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Taking My Girl To Monster Jam: Returns to DC End of January {WIN TICKETS}

I’ve taken my sons to Monster Jam®, the unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, most family-friendly motor sport in the world, when they were younger and now that the show is heading back to  Washington, DC for three adrenaline pumping events at the Capital One Arena on January 26-27, I will take my daughter.

Girls can like big trucks too!

The show will feature eight of the most intense athletes of Monster Jam so Washington fans will get to witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor contending in customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and of course, the iconic Monster Jam trucks in six events sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats.

I did not realize previously that Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes.

To get the honor of driving one of these beasts on wheels, they have to who master not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world.

Wowza! I cannot wait to experience this again up close and personal!

Fans are invited to the pre-event Pit Party before January 26 and 27 1:00 p.m. events where they can get up-close-and personal with the Monster Jam trucks and drivers, take photos and get autographs.

WHERE:         Capital One Arena – 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

WHEN:            Saturday, January 26 @ 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

                        Sunday, January 27 @ 1:00 p.m.

The Pit Party on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. gives fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers.



TICKETS
:       Tickets and Pit Party Passes are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

But  you can win them here! I’m giving away 4 Tickets to lucky readers! Enter below now thru January 

4 Monster Jam DC Opening Night Tix

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as

well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and

opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.

Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine

5 Family Cars of 2019 To Consider If You’re Growing a Family

It’s a new year and Car Show season!

If you’re feeling the belly itch and you’re expecting to increase your family in 2019 or 2020, you may need to consider buying a more family friendly car this year.Here are our 5 top picks for family friendly cars to buy in 2019 if you’re expecting.

Photo credit: Simon Yeo

Mazda CX-9

Once again, for families in 2019 it’s still all about the SUV. Our top family friendly SUV pick is the Mazda CX-9 as it has an impressive ride and handling. It’s also got awesome advanced safety tech to keep new bub safe on the road. Older kids also won’t get bored on longer drives with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As a seven seater this one is perfect for larger families or for those parents who play chauffer to not only their own kids but their friends as well. This one comes in front and all-wheel drive models depending on your needs.

Photo credit: M 93

Chevrolet Malibu

If you’re not looking into buying an SUV then you might want to look at the Chevrolet Malibu for your family’s needs. The Chevrolet Malibu comes with a bunch of family friendly features. Perhaps most importantly it has excellent fuel economy for parents who are forever chauffeuring the kids around. The engine is officially rated for 33 miles per gallon on the highway and 26 mpg combined but many reviewers have fared much better during test drives. For a sedan this big, that’s pretty impressive.

Photo credit: The NRMA

Toyota Hilux

While not readily available in North America, though it can be ordered, the dual-cab doesn’t normally go hand in hand with family life, instead being designated to tradesmen, the Toyota Hilux seamlessly brings the comfort and room of a family car together with the handiness of a utility vehicle. This is the perfect solution for growing families that only want one car and for those that have many home renovation projects on the go. The performance is excellent and has super safety features to boot including 7 airbags, reversing camera, auto levelling LED headlights, daytime running lights and electronic stability program.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is our top pick for families that don’t need as much space and seating. Available as a 6-speed manual or automatic the Golf GTI is a fun little car, super affordable for those on a budget and of course very family friendly. Complete with a large infotainment system kids both young and old will enjoy riding in this car on extended trips or just to and from school. Cool sport seats in the front and a digital dash brings this hatch up to speed with far more expensive models.

Photo credit: Andrew Bone

Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia hatchback is the perfect choice for sensible families, however it’s also a lot more fun to drive than you probably think. While it’s a hatchback it’s still very spacious for the whole family, including a huge boot perfect for soccer parents. Opt for the Octavia Estate if you’re after a car with even more room in the back, the four-wheel-drive Octavia Scout if you’re looking at taking your family on light adventures and the sporty Octavia vRS if you’re all about performance.

