Play Monster’s Super Spinner Swing & Super Duper Spinner Swing!

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Our backyard is an extension of our home. It’s a place where I let my kids play, run free and go wild. When we moved to the suburbs from the city I was the most excited for my backyard. Pretty much four years later – I still get a thrill knowing it’s all mine (and well… the mosquitoes too).

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Naturally our swing-set is a source of pride for me. After shopping around until I made myself nuts, I settled on one that has longevity and needed no maintenance. Plus, with the ability to buy new additions each year, it evolves as we do.

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This year, I set my sights on the  Super Spinner Swing. It spins, it swings, it holds up to 200 lbs (read: I can go on it), and it looked like so much fun! You can imagine my excitement when I was at an event and Play Monster was there to promote it – and gave us one to try! Talk about lucky timing!

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As I often do, I set it up when my kids weren’t home so they could have a big surprise when they got off the bus. Their reaction didn’t disappoint!

But wait – there’s more! When I thanked the company and told them how much my kids loved it they said – wait for it – we have an even BIGGER spinner – the Super Duper Spinner Swing! I screamed. This spinning swing is 40” compared to 27” and holds up to 650 lbs (read: I can go on it after eating an entire chocolate cake!).

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Both swings are amazing assets to our swing set. They each easily pop into the hooks with two screw locking carabiners and are ready to go in seconds. We keep reconfiguring them for different adventures.

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So far my daughter’s favorite is creating her very own Ninja Warrior course.

The Mint Chip Mama: Play Monster's Super Spinner Swing & Super Duper Spinner Swing!

It’s nice to have both sizes because of my kid’s varying ages. The baby at 2 likes to spin but not too fast. My other two (ages four and eight) like to spin and swing until they can’t walk straight.

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Having both gives us the variety of sibling switching or solo rides and endless, endless laughing.

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The kids are obsessed with these spinners.

My four year old likes me to twist it as much as it goes, then after it spins – and spins the other way – take him off so he can fall over. I’ve never seen him laugh as hard as when he face plants into our lawn.

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This would be an amazing gift for a late summer or fall birthday. It’s the kind of outside toy that can be used in all seasons and really for kids (and adults) of all ages. It can also be swapped out anywhere you have a tire swing for a different spinning experience.

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As an added bonus it doubles as a great seat if you need one!

The Mint Chip Mama: Play Monster's Super Spinner Swing & Super Duper Spinner Swing!

Don’t have a swing set but are intrigued? These amazing spinning swings can still be part of your life if you have a tree!  Play Monster sells a Super Tree Swing Hanging Kit with Fully Adjustable Nylon Rope that can be installed on your favorite backyard tree in seconds.

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If you’re a parent like me who doesn’t want another toy in your house, you have a swing set or tree in your backyard, and your kids like spinning, you have to check out the Super Spinner Swing and the Super Duper Spinner Swing. You won’t be disappointed! Just don’t eat before you go on it…

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Back to School 2018

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Back to School 2018!

As the summer heats up in August, and we look forward to the Fall, what’s trending for Back to School is the hot topic.

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I was very lucky to have a sneak peek at last week’s Momtrends Back to School event. From fun clothes, to stylish labels, to easy ideas for lunch and snack, we’re ready for school to begin.

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First and foremost, one of my favorite brands – Mabel’s Labels – was there with a preview of their new icons and labels. Hot off the press was their new partnership with a childhood favorite of mine – the Little Miss/Mister Men Collection. In my opinion, name labels are one of the most fun things to order for the new school year. Who doesn’t love a custom pack of stickers with your own beautiful name looking right back at you? *Special offer from Mabels Labels below*!

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As any back to school shopping pro knows, it all comes down to cool notebooks, folders, and binders. This is the true “heart” of a student’s supply list. With Avery’s new Avery + Amy Tangerine Designer Collection of colorful and fun designs, you can let your style show. I especially loved the rainbow heart folders and dividers. *Special offer from Avery below*!

Of course one needs to print stuff to put in their binders. I couldn’t wait to see the new Epson EcoTank Expression printers. These super cool printers are cartridge-free and include enough ink to print for two years. Yes, I said two years!

