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Together again, AGAIN!

Thanks to Suave Kids, Savvy Sassy Moms was on the red carpet for the Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted World Premiere at the El Capitan Theater, elbow-to-elbow with the stars and hob-knobbing with some of Hollywood’s most elite and up-and-coming actors and actresses. Hollywood Boulevard was shut down for the red carpet arrivals and interviews, as crowds of fans buzzed watching Sweetums clear the way for Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie, Scooter and the rest of the gang’s big entrance.

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Muppets Most Wanted World Premiere

So who did we spy with our cray-cray Muppet eye making their way into the theater? None other than: Ray Liotta, Danny Trejo, Bret McKenzie, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, Julie Bowen, Matt Barnes, Constance Zimmer, Jared Fogel, Candace Cameron Bure, Catherine Bell, Ali Fedotowsky, Peyton List, David Koechner, Beth Littleford, Charlotte Ross, Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict, Karan Brar, Nestor Carbonell, Tucker Albrizzi, Cameron Boyce, Skai Jackson, Samantha Harris, Hayden Byerly, Francesca Capaldi, Jake Short and Dylan Posti.

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But, wait…there’s more!

The inside of the El Capitan Theater was a celebrity vortex — famous faces were everywhere you looked. Terry Crews and his beautiful family were seated directly in front of us, Tito Ortiz and his sons to the left, Nick Wheeler directly behind and Allison Sweeney, Angie Everhart and Melora Hardin just a few seats down. And we cannot forget everyone’s favorite hecklers, Waldorf and Statler perched above in their reserved box seats ready to view the performance.

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The after-party

Once the show ended, guests crossed the street to The Aztec where Tina Fey (who is lovely), Ricky Gervais (had such a fantastic suit on,) Ty Burrell (I wanted to grab his red wine glass and start chugging it because it smelled so good,) and Josh Groban (a-dor-able,) mingled freely with guests while children played at craft stations. We enjoyed dinner from the Muppets “World Tour” and received manicures courtesy of O P I.

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Then THIS happened…

The unthinkable. My two favorite TV characters from my two favorite TV shows collided inches from me. Not feet, inches. It was B-613′s Charlie (George Newbern) from ABC’s hit series, Scandal, and Mad Men‘s Harry Crane (Rich Sommer.) I gasped. Loudly. They chuckled. My lip quivered. Charlie/George grabbed my hands. I clenched them back, got caught up in the moment and yelled, “I’M ROOTING FOR YOU — STAY ALIVE!” Scandal fans, Charlie promised he will do his best.

Apparently, I have a soft spot for special agent government assassins.

A very special, “Thank you!” to Suave Kids and Savvy Sassy Moms for making this incredible night possible.

Wocka! Wocka! Wocka!

 

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summer travel twitter party

Summer Travel Twitter Party

Tuesday, June 11th
6pm PST / 7pm MST / 9pm EST

Hosted by  @Right_Start & @SavvySassyMoms
Co-Host @SomeDayIllLearn
Special Guest:  Colleen Lanin of @TravelMamas

Prizing Sponsors @ErgoBaby , @Britax,  @Joovy@SkipHop

Hashtag:  #TravelRight

Summer is finally here and we’re celebrating with a Twitter party that is sure to get you in the mood to pack up those little tikes and hit the road!  Whether you are heading to the local beach, state parks or flying international we’ve got you covered with all the travel gear and right accessories to get you from here to there.  Our hosts for the evening are two of our Right Start Moms, Andrea Fellman of Savvy Sassy Moms and Chelsea Day of Some Day I’ll Learn.  We’ll also have traveling expert, mom and author, Colleen Lanin of Travel Mamas sharing her savvy travel tips throughout the night and answering your questions.

What’s a party without some prizes?  We’ll be giving away over $1,400 in prizing from some of our top selling brands including Britax, Ergo Baby, Joovy and Skip Hop.  Colleen will also have three of her latest Travel Mamas Guide books to giveaway as well.

Please join us for a night packed with great information, leaving you fully prepared to pack up the kids and hit the road this summer!

Summer Travel Twitter Party
Twitter Party Prizing

1 Skip Hop Light & Luxe Diaper Bag + Stroller Bar Activity Toy +  Grab & Go Stroller Organizer ($110)
1 ErgoBaby Carrier + Travel Mamas Guide ($140)
1 Ergobaby Carrier + Travel Mamas Guide ($140)
1 Ergobaby Carrier + Travel Mamas Guide ($140)
1 Joovy Moon Room ($220)
1 Joovy Ultra Light Caboose Stroller +  Extra Caboose Too Seat ($330)
1 Britax B-Agile Stroller and 1 B-Safe Infant Car Seat ($330)

*You must be 18 years old and a US Resident to win prizing.

