Enter the Euphonium

16 Sep

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My son brought this thing home yesterday and all I can say is O M G !!!!

I can’t even adequately express the noises that are emanating from my home…like an elephant farting maybe?

But he loves it…for now. I mean, I can’t say I haven’t been down this path before!

Do you have any budding musicians in your home?

Soccer Season Kicks Off!

14 Sep

Our busy fall weekends have begun!

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And that’s okay……I just wish it were a few degrees warmer….I miss my beloved summer!

Have your weekends suddenly filled up as well?

 

September 11

11 Sep

Though I was born and lived the first 20 years of my life in New Jersey, and I do have a strong affinity for the state that is chastised by some, I’ve been living in NY for more than half of my life.  I now consider myself a New Yorker and couldn’t be more proud, especially on days like today, 9/11.

I lived in NYC on 9/11, just several miles away from all of the devastation.  Like most people, I remember the events of the day vividly….the beautiful blue sky that day, the call that I received that alerted me to the horror, and so on.  But unlike other people, I cannot listen to the news on the anniversary, I cannot look at the names, and I have never ever been back to that area.  Maybe its post-traumatic stress or some kind of denial.  Even writing this is an arduous task.

Instead, every 9/11 I reflect silently and hope and pray for all of the families that were affected.  And today I did talk to my children about it as well.

How do you deal, if at all, with 9/11?

Back to School With Mabel’s Labels

7 Sep

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So now that we’ve completed our first week of school we’ve had the weekend to recharge a bit and reflect upon the week. I’ve been contrasting how relaxed I feel today as compared to last Sunday as I scrambled to get all the last minute things done to get 3 children ready for school. Getting kids ready for school = needing lots of labels.

Enter Mabel’s Labels

Mabel’s Labels sells labels for all of your needs from babies to tweens to household labels and child safety labels.  The labels are dishwasher and microwave safe, washer and dryer safe, water proof and UV resistant.

I received the Ultimate Back to School Combo which includes 40 skinny-minis ~ 50 Tag mates ~ 16 Shoe Labels ~ 2 Teeny Tags.  I was able to go on the website and personalize the label and choose the design and color.  (Because I have 3 kids I choose grays and blue with our last name.)  There are so many options!

Though my children are 7, 8 and 8 they still have trouble losing jackets and things so I am thrilled to be to utilize the Tag Mates to label all of their clothing and backpacks.  The labels are also great for the many water bottles we take to all of our sports practices that look like all the others on the field, because my attempts to label with a marker have failed! (Those insulated water bottles aren’t cheap!!!)

Mabel’s Labels has helped this household ease back into school. :)

You can find all of Mabel’s Labels products at http://www.mabelslabels.com/   You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Sample provided for review

Week 1 of School Just About Complete

5 Sep

Today marks the first week of 4th and 2nd grade complete in this house and this may have been the toughest transition back to school my kids have ever experienced.  All Labor day weekend long my daughter kept reminding me not to remind her that school was starting on Tuesday.  Though each day of the long weekend brought the threat of rain, it held out and we raced to our town pool to spend every last moment we could before it closed on Monday.

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Monday night I couldn’t sleep at all…I was getting over a cold and heard my little one coughing throughout the night as well.  But I did get up early for my job as drill sergeant to get everyone ready for that 7:41 bus.  I figured it would be late on the first day as it always is though which would give me some time for pictures…..

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Wrong!

As soon as I snapped this photo we heard that all familiar roar of the bus up the street and we raced down it.  I shoved the kids on.  It was not the send off I wanted…especially for my little one in her new school! I felt so tired and guilty and mixed up.  But luckily I had my annual meet up with friends at Starbucks to look forward to and that helped a lot.

The first day of school was also the hottest day of the year so the poor kids were sweltering.  My daughter came home early and sick! (Luckily she was able to return the next day.)  There’s been a lot of grumpiness and whining and all around malaise.  I know they are tired and so am I but I am thrilled the weather is still summer like!

How has back to school gone for you?

Shopping Buddies

22 Aug

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I love summer and right about now is when I start to plummet into depression as the days getting shorter and I’m cognizant of the fact that it is 7:35 and starting to get dark.

Don’t get me wrong…the kids have been driving me crazy….biting each other, punching each other, whining….I know you know what I’m talking about.  And they were not happy to be dragged along today when I had to go to the store (because summertime also means I perpetually have no groceries because I rarely get to the store!).

