Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Are they going to be okay?!

I know I’m not the only mom who is constantly asking themselves if their child will turn out okay. I swear if it isn’t one thing it’s another. The never ending cycle of worry. It kind of comes with the title I guess. Sometimes it gets too intense though, and I wonder if I should just chill out, and worry less.

On a daily basis I’m thinking... 

Are they eating enough? Am I ruining their eating habits by allowing them to eat dessert before dinner sometimes? Or are they eating too much ? Maybe it will all catch up with them, and they will be couch potatoes as grown adults, binge watching and throwing down a pack of cookies. 

Are they staying active? Maybe they should be in like 3 different extracurricular classes after school to teach them the importance of team work and competition. Or  are they too active? Am I preoccupying their little brains with way too much activity and information all at once that it makes them so restless? Gosh their so little, I might be expecting too much. And that can lead to adults who need to stay busy at all times in order to feel good about themselves. They won’t understand the importance of down time & taking in the sound of silence. 

Will my child ever feel comfortable pooping in the potty? What if he’s 13 years old and still has the potty scares, is that even possible? Should I be training their bodies to wake up and pee in the middle of the night, or maybe they will eventually just learn to do it themselves. I might have to start buying adult pampers for them soon if we can’t get it together. That will be interesting! 

How much screen time is too much screen time? Am I allowing them to rot their brain with all the technology around them. God forbid I live to just see them as adults who can’t bear to be without their cellphone for 2.5 seconds! But then again, I am very impressed by how well my six year old can search for something so quickly and effectively all on his own. I mean google is a huge part of your adult life. You need an answer, leave it to google to teach you all that was left un answered.

So many questions that I ask myself on a regular basis that sound so silly when I look back, because I’m so worried that it can make or break their future.. and for the most part it won’t. It really won’t. 

At the end of each day I wonder if I said I love you enough, if I was comforting enough, but not too much. If I was helpful enough, but not over the top. If I asked them enough questions about their day, or way too many? Oh crap, they drank a bit too much juice and not enough water. Motherhood is just a huge worry hole that I didn’t even know I was stuck in. I can’t figure out how to get out. But I am figuring out how to feel a bit more comfortable in this hole. 

Constant reminders that they are JUST kids still is a big thing. I have to remember that stages are stages, and they will change by age, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it will get easier. I believe we worry so much because the society we live in is always pressuring us to be so perfect, at everything. If you aren’t super mom  prepping four course meals every night, then you don’t deserve praise. If your child isn’t two years old and reciting all of the 50 states already you are labeled as a I don’t care kind of mom. Parenting just keeps getting harder by the minute because we don’t share the messy stuff as often as the good, and both parts are very important. I will take a step back today and remind myself that soon enough my kids will be adults and all the struggles we went through with them as children won’t stay into their adulthood, so let me just embrace it now. All the messiness, all the chaos. Let me stop worrying about if they will be okay in the long run, and just make sure they are happy and healthy right now. Live in the now. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Spring ready with Pixi Beauty x Dulce Candy

If you have been following my blogging journey since the very beginning then you may know it all started before kids, as a college student who spent all of her hardworking money in nothing but makeup. I will say it loud and proud I was, okay maybe still am a makeup hoarder. I used to review a ton of beauty related products for the most part, and then when I rebranded I stuck more to parenting/ family lifestyle posts. But as the boys get older I am finding much more time to do all the things I was once so passionate about. Here and there I will have enough time and energy to sit down at my vanity and play with makeup, and I love it.

I have always seen make up as a form of art, and if it makes you feel good too that’s a plus. I don’t necessarily feel I need it to feel more confident but I do feel much more put together and like I actually have it all together even when I don’t. Plus it’s nice to get to do a little something for myself in between being a very over the top mom. 

When I first started getting into makeup I was in high school and Youtube was buzzing with a very small makeup guru community. The first person I ever watched was Dulce Candy, and I loved her.. not just because of her very helpful tutorials but I loved her personality and that she was a regular Latina just like myself. Since than I have watched her blossom and her growth as a media Influencer has been so tremendously inspiring to me. She was the very reason I even decided I wanted to start blogging in the first place, because she gave me the confidence that I needed. She is the epitome of what a Latina entrepreneur is! As she grew I felt like I was growing with her. We became mothers to beautiful boys in the same year, and I took all my pregnancy and motherhood tips from her. I always felt a strong bond with her, even if I never met her in person. We won’t even talk about the time I saw her at my local H&M and didn’t have the courage to just say hi! Ugh, anyways. 

