Tuesday, December 31, 2013

To new goals, wishes and dreams...2013 is in the past

12 more months have gone by, the kids are 12 months older and TWENTY-FOURTEEN is bringing on another 12 months of growth, change, and memories to be made.  

Looking back on the past year my family has done a lot; whether it was together or individually we packed in as much as we could in the past 12 months.  Here is my review:

January: Trip to Botanical Garden to meet Thomas the Tank Engine, playing in snow, filming for the Rachel Ray show, sick visits to the ER 

February: #disasterbaby created, Jack started 2s program at school, playdates at Playscape,  

March: warm weather walks, Easter egg hunts, Home Depot workshops

April: Roadtrip to Disney World, I turned 28, park outings, farm visits, potty training

May: Jack turns 3, birthday party, Day Out with Thomas CT trip, Geocaching, Char sprains leg and in soft cast, Veteran's Park trips begin, allergic reactions

June: Zoo trips, outdoor playing, Father's Day, graduations, camp begins, family hikes, family vacation to Delaware/Maryland

July: Vacation continued, The View with my sister, movies, water damage to house, yard work, mall summer programs with friends, NYC dad's birthday, lake days, bye bye crib, 4H fair

August: Foxwoods, Justin Timberlake concert in PA, carnivals, parades, builder programs, movies, ice skating, zoo, foundation work on house, Dutchess County Fair, Charlotte turns 2, Long Island weekend trip with aunt & uncle, NYC trip with kids

September:  Strut Fashion Show, Maroon 5 Concert, Kid Rock concert, The Color Run in Brooklyn,  Back to School for Jack, soccer program, I started working Part time 

October: Friends wedding, Columbus Weekend in the Catskills, Tim turned 30, Charlotte started school, Halloween trick or treating, parties and parades 

November: Movies, shed demo, cousin dinner, Frozen movie with Jack in the city, playdates, Seeing Daughtry, 10 year HS reunion, Thanksgiving, mommy & me photos 

December: Elf on the Shelf arrived, zoo trip with our friends, Wolf Conservation Center Daddy/Son day, Holiday on the Lake parade- marching with school float, moms night out in the city, FH Christmas party, Christmas, parties, cousins wedding, cousins engagement party, dinners out with kids, Frozen movie for 3rd time, GNO with friends

These are some of the bigger or repeated things we did in 2013, can't wait for 2014!  Happy New Year everyone!




Frozen Obsession

Jack and now Charlotte are obsessed with the movie Frozen.  Jack and I have seen it 3times now.  I have also preordered the DVD with Digital Copy.  I know it will be watched over and over again, might as well have the copy for our electronics too!

It all started when I took him to the advance screening in the city thanks to The Moms/Mamarazzi (check out first review).  Then we had to bring Grandma, Aunt Kim and Charlotte in Thanksgiving to see movie.  Bring on Charlotte's obsession.  We downloaded the soundtrack, learned every word to the songs, and dance/sing to anyone who will watch/listen.  Fun times! 

Christmas presents included the Toddler Dolls of Anna and Elsa, dress up sets for Anna and Elsa.  We could not find Sven or Olaf dolls anywhere, I waited too long and missed the chance when I did have time.  So we have to continue our search in our local stores.

If you haven't seen Frozen, go now! A great story, music and overall experience. Thumbs up from our family! 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

TriCalm Review and Giveaway

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Recently I received some samples of TriCalm, I was eager to try since we are a household of sensitive skin, allergies and Tim has to just look at poison ivy and he is covered.  Perfect fit for a family of rashes, itches and sensitive skin I thought.  TriCalm is steroid-free, works instantly and has no chronic side effects.
TriCalm Tube and Box
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TriCalm FDA approved for kids and adults and offers a powerful relief fro itching, burning and stinging that May be caused by: rashes, hives, sunburn, allergic reactions, bug bites, poison ivy and other skin ailments.  As always if you have a medical condition of disease contact your doctor for long-term use.  TriCalm does not numb skin like other steroids and topical creams, and can be used as often as you would like.  What is also great is it is not greasy, comes out clear and no smells either.
Active ingredient: aluminum acetate 0.2%
Inactive ingredients: Butylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, dehydroacetic acid, ethylhexyl glycerin, glycine, hexylene glycol, malic acid, phenoxyethanol, purified water, strontium chloride hexahydrate (Cosmederm-7®), xanthan gum.
The active ingredient in TriCalm, aluminum acetate, is a water-soluable salt compound often used in medicine as an astringent or antispectic. TriCalm’s patented formula works with the aluminum acetate to relieve minor skin irritations (e.g., insect bites, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, allergic reactions and other irritations).--TriCalm Ingredients

Char has been itching herself lately, mainly to dry skin, and if think a mixed load of laundry with her dad's clothes.  I out some on, rubbed on legs and belly and she stopped itching.  Now when she starts to scratch herself she asks for "her lotion".  I can attest to 3 other sensitive skin/eczema creams not solving this problem for her.  Success!!  We have our tube and will be buying more when we run out.  I like the steroid-free composition as I try to use more natural ways of fixing/preventing issues then running for the medicine cabinet/doctor for everything.  Of course if a rash is persistent a doctor visit is never a bad idea.  Read more here about the science behind TriCalm.  Tricalm.com offers free coupons...or win one of 3 tubes by entering our giveaway.   Want a coupon while waiting to see if you win? Click here

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

National Geographic Books.. Holiday Gift Ideas

Need gifts for kids? Nonfiction books are great (not to mention the push with nonfiction in Science  in regards to the Common Core standards)! National Geographic has great books geared for kids.




"National Geographic is one of the world’s premier scientific, education, and research organizations. For more than 125 years, the National Geographic team has been dedicated to exploring and documenting the world. Their message reaches more than 450 million people worldwide, each month through several media outlets. The company has funded more than 10,000 conservation, exploration, and scientific expeditions in support of their mission “to inspire people to care about the planet.” As a continuation of this mission, National Geographic Kids Books also offer several nonfiction books for kids to help educate them about our planet. National Geographic is the leading kids nonfiction publisher, and each of their books is packed with photos, facts, and fun, offering the perfect balance of “edu-tainment” for kids and parents. If you’re looking to get your kids excited about learning, National Geographic books are a great place to start. " -Moms Meet/ National Geographic 
I received 10 great books to read and share with friends.  My kids love books and automatically these became some of our bedtime stories and mid-day turn off the TV and read books.  They love the real pictures of the animals and some of the jokes Jack would run around retelling and laughing out loud even if he was the only one laughing.  

We received:

  • National Geographic Kids Chapters: Best Friends Forever
  • Everything Pets
  • Funny Fill In: My Animal Adventure
  • National Geographic Reader: Meerkats
  • Ultimate Weird But True 2
  • Almanac 2014
  • Little Kids First Big Book of Why
  • Just Joking
  • Devoted
  • Mother's Love


Recently I also was able to partake in a workshop at the Moms Meet Mom Summit with National Geographic Kids called Dare to Explore.
They talked about Raising Curious Kids and gave some tips, which I thought would be perfect to add here.
Tip 1: EXPLORE - "world is waiting for them to explore"
Tip 2: GET OUTSIDE-  "Children are spending 1/2 as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago"
Tip 3: READ
Tip 4: SHARE STORIES- real and fictional, "unplug" from technology
Tip 5: INSPIRE WONDER- "find wonder in the smallest of things"


Photo Credit: Moms Meet

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