Noodle & Boo Baby Items you Need Right Now.

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I had the pleasure of receiving some items from Noodle & Boo and Tyler and I had our usual amount of fun unboxing the items they sent us to try out! I know you’re probably an unboxing junky like me and the next best thing to actually unboxing is watching an unboxing video, so before I tell you what’s IN the box, check it out…

Noodle & Boo products are made in the USA with only the finest ingredients, and are safe and gentle enough to be used on newborns and during pregnancy. And did I mention they smell exactly like a baby should smell?

I’m talking about that REALLY want to sniff a babies scalp smell.  That innocent I’m only 1 week old smell that every newborn has, because why cover it up to smell like soap? Even if you don’t have a newborn, these products are just as great for toddlers and even the bigger kids like my son who is 8.

They have so many items to choose from,  and most are sold in stores like target or off course online on their website too.

As a mom myself,  I like to think of myself as a knowledge bank for new moms.  Especially with a platform like this,  I like to share only the best with you guys and right now,  hand sanitizer is a must have.  Anyone who is anyone is trying to get their hands on the good stuff, not the no-name “is this really just water” items the grocery and pharmacy stores are stocking these days,  and well.. I’ll let you in on alittle secret.. pssst… they’ve got it! And not only is it real true hand sanitizer,  it’s baby and kid safe hypoallergenic hand sanitizer,  that you don’t have to be worried about touching your baby after sanitizer.

And what’s best is that new moms who may wasnt close family to visit their new bundle of joy during this crazy time can be sure to make them use it before touching the baby and they won’t smell like harsh alcohol. It’s 99% effective and perfect for toddlers too.

I’ve tried them and here are some of my favorites! Clock on photo to go to item page:

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12 oz. Hand Sanitizer

Kills 99% of germs

 

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NEWBORN DAILY ESSENTIALS

for complete care from head-to-toe

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BABY LAUNDRY GIFT SET

Hypoallergenic and paraben free

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REED DIFFUSER

for clean and fresh ambiance

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CALMING BUBBLE BATH

for bath time fun & relaxation

The last item smells soooo amazing you can smell it through the package! Great for mom and baby or toddler bath time.

About the brand owner:

Christine Burger, San Fran small business owner who 15 years ago created a company because she couldn’t find safe skin products for her babies, and now sells online and Target, has a major success on her hands.  Made in the USA Instant Hand Sanitizer and Ultimate Cleansing Cloths (and many other products), has made Noodle & Boo a Go-To in this pandemic.  Recognized for its commitment to formulations made with biocompatible ingredients, each product is formulated to the highest standards.

*Disclaimer: I received items in exchange for my honest review and all opinions are my own.

Home Chef and Other Meal Delivery Services

I have been a big fan of meal delivery services since they started a couple of years ago. My main go to is Hello Fresh because I love their variety of meals and flexible weekly options. I have done a few posts reviewing the service, and even included some of the meals that you can make yourself within those posts.

I can tell you one thing though, during this quarantine and pandemic going on, these meal delivery services have saved my butt. Literally. Think about it, instead of gearing up mask and gloves to go to the supermarket surrounded by others who potentially can expose you to the virus, only to go up to the produce and meat sections to realize they’re out of almost everything OR prices have gone us drastically due to demand and you are only able to get 1 or 2 packages of fresh meat. It’s a nightmare.

With these meal delivery kits, they come like clockwork. Their sites say there may be delays, but mine have all been coming on time, and very fresh when they arrive. I have been able to have these 3 dinners worth of amazing restaurant quality meals delivered to me without fail during this quarantine and loving every week of it. I’m not gonna lie.. I even had both Hello Fresh AND Home Chef delivered one week because I forgot to shut one off for the week since I bounce back and forth, and it was 6 dinners worth! Think it’s expensive? Think again… no contract cancel any time, and your first box is only $35 if you sign up through an existing member – otherwise it’s $59.95. That’s still less than $10 a person for dinner per day.

