What do you like to do with your kids in the summer? We always try to think of new ways to do fun things with our kids. And what we always tend to think about is some of our favorite things from our childhoods. So put the iPads away, hide their iTouches, and shut the TV’s off, unless you’re using them for educational purposes. For example, a fun activity could be to watch videos for kids to learn singing skills on YouTube. This is fun for kids, and you could even get the whole family to take part! Although you could always think about those days when you would play kickball in your driveway, run to 7-Eleven for a Slurpee, chase lightening bugs and have family movie night. Now bring those same activities into our generation. Here’s our top Mom list for the summer:
• Family Movie night – pick a movie from another generation and watch all together.
• SlurpFREE Day – Make a Slurpee run – but do it on May 23rd – it’s SlurpFREE Day which means a free 7.11 ounce Slurpee for you and your little ones from 11am-7pm. And for those of you looking to watch your calories, they have the new Slurpee Lite Fanta Sugar-Free Mango with no sugar and only 20 calories per 8 oz serving.
• Be tourists in our your own town – pick a local place you have never explored and do a new one each month.
• Do something you have never done as a parent – for your kids and with your kids. If you don’t cook – cook a meal with your kids. If you don’t normally play games with them – pick a game. If you don’t normally play sports with them – try it.
• Playing sports with your children is a great way to ensure they get some exercise! Don’t worry though, the sport doesn’t have to be extremely active. You could suggest bowling! That’s a fun activity for everyone. If you go to your local bowling alley, it’s likely they’ll have all the equipment you’ll need. However, there’s nothing stopping you from reading reviews, like https://skilledbowlers.com/bowling-balls/urethane-bowling-balls/ for example, and purchasing your own ball. Having your own ball could motivate you to go to the bowling alley more often, furthering your family time and keeping your kids entertained.
• Ask your kids if there is something new they want to do or try….it can be so simple…sometimes we don’t have to plan so hard but just have to ask…
• Write a book or song together with your kids – see how creative you can all be together.
• Camp in your back yard.
• Make a garden and plant with your kids. Nothing like homegrown fruits and veggies and flowers. But make sure to keep the rest of the garden looking clean and fresh using the likes of https://www.lawncare.net/service-areas/california/ or somewhere similar, so it’s ready for you and the kids to play in as well as plant some fruit and veggies.
• Family bike rides to new places.
• Try to picnic in a new spot or park.
• Make a water slide in your backyard. Alternatively, you can look into this water slide hire for some fantastic summer fun.
• Make a lemonade stand and have the proceeds go to your kids charity of choice.
We were paid by 7 Eleven for the post and accepted because of our true childhood memories of 7 Eleven.
By Denise Albert
If it’s fun and flowy, it’s fashionable!
That’s my fashionable motto. Colors and patters and pair them with chunky jewels and you can easily transform yourself from work to play and back out again.
Here are two of my favorites this season.
What do you wear when your hosting an event with a famous Disney band and you’re going to dance around the room with your kids? Or what if you just want to look stylish and hip while spending an afternoon with your family?
Put on a bright pair of jeans and pair it with a simple tee…or try a fun dress that isn’t typically a look you would choose.
For us, it was easy. We paired our favorite jeans with simple but stylish tops from the Gap. We added cool yet comfy shoes and we rocked out with The Imagination Movers.
BY DENISE ALBERT
I’ll be chronicling my new life as I go through the divorce process and I hope you’ll follow my journey. If you’re looking for me to bash my ex, that won’t happen. Like many couples around the world, married life wasn’t meant to be for us. It’s not like the fairytales that you read about in stories. It is hard. And we couldn’t make it work. We’re not placing blame anywhere, it’s just one of those things. So as we go through things like Divorce Mediation and other legalities that will come up, it is important to remain respectful.
My ex-husband and I are still great friends, and that is the way we want it to stay. We have kids, after all. I just feel sorry for the people who have had to divorce in the worst circumstances. I had a friend once who divorced her husband because he had an addiction. However, she had to first consult professionals like JMR Solicitors to learn whether addiction can be a reason for divorce. To be honest, lots of people have addictions, but some people are able to deal with them better than others. From gambling to taking drugs, and even porn, there are many things that someone could be addicted to. In this circumstance, it was pornography. Whilst there is plenty of information out there regarding restoring marriage after porn addiction, my friend just couldn’t get past it. No one judges her for this, as it is completely her decision, and she had to put her family first.
