Oatmeal Carrot Zucchini muffins

Oatmeal Carrot Zucchini muffinsOatmeal Carrot zucchini muffins

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • I tbsp baking powder
  • I tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • I carrot shredded
  • 1/2 zucchini shredded
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Combine dry ingredients (flour, oats, baking powder,cinnamon, salt) and mix. Combine wet ingredients (milk, olive oil, egg, vanilla) mix well then add shredded carrot & zucchini. Scoop into greased muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes about 9 muffins.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor & #CabanaLife

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor & #CabanaLife

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received complimentary admission  for review purposes. All opinions are my own.hurricane harbor9

I adore water and water parks and was super excited to take my boys to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Jackson, New Jersey with Angie (MBA Moms online) & her son. I had never visited and was not sure what to expect besides a few water slides and a wave pool plus my boys are all under 5 years old. I was truly amazed at the size and various water park fun that was in store for us, how many activities my little ones could participate in and how much fun a water park could be for the whole family.

We attended the Hurricane Harbor BlogBQ and were given a cabana for the day, I have to admithurricane harbor7 that I am now, all about #CabanaLife whenever we visit a water-park from now on. The cabanas  are conveniently located next to the wave pool, they are furnished with wicker furniture, lounge chairs, a fan, outlets & a refrigerator plus they can be closed for privacy (perfect for a midday nap or for nursing mamas). The amazing cabana staff were all extremely helpful, friendly and attentive, offering to refill souvenir cups and making sure that everyone was happy & comfortable. We got dressed in our cabana and  left all of our stuff in our cabana and headed off to explore the sights. First stop was a delicious meal at the Cabana Cove bar & Grill where there was a selection of burgers, hurricane harbor2sandwiches & salads as well as some dessert selections. We ate and explored the park, checking
out family friendly Discovery Bay,  the Taak It Eez Ee Creek and Hurricane Mountain then we relaxed in the Blue Lagoon wave pool. After about an hour in the wave pool, we headed back to our cabana with a hot funnel cake from Island temptations and some buckets, shovels and sand molds we bought from Cabana Brothers and the boys enjoyed playing in the sand and building “castles” right in front of the cabana while I stretched out on my lounge chair.

Hurricane Harbor is a perfect Summer day trip for the whole family to enjoy some fun in the sun & water. Hurricane Harbor is open daily all summer from 10:30am to about 6 or 6:30pm. You can purchase tickets or season passes here.

-SD

Dr. Browns New Options Bottle

Dr Browns New Options Bottle

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

Dr. Browns is well known for their bottle venting system that helps reduce  feeding problems like colic, spit-up, burping and gas and who thought that this system could get any better. Surprise, Dr Browns has “upgraded” the system and the new Dr Browns Options bottle gives you two vent options in one bottle. You can use the Options bottle with or without the vent system which allows the bottle to grow with baby. The Options bottles fit most breast pumps, and are BPA-free and made in the USA. Some of the benefits of the Dr Browns Options bottle include:

  • Helps reduce feeding problems
  • Helps preserve vitamins
  • Helps digestion
  • Vent and nipple create vacuum-free feeding

-SD

Kiwi Magazine’s Next great Chef Contest

Kiwi Magazine’s Next great Chef Contest

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Children ages 4-14 can enter for a chance to win amazing prizes—KIWI’s giving away more than $3,000, plus a chance to be featured in KIWI magazine!

If your little one loves to cook…enter now! Have your child come up with an original recipe using any of the sponsor’s products (Nielsen-Massey & Bob’s Red Mill) , take a video while they whip up their innovative dish and submit it by July 5, 2015Find all the details for KIWI’s 2015 Next Great Young Chef contest here.

Save a Year of Artwork with Plum Print

Save a Year of Artwork with Plum Print

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received a complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.plumprint1

My city apartment is filled with creations by my little artists and I have run out of space to showcase all the art that they create throughout the school year. Plum Print offers an amazing solution to saving & showcasing their art.