I was so proud and excited when she launched her collection with Pixi Beauty, that I ran straight to my local target to snatch them up fast. I am still thanking the make up gods because their was literally only one Cafe Con Dulce face palette left. I am not even exaggerating when I say I have been using it like every other day since I have gotten it. The colors are stunning, and so blendeble. They work for day time and night time looks. Plus if you don’t want to use them as eyeshadows you can use it as a blush or a highlighter too. Nine shimmering powder to cream shades that will make you instantly look and feel alive! Such a perfect palette to welcome in the spring, but I know I will get even more use out of it this summer too during travel. I really don’t have nothing bad to say about it, and I am so happy I was able to get my hands on it. It’s a perfect every day, go to palette that I know will help this momma feel good every morning. 

Thank you Dulce for all your hardwork, and for your influence in the Latina community. I will keep supporting you, and admiring your dedication to this business as I strive to one day make it just as big! 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Kids Dental Care with Kenson Kids & Brush Buddies

My children are stubborn. Terribly stubborn, and I will just say they don’t get it from me of course. They will argue with me over the smallest thing even if they are fully aware that I am right. It’s a tough pill to swallow especially during the bed time routine when this tired momma just wants to get some much needed rest after a long day. Bath time feels like I’m on a water ride at Splish Splash, and getting them into their PJs feels like a hour long wrestling match I didn’t even sign up for. So when we finally make it to the horrid time of teeth brushing I brace myself for the mayhem that’s about to go down. As soon as I say it’s time to brush teeth, all hell breaks loose up in here. My neighbors most likely believe I am torturing them every night before bed because that’s how real their squeals of help are. I knew I needed to make this part of our day enjoyable for them somehow, and easier for me so I wouldn’t down right lose all sanity I have left. 

When I met Kenson Kids at an event not long ago I knew I had to stop and check out all of their easy parenting products. I was ecstatic to see a company that wanted to help make the hardest job in the world a tad easier on us! You know I am all about finding products that will give us a helping hand at creating a peaceful space in our chaotic kid life. That is exactly what Kenson Kids did for me when I started using their “ I Can Do it!” Brush My Teeth Reward Chart. It helps them understand the importance of brushing twice a day and gives them more of a reason to do it when you gain a reward at the end of the week. Their chart takes the struggle out of brushing and helps stop the constant reminders. Very simple and practical for any age, and they love that they can add the star to the chart on their very own.

 My kids look forward to doing it every morning and night ! It has been very helpful and I love that it promotes good habits which you know are a lot easier to instill in them when they are still young. They have a huge variety of reward charts that can help with just about everything you can think of. Make your life easier and go order some of your own charts at Target, Amazon or www.kensonkids.com!

We also received some super cool Pez Emoji tooth brushes from Brush Buddies! They look like real deal Pez candy dispensers, and I love how they stand up like a Pez dispenser would do. You can press the button and up pops the emoji head. If only our tooth brushes were this fun when I was younger, I would have definitely loved brushing them daily. Because what kid doesn’t love Emojis now a days. Brush Buddies have also came out with other lines like Peppa Pig, Thomas and Friends, Shopkins, and Jojo! You can grab your own super cool Brush Buddies at www.brushbuddies.com, or I was able to find some at my local Duane Reade pharmacy. 

Dental care is a big deal, and just as important as your every day health so we must show our children that it is necessary to make it a top priority. These two products have made it such a fun part of our day, and has allowed my children to be more responsible for their own dental health. This momma right here can rest assured knowing they will have beautiful pearly whites every single day thanks to Kenson Kids and Brush Buddies. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A day fit for two little kings at The Medieval Times!

We were able to go back in time to the Middle Ages in Europe to be exact. It was only two hours, but it was a great time travel we got to experience together. We met strong and fearless knights, plus the Queen herself. After 34 years of it being a king in charge they decided it was time for the Queen to step up and take her thrown!

