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Hilton Short Hills Travel and Lifestyle Event with TravelingMom

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Getting away for the summer is always a treat. Whether it’s a month long vacation or a weekend, it’s great to find hotels that accommodate your every need.  The Hilton Short Hills, in Short Hills, NJ does this and more. I was invited to experience and learn about what this hotel has to offer by TravelingMom and She Buys Cars. The day was full of relaxation and travel education. With an ideal location close to NYC and across from Short Hills Mall there is plenty to see and do. The hotel offers shuttle service to the mall and has an on site rental car service. However there is no shortage of relaxing activities for adults to enjoy right in the Hilton Short Hills. While the whole family is bound to have fun as well.

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If your looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating escape from the everyday hustle and bustle step into the Hilton’s spa. The Eforea Spa’s soothing atmosphere is sure to put you in a relaxed mood as it did me. With thirteen treatment rooms you’ll find something to relax and rejuvenate you. Whether you’re getting ready for a big event hosted at the hotel or simply want a mani or pedi, the salon is sure to take care of you. You and your spouse can  receive hair cuts, styling and waxing services. Looking forward to a massage instead? The Hilton Short Hills offers both single and couple massages. A private room ensures that you are at your most relaxed. Mommies to be can also enjoy prenatal massages and services.  After the massage make your way into the “Transition Room” to relax, drink and eat a healthy snack.

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If the gym is more your sanctuary look no further than their fitness center. Enjoy a class of Pilates or sweat it out in their state of the art gym. If you’re in the mood for a high intensity sport take a swing in their tennis court. Group lessons, cardio tennis and evening socials are available to guests. You can rent on site racquets if you’ve left yours at home. Not a tennis pro? The Hilton Short Hills offers private and hitting lessons to spruce up your skills. After a great work out and a shower why not take a dip in one of the hotels pools. The indoor pool’s relaxing and cool ambience is perfect for a lap. While the connected hot tub is perfect for warm relaxation. Their outdoor pool is great for sunbathing and swimming as well.

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Conduct business meetings and summits in one of the hotels seven meeting suites. Plan your wedding or sweet 15/ 16 in the grand ballroom. The more intimate Pavilion with large windows is perfect for a small wedding. The Pavilion’s soft cascading white drapes add the perfect romantic and enchanted feel. The TravelingMom Travel and Lifestyle event was held in this relaxing room. Brands Ann Taylor, The Walking Company and Henri Bendal showcased there newest products here while a makeup artist was also on hand for refreshing touch up’s. These brands are just a few that can be found conveniently at the Short Hills Mall across from the hotel.

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We enjoyed a cooking demonstration of Scallop Avocado Toast with Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce by the hotel’s Chef Richard Kennedy. I was excited to try this dish as I am a sea food enthusiast and it did not disappoint. A delicious salad previous to the seafood dish and an array of mini desserts completed this delectable meal. Chef Kennedy and the culinary team at the Hilton offer a live cooking and tasting series for guests. The delicious food prepared by Chef Kennedy is sustainably soured from local NJ farmers, a point in my book! Check out Chef Kennedy’s  Youtube Channel for great recipes.

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As always the creators of She Buys Cars, Kim Orlando and Scotty Reiss were full of travel tips and tricks. Here are some of the tips I learned and plan to add them to my future trip planning.

  • The Chase Sapphire Reserve card is one of the best travel cards to have.
  • Feel free to call the hotel your staying in ahead of time for price matches and specials.
  • And check out apps like LuggageFree, Jet Setter, and Get My Boat for easier travel and planning.

Current trends in travel include:

  • Brewery hopping
  • Bleisure (Business and leisure in one trip)
  • Food tourism
  • Big weekend getaways
  • Responsible travel (economically, environmentally)

I so enjoyed my day at the Hilton Short Hills and plan to return. With a great location, extensive accommodations and services the Hilton Short Hills has plenty to offer. Have you ever been? I’m sure you’ll want to visit now!

T.S.

 

 

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Things to do on Spring Weekends in NJ

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine and truthful.

Spring is here and it is now possible for us northeasterners to ascend from hibernation in our houses for fun outdoor activities. Whether its a stroll in a park, bike ride or festival walk there are plenty of outdoor outings in New Jersey. The following are some of the places I like to go to spend a spring day in NJ and others that are on my “to do” list.

