Disney Movies

Ant-Man Still in theaters GO SEE IT!

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Ant-Man is the latest installment of the Disney Marvel Avengers storyline, introducing the eventual member of the Avengers. It is also one of many of Marvel’s stories to be told in the next few years that leads to the Avengers: Infinity Wars in 2019. And just as with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney Marvel does a very good job bringing lesser known comic characters to the big screen.

This film is based on the 1979 Ant-Man storyline, with Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) donning the Ant-Man suit. Lang is a thief who recently gets out of jail and returns to society with all intentions of leading a straight life. But the straight life for a convicted felon proves to have the odds stacked against him, and he decides to do a few more “jobs” to put his life back together. With the help of one of his old crime buddies, Luis (played by Michael Peña), Lang crosses paths with Dr. Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas), and starts his heroic journey to becoming the next Ant-Man.

As a casual comic book fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Paul Rudd provides humor and, like Chris Pratt with Star Lord, brings a nice humanity to the superhero. If you are a Paul Rudd fan, you’ll like that he, along with comedy writer/director Adam McKay, were two of the writers of the screenplay, and it shows in the smart, funny, and sometimes hilariously random script. The action is exciting and although violent, is not bloody or gruesome, making it ok for the younger viewers. On par with Marvel’s latest movies. This is definitely a good choice for a family movie night.

Overall, Ant-Man is another excellent installment in the Disney Marvel universe, with numerous cameos from other Marvel movies and tv shows, which tie the movie into the timeline very nicely. Also, as with all Marvel movies, wait for after the credits for not one, but TWO preview scenes! Absolutely worth it.

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Go see it!!!!

 

Parenting

Return to the Homeland…

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When I was planning our annual vacation I wanted to take my boys to Puerto Rico, the land where I was born and lived until I was 18. Then everyone down there scared me saying it was dangerous and stuff so instead we went to Disney World. Well I guess God wanted me to go down there regardless and for reasons I will not get into on this blog I had to make the trip. It was very hard to think I had to go with the boys and without the husband. I was scared and needless to say i had many mixed emotions. The idea of reliving my previous life for a week and a half with members of my new life seemed very strange to me and leaving the husband for that long seem very un-NATURAL. And yes, I have gone away before but only to Virginia which is a car drive away, not 5 hour flight over the Atlantic.

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My mixed emotions made me all crabby the week before. I got this super bitchy attitude because, bottom-line, I really didn’t want to go. I told my mom and husband I didn’t want to go because I was scared of crime down there and because I was scared of seeing what my house had become. There are also other things I was scared of like seeing my aunt, who was diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. I was scared of  everything I would feel when I got off the plane. The last time I was there was in 2009 and my parents were still living there. They moved to Virginia 2 months after I was there then.

So here we go. There are other things I can’t explain in detail but my Puerto Rico visit turned out to be a very pleasant vacation. It was so nice and exciting to have my family meet my boys! Only my grandparents had met the older on… This was the first time anyone meet the baby… I definitely felt at home. I felt a sort of peace while I was down there, although my mom can tell you I was still pretty worried about the crime and stuff. I was paranoid about being on the road at 7pm driving from Ponce (south coast) to San Juan (north coast), mind you this is about an hour drive! I got to my grandparents house Tuesday night and it was nice, before i even took the suitcases out of the car my boy was already in the pool enjoying the water. Seeing my baby in that pool reminded me of when me and my siblings were little and went in that very same pool, we celebrated birthdays, holidays, and spent many Sunday afternoons just hanging out. Now it was all different. I live in New York, in an apartment that is not even close to the house I grew up in, I have two boys that are fully Americanized. And then as I woke up from my daydream of past memories, everyone was going to bed. And there I was in a room where I hadn’t slept in since I was a toddler, with my very own toddler hearing the Coquis serenade me to sleep. And yet the only thought in my mind at that very moment was “I can’t check my Facebook for 9 days!”.

