Quick and Easy 4th of July Snacks

Top 5 Quick and Easy 4th of July Snacks That Everyone Will Love!

The big day is THIS weekend (okay okay it is technically not till Tuesday, but come on we are all going to be partying this weekend for it). Are you ready for the 4th of July? I am surely not!! And we are hosting our annual 4th of July Bash TOMORROW! Oh my oh my do I have work to do. Well the good news is that I have a Pinterest page full of ideas, and better for you, I will be sharing my 5 Favorite Fourth snacks with all of you! These are super easy, yet festive, snacks that can be whipped up in just a few moments. Continue reading

5 Best 4th of July Crafts

Can you believe that the 4th of July is coming up so fast? Yea me neither. Where did the year go, and how is it possible that it is July already? It is here though, no matter how quickly it snuck up on us. For me though, I love this time of year. There is something about the long days, the heat of summer, watermelon, fireworks, sticky fingers and the smell of the grill going. Long lazy days, with nothing to do and no place to go. (Don’t you miss being a kid where you actually got the summer off? I know that I do.) What are your favorite parts of summer?

But this also brings kids stuck at home when it is too hot to play outside. Boredom often brings out whiny crabby attitudes. Add the heat to that, and it can be a recipe for disaster ruining your long lazy day. So here is my roundup of some best crafts for your kids this holiday weekend Continue reading

7 “Me Time” Ideas for Busy Moms

7 Me Time Ideas For Busy Moms

Do you ever see those moms, the ones with their makeup on, the ones that are all put together, and seeming to have everything under control? Then when you jokingly ask them what their secret is they tell you that they get weekly pedicures, or go get a massage. And then they have the nerve to tell you that you need to be sure that you are taking time for yourself too. They tell you that you need “Me Time”?

What even is Me Time? Between needing to get the kids fed, laundry, dishes (from feeding said kids), a house to clean, pets to take care of (because the kids never actually take care of them), errands that need ran, grocery that need bought AND put away. Who are these mythical moms with extra time to have special “Me Time” time in their busy days? To put it simply, it can be you.  Continue reading

Update From the North Pole

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We are only 9 days away from Christmas. Can you believe that? 9 days!! Where did the time go? With it being so close to Christmas morning, do you ever wonder what is going on at the North Pole? Need a place to find an update from the North Pole? Just want to check in and see what Santa’s favorite cookies are? Look no further. The elves up there have actually started their own blog!!! Find it here.

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Welcome to Baking Season

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Can you believe that it is December? We are on the count down for Christmas and staring down 2016. In our house, once we pass Thanksgiving it is not the Christmas Season, we enter “Baking Season”. Personally I HATE to cook, you can’t get around it (cause kids like to eat). But baking, I love to bake; warm bread, cookies right out of the oven. That is why I was so excited to get the opportunity to work with Sprinkles Cupcakes and kick off our baking season with their yummy cupcakes.

These are no ordinary cupcakes, that you whip up from a box that you picked up at the store. These are gourmet quality, but from your kitchen, cupcakes. They are rich, dense (yet light), moist pieces of perfection. If you are so lucky to live in a city where you can go down and get one I would highly recommend it. Go now. I promise you won’t regret it. If you don’t live near one, no worries; you can order their mixes and make them at home. Continue reading

The Santa Hotline

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This year has been crazy, now I am no Scrooge. But Christmas is AFTER Thanksgiving. Most years I have no desire to hear anything Christmas related till after turkey day. There is no need to mix the two, or gip the turkey out of their ONLY holiday. This year, however, I am all in the holiday sprit now. I am so ready for cozy sweaters, scarves, mittens, hot chocolate. The jingling of bells everywhere we go. Peppermint in the air. There is something magical about winter and I am ready for it now.

How about you all? Are you looking for something to get into the holiday spirit? Are your kids working on their Christmas lists for Santa. You know that there is only a few weeks left to get that list into the big guy in red. So instead of writing him, hoping that not only he gets it in time, but that he has not completed the gifts; give him a call instead.

Thats right, you can call into Santa. Even better, you can do it for FREE!! Now, Santa is super busy this time of year, so he probably isn’t answering his phone (except for when Mrs Claus calls), but you can leave a message and he does listen to every single message he gets.

How fun is that? My girls have called into him and LOVED it. It was so cute, and sounds just like what his answering machine would say. His little message about all the good boys and girls is adorable. There is even a shout of to his reindeer, and of coarse Mrs. Claus don’t want to leave her out.

