Jan 272015
 

Monster Burger Fun Kids Meal

When it comes to eating, we are a fairly simple family.  Some of us are fussy, so there are only a handful of meals that everyone in the house agrees on that they like.  Burgers happen to be one of those meals. We all love a nice juicy burger in our family, but sometimes Chris and I like to have a little fun in the kitchen.  We recently made these monster burgers and the kids absolutely loved them.

The thing is, if you’re making a burger anyways, you don’t need anything extra to make these (well, unless you don’t normally have a jar of olives on hand).

All you have to do is cut “teeth” into your cheese slices before you melt them onto the burger in the pan. Continue reading »

Jan 152015
 

6 Tips For the Picky Eater in Your Family

Does your child have a hard time eating the food items you’re making for them? My boys sometimes struggle with what I put in front of them, so I decided to try several different things.

#1. Patience is Key

I know that you want to move onto the next activity instead of watching your child slowly eat their peas, but you need to be patient. A child isn’t going to eat the food in front of them faster, just because you want them to. Try to be as patient as possible to make things easier for your child.

#2. Introduce New Foods

You may try 101 foods before you find a food your child will like, and that’s okay. I sometimes feel guilty for “wasting” food. Instead of feeling bad, I just make smaller portions now. If they love the food, I can always make more, instead of throwing tons of it out.

#3. Fresh is Best

It can be so tempting to give our children chicken, pizza, fries and lots of other processed foods. One of the best things you can do for your child is to offer them fresh foods. It’s healthier for them and you’ll love it if they grow up enjoying these types of foods.

Picky Eater

#4. Add Choices Continue reading »

Jan 032015
 

5 Tips for Getting Back into a School (1)

I don’t know if it’s just our family, but getting back into a routine after vacation is really hard. It takes us at least a week to fully get back to normal. There are some things we do to help get back into a routine and I thought I would share those tips with you.

#1. Easy Does It

Some people love to come home, get everything unpacked and then relax. Our family prefers to just bring everything into the house and then slowly unpack. We’re not in a hurry when it comes to unpacking and getting everything put away. Do what works for you to help keep the stress to a minimum.

#2. Always Give Yourself a Day

You see, we try not to get back late at night and then head back to work and school. We’d rather have a whole day off to get back into the routine of things. My kids always seem to be well rested after they’ve had a day to recuperate from traveling or having a few busy days in a row.

#3. Skip the Fast Food

When we are traveling or not into a routine with school, it can be easy to eat out a lot. When it’s time to get back into the routine, we try and focus on eating at home and as healthy as possible.  Sometimes eating fast food can make us feel sluggish and give our bodies an even harder time of recuperating. Continue reading »

Dec 162014
 

Are you looking to have a little Elf on the Shelf fun this holiday season? If so, take a look at these fun and frugal Naughty Elf ideas a try! You will find that it can be so fun and easy to help your Elf on a Shelf get into some holiday trouble. Here is how you can get started!

1. Clubbing Elf
This elf loves to get down to the beat and dance until the dawn. Grab a pack of glow sticks at your local dollar store, activate them, and then tie them around the elf. He will look like he is ready to party in no time. Cue the house music!

Clubbing  Elf on the Shelf

2. Boozy Elf
Uh oh! Looks like someone found the booze! Boozy Elf looks great when set out with a bottle, wine corks, and a wine glass. For extra fun, stuff him inside of the glass. Bottoms up! Continue reading »

Dec 072014
 

Perfect Christmas Pranks for the Kids

Every year I have to be THAT mom and have a little fun with my kids. Life just isn’t the same if you do not spend time having fun. I think Christmas time is the perfect time to have a little good clean fun with the boys. I wanted to share some of my best prank ideas to pull on the kids.

Empty Box Wrapped Up

Okay, this one might be just plain mean, but it’s hilarious. Wrap a huge box with wrapping paper and place it under the tree. Don’t say anything and let your kids open it Christmas morning. I’m just saying that you have to have something amazing for them to open after pulling a prank like this.

Early Christmas

Take things from around the house and wrap them up. Surprise the kids about a week before Christmas and tell them you are having Christmas early. They may just love opening a box of brownie mix a week before Christmas.

