I’m Skinny Not Healthy, But I’m Getting There

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When I mention to people that I want to start working out or that I am so out of shape they always refer to my weight and say You don’t need to loose weight.

I know that and the funny thing is I didn’t say I did, I said I was out of shape and I am.

I mentioned I was not healthy and I am not. I am not in shape, I do not have enough energy and I could improve on my diet. So I am doing something about it. I have started going to the gym. I am being more conscious of what I eat and I am making my health a priority because I do not have perfect health. I have Graves Disease and that is not going away. I have treated it and I am managing it but I need to be proactive about it.

As a mom I put my health last, I mean way, way, way down the line. If my child has a sniffle then we are at the doctors yet I can hardly make time for a well check up yearly for myself. Today the face of health insurance is changing and one of the things I appreciate is the push for a healthy lifestyle. Many health insurance companies reward healthy choices like well check ups, flu shots and other healthy lifestyle choices. If you can’t find the motivation to do it for yourself then do it to save money on your health insurance. UnitedHealthCare has put together a series of videos helping explain all aspects of health insurance so you can be a smart consumer like this one on ways to Save on Health Insurance.

 

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I need a push sometimes and thank goodness for my friends. We have been meeting 4-5 mornings a week at 5 am at a local gym to work out. We grab elliptical machines side by side and pass the time catching up. As a busy mom I love that I am meeting two needs at once I am taking care of my health and my sanity! Even though I am getting up an hour earlier each day I have more energy, more patience and am generally happier. My caffeine intake has gone down and I am less likely to grab junk food as it kills that healthy buzz I have going after a great workout.

Health insurance is not cheap so do your research, figure out what providers work best for you and what doctors and facilities give you the best care and cost combination. Educating yourself can feel overwhelming and I admit I let my husband handle all that but you can learn your facts by checking out these 5 Myths about Health Care as well as these Tips for Shopping for Healthcare.

Quick & Easy Essential Oil Lotion

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Essential Oils are quickly becoming a staple in my house, they have so many great uses and they smell amazing. Recently I realized that I could combine my favorite lotion with my favorite oils to not only soothe my irritated skin but also get the added benefits of essential oils. Nivea is amazing for dry skin and you only need the tiniest amount and it goes a long way, much like essential oils.

I picked up this tiny tin of Nivea Creme for just $1 and was able to make 3 different essential oil lotions out of it because you don’t need a lot and it goes really far.

 

quick and easy essential oil lotion

Quick & Easy Essential Oil Lotion

 

Take 1 drop of your favorite essential oil and ad it to a teaspoon size amount of Nivea Creme, really work it together in your hands and then apply.

For a calming lotion I added 1 drop of lavender.

For energy, to soothe my headaches or when my little one has a fever 1 drop of peppermint oil is great.

For muscle relief after an intense workout I add 1 drop of PanAway essential oil

 

There are many other oils you could mix to give you the perfect scent including Joy Essential Oil or Peace & Calm Essential Oil all of these will give your skin relief as well as your senses with these great smelling oils.

I love that my favorite lotion now comes in my favorite essential oil scents and it just cost $1 for a small tin that goes a long way. Keep the tin and your favorite oil in your purse for instant essential oil lotion on the go.

If you are interested in learning more about Essential Oils and Young Living please email me thriftyandchic at gmail dot com I would love to help you as a distributor.

How I Survive Cold & Flu Season with 5 Kids

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Most of the time having 5 kids isn’t really that much more work than having 3, but when they are sick especially when they are all sick….. send help!

 

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Cold & Flu season is the worst, it seems like just as one gets better another one goes down. And when the kids are sick we can’t leave the house which can make for some very, very, very long days. When my kids are sick rest is the  best medicine, but how do you keep them still? I use the magic of Netflix!

Yes that is right I fully admit that when my kids are sick they get way too much screen time, especially if they have something really awful and really contagious. How else do you keep a child in their room while they hear siblings downstairs having fun?

I love Netflix because I can create age appropriate profiles for my kids, that means no adult movies will pop up in their feed for them to click on. We have a rule of no watching without asking and my kids are really good about this, I know because it takes all of 2 seconds to check the viewing history.

 

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In order to help my kids get better and keep us all sane I set them up in their room with a water bottle, a humidifier, some snacks and a tablet for Netflix. The great thing about Netflix is you can stream on up to 4 devices at once so if several kids are sick and they don’t want to watch the same thing, well we are covered for that. Or if I need to hide in my room with a video to unwind I can do that too.

