Infinity Jar Review

I have a confession.

I love (and believe in) essential oils. I went a long time trying to avoid them. But then they helped my husband stop snoring. So I was hooked.

Randomly, as I started using them, Infinity Jars emailed me and asked if I could do a review on some of their products. So I chose what I wanted and they sent me these rollerballs for my oils.

As soon as they came, I filled them up. I did 2 diaper rash blends because at the time, Reagan had a real bad diaper rash. One stayed at home and one stayed in my purse.

Then I did a blend for Dylan of Roman Chamomile for calming. I am now “that mom” that whips out her oils when I know he is feeling anxious.

The first thing I loved (and noticed) about these bottles is that they come with labels. The labels are reusable and they stick to the bottle. I don’t have to guess which bottle is which.

The color is pretty, but it also has a purpose. It blocks out visible light which keeps its contents fresh for a super long time. They have more than roller balls – all kinds of kitchen glass jars.

They fit so neatly in my diaper pouch in my purse – and they don’t leak. Which is awesome!

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Easy Date Ideas

Date your spouse. This is something I preach.

Real talk – after my husband and I got married, I wasn’t truly sure I wanted to have kids. My biggest fear was that I was going to lose “us.” I was going to lose what made us a family. I didn’t want to get caught up in a kid, only to forget the reason why that kid was here.

That was deep.

Then it just clicked one day. I remember – I went out to dinner with my mom and I just cried. I told her my fears and she reassured me that it didn’t have to be that way. Mama to the rescue.

My husband and I try to go out once a month, just the 2 of us. We have lots of family and friends that are available to watch our kids at the drop of a hat (you know who you are) so finding a sitter is very rarely difficult for us.

But sometimes, finding that sitter isn’t always easy. So I put together a list for you of at home and out of home date ideas. I challenge you to try them all!

In Home Ideas
-Game Night
-Cook dinner together
-Put puzzles together
-Adult coloring books
-Watch your wedding video
-Bonfire in the backyard
-Wikipedia chat/challenge (Pull up a random Wikipedia page and ask each other questions about it)

Out of the house
-Bowling
-Driving range
-Mini golf
-College campus tour nearby (guided or self-guided)
-Tour of your own city
-Farmer’s market
-Day date
-Cooking class
-Drive In movie
-Arcade
-Museum
-Recreate your first date
-Spa day

Also, think about some of the things you do with kids, but subtract the kids. Movie, shopping, the zoo….you get to spend so much more time and energy on the actual event and each other than worrying about wrangling your kids.

Try it. I promise, you’ll like it.

Grocery List Staples

We have all been there. You just got home from work and you have zero desire to make dinner. Less than zero desire. But you are trying to be responsible so ordering pizza or picking up food just isn’t an option.  I know, first world problems.

I am there much more often than I’d like to admit – and I meal plan monthly. Someone asked in my recipe group for suggestions on easy meals to keep on hand when you’re in that exact situation. The lightbulb went off in my head and I decided to write a blog post with some ideas. Because I have staples that I grab at the grocery store when I do my monthly grocery shopping. Of course, I wanted to share. They’re great meals for when you don’t feel like cooking something extravagant (ie, more than 4 ingredients) or you forgot to thaw your meat (happens to be at least twice a week – I need a better system) or (which happened to us all the time) you have a crabby baby who needs your full attention.

Side note, if you are an organic/healthy eating family, some of these may not be for you, or you might have to make some modifications. If you shop at Costco, a lot of them are offered there in their organic version. I divided it into 2 lists – Frozen to Oven Foods and Pantry Foods. A lot of the Frozen to Oven Foods can be homemade and then frozen or store bought.

Frozen to Oven foods to Keep on Hand
-Frozen ravioli (meat or cheese)
-Frozen meatballs (we serve it with pasta, rice or mashed potatoes – Costco has a great all natural instant mashed potato mix)
-Frozen pasta skillet meals
-Frozen burritos (Costco has a great breakfast burrito)
-Pizza (always on our monthly meal plan at least once)
-Shredded chicken
-Hot dogs
-Bacon (for brinner)
-Frozen waffles
-Frozen fish filets

Pantry items for quick meals
-Canned soup
-Powdered “just add milk or water” soups
-Dry pasta and jarred cheese pasta sauce
-Red pasta sauce – I always have at least 2 jars
-Tuna
-Spaghettio’s (I told you this wasn’t healthy town)
-Alfredo sauce
-Cans of beans and tomatoes and DIY chili seasoning
-Corn bread mix
-Rice

Sometimes I put these meals on my monthly meal plan and sometimes I don’t. It all depends on how much grocery shopping I can do!

