The Mommyhood Life – Travel, Crafts, Food, and Florida Family Fun

Month: November 2013

Walt Disney World Savings Jars for Kids Vacation Money ~ Easy Disney Craft to Help them save for Souvenirs!

We have our next Walt Disney World Vacation Planned for the end of January 2014!  I LOVE Disney, almost more than the kids do!
However Disney is extremely expensive with the plane tickets, hotel, park tickets, the restaurants, and more.  Then to top it off they have gift shops, candy shops, and souvenirs to choose from, every three minutes throughout each park.
A long day in lines, the excitement of hugging mickey, the sugar rush from the ice cream cone after lunch, and the crowds waiting for the fire works can make any child tired and cranky!  However add to that a perfectly positioned cart of $25 flashing light swords that every child “has to have” and that can easily transforms a whine into a full on meltdown!

On our last trip 2 things kept us sane, one being we only did half days in the park.  Even with a full day you cant get everything done at Disney World so why try?  We use the apps and plan out what we really want to see, then go after brunch.  This way the kids can sleep in, eat a good meal, and relax before the excitement.  This helped a lot with the crankiness, at least for my kids!  Plus this isn’t just their vacation, its ours too, so sleeping in is a big plus for me!
Second was our Disney Savings System!
I have 3 kids, that can easily tally up to over $100 on ears alone.  So we started having the kids save up on their own as soon as we booked our trip.  To make it fun, and remind them why they where saving we made up fun little Disney Themed Jars.
Joann Fabrics had cute little Mickey head tape and stick on buttons, we got Rhinestone ones for Lilly.  They also had puffy letter stickers and flat mason jars!  This was so easy, the kids had fun knowing it was part of preparing for Disney, and they ended up being very CHEAP!  If you hit Joann’s at the right time you can get it all 50% off in the scrap booking section, Score!
 We removed the inner lid of the jars so that the kids could drop change in easily.
 Put their names on them with the glitter puffy stickers.
 Then scattered all the Mickey sticker buttons around the jar.
 Added the tape for a bit of pzazz!
 And tada! 30 minute craft! Easy for Mommy, and Fun for the Kiddos.
They are slowly getting filled.  Aidan is potty training so when he comes home from school with no accidents he gets a coin (he chose this instead of a piece of candy, our dentist will be happy!)  They also get a dollar or some change for helping around the house beyond whats normally expected.  I also surprise them sometimes when I see them acting really well behaved.
Now a few days before we leave, we all go to the coin machine at the bank to transform it into cash, then Mommy divides it by the days we’ll be at Disney and buys a TON of Disney gift cards!  This way they have a gift card for each day we are at the park, so they can spend it or save it for the next day, but either way all the money isn’t spent on the first day.
On our last trip Anthony had earned over $200 (he was doing chores for the entire family for months) He had enough to get a Harry potter wand at Universal, a Mickey hat, Pin necklace, shirt, pen, and 2 Lego sets!
No Whining, No tantrums, plus it helped him learn about money and math, and it was a great aid to help him with his self esteem and language because he would do the check out process on his own.
The twins were only 3 last time, we used the same process but with more help.  However I’m hoping this year they’ll grasp it as well as Anthony has!

Mama & Madison Apron Set Review – Mommy and Me Cupcake Apron Set – Holiday Themed Boutique Aprons

I received the Mother and Daughter Matching Retro Apron Set in Cupcake Print from Mama and Madison to review.

I cant rave enough about these aprons!  They are gorgeous!
They are designed to look like you just stepped out of a 1960’s movie yet the fun fabrics and accents give them a modern twist.
Lilly loves to help in the kitchen, so when I was offered this set to review I was thrilled and when Lilly opened the package her face lit up with the biggest smile I’ve seen!
 Now that she has her very own Apron that is identical to Mommy’s she insists that she can help with all the cooking.  We have been baking a lot, as I think its the easiest thing for a 4 year old to help with.
We’ve also sat down and made a list of all the things we will be making together on Thanksgiving.
This is such a fun and magical experience to be in the kitchen with my daughter and MamaMadison Aprons make it all the more special!
 All Mama & Madison Aprons Are 100% Handmade in USA, on Eastern Long Island.  The Creator “Mama” was Professionally Trained in New York’s Fashion Industry!  This explains how amazing the quality of these aprons are!  All the seems are professionally finished with seem binding.
This is an item that can be handed down generation after generation! A perfect heirloom!
Check out all the Designs on Mama & Madison’s Etsy store.  There are patterns perfect for all occasions, graduations, holidays, bridal showers, birthdays, and much more!  Plus Mama & Madison takes custom orders!
Connect with Mama and Madison to learn more about their Custom Aprons and stay up to date on new designs, promotions and specials:
These Aprons are perfect for Holiday gifts!
Here are some of the beautiful Holiday Designs available at Mama and Madison!

Disclaimer: I received a mommy and me apron set to facilitate this review; All opinions are 100% my own.

Clip On Bowtie by Positively Oakes Review and Giveaway ~ Blue Baby Boy Bow Tie

 I received this cute clip on bowtie from Positively Oakes to review.  This is the Black Dots Bow Tie.  The Bow Tie is made out of a soft fabric with a simple clip on the back that is partly covered by the fabric.  It is very well constructed with no visible seams on the front and a sturdy alligator clip on the back so it wont fall off.

I’ve tried numerous tie’s on Aidan in the past and either the fabric was to scratchy or the clip hurt his skin.  It’s hard to find accessories that don’t bother him especially with his sensory issues .  However I found one now!  As you can see in all his pictures, he didn’t try to rip this bow tie off once, he told me he “couldn’t even feel it”, but loved looking at himself in the mirror looking like a little man!
Positively Oakes bowtie’s would look adorable on boys from baby through childhood, so its a great investment at only $8.00 a piece.  Plus there is so many adorable color choices on their Etsy store.  Perfect for all your Holiday outfits this season!
 Enter to win a Positively Oakes Bowtie Here!
Giveaway Ends: November 30th 2013
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Check out Positively Oakes headband review and giveaway here!
Disclaimer: I received two headbands from Positively Oakes free of charge to initiate this review and giveaway.  All opinions are my own.

Hobby Lobby Holiday Shopping Haul ~ Christmas Decorations Sale

Hobby Lobby is my favorite store to get lost in! For years I would read blogs from woman raving about Hobby Lobby from all around the United States, and sadly we didn’t have one in New England, UNTIL a couple years ago. 
Now that they built one about 30 minutes away, I’m obsessed!
I took a ride up yesterday to check out what they had for holiday decorations this year and I wanted to share what I picked up for my kitchen shelves.  I’ll be making another trip up in the next couple of weeks for more decorations for the Living room shelves and Christmas tree stuff too!
While I was there yesterday, all the holiday products where 50% off!
So here’s my shopping haul:
Green Sparkle Votive Candle Holders $1.99 each
Santa Musical Snow Globe $14.99
Joy, Love, Faith Red Sparkle Tree $4.49
Candy Cane Nut Cracker $8.99
Sparkle Merry Christmas Figure $9.99
Large Red Sparkle Tree $7.49
Medium Green Sparkle Tree $5.99
Happy Birthday Jesus coloring sets for the kids $1.24 each
This is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to share!

The Visiting Elf Review and Giveaway – Elf Footprints on your Carpet – Carpet Shelf Stamp

Carpet Shelf Stamp
I received a set of these stamps to review from The Visiting Elf.
These stamps are so much fun, I cant wait to incorporate these into all my families Christmas traditions and memories!

These stamps are easy to use, for mine I used corn starch and a paper plate.  You only need a little and it vacuums right up!  Our visiting elf will start making appearances at the end of the month as we start to put up our Christmas tree and our “elf on the shelf” arrives so that we can have all sorts of elf misbehavior in our home while the kids are asleep. 
I can’t wait to see the little kids faces on those December mornings! 
Carpet Shelf Stamp
Carpet Shelf Stamp
Carpet Shelf Stamp
These stamps are available on The Visiting Elf’s Etsy store for $15.00 which is a very reasonable price.  The stamp comes in a beautiful velvet pouch with stamping instructions and ideas making this an awesome holiday gift.
Enter to win a Visiting Elf Stamp here:
Giveaway Ends Novemeber 29th at 11:59 PM
Carpet Shelf Stamp
Carpet Shelf Stamp
Carpet Shelf Stamp
Carpet Shelf Stamp
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Disclaimer:  I received 2 Stamps free of charge, one to facilitate this review and the 2nd for the giveaway.  The opinions of the product are 100% my own.

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