Princeton NJ, Princeton University  and its Art Museum

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Princeton Township is one of the cutest towns I have ever visited in the state of NJ. The town which is home to the prestigious Princeton University is small enough to walk but full of interesting sites. I’ve walked the town and college grounds a few times and discover something new each time I visit. The diverse community is full of multiculture restaurants and shops. A mix of mom and pop shops as well as chain brands dot the main road of Nassau Street. One of my favorite places to visit on this street is Labyrinth Books, a book store I can spend hours in. The side streets of the town have just as much to offer as the main road. Don’t miss Palmer Square which offers more shops, restaurants and bars.  Some of my go to’s in this square include the Thomas Sweet Chocolates Shop which gives out samples of their gourmet chocolates, I also love Carter & Cavern Olive Oil Co. which lets you sample their olive oils on bread. If you or your kids want an extra treat step into the Bent Spoon, an ice cream shop that is always full of people.

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Labyrinth Book Shop

Visitors are welcome to walk the grounds of Princeton University and visit the Princeton Museum. Now one might not think you would find great works of art in this modestly sized college museum, but you are wrong. There are more than 97,000 pieces of art in this museum.The works of Monet, Manet, and Goya and more have found a home here. Art from the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa fill the galleries ranging from classic oil paintings to modern pop art, photography and more. Massive sculptures and installations can be found on the grounds of the museum and college as well. Admission is free to enter. The Morven Museum and Garden is on my to do list. It not only offer tours of the museum but tea time, a festival of trees during the holidays and an art, craft and garden show in May. The show offers activities for kids as well such as a scavenger hunt. There is so much to discover in the town of Princeton and I am not done yet.Princeton Art Museum

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Princeton Museum: Dancers by Edgar Degas 1899

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Princeton Museum: Claude Monet, Water Lillies and Japanese Bridge 1899.

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Sculptures in front of the Princeton Museum by Doug and Mike Stern

 

Tips: Main highways in NJ like Route 1 or Route206  can easily get you into town. Route 27 runs right into the town and ends on Nassau Street, home of Princeton University. From  NYC take the Northeast Corridor on NJ transit to Princeton Junction at West Windsor. Once there take the Princeton shuttle to Princeton Station, right out side of Princeton University. If you prefer to drive your journey would begin at the Lincoln Tunnel. The town of Princeton is full of small streets and you may need to park in a parking lot. It’s a walking town so make sure you are wearing comfortable attire and pick up a Princeton discovery map found in many of the shops.

Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton NJ

Interested in an outdoor all day activity? Visit Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. The grounds include 42 acres of land  with outdoor sculptures. Also up for exploration are their six indoor galleries. Activities include something for the whole family. Tots on Tour is a guided tour through the grounds with a theme story for parents and their 3-5 year olds. Grounds for sculpture also hosts events for kids and people of special needs.  In partnership with the New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center, Grounds For Sculpture participates in a Fall Festival. During this festival the grounds are open to over 200 people who have sight impairments. They are led on touch tours, a hands on tour of the grounds. Grounds for Sculpture also host Senior Wellness Walks and Talks. This event for senior citizens includes a stroll through the grounds, aromatherapy, yoga and  more. Grounds For Sculpture

Tips: Tickets are specific to timed entry so buy your tickets in advance online. The grounds include exotic trees, flowers and landscapes if you have allergies be sure to bring your allergy medications.

Hot Air Ballooning: Various towns in NJ

If you want to see NJ from the sky hot air ballooning is the way to go. Hot air balloon rides are offered throughout the state. In Northern NJ  Phillipsburg you can take a one hour ride which includes a brunch and lunch with Balloonatics and Aeronuts. In Central NJ, Pittstown take a sunrise or sunset flight with champaign through Ballons Aloft. While Seize the Breeze  offers rides over southern NJ. If you plan to stay or visit NJ trough the summer don’t miss the Quick Check New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Readington, NJ. This festival offers live music, food vendors, attractions and over 125 ballons for three days. Warren County also holds a week of hot air balloon activities with their Warren County Farmers Fair & Hot Air Ballon Festival. Visit NJ Attractions

Tips: Groupon offers discounts on Hot Air Ballon rides. Pay attention to the site throughout the season for great buys.