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Next, we previewed the new US inspired line from Tea Collection. This brand is unique because they travel the world looking to infuse different cultures into their clothing. Beautiful quality and designs are the result.

If you’re looking to hang on to those last few swims of summer or your school has a pool, check out the New Zealand brand Snapper Rock. Their UPF50+ Protection swimwear is beautiful and with their wide range of sizes the whole family can match in style.

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So your child’s backpack is full, they’re dressed and labeled, now we need to feed them.

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I’ve always been a huge fan of Jarlsberg Cheese. It’s good on a sandwich, good on a cheese plate, and good as a lonesome slice on the go. The nutty flavor is what gets me but also the texture. Plus, the holes are fun to look through. If you’ve never tried it, grab a bag of the pre-sliced cheese next time you’re at the store. It’s also naturally lactose and gluten free.

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Of course no lunch bag would be complete without yogurt. Generally speaking, even the most picky eater can find some version of this healthy, protein rich food to like. Luckily Stonyfield has a huge variety for any palate! From their baby yogurts to their pouches to their tubes to their drinkable yogurts – they can’t be beat. My favorite was their new snack pack with yogurt and either a graham cracker or pretzel spoon dipper. These became an instant favorite for all three of my kids.

A little sweetness in a lunch bag is also a welcomed addition. With Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company you can add some sweet without any junk. Their all natural juices are delicious. I couldn’t stop drinking the orange-pineapple flavor. Available in a variety of sizes, with some unique coupled flavors, you can have one in your fridge, and one on the go.

As a lady who always lices to be prepared, I was happy to see my friends from Vamousse Lice Products. Ha Ha, I mean likes… They offer both an “at risk” and “treatment” line so grab one here and just shove it in the back of your closet. You know the second you get that dreaded letter and throw your kid in the shower with their Daily Defense Shampoo, the next stop is a huge pat on your own back for being ready. Do you really want to go to the store in that moment? I have an arsenal of their Shampoo ready to go. Also check out their Daily Defense Spray and Home Treatment for Non-Washable Household Items.

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Not necessarily school related, but why do the kids get to have all of the fun? We were so lucky to once again be pampered by Maniorpedi.com  an on-demand manicure and pedicure service for your home and office. If you’re limited on time and need pretty nails, give them a call. They’re the best.

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I hope you love Back to School shopping as much as I do!

My gift to you:

-15% off any Avery + Amy Tangerine Designer Collection products purchased on Amazon.com using promo code: 15AVERYNAMY.

-10% off your Mabels Labels purchase at www.mabelslabels.com using coupon code: MOMTRENDS10

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Happy Back to School 2018!

Exploring the Liberty Science Center!

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I loved science centers as a kid and still do. I’m lucky now that my children comply and join me so I don’t have to go alone (ha!).  I challenge anyone to get the same thrill from modern technology as you do from blowing a giant bubble in a science center bubble maker.

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I’ve wanted to take my kids to the Liberty Science Center for years and jumped at the invitation. As an added bonus, my daughter’s friend slept over so I was able to provide the best next day super cool science play date for them.

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My jaw dropped upon entry. With the Skyscraper! exhibit to your left (complete with a 18 foot steel beam experience!), a massive hanging Hoberman Sphere, and glass walls all around, I was giddy. I mean the kids were giddy.

We began our day at Jack Horner’s Dino Dig overlooking an insanely beautiful view of Manhattan.

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As we settled into the sand – set up like a real excavation site – we slowly uncovered dinosaur skeletons with paint brushes.

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Next, we headed to Arthur’s World on the 4th floor (my tried & true science center approach is top-down). With multiple imaginative play stations the kids could have stayed here for hours (a constant at each exhibit).

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From the library – complete with beeping bar code checker-outer, tent, Mr. Ratburn’s classroom, the Read family kitchen & a green screen “Lakewood School Auditorium” video experience, they “visited” all of Arthur’s favorite spots from the show and book.

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Next we headed to Grossology an exhibit that answers all of the gross questions (not just a clever title) that your kids asks.

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Yes, I’m talking about farts, burps, poop, and boogers. Plus a rainbow of other gross questions you constantly tell your kids to stop talking about.

In addition to the interactive way one learns the answers, each station presented “factoids” that were really, really interesting!

