Stilettos and Diapers: November 2014

11.27.2014

Black Friday SALES!

Who's headed out Black Friday shopping?! I've decided to stay home in my comfy pants, but have found some awesome deals right from my computer. I even ordered some of the hot toys on my list for the same price as the ads. So happy to not be braving the crowds after a Turkey Trot this morning and hours of cooking. I'm ready for bed at 8pm! 

Here are some of the places I've been shopping, with their sales, then some of the things that I'm crushing on! 

Target: 40% off clothes for the family (a ton of stuff included!), BOGO 50% off handbags and accessories 

Forever 21: Free shipping, plus 30% off clearance through 11/28

Gap : 50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY through 11/28


Old Navy: 50% off the store!

Loft: 50% off everything with code TREAT through 11/27


H&M: Free shipping over $50 with code 2695 through 11/29


Kate Spade Saturday: 30% off full price items with code DEALME through 12/1

Lucy: 30% off everything through 11/30

J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything plus free shipping with code THANKS

Kohls: Black Friday deals plus $15 cash back for every $50 spent

ASOS: 30% off everything with code TGIBF

Molly Suzanne: 25% off everything plus free shipping with code BF25 through 11/30
Are you in the crowds or cozy at home for your shopping?

11.26.2014

What Molly Wore: Fall Style

It's time for another #whatmollywore post! Here's what I've been wearing on Instagram this fall. 
Tee: H&M, similar | Pants: Gap outlet, similar | Booties


Cardigan | Skinnies | Booties | Cute kid, not included

Dress | Boots

Jacket: Kohl'ssimilar | Skinnies | Purse: Phillip Lim for Target, similar | Booties



Tunic | Leggings | Boots





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You can follow me on Instagram for more of my daily looks! 

My family is all coming in today and I'm busy getting prepped! Cooking, bed making, bathroom cleaning and the 3rd, last trip to Target. Let's hope it's really the last! 

Don't forget to enter to win $100 gift card from J. Jill here

11.25.2014

Black Friday Deals at Rack Room Shoes

Black Friday getting anyone else as excited as me? There was a time a couple weeks ago that I thought I wasn't going to go shopping...but then I started looking at the ads, making list and getting all excited! Any year I'm with my family, my mom, sisters and I go together and we always have the best time. This year, I'm sure, will be no exception! 

Are you on the lookout for shoes this holiday season? Check out great Black Friday shoe sales at your local Rack Room Shoes store this week! 

Pre-Black Friday
If you're a Charlotte local, head in today before it gets crazy, because every shoe on sale! 

Black Friday
Over 100 styles will be $19.98! Plus, the first 100 customers to make a purchase in each store, will get to play in the Scratch and Win Giveaway! What could that get you? A free year of shoes, free pair of shoes, $100 gift card, or $10-$25 gift cards!

Also when you're in store on November 27 and 28, you have to enter to win the Home for the Holidays Getaway. I could explain it all, but this does a better job. 
Basically, a sweet family trip for up to 10 people, complete with holiday dinner and $5,000 for Christmas shopping. That's a $25,000 value, so get there! 

And we can't forget about the great invention that is Cyber Monday. For those of you whose babies don't allow you to get out for hours of insane shopping, or you don't have a Rack Room Shoes close to you, enjoy $10 off a $50 purchase and Free Shipping on Monday, December 1st!

Happy Shopping! 

Sponsored: I was provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. 

11.22.2014

Christmas Cards a la Minted.

Every year, picking out a Christmas card is such a huge decision. I'm always torn between a gorgeous, frilly choice or a simple, chic one. Then we have to decide if we're going to say Merry Christmas, or be politically correct and go with Happy Holidays. Do we do a single family picture, or pick one that can show off the boys individually as well? 

My favorite place to shop for Christmas cards, is Minted. They have a huge variety styles in their new holiday collection. The variety comes, in part, from their design challenge, letting people submit work to be voted on. It doesn't make my choice easier, but it sure gives me some awesome options! You can easily see how you cards will look, but uploading one photo and turning on the Find It Fast™ feature. It will show you previews of the cards, all with your photo in them. Such a time saver! 






