Jul 242014

10 Ways to Clean With Lemons

There are a ton of cleaning products on the market, and you’ll notice that many of them include lemon on their labels. There is a reason for this. Citrus fruit, particularly lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that disinfects, breaks down grime and smells amazing. The good news is that you can get all of the benefits of lemon as a cleanser without all the harsh, unsafe chemicals that come in store-bought cleaners. Coupled with another powerful and natural cleaner such as baking soda, lemon can get rid of soap scum, hard water and mold, as well.

Here are ten ways to clean with lemon:

1.  Clean and freshen your garbage disposal by cutting up a lemon, running the hot water and then running the disposal. Continue reading »

Jul 232014

No Fire Needed Frozen Smores #recipe

On those hot summer days, these frozen treats will cool you off and give you the cozy feeling of a campfire. You won’t need a fire to create this revamped smore. But, you will get that same velvety filling squished with chocolate between two sweet graham crackers for a delightful crunchy and creamy combo.

You will need to plan ahead. Prepping the night before is best and it sets you up for an easy dessert that is fun and delicious. It can also be a healthier alternative to those fire-free versions that replace marshmallows with frosting. Make room for a pan in your freezer and get ready to enjoy the praise for your ingenuity.

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Jul 222014

10 Perks of Being a Mom to All Boys

So you’re a mom to all boys? I’m sure you already know how awesome it is, but I want to share ten of the best perks of being a mom to all boys with you.

#1. No one to share with

As a mom of all boys, there is one major perk, you don’t have to share any of your girl items with your sons. Okay, maybe they will want to try on one or two girlie things from time to time, but for the most part everything is yours.

#2. Endless kisses

Of course any child will give you endless kisses, but there is a special bond between a mother and a son (or sons). Those kisses he gives you mean everything. Continue reading »

Jul 212014

6 Ways to Nix Sibling Fights This Summer

Has the bickering and fighting already started? If you don’t figure something out soon, you might not be able to keep your sanity this summer. Check out these ways you can nix the constant battling between the siblings.

#1. Getalong Shirt

You may have seen this “getalong” shirt floating around, but I’ve heard it actually works. When the kids start fighting, stick them in a huge shirt. This will make them find a way to get along or stay miserable for a long period of time. It might only take one or two times of being put in this shirt for them to get along.

#2. Summer Challenge

It can be hard to stress the importance of getting along as siblings. Natural fighting is going to occur, but you must put an end to summer bickering. You can do this by promoting a summer challenge in the family. This encourages no fighting, if you fight, you have to complete a task on the chore list. Moms have the power to make pretty long chore lists. Continue reading »

Jul 202014

DCF 1.0

Summertime is notoriously the worst time of year to book a flight. Prices skyrocket as more people travel, but you don’t have to just accept that. There are many ways you can save money on airfare this summer with a few tips from industry insiders and seasoned travelers.

1. Buy your tickets on Tuesday

Does this surprise you? Airlines, in general, offer sale fares on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. If you can hold off until then, you can get the best deal on your flight. But don’t just stop at one site!

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Jul 192014

There are many aesthetically pleasing items within a property that serve to accent any room. Curtains are great home accessories because they enhance home ambiance and boost functionality. Unfortunately, these drapes can also be a magnet for dust and dirt over time. This can eventually lead to a drab appearance and if anyone has allergies, the dust produced can be a nightmare on the respiratory system. Cleaning the said home accessories from time to time should be a household chore that is never overlooked. Thankfully, this can be accomplished in a handful of simple steps.

Vertical Vacuuming
Before endeavouring to tackle tougher stains, the surface dirt first needs to be removed. To accomplish this, use a vacuum with a hose-and-brush attachment. Beginning at the top (and using a stool if necessary), slowly stroke the curtains vertically. It is likely that you will note a great deal of debris has already been removed. When approaching the bottom of the drapes, make certain that they will not be sucked into the air intake of the hose.
Spot Cleaning
There can be times when specific areas of the said home accessories are dirtier than others. In this case, it is wise to treat the affected location with a reliable upholstery cleaner. These are normally types of spray-on foam. The solution should sit for fifteen minutes before it is wiped away with a warm, damp cloth.
Machine Washable?
You will also need to be aware of whether the drapes are able to be placed into a standard washing machine. Most reliable guides observe that sheer curtains are normally comprised of nylon, cotton or polyester. All of these fabrics can be washed (note any recommendations on the drapes themselves). However, more delicate materials such as silk will need to be cleaned by hand. Warm water and a mild detergent should be used (such as that which is designed for thin fabrics). After thoroughly cleaning the drapes, make certain that all of the soap is rinsed away. If it is not, they will appear stiff and even “blotchy”.
This entire process should take no more than an hour for most fabrics. The final result will be your investment that are as vibrant and appealing as the first day they were purchased.

**This is a guest post.  Opinions expressed here are not those of Masshole Mommy**

Jul 182014

7 Tips for Beating the Summer Heat

When the weather gets warm, everyone wants to be outside. Whether you are outside for your job or for fun, you may want to learn a few tips on how you can help beat the summer heat.

