Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back to School Bags for Toddlers

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I have to admit I've been a little jealous seeing everyone's back to school posts of their children heading back to school. The pictures are so cute of the kids with their back to school signs and first day of school clothes. I decided to make one of my own since I am sending Hubs to 18th grade lol.

Even though BabyCakes isn't really going back to anywhere, she's been in daycare all summer, I thought it would be a cute idea to create back to school toddlers bags. These are great if you have older children and a toddler, so the toddler can join in the back to school excitement as well. These will also come in handy if you're doing back-to-school events with other moms who have older children but your little one is still in the toddler age, which is my case. The other kids will be getting bookbags with actual school supplies, but I put together a few fun things to entertain the toddlers in our gang. 

These are really simple to make and can really be catered to whatever your toddler is into. For mine I got some cute small drawstring backpacks and chose hair scrunchies, mess free marker activity books and playdough sets. 

Mess free markers are a toddler mom's BEST FRIEND. Babycakes gets to practice coloring but the markers don't transfer color to anything other than the special paper that comes with them. There's a number of full mess free marker coloring book sets available but for this case I chose the small booklets with just one marker. 


The little playdough sets I got are really cute. They come with three small containers with different color playdough, a little rolling pin, and cookie cutter like tools to cut out shapes in the playdough. 

Some other ideas to go in the bags are cups with your toddler's favorite character, a fresh toothbrush, small balls, bubbles, or bath toys. Just because our toddlers aren't actually going back to school doesn't mean they can't have a back to school bag of their own!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mom Guilt: Day Care

Lately BabyCakes has not wanted to leave daycare when we go to pick her up. One day she had the saddest pout on when she saw me come in the door. I asked “You don’t want to go home?” and she said a very sad “no” and walked slowly to the door with her head down. She also throws a whole fit sometimes when Hubs goes to pick her up. At home she frequently repeats the names of her daycare provider and her two sons, who are her baby playmates. 

My rational mind says in a world where stories and videos come out all the time about day care neglect and abuse I can rest assured that my baby is being cared for and she is having a good time. My money is going to good use and I won’t ever feel like I need to choke the babysitter like the first babysitter we chose (that story HERE).

But my emotional mind says she likes daycare better than home, and likes her daycare provider better than us. Even though my rational mind knows that isn’t true the fact of the matter is she is with them more than us and that makes me sad. 

I’ve been really feeling the pressure lately of just not having enough time for all the things I want to do because of all the things I have to do, especially when it comes to time with my daughter. 

Our reality is that both Hubs and I have to work our 9-5 jobs and have additional pursuits outside of those jobs to give ourselves and BabyCakes a better future.  We are a very blessed family and the time we have together is wonderful. We’re blessed that her time away from us is so good to her that it can rival home. 

If you are a working mother, or just a mother who has to be away from your child(ren) more than you’d like build a mental wall to keep that mom guilt out. You are not at fault, there is no fault. Enjoy and cherish your time with your children and don’t let the time you have to spend away bring you down. There should be no guilt in providing for your family or pursuing your goals outside of family. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Save on Chef Boyardee this Back to School Season

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With the back to school season approaching, my family is looking for easy weeknight meal solutions. By spending less time in the kitchen, we can enjoy other after-school activities together. Now through August 29, 2016, each 14.5 to 15 ounce can of Chef Boyardee is on Rollback at Walmart for only $0.80! Purchase five cans for $4 in a variety of flavors that include: Mini Ravioli, Beefaroni, and Spaghetti and Meatballs. You can enjoy a week’s worth of quality meals at an affordable price.

Be sure when you stock up on Chef Boyardee at Walmart to look for the Chef Boyardee cans that feature NO artificial flavors, NO preservatives, and NO artificial colors. With quality ingredients since 1924, Chef Boyardee has been a pantry staple for many families.

While shopping at Walmart, be sure to look for the Rollback signs for Chef Boyardee in the Canned Food aisle!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

How I Cook Without a Toddler at my Feet

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I have shared previously a couple of BabyCake's favorite activities: 
Today I wanted to share a new activity that has been working particularly well when I'm trying to cook and don't want her around me at the stove - letter magnets on the refrigerator. 

