Philips Avent Express Microwave Sterilizer Review

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We told you a little while ago that we started using the Avent Bottles when Morgan became a little gassy due to the Kiinde twist bottle system. Any mother knows that with a ton of dirty bottles comes the hassle (did I say that?) of the sterilization process. When I told my grandmother about this 1) she looked at me as it I were nuts 2) asked me what was wrong with a pot and boiling water and 3) proceeded to sterilize all of Morgans bottles.

Seeing as though Grandma doesn’t live with us and Mama is a mama all about convenience I decided to try our bottles namesake the Philips Avent Express Microwave Sterilizer (click name for purchase). Me likey!

It’s super easy. You literally wash the bottle and it’s parts as normal, add water, load into the sterilizer, put in microwave and that’s it. You’re done! So easy even my husband can do it (hi honey!).

Pros- easy to use, sterilizes for a full 24hrs, quick clean up

Cons- makes the bottles a little cloudy. But who cares! Not me.

In the end, I’ve added this to my “list of items to get new moms as a babyshower gift”. At $47.90 a six bottle sterilizer is a win win!

And the winner is!!!…

@JButlerMcPhee!!!

 

Thank you to all those who participated in the first Mommy and Morgan Giveaway courtesy of our friends at Freshly Picked. We had a ton of fun getting to know all of our participants (via Instagram).

Please stay tuned to Mommy and Morgan.com for the next #MommyAndMorganGiveaway courtesy of Sweedie Kids!

 

Freshly Picked Moccasins Review and Giveaway!

Morgan in mocs

We trust that you all have been enjoying your summer thus far. Mommy and Morgan have been soaking up the sun rays every chance that we get. As a new mom, it is important to me, that while touring NYC this summer, Morgan is cool and her clothing comfortable. With that said, Morgan absolutely hates shoes! I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve searched high and low for shoes that came in 6 week sizes because some size 1’s are too big. When I found a few, she would just kick them off. She kicks off socks, sandals, just about anything. So we were a little hesitant when given the opportunity to try a pair of moccasins from the folks over at Freshly Picked. But we hit the jackpot! They were soft and light weight enough for her to wear during the summer months and they stayed on her feet! She didn’t even flinched once we put them on. Our July 4th weekend was fun filled and she modeled them like a pro for the  whole day!

From their website “The moccasins you purchase today are durable, well designed, and most importantly: stay on your child’s foot.” We couldn’t agree more. So much so, that we are partnering with Freshly Picked this month and hosting our very first giveaway!!

Because Mommy and Morgan is all about sharing, we would like a very lucky reader to be able to partake. Giveaway rules are as follows: Starting July 15, 2014

*Log onto Instagram and make sure that you are following @MommyAndMorgan

*Repost the Giveaway post with the hashtag #MommyAndMorganGiveaway

That’s it!

A winner will be selected at random and posted on our Instagram page on July 21, 2014.

Freshly Picked Giveaway

 

Good Luck!

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4th of July Fireworks in BROOKLYN!

fireworksMacy’s 4th of July fireworks will be on the East River this year making Brooklyn prime location! Seems like everyone is feeling the Brooklyn spirit and after five years on the Hudson, Macy’s will be taking their talents to Brooklyn.

The fireworks show usually starts at 9pm and will be set off near the Brooklyn Bridge. If you want to find your own primo spot somewhere in Brooklyn Bridge Park or on the Promenade, you should plan to go early, by 5. For those of you who are venturing out into the masses, see Brooklyn viewing areas below:

Brooklyn Bridge Park (piers 1-6): enter on Old Fulton & Furman Street, Joralemon Street & Furman Street or Atlantic Avenue & Furman Street. Many parts of the park, including the Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge and Main Street, will be closed.

Brooklyn Bridge Promenade: enter on Columbia Heights & Pineapple Street, Montague Street & Pierrepont Street or Pierrepont Street & Remsen Street.

The following pedestrian streets will be closed to all non-emergency vehicle traffic:

Montague Street: from Court Street to Montague Terrace

Remsen Street from Court Street to Montague Terrace

Old Fulton Street from Hicks Street to Furman Street

Furman Street from Old Fulton Street to Atlantic Avenue

Columbia Heights from Montague Street to Old Fulton Street

Hicks Street from Atlantic Avenue to Old Fulton Street

Or splurge on one of these kid-friendly cruise options:

City Sightseeing Cruises in Midtown West — Departs from Pier 78 at 38th Street and the Hudson River for$99 per person. NYC’s newest tour operator is offering a similar outing: A 3½-hour harbor cruise with a live DJ and a cash bar for snacks and drinks.

Freedom Cruises at Sheepshead Bay — Pier 7, Emmons and Ocean Avenues. Cost: $135 for adults, $99 for children under 12. Participants can hop on the Pink Lady and enjoy the fireworks, a buffet, beverages and a live DJ.

Water Taxi at South Street Seaport – Departs from Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. Cost: $145 per person. Participants can watch the sparklers from the deck of the yellow water taxi. The trip includes a boxed dinner with cookies and brownies for dessert. Beverages can be purchased from the bar.

If you feel you must leave the borough, you can also watch from some of the elevated portions of the FDR, as well as these spots in Manhattan.

- See more at: http://www.achildgrows.com/watch-fourth-july-fireworks-2014/#sthash.7jxFj99n.dpuf

Three month check-in.

It’s 5:24am and the house is quiet. Hubby is snoring and our little person is stirring. I’ve been up since about 5am. It’s in this quiet times that I get to do a lot of my thinking, planning, praying, etc. It’s in these times that I tend to look back on photos of when we first brought Morgan home. I like to see the growth in her but it is moving at rapid speed. If there is one word that I would use to describe these last three months, it would be change.

I know this much for sure, life is not the same. Each day there is something new to learn and once we’ve gotten comfortable, she changes again. It keeps us on our toes. At three months, she’s growing to be so independent and eager. She’s rolling over, laughing, trying her hardest to talk, wants to hold her bottle and loves to play. It’s enchanting to watch the world through her eyes. I can become frustrated by an email I received but I’ll look over at her and she’ll be on awe of her toes (we are discovering body parts everyday…yesterday was knees) or she’ll be mesmerized by her own reflection. It’s in these little moments that I take a deep breath and ultimately break down whatever it is to it’s simplest form. Can I fix it? Yes. Then how? If not, then let it go. It’s really that simple. She’s taught me that.

It’s summertime in the city and I anticipate that it will be chock full of our favorites: picnics in the park, brunch, garden visits, street fairs and festivals. My aim is too take it all in. Morgan absolutely loves being outside and while I’m home I plan on making the most of our summer together and taking the photos to prove it.

This little girl excites me in ways that are brand new to me. We are still learning about one another and forming our individual relationships. Mommy and Daddy are focused on saving a little time for ourselves outside of parenthood, Mommy is learning how to trust others and ultimately be ok with sometimes being away from Morgan for more than the current record of five hours (Lol but not really😔) and from the looks of it, Miss Morgan is just happy to be here. I’d say that life is pretty good these days.

What are you doing this weekend?

 

Happy almost Father’s Day weekend!  If you’re like us then you’ve been in-doors all week. With the weather to reach 80 degrees this weekend we can’t wait to take advantage. What are your plans for the Father in your life? No, plans? Make your way to the Big Backyard BBQ & Music Festival at the New York Botanic Garden. Who can resist a BBQ?

Also, this weekend the 2nd Annual March Across the Brooklyn Bridge: Rally to End Gun Violence is happening as well as a lot of outdoor activities like FAB Friday free activities and concert for kids at the Putnam Triangle Plaza, Brooklyn Pride 2014, World Cup Soccer Under the Archway, Bubble Battle NYC 2014 in Union Square, Celebrate Brooklyn:  Ozomatli’s Ozokidz at Prospect Park Bandshell, The 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governors Island.

Saturday June 14th

2nd Annual March Across the Brooklyn Bridge – A Rally to End Gun Violence
Sat June 14th 10a-1230p.  Free.
Join Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for their 2nd annual march for a safe future for all children.  10am pre-rally march across the Brooklyn Bridge.  Gather at Cadman Plaza and march in an united front.  Once at City Hall Park, the group will listen to speakers.

Brooklyn Pride 2014 (Park Slope)
Sat June 14th 11a.  Free.
The 2014 Festival starts at 11am on 5th Avenue between 3rd & 9th Streets.  The Parade will kick off at 730p.  The parade starting location is Fifth Ave at Lincoln Place. The General Holding Area is Fifth Ave between Lincoln and Sterling, and Douglas St from Fifth Ave to Fourth Ave. Kids Space will be open at the Old Stone House 11a-5p and There will be  bouncy houses, clown painting, music and more for the children.  Open to all!

World Cup Under the Archway (DUMBO)
Sat June 14th 12p: Colombia v. Greece;  3p: Uruguay v. Costa Rica; 6p: England v. Italy.  Free.
The DUMBO Improvement District is thrilled to bring back epic World Cup Viewing Parties at The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge!  In partnership with ESPN and Rooftop Films – we’ll show more than 60 hours of competition – starting this Saturday – June 14 from 12-9pm and Monday – June 16 from 12-9pm including the USA v. Ghana game at 6pm. Bring your picnic blankets and enjoy local food vendors and the thrill of it all. No vuvuzelas!

Bubble Battle NYC 2014 in Union Square
Sat June 14th 3-5p.  Free.
From the creators of Pillow Fight NYC:  Millions of bubbles fly through the air as we converge for a magical bubble battle! Loosely based on the Dr. Seuss Classic The Butter Battle Book. Bring bubble toys, bubble generators, bubble solution, and plenty of AA batteries.  We will meet, fill our weapons and pull the trigger!  Be creative with your contraptions and take sides: butter side up or butter side down!

