Sunday, April 30, 2017

Small Acts Can Have a Big Impact #actsofkindness

Hendrix and his friend, Sofia

Before I had a kid, I really did wonder how stay-at-home moms filled their days. Now, I am amazed when it is already Friday. I try to keep Hendrix busy with trips to the Children's Museum, play dates, trips to the park and libray, and all the regular errands. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Hooray for Sunshine




Happy Saturday! After many days of rain and overcast weather, the sun finally came out yesterday and is back with it's warm weather and clear(er) blue skies today! 



Friday, April 28, 2017

Mother's Day Brunch? Bonne Maman Has You Covered! #Review #Giveaway


Thank you to Bonne Maman for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Is it just me, or is there no better way to spend a beautiful spring afternoon then eating brunch? Our new apartment has a small patio that's just perfect for sitting outside and enjoying the amazing weather we've been having. The only thing missing is a table! I'm hoping this Mother's Day I get a table, and a delicious brunch that I don't need to lift a finger to make. I know just the thing to make our meal extra special.

Travel to Texas

I am super excited to be the guest at an upcoming wedding for my husband's best friend.  Having never really been out of eastern coast, never on an airplane, and never being away from my son for a distance of more than 45 miles; I am doing all of this in June.  I will be traveling to Texas: San Antonio of all places.  I am a huge history and architecture fan and cannot wait to visit.  Here are a few of the stops I would like to make along the way.






Any Texas Natives have any recommendations?


Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Perfect Party Outfit for Your Birthday Prince or Princess: Adeline Rose Boutique + 5 Pc Outfit #Giveaway


Thank you to Adeline Rose Boutique for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

What a wonderful time we had celebrating Baby S' first birthday this month. This was a truly special event for us, and we were excited to share the special day with our friends and family. As soon as I knew that I wanted to have a birthday party theme, I realized that I would want a very special birthday outfit for S to wear for the party, and then to have as a keepsake later in life. Not just any old outfit would do, and I am challenged when it comes to sewing, etc- so I needed to find a beautiful outfit for my sweet little butterfly princess.

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Thank you to Digital Media Academy for providing me with an Amazon Gift Code in exchange for sharing about their program.

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Disney Motivation


Some days seem to be the hardest days to get through, especially if you are a mom.  Sometimes it takes a children's cartoon to motivate you to keep going.  Disney movies are my go to when I am feeling blue or just need to motivate myself.  Who would have thought that movies that my children would watch on repeat until it became intolerable would one day be the movies that boost my spirits?

The Chic Handbook: Top Fashion Experts Reveal How To Look Sophisticated 24/7

You might think that looking polished twenty-four-seven is an impossibility. There’s always something in your wardrobe that lets you down, whether it’s a pair of jeans that are ripped beyond the point of return or the sneakers you’ve been wearing to the gym every day for the last four years.

That would all be fine, of course, apart from the fact that you know at least one person who always looks perfect. For some reason, they always manage to look chic, no matter whether it’s a Monday morning or a Friday night. How do they do it?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Perfect Party Accessory for Your Little Butterfly from The Bee Hive Hair Buzz

 Thank you to The Bee Hive Hair Buzz for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

We had such a wonderful celebration for Baby S' first birthday with family and friends. We couldn't have asked for better weather or a more beautiful day filled with lots of love, smiles, warm hugs, and purple butterflies! Planning S' first birthday party was such a joy for me. I enjoyed planning my son's birthday parties when he was little, too, but now that I am able to plan 'girly parties,' I am over the moon! As I prepped for the party, I hoped to find some very special extra touches that we could share with our guests for helping to make S' day so very special. As I thought about different ideas, I hoped to find a special accessory that we could gift to the sweet little girls who are a special part of our lives.

