Liberty Science Center – #ScienceSummerFun Giveaway

What do you do with your kids on summer days when you’re tired of going to the park, beach, library or movies? What about on rainy days? While the Hubs and I might want to go to a museum, the kidlets prefer places where they can have lots of fun and get “hands on.”

PrintThe Liberty Science Center is just the place to meld our parental & kidlet preferences. It’s a 300,000 square foot fun learning center located on the banks of the Hudson River in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park.  You should make the trip over there just to see the spectacular and unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, including the Freedom Tower.

Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center (LSC for short!) features 12 museum halls featuring ongoing exhibitions such as Skyscraper!, Infection Connection, Energy Quest and Communication. They also host a live animal collection with 110 species and giant aquariums where you can actually touch sea creatures. The Center also houses a 3D theater, the nation’s largest IMAX Dome theater and tornado/hurricane-force wind simulators.

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A Day At The Beach – Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Family Fun Place Pass Giveaway

JenksAmbassadorButton-250x250To me, there’s no better way to spend a summer day than at the beach. I love nothing more than having my toes in the sand, splashing around in the waves and sitting on the beach for some, what I call, “golden goddess” time – but covered in 40+ sun block and wearing a big floppy hat & sunglasses, of course!

I’ve been a faithful patron of the Jersey shore since I spent my first summer there when I was six. So if you do the math (and I beg you please not to!), I’ve been frolicking in the sand and surf there for some 36 years. In fact, the family did an overnight trip to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk at Pt. Pleasant Beach last week to celebrate my birthday.

Whether you’re a day-tripper or planning an extended stay, Jenkinson’s is a great family friendly beach and boardwalk destination. You will definitely find something here to excite each member of your family.

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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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PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics, Giving Back One Beauty Product At A Time – Review & Giveaway

I’m not much of a glamour girl or fashionista, but like anyone else out there, I like to look good and put together. To me, being put together means not stepping out of the house without my warpaint on, ready to take on the world!   My makeup obsession has always been anything lip related…lipstick, lip gloss, lip balm, you name it.   I’ll admit it, I spend way too much money every year trying out new brands and going back to old favorites…but there could be worse guilty pleasures!

-1A few weeks back a friend of mine mentioned she was working on a project with PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics, and I was of course intrigued.  My first question to her was if I could try their products!  However, when she started telling me the philosophy behind the company, I became interested on a much deeper and totally different level.

PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics is a cosmetics line that is giving back, one beauty product at a time.  This eco-friendly line donates 100 percent after-tax, distributable profits to charities that support urgent women’s rights issues around the globe. The company strives to end servitude and exploitation of women and children and promote women’s health advocacy issues.  So it’s make-up with a purpose (or more than one purpose!).Continue reading ⇒

Don’t Forget Mom – How I Want To Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mom’s big day is coming up this weekend or at least that’s what advertisers have been telling me in TV commercials, print & pop-up advertisements and marketing emails for the past two weeks. ENOUGH ALREADY!

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I’m not sure if I’m more annoyed by the barrage of “what to get mom?” ads or why we only get one lousy, stinking day out of the year to honor all the millions of things we do for our families. I’m thinking moms should be celebrated every day, but hey, I’d even settle for the second Sunday of every month!  My thinking here is that if there was more than one day out of the entire year to “celebrate” mom, husbands and kids could avoid all the pressure and stress of finding the perfect gift for the woman who takes care of them all year round!

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The Laundry Rules Have Changed – Purex No Sort for Colors Detergent Review & Giveaway

It’s no secret that I love doing laundry. I guess I enjoy the routine of the process – the sorting and the folding. I can get pretty obsessive sometimes sorting my laundry. I make piles of darks, semi-darks, whites, brights, towels and delicates. Every once in a while a stray item gets tossed in the wrong pile and suddenly a nice white t-shirt is turned into a red one or a dark sock gets in a load of whites and suddenly everything is gray.

THM_PurexNoSortForColors_2Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to worry about sorting your laundry or what detergent to use and just toss everything in one big load in the washing machine?  The laundry rules have changed and you can with Purex® No Sort™ for Colors detergent.

