Blogger Bash NYC

Geeking Out with Sweet Suite and Thames and Kosmos

IMG_9590Geeking Out with Sweet Suite and Thames and Kosmos

Sweet Suite 14 and Blogger Bash NYC was only twenty days ago but between the boxes of toys arriving here and all of my follow-up emails and posts, it feels like it was yesterday. What a great time and wonderful way to meet brands, other bloggers, and get inspired!

I am blessed with a large extended family, and while that’s great in general,  it’s especially wonderful now because I have so many toys in my house. I know, such a problem, right? What to do? Well, some toys will go to the nieces and nephews (ensuring my place as best aunt ever), there will be some giveaways (coming soon), and I’ll donate the rest to a local organization, Cradles to Crayons.

The only item we have opened is a growing crystals kit from Thames and Kosmos (a little #ThrowbackThursday here) from their SPARK – Science in A Flash series.  We’ve always loved kits from the most basic to the more involved and generally had some project in process (butterfly kits, anyone?), and they were most likely from the Museum of Science  where for years we had a family membership (it was one of the best gifts we have ever received – Thanks, Mom and Dad). We would go to the play space every week (really, winters are long here), and my kids still know and love that museum.

This award winning company has fantastic science kits for all ages and abilities and can be found locally at two of my favorite toy stores, Henry Bear’s Park and Learning Express.

Like Thames and Kosmos on Facebook here.

Here is a bit more about them from their site:

Company Bio

Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving informal science education by publishing high-quality science and technology related educational products for children of all ages. T&K places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real-world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive, meaningful reading materials for a rich learning experience. T&K is headquartered in Providence, RI.

Partnership with Kosmos
Thames & Kosmos operates as the North American subsidiary of Kosmos — the 189-year-old, German-based publishing house, Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH. Kosmos has an existing line of high-quality science kits that T&K translates, rewrites, and distributes in the English language.

Current Products
Thames & Kosmos currently offers more than 120 science and experiment kits in thirteen categories: Chemistry, Physics, Alternative Energy & Environmental Science, Technology & Electronics, Biology, Earth Science & Natural History, Fun & Fundamentals, Astronomy, Classic Science, Little Labs, Ignition Series, Sophisticated Science, and Construction Series.

Thames & Kosmos products are highly regarded in the specialty toy and education market. Since the beginning, T&K products have received dozens of awards from the most reputable organizations that review products for children.

Thames & Kosmos sells its products worldwide in retail stores, toy and gift catalogs, specialty toy and hobby stores, museum stores, educational distributors, home-school suppliers, and online stores. For a list of retailers, see the Where to Buy page.

Sweet Suite was Toot Sweets and #BBNYC was a Blast

Sweet Suite was Toot Sweets (That’s old school for “Totes Adorbs” which I am not allowed per an agreement with my children to say anyway) and #BBNYC was a Blast!

Toot Sweets with Dick Van Dyke from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Yes, excuse me, my age is showing, but when I heard about Sweet Suite I also heard the echo of Toot Sweets. Really, I can’t help it, and yes, sometimes my brain is an interesting ride. And did you know that Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming have writing credits for this movie? Neither did I! Love Roald Dahl and the movie was based on a book of Ian Fleming’s. Really? Go figure. So for you boys who like Bond, you might want to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, too. Just a thought.

Also, I had a sweet clip but it crashed my blog. Find it on YouTube here.

Anyway, back to the sweet stuff about Sweet Suite – really there is too much to write about in just one post but I’ll try. Sweet Suite was a fun-filled confection of a night with more candy offered that even I could eat. Yes, that much. The location (Location 05) was open, clean, fresh and such an enjoyable place to be and the toys – oh, the toys! The organizers are so darn organized, thoughtful and smart that they have a box of goodies shipped to you. That is a beautiful thing because lugging stuff all day and then home is challenging.

Sweet Suite and Blogger Bash NYC was a two day event filled with education, inspiration and connections. Yes, and IRL (In Real Life) too, and although we all buried our noses in our phones to tweet, favorite, instagram and like, we still managed to look up, shake hands and connect, and it was a blast! Yes, from getting to hang out with old and new friends, learning new things, hearing about fantastic bloggers using their social klout for social good, checking out the latest and greatest toys  (who doesn’t love that?),   plus I am going to be super popular based on all the treats in my Sweet Suite 14 box! I like chatting with new people (so many new BFF opportunities!) and connecting with brands is always fun. It’s a lovely way to see what is new in a relaxed setting.

There is no way to name all of the wonderful sponsors of Sweet Suite and Blogger Bash NYC (and the many great break out events within the #BBNYC day) without it being one huge list or (gasp!) run-on sentence. But you can find them here.  It was great to see favorites like Crayola, Faber Castell (we do love our art supplies), Lego and Hasbro, and to be introduced to new folks (well, new to us, anyway) like Thames & Kronos, Kurio, MiP from WowWee, Boogie Board and Goldieblox. Before this event, I was pretty unclear about what my nephews (fans of Skylanders) were talking about but since having been in an entire room of Skylanders (including Skylander themed yummy cupcakes), I think I have an idea. And I learned the names of the characters like Blades and Erupter, (instead of calling them Stabby Guy and Lava Dude, so, yeah, I’m cool).


This wonderful event was a crush at times but a polite crush, really, and so many people sharing, it was invigorating! Plus I got to travel to NYC (one of my favorite places), and explore the city in-between all of the conference happiness. Thus the MZ Wallace store find (one of the sponsors – great handbags and totes), and maybe I found some food places, too, and on Saturday walked to the main branch of the New York Public Library and a wonderful exhibit – The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.



Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to spend such quality time with such a terrific group of people. Thank you to Charlene Deloach, Joey Fortman, Laurie Schacht, Stephanie Glover and Ali Mierzejewski, and Marissa Dibartolo.


There were wonderful illustrations in the Library’s ABC exhibit including one from Roald Dahl which keeps crashing my blog so go see it here. See, I do tie things together eventually.

Blogger Bash NYC was a Blast!

Blogger Bash NYC #BBNYC

As wordless as I’m ever going to be. Pics today, words tomorrow. A huge thank you to these hard-working individuals of Blogger Bash NYC – Charlene DeLoach, Joey Fortman, Laurie Schacht, Stephanie Glover, Ali Mierzejewski and Marissa DiBartolo.

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Good Peeps And Looking Forward to Blogger Bash NYC

IMG_8145Good Peeps And Looking Forward to Blogger Bash NYC

I have to give a shout out to the many people I have met while blogging who are wonderful, kind, generous and caring. I never would have met them but for this modest blog where I try to stretch my skills – learning how to get plug-ins to play nicely and managing to learn a little CSS and even some HTML and making myself write on a (fairly) regular basis. Really, Thank you my IRL friends who at one time were on line only and who make this journey the joy (ride) that it is! I’m looking forward to connecting to old friends and meeting new friends at Blogger Bash NYC this week, too. Already the Facebook group has shown what a varied and lovely group this will be. #BBNYC

Getting Gorgeous, MiniLuxe,Boston Bloggers, DennehyPR, P & G
Boston Bloggers at an event at MiniLuxe October 20, 2013
Getting Gorgeous, Dennehy PR, Miniluxe, P & G,
Boston Bloggers at event at Miniluxe October 20, 2013


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