Self care tips are something all moms can use – these self care tips are written specifically with moms in mind. Self care doesn’t have to take a huge time commitment – you can take care of your mental and emotional health simply by devoting small snippets of time to improving your own well being. By valuing yourself, you are training those around you that you also need self care. Use these simple self care tips to get you on the right track.
Insanely Cheesy Low Carb Pizza Casserole is the perfect compromise for weeknight dinners – kids love that they are getting pizza for dinner, but mom and dad love that it’s a kid friendly meal packed with veggies. This spaghetti squash pizza casserole is loaded with gooey cheese and pizza flavors making a kid friendly dinner sure to please even your pickiest eaters. Feel free to customize with your family’s favorite toppings!
Some of my favorite holiday memories as a kid is baking cookies. My mom and I would make a list in early December of all the cookies we were going to make, buy ingredients, and then on her day off we would bake for hours. We would end with – no joke – thousands of cookies. They would get separated, packed into tins, boxes, and bags, and dispersed among friends, family, teachers, hair dressers, the mail man – really anyone who we ever encountered that was kind.
It’s one of the memories that I want to share with my own kids. This Christmas will be the first that I feel pretty comfortable letting Ryan help me bake and ‘take on’ some tasks of his own rather than do the holiday baking while he sleeps.
With that in mind, I really wanted to find some cookie recipes to try that would be perfect for getting little hands involved. Obviously, you can always have your kiddo stir in some ingredients or count out items when measuring, but if you’ve ever encountered a stubborn 3 year old, you’ll know that just ‘helping’ never works out well. It always ends in, “I can do it myself!” and if the step they want to do isn’t SUPER kid friendly, it never works out well.
So I put together this list of cookie recipes that have very kid friendly steps – your kids are going to love knowing that they had a huge hand in creating holiday cookies for loved ones and you’ll be happy to create holiday memories without the power struggle!
This post is sponsored by UncommonGoods.com. The content and opinions expressed are my own.
Unfortunately, I am in a family that is notoriously difficult to shop for. All of them men in my life are the kind that, if they want something, they just buy it – regardless how how close it is to a gift giving occasion. Even worse, all of the women in my life (me included, admittedly) go the, “oh, I don’t need anything, don’t worry about it!” route.
Que the holidays being a total pain some years. I love being known as the person in my family who always gifts really cool interesting gifts that are absolutely perfect for the recipient. Last year when looking for a small gift for my brother I ended up finding the site Uncommon Goods. (I ended up getting this – it’s called Game of Phones and it’s a card game you play with your friends with challenges like, “Find the most recent food photo you took as quickly as you can!” – he said it’s a ton of fun.)
Looking for a fun way to add some Christmas cheer to your kids’ favorite meal? Turn quesadillas into festive Christmas trees in a fun and easy twist on a classic!
Try as we may, the truth of the matter is that Christmas is a season of treats. Sugar and junk food are everywhere, from eggnog to candy canes to cookies for Santa. While I love being able to indulge occasionally, I try not to let my boys become overcome by the sugary lure.
In our house (and I’m would bet yours as well!) sugary treats can be a black hole – I offer Ryan one Hershey’s kiss as an after dinner treat and the next thing I know, it’s Friday and he’s throwing a tantrum because I won’t let him take a chocolate bath Augustus Gloop style instead of eating dinner.
Okay, that might be a bit extreme, but when it comes to the good stuff in our house it really does look like a, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie situation. It quickly escalates into mealtime meltdowns and tantrums galore.
With that in mind, I try pretty hard to find easy ways to add some fun to the boys’ without relying on the sweet stuff. Take my famous chicken boo-dle soup – my way to solve the issue of wanting kids to go out and get candy, but obviously, they need dinner first.