Packed with freshly grated apples and a healthy dose of cinnamon, these Apple Cinnamon pancakes will be a win with the whole family. They contain no refined sugar, so you can enjoy this fun fall treat with zero guilt!
So, you may have noticed by now that I really, really love Halloween. I started planning posts back in April. I used to plan my costume out a solid 4 months ahead. I have a Halloween Pinterest board that is ridiculously large. I get heart palpitations when Target FINALLY puts out Halloween stuff in the Dollar Spot.
I’ve basically been waiting for the past 10 years to be able to go full blown Halloween once I had kids.
And now, here we are – Ryan is officially a preschooler and I can go full-on Halloween Queen. Starting with fun lunches for him to bring to school!
Easy Halloween Themed Lunch Boxes
These Halloween lunch boxes aren’t just super cute – they’re totally easy. As always these lunches each took me about 5 minutes to put together (not including bake/cook time) and mostly can be made the say before. There’s no need to rush in circles and stress out about sending your kiddo off with a fun meal!
This post was sponsored by Nabisco as part of an Integrated Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I grew up in a classic NJ suburb. Slow street, houses relatively close to one another, tons of kids our age in the neighborhood – I loved it. The closest we really got to ‘wilderness’ without going to a county or state park was the park down the street where my brother and neighbor, and I would ~observe~ ski bugs and try to find the right rocks to get to the other side of the stream without getting wet. As I grew up, I spent a lot of time at my mom’s house at the Jersey shore, went to school there and then live in a tiny beach town as a newlywed and while pregnant.
And then we bought a house and I was kind of in for a huge shock.
Oh, hey there! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday Favorites (ETF: this was actually scheduled to go up yesterday but IDk what happened so it’s Friday favorites on Saturday.) It’s been a couple of weeks over here – Ry starting preschool, the drama that comes with that, the whole family cycling through a crazy cold, mine never going away really, and just preparing the blog for some big things I have in store.
That being said, I’ve missed chatting with you all – while I love creating posts, recipes, and crafting advice for you all, I also like just chatting about the day to day and things I dig with you! So hopefully now that life seems to be calming down (knock on wood!)
You guys. I SO wanted to post those cute first day pictures. But this is more my reality 😂😂😂Today is Ryan's first day of Pre-K and I'm probably more excited than he is! I DO have my own first day jitters though – I'm launching the first day of my new weekly Facebook Live chat where I'm going to be chatting about parenting, kids, life – the good, the not so good, the messy, and everything in between at 9:30 AM EST!! 😮🙈😄 . . Today I'm talking all about the myth of the mom who does it all and I KNOW it's something we can all relate to. Make sure you head to the link in my profile to follow my page and chat with me live OR catch the replay! Can't wait to 'see' you there!!! . . . . . . #toddlerlife #momlife #boymom #toddlersofinstagram #firstdayofschool #backtoschool #preschooler #preschoolersofinstagram #littleboys #flashesofdelight #littlefierceones #motherhoodrising #myhappycapture #candidmotherhood #candidchildhood #magicofchildhood #childhoodunplugged #uniteinmotherhood #playinthedirt #honestmom #boymomlife #momofboys #littleandbrave #momswithcameras #clickinmoms #motherhoodsimplified #getinthedirt #ourtinymoments #reallife
When I first got pregnant with Ryan, I felt heavy with the knowledge that my friends – fresh out of college and starting exciting careers, enjoying the dating scene, and generally enjoying being young – would have a hard time identifying with my from then on out. As someone who has a hard time making friends, this honestly seemed crippling. Just the thought of having to go into the world and make even one new friend who understood me and what I was going through on top of learning how to be a mom and handle a newborn? It kind of sounded like the worse case scenario.
Thankfully, I eventually found my group of people that I could chat with about being a mom – and some of those people are YOU awesome people who come here and chat with me 😉
Now, I’m not sitting here saying I have a million and seven mom friends. If I did the whole MOPS or joined a baby gym or mommy and me classes or something similar, I’m sure I would have a few more, but the reality is that, besides the handful of awesome ladies that I can reach out to and chat with, I have one really good mom friend – my mom BFF – who I rely on for my parenting companionship.
And I really, really, really need her in my life to keep me sane.
Because here’s the truth: your partner is amazing. I won’t take that away from them. But sometimes you need another mom in your life for something – things only another mom will understand. A mom who doesn’t have to sleep next to you at night and who you can complain to when needed. If you’re sitting there thinking that you’re doing just fine without a mom BFF, I’m coming at you with reasons you absolutely, irrevocably need a mom BFF in your life – like, yesterday.
PS – make sure you stay through to the bottom of this post where I’m giving you a free cheat sheet of do’s and don’t for meeting new moms and conversation starters to take the stress out of making a new friend!