What Your Wife Really Wants For Mother’s Day

Anniversaries, Birthdays, Christmas…All of these holidays are to celebrate something, right? Mother’s Day is no exception.

Being in all these mom groups on Facebook, I feel like every single year on Mother’s Day, someone is posting saying they were not celebrated on Mother’s Day. They got nothing.

Yep, you heard that right. NOTHING. When you have small children who don’t know how to express their gratitude (or simply don’t have the money or means to shop), as the partner, you need to step in.

Every year when I read these posts I am baffled. Baffled that there are men out there who do not celebrate their wives/girlfriends on Mother’s Day. If this is you and you are reading this right now, shame on you.

These women made you a father for those kids you love so dearly. These women sacrificed their bodies to become a mother for these littles. They worry all day about them and they bust their asses to be the best mom they can be.

Everyone loves to be appreciated. So I reached out to my mom friends and asked them….What (attainable) thing do you really want for Mother’s Day?

I have compiled some of the best non-material (and material) gifts. What you do with the information is on you. I am here to help 😉

Sleep – A pretty popular one was simple – just let her sleep in. If that means you have to sleep on the kid’s bedroom floor so you can intercept them climbing into bed with mom, then so be it. Whether your wife is a working mom or SAHM, sleeping in is a thing of the past! Maybe even take the kids out of the house early in the morning. Treat them to breakfast (but make sure you bring some home for her!)

No Responsibilities – One mom suggested she wants to do their regular outings like they normally do on the weekends, but she doesn’t want to make the plans or pack the diaper bag. She wants her husband to do it all. This idea got the biggest reaction from our group of moms. Someone also said to just spend the day with them – she feels her husband doesn’t spend any time with her and her son.

Do It Yourself – In relation to this one, lots of other moms said they want a day (if you’re feeling extra nice, a whole weekend) where no one needs them to tell them what to do. You finish eating? Wash your dishes. Dirty clothes on the floor? Put them in the hamper or just do the laundry.

Silence – alone time. Movie by themselves, shopping alone, whatever. Feeling brave? Take the kids out for the whole day. Not just until nap. The whole dang day. And don’t call her to ask her questions. Just figure it out.

Other mothers – Moms don’t want to have to worry about other mother’s Mother’s Day plans. Split up your weekend and spend Saturday with the other mothers.

Material Gifts
If your wife’s love language is gifts, here are some ideas for you…

Pampering – Spa day, manicure, pedicure, massage. Or all of the above. Send them away for the day and do all the planning for her.

Jewelry – The popular theme with jewelry was child related jewelry. So, stackable rings with the kids’ names on them, bracelets with their names, necklaces with their names. Google will be your best friend.

Cleanliness – Clean the house. If you don’t trust yourself, spring for a cleaning lady. We just want a day where we don’t have to clean. Or lift a finger, really. Also, a few of the ladies wanted a clean car.

Family photos – Moms are usually the ones to schedule these so if you take the initiative, that would be so much more meaningful.

Bottom line, put some thought into it. And involve your kids when you can (handmade cards, painting on a canvas, whatever). Speaking of which, here is a cute printable you can give your kids. Ask them the questions and fill it out for mom. I promise, she’ll smile.

 

 

Shows on Netflix You Don’t Want to Miss

Last week I wrote a post about how “me” time is so important for moms. One of the suggestions I made (or should have made if I didn’t) was to pick a tv show to watch when the kids aren’t around. So I compiled a list of Netflix shows to binge watch. Some are old, some are new. Some are still going and some are done. I personally hate waiting so it is hard for me to pick up a new show that isn’t quite over yet. But I made this list for you with descriptions (and a printable to keep with you!)

Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events
Genre: American Comedy
Stars: Neil Patrick Harris. Need I say more?
Synopsis: This is the story (now Fresh Prince is stuck in my head) about 3 orphans who lose their parents. (Sad trombone). But their guardian (good old NPH aka Olaf) is evil and is trying to steal their money and inheritances. It is based on the books by Daniel Handler.

The Fall
Genre: British Drama/Crime
Stars: Gillian Anderson
Synopsis: The Police Superintendent (Anderson) is sent to help with an ongoing murder investigation. They realize it is a serial killer who is now on the loose and is targeting professional women. Somehow, this dude is getting away with it and living a “normal” life alongside these murders. They had me at “serial killer.”

Orange Is The New Black
Genre: American Comedy Drama
Stars: Laura Prepon
Synopsis: Lots of ladies. In jail. This 30-something, seemingly law abiding woman gets convicted of moving drug money for her girlfriend 10 years prior. Clearly she has made some changes in her life. But now she has to figure out how to survive 15 months in a minimum security jail for women without her fiancee, family and friends.

Shameless
Genre: American Comedy Drama
Stars: William H Macy, Emmy Rossum
Synopsis: A remake of a UK TV series, Shameless takes place in Chicago. The dad (Macy) has 6 children and is a deadbeat single father. He is often times drunk and/or in search of terrible life decisions. In turn, the kids have to learn to care for themselves.

Californication
Genre: American Comedy Drama
Stars: David Duchovny
Synopsis: Another story about an alcoholic. This one is a writer, father and boyfriend. He relocates to California and just can’t seem to write anymore. The show follows his struggle to hold down a relationship with his long time girlfriend and their daughter. This is a true sex, drugs and rock and roll story.

Grace & Frankie
Genre: American Comedy Drama (I am sensing a theme here)
Stars: Jane Fonda, Lilly Tomlin
Synopsis: The story centers around 2 men, very late in their lives, who run a law firm together. Their wives are not huge fans of each other, but tolerate each other because their husbands work together all the time. Well, now they’re forced to commiserate together because the 2 men have decided they are in love with each other and want to be together. It follows the lives of all 4 of them and their adult children.

The Office
Genre: American Mockumentary
Stars: You know.
Synopsis: Life at the office. Also a spin off of a British TV series, the office explores all the different personalities that you will find in your office/at work. If you haven’t seen it, climb out from under your rock and fire it up on Netflix. It is hilarious.

30 Rock
Genre: American Satire
Stars: Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin
Synopsis: Another great comedy to watch – after you crawl out from under your rock. It is loosely based on Tina Fey’s experience as a head write on SNL. I honestly don’t know how else to explain it. It is hilarious and filled with one-liners you will never forget.

The Crown
Genre: Biographical Drama
Stars: Someone people I’ve never heard of and John Lithgow
Synopsis: Even though it stars a bunch of people I’ve never heard of, I can’t wait to start it. It depicts Queen Elizabeth’s life from her wedding in 1947 until today. Her married life, family life, everything.

Marvel Series Shows
(Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist)
Genre: American
Synopsis: Each one of the shows follows a different superhero and tells their story. If you’re into superheros and drama, these are the series’ for you!

13 Reasons Why
Genre: American Drama
Stars: Kate Walsh and some unknown teenagers – but not for long.
Synopsis: I am a few episodes in but everyone I’ve talked to that has finished it has said it is so good. Heavy, but good. It’s the story (based on the novel of the same name) about a teenage girl who commits suicide and the reasons why. She goes through the different people who “assisted” in her suicide. Not for the faint of heart, and makes me want to put my children into a bubble. But so good.

Black Mirror
Genre: British Science Fiction
Stars: Different cast each episode.
Synopsis: I had a really hard time getting a good synopsis on this one,  so I’ll copy exactly what Netflix says: “This sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.” Sounds deep.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Genre: American Sitcom
Stars: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, JON HAMM (love me some Jon Hamm)
Synopsis: Kimmy Schmidt is 29 years old and just has been rescued from a cult in Indiana where she was one of 4 women prisoners to a Reverend (Jon Hamm) for 15 years. She is trying to adjust to normal life and finds a male roommate and becomes a nanny for a socialite in New York City.

