Mommy Link Up Party – Week 14 – Silly Photos

I'm thrilled to be joining Mandi from Sweet Tiny Blessings with this fun, prompt based weekly linky party!  Big thanks to Mandi for this opportunity!

Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a prompt based link up party with a theme.  We'll supply the prompts and you link up your related posts.  Anything and everything family friendly, old, new, even reviews and giveaways are welcome, as long as they relate to this week's prompt.

This Week's and Next Week's Prompt

This week's prompt is to share your favorite silly photo of your family or kids.  Add your link to your post with this theme in the linky below.  

Plan ahead!  Next week's prompt is how do you handle allowances in your house?  

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Busy Morning? French Toast Stick Bites Breakfast Hack For The Win!

Busy Morning?  French Toast Stick Bites Breakfast Hack For The Win!
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This post has been sponsored by Farm Rich. All opinions are mine.

Mornings are usually calm and relaxed at our house, until we have to leave.  Getting myself dressed and ready is a big enough task, but getting the kids changed, fed, and out the door is downright impossible.  With D going to school at 11:30 every day, we are usually in a mad dash to get our errands done before our time is up.  To help, I have upped my "Mom Game" and figured out a few parenting hacks along the way.  

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Why Replacing Your Old Fridge Can Save You Money

Why Replacing Your Old Fridge Can Save You Money

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A few days ago, I went to Best Buy to pick up Hubby's birthday gift that I had bought online.  I noticed signs for their Earth Day sale, where you can get up to 30% off of major appliances.  I was intrigued.  It has been a few years since we have bought a major appliance, so I know they have done big things to make appliances more Earth friendly.  

Appliances and "Earth friendly" did not really fit in the same sentence until recently, but now they do!  Recent improvements in insulation and compressors have made the refrigerators of today use much less energy than older models.  Look for an ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, and you know you are maximizing your energy and dollar savings.  And you will not even be able to tell a difference in the features.

ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators are about 9-10 percent more energy efficient than models that meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard.

Recycle Your Old Refrigerator

There are an estimated 170 million refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers in the United States.  More than 60 million of these are over 10 years old.  It is great that they last so long, but they are actually costing us consumers more money in the long run…..up to $4.7 billion a year in energy costs!  By properly recycling your old refrigerator and replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, you can save between $35–$300 on energy costs over its lifetime. Find out how much money you will save by using the ENERGY STAR Savings Calculator.

What is so special about ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators use less energy and help us reduce our impact on the environment.  One might assume that all of the refrigerators sold in the United States are ENERGY STAR certified, but sadly, that is not true.  If all the refrigerators sold were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $400 million each year and 8 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, (equivalent to the emissions from 750,000 vehicles.)  That would make a HUGE difference!

Where to Start?

Now that you know how important recycling your old fridge and replacing it with an ENERGY STAR fridge is, where do you start?  My suggestion….start with the LG Studio Collection at Best Buy.  It's beautiful, but more than that, the features are drool worthy, too.

Why Replacing Your Old Fridge Can Save You Money

This Nate Berkus-inspired line has pro-style features like hefty metal knobs and flat doors.  It is well-designed, looks amazing, and it does it's job well.  Refrigerators, cooking appliances, dishwashers, over-the-range microwaves and more, you will find the perfect kitchen with these appliances.

Now at Best Buy, get 18 months major appliance financing or 10% rewards (increased from 5 to10% for April!) and 10% back in grocery purchases.  You will also get free delivery on purchases $399!

Easy Grilled Bean Flautas – Take Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration to the Grill!

Easy Grilled Bean Flautas – Take Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration to the Grill!

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I was SO incredibly happy to say "so long!" to winter and we are loving the warm temperatures!  Just getting outside and feeling the sunshine is so refreshing.  Anyone who knows our family knows that we LOVE Mexican food.  I used to eat these fabulous flautas at a Mexican restaurant we would frequent…but, they are fried and not so healthy.  I wanted to pair our love for grilling and Mexican food with these Grilled Bean Flautas!  

