If you need to catch up, you can see the recap of Day 1 here.
After the soaking from the day before, I was hoping and praying the rain was done for this trip. By golly, I had a city to explore! As I stated on my morning adventure, it was another foggy day and I was still hoping the weather would cooperate. The picture above shows that the morning didn’t really start out the best…
My plan was to go out and get breakfast on my way to the TTPM Spring Showcase. This event was the reason for my trip. I’d gotten so nervous about it, I’d given myself a stinkin’ cold sore from the stress! Before leaving, I downloaded the Hop Stop app on my phone to help me get directions from one place to another without carrying around a huge map and making it even more obvious that I was a tourist. The app worked pretty well most of the time. Since it was free, I can’t have too many complaints right? One nice thing to add would be some landmarks. At times, it would tell you to continue down the street to another cross street but you were heading the wrong direction on the street. After a couple of times I figured this out and had better bearings of where I was and where I wanted to go so I didn’t walk a block or two out of the way. Hop Stop said it was a good number of blocks from my hotel to the TTPM Spring Showcase but I figured I’d walk until I found breakfast then go from there and either do a subway or cab if I needed to.
On my journey, I wandered back through Times Square. It’s completely different at 7:00 am than it is even at 9:00 am on a Saturday – there was NO ONE around. I really felt like I had the place to myself which was kind of fun. Never once did I feel like I had to be worried. There were other people walking the streets, headed to work or somewhere else important. Yes there were homeless people and people trying to hand things over and get you to take tours or things, but I never had a problem when I politely declined. There was also a good number of police officers out on the streets which made me feel better too.
I found the Good Morning America studio again. Looking online before my trip, I found a place where you could RSVP to say you were coming to watch the show outside. Since I didn’t commit a lot of time to standing outside the studio, I never RSVP’d. If you want to stand in the spot where the anchors stand if/when they come out, you MUST do this! Security was there to make sure people weren’t standing in the general area even behind the designated area.
You were more than welcome to stand off to the side (the area from the door to the studio to the outside area) behind the barricade and watch through the windows. Personally, I thought the viewing here was much better to actually see the anchors inside the studio. They were all inside when I was there but watching Friday morning on TV, they were actually outside so that might have been fun.
Seeing all the cameras and people “behind the scenes” makes you appreciate how much work goes into your morning news show. Even though it was through glass, I was excited to see Robin Roberts. What I wouldn’t give to meet this incredible woman and have a few moments to listen to her wisdom.
By that point the drizzle had stopped, the morning was quickly passing and I needed to get something to eat before it was time for my event. I stumbled upon Crumbs down the street (on the opposite side) from GMA as I was leaving Times Square. I’m not the most adventurous person when it comes to food but I was happy to see there were lots of yummy options here for breakfast. After a few moments, I decided on the Crumb-nut (kind of like a croissant and doughnut crossed) and my favorite – a sprinkle cookie. To wash it all down, I also got a lemonade. Everything was delicious and I would go back over and over again! Staff was so nice, it was very clean inside and the food was great.
Walking the streets of the city munching on my goodies made me really feel like I belonged here. Then, out came the tourist in me again 🙂 I did a lot of “drive by” pictures during the trip. I’d be walking along enjoying my surroundings then suddenly see something I just had to have a picture of so I’d grab my phone, snap a picture and keep moving. One thing on my “must see” list was Macy’s in Herald Square. We watch the Thanksgiving Day parade every year (my dream is to be able to go see it in person some day!!). Standing on the street looking at Macy’s imaging the craziness during the parade and the problems is has to cause throughout the city with traffic made me appreciate it even more.
Before long, I made it to the Altman Building and checked in for my first real serious brand meeting. I honestly had no clue what to expect so I was super nervous. My bonus excitement for the day? I was meeting up with Dana from The Dragyn’s Lair and her sweet mom for the TTPM event. A few minutes after arriving and hugging it out, we were enjoying some complimentary breakfast. Dana is a rock star and knows everyone. She was kind enough to introduce me to other fantastic bloggers during the day and help me get over my fears and nerves. Her mom was also sweet enough to hang out with me too which was a great bonus!
As we walked in, we got a peek at the gifting suite (you’ll hear more about that later!). So many amazing things there!! After a brief press conference, we all headed upstairs to meet face to face with 26 brands to see the latest and greatest in summer toys. Below are some of the pictures from the event. Many of the products you’ll be hearing more about in the coming days and weeks because I got goodies from the gifting suite that I’m working to review. Even better – some of those brands are sending me more goodies that I get to tell y’all about!! Overall the experience was amazing. This was the perfect way for me to start making some fantastic contacts with brands that actually “get” bloggers and want us to help spread the word about their products. It’s so nice to work with companies who get that a mom telling other moms (or dads or girlfriends, you get the idea) is worth so much more than another commercial on tv.
TTPM gave us their top picks for summer toys during the press conference and we were able to come back down later to snap pictures of their choices (see the Frozen stuff there in the back?). TTPM really is the place people making purchases for kids in their lives should be going. No they didn’t ask me to say that, it’s just honestly how I feel. Being a follower on the social media pages, I see the interaction they have with their followers and the amount of time they put into their site to make sure they’re only recommending the best of the best speaks volumes. Choosing something TTPM has backed means you won’t be disappointed. They really do their homework and make sure you know the pros and cons before making a decision to purchase anything. And now you can do it all from their site which is even more exciting! You can compare prices, watch videos and read reviews before ever committing to buy anything. I’m very thankful for the invitation to this event and hope to return in the future!
That’s not all for Day 2 so you’ll have to stay tuned to see what else happened on my second day in New York City!