The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa: A Book that Grandparents & Grandchildren are Sure to Love!

Camp Nana Papa provided me with a sample of their product. All opinions are 100% my own. 

If you are parent, I am sure by now you have realized what a special bond grandchildren and grandparents have. I know my children enjoy such magical moments like getting ice cream or reading a bedtime story with their grandparents. Camp Nana Papa really came up with a wonderful idea that helps foster that bond between a grandparent and a grandchild. The book The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa follows Nick, Sarah, and Flash the Firefly during their fun-filled weekend with their grandparents at Camp Nana Papa. During the story, the children make wonderful memories with their grandparents as they go camping, visit a zoo, take a swim, and so much more–all while their firefly friend Flash joins them on their adventures!

The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa

The hardcover book written by Donnie Cranfill is sturdy, easy to read, and just under 35 pages, which is the perfect length for my little one’s attention span and the right length for my seven year old to read aloud to her brother and sister. The book is illustrated with great detail and plenty of color. My favorite part of the book is that the author has included six pages at the end of the book for your child to personalize. For example, there is a page where the children have a space to draw a picture of their favorite thing to do at Camp Nana Papa. I am a teacher and I understand that these opportunities for the children to respond to a text and share their ideas on paper and with their grandparents makes this book all the more magical!

Camp Nana Papa

Not to be forgotten is the Flash the FireFly 14-inch plush! Flash was a big hit with my children. They all have had a turn cuddling up with the cozy firefly. He is super soft, and when you squeeze him he gives off his warm firefly glow! My son falls asleep with Flash every night!

Flash the Firefly

This book set is a great gift for any grandparent and wonderful experience for grandchildren of all ages. To see what other great products they offer, be sure to visit CampNanaPapa.com , the site where grandparents love to shop!

One lucky Game On Mom reader will win a copy of “The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa” and a large 14” Flash the Firefly! Enter via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 6/8/16.  Good luck! [Read more…]


Get World Class Pediatric Care Close to Home from CHOP at Virtua

Disclaimer: Many thanks to CHOP at Virtua for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to seek out their services when my child is hurt or ill. Today’s post is sponsored by CHOP at Virtua, by my love for their pediatric care is all my own!

Think about the last time you sat down, propped up your feet, and said, “This parenting stuff is super easy!”

Are you laughing as hysterically as I am right now? I’ll wait while you compose yourself.

Now let’s travel back to reality. It goes without saying that parenting is, in fact, super hard. Obviously there are the day-to-day concerns all parents deal with: kids arguing, crazy schedules, picky eaters, housework, etc. But to take it one step further: there is also the terrible fear of something bad happening to our kids.

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We do everything in our power to give them healthy, happy lives, but when it comes to problems like injuries and illnesses, we can’t protect them from everything. It’s a scary truth, but kids get hurt and they get sick. I don’t like to think about the worst-case-scenarios, but they do happen, and as a parent I want the peace of mind that comes with knowing good children’s medical care is nearby if we need it.

Thankfully, other South Jersey parents and I can rest easier at night knowing that Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has services available in Voorhees (Virtua Voorhees Hospital) and Mount Holly (Virtua Memorial Hospital). Those of you who live in New Jersey might already be familiar with Virtua, which has been a pillar of medical care in our communities for decades; what you might not know is that five years ago, CHOP (commonly ranked as the top children’s hospital in the United States) and Virtua partnered together to bring world-class pediatric care to our region. This means South Jersey residents have quick access to CHOP specialists in fields like urology, dermatology, pulmonology, and more. CHOP doctors are also available in the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Voorhees (next to the hospital).

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The services offered by CHOP at Virtua include:

  • Emergency services
  • Inpatient care
  • Inpatient consultations for cardiology (heart), endocrinology (diabetes), and neurology
  • Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Virtua Voorhees
  • Level II Special Care Nursery at Virtua Memorial
  • Intensive care for kids
  • Sleep medicine
  • Imaging and radiology (with sedation when needed)

I am thrilled to know that the highly-skilled doctors and nurses of CHOP at Virtua are so close to home. Of course I have to say that I hope I’ll never need them, but they’re here, and that means every child in South Jersey has convenient access to specialized pediatric care from the top children’s hospital in the country. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be sleeping a little more soundly tonight. To learn more about CHOP at Virtua and the many services and specialties they offer for kids in South Jersey and beyond, click the link to visit Virtua.org/CHOP.


Let’s #FlippforMoms this May + $100 Spafinder GC Giveaway

Mother’s Day might officially have passed, but the love and care that moms give never ends, and that’s a reason to celebrate every day.  Flipp feels the same way, and that’s why they’ve launched a very special #FlippforMom campaign. Throughout the month of May, they’ll be hosting a different giveaway each week on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.  There’s still time to win, so head over now before you forget!

#FlippForMoms

If you’re not familiar with Flipp, it’s a free app that helps shoppers (especially busy moms!) save time and money all year long.  Local circulars are delivered directly to your mobile device so that you always have access to the latest sales happening in your favorite stores.  Flipp’s shopping list and coupon matching make it easy to find the best deals on the items you need and receive instant savings at checkout.

