It was lots of skipping, jumping, frolicking and dancing with the Mark Lamb Dance company amongst real life butterflies and Spring flowers this past weekend if you were in Brooklyn and experienced the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s FROLIC festival and grand opening of its new Discovery Garden.
Talk about a whale of a good time! My kids and I have not had this much fun discovering, smelling, touching and cavorting through the many gardens within the Garden as we did on Saturday. What a thrill! Making this Frolic even more special was the numerous activities and events planned around the new Discovery Garden’s grand opening located just inside of the Flatbush Avenue entrance.
The new Discovery Garden is a child’s outdoor dream of discovery —-designed by the award-winning firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. It encourages children to touch, examine and explore nature through hands-on experiences. From toddler to adult one can investigate plants and animals to uncover their mysteries or learn about the Garden and plant wildlife at many of the fun hand-on exhibits while also exploring the meadow, marsh, or the woodlands habitats throughout the Gardens.
Activities across the Garden that kept the kids excited included crafting their own butterfly antennae, going on a wondrous sonic scavenger hunt with stops in Brazil, India, Indonesia, West Africa and Australia. We then pranced across the Cherry Esplanade and bumped into all sorts of out-of-this-world larger than life moths and dragonflies all members of a clutch of fantastical creatures courtesy of Ralph Lee’s Mettawee River Theater Company who seamlessly cavorted amongst the Garden goers and through the bare cherry blossom trees and pathways. The excitement and looks of awe on people’s faces was addicting..
Have you ever sat down and tried to put your family tree together? You know, sit with pen and paper in hand, draw a tree and branch by branch add individual family members . Not easy is it? In fact, it’s quite laborious. I have tried a few times and always end up quitting because it is just too tedious of a task, usually ending in frustration because I have again left off family member names I knew nothing of until pointed out , by one of my elder relatives.
With genealogy websites like Ancestry.com, My Heritage.com and Geni readily available for anyone to start their own family tree the once tedious task of creating a family tree has become a lighter one which can now be shared and built upon by family members spread across the globe .
With everyone on earth now 4 degrees of separation thanks to Facebook and social media Author A.J. Jacobs sees us all as being related to each other in some way . The aim of his Global Family Reunion ? To connect the human race. Why?, We Are all Family!
The TED Talks speaker with over 18K Twitter followers and TED views of over a million is the founder of the Global Family Reunion. He is also the best-selling author of The Know-It-All, The Year of Living Biblically and Drop Dead Healthy and is an editor at large at Esquire and a NPR commentator. Crownheightsmom sought out AJ after hearing that he is planning the MOTHER OF ALL FAMILY REUNIONS in New York on June 6 Crownheightsmom needed to know just how he is going to pull it all off and more so where is he going to fit all of his darn family members. I mean seriously he has invited YOU and seven billion members of the human family. AJ says, “Those with a proven connection to the world’s biggest family tree (currently at 77 million people) get a bracelet and take part of the largest family photo in history.”
It has gotten easier with DNA testing and the internet to connect to long lost family members. AJ’s Global Family Reunion will be one more opportunity to connect . Global Family Reunions will be happening all over the world simultaneously and across the US at places like the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Clayton Library Center in Houston, Texas, Allen County Public Library in Wayne, Indiana and the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri
Added to this global excitement are invited celebrities and experts helping to pull it all off. So expect to see featured talks and presentations by known figures including filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, magician, David Blaine,Former President, George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush (via video), Comedy Central star Nick Kroll, NPR host Ophira Eisenberg and former Obama administration member Cass Sunstein and more.
The day promises to be fun says the Global Family Reunion’s website with lots of activities including taking the world’s largest family pic, a talent contest, lots of info and exhibitions about family history and genealogy.and of course with the event being held at the New York Hall of Science, there will be over 450 interactive museum exhibits.
An Epic Family Festival
Music! Talks! Comedy! Genealogy! Contests! Potato sack races! Crafts! LOTS of celebrity cousins!
CrownHeightsMom talked with A.J about the big day. Below is what he shared.
