I know that we have heard the warnings….cold and flu season is here. Wash your hands, load up on vitamins and supplements, get plenty of sleep, etc. But there are some obvious things that we need to be doing to get rid of the germs in our house. I am not a super germaphobe, but when you think about some of these things, you might wonder WHY have I not washed these before? Maybe you did not even know they were washable, but they are…and it is pretty easy.View Post
Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” arrived in theaters on November 2, just in time for the holiday season ahead. This movie is full of adventure, imagination, color, dancing, and surprises! In this movie, Clara wants a one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box with a precious gift inside. Her journey begins to a mysterious world with four realms. To celebrate this release, I have two fun crafts for kids, inspired by two of the four realms!View Post
Like most women that I know, weight and body image is often on my mind, and has been for years. I lost weight in college doing a low carb diet. I tried again after the birth of our second son and it was simply impossible. My husband lost weight but I was cranky, shaky, and miserable. I could not enjoy our two sons because of how horrible I felt. I lost 20 pounds after our third son was born with the PiYo diet and exercise, which worked well for me simply because I have to have specific guidelines and portion sizes. What has worked for so many people is intermittent fasting. (Note: I am not a doctor and I have no medical training, so please consult your doctor if you are wanting to start intermittent fasting.) It encourages me to get to bed to get the sleep I need and avoid late night snacking, and also to think about meals and eating rather than just eating because it’s “mealtime.”View Post
My husband and I have been extremely spoiled at Thanksgiving over the years. Both of our moms are exceptional cooks and aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, etc are there to add their delicious flair to the Thanksgiving meal, as well. There will come a day, however, when I will be in charge of the Thanksgiving meal and honestly, that does make me sort of nervous. I have the PERFECT solution, however, that with just a tiny bit of planning and preparation, you can pull off a Thanksgiving meal with Boston Market Thanksgiving Home Delivery. If you are one who has cooked the whole shebang, beginning with a frozen uncooked turkey, you will honestly be in awe of just how easy this meal is!View Post
November 1st is our oldest’s birthday, but it’s also the beginning to the holiday season! Soon the lights and tree will be up, presents will be bought, and excitement will swirl around this special time of year. We love all things Thanksgiving and Christmas, and Hallmark Channel movies are a big part of the Christmas holidays!
Gather around the TV this Sunday, November 4th, to see the premiere of “Road to Christmas” on Hallmark Channel. Here’s a sneak preview:View Post
This post was sponsored by Better Than Bouillon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Meatballs and Gravy over Rice – An Easy Recipe the Whole Family will LOVE
If I can be 100% honest with you guys right now, family mealtime is ROUGH lately. My kids eat a wide variety of things, and for that I am proud, but the chances that everyone is hungry at the same time and then feeling like eating what I serve is pretty rare. There is at least one child every night that picks at his dinner and then is hungry a few hours later. It happens. I cook, we eat, and I move on, but I do try to incorporate meals that I know my kids will love. I always try to serve meat, some sort of carbohydrate, and fruits and/or veggies. Meatballs are always a hit with kids, for some reason. That’s why this recipe for Meatballs and Gravy over Rice, made with Better Than Bouillon, is a hit with our family.View Post
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Our youngest is almost 5-years-old and my, have things changed since our oldest was his age, nearly five years ago. It is funny how lax we sometimes become with each child over the years. One thing that I have not changed my stance on, is car seat safety. Our 9-year-old still rides in a booster seat and our 7-year-old in a five-point harness. It is what is the safest for their weight and height, regardless of how old they are. We are on the road quite a lot, going to school, three different soccer practices, soccer games, all in different places some days! I need to be able to confidently drive and know my kids are riding safely.
Sometimes the boys do get made fun of for still riding in a car seat, but that is okay. We have told them that they ride the safest way and we are not going to budge on that. And you know the 4.5-year-old is hearing all of this, and that is important, too.
If you know me or my family or have spent anytime on this blog, you know that we are big sports fans. We have three very active boys who love soccer, basketball, playing in the mud, running, biking, football, baseball, climbing, anything and everything that is an activity that combines competition and physicality, our boys are going to want to play.
As a mother of three active boys, you might think that getting them to and from practice and games is the biggest source of frustration but no, that is definitely not it. Muddy cleats, ketchup stained jerseys from after game lunch, and mud covered sports fabric jerseys are what frustrate me…or used to frustrate me! This is how I keep my kids’ jerseys and sports fabric shirts in tip top shape, so they can be passed on to the next brother!View Post
Our family listens to SO much music throughout the day. Our oldest plays trumpet and is (usually) practicing every day. Our middle son is taking piano lessons and we love to hear that music throughout the house when he practices. But we also listen to music sometimes as we get ready for our day and I love to listen to music while I cook. And of course, there are multiple times when the boys want to hear a song and we turn it on and all jam out to it. We are truly a music loving family and there is something AWESOME at Best Buy just for families like us!View Post