House of Cards
Genre: American Political Drama
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright
Synopsis: House of Cards is an adaptation of the BBC mini series of the same name and is based on the novel. Politics, power-hungry men and drama. Spacey’s character runs for Secretary of State but loses. He becomes determined to be something even bigger. Drama ensues.

Stranger Things
Genre: American Science-Fiction Horror
Stars: Winona Ryder and a whole bunch of other people who are more popular now.
Synopsis: Set in Indiana (a fictional town) in the 80’s, it follows the diappearance of a local boy. His friends seem to care more about it then the rest of the town so they set out to do their own investigation. Strange things happen (obviously) and shit gets weird. Don’t turn your nose up at the words “science fiction,” because that’s exactly what I did and I ended up loving it. Season 2 can’t come soon enough. IT will take place one year after season 1 ended.

Parks & Rec
Genre: American Political Comedy
Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman
Synopsis: Very much executed like The Office – it is sarcastic and full of one liners. It’s another oldie but definitely a goodie. It follows the life of some of the members of the parks department in Pawnee, Indiana.

Friends
Duh.

American Crime
Genre: American Anthology Crime Drama
Stars: Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Timothy Hutton
Synopsis: Heavy shit. Real heavy shit. Season one followed the case of a seemingly normal man who is murdered. His wife was there, but is in a coma so they have to figure the whole thing out without her. It comes out that this guy was involved with drugs, so the mom (Felicity Huffman) has to deal with not only losing her son, but dealing with her recovering gambling addict ex-husband and coming to terms with the person her son really was. They also explore the “crooked” justice system and jails. The other 2 seasons are just as heavy – if not heavier. But it is so, so good.

How To Get Away With Murder
Genre: American Drama
Stars: Viola Davis
Synopsis: I CANNOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT WHEN I TALK ABOUT THIS SHOW. It took over my life. It was sad. I would wake up in the morning before my kids to knock out a few episodes. I actually had to take a break from it because it was feeling so real and I was getting so angry at some of the characters. #sorrynotsorry. Anyway, it follows a law professor (Davis) and her 5 students as they get entwined in a murder. But it is so much more than that. The flashbacks can get confusing so you really have to pay full attention. But I literally would sit on the edge of my seat watching it. Ok, I have to calm down now. Hahaha #momlife

For a printable list of these shows to keep on hand or take a screenshot of, click here.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find a 24/7 live in nanny for the next few weeks. I have some shows to watch.

Taking Time For Yourself – Yes, It’s Necessary!

Yes, taking time for yourself is necessary. No, it’s not always possible. But I’m here to help you figure out how.

Last year I wrote a post about how to beat the Stay at Home Mom Blues. I laid out some of my favorite things to do to stay on top of it.

When I was working full time, it actually was a lot easier to take time for myself then now that I’m not working. I would run to get my nails done while Dylan was still in daycare when I got off early. I would drop him off early at school and go to the gym before work. I feel like you hear more often than not that it’s more difficult for stay at home moms to get that alone time.

But it’s just as necessary as working moms. Now, when I say taking time for yourself, I do NOT mean working that full time job. I mean doing something solely for yourself. While grocery shopping for the family alone or sitting at the pool reading a book while your kid has swim lessons is a nice break, it’s not for YOU.

It may seem like this is impossible. But to make sure it is possible, the first thing you need is support. You need your spouse to be on board with alone time. People aren’t mind readers. So you have to tell them you need alone time. Make your plans and let them know you are peacing out for a few hours. If not (or if you are a single parent) you need support elsewhere. A family member, babysitter, neighbor, daycare, nap time, whatever. You have to free yourself of the responsibility of being a parent to get something done for yourself.

Once you’ve figured that out, find what makes you happy. Reading, shopping, creating, crafting, sewing…the list goes on. I reached out to my lovely mom group and asked them to hit me with their most favorite alone time activity or selfish habit. Everyone deserves one!

It is also so, so important that you SCHEDULE this alone time. I have found that if I don’t write it down or schedule it, it isn’t less likely to happen – it just flat out doesn’t happen. And that sucks.