Wednesday we drove south to meet the other side of the family. I was not ready to see this side. As soon as I got there it was amazing to see how my boys just mingled with everyone. People they had just met, in a place they had never been before. And the best part was when Gavin met my aunt who is sick. He gave her so much love it was incredible! He just hugged her and hugged her. And I had to be so strong. I have no idea how I did it. I just wanted to cry when I saw her. She is so strong and so brave. We were there for a couple of days and they met everyone. All my uncles and cousins and spent time with their great-grandparents! On Friday we drove back north and we meet other family members. Went to dinner and went to sleep. Saturday we saw my godmother and Sunday went to the beach! This was the best day! I always wanted my boys to go to the beach for the first time in Puerto Rico. There is nothing like the water surrounding that Island. At first it was a bit challenging. Gavin hated the hot sand. And the waves crashing wasn’t his thing, but after 10 minutes both of them were in the water like it was part of their DNA. They just enjoyed the sun, the water, the sand, the breeze, and the people. It was a great culture immersion for them. This was their mommy’s life before NY. This was mommy’s happy place. The beach. There is something about it. Calming.

The rest of my trip was about the same visiting family. Enjoying the heat. Except for my grandma filling up Gavin’s sippy cup with beach water (I had filled up a plastic water bottle with beach water so that I could clean his feet up!), and him drinking it like nothing, the trip was a success. The airport, not so much. I guess he really didn’t want to leave and threw the biggest tantrum I have ever seem. Boogers, scream, tears, rolling on the floor in the security line… horrible. After we passed security he was good.

I have no lesson from this trip, except one detail, never travel with two boys and no dad! My mom was amazing help but these kids really wanted their dad and they made it a point to let me know.

I didn’t see any friends on my trip which was sad but it wasn’t the purpose to begin with so I was ok with it. On the other hand stepping into what used to be my house made me very icky inside. I didn’t bring the boys with me because I didn’t want them to see me cry. Seeing the place where I grew up all empty and abandoned made me think of so many things. To be honest I still haven’t collected my thoughts around it. Anyways I know I write a lot of but I don’t like to edit because then I delete things and stuff and well I want this to be me. Talking to my best friend. So there. Puerto Rico was an awesome time. It was literally a week and a half of just family!

 

Baby Gear-Strollers-Car Seats-Carriers

Diono Rainier FULL Review

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I am beyond excited to tell you about the new Diono Rainer car seat. There are tons of reasons why I’m excited to work with the company, review the product and tell you about it. The first reason is that this is probably the best investment and the most important you’ll make for your children. It’ll be the only investment because it works from newborn until booster, so only one seat! No more switching around between car seats. So I made a video to show you how awesome it is…

If you have any more questions on the car seat, son’t forget to check out their website.

My non scripted life Parenting

Dear 4th Baby

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I dreamt you. I dream of you weekly. I know people think you are only in my imagination, but you are in my heart. I want you so bad. But I know is not meant to be. I wish things were different and I could feel you pressing against my tummy. I wish I could hear your heartbeat. I wish I could hear your newborn cry. I wish I could hold you against my chest and nurse you. Oh how I wish to hold you tight. There are a million and one reasons why I will never feel those things. We lack space, money, help, and well having 4 kids is just scary. I know they all sound like excuses because, well they are- BUT believe me I want you. God knows I want you, but I can’t have you. I can’t have everything I want. No one can.

This week, as I read so many special friends announcing pregnancies and genders of pregnancies, I wondered what it would really be like to have you. For real. It’s not like 4 kids is unheard off in our family. Grandma 1 had 6 kids, grandma 2 had 5, my mom had 5 and my sister has 4. BUT, is not all about me and what I want. I know your dad has a lot on his plate taking care of us and giving us this nice life where I get to stay home and enjoy every single minute of the day with your siblings. I don’t know if I could take care of you the same way. I know God would provide financially if you were to be, but it’s a risk. I finally started working on me. My body who housed all of your siblings and my business. I know I wouldn’t be able to do all of it. I would be so obsessed with you that nothing else would matter, so the business would be out the door and my weight would be unimportant. But my physical and mental health require me to take care of those things so I can take better care of our family.

