Monthly Archives: June 2011

Piggies and letters and potatoes, OH MY!!

I’m not going to lie when I tell you, I’m not the biggest fan of Play-Doh. Not the company, the compound. I don’t like the smell, the consistency, and weird film left over after I’ve touched it.

YUCK!

However…
My kids LOVE it!!

So when I was contacted by Lauren at Litzky PR on behalf of Hasbro to see if I was interested in trying out their new spring products the only thought that crossed my mind was “rainy day activity”.

At the time I was babysitting my 2 year old nephew three times a week and between him and my three year old daughter, I was at a loss for stuff to keep them busy on a rainy afternoon.

Play-Doh seemed to be the answer.  We have a couple sets of our own and when I would break them out for my son,(now eight) he would happily play for a solid hour, no whining, no crying, nada.

So, Lauren sent me four different Play-Doh sets, each one a new product for spring.  I received the Flip and Serve Breakfast Playset,  Cookie Monster’s Letter Lunch Playset, one of theFairy Tale Assortment (Three Little Pigs), and the Smashed Potatoes Game.

The first set we tried was Cookie Monster’s Letter Lunch Playset.  What fun!  The playset comes with Cookie Monster donning a chef’s hat,a big bowl for his letter soup, letter shapes and 4 containers of compound.

Cookie Monster's Letter Lunch!

Kids can learn their ABCs by forming letters to spell names and words!

Lunch Time for Cookie!

The kids ate up a whole afternoon making letters and feeding them to Cookie! (well, I should say Little Miss did… Smoosh was happy with a lump of Playdoh and a knife.)  Even I got in on the act!  My nephew liked it so much, my sister in law went out and bought it that very day! (I wouldn’t let her have mine…)

Next came Smashed Potatoes…  Picture this…  Family Game Night…  We were SO tired of playing UNO! and were looking for something new to play.

Smashed Potatoes

The object of the game was to make it through the game board without getting caught in the various potato traps and being turned into french fries or mashed potatoes.  If you get caught, you go back to the beginning and start over.

Little Miss and her purple potato

Big Boy and his yellow potato.

After an intense showdown between Big Boy and Little Miss, a winner emerged…

And the winner is...

LITTLE MISS AND HER PURPLE POTATO!!

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!

YAY!!  Family game night will never be the same!  Big Boy is STILL asking for a re-match!

Another Play-Doh set I received was The Three Little Pigs from the Fairy Tale Assortment.

We’ve had quite a few rainy days here on Long Island, so I was happy to introduce my little ones to yet another Play-Doh set.  One of my favorite stories to tell the kids is The Three Little Pigs.  I am a very animated person when it comes to telling stories.  I like to do all the voices and really get into it.  This Play-Doh set is probably my favorite one.

Little pig, little pig, let me come in!!

With the molds included in this set you can construct your own Three Little Pigs story and make it come to life!

There's the straw house...

The house made of sticks...

And the house made of bricks...

And of course, the three little pigs...

What a fun afternoon we spent playing with this!!

Little Miss enjoyed making the piggies...

While Smoosh... smooshed 'em!

I wanna try Hansel and Gretel next!

The last Play-Doh set I received was the Flip and Serve Breakfast playset.

Flip and Serve Breakfast Playset

I love breakfast in any form.  This playset lets you make a bagillion different variations of breakfast, from eggs and bacon with hashbrowns and toast,  to waffles and pancakes.

YUM YUM GIMME SOME!!

And you can top it all off with a milkshake with whipped cream and a cherry!

Of course, I wish they were real and not compound, but it was fun making everything all the same!

Wanna bite??

Perhaps my opinion of the compound is changing…  🙂

Many thanks to Lauren at Litzky PR and Hasbro for the opportunity to try out and review their products.  All of these Play-Doh products are available to order online or at most major toy retailers.

This is an original ROSCMM post. The product mentioned in this post was provided to me free of charge (or at a considerable discount not available to the public) for the purposes of writing this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own and are not a result of any compensation or free products received (although they are both openly accepted.) and no, you can not steal my content unless you specifically ask me for it first. It’s called copyright, yo.

Copyright 2011 MastermindMommy

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My life without kids…

This week, Mama Kat’s Writing prompts included something I couldn’t resist. A chance to imagine my life without kids… I had to try it out.

  Mama’s

I have friends that don’t have kids yet.  Sometimes I’m envious of the life they lead. I’ve been a mom for eight and a half years now. Those years have had their ups and downs, but sometimes I wonder what my life would be like if I didn’t have kids. Aren’t there days when you do the same? Don’t lie!

There would be no toys on the floor (unless they’re Hubs’), there’d be no toothpaste in the sink (unless it’s Hubs’).  I would have a full-time job (maybe in publishing like I always wanted) that I would have to get up for instead of getting up to get the boy off to school.  I could have my weekends to myself (maybe a date-night with Hubs) and I wouldn’t have to worry about finding a babysitter if I wanted to go out.  Maybe Hubs and I would have a house of our own instead of our current living situation.  We could host dinner parties and poker games.  Hubs could have a trophy room and I could have a library (hey, I’m imagining…).  There’d be no emergency room visits when someone falls off the swingset or cracks their head open (unless Hubs hurts himself at work).  No Cub Scouts, no dance.  We could go away on vacation and it wouldn’t have to be kid-friendly and don’t even get me started on the money…  Oh!  And I’d be thin!

