Cherry Crest Farm – A Great Family Destination!

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We were so lucky to visit Cherry Crest Farm on our last trip to Lancaster, PA. We saw the farm last year as we passed by in the Strasburg Railroad, but it wasn’t until a friend highly recommended it that we made it a “must see” this time around. I get why, this place was fantastic!

To be honest, we loved it even more than expected. From the huge and legit corn maze (read: we had to sit through a corn maze orientation), to the tons of “old school” games and rides and slides, to the local food, to the pig races – we had to pull the kids out of there.

We began our day immediately heading to the Pedal Cart Track where my daughter, who is notorious for wanting to drive anything anyone will let her – got her fill.

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Next, we headed to The Amazing Maze to see what the hubbub was about. As Corn Maze first-timers, we were really impressed and opted for the beginner trail with our three kids – ages 7, 3 and 1. Besides seeing real ears of corn growing in the real corn husks, there were little hidden surprises and fun “corny” signs everywhere! My kids loved finding these Ninja Warrior places, or fun maze puzzle piece stations.

Completely worth mentioning here is the love Cherry Crest Farm puts into this maze. This year’s theme was Charlotte’s Web and from an aerial view that’s just what you got. Plus with color coded ropes in the maze you could tell which part of the design you were in the whole time. Their 22 years of a-maze-ing designs are proudly displayed at the entrance.

Next, we headed to “The Courtyard” Area. Here my kids spent a TON of time playing with the Rubber Duck Race and going through the Straw Bale Maze. When my daughter told me she wanted to go on their “Website” I took a moment to say we’re not looking on phones while here. Then I saw her pointing and laughed. You have to say, Cherry Crest Farm has a good sense of humor!

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But the piece d’resistance of this area was definitely the Lil Wagon Express. We went on it many, many, many times. But it is not just a wagon ride, it is a scavenger hunt to find hidden animals along the way. My son loved finding them. Every. Single. Time. (Hint, they were made of wood and didn’t move).

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For the moms in the crowd I have to take a moment to compliment Cherry Crest Farm for not only having a lovely Baby Changing Area and Nursing Suite, but a bathroom stocked with what’s needed when it’s needed. You know what I mean. No quarters necessary (thank you!).

Enroute to the expansive area up the hill called “The Barnyard”, we stopped to take a picture on the Bucking Bronco. Not sure they made it the full 8 seconds, but Luke Perry would be proud.

This area was amazing! We could have spent an entire day just here. My kids high-tailed it to the Barnyard Jump for some intense jumping and then moved on to the Hay Chute Slide & Straw Bale Racer. The kids were able to walk up the hill themselves with their burlap sacks and then come shooting down. This was done a dozen times. I was ok with that because I didn’t have to walk up the hill even once (read: parenting win).

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Next, my daughter tried the Giant Slinger. Now this is mean, but my favorite part was the power of the sling shot’s backfire shooting her onto her tush in a very surprising situation. She was not as amused as I was…

As big builder fans, our next stop was the Lil Cabin Builders area. Here the kids made life-size cabins out of huge Lincoln Logs. Next, they tried out their newly chiseled muscles on the Post Pounders and all the fun games out and about in the area.

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Finally, we caught a pig race and wanted desperately to make it over to the new Battle Zone but just didn’t have enough time. But this is a good problem to have, it means we have to go back!

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With three distinct seasons at Cherry Crest Farm– Spring, Summer, and Fall we can easily return and get to do even more. They’re open until November 4th, 2017 this season and honestly, I’m dying to go back for the Flashlight Maze and Pumpkin Festival. Plus – spoiler alert – the Fall has campfires and s’mores!

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They have some pretty unique events too throughout the year, including a Facebook Fan Day – where admission is free if you liked their page. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before!The Mint Chip Mama - Cherry Crest Farms

In my opinion, with the weather now cooler, and the summer traffic gone, Fall seems like the best time to visit Cherry Crest Farm. But then again, anytime would be a good time to go. Oh, Cherry Crest Farm – you had me at fresh squeezed lemonade and fudge.

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***GIVEAWAY***

The lovely people at Cherry Crest Farm want you to visit too! They are offering one lucky reader of The Mint Chip Mama a family four pack of tickets!

