Monday, January 15, 2018

Support Finding A Cure With Every Purchase at FACT Goods Apparel #MBPWINTER18 #COUPONCODE

Thank you to FACT Goods for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own. 

I always enjoy partnering with companies that I truly believe in and can get behind. One year, I gave Christmas gifts to everyone with the requirement they be gifts that help support and fund a good cause. I will tell you, I found some amazing companies out there, some big and some small that are doing worthwhile work for our world. FACT (finding a cure today) Goods is a new company that was born from necessity and adversity.

Trade Your Snow Boots for Flip Flops in Nevis

Nevis Incentives Make It Even More Enticing to Plan Your Tropical Winter Vacation

Charlestown, Nevis, January 9, 2018 – If you’re one of the millions of Americans dealing with freezing temperatures and snowfall, isn’t it time to think WARM and plan your tropical getaway? If so, Nevis is waiting to welcome you with two resorts offering Fourth Night FREE packages.

This Caribbean island that was just named one of the 18 Places to Visit in 2018 by CNN, Nevis is a magnificent respite for your winter blues. A tranquil paradise, Nevis is ideal for those who want to get away from it all. Here, you can stroll beautiful beaches and enjoy warm and clear Caribbean waters, take in the picture perfect sunsets, dine on the freshest seafood and other culinary treats, and visit the cultural and historic sites around the island. And did we mention the friendliest people who will welcome you with open arms?

The Four Seasons Resort Nevis is offering a “Fourth Night Fee” package – a complimentary fourth night with every three consecutive paid nights. Here you can play on one of the world’s most scenic golf courses, relax on the beach, enjoy a fabulous spa treatment and dine in one of four spectacular restaurants.

If a tropical setting is more to your liking, the historic Hermitage Inn, a unique, boutique inn known for its hospitality and charm, also offers a complimentary fourth night free for every three nights booked.
Rates include full breakfast - featuring items like their famous Coconut French toast and homemade, homegrown sausage, homemade yogurt and fresh, local juices - and afternoon tea daily.
This offer is based on availability.

So whether you want to relax on the beach or have an active vacation, Nevis is your winter escape!

About Nevis:
Nevis is part of the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis and is located in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies. Conical in shape with a volcanic peak at its center known as Nevis Peak, the island is the birthplace of the founding father of the United States, Alexander Hamilton. The weather is typical of most of the year with temperatures in the low to mid-80s°F / mid 20-30s°C, cool breezes and low chances of precipitation. Air transportation is easily available with connections from Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. For more information about Nevis, travel packages and accommodations, please contact the Nevis Tourism Authority, USA Tel 1.407.287.5204, Canada 1.403.770.6697 or our website  and on Facebook – Nevis Naturally.

How to Choose the Best Espresso Machine

Are you a coffee lover? I don't know that I could get through the day without a good, strong cup of coffee. Just ask my husband- he knows very well that I live by the 'no talkie before coffee' motto. As important as finding a good blend of coffee is, your coffee maker makes a huge difference in achieving the perfect brew.

To date, many people have not yet been able to differentiate between a typical coffee and espresso. Most of them assume that they are just a different preparation method but, all in all, the same. However, this is not true at all. The two beverages do not even compare, especially, in terms of quality and content.

Am I Doing it Right?

Something I hear Moms asking these days is “Am I doing enough to enrich the lives of my children?” followed up by “What is everyone else doing?” Let me just stop there to say, yes. Yes, you are doing enough. But how do I know, you ask? I think somewhere along the way we forgot that literally just being a Mom is enough. Getting up, having your coffee, vacuuming the rug, feeding the pets, putting your makeup on - believe it or not, you are teaching your children EVERYTHING. All the time. Just by being you. When you have a bad day, you are teaching them that it’s ok to have a bad day and that Mommy still loves them even if she feels frustrated or angry. When you take care of yourself, you are teaching them how to take care of themselves. When you go to the grocery store or take out the trash, you are teaching them how the world works.

The Mom-Child relationship is designed to inherently enrich the child’s life just by existing. Are we going to make mistakes? Sure. I have yet to meet a perfect person or parent for that matter. I hate to break it to you, but you’re not perfect, your parents weren’t perfect, the Moms on your Mom Facebook Group are not perfect and no matter what they say, they don’t know everything (even when it seems like everyone knows more than you). The best thing I learned from my experience as a first time Mom in the first months of my daughter’s life was that I somehow had Mom instincts built in - and I learned to trust those instincts (still learning). I learned that doctors don’t even know what your kid has sometimes and if it’s a virus, there is nothing you can do but wait it out so don’t bother going to the doctor at every sniffle (I figured this out 75 doctors visits later, of course). I learned that other people are going to criticize you. And that’s ok because you have the gift of Mommy instincts - and to be honest, nobody knows your kid better than you. You LITERALLY grew them in your body. Or if you didn’t actually grow them, you have to put up with their whining every. darn. day. so haters back off unless you want to come and raise this child yourself. Any takers? That’s what I thought… but I digress…

