Month: September 2016

Fall Boots Are a Must!

zooshoo-bootsFall is here. Fall means pumpkin spiced lattes, crisp air, and fall boots! I love living in an area that has weather changes each season. As much as I enjoy the summer, it is nice to throw on leggings, a cute top, and boots! Recently, I was sent a pair of ZooShoo boots for a discounted rate to review. How did they measure up? (more…)

Toddler Wandering Into Your Bed At Night? Read this…

get-your-toddler-back-in-their-bedFor some reason, there are several times throughout their lives when children forget how to sleep through the night. The first few times happen during infancy. Babies usually start sleeping through the night for longer stretches of time and then BAM around 4 months, they regress. Parents are baffled by this. But, like everything else, it passes and all is restored to normal. Babies wake up a lot at night. Whoever said “sleep like a baby” needs a reality check. So once your child has grown past the baby stage, you think you are in the clear. Well, I am sorry to say it, but some toddlers wake up in the middle of the night too. Don’t freak out! I promise it is a phase. And, if handled correctly, it will be a phase that will end quickly….if not handled correctly, it could cause some bad habits, for you or your child.  (more…)

Free Printable Coloring Book

free-coloring-bookI love printable coloring books! They are great for art projects or just keeping your little ones busy! Recently, I teamed up with KidloLand and helped create this great coloring book. I love that the lines are really thick. I also appreciate that the pictures are not too intricate. All 3 of my girls can color the images and have fun while doing it! (more…)

Creative Halloween Costume Ideas

cutest-baby-gnome-costume-19734I love Halloween! It is a fun time of year. Kids and adults get to dress up and play pretend! The best part is that it is not only encouraged, but people will give you candy for doing it too! Even though Halloween is a month away…you need to start figuring out what costumes you and the kiddos will be wearing! Check out these easy to make & super creative ideas!!  (more…)

The PTO is not evil!

the_pto_is_not_evilAt some point in time the PTO got a bad rap. Seriously, even in the movie “Bad Moms” (which I loved by the way) the PTO got a bad rap! I will say, proudly, that I am on the PTO at my daughter’s school…and they aren’t the blood sucking, attention seeking, no fun people that everyone thinks. I swear they aren’t! Have you looked into the PTO (sometimes called the PTA) at your school? You will be pleasantly surprised… (more…)

Get the Perfect Picture on Picture Day!

Circa 1987
Circa 1987

The day is fast approaching. It will be here before you know. You have been giving your child extra vitamins and avoiding germs…they can not be sick on the big day! I am talking about Picture Day, of course! My oldest daughter’s picture day is tomorrow. The PTO in her school is on the ball. The idea behind having it so early in the school year, less absences. I like where their heads are! Making sure your child is there for picture day is half the battle… (more…)

Chicken & Sausage Meatballs Recipe

Chicken Sausage MeatballsMade these this weekend and they were amazing! I was in the mood for pasta and meatballs this weekend and we had ground chicken and sausage on hand. So here is what i did with it! Please note, you can do this recipe in the crock pot or stove top! For crock pot, high temp 3-4 hours and low temp 6-7 hours.

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Lunch ideas for kids…even picky eaters!

Lunch ideas for picky eatersI like to think of picky eaters as small adults with unrefined pallets. Because really, that is what they are. A friend of mine was super stressed last year. Her son just started school and all he wanted every day was a bagel. “I can’t just send him with a bagel for lunch everyday” she texted me. At the time, I was actually working lunch duty at my school (I work in a high school) and low and behold the girl sitting at the table in front of me was eating a bagel! I told my friend about this later and we both laughed. “High school kids are taking bagels for lunch”, I told her “so don’t stress.” Seriously, as long as they are eating something…don’t stress! I ate peanut butter and jelly everyday in high school…yup…every single day! I had to make my own lunch and it was easy to make. It was also filling…so that is what I ate. I too was a picky eater growing up. Actually, if you asked my husband he would say that I was picky until recently! My dad laughs because when we would go out to eat when I was younger I would only order spaghetti and sauce…that was it! So who am I to judge the picky eaters of the world!? Here are some outside of the sandwich ideas for your picky eaters: (more…)

The best time to pack lunch!

coffee-break-1291381_1920 It’s late. And by late, I don’t mean “oops I slept in 10 minutes” late. I mean “the school bus will be barreling down the road in approximately  10 minutes and everyone is still sleeping” late! After turning on all the lights and tossing everyone out of their beds, you realize that because you had that second glass of Cabernet last night you forgot to pack lunches. CRAP! So what’s the plan? Open the fridge, grab some stuff, throw it in plastic bags, and hope for the best? Wait! You forgot to grab bread at the store…and cheese…and carrots….well screw it you are out of almost everything….so you throw your kid $5.00 and hope it’s pizza day!  (more…)