Jul 302014
 

5 Tips to Help Children Organize Their Toys

If you’re like any other parent, you might be slightly annoyed with the number of toys lying on your floor at the moment. There are several things you can do to help kids learn how to organize their toys on their own with limited assistance from you. Check out these five tips to help your children organize their toys.

#1. Set a Timer

In case you forgot, kids aren’t born to sit and organize for hours. Set a timer and let the kids get busy. A timer is great because the kids know that once the timer goes off, they are good to go. Adults should even set timers for organizing and cleaning, it helps you stay focused on the task at hand.

#2. Color Coding

I think color coding a toy room is pure genius. For example: All cars go in the red tote, you can even put a red dot on the bottom of all of the cars to signify that the cars go in the red bin. You could even color code the toys to coincide with who it belongs to. Place all girl toys in a pink bin, all boy toys in a blue bin, and all gender neutral toys in a yellow bin. Continue reading »

Jul 292014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to visit the Adventure Center at Loon Mountain in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

While we were staying at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire a few weekends ago, one of the things we did was take a gondola ride up to the summit.  We’ve stayed at Loon numerous times over the years, but it wasn’t until we got a Super Adventure Pass for their Adventure Center that we actually went to the top of the mountain.

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There are a few things to do up on the summit of the mountain, including the Glacial Caves.  There you can crawl, squeeze and climb your way through the really old caves & boulders that date back to the ice age.  Seriously.

More than 12,000 years ago, the massive Laurentide Ice Sheet covered Loon Mountain in more than a mile of ice. When the ice melted, it left behind a whole bunch of ginormous boulders just below the summit.  Now-a-days you can explore the small caverns and passageways tucked into the that area because they’ve built a  wooden walkway throughout it. Continue reading »

Jul 282014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to visit the Adventure Center at Loon Mountain in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way** \

Do you think the White Mountains of New Hampshire are just for winter fun? Think again.  There are tons of things to do in the summertime and the Loon Mountain Adventure Center has a whole slew of great activities for you to do on  your summer getaway!  The best part is that you can customize your experience.

Want to do it all?  The Super Adventure Pass is the way to go, which includes everything Loon has to offer.  Check it out -

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Only want to do certatin attractions?  Check out the Loon Adventure Pass:

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If you only have a few hours to spend, the Base Camp Pass or Bunyan’s Bouncin’ Backyard Pass might be perfect for you: Continue reading »

Jul 272014
 

Haunted Boston

Haunted places from houses to building to cemeteries are a part of our culture. Being in a house and then finding out it is haunted can be a bit unnerving. Have you ever gone in search of haunted places when you are traveling? Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US and has no shortage of haunted places to check out. It doesn’t need to be Halloween to get your scare on. Check out these haunted Boston establishments and let me know if you experience any paranormal activity.

Fort Warren

Out on George’s Island at the entrance to the Boston Harbor is Fort Warren. This granite fort was built in the 1940s and housed the prisoners of war during the Civil War for the Confederate Soldiers. Even back then the island had a history of Union soldiers seeing shadows and they also complained about being watched. One woman, called the Lady in Black, was Mrs. Lanier whose husband was being held prisoner at the fort. She broke in to rescue him and during their escape attempt, her husband was shot accidentally from her own gun when a guard knocked the pistol from her hand. Mrs. Lanier was then hung and buried on George’s Island. She is seen quite often wandering the grounds in those same black robes she wore the night she tried to free her husband. Continue reading »

Jul 262014
 

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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 262014
 

**This post is brought to you by Beauty Encounter**

A brightened skin and freshly-scented garment can be done overnight so you don’t have to prepare much for the day. All you need to do is sleep soundly like Sleeping Beauty and you’ll get full beauty potential while your body works its magic at night time. Prepare your perfume spray, hair cream, nail balm and the rest of your beauty essentials before you take your beauty sleep.

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1. When you’re preparing your outfit the night before, spray some scent on a padded hanger. Hang your blouse and place it inside your closet. The scent from your cologne spray will seep through the fabric of your top. Another way you can do this is to put some drops of your perfume to your laundry when you’re about to put them in the dryer. The scent will last longer as compared to your usual spraying.

2. Frequent hand washing can dry up your nails. Before you go to bed, apply nail or cuticle balm on your nails and the surrounding skin area. Put on some gloves and when you wake up in the morning, you’ll notice your nails giving off that shine. Continue reading »

Jul 252014
 

25 Gluten Free Snacks

With so many people these days realizing that a lot of their health problems have to do with Celiac Disease or Gluten Allergies it is becoming more common to see Gluten Free listed on foods and in restaurant menus. Unfortunately, it still takes some work and understanding to come up with easy to snack on gluten free foods. Here is a great list of 25 Gluten Free Snacks for you to choose from to satisfy that need for something crunchy, savory or sweet without causing discomfort.

25 GLUTEN FREE SNACKS

Greek Yogurt: Pair with some granola or fresh fruit for a hearty snack or on it’s on for a boost of protein in your diet.

Fresh Fruit: Fresh fruit of any variety is always a healthy option. Bananas, apples and oranges are easiest to pack on the go and in lunch boxes.

Hard Boiled Egg: Hard boiled, deviled or scrambled with some fresh veggies they are great high protein no gluten snacks.

Hummus with Veggies: Make your own or grab ready made and serve with celery, carrots, cucumbers, snow peas, broccoli or cauliflower. Make sure to read labels because gluten sneaks into many processed foods without notice. Continue reading »

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!

2. Shop around Continue reading »

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.

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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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