What Mom’s of Young Kids Really Want for Mother’s Day

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Around this time of year the topic of what moms really want for Mother’s Day always comes up. So I was thinking what do I really want? The list below pretty much sums it up.

The good news is – most of these don’t cost anything, your kids can “give” them to you too, and you don’t have to go to the store!

I am lucky that I have a great husband who does many of these things regularly. He is also quite capable of caring for our 3 children and giving me a break on the weekends. For me, that’s all I want.

Just a little break (yes, yes, I know – small hugs and kisses too…blah blah blah).

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If you open it – close it.

If you turn the light on – turn it off.

If you open a window – close the window.

If you take it out of my car – put it back into my car.

If you go to a store – ask if I need anything there. Yes, even if I was there yesterday.

If you play with something – put it away. Perhaps take a picture of where things go first.

If you finish something – throw it out.

If we need something – write it down. It doesn’t matter how many times you tell me. I’ve already forgotten.

Help me fold the laundry – or better yet, pay someone to do it. It will be the best money you have ever spent!

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Let me sleep late on the weekends.

Make me a sandwich for lunch.

Voluntarily answer one of the 700 questions our kids ask me.

Always buy me flowers when you go to the store.

Accept the unspoken challenge of putting used water bottles in the dishwasher.

Clean the pasta pot I left on the stove.

Throw your garbage out from my car.

Don’t tell me I go to sleep too late.

Make a pediatrician appointment for the weekend & offer to take the kids.

Realize every day I’m just trying to keep my shit together and I’m holding on by a thread.

Get the car ready for carpool.

Put the dishes in the dishwasher.

Skip to the part where you just agree with me.

Always buy me my favorite chocolate.

Make enough coffee for me to have a 2nd or 3rd cup.

Don’t tell me how I need to be helped.

Fill my car up with gas on Sundays.

Allow me to sit in the closet with a glass of wine for 10 minutes when you come home.

Write down the brand’s we use so you get the correct ones. The first time.

Keep getting my favorite ice cream cake for the smallest occasion.

Know 76% of the time I AM actually going to the bathroom when I’m hiding in there.

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Understand that sometimes laying in bed reading a crappy magazine is all I need and want. THAT is “taking time for myself”. And yes, the door is locked.

Make me get a massage monthly. For the holidays buy me a bulk pack so I have NO excuses. Let me go during dinner time so I truly can relax.

Understand that I can simultaneously feel beyond blessed that this is our life and also that I’m ready to run away and join the circus. I may have a go bag already packed.

Wrap the birthday presents for the weekend. Or even better – buy them. Ha!!! Can you imagine?

Take notes every time I say I wish I had X and then buy it for a holiday like Mother’s Day. Efficient gift giving at it’s best!

Tell me I look nice even if I haven’t showered. Laughter reduces my stress.

Know I love YOU & appreciate your “different hard.” But just do it. Don’t ask why.

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Tell me I’m doing a great job. 

Tell me I’m doing a great job. 

Tell me I’m doing a great job. 

Tell me you appreciate me.

Every.

Single.

Fucking.

Day. 

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Happy Mother’s Day 2018!

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EARTH DAY – THE MINT CHIP MAMA WAY!

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Happy Earth Day!

 

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The Blue Marble” photograph of Earth, taken during the Apollo 17 lunar mission in 1972.

For as long as I can remember I have been a water conserving, “you’re going to take that home, right?”, put it in the recycle bin kind of girl. I credit most of this to my hippie mother.

Since this is my first Earth Day with a blog, what better to post about than my own personal – tried and true, slightly nuts, mean green tips on being an Earth saving machine!

Saving Water:

Always shut the water off when you brush your teeth. You heard them say it when you were five too. If you don’t do it, do it NOW. Think of poor California and her drought. It’s your fault. Shut the water off. Think of me tonight in your bathroom shaking my head and giving you a dirty look as I hear the water running. I’m pointing at YOU. Shut it off.