Celebrate Brooklyn:  Ozomatli’s Ozokidz at Prospect Park Bandshell (Park Slope)
Sat June 14th 4p.  Doors open at 3p.  Rain or shine.  Free.
Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert.  The Grammy-winning, TED-Talking, fiercely political, and devotedly multi-cultural L.A. party band Ozomatli, known for its “effortless mashup of musical styles,” (NPR Music) set its sights on the littlest revelers a few years ago with the album OzoKids. They’re here for our annual homage to the trailblazing children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, a Brooklyn native who was the first to populate his distinctly urban stories with young people of color.  The band is a supercollider of hip-hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga, and anything else you might hear driving through the melting pot of Los Angeles with your windows down. They bring the same inclusive approach to their kids’ music, and it’s a perfect match for our Keats celebration. His extraordinary books, like The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, and Apt. 3, were a precursor to the ethnically diverse worlds of Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, and they stand alongside the greatest entertainment for children ever created.  Along with music, the day will feature readings of Keats’ work by Park Slope’s own Mark Stewart (co-founder, Bang on a Can All-Stars), great food for all ages, and of course the great Park Slope tradition of on-site stroller parking.

For more Saturday events please click here!

Sunday June 15th

Pier Kids: Block Party with Brooklyn Children’s Museum at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Sun June 15th 11a-1p.  At Pier 6 lawns.  Free.
Transform the park into an outdoor museum with building “Block Parties”, and learn about health with the larger-than life Stuffee puppet. Art activities start at noon.

Hip Tot Family Day at Prospect Park’s Lakeside Rink
Sunday June 15th 12n-3p.  Free.
The first in the FREE Hip Tot Family Day series at Lakeside will kickoff this Father’s Day, June 15th, from noon to 3pm. Ska legend and dad, Vinny Nobile, will get the crowd jumping with his bouncy trombone tunes. Local author, Ty Allen, will read When I Close My Eyes, about a little girl and her incredible imagination. Arts and crafts will be provided by Little Nest Preschool!  You can find all the FREE Hip Tot Family Day fun at Lakeside on the terrace above the skating rink and water play area.

Central Park Family Performance Festival
Sundays starting June 15th 12n-1p until August 31st.  Free.  Performances are 60 – 90 minutes long.  At the Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade
Each summer, the Conservancy hosts a series of eco-education and multicultural performances for the whole family to enjoy. Formerly known as A Clearing in the Forest, this year’s Family Performance Festival is chock-a-block full of fun and learning through music, storytelling, in-Park adventure, puppetry, and more! Programs happen in the Park’s most natural playground, The Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade (located inside the Park near West 106th Street). Pack a picnic, grab your blanket, and get ready to discover Central Park in a whole new way!  All ages are welcome. No advance registration. In the case of inclement weather programs will be canceled. For more information, click on the links below. For day-of weather-related changes and accessibility information, call 212-860-1370 or check the event on our online calendar.  Sun June 15th:  Father’s Day with the Storycrafters.  See website for full schedule.

Pictures Come to Life Performance at the Guggenheim Museum (UES)
Sun June 15th 130p.  For families with children ages 4–10y.  $15 per family (includes museum admission for 2 adults and 4 children); $10 for members, Learning Through Art families, and Cool Culture families; free for Family Members. Space is limited. Performances will take place in the Peter B. Lewis Theater.  This Father’s Day, join storyteller, illustrator, and educator Jeff Hopkins while he takes families on an exciting illustrated journey of the exhibitions on view. After getting inspired, stop by our Open Studio to make art!

Rolie Polie Guacamole CD Release Party at Brooklyn Central Public Library (Prospect Heights)
Sun June 15th with shows at 2 & 330p.  Tickets purchased in advance, $15 each or 4 for $45.  Tickets purchased day of show, $20.  To purchase tickets click here.  The beloved Brooklyn kindie rockers, Rolie Polie Guacamole will release their fourth  album, “Triathlon” on June 15th, 2014 at the Dweck Center in the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library  at Grand Army Plaza.  “Triathlon” features all original songs–their first all-original album since their 2010 disc,  “Time For Hummus.”  The songs include themes such as staying active (“Triathlon,” “Running Through America”), things kids love (“Bubbles,” “Blocks,” “Peek-a-Boo,” “Snow Ball Fight,” “Snow Angel”), odd animal songs, (“Kangaroo & Billy Too (a joey named Billy),” “Don’t Poop On Me Pigeon”), and fan favorite, “Botanic Garden”.  Rolie Polie Guacamole is:  Frank Gallo (vocals & guitar), Andrew Tuzhilin (bass &vocals), Christian McCarthy (guitar & vocals), Peter Barr (Drums).  Triathlon features guest appearances by Amelia Robinson (of Mil’s Trills), Grammy Award winner Justin Lansing, Nikki Verost, Patrick McClellan, and Lou Gallo.

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