Thursday, October 11, 2018

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Movie Jack O Lantern!

 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween comes out in theatres tomorrow! You REALLY dont want to miss this. The plot follows to boys who accidentally bring Slappy the dummy and all the other goosebumps monsters back to life, and Halloween Night gets even more interesting. We were so excited to get to see an early screening of it on Tuesday night, But this post will not be about the review. We will keep that for next time! Lets just say you MUST go see it before Halloween, Slappy just never dissapoints!!

We used the pumpkin that Jace had gotten over the week at the Pumpkin Patch at his school trip, and he had decorated it all with a black sharpie which gave it a very edgy look!First things first we had to get all yucky slimy guck out of our pumpkin. So we carved around the stem and got everything out. As you can tell the boys did not really enjoy this process. You would think because they are boys they would love to get their hands messy...they just arent those kind of boys I guess. I ended up doing the rest of it anyway because they said it was way too messy for their liking.I cleaned it up a bit for them so that we could then start the end process of making it more unique, and Goosebumps looking.
We decided to add a fun light to the Jack O Lantern to make it bright up during the night and then gave him so green and slimey hair with Flurp. It was the perfect touch since you all must be familiar with the slimey goosebumps title. Its just such a classic that we had to add in here some way or another. The last little detail that we added to make our Jack stand out from the rest is we added some little colorful gummy bears to the bottom right by his mouth because our Jack O Lantern loves himself some yummy gummy bears as long as they arent attacking anyone right?

Because we were SO excited about the movie we decided to create our own Jack O Lanterns with a Goosebumps feel.

Next up, I drew with a black marker a very easy pattern of two triangle eyes, and a triangle nose, plus a mouth on the bottom. I kept it very simple and easy so that they could do the carving themselves. Nothing too tough were they would end up making a mistake. You really cant go wrong with these easy, and classic jack o lantern face shapes. Even if they cut outside of the lines it still tends to come out looking perfect. So I made sure to show them first how to poke it into the pumpkin and then slowly saw it down until you have to change positions of the pumpkin knife to start cutting the other lines out. Jace really liked the process and insisted on doing it all on his own. He did both eyes and the nose all on his own, and loved poppin out the piece of pumpkin to see the end results. I helped Caleb cut out the mouth on the bottom and he said it looked like a real mouth with teeth in it!

Have you carved a Jack O Lantern with your little ones before? If so, please share with us your favorite and easy DIYS! Im sure we are far from done when it comes to pumpkin fun. But I believe this is coolest and gooest Jack we have ever created! He will most definitely be remembered for Halloweens to come. Remember to go and check out Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween out in theatres tomorrow 10/12/2018!!! Your Halloween will not be complete without it!

- #AD: We were sent a giftcard to create this activity to share with our following to promote the Sony Pictures movie. But all opinions are honest and 100% my own!! 

Monday, October 8, 2018

HotelT3 is out on DVD TOMORROW 10/9!

The Drac Pack is back with HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3, which made its debut on Digital HD September 25, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD tomorrow on October 9, just in time to for a spooky, fun, family movie night right before Halloween! This must-own family comedy, which has grossed more than $425 million in theaters worldwide to date, follows in the tradition of the blockbuster Hotel Transylvania franchise when Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury, haunted monster cruise ship. Of course, the rest of the Drac Pack has to tag along, and that’s when things get a little…batty. The monsters are having a great time, indulging in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to colossus-sized buffets and exotic excursions, but then the unexpected happens when Drac falls for the ship’s mysterious (and dangerous) human captain Ericka. The third film in this family-friendly monster franchise is the best reviewed installment and you’re invited along on the haunted cruise vacation!
The all-star voice cast is back, along with some new faces as well including Adam Sandler (Grown-Ups), Andy Samberg (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers), Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), David Spade (TV’s “Rules of Engagement”), Steve Buscemi (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Keegan Michael Key (TV’s “Key and Peele”), Molly Shannon (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Fran Drescher (TV’s “The Nanny”), Kathryn Hahn (Bad Moms), Jim Gaffigan (Super Troopers 2) and Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein). The Spanish-language version also features voices from Galilea Montijo (TV’s “Hoy”) as Ericka and Violenta Isfel (TV’s “Mi Marido Tinen Familia”) as Mavis. 