Where Does the Time Go? #WordlessWednesday



I actually become semi-annoyed when I read 'where does the time go,' as captions to people's photos. Can't they express themselves in any other way? I am finding (more often than not) that the answer is a simple yes, but the question, 'where does the time go,' is most appropriate for those times that you look at your children and realize how much they have grown in such a sort amount of time. This handsome guy is six years old, graduating Kindergarten next month. He's my first baby, and he holds my heart. I can't belive how quickly his childhood is flying by, and the past two years, I have been so wrapped up in pregnancy and caring for our new baby, I feel like I've missed a part of his life. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Eyes Have It: Why Eye Care is So Important

This is a sponsored conversation made possible by FrontGate Media. All thoughts are my own.

What would life be like without my eyesight? I often wonder what I would miss seeing. I couldn't fathom not being able to see the beautiful faces of my children, or my husband's handsome smile. What if I never saw the ocean again, or never had the opportunity to see and enjoy the beauty of the Earth that God created? You might be asking, 'why would you even worry about something like that?' The reality is that my eyesight isn't great.

A Delicious Addition to Your Next Party: Dips Cake Pops



 Thank you to Dips Cake Pops for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Having a party and want to wow your guests with something sweet? How about cake pops? My family loves cake pops. From the very first time we tried them, we were hooked. Cake pops are moist, delicious balls of cake and frosting that are then covered in chocolate or candy melts, and decorated. A few years ago, I tried my hand at making cake pops, just because I wanted to see if I could do it. I quickly found that it's an involved process (it took me two days from start to finish) and that while they tasted great, it would be the kind of thing that I would only make for a special occasion or for a family request. I knew that I wanted to incorporate cake pops into Baby S' 1st birthday celebration, but that I did not have the time or the patience to make them myself.

Tasty Tuesday- A Change in My Meal Planning Routine

Photo Credit: Jessica B. 

Toward the end of March, my sister and I took a coupon class with The Crazy Coupon Chick, and I was really impressed with what I had learned. In fact, I was so impressed that I actually took notes, and one of those notes was to challenge myself to save even more money when grocery shopping by going through store ads and coupons and then meal planning.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tweetsie Railroad Celebrates 60th Anniversary Season in 2017


Tweetsie Railroad will celebrate its 60th Anniversary of Wild West family fun in 2017, and guests can save on a full season of excitement at the theme park by taking advantage of early pricing on 2017 Season Passes. From now through April 9, Golden Rail Season Passes are on sale at a pre-season rate of $100 for adults and $65 for children ages 3 through 12. After April 9, rates increase to $110 for adults and $75 for children. Children 2 and under are always admitted free. Guests can purchase 2017 Season Passes online at Tweetsie.com.

Making Life Sweeter with Mrs. Freshley's treats #review


Thank you to Mrs. Freshley's for providing me with samples for review. All thoughts shared are my own.


My family really loved tearing into this box from Mrs. Freshley's.  It was full of yummy goodies.  We received Blueberry Muffins, Chocolate Chip Muffins, Banana Nut Muffins and Cake Crisps.  I wasn't able to get pictures of anyone enjoying them because they got packed in lunchboxes and gone pretty quick.  I did enjoy the Cake Crisps myself.  They were little cookies that tasted like I was eating a piece of chocolate cake.  I loved that they were crispy.  They were a delicious snack.  Aiden and Chris enjoyed the muffins.  Aiden said they were so good and the crumbles melted in your mouth.  His favorite was the Chocolate Chip, of course!  He loves anything chocolate.  We really enjoyed these yummy treats from Mrs. Freshley's and will purchase some in the future to enjoy!

The Delay of God Does Not Mean the Denial of God #MondayMotivation

Isaiah 40:29

We had a wonderful worship service yesterday at our church! We were reminded by our pastor that the weak, weary, and faint are the ones who are able to experience the power of our Holy God!

Pastor Scott also reminded us of this:

The delay of God does not mean the denial of God! 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Perfect for Mother's Day: Long Lasting and Lip Rejuvenating LipSense #review + LipSense #Giveaway #MBPMDGG17


Thank you to Dani with LipSense for the sample. All opinions and thoughts are my own. 

I started hearing about LipSense about a month ago and have been dying to try it. LipSense was launched in 1999 by SeneGence. Now they have an extensive amount of anti-aging and long-lasting cosmetics. The products are not tested on animals, gluten free, FDA approved, and made in the USA. The products are designed to help renew and revive your skin. Hello, miracle workers!