We sent in a box full of drawing, paintings and 3D plumprint2creations and in a few short weeks a beautiful hard cover coffee table book arrived. The book is extremely well made and the pictures of the art is exquisite. The details are pretty amazing and each page clearly depicts the piece of art with all its intricacies.

Plum print books double as a great keepsake and helps eliminate some of the physical art that is showcased in your home. They are also unique gift ideas for Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts,uncles plumprint3and any relatives who simply adore your little ones art work.

Check out Plum Print’s pricing here plus you can get duplicates for 50% off. So gather up all that amazing school year artwork and get started creating your Plum Print art book.

-SD

Summer Dress-Up with Costume Express

Summer Dress-Up with Costume Express

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

Summer time is a time to let loose, relax and best of all…have fun! What better way to have fun and beat some of the summer heat than dressing up at home. Costume Express has a seemingly unending variety of high quality, good priced costumes for children and their grown ups to dress-up as their favorite character(s) all the while encouraging quality family fun time, creating priceless memories and evoking your imaginations. These simple costumed dress-up experiences can be inspirational, motivational and can happen year round!

Check here for great ideas for year-round imaginative creative play:

Our intern got this Storybook Cinderella costume for her 3 year old sister from Costume Express & here are her thoughts:Cinderella dress-up

My sister loves to put on her Cinderella costume and run around the house pretending she’s a princess making sure to give everybody else orders. She puts on her tiara and dances with her big brothers as if she was at a ball, twirling her dress around and around. She loves having tea time with her dollies who are also dressed up as Princesses and anyone else who is interested in attending her royal festivities. This Storybook Cinderella costume is well made and she is transported every time she puts it on!

 

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Hey Mama Teas

Hey Mama Teas

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Prenatal & Postnatal health is extremely important and as a three time Hyperemesis Gravidarum (extreme morning sickness) survivor, I know firsthand how hard it is to take in and keep in much needed nutrients. I tried so many combinations of herbal “remedies” during pregnancy and while breastfeeding to assist in relieving morning sickness, supplementing my nutritional intake, promoting lactation and maintaining  overall wellness. It would have been great if there was a pre-made, tasty, healthy drink that could deliver all the nutrients, herbal supplements and more in just one bottle…enter, Hey Mama Teas.heymama2

Hey Mama Teas is a line of organic teas designed for mothers to be as well as nursing mothers. The teas come in 4 flavors, Prenatal flavors: Minty Morning, & Lemon  Glow as well as Postnatal flavors: Life’s A Peach &  Raspberry Divine. All I have to do is refrigerate them, open and enjoy a bottle of absolutely refreshing tea full of folic acid and a combination of beneficial herbal supplements. Hey Mama Teas can be purchased online.

-SD

HP Summer 2015 Innovations #BendtheRules

HP is always coming up with some great products to suit the needs of a vareity of different consumers.  in our home, we have enjoyed the HP Touch Screen laptop as well as the HP All-in-One Envy Wireless Printer.  The two products are a match made in heaven and makes our  lives so much easier.  Recently, I attended an “HP Back to School Bash” showcasing some of their innovative products that have been released this summer.

One product that cauhp-pavilion-x360ght my attention was the HP Pavilion x360.  It is marketed towards the et setters because it has the usability and flexibility needed for those that are on the go.  The screen is built on a hinge that can be transitioned from stand mode, tent mode, notebook mode to tablet mode.  It has all the latest features, including an Intel Core i7 processor.  It’s sleek design and great battery life make it a joy to bring along with you in your carry-on luggage.

The second product, HP Sprout, actually blew my mind.  It allows users to transorm the physical realm to the digital realm whether it’s related to crafts, designs or models.  It al#BendtheRuleslow for easy scanning into 2D and 3D making editing a breeze and turning allowing the user to fully bring their imagination into real life.   I have heard about thHP Sproute technology involved with making this type of system, but I had never seen it myself, let alone in a computer that is accessible to the general public.  It seriously blew my mind.

