Balancing Time During The Holidays For Working Moms

One of my favorite things about being a mom blogger is connecting with other moms from all over. Whether a stay at home mom like myself, or a working mom, girl mom, or boy mom, we all have one thing in common, motherhood. With that being said I am extremely thankful for my mom friends and super excited to introduce you guys to fellow dope mom Allison Thompson.

I’m a working training. I’m Jamaican born and mostly breed wife and boy mom of 1 who recently transitioned from being a SAHM to now a working one. My family and I have entered the Vlog world, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel: A Tribe Called Thompson for a weekly peek into our shenanigans and follow us on Instagram @atribecalledthompson.

Raise your hand if your Christmas to-do list is longer than Santa’s list…. Ok, well maybe not Santa’s but you get the point. It’s that time of the year where moms go bat crazy trying to create that perfect Christmas for their kids; from the perfectly decorated tree to that overly orchestrated family photo session; that winter wonderland Christmas display and not to mention all the Christmas activities that need to all happen before December 25th. Whew, I’m already exhausted just from thinking about it.

But wait, for some of us we have to fit in that 9 to 5 J-O-B (because hey it takes a paycheck or 2 to get all these things done, and life does continue after December 25th). So how can we give our kids that perfect Christmas and keep focused on our professional life?

Well, the first and most important thing I’ll share and this one is the $100 million advice I can give you……. THROW OUT THAT IDEA OF A PERFECT CHRISTMAS. I know, I know I’m crazy for even suggesting that but let’s be honest, do our kids care if the tree is perfectly decorated (NO!) and most times don’t we have to bribe our kids and husbands to even take those family photos (YUP!). I’ve learned from transitioning from being a SAHM to now a working mom that some things are just going to fall through the cracks and it won’t make for a bad Christmas (it really is all in our heads yeah for our kids it was the best Christmas ever).

So leaning on this my next advice is to make a PRIORITY LIST and share it with your family so that everyone is on the same page. That way you won’t have to sacrifice on those important family times and focus on creating memories (and isn’t that what Christmas is about).

Finally, my next tip is to start planning for the Christmas season as early as January. Yes, it’s a bit extreme but trust me this will not only help to limit the stress but you can save so much money if you already decided on what your theme/color will be so that you can purchase those Christmas items after the season comes to a close.

In closing, remember it will still be a perfect Christmas even if you didn’t do the professional family photos or your house doesn’t look like a Pinterest post because all that matters is that you made the time to be with family (and if your kid is like mine that’s all that matters).

Happy Holidays from the Lioness of A Tribe Called Thompson.

 - Allison Thompson

Have A Merry Plush Christmas With Beverly Hills Teddy Bear

My littles have always been team teddy! They love all things plush and cuddly. Not to mention some of the hottest toys on everyone's holiday wish list happen to be plush collectables. With that being said it's only right I'd put together a plush kids gift guide for you all. Here is a list of our top three plush toys to add to your Christmas shopping list...

1. SQUEEZAMALS: these soft slow rising squishy foam plush is also lightly scented  

2. SURPRIZAMALS: these surprise plushies are not only super cute but you can collect over 200 of them! 

3. SHIMMEEZ: create works of art with the swipe of a hand with this two-toned multi-colored plush. From sizes 14" to clip-on they can be a gifted as a present or stocking stuffer.

You can find these goodies at all major retailers including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and even specialty toy shops. They are also available at:

7 Simples Ways To Make Your Home Festive For The Holidays

As I've gotten older I've been hearing more and more that is just doesn't feel like Christmas anymore. I know our move further south and the lack of snow has played a factor in this feeling. I also remember when I was growing up you couldn't turn the radio on without Christmas music being played on every station all season long. Now we have to make a play list just to hear some of favorite tunes. I personally haven't felt this feeling yet. From the music I listen to to the clothes I wear I stay in the holiday spirit. If you are trying to make your home feel more festive during the holidays check out my list below... 

1. Countdown to the Holidays- buy or even d.i.y a calendar to count down the days to Christmas. It's a fun way to get everyone excited about the approaching holiday.

2. Fill Your Home With Holiday Scents- holiday candles are always a great way to fill your home with those oh so familiar scents that just smell like Christmas. You can also use fresh spices like cinnamon sticks, or make bags of nutmeg and cloves and such.

3. Play Holiday Music- Everyone loves music and it's one of the simplest ways to make your home feel like the holidays

4. Holiday Table scape- create a holiday table setting for your dinning room table. No matter your budget you can find ways to set the table in a way that screams Christmas!

5. Display gifts- wrap some of the gifts you make have for family and friends and place them under the Christmas tree. The anticipation the open gifts makes everything a little more exciting

6. Change Your Bedding- You can go all out by changing your entire bedding to a Christmas theme or you can simply add a few Chirtmas throw pillows in the mix to make the bedding you already have more festive.

7. Bake- everyone loves to eat and cooking as a family is always fun so you can't go wrong with baking some of your favorite holiday treats! 

5 Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season

As Christmas approaches and we fill our carts with the perfect gifts, decorate our home in various holiday themes, and write out our menus for a fabulous Christmas dinner, don't forget to take a moment to remember what the holidays are really about. Don't get me wrong, we all love showering our love ones with presents, and filling our homes with laughter as we share a meal, that too is what the holidays are about. This is just a reminder to step back and remember to give back. Below I will be sharing five ways you can give back this holiday season.

1. Volunteer- Whether you are helping to build a home wiih Habitat For Humanity or serving meals at your local soup kitchen it's important for not you but your little ones as well to get out in your community and help those less fortunate. 

2. Donate- With a visit from Santa soon approaching this is the perfect time to gather up all those gently used toys, clothes, and books your little ones no longer use to donate to children in need. 

3. Smile- So lets be honest some times we are having a hard year our self. We have no extra time to volunteer and no extra money to buy toys to donate, or no extra hand me downs to giveaway. No worries you can still give back by simply smiling, they really are contagious. You will be surprised at how much you can brighten someones day by simply smiling at them

4. Give A Portion Of Your Proceeds To Charity- Are you a small shop? Do you own some sort of business? The holiday season is the perfect time to give a portion of your proceeds to a charity you hold dear to your heart. 

5. BE KIND- While this is known to be the most magical time of the year it is also the most stressful time of the year. We have to remember that we are all human. You never know what the cashier with the attitude just went through, or what distracted that person who forgot to use the proper signal while driving. Energy is transferable. Give off positive vibes through out the holiday season, you just may change someones life.