EZ PZ – dinner time!

You made a delicious meal, serve everyone and then you hear… uh oh… yep. Those two little words make you want to cry when you look over and see an entire plate of food on the floor.

Well y’all prepare to be Ahhh-mazed. 🙂 This plate may look simple but it WILL change your meal time with kids forever. I have seriously considered keeping one of these in my bag for when we eat out with our kiddo. This sucker (no pun intended) literally suctions to the table, so no more accidental spills or plates knocked over. You are welcome.👊🏻

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This plate is called Ez Pz. The mat is made from 100% food-grade silicone that is BPA, BPS, PVC, latex and phthalate free. Designed for infants / toddlers 4+ months.

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I was not compensated for this review, however I did receive this product for free.

Four tips for flying with a 4 year old

Here are a few tips for flying with a 4 year old.

  • First things first, when booking your tickets find out if you can select your seats from the get. I know when flying with JetBlue you are able to select seats regardless of flying economy or extra leg room. Now with another airline we recently flew with (Delta) we were not able to select the seats when flying economy. I was able to call after booking for the seats to be blocked off. Keep in mind when the Delta blocks off seats for families they block off the VERY LAST row in the plane. These seats DO NOT RECLINE. So be prepared to sit straight up for your entire flight.

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  • Next, thing bring a tablet and a extra long charger if you can. Find out if your plane has wifi capabilities, some do and some you have to buy. When buying a wifi pass, be sure to find out of you are able to stream videos through Netflix etc. We purchased a wifi pass and I found out after while setting up our device that you are unable to stream. WTH. Yep. Now if your plane has TV’s then you are at least in luck! Don’t forget the headphones! IMG_6005
  • BRING snacks! Now of course you know you are not able to bring liquid. But chips, candy or crackers, BRING IT! A bag of Lays chips cost $3.50! And some airlines don’t give unlimited snacks or any.
  • Lastly, we always pack a small blanket and put him in comfy PJ’s. If your little one is not potty trained for sleeping you may want to have he or she wear a pull up.
If I had to recommend a airline to fly with kids I would hands down say JETBLUE all the way!
I have not been compensated in any way by any airline. These opinions are my own from personal experience 

Summer in the City

Spending the summer in the city? Here are a few of our favorite city do’s!

Carvel Ice Cream- It’s a chain but THE best soft serve.
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Natural History Museum- Great for rainy or super hot days!
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Central Park- Take a walk, bring some bread and feed the pigeons
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Battery Park Seaglass carousel- absolutely beautiful. Even better in the evening.
And have a slice!
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Chores for 4’s!

Nothing is worst than cleaning the house while your little one goes behind you making a mess. So I’ve learned keep him busy by including him.
At his age he knows how to pick up his toys, separate laundry colors and help pull out some of the plastics from the dishwasher with help.
On laundry days I give him a task of separating the laundry by colors, light and dark. This has become his chore and he enjoys it too! While he is separating we talk through the different colors and I reward him with a few coins for his piggy bank and he is beyond ecstatic!
Every couple of weeks we pull out some change from his piggy bank and take him to go get his favorite Yokai Metals! He has become more mindful and appreciates the toys he buys.  IMG_3973
I remember my mother doing this same task as a child and it taught responsibility and included me in the family cleaning day. Although I was not a fan of chores the older I got, I know as a parent how important it is to teach them at young age.

Saving time with daily harvest

Parenting is exhausting. I am not complaining at all. I enjoying being a mom but at the end of the day… once work is over and the dishes are done I finally have a few minutes before my day is over and it starts all over again. Which is why if I can make my life a little easier… why the hell not?

 If we are not healthy who is going to take care of everything else? It’s time to take that extra step to a healthier life. I was recently approached by Daily Harvest (an amazing smoothie company) with the simplest ingredients pre-measured goodies to blend with your favorite juice, milk or water! Yeah I know what you are thinking… so how expensive is it? When you draw it all out and calculate the time of prepping and ingredients you come out pretty well!
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So check out my video below and skip on over to their site to see all the fun blends they have! One fun kid friendly tip- I poured one of these smoothies into my zoku and made the little one a healthy Popsicle!

Let me know what you think?

Easy Yellow Squash Tots & Cheese Egg Bites – Kidfresh

We have been a fan of Kidfresh products for about two years now. I came across their veggie mac and cheese, Wagon Wheels Mac+Cheese, which my son adored! My husband and I have a rule of thumb of always trying new foods first before letting our little one try it. We both knew Kidfresh was truly fresh and definitely has your little ones  tummy and nutrition in mind!

When I heard they were making a “healthier” Tater Tot- Totally Rockin’ Tots – Yukon Gold + Yellow Squash I was thrilled! 548X405_V3_01

So I took it to another level and added it to breakfast! Check out my recipe below.

It is a simple recipe and can be adapted to anyone’s liking. I used a standard 6 muffin pan, sprayed with non stick spray. I used 3 tots (thawed) per cup – which I flattened down. Then, I scrambled 5 eggs with cheese and filled almost to the top. Baked at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. This made 6 breakfast muffins. The fun thing about this recipe is you can make it your own- change it up by adding spinach, onions or even bacon!

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I am OK with NOT being a Pinterest perfect mom

After four years of life as a mom and 6 years married I have just come to terms that I am ok with not being a pinterest perfect mom.