Shut the water off when you wash your face. Sploosh your face with water, shut it off, lather, turn water back on and rinse. Your face may have a smile on it now when you look at yourself in the mirror. That’s right – the person looking back at you is saving the Earth.

If you have to let your faucet drip during the winter so your pipes don’t freeze, collect it in a big jug or pasta pot, and then make pasta the next night for dinner. Poetic.

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When your refrigerator ice machine revolts, pick up the ice cubes and put them in a plant to melt.

If you or a guest doesn’t finish their glass of water, pour it in a plant. As an added bonus your plant will think you love it because you finally remembered to water it! Ha ha, plants are dumb.

Only run your dishwasher when it’s full. I’m happy to come over and rearrange it in case your husband can’t load it either. Editor’s note: Sorry honey, love that you “do” the dishes, kiss kiss.

Only run your washing machine when it’s full. Pick a day and make that laundry day every week. It helps you schedule your week and as a plus you know if you wear a good shirt on Tuesday it won’t take it out of the rotation for too long.

Saving Energy:

Shut off lights. If you are not in the room shut the light off! I promise if and when you return to the room turning the light back on is as easy as flipping a switch. I set up cameras in your den. I can see you. I WILL come to your house, put a nickel jar on your table, and use that money to buy myself wine.

Open your blinds, guess what – free heat and light compliments of Mr. Sun! Just remember if you are suing Brenda Walsh for hitting you with a car, shut your blinds before doing calisthenics in your living room.

I’m a huge ceiling fan fan (wacka wacka). I was very excited when we initially toured our house and there was a fan in every bedroom! I prefer ceiling fans over air conditioners in the summer, especially with the windows open.

Run your dishwasher and washing machine at night. A year later I still do a happy dance at the idea that I own my own washing machine.

More a gas savings than energy – but I try to coordinate my errands with where I’m going so I’m not making ten trips to the same area.

Reducing Garbage and Using a Better Product with Better Results:

Keep oversized wash cloths (you know the ones you somehow have and that annoy you when you accidentally pull one out of your closet) in the kitchen to clean up quick spills. I use them to wipe down my son after he looks like the picture below and after lunch and dinner. They are 10x more durable then the best paper towel. Those annoying terry burp cloths you never used are perfect for this too.

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Use stainless steel straws. I have a four pack and am never without one. I also think things taste better through stainless steel than plastic.

I was an avid tushy wipe user until I switched over to a bidet. Plus I can pretend I’m in Europe for 30 seconds every morning. Bon Jour.

Your dinner last night is your kid’s dinner tonight. It can be ready in 30 seconds and involves no.work.at.all. Teach them to like cold food. Suckers.

Reuse glass baby food jars. They make great storage jars for anything – from tofu to nails to beads to dried herbs to paint to black beans to rings to jello – to name a few. You can fill one with water and tie cellophane around it to make a pretty weight for balloons. My daughter used to eat finger food exclusively out of these jars while sitting in her stroller as we walked around the city. She didn’t drop a jar once – which still impresses me. They stack up great in the shelf, you can put them in the microwave (without the lid of course),  and at the end of the day if they get gross and you don’t want to bring them home, just throw it in the recycling bin wherever you are!

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Reuse Ziploc bags or use reusable bags like SnackTAXI. I remember Oprah once talking about this being one of the habits she couldn’t shake despite her billionaire status. I reuse the bag if something in it doesn’t have crumbs, I don’t go as far as washing the bags out. I miss Gayle.

Use reusable cupsplates, and bowls for meals outside. If they are made from recycled plastic you get extra points!

Keep tons of reusable shopping bags in your trunk so you always have them ready. If you can find one with a zipper you can shove all the others in it. As you know they mate at night and double in number in your house. Putting them in your trunk kills two birds. Plus some stores give you a credit or a raffle ticket for bringing in your own bags. I use the bags if I’m returning something, shopping – not just for groceries, if I need to carry a few things where I’m going – I am ALWAYS happy to have a bag in my car. Or 10. I keep one of the folded ones in my handbag.