Click here for the phone numbers.

Give him a call and let me know what your kids thought? Did they think it was as fun as my girls did?

Pre-Parenthood vs Real Parenthood- 5 Lies We Tell Ourselves and Others

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How many of the things that you said you would never do before becoming a parent do you do now? What about after the first child? We all are guilty of saying things pre-parenthood, then once parenthood is in full swing, we find ourselves doing them. Or at least that was the case for me; and by daughter number three, everything went out the window. Here is my top list of things that I swore I would NEVER do once becoming a parent, and how they are today after three kids.

  • Number 1-
    • Pre-Parenthood- My kids will never watch TV.
    • Real Parenthood- Why is the house so quiet? Oh the TV is off, lets fix that.
  • Number 2
    • Pre-Parenthood- My kids will never eat sugar.
    • Real Parenthood- If you just eat three more bits of dinner, you can have a cookie.
  • Number 3
    • Pre-Parenthood- I will never ever bribe my kids.
    • Real Parenthood- Look back at number 2.
  • Number 4
    • Pre-Parenthood- My kids will eat all their dinner without complaint.
    • Real Parenthood- Look back at number 2.
  • Number 5
    • Pre-Parenthood- My kids will never sleep in my bed.
    • Real Parenthood- We wake up with at least one girl that has snuck into our bed. On the flip side, they are sleeping in.. Woo Hoo win for us.

What about you guys, what were some of the thing that you swore you would never do or the things that you “knew” you kids would do?

Online Parenting VS Real Life Parenting

Online VS Real Life

 

There seems to be a growing number of moms using social media these days. We use FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, SnapChat, Instagram and so many other platforms to keep in touch with family and friends. As moms, we love to show off pictures of our kids (when they are cute and behaving correctly; nobody is showing off pictures of their kids throwing tantrums in the middle of the grocery store). We want to show off that perfect dinner that we got on the table, on time. Lets face it, online we are all perfect moms. But what about real life?

Maybe I am alone here, but my online face is no where near my real life face. There are filters to help everything look just a little bit better. That dinner that was so perfectly on the table, well the picture that is missing is the one from the night before, where dinner was forgotten in the oven and burnt to a crisp. Thank goodness for take out pizza. The backgrounds might be picked up in the picture, I can assure you there is a mess just outside of the view finder. While in the picture my girls are smiling, clean and dressed; the moment that the photo is snapped, the clothes are ripped off, they are back to screaming at each other, and some how they are now sticky. How do they manage to get dirty so fast?

Now don’t get me wrong, we are a happy, busy family and my online face certainly shows that. It just doesn’t show everything else going on.

So while we have moments, of being picture perfect; they are just that- moments. What about you guys? Does your online face show the real family or they also just moments of being picture perfect.

How To Keep A Clean House

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Isn’t this what every person wants? To come home and have a clean (and presentable house)? Now in my fantasy, I would have the little cleaning fairies come in and clean my house for me. That way I don’t have to do any actual cleaning. Cause lets be honest who likes doing that? But alas, the fairies have lost my address and don’t visit me. This forced me to come up with a system to keep my house acceptable, without it being all that I do.

There are two ways to tackling cleaning your house. First, you can pick a day and have a once a week cleaning day. This is what we did growing up, and it was always Saturday morning. Trust me it stunk to waste my Saturday scrubbing bathrooms. The second, is what I prefer now and what I will be showing you, break it out into little bits every day.

I am a HUGE fan of breaking things up. As you could tell from my post How To Prepare For Overnight Guests, which you can find here. It makes it easy to check it off your list and move on. Plus, your house will always be ready for people to pop by. Well in theory, it will always be ready.

How To Clean

 

There is my break out. I have a few items to do every morning, and a few items to do every night. Easy, quick, little things that make life a little easier and prettier.

My daily chores are the bigger items, the ones that you don’t really want to do but have to do. The breakout is:

  • Monday
    • Meal Plan
    • Grocery Shop
  • Tuesday
    • Bathrooms
  • Wednesday
    • Dust (including blinds, shutters and so on)
  • Thursday
    • Vacuum or Mop
  • Friday
    • Scrub Kitchen (including cleaning out the fridge)

And you can see that I am boycotting cleaning on the weekends all together now as an adult. There is no need to waste your precious downtime scrubbing the floor. My girls have to take care of their own bedrooms and the school room.

That is my plan, how do you tackling cleaning your house? Did I miss any big chores that need to be done? Let me know.