Cleaning. We all have to do it, and most of us, don’t enjoy it. If you’re a parent (especially of little ones), it can sometimes be nearly impossible to keep the house clean and straightened up. I’ve finally gotten to the point to where I can kind of accept the house being a total disaster so I can take a break here and there. Ideal? No. But, sometimes necessary.
When I do need to clean, I prefer it to be as painless as possible! In the past, I used a cleaning schedule. I know, it sounds horrible, but, it’s not! Check out some of my quick tips below and also find out what my new favorite cleaning product is- it’ll change the way you clean!
Kids are weird. Let’s face it. We all know it’s true. Parents know it the best- whether your kid is 2 or 22, they always have some weird quirks. I know that with a toddler, those quirks seem to stand out much more and they usually involve food. My kid will eat 85% of something on her plate, then, make a face and declare “I don’t like this!” Ummm….you just ate almost all of it. I’m pretty sure you liked it that whole time. It’s bizarre.
I’ve found that sometimes you need to mix up the routine as well so they have some fun while eating. The best part- it’s super easy to do! My favorite trick is cookie cutters.
Check out the ideas below thanks to Family Fun!
It’s hard to get creative sometimes! Even worse is falling into a slump when it comes to your daily breakfasts and lunches. That just leads to bad food choices or eating out! Check out the easy recipes below for a little twist in your everyday food routine!
- 6 eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup chopped veggies
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Mix together all ingredients
- Pour into muffin cups, filling about ¾ full
- Bake 18 to 20 minutes
- Photo courtesy of RachelCooks.com
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
- 2 cups flour
- 1 heaping tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking power
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup honey
- 5.3 oz container plain Greek yogurt
- 2 large eggs
- 6 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease baking molds with coconut oil.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, honey, Greek yogurt, eggs, and melted coconut oil.
- Pour wet ingredients into the flour mixture; stir to combine.
- Transfer batter to molds.
- Bake 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size; check using a toothpick.
- Photo courtesy of Cooking Light
No Bake Granola Bites
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (grind fresh to avoid spoilage)
- Melt coconut oil, honey, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat.
- When it bubbles and foams, turn heat to low.
- Add rolled oats, chopped nuts, ground flaxseed, and cook on low for 2 minutes, stirring to coat. Pour granola into the mold; press in firmly.
- Cool at room temperature for an hour; remove and add toppings if desired.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Tips for Toppings: Dip in melted dark chocolate or yogurt chips; sprinkle with coconut flakes and freeze-dried fruit pieces
With toddlers, it’s not always easy to get plenty of protein in their diet. My daughter is a pretty good eater, but, she has those days (just like we do!) when she doesn’t want anything super nutritious. I love finding recipes that are tasty and incorporate healthy proteins! The recipe below can be tweaked to fit your needs as well!
Peanut Power Bites
Kid-friendly protein bites!
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup nut butter (salted)
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (or currants, cranberries, etc.)
- 1/2 cup honey (or preferred sweetener)
- 4 scoops Kids Daily B-Centered Nutrient Booster Powder (or your protein powder of choice)
- Add all ingredients into bowl. Mix well. Mold into small 1 inch balls and refrigerate overnight in tightly sealed container before serving.
With another little one on the way, I’ve been trying to search for easy crockpot meals. I have been very un-creative lately and our dinners are suffering. I love finding recipes like the one below- easy, quick, and delicious! This has become my go-to for days I have no clue what to do for dinner. I serve it with pasta (rotini or penne, but, spaghetti would be great, too!).
Crockpot Onion Mushroom Chicken
One of the EASIEST crockpot recipes I have ever tried (and loved!). My entire family loves it and it's quick to throw together in the morning before work.
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 can (10.5 oz) Cream of Mushroom soup
- 1 packet (2 oz) dry onion soup mix
- 1/4 milk
- Mix all ingredients in the crockpot (I mix the soup, soup mix, and milk together first then pour over the chicken breasts).
- Cook all day.
- Serve over rice or pasta.
- This recipe is super easy to double and it will give you more leftovers to freeze or lunch the next day!
Adapted from Food.com