You have to check out HP’s newest products.  The possibilites of what you can create and enjoy are endless with their computers.

 

-MRM

 

3 Sun Protection Essentials

3 Sun Protection Essentials

Now that the sun is out and summer is almost here, it is time to amp up our sun protection routine. Wearing sunscreen all year round is recommended but during these extra hot Summer months, everyone needs some extra protection. My boys love being out in the sun running & playing and we have 3 Summer sun protection essentials:

1. Sunscreen: Sunscreen is a must year round and Nature’s Gate offers a line of vegan, sun protection3fragrance free, paraben free, phthalate free, oxybenzone free and cruelty free sunscreens perfect for the whole family. The Aqua Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen is safe & gentle for the whole family plus it is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. We use it when we are heading out to the splash pad, pool or beach. The Kids Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen is infused with natural botanicals and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. We use this one daily when out & about in the sun playing, running errands or just heading out for a walk. letop sunhat

2. Sun hats: Wearing sun hats is an easy and efficient way to protect our little ones from the sun and reduce UV rays to their faces. Not only does Le-Top USA have whimsical children’s clothing they have sun hats for both girls and boys. The boys bucket hats  with ties are available in sharks (Ocean Adventure Collection) & fish (Sail Away Collection).  The girls sunhats come in a variety of patterns: polka dots (Sail Away Collection), confetti (Confetti Collection), daisies (Daisy Crazy Collection), flowers (Bloom Collection) & watermelon (Watermelon Cutie Collection). The boys love choosing a sun hat either to match or contrast their outfits. “A” & “Q” are modeling their Le-Top USA hats from the Anchors Aweigh collection from a previous season. Use coupon code: LETOP10 for a discount on regularly priced items till July 31st!sun protection2

3. Sunglasses: Protecting your little one’s eyes from the sun is just as important as protecting their skin. My boys love sporting their Ray-Ban Junior aviator sunglasses and I love that they offer 100% UV protection. Plus they are available in a variety of colors, lens treatments, can be customized and are even prescription friendly.

What are your Sun Protection Essentials?

One World Observatory where you can #SeeForever

One World Observatory where you can #SeeForever

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Being a New Yorker is an “amazing” experience and sometimes we do not take the time to enjoy the wonders of our city. Tourists flock here from far and wide for the New York experience and many times we, New Yorkers don’t experience the “wonders” that are in our own backyard.

We were invited to the family preview day at One World Observatory since , Thirtydaddy, is an iron worker and has been working on Tower 3. I was excited to take the boys high up to witness their city from such a spectacular vantage point.seeforever1

When we arrived, the boys could not believe that they would be going all the way to the top of the building! Our first adventure was touring through the “Voices” & “Foundations” programs where we heard personal stories from some of the men/women who built One World Trade then we got close up & personal with the actual bedrock which is the foundation the building stands on.   Then we boarded the Sky Pod elevator and experience a virtual time-lapse that  illustrated the skyline from 1500s through the present day including the building of One World Observatory. The elevator ride to the 102nd floor took less than a minute and the boys were amazed at the lifelike images and in awe of witnessing how the skyline changed over the course of hundreds of years. When we arrived, weseeforever3 were directed to the “See Forever Theater” because the “show” was about to begin. We watched a 2 minute presentation of  various scenes depicting life in New York City and popular landmarks; then the screens lifted o reveal the breathtaking #SeeForever view. Then we were directed to the “Main Observatory” where we enjoyed the 360 degree views in all directions. These panoramic views of the city and beyond were truly picture perfect and the boys had fun looking for landmarks they know: The statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. The Sky Portal gave us an unforgettable view of the streets below in real time.  We even sat down to enjoy some delicious drinks and appetizers at One World Observatory One restaurant on the 101st floor. The food was amazing and we ate, chatted and enjoyed our #SeeForever view.  One World Observatory is an experience for everyone including native New Yorkers!

-SD

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