7 Things To Get With the Amazon Gift Card You Got for Christmas

It’s time to use those gift cards you got for Christmas!  Since 2005, some $45.7 billion has been floating around in unused gift card balances, according to Finder!

We can guess why. Life is Busy. We are Forgetful.  Don’t join the statistic! Avoid hesitating on spending your gift card!

I recommend you get on Amazon and quickly order something you would ordinarily NOT get for yourself!

It is an excellent excuse to gift yourself something novel, fun, quirky or just different.

Here are 7 items I’ve seen, purchased, used and looked up to see if they sell them on Amazon and they do! Sweet! 

1. Game on!– Get nostalgic and play some of your fave Atari 6400 games you played as a kid with your own kids! We love Blast’s vintage “Plug and Play” video game that comes with a wireless controller and features 8-20 classic video game titles like Centipede, Millipede, Yar’s Revenge, Asteroids, Missile Command, Pitfall, River Raid, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Galaga and Dig Dug. We picked one up at Target for like $25.00 on sale. Online it’s at Amazon.com for just $18! My husband and I played for hours with our kids on Christmas Eve! So fun!!! Thanks AtGames for gifting us a controller as well!

2. Coffee Lovers – I have been eyeing KRUPS’  Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder for a while now and it’s down to $15! Perfect price point for this best selling press machine for coffee aficionados like myself! It makes 3 ounces worth of  yummy goodness in about 10 seconds! Love mine! I got one for Christmas and I’m hoping it saves me money on Starbucks! Oy vey! LOL!! 

3. Wine On – Ever since I won a wine tumbler in an Instagram contest, I’ve not stopped using mine. Not sure if to laugh or cry about that! ha! If you have an Amazon gift card, you can pick one up for under $20!  It’s my go to at the end of a trying week!

4. Future seekers – Going in 2019, a lot of people have big dreams and hopes of making the next year better than the last. I’m a fan of astrology and birth order and the zodiac and I can say emphatically that I got my kickstart going thoroughly through the pages of Mecca Woods‘ book “Astrology for Happiness and Success!” ($10.39)  I not only perused Woods’ very practical tips, delivered in a casual conversational tone for my sign, Virgo, I did for my children’s and husband’s as well. I found the career and wellness guidance extremely relevant and they appear so personalized to me! The book is wonderfully sectioned and organized making it a super easy read! You can pass it on to your mom, sister, bestie when done! Get it!

5. Ski down – It’s the season for hitting the slopes and a new pair of over the glasses ski goggles would be a great gift to give yourself this winter! These are just $18 on Amazon! It gets good reviews, fits with your helmet and fog resistant! Looks like a winner! I think I’ll get the purple ones!

6. Well Read – For the design and/or book lover, this exquisite reading lamp I peeped a teen using while sitting and reading books in Barnes and Noble over the holiday caught my eye. It is pretty, sleek and super portable. I asked her if she got it in the bookstore and she told me  no, Amazon! For just $15!!! I just ordered one! 

7. Wild Animal – Signal your love of your pet dog or cat with these adorable fridge magnets! I saw these on my girlfriend’s fridge a few months ago! I thought they were so cute and they’re only about $10 for a set on Amazon! 

Have fun shopping for stuff you know you may not ordinarily get for yourself!

Review: Start Out The New Year in These Luxurious Sheets

If you are on the hunt for some home items for the new Year to spruce up your digs, I invite you to check out the folks at California Design Den

a quality linen brand “dedicated to delivering high-comfort bedding that’s on-trend and built to last.”

Complimentary of this fabulous company, my hubby and I got a chance to check out of of its luxurious 400-600 thread count sateen weave sheets ($48.89 starting for king size), superbly crafted of fine products and created in an eco-friendly production process. 

I chose black because it is my fave color and matches my mahogany sleigh bed and dark wood furnishings in my bedroom. They also come in blue, chocolate brown, blush, light grey, vanilla, indigo batik, mod spa,  pure white, red wine and smoked pearl.

