Hurry Up and Take Advantage of Minted’s Foil + Grad Event

Minted continues to be our go-to stop for invitations, holiday cards and more.  We recently added some of their photo gifts to our home and having my babies framed front-and-center brings special impact to walls that surround us on a daily basis.  And when it comes to paper products, their beautiful typography, one-of-a-kind designs and gift options keep me coming back every year.  With Mother’s Day, wedding season, new births, and graduations upon us – Minted’s current saving events are something to be excited about!

We believe that a touch of gold makes everything a bit more lovely.  Check out some of our favorites from Minted’s Semi-Annual Foil Event, currently offering savings on one of a kind, super luxe, Foil Pressed products.

minted-baby-announcementMinted’s Foil-Pressed Birth Announcements

Minted-Wedding-GiftFoil-Pressed Art & Gifts

 

Minted’s Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations

The savings continue for grads.  Alongside the Foil Event promotion, Minted is also offering discounts on Graduation cards, party invitations, and gifts – as part of their annual grad event.  In addition to so many great items to help host a graduation bash, stationery and personalized gifts are a perfect way to celebrate the new graduate.

graduation-invitations

Minted-graduation-announcementMinted’s Foil-Pressed Graduation Invitations & Announcements

And let’s not forget the mamas! Skip the flowers and chocolate and check out the meaningful art that Minted has to offer.

silhouette foil artFoil-Pressed Art & Gifts

Do let us know your favorites in the comments below.

This post is sponsored by Minted.

Share

Kids & Coughs + Mom’s Secret Weapon

There have been many times in motherhood when I’ve yearned for ways to soothe my kids when they’ve fallen sick. It’s never easy to watch your child’s discomfort when they don’t feel well.  And I only hope that I’m comforting my kids through their illnesses in ways that emulate how my mother tenderly cared for me as a child. I remember how she’d change my sheets, give me a warm bath, and carefully rub Vicks® VapoRub™ on my chest when I had a cough.  Just the mere scent transports me back to my childhood – and I’ve naturally kept it in my arsenal of go-to remedies to combat nighttime coughing ever since my babies were two-years-old.

Attending Vicks® VapoRub™ 8 Hour Playdate along with my eager kiddos at Recess Dumbo in Brooklyn was a perfect fit for us!

The kids had a blast playing in a vibrant indoor play space while I gleaned info on how to keep kids healthy and comforted when colds and coughs strike.  It’s always helpful to have healthy habit reminders reinforced by a registered nurse – especially the points shared below!
  • Did you know that many people only wash their hands for six seconds?  Did you know that the recommended time for hand washing is actually 20 seconds?  I immediately implemented the advice of singing a song with my six-year-old son to ensure that the hand washing is, in fact, effective.
  • Those beloved stuffed animals can be serious germ harbors! We like to toss ours in the washing machine (usually while the kids are at school) to get any funk off of them since the kids often tuck them into their beds.
  • Sufficient rest is crucial especially during sickness because those resting hours allow the immune system to restore and reset – and even protect the body from illness.
  • The leading cause of poor rest among children during colds is nighttime coughing.  Vicks® VapoRub™ – the #1-selling branded children’s cough-cold product, appropriate for ages two and up—is a topical cough medicine with medicated vapors*.  It works quickly for adults as well to help relieve cough symptoms.
Above Image: Andrea Klerides
 

I have a lot of stories about my mom’s belief in Vicks® VapoRub™ – as do others who grew up in Latin households! It’s helped me through rotten coughs – while providing my kids with that layer of comfort during illness.  As a parent, there’s security in knowing that Vicks® VapoRub™ vapors last up to eight hours, allowing my little ones (and me!) to get crucial rest. I imagine that my children will too grow up with ingrained memories of their mama singing special nighttime songs and carefully rubbing their chests to help soothe, calm and relax.

*P&G calculation based in part on value sales data by The Nielsen Company through its Retail Scantrack Services in the US market to which P&G subscribes for the Respiratory Care Category for the 52 week period ending 06/04/16

Share

Ditch That Bra! + VISA Gift Card Giveaway

While waiting for the snow to dissipate and the flowers to bloom – I can’t seem to spring clean fast enough.  Along with scheduling donations – there is plenty of purging that needs to be done – including a reevaluation of that underwear and bra drawer.

