Verizon Wireless Takes Me & My Son Out to The Ballgame

On the first official day of my three week vacation, I spent some quality time with my son Dylan. Luckily for us, we had been invited by the folks at Verizon Wireless to attend a Met game at Citifield. Despite the sweltering 90 degree temperatures, we got the chance to chill out in Verizon’s suite behind home plate where we were treated to lunch, drinks and got a sneak peak of some super cool Back to School gadgets and services. Dylan was so excited to be watching the game from a suite, that he even called his dad to share the big news…
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While watching the Mets play a nearly flawless game — they won 6-1 — I got to find out about all the offerings Verizon Wireless now has on tap for families. One of the coolest services I found was their GPS locater service — which you can currently try out for free for 30 days. After inputting my daughter’s cell number, I can literally track wherever she goes. Thankfully, she is pretty good about telling me where she’ll be and I don’t know if she’ll be thrilled to know that I can track her every move, but something about that service is pretty re-assuring. Especially if you’re giving it to a child who is about to start middle school and walking to the bus by themselves for the first time. I also was really impressed by another service by VZW that enables you to block certain phone numbers and websites on your child’s phone depending upon their age.
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From there, Dylan and I checked out the gadget section. While I was pretty impressed at a really cute Crayola app that takes the mess out of coloring for good — Dylan instantly fell for a remote control helicopter that you can steer with your phone. Then again, I was totally amazed by that one too.
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The suite also featured some of the latest tablets and phones including the new Samsung tablet that’s lightweight and super fast. I also checked out a brand new 4G phone too and will probably surprise my husband with it since he’s due for an upgrade and our anniversary is right around the corner. Nothing says, I love you honey like a brand new cell phone.
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It was also really wonderful to get the chance to spend time with some of the nicest bloggers I know, including Nancy Horn at The Mama Maven, Divinia Rodriguez from Dancing Hot Dogs and Monica Vila, The Online Mom.
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But, as a proud mom of an awesome 10 year old, I’d have to say the highlight of my day was getting the chance to hang out with my son Dylan — who pretty much gave me the play by play of the game and even made me stop tweeting so I could watch one of the players hit a triple. Gotta love kids — they absolutely know how to keep us grounded and in the game!
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Thanks to Verizon Wireless for making our day extra special and if you want to find out about all the great gadgets and offers they’ve got this season in time for Back to School, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

Citi’s Free Family Weekend in Union Square

Thumbnail image for met.jpgThe holidays in NYC just got a little bit more exciting for Mets fans. In celebration of the launch of its new flagship branch in Union Square, Citi will host a free, fun-filled family weekend at the branch with the Mets on December 18th and 19th. Mets Player Ike Davis will meet with families and sign autographs on Saturday, December 18th, while Mets Legends Ron Darling and John Franco will do the same on Sunday, December 19th. Family weekend also will feature “living” holiday windows that will recreate iconic NYC holiday scenes, holiday puppet Shows, a complimentary gift wrapping station, an appearance by Mr. Met, free shuttle buses to Citi Pond ice skating rink at Bryant Park, treats from Momofuku Bakery and Milk Bar and holiday giveaways!
The event will take place at the new Citi branch, located at the corner of 14 St. and Broadway. Please see a full calendar of events below…
Saturday, December 18, 2010
· 10:00 am/11:00 am/12:00 pm/1:00 pm/2:00 pm/3:00 pm – Shuttle bus leaves Union Square for Bryant Park
· 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – Gift wrapping stations open
· 11:00 am to 2:30 pm – Ice skaters perform in Broadway windows
· 11:00 am to 3:00 pm – Catering serves refreshments
· 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm – Ike Davis and Mr. Met appearance
· 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm – Puppet show
Sunday, December 19, 2010
· 11:00 am/12:00 pm/1:00 pm/2:00 pm/3:00 pm/4:00 pm – Shuttle bus leaves Union Square for Bryant Park
· 11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Gift wrapping stations open
· 11:00 am to 2:30 pm – Ice skaters perform in Broadway windows
· 11:00 am to 3:00 pm – Catering serves refreshments
· 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – John Franco and Mr. Met appearance
· 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Ron Darling appearance