Liberty Science Center and Liberty State Park

A short subway ride or drive from NYC, these destinations are perfect for your entire family. Liberty State Park is part of the historic trilogy  that includes The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. During the 19th and 20th centuries this part of New Jersey was a critical transportation area for both goods and immigrants.Liberty State Park

Once you arrive at Liberty State Park take in views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Stoll the Liberty Walk Promenade along the water and then visit the Liberty Science Center. I visited this exploration center as a little girl and remember enjoying myself. I also have friends who take their kids and always enjoy their time there. It is an educational experience with hands on opportunities for kids of all ages. Liberty Science Center

Tips: Arrive early so you can take in the sights. You are also allowed to BBQ in Liberty State Park so bring the whole family and enjoy the day.

Planning a trip to New Jersey for vacation or just a three day weekend? Daniels Realty can find your perfect home away from home. For over 25 years this number one realty company has been helping families find a place to stay. Broker and manager Colleen Remmie and her team can find you the best luxury beach or family friendly rentals in Diamond Beach and Wildwood. Colleen is a lifelong resident of North Wildwood, so you are sure to find the best places to stay and visit while there.

Tip: Now some of you may know but NJ is the Garden State, but not only does it have lush greenery but an abundance of Wineries. If you are staying in southern NJ grab your partner or girlfriends for a night out at one of NJ’s many winery’s. Many like Heritage Vineyards use local fruits to make fruit wines. They are delicious!

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Have you visited some of the places I listed? What do you do on spring weekends in your town? Let me know if you’ve checked out the places I listed and don’t forget there are great rental properties in NJ with the help of Daniels Realty. Let me know in the comments and social media.

T.S.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Recently I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Amanda from Simply Amanda. Amanda covers fashion, beauty, blogging and lifestyle topics. She restarted her blog this year after giving it a shot in 2016. Stick to it Amanda! I feel so honored to be nominated! Any blogger who treats their blog as a business can tell you that there’s more that meets the eye than our finished posts. I’ve talked a bit about what it really takes to run a blog, and its always a heart warming feeling when you receive great feedback. I’ve never meet Amanda, which makes the nomination even more exciting, positive feedback from strangers is raw and I feel more honest. Thank you Amanda!

The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of readers and fellow bloggers. Nominees are to complete the following:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link them back to their blog
  • Answer the questions prepared by the nominating blogger.
  • List other bloggers that you nominate for the Sunshine Blogger Award
  • Create 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominate
  • Inform your nominees that they’ve been nominated

I love writing my blog not only for my personal reasons but because of your feedback. Reading your comments and seeing I’ve brought you education or covered an event you can’t get to always makes me feel accomplished. I’ve enjoyed the ride thus far and look forward to many more years of blogging. The following are the answers to the questions Amanda has prepared.

What is the story behind your blog’s name?

All my life I’ve lived in NJ, but was raised going into the city (NYC) on weekends for museums or just to spend the day.When I got into college I had to take classes in the city which cemented my love for NYC. Many people who know me can tell you I’m an NYC girl, I’m much more comfortable there than NJ. I’m not a huge fan of driving, but know the subway like the back of my hand. Due to my career I’ve also always worked in NYC. If you follow me on Instagram, you will also see a lot of NYC architecture, an aspect of the city I’ve always loved.

What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done?

The most exciting thing I’ve ever done has been fly an airplane. I am working on getting my license although I still have a long way to go. It takes many hours to complete and it is an expensive sport. I have a dare devil streak and bungy jumping, sky diving and cage shark diving are still on my bucket list. I also have a love of speed, so a race around a track in an exotic car is also on the list. Read my recent post on The NYC Auto Show for more on my love of fast cars.

If you were on a deserted island and could only take 3 items with you, what would they be?

If I was on a deserted island and could only take 3 items with me they would be a portable closet with clothes in it, my cell phone with WiFi, and tablet.

How long have you been blogging for?

A year. I’ve been blogging one year as of this January.

What is your number one holy grail beauty product that you can’t live without?

BLACK LIQUID EYELINER! My makeup isn’t complete without liquid eyeliner. Its become part of my signature look when I do have makeup on.

If money wasn’t a factor, what would be your dream job?