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Fingerprint Bluebonnet Craft for Kids

Fingerprint Bluebonnet Craft for Kids

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It is always an exciting day when we spot the first bluebonnets in Texas.  We have a few around our house and at our church, but just gazing at the amazing bluebonnets over the ranches and plains is just breathtaking.  I'm a sucker for babies in bluebonnets.  Our usual bluebonnet spot was not so lush this year, but there were a few, so I plopped my sweet toddler down in them and took a few pictures!  (The other two boys were sick…thank you, Spring.)

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ShiftCon is coming to NOLA! Save $50 on Your Ticket!

ShiftCon is coming to NOLA!

ShiftCon Social Media Conference will be held December 1-3, 2016 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverbank in New Orleans, LA!!  This conference will be the weekend after Thanksgiving and the weather should be perfect!  Come with me to see the city, network with organic and natural brands and other bloggers and social media influencers.  We will dine on nonGMO food, talk and learn more about moving towards a nontoxic environment, and of course…bring home swag!

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Finding Sustainable Seafood – Albacore Tuna Quesadillas

 

Finding Sustainable Seafood – Albacore Tuna Quesadillas

Our family eats seafood often.  The boys LOVE fish, so I try to make it a big part of our diet.  It is easy to grab the cheapest option available, but I know that is not what is best for my family or the environment.  I want to open a can of tuna fish, see that is actually real fish, and savor the delicious taste!  I want real, sustainable seafood that was not raised in some overcrowded, deplorable fish farm.  I also want to know that what I am feeding my family is not causing overfishing in certain areas and that the fish stocks remain at sustainable levels.

sustainable tunaWe tried Wild Selections® Solid White Albacore Tuna in olive oil in some of our favorite recipes.  I love that this company is working to help the environment by giving back to the oceans.  They are donating 13 cents from every can sold—a total of $1 million by 2018—to World Wildlife Fund marine conservation and fishery improvement projects.  What this means to me is that our family and generations to come will be able to enjoy fresh, real seafood, not that which is made in a lab somewhere or caught by overfishing and damaging the fish stocks. 

Other benefits of Wild Selections tuna:

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Fun Mother’s Day Printables – Mom and Grandma Facts Sheets

Fun Mother's Day Printables – Mom and Grandma Facts

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May means flowers, sunshine, bbqs, and Mother's Day!  This holiday is a day for moms, grandmas, and any other special women filling the role of mom this year!  

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What’s Your Coffee Mood?

What's Your Coffee Mood?

What's Your Coffee Mood?

This post is sponsored by Folgers and She Speaks. All opinions are mine.

We have three little boys and only one can sleep soundly and sleep in late in the mornings.  Hubby and I both enjoying sleeping, as well, so this presents a bit of a problem.  I am so thankful for my programmable coffee maker in the mornings because coffee is a must.  There is never a morning when I say "you know, I think I can go without coffee today."  Nope.  Three kids.  Two of which we are pretty sure hate sleeping.  

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Why A Nighttime Routine Can Be Helpful For An Anxious Child

Why A Nighttime Routine Can Be Helpful For An Anxious Child

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We have learned so much about anxiety this year.  We went from homeschooling to public school and the boys are both finally doing well, but both showed anxiety in their own ways and we have found that they deal with it in their own ways, too.

Anxiety about new things is normal.  I think I kind of expected the boys just to skip gleefully into school and not have any issues at all, but I was just holding my breath and hoping for the best instead of being prepared.  My kids are anxious.  I was an anxious kid and still deal with anxiety today.  It is okay though.  It is okay and "normal" to be anxious.  I think we are given anxiety to help us to be cautious and careful…and to protect us.  But too much anxiety is not a good thing.  So how do you help an anxious child with new, scary situations?  

Start with bedtime

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