Giveaway: Win One of 5 Mystery Warner Bros., DCKids Toy Baskets Valued at $50 Each!

We have a fun giveaway featuring some new videos from Warner Bros, including Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo!  To celebrate the new videos we are teaming up with Warner Bros. to bring you a giveaway where you can win one of five mystery toy gift baskets!  The Baskets are worth a minimum $50 each and will be picked by the staff of Warner Bros. and DCKids!  Enter below using the Rafflecopter widget and check out the video below.  Good Luck



Check out some of the amazing new videos from DCKids & Warner Bros’ new YouTube channels – included are favorites such as Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo! There will be many more updates over the next year, so don’t forget to subscribe to their channels!

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Here Is Your Chance To Get Up Close & Personal With Jimmy Fallon #MTFallonGetsWaxed

Jimmy Fallon is making history in wax. For the first time ever Madame Tussauds will unveil five, unique wax figures of the comedian and NBC’s “Tonight Show” host, Jimmy Fallon. The wax Fallons will be housed in Madame Tussauds U.S. locations in New York, Washington DC, Hollywood, San Francisco and in the newly opened location in Orlando, Florida.

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Check out this great clip featuring all SIX Jimmy Fallons:


Madame Tussauds New York is the interactive “must do” attraction, providing guests with unique opportunities to create memories with some of the world’s biggest icons. Prominently located in the heart of Times Square, Madame Tussauds New York is open 365 days a year at 10 a.m.  Save up to 25% when you buy your tickets online HERE!  During your visit use the hashtag #MTFallonGetsWaxed when you upload your photo with Jimmy onto social media!

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If You Are Visiting NYC, Don’t Miss This “Must See” Family Attraction

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In a few short weeks, school will be out for summer and if you’re like us, you are probably thinking and planning vacations and day trips for the family.  One great attraction for folks in the NYC area or those that will be visiting is Madame Tussauds. Located in the heart of Times Square, you will find over 85, 000 square feet of interactive entertainment for the whole family. Get up close and personal with over 200 incredible wax figures of celebrities, historical icons, sports legends and more. From Lady Gaga to Marilyn Monroe to Carmelo Anthony to the Marvel Super Heroes. The check out the 4D Theater featuring these legendary super heroes.  mt photo

We are planning our trip to Madame Tussauds and I know my little ones are going to freak out when they see the Marvel Super Heroes. It will be such fun and thankfully not in the bone chilling winter cold like our last excursion to NYC.  So have you been to Madame Tussauds or will you be visiting soon?  If you are planning a trip to NYC, check it out, I am sure it will be worth the trip. Visit for more information.

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We will update with our trip soon and be holding a giveaway for at least 6 tickets to Madame Tussauds then as well.  Let me know what you are planning for this summer in the comments, I love to see what everyone is doing.



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What is Your #BeautyStory?

When people talk about beauty traditions or secrets, I don’t think I have any really big ones. I was always shown to just enhance the features you have but in a natural way, not one that makes you look like a cast member of a Broadway musical. I think eating well, not smoking or drinking alcohol in excess helps to keep my skin healthy and looking vibrant. I was never one that had the patience to bake in the sun, I was always off being active and I used sunscreen when sunscreen wasn’t cool. Using healthy products on my skin and drinking lots of water are some other ways I care for my skin and incorporate in my beauty regime.  So nothing special but common sense passed down to me from my mom who had great skin and no wrinkles when she passed at almost 82.

Speaking of beauty, the video below is about four generations of beautiful women.  I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch it.

Share Your #BeautyStory with CVS

Real beauty is found in real women, Dove knows that. This spring they’re celebrating that notion by celebrating some of the inspiring stories of beauty they have received. If you want to tell yours, here is your chance. You can share your #BeautyStory and let others know who in your life introduced you to Dove. This is a great way to say thanks to the inspiring women in your life this Mother’s Day season. 



Keep up with your own beauty traditions with help from Dove and CVS.

If you visit CVS between 4/26/15-5/23/15, you’ll receive 50% off any one Dove product when you buy one of equal or lesser value. Be sure to take advantage of this great offer, and share your #BeautyStory today!




I was compensated for this post as a blogger working with Global Influence, as always my views and words are 100% my own.

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How To Measure Ingredients Precisely Whether Tsp., Tbsp. or ML

Whether your recipe calls for 1 Tbsp, 1 Tsp or 5 ML, you can get the exact measure you need.  The 1Easylife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons are marked with both and you will easily measure and add the correct amount of ingredients to your recipes.  The spoons are stainless steel so they are super easy to clean by hand or in the dishwasher.



Unlike plastic measuring spoons these measurements are engraved into the handle so they will not wash off.  They look sleek and attractive and complement any kitchen. They nest in each other or can be hung by the ring for easy, neat storage.

