Preschool tune helps kids learn their phone number

Disclosure: I was sent the single of “My Telephone Number is” by Genevieve Goings to review as a influencer with Entertainment New Media Network.  I have been compensated for this post but my thoughts and opinions are always my own.

If you have a toddler or young child and watch Disney Junior, then you’ve definitely heard of Singer/Songwriter Genevieve Goings. My three year old loves her and Choo Choo Soul and we both know a lot of her songs by heart.

She’s done a fantastic job remaking classic Disney sing-alongs, making them catchy and memorable.

There’s some good news for fans because Goings just released the first single from her upcoming solo album “Do You Know?” called “My Telephone Number Is.”
Genevieve Goings My Telephone Number Is
The full album is scheduled for release on June 3, 2014. The album focuses on teaching pre-school FUN-damentals in her funky, cool, kid-friendly style.

“My Telephone Number Is” is so much fun, you’ll find yourself singing it even without your child in tow. Take a listen and you’ll see what I’m talking about!

“Do You Know?” is a learning album for young children ages 2-7 years old. It features songs and videos aimed at helping preschoolers learn their phone number, telling time, putting themselves to bed, and the more personal things like hygiene and dealing with potty training in a dignified manner.

“Genevieve has a gift of bridging the age gap between children and their parents/teachers. Her songs and their rhythmic beats get everyone dancing, singing and giggling in what is bound to be the most entertaining learning experience for growing toddlers since Sesame Street.” – Erica I. Pena-Vest, Entertainment New Media Network

Pre-orders on iTunes for the album will begin in early May. With the pre-order, fans will receive instant access to the bonus single “Gotta Do My Business.”

Goings also recently released a free app on iTunes called “Sing with Genevieve”, that provides children and parents a safe link to Choo Choo Soul videos, songs and other children’s projects. This has kept my daughter busy while I’m taking care of my one year old or while I’m cooking. I highly recommend it! There are probably plenty of songs in there that you recognize and love.

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What do you think of Genevieve’s new song? It’s stuck in your head now, isn’t it? :)

Block Island Organics Sunscreen: Play Smart, Play Safe

Disclosure: I received a sample of Block Island Organics Baby Sunscreen in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are mine and were not influenced in any way.

It’s Earth Day! A great holiday to remind us to be kind to our planet and to protect our kids from harmful chemicals or substances.

I’ve been doing a lot this year to be greener. I no longer use plastic bags for the kids snacks when we leave the house, they’re now in a reusable pouch or container. I’ve made my own natural house cleaners and we’ve even started using a milk delivery service  that brings us local milk in glass bottles that are re-used over and over. While the Tetra-pak milk is a good substitute, I feel good that we’re buying from local farms and returning our milk bottles each week.

While I’m not Captain Planet just yet, it’s nice to be on our way to living greener and cleaner.

Speaking of local companies, I’ve come across a fantastic brand that makes sunscreen for babies with a zinc only formula. Finding out about this couldn’t have come at a better time, as it’s getting warm out and I need to get back in the habit of slathering sunscreen on my kids.

I remember as a child I probably only put it on once for the day. But with our generation, we know more about sun protection and what types of products are safe. So, it’s a whole ‘nother ballgame!

You can find plenty of reading material out there why mineral based sunscreens are suggested for use, but Block Island Organics explains, “mineral sunscreens mean a mineral ingredient (an ingredient that occurs naturally in nature) like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide sits on top of your skin and reflects and scatters the suns rays. The zinc and titanium provide a physical barrier between your skin and the sun. Chemical sunscreens mean a synthetic chemical ingredient or combination of synthetic chemicals work by absorbing the sun’s UV rays.”
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While it’s up to each person to decide which is best for them, for me, I’d like to enjoy a life with as few synthetic ingredients as possible. If you can get closer to nature, why not choose that?

I’ve been using the Baby Block SPF 30 Sunscreen on both of my kids recently, and so far I love it.

It’s lightweight, fragrance free, safe for babies 6 months and up and good for all skin types. My son has super sensitive skin, he can break out with eczema if food touches his face, and so far he’s had no reaction.

It goes on smoothly and you don’t need a lot of it when applying. A little goes along way. The Baby Block provides hours of all natural, UVA/UVB protection. It’s also water resistant for 40 Minutes.

All of Block Island Organics sunscreens are non-comedogenic, vegan formulated, paraben free, phthalate free, nano particle free, artificial fragrance free, non-eye irritating, not tested on animals, made in the USA and highly rated by the Environmental Working Group. That website is a great resource for checking out how your other products stack up, too.

Block Island Organics offer sunscreens with SPF 15, SPF 30 and SPF 40. They also have natural sunburn relief products.

Before you visit your neighborhood drug store, be sure to check out Block Island Organics and educate yourself on mineral-based sunscreens.

Block Island Organics has been kind enough to extend a coupon code to Mod Mommy readers, so you all can try the product out for yourself.

Use code ModMommy20 now for a 20% off discount at It will run through May 5th. (It’s not combinable with any other offer or code.)

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When do you start using sunscreen on your family?

Stylish Mother’s Day gift ideas

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I know, I know, it’s not even Easter yet and here I am talking about another holiday. But, the truth is, if you want to give someone a truly special gift, it’s never too early to start.

I’ve found some really unique and stylish gift ideas, some that you can even personalize for mom. Since the jewelry pieces are custom, you’ll have to allow 2-3 weeks before it can be shipped to you, hence why I’m telling you about these items now. You’ll want to get them in time for Mother’s Day!

Personalized necklace mom is sure to love:

Jewelry worn by the stars:

  • Celebrities like Katherine Heigel and Tori Spelling have been seen wearing Isabelle Grace Jewelry. These are timeless pieces that can be personalized with your child’s name or initials. Isabelle Grace is located in New Bedford, Massachusetts and all pieces are made in the USA.

Gifts for the “fit mom”:

  • The Bathroom Begonia: Mom can hang this in her bathroom and do six, effective exercises during her beauty routine.
  • The Office Orchid: While mom is busy at work, she can drink her favorite beverage and exercise while executing everyday work place tasks.
  • My Urban Halo headband: Known as comfort “couture,” these fashionable headbands are no slip, no headache and no sweat. Can be work for fitness or fashion.

Check out my appearance on The Rhode Show. I joined them on Tuesday, April 15, to talk about these fabulous finds!

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

Spruce up for spring and wipe out winter blues {Pampers Giveaway}

Disclosure: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Spring has officially sprung and I am in cleaning mode. I’m even in the process of making my own all-natural cleaners. Which is a bit ambitious, but believe it or not, is super easy.

Spring is also a good reminder to go out with the old and in the with new. Or to spruce up what you already have.

During this time, I’ve also been reminded to go through my children’s products and check the expiration date and see if anything needs to be tossed and replaced.
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This process can be rough, especially for moms of babies.

My son has super sensitive skin, so since he was born I’ve been testing products out that are really gentle on his skin.

A constant for us since the beginning has been Pampers. Whether it be their sensitive diapers or sensitive wipes, they’ve been great at keeping my little guy dry and clean.

Pampers Sensitive Wipes has recently updated their features, giving moms new reasons to love them.

- They are thicker than before. Thicker wipes provide more protection for mom’s hands during cleaning.
- New fiber blend. We have added microfibers to the wipes which help improve cleaning performance. Importantly, these fibers are made from the same material as before; we have just changed their size to deliver better cleaning performance with the same softness.
- They have a new wavy pattern embossed on the wipes. The new wavy texture works with the new microfibers to provide gentle cleaning.

And what’s stayed the same? They are still fragrance free! I only use fragrance free products on my son because his eczema will flare up if not.
Pizza face
While specifically designed for diaper change clean-up, I’ve used the wipes on other body parts, including the face, for a quick once over.

My little boy needs his face wiped down a lot, especially when he eats Italian food. (As seen in the picture!)

Pampers assures moms they are safe to be used at every diaper change.

We use them on the go if we need to wash our hands, too. They’re great to keep in a diaper bag or purse.

I’ve even used them over my son’s hair and head if he gets food stuck in it! They really are super gentle and they get the job done. Which for me, is exactly what I’m looking for.

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Birthday memories: A pony, egg hunt and a snowstorm

“The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” – Lucille Ball

Every year on my birthday, (which also happens to be April Fools’ Day) I’m always surprised at how quickly time has gone by. Even more so as I grow older.

I remember my sixth birthday where my parent’s rented a pony for my party (a bit much, no?), I remember an Easter egg hunt themed party, my sweet 16 party and a birthday that got a snowstorm in 1997. Too many memorable ones to count.

What I remember most though is, how as a kid, birthdays just made you feel so special. I felt different and giddy the whole day.

I still kind of get that now, but having kids has changed me. Everything I do in life I think of them first. Call it instinctual, but I no longer think of what I want. I probably should, because a lot of one thing isn’t always good, it’s just about finding a balance.

My balance for today was, I wanted to go out to lunch, but knew it had to be a place the kids enjoyed. It was the first time I went to a restaurant alone with my two munchkins, but it all went great. I decided we’d venture out when I picked my daughter up from preschool. It was such a last minute decision that I had left the house with no diaper bag. So, it was a huge risk! I was crossing my fingers that my one-year-old didn’t poop while we were there, or else I’d be up the creek without a paddle. Or, realistically, at Newport Creamery without a diaper!

As I sit here and type this, I think about how I’ve spent my other birthdays and the truth is, they’re special no matter what I’m doing. I’m glad to just be alive, healthy and able to spend time with those I care about. That trumps a party and a wrapped present any day.

This morning, my best friend, Danielle, texted me a slew of photos of her and I over the years. They made me smile, giggle and reflect on where I’ve been and where I hope to go.

It’s so comforting to know that I’ve had a best friend know me as a young child, through my teens and now through my adulthood. I think it’s really important to surround yourself with people who know where you came from.

I always say to my husband, “I wish we knew each other when we younger.” He says, “don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll tell that story at least 10 more times, so it’s like I was there.” Oh, he’s a funny one.

Either way, another year has gone by and I look forward to celebrating more. I’m also looking forward to making a wish for myself tonight as I blow out the candles on my fruit tart (I’m not a fan of cake!) Ah, the simple stuff.

Check out the below photos of my friend and I through the years! Ages range from 12 to 30-something. Gotta love the shiny skin and braces!

What do you love about birthdays?