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Healthy Hack: Saint Patrick’s Day Smoothie with BROC SPROUT 2

Looking back at my St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

Getting into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

I always get excited this time of year when St. Patrick’s Day comes around. Traditionally my mom invites me over for a cornbeef and cabbage dinner in celebration of my Irish heritage. My dad was the one to pass on the Irish roots to me. Sometimes I meet with friends for drinks or I simply enjoy wine at home. In recent years after becoming a mom I do 1-2 kid friendly activities for St. Patrick’s Day with my son. We love finding shamrock shakes to try because of the taste (the idea behind it can be discussed another day).

Sticking to health goals

Broc Sprout 2 Smoothie

My idea of celebrating St. Patrick’s over the years has been flipped on its head. For starters I am a vegetarian so having a “cabbage” dinner is not appealing to me. Gas much? While I focus on my weight loss goals I seldom drink alcohol. I can count the times I had alcohol this year on one hand. Now my son has doctor mandated health goals to keep him away from the diabetes he can inevitable inherit. He is already pre diabetic at 8 years old. So sorry DJ no shamrock shakes for you this year. My clean eating health conscious household has a new plan to substitute our traditions so we can stick to our health goals.

Me and DJ started making delicious green smoothies incorporating BROC SPROUT 2 capsules in the ingredients. If you want to try it with your family check out the recipe below. Typically you consume 2 capsules of BROC SPROUT 2 in the morning with a glass of water. I really enjoy it as a regular daily supplement and I feel the difference in my energy along with my waist line.

BROC SPROUT 2 benefits

BROC SPROUT 2 capsules are one-of-a-kind, as the potency of young whole broccoli sprouts is preserved while making them — ensuring the delivery of this powerful molecule, Sulforaphane, to the body’s cells.

Sulforaphane has played a role in triggering the fight against conditions such as breast and prostate cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, asthma and obesity. It’s benefits have been widely documented since it was first identified in 1992 at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. To learn more about BROC SPROUT 2 visit them online at https://www.brocsprout2.com. BROC SPROUT 2 is sold on Amazon and Jet retailing $59

Disclaimers: As with trying any new supplement be sure to talk with your health care provider to make sure this is the best option for you. DJ’s pediatrician has only approved of him consuming it in smoothies and not as a supplement. She did approve of the benefits for his pre diabetes, she just wants him to practice healthy habits of consuming vegetables during meals.

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He really isn’t coming back

Grand Canyon 2017

A widow’s journey

There are 5 stages of grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. It has taken me three years to reach acceptance. My new normal is living life as a single mom. I am raising a boy and anything I don’t know I have to learn and fast.

Legoland 2017

It seems my son has grown up overnight and I need to keep up. I have to love up on my son so that he knows how much I care while he still has me. What I had come to realize is I have spent a lot of time over the past three years checked out of life in my grief.

This affected my son, my work and my social life. I have spent time holding on to the married woman I was not coming to grips with how my life and personality was changed. It’s time to embrace that change, start over and discover the things I desire and enjoy in life now.

Halloween crafting 2017

My son is evolving into the man his father was. Everything from his expressions to his personality remind me of his dad. There was a time I couldn’t handle any similarities of Qwan in DJ but now I welcome it. These moments of nostalgia are all I have left of Qwan. He really isn’t coming back.

In loving memory

On this day just after 5 am three years ago my husband was pronounced dead. Qwan is laid to rest without a grave marker because I simply refused to put it there. Due to the rules of the cemetery he can’t have a large tombstone only the flat plaque and this annoys the hell out of me.

But in order to properly honor his memory I must claim that piece of dirt where he lay so the world will know he was here. I have been having the hardest time choosing a design because I have to do so unwillingly.

It’s not all about me though, Qwan has family and friends who would want to visit him too. I am sure Qwan is shouting down from heaven something like “put respect on my name!” Qwan was large in stature and personality. He gave a lot of love to many so at the very least he should be memorialized properly.

Qwan’s friend Tone and the “Wolf” pack.

Qwan didn’t just leave me and DJ behind. He still has a mom, nieces and nephews, god children and lifelong friends. I want to empathize with how they feel about his lost and the times they would need visiting him too.

Qwan at work with great friends.

One of Qwan’s last wishes were for me to never remarry or “he will rise up from the grave. I know he’d give me a pass if I did. He even told me specifically who I couldn’t marry bringing up old flames he knew about. Ha! That conversation was hilarious thinking back to it. But I know Qwan would want to see me and DJ thrive and live a well rounded life that makes us happy.

