The Momma Diaries

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Leaping Back-to-School with LeapFrog

As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items, and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. 

In case you missed my ridiculous excited announcement on Facebook, I was selected to be part of the LeapFrog Mom Ambassador program! This means, my family gets to test out the hottest new LeapFrog products of the season, and share our thoughts with you!! We are huge fans of LeapFrog. I really appreciate that their toys are not only fun, but also educational! I am way too excited about this opportunity...and my kids are probably even happier!!

Last month, we were sent a few new products to help us leap back-to-school! 

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Yes. That is the brand spankin' new LeapFrog Platinum!! I really couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted that in our box of goodies -- and to say Lincoln completely flipped out, would be an understatement! 

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That box was loaded!! 

First, let's chat about the LeapPad Platinum. This LeapPad is targeted for kids ages 3-9 years old. Here are a few key features:

- 7" hi-res multi-touch screen
- Fast processor
- Over 1,000+ games
- Kid-safe web
- Parental controls
- Built kid-tough
- 8GB of memory

We're not new to LeapPads in our house. Lincoln had an older version, so he was definitely excited about the upgrade. One thing I really loved was it synced all of his old games from his previous LeapPad over to his new one! 

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As you know, our family travels quite a bit. The LeapPad is seriously a lifesaver in the car. It keeps Lincoln entertained, and I love that he's doing something educational!!

Lincoln also received LeapFrog's new Imagicards. Here you are able to bring your child's favorite characters to life in the downloadable learning game! Imagicards also come with a tin for easy storage, as well as a play mat for offline learning activities. All 30+ cards are digitally stored in the game, so kids can easily play on-the-go!

We received three different sets of Imagicards. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Letter Factory, and Lincoln's favorite - Paw Patrol!

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The final product we received was LeapFrog's Word Whammer. This is so perfect with Lincoln just starting Kindergarten. It contains 3 action-packed games, and 5 different learning levels. It is the perfect tool for beginner readers -- and FUN!! We all know kids learn better if they're enjoying the activity. LeapFrog knows kids!!

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The Word Whammer wasn't just a hit with Lincoln...

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Avery loved it too!! Although he surely doesn't understand the concept yet, I'm sure he'll surprise us sooner than later!

You can stay updated by following LeapFrog along on Facebook and Twitter

And stay tuned for more fun new LeapFrog products on the blog!!


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Chocolate S'mores Pudding Pie Recipe

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I vividly remember being a kid and coming home from a long day at school, eager to see if my mom had prepared a yummy snack. One of my favorites, was pudding. Mmmmm. There is just something about that smooth, creamy, chocolatey goodness that always seems to hit the spot.

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Now that I am a mom, and have two little boys of my's my turn to surprise my kids with yummy snacks!  Seriously, I'm like the snack hero in my house --- pretty cool job!!

I don't know about your children, but mine love s'mores. Heck, I love s'mores too -- who doesn't?! There is nothing like ooey gooey s'mores, over a fire on a cool summer (or fall!) night. 

The other day I was trying to think of a new snack that the whole family would just love. And then it hit me...what if I could somehow combine two of their favorite snacks into one!!  A chocolate s'mores pudding pie!!! OMG...I was seriously drooling just thinking of it!!!

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This recipe is seriously fool proof. If you know me, then you know I'm all about easy recipes. This one is ridiculous easy. Here's everything you will need:

-- Graham cracker crust
-- Hershey's Ready to Eat S'mores Pudding
-- Whipped cream
-- Chocolate Chips
-- Crushed graham crackers

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First you need to empty two entire packages of Hershey's S'mores pudding into a bowl, and mix well.

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Next, scoop the pudding into the graham cracker crust, and spread evenly.

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Generously top the entire pie with whipped cream.

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Finally, sprinkle the chocolate chips and graham crackers all over...there is no such thing as too much :)

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That's it --- easy as pie!! 

Right now you can pick up the September/October issue of ALL YOU Magazine and score yourself a $0.55 coupon for Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding. I found my pudding in the dairy aisle at Walmart.

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What is your favorite snack to prepare for your family? I would love to hear how you'd top your chocolate s'mores pudding pie!!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

MUTTS Comics and a Giveaway

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

The treasured characters in the MUTTS comics have a special charm to kids and adults of all ages. The friendship, warmth, and humor between characters that are seemingly unlikely matches create a special dynamic that will warm your heart. The graphic novel style collection of the MUTTS diaries introduces some of the cast members through a variety of their most popular comic strips.

With winter on the way, there could not have been a better time to open up this book, so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of The Mutts Winter Diaries, the second Mutts collection for kids! If you are a fan of MUTTS, you will love this collection. It, of course, has all of our favorite characters - Shtinky Puddin', Sourpuss, Guard Dog, Bip and Bop, and even Crabby. The strips that McDonnell uses for this collection are quirky and thought provoking, perfect for inspiring children to care for animals and their environment.

Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS, which now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. MUTTS has been described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as “One of the best comic strips of all time.” McDonnell has received numerous awards for this strip, including the National Cartoonists Society’s highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year.

MUTTS also won awards for its environmental and animal advocacy: two Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust, The HSUS Hollywood Genesis Award for Ongoing Commitment, the PETA Humanitarian Award, and a Sierra Club award, all for good reason. We love the awareness the author brings to shelter animals and animals that are tied up outdoors. It is such a great life lesson and the MUTTS diaries make it an easy transition into teaching our kids about how to treat animals.

McDonnell’s website,, promotes his animal- and earth-friendly philosophy. Consistent with McDonnell’s concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. So not only do you get a great, heart-warming book, but you get to feel great about it too!

To coincide with the release of the new book, The Mutts Winter Diaries, Richard Leeds International has designed a cozy nightshirt to give you the sweetest of dreams.

We think that you will love The Mutts Winter Diaries as much as we did, and we want to give you a chance to get your very own copy of the book, as well as a special Comics sleepshirt.

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