**I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.**
Last month, I told you all that I am an ambassador for Discover Boating, which has been a big honor since I absolutely love being on the New England waters in the summer months. There is nothing quite as beautiful as sailing on my home state of Rhode Island waters in the summer months. While the winter might not be the greatest in these parts of town, nothing beats our summers and part of the charm is getting on a boat and sailing away on our beautiful waters. Some of our key water landmarks include Block Island, Narragansett Beach, Martha’s Vineyard, and Newport to name a few.
This summer, my family and I headed down to Newport to our favorite landmark, Castle Hill Inn. This is a hotel that overlooks the Newport Bay and we just enjoyed watching all the boats sailing by us, including the water skiers, jet skiers, and yachts to name a few. While I wanted to take out a boat, at the time of our visit, I was 38 weeks pregnant, so my husband mentioned we could just watch the beauty of the boats and then when I was no longer pregnant, we can rent our own boat to take out! We are a huge boating family and spend much of our summer on boats, so it was hard to just watch the beauty of boats without going on one, but I knew this was necessary.
Watching the boats sailing by, got me thinking about some of my most favorite memories on the water including taking the Teralani 2 out in Maui, Hawaii for a personalized scuba diving tour of the waters. This is a memory that will stay with me forever since it was just so gorgeous watching the sea life in Maui and being able to dive off the boat to see some of the most amazing fish I have ever seen.
It also made me realize how much I missed jet skiing and how I could not wait to get back on jet skis! We have jet skied all over including Hawaii, US, Thailand, and in Europe. Next summer, we plan to buy jet skis and make a family trip out of it.
Over Independence Day, we were planning to go on a boating excursion to see the Fireworks but alas, Baby Taylor decided to make her appearance shortly after. So, next weekend, my entire family is going on our friend’s boat and we are sailing from our city’s bay to Newport. It is about an hour boat ride and the kids, and I, are just so excited! It has been a while since the kids have been on a boat and they have a little countdown sheet, where/when we are going to go sailing. I can’t wait to feel the wind blowing in our face and the excitement over seeing the kids enjoy our boating adventure. This is the fabulous boat we are going to be sailing on:
Summer boating is by far our favorite pastime to do! There is nothing like taking a sailboat out on the water, enjoying good food on the boat, and most of all great company. Everyone of our friends love boating (we are New Englanders so it is in our blood) so I see many adventures on the water for years to come. One activity I definitely want to try on the water is taking the boat out and doing some fishing off of it. I eat so much seafood, it would be fun to try to catch my own!
If you are a boating fan like I am, DiscoverBoating.com has great resources and educational tools for boaters of all levels! Discover Boating is your all inclusive website to finding your perfect boat, buying a boat, finding a marina to set sail our of or dock your boat, owning/operating a boat and so much more! While I simply love all the useful information on the Discover Boating site, I really love the boat selector tool. We spend so much time renting boats and using other people’s boats, that I think it would be very useful to buy our own boat. This might not come for another year or two, but this is a great resource.
They also have some great youth boating programs where I can teach my kids the way of the water and get them involved in boating. My daughter is almost 6 now, so it is a perfect age to start getting her involved and show her the ways of the water. Along with other great tools, I like the Spousal Conversion Kit to get your significant other involved with boating.
If you have not checked out the Stories of Discovery section, do so now. Here you will find documentary-style videos featuring real boaters (including country music star, Jake Owen) and their personal stories of how boating impacts their lives. One of the most touching videos was Good Run, about a man’s life journey by boat. You are forewarned to have tissues available while viewing it. It is absolutely beautiful!
Do you love boating??
*This is a sponsored post with Merry Maids. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
We are half way through what is supposed to be the leisurely summer season. Though as I suspect any mom knows, there is not much actual leisure time with the kids around. Little kids are just so busy! I find it’s a matter of moving them around from activity to activity to keep them occupied and maintain our sanity. Water-play to arts and crafts, playground to baking to backyard, then throw in a trip to the beach or pool.
By the end of the day I’ve not only reached my goal of exhausting the children, I’ve worn myself out too. Meanwhile, the problem with all of that running around is that by the end of any busy summer day my house looks like a tornado has torn through it. I am just too tired at that point to clean. The reality for us moms is that we are working twice as hard. I have tried the brilliant idea of cleaning up after each activity before we move on to the next, ha!
