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Things to do in New York City for a girlfriends day out, saving with Groupon

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post however opinions and photos are my own.

New York City is prime location for entertainment and 24/7 fun everyday. However the way New York City rent prices are set up, we need to save in other areas so we don’t go broke trying to make it out here.

Having a need to save money is exactly why Groupon is so popular when looking for things to do in New York City with friends. When I hang out with my girlfriends a perfect day would include getting beautified and stuffing our faces. So let me tell you about my favorite girls day out starting with the pampering.

 Manicures and Pedicures with friends 

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We love to look good especially before we go out so we enjoy group outings to the nail salon. Groupon has great deals on manicures and pedicure. Me and my friends like using Groupon to try out new nail salons locations. With all the nail salon hopping this is the most cost effective way.  We step out the nails salons looking and feeling great and then we are ready to hit the town. When I say hit the town I mean stuffing our faces, which means we will end up at a restaurant with tasty cocktails and great food selections.

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5 Family friendly picks for off Broadway shows, snag your discount codes too!

As you may have seen on my snaps this week I really enjoy taking my son out to shows and concerts. With so many ways to entertain your family for a night out I choose 5 shows off Broadway to highlight that you won’t want to miss.

For each show I have provided a special coupon code. I am also giving away 1 family pack (4 tickets) to see Fuerza Bruta and 1 family pack (4 tickets) to see iluminate. See further details below. 

 

1. FUERZA BRUTA

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“We Love To Surprise You” Get the Best High in Town!

 

TICKETS AS LOW AS:
$45 – Wednesday & Thursday
$49 – Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Use code FBLSP16 to save on tickets today! 

Feeling lucky? ENTER MY GIVEAWAY and get 4 tickets to the show!

4 Tickets to see Fuerza Bruta

Celebrating 10 years worldwide, FUERZA BRUTA is an uninhibited and unforgettable show you have to see to believe! This theatrical thrill ride combines euphoria-inducing live music and breathtaking aerial displays in a performance that’s as exhilarating as it is addictive. Flood your senses and experience the “sexy, heart-pounding fantasy” (Daily News) of FUERZA BRUTA.

FUERZA BRUTA is an immersive performance and does not use seats. Audience members will be on their feet during the 65 minutes performance. The show uses strobe lights, moving projections, loud noises, water, mist & fog. Water interaction is optional.  No english required.


3 WAYS TO BUY YOUR TICKETS: FBLSP16

1. ONLINE: Ticketmaster.com/Fuerza-Bruta-NY-tickets/artist/2205757
2. PHONE: Call Ticketmaster.com a800-982-2787
3. BOX OFFICE: Print & bring to Daryl Roth Theatre- 101 East 15th St at Union Sq East

Performance Schedule: Wed 8pm, Thur 8pm, Fri 9pm, Sat 7 & 9:30pm, Sun 7pm
Visit Fuerzabrutanyc.com for more info

 

*Valid for performances now – 8/28/16.  Tickets are subject to availability.  Cast and schedule subject to change.  Regular service charges apply to phone and internet orders.  May not combined with any other offer.  Not applicable to previous purchased tickets.  No refunds or exchanges.  Limit 8 tickets per order.  Additional blackout dates may apply.  Offer may be revoked at any time.  A $1 facility fee is included in the ticket price.  Run time 65 minutes.

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2. iLUMINATE

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The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have In The Dark!

WE’RE BACK!   LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THRU SEPT 4

From AMERICA’S GOT TALENT to the New York Stage!
BUY NOW FOR GREAT SEATS
$39* Orchestra Tickets- Valid Mon 7pm, Wed 3pm & 7pm, Thu 7pm
$45* Orchestra Tickets- Valid Fri 8pm, Sat 1:30pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm

$150* for a Family 4 Pack, 4 Tickets- Valid All Performances
Want to try your luck? ENTER MY GIVEAWAY for 4 tickets to the show.
4 Tickets to see iluminate

Music, art and the technological magic of iLuminate brings you a story of adventure and romance told through dance styles ranging from contemporary, hip-hop, Latin, and breaking, all using the power of light. A mash-up of dazzling wizardry, spectacular dance moves, high-tech effects and fun new interactive games that allows the audience to participate, iLuminate delivers a unique captivating dance-in-the-dark event.

