We celebrated our son Luke’s kindergarten graduation this year and for his graduation presents he got a big Jurassic Park dinosaur set but we wanted to also give him something that would be a great keepsake of the day and be really special. I See Me! Personalized Books are so great for occasions like this. After browsing their huge selection of books I chose I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld.
This book is full of endless good wishes for our son. We uploaded a photo of him and put a personalized inscription inside the book and his name appeared throughout the book in multiple places. This truly was a one-of-a kind gift for celebrating his graduation because I Wish You More applauds effort, achievement, and love, and wishes readers “more ups than downs” and “more give than take.”
He loved this book and he loves for us to read it with him and find all the Luke names in the book. He loves to find his name written on the sand on the beach, on the sidewalk, on a plaque on the wall and more as well as throughout the text of the story.
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I don’t even want to think about back to school yet, but I know some of you in the south are facing that reality. I am sure you have spent a big chunk of change on your children’s new backpacks, shoes, sneakers, jackets, clothing and supplies to start the year. Don’t let anything get lost because it wasn’t labeled. Right now you can save 20% on Label Daddy labels!
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I just ordered both of my boys MLB, NY Yankees Label Daddy Labels! They are just going to love them and we also have the Marvel Label Daddy Labels in Hulk and Captain America. I label everything! Better safe than sorry, we spend too much money on their belongings to just leave it to chance.
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One of the things I like most about summer are all the fresh berries that are available. My own property is a berry wonderland filled with blueberry bushes older than me , raspberry and blackberry bushes! It is so nice to go out picking fresh berries with my family. I love how healthy and full of antioxidants berries are. A berry I don’t have on my property but is so great for our health is the cranberry.
Did you know that for centuries the cranberry has been used as both food and medicine? It has, this tart berry that is native to North America was used to treat bladder and kidney diseases by the Native Americans. The early settlers used the broth from the cranberry raw and cooked to help with many ailments and conditions like stomach problems, loss of appetite, blood disorders, and scurvy.
I would say that the cranberry is most well know for preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs) which are most commonly caused by E. coli bacteria. Medical professionals first believed the cranberry made the urine acidic enough to kill the bacteria. New studies show the cranberry may prevent the bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract. Scientific research supports using cranberry in supplements or juice for preventing UTIs.
Recently I discovered AZO Cranberry Gummies, a urinary maintenance tool that incorporates the clinically proven benefits of cranberries. Just 2 AZO Cranberry Gummies are equal to a 10 oz glass of cranberry juice** without all the extra calories. The gummies are so good they have a berry flavor and are not tart. The cranberry gummies are made with Pacran®, a super-concentrated cranberry powder that helps flush the urinary tract to maintain cleanliness.*
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If you are in the New York, New Jersey or Connecticut area or plan to be traveling in that area you need to check out Crystal Springs Resort. The Crystal Springs Resort is the perfect destination for your summer staycation that you will never want to leave! I was so surprised that just a little over an hour from our home was an oasis of lush landscape filled with gardens, spectacular pools, trails, activities, golf courses, spas, fine dining and more.
We recently stayed at the Grand Cascades Lodge, the highlight of the three unique upscale lodging properties of Crystal Springs Resort, located in Sussex County, N.J. We were amazed from the moment we arrived. We were immediately greeted by a young attendant who looked just like a young Ricky Schroeder and had a personality to match! His smile and friendly demeanor put us right at ease as he guided us to the lobby to check in.
Walking through the front doors to the front desk was amazing this lodge is rustic elegance at its best. Large leather couches and chairs surround a gas fireplace that was roaring even in July and had people sitting nearby reading the paper or their tablets. The front desk staff were very attentive and quickly assigned our one bedroom suite with fireplace and deck . Our luggage was loaded onto a cart by an attendant who escorted us up ot our home away from home. The free valet parking gave us one less thing to worry about and allowed us to go right up to our room to get settled.
This suite had a full gourmet kitchen with an eat at counter and the dining area featured a large round table with plenty of chairs. A closet in the kitchen had a stack-able washer and dryer which was so convenient. The huge bathroom with jet tub and shower, double sinks and loads of fluffy towels had a door off the main living area as well as one from the bedroom.
