CONTEST: Enter to Win a runDisney Race Vacation from GoGo squeeZ

Calling all Disney fans!

GoGo squeeZ is hosting an epic sweepstakes that you don’t want to miss. As the official applesauce of Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland, GoGo squeeze is giving applicants the chance to win a 4-night vacation for four to a runDisney race of the winner’s choice!

If you’re not familiar with runDisney, it’s a race series that encourages families to get active by running through Disney theme parks. The races vary from marathons and half-marathons to 10Ks, 5Ks and Kids Races, but all will leave you with lasting magical memories.

Since GoGo squeeZ is one of the healthiest and most convenient snacks on the market, it’s the perfect partnership. My kids are obsessed with the all-natural applesauces and have been for years. It’s always a favorite when I pack it in my daughter’s lunch box.


The winning package includes hotel accommodations, theme park tickets, two entries to the runDisney race, and more!

To enter, simply head over to GoGo squeeZ now until January 15th to fill out a form for a chance to win!

Run over to the site NOW because the contest closes on Sunday (1/15/2017) at 11:59pm EDT.

Have you ever participated in a runDisney race? 

GIVEAWAY: Dove Does a Body Good

Some brands become so integrated into our lives that they become an extension of us. For me Dove is one of them.

My bathroom is filled with an array of their tried-and-true body washes and each new formula gets better and better. The Deep Moisture wash is my current fave and for good reason. The rich lather swathes skin into a sudsy, frothy euphoria—caressing it like no other. The blend of nourishing and moisturizing properties penetrates and replenishes hydration deep beneath the surface.

It’s so moisturizing (even after one shower!) that I can actually skip applying lotion if I’m in a pinch for time.Plus, the ultra-calming and cool fragrance is a real treat for your senses. Not overpowering, it clings to the skin creating a pleasant aroma that stays with you all day.


Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash available here, $4.99

It’s hard to believe that a cleanser as decadent as Dove is readily available at your local drugstore. You’d think it would be reserved for fancy spas or specialty bath and body retailers, but nope, it’s conveniently sold at your neighborhood Duane Reade or Rite-Aid.

If you have sensitive skin and are often moisture-zapped, this body wash will change your life. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it will leave your body feeling fresh, velvety soft and super moisturized.

Want to try it for yourself? If so, I’m giving away Dove’s Deep Moisture Body Wash to two lucky readers. Simply leave a comment telling me why you want to give this body wash a test run. The contest is only open to U.S. residents and will run until Friday, September 30th, 2016 11:59EST. The winners will be randomly selected and announced by Monday, October 3rd, 2016.

GIVEAWAY: Baby Magic Products to Keep Baby Fresh & Clean

There are scents that just stay with you. New car, fresh baked cookies and newborn babies are the first to come to mind. For many, the latter is a smell that we moms wish could linger forever. Unfortunately, infants grow up and no longer possess that unique scent.

Until then, we can slather them in Baby Magic’s “Original Baby Scent” lotion – my favorite for after bath time. Somehow the legacy brand managed to bottle the elusive smell we moms crave and sold it to the masses. In fact, they’ve been in the business of making babies smell heavenly and clean since 1951! Oh, and course they accomplish this by infusing that fresh scent into many of their products including cleansers, shampoos and moisturizers.

Orgininal LotionBaby Magic Gentle Baby Lotion available here,  

No Rinse Wash

Baby Magic No-Rinse Wash click here for where to buy.

Soft Powder Scent Wash

Baby Magic Hair & Baby Wash click here for where to buy.

The heritage brand has been in homes for generations and has definitely been a part of my son’s life. Not only do the products have an addictive aroma, but they also get the job done—without causing any skin irritations.

There’s a reason why it’s been around so long, quality products and that fresh baby scent keeps families coming back!

In celebration of the brand’s 65th anniversary, I’m partnering with them for a giveaway. I’ll be giving away three of my all-time favorite products to a lucky winner.

Simply leave a comment below or tweet me @BrownGirlGumbo letting me know how you make bath time fun. The contest ends on 9/19/16 at 11:59 EST. The winner will be randomly selected and notified via email by 9/21/16.

How do you make bath time fun?

GIVEAWAY: Two Tickets to Broadway Playhouse Musical Theater!

If you and your children enjoy musical theater, keep reading!

