Sep 162014
 

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Recently I was invited to The Paint Bar on Newbury Street in Boston, along with several other Boston area bloggers, to check out Hasbro’s new art experience: DohVinci.

Dohvinci Paint Bar Event

But what is DohVinci you ask? DohVinci, an entirely new art experience from the makers of Play-Doh, just launched and is an enjoyable and unique creative experience for kids and adults of all ages! Since the design compound sticks to other surfaces such as wood, glass, duct tape, and paper – the creative possibilities are endless!

We were given the chance to decorate some household items with DohVinci (chalkboards, picture frames and jewelry boxes).   Continue reading »

Aug 102014
 

**Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op**

Sometimes I feel like breakfast is a struggle in my house.  It seems like everyone has different tastes and combine that with my little picky eater – forget about it.  There is one thing that everyone agrees on, though, and that’s oatmeal. We are really big on oatmeal in our house.  That’s why I was pretty psyched when we got to try out the new Nature Valley Bistro Cups where I would be able to make the oatmeal with my Keurig instead of with the microwave.

Introducing New Nature Valley Bistro Cups #BistroCups #PlatefullCoOp

Available in two delicious flavors – Apple Cinnamon Almond or Brown Sugar Pecan — Nature Valley Bistro Cups are not only a smarter breakfast option for you and your family, but also easy to prepare!

Simply pop the Bistro Cup into your Keurig, pour the 100% Natural Whole Grain Oats and Fruit & Nuts pouch into a mug, brew, stir, and enjoy! Continue reading »

Jul 262014
 

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to #190, Alissa
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This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

I recently had the opportunity to take part in a Febreze Noseblind Movie Night Event in which I invited three of my besties over for a movie night. We ended up watching Bridesmaids (this is at least the 4th time we’ve watched this movie together) and eating a ton of popcorn.

Before we started the movie, we were supplied with a link to take a quick survey, which was the noseblind test. After the surveys were completed, I made the popcorn and then we all had to complete another quick survey.  After the movie, popcorn and about a million laughs, it was time for the final survey of the night.

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I think we all thought that the noseblind test was pretty interesting. We all agreed that when that when the girls arrived, they could smell the meatballs I had made for our family dinner that night, but after I popped the  popcorn, that smell completely took over. By the end of the night, all we could smell were the Febreze products that I had set up in the house (mainly the plugin). 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?

Yes!

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):

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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 »

Apr 262014
 

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to # 320, Amy!
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**Masshole Mommy received one gift card from Wayfair.com in order this review and one is being offered for giveaway. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Sometimes I get frustrated when I look at certain areas of my house because I feel like they are just so plain and boring.  This is one of them:

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Yup, that is my dining room.  It’s attached to my kitchen and combined, those two room are the main hub of my house.  I look at the plain old table every single day and I have been saying for years that it was in some serious need of help.

I bought my house in 2002 and these are the things that I purchased to “decorate” my table way back when I moved in: Continue reading »

Apr 192014
 

This contest has now ended! Congratulations to #26, Alissa!!
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**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 142014
 

This contest has now ended! Congratulations to #215, Pam!
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**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
 

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to #115, tcarolinep!
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**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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Mar 282014
 

Disclosure: I was provided product samples to help facilitate this post. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way. 

When I was a child getting Peeps inside my Easter basket was pretty much the highlight of my spring.  I am a huge fan of Peeps and back then, Peeps were only available at Easter time.  Thankfully these days Peeps are available year round for many different occasions, so I can get my fix whenever I want to, but back then my mother would load up my basket so that I was stocked up for a while.

My friends at Peeps sent recently sent be a big box full of goodies and asked me to whip up something yummy with them.  Challenge accepted.

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I knew exactly what I wanted to make with all those Peeps, but first thing was first, though. The boys had to do a little taste testing. Continue reading »

Mar 082014
 

Disclosure: I was provided product samples to help facilitate this post. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way. The Children’s Advil® product and information have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

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Cold and flu season is in full swing right now.  Although winter is (hopefully) winding down, the cold weather here in New England means colds, coughs, and fevers. I am probably jinxing myself, but we’ve had a relatively quiet winter as far as sickness goes in our house (some years are definitely worse than others). With that being said, though, I am pretty sure it’s impossible to go for an entire winter season around these parts without getting a cold. We’ve definitely had a few cases of the sniffles, but thankfully that’s it. As a mom I’m thankful for Children’s Advil. It is my go to medicine – especially when my boys have fevers. In my experience, it has always brought the fever down quickly and just one dose provides effective relief for up to 8 hours.

According to the folks from Children’s Advil, “there is nothing among OTC brands that relieves a fever faster or keeps it down longer (up to 8-hours of relief) than Children’s Advil. The medicine in Children’s Advil is the #1 pediatrician-recommended fever reducer and pain reliever”.

Children’s Advil® is available in great tasting Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. It is also available in convenient Grape Chewables and an easy-to-swallow small tablet. Infants’ Advil Drops® are available in dye-free white grape. Continue reading »

Feb 152014
 

**I was sent a copy of The Jungle Book at no charge in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged and all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

On February 11th, Disney released one of their classics for the first time in high definition with new breathtaking picture and sound restorations: The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition.

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For the first time ever on Blu-ray with glorious digital high definition, Disney’s Jumpin’ Jungle Classic has never looked so lush or sounded so good. This set includes all of the beloved characters and swinging music but now also has new behind-the-scenes bonus features as well.

Viewers can meet the most unforgettable characters and embark on a thrilling adventure with Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns “The Bare Necessities” of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear. They’ll also meet Bagheera, the wise old panther, and crazy King Louie, the orangutan… but watch out for the cunning tiger Shere Khan and Kaa, the ssssneakiest snake in the jungle!