My girls are animal lovers and right now they are loving all the animal themed video options on Netflix, here are just a few to keep in your back pocket for the next sick day!

Did you see the new Adventures of Puss in Boots, great new show your child has definitely not seen! If you go through all these and need more rest assured there are so many other great titles, that is what is so great about Netflix they have got you covered mama with lots and lots of commercial free sick day help! Just don’t forget to charge your device!

Beef & Scallion Stir Fry Recipe

beef and scallion stir fry

 

This is a new dish that turned out delicious and is really cheap to make. I am actually making this and the same thing but with chicken for my daughters party this weekend. It is inexpensive to feed lots of people which is great and just plain delicious!

Beef & Scallion Stir Fry

  • 8 ounces beef, london broil is a good cut, thinly sliced into bite sized pieces (or chicken)
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 1/2 TBL soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 10 scallions , thinly slice green part and dice white part
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas (thawed)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

 

beef stir fry

 

Make rice according to directions then chill in refrigerator. Mix together in a bowl beef and 1 TBS soy sauce. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat with 2 TBS vegetable oil. Add beef and cook for 2 minutes or until cooked through, remove from skillet. Reheat skillet with 1 TBS vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add to skillet red bell pepper, scallion whites and ginger. Cook for 2 minutes then add peas. Move veggies off to the side and add 1 tsp oil and the eggs ( beaten first). As eggs begin to set stir gently into veggie mixture. Add beef back into skillet along with sugar and 1 1/2 TBL soy sauce. Add rice to mixture and heat through. Add in scallions greens and serve.

Momzilla Reared Her Ugly Head… Now What?

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Sooooooo we have all been there, the moment we realize we are behaving in a way we are not proud of towards our kids. Whether we are yelling, or criticizing or whatever our particular form of Momzilla is when she shows up it isn’t pretty. Since my Graves Disease diagnosis I have found that my trigger to becoming Momzilla is much lower than it used to be and for me that is not going to fly.

I have 5 kids and I adore them, I want to be the best possible mom to them but reality is when all 5 kids ban together against me it can be hard to be kind, loving and patient like I want. So I have taken steps to stop Momzilla in her tracks whether I heard her footsteps as she comes down the hall or she actually showed up I can turn it around and send Momzilla back to where she came from.

Here are the tricks I use to banish Momzilla and be the mom I want to be, even on the most trying of days.

Stop and Smell the Oils -

Whether you are an essential oil user or not scents can have powerful effects on people. For me Stress Away from Young Living is what works. When I feel the stress creeping in I take a moment to roll on some essential oil, take a few deep breaths and relax. The combination of removing myself from the situation and the soothing smell of the oils can be a huge help for me, I especially love this trick for stopping stress before it takes over.

 

Shake it Off -

Oh yes I did reference Taylor and this song has done wonders in improving my mood. When things are getting tense especially with my little ones we crank some upbeat tunes and dance and even sing along. You can’t help but smile when you are letting loose, have the kids join in and turn the day around for everyone. I LOVE my Jabra SOLEMATE Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker
for this as I can have instant room filling tunes wherever I need them!

 

Connect -

Sometimes we just need to connect to another adult, text your husband, text a friend, if you can even take time for a phone call. This is the perfect way to remove yourself from the stressful situation or get a second opinion on how to handle it.

 

Put on a Video and Retreat -

Desperate times call for desperate measures. If Momzilla is refusing to be banished then settle your kids safely with a distractor like a video and give yourself a break. Whether you lay on the couch with them and close your eyes or you sit in another room and escape into a book or grab a few moments of quiet prayer and reflection, it is important to acknowledge your limits as a mom.

We all have limits, it is not a flaw or weakness but a fact.

 

Momzilla tends to show up more often if I am overtired and not eating well. When I take care of myself by getting sleep, exercising and eating right then I am much less likely to fly off the handle. So I am doing my best just like every other mom out there to be present, loving, encouraging, kind and engaged with my kids. And when I fail I will do these things to get back on track.

To all the other mamas doing battle with Momzilla HANG IN THERE! You are doing better than you think!

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Giving the Gift of Sleep and Helping a Family in Need

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I love to give to others, it is one of my absolute favorite things to do and every year around Christmas time my passion for giving and my work with amazing brands lines up to do some really great things. This year, once again, Pampers allowed me to play Santa for a deserving family and I loved every minute of it.