Wake Them Up Early Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 

How To Prepare a Boy's Closet For Winter

Getting the family’s clothing ready for winter is a true task. I have all boys, so I feel as though it is a lot of work prepping their closet for winter time. I wanted to share my tips for preparing my boys’ closets for winter time.

Go through what fits and what doesn’t fit.

My boys grow like weeds during the spring and summer. It takes me a while to go through their closets to see what still fits and what doesn’t fit. I will admit that some of the clothing they outgrow during the school year and that’s easy to take care of.

Add at least five pairs of jeans and 7-10 long sleeved shirts.

I know there are guidelines to which you should follow when it comes to how many pieces of clothing your child has in their closet. However, knowing what boys are like and how fast they go through clothing, I go ahead and stock up. Five pairs of pants and 7-10 long sleeved shirts are just the basis for me. I try to add on where I can. I also make sure the boys are stocked up on socks and underwear as well. Continue reading »

Oct 302014
 

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Keeping our kids safe is one of the most important jobs a parent has. That’s why it’s important to establish safety rules for trick or treating.

Isn’t it ironic that trick or treating basically goes against everything we teach or kids? (Don’t talk to strangers, don’t go up to houses, and don’t play in the street). For those couple of hours they’re trick or treating all kids should have some sort of guidelines. Check out these safety tips:

#1. Have Your Child Wear Bright Colors

Bright colors are a must if you’re going to go trick or treating this year. Make sure your child isn’t wearing all black and drivers can see them as they’re walking. If your child is going to wear all black, in the dark, it’s a good idea to have them wear a bright vest.

#2. Pick a Safe Route

My kids and I hit up the same route every year. It’s important that your family picks out a route that’s safe for you as well. Remember that during October the days get shorter and it can be harder to see. If you’re not sure of where you’re going it can be hard to see in the dark and can make for a dangerous situation. Continue reading »

Oct 282014
 

Pumpkin Carving With Kids - How to Stay Safe!

The little ones are probably excited about carving a pumpkin this year. How do you keep things safe but still have fun at the same time? Well, you can’t just hand your child a knife and tell them to start cutting. You need a plan in place and these tips will help you out.

#1. Always Supervise the Kids

Even if you think you can walk away for a moment or two and your child will be safe, you’re probably wrong. Kids do the most damage when you’re not looking. Try to have two adults helping out if possible, this will help you really keep an eye on what’s going on.

#2. Use Guided Instruction

Instead of doing everything for your child, you can guide them in the process of pumpkin carving. You don’t have to give your child a knife to carve a pumpkin, there are pumpkin carving kits out there. Although each pumpkin carving kit is bound to have something sharp in it, so make sure you go over safety tips with the kiddos. Continue reading »

Oct 262014
 

How to Embarrass Your Child This Halloween

Embarrassing your child is fun and Halloween is the perfect time to do so. Are you looking for some ideas to start embarrassing your children? I’ve done all the hard work for you by giving you the following ideas:

#1. Talk Loud

There’s nothing more embarrassing than a parent who talks really loud and there’s nothing your child can do about it. When they ask a question, just talk as loud as you can. Talk especially loud for the really embarrassing questions.

#2. Don’t Match

Matching your clothes this Halloween is easy, go on your Halloween adventure wearing the craziest clothing you can find. It’s Halloween so you need to really try extra hard to make this task embarrassing.

#3. Ask for Candy

At the last minute, whip out a grocery bag and ask random doors for candy. This is hilarious because your child won’t be expecting it. The key is to make sure you keep your face as serious as possible. Continue reading »

Oct 152014
 

How to Have a Gluten Free Halloween

Halloween is one of the most scrumptious times of the year. You have access to handfuls of candy and deliciousness. One of the only problems is having to deal with a gluten free diet while enjoying this awesome holiday. If you’re nervous about trying to eat gluten free during this holiday, have no worries because with these tips you can have a gluten free Halloween.

Homemade Treats

If you’re unsure of what’s gluten free and what’s not gluten free, then consider homemade gluten free treats. There are tons of yummy gluten free recipes online that you can bake for your own Halloween fun. Here are ten treat recipes to get you started.

