Friday, February 16, 2018

Eating can be fun too!

The biggest struggle on our home besides homework time has got to be dinner. I have two outrageously picky eaters. Like to get them to try something new is a definite no go! They even analyze food I make that they usually like. We all know that the favorite food from last week, will somehow be hated the next week. When it comes to getting these boys to eat anything that’s not donuts it  is a struggle! I have tried just about everything too! Cod liver oil to help their metabolism. Not giving into snacks during the day. It all just doesn’t seem to work!

I randomly was searching through Zulily one day and found these really cool Fred & Friends Dinner Winner plates. As a desperate momma who was worried that her kids were quite possibly malnourished, I ordered two and waited very impatiently for them to be delivered. They are not only super cool and colorful to look at, but very sturdy and well made. It looks like a super fun race to the treasure kind of game. Of course I told the boys it’s not really a race to see how fast you can it. It’s just a race to see if you can eat all that is on the plate to get to your ending surprise. 

Did these plates completely fix their bad eating habits ? No. But it’s not to say they didn’t work at all either. I believe it all matters on your child’s age, and just the kind of kid they are. I have noticed it fully works for my six year old, but I can’t pack it full with food. So I put very little in each space! I am hoping that each time I can add just a tad bit more, and we will make it work. For my youngest it must be a food he likes, because if it isn’t he can careless what the ending surprise treat is. But if I put some chicken and rice for the most part he will make it all the way on a good day, or atleast half way - which is honestly a huge improvement from ordinary dinner time chaos.

I would definitely suggest parents of picky eaters from 4 years old & up to give them a shot. They might not fully work but some progress is better than no progress at all. At every meal time now they always say they want their special dinner winner plates, and I am very happy I decided one stressful 2am night to order them and take my chances. My kids no longer go to sleep with empty bellies, and that’s a huge mom win right there. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Valentines Day Interview with My Kids

I wanted to do something special with Valentines Day approaching. As some of you know I went into labor right after Valentines Day, and then two days later Caleb made his grand entrance into the world. I have always been a big fan of Valentines Day, with or without a partner. But now as a mom I love it even more, because I have seriously never felt a love like this one before. It has been such a beautiful yet tiring experience, but I would not trade it for the world. I wanted to do something a bit different that I can look back on in a few years. Maybe it will be something  I can do every year just to see how much their answers change. I decided to interview my kids about the topic LOVE. It was pretty stinkin' cute if you ask me.
 ( Jace: 6 years old, Caleb: 3 years old )

Q: What do you think the word love means?
Caleb: I love you!
Jace: When people hug and love each other

Q: How do you know if someone loves you?
Caleb: They cuddle with me.
Jace: Because they give you besos.

Q: What do you love about mommy?
Caleb: That she gets us lots of packages, you are a packager lady. That's what I love about you.
Jace: She makes me laugh

Q: What do you love about your brother?
Caleb: When he does silly farts, like I did three farts right now.
Jace: He always makes me laugh with  his dancing.

Q: What do you love about your daddy?
Caleb: When he comes back from work
Jace: When he rips his shirt like Hulk Hogan
Q:How do you know you want to marry someone?
Caleb: I don't know what that means.
Jace: You just pick them, I guess so.

Q:What is your favorite kind of candy?
Caleb: Trick or Treat Candy
Jace: Hershey Kisses

Q:What do you think daddy will get mommy for Valentines Day?
Caleb: A WWE Divas book
Jace: Makeup

Q:What do you think mommy will get daddy for Valentines Day?
Caleb: IT Shirt
Jace: Stranger Things shorts

Q: What do you think makes mommy happy?
Caleb: When I play with you.
Jace: That she has us!

Q:How much do you love me?
Caleb: A lot of times!
Jace: A billion jillion.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Kids Night Time Routine.

A couple months ago I shared with you all my very own night time routine so I felt I should share the routine I have with my boys ALMOST every night. Cus let’s face it, sometimes I let them stay up later than usual so they won’t hate me as much. Sometimes I let them go one night without a bath because kids can get away with a night or two, no?! I pick my battles, and I know when they just need me to wing it a bit. But for the most part my kids strive on consistency, like many children.

After a long day of school and work we both need the night to bond for the most part. So I try my best to do everything we have to get done while making it fun, and lots of talking and reflecting. Bath time has always been something they have both enjoyed since babies and I truly believe it’s because I have never made it feel like just something we have to do, but a fun play time in a different room. Whether it’s bringing in some action figures, or playing a simple mind game. We have made up so many games in the bath, and silly songs that bath time is something we are always looking forward to, even if I have to tell them 1000x times to stop splashing! 