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending Broadway Playhouse’s: Richard Alder & Jerry Ross performance in Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center here in New York City. Unlike the countless stage plays and musical productions we’ve seen throughout the years, this was an experience that definitely stands out!


Based on several musicals by the Tony award-winning duo, our show was filled with awesome sing-a-long songs, creative interactive kicks and a ton of funny moments. My 6-year-old daughter, Ava, clad in her favorite “Frozen” pajamas (they were strongly suggested for the “Pajama Game” portion of the show) deemed the play “amazing,” and I wholeheartedly agree. The actors were incredibly talented and extremely entertaining. To hold the attention of typically squirmy kids with the attention span of a gnat, you have to have some pretty good skills.

And if there was another reason to love our outing — prior to the show, we (invited members of the press) had the opportunity to get an exclusive sneak peek at the behind-the-scenes backstage action! The look on Ava’s face as she walked behind the curtain will stay with me. She was beyond thrilled to see the costumes and props.


Ava singing shyly during the meet-and-great session. 

The kids also had the chance to speak with the cast to learn more about what they do and how they get prepared for the show. Ava and another child even snagged an up-close-and-personal look at the sound board!


Ava getting a quick lesson in sound mixing.

Broadway Playhouse is a brilliant way to introduce children to classic musicals that will be fun and relevant for their little minds.


Ava catching a glance of her reflection in the dressing room.

Again, it was one of our best theatrical performances that I’m hoping Ava will remember and cherish for years to come!

For more information about Broadway Playhouse, please click here.

**GIVEAWAY**If you and your family would like to experience one of the upcoming shows in February or March, you’re in luck! I’m giving away a pair of tickets to the show of your choice. Simply leave a comment below or tweet me (@Browngirlgumbo) your favorite musical. The winner will be randomly selected and notified via email or direct message on February 2nd. This giveaway is only open to NYC residents or if you’ll be in the NYC area on February 7th or March 6th.

STEM-centric ‘Molecules to the MAX!’ DVD Giveaway

Like most moms, I want my 5-year-old daughter to grow up knowing that she can be absolutely anything that she wants to be in this world.

That’s why I’m so happy that young children today, especially girls are being exposed to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based programs, activities, toys and movies at a far more than the generations before them.


So when I received information about, Giant Screen Film Molecules to the MAX!, a new animated film about science I was excited! The super cute 40-minute movie teaches children about the basic atomic makeup of ordinary items such as snowflakes, pennies and chewing gum. The adorable colorful characters coupled with the brilliant computer animation had my kids glued to their DVD player.  It’s so well-written that it holds their attention while educating them at the same time.


The award-winning movie transported me back to middle school when I was fascinated by molecules and all the science-y stuff that little girls oftentimes aren’t encouraged to be interested in.

If you’re looking for ways to get your kids off of their tablets to watch something of substance, this is an excellent choice!


Molecules to the Max! is available here, $20

For those in the Eastern New York and Western New England area, you can catch the movie airing on PBS affiliate WMHT on the following dates/times:

Monday, 11/30 at 7am

Tuesday, 12/1 at 6am

Wednesday, 12/2 at 4pm

Thursday, 12/3 at 11am

Friday, 12/4 8am 

**One lucky winner will win a copy of the DVD. Simply leave a comment or tweet me (@browngirlgumbo) telling me what your favorite subject in school was when you were a kid. A winner will be randomly selected and notified via email on 12/1/15. This contest is only open to U.S residents. 

GIVEAWAY: Celebrate Stonyfield Organic YoBaby Yogurt’s Sweet 16!

With two little finicky eaters in my home, it’s hard to find healthy food and snacks that will satisfy their picky palates. But, when all else fails there’s one thing that’s always a go—yogurt!

My five-year-old daughter has loved Stonyfield Organic YoBaby yogurt since she was two and it’s also my 19-month-old son’s go-to dessert. For years I had been giving the single packets to my daughter straight from the fridge, but just recently discovered that freezing them turns them into a delicious froyo treat.

Packed with  good bacteria aka probiotics to keep digestive systems happy, yogurt is the perfect alternative to sugar-laden ice cream. Unlike other brands, YoBaby is completely organic with whole milk and fruit and isn’t made with any antibiotics, artificial hormones or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  Plus, they’re super convenient and relatively mess-free.

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Stonyfield Organic Yogurt is available at grocery stores nationwide. Check them out in the dairy aisle!

