Duracell is Offering Free Hearing Tests During the Month of May!

Spring has finally sprung and I’m so excited to share some exciting news with you guys! For those of you who might not know, May is National Better Hearing Month. Recently I joined Duracell and John Slattery – yes that John Slattery, of Mad Men – where Duracell debuted their new short film “Stay Connected” and announced that during the month of May, Duracell is offering 50,000 free hearing tests!

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Hearing impairment is a national health issue, and one that is very near and dear to me since I personally have family members that are hearing impaired and use a hearing aid. Right now, according to the Center for Hearing and Communication, hearing impairment affects 48 million Americans. Research has found that people with mild hearing loss were more likely to develop dementia and nearly three times more likely to have a debilitating fall – which makes spotting and treating hearing loss so crucial. Unfortunately, 80 percent of those affected by hearing loss over the age of 65 often do not seek treatment.

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For those who do, Duracell allows them to stay connected and experience all the moments of their lives more completely by powering them with long lasting hearing aid batteries. For those who don’t Duracell is offering them through this month’s free screenings, a way to take that first step towards being connected and perhaps seeking a full-scale assessment by an audiologist.

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The best part? The tests, administered by through the National Hearing Test, are conducted via a quick over-the-phone screening. Developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health, it is the only screening test that is scientifically validated and the results remain private to the user.

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John Slattery discussed his experience with hearing loss – his father has been wearing a hearing aid for the past five years, and he genuinely hopes that Duracell’s new “Stay Connected” film will help Americans take a closer look at this issue within their own family and encourage them to take the first step with these free screenings.

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Take the test…

To take the free hearing test, you can call 1-844-9-Duracell or visit Duracell.com/StayConnected to view the film and find out more.

YouTube Kids Luncheon at MILK Studios!

Last week I was invited to join YouTube at MILK Studios for an introductory lunch celebrating YouTube’s debut of YouTube Kids! The YouTube Kids app is designed with families in mind – an app designed from the ground up for kids. The app makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore, and is available for free on Google Play and the App Store in the U.S.

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My sister and I joined YouTube and other families to celebrate (and try out) the new app. My sister was so excited – we’re massive YouTube users (who isn’t?). Naturally, as a family with more than one blogger, media consumption is relatively high and for years safety on the internet has been a prominent topic of conversation for my family. So when I first found out about YouTube kids I was so glad – finally, a space that’s safe but not exclusionary! It means that your kids still have access to excellent YouTube content minus the content inappropriate for their age!

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Between YouTube Cakepops and other treats, I was shown how the YouTube Kids app allows you to even set time limits on the app – and how the app notifies the user that the time allowance is running down by playing soft bedtime music. Pretty darn cool!

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Here’s a quick rundown of the YouTube Kids parental controls:

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We realize every family is different, so we’ve built options into the app that help you control the experience for your kids:

Timer: Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that lets you limit kids’ screen time. The app alerts your child when the session is over, so you don’t have to. (You’re welcome. ;) )

Sound settings: Sometimes you need a little peace and quiet! You have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your kids can keep watching while you catch a breather.

Search settings: If you’d rather limit your children to just the pre-selected videos available on the home screen, you can turn off search.

Product feedback: Our goal is to improve YouTube Kids all the time, so we’ve included a space for you to give us your feedback.

We had such a great time, we loved seeing Elmo & Cookie Monster (I don’t care how old you get – Elmo & Cookie Monster are the icons of childhood!), and it was so lovely of YouTube to have us!

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YouTube Kids is available for free here on Google Play and the App Store, and will soon be available on Kurio and nabi kids’ tablets!

Justice League: Axis of Villians Review!

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I’m not going to pretend to know everything about the Justice League. I used to watch the cartoon series on Cartoon Network when I was a kid, and while I wasn’t as in to it as I was into say – The Powerpuff Girls, I did understand that the show had to do with hero’s putting down villians. The Justice League Axis of Villians game by Wonder Forge works around that same concept.