Use coffee grinds in your garden. I tried this and the result was impressive. I keep them in a jar all week and spread them out on the weekend. Washed egg shells work too.

Start composting.

Fresh Air:

Open your windows. It’s easy, right? Open your friggin windows and get air in your house. Make sure your alarm is off first.

Go outside. Breathe fresh air. If you take 3 deep breathes of fresh air you will feel better. I offer this with a money back guarantee.

Let your kids run around outside.  Kids like to run. We do not. But they do. Throw a ball. Play fetch with them. If they grow a tail call your doctor.

Do yard work. Not necessarily mowing your lawn – go pull out weeds, cut down branches that are bothering you with a lopper. It feels goooooood. Plus you can get a good action shot for Facebook.

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Plant a garden, grow flowers, grow vegetables, grow anything. It is so much fun. You bond with the dirt. Even if you grow only one thing it will make you happy. It feels good to eat something homegrown or see a pretty flower come from a seed. Plus you can totally pull off overalls in you have a garden.

Keep a plant on your window sill. Watching it grow is super satisfying. Look at it when your kids are whining to relax. Enjoy it’s Borophyl.

Recycling as a Form of Art

AKA: What random crap can we use to create an art masterpiece?

Garbage X + Garbage Y + glue = hours of fun. If they are old enough throw in a hole puncher and some string. Hear those STEM people cheer.

Toilet or paper towel rolls, cardboard boxes, cleaned out drinkable yogurt containers, bottle caps, the list can go on for pages.

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Going Forward…

As living green is a constant work in progress I’m always trying to find new things to do, new projects to make out of reusable garbage, and most important – teaching my kids not to waste.

What do you do?

I would love to hear your green ideas and habits, as silly as you think they may be! The best one will win a container of fresh air, a jar of sunlight, and possibly a milk gallon full of compost…

 

Originally posted on April 22nd, 2015.

Jewish, Chinese, and Indian HoliDAYS In-A-Box!

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Who doesn’t love a good old fashion family holiday? It is the glue that keeps us all together.

An ad for Days United recently popped up on my Facebook feed and stopped me in my tracks. Before me was the cutest subscription service I’ve ever seen – a multi-cultural “holiday in a box” for Jewish holidays, Indian holidays and Chinese holidays. Each packed super fun, good looking, quality materials. I immediately contacted the company so I could see one for myself.

As fast as you could say ten plagues, my Passover box arrived.  Upon opening it, I found an easy to navigate sheet explaining the box’s contents: a Passover Haggadah (complete with stickers), a matzah cover, an afikomen cover, a decorative seder plate, gourmet matzo ball mix, and three jumping frogs (plastic, not real).

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As you can imagine, on a yucky snow day and after being stuck inside and completely stir crazy, a fun box arriving at our door was a gift from above – like finding a baby in the Nile.

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As soon as my son saw the frogs (our favorite) he took them out and started jumping around. Always in the top three plagues in my house, who could disagree with this reaction!? He was also excited for the matzo ball mix but I suggested we try that closer to the holiday.

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My daughter grabbed for the puzzle-like wooden shape shifting seder plate and loved that it could morph in to many different objects. My son noted it was just like Moses’ staff (he’s mildly obsessed with the staff-turning-into-a-snake part of the story).

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Next, my son wanted to see the matzah cover. He thought it was HILARIOUS that people were looking on their cell phones. There are so many conversations that could be sparked from the printed images I don’t even know where to begin!

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My daughter, on the other hand, grabbed for the afikomen cover. She thought the baby was hilarious – especially because it was only wearing a diaper, and claimed the boy in the middle was the spitting image of my son. I assured her that was on purpose. Once again – a fun, funky image – from which conversations could go on for days!

