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Pennsylvania Public Library – Quest Summer Reading Program

Growing up, visits to the library were my favorite! (Thank you, Aunt Debbie) This summer Caden is the PERFECT age to start attending some of the different activities they have to offer. I wasn’t sure which library to check out since we have so many amazing ones near us. We have Carbondale, Dalton, Abington Community, and the Nancy Kay Holmes library all within a half hour drive. There are even more that I just haven’t visited yet. Best of all – their activities are FREE!!!!!

We have attended BabyGarten at Nancy Kay Holmes and Baby Storytime at the Abington Community Library. Both activities involved play, songs, listening to a story, and a craft. Next week, we plan to dive in with some more activities, such as other “age level” story times since Caden is in between the baby and the pre-school age crews, block parties (building with Legos), and music time. All of the Lackawanna County Libraries have rotating times for magic shows, jugglers, art exhibits, zoo mobiles, and other animal exhibits. Children 4 to 13 can even earn a free ticket to attend a RailRiders game!

Abington Community Library Schedule

June Schedule

July Schedule

Special Event Schedule

Nancy Kay Holmes Library Schedule

June Schedule

July Schedule

Ages 0 to 5 Summer Quest Recording Sheet

Children earn “points” for reading for 15 minutes or completing an activity. Some of the activities that I think are really cool are –

  • Visit a Farmer’s Market – Shopping local is SO important! I desperately want to instill this in Caden from a young age.
  • Eat a “tech-free” meal with your family – I am hoping that we can always keep our meals “tech-free,” but I know that this is a struggle for many families.
  • Write your name in the mud or sand – This is great for sensory exploration and practicing letters!
  • Find shapes in the grocery store – This is something simple that I can start incorporating in our weekly visits to the grocery store. We can also point out the different colors or food groups, too!

Adult Summer Quest Recording Sheet

Adults also get points for reading for 30 minutes or selecting an activity to complete. Some of the adult activities that I think are really cool are –

  • Visit a local business that is new to you – Clarks Summit has so many amazing small businesses that I would like to explore. This will be the push that I need.
  • Visit a farmer’s market – same reason as above 🙂
  • Write someone a thank you card
  • Complete a DIY or home improvement project – Another activity that I need an extra push on!
  • Visit a new city – This is ALWAYS on my summer to-do list!

Happy Reading! ❤️

MommyCon Philadelphia 2018

Since becoming a cloth diapering mama, I have heard a lot about this “MommyCon.” I didn’t really know much about it, but I quickly was able to find out how amazing it is! To start, I must say that their staff is absolutely amazing! They are all extremely kind, caring, educated, and helpful. These women (there may be some men somewhere behind the scenes, so if so, I apologize!) will bend over backwards to make sure their guests have an experience nothing short of amazing. They have really thought of everything!

To start…..

There are a variety of ticket levels.

-VIP: You get a higher end gift bag and an extra set of sessions. For Philadelphia, that meant there were sessions on Friday just for VIPs.

-Premium: You get a gift bag and admission for all general admission sessions/events.

-General: You do not get a gift bag, but you get admission for all general admission sessions/events.

I got a VIP ticket for myself and Premium Admission for my partner. I will say that if you are picking your ticket (between VIP and the others) just for the gift bag, you may be disappointed. They are not the same for all events. I was really bummed to see we did not get a JuJuBe bag when all other locations did. Thankfully the real meat and potatoes between getting a VIP ticket is the special Friday sessions. (View Philly 2018 schedule below)

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“Ask a Dad” with Mat York was my absolute favorite session of the entire weekend! It made missing out on a beautiful JuJuBe piece totally worth it. (Thank you!) We were able to guide the conversation wherever the guests wanted. @NaturallyDad was with him, making it even more entertaining!

MommyBarre was quite a great workout. I needed that little reminder that moms still need to take time for themselves to work out and be in shape for our babies. It was inspiring to be reminded that this can even be done WITH the baby, as I feel like I tend to wait until Caden is napping to get everything done.

As a cloth diapering parent, meeting the SmartBottoms family was really cool! Christy and Geoff were super sweet and down to earth. I loved hearing about their lives. I wish this session had a little more back and forth with the audience, but overall it was enjoyable.

Every room that the events are held in has tons of toys in an area for the kiddos to play while mommy and daddy learn! This was such a great concept. I love that this was a conference for mama’s with babies still encouraged in attendance. As a parent, I feel we are so often given an ultimatum of stay at home with you children or leave the house. We are shunned for our little ones being loud or energetic in public. This was so freeing to be able to allow my little man to act as he pleases in public. I hate having to stifle him. His “inside voice” tends to be much louder than those around us would care to hear. (Insert cry-laughing emoji)

Being in a big city, hotel and food options were endless. We stayed in the MommyCon block for simplicity. I tend to not get very adventurous with travel plans when I don’t have to. We uses SpotHero for parking, making it super easy to find parking. We reserved and paid for our spot weeks ahead of time. We were able to cancel if needed, so no worries there! You scan the code on your phone to enter and exit the lot. We were able to see distance from the destination, amenities, such as covered, security, etc., and prices for all lots in proximity. This app is available for many cities, so feel free to check it out wherever you may need a spot! If you have not used this app before, use https://refer.spothero.com/s/j2khl to get $7 off your spot! Magianno’s (Italian) was an excellent choice for dinner on Friday Night!

Saturday morning when we went to check in, we were the first ones in line…. you’re shocked. I know. 🙂 They had a really cool backdrop to take pictures with. If you used #mommyconphilly on Instagram, the pictures would automatically print out at their picture table. They had a postcard station with the most hilarious cards… our favorite being, “Sorry for being a prick!” with a picture of a cactus. MommyCon even paid the postage for our cards to be sent!

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We ran straight to the Grovia stand once the exhibit hall opened at 9am for the Ice Cream exclusive bundles. I ended up buying some KiwiPie and JellyCats too because I have zero self control. After that, we wanted to go to the “It All Begins with Nurturing the Heart,” but the presenter was running late. We jumped over to “Babywearing Basics” with Ergo and learned a ton! Because we had to check out of our hotel, we ran over to our room to get Caden a quick morning nap and some lunch. We went back for more shopping in the exhibit hall once we packed up the car. (Next time I go to MommyCon, I will not plan to go straight to the beach from there. It made things a little more difficult…. in particular the 400+ ounces of breastmilk that had no where to go!) I found Spill the Beans, a t-shirt/printing company that had amazing shirts. We got a few….. Then, ordered more when we got home. Wooooooops! There were tons of other great companies, like BonkBand who creates ice headbands/wraps for littles!

Some other special amenities for MommyCon include the quiet feeding lounge, which features breastfeeding pillows, fridges, bottle warmers, breastfeeding storage bags, comfy chairs, and more, the snack stand that has all types of new snacks for littles to try, a changing area with changing tables, wipes, and diapers, and a sleep lounge with all kind of bassinets and portable sleeping areas.

While I was in the Potty Training session, Sean utilized the Sleep Lounge with Caden. I am really thankful this room existed. Otherwise our day would have ended much sooner.

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We really wanted to check out Romp & Roll after the Potty Training session, but Caden was still way too tired and we needed to get on our way to the beach.

Until next year…. ❤

 

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