The Scoop on NY’s 529 Direct College Savings Program #NY529edu

sponsored#NY529eduThis past weekend, MomTrends hosted an event at The Intrepid here in NYC to learn more about NY’s 529 Direct College Savings Program. I was eager to learn, because I honestly was pretty clueless about it. Gabby is 8 years old. She’ll be in college in the blink of an eye! I wanted to learn more about NY’s 529 Direct College Savings Program so I can save money specifically for my daughters college education.


Soaking in all the awesome info about #NY529edu !

What is the NY 529 Direct College Savings Program?

It’s a type of investment account you can use for higher-education savings. 529 plans are usually  sponsored by states.


  • No income restrictions to open a NY 529 Direct College Savings Program.
  • Friends and family can contribute to your child’s account.
  • The account owner—not the beneficiary—is always in control of the account, even when the beneficiary becomes an adult.
  • No age limit for beneficiaries on a NY 529 Direct College Savings account.
  • A beneficiary can have more than one account.
  • Advantages of a NY 529 Direct College Savings Program: tax deductions, tax deferred growth, and tax-free withdrawals.
  • Funds can be transferred to a close relative of the beneficiary if he or she doesn’t need  the money.

Overall Thoughts:

I am pretty impressed with the NY 529 Direct College Savings Program. For starters, I love that there are no income restrictions. Everybody’s financial situation is different. But it’s nice to know that you can contribute whatever you could afford towards your child’s account. Every little bit counts!

At the event, they raised good points. For example, instead of birthday gifts, why not ask loved ones to donate money towards your childs NY 529 Direct College Savings Program?! Learn more about Ugift: Click here

In case of an emergency it’s nice to know you can use your NY 529 Direct College Savings account to help out. I mean of course there will be a penalty. But it’s better than nothing I suppose.

I highly recommend opening up a NY 529 Direct College Savings account. Your kid will thank you in the future!

Thank you MomTrends for the invite to this great event!
Check out their video: #NY529edu


Fairy Tales Hair Care Event

sponsoredFairy Tales Kids hair productsI recently attended an event here in NYC to learn more about the Fairy Tales Hair Care collection. I was excited to attend since my daughter Gabby is 8 years old, and I am always looking for products to try on her hair. I had heard of Fairy Tales Hair Care before, but I’ll be honest- I thought they just had products for lice. And well, lice are no fun. Been there, done that- please oh please, I pray that we don’t have to deal with lice again any time soon!

About Fairy Tales Hair Care

Fairy Tales Hair care launched in 1999. It was started by Risa Barash and her husband, Robert. Seeing a need for lice treatments, they created Rosemary Repel® – the first line of natural hair care products proven to help prevent head lice using organic herbs of rosemary, tea tree, peppermint, lavender and geranium oils. Since then they have launched other products asides those for lice! I love that their formulas are free of harsh chemicals, pesticides, toxins, paraben and sulfates. They are also now dairy, gluten and nut-free too!

Fairy Tales - Kids hair ProductsFairy Tales Kids Hair ProductsI had so much fun at the Fairy Tales Hair Care mixer hosted by Mom Trends! The Fairy Tales Hair Care team was beyond friendly. All of us bloggers had an amazing time! I can’t wait to try out some of the products on Gabriella’s hair. Especially with summer break coming  up soon, some of the products will come in very handy! At the event they had cocktails inspired by the all natural ingredients in the products. My favorite was the Sunburst Sangria- a crisp citrus pinapple sangria. I will share the recipe down below. Give it a try! It is so good!

Fairy Tales Kids Hair products

Sunburst Sangria

1 Bottle Dry White Wine
1 Cup Cointreau
1 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Cup Pineapple Juice
6 Fresh Oranges, peeled & muddled
A splash of chilled Orange Blossom Simple Syrup*

Combine all ingredients and chill. Pour into wine glass. Top with a splash of Prosecco. Garnish with fresh oranges and lemons. Enjoy!

*Orange Blossom Simple Syrup: Combine water, sugar & lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the orange blossom water and refrigerate.

This drink was inspired by the Fairy Tales Sun & Swim products which contains pineapple, grapefruit and orange flower! It’s so good! An awesome drink to try this summer!

Overall I had an amazing time!
Stay tuned for some reviews on different products from the Fairy Tales Hair care products!
Thanks MomTrends & Fairy Tales Hair Care for a lovely evening!


Diabetic On the Go Kit #GlucernaHungerSmart

Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ ShakesI have been compensated by Glucerna for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.
Talk with your health care provider about a diabetes management plan that’s right for you. #GlucernaHungerSmart #CollectiveBias
Glucerna Hunger Smart Shakes

Though I myself may not have diabetes, some of my loved ones do. It is important to raise awareness on diabetes. Equally important is being able to manage it. One of mother’s favorites to manage her diabetes was  Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shakes. Please use under medical supervision. Today I wanted to share with you all a tip that came in handy with my mom- a Diabetic On the Go Kit, which *spoiler alert* includes the Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shakes.

Why create a Diabetic On the Go Kit? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone out with my mom, or other loved ones and their blood sugar spiked. What a nerve wracking experience! Being prepared is key. The Diabetic On the Go Kit will make life easier!

Diabetic On the Go Kit

Glucerna Hunger Smart Shakes

Makeup Bag

I used a medium sized makeup bag to store all my supplies in. It doesn’t have to be a makeup bag, any bag with a secure closing will do! I picked a bag that was not too big, not too small. You’re going to be carrying this with you every time you go out after all!

Glucose Reader

Using a Glucose reader can help you better manager your diabetes by tracking any fluctuations in your blood glucose level. I definitely recommend investing in a spare to take on the go!

 Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shakes

Glucerna Hunger Smart Shakes

Managing blood sugar can be a challenge! Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ shakes are specially designed for people with diabetes. They have 50% more protein than the leading weight loss shakes, but they also have 66% less sugars, making them a smart choice to help manage hunger! Glucerna® also contains CarbSteady, which allows carbs to be released slowly over time and prevents blood sugar spikes.

Steady is exciting when living with diabetes! That’s why I highly recommend Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ shakes to help manage your diabetes! The shakes can be purchased at Walmart. They are very easy to find in the Diabetic Supplies section at the store. Reminder to use under medical supervision.

Glucerna Hunger Smart Shakes
Glucerna Hunger Smart Shakes


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Lip Balm, Lotion, Water, Notebook, Emergency Info

Glucerna Hunger Smart Shakes

Lip Balm & Lotion

Did you know that dry skin is a complication amongst diabetics?! Dry skin can occur as a result of high blood glucose. Make sure to have lip balm and lotion handy to keep your lips and skin moisturized.


Keeping a notebook/journal and jotting down what you eat is a great idea! That way you can keep track of what you eat and notice if any foods cause you to react in different ways!

Emergency Info

In case of an emergency, having your emergency info at hand is a great idea! This way people are able to get in touch with your emergency contact and doctor if need be! Better to be safe, than sorry!

Carlota Gudiel

I hope these tips come in handy. Do you have an on the go kit?
Do you or your loved ones have diabetes?
How do they manage?
Have you tried Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ shakes?
Let me know in the comments!

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