Thursday, December 31, 2015

Beautiful Bows Boutique

We are, as always, bow obsessed around here. My obsession with bedecking my daughter in bows began when she was a baby. My sister Valerie had made her a bunch of bows. (Which she still has). We have reviewed a lot of bows since my blog's beginning days.

The bow we received from Beautiful Bows Boutique is supreme. It is fluffy, huge and full of feathers. It is amazing!

Beautiful photography from Beautiful Bows Boutique


                     My daughter loved it! She wore it for her picture with Santa Claus.



It was packaged beautifully, Carrie (shop owner/bow maker) wrapped the bow delicately in tissue paper.

Christmas 2015, E. with her beautiful bow on!

                          Shipping was fast and the price was great! Only $14.99 (USD).

Beautiful Bows Boutique sells an amazing assortment of items, from bows to tutus to rhinestone t-shirts!

If you need a an amazingly wonderful quality accessory, please consider Beautiful Bows Boutique!

                     Modern Mommy

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sands Alive Glow by PlayVisions

We are so excited to share with you, Sands Alive Glow by PlayVisions!

My kids loved playing with this sand. Its soft, pliable and so much fun!



Here is my youngest, playing with the Glow Sand! He loves it!




It glowed well without the light, but, so much more so with the light.



Its alive! Just kidding, some really cool glowing Sands Alive: Glow

PlayVisions has a wide variety of toys and crafts for kids! From horses, dinosaurs, licensed products from Barbie, Monster High, Hello Kitty and so much more!

Glow Sand would make an excellent gift for the holidays, birthdays and even for a classroom.

We can't wait to play with many more items from PlayVisions.  

This Starter kit is priced very reasonably, only $24.99 on Amazon

Overall, my kiddos and I rate this toy at 4 out of 5 stars! (I DO NOT recommend playing with this on carpet. This is the only reason i would not rate for all 5 stars. It is not quite the same as regular play sand. It sticks to the carpet. I have a Dyson Ball, and it had a hard time getting the sand out of my carpet).

Overall, a fantastically fun toy for kids or adults! My husband and I had a blast playing with the kids with Glow Sand.

Terrific Toy!
Modern Mommy

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Independence Day

In the wee hours of this morning I was browsing my emails, as I usually do before bed. I received an email from the owner of Bolder Bands. I thought that there was a sale I had missed. I was quite surprised when I read what Mrs. Amy Crouse had written. What an amazing woman! What a way to Be Bolder (as is the motto for Bolder Bands). What she has to say should inspire us all to unite as a nation, whilst celebrating our freedom from a hierarchic monarchy, this weekend.

 "We can't deny it any longer.  We can't continue to bury our heads in the sand.  There is definitely something right with America.
In fact, there's been something right with America for hundreds of years.
Many have tried to cover up the truth with negative bumper stickers, angry resentful hearts, and disrespectful pessimism, but the facts speak for themselves. 
People here still have the freedom to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.
Americans can still choose, and practice their religion without the fear of persecution.
Whether your views are right or wrong, there are those who would lay down their lives to protect your right to speak freely. Recently, I had the privilege of visiting our nation's capital for the first time. 
Something about being there made me exceptionally grateful for this amazing country.  I know things aren't perfect, but there's so much that is good and right about America.
Seeing the thousands upon thousands of graves at Arlington was overwhelming for me.  Experiencing it in person helped me understand the vast number of soldiers who laid down their lives for our freedom.
I hope this 4th of July you'll honor the men and women who built this great nation. 
I hope you'll have cookouts, adventures, and spend unforgettable time with family.
I hope you'll see the wonder in the eyes of our children as they stare up at the fireworks. Most of all, I hope you'll join me in celebrating the things that are RIGHT with America this Independence Day. 

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!"
-Amy Crouse 


I'll be honest, lately I have been feeling rather unpatriotic. As with most things, it seems we take one step forward and two steps back. We did so well with the same sex marriage Supreme Court Ruling. We are a nation founded on the ideals of equality, freedom and justice.



