The Mama Maven Blog by Nancy Johnson Horn

The Mama Maven Blog by Nancy Johnson Horn Picky Eaters, Product Reviews, and Smart Shopping

BIO: Founder NANCY JOHNSON HORN [The Mama Maven] has been a review and parenting blogger since Feb of 2007. You may have seen her work in.... People.com’s Moms and Babies, BabyCenter's Blog, MommiesWithStyle.com, iVillage , CBS New York Local Kids Section. She maintains her own voice on the web at TheMamaMaven.com. She has three children, ages 11, 9 and 6 years old. She worked in production at the Food Network for 5 years and taught elementary school in NYC for 6 years. She's worked with brands such as Weight Watchers, Stop and Shop, Lansinoh's mOmma brand and is a Beaches Mom, Bronx Zoo Ambassador, PBS Kids VIP, and a Netflix Ambassador. Connect with Nancy on twitter at @themamamaven.

Mission: To find the best baby, kid and mom products, help picky eaters and find great shopping deals

08/07/2019
Addams Family Movie

Who's going to see the new Adams Family movie?

They're creepy. They're kooky. And they're moving into the neighborhood. Watch the new trailer and #MeetTheAddams Family in theaters October 11! 🖤

Addicted to coffee? You can quit coffee and not lose your mind – read my post for tips. Also – quitting coffee can also ...
08/06/2019
How to Quit Coffee and Not Lose Your Mind

Addicted to coffee? You can quit coffee and not lose your mind – read my post for tips. Also – quitting coffee can also help if you have bladder leakage! Post in partnership with Depend. Let me know what you think! Post link 👇: https://www.themamamaven.com/how-to-quit-coffee-and-not-lose-your-mind/

This post is sponsored by Depend® Brand. All opinions and statements are my own. I love coffee – the taste, the smell, how it makes me feel. You know exactly what I am talking about, right? However, I tend to get very addicted to coffee and since I’ve had stomach issues for the last five...Read...

How cool is this?? Harry Potter Fans Alert! A Wizarding Tour at The Metropolitan Museum https://www.themamamaven.com/har...
08/05/2019
Harry Potter Fans Alert! A Wizarding Tour at The Metropolitan Museum

How cool is this?? Harry Potter Fans Alert! A Wizarding Tour at The Metropolitan Museum https://www.themamamaven.com/harry-potter-fans-alert-a-wizarding-tour-at-the-metropolitan-museum/ #harrypotter Fable & Lark: Storied Adventures The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York#kids #nyc #thingstodowithkidsinnyc

My family and I recently went on a Harry Potter-inspired tour, called "Griffins, Goblets and Gold: A Wizarding Tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art" and not only was it fun and informative, but my boys paid attention the entire time and actually enjoyed being in a museum!

Don't miss the Guangzhou Ballet at Lincoln Center -- more details, check out our post. https://www.themamamaven.com/dont...
08/04/2019
Don't Miss: Guangzhou Ballet at Lincoln Center

Don't miss the Guangzhou Ballet at Lincoln Center -- more details, check out our post. https://www.themamamaven.com/dont-miss-guangzhou-ballet-at-lincoln-center/

If you have ever seen Chinese acrobatics you know you’re going to expect a certain standard of perfection when it comes to every aspect of the performance. Multi-award-winning Guangzhou Ballet from China is no different; showcasing flawless movements, along with dazzling music and costumes, this ...

Thank you for your support about the mom-shaming post that I wrote two days ago. It means a lot. I blogged about it --->...
08/01/2019
The Day I Was Mom-Shamed - The Mama Maven Blog

Thank you for your support about the mom-shaming post that I wrote two days ago. It means a lot. I blogged about it ---> https://www.themamamaven.com/the-day-i-was-mom-shamed/

I got mom-shamed this week at my youngest child’s day camp. This is a new camp we’re at and my son is so happy here. He has special needs and this camp program is specifically for kids that have special needs. He loves going there and since we couldn’t get bus service, I take him...Read More ....