RSVP for Prizing

Example:

Link Title:  @bestmom1 (twitter handle)
Email Adddress:  [email protected]
URL:  http://twitter.com/bestmom1  (twitter url)

 

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I really am not sure how those marketing spies have done it.

See, I have been planning out our summer for the past month or so; filling our weeks with camps, camping trips, quick trips to visit relatives and juggling work commitments. (It has been a full time job putting this jig-saw puzzle of the Tucker Family life together, I tell you!) But, the ONE thing, the one MOST important summer activity, I have sadly not been able to schedule yet is the Tucker Family Vacation (which, mind you, is MUCH different than a camping trip or visiting relatives!)

I recently discovered HomeAway, a website that directly connects travelers to a world-wide database of homeowners who are renting their properties. I love being able to go straight to the source because it makes for a more authentic travel experience. You can rent properties in Costa Rica, Italy, Gulf Shores… you name it. If you can dream it, there is most likely a HomeAway homeowner ready to rent to you.

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Costa Rica, Italy, Gulf Shores (Photos by HomeAway homeowners)

Since, I’m mostly on-the-go, I have been using their iPhone app to drool over – hmm, I mean, research – warm, beachy getaways that will allow the kiddos to splash in the ocean while Hubby and I sink into the sand with our long-overdue novels. Researching with the HomeAway app is a breeze and has allowed me to hone in on just the right location, set-up and price. So, imagine my surprise when they announced the HomeAway Challenge designed to give my family (and yours, too!) the opportunity to reclaim the family vacation. Once I decide on the perfect sandy destination, I may get to go for free? Score! (I swear, these guys are spying on me!)

HomeAway Reclaim Your Family Vacation Sweepstakes

About the challenge, HomeAway is setting out to find five families who best demonstrate – visually and in words – a need to “reclaim” their family vacation.

The two most-deserving families, as voted on by the public, receive a $2,500 and $1,000, respectively, stay at the HomeAway vacation rental of their choice. The three remaining families receive alternative prizes that can help ease the stress of family travel: the third place-winning family receives a $500 gift card; and the fourth and fifth place-winning families each receive an iPad mini to help keep the kids entertained while traveling this summer.

Consumers can enter HomeAway’s ‘Reclaiming Your Family Vacation Sweepstakes’ by visiting the sweepstakes page on Facebook® and uploading a photo along with a caption of up to 500 characters that explains why they need to reclaim their family vacation. The sweepstakes is open from April 29 to May 17, 2013, with the public invited to vote for the best photos and stories from May 18 to May 31, 2013. Winners will be announced in early June.

Submit. Share. Vote. Win. OK! I’m TOTALLY in!

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Last night we attended the opening night of Disney On Ice, Dare to Dream at the Staples center, but before we even saw the show we were able to skate with the Princesses!  We were invited as friends of Baby Buggy, a charity organization that collects gently used baby products such as strollers, highchairs, toys, clothing and even diapers for families in need.  I am a “friend” of Baby Buggy and have been supporting their mission for over the last year.  Baby Buggy was the non-profit being highlighted for opening night here in Los Angeles and everyone was asked to bring diapers as a donation for families in need.

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For the Holiday season downtown Los Angeles has an ice skating rink at LA Live in the Nokia Plaza. The gigantic Christmas tree lights up the ice and all the video screens in the plaza makes the rink a colorful light show on ice.  We skated right along side all the Princes and Princesses.  Cinderella, Tatinana, Rapunzel, Belle, Snow White and Jasmine were all there with their handsome beaus.  After the ice skating we headed into the VIP reception for photos with Mickey Mouse and dinner before the show.

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One of the highlights of the night had to be when McKenna spotted Bella from “Shake it Up!” she was so excited but totally kept her cool.  I polietly asked for a picture, she was very sweet anad happily took a photo with McKenna.

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Even though my daughter is out of the while Princess phase and my son seemed to be more impressed with the light up toy he got, I was very excited to see Disney On Ice.  I remember my Mom taking me to so many Disney On ice shows  (if not all of them) when I was a little girl.  It was always a special tradition that we did together, just the two of us.

Spoiler Alert:
They tell three Disney stories, The Princess and the Frog, Cinderella and Tangled (which is my favorite).  But they of course have all the classic Disney characters, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald Duck  be apart of the show too.  The opening and grand finale are really both really exciting too.  I was worried the show wasn’t going to have enough “boy” stuff but there were plenty of “boy” characters, fireworks and stunts to keep my little guy entertained.

