Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Gang Nam Style

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Hate Crime in Spanish Harlem?

You may have heard about the recent attacks on Asians in the Spanish/East Harlem neighborhood for the past week. Some jerk was brutally beating & robbing them while in an elevator. It hit close to home for me. One, I live in this area. This has been my neighborhood since I was a child. Two, because I'm half Chinese.

Our neighborhood has been on a high stress level since we heard about it. Cops were on every corner, in every building watching & hoping he would try again. Thankfully, through his stupid mistake of using a stolen credit card, the police were able to identify him. They arrested him while he was on a Greyhound bus heading out of New York City last night. All is quiet, if you can imagine that in a neighborhood in New York.

You may be wondering why am I writing about this crime. Why give this man any more notoriety for his actions. This cowards actions struck a nerve in me since he was only attacking Asians. I wondered why did he choose this area. Not many people know that there was a large community of Chinese living here amongst the Latinos and African Americans years ago. A time when race held no boundary. We all grew up together each learning each other's languages. Engulfing in each other's cultures. We embraced each other. For some stranger to come and try to harm our community, he ignited a family's outrage.

I'm relieved that this is all over and he will be behind bars. My son is especially relieved when he came home from school today no longer seeing the Wanted posters in our building. I was very open with him about the incident. I didn't want to instill fear in him but I wanted him to be aware that there are some very mean people in the world.

He being a quarter Chinese my son said to me one night "Mom, I'm happy that you don't look Chinese because that means the robber won't come after you." For that I'm very relieved.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dear Kate

Last summer at the Getting Gorgeous event, I saw a woman standing upon a table demonstrating her undies. Yes it was a bit weird to see this woman with her skirt blowing up to reveal her unmentionables. That was the first time I was introduced to Dear Kate, the revolutionary, leak resistant underwear for woman.
I was sent a pair of the Moxie hipster to test out. They are a beautiful black panty with retro cream lace. These were incredibley comfortable,and  didn't ride up. They have wide sides & a full back coverage which is perfect for me since I do have a big derrierre.

Dear Kate has this incredible technology that is comprised of two luxurious microfiber layers and a thin, breathable outer layer, this is revolutionary fabric to the rescue. It locks in moisture.

Here is a video demonstration on how this fabulous technology works

This fabric is machine washable. They are a bit higher priced but they are so worth the investment in comfort and beauty.

You can check out their Facebook page & follow them on Twitter to get up to date information.

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Disclosure: I was given a pair of underwear to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Get Your Sillies Out! #Giveaway

There are so many children shows on the television that there are only a few that I can really sit with my son to watch. Yo Gabba Gabba! is one of them. Their bright colored costumes and catchy songs are a hit with kids. Throw in some famous faces such as Jack Black and Sara Silverman and you have yourself a hit. Who doesn't know "There's a party in my tummy?" Of course we all have to get the sillies out! Now you can watch it live to shake them off.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! has kicked off their 3rd tour. 

"Is your family ready to GET THE SILLIES OUT? Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! is going back on the road with a new show, “Get the Sillies Out!” featuring the one and only DJ Lance Rock, plus Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex, and of course, hip hop legend Biz Markie."

 For a complete list of tour dates, cities and show times, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com

One lucky reader will win a 4 pack of tickets to either the New Brunswick or Montclair, NJ show!

Click on the location above to select which show date/time you will like to attend if you are the winner.

Disclosure: Giveaway ends 1/31/13. Winner will be contacted via a valid email address. You have 24 hours to reply before another winner is selected. Tickets will be held 1 hour prior to show at Will Call. BoyzRuleOurWorld is not responsible for ticket delivery.

