It is that time of year when I look for a new, hard copy calendar. Yes, I still use a calendar that you actually write in and not my iphone. I just like seeing my schedule in writing. Plus there are ones that have room for all your kids activities. That is why I love this one from Plan Ahead.  It is their mother’s 18 month planner which starts July 2014 and runs to December 2015. It has room for a photo of your kids up front. It shows a month at a glance and the week at a glance with space for you to list out your kids activities. It is small enough to carry around and it’s just perfect.  This one also has a space in back for notes and a vacation planning section too.  Plan Ahead has lots of organizers and address books to choose from. And yes, I still have my contacts in a hard copy book, because you never know. I’m odd school like that. Check out all their products from back to school online and then head to your favorite retailer like Walmart or CVS to purchase.

Disclosure:  Plan Ahead sent me the calendars and address books to review. All opinions are my own.

Calendars and address books from Plan Ahead

Calendars and address books from Plan Ahead

 

 

 

After cleaning out my dad’s apartment as he was moving, my daughter became curious with what she called the funny camera. Yes, it was an instant camera from the 70’s! Her friend had a new version of an instant camera and she was excited to be able to test out the Fuji Film Instax Mini 8. It comes in fun colors, it’s real easy to use and of course offers immediate photos!

My kids were so used to taking iphone photos (and a million of one pose) so I had to explain to her you really have to want the photo because it’s film and each film cartridge only had 10 photos. You simply press the button beside the lens to turn power on, adjust the dial depending on if you need to shoot in the sun/clouds, etc. and shoot. It’s that easy and so much fun. It really reminds me of my childhood. Pictures that pop up instantly – now that is a nice change of pace instead of wondering what to do with my thousands of photos on my laptop!

My 10 year old loves the camera. She really thinks about the pose and frames the subjects just so. A fun gift idea and perfect for summer vacation memories! It’s affordable too – less than $70!

Disclosure: The company sent me the Instax to test out. All opinions are my own.

Instax film

Instax film

Instax Mini 8 camera

Instax Mini 8 camera

Here is all you need for instant photos from Fuji Film Instax Mini 8

Here is all you need for instant photos from Fuji Film Instax Mini 8

 

 

 

final product: fun, instant photos!

final product: fun, instant photos!

 

Summer is in full swing and so is dry skin and scalp! That is why I am glad I have some products from Desert Essence. The company sent me a few of their products to test out including their newest just launched soap bars and lotions in Island Mango and Italian Lemon. All of their products smell so good! But what I like best about them is that they are made without any chemicals, are 100 percent vegan and gluten free. All of their products are great and you can order them online or head to your local whole foods to check out the product line.

The exfoliating Italian lemon soap bar is so unique and smells just great! After you wash with it try the Italian lemon hand and body lotion. This soap is perfect, especially if you use self-tanner this season.

My girls are swimmers and the company recommended they shampoo with the Italian Red Grape Shampoo or the Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo. Both smell great. The Red Grape is perfect for color treated hair and has anti-oxidents in it which acts as a UV filter – just what you need for the summer season. The Tea Tree shampoo is great as you head into back to school season as I read that it is a natural protectant during lice season.

Desert Essence’s 100% Pure Jojoba Oil is available in full size and travel size, so you can have one in the pool or swim bag! Use it for hair protection and massage it into hair before swimming for protection against chlorine and salt water. It’s also great for pedicure prep!

My favorite scents during the summer are vanilla and coconut. Desert Essence has a great travel kit of coconut body wash, shampoo, conditioner and hand and body lotion. They smell heavenly! I will use them all year just to enjoy the scent!

Disclosure: The company sent me the above products to test out. All opinions are my own.

 

New Products from Desert Essence

New Products from Desert Essence

Summer is the time for travel, fun and go, go, go.  How many times have you been some place to snap a photo with your iphone or call someone and the phone’s battery died. ugh!! Thanks to the creative minds at Handbag Butler there is a fashionable way to charge your phone without carrying a bunch of power cords or asking if anyone has a outlet.  The Mighty Purse is the original purse that charges your smart phone on the go. It comes in so many fun colors and textures (most in real leather) and you can fit not only your phone but other small items as well.  Each wristlet type purse (with removable wrist strap) contains a rechargeable battery pack with micro-USB cable to charge your smart phone. It is rechargeable via any USB port. Charge the purse, drop your phone in and you have the power built right in to charger anytime you need it.  So if you are traveling or heading out for the evening you always have a charger right in your bag.  Plus it’s a really cute purse too. The one in the photo is the two tone snake print! I just love this idea and convenience as I have been gone all day at meetings without any access to a power and it would have helped to have this. Pick up one in a fun color and always stay fashionable while your phone stays charged!

