FabFitFun Quick Look {Women & Men}

I wanted to share my FabFitFun but I truly am not going to review it. Everyone and their mother reviews these boxes!! This is what we got in our seasonal box and Men’s box. 

I was happy with my box, but I wasn’t wowed! I like when they include more than beauty products and I got a very beauty based box! I do love the throw and I know I will enjoy everything else! Hopefully next season it’s more “lifestyle” based. 

My husband enjoyed his box as well. Includes was some “grooming” items as well as earbuds and socks. It’s absolutely worth the price and it’s fun to get a surprise ok the mail! This would make a great gift as well!! 
Are you subscribed to FabFitFun? What did you think? 

Happy Tuesday!

Hello all! I hope you’re enjoying your week so far! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is in two days. We have been sick here (and there’s been snow), so I haven’t posted anything in a bit. Pneumonia for me and my daughter is NOT fun! We will be back to regularly scheduled programming next week!! Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and a successful Black Friday!! 

Holiday Gift Guide: Molly’s Picks

If you don’t know, Molly is my 7 (almost 8) year old daughter. I thought it would be fun for her to pick out a few things that she would like, has and even thinks other people would love for the Holidays! 
 I think she did pretty well! 

The first toy she chose was the Itty Bitty Buggy. We were sent this and got to review it and she absolutely is obsessed. 

The Itty Bitty Buggy is a fantastic STEM toy which you build (it also is compatible with legos) and you download an app and it controls the piece. It’s super neat!! You can check out my review here! 

The 

VTech Karaoke Machine is her next choice! She absolutely loves this. We received this for a gift from the Moms Night out event I went to, and she thinks it’s the coolest thing ever! She loves to sing and dance so this is perfect for her- and if your children love to do the same-this is a perfect gift! For only $39.99, you can’t beat the price! 

Crayola is always always a good choice for any gift! They have a new “smell” collection, which Molly has put on her Christmas List! They also have paint, crayons, and makers that go along with it!! 
Last but not least in “Poopsies”. These are the IN toys this year and are kind of hard to kind but they are super cool. If your child likes slime and likes to mix stuff together this is perfect. It comes with everything to make slime!! 
I Hope you enjoyed Molly’s picks!! Make sure to stay tuned. We have ONE more edition of our gift guide coming soon! 

National STEM Day!! Microduino: Itty Bitty Buggy Review

Did you know National STEM day is today, November 8th! If you aren’t familiar with what STEM is, its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. I love anything that has to do with STEM. It’s so important for kids to learn this way, and Microduino is doing just that!! STEM toy company Microduino just launched its newest five-in-one maker kit called the Itty Bitty Buggy (at only $59.99!) to introduce kids to fun, simplified coding.





“Play, creativity, and coding combine with the Itty Bitty Buggy – the newest in the next generation of 2018 STEM Education toys from Microduino. The fun, versatile, and affordable coding programmable toy (CPT) is designed for creators from as young as eight to more seasoned makers. The Itty Bitty Buggy allows kids to build and program four different, interesting creatures – the Sloth, the Ladybug, the Dodo bird, and the Alien – using the foundational base buggy. “

Molly did this with her Dad, while I was at an event and my did they have fun!



Packed with a rich, fun-filled feature set, the Itty Bitty Buggy kit includes Bluetooth, remote control, voice-control, line tracing, musical color recognition, and LEGO®-compatible pieces, providing users with endless design possibilities and playful configurations. As coding skills become more advanced, users can program and modify the behaviors of a specific creature using a variety of coding languages, including Scratch, Python, and Arduino.”

The Itty Bitty Buggy includes a core module, Buggy body, basic building blocks package, music map, USB cables, and a connector wire. Available on Microduinoinc.com and Amazon.com

This is the central “hub” which you build off of.



”  There are so many ways to play with each creature! The Itty Bitty Buggy comes with four modes: Ranger, Cruiser, Voice Control, and Musician. Different modes can be applied to the individual creatures via the Itty Bitty Buggy free App for iOS and Android devices. Users can begin by building the base buggy and set it up to “cruise” around the black line and play music in the color zone on the included map. Then, build upon the base buggy to create the other creatures and explore all the exciting capabilities that each one can offer. Creators can remotely control the movements of the Sloth and use its long, modular arms to move across a rope or enable the Dodo Bird to flap its wings. “

They built the Dodo bird.

Just download the App on your smart phone and play away! I am almost sure my husband had just as much fun, if not more fun than Molly!

Happy STEM Day!! This is for sure going into my Holiday Gift Guide, which you will see soon! Thank you Microduio for sending us this fun and educational toy!

