Adorable BRIO Toys Perfect For Any Occasion!

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017

I remember as a young girl asking my mom for a puppy for my birthday. And, well every holiday. Because what little kid doesn’t want her own puppy, right? Now as a mom with a daughter I can see the days of the puppy headed my way. While our family is not quite ready to jump down that rabbit for a third time (losing our other dogs was pure heartache). Enter these adorable BRIO toys.

The BRIO Large Dachsund is perfect for the dog lover in your life.  And, basically for all the kids in your life. My 3, 8, and 10 year old all absolutely love it. My only problem? We only own one. So there is a bit of fighting over who’s turn it is.

The BRIO Light & Sound Firetruck is perfect for your little preschooler. It’s super easy to use and little hands can navigate everything by themselves. It comes with the train, wagon, and driver with moveable arms and legs. This little truck will entertain your preschooler for hours. And the only sound you are likely to hear? Giggles and Squeals!

And for the toddler in your life? Yep. There is something for them too of course! The BRIO My First Bring Along Railway Set will take you back to your childhood while still entertaining your own children. I absolutely ADORE this little set and it is now my new favorite baby shower gift.

And for the bigger kids? Of course there are options for them as well! The Krazy Wordz game from Ravensburger was a HUGE hit with my older boys. And not only them, but the adults as well. We had so much fun playing it and my kids are begging me for another game night so they can pull it out again.



Buy 1 Power Rangers Adult Ticket Get 2 FREE Kid’s Tickets!

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017

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Amazon: Up to 67% Off Sing and Trolls Movies!

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017

Amazon has Sing on DVD marked down from $29.98 to only $9.99 and the Sing Blu-ray Combo marked down from $34.98 to only $12.99!

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Precious Moments Luffie the Lamb – Perfect for Easter

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017

Snuggies. Lovies. Pets. We call them a lot of things in my house. But one thing you can be sure of. We have A LOT of stuffed animals. They are found in every corner, on every bed, in every play chest of my kids’ room. They are like little members of the family. Each one bringing the fun of choosing a new name and filling yet another space that was left vacant.

Being a self-proclaimed connoisseur of stuffed animals, I have seen a lot of stuffed animals come and go. Those that were not so well made and those that I have had since I was my kids age and my kids are still playing with them. I would put Precious Moments Stuffed Animals at one of the top of my list.

Soft and baby safe, each Precious Moments 8.5″ plush has an inspirational tag that communicates its special message and name. Approximately 8.5 inches tall, they are very soft. The embroidered features ensure that they are baby safe. Great gifts for babies, children and anyone you love in your life. Luffie Lamb is “Heaven’s Blessings”

My little miss was beyond excited to be able to snuggle up with this Precious Moments Luffie the Lamb. She’s super cuddly soft and adorable. She was promptly named Heart Lovie and was placed gently into bed. I have no doubt this little Lamb will be a part of our family for quite some time.



KIDS AND INTERNET – TAKE ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE FROM FAMILYTIME APP

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017

Is your child ready to explore the contents available on the Internet?

Being a parent, you might never consider it appropriate or safe for your child to let them freely explore the various sites accessible on the Internet. These days, every other kid wants to own a personal smartphone and to enjoy an unrestricted, uninterrupted digital life. They literally beg their parents to let them have smartphones.

While it may completely be a parent’s own understanding that whether their child is mature enough to enjoy Internet privileges or not. Here are a few things parents need to teach their kids:

1.    Be Compassionate

When tweens and teens use social sites or messaging apps, they often don’t consider the depth of their own words. Make your child realize that if they cannot say something on a person’s face, they shouldn’t say it via text messages either. Parents need to instruct their kids to be compassionate while using online means of communication because often a simple message gets interpreted as a harsh one by the receiver.

2.    Don’t Treat the Internet as Weapon

Many teenagers upload photos of their peers without their consent to make fun of them. What children need to realize is that anything posted on social media can be misunderstood or manipulated in several different ways, therefore, children need to think twice before saying anything online. Kids usually respond as an impulse without giving much consideration to their actions. It is a parent’s duty to make sure their child doesn’t treat the Internet as a weapon to behave venomously with other kids.