But…

I wouldn’t have my kids.  I wouldn’t have the laughter and the smiles.  The giggles and the hugs.  I wouldn’t be able to watch my husband play Xbox with my son or push my daughter on the swings.  I wouldn’t be able to watch their joy on Christmas morning when they open that one gift they’ve been asking for all year.  I wouldn’t have that little hand to hold when we’re walking somewhere (oh, I’m so afraid of losing them!) or hear that little voice calling “Mom?” (my ears are tuned to it, aren’t yours?).  I wouldn’t be able to kiss their little sleeping heads

.

Also, I wouldn’t be bombarded everyday with facts about Space. (Big Boy is going to be an astronomer/astronaut/astrophysicist one day, I swear it!) I wouldn’t be the Cub Scout leader, or the stage mom (I’m not really a stage mom… yet…). I wouldn’t be able to go to the spray park or the children’s museum or the playground. (Sure, I could do all those things without kids, but I’d look awfully funny don’tcha think? I’d be the weirdo at the park that all the moms make sure their children stay away from…)

Or be able to say things like:

“Put your underwear on, and stop calling yourself a wiener.”  

“Stop picking your nose! C’mere and let me get those boogers for you.”  

“Did you remember to change your underwear?”

“No toys at the table!”

“Are you sure you rinsed ALL the shampoo out of your hair?”

“Did you remember to wipe?”

“Tell me why you need to scream every time the dog comes near you.”

“Is there a reason why you MUST be COMPLETELY naked when sitting on the toilet?”

I wouldn’t be a blogger if I didn’t have my kids.  I wouldn’t be here with you Dear Reader, sharing my stories.  I wouldn’t have my Tastefully Simple business either, and we all know how much I LOVE my business!  I wouldn’t have my mom friends either, gosh I love my mom friends.

I’d probably be a 9 to 5-er.

I’d have “work friends”.  And do “work” things like go to company picnics, and company lunches.

And I’d probably be miserable.

I love being a mom.  Years ago, when my son was a baby, a man once said to me “There are two things you never really know until you have children, love, and fear.”  I love my kids with all my heart and soul. I didn’t know I could love anything as much as I love my kids.  They define who I am and what I want to be.  Sure, I’d like a book deal (pretty please),and a house (pretty, pretty please),  but I think if I can just go through life knowing that I raised my children into responsible loving adults who will one day become good parents, I did what I was meant to do.

I was put on this earth to be Mother to those two little children.  And if God ever decided to take them from me, my life wouldn’t be worth living.

Thanks Mama Kat for helping me to remember why I do it all…

This is an original ROSCMM post.  All opinions expressed are that of Jennifer herself.  This post was written for Mama Kat’s Weekly Writing workshop and has a compensation level of 0. (See my disclosure page for full details.)  And no, you can not steal my stuff.  It’s called Copyright, yo!

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5 things I’m not. (But I wish I could be…) Day 2 #SITS31DBBB

In case you are not aware, I am participating in the SITSgirls 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge.  I want to write more on this blog and give you, Dear Reader, more content to enjoy.  Participants in the challenge are given a daily assignment to work on and if they’ve signed up for a group they will work with their group for feedback and support.

How to Blog

Day 1’s assignment was to write an elevator speech- in 140 characters.

Day 2:  Write a list post.  I’ve done this one a couple of times before so it wasn’t easy finding a topic.  I hope I’ve done it justice.

5 Things I’m not.  (But I wish I could be…)

5. Confrontational. I’m opinionated. Yes, that much is true. I have lots and LOTS of opinions, BUT… Most times I will keep them to myself, or voice them to you dear reader, instead of to whom they should be voiced.

4. Neat. If you’ve read my bio on my About Me page, you would know that I clearly state that I am lazy. I am, it’s true. I’d rather sit here and read blogs or waste time in Facebook than do a load of laundry or vaccuum my house. I hate folding little things (like kid clothes) because it’s so time consuming and monotonous. I mean, how many socks can this kid possibly HAVE??

3. Thin. When I was 15, I was thin. I didn’t think I was, but I was. I wore a size 8 and went to dance class nearly every night. I ate what I wanted, I drank what I wanted, and I burned it all off at the end of the evening. I am currently working toward that weight and lifestyle again, although I know with age, it’s going to be a long hard battle, but I’m willing to go the extra mile (pun ABSOLUTELY intended) to get there.

2. Attentive. I think I might have something akin to Adult ADD… (Look! A Birdie!) I can never stay with one thing for long. I start projects and never finish them. I start books and never finish them. I don’t know why. I think it has to do with that “L” word. (lazy, silly! Not THAT “L” word)  So please forgive me if I start to follow you and then suddenly stop.  The only constant in my life right now is my family.

1. Insightful. I have a friend who reads my blog (you know who you are) and she always leaves a comment on my posts that make me stop and think. I wish I could always see the big picture like she does.  Instead I’m in my own little world unable to see but the world directly in front of me.

So what do you think?  Are there some things you wish you could be, but just aren’t??  I’d love to hear about it!

This is an original ROSCMM post. This post was written for the SITS Girls 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. All opinions in this post come from Jennifer herself unless otherwise noted.   This post has no compensation level as I did not receive anything for writing this post,(visit my Full Disclosure page for more details) and no, you can not steal my content unless you specifically ask me for it first. It’s called copyright, yo.

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