Sophia will be in Kindergarten soon! I cannot believe I am even saying this out loud! I am not ready, but this little girl sure is. We went to the parent orientation last week and met with the staff to find out just what we needed to do to ensure our little girl will be ready in the fall. Sophia loves to learn, she always has, so we find that challenging her with new tasks keeps her mind moving. The principle suggested we start to introduce numbers and letters to get our children familiar with what will be expected of them next year. Sophia is great with writing her name, but addition and subtraction has yet to be introduced. We immediately went to Amazon to see what products were on the market. We came across Plugo Count by PlayShifu. We know Sophia is already a wiz kid when it comes to her I-pad and loves to have screen time, so a learning game that incorporates that seems like a match made in heaven. We decided to order this on Amazon prime and it was here the next day! When we opened the package it took just minutes to set up. Sophia and I set the game up while daddy downloaded the app. The entire set up process is so simple and quick, which is great for a four year old. We were counting with rocket ships in just minutes. I say this because out of all of the fun counting games on the app, this is the one Sophia is choosing to play over and over again. She has become slightly obsessed with it. The basic premise of the game is you set the iPad up on the pad to read the cute little figure which holds the number counting pieces.
The game then asks you to follow the instruction and find the numbers. You will either add ( 1+1) or subtract (4-2), you get the idea, it is fun and teaches the children basic math skills.
The game takes you through an exciting story line till you win the game. It is fun and interactive learning which keeps the children engaged and for me really happy to see my daughter having so much fun while learning. She asked to play a little longer this morning and for me that was A-Okay!
Be sure to check them out at their awesome website below and shop their Amazon link to start learning today!
Amazon Plugo Count
One of the things I remember most about this time of the year is the shamrock shakes from MC Donald’s. I didn’t really eat there often, but my mom always took me to get one of these yummy green shakes for St. Patrick’s Day! Gosh I loved these! There was something so exciting about the green shake and whipped cream, it was just so delicious. As a grown up I still crave these yummy treats and want my daughter to experience them too. As you know we have eliminated food dye in our home when the New Year began so I needed to be creative and make these shakes at home. I bought all of the ingredients and decided to make a shake for my girls and an extra special one for Mama! Mom life is hard work, so we deserve a little treat at the end of the day. There is nothing wrong with a little boozy ice cream every now and then. So I made a little mommy and me shamrock shake and they were a hit! I am in love with the all natural food dyes from McCormick. We are able to still make fun treats at home and keep our diets in check. I also was able to give our shakes a minty flavor too! I hope you love these as much as we do !
Vanilla Ice Cream
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
blue & yellow all natural food color ( or you can use green)
sprinkles ( optional)
🙂 Baileys for the Mamas!!!!
Blend Ice cream, milk, coloring in blender. Add extract & food coloring. ( for the mamas this is where you can add the baileys too!!! ) Blend and pour into and adorable cup or mug! Top with whipped cream, sprinkles, cherry, anything you want! Enjoy!!!
Mamas… You will want to make these boozy shakes all of the time… with mint or no mint…. Yummmmmmmmmy!
St. Patrick’s Day is all about tradition. That yummy corned beef and cabbage dinner that tastes delicious but takes hours to make. I have decided to make a version of that meal that tastes amazing, is fun to eat, and can be made in 30 minutes, or even faster if you are pressed for time! This fun nacho treat is a great play on an old classic meal. I made homemade chips because I was dying to use my new mandoline slicer my mom bought me for Christmas, but I have a few time saving tricks up my sleeve to save you time too! If you are not the type to slice your own potatoes you can go to your local grocery store and pick up store made potato chips. We love the potato chips from our local Stew Leonard’s! You can also use french fries too! Instead of cabbage I made a quick homemade coleslaw! If you are pressed for time your deli counter will have awesome varieties of coleslaw to choose from. You can pick up a small container while you grab the shaved corned beef at the deli. These short cuts will help you decide if you will have this meal on the table in under 30 minutes ( from scratch ) or 15 minutes ( with short cuts)! Either way I can promise you this will be a favorite, especially with the hubby’s!
