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
With a second baby on the way, nursing is going to be making a comeback in my day-to-day life! This time around, I am working full-time and pumping will be a big part of my routine. I always get excited when National Breastfeeding Awareness Month rolls around because I know how many moms truly struggle with this aspect of motherhood and it is HARD. And mamas who don’t nurse, I still love you, too, and, support you on your journey of motherhood! You’re all amazing.
From my pictures and stories, it may seem like breastfeeding came so easily to me and my daughter. It sure started out easily in the hospital – perfect latch, ate like a monster, plenty of wet diapers. I was convinced something had to be wrong… it can’t be THIS easy can it? The answer? NOPE. It cannot be that easy. When we got home from the hospital, it was like my daughter totally forgot what the heck she was doing. Her latch hurt, she cried, I cried. It was a mess. I was exhausted and convinced I was doing something so wrong. Some days, I lost my determination to keep going and bottles looked SO appealing. My husband was and is my rock. His encouragement is literally one of the biggest blessings in my life. He saw me struggle and he knew I was struggling. I’m sure he thought it would be easier to just give bottles instead. But, he also knew how badly I wanted to breastfeed and he encouraged me to keep fighting for that. So I did. We did. My daughter did. And we succeeded. We finally got back into a groove and a routine. We had some hiccups along the way, but, we did it. We nursed until she was 2 years old and I am so proud! I think if I hadn’t gone back to work, she probably would have still nursed at least a couple times during the day and night for a bit longer. I have such a special place in my heart for my nursing mamas, whether you’ve nursed for 2 minutes or 2 years.
So, with National Breastfeeding Week wrapping up and it being Breastfeeding Awareness Month , I am so excited to show you some of my favorite products for nursing mamas and there’s an AMAZING giveaway thrown in here too ;) Woo hoo!
Packing the hospital bag.
I’d say this task was even more daunting than packing the diaper bag after the kiddo had arrived earth-side, and now, we’re going to be doing it all over again! I had no idea what my experience was going to be like, what things I’d need the most, what would comfort me the most, and add in “end of pregnancy” hormones… yikes.
Once we got to the hospital, I didn’t even use a ¼ of the things I had packed. When people tell you to only pack the essentials, they’re right. But, what ARE the essentials?! Obviously, the essentials are different for every person, but, I’d like to think that us mamas can agree on some things :)
So, if you are seriously stressing about what to toss in your hospital bag before that buddle of joy (or bundles of joy!) arrive, read on!
Plus, I’ll be adding a list of top suggestions that all of you wonderful mamas submitted to me!
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Top Essentials from Mamas Like You!
It has been a crazy few weeks! We’re still settling into the new house and taking on a few projects like our landscaping! Plus, we just had our first ER visit with our toddler who almost (literally) poked her eye out. It was terrifying! Ahh the life of a parent, right!?
We are SUPER excited about this new series as we partner with Roto-Rooter. Not only will we be featuring some amazing product (and hint, hint…possible giveaways!), we’ll be sharing a ton of tips to keep your plumbing in tip-top shape without a hefty bill. One of the most important things about homesteading is being able to fix and solve your own problems without having to hire people to do it.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Roto-Rooter, they were founded in 1935 and have expanded to “operating businesses in more than 100 company-owned branch and independent contractor territories and approximately 500 independent franchise operations, serving approximately 90% of the U.S. population and parts of Canada. Master independent franchise operations have been established in Japan, Philippines, Mexico, United Kingdom, Hong Kong/China and Indonesia/Singapore (RotoRooter.com)”. They not only offer plumbing and maintenance services, but, also a wide array of products you can buy in stores to take care of your own plumbing needs (both residential and commercial). Roto-Rooter’s products also meet environmental standards and use an active ingredient that isn’t harsh or toxic.
We’re thrilled to partner with Roto-Rooter this year, share more about the company, and provide our readers with some practical advice and information that will benefit all homeowners! All of the information provided will be based on our honest opinions- nothing staged.
A few things we will be featuring include:
- Plumbing Fixes You Can Do Yourself
- Clog 101
- Simple Steps to Protecting your Pipes (includes Septic Care)
Have you dealt with your own plumbing issues? Do you typically call a plumber to deal with even the most basic plumbing situations? Are you interested in becoming more comfortable with fixing your own plumbing issues or maintaining your plumbing? Tell us below! :)