I have never been to Medieval Times so I was super excited to make it a first time experience together for myself and the boys. We didn’t really know what to expect, but as soon as we set our eyes on the castle I knew it was going to be marvelous! We got in and we’re given our table tickets that showed we would be rooting for the yellow knight so we were off to get our yellow crowns that the kids absolutely loved. We walked around as their was so much to see, like the huge variety of swords they were selling. We were told what entrance to go through so we could sit on our section where only the yellow knight team would be sitting. I loved how each section was lit up with its team color. Our hostess was amazing and super helpful through out the whole time. She got us some booster seats to help the boys feel more comfortable in their seats, and she got us straws for the boys cups so they wouldn’t spill anything in the dark. 

As soon as the show began we starting cheering and you could feel the excitement in the room. When our knight came out on his beautiful horse the boys couldn’t help but stand up and cheer him on. The action was non stop from there on and everyone was loving it. It was fun watching my boys get so into it that they were even booing our rival teams. Momma even got thrown a beautiful flower from our yellow knight himself! 

Let’s talk food. As it was honestly Mom and Dads  favorite part. They started us off with some yummy tomato soup and garlic bread. Then a little after that they came around with the huge piece of chicken which was perfectly seasoned and some corn and potato wedges. It was just absolutely delicious that even my little picky eaters devoured it. Mom and Dad took full advantage that you could order bar drinks at your seats so we decided to enjoy a beer, which came in a nice souvenir cup! As the boys loved their lemonades that were just right, not too sour not too sweet. After the food their was dessert and coffee. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better they bring out the butter loaf cake, and it was a great sweet treat to end the show with. 

I loved that everything was made so convenient, everything was brung to us, very fast and sufficiently. We didn’t have to do anything but sit their and enjoy ourselves. Which is honestly the best thing about the experience. As a mom that has gone to plenty of shows with my kids, standing in long lines to then figure out how I’m going to get us to our seats with my hands completely full I loved the simplicity that  Medieval Times gives us parents who already walk in with our hands full. It was the easiest show we have been to where I really just sat back and enjoyed it just as much as they did with no hustle and bustle required! 

I have honestly no complaints at all. The show had us mesmerized and the food had our bellies happy. The whole staff was friendly and super helpful at all times. Very well organized, so when you do go please don’t forget to tip your hostess generously because they work very hard to make your time there memorable and very easy.  We will be going back again for sure as Jace is now learning all about the Middle Ages in class! He was so excited to tell his classmates about the experience and all he learned from it. It’s definitely something every child would love and remember forever. So make it a family day, and add it on to their joyous childhood memories. You can even celebrate your birthday. 

Grab your tickets for the Dinner & Tournament show at www.medievaltimes.com !!!! 

- We were hosted by Medieval Times in Lyndhurst NJ, but all opinions are of our own.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

NYC fun for New Yorkers too at Ripleys!

I was born and raised in Queens NY, and moved to Manhattan about four years ago when I became a mother of two. I was always fascinated by Time Square, maybe because it was rare for me to visit but I loved all the lights, variety of people and just so much entertainment around you. I am one of the rare New Yorkers who enjoys walking in the busy streets of NYC.

Every year during school breaks I try and find things we can do together, that they have not done yet. Something new to experience, and create memories! I think many of us New Yorkers take NYC for granted, and we don’t realize just how much it has to offer, especially family friendly spots! Or we pass these places for years and just keep pushing it to the side as somewhere we will eventually visit, and never do. So when we were invited to go check out The Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Time Square location I was so excited to finally take on this encounter. 

I must say I wasn’t expecting as much as I saw, and learned. I thought it would be a small and simple collection of art/ pieces. But it was SO much more than that. I mean cmon a Captain America made out of  scrape metal, and a King Kong made out of rubber tires! And they are huge! Many unusual yet interesting things you wouldnt see at a basic museum in NYC. 

One of my favorite parts of Ripley’s was the Marilyn Monroe section which was all about her life, and her career. I love anything that brings me back, and this took me into the 50s where she was such an inspiring female icon of the time. She was beautiful and she flaunted it, but she was also very smart at a time when it necessarily wasn’t the ideology of women around that period. 

I am also quite a sucker for abstract art. There was an entire wall with art created with just a ton of different stamps. It was amazing to stand back and see how each and every detail of the art work stood out, you could barely tell from afar that it’s just a collection of stamps put together. I loved its uniqueness! Then there was another portrait art of Barack Obama made out of different colored gumballs. Yup, GUMBALLS. I can only imagine just how long that huge mural took to make. But it was such a fantastic sight. 