Try it for yourself, save $35 on your first box by signing up 🡪HERE🡨

My new kick I’m on is Home Chef, I started it just a few weeks ago. It is the same basic idea as Hello Fresh, a collection of meals that you choose from a list, or if you forget to chose then the meals are chosen for you.  The difference I have noticed between Home Chef vs Hello Fresh is that Home Chef does some of the work for you & the ingredients are more on a professional culinary level even though the meals are simple. They’re both $59.95 for a 3 meal 2 person plan, and I am usually able to get 2 1/2 meals out of it for me, my husband and my oldest son (my youngest is too picky to eat anything good…).

With that being said, they do an AMAZING job with outlining the recipe and even a novice cook can feel like a chef.. I guess that’s where the got the name from!

Here is an example of a complex risotto recipe I was able to easily make in a matter of 30 minutes;

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This is their Shrimp & Bok Choy with Coconut Risotto and it was A-Mazing!

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Simple step by step recipe with the freshest ingredients ready to go. See if you can follow along with the recipe card and keep in mind all ingredients are provided in separate little meal bags for you although you do need to sharpen up your knife skills and chop;

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Prepare the Ingredients

Remove any discolored outer leaves from bok choy and trim ends. Cut stems into ¼” slices and coarsely chop leaves. Keep stems and leaves separate. Trim and thinly slice white portions of green onions. Thinly slice remaining green onions on an angle. Keep white and green portions separate. Pat shrimp dry.

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Start the Risotto

Place a medium pot over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil. Add rice and white portions of green onions to hot pot. Stir occasionally until rice is toasted and opaque, 1-2 minutes. Add 1 cup boiling water from small pot and mirepoix base to pot with rice. Rice should just be covered by water. Stir often until nearly all water is absorbed.

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Finish the Risotto

Add ½ cup boiling water from small pot and stir often until nearly all water is absorbed. Repeat this process, stirring often, 18-20 minutes. Taste risotto as you cook, checking for tenderness. When rice has no more “bite” or crunch, it’s done. There may be water left. Stir in coconut milk until combined and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir constantly until slightly thickened, 1-2 minutes. Remove from burner and stir in green portions of green onions (reserve a pinch for garnish) and ¼ tsp. salt. Cover and set aside.

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Cook the Shrimp

Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, add shrimp to hot pan and cook undisturbed until seared on one side, 2-3 minutes. Flip, and cook until shrimp reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 1-2 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a plate. Keep pan over medium-high heat.

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Cook Vegetables and Finish Dish

Add 1 tsp. olive oil and bok choy stems to hot pan and stir occasionally until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes. Add bok choy leaves and stir constantly until leaves are wilted, 1-2 minutes. Stir in shrimpgarlic and ginger sauce, and ¼ tsp. salt until heated through, 30-60 seconds. Remove from burner. Plate dish as pictured on front of card, topping risotto with shrimp-vegetable mixture and garnishing with toasted coconut and reserved green portions of green onions. Bon appétit!

Keep in mind all images above are copywrite of Home Chef and shown from my online cookbook. Yes, they even give you a cookbook in your online account that stores all of the past recipes you’ve made on their plan so you can remake them yourself by buying the ingredients.

I took it a step further and have ordered a large 3 ring recipe binder and a 3 hole punch and will be adding all of the Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, and Home Chef meal cards to so that I can have them all on hand to make them whenever I feel the need to.

If you want try it please use my invite link to appreciate my work that went into posting this for you!🤗
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There are other meal plans as well like FRESHLY if you are not a fan of cooking. They’re pre-made meals and perfect for take and go lunch’s for work or quick dinners. They are microwavable and freezer ready. They’re very tasty but a little expensive in my opinion for the portions although the more you buy the cheaper they get and they do have $20 off of your first order by signing up 🡪HERE🡨 .

Hope you try one of these meal plans out, they are definitely coming in handy during this shut down in New Jersey! Comment your thoughts if you’ve tried any of the meal plans I mentioned or any others that I haven’t.

LSC in the House

The Liberty Science Center is closed until further notice due to thr Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing implementations.0e76f88a86fe57f9109cfd5a2342c19c

LSC in the House is the place where home scientists can conduct experiments, explore the world of LSC’s animals, find amazing movies to watch, and get inspired about science and technology without ever leaving the living room. Check out all the fun at the links below, and be sure to come back often. We will update our experiences regularly while so many of us are sticking close to home.