  1. Direct Sales – It’s something for YOURSELF. Yes, you are helping other people by giving them products in which you believe but some people truly enjoy it. They are sharing things that you love. (Side note, think about that next time you roll your eyes at someone’s direct sales post on Facebook 😉 )
  2. Gym – This is a pretty popular one. When I go to the gym, I drop off the kids and lose all sense of adultness. I turn my music up as loud as it goes (Samsung, stop telling me it’s bad for my ears. I don’t cuuurrr) and I just move. Run, steps, bike…just go. To be totally honest, I’m not there 100% for the work out. I’m there for the private shower. I’d say it’s about 50/50 for me. I also enjoy going to a class or 2 during the week.
  3. Massages – OH MY. If you don’t do this AT LEAST once a year for your birthday, you are missing out! I think the best part about my massages is I have to disconnect from the outside world. Phone stays off and in the purse for a whole hour. That’s huge for me. But I’m okay with it! It feels nice to just turn off.
  4. Take a bath – This was also a pretty popular one. I know some moms who do this at least 2 times a week. Put some baking soda and/or bath bombs in there too! Just make sure to lock the bathroom door if the kids are awake 😉
  5. Girls’ Night – Yes, this is a must as well! I have 2 friends that I see probably once a month. We get together for dinner. We plan it for later (like 6:30ish) because I have to wait for my babysitter (read: hubby) to get home from work. Plan something monthly for dinner with friend(s) – maybe the first Tuesday of every month or something. It’s nice to just chat with an adult not about kids and not about work.
  6. Pampering – Mani/Pedi is a popular one, too! Again, another time to just sit down and unwind. Let someone else do all the work! And you get pretty nails at the end.
  7. Write – Part of the reason I started blogging was to do something for myself. I always used to journal growing up and I missed it so much. So I started writing and you know what? It feels so good to just sit at my computer and type, type, type.
  8. Sleep – Also possible. Go to bed right after you put the kids down. Toys don’t need to be picked up right now. Laundry doesn’t need to be folded right now. Just go to bed at 8:15. Try it.
  9. Skin Care Routine – No, this is not a sales pitch 😉 I have a friend who has a 10 step skin care routine each night. 10 steps. I am way too lazy for 10 steps, but she loves it. She literally told me “it’s my me-time.” Get you some, girl.
  10. Take a day off work – if you are a working mom, take a day off. You have personal days for a reason. Take a day off to sit at home in your jammies. Send the kids to daycare/school and do not feel guilty about it. You even can spend the day cleaning. If that’s what relaxes you. I don’t judge. If you’re a stay at home mom, your spouse gets personal days too. He/she can use them on you. Take a day off and handle the kids while you do your thang.

Lazy Mom Cleaning Hacks

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I am lazy. AF. During the day, the last thing on my list is cleaning. I’d like to say it’s because I spend so much time with my children that I just can’t bother with it. Truth is, I just hate it. I do the necessary things – sweep the floor when things are getting stuck to my feet, vacuum under the kitchen table when Reagan can muster an entire meal from the “crumbs” (I miss my dog), laundry when Dylan has to break into his whitey tighties, clean the toilet when….I’ll spare you the rest of that one.

I do have a few cleaning hacks that I use so I reached out to my Facebook group of moms and asked what their hacks are. Because let’s be honest – we all have at least one. AT LEAST!

I compiled them for you in a nice little list (you can print it out at the end, too.)

Cleaning Hacks to Keep Life Mostly Under Control
(You see what I did there?)

  1. Sprinkle baking soda in the garbage can (and diaper pail) before putting in the new garbage bag, but after you take the full one out.
  2. Essential oils in the air filter for your house to drown out the smell of stinky kiddos/animals.
  3. Put the toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet bowl before cleaning anything. Do your other cleaning, them come back and do the toilet. It has sat there for so long that it has already done most of the cleaning for you. So much less scrubbing.
  4. Baby wipes. You’d be amazed at how well they clean.
  5. Take a bath with baking soda – good for you, good for the bathtub.
  6. Fill one of these bad boys with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 dish soap. Keep it in the shower and clean the shower while you’re showering. Mind. Blown.
  7. Clean your bathroom mirror and/or counter while you’re brushing your teeth or swishing with mouthwash.
  8. Dryer sheets on the back of a fan to bring a fresh scent into the room.
  9. After cooking something in the microwave with water, wipe away the grime and caked on food with a cloth right after you take out the food. The steam from cooking the food helps loosen up the yuck.
  10. And the obvious – cleaning lady! Treat yourself!

