Archive for June 2016

Things I never thought I'd say....

June 29, 2016

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Things I never thought I'd say...but now say ALL THE TIME now that I'm a mom. Heads up...there's a lot of potty and booty talk that happens in our house.....

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"Please do not kiss my booty. Do not kiss your sister's booty. Do not kiss ANYONE'S BOOTY."

"Did you toot?"

"Please do not toot in my face."

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"...Son of a Digger, Monster Mutt, Thrasher, Black Stallion, Storm Damage, Mohawk Warrior...." (me, listing off all of the names of the monster' trucks)

"You are right. We don't eat poop."

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"Do not sit on your sister."

"Please do not bang on your brother like a drum."

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"Sit on your booty and keep your hands and feet and mouth to yourself."

"Remember, your hands stay out of your pants."

"We do not eat boogers."

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"We do not kiss people's eyeballs."

"When I ask you a question, please answer!"

"Your friend ___________ (sleeps in his own bed, eats all his dinner, sleeps all night...)" basically fill in the blank with anything I want Hudson to do. 

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"Nice boys and girls share their cookies with their mama."

"I can't give the cookie back to you, it's already in my mouth."

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"Friends do not bite friends."

"Please do not color on mommy's legs."

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And my favorite....."Bend over so I can wipe your booty."

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Isn't it crazy the things you say when you are a mom?

In our house, we don't just wipe...we wipe in style. Somethings Hudson needs a little extra help cleaning up himself, if you know what I mean. And ever since we potty trained him, we've stashed these amazing Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths, and experience a more confident clean. The cloths break down immediately after flushing, which is great because that means they are safe to use with a septic system, which is what we have in our new house! They are also gentle and alcohol-free, so they are great for the entire family. 

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AND Sam's Club members will instantly save $3.00 at check out from June 22nd to July 17th on Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths! Yay! We love shopping at Sam's Club for the great deals and instant savings! Joining is easy.....just visit Sam's Club for all the details.

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5 Tips to Help Kids Drink More Milk

June 27, 2016

This summer we have lots of little adventures planned for our kids. We want to keep them active, happy, and energized for a fun first summer in our new house. So, it's important to me that they have the nutrients they need to play their little hearts out!

In our house, we like to encourage our kids to drink milk because it is a complete protein, which means that every glass contains a full mix of the essential amino acids their growing bodies need to keep active! It’s important for kids to get protein at every meal, especially breakfast. Getting enough protein in the morning can help kids feel fuller, longer, so they can start the day off right.

Growing up, I wasn't much of a milk drinker. But now that I'm a mom, I want my kids to drink milk often because it's a natural source of high-quality protein. Milk’s nine essential nutrients, including eight grams of high-quality protein per eight ounce serving, can help to ensure that kids have the potential to play, learn and grow. Which is really important to me!

So today I want to share a few tips for helping to ensure you kids drink more milk!

1. Offer milk at every meal, starting at a young age. Both of my children were breastfed (and Sadie still is!) but with Hudson as soon as he weaned I kept offering him milk with every meal. And he is a great milk drinker!

2. Drink milk as a family. It's important to establish that milk is good for everyone! So make sure your kids see mom and dad drinking milk too. 

3. Make drinking milk fun! Make cookies with your kids and offer them a big glass of milk to go with them. 

4. When in doubt, make a smoothie! Both of my kids flip out over smoothies and it's such an easy way to add some more milk in to their diet.

5. Make a craft! Put those empty milk jugs and cartons to good use by turning them in to something fun. This is one of Hudson's favorite things to do. I rinsed out a used milk carton and then used a hot needle to poke holes in to the cap to turn our jug in to a fun watering can! Hudson thought it was so fun! Really, it's the simple things they love the best!

Milk does her body good. 

Want to know how you can help kids drink enough milk? You can help feed a childhood in your community this summer with a small donation to milk life. A donation as little as $5 can deliver a highly desired and nutrient-rich gallon of fresh milk to children who need it most. By donating you can help deliver a gallon of nutrient-rich milk and help to ensure that all children have the potential to play, learn and grow.