A Very Special Palm Sunday #Acts of Kindness

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Coptic church in Aswan, Egypt

While catching up on the news on Palm Sunday, Ray and I learned about the horrific terror attack on two Coptic churches in Egypt, killing at least 47 people. Our family is Catholic, but we felt moved to go to the local Coptic church to show our support.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lull Your Baby to Sleep with HoMedics Sound Machine #review


Thank you to HoMedics for the sample. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

HoMedics creates a variety of products for relaxation and rejuvenation. For this review, I was lucky to receive the MyBaby Deep Sleep SoundSpa. It has six different sounds, a variety of volumes, and a timer if you don't want it on constantly. 

We have had a tough time getting our little one to sleep on his own and more through the night. Hendrix's favorite song is "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" so he'll turn it on himself. He appreciates the background noise, especially since it is his favorite lullaby. I personally enjoy the nature sounds if I need to relax a little. 

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Happy Earth Day 2017!


The weekend has FINALLY arrived! I spent the week volunteering at the girls' school for the book fair, so I am still feeling pretty worn out, but I am so excited about the day. 

Treat Mom's Feet with Therafit Sandals for Mother's Day + Rose Sandals #Giveaway


Thank you to Therafit for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

As a mom, what do I really want for Mother's Day? I want to be able to spend time with my kids, without being in pain. 10+ years after a bad knee injury, I am finding myself in almost constant pain from my knee. Walking around, playing on the floor, and normal everyday activities for a mom with two little ones are less than enjoyable when dealing with knee pain. Over the years, I have tried lots of different shoes and sandals to help give me an extra little boost of support, but most have failed to be comfortable or fashionable.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Meet Infra the Robot from The Young Scientists Club #review

Thank you to The Young Scientists Club for providing me with product in exchange for my review. All thoughts are my own.

Aiden is very excited to share his experience with Infra the Robot. This was a fun project that Aiden and his Daddy worked on together.  Infra is a build your own robot from the Funtastic Robot series.  We thought Infra would be fun because you use any remote control in your home to control her.  Infra uses the infrared signal to move.  Aiden worked with his Daddy to put her together and the instructions that were included were very easy to read and understand.  Once she was together, it was fun watching Aiden use our TV remote and Infra would scoot across the floor.  Bolt, our little dog, also enjoyed her.

I'm Dreaming of Summer Break and a Family Vacation to Florida


Happy Friday friends! I've been volunteering at the book fair at the girls' school all week, and let me tell you 2 things- 
1. Teachers (most of them) are SAINTS in disguise 
2. I am so so ready for Summer!
We had quite a few snow days this year, so our last day of school went from a tentative date of June 9th to June 21st! I am having a hard time dealing with it, especially because both girls are in school and I go a little stir crazy when I am home alone (hence the reason I jumped at the chance to work the book fair all week this week).

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Kids Shine this Spring in Bold Basics by Primary + $50.00 Gift Card Giveaway


Thank you to Primary for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review.

If you're like me, you want your kids to be stylish, yet comfortable. You probably also don't want to spend an arm and a leg on clothes that they're going to grow out of in just a few weeks or months. B is six years old, and he is growing so fast! I was prepared for Baby S to grow out of clothes quickly, but B is just a weed, and every time I turn around, he's had another growth spurt. The kid likes what he likes, and he's not one to wear uncomfortable clothes at home, school, to church or for everyday play. Over the years, I feel like I have spent a small fortune on clothes for him. I finally found a kids clothing brand that caters to kids of all ages and offers quality, affordable basics for all.

Easy Pizza Roll-Ups Your Kids will Actually Eat


What do you do when your kid is starving and begging for pizza, but you have no frozen pizzas, and you don't want to order one? You make Pizza Roll-ups, of course! All you need are three ingredients, and I would venture to guess that you probably keep all three of them in stock at all times... I know I do. If you have a can of refrigerated crescent rolls, tomato sauce, and Mozzarella cheese, you can have a yummy pizza lunch or dinner ready in about 15 minutes. Now that's what I call easy, and delicious! Continue reading for the recipe and directions.

