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Effective Incentives for Potty Training

effective incentives for potty trainingHaving trained 2 kids how to use the potty and now on my third, I will say that one of the most important parts is the reward system that you set up. Kids like to be praised and they like rewards. Come on, who doesn’t like rewards? I love them! Here are some things to keep in mind when setting up the reward system for your child that is potty training. (more…)

Tips to Make Flying with Kids Easier!

tips-for-flying-with-kidsWe are going to Disney in less then 2 weeks! I seriously can not wait. I have been to Disney several times in my life and I LOVE it there. My husband has been a few times also. But our girls, have never been! I seriously tear up just thinking about them walking into the park for the first time. Everything about Disney is so magical! Everything, except the idea of flying with 3 little kids! This will be the first time my 4 year old and 2 year old have been on a plane. Are you traveling with little ones? Want some tips? Check these out! (more…)

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…)

Dear Kindergarten Parent

First Time Kindergarten Parent Your oldest child is going to Kindergarten. How do you feel about that? When asking around, I get a variety of answers. Some say they are sad. Others say they are anxious. And some say they are excited. I was the later, I was super excited for Nicki last year. Okay, so I was a little sad and a little nervous too! Now that my eldest is heading into first grade, I look back at last year and realized I learned a lot her first year of school. (more…)

Today will be better.

Today will be betterI don’t know any mom that goes to bed at night thinking “wow, everything today went perfect…just like yesterday! I did everything right and my kids were perfect too!” If you are out there, please email me…we need to talk. For the rest of us, the struggle is real. And I am not talking about trying to get melted marshmallows out of the car seat or figuring out what to make for dinner. I am talking about every day….second guessing, comparing, doubting, and feeling bad about…well almost everything. But, today…today will be better. (more…)

I am learning to juggle…working mommy goes back to school!

Being a working mom and going back to schoolI am doing it…and I am doing the best I can! Juggling working full time and going back to school was tough before I had kids. Once I had my first daughter, I had to put my studies on a time out. That time out lasted longer then I would have liked, but I am back at it! A lot has changed in the past 5 years as it relates to working professionals getting their masters. Now, there are so many online options. This is great for working moms…heck this is great for everyone! Here is how I am juggling it all…did I mention I don’t know how to juggle! (more…)

Are you ready to be a mommy?

are-you-ready-to-be-a-mommyA friend recently got married and the topic of kids came up. “You going to have any kids?” I asked as my little one was climbing all over me…meanwhile I was balancing my wine glass…never spilled a drop! “I think so.” She replied. That’s not good, I thought, you can’t think you want kids…you have to KNOW. You need to be all in if you are thinking about having kids. Having kids is not like picking out a new pair of shoes. If they start annoying you, you can’t put them back in their box and put them in your closet….although that sounds tempting! So how do you know when you are ready to have kids? (more…)

Take Back Mother’s Day

Take back Mother's Day

It’s Mother’s Day and the sun is shining…the birds are chirping…and you have just awoken from a glorious slumber. What’s that? A quiet tap on the door. “Enter” you sing sweetly as your 3 adorable children enter. Your doting husband is following closely behind carrying a tray with a single cut flower, a delicious omelette, and a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice. Your children are giggling and hiding something behind their backs. They promptly shower you with hugs and kisses and homemade cards. Once they have finished your husband tells them to “let mom have some alone time to enjoy her breakfast.” Your children leave, but not before telling you how much they love you and blowing you air kisses! You husband sits on the edge of the bed, thanks you for all you do for your family, and presents you with the necklace you have been longing for. “Take your time getting up” he whispers “I will take the kids to the park to play.” YEAH RIGHT! Sorry to ruin it for you…but this daydream is not going to happen…not in my house any how! Let me tell you how Mother’s Day really goes down! (more…)

Get a Pet!

benefits-of-petsGrowing up we weren’t allowed to have animals. My dad claimed to be allergic…I say “claimed” because my parents now own a cat. My sister and I longed to have a pet, a cuddly friend to hug and love! But, that day didn’t come until we moved in together after college. We got 2 cats, Austin and Frankie, and we were in heaven! I love having pets. When I met my husband we got a Boxer, Rosie, together and I can’t imagine life without a dog! (more…)

St Patty’s Day Lunch Box Treats!

da36f18b66972a4044147917b50cf972St Patrick’s Day is just a few days away! Here is a collection of fun snacks and treats you can whip up for your little ones! A lot of these items you might already have on hand! Make their day extra special by adding a St Patrick’s themed snack to their lunch! (more…)