They are on to making the next mess before I’ve even begun to straighten up the last, and I must supervise as we go along for damage control, so that idea has not worked for me. I have resorted to calling in the professionals. This is the only way I can get what I call my little “Mom-Cation” moments. Merry Maids is empowering us moms by offering brilliant cleaning tips for summer messes that have saved me this summer. Debra Johnson is Merry Maids home cleaning expert, and she encourages and shares ways to get the kids involved in the cleaning process as well.
Summer is all about making messes and while that is fully understandable, I hate the fact that I have to deal with the messes. One of the biggest messes I deal with, is when the kids eat Ice Cream and pops after playing in the hot sun. My kids are not the neatest when they eat and it leaks all over them. With the Merry Maids way of cleaning, I no longer have to deal with the mess though on them or inevitably on the furniture that is ruined when the juice pop spills all over. Merry Maids best home remedy for removing an ice pop stain from upholstery or carpeting is to dampen the stained area with dish washing liquid solution. From there, I place a white terry cloth towel over the solution and run over the towel with a hot iron – this will help transfer much of the stain to the towel.
For me, living in the ocean state where we have access to beautiful beaches nearby, the biggest problem is all of the sand. I swear we bring half of the beach home with us! Last time we went I tried Debra Johnson’s tip of bringing baby powder along to help get the sand off, and wow did it work wonders! What a brilliant solution, and certainly one I would have never thought of! The baby powder absorbs the moisture and causes the sand to just wipe right off the kids. We also do the little silly dance she suggested on the door mat before entering the house to make sure we are not tracking the sand in with us. These simple tips have really helped with what in the past has been my biggest cleaning issue to tackle. I love the fun of the beach; I just hate the mess of the sand!
You can check out the Merry Maids Facebook page to get more great summer cleaning tips and find your own “Mom-Cation” Moments. If you have photos and stories of “Mom-Cation” moments to share on the Merry Maids Facebook page use the hashtag #momcation, and you will be entered for a chance to win prizes and gift cards.
**This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.**
Okay I will fully admit that I am a huge PEEPS fan! Seriously what could be better than the gooey and delicious taste of PEEPS. While most of us associate PEEPS with Easter time, the truth is Peeps are available year round and could make a delicious marshmallow treat without waiting for a holiday to show up, to enjoy. As a young child, I absolutely was obsessed with PEEPS and now I can pass my love of PEEPS onto my children. They love to eat dinner and then enjoy their PEEPS as a special treat afterwards.
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We love to eat our PEEPS Mini straight from the bag but also enjoy flavoring our hot chocolate or Ice Cream Sundaes with Peeps. The Sour Watermelon MINIS are delicious topped with your favorite Ice Cream. We are also huge fans of the Strawberry Creme PEEPS Minis. We always enjoy trying different toppings with our Ice Cream and had huge successes with PEEPS Minis.
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New Peeps Minis July
** This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlanestotheRescue #CollectiveBias**
One of the first movies Zane has ever seen in the theaters was Disney Planes and he has been begging me endlessly to go see the sequel, Planes: Fire and Rescue, which hits theaters today, July 18. While Planes was adorable, as a mom, it is the lessons that are taught in the movie that mean so much to my family and I. The biggest lesson we saw in Disney Planes was how Dusty embodies the strength and confidence to go head to head with all the bigger planes and ultimately win the race. He started out thinking he could not do it and had problems with the theme of confidence. We learn though through his motivation, desire, and ultimately achieving confidence, he could put his mind to something and come out on top. The theme of confidence resonates so much for me at this time of our life, especially with my little man Zane.
Let me explain…. On July 7, we welcomed a beautiful baby girl into our family. Taylor Ann was born and completed our family. While Hayley was a huge help and wanted to hold her right away, Zane shied away big time. When I asked him to help me hold her, burb her, or just cuddle with her, he would not oblige. He kept saying the same thing to me over and over again, “Mommy…I scared to hold her..Mommy…I don’ think I can help you out because she is too little.” He was honestly so afraid those first few days and needed the confidence to accept that the baby was staying and that it was O’kay to take on the big brother role in the family. The problem I had was how was I going to do this- it is not an easy task to give children the strength of confidence.