The moment Pampers reached out to me asking if I was interested in teaming up with them I knew exactly who I would gift. I had recently heard of a local family in desperate need. The mom has just had baby number 7 via c section and dad was very ill with a stomach tumor and unable to work. Some women I know where reaching out to everyone they could asking for help and I had already sent groceries and diapers, but I wanted to do more.

 

Pampers generously provided me with diapers, wipes, a Sleep Sheep, a blanket and $100 to purchase more items for this family. I reached out to the mom via email and asked her what she really needed for the baby to help make life easier right now and she told me a swing. Space is very limited for this family so she wanted the tiniest swing possible, but a safe place to put baby and keep her happy was a real need.

Portable swings are small but they are junk and not nearly as comfortbale as a full size baby swing, I wanted a real swing just in a smaller size. I found the Fisher-Price Power Plus SpaceSaver Cradle ‘n Swing and it even came with the option to plug it in meaning they did not need money for batteries all the time… SOLD! So I purchased that swing with the money from Pampers for the family and then like a little kid I got giddy with excitement, thank goodness for 2 day shipping!

 

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Next I reached out to the amazing couple who owns the Chick-fil-A location on  Sawmill Rd. in Columbus, Ohio the Siktberg’s. I asked them to help me out with a hot meal thinking I would pick up sandwiches for the family as a nice treat. Well they went above and beyond providing catering with tons of chicken, fruit, cookies and sweet tea, it was such a treat.

I was able to deliver all these items to a very grateful family and a week later I got a  picture of the sweet baby girl in her new swing!

Thank you so much to Pampers for loving all babies and thank you for allowing me to be the one to deliver your personal message of love to this little girl and her family.

And thanks to Chick-fil-a and the Sitkberg family for your generosity.

7 Snow Day Boredom Busters for Kids

7 snow day boredom busters for kids

 

It’s that time of year here is Ohio and we already had our first snow day! While our backyard is perfect for sledding, your kids can only sled or play in the snow so many times before they get bored and if your snow day is due to freezing temperatures then kids must sty indoors. Here are a few ways that I attempt to keep my kids from getting too bored and going stir crazy on snow days.

 

1. Dance party, we turn up the kids favorite music and dance and sing along. This is a great way to tire the kids out too. Join in yourself and burn a few calories, you can even add a hairbrush  microphone and costumes!

 

2. Have an indoor picnic. Doing ordinary things in different ways is always fun for kids so lay down a blanket for snack time, lunch time or every meal for a day and enjoy a fun indoor picnic.

 

3. Edible art, this takes creativity since you can’t go get supplies so far we have built marshmallow and icing towers, painted with frosting (yogurt is healthier but we are out), made pretzel and icing creations and made soft pretzels in all kinds of fun shapes, this soft pretzel recipe is easy and delicious.

 

4. Bring snow inside in a bucket and make snow creations before it melts. We lay down beach towels and use big bins (think the ones you store clothes in) and let the kids build with the snow before it melts. If you have a water table that is great for indoor snow play too.

 

5. Bake cookies, who doesn’t love fresh cookies and my kids love to help bake.

 

6. Arts and crafts ( thankfully I have a stocked arts and crafts bin) we are making valentine’s but you can also create Tear Art Books.

 

7. Build a fort with chairs, and blankets and pretend play

 

Those are 7 ways we beat cabin fever and enjoy our snow days, when all else fails mom puts on a video!

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What Have I Gotten Myself Into…

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Well I put it in writing so now I am stuck following through, I said my goal for 2015 was fitness. In my zest for being fit and having an overabundance of energy to chase my kids I agreed to try out a thing called ClassPass.  So what exactly is ClassPass? It’s exactly what it sounds like a pass to take classes.

ClassPass is a fitness start up that helps people discover the best fitness classes in their city.  For $99/month you are able to visit unlimited classes at multiple studios.

The idea is quite brilliant especially if like me you have never taken an organized fitness class before and have no idea what is a good fit. Because I take my job seriously I am trying out the ClassPass which means I signed up for a class, Pure Barre to be exact.

Did I mention I am really, really, really out of shape. I am thin but not in shape. My muscle tone is pathetic and this class is an hour long. As my husband candidly pointed out… WHY ON EARTH WOULD I SIGN UP FOR A 1 HOUR CLASS!!!