A look ahead

This year I will be 38, the age Qwan was when he passed. There is a reason I still walk the earth so I have to make every moment count. I accept that his physical presence is not here but I believe he is watching over us. I want to make him proud and continue to carry him in my heart.

So I get it, I am not the same. I have even lost friends along the way and now I accept this. No one will replace the relationship I had with Qwan. There is a permanent void lost because he is irreplaceable. I must stop trying to fill that void with these temporary meaningless things.

Whenever I was afraid I would fail Qwan would say “you got that shit”. I will let that phrase echo in my head as I brave through taking this new life head on. He also told me so much about raising DJ as he got older so Qwan left me with tools I have remember.

He really isn’t coming back.
Our son doesn’t have a dad.
I am a widow and single.

Now what? I am not sure what the future holds but I know I got that shit!

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Gifting The Perfect Holiday Treat: “Strawberry Hill Povitica”

One of my favorite desserts of the season

In the midst of the holiday season many people are picking up last minute treats to serve or bring to the festivities. Often times it’s hard to please everyone so the best bet is choosing a dessert to please a variety of taste buds. With this is mind I had to share one of my picks not only for taste but convenience too.

The following post is a sponsored although words, opinions and photos are my own

Perfect packaging to store cake at home or on the go.

Povitica

Inside the box you will find Povitica stored in plastic for preservation and taste.

Strawberry Hill is offering delicious varieties of a 2.5lbs Eastern European sweet bread called Povitica (Poh-va-teet-sa).This swirled bread has been handmade in Kansas City by the O’Leary family since 1903! Povitica comes in 12 different flavors and is packaged perfectly for storage at home or to come baring gifts for businesses or at your next holiday event.

Peeking inside the plastic

I love the way it’s stored to preserve the moisture in the flavors especially because my refrigerator seems to be temperamental. When I took it out to serve my son enjoyed it straight out the fridge where as I warmed it a little in the mini convection oven base on our own preferences.

Lemon Cream

Me and DJ enjoyed Povitica’s two loaf pack with lemon cream and apple cinnamon flavors. We thought it both were equally delicious I am sure you would too. With all the varieties you can choose something everyone would love.

Apple Cinnamon

In addition to the flavors Povitica is sold in size varieties from mini all the way to eight loaf packs. To learn more about Strawberry Hill Povitica you can visit their website at www.povitica.com for product information,  F.A.Q and more.

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Holiday Finds For Moms at Momtrends Holiday Soiree #MTHoliday

In the midst of a bustling week I was lucky enough to pull off attending the Momtrends holiday soiree located at Splashlight Studios a few weeks ago. There were brands that could meet every need a mom would have going into the holiday season.

Momtrends Holiday Soiree, Photo Credit: Momtrends

Beauty

I can’t remember the last time I have taken time to treat myself to a manicure so I was excited to be introduced to Maniorpedi.

Maniorpedi.com, Photo credit: Momtrends

Maniorpedi is an on-demand manicure and pedicure service made available in your home or office. They service select areas of New York City and create pricing tailored to your personal or event needs. I don’t know about you but it would be so much easier having my manicures and pedicures come to me these days.

Food and Drinks

Noble Vines Tasting, Photo Credit: Momtrends

Another indulgents I enjoy is wine which I normally have delivered to my home monthly. When I met Noble Vines what set them apart was their offerings of affordable wines.

Noble Vines Rose Photo by Shaniqua Garvin

All their wines range from $9-11 dollars in price without any compromise to taste or quality. All the wines I sampled were quite delicious and this would be a perfect gift to give a host or enjoy for yourself.

Jarlsberg Cheese, Photo Credit: Momtrends

With the Noble Vines I also sampled some tasty Jarlsberg cheese. To make my tasty buds complete I tried gourmet treats by Red Velvet NYC.

Gingerbread people kit by Red Velvet NYC, Photo Credit: Momtrends

They specialize in providing baking kits to be made at home using Red Velvet’s recipe and instructions. In the spirit of the season I was able to take home a gingerbread people kit I am excited to try with DJ.

As a special offer to all of you get 10% off any of the Red Velvet NYC baking kits through 2017 using code: SHANIQUAGARVIN

Fashion and Accessories

There was also one of my favorite clothing brands Rider By Lee who guided us through fashions for every occasion. I love Rider By Lee for being comfortable and affordably priced.

