The Mommyhood Life

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Keeping Kids Creativity Flowing this Summer! #KeepBuilding

We are in the middle of a heat wave in Boston, and even the kids are water logged from the pool and choosing to lounge around in the air conditioning.  However I refuse to let them spend their summer stuck in front of a screen.
I want them to use their imaginations, be creative, and when needed follow directions.  Luckily their favorite activity, building with LEGO bricks, allows them to do all that!

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The Perfect Tech Gift for Dad’s this Father’s Day! @BestBuy @SamsungMobileUS #GearRV

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Father’s Day is one of the hardest holidays to shop for in my family.  My dad and husband both have everything so trying to find something they don’t have yet and will love can be a stressful.  However not this year!  Thanks to Samsung and Best Buy, I have found the prefect Father’s Day gift, the Gear VR!

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Finally Enjoying MY HDTV Without Wires! #BBYactiontec

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
When decorating and setting our electronics one of my biggest pet peeves is having wires everywhere.
I never realized this was annoying, growing up my dad always had them either hidden behind drywall or neatly zip-tied behind strip covers.  Back then I remember having the big stereos with the two speakers on each side and the thin wire connecting them in my room.  I have a vivid memory of my mother saying “why don’t you put this frame here and it’ll hide the wires”  my teenage self thought she was crazy and probably made some rude comment to get out.
Then I moved in with my now husband, a man that grew up on a farm in Brazil.  Let’s just say every time we bought a new piece of electronics our neighbors could here me horrified as my mothers voice poured out of mouth.  “Why are the wires everywhere?”, “That looks so cluttered and dirt!”, one time my pour husband not understanding the issue at all even tried to paint the wires to our surround sound speakers so “they would blend in with the wall”.

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The Made to Matter Collection by Tom’s of Maine is Available at Target!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
My favorite way to unwind is to wander around Target aimlessly without my children in tow.  My local store has a coffee shop right as I walk in, so I am able to sip a latte and check out all the pretty new things.  Plus of course, pick up our families everyday needs, I am one of those women who runs in for toothpaste and leaves with a cart full of things.

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Cheeky Monkey ~ The Perfect First Peanut Food for Babies!

I participated in this event on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers for Cheeky Monkey. I received Cheeky Monkey products to facilitate my review.
Like all moms, I am always on the hunt for healthy snacks that my kids will enjoy.  Nutritious and yummy snacks can be hard to find especially ones that are convenient and easy to eat on the go with our busy schedules.
  I was intrigued when I was invited to try Cheeky Monkey Peanut Butter Puffs last month at Big City Moms “Biggest Baby Shower” in Boston.  I had never heard of these delicious peanut butter puffs and was excited to taste them and to learn more about the interesting health and nut allergy information that goes along with them.

My first thought when tasting Cheeky Monkey was, these taste great!  The texture reminded me of a cheese curl and the taste was similar to peanut butter toast, which happens to be a favorite in my home.  So Cheeky Monkey definitely passed my taste test, and the individual packages make them an easy snack on the go, solving my busy mommy problem.

Best of all Cheeky Monkey is a healthy and nutritious snack!
100% Organic and Non GMO
Gluten-Free
No added sugar
Not fried
Contains plant based protein and healthy fats

Knowing all this along with the taste my kids love, has made Cheeky Monkey a go-to snack in my home. 

However the taste and convenience are not what makes Cheeky Monkey so unique. Cheeky Monkey was created to be the prefect “first peanut food” for babies.  
I remember years ago, being advised to stay away from peanuts when my children were infants.  However doctors are learning more and more about nut allergies and now studies are showing that 6 grams a week of peanut protein can reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy.

Now that we are learning that early introduction to peanuts can reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy, we need to find the safest food option for introducing peanuts into or babies diets.  Cheeky Monkey has done this by creating an snack that is easy to hold for self feeding and also melts in the mouth for safe eating.

Learn more about introducing peanut foods early on Cheeky Monkey’s website.  Also connect with them on Facebook.

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The Christmas Pickle Tradition!

We have started a new Christmas tradition.  The Christmas Pickle Tradition!  I am so excited about this, I am always looking for fun ways to make more memories during the holidays with kids and The Pickle Tradition does just that.
I had heard my family joke with my father about hiding a pickle at Christmas over the years , because he is German and I guess they had heard about a German version of this tradition.  However we never took part in it and I never understood how anyone would hide a pickle.  For some reason I was imagining an actual pickle and couldn’t comprehend making my house smell like dill pickles for Christmas day.  
Well the jokes on me, The Christmas Pickle Tradition set showed up on my doorstep and I am in love with this adorable tradition and so excited to be starting it with my children.  They are excited about the potential to win an extra gift.
Here is how The Christmas Pickle Tradition works:
Enclosed in the kit is;
Pickle Ornament
A Note from Santa Claus
Annual Pickle Finder Tracker
The Pickle Tradition Book
A Note From Santa,
Leave me the Pickle.  To hang on your tree. By the milk and cookies. Is where it should be. When the morning time comes. No sneaking, be smart! You must wait for your family. For the search to start. On the count of three. Little feet start to run.  The search for the pickle.  Has finally begun! The lucky child. Who spots it on the tree.  Will receive the first present. A gift just from me.
The book tells the story of one of Santa’s mischievous elves, Pickle, and how he learns about the magic of giving over the Christmas season.
The Christmas Pickle Tradition retails for $29.99 and is available at ChristmasPickleTradition.com 
This is such a fun set and the kids cant get enough of the book and hearing Pickle the elf’s story.  This will be our first year hiding the pickle and we cant wait to start this great tradition that will surely last for generations!

Awesome New Games to Put Under The Tree This Year!

Product samples were submitted for review, all opinions are my own.
I love buying games for the kids.  Whether I’m getting games for family game night, games they can play alone, or games that will keep them entertained together so that I can get some things done.  With electronics and the kids always wanting more screen time, buying them a game that makes them want to put down the device and work their brain while bonding with each other and me seems like a perfect gift.
This holiday season I have come across some fun new games that I am excited to be playing with my munchkins.  Take a look, these will be great additions under your tree too!
This is a very exciting game that is perfect for keeping the everyone laughing.  Just add some whipped cream onto the hand of the game unit and start turning the handles. It can go off at any time so each player turns the handle in suspense hoping their not the one to get hit in the face!
The Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt game is a seek and find literacy game that combines thinking skills and physical activity.  Children read the clues and solve the riddles to find the next location for the next clue.  This is a fun and educational game that keeps the kids thinking and moving.
A fun science kit that lets you conduct multiple colorful experiments by just adding milk.
A trivia game that helps you learn the flags of all the countries of the world plus different facts about each country.  Anthony loves this game and it really has helped teach him so much about the geography of the world.
A perfect travel game that can be played alone or against an opponent.  There are several different games that can be played using different rules and pressing the bubbles on the grid game board. 

Players roll the Beanie Boo’s die to move along the game board. Be the first player to collect all your cute character’s shapes to win the game.  A fun game that helps memorization skills while learning colors, numbers, and shapes.
Another easy travel game, players take turns pressing down mouses in a single row.  The player who presses down the last mouse loses. 

Linknotize is a card game that asks you to use a device to click your way between two unrelated topics until you connect them.  Roll the dice, select two topics, set the timer for three minutes, click through Wikipedia and get Linknotized!

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