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MomTastic Find: Because They CAN, Closing the Belief Gap

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  This month’s MomTastic find is a heartwarming back to school story, and what better time to think about realizing potential in each and every kid.  Because They Can is an organization looking to close the gap between what students can achieve and what other people believe they can achieve by empowering educators to empower all students to achieve their fullest potential.  Education Post had a great article detailing the effects of ignoring kids on performance, self-esteem, and ultimately, being the best they can be. Unfortunately, not all kids have engaged parents in the home. Research shows that many adults in society have much lower expectations for these kids, and when they underestimate what they’re capable of, it’s called the Belief Gap. Here’s an example, the story of 8th grader Kim Wilborn, a young girl who, with the help of committed educators, was able to be pushed farther than she
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MomTastic Find: The Story House Bookstore on Wheels

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        This is SUCH a great idea, and I happen to adore the founder, Debbie Cohen, behind it…Sure, we all “Amazon” and love one-click shopping, but how great would it be if a specially curated bookstore came directly TO YOU!  The Story House is a new concept, a bookstore on wheels, much like a food truck with a different kind of nourishment, that will be visiting book fairs, schools, etc., in the coming year.  Their online store has lots of great resources, too, along with book ideas for kids to grads, local summer reading lists, ways to bring The Story House to your school or event, and more. Cohen is an author, educator, mom, and now innovator.  You can be part of putting this store on the road.  Check out their Kickstarter Campaign to get involved.  And happy reading! Disclosure:  No compensation was made for this post,
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Join the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack Assembly Event May 13-15

Join the Feed My Starving Children in DC

              DC/MD/VA friends – wanted to share a client project with a #MomTastic twist.  A Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) Event Food Fight MobilePack Assembly Event is happening this weekend May 13-15 at the Dulles Expo Center (Virginia).  Some 30,000 volunteers will pack 5 million meals to feed kids around the world.  Plus, volunteers are asked to bring a can of food for the Capital Area Food Bank for local communities.  This massive event can feed 14,000 children for a full year. How can you help? Sign up to volunteer (2 1/2 hour shifts throughout the weekend available) Support the cause Spread the word!  Here’s sample language you can share on your own social channels – Join 30,000 local volunteers who are trying to kick hunger to the curb!  Join us May 13-15 at #2016foodfight Share this post on your own channels –
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MomTastic Find: Washington Nationals Discount Code

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Thanks to our friends at The Washington Nationals for this MomTastic discount code.  Go to, select game, and enter MOMTINI for special discounts at any games!  Go Nats!

MomTastic Find: The Perfect Portion Cookbook

A revolutionary cookbook using the 100 calorie counting system.

        Who doesn’t love comfort food?  And imagine a collection of yummy, comfort food recipes that show you how to indulge in 100-calorie increments? I recently got a chance to preview a new cookbook that does just that.  The Perfect Portion Cookbook has 150 recipes, each outlined in 100-calorie portions.  Here are some that really caught my eye as looking delicious, interesting, and something that would be helpful to eat in moderation. First, an Enchilada Bake – this looks like a blanket on a cold day, and we’re having lots of those in D.C.:               And a sweet treat, 100-calorie Brownie Bites…yummm!                 Get the kids involved!  Here’s a fun way to show kids the process and encourage them to assist.  The Better Batter French Toast would be a #MomTastic activity and very family-friendly.
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Family Table Time Aims to Rescue the Mealtime Treasure

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This week’s #MomtasticFind is a new product that has a simple but really important mission:  to rescue, elevate, and improve the family dinner hour.  After reviewing some of their pieces, I wanted to share a great quote from their piece about teamwork, because I think it’s most relevant to a successful family unit (and getting the dishes done…).  “When we work together, we can accomplish so much more…Teamwork requires good listening skills and cooperation among all members of the group.” Here’s a synopsis from their press release… At a time when electronic and digital passion monopolizes our children’s time and lives, Kimball Companies found a new, easy and fun way for families to connect.  Family Table Time was designed by Neal and Jill Kimball to help engage families with very meaningful conversations while creating unforgettable memories.  It promotes positive behaviors in parents and children to cook, eat, talk, connect, engage, read,
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You Are Musical Launches New Website

You Are Musical Launches New Website

      This week’s MomTastic Find is a personal favorite and (full disclosure) client of ours.  You Are Musical just launched a very exciting production..its new website.  The company specializes in early childhood music education (with options for adults too), with programs in schools, homes, the community, and more.  Along the production route, I learned some fascinating stats about kids and music that I wanted to share here at The Lounge. Did you know…the piano was invented in 1700 in Florence, Italy.  That, along with the fact that 3 million guitars were sold in the U.S. last year, makes for some good dinner table trivia. Time Magazine reports that music can change your brain.  The magazine published, “Children who not only regularly attended music classes, but also actively participated in the class, showed larger improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers.” A
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MomTastic Find: Marimba Chat

Marimba is the first messaging app certified by kidSAFE

        Sponsored Post There’s nothing more fun than working on a PR project for a family-friendly product that I view as “MomTastic,” and Marimba Chat is a perfect example!  I wanted to share this exciting news at The Lounge… Young kids want to text.  Parents want to keep them safe.  Until recently, think of the young kids’ “digital playground” as mobile messaging without a hall monitor. Mainstream apps want you to be 13+, so kids either lie about their age and participate in platforms that are built for and marketed to adults, or wait.  However… Young kids are more digitally savvy than ever. In fact, one survey reported that 52% of kids spend SIX hours a day online.* Parents struggle to keep up with the rapid fire technology…This same survey said 80% of parents don’t have the time or energy to keep up with their children online.
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Sponsored Post: Busch Gardens Holiday Celebration Continues

Busch Gardens Christmas Town Celebrations

When you think of Colonial Williamsburg and the area around it, you may be thinking historic battlefields and war re-enactments.  But there’s something much “lighter” going on this holiday season, and we wanted to share some of the information around their Christmas Town programs.  Here’s their “411” on the celebration now through December 31 where you can have a fun winter adventure: Guests can feel the warmth of the holidays while strolling along paths lit by more than eight million twinkling lights. True to its European heritage, Busch Gardens pulls out the stops for its annual Christmas event with idealized representations of the world’s best Christmas traditions. Scrooge No More! ™, is coming to Busch Gardens’ Globe Theatre for Christmas Town. Join Scrooge live on stage in an all-new musical at the Globe Theatre as he is swept away by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, who teach
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Sponsored Post: Food Lion

        Comment on this post with anything useful for families for Thanksgiving (a tip, a recipe secret, anything to make the holiday special), and you will be entered to win a $25 Food Lion Gift Card (winners to be randomly chosen on December 15, 2014). We recently shopped Food Lion as a Mom Blog assignment, and wanted to share some of our findings here at The Lounge.  Our local store was definitely well-stocked, easy to shop, and reasonably priced throughout the store.   In particular, we found the frozen section to have TONS of kid-friendly foods.  Our boys are in a constant state of motion or refueling, so we like to keep lots of after school snacks “at the ready.”  And snacks aren’t just pretzels, it’s really more like a 4th meal.  Plus, with kids, you never know when you’ll have 1 or 10 showing up, ready to
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