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Wednesday
Jul232014

#EAEvents Blogger Bash Social Suite 2014

There were so many great events at Blogger Bash, and the #EAEvents Social Suite was no exception. Debbie Bookstaber, of Element Associates, pulled off an amazing party with great sponsors. Everyone who attended had a blast!

First, it's always great to get pampered, right ladies? CoverGirl was on hand to freshen us up after a long day. They provided manicures, pedicures and mini-makeovers!  After learning which colors worked best for their skin tone, bloggers got to go home with their own CoverGirl lip gloss!

After getting freshened up, it was time to get stylish. There was a lot of oohing and ahhing over the Joseph Nogucci jewelry bar. From their awesome leather wrap bracelets to their custom-made charm bracelets, there is something for everyone. Thanks to Joseph Nogucci for the super cute silver Paper Plane necklace (made popular by Harry Styles)!

Who says girls can't like cars? Not me!  And having Washdrops and Auto Tex Pink on hand was  a great treat. With many of us traveling a lot this summer, our cars are bound to get dirty. The award-winning Washdrop samples will be a nice GREEN way to clean off the grime. The Auto Tex Pink Wiper Blades help support the fight against breast cancer - which is a cause near to many of our hearts. 


Smokey the Bear is an iconic figure in America - and he turns 70 this year! He was on hand for pictures (which bloggers loved!) and treated us all to some birthday cake. We are grateful for his important ABC Reminder:  Always BCareful with fire.


Suite Sweet is definitely the place to go for toys - but one of the coolest new products out there was actually at #EAEvents Social Suite! I got to check out the amazing Wubble Ball. It's a bubble that plays like a ball. My boys LOVE the Wubble Ball - so it's good they are now available at Target!

It was also fantastic to meet New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willing. I need to make more time to get lost in a book, and I think leafing through her books made me realize she is a great place to start!

 #EAEvents Social Suite was a blast! What was your favorite table?

Wednesday
Jul092014

Hotel Hershey in #HersheyPa

Hotel Hershey in #HersheyPa

 

 

I'm still pondering what I like to call 'awesomeness' of my trip to Hershey, Pa with my family last week. 

We had an absolutely amazing time!  This isn't the first time I took my family to Hershey but I have to tell you that it's a game changer in my most favorite places to visit!  

Hotel Hershey LoveYou all know I just love and adore traveling.  It's such an amazing focus for my family to be able to experience life throw the lens of opportunity.  Yes, I know that not every family can travel.  In fact, my own family never traveled.  The only travel I remember as a kid was a Branson, Mo trip from hell! ha.  No joke.  It was beyond brutal.  

So it's something I swear by with my own kids.  Travel when you can!  So when the opportunity for me to work with Hershey, Pa as one of their ambassadors opened up I was all over the idea of getting to experience the sweetest place on Earth!  After all... who wouldn't want to sip hot cocoa, make smores and smell the pumped in whiff of cocoa in a glorious hotel for a couple nights!?!?!  

I was totally down. 

So when we arrived to the hotel, my family thought I was THE COOLEST mom on the planet when the desk supervisor gave us each a big Hershey's Candy Bar.  Amazing right?  LOVE that part about Hershey. 

*Minor note - NEVER visit this town if you are on a diet.  SERIOUSLY.  Never do it to yourself!!

I'd love to share with you my TOP 5 Faves of Hotel Hershey:

 

 

-- The check in.  Really.  The fact that we get chocolate bars when you check in?  LOVE.  And dear old Hudson LOVED it too!

-- The pool area!  They recently went under a huge renovation and the pool at Hotel Hershey had taken me totally by surprise!  When we got out there it was close to 5pm and I wasn't sure what the crowd would be like.  About 10 minutes in we were greeted by an awesome brass band that just so happened to come out of nowhere!  It was awesome!  The random entertainment with a huge touch of flare went a long way. 
So much so that I was convinced we had to be out there everything!

-- The Chocolate Spa.  I really don't even know what to say aobut this.  I personally treated my husband and I to treatments, lunch and a little down time.  It was awesome to know that my kids were being well taken care of while we were being well pampered of course.

 -- Cocoa Clubhouse.  This was a huge surpise to me.  I mean, I have honestly looked at booking this hotel many times in the past - but I never did it.  Not sure why - but out of this experience I am 100% convinced that the Cocoa Clubhouse is a deal maker for me and my family.  This is an awesome space where parents can comfortably drop off their kids and head out to enjoy some private time.  Ahem.  Like we did! ha.  We put our oldest (whose 6) in the Clubhouse and because our 17 month old isn't potty trained and he's still a little dude we had to pay for a sitter that the hotel can provide.  Great right?  I won't lie.  We spent more on the sitters & spa than we did the entire trip.  It definitely was not cheap, but I can tell you that was really the best part of our trip!  My husband and I got a chance to connect and our kids got a chance to really play.  Worth every penny in the end. 

