Category Archives: Lifestyle

The Gift of a Good Night’s Sleep

At some point or another I’m sure you or someone you know has had a difficult time sleeping. Whether it’s the temperature in the room or waking up to fluff the pillow, we can wake up multiple times each night, and there’s no way we’re get the sound rest we need when that’s what we’re doing all night. If you or someone you know has this problem, you should ask for the gift of a good night’s sleep.

The Gift of a Good Night's Sleep | #Mediflow #sleep #pillow

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

What exactly is the gift of a good night’s sleep? With a Mediflow Waterbase Pillow, getting a good night’s sleep is as easy as it comes. It’s name probably gives it away, but the pillow uses water to provide the comfort and support we need when sleeping. In fact, the Mediflow Waterbase Pillow is the only pillow clinically proven to improve the quality of sleep.

One of my favorite features of Mediflow Waterbase Pillows is that they’re completely customizable, from choosing the filling you want (fiber, foam, feather), to choosing the amount of firmness that’s most comfortable for you.

The Gift of a Good Night's Sleep | #Mediflow #sleep #pillow

I chose the Floating Comfort Pillow, which has a nice fiber filling, along with the waterbase. The pillow comes in a ready-to-use package. All I had to do was add tap water to match the desired firmness I wanted. The more water added, the firmer the pillow will be. And what’s great is if my needs ever change, all it takes is adjusting the water level in the pillow.

The Gift of a Good Night's Sleep | #Mediflow #sleep #pillow

You’re probably wondering exactly how the Mediflow Waterbase Pillow helps with getting a good night’s sleep. The waterbase provides just the right amount of neck support and the soft filling provides comfort for the head, whereas traditional pillows only provide one or the other (booo!).

The Gift of a Good Night's Sleep | #Mediflow #sleep #pillow

After a few nights using my new Mediflow Waterbase Pillow, I could definitely tell a difference. The water adds some weight to the pillow, so there was never an issue of the pillow moving around. And as I moved around at night, there was no need to fluff the pillow. No matter which way I moved, the pillow adjusted with my head and neck position. While I can’t say I don’t wake up at all during the night, I can say that I have been waking up much less than I usually do.

The Floating Comfort Pillow can be purchased directly from Mediflow and retails for $54.99. Other waterbase versions (depending on filling) start at $49.99. That’s the same amount many people spend each month on caffeinated drinks. So why waste your money month after month on caffeine, when you can get a good night’s sleep and skip the caffeine?

Making Time's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is in the works and this is your opportunity to gain holiday exposure. Spots will fill up fast so contact me today! #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG #giftideasMediflow Waterbase Pillows are the perfect holiday gift for the home. Mom, dad, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, your kids, friends, everyone. And don’t feel bad for treating yourself this holiday season, either. Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep!

Do you need the gift of a good night’s sleep?

Connect with Mediflow: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money?

Did you know that only 7% of US high schools require students to pass a basic finance test to graduate? And not only that, but the majority of parents received a grade of C or worse when it came to understanding basic finance themselves. So how can we as parents help our kids learn to manage money? BusyKid is the newest online and mobile platform for doing just that, and I’ve never been so excited to tell you about something, as I am about BusyKid!

How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money? | #BusyKid #allowance #moneymanagement

~This is a sponsored post on behalf of BusyKid. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

I remember getting my first bank account and first credit card during my senior year in high school, at the same time I was working my first job. I was ready to get spending and buy whatever I wanted to buy without having to ask permission from my mom. But it wasn’t long before more credit cards came in and the debt kept growing and growing. I have since learned my lesson and paid down a lot of my debt, but I still wish I had done better from the start.

How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money? | #BusyKid #allowance #moneymanagementIt’s estimated that today, less than 10% of ALL money in the world is coins and paper. We pretty much live in a cashless society, but the fact of the matter is we’re still teaching our kids about money by using coins, paper bills, and piggy banks. Sure, that’s okay at first, but once they understand the face value of each coin and paper bill, we need to do our duty to teach them about our cashless society and what it takes to actually earn that money. I’m talking budgeting, saving, investing, and taxes, and even responsibility, accountability, and time management.