The sheets fit in perfectly and felt so smooth and crisp against my skin.  We have had it we had to wash them between reviewing them and publishing this post and I can attest that after a traditional machine wash and dry, they come without too many wrinkles and spread on the bed just as nicely as when they were first used!

I really love this brand of linen makers which sells a variety of fine sheets through commerce sites like Wayfair and Nordstrom Rack. They are also a top seller at Amazon

Check out all California Design Den has to offer and consider investing in one of California Design Den’s quality top-notched products for the home today.

If they were not an exquisite item, I would not endorse them as such so you know these are a keeper!

I will be checking out what else they have to offer now that I’ve tested out and enjoy so thoroughly these sheets!

Why Isabella Oliver is a Boss Maternity Brand {Video Review}

I’ve blogged about in the past how much I really like Isabella Oliver maternity here, here and here!

I am a fan  and have been for a while and so much so that I joined as an affiliate and brand ambassador. It’s also a popular brand among celebrities.

It’s having a big holiday sale of up to 50% OFF and FREE Shipping on orders over $149 so I decided to do a quick YouTube video to plug why particularly I love this fashionable brand of maternity clothing. 

If you Want to cop some of this brand’s stuff! Happy Shopping!

Stylish Gear For Cool Yet ‘Good’ Dads? Please and Thanks! {Otter Pass Review}

I believe firmly that new (and vet) parents really ought to invest in certain premium products and heirloom quality baby-related pieces and products that can and will stand the test in time, and can be used over and over again as new members of the family join.

Such items include the baby glider, crib, stroller, car seat and diaper bag which will endure lots of miles of use and as such, and in my opinion, should be made of the best material, pass the highest value standard and overall be considered a genuine investment — meaning perhaps more money is spent on them. This is true for moms and dads.

Now, traditionally, a lot of men prefer not to carry around a typical “diaper bag” because they are usually styled for a mom and have extra feminine flare to them.

Fortunately for modern Millennial dads and beyond, many brands and companies in recent years have sprouted up to cater specifically to the discerning tastes and needs of dads who prefer sleek, styled yet masculine products for when they’re doing “daddy duty” on the go.

A new brand on the market, Otter Pass fits squarely in that categorization because the products are made with top-of-the line leather, canvas and other materials for the “brand spanking new dad“, and the “dad  on-the-go” and we cannot forget, the “old school dad”.

We inspected the Leather and Waxed-Canvas 13″ Laptop Case in black which features a tapered bottom that can be slipped into my husband’s work briefcase yet it is sleek in design on its own that he could stand on its own and be carried to a meeting at headquarters.

We were able to squeeze in a notepad, his laptop, a few pens and his mobile phone, earbuds, keys and wallet in one of the few pouches. The sleeve retails for $145.  

If we wanted to go with a complete look, we could slip the sleeve into another item in the Otter Pass executive collection, its messenger bag (retail $245)  made up of the same materials with a superb cotton twill interior, featuring an adjustable cotton strap with antique brass finished hardware. *swoon* Did someone say “antique brass*?

The Otter Pass Messenger Bag

It is certainly a signature piece with one exterior back slip pocket, 2 front slip pockets,  and 1 front zipper pocket. There is more space to store stuff inside including 2 cell pockets, 1 laptop compartment, keychain

Now imagine a small portable organizer with a fob to hook onto the bag  or, better yet, a pacifier. It can stand on its own and hold quick wipes, ID cards, credit and library cards for library story time and every thing needed by a work-from-home or working dad doing weekend duty. 

I love this brand because of the transparency about the journey its traveled to bring these wonderful products to modern fathers. 

The Austin, Texas-based company is named for a lodge built on stilts above water called Passo do Lontra in Otter Pass, in the wetlands in far west Brazil. It is where its founder Jonathan Goudeau used to frequent with his brothers learning from their dad how to hook piranhas, avoid the reeds where alligators hid,  spot spider monkeys at dawn, and listen for the wing-beats of the jaburu, according to the company’s “about us” page.

