Apr 192014
 

**Masshole Mommy received products at no charge in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Have you ever bought a package of underwear for your kids and when you actually touched the underwear it felt scratchy?  Ok, so it’s not just me – phew.  I always found that it was especially the case when I purchased character undies for my boys.  If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years of being a mom it’s that uncomfortable kids are cranky kids, so imagine how excited I was when I heard about Lucky & Me.  They are a line of children’s underwear that is made from a luxurious fabric that’s super-soft, smooth to the touch and free of harmful chemicals!  How awesome does that sound, right?

The amazing folks over at Lucky & Me sent over some things for my boys to try out and I couldn’t wait to see what they thought.  Each of them received their own Logan Boys’ Classic Tee Shirt (2-Pack) and one pair of Grayson Boys’ Boxer Briefs each.

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They were so excited about their new duds and put on their undershirts right away. Continue reading »

Apr 192014
 

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If you’ve ever had a newborn, then you are all too familiar with late night feedings and sleepless nights.  If you’re a mom – you likely took on the majority of those duties while your partner somehow managed to sleep through them.  In the thick of all those sleepless nights, did you ever wonder how your loved one managed to sleep like a log? Or did you think maybe he was just pretending?  If it’s the latter… you’re not alone.

According to the 2014 Chicco Late Night Feeding Survey, forty-four percent of parents suspect their partners have pretended to be asleep to avoid late night feedings.  The truth? More than one-third of dads surveyed (38%) admit they have actually done so, but only 28 percent of moms say the same.

To celebrate the launch of Chicco’s NaturalFit Advanced Feeding & Soothing System, which is designed to simplify bottle feeding for parents and their newborns, Chicco USA polled new moms and dads to get the inside scoop on what goes on during the wee hours of feeding-filled sleepless nights.

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Some additional findings from the survey include: Continue reading »

Apr 182014
 

Last year during the kids April vacation from school, we packed up and jetted off to San Diego for the week.  It was kind of a spur of the moment trip for us and by spur of the moment I mean the we only booked it about six weeks before we left.  I am a planner and for me, that was very last minute.  My sister in law, brother in law and adorable nephew live in San Diego, and since we don’t see them as much as we wish we did, we thought we’d go to them for a visit.

We left on a Friday and I surprised the kids, who knew nothing about the trip, by picking them up from school early.  Chris & I took them to lunch and told them that we were going to California.  They had never been to CA before, so to say they were excited was a total understatement.

I made the decision beforehand not to bring my laptop with me on the trip.  We had some major things planned for the week (Disney Land, the San Diego Zoo and Sea World to name a few), not to mention that I wanted to spend as much time with my in-laws as possible, so I figured I wouldn’t have much time to keep up with things on my end – hence my decision to leave my laptop home.

What I did was line up a bunch of guest posts for my blog before I left, so that way things wouldn’t go unattended for an entire week.  I got some great posts in and was really excited to share them with my readers.  The first two days, the posts went up without a hitch, but on the third day something horrible happened. Continue reading »

Apr 172014
 

The date was October 29,2001 and I was in Las Vegas on my honeymoon with my ex-husband when we made a spur of the moment decision to rent a car and go see the Grand Canyon.  It was something that we both had always wanted to see and we figured we had a perfectly good chance while we were out west, so why not? We asked around (remember that was way before smartphones existed) and were told it was anywhere between a four and five hour drive to get there.

We got Mapquested directions to the Grand Canyon from the concierge at the hotel we were staying at, picked up our rental car and we were off.

I have to be honest -it was a really boring ride.  We drove for nearly four hours with nothing to look at but “brown”.  If you’ve ever made the drive, you know exactly what I mean by that. There was a house every few miles or so or a random cactus, but other than that – there was nothing to see. Until suddenly, out of no where, we saw this:

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It was like one of those slow motion scenes out of a movie. My ex was driving, I was in the passenger seat and both of our heads almost completely turned around (think the Exorcist) to see it as we drove past. My ex and I looked at each other, he slammed on the breaks and drove back because we both knew we would regret it if we didn’t stop there. Continue reading »

Apr 162014
 

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Traditionally, Easter baskets are filled with candy treats like chocolate bunnies, jelly beans , Peeps and chocolate-marshmallow eggs.  Oh, and that Easter basket grass that gets everywhere and kills your vacuum cleaner.

If you are wanting to celebrate the arrival of the Easter Bunny sans the trip to the dentist, than there are plenty of options that are just as fun for the kids. If you have little boys like I do and aren’t sure what to put in their basket this year besides candy, here is a list of suggestions to get you inspired:

  • One of the easiest routes to go with is his interests. Does he love cars and trucks? How about a Hot Wheels themed Easter basket?
  • Lots of boys are enamored with creepy-crawly bugs, snakes and the like. If you have a bug-catcher on your hands, then why not fill his basket with a butterfly net, a container for specimens and a book all about insects that can help him identify the local neighborhood bugs? Throw some fun stickers in the basket and voila! Continue reading »
Apr 152014
 

Earlier this year, I told you how my husband, Chris, decided that he wanted to run for the Finance Committee in our little town.  The Finance Committee takes care of all matters involving the finances and financial procedures in town & since Chris is an accountant, he thought the Finance Committee would be a good way for him to get started in town politics.

