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Month: February 2018

The Fun Mom Spring Break Bucket List with Free Printable

 

 

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The Fun Mom Spring Break Bucket List

Spring break starts in just 3 weeks for us down here in Florida, and then the two months later we start summer break!  Time is flying by and I definitely need to start preparing for the messes, mayhem, and memory making that comes with having 3 kids running around all day.

While I was at Target today I started preparing by stocking up on Kleenex Wet Wipes.  In the fall I stock up on Kleenex tissues for all the runny noses that come during the cold months, and in the spring I stock up on Kleenex Wet Wipes to clean all the dirty hands and messy faces that happen when we get to let loose and have fun outside.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Family Stress-Free During the Busy Season of Life!

 

5 Tips for keeping your family stress-free even during the busy seasons of life!

5 Tips to Improve Your Family’s Week

We have a large family that always seems to have a million things happening at once.  Our family consists of 3 kids juggling academics, friends, sports, and extracurricular activities.  A husband who works up to 12 hours a day and spends every free moment working on our new home.  A new puppy who is being housebroken and trained, and I’m the mom juggling everyone’s schedules plus coordinating IEP meetings, doctors appointments, household errands, and of course running a business of my own too.  Life can easily get stressful for all of us, but I try my hardest to keep our days running smoothly and squeeze in time to relax, breathe, and reconnect.

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5 Tips for keeping your family stress-free even during the busy seasons of life!

Start every day together at the kitchen table.  Before life pulls everyone in different directions, sit down together and pour a delicious and creamy glass of Horizon Organic Grassfed Milk, while sharing your excitement for the day ahead.  This certified organic non-GMO milk is the perfect way to fuel my family as they get ready to head out the door. 

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We go through a lot of Horizon Organic Grassfed Milk in my house, the kids love the taste and think the container is really cute, while I love that I can feel good about what is going in their growing bodies.  Plus, it is affordable and available at Walmart, my go-to store for everything!

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Take family walks every afternoon.  Now that we have the new puppy, this has become an activity that we need to do, which means it can’t be pushed off our schedule because we don’t have time.  And I secretly love that!  Each afternoon after the kids get off the bus, or in the evening after dinner, everyone puts down their pencils or devices and we all hit the pavement and walk the neighborhood, to the local playground, or to the local ice cream stand and enjoy each other.  There is something about the fresh air, being outside together, and talking about our days, that just melts the stress away.

Read together.  As a special needs mom, reading can become a huge source of stress for my kids, so the perfect way to not only bring back the joy of reading but also unwind together is to curl up on the couch for a few moments and read a story to each other.  No pressure, no testing, no book levels, just a family listening to a great story.

Create a schedule that has wiggle room.  I hate being late, and when I have 3 kids going in 3 different directions at the same time, I get stressed quickly and that stress can rub off on everyone.  I started sitting down one day a week with my planner and fully planning out my entire week and being intentional about leaving wiggle room.  If appointments or practices are overlapping, this gives me plenty of time to reach out for help or reschedule things.  This means no more yelling at traffic while I am trying to get somewhere.  I also create a full shopping list for the week in my planner, this means one shopping trip for everything instead of running in and out of stores every day.  Having everything planned out and in view for the week ahead keeps me from being overwhelmed and the wiggle room allows lots of little moments to reconnect with my family.

Divide and Conquer.  With 5 people in our house, every chore can feel overwhelming we drag our feet and let something pile up.  Dirty laundry piles become mountains, sinks overfill, and dust ends up as thick as a blanket.  We are all busy, so putting all the chores on anyone of us, just isn’t fair, especially with children that are 9 and 12.  Every afternoon, I take a look at my cleaning list and everyone takes a couple tasks.  One child will empty the trash, another will vacuum, etc.  Then on a weekend morning, we do the same thing with larger cleaning tasks, like mowing the lawn or wiping the baseboards.  For me, having a clean house lowers my stress level no matter whats on my plate for the day.  With 3 kids, it’s not always possible, but when everyone works together, it is maintained more times than not.

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Ibotta Offer

Make sure you take advantage of this Horizon Organic Grassfed Milk Ibotta Rebate. You can earn a $1 cash back rebate on your purchase at Walmart through the Ibotta app!

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Have you tried Horizon Organic Grassfed Milk?  Does your family love it as much as mine?

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Delicious Pink Hot Chocolate Drink Recipe

Delicious Pink Hot Chocolate Drink Recipe

Are you ready to curl up and snuggle with a movie this Valentine’s Night?  It’s cold outside, so why not plan a relaxing night in with some great Valentine’s Day themed food and drinks?  Make sure to include this simple and delicious Pink Hot Chocolate Recipe in your Valentine’s Day menu.  It’s yummy and pink and sure to be a hit with the entire family!

Delicious Pink Hot Chocolate Drink Recipe

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Ingredients
4 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
12 oz. bag of white chocolate chips
1/2 cup strawberry syrup
4-5 drops of red food coloring

 
Directions
Combine all of the ingredients into a large pot and heat on medium-low until chocolate is melted and ingredients are combined.
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Serve immediately with marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles, etc.
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Enjoy!
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Quick and Easy Pink Valentine’s Day Cake Bar Recipe

Easy Pink Valentine's Day Cake Bar Recipe

Easy Pink Valentine’s Day Cake Bar Recipe

Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love and sweets!  You can satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy and delicious cake bar recipe.  Plus it’s pink, making it fun and a perfect dessert the kids will love too.

Quick and Easy Pink Valentine’s Day Cake Bar Recipe

Makes 12-15 bars

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Ingredients
1 box Pink Velvet cake mix
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 egg
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sprinkles

 

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with parchment paper.
 
In a large bowl, mix together pink velvet cake mix, milk, oil, and egg. Then, stir in half of the white chocolate chips and half of the sprinkles.

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Pour the mixture into your 9 x 13-inch pan, spreading it to coat the entire bottom of the pan.

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Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and sprinkle over the top of the mixture.

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Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

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Cool and enjoy!

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