Jun 212016
 

Hello Hello!! So today this sums up the day :

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Rain, Rain, and more rain……. And I have 2 kids saying I am bored and 2 dogs that refuse to go outside…….. So to entertain the kids at least I decided to make some home made playdoh.

Here is the recipe I finally decided on:

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Jun 202016
 

How to Save Money on Theme Park Souvenirs

If you have ever been to a theme park, you know that there are very few ways to do it super frugally. The food can cost a lot, getting in the gate can be ridiculous and then, of course, there are all the things kids (and adults) will want from all the gift shops. If you don’t want to spend far out of your budget on these items, here are some tips on how to save money on souvenirs at theme parks.

How to Save Money on Souvenirs at Theme Parks

Look for discounts at area grocery stores. Many times, you will find discount tickets for getting in the gate, but you can also find park “bucks” (some parks offer them) to use in the park with tickets as a package that you can use to buy your souvenirs.

Buy souvenirs before you go to the park. If you are heading to a place like Disney World, you can buy all kinds of merchandise that could be souvenirs if you buy them right before you go to the park. Buy fun T­-shirts to wear to the park to help stave off the ‘I wants’ when you come across them in stores and gift shops. Continue reading »

Jun 202016
 

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5 ways to workout at the beach

I have been really trying to help my family live a healthier lifestyle lately. We have been eating better and getting more exercise and honestly it feels great. I have started working out a few times a week and we also do things together as a family, like hiking and bike riding. It’s been a wonderful way for my family to spend some quality time together. I have been really making an effort to be more active and it’s become something that I enjoy and look forward to. This weekend I had some free time and I decided what better way to enjoy the nice weather than doing my workout on the beach.

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So picture this – me on the beach in a bikini with perfect hair and makeup, working out while looking flawless and barely breaking a sweat. Okay, okay, you got me – I really did go to the beach to work out but I definitely wasn’t looking like a supermodel in the process, haha. I did get in a nice workout though and it felt amazing to be out in the sun with such a beautiful view of the water. Continue reading »

Jun 202016
 

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This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

When my boys were babies, Pampers were my diaper of choice. Pampers diapers provided overnight protection that helped them get a good nights sleep, which is important so they can achieve their dreams! Pampers knows that the big dreams of babies start with a good night’s sleep, which is why they’ve created products designed to help little ones sleep comfortably by offering overnight protection.

When the baby gets a good night’s sleep, so do mommy and daddy!  When everyone sleeps well, they wake up well rested and ready to conquer their dreams.

Pampers is thrilled to partner with swimmer Dana Vollmer, for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which is her first Olympic Games since giving birth to her son, Arlen, this past March.

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The love, support and encouragement from her family are what led Dana back to the pool. Her journey to Rio is one that she will share with them, and her goal of winning gold at this year’s Olympic Games is not just her dream – it’s her family’s dream. Continue reading »

Jun 192016
 

Getting An ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) Diagnosis

My youngest son, who is going on nine in August is the sweetest little boy I know. He is thoughtful, caring, considerate, polite, adaptable, shrewd, kind and absolutely hilarious. He is definitely one of a kind and frankly, he has so many endearing qualities that I could never possibly list them all.

In case you missed it, his birthday is in August. In the town we live in the cutoff for the school year is September 1st meaning that if you are born by August 31st, you are eligible to start school at age 5, but if your birthday falls after the cutoff, you have to wait a year. Kids born on say September 2nd (and after, of course) end up turning six while they are in kindergarten while my son was barely five when he started and didn’t turn six until right before he started first grade. He’s been the youngest in his class since he started kindergarten, but my other son – who also has an August birthday- did just fine going to kindergarten so young.

Sadly, it was a completely different story for my little guy.

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Before I tell you about what’s going on with school, I want you to know that my son went to preschool for two years prior to starting kindergarten and even though I saw signs that led me to think he might not be ready for kindergarten yet, his preschool teacher insisted he’s do just fine. I should have went with my gut. Continue reading »

Jun 142016
 

Homemade Aloe Ice Cubes For Soothing Sunburn Relief

If you’ve ever gotten a sunburn, you know that they are really painful.  I’ve had my fair share of sunburns over the years, some worse than others, and they are no fun. And once you get a sunburn there is no way to cure it. Once the damage is done, it’s done.

Using aloe vera for sunburn relief is easy and popular home remedy to soothe some of the pain associated with the burn.

Aloe vera gel contains salicylic acid (which is also found in aspirin) which helps to relieve the pain and reduce swelling.  It also contains polysaccharides, which promote cell rejuvenation, vitamin E, which helps moisturize your skin and my favorite benefit of using Aloe vera gel is that it’s antibacterial, so it helps to keep you burned skin from getting infected.

