Tackle Family Laundry with LG’s Front Load Washer and SideKick

Disclosure: Compensation provided in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or the product/service at a reduced price or for free. 

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Do you struggle with the beast that is laundry in your home like I do? On many days, as soon as we wash, fold and put away a few loads – another heaping pile of dirty clothes appears. Although I adore living a vibrant (and often messy!) life with kids,  I do believe in innovative products that help make our tedious (yet essential) everyday tasks so much easier.

Enter LG’s Front Load Laundry:
LG-Front-Load-Laundry-RoomIsn’t it all so beautiful?! Besides the visual appeal and convenience of the LG Front Load Washer and SideKick, they’re packed with helpful features:

  • Cleaning performance is superior to top load washers.
  • The energy efficient design of the front load washer uses less water and consumes less electricity (hello, reduced utility bills!).
  • The spinning function of the front load washer spins faster – making clothes dryer while reducing overall time in the dryer.
  • Garments last longer because front load washers provide gentleness on clothing with efficient cleaning.
  • SideKick compatibility allows two loads to wash at once!

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Just head into your local Best Buy to chat with the Best Buy Blue Shirts – they’re all experts in filling you in on the LG Front Load laundry’s many benefits.

Also, take advantage of their current savings! Purchase an LG Front Load Washer and Side Kick at Best Buy to save $150.

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Protect Like a Mother Installation Comes to Brooklyn

This post sharing details on the Protect Like a Mother exhibit in Brooklyn is sponsored by Lysol. Thank you for reading.

When my children were toddlers and had difficulty separating from me, a little storytelling ritual began.  I’d form the shape of a heart with my hands, and recite a made up story reminding them that our hearts and souls are connected forever.  The consistency seemed to calm all of our nerves, and years later I still find myself including that story in my parenting toolkit.  Motherhood continues to show me the absolute truth in that metaphorical heart.  Motherhood is hardwired to the very core of my being in the most profound and powerful ways.  I’m inextricably connected to my children and have learned to trust my gut, motivated by being my babies greatest protector and nurturer.

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I was so excited to venture over to Brooklyn Bridge Park today with my family to check out Lysol’s “Protect Like a Mother” exhibit featuring a larger-than-life art installation of a trio of animals, honoring both human and animal mothers alike. On the heels of mother’s day weekend, it felt fitting to work with Lysol in celebration of a mother’s innate protective instinct.  After all, they help moms like me protect against germs in my home, in ways that mirror how animals defend their own babies.

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The cool interactive installation features gargantuan sculptures of a golden eagle, a 24-foot-tall orangutan, and an octopus.  Amidst bubbles, kids are allowed to play on the large animals, and a fantastic photo booth captures great quality family photos.  There’s also a cool educational component with several facts about the animal mothers and ways in which they protect their offspring from predators. The protective instinct is a universal truth of motherhood – in both the animal kingdom and in our own. Different species demonstrate amazing feats to protect their young, including us human mothers, right?!

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No one protects quite like a mom, and nothing helps mothers protect against germs like Lysol, a leader in germ killing for over 100 years, with products that kill 99.9% of germs to help moms protect their kids from passing germs and getting sick.  Lysol has created a fun analogy and expereince that families can certainly relate to and enjoy together during the weekend.  Best of all this free exhibit is still open to the public.  Check it out tomorrow, Sunday, May 21st from 9 am to 6 pm.  You may even leave feeling a bit more loved than ever:

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“My mom protects me like a unicorn because she is magic.” – L.P – age nine. 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Do let us know your favorites in the comments below.

This post is sponsored by Minted.

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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.
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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