CrownHeightsMOM: June 6 is a BIG day for you. I would love for you to share a bit about that date and the event you are having called the Global Family Reunion. What exactly is it ? A.J. Jacobs: The Family Reunion is a World’s Fair meets a music festival meets a TED conference. It’s fun for every generation. There are more than 50 entertainers and more than 400 activities – music, exhibits, food from around the world, trivia quizzes, scavenger hunts, you name it.
CrownHeightsMOM: Why did you start the Global Family Reunion? A.J. Jacobs: About a year ago, I got a surprise email from a stranger that said, “I am your twelfth cousin.” At first, I figured the guy wanted to me to wire $10,000 to a Nigerian bank. But as it turned out, the man was part of a team of scientists and researchers helping to build a Family Tree of the entire human race. But it’s not even a tree anymore. It’s an Amazonian forest. The Global Family Tree is now at 270 million people. It’s unprecedented, and I saw this as proof we are part of something larger than our individual selves. And here’s the cool thing: If you come to the Global Family Reunion, we have a team of genealogists who will try to connect you to the Big Tree so you can see how you’re related to Nelson Mandela and Lady Gaga and everyone in between.
CrownHeightsMOM: Why is such an event important? A.J. Jacobs: For one, all the proceeds after expenses go towards Alzheimer’s research and education. But I also think the event is important, because once we see how we are all connected, hopefully we’ll treat each other with more kindness. Which sounds optimistic, I know.
CrownHeightsMOM: How can families get involved? A.J. Jacobs: They can sign up on our website to volunteer at the event.Of course, I also encourage anyone interested to buy a ticket online or make a donation
CrownHeightsMOM: I see lots of celebs seem to be involved . Whom exactly will be there? A.J. Jacobs: Presenters will include Morgan Spurlock, David Blaine and Henry Louis Gates. We’ll also have Sister Sledge singing “We Are Family.” And hopefully you’ll be there too!
CrownHeightsMOM: Sooo, after the reunion, then what? A.J. Jacobs: I’d like a nice peaceful break from the madness where I can spend a week or two eating takeout with my wife and watching movies with my kids while not having to worry about getting event permits or lining up vendors. But I also have to finish the manuscript for my next book, It’s All Relative, which is about my journey through all this genealogy research and organizing the Global Family Reunion, so my break will likely be short-lived.
CrownHeightsMOM: Btw, are you prepared to deal with the “drama-filled ” or bad behaved far flung relatives because as you know You know there is bound to be a few in attendance. A.J Jacobs: I just nod my head, smile, and listen reflectively. That’s about all you can do in those situations.
CrownHeightsMOM: Did you by any chance contact Madea aka Tyler Perry for any tips on throwing a family reunion. A.J Jacobs: : I have not, but that’s a great idea! I wish I had thought of contacting Madea months ago, now.
CrownHeightsMOM: What will the money raised go towards? A.J. Jacobs: Fighting Alzheimer’s. We’ve partnered with the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the Alzheimer’s Association New York Chapter who will use the proceeds for Alzheimer’s research, education.
CrownHeightsMOM: What have you told your wife and kids to expect out of the Reunion? A.J. Jacobs: I think they can expect a fun, wild, exciting, and educational experience. My 8-year-old said he wants to be head of security, but I’m afraid we’re hiring some bigger people for the job.
CrownHeightsMOM: You chose the New York Hall of Science, home of the 1964 World’s Fair as the location for this event. Is there a significance ? A.J. Jacobs: It’s a beautiful location with a lot of space, which is hard to find in NYC. And the museum’s hands-on exhibits are really cool.
CrownHeightsMOM: You have gotten such a positive response to this event and so many celebs have come aboard. Why do you think this is? A.J. Jacobs :I think it’s the ultimate social network. We are all part of the global family, and there’s something appealing about that. Also, they’re my cousins so they have to be enthusiastic.