The company’s name and ideals honors the memory of Goudeau’s dad who sadly perished at the hands of a drunk driver when Goudeau was just 17-years old.

You can sense the connectedness and passion for serving fathers who, according to the company’s mission, are better ready for anything and able to connect with their kids when they are organized and have all the tools they need.

Otter Pass’ collection include everything from wallets and Dopp Kits to hold anything from snacks to shaving supplies, to baby bottle holders to travel cases that are really manly diaper holders!

The one-year old brand also has a social conscious and altruistic presence as well. Up until yesterday, December 2, it donated 25% of sales from last Giving Tuesday, November 17 to Refugee groups in Austin, Texas. 

Right now, if you head over to the company’s website and join the newsletter,  you’re going to get 10% off your order! Sweet!



We love it so much, we added it to our Gift Guide of things to get that Posh Parent on your Holiday gift list!

I love the brand message, history and more to Otter Pass and plan to keep up with it and have followed it on all its social channels!

You can too keep up with Otter Pass, the brand, the story and the mission on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

I can already see that they are out here supporting free trade and challenging slave labor among dis-empowered communities worldwide! Right on! My kind of company! 

Editorial disclaimer: Product and monetary compensation were provided in exchange for this review, however, my opinions are mine and my review of the products are made without regard to the complimentary nature and the fact the review may be sponsored.

Here is $5 To Get This Conversation Starter ‘Mom’ Tee

To promote the Bellyitch Mom Charm Store, I’m giving all of my readers $5.00 towards the purchase of these funny “World’s Okayest Mom” Tee shirt that I sell in the shop!

This comfy cotton blend lightweight tee shirt is a head turner and conversation starter. Every time this summer, fall and pre-winter I have worn this shirt out and about, I get commentary, people stopping me to tell me they like it and generally hat’s off.

We all know motherhood (and parenthood for that matter) isn’t easy. No one is perfect. We are judged harshly by our partners, kids, society, parents, and everyone in between so owning up and having a sense of humor about it can be endearing! 

I get it!

And now you can too!  GET YOUR contemporary, durable tee SHIRT HERE! 

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and enter code JJSpecial at check out to get your $5.00 OFF brining down the cost of this shirt to just $20 and knowledge that your purchase will support one of your fave parenting sites! ha! j/k But no really! 

Appreciate your support, friends! 

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Amazing! Organize Your Notes & Life with this Intelligent Reusable Notebook {Video Review}

By now, parents of school-aged children have received first quarter grades and can gauge, after attending a parent-teacher meeting, how well their child is doing in school.

Early in the semester, I was offered a Rocketbook Everlast 36-page reusable intelligent notebook (retails: $29.49) which allows users to send handwritten notes jotted won on the notebook to their favorite cloud service.

Cloud services include Google Drive, Dropbox, Slack, OneNote, Evernote, iCloud etc.  You have to use a FriXion erasable pen or marker on it.

The pens come in all shapes and sizes tho the original notebook comes with one black one.

The patented pages look and feel like paper, but they are actually made up of a proprietary page that lets erasable pens and markers bond to them until moisture is applied.

That’s the beauty and genius of this notebook. The notes can be wiped clean after they are scanned and uploaded to the cloud.   

It’s like having a 7-subject notebook powered by tech but in one.

The first page of the notebook includes 7 symbols you can assign each subject. After penning notes, the student or biz owner (depending on who is using the notebook and for what purpose), scans the pages and QRC code on the corner and sends it to an associated Rocketbook app which files the notes into the pre-determined category.

After a few uploads or so, students will see a continuous stream of notes. They can use them to create outlines to study from, to print out note cards, or simply to review before class or skim before a quiz or exam. 

It cuts out the trauma that would occur if the student were to lose a notebook. It’s great for that kid who loses papers and struggles with organization.