I don’t know why I’m writing this. I just felt I needed to stamp a date on these feelings. I think everyone that knows me, knows I would give up anything for another baby. Another chance to experience the MOST amazing feeling in the world of growing and birthing a child. Having a baby has been, without a doubt, the best experiences of my life. I enjoyed every pain and ache and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I know after this week I will probably feel differently and maybe next year, I won’t even remember this moment. But I need you to know it could be 50 years from now and I would still want you. I still feel you.

 

 

Toys

Lakeshore Learning New Arrivals

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The best toys are the toys that do double duty, they entertain and educate. This is exactly why we are big fans of Lakeshore Learning. I recently had the opportunity to check out their new products and we want them ALL. They have toys that encourage science, math, reading & building and one of the best things is that they have toys all the way from babies to tweens.

I could go on an on about all the toys I loved, but I will just show you the ones that the boys really, really wanted to take home with them. The first one is the Create & Design Drill Kit. This is a really cool toy. It comes with screws, a platform and tools. The idea is that the kids use the tools and screws to create the patterns. By creating the patterns they are practicing math by counting spots and also practicing colors. They screwdriver is motorized with a forward and reverse option. My only concern is that it’s for 3+ and the screws are pretty small, so make sure the kids are being supervised.LakeShore1LakeShore2The other toy that they really enjoyed was building blocks. These are no regular building blocks, they are printed with castle prints, so kids can build whatever castle they wants.
LakeShore3Lakeshore Learning makes it easy to pick which toy is best for your kids since they are divided into categories and ages. There are some that I think should be in every house, especially for back to school, like the How Does Your Body Work? Experiment Kit. This kit is geared for children 5-11 and it contains 5 experiments. For $29.99 is a great value to learn about the body and the human anatomy as well as ignite curiosity. For babies, my favorite is the See-Inside Sensory Blocks. These blocks are aged 6 months to 3 years, they 12 block set has 4 colors so it helps learning about the colors, counting and stacking. Lakeshore

The Amazing Chef Cooking Set, comes with real utensils & recipes.

The Amazing Chef Cooking Set, comes with real utensils & recipes.

Parenting

Safety Education with Delta Children

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Delta1When you become a parent there are many things we are concerned about. How are we going to take care of them? Where are they going to sleep? Am I going to be a good parent? What food should I buy? How many times should I change their diaper? And so on. There is one thing that we really don’t think about- How safe is the crib we are using!? Most parents will look at two things when choosing a crib: style and price. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Delta Children safety testing facility and it was eye-opening to say the least.

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The first thing I want to talk about is how Delta standards are above the federal standard. The Federal standard when pounding the crib for safety test is 250 impacts at 30lbs, the Delta standard is 1,000 impacts at 30lbs. This is a HUGE difference because, if you have a very active child or even plan to use the crib with multiple kids it’s important to know the crib will be safe and it will hold up. Not only are they checking the bottom of the crib but they are testing the side railings and even each individual slat.Delta6

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This machine test for toxic chemicals in every part of the crib, including the screws.

I never thought that cribs and baby gear went through such rigorous testing, but I was even more surprised by how Delta goes beyond the normal testing. Like the slat testing. Usually the test is 1 in every 4, at Delta they test each one with 80lbs. While at the facility I also learned that they test even toy boxes. The toy boxes, even though they are quite affordable, are tested to make sure the lid doesn’t slam in small children. They are also designed with openings on the sides and a lowered front in case a child gets stuck inside, they can get air. As a mom, this things really never occurred to me.

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Strollers are also tested to very high standards. One of the test is the treadmill durability test, where a stroller is put on a treadmill with bumps for 300 hours the stroller standard is 72 hours, that is more than 3xs the test. Delta also made sure to add different size bumps and in different parent to make the test more realistic. This will imitate a mom driving around with the stroller with the maximum weight the stroller can handle. Another stroller test is the break test. In this test the stroller will be pulled for the weight of the stroller. It is a very interesting mathematical format they use to increase the safety.

