Pumpkin Carving Craft for Families – Get Yours Free Today! #Spooktacular

Disclosure: I received a pumpkin carving kit and product from Fiora. As always all opinions expressed are my own. 

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I’ve been in denial for awhile, but it’s clear. Fall is here! And I’ll be honest…I’m pretty excited! NOT excited that the next season is Winter, but Fall in Boston is just gorgeous. We’re headed up to Migis Lodge this weekend in Maine and can’t wait to see the beautiful foliage on our drive up! This weather is perfect since I love wearing lots of layers, boots and scarves. And of course Fall means awesome holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving! Our family loves getting ready to Halloween especially and there’s been lots of talk already about our costumes for this year. The kiddo is leaning towards Catwoman and I’m thinking someone from the 80s. I LOVE everything about the 80s! We tend to get pretty crafty around these parts and Fall gives us so many opportunities to get creative and make crafts!

Pumpkins are literally everywhere I look these days, so of course we had to pick out the perfect pumpkin to decorate! I roamed up and down the various pumpkins at Pemberton Farms in Cambridge while my daughter very scientifically inspected pumpkins she was interested until she found the perfect one to bring home.

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I consider myself pretty crafty and can work magic with a glue gun and some scrapbook paper. I’m not so great at drawing, so pumpkin carving is always a very interesting project in our house! Luckily for us this year we received a pumpkin carving kit to assist us in making the perfect jack-o-lantern for our balcony! The pumpkin carving craft for families is sure to be a hit in your house!

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The FREE pumpkin kit comes with a variety of shapes to create the perfect face for your family’s pumpkin! These limited pumpkin carving kits are available as long as supplies last and getting yours is super easy – click here! If the kits sell out (which they probably will!) you’ll be able to download a free printable copy as an alternative.

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I love how creative people get carving their pumpkins and starting today you can upload your pumpkin masterpiece between October 15 – 30 and the best pumpkin face will be chosen on Halloween – there are some great prizes for the top three winners so don’t forget to upload your photo!

Happy Halloween and be sure to get your FREE pumpkin kit today!



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Celebrate National Pasta Month with Boston-Born Prince Pasta!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Prince Pasta dinner kit. All opinions, as always, are my own.

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Now that Fall is here I’ve been craving comfort foods – potatoes (bakes, fried, mashed), cheese (mac & cheese, nachos) and big ol bowls of warm pasta and delicious sauce. So of course I had to post about National Pasta Month with Boston-Born Prince Pasta! I didn’t know the pasta company had roots in Boston and they’ve most recently partnered with the Pallotta chef owners of a local Italian hotspot NEBO Restaurant to develop recipe videos for four easy, great-tasting pasta recipes which are feature on Prince’s Facebook page.

Prince sent us a dinner kit which we tore open and of course – made a big ol bowl of spaghetti with!

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Only afterwards I realized there were yummy recipes included! I can be so impatient!

Oh and did you know that Wednesdays are Prince Spaghetti Days?! Yep – if you visit the Prince Pasta Facebook page on Wednesday’s you’ll have exclusive access to video recipes by the Pallotta sisters! Last week a Prince Breakfast Pasta recipe was shared. You heard me right…pasta for breakfast! There are crazier combinations, so I’m definitely intrigued:

Prince Pasta breakfast from MagicBullet Media, Inc. on Vimeo.

And today a yummy Prince Pasta Al Forno recipe was shared. I’m no foodie (though I love to eat) and had to figure out what Al Forno meant! It’s – simple enough – baked pasta! I’m always learning! This delicious pasta dish will be sure to be a hit for everyone in your family!

Prince Pasta Al Forno from MagicBullet Media, Inc. on Vimeo.

Will you and your family Celebrate National Pasta Month? It’s going to be a monthly celebration in our house! Just last night I used Prince Rotini mixed with broccoli and cauliflower and smothered in a butter/basil/garlic/red pepper sauce. It was just heavenly!!

What’s your favorite pasta recipe?



