Friday, December 12, 2014

Joy to Players and Gamers -- $50 GameStop Gift Card Giveaway


"I'm the only kid in the world with just one video game!" 

This was Aiden's argument on why he should get more than one new video game for Christmas.

The Guy brought him a Nintendo 3DS for his birthday because, as he put it, "Little boys need video games!" and "He can't be the only kid without a video game!"

Okay. Whatevs. *Rolls eyes*
 

Aiden was definitely going to get one more video game for his Nintendo 3DS for Christmas, but now he's making the argument for at least two more games. And, according to him -- and The Guy -- I just won't be able to understand where they're coming from because I'm a girl. And, apparently, that makes me lame. 

So... eh. 


But I've got something for the both of them. I've been spending time browsing the GameStop Holiday Hub and it's been a great source for finding great deals, newest releases, and cool gift ideas for the players and the gamers out there. 

I mean, you can buy any two pre-owned products and get another pre-owned product for $20 or less for free. You can get the newest games for Nintendo 3DS, XBOX 360, or Playstation 4 for as little as $39.99. And... you can browse the ultimate gift finder in order to help you with your holiday shopping. 


I really like the GameStop Holiday Hub because it gave me a variety of options to help me find the perfect gift for Aiden. I was able to select the type of gift I was looking for, platform, age of the gamer I was looking to get a gift for, and price range. I loved that, after narrowing down my choices, the Holiday Hub led me to a list of fun and age-appropriate games... starting as low as $19.99.

So far, I've got my eyes on the Super Smash Bros, Sonic Lost World, or LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

Not sure which one I'm gonna pick for Aiden, but I'm sure he'll be happy with either one of them. And then he won't be the only kid with just one video game. (Nope. Now he'll be the only kid with just two video games.)

That'll show 'em who's lame! 


Giveaway!
The lovely folks over at GameStop are graciously offering one (1) Mommy Delicious reader a $50 gift card for your holiday shopping needs. To enter, head on over to the GameStop Holiday Hub, browse around, and leave a comment below letting me know what game you'd purchase for the player and gamer in your life. 

For a second entry, "like" Mommy Delicious on Facebook. Leave a separate comment below confirming you've done so.

For a third entry, follow Mommy Delicious on Instagram. Leave a comment below confirming you've done so.

This giveaway will end on Friday, December 19th at 11:59pm EST, at which point one winner will be chosen via random.org. 

Good luck and happy shopping! 

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Note to Self: You're Doing the Best That You Can

I had a meeting at Aiden's school this morning. I was five minutes late. Not a big deal — I know.

But, as I was in the cab telling the driving to take Central Park West because there's just too much darn traffic on Columbus Avenue so early in the morning, I couldn't help but to think how I've been either kicking ass at one thing or the other thing. But not with several things at the same time.

I've either been kicking ass at single motherhood. Keeping in contact with Aiden's teacher and Head of School, practicing phonics with him every night, making sure his homework assignments and projects are topnotch, showing up to his school in the middle of the day just because, attending meetings, taking him to cultural events during the weekends, the whole nine yards.

Or… I've been kicking ass at work. Meeting with parents of my scholars who need it the most, making sure all of my 418 students — and families — get the resources they need, creating and facilitating detailed presentations for my teachers, training them at a high level, observing them and giving them feedback on their teaching, making sure that they are the best teachers our students could have, being my principal's right-hand man, the whole nine yards.

Or… I've been kicking ass on this here blog. Writing posts, sharing them on Facebook and Twitter, being all engaging on social media and whatnot, responding to emails within 24-hours, sending pitches for the first time in a long time, making plans and seeing them through, the whole nine yards.



But… to kick ass in all three of these things? Consistently? For a prolonged amount of time?

It's been a struggle.

Here's the thing though: it's been a beautiful struggle and I know that I'm doing the best that I can with what I've been given. I work hard. And I'm tired sometimes. And I have a lot of things on my mind sometimes. (Rightfully so.) And things fall through the cracks sometimes.

*Shrugs*

This single mom thing is not supposed to be easy, but I'm learning that sometimes -- sometimes -- I have to be easier on myself. After all, I'm doing the best that I can.

