Parenting Experience Event

29 Sep

I was delighted to be invited to the Parenting Experience Event by Cercone Brown in NYC where I got to take a look at some great brands.  Here is summary of some of my favorite finds:

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Seventh Generation has developed a hypoallergenic and triclosan-free hand wash.  I’m really excited about this because I am a little nuts with my kids and anti bacterialing them all of them but I’m not crazy about all of the recent warnings that have come about regarding triclosan.  SO excited for this product to hit the shelves!

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Summer Infant is featuring the new Pop ‘n Play Portable Playard which allows you to easily create a safe portable play area for your child. The ultra-lightweight and compact fold playard can be set up and taken down in seconds, making it perfect for use at home, a day at the park, or a weekend at the beach.  I found myself imagining this beautiful playard by my side on the soccer field as I fantasized about having a fourth baby…(and then reality hit and I realized I’m too old and I’m too tired!)

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Zarbee’s has a new line of Immune Support gummies which are great for my brood…3 germy kids all in a petri dish called elementary school :)

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When I started talking to the rep at barkTHINS® it was instantly great conversation.  I sampled thin slivers of chocolate that are easily snap-able for portions you can snack on! Crammed with natural ingredients and fair trade chocolate, barkTHINS® are the perfect snack for the serious chocolate lover.  We talked some more and discovered we went to the same high school (in NJ)…how fun!  So now how can I not have good feelings about this brand?! :)

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I got to sample ProBugs™.  Lifeway ProBugs™ is Organic Whole Milk Kefir for kids with fun characters and flavors, with the added bonus of protein and calcium. Plus it has seven to ten billion CFU’s of 10 live and active cultures (friendly bacteria) per cup. As with all Lifeway Products, this kefir is made with milk from grass-fed cows that is free of rBGH (Bovine Growth Hormones) and antibiotics. I’m loving the easy-to-grip shape and no-spill spout and can’t wait to test it out with my three!

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I was reminiscing about having 3 babies 18 months and younger (OMG I still can’t believe it!) when I checked out the UPPAbaby Vista.  The VISTA is a convertible stroller system that can transport up to three children – without growing wider. Designed to adapt as your family grows, the VISTA accommodates your precious cargo from birth through the toddler years.  How totally awesome is that!!! Geez, I would have loved to have had this beauty around when my babies were babies!

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And finally, I was dying from cuteness checking out Magnificent Baby…infant wear with magnetic fasteners so there’s no need to mess with snaps or velcro…brilliant!  And again, I think about how helpful that would have been for ME! (because it IS all about me right?!)  Seriously though it is amazing how baby products keep evolving to make it a little easier for parents.  Hopefully some of these finds will be helpful for you too!

 

Last September Warm Weekend

28 Sep

We were so thrilled to have a day off today from soccer and hockey, and have the whole family home.  But what was even better was that the sun was shining and it was blazing hot.  I swear I must be afflicted with seasonal affective disorder because I seriously hate the cooler weather, even fall…I mean I think I’m the only person who doesn’t like fall, right? I even got married in the fall!

Honestly who needs to go pumpkin picking in this weather?! I wanted to go to the beach, but no one backed me up.  Instead we spent all day at a park and ended up mini golfing.

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It was perfect. :)

Did you enjoy unseasonably warm weather this weekend too?

“Beyond” (A Poem by My 8 Year Old)

24 Sep

I’ve been trying to encourage the kids to do some fall cleaning.  My best listener big girl proceeded to throw a big pile of garbage away and I saw this paper floating on the top.

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This is what it says:

Beyond

Beyond the mountains

Beyond the river

Beyond the sky

I can see you so it’s true.

You can trust me guarantee you.

Make it happen

Whatsoever

I can see from everywhere.

Hold it in

Watch the sky

Please just don’t you make me cry.

Don’t let it get to you.

Don’t get crushed

Don’t be killed by a big wind gust.

Make it happen

It’s your choice

Beyond the mountain in the sky

Please don’t let it make you cry.

You’ll see heaven

You’ll see hell

Beyond the mountains you may yell.

 

I’m so glad I retrieved it from the garbage.   I wish I had an ounce of her creativity. :)

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!

 

 

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