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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Huckababy Boutique Giveaway WINNER

We have a WINNER for the Huckababy Boutique giveaway!

Desiree Gray!!   

Please email us at in the next 24 hours to claim your prize!   Send us your shipping address and we will take care of the rest!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ignoring the Mommy Guilt (or trying to anyway...)

We are SO excited to be Similac StrongMom Ambassadors and sponsored blog partners. This post is sponsored but please know that our opinions are our own and we write every post from the heart. Please see below for additional disclosure. 

New Year's Eve will be here before you know it. I've started on a few of my resolutions early (because I will never start otherwise). I've been working out regularly, eating *kind of* healthy and am trying to get more sleep. Notice a theme there? It's all about me. I've been feeling a little guilty over the last week or so. I decided to add another goal to my list- ignore the "Mommy guilt".

Mommy guilt is completely different than your good old normal guilt. Normal guilt can be a valuable emotion. You ate the last piece of chocolate cake without offering me some and you feel guilty about it? Good. You should.

Mommy guilt is a totally unnecessary emotion that consumes your heart and sucks it dry of all things happy. It isn't hard wired into your brain until the exact moment you become a Mom. The emotional process of becoming a mother starts with the most amazing love you could ever imagine and, in the same 10 minutes, you wonder if eating too much caramel while pregnant is the reason your baby won't sleep.

There are so many wonderful things about Mommy-hood but I could absolutely, positively do without the extreme guilt I feel for doing something as simple as taking a shower. My daughter cried once because I "never spend any time with her and I'm ALWAYS in the bathroom". Talk about a shot to the heart but do my kids realize that I need to shave?! Let's get something straight- I should NOT feel guilty about personal hygiene. It's not like I'm in there getting my glam on. I literally jump in and out of the shower, brush my teeth and put my wet hair in a pony tail. That's IT. So why do I feel guilty about it?!

While we are on the shower/bathroom topic- this is what my kids were doing while I showered today. Applying real makeup. I thought my daughter had a bruise on her forehead all day until I realized it was shimmering. 

ANYWAY...There is nothing wrong with doing something for yourself. 
Let me repeat that (for my sake and yours)- there is NOOOOOOTHING wrong for doing something for yourself. 
It doesn't matter if you are a SAHM or if you work full time outside of the home. We can not feel guilty about taking a shower, finding time to exercise, driving thru at Starbucks for our sanity a coffee. These are necessary and completely healthy things to do.
Something I find myself doing when I feel the Mommy guilt creeping up- I justify my choices. I'm sure you do it too. I'm a grown women, I don't need to justify why I NEED to get to preschool pickup 4 minutes early so I can sit in the parking lot and check emails while my son is sitting contently in the backseat (and so I can secretly get a good parking spot). And don't get me started about the thought process that occurs when I have to hire a babysitter. The HORROR! 
So my resolution this year is to ignore the Mommy guilt, stop justifying my choices and to start enjoying the time I have with my kids. Someday I'll miss that little voice right outside my bathroom door saying "are you DOOOOOONE yet?!".

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Super Race Set GIVEAWAY

My son recently received a Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Super Race Set in the mail.

He was SO excited to have a new toy come in the mail!!

He worked hard on putting it together and now is enjoying racing it!

Rev those engines and wait for the green flag to drop with the Super Race Set by Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™! Build up to eight mini-cars with the assorted pieces then put the sweet speedsters to the test in an epic raceway showdown! Mix and match the pieces to create your own customized cars to blaze around the track or combine to build endless possibilities of customized super racers!

Ideal for kids aged 5 and up.

·         Instructions to build eight race cars
·         Infinite rebuild possibilities by mixing and matching the pieces any way you want
·         Combines with all Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™ for endless stunts and races!

Want to win your own Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Super Set??
Enter Here! 

Prizing & samples courtesy of Mega Bloks. 
Giveaway ends at  12 AM  on November 28, 2014. Open to Residents of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by random and be notified by email. Winner have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that Naptime Tales is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.
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