I just posted this on Instagram, but I wanted to post here also.  I got mom-shamed today. I accidentally packed two shir...
07/30/2019

I just posted this on Instagram, but I wanted to post here also.
I got mom-shamed today. I accidentally packed two shirts 👕 for my kid to change into instead of a shirt and shorts for him after swim 🏊‍♂️. I grabbed clothes quickly last night and didn’t notice that I had pulled a dark rash guard shirt instead of shorts.
When I walked into the camp, which has been a huge success this summer for my son, 3 staff members said “Shame on you!”. I had no clue and I live half an hour away, so I know they couldn't have had me just run clothes over. They had to lend my son shorts, which were too big on him and secured with a rubber band.
Now I feel like crap 💩, but surprisingly my kid wasn’t bothered by it one bit. Have you ever been parent-shamed? It feels horrible.
Now that I think 🤔 about it, they could have just explained that shorts were forgotten and they fixed it. They didn’t need to make me feel bad 😞. #momshaming #shameonthem #parentshaming #banishmomshame #notcool #queens #nyc

Need some dinner ideas? Happy Humble Home has one of my dinner ideas up. I am going to look for something to make tonigh...
07/30/2019

Need some dinner ideas? Happy Humble Home has one of my dinner ideas up. I am going to look for something to make tonight. Go check out her post!

Check out this new post with 15 Cheap & Easy Weeknight Dinners. They all have 5 ingredients or less! Featuring recipes from Indian Ambrosia Food Meanderings The Country Chic Cottage Retro Housewife Goes Green The HolyMess Uncommon Designs Handmade in the Heartland Pina Bresciani - Italian Food Blogger The Mama Maven Blog by Nancy Johnson Horn Saving Talents This Farm Girl Cooks Mommy Musings Piping Pot Curry 2 Kids and a Coupon Happy Deal - Happy Day! DIY With My Guy

Yes, please.
07/26/2019
A Dash of Sanity

Yes, please.

Hot Fudge Slow Cooker Brownies are an easy to make, a drool-worthy dessert. Dive into this bowl of hot fudge, brownies, and chocolate divinity.

#AD  In my mind, I’m back at Kalahari resorts. It’s 24/7 fun  at Kalahari Resorts - indoor and outdoor waterparks, a hug...
07/25/2019

#AD In my mind, I’m back at Kalahari resorts. It’s 24/7 fun at Kalahari Resorts - indoor and outdoor waterparks, a huge game room, the incredible spa, unbelievable restaurants - there’s something for everyone. Did you know that @KalahariResorts has more rides and slides than anywhere else! Where else but Kalahari to celebrate National Waterpark Day? I may take the family up this weekend. My daughter is back from summer camp and this would be the perfect way to celebrate her return home! Who’s thinking about going to #kalahariresorts this summer??? Head here for more information 👉http://bit.ly/30ub7Vw

#KalahariPA
#NationalWaterparkDay
#BestSummerYet #LoveKalahari #nationalwaterparkday

#ad With this hot 🥵 weather here in NYC, I’m not turning on my stove very often. We just used the Wendy's app with DoorD...
07/22/2019

#ad With this hot 🥵 weather here in NYC, I’m not turning on my stove very often. We just used the Wendy's app with DoorDash integration to order delicious burgers 🍔 from Wendy’s to come straight to our door. It was so cool! I had never tried DoorDash before and it was amazing to have dinner in the table quickly and easily. Did you know that it’s 🥓 BACONFEST through August 18th?? Download the Wendy’s app to try it for yourself!
#SummerAtWendys #IC Download the app here: http://goic.io/zHvQHX (IOS) or http://goic.io/wiMAg8 (Android)

ZOMG! I need this in my life.
07/17/2019
The Big Apple Mama

ZOMG! I need this in my life.

Happy National ice cream day🤗
You want to try This cauliflower ice cream😅 it's dairy free and low carb dessert!! This recipe is absolutely delicious and a healthy option that you can eat guilt free👍

For kids who rely on the free meals they get at school, summer can be the hungriest time of year. Special thanks to Citi...
07/15/2019
No Kid Hungry Helps Kids in Need Find Summer Meals Easily Via Text

For kids who rely on the free meals they get at school, summer can be the hungriest time of year. Special thanks to Citibank US #ad for helping No Kid Hungry to #ShareSummer with hungry kids. Learn more: on the blog https://www.themamamaven.com/no-kid-hungry/ or check out : http://bit.ly/2VXxFLH

This post is brought to you by No Kid Hungry. All opinions are my own. As a former elementary school teacher (East Harlem for five years and Jamaica for one year), many of my students relied on the free breakfast and lunch offered in school. For many of them, those were two meals that they...Read Mo...