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Each player chooses which hero he/she wants to be – so either Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, or my personal favorite – Superman. The idea is that you stop the satellite from destroying the Justice League (and presumably earth) by capturing all the villians. If a villian reaches the satellite then one part of the satellite is damaged, when all four parts are damaged then the Justice League loses the game.

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Initially I was a little perplexed by the directions, but as we actually got into the game I really understood how fun and simple it actually was. I really love how each hero has different “powers” and attacks villians in different ways – like Superman can roll the dice twice during a certain attack, but only once on others. The game is designed so well too, the graphics are fun and there is enough detail to be stimulating without being overwhelming.

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The game is exclusively available at Target, and at the time this post goes live Target is actually having a pretty great Buy One Get One 50% off sale going on! I’ve linked it here if you’re interested. The game really makes an excellent gift for anyone 8+ who is into DC Comics, The Justice League, or even if they just really love a good strategy game – it’s loads of fun, promotes teamwork, and everybody really gets into it while playing!

I loved the Axis of Villians game so much, I’ve included it in my Holiday Gift Guide!

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Eye Found It! Disney & Wonder Forge’s Most Magical Game

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I love Disney, and I have loved them ever since I was a little girl and was introduced to Disney princesses like Pocahontas, Jasmine, and Belle. However, my adoration wasn’t strictly reserved for Disney princesses – I also was a hardcore Winnie the Pooh lover. I had a stuffed Pooh bear that was my most favorite accessory! This holiday season, give your Disney fanatic the Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Game from Wonder Forge – it feature’s everyone’s most favorite Disney characters and I promise, they’ll love it!

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When I first looked at the game I thought that it would be sort of a competition between players to see who would get to Cinderella’s castle before the clock struck midnight. But actually, Wonder Forge and Disney really encourage team work with this game (although when we played it there was also a fair amount of competition too, haha!) and makes it possible that all the players can actually win.

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The idea is is that everyone picks a player and on their turn spins the spinner. The arrow will land on one of four options – to move the clock forward either one hour or two hours, to advance a certain number of spaces indicated, or to search. If you spin search, you pick a card from the deck. Based on the color of the search wedge that you landed on (red or blue) you choose that color side of the card to use. Then you start the timer and ALL the players (teamwork!) help to look for the object shown on the card. Each time you find a hidden object, you’d place a little mouse marker on the object (to keep track) and when the sands in the hourglass timer run out you count up your markers and everyone advances that many spaces. The idea is that you make it to Cinderella’s castle before midnight – if you do, then you’re a winner! Make sense?

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For example if the card reads “barrels” then you would look for as many barrels in all the Disney scenes as you can find. Like their might be one in One Hundred Acre Wood, and one in the little town from Beauty and the Beast.

What really blew me away was the gorgeous colors and details that went into creating this game! It really is amazing to look at – and perfect for those who love a good seek and find! The board includes 12 “Disney Realms”, and stretches out at 6 feet long!

Look at that detail!

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If I didn’t own it already, I would definitely buy this as a Christmas present. If you have a Disney fan in your family (and who doesn’t?), or want to introduce someone to the wonderful world of Disney, then this magical game would be right up their alley! Of all the games I’ve seen this season, this is one of my favorites, which is why I included it in The NYC Talon’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!

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Beating the Heat with Cool Gear! #HotintheCity

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Every summer without fail my family makes a point of throwing a few barbecue’s – well, except for last summer. Last summer we were really busy and never managed to pull one together, so the second the weather began to heat up we made plans to go grillin’! Living in the city means having to go to a grill friendly park to get your barbecue on – so you have to be really selective about what you bring with you and how you carry it, because you’ll be traveling with it. Luckily for us I recently received Cool Gear’s new Collapsible Bento Box and Basic Lunch Tote Bag – which are really both lifesavers when it comes to transporting food!

