Life’s A Beach with D6 Surfskimmers and HangTen

{The following is a charming little story, made possible through sponsorship by D6. It is all true, which makes it even better. And? Everyone lives happily ever after.}

The Belmar Beach Party was a highlight of the #JerseyLove trip this past June! The day was designed to be the main social good component of our press trip to help restore New Jersey tourism after Sandy did quite a number on it last year. We were thrilled to sign D6 as our social good sponsor and even more thrilled when they suggested we throw a beach party with the opportunity to check out their newly launched surf skimmers and (not yet available) Hang Ten surf boards. 

Then the big day arrived and it was soggy. Tropical Storm Somebody was pushing through and dumping warm rain on our parade. Instead of beach umbrellas and sunblock, we moved inside the iconic Djais to hang out, have a bite to eat and stay dry. The weather was not going to stop us from having fun and even though it was raining, we were still going to attempt surfing.

Then…the shark report came in. 

Moms wearing wetsuits that make them look like yummy seals + man eating sharks = NO WAY. I'm a California girl. I can surf almost any day of the week - on non-shark infested water days. But these girls? They be Cray-Cray. 

They all kept saying that they wanted to get in the water because of the chance to surf with the classic beach brand HANG TEN and try the innovative new D6 surfskimmers. That, this was a chance to do something rare and even a little dangerous. But honestly, I think the hot surfer dudes served as the best motivation.

The only real bummer was that we didn’t get to do much surfskimming with the kids. I do know a little insider info about the boards, designed for kids ages 5-12:


  • It is a must-have innovative skimboard introduces action sports to beginners who have always wanted to shred like their idols, (or their moms if they were on the JerseyLove trip.)
  • It’s is a fun, innovative skimboard with gripper technology designed to give kids a chance to skim and advance quickly within minutes on the water; because we all know that a kid’s attention span is about 5 minutes max. Ease of use and fast learning is ESSENTIAL.
  • A first-of-its-kind product, the SurfSkimmer is a skimboard with a detachable arm extension and handlebar that allows kids to run and glide without losing balance.
  • Nothing is worse than trying to clean a sandy injury and get a band aid to stick while at the beach. Avoiding injury is a good thing.
  • Once kids are ready to ride without the handle, they can remove it and skim just like the pros. Plus, the failed attempts make for hilarious YouTube content! ;-)


It is like learning to surf with training wheels! Take a look:

Since we didn’t have a chance to really try it out, D6 was kind enough to offer us a discount on the boards once we got back to our homes and respective beaches! Not only that, but you can all get one at a discounted rate too. Yup, we can all be cool parents for 20% less than retail price. Just use: jerseylove at checkout and prepare to be the most coveted parent on the beach. You’re welcome.

Despite the crummy weather and fear of being shark snacks, we had a blast. Life really is a beach, rain or shine, when you have D6 and Hang Ten to make it fun! 


*Disclosure: This post is sponsored content as part of my agreement as a participant of the #JerseyLove event. 

HipMamaB Travels: Caesars Atlantic City, Taste of Atlantic City and Harrah's Pool After Dark

I've been home for over a month, but apparently my heart is still vacationing in Atlantic City.

I've talked a lot about the mission of the trip over the past few months, but I haven't focused much on Caesars in Atlantic City, our home base for the #JerseyLove trip. First off, the hotel was amazing the entire time we were there. From check-in to check-out we wanted for nothing, ate to our hearts content and slept cocooned in amazing soft beds. 

Atlantic City is split into two sides - the bay side and the boardwalk side. The boardwalk side is "Old School" AC - the beach, Steel Pier and what AC is "known for." The bay side is the newer side, with large, new hotels such as Harrah's turning up the heat of the city. Since Caesars Entertainment Group owns both Caesars and Harrah's we had the opportunity to experience the fabulousness of both hotels. 

Caesars in Atlantic City first opened in 1979. In 2008 they completed the addition of the Centurion Tower, and now offers 1,100 high-end rooms. The decor is exactly what you would expect - sophisticated and luxurious. My favorite thing? The TV INSIDE the Bathroom mirror. YES, inside. And yes, it was comical when I picked up the remote control in the bathroom and started playing with it trying to figure out what it was for and then JUMPING at the surprise when I realized where the sound and pictures was coming from. 

