The Ultimate Guide To Going Back to School For the 1st Time 5 Tips for Parents

I am so excited to have Erin from Perfectly Port FamilyΒ join us today for a blog takeover! She has such a gift in keeping us mamas encouraged, and I know you will just love her. Erin is sharing her best tips for parents sending our kiddos back to school. As a mama, and former teacher, she has some great tips on how to help ease the transition.

I am also doing a guest post on Erin’s blog about easing the back to school jitters. Be sure to check it out here.

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Is your child heading back to school for the first time? Β 

Everyone is excited to gather up that list, shop for school supplies, and research all the options on how to take that perfect first day of school photo. Β However, your heart feels a bit tender at the thought. Β 

I spent years ushering weepy parents out the door of my classroom and then before I knew it, it was my turn to be that parent. If I could go back in time, this is what I would tell my tenderhearted self.

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Top 10 Skin Care Essentials For Busy Moms

So, I have to say that through motherhood, my daily makeup routine has had a major shift. Like it’s the bare bones minimum! With that I really try to focus on taking care of my skin with my skin care essentials.

You know like your mom told you to do, but you didn’t listen and went to bed with a full face of makeup on? πŸ˜‰

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10 Reasons Why You Are Handling Motherhood Like A Boss

You are probably saying to yourself, “Lady, I’m not certain of what this stain is on my shirt, and I possibly showered like three days ago. I am definitely not feeling like a boss of anything, let alone motherhood.” And, then you probably laughed and laughed.

I totally GET IT! I too have really long days that I feel like I am absolutely drowning!

Y’all, this motherhood thing is seriously tough. And, the best part is, you don’t actually understand the toughness until you go through it. YAY for us! πŸ˜‰

But, I am here to tell you, that you are in fact totally rocking this motherhood thing! So, sweet mama…let me give you 10 reasons why you are handling motherhood like a BOSS!

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Mommy Blogs You Should Be Reading

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Mommy blogs are the best, and I have to say that I absolutely love getting to be a mommy blogger!

That is why I was extremely honored, and excited to find out that Erin of Perfectly Port Family nominated me for theΒ Blogger Recognition Award. It feels so good to know that I am truly helping other mamas out there!

As part of the award, I was asked to answer two questions, and I also get to nominate some other mommy blogs that I am loving! Y’all, these sweet mommy bloggers keep me encouraged on the daily, and I am so excited for you to start reading their blogs too!

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5 Reasons Why I Will Never Look At My Husband The Same

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When my husband and I were first married, it was adventure filled bliss! We could travel at the drop of a hat, explore new places and eateries, catch a show whenever we wanted…and then ALL of that changed.

It was like a switch flipped, and there were no more impromptu dates, and there was certainly no last minute secretly planned trips to destinations unknown.

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10 Free Apps That Will Make You A Rockstar Mom

Did you know that there really is an app for that? πŸ˜‰ Seriously, there are some fantastic apps out there that help me to be a rock star mama on the daily! So, I am super excited to share with you 10 Free Apps that will make you rock motherhood!

Technology huh? Man it’s a fickle thing. One minute we want to monitor and cut down on screen time, the next we are praising the heavens for our sweet Instagram escape! Am I right? πŸ˜‰

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Lessons I Learned From My Anxious Child

So there we were. Our son standing on the edge of the pool, about to jump in, and it hit. He was having a total meltdown! I mean full on trembling, tears, snot…LOSING IT! I was helplessly watching my anxious child.

Now, he had jumped into the pool countless times before, but somehow this time was different. He was absolutely full of anxiety and fear over the thought of jumping.

I wish that I could tell you how patient I was, and that I deserved an award for being an awesome mommy during that moment. Unfortunately, that is not the case, but I did learn something from the experience… so there is that! πŸ˜‰

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The Best Gluten Free Snacks For Kids

Do you find yourself throwing your hands in the air and exclaiming ‘Where can I find the best gluten free snacks?’

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If you have a child that suffers from gluten intolerance, then you know how difficult it can be to find a good gluten free snack. As in it is actually tasty, doesn’t taste like cardboard, and your child will happily say ‘Thanks Mommy’! πŸ˜‰ That is why I am excited to share with you my top picks for Gluten Free Snacks For Kids!