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 is filled with more than an hour of engaging bonus materials including three “All-New Scary-Oke Sing Alongs,” a monster dance party dance along to “I See Love” by Joe Jonas featuring Jonas Blue, plus a fun zing-tastic read along with Drac.  Families can enjoy all the frightful fun with a “Plan Your Own Spook-tacular Sleepover” feature and “Vampire Make Over: Mavis and Drac Tutorial,” and go behind-the-scenes to explore the amazing talent who bring these characters to life in “Behind the Screams – The Voices of Hotel Transylvania 3.

Here are the really fun bonus features.....

  • Three All New Scary-Oke Sing Alongs: Sing along to three Hotel Transylvania 3 inspired songs with your favorite characters! 
  • “Dennis Had a Giant Dog” – Sung by Dennis & Winnie
  • “Monsters Like to Party Down” – Sung by Johnny
  • “Oh These Wolf Pups” – Sung by Wanda Werewolf
  • Plan Your Own Spook-tacular Sleepover: This feature will give you all details on how to make your own sleepover spook-tacular! From snacks to crafts to games and more, follow these steps to create a Hotel T sleep-over with your friends and family, the perfect setting to binge watch all 3 Hotel Transylvania movies.
  • Vampire Make Over: Mavis and Drac Tutorial: Learn how to turn yourself into your favorite Hotel Transylvania 3 characters.
  • Behind the Screams – The Voices of Hotel Transylvania 3: Step behind the "screams" with the returning stars and hilarious new cast to see how these characters are brought to life in the recording booth.
  • Johnny’s Home Movies (Franchise Recap): Johnny brings viewers up to speed on what’s happened in the Hotel Transylvania franchise so far.
  • “I See Love” Monster Dance Party Dance Along: Get up and get moving to this haunting monster mash.
  • Drac’s Zing-tastic Read Along: It's storytime with your favorite characters have a silly tale about Drac's search for a Zing!  Read along or sit back and enjoy!
  • Two Mini Movies (rated G): Two mini-features that will have you howling.
  • Puppy
  • Goodnight Mr. Foot

Hotel Transylvania 3 was one of our favorite movies of the summer for many reasons. Not only was it very funny for the whole family to enjoy, but we loved the ending message that we are all different but we should just accept eachother as our own selves. It was such a fun, and positive movie that taught many other life lessons without the children even realizing it. We were very excited when Sony sent us this awesome coffin mailer with not just the DVD but also many awesome products and toys from Jazwares. Momma even scored an adorable Mavis costume that I am pretty sure I am going to be using this coming halloween. As soon as we got it we popped up the popcorn, and put in the DVD to enjoy it one more time. We really enjoyed all the new bonus features, like songs that we were given the lyrics to sing along to! The boys really enjoyed that. I am sure we will be watching this movie another 20 times this year. Its also no mystery that we will be watching this on the spookiest nights of all, Halloween.

- This box of promo products was sent to us for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are of our own, and 100% honest. Thank you to Sony Animation for this opportunity!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Disney Freaky Friday out NOW on DVD!

I am sure I am not the only 90s mom on here that has a thing for original movies being remade for our new generation. I love being able to watch with my boys a classic movie I watched at their age, and then being able to see the remake with them together. It shows them that things of the past still have value, and an impact on people no matter how much time has past after it.

When I found out that Disney was making a remake for Freaky Friday, after15 years I was very excited. I instantly found the 2003 original and we watched it with the boys. We then decided it would be an epic karaoke party with some yummy ice cream to celebrate the remake coming out on DVD on September 25th.

A contemporary musical update of the classic comedic story, "Freaky Friday” is based on Disney Theatrical Productions' stage adaptation of the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Blake and her uber-organized mom Katherine, are constantly at odds about Ellie's messy room, sloppy clothes and seemingly careless attitude. Ellie really misses her dad who passed away a few years ago; she bickers with her younger brother and argues with Katherine who's getting ready to marry her fiancĂ©, Mike – tomorrow.  As mother and daughter quarrel, they accidentally break the treasured hourglass given to Ellie by her father and then, suddenly, they magically switch bodies. Now, Ellie and Katherine must trade places at work and at school, and, during one crazy day, they'll learn to understand and appreciate each other.

