Saturday, April 22, 2017

Children's Activities the Expense of It All

As moms we want it all for our kids. We want to sign them up in activities to keep them busy, keep them social and well because everyone else is doing it.  I started with library and a moms group when my first was only weeks old.  It continued from there.  Swim lessons, town soccer, balance bike racing, dance classes, the list goes on.  The price of it all can add up to a mortgage payment itself. How do we do it, why do we do it?  Asked today, my answer was, we just do.  I go without, my husband goes without, all for the kids to go with.

I find when we are busy, they sleep better, behave better- once in activity.  We are better honestly, I have always been an on the go person, always out. Transitioning to said activity- they never want to start, leave house to do for "fear of missing out" on a show or game, move off couch at times.  Though I am heard all kid do this.


Currently they have private hockey lessons, separate coaches, karate twice a week for Jack, Art/Drawing class for Charlotte,  and LEGO Club after school for both, which I run.  BMX is about to start in May for both. Now the expensive comes in, equipment, monthly charges, per session charges.  Honestly I have never thought about it. We have decided or the kids asked to join a club or sport, and we signed them up and paid.  Maybe it meant no date night, that month, limited extras, trips to Target or the mall.  We just did it.  My thought it as home they are going to just choose video-games, TV, iPad or sit around so if they are enrolled in something they are out, busy, occupied beyond the screen.

I know eventually the kids will choose less. They will pick a seasonal sport, or just one altogether.  They are young, so we will take it as it comes.  I will continue to do without so my kids can do with.  So if I have to write another article, and another job has to be worked.  I can only hope when they are old enough they remember all they did and they do it for their kids too.


How do you manage it all with your kids?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

National Puppy Day is March 23rd! #peppypets

Peppy Pets Fever On National Puppy Day  - March 23rd
The Next Best Thing to a Real Puppy – Peppy Pets from TPF Toys

Love is… a new Puppy!  Puppies emit oohs and awes, a  je nais se quoiemotion that is nearly universal.  And while so many would love a new puppy, a real life new dog is not always in the cards.  


Peppy Pets to the rescue!   Young children and parents alike will love the irresistible personality of these adorable dogs! They are great for training kids how to take care of their pup without the mess by going for walks with Peppy Pups and playing with them so they get all the attention they need!Or a great companion for your other pets!

Peppy Pets™ brings to life the authenticity of puppy friendship, complete with a pup that follows its owner everywhere.    The cuddly plush puppy has a spring in its step and when walked by its owner, can run, jump and wag its tail like a real dog. 

Whether for National Puppy Day (March 23rd), or anytime - Peppy Pets are a perfect addition to the family.


Brimming with personality and no batteries needed, Peppy Pets have ultra soft fur, distinct paw pads and springs in their feet that help these eager Peppy Pups move and prance, just like a real dog.  Peppy Pups bounce, jump and waddle as they go for “walks” with their kid owners, and turn heads as they go. Peppy Pups adore cuddling, snuggles and squeezes, showing characteristics of a real dog that all pet lovers embrace.



Peppy Pets from TPF Toys is  available at retailers nationwide.   Ideal for children ages 4+, Peppy Pups are available in available in - soft brown, and black and white - and are available at Toys “R” Us nationwide, priced at $19.99.

Monday, January 23, 2017

We Collect Pressed Pennies From Everywhere

Our Pressed Penny Collection

What do you buy on vacation for souvenirs? We do pressed pennies. We travel a lot and with two kids that can get expensive and honestly how many stuffed animals do I need?  About 3 years ago we started with pennies. We became members of the Bronx Zoo and every time we went the kids wanted something. I had noticed the pressed penny machines everywhere, since we would be coming a lot I figured this would the best bet to keep the kids happy, not break the bank and have a cool collection of something.

Bronx Zoo and Disney

And so it began. A penny collection.

We then went to Disney World in 2013, the kids wanted everything! What is a thing to collect while there without spending a lot? Pennies (which technically cost $0.51)!!  We stuck mostly to pennies but sometimes did quarters while in in Disney. National Zoo in DC was another great penny collecting location.  I also use it as a teachable moment, talking about the animal or image on the penny and asking the kids questions about facts too.

Some of our Pennybooks



Everywhere we go now the kids take turns cranking the machine and taking ownership of half the family collection. Typically most gift shops have books for the pennies, the "big purchase" we make.  We will date the pennies sometimes to remember when we visited, especially if its a frequented location so we take our time collecting. Recently in Universal Studios Orlando, we also added to our collection with a new book.  Smaller attractions and even rest-stops on road trips have pennies.

You can go to this website:  PennyCollector.com  They list all the pennies in locations, we used to this to double check our completed NYC Zoo/Aquarium collection.


Tips:
  • Use an old M&M tube to hold your quarters and pennies (I organize them 2 quarters/1 penny in stacks)
  • Go on PennyCollector.com and get list of all pennies in that location (great for larger parks like Disney, Zoos, Attractions)
  • Find penny holding book at gift shop or order generic one from AMAZON 
  • Save SHINY/NEW pennies for the pressing, they come out and look better
This stays in my car until filled. 

This is not a sponsored post, just a great mom tip/hack. 






Sunday, November 27, 2016

Holidays with KidzVuz 2016



While I attend events often, few are geared just to the kids, which makes KidzVuz events special.  The kids love these because they are able to ask their own questions, touch and try new products and be themselves.  We were happy to be invited as media to share our opinions. 