It's really as simple as grabbing a pack of magnet letters. There is a huge variety available on Amazon HERE. Because BabyCakes has been watching Sesame Street she's really into letters and numbers. Our main refrigerator is stainless steel so it is not magnet, but our little beverage fridge is magnetic and serves as a perfect canvas for her to play on. If your refrigerator is not magnetic you can also grab one of these magnet easels. Although we also have a flat magnetic board I've found that she is much more entertained when she can stand up and play. 

How are you keeping your toddler entertained while you cook?


Monday, July 25, 2016

Special Deal for Dog Parents

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Give your dog some love! Save 5% with Cartwheel, PLUS get a $10 Target Gift Card when you buy 2 bags of IAMS dry dog food.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Imperfect Moments Make the Best Memories

The other day I was tickled when I noticed the lock-screen photos my husband and I had chosen. There were a few similarities: 

1. We both chose pictures from our trip to Sesame Place which has been one of the highlights of our summer (read that story here.)

2. We both chose pictures of each other with our daughter. 

3. We both chose very unmanicured photos. In mine he's wet and BabyCakes isn't looking at the camera. In his BabyCakes is in motion and there's a bunch of stuff in the background/foreground. 

4. In both pictures we are smiling ear to ear. Real genuine smiles. Not "I'm taking this for Instagram" smiles. 

This is why we go so well together. Our photo choices are a reflection of what is important to us; our family. Our lives aren't perfect but they don't have to be for us to be enjoying them.

Imperfect moments make the best memories. 


Monday, June 27, 2016

Crock-pot buffalo chicken sandwiches + Crock-pot Cleanup

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Who doesn't love buffalo chicken wings? Sometimes the wing format can get old but you still want that buffalo chicken flavor. Enter crock-pot buffalo chicken sandwiches. This is a really easy crock-pot recipe that makes a tasty dinner with no fuss over the stove. 

Crock-pot cooking is easy, but crock-pot cleanup can be a drag. For this job I picked up the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth 2-pack available for $4.99 at Target. They're available in gray, mint, coral, and navy. I picked up gray. The Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth is washable, reusable and sturdy. It works really well because it gives you the versatility of a dish cloth but has Scotch-Brite scrubbing dots to scrub stuck on food bits which crock-pot recipes often create.



3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
A bottle of buffalo wing sauce
1 packet dry/powder ranch salad dressing mix
Potato rolls
Blue cheese crumbles 


In your crock-pot place the chicken breasts, 3/4 cups of the buffalo wing sauce, and the packet of dry ranch salad dressing mix. 

Set your crock pot either to high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours, depending on your hunger time frame. ;-)

Once the chicken is cooked, use two forks to pull/shred your chicken in the crock pot. Allow the pulled chicken to sit in the sauce for an additional 30 minutes to soak up all the flavor. 

Serve on a potato roll, with additional buffalo wing sauce to taste, and blue cheese crumbles on top. 

I served mine with celery slices to keep with the buffalo wing theme. 

Make your crock-pot cleanup easy with Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth. Non-scratch scrubbing power with the wiping and drying functions of a dish cloth.

Note: you won't find these with the other dish cloths, but in the kitchen tool area. 

Using the Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths is just one of the tips I have for sink/counter organization. Here are a few others: 

Put everything in a bucket. I keep my under-sink space tidy by placing all my cleaners together in a bucket. This keeps them easily reachable and also makes it simple to take them to other parts of the house if need be. 

Over the cabinet dish cloth bar/rack. Using a dish cloth rack allows for dish cloths to dry between uses and is a much more convenient way to store them than hanging them over the faucet. This can hang either inside or outside the cabinet. I choose inside so my toddler doesn't grab them. 

Washable dish drying mat. The plastic trays that go under the dish drying rack can get pretty gunky really fast. Opt for a washable dish drying mat and you can wash it weekly with your laundry along with your dish towel so you don't have your clean dishes sitting above a moldy dish rack tray. 

Save now on Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths at Target with this Cartwheel offer good 6/26-7/2. You can also check out other great recipes and cleaning tutorials here.

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