Actor Kevin James loves to horse around and make people laugh but when it comes to being next to the real thing James is not laughing. In fact the actor and star of the film Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 which segwayed into our hearts in April and continues to dominate the box office is should we say, a little shy of horses. “I am afraid of horses,” the actor recently told a group of mom bloggers when he sat down to chat with the MOMS co-creators Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein . Adds the actor, about the hilarious scene where he is kicked by a horse into a car. “It is called green screen! If a horse kicked me like that in real life, I would be in real bad shape. ” Says James, “I was supposed to slap it on the butt, but I was afraid it would really kick me .I was really nervous about that scene.”
Paul Blart :Mall Cop 2 is still in theaters and it’s doing not too shabby at the box office either. In fact it has garnered over $52 mil in domestic ticket sales so far according to Box Office Mojo.. The movie is funny and my 7 and 9 year olds and their friends love it . Out of 5 popcorn stars they give Paul Blart : Mall Cop 2 the maximum 5 stars.
On filming the second installment of the Mall Cop franchise James says, “This one is a lot funnier and everybody was funnier. Adds the actor, “The comedy looks a lot better and is certainly shot a lot better because the budget was a little bigger ,which was good to have and we shot in a better environment,that was beautiful.”
Crownheightsmom.com caught up with the actor at a recent MOMS sit-down just days after joining him and over 100 security guards perched atop Segways to make Guinness World Records history
Talk about history making and an exciting day that I will remember forever. It included learning to ride a Segway, free Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 movie loot that included tee shirts,, rain ponchos,tattoos for the kids and face painting, free hot dogs and drinks and all this just before hitting the red carpet for a world premier screening .
Knowing that I am was included amongst the more than 100 participants, most, like myself, first time Segway riders who were given lessons that morning by certified Segway trainers before going on to make history on the largest 2-Wheeled Electric Personal Vehicle or Segway is just an amazing feeling. To have set not one, but two new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, is just -.
After setting the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS the actor then joined us in setting another personal record for Most People Simultaneously Performing a 360-Degree Turn on 2-Wheeled Electric Personal Vehicles or Segways.
Paul Blart: MallCop 2, opened nationwide April 17 . It picked up from where the original Mall Cop left off with Blart on vacation in Vegas with his teenage daughter just before she’s set to head off to college. The proud security guard who has kept our malls safe for over six years finds himself jumping into action doing what he knows best, keeping everyone safe-even while on vacation. For Blart, safety is never on holiday! Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is directed by Andy Fickman.
Kevin James sat down with The MOMS. Here is what he had to share ——————-
On the original installment of Mall Cop says the actor. “It holds a tender position in my heart.”
On how he got started in acting : “I was in the Montreal Comedy Festival and people from NBC saw me and liked me . I signed a development deal to try and get my own sitcom and that’s when it started. I was about about 25, 26, around there and that i show it started.
On his favorite donut.”You can’t look at my body and ask me if I like donuts. It’s self evident. I like chocolate filled donuts and cinna-buns but my favorite donut is the fudge ones with the glaze. Yup, chocolate glazed is my favorite..
On any words not allowed to be uttered by his kids at home. “My kids are still young. They don’t know, so I don’t have that yet but we keep mine on lockdown pretty much( laughing) they don’t see much people, they don’t get out much. We give them a little sun for about five minutes a day.(Laughing out loud ).Seriously he adds “They are really good kids. I am blessed for sure but it is scary.” All you can do he say is, “Give them the tool to deals with all of that stuff. They will be ok.”
On being kicked into the car by the horse. ” If a horse kicked me like that in real life I would be in real bad shape. It is called green screen.
On how he feels about horses . “There was a horse there (on set) . I am afraid of horses and to be standing behind the horse where I was supposed to slap the horse on the butt, I was afraid it would really kick me .I was really nervous about that scene because I did have to slap the butt of a horse.
On parenting advice he would like to share with other dads.” Listen to your kids! ..A lot of times you just kinda tell them to listen to the rules . It’s nice for kids if they can express themselves . Just listen to them or hear them out . I mean they may not get their way. Get on their level with them they appreciate it. My wife told me this , you have to listen get on their level let them feel like they are expressing themselves.