When I became a mom, I had no idea of the judgement I was about to take on- by other moms. Shocker right?! Moms can be so quick to judge others. We do what we can and the point is we “do” for our kids. So what’s the point of making ourselves jump through hoops to put on this big show? Is it really for the kids or is it really to make us feel like a better mom than the other?

I am not a perfect parent. But I give all I can and fail sometimes and that  IS OK! I have to admit I tried my hardest to be this pinterest perfect mom. I try to do fun quirky valentines. Not because I want to be better than the other mom. I do this because it’s fun. I am not saying that by trying to create the cutest party is being a judgy mom or better than the other. I just think moms have this extra pressure to be pinterest perfect and we don’t need to…

I am ok with not being a pinterest perfect mom.

I wanted to create the perfect first birthday party. I spent hours searching pinterest for ideas and in the end it was perfect for us. Yes, my burlap bunting that I spent hours cutting and stenciling didn’t hang the way I wanted- the wind quickly snatched it down. But the party went on and the pictures show two parents glowing with excitement and a beautiful family of three.

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For my son’s second birthday my cake was far from pinterest perfect. My bake-ware was  in storage and I used what we could find…  the cake literally was falling apart as I was icing it.  I was devastated. This cake was a DISASTER.  It was the night before his birthday, at least 1 am, my husband and I were in the kitchen laughing and me crying a little… at this mess.  But in the midst of it all my I remembered a beautiful cake I saw on pinterest. I am sure most of you have seen it pop up a time or two. The sprinkle cake. I grabbed all the sprinkles I could find and slapped them on and my husband ran down to the bodega to get more. We tried to salvage this awful cake with sprinkles. Sure it was colorful! The sprinkles covered the gaping hole on the side but goodness me how would this cake taste…. I cringed when I saw the kids take a bit. All I heard was CRUNCH. It was not a tasty cake. It made for a beautiful picture. But the cake was no good. Pinterest FAIL.

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This year I tried again to have a pinterest perfect party. I had cute little names for the food and set up everything at home as if it was on the table at the venue. Just making sure EVERYTHING was pinterest perfect… I made adorable party favors…

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But when the day came around we could not get into the parking gate, I was setting up the room as our guest were arriving and half of the things I originally planned for I tossed back into my tote bags and the party began. It didn’t matter my adorable washi tape cups for the fish and chips were not out. No one missed out on the little details I didn’t put out… and neither did I. I turned around and saw my four year old with a smile ear to ear and enjoying his birthday party with friends and family. It was a perfect real mom birthday!

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I CHEWZY YOU! <3

I think Star Wars has done an exceptionally good job of saturating the market with EVERYTHING Star Wars related- from my coffee creamer to our mac and cheese! When it came to finding our valentines cards he wanted star wars- I could not find star wars valentine’s cards anywhere. Maybe they were all sold out or I just didn’t look in the right place.

I quickly made these cards and taped a Chewy bar to it!

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Happy Valentines!

WINE IT OUT – Cepa 21

The holiday’s have come and gone and I have been screaming for a little mommie time. So today I am sitting back and sipping on what has to be one of my new favorite red wines. Emilo Moro has relaunched  Cepa 21 from the Modern collection Bodegas Cepa 21. This bottle of Hito 2014 right up my alley, a full body red wine with a long, lingering finish.

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So put the kids to bed, pour a glass of wine (or your favorite beverage)  and let’s WINE IT OUT!
Holiday’s a rough to say the least. I mean I am all for the magical Christmas spirit and fun for the kids. But really spending hours at a time in a toy store or searching for the best bargain for THE toy of the year and the guy in the big red suit gets ALL the credit. Boo to that! Or trying to move that damn elf everyday. Lawd… I know I used my go to response for “Mom Toosies didn’t move today” well… ummm maybe it’s because he is in shock by how bad you were yesterday. Of course this only works a few times. HA. So let’s be real. The holiday’s where beautiful and fun and probably my favorite thus far but I am EXCITED it is come and gone.
Now who is ready for Mardi Gras?!
Here is a mocktail for all my non winos and prego ladies-
-sparkling lemon water-fresh cranberries-mint
 

Playdate with Bright Starts

This past week we had the fun filled opportunity to host a play date for Bright Starts toys! As a mother of an only child, I jump at the chance of a playdate. A chance to have an adult conversation and the little ones play? Ummm…. Yes please! I rounded up a few of our favorite snacks and let the little ones explore the new toys! unnamed (58)

Learn & Giggle Fish

A fun bright and colorful fishy which has two play modes – one for learning and one for music. Your little ones can learn colors, shapes, hear numbers and letters. With this multi-mode easy to manage toy, little ones will stay entertained. The recommended age is 6mths- 3 years.

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Learn and Giggle Activity Station

This was probably a favorite for one of the children at our play date. In fact he loved it so much he couldn’t part with it! The bright colors and interactive stations were super fun. They can sit or stand allowing the play space to be versatile- This amazing station will keep baby engaged with more than 65 sounds, melodies, lights and phrases! The recommended age is 6mths- 3 years.

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Bright Starts Spin & Giggle Puppy

Oh this toy had everyone in the house entertained. I for one loved this toy! The bowl wobbles and spins balls around until they spill out, the kids loved running around trying to gather them all up and starting again! Great for learning colors- The recommended age is 6mths- 3 years.

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It was a successful afternoon with snacks and new toys who could ask for a better day?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bright Starts. I did receive compensation in the form of products to facilitate this post. All opinions are honest and that of The Mommie Life- MommieDe