One of their newest features this year, is the foil-pressed cards. (And all the angels sing) 

Since I'm slightly obsessed with gold right now, I may have shrieked when I saw so many options, covered in shimmer. Talk about elegant cards! 

The thing I'm most happy about right now? Envelope addressing. The hubs didn't think this is as cool as I do, because he doesn't spend hours with hand cramps, addressing cards every year. You just add addresses into their file and simply upload to get them printed on your envelopes. That file can be saved and used every year!

The envelope is specially designed to match your cards, to make you look all fancy. (Even if, like me, you're really not!) Until Tuesday, November 25, you can get free addressing! Use code HAPPYHOL15 at checkout. 

Have you ordered your Christmas Cards yet? 

11.21.2014

Recipe // Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Thanksgiving! I'm so ready for it, but my pants are feeling tight just thinking about all the food. I whipped up these Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes yesterday and they were so delicious. Would make the perfect substitute to the classic sweet potato casserole, not to mention much healthier for you! They're totally clean and have no sugar or butter!
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes: Clean Eating, Paleo, gluten free, sugar free.
They're very easy to make. I baked sweet potatoes one day, then cut, scooped and baked the next day. Makes Thanksgiving prep so easy to get the time consuming step out of the way early.  
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes: Paleo, gluten free, sugar free.
Go ahead and get your hands dirty making the topping!
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes: Paleo, gluten free, sugar free. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes: Paleo, gluten free, sugar free.
Bake and enjoy for Thanksgiving! Or in the school pick-up line for lunch. I like to be fancy. 
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes: Paleo, gluten free, sugar free. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes: Paleo, gluten free, sugar free.

Ingredients: 
3 sweet potatoes
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup 

Topping Ingredients:
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 maple syrup
3 Tbsp coconut oil (in solid state)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Instructions:
 1.  Scrub sweet potatoes, puncture several times with fork tines and place on a foil lined  baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 45 minutes. (You can go on to the next steps immediatly, or  allow to cool before making. This can even be done the day prior to next steps.)
 2.  Slice potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop insides out, leaving a small amount around the  edges to keep the shape. Place potato skins in greased baking pan. 
 3.  Whisk together with next 3 ingredients until mixed through. Divide back into potato  skins.
 4.  Mix all topping ingredients together with a fork and sprinkle over the potatoes. 
 5.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, covered with foil for the first 15, then uncovered for the  second 15. 
 6.  Serve immediately. 

Enjoy!

11.20.2014

Family Pictures with Rack Room Shoes

Over the weekend, I started to panic about Christmas cards. I couldn't remember if I ever sent them last year, and after texting several people, discovered that I don't think I did. Anyway, I told the hubs that we need to send cards and fast! So, after church on Sunday, we stopped at a favorite park and set up the tripod. We bribed the boys with a fun hike and time on the playground if they smiled and they did great! 
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Our shoe game was on point for our pictures, thanks to the boots we just got from Rack Room Shoes. I love that I can go there and find something that everyone in the family loves, which, let's be honest, isn't that easy. Let's start with Mr. Picky himself, who managed to find several pairs of men's casual shoes that he had to decide on. photo IMG_1408_zps491ec45d.jpg
Cooper takes very much after his dad in the picky department, but agreed to match Callan this fall with these classic Timberland boots. Yes, they're matching. And they will keep matching for as long as I possibly can! Rack Room carries multiple pairs of matching boy's boots that are available in toddler and boys sizes. Which makes me a happy momma!
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And apparently, I missed the memo of grey shirt and dark boots. Rack Room Shoes has a huge selection of women's boots, so my choice was tough, but I fell in love with these cut out boots by Madden Girl. They go with everything! 
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So relieved that we got some good pictures, even though the whole shoot was a little impromptu. Maybe the fact that it was casual made it much lower stress!

Don't forget you can shop at Rack Room Shoes online now! (I'll do a happy dance for you.) Right now, every boot is on sale, plus BOGO 50% off! And did I mention free shipping over $50? You're welcome. Happy shopping in your pajamas! 

Do you send Christmas cards every year? And do you take new pictures for them if you do? 

Sponsered: I received product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.  