The bedroom had a huge king size bed, full length cheval mirror, TV, huge closet and seating to make us feel right at home. The living room featured sleeper couch, love seat, flat screen TV, grandfather clock, gas fireplace that ignites in a second with a switch on the wall and a door leading to a deck area with large table and four large, thickly cushioned patio chairs. There was a built in desk with free high speed internet connection between the dining and living area. Everything was beautifully decorated and family friendly just perfect for any family staycation.
We took advantage of the free turn down service that lets guests choose from a selection of times for staff to come in and turn down your beds, get the sleeper sofa set up and put chocolates on your pillow. The staff was gracious and accommodating to our every need, providing laundry soap and even a shaving kit when my husband realized he forgot his.
During our short stay we ate at the Crystal Tavern an upscale but still family friendly pub for dinner and breakfast. Another great option given the gourmet kitchen, is for families to prepare some of their own meals. The kitchen has everything you need and adequate space to do it. The full size gourmet stove and oven is perfect for whatever you want to cook and the cabinets are appointed with all the dishes, glassware, serving, cooking and baking pieces and accessories you would need. Down the road from the resort, you will find several grocery and department stores for food or whatever else you may need during your stay.
The Grand Cascades Lodge features the 10,000 square foot Biosphere Pool Complex which is a tropical oasis pool with water slide and lagoon feel. It has a smaller pool that connects the inside with the outside and you can swim through a passage and arrive outside in a small pool which you can exit to enter a larger outdoor pool with gorgeous rock waterfall and lush landscaping of beautiful perennials.
A short walk from there, is the Vista 360 pool that has a water slide that younger kids can go on. The slide in the Biosphere has a minimum height of 48″ which our older son just made by the hair on his head but our younger son needed more than some spiked hair to reach 48″. The water slide at the Vista 360 was the perfect option to let the under 48″ crowd play on a super cool water slide that was really appreciated by this mom. The vista is a series of pools that are on different levels with waterfall features and a vortex pool, where a constant circular current of water creates water merry-go-round that kids and adults alike will enjoy.
The outdoor Chef’s Garden is an inspiring outdoor venue that allows guests a truly unique “garden-to-table” al fresco dining experience set amidst beautiful organic vegetables,flowers, herbs and Kittatinny Mountain Range backdrop. Throughout the resort there are dispensers of ice-cold water with lemon always available. You can also get your food and drinks served poolside!
Like to golf? There are 6 award-winning golf courses (Ballyowen, Black Bear, Cascades, Crystal Springs, Minerals,
Wild Turkey) including NJ’s 1 rated Ballyowen! There are 2 luxury spas – Reflections and Elements, voted in top 100 Spas of America offering a variety of services from manicures, pedicures, massages and more! If you want to relax and be pampered you will want to check those out.
The Adventure Center features all kinds of activities like archery, hiking, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, water trampoline and horseback riding in a mountaintop setting with pristine lake. There are available babysitting services and fitness facilities available as well. The concierge at each hotel provides an activity calendar that speaks to all of Crystal Spring’s on site events.
We spent the majority of our time there in the pools that are kids just loved. The water slides were fabulous and they literally wore themselves out on them. During our time there we got to witness a set up for a wedding that was later that afternoon and what a beautiful setting for a wedding! We were told that Winter experience at Crystal Springs is something to experience as well with all kinds of winter activities like snow tubing and skiing.
As a germophobe, I will tell you the rooms are so clean and the hotel is as well. I did not even feel the need to do the extensive checking I normally do, even in 5 star resorts to make sure things were clean. Everything was immaculate. It was such a relaxing time and you may have noticed my absence from the blog for a few days as I totally unplugged.
I really cannot say enough good about this resort and my kids are already asking when we can go back. I know it will not be long, it is definitely on our radar now and we feel blessed that it’s only a stone’s throw from our house. I hope this post filled you with staycation ideas. There are Specials & Packages available too, check out the special discounts and promotions below for Mommy Ramblings’ Blog Readers!
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I have to admit, I have a sweet tooth, maybe a couple of them. I often find myself craving a sweet dessert or late night snack and I don’t want to be eating something laden with sugar and calories late at night. I recently discovered Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt and it’s full of all the creamy, sweet, delicious flavor I am craving and none of the guilt. This custard like yogurt has only 80 calories and it great for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Anytime you need a little something sweet but don’t want to sideline your diet with a massive intake of empty calories, Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt is the answer.
I have been eating this dessert flavor yogurt for breakfast and snacks and I am enjoying the satisfying, rich flavor without feeling bad or beating myself up for consuming loads of sugar or calories. This yogurt leaves me feeling full and gives me the energy I need with 12 grams of protein to keep going through my busy day.