Once they are out and smelling fresh, it is beyond important that I make sure their body is very moisturized! They both have eczema that is either mild or terrible due to weather change. During this frigid NYC weather right now, it usually gets worse, so I was very happy when Triderma sent us over their Eczema itch and dryness healing cream. It has been our holy grail night time cream that helps dry patches no longer appear. It feels good to no longer worry about my son scratching off his skin, and feeling uncomfortable throughout the night. Now he can get the rest he needs every night. 

After they are dressed in their cozy pjs I let them pick out some books to read from our impressive collection. I have always been a huge book lover, so it was no surprise to anyone when I started collecting children’s books at 2 months pregnant! I knew I wanted it to be a huge part of their daily life. So being consistent with it and helping them find their passion for literature was important to me. So I try to keep it alive each night by finding books I know will inspire them, and make them laugh. I also make sure we enjoy some time at the library to pick out some new books. I usually stick to books that will teach them kindness, empathy, courage or motivate them to be good human beings. I feel that is the best thing for them to read at the end of the day so it gears them up for an even better day to come. Also now that my six year old has learned how to read I give him the chance to choose a book that he can read to his little brother, and they enjoy it just as much as I love watching him do so. 

As soon as teeth are brushed, and potty time is over I start getting the bedroom ready by making it a peaceful and stress free space. I get my ArtNaturals oil humidifier ready with some drops of lavender and eucalyptus essential oils. I also spray some on the pillows, and ask our Google Home Mini to play some nature sounds. It’s time to wind down and say our I love you’s and affirmations for the day to come. I remind them that they are safe and that today we had some lows (with two boys running around trust me we always have our share of time outs, and tantrums)  but it was a good day, we count our blessings and thank God for the space and love around us that  he has given us. Some nights last longer than others... I will not sit here and lie to you and say they go straight to sleep. Some nights I will lay their for hours as they giggle away, but then theirs nights were they can’t fight it and fall asleep within minutes, and I just give them a little bit of time to fall into a deep sleep so I can  move them over to their bed. Yup, they fall asleep on our bed- mostly every night. A bad habit that every one will tell you not to start.. but it’s what works for us so I won’t hide it, instead I embrace it. They are only little once, and we will get our bed back soon and absolutely miss seeing their little bodies in them. 

A night time routine is definitely much easier said than done. So if you are a parent who is still struggling with it, don’t beat yourself up about it. We all just have to find what works for us, and it won’t be the same for everyone so I have learned to never take for granted what works for us, or compare our routine with others. As a parent you start to realize just how much you miss sleep when it becomes something you barely get to enjoy, so making the last minutes of your day with your kids at the same time enjoyable but productive is key! Do your best, it’s all that matters. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Because momma needs a break. #DivorceMoms

When the kids are sound asleep in bed early this momma is ready to party. By party I mean take a nice hot shower, throw on some pajamas and turn on the television to catch up on all my shows.

Now if you have not watched Divorce on HBO on Sunday nights, you are seriously missing out. Not only because the lovely and talented SJP is the main character, who doesn’t absolutely love her? But also because it’s down right amazing. It’s the perfect balance of real life drama, and hilarious comedy mixed in. And no you do not need to be divorced to enjoy it either. It’s a show woman of all relationship statuses can relate to somehow, and even men. 

Divorce is about a married couple who after ten years and two kids have to grapple with the effects of their failing marriage. They come to realize how hard it actually is though, while trying to figure out who they are without the other, as one. From co parenting to new relationships to therapy sessions. It also all takes place in NYC so it has some SATC vibes going on. Not quite Carrie here, but SJP never ever fails us with her sense of fashion, even as the role of a Mom who is trying to piece her life back together. Let’s just say tube socks are back, for a cozy time in bed! 

I had the honor thanks to The Moms Network to meet Sarah Jessica Parker at the HBO Offices, and we sat down in a intimate setting for coffee and breakfast where she shared how much goes into playing this character and why she enjoys it, and working with HBO. She was so sweet and it was such a pleasure to finally meet a true icon of mine. Like every girl in the world I wanted to be Carrie, running around the city in the cutest heels. Being able to sit down and get to know her as a person, as a mother, as an advocate for women’s rights, was just such profound moment. I felt like she was no different than me, and I was able to really relate with her on many mom related things. Definitely a fantastic way to begin my new year. 