Kids can crawl through the human body, pose in a nose, and reveal all of the body’s secrets. *Here I feel obligated to make the joke that you can pick your friends…

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Plus, there’s a pinball machine.

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Next, we headed to the Our Hudson Home exhibit. It was super interesting to learn about the complex relationships occurring every minute in our local river and what’s needed to keep it operational. But more important – there are REALLY BIG FISH in the fish tank. As my kids played, I just watched the fish. I like really big fish.

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Still on the 4th floor – hours later, we headed over to the Block Party. Here, the kids used life size blue foam blocks to create whatever struck their imagination at that moment.

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Then they banded together to create a fort. I’m sorry – a two story fort, I’d get in trouble if I didn’t mention that part. I’m not joking when I say this exhibit alone could have taken up the entire day.

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I finally lured them down to the 3rd floor by pointing to the massive Infinity Climber. Suspended in the courtyard of the museum, with multiple routes to explore and 35 foot high pathways, I’d assume this is a consistent fan favorite.

Next, on the 3rd floor was the Infection Connection exhibit. Know how you tell your kids to wash the germs off their hands, cover their noses when they sneeze, and cough into their elbow? This exhibit explains why.

Continuing on, we visited the 80 foot long, pitch black Touch Tunnel. With their sight on hiatus, kids are forced to navigate the maze using alternate senses. For parents – there’s an infrared camera outside providing a fly-on-the-wall experience.

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Of course no visit to a science center is complete without a stop at the planetarium. The Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater (the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere) was massive and did not disappoint. Sitting all the way at the top, we had the sensation that we were soaring through space along with the images – aka the perfect planetarium experience.

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The Liberty Science Center is a dream come true for fellow science center lovers. You should plan on spending the whole day there to fully explore all of the exhibits and the great pop up science experiments.

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There are also tables throughout where you can stop and enjoy lunch, including outdoor picnic areas with beautiful views.

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It was the perfect location for a play date and would be a great place to meet up with a friend who lives in New Jersey.

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Driving to the Liberty Science Center from Long Island was a super easy and direct route that took about an hour. It’s right off the Holland tunnel in Liberty State Park.

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There is so much more I could write about but I don’t want to be a total spoiler…

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I leave you with this – every exhibit was interactive, every exhibit was amazing, and every exhibit could have kept the kids busy for hours. Isn’t that our ultimate goal in a place to go? Plus, it’s air conditioned and full of outlets where you can charge your phone. To me – the perfect recipe for a summer destination!

Floatopia Float Spa & Salt Cave – An Amazing Sensory Deprivation Experience!

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I’ve jumped out of a plane and done yoga with a goat. Naturally my next “trending” experience should be floating in a salt tank. Enter Floatopia – a newly opened Float Spa & Salt Cave located in Dix Hills, NY.

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I didn’t understand – it was the Dead Sea but in a little tank on Long Island? Say what? I needed to test this out immediately.

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As I entered Floatopia and looked around I instantly felt at ease. The colors, patterns, and textures all had a calming effect. As my tour continued, the soothing effect carried throughout with the Kombucha tap, the beautiful salt cave (halotherapy), the post-salt lounge, and the four floatation therapy rooms.

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While I didn’t have time during this visit to enjoy the 45 minute salt cave session (providing the same benefits of 3-5 days at the beach!) I had to take a peek. I’ve seen salt caves before but never one like this one. It was stunning – with salt brick walls (complete with salt grout) and beautiful salt stalactites covering the ceiling.

Set on a timer, my 90 minute sensory deprivation float tank session was about to begin so I had to stop snooping and go to my room. My preparations began. Each floatation therapy room has a shower (including toiletries), a fluffy towel, the softest robe I’ve ever felt, and a private tank.

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Unlike other float spas the tank isn’t a pod but a full tub with enough space to stretch out your arms and legs. The tub is filled with 10″ of water and saturated with 1200 pounds of USP Grade Epsom salt. Inside the tank is a foam neck support (if needed), the light control, and an emergency call button (just in case).

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To prepare for your float you stick in the provided ear plugs, shower off, and enter the tank. The light in the room goes off and it’s just you and the tank. You can pick a colored light for the water or choose to immerse yourself in total darkness. I chose darkness – to get the full sensory deprivation experience.