I love that it only has 80 calories and 0% fat in each 5.3 oz container. For the times you are craving something sweet or heading toward less healthy snacks,Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt can help you fight the urge to splurge on empty calories.
It really leaves me satisfied not like I’m missing something, in fact, it’s just the opposite, I feel like I should feel guilty, but I don’t have to! Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt makes it deliciously easy for me to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I know summer is here and you may be feeling that you should have stepped up your get fit routine way before it started. Don’t beat yourself up, you can’t go back but you can start over Did you know that making some diet changes along with exercise can be easier than you think? I was recently in Walmart and they have Balance Bar’s delicious and guilty tasting bare bars in special packs where you get one FREE bare bar and a coupon for $1 off in specially marked boxes like he ones below. If you can’t find them in your store, they are available online, see the links below in this post.
So you get 5 yummy bars for the price of 4 and you have coupon to save $1 on another pack. They come in great flavors like Mixed Berry which is my favorite and Sea Salt Caramel my next favorite flavor. the bars are gluten-free, soy-free, vegetarian and non -GMO. The Mixed Berry Bars are also dairy-free and vegan. Each delicious bar is only 160 calories and they really give you the energy you need to get your exercise routine in.
Some great ways you can fit exercise in is to plan a hike, bike ride, swim time or long walk with your family. Get it on the calendar at least 3 times a week and spend time together doing something that is good for everyone. That is what I am doing this summer, my kids love bike riding, swimming and hiking and I am making sure we are taking the time to do those activities together. My kids won’t let me forget thankfully and I love the time we spend together. It is truly good for our body and minds. For more ideas check out Gabby Reece’s quick and easy workout moves HERE!
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Everyone’s favorite crime fighting kids are back with their biggest mystery ever in Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! To help them solve the case the Scooby gang teams up with Rock and Roll legends KISS for an all new Mystery Inc. adventure!
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Get ready to Rock! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at Kiss World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from Kiss, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang’s cunning and Kiss’s power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!
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Regarding fertility, I guess one could say, I’ve been lucky. I was able to conceive easily and usually on the first try. I however knew many friends and family that struggled trying to get pregnant. Month after month of disappointment instead of a positive pregnancy test can make stress levels rise. Couples are told to relax when that seems to be impossible. For some couples time is a factor and they don’t have the time to just wait and see. Many couples want to be proactive and increase their chances to conceive.
After our fourth child was born, we were shocked to find out we were pregnant again when he was just 3 months old. It was quite a shocker since we were not trying. We knew we wanted another baby just were not planning to try for another few months. Sadly about 2 months later we lost that baby. Our OB advised us to wait 3 months before attempting to conceive again. As soon as we had the green light we tried and 2 pink lines made us super excited but a few days later, out excitement turned to sadness as we lost that pregnancy.
I made an appointment to see a specialist as I was very concerned. My first babies were conceived on the first try and were successfully carried to term without any complications. Now here I was, albeit only 7 months after our 4th babies birth with two losses. The doctor told me the second loss was most likely a chemical pregnancy and that given the sensitivity of pregnancy test today they were seeing them more and more. In the past these chemical pregnancies would go unnoticed and a woman would just think she was 2-3 days late.
He told us that there was no reason to think anything was wrong and that there was no intervention that needed to be taken at that time. He told us just to try again and that very attempt ended in a live birth! I know that compared to couples struggling for months and years with difficulty conceiving this may seem trivial but when you are trying to achieve that desired pregnancy even a month or two of disappointment can be heartbreaking. When you add in the loss of a pregnancy, it kicks the fears up more than a notch.
For me the reassurance of that specialist really worked to reduce my stress. I am an anxious person and had thousands of thoughts running through my head. Some may say they cannot believe I would jump the gun and see a specialist so soon but for my stress it worked so well. I left the office feeling reassured and confident. When we conceived that month, I attributed much of it to that peace of mind he gave me. I think if anyone is concerned that something is not right they should go to see a doctor and not think they have to wait 6 months or a year before pursuing that. I truly believe the simple reassurance can reduce stress which has been shown to negatively affect the ability to conceive.