Cents of Style, Photo Credit: Momtrends

Another clothing company perfect for moms on a budget was Cents of Style who provided a lovely winter scarf to all attendees. Along with the scarf on winter days the O-Venture key ring will come in handy.

Choosing an O-Venture Key Ring
Choosing a O-Venture Gold Confetti Silicone Key Ring Retails $28
Photo by Shaniqua Garvin

Imagine not having to dig in your bag in search of your keys while in the cold. I have already been using my key ring and I feel like it’s added minutes to my day. If you are not in cold climates you can still reap it’s amazing benefits.

Entertaining and Gifts

Talking with Name Bubbles, Photo Credit: Momtrends

As moms we need all the conveniences we could get. A practical brand like Name Bubbles provides personalized labels you could use not only for kids but for grown ups too. When in search of more personalization you can look to Pearhead for gifts. They specialize in baby, pregnancy, pet and wedding memory creations. Another company that will help you celebrate is Thimblepress providing party goods and wall art. Some celebrations can be made complete when you add in digital decorations like ones provided by AtmosFX.

Giving Thanks

No holiday season is complete without giving. It was a pleasure being among all the other influencers who were giving back that evening to Second Chance Toys for children in need.

Toy Giving, Photo Credit: Momtrends

I am also grateful to the whole Momtrends team for a wonderful soiree and all the brands that sent me home with goodies of my own. Me and my son are already playing Hearing Things and always rocking out to Kids Bop.

Momtrends Holiday Soiree Goodies. Photo Credit: Momtrends

One gift bag sponsors and brand partner I didn’t get to enjoy was Living Proof and Boxed Water. Nonetheless with most of these products and services I feel ready to tackle everyday life and the holiday season. For more information on any products you can refer to the links.

 

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An organic beverage I can stand behind, now that’s Honest Tea

Honest Tea

On my health journey I have focused so much on what has been going in my body particularly what I am using to hydrate. These days I absolutely love drinking Honest Tea and I also give it to DJ.

Honest Kids Apple Juice

There are so many flavors and varieties of Honest beverages to go with the refreshing taste. What’s more you will find an exceptional amount of transparency within the Honest Tea brand. You can find their mission and a link to their original business plan right on the site. So in the spirit of being just as truthful let me share that the following post is sponsored however words and opinions are my own.  

Honest Tea is USDA organic, Orthodox Union Kosher and Fair Trade certified. It is also Gluten free with no “GMO’s and only sweetened with real fruit. I think what sets their teas apart is their brewing process because they are steeped in hot water before chilled like how our grandma’s used to make it. The best part for me is the very low amount of calories and sugar of course.If you haven’t seen all their offerings you can find it at https://www.honesttea.com/products/.

This past week I was sent a variety of Honest Tea samples all of which I equally enjoyed. Based on what I was eating or my activity level I’d then determine what to drink because yes I do meal plan.

Honest Teas

Honey Green Tea and Pomegranate Blue Flavored Herbal Teas were sweet in taste so I drank it with salty, spicy and tart foods. The Unsweet Peach Ginger Tea had a very faint hint of a sweet taste which I drank with a sweet snack.

 

Honest Sport

After long days on my feet or workouts Honest Sport was perfect in the orange and lemon flavors. I chugged them and it did the trick to keep me hydrated, energized kept my migraines at bay. I gave the berry flavors to DJ after school and it hydrated him well too.

Honest Sport

,As a mom I have used Honest Kids for years because  of all the health conscience benefits. DJ enjoys every flavor at anytime from apple juice at breakfast to super fruit punch for that drink before bed.

Honest Kids

Over the past week life for us has been filled with long school days, kid blog events, doctor appointments, halloween and birthday parties. Quite often I had to pack lunch or snacks on the go for me and DJ. I would grab us both two drinks and put it in the lunch bag with an ice pack.

Honest Kids

This has been a lifesaver because DJ simply cannot deal with being thirsty and I am a mess when I am dehydrated, can you say mom for the win! (For now)

Goodness Grapeness… I put my straw in the wrong hole, ha, ha. I am not letting that stop me from drinking my juice.

I try my best to hold everything together as a single mom but I do know things in my life and around me I can’t control. Me and my son’s nutrition is something I can steer in the right direction. I am happy to have found an organic beverage I can stand behind, now that’s #refreshingly Honest Tea!

For more information on Honest Tea you can visit their site through the links and find products at your local retailer. 

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10 Things Every Widowed Single Mom Wants You To Know: Part 2

Lately things have been hellish for a lack of a better word. My son is feeling the effects of wanting a “real” family as he sees it played out among friends, in his community and on tv. Perhaps my own bitterness toward this often difficult single parent widow life has rubbed off on him. I have to help my son understand that we will be ok.