And, you. When you're feeling overwhelmed with obligations and work and pressures and life and everything else in between, take a deep breath, be kinder to yourself, and remind yourself that you're doing the best you can.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

See the Glory and Learn the Story

An old girlfriend of mine was in town last week and came to visit me. In the midst of laughter and drumming up dope ideas, dreams, and our next steps, we started talking about love and life, work and relationships, single motherhood and what it means to create a village to help us raise our little boys.

I said something to her that I hadn't really said to anyone in a long time. Since this school year started, I've either been kicking ass at work or kicking ass at motherhood. But not both, consistently, and at the same time.

It's either been one or the other.

And I've come to terms with that. I've come to realize that that's what "balance" and "having it all" really means in my life.

You see, people see the success, but they don't really "get" what's behind it. They see the glory, but they don't know the story. They see the hits, but forget that there are so many misses. But that's all that I've wanted to do in this here place and space — share what goes on behind the scenes. Talk to you about the no's that I've received and the misses and the times that I've failed. Help you see what goes on behind the success. Because that's what makes my victories oh so sweet. 


Our entire conversation reminded me of this post. Behind the Success. Because so much goes on behind the success. 


Behind The Success 
Originally published on April 12, 2013

Just last week I was receiving congratulatory notes and virtual high-fives for climbing my career ladder and accepting a new job offer. I'm grateful for the nods and acknowledgements, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to advance.


I worked hard for it and I'm relishing in it. All of it.

But while I'm still saying "Thank you" to those who are congratulating me, I can't help but to think of all the hard work, efforts, mishaps, failures, and re-do's that's behind the success.

I can't help but to think of all the sacrifices and compromises and trade-offs that I had to make in order to achieve the success. 

I can't help but to think of all the times when I hired a babysitter to drop Aiden off to school and pick him up from school because I had an early morning meeting and had to stay late into the evening (how's that for "leaning in"?)

I can't help but to think of all the times I had a ton of work to do and the knot on the right side of my neck was proof that I was not happy about it. (Feeling stressed literally causes a pain in my neck.)

I can't help but to think of the times I just wanted to go home to rest on a Friday night (not spend time with friends, which, if you know me at all, is kind of a big deal). And all because I felt as though I'd just survived the longest. week. ever.

I can't help but to think about all the times I got a coffee on my way home from work just because I wanted to make sure that I had enough energy to give to my precious son that I'd given to my precious work all day.

I can't help but to think about all the times I fell asleep on the couch while trying to meet a deadline.

I can't help but to think of all the times that days, weeks, an entire month kicked my ass with the demands of work and motherhood and dreams and goals and... life.

I can't help but to think of all the times I pushed myself to get to this very place where I am right now. 

Was it easy?

No. Not at all.

Because behind the success are mountains to be climbed and battles to be won and problems to be solved and strongholds to be loosed from. Behind the success are tears and fears and doubts and... finding the strength and bravery to push pass those feelings. 

So it wasn't easy. Anything worth having is not going to come easy. But is it worth it?

Absolutely.

Monday, December 1, 2014

{Personal Style} Lacy with A Touch of Edge


dress, jacket, belt: H&M | shoes: Aldo | scarf: Joe Fresh 

This Thanksgiving called for a little bit of daintiness and a little bit of edginess, a little bit of lace and a little bit of rocker-chic, a little bit of sweet and a little bit of badass.

And I pulled it off with a fit and flare white mini dress, faux leather moto jacket, and peep toe pumps. I added a leather embellished belt to jazz up the lace dress, and my red lippie was the perfect pop of color for the white and black outfit.




Ever since I scored this little mini dress a few weeks ago, I've been dying to wear it, but the time/occasion was never right and I thought I missed the opportunity to wear it once the temperatures started to drop.

But thick tights saved the day. And weather never really stopped this stylista anyways...



Hope you guys had a fabulous weekend and Thanksgiving holiday. Stay stylish!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Lessons on Love, Family, and Thanksgiving with Netflix.com

The past few months have been really rough for me. You know, with Aiden's other parent resurfacing and all, and that resurfacing really taking a toll on me.

So I pretty much spent the whole month loving up on Aiden and spending time with my newborn baby niece and loving up on myself.

