• 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.

  • 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:

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • How To Organize a Kids Closet

    I am so excited to have partnered with partnered with Modernize to get today’s post to you. If you have not checked them out, take a moment to pop over there and see the amazing ideas that they have on all the rooms of your house. But be careful, you might just spend hours over there, it is that good.

    Creative Ways To Organize Your Child’s Closet

    Organizing your child’s closet can be a ghastly chore. With so many tiny sized things, the closet can become cluttered and disorganized quickly. With only a few minutes to get your child ready in the morning, digging through piles of disorganized items can add unnecessary stress to your day. You can use a few creative solutions to your child’s closet organization. Soon it will be easy to find even the smallest items at a moment’s notice.

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    Via Modernize.com

    With so many small items stored in your child’s closet, installing a chest of drawers or shelving unit will help immensely. Fold neatly all sweaters and and everyday tees. Pack the items in the drawer vertically so you can see each item from the top of the drawer. This will help you pull out exactly what you want without disturbing your pile. Create a label for each drawer so your child knows what’s inside.

    A shelving unit makes a great storage solution for shoes. You can line your child’s shoes along each shelf with the most often worn pairs towards the middle so they are easiest to grab. Baskets can be used to store more utilitarian shoes and socks such as flip flops, ballet shoes or sports gear. One creative way to store shoes or folded items is to place a ladder in the closet. The steps of the ladder can be used as a rack and create a whimsical and functional display.

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    Via Modernize.com

    Using a curtain instead of a door for your closet will allow your child to move freely in and out, learning how to put away his or her own clothing and clean up. Large doors can be damaged as your child flings them open and closed. Sliding doors are dangerous for children because they can run off the track and injure your child. Choose a fabric that matches your child’s room decor and let your child move freely into the closet, learning to dress themselves and making life easier for you.

    You can buy dividers to label your child’s hanging clothing. There are printable dividers you can download to make labels of your own. Dividers can be especially helpful for someone with more than one child sharing the same closet space. You can sort your child’s garments by size, age, person, or type. This also gives your child a sense of responsibility for their things.

    When organizing your hanging items, group the clothing by like items. By placing things of similar lengths together, your hangers will fit together snugly and you can fit more things onto your closet rod. Everything will look more organized. You can add a tension rod into the closet to make a second hanging rack below. You’ll be able to hang your child’s clothing in a way that has more space between each item and the closet will look much more attractive.

    Organizing your child’s closet doesn’t have to be stressful. Use a few of these creative solutions and your child’s wardrobe will look great. You can enjoy looking at all of the miniature sized clothing items that become sentimental along the way and your child can learn responsibility for his or her things.

    For more ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com

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