Out With the Family in New York {GUEST POST}

Out With the Family in New York

Taking the kids to New York needn’t cost you a fortune. Families on a limited budget can have a whale of a time visiting the Big Apple if care is taken while choosing places to visit. Here are three suggestions to help you make the perfect itinerary. 

Madison Square Gardens

The world famous sports and concert venue offers activities to suit everyone. Stamp your feet to the world’s top rock bands or close your eyes and drift off while enjoying a Beethoven symphony: the “Garden” has it all.

As well as music, Madison Square Garden offers a wealth of opportunities to watch professional sporting events, such as catching  a basketball game with the kids. Madison Square Garden has been the home venue of the New York Knicks for years. Other sports you and the family can watch there include ice hockey and tennis.
American Museum of Natural History
Close to Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History is a really fun place for kids of any age. Forget your mental picture of a typical dry and boring museum, the AMNH is slick, modern and takes advantage of all of today’s technology to provide exciting and educational displays from the world of animals.

A top attraction for youngsters is the Dino Tour. The museum has gathered together a superb collection of dinosaur fossils and reconstructions. Be prepared for squeals of awe when your kids see the king of dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus Rex. This monster has a jaw that spans four feet and six inch teeth! It looks frightening even as a skeleton. Although there is a suggested admission fee, you don’t have to pay this but free to make a donation of your choice.
Central Park
Amidst the hustle and bustle of New York streets, Central Park provides a peaceful sanctuary where the family, particularly mom and pop, can relax a little. Grab a snack from one of the many food carts littered around and, weather permitting, have a picnic. If it rains, there is a choice of affordable places where you can eat and still enjoy the park surroundings. Don’t forget to visit the Victorian carousel and let the kids take a spin on one of the horses.
Although prices in New York can be high, if you take the time to plan your visit and are careful in selecting the activities you indulge in, a family outing there need be no more costly than it would be in any other major city.

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Champions for Kids #SIMPLEGiving: Teaching Heartfelt Acts

Disclaimer: I have participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Champions for Kids #SIMPLEGiving Teaching Heartfelt Acts {The Johanson Journey}

Donating and giving are words my children are very familiar with as we began last year with Heartfelt Acts.  Each month we tried to show our children how giving is such an important part of life and helping others.  I was thrilled to get to work with The Motherhood on this campaign helping children in my own community. 
Making sure my children understand the act of giving and helping others in need is a big lesson in life we want to be sure they have mastered by the time they are out on their own.  Anytime we can include them in donating items for anyone in need, even pets, we make sure they are there.  I know they are proud to be apart of it too.  If we can help the children in our community, we are there!! Sign us up!  Here is how you can get involved and learn more about this amazing campaign. 

About Champions for Kids and SIMPLE Giving
Champions for Kids

· Champions for Kids makes it simple to give children in local communities the resources they need to thrive.  Helping others does not have to come in large doses. Champions for Kids seeks to ignite generational change by fostering a ‘habit of giving’ among youth and parents in America.  We seemed to do well when we made it a monthly family goal to give.  It works!

Did you know that 9.8 million kids – more than ever before – get free or reduced price school breakfast on an average day, but 10.6 million eligible kids go without? Hunger has a huge effect on how a child performs at school. In fact, 9 out of 10 teachers say having a healthy breakfast is a key to academic achievement.  Makes me sad to think of my own kids being hungry and breaks my heart to know others are going hungry.

SIMPLE Giving is a Champions for Kids program that makes it simple for you to help kids in your community. To ensure children can eat breakfast and stay focused in school, Champions for Kids is teaming up with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods for a SIMPLE Giving program.

You can participate by simply purchasing and donating breakfast food items at your local participating Walmart from April 21 through May 5. If your Walmart store is participating, simply purchase breakfast foods and place them in the purple donation bins at the front of the store after checkout.
To see a list of participating stores,
click here. 

All of the donations go to children in the school district where the Walmart store is located!

The Motherhood is joining Champions for Kids along with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods for a Twitter party to spread the word about a simple way we can help ensure that kids in our communities enjoy a nutritious breakfast that will help them stay focused in school!

During the party they will be sharing more ways to give in our communities, including Champions For Kids' Simple Services Projects.  Simple Service Projects are easy ways for people to help the kids in their own community through four easy steps -- Gather, Learn, Give and Share!