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I really can’t even explain how interesting it was but also how impress I was with the amount of testing the products go through. I never thought a company would go through such lengths for safety of children. Technically all should and they all probably do, but Delta Children really takes it to the next level. They even test the little chairs and walkers, to make sure they don’t pose a danger to the kids.

Since I was there about a week ago, I’ve been trying to decide which Delta toddler to get for baby G3 since she wants no more business in the crib and wants a big girl bed. I am excited and feel that my child would be the most safe in a Delta bed. I haven’t had that feeling in a very long time.

I want to add a special note. The president of the company, Joseph Shamie, walked us through the process, I have never in my whole life, met a man with such passion for his product. For him to take the time for us and go in detail about his product and his family and the importance of safety was a real joy. While he was talking about his dad and how important giving back to the community was it made me tear us as I saw him tear up. I am so proud to really be a supporter of this company, and I will be reporting on their products because I believe they are the best!

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Disclaimer: I was invited to the facility. No compensation was received.

Reviews Toys

Tiggly Words- A great addition for summer break!

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You all know we are big fans of Tiggly Shapes and Tiggly Counts! You can imagine my excited when I was sent the new Tiggly Words. This educational toy/app is great for kids who are learning to spell and learning their ABC’s. In the box you get the 5 vowels and codes to download the three apps as well as a carry pouch and a learning journey.

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The first app we downloaded was Tiggly Tales. We did have some problems with the Apple Store but used the Tiggly customer service chat and the problem was solved. The app is self-explanatory. You get 2 letters and the child has to choose which vowel goes in the middle to make a word. The app is perfect for little hands to manage and follow. Every time they make a word the work they make comes to life. So if they spelled BUG, a bunch of little bugs appear on the screen! The other apps are Tiggly Doctor and Tiggly Submarine (our second favorite!).

Tiggly Words is made for 4-8 year olds but I found that my 3.5 yr old enjoyed it the most. He is pretty excited to play with the game everyday and now started spelling some words when he seems them in books. You can’t beat that is also $29.99, this includes the 5 toy letters and 3 apps. If you know anything about educational toys and even apps is that they are pricey. These will give you continuous educational play for a very long time. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about these toys. I am happy to own all of them and we love them and my kids use them every single day.

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Be advise, that these Tiggly toys and apps work with iPad 2 or newer models. If you have an iPad one or Android tablet these will not work. We actually ended up buying a used iPad 2 just so they kids could play with these apps.

What is your favorite educational app?

 

Thank you to Tiggly Kids for making this review possible. As always all opinions and pictures are my own.

Reviews

The coolest headphones-Captain America

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We are on the road, A LOT. Especially during the summer. I can’t tell you how many songs from games, lyrics from songs and shenanigans I have to listen to while driving with the kids. So I finally decided that it was time to introduce headphones. Yes, I know, how did we not introduce them before? Well, headphones cost money and I didn’t want them to break them and have to replace them multiple times. Therefore I was more than happy to receive a pair of Captain America headphones to review.

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My son almost flipped out. He hasn’t seen any of the Captain America/ Avengers movies BUT, somehow he knows all the characters. Since we haven’t gotten into the superhero stuff he was pretty psyched his first pair of headphones was a superhero headphones. Of course, he also loved that they were red, white and blue (his favorite color is red).

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We opened them and right away he plug them in his iPad and sat in his car seat. I am not going to lie, the kept the headphones on all evening. The headphones are very padded on the ear muffs but also on the headband, so they feel really comfortable. Especially for a child. They are also noise canceling. The headphones are from ekids.com and retail $20, which is great for this seat of headphones. And the sound quality is pretty good.

We really liked them. My son loved them. If there is one thing I wish they would have a way to put the cord away, as I think it could be a potential hazard, plus a bit of a pain to put away. Other than that, you can’t beat the price for a character item.

When was the last time you used a pair of headphones?

 

Disclaimer: I was sent the headphones for the purpose of the review. All opinions and pictures as usual are my own.

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