What is happening!? Are your kids like mine – super active during the day then at night can’t settle down to save themselves? It’s non-stop until 7:30pm when I think there can’t be an ounce of energy left so I make them get ready for bed. 8:45pm comes and they are still performing circus tricks under the covers. Is it because it looks like high noon until 9pm? I was quickly outsmarted by one swipe left on the black-out shade trick. “It’s still light out Mommy, see?” I tried to put on a movie one night to settle them down before bedtime but I think it had the opposite effect. Related, is The Rock actually singing in Moana? Tonight I’m going to try Activity TV Yoga. We’ve done it a bunch in the mornings and the kids love it. The “calm down” time at the end has to have a lasting effect, right? It puts me right to sleep. The woman’s voice is hysterical – just try not to laugh as she sits cross-legged, head down, and asks: “What does your flower smell like?”
Speaking of constant activity – I found these awesome sit-on-top kayaks for kids called The Wave that come in a bunch of colors and are pretty affordable. They are so much fun! Even though the kids are both strong swimmers, they have to wear lifejackets in the open water. You probably already know my go-to for those: Puddle Jumpers. Decker doesn’t normally wear them to swim except the pool at my parent’s condo doesn’t have a shallow end so we throw Paigely’s old pair on him (Confident Dudes Wear Purple.) This pool is so swanky. We were there on Sunday afternoon surrounded by young professionals drinking Whispering Angel and listening to music I’ve never head of because well, kids, and I just wanted to shout “Which Of These Things Doesn’t Belong?!” Hint: It’s us.
It’s been a challenge keeping the baby on his eat-activity-sleep schedule this Summer but he’s still doing a great job of all 3 despite the interruptions. My friends here call him “Magic Baby,” hah! Speaking of magic – he busted out of the swaddle (maybe because he’s a whopping 16lbs. already?) so we transitioned into the Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit and it’s working like a charm…
My giveaway on Facebook had an epic response. The suit would definitely get my “best baby product” award. Click here to buy the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit and remember there are two different fabrics to choose from for the seasons.
As soon as he busted out of the swaddle I thought to myself, what’s next!? He’s already moving his arms and legs in tummy time like he wants to crawl… I know it’s only a matter of time before I’m busting out all of my Safety 1st OutSmart products again. I love them because they “outsmart” little ones with a decoy button that can be pushed to no effect. I recently read that babies can drown in a toilet. A TOILET people. Sigh. These OutSmart products are a no-brainer.
On a sunnier note, I partnered with DermalYouth to produce a fun little commercial for my favorite sunscreen. Check it out here (I think Paigely stole the show) and make sure to use code MIM5 for free shipping and 5% off your orders.
Speaking of Miss P., I didn’t want her to lose any of the sight words or reading enthusiasm from Kindergarten so she’s been meeting with a reading tutor weekly to keep it all fresh. I was recently sent a super cute story called TOBY: The Adventures Of A Curious Whynoceros that the kids are loving. It’s a first in a series that attempts to scratch the surface at how a world that has become so obvious to adults can still be full of possibilities to the young mind. It’s engaging and definitely relatable.
Just a quick note on things that are sent my way….I am sent over 100 pitches, products, and services a week. I only chose the ones to share that I think you will love as much as I do. This type of scrutiny takes time – time away from my kids – something that is often referred to as “work.” I am compensated for my work. Because, duh.
Related, I was awarded the “7 Best Local Mom Blogs” by Care.Com and was very honored to read what they wrote. This makes the work certainly worth it! Check out the article, here.
We’ve been so busy this month I didn’t get a chance to go check out Mighteor at The Boston Children’s Hospital. Instead I sent my on-site correspondent. I call her Mom. Her take: “Who wouldn’t want this for their child?” It’s a research-based video game for ages 6 to 14 who are struggling with anxiety and controlling emotions. Via the games, students learn bioresponses to control their anger or impulses. They can’t progress in the video game until their breath rate, heart-beat and pulse are at a resting stage which builds muscle memory for dealing with anger, aggression and anxiety. It’s a drug free alternative for behavioral growth that allows the kid to be in control and learn how to manage emotion themselves. The game comes with bi-monthly coaching calls for 30 minutes and the student is given a programed samsung tablet and heart rate monitor. Sidenote: We found out later the CEO and Founder behind this program went to high school with my husband. Small world.
Speaking of (other parts of) the world…we are headed to Turks & Caicos at the end of the month. I’ll be reviewing the Blue-Haven resort with my family so we can share all of it’s splendor with you. In the meantime, you can catch us locally at the Run & Ride race for kids at the new Cambridgeside!