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The Collapsible Bento Box in purple and the Basic Tote Lunch Bag in black

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The Bento Box in action :)

We used the Collapsible Bento Box to bring our pickles and our tomato cucumber salad. Seriously, the Bento Box is one of my favorite items of the summer – the bottom collapsible portion stretches out to hold quite a lot of food (salad, a meal, whatever you want!), the middle part holds the three smaller containers – but it’s also able to be frozen, which keeps both the items in the top and bottom sections cool. Love, love, love it! My sisters, brother, and parents all want one of their own now!

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I used the Basic Lunch Tote Bag to tote the Bento Box – it’s super cute, and Cool Gear offers lot’s of styles. It’s very roomy and sturdy, and comes with a zip pocket on the outside. I stored some first aid items in the zip pocket and used the bag to store my camera in when I wasn’t using it so it wouldn’t overheat by sitting out in the sun.

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Water balloons & hot dogs? Yes please!

We ended up eating all the salad that we packed in the Bento Box, so we were able to collapse it – just slide the bottom portion onto itself, it’s great! Both the Bento Box and Tote Bag were excellent space savers and kept everything cool – even after five hours!

Check out Cool Gear, and their amazing products here! And don’t forget to check out the Collapsible Bento Box here, it retails for $12.99 and is worth every penny!

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Getting Happier and Healthier at Duane Reade! #DRHappyHealthy #cbias

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I’ve been feeling a little under the weather recently, mostly due to my allergies. So this weekend I stopped by Duane Reade to pick up a few products that I feel made my life a little healthier and certainly a lot happier. I love how Duane Reade recently came out with a Happy and Healthy magazine, for me this makes finding sales and products I love that much more easy. My mom and sisters and I poured over the mag in the window at my local Duane Reade – it just seems nicer to be able to see extra information on products, I like being able to become more familiar with an item before I make the commitment of purchasing it. Plus, it included loads of ways to garner Balance Rewards points – right now if you spend $30 on select Duane Reade items you can score 5,000 points!

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The Duane Reade that I went to is my all time favorite Duane Reade in the city, it’s located in the theater district and has the coolest beauty section ever! I noticed that Fergie’s new line of cosmetics with Wet n Wild was on sale (with Fergie being on the cover of the DR Happy and Healthy guide), and I spotted them pretty quickly. I’ve already purchased most of the line, and I have to say the nail polish she created is super glamorous!

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I wandered around for a while looking for the apple chips that were featured in the magazine, but alas I couldn’t find them – but I did stumble upon the Delish Probiotic Snacks! My most recent foray into a healthier lifestyle has included a lot of trail mix, dried fruits, and nuts – so it’s always nice to try something new and good for you.

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I ended up in the frozen foods section (I always end up there, I’m a sucker for prepackaged foods – especially the one’s from Duane Reade’s Delish line). I couldn’t decide between the hot dog puffs and the spanakopita – I decided on the spanakopita because I’ve had real authentic handmade spanakopita and I’m super curious about how the Delish version will compare with the real thing. The spanakopita doesn’t exactly fall under the healthy category, but it certainly makes me happy!

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Speaking of happy, I was searching determinedly for Studio 35′s face masks. I spotted them almost immediately in the Happy and Healthy mag on sale for 5 for $5! I had a hard time locating them and was distracted by all the beauty products – I literally could spend hours in the Look boutique of my Duane Reade. Finally, a helpful sales associate led me to the masks – which I picked up every kind of. My sisters are so excited to use these, they’re a great way to promote healthier skin – plus throw in a good movie and some healthy snacks and you’ve got the ultimate girls night in! For me, well, I plan on using these to sooth my skin and to feel less icky.

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I picked up some other items on my way out, like Dr.Ken’s all natural toothpaste which was a steal at $1.79 – it usually costs $7! Our final stop was at the drinks section, we quickly spotted the Nice! drinks – which are advertised in the Happy and Healthy mag as buy two ($0.99 each) and get one free, a deal that we totally capitalized on. These have zero carbs and no sugar – and taste great. They’re one of my favorite soda alternatives, and I was so grateful to see them on sale!

