The Momma Diaries

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Keep Loved Ones Close With CloudPets™

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My children are so incredibly lucky that they have two great sets of grandparents. Jared's parents actually live next door to us, so we see them almost every day! However, my parents live 2 1/2 hours away. In fact, my entire family lives 2 1/2 hours away. I grew up in Rhode Island. Jared and I decided to settle in Connecticut, primarily because his parents offered us land to build our house. it was really a no brainer!

We now have a beautiful house, nestled in the countryside, as well as a wonderful school district for our children.

While we are so incredibly happy with our little life, we really miss being close to my family. Especially my parents. Both Lincoln and Avery are very close with their Grammy and Grandpa!


While we are really good with seeing my family quite frequently, my boys can seriously never get enough of them. They usually will even talk to them on the phone once per day -- even my 21 month old!! I am always looking for fun new ways for them keep in touch.

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While shopping at Walmart recently, I spotted the most adorable new product, CloudPets™. These sweet, furry friends are a new, one-of-a-kind product, that lets loved ones keep in touch, even when far away. Lincoln knew exactly what they were, and practically ran to grab the puppy off the shelf.

To see how  CloudPets™ work, click here -- but basically, you download the free app on your smartphone, register your CloudPets™, and then invite family and friends to send messages.

When a message is received, the little heart will flash and you'll know there's a message waiting! Your little ones can even send a message back!!

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My favorite feature of the CloudPets™ are the parental controls. Only people who are invited can send messages, which makes it super safe for kiddos.

My cousin is in the military, and was recently deployed overseas for 8 months. This will be a great way for him to keep in touch with Lincoln. There's a crazy time difference where he's stationed, so this is such a great idea!!


We found our sweet puppy at Walmart in the "As Seen on TV" aisle, but I also noticed they were located in pallets at the front of the store. While you're there, don't forget to grab three AA batteries, which are needed for your CloudPets™.

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While CloudPets™ are available in select Walmart stores, they will be available nationwide soon!

How would you use CloudPets™ in your household? Which animal would your child choose?
xoxo
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Summer Fun at Quassy Amusement Park

Usually our summers are jam packed with lots of vacations and staycations for our little family. We like to keep busy...and summer is the time to do it! However, this summer has been mostly filled with doctor visits and therapy sessions for me. I still have a long way to go with my recovery since the accident

As much as we're trying to make staying home be fun for our boys, I feel bad for Lincoln. He is just so accustomed to being on-the-go and busy. I will say, he has been a trooper, despite being home so much. 

A couple of weeks ago, we were able to plan a little day trip at a nearby amusement park, Quassy! As soon as Lincoln found out we had a fun-filled day planned, he was practically bouncing off the walls!! We invited my parents, along with my cousin to join us for a day of play!


If you can't tell, he was a bit excited when we arrived!

Quassy is located in Middlebury, Connecticut. It boasts 22 rides, brand new Splash Away Bay Water Park, and the Quassy Beach.

Quassy Amusement Park


I swear Lincoln went down that Giant Slide  at least 10 times that day! He couldn't get enough!!

He's not usually a super daredevil, so I was really surprised when he wanted to go on Music Fest with my cousin. He loved it...although he said going backwards was weird. HA!

Quassy Amusement Park

While we ate tasty burgers at the Quassy Restaurant for lunch, my little Avery bug enjoyed himself a peanut butter sandwich. He thought it was finger lickin' good!



After lunch it was time for some more rides! Lincoln was thrilled to see the Frog Hopper!

Quassy Amusement Park

And he was even more excited about the bumper cars! He rocked them!!

Quassy Amusement Park

Avery is still very limited with what he can ride, but he did enjoy a spin on the carousel.

Quassy Amusement Park

Quassy Amusement Park

Lincoln took his big cousin on the Little Dipper. It's the perfect sized roller coaster for kids!

Quassy Amusement Park

Who doesn't love a nice old fashioned train ride? Both of my boys were able to enjoy this one.

Quassy Amusement Park

And because Lincoln enjoyed the kids Frog Hopper so much, he decided to try Free Fall'N...which was much higher!!

Quassy Amusement Park

I could seriously hear him screaming from the bench I was sitting at. It was so funny...but he loved it!

Hands down, Lincoln's favorite ride was the Big Flush Water Coaster.  My lucky boy was even able to ride it twice!


Lincoln thought it was pretty funny to take a picture in the Quassy jail...because his Dad's a police officer!

Quassy Amusement Park

What a fun day we had! Lincoln is already talking about visiting next year!! And although Avery was limited with what he could do....I'd say he had fun, as well!!


If you're looking for a day of family fun, and you're in the Connecticut area, make sure you check out Quassy. It will be a blast for all!!

Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary tickets, in exchange for this review. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions stated are mine.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To my sweet boy Lincoln, on the night before Kindergarten

My sweet boy, Lincoln, 

I just tucked you into bed. I watched as your eyelids closed, and you drifted off to sleep. I softly kissed your cheek and whispered, "I love you." Tonight is different than most nights. Tonight is the night before you start Kindergarten. 

Tonight I read you the book, "The Night Before Kindergarten." There was a moment in the book where the parents were crying, as they said goodbye to their children. You asked me why they were so sad. I had to explain that sometimes people cry "happy tears." I told him those mommy's and daddy's were just so proud of their little boys and girls. You asked me if I was going to cry "happy tears" tomorrow.

While holding back my own tears, I didn't directly answer your question. I just told you what an amazing little boy you are, how proud I am of you, and how much fun you're going to have at school. All things that are so very true.

The truth is, I will cry happy tears...and maybe some sad tears as well. Growing up is sometimes hard when you're a mommy. I love watching you learn and discover new things. You amaze me on a daily basis. But sometimes, it's very bittersweet. Time has a way of sneaking up on us, and moving all too quickly.  It seems like not that long ago, I was rocking you to sleep, while you rested your head on my shoulder. And now here we are, the night before Kindergarten. 

You are going to do great in school. Your little personality is so incredibly infectious, that you will shine. You have a strong desire to learn. You aren't afraid to ask questions. You want to know why things are the way they are. At just five years old, you seem wise beyond your years. But most importantly, you have the kindest heart I have ever known. You are genuinely sweet. 

You are a very special boy, Lincoln, and I am so proud to call you my son. Being your mommy is truly the greatest gift.

So tomorrow morning when I squeeze you extra tight, I hope you know how much I love you. How proud you make me. Each and every single day. 

I love you, my sweet boy. Have the best first day tomorrow. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures! You are going to move mountains, this I know.

Love you always, 
Mommy


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