If you’ve ever tried using Aloe gel on a sunburn you probably noticed the cooling sensation you got when you first put it on the burn. You can take that instant comfort to the next level by freezing some Aloe gel in ice cube trays.  It will help to numb the pain while the aloe does its magic.

Here’s What You Need to make your aloe ice cubes:

  • Aloe Vera gel
  • silicone star mold
  • Freezer

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Here’s What You Do:

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Jun 132016
 

Why It's Important To Keep Up A Routine During The Summer

School is finally out for summer and it’s time for some fun in the sun! The end of the school year brings a welcome relief and well needed break from waking up at the crack of dawn, doing homework and early bedtimes – not only for the kids but for the parents as well. I mean, let’s face it, by the time summer vacation begins I am ready to break out a bottle of wine and celebrate, I can only imagine how great my boys feel when the last day of school is finally here.

So, I completely understand the temptation to let the whole school year routine take a backseat to having a super fun summer. You may consider forgetting bedtimes, chores, curfews and the regular rules of the household and let the kids just be kids and enjoy their summer. You may even think this is a pretty good idea; after all, the routine will always be there when you’re ready to go back to it, right? Now, the routine may still be there, but your sanity as well as the sanity of your children may not be there at that point. That’s why it’s so important to keep up a routine during the summer months.

Like I said earlier, we all need a break. Parents and children deserve to have a break and enjoy their time while they take that break, so I am not saying that you have to stick to the same routine that you follow during the school year. It’s okay to to keep the rules in place and modify them a bit. This allows you to keep the structure that you work so hard on while school is in session while still cutting you all some slack and taking time to experience the joy of a carefree summer. With some of these simple changes to your normal routine you can make it happen easier than you think. Continue reading »

Jun 122016
 

NYC Subway Yay or Nay

There are pros and cons to every form of transportation in a busy city. This is especially amplified in a huge and bustling city like New York City. In New York City the most popular choice is often the NYC Subway system. It is an interesting facet of the way the city functions and above all else it is part of what keeps the city running! As a tourist attraction it can be a complex subject. Use this guide to the NYC Subway to decide for yourself if it is a Yay or a Nay.

I think it’s always best to end on a high note so let’s cover the downsides first…

  • Remember you are in a city…a hugely populated city that never seems to stop moving. The subway is always busy and from a tourist standpoint this can be extremely overwhelming especially with kids.
  • Again, hugely busy and full of all kinds of travelers…the subway is going to be dirty and often it is clouded by the elements. Because it is underground it is semi protected but it is hot in the summer and cold in the winter.
  • The underground location and the natural (and unnatural) dirt attract a variety of furry critters. Don’t be surprised if you see mice, rats, and other rodents.
  • Because the NYC Subway system is such a large part of how people who live in the city get around you should expect it to be busy and crowded. That being said, not everyone shares you sense of hygiene or manners. Touch things and then sanitize or keep your hands to yourself!
  • The trains run underground for the most part so you shouldn’t plan to be able to work on emails, text messages, etc. Cell service can be intermittent at best.
  • Like all forms of transportation that run on a schedule you can miss trains, or be late because the train is running behind…plan ahead.

Don’t let that list overwhelm you! There are some really cool points about the NYC Subway system and some great pros to taking a ride! Continue reading »

Jun 122016
 

Easy Kids Snack Red White and Blue Sour Skewers

Every year we host a huge cookout on July 4th.  Ok, maybe huge is a bit of an exaggeration, but each year we normally have between 20-30 people at our house for some great food, even better company and maybe a sparkler or two.  As the years have passed, families have grown and what used to be 4 or 5 kids at the cookout every year is now fifteen plus.  The more the merrier and being the people pleaser that I am, I tend to go a little overboard with the food.  Being the mom of a picky eater has really opened my eyes when it comes to feeding the kiddos, and the way I figure is if the kids are happy (and their tummies are full) – everyone is happy!  Am I right?

The best part of any cookout is the desserts. Fact.  Dessert is my favorite part of any meal and I make sure to make a few extra special things just for the kids.   Every kid that I have ever met loves these Red White and Blue Sour Skewers – and guess what?  They couldn’t be easier to make, which makes them a perfect kid-friendly dessert to serve at your July 4th cookout, too!

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Here’s what you need:

  • Blue Sour Patch Kids
  • Watermelon
  • Regular Size Marshmallows
  • Food Picks (we got ours from the dollar store)

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Jun 072016
 

So lets talk laundry detergent… I don’t know about your house, but in ours we ALL have sensitive skin. Trying to find a laundry detergent that all of our skin agreed with was very painful to say the least. It can not have any scents or dyes added to it. No parabens or sulfates…. It is a headache to stand in an aisle and read label after label so I decided to make my own.

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I started my research and asked some friends locally who made their own and what they liked. Right away I knew I did not want to mess with the liquid form. Seemed like a lot more work than I wanted to do. So powder it was. Now which of the thousands of recipes did I want to try.