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I always use my balance rewards card at the end, I think I just love seeing the total decrease so rapidly, lol! To check out my whole shopping trip, take a gander at my album here. It was great to get my hands on so many products that I knew would totally make me feel better – there’s nothing like having terrible allergies, and I was so looking forward to munching on my healthy snacks and relaxing with a face mask!

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My Duane Reade bag, and later my Nice! drink fueling my shopping at Whole Foods in Columbus Circle

Have you picked up Duane Reade’s new Happy and Healthy guide? If not, check it out here! What products make you happy, or bring you closer to a healthier lifestyle? Let me know in the comments below!

*I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Duane Reade.  #DRHappyHealthy #cbias #SocialFabric

Get Playful with the Y-Volution YGlider!

My family and I are serious park junkies, we love to pack up a few snacks, maybe even a picnic basket and head to our local park. We usually bring along a plethora of toys – everything from basketballs and tennis rackets to sidewalk chalk. Spring is my favorite time to head out doors and I distinctly remember when I was young that I loved to grab my scooter and let the budding greenery speed by as I hit the pavement like the little speed devil that I was.

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Scooters are probably the funnest toys out there, and I love that Y-Volution now has scooters for budding speedsters as young as three years old!

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I recently had a chance to test out the Y-Volution G2 YGlider for kids three and older and I was thrilled with the construction of the scooter! It designed to have a lean-to-steer mechanism, which means better control for your little one. I love how the YGlider fosters better balance, motor, and coordination skills! The two wheels in front help with better balance and support, plus the handles are cushioned rubber – which gives your little guy or girl the control they need.

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With only two pieces, all you have to do is click in the handle bar and you’re off!

What I love about the YGlider is that it’s a unpack and play kind of product. You can put it together right out of the box – I took mine to the park in the box so I could get some great pictures to show you guys, and I was nervous when I realized I had left my mini travel screw driver and scissors at home. So I was super happy to discover that it really was incredibly simple to put together and wasn’t locked in the box like most toys (*cough, cough* Barbie) are. Also, the YGlider is incredibly light weight and I had no problem toting it around.

The Yvolution YGlider retails at around $59.99 at Toys R ‘Us and is worth every penny – having done some research I’d say that it’s definitely the coolest, most safe, practical, and fun scooter for little ones out there – I know my four year old nephew is going to love speeding on this scooter all Spring and Summer long!

Enter to win your own YGlider and other awesome toys in the Fabtastic Bloggers Spring into Play Giveaway here! Learn more about Y-Volution, the YGlider, and the other awesome scooters the Y-Volution makes here!

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Get a Hop on Easter Baskets with Wonderforge! And it’s also a Giveaway!

Every year, after Church on Easter Sunday, my family has our yearly Easter egg hunt and Easter basket handout. We’re a very competitive bunch and our Easter egg hunt is like the Laura Ashley equivalent of The Hunger Games. The same competitiveness rings true through any game we’re playing – our most favorite game right now is the Nickelodeon™ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ Clash Alley™ Strategy Board Game.

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I grew up with TMNT – so I was super excited to get my hands on this game! Although, Shawn (my little brother), didn’t grow up with the Ninja Turtles, he was absolutely in love with this strategy game. On a mission to rescue April, you battle mutants Kraang and Shredder – you get get to recover objects and even pick up pizza! But our favorite part of this game was the 3D aspect – it adds another “layer of fun” as Shawn put it.

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It comes unattached – so you have to set it up. I’m hopeless when it comes to putting things together, but even I managed this one really well (I’m proud to say). The object of the game is to be the first turtle to complete your mission by collection your mission tile and returning to your corner home space. You do this by rolling the three dice which tell you how much you can run, climb, and leap, and you can do those in any order with the goal being to get your mission tile. It’s so fun, and super easy to understand! We played a LOT of rounds, it’s pretty addictive, it’s like a fun combination of action, puzzle, and board game because you have to figure out what moves will work best for you. Very cool!

