Protect Like a Mother with Lysol


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Across the animal kingdom, there is something universal and primal about a mother’s instinct to protect. Different species demonstrate amazing feats to protect their young… including human mothers. I’m working with Lysol to celebrate a mother’s natural protective instinct, honoring that a mother’s first priority is always the safety of her children – weather she is a lion, tiger, bear or a person.

Protect Like a Mother

Protect like a Mother LysolThis free, family-friendly exhibit pays tribute to the fiercest moms on the planet through larger-than-life interactive animal installations, including an orangutan, an octopus and an eagle. The installations will also chronicle motherly instincts through visual storyboards of the most incredible moms on Earth.

Lysol Orangutan

The mother orangutan remains in constant contact with her child for the first 6 months of its life.

Octopus sculpture

The mother octopus spends five, six months protecting her 56,000 eggs and then dies in the end to yield a possible two new octopus babies.

Baby Eagles

The mother golden eagle uses her 8-foot wingspan to protect her eaglets from danger.

Protect like a Mother in Brooklyn

Moms know what it takes to protect

It’s their DNA, and it’s in Lysol’s, too. Which is why Lysol is paying homage to the most incredible and protective moms on the planet – both animals and humans alike. Because no one protects like a mother. And nothing helps mothers protect against germs like Lysol.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Map

Head on over to the Brooklyn Bridge Park between 9AM and 6PM May 20th and 21st to take a look at this free exhibit. The image above shows you exactly where the exhibit is stationed – right under the Brooklyn Bridge.

My kids also enjoyed making a special card for me. My sons says “You’re my golden eagle, The mother golden eagle uses her 8-foot wingspan to protect her eaglets from danger. I feel safe under your wing, too.” My daughters card says “You’re my humpback whale, The mother humpback whale escorts her baby 3,000 miles through shark-infested waters. She’s one fierce mama. Just like you.”

Making Mama a card

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Do not miss this pop-up event because it is for this weekend only!

Grug and the Rainbow


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Four years ago my son saw his first show at the New Victory Theater and it was Grug! So I was excited for lilStrange to get to see a show staring Grug for herself too. The experience was just as amazing for her, and now both of my kids are fans of Grug.

Grug and the Rainbow

Grug began his life as the top of Burrawang tree. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, he is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss. In this theater production Grug embarks on an epic journey to reach the rainbow that always seems just beyond his grasp.

Grug Credit: Shane Reid

Photo Credit: Shane Reid

The story is very sweet and interactive, the kids get to participate with the actors in helping find different colors within the audience, to help build a rainbow for Grug all of his own. Grugs friends Cara the carpet snake and Snoot the echidna are also introduced to help with making a rainbow for Grug. My daughters new favorite color is Indigo because of what she learned in this show.

Grug and the rainbow and lilStrange

lilStrange even got to meet the playful puppets and imaginative storytellers from the Windmill Theater Company after the show, for a fun photo opportunity. Grug and the Rainbow makes its New York Premiere with The New Victory Theater at the New 42nd Street Studios from May 13-21, 2017. He is off to Canada then Australia after his time in New York City.

The show has an approximate running time of 40 minutes with no intermission. Don’t miss out on this fun show, perfect for kids aged 3-5.

Cough Relief with Vicks VapoRub


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Dry air, especially common in the winter, can irritate a cough. These winter coughs are the worst at night because they can be sleep-wreckers. The key is to soothe your ticklish throat before you go to bed or while you are sleeping. According to WebMd, most kids aged 3-6 years old (the age range of my kids) need on average 10-12 hours of sleep per day, so when they are not healthy and have a cough disrupting their sleep, the healing process is slowed down.
Vicks® VapoRub™ hosted a sweet and informative 8-Hour playdate event at Recess in Dumbo for press and local neighborhood families. The invited press and local families left the event with key learnings about Vicks® VapoRub™ and the importance of staying healthy this winter, plus a sweet swag bag.
Image: Andrea Klerides
Image: Andrea Klerides

Recess Dumbo is a minimalistic, modern-looking play space for children that offers drop-in play sessions. The equipment is mostly wooden and custom-made for the large indoor space, it seems to encourage children to climb and think creatively with their bodies. It’s a perfect clean space for the littles to play while the adults learn more about the benefits of Vicks® VapoRub™ and staying healthy this winter.

Image: Andrea Klerides

Kids also had the opportunity to craft their own germ monster. So many fun creative germs were made by the children attendees.

Image: Andrea Klerides

Did you know…

  • Vicks® VapoRub™ is the #1 pediatrician recommended cough rub*
  • Has been trusted for over 100 years to provide fast-acting cough relief.
  • Vapors last up to 8 hours through the night.
  • Provides soothing cough relief for children Ages 2 and up.
  • As with any medication it’s important to read instructions and use only as directed. Vicks VapoRub can be used on children ages 2 & up – just apply to the chest and throat

My daughter literally just came down with a cough, that became significantly worse while she slept. So, I applied Vicks VapoRub to her neck and chest, this touch application allowed for bonding between us when she was not feeling well. The menthol scent helped to give her relief during nap and bed time. The familiarity of the Vicks scent let me know it was working to help her cough.

If you are looking for some great ways to soothe coughs, check out Vicks® VapoRub™ for some great coupons and offers, to try out the family of products for yourself.

*Symphony Health Solutions ProVoice™ Survey, June-July 2016


Teletubbies take New York, celebrating 20 years of Big Hugs!