It was such a great time singing all the songs with our Karaoke microphone! The boys are quite the performers so anything that has to do with music they are all about. It was such a fun time, but all that singing led to some well deserved ice cream sundaes that they topped with their favorite sweets! A great time if you ask me! Now my boys can totally agree that they would never ever want to trade places with me, but I sure would want to trade places with them any time! I mean who wouldn't want to be a child with no obligations instead.

- Materials were sent to me for the exchange of a review, but all opinions are 100% honest.

Friday, September 21, 2018

ME time with SheaMoisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Line!

I am a mom. A working mom, a devoted one. I wear SO many hats. Honestly I dont know how I do it, but my juggling skills are on point. Seriously! I work full time, and I make sure I am very hands on with my two very adventurous boys. All my boy moms out there know, it gets pretty insane, and messy- very messy. I literally take a breather and sit down for a minute, but instantly here MOM being yelled 10 times. There are no breaks, no breathers. I love being a mom, and I knew this was going to be my life as a mom because I understand how demanding parenting is. No complaining here, just venting. I do believe this was the life for me, and I was fully meant for it. God knew what he was doing when he made me a mom of two boys who just cant get enough of me, ever. 

With that being said, I do love when bedtime rolls around. I am one of those people who absolutely needs a night time bath to fall asleep better. Its impossible for me to go to bed without one. I need that down time to wash away the day, and feel refreshed and calm. So once the boys are off to dream land I know I must make the best of the time I am getting. I take my baths/showers VERY seriously. The peace and quiet I get out of it is life changing for me. I love it! 

When SheaMoisture sent me over their new Green Coconut and Activated Charcoal line I was so excited to use it all up in one night. I wanted to try it all, and soak in the scent. So, I did.. because YOLO.  (I apologize if this saying isnt cool anymore, Im getting old - and very uncool as my oldest would say!) I started off by using the Purifying and Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. It smelled amazing, and really deep cleaned all the oil in my hair and excess product buildup that I tend to have trouble with usually. Then I fully washed my body down the with the cleansing bar soap. I loved how much it lathered and got super foamy. The best part is its been about 3 months and it is still as if I have never used it. I love that its lasting soo long. On days when I want to sit in the bath though I use the Bath Salts, and a little goes such a long way. Infused with skin invigorating white tea and lemon balm, this dual action formula creates a purifying and hydrating bath or foot spa experience. Sea Salt helps relieve and rejuvenate skin.

My all time favorite product from the SheaMoisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal line has got to be the Jelly Moisturizer. It infused my skin with extreme lightweight moisture that meets purification. This Fresh Coconut Jelly formula contains suspended Activated Charcoal beads that melt into skin, hydrating while soothing to make skin soft and supple. I use it  as an everyday moisturizer or as an after sun cooling treatment after the pool or beach. Just recently I shaved, and rubbed on the jelly moisturizer all over my legs and I loved just how soft it left my legs. It works as a perfect after shave gel! 

I am honestly always so amazed at how many different products SheaMoisture can come up with, and the simple fact that they are all made with Fair Trade ingredients, and WORK is just unexplainable but awesome! I really cant get enough of them, and they will forever be my go to company for all things pamper! This momma feels brand new after using all these products that create a super hydrating and nurishing bath experience.  

- All products were sent to me from SheaMoisture, but opinions are of my own, and 100% Honest!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fun and Easy Family Cooking with Loisa!

I cant be the only mom who feels like the weeks go by so so fast once school is back in session. I feel like its a constant circus and I am juggling a million things at once through out the day. Once the boys are home from school, and I have returned from work there is so much to be done in so little time. From homework, to bath time, to dinner. Everything needs to get done on a crunch time because even the slightest change can fully change up the routine of things. I struggled with this for a while in the beginning, and then I got better at it, and now we are back to struggling since I have started a new job with new hours, and new expectations of me. BUT, change is good. Its good for us all that we are doing things differently. I am slowly but surely getting into the hang of things, and it will soon be our new normal right?