I would like to think that if I ever found myself in that situation that I’d want to try and make it work. I would seek out all the help I could get to see if we could overcome this problem. But addiction is devastating. Regardless of whether you are addicted to something yourself, or you live with someone who is, it can have a detrimental effect on everyone involved. They’re both happy now. And some people are happier apart. Like me and my ex. And I don’t want to spend this next chapter of my life speaking against him. Nonetheless, I understand that people are living together and are unhappy. As a result, their children have to grow up in a toxic environment. I just want to tell those people not to do this to your child; instead, let them live their lives without being exposed to everything you and your partner are going through. It is preferable to find Divorce Lawyers Corona CA, or wherever you live, as soon as possible. Don’t try to exaggerate something that isn’t supposed to be.
Anyway, here, you will find a woman and mom excited for a new life, if you find it interesting to read about the roller coaster of emotions and all of the things that come with starting over… then join me on The Huffington Post.
BY MELISSA GERSTEIN
Do you think you’re in a sex rut? Can you admit it? There might be some tips for you….Check out Melissa’s recent piece on The Huffington Post.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GOOD HO– USEKEEPING ADVERTISING PARTNERS WITH ‘THE MOMS,’
A MULTI-PLATFORM LIFESTYLE BRAND ALL ABOUT MOTHERHOOD
Partnership Kicks off with Back to School Project in August.
NEW YORK, NY (May 7, 2012) – Good Housekeeping advertising has signed a first-of-its-kind deal with Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein of THE MOMS, it was announced today by Pat Haegele, SVP/Group Publisher. The MOMS are a multi-platform lifestyle brand and event company founded by Albert and Gerstein, award-winning producers who share their honest opinions on TheMoms.com, covering topics related to motherhood and parenting, as well as candid interviews with all kinds of moms: celebrities, entrepreneurs and moms on a mission to help others. THE MOMS will serve as brand ambassadors to Good Housekeeping advertising partners in special sections in the magazine, at events, via original sponsored video on goodhouseekping.com and TheMoms.com, through social and out of house media, satellite media tours, and more. It looks like they’ve been taking note of these law firm marketing strategies and are set to seriously improve their online presence.
This could be a significant step for the lifestyle brand The Moms in being able to help them spread the word of what they do, as well as being able to aid as an advertising role for Good Housekeeping. To help with the marketing of businesses, there tends to be an emphasis on the importance of paid adverts when it comes to getting their message and brand across. In the long run, this could help them to be more successful in their chosen industry and could increase the number of people who are now aware of both of these brands. Along with this, companies need to conduct market research prior to advertising, on customer preferences and study their own product attribute levels according to the client base/target audience.
The partnership kicks off with a special “Back to School with THE MOMS” advertising section in the August issue of Good Housekeeping, for which The MOMS will create synergistic content on behalf of sponsors that highlights their personal, practical and sometimes irreverent points of view. THE MOMS will be featured in additional advertorial sections through May,2013.
Beyond in-magazine special sections, Good Housekeeping and its marketing partners will be integrated into THE MOMS events in New York and Los Angeles in a variety of ways, including product sampling to their highly targeted audience of moms and mom bloggers. So many mom bloggers will start their own businesses as they progress online, so this marketing link can help them with gaining that necessary visibility as they use other resources including a google my business service from websites like gmbgorilla.com so they can expand into the space.
“Denise and Melissa are modern, relatable moms who experience the same daily joys and challenges of parenting as our readers,” said Haegele. “Their refreshingly honest points-of-view are as entertaining as they are informative, and we’re thrilled to be working with them.”
“As entrepreneurs and television hosts, we are very excited to reach so many new, hard-working women and we relish this opportunity to connect with the impressive readership of Good Housekeeping,” said Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein of The MOMS.