My 16-year old son Caleb tested it out. Now the kid is an honors student tho he misspelled the word “pineapple” in this demo. I think we was joking around but who knows. (ha) Overall, I was impressed that he used it all semester long and took it out frequently. He plans to continue to use it.

Get yours for $29.49 and although that’s a bit steep, the fact that you can reuse it time and time again and get more than a year’s worth of value from it makes it more cost efficient to disposable notebooks! WATCH my son’s demo here!

WATCH!

 

Cyber Monday Deals From Your Fave Parenting Blogger!

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It is Cyber Monday!

Last year, for Small Business Saturday, I encouraged my readers to support the brands for which I am an affiliate for but this year, I’ve opened up three online shops and am offering discounts and deals in hopes that you will continue to support this platform and purchase from me.

Shop by Bellyitch – The Mom Charm Shop

My Mom Charm Store is an online store of this Parenting blog, Bellyitch Blog. It sells novelty tees, and lifestyle items like mugs, pillows, a fun quirky clock and more.

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Take $5.00 off a shirt when you purchase today.

FREE TEE SHIRT

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My Etsy shop Digital Publishing Academy sells legal, marketing and productivity templates for online digital business owners like Podcasters, YouTubers, Bloggers, Vloggers and eCommerce shop owners!

Get 20% off any item when you purchase today, Small Business Saturday thru Cyber MONDAY! ENTER Promo CODE: ETSYCYBER2018 at checkout for discount!

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Also, I’m offering a steep discount of $20 OFF for my Blogger’s Legal and Marketing tool kit, regularly priced $29! This Brings the price down to $9!!!! Available to the First 25 buyers!

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Get my Ebook on “How to Valuate Your Blog for Venture Capital Sale” for just $2.99, which is 60% off the Original Price. GET IT HERE! 

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Get Over 500 Stock Photography Images from Picnoi for $34.00 OFF the Original Price!

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USE CODE CYBERWEEK at Check out of CLICK HERE!

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Finally, my beauty blog, JJBraids, sells hair and if you wear your hair in ethnic braided styles or know someone who does and is looking for a new hairstyle to rock at the Office Holiday party or an upcoming New Year’s Eve bash, invite them to shop my Hair store and get 5% off their purchase when they enter the promocode JJNewbie at checkout!

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Bellyitch’s Fave Things: Naipo’s Home Shiatsu Massager

Whether you are expecting, just had a baby, are an overworked stay at home, work from home or working parent, you’re going to have aches and pains related to stress.

Stress can take a toll on the body in the form of muscle cramp, soreness and fatigue. There is a similar pain associated with working out or doing athletic activity to peal off baby weight after giving birth or simply, while you’re on your fitness and health journey.

To ease the pains, having a durable, reliable and effective non-medicinal home remedy and option can be ideal. I use balms and salves and pain medicine and an occasional trip to the massage therapist for a deep tissue massage.

But that is not always an option and can be costly and that is why I was grateful to have been able to test out Naipo’Neck Massager Adjustable Intensity Shiatsu Back Shoulder Massager with Heat and 3D Deep Tissue Kneading Electric Massage Machine. (complimentary in exchange for an honest review)

It’s  a portable massager, wrapped in quality leather and mesh material and delivers some serious kneading. You can position it on  your neck or lower back and it delivers the best in relief EVER! I swear! This is good stuff. It comes with two connectors: one for a standard plug at home and one that connects to the car cigarette lighter so you can get treatment on the go!

Perfect for long car rides during the holidays or over summer break, for people who drive for a living like Truck Drivers and Lyft, Uber and taxi drivers. The long periods of time sitting can give the body a beating after a while.

It has an ergonomic design perfectly fits your body to provide you an optimum use. Heating function works effectively on relieving tightness and poor blood circulation.

This massager would make an EXCELLENT give this holiday season as well and retails for just $43.99 on Amazon! A steal at  under $50 compared to over $1,000 in chiropractor or masseuse bills.

I did a video review too. LOOK:

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