S’more Family Bonding with Smores’ & Giveaway

I don’t know about you, but in my house we love celebrating “National Days”. So imagine our joy when we found out that there was a National Smore’s Day on August 10th. Main

Man! I would pick Smores’ as a dessert any night of the week.  There have been times in the winter when we have turned on the BBQ just to make Smores’. Don’t tell my Dear Husband, but I have made them on the stove top a time or 2.

When I attended BlogHer’12, I had the opportunity to visit the Hershey Suite, during that visit we were asked if we would like to review their Smores’ basket. There I learned that Hershey has launched something new –  Camp Bondfire this summer.

To me, Camp Bondfire meant that making Smores’ with family or with friends was all about the bonding that occurs while making them. If you are asking about each other’s day, discussing plans for tomorrow or asking someone to pass another marshmallow –  it is time spent together. Something we could all use more of.

This past weekend my niece was visiting with her son from Montana. What better way for Nicholas and Colter to bond then having your big cousin show you how to make a Smores’?

The boys had a great time and although Colter needs sometime getting used to Smores’ eating, they did a great job making them for the whole family.

Share your Smores’ Bonding moment and photo with us for a chance to win your very own Smores’ basket from Hershey. Contest Closes Monday September 3rd at 11:59pm

 

Disclaimer; Main Street Mama  received products for review from Hershey. All opinions are that of Main Street Mama and her family.

 

August 26th is National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day. Today is the day we celebrate the special friend in life – a dog. In honor of man’s best friend, I just wanted to share a scoop! Did you know that Walt Disney Studio’s will release Frankenweenie in theaters on October 5th?

I know it is definitely a movie the whole family is going to enjoy seeing in our house! What about yours?

Like Frankenweenie on Facebook.

 

Does the Tooth Fairy need a 2nd Job?

 

Being a Dental Hygienist by trade when I learned that August 22 was National Tooth Fairy Day (yes there is a day). I immediately got a little choked up because I realized that next year main man could be on the verge of losing his 1st tooth around then or will have already. Managing a pediatric dental practice, we encourage the tooth fairy and often tell the children when they have to get teeth pulled, that we have a direct line and that the tooth fairy will be giving double for this one because the Dentist had to “help” it out. I am often surprised when the tooth fairy informs us that they give $20.00 a tooth and we just increased it drastically, but because Dr. Penny says so the tooth fairy listens. BOY $20.00 a tooth… hmm thats $400.00 minimum when all is said and done!

 

So imagine my surprise when today a friend tagged me in a post on Facebook about the tooth fairy going broke due to inflation! I could see this happening in our house. I can also see my DH and  I having many of discussions on what the going rate should be when it becomes our turn. I remember when my nieces and nephews were loosing teeth as the cool aunt I always gave a cool present or money if I saw them right after it happened. I have in my head that the tooth fairy in our house will give  $20.00 for the 1st tooth and $5.00 for the remaining which will be $115.00 when it’s time for braces  a little better then $400 though!

So my question to my main mama’s is, what is the going rate in your house?

Below is a link to a cute article I have read about  Inflation & the Tooth Fairy. Be advised there is the use of foul language in the article, so if you offend easily, please don’t read it!

http://deadspin.com/5891544/tooth-fairy-inflation-will-leave-you-dead-and-broke

Harlem Globetrotters Ticket Offer

When you think of the Harlem Globetrotters do you start to whistle in your head.. the theme song I know I do and right away I think of a Globetrotter from my childhood. Fred “Curly” Neal who was the best dribbler of his era and you always could spot him because of his shaved head. The Globetrotter’s in my house growing up always meant fun and entertainment for the whole family. So why not be there to welcome them to….

