Welcome to the Mommy's (and Daddy's) Guide!
Here we post exciting things for parents that are inexpensive,
free (our favorite), or so awesome that it doesn't matter
how much it costs!We list the week's events and places
to go, review the ones we've gone to, and tell you about
the ideas we think are important as parents.We are based
in Lynbrook NY and our listings are always local- mostly
Long Island (usually Nassau County), sometimes the city,
always New York! We hope you enjoy the site, and comments
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Weekly Events and Halloween Happenings!

Monday October 27th

National Tell a Story Day
Navy Day

Baby and Me Yoga
When: 11:30-12:30
Where: Yoga Long Beach 54  West Park Avenue, Long Beach NY
Info: Please call for cost yogalongbeach.com

Explorer Family Backpacks:  Get a backpack and discover the beauty of all the different world cultures through art in the gallery! Then your child will create one of their own to bring home!
When:10:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Hofstra University, Hempstead Turnpike , Hempstead NY 11549
Cost: Free
http://hofstra.edu/museum

Butterfly House is open at Sweetbriar Nature Center
When: Everyday 10-4pm
Where: 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown NY
Cost: $5.00 $3 kids under 11 years old and seniors 

The Art Studio in Rockville Centre
Where:221 North Long Beach Road, Rockville Centre NY 11570
When: Mondays and Wednesdays 11am-12pm for preschoolers. Other times available for older kids.
Cost:$20 a lesson or $75 a month
Info: (516)763-2050

Junior Jet Club: An interactive play area for kids 6 and under. This is included with admission to the Cradle of Aviation Museum or skip the museum for just $2.50
When: Every day
Where: Museum Row Charles Lindbergh Blvd Garden City NY 11553
Info: http://www.cradleofaviation.org/plan_your_visit/junior_jet_club.html

GirlzNDollz







Girlz N Dollz line of plush rag dolls are one of the cutest series' of affordable- $14.99 plus shipping- plushes I have seen in a long while.  We received Little Lexie, from the Lil'Totz line of Girlz N Dollz. Her profile online states that she likes to spend time with her friends, her fashion style is practical and colorful, and her favorite color is the colors of the rainbow! Her terrycloth outfit comes off of the doll and is really very adorable.  Each doll has a profile similar to this and all the dolls are very fashion oriented, meaning their clothes are strongly connected to their personality.  The creator of the line is in love with both dolls and fashion and with the help of her own little girl created a line that reflected that the mantra of their line, which is "I AM ME"
     This doll makes me fell like a kid again; I can just picture myself receiving this as a gift and carrying her around on adventures and still being able to cuddle up with her to sleep. She is machine washable, which helps because she will absolutely be going off on adventures with your little ones and what is an adventure without a little mess!

Celebrate Halloween With Skylanders!


     "Celebrate Halloween with Skylanders! This year, Skylanders will come to life with kids dressed as their favorite character from one of the biggest entertainment franchises for kids! Starting at $19.99 for core costumes to $29.99 for deluxe costumes and $9.99 for the accessories, kids can choose between fan- favorite characters such as Jet- Vac, Trigger Happy, Spyro and Chop Chop!"

Jet-Vac: Party City/.com, Amazon.com, Costume Super Center, Spirit Online, KMART
Transform into the noble Sky Baron with our Deluxe Boys Jet-Vac Costume! Jet-Vac costume includes a blue feather-printed jumpsuit, chest armor, and face mask with white feather accents. 
DLX Includes:
·         Vinyl mask
·         jumpsuit
·         chest piece
·         molded gloves
·         belt
·         molded show covers

Trigger Happy: Party City/.com, BuySeasons Inc, Amazon.com, Costume Super Center, Spirit Online

Mavel's Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer! YES












             

The Mommy's Guide Meets The Voices And The Minds Behind The New TMNT



  I love running The Mommy's Guide- I really do.  I love meeting new people and connecting with brands I love. But right now I am completely besotted because I had the great opportunity to meet the people behind the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television show on Nickelodeon.  That's right I got to interview the voice of Donatello, Rob Paulsen, and Greg Cipes, the voice of Michelangelo along with executive producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman.  We met at the beautiful Toys R Us in Times Square and it was fantastic.

      Rob Paulsen is an amazing voice actor that has been in the industry for years.  He was in the original TMNT series as the voice of Raphael and now has come back years later to reintroduce the franchise to a new generation.  Before the actual interview we met Mr. Paulsen and shared a couple of words. Guys he is awesome!!!  I was super excited to meet him as he is literally the voice of my childhood.  Besides TMNT he was the voice of Pinky from "Pinky And The Brain" and "Animaniacs" as well as Boober from the cartoonized version of "Fraggle Rock".  It takes a lot for me to be nervous in front of someone.  I mean it is my job to meet people known or otherwise, but I found my hands actually shaking as we took a selfie together.  I grew up with the characters he portrayed and some of my favorite memories are of watching those shows with my friends and family and here was the 3D and humanized version of those characters! Dream come true.
   So like I said we talked a bit before the actual interview and spoke of how he came to work on the new TMNT series.  Like all fans when we hear that one of our beloved shows or movies are being remade our go to feeling is...nooooooo.  Well when Mr. Paulsen's son heard that his father was asked to voice a turtle in the new show, he needed to know that this show was going to be just as good as the original that he grew up with and that his father worked so hard on.  After watching a couple of episodes his son, as for a large amount of the TMNT fan base, gave his dad the go ahead and we are so excited that he did! .

Make Halloween Fun with Shadow FX


                                             

     Crayola is awesome- I figured I would lay that out there before I get started so you know how I feel. They make such great family friendly products that simply amaze me every time each year.  We received the Shadow FX to use for some Halloween fun and it worked out great.  This is a kid's sized projector that has big results.  The kit comes with a light console that has three lights and four buttons for different color combinations and flashing.  First choose a stencil and then draw on the clear screen with the magic erasable marker.  Then place the screen on the secure holder in front of the lights and presto-chango your wall is now your work of art! 

One Self-Proclaimed Outcast's View on America's Violence Problems

     October is Anti-Bullying Month- here is a story I feel that parents and none parents alike will take something away from.~Mj


    So I was on Facebook the other day and looking at my "news feed" Which was filled with Buzzfeed quizzes, (OK FINE I took them too) pictures of babies, bad MEMEs and a picture of a couple that REALLY needed to keep their tongues in their own mouths, when I came to a post from a acquaintance from high school. He was a sweet kid who honestly I had a tiny tiny crush on- I thought he was adorable, he liked comics, I liked comics, he liked video games, hey man me too, I mean add the songs on his Discman mixes and I am sure we would have been 15 year old soul mates. What is funny is this is what caused him to be picked on.  In this extraordinarily long Facebook status post (yeah it took me to it's own page) he retells the story of his experiences in bullying. He also shows us that bullying doesn't stop once you graduate high school.  This is one man's experience and one man's opinion of why we as a nation are plagued with the recent bouts of horrific acts of mass and ordinary violence. You may not agree with him, in fact some of what he says you may think is complete and utter nonsense, but since we all have the first amendment on our side and I happen to think that what he wrote was- in a word (one of my favorite words) awesome, I asked him if I could share this with all of you. He said OK, and here it is.  I must advise you that this open letter uses strong language and he doesn't like football- I understand that to some of you that might be more insulting than the language. That being said, I hope you all listen to his story.


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