My Family Has Fallen in LOVE with Nintendo

every once in a while, i am presented with an opportunity of a lifetime. something so cool that my boys didn’t sleep for a week when they found out. late last year, we were invited to the Nintendo Headquarters in Washington. you probably saw pictures from our adventure on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but i haven’t shared it on the blog yet. with it being the end of my pregnancy….the very last airplane flight my doctor would allow, and then having a newborn, i have been a bit behind in sharing. but i thought it was the perfect time to share since this past weekend was the release of Nintendo’s newest game system, the Nintendo Switch!!!!

the reason we were invited up to the Nintendo Headquarters was to one, learn more about the Nintendo brand, two, Nintendo wanted to know from parents any questions or ideas we had for Nintendo, and three, to have fun! so we boarded onto a plan and headed up to Washington.

for this trip, i took the youngest boys. they were over the moon to go on a plane for the first time. i can’t believe they have never flown before…but we tend to go road tripping instead on our vacations. Nintendo sent them Nintendo 3DS game systems so that they could try them out and use them on the plane. i have to admit that i’ve never considered getting the boys a portable game system because i didn’t think they were very good quality or worth the money, but i was wrong. these Nintendo 3DS’s were amazing on our trip.

this was Vann’s face when the plane was taking off! it was really loud and also exciting for him.

and when we arrived in Seattle, Vann yelled out “Look Mom, there’s New York!” LOL

the next morning, we woke up bright and early and headed over to Nintendo Headquarters…we were in for a full day of Nintendo fun.

did you notice my son’s Super Mario Vans shoes? he got them for school and just loves them. of course we had to wear them to Nintendo headquarters….starting the day in style.

We spent the day learning about the Nintendo brand and what products are offered, we also got a tour of the building and plenty of time to play and learn how to play fun games on our Nintendo 3DSs. We weren’t allowed to take many pictures inside the Nintendo headquarters building, so i don’t have a lot of pictures from our day there. But i do have these.

our favorite game of the trip was called Animal Crossing. in this game you can make friends with adorable animal villagers and have fun creating a world of your own. you can even cross over into other player’s worlds. you can also purchase Amiibos, which i just learned about, and have them come alive in the game. this is seriously SO FUN! aren’t they cute?!!!!

i would say the main event of the day for the kids was playing their 3DS games. I would say that after learning about how family friendly Nintendo is, i am hooked. there are so many games available that kids and adults could enjoy playing. and i see many family fun nights happening in the near future. as soon as we get our hands on a Nintendo Switch, it’s going to be grown-up vs. the kids!!!!
it was finally time to head home. my final trip before having the baby was complete, leaving my with memories of a special time with mom that they will never forget. looks like they had too much fun!thank you Nintendo! we had a great time and look forward to spending time as a family enjoying the Nintendo brand.

we also had a few blogging friends that were on the trip with us as well. they wrote some cool Nintendo posts too! you can read them here:

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Touring Nintendo Headquarters with Momfluential
Nintendo Switch Launch Event with That’s It Mommy

(Disclosure: This was a hosted trip. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. I choose very carefully what I want to share with you, only brands and products I love and trust.)

 

 

Helping My Kids Feel Their Best With OLLY Kids Gummy Vitamins | Giveaway

Vann Watering the Gardenas parents we are constantly worried that our children are getting the right nutrition. it’s not always easy to know if they are getting the right vitamins and minerals in their diets. i personal do all that i can to make sure my boys are getting the best quality foods, but now that they are older, i can’t always be with them at every meal. i don’t have control over how much of their school lunches they eat. i’ve tried to help them appreciate good and healthy food – including planting a large garden that provides our family fruits and vegetables. the boys help me water and weed it every afternoon, and they find joy in seeing the plants grow and then getting to eat them. however, this produce isn’t always enough. luckily, i can supplement their diets with vitamins. which makes me happy to have partnered with Olly Kids Vitamin Boosts – a new kind of vitamins for kids that parents can feel good about giving to their kids!

Children Running in a GardenKids Picking Lettuce in the GardenLettuce Growing in the Gardenrecently, i have become very interested in finding the right vitamins for my boys. one of them has become very picky and almost tortures himself not to eat because he’s afraid he won’t like certain foods. it’s been frustrating, and i did bring it up to his pediatrician. i asked her if i should be giving him vitamins, and she told me it was a good idea that all my kids be given them, just to make sure they are getting the right amount in their diets. after looking around, i was happy to be introduced to  Olly Kids Vitamin Boosts. they are new to the OLLY line of vitamins and there are a bunch of reasons why i really like them.Kids Picking Tomatoes in the GardenGrowing a Honey Dew Melonthe newly released Olly Kids Vitamin Boosts come in 4 smart options ranging from “Super Brainy” to “Happy Tummy” that cater to your little one’s individual needs.
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you can mix and match and choose the option of OLLY that is right for your child. besides Olly Kids Multi + Omega, Kids Super Food Multi and Kids Multi Probiotic multi vitamins, there are special formulas. whether you need a little more calcium or some immunity boosters, there’s a variety to fit everyone’s needs.

just one serving of Kids Growing Bones has as much calcium as an average serving of dairy, plus a boost of Vitamin D to help make the most of it. (Average serving taken from calcium provided by yogurt, cheese, and milk.) your are building a healthy body from the inside out with every bite gummy. now you’ll just miss the milk mustache.