The Great American Milk Drive, a collaborative effort between Feeding America, America’s dairy farmers and milk companies, turns online donations into gallons of milk for families in local communities. To date, the program has provided more than 12 million servings of milk to families across the country. Click here to learn more about The Great American Milk Drive and ways you can help. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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June 24, 2016

Cheers to Friday! We've had rough last few nights of sleep with both kids, so I am ready for some rest and relaxation this weekend. But wait, I'm a parent, so that probably won't happen. Oh well.

{one} I'm taking Hudson for a mommy-son date today to see Finding Dory and I don't know who is more excited, him or me! I can't wait to see the movie and spend some one-on-one time with my little guy. 

{two} Speaking of Hudson, yesterday he said "mommy, you are the prettiest gurl in the whole wide world." Cue the mama tears....especially because I had zero makeup on and my hair was a hot mess. Leave it to kids to look past all that and really see what matters. Then I asked him if Sadie was the prettiest girl in the whole wide world too and he said no. We'll work on that one. 

{three} And speaking of pretty girls, this lady had a blast splashing around with her brother yesterday. 

We are missing so many parts to our water table after the move that I may have jumped online and bought another one. Plus I can see how having two might save me from a lot of drama this summer. Shh....don't tell my husband. 

{four} I'm co-hosting a super fun link up for July....Star Spangled Kids! Be sure to share your kids sporting their best red, white, and blue and link up with us starting July 1st!

{five} Now that we have zero carpet downstairs, I have to vacuum every. single. day. We live in the woods so there is always dirt....on everything. And I'm about to go cray. I need a robot vacuum in my life stat. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know! I think I might break down and buy one this weekend....and pray that my kids don't destroy it.

Happy weekend everyone!

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7 Simple Ways to Date your Spouse

June 23, 2016

Oh this man of mine. Between two kids, busy schedules, and household chores, it's tough for us to squeeze in some alone time. Now more than ever we have realized how important it is to spend some one-on-one time together. We love to sneak out of the house together to grab some dinner...but let's be real....we don't get to do that very often. So, we try and have some date nights in whenever possible. Here are a few of the things we love to do to keep that magic alive.....

1. Rent a movie. This is always our go to "staying in" date. We love to pop some popcorn and snuggle up on the couch with a good movie. And I mostly make it through without falling asleep. Mostly.
2. Go for a walk. Usually we pack Sadie up in the stroller and put Hudson on his bike and take a stroll through the neighborhood. Both kids are occupied and it gives us some time to chat and catch each other up on our day. 

3. Make dinner together. Usually I'm the one who does most of the cooking, but when we get a chance Jon and I will work together in the kitchen. Usually we are also wrangling one or two kids, but hey, we can multi-task! And there is nothing quite like watching your man I right ladies?

4. Call reinforcements. Sometimes we will call in some reinforcements in the form of grandparents to help entertain the kids while we work on a project together around the house. Sometimes it's something as simple (or hard, depending on how you follow directions) as installing carseats together, or moving furniture around, and sometimes it's a bigger task. But what matters is that we are together and don't have to worry about the kids!

5. Enjoy a special treat together. My husband and I love to indulge in something sweet after we get the kids to bed. Lately we've been enjoying a yummy chocolatey treat thanks to Skinny Cow! We are both straight up obsessed with these Skinny Cow Vanilla Bean Dream Ice Cream Sandwiches. They are dipped in thick, velvety, chocolatey coating and are totally what dreams are made of! My husband and I have a "what's mine is yours and what's yours is mine philosophy"....or at least he does, especially when it comes to food! Jon is always stealing a bite of my food...but I don't mind sharing and indulging with him! 

6. Go on a lunch date. Drop the kids off at grandma's and meet your spouse for lunch. 

7. Plan a REAL date night! At least once a month arrange for childcare and do something fun with your spouse! We love to get out of the house for a little while together to go to dinner, run some errands, or go grocery shopping. It's amazing how simple errands can be so much more fun when you are child free!