This is where BusyKid comes in. BusyKid is a new online and mobile platform that acts as your child’s first job and payroll system. You create a profile for your child, customize a chore list for them (this is their “job”), along with an allowance amount for each chore, and when they’ve finished a chore they mark it as done. When Friday roles around, it’s your child’s payday, just like for most of us adults. From there your child has money to spend how they want (with a little guidance, of course). It’s a classic, but advanced earn and be rewarded system.

We created BusyKid because our children need to start experiencing the real world earlier when it comes to the basic financial practices of earning, saving, spending, sharing and investing. As adults we don’t get rewarded with TV time, computer time, stickers, stars or ice cream. Why should we do this with our kids? Eventually, they need to learn the importance of money.

-Gregg Murset, BusyKid CEO

Let’s walk through this with a quick step by step, because I absolutely love the concept of BusyKid.

Chore List

You have the ability to choose which chores you want your child to do and on what days. And if you’re not exactly sure what kinds of chores are suitable for your child’s age, don’t worry. BusyKid provides plenty of recommendations. As your child gets older, new chores will be added, but you still have the ability to customize the chore list as you go.

Each chore is also assigned an allowance amount. This can be anything you choose to be appropriate and whatever fits with your own family budget. Upon completion of the chore, your child marks it as complete and the allowance amount is added to their total allowance.

How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money? | #BusyKid #allowance #moneymanagementPayday

Every Friday is payday, just like some jobs in the real world. You are paying your child’s payroll and do so by linking your bank account, debit card, or credit card to BusyKid’s payroll system. On payday your child can choose to request cash, or purchase fun retailer gift cards, or invest, or even have it “direct deposited” onto their BusyKid Visa® Prepaid Spend Card (hello, real world!). Every payday you will receive a text message alert reminding you it’s payday, at which time you can approve payment or not.

Now, you can imagine there will probably be times when your child marks a chore as done, but didn’t actually do it. Obviously, you aren’t going to pay them for that undone chore. In the “activity” section you can see every chore your child has marked completed and in that same location you can disapprove any chore that wasn’t actually done. This will automatically adjust the total allowance amount.

Spending Their Money

As just mentioned, your child can choose to request cash, purchase fun retailer gift cards, invest, or even have it “direct deposited” onto their BusyKid Visa® Prepaid Spend Card that they can use in-store or online. In addition to these options, they can also donate a portion of their earnings to charity if they’d like.

How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money? | #BusyKid #allowance #moneymanagement

All of this is done within the BusyKid platform. Of course, you can still help guide your child with how to spend their money, but just imagine how much more real world experience they will have when it comes to budgeting, saving, investing, and spending. If you give your child the freedom to choose what they do with their money, they may not always make the right choice, but it’s better to learn from those fails now than as an adult.

Get Started

You’re probably wondering how much BusyKid costs to use and in all honesty, it’s very affordable. It’s just $14.95 per yer, per family. And if you want to give your child a BusyKid Spend Card (rechargeable VISA debit card), there’s an additional $5 per year fee, but I love the real world experience it can give to kids, so I think it’s worth it.

And for a limited time, two kids from each family that signs up will receive a free $10 stock. BusyKid really wants children to learn how to invest so they’ve decided to give them their first experience in dealing with the stock market.

How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money? | #BusyKid #allowance #moneymanagementHow Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money? | #BusyKid #allowance #moneymanagement

It’s never too early to teach children how to budget and effectively spend their money. My son is just 5 years old and wanted some useless toy (in my opinion) from his school’s book fair a few weeks ago. He asked his father for $5 to get it, to which is father replied he had to complete a chore to get the $5. Well, he ended up not finishing the chore and didn’t earn his $5.

Every time we go to the store my son is also asking for something, whether it be a new toy, a new shirt, or junk food. I always ask him if he has the money to buy whatever it is he’s wanting and the conversation stops there. BusyKid is the perfect platform for us to start teaching our son about earning money and the best possible ways to spend his earnings, and we’re all excited to get started!

Have you started teaching your kids about money?