Read the Package

You might be surprised at how many candies are actually gluten free. If you’re not sure if the package has gluten in it, email the company yourself. Sometimes it’s nice to just have that reassurance that you can’t get anywhere else. If you’re looking for a gluten free candy list, then this list might help you out a little bit. Continue reading »

Oct 092014
 

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to #15, Alexis!
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**This post is sponsored by McDonald’s.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

A couple of weeks ago, I told you all about how we survive going back to school and in case you missed it, you can read all about it here.  As I mentioned, we are always on the go after the kids get home from school and sometimes I just don’t have time to cook the boys dinner.  That’s where McDonald’s comes into play.  I love that I can swing by McDonald’s on the way home from the soccer field, grab the boys each a Happy Meal and be able to feel good about what I’m serving to my kids.

Each Happy Meal provides wholesome options such as Apple Slices and Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry yogurt. Additionally, 1% low-fat while milk, fat-free chocolate milk and 100% apple juice are the perfect beverage pairing for your kids Happy Meal.  In case you haven’t heard,  later this fall Cuties clementines from Sun Pacific are going to be included as a Happy Meal side as well.

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Since this time of year is so hectic for many of us, I wanted to share a few more of my best back to school survival tips. Continue reading »

Oct 072014
 

How To Make This The Best Halloween for the Kids

Halloween is just a few short weeks away and the kids are pumped about the event. It’s time to make this the best Halloween ever and here is how you can do it.

#1. Dress Up Yourself

If you’re going to dress the kids up for Halloween this year, make sure you dress yourself up as well. The kids will love it if they see you get excited about this fun event that only rolls around once a year.

#2. Go Candy-licious

Halloween is all about the candy! Don’t forget that candy makes the holiday so try and let the kids have a little fun with it. Some parents want to limit the candy their children eat to only once piece. At least let your kids have two! Continue reading »

Oct 012014
 

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to #201, James.
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**This post is sponsored by McDonald’s. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

School is back in full swing and you know what that means…. It means days filled with packing lunches and driving kids to sporting events, all while trying to take care of your daily duties. All of those school year extracurricular activities can fill up your day, making it seem like you don’t even see your kids despite being in the car with them for what seems like hours. As our family is out running around from activity to activity, sometimes it’s been a challenge to grab the kiddos a quick bite of food to feel good about.

And that is exactly why I love McDonald’s.

Each Happy Meal provides wholesome options such as Apple Slices and Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry yogurt. Additionally, 1% low-fat while milk, fat-free chocolate milk and 100% apple juice are the perfect beverage pairing for your kids Happy Meal. And guess what? Later this fall, be on the lookout for Cuties clementines from Sun Pacific included as a Happy Meal side as well. My ten year old is already super excited about that – Cuties are his favorite snack.

I am so happy that McDonald’s gives me nutritious alternatives and it’s food that I can grab quickly if we’re in a hurry to get to karate class or the soccer field. Continue reading »

Sep 292014
 

Best Halloween Costumes for Boys

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to start thinking about what you will dress your child for Halloween this year. My favorite part is trying to find the perfect Halloween costumes for my boys. I wanted to share some of my favorite costume ideas with you because it’s one of the best times of the year.

Superhero Costumes

I’ve noticed that it’s incredibly hard to go wrong with a superhero costumer. If you’re having a hard time deciding what your child will be for Halloween, consider going with a superhero costume. My kids love anything superhero, so that’s always a favorite. Which superhero character would your boy pick?

TMNT

If there’s one costume that’s perfect for the boy in your life, it’s a teenage mutant ninja turtle costume. There are several turtles to choose from, so if you have multiple boys—everyone can still be their favorite TMNT. I also love this idea because you can make your own costume or buy one from the store. There’s FLEXIBILITY—which I love. Continue reading »

Sep 222014
 

Tailgating With Kids

If you have children, you might wonder how you can make tailgating possible. However, there are some things you can do to make tailgating a lot of fun for the whole family.

#1. Kiddy Foods

Bringing the kids tailgating means you need to have kid friendly foods! You can bring along kid friendly tailgating foods like dip & chips, pigs in a blanket, veggies, or fruits. Anything that’s simple to put together and easy to eat will do. Just think like a kid when it comes to these types of foods and you should be good to go.