I don’t know what my dream job would be but it would still be in fashion with a lot of international travel. I would love to be able to blog while traveling, that would also be a dream job.

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If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

If I could have any superpower I would like to end the prejudice of people. Specifically the prejudice women all around the world and even in U.S. still face. It seems almost unbelievable that women still have to march for their rights in 2017. Its been proven that when countries educate, hire and elevate women the economy and society benefits from it. Imagine how excelled a country would be if there was no sexism and prejudice against women.

What inspires you most?

What inspires me most when writing my blog is music. Overall in life what inspires me is my goal in life to succeed. If you remind yourself of what you want at the end of the tunnel, the hardships you go through are worth it. I also find other strong, independent women extremely inspiring.  We live in a world that still devalues us, so every time I see a woman succeed she is doing so against the odds. That is very inspiring and empowering.

What do you do for a living? If you’re a full time blogger how long did it take you to get there?

I work in the fashion industry. Its been a difficult few years in my career, but I love the industry. There are perks of course like freebies, industry discounts and entry into events. Although there have also been a lot of long nights, sore legs and learning how to deal with eccentric personalities in the work place. Still I have met great people and learned about many different aspects of the industry. My blog fits perfectly into my career so I’ve been able to use my blog within my industry.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

I don’t think I have a favorite vacation spot although one country does have a special place in my heart. Italy! Italian is one of the languages I speak and I fell in love with the country and plan to return. I’ve also been to Spain, the country of some of my ancestors which is a beautiful country and love as well. Overall I love to explore when I’m on vacation so I prefer traveling through ancient European countries rather than lay on a beach all day. If there are museums, monuments and other historical places that’s where I like to vacation.

 

Yes my last name is a famous street in Spain!

 

Pictures of Spain (I have way to many to put them all!)

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Speaking of Spain, the weirdest thing I ate was when I was vacationing there. Overall Europe has given me the best food I’ve ever eaten in my life. Although when I was in Spain we decided to try snail. All I have to say is I wasn’t a fan.

My Questions for the Nominees

  • Why did you start your blog/business?
  • What has been one of the most exciting things you’ve done with your blog/business?
  • What has blogging or your business taught you?
  • Do you have any guilty pleasures? Chocolate? A specific show? Etc.
  • If you could give your younger self advice what would it be?
  • What has been your favorite travel destination? If you haven’t been there yet what would it be.
  • What are some of your favorite topics to write about on your blog and why? Or what are some of your favorite aspects of your business?
  • When are you at your most happiest?
  • Are their any societal causes you are passionate about?
  • What is one fact about yourself that many people don’t know or only people close to you know?
  • What are your future goals?

My nominees

Lillie Morales of  Jersey Fashionista

Monica  Siembieda of Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Danay Escanaverino of Danay.net

Yaudy Christina of Yaudy Christina Fashionista

Melissa ofJust A BX Mom

Mayra of Mrzmomof3

Jai of Mami’s Time Out

Lee Valenzuela of The LVR shop

Delia Rivera of In Bliss 01

Once again it was such an honor being nominated. I look forward to the responses of my fellow blogger babes. Thank you so much for reading!!

T.S.

 

 

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NYC Auto Show Girls Night Out With She Buys Cars

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Few know this about me but I that I love anything that induces adrenaline (legally and safely of course). If its dangerous, involves speed or heights I have already done it or it’s on my bucket list. That’s why I was excited to see all the speed monsters in  this years New York International Auto Show. She Buys Cars hosted a girls night out giving ladies a chance to see and learn about the latest cars. And although I don’t know the  specifics of cars, I appreciate beauty in any form. The time and effort it takes for the engineers and designers to create these machines is admirable. Here is what I learned on my first visit to the show and some of incredible rides.

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She Buys Cars is a website founded by writer Scotty Reiss and  creator of TravelingMom.com, Kim Orlando. Both women have miles under their hood from traveling for work and leisure.They created the website to help empower women with knowledge about their cars and the purchasing process. The website was also created to help connect women to the auto industry. Unlike past eras women currently make or influence 85% of auto purchases. The website covers all the important details needed when buying a car. Information on matinece, financing, road trips and the latest automobile news plus more can be found on the site. Although what I find extremely helpful are the car reviews posted by everyday women. See more here.

