C'est La Vie

Friday, April 29, 2016

Celebrating Catherine & Sean Lowe's journey to #AmazingHood with Dreft

On Wednesday I was invited to attend a very special event hosted by Dreft at the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel.
It was a very special Loads of Love themed baby shower for the new to be first time parents,  Sean and Catherine Lowe's former contestants from The Bachelor.


Dreft is the number #1 baby laundry detergent and has been around for over 80 years and i've been using it since 2001 a few years before my son is born, I mean who doesn't love the smell of a baby, and that's what your clothes will smell like if you use Dreft. Not only that but it is formulated to be gentle on baby's skin but tough on stains.

Now for even better news. I was able to see Drefts new expanded line of products that is meant to match the different stages of babyhood. Beginning from pregnancy through toddlerhood and beyond.
Stage 1: Newborn and Stage 2: Active Baby. They also have Dreft blissful, if you've ever wanted to make your clothes more scentful, than this is your solution. Dreft blissfuls are little in wash scent boosters. All of Dreft products are #1 choice of pediatricians, because it is specially formulated for baby's.

 Watching Catherine and Sean answer some questions
 The food being served was amazing, those little pork sliders were delicious
How cute are these little chocolate covered pretzel rods?
 Beautiful cake for the parents to be

After being able to look at the new Dreft products and munching on some very yummy treats we were able to have a round table conversation with the parents to be. It was great to be able to talk about motherhood, Dreft products which by the way Sean has already been using to wash the baby's linen and clothes as they set up the baby's nursery.
And give the new mommy to be some advice. Catherine and Sean were so nice and it was great to be able to listen to them and what they wish for, for their new to be family of three. I was excited to hear that one of their little family traditions that they look forward to is sitting down at the table for dinner and being able to talk like a family. I remember doing that with my family as I grew up and I love doing that with my family now. You can watch more of their interview with us bloggers on my Youtube channel, sometime next week.


Catherine is due July 5th and they have left the babys gender a surprise till birth.
You can follow their year long journey with Dreft on Social media:
Instagram: @Dreft
Twitter: @Dreft 
Facebook: Facebook.com/Dreft
Make sure to check out Dreft over at http://www.Dreft.com 
Follow along via the hashtag #Amazinghood
Thank you so much to Dreft for an amazing event to celebrate #Amazinghood

Disclosure: I received an invite to this event and a gift bag, No other compensation was received. 
All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Love,
Kary xoxo


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mother's Day - Must Watch Movie

 In theaters tomorrow Friday April 29, 2016
Kate Hudson and Gary Marshall talking to The Moms Denise & Melissa

Today I had the chance to see an early screening of the Mother's Day movie. I've been looking forward to watching this movie from the moment I watched the trailer. I was so excited to see so many of my favorite stars in one movie and the storyline just looked so great.
Let me tell you that it did not disappoint. I laughed, cried and fell in love with motherhood all over again. It's such a beautiful movie with different looks of motherhood.
You will be sure to identify with at least one part of the movie.
My favorite part was being able to identify with little bits of the movie here and there.
I don't want to go into any specific details because a spoiler might come out and we don't want that to happen. 
Make sure to grab your tickets, plan a day with your mom and go watch this movie!
Oh, and stay a little longer after the movie ends, they have some funny take outs.

Disclosure: I was invited to see this screening no other compensation was received. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Love,
Kary xoxo


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Always Dream Big & Follow Your Dreams #RachetandClank



This past Saturday we got to see an advanced screening of Rachet and Clank. I'm so happy that I was able to share it with my family, especially my son. He is at that age where life looks a little complicated. Dreams might seem a little unreachable and that's where movies like Rachet and Clank come in. When watching the trailer you imagine it being your ordinary playstation movie, but it's not. The movie has a beautiful message of dreaming big and not giving up on them. No matter what people say, you always have to go after your dream. There is also no dream too big or too small.
Aside from that there is also lots of comedy, action and some cute moments.
It's great for the entire family, Valentina stayed awake during the entire movie, my husband laughed a  lot, Miguel is already a big Rachet and Clank fan, so this movie was great for him and for me I loved everything about it!


After the movie we were able to have some Rachet and Clank fun.
We were sent this fun kit that included a dream board, some cookie cutters, and a little set to build our very own little paper clank. We made sure to make an afternoon of it.