So if I disappear from social media entirely at 7 pm tomorrow night and never return you know what happened to me… PureBarre killed me. BUT on the off chance I survive I am excited to try out other classes too although I probably won’t schedule a second class to try until 24 hours after the first so I can accurately gauge just how brutal a beating my body took.

On the up side I fully plan on getting my monies worth and will be well on my way to fitness and health for 2015 by the end of January! Wish me luck and any tips are welcome!

ClassPass is currently available in Columbus, NYC, Boston, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle, San Diego, Portland, Dallas and Austin.You can even workout in ANY city on ClassPass Flex.

New Year Means New Stuff Like Mom Confessions

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My life is kind of ridiculous

I mean I am 32 years old and I have 5 kids under the age of 9

Oh and all 5 are girls

And yes we have a dog she is a super spazzy bipolar Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier… who is also a girl

You can stop feeling bad for my husband right about now because he ADORES having girls, but you can pity me just a little bit because well girls=drama and lots and lots of big feelings.

So why am I telling you all this, well I decided this year my blog is going to embrace even more the things that make me uniquely me. When I started blogging years ago I didn’t use my name or my location, I feared the internet. Then my kids faces but no real names. Well now it is all out there, I mean I was on the local new recently soooo that’s that.

Well one of the big things I have not really spoken about on my blog is big family living, in case you haven’t realized it yet I am a bit of a freak show with all my kids and THEY ARE ALL GIRLS!!! I admit I get a teeny tiny (ok a whole lot) of satisfaction when people meet me sans kids and I drop that bomb. If they are holding an alcoholic beverage they almost always ask me to repeat thinking they are more drunk than they realized. Yes I get a twisted satisfaction of not looking like a hot mess even though I have an insane number of kids.

Reality is there are a lot of big family haters which is so stupid I don’t hate you for having 1 or 2 kids what do you care how many kids I have?

And then there are SO MANY STEREOTYPES! So in my insane effort to not ever meet any of them I may be a bit obsessive about looks and behavior in public because if you have 5 kids and they are running amuck EVERYONE let’s you know what a terrible mom you are. When you only have 1 they give you pitying/sympathetic looks.

So that brings me to this long and rambling post ( thanks for hanging in there) that is all to tell you I love reading about other big families and how they really live and survive and deal with the insanity and so I have decided to throw caution to the wind and ignore the big family haters and I will be sharing more about my reality as a mom of 5 girls… you have been warned!

Now excuse me while I blog until the wee hours while my kids kind of sort of sleep and I eat Little Debbie heart cakes, but don’t tell my kids because I will change the subject and avoid admitting I ate then while they slept because I am an awesome mom!

Here’s to 2015 and some juicy mom confessions!

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Fun, Fitness and Relaxation: Goals for 2015

2015 goals

Yes those are my 2015 goals and in that order. I realize they are a bit non-traditional, besides the fitness one of course so let me explain. This past weekend my amazing husband played in a local concert called the Beatles Marathon, he joined a group of talented musicians to play every single Beatles song in chronological order non-stop… it takes about 12 hours! The event is super fun and super impressive, people come from all over to hear these talented musicians and I am proud of my husband for being one of them (ok gushing brag session over). This is where fun comes in. A girlfriend of mine went with me in the evening and at around 11:30 she looked at me and said this is what I need more of, fun. For 2015 my husband and I are going to have more fun together and it hit me I NEED MORE FUN TOO!

My husband and I focus so much time, energy and money into our kids we rarely have fun together. If we squeeze in a date night dinner out once every 3 months we are excited, but that is not enough. I don’t want to be one of those couples that looks at each other as a stranger when they become emptynesters. I don’t want to focus so much on my kids I neglect my marriage. Don’t get me wrong I have a great, strong marriage but we have let grown up fun together slip by the way side.

Well 2015 here we come ready for some fun, together, with other couples and yes as a family too!

Fitness, who isn’t trying to be in better shape for 2015 right? Well my baby is 13 months now so no more excuses. In the past Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred has been really good to me but I can’t seem to start it again so I am trying something new a ClassPass. These are new to the Columbus area but the idea is you have 30 days to try out all kinds of fitness classes, no limit, so you can figure out what works for you without wasting a bunch of money, I love the idea! Now I have to actually go to the classes, with any luck I will have kickstarted a great new workout routine by the end of the month.