Download and print the list here.

Happy “cleaning!” 😉

My new Favorite Planner

I am an unorganized mess. Part of it stems from the fact that my brain runs 100 miles a minute. I will have an idea and then run off to Hobby Lobby for all the supplies, only to get home to realize I had 3 other things I needed to get done.

Story of my life.

I wanted to start blogging again and I knew with blogging and mine and Gina’s other website (noshamemommies.com – shameless plug. Completely shameless), I was going to need a planner and it was going to need to be good.

For my 32nd birthday (ha!), I was determined to find the perfect planner. I needed something with the following:

-Week at a glance
-Month at a glance
-Monthly goals
-Weekly goals
-Yearly goals
-Monthly tabs
-Monthly notes section (on the month at a glance AND at the end/start of the month)
-Perpetual calendar

That is a needy list. So I set off to Etsy, because planners that were already made were just not working out for me.

I had no idea what to search for so I just started searching and sending messages asking if they had a planner with the aforementioned sections.

Finally, like a light at the end of a dark, 5 year, random post-it note filled long tunnel, I got a response from Erika with Write it Down Books. She was so patient with me and answered all of my ridiculous questions before I placed my order.

I am only a few weeks in, but I am obsessed with this planner. It has everything I needed and more. Each month there are places you can write things you need to do, things you’d like to do (because we all know those are 2 totally different things), a place to doodle, and some writing prompts (which is great for bloggers). You can also have her start in any month you want.

It fits perfectly in my every day purse and matches great with my notebook I snagged up at Wal-Mart before I bought the planner.

Doesn’t this picture make you want to just plan everything?! AHHHH!

I don’t think I could have created a better planner. Honestly. I have tried 😉

This planner is the horizontal planner – so the week is laid out horizontally in the book instead of vertically. Here is the week at a glance list….

While browsing her shop, I went ahead and added a password/address book and a bookmark for my planner. You can customize pretty much anything – and for planners that can be customized, her prices are on point – trust me, I’ve done research for years.

I love that she puts your name on the front too!

She also has an option of printing your own planner. Oh, and you can print out a few of her styles and try them out for a week or so before you order. FOR FREE.

Here is my little trio that follows me around the house – besides the kids obviously – my planner, my notebook and my Kindle.

Erika was kind enough to give us a coupon code for the next week. 10% off of your order in her shop and it expires on 4/20/17. The code is MOSTLYUNDERCONTROL10. I encourage you to use it! Seriously, I cannot tell you how much I am in love with this thing.

So take advantage of this code, people. You will NOT regret it.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cereal Bars

Right after chocolate, strawberry is my favorite flavor combo with peanut butter. Which is why we never have grape jelly in our house. Ew. We are a strawberry jelly family!

Dylan has been bugging me for a fun cereal for a while now. When Dan goes grocery shopping, he picks up “fun” cereal. I come home with Costco sized boxes of Cheerios, tell him to add a banana and call it a day. He also gets fun cereal at Grandma’s house. So I was becoming the lame one.

I picked up Fruit Loops and Berry Kix on my last grocery trip and Dylan literally told me I was the best mom ever.

Mic drop.

We are short on snack ideas around here. So I had wanted to make a cereal bite thing (yes, that’s the official term) and I had it on my list to make. But when I saw the Berry Kix on my counter, I got a wonderful idea. Peanut butter and jelly breakfast (or snack) bars!

These are so good. Dylan LOVED them (again, I got dubbed the Best Mom Ever) and of course, they are very easy to make. Almost like making Rice Krispie Treats. You melt the peanut butter, honey and vanilla in the microwave and then dump in the cereal.

Place them in a baking dish lined with foil and sprayed with non stick cooking spray and pop them in the fridge. Take them out when they’re set and slice them up.

 

Dan even grabbed one (asking me first – life of a blogger’s husband. haha) last night and said they were delicious.

Definitely keeping them around for snack and breakfast ideas!