To win, please comment below with the activity your kids are the most excited to try at Cherry Crest Farm and why!

Winner chosen Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at 5pm EST.

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Back to School 2017 with Momtrends!

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I’m not sure how the summer is almost over already and we are talking about school again. The good news is – for us moms who live vicariously through our children – we can still share in the excitement of new products! As a blogger I’m so lucky to be invited to fun events like the Momtrends Back to School Bash that took place last week in Manhattan. Without further ado, I present to you – fun Back to School items for your 2017 school year!

The Mint Chip Mama Back to School 2017 - MomtrendsI love when brands from overseas come to the US and still maintain their country’s look. Orchestra French Fashion for Kids does just this. With great quality and even better prices (omg! the sales they’re running right now!) you can dress your child like a little croissant, setting them apart from their friends. Chock full of tons of choices, my favorite was this super soft Junior shirt that knots in the front. I’m excited to use the $100 gift certificate I won to outfit my kids… and maybe myself too!

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My kids happen to LOVE raisins. They also happen to love watermelon. When I saw these cute packaged Raisels I knew they’d be in heaven. Raisels are sour, fruit-flavored golden raisins grown in California and infused with 100% RDI of Vitamin C. They were so delicious I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I was excited to watch my daughter’s face the next day when she tried them. She loved them as much as I had expected! Individually packaged and so eye popping Raisels are a great addition to any lunch bag.

Of course you can’t talk about Back to School without actual school products. I LOVED these bluetooth emoji speakers and lipstick highlighters from Staples. I also love this shark backpack and matching folder. It’s the perfect size for my son entering pre-K.

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The ever evolving American Girl world is moving on up with the ages with this new set of Smart Girl’s Guides including A Smart Girl’s Guide: Drama, Rumors & Secrets: Staying True to Yourself in Changing Times and A Smart Girl’s Guide to Liking Herself, Even on the Bad Days. These books seem appealing not only to the pre and pre, pre teens but should be mandatory reading for some of their mothers too (oops! did I say that?).

My baby loved these new snacks from Nosh and I LOVED the packaging. Look at these faces! How can you say no to those faces? All of their munchables are made with all natural, certified organic ingredients (like premium Japonica Rice) in fun, foodie flavors (like beet & strawberry). Their website has a great feature to find out the right product for your needs.

Another delicious brand, Kite Hill, was both new to me and an immediate favorite. All of their dairy free products were DELICIOUS with their cream cheese style spread being my favorite. Like I want to rub it on my face good. Even more exciting to the fans who flocked the table were the yogurt tubes (above) that were making their public debut! Coming to stores at the end of August, these almond milk yogurts are not to be missed.

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We were lucky enough to have a patch bar waiting for us from Twelve Little – a great bag company with all kinds of beautiful coordinating items. I of course picked the pizza patch. This large, insulated lunch bag will be a great addition to our school bag army.

One of the most creative displays was from Name Bubbles. Set up like a large lost and found, they had items in a big bin that we had to look through to find which one was ours. Not only did I “lose” this great mint water bottle, I “found” this awesome unicorn name label! Clearly these tie-dye labels are my favorite, but I have to admit I LOVE these personalized wall decals even more!

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If your mornings are anything like mine (read: hectic) you may also be excited to see these Morning Rounds from Ozery Bakery. With fun flavors like cranberry orange your french toast can get to the next level. Even better for my crew are the One Bun rounds for our pizza making nights. Pizza patch… pizza making… Do you see a pattern?

Hand washing and smelling nice are two things not to be missed when starting a new year. I was excited to get some new Bath & Body Works products to try. Their foaming soaps are some of my favorites. Extra credit here for the mint flavor!

I don’t actually know if this product was a fun add on to Raisels or something for us to learn about but I literally screamed when I saw it. As a HUGE fan of the often hard to find collapsible lunch container I freaked out to find this in my hands. Go Raisels!

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As we all know school is demanding and it is so important that our kids take a break to play every now and then. These games from Hasbro – like Mouse Trap, Cranium Sculpt-it, or one of my all time favorites – Perfection – will give them the break they need. I love finding pockets of time to play games with my kids. Not always easy with crazy schedules, and you know – general exhaustion, but sitting and playing games is something we all love.

