Falcon Costume to complete our family costume theme

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Please note: I received an item featured in this post for review purposes. I received no additional compensation in exchange for my honest review. Halloween is our favorite time of the year! We plan our yearly theme well in advance. By in advance, I mean the boys have narrowed down what they want us (yes we dress up too) to be in November the year before. It's funny how I never really looked forward to dressing up in my pre-kid days. Now I love it! I love it because it's one of our many yearly traditions. This year they selected Captain America 2. The difficult part about planning in advance is that Halloween stores aren't year-round and costume stores are limited. However Costume Discounters saved the day with lots of costumes even some that are hard to find  Halloween Costumes. Comfort is the next concern once we decide on our family halloween costume theme. Muscle costumes are the best for my boys! Once Halloween is over the costumes go in their costume chest and being … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Macaroni and cheese Recipe

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I cannot lie I am a sneaky chef. Not just for my kids. There is nothing wrong with upping the nutritional factors of your favorites dishes no matter what age you are! Sweet potatoes use to be my go-to sneaky food. However when I developed an allergy to sweet potatoes, I had to get more creative. For some of my kids who don't like sweet potatoes, I think butternut squash actually blends in better for their taste preference. The next time you are looking for a healthy comfort food try this buterrnut squash macaroni and cheese! I know the box seems so much easy. However this is an inexpensive and indulgent  dish that feels those growing kids up without all the guilt. If your kids are not vegetable fans, I would start with the 1/4 cup butternut squash (or maybe less) without overwhelming their taste buds. It's amazing how adding a little bit at a time you can figure out your kids' limits. Alternatively feel free to use a combination like sweet potatoes and carrots or whatever works best … [Read more...]

Organize & Save for Back to School at Walmart #BTSLikeABoss

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My boys start school today! As a work at home mom, back to school time is bittersweet. I spend summer dividing my time between working, tidying, and spending quality time with my boys that I don't do it all as well as I would like. My boys are getting old enough that they are able to help out (and lucky me that they love to...most of the time)! This year my oldest starts middle school. I am trying to figure out how that happened! In the meantime, I know that that driving to a 2nd school and added events are going to make my life more complicated. I am determined to get organized. If you are anything like me, getting organized is easy. The staying organized part doesn't always happened. We are determined to stay organized this school year. Our current school has made my life easier with a supply fee paid upfront. While a supply fee makes my life easier, I still love to donate to the classroom. At meet the teacher night, Kleenex was the top request. We can all tell a difference between … [Read more...]

Yoplait Plenti Yogurt packed full of Goodness #LandofPlenti

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  I am the mom of 3 boys. We go through a LOT of food! The older they get (or the never ending growth spurts) keep us constantly working hard to keep the kitchen stocked. My oldest son is entering middle school this year. He is a runner like my husband and I as well as he's almost as tall as me! Teaching my kids to live an inside and out healthy lifestyle is so important. Part of teaching them to live a healthy lifestyle is teaching them that not all food is equal. We talk about how just because something has the same calories does not mean that fat, sugar, protein, etc... that it's the same. Yoplait Plenti yogurt is one of our new favorite anytime of the day treat that is wholesome and filling to keep us going longer! So what makes Yoplait Plenti {Plentiful Greek Yogurt} so different? Greek Yogurt with Whole Grain Oats, Flax, and Pumpkin Seeds mixed in 1:1 protein to sugar ratio (12g of each) Gluten Free Variety of flavors: blueberry, black cherry (my favorite), … [Read more...]

Running with Walgreens Balance Reward for Healthy Choices

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Please note: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RewardHealthyChoices #CollectiveBias Back to school time requires routine and keeping healthy essentials available. This year is a year filled with "1st"s! My oldest is starting middle school and my youngest is starting kindergarten. The thing about having 3 kids is that balancing their needs is important. Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices™ helps us keep track of our choices and even earn money for those choices!   Dylan is just like me. Sending him to middle school terrifies me since he is such a sensitive soul. We decided that we would encourage Dylan's love of running  (my husband & I are both runners). Teaching kids to have a support system and finding people with similar interests is important. I played sports as a kid but was not good. I might have been interested if I felt like I had any chance at getting better. Honestly I found … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Protein Pancakes for Complete Nutrition & Indulgence with EAS Complete Protein

