Mommyhood

The Wiggles Birthday Party Is Stopping In Charlotte!

The Wiggles Big Birthday party is coming to Charlotte in July!  Even better, I have a discount code AND a giveaway!

So, if your kids love The Wiggles like most, now is your chance to see them live.

The one and only party in Charlotte is Wednesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. It’ll be an interactive, fun and educational event that promises to get your kids out of their seats for a great time. You know, in typical Wiggles fashion.

 If you want to watch a little of The Wiggles before the show, check them out on Sprout or you can visit Wiggles Clips online!

And here is more information on the show.

Now, for the discount. When ordering tickets use the code MOM for $10 off select prices levels.

Or, if you feel like chancing it, the rules are very simple to enter the giveaway:

  • Leave a comment below telling me why you want to win.
  • For an additional entry sign up for Queenocracy emails and leave a comment here letting me know you joined (click the envelope in the “Let’s Keep In Touch” box over on the right).
  • Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment here telling me you tweeted. Your tweet can be something like: – “Queenocracy is giving away The Wiggles tix. Enter here!  http://bit.ly/ifgGeS #giveaway #queenocracy @towandal”
  • All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on July 10th.

I will randomly choose the winner on July 10th. The winner will have 24 hours to respond. If there is no response, the next winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

Giveaway Rules and Disclaimer: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. It begins June 9, 2011 and will end on July 10th. The winner will be randomly selected from all valid entries using random.org. Please be sure to include your email when prompted by comments so that I can contact you!

DISCLAIMER: I have received complimentary tickets to the show. But, more importantly, I have pledged to give my honest opinion of the event.  All opinions are mine, because I value your trust and I WILL NOT publish anything that I don’t believe.

Gift Guide: Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival

If you’re looking for an appropriate game for a 3-5 year old, Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival should definitely be on your list.

This game does an excellent job of teaching basic math skills (counting 1-20, adding, number relationships, etc.) to preschoolers using amusement park attractions like a petting zoo, rides and concession stands.

As part of the game, you also get a soft, furry Cookie Monster Wii Remote cover. It is really cute and adds a nice touch to an already adorable Sesame Street experience.

What I Loved:

Most games require very simple motions to play, so you don’t have to keep telling your preschooler to press B or press 1. Many of the games require a quick tilt of the controller and a jump by the player. Both of my girls really loved jumping to make something happen on the screen.

The games are short enough to keep their attention. My 3-year-old usually gets bored with Wii Sports games, so I was concerned about her wanting to play. But Cookie’s Counting Carnival kept her attention for 20 minutes. She and her sister rotated turns and it was quick enough to avoid “Is it my turn yet?” chanting.

The girls learn without realizing it. I’m lucky that they enjoy doing homework and learning. But, anytime I can reinforce paperwork with play and practical applications it’s a win-win. With this game the girls not only count and choose the correct shapes and colors, they also learn relationships. For instance, in one carnival game the player is asked to choose which one is “more than” or “less than” a number.

Because there are so many games, 14 to be exact, they are not playing the same game each time. We can mix and match for a different experience every time.

Keep in Mind:

While the game is for preschoolers, it is best used during family time. Some of the games are over the head of a typical 3-4 year old, so parents will need to be close to help them figure out the answer.

One More Thing:

Use the coupon code MOMMY during checkout at http://www.sesamestreet.org/videogames for a 10% discount off your purchase of this or any Sesame Street video game. Also, if you want to see a clip of the game in action, here’s the trailer for Cookie’s Counting Carnival.

Enjoy!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this game. However, all opinions are mine, because I value your trust and I WILL NOT publish anything that I don’t believe.

The Reward Bin

One of the ways I stay Fabulous Mommy is my reward bin. This bin has won me many “Mommy, you’re the greatest ever” squeals, and it doesn’t cost a lot.

Princess Tiana Jewelry Box from Toys ‘R Us

I hide the bin in my closet and it is full of cutesy things I buy for the girls to reward them for a job well done, for being nice to each other, and just for being themselves. I make sure to use it randomly, so they don’t always think they are going to get a gift because they gave their sister a hug or they picked up all of their toys.

