Kid Lit: Another “Good Question!”

A few months back I wrote about how my kidlets ask me about a million questions a day and how I used Good Question! books to help me answer some of their more probing ones.   My kidlets devoured those books and by the time they were finished with each of the five books we had, they were all smarty pants about things like the five senses, the American Civil War, the Earth, how plants grow, how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly and our solar system!   And then another round of questions began….

THM_GoodQuestion_1Thankfully a new series of Good Question! books recently showed up at our home, courtesy of Sterling Children’s Books, so once again, I’ve got answers!

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The Sweet Smell of “Familiar Favorites” by Air Wick

They say smell creates the most THM_AirWickFamiliarFavorites_1powerful memories.  Now, I’m not exactly sure who “they” are,  some sort of experts I guess,  but I’m definitely a believer!

Have you ever smelled something and were automatically transported back to a specific moment or place in time?  I know that’s true for me.  There are scents that take me back to being a little kid, playing at my friend’s houses and momentous moments in my life.

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Air Wick.I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Well Air Wick® has come out with a new line of air fresheners called The Familiar Favorites™ Collection, which brings home the comforting scents of the brands that families have grown to love.  Each of the three scents in this collection evoke the aroma and comfort of home – from clean laundry mixed with sunshine and pure while flowers with Snuggle® Fresh Linen; to the clean scent and bonds formed when bathing little one with Baby Magic® Clean Baby and a warm delicious baked treat with Cinnabon® Classic Cinnamon Roll.

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How Green Is Your Garden? 6 Easy Steps For Drying Herbs

THM_DryingHerbs_1I love gardens, filled with beautiful and colorful flowers, but truth be told I don’t have much of a green thumb.

Either I don’t plant them properly such as not having the proper soil pH level or I commit the mortal sin of forgetting (or am too tired) to water them. That was even one of the reasons we got an automated sprinkler system!  So flowers at my house are pretty much regulated to the kind you buy at the florist  and put into a pretty vase and our landscaping consists of grass, trees and hearty shrubs that I can’t kill!

However, when it comes to my herb garden, I’m a whiz!

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Kids Imagination Comes Alive – Surprise Ride Review

In a world that is filled with hi-tech, battery-operated toys with lots of bells and whistles, I like it when my kidlets to play with toys that encourage them to use their creativity and imagination, just like I did when I was their age.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-imagination-image17766376On a daily basis you can find my kids on any number of fascinating adventures. They make up incredible stories where they ride dinosaurs, battle space monsters, jump over mountains, build magic castles and they even have super heroes save princesses from evil witches.  Sometimes mom even gets to join in – mostly I get relegated to the monster or evil witch parts, but every once in a while I do get to be the fairy godmother!

So when a box to review Surprise Ride, a monthly subscription box that sends kids aged 6-11 a surprise box of activities with all the tools they need to explore and try something new, showed up on our doorstep the kidlets were excited to see what adventure they’d be taking.

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Skylanders Celebrates World Cup Fever With New Kickoff Countdown SWAP Force Character

THM_Skylanders_KickOffCoutdown_WorldCup_1The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off earlier this week in Brazil and soccer fever has taken over the entire world for the next four weeks!  Our house is no exception.  My kids are happily dancing around to “We Are One (Ole Ola)” and are kicking their soccer balls all over the yard trying to copy the fancy kicks and moves of the players/teams they see on TV.

Everyone seems to have World Cup fever.  Even my son’s favorite video game Skylanders has gotten into the game and is celebrating with the release of a new SWAP Force character, Kickoff Countdown!

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The Jury Is Out….

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-jury-duty-image25996512Each day, thousands of Americans just like you and me are summoned to take part in our nation’s judicial process by serving as jurors. The 6th Amendment of the Constitution provides that all US citizens have the right to a trial and to be judged by a jury of our peers.

There’s no doubt that jury duty is an important civic responsibility and is one of the highest duties a citizen can perform in a democracy next to serving in our military or voting.