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Please Note: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PowerInProtein #CollectiveBias Getting older hasn't been as easy I thought it would be. I think the hardest part of getting older has been the mental part. Dealing with the daily routine of 3 kids along with the death of parents and taking care of our surviving parents can take a toll on us. I have worked hard to replace my skinny physique with a stronger body that is able to be challenged. However I have dealt with the changes that come with motherhood and getting older. The secret to long-lasting solutions don't come in the form of a pill; However, there are certain products found at places where we regularly  shop Walmart that help us achieve more complete nutrition. EAS Complete Protein is something that makes complete nutrition easier. Making healthy choices for complete nutrition is important but don't forget to treat yourself too. Gingerbread Protein Pancakes … [Read more...]

DIY Mint Mojito Bath Salt Recipe

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Please note: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #ScottTubeFree #CollectiveBias Reducing our waste is very important to our household. We have been recycling and composting for as long as my boys can remember. Before the boys, I always made an effort when convenient. However everything changed when I had kids. I just want to teach them to be good people. I want them to be productive people working toward the greater good. I am always telling the boys that their actions speak louder than words and I want mine to also! It's interesting that we have been teaching kids what is recycle, compost, or trash in the kitchen yet missing the mark in the bathroom. I have been searching at Target for Scott Naturals new Tube Free toilet paper to help us feel that gap to be less wasteful. How do you green your bathroom? When I heard about Scott Naturals Tube Free, I was intrigued. Scott has been the brand of toilet … [Read more...]

DIY Apple Glass Cleaner

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DIY is my favorite way to save money & control the chemicals coming into the home. This apple glass cleaner made out of apple cider vinegar is a pleasant way to wipe up those adorable kid smears that are on the bottom half off all our windows & glass doors! Pour the apple cider vinegar and rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. We used a recycled detangler bottle. ~~~~~ Now add in the water. Place on spray top. Slightly shake to mix ingredients.  ~~~~~ This is what our mirrors usually look like with 3 kids... ~~~~~ When using the apple glass cleaner, fine spray misting works best to avoid streaks and easier wiping.  ~~~~~~ Apple Glass cleaner works wonders! Lucky for us ingredients are usually in the cabinet too!   Print DIY Apple Glass Cleaner Author: Natalie Z.   Here's an easy glass cleaner to limit cleaners with dangerous ingredients. Ingredients ⅛ cup each of apple cider vinegar & rubbing alcohol 1 cup water Instructions … [Read more...]

Shabby Apple for versatile vintage fashion

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Please note: This post was compensated with featured product. Fashion is all about representing your personality. Mine's is one of a kind! I love wearing vintage and vintage-inspired looks. I feel like I am living in the wrong fashion era. I am determined to make my style shine through no matter what I am doing. Shabby apple has some great options for me to do just that! Shabby apple has so many great options. They even have some great deals as well! I have a hard time shopping for myself. I tend to go shopping and come home with stuff for my boys! When I do shop for myself though, I don't necessarily look for the lowest price. I look for the best quality for the money! I am a thrift store shopper. However I find that it is really easy to come home with something that isn't quite what you thought it was. ~~~~~ What else guides you to pick clothing items that you will actually get life out of? We have talked about using quality rather than price as a guide for long-lasting style … [Read more...]

DIY Inside Out “I’m Feeling” Suncatcher #InsideOutEmotions

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Please Note: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InsideOutEmotions #CollectiveBias Before I was a blogger, I was a behavioral therapist and drug/alcohol counselor for teens who taught them self esteem.  It can be tricky to get kids of all ages to express themselves appropriately. Art and pretend play are some of our favorite ways to focus and express ourselves! We are so excited to go see Inside Out this weekend! In the meantime, we picked up some Inside Out plush toys that are Walmart exclusives and some of the supplies for the "I'm Feeling" suncatcher. Join us as we create our suncatcher to help us communicate our emotions in a safe and fun way for kids! Part of being a grown-up comes from years of learning to adapt and handle situations that come our way. However we sometimes forget what it is like to deal with certain feelings from a child's point of view. Kids can have a hard time listening when they … [Read more...]