As a mom, we know you are working hard to give your family a memorable holiday season, so we are excited to share some treats with you! First, we have some brand favorites to share, Paperless Post and Picket Fence: Gift Shop Pittsburgh — and we've coordinated an amazing Mom Faves Holiday Giveaway prize collection sponsored by many fabulous brands! Just send your hubby over to check out all of our holiday gift ideas for moms.
Darling Matilda Jane Clothing fashions for girls that were designed by HGTV's Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines are now officially available! You can find the 2016 Matilda Jane holiday lookbook here!
"Matilda Jane is a collaboration that's personal for me. My girls have been wearing MJ dresses, skirts, and accessories for years — and I never get tired of seeing them love what they wear. With this line, I hope to bring that same fun home to your and your girls."
- Joanna Gaines
The holidays are always a busy time of year, whether you are home or traveling. If you do venture out into the bustling travel scene, it can be a long trip for your kids in the car or even on the airplane. Star Kids Products has several creative solutions for engaging your kids in tight travel spaces. My kids bounce from one toy to the next at home, but if they are stuck in a car seat during road trips, they welcome anything they can hold in their lap. This Snack and Play Travel Tray and Play n Go tray table cover by Star Kids Products both offer portable play to engage your kids while on the go.
We are excited to be part of something awesome! We have 25 talented bloggers gathered together to share with you all the wonderful crafts and recipes you can make this Christmas season, based off of some of the most beloved holiday classic films. Each blogger will lead you to the next, so be sure to finish the hop all the way through to the end for all the Christmas movie goodies! Our favorite Christmas movie feature here at Mommy Scene is homemade Turkish Delight from the Chronicles of Narnia. This unique treat is fun to make and a novel party dessert!
If you are a blogger, writer, marketing agent, brand rep, or influencer, you know the importance of having an active presence on social media. Apps and online tools such as Viraltag make that job a little easier, allowing you to schedule your social media posts in advance with high quality content that your audience will enjoy and relate to.
One of my favorite thing about the holidays is receiving cards from friends and family. I love seeing pictures of how much everyone has grown and photos of the new babies welcomed into each family that year. It's also very fun to send out a holiday card and our annual holiday card has become a fun keepsake for our family each year. I usually save one per child so someday they will have a collection of all our family holiday photo cards. Where do you get your photo cards? When shopping for holiday photo cards, I look for quality, affordable pricing, design options, and it's definitely important to pick a company that's easy to order my holiday cards from! Minted offers all of these benefits and more! With 100's of designs created by artist around the world, Minted has a holiday card that's perfect for your own family, and their ordering platform makes it so simple to order a designer, customized photo card for your family within minutes. With Minted, you can keep your holiday card as simple or as creative as you'd like!
I recently learned about a cash back service called Giving Assistant, an easy way to get cash back on purchases you make online. Giving Assistant is a free digital loyalty program that works with more than 1,600 retailers, offering an average of 5% cash reward after each online purchase. Popular retailers include The Children's Place and Old Navy with 4% cash back. You can stock up on discounts from Groupon and get 6% cash back! I tried out Giving Assistant with my latest Etsy Purchase, and I'm excited to share my experience with you.
Going to the movies is a fun family holiday tradition. There are always great movies that come out around Christmas time. Disney has lots of excitement in store for this holiday season, with new releases Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE (now in theaters), for Disney princess enthusiasts MOANA (Nov 23) and another high-action treat for Star Wars fans ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (Dec 16). Check out the trailers and cool production images for these new family friendly movies!
If you're a Marvel Fan and a Benedict Cumberbatch fan, you should probably go see Marvel's new movie DOCTOR STRANGE. I haven't seen it yet, but with 2 toddlers and a baby in my house, I'm pretty sure the last movie I saw in the theater was awhile ago. I can't actually remember.
I do look forward to seeing this awesome Marvel movie as soon as I can! My husband and I love BBC's Sherlock show, so it would be very fun to see Benedict Cumberbatch in a new superhero role. Here are some of the most recent clips from this new movie, now in theaters!
A newborn baby brings unimaginable joy and happiness. They can also bring unimaginable exhaustion and stress. There are so many ups and downs the first few months with a new baby and some days time seems to drag (especially when your hubby is late coming home from work!). And yet when you look back it all went by way too fast. Here is how we survived the first month with a newborn and toddler as well as some simple things I'm doing to keep my sanity.