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In total darkness, hearing nothing, seeing nothing, you get the immediate strange sensation that you’re in utero or floating in space. I couldn’t tell if my eyes were open or closed or if I was moving or still. It was INSANE (in a good way). It was complete sensory deprivation.

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After a while I got bored floating so I started flinging myself from side to side like a cosmic boomerang. I did some floor yoga moves, put my feet flat with knees up and swooshed around, catapulted myself from side to side, and swished in circles. It was really fun. I have to admit, as a mother of three I was thinking maybe this is what my active babies were doing when they were actually in utero for nine months. It kind of explained all the kicking and flipping that I felt when I was pregnant!

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At some point my body found stillness again. Now, if you’re a yogi you’ll know what I mean when I talk about shavasana. Well – enter the most INTENSE shavasana I’ve ever felt. This stillness was so wild (without even the slightest hint of hyperbole) that I had to move my finger every few minutes to make sure I was still awake, or alive, or I don’t even know… But just, WOW.

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After what felt like a hundred years – but again, in a good way – the room lights slowly came on indicating it was time to come back to Earth. I sadly showered off, put on the amazing robe, and stumbled out of the room (cross eyed) into the lounge.

Basically, if you had a she-shed you’d want it to look like this lounge. Think salt lamps, white orchids, grey couches, and fluffy pillows with an array of complimentary water and interestingly flavored teas. I didn’t want to leave… so I stared into space for a while and then chatted with a fellow floater about our mutual outer body experiences.

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Since visiting, I’ve been reflecting on the right words to explain this experience and then watched Floatopia’s video. Happily, it seems other people shared my sensation of leaving the tank with an incredible sense of peace and a bizarre inability to speak or think coherently (phew, I’m not alone!).

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As amazing as my experience was, the story behind Floatopia is even cooler and more rooted in medical benefits. Think of it as a love letter from the owner to his wife, who – after suffering from years of chronic Lyme disease pain – found floating helped. Naturally, as any good husband would do, James created this gorgeous haven for her (and others) to enjoy promoting health, comfort, and relief from her symptoms.

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For me, the experience was completely existential but it a real way, not an ironic-I’m-trying-to-sound-deep way. All I can say is: just go. Try it once. Go on a day when you can spend a few hours relaxing, sitting in the salt, and drinking tea. Think of it as a full spa day and give yourself hours to enjoy it. Give yourself the day to escape the chaos of your life, because I promise you – you’ll come out feeling like you’re shooting through the air on Falcor’s back.

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Phone Kickstand Marries Phone Wallet, Meet Mr. & Mrs. Monet

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I’m sure most people agree that at this point your phone is basically another limb. It’s always with you and always needs to be available when needed. If you’re cooking, you need your phone to stand up. If you’re running in to buy something quick, you need your phone to have your credit card. If you’re throwing your phone in your pocket, you need it to be flat. Essentially – your phone needs to keep up with your life with a smile on its face.

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If you’re like me, you may have tried those rubber phone case wallets, then wanted a media stand and grip but didn’t know how to attach it to your phone wallet. Then you put them all together – thinking you won – but then your phone didn’t fit in your pocket. Then science said “no” and your phone fell over. Basically, it was a big hot mess. Say you tried this too so I don’t feel bad…

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Just about the time I gave up on the above phonekenstein, I was contacted about testing a new three in one phone accessory. I swear — it was like they were watching me.

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I quickly said yes, picked out a color to match my phone case (and with thirty to choose from – it was quite easy) and then eagerly awaited my new super trendy Monet to arrive at my door. I figured if the celebrities are saying it’s the cat’s meow, who am I to argue?

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When it arrived I immediately noticed the feel. The two pocket wallet looks and feels like leather, such a difference from the rubbery wallet I’ve had on my phone the last year. The kickstand/grip is a hard rubber but also thin and not bulky. It is sturdy, smooth and looks very sleek.

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The two pocket wallet is the perfect size to hold my credit card, some cash, and the most important thing – a buy one get coupon for frozen yogurt. This is where my priority lies with three kids, and how often do you forget that coupon and want to kick yourself!? Monet has the answer.