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Why Children Shouldn’t Play With Matches: Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

Easter is supposed to be a day of glory, celebration, resurrection and new life.  Unfortunately, this past Easter Sunday while watching the news I heard about a tragic story about a brother and sister, both only 4 years old, who had died earlier that morning after a fire erupted at their grandfather’s home Queens, NY.  What made it even more devastating was that the fire was apparently sparked by one of the children playing around with a lighter in a basement bedroom.  This was truly a sad story, but also frustrating because it could have been prevented by teaching that child about the power and danger of fire.

THM_FirePreventionSo today’s post is a sort of fire prevention PSA, I’m not waiting until October for Fire Prevention week.  If this information can help to prevent even one fire or save one person, sharing it now is well worth it!

According to research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), each year there are more than 1.3 million fires reported in the United States. These fires cause more than 3,400 civilian deaths, 17,500 civilian injuries and cause more than $12.4 billion in property damage.

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TGIF: Toes Go In First! Nature’s Sleep Slipper Review & Giveaway

After a long day of being on my feet – commuting, at work and errands/activities with the kidlets – I love to come home and kick off my shoes and slip my tired and worn out tootsies into a comfy pair of slippers.  It’s actually the first thing I do when I enter the house, even before I take off my jacket or put down my purse.  I have my slippers waiting for me on a shoe tray right by the front door entrance.

Finding a comfy pair of slippers though isn’t as easy as it sounds, because I’m pretty picky.  Most slippers look cute and fashionable, but either there isn’t enough cushioning or their construction is pretty flimsy.   It’s even a long-running joke in my family that when in doubt about what to buy me — for my birthday, Mother’s Day or Christmas —  they should get me slippers because I’m always on search for that “perfect” pair.

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When Are the Stories of My Children No Longer Mine to Tell?

Creating and maintaining The Harried Mom takes a lot of work. I started this blog a few years ago as a creative outlet for myself, to share my stories about everyday parenting – the good, the bad and even those forehead slap moments that we all experience with our families. Over time the site has evolved to also include family meal ideas/recipes, DIY kid crafts, reviews and fun activity/outing suggestions to do with kids. In the next week or so, I’ll even be debuting a new look to the blog!!

THM_WhenAreStoriesNoLongerMine_1The Harried Mom truly is a labor of love.  See, my #1 job is being a mom & wife ILR to two kidlets and a husband I just adore. After that, I’m a mom who works away of the home (because every mom is a working mom, my job just happens to take me out of the home) in a fab career.  This blog is what I do “after-hours,” at home once the kidlets have gone off to dreamland, The Hubs fed and laundry is done (well, sometimes!). It does take a lot of time, effort and lots of understanding from my family & friends, but I really enjoy doing it so it’s worth it.

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Plank Grilling: 75 Recipes for Infusing Foods with Flavor Using Wood Planks – Cookbook Review, Recipe & Giveaway

My favorite cooking appliance isn’t in my kitchen, it’s right outside, literally. It’s my gas grill! I love cooking meals on the grill and use it all year-long — in rain or shine, snow or sleet, as long as there is a clear path leading to the gill, I cook on it. It wasn’t until a few years ago though that I started to plank grill.

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Grilling with a plank is a lot like using a pan, except the plank has the ability to produce smoke. This method is great because it provides a stable surface to grill your food on while at the same time infusing it tons of flavor. It’s also healthier than traditional grilling, as dishes remain juicier and require less added fat and salt for flavor.

So when Plank Grilling: 75 Recipes for Infusing Foods with Flavor Using Wood Planks by Dina Guillen showed up at the house, I was excited. Up until that point I’d just been pulling plank grilling recipes off the internet, not realizing there were whole cookbooks devoted to this cooking method. Plank Grilling – 75 Recipes for Infusing Foods with Flavor Using Wood Planks is the perfect cookbook for a grill plank beginner or even an intermediate planker like myself. Continue reading ⇒