The Harlem Globetrotters first ever game in Brooklyn

As part of the grand opening, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their ridiculous basketball skills and amazing athletes to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Sunday October 7, 2012 at 5 p.m. And for visiting my site, you’ll save $7 on select ticket prices! Just enter the code USFAMILY into the Promotions and Special Offers box. Get your tickets at the Globetrotters’ Brooklyn Ticket Page. Save $7 on Tickets. Use Promo Code: USFAMILY

 

How To Train Your Dragon Live – Review

Recently I had the chance to take main man along with one of his best buddies to see How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular. We have been to many Live Spectacular shows before but we all agreed that this was one of the best;  the animation, costumes and “live” Dragons were beyond belief. The boys, ages 4 & 5 were quite amazed by all of what was going on during the show. That my son is still talking about it to his friends says a lot. Not only was it a spectacular show, I feel that it taught parents and children to be accepting of what is not the norm and that something or someone who may not normally be your friend could be.

This show is well worth the trip and it will be sure to entertain the entire family. 

Be sure to get your tickets to see this amazing show! 

IZOD Center: September 27 – 30.  See below for more info!

 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR SHOW AND TICKET INFO
            
IZOD CENTER
50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
www.izodcenter.com
 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27,  7:00 PM+
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 11:00 AM#,  7:00 PM*
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 11:00 AM*,  3:00 PM*,  7:00 PM*
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 7:30 PM+
 
REGULAR TICKET PRICES:
#  $69.50, $54.50, $39.50, $24.50
+  $79.50, $64.50, $49.50, $29.50
*  $89.50, $74.50, $59.50, $39.50
A limited number of additional VIP experience packages are also available. 
GROUP SALES TICKETS: Call 201-460-4370 or email groupsales@njsea.com or visit IZODCENTER.com/groupsales
 
Visit:     www.DreamWorksDragonsLive.com 

Lynda Lederer-Natale
Main Street Mama

 

Disclaimer: I did receive complementary tickets to preview the show. I was not compensated in anyway and the review is my opinion of fact and truth.

Schedule your physicals and check-ups early!

I tend to be a planner when it comes to appointments for myself and my family. I know my pediatrician’s office opens up their appointment books 3 months in advance, so every year on February 18th I have a reminder on my office calendar to schedule main man’s yearly physical. I know that on the Tuesday after Labor Day they open up the flu shot schedule and have a reminder set for that. I pre-book all of our dental check-ups before we leave our current appointment. My husband is in charge of his own physical, but I do have a reminder that on June 1st he needs to call his Dr so he gets in mid August. So being that I plan ahead it boggles me as to why people wait until the last minute to schedule physicals, dental check-ups , eye exams and any other appointment that might either require a follow up or is something that is done routinely year after year or even bi-annually!

I manage an extremely progressive, high tech pediatric dental practice. We always encourage our parents to book their next appointment prior to leaving, even if it is just a check in 2 months. We say this because we are their everyday, we know everyone wants an appointment after 3pm , on the 3rd Thursday of the month for all 3 of their children and they must be out in 30 minutes because they have to pick up their cousin at the airport. Yet on August 21st we still get the phone calls from the frantic parent whose son is leaving for college the day after tomorrow and they have been having a pain in their mouth since early July and do we have anything today and if there is a cavity can it be fixed TODAY and since we are coming can you squeeze in my other 2 children?

Of course we manage to treat all 3 children as well as the cousin who flew in this afternoon who called from the airport because she broke her tooth on the flight. We would never turn anyone away! Yet parents still get upset if we can’t see their child at the exact time they request although they are receiving high quality care and that takes planning and proper scheduling and TIME!

So my questions to you are these. Have you taken the time to schedule your familes yearly physicals? Did you block out time for the families bi-annual dental check-ups? and WILL this post help you make better use of your TIME?

GIVEAWAY! The Oogieloves party and screening!

Main Street Mama is hosting another giveaway! To enter to win, please respond to this post and tell us you want to join us! FIVE random winners will be chosen on Friday, August 24th by Random.org!

We’re giving away family-four packs for an invite-only party and screening of The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure in Manhattan.