The point of this post is simple: you are enough. And if you happen to have some Play-Doh or some crayons or feel like taking them to the park one day - that’s icing on the cake. So give yourself a break. It’s hard enough taking care of little people in addition to yourself and every other adult responsibility we have these days - don’t make it harder by beating yourself up too. And by the way, “what everyone else is doing” is the same as you - arguing with their kids about what to eat, cleaning up chocolate milk off the floor, watching Trolls for the third time that day, wiping butts, begging their kids to take a nap for the love of Pete, and wondering if they are doing enough.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunrise-Sunset: Handling Grief

As we get older we learn more about the cycle of life.  We recognize that there is a start and finish to everything.  We learn our own ways of coping or having the situation of death explained to us differently.  When I was child, I wasn’t touched by the loss of a loved one.  My parents didn’t bring me to a memorial service so when people stopped coming around I didn’t think about it or them again.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- 3 Day Weekend... What to Do?

Happy Saturday! We're looking at a 3-day weekend and this Mom is not too prepared. I love long weekends, but we've had so many of them the last few days since winter break, that I'm wondering what on Earth we can do this weekend to keep from losing our minds.

Friday, January 12, 2018

How to Choose the Right Toddler Life Jacket

One of the scariest things about being on, in, or near water with a little one, is making sure they are well protected. Getting the right life jacket for a toddler can be tricky because life jackets are usually heavy and a toddler can easily find it uncomfortable to be in. Therefore, before purchasing a life jacket one should consider the weight of the jacket and also the weight of the toddler. The reason for having the jacket and its color is also an important factor to consider since they serve different purposes, some are used for swimming while others are to be worn when the child is playing.

Toddler Logic

You may be wondering why Elmo is wearing a dress- no it's not a special edition!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Let Them Eat Crackers: An Alternative Guide to Feeding Your Toddler for Moms Who Can't Even Anymore

What I am about to tell you just may change your life. It is a controversial approach and may cause you to incur criticism from those less enlightened - which is why this is just between you and me… what happens on Mommy’s Block Party stays on Mommy’s Block Party *makes serious eye contact with reader*. If you think you can handle it, read on…

Nella the Princess Knight Available on Nickeldeon DVD January 30, 2018 + DVD #Giveaway

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

Stuck inside with the kids this winter! Fear not! There's a cute new Nickelodeon show for boys and girls that will have the whole family excited and channeling their inner princess and knight!

NEW YORK - December 6, 2017 - Nickelodeon's unconventional princess, Nella, is bringing action-packed adventures into homes with her first DVD release, Nella the Princess Knight, featuring eight exciting episodes from the show's first season. On January 30th, 2018, fans can join Nella on daring quests as she transforms into a princess knight and courageously defends her kingdom. Whether she's searching for a lost invitation or rescuing a phoenix, Nella is always ready to stand up for what's right. 

Throw Back Thursday

The concept of “throwback Thursday” is to reflect on your past self or a memory of your past.  I personally love this concept because while we look at pictures from time to time I feel that we only slightly recall the moments we see in them.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Six Family Fun Activities for a Wild Oklahoma City Vacation

Put your boots on and cowboy up because you will get a taste of the Old West in Oklahoma City. Forget a hotel room, grab your family and hop in an Oklahoma City rental RV. Now is the time to get in some quality time with your family since time flies by.
Now, you can travel with your room and luggage in tow. Plus, you don't have to stop for anything except for food and family fun. Keep reading to learn more about some recommended family fun activities in Oklahoma City. Yeehaw!

Meet Our Newest Contributor, Jessie Paul

Hi, I’m Jessie. I’m a Mom of 3 little kids: O(3.5 yrs) J(1.5 yrs) and S (3mos). My husband Jason and I ride deep in a 2010 Honda Odyssey with three car seats (actually, one graduated to a booster recently) and a double stroller in the back *leans back and crosses arms over chest*. I’m a big fan of Amazon Prime, online grocery shopping, and Starbucks drive-thrus and I recently won a coffee mug playing Starbucks for Life #majoraward.

Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok Strikes Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 20 and 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ on March 6

Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” electrified both audiences and critics alike and now fans can enjoy the colorful cosmic adventure at home. Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio.