1-2 white potatoes washed and sliced thin
shredded corned beef
shredded swiss cheese
shredded cheddar cheese
*** Fry potatoes in a deep frying pan on stove in vegetable oil on med- high heat. Look for them to be golden brow. Let dry on paper towels and add salt when hot. While potatoes are frying slice and cook onions in oil. Slow cook then till golden brown in a 1 teaspoon of oil. Once golden brown add shredded corned beef. Cook till slightly crispy. Assemble potatoes on sheet pan add shredded cheese, meat & onions, more cheese and broil. Take out of oven and add coleslaw and scallions. I added chips on top for more crunch!
*** If you decide to buy chips skip the frying step and start with onions and corned beef. Assemble same way and broil. Top with store bought coleslaw and scallions!
** Coleslaw Recipe
1 bag coleslaw mix
2 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp sugar
2 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon mustard
1 teaspoon celery salt
Salt & Pepper
1/2 cup mayo
2 tablespoon onion powder
Mix all ingredients except coleslaw mixture together in a bowl till mixed well. Add coleslaw mix.
Just when I thought we were in the clear and spring was right around the corner… the flu decided to stop by our home. It was a normal day in our household. We were shopping, doing our normal routine, but things seemed a little off. Sophia was acting out like crazy. Her tantrums were so frequent, I personally wanted to cry. I could not understand what was wrong with her. She would be angry one minute and cry the next. I kept asking her if she didn’t feel well, but she kept saying she was fine. Later on that day she said she was cold, but to my surprise there was no fever in sight. I never dreamed what was coming within the next several hours. As bedtime came Sophia started to look sick. She just wanted to go to sleep which is not her usual behavior. I felt her head and she was warm. I gave her some medicine and we went to bed. During the night she got very sick. The next several days were awful. As a parent you worry so much about everything. One of the worst things is seeing your children sick. Sophia was sicker than I think we have ever seen her. Just as she started to turn a corner, Priscilla started to get sick and the viscous cycle began again. The high fevers, stomach sickness, and cough are just awful. The flu this year doesn’t seem to care if you have the flu shot or not… it will visit you either way. My husband and I have tried to do our best to stay healthy, but he too fell victim to the flu this past few days. I don’t know when the last time I slept was, or if I have sat down more than 10 minutes at a time. I am beyond thankful that we seem to be on the end of the sickness, and we are all OK. I have joked about being the last man standing because I am the only one not sick. I do not know if its luck, the fact that I am loading up on elderberry syrup, or if it just hasn’t hit me yet, but I am going to pray I stay healthy. I think all moms can agree with me when I say, we just don’t have time to be sick. I have one thing to say to the Flu of 2019, thank you… Next!
This weekend I decided to do a little DIY decorating project in my kitchen! I love to write out my weekly dinner menu and have it displayed in our kitchen. I have always had it on my dry erase board, but I just needed more room. I had this great idea to repurpose an old picture frame and create a fun space on my kitchen wall. It was either going to turn out amazing or… I was going to be calling our painter for help. My husband helped me to pull the wood frame off an old picture and spray paint it sage green. I then painted the section of the wall in the kitchen with chalk board paint. This was the part I was nervous about. I knew that if it didn’t work, it would be hard to cover up. I had a vision, so I went with it. The paint dried and we hung the frame over the chalk board painted wall section. It looked perfect! Now I just need to plan my menu for the week and get to grocery shopping! This week we are giving up eating out as a family! Eeek that’s a whole lot of meal planning for this mama! Stay tuned for my upcoming blog post on our family lent sacrifice and my 40 days of meal planning!!!
Happy Peanut Butter Day Y’all !!!!!!
Today we made these adorable homemade candy treats!!!! It was so much fun to make and even more delicious to eat! The girls helped me to unwrap the Hershey kisses and fill the silicone molds. This was a fun afternoon activity that you can do for any holiday or special event in your home. The recipe is super simple and can be swapped out with other ingredients too! Today we used peanut butter to recreate my favorite candy, the peanut butter cup for Peanut Butter Day!
Hershey Kisses ( or any melting chocolate)
2 teaspoons coconut oil
I melted the chocolate and coconut oil in a saucepan stirring constantly. You fill the mold half way and freeze for at least 15 minutes or until hard. Add a small amount of peanut butter to each one and cover with remaining chocolate. Freeze till completely hard. Enjoy!!!!!!!!