#MIghtyPurse by @Handbagbutler

#MightyPurse by @Handbagbutler

Love all the details in the MightyPurse!

Love all the details in the MightyPurse!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: The company sent me a purse to review. All opinions are my own.

 

We just had our family birthday celebration as both my kids birthdays are in July, 5 days apart.  We usually have a low key barbeque but getting in something healthy is always a challenge.  I am so glad that crudite creations sent us a lovely arrangement to help celebrate!  When family members walked into the party they immediately noticed this colorful arrangement but did not realize it was vegetables!  Then everyone began to dig in – kids too.  All the veggies were so good and the dips they have taste great. We had humus and white bean dip. It really is a nice way to bring color (and a healthy serving of veggies) to your gathering and/or centerpiece for a get together.  I really liked the fact that it was delivered to your door. It is perfect for a hostess gift, shower or any special party. AND yes, it really it all veggies – those longer stems that look like a beautiful flower is actually celery. So elegant!

Disclosure: Crudite Creations sent us the arrangement and dips to try out (we are glad they did!) All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.

Get your veggies and a nice display with #Cruditecreation

Get your veggies and a nice display with #Cruditecreation

 

 

For those of you with dogs it can be hard in the summertime to go to many different events as you don’t want to leave your fur baby at home. Well, here is a great event that is dog friendly! This Sunday, the Red Sox will host the 9th annual Futures at Fenway minor league game, followed by a showing of the movie “Field of Dreams.” Tickets are just $15 for this fun event and you can bring your dog too!!

The Red Sox is partnering with the MSPCA, who will be on site at the event with adoptable dogs and information on the MSPCA. For more information check out their website.

 

CLEVELAND INDIANS VS BOSTON RED SOX

 

 

 

There is a new tiny collectible toy for girls and my girls love them!

They are launching exclusively at Walmart stores in Hartford and will be available nationwide by the end of the year. Called Shopkins – they are super tiny, grocery-themed collectibles from Moose Toys.

Shopkins are inspired by items from each aisle in the grocery store and housed in adorable shopping bags. There are 140 different characters to collect and trade and there are limited edition characters that feature special finishes and are grouped by different sections of the supermarket, from Sweet Treats to Frozen Food to Toiletries.

The company sent me a couple packages and the kids tore into them. They are for ages 4 and up but my girls (ages 9 and 12) thought they were adorable. We also had a 6 year old with us to test them out (she literally squealed when she saw the package).  Immediately they were discussing collecting, trading and playing. Prices are pretty good too. For the 5-pack it’s $4.99 and for the 12-pack it’s 9.99.

Girls will love adding cute fruits, sweets, dairy and more to their Shopkins™ collection with the 5-Pack! In the 5-pack it includes five characters and five shopping bags so girls will get a ‘taste’ of what it’s like to build a Shopkins world. The Shopkins™ 12-Pack features twelve characters, four shopping bags, one shopping basket and a collector’s guide. What a cute invention. It is sure to keep the little ones busy for a bit!

Disclosure: The company send me the packages to review. All opinions are my own.

shopkins

 

This year our favorite supermarket Stop & Shop is celebrating their 100th Anniversary! We love Stop & Shop! Throughout the year, Stop & Shop will celebrate “Fresh Ideas for 100 Years” by offering special offers, activities and events showcasing the company’s promise to the neighborhoods and the communities it serves. The celebrations started on May 23rd and you may see limited edition collection of retro products with vintage packaging (including the adorable coffee cans seen in the photo as well as the celebratory reusable bags) Stop & Shop’s official birthday is September 6, 2014. Look for additional in-store celebrations and offers on this day.

