Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies

Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Cooking and baking for my family has always been a passion of mine.  I love to create new recipes and see my family enjoying what I have made.  When the two older boys were little, they loved cooking with me.  Now, Baby Brother loves being a "maker" and helping in the kitchen.  It is oftentimes messy and I could do it much quicker without the extra help, but I do realize that this time is precious and he is learning by watching me cook.

I wanted to create a fun recipe that all three boys would love to help me with, and I am thrilled to say that I succeeded.  This Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies recipe was a hit, start to finish.  Of course, all I had to do was say that they are made with Cocoa Puffs cereal and they were on board.  This is a fun, hands on recipe and the end result is delicious.  Cocoa Puffs are easily found at Walmart stores, which is where I went to quickly buy all of my ingredients for these super fun cookies!

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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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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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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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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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How to Throw a Fun Disney Preschool Playdate! #DisneyKids

How to Plan a Fun Disney Preschool Playdate! #DisneyKids

I teamed up with Walt Disney World and MomSelect to throw a Disney Preschool Playdate.  I received free products in order to host the playdate.  The opinions expressed here are all my own.  Pictures are not to be used without permission.  Special thanks to Melissa Allred Photography.  Contains affiliate links

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Our three sons L-O-V-E everything Disney.  They have loved Disney Junior for years, but ever since we visited Walt Disney World last year, it has become a huge part of their fondest memories and we all cannot wait until we go again.  And they are getting into Star Wars, as well!  While they haven't seen the newest movie, they are all about reading books, playing with toys, and watching old Star Wars movies with Daddy.  We love Jake, Sofia, and Mickey Mouse, too!  So when I was given the opportunity to throw a Disney preschool playdate, I was so ecstatic!  While the playdate was aimed towards preschool kids, ages 3-5, we had kids aged 2-9 there and each and every one of them, including the adults, had a blast!  Who doesn't love Disney??

So how do you throw a super fun Disney preschool playdate?  The good news is that because everyone loves Disney and because there is so much Disney stuff out there…throwing a Disney playdate is pretty easy!  And you know I love stuff that is easy!  

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April Fool’s Day Breakfast – Tuna Can Muffin and “Egg” Drink

April Fool's Day Breakfast

April Fool's Day Breakfast - Tuna Can Muffin and Egg Drink

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April Fool's Day can be so much fun!  I am not a fan of the mean side to April 1st because tricks and mean jokes are not very fun if you are the one being tricked….BUT being silly and odd can be so much fun…especially to a house full of boys!  This is a fun, easy to make ahead breakfast that is perfect for an April Fool's Day breakfast!

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Easy DIY No Sew Paw Patrol Shirt with Free Template Printables

Easy DIY No Sew Paw Patrol Shirt with Free Template Printables

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Baby Brother is CRAZY about Paw Patrol!  Every day he asks for his favorite show, to wear his favorite Paw Patrol shoes, and he loves to pretend to be the Paw Patrol.  I found some super cute fabric and wanted to turn it into a customized t-shirt for him.  But first, I needed a template because I am not too great at freehand.  

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Free Football Themed Planner for Kids – Student Planner and Reading Log Printables

Free Football Themed Planner for Kids – Student Planner and Reading Log Printables

The Captain is 7 now and it has become VERY obvious in recent years that he THRIVES when using a schedule.  I homeschooled for his kindergarten year, and the days that we got the most done were the days that I made a checklist and schedule for him.  He did his work, went down the list, and felt a sense of security, I think, from knowing what he needed to know and what was expected of him.  He is in public school this year, and really thriving because he has an organized teacher and usually he knows the schedule and what is expected of him.  Also, he loves football and is, of course, thrilled about the upcoming Superbowl, even though his team isn't going this year.  That's why I am so excited to share with you these football themed planner printables for kids!  

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Make Sure That Your Kids Get Proper Nutrition and Vitamins…Without a Fight {Giveaway, Too!}

Make Sure That Your Kids Get Proper Nutrition and Vitamins…Without a Fight

Make Sure That Your Kids Get Proper Nutrition and Vitamins Without A Fight

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We all face different challenges with our kids, and if you have more than one child, you know that every child is different.  We did just about the same thing in regards to feeding the boys with our older two, and somehow, D is the better eater.  He will try almost anything once, loves broccoli, milk, salmon, and kefir, and I feel like he is getting the nutrition and vitamins that his body needs to grow healthy and strong.  The Captain, on the other hand, is not likely to try new things, turns up his nose at food often, and would live off of bread and sweets if we let him.  I do not want to label him as "picky," but he is definitely a food snubber.

What happened and why are they so different?  I am not sure, so I cannot tell you, in all honesty!  We served them both pureed baby foods, both were breastfed and formula fed, both had a sensitivity to milk that they have seemed to grow out of, and they turned out completely different.  (While the verdict is still out with Baby Brother, I tried a different approach with him, baby-led weaning, to try to avoid the food snubbing as his oldest brother does.  I'll fill you in when he's 5.  ha!)

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Book and Journal Keeper – Keep Books Safe and Little Brothers Out! “The Plans I Have For You”

Book and Journal Keeper

Book and Journal Keeper

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The Captain is 7 and loves to read.  He has really loved discovering the world of chapter books this year!  Often times we find him after we thought he was asleep, reading his Star Wars book, the Bible, or a book about animals or the solar system.  Reading is such a gift and I am glad that he has found this love and is confident as a reader.

One problem that we have run into, however, is that he has two little brothers that love books, as well, but in different ways!  While D is gentle with books and loves sounding out words, Baby Brother is two and very destructive!  He loves to look at books, yes, but he also loves to throw them, drop them, and he is learning that we do not rip pages or color in books that are not coloring books.  That's a tricky thing for a toddler to learn, isn't it?
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