Okay, now that we’re done with the civics lesson, is it just me or does it seem that you always get called for jury duty when it’s majorly inconvenient?   No doubt if there is a major life, family or work event coming up a jury summons magically appears in my mailbox.

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Sounding Good For Father’s Day – Sol Republic Master Tracks Headphones Review & Giveaway

Looking for a Father’s Day gift idea??  Tyler AKA The Hubs is here to help out with a great gift idea for any tech/music lover with a review of Sol Republic’s Master Tracks headphones and a great giveaway to win a pair for the special dad in your life!  So take it away Tyler…..

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A few months back I wrote about our Sol Republic Deck, a Bluetooth-enabled speaker that allows you to wirelessly stream music from computers, tablets, smartphones and various electronic devices. At the risk of overstating it, it’s really has changed our life and the way we listen to music, and something we use and enjoy nearly every day.  And now that the weather is finally warming up, we are using it more than ever, for fire pits, barbeques, and playing in the yard. But if you are like me, as fun as it is to crank the tunes, sometimes you want to or need to have a little more one-on-one time with your music.

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#KnowYourZone – Hurricane Season Is Coming, Are You Prepared?

It’s been 18 months since Hurricane Sandy.  It was certainly a frightening experience for me and my family here in NJ suburbs, right outside of NYC. We were fortunate though, we only lost power, no flooding and school was closed for a few days – you can read about that here.  On the news just this morning I saw stories of people in the New York City Tri-State area who are still trying to recover and rebuild.

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After that experience The Hubs and I decided we needed to be ready for any type of storm — but especially a hurricane.  With the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season starting in just a few short days on June 1 it’s a good time to prepare for the upcoming storm season.   One of the most important things to be aware of during a storm and emergency message is what your zone is, so you know whether you and your family need to evacuate or not.

For folks in the NYC area, the Ad Council and the New York City of Office Emergency Management has launched the #KnowYourZone campaign to encourage New Yorkers to find out whether their home or where they work is located in one of NYC’s six hurricane evacuation zones.  These zones are ranked by their danger of flooding from storm surge (with zone 1 being the most likely to flood). In the event of a hurricane or coastal storm, residents in these zones may be ordered to evacuate.Continue reading ⇒

A Berry Good (And No Bake!) Dessert – Blueberry Love

It’s no secret that I love to cook (you can see all my Harried Mom recipes here), but truth be told, I’ve never been much of a baker.  It’s not because I’m more of a savory over sweet gal – because anyone who knows me knows that I cannot resist a good sweet treat or dessert! I think it’s because baking is so precise.  Now while I use recipes when I cook, I tend to think of them more as “suggestions” in creating a dish.  I like to use my own culinary instincts to develop a dish and sometimes wind up improvising by adding herbs and spices or substituting ingredients to create a new flavor profile.  Apparently that doesn’t work so well when baking.  Adding a dash more or a splash of something to a baking recipe can make cookies turn into lumps of coal or cakes into bricks, both of which have happened to me many times.

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So when I was asked to create and share a dessert recipe using Reddi-wip® whipped topping, I decided to go with one that involve absolutely no baking on my end.

Right now there are lots of yummy and wonderful berries in season and they can make an easy and healthy dessert.

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Monster Jam Set To Roar Back Into NY/NJ Saturday, June 14 – Win A Family 4-Pack!

A few months back I talked about the “crushing” good time the family had at a Monster Jam show.  That was an indoor arena show and is a totally different experience than seeing one of their shows in a full-fledged stadium filled with a custom dirt track full of obstacles to soar over and, of course, smash through!  For all our friends and readers in the NY & NJ area, Monster Jam is set to roar back into town on its “Path of Destruction” tour at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Saturday, June 14.

THM_MonsterJam_PathOfDestruction2014For the un-indoctrinated, Monster Jam trucks are about 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds.

These trucks are built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, with monster trucks generating 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Don’t let their monster size-fool you though, these trucks can truly float through the air!  They can fly 125 to 130 feet — a distance greater than 14 cars side by side — and soar up to 35 feet in the air!Continue reading ⇒