• Healthy Lunch Ideas

    10 Quick and Healthy Lunches Even Your Kids Will Love

    What is the hardest meal to get on the table for your family? For us it is hands down lunch. Breakfast, my kids are old enough to be on their own for. They know what they can eat, and they can get it all put together themselves. Dinner is always a sit down as a family event, so that is always planned out a few days a head of time. But lunch…. Lunch always is a scramble last minutes. Do we make sandwiches (again)? Should we try to get leftovers a new chance? Hey, maybe just snack through lunch? No… If you are anything like me, here are 10 sure fire, quick, easy and healthy lunches; that even the pickiest of eaters will eat. (Yes I have tested them on my kids)

    Here they are (in no particular order)

  • Kids and Chores

    We all want our kids to do chores. Have them done without nagging. How about having your kids do them without a fuss? And lets be honest…. do them correctly. And then you wonder, do you give your kids to much? Do you have to pay for them, or should they do them since they are part of the family? Always so much guilt around this. So lets talk about how to do them.

    Okay lets tackle the biggest question first. Do you pay them for the chores? Kara and I talked about this in depth on our Family Room Chat over on FaceBook. (If you missed it you can check it out here) We came to the conclusion that for our families, we are choosing not to pay for chores. That chores are part of being in the family. You help out and pitched in. There is  no monetary gain for helping our family. So then, what are chores for?

  • Raising Grateful Kids

    What is something that you are wanting for your kids? How can we promote happiness to our kids? What can we (as parents) do to cultivate positivity in our children. Is this something that we can even do? The simple answer is YES!!! You can 100% raise children that are happy, that are grateful, that are positive people. And its not as hard as you would think. That being said, your children will copy what you do. So for your kids to be grateful, they will need to see you as a grateful person.

    I have found that to be the hardest part. With all this craziness that is going on in then world right now, it is easy to get all caught up in the madness. Even without the current crisis, just daily life can speed by. It is easy to wrapped up in the “To-Do Lists”; the bills that need to get paid; the grumpy co-worker that you have to deal with. So before you can expect your children to be naturally grateful, you have to practice that. They will copy what they see, you are their role model.

  • Start of Something New and Exciting

    Omg I am so incredibly excited to announce something that we have been working for a little bit now. My amazing and super talented cousin and I will be starting: Family Room Chat with Kara and Kat. We will have our first episode this Saturday!! With it being our very first episode we are hoping that you all will go easy on us. It will be a light short 20-30 minute show that will be covering all kinds of topics. Everything from getting kids to eat, to chores, to intentionally setting your priorities, to self care and why that is so important, to mom guilt. We have come up with so many topics, that all moms can relate to. Tomorrow we will be focusing on Family Bonding. With everything going on in the world right now, we really feel the need to connect with family and make sure that those bonds are strong.

    We will chat about what we do to bond with our personal families. The big ticket bondings, verses the small everyday things that really mean something to the kids on a daily basis. It surprised me the things that my kids told me that they really treasure and need, verses the things that I would have thought about. So we will chat about those.

  • Stuck Inside….. With the Kids

     

    Are you currently being stuck indoors? Keeping kids home and they are starting to go stir crazy? Practicing social distancing, but running out ideas to keep them occupied. Well here is an amazing and free website full of all kinds of ideas for you and the kiddos. The kids that created this have uploaded so many fantastic resources that the world is putting together for this crisis. Everything from virtual museum tours, to art class, to karate links. You name it and they have something for you linked up.

    You want to hear astronauts reading to you from space? Done

    You want to see famous chiefs doing cooking demos? Done

    You want to see some of the world best zoos? Done

    Shoot, you want a tour of Buckingham Palace? Done

    There are really so many links, in all kind of areas. The site is super easy to navigate, and all the links are free.

  • Homeschool Preschool Maze

    Are you back to school? After the holidays it is always hard for us to get back into the groove. It seems that we start back up awfully slow. And now we are at Sunday, and I have nothing planned for the school week. (Shhhh don’t tell the kids that I am so unorganized) Not only do I have nothing planned, it is snowing outside; so instead of sitting at my desk planning the school week. I am outside playing with the kids in the snow. Hello education.com to the rescue!

    Have you homeschool moms tried this site yet? It is such a life saver for days that you need to get some schoolwork done, but haven’t had a moment to plan something. Or even just need something quick and easy to occupy the kids for a moment, they have tons of stuff. 

  • What Really Needs to be on Your Baby Registry

    Registry

    We just had baby #4!!

    Yes you read that right, baby #4

    Okay we not just had. But baby is less than a year old, so I am still allowed to “just had”. Right?? Sure we will go with that. Now that all being said, having four babies, I have had four baby showers. While some believe that the shower is a way to welcome a new mommy into motherhood, thus only having one. I personally believe that the shower is a celebration to welcome the new baby. So, I have had a shower for each of babies. Having four showers, means four registries. Lets talk about what you really need on that registry. This is geared more for first time moms, but moms of more than one will certainly benefit too.

    Now after my third daughter, my husband and I thought that we were done. Moving into a new house, we got rid of ALL the baby stuff. To be honest, we loved that this home had no baby gear laying around. There was no stuff to try to find room for or store when we were done. It was quite nice. Then after joking about having another for over a year, we chose to go for it. We aren’t getting any younger right?? And before we knew it we were pregnant with our first boy. (Which my husband was very relieved not to be having another girl) Time to make another registry and I felt like a first time mom again. I had done this before, but never with a boy. And it had been 14 years since I had to make one from scratch.

    Here were the must need items that I put on my registry:

  • Quick Easy Family Friendly Meals

    Quick Easy Family Friendly Meals….. I Promise

    It’s a new year.

    • Did you resolve to eat more meals at home?
    • Cook more of your families dinners?
    • Eat healthier by not eating all the grease of fast food?
    • Now come to realize that you have a picky eater? That you don’t like cooking? Or even have the time to cook dinner every night?

    Oh my you are certainly speaking my language there. I certainly want to cook these amazing, full, warm, filling dinners for my family. There are these pictures in my head of kids sitting nicely at the table, while I serve these meals in heels and pearls. Complete with salads, veggies, a few sides and a big main dish. Kids (and husband) eat everything without complaint.

    Then I wake up and realize that (1) I don’t like to cook or spend hours in my kitchen; (2) I don’t have the time to cook these types of meals; with 4 kids now I need a dump and go meal and (3) my kids are picky eaters. The picture in my mind only happens on very special occasions and sometimes big holidays (aka Thanksgiving and Christmas). But I do want to have hearty, healthy meals that the kids will actually eat.

  • 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.

  • 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

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