The Secret Art Of Home Comfort

Something that you can’t argue with is that we all want to be as comfortable as possible in our own homes. No matter what your home is like, or who you live with or how many, there is a definite need to be as comfortable as you can get it. The truth is, many people really struggle with actually making their home as comfortable as possible, and the reason for that is because it is surprisingly difficult to marry all of the separate elements into one. To be able to do it, the first essential step is to know what the separate elements are so that you can make each one work for you. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how you can achieve a greater level of comfort in your home with a few simple changes.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Giveaway Winners



We're excited to announce a new round of giveaway winners for MBP's recent giveaways! We love giving our readers the opportunity to try out some of the brands we love by offering awesome giveaways! We've recently worked with some fab sponsors who gave us some amazing prizes to raffle off! Check it out and see if you made the list this round!

RUGRATS Seasons 1 & 2 Coming Soon to Nickelodeon DVD + #Giveaway


Thank you to Nickelodeon for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

Calling all kids of the 80's & 90's! If you grew up in either of these decades, more than likely, you were a fan of RUGRATS. My sister and I grew up watching those mischevious little tikes, and now my own kids are getting their chance to grow up with them, too! Rugrats is Nickelodeon's second longest running show (second to Sponge Bob Square Pants), and is beloved by parents and kids alike! Rugrats Seasons 1 & 2 will soon be available to own on Nickelodeon DVD.

BrickFest Live! Coming soon! #brickfestlive #legos


Aiden and I are so excited to attend BrickFest Live in June.  Aiden has been a Lego lover since he was 2 years old.  We have been to Legoland in Florida 2 times and he has loved every second of those trips.  We are counting down the days until BrickFest Live!  Check it out below.

Vacation Prep 101: Everything You Need For A Fantastic Family Holiday

If you’re a parent, you may feel like everything you do turns into a military-style operation. It can often be a mission just to get out of the door even if you only need to pop down to the shop for a carton of milk or a loaf of bread. When it comes to planning a vacation, the logistics can be tricky, but don’t let that put you off. If you’re organized, and you plan ahead, there’s nothing to stop you from having a fantastic family holiday.

Wordless Wednesday- Exploring Your Own "Backyard"


Last week, we took a quick trip to Southford Falls, here in Connecticut. I am kicking myself for not bringing my "real" camera, but I was feeling a little overwhelmed that day and I just didn't feel like having to worry about something else. The weather was not as nice as we had hoped for, so our trip was brief, but the scenery and fresh air were well worth it. We cannot wait to go back for a picnic soon! 

Get Inspired with New Music from Passion Band: Worthy of Your Name CD #Review + #Giveaway


If you're a fan of Christian music like I am, you've probably heard of Passion Band. Passion Band began in 1998, and has included annual conferences for worshippers and worship leaders alike. Their music has inspired millions of people worldwide, and every year, Passion Band puts out a new album. Their latest album release is Worthy of Your Name.
It's a beautiful album, filled with a lot of- you guessed it... passion!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Arctic Adventure On Frozen Pond DVD #Giveaway


Who's ready for their next awesome family movie night? We love movie nights in at our house. There's nothing like popping fresh popcorn and snuggling up on the couch, watching a family friendly movie together! This movie is a hoot, and is perfect for your next family movie night!

You can read more about Night Helper's review here.

Cream Cheese Mints #tastytuesday


I saw this recipe on a friend's Facebook page and thought these mints looked delicious!  Mints are one of my most favorite things and there is a little local store here that has pulled Butter Mints at Christmas and I always go buy some.  These look like them so I had to try them out.  The recipe I used and that I am sharing with you came from Trish on the Mom on Timeout blog.  I did find many of these recipes on Pinterest and they were all about the same.

Monday, April 17, 2017

DMA Summer Camps Filling Fast!


Save $75 on each summer camp registration with code TECHFUN17*. 
Digital Media Academy technology summer camps allow kids and teens to discover their passion for STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and math) through fun and exciting hands-on courses and collaboration at a location near you.