10 Easy Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

I normally have a beautiful song in my heart, but lately, I've been singin' the Blues. This time of year in particular, so many struggle with depression and anxiety, making it incredibly difficult to get through the winter season. Christmas has passed, the new year has begun, and it doesn't feel like there's much left to celebrate. Though the holidays are often joyous and spirit-filled, it can feel like an incredible let down once the lights and decorations have been put away and the festivities have ended. Add in cold temperatures and mostly grey skies for months on end, and you'll inevitably wind up with the perfect lyrics to create your own version of the Blues.

Enjoy Tasty Treats from Bakerly #review

Thank you to Bakerly for the products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Bread. I am one of the biggest fans. I love all kinds of bread and baked products, but am sometimes skeptical of the flavor and quality of those you find in the store or online. The flavor may be off or the product may not stay fresh long enough.

Needless to say, when I had the opportunity to review Bakerly, I definitely wanted to give the products a chance. I am so glad I did!

I got to try these delicious crepes, French brioche, and chocolate brioche rolls. The bread was fresh and delicious plain or with whatever toppings you choose. The crepes, both the chocolate and strawberry, are delicious, but my favorite part is they are individually wrapped. This pregnant momma can take them for a snack! Both Hendrix and Jon enjoyed the products as much as I did. 

The fun surprises were a cute little apron and bag along with tatoos, a mooing toy, pencil, and lanyard. 

Want it? Buy it!

Find the Bakerly products and pricing closest to you. You must try at least one product.

Let me know your favorite!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Lion Guard - The Rise of Scar on Disney DVD January 9th

Disney’s epic adventure The Lion King continues with Simba and Nala's second-born cub, Kion, and his Lion Guard team as they continue on adventures together throughout the Pride Lands! Follow our group of unlikely heroes: Bunga the honey badger, Fuli the cheetah, Beshte the hippo and Ono the egret. Join this heroic band as they use their unique abilities to protect the Pride Lands and maintain the Circle of Life. 

You Can Face The Winter With Rodan + Fields Life-Changing Skincare #MBPWINTER18 + #FREEGIFT

Thank you to Alicia Hildebrand for the opportunity to review Rodan + Fields. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own. 

Frigid, dry winter air can take such a toll on our skin! Many people seem to neglect their skin when they are focusing on a healthy lifestyle. Exercise and nutrition are huge factors in transforming into your best self. However, your skin is your largest organ and should never be left out in the cold (pun intended) to fend for itself! Rodan + Fields is a company that provides the nutrition your skin needs to keep a youthful, healthy glow and also the ability to reverse damage that has already been done. 

7 Tasty Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm This Winter #TastyTuesday

It's a cold Tuesday morning here in Connecticut and my focus is on cooking. There's just something about the winter months that bring out the kitchen obsessed Mom in me. The extra heat from all the baking and cooking is pretty nice, but to me, this season is all about comfort food. One of the types of foods I find most comforting is soup and we've shared some pretty great soup recipes here over the years. I've gone through and picked out 7 that I thought were pretty awesome, you know, in case you want to host an impromptu "soup week" at home. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Big Fun at Monster Jam #monsterjam

Monster Jam rolled into the Spectrum Center in Charlotte over the weekend.  We have had friends who have gone to Monster Jam for years and always have an amazing time.  Aiden has asked several times to go but we just never had. We were very excited to represent Mommy's Block Party at the Friday night event.  We had a blast!

So. Over. Cold. Weather!! #motivation

I have seen this picture go across the TV and my news feed WAY too much this past week!  It has been so cold and so hard for me to get anything done.  And since we just moved, I have so, so much to do. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The 1st Sunday of 2018-Reflection of week 1

Today marks the first Sunday of 2018.  The first of 52 weeks have gone and what has changed?  Do you remember to date everything with the correct year? Are your resolutions holding?

Saturday, January 6, 2018

What You Should Know About Sleeping and Running

When it comes to general health, two of the top concerns are exercise and sleeping habits. The two are not mutually exclusive, either. They affect each other – lack of sleep promotes lethargy, leading to less physical activity, and exercising properly has been proven to aid in getting better sleep. To truly understand the relationship, though, we have to evaluate several studies and conclusions so that we can plan ahead to get a good night’s sleep and make time to go for a good run.

Easy and Affordable Ways To Give Your Home A Fresh New Look

Change can be difficult when it comes to décor and home improvement. There are so many things to consider! What "vibe" do you want to present in your home. In other words, when someone walks into your home, what feeling would you love for your home to invoke. Warmth, comfort, relaxation and fun are all words that I aim to use when thinking of ways to decorate and amp up my home décor!

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Our First (Long) Weekend of 2018!

