Monster Jam!


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The always exciting and exhilarating Monster Jam made an appearance at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

In preparation for the shows at the Wells Fargo Center, select McDonald’s restaurants hosted Family Fun Nights featuring the Monster Jam trucks and a Meet & Eat with the drivers. To celebrate the return of Monster Jam trucks to McDonald’s Happy Meals, the McDonald’s Restaurants of the Greater Philadelphia Region partnered with Feld Motor Sports®, to bring the world’s premier Monster Jam truck series to Philadelphia.  They hosted a Pit Party before the show that was pure joy for the kids and adults.  Guests had the opportunity to get a view of the trucks up close and meet Ronald McDonald and the drivers of the massive Monster Jam trucks.

My family and I were fortunate enough to experience the show this past weekend.  We came prepared with our own noise canceling headphones to protect our hearing.  The loudness can be quite damaging to anyone’s ears, especially for the little ones.  This was my daughter’s first time attending such an event and my son’s second time.  My son, “G” is a huge fan and was very excited to experience Grave Digger’s tricks and high intensity entertainment.  Both children enjoyed the four wheeler race and “V” was super excited to see the only female, Madusa, win the prize.  The race took away her fears of the loud noises of the event.


The races, the tricks and the sportmanship display at Monster Jam is truly a memorable experience to have with the family.
**My family received complimentary tickets to see Mosnter Jam, however,  all opinions are my own.**
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The Mutts Winter Diaries

The Mutts Winter Diaries

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The treasured characters in the MUTTS comics have a special charm to kids and adults of all ages. The friendship, warmth, and humor between characters that are seemingly unlikely matches create a special dynamic that will warm your heart. The graphic novel style collection of the MUTTS diaries introduces some of the cast members through a variety of their most popular comic strips. With winter on the way, there could not have been a better time to open up this book, so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of The Mutts Winter Diaries, the second Mutts collection for kids! If you are a fan of MUTTS, you will love this collection. It, of course, has all of our favorite characters – Shtinky Puddin’, Sourpuss, Guard Dog, Bip and Bop, and even Crabby. The strips that McDonnell uses for this collection are quirky and thought provoking, perfect for inspiring children to care for animals and their environment.

Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS, which now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. MUTTS has been described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as “One of the best comic strips of all time.” McDonnell has received numerous numerous awards for this Mutts inside bookstrip, including the National Cartoonists Society’s highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year. MUTTS also won awards for its environmental and animal advocacy: two Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust, The HSUS Hollywood Genesis Award for Ongoing Commitment, the PETA Humanitarian Award, and a Sierra Club award, all for good reason. We love the awareness the author brings to shelter animals and animals that are tied up outdoors. It is such a great life lesson and the MUTTS diaries make it an easy transition into teaching our kids about how to treat animals. McDonnell’s website,, promotes his animal- and earth-friendly philosophy. Consistent with McDonnell’s concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. So not only do you get a great, heart-warming book, but you get to feel great about it too! We think that you will love The Mutts Winter Diaries as much as we did, and we want to give you a chance to get your veryMutts shirt own copy of the book, as well as a special Comics sleepshirt. The Mutts Winter Diaries, Richard Leeds International has designed a cozy nightshirt to give you the sweetest of dreams.

So not only do you get a great, heart-warming book, but you get to feel great about it too! We think that you will love The Mutts Winter Diaries as much as we did, and we want to give you a chance to get
your very own copy of the book, as well as a special Comics sleepshirt.

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The Curbside App & Target Plus a Coupon Code!

The Curbside App & Target Plus a Coupon Code! Curbside 1

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I am an online shopper and try to avoid entering physical stores when I have to shop. I love that the FREE Curbside app is available to shop at my local Target so I can shop on the go on my mobile device and avoid shipping charges. The app was super simple to use, I had a few main items I wanted to purchase so I searched the store, added then to my cart then browsed the sale items, where I found a few more items I wanted. When I was done shopping, I paid for my items and was alerted that they were available for pick up an hour later with no additional fees! We drove to the store & upon arrival, I used the app to alert the Target team members that I was outside. Within five minutes, my items were brought out to me in a Curbside2reusable bag and we left. The Curbside app will definitely be changing the way I shop online and I encourage everyone to try it out. Here is a code for $10 off a $20 purchase for you to try it out for yourself. Just use the code: THIRTYMOMS


Curbside is available at the following New York and New Jersey Target locations:
- Bronx-Throggs Neck Target (NY)
- Gateway Target (NY)

-College Point Target (NY)

- Edgewater Target (NJ)

-North Bergen Commons Target (NJ)

- Jersey City Target (NJ)

-Menlo Park Target (NJ)

- Fairfield Target (NJ)

-Hackensack Target (NJ)

-Union North Target (NJ)



National Teddy Bear Day & SeptemBEAR Celebration

National Teddy Bear Day & SeptemBEAR Celebration

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received complimentary product to review. 