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10 years ago, Mayor Bloomberg presented the Teletubbies with the keys to NYC. Now they are back, celebrating their 20th anniversary and the upcoming second season of the new Teletubbies, designed to appeal to today’s tech savvy toddlers. To mark the occasion, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po went on a four stop tour around NYC, to many of the cities most iconic locations. Ironically enough the four of them are just as iconic in a pop culture way than these NYC landmarks. I was lucky enough to have the chance to celebrate this 20 year milestone with the Teletubbies during their tour, and help spread Big Hugs to fans all over New York City.

Teletubbies in NYC

The Teletubbies made appearances at Brooklyn Bridge, Flatiron District, Times Square and Central Park. It was amazing how many fans they have out there, who grew up watching the show and are adults now, with kids of their own. Teletubbies has reached over 1 billion children to date, and the original show was broadcast in over 120 territories in 45 different languages. That a whole lot of fans! Everyone wanted photos and Big Hugs, and were excited to learn about the new season of Teletubbies on Nick Jr.

Meet Teletubbies lilstrange

In 1997 I was in high school and not the target demographic for watching Teletubbies, but oddly enough the show had a substantial cult following with high school and college aged students. The mixture of bright colors, unusual designs, repetitive non-verbal dialog and ritualistic format, appealed to many older than the preschool set. So now that I am a mom with kids in the Teletubbies age demographic, I am excited to share the updated Teletubbies episodes with them. The new features include the Tubby Phone smartphone and touch screen tummies. The Teletubbies may be seen on Nick Jr. weekdays at 9:47am.

Celebrating Big Hugs

Besides the Big Hug tour around NYC the Teletubbies had a huge 20th birthday bash to preview the new Teletubbies episodes, Play with the fun new cuddly, soft plush toys from Spin Master, try out the new Teletubbies game, and munch on some Tubbie Custard and Tubbie Toast.

Teletubbie Talking toys

The kids were 100% focused on the new Teletubbies show, lilStrange even watched it more than once. So many kids dancing and laughing as they watched the Teletubbies and their new baby friends.New Teletubbies showBroadway Kids help blow out the candles on the Teletubbies’ Anniversary Cake.Teletubbies_20_anniversaryI had a blast celebrating 20 years with the Teletubbies, and I am so glad my daughter enjoyed her time being introduced to the sweet classic show too. Make sure to Look for Season 2 coming soon to Nick Jr!

I was compensated for event attendance and promotion however as always all opinions expressed here are my own.

Easter events in NYC


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Soon enough Easter will be here, and below are a few fun and interactive happenings around NYC for Easter.

Skate with the easter bunny

Skating Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny takes a spin on the ice with children visiting Rock Center.  An Easter tradition at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, families can skate with the Easter Bunny beneath Midtown New York architecture and bronze gilded statue Prometheus.  The Easter Bunny entertains guests as he skates and spins in celebration of the holiday.

Cost: $25 admission; $10 rental

When: Easter Sunday, April 16 Only, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: The Rink at Rockefeller Center

5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets

New York City

Easter brunch nyc

Frozen Easter Egg Hunt at Minus5 NYC

Minus5 Ice Experience, located inside the New York Hilton Midtown, will host its fourth annual Frozen Easter Egg Hunt at the coolest lounge in Manhattan. Minus5 Ice Experience is the premium ice attraction where everything inside the bar is made of ice: the walls, the bar, the seats and even the glasses holding signature refreshments.

Starting on Friday, April 14 (through Sunday, April 16), families are invited to celebrate this fun-filled holiday with an icy spin on the traditional Eastercelebration. All kids (ages 14 and younger) will receive a complimentary frozen refreshment with entry and are invited to take part in NYC’s only Frozen Easter Egg Hunt featuring custom Easter eggs and goldfish frozen throughout the winter wonderland for guests to find. Those who find all eggs and goldfish will be gifted a treat basket, courtesy of Minus5.

Minus5 Ice Experience just unveiled a stunning new “ice”-terior renovation, featuring all new ice designed by world-renowned performance ice-carving artist Peter Slavin. Photos available upon request.

Easter bunny nyc

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Hop into spring and delight your children at Stella 34 Trattoria’s Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. This magical event features a delightful Italian breakfast (enhanced for 2017!) with fantastic 6th floor views of the Empire State Building, a keepsake photograph with the Easter Bunny himself and fabulous Easteractivities to keep the little ones smiling.


  • A delightful breakfast featuring an abundant family-style breakfast served to you at your table. Coffee, tea, and freshly squeezed juices, a Prosecco Bellini for adults. Also premium chef’s stations, including a NY-style bagel bar and a make-your-own sundae bar featuring the world-renowned Vivoli Il Gelato
  • A professional photograph with the EasterBunny – share it digitally and take home a printed copy!
  • Fun Easteractivities to keep the little ones entertained including balloon animals and facepainting
  • A takeaway Eastertreat to bring home


  • Sessions are available at 10:00am on Saturday, April 15, and Easter Sunday, April 16
  • $40 for children and $49 for adults (plus tax and gratuity)

Do you want to build a snowman?


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Walking home from school my son decided to walk in the snow versus the nicely shoveled sidewalk. This snow is so disgusting and not soft at all, mostly big chunks of ice dusted in city soot. He is also sporting one glove because he has lost every other glove, and no way am I buying him anymore this late in the season.

However, the kids were desperate to play in the snow, but most of the snow was already stomped through. After walking a block past hard soot covered snow, we found a decent patch on the island partition in the middle of the road. So do you know what, I let my city kids play right there in the middle of the street in NYC. They even successfully built a decent little snowman, and the huge smiles on their faces made it all worth it. Oh and I just realized when looking through these photos that lilStrange’s gloves are mismatched.making a snowmanCity KidsCity SnowmanDo you want to build a snowman? Yes, yes we do, and even city kids get their hands at making one. How did you spend your snow day in NYC?