Jack and Charlotte both were interested in different things, going in different directions.  Although Rockband was liked by both.  The new Rockband Rivals had everyone rocking out, even adults with the kids.  Fun for the whole family and parties.


SpacePOP Girls are not your average princesses.  Kids can catch their webisodes on Youtube and they have dolls made by Madame Alexander.

Halabaloo  was there and did mini makeovers then let the girls try on dresses.  Char wanted to surprise me and told me not to come look at her until she was all done.  She looked beautiful, absolutely full of sass and delicate in the dress she picked out.

Sweet Loren's has All-Natural cookie dough that even comes in "place & bake", my favorite kind since I am awful in the kitchen. The kids were able to decorate cookies at the event and sample some of their choices.


Guinness World Record had a large crowd of kids and parents hovering around while watching and waiting for their attempt to be added to the Guiness World Record book.  They needed to name the most cartoon characters in under 90seconds. Which was a harder feat then one would assume.  Jack tried multiple times, his best was 8, to be recorded you need 30.



Teen Safe is an app for the parents, one that can monitor texts the kids send and receive (and deleted), call history and browser history.  You can also remotely shut off all data/apps from their phone.  Bam! A parents dream.  This helps with the screen addiction and keeping your kids safe.  
Disclosure:  We were invited as media to attend and provided a gift bag.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are our own and honest. 

MomTrends Holiday Party 2016

Holidays are here, well they have really been here for months as editors and bloggers have to figure out their posts and everything in advance.  Come up with ideas and see what is on trend, luckily living in the NYC area, the blogger world is huge and networking events with major companies is readily available.   For the third year in a row I attended the MomTrends Holiday party, run my Nicole Feliciano, author of MOMBOSS.

I love these events, a few ours to spend chatting about what is coming up on friends websites, meeting brands and discussing what we love the best.  This year the MomTrends Team had over ten brands showcased.

Gifts:

Mabels Labels has great personalized books for the kids for the holidays, check them out. Stocking Stuffer Combos are great class gifts or for teachers too.

Avery is the perfect partner of your computer/printer this DIY holiday seasons, between craft labels, gift tags, ornaments and food containers. I loved these examples they displayed at the event.

Bangle Stacker is a newer product, that I didn't know I needed until now that I have it for all my bracelets and rings. Perfect fit on my dresser and organizes so I see what I own and switch it up more often.

ARMigami is a one piece, wear fifteen ways for women. A convertible wrap that can be a shirt, scarf, skirt,

ivviva is activewear for girls by lululemon.  The new collection Moon Gem is out now. Momtrends had 3 young girls showing off the new styles and versatility of their clothing.


Hostesses Ideas:

Do you need gifts for family, hostesses and professionals?  NambĂ© which is found online or at Macy's has great gifts for the house and jewelry along with tons of holiday themed options.

Send flowers to your loved ones or order one for your house, Teleflora has amazing arrangements for the holidays and centerpieces that will leave everyone talking.

Pearhead makes great gift for babies, kids and pets.  I love the Baby's First choices, month stickers and ornament making kits.  Pearhead has been a go-to brand for me when buying baby shower and baby gifts for years now.



Disclosure: Giftbags were received, all opinions are my own and honest. Affiliate links are included in post.













Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Polarn O. Pyret Winter Clothes Preview

The ProcFam are outside people.  Cold weather people. Between playing in the snow, snowboarding, and hunting we are outside.  So when I was invited to check out Polarn O. Pyret, or PO.P. (Buddy and the Little Guy is the Swedish translation) as it can be referred to here in the states, I was immediately interested.  Thank you Brianne, from Stroller in the City for the invite.



Polarn O. Pyret formed in Sweden in 1976 and is the leading children's brand there, coming to the US in 2009.  Currently there are two stores in NYC, I visited the one in Tribeca meeting Jennifer Athanasan, President of PO.P.  She gave us a rundown of all the cold weather gear kids need to stay warm and be kids.

I loved how she stressed the importance of kids being outside and "being kids", which I love and how I am with my kids.  Go outside!  For cold weather, layering is huge. 3-in-1 coats, waterproof overall liners,  and 1 piece fleece sets.  Polarn O. Pyret offers more outerwear choices then other lines.  Their bright colors and patterns are great for all ages and they have you covered from babies-12 years old.

Not near NYC?  You can shop online. Need to learn about layering, check out their article about everything you need.






Check them out online too for all your winter layering needs. 


Sunday, October 16, 2016

NEW: Disney Magical World 2

Attention Nintendo Fans!  There is a new game out and you want it.


The New Disney Magical World 2 game for 3DS is officially out.  We checked out the game during the launch in NYC with Singer/Actress Olivia Holt.  She even helped me with my costume.  -Jack (6)



I like that you can pick your own character and dress up/design to how I want them to be and then play with them on the different levels. - Charlotte (5)





There are assignments during the game, you have to make your character complete. -Jack


We cannot wait to play with it on our own after seeing the features and trials at the event. -Charlotte



I loved dressing up as a princess and having my hair and makeup done, Olivia Holt even watched me.   - Charlotte



Game is available now and perfect for kids of all ages, worlds have improved from the first Disney Magical World 2, new music and fun.  Go check out your favorite characters and play this game, so many new hours of fun.


Hanging out with Olivia Holt
 

You can find the game at your local stores or online at  AMAZON (ad link).