On how he and his family spend Friday nights he tells Crownheightsmom.com .”We do movie night as a family on Fridays but we do dinner together every night as long as I am there and we can do it. We sit down and do it. We stop everything and we eat together .Movie night is a really fun night . It’s Friday night and everybody gets to stay up late and have a really fun night . The girls are really great and want o stay up late, but they always pass out by 9 or 9:30 they never make it . Movie night is that thing we do that is very consistent, we also do ice cream on sunday
I was in my mid teens when Sakura Matsuri started at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Back then, the faces attending were mostly of Japanese origin and they came out in droves to celebrate the blooming cherry blossom flowers and rejoice in the planned Japanese cultural programs and activities.
In recent years, the two-day weekend festival has become more popular and has grown by leaps and bounds attracting people of all races, nationalities and cultures. The impact of its popularity is felt in the buildup of traffic as more and more people come to the borough and as attendees join lines snaking along Washington and Flatbush avenues .Many come dressed in their favorite anime costumes or opt to wearing traditional Japanese kimonos. The mostly open -air outdoors celebration gives those attending a taste of Japan with sword fighting displays, Taiko drumming exhibition, manga artists and much more.
Seeing such an assortments of Japanese culture, food and arts made for a breathtakingly beautiful afternoon spent amongst the cherry blossoms.
For many, myself included, attending the annual Sakura Matsuri festival signals, that Spring has finally sprung.
One of my very best friends, Asako, hails from Japan. I remember talking to her years ago about her country’s most cherished flower and her saying that in Japan they have Sakura Hanami parties throughout the country . Getting dressed up in cultural garb like a Kimono and attending Cherry blossom viewing she says is a serious thing there, where the blooming flowers are watched carefully and celebrated by all.
I am most proud that this festival occurs in my Crown Heights neighborhood with the BBG being a hop, skip and a jump from my doorsteps.My kids especially got a blast seeing all the beautiful flowers in bloom in an assortment of colors. Taking in the festival this past weekend was a joy from seeing the many families in attendance to seeing the festival goers decked out in traditional Kimonos and others in their favorite Japanese inspired costumes. The $25 admittance fee definitely was worth every penny .
Crownheightmom.com is definitely looking forward to next year’s festival.
“Krissi awakened about two weeks ago,” says the source close to her family. Could Bobby Brown have hinted at this news in a March 3 press release his lawyer sent out saying, “We thank everyone that supports Bobbi Kristina and God is hearing our prayers.”
One can imagine how thankful Bobby Brown must be feeling. The singer has continuously asked for prayers for his daughter Bobbi Kristina and as the weeks have gone by and we have seen the pictures of his daily trips to and from the hospital to be at her bedside. He has been a dad who is enduring what happened to his daughter publicly while asking for privacy from the press as he continues trying to hold it all together for himself and his family while the criminal investigation continues into how his daughter ended up in the condition she’s in . Most parents would prefer to never go through a situation like this, but if they had to be in a situation like this they would prefer to go through it privately. It is good to see that the R&B star has held firm to his faith to pull him through and to see that in some ways these prayers are being answered. Crownheightsmom reached out to Bobby Brown’s camp for a response and was told to refer to what Bobby has said in his press releases, saying, “We continue to request privacy in regards to my daughter’s medical condition. We thank everyone that supports Bobbi Kristina and God is hearing our prayers.”
Not out of the woods though progressing slowly . “She is not recognizing people’s faces but she has eye movement and is responsive to voices and touch,” the source tells crownheightsmom exclusively. This progress, says the source, is what prompted the family to move her from Emory Hospital to a specialized facility, still in Georgia, that can better treat her.
Visitors to see Bobbi Kristina since her improvement have included her grandmother Cissy Houston, 81 who arrived about a week ago to visit her granddaughter says the source. Cissy last visited in early February. As of this writing Cissy is reported to have returned to her home in New Jersey .
It definitely feels great to hear promising news about Bobbi Kristina’s condition and as she progresses we hope to keep well wishers up to date.
