A Mechanical Bull, Hebrew National Hot Dogs, Cheryl Hines and More!

If you read my post from last week than you already know that I was one of the co-hosts for the Hebrew National Better-Than-A-Picnic Picnic. It was held in the Southside of Randall’s Island where many children and adults play sports such as soccer and baseball which equals to a perfect spot for a picnic!

When I arrived to Randall’s Island, I was so excited to see Cheryl Hines in person (and of course see my NYC bloggy friends) that I got lost.  Yes. I. did.  Randall’s Island is a huge place and it’s very easy to get lost (at least for me it was) so if you ever decide to visit make sure you know where you’re going. I got worried I would miss the exclusive hour with Cheryl Hines that was set aside for us bloggers but thankfully, I found the area minutes after she started speaking.

While listening to Cheryl Hines, I learned that she is a mom of a 6 year old and has been in love with children ever since she had her daughter – which is why she decided to partner with The Magic Summer Lunch Box and The Food Bank For New York City.

Before the picnic officially started, we all decorated canvas lunch bags that will be used for the summer lunch program for local kids.

Cheryl with my two girls

(Photo credit: Carol Cain)

Cheryl holding my daughter's masterpiece 😉

After decorating the lunch bags and getting photographed, it was time for the festivities to begin.

Photo Credit: Carol Cain

As soon as we saw the mechanical bull, my daughter asked me if I was going to ride the bull but I told her I had to think about it.  I didn’t want to get hurt or make a total fool of myself. 😉 The few bloggers that did ride the bull, rode if gracefully.  There were even kids there that braved the bull and rode it like a pro (well, sort of).

After watching kids and adults ride the bull, we decided to get some (free) delicious all-natural, filler-free, kosher beef hot dogs (A.K.A Hebrew National Hot Dogs).

Let me tell you, those hot dogs are really good.  And I’m not saying this because I was one of the co-hosts either.  They really are quite delicious. It has the right amount of salt, the seasoning is perfect, the texture is great and it goes so well with my favorite condiment – ketchup. Yes, folks, I’m a ketchup kind of gal. I’m not a fan of mustard but my husband and son are.

(Photo credit: Cooper Monroe)

Airstream bus with the yummy hot dogs.

Delish! - Minus the mustard 😉 (Photo credit: Carol Cain)

My 5 y/o figuring out the giant puzzle.

If you missed the NYC picnic because you don’t live near the area, there will be eight other picnics.  Check below for the list:

  • May 31 – Boston, MA
  • June 5 – Pittsburgh, PA
  • June 11 – Raleigh, NC
  • June 13 – Charlotte, NC
  • June 19 – Atlanta, GA
  • June 26 – Tampa, FL
  • June 27 – Orlando, FL
  • July 3 – Cleveland, OH

*A huge thanks to The Motherhood for choosing me to be one of the co-hosts at the Hebrew National Better-Than-A-Picnic PICNIC. I had a really nice time and met some really amazing people!

Disclosure: I was compensated for being one of the co-hosts at the Hebrew National Picnic.


  1. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Your daughter is adorable!

  2. Thanks for the invite. The Dancinghotdogs.com family had fun and I LOVE Hebrew National hotdogs.

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