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Monday, May 22, 2017

A Cap, A Gown, A 1st Grader

Last week we celebrated a close of the school year with seeing Jude "graduate" from Kindergarten.  The day was so much fun.  He felt very special and grown up in his cap and gown and now he is moving on to bigger and better!  


In 2015, Jeremy and I made the decision that we would be "holding" Jude back a year in Preschool to allow him some extra growing time before moving on to Kindergarten.  While there has been some days that I wondered if we did the right thing, at this point we are so encouraged with our decision to make Jude older in his class.  Jude has grown both emotionally and educationally.  He is so ready for 1st grade and he is going to do great!

That being said, I do foresee him having some struggles as he goes through school due to his size.  Jude is about a head taller than all of the kids in his class!!  Crazy!!  But, it was a great learning year for him!  His class for Kindergarten was a class of 10 boys!  JUST BOYS!  That was a great experience for him and his buddies. 


After the graduation ceremony we headed to Cold Stone for an ice cream celebration!  I find it so hard to believe that we will be jumping into grade school routines in just a few months!  I know everyone says this but...It goes so FAST!!  In about a month he will be 7!!  AHH!!  Not possible. 


Congratulations Jude!!  We are so proud of you!!  


Did your kiddos have any end of the school year celebrations?


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Toe-Tally Awesome Teacher Gift

Hard to believe that we are already at the end of the school year, it really did go super fast.  The last couple of weeks have been insanely busy for our family so my creative brain has not been up to par but I was able to put together some fun teacher gifts that I believe the kid's teachers will enjoy.  

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Thanks For Being A Toe-Tally Awesome Teacher  DIY Teacher Gift


This little gift bag is packed full of some fun treats for teachers that need a little treat.  

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Materials Needed:

Nail polish - I put three bottles in each bag
Large colorful nail file
Gift card - I added a Starbucks gift card
Clear medium treat bags
Twine 
Free printable 



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Directions:

1.  Place all nail polish, the nail file and the gift card in the clear bag. 

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2.  Prepare the printable by having your child sign the back of the card and cut out each card. 

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3.  Punch a hole in the top of each card. 

4.  Tie each bag closed with twine and add the card to the twine.  

5.  Hand out to each teacher on the last day of school!


Download the FREE printable card HERE.

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What creative end of the school year teacher gift did your kiddos hand to their teachers this year?


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Watch Us Grow With Mott's Applesauce!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mott’s®. All opinions are mine alone.


People say it all the time, "You are growing like a weed!"  Well, I am finding that to be the truth with both of my kids.  It is no surprise that they are both tall for their ages and we fully expect both of them to be taller than us!  Now, we understand that just growing in height doesn't mean they are healthy, which means we have also made sure that as they continue to grow we are being conscious about their eating habits to promote health. 


Packing lunches and snacks for your children can be difficult at times.  I think as parents we often run to the easy and convenient but a lot of the times those options are not healthy options. Mott's get it.  We are busy but do not want to hand our kids terrible snack options.  

Every weekend when I head to Walmart to do my grocery shopping I make sure I pick up a few Mott's Applesauce products for those busy on-the-go days and also for Jude's lunches.  Both Jude and Teagan especially like the Mott's Unsweetened Strawberry Applesauce pouches. 



The Mott's Applesauce products are not just for the kids either, I promise you, I take an applesauce cup to work for lunch every day!!  Cold applesauce has to be one of my very favorite snacks!  Yummy!  

Mott's has created a whole line of unsweetened applesauce products and great 100% juice pouches that I am happy to have my children enjoy.  I know that they are getting great nutrients from these healthy snack choices.  Mott’s is full of real fruit goodness and is an excellent source of vitamins to help our kiddos start strong and grow strong!


To help celebrate growing, Mott's and Walmart want to give all of us an opportunity to see the healthy growth in our kiddos.  We love our new Mott's growth chart!  It is full of great colors, characters and facts!  Love it!  We placed our growth chart on the back of the bedroom door.  


Jude is almost as tall as the red kangaroo!!  So fun!  I believe that Jude is going through a growth spurt now, so it will be interesting to see how much he grows over the next few months.  Soon, he will be off of the growth chart!!  


Here’s How You Get Your Growth Chart:

1) Buy $10 worth of Mott’s Juice or Sauce at Walmart.  Offer excludes Mott's Fruit Snacks.

2) Register for the offer on the Mott's website. 

3) Upload receipts on the Mott's website beginning now thru 9/15/2017.