Wordless Wednesday - It Could Be Worse

While most people are complaining how cold it is, it could be worse right?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MomTrends & Pantene Pro V Collection Event #PanteneExpert

Last week I spent an evening, thanks to Momtrends & Pantene Pro-V Collection at the beautiful MPE Penthouse. I was there with other fascinating bloggers enjoying a pampered night of glamour & fashion.
We were first introduced to Dr. Jeni Thomas, who taught us about hair care science. She has worked with P&G for over 7 years studying research on hair & scalp science. She explained to us the key signs of aging hair. You can take a hair age quiz at youbeauty.com to find out how old your hair is. I took it and my hair is 38 years old! Its a few years younger than me which I'm grateful for but its catching up in time! Prior to this event I was sent Pantene's Age Defy products & Advanced Keratin line. (separate post w/giveaway coming soon!)
Then Echo designs showed us how to make a simple scarf look chic. They used a silk scarf and turned it into a head wrap. Don't I look fab?
I had a wonderful night full of great conversation, beautiful backdrop & wonderful glam. My hair is looking shiny & smooth too!

Disclosure: Thank you to Momtrends & Pantene Pro-V Collection for an amazing event. I was not compensated for this post.

Far Cry 3 is Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day #FarCryGold

Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this post. Please visit Amazon.com to get your own copy of Far Cry 3, today's Gold Box Deal of the Day! I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own.

 Is it really only Tuesday? Geez I had yesterday off from work but there was no resting for me. I work full time outside of my home, then I try to keep current on my blog as well as manage my household. Stress is a top component of my daily life. After a long day I like to decompress by watching some trashy reality tv & reading entertainment magazines. I just engross myself in their worlds. I ended up laughing so hard that I forget all about my stresses. As a family, we like to relieve our stress by playing some video games. I prefer the dance games but the boyz (hubby & son) prefer sports or shooting games. Gaming has become such a family bonding experience that we truly enjoy the time together.
Today Amazon has a gold box deal of the day Far Cry 3 for only $34.99. It is regularly $59.99
Never heard of it? Well Far Cry 3 is brought to you by the geniuses behind Assassins Creed series. So its sure to be a great hit!
Far Cry 3 is an open world first-person shooter set on an island unlike any other. A place where heavily armed warlords traffic in slaves. Where outsiders are hunted for ransom. And as you embark on a desperate quest to rescue your friends, you realize that the only way to escape this darkness…is to embrace it. Game is Rated M for Mature Audiences.

Clever Girls is giving away 5 copies of Far Cry 3 on Twitter to those who tweet the following today!

 Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day: Far Cry 3! To buy: http://clvr.li/FC3Gold - RT to enter to win a copy! #FarCryGold

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I will receive a copy of the game. All opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

To Vaccinate or Not?

By now you have heard about the rise of the flu epidemic has become this winter. Either you caught it or someone you know has been suffering from it. Unfortunately, the flu hit our home & my son has been victim to it. I have never felt so helpless before. I can't do anything to make him feel better. He has bursts of moments when the fever is gone, his stomach pains have diminished and he's back to playing. Then in a quick turnaround, its all down hill. Its been a struggle with keeping him home from school. Hubby & I work full time jobs so we had to shift our work schedules on who can stay home with him. It's not how I wanted to use my personal days from work but its a sacrifice that all parents make for our kids.
If you ask yourself, "did he get a flu shot?" Well no, none of us have ever gotten the flu shot and we still won't get one in the future. I have never "believed" in the shot. My mom chose not to have us get it while growing up & I've never had it. Yes Andre got the flu but he's only 6. He's amongst germ infested classmates all day . As much as I can drain it in his head everyday about washing hands, he's a boy & he's just not into cleanliness right now. I can't run behind him every second of the day sanitizing him down. Its just not going to happen. Do I regret not getting Andre vaccinated? Absolutely not. I have known people that received the shot and still got flu like symptoms. I think as anything you can take preventative measures. That's what my family will do.

Here are some tips on how to avoid catching the flu from WebMd.

1. Achoo! Cover Your Mouth and Nose to Stop the Flu
It starts with a tickle, a prickle, an itch: Achoo! Cover up that sneeze to avoid spreading flu germs. Here's the latest tip on how to cover up the right way.
2. Prevent Flu: Soap Away Germs
Scrubbing germy hands is one of the top tips for preventing spread of the flu. So is a quick splash-and-dash all you need?
3. Don't Be Touchy: Keep Your Hands Off Your Face
Rubbing your eyes, nose, or mouth is a sure-fire way to get the flu. But how long are surfaces contagious?
4. Good Health Beats the Flu: The Power of Healthy Habits
When you're in good health, your immune system is stronger. So keep yourself in top health this flu season -- and throughout next year! Here are five healthy habits to get hooked on. 
These all seem like common day to day habits that we should all do but for a kid its just not that easy to remember. We can just try to instill these in them and hope they will keep these habits up as adults. So hopefully you can avoid the flu for the next month or so. If you believe in the shot, then get it now! Happy Winter!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

