Had A Blast Stocking The #KmartCarts In NYC with Marlo Thomas For St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Yesterday, I, had the privilege of stocking the #KmartCarts at the Penn Station Kmart,  in Manhattan. Carts were filled to the brim with tons of special goodies, for the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital this holiday season.

Mid-way through piling toys into my cart, I paused when I noticed that much of what I had placed in the cart was geared towards young girls. My daughter was on my mind and it was reflecting in my gift selections. 

My lulu. 

I will never ever forget the helplessness that I felt as a parent,  when she was 3 years old. 

Holiday Family Fun At Sesame Place: A Very Furry Christmas

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this Holiday season? Head to A Very Furry Christmas, at Sesame Place.

We made our way to Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA this weekend for their annual holiday celebration, A Very Furry Christmas. While it was definitely a little chilly, it was totally worth the trip! 

The entire park is brought to life during the holiday season with thousands of brightly colored, twinkling lights and decorations. The friendly furry cast of Sesame Street is also at the ready to put everyone in a festive mood!

She's Back! Samantha Parkington Joins The American Girl Beforever Line [ Video Review / Unboxing + Giveaway ]

You guy's, I can't even tell you how excited I am that American Girl brought the Samantha Parkington Doll and line of accessories back with their introduction of American Girl Beforever!

I will never forget pouring over the pages of the classic story collection for Samantha years ago as a child [back when American Girl was Pleasant Company]. Receiving my Samantha doll on Christmas, is one of my most beloved childhood holiday memories. Having the ability to share this special doll and her story-line with my daughter, is definitely one of those full circle experiences for me as a mother. 

My Miracle #BabysFirstRideHome

This is my first born. 

He made me a mommy. While all three of my children have taught me amazing invaluable lessons, he taught me how to be a mother. In those first few weeks after he was born, I learned things about myself that I never thought possible. The unconditional, insurmountable amounts of love that motherhood ushers in, is indescribable.  Just indescribable.

I will never forget those first few days after he was born. We spent three days in the hospital.  The night before we went home, he stayed in the room with me all night. I barely slept. Not because he was fussy; he was actually quite laid back. I just couldn't take my eyes off of him. He was perfect. 

The next day, when it was time to leave the hospital, I found myself in a bit of an unexpected state of panic. My husband had gone to retrieve the car and we found ourselves alone in a quiet moment, while we were waiting for the nurse to come in with the wheelchair. A Nun passed by the room and she must have seen the look of distress on my face. She told me how beautiful the baby was and asked how I was feeling. In that moment I broke down. I told her how scared I was and how fearful I was that I would make a mistake.

What she said next, I will remember for the rest of my life. 

3 Simple Christmas Crafts To Do With The Kids This Holiday Season

I love the holiday season! Christmas lights, hot chocolate, baking, crafts .... it's my absolute favorite time of year! 

My kids and I had a ton of fun making a few simple ( I mean it- super easy!) kids Christmas crafts this past week. Each craft only requires simple materials (some of which you most likely already have on hand ) and about 20 minutes. 

Every one of these cute kids Christmas crafts would make adorable handmade presents for the kids to gift this holiday season too.

What you'll need:

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If only we could  bottle time.  

I know all too well that while the days can seem long, the years are indeed very short. Way too short, my friends.

5 Fabulous Holiday Hostess Gifts Under $25

As you head out the door to celebrate the holiday's with friends and family, bring a smile to the face of your hostess with one of these fabulous Holiday Hostess Gift picks! 

You don't have to break the bank either! All of  our picks fall at or under the $25 price point. 

Our top 2014 Holiday Hostess Gift Picks {under $25} are:

Clothespin Christmas Wreath Kids Craft Tutorial

We are amping up the Christmas spirit in our house this week. We have all of the Christmas decorations down from the attic and we're ready for some decorating!

We spend a huge part of the  holiday season crafting and baking, and we've already started. Last weekend my daughter made this super simple {super cute} Clothespin Christmas Wreath. All you need are a few simple supplies, and about 20 minutes. Keep in mind that the drying time for the paint adds to that time slightly

What you'll need: