Jul 272015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Little Remedies. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Have you ever noticed, it seems like everyone wants to gift clothing at baby showers?  I get the appeal of gifting clothes.  I really do.  They are so incredibly cute and fun to shop for, and let’s face it, when you see that baby wearing the outfit you bought for them, your heart just melts. 

While clothing is definitely a great gift idea for a baby shower, there are a lot of other gift ideas that are unique and sure to impress any Mom and the other baby shower guests too.

I remember one gift that really stood out to me at the baby shower I had when I was pregnant with my daughter, Kayleigh.  After opening bunches of clothes and more blankets than I could even keep track of, this one gift was like a breath of fresh air, something I had not yet thought of, and something that I was definitely going to need for my baby.  It was a gift basket containing a variety of Little Remedies® products, including their Gripe Water and Gas Drops.

Little Remedies products

I was so thrilled when I opened this gift.  I hadn’t even thought about the medicines I might need for my baby.  She wasn’t even born yet, so her being sick hadn’t crossed my mind at all.  I received this gift from one of my friends who was a fairly new Mom herself.  I felt like she had let me in on the biggest secret ever by giving me all of those Little Remedies® products.  She later told me that she had been using them with her son, and they worked wonders to help relieve his gas pains.

I didn’t have a baby shower when I was pregnant with my son, Logan.  I already had pretty much everything I needed on hand, from when I had Kayleigh, as I had purchased or asked for everything in gender neutral colors, so I could re-use them. I realized, however, that I needed to re-stock on my Little Remedies® products.  I ordered a really nice Little Remedies kit online, which included all of their most popular products, right in a handy little pouch.  It was one of the best things I could have bought.  I have already used the gas drops and gripe water with Logan, and they have helped to calm his belly.

Here are some additional tips to help calm a gassy baby’s tummy.

Gassy Baby

ABOUT LITTLE REMEDIES® PRODUCTS:

Little Remedies® products are made to support the health and well-being of infants and children.  They are made with the fewest and most natural ingredients without sacrificing the product’s effectiveness.  I try to keep things as natural as I can with my children, and feel safe using these products with them.  I love that their products do not contain any artificial flavors, artificial colors or alcohol and are created with the very specific needs of children in mind.

Little Remedies® Gas Drops

Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops

Quickly relieves tummy pain from excess gas. Safe remedy to gently ease stomach discomfort or bloating.

  • Relieves excess gas from food or swallowing of air
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • No alcohol, saccharin or preservatives
  • Dosage can also be mixed with 1 oz. of cool water, infant formula or other suitable liquids.

Little Remedies® Gripe Water

Little Remedies Gripe Water

Eases tummy pain for infants. Natural, effective relief for your baby’s upset stomach.

  • Relieves discomfort due to hiccups and colic*
  • Safe, gentle formula
  • No alcohol or gluten
  • Be sure to burp your baby during and after feeding to reduce air buildup.

I loved the Little Remedies gift basket idea so much, that I now make my own to give away at baby showers I attend.  The Moms-to-be are always very impressed and excited by them.

When I make my Little Remedies gift basket, I do a little something like this:

Little Remedies Gift Basket

I buy a cute bucket to put everything into.  The bucket also doubles as a “sick bucket” for little kids.  Perfect!

Other items that can be included in this gift basket are a thermometer, nasal aspirator, tissues, a stuffed animal, cute bandages – really anything you think might be good to have on hand for a sick baby.

If you bring this gift basket to a baby shower, I guarantee it will be a huge hit!

Stay up to date with the latest news and products by following #LittleRemedies on social media.

 Posted by at 2:09 pm
Jul 262015
 

The first few months with a new baby can be one of the most exhausting and difficult times in your life.  You’ve completely given up your social life, you’re getting little to no sleep, and awkwardly learning how to take care of this tiny human being as you go. 

While these first months are so challenging, they are also very rewarding.  Bonding with your new baby is such a wonderful experience, and it is so important to fully take advantage of, and cherish these precious moments, as they fly by all too quickly.

My son is 4 months old now, and we’ve had so much fun bonding and getting to know one another.  I just love it when he looks into my eyes, and gives me a great big smile.  There is nothing like it!  Here are some fun, and easy, ways to bond with your baby, too, in those first few months.

