My Little Pony, Transformers, and Fun? Oh My!

I’ve partnered with the good folks at Carnival Cruise Line for over two years now, and I’ve seen firsthand how great they are at entertaining families. Whether it’s the Seuss at Sea breakfast, Lip Sync Battle competitions, or bringing Hasbro games to life — there is no shortage of fun to be had onboard any Carnival ship.

But what my family experienced this weekend could top it all.

My daughters were able to meet live action My Little Pony and Transformers characters during a sneak peek of their new Carnival Playtime programming on the beautiful Carnival Imagination, sailing from Long Beach, CA. Let’s just be real — you’ll be hard-pressed to find brands more sought after than those two, and my daughters couldn’t get enough of them.

First, they met Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle from the My Little Pony family and my daughters were over the moon. And as you can tell, I was pretty star struck as well.

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My Little Pony friends were big, colorful, soft, and completely adorable. The girls really wanted to take both of them home with us, but that would’ve disappointed a ton of kids who came onboard to see them, and we couldn’t have that.

But wait, there’s more.

The girls had a chance to win prizes by playing fun parlor games.

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And they also had the opportunity to get “Ponified” with cute headbands and temporary tattoos.

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I know what you may be thinking — “What if my kid isn’t a fan of My Little Pony?” Well instead of asking you how in the world that could be possible, I’ll just say that Transformers were in the house too.

My oldest is a huge fan of Transformers and got to meet Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. As a guy who grew up watching the cartoons, I felt an enormous sense of pride knowing that my kiddo thought those larger than life robots are just as cool as I think they are.

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All in all, Carnival hit a home run with Carnival Playtime. Kids of all ages (even big kids, like me) will be extremely giddy as they hang out with some of the most popular characters in America. I cannot stress enough how much fun my girls had, and I left with a huge smile on my face knowing that thousands of girls and boys will get to experience the same level of excitement on an upcoming Carnival cruise.

As I’ve said many times before, no cruise line does it better than Carnival when it comes to the variety of entertainment options for kids, adults, and families. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to proudly share my selfie with Pinkie Pie, because as you all know, Pinkie Pie is life.

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MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2017 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Licensed by Hasbro.

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DISCLAIMER: I’ve partnered with Johnson’s® for this post but all opinions are my own.

For those of you who don’t know, I live in Los Angeles — which is way different from the east coast where I was born and raised. Other than being a city filled with sunshine, beaches, and crazy traffic — it’s also a city that’s obsessed with organic products.

It doesn’t matter if it’s organic fruits, organic vegetables, organic toothpaste, organic diapers — if you can ingest it, apply it, or wear it, there’s a good chance that an organic version is available somewhere in LA. As an LA dad who hangs out with other LA parents, I started believing the whispers at social gatherings:

“Oh, I only pack organic snacks in my son’s lunch.”

“Do you use that new organic sunscreen? It’s amazing.”

“If it’s not organic, my family won’t buy it.”

You get the idea. Organic products are viewed as safe, good, and healthy, while anything else is deemed as “dangerous” for ourselves and our children. Other parents may try to make us feel guilty if we’re NOT using those kinds of products. Finally, I took a step back to realize something: my family used JOHNSON’S® products on me and my two brothers when we were babies, toddlers, and children — and we all turned out just fine as adults (one is a Harvard graduate excelling as a corporate executive, another is a best-selling author, and then there’s me — your friendly, neighborhood, Daddy Doin’ Work).

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And yes, I still use JOHNSON’S® products on myself today, especially the shampoo (yeah, I said it — I still use shampoo. Gotta keep my dome clean. JOHNSON’S® doesn’t tout itself as being an organic brand, but that doesn’t mean their products aren’t safe – they are the pioneers and leaders in the industry. Over 90% of baby skincare research comes from JOHNSON’S®. I’ve been to their headquarters myself, met with the people in their labs and research centers, and feel confident saying that they hold themselves to stringent standards when it comes to safety.

That’s why it’s important to dig a little deeper when it comes to the organic vs. non-organic debate. Did you know that yummy blueberries naturally contain Parabens? Or that apples, bananas, and carrots (to name a few) naturally contain formaldehyde? But I bet that news wouldn’t stop you from having your kiddos munch on those fruits and veggies, right? Of course not. I’ll go out on a limb and state that you probably ate them as a kid and still do today (I know I do). Another fact is out of the thousands of cosmetic ingredients used around the world, less than 2% meet JOHNSON’S® rigorous standards for baby products — and yes, many of those ingredients are actually natural. JOHNSON’S® uses both natural and non-natural ingredients, but the most important thing is they want to put safe products on the market.

I know all of this is true because I spent time in JOHNSON’S® headquarters recently and asked a ton of questions to the scientists who work there. They were honest, smart, and (most importantly) they’re parents. Just by being around them I could tell how passionate they are about their work. Nobody in the building knows more about what their ingredients do than these ladies, and they are 100% committed to making safe products for their babies and ours.

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I even had an opportunity to make some lotion on my own to see an abbreviated portion of their process. It was extremely eye-opening, informative, and fun.

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It’s too easy to feel pressured by the buzzwords of organic and all-natural products without truly understanding if they can help your family. That’s another reason why I believe strongly in Johnson’s® because they make it easy for parents due to their transparency on their Behind the Label page. No need for an advanced chemistry degree, because every ingredient they use is listed in alphabetical order with its purpose in plain English.

As mentioned before, I trust JOHNSON’S® because it was the brand used on me and it’s the brand I use on my kids.

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If you’ve followed me for a while, you probably know that nothing in the world is more important to me than my two young daughters. Do you think I’d do anything to jeopardize their safety in any way? Of course not.

Do your research, be informed, and decide what products are right for your family — because at the end of the day, it’s important to realize that not all natural ingredients are good and not all non-natural ingredients are bad.

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