Can’t get enough of The Jungle Book?  Click here for even more activities, crafts and games : Continue reading »

Feb 082014
 

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to #62, mrsshukra!
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**Masshole Mommy received a JORD Wood Watch for this review and one is being offered for giveaway. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Have you ever heard of a wood watch?  Until very recently, I hadn’t either, but admittedly I was intrigued. The folks at JORD Watches have stepped away from the traditional metal and rubber watches and have designed wood watches that bring people back to the beauty of nature with their unique time pieces.

I was very curious how a wood watch would look and feel compared to the type of watch that I normally wear and I was very excited when I was sent a JORD wood watch so that I could see for myself.  I was very pleasantly surprised at how lightweight, smooth and classy looking the Fieldcrest series wood watch, (which is for both men and women) was.

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I have a little bit of a watch obsession (I have over a dozen of them), so I was absolutely thrilled when I got this watch…..until my husband, who normally isn’t a big watch wearer, got his hands on it.  Since then, it’s been permanently planted on his wrist.  So much for that, huh?  I guess I need to go buy another one for myself.  JORD Wood Watches are definitely conversation pieces. Continue reading »

Jan 252014
 

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to #91, mrsshukra!
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**I received a Vicks humidifier and Braun thermometer for review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

It’s Cold and Flu season and the dreaded cold bug has hit our house hard this winter and Vicks & Braun have some great products to help keep everyone in the house feeling better this year. I received the Braun Forehead Thermometer and the Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier to review & with little sickies in the house, these things couldn’t have come at a better time!

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The Braun Forehead Thermometer features: Continue reading »

Dec 142013
 

**I was sent a copy of this movie at no charge in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged and all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

THE LONE RANGER

On Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, and On-Demand December 17, 2013

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Time is Ticking, the Tension is High,
and the Ultimate Showdown Between Good and Evil is About to Explode!

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 Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in The Lone Ranger, from Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Director Gore Verbinski. It’s a wild ride of high velocity action, explosions and gunfights that brings the famed masked legend to life through brand-new eyes. The Lone Ranger (Hammer), the last of his kind, teams with Tonto (Depp), a dark and mysterious vigilante, to seek vengeance after justice has failed them. It’s a runaway train of epic surprises, as these two unlikely heroes must learn to work together before the ultimate showdown between good and evil explodes. Continue reading »

Dec 142013
 

**I was sent a copy of Mary Poppins at no charge in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged and all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

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Releasing from the Disney Vault in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, creative visionary Walt Disney’s classic shines for the first time on Blu-ray. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in her Academy-Award winning role, and featuring iconic toe-tapping songs including “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Mary Poppins is a movie experience your family will enjoy again and again. An all-new digital restoration adds even more magic – helping bring the award-winning songs and amazing picture to life like never before. Share the music; share the magic; share the joy of Mary Poppins this holiday on Blu-ray Combo Pack & HD Digital December 10. Continue reading »

Dec 132013
 

This contest has now ended.  Congratulations to #49 D SCHMIDT
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*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a thank me for my participation*

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Anyone that knows me, knows what a coffee junkie I am.  Whenever I go out, a pit stop at my local coffee shop is almost a guarantee.  The thing is, I end up spending SO much money on coffees & lattes.   I just knew that there had to be a way to create coffee-house quality beverages without the cost or mess from the convenience of your own home.  Guess what?  There is.  The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto is the only machine that truly delivers delicious, coffee house quality creations every time with patented smart capsule technology delivering up to 15 bars of professional pressure and espresso technology.

I had the pleasure of trying out a NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto for myself.  The thought of never having to leave my house for a cappuccino or flavored coffee was very appealing to me, so I couldn’t wait to open it when it arrived last week. Continue reading »

Dec 112013
 

**Disclosure: As a member of USFamilyGuide, I was given a family four pack of tickets to attend this event, in exchange for promoting on my site and writing up an honest follow up review post. All views shared are mine and were not influenced in any way**

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“This holiday season, fall in love with the heartwarming tale of Janice, a little girl who looks forward to riding the Train to Christmas Town every year with her brother and Grandmother. This year is a little different though, as readers of the story already know. Accompanied by a bag full of surprises, woodland friends and jolly elves, Janice relives happy memories as she rides the train to Christmas Town once again”.

My family and I took a ride on the Train to Christmas Town from the Cape Cod Central Railroad a couple of weekends ago and I wanted to tell you a little bit about our experience.

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Nov 162013
 

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this movie in exchange for this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

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The world of Cars takes flight in Planes, Disney’s high-flying animated comedy revved up with action and adventure.  Join Dusty, a crop duster with sky-high dreams and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world’s fastest flyers in the greatest air race ever. Dusty has a huge heart but two big problems…he’s not exactly built for speed, plus he’s afraid of heights.  His courage is put to the ultimate test as this unlikely hero aims higher than he ever imagined. With a little help from his friends, Dusty finds the courage to be more than he was built for—and the inspiration to soar. Continue reading »

Oct 262013
 

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this movie in exchange for this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

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This Fall, Disney•Pixar celebrates homecoming with the release of Monsters University on Digital HD and Digital HD 3D on October 8, 2013, followed by the 4-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, 3-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on October 29, 2013.

After scaring up big laughs in theaters, the in-home release of “Monsters University” opens its doors to the movie in stunning high definition Blu-ray, and provides hours of all-new bonus material, in-depth behind the scenes features, deleted scenes, the animated theatrical short “The Blue Umbrella” and much more. Directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”), and written by Dan Scanlon and Robert Baird & Dan Gerson (“Monsters, Inc.”), “Monsters University” marks Pixar’s 14th consecutive film to debut at number one at the box office.
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