I fill the bin with things I buy extremely cheap, but that will make them smile. Right now the bin has a couple of pom poms, bracelets, sunglasses, necklaces, rings, and a few travel toys.

If you would like to start your own bin, here are a few of my favorite places for shopping:

  • Claire’s—The 10 for $10 section is perfect for sparkly and shiny, exactly what they love.
  • Target – The $1 section is good, but if you wait until they mark it down 30% or 50% you can really stock up.
  • Wal-Mart – The DVD section is great here. I have gotten great kid DVDs for $2 and $5.
  • Also, look in children stores like The Children’s Place and Justice for Girls.

Happy Shopping! And if you see other places I should add to my list, please share.

I’m Okay With Being Selfish

I admit, I not only love me, I like me… a lot. I don’t apologize for this because I don’t see a problem with it.

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Napoleans from Nona’s Sweets are my latest “not sharing” treat

Yes, I have three girls, but that hasn’t made me like myself less. Neither does my husband, job, family, friends or anyone else on this earth. I figure if I don’t like me and save some things just for me, no one else will like me either.

So, if I need a break I take it. And I admit, sometimes I wait for the girls to go to bed before I eat a treat because I don’t want to share (yes, it’s okay if you judge me…). I also ignore phone calls if I’m doing something important or don’t feel like talking (caller ID is a godsend!) and I’m picky about how I spend my time. If you’re not positive, it’s very unlikely we’ll have lunch… It’s not personal, I just try to avoid as much negative energy as possible.

I am a firm believer in the law of attraction and this means I need to treat myself the way I want others to treat me. Not only that, I feel it is my duty— YES, my DUTY, to teach my girls to be the same way. I don’t ever want them coming home and feeling like they have to put someone else before themselves.

Yes, they must learn compromise and sharing, but not at the expense of losing themselves. Their core values and morals must remain intact. No future boyfriend, best friend, family member, absolutely no one should change that.

I think we do ourselves and others a disservice by not being true to who we are and what we are supposed to be doing with this gift called life. And it’s VERY hard to be true to yourself if you give that up for the people around you. I don’t understand why people, women in particular, and especially moms feel like they have to give up all that they hold dear for others. Where did this thinking begin?

This post was inspired when I heard two moms discussing all the things they had given up for motherhood. They sounded very depressed, and worse, resentful of their children. I could only listen, because I couldn’t relate. I don’t understand giving up so much of myself that I have nothing for me.

So yes, in this way I am selfish. As I said in the beginning, I like me. So I am going to do everything I can to preserve me. If I can give I will, but not at the expense of not being able to take care of me. I don’t see how this benefits anyone. I’m either part of a solution or I am a problem. I choose to be part of solutions, and I can only do this if I am fine. How can I help others if I’m broken? Flight attendants tell you to put on your oxygen mask first before helping others for a reason.

The Beauty of Motherhood

Motherhood is a beautiful, perfect expression of God’s love.

I came up with this six-word description in response to the Six-Word MOMoir Challenge. I needed a way to express that being a Mommy was a miracle. Yes, it’s a miracle in the natural sense, but it’s also miraculous because it shows me how God loves me. And it does that in a way I could not understand before.

Motherhood is a baseline I see every day. Sure, I may not understand why he is telling me to do something (or not do it…), but it’s like me talking to my kids. Sometimes they have to do something “because I said so.” I don’t really owe them an explanation.

As the parent I know more, I have more experience and I can see the bigger picture. So, why do I feel the need to question God? He knows everything, so his “because I said so” should be more than enough.

This is backed up when I think about how much I love my girls. It’s a pure, unconditional and giving love. I want to do whatever I can for them, to give them the best, to make sure they are equipped for life and that they are good people. Well, if I want this, I KNOW that God wants the same for me, multiplied by infinity. After all, he is love.

So as Mother’s Day approaches I’m extremely grateful. Not only because God has blessed me with three of the most amazing girls ever, but because each time I look at them I am reminded of his miraculous goodness and love.