11.19.2014

10 Signs You Just Turned 30

I'm just about a week into my 30's and y'all, it doesn't feel that awesome. I've heard from everyone and their mother that 30's are the best years of life, so I'm guessing that will come eventually. For me right now? It may as well be a mid life crisis. 

This is 30:

1. You have an intense desire to make! all! the! babies! before your ovaries are dried up. 


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2. The need to eat healthy is gone, because you now realize life is too short to miss out on dessert after every meal. 

 
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3. The thought of calling the police on your teenage neighbors for disturbing the peace has crossed your mind. 

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4. There is dancing at the wine store when you get carded.

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5. You grab a pair of earplugs. At church. 

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6. Googling "hot celebrities over 30" to makes you feel better. 

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7. You suddenly see wrinkles, veins and under eye bags that weren't there yesterday and start searching for the best botox in your city.

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8. You make a bucket list of things you want to accomplish before you're 40. Somewhere in there are goals for your IRA and 401K. 

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9. The very thought of kids born in 1993 being old enough to drink makes you weep. 

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10. Every day struggle:

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11.18.2014

It's Fall Y'all {A Little Fashion}

I just love how this little one of mine has his own fashion sense. He never says no to an impromptu photo shoot in the Target parking lot, either! 
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We started using FabKids program a little over a year ago now and I still love it. (If you're interested in joining FabKidsyour first outfit is just $15 right now!) Cooper has a blast picking out his own outfit and I love seeing his independence. 

Cooper sure has grown up a lot over the past few months. There's such a big difference in kindergarten to first grade. I've still been known to cry when driving away from school, though. I don't think trusting someone else with my baby will ever be easy. 

We started a new point system for discipline last week and I couldn't be happier with the behavior around here. There's a lot of yes ma'ams, no sirs, please and thank yous going on. My momma heart is full of joy! Times like these, I totally feel like I could go all Duggar style and pop out kids for another 15 years. Tomorrow could be different, but today, I'm savoring all the sweetness! 

11.17.2014

Camo and Leather {Fashion}

Quite possibly my new favorite item of clothing are these camo pants that I snagged at the Gap Outlet a few weeks ago. Not sure when camouflage became a trend for anyone but hunters or people from south Georgia, but I'm all over it. 
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Pants: Gap Outlet, similar here | Chambray | Jacket c/o | Booties c/o | Necklace

I wore this outfit while we were at the beach in Georgia not that long ago. I'm just way behind on some of my posts! I'm loving the quilted detail on the sleeves of this bomber and I've worn it several times. The detail makes it a little more feminine and a little less biker, I think. 

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I think this week, I'm going to be in full on Thanksgiving mode. I'm totally itching to decorate for Christmas, but since we are hosting my whole family this year, I think I'll leave turkeys and pumpkins until we're done with that. We had a FaceTime menu planning session, I've got dishes, linens and place cards ready, now all I need is a turkey to feed 15! 

11.14.2014

Tips for Disney World with Children

About a month ago, we took our first trip, as a family of four, to Disney World. We have been a few times just as adults and a couple times with one child, but having a child (or more) for each adult requires some additional prep work. Here are my best tips to help you plan and take your next trip to the Happiest Place on Earth! 
Tips for Disney World with Children

Planning

Time of year: If at all possible to NOT go in the summer, do it! We took Cooper out of school for our late September/October trip and I don't regret it. It was plenty hot, so I can't imagine if we had been there a month or 2 earlier. The best time I've been, was the first week of December. Warm enough for the pool, cool enough for a cardigan in the evenings and low crowds. Bonus is they are already decorated for Christmas then! But, the Disney Dining Plan has been offered for free in the fall for the past few years, making that our time of choice. It saved our family about $1000 off our total price of our last trip. 

Where to stay: First off, I recommend staying on property. There's a little more magic in the form of hidden Mickeys, towel characters and poolside Disney themed activities. There are also bigger perks, though. FastPass availability, free parking, extra magic hours, dining plan and magic bands are all reasons that you'll want to stay within the gates. 