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Kids Happy Tummy has an expert blend of prebiotics and probiotics plus soothing peppermint. it  nurtures a healthy ecosystem inside, so they can play outside. think easy does it when it comes to maintaining healthy digestion and smooth moves? thanks to a special combo of the good guy bacteria, Bacillus coagulans, and prebiotic FOS. * It’s belly beneficial. and Kids Super Brainy  is tummy-friendly and fishy-taste-free! it delivers the mega Omegas little ones need to thrive, including Choline, an essential B Vitamin, and superstar wild blueberry balance out this blend, so their health and development is supported from head to toe.

Happy Tummy VitaminsKids Mighty Immunity is packed with the good stuff from Acerola Cherry to Zinc, its formulated to help support little immune systems in the biggest way. it helps to keep kids healthy and happy year-round…so you can give winter the cold shoulder.
Olly Kids Immunity Vitaminsthe best part is that my boys love the vitamins, and there’s now fighting to get them to take them. Olly Kids gummies get their uniquely delicious flavors and vibrant colors from all natural sources, derived from fruits, vegetables and herbs. it’s great knowing that your kids aren’t getting added artificial dyes and sweetners in their vitamins. plus, it’s okay to take a variety. OLLY is a complete system of products designed for use in combination with one another to help you address your daily needs and achieve your own personal health goals..

Olly Gummy Vitamins for KidsHow to get Kids to eat their VitaminsGummy Vitamins for KidsOlly vitamins are helping my boys to feel their very best. whether it be at school, going to dance class, swim team or playing in the garden. knowing that i can give my kids OLLY Kids Vitamin Boosts to make sure they get the best nutrition and the most energy makes me on happy momma. and i must say, my boys love them too!

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{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own! }

Family Game Competition with Hasbro #ad

This is part of a paid Hasbro series for Socialstars™

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we’ve had so much fun playing and sharing about some of our favorite Hasbro games, that we thought it would be fun to share the idea of having a family game competition between all three games we shared with you – the Hungry Hungry Hippos game, Monopoly Empire game and Pie Face game. of course, playing all three of these games multiple times is going to take an entire evening…but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! Just order a pizza or make a fun dinner, and have lots of snacks and treats on hand. Make sure everyone has their game faces on, because once the games get started…there’s no telling when it’s going end. you tend to lose track of time when you are having a fun family game night!

to make the family game competition legit, I created this fun printable Game Night Score Card to keep score. this is just a fun way to keep track of who wins each round. this way you can have winners. either one winner for each game, or a winner for all the games in total. or both! And then for the prizes, some simple treats…but make everyone share, because it is just supposed to be fun and games.

Free-Printable-Gamescore-Card-AD-1so you’ve got the food. check. you’ve got the games. check. you’ve got the scorecard. check. you’ve got the whipped cream. check. and the family. check. now it’s time to play!!!!!

what I love most about these games is that each is good for a different age range, and each family member is going to have their favorite. my youngest, Vann, LOVES the Hungry Hungry Hippos game…I too love this game. This one is quick, so playing it five times in a row will not take very much time. you might even want to play it more.

Fun-Games-for-Rainy-Days #adFun-Games-for-Kids #adnext you’ve gotta play the Pie Face game. My middle son, Kyle, loves this one…actually, everyone loves it.

Pie Face Game Review copyFun with Pie Face Game copyafter you are done playing the Pie Face game, it’s time to play the Monopoly Empire game. this is my favorite game. i’ve always liked playing the classic Monopoly game since I was a kid, but sometimes the original version takes a long time to play. but, the Monopoly Empire game can be played pretty fast, and it’s especially cool for the kiddies because they recognize the current brands. it also has some new tricks, with cards that allow you to switch game pieces and block people. and you still get to deal with money!