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As my kids always tend to do – they begged me to make this into an art project. With so much open space on each of these covers, how could I say no? I brought up our trusty markers and paint and let them go to town.

As we put the covers aside to dry the kids said how excited they were to bring them to the seder next week. Now, isn’t that the whole point? Getting the kids engaged in a holiday and getting the conversation about it started. Good job, Days! We can’t wait to see what the next box has in store!

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Besides Passover, Days offers a box for the Jewish holidays: Passover, Lag Baomer, Shavu’ot, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Tu B’Shvat, Purim, the Chinese holidays: Dragon Boat Festival, Mid Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year, and the Indian holidays: Ganesh Chaturthi, Dushera, Diwali and Lohri.

Days mission is to help families celebrate their traditions – especially with so many people now living far from their families in new places and amongst new cultures. Their fun, whimsical items are specially curated to preserve the meaning of these holidays while keeping them light and fun.

Check out their boxes for your next holiday or subscribe to the main or all holidays option – so one can appear on your doorstep ten days before the holiday begins!

While definitely a great gift for kids, I could also see this as a fun gift to send a college student or a new graduate – who doesn’t yet have holiday objects of their own. It’s a fresh take on the tradition and sure to get a smile.

DIY Kid’s Superhero Name Sign

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The Mint Chip Mama - DIY Superhero Name SignWhen we decided to bunk our two older kids together in one room I was excited to create a brother/sister superhero lair. We’re very lucky our daughter is into superheroes so the theme was an easy sell.

I looked for cool name signs for my son but couldn’t quite find what I wanted. Then a good friend suggested I make my own. The result was an awesome sign that cost me under $5 and was so easy I wanted to share it with you!

You too can make a sign like this if you can operate a scissor and write in bubble letters (and let’s admit it – all any mom wants to do is write in bubble letters)!

All materials listed were purchased at a dollar store but you most likely have many already in your home.

Materials you will need:

Thick foam poster board

A calendar (superhero, or any other character your kids like)

Mod Podge

A thick paint brush

Paint (I used Crayola Project, Project Paint)

Glue (I used Elmer’s glue)

A ruler

A scissor

A pencil

Newspaper

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Step 1:

Go through the calendar and pick as many pages as letters in your child’s name. Evan has four letters, I used four pages.

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Step 2:

Decide how large you want each letter to be and cut out a square or rectangle on each page the same size. I made sure my rectangle was large enough to capture the face and main features of each super hero.

Step 3:

Draw each bubble letter on the paper (either free hand or with a ruler) using a pencil. If you draw on the back of the page remember to make the letter backwards so when you flip it it’s the correct direction.

Step 4:

Get your thick foam poster board (wood would work great too but that seemed too involved), arrange your squares/rectangles on the board for sizing, remove them, and then cut the board to the desired size.

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Step 5:

Cover your workspace in newspaper. With your thick paint brush paint the foam poster board using sweeping stokes all in the same direction. Use long strokes so it looks uniform. Since your surface is covered with the newspaper you can sweep from side to side easily passing the board’s edges. Remember messy brush strokes may show up when the paint dries so you want to make them clean. Set aside to dry.  Wash the paint brush thoroughly.

Optional Step 5a:

Add a second coat of paint using the same method above.  Set aside again to dry. Wash the paint brush thoroughly.

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Step 6:

While the poster board is drying, cut out your bubble letters.

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Step 7:

Once the poster board is 100% dry, glue your bubble letters onto your poster board – making sure to spread the glue evenly from the inside out and wiping away any excess glue. I found it helpful to put all the letters on the board first and glue them one by one to keep spacing even. Set aside to dry.

Step 8:

Once the glue is 100% dry, cover the entire thing in Mod Podge – again using long sweeping strokes in all the same direction until completely covered. Since the glue is 100% dry and you spread it evenly, the letters should be completely flush up against the poster board. The Mod Podge will be white but it dries completely clear. Set aside to dry. Repeat once the poster board is 100% dry.