If you are looking for something to watch then get right to it as it is already on season two. Thank me later when you catch yourself binge watching it until 2am on a school night. It’s so worth it though! I just caught up and you should too. 

- This was not a sponsored post, I was invited to the event. All opinions are of my own! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Year + New Visions!

I can’t believe how fast 2017 flew by. I remember when it just started and my biggest vision for the year was to start up a blog. In all honesty I didn’t expect such a small vision to become something so big and amazing. I’m still a baby when it comes to this blogging world, but 2017 really was a blessing for me and this adventure I decided to take. I saw how I was so focused and making this blog happen, and it did. Goes to show me that I can do anything I put my mind heart, and soul into.

Before the year begun I knew I had to make a vision board. I hadn’t made one in quite some time. Actually never made one as a mother! So it was exciting to do something I once did when I was childless. I put all my thoughts together first on paper. Short term goals, and just a few long term ones. I made a list of simple ones I knew I could do, and then I added two or three I was not so sure of but still wanted to add to the list to kind of use it to push myself! 

I took advantage of a really good deal at Michaels and I got a white canvas, and started searching Pinterest! Once I had all the screenshots I needed I sent them to print at Walgreens. I was so excited to get started. Once it was done I felt ready to begin the new year.

I know many people say it’s just a new year. Or many say if you want change you can start any day, you shouldn’t wait for the new year. I get it, but to me every day is brand new, every day is fresh. You should never conform yourself to staying the same. So with a new year approaching why not take the leap. And if you fall off track by February, just pick yourself back up and start all over again. 

This year I have many things I would like to work on that vary from health to parenting, work and even to literature. But my New Years resolution is to do more things that make me happy. This is important for me because as a mother I always put my kids first, as it should be. But I have forgotten about me. My happiness, and not allowing others to be in charge of my happiness. I need to make my own happiness, be my own sunshine. 

Things that make me happy are for the most part things I used to do before kids. I loved reading, writing poetry, eating out at new restaurants, painting, yoga, meditation, going to church, long baths, lazy days in bed, massages/facials, and travel. As I know being a mom takes a lot of sacrifice and it’s inevitable that your life has to change up, but I can easily take the time to make some of these things happen here and there. I will be doing more things that make my soul feel good because it’s my life, and I should be in love with it. So for me 2018 is going to be a year of discovering myself again, self love and lots of self care. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

HGG For The Homebody Moms!

We can start off by announcing the major fact that I am the definition of Homebody. I love everything about staying home. Whether it is a night staying in and doing nothing, or a night staying in with friends doing lots. I enjoy being indoors and staying warm on these cold winter days, so when I can do it I take full advantage of it. There is so much you can do at home that I don't think people take advantage of, especially us moms who are always running around like chickens with no heads. It's important to take a breath and do something you enjoy, without going outside sometimes. If you are a homebody momma just like myself then these awesome products are just for you! Get cozy, and pour a glass, it's the weekend baby!

1. Old Navy Thermal Pajamas: Not only are these cuties comfy but they look great on. I love pajamas that feel good but look good as well, its definite must. They are the best to lounge around in but still look stylish. They also keep you very warm and cozy. I know I am not the only one who comes home after a long day and right away changes into PJS. Its part of my routine, and just so normal now. I don't feel at home until I do. It's my way to feel like my night is beginning and relaxation has begun. These make a perfect gift for just about any age group too, and everyone needs a good pair of pajamas to get their night started off right.

2. Copper Two Wine Glass:  These wine glasses are made by moms for moms! Honestly, I don't use any other wine glasses anymore because these just stole my heart the minute I opened the package. The funny sayings are perfect, and the size is just right. I don't know about you but nothing says wind down time like a nice glass of wine. Wine is a necessity at the end of my night, so this is a perfect gift to give to someone who enjoys a nice glass during dinner, or at the end of the day, or in the middle of the day - I ain't judging!

3.  The 52 List Project Book: It is no surprise that writing is something I love doing. I have been journaling since I learned how to write. I have so many filled journals stashed in my moms home from years and years ago. It is something I have always been so passionate about, and then I had kids and I haven't journaled as much as I wish I could. This is a book that works as a journal. It comes with timed prompts to inspire you to write about different parts of your life. So it helps you express yourself differently and at the same time teaches you a little something about yourself that you probably would not have realized if you didn't sit down to jot some thoughts in writing.  Helps you stay grounded and reminds you of everything going on around you that you need to appreciate a little more during your busy days. Its a great me time kind of book to encourage you, and help you embrace life and all it has to offer.

