My Newest Obsession

pineappleI don’t know much about why I love pineapples besides the fact that they just make me happy, and that is enough for me. A quick google search tells me that the pineapple has long been a symbol of hospitality, and to give the pineapple as a gift conveys your intention to promote friendliness and graciousness to the recipient, so what would be better for home decor and fun accessories?! Click the links below to find the pineapple goodness pictured above.

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Mother’s Day Wishlist Part II

Beyond themacaroniMother’s Day is a good time to treat the mom in your life to something she would never actually buy for herself, something that might make her smile, something sweet. Everything in this list falls into one of those categories, guaranteed to be a little Mother’s Day treasure.

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Benefits of Getting the Kids in the Kitchen

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We all know the benefits of sitting down to a meal together as a family, but what about the benefits of cooking as a family, especially for the kids? Besides the quality time you can spend together, there are a number of reasons why getting kids interested in cooking can help them learn and explore.

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Kids in the Kitchen Summer Camps at Healthy Living Market and Cafe #Saratoga

spring saleTeaching kids how to cook has a number of benefits, some of which you might not even think about and getting kids in the kitchen teaches them a lifelong skill. This summer check out Healthy Living Market and Cafe’s Learning Center’s great kids summer camps. They have two different weeks to offer, get the scoop here and sign up asap, they also have some great discounts for signing up for both weeks or for multiple children.

The first camp is The Amazing USA from Monday, July 20th to Friday, July 24th from 9am to 2pm. In this week long summer camp, kids will cook their way through 5 different regions of the United States. They will learn what foods and ingredients make each region unique. They will explore the Northest, the South, The Mid West, Tex/Mex and the West Coast. Kids will not only cook some amazing food from that region, but they’ll make a craft as well as enjoy some physical activity outside (weather dependent). The kids will get a cool bag at the end of the week with some cool cooking utensils as well as some other fun surprises! Suggested age: 6-12 years. Click here to register.

The second week of camp they are offering is World Traveler from Monday, August 17th–Friday, August 21st from 9am to 2pm. In this week long summer camp, kids will explore the cultures and cuisines of the globe! They will start in South America, then travel to Europe, head over to Africa, explore Asia and finish their week in the Middle East. They will not only cook some amazing food from that region, but they’ll make a craft as well as enjoy some physical activity outside (weather dependent). The kids will get a cool bag at the end of the week with some cool cooking utensils as well as some other fun surprises! Suggested age: 6-12 years. Click here to register.

Healthy Living Market and Cafe are offering a discount of $100.00 for signing up for both weeks or multiple children. The maximum discount is $100. Guest Services will be able to process the discount as it can’t be done online. You can reach our Guest Services Team at (518) 306 – 4900.

*Food Allergies/Intolerances: Please note that there may be traces of nuts, gluten and other food allergens in our kitchen. People with severe food allergies are asked to take this into consideration. Recipes will include gluten, nuts, soy and dairy. Participants with intolerances can join at their own discretion and must sign an opt out waiver.

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Pediatric Dentistry of Glens Falls Guest Post: Tooth Brushing Apps that Really Work

PDGFMy friends at Pediatric Dentistry of Glens Falls are going to be contributing some great posts about kids dental health and nutrition, and I am so excited to have them share here on Mamatoga. This first post is about two new apps that can help you in the battle of twice daily teeth brushing. Here at Mamatoga HQ we have tried BOTH of these apps and my kids love them! Read more on how to take the drudgery out of the two minutes twice a day routine.

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Mommy & Me Style: Must Have Spring Accessories

mommy & me styleI love matching, I can’t help it. I match the boys clothes, I match the girls clothes, and occasionally I find something where the girls and I can match and I just can’t pass it up. That being said, there is a danger zone of too “cutesy” with the Mommy and Me Style, but with this fab spring to summer fashion trend you will steer clear of cutesy and be firmly in the cool category.

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Mamatoga Meet Up: Friday, April 24th 10:30am

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Mamatoga FREE Printables! {Wash + Brush + Flush Toddler Printables}

printablesYou know those things that you repeat time and time and time and time and TIME AND TIME again to your children, only to have them not do what you ask? For us, as much as I hate to admit it, that thing was flushing the potty. Why? Why do they get the whole potty training thing almost all the way and then space out on the flushing?! I don’t know. I don’t have answers for that great mystery of life. But what I DO know is I got SO TIRED of asking them to flush the potty, so tired that I designed a little reminder, printed it out, framed it, and put one up in each of our bathrooms so I merely had to POINT to the sign when needed.

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Practical & Chic: The Diaper Bag You’ll Keep Carrying Long After the Baby Stage

chicdiaperbagI used to think I could get away with using a regular bag as a diaper bag, and for the most part, it worked out. That is until bottles spilled (bye bye, vintage leather bag I bought in Paris) and I would spend valuable wiggly baby moments smoothing out diapers that would get smushed into contorted shapes at the bottom of a regular bag. That’s why from now on I use a diaper bag, but I am forever in search of an actually stylish one that isn’t super duper out of my price range either. Enter the Little Unicorn Brookside Tote Diaper Bag in Blueberry. At first glance (or any glance really) it doesn’t look like your average diaper bag, but inside it’s got pockets galore (8 to be exact, including a protective iPad pocket), a changing pad and stroller straps, and is a wipeable vegan leather to make any clean ups easy. Continue reading “Practical & Chic: The Diaper Bag You’ll Keep Carrying Long After the Baby Stage” »

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Mamatoga Review: Everbellem Kids

crushAs a mom run local business myself, I love to support other mom run local businesses, and my job is even easier when I get to review fabulous pieces like the ones from Everbellem Kids!

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