Hanes-oh-so-light-bra-HappyInHanes

From the dreaded uni-boob – to spilling out of a bra’s top, sides, or bottom (hello quadruple-boob!) – your bra should not be an ani-breathing device –  and it should not be unflattering in any way.

Solution? Ditch that ill-fitting bra that you’ve been hanging onto for wAAAAAy too long and replace it with a comfortable, supportive bra that won’t cost a wasteful small fortune.

I had a revelation, two years ago, when I had a proper bra-fitting with Hanes – a sponsor at Disney’s Social Media Mom’s Conference.  I left with several comfortable bras that made me ditch the ill-fitting underwire, push-up nonsense that I had a been purchasing for over a decade.  Having experienced a wide range of bra sizes (from breast reduction surgery – to nursing, weight changes and more) – I’m at a point where I want my bra to be comfortable and flattering.

comfortable-bra-Hanes

Since the past year was my first year wearing Hanes, I looked forward to hearing about their latest innovations while meeting with them again this year at DisneySMMC (more on that later!).  I found a new favorite in their new Oh So Light Comfort Wirefree Bra. It really is so light that I don’t even have to think about the fact that I’m wearing a bra. And the super soft fabrics, flexible light foam cups with comfort band, work in all the right ways. Available in sizes S-3X, it’s only $15.99 at Hanes.com, Target, and Walmart.

Hanes-oh-so-light-bra-wirelessWin It: Enter to win a $50 Visa Gift Card along with a Hanes Oh So Light Bra! Enter via the below widget.

Use Code: HappyInHanes20 through April15th for $20 off and free standard shipping with purchase of $100 more at Hanes.com.OFFER DETAILS: $20 off and free standard shipping with purchase of $100 or more (offer excludes the Champion Life Collection and all clearance items. Promotion may not be combined with other promotions. U.S. delivery addresses only.)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This post is sponsored by Hanes. Thanks for your support of Marino Bambinos.

Share

Kids’ Spring Crafting + Healthy Snacking

Spending one-on-one time with my kids is a priority that always has a way of making them feel special.  And I cherish our alone time just as much as they do!  My six-year-old son and I were due for a date, and I knew that a full day at the Children’s Museum of the Arts would be a blast for us both. Over the weekend we hightailed it on the train to SOHO to begin the day at Momtrends bash in partnerships with Wonderful Halos – the sweet, juicy mandarins that everyone loves – and even the littlest of hands can peel.

Alongside CMA instructors, the kids crafted adorable little spring creatures including bunnies, chicks and whatever their creative hearts desired out of Halos.  All the crafts were easy enough to replicate  – utilizing basic crafting supplies like googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and paper.

I loved seeing all of the crafty goodness because I’ve consistently brought loads of Halos to the kid’s school parties.  I’m OK with my children having treats, but I find the level of sugary overload to be out-of-control in the classroom celebrations.  And when I drop Halos on the kids’ plates, the majority are gobbled right up! Since the extent of my crafty fun only includes sticking celery sticks in the mandarin centers to create mini pumpkins at Halloween parties – I gleaned tons of super fun (and much more creative!) ideas to get kids excited about healthy snacking. I’ll definitely have the little ones replicate the ideas at our family Easter party instead of the usual jelly bean overload.

The event also featured tons of delicious snack and party food ideas incorporating Halos.  From smoothies to salads and my favorite: chocolate dipped mandarins, with a drizzle of sea salt on top.

After the fun party, my little guy and I spent the entire day at the museum. He was lucky enough to get a coveted spot in the clay bar, made totally cool stop motion videos, painted a ton, and created re-imagined artwork inspired by Martin Kippenburger.

We both declared it “the best day ever!” and our thoughtful friends at Momtrends were kind enough to pack away a box of supplies for big sister to get in on the action when we returned home!

 

This is a sponsored post.

 

Share

Make Your Kids’ Bath Time Epic with this Disney Star Wars Collection

Disclosure: So happy to share this blog post I created as a Suave Kids partner. The Disney, Frozen and Star Wars trademarks are used by Unilever pursuant to a license agreement with The Walt Disney Company. All rights reserved. Opinions, as always, are my own.

I’m not exactly sure when the transition from toddlers in a tub-of-toys to full-fledged kids conquering shower time alone happened – but sometimes, the memories make me ache in the best possible ways. And if watching these incredible little people come into their own wasn’t so exciting and inspiring, I’d be paralyzed by the mere thought of the baby years left behind.