The boys both loved the Laser Race game that they had.  Where you have to duck and crawl over and under a bunch of laser beams in a room to get the best score - trying your best not to touch a beam. They had a great time feeling like little spy guys! Let’s just say you don’t bring along your clumsy little brother to a spy mission, you won’t make it too far. None the less they loved the experience of being able to make believe they were really spies with a race to win! 

They really loved all the optical illusion stuff. When Dad went into one where it seemed as if he bottom half was missing they couldn’t wrap their minds around it. They truly wondered if Dad was going to come out the same again. It was the funniest thing ever how worried they were, and all the fun questions they had for us after it. The idea of magic is such a fun thing at their age. They also really liked putting their heads into stuff, it was super interactive.... lots of props and cool holes to get into that make really fun and interesting photos for memory! They were amazed that the hole they put their head into with bugs around them ... were actual real crawly bugs. Of course we didn’t tell them that until after the photos were taken. Their faces were in fact priceless! 

The hands on experience of walking around Ripley’s was a very special time for us that I believe the boys will continue to talk about. They are already saying they want to go back and do it all again. Randomly they will remember a part of our visit to Ripley’s and tell someone about it. Ripley’s Believe it or not is a perfect family outing or even a great date night idea where you can be silly, and get some good laughs in! I highly recommend making it a night out in the city so nice they named it twice. They are always adding new attractions to their space too. Their newest addition is called Smash Dash, where you can compete against the clock or a friend and you have to try and press all the buttons that light up around you as fast as you can, and the more buttons you press the more points you make, a race against time. Which is available with your admission into Ripley’s! 

Thank you Ripley’s for having us!! We will most definitely be back soon. 

—-  We were hosted for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are of our own, and honest. —-

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Easter Play Date with Goliath Games PLUS Giveaway !!

Easter is right around the corner. In this home we celebrate Easter for its true meaning, and I remind the boys it isn’t really all about bunnies, and eggs, and chocolates. I think it is important for me to stay true to what I believe in by teaching them its importance to me, and why. But as a child I knew the real meaning behind Easter and had all the fun around the rest of it too!

Easter is a holiday that really reminds me of my grandmother. It was a tradition for us to dress up in our best dresses, and big hats and then after church I would go watch the parade in NYC with her and my cousin. My grandma would also make us these beautiful Easter baskets and take us to go take a photo with the Easter Bunny. It was a very special Sunday with so much to do! Sometimes she even took us to the park to do some egg hunting. 

I believe that holidays are for one main reason - to build memories with the ones you love. I carry all these memories with me, and cherish them, and tell my boys about them all the time. Now it is time for me to create lasting memories for them that they can share with their own kids in the future. 

I decided to create a a fun early Easter game night to get some quality time in before a long week of school. Thanks to Goliath for sending us Lucky Ducks and Jumping Jack as really fun Eastery ( yup, that’s a word!) Games. When I tell you we played both games for over two hours - I’m not exaggerating! They were THAT into it. They really didn’t want to stop playing because it was so much fun. I also really loved how it was still teaching them something while having fun at the same time. It taught them memory, colors, shapes, strategy, counting, etc! That’s a hug plus for me because if they are playing a game I want it to atleast keep their brains rolling, and these games are teaching them about 4 things at once. 

For Jumping Jack you must spin the spinner to see how many carrots you get to pick from Jack's bunny hill. One of the carrots will make him jump, but it's a different carrot every time. If he jumps when it’s your turn, you'll win if you catch him. If no one catches Jack, then the player with the most carrots wins. This game teaches hand-eye coordination, taking turns and quick reactions. The boys loved trying to catch Jack, and there were many funny moments where we thought he was going to jump but didn’t and we giggled a whole lot! 

With Lucky Ducks  you turn on the circular pond, and the ducks start swimming - the bottom side of each duck has a colored shape. Players take turns picking up a duck and looking at the color and shape; if it matches their colored shape, they get to keep the duck. If it doesn't match, they put it back. The first player with 3 ducks that match their shape wins. It’s a great memory game and easy for younger kids with smalle hands, as the ducks are the objects instead of playing cards. Also more challenging with the rotating pond which makes it more exciting! The boys absolutely loved the anticipation of seeing which duck you would pick up and if it was your color shape. 