All the hotels in Disney are nice and clean. You don't need to worry about that. There are large resorts that have a lot of bus stops, making your time to the park longer. I love Caribbean Beach resort, because it literally feels like you're on the islands, but it is large. We drove ourselves most of the time we were there because of that. It was totally fine to do that, though, and I think it works well with kids. There are resorts that are very close to what may be your favorite park. The Contemporary, Grand Floridian and Polynesian are all in the Magic Kingdom's backyard, with easy monorail access. They are also some of the priciest. I couldn't justify the cost for not being in the room much at all. The value resorts tend to be the most crowded and therefore take longer to get to and from the parks. We have stayed there a couple times, once pre-kids, which made it not bad. They are very kid friendly, though and are often less than $100/night. 

Overall? I say go with a moderate resort. You get a little more space, a mini refrigerator and less crowds. Port Orleans is the smallest of the moderate resorts, therefore the easiest to get around. Another perk, is if you're getting the dining plan for free in the fall, you'll get the regular one with the moderate, verses the quick plan with a value resort. 

Tickets: Get the tickets that have the Hopper option. Sometimes the park hours will change from the time you book to the time you visit. They may add in shows, parades or fireworks. That ride you wanted to do so badly in that one park may be closed temporarily. It's nice to have the option to hop over to another park if that happens. It also makes it really nice to book dinner reservations. We went into Epcot for several of our meals, even on days we didn't spend time in that park. 

Dining Plan: I know this is a big "should I do it or not" thing, but I say it's a yes. Why? It's easy and convenient. You get 1 counter service meal and one table service for each night of your stay. Most people use the counter service (includes entree, drink and dessert for lunch, and the table service (entree, drink and dessert) for dinner. We bring granola bars and yogurts to keep in the room for breakfast. As we ate on our last trip, I tallied up what our totals would have been if we were paying ourselves and it was way over the price of the dining plan for both lunch and dinner. Granted, we didn't need dessert at each meal, but we were on vacation and would have gotten it a few times, at least. Since Callan was under 3 at our last trip, he didn't get a ticket or meal plan. There was plenty of food at lunch to share with him, then we ordered him his own dinner. I'm usually only a water drinker at meals, so I used my beverage at dinner for a cappuccino or coffee with dessert. 

Restaurant reservations: I make these before FastPass reservations, since restaurants will determine what parks you go to on what day. Make a note of park times and extra magic hours before you start booking, so you can decide what will be your first choices. Start with your most important restaurant and go down the list. Some will only be available 1 or 2 days of your trip. Be Our Guest literally had one reservation during our whole trip, so I took that one and built the rest around it. 

You tend to get a bit more for your money at some of the resorts. For instance, the steak on the menu at a couple of the resorts was filet mignon, where the parks were sirloin. This is an awesome website that gives you all the menus and overall ratings of restaurants to help you decide where to go. If you're on the dining plan, you'll want to pay attention which restaurants require 1 table service meal and which ones require you use 2. Some of my favorite that are 1 Table Service are:

Be Our Guest - Magic Kingdom
The Wave - Contemporary Resort 
Kona Cafe - Polynesian Resort
Teppan Edo - Japan, World Showcase, Epcot

If you're wanting to use 2 table service credits or aren't on the meal plan and don't mind shucking out a little more, these are amazing:

Le Cellier - Canada, World Showcase, Epcot
Narcoossees - Grand Floridian Resort 

Snacks: You will also get a snack per person each day on the dining plan. I recommend you don't use these for a bottle of water, or little bag of chips. There is some good stuff to spend it on! Funnel cakes, big Mickey pretzels, Dole whip and now, Starbucks! Yeah, any drink on the menu is snack compatible! We had several snacks leftover, since we weren't that hungry between meals every day. On the last day, we used them on the individually wrapped character sugar cookies and other candies from Main Street Bakery in in Magic Kingdom to bring home. That bakery also has some baked goods you could get for breakfast, if you wanted to spend your snack credit on that. 

FastPass: This has changed quite a bit from how it used to be. You no longer have to rush over to a ride to get a FastPass. If you're staying on Disney property, you can book your FastPasses 60 days prior to your arrival. This is awesome for busy rides like The 7 Dwarfs Mine Train and meeting Frozen Characters. You can book 3 at a time, all within the same park. Once you use that day's passes, you can go to one of several kiosks in the park and get another one. We made a list of everyone's top rides in each park, then when we were 60 days out from our arrival, made the reservations according to our schedule of parks to visit. During our trip at the end of September into early October, the longest we waited on a line was 40 minutes. And that was to see Buzz and Woody! 