Relaxation, ask any blogger, or mom for that matter, and they will tell you they have no idea how to relax anymore. There is always one more thing to do and that is why I am up until the wee hours EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Relax? I literally can’t remember the last time I gave myself permission to just sit and be, I just have too much to do. Well I need to relax or burnout is going to be something I wish for as it is way better than the extreme exhaustion, mental break I reach at the rate I am going. I am scheduling relax time into my schedule and forcing myself to take down time, even it is means things don’t get done because the reality of my life with 5 kids under 9 and working from home is there is never enough time so I am just stressing myself out.

 

So there you have it my goals for 2015. What are your goals for 2015?

Do you have any New Years Resolutions?

Homemade Christmas: Thumb Print Christmas Tea Lights

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This year we are having a homemade Christmas and that means the kids are making all of the gifts they give to every one on their list that means sisters, teachers and grandparents. This year teachers are getting Thumb Print Christmas Tea Lights and grandparents are too!

This simple craft is very easy to do and since the kids can do almost all the steps without help it is extra special for them to create it all by themselves. To make these cute candle holders you will only need a few things and most of it can be found at Staples ( yes I said Staples who knew right?)

Thumb Print Christmas Tealights

 

  1. Using washable poster paint have your child, using the thumb, place thumb prints all over the jar. The idea is you are making a string of Christmas lights, I find it helps the kids to be more strategic about placement if they understand the end result. Use several colors and make sure the pattern can easily be connected to look like a string of lights.
  2. Let dry at least an hour or overnight.
  3. Have child, using green paint and a brush, connect the thumbprints so it looks like a strand of Christmas lights.
  4. Let dry overnight then spray with clear coat and let dry another 24 hours.
  5. Use a permanent marker to date the bottom and if you do these again next year you can see how your kids have grown as the thumb print bulbs get bigger each year. Due to the spray paint clear coat I would not use real candles in these instead use LED candles.

 

thumbprint vase homemade

 

For a fun variation you can do this on a vase or first spray paint glitter on the jar and then do the thumbprints on top of the glitter coating. My girls are giving each grandmother a thumbprint case full of flowers on Christmas Day, the perfect festive holiday centerpiece.

 

thumbprint christmas vase

 

This post was sponsored by Staples, all opinions are my own.

 

How We Make the Holidays Extraordinary #PoppyCatUS

The following is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
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At our house we love Christmas and we celebrate a lot and in big and fun ways. It seems like once Thanksgiving hits every weekend is jam packed full of activities. Here a few of the fun ways we make the holidays extraordinary at our house.

 

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Cut your Own Tree: Every year we head out Thanksgiving weekend to a local tree farm with my husbands family to find the perfect tree. We enjoy wandering up and down the rows of trees searching for the perfect one and then when we find it, after the obligatory picture, daddy cuts it down. The tree farm has cute photo opps set up as well as a fire, hot cocoa and free candy canes, it’s a day we always enjoy!

 

gingerbread house making

 

Gingerbread Houses: Ever since I was about 3 years old my family has made graham cracker gingerbread houses every year (yes even when we were in college). It really is more of a candy eating feast but houses do get made and lots of fun is had.

 

Mia with Santa

 

Pictures with Santa: Our local library has Santa and Mrs.Claus available for pictures every year and we never miss it. Getting a picture with the exact same Santa each year is a big deal people plus they have cute crafts for the kids too!

 

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Columbus Zoo Wildlights Display: The Columbus Zoo puts on an amazing lights display that gets bigger every year. We make a point to go at least once if not more often as it is a magical night full of beautiful light displays!

 

When we are not doing these fun things, attending Christmas concerts or making Christmas treats my little ones need down time so they don’t get overwhelmed or too worn out. One of the ways my 3 year old loves to relax is playing games on the iPad a new favorite is the Poppy Cat app from Cosmic Forces. This app teaches kids the English and Spanish for all kinds of food found in the grocery store and it is so fun to hear my older kids help my daughter when she repeats the Spanish (our school starts Spanish in Kindergarten).

Poppy Group

Poppy Cat has become a favorite cast of characters in our house, be sure to catch the show on Sprout TV as the characters make everyday adventures extraordinary!