1. Wear clothes that are light colored and made of light fabrics. Dark colors absorb heat. Just by wearing darker colors, you could be raising your temperature several degrees before you even begin any activity. Choose lightweight fabrics that can breathe. Cotton is a great choice, as are synthetic breathable items like fitness wear that wick moisture away from the body. Continue reading »

Jul 172014

M&M Bug Cupcakes

Kids, bugs and…cupcakes?! Now that spring has finally come, bugs and creatures of all kinds are surfacing to enjoy the sun. (Including husbands who tend to disappear into the untamed jungle of the lawn for hours at a time.)

For some reason, children seem to find an amusing enjoyment out of eating something that looks creepy or gross. So, the demand for bug cupcakes has moms everywhere creating bugs out of candy and frosting.

These insanely easy edible insects will be a sweet treat that can please even those with a low threshold for creepy crawly tolerance.

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Jul 162014

Beach Essentials For Families

Now that the weather has warmed up, summer is in full swing and that means picnics, camping, cookouts and my personal favorite thing about summer - the beach! These are the activities that make it Summer, and make for great memories. Taking the kids to the beach can be so much fun, but if you aren’t properly prepared, it can end in sunburns and tears.

To get the most out of your day at the beach, and to keep everyone safe and happy, here is a comprehensive list of what you must have with you. Keep in mind that the list may vary depending on the ages of your children, but there are some things that will apply regardless of age:

  • Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. And hats. And protective clothing. Kid skin is delicate, especially if your children are fair-skinned. Come home from the beach with sea shells, and maybe some sand, but no sunburn!
  • More towels than you think you will need. Continue reading »
Jul 152014

**Masshole Mommy and her family received complimentary admission, parking, cabana and a locker rental during the day of our visit.  All opnions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Here in New England, we only get about three months of summer, so my family really tries to make the most of it.  One thing we do every single year is head to the water park.  This year, we decided to make the 90 minute ride up to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to spend the day at Water Country and I am so happy we did.


One of the nice things at Water Country is that they offer cabanas, so you can have your own personal space for the day.  We liked the idea of having a place to keep all of our stuff, so we happily set up shop in one of their Standard Cabanas, which was located right next to the Wave Pool. The cabanas at Water Country accommodate six people with a small table, 2 chairs and 2 Lounge chairs.  No worries if you have extra guests because you can fit up to 2 additional people ($10 per guest) in the cabana with you. Continue reading »

Jul 142014

5 Tips to Making Travel and Exercise Successful

If you love to exercise, but are about to travel, you may need some new tips. Making exercise and travel work at the same time is possible. Here are some tips:

#1. Park Further Away

You may not get a lot of chances to exercise while you’re on vacation, but you can make small choices that really add up. For example: parking further away from your destination and walking is one way. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is another. Of course, also making a conscious decision to watch what you’re eating during the day can also help limit the amount of extra stairs you need to climb.

#2. Walk Everywhere

Sometimes we have the tendency to think that we should be a little extra lazy on vacation. However, walking everywhere is truly one way you can make exercise and travel successful. You don’t have to feel guilty about the extra bites of food you took if you walk around town everywhere. Plus, when you walk around the beautiful city or location you’re visiting, you actually get to enjoy what’s going on around you. When you walk, you can take better pictures, smell the yummy smells, and get a better view. There may be an opportunity to hike wherever you’re vacationing. Don’t be afraid to do a quick search to see what hiking options you may have. Continue reading »

Jul 132014

Beach Vacation Tips -  What You Should Know About Sharks

Virtually every family will visit the beach for summer vacation at one time or another in their lives and few will do so without thinking of sharks. Thanks to movies like Jaws, sharks are now feared beyond all reason. While sharks are certainly dangerous in the wrong circumstances, the odds of a person being attacked by one is miniscule. Still, there are plenty of things you can do to mitigate the odds of being attacked. Here are some tips to give you confidence to go into the ocean without fear of sharks:

Know when to swim – Sharks are most active at dusk, dawn and night. This is when they ramp up their feeding behavior and start looking for food. If you swim during these times, you have a much larger chance of being mistaken for a food source. By the way, the shark does generally hunt people as a food source. If you are bitten, the vast majority of them time it was an accident or investigation. Sharks bite to see if something is edible. Continue reading »

Jul 122014

The Red Sox will host the 9th annual “Futures at Fenway” minor league game and screen the popular movie “Field of Dreams” at Fenway Park on Sunday, July 13

And guess what? For the second straight year, fans are welcome to bring their dogs to the ballpark for the game. A dog parade and “Best in Show” competition judging the best dog in the parade will precede the game.

Futures at Fenway

This year’s minor league game features Boston’s short-season Single-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners, who will make their sixth appearance at Futures at Fenway taking on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Continue reading »

Jul 112014

Usually when school lets out for the summer, I move the boys bedtime back a little and let them stay up a little bit later. I wish I could say that when they stay up later they sleep later in the mornings, but sadly that’s not the case.  At all.

Such is life.