5 Fun Ways to Bond with Your Baby

1.  Babywearing – One of my very favorite ways to bond with my son, is by wearing him in a wrap or carrier.  This way, I keep him close to my heart, and I can comfort him, kiss the top of his little head, look into his eyes, be aware of his needs, and more.  Logan also weighs an impressive 20 pounds at just 4 months old, so this also helps to keep my arms from falling off while holding onto him all day!

Babywearing

2. Play Peek-a-Boo – Logan is now loving the game of Peek-a-Boo.  His cute little face just lights right up when my hands move to expose my face.  He thinks it’s the greatest thing in the world, and I have so much fun playing with him.

Play Peek-a-Boo

3.  Hold Hands – Logan loves to hold my hands, when I wear him in the carrier, while I’m feeding him a bottle, while he’s sitting on the floor in front of me, and at other opportunities he gets throughout the day.  He holds onto my fingers with all of his might, and hates to let go.  So, I just sit there and let him hold onto them.  I love knowing that he is so close to me, and doesn’t want me to leave him.  Soon there will come a day when he won’t want me around so much anymore.  Until then, I will cherish these days when he does.

Hold Hands

4.  Get Down on the Floor and Play – It is so much fun to get down on the floor and play with my son.  He is only 4 months old, and is already pretty mobile when I lay him down on the floor.  I get down on the floor with him, rolling a ball to him, or teasing him with other toys, trying to get him to inch a little closer to me.  This is a really great opportunity to bond, and to develop his motor skills as well.

Get Down on the Floor and Play

5.  Sing a Special Lullaby – When I brought my daughter, Kayleigh, home from the hospital, I began to sing a special lullaby song to her every single night as I rocked her to sleep.  She is now 2 years old, and it is still her favorite song, and she still requests that I sing it to her before bed.  I have selected a different lullaby for Logan, and will do the same with him.  Years from now, when they are rocking their own kids to sleep, I hope that they will think of me, and will sing their kids our special lullaby songs. 

Sing a Special Lullaby

I think all of these special bonding moments help to create a #formulaforhappiness for your baby during the first few months of life. 

DID YOU KNOW?

If you need additional support figuring out those challenging first few months with your new baby, Gerber® offers free appointments with a certified baby sleep consultant, nutritionist, or lactation consultant!  How great is that?!

I’ll be posting some of our favorite moments of happiness over on Instagram @sincerelymindy_ over the next few weeks. I’d love to see your family’s formula for happiness, so use #formulaforhappiness to tag pictures of your tips for baby’s happiness in the first few months of life!

Do you have any special ways of bonding with your babies?  Please share in the comments!

 

 Posted by at 12:57 pm
Jul 132015
 

Thank you Middle Sister Wines for sponsoring this post.

Growing up, my sisters and I weren’t very close.  I am 7 and 9 years older than them, so when I was in high school, and they were just little kids, I found them to be super annoying, and didn’t want anything to do with them.  They would sneak into my room and go through my stuff.  They would get together and plot against me.  I know now that they were just having fun, and that was their way of trying to be a part of my life.

Now that I am in my 30’s, my sisters are in their mid-20’s, and we all have kids around the same age, we get along better than ever.  They are my best friends, and I love to spend time with them.  We never need an excuse to get together.  We just enjoy each others’ company, no matter what we are doing.

sisters

Sometimes it really surprises me just how well my sisters and I do get along with each other, since we all have very different personalities.  Have you ever heard that birth order is commonly believed to have a profound and lasting effect on psychological development?  Well, that certainly rings true in our family! 

Being the oldest child, I am super organized, a rule follower, a people pleaser.  I plan out everything I do way ahead of time, and I absolutely hate surprises (because I can’t have control over them and plan things out!).  I strive for perfection.

My middle sister, Angela, is always super relaxed, goes with the flow, and does things that make her happy.  She loves to be spontaneous and live in the moment.  In her younger days, she was also a bit of a trouble maker.  She would often break the rules and push my parents’ buttons.

Angela

My youngest sister, Amber, is a bit of a spitfire.  On the outside, she looks innocent and sweet, but she doesn’t ever hold back, and she tells it like it is.  If she is angry with you for any reason at all, she will let you know, and you won’t hear the end of it!

Amber

When my sisters and I get together, we like to do a couple of things.  One of those is to eat.  We are Italian, so we like to reconnect over our favorite foods.  We also like to drink wine.  Good food and good wine go hand in hand, and make for a great celebration of sisterhood.

