Schools out! Here’s how we’re keeping the kids entertained with Fios! #FiosNY

E’s last day of school came and went. To keep her active this summer, I signed her up for day camp and we’re planning a handful of day trips throughout the summer. E’s camp is based outdoors so it closes during inclement weather or when the temperature reaches over 90°. When at home, I make sure both of my kids get plenty of outdoor play but on those days on where the UV index is high and/or air quality is low, we spend less time outside. While inside, The kids play with their toys but the occasionally get tired of the same old thing. We’re avoiding the dreaded, “I’m bored!” with the help of Fios! Here’s how were keeping the kids entertained over the summer.

How we’re keeping the kids entertained over the summer!

Crafting

YouTube is a source of entertainment for E who has a handful of channels she likes to watch. It has also become a great craft and activity resource for us! With Fios, we can stream videos to any of our devices or our smart TV. I’m a very visual person so being able to watch these crafts being made is a great guide. Our goal this summer is to make “slime” which seems to be pretty popular and is even considered a STEM activity.

Games

Aside from board, card and strategy games, the kids play quite a few games through apps on various devices! E enjoys Toca Boca, simple games like Tic Tac Toe and even learning apps such as ABC Mouse. Looking for age appropriate recommendations? Check out this list from Common Sense Media.

Reading

E started learning to read this past school year and we’re encouraging her to read at home and over the summer! She has a collection of books and we take trips to our public library but we read stories using our devices as well! We have the Kindle app on many of our devices which allows us to browse and purchase ebooks. Another story app E and her brother Aric enjoy is the Disney Story Central. Both apps are available on IOS and Android devices!

Movies and television

There is plenty to watch on Fios TV and the On Demand section has a ton of films and shows to choose from! We also have the the Fios Mobile app which gives us access to 245 channels when connected to Wi-Fi. The app also allows you to download your Video On Demand rental, purchases, plus other premium content to watch offline. This is also great way to keep the kids occupied on road trips!

Not a Fios customer? Make sure to visit the Verizon Fios website to learn more about Fios TV, lightning fast internet and Digital Voice!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was provided with a product and/or service in order to facilitate my post. Monetary compensation was received. All opinions are mine alone and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Have a need for Speed? Check out the Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection! #FiosNY

When it comes to technology, we’re a pretty connected family. We have also sorts of gadgets that keep us entertained and informed. Our desktop, notebooks, tablets and more are connected to our internet. We even control our smart TV with our cell phones through WiFi. Nowadays people have even more than just their electronics connected. Appliances including refrigerators, ovens, crock pots and more can all be controlled through WiFi!

Have a need for speed?

With all these new products that have the capability to connect through WiFi, we’re seeing the importance of internet speed even more than we did before! Slow internet means a lot of lag and longer download and upload times. Enter the Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection.

Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection!

Fios Gigabit Connection delivers speeds 20 times faster allowing you to stream, chat, game and share faster than ever! We’re talking downloads as fast as 940 Mbps and uploads as fast as 880 Mbps!

The new Gigabit Connection is available in parts of the New York, New Jersey, and beyond. The service can be bundled with Fios Custom TV and Digital Voice service for just $79.99. Right now the price includes $10 a month in savings for 2 years. In addition, the standard setup charge is waived ($90 value). If you decide to go with the 2-year agreement, you get HBO for 1 year and Multi-room DVR services free for 2 years. This offer is only available for a limited time so head over to the Verizon website to take advantage today! Not sure if Fios is available in your area? Find out here!

What what are your thoughts on the Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on the behalf of Verizon FiOS. Monetary compensation was received. All opinions are mine alone and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Polly’s Top Picks from the New York Baby Show! #MTBloggerLounge

Hi all! This is Trisha. I recently sent my one of my contributors, Polly, to the New York Baby Show. Polly is a mom of two girls- an infant and a 7-year-old. With that being said, she’s had plenty of experience with all type of products geared towards mom, baby and family. Below you can read about her experience and favorite products from the show! I hope you enjoy reading her post as much as I did! 