Fun-new-Monopoly-GameMonopoly moneyMonopoly-Empire-Game-Piecethe boys and i have loved getting back into games and also finding more favorites. we have been having a lot more game nights, which has been great bonding times for our family. summertime is coming up, so i see many game nights in our future…plus with the neighbors! how fun would a game night be with friends…. maybe a family against family competition!!!! yes. that would be “AWESOME” says the kids.

click here for you FREE printable Game Night Score Card. i’ve also included a version without the games written in the spaces, just in case you have other family favorites. enjoy!

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Summer Finds That Will Make Summer Awesome!

Summer Finds

summer is just around the corner! there is nothing i love more than spending summer here in Orange County there is so much to do – the beach, the pool, the parks, nature centers and hiking trails. if you like the sunshine, the OC is definitely where you want to be. at the same time, i also love having great products to enhance the fun my kids and i have during summer time. i’ve had my eye on a bunch of fun products this year. some for fun, some for style, some tomato life easier. here are some of the summer finds i think would make the summer even more awesome!  some i already have, some i want, and some are just plain cool. check them out!!!!!

1. Zinka  | Zinka introduced the first ever colored zinc oxide sunblock! i remember wearing it when i was a kid. i thought i was so cool. but parents beware…..Zinka is messy and colorful, so it is best to use at the beach where it can’t get on stuff.  Zinka offers a wide range of broad spectrum UVA and UVB blocking products that are safe for all ages.

2. Fun Pool Floats  |  Cool down with a popsicle or pretzel-shaped pool float. or choose one of the other fun treat pool floats that Crafted from heavy-duty vinyl and easy to inflate.

3. Zoku Mini Pop Molds  |  you can’t enjoy summer without popsicles in my opinion! you can create up to nine different mini pops at a time with the Zoku Mini Pop Molds instantly – it only take a few minutes from pouring the juice until they are frozen, ready to eat. forget fighting with the tray to get your pop, when your pops are frozen, simply pull out your mini pop and enjoy! they are the perfect size for children, and super cute.

4. Surfer Dudes  |  we just got some of these and they are so much fun. my boys spent hours tossing these little surfer dudes into the waves at the beach. they come right back to you when the waves come. AWESOME! this award winning surf toy comes with gnarly graphics and an unsinkable board. 6 Surfer dudes and Surfer gals to choose from!  no batteries needed. 

5. Sombrilla Beach Canopy  |  i’ve been in love with these darling beach canopies for the past few years, and i am finally going to get one. elegant & sophisticated, the Sombrilla is made from 100% cotton, so breathe & relax while enjoying superior sun protection. you can now indulge in those long summer days at the beach blissfully unaware of the heat as you enjoy yourself under a cool canopy of natural shade. lots af great colors and patterns to choose from.

6. Traveling Mess Laundry Hamper  |  how great would this mess laundry hamper be to carry sand toys

7. Surf Brush  |  grab this insanely popular Surf Brush to have on-hand after sandy days at the beach. this All Purpose Beach Sand Brush quickly brushes away unwanted sand on toys, beach gear and kids!!!! it’s super soft bristles won’t hurt went you use it.

8. Campfire Fishing Rod  |  cook over the fire in a cool unique way! by using these cool fishing pool campfire roasting sticks.  a great way to roast your campfire foods like peppers, hot dogs, shrimp, and much more. they feature a stainless steel line and roasting hooks, a fixed steel line, and a heat resistant wooden handle. kids will love using these easy to use campfire cooking tools! simply, place your hot dogs and marshmallows on the roasting hooks, gently shake the pole over the fire like you would jig an actual fishing pole, and watch as your snacks cook to perfection.

9.  Round Towel  |  i’m in love with round beach towels, they are all the rage right now. there are lots to choose from out there, but i thought this one what one of the prettiest! the party is wherever you toss this circular cotton beach towel featuring a bold monochrome print and finished with soft fringe.

10. Quut Scoppi Beach Toy  |  dig into fun! this great Scoppi sand shovel has an exciting and iconic design. kids can use both their hands and their feet to move sand around with ease. it comes with a detachable sand sifter that will double the fun as they build forts, moats and castles in the sand.

11.  Kalorik Stainless Steel S’mores Maker  |  now the fun of roasting marshmallows over an open campfire can be brought to the comfort of kitchens everywhere with the Kalorik S’mores Maker! use it with the kids in the backyard under the stars, at parties, gatherings and other occassions to create fun and tasty desserts and snacks. a tray with four storage compartments stores graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate squares and other treats. Includes four stainless steel forks for roasting marshmallows over the stainless steel heating element.

12.  Torpedo Dive Toys  |  these are some of my kids favorite pool toys. they glide super fast through the water for long distances, and kids can dive to the bottom of the pool to retrieve them. each Package includes 4 brightly colored numbered Dive Rockets. Fun way to improve swimming skills. 