Happy Saturday! It's been one crazy "weekend" here at Wigglesworth Manor. The girls had the last 2 days off of school due to the winter storm we got, so we are on day 3 of a 4 day weekend. I love long weekends, but this one, so far, has been pretty crummy.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Take Care Of Your Dry Winter Skin With Fernberry #MBPWINTER18

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

How does your skin fare during the cold winter months? If you are like me, my largest organ needs a DRINK. I'm always on the lookout for quality, natural skincare products that deliver on their promise of providing nourishment and hydration to my skin. Not to mention, amazing aromas that take me away to an island paradise! I'm so pleased to share with you that Fernberry has made the list.

Disney's Lady and the Tramp Wags Its Way into the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Digital Feb. 20 and Blu-ray Feb. 27

What better way to celebrate today’s National Spaghetti Day, than announcing this February, Disney’s cherished animated classic, “Lady and the Tramp,” will join the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection! As one of the greatest love stories ever told, “Lady and the Tramp” is sure to melt the hearts of generations with its beloved characters, brilliant animation, memorable music and sweet sentiment. Every member of the family will treasure this timeless tale—loaded with three versions of the film, classic bonus material and three all-new features—when it heads home on Digital and on Movies Anywhere Feb. 20 and on Blu-ray on Feb. 27!

New Year, New Reading Goal: My Top 5 Best Reads of 2017

I am quickly becoming a compulsive book hoarder. I own more books than I have read and my wish list of books is much longer than I can afford. I need to be physically, forcibly removed from any used book shop I step foot into and I basically live on my #bookstagram. My entire camera roll on my phone is pictures of books for said bookstagram. I go nowhere without a book in my giant tote bag of a purse and I am unashamed to pull it out if the party's getting a bit boring. I have a problem. And yet, it's a pretty good problem to have.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Latest Color From Super Heroic Shoes Is Here #MBPWINTER18

Thank you to Super Heroic for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own.

You may remember previously when I shared with you about a company called Super Heroic who design amazing, stylish and functional sneakers for kids. The original color is blue and green and were a big hit for my two sons. They received so many compliments on their Super Heroic shoes. They are comfortable, easy for little fingers to fasten and ready to zoom your little guy or girl through their day at super hero capacity!

This Vegetarian Noodle Soup Will Warm Up Your Soul #Recipe

I don't know about you, but when it's cold outside, I just want soup. I want my insides to feel warm as the hot broth trickles down into my soul. Ok, not really. But, it makes me feel good to sip on hot soup on a cold winter day and that's a good enough reason for me to find some yummy soup recipes online. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Start Off 2018 Getting Healthy with NatureBox #review, #naturebox, #giveaway, #MBPNY18

Thank you to NatureBox for providing me with product for my review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own.

It's the first week of January and who else feels like they have gained 25 pounds over the holidays?  I always feel this way and I always start out the new year with some changes in our house.  I wish I could say that we keep them up, but let's face it...our normal like gets in the way.  NatureBox makes some of those changes very simple!

New Year, New Winners! #giveawaywinners

Happy New Year!!  It's a new year and we have new winners!  Let's get right down to them.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Beat Winter Weather with Warm Pajamas for Everyone!

Thank you to Snug As A Bug for providing product for review. All thoughts are my own. 

We are very fortunate to have friends that live throughout the country. It makes it easier to travel cheaply on a teacher salary household when we know we have an open invitation to borrow a guest room, couch, or floor space. One of our favorite destinations is Ashton, Idaho, nestled closely between Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. We would love to visit our friends there in the winter months but it is entirely likely that we might be snowed in for weeks if we do so so we save our mountain adventures for the summer.

Veggie Pasta Lunchbox Recipe

Winter break is wrapping up and it is time to head back to school. If your household is anything like ours then school lunches usually consist of peanut butter and jelly or some form of lunchable. The inability to pack food that needs to be heated adds extra pressure to find healthy lunch options that our kiddos will eat. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Paddington 2 Advance Screening (Hartford, CT) Tickets and Paddington 2 Books #Giveaway

"Paddington 2" continues the story of the enduringly popular little bear in the trademark blue coat and red hat that touched audiences worldwide.
 The new story finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. When the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. 

Simplify your new year!

Thank you to Emily Ley for providing product for review. All thoughts are my own. 

I am a full-time middle school teacher as well as a wife and mom of two small children.  I, unapologetically, admit that I often make to do lists of things I have already done just so that I can cross them off and feel accomplished for the day. 

Beauty in Brokenness

Happy New Year! My New Year's Eve was completely low-key, and uneventful. I hope that yours was safe, and lots of fun. We stayed in with the kiddos- one fighting a cough and diaper rash, and the other wildly excited about our pending beach trip. We had packing to do, cleaning to tackle, and took down our Christmas tree. Today kicks off a new year... 2018, and it presents a clean slate and a fresh start, which I am thankful for.