Here are the rides that you will definitely want to get a FastPass for:

Magic Kingdom:
7 Dwarfs Mine Train
Splash Mountain
Peter Pan
Big Thunder Mountain
Space Mountain

Animal Kindgom:
Expedition Everest
Kilimanjaro Safari
Kali River Rapids

Epcot:
Soarin'

Hollywood Studios:
Toy Story Mania
Rock N Roller Coaster

Tip: If you're traveling with kids that cannot ride and both adults want to, they will let you switch and only stand in line once. Just tell the attendant that you need a rider switch pass. Also, some rides, like Expedition Everest and Rock N Roller Coaster have a single rider line. It's a separate line that they will take people from to fill empty spaces. If you're going to be riding alone with the rider switch anyway, I say do this! The hubs and I rode single rider on Expedition Everest 4 times in about 20 minutes on our last trip.  

Download the app: The My Disney Experience App gives you all the information about wait times, character spots, how far a ride is from your current location and more. It also keeps track of all your meal and FastPass reservations so that you can see everything in one spot. 


Disney World with Children: What Rides, What to Pack, Fastpass, Restaurants, Hotel

On Your Trip

Stroller: We brought a stroller, but they are also available to rent in the parks. I loved having it to keep our bag, ponchos and water bottles. While Callan sat in it most of the time, Cooper needed some breaks here and there, too. 

Pack a day bag. You'll still need just as many snacks, diapers, wipes, change of clothes, etc...as you do on a normal outing, plus more! Bring a bag you can put under your stroller along with a smaller one with your id, phone, money that you can pull out when you go on rides. Don't forget to throw those ponchos under the stroller every day, too. You never know when a Florida downpour will occur and you'll want to be prepared. I put one over my stroller every time we parked it to go on a ride and was very grateful to have a dry stroller a few times!

Don't rush: There will be plenty of time to see everything. It's easy for us adults, especially if you've been to Disney before, to move quickly. Your kids, on the other hand, will want to look at everything! We decided, before even leaving on the trip, that we weren't going to rush them and that made it much more enjoyable for everyone. There were some exceptions, like trying to get to our dinner or FastPass reservation, but we took it easy for the most part. 

Break afternoons or break days: We went back to our hotel in the afternoon a couple of days for a break. Callan ended up falling asleep in the stroller several of the other days, which kept us in the park. By the end of those days, he was happy and the rest of us were exhausted! The breaks were really nice and I'm not complaining about pool time! I have also heard of people doing the parks a couple days, then taking an entire day break, which sounds like something I may want to try next time.

Electronics for meals. There is so much to see and do at Disney, but there is a time and place for everything. We packed our iPad and phone in our bag so that the kids could use them at dinners and even occasionally in lines. They were a lifesaver! Without using them all day, they were excited to see them and they kept them busy while waiting on meals. 

Bring water. If you're driving in, I highly recommend you bring your own water. We went through 2 cases while we were there. I would fill the refrigerator in our room at night and throw lots of them under the stroller when we left in the morning. They do have water bottles for sale in the parks and you can get them as snacks on the meal plan, but I liked using our snacks for the $5 ice cream! 

Light up the night. We made plans to only keep the boys up 2 nights passed their bedtime. We knew they would be miserable if they weren't getting enough sleep. For the nights we were out, the light up shoes that I desperately tried to sway them from wanting were actually awesome. I could see them when the ran in front of us and it was a great peace of mind. You can also bring glow sticks, necklaces, bracelets, etc for your kids. They will be selling them there, just for a whole lot more than the dollar spot at Target. 

Give kids a budget. We gave our boys a set amount that they could spend on our trip. We didn't let them buy anything the first few days, because we wanted to make sure they took a look at everything. We went to lots of different shops in the parks and let them choose how to spend their money. They really treasure their purchases!

Tips for Disney World with Children
There are going to be challenging times, as there are on any vacation. Or any day with kids, for that matter! But, I'm sure you will be heading home, ready to book your next vacation, just like we did! Hope these tips help you make the most of your vacation! 
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