Kid Lit: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Edition

This month’s Kid Lit column is all about books that teach children the importance of taking care of the environment and learning how their actions directly impact the planet.  These are books that teach kids the basics about the 3 Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.

THM-Kid-Lit-Recycle-Mickey-Friends-Go-Green-Family-Guide-Sustainable-LifestyleDisney Go Green: A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle
From Edda USA

Join Mickey and friends in living greener!  This book explains how to create a more sustainable lifestyle in a simple, understandable way by exploring how to reduce, reuse and recycle – and discussing our ecological footprint.  It includes interesting facts and great tips and even features fun activities for families to try at home.

The craft activities show children how to be artistic using items found in nature or by reusing items, to reduce the impact on the planet.  For example, instead of going to the store to buy paint, you can make your own watercolors by boiling plants, vegetable skins and nuts in water to release their natural dyes.Continue reading ⇒

Good, Clean Fun With Firefly® – Kid’s Ready Go Brush Toothbrush & Mouth Rinse Review


One of my daily struggles with my kidlets is to get them to brush their teeth. To get them to brush their teeth the right way. To get them to brush them long enough. To get them to use mouthwash. I’ve tried just about everything – including trying extreme measures such as ultimatums, bribing with an extra book at bedtime and even taking away some of their precious cartoon/video game time.

THM-Good-Clean-Fun-Firefly-Hello-Kitty-Toothbrush-Mouth-RinseI know how important it is to teach my kidlets the importance of healthy oral care habits. Hurried, insufficient brushing is one of the major causes of early childhood cavities. But lets get real here, my kidlets see brushing their teeth as another tedious chore they have to do – like making their bed, putting their toys away  and clearing their dishes from the table.

I’ve always found that the easiest way to keep my kidlets interested and engaged in doing anything is to make it fun – even like a game.

That’s where Firefly® toothbrushes and mouth rinse comes in. Firefly® understands how important it is for kids to form good habits from an early age and have made their toothbrushes fun to use and encourages kids to brush for a proper amount of time.

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It’s All Happening At the Zoo This Summer – #NYisWild

Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo! Do you remember that song from Simon & Garfunkel? Well here in the NYC area we’d have to change the lyric from zoo to zoos because we have five fabulous (and famous) ones — Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo & Queens Zoo.

THM-WCS-NY-Is-Wild-Photo-Safari-Red-PandaAll of these great city zoos are run by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. To celebrate, the WCS is turning the concrete jungle of NYC into a social media safari this summer with its #NYisWild” campaign.

Now thru September 7, participants can register at and embark on a city-wide adventure by tagging qualifying photos of the “120 ways NY is wild” with the corresponding number and the hashtag #NYisWild to enter to win a number of prizes.

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Celebrate #TheMagicOfSpring With A Lollipop Garden

THM-The-Magic-Of-Spring-Dum-Dums-Lollipop-Garden-TMOSAh, #TheMagicOfSpring!

The warm weather. Being able to go outside and feel the sun’s warm rays on your face.  Hearing birds chirping. Watching things come back to life after a long winter’s nap.  It really is intoxicating, especially after the brutal winter we had here in the Northeast.

My daughter and I wanted to celebrate Spring by doing something fun together outside.  We settled on planting and growing a garden, but not your typical, run-of-the-mill flower or plant one.  With the help of the folks at Spangler Candy Company, the makers of Dum Dums, we were able to create our very own one-of-a-kind lollipop garden!  Talk about bringing a little sweetness to the arrival of Spring!

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Dial® Kids Foaming Hand Wash And Dial® Baby Body + Hair Wash Review & #Giveaway

Rub-A-Dub-Dub,” my two kids are in the tub.  And do you think they were clean?  No!  They were dirty, stinky and crying because soap kept getting in their eyes and stinging.

So what’s a mom to do in this bathtime nursery rhyme scenario? The answer is simple — find a soap/shampoo that is gentle, hypoallergenic, has no added parabens, no artificial dyes and is pH balanced.

That might sound like it THM-Dial-Kids-Foam-Wash-Baby-Body-Hairmight be a tall order to fill, but Dial® has a few new products that fit the bill perfectly.  Dial has been a trusted personal care brand for 67 years, and is now making it’s entry into the world of baby/child personal care products.