3.    Don’t Trust Everyone

A photo or an information once revealed in cyberspace continues to stay in cyberspace. Your child may think that they are sharing their pictures with a single recipient but there is no guarantee to the fact that people not intended to see that pictures can easily become an audience. Make your child understand that they should never share any photo digitally which can later turn into an embarrassment for them.

How Can FamilyTime Parental Control App be Helpful for Parents?

Considering the tech-influenced era we live in, parents need to have complete control of their children’s online social life. A parental control software such as FamilyTime parental control helps parents in many ways.

Using FamilyTime app parents can:

  • Limit screen time.
  • View the list of installed apps.
  • Check App usage frequency
  • Block addicting and inappropriate apps.
  • Monitor dialed, received and missed calls.
  • Monitor Contact book.
  • Monitor text messages.
  • Watchlist suspicious contacts
  • Schedule auto lock on kid’s device.
  • Remotely lock their devices.

Want to have a detailed look on the features of the FamilyTime app and try it for free? You can. Go now to your iTunes or Google Play Store to download the app and use it for a 3-day full premium free trial.



The Smurfs Are Invading + Enter to Win! #smurfmovie #FlyBy

Posted by on Apr 8, 2017

My kids are super excited to see Smurfs The Lost Village! I have enjoyed the previous Smurfs movies so I’m hoping this one is good as well. It released nationwide yesterday, April 7. That means it’s showing at a theater near you! Before you head to the theater you can print coloring sheets, learn how to draw a Smurf, take a Smurfs quiz, and so much more!

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!
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Watch the trailer above, then head to our Facebook page to enter to win two tickets for you to go see Smurfs The Lost Village in theaters!

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What is Your Favorite Store? Comment to Win!

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017

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I often get asked what my favorite store to shop at and find deals is.

Anyone who knows me at all knows the answer to this one. I love Target!! Mostly their clearance. I have found so many awesome deals there. And everyone knows I am a bargain hunter at heart. I hate paying full price for anything! So when I’m able to get birthday presents and gifts for 75% off and next year’s holiday decorations for 75% to 90% off I am thrilled!

They also have good prices on kids clothes and other stuff. But clearance is really what makes my heart pitter patter.

As far as groceries go, Smith’s is my jam. But Smith’s doesn’t get my pulse racing quite like Target does.

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Just leave a comment on this post letting us know what YOUR favorite store is. Then head to the MoaD Facebook page and Instagram page for more chances to win!

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10 Things I Said I Would Never Do as a Mom

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

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Before I became a mom I had a list of things that resided in my head that I swore I would never do when I had my own children. Little did I know…

After having three children (the oldest being 10) I have learned a few things. Or maybe just realized a few things. So here is my list of top ten things I said I would never do as a mom; before I actually became a mom and realized just how messy it can be.

1. Allow my children to watch TV before 2 years old: I just knew that if I let my kids watch TV before they were 2 they would be mindless idiots. Fast forward to actually having kids. I could not survive being sick, being crazy busy, or keeping my sanity without Sesame Street, Disney Channel, and YouTube Kids. They continually save me and they also have actually helped my children learn numbers, letters, and colors.

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2. Allow my kids to sleep in my bed. I remember silently judging those who talked about co-sleeping. That would never by MY family. Then I brought my first child home. After countless sleepless nights I was exhausted and pulled him into bed with me one night. It was the best night’s sleep I’d had in weeks. Thus, co-sleeping began. Best parenting decision I ever made. (And, yes, that’s a picture of my daughter sleeping ON my face.)

3. Leave the house without makeup. Ha ha ha! Do I even need to explain this one? I do not, I repeat DO NOT need to look put together at all times. Because, let’s face it, I am far from put together most times. A swipe of mascara and a touch of concealer are perfect for me most days. But if I’m not feeling it? Who cares!?

4. Touch any kind of bodily fluid with my hands: Oh man. This has happened more times than I can possibly count. I have cupped my hands for vomit (better me than the couch), picked noses, cleaned ears with my fingers and so much more. I have no idea how it’s possible to be a parent and NOT do some of these things.

5. Allow my kids to eat junk food. I vowed that my kids would eat homemade baby food, lots of fruits and veggies, and only have candy for holidays. Yeah, right. I now very strongly believe in the motto of all things in moderation. We eat lots of fruits and veggies, but my kids also eat candy and junk.