As Bobbi Kristina’s condition continues to improve the source close to the family adds, ” I would like to ask people to keep praying for Bobbi Kristina. She still has a long way to go.”
I like the Cinderella movie because it was romantic—–Kameko, 8
Jumping on that iron horse aka a NYC subway train oftentimes can be a hit or miss most days, thus the case last Tuesday when the kids and I headed from Brooklyn into the city to catch a screening of the beauty of all fairy tales, Cinderella.
Getting to the screening took great effort, for we almost didn’t make it on time to Times Square’s Regal E-Walk Theater due to an MTA power outage on our subway line. In addition there was a thundering rainstorm happening but hail, nor rain, could hinder crownheightsmom from getting her kids to the scheduled 5:15pm MOMS and Oral-B and Crest sponsored special Disney Studios screening of Cinderella which was preceded by the Frozen movie short Frozen Fever . The sneak peek, a prime teaser to the sequel of the 2012 worldwide hit.
Stuck underground on an F train at York Street I had to make a decision what to do. Should we stay or should we go . When the conductor finally announced that all A, C and F trains were going to be at a standstill and backed up due to a power outage at the World Trade Center stop in Manhattan.that was it for me.
Trying not to panic as the time slipped closer and closer to the movie start hour we are still in Brooklyn trying to get to Manhattan. The kids, especially my 8-year-old daughter starts to get worried we will miss the screening entirely. I ask ‘should we just go home, forego the trip to the city. I automatically get a resounding “NO” from them both.”
Putting on my supermom hat I took their hands and we join the mass exodus of straphangers exiting the subway station to the street in search of the nearest subway line.. Finding the R train we jump on with what seems like hundreds of people .
We would take this R to Canal Street where we transferred to the Q Express to 42nd Street Times Square where the theater is located.
.Reaching the Regal E-walk theater after 6:30pm we are overjoyed and happy to hear that we didn’t miss the screening and that it was going to start at 7pm. With some free time before the screening I headed to security to give my cellphone in as no mobiles phones, or tablets or ipads of any sort were allowed into the screening room. . We also picked up our free popcorn and water from the concession stand and were just in time to see the presentation of the new Disney Magic Timer app by co-sponsors Oral-B and Crest as seen below in this new ad with actress Kristen Bell.
Pics below from event courtesy of the MOMS
If new live-action remakes of classic fairy tales are the future for family movies then I want more of them, especially if they are anything like the new Cinderella movie.
-I liked the movie because it”s about a girl who was once happy, then her life became sad when her mommy and daddy died, then her life got better and she was happy again.. My favorite part was when she married the prince because it was a happy ending —-Kai, 7.
A whopping $70.05 mil at the box office is what was raked in by the new Cinderella movie this weekend says Box Office Mojo. The count comes after receipts were tallied at 3, 845 movie theater locations nationwide playing the newly revamped children’s classic. See the US trailer below.
I am really happy I decided to defeat the odds and go to this wonderful remake on March 10 with my two small children. For those parents reading this believe me, you are in for a great treat. This release promises a great update to the Disney classic most are familiar with replacing the cartoon characters for live action ones who are not only beautiful but have great screen presence.
Even the wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her spoiled daughters hold presence on screen.
My 8 year old daughter and my 7 year old son reviewed the movie. Dressed up for the occasion Kai donning a bow tie while Kameko who has outgrown her two Cinderella dresses chose an old Hollywoodesque style dress for the occasion topped with her 30’s style netted pillbox hat.
Out of 5 Popcorn Stars……….. Kameko and Kai gives Cinderella 5 STARS for being romantic and being about love, kindness and forgiveness.
Says 8-year old Kameko .”I thought the Cinderella movie was very romantic . It was sad to see her parents die though and compared to the other Cinderella’s like the cartoon an in the book I have read they have never said how her mum and dad died so it was kinda ok to know how that happened in this movie.
Kameko, 8- I felt that the Prince and Cinderella were a perfect match!