Print Recipe
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cereal Bars
2 great flavors rolled into one yummy bar! Great for a snack or breakfast on the go.
Course Breakfast, Snacks
Servings
depending on how you cut them
Ingredients
Course Breakfast, Snacks
Servings
depending on how you cut them
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large microwaveable bowl, melt the peanut butter for about 30 seconds in the microwave.
  2. Remove from microwave and stir. Add honey and stir.
  3. Microwave for another 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in vanilla until all ingredients are combined.
  5. Add in the cereal and mix, mix, mix!
  6. Line a baking dish (13x9) with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  7. Dump cereal mixture into the baking dish and spread it out into one layer.
  8. Let set for at least 3 hours in the fridge.
  9. Cut into bars/squares.
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Sensory Bin Ideas – All From The Dollar Store

Hey there hey!

If you have read my stuff for a while, you know that I love sensory stuff. I always have, even before I had kids. When I taught, sensory was my favorite center.

I also am slightly obsessed with the Dollar Tree. That is always my go-to when I need stuff (that they sell). My friends usually come to me first when they wonder if The Dollar Tree sells something in particular. What can I say? I’m cheap and everyone knows it.

I did a post a while back with sensory bins. I went through the aisles of The Dollar Tree and grabbed anything I could find that I thought would be good in a sensory bin. Thus, my first sensory bin post was born. And I can’t look back on it anymore because it makes me so sad to see D’s chubby little toddler hands! WAHHHH!

I also did some sensory bottles for the babe when she was tiny. We actually still use them!

You can also find the bins from The Dollar Tree – this is what I use

I had on my list to make a big giant list of all things sensory (and you can download the printable list at the end) so people can keep it on them and take it out when you need to. It’s a whole list of sensory bin ideas. You can take anything from column A (fillers) and add it to anything in column B (tools/toys). And they are all available at The Dollar Tree! (disclaimer, they are all available at MY Dollar Tree in Villa Park, Illinois) 😉

Here we go!

Column A

*Decorative shred
*Sand
*Rocks/pebbles
*Balloons
*Crepe paper
*Buttons
*Cut up drinking straws
*Pipe cleaners
*Tissue paper
*Rice
*Pasta
*Dirt
*Clean mud (shredded bar soap, torn up
toilet paper and water)
*Water beads
*Shaving cream (will need new each time)
*Hair gel
*Popcorn kernels
*Dry beans
*Wrapping paper
*Salt (table, sea or
Epsom)
*Play-doh
*Tinsel/garland
*Battery powered Christmas lights (seasonal)
*Pom poms
*Fake leaves (seasonal)
*Feathers
*Easter grass (seasonal)
*Marbles (NOT FOR LITTLES!)
*Pony beads (NOT FOR LITTLES!)
*ABC beads (NOT FOR LITTLES!)
*Raffia cord
*Ribbon
*Cotton balls
*Bird seed
*Foam shapes/letters
*Oatmeal
*Construction paper
*Soapy water
*Fake snow
*Coffee grounds
*Dry cereal
*Baby oil
*Yarn
*Googly eyes
*Frozen veggies

Column B (tools/toys)

*Fake flowers
*Measuring cups
*Measuring spoons
*Cars
*Spatula
*Silicone pasty brush
*Serving spoons
*Nesting bowls
*Fork/knife/spoon (play versions)
*Plastic food
*Chalk
*Kid scissors
*Cups
*Party favor cups
*Magnet letters
*Fake money
*Stickers
*Plastic bugs
*Plastic snakes
*Easter eggs (seasonal)
*Rubber ducks
*Ice cubes
*Plates
*Baby bottles
*Socks
*Tweezers
*Toothbrushes
*Toothpicks
*Small ceramic pots (seasonal)
*Gardening tools (seasonal)
*Potato masher
*Sand toys (seasonal)
*Large blocks
*Gardening tools (seasonal)
*Superhero/Disney figures
*Dinosaurs
*Funnels
*Whisk
*Sponges
*Cookie cutters
*Small plastic storage containers
*Slotted spoon
*Tongs
*Water balloons (seasonal)
*Cleaning brushes

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I had way too much fun creating all of that! Use your noggin when it comes to things that are age appropriate, alright? alright. Have fun!