It certainly does not help when relatives, friends and even strangers on the train interject on how they think you should be living your life. I have had cab drivers, beauticians, nurses, relatives, and yes random folks on the train demand I get married and have kids in front of my son after I  tell them I am a widow.

What made them the authority on my life? Who is going to have to love, honor and cherish said husband? Are they going to carry this pseudo baby for 9 months, go through labor, breastfeeding and sleepless nights? Can I send them a bill to care for this child for 18 years? Clearly this topic has stuck a cord and inspired the remainder of my list.

5. Respect and Acknowledge Our New Family

When we lose a spouse the way we view our family structure immediately shifts. For me I consider myself and my son to be my family and when making decisions I consider what benefits him and take it from there. Sometimes that may mean creating boundaries in an effort to do what is best for your family which brings me to my next point.

4. We Want To Celebrate The Holidays Our Way

Some of us out of respect for the rest of our family carry on with holiday traditions like Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas celebrations but the truth is we just want to stay home. It’s almost like a catch 22, we want to stay home to cherish and create more memories with our children and have a safe place to mourn if needed during the holiday. In that same vain we do see the value is spending time with extended family members as well. The option to choose would be appreciated but often times widows don’t feel their families and loved ones are sympathetic to this.

3. Stop Trying To Raise Our Kids

An odd thing happens to widows, although I know many mother’s relate to this. When you become a widow suddenly everyone knows what’s best for your child. Some adults may go as far to explaining death, heaven and hell, or moving on to your child without your permission. Others advise against grief counseling for children and tell your child how they should feel.

We want you all to stop putting your nose where it doesn’t belong. What’s best for our children is our concern alone. Single parenting is hard enough without you fudging it up thank you very much.

2. Stop Telling Us To Move On

Short of some extreme cases I doubt any widow past the one year mark hasn’t gone back to some form of her new normalcy. This will be in the form of a daily routine, hobbies and caring for the kids. Every now and then she may even manage to get out and do something she enjoys, begins to exercise or try some new things.

Through it all she often speaks of her late husband recalling memories of him. To you she is so different and since she is single  your feel she is clinging on to her late husband and won’t let him go. You think this is the sole reason for her not moving on.

Well please stop bugging us about it. As widows we have completely new lives and are starting all over again. Very often that will mean a new job, house and town. With all those adjustments cut us some slack and let us breath and catch our bearings. When it comes to dating imagine starting over to find someone you love. That person is coming into the life of your child too and that is not a decision that should be taken lightly nor should it be something that happens overnight.

1. We will be widows the rest of our lives

Someone once asked me why I called myself a widow and I paused because I was perplexed. Then I took a deep breath and said because I am and truth is I will always be. After being in the widowed world and connecting with so many I am not sure people realize once you become a widow, you enter a sorority club you never leave. The reason your a widow is because you will always be a woman who has had a husband who died.

One day when a widowed woman finds love again we call that “a widow on chapter 2” . Widows never really leave their widow support groups because she still mourns her husband she lost. Often that widow will even have the support of her new husband who will accompany her and her kids to the grave or simply support them in the way they see fit.

For all these reasons be understanding and considerate of the widow you have in your life. Listen to her, ask her what she needs and think about any way you might have changed since her husband’s passing.

If you are a widow what would you add to the list?

In case you missed check out

10 Things Every Single Mom Wants You To Know Part One

I am Shaniqua Garvin and I became a widow in January of 2015. I am raising my young son. It’s been quite a journey I will be on the rest of my life. If you have recently become a widowed single mother or father you are not alone. There are support groups on meetup.com, facebook and in your local community . There are fully funded playgroups, and camps for parents with young children. For those simply seeking to support a widow you can find family and friend support groups. Wishing all the best you.

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Navigating through the safest car option for your family with Cars.com 

Though this is a sponsored post words and views are my own.

As a single mom my biggest concern is keeping my son safe. In my solo parenting roll I have to make all the decisions about what will be in DJ’s best interest. This includes choosing the best car to tote my precious cargo (DJ) around from school to golf class, weekend activities and more. Any way I can simplify my life through all of this makes things that much easier.

Using the Cars.com site I can easily navigate through car buying and selling options and compare models with the best safety features. The site is useful whether you are in the market to purchase a car, sell, trade or seek resources for you car needs.

