The Momma Diaries

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Baby Registry Essentials Giveaway

Are you expecting a new baby? Moms know babies come with lots of stuff, but how do you decide which items are most needed? We are excited to feature some of Mommy Scene's Baby Registry Essentials and a wonderful giveaway filled with beautiful AND essential products for moms with babies!
Baby Registry Wish List Giveaway - Mommy Scene Baby Registry Essentials
Babee Talk offers organic crib bedding and plush toys designed with health, safety and style in mind. Proudly made in the USA with soft organic cotton, this cozy bedding collection includes a patented organic crib rail cover, fitted crib sheet, matching crib skirt, and two Eco-Buds Take-Along Pals. (crib and side rail covers not included)

The Yummy Mitt is the first patented glow-in-the-dark teething mitten for newborns and infants 3-12 months. It secures to baby's hand allowing them to provide teething relief while simultaneously preventing gagging, need for constant parental assistance and dropping of the teether. Made with 100% food grade silicone and 100% cotton, the Yummy Mitt is BPA, latex, PVC, lead and phthalates-free.

Revelae Kids makes innovative solutions for playtime, snack time, and nap time. Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches are ideal for holding homemade baby food and allow older kids to easily take healthy snacks to the playground. Cozy Sleeper swaddle transition blankets and Cozy Blanket Pouches keep babies snug and warm within a safe and secure sleep space, perfect for slumber and lounging. Cozy Sleepers and Blanket Pouches also fit in a car seat or stroller!
Surround your child with comfort and luxury! More than a floor pillow: Designed with both parents and baby in mind, the Dakota Aqua Pello Luxe Floor Pillow is the ultimate multi-use floor pillow and play mat to keep a baby comforted, safe and secure. The unique design and materials make this a perfect resting spot for baby and ideal for your child's ever-changing needs.

Buttons Diapers 100% cotton muslin burp cloths & bibs are the perfect baby essential. Works as a contoured over-the-shoulder burp cloth for baby, an large coverage bib during meals, and a handy cloth to wipe up messes. Muslin is a soft, breathable, absorbent, natural material that gets even softer & fluffier each time you wash it. The burp cloth easily converts to a bib by using the sewn-in snap. Set of 2.

Margaux & May is proud to use GOTS 100% certified organic cotton with all their swaddle blankets. These luxuriously soft muslin blankets are decorated with unique stunning prints, perfect for nursery sets and baby gifts. Set of 2.

This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene, sponsored by the participating brands, and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen and displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on Sept. 7, 2016. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Santa's Village -- "Pure Joy. Family Style."

I was recently offered the exclusive opportunity to be part of Santa's Squad for Santa's Village this year! Santa's Village is one of the USA's Top 25 Amusement Parks -- it's the ONLY park listed that's located in New England! As excited as I was for the invitation, my two little boys were even happier! We packed our bags, and headed to Jefferson, New Hampshire. Lincoln and Avery were thrilled their Grammy and Grandpa joined us for the occasion. We were ready for a day of fun!

Santa's Village -- "Pure Joy. Family Style."
We were greeted at Santa's Village upon our arrival and headed straight to Elf University. Here Lincoln and Avery picked up their Elfabet Cards! 
There are 26 Elves located throughout Santa's Village. If you get your card stamped at each location (or most), you will receive a surprise when you turn your card in at the end of the day! This was hands-down one of Lincoln's favorite things ever. It was a great big scavenger hunt! He eagerly raced to each Elf he could find! Avery is still a bit too little to completely understand the concept, but his big brother made sure he got his card stamped as well!
While we were busy finding Elves, the boys enjoyed many of the rides offered. There is something for all ages! While Lincoln was tall enough for every ride, I really appreciated that we could easily look up which rides Avery was able to ride in the pamphlet given to us. This way, we were able to avoid any possible meltdowns beforehand.
And speaking of rides...OMG you guys, Avery LOVES them!! He didn't want to stop for a single second! He didn't want to eat lunch, he didn't even want ice cream...he just kept saying, "more rides!!" Check out this adorable video and see how excited both of my boys are on The Chimney Drop.
So much happiness!! I think my favorite part of Santa's Village was the Reindeer Rendezvous. Here you can visit with Santa's reindeer!! You can purchase special cookies to feed them, or you're welcome to just pet them!
 I can honestly say, I have never seen such beautiful reindeer. You can tell they are well-cared for. They were very friendly...maybe because we were feeding them...but we all fell in love!
We spent some extra time waiting out the rain in the Reindeer Rendezvous. It was the perfect spot to do so. We spent time with the reindeer, and the boys played some Reindeer Games!
After the rained stopped, we headed for a quick lunch at the Burger Meister Food Court, where we were surprised with some magic from Jack Frost...along with the help of Lincoln; and then we were off to more rides!
We actually ended up meeting up with my aunt and uncle while we were there. They happened to be in the area, and wanted to have a fun day with the kids. This was so awesome, especially since I'm unable to go on any rides right now. Lincoln and Avery certainly enjoyed the extra attention...and riding partners!!
And what would a trip to Santa's Village be without a visit from Santa?! Lincoln was super excited to see him...while Avery stayed back. HA! He's still not ready. That's okay!
 I asked Lincoln what his absolute favorite part was about Santa's Village, He quickly answered, saying Rudy's Rapid Transit Coaster, a small roller coaster with lots of zip; and the Yule Log Flume; a log boat ride that gives you a big SPLASH!! I actually was able to capture a fun slow-mo video of the kids on the flume with their Daddy and Grammy. It's fun to see their little faces!!
How fun!! I loved all the fun photo locations...we were able to capture some nice memories from our visit.
We had a pretty perfect day at Santa's Village. I definitely would love to take Lincoln and Avery there again. They're at such great ages and get so excited over the whole Christmas theme! They do offer a water park, HoHoH2O, however, it was rainy when we made our way to that area at the end of the day. It did look super fun though. It would be the perfect way to end your visit to cool off!