It was great to talk about goals and dreams with Valentina and Miguel. Valentina is still little to really understand but she said she wants to be a ballerina, therefore I made sure to add that to our dream board. Miguel wrote down his number one big dream since he started Taekwondo and it's to become a Taekwondo master, he is only one belt away from being a black belt. I believe in him and will continue to cheer him on. This momma also made sure to add her next big dream on the dream board and it's to run her second half marathon. Next year for sure after this broken toe heals. It's greta to show your children that you can always have dreams, no matter your age!


Rachet and Clank comes out in theaters this
Friday April 29th, 2016

Synopsis: Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind – a foolhardy “lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.
Make sure to purchase your tickets and make a family day out of it!
What is one of your dreams?
Love,
Kary xoxo
Disclosure: I was compensated with promotional items and a movie screening, no other compensation was received. All words and opinions expressed are 100% mine and in no way influenced.

Monday, April 25, 2016

1st Day of Spring Break 2016

 Monday workout done
 My Vale and Miguel
 Brown Bears at the Museum of Natural History
 Playing with the fun games at the Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit
 She's half the size of the baby ostrich
 Photo op
My everything's

Spring Break means family time and outings in our city that we love. Today was no exception. I go tup early to make sure to get in a workout and it was a sweat fest. Then it was time to take a quick shower and head out to the Museum of Natural History, if you've followed me on this blog for a while then you know that this Museum is one of Miguel's favorite places to go to. When he was younger we were in there at least twice a week. He loves the exhibits and re-reading everything.  He knows this museum by heart. This was the first time we went again after 2.5 years, way too long if you ask me. That also meant that it was Valentina's 1st time in this museum. She's already been to the MOMA museum. I was a little nervous, some of the exhibits are dark and can be scary for younger kids. But she loved everything and loved walking up to the glass and looking at all the animals, she was a little bit scared at first but once I explained that they weren't real and that they were behind a glass. She was all over the museum, for the exception of the deers with the big antlers, those she refused to walk up to. The dinosaurs were a mix of feeling, even though they are big bones she was a little bit weary of those.

We were able to go into one of the new exhibits, the Dinosaurs Among Us.
It talks about birds and evolution and how they are the new dinosaurs.
There were a lot of fun activities that are great for any age. Valentina had fun putting a puzzle together and watching it come to life on the screen. The day went by fast and it was time to leave the museum, you seriously need an entire day to roam around and even after that you might need another day to fully enjoy it and walk around. We got there in the afternoon and stayed for about 3 hours.
Next time we will go earlier, and this time next time won't be in 2.5 years. We are thinking sometime within the next two weeks. There's a space show with our name on it and many more halls to visit.


Do you enjoy going to Museums with your family?

Love,
Kary xoxo


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New York Baby Show 2016 Ticket Giveaway

The best baby show is right around the corner and you are invited!!
Tickets are no available online or you can wait to buy at the door.
They are $30 per family; $20 per individual.
Children are free.

It's the biggest baby show in the country and perfect for everyone;
whether you are expecting, a new parent or experienced parent. 
There is always something new to learn and it's always fun to know what's new on the market. Not only that but you get to test out some of the products, which is always great.
The New York Baby Show is family friendly, fun and informative.
You get to listen to expert speakers and beloved figures from the world of parenting and pregnancy.
Here you can get all your questions answered regarding strollers, car seats, car safety, breast pumps and much more.

With the beautiful weather coming up you can definitely make a day of it and enjoy with the family or by yourself. 
There's definitely a lot to do and the New York Baby Show has you covered. They will have a play area for little ones to rest up and play with age appropriate toys, Moms lounge for mommies to relax and meet other moms, dad lounges (dad's don't feel left out, they have something for you too), nursing lounges for breastfeeding mommies like myself, this makes me feel happy because it can be hard to find a quiet nursing place and much more to do.