PBR Takes on NYC

This past weekend, my family was given the opportunity to attend the PBR (Professional Bull Riding) event at MSG to kick off their season. At first we were a bit hesitant about going. We're city folks and don't know a thing about bull riding. But little did we know how country this BIG city really is!
We started the night off at  the VIP Garden party sponsored by Monster Energy. Their drinks were all over the place so you can try. They were delish & I have to admit it did give me a bit of a kick at the end of the night. I made sure to keep them away from my little guy! He definitely didn't need any more energy added to his excitement.
During the party, Supermodel Christy Teigen attended with her Grammy winning fiance John Legend. Vh1 was filming their Top 20 Countdown show so be sure to check it out this weekend! I was able to snag a picture of Andre with John Legend. Little does he know how famous he is, but they spoke about their fave Knick players which I thought was pretty down to earth for Mr. Legend to do.

After a few hours of partying, the competition was about to begin! The opening was a blast with pyrotechnics and fireworks. What a thrill already. Then the show began with its first rider out of the gate. It was amazing. We were literally on the edge of our seats counting those 8 seconds hoping the rider didn't fall.

The show was amazing. We totally went in blind not knowing a thing about bull riding. We definitely didn't realize how any Brazilian riders there are! The current back to back PBR Champion is Silvano Alves. He bought the house down with his ride.
To cap the fun time we were having, my husband was selected out of thousand attendees as Wranglers Worst Dressed for the night! LOL It was hysterical.

Disclosure: I was given tickets to attend opening night. No other compensation was received. Thank You Alan Miller PR for an amazing time!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A New Year A New Start

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a safe & blessed 2013. I took a mini vacation from blogging last month. With the holidays, work, Andre's school and life it self, I was feeling overwhelmed. I apologize not being around.
With the break, it gave me time to relax and try to enjoy the holidays. I really can't believe 2012 is behind us now. It felt like yesterday when I turned 40 in February. I remember dreading it as well as all my other friends who faced the same battle last year. We made it through & partied like rock stars. Now with my birthday coming up yet again in a few weeks, it just reminds me that time is truly a moving missile of life. There's no stop watch to pause or slow it down.
As I reflected on this past year, it brought back so many memories. As I turned 40, we also found out we were expecting. The joy & excitement quickly turned to sadness as we suddenly lost the baby. I still think about it till this day and I always will. The holidays brought some sadness to me knowing that we should've had a 3 month old celebrating with us. This year also had laughter & fun times as Andre graduated kindergarten and turned 6. We went on a family vacation to Paradise Island Bahamas for the first time. We had a road trip to Portland, Maine. I went on a all girls trip to Puerto Rico to celebrate my BFF's 40th birthday. There were so many others that I almost forgot it all happened.
Now with 2013 here, I have so many goals, not resolutions to accomplish. Resolutions just seem easier to break. I fell off track with Weight Watchers last year & I've promised myself to get back on that track. I'm going to start hitting the gym with hubby and aim for a healthier me. I want to become more organized and spend more time with my friends, which I hardly ever see anymore. I literally saw one of my dearest friends in a "drive by" when she stopped by my office for 10 minutes. That was the first time I saw her since February. Now that is just horrible. More time with my husband. We are both so busy & tired after work that we don't take advantage of date nights. We were able to go out last month a few times thanks to my mom babysitting and it was so much fun. I miss those days.
I put up the Oprah quote to remind myself that I have to work at achieving all these goals & more. If you don't work at it, then you're not giving yourself a chance for improvement.
So I make a goal to also commit more to you, my readers. I want to post more & do more for you. I know my blog has been lack luster lately which has been disappointing me. I want to make it better.
Have a great year everyone. Even if you don't make resolutions, make goals for yourselves. We can support each other.
Thanks as always