Central Park

At both big kid and baby stages, the end of the day bath time ritual allows the kiddos to have fun washing off the hard work inherent in childhood play. I catch the kids singing in the shower as their imaginations soar, and adore hearing little tidbits from their days when they ask me to come in and help wash their hair.

Despite all the fun, the kids still argue about who has to shower first (YOU GO FIRST! NO, YOU GO FIRST!).  Sometimes I wonder if they will ever not protest their day coming to an end?

Suave-Kids-Star-Wars-Shampoo-Conditioner-Body-wash

Parenthood has taught me how to leverage certain situation – and the kids’ favorite characters on fun packaging continue to help!  My kiddos are Star Wars obsessed!  So, imagine our excitement when we got to check out the new Suave Kids® Disney Star Wars collection? With characters including BB-8, Kylo Ren, and Stormtroopers, paired with delicious scents – the end of the day wind-down is elevated by Star Wars in the shower.

Suave-Kids-Star-Wars

Just a dab of the alcohol-free Disney Star Wars Stormtrooper Styling Gel lets the kids rock the force with their favorite hairstyles.  And, of course, this #1 kids’ haircare brand is mom-approved, since Suave Kids® kid-formulated products are tear-free, and dermatologist/ophthalmologist tested.

Now guess who’s squabbling about who gets to shower first?

Share

Family Travel Tips for Parents on the Go

We just returned from an exciting trip with Disney World and Disney Cruise Line, and can’t wait to share the incredible things that will soon come to Disney parks! Since this was a work and play trip combined, I remembered a few helpful family travel tips for parents on the go, to help streamline the process of traveling with kids.

family-travel-Homewood-Suites

  • If Capable, Have Kids Carry Their Gear

I can’t stress enough how important it is to begin this step early!  Whether you’re heading to the beach or getting on a plane, help teach kids accountability by having them carry their backpacks or push a small carry on suitcase through the airport.  Keep the size and weight manageable and stick to this expectation on every excursion.

  • Pick your Mom (or Dad) Bag Wisely

During my hunt for a reliable bag, I couldn’t believe how many brands decided to omit external pockets designed to hold water bottles. I’ve learned to keep my electronics and expensive camera lenses far away from liquids, and have found a solution in sticking with diaper bags.  All of our favorite bags (find great tips on finding the perfect diaper bag here!) are super stylish and modern and in no way scream baby bag! And best of all, they offer, secure places to store large water bottles, stash away valuables, and even tuck in camera lenses.  We need solid compartments galore with comfort and functionality.  I’ve also often gone for neutral colors so my husband can carry the bag when needed.

  • Print and Color Code Calendars

As much as we try to rely on digital calendars, there is nothing like having a clear and concise calendar in a visible spot to keep the entire family informed. On our recent trip, I was required to be in different places than my husband and kids on most days.  A color-coded calendar allowed the kids and my husband to see exactly what was expected of me, and where they’d find pockets of free time along with scheduled family events.

NYC-Rockafeller-Center

  • Clear Compartments are your Friend

When a nine-day trip required two hotel changes and a switch to a cruise line, our packing game left something to be desired.  I did, however, pick up an assortment of clear travel pouches from a local discount store.  Having things visibly organized helped a ton! From medications, make-up, electronic chargers, my daughter’s hair accessories, to sunblock and more – not having to search for things saved time while on vacation.

Airport-NYC-Disney-World

  • Plan For the Last Day

The final day of vacation is always a drag as it’s time to pack up, head to the airport and face reality! My husband and I gave each other a look when we passed the exact spot in the Orlando airport where we experienced total family chaos just nine months prior, as we tried to rearrange suitcase weights and find warm clothes for the kids. We learned from our mistakes and laid out the kids’ travel clothes the night prior, also packing everything away as concisely as possible. TIP! If you’re leaving a cruise ship, skip the breakfast and order room service the NIGHT BEFORE. As long as the Thermos top is tightly secured, your coffee will be piping hot in the morning, AND you’ll save precious time getting your family off the ship.

Hope these tips are helpful and have fun on your next adventure!

This post is sponsored by Quidsi.  However, all opinions and travel tips are my own.

Share