**This post is not sponsored, however this product was sent to me for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are always my own.**

Holiday Gift Guide: Home

This is one of my favorite gift guides because I love a good gift for a home. Some of these products were sent to me for review purposes but most I purchased on my own and just absolutely love! 

First up- Colonial Candles! 

Colonial Candles Are just amazing! I try not to compare brands… but Colonial Candles are WAY better than others. The smell and scent notes are fabulous. Their Holiday Stars  collection was sent to me and all four of these candles are fantastic!! I may have started burning the Cinnamon Chai! So amazing! 

I have mentioned Grove Collaborative  more times then I can count… because I love them! I just tried their own collection (pomogrante), and I can’t say enough about it! The containers and products are absolutely beautiful. These would make perfect gifts to bring to someone’s holiday parties or for a family member! I also love that they have other brands such as Mrs.Meyers that I can purchase and are sent right to my home! I have found some

New products as well such as Ode to Clean!! 


A fail proof gift is the 
Big One Blanket from

Kohl’s. They are a hefty $39.99 so I wait until they are on sale! I actually just purchased 7 for $50! I love to give these as gifts, even to children. They are so soft and so cuddly!!  


Last but not least is the new 

Peyton & Parker line from JCPenny! I got to see this line in person at an event I attended in NYC and the home decor is absolutely beautiful!! I highly suggest it for your own home or a gift!! 

Next up on the Holiday Gift Guide: Toys!! 

Holiday Gift Guide: Baby Necessities & GIVEAWAY!

Welcome back to Modern Mommy Files Holiday Gift Guide Series! I know some people wouldn’t necessarily think that baby Necessities are gifts, however I do! I thought it would be fun to share what I would love to get for my baby for the holidays, even if it is a necessity. This could also be used for a baby shower gift as well! There will be a giveaway ( a good one) at the end of this post!! 

I’m going to start bottoms right first. 

Tubby Todd All Over Ointment is probably one of my favorite gift choices. This stuff is amazing. If you don’t know what Tubby Todd is go check them out. I had purchased from them before the baby was born and they were kind enough to send me a few items from their collection. I use the ointment for both of my kids… especially my daughter who is 7 and has eczema! For $16 this tub lasts a long time and is well worth the money. A balm for everything! A rich, creamy ointment that moisturizes, and calms irritated skin. Plant-based extracts like jojoba, beeswax, and honeysuckle naturally soothe sensitive skin. It Soothes rough patches, cradle cap, burns, cuts, scrapes, and diaper rash, Rubs in smooth and creamy, not sticky or pasty like traditional diaper cream and is Gentle enough for newborns. It is impressive enough for all age and Fragrance-free and safe for sensitive skin. 




The Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowls are my next choices! These bowls are super inexpensive at $7.99 and work fabulous. My son just started eAting solids but once they get a bit older then grab! These bowls go no where! Totally awesome and worth it!! 


 Culturelle baby Probiotics! Man I wish these were around when my daughter was a baby!! These probiotics come in Vitamin D as well as calm and comfort with chamomile. So awesome! Culturelle is the #1 Pediatrician Recommended Brand Based on a 2016 survey among pediatricians recommending a kids probiotic brand. It is  Safe and gentle ingredients that work naturally with your baby’s body. **These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure a disease** There are two kind Grow and Thrive which Promotes the development of a healthy digestive and immune system and Combined with Vitamin D, an important nutrient for babies to help them build strong bones. Calm and Comfort which Helps reduce crying and fussiness due to occasional digestive upset. 



Last but certinally Not least Motif! Motif was kind  enough to send me some Of their collection! I honestly hadn’t heard of Motif but I am so thrilled they reached out.  


Motif Maylilly “Tigerlilly” Electric Steam Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer: ($89.99) This is my favorite item they sent me. I 100% never thought a sterilizer was necessary, but if you don’t have a dish washer, it’s a must!! This machine rocks. Gets right to the job and the bottles come out super sanitized!! I have used this every two weeks and think it’s plenty!! 

Motif Maylilly “Silklilly” Double Bottle Warmer ($49.99).” The Motif Silklilly is a powerhouse appliance that not only warms milk, but can also be used to heat food and sterilize bottles. Simply choose the setting needed on the dial, then forget about it while you get back to the many tasks that come with being a mother. The warmer will automatically shut-off when the cycle is finished to ensure that the milk or food won’t burn your little one. To add further flexibility, the Silklilly operates as either a double or single warmer.” 