* you can also use cupcake liners
Ok! When do we find the time to get it all done! I am a stay at home mama of two toddler girls! I am also a mom with a side hustle… that’s a silly name for a side business. I love being a momtrepreneur. It is something that makes me feel important and empowered. I have a great mom blog where I share stories, review awesome products, and share reviews for my followers. In between working my two jobs, Mom & Momtrepreneur, I need to keep the house running. I find myself doing a balancing act daily. In the mornings I am running through the house cleaning, doing laundry, and making breakfast while the girls play. We have fun in our house so of course it doesn’t stay clean for long. After lunch is nap time, also known as work time in our house. This is when my oldest daughter has quiet time on her iPad and mommy works on the laptop. I use these two precious hours to blog, answer emails, look for potential collaborations, and connect with followers. There is a fine line I walk running my business on social media and not being glued to my phone all day. I really utilize nap time and night time to get work done. After nap and work time is over its time to have snack and play. We normally make crafts or play play – dough. Some days we even bake a yummy snack. I am sure you have seen our cooking shows on IGTV. In our home there is always something crazy and exciting going on. This is just a normal day. I haven’t even told you about the days we have special events like Taekwondo or gymnastics. There are school days and play dates too! It is crazy to be a mom who tries to juggle it all. When do you find time to get it all done in a day? Do you have a crazy schedule like I do that works for you? I find that if I don’t have some sort of method to my chaos I will go insane? By the end of the day I am exhausted… but I feel accomplished! I want to make my girls proud of me and one day aspire to be a strong woman too!
Do you drink enough water?!? Gosh I know it’s hard to get your daily water intake throughout the day. I am constantly hounding my husband about how much water he is drinking. For my migraine condition it is a must for me to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. I found the golden rule from many years of research is to drink half of your body weight in water in ounces. So if you weigh 150lbs you would drink 75 ounces of water. Makes sense right? It’s super easy to get your water in if you get a water bottle that holds the perfect amount you need daily and you fill it first thing in the morning. You can sip on your water all day and by the end you will be finished. I find I fill my water again throughout the day. I really only like to drink coffee, tea, water, and seltzer. I don’t drink any other normal beverages. This is obviously not counting my love for wine!!!! I find when I get in my daily water intake I feel so much better. My headaches are lessened, my face is clearer, I snack less, and I have more energy. I think it’s a simple thing anyone can add to their day to better their health! You can start right now! Just remember take your body weight and divide it in half! That’s how many ounces you should drink a day!!!!! Now go buy a really cute water bottle to hold that water!!! My secret tip!!! I add in 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to my water!!!
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Oh hey over there! I see you! You are the mom in the pajama pants with your hair in a messy bun with God only knows how much dry shampoo inside. You are on your countless number of coffee for the day just waiting until the appropriate hour to have a glass of wine. Your kids have been up since the crack of dawn and one was up at least once the in the middle of the night. You have cleaned your kitchen and washed the dishes three times already and its only lunch time. Yes I say I see you, because I am you! We work so hard to be that great mom, wife, CEO of the household… but there are days when we have done all we can to not lose our sh*t. I find myself in this spinning out of control mindset and some days I wonder am I the only mom out there on the verge of losing it? We smile through potty training and sing songs while wiping butts. We cut sandwiches into shapes to make meals seem more exciting. Craft time is a must and we have to fill every hour with something fun. Have you ever thought about how many hours there are in a day? A-LOT! Just when the day is starting to come to an end… its time to make dinner. Gosh to think about what I will make is always a challenge. Some days I have a plan and its neatly written on my dry erase board. Other days I throw a *hail mary* and hope my husband is so hungry he will just love it. After all the clean up is over for the day and I finally sit down I get the burning question of ” why do you look so tired”? ! I think that is when I could cry, I think that is when I do cry. Every single emotion felt throughout the day mixed with pure exhaustion comes out. So as I say to the moms out there… On the verge of losing it… I see you! We are all going through this thing called motherhood together. It is probably the hardest, most tiring, and rewarding thing we will ever do… but at least we are in it together.