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!

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

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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!