a humorous celebration of the little challenges faced by New Yorkers, like smelling great even when your Tinder date decides that their 5th floor walkup would be the perfect spot for a second date. here are just A FEW challenges ANY new York can relate to:

Living in New York City you Need to Arm Yourself with P&G Products To Stay #NYTough

Garlicky pizza breath is tough. @Crest is tougher. #NYTough

Living in New York City you Need to Arm Yourself with P&G Products To Stay #NYTough

Strutting through SoHo with dandruff is tough. @HSforMen is tougher. #NYTough

Living in New York City you Need to Arm Yourself with P&G Products To Stay #NYTough

Finger painting playdates in East Village apartments are tough. @Bounty is tougher. #NYTough

Apt 3A’s takeout smell is tough. @Febreze_Fresh is tougher. #NYTough

NYTough-Subway---Bounty

Running to catch the morning train is tough. @SecretDeodorant is tougher. #NYTough

And no one had a better take on just how  P&G can help us New Yorkers get through city life than Marlon Wayans!


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The Sunday Swoon: Fall Street Style Looks for Teens Styled By Madison (aka How to STYLE a Sweater!)

I’m a woo-woo girl. My daughter is not. What do I mean by woo-woo? I get overly excited about things, my daughter does not. And I’ve found this is THE HARDEST PART of parenting. Realizing that your child is her own unique individual person and accepting that she is not and will never be, EXACTLY what you want her to be. I know that sounds completely egotistical- as though I had a child and harbored expectations of her being a certain personality (one that was JUST LIKE MINE) and that in being so alike we’d just walk off into the sunset together. Of course those sunsets are the lore of fairy tales, because the reality of children and the raising of them is that, in the process, you realize that they are on loan to you.

Fall Street Style Looks for Teens Styled By Madison

They are not yours, there can be no expectation on your part of anything and all the love you lavish on them – should be because you want to help them become the person they were destined to be- even if that person is not who YOU wanted or envisioned they would be. That is not to say that my daughter is not, in my eyes the most perfect and precious of creatures that have ever roamed this earth- to me she is my everything- but our personalities could not be more different. Which brings me to the fact that I am a woo- woo girl and she is not, EXCEPT when it comes to styling outfits and shopping. In those moments my daughter is in her element, she is as WOO WOO as she can get- and well- I will do anything to support that gleam in her eye and her desire to express herself through her fashion sense and style.

So with that being said, and the realization that having a child, a daughter, has taught me to honor her vision, her independence and to help her grow and shine in her own light- ( and NOT IN MY SHADOW) here are four Fall looks Styled by Madison and TOTALY swoonworthy ( in my mama’s humble opinion!) and ones that will most definitely not break the bank!

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10 Kid Favorite Meals Get A Healthy Makeover

Whether it’s corn dogs, spaghetti and meatballs or grilled cheese we all have certain dishes that instantly take us back to our childhood.  Yet, while these and other childhood favorites are packed with flavor, they may not be the healthiest option for our own kids.
10 Kid Favorite Meals Get A Healthy Makeover
Thankfully, the team at Chef Works, a worldwide leader in culinary apparel, has compiled the following quick guide for creating healthy alternatives to 10 childhood favorites

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Got Teens? Then You NEED to get a Ticket to This Weekend’s Austin Mahone post Mets game Concert

Based on what I’ve heard, bonding with your teen is definitely not for the faint of heart. Most teens, in the process of flexing their independence, are sporting surly attitudes and a desire to be as far away from you as possible.

Got Teens? Then You NEED to get a Ticket to This Weekend's Austin Mahone post Mets game Concert

When I told my sister, who has a 18-year-old son, that I was writing this post, she offered me this bit of insight into how she’s managed to keep their relationship so solid, even during the tumultuous teen years.

“I just really want to be involved in his life. Sure, I discipline him, but he also knows he can tell me anything and that ultimately I am on his side,” she said.

“We have talks every night, which I started when he was a tween,” she went on. “We work out together, we go grocery shopping and at least once a week we go out to eat. He is an integral part of who I am and my happiest times are when I’m with him (and his little brother).”

Of course, I hope to experience these kinds of connections with my own children and if you’re looking for concrete ways to start the bonding process and you have a tween/teen in your life- and you want to put a smile on her face I have the PERFECT way to do so- GET tickets to the  Austin Mahone postgame concert presented by Duane Reade following the Mets-Astros 7:10 p.m. game on Saturday, September 27!

 Mahone, an 18-year-old singer/songwriter, is poised for stardom with several hit singles on iTunes including “What About Love,” which peaked at No. 7, “Say You’re a Friend,” and “Banga! Banga!,” which climbed as high as No. 14. He is also headlining the MTV Artist to Watch Tour in 2014.

Got Teens? Then You NEED to get a Ticket to This Weekend's Austin Mahone post Mets game Concert

 

 

Mets take on the Astros, Sept. 26th through Sept. 28th. Austin Mahone performs in our Postgame Concert, Presented by Duane Reade, on Saturday, Sept. 27th! Go to Mets.com for tickets and more.

Tickets to the Austin Mahone post-game concert are available at Mets.com/Concerts and (718) 507-TIXX.

 

 
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Cash, Clothing and the Magic and Fantasy of Childhood is Only a Leap Away!

I cannot believe it’s already the official start to Fall, I wish Summer would linger just a bit longer, although  there’s something to be said for that “just right” temperature, warm enough for short sleeves but not stifling hot that you need to wipe your daughter’s sweaty brow and hear her sweet voice complaining, about every two seconds, “I’m so hot”–anyhow, (sorry for those tangents I go off on) and Fall is a wonderful opportunity to spend time outside with your kids, away from all technology (okay I never leave home without my cell phone, but that’s it!).

Cash, Clothing and the Magic and Fantasy of Childhood is Only a Leap Away!

We spent a big chunk of yesterday literally just hanging out at the Park, walking, talking, laughing, swinging with just a few minor snares–mainly my daughter, complaining she was too tired to walk and my son getting “almost” and I use the term lightly- knocked over by an oncoming swing- my son literally has nine lives, this kid has had more near-misses than I can count on all my fingers and toes…

The point is, the more time you spend outside, at least for me, the more I appreciate how special this Earth is and that I have to do my part and try to recycle, and make some kind of lasting impression on my kids about our fragile planet…I know I sound like I am on a soap box right now–but you will totally get my perspective if you rent Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” it is terrifying!! And scares you straight!

I would highly recommend checking out the Greenbelt you can pretend you’re in an enchanted forest and that trying to find your way to the magic castle…your kids will totally buy into the fantasy- mine did, and they’ll stop caring about being “tired for at least a few seconds! And don’t forget to get your jar of peanut butter and get to work building that bird house! For more great green ideas check out: www.epa.gov/water/kids.html.

And Speaking of all things Fantastical and magical about childhood Leap of Faith Clothing, LLC. is a Charlotte, NC based company. LOF clothing will inspire kids, big and small, to use their imaginations! Their signature cape tee will quickly turn the wearer into a superhero of their own making! Their personalized baby gear will have you celebrating your inner super hero persona with creativity and playfulness.

 

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