I was invited to the blogger/press event Sweet Suite. As part of attending, I received samples and swag.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking a short hiatus from the Midwest and I headed to Manhattan for Sweet Suite at Blogger Bash. This was the first time I attended one of these events as a blogger and I was over-the-moon excited to meet many of the bloggers I’ve followed over the years face-to-face, to check out new products from some fabulous sponsors, and, honestly, just enjoy some “me” time.
The event was held in Midtown right by the Lincoln Tunnel. It was in a warehouse-looking building with white walls. It reminded me of a venue for NY Fashion Week that I saw a show at back in 2007 (in fact, I bet you someone has shown there). It was clean and crisp and very posh – the perfect place for hundreds of women (and some men) to come together for a night of play.
I was like a kid in a candy store when I walked up those stairs. There were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Care Bears, Hello Kitty – it was like I stepped back in time to my childhood.
I remember my Hello Kitty plush as a kid (it’s now brown after MANY years of love). I’ve already started to introduce Bear to this loveable pal. I was excited to see that blip toys will be introducing a new Hello Kitty toy this fall – the Hello Kitty Dance Time. She has suction cups on her hands and feet to cling to any smooth surface and begins dancing once you turn on any music. She also comes with synchronized choreography to two different pre-programmed songs.
I also remember living in my dress-up clothes around the age of 4. My friends from preschool would come over and we’d have a ball digging through my dress-up trunk packed with dresses, beaded necklaces, and play high-heels. Just Pretend Kids was at Sweet Suite and had a ton of dress-up clothes on display. I seriously wish I could have tried them all on. The quality of these pretend play clothes is so much nicer than the cheapy clothes I had in my trunk. Just Pretend Kids is graciously offering my readers 30% off with the code JPK2014 at checkout through the end of the year!
Seeing all of these dress-up clothes got me really excited that I get to live vicariously through my daughter once she hits the dress-up age. Maybe I’ll even dig out my wedding dress and slip it on to have a tea party with her in the near future.
As I continued to walk through the event venue, I came across a product I’d never heard of, but something that I can see becoming a really fun Christmas tradition with my daughter starting this year – Elf Magic. You may have heard of another elf tradition, but this one was the very first one, celebrating over 50 years of family memories and 25 years of business. And unlike other elves, this is one that kids can touch and play with and doesn’t report to Santa on behavior!
We received an Elf Magic in our “Box of Awesomeness” that arrived about a month after the event. I can’t wait to begin making memories with my daughter and her elf this holiday season, especially since this Christmas will be the first one as a big sister and I anticipate the limelight being taken a little off of her this year.
For her birthday, we introduced her to “Major” elf, a special birthday gift from Santa. But Major will only be here for a few days, as he needs to back up to the North Pole to help Santa prepare for the holiday season.
When November comes around, we’ll write a letter to Santa before Thanksgiving asking him if he can let Major come back and visit us. Then, we’ll spend December together where Daddy and I will help facilitate his Elfcapades (like hiding out of the freezer because it reminds him of the North Pole). On Christmas Eve, we’ll send him back to the North Pole to help out Santa, but we’ll see him again throughout 2015 for special visits like birthday and vacations.
While it was great learning about a brand I hadn’t heard of and a new tradition, it was also nice to see a bunch of brands I worked with this past year (including Little Pim, School Zone, and Uncle Milton) and learn about what they’re coming out with soon. This fall, Uncle Milton is releasing a Disney Frozen collection that I can see being a HUGE hit from Santa.
Last, but certainly not least, I ran into a very old friend at Sweet Suite, which was probably the highlight of my night. No, it wasn’t a human friend or even an invisible friend. It was one of my favorite toys from the 90s that disappeared from the shelves many years ago, but is making a comeback.
Please tell me you remember Puppy Surprise! You know, the plush dog that had a Velcro belly that housed 3, 4, or 5 puppies (you didn’t know until you opened her up). Looking back, the manual C-section it a bit disturbing, but boy did I love the anticipation. I remember my mom buying me one and just hoping that there were 4 little puppies in there (2 boys and 2 girls to be specific). When I opened it, there were! Looking back, I think she may have been one of those moms who dug through the shelves at Toys”R”Us looking for my exact request. I’m so excited to give Bear the chance to play with Puppy Surprise (review coming soon). Can you tell how happy I am that Just Play is bringing this iconic toy back this fall!?
It may have been my first year at Sweet Suite, but it definitely won’t be my last; especially, if these cupcakes are going to be there again.
Special thanks to all the fabulous sponsors who partook in Sweet Suite. It was a pleasure meeting you all and I can’t wait to see these new toys hit shelves this fall!