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And there you have it! Fun products, delicious food, new companies, what more could we as Moms want for the new school year? Except maybe a few more hours in our day…!

Happy Back to Schooling!

Splish Splash – Long Island’s Award Winning Waterpark!

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My husband and I recently got to relive our youth by taking our children to the 96 acre water park Splish Splash – an award winning water park practically in our backyard!

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Located on Long Island, only a short distance from where we live, we spent the day shooting around in water tubes, descending down twisty slides, and laughing our soaking wet butts off! (Don’t tell my kids I said butt.)

I remember so vividly when Splish Splash opened in 1991. I was 13 and at the height of my water park obsession. My Dad & I packed up the car and were on our way. My husband had a similar vivid memory, Splish Splash was his first destination after getting his license. Our kids didn’t care about either. Ha!

But we love days like this- where raising our family close to where we grew up both brings up nice memories and let’s us create new ones. 

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Enough with the nostalgia, let’s get on to the day! Splish Splash is right off the L.I.E about 45 minutes east of where we live. We parked and headed inside. With maps all over and the larger attractions numbered, it was easy to find our way around.

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We started on The Abyss riding two at a time. It was great that my three year old could go on a big ride to start the day. I was even happier to find this was the case on most rides!

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We continued on to Mammoth River. My kids giggled the entire time down while I smiled that we could all ride together in one raft as a family.

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Next, we visited Hollywood Stunt Rider. Another family ride with winding dark tunnels. Equally great about this ride was the view – we were above the trees (a really big deal to my kids) – and could see the whole park.

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My daredevil daughter next begged to go on Shotgun Falls, a free-falling drop slide with a five-foot drop into a very deep pool. Luckily her father is a good sport and took her.

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Realizing height was a bit of a challenge on some rides, my husband offered to take our 38ish” son over to the beautiful and activity filled Kiddie Area while my daughter and I headed to the awesome roller coaster like Bootleggers Run. I should mention, at 5’2”, I’m a pretty lame tall team captain.

We met back up at Johnny Rockets for a quick lunch. As a big “bring our own lunch” family this was a big upset for us, but the park doesn’t allow outside food so we gave it a go. We got a chocolate shake. It all worked out.

We continued together looking for family rides and headed towards The Battle of Mutiny Bay (which also happened to be the perfect low key post-lunch digestfest ride). With water cannons coming at you from on-lookers, you had no choice but to attack back! My kids were hysterical! I can see why the Travel Channel voted it one of their 10 favorite water park rides.

Next, we relaxed a bit in the Kahuna Bay Wavepool, one of two wave pools we tried and then on to Dinosaur Falls and Dragon’s Den. The rides were great – not too scary but exciting and thrilling, the perfect combination.

Speaking of perfect – one of our last rides was everyone’s favorite – the Lazy River. I was lucky enough to have a snuggly little boy on my lap who just wanted to cuddle. I could have stayed that way for days.

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Our time at Splish Splash was wonderful. The park was clean, there were tons of options for children of all ages and sizes, and there was plenty of shade.

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A few Splish Splash tips now that I’m a pro:

  1. My daughter often suffers from swimmers ear so we got her the EAR BAND-IT Swimming Headband. She loves it and so far so good.
  2. I bought the Travelon Floating Waterproof Smart Phone/Digital Camera Pouch because I realized I had to take pictures! All were taken through the plastic, not so bad, right?
  3. I love individually wrapped Babyganics Alcohol-Free, Hand Sanitizing Wipes and always have one with me. We quickly washed our hands before lunch without walking to a bathroom. Score!
  4. Wear water shoes NOT flip flops, I happen to love these from Keen.
  5. You can never go wrong with a nice long sleeve rash guard.
  6. I found a super cool (not) sunglass cord in a drawer and figured – why not?
  7. We rented a large locker (there are three choices, large fit an over-stuffed beach bag easily) but cubbies were at each ride entrance.

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If you live in the area, and have a child over 36”, you should definitely check out Splish Splash. It would be a great destination the week before school starts. The Travel Channel agrees, they voted Splish Splash one of the best water parks in America!

*Get your discount tickets here!*

Or use promo code: MintChipMamaSBlog17 in the top right box on the website!