When we first discovered our daughter was allergic to gluten, I scoured the internet and found a ton of homemade recipes. I got to work right away, and was honestly happy to do so! Anything for our babies…am I right?!?

But, let’s keep it real for a minute. After a few months, this mama needed a break.

Making absolutely everything from scratch is hard y’all, and God bless you mamas that can do it! I was in need of some serious help with my snack game.

So after much trial and error I have found what I think are the absolute best gluten free snacks. These are great for traveling in the car, a picnic, or just plain old snack time!

So if you have a gluten allergy or intolerance in your house, get your hands on these snacks today! You will thank me later! πŸ˜‰

Van’s PB&J Blueberry Sandwich Bars

The Best Gluten Free Snacks For Kids

Y’all these are really good! I even steal some for myself every once in a while. Shhh don’t tell anyone…it can be our secret. πŸ˜‰

Lance Gluten Free Sandwich Crackers

The Best Gluten Free Snacks For Kids

These come in a pack of 4. You get 2 boxes of cheddar cheese cracker sandwiches, and 2 boxes of peanut butter sandwich crackers.

These are also egg free, which is a double bonus for me because my son has an egg allergy.

Bare Natural Apple Chips

The Best Gluten Free Snacks For Kids

These apple chips are so delicious. They have a crunch that the kiddos will love, and are great for their little bodies too!

These come in a variety pack, and you will get Fuji, Reds, Cinnamon, and Granny Smith. These are a snack you can feel really good about! #MomWin

Glutino Gluten Free Bagel Chips

 

The Best Gluten Free Snacks For KidsI love a good bagel chip! I would feel horrible when my sweet baby would come up to me, and want one.

With these tasty Bagel Chips, I no longer have to keep my bagel chip munching on the down low!

Katz Gluten Free Powdered Donuts

The Best Gluten Free Snacks For KidsWho doesn’t love a good donut? These are seriously good!

I don’t even mean like good for gluten free good…I mean they are good! The whole family will love them. πŸ™‚

Enjoy Life Soft Baked Cookies

The Best Gluten Free Snacks For Kids

If you haven’t heard of Enjoy Life, you should definitely check them out. Their snacks are free from the Top 8 allergy offenders!

My daughter feels super special when she gets to have these as a special treat.

I am going to be honest here, and let you know they are a little on the pricey side. We do not eat these daily, so I feel like for the peace of mind the price is more than justified.

I hope that these snacks help you busy mommies out, and that your amazing kiddos enjoy them!

Do you have a kiddo with a food allergy? What are some of your go to snacks?

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5 Reasons Your Wife Needs To Go To Starbucks…Alone

Hey there guys! I want to speak to you for just a few minutes…it won’t take long, I promise. πŸ˜‰

So, we know that you do so much for us! You work hard, are a fantastic daddy to our littles, help with fixing things around the house, and are the bestest child wranglers EVER!

We appreciate all that you do for our family, and how much love you give to us every day.

I want you to take a minute and think about your lovely wife. Think about everything she does for you, and your family. Let that sink in for a minute.

She cooks the meals, tries her best to keep up with the never-ending housework, runs the errands so that no one starves, changes diapers, potty trains, takes the kiddos to all of their activities…the list could go on forever.

She is pretty amazing right?!?

Now let me ask you another question. When is the last time you were alone?

Was it a few minutes ago when you were in your car? Or perhaps in your office at work? Did you enjoy a leisurely lunch, and were able to catch up on the latest events?

Would you like to know the last time your wife was alone? The day before she went into labor with your first child. Okay that may be a slight exaggeration, but trust me the alone moments are few and far between.

Your wife needs a serious BREAK, and you are just the person to help her get one! And because you are so awesome I know that you will happily do this.

So give mama a break, and help her get her Starbucks on…ALONE!

In case you are hesitating, and wondering why, here are 5 reasons:

She needs to rock out in her car!

Do you know the last time your wife got to just belt it out, and listen to whatever music she wanted to? Yep, neither does she. πŸ˜‰

There are only so many nursery rhymes we can sing, sibling bickering that needs to be resolved, and snacks and sippy cups that can be tossed at our heads before we are seriously going to go cray cray!

Help us to have the opportunity to channel our inner Beyonce, and rock it like the fierce messy bun mamas that we are! Her soul will thank you.

She needs a breather!