With car crashes as the leading cause of death among children aged 1-13 years old keeping kids safe on the road is a prime parental concern. Using the Cars.com site you read about How Cars.com Conducts Car Seat Checks. It’s important to know the proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts for your child age and size. Cars.com can even help you find car seat installation professionals in your area.

As a parent shops new car options on Cars.com they can look at how each car seat type measures up for that specific make and model. In a user friendly method car seat types are given a letter grade that determines their safety reliability.

To explore your options to buy or sell a car and stay up to date on the latest car safety concerns check out Cars.com today.

 

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10 Things Every Widowed Single Mom Wants You To Know

Dear reader,

The following blog post was written in June of 2017. In light of recent events I decided it was time to press publish.

-Shaniqua

It’s after 2:30am and I am sitting up in bed jotting down notes in an attempt to recall the last time I felt like myself. The answer came to me pretty quickly, it was when my husband was alive.

Over the last couple of weeks I have begun to evaluate life and assess what’s a benefit or detriment to it. As I am thinking about changes that need to be made it all revolves around the fact that I am parenting alone.

A lot of people parent alone and have the misfortune of never having the other parent present in the child’s life. I can’t speak to that experience and I won’t attempt to.

I am addressing life as a widowed single mom after having the “husband, child, house, dog and white picket fence”. Life as we knew it was set because we (widowed single moms) said our vows till death do us part. We established our families without expecting anything to change until it did.
So in an attempt to resonate with my widowed single mothers and educate everyone else I created this list of 10 things every widowed single mother would want you to know.

10. You abandoned her

She’s no longer your married friend you can chat with about your husband drama. She isn’t that friend you can call for couples game night. She’s not your all American career woman or soccer mom you want to partner with or head up the PTA. What she was to you can’t possibly still exist so you have no use for her presence and your calls and invitations cease to exist.

In my own life from friendships I had to brands I used to blog for there has been a shift. Why invite me out to be social when all you talk about or represent is the perfect nuclear family. I can’t possibly be relatable anymore so there is an unbearable silence, and we are cut out of your lives.

Well first our husbands died and now our friendships and careers died along with it.

9. She is lonely

Let me be clear, lonely is NOT desperate so just because a widow has lost a husband it doesn’t mean she is going to go flocking to any person for affection or attention. Widowed single moms are lonely because they lost their companion and their best friend they spoke to each day.

There is a reason she was married to that man and it’s more than likely because they could brave the world better together. They were able to come home from work and talk about their days and their worries like they could with no other.

Now she is in a house with a child who she wouldn’t dream dumping any woes of the day onto over dinner. She is forced to internalize everything and absorb all that went wrong in her child’s day. Since she has been abandoned now she has no one to talk to.

8. She is always hurting even though the smiles.

When you lose not only a soulmate but a life partner you raised your child with it’s an unbearable pain.

Personally I would rather go into labor all over every year than to deal with this hurt. It’s an emotion that smacks you in the face at the oddest and most inconvenient times. To make matters worse it never goes away.

The pain is permanent and it feels like someone took some of your heart away including your capability to love and heal. The hurt never stops.

7. Unless you are a single widowed mom, you can’t relate to her.

Dealing with loss

Loss is inevitable and at some point every creature on earth loses someone they love. That love can send you into a debilitating grief after a loss. When you witness a family member or friend who experiences any loss some feel they can relate. People who have lost a parent may tell others they relate when that person loses a child. Others may have lost a sibling and proclaim to relate to someone who lost a spouse. None of these losses are the same. Let me say that again, NONE OF THESE LOSSES ARE THE SAME and I can probably write a book on all the reasons why they are not. It is due to there differences that specific grief counseling groups, retreats and books even exist.

What’s more even if you did share the same type of loss you still may not fully understand a person’s pain. I personally lost my biological father who was somewhat absentee at the age of 5 years old. My son lost his father (my husband) when he was 5. His father was very present and active with him. My son went through and continues to go through stages of grief I don’t recognize or relate. The relationship I had with my father was different and I am not a boy who lost his father and mentor. I didn’t have fears that I suddenly needed to “protect my mom” when my father died and so on.

So back to the point unless you are a single widowed mom, you can’t relate to her so you need to consider that you have no understanding of what she has been through and will continue to go through.

again..