Connect with BusyKid: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of BusyKid. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Photo a Day: Weeks 20 & 21

Photo a Day: Weeks 20 & 21 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Week 20

Photo a Day: Weeks 20 & 21 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was full of cuddles, morning feet in the face, learning time, movie time, popsicles and even a new baseball cap for the baby doll.

Week 21

Photo a Day: Weeks 20 & 21 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week I had a little helper to put the groceries away, we had some great food, tried out a possible Halloween costume, started nebulizer treatments for a nasty congested chest, and more.

Did you miss a previous week? Check them out here!

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Weeks 14 & 15 | Weeks 16 & 17 | Weeks 18 & 19

*Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway

As a mom who cooks at home a lot, the menu tends to get a little boring after a while. I get in such a routine and so used to cooking the same things over and over, that some of my family’s favorite dishes eventually become not so favorites. Time is a big factor when deciding what to cook because hey, I’m busy and sometimes I want something simple to make. With the help of my new cookbook, I have over 100 recipes to try and each one is prepared or ready in 30 minutes or less.

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

What is this magical new cookbook? It’s Southern Living’s QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes. I’ve had the chance to try a few of the recipes, some more sophisticated than others, but the one thing they all have in common is they are quick and delicious!

The first recipe I tried was “Horseradish-Dill Salmon” and it took just 10 minutes. My family is already a big fan of salmon, but I have always baked it. This recipe had me pan sear the salmon and Oh. My. Tastebuds! I may never bake salmon again.

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

First of all, I never knew pan searing salmon fillets was so easy. And on top of that, I’ve always just used a simple seasoning. This recipe had me create a creamy horseradish-dill sauce (while the salmon cooked) and it could not have complimented the fish any better.

I served it with a side of white rice and roasted Brussels sprouts, and even drizzled some of the horseradish-dill sauce over the Brussels sprouts. Let’s just say this recipe has been bookmarked and I will definitely be making it again.

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

While the salmon dish may seem a little bit more for a sophisticated palette, QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes also helps you to take simple, everyday recipes and kick them up a notch.

For example, there’s a recipe called “The Ultimate Grilled Cheese.” Grilled cheese sandwiches are simple to make, right? All you need is some bread, cheese and butter. But have you ever tried mayonnaise on the outside of your bread, instead of butter? That’s exactly what this recipe does.

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

I often find that we run out of butter when I really need it for a recipe and that was the case when I wanted a grilled cheese sandwich a few days ago. I turned to this recipe and used mayonnaise instead, and boy was it good. It very well may have been the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever had.

Because all of the recipes in QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes are quick meal options, I plan to work my way through all of them, marking which ones my family really enjoys. This way I can get out of my usual dinner rut and make tasty new dishes without compromising valuable family time. The best meals don’t have to be ones you work hours putting together.

Ready to start making your own quick-fix meals? I have a chance for you to win your own copy of Southern Living’s QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes. Simply enter to win using the giveaway form below.

What is one of your go-to quick-fix dinners right now?

Connect with Time Inc. Books: Twitter | Instagram


Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

One lucky Making Time reader will win a copy of Southern Living’s QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on October 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Photo a Day: Weeks 18 & 19

Photo a Day: Weeks 18 & 19 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

This week you’ll notice that I’ve changed up the format of my photos. Rather than doing a single photo for each day, I’m going to start doing weekly collages. You still get to see a photo from each day, but this way saves me A LOT of editing time. Consider it a new way I’m making time for other stuff. Enjoy!

Week 18

Photo a Day: Weeks 18 & 19 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was full of school, homework, afternoon naps, book fairs, cake mix cookies, homemade crock pot macaroni and cheese, and eating whipped topping all by itself.

Week 19

Photo a Day: Weeks 18 & 19 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was full of new rain boots, unscheduled indoor rain (at least according to my daughter), more self inking, a fall at school which created a big head knot, my daughter putting her shoes on by herself, and a trip to the Danone Nations Cup World Finals at Red Bull Arena.

Did you miss a previous week? Check them out here!

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Weeks 14 & 15 | Weeks 16 & 17

*Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Booktoberfest at Book Outlet

You guys know I love adding new titles to my kids home library every chance I get. And now is the perfect time to add A LOT of new stories. Why now? Because it’s Booktoberfest at Book Outlet!