How do you make time to date your spouse?

We really loved these treats from Skinny CowWe both loved the creamy ice cream with chocolate wafers fully dipped in chocolatey coating! They are the perfect way to end a date night! Click here to find out where can find Skinny Cow ice cream treats at a store near you. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Sadie Mae: 12 Months

June 22, 2016

One just seems so old, don't you think? Sadie is official a toddler now. Someone please hold me while I cry in the corner in disbelief. 

Girlfriend is sugar and spice and everything nice. And sass. And sweetness. I just can't get enough. She says "mama" "dada" and "kiki" (kitty). She's started to point to things she wants and it's the cutest...except when she's pointing at my ice cream sandwich that I have no intentions of sharing. Then she's mad. 

Like really mad. Sadie can throw a tantrum like no other.

It's a redheaded girl thing. Or a one year old thing. I can't decide. Sadie is mama obsessed and unless she is playing, wants me to hold her all the time. And gets MAD when I put her down or try to leave her with a babysitter. She's happiest when I'm holding her and she typically has one arm down my shirt. And if you don't give her what she wants, when she wants it, she'll bite you with her 6 teeth (2 on top, 4 on bottom). 

She still refuses to walk more than two steps. She pulls herself up on furniture and cruises around, but is still perfectly happy to crawl instead of walk. Or do this weird crawl walk thing. This girl is a trip!

Official stats have her at 29.8 inches tall and 22 lbs 14 oz. Which is pretty much exactly what her big brother was at this age. 

Knock on wood, but she pretty much sleeps 7:30pm (ish) until 6:30 a.m. and takes two good naps. But now that I've put that in writing she'll probably change it up. 

She eats basically everything we eat, but her favorites are blueberries, strawberries, raisins, goldfish crackers, green beans, mac n' cheese, cheese quesadillas, and pizza. And she FLIPS OUT over ice cream. She has a very refined pallet, as you can tell. 

Sadie is still breastfeed and we will keep going until she decides to stop. She's a mama's girl so I don't think that will be any time soon. 

We love this girl to the moon and back a million times forever.

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Toddler-Approved Snack Mix

June 21, 2016

Toddler Approved Snack Mix

Now that Sadie is ONE we have the go-ahead to let her eat basically everything. But let's be real...she's been eating what we eat for a while now. She loves her a good snack, and I want to make sure she has plenty of healthy foods to choose from! In fact, I want both of my kids to make healthy I'm always on the look out for ways to make snacking fun and good for them.

Toddler Approved Snack Mix

So I decided to get creative and came up with our new favorite go-to snack. I wasn't sure if Hudson would like it too, but much to my surprise both kids LOVE it.  Which is a total win in my book!

Toddler Approved Snack Mix

Here's what you'll need to make your own:

  • 1/3 cup Lil’ Beanies(TM) by Gerber®
  • 1/3 cup freeze dried strawberries
  • 1/3 cup yogurt melts
  • 1/3 cup pretzels
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Toddler Approved Snack Mix

You can get creative and add more or less depending on what you like! Dump everything in to a big bowl and mix it up. Bonus points if you have a little helper. 

Toddler Approved Snack Mix

 Eat immediately or seal in a plastic bag to save for later! 

Toddler Approved Snack Mix

 Sadie totally thinks she is a big girl now that she has her own snack cup! 

Toddler Approved Snack Mix

Gerber® Lil’ Beanies(TM) is a nutritious snack that has 2 grams of protein (9% Daily Value) and 1 gram of fiber per serving. So I feel good about giving it to both of my little ones. 

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Lil' Beanies(TM) are available in original (what I used) and White Cheddar and Broccoli...which are also yummy!

Toddler Approved Snack Mix

Lil' Beanies(TM) are made from navy beans and naturally flavored with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.   Lil’ Beanies(TM) are baked, not made with genetically engineered (GM) ingredients and have a taste that both my kids love!

Toddler Approved Snack Mix

We found our Gerber® Lil’ Beanies(TM) at our favorite store....Target of course!

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