13. Portable Briefcase BBQ Grill  |  you can travel light with the only charcoal grill that becomes a briefcase! this versatile Briefcase Barbecue Grill lets you cook wherever you go. just unfold the case and follow the simple instructions and you’ll be cooking in no time! ideal for beach, campground or picnic. features a convenient mess-free ash bin and locks for safe and easy transport.

14.  Big Dig Ride-On Sand Digger  |  my son has this and it’s a hit! overtime we take it to the beach, a crowd of kids hover over us trying to see the fun. you can sift sand and shovel dirt!  two-handed controls help kids learn manual dexterity and improve hand-eye coordination.  handle moves and the seat pivots on this kid-sized working crane.

15.  Giant Sized Jumbling Tower | this jenga inspired game is super-sized and perfect to play on the lawn.

16. Log Joust Pool Toy Set  |  just add kids, water, and let the fun begin. the kit includes 2 inflatable logs, 2 inflatable log boppers. ready for some pool fun? someone is gettin’ dunked!!!

17.  Can You Dig It Sand Castle Kit with Tools  |  hopefully you will be spending lots of time at the beach this summer. this is the perfect sand sculpting kit for people who’ve never sculpted sand before. everything you need to help you create anything out of sand is included! each kit contains a set of the original, award-winning “Can You Dig It” Sand Tools, a “Can You Dig It” Sand Tools Bucket & Form Set, and a “Can You Dig It” Sand Sculptor’s Brush. kids will love learning to build more intricate sand sculptures.

18. Hydro Launch by Discovery Toys  |  my boys had this when they were young and it was the best toy. they played with it for hours! the Amazing Hovering Water Splasher! control water pressure to raise and balance the rocket on a stream of water. just attach the easy-to-use thrust controller to a garden hose. it’s also a great learning toy – helping learn experimentation and trial & error as you vary the speed and height of the rocket, and to learn about center of gravity and balance. keeps kids engaged and playing outside. 

19. Jumbo Connect Four Game  |  games are better in jumbo size! kids will love the life-size version of the classic ring-dropping game. great for two players or with teams for championship matches. perfect lawn game for a summer day or bbq party.

20. Beach Thingy  |  the beach thingy is an instant beach chair. just stab it into the sand and you can lean your back against it while you are sitting in the sand.

21. Slimline Giant Ring Toss Game  |  have a blast in the pool with this giant ring toss game. includes target buoy and 5 giant tossing rings – great fun for floating in the pool too.

 

and those are my awesome summer finds!
what do you think? what do think looks fun? what products do you love for summer time?

Tween Board Game Fun with Monopoly Empire #ad

I’m sharing #MonopolyEmpire game in my life as part of a Hasbro paid series for Socialstars™ #ad

Monopoly-Empire-Game-Reviewlately, the television addiction has been getting out of hand at our house. in fact, i would say it’s time to cut down on screen time as a whole. when i tell the kids to shut down their devices, they act like it’s the end of the world and they will die of boredom. seriously? i never had an iPad when i was their age and I never died of boredom LOL!!! i have been trying to show the boys that board games are fun. we’ve been playing a lot of our old games and some newer ones like this Monopoly Empire game.

Monopoly-Empire-Own-the-Worlds-Top-Brandsit’s played similarly as the classic game of Monopoly, but in the Monopoly Empire game, players can own the world’s top brands such as – Beats, Skype, Nerf, Polariod, Virgin, Levi’s, Transformers and more. the game is a race to the top, as players buy their favorite brands one by one and fill their towers. the first player to fill their tower with billboards wins!

after choosing one of the uniquely branded tokens, players move around the board, and start building their empires.

Monopoly-Empire-Game-PiecesMonopoly-Game-Piecesi have always loved playing the Monopoly game, but the games can be long and hard to keep the kids focused. i so i wasn’t sure if i would like the Monopoly Empire version of the game, but with this version, gameplay is much faster than classic, and much easier for the boys. there is less money to deal with, and you get to buy fun famous brands the kids recognize.
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as you play the game and move about the board, you have a chance to purchase these brands and add them to your tower. each player has one. the goal is to be the first player to fill up your tower. but be careful, the other players may have a chance to switch towers with you and take away your top brands!
Monopoly-Empire-gameMonopoly-Empire-Game-PieceFun-Board-Games-for-Tweens-and-Teensthe Monopoly Empire game has become a hit in our house. it’s been the perfect board game for my tweens, and i also enjoy playing it as much as the boys do. since the games are shorter than the original Monopoly game, we are able to fit in a couple games after school or before bedtime, and everyone gets a chance to go first or win the brands they most love. i am so excited to bring the joy of playing board games back into our home and i look forward to many more games of Monopoly Empire. i would definitely recommend – it’s a fun one!Fun-new-Monopoly-Game