Last April The Hubs and I took the kidlets for their very first trip to Walt Disney World! We were lucky that my BIL & SIL, who are Disney park veterans, were joining us and helped us navigate not only through booking our trip, but the park and the all-important Disney character meal reservations! My BIL even worked out a whole Fast Pass strategy so we NEVER had to wait on line for the popular rides and any of the parks so we would just walk up to Big Thunder Railroad, Journey of the Little Mermaid, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Peter Pan’s Flight, Kali River Rapids and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, waltz right in and enjoy the ride!
Me & the kidlets after our first day at Magic Kingdom, 10+ hours of fun had them wiped out. Rest assured, they were ready early the next morning to go back!
It was a trip that created a lifetime of magical memories and the chance to experience Disney through the eyes of my kidlets was absolutely priceless.
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When I was in 4th grade my elementary school held a talent show. In addition to the students who actually possessed some sort of vocal, dancing or other performance talent, each class had to come up with their own “act.” Since my class luckily had a few kids who could actually carry a tune, my teacher decided that we should sing a song, but what would we sing? Around this time there was a relatively new musical on Broadway and its theme song “Join the Circus” was a catchy, upbeat and whimsical tune which was perfect for a bunch of nine and ten-year-olds to sing to an audience filled with parents, grandparents and siblings!
For weeks we practiced the song and paired it with a little routine. One boy in class was chosen to be the ringleader and he got to wear a glitzy red coat and black top hat. The rest of us dressed up in old-school clown costumes with big shoes, funny ties and big red noses! My mom was a whiz at sewing and she hand-made my clown costume. It was baggy aqua blue number with a pink netting collar, edged with pink sequence and the look was completed with a tall cone hat that had a pink fuzzy ball on top (gee, I wish I still had a picture of it to show you)!
Yesterday I got an email about the results of a new study, compiled by PBS Kids and youth and family research firm Smarty Pants, on parents with young children aged 2-6 which found that American families are struggling to prepare their children for kindergarten with five out of 10 parents worrying that their child won’t have the basic skills they need when they start elementary school.
I shared this info on The Harried Mom’s Facebook page and asked readers along with some of my IRL (“In Real Life”) mommy friends to share with me their top tip to get kids onto the path to school readiness. The most common response I got was reading to/with children on a daily basis and I have to say I wholeheartedly agree!
Have you ever found yourself watching cartoons with your kids and suddenly find yourself singing or humming along to the songs on the show? In my house that happens to me all the time when we watch the Disney Channel and Disney Junior.
Right now one of my four-year-old daughter’s favorites is watching “Sofia the First” which follows the adventures of a little girl who becomes royalty literally overnight when her mom marries the king. “Sofia” is the first Disney princess to have her tale told through the eyes of a little girl. I like that in each episode she is learning empowering lessons about kindness, forgiveness, generosity and self-respect which are conveyed through both music and song.
Now my daughter and I are able to sing along to our favorite Sofia songs with “Sofia The First: Songs from Enchancia.” This new CD soundtrack from Walt Disney Records features 15 tracks including “Good Little Witch” and “The Ride of Your Life” (which also features Princess Jasmine from “Aladdin”) plus four karaoke instrumentals so princesses of all ages (including me!) can sing their favorite Sofia song in their own vocal style. Continue reading
It was a monster of a time last night at the Monster Jam show at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
We got to see some of the biggest and baddest Monster Jam trucks – including Grave Digger: The Legend, MadUSA, Grave Digger, Captain America, Thrasher, Black Stallion and Overkill Evolution — blitz and blaze through the air, sometimes soaring up over 30 feet, in their quest to crush the competition (and the poor cars underneath!).
Being a mom is tough work. Add to the mix working full-time away from the home and you’ve got to be a mom juggler extraordinaire! There are reports to file, papers to sign, meetings to go to and that’s just for the kids, let alone the job! I’m lucky though that I work for a company that offers a flextime policy. As long as my physical presence isn’t necessitated at the office for some sort of project, event or meeting, I get to work one day from home. for me, that day is on Fridays.
Ah, I wish I looked as put together as this harried mom!
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We’re counting down the minutes to the Big Game, but the matchup between the top two football teams isn’t the only major happening on TV today! I’m talking about that other famous “tail”gate event, the Puppy Bowl! This year marks its 10th anniversary and I was lucky to be invited earlier this week by Mohawk Flooring to attend the Puppy Bowl Experience in Times Square NYC. They had me at “Woof,” I mean who doesn’t love seeing and playing with puppies!
You might be asking, as I did when I was first got the invite, what does a flooring company have to do with the Puppy Bowl? Well Mohawk is the official carpet sponsor of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X and they are providing their new revolutionary SmartStrand Carpet for the football field the puppies are playing on.
I’m a huge supporter of companies who team up their products with worthwhile causes for a greater good. Throughout the month of February Purex® Laundry Detergent is teaming up with the Make-A-Wish foundation, one of the world’s leading children’s charities for their “Bright Washes, Bright Wishes” promotion.
I’m sure you’ve heard of Make-A-Wish before, but they help to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The kids helped by this organization say that granted wishes give them a renewed strength to continue in the brave fight against their illnesses while their parents say these experiences help strengthen their entire family.
This year the Super Bowl is a big deal in our house. See, The Hubs is originally from Colorado and grew up a Denver Broncos fan, which means he’s been united in orange his entire life and not just some guy jumping on the Peyton Manning bandwagon.
The Hubs was a long-suffering Broncos fan until John Elway stepped onto the field in Mile High Stadium as a rookie in 1983 and eventually led them to 5 AFC championships and two Super Bowl wins. Continue reading
When my son was three all he ever wanted to watch was this kiddie DVD we had called “Lots and Lots of Trucks.” As the title implies, it featured all sorts of trucks that could amuse a little kid for a full 45 minutes – fire trucks, dump trucks, big rigs, construction trucks and heavy haulers, you name the type of truck it was included in this video. Out of all those trucks, my son’s favorite part was when Bigfoot came on. Who is he? I’m not talking about the big hairy Sasquatch that people (crazy ones!) claim to have either seen or captured. This Bigfoot is sort of the granddaddy of monster trucks who raced, jumped and crushed cars.
Just a sampling of my kidlet’s Monster Jam monster truck collection, my favorite is Monster Mutt, sticking his tongue out up front on the left
That was the start of my son’s love affair with monster trucks and how we soon discovered Monster Jam®. He’s six now, but he still loves it. He’s got a whole bin full of Hot Wheels Monster Jam trucks that he and now his four-year-old sister share and play with regularly. Some of our favorite ones to race around in crazy competitions are El Toro Loco®, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Monster Mutt, Captains Curse® and Grave Digger®. Continue reading
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