About Good Housekeeping
Founded in 1885, Good Housekeeping magazine (www.goodhousekeeping.com) reaches nearly 25 million readers each month. In addition to the print title, there is The Good Housekeeping Research Institute, the consumer product evaluation laboratory of Good Housekeeping magazine. Founded in 1900 and continuing today with the same mission, the Research Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of consumers and their families through education and product evaluation. Only products evaluated by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute can be accepted for advertising in the magazine, and thereby become eligible to display the Good Housekeeping Seal, the hallmark that provides assurance to readers that the products advertised in the magazine are backed by a two-year limited warranty against being defective, with specified exceptions. In 2009, the Green Good Housekeeping Seal was introduced as an environmental overlay to the primary Seal. It offers consumers guidance to help them choose products that are exercising environmental responsibility on a wide range of criteria. Readers can also interact with the brand on the digital front, with Good Housekeeping mobile (m.goodhousekeeping.com), at Goodhousekeeping.com and through its GH@Home iPhone app. In addition to its U.S. flagship, Good Housekeeping publishes 10 editions around the world. Good Housekeeping is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corporation (www.hearst.com), the largest publisher of monthly magazines in the U.S. (ABC 2011) and reaches 87 million adults (Spring 2011 MRI). Follow Good Housekeeping on Twitter at @goodhousemag. And the Good Housekeeping Research Institute @GHRI.
About THE MOMS
The MOMS (Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein) are a multi-platform lifestyle brand and event company with exposure on the web, television and in print. The MOMS created and co-hosted the first mom fashion show, presented in February 2012 at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. The MOMS are co-hosts of a half-hour TV show, Moms & the City and A Dad Named David (WNBC’s David Ushery), which airs nationally every week in the top ten markets across the country, as well as in taxis in New York City and London. The MOMS are also the fashion hosts for CityBuzz, a lifestyle program seen on Jet Blue and in hotel rooms across the country.
The MOMS write and produce daily content online, including first-person accounts on all topics related to motherhood, parenting, topical issues and video interviews with celebrity moms, entrepreneur moms, philanthropic moms and moms on a mission to help others.
The MOMS also host events and satellite media tours. Their branded, celebrity Mamarazzi™ events, have included a mom blogger town hall event featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kris Jenner’s book party, and a blogger roundtable discussion with Hugh Jackman. Mamarazzi™ events are also streamed online to include moms around the country and around the world.
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BY MELISSA GERSTEIN
Tired of giving mom flowers and chocolate every Mother’s Day? Then it’s time for you to change things up. If you can’t afford an expensive gift, then even getting your mom something like this Cartier Replica will keep her happy or whichever designer you know she’ll love! But if you want to go that one step further, then this year, give her the gift she’s really seeking, quality time with you! It’s really easy to do as well, all you need to do is get something like this lobster gift basket and it’ll get delivered straight to your mother’s door! So both of you can enjoy a great meal together. It makes for a perfect evening and will create a great experience as well. I have some more suggestions for you as well though, so keep on reading. I’ve partnered up with some fabulous companies to bring you unique and memorable gift ideas designed to bring you and mom closer together.
Gifting travel is a rising trend in the travel world and thanks to Expedia.com it’s never been easier. Groupon Getaways with Expedia.com offers 50% off vacations and you can buy the deal today and redeem when you’re ready to go! If you want to escape this weekend, check out a trip for mom through Expedia’s Last Minute Deals program which relies on user-generated deals and user-informed travel trends to lift up and showcase the best near-term travel deals. Travelling with those who may have an impairment can be harder to travel due to accessibility on public transport, however portable mobility scooters are great devices which allow all of those who need them to explore a new country and enjoy the diverse range of cultures that the world has to offer, as well as helping them get around in the comforts of your own home. It’s a fantastic deal when you think of it that way.
Pampering mom is always a great option for a gift. I’ve put together a great at-home pampering gift basket with everything you need to lavish mom. Check out these Vaseline Lip Therapy mini’s. I just love the portable and adorable size to throw in my purse and it not only keeps my lips super soft but also locks in moisture. This Mother’s Day, Vaseline is celebrating moms by giving away 100 limited edition Swarovski Crystal Lip Therapy Mini jars! Grab an original jar for under $2 and go to VaselineLipTherapy.com to find out how you can snag a little more bling for free!
But pampering mom isn’t just confined to the home. In celebration of the holiday, Diet Pepsi will be surprising and refreshing their biggest fans on-the-go – moms! So while you’re out and about, make sure mom has a Diet Pepsi in hand. Why? Because this Mother’s Day weekend, Diet Pepsi street teams will be stationed in 15 cities nationwide, scouting out moms and rewarding them with refreshing treats – like SpaFinder.com gift cards and custom totes filled with goodies, coupons – and of course some Diet Pepsi!