So when I was invited to attend YoBaby’s Sweet 16 celebration brunch at the lovely Bouley Botanical event space in Manhattan last month, I was thrilled! It’s always great to gain more insight and information about a brand or company that my family uses and loves.  Not only did my kids enjoy the yummy yogurt on hand at the event, but I learned about the company’s 16-year history and received great tips on how to get them to eat more than just yogurt!  While it’s a nutritious snack option, their diet definitely needs to be well-balanced with more veggies, grains and protein.


Me and my son enjoying some yogurt at the Stonyfield Organic YoBaby Sweet 16 celebration in New York City on April 28, 2015.

YoBaby partnered with dietician and mom blogger, Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD of to give us moms and editors in attendance feeding ideas to encourage successful eating for babies at different stages.

Check out a few of the tips:

6 months—Purees are the standard first foods for babies but if your little one is interested in self-feeding, experiment with soft, long pieces of finger foods he can easily hold in his hand like wedges of ripe avocado or roasted sweet potatoes.

9 months—Give your baby some yogurt or cooked cereal and a spoon, she can try her hand at self-feeding. Also, introducing whole grains and eggs are a great option at this stage.

12 months—Phase out formula and opt for whole milk for your growing tot. Small finger foods like chickpeas and tofu cubes are fun to eat and nutritious!

24 months—Avoid making separate “kid food” and make meals that your whole family will enjoy. Serving your toddler the same meals as the family will encourage them to try more foods like healthy leafy greens.

Do you have a picky eater in your family? Do your babies/tots/kids enjoy yogurt? If so, I’m giving away a prize pack of YoBaby yogurt to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment below or Tweet me (@browngirlgumbo) telling me how you get your child to eat different foods to maintain a healthy diet. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 26th. This giveaway is only open to U.S residents. 

BGG’s Back-to-School Checklist: Get An A+ in Eye Care

It’s hard to believe that my baby girl, Ava, will be starting preschool in a few short weeks.

Like many moms, there are plenty of errands that I need to do in preparation for her big day. From shopping for school supplies to updating her wardrobe, my checklist seems to be endless. While those tasks are priorities, scheduling an appointment with her eye doctor tops the list.

Last month, I attended an event hosted by The Eye Solution/Kids Vision for Life where I learned more about the importance of good eye health. We all know that children need to visit their pediatricians annually, but oftentimes we parents forget to get our little one’s eyes checked out too. Oh, and those quick “eye exams” during routine physicals don’t count.


During the event, I spoke with several experts and learned that this oversight (no pun intended) can lead to mislabeling in school, which can ultimately have avoidable negative effects on students.

For example, a child may not be able to see the blackboard/whiteboard in class and will subsequently say the wrong answer simply because he’s suffering from vision problems. Initially, teachers or parents may conclude that the child is having academic challenges when in fact all he needs is a pair of glasses.

Being an ’80’s baby who grew up watching the popular ’90’s TV show, “Beverly Hills, 90210,” I was pleased to know that actress Jennie Garth, is teaming up with The Eye Solution to launch the “Get An A+ in Eye Care” campaign, a program that inspires people to help provide good eye health and vision correction for children (ages 5-12) in need across the U.S. The campaign is simple: see good, share good, and make good happen.

Plus, there’s a social media component that encourages people to “like” The Eye Solution on Facebook to help give back.” For every “like” on The Eye Solution Facebook page, (Alcon) will donate $1 up to $50,000 to help fund more than 1000 eye exams and eyeglasses for underserved children across the country.

Remember, our children’s vision health is incredibly important to their overall well-being and academic success. Don’t forget to make time for them to see an eye doctor annually after the age of 3.

Check out these Eye-Opening Facts from Kids Vision For Life:

  • *1 out of 4 children in the U.S has a vision problem significant enough to affect learning
  • *80% of learning in a child’s first 12 years comes through his eyes
  • *25% of all school children in the U.S have a vision problem significant enough to affect learning
  • *90% of children who need glasses do not have them
  • *44% of parents are not aware that behavioral problems can be an indication that a child’s vision is impaired

 **GIVEAWAY**In celebration of Back-to-School season, I’m giving away a gift bag filled with eye care goodies for the whole family. Simply leave a comment below and a winner will be randomly selected and announced next Monday, August 18th. This giveaway is open to U.S residents only. 

If you have a school-aged child at home, do you schedule annual eye exams for him/her?