I recently traveled to Telluride, CO, to speak at the Women in Wine Panel hosted by Depend at the Telluride Wine Festiva...
07/15/2019
Telluride Colorado Visit and Depend Women and Wine Panel Recap

I recently traveled to Telluride, CO, to speak at the Women in Wine Panel hosted by Depend at the Telluride Wine Festival! #Ad

Throughout the process, I learned that aging is exactly what you make it – and I plan to embrace it all. That means bladder leakage, too. It didn’t stop me from showing up for the Telluride Wine Festival, and it certainly won’t stop me from being there for all the things I love. Check out my latest blog to hear all the Telluride #hottips! https://www.themamamaven.com/telluride-colorado-visit-and-depend-women-and-wine-panel-recap/

Back To School Fashion for Tween and Teen Girls: Target's New More Than Magic Line Debuts #affiliatelink #targetstyle  #...
07/14/2019
Back To School Fashion for Tween and Teen Girls: Target's New More Than Magic Line Debuts

Back To School Fashion for Tween and Teen Girls: Target's New More Than Magic Line Debuts #affiliatelink #targetstyle #target #backtoschool

Who said Back to School Fashion had to be boring? I had the chance to check out Target’s More Than Magic Tween and Teen Girl line this past week and just fell in love with what I saw. I want to buy some of it for me, but okay, my 11 year old daughter will...Read More »

#ad Local readers! Enter my "Weird Al" Yankovic Concert Ticket Giveaway - he's playing Forest Hills, NYC on July 20. Don...
07/10/2019
Don't Miss Weird Al at Forest Hills Stadium July 20 for the Strings Attached Tour

#ad Local readers! Enter my "Weird Al" Yankovic Concert Ticket Giveaway - he's playing Forest Hills, NYC on July 20. Don't Miss: Weird Al at Forest Hills Stadium July 20 for the Strings Attached Tour ( + Giveaway) https://www.themamamaven.com/dont-miss-weird-al-at-forest-hills-stadium-july-20/ @alyankovic #weirdal #foresthills #foresthillsstadium #nyc #giveaways

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been a Weird Al fan since the 80’s and I’m so excited to let you know that he’s coming to my town, Forest Hills, on July 20. His show is called Strings Attached and it’s a rock and comedy symphonic experience, featuring the Queens Symphony Orchestra.  De...

You NEED to take your kids to see #dogmanthemusical (just opened!) and here's our senior writer Maytal's review (Even pa...
07/08/2019
Kids Theater Review: Dog Man The Musical - A Hysterical Musical Kids will Love!

You NEED to take your kids to see #dogmanthemusical (just opened!) and here's our senior writer Maytal's review (Even parents will enjoy it!) https://www.themamamaven.com/kids-theater-review-dog-man-the-musical-a-hysterical-musical-kids-will-love/ #DavPilkey #nyc #kids TheatreworksUSA

If your kids are fans of Captain Underpants, there’s a good chance they also love Dog Man, the best-selling series by Dav Pilkey. My boys, ages six and ten, are obsessed with Dog Man and I love watching them plow through the book series with enthusiasm. They love the series so much they even discu...

#AD Hey friends! I am so excited to announce that I'm partnering up with Depend and I'll be at the Telluride Food and Wi...
06/28/2019
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#AD Hey friends! I am so excited to announce that I'm partnering up with Depend and I'll be at the Telluride Food and Wine Festival! Hope to see you there! https://telluridewinefestival.com/

#ad With a teen, a tween, and an active 8 year old, things are stressful and I’ll admit it, a little stinky. Oh the horm...
06/27/2019

#ad With a teen, a tween, and an active 8 year old, things are stressful and I’ll admit it, a little stinky. Oh the hormones in my house! I spent the morning with Air Wick and Gabby Bernstein. Gabby taught us how to do simple meditation and breathing exercises that can be done quickly - and it did wonders to relax me! And with Air Wick® Freshmatic Pure Automatic Spray, I can fill my home with soothing, continuous, fresh fragrance for up to 60 days. It provides 24/7 Odor Neutralization in your home and you can customize it with over over 15 unique fragrances to fit any mood. I can’t wait to start using it at home, along with Gabby’s mediation exercises.