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The spoons come in six different sizes: 1/8-tsp., 1/4-tsp., 1/2-tsp., 1-tsp., 1/2-Tbsp. and 1-Tbsp.  This just may be the last set of measuring spoons you will ever buy.  You can purchase them on Amazon.

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See our review video below to see the details of these measuring spoons.


What do you think?  We would love to hear your thoughts.  Have you had plastic measuring spoons that looked yucky after putting them in the dishwasher?


New From: $9.90 USD In Stock

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Staying Cool and Comfortable Outdoors In The Summer Heat-NewAir AF-520B Outdoor Misting Fan Review

It is finally getting to feel like summer in New York.  After the bone-chilling winter we had that never wanted to end, you will not hear complaints from me about the heat.  That is especially true since I discovered the NewAir Outdoor Cool Misting Fan. I can’t wait to share this with you because if you are like me, I was not even aware there was such a fan. Since I found out, I am amazed at how easy it now is to stay cool and refreshed outdoors.

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NewAir Front Fan

This 18 inch fan has some great features that make it perfect for keeping you cool and refreshed on even the hottest days. All you need to do is connect it to a garden hose and it adds a refreshing cool mist to the cool breeze it emits. We have never had a fan like this and are really impressed, it is so refreshing when it is hot out and you need a quick cool down.  Our kids loved it too.  Perfect for entertaining on our porch and deck, this fan really is something special!

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The fan has 3 speeds and you can adjust the oscillating fan head to tilt it so you have the perfect angle for optimal coolness.  You can adjust the fan from oscillating to stationary. The fan covers a large area, nearly 500  sq. ft.!  It is so easy to adjust this fan so that you have the right angle and direction for optimal coolness.

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The fan has a stylish, sleek design and the black color blends with most patio decor. This fan is designed for long-term durability. The 3 prong GFCI plug means you can use it safely, the highest quality materials are used in construction so you can count on this fan for years to come.  The safety features are really important to us because wherever you have electricity and water, you want to make sure you have the best safety features to prevent anyone from getting a shock or worse. The base is super sturdy and all of the components feel and function like the high-end, quality you would expect in a fan of this caliber.

NewAir Mist Fan Plug

If you are looking to stay cool and comfortable outdoors this summer check out the NewAir AF-520 B 18″ Outdoor Misting Fan.  See it in action in our video below. You can follow NewAir on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and YouTube.  You can purchase this fan on  AmazonHome DepotAir-n-water and Newair    Let me know if you have this fan or plan to purchase one.



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I received a NewAir Outdoor Cool Misting Fan to facilitate my review, as always my words and views are 100% my own.

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Here’s A Great Way To Keep Kids Entertained & Learning New Skills Over The Summer.

This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media Blogger Network.  All views & opinions expressed below are my own and are not influenced in anyway.

Kids Academy | Educational Apps for Children

School is coming to an end and many will be starting Kindergarten in the fall or preschool.  If you are looking for an educational app to keep the kids entertained during the summer as well as teach them fundamental skills, your search is over!  Kid Academy Apps for children have 2 great apps for learning and fun.

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This free app is perfect for little ones learning simple math skills,  There is a game where they will give them a problem and then the child helps a dog find which number in a maze is the trigh answer by dragging his bone to that numer.  They can connect the dots in the right number order to form objects and number tracing. There are in app purchases to expand this app and unlock additional features like subtraction math facts.

Download Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Game 

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FREE for a limited time! (usually $2.99)

This free app is a great way to teach little ones in preschool and kindergarten fundamental skills. With the use of a firefly incentive, when the child traces the number correctly the fireflies go into a jar and then it goes to the next number. There is lots of other tracing games too and some need to be purchase to work. With the free version you only get so many numbers and then you can buy the app to get the rest of the features with the in app purchases.

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Do You Know What Happens If You Give A Mouse A Cookie?

He will probably want a glass of milk to go with it. If you and the special children in your life like the “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” Book, you will love what I am going to share with you.  You can own the new DVD “If you Give A Mouse A Cookie” that features 4 Classic Episodes from the iconic Reading Rainbow series.  Just released on May 12th this DVD is the First Reading Rainbow DVD from PBS Distribution.

“Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high…” is the opening to the instantly recognizable theme song for the iconic series READING RAINBOW. PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing four episodes from READING RAINBOW on the new DVDIF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE.” Since 1983, this beloved children’s television series has been bringing stories to life.

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Run Time: Approximately 120 Minutes

Format: DVD

READING RAINBOW aired on PBS from 1983-2009. Hosted by LeVar Burton (“Roots,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Perception”) for its entire 26-year run, the program encouraged a love of literature in millions of children and garnered more than 200 awards, including 26 Emmys and a Peabody Award.