I had the pleasure of attending the New York Baby Show last week. I was amazed at how much things have changed in the baby gear world since I had my first daughter almost eight years ago. I was able to test out all types of products on the market right now including a strollers, carriers, and more. There was so much to see and experience at the New York Baby Show and I want to share some of my favorites with you!

New York Baby Show Top Picks!

Love to Dream Swaddle Up

Do you have a baby who likes to be swaddled but hates having their hands trapped? Swaddle Up to the rescue! This ingenious sleepsack is wrapped comfortably snug around the baby’s body so they feel secure but allows their hands to be up near their head, putting them in a natural sleeping position.

The sleep sack comes in different stages, so when your baby decides she or he no longer wants their hands covered, you can simply unzip the shoulder “wings” so their arms can be out.4

Visit the Love to Dream website to get your!

b.box diaper wallet

When I had my first daughter, I carried a diaper bag stock full of supplies every single time I stepped out of the house. Back then, I felt that I needed every bottle of infant medicine known to mankind, plus three full changes of clothes, half a dozen burp cloths and 2 blankets whenever I took a trip to the grocery store. This time around I’m lucky if I remember to even grab the diaper bag! While at the Baby Show, I came across the b.box diaper wallet which is absolutely perfect for running errands!

No more carrying a ton of things I am not going to need. I can fit a couple of diapers, wipes plus a changing pad in this super compact case that is small enough to fit perfectly in my pocket book.

Visit the b.box website to find out where you can purchase your Diaper Wallet!

Evenflo Balance + Bottles

As an avid breastfeeding mama, I love seeing companies that are taking a step forward to help moms be successful in their breastfeeding journey. Evenflo Feeding has recently come out with a breast pump that has some great features which suction and speed control and a back up battery compartment. Another product I have come to appreciate is the Balance + Bottle which has a nipple that mimics the shape of breast while the baby is lacthed on.

This makes it easier for the baby to transition between breast and bottle. My older daughter refused a bottle as an infant and I was worried my second wouldn’t either. Luckily, she took the Balance Bottle the first time I offered it to her!

Baby Tula Free-to-Grow

Are you expecting a baby but your head spins when you start looking up baby carriers? SSC, wraps, infant inserts… There’s so much out there! It’s nearly impossible to settle for one carrier. When I was pregnant, I knew for a fact I wanted a SSC which is short for Soft Structured Carrier. I wanted something that was easy to put on and allowed me to stick my baby in and go on my merry way. Unfortunately, most SSC carriers require an extra infant insert if you would like to wear your baby in it from birth. These inserts can make the carrier super bulky and cause both you and baby discomfort. Enter Tula and the just released Free-to-Grow Carrier!

This carrier is AH-MAZING! The panel adjusts by width and height so that you can wear your itty bitty baby starting at 7 lbs all the way up to 45 lbs! It’s supportive for both mom and baby and comes in cute prints. The carrier includes a hood and one of my favorite features, a nifty little pocket on the waist band so you can stick you phone, money, keys or even a diaper! I had the opportunity to take one of the carriers from their booth for a little test ride. I was so impressed with it and seriously considering adding one to our collection! Learn more about the Free-to-Grow carrier on the Love to Dream website!

What were your favorites from the New York Baby Show? Do any of the products mentioned above pique your interest? 

Make sure to connect with the New York Baby Show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for highlights and more!

This is a post on behalf of Momtrends for the New York Baby Show. All opinions are mine alone.

Pregnant? Here’s why you should #BumpUpYourCalcium with Viactiv!

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation. I received Viactiv products for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

I’ll be honest, when I was a pregnant with my first I didn’t realize how important calcium intake is when you’re expecting! When I think calcium, I immediately associate it with bones. Growing up, my mom would always encourage us to drink milk because “the calcium in it will make your bones strong!” When you’re pregnant, if you don’t get enough calcium in your daily diet, your baby’s calcium needs will be met by taking it from your bones. This can put your own bone health at risk!