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Step 9:

Step back and admire your kick ass work! You can now hang it up or frame it. Because it is poster board I was able to just shove it between two other paintings in the “wall gallery” we created.

Caution: Your child will most likely think you’re the coolest parent ever.

They may also tell you every time they look at the sign that they like Spiderman too and ask why didn’t use that page. But you can just ignore them, pat them on the head, and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

Happy Crafting!

ChipBits for Jump Starting Your 2018

New Year Hacks, 2018, Mom Blog, Healthy New Year, Essential Oils, Declutter, Organize, Reading, Water, Yoga, Get Off Your Phone, Tickle Fights, Bullet Journaling, BuJo, Sharpie, ChocolateGarden, Giveaway, Mabels Labels
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I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. No one needs more pressure. However, I do believe a new year brings renewal, revival and the opportunity to change and improve.

With that said, at the end of January, I present:

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2018 ChipBits (sorry) for the New Year

Hopefully some of these will resonate with you. My simple goal is to change your RBF to a smile once per day. I mean – admit it, my bad joke worked already, right?

Attainable goals, people.

Attainable.

Goals.

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Read

My daughter is in second grade. She’s an avid reader. One day she asked me to join her – citing I always look at her and say I miss reading. Of course, my first response was I’m too busy putting away laundry/cooking/cleaning, but instead I said: YES! We sat together, all snuggled up, and read. Now we do it almost every night and guess what – I’ve read whole books of delicious chick lit, just like in the old days. It’s awesome. What a gift she has given me.

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Organize Clothing Drawers Vertically

This tip comes from Barbara Reich’s book Secrets of an Organized Mom (see above, I read a book!). Organizing your drawers vertically will uncover clothes you forgot about and help you easily dump clothes you no longer want. Not gonna to lie, now opening my drawers makes me smile whereas before it was just stressful. I can see every item in there instead of just a big, fat, messy pile. Genius!

Declutter

I’ve been trying to declutter a little bit, every day. One drawer, one bag of clothes, one shelf – but actively – only one thing. Then I’m done, it’s better, and it wasn’t too overwhelming. If it takes a year for my house to finally be tidy, so be it. Organizing feels good. I firmly believe more space for you to look at means more space for your mind and less stress for your eyes.

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Drink More Water

I’m a big fan of drinking water. If you know me, you’ve most likely mocked (granted, along with me) my insanely large Aladdin Classic Insulated Mason Tumbler 32oz that I bring everywhere. I probably drink 4 of these a day and I’m still always thirsty. Water, water, water. It’s the juice of life. Plus it’s the size of my head so I can’t lose it.

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Essential Oils

I’m still a newbie and don’t know if I buy into it yet 100%. I’ve been using them for a year and at least my house smells nice. With flu/strep/cootie season in full gear, I’m extra interested in making blends like the Marseille Vinegar/Four Thieves’ Vinegar recipe (similar to Thieves or On Guard). My diffuser is working like a boss. I’m having fun pretending to be an apothecary. Sometimes I wear an eye patch for kicks (joking).

Yoga

This one weekly class is my gift to myself. It’s madness before and madness after, but for those 45 minutes – it’s heaven. If I miss a week or two I feel it – everywhere. If you’ve never tried it, check it out. If you’re in the area – you have an open invitation to join me.

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PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN

I doubt it comes as a surprise – we’re all obsessed with our phones. Guess what? PUT IT DOWN. I’ve made a conscious effort to put my phone down when my kids are awake. I want to be present with them. I want to listen to them. I want to play with them. My phone distracts me 100%, 100% of the time. That’s terrible and unfair. I guarantee whatever I’m looking at is not as important as who is in front of me. So if I don’t get back to you quickly, that’s why.  If it’s an emergency, call me on my house phone. Yes, I have a house phone, and yes, it’s the one above, and yes, it still lights up when it rings.