4) The growth chart will be mailed to your home once receipts have been verified.


Easy right?  So easy!  And this growth chart is a great quality chart that is really easy to apply to any surface. 


Teagan was pretty surprised that she was as tall as a Bengle tiger!  I am excited to see how much our little lady will grow.  We recently noticed that some of her summer dresses are bit short, guess that means she is growing!!  

When you head to Walmart you will find Mott's 100% Juice in the juice section and the Mott’s sauce items in the apple/fruit sauce sections.  Stock up and then redeem your receipts so you can start having fun with this great Mott's Growth Chart!  Get Growing!



No matter the occasion, Mott's helps your kids be healthy, whether it's school lunches, daytime snacks, or family meal time.  

#WatchMeGrow

Who would you send this Mott's Growth Chart too?

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Using Kidfresh Meals For An Easy Night Out

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KidfreshFavorites #CollectiveBias


I may share a ton of family friendly and delicious recipes with you all but the honest truth is that most of the time I am searching for a great meal option for the kids that is full of convenience, packed with hidden nutrition and something my kids enjoy.  Life gets busy and when the kids get hungry they do not play nice with mommy!  HA!  So, I have started stocking up on Kidfresh Frozen Meals that are the perfect option for any day that I just need a break but still have to do that whole parent thing and feed my kids.    

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These frozen meals come in some of my kids very favorite meal options but these meals are not your typical frozen convenience meals.  These meals keeps your kids' nutrition in mind but the flavors are totally kid friendly.  They are made with up to a half of a cup of hidden veggies in every Kidfresh meal!!  That is so perfect for my son, he is not a veggie eater.  

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 My kids love when I tell them they can look in our freezer and decide which Kidfresh meal they would like me to make for them.  I love that these meals are not only convenient but they are really reasonably priced and come in both singe-serving options as well as multi-serve meals.   Teagan is my chicken gal so she usually goes for one of the chicken options but Jude is really into trying new things so he has enjoyed a number of these Kidfresh Meals, including the fantastic fish sticks!

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Now, before you give me the side eye, let me be clear.  Like you, I am always leery of any EASY frozen meal options for both my kids and me!  But I love knowing that these Kidfresh
options are created with the help of a top chef and a pediatric nutritionist! Plus the Kidfresh meals are consistent with USDA dietary guidelines for all children. That is great news! Finding food items for our kids that we can trust and know do not contain artificial flavors or ingredients as well as no synthetic colors or preservatives and have short and clean ingredient lists means we can worry about one less thing in this parenting game.  Kidfresh for the win!!


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There is such a wide variety of Kidfresh frozen meals for you to choose from.  All of them take less than 4 minutes to prepare and they will fit right into your family grocery budget because they are all priced between $2.99 and $3.99!  

Kidfresh meals available:
  • Single Serve: Wagon Wheels Mac + Cheese, Spaghetti Loops + Meat Sauce, Muy Cheesy Quesadillas
  • Multi-serve meals include: Super Duper Chicken Nuggets, Mighty Meaty Chicken Meatballs, Fun-Tastic Fish Sticks
  • Sides include: Totally Rockin’ Tots and SuperBlastin’ Bites

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So there you have it, our love for Kidfresh Frozen Meals is out!  And if you ever come to my house, I can guarantee you will find an assortment of these beauties in my freezer.  That being said, they are the perfect item to keep on hand to insure that you and your partner can have an easy date night out.  I know, you want to know HOW!!??  

Here's the secret, call up your favorite babysitter and get them on your calendar for a much needed date night.  Next, stop at your local King Soopers and stock up these kid approved Kidfresh Frozen Meals and the print out this super fun "Babysitter Notes" printable.  

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Once you do all of this, sit down and fill out your printable with your date night out details.  Make the sitter happy and make sure those Kidfresh meals are ready for an easy dinner for the kids while you are away.  Seriously, it works.  It allows the kids to choose their meal, they are happy!  Plus the sitter has a super easy dinner option while she is watching your crazy bunch!  She deserves that!  


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Make sure you save this fun printable for those upcoming date nights.  It will not only keep your sitter informed and happy but you will feel better about walking out the door with a very informed sitter!  

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For a limited time at Kroger and Kroger family of stores you can save at least 15% off the everyday retail price at Kroger! This is the time to stock-up, these Kidfresh meals can be found in the single serving frozen meal section of your Kroger store


Which Kidfresh Frozen Meal would your kids like to try?

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