4. The Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet: I can give you a million reasons why the Kindle Fire tablet should be a gift you give every single loved one you know! It does everything. Seriously. It can be used to read, to binge watch shows, to listen to music, to play games, to surf the web, to shop, and it also has Alexa to answer all your questions. We are a Kindle Fire family, we all have our own tablets and use them regularly for all the things I have mentioned above. It has become our downtime favorite, and our family time companion as well. We use it to play fun games together like Uno with Friends, Pictionary and Cooking Craze has become my oldest favorite, mine too I will admit. If you are an Amazon Prime member it is a great product to have as well as you can use all the benefits of Amazon Music, Amazon Books, and Amazon Prime Videos.  The price is unbeatable too for all it has to offer. If you still don't have one this is the one thing I recommend most.

5.  Most Things MOM Hat: Sadly, but truthfully you are a mom and that homebody lifestyle won't last quite long. The milk will run out, or a diaper run will be necessary. So this bad boy will be needed to hide that mom hair, and get shit done. Keep on those cozy pajamas, and throw on your Because Mom Hair hat, and do what has to be done so you can come back and lounge around. This hat saves the day for me ALL the time. I barely ever have time to do my hair so let's face it this hat has been part of my mom uniform lately. Every mom needs this hat in their life, so go out and get you one now.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Toys that spark their Five Senses.

When you think of Toys you usually completely forget that thdy are all going to find a way to teach your child something. They don't have to even be "learning toys" to do this. I was sent all these awesome products that I believe make great gifts for your children this holiday season. Not just because they are fun, bug because they will spark creativity and have your kids using their five senses at different points of their day, which is a pretty important thing to learn about as a child.

1. Sight : Snow White Smart Games Preschool Puzzle Game- This game is designed to work for children ages 4 to 7 years old. It has 48 challenges that are from easy to expert levels. My boys both absolutely love the Snow White movie. I believe we have watched it over 20 times already. Their favorite thing about this story is the silly dwarfs and how they so unconditionally protect Snow White. The concept of this game introduces young children to logical thinking as well as the use of symbols. It is definitely a game where they have to use their sight to position every character correctly based on clues they see. The symbols in each challenge offer directions about who needs to be placed where. Great game for children who are visionaries and like to see all the ways something can work out. It's also a game that you can keep for some time going from level to level as you get older. 

2. Taste: Yummy Nummies Marshmallow Maker- Now I'm sure it is quite obvious why this one will spark your child's taste. But seriously I think it is the coolest thing ever that kids have all these choices for toys now a days. Jace is a huge fan of making foods and treats, so this small treats toy was a big hit. He loved making it and most of all loved eating it all up at the end! 

3. Hearing: Break Free Yulu game - Anything that has to do with saving the day is our kind of thing. This game I knew as soon as I saw it would become a favorite. Your are locked up in handcuffs and have to find the right pick to break free first than your opponent. The game has different levels that range from easy to difficult by color locks so you can really put your skills to the test. It's all about really listening to see if your pick is doing anything to open up your cuffs. You can easily figure it out if you just keep an eye on the sounds the locks make when you are tuning the picks in them. We loved this game, and surprisingly the boys didn't want to give up until they were able to figure it all out on their own! 

4. Touch: Paw Patroller Sea Patroller Vehicle- This bad boy here has become every toys New cruise ship. Seriously the boys have found a million different ways to use this sea patroller. If it's not being used by Ryder and his pups to save the day, then it's just a big vacation to Hawaii for John Cena. They love how big it is because it can hold so many things and figures of all sizes on it. It also has so many touch features to add lights and sounds to the pretend play. It glides so smoothly all around the home, and is easy play for both my three year old, and still fun enough for my six year old. It's a toy they have truly enjoyed playing with for hours! 

5. Smell : Scented Pillow Pets- My boys love anything that smells yummy. Especially if it's going to be popsicle and bubble gum scented. These pillow pets have been taken to school many times already for nap time and have yet to lose their smell. I honestly want one for myself. They aren't too strong in scent but just right to cuddle with. The boys also love how soft they are too, as a pillow or just to hold onto along side during the night. It's a night to must have for them, and I completely understand why! Now they just need to create some mommy ones, maybe lavendar scented to help my insomnia during this long rough holiday nights. 

- All products were sent to me for reviewing purposes, but opinions are 100% honest and of my own.