So, what are you waiting for?
Make sure to purchase your ticket here.
Plus, if you buy your ticket now you will be automatically entered to win the ultimate baby moon to one of the most luxurious resorts in the United States, and these great giveaways:

  • The Rachel Zoe x Quinny Moodd Stroller & a Rachel Zoe x Maxi-Cosi Car Seat ($899.99+ Approximate Total Value)
  • BabyZen YOYO+ Travel System ($750 Total Value)
  • 4moms High Chair ($299.99 Value)
  • Lansinoh Feeding & Pumping Essentials Gift Basket ($250 Total Value)
  • 5 FridaBaby FeverFrida Thermonitors ($69.99 Value Each)

Now for a surprise you guys! 
I have 10 individual tickets to give out to 10 C'est La Vie Readers.
If you are in the NYC area or Tri state area and can make it in on May 14th or the15th
you won't want to miss this giveaway.


Good Luck!

If you can't wait for the giveaway to end and you'd like to purchase your ticket now.
You can use the code
"cestlaviekarina25"
to receive 25% off your ticket.

I will be going to the New York Baby Show. Make sure to let me know if you are going so we can say Hi :)

Love,
Kary xoxo







Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Stay Focused and Never Give Up


 April 11, 2016

April 13, 2016

April 15, 2016

I've been doing it you guys, this mommy runner can officially say she's a gym rat. I got over my shyness, the urge to workout again was way stronger. It's been so good to feel the rush of energy again and to just be able to workout again. I miss running and know that I will be back at it, in a few months but my broken toe really appreciates me helping it recover. Cycling has left my legs burning and I love it. Next week my 3 days at the gym turns into 4 days. 
Can't wait to keep toning my legs and work on more weights for my arms.
It's been a good week and I am definitely focused and determined to push myself outside of my comfort zone.

She Believed She Could So She Did

Love,
Kary xoxo







Sunday, April 17, 2016

Goldie & Bear Best Fairytale Friends DVD & Kit Giveaway


Goldie & Bear is a fairytale-inspired Disney Junior animated series that premiered in September of 2015.
It focuses on the adventures of Goldie and newfound best friend Bear following the renowned porridge incident of "Goldilocks and The Three Bears." 
The best part is getting to see all the well-known characters from fairy tales, folk tales and nursery rhymes that can be seen in the series, including Humpty Dumpty, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, who is often referred to simply as "Big Bad." Goldie and Bear seek out opportunities for fun with their friends, having adventures that often feature a touch of magic.

Goldie & Bear are at it again but this time with their own dvd.
 Your little ones are sure to love all the fairytale and nursery rhyme characters, magic and music.

The dvd set to release this Tuesday April 19th.
It includes 7 episodes for over 2 hours of Classic Fairytale fun.
Plus each DVD includes a  FREE Exclusive Playtime Fun Activity Kit with Re-Usable Stickers, Games and More!

Synopsis: 
ONCE UPON A STORY, IN A FOREST FAR AWAY... 

Everyone knows "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," but after that story ended, a remarkable friendship began! Team up with newfound best friends Goldie and Bear on amazing adventures as they laugh, play and learn important life lessons in the wondrous Fairy Tale Forest. 

Climb a beanstalk with Jack, try on Little Red's famous hood, outsmart the tricky Big Bad Wolf, and much more. Join Goldie and Bear - and your favorite fairytale and nursery rhyme characters - for magical, song-filled fun you'll treasure today and ever after!

Episodes Included in DVD: 
The Birthday Chair/ Big Bear 
Fee Fi Fo Shoe/ Little Gold Riding Hood 
Bear’s Red Shoes/ Goose Sitters 
Moon Jump/ Big Good Wolf 
Pinocchio-itis/ The Clubhouse That Jack Built 
The Egg/ Golden Kickball 
Thumbelina’s Wild Ride/ Big Bad Houseguest

Languages:
English, French and Spanish



We were able to get a copy of the dvd ahead of time and Valentina has not stopped watching it. She loves dancing and singing the songs. We were also sent a special set of four books which features The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Jack and The Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood. You can see our box opening video here to see Vales reaction!

Some fun printables:







Make sure to get your copy on April 19th and print out some of these fun activity sheets and coloring pages, and get ready to have a fun day full of magic, dancing in fairytale and.


To celebrate the dvd release of Disney Goldie & Bear I am doing a special giveaway!
One C'est La Vie Reader will win their very own Goldie & Bear DVD plus 4 books.

Giveaway begins today and ends one week from now.
Enter below & Good Luck!





Disclaimer: I was sent a Goldie & Bear Dvd and kit for review, no other compensation was sent. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.


Love,
Kary xoxo