Let's celebrate the birth of our nation this weekend, not just for the sake of delicious food (of which there should be plenty) and pretty fireworks, but with the intent to unite! With neighbors, friends, family. Let's be proud of what we have to accomplished, what we have done RIGHT. We haven't got it all right, and that is okay. We're working on it. After all, we are a nation of progress.

Be proud, nation of the few, the brave, tired, hungry and poor. Be PATRIOTIC. Be proud of where you live, fellow Americans. Be proud of the people that have died for our freedoms. protecting and defending us. Be proud of those still here, with battle scars visible and hidden. Be proud of what Independence day means for us all.

If you get the chance, please visit Washington D.C. (A recent visit to the nation's capital is what inspired Amy to write such an awesome email).

I have been to the capital. I have seen the monuments, museums and memorials. I have been awe inspired and struck to my core with what it means to be lucky enough to be born here.

Do you remember the solidarity we displayed after 9-11? How we still feel when that day of infamy comes up in conversation? Where were you that day? Do you remember how quiet it was with all the planes grounded? As a nation we shall never forget.

Let us not forget that we are a nation, together. Different ideas, races, religions (or lack there of) that make up a whole. Celebrate, together, what we have gotten RIGHT!

Have a Happy and Safe Independence Day!  

Modern Mommy

Therafit

FTC disclosure: I received product(s) in exchange for post about the product. All opinions are my own. 
Sandal season is upon us! If you get pedicures, you have been preparing your pretty piggys for their seasonal debut! I'm sure you've been scouting deals and looking for the best brands in sandals and flip flops.

I know I have been doing all of the above!

I received a pair of flip flops from Therafit, They have a new Spring Line along with a new website! Same great quality, comfort and style, awesome new look!

I have never had a pair of Therafit sandals, shoes, etc. They are the most amazing pair of shoes I have ever owned! They are extremely comfortable, it's a bit like putting your feet on a firm memory foam mattress!

Super comfy and super pretty!

These are the most comfortable flip flops I have ever worn. A lot of that has to do with the materials used to make the sandal along with the attention to detail. 

These particular sandals are made with a rubber outer sole. The footbed is made with Aegis Microbe to prevent mold and other bacteria. I really like that when they get dirty (and believe me, being that their white, they get very dirty) you can just run water over them and they come clean. Easy as that! (If they need more than that, a wet wash cloth with mild soap should do the trick.)

Perfect for any time a flip flop is required footwear! You can't go wrong with Therafit!

Therafit has a wonderful line of sneakers/athletic shoes as well as more office appropriate looks. Check them out!

Modern Mommy


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Freckle Baby Bib

When my kids were babies, I had a three strike rule. Drop your pacifier or toy more than three times (once they were at the age to intentionally throw it) and you lost it. Mama was not a Golden Retriever!

But, I do have an amazing product for you to try!

The Freckle Baby Bib is amazing! "Solving Baby Dilemma's, One Bib At A Time". The bib holds toys and pacifiers.

Freckle Baby is currently on Kickstarter. The bibs are reversible. They can also be bought as a matching set with coordinating blankets and hats! They are also 100% organic!


 


This bib is unbelievably soft! it's beautiful and works exactly as it was designed to. You can't ask for more! 




I know a few baby's being born soon, the gift sets will make awesome shower presents, as soon as they are available!  






Modern Mommy

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Day of Acceptance


 I, was born in the dog days of a New England summer, when the heat is so oppressive it pushes you down. When the humidity is so thick you can cut it with a knife. My mother's water broke on my father's favorite recliner, and that was the beginning of my introduction with the world. 

My mother went into labor at 28 weeks, in July of 1987. My twin sister came first, a minute later, I came in a much calmer fashion.

