Fantastical Fun @BigAppleCircus ‘Metamorphosis’ Coming to NJ Feb 26 – {Ticket #Giveaway}

Did you ever want to join the circus when you were a kid? Many times when I ask my kidlets to finish their homework, do their chores, or eat something yucky (like broccoli!), they tell me they want to run away to the circus because it’s always fun and carefree.

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The Big Apple Circus brings its intimate, classical one-ring circus to TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ from Thursday, February 26 through Sunday, March 15.

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Kid Lit: Bedtime Stories

Getting the kids ready for bed can be one of the most challenging things a parent has to do!  This month’s Kid Lit post features books for bedtime that will have your little ones drifting off to dreamland in no time!

THM-KidLit-Bedtime-Books-Bedtime-Math-Book-CoverBedtime Math
By Laura Overdeck, illustrated by Jim Paillot

Okay, so we all know it’s wonderful to read bedtime stories to kids, but what about doing math? Many generations of Americans are uncomfortable with math and numbers, and too often kids will say, “I’m just not good at math!” For decades, this attitude has trickled down from parents to their kids, and we now have a culture that finds math dry, intimidating, and just not cool.   Bedtime Math wants to change all that.   They want to help parents make math a fun part of their kid’s everyday lives, not just something found only in homework assignments.

Inside this book, you’ll find fun, mischief-making math problems to tackle—math that isn’t just kid-friendly, but actually kid-appealing. With over 100 math riddles on topics ranging from jalapeños and submarines to roller coasters and flamingos, this book bursts with math that looks nothing like school.  Each challenge features three different levels — wee ones, little kids, and big kids– so there’s problem to be solved by everyone.Continue reading ⇒

No Bake SNICKERS® Peanut Butter Frosted Brownie Bites #BigGameTreats

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For our team, it’s not that hard!
Give me a T-O-U-C-H-D-O-W-N!
Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown!

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Go Back “Under the Sea” with Walt Disney Records “The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid” #Giveaway

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Like many other little girls out there, my daughter is obsessed with Frozen. She wants to watch it, hear it and sing the songs from the movie all the time. I can’t fault her much, because I was the very same way with another Disney movie, The Little Mermaid.

It came out while I was in high school and I remember going to the theater a bunch of times with my friends and even my mom to see it. I totally identified with Ariel – a girl who just wanted to fit in, who was curious and someone who believed that love could truly conquer all!  I memorized the film and to this day, I can still sing all the songs word-for word.

THM-The-Little-Mermaid-Legacy-Collection-Cover-ArtSo when I heard that Disney was going to issue The Legacy Collection, a series of box set compilation albums celebrating the anniversaries of 11 Disney films and the upcoming 60th anniversary of Disneyland, I hoped that The Little Mermaid would make the cut and it did!  In case you didn’t know it, but the film is  celebrating its 25th anniversary.

My copy of Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid took me on a musical voyage that reminded me just how magical this film and its music are.

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What I Did On My Christmas Vacation

Happy New Year!  Wow, what a nice break. I was lucky to have the past two weeks off from both work and blogging — which is the longest amount of consecutive time off I’ve had since I was on maternity leave with my daughter!

THM-How-I-Spent-Christmas-Vacation-NewYear-2015So yesterday was my first day back at work and the kidlets first day back at school, so I figured I’d share what we did during our break. Isn’t that what kids typically get as an  assignment when they return after the holiday break?

Anyway, we had a lovely holiday – filled with lots of family, food, fun and presents.

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Dutch Apple Caramel Pie Made Easy #HolidaySecrets

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Can you believe that Christmas is this week? I know, it snuck up on me too!

Luckily our decorations are up, the tree is trimmed and the presents have been bought (but not wrapped yet!).  All that’s really left to do is start prepping for the big holiday meal we’re hosting for the family this year. In the past, I’ve stressed out over planning the perfect holiday meal. However, I’ve picked up some #HolidaySecrets that have helped make my preparations easier and our family meal celebrations ones for the memory books.

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Who wants to spend the day cooped up in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove while everyone else gets to enjoy each other’s company? Not me, that’s for sure!  That’s why for the holidays, I like to plan meals that I can either make ahead of time or select recipes that once they go in the oven I can pretty much forget about until it’s time to go to the table!

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How To Host A Successful Playdate #DisneyKids

I received free products in order to host the #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate.
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http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-playdate-blocks-image23559451As the mom of two kidlets under the age of 8, playdates are a big part of my life.

Playdates are great opportunities for children to interact with other children in small settings. Aside from being fun, playdates help a child the chance to develop their social skills, build their self-esteem and broaden their views on how people are different and alike.

I also find that playdates are a great opportunity for parents, especially working moms like myself who aren’t as visible at local activities or school events, to build relationships with other parents of similar aged children. It’s always helpful and reassuring to have friends who can share and commiserate in both the challenges and joys of raising children.

There are no hard and fast rules to hosting a playdate. All you have to do is remember that a kid playdate is not a star-studded gala. You don’t have to go all out to impress, all that work and detail would just be lost on the kiddie crowd anyway.  All you really have to do is make sure your playdate is packed with lots of fun!

Here are my tips and trips to hosting a successful playdate:

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Special Guest for The Chirping Moms 12 Days of Toys: Day 11 CHARM IT! Charm Bracelet & Disney Frozen Olaf’s In Trouble Game {GIVEAWAY}

In the spirit of the holiday season – which to me means sharing and giving – today The Harried Mom is teaming up with The Chirping Mom’s 12 Days of Toys Giveaway! Along with my “Show and Tell with Deb & Lisa” cohort Lisa Pisano, from Mom a la Mode, we’re thrilled to be Day 11 of this giveaway extravaganza. I want to thank to those new folks who found their way over here today and to my regular readers, there’s some holiday cheer in store for you all!

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Show and Tell with Deb & Lisa – Grown Up Gifts {VIDEO}

(To the tune of “Jingle Bells…)  Dashing through the mall.  On a late December day, through the stores we go — charging all the way.  Ching! Ching! Ching!

How far have you gotten on your holiday shopping?  I’m still in the midst of it, but had some great ideas for gifts for kids which you can check out here.  Now that my kidlets are all taken care of, I’m onto completing the rest of my list – which is all adults.

With that in mind, the new episode of “Show and Tell with Deb & Lisa” is all about gifts for grown ups – from the fashionista to the foodie and tech-lover, there is something on this list for everyone! Check it out below…..

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Grab Bag List of Gift Ideas

Did you know that the National Retail Federation estimates that the average holiday shopper will spend $800 on holiday gifts and goodies this year.  I hope you have enough wrapping paper and tape on hand for all those gifts!!

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-many-christmas-presents-image27647684If you’re like me, you’re in the midst of holiday shopping getting presents for family, friends and co-workers.  I always seem to be on the hunt for that “perfect” gift to give someone.  I like to take the person and their interests into consideration and try to find something unique to them.

With that in mind, here is my sort of grab bag list of some last-minute gift ideas – from holiday-inspired and budget finds to stocking stuffers.  Want to know the best part? You don’t have to trudge to the store or mall and wait on a line to get any of these items. They are all available online and delivered right to your or your gift recipient’s door (and in some cases, already wrapped)

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