Tickle Fights

Kids always want you to play with them – eh. Tickle the heck out of them instead. They always ask for more. Why? I don’t know, I hate being tickled, but kids are dumb. It’s also a nice way to get out your aggression. Plus, try staying in a bad mood when your kid laughs that deep laugh from their belly that’s the best sound on Earth.

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Bullet Journal

I read about Bullet Journaling in Parents Magazine. I love the idea of physically writing down everything I need to do in one book. Plus I LOVE the idea of jotting down special things that happen so I can actually remember my life (read: this can count as my 3rd kid’s baby book… right!?). Since my scattered to-do lists are causing more stress than help, I’m in – full stop. Shockingly since I started, I’ve been getting more stuff done! And damn it feels good to cross something off your list with a pen.

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Use a Sharpie

I started using a Sharpie marker every time I need to write something down – in my everyday life, for no reason. It’s so wrong, it’s right. I don’t know why it feels so dangerous, but it does. And everyone agrees and turns red when I ask if they also think it feels good. Join the rebellion.

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Eat More Chocolate

Oh geez – life is short. Shut up and eat a piece of chocolate. Dark chocolate is healthy (just repeat that). Quality here, not quantity – one little piece of good chocolate or a nice little truffle, that’s the stuff. Chocolate makes you smile. I promise.

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Gardening

Gardening is relaxing, cathartic and therapeutic. Last week I laughed at “Houseplant Appreciation Day”. Then took a group shot of my plants… which led to me repotting three… which led to me feeling really happy… which led to me trying a science experiment with bulbs in my kitchen (which is working!).

So there you have it. I hope you’ll try at least one of these ideas and that they’ll work for you too. If nothing else, if I can help cut down the time you need to hide in the closet – that’s a win. If not, I get it, maybe in 2019. But I bet you can make eating a piece of chocolate happen today.

*****GIVEAWAY*****

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Start 2018 as a Organizing WINNER!

To help, my friend’s at Mabel’s Labels have offered to give away a set of Storage Bin Labels, Write Away! Labels for Home, or Pantry & Kitchen Labels (winners choice) to one lucky reader of The Mint Chip Mama!

To enter: Comment below what your favorite hack or secret is for a better 2018!

Winner chosen 2/1/18 at 4:30pm EST.

Diggerland’s HUGE Holiday Sale – 12/15!

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Ten Reasons Why I Love Diggerland

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If you read my 2017 Gift Guide, you can see a large chunk of my gift suggestions were experiential. They are the best gifts – they don’t have to be cleaned up, they can be enjoyed by the whole family, and they last for days or even years.

One of my favorite experiences – and yes, it’s an experience vs. just an amusement park – is Diggerland, in West Berlin, NJ. Why you ask? Well, have YOU ever driven a full size construction vehicle? Nope? Me neither. But I did and it was AWESOME. Oh yeah, my kids liked it there too.

So as we approach Diggerland’s HUGE 72 hour holiday sale – launching Friday, December 15th, 2017 – I’ve present you:

The Top Ten Reasons Why I Love Diggerland.

  1. Your kids can drive cars by themselves and feel cool.

2. You can play go-fish with an excavator.

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3. A construction carousel – yes!

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4. You can compare your kid’s height to a really big wheel.

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5. You can ride a little train down a windy trail.

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6. Lots of shady rest spots.

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7. You can spin around in the air in an excavator.

 

8. You can scoop dirt – not in your backyard.

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9. This big chair.

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10. Endless smiles.

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So for the gift that keeps on digging, check out Diggerland, and especially their flash sale on December 15th. What a cool mom/dad/aunt/uncle/grandparent/sibling/neighbor you’d be to give a gift of riding crazy big construction trucks to a small, small person.

My kids are counting down the minutes until Diggerland re-opens on March 17th, 2018!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

The Mint Chip Mama’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

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Can you believe the holidays are right around the corner? Thanksgiving is creeping up quickly and before we know it snow will be falling and presents will be everywhere!