We recently took a family trip to Seattle and stopped by the American Girl store in the Alderwood Mall. My girls had so much fun browsing the store and seeing all the characters from their AG catalog in person! My four year old loves her WellieWishers dolls and BeForever doll Maryellen, and it was a fun treat to see the WellieWishers playhouse and coordinating outfits for girls and their dolls, as well as the huge displays of each BeForever American Girl character with their collection of outfits and accessories, and Truly Me modern American Girl Dolls. I'm excited to share the pictures from our visit, as well as the surprise treat that Daddy bought for my little girl. ♥
Autumn has always been my favorite season and it was one of things I missed most about the Midwest while living in Southern California. Now that life has brought us back to the Midwest I am loving sharing the joys of this amazing season with my native Californian husband, toddler and newborn baby. There is something thrilling about the beginning of Autumn. The air gets crisp and cool, you can smell harvest in the air and the leaves start to turn into magical colors of gold, red and orange. Instantly I am flooded with memories from past Octobers and Novembers, both sweet and sad. I crave hot drinks, pumpkin bread and cuddles by a bonfire. Sentimental would be the word to describe me during the months of September, October and November!
With winter just around the corner, it's a good idea to be proactive with your family's health. Break out the humidifier to moisturize your kids' skin and tiny nasal passages and stock up on some roll-on essential oils. Here are some of my tips for keeping our family healthy in the cold weather (and surprisingly we don't get sick very often!)
If your family enjoys Disney movies, you are probably looking forward to the next Disney creation coming to theaters November 23rd, the first Disney princess story starring a Polynesian princess named Moana. We hope you also enjoy these fun printable Disney Moana coloring pages!
I was inspired to create a planter out of a pumpkin one day, after buying flowers and realizing they would die if I planted them outside in the cold weather. This DIY pumpkin flower pot project turned out to be a beautifully creative fall decoration, perfect to accent a buffet table or holiday party. The only downside is the pumpkin planter doesn't last long indoors, once cut and left out in warm air. I enjoyed my pumpkin planter for a few days and then planted my flowers in an actual flower pot, to add a cheerful pop of color to my kitchen counter. See our easy steps for making your own pumpkin flower pot + other gorgeous fall decorating ideas!
When I heard Disney was making a live action remake of Beauty and the Beast, I knew it was going to be amazing. My daughter loves the animated Disney movie Beauty and the Beast and it remains a timeless classic even though it was made 25 years ago! Only a fourth of a century can prove the value of a "Tale as Old as Time". Emma Watson stars as Belle in Disney's 2017 release of Beauty and the Beast which will be very fun to watch. Check out the full cast list and live action Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer and must-see production images below!
With two girls in the house, we have more than our share of dress up accessories, sparkly dresses, shoes, many kinds of boots, and hair bows. I love casual little girl glamour that's perfect for wearing in the backyard or out on a date with daddy. My girls love twirling, dancing, and jumping in piles of leaves this fall, and where you find one you will usually find the other. My oldest daughter tells little sister that "she's the sparkle of her eye." ♥ We are excited to share this week's fashion picks!
My daughter loves all things mermaid. She's dressed up as a mermaid for Halloween for 3 out of 4 years of her life. She loves mermaid tea parties, mermaid activities, mermaid coloring pages; anything that has a girl with a tail. Her favorite Princess Sofia the First episode is the mermaid one. So of course she wanted a mermaid room when it came time to sell her little sister's crib and update our girls' bedroom. I kept our kids' bedroom redesign pretty simple and I'm excited to share our fun kids' mermaid themed room with you! We've also discovered two products for use with our kids' bunk beds that have quickly become must haves; The Shrunks inflatable bed rails and QuickZip sheets! Read on to discover why these products make life with a bunk bed so much easier!
A lot can change in a family in one year. For us this last year, we welcomed a new baby boy, our baby girl turned 2 and our toddler turned 4. We enjoyed some family trips and hikes and lots of play dates with friends. The holidays are the perfect time to review your year, celebrate family, and share the highlights of your year with family. Some families send out updates through a Christmas letter, while others send a personalized holiday card. I appreciate receiving cute holiday photo cards that we can put up on our fridge and think about our friends near and far. It's also fun to design and send out our own family Christmas card, which is an easy project to accomplish thorough Minted.com. I'm amazed by the hundreds of card designs offered by Minted, each designed by uniquely talented artists and featuring a wide variety of styles. I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite Minted card designs!
Just because Thanksgiving is traditional doesn't mean it has to be mundane. We searched the best of the internet for the most creative Thanksgiving ideas for decorating, activities, and treats to share with you. Many of these ideas were created by moms and are totally kid-friendly and fun! We hope you are as inspired as we are.