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The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Paris 2008

Your uncensored weekly guide to mom life and the crazy inner thoughts of this tired mom of three. Plus, sometimes we find peace in monster trucks…

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Weekly Mom Life Musings

Happy Lunar New Year! I hope you were able to get out and celebrate this beautiful and colorful holiday! We had a fun week including some quality mother son bonding time watching monster trucks crush things. I joked the first time I saw this phenomenon that all these years I thought yoga was my Zen. Turns out I got more satisfaction from monster trucks. Ha!

This week the world is talking about Splash Mountain closing, football, the year of the rabbit, Buzz Aldrin getting married on his 93rd birthday, the M & M people retiring, and Marie Kondo giving up (however I still love the clothes in my drawers folded “Marie Kondo style”).

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The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Knives Out Movie, Monster Trucks Newsletter

What Am I Watching? What Are My Kids Watching?

We got caught up in all the hoopla around Knives Out: Glass Onion and loved it. We were worried since it was the second in the series that we’d miss something watching the second one first, but they are not sequential. It was such a fun movie we decided to watch the first one… second. Knives Out the OG. We are split on which one was better. I vote for Edward Norton – I mean Glass Onion, where as my husband votes for Ana De Armas – I mean the first one.

Since my little one is doing a unit on penguins right now (in 1st grade) we thought we’d show them the movie Happy Feet. This movie came out a year after we got married and we went to see it on our anniversary. Don’t worry, we also did cooler stuff to celebrate too. It was fun to share it with them especially since we haven’t seen it since 2006!

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: oatmeal, monster trucks newsletter

What Am I Eating?

There’s really nothing more to this than I just want to openly state my love for oatmeal. In fact, I often remember hotels by their oatmeal. Which I will be the first to admit is strange. For example – the Eden Resort & Suites in Lancaster, PA had excellent oatmeal. Yes we went there in 2016. Yes I’m still talking about it. But it was that good. Maybe one day we can return and in addition to all of the attractions of the area, I can enjoy a bowl once again. However, to be clear, the beautiful creation above is from Chef Ross’ kitchen. The only other person in my house who loves oatmeal as much as me – and makes himself a bowl like a king every morning.

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Prince Harry Spare

What Am I Reading?

Is it just me or are you equally all into Prince Harry right now? His interviews and Netfix show worked on me. TELL ME MORE! I was so excited to start his book and excited to join the library waiting list early before the 750 other people got the same idea. As I said to Chef Ross, I understand there are three sides to every story so I’m taking his recollections with a grain of salt. But I do believe the first person narratives he’s sharing are true. Equally, I think it’s interesting how he speaks about how losing his mother at such a young age and in such a public way really affected him. Specifically how he had to console strangers dealing with HIS mother’s death.

I think it’s funny that his author citation is “Prince Harry”. With that said, do you think they file the book under P or H? Or maybe W?

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Keeping Healthy

What Am I Writing?

This week I wrote a piece for Mitzvah Market titled “L’Dor V’Dor – Keeping Healthy Before The Bar Mitzvah“. I was inspired to write it after my Dad told me a story about how his parents wouldn’t let him go to a Brooklyn Dodgers game the week before his Bar Mitzvah – ensuring he’d stay healthy for the big day. The conversation started by me saying how unhappy my daughter was with me that I want her to take it easy before her big day. It seems like with many things there is continuity in trying to keep your kids healthy the week before their mitzvah.

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Battleship

What Are We Playing?

Here we have yet another game that I lost to my six year – Battleship. This is one of my favorite childhood games and I’m happy I now have someone to play it with. I’m an only child. Womp Womp. I was so close to winning this one but his two piece Destroyer outsmarted me with it’s stealth hiding. Meanwhile, my nine year old sat down next to me to spy for both parties and then told me when he plays he lines the ships up in proper Naval order. To which I responded… “that’s a thing? Why don’t you play this game with your brother and let me finish my book”.

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Hot Wheels monster trucks Live

Where Are We Going? Oh Yeah, Monster Trucks!

Oh boy did we have fun this week! We were so excited to be back at the Nassau Coliseum for Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live! This year we were lucky to be hosted at the pre-show Crash Zone where we walked the event floor, met the drivers and trucks up personally, and got some autographs. I was very excited to meet Taylor Holman – the female driver of Demo Derby and winner of the Champions Cup the night before. In addition, I loved learning she’s a nurse when she’s not driving a monster truck! I thought that was pretty cool. But I loved even more when she came out of her truck to hug her dad – Bobby Holman – for winning one of the competitions.

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: 80s Movies

Old Blog Post I’m Thinking About

There are so many movies that define the 80s and thus my childhood. I loved putting together this post titled “Fun 80’s Movies To Watch With Your Family Today!“. My kids love watching them because many are inappropriate despite their PG or PG-13 rating. In fact, we call this category 80s PG. I’m pretty sure the amount joy my kids get from hearing these choice words is equal to the amount of joy we get traveling back to our youth with Molly Ringwald and Marty McFly. However, sometimes the movie ends and they turn to us and say “what in the world was that”? To be honest, sometimes watching a movie now thorough a forty four year old’s eyes, I have to say the same thing.

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Paris 2008

Before Mom Life. Thinking Of A Place I Went Long Ago

In 2008 I worked for Christian Dior managing their US customer service department and helping to launch their e-commerce website. They sent me to Paris for two weeks of training. It was before we had kids so therefore I was young, filled with energy, and equipped with an expense account. As you can imagine, it was a great trip. Once my training ended my husband flew over (his first trip to Europe!) and we hung in the 4th. Which is cool Paris talk for the fashionable Marais district.

This Week’s Mom Life On Instagram:

This week I complained about laundry, pretended to be 17 like Edward Cullen, and found a very cute group of customers to portray in my video about Popular Book Company’s new affiliate program. I love this company’s workbooks (as do my kids). Plus of course I posted about monster trucks!

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Published by Stacey Wallenstein

Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (13, 9, and 7). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. Please check out The Mint Chip Mama in the Press: The New York Post, Psychology Today, NY Metro Parents, New York Family, Parents Magazine, Newsday, News 12, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt: Kids, NerdWallet, Big Apple Kids Guide, and more! The Mint Chip Mama was also nominated as "The Best Blog On Long Island" for 2022 & 2023, one of the Top 20 New York Mom Blogs & Websites, and one of the Top 100 Mom Lifestyle Blogs on the web! For more updates, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Pinterest.

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