If you’re in NYC tomorrow, the Air Wick Truck is going to be all over NYC with prizes and free 7 minute meditation classes. #AirWickAlwaysFresh

This August marks 2 years since my now 13 year old son was in DKA and diagnosed with #type1diabetes. Using a #CGM (Conti...
06/21/2019

This August marks 2 years since my now 13 year old son was in DKA and diagnosed with #type1diabetes. Using a #CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) has given him back a better quality of life and let me give up a little of my hyper vigilance). Since today is #nationalselfieday, we are teaming up with Dexcom and helping to raise awareness for the College Diabetes Network by posting our #sensorselfie. My son wears his Dexcom CGM proudly (on his lower back). For every photo tagged with #SensorSelfie and @dexcom, Dexcom will donate $1 to the College Diabetes Network! So, tag your #diabuddies and post your own #SensorSelfie!
#t1d #health #diabetes #thet1dyoudontsee #t1diabetes #nyc #dexcom #dexcomG6 #nomorefingerpricks

#AD Did you know that malnutrition is the #1 cause of preventable child deaths? For over 25years, Rainbow Light has part...
06/17/2019
Shine Your Light

#AD Did you know that malnutrition is the #1 cause of preventable child deaths? For over 25
years, Rainbow Light has partnered with the non-profit organization @VitaminAngels to end
malnutrition. Together, Rainbow Light and Vitamin Angels have provided lifesaving vitamins to
mothers and children at risk of malnutrition, reducing preventable illness, blindness, and death.
These actions have helped 61+ million individuals in need in 74 countries worldwide. This year
Rainbow Light and Vitamin Angels are focusing on mothers and children in need in the US.
They are going to deliver prenatal vitamins to 25 women’s centers and clinics through
scheduled vitamin drops across the US. Rainbow Light is going to donate a
portion of their sales to Vitamin Angels for each purchase of Rainbow Light Prenatal One or
Women’s One Multivitamins, and for each post shared through the campaign
Website up to $25K. You can help in two ways – buy Rainbow Light Prenatal One or Women’s One
Multivitamins and/or upload your own photo to Rainbow Light’s website:
https://www.rainbowlight.com/category/vitamin-angels/shine-your-light/
#donation #RainbowLight #ShineYourLight

#AD Senior reviewer Maytal loves The Blipblox by Playtime Engineering- an electronic music synthesizer. Click to read ab...
06/16/2019
Kids Can Make their own Electronic Music with Blipblox!

#AD Senior reviewer Maytal loves The Blipblox by Playtime Engineering- an electronic music synthesizer. Click to read about it and enter our #giveaway for a chance to win your own! 👇https://www.themamamaven.com/kids-can-make-their-own-electronic-music-with-blipblox-giveaway/

Music is a big part of babies’ cognitive development and as kids get older they sometimes move away from music and onto other things like sports or technology. Not everyone is musical but it’s so important to try and incorporate some form of music into a toddler’s schedule and the beauty of it...

GIVEAWAY: The Misadventures of Max Crumbly #3: Masters of Mischief  #MaxCrumbly The Misadventures of Max Crumbly #summer...
06/16/2019
The Misadventures of Max Crumbly #3: Masters of Mischief

GIVEAWAY: The Misadventures of Max Crumbly #3: Masters of Mischief #MaxCrumbly The Misadventures of Max Crumbly #summerreading #books #kidsbooks #DorkDiaries #RachelReneeRussell https://www.themamamaven.com/the-misadventures-of-max-crumbly-3-masters-of-mischief-giveaway/

Simon & Schuster is partnering with me for a giveaway! My daughter is a reader and in this blog post, we’re going to talk about The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Masters of Mischief and what she thought of it (plus a giveaway). The author, Rachel Renée Russell also writes Dork Diaries, which my ...

I’m on a journey to become healthier and drinking water is a huge part of that. #Ad YOU should do the same! My 30 Day Wa...
06/14/2019
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I’m on a journey to become healthier and drinking water is a huge part of that. #Ad YOU should do the same! My 30 Day Water Challenge is live in The Incontinence Community – a private Facebook group for anyone who experiences incontinence. So honored to be a founding member alongside Depend

Nearly 65 million Americans experience bladder leakage in one form or another, but bladder leakage doesn’t have to get in the way of living a confident, uninterrupted life. If you experience incontinence, join The Incontinence Community to connect with others, get advice and even share your own tips: http://bit.ly/InconCommunity

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