Motif Twist ($150 retail value) — The Motif Twist Breast Pump is ideal for moms looking for portable convenience. Use the Twist in your home or on the go with the option to use the battery power or the power cord. Twist the knob to select different suction and massage settings and use the blue LED light timer to track pumping sessions. The Twist allows moms to customize their pumping experience to best fit their unique situation.

Since Motif kindly sent me these items for review and I will not be using the Twist Breast Pump, I will be giving this away!! For your chance to win, enter below!! 

**This giveaway is only open to US residents and much be 18 years or older. Winner will receive (1) Motif Twist Breast Pump sent by me. Winner will be chosen randomly. Ends 10/16/2018. Prize will be sent out within two weeks of hearing back from a winner. Winner will be contacted through email.** 

All you need to do is head over 

https://www.instagram.com/modernmommyfiles_/ follow me and leave a comment!! It’s as easy as that!! 

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Own* 


Holiday Gift Guide: Baby Fun

Happy November and Happy Holiday Gift Guide!! I am so excited to share some of my picks for this year and hope you love them all. I am going to start with Baby Fun but coming up will be Kids Toys, Home goods, and lastly Modern Mommy Files Picks! 
 

I had a hard time picking stuff because I had SO many ideas! I mostly chose things that my babes loves and added a fun thing that he will love very soon!! 

Skip Hop Activity Center($119):  I received this for my baby shower and let me tell you, he loves it!! It’s simple yet fun and it’s sleek so it doesn’t take up a ton of room! He just started really getting into it!! 

I mean isn’t this the cutest?? 

Infantino Stroller Toy- Fox($12.99): I love this thing! I received this for free for taking a survey for Infantino! Anyone can register to do them just head over to their website. We have this attached to his play mat instead of the stroller because he adores it. He lays and chats with it, and it’s just fun! 

Aurora Stuffed Animal Penguin Lovey ($14.99): My daughter has named her two Aurora penguins “Peng”. So when I got pregnant she wanted to get him one as well. This stuffed animal is the sweetest most cuddly thing ever! 


V-Tech Sensory Turtle ($19.99): I got to attend an event in NYC (you can read about it here) and I got to check out some fun V-Tech toys. This turtle was one of them and is the cutest thing ever! When the Touch & Discover Sensory Turtle comes out of his shell, he’s sure to entertain your little one! This cuddly plush turtle features a variety of textures, colors and patterns to stimulate your baby’s senses and encourage fine motor skills. Play peek-a-boo with the cute and cuddly turtle by tucking in his head and legs to change him into a soft, wobbly ball for 2-in-1 play. The chunky button on the top of the shell is easy for little ones to press and lights up in a variety of colors as it responds with sounds, music and cute phrases. The shell includes a baby-safe mirror, rattle and ring. There’s plenty to see, touch and explore with this textured tortoise! 



Smilo Sippy Cup($11.99):  I wanted to add this cup on my favorite baby things because cups are such a huge transitional item from baby to toddler! This cup is spill-free and Leak-free and also uses BPA-Free materials. Nowhere for dirt and mold to hide. Our sippy cup is designed to eliminate the issues parents and kids encounter with most cups. Co-developed with a leading pediatric dentist, the patented spout provides better lip posture and position than other designs. This spout shape encourages proper oro-myofunctional development and easy, on-demand sipping; no need to bite down on the spout! Use with or without the internal hard straw. Holds 8.5 oz. (250 mL).  


I hope you all enjoyed my holiday picks for baby!! Stay tuned for more next week! 

**This post is not sponsored. It may contain affiliate links. Some of these products  were sent to me for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.**



Motown Magic: New Netflix Series Coming November 20th!


If you love Beat Bugs, you’re in for a huge surprise!Josh Wakley has come out with a new series! 


 MOTOWN MAGIC features 52 newly-recorded versions of songs made famous by Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and many more. Each 11-minute episode incorporates a plotline inspired by the themes and characters of a classic Motown song, and an original version of that song covered by contemporary artists including Ne-Yo, Becky G, BJ The Chicago Kid, Skylar Grey, Calum Scott, and Trombone Shorty.

“It’s always time to introduce the music of Motown to a new generation, and Josh Wakely has the creativity and the vision to entertain families all over the world,” said Smokey Robinson. “It’s exciting to see these timeless classics reimagined through extraordinary animation and heartfelt stories while still honoring the roots of the music.”
Colorful and family-friendly, MOTOWN MAGIC follows Ben, a wide-eyed eight-year-old with a big heart and an amazing imagination, who uses his magic paintbrush to bring the street-art decorating his city, Motown, to life. At the heart of this animated series is an upbeat and fun-filled story about music, magic and the power of imagination. The series is composed of a diverse cast and crew, including 11-year-old singing sensation Zacary James (of the Melisizwe Brothers), who covers the show’s theme song, “ABC,” and famed beatboxer HeaveN BeatBox.
“I was raised on the music of Motown, and always found it incredibly inspirational and culturally important,” said writer, director and creator Josh Wakely. “With MOTOWN MAGIC, my team and I have created stories that bring to life the world we’ve imagined while listening to these iconic songs in a way that families can enjoy together.”