Booktoberfest at Book Outlet | #Booktoberfest #BookOutlet #sale #books #promotion #discountbooks

~This is a sponsored post on behalf of Book Outlet. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Booktoberfest is an amazing opportunity to save 15% off sitewide at Book Outlet, from October 3rd at 10 am EST to October 6th at 10 am EST. I’ve already started browsing the kids section of the website and have generated a list of great books to add to my kids collection.

Booktoberfest at Book Outlet | #Booktoberfest #BookOutlet #sale #books #promotion #discountbooks

Booktoberfest at Book Outlet | #Booktoberfest #BookOutlet #sale #books #promotion #discountbooks

I’m looking for fun and non-spooky Halloween stories, beginning reader books, and even starting on Christmas gifts. Do you, or have you thought about doing the book a day tradition in December? You know, where you individually wrap 24-25 books and have your child choose just one to open each day in December, up until Christmas? Now would be the perfect time to get those books!

Booktoberfest at Book Outlet | #Booktoberfest #BookOutlet #sale #books #promotion #discountbooksThe prices at Book Outlet are already amazing, but with an extra 15% off, the deal is even sweeter. And that’s not even the sweetest it gets! Between now and October 2nd at 10 am EST, you can get a coupon for savings on top of the 15% off. Just head over to Book Outlet, register for and share the promotion, and receive your coupon via email.

I say, bring on the savings and all the new book adventures!

What kind of books will you be shopping for during Booktoberfest?

 Connect with : Shop | Facebook | Twitter

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Book Outlet. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017

This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Danone Nations Cup World Final at Red Bull Arena. I cannot express how great of a program this is for kids ages 10-12 and encourage you to attend the event if you ever get the chance. It was a three day event, where kids from 32 different countries worked their butts off, and the results are finally in!

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

~I received complimentary tickets to attend the DNC 2017 to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

First off, these kids may be young, but their talent is beyond measure. I never knew kids could be so talented. I mean every single game was entertaining. The kids had hustle, heart, true skill in the game of soccer, and they really pushed themselves. There’s no doubt in my mind I was watching at least a few future professional soccer players.

And I won’t make you wait until the end of this post to find out who the winners were. Mexico took the trophy for the boys division and Brazil took the trophy for the girls division. Congrats to those teams! (Just check out some of these official photos to see how hard these kids were playing.)

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

What really blew me away was that every team, no matter what ranking they were working to place, played their hearts out. If you knew you weren’t going to come in first, would you still give it your all? These teams did! All of the kids had true dedication to their countries and teammates, and the games were very inspiring to watch throughout the day.

But the DNC World Final wasn’t just a day of soccer games. We got to spend have some fun at the Activity Village right outside the arena. Every Danone brand was present with freebies, coupons, prizes, and games.

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

There were quite a few things the kids could do to enjoy the day, like a virtual reality penalty kick, the Danimals Ninja Challenge (obstacle course), photo opp with Spiderman, music, dancing, hula hoops, face painting, and there was even a dairy station to meet a real cow and also practice milking a cow (no, the kids didn’t practice on a real cow, but it looked pretty cool).

On top of that I got to attend the DNC press conference where the CEO of Danone, Emmanuel Faber, and the DNC US Ambassador, Abby Wambach, talked about what the DNC means to them and what they hope children will take from the experience.

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer
These kid reports from different countries got the chance to ask some questions.

Faber reiterated that the DNC is all about courage, believing in your dream, working hard to achieve that dream, excelling, be your best self, teamwork, fairness, and more. These are all characteristics he hopes the kids who participate in the tournament learn and continue to practice in their lives.

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

From Wambach, it’s easy to get inspired. She spoke about how as a kid she played in different nations, which gave her the opportunity to believe in bigger dreams and realize there’s something bigger than just her. There are different people in different countries with the same dream. Soccer is a universal language, so while we may not be able to communicate verbally, the game of soccer is no different.

This is something the kids who are participating in the DNC are starting to realize. Thirty two countries come together to play a single sport, and while they speak different languages and may not be able to communicate well, it’s completely different on the field.

