Bear Mountain Park Adventure

Took the kids hiking at Bear Mountain Park yesterday and it turned out to be quite the adventure (both good and bad)!

The start of a great adventure.

We started on the Major Welch trail going up (.4 mile trail and 1.5 mile rock scramble).

Alexa was the bravest three year old on the mountain. She took a small spill in the beginning (stumbled over a root) and we thought the trip would be over before it even began. But she bravely continued on with us and once we started the rock scramble portion, she clambered up like a little monkey.

Max, however, ended up being the best climber out of all of us. He kept scrambling ahead, leaving us in the dust and then waiting for his old, out-of-shape parents to catch up.


Organic Start Giveaway + Coupon Codes!

It’s been two whole years since I last collaborated with Organic Start on a giveaway. That’s far too long when it comes to working with one of my favorite vendors of organic formula from Europe! (You can read about my review and vetting process here.)

Today, I am happy to announce that Organic Start is generously giving away 3 boxes of the formula of your choice (up to $100 value!)

In conjunction with the giveaway, I want to take this opportunity to also announce that – exclusive to Mommy to Max readers only – Organic Start is offering the following coupon codes:

Organic Start – use coupon code MTM10 for 10% off your order – new customers only! If you need smaller quantities or your formula ASAP.

Organic Start Wholesale – use coupon code MTM5 for 5% off your order. Provides the same great service and products but at bulk prices.


The words that gave me body dismorphia

I turned 35 this month. I’m 35, with two amazing kids, a husband that is my best friend and a career that gives me incredible satisfaction. We are all healthy and our parents and siblings are healthy.

I literally could not ask for any more in my life.

Yet a few words and a pinch from my mom and, in a flash, all of my insecurities that go as far back as high school came flooding back.

My parents joined my husband and me and my two kids for dinner last night. We had already started eating.

My mom sat down and said, “Wah, don’t you think you’ve eaten enough, look at your stomach!” Then she reached over to pinch the flab that was protruding out of my stomach.

I angrily swatted her hand away which caused her to renew her efforts and grab an even bigger chunk of my fat.

I was livid and told her as much. She laughed it off and acted as if it wasn’t a big deal. And, in an effort to not make a scene and keep the peace, I let it go and we did end up having an enjoyable dinner.

It’s my mom and these are just the many things I’ve learned to accept and endure through the years.


The Baby Mini Doc Project Giveaway!

I mentioned in my last post that I would be running a giveaway so that one lucky reader could win a 1-Hour Mini Doc Session (valued at $1,000). This is your chance to preserve a favorite family routine or activity at home, or an outing to a meaningful location with your littlest ones!

The giveaway will run until November 2, 2018, 11:59PM EST.

The package includes:
  • 1-hour documentary filming session with your family
  • 2-minute mini documentary edited to royalty-free music
  • A 15-minute initial phone consultation
  • A 30-minute virtual meeting prior to your filming session
  • Preparation tips sent prior to your filming session
  • Travel to Manhattan filming locations (sorry in advance to all my non-local readers!)
  • Final films delivered in high quality HD via private digital download link


The Baby Mini Doc Project Review

I have not been blogging nearly enough lately but no one told me that September is the most hectic month of the year when you have school-aged kids! Also, so much life has just been happening lately but that’s for another day and another post…

Several months back, I was introduced to Melissa Gomez who is the creator and founder of The Baby Mini Doc Project. Melissa is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who decided to focus her talents on tinier humans after she became a mom herself. After numerous back and forth discussions, we agreed to collaborate and the end result is that I received a truly priceless short film of my family that will bring us many, many years of nostalgia and joy.