With our extra time in the evenings, we find ourselves having lots more family movie nights.  It took a long time before the gruesome twosome would actually sit and watch an entire movie, but now that they will – I take full advantage of it.  We love to grab a snack, which is usually a bowl of our favorite cereal, curl up under a blanket and watch our movie.

That’s part of why I was so excited when I heard that I could get a free movie download when I purchased my favorite Big G cereals.  Yesterday, I curled up with my loves to watch Diary of a Wimpy Kid and of course, have a snack.  Because it’s no fun if there are no snacks involved, right?


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Jul 102014

*My family and I were invited to this attend WWE’s Money in the Bank live pay per view event and received tickets at no charge. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Back in March I chaperoned my youngest son’s class field trip to the aquarium.  On both the bus ride to the aquarium and the ride home, all the little boys talked about was wrestling.  John Cena this and Kane that.  It was really cute, but prior to that, I didn’t realize that my son knew anything about any of the WWE wrestlers.  When we got home that night I asked him about it and he sure schooled me.  He knew them all and talked my ear off for a good half hour about the WWE and mostly John Cena.

When my family received an invitation to attend the live pay-per-view (PPV) event, Money in the Bank on June 29, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, I knew it was going to be the highlight of my boys summer!

We arrived at the show about an hour before the event started and my boys were super excited when we got there and they saw the ring all set up!

WWE Money in the Bank PPV

At the beginning of the show, Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan made an appearance and gave the audience an update on his neck surgery recovery was going.  As soon as they announced his name, the crowd went insane.  They cheered him for a good couple of minutes and after everyone settled down, he told us that he didn’t know when he was going to return and that he actually might need to have another surgery. Continue reading »

Jul 092014

For some of you, this will be the fourth time you’re seeing this post and if that is the case – you should totally re-read it because it’s hilarious!  Why in the world would I be posting something for four years in a row you ask?  Because it’s my birthday and I feel like taking the day off.

So without further adeu…..

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…..

Seriously, though, today is a very special day in history. Wanna know why? Because today is my birthday. Now, of course, I’ll never tell you how old I am, but I have compiled a list of some celebs who share this awesome day with me.

Here we go….

Everyone’s favorite castaway, gay lawyer, astronaut and Bosom Buddy…. the mermaid lovin’ Tom Hanks, was born on July 9th 1956.

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Jul 082014

Recently, the boys and I headed over to Edaville USA in Carver, MA for the Grand Opening of the newest addition to the park, Dinoland!  In case you’ve never been, Edaville USA is a family fun amusement park located in South Carver, MA.  In addition to Dinoland, the park features train rides through picturesque cranberry bogs, vintage amusement rides, indoor and outdoor play spaces, and some newly acquired modern rides.

I grew up going to Edaville and was super excited that I was invited to attend the VIP grand opening of Dinoland!

Edaville Dinoland Collage 4

Dinoland offers children and adults a chance to travel through the wooded footpath and witness over 20 life-sized dinosaurs moving and roaring in an outdoor environment.

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Jul 072014

5 Ways to Keep Kids Learning this Summer

It’s summertime, doesn’t this mean poolside relaxation? All adults wish that was the case, but you need to keep your kids learning this summer. Here are five ways you can keep your kids learning, but still have a few moments to yourself by the pool.

#1. Computer

You’re not a bad mom or dad if you use the computer to teach your kids a few learning skills. There are awesome websites out there that simply teach our kids better than we can. Starfall.com and ABCMouse.com are great websites for preschoolers. Your school might even have a few recommendations for ideal learning websites. If you think a computer might be too much, just set a timer and only allow the child to use the computer for that amount of time.

#2. Adventure

Taking your children to see people, places, and things this summer is one way to keep them learning. There are plenty of free places to visit, so don’t fret about money. Exposing your child to different learning environments will help them greatly in the long run. Visit zoos, children’s museums, parks, libraries, and the occasional water park for optimal learning opportunities. Continue reading »

Jul 052014

**Masshole Mommy received two Budsies in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

A stuffed animal made from my boys drawings?


I had no idea such a thing existed until recently when I was approached by a company called Budsies and “told that they bring kids’ artwork to life”.  As soon as I heard that, I knew my boys would love to create a Budsie. The way the whole process works is really pretty simple. You have your child draw their Budsie (they can either draw their own or use one of the templates on the website), submit the drawing to www.budsies.com  and in about five weeks the kids hand-sewn, high quality, one of a kind stuffed animal will arrive at your doorstep!

Here are what my boys drew (the six year old’s followed by the nine year old’s):

Budsies Collage Pictures

They both literally asked me every day when their stuffed animals were coming and after about five weeks, their Budsies showed up in the mail.  They couldn’t rip open the box fast enough.   Continue reading »

Jul 042014

DIY Patriotic Star Bunting Banner

Are you having a cookout today for the 4th and in need of a few last minute decorations.  This quick craft is super easy, inexpensive and will liven up any 4th of July party!

Patriotic Star Bunting/Banner Craft Materials:

*1 24 ct. package of Patriotic cupcake liners. I found mine at Dollar Tree for only $1.00 each.

*1 roll of twine

*single paper punch

*scissors Continue reading »