One of the things that really hit home was when Wambach mentioned that “kids need to know how to fail.” My son hates losing. It’s win or lose, and he always wants to win. But failure is a part of life and gives us an opportunity to practice and come back stronger. If there’s no failure, there’s no room for improvement and I hope that my son will always find room for improvement, as should all of us, and especially our kids. Wambach didn’t always win and wasn’t always at the top, but those failures helped her to come back better than before.

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

Between all of the games, the activities and the press conference, it was a jammed packed day of family fun. I can only hope they’ll plan to host it in the US again in the future, so we can go back for a second time. Who knows? Maybe the next time the US hosts, my son will be playing.

Do you have a child who’d like to participate in next year’s Danone Nations Cup?

Connect with : Website | Tickets | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

*I received complimentary tickets to the DNC 2017 to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir

Do you have a child who loves to help in the kitchen, but you can’t really find safe tools for him to use, or even kid-friendly dishes he can make? This is exactly how I feel about my son. He so badly wants to help me in the kitchen, but when I’m cooking there’s not much he can really help with. In the past few weeks, though, this has changed! I’m here to tell you that it’s possible to get kids cooking in the kitchen with a little help from Kidstir.

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

~I received samples to help facilitate this post. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

What is Kidstir?

Kidstir is a monthly subscription box for kids that offers fun, kid-friendly recipes they can make themselves (mostly). Each month Kidstir sends three new recipes that are perfectly curated for little hands. Each recipe is hole punched to fit in the Kidstir cookbook binder, literally allowing kids the opportunity to build and create their very own book of recipes. How cool is that?!

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

And not only does Kidstir send the recipes, but in the box you’ll also find kid-safe kitchen tools. Think small ice cream scooper, plastic sandwich/spread knife, mini whisk, pot holder, etc. Each recipe comes with a kitchen utensil that needs to be used and if no utensil is included, then there’s always something extra special for that recipe, like themed stickers or straw toppers, depending on the recipe.

The 1st shipment includes:

  • A special cookbook binder to collect monthly recipes, foodie pages, games, and activities.
  • 3 step-by-step recipes covering all food groups.
  • 3 educational foodie pages.
  • 2 kid-sized cooking tools and themed activity materials.
  • A digital and printed shopping list.
  • 3 fun games and puzzles.
  • An e-newsletter packed with recipes and printables.

Kidstir in Action

There’s no surprise, my son is over the moon about having his own cookbook and being able to help out much more in the kitchen. And I’m not going to lie, I didn’t realize there were so many things I could be teaching my son about cooking and letting him do. Don’t get me wrong, there are still things I need to do, like cutting things with a knife, but since he started getting Kidstir I’ve been delegating a lot more cooking tasks to him.

A little over a week ago we went apple picking and it just so happens that one of my son’s new Kidstir recipes was Awesome Apple Crisp. It could not have been a more perfect time to give this recipe a try. So we pulled together all the ingredients, including our freshly picked apples and we got to work.

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

While I still did the apple peeling and cutting, my son was able to handle the rest. I helped identify the correct measuring cups for each ingredient and from there he was able to create the crispy topping, mix it up, and put it all together. Then using the cute little doggy potholder that came in his Kidstir box to use with this recipe, he helped carefully put the dessert in the oven.

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

The final result was delicious! The recipe included ingredients and directions for making our own whipped topping, but we cheated a little and bought store-ready whipped topping instead. Nonetheless, the whole family enjoyed our fresh picked apples and the Awesome Apple Crisp my son made, and we couldn’t have been more proud of his accomplishment. He was pretty excited about it too!

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Why Kidstir?

Kidstir’s mission is to educate, engage, and empower kids about good food and cooking, while spending meaningful time with their families. The kitchen is the center of many family homes, so it’s the perfect place to teach and spend time together. Kidstir helps give us parents a jump start on teaching basic cooking skills to our children and in turn, we’re spending quality time around something we love – food.

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Besides, I am determined that none of my kids will leave home without being able to make themselves nice home cooked meals! I believe starting early is the best way to achieve this and with the help of Kidstir, it’s never been easier.