The show was spectacular, I mean who would expect anything less?

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Holiday Social Twitter Party
Thursday Dec. 13th at 6:00pm PST / 9:00pm EST
Hashtag:  #HolidaySocial

Hosts:  @savvysassymoms, @FashOrganized and @tinabeana12
Sponsor:  @GoWallet

You’re invited to the Savvy Sassy Christmas Party!  Join us for a night of celebrating the season with the Savvy Sassy Team:  @SellabitMom, @CMF2009, @Diaper_n_Heels, @TiarastoBabies, @HipMamaB, @acherishedevent @DesireeEaglin and @ThoseYoungMoms

Dress to Impress: Please bring your shining personality, good cheer and sassy holiday spirit!

Go Wallet the Holiday Must-Have App! Buy gift cards, check your balances, consolidate cards, and get exclusive offers and discounts from retailers! Some stores will even scan your gift card right from your phone! Check out our Savvy Sassy Review. This is how a tech-savvy Mom cares around her gift cards.


GO WALLET will be giving away $500 in gift cards randomly throughout the Twitter Party!

$100 to Spa Finder Wellness
$100 to Gift Card Mall
$100 to GAP
$50 to AMC x 2
$50 Cold Stone Creamery
$50 Safeway
Here at Savvy Sassy headquarters we have  A LOT to be thankful for and with the 2012 year coming to an end, we want to celebrate with some of our favorite brands that have helped make this year such a success!  So be sure to follow our “Brands of Honor” 

@BabyBjornUS, @STOKKEbaby, @joovy, @Macys, @HeartofHaiti, @Weelicious, @letop, @HansensNatural, @maidennation, @KickyPantsInc, @MikaShino, @TheraponSkin, @CharlieBanana, @Tollytots, @BorrowBaby, @thredUP, @Tieks, @madpax, @SkylandersGame, @FriendlyRooster @Right_Start and @Honest


Ho! Ho! Ho! Savvy Sassy Santa is giving away….

StokkeMyCarrier(MSRP $249)

Details:

*Please Like Right_Start on Facebook  – you will need to leave a comment on their Facebook page the night of the party.
*Please follow @Tieks you will need to tweet @ them the night of the party.

RSVP below for all prizing!

To win prizes please be sure to follow @savvysassymoms and @FashOrganized in order to be contacted about your win.

  • Must be a US Resident to WIN
  • Must be 18yrs old
  • Prizing may take up to 3 weeks for delivery.
  • Winners are given 72 hours from being contacted via DM on Twitter to respond before the next winner will be contacted for that prize. Make sure to be following @savvysassymoms and @FashOrganized in order to be contacted via DM on Twitter.

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With the holidays upon us we are often asking ourselves how to make this year’s holiday stand out and make lasting memories for our children. Sure we want to spoil them with the gift or thing they’ve been wanting for some time, but in the end the the thing that we want the most for them is to make lasting memories of the joy they felt over the holiday season. There’s no better way to ensure that happening then with a trip to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

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CREATING HOLIDAY MEMORIES – When it comes to making magical memories, there’s no place like the Disneyland Resort during the Holidays. Now through Jan. 2, 2011, the season shines more brightly than ever with favorite characters dressed in holiday style and daily performances of “A Christmas Fantasy” parade.. The holiday experiences include special holiday versions of “it’s a small world” and Haunted Mansion, the “Believe …in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular, and a nightly snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.   (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)
CREATING HOLIDAY MEMORIES – When it comes to making magical memories, there’s no place like the Disneyland Resort during the Holidays. Now through Jan. 2, 2011, the season shines more brightly than ever with sparkling décor and daily performances of “A Christmas Fantasy” parade. The holiday experiences include special holiday versions of “it’s a small world” and Haunted Mansion, the “Believe …in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular, and nightly snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.  Disney California Adventure park gleams with the  merriment of the season, including a beautiful Christmas tree that towers over Paradise Bay. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)
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Taking the family to Disneyland & Disney California Adventure starts with enjoying the all new updated Disney California Adventure, with all of the new attractions unveiled in June 2012. With four new attractions – Radiator Springs Racers, Luigi’s Flying Tires, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and the Red Car Trolley – eight new food locations including Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, nine new shops including Los Feliz Five & Dime, plus more than a dozen new entertainment experiences along Buena Vista Street, park guests enjoy a full day-to-night experience at Disney California Adventure.

