Young At Heart Mommy

Nov 25, 2014

Christmas Morning FAIL: Batteries Not Included #PowerTheHolidays

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Duracell.

Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays but it is also the most time consuming and stressful. There is the decorating, cooking, baking, Elf On The Shelf hiding, wrapping, and preparing for Santa's arrival. Somewhere in between all that is a few hours of sleep and maybe a cup of coffee. I experience pure madness at times and I think I kind of secretly enjoy the thrill. It may be a month away but my daughter is counting the days and reciting her list to me on a regular basis whether it's in the bath or on the way to school. This year I did a majority of my shopping early and made sure I was prepared ahead of time. This included stocking up on batteries to power up all of those toys under the tree.

Nov 24, 2014

My Holiday Bag Essentials + #KiplingHoliday Tour

Thank you to Kipling for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to get ready for the holidays with the#KiplingHoliday Tour. 

It's the most wonderful time of year. Shopping season! The holidays are here and it's prime time to get your shop on. I decided that I would get a head start and invest in a new bag to hold all of my holiday essentials. This time of year I find myself out and about much more than usual. Don't we all? It's crazy busy during the holidays. Whether I am visiting with friends, taking Toodie on an adventure, or tackling my Christmas shopping-I am always up to something myself. I needed to upgrade to a bigger and much more cozy space for my go-to gadgets and favorites that I CAN'T be without. After browsing through the Kipling Holiday Catalog I knew the Art Tote Bag was the one.

Nov 23, 2014

5 Tips To Survive + Conquer Black Friday #ODOMXBlackFriday

Black Friday is only days away! Can you believe it? Two years go I was struggling to stay awake, shuffling through my lists all the way to the register, and hitting people's ankles repetitively with my cart as I browsed each aisle like a walking zombie. By now I have mastered the art of shopping on the craziest day of the year. Stores like Office Max & Office Depot are making it easy for shoppers like myself by offering their lowest prices ever. I've already scoped out their deal center for early sales and got a sneak peek of their ad. Prepare yourself for the biggest shopping day of the year with these tips to survive & conquer Black Friday.

Nov 21, 2014

Paper Plate Feathered Turkey Craft

Today I had the pleasure of spending time with 18 incredible Kindergartners who love to create and craft just as much as I do. My daughter's class had an early Thanksgiving celebration and to continue the theme myself and two other moms set up mini activity stations for the kids afterwards. These included learning activities and hands on projects. At my station I was in charge of the Paper Plate Turkey. This little craft was so popular that I decided to share it on my blog as well. During the holidays I really love to use paper plates to create festive decorations so it wasn't hard coming up with something special for the kids to make. This colorful turkey is SO easy to make and fun to dress up. Perfect craft for home and the classroom.

Nov 20, 2014

Sparkle + Shine At The Children's Place + $25 GC Giveaway #BigFashionLittlePrices

Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to shop the newest trends at the Children's PLACE. All opinions are my own!

It's getting chilly out! Have you started shopping for your little one's winter wardrobe? Last week I took a trip to The Children's PLACE for a look at their new holiday trends and get a few things to add a little sparkle to Toodie's closet. By some miracle we have had a lot of unexpected cooler weather here in Florida this month so I really needed to stock up on a few long sleeve t-shirts and skinny jeans. Tank tops, skorts, and sandals are gonna have to hit the back burner for a little while. Not that I am complaining. I would take crisp cold weather over sunshine any day!

Nov 19, 2014

You Are Beautiful Because You're YOU! #FeelBeautifulFor

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Global Influence.

Growing up I had my fair share of insecurities and awkward moments. Until middle school I was always the tallest child in my class, had an unruly frizzy perm accompanied by the biggest bangs you could fit on a human forehead, pale skin,  huge round glasses with thick frames, crooked pinkies (which I share with my mom and daughter), and a shy personality to hide behind. Even though most of this was the norm in the 90's it still took a lot of time for me to embrace my beauty, goofiness and all. Today I feel beautiful because I am mother and I think we can all agree each of us has a special glow inside of us.

Nov 18, 2014

Leap Into Gaming With The LeapTV From LeapFrog #LeapTV #MommyParties

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mom Select and LeapFrog.

I learned a long time ago that becoming a parent meant having to combine girl's night in with play dates and our little ones. Five years later and it's become more that second nature to myself and my friends who do have children. For those of them that don't they will one day learn that "girl's night" now means pizza, animated movies, and painting tiny nails while singing along to the Frozen soundtrack.