My first recipe contained the Fels Naptha soap in it (picture below). With that recipe you had to shred the bar of soap into your laundry detergent….. So I grabbed the cheese grader…. And lost half of my knuckles I swear. This is a very tough hard bar of soap. But success, between me and my hubby we got 2 of them shredded. Mixed up the recipe and fail. The fels naptha did not dissolve in the water. Instead it stuck to the clothing and I had to run an extra rinse to get it all out. NOPE!! Back to the drawing board. Continue reading »

Jun 072016
 

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Cheddar Stuffed Burger Bombs

We just love race day in our house.  It’s something that we’ve done as a family since the boys were little and plus it’s an awesome way to get the whole family together for something we all enjoy.  But let’s face it, what’s game day without a great snack?

My family is excessively carnivorous –  they want meat in great quantities.  Maybe it’s because they are all males – who knows? Meatloaf is often on our menu rotation, but we wanted to try something a little different.  In our house, we try to eat healthier most of the time, but some nights I like to treat them with what they really want – generous portions of red meat! The other thing my family can’t get enough of? Cheese! We put it in nearly everything so it was only natural that I pair these two for an awesome race day snack.

Here’s What You Need

  • 1 ½ lbs. ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. dried onion flakes
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1- ½ cups grated cheddar cheese

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Jun 062016
 

7 lawn mower safety tips

There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of a lawn mower and the smell of fresh cut grass, but did you know that thousands are injured each year as a result of mowing their lawn? While lawn mowers give us gorgeous yards, they can also pose many dangers which is why it is always important to practice safety around them. If you are unsure about where to begin, take a look below at 7 lawn mower safety tips that can keep your lawn looking great while keeping you safe at the same time.

1. Service the mower at the start of each season.
Before you mow for the first time of the season, take your mower in to be serviced. Most hardware stores offer this service, and it is a great way to make sure your mower is functioning correctly. The specialist will inspect it and fix any issues that could pose a hazard, helping run not only at its best but safely.

2. Never remove the hazard and warning stickers.
You might like the clean look of a shiny new mower, but keep the warning stickers in place. These serve as important visual reminders of where the blades are and where other hazards are. They can also serve as warnings to children or anyone borrowing your mower. Continue reading »

Jun 052016
 

beach scavenger hunt printable

If you know me in real life, you probably already know that I love the beach. LOVE it. It’s one of my two happy places (the other one is Disney). I always try to make the most of summers here in New England and spend as much time as possible at the beach. I live right off of Cape Cod, but I’m normally found down at First Beach in Newport.  Frankly I don’t get the appeal of the cape and don’t go over the bridge all that often during the summer because it’s too crowded. I get a season parking pass for First Beach year after year and you can usually find me down there several times a week between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

My family got in our first beach day of the year over Memorial Day weekend and we seriously could not have been happier.

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Sadly, the boys don’t love the beach as much as their mom does, so often times they get bored after a few hours. Continue reading »

Jun 012016
 

I don’t know about you, but I have been known to have some pretty epic Netflix binge watching marathons.  My kids are off with their dad most Saturdays and there have been times that I have literally sat on my couch from the time I woke up until bedtime just watching entire seasons of shows on Netflix.  Seriously.

If I am going to veg out all day, I may as well do it right and binge watch shows on Netflix, right?

Sometimes I like to check out shows that I missed the first time around, sometimes I watch some of the Netflix original series and sometimes I just like to rewatch some of my favorites. Here’s what I have been binging on as of late (in no particular order).

Supernatural

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Raised by their dad to fight supernatural forces, grown siblings Dean and Sam crisscross the country in their 1967 Chevy Impala, investigating paranormal activity and picking fights with deadly demons, ghosts and monsters.

I watch this one when it’s on regular tv, but I thought it would be fun to go back and rewatch the series from the beginning – and it was.  I love me some Sam & Dean and if you think this show might not be your thing I dare you to give it a try.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Continue reading »

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May 312016
 

Hello Masshole Mommy fans!!!!! My name is Brandi and I am a new blogger that will be submitting some things from time to time. I wanted to give you an introduction to myself so you could get to know me and my crazy life 🙂

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This is my crazy family!! I am a stay at home mom to the 3 beautiful kids you see above. Ronnie is my husband of 4 years this July. He is in the Military. Next is Hailey my step daughter she is 10, next is Colton, our son, who is 3, and last is Bailey, my daughter from a precious marriage, she is 7. We also have 2 dogs, a cat, a fish, and 6 snails…. Yes you read that correct 6 snails… My sons favorite movie at the time….. Turbo… So while gardening he found “Turbos.” He collected them in a cup and set on my counter. Mommy thought they were just empty shells, next thing I knew we had snails on the counter. So what does any good mommy do for their boy… Get a tank, dirt, food and raise snails. Continue reading »

May 302016
 

The Great Escape Room Providence

If you are a regular around here, you already know that I am always on the go & I am always on the hunt for new ways to keep my family – especially the boys, entertained.  Recently the four of us had a chance to check out The Great Escape Room in Providence, RI and not to give too much away right off the bat, we LOVED it.