When I became pregnant with my first, I quickly learned that pregnant women need CALCIUM to preserve bone mass. The proper intake of calcium helps prevent a pregnant woman’s body from taking calcium from her bones. This also helps to decrease a women’s risk of osteoporosis. There are a number of ways to get calcium when you’re pregnant, here is just a few:

Foods

There are plenty of foods that are rich in calcium, one of those being milk. Some of my favorites include kale, yogurt, almonds, and broccoli. Other foods that I was surprised to discover are calcium rich are ones like seaweed, white beans and sardines. Sardines are one thing I wouldn’t have taken part in but every pregnant woman is different! Sometimes calcium rich foods are just not enough.

Vitamins and Supplements

Calcium can be found in most prenatal vitamins but, many prenatal vitamins provide only 20-30% of the daily amount of calcium that is recommended for pregnant women. In a survey of 1,000 OB/GYN offices nationwide, 7 out of 10 OB/GYNS recommend a calcium supplement during pregnancy. Of those who do, 9 out of 10 recommend Viactiv**.

One Viactiv CALCIUM CHEW taken up to twice daily provides pregnant women with the calcium they need daily (1000 mg total), plus vitamins D and K. Very few foods in nature contain Vitamin D and Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews contain 500 IU of vitamin D in every chew to assist with absorption.

VIACTIV CALCIUM SOFT CHEWS are available in milk chocolate or caramel flavors at supermarket, drugstores and major retailers nationwide, including CVS, Rite Aid, Target and Walmart. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant, make sure to speak with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements. Learn more about calcium needs and pregnancy at HTTP://BIT.LY/BUMPUPYOURCALCIUM.

Don’t forget to connect with Viactiv on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM! #BumpUpYOurCalcium

**(Source: BrandPerx July 2015 survey of 1000 OB/GYN offices nationwide)

Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are available in milk chocolate or caramel flavors at major retailers including CVS, Rite Aid, Target, and Walmart, as well as supermarkets nationwide.
Learn more about Viactiv and pregnancy here.

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation on behalf of Viactiv that contains affiliate links. I received Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews for my own personal use. This post is not intended to address or diagnose any medical conditions. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing or planning on becoming pregnant, speak with your healthcare provider if you have any specific health questions or prior to taking any dietary supplements.






Freedom and Flexibility with FiOS Prepaid! #FiOSNY

I’ve always been the no strings attached kind of gal when it comes to contracts. I hate having to sign things that bind me for a period of time. If you are you with me on this, you’ll understand how excited I was when Verizon announced FiOS prepaid! Now, I’m already a loyal Verizon customer. In fact, We’ve have been with them for almost six years now! I’m loving that Verizon is offering the same amazing service for people to enjoy on their own terms!

Freedom and Flexibility with FiOS Prepaid!

Not only is there no contract with FiOS Prepaid, there’s no credit check or deposit needed! You pay as you go and can change or cancel your service at any time. Plus, you’ll receive the equipment you need at no additional charge! With the FiOS Prepaid service, You can bundle any of the three services: Internet, TV and Phone. If you choose all three, you’ll enjoy FiOS 25/25 Mbps Internet, Home Phone, FiOS Custom TV, 1 HD set-top box and one Wi-Fi router.

Want More?

You can double your speed to 50/50 Mbps for just an extra $5 a month. When it comes to TV, you have the availability to add premium channels. Want to watch On Demand titles? You’ll have access to free FiOS Video On Demand programming which includes movies and network shows.

Why FiOS?

If you have a need for speed and relaibility, FiOS is for you! Head over to the Verizon FiOS Prepaid website to learn more about this awesome service! If the freedom and flexibility of pay as you go services sound good to you, order today!

What do you think about Verizon FiOS Prepaid?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on the behalf of Verizon FiOS. Monetary compensation was received. All opinions are mine alone and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.