And the beds. THE BEDS. Let me just tell you that I didn't spend as much time in that bed as I should have, but every moment I did was heaven. After my red-eye that got in early and my train and car trip into AC, I was going on about 3 hours of sleep. I checked in, said hello to a few people, closed the black out shades and sighed contentedly as I drifted off into napland...

Our first night in AC we were treated to dinner at the restaurant Mia, in the Temple Lobby of Caesars. As you know, I've been basically meat-free since January, but when I scanned the menu to find the words "steak," "truffle" and "foie gras" (not illegal in NJ! Whoop!) used to describe ONE DISH, I broke down.

It was the holy trinity of food for me.. it broke me.

And it was a wonderful decision. 

When I thought that nothing was going to top the delight of eating MEAT again, I was wrong. 

The next evening we were treated to sneak peek of the upcoming Taste of Atlantic City at Harrah's. From empanadas to seafood to meatballs to the most AMAZING popcorn pudding (SQUEE!), we stuffed ourselves silly. Yes, we were silly. 

If I was on the east coast I would totally be going back for the actual Taste of AC event, starting Thursday July 25 - 28. 

The four-day culinary and spirits festival, will feature a star-studded roster of the world’s most renowned culinary experts and TV personalities, including Robert Irvine, Rocco DiSpirito and The Neelys, and more. Festival guests will have access to events at all four Caesars Entertainment resorts and casinos – Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat and Bally’s, and this year, the beach!

The 2013 festival will present an acclaimed roster of both local and national talent and will once again showcase several of the world’s greatest culinary influencers as well as authorities in the wine, beer and spirits industry. With access to a multitude of unparalleled events including delicious tastings and dazzling demonstrations, the festival will offer delicacies for every palate. Festival highlights include:

* The Grand Market

* Blues Brews & BBQ

* Beach Soirée

* Gospel Brunch

* Island Luau

How amazing does that weekend sound? 

The next night found us back at Harrah's enclosed pool for some dancing and playing. Encased in a glass dome, after the sun set, this pool is still the hottest spot in AC. 

40 mom bloggers in a VIP area of the hottest club in Jersey? Yes, we had some amazing girls night out fun. Or as my girl Kadi would say, we "let the dogs out." And no. I won't be sharing any more details of that night. 


The weekend went by way too fast and Caesars was the best host we could have asked for. If you are headed to AC, do it up right and stay at Caesars AC. 


*disclaimer: Caesars AC provided me with my own room for 3 nights plus a $100 per diem per day for food and beverages as part of the #JerseyLove press trip. Opinions are my own. 


Summer Beauty MUST HAVES.


Summer 2013 Must Haves - Beach Beauty


Over the past month, I've had the opportunity to test out some great new products perfect for summer. These four are my current obsessions that I've added into my daily routines.

Marrakesh Eau De Toilette Spray - Just like the box says, this perfume is an "instant vacation in a bottle." I actually expected it to be more musky than it is. But with the floral and coconut undertones, this is THE PERFECT summer scent. 

Coola Suncare - We all know how important it is to protect our skin, but spray sun blocks can be sticky and not really what you want to spray on your skin when it's a zillion degrees out. Coola's spray is not sticky, goes on smoothly and smells amazing. And so far I've used it during 3 HOT and SUNNY pool days and 2 beach days and not a sunburn in sight. 

L'Oreal Sublime Sun - I love this lightweight sun block for my face. I've been using it under my make-up for added SPF and it goes on just like a moisturizer. Perfect for everyday protection. 

The BEACHWAVER - OBSESSED. I honestly am in love with this curling iron. The innovative rotating wand seriously gives THE PERFECT beachy hair waves. I have a collection of about 10 curling irons, and I can happy throw the rest of them away now. Pricey, but OMG WORTH IT. 


Do you have a new favorite summer beauty product? 


*Disclaimer: These products were all given to me for review. No additional compensation was provided. Opinions are my own.