However, I had a moment when I was checking out and they were all happily comparing their sour spray flavors……….not only will I miss summer in September, but, as crazy as they make me, I am going to miss these guys…….terribly!!!

I’m wondering if I’m the only mom right now who is feeling this way.  Fall is going to be so busy.  I could use one more month of summer :)

Another Beautiful Wedding

18 Aug

When you marry a guy who is one of SEVEN that’s right SEVEN children, you have a lot of family events to attend, especially in the spring and summertime. (My husband was an uncle at age nine!)  I happen to love it coming from a small family.

On Saturday night our gorgeous niece Ari got married and stupid me I didn’t even snap a picture of her and the groom, but I did of course get a picture of her and my monkeys!

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After the ceremony some of the kids were playing with the rose petals and I took what I think is one of the most beautiful shots ever.

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It kind of makes me cry to look at it…so innocent…

The kids are at a nice age to attend family events and be able to run hang with their cousins and have fun.  The only downside was that they crashed by 10:0; they were done!

I kept looking over at their older cousins sitting together sharing drinks and was thinking that it won’t be too long before that’s these guys…and then I got choked up!

 

 

A Photo

3 Aug

Last April when we were in Florida I took this shot of my little one and I’m pretty in love with it.

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We were in a safari place, taking a river boat tour.

She’s my baby girl.  :)

Stickhandling Son

28 Jul

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My boy just wrapped up a week of intensive hockey camp….well at least I thought it was intensive.  I mean when you drop your 8-year-old boy off at the rink and he plays hockey for 3 and a half hours straight with just a few breaks it seems like hockey boot camp!  The week was about strengthening stickhandling skills.  Stickhandling is all about moving, maneuvering and gaining control over the puck.

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The first hour was played on “dry land” in the blazing hot sun.  The camp was led by a guy, Sean Skinner, who is a world-renowned hockey trainer.  The last two hours were on the ice.

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The first day home he was exhausted and starving but as the week progressed he was energized and excited, each day coming home, racing out of the car and practicing his new skills!

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This is the I wonder what he’s thinking about shot………but I can pretty much guess……..daydreaming about a potential future in the NHL…..?!?!?

Any other hockey moms out there?  I love it….stink and all!

disclaimer……..just so you don’t think I was a complete stalker mom at the camp….my hubs volunteered me to be the camp photographer :)

 

Balance Bar Summer Shape Up – Review and Giveaway #BalanceShapeUp #spon

23 Jul

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It’s pretty sad that as a mom I’m constantly working on making sure my kids eat healthy and then I have my son saying to me, “Mom how come you never eat?” I think he’s referring to the fact that I don’t eat breakfast, which, I know is bad. But on days that I go to the gym I pretty much realized it’s awful and not a good plan.

I’ve been trying various shakes and bars but recently was given the opportunity to head over to Walmart and grab some Balance Bars to try out…

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I found them by the pharmacy and I was looking for the Cookie Dough or Peanut Butter flavor but they were sold out but for one Peanut Butter bar I snatched along with a Dark Chocolate Coconut.

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I love the fact that there are 15 grams of protein in one bar and only 7 grams of fat.  I like to get a good dose of protein before I head to the gym and this worked for me.  I also like the flavor and consistency….it’s good!!!!!!!!!!  In each bar, 40% of your calories are from carbohydrates, 30% from protein, and 30% from fat – making a Balance Bar a great choice for taste and energy.

And, there are so many choices to find a Balance Bar that suits your palate best!

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Balance Bar is currently running a  Summer Shape Up Challenge – which is a 40 Day Challenge filled with 30-minute workouts from NASM Certified Personal Trainer Holly Del Rosso, healthy eating tips, and lots of giveaways on their various social media networks:

Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter(***Balance Bar will be having a Twitter Party on July 31, 2014 at 3pm***)

One Just Another Manic Mommy reader will win a $10 Walmart gift card and a variety pack of Balance Bars !!!

To enter, leave a comment stating which flavor you think you will like the most.

Each of the following will also earn an entry:

  1. Follow @justmanicmommy on Twitter, re tweet the giveaway and leave a comment here stating it.
  2. Became a fan of Just Another Manic Mommy on Facebook, post on the wall about this giveaway, and leave a comment here stating it.
  3. Follow justmanicmommy on Instagram.
  4. Become an email subscriber of Just Another Manic Mommy, and leave a comment here stating it.

Giveaway will end on July 31, 2014.

Disclosure: I received a Walmart gift card and additional product as part of a sponsored collaboration with Balance Bar and Walmart.  All opinions are 100% mine!

 

 

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