Because, love wins. Always.

In fact, the weekend before Thanksgiving, Aiden and I went to my godmother's house where we felt loved and cared for. And then we spent Thanksgiving with my godmother, The Guy, and other family members. There were hugs, there was fun, there was laughter, there was love.

Because, love wins. Always.

And there are so many shows that you can stream on Netflix that focuses on laughter and family and love. Like Sesame Street: Elmo and Friends, Scooby-Doo, and one of my all time favorites, Gilmore Girls.


In Sesame Street: Elmo and Friends, Elmo and his friends discover that a friend is one of the best things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.


Teach the kids all about friendship, love, and trust as they follow along Shaggy and Scooby's adventures in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.


One of my all time favorite shows, Gilmore Girls, is the epitome of what it means to love hard and work hard. I really love the show because, just as Aiden and I are hustling together and growing together, Rory and Lorelai totally embody that.

What shows are your streaming on Netflix.com that focuses on friendships and family and love?

Because, no matter what life brings your way, no matter what you're going through, always remember that love wins. Always.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

{Kids Style File} Holiday Photos



outfit: H&M | sneakers: Old Navy | sweater (not shown): Old Navy 

It's that time of year again -- when I take a million and one pictures of Aiden in the hopes of being able to use just one of them that's good enough for his holiday photo card.

Oye!

It's a process.

This week, I took a thousand few pictures of him because he was all decked out in his Thanksgiving getup. And now I've got to go through all of them in order to figure out which one I'm going to use for his holiday card.

Here are a few pictures that didn't quite make the cut:




Last year, I used Minted for Aiden's holiday cards and I absolutely fell in love with their foil-pressed cards. So this year I plan on using them again because, well, love will do that to you.

Speaking of love? One of the pictures that I absolutely love is this super cute one:


Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and a fabulous week! Stay stylish!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Not Ashamed


A couple days ago, someone told me that I'm ashamed of my past. After giving them the blank stare and the side eye and another blank stare, I made sure to say that that statement is simply not true.

I used to be embarrassed by my upbringing and my past when I was a school-aged child. Child. And then again when I was a young adult in college, still trying to figure things out and trying to find some purpose in this world.

But now?

Now I'm a grown woman in my thirties. With a child. And a growing career. And a successful side hustle.

Now I know that I was not responsible for my upbringing. I didn't have a hand in the cards that were dealt to me. I didn't do anything to have the upbringing like I did. I was born into it.


So I have a biological mother who was addicted to drugs? So what. So I have a father who was incarcerated for most of my life? Okay. Shit happens.

So I was taken away from my mother and placed into foster care? Then I was removed from that foster home and placed into another foster home. I was abused... mentally, emotionally, and physically. So what. These things happen.

So I figured out how to get good grades in school and earn a scholarship to college only to find my adult-self in a similar situation of abuse and manipulation and hopelessness with Aiden's other parent? So what. Life cycles happen. Mistakes happen.

And in life, we stumble and fall. And sometimes we have to crawl before we learn to walk and before we learn to run. Sometimes we get stuck and sometimes it's very hard to get unstuck. And that's exactly what I had to do to get out of the abusive relationship with my ex.

Stumble. Fall. Crawl. Get unstuck. Walk. Get a little more hope. Run. Run faster. Never look back.

Are the scars still there? Yes. But I'm healed. Do I still have trouble trusting folks and not being so damn guarded all the time? Yes. But I'm still healed. Is it hard for me to form healthy attachments to people? Sometimes. Is it mentally and emotionally exhausting for me to try to re-program my brain to bond with folks and open up to folks? Of course! Do I have to make a conscious effort to parent Aiden so that he'll grow up to trust folks and form healthy relationships with them? Yes, of course! It's a process. Every. Single. Day.


But ashamed?!

Nah.

I was not responsible for my upbringing. I was not responsible for the cards dealt to me. That wasn't my doing. I have nothing to be ashamed of.

After all, I played the hell out of the cards that were dealt to me.

And even though I still have work to do...

And even though the scars are still there....

And even though I still have learning and loving and trusting to do...

I am healed. I'm learning that love wins. Always.

And I'm doing the damn thing. 

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