You’ve probably noticed that escape rooms seem to be popping up more and more & I have been curious for a while now to check one out to see what all the buzz is about. I have never done anything like this before, so I honestly had no idea what to expect. Let me just say that our experience at the Great Escape Room far exceeded my expectations.

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Here’s a little background: “The Great Escape Room is a real-life room escape game based on the popular computer and mobile phone escape games. Escape games are the newest craze sweeping the nation – a fun, team-building, brain-busting experience! After entering a room with your team, the door is locked behind you. 60 minutes are on the clock! You must work together in order to find clues and solve puzzles that will lead you to your escape. It is part scavenger hunt and part puzzle game. Only about 20% of groups are able to meet the challenge and escape in time!” Continue reading »

May 302016
 

Watermelon Ice Pops Recipe

Today is Memorial Day here in the states and we all know that means it’s the unofficial first day of summer!  If you are like me, you’ve been waiting for this day since last summer. Since we only have about three months of warm weather here in New England, I make it my mission to get outside as much as possible while the warm weather is here.  The majority of my time is spent at the beach over the summer, but when I am not there you will find me outside on my deck or back yard.

What’s more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice pop?  I dare say nothing.  These Watermelon Ice Pops are sure to cool you off on the hottest of days this summer – oh and they taste GREAT.

Here’s what you need to make your Watermelon Ice Pops:

  • 3 Pink and 2 green Fla-Vor-Ice pops
  • 1/4 Cup chocolate chips
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Popsicle mold

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Here’s what you do:

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May 292016
 

I have been a New Kids on the Block fan since the beginning. I remember going to see them in concert at the old Foxboro Stadium (before they tore it down and built Gillette Stadium) as a teenager and it was one of my fondest memories of my teen years. The walls of my bedroom were covered in Donnie posters, because he’s the cute one after all, and you could definitely say that I had a mild obsession with the band.

Fast forward to today. The New Kids are just as popular today as they were back then – if not more so. Since they got back together and started touring, I’ve seen them live a few times and I can honestly say they’ve all gotten better with age.

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If you’re a die-hard Blockhead, you know that every year they do a tropical cruise with their fans. It’s the vacation of a lifetime for a true fan and last year the reality show “Rock This Boat” on Pop TV followed along with the adventures that took place on the cruise. The 2nd Season of Rock This Boat is premiering this week. I’ve gotten a sneak peek at the new season and I think you’re going to like it. Continue reading »

May 232016
 

Now that summer is in full swing here in New England, it’s a great time to head out and explore all that western Massachusetts has to offer.  Boasting a wide variety of attractions for every member of the family, western Massachusetts is the place to be. Although we’re been to the western part of our state many times over the years, my family recently spent a fantastic weekend in western Mass.  While we were there, we stayed at the Holiday Inn in Enfield, CT.

When you book a stay at The Holiday Inn Springfield/Enfield, you will get a chance to experience the comfort and charm of all that New England has to offer.  The hotel is only a short drive from Bradley International Airport and Enfield is centrally located between Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT, (right off I-91) which makes this hotel a great choice for travelers.  There’s plenty of free parking, too!

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In addition to a fitness center, indoor/outdoor pools, and on-site recreational activities that include tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, The Holiday Inn Springfield/Enfield offers an airport shuttle to nearby Bradley International for their guests. Continue reading »

May 232016
 

Marshmallow Boo Boo Ice Pack

I am a boy mom and while they are not so little anymore (le sigh), boys are naturally prone to all sorts of cuts, scrapes and bruises. They love playing outside all summer long, so we definitely see our fair share of boo boos.  I have to bust out an ice pack at least once a day every day from the day they get out of school in June until they go back to school in September.  I’m not exaggerating at all.

The thing about ice packs is that they can be messy.  They drip everywhere once they start to melt and if one of the kids hurts someplace like their knee or elbow, ice packs aren’t flexible so they don’t really work well for jointed areas.  Well, here’s an awesome summer hack for you.  Make a cold pack out of marshmallows!  Yes, I said marshmallows.  Marshmallows get cold, but won’t be hard so they can mold to the body. Plus they are way more fun for the kids.

It only takes a few minutes to make and trust me, it will make the kids forget all about their boo boos in no time.

Here’s what you need:

  • Ziploc bag
  • 1 1/2 -2 cups of mini marshmallows (will depend on the size of your bag)
  • Food coloring in choice of color
  • Masking tape or washi tape (optional)
  • Bowl for mixing
  • Plate or cookie sheet

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