Josh Wakely’s Animated Family Series MOTOWN MAGIC Premieres November 20th Exclusively on Netflix with All-Star Guest Artists. Make sure to tune in!

Beat Bugs are back: November 9th

Have you and your children ever watched the Netflix series Beat Bugs? Do you love music? The Beatles?  If you haven’t, your children (and yes you)  will LOVE it. My daughter is 7 and adores it and my 4 month old loves the colors! I cant wait until he’s old enough to actually enjoy it!! 


Beat Bugs is an Emmy Award-winning animated kid series on Netflix revolving around the lives and adventures of five charming and funny child-like bugs who live in an overgrown backyard. What sets Beat Bugs apart is that each episode uses a narrative inspired by songs made famous by The Beatles. All of the songs are re-recorded for the series, some of which are covered by all-star artists including from past seasons, Sia, Rod Stewart, Eddie Vedder, Jennifer Hudson and James Corden. Seasons 1 and 2 in addition to a 48-minute special entitled: BEAT BUGS: ALL TOGETHER NOW, are currently available on the platform. Beat Bugs was created by Josh Wakely, following a groundbreaking deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and is produced by Grace: a storytelling company.


The creator Josh Wakely also has created Motown Magic, an animated series based on the music of Motown, coming out on Netflix Nov. 20! More to come… 

Halloween Fun on YouTube Kids!

Do your children love to watch YouTube? My daughter does. It is so nerve racking to have her on regular YouTube so we use YouTube kids!! The best thing about YouTube kids is they have special festive content for the holidays! 

It’s almost Halloween, only one week away!! Now through November 1st, families are invited to join Youtube kids so Little ones can check out fun content including an exclusive animated series featuring the globally belovedOddbods, as well as the Zombie Hotel Halloween Special.  This month YouTube Kids users will also be treated to Halloween themed playlists from Nickelodeon and introduced by Jace Norman, as well as ABC Kids’ Giggle and Hoot, and Art for Kids Hub.  

Some of the delightful Halloween treats that YouTube Kids app users will be able to indulge in include:

·  Special Halloween Themed Playlists with Nickelodeon!  Create your spookiest Halloween costume with the Merrell Twins, make Halloween slime with JoJo, trick-or-treat taste test with some of your favorite stars on Nickelodeon, and so much more! Check out the exciting playlist on YouTube Kids by clicking here, or if you are not viewing from a phone or tablet , you can watch here .  

· Another fun Playlist  is Giggle and Hoot: Halloween Favorites on Youtube Kids! Jimmy Giggle and Hoot have put together a bootastic playlist of their Halloween favorites for the YouTube Kids App!  Get a peek at what they are up to by clicking here, or if you are not viewing from a phone or tablet, you can watch here.  

· Oddbods Halloween Special: this exclusive series created specifically for YouTube Kids viewers features the characters young viewers know and love from the hit animated series.  The show stars seven furry, colorful friends who live in the small town of Oddsville and like to get into all sorts of mischief.  Check out what they have up their sleeves for Halloween on YouTube Kids here, or if you are not viewing on a phone or tablet, you can check it out here.  

· And Lastly Zombie Hotel Halloween Special: Pass the Fawlty Towers, turn right after the Adams Family’s and you’ll find the ZOMBIE HOTEL! Wide eyed twins Fungus and Maggot will welcome you, along with their Mom and Dad Zombies, Rictus and Funerella, and a team of wacky employees who never run short of oddities.  But don’t worry, the twins and their human school pal Sam will come to the rescue whenever you’re served pigs eye soup for lunch or if your room is next to a couple of loud vampires.  A different kind of resort, where there’s never a dull day! This is a Halloween special created especially for YouTube Kids. Check it out on YouTube Kids here, or if you are not viewing from a  phone or tablet you can view it here

Incase you aren’t aware of the YouTube Kids app. The YouTube Kids app is the first Google product built from the ground up with kids in mind. The app makes it easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore and is available for free on Google Play and the App store. YouTube Kids continues to put parents in the driver’s seat with additional parental controls that allow parents to choose what is right for their family! 

Parental controls are so important in this day and age especially with kids that are so into technology. Make sure to check out these fun Halloween Treats before they Dissapear!