6. Unless you are a single widowed mom, you can’t relate to her.

Dealing with working husbands and partners

You may be married or partnered raising your child(dren) with the help of your husband or partner. Perhaps they are workaholics or lazy bums.You end up taking on a lot of the household duties; bringing home the bacon, keeping house and raising the kids. No matter how absentee your partner is at some point that partner does support you even if you feel those efforts are lackluster. In your moments of frustration you exclaim “I feel like a single mom”. How sway? Your husband or partner is actually there, alive. Just stop for a second and make a comparison list with two columns. On the left put all the things (insert name) does to help. On the right put all the things a widowed single moms husband/partner does to help and make sure to leave the entire list blank. I think you get my point now.

If you still don’t understand what I am saying about any of this go watch Collateral Beauty or something. It’s a movie about someone dealing with loss.

Want to read more? Check out

10 Things Every Widowed Single Mom Wants You To Know Part Two

I am Shaniqua Garvin and I became a widow in January of 2015. I am raising my young son. It’s been quite a journey I will be on the rest of my life. If you have recently become a widowed single mother or father you are not alone. There are support groups on meetup.com, facebook and in your local community. There are fully funded playgroups and camps for those like me with young children. For those simply seeking to support a widow, there are groups for you as well. Wishing all the best to you.

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3 Parenting Learning Lessons I Taught My Son After Spider-Man Homecoming

Spider-Man became more than just your “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man”

I had the privilege of getting a sneak peek into the latest Sony release of Spider-Man Homecoming featuring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. during a press junket a couple of weeks ago.

– New York, NY – 6/25/17 – attend a Press Conference for Marvel Studios’ “SPIDER-MAN – HOMECOMING”. The film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr, Zendaya and Marisa Tomei. It releases in theaters nationwide on June 28, 2017.
-Pictured:
-Photo by: Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix
-Location: The Whitby Hotel

What I loved most about the movie was the takeaway lessons to be taught to my son and the true authenticity Tom Holland brought into his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man along with Michael Keaton’s return to screen. Let me explain how and there will be spoiler alerts!

Perseverance

Spider-Man was viewed as the young, not quite the hero who often made mistakes. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) who had him under his wing and putting him under the supervision of Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) seemed to anticipate Spider-Man’s failure. With perseverance Spider-Man set to prove he was more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Loyalty

Peter Parker had amazing friends in Ned (Jacob Batalon) and Michelle (Zendaya). Throughout the movie time and again it was their loyalty to each other that help them conquered some of the toughest decisions and obstacles they faced.

Character

As the plot twist Peter Parker had to decide on choosing the desires of his heart versus what Spider-Man knows to be morally right. As the movie goes on you see a young man grow in character with every new obstacle faced.

With all the action packed fun me and DJ (my son) loved the movie. I was also able to talk him about these three learning lessons. The day we saw the film was particularly trying for me as a mom so ending the day by having the movie be the perfect segway into a teaching moment for DJ made the whole experience that much more enjoyable.

For those in the late 30’s generation like me you will absolutely love the villain/hero dynamic in the Vulture (Micheal Keaton) vs Spider-Man scenes. Seeing Michael Keaton back in action was exciting!

Spider-Man Homecoming Cast Press Conference

During the press conference I attended the following day the actors addressed how there were two generations of actors in the cast and they all admitted to being able to learn from one another. With so much to learn on and off screen this is a film you must see this summer on July 7th to be exact.

 

Spider-Man Homecoming is in a theater near you. Meanwhile check out the trailer.

 

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Ride All Day on Coney Island

If you haven’t taken a ride out to Coney Island in a while you will be pleasantly surprised at the iconic areas latest attractions. I got to spend time with DJ and my cousins during blogger day to see what’s new.

Disclaimer: I received passes to enjoy a day out on Coney Islands various attractions to facilitate this review however opinions are my own.

Luna Park

Luna Park is offering a All Day Wristband that allows you and your family to go on an unlimited amount of rides for the duration of your visit. There are different rates on weekdays (where you get more saving) and weekends. The price goes by height being under 48″ and over 48″ with the Coney Island Raceway and Slingshots being excluded from this deal.You can also add a souvenir cup to your package.

Luna Park’s traditional credits, group rates and Birthday Parties are still in place along with add ons for more fun. You also don’t want to miss out on the food, beach and Friday night fireworks which last through labor day.

Surrounding Area Fun

While most flock to Luna Park it is connected to Deno’s Wonder Wheel more suitable for small children. You can catch a game to see the Brooklyn Cyclones or check out the New York Aquarium. When you visit Coney Island you can make a day of it with fun for everyone!

For more information on planning your visit to Coney Island and taking advantage of the Luna Park Ride All Day wristbands and more check out the links featured above.