Still dancing in the aisles and singing the catchphrase song from the movie “Lavender’s Blue” (Dilly, Dilly) my two little ones and I head out for home content and happy after retrieving our cell phones from security. It is now 9:30pm and as we head to the subway we are hoping that the MTA ha,s by this tim,e gotten the train service in order.
If you too enjoyed Cinderella’s beautiful song “Lavender’s Blue (Dilly Dilly)” here it is for you.
“I’m going back to Cali, to Cali, to Cali. I’m going back to Cali—LL CoolJ
Fed up with Winter 2015 crownheightsmom seriously considers relocating to a warmer homebase! YIKES, Say it ain’t so!
Like most New Yorkers presently I’ve had it with the repetitive snowfall after snowfall that’s hit NYC this winter season. Plus, though cushiony I have fallen on my bottom more times than I can count. Plus, I can no longer stand the deep freeze temps, the mile high mounds of hard ice lining the cross-walks and the muscle power I have exerted towards shoveling and cleaning snow off the car. It’s more times than I like .
I like snow cones in the summer . Slush in the wintertime, I can definitely do without because who knows what lies within those black cesspool-like puddles. I can also do without the slow moving traffic that turns a normally $12 cab ride into a $30 snail ride to nowhere.
Right about now, I want Ole’ Man Winter gone. So go vamoosh! goodbye! get outta here, beat it, see ya later and don’t come back.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the Wintertime. In fact my husband will tell you whenever it snows I am the first one with my hands up to go out the house to play in it or grab my Akita Hiro to head to Prospect Park.
The kids will let you know that I will grab their snowboards for them and off we go to have crazy fun but, this love has been tested. This winter season in NYC has been a long one with an endless and relentless beat down by mother nature.
There’s nothing more beautiful than looking out your window and seeing fresh snowflakes falling . Seeing a doe and her family playing in the snow- thats the beauty of nature .Living in the suburbs or in the countryside definitely allows you to appreciate the beauty of a freshly fallen snow.
For city folks the beauty of having it snow week after week wears thin. Not being able to get around as fast as one wants to, amounts to loss of incoming dollars .
In Brooklyn, particularly in my nabe of Crown Heights we have been weathering the snowstorms as they come and has dealt with the results of it—-un-shoveled sidewalks, no parking spaces, traffic congestion, pot holes in the streets and the unseen doggie poo and gosh knows what else mixed in with the snow alongside the sidewalks. Trust me, it has not been a pretty picture this winter.
So right now I am praying to the Sun Gods to come . Is it too much to ask for Springtime to arrive NOW and bring on the flowers, the butterflies and the bees.
Last week reports surfaced that the 21-year old suffered a violent seizure after she was taken out of her medically induced coma by her doctors . She has since been induced to stop the seizures and is back in a coma
“These seizure are not new,” a source close to the families tells crownheightsmom.com exclusively. “She has been having them,” adds the source.
Daily visits to the 21-year-old’s bedside come from family on both sides – the Browns and the Houstons- including her father Bobby Brown and her grandmother Cissy Houston, the pair, whom have not been seen together since Whitney’s funeral in 2012 . Cissy, who arrived on Feb 6 had been a constant, although recently there has not been sightings of her. Cissy reportedly had been singing to her granddaughter and even celebrate her birthday early with roses .
Cissy also only stayed a week a source close to the Brown and Houston families reveals to crownheightsmom.com exclusively. “Cissy left Atlanta on Feb 12.She’s back in New Jersey.” Adds the source, “People will probably ask, why isn’t she still there with her but Cissy is not that close to her granddaughter plus people must understand she’s old and this takes a toll.”Also adds the source, “There is not much Cissy can do there, at the end of the day Bobby is there and any decisions made regarding Krissi’s health and well-being will come from him.”
Meanwhile, second cousin, Dionne Warwick, 74, has been unable to make it to Atlanta to see Bobbi Kristina . Says a Houston family source, “Dionne had a fall in January and hurt her ankle and is now back in the hospital, but just to get rehab on the ankle.” Adds the source, “She was admitted because she wouldn’t keep off her feet.” Warwick was reported to have fallen in her bathtub in January. She was just re-admitted to the hospital recently in order for the rehab and physical therapy to begin and to work..