My sister was born with a hole in her heart, and the cord wrapped around her neck. She was the heavier of the two of us, weighing a whopping 2 lbs. and 3 ounces. I came in at 1 pound even. We were extremely jaundiced and had to spend three months at the a well known University hospital.

We were miracle babies, and a surprise. Mom and Dad were expecting a bouncing baby boy, to add to their family of three. We were supposed to be the spare to the heir, so to speak. I can imagine my parent's shock at two baby girls!

While we were eventually released from the hospital, my sister lagged behind.

I learned to walk at 9 months, my sister walked weeks before our third birthday. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

My sister is one of my best friends. When she hurts, I hurt. When we celebrate, we celebrate together, even if it is from afar.  



As the sister of someone who is disabled, "differently abled", handicapped, (whatever label you want to put on it). I spent a lot of time in hospitals, in Special Education classes. I've been spit on, called a "retard", among many other things along with my sister, and many of my friends.

Most of my friends have a disability. I would never have it any other way. Every person I have ever met with a disability has a courageous spirit, a will to go on and deal with what life throws their way.

That does not mean that every person I have met is friendly, a happy ray of sunshine. Why should they be? Why is that even a stereotype, a stigma? Why can't they feel angry, bitter and upset about their situation? Would you expect to be constantly happy if you were confined to a wheelchair tomorrow?

 I try to show my children and others around me to never be ashamed or afraid to talk, befriend to someone who is different from them.

Everyday of the year should be no exception to this, however, we have the International Day of Acceptance on January 20th. Join me in celebrating! 



I will proudly display my heart on my sleeve, by wearing my 3E Love gear. 3ELove is a company started by a brother and sister duo, whom wanted to encourage love and awareness for acceptance of people with disabilities.

The three E's are:

  • Embrace- Embrace diversity.
  • Educate-Educate your community, your friends, relatives, colleagues and children.
  • Empower-Empower each other with love, knowledge and acceptance.
Please, educate your children. Please, don't avoid someone with a disability. (Please don't badger them either, not everyone wants or needs your help). One of the things my sister said to me when we were children, around ten years old, was how hurt she felt that parents would pull their curious children away from her. That hurt her more than being bullied by the other kids. If your children are curious, try to explain. Say "Hello". Offer a smile. Most people would rather get to explain, rather than be isolated and alone.

#InternationalDayofAcceptance #3ELove #IDOA

Spread the Love!

Modern Mommy

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rubba Ducks Making Waves this Holiday Season!



We love rubber ducks around here! Its a bit of an obsession!   




Rubba Ducks is on my Holiday Gift Guide this year! 

Rubber ducks are a favorite toy of childhood, a bathtime classic, yet often viewed only as a novelty.

Rubba Ducks are the best quality ducks I have ever seen, mold resistant (there is no hole in a Rubba Duck). 

Did you know that Rubba Ducks float upright? 

Also, each duck is unique, a true individual, with personality and character. Each has a tattoo reflecting its unique personality on its tail-feathers. And, all of the ducks have their own hatch date and bio, found on their trading card tags. My kids love to collect the tags and dream about getting new ducks!  



Princess playing with the Rubba Ducks! Her favorite is Crystal! Whats yours?


Rubba Ducks are full of fun in or out of the tub!



A wave of Rubba Ducks!


Rubba Ducks has a new website!
http://www.rubbaducks.net/ducks/  

Still the same amazing ducks! Coming at you in waves!  

One of our newest favorite ducks is Crystal! While she is not glass, crystal or diamonds, she is unique and you can almost see through her. She is so neat!



Crystal




We display our ducks sometimes and are debating making our bathroom ducky themed. These ducks are too much fun to sit on a shelf collecting dust, though!

Every duck is unique and packed full of personality!   



Fun in and out of the tub!


Ducks are usually $11.99 to $13.99 (USD). You can also buy waves, usually $139.99. Rightnow, you can get FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $30.00!

Do you want a few Rubba Ducks? Be on the lookout for a giveaway! 

Happy Holidays, Modern Mommy