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The Downtown Experience, powered by The Ride

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I never make a big deal out of my birthday. This year, after dealing with three kids all day and never having time for myself, I thought I would try something new – and celebrate it properly! As if on cue, I received an invitation for the new Downtown Experience, powered by The Ride. As a lover of all things Manhattan, and The Ride – since my first tour in 2012 – it was the perfect fit!

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This brand new historical 90-minute adventure not only offered a comprehensive, theatrical, interactive tour around lower Manhattan, but it was the premier of their new 360 degree Virtual Reality component using TimeLooper. And let me tell you, it was Ahhh-mazing!

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Together The Ride really painted a picture of the evolution of Manhattan like none other. Did I mention all of this happened while riding in a stadium-style seating bus redone with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, LCD TV screens, 3,000 LED lights, and surround sound? Yep!

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Similar to The Ride in Times Square, the The Downtown Experience, powered by The Ride was the perfect marriage of guided and on screen touring with live cast members on the street (who looked like normal New Yorkers going about their day) woven together. My favorite part of both tours was how these cast members seamless entered our world and then disappeared into the pulse of the city like they were never there.

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Between our wonderfully knowledgeable and animated tour guide and the Virtual Reality headsets, we witnessed President George Washington’s swearing in at Federal Hall in 1789, time traveled to see urban planning, attended a ticker tape parade, and observed the different cultures who have flocked to the downtown area for centuries – to name a few.

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From immigration, to the building of the first department store, bridges, tunnels, factories, theatre, arts, the financial center, the charging bull, the fearless girl, we saw it all!

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Having worked in a building at the corner of Water and Wall Street over a decade ago, I spent a great deal of time in lower Manhattan. But since I was always walking around at street level, trying not to bump in to someone, I never looked up. Thanks to The Ride’s glass topped bus I saw the beautiful, decorative tops of building I used to pass daily in a completely new light!

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The route was perfectly planned to teach as the city evolved in front of us. I still don’t know if some of the things were part of the show or just another wonderful random occurrence that could only happen in Manhattan.

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Another favorite part was the looks we got in our crazy cool bus driving around the tight streets of downtown. Everyone wanted to wave to us – even the other tour buses! We were like celebrities since the look is so unique… And only one person flipped us the bird.

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If you’re looking for a fun, new, and different experience for a special occasion – or just something new to do – check out The Ride. This is the perfect fit for both locals and tourists.

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Here’s some proof that I’m not the only one who thinks it’s cool – on June 15th, at 7pm, The Ride celebrates its 15,000th performance in Times Square!

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Photo Credit: Alexis Qualls

The Downtown Experience, powered by The Ride begins at 200 Water Street overlooking the New York Harbor in front of the historic blocks of South Street Seaport. What consistently amazes me about Manhattan tours, after living and working in the city for thirteen years, is that I always learn something new! But I don’t want to spoil the fun and give away everything – you’ll have to learn the rest for yourself!

And I can help!

The Ride has generously offered to give away a pair of tickets to The Downtown Experience, powered by The Ride to two lucky readers of The Mint Chip Mama!

To enter, please:

  1. Like my Facebook page (if you haven’t yet): The Mint Chip Mama
  2. Share this blog post on your Facebook page
  3. Comment below (on the blog’s page) why downtown Manhattan is special to you!

Winner chosen Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at 5pm EST.

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Photo Credit: Alexis Qualls

Top Picks from the 2017 New York Baby Show

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One of the nice things about having a baby (my third) and going to the New York Baby Show is I get to look with the eyes of a new mom while being a seasoned mom. I’ve seen it all, and I know what works. I love to find new things that rock it up.

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One of the most ingenious products I found was the yet to be released Prince Lionheart Illuminating Changing Pad. It’s a changing pad (or a conversion kit if you already have one) that offers a light between the baby’s feet. You simply tap it and the light goes on, you can change your baby unobtrusively, and then tap it again to turn off. Absolutely genius.The New York Baby Show - Pello Comfy Cradle

Another brilliant item was the Pello Comfy Cradle pillow. Think a muff meets a water wing but for the nursing mom. It cushions your arm and raises the baby up closer to you. Know how an older baby is heavy when you nurse? Well this solves the problem as their little heard rests on the pillow on your arm. I’ve used it all week. Game changer. Also from Pello check out the Multi-use Luxe Baby-Toddler Floor Pillow/Play Mat/Lounger a multifunctional pillow mat.