I highly recommend these two games and we will definitely be playing them over again. The boys can’t wait to have some friends over this weekend to play them too! I know they will make for a great play date game and keep them entertained for hours in. These are just two out of many amazing games Goliath has in store for your little ones. They have such an amazing variety for all ages that you should check out. Down below is the link to check out all of their games. 

- Now here is the super awesome thing about Goliath. They want to give two of my lovely mom followers a chance to win one of the two board games I just mentioned. All you have to do is ONE of the three things : 
- Share the link to this post & @mommygorjess so I can see you have shared it. 
-  Comment down below your Easter tradition 
- OR : Go to my Instagram page @mommygorjess and comment on my last photo! 

Winner will be announced on Good Friday, March 30th! Good Luck everyone, and Thank you Goliath Games! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Pirates at Play with Paw Patrol LIVE: The Great PĂ­rate Adventure!

I don’t know about your kids, but my boys are completely amazed by the loving yet brave little pups called Paw Patrol. We have been watching it since the very beginning, and though their favorite changes every year there is no denying that they can’t get enough of them all. They say Ryder has the coolest job in the world- which I completely agree. Currently their favorite pup is Marshall the clumsy Dalmatian who shoots water from his pup pack! When I told them Paw Patrol was coming back to MSG for a special pirate adventure they were really looking forward to seeing their favorite pups in action again.

To get them into the spirit of things I got out our Paw Patrol Memory Game and told them the first to find a match would win the treasure! Of course I got two treats because I was going to let them both win at the end but they found so much fun in it. With so many cards it took quite a while for them to find a match but when they did they were so happy to find out their treasure was indeed a Paw Patrol Wonder Egg with a chocolate egg filled with candies shaped as the pups themselves, PLUS a little pup toy that they now want to collect them all.  They were so happy to have solved the memory game mystery and devour their treasures! Now the real fun begins when we head out this weekend to see our friendly pups solve their own mystery! 

In PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure, Mayor Goodway is getting everything shipshape for a big Pirate Day celebration in Adventure Bay. When Cap’n Turbot falls into a dark and mysterious cavern, it’s PAW Patrol to the rescue! Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky and Zuma save Cap'n Turbot and discover a secret pirate treasure map that leads them on an epic adventure. Over land and on the high seas, the pups set out to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway so the celebration can go on. Things get ruff when Mayor Humdinger wants to find the treasure first for Foggy Bottom. The pups need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including help from the newest pup who’s all ears…Tracker! Using their heroic rescue skills, problem solving and teamwork, the pups set sail to save the day. No job is too big, no pirate pup is too small!

PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure follows the first live show PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue, which is currently touring through 2018. PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure includes two acts and an intermission, and incorporates an innovative costume approach to help bring the pups to life on stage as well as their vehicles and packs during the adventure. The performance is interactive, engaging audiences to learn pirate catchphrases, dance the pirate boogie and help the pups follow the treasure map and solve picture puzzles during their mission!

What: PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure” Coming to New York!

When:ThursdayMarch 2211:00 a.m.
FridayMarch 2311:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Saturday March 2410:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
SundayMarch 2510:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Where:The Theater at Madison Square Garden
    2 Penn Plaza 
    New York, NY 10001

Tickets: $30$50and $65A limited number of $85Gold Circle and $175 V.I.P. (Very Important Pup) Packages* are also available. Additional fees and special offers may apply. *V.I.P. Package features premium show seating, a commemorative lanyard and an after-show Meet & Greet with PAW Patrol Live! walk-around characters. Ticket prices inclusive of a $6 facility fee.

Tickets are available at the Madison Square Garden BoxOffice, www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 866-855-0008.

For more information, visit www.pawpatrollive.com, where fans can sign up to receive PAW Patrol Live! Tail Mail with tour updates and other exclusive ticket presaleinformation. Become a fan of PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure atwww.facebook.com/pawpatrollive/ and see more visuals from the tour by typing #pawpatrollive on social media. *Citi is the official credit card of the PAW Patrol Live! tours. Citi cardholders can visit www.CitiPrivatePass.com for more information on pre-sale tickets.