If you're planning to visit the White Mountain area in New Hampshire, and you're looking for a family friendly theme park, be sure to visit Santa's Village! It will be a joyful experience for your entire family!!
Santa's Village -- "Pure Joy. Family Style."

Disclosure: I received complimentary admission to Santa's Village as part of their #SantasSquad. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Back-To-School Tips For Parents

Where has this summer gone? I feel like we were just celebrating Lincoln's last day of Kindergarten, and here we are...soon he will be headed back-to-school, and starting FIRST GRADE! HOW did that even HAPPEN?! It really is mind-boggling to me. I know a lot of parents who look forward to back-to-school, and believe me, sometimes I'm one of them...but for the most part, I will honestly miss having him with me all day. He's my little sidekick, and such a fun kid!

I think we can all agree that summer allows us to slack a bit as far as routines go. Our regular school schedule seriously goes out the window the second school's out. I'm all for (attempting) to sleep in, and letting kids be kids during the summertime. Easing not only your kids, but yourself into your "regular" school schedule can take some getting used to. Here are some tips to help you both!
Back-To-School Tips For Parents
Start your routine the week before school starts.
Gone are the lazy days of summer, and the start of the hustle and bustle of the school year. Have your children go to bed at whatever their school night bedtime will be. Wake them up in the morning, just like they're going to school. Throughout the day you can engage in a few educational activities. Take a break outside to burn off some energy. We all know children thrive on routines. Preparing them before school starts will help them adjust quicker when they actually go back to school.

Get yourself a planner.
I love, love, LOVE my planner. I'm a paper planner girl, but for the past year I also use an app on my phone. You can never be too organized! My planner is my lifeline. Seriously. My husband is even addicted to it. Our lives are busy enough as it is...once the school year rolls around, add even more craziness!
back-to-school tips
Make back-to-school shopping fun!
Are your kids missing summer vacation before it's even over? Get them excited to go back-to-school, and include them in the shopping! I remember being a little kid and getting SO excited about a special day of shopping with my mom. We've been doing this with Lincoln since he was in preschool, and he just loves it. He's apart of everything -- from clothing to school supplies to his favorite snacks!

Use Melatonin.
Sometimes we all need just a little extra help in the sleep department. I prefer drug-free, non-habit forming alternatives to get a good nights sleep. 
back-to-school tips
Natrol Melatonin Fast Dissolve is the perfect drug-free sleep aid that you can take anywhere, no water is needed!
  • Available in 5mg and 10mg tablets
  • 100% drug-free and non-habit forming
  • Supports better sleep
  • Helps regulate healthy sleep patterns
  • 100% vegetarian
  • Wake up refreshed in the morning
Natrol Advanced Sleep Melatonin is another drug-free sleep aid that helps you fall asleep and stay asleep with its 2-layered time release tablets.
  • 10mg dose
  • Time released tablets
  • 100% drug-free and non-habit forming
  • Regulates healthy sleep patterns
  • 100% vegetarian
  • Wake up refreshed
These tips will help your family adjust to your new back-to-school routine. Right now Natrol is offering a $2 coupon so you can try these fantastic products for yourself! 
back-to-school tips