Do you remember your first teddy bear? Snuggle wants you and everyone you know to be a part of the #ShareABear movement by sharing a photo, video or story of you and a special teddy bear in your life. Snuggle will donate 5,000 bears through Random Acts, (a non-profit organization), to help brighten the days of children in need. For the whole month of  SeptemBEAR! 

To kick off the effort, Snuggle surprised some special friends with a snuggly act of kindness -, sharing teddy bears to help celebrate his favorite holiday and to encourage others. Visit, like Snuggle on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram for more information.

Family Forward: Our First Family Retreat

Family Forward: Our First Family Retreat

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. 

Making memories with my family is always on my mind. We love exploring our city together and have a blast discovering new & exciting “things”. Now, that my boys are a little older and seem to have a perfect memory, its time to make memories while we travel! Being a family of 5, traveling with everyone may seem a bit daunting. That’s why I signed up for the 5 day Family Retreat #FamilyForward  2015 taking place at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. We are excited to be  making meaningful theme park vacation memories, strengthening our family bonds, completing hands-on activities & challenges together and hanging out. Family Forward is all planned out with visits to Universal Studios, Wet n Wild, a Blue Man Group show, family meals, themed parties, workshops and scheduled down time to unwind by the pool or lagoon. Traveling as a family is all about fun adventures and connecting with each other. Our upcoming surprise trip to #FamilyForward will be an awesome experience! 


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Introducing My Kids to the Funnest Sport

Introducing My Kids to the Funnest Sport

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post . I received complimentary lessons to facilitate this review.

Swimming is my absolute favorite sport. I learned at a very young age and always knew that it would be something I would introduce my own children to very early. So, when we had our first child, my husband and I enrolled him in “mommy” and me lessons at just 5 months old. Now, that my oldest is five years old, we have taken swimming class at a number of places in the city. This summer, we were given the opportunity to take lessons with Imagine Swimming as part of a campaign with Momtrends & Swim Today. I thought these swimming classes would be similar to the ones we took before but to my surprise they were absolutely amazing. The Imagine Swimming staff are professional, knowledgeable and devoted. The small.class sizes and attention to detail of proper swim technique gives the students the optimal conditions to become expert swimmers in no time. My older boys progressed immensely this summer as a direct result of their amazing Imagine Swiimming teachers, they have been practicing proper breathing technique and perfecting their front crawl strokes.  Imagine swimming offers classes ranging from “mommy & me” thru more advanced. I took a weekly “mommy & me” class with Baby Q and he now takes cues & hold his breath when going under the water. He was even so relaxed while floating on his back with me that he actually fell asleep in the pool! Check out the Swim Today website to sign up for classes or find a swim club near you today and start participating in #TheFunnestSport





Imbible: Rum, Drinks & Pirates!

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*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.


Photo Credit Dixie Sheridan

A scenic cruise with a DJ, Buffet, 3 bars & a musical (only for guests age 21 and over), put all these things together and you get the Alive After Five cruise. Hubby & I planned a date night with a couple of newlyweds, @ItsMonicaJVlogs & @BamWithTheCam and we had a great time. 

After boarding the boat, we headed to the lower deck where the performance would take place. We traded in our drink ticket for a well drink, grabbed some light bites and sat back and enjoyed the views till Showtime. the Imbible is a 4 “man” musical show all about the history of rum sprinkled with some pirate facts. The actors danced, sang and interacted with us encouraging us yo sing along to tunes we knew. During the show we were given 2 more craft cocktails: A hurricane & some spiced rum. The show had me laughing plus I  learned a few fun facts. The Imbible: rum drinks and pirates is a “great” way to spend a date night, girls night out or even celebrate a special occasion.  Check out the show now, it runs till September 6th!