5 Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

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5 tips for safe holiday travel

 

It’s that time of year once again. The time when the roads get icier and snowier and more dangerous. It’s also the time of year that we are on the road more and for longer distances doing holiday road trips, to gather with family near and far. As a kid we took lots of road trips since we never lived in the same state as family and if there is one thing I learned from all that snow and ice travel is that no matter how prepared you are accidents can still happen, BUT if you are prepared you can keep a bad situation from getting worse. Here are my tips for safe holiday travel and hopefully using these you can have a happy holiday that is accident free, but if you do have an accident be sure to call AAA right away for roadside assistance (not a member well that is easy to fix!)

 

snowy road

 

 

5 Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

  • Pack an Emergency Kit: Be sure that you have an emergency kit packed in your car at all times that includes a blanket, flares, flashlight, jumper cables, sand or kitty liter, water and a snack. If you are stuck in the cold for a while it is good to have blankets and food and water while you wait. The flares will keep other drivers clear of your car, the flashlight will help you assess the situation and come sin handy when jumping a car at night and the sand or kitty liter is for traction to get your car unstuck!
  • Give Yourself Extra Time: Be sure to give yourself extra time, rushing on icy roads is never a good thing. Plan extra travel time, slow down extra early and just be extra careful in general.
  • Do One Thing at A Time: If you feel your car slipping do not panic and slam on the breaks. If you find that you are not getting good traction do one thing at a time. First brake, then turn, then accelerate slowly.
  • Buckle Up: It is so important to never unbuckle while in a moving car no matter what. Also make sure your kids are not wearing coats in car seats, instead warm up your car first and use blankets.
  • Warm Up The Car Outside: Outside the garage that is and away from open spaces.

STAY SAFE on the roads this holiday season!

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Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie

 

Your wedding may be long over but that doesn’t mean that those items off your registry can’t help you create fantastic holiday memories. Target has everything you need to create the perfect dish that is a fusion of your two personalities. This Thanksgiving I created a mouthwatering Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie for my family with the help of my amazing husband. Apple pie is my favorite pie and my husband he loves cinnamon rolls. As I created this dish for my family we had Christmas tunes playing in the background, my husband loves music and I love to bake two things we love that are different yet go together perfectly.

 

cinnamon roll apple pie close up

 

I opted to make my recipe simple and easy so that I could enjoy the holidays with family and not be standing in the kitchen baking when I could be in the family room talking and listening to music. I am in love with this adorable Nordicware Ceramic Pie Pan, it is perfect for taking straight to the table. The recipe turned out delicious with a cinnamon roll crust that was the perfect touch of cinnamon sweetness with the yummy apple pie filling. Serve it up with your OXO stainless steel pie server and plate it on colorful  Threshold Bistro ceramic plates for everyone to enjoy.

 

creating cinnamon roll apple pie

 

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Friends Are Worth Celebrating

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I never really stressed about friendships until I got older, maybe it’s because I have always been a bit of a loaner and it took having kids and the desperation that comes with motherhood for me to reach out to other moms. There is something really special about having a friend who truly gets you, a friend who you can tell anything and everything knowing you will get advice or comfort back but not judgement. That is what I wish for my girls, true and lasting friends and while I know they have that in each other, one of the many benefits of having all girls close in age, it is good to have other friends too. Two of my three girls who are school aged have found their group of friends but the third is still looking and I worry about her, about the fact that she has not found a true kindred spirit to bond with in anyone else yet. For now she has her sisters and that bond is deep and strong and wonderful to watch. Listening to my girls giggle together in a conspiratorial way melts my heart, it really is amazing.

Now that three of my girls are in school together I love hearing tales of the bigger sisters looking out for the younger ones on the playground and how they play together. It’s so great to see the special friendship bond they have as sisters in action outside of the home. This Thanksgiving not only am I thankful for family but I am also thankful for friends, in fact I think we will host a Friendsgiving so my girls can celebrate the great friends they do have. To get us in the mood for friendsgiving we will be enjoying some of our favorite tales of friendship. Right now the little girls are loving Veggie Tales and the dynamic duo of Bob and Larry. Fox and the Hound 2 is another great tale of friendship as is Clifford, all great shows you can stream on your devices thanks to Netflix.

 

sister hug kiss

 

Teaching kids to love others and value friendship from a young age is crucial. My almost 3 year old is just starting to understand friends and what friendship means and it is adorable. She loves to walk around listing all of her friends, my favorite is when she lists her cousins.

What about you, do you have some great friends in your life? Do your kids have great friends?