A Kidstir subscription starts at just $12.95 per month and you can subscribe on a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month basis. Are you ready for some kid-friendly kitchen fun?

Do your kids like to help in the kitchen?

Connect with : Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

*Thank you to Kidstir for providing boxes for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Sooooo, yea. Life happened again these past 2 weeks and I didn’t post Photo a Day last week. That means you get a double dose again this week. I’m definitely not trying to make this a habit, but at this rate it might just be the norm from here on out. Anyways, hope you enjoy!

Week 16

Saturday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
When she wants a pic just because, then you take one. Messy floor and all.

Sunday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Looks like one of the kids snagged a pic of daddy while he was playing video games.

Monday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
And we’re back at the mechanic, this time for new tires.

Tuesday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
One of our fur babies passed away in the early hours and the vet was nice enough to get us a mold of his paw.

Wednesday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
My family in SWFL are preparing for Hurricane Irma.

Thursday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
The very first day of school has finally arrived!

Friday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Celebrating this cutie’s 2nd birthday!

Week 17

Saturday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Spent our Saturday apple picking.

Sunday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Cutest minion I’ve ever seen.

Monday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This kid loves putting stuff on her head.

Tuesday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
She loves when her brother gets home from school. And I feel like I live in a madhouse.

Wednesday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Gotta get his homework done.

Thursday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This 2 balloon has been in this same spot for a few days now, haha.

Friday

Photo a Day: Weeks 16 & 17 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
And this basket of clean, folded laundry has been sitting in this spot since Sunday. I have no problem doing laundry, but putting it away is another story.

Did you miss a previous week? Check them out here!

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Weeks 14 & 15

*Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

House Cleaning Habits for the Whole Family

Keeping the house clean and tidy every day can be more daunting when you have a family. Tempers are likely to flare if you don’t figure out a way to get the whole family involved in the process of cleaning.

So how do you keep the peace by getting everyone to chip and cleaning duties done as needed? To engage the family in house cleaning means mobilizing and assigning everyone cleaning duties, and ensuring that they realize that it’s a habit they have to develop and sustain until it becomes something they do without having to be reminded or cajoled.

It could mean something as simple as picking up after themselves, or more difficult like cleaning their rooms, dishes, kitchen, etc. Either way, getting the whole family involved in the cleaning process will go a long way in keeping your house tidy and clean.

House Cleaning Habits for the Whole Family | #cleaning #chores

Here are a few tips from The Home Makers Journal to ensure you develop a house cleaning habit for the whole family:

Ensure There is a Place for Everything

When you assign items around the house their place, everyone will know where to put them. Have you ever found the keys wedged between cushions of the couch, or hidden among the magazines on the rack? That happens when you don’t insist on the right place for items. For example, keeping a hook by the front door to hang the keys will make it easier to find them without ripping the whole house apart!

Teach Kids How to Pick Up After Themselves and Tidy Up

Kids especially leave dirty clothing everywhere. Ensure that there is a dirty clothes hamper in each room, and insist that you will not pick up after them and neither will you allow messy rooms. Give them an incentive to keep their rooms tidy. For example if their beds are well made, their dirty clothes in the hamper and no trash lying around, with everything in its place, then you can add, say an extra twenty minutes past their bedtime for them to continue enjoying gaming, TV or any other activity they are working on.

Create a Schedule and Distribute Cleaning Chores

Simply Maid’s Cleaning Expert, Caroline Nucifora, says “If you hear ‘I don’t have time’ one more time you are going to lash out!” Avoid this, even with yourself, by creating a schedule that the whole family has to stick to. Make sure you work around your kids and whole family’s activities, and assign a daily chore and weekend chores as well.

Distribute tasks easily, assigning the tougher chores to your partner and older kids, and simpler ones to the younger children. Ensure you enforce this habitual cleaning by having a consequence if someone fails to clean properly and on time. For example, take away computer or TV time.

Save Time with These Cleaning Habits

  • Ensure that no dirty dishes are left overnight and assign someone to do this.
  • Have everyone pick up after themselves in terms of clothes and shoes, and after meals.
  • Get everyone to help in tidying up the living room at the end of each day and clean up the kitchen.

What tips would you add?

*This is a guest post. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.