Holiday memories are ready to be made all around the park. We made quite a few on our recent trip to the parks. The kids haven’t stopped talking about the day, and the memories are burned in my brain for the rest of my life. Some of the many highlights of our day at the parks include:

1. My 3 year old has been singing “it’s a small world” for weeks because she learned it at school. I kept telling her she’d get to see the dolls singing the song. Little did I realize there was a new ride for the holidays. “it’s a small world” Holiday becomes  a worldwide celebration of the season, boasting more than 300,000 glittering lights on its facade. Along with the children of many nations in their holiday attire, the attraction features a sparkling snowman dressed in a gold top hat, golden scarf and hundreds of twinkling lights for its finale.  A frosty snowflake mobile twirls over his head, and his “Happy Holidays” sign is sculpted out of ice that changes color. She was speechless the entire ride, I think it was a lot more than she had anticipated.

2. Getting off of a ride and seeing my oldest skipping off and turning around screaming “that was the best ride ever”after every single ride we went on. Yes you notice I didn’t specify which ride. Well the truth is that he did that after most of the rides, so it only spoke to his enthusiasm for the day.

3. Buying all 3 kids their own Mickey Ears. J (8) went with the Perry the Platypus Mickey ears, E (almost 7) got the R2D2 Mickey Ears in Tomorrowland and my little one (3.5) despite all of my tries to get different ones, decided on the original Mickey ears in pink. Several days later and they are still wearing those Mickey ears all around the house. These Mickey ears epitomize their trip to Disneyland, and bring back fondness for them every time they put them on.

4. Cars Land. We had all been dying to see Cars Land because we are such Cars movies fanatics, and it’s truly like walking into Radiator Springs. One recommendation: stop by the Cozy Cone and get an ice cream cone, you won’t be sorry.

5. The Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle presentation finale show, which includes the legendary “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, which takes guests on a journey of sights and sounds of the season and ends with a touching rendition of “White Christmas,” along with a climactic snowfall swirling down on Main Street, U.S.A., “it’s a small world” Mall and New Orleans Square. Read more on Disney Park Blog. My younger son who had been dying to go to Disneyland was looking at the fireworks and says to me “THIS IS AWESOME, how come we are so lucky to be able to see this?” My heart melted right there. I knew he’d love the day, but to hear him say this, was that heart warming feeling that we as moms know so well. He’s going to be 7 next week, and I know he’ll remember this Disneyland trip for the rest of his life. Plus who can forget that it snowed in the middle of Disneyland in Southern California no less.

On the car ride home my younger son fell asleep before we got on the freeway, and he was the one crying when we said we were leaving. He just wanted to go on “one more ride”. I knew he had the day of his life, and his exhaustion was proof of that.

Going to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will certainly be the biggest memory we’ll have of the holiday season for 2012. No matter what seeing your children enjoying it the way they will, is worth every last second of the day. I can’t think of a better way to have beautiful memories of family my during the holiday season.

One last thing do not forget to stop into the Candy shops on both/either Main St in Disneyland and Carthay Circle in California Adventure, and get a world famous candy cane. They only come out once a year, I promise you won’t be sorry.

I was given entrance to the parks for me and my family in order to facilitate this post. The above is my opinion swayed only by my inner Fashionista.

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This past week, I was honored to attend an event put on by the AMAZING organization Operation Shower!

This incredible organization throws baby showers for military families expecting a new bundle and are experiencing or have recently experienced deployment. Many of these moms are going through pregnancy, labor and delivery all by themselves! Truly an invaluable organization to help celebrate those that are fighting for our freedom.

The event was held just a hope, skip and a jump from the local military base Camp Pendleton. It was sponsored by both Operation Shower and Babies-r-us. The Bistro Baby themed party was hosted by two party planning extraordinaires: Jenn Sbranti from Hostess with the Mostess along with Jeanne Benedict.

Within 10 minutes of sitting down, I was in tears. Tears of joy of course! Seeing these deserving families being celebrated with all kinds of treats, baby gear, clothes and so much more. I was fortunate enough to be flanked between two incredible shower honorees! One had just two weeks to go with what I would consider the cutest little belly ever. (I’m pretty sure I was twice the size of her at 38 weeks =)) On the other side, was a sweet mom with a new born baby boy who was just a few weeks old. *** I totally got to snuggle and smell his sweet little head ***

As with any shower, we sat and chatted like old friends about how their pregnancy was going or had gone, how their are feeling and what to expect. The room was filled with all kinds of cute bellies and a few little babes that had their own timing and came a bit early.