There aren’t any real breaks in #Momhood. I mean seriously guys, they will find us…EV.ER.Y.TIME!

Bathroom? Nope they are in there with us. Shower? Laughable, my toddler just climbs in with me, and fully clothed I might add. Your wife may be able to sneak into the closet, but that will only last a few minutes at best.

We need a moment to just catch our breath, without having anyone asking Β us for anything…other than our order of course! πŸ˜‰

She needs her caffeine!

Guys, we have had a very long day and are beyond exhausted!

There is just something super special about those magical concoctions from Starbucks. I honestly believe they have special ingredients in their drinks that give us mommy superpowers.

It will help you!

This may sound a little crazy, but guys helping your wife to achieve fully caffeinated status alone will score you a ton of cool points!

I assure you, when she arrives back home, she will be recharged and refreshed. A teeny tiny vacay from being a mommy absolutely revitalizes us!

Assisting your wife with regular breaks will only strengthen your marriage! It’s a win win for everybody. πŸ™‚

She deserves it!

She has been knee deep in poopy diapers all day. She has cleaned up the same room 27 times today. She has washed 15 cups, because children have yet to figure out that they can in fact reuse the same cup. She doesn’t even remember the last time she had a full on leisurely shower.

Guess what? She does this all day, everyday, and happily I might add. She does this because she loves you and your family, AND because she is AMAZING!

So guys, do yourself a favor. Once you get home, tell that woman you adore to get the heck out of dodge and go enjoy some Starbucks…alone!

She will absolutely adore you for it!

Do you love Starbucks as much as I do? What is your favorite magical concoction? Follow me on Instagram,Β and tag me with your Starbucks break!

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This Mom’s Essentials For Backyard Summer Fun

During the summer months we spend a lot of time outdoors. Especially in our backyard.

I like to have plenty of games and fun for the kiddos to keep them from getting bored. When the kids are bored, no one is going to be happy!

It also gets incredibly hot where we live, as in living on the surface of the sun HOT! Staying cool while we play outside is a MUST!

So, me being me, I just have to share with you some of this mom’s essentials for backyard Summer fun!

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This outdoor inflatable bowling set by Kleeger is a ton of fun!

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

Y’all this set is perfect for the whole family! Even the smallest of children have an absolute blast. And trust me, you will want to join in on the action too. πŸ˜‰

If you have a swimming pool, or visit one close by, pool toys are a must! We are absolutely loving these Jellyfish Sinkers by Melissa and Doug.

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

These are perfect if you have younger swimmers, or a beginner swimmer. They are easy to spot, and they float down simulating an actual jellyfish!

Fun water play is a constant in our backyard. If you don’t have access to a pool, or even if you do, water guns are a sure fire winner!

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

This Nerf Super Soaker Breach Blaster is amazing! It is very easy to fill, and reaches long distances. The older kids, and maybe the adults too πŸ˜‰ , have so much fun playing with these. These will definitely keep you cool!

I am in love with this trampoline waterpark attachment!

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

Tell me this doesn’t look like the most amazing thing ever?!? This mama would be jumping for days!

Have you seen the new craze with crochet water balloons? These things are fantastic!

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

 

They are reusable, and eco friendly. No more hassle with filling up those pesky water balloons, and zero clean up!

If you happen to crochet there is a great pattern by Left In KnotsΒ here. If you would prefer to purchase the balloons, you can find them in my shop. πŸ™‚

Another favorite of ours, on those summer nights, is a backyard campfire. These Mystic Fire Colorant packs will turn your fire into a whole new thing!

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

These packs turn your fire into a rainbow of colors, and lasts for awhile. The kids will be amazed, and you will definitely be the talk of the neighborhood.

And while we are on the subject of campfires…can we just say S’mores?

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

These Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are perfect for little hands. They extend up to 34″, and come in 5 assorted colors in a pack. Perfect for keeping those ‘assigned’ skewers straight. πŸ˜‰

Our youngest has a slight obsession with bubbles. When I feel like taking our bubble time to the ‘next level’, I go with mega bubbles.

This Mom's Backyard Essentials For Summer Fun

Aren’t these the BEST?!? The kids just love the mega bubbles…okay maybe I do too. You can get the big bubble mix and wand here.

Now pardon me while I get my trampoline water park on!

What are some of your favorite things to do in the backyard during the summer?

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