Since things have to be done at a fast pace during the week I try my best to make these routines between us feel more personal, and use it to get more in touch with my boys at the same time. Its great because we are getting things done, but I am also getting to spend the time with them that I dont want to miss out on. Cooking together is something I am big on, not just because it is going to get them involved in learning the process of cooking, and when they are older they will be more ready to get going on it. But also because it is a time I can connect with them, and have fun. As a child I remember that being something I truly enjoyed doing with my mother. She would cut up the meat and I was in charge of mixing the seasonings, and getting my hands a little dirty. I loved it! Plus I was proud to be helping out, and being able to say I was in charge of the end results for dinner. My boys are exactly the same in that sense. As soon as I ask if they want to help out with cooking, they are so excited to hop on those step stools and get messy. With my little one I tell him to do something as simple as dropping all the veggies in a bowl and mixing them together. My oldest always wants to go above and beyond and do all the adult things, so I am trying to get used to having him do things that are "harder" but in a safe matter. Its great though because during it we are talking about our day, and the exciting new things they are learning, or new books they are reading.

As a child my mom has instilled in me our Latin roots, and the culture around it. I think everyone can agree that one of the most amazing things about the hispanic culture is the rich flavor of our food. There is absolutely nothing like it, and that authentic taste you can instantly tell by just one bite. Thanks to my mom I have strong tastebuds, and I am not too fond of bland food, yet I know its the healthier way to go since all these seasonings generally have so much sodium, and so much artificial  and non nutritional ingredients in them. I really cant just un do my taste in food though, and I want to make food that can still be savory, but make better choices for my family. Which is why I was so happy to come across Loisa.

Loisa is a Latin food company commited to the culture its food represents, with flavor, quality, and conveinece. We were able to try out the Loisa Brown Rice & Quinoa with Sazon, from pouch to plate in just minutes! Let me just state all the amazingness real quick : Organic, Non GMO, No preservatives, nothing artificial, BPA free packaging, vegan, gluten free, and seasoned with Loisa Organic Sazon for REAL flavor that taste absolutely delicious. If that doesnt sell you, then I have no idea whats wrong with you. Its seriously insane to me that something this good for you, is actually that good. Its not something that sounds too good to be true, and then ends up dissapointing you. This is coming from a mother with two boys who are insanely picky eaters, and are so stuck in their ways that they wont usually try new things. But as we were making this Ready to heat & Eat rice pouch they noticed the yummy smell it was giving our home, and they automatically knew that it might just be something they would like. I cant tell you how relieving that felt to hear them feel excited about trying something new, and they repeatidly kept saying that it smelled soooo good. I loved how easy it was to make. My seven year old had no trouble at all opening up the pouch and sitting it up straight to sit it into the microwave. Plus, its super cool when your mom allows you to actually press the microwave buttons yourself. He was so funny, and told me that he felt like a real adult by just doing that. I love how kids find happiness in the simplest of things.  Once that was done my little one got his step stool out and said he wanted to mix the rice up on the heating skillet which I added 2 tbsp. of water onto. Of course I held his hand during it to be safe, and make sure he didnt get to close to the hot pan. Being extra careful when cooking with kids is a huge deal. They sometimes forget that some things will be hot and if they cant tell at the moment, it crosses their mind. So always make sure you are doing these things together, and putting your full attention into it. He is a very fearless child though, and I reminded him a couple times that it was hot, and he was just so excited to mix around the rice to fully cook it. Once it was all done and ready I let them scoop it onto everyones plate, and they just couldnt wait to try it out. They officially have a new favorite rice, and I am so happy that its one I can feed them on the regular and not worry that its going to harm them in any way, yet the quite opposite. Im sure I can easily live off of this rice myself, yes its THAT good guys! Plus, you know the struggle of making rice, from too much water, or how long it can take to finally be cooked all the way. Loisa ready to heat & eat rice pouches can be made in just 90 seconds. HUGE convienence when you have twenty million other things to do through out that time. One pouch made, fed my family of four just perfectly. It was an exact amount needed for a dinner.

If you are interested in making something healthy and yummy with your family you should go and check out Loisa, and get 10% off any order using the code MOMMYGORJESS. They have many amazing products that can fit all your needs and appetite. Plus, turning cooking into something fun you can all do together is a lifetime memory you can add to your kids childhood. Trust me, it will be something they will always remember!

- We were sent this product for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are of my own and 100% honest.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Game Night with Goliath and Pressman Games!

As you guys should know by now, we are huge fans of Goliath Games. They pile up high in the boys room, and they really dont just sit there. They get played, over and over again. Today I wanted to share with you our two current favorite games that both of my boys cant get enough of. Even the adults want to play it over and over again, and that is very rare with me. As a Gemini I get tired of things and need something new and different. But I can say I really truely enjoy both of these games.