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6. Let my kids behave that way in public. Of course, I swore my kids would be perfectly behaved at all times when we were in public. And then, my bubble burst. A melt down happened. I don’t even remember what the first one was about. Probably candy. Or sugar cereal. But now I just walk away from said child and pretend they aren’t mine. Ha! Not really, but I want to sometimes. I have some serious tantrum stories I could tell. One of the worst includes my middle child freaking out extremely loudly in the men’s bathroom because he was covered in poo. But that’s a post for another day.

7. Allow my house to look like THAT. There was no way I would ever let my house be overtaken by toys, laundry, and little shoes thrown everywhere. Now I realize that life happens and a clean house is not always the priority. Happy kids and family? Yeah, that’s a priority.

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8. Use my Mom’s words on my own kids.  I hated the phrases my mom used to say to me. Now, some days I open my mouth and my mom comes out. Maybe more than some days. I now embrace my mom phrases. They are my favorite!

9. Bribe my kids with a treat or toy. I always knew my kids would listen to me the first time I asked them to do something. Every time. I have since discovered that negotiation skills are a must in parenting. And bribery? Yeah, also a must. A pack of smarties is a small price to pay for a clean room and a happy face.

10. Talk about my kids as much as I do. When I was child-less I swore I wouldn’t talk non stop about my kids… but once I saw them I was in love… and couldn’t stop talking about them! In almost 11 years that hasn’t changed much. They are my world and complete me in a way I didn’t know was possible. So, yeah, I’m going to talk about them. A lot. Deal with it.

Bottom line: There is no parenting guide book. We are all different. We believe and feel differently. There is no once size fits all in parenting. So do what feels right to YOU. Put your children and your sanity first and, believe me, it will turn out okay.

What do you do as a mom that you said you wouldn’t?



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Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

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10 Simple and Low Cost Saint Patrick’s Day Ideas!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017

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One of my favorite holidays is Saint Patrick’s Day. I love that you can do as little or as much as you want and it is absolutely perfect! There is no stress or pressure like on some of the other holidays. That being said, here are some of my favorite Saint Patrick’s Day ideas, crafts, and traditions.

  1. Green food coloring: This is an absolute MUST for this holiday. You can use it for so many different things. We use it to color our milk, make green pancakes or any other food, and sometimes to color our toilet water green.
  2. Lucky blocks from Heartfelt Wall Hangings: Heartfelt Wall Hangings has SO many adorable crafts at amazing prices. Snag these LUCKY blocks in a kit for just $5.50!
  3. The Lucky Leprechaun Hunt: Print this hunt or make your own! It’s super easy and you can do it with stuff you already have at your house with absolutely no preparation (my favorite) or hide the items for them to find beforehand.
  4. The Night Before Saint Patrick’s Day: We absolutely love The Night Before books and this one is just as good as the rest! It’s a must to read the night before.
  5. Rainbow & Pot of Gold craft: Another easy craft that is crazy cute. One of the amazing preschool teachers at my daughter’s school does this with her class and they LOVE it. Frankly, so do I. 
  6. Saint Patrick’s Day Would You Rather: Such a fun, silly way to enjoy the holiday. Answer questions like Would you rather catch a leprechaun or have a pet unicorn? Plus, it’s a FREE download.
  7. Green treats: Our family leprechaun always leaves a few green treats at our house. Usually a can of Sprite and some kind of green candy. If you don’t want sugar you can do a green apple and colored milk or something similar.
  8. Silly Leprechaun Tricks: When the leprechaun visits our house he plays silly tricks. They are never harmful or malicious and they are always easily cleaned up. Usually just things like leaving all the cupboard doors open, switching which drawer pants and socks are in, or turning couch cushions upside down. My kids think this is hilarious.
  9. Green Hair Spray: If you want to add a little extra green to your ensemble you can grab some green hair spray. Of course I grabbed it when it was on clearance after Halloween. That’s just how I roll.
  10. Set a Leprechaun trap: Who DOESN’T want to catch that silly leprechaun? It’s so fun to set a trap to see if you can catch that pesky little guy. We try to lure him in with gold or treats with some kind of spring to trap him when he picks them up. Sadly, we’ve had no luck so far. But that doesn’t mean we won’t keep trying!