Check out their Facebook live streams!

Join us Mondays at 11:30 AM for LSC Junior live streams, Tuesdays at 1 PM for Live From Surgery medical presentations, Wednesdays at 11 AM for LSC’s Animal Updates, Thursdays at 1 PM for Planetarium Online presentations, Thursdays at 6 PM for Virtual Science Trivia, and Fridays at 11:30 AM for Virtual Science Trivia for Kids & Families.

Upcoming Facebook Live Streams:

Monday, May 18, 11:30 AM – LSC Junior: Story Time with Mr. Kengo
Tuesday, May 19, 1:00 PM – Live From Surgery: All About Bones
Wednesday, May 20, 11:00 AM – LSC’s Animal Update
Thursday, May 21, 1:00 PM – Planetarium Online: Five Planets in One Night!
Thursday, May 21, 6:00 PM – Virtual Science Trivia
Friday, May 22, 11:30 AM – Virtual Science Trivia for Kids & Families

MamarazziOnline with The Moms and Laura Prepon during Quarantine; You and I as Mothers

Join the conversation by liking and commenting on Just For Moms above!

Such an awesome #MamarazziOnline with The Moms and Laura Prepon

You and I as Mothers; sounds like something I’d want to read! Jersey Native Laura Prepon has published her new book and it’s on shelves now. Being a mom of a newborn is so difficult. But being a mom of a newborn, and a 2 1/2 year old, living in NYC must be the most difficult of all.

Laura is handling it with style and grace. She admittedly threw on the sweater she was wearing just for us, and that she is usually sporting a baby scarf shall these days since she spends most of her time breastfeeding her newborn son who’s name she would not spit out no matter how hard we tried!

We talked about her new baby boy and how much she was already prepared for isolation without even knowing it, about her daughter Ella “marking her territory” when new baby brother came home, and about the importance of routine in her home right now.

Limiting screen time is so hard these days when we are “sheltering in place”, but there are some great options like the Non-profit Child Mind Institute to get you and your children through these tough time. They have online times from 10am-4pm weekdays and cover topics for young children, teens, coping skills, special needs and more during this unreal time.

Here are some awesome screenshots from our zoom “Mom Time” as I like to call it. It actually gives me a reason to do my hair and makeup, and I couldn’t be more grateful for this to occupy my mind during this difficult time 

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Melissa was trying out Laura’s side pony and I think she has a new favorite hairdo!

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I can’t even lie, any time I see a zoom chat of squares, I immediately think of the Brady Bunch intro. Maybe that’s a good idea for next time!

If you know an essential worker you’d like to recognize during this difficult time – send The Moms Denise or Melissa a message or tag #Mamarazzionline nominating them. Who know’s, maybe they’ll wind up getting to speak to someone awesome like Laura!

Twitter.com/LauraPrepon
Instagram.com/LauraPrepon
facebook.com/laurapreponofficial/
YouTube: https://bit.ly/LPYT2020

#YouandIAsMothers
Link to buy Lauras awesome book: http://bit.ly/LPYouandIasMothers

Free Ride Night at iPlay America

Blogger Night FREE Ride Night at iPlay America Friday, February 28th from 5-8pm only!

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To get in on the fun, you must go to http://www.iplayamerica.com/blogger and register your tickets. You will then be emailed your passes to print and bring with you and each person you bring (everyone needs their own pass although the passes can all be under one persons name and email for ease).

Check out the flyer below. What is your favorite ride at iPlay??

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THE RIDE Celebrates ONE MILLION RIDERS

“Our goal was to create traveling theaters, and currently, the world’s only traveling virtual reality theater.
We can run a Broadway show from our integrated technologies, if we’d like.
You’re with us for an EXPERIENCE.”

-Richard Humphrey
Author/Director/CEO/CCO, The Ride LLC
As told to: Bus & Motorcoach News, April 17, 2019


THE RIDE
Celebrates
ONE MILLION RIDERS

February 25, 2020

1,000,000 RIDERS

(New York City – February 2020)  On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, THE RIDE, the experiential sightseeing theatrical tour/phenomenon, will welcome its one millionth RIDER on its 28,545th performance.