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I put a lot of time and love into my blog posts and Facebook page (where I post something fun daily). So many places and products have crossed my path that I absolutely LOVE. Thought it would be fun to share them with you and help in the eternal search for holiday gifts.

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I also think the best gifts are experiences so you’ll see that’s the biggest section below. How much would YOU love if someone got you a gift certificate to one of the local attractions you’ve been dying to try? To me that’s the best gift – it keeps on giving all year long and you don’t have to find a place to put it in your closet.

Enjoy!

Experiential Gifts Because You Have Enough Stuff

Camelback Mountain Skiing & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark in Tannersville, PA

Crayola Experience in Easton, PA

Diggerland in West Berlin, NJ

Eden Resort & Suites in Lancaster, PA

Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA

Splish Splash in Calverton, NY

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in Lancaster, PA

Whitaker Science Center in Harrisburg, PA

Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, PA

Adventureland Season Pass in Farmingdale, NY

Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA

The Ride Manhattan Tour (Midtown or downtown)

Big Apple Circus tickets

ParkWhiz (nationwide)

NYBG Holiday Train Show in Bronx, NY

Wildlife Conservation Society Membership in New York City

Puffs The Play in Manhattan

Hershey Park in Hershey, PA

Spoons Ice Cream and Cereal Bar, in Seaford, NY

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Books

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck

The Complete Book of Fashion History

The Golden Girls Adult Coloring Book

How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids

The Little Book of Hygge

American Presidents Activity Book

My Very Own Trucks

Adventures in History (Playmobil) 

Tuck Everlasting

Toilet Trivia – The 1980s

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For Your Male or Female Friend Who Has Everything

The Swankey Beverage Tote 

Pic’s Peanut Butter

Bug Bite Thing

Raisels

Luxe Bidet

GH Cretors Popped Corn

Aladdin Glass Mason Jar Drink Dispenser, 32 Oz Insulated Tumbler & Mason Cups

Avocado Hugger

Barbuzzo Wine & Martini Glass

A Hole Paperweight

Bracelet Flask

World’s Softest Socks

Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

Eco Nuts Wool Dryer Balls 

Jessica’s Natural Foods Granola

O-Venture Key Ring

Oilz+ Shea Butter Moisturizer from Scrubz Body

Bondi Unique Flexible Cell Phone Holder

Fitz and Hen Cheeky Charm Jewelry

Instant Pot (also perfect for the new mom to make baby food!)

Alexa Echo Dot

Amazon Prime

For The New Mom

Fridababy Bitty Bundle

UPPAbaby Universal Infant Carseat Cabana

REMI – Baby monitor, sleep trainer, nightlight, bluetooth speaker

Babyganics products – especially the individually wrapped Hand Sanitizing Wipes

Fisher-Price Healthy Care Booster Seat

A subscription to Amazon Family 

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For the Seasoned Mom

GB Pockit Stroller

Mabels Labels

Mixed Pears Food Scissor

Fun Stuff For Kids

Tomy John Deere Lawn & Garden Set

Crayola Color In Socks

H2OGo! Splash Blobz

NameBubbles Customized Wall Decals

Cobra Paw

Kudo Banz

Sleeping Queens

TriceraTACO Taco Holder

Roller Coaster Challenge Logic & Building Game

Perfection

Table-Time Look & Learn Tablecloth

RSDubs Ribbons Hair Accessories

Moluk Plui Bath Toy

Battleship

Stand N Swing with chain

Sequence Game

Plus-Plus Building Set

The Mint Chip Mama - 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

For Your Breastfeeding Buddy

PumpEase Handsfree Pumping Bra

Glamourmom Nursing Tanks

The Comfy Cradle

Evenflo Breastpump

The First Years Breastflow Milk Storage Organizer

May everyone’s holiday season be filled with joy!

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