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Mini Boden Review & $25 GC Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a credit at Boden USA to purchase some items. As always all opinions expressed are my own.

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I’m no fashionista – but my daughter? She can effortlessly put together an outfit in no time and is usually always dressed before I am! It’s been fun (and dangerous) being a Mom to a daughter, and now that she’s (GASP) 9 she is very vocal about her preferred style. This summer we went shopping for new jeans (she had a crazy growth spurt and none of her 8 pairs of jeans fit) and she independently went shopping in the girls section and asked for her own fitting room to try everything on! It was great to see, but really hit home that my baby is growing up! Though we have to be careful because as many parents know, not all kids’ clothes are made the same and my kiddo is tough on her clothes so we need pieces that are well made and also fit into her ever evolving style.

I was first introduced to Boden and Mini Boden & Johnnie B by my sister who loves to dress her 5 year old daughter in their pieces. It wasn’t a brand that I was familiar with, but after searching on their site for awhile I knew why my sister and so many others love Boden USA and their amazing kids clothes and accessories. Boden is one of Britain’s best kept secrets, specializing in heritage-inspired style with a colorful, modern twist. They make clothes for the whole family and launched their children’s line Mini Boden & Johnnie B in 1996 and we were lucky enough to add a few Mini Boden & Johnnie B items to review! 

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blog4Top: Johnnie B Pointelle T-Shirt | Vest: Made by Grandma

blog5Top: Johnnie B Pointelle T-Shirt | Cardigan: Johnnie B Scarlett Cardigan | Leggings: Johnnie B

blog2Jacket: Jessica Simpson Kids | Dress: Johnnie B Mabel Dress | Leggings: Johnnie B | Shoes: Nordstrom

blog1Top: Gap Kids | Sweater: Johnnie B Cable Cardigan | Leggings: Johnnie B | Shoes: Michael Kors Kids

As you can see by my daughter’s shining smile she absolutely loves her new pieces from Boden! She has exclaimed multiple times how comfortable all of the clothes feel and that’s huge since she’s on the go with school and various extracurricular activities throughout the week. I’m thrilled at the quality – they aren’t flimsy and you can see and feel that these items will be around to last…as long as she doesn’t have another growth spurt!

Even better – Boden USA is having a gigantic sale with everything 40% off plus free shipping on orders over $50! I’ll be ordering some more leggings and tights for the kiddo this week, just in time for this cooler weather here in Boston. What could be even better? I think a $25 Boden USA giftcard would surely help you pick out some items for your little ones…or yourself! Entering is easy and can be done using the widget below!

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Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever Comes To Boston!

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Boston is full of amazing events and a great event is happening next week for new Moms and Moms-To-Be! I still remember my baby shower, it was an exciting yet scary event and it really hit me hard that I had a baby girl coming in a month. It was so wonderful to celebrate the arrival of my daughter with so many close friends and family. Well, Big City Moms wants to celebrate YOU with their Biggest Baby Shower next Tuesday October 7 at the Back bay Events center! Big City Moms is thrilled to debut this unparalleled event experience in Beantown as they celebrate 10 years of Biggest Baby Showers!

The first and largest event of its kind, the Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever brings in over 500 Moms, Dads, Uncles, Aunts, Friends and Grandparents to SHOP with over 75 companies, EAT, LEARN and GIVE BACK:

SHOP: From carriers, car seats and strollers to nursery decor and newborn necessities, parents and parents-to-be can browse the leaders in baby gear. This baby shower has you covered with topnotch finds from brands such as Britax, Nuna, Summer Infant, Peg Perego, Dr. Smiths, Joovy, Lillebaby, Magic Beans and SO MUCH MORE.

EAT: Pregnant (and just plain hungry!) moms can satisfy those cravings with eats and treats including lights bites, sweets and the Big City Moms signature mocktail, which will have you yearning for more – long after your 4th trimester!