The food was incredible and the decorations were impeccable.
We played shower games and decorated bibs for the families to take home
Fantastic feeling seeing all their faces when they received all their goodies!
The families behind those brave men and woman who fight for our country

Thank you Operation Shower for all that you do for these families!

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There are certain Hollywood moms that I respect and adore.  Alison Sweeney is one of them.  So I was pleasantly surprised when I showed up to the grand opening of the first ever Disney Baby Store and found out that she was the official Disney Mom host for the day.  Disney chose well.  Not to mention, as a stylish Mom I loved the outfit she was rockin’  - a classic vintage Mickey T and leather pants with stiletto boots. Clearly a Mom who hasn’t lost her style to motherhood.

Other celebrity Moms in attendance were Samantha Harris, Jennifer Aspen, Marissa Jaret Winkur, Aly Laundry and Leigh-Allyn Baker and two dads that we also adore The Guncles, Scout Masterson and Hill Horn.  Another wonderful surprise was my friends from Operation Shower were also there!  Disney partnered with Operations Shower to treat military Moms to a magical baby shower and a $250 shopping spree in the store!




I was one of the first inside the store to get a tour of the Disney Baby Store and was able to chat it up with Alison Sweeney who shopped the store with both of her kids.  Her was daughter dressed as the cutest Cinderella.


Bill & Scout brought their daughter Simone and were loading up on all things Minnie!  Minnie Mouse is Simone’s favorite character.

See, celebrities are just like us, they shop the Disney Baby Store;)

 



Ali Laundry, another lovely celebrity Mom who could not be nicer and beyond gorgeous.  She happily allowed me to take photos of her and her son playing in the Disney Playtime tent.

My Disney Baby Store Pick:

**See more inside the store and enter to WIN the $200 Gift Bag

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While running around New York City last week I managed to sneak in a small intimate breakfast with BabyBjorn and a few of my fellow bloggers.  I asked Erin Lane, Nadia Carriere ,Nicole Feliciano, Jo Lynne and Ana Flores to join me and to get a first hand look at the two new BabyBjorn products launching this fall.

BabyBjorn is a brand known for it’s simple modern design, quality of products and has a very loyal following by parents all around the world.  With their uber popular baby carriers, their travel crib, the babysitter balance , highchair and line of feeding products, it was only a matter of time before they introduced a child’s booster seat and an infant cradle.  The booster seat is unique because of it’s safety belt that is adjustable to any chair.  It has a knob that you simply turn to secure the strap and the simple design allows for easy cleaning.

The Cradle does not rock or sway but bounces by simply a light touch of the hand gives a natural vibration, just enough to soothe baby.  It will also move naturally when the baby makes any slight movements.  The best part about this cradle is that it folds up and can be put away under a bed, in a closet or put in storage for the next baby!

Be on the lookout for these products hitting the stores in October!

Enter to WIN the BabyBjorn Miracle Carrier!

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Last night MomTrends and I threw a back-to-school twitter party and dished on some of the latest style for kids but I also wanted you to actually see the new Lands’ End fall line-up!

Earlier this year on my Spring trip to New York, I not only took the Time To Play showcase but I also got to get a sneak peek at what is in store for the Lands’ End Fall 2012 collection.  This collection was exactly what you would expect from Lands’ End, classic, clean and sophisticated.  The women’s winter coats were definatly the main attraction, you’ll not find a better wool coat anywhere.  Lands’ End is headquartered in Wisconsin, I am originally form Minnesota, we know winter.

Color is still very much on trend for the fall.  A bright coat is such a simple way to incorporate a splash of color into any wardrobe.  Lands’ End is also offering a plus size line that fits right in line with the brand, quality and image.  One of the head designers took me through the plus size collection and told me that they really took time to listen to the specific needs of this customer. They have included secret panels in the pants, flat pockets and created more room in the shoulders so the clothing fits comfortably while still remaining stylish.

The kids clothing was super fun and  bright with a lot of oranges, yellows and pinks for the girls and plenty of vintage tee’s for the boys.  Fall means back -to-school, the Lands’End school uniforms and popular backpacks and lunchpacks were also on display.  Every year it seems they get have more and more options!

One of my favorite features of the fall line is the Iron Knee, which is an innovative interior knee patch that adds double the durability. The invisible polyester patch is soft, pliable and undetectable from the outside.  Iron Knee is available in styles for girls and boys and will stand up after more than 50 washes and the toughest abuse kids can dish out.  Look for them while doing your back to school shopping!


My NYC partner in crime, Nicole Feliciano from MomTrends 

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