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By far my favorite part of the Monet is the kickstand that slides flat. Monet has made a better mousetrap. Just as sturdy as any other kickstand, media stand, or phone grip you’ll find – but it slides flat! Yes, life changing! Like a Swiss army knife of phone accessories.

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The kickstand also moonlights as a phone grip so when you’re on a call – or want to take a selfie – it’s ready for you. Or if you’re like me and accidentally drop your phone all day long, you have a little handle to hold which will increase your clumsy finger’s self esteem.

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I’ve been trying out my new Monet for a week and I really do love it. It marries multiple functions into one pretty good looking accessory. If you’re in the market for a fun, pretty, functional all in one fantastic phone wallet, folding kickstand (the best!), and easy slip on phone grip – you should definitely check it out. For the minimalist in all of us, Monet is a must!

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2018 New York Baby Show Top Picks!

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I love going to big vendor-driven events like the New York Baby Show. My mantra is – wow me with your innovation. Reinvent the lightbulb, show me something that will make my life easier. My picks below fall right into that category. So lets get started, I’m excited to share!

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As a mom whose first kid suffered terribly from reflux, I’m excited to share the MumBelli. It is a womb-like bassinet that has a removable wedge propping up your refluxy baby and an adjustable foot piece that holds your baby in place. It is lightweight and would be a great addition to your newborn’s nursery. When I think of all the times I held my daughter up for a half hour after eating – a product like this would have been a lifesaver.

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Next is a product that both stopped me in my tracks and cracked me up. Ya know boob-sweat? Well this bad boy’s sole purpose is to stop it. The Ta-Ta Towel slings over your neck, is adjustable, and holds your girls in place. It’s terry lining grabs that sweat while the elastic supports you. I also love that they are made in the USA by seniors who are paid a very generous wage.

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The next great product is The Travel Tray. It is 100% one of those “why didn’t I think of that” products and had all of us bloggers buzzing. It is perfection in its simplicity. It goes in your cup holder immediately morphing it into a better cup holder and a tray. You can use it in a car seat, at a sports game, in your car – anywhere you have a cup holder! The wide tray is the perfect size for a snack, comes in fun colors, and is made in the USA.

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La Petite Creme is a new product to the US but – like yogurt cake and waiting five minutes before getting your baby after a nap – it’s HUGE in France. This efficient cream replaces the cleaning wipe & barrier cream on your baby’s tush. I put a little on a wash cloth (or you can use a disposable cloth), wipe the tush, and what’s left is a clean, soft, nice smelling barrier ready for the next diaper. I want to be the mom who cloth diapers, but since I’m not – at least this saves a wipe on my journey to be green.

Naturally, I can’t write about a baby show without something breastfeeding related – so let me tell you about this great Boob-mobile. The ladies from Pump Spotting – a new app that helps you locate a clean place to nurse – are going cross country in their huge breastfeeding pimped out RV to spread the word. Inside is a nursing haven with all kinds of great products ready for breastfeeding moms. But my favorite part was the graffiti wall. Artwork compliments of my daughter. I think it looks exactly like me.

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As someone getting more and more into essential oils, I was excited to see these BreatheFrida wipes from one of my go-to brands – FridaBaby. These nose wipes combine aloe-vera, eucalyptus, chamomile, and effective booger grabbing. Meaning – as you approach the booger, the essential oils open the air passage providing extraction and relief in one swipe. Let me tell you – these Swedes sure do know boogers.

As always it was good to see some of my favorite brands – like Mabel’s Labels, Babyganics and Boiron. All great companies that should be part of your lives.

As summer approaches make sure to order your Mabel’s Labels early! Here is their camp page.

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And while you’re thinking of camp – don’t forget to stock up on Babyganics award winning – not gross feeling on your fingers – Sunscreen.

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My poor daughter is having such teething pain as her grown-up teeth come in, she swears but these single dose teething relief drops from Boiron.

In conclusion, I went into the show hoping to find three cool new things, and left with many more. What else could you ask for? Keep it coming brands, the Wallenstein girls will be ready for you in 2019!

A huge thank you to Momtrends for hosting us in the bloggers lounge and to Boston Market for an absolutely delicious lunch. We’ve been talking about the rotisserie turkey, corn, and brownies all week.

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!