READING RAINBOW has helped children build lasting relationships with books at home and in the classroom. The four episodes and books, featured in this DVD are “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” read by Beth Howland, “Owen,” read by Matthew Broderick, “Two Old Potatoes and Me,” read by Jordan Puryear, and “Mr. George Baker,” read by Wayne Brady.

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DVD Stories:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” – Reader: Beth Howland

One thing leads to another in this episode, with LeVar in a bowling alley, showing how certain actions lead to consequences. Included is a piece on an expert at domino displays and domino art. Beth Howland reads “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” the tale of a little boy who offers a cookie to a mouse, and all the events that occur afterwards as a result.

 Owen” – Reader: Matthew Broderick

It’s easy to get flashbacks while watching READING RAINBOW. Now it’s LeVar’s turn, as he gets in touch with visions of “his boyhood.” Matthew Broderick reads “Owen,” about a little mouse who’s very attached to his security blanket and doesn’t want to give it up, even if it means he will be teased when he starts school.

 Two Old Potatoes and Me” – Reader: Jordan Puryear             

Jordan Puryear reads “Two Old Potatoes and Me,” about a girl who works with her father to recycle two old potatoes by replanting them using the sprouts to grow a whole new crop of potatoes. LeVar, working with his daughter, is inspired to make a potato dish from a recipe in the book.

 Mr. George Baker” – Reader: Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady narrates the story of an elderly man who decides to go back to school to learn to read, even though he is almost 100, and his relationship with his young neighbor as they wait for the bus every day.


PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs.  Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming.

Enter The Giveaway:

PBS Kids is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win a READING RAINBOW: IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE DVD . Thank you PBS Kids for the review DVD and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.


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Add This Book To Your Young Reader’s Summer Reading List-Book Giveaway

In New York we still have several weeks of school left.  I know that in the southern states some schools are letting the kids out for summer this Friday!  No better time to start thinking about some great summer reading books for kids. Reading keeps kids entertained, their reading skills sharp and fuels their imagination. I have a great book I want to tell you about that may be one you want to add to your child’s summer reading list. Fans of Polly Horvath or Roald Dahl will love this quirky story of a determined girl, and some extraordinary chickens.

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Unusual Chickens Book

by Kelly Jones; illustrated by Katie Kath

Sophie Brown and her family have inherited her dead uncle’s farm—a place vastly different from her familiar hometown of LA. Due to her family’s lack of funds, though, operating a fully functioning farm is out of the question. But what happens when the farm animals come to them? Sophie begins to see chickens—very unusual chickens—appearing on her land. She chronicles their activity and her challenges in a series of fun-to-read letters to her deceased relatives. But when a respected local farmer tries to steal them, Sophie must find a way to keep them (and their superpowers) safe. Readers will become immersed in the narrator’s honest and endearing tone. Young readers will root for Sophie and her chickens until the very last page. UNUSUAL CHICKENS is an original, clucky classic in the making.

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About The Author:

KELLY JONES has been a librarian, a bookseller, and a teacher, and is currently a raiser of (much-loved but fairly ordinary) chickens. Now she has published her first middle-grade novel, UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER (On sale May 12, 2015 / Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers / $16.99). Written entirely in letters, to-do lists, and quizzes, with several black-and-white drawings, this is a quirky story of a determined, strong-willed girl with some very unusual super chickens.



Penguin Random House is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win their own copy of Unusual Chickens For The Exceptional Poultry Farmer. Thank you Penguin Random House for the review book  and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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How To Save Big & See The Sights of New York City With Your Family

Want to know one of the best ways to see the unique wonders of The Big Apple with your family?  I thought you would. The  Classic Harbor Line provides family-friendly boat tours of Manhattan dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of New York City.  When you travel the Classic Harbor Line, they will escort you and your family  on a relaxing, inspiring and breathtaking sightseeing cruise through the waters they proudly call home.

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Their classic yachts – the Schooner Adirondack & Adirondack III and the Schooner America 2.0 ( sailboats), and the Luxury Yacht Manhattan (motorized yacht) are reminiscent of the classic boats that cruised New York Harbor a hundred years ago.


My Readers receive 15% off each ticket purchased at HERE using ONLINE promo code Mom2015 – Valid for any Day Sail, Sunset Sail, City Lights Sail aboard Schooner Adirondack, Schooner America 2.0 OR any Cruise aboard our 1920’s style motor yacht: Yacht Manhattan!


Let me know if you have ever traveled the Classic Harbor Line or plan to take advantage of the big savings and book your tour.  We are going as a family, maybe we will see you there.


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