3 WAYS TO BUY YOUR TICKETS:
ONLINE: Click Here or Visit Ovationtix.com & enter code: LSP
BY PHONE: Call 866-811-4111 & mention code: LSP
IN PERSON: Print & bring offer to Theatre 80 – 80 St. Marks Place (btw 1st & 2nd Ave) 

Watch iLuminate: Vimeo.com/59143775

Performance Schedule:
 Mon 7pm, Wed 3pm & 7pm, Thurs 7pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 1:30pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm
Visit iLuminate.com For More Info
*Restrictions: Offer valid thru 9/4/16.  Tickets regularly $69.50.  Subject to availability. Other restrictions may apply. Normal service charges apply to online & phone orders.  Prices do not include $.50 facility fee.  Not valid on prior purchases. Blackout dates may apply. Limit of 8 tickets per order. No refunds or exchanges.

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Armitron Watches For All Occasions

There are so many occasions you can gift a watch for year round. Mother’s and Father’s day, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and a host of holiday celebrations that come at the end of the year. Watches are not only a fashion accessory but they make the perfect gift to invest in that will last years for the receiver.

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This past Mother’s day I was able to celebrate with Armitron and reflect on all the things motherhood brings. I attended a Mets game with Armitron bringing my Dad, a die hard Mets fan in tow. Joining Armitron that night were also Kat Greenleaf of Talk Stoop and Armitron spokes man and athlete Noah Gallaway.

Me and Noah Galloway

Me and Noah Galloway

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Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exhibit at Liberty Science Center

It’s an East Coast debut of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Liberty Science Center! Plan your next museum trip and learn all about why it will be worth crossing that bridge this summer.

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This past weekend me and DJ hopped on the MTA and then the Path train for a day adventure to New Jersey. We headed over to Liberty Science Center to check out the East Coast premiere of the first ever Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles museum exhibit.

Any museum visitors attending this weekend also had the option to enjoy a photo op with the 4 favorite dudes and a pizza making class with chef Donatella Arpaia.

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Fun was certainly had by all as the kids eagerly explored the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle “Secrets of the Sewer” exhibition. It will transport you to the underground home of the crime-fighting heroes to see what really happens in their secret hideaway!

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Family fun at Luna Park in Coney Island

I had the opportunity to be apart of Family Blogger Day at Coney Island this past weekend. Various bloggers whose sites are family centered received invitations to experience Luna Park for a day and give their feedback!

I had a cute chocolate drop of a six year old as my date, so I do not have to tell you expectations for a fun time were extremely high! It started off shaky because there was a private event that delayed public entrance for a few hours. In the interim, I decided to be adventurous and explore the boardwalk until it was time to go in! DJ was a great sport about it, we even played his own version of checkers at the tables the beach provide by the benches.
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Getting access to Luna Park was well worth the wait! There are rides for every age to enjoy. The park is also smoke-free so that was a great relief in regards to second hand smoke affecting DJ.
The Tickler was our first ride, which is a mini roller coaster. I thought I was going to black out because I’m a softie, but DJ was ready for more! I couldn’t retreat to being an old lady after ONE ride. Of course I then swallowed the wimp in me and rode a few more rides with him.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  La La Anthony receives the 2016 Resident Mom Award from Residence Inn by Marriotts Red Cross Moms At Mother's Day Suite Party on May 4, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Residence Inn)

Residence Inn by Marriott names La La Anthony The 2016 Resident Mom of the year

The Residence Mom award in its sixth year has been a way to celebrate Moms and this year La La Anthony was given the title. Mother’s can be inspired by the span of La La Anthony’s career especially after becoming a mom to Kiyan she still hasn’t skipped a beat. She is more than wife of NBA player Carmelo Anthony, La La is a best selling author, producer and beauty entrepreneurs with radio and television hosting being in the earlier part of her career.

Residence Inn has collaborated with La La Anthony when adding another feature to their free grocery delivery by unveiling “La La’s list which is a series of curated grocery list exclusive to Residence Inn. The list include ingredients and supplies to help celebrate special occasions like birthdays as seen in this list below.