The first one is called Shark Bite. The box alone completely caught their eye and they were ready to open it up and see the shark that would try and bite them . They loved how it was made, and the big teeth all around. It was super simple for them to both work together to set it all up to play. It was also very colorful as well so it was fun to look at. They loved that it came with hooks which gave it a more interactive feel, and not just snatching them out with your hand. So the object of the game is to not snatch the wrong fish out of his mouth, or else it will make him snap and you are done. Sometimes when we play it it can be super fast, and other times it will take some time and we are anticipating which one it will be that will make the shark bite. We love making guesses, by saying which color fish we believe is the one that will make the shark bite you, so it adds even more anticipation to the game. Plus the educational aspect of it helps my youngest with his colors, and counting. I have noticed that they really love games where they are expecting something to happen, so they strategize to play the game. It helps them use a special part of their brain that they dont get to use during many games.

Jace: "Its really fun because you do not know when its going to bite!"
Caleb: "It just jumps out, and it comes for my hand. So cool! "

The next one is more competitive, and that is exactly why they love it. This game is called Kids Know Best! Lets face it, they do. Its a game where the kids vs. the parents to get to the finish line first through trivia like questions about many different topics, from easy to hard. They have questions on the cards that are for the children, and other harder ones that can really stump a parent, or maybe its just me. But its so much fun, because what child does not want to try and beat the adults at something. My oldest really likes this game a lot because now that he can read he can read me all the questions perfectly and he needs no help during it. He loves that! Plus it helps him work on his reading while playing, so its a mom win right there. I believe we have played this just about every weekend since we got it, and I have yet to win. Terrible, I know. I loved that throught this game I was able to learn many things from it, that most likely I learned about back in the days but just forgot about. Its truly a fun learning game, where you are having so much fun that you do not even realize you are learning during it.

Jace: "I like it because you never know if its going to be a funny question, a really hard one or a easy one. "
Caleb: "I like the funny kid questions!"

Games like these are part of our every day lifestyle, and I love that no matter their age we can still find games that will help them educationally through play. Play is such a huge important part of a childs life because that truly is where the knowledge comes from. Its the easiest way as its super interactive, and kids need interaction to be really interested in stuff they dont really enjoy much.

Thank you to Goliath + Pressman games for these awesome games we cannot get enough of!

- We were sent these games for review purposes, but  all of our opinions are our own - 100% honest, and we never share with you games that we do not enjoy.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

SUBMERGE on The Hudson River Park! + GIVEAWAY

My seven year old is loving all things science lately. He wants to create science experiments on the regular and wants to read up on everything. He says he's a scientist and loves the days that he gets to go to science class at school. So when we found out about this FREE event going on right by our home we knew it was a must to go to, but also to share with you all too! 

Join us Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 for the fifth annual SUBMERGE NYC Marine Science Festival on Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 from 11am to 4pm. There’s something for everyone at this year’s SUBMERGE festival, from hands-on science research to catch & release fishing and kayaking, at this daylong science extravaganza. Bring your family to experience this inspirational and fun-filled day of marine science and STEM in Hudson River Park!

Highlights include:
  • Science Stage – Enjoy entertaining science performances, larger than life experiments, and native NYC wildlife. Including famed performer Science Bob and the folky and experimental band, Funkinships.  
  • Research Stations – Experiment, learn and explore! Scientists from over 30 partnering science organizations share current marine research through interactive demonstrations. Some highlights include Billion Oyster Project, NY Aquarium, National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration, Clearwater and many more.
  • Discovery Lab – Explore Hudson River plankton using microscopes and learn the benefits of oyster restoration alongside HRPK Estuary Lab staff. 
  • River Ranger Kid  Zone  – HRPK’s Estuary Lab educators invite budding scientists to meet live animals in an interactive touch tank, create 3D river critters, and play at an ocean sensory station.
  • Roving River - Keep an eye out for HRPK Estuary Lab’s Roving River tricycle – an exhibit of Hudson River wildlife on wheels! Observe river animals up close.
A Kid and Parent approved educational festival that you and your family surely do not want to miss out on. Come by and say hi because we will be there all day I am sure! 

We will also be giving out this awesome tote with goodies to one of our followers. All you have to do is comment on our Instagram post about this event, and tell us a fun science fact you learned yourself, or from your kids! 

Hope to see you there!