If you missed it, you can read about his first step in the process here.  A couple of weeks ago, he took his second step in the process of running for the position when he participated in a public forum in which he got the opportunity to introduce himself to the voters and state why he’d be a good candidate for the job (you can watch a video of his speech here).

The week following his speech, he had a blurb written about him in the local town newspaper:

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Finally on April 5th, it was election day.  He and I both went to our local high school to cast our votes. Continue reading »

Apr 142014
 

**Masshole Mommy received products at no charge in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Putting toxic chemicals under your arms stinks! That’s why MightyNest, an internet retailer of extraordinarily high quality and safe products for your home and family, asked me to put non-toxic Pit Paste to the test. Find out why you should choose a natural deodorant, then take the pledge below. Your pits will thank you, and you could win a Happy Pit Pack from MightyNest!

Now you know — there’s a natural deodorant that not only works, it’s also completely safe for your body. So, pledge to green your pits and you could win a Happy Pit Kit from MightyNest. You’ll also have a chance to help your school celebrate Earth Day and win up to $1000 in the MightyNest for Schools Earth Day Challenge! Continue reading »

Apr 122014
 

**Masshole Mommy received a sample at no charge to help facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

I don’t like surprises.  Let me rephrase that, actually.  I love surprises when I don’t know they are coming, but it’s not cool when someone says to me “hey, I have a surprise for you, but I’m not telling you what it is”.  Ask my husband if you don’t believe me.

I was contacted by the folks at Blind Surprise a few weeks ago to ask if they could send me a “surprise” and after checking out their website, it looked like a surprise that I could handle.

What is Blind Surprise you ask?  It’s a monthly gifting service and they spend their time scouring the Internet from Etsy to Uncommon Goods to Quirky, and thousands of other sites to bring innovation to your doorstep. This isn’t the kind of stuff that you’ll find from Target; these are beautifully crafted products from talented expressionists.

Are you wondering what my surprise was?   Continue reading »

Apr 122014
 

**Masshole Mommy received a Walmart gift card in order to purchase the product used for this review and one gift card is being offered for giveaway. The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by Secret. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Whether it’s caused by a work deadline, chaotic day with the kids, or visit from the in-laws, stress stinks… literally! Out of the three causes of sweat—heat, activity, and stress—stress sweat has been proven to smell the worst.

Luckily, Secret® Clinical Strength has got you covered when stress strikes. Moisture activated, and formulated with odor-neutralizing ingredients that release a fresh scent, Secret Clinical Strength is proven to give you 4X* the protection against stress sweat. Visit www.nostresssweat.com for the scoop on stress sweat!

I wish I could say that I live a stress-free life, but the fact of the matter is – I am always running around like a chicken with my head cut off and it is stressful.  I am not usually one to sweat when I get stressed out, but I wanted to give Secret Clinical Strength a go to see how it held up on one of my most stressful days.  You know the day I am talking about – the one where I had to squeeze in soccer practice for one of my boys, karate class for the other one, two birthday parties and a family dinner.  All in one day!  Phew.

So, I headed over to my local Walmart to pick some up!  I grabbed the invisible solid!

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Apr 112014
 

**This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for their flushable cleansing cloths is all my own**

Today let’s talk about bums, shall we?

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Sometimes, my boys have issues when it comes to wiping their butts. There I said it.

And that got me to thinking.

I started to think back to when my boys  were babies and how magical baby wipes seemed when it came time to change their messy diapers.  There was nothing left behind and I would say that they cleaned up the mess pretty easily, right? And I think that a clean bum is pretty much all anyone can ask for in life.

That super cute little man pictured below is my six year old when he was a wee little one (about 20 months old) and those were definitely simpler times for him because I was the one doing all the wiping.  Now that he has to do it himself, well – let’s just say it’s an art that he still hasn’t mastered completely.

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I know I said to my husband on more than one occasion back in the day, that I didn’t understand why the littles got those awesome wipes and once we’re potty trained, it’s dry toilet paper for the rest of our lives. Continue reading »

Apr 102014
 

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Looking for a quick, healthy snack?  How about a pineapple smoothie?  They are easy to make and only take a few minutes to prepare.  Score.

Pineapple Smoothie Ingredients:

½ C. pineapple chunks

¼ C. ground rolled oats (I used my food processor for this and made a large batch a head of time)

½ C. skim milk (you could also substitute almond or coconut milk if you wish)

½ banana, cut into smaller pieces (you can also cut and freeze these a head of time)

1 container (approximately 5.3 oz.) plain Greek yogurt, any brand Continue reading »

Apr 092014
 

In case you didn’t know this, my husband Chris is a retired Air Force veteran.  He retired after having served for 20 years in October of 2013. It was suggested to Chris, by one of his brothers, that he write down his experience going from Air Force life into the “real” world.  And here is what he had to say:
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The transition from military life to civilian life after 20 years in the military can be a strange and weird experience for most military personnel.  Here are a few things that I learned  throughout my own personal process.