1,000,000 RIDERS.

28,545 performances.

As the iconic audience member boards the 4:45pm RIDE, CEO/CCO/Author/Director, Richard Humphrey, will be there to welcome them into the Times Square and Broadway neighborhood history books.

The 1,000,000th RIDER will receive a customized RIDE for themselves and forty-eight (48) of their chosen friends, relations and/or business associates.

Overseen by Mr. Humphrey, the CUSTOMIZED RIDE will be available to be redeemed for one year by the 1,000,000th RIDER.

Established on October 15, 2010 and re-launched on April 1, 2014, THE RIDE is currently scouting Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, London, Hong Kong, and Dubai as expansive markets.

In the meantime, THE RIDE’S breakthrough Virtual Reality DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE has expanded the parameters of Experiential Entertainment far beyond the wildest dreams of both its fans and its competitors.

Think globally.
Do business in the neighborhood.

Times Square.
The Center of the Universe.
40” Latitude.  73” Longitude.

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This is how Shutterfly ruined my Holiday Cards this year

This is why you should NEVER use Shutterfly for Holiday Cards!

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So I have used Shutterfly for projects in the past and have never had an issue that I have needed to contact their customer service for, so I did not know how horrible it truly is.

In 2019, with so many options to choose from online for custom cards and gifts you would think companies would try and stand out from the rest with great customer service. Coming from a strong retail background and understanding how important customer service is especially in a field where custom photo work is being done, I will be surprised if Shutterfly is still around in a few years.

As simple as it seems, this really stood out to me. I do family photos and family holiday cards every year for the past 11 years since my son was born. It is an important tradition to myself and my family, and it is important to me to choose the right card to reflect out year that year as cheesy as it may sound. I searched through all of the online holiday card sites and Shutterfly, as they had in the past, had the best layout for what I wanted this 2019 Christmas year card.

I ordered 25 cards in mid-November, and they came within the 7-10 day time frame. I had realized quickly after that I needed some additional cards, but it was only November 26th, when I did the order for an additional 5 cards, so I figured I have more than enough time as I left all of the local cards for last. Welp… I was very wrong. It is December 19th, and the $5.99 for shipping that I paid for 5 cards bought me just standard UPS Surepost which means it goes out UPS, and is delivered to the post office, which then delivers the package to the customer. In lames terms, it is the cheapest possibly shipping method that has a tracking number assigned.

All that is what is it… I needed them, and I had time, so it was fine.

Unfortunately, there was an obvious hiccup in the shipping. The estimated delivery date came and went and it is now 2 days later. Being in retail, I understand that this happened, and it was in no way a reflection of Shutterfly (aside from their overpriced shipping) and I assumed they would understand when I call to tell them somehow the package was lost and the shipping tracking just stopped 7 days ago without any update.

I went onto their site only to discover they make it very difficult to contact customer service. There is no email, and the chat box seems inviting and simple, however they must have only 1 person running it because it never ever after 2 days every hour attempts, seems to be online.

I was able to dig around and find a phone number, which once I was finally “transferred to a representative” said my hold time would be 4 minutes, I sat on hold waiting. For 15 minutes. Finally, I got Saheid. He said he needed my email address to help me. I gave it to him, and he understood my issue after looking at the order tracking and said the quickest way to get an order in for replacement cards was for me to do the order online while on the phone with him and he would then give me a promo code to cover the order and the shipping. Fine, but I needed fast shipping. They have no overnight shipping available to “replacement orders”. I asked Saheid if I can speak to his manager because I really need these cards by tomorrow (my order was supposed to deliver to me by the 13th!) if there is any chance of them delivering by Chrismas Eve. He told me “I do not see anyone around that I can transfer you to”. Wow. I said, so you do not have a manager? He said no, all that I can do is I can just transfer you to next level support but they are only going to tell you the same thing. I said you know what.. just give me a refund. This is the last time I will ever order from Shutterfly.

I am just baffled by their disregard for customer service. A word of advise to their CEO and all of the leadership they display on their website for careers, if you want to stay in the game, take note from your competition, start caring about your customers first!