LEARN: Parents will hear from top experts on important topics ranging from sleep safety to breast feeding, healthy eating to navigating Boston as a new mom. Special gifts and prizes will be given to all attendees of the seminars.

GIVE BACK: Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides essentials to children without, will be onsite collecting clothing, shoes, books, toys and more. They help children from birth through age 12 to thrive by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

You won’t want to miss out on this highly anticipated event or the generous gift bag stocked with must-have baby essentials, plus games to win ultimate prizes like strollers, high chairs, car seats and more!!

Big City Moms is the the first and most successful resource to provide advice, support and education to moms, moms-to-be, and families on all topics related to parenting. Big City Moms provides a way for new and expectant parents to connect with each other and network – either through their online social networks or their well-known events that bring parents together, including their innovative and unprecedented “Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever!” 



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TYLENOL® Smiling It Forward™: Celebrating “Feel Better” Smiles Benefitting Children’s Health Fund

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While many kids are settling back into their school routines, I know many parents like me are preparing for the dreaded first cough and sneeze of the season. With seasonal Flu season beginning as early as October, I’ve been stocking up on cold and flu essentials like honey, saline spray, cough drops and TYLENOL® not only for my little one, but for me as well! With daily headlines on Ebola and Enterovirus 68 flooding the media, I want to ensure I am doing all that’s necessary to keep our family healthy this cold and flu season. I was delighted to be invited to the beautiful W Boston Hotel earlier this week with fellow bloggers to discuss keeping our families healthy and smiling through cold and flu season with Pediatrician and Author Dr. Tanya Altmann and to learn about the amazing TYLENOL® Smiling It Forward™ movement.

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We had the opportunity to ask Dr. Tanya any and all questions related to our children’s health and we had a great discussion on picky eaters, asthma, constipation, fevers and how to help your kids swallow pills. Below highlights some of Dr. Tanya’s advice:

  • To encourage kids to swallow pills, take a small piece of bread and place the pill inside of it.
  • High fiber foods and fruits with pitts aid in constipation as does probiotics with active cultures and creating toilet routines.
  • Growing pains usually happen at night, so if your child is complaining about aches and pains during the day talk with your Dr.
  • The (free) Kids’ Wellness Tracker App by TYLENOL® can help with keeping track of all your child’s health information and gives proper dosage amounts.
  • Most people in the Northeast have low Vitamin D levels and should be taking a supplement. Low levels could cause fatigue and diabetes.

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Few things are better to a parent than seeing their child’s “feel good” smile creep on their face after not feeling well. It’s relief not only for them, but for us as well! The “feel good” smile was the base for the TYLENOL® Smiling It Forward™: Celebrating “Feel Better” Smiles Benefitting Children’s Health Fund campaign, which encourages parents to share their children’s beautiful smiles as part of a movement to raise $100,000 benefitting the Children’s Health Fund medical mobile units providing healthcare services disadvantaged communities in the Unites States. Simply visit www.SmilingitForward.com and upload a photo and also read up on tips by Dr. Tanya Altmann about keeping your family healthy. For each photo uploaded a $1 donation will be made to Children’s Health Fund.

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Why is supporting Children’s Health Fund and TYLENOL® Smiling It Forward™ important? It’s simple.

Every child deserves a Doctor. Every child deserves a chance.

There are currently 50 mobile medical clinics across the Unites States that are fully equipped with exam rooms, waiting areas and a private room for medical procedures. Sleep and a healthy diet aren’t the only factors that play a role in a child’s academic success – regular checkups at the Doctor and Dentist support the child’s ability to focus and excel. The mobile clinics are bringing much needed medical care directly to where kids live, study and play. There are even specific mobile clinics focused on dental, mental and emotional health.

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I live and breathe for my daughter’s smile and her love celebrating “feel good” smiles so it was hard to choose just one photo to upload.

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We’ve shared so many great memories and milestones and I’m proud to support the Children’s Health Fund and the Smiling It Forward™ goal of raising $100,000 – that’s 100,000 photos, will you upload one and support critically important services to those in need?



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