When: Thursday, April 24, at 1p ET / 12p CT / 10a PT
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #SIMPLEGiving hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this invite
Prizes: Five prizes will be given to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Walmart gift card.
Hosts: @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann
Sponsor: @Champions4Kids

Anyone of us could be a person in need.   Helping these faces make a difference in the community and the world!

Join me in this amazing campaign!!

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Replace the Lace! Shoeps Rock!

Disclaimer:  I participated in this program on behalf of Bloggers Required and Gumbies. All opinions are my own.”

Blogger outreach assignment: Brand new product "Shoeps" elastic laces for footwear needs your help!
I was very excited when I found out I would get the chance to get a set of Shoeps for Ryan to try.  Lately, Ryan has had very little interest in tying his shoes.  In the morning, he ties them up and I even come behind him to reinforce the shoes by tying an EXTRA tight knot to be sure the laces stay in place.  By the time I pick him up after school, this is what I find.  I have even cut the laces and tried to tuck them in… nothing worked!
We got the bright yellow Shoeps and they couldn’t be easier to put on!  I was so excited and Ryan was pumped too!! I threw the laces away!  (realizing how dirty his shoes are in these pics! agh!)
So here we go, its literally 6 steps to put these on your shoes and you are done!
These are so easy to put on and there are no more long mornings of tying shoes or worrying about injuries because of possible tripping! Ryan got his shoes on and off in a flash!  I was pumped.  I just wish I had them in more colors.  Our neighbors are all interested in them and with summer coming, its nice not to have to worry about tying shoes all day long while we’re out enjoying the day!

More details about these awesome Shoeps:

*Enhances the fit of the shoes as it contours to the shape of the foot, not constricting like a lace.
*Once fitted properly, Shoeps should not come undone and no need to undo to take off the shoe.
*Neatens the appearance of the shoe, streamline and nothing to come undone or trip on.
*Mix, match and have fun making your shoes stylish or subtle, customize your own look!
*Great for kids and even elderly who may have trouble with laces.
*Can be taken off and used on multiple shoes.
*Fun, functional and fashionable! These can get wet and are easy to clean!
*Strong and durable! 1 size fits all!

The Shoeps come in a variety of colors!! Very fun and cool! Pass it on!

Join me! Let’s replace the lace!
To learn more about Shoeps

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Pre- Easter Friday 5

Today I am teaming up with my long time friend and blogger, Emmy to co-host a Friday 5.  Emmy Friday 5
Sharing 5 things and 5 pictures from the week. (okay, being serious, I’ll probably have more than 5 pics and making it a super long post… get cozy)

1.  This goes back to this past weekend, but the kids have been asking Erik to set up a tent so they can go camping.  We started off in the playroom with the tent.  We had everyone set up to go in with all their special blankets and pillows and even toys to snuggle with… when it came time to zip up the tent, the girls wouldn’t sleep in it.  Ryan was a trooper and stuck it out.  The following day, we decided to set up the tent in the backyard for the kids to sleep in over night and even invited a friend to sleep over.  It was a cold and windy night and as soon as everyone got snuggled in the tent, my girls did not want to stay.  Ryan’s friend and his sister slept out there all night long with Ryan and Erik.  I couldn’t believe it! It was so windy, I can’t imagine anyone sleeping through it!  The outdoor pics didn’t turn out b/c it was so dark…
2.  A few weeks ago, I saw a deal online for a cute unfinished Easter bunny that you could personalize with your family initial.  I finally got it and painted it for our front door.  I think it looks good, but the bow could possibly be upgraded.  I love this though b/c I can repaint it year after year to fit our color theme for Easter.
What do you think?  I do wish it were a little bit bigger b/c its sortof solo looking—what could we do to make it POP?  I can only think to get a Ginormous green wreath and wrap it with burlap and affix this into the center? 
3.  Not really Easter related but I am really in love with this show and its really starting to get good.

Since I’m here, I might as well tell you my two other favorites:
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4.  We went to a local Easter Event and the kids had a blast! Its hard to limit my pictures so I apologize for the excess…
5.  Our annual tradition, which is still fairly early (2 years now) we get together with our next door neighbors and decorate eggs! Love this!!
We had a few other friends who joined us this year.  It was SO WINDY and fun!IMG_7525IMG_7526
We also did some Easter Egg Cookie decorating this time!

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