I joined the military right after high school and was in for 20 years as a Firefighter in the United States Air force.  Along the way I received my bachelor’s degree in Accounting and knew that I wanted to work in the business world when I got out of the military.  When I went from active duty to being a reservist, I went to work for a private software company as an Accountant.

With the military, you have be very sharply dressed at all times because your supervisors and coworkers will look you over every morning and you know when there will be a uniform inspection. If we were caught being poorly dressed, we were punished by having to do push-ups.  That was not so in my civilian job.  No one really cared what I wore and in fact, when I showed up wearing a shirt and tie  on my first day of work there,  I was told to lose the tie and wear a t-shirt the following day.  The culture of the software company where I worked was very laid back and their way of thinking was basically to let us wear what ever made us feel comfortable.  Of course, that was an easy adjustment to make.  Plus, it cut about 10 minutes from my morning ritual when I went from polishing my boots to just wearing sneakers every day. Continue reading »

Apr 082014
 

If there is one thing you can count on in Boston, it’s that the Big Apple Circus comes to town every spring.  The circus is set up right on City Hall Plaza under a big old tent. We’ve gone to the circus a few times in the past, but when I heard several of my blogger friends were giving away family four packs of tickets to the circus, I entered a few of their giveaways and wouldn’t you know – I won one of them.

My hubby, Chris, works in the Federal Building right next door to where the tent is set up, so he was kind enough to snap this picture of the view from above.

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Chris and I didn’t tell the boys in advance that we were going, so they were really happily surprised when they found out.  We’ve been seeing lots of commercials on tv for it and they asked to go every time one came on.  When we arrived, they were each given clown noses, which made their day. Continue reading »

Apr 072014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to see Blue Man Group in Boston in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in anyway**

Have you ever seen the Blue Man Group?  I recently had an opportunity to go see the show with my family and I don’t even think words can express how much we loved it.  I was super excited to take my family to see it.  I had seen the show three or four times in the past, but it was the first time seeing the show for my husband and boys.  Knowing them, I knew it was going to be a hit with all three of them and I was so happy that they all liked it even more than I thought they would.

Ok, so you’ve heard of Blue Man Group, but you’re not really sure what it’s all about, huh?  Well, it’s really hard to explain, so here’s what they say about the show on their website:

Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group’s shows have been described by critics as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining.” But the only way to truly understand Blue Man Group’s global popularity is to see the show for yourself.

The show is about an hour and 40 minutes with no intermission, and it flew by.  I was shocked when I looked at my watch and saw that the show was nearly over.  Blue Man Group is fast moving and highly entertaining.  We were not bored for a second.  Honestly, if you are looking for something different to do with your family, check out the show – it’s very family friendly and so much fun! Continue reading »

Apr 062014
 

It may have been 40 degrees out a couple of weekends ago, but to us, it was a great day to head to the zoo.  We have memberships to two local zoos and one of them is reciprocal with the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, MA, so we took a ride over there.  The zoo is only about 20 minutes from my house and it’s quite possibly the smallest zoo of all time, but they have a nice playground, so that kind of makes it worth going.

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Apr 052014
 

If you are a regular around here, you probably already know that my nine year old takes karate. My little man did it for about six months, but it’s just not his thing, so he’s on hiatus right now. My nine year old, though, found his calling and is thriving at the sport.

A couple of weeks ago he tested for his next belt: brown.

Here are a couple of action shots from the actual belt test, which was done in class.

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The students had to do their form correctly with power and enthusiasm to pass the test. My guy passed and here he is getting a stripe on his green belt to signify that he was advancing. Continue reading »

Apr 042014
 

I’m just going to come out and say it – I hate running.  With a passion.  I know some people love it and I want to love it – I really do, but I just can’t do it. The thing is, I know that running is a great workout and  I am going to need to run a timed mile in the very near future because of the martial arts training that I am currently going through (it’s part of the testing process).

Since I truly dislike running so much, I need something to help me get through my misery and music is that thing.

1.  Sound of Madness by Shinedown
2.  Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
3.  Bring the Action by Will.I.Am and Britney Spears
4.  Gold on the Ceiling by El Camino
5.  Everything Zen by Bush
6.  Berzerk by Eminem
7.  C’mon by Ke$ha
8.  Magic by B.o.B. Continue reading »

Apr 032014
 

Have you ever wondered what the going rate for a babysitter is?  I have.

Back in my day when I used to babysit, I think I cleared $3 or $4 and hour and if anyone offered me more than that – it was like I had hit the lottery.  I remember babysitting one New Years Eve for nice couple that had three kids under the age of five.   The kids were all asleep by the time I got there, so all I had to do was sit there and hang out with Dick Clark.  When they got home around 1 am (a little more than a little tipsy) and the mother handed me a $50 bill as my payment, I’m pretty sure I cried a few tears of joy.

When my kids were younger, I always had family (either my mother or my sister) babysit.  I mean, it doesn’t get much better than free, right?  But now my sister is married & living north of Boston with her new husband and mother is in failing health & can’t handle them like she used to, so I have been starting to explore my options.

I truly had no idea how much a sitter would cost these days, so I did a little crowdsourcing and polled some people on my Facebook page. Continue reading »