Your $50 ticket includes:

  • Access to private pirate party deck
  • 30-min off-broadway smash-hit “Imbible” show
  • 3 complimentary craft cocktails
  • Amazing 360-degree views of NYC
  • Exclusive cash-bar


Fiji Fit with Momtrends & Peloton Cycle

Fiji Fit with Momtrends & Peloton Cycle

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Drinking water & being active are things that I am starting  to do more of to be a healthier, happier me. I took the challenge to become #FijiFit with Momtrends & the Fiji Water team at Peloton Cycle to celebrate the new Fiji Water bottle earlier this month. The new Fiji Water 700mL bottle is now sleeker and fits everywhere your active lifestyle may take you! This natural artesian water contains natural minerals and electrolytes to keep you hydrated all day long. 

A classful of bloggers came together to celebrate Fiji Water’s new look and participate in a spin class. Our Peloton Cycle instructor wasfiji water 2 high energy and motivating from the minute we stepped in the room. Our bikes were all stocked with a bottle of Fiji Water which easily fit into the holder because of its new sleek design. This was my second spin class and I really enjoyed the Peloton studio. The classes are all filmed for live stream & for an on demand library where riders can join in at home. (Get your first ride free at the NYC studio). Our bikes were also outfitted with a timer, calorie information and a leader board. I tried my best to keep up the pace in the class and was proud that I made it through the thirty minutes, thanks to my determination and my refreshing bottle of Fiji Water!

Plus you can get Fiji Water delivered right to your doorstop one time or monthly! Enter to win 2 months of FREE home delivery of Fiji Water & be #FijiFit (US residents only) (Giveaway ends 8/31)


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Wishenpoof, an Amazon original Series

Wishenpoof, an Amazon original Series

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Get ready for a brand new series starting on August 14th on Amazon. Wishenpoof is another great series from the brains behind Blues Clues, Creative Galaxy and Daniel Tiger. We were invited to a special premiere of Wishenpoof with KidzVuz and the creators themselves at the Boathouse in Central Park. We had a magical evening, decorating wands, eating yummy food and best of all getting a sneak peek at the new series!

Meet Bianca Wishenpoof, a girl who loves math & science. Each episode, children become part of her adventures with her best friend, Bob the Bear and are left with a new big idea, wishenpoof logoexperiment or  that they can explore further. This series teaches life skills like communicating, setting goals, practicing self-control, critical thinking and making connections. The boys instantly fell in love with Bianca, her friends & family and will be tuning in to catch each and every Wishenpoof adventure!

Beginning Friday, August 14, Amazon Prime members can watch episodes of Wishenpoof ad-free with the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at

Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.  

Baby “Q” is my third baby and even though I often consider myself a parenting pro…every baby is different, reaching their milestones at their own pace and he is a perfect example of how different babies can be. Even though he has been my earliest crawler/walker, he still has no gerber chewu1teeth and really wants table food anytime we are eating around him. Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes offer crawlers the perfect food to assist them in learning and practicing how to mash and chew using the perfectly sized soft bits of fruits or veggies in each container. Gerber’s special cooking technique gives little one’s just the right texture and sized bits that help them become master chewers; lots of expert research was spent to develop these perfect foods. The Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes allow babies to easily transition to table food by offering a gradual texture progression in the food options. The ten new Lil’ Bits recipes come in super convenient and easy to transport plastic tubs in 7 fruits and 3 veggies. Fruits are: Apple Blueberry, Orchard Fruit Medley, Apple Banana, Banana Apple Strawberry, Pear Apple Berry, Island Fruit Blend and Banana Apple Mango. Veggies are: Mixed Carrots, Corn & Butternut Squash, Butternut Squash & Potato, Sweet Potato Apple Carrots & Cinnamon.

Baby “Q” was introduced to smooth pureed baby food, since he was about 5 months old after he began showing a strong interest in food & we were given clearance from ourgerber chewu2 pediatrician. Children who have not been exposed to “lumpy food” that require mashing and chewing before 10 months of age have experienced difficulties transitioning to more advanced foods. Now that he is 10 months old Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes are the perfect way to get him ready to chew & eat table food. We tried the Sweet Potato Apple Carrots & Cinnamon blend and he absolutely loves it. I can see him feeling the little bite sized pieces and trying to mash them up with his gums, working on the early skills to become a master chewer!  Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes is filling a gap in early childhood nutrition with these new food options and giving parents the tools to help their little one’s become Chew U graduates!

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Check out the  Gerber Chew U Instant Win Promotion , get your little ones into Gerber Chewgerber chewu6 University today & return to the site daily for a chance to win Class of 2015 Chew U prizes! Promotion period ends on September 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET Enter today!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gerber.