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Overcoming dating pitfalls as a young widowed single mom

It’s been 16 months since the death of my husband and this year I decided to put myself out into the dating scene. Unfortunately things are not working out well as I am on the cusp of a break up meh maybe I need to call it a hurricane I wasn’t prepared for because calling it a relationship is a stretch at best. While I can’t prove it because no money was taken from me successfully I believe I was dating a sociopath. (Signs you are dating a sociopath)

My dating mistakes are making things pretty evident in why its crucial for me to focus on myself and my child then allowing things to fall organically into place when it’s time.

One thing that has been consistent in being a widow and adding to that a single mom is the attraction I have had to sociopaths, criminals and perverts. Quite frankly that is a problem in dating today for all women but unfortunately for women in my category there are assumptions that we are always thirsty and therefore will fall prey to their schemes.

I will admit my state of melancholy, loneliness and insecurity in this new lifestyle radiates a magnet that attracts the undesirable options in dating whether I warranted it or not. I have had embarrassing laps in judgement to say the least and I am learning lessons while overcoming dating pitfalls along the way. Here are 4 tips I have had to re-learn while venturing off in the dating scene. At some point when getting a husband I practiced these tips so its time to put these practices back in place while I overcome dating hurtles and stay true to loving myself and my son

Listen to your intuition and watch out for red flags

This is what you always hear women should do when dating but it can’t be stressed enough. When you begin seeing someone you have to be honest with yourself about where you see the relationship going and how compatible you feel you are with them at the start. Sometimes we want to ignore the signals because we feel good, we are having a moment where we experience companionship and adult conversation and we just want to hold onto it. It won’t be worth it in the end when everything falls apart because you ignored you first thought about a guy.

Red Flags You Should Never Ignore:

-It feels too good to be true

-You just met and a guy wants to commit quickly

-Your communication consist mainly on instant message

-The guy ask for nude photos within the first or second conversation

-The guy never initiates phone calls or text

-There is a break or inconsistency in communication.

-You are only called “after hours”

-On a date the guy is driving a mini van

-You smell another woman’s scent on a man (..and I am not talking about perfume)

-His actions never match his words

In dating today, men will go as far as committing to you, proclaiming you as his girlfriend and making promises on a future he never intends to live up to in order to get into your panties and pocket. He will tell you all the lies he thinks you want to hear. When he is done he will move on to his next conquest better suited to his needs. I have been there and it’s not fun and a complete waste of time out my life. 

If something doesn’t feel right or honest about a guy, chances are it isn’t. Trust those mom and widow senses you have. When you get that “something is not right” feeling in the pit of your stomach that’s when you have to decide to either get to know the person more without involving intimacy or move on if the signs are reading you all the wrong way.

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5 Books for kids during summer break

 

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I have had to spend more time working on my son’s reading since the long break I took from school after his Dad’s passing. Over the last year I have so graciously received books that I read intermittently with my son at bed time. These 5 books can be on your list for additional reading this summer to avoid the dreaded summer slide.

 Dozi the Alligator Finds a Family

dozithealligator Author Daniel Boris and Illustrator Nicola Sammarco bring the story to life about a curious Alligator named Dozi.

Dozi finds his way to a family and when wonder if he will fit in.

Daniel Boris has since followed up with Hiding Dozi to continue on with the adventure. We are excited about reading that next this summer.

 

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Saving on travel as a single parent with Groupon Coupons

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, opinions and words are my own

Have you heard of Groupon Coupons? One of the best resources you can utilize to save on your travel needs. Being a widowed single mom I have to plan and budget carefully when I decide to travel with my son because of my one income household status. However anyone can relate to how travel cost can add up quickly. I see friends taking wonderful trips of a lifetime because they decided to use Groupon Coupons to offset travel cost. I think this will be a great starting point for me to stay on budget and let me share why.

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Groupon Coupons has travel deals of all kinds using Travelocity that your gonna wanna check out. I want to road trip so I am most interested in the steep savings on hotel bookings. There is also flights, last minute trips and full package deals available.

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AG6 Class at Asphalt Green

Last week I had an opportunity to preview AG6 class at Asphalt Green on the upper east side here in New York City. This class will be the first of it’s kind in North America to use PRAMA technology. PRAMA by Pavigym is a high tech workout experience using pressure sensitive floors and wall with integrated LED light and sound and guides exercisers for an unparalleled training environment.