A parent will love and protect their children by all means necessary and Bobby Brown is no stranger to this . In 2011 the R&B singer when questioned about Bobbi Kristina’s by PEOPLE responded, “I am protecting my daughter.” Since his arrival to Atlanta, Brown has been a constant at his daughter’s bedside and even delayed an upcoming Australian tour to be by her side. His protectiveness now though many may say has come a little too late. Says a source, “She needed that fatherly protection constantly the last three years.”
As Bobbi Kristina’s birthday approaches wishes for her recovery are being posted daily by well wishers on her social media . Ellin LaVar of LaVar Hair Designs in Harlem and the longtime hair stylist of Whitney Houston says, “I am speechless and saddened by the circumstances but I am keeping Bobbi Kristina and Cissy in my prayers.” Adds LaVar, “I am praying that God will bring Bobbi Kristina through this difficult situation.”…..by DEBRA LEWIS-BOOTHMAN
Valentines Day came twice for me this year. Well it felt like it did. Can you imagine my surprise when I received an invitation from Cottonelle to join them alongside the MOMS to participate in their #Go Cottonelle Go Commando launch concert with the New Kids On The Block Feb 15 at New York City’s Gramercy Theater. Yes, you heard correctly NKOTB are back!
I can go into my garage today and pull out stored magazine clippings, posters and memorabilia of my boy band love-fest through the years including those of NKOTB, NEW EDITION, NSYNC‘ BACKSTREET BOYS,BOYS II MEN and 98 Degrees . These boys all shared a special place in my heart during my youth, helping to define, with their music, who I am today.
I can remember conversations in high school like ‘ Oh my Gawd Jordan’s hair and ‘Oh my gawd….Joey’s voice.’ So to be invited to meet the KIDS-Donnie, Jordan, Joey, Jonathan, and Danny- shaking hands, exchanging plesantries, getting hugs and even a compliment from Joe on my metal spiked dress was mind blowing. Actually, just seeing them as grown-ups was surreal enough to make me feel like I’d never grown up and was literally thrown back into the vortex of the late 80s fawning over hot boy band cuties .
The boys didn’t disappoint singing many fan favorites that had the ladies swooning.
The boys all still have the right moves . Yes, they can still bust a move. They each exude charisma and their voices still make the girls swoon. The now matured “Kids” are also very good at they self described “soft talk.” . Yup, you heard right the boys took time to talk to their fans to explain why some of their favorite songs didnt make it onto albums and to even listen to a fan share how their music helped saved a friendship . Soft talk with the boys feels so good.
It was great seeing so many Blockheads fans in the house holding it down for the boys. Fans whom have stood behinds the Kids since the 80’s. Coming out in droves to Gramercy Theater defying the negative degree temperatures showed the boys that this was true love, and just for them .
There is nothing like taking a ride down memory lane . NKOTB’s performed “The Right Stuff,” “My Favorite Girl,” “I’ll Be Loving You Forever,” and “Over Girl.” Yes the boys reached into the vault performing crowd favorites.
Though now older mature studs the “boys” still exude adorable boyish qualities. Hello Joe!
Cottonelle’s #GoCommando photo booth was crazy fun. My sister Sandra and I could not get in enough selfie poses. Posing in the booth with Melissa Musen Gerstein, Brianne Manz and others was crazy fun. .
Charlie’s Angels have nothing on us moms
Overall the NKOTB knocked it out of the ballpark with their concert. I am going to continue to #GoCommando with Cottonelle . In fact you can head over to the website if you would like to take the GoCommando challenge. Grab Cottonelle at your local supermarket it has Clean Ripple texture to get you clean, giving you all the confidence you need to Go Commando. Dare a friend to Go Commando and Cottonelle will send you and your friend a personalized commando kit with a free sample.
Keep up with NKOTB on their website and on their new reality show Rock This Boat on the TV Guide Channel Network.