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Another great nursing product was the Rumina Seamless Pump&Nurse Nursing Bra. It’s the only no-hole nursing bra that seamlessly goes from nursing to pumping.  Even without an underwire it was supportive and comfortable. I love the soft, removable pads, they felt so luxurious! Even better they’re partnering with Evenflo – my favorite pump.

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The Safe Traffic System Ride Safer Travel Vest was another top pick. This product converts a regular seat belt into a three point harness. Absolutely genius – and an amazing find – for someone living without a car in a city or for someone with little trunk real estate for an extra carpool booster. I love it.

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Continuing the idea of good for small spaces, I loved the VertiPlay toys from Oribel, especially the Goofy Moose. They stick to your wall! No floor space needed! I also thought their PortaPlay 4-in-1 Foldable Activity Center was a best in show. It starts as a jumping/activity center, then transforms into a table. But wait! The legs collapse making it virtually flat and you can easily store it in closet. You can buy matching stools and even make it into an art table with their art paper roll dispenser. Genius!

I was super impressed by the full line of products from UpSpring. But even better – some of their post natal products are covered by insurance (read: free!). Check out their Shrinkx Belly Bamboo Charcoal Post Pregnancy Belly Wrap and C-Panty High Waist C-Section Recovery & Slimming Underwear. But even more interesting to me was their Milkflow Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle Powder Berry Drink Mix. It’s the only powdered drink mix you can add to your beverage to help increase your milk supply. It even comes in chocolate flavor!

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Have a baby who likes to laugh at you while dropping their dinner on the floor? Me too. Check out the High Chair and Stroller Adaptable Containment Barrier from Tray Haven. Think a soft mesh fence around your child. Take that, baby.

Sassy Locks is a new company to me and they had the most beautiful handmade custom clothes. I loved these pacifier holders. Check them out for beautiful dresses and fun, cheeky onesies.

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Luv Bug Company UPF 50+ Sun Protection Blanket had beautiful thin blankets with sunscreen built in, great feeling waterproof crib sheets, and adorable reusable snack bags.

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I thought this Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer was so so smart. Not a new product, but new to me. It is a Dura-Soft changing pad with raised edges adding a wall for rollers.

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I hope you’ve seen this hysterical commercial from Chatbooks – about a busy mom of three. If not, stop what you’re doing and watch it right now. You’re gonna laugh so hard you may snort. Chatbooks is an app that takes your phone’s pictures and quickly makes them into a high quality photo book.

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Have to give a shout out to Bamboobies. Besides a great name and even better stickers, their products were soft and pretty and fun. I love that their Super Soft Washable Nursing Pads are hearts. I also loved their Chic Nursing Shawl.

As always it was great to see my friends from Mabel’s Labels. Excited for Ben to have his first labels and even more excited for labels with just our last name on them. Sometimes I need to label a multi-kid used item and suffer from label identity stress (it’s a thing… look it up.) Love the giraffes. Check out Mabel’s Labels for camp, daycare, school, allergy alerts or anything you need to fulfill your labeling desires.

Carrying on the giraffe theme, it was great seeing Sage Spoonfuls – the maker of my favorite baby food storage jars – with their new line of Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags. Plus, the giraffe is eating broccoli, amazing. They also just introduced the only stand up 7oz Squeezie Reusable Food Pouch. Their products, including their Baby Food Maker – Immersion Hand Blender and Food Processor make being a baby food chef easy as pie (don’t give your baby pie).

Great seeing FridaBaby and their new Smile Frida Toddler Toothbrush. This three headed toothbrush (whaa?) hits kid’s teeth from all angles so they can’t miss a spot. Also loved their new medicine dispenser that’s part syringe, part pacifier (coming out soon) and their ergonomic nail file – the SnipperClipper – that sways with your child’s nail for easy filing.

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Love the message of MomsRising.org. Check out their site.