America’s first annual automobile show began in November of 1900. Madison Square Garden held 69 exhibitors with 160 automobiles. An estimated 48,000 spectators viewed the $589-$4000 cars. By the 11th year international car manufactures were introduced into the show with a 3 wheel German made car. By 1949 the first international car show began and featured manufactures like Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, Bentley and more. In 1959 the international car show featured cars from Asia for the first time. Japanese manufactures Toyota, Datsun and Prince were some of the first to be showcased. Over the years the show helped manufacturers introduce their latest and greatest to the public. While also giving car enthusiast, families and buyers a chance to see what was new in the automotive world.

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Hyundai’s response to luxury competitors comes with the new brand, Genesis. The brand unveiled its new GV80 Concept SUV. Genesis currently only has three models out on the market the G80, G80 Sport and G90. This new model incorporates elegance, athleticism and advance technology into one car. Genesis designed the car with the environment and style in mind. The car features plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric technology, furthering their expertise in eco-technology and the auto industry. The GV80 also offers Human Machine Interface which helps drivers control aspects of the car with an interactive touch controller.

 

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The car also includes hand-writing recognition and  allows each passenger the chance to experience the car individually. Passengers can view entertainment and have the ability to change their window view without disturbing the driver. Genius also took great detail in  designing the interior of the GV80 Concept SUV. The interior includes leather on the seating, door panels and console. The car’s upper suede panel and trim details compliment the sleek and shimmering exterior. I instantly loved the car, especially the interior which colors of ash wood and dark gray enhance the luxurious feel of the car. Genisis plans to unroll technology that will allow owners the ability to control their car from a smartwatch app.  I love the details of the Genesis GV80 and look forward to seeing the models they unveil in the future. It really is a brand that combines luxury, technology and the sport of racing into one car. Currently Genesis can be found in their Global Genesis locations in NJ, NY and PA  dealers and starts at $41,400.  Learn more about the brand here.

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Mazda

Mazda returned with the Mazda3 and its redesigned interior while the Mazda6 comes with six-speed manual transmission, push button starter, backup camera and more. Mazda also unveiled the 2017 Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-9 SUV and Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.  The CX-5 comes in sport, touring and grand touring variations, all with advanced technology features. Some of those features include voice command, remote keyless entry and automatic emergency notification. Features of the Mazda3 include Bose 9 speaker surround sound and technology that helps the engine perfectly match the drivers movements. The interiors of the cars include suede and leather seating as well as multimedia controls. These models also include Skyactiv technology, which helps shift the vehicles weight as it rounds corners. While I-Activsense technology uses radars and cameras to help drivers be more aware of their surroundings and alerts them of danger.

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Mazda has also made efforts in the way it impacts the environment . They have the largest fuel efficiency compared to any other manufacturer according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Their advances in technology also include I-Eloop, which helps redistribute the energy that is lost when pushing the brakes. That energy is used in different parts of the car including audio, electrical and more. Learn more about Mazda here.

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I also loved the newest Toyota Camry which had a sun roof and sleek lines. The Toyota Concept I is a car I look forward to as it will truly be a car of the future. The expectations  include the car having the ability to communicate with its owner and know what is needed through light, sound and touch.  Toyota.

I’m also interesting in seeing what the Lucid manufacturers come up with next. Lucid Motors, a Californian based company specializes in electric cars. Manufacturers unveiled the company’s very first car, the Lucid Air. Some specs include 1,000 horsepower, two trunks and back seats that recline at a 55 degree angle. Even more impressive, the car will have the ability to  automatically upgrade itself through software in the car. Not to mention be equipped with autonomous technology, which gives the car the ability to drive itself.Lucid

 

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I loved seeing all the innovation that is occuring in the automotive industry and learning about what’s to come. Girls night out was a blast  and I especially love the Kate Spade purse I won at the event. I encourage everyone to go see the New York International Auto Show which runs trough the April 23rd at the Javits Center. Let me know if you’ve visited the  show and what cars pumped your adrenaline. I for one am looking forward the next show.NY Auto Show

 

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On a side note, but a bit relative to the topic. I recently watched Fate of the Furious, have you seen it?  What are your thoughts? I love the franchise but had mixed feelings about this movie. What about you?

T.S.