My Five Friday Faves

Hello Beautiful Mama’s!!

The weekend is upon us and although that means absolutely nothing most mother’s  (we work everyday right?) There’s still something fun about it being Friday. They don’t call it #FriYay for no reason. So with that in mind, I’m starting a new blog “series” called FIVE FRIDAY FAVES!

It will pretty much what I’m digging this week. From beauty items to baby items. I’ll share what’s hot out there in the mommy world. Can’t wait to share it with you ladies.
This could eventually turn into YouTube videos. Who am I kidding? It will turn into YouTube videos! My channel is up, but I haven’t recorded anything blog related but you can subscribe and be the firsts ones to know about it.  Take a quick moment to subscribe  HERE and welcome me to the world of YouTube. Hope to become your new favorite mommy YouTuber.
Enjoy…
Here are my FIVE FRIDAY FAVES!!

1. WALKING! 

I know it’s not a big deal but it clears my head and one of the ways I get most of my ideas for blogging. I’ve been missing my daily walks with the kiddo. We’ve had a pretty busy April & May and I’ve totally stopped my daily walks.

We have visitors over the house and that completely throws off my schedule. But walking is great all around, helps us mama’s with those baby pounds that for some reason love to hang around. Walking at least 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Don’t forget to put on some cute & comfortable shoes!

2. KATE SPADE COFFEE MUG

Drinking coffee has become an Olympic sport in my house, and I’d like to do it with a cute mug. Don’t you? In order to do “mothering” we need to be fueled with something. Some like their tea in the morning, or a warm bowl of oatmeal. Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee. That goes for you too kiddo! I’m kidding he can talk to me, only him.

3. CUTE NAIL POLISH

My favorite color right now, which I currently have on my toes is Essie’s Bikini So Teeny & Watermelon for my manicure. Both Fresh colors for Summer. You’ll love them and look absolutely ADORBS!

4. NETFLIX

I’m sure I’m not alone in this. I watch a lot of Netflix, on my phone, tablet, tv you name it. But I also have the DVD service they provide and that’s awesome too. Who needs to rent movies when it can be delivered right to your mailbox and returned back the same way. If you haven’t signed up, you should! You’ll get hooked though. So be careful!

5. MAYBELLINE BABY LIPS LIP BALM IN CHERRY ME

I’m obsessed with this lip balm, it’s super moisturizing and gives just a hint of color to my lips. My lips stay smooth and color lasts up to 8 hours.

That’s it mama’s, my list of favorites this week. What about you? What are you digging this week? Let me know in the comments below and stay tuned for more of my favorites next Friday!

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11 Best Motherhood Quotes + Printables

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Hello Mamas!!! I love quotes (don’t we all?) and I picked a few of my favorite motherhood quotes that I hope you’ll enjoy. I’m still celebrating Mother’s Day. Motherhood is everyday and it SHOULD be celebrated daily.

Here’s to you awesome moms that give so much of yourself, till there’s none left; and you still give some more. You are an inspiration and you are love displayed.

These awesome motherhood quotes are for you.

11 Best Motherhood Quotes

“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.” Abraham Lincoln

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” George Washington

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” Ruyard Kipling

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“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice? it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” Erma Bombeck

“There is nothing as sincere as a mother’s kiss.” Saleem Sharma

“The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.” Jodi Picoult

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” Maya Angelou

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“There never has been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between a mother and a son.” Unknown

“A boy is Truth with dirt on it’s face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair,and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.” Unknown

“No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.” Edwin Hubbell Chapin

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” Rajneesh

 
Did you enjoy these? I hope it has brought a smile to your face.
Do you have any special mom quotes you love? Share them in the comments below, and I’ll write a second post with the best ones!

Looking for more inspirational quotes, check out
365 Days of Motherhood: Inspirational Quotes for Moms (365 Days of Happiness)

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A Mother’s Morning Routine with a Toddler

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I’m not in pj’s anymore! I’ve been trying really hard to change out of my pajamas daily when I wake up. It’s been a good two months! Although I find nothing wrong with staying at home in pj’s; it was affecting how much effort I put into my morning.

The daily grind of motherhood tends to do that to you. Everyday is like the other. 
Wake up with a kick or punch to the face from your co-sleeping toddler or maybe a nice shoulder bite like today to get your blood flowing and get you out of bed. He sure got my attention.
He’s my little alarm clock and I try to keep him in bed for as long as possible cuddling. Depending on the day I get a good 30 minutes of him flapping around the bed like a beached whale. 
We get up, I’m sure if he could express himself better, he’d say FINALLY WOMAN.  
We brush our teeth together and I change out of my clothes. I make the bed while he helps me with putting the pillows on top of the bed.
This sounds productive but trust me it’s not. Since a lot of what I do is a game to him he does a lot of undoing what I just did. 
We move on to running after him to get his almost knee reaching wet diaper, this is what I call my daily workout which happens several times a day. I proceed to hand him a banana. He eats it whole so I don’t have the need to cut it up. Thanks BLW
Then I have a moment to prepare breakfast while he’s munching on his banana. 
Breakfast usually consists of lots of bread! My main food source. I give him lots of fruit but I am a terrible example of health. I wonder when that will catch up to me? He’ll see me with a nice juicy burger in hand and he’ll have an apple and ask why I don’t eat what I feed him? 
Bad mommy. I need to change my eating habits badly! But that’s another subject.
We eat breakfast with soundtrack provided by daddy. I’m not a morning person so I prefer quiet but my husband on the other hand likes to crank out music. 
There’s usually a dance party mid-breakfast. I try to keep things light and fun with the kiddo. I’m really working on his sense of humor and it seems to be catching on if you follow me on Instagram (you do, don’t ya?) you’ll see my latest video bringing that out of him. 
He does a great job of being funny himself.  Sidenote: I think I might take some time to research this, are we responsible for our children’s sense of humor? I’ve never read up on it but I would assume so. 
We wave goodbye to daddy as he heads of to work in the midst of me trying to appease my child’s cries over daddy leaving but he quickly forgets as I take his focus away. By now he’s usually a bit tired already and almost ready for his nap. SCORE! I take him out on his Radio Flyer trike which he loves. We cruise for about 30 minutes or as long as I can take the heat. We do live in south Florida.
I make him a bottle and off to bed he goes. 
Now the marathon begins. What to do first? I used to write lots of lists but they seem to be ineffective at the moment. So I just take mental notes and hope I remember the trillion things I’ve planned for myself. Usually doesn’t happen but it’s the thought that counts (at least for me)
I pick whatever chore I need to do while usually watching something recorded on the DVR. And just hope for a nice long nap. 
So mamas? What does your morning look like? Sounds similar to mine? Or are you rushing out with a bagel in your mouth because you’re late to work and you still gotta drop of the kids at daycare? Share in the comments below how you overcome the morning hussle. 
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How to Successfully Travel to Walt Disney World with a Toddler According to a Floridian – Part 1

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Hi there! So you want to successfully travel with your kiddos. Sometimes as a parent traveling with children becomes more of a chore than anything else. You never know how they’ll behave so prepare for any and everything.

We are based out of South Florida and short drive away from the “Happiest Place on Earth”, it isn’t a big deal to take a drive to Walt Disney World®. I couldn’t tell you much about the car/plane ride but I what I can do is tell you what does work when you arrive at the Disney parks.

First time I took my son to Walt Disney World®he was a few days shy of his first birthday. It was on the weekend after New Year’s so the weather was quite nice. Florida weather could be tricky, especially around this time. It could be chilly or it could be hot, so always check in advance and hope for cooler weather.

We stayed at the Gaylord Palms Hotel during their ICE Christmas event.

Photo Courtesy: Gaylord Palms Hotel

“Set on 63 acres, this polished hotel with a glass atrium garden is 3.2 miles from Walt Disney World®.
Warm, straightforward rooms with marble baths have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Suites add pull-out sofas and wet bars; upgraded suites feature living rooms with dining tables.
There are 3 restaurants, a cafe and 2 bars, including a sports bar with a 37-ft screen. Amenities include 400,000 sq ft of meeting space, an outdoor adults-only heated pool, a water park, and a spa. There’s a children’s game room, and the chance to feed baby alligators. A resort fee covers a theme park shuttle and use of a fitness center.”

Photo Courtesy: Gaylord Palms Hotel

We had a lot of fun while staying there, and my son loved their pool. There’s an area for toddlers to play in their water park and for the big kids. I definitely recommend.  One thing we did request was a King size bed at the time we booked but they were all out apparently since we are a co-sleeping family it would help. Although they did say we could switch rooms the following day, but we declined.

Photo Courtesy: Gaylord Palms Hotel

We arrived at the park, in our case we went to Magic Kingdom, late in the morning after a breakfast at a Panera Bread near to the park and after a very brief nap we arrived at the park.

Parking at Disney (per Disney website)

The rate depends on your vehicle, but each theme park lot charges the same rate per day.
Automobile, taxi, limo or motorcycle: $17 USD
Camper, trailer or RV: $18 USD
Bus or tractor trailer: $21 USD
Once you pay for the day, you may park at any of the theme parks.
If you are a Guest of a Disney Resort hotel, you receive complimentary parking at Disney theme parks for the length of your Resort stay. You must present valid Disney Resort hotel identification to enter the parking lots. Parking is also complimentary with select Annual Passes.
Prices subject to change without notice.

Everything feels magical at Disney. Even for the adults! But the look on the children’s faces trumps anything. Although my little one didn’t understand much, he was still able to have fun. We were able to plan our ride choices ahead of time, you can make your selections 30 days ahead! you can find out more about FastPass here, it is definitely worth it, who wants to wait in line with a toddler? NO ONE!

One thing I do have to mention that is new, is a wait & play line for the Dumbo The Flying Elephant ride.

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Play Before You Ride

A circus-themed play area keeps the little ones having fun before taking flight. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a pager that “virtually” holds your place in line. Step inside the big-top tent and enjoy an air-conditioned playground complete with slides, climbing net, and even a toddler section. Kids of all ages will love to be part of the circus show as parents relax in ample seating.

If you’re using Disney FastPass+ service, you’ll bypass this area and go straight to the FastPass+ entrance. But I think it’s something nice to enjoy with kiddos. I would go after you’ve had a busy day at the park, so you can sit on their benches in an A.C. area and let the kiddos run free. It’s a good time to relax a little bit before running around the park.

This is Part 1, Stay Tuned for Part 2, I’ll discuss lunch options & what you should take with you.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful time at Disney!
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Summer Reading // Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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So many books, so little time! With Mother’s Day fast approaching (May 10th)I decided to share some of the books I’ve chosen to keep my sanity and help me grow as a woman, wife & mother.

I do love a good book.  Although I don’t psychically pick up a book as often as I’d like anymore; I still love to read and buy books. Continue reading “Summer Reading // Mother’s Day Gift Ideas”