AG6 at Asphalt Green

AG6 at Asphalt Green

Check out a preview of the class

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Under the “Big Top” Universoul Circus

A couple of weeks ago me and DJ had the pleasure of previewing this year’s UniverSoul Circus on the east coast here in New York City. This was certainly the #BestCircusEver and my family favorite activity every year. I have had a different experience with each visit to UniverSoul Circus but what remains consistent is the energy level and cultural references that can be appreciated by families is all backgrounds.

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Bicycle Tricks from China

The circus is led by ring master “Lucky” who skillfully keeps the audience engaged between each act as he does a lot of dancing and call to response activities. Crowd participation was truly one of my favorite parts at the circus. Some notable acts include the  Airborne Too motorcycle act with their stunts and Color Me Caribbean with their impressive stilt walking skills.

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Airborne Too

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Part of the Color Me Caribbean Act

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THE LION GUARD - The epic storytelling of Disney's "The Lion King" continues with "The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar," a primetime television movie event premiering SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. "The Lion Guard" television series will premiere in early 2016. (Disney Junior/Rick Rowell)
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Talking candidly with Dusan Brown; The voice behind The Lion Guard’s “Beshte”

I was excited to speak with 14 year old actor Dusan Brown about his role as Beshte in Disney’s The Lion Guard. Dusan could very well be the representation of where my son will be one day. My son yearns to fit in as an African American boy desiring an acting career and often seeks role models that look like and talk like him. Well Dusan is that role model for DJ to watch and I learned not only about Dusan’s new role as Beshte in Lion Guard but his personal life, dreams and what got him to this point.

Dusan parallels his character  Beshte the hippo in The Lion Guard because he is always up beat, strong and adds laughter to the environment he is in. I felt this in the conversation we had, and it made me proud hearing him speak positively about his career and family. His character Beshte is also focused on positive messages in the show teaching kids to never give up and see their own hero inside themselves. These messages will come through more in the upcoming episode “Follow That Hippo”.

Sneak peek of “Follow That Hippo” with Beshte

http://youtu.be/XIrW7i2VRB8

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I am on the cover of O Magazine!

Oprah Winfrey Cover Shoot

Me and Oprah Winfrey at the Cover Shoot I am wearing Black Label by Evan Picone, $72 at JCPenney

The amount of shock you have right now is multiplied by 100% for me because it is the most surreal experience I have been through right up there with seeing my sons face for the first time when he was born. I am excited and honored and I know this was beyond the brilliant mind of Adam Glassman and the creative team at O magazine or a vision Oprah or Gayle had, this was a chosen moment by God.

I know you’re thinking, whoa Shaniqua you’re not religious where did that come from. Well the day I shot the cover of O magazine I was coming up on the one year anniversary of my husbands death. It may have been a year to the last date that I told him I loved him. That week wasn’t great for me at all prior to the shoot, it was a crazy snowstorm in NYC and I was completely sad especially since my son spent nights waking in tears over losing his dad.

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Fight cold and flu season with Boiron

Right now everywhere I turn someone is sick, my son, parents, friends and I was even looking at my local deli man sideways because I saw him sniffle over my food. It’s inevitable that everyone will be fighting against a cold or the flu because we are in the dead of winter.

Last week I had the opportunity to connect with one of my favorite brands Boiron when they partnered with Stroller In The City for a chat about cold and flu season. I heard great tips from Dr. Lisa Kaufman (Dr. K) of Village Pediatrics and Dr. tiffany Knipe from Washington Market Pediatrics where the chat was held.

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Washington Market Pediatrics

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And the winner is…2016 Product of the year winners and a giveaway!

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Last night the 2016 Product of the Year USA winners were announced! Consumers have decided which brands were top picks and I am sharing this with you. During the ceremony Product of the Year USA also highlights and supports efforts made by God’s Love We Deliver to provide food for families in need. Please show your support in anyway you can.

I have the pleasure of being gifted some of the winning products from Product of the Year and share an assortment of products with you in a giveaway! After you check out the winners make sure you enter the giveaway!

To learn more about Product of the Year check out their website at  http://productoftheyearusa.com/

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