-- The History.  Seriously - I am 100% the sucker when it comes to gorgeous properties with a long line of history to it!  I mean, the major chains are great and purposeful, but when you have the opportunity to be apart of something special - it just has so much more amazing life to it.  And Hotel Hershey is no stranger to amazing history.  One of my most favorite parts of the hotel was the gorgeous photography seen all around the facility.  The photography told amazing stories about the life of the location.

OVERALL REVIEW:  The Hotel Hershey is by far one of the most beautiful properties I've ever stayed at.  Yes - it is very pricey.  But you really have to weigh out the pros and cons.  For us, I'd pay that in a second because of all the amazing amenities that comes with it.  But if you are planning on not spending much time at the hotel then you may want to think about the Hershey Lodge or something more in your budget.  I honestly would have been completely content with not even leaving the hotel!! ha. 

More great #HersheyPa info coming soon!

 

 

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DISCLOSURE:  I am a Hershey, Pennsylvania ambassador.  Yes, that does include some amazing perks including two nights stay & entry to some area attractions.  I paid out of pocket for the spa & sitters AND the extra night.  But it was worth every penny!  Thanks Hershey!

Monday
Jun302014

The Sweetest Place on Earth

Hershey
The Sweetest Place on Earth

Chocolate.

Just say the word, and I am there.

One of the things I absolutely love about living in Philadelphia is my proximity to Hershey, PA. That's right, Chocolate Town!  I have had the pleasure of visiting many times over the past several years, and I'm heading there again this week as I am what every chocolate lover dreams of.. A HERSHEY AMBASSADOR!  Rough job, I know.  But SOMEBODY has to do it. 

I always look forward to my Hershey visits. No, not just because I can stock up on the best chocolate on the planet!  But I love that Hershey is a family-friendly destination. For locals who can't quite swing a big vacation, Hershey is the perfect "staycation." There is so much to do, including Hersheypark (Boston LOVE the chocolate characters!!  The pic to the left is from our 1st ever visit to Hershey.)

Thrill lovers: did you know Hersheypark has 12 rollercoasters? Epic! They also offer live entertainment as well as kid-focused rides for even the smallest chocolate lovers.

Hershey, PA offers more than just the theme park, though. Visitors can head to ZooAmerica, with over 200 animals on 11 acres. There is also a large educational component. Keep the learning going through the summer! Kids can learn about the history of Hershey at The Hershey Story and get the whole scoop on how chocolate is made at Hershey's Chocolate World (and pssst: you didn't hear it from me, but after the informational tour they may or may not give out chocolate samples. SCORE!).

Accomodations are not lacking in Hershey, and I can attest that the Hershey Lodge is fantastic for families. If you want to take it to the next level, check out The Hotel Hershey!  We are MEGA excited about staying at Hotel Hershey as we've only stayed at the Hershey Lodge in the past. Check out their awesome packages, as well. There are great seasonal and year-round offerings that make a stay at Hershey all the more sweet.

Also? I may be a little obsessed with the fact that Kate Gosselin lives nearby. Because. KATE GOSSELIN.


I digress.

So whether you are near or far, take the scenic ride through the rolling countryside of Pennsylvania and make your destination the Sweetest Place on Earth!

Check our twitter, Instagram and Facebook stream for our overflowing amount of images from our experiences.  I promise to share unique shots at our favorite sweet spots!

 

What is YOUR favorite Hershey memory?

 

 

****Yes, as an ambassador I get some SWEET deals! Some of the activities are comped in result of my ambassadorship with Hershey, PA.  But of course - the REAL mom is always going to be real.  Now, back to my chocolate dream.

Wednesday
Jun252014

Ohhh Baby! 2014 New Baby Gift Guide

2014 New Baby Gift Guide

 

 

We are digging the baby space. My friends Steph & Steph (and their other brother Larry.. get it? HA!)

Ok, anyway - yes - we have been hard at work on Blogger Bash, but with the big announcement on Monday about having THE Anne Geddes at Blogger Bash - perfect timing to share with you our amazing New Baby Gift Guide!

Steph Glover & Steph Anderson - my two VIM's - (VERY important Mom Friends.  We all need one, ya know!) have put together this awesome guide.  Yes, I played with many of the goodies - but it was their talents that made the guide what it is. 

From FAB strollers by Joovy to Skip Hop Diaper Bags down to even great ways to save your life as a mom with adorable pacifier clips!  AWESOMENESS filling pages of life lessons and needs for the new and old mom to be. 

Are you preggos?  What is your ultimate baby gift go - to?

Friday
Jun132014

And the #RooibeeRoo VITea is....

We loved everyone's #RooibeeRoo spirit but, sadly, there can be only one winner! We are proud to announce that @MakingItAllWork will be attending Blogger Bash 2014 on behalf of Rooibee Red Tea

Here is the winning video!

But don't be too sad! If you entered the #RooibeeRoo Instagram contest we have wonderful news! Every one who entered the contest is getting a ticket to Blogger Bash! Yes, you read that right! We were so floored by everyone's #RooibeeRoo enthusiam that we had to keep the fun going! If you entered the #RooibeeRoo Instagram contest, you will be contacted about how to receive your ticket!

Can't wait to see you all in New York City for Blogger Bash 2014!