Monday, August 27, 2012
Party at 3:30PM.
Screening 5:00PM
Runtime 83 minutes Rated G


THE OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE is a simple story of a loving friendship, a surprise birthday party and a BIG adventure…It’s a beautiful day in Lovelyloveville. It’s Schluufy’s birthday and the Oogieloves (Goobie, Zoozie, and Toofie) along with their friends J. Edgar, Windy Window and Ruffy, are organizing a party (Ssshh! It’s a secret). Everything is going along just perfectly until J.Edgar trips and loses the last five magical balloons in all of Lovelyloveville – OH NO!!! The Oogieloves immediately take action and set out to find the magical balloons in time to save their friend’s party. Along the way the they meet some very interesting characters indeed, including Dotty Rounder (Cloris Leachman); Bobby Wobbly (Carey Elwes); Milky Marvin(Chazz Palminteri), Rosalie Rosebud (Toni Braxton) and Lola and Lero Sombrero (Christopher Lloyd and Jaime Pressly). Can these new friends help them recover the magical balloons and get back to the cottage in time to celebrate Schluufy’s surprise birthday?

THE OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE, MPAA-rated “G”, opens nationwide on AUGUST 29th

Official Site: www.oogieloves.com

Twitter: @TheOogieloves

Disclaimer: This is not a compensated post and all opinions expressed are my own. Review/giveway has been provided.

Have Food Will Travel or Will Travel for Food? The Old Neighborhood

Anyone who knows me and knows me well knows I am loyal!  With that being said, I am also set in my ways as to where I shop.  Having grown up inYonkers and not moving out of the neighborhood until this past winter, one could say it is what I was used to.  I used to laugh when we would go visit my sister or she would come to visit the old neighborhood and she would stock up on Bagels from Goldbergs, sausage and mozzarella from Avaitable Bros and stop at Dunwoodie or Raceway Pizza for a pie to bring home along with Italian ices.

Call me crazy but two times this week, I made the trek, although a mere 25 minutes– I did it.  Friday, on my way to work, I stopped for Bagels.  Not so bad, after all I do work in Tuckahoe, but today I really did it. We were about to go run errands and everyone said “Boy, Italian ices would be nice to have after dinner”. So Main Man and I got in the car with a cooler and took a ride to Dunwoodie Pizza for some ices. Now of course we sat there and had a slice, it was nice sitting there with him, having a conversation and telling him how when he was a newborn I would put him in the carriage and walk for an ice. I showed him where I worked as a teenager. Although we have sat there before and had the same conversation, it was different this time. After all it is not our neighborhood anymore, or is it?

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

This past week I wrote a blog post about The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The movie teaches us to capture life’s magic moments and take time to be a family and be grateful for what you have because it is yours. We have been drinking the Lipton Tea & Honey in our house this past week and our favorite flavor is the Mango Pineapple.

Share with us your summer magic moment for a chance to win 3 packages of the New Lipton Tea and Honey.  Reply to this post to enter.  One winner will be chosen from Random.org and will be announced on August 28.  Lipton Tea and Honey is a unique, low-calorie iced tea mix that’s sweetened with honey and made with real tea leaves and real fruit flavors and contains five calories per eight ounce serving. The product comes in six delicious flavors such as: Mango Pineapple, Blackberry Pomegranate, Strawberry Acai, Peach Apricot, Black Currant Raspberry and Lemon.

Giveaway closes Monday August 27th at 11:59pm

Dislaimer:I have not been compensated for this post and all opinions are of Main Street Mama.

The Backpack Walk of Shame

On July 3rd, I ran into Toys R Us for a birthday present and much to my dismay, at the beginning of my summer the backpacks and lunch boxes were out. The Crayola boxes with all the back to school specials were being advertised. Yes, I know summer had begun 2 weeks prior, but REALLY! So imagine my surprise when now August 17, 2012 I go into Toys R Us looking for the perfect backpack and matching lunch box for Main Man to start kindergarten with, and the shelves are almost empty!  There are few and far between on choices, and as you know, for a 5 year old it’s all about the character!

I have now brought home one set from Toys R Us, ordered a set from Amazon, and will be heading to the Disney store this weekend. So that main man has a few choices. This was easier when he was in pre-school!

Anyone else walking this street with me or am I alone? Have you walked these streets before, and how did you do it differently?