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Another game, perfect for your younger bunnies, is the Disney Easter Matching Game! It’s so adorable, and a perfect game for young Disney fans. Favorite Disney characters are featured including Mickey (naturally), Donald, Tinker Bell, Minnie Mouse, Belle, Daisy duck, Piglet, Phineas and Pherb, the green aliens from Toy Story, Winnie the Pooh, Buzz and Woody, and more!
I’m gifting this one this Easter to my neice – who absolutely loves Disney! I love how this match game develops the memory of little ones; and thanks to Wonderforge is made out of recycled materials for a smaller footprint on our environment!

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The kind folks at Wonderforge are offering one lucky winner both the Nickelodeon™ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ Clash Alley™ Strategy Board Game and the Disney Easter Matching Game!

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Dial Coconut Water Body Wash Review & Giveaway! 3 Winners (Ends 3/12)

I usually put off putting up my reviews until I’m really satisfied with the final product – the copy must be perfect, the photos edited, links all linked, etc. But the second Dial’s New Coconut Water Body Wash found itself on my doorstep I was so excited to share this product with you guys that I even abandoned my half-eaten travel sized bag of Cheeze-Its to try it and write this up, and we all know snack abandonment is only permissible in cases of serious excitement or an emergency. Well let me tell you, Dial’s newest body wash is my favorite body wash as of right now – it smells soooo good!

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You know when your clothes comes out of the wash and your favorite shirt smells like your favorite detergent and you can stop sniffing the sleeves because they smell so good and soothing – that’s what this wash is like, except you’ll be the one smelling so magically good. Containing bamboo leaf extract, and coconut water – Dial’s Coconut Water Body Wash smells clean, with a soft floral scent which is rounded off nicely with hints of coconut. I seriously wish they had a perfume of this scent!

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Dial’s Coconut Body Wash provides ultra-hydration via its coconut water, which is sourced from young green coconuts. Coconut water, also known as “super water”, is known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that lend some serious hydration.

The consistency is loose and not sticky at all. It didn’t irritate my sensitive skin – so I’d definitely consider this one a family body wash as it works great for my family’s various skin types. After taking a shower with the Coconut Water body wash my whole bathroom smelled amazing, and my skin felt super soft and hydrated – not tight or dry at all. This one is definitely a keeper in my book!

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Escape to the Tropics with Honey Bunches of Oats! (Sweeps & Giveaway, 3 Winners)

I’m a cereal fanatic, and the funny thing is that I don’t even eat cereal in the morning. Usually I’ll pour myself a bowl of cereal for lunch or dinner or even dessert – yup, that’s me the epitome of health, lol! Recently, I had the chance to try Honey Bunches of Oats new cereal, Tropical Blend!

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Tropical Blend has actual crispy mango flakes and coconut shavings inside the cereal – how cool is that?! Each serving has 10g of Whole Grain, 120 Calories, 9 Essential Vitamins and Minerals – including 60% Daily Value of Iron, and 4 Wholesome Grains. Now all that sounds really good for you and all that, but for me the appeal is in the flavor of the cereal – and Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blend is what I call a “dessert cereal”. It has a sweet almost floral flavor that reminds me of a mango smoothie I had years ago, and the crunchiness of the flakes really kicks things up a notch.

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Looks good huh? You can actually see the mango bits and coconut shavings so your know this isn’t some artificial flavoring baloney.

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So now here’s the super fun part, not only is The NYC Talon giving away THREE coupons for a FREE box of Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blend – but Purex, Honey Bunches of Oats, and Outrigger Hotels and Resorts have teamed up to launch a massive giveaway that you also can enter right now!

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A Grand Prize Winner will win a four night stay at Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach for two people, five 1st place prize winners will score a year’s supply of Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash Detergent & Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends, and last but certainly not least – 100 2nd place winners will score coupons for free Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash Detergent & Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends cereal! How cool is that!? You can enter right now by clicking HERE!

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