Celebrate All the Birthdays #MondayMotivation


With the whirlwind weekend came a beautiful Easter celebration, and we also had a celebration for my dad's birthday. April has been a fun month, because Baby S turned one a couple of weeks ago, and my dad's birthday has always been a big to-do. We love birthdays and celebrations! This year, we were pretty exhausted from Easter services and Holy Week, so we kept it low-key for the birthday celebration for my dad.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Inspire to be Inspired


It is sometimes really hard to remain positive when everyday life can throw some curves.  There are times that just a simple saying can mean so much.  These are mine... what are yours?

Happy Easter 2017!


Easter is finally here, and from all of us at Mommy's Block Party, we wish you and your family a very Happy Easter! We hope that thiis day is filled with love, laughter, and celebrating the hope and promise of eternal life offered by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Below, I am sharing a video of my favorite Easter song, FOREVER by Kari Jobe. May you be blessed this day!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Therafit Summer Women's Fabric Slingback Sport Sandals #Giveaway


Who's excited about summertime? With all of the travel plans we have this summer, I am ready for a reliable and comfortable pair of sandals to wear during our adventures! Therafit is one of my favorite footwear brands, and now you have the chance to win a pair of Therafit sandals for summertime!

You can read more about Night Helper's review, and enter to win below!

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Spring Break is Winding Down


Happy Saturday! I'm sad to report that our Spring break is just about over, already. Even though it went by entirely too fast, as "vacations" tend to do, we had a lot of great fun and enjoyed checking things off of our "Spring Break Bucket List". 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bunny Munch: A Yummy Easter Treat!



Easter is just a couple of days away, and my family is looking forward to getting together to celebrate. First, we'll gather to color Easter eggs on Good Friday. It's a family tradition, one that four generations participate in and enjoy. Grands and cousins will all converge and share their best designs on their eggs. While we work, we like to have snacks to munch on. B asked if we could make a special Easter snack to take over for the special event, and we decided on a quick and easy Bunny Munch snack mix. No one's going to be able to resist this yummy mix of treats!

Dreaming of Disney


This summer, my family and I are heading south. That's right, we're going to Florida. I am excited to be going to the 2017 BlogHer Conference in Orlando, and the entire family is tagging along. We'll be staying at a fun condo community in Kissimmee, and of course I have promised a very sweet little boy that we can spend a day at Disney World. As soon as I mentioned the possibility of going to Disney, his eyes lit up, and he began counting down to our trip.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Shoplet and Avery Ultra Tabs...Get Organized! #review



My friends at Shoplet must have seen my desk at school and home because they sent me these awesome Avery Ultra Tabs and boy do I need them.  I have so many notebooks for different things and they all need to be organized.  So far, I have gotten my Summer Camp notebook organized by camp week.  I love these tabs from Avery.  They stick right to my page and I can write on them and they are smudge proof.  These little guys will be in all my notebooks just as soon as I have time to go through them and figure out what I have.  That's a job in itself!  I love Shoplet.  They have everything you could possibly need for your office or schools.  Take some time to check them out.  You will find all that you need. 

Easter Basket Book Picks from DK Publishing #MBPEGG17


Thank you to DK Publishing for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts ahred are my own.

Peter Cottontail will soon be hopping down the bunny trail. Yes, Easter is on its way, and my kids are ready. Peter Cottontail, however, still needs a few good ideas for filling those Easter baskets! As kids, we love these holiday characters and see them as magical friends who bring treats to boys and girls all over the world. As adults, we often lose that child-like wonder and excitement, because we actually have to become the Easter Bunny, Santa, the Tooth Fairy, etc. Playing the Easter Bunny doesn't have to be tough. Keeping Easter baskets simple makes it fun and enjoyable for the whole family.

My Last Baby is Five

Last Picture as a 4 Year Old

Last night was a pretty big milestone. My last baby, my youngest girl, spent her last night as a 4 year old. It didn't really bother me (too much) during the day yesterday, but this morning, it hit me HARD.