In conclusion – my goal for this post was to highlight my top three favorite things of the New York Baby Show. As you can see I went a little over three. With so many great products I couldn’t resist… I lost count at 18! I hope you enjoy some of these innovative new products too!

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Thanks Canon for the great picture!

To see my video review, click here!

Dear John (Deere): For Your Budding Little Landscape Architect!

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I have the quintessential little boy. Trucks, trains, fire trucks, police cars, construction “vehicles”, tractors, boats, wheels, dirt. All rolled into a smiling three and a half year old.

Last year, on a day when we had nothing scheduled, I brought him to a John Deere store to simply look around. He was in heaven. He even insisted on bringing home one of their product catalogs so I could read it to him at night as his bedtime story.

So you can imagine how quickly I said yes when we were offered to review their new Lawn & Garden Set (complete with a retractable cord trimmer, trowel and mini hand rake) made by TOMY.

As expected, I couldn’t get it out of the box before it was grabbed out of my hands. The perfect size for a three year old, he immediately got to work getting the weeds out of my living room carpet.

As we moved the party outside, he went to town. Having watched our gardener trim the lawn earlier in the day, he knew just what to do.

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With it’s easy to pull cord, he got the popping beads to make a great, authentic noise so he could trim to his heart’s desire.
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Lightweight and easy to hold even for the littlest gardener, he maneuvered around with ease feeling like a big boy.

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We’re a big gardening family so he was also excited to have his own hand rake to use and wanted to get to work right away.

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But by far, his favorite thing was pretending to be the “park man”. Any park we go to he is mesmerized by the cart filled with gardening tools. He likes to just stand there, look at it, point and name them. Sometimes the nice workers will let him sit in the cart and pretend he is driving it.

Now he can be his own park man. If I could say this went on for hours it would not be an understatement. As you can see from his new outfit, days even!

If you have a little one who also loves to garden, or is equally enthralled by the “park man” you should definitely check out the John Deere Lawn & Garden Set by Tomy.

 

Engine, Engine, Number 9, on the Historical PA Transit Line…

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If you’re choo-choo-choosing activities perfect for your locomotive lovin’ family this season, check out the 185 year old steam engine extravaganza that is The Strasburg Railroad in Strasburg, PA.

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If you have a train happy kid they will be beyond thrilled to make a visit. Besides the old time steam engines that have been operating for close to two centuries, there are all kind of fun activities to do, keeping your kids outside and busy for hours!

Our adventure began taking a ride on the train overlooking the beautiful Lancaster farmland. As we chugged ahead in our open air train car we were able to take advantage of the breeze while still being covered from the sun. Inside Outside perfection.

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Après-train, we spent several hours meandering around the station enjoying the “fun extras” including mini stream trains and pump cars. But hands down my kid’s favorite attraction was the cranky cars. These hand-propelled cars (perfectly size for both my seven year old and three year old) date back to the 1930s, and allow little ones to crank their way around a train track. Thank goodness the line was short, as I’d estimate they went on roughly 400 times – laughing hysterically each time. But before I mock, I should say I’m pretty sure I have the same exact picture of me at this age, doing the same exact thing, in the same exact location!

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If your kid’s jam is Thomas then a visit is a must during one of these three 2017 dates – June 17-25, September 16-24, and November 17-19. With photo ops galore and some extra activities available, all your kid’s dreams can come true with their #1 light blue friend.

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If the Sodor obsession has sailed, check out The Strasburg Railroad’s other great upcoming events including The Great Train Robbery.

Not sure yet when you can locomo-tivate to go? (sorry) You can buy tickets at anytime online and view their Train Schedule and Operating Schedule making it nice and easy.

If your visit spans lunchtime, check out their dining car or the beautiful Picnic Groves. I’ve always wanted to eat in the dining car of a train… sounds so romantic. Someone watch my kids.

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If you like to rock it Andrew Jackson style, this family attraction is for you. For the history buffs out there, it’s cool to learn how the The Strasburg Railroad – the oldest continuously operating railroad in the western hemisphere – got to be such a giant and how it was integral to the area’s success. The Strasburg Railroad is a great place to visit on your Lancaster adventure.

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There are so many wonderful destinations in the Amish Country. The hardest part of planning a vacation there is finding enough time to do them all. Happy travels!