You can check them out on your desktop too.  I just found some really good deals on Annie’s products at my local Shoprite.  I didn’t even know they carried so many products from that brand, and these are some of the lowest prices I’ve seen on these items.  Thanks, Flipp, you just made my day!  (We get very excited about cheddar bunnies around here.)

In all honestly, I haven’t bothered with perusing circulars or clipping newspaper coupons in a long, long while.  I already have so many things to manage, that I just never get around to going through all of that paper.  Even when I did, it was a tedious and time-consuming process that I didn’t enjoy.  With the Flipp app, everything I need is in one place.  Now I feel more organized and less stressed, and I don’t miss out on big savings anymore.  This Flipp app is destined to be your new best friend!

Flipp for Moms Badge

In further celebration of the #FlippforMoms campaign, Flipp is offering Game On Mom readers a chance to win a $100 Spafinder gift card!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and over.  Ends 6/5/16.  Good luck!

Flipp Spafinder Giveaway

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New Gluten-Free Snacks, a Breakfast Sweet Potato Nachos Recipe, & Huge Van’s Giveaway!

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and in its honor, we’re partnering with Van’s to bring you an awesome giveaway, a yummy recipe, and some info about new snacks that are perfect with people who have a gluten sensitivity.

New Van's Snacks

Van’s Soft-Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters are both nutritious and delicious in Double Chocolate and Banana Nut flavors.  They’re gluten-free, made with whole grain oats, and offer 12-14 grams of whole grains per serving–without any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.  They’ve also introduced two new bars:  Chocolate Gramwich and Banana Bread.  The Chocolate Gramwich is made with real chocolate sandwiched between two whole-grain, graham-style bars, and the Banana Bread Bars blend banana flavor with gluten-free oats and flaxseed to create a tasty version of banana bread that’s wholesome enough to enjoy as part of breakfast.  Each of these new Van’s snacks are great on-the-go and sure to satisfy kids of all ages.

Granola makes a great snack all by itself, but it’s easy to get creative with it too.  For a really fun way to use Van’s Soft-Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters, check out their recipe for Breakfast Sweet Potato Nachos.  Tell me it doesn’t look amazing!  Now I can have nachos for breakfast and feel okay about it.

Breakfast Sweet Potato Nachos

Recipe & Photo Credit: Kim’s Cravings on behalf of Van’s Foods

Time for the giveaway!  Van’s is giving you a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card, Van’s tote, Van’s water bottle, two cute, reusable snack sacks and coupons for free Van’s Foods. The winner will also receive an extra set of swag to give to a friend!  Just enter via the Rafflecopter form below to be in the running.   Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 5/30/16 at 11:59 PM EST.  Good luck! [Read more…]


The Angry Birds Movie Review: A Surprisingly Entertaining App-Inspired Film

Whether or not you’re into video game apps for your phone, I’m willing to bet you know about Angry Birds.

Angry Birds has been around for almost seven years now (wow), and it’s still as popular as ever.  I personally don’t have time for games, but I make time for Angry Birds.  My kids and husband also love to play it, so of course it’s a common topic of conversation around our house.  I think Angry Birds may get more use than any other app on our phones.

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When I first heard that an Angry Birds movie was in the works, I had my doubts. I really wasn’t sure how a game involving birds being slingshot at pigs’ houses could successfully translate to a movie. But since my kids and I love the game so much, and because we were graciously invited by Sony and Kidz Vuz to screen the movie and visit the Bronx Zoo, we were determined to go.

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I’m glad we did!  The whole family loved The Angry Birds Movie. It managed to incorporate a lot of elements from the game, and it also had a really entertaining story with great characters.  In the movie, an island full of happy, flightless birds are living easy lives…except for poor, grumpy Red. Along the way, Red meets fellow outcasts Chuck and Bomb (in anger management class), and the three of them have to team up when suspicious green pigs show up at the island. I don’t want to spoil the movie, so I’ll stop with this: just like in the game, beware the mean, green piggies!

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The movie has a fantastic ensemble cast, including Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudoloph, and Bill Hader, so the comedy was great.  I’ll admit there were a few jokes that I found inappropriate and unnecessary, but overall I was happy and laughing all the way through. It was light and fun, and you even learn a little something by the end.  Whether or not you’ve played the game, you’ll have no trouble following and enjoying The Angry Birds Movie!

Posing with Red

After the movie, we traveled over to the Bronx Zoo to meet Red from Angry Birds and to watch a super fun bird show.  My kids really loved the show, and were excited to see so many new-to-them birds flying around and “performing” for them.  I enjoyed it as much as they did!

Birds in Flight Show at the Bronx Zoo

We had a great day, and I’m so happy we watched the movie. We’ll definitely buy it for our own home collection when it’s available–the kids are already begging for it!  To learn more and see the trailer for The Angry Birds Movie, just visit Angrybirds-movie.com. You can also follow their “chirps” on Twitter @AngryBirds, and check out their official Instagram @angrybirdsofficial.