Then an idea hit me! I was going to delve into another task that Zane lacked huge amount of confidence in- the task of getting on a bike. He always sees Hayley riding a bike and again he would say, “Mommy… I will never be able to do this”. I figured if I could teach him to ride a bike and give him the confidence he needs, we can then transition him into having the confidence to take on a big brother rule. It could not hurt to try this method anyway!
So, Zane and I headed out to our local Walmart where we found a large amount of Plane toys stocked away on the shelves. When I asked the cashier at Walmart, if they had a Planes bike, they in fact did, I just needed to order it on Walmart.com and have it shipped to the store or my home. I told Zane we would purchase him some Planes toys and then I would go right home and order him his own Planes bike! He seemed so happy!
I decided to order it and have them ship the Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Huffy 12” Bike right to my home. Having a new baby, I knew it would be easier and quicker to order it to the house. Then the day arrived, when the bike came and you should have seen the look of Zane’s excitement! It was purely magical and knew my plan of teaching him the confidence to ride a bike, and then transition to having the confidence to take on the big boy role, would definitely work.
My husband set up the bike and Zane got on. In the beginning, he really struggled and it was hard to see him get so upset. Then my husband took him out and motivated him to try to start pedaling. Again, he was not having it so we decided to put away the bike for a day, and revisit it the very next day. When the sun rose the next am, we took out the bike again. And GUESS WHAT!!! In no time at all, he started pedaling and he was off. I remember clearly when he said to me, “Mommy…This is not hard… I could do this.” As a mom, hearing the words I CAN DO THIS, gave me the goosebumps. He quickly learned all it took was jumping on the bike and having the confidence needed, to start pedaling. It was amazing and reminded me so much of how Dusty needed that confidence and motivation to succeed with his racing.
After a few days of having him ride the bike, we could not get him off of it! He was totally obsessed and we loved seeing him exhibit the confidence that he never had. It was amazing to me as a mom to watch the transformation.
After we accomplished this mission, I sat down with him, and told him how proud I was of him and how he figured it out by himself. He in turn, got the biggest smile on his face which melted my heart. Then it was time to sit down with him and explain to him, how we could use this lesson to try to make him not afraid of his little sister and to take on the big boy role. I explained to him that while he was afraid of not going on a bike and with practice, he had the confidence to ride away, we were going to use this to try to get him to welcome Taylor into our family and not make him nervous of her.
It took a week or so of slowly introducing Taylor to him and showing him that there was nothing to be afraid of. He started out slowly (as he did with the bike) but by the end of week #1, Taylor and him become “friends” and now, he just dotes on her! Anytime I am feeding or holding Taylor, he wants a piece of the action. I am so proud of my little guy for showing the confidence to transition into big brother and now, he and I are just both so happy!
I was so glad I was able to purchase the Disney Planes Bike from Walmart, as this helped me teach Zane some important lessons about self-confidence. Be sure to check out your local Walmart and help your child learn some important lessons about confidence with the help of some wonderful Planes merchandise.
What are ways you help build your child’s confidence??
Happy weekend everyone! So if you have not seen, we are officially a party of 5! Taylor Ann was born on 7-7 and I just LOVE her! She is a pretty good baby and can’t wait to start seeing all her baby milestones.
As always, come link up any cute or funny post. Definitely check out the other blogs who link up, as they all provide a great laugh. Feel free to share this blog hop on social media, although this is not necessary.
My top five laughs:
5. Hayley/Zane are now fully obsessed with their baby sister. It took awhile (more to come on that) but now, they don’t leave her alone. The problem is I always hear, “Mommy…Taylor’s head is so soft”. I told him over and over to only kiss her feet but he is obsessed with her head, right near her soft spot. I have to have eyes everywhere!
4. Zane said to me the other day, “Mommy..Where is the balloon in your belly?”
3. Zane also said to me, “Mommy…Can we put Taylor back and then I can watch her coming out?”
2. Hayley loves to match her sister. She is obsessed with me buying clothes just like Taylor. I wonder how long this will last!
1. Not a laugh but just look how cute this face is. I know I am biased! I can’t help it!
Now your laughs: