Don't laugh - I'm going grocery shopping today for Thanksgiving.
It's not as bad as it sounds. Dinner is at my sister's and I just
need a few things. But yes, I did wait until Tuesday before the big
day and I know that I'm headed into a grocery firestorm. Especially
since school was canceled today. Help me out here. Where are the
best deals, moms?
We know how busy all of you moms are going to be for the
holidays. Here is a quick greeting to let you know that we're all
in this together. Remember to take time to enjoy this holiday
season, and maybe even do something special for yourself!
Have fun with your holiday greetings.
Yourself today! It's fun and really easy.
Kelley Reese's simple and inspiring
jewelry stylishly gives moms subtle reminders of important
qualities that we all embrace. To let all you moms out there
know that you are strong and beautiful, we are giving away Kelley
Reese's strength necklace, like the one pictured above.
In the comments section below, tell us about your strongest
holiday memory. We will randomly draw a name on Friday, December
10th to win the bracelet.
You can view her entire collection of gorgeous jewelry here.
There is no doubt that one of the hottest gift
items this holiday season will be Pillow Pets. Pillow Pets was
gracious enough to supply MOM Magazine with a Pillow Pet as part of
our holiday giveaway.
I was first introduced to the darling things while in Target one
day several months ago. I was happily walking down the isle when I
heard a grown woman scream "O. M. G. THEY HAVE PILLOW PETS!" I
watched her rush to an end cap filled with puppies, lady bugs and
unicorns. Soon after that, I started hearing about them
Does your child have a pillow pet? If yes, which one? If no, is
it on his/her wish list?
We will randomly select a winner on Friday, December 10th, so
check back often!
MOM Mag designer,
Kassie, offers up some advice based on her recent trip.
We recently took our first family vacation to Disneyland.
Planning the trip was almost like expecting our first
child-the vast amounts of reading, the advice from friends and
strangers, the anticipation (what have we gotten ourselves into?).
In the end, it turned out to be a fabulous vacation. And what kind
of MOM would I be if I didn't pass on some advice of my own?
So here are a few tidbits to consider if you too are planning a
trip to the Happiest Place on Earth.
1) Stay as close to the park as
you can afford. We originally booked a hotel off site, but then
changed to a hotel right next to Downtown Disney. Even though it
cost a bit more, I'm glad we did. We were able to easily go back
and forth-for naps during the day, to grab a sweatshirt, to change
after a splashy ride. It was key to keeping everyone happy, rested
2) Speaking of splashy rides,
bring a few disposable rain ponchos from home. After you're done
with them, find a family in line and pass them on.
3) Look at Disney vacation
packages offered by Alaska Air, Costco, AAA and others that include
airfare, hotel and park tickets. I found the packages to be cheaper
than going ala carte.
4) Shop for Disney
stuff-especially clothing-ahead of time. This morsel came from MOM
Publisher Raeann. We stocked up on Tinkerbell and Minnie t-shirts
at Wal-Mart beforehand, and passed up their more expensive
counterparts at the gift shops.
5) Bring snacks from home. I put
together small bags of different, non-perishable snacks and packed
them in my suitcase. Each day, I threw a few of the small bags in
my purse and we munched happily while waiting in lines.
6) If you have a smart phone,
download a free Disney wait time app. It was a great way to
see when our favorite rides were the least crowded.
7) Fast Passes are your friends. I
wish every ride had them.
8) For the younger set, character
meals are expensive, but worth it. We did the Princess lunch and it
was the highlight for our girls. You can make reservations ahead of
time to secure your spot.
9) If you're going to buy a
photopass, use it as much as possible. There are
photographers stationed everywhere to take your picture, and you
can purchase all of the photos they take for one price. I was so
excited my daughter got picked for Jedi training that I forgot to
take pictures of her fighting Darth Vader. Fortunately, the
photopass photographer was there. After that, we got our picture
taken as often as possible and now have a cd full of memorable and
The First Saturday of every month the Home Depot offers kids
ages 5 to 12 a chance to tap into their inner-handyman (or woman)
with a useful project such as creating a mail organizer or
birdhouse. This Saturday, November 6th, kids will create a spice
The workshops focus on tool safety while teaching kids
do-it-yourself skills. Your kids will gain a sense of
accomplishment while having fun with positive Home Depot mentors.
In addition to newly constructed project kits, each child
participating in the FREE Saturday event receives a kid-sized
orange apron (just like the employees have) and an achievement pin.
The free workshop runs from 9 am to noon. Check out the Home
Depot's website to learn more about upcoming Saturday Kids Workshop
activities or to find out what projects are going on in your
Our apple trees are bulging with apples - the best apples I've
ever tasted. I hate to see them going to waste. Apple pie,
applesauce, apple pancakes - anything to take advantage of this
harvest. But my favorite is caramel apples!
Check out these fun ideas from B&G. They are fun to make and
taste so good. A tip that I learned is the caramel sticks to the
skin, but not to the insides. So if you make caramel apple slices,
keep that in mind. Please let me know if you have a creative idea
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