Dial® Baby Body + Hair Wash was developed with pediatric dermatologists and is gentle enough to even use on newborns.  It gently removes dirt and gets rid of germs so your little one is squeaky clean from head to toe.  Now while Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash is said to be for children aged 0-2, I think it works great for my five and seven year old kidlets.  Most soaps tend to dry out their skin, but this soap/shampoo keeps it nice and soft.  It’s fragrance free and I think the best part is that it doesn’t sting when soap accidentally gets into my kidlets eyes.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Show and Tell with Deb & Lisa {Video}

In my opinion, moms are totally awesome.  Now you may be thinking I’m a little biased since as my blog states, I am the “Harried Mom,”  but I too have an awesome mom! I learned so much from my mom growing up, but there are many things I didn’t truly appreciate until I became a mom myself.   So Mother’s Day is a big deal in my house, even bigger than my birthday, since it’s all about appreciation and honoring the woman who loves you like no other, who brought you into this world and looks after you!

It had been a while since my pal Lisa from Mom a la Mode and I got together to do a new  “Show and Tell with Deb & Lisa” vlog and thought, Mother’s Day Gifts would be a great one to do. I mean, we’re both moms and we love getting gifts, so we’re technically experts on the topic!  None of the items we feature will break your bank, but will make your mom feel like the most spoiled gal on the planet. Check it out:

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Get Ready For Spring Cleaning: Now Thru April 30, Stock Up and Save with P&G at Walmart Plus a $25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway


THM-Spring-Cleaning-PG-Stock-Up-Save-WalmartSpring has finally sprung here in the Northeast! With the warm weather nipping at my heels, it means it’s time for “spring cleaning.” A chore as big as spring cleaning my entire house from top to bottom can be totally overwhelming, but having the right tools and products help to make this annual event a total breeze!

First thing I do is head out to the store so I can stock-up on my household must-have items. You know what “those” items are – the cleaning staples found in any household – laundry detergent and paper towels. They are always the two top items on my list for cleaning. One keeps my family’s clothes clean, looking like new and smelling fresh while the other keeps my home looking neat, by cleaning up spills and wiping away dirt.

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Kid Lit: More Animal Adventures

If your young children enjoy hearing and reading stories about animals who talk, walk, or go on a journey, then this month’s Kid Lit round-up is perfect for them.  This month we’re featuring stories about animal adventures.

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What It Was Like When I Was A Child….

In a lot of ways, my kidlets have it a lot better today than I did growing up. They’ve got more opportunities for education, better fashion as well as a multitude of technology, information, communication and entertainment options available instantly at their fingertips. But is all this advancement at the expense of igniting the creative spark within our children?

10376276_10153109189569595_4284187600267633178_nAccording to a 2010 study by the College of William and Mary of about 300,000 creativity tests going all the way back to the 1970s found that creativity has decreased among American children in recent years. Since 1990, children have become less able to produce unique and unusual ideas. They are also less humorous, less imaginative and less able to elaborate on ideas.

To me, my kidlets have short attention spans and tend to bore easily. Sometimes they have a hard time inventing their own play. Though they have rooms full of toys, games, art supplies and books, they still come and ask “what can I do/play?” I used to think they didn’t have enough options, but now I’m thinking they might actually have too much to choose from and don’t know what would actually satisfy them….

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Teaching Kids To Save For A Rainy Day #teachkidstosave

This post is sponsored by Boiling Springs Savings Bank.  All opinions are my own.

THM-Boiling-Springs-Saving-Money-Is-CoolThis past week was a big one for my five-year-old daughter.   She lost her first tooth! She was so excited that she did a crazy dance that had her jumping about and rolling on the floor which had me laughing hysterically. It certainly was a rite of passage, but my daughter wasn’t as excited about becoming a “big girl” as much as she knew that the Tooth Fairy was going to pay her a visit.

Now when I was a kid and I lost a tooth, the most I ever found under my pillow was a quarter. Apparently, those days are long gone; the Tooth Fairy no longer leaves kids loose change!

The established (via our seven-year-old son) Tooth Fairy rates in our house are $5 for the first tooth and $1 for every subsequent tooth – or else we’d go broke! So before bed that night my daughter carefully placed her little tooth under her pillow and awoke in the morning to find that her fairy friend left her a nice, crisp five dollar bill.
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