And – if by chance Diet Pepsi is not coming your way, you can still take part in the festivities. Join me and Diet Pepsi for an epic Mother’s Day Twitter Party happening tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8PM – @themoms @resourcefulmom @DietPepsi twitter with #celebratemom.
This Quilting Basket has a fabulous way to spend time with mom and give back together by participating in the Downy Touch of Comfort program which delivers hand-made quilts to hospitalized children across the country. Simply by visiting Downy.com/helping kids and learning how to create a beautiful, kid-friendly quilt with your mom, you’ll not only put a smile on a sick child’s face but provide a touch of comfort for their moms as well!
Diet Pepsi Celebrate Mom Twitter Party
Mother’s day is a time to show appreciation to all of the women in our lives who have loved, nurtured, and cared for us, and to receive a little appreciation ourselves, as mothers. To express our gratitude and love, and to make these women feel special, we usually gift them something like an Etsy necklace or similar unique gifts on mother’s day. However, this time it’s a little different. This Mother’s Day weekend, Diet Pepsi will be surprising and refreshing their biggest fans – moms!
In 15 cities across the country – including NY, LA, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Buffalo, San Francisco, Miami, Washington DC, Kansas City, Detroit, Pittsburg, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Cleveland, Diet Pepsi street teams will be scouting out moms who are drinking Diet Pepsi or in need of a refresher, and rewarding them with SpaFinder gift cards and custom totes filled with goodies – like flowers, coupons, and of course some Diet Pepsi. Find out more information about the Mother’s Day fun on the Diet Pepsi and Twitter pages throughout the weekend.
Whether or not you live in one of the participating areas, you can still #CelebrateMom and win fantastic prizes. Plus, joining in the discussion could also be a great way to grow your following on Twitter, almost as if you used a growth service like Twiends. And if that’s not your thing then there’s always the friends and good times you can make from a night of tweeting on the town!
So join us to win great prizes, chat with Diet Pepsi and tweet with some fun celebrity guests (including Elisabeth Rohm – @elisabethrohm) at the…
Diet Pepsi Celebrate Mom Twitter Party
When: Wednesday, May 9th from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST
20 (twenty) lucky winners will receive $100 Spafinder gift cards (redeemable at any Spa listed on spafinder.com nationwide)
Where are the best places to travel with kids? We will find out this weekend when we host the Social Media section at Macaroni Kid’s Family Travel Expo & Blogger Conference. And if you stop by our lounge at The Residence Inn by Marriott you could have a chance to win a free family vacation or a dress by Laundry by Shelli Segal.
All you have to do is come see us there and tweet away ( #MKexpo )
ABOUT THE GIVEAWAYS:
Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa cordially invites a lucky family (two adults and two children) on a sun and sand-infused Puerto Rican getaway for three nights. The family-centric resort is situated along a mile-long section of tropical beach adjacent to the Caribbean National Rain Forest of El Yunque and the Mameyes River, and features a 7,000-square-foot casino; two world-class 18-hole golf courses; a 7,000-square-foot spa and fitness center; multiple lounges and entertainment venues; international tennis center; water sports center; and two beach-front pools. Wyndham Rio Mar is specifically catering to the little ones with daily iguana feedings, nature walks neighboring El Yunque National Rainforest, bird watching excursions, turtle nesting encounters seasonally, dive-in movies and a beachside family pool with a waterslide. Visit www.wyndhamriomar.com, www.facebook.com/WyndhamRioMar and www.Twitter.com/RioMarWyndham for more info. Please note that airfare, resort fees and taxes will not be included. Blackout dates do apply and booking is based on availability.
And don’t miss the gift certificate giveaway by Laundry by Shelli Segal — the perfect dresses for all women!
By Denise Albert
What do you do when your kids want to do what you do? To me, it’s a no-brainer…let them try. Last week, we hosted a Mamarazzi event with Clint Black to promote the DVD release of Flicka, Country Pride at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and my son wanted to interview Clint. I thought it would be one question, but it just kept going. And when I tried to wrap it up….Clint wanted more. Is there another journalist in the house???