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How To Get Your Kids To Leave You Alone

I am probably way behind on finally getting my kids to leave me alone, after almost 5 years of being a mother, but for some reason, I am just now figuring out some tricks to get my kids to leave me alone. Keeping up on cleaning, blogging, organizing, grocery shopping, paying bills…just life in general is IMPOSSIBLE when your kids won’t leave you alone to think. I still am struggling to get enough time alone, but I’ve now figured out a way to get them to leave me alone for a decent enough time to clean the kitchen, check some emails or brush my teeth and put some makeup on. This post contains affiliate links. In reality, it’s not much time. Maybe 30 minutes on a good day, so I don’t want you to think this will have your kids busy all day. Some days they are in a bad…

Celebrate Back to School With Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshakes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SoHoppinGood #BlueBunny #CollectiveBias Back to school season is in full swing, and so are the massive amounts of peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches. Being as excited as we are, we are of course celebrating with some fabulous Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshakes with Blue Bunny® PB ‘N Cones™! These are great because its still hot out as we enter school, so a nice, cool milkshake is a great way to celebrate surviving the first week of school. To make them is even more fun, I did a race car version and princess version. My boys LOVED the race car milkshakes! They couldn’t believe it was red like their race car, and came with a new car on top. My base for the shakes is the brand new Blue Bunny® flavor, PB ‘N Cones™ This flavor blends up so…

A Better Day Begins With a Better Breakfast

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PerfectionWithPost #CerealAnytime #CollectiveBias A better day begins with a better breakfast, and having a breakfast that is packed with flavorful goodness is what every family deserves. With three new Shredded Wheat varieties from Post® Cereals available at Walmart, it’s easy to please adults and kids alike. You can try out these delicious new varieties with thiscashback offer from ibotta. And don’t forget to show recipes featuring Post cereals some love on Pinterest. Whatever you’re into, fuel it with Shredded Wheat. Now in three new exciting flavors ready to inspire your next pursuit.

Surviving Meal Time and Veggies With Picky Toddlers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BaronessPatches #CollectiveBias I’ve got three boys, two of which are picky eaters, the other one is a nine month old baby who wants to eat everything. He’d probably be happiest with wood chips and dirt, rather than the organic purees.  Here’s the link I mentioned to the Sweepstakes for $4,295 in e-gift cards form Walmart and pizza gift cards yay!! #BaronessPatches #Sweepstakes (8/10 to 9/7) I’ve had my fair share of struggles with getting my toddlers to eat anything really. They just don’t want to slow down and eat. Playing, running, fighting, hiding…those things are all way more fun. I’ve had to really step up my veggie game to get these boys to even look at anything green. For a while, I resorted to actually putting bowls of food on the floor with…

A Way To Earn Money While Back To School Shopping

Its that time of year where we get excited to shop for cozy sweaters, fancy boots and felt hats. I am way too excited about my oldest heading into a small, Pre-K class. This post is sponsored by DOSH. All opinions are my own!  He is wearing a uniform, but of course, I will still be doing some back-to-school shopping. I have a great way for all the mamas out there who don’t want to step foot in the mall with kids in tow. Suckers, strollers, snacks, movies…it’s all just stressful, so I checked into my DOSH app to see what kind of online savings we could find for back to school shopping. Turns out, there are some great deals at my favorite places for back-to-school clothes. Gap, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy and Target all have great cash-back incentives for shopping online through DOSH. All you have to do is…

Packing Power Lunches With Protein for Better Learners

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Organic Valley. All opinions are mine alone. #GetCheesy #CollectiveBias Being a mom of boys, you get used to managing these big bundles of energy that are almost unmanageable both for me, the mom and for the boys. But, their energy is also very subject to what they eat. I am super serious about what I pack for them in their lunches, because I know how quickly their blood sugar can drop, which they then become lethargic and very grumpy.  My boys are high-energy, and they tend to get low blood sugar fast. Being at school limits the amount of snacks they can have, so it is super important that I pack the right lunches, as well as give them the right after school snack to boost their blood sugar with a stable energy source. This is where…

Teach Your Toddler To Wipe Their Bottom This Summer

My least favorite part of being a parent is wiping bottoms. I really don’t like it. I do it, with the best, joyful spirit I can muster, but I take my sweet time when they are calling for me to come help. I was determined to teach my oldest to wipe his bottom by this summer because I have my third baby now, and I just can’t be running to the bathroom to wipe when we are out at the beach, in the pool, or on some sort of fun summer adventure. I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to accomplish this, but I came up with a method that worked really well! I’m going over how I was able to accomplish this for the summer, and I hope it helps you get your little one to start wiping too! PS: Because you are a reader on my blog,…

To The Mom That Does Nothing. You’re Doing Everything

I was laying on the floor the other day letting the 9-month old craw all over me, thinking about everything I wanted to accomplish before my other two boys woke up from their nap. I wanted to vacuum and mop, as well as pull the fridge out and hunt for the lizard we failed to catch. He hid behind the fridge days ago, and I am afraid he’s dying back there. Instead of giving the baby some snacks and toys, I just laid there with him. I could’ve occupied him with all sorts of interesting things and a cracker in his mouth, so he wouldn’t notice that I was busy. I feel extra mom guilt for the third little guy because he ends up crawling after us, trying to keep up with the whirl wind of activity around him. He’s so good and happy just watching, but I wanted to…

When The Laundry Piles Are Too High

Do you know how much laundry we have with two toddler boys and a baby? I can’t tell you how many times I walk outside to find them naked, clothes thrown in the bushes, mud and pool. I wish I could just tape on some underwear and leave it at that. A Tarzan-type attire suites them much better really. Laundry is something I have a very hard time keeping up with. Putting the clothes in the wash is a breeze. Getting them to the dryer in a timely manner is a little more difficult, but I’ve gotten better. Getting them folded to a proper place? Nearly impossible. And sometimes the sheer impossibility is so discouraging. I look at the laundry pile slowly growing larger and larger, and it seems like this massive mountain I have to climb with two toddlers clinging to each leg, and a baby in my arms.…

Finding A Routine For The Creative, Non-Structured Mom

I never plan my day. I may have one thing here and there that we go to at a specific time, but I rarely actually look at the clock. I’m by nature, a creative soul who prefers to float through the day like a butterfly. I work highly off of inspiration, and sometimes I get an inkling, a creative spurt where I am extremely driven and focused to produce an image that I’ve seen in my mind, or write a piece that just comes to me out of now where, and I HAVE to get it out. This doesn’t boast well for being a mom. I hear over and over, from books, parenting experts and my husband that children yearn for a routine. A schedule where they know what’s going to happen next. Something they can count on, so they know where to go and how to behave. Enter the…