#2. Simplicity

If there’s one tip I can give you on tailgating with kids it’s to keep things simple. It’s hard for children to focus when there is a lot going on around them. Tailgating requires a lot of activity, so if you plan on bringing kids, then it’s important to keep things simple. Continue reading »

Sep 152014
 

5 Fall Activities Your Little Boys Will Love

Fall is almost here and summer is getting left in the dust. If you’re a mom to all boys then you know how crazy life can be when cold weather starts to hit. You are going to need a list of activities to do to keep those little minds and fingers busy. I have to warn you that these ideas start out small but only get bigger. It’s going to be an awesome fall season with our boys!

#1. Playing in the leaves

Okay, this is pretty much one of the best activities that you can do this fall with your little boys. If you can handle the thought of a few chilly fall moments, then it’s time to just jump in some leaves. Playing in leaves is pretty simple and doesn’t require much thought either.

#2. Paint with leaves

Oh, painting with leaves is so much fun. You’ll basically want to gather a bunch of leaves. You want the big bulky leaves. Put some paint down on paper, dab the leaf on the paint, and then put the painted leaf on a blank piece of paper. You can make some really fun creations with this type of fall activity. Plus, boys love painting and getting messy! Continue reading »

Sep 112014
 

5 Ways To Know You Were Born To Raise All Boys

Growing up, I never thought about what it would be like to have a household full of boys. Thankfully, this role in life fell into my lap. It was not until I had boys that I realized that I was born to do this. Here are five reasons I know I was born to raise all boys.

#1. They Melt Your Heart

I guess whether you have girls or boys, you can relate. Having children ultimately melts your heart and there’s nothing you can do about it. Whether you’re putting them to bed or helping them make breakfast in the morning, they are a total delight. Most of the time.

#2. You Enjoy Laughing

You know you were born to be a carefree mom if you love to laugh. It’s hard not to sit back and giggle with your boys all day long. Trust me, boys always find something to giggle at, even if it’s bodily functions. Continue reading »

Sep 092014
 

Bonding Over the Dinner Table

Life can get busy. You and your spouse have to worry about work and house duties, while your kids’ days are filled with school, homework, and extracurricular activities. These busy schedules can make it so you only see your family at dinnertime, making dinnertime the most important meal of the day. If this sounds like you, here are some great tips for helping your family bond over the dinner table.

Make It a Tradition

Bonding over the dinner table won’t happen unless everyone in the family actually sits down together. To help make this happen, make dinner a family tradition everyone needs to participate in. Set aside a time of day that everyone can be home for so that no one is missing at the dinner table. This should be done each day to help create more bonding time for the entire family.

Put Your Phones Away Continue reading »

Sep 032014
 

5 Ways To Keep Mornings Chaos Free

School is starting and mornings can get so chaotic. It’s important to have a way to reduce the chaos and make everyone’s lives a little easier. Check out these five tips to get your family moving in the right direction on school mornings.

#1. Clothes Laid Out

This seems like something that shouldn’t take more than five minutes in the morning to do, however, when you’re in a hurry it can take forever. If you take five minutes the night before and lay out the clothes, you will be in chaos free heaven the morning of.

#2. Easy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is also one of those trouble makers on school mornings. It’s time to kick the chaos to the curb with the help of easy breakfast ideas. If you have to feed your kids cold cereal every morning for school, do not feel bad, you’re just trying to make the mornings easier on everyone. You can also plan ahead for breakfast by making mini muffins over the weekend and freezing them for the busy week ahead. Continue reading »

Aug 292014
 

10 Back to School Tips for Elementary Students

Want to prepare your elementary students for going back to school? Despite what you think, there are some major things you can do to prepare your kids. Ready, set, check out these 10 back to school tips for all of the elementary children in your family.

#1. Establish a routine

I can’t emphasize this one enough. Establishing a routine for the whole family is a way around this matter. Everyone has a bed time and an up time.

#2. Reading together

You can prepare your elementary student for back to school by spending thesummer reading. It’s never too late to start because the more you read the more your child can learn.

#3. Planning for back to school

Nothing helps your child more going back to school, than you helping them plan for it. Pick out clothes together, buy school supplies together, and discuss what next year will bring.

#4. Keep ‘em counting Continue reading »