• 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

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    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

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Meal Planning Made Easy

    Meal Planning Made Easy

    Are you frustrated every time someone asks “What’s for dinner”? Are you scrambling to figure out what to make at 4:00, only to realize that there is nothing in the pantry? Are you overwhelmed with the idea of meal planning for an entire month? Then this post is perfect for you.

  • Welcome to Baking Season

    Sprinkles Cupcake

    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.

  • 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?

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