Some of the community events include:

• 100 Days of Giving – From Memorial through Labor Day, Stop & Shop New England will donate $1,000 to 100 New England non-profit organizations. These donations are in addition to the $15 million in donations to hunger relief organizations and children’s health and wellness programs in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island this year.

• Summer Concert Series – Every Wednesday from June 4 to September 3, join Stop & Shop on the plaza at their New England Headquarters at 1385 Hancock Street in Quincy, MA. for a free concert. The entertainment is open to the public from noon – 1p.m.

For more information visit www.stopandshop.com/celebrate100 or go to their Facebook page for all the details. There is a Facebook Recipe Contest called Fresh Ideas Fridays. Each Friday, a product will be featured and fans will be asked to share recipes and ideas using the products. Winners will be chosen weekly for great prizes!

Speaking of winners, to win a $25 gift card to Stop & Shop comment on the blog post or on trendymommies Facebook page about your favorite Stop & Shop product and like our trendymommies facebook page. A winner will be chosen randomly and announced July 1!

Disclosure: The company sent me a gift pack including the coffee and gift card. All opinions are my own!

Stop & Shop Celebrates 100 Years

Stop & Shop Celebrates 100 Years

 

Both my girls love products that smell good – shampoo, body wash etc. Sometimes the products they would like to use are made with chemicals and parabens.  That is why I love Babo Botanicals shampoos and body washes. Their new Berry Primrose Smoothing Shampoo and Wash and smoothing conditioner are perfect for tweens. They smell amazing (according to my two tweens) and I love how the shampoo acts as a wash as well so in the instance you have swimmers like my two you only have to pack one bottle!

Speaking of swimmers, babo has their Swim & Sport line and the girls love the Swim & Sport Conditioner as it detangles and helps to strengthen hair.

I love the Oatmilk Calendula shampoo and body wash and the moisturizing baby lotion as it is great for sensitive skin. What I have found is many times with organic products they don’t necessarily smell that great. But all their products smell amazing and are very soothing.   All are also made in the U.S.A without any parabens or phthalates.  Check them out!

My favorite products @babobotanicals

My favorite products @babobotanicals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: babo sent me the products to test out. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Looking for a quick trip overnight someplace close with adventure, water and relaxation? We recommend the newest indoor waterpark resort @GreatWolfLodge. We were invited to the grand opening celebration last week in Fitchburg, Mass and what an adventure.  I surprised my kids by not telling them their secret destination for the day. When we pulled up to the parking lot they were screaming!  This really is a family fun destination  as not only does it have 68,000 square feet of waterpark but 300,000 gallons of water and it’s more than a waterpark with interactive games, activities, a kiddie spa and more.

There is a waterslide for all ages from the kiddie Whooping Hallow and Tadpole Pond to the Howling Tornado and the exclusive Wolf Tale, you will not be bored at all. The girls and I loved the Slap Tail Pond which is the gigantic wave pool.  I tested ALL the waterslides and I do mean ALL of them including the Wolf Tale, in which you step into a clear enclosed tunnel and then the clear floor drops right out from underneath you.  The younger kids would love the Fort Mackenzie which is like a treehouse in water!

We were so impressed with the waterpark that we didn’t even venture back to the Howlin Timbers Play Park (next time!) There is a 9-hole mini golf course, family bowling and a 30 feet adventure climbing attraction! There is also the Howly Wood® XD Theater which is a motion thrill ride that transports you directly into the movie action! We will have to check this out for sure next time we visit!

My girls also loved the Scooops Kids Spa which has ice cream-themed manicures, facials and more. There are three different gift shops and six restaurants/snack bars (which includes a Dunkin Donuts). Ok so where does the relaxation come in? I like how the lounge chairs are close by the pool so if mom and dad want to take a bit of a break they can. However, I was going non-stop with my kids!  There is also the arcade and a restaurant close by in the arcade so parents can relax there too. My girls are all about a good arcade experience!

Admission is exclusive to resort guests. Head over to Great Wolf Lodge online and you can save 30 percent on your stay.

Disclosure: My kids and I were invited to the grand opening celebration for the day and got to enjoy the adventure. All opinions are my own.

All smiles @GreatWolfLodge

All smiles @GreatWolfLodge

Wave Pool!

Wave Pool!

The kids and the slides...quite an adventure

The kids and the slides…quite an adventure

 

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