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Living on a lake in a resort town, we do a lot of entertaining, especially in the summer. When you factor that we have 2 large homes on this lake, we get our share of company. Having five kids, we have loads of baby and kid gear, so if someone forgets any baby gear or accessories, we have extras. We decided it would be a good idea to help our guests out and make things as easy as possible when traveling with baby. We have a large home with many bedrooms so we thought about creating a nursery in one of the guest spaces.
The youngest 2 of our five kids were super close in age and both in cribs at the same time, so we had all the major pieces. We decided to set up a crib and create a nursery space that will be a welcome relief to our visiting family with babies and toddlers. We think it will be a huge relief to them not having to stuff more oversized baby gear in their car or van when visiting.
I was in Walmart the other day and saw their Disney Baby bedding collection. It was literally flying off the shelves it was so popular. I spoke with an associate who told me that was why it seemed sparse. I was lucky to find an adorable Disney Baby Lion King Jungle Fun, 3 Piece Bedding Set that would look great and was unisex. The set has accents of tan, aqua, ivory, green and brown that give me lots of decorating and painting options.
I also picked up a coordinating super soft plush Disney Baby Lion King Jungle Fun Plush Blanket and Knit Beanie. The 3 piece crib set includes a dust ruffle, crib sheet and comforter. Everything is affordably priced and perfect for a brand new nursery or as an easy way to update an existing one.
Heading home I could not wait to deck out the crib with the new bedding. I was impressed with the quality of the set. For such a small price, I didn’t expect it to be so nice. What a pleasant surprise to unpack the items and find the great quality. The darling appliqued comforter is a large 42″ by 33″, the fabric is a 100% polyester microfiber that feels great. The three pieces are easy to care for and are machine washable and dryable. The comforter is so nice and has one cub with a velvety feel that little ones will just love.
The coordinating Lion King plush blanket is super soft and comes with a knit beanie with cute playful ears in a golden shade of yellow great for boys or girls. The blanket is 30″ by 40″ and is machine washable and dryable for easy care which I love. It will be easy to freshen the bedding between our little guests.
I am in the process of going through and adding all the Lion King accents we have like the Pumba and Timon. I have all of the characters in plush, even figurines. I am going to add to a cute little shelf I just painted aqua and will hang on the wall. I still have a lot I want to do like paint the walls a shade of green and bring the changing table in too! I am a perfectionist so I want everything perfect but decided to just get going and get the biggest piece in and work around that. I will update when it’s all finished.
I think the Disney Baby Lion King Jungle Fun 3 Piece Crib Bedding Set and blanket with cap make an adorable theme for this new guest nursery. What do you think? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments
I am really getting into essential oils and am learning a great deal about them I want to show you some great things I have found to make using my essential oils easier and more effective. I wanted to mix some of my oils with carrier oils, create blends or just put neat oils in roller bottles and I found a great deal on roller bottles on Amazon. I got 24 clear glass 1/3 oz roll on bottles for only $8.88 (keep in mind prices/products change rapidly on Amazon) and it was eligible for my Prime free shipping. Amazingly also included were 3 large transfer pipettes which are really nice for my carrier oil bottles.
If you want colored glass rollers they are available too in a variety of shades like cobalt, green, amber,pink, black even multi color packs. See the selection HERE.
Another super deal I got was 12 Amber 15 ml bottles with dropper tops that are awesome for storage, mixing and sharing your oils. The handy dropper top is perfect for dispensing and mixing. Best of all $6.99 with free Prime shipping!
Diffusing oils is a great way to benefit from the health and healing these oils are known for. The Riverrock Diffuser from Deneve is whisper quiet and so easy to use.
You just fill the chamber with water you can easily measure and pour using the included plastic beaker. You use room temperature water, that is very important. Then add 3-5 drops of you favorite oil or oils and replace the cover.
Turn the unit on and immediately the unit’s LED light band starts changing colors and dispensing the aromatic The diffuser is whisper quiet and has the faint sound of a distant, babbling brook to relax you. Without oil the unit functions as a humidifier. This diffuser covers about 250 square feet for best results.
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The diffuser purifies, sterilizes, moisturizes and ionizes by producing the finest, lightest droplets of water and essential oils without degrading the true essence of the oils, allowing micro droplets to disperse more widely. Using your essential oils in a diffuser like his can help with relieving tension, relaxation, coughs, colds and skin conditions. The changing LED light band is a mood enhancer and accent light but if you want totally darkness, you can turn it off. The river rock sleek shape of the diffuser compliments nearly any decor in the home, office or spa.
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