We recently got together and shared a wonderful meal and some delicious Middle Sister Wine.  How fitting, right?

Middle Sister Wines are crafted by award-winning winemaker Nancy Walker (a middle sister herself), and include a wide variety of red, white and sparkling wines from California and Argentina.

The Middle Sister brand is based on a series of quirky “middle sister” characters who each claim their own varietal and personality. The various sisters, with personalities like Wild One Malbec, Drama Queen Pinot Grigio, Rebel Red, and more, are engaging and entertaining. 

There’s a Middle Sister Wine for everyone!  The one I relate the most with, is of course, the Goodie Two Shoes Pinot Noir.

Middle Sister Wine

My middle sister, Angela, identifies most with Mischief Maker Cabernet Sauvignon.

Middle Sister Wine

My youngest sister, Amber, relates to the Sweet & Sassy Moscato.

Middle Sister Wine

All of the Middle Sister Wines we tried were so refreshing and delicious.  The Mischief Maker Cabernet Sauvignon went great with our steak dinner.

Middle Sister Wine

Did you notice the super cute new label on this bottle?  Middle Sister just received a brand makeover and now features “Drops of Wisdom” which are a dose of inspiration right on the front label. Check out the fabulous new look!

Middle Sister Wine

You can find Middle Sister Wines at most Target stores, and at other stores as well.  Check out their website to find a retailer near you.

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 Posted by at 9:22 pm
Jul 052015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Folgers. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It’s no secret that I love coffee.  Now that I’m not pregnant or breastfeeding anymore, I am indulging more than ever.  It was a long 14 months, only being able to have 1 cup of coffee per day, especially when I felt like I needed the added boost of energy the most!

Now that summer is here, I have started drinking more iced coffee throughout the day.  It has that great coffee flavor I love, but it also helps to keep me feeling cool and refreshed all day long. 

I’m not a very patient person, so making iced coffee at home was really quite a chore for me.  First I’d have to brew it, then throw it in the refrigerator or freezer for a while to cool off enough for me to put ice in it without it melting.  The waiting absolutely killed me! 

The other option was to drive to the local coffee shop whenever the urge for iced coffee struck, but that gets to be pretty expensive, and with an infant and a toddler at home, it’s just not feasible for me to pack them both up in the car for a drive to get coffee.

When I first heard of Folgers Iced Cafe Coffee Drink Concentrates, I was super excited!  They are made with 100% coffee extract, only five ingredients and no sugar or preservatives, and deliver a customizable iced coffee experience packaged in a portable 1.62 fl. oz. squeeze bottle. 

Folgers Iced Cafe Coffee Concentrates

Folgers Iced Cafe Coffee Drink Concentrates are available in 4 flavors – Original Latte, Vanilla Latte, Caramel Macchiato and Hazelnut Latte.  They are all fantastic, but I really do enjoy the Original the most.  Sometimes I even add a couple of squirts of chocolate syrup to give it a mocha flavor.  It’s so good!

Folgers Iced Cafe Coffee Concentrates

To make an iced coffee with Folgers Iced Cafe Coffee Drink Concentrates, simply pour 8 ounces of milk into a glass.  I use almond milk, but you can use whatever milk you prefer.  Then, add 2 squirts of the coffee drink concentrate, and some ice, and then you have an iced coffee drink, made right at home in no time at all!  Each bottle makes 12 servings, so you can either enjoy your delicious iced coffee with a bunch of friends, family, or co-workers, or make a lot of drinks for yourself!

Folgers Iced Cafe Coffee Concentrates

Win on #FolgersFridays!

Each Friday from June 5, 2015 to September 4, 2015, Folgers fans can enter the #FolgersFridays Promotion for weekly chances to win a prize basket of Folgers products, worth approximately $200!  All you have to do is answer a question prompted in a post that invites entry into the Promotion.

To enter on Facebook, answer in the Comments section. On Twitter, send an answer in a non-private Tweet @Folgers, and include the hashtags #FolgersFridays and #PromoEntry.

Promotion is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C, 18 years of age older. Internet access and a valid Facebook account are required to enter the Promotion on Facebook; to enter on Twitter you must have a public Twitter account and follow the Twitter account @Folgers. Void where prohibited.

For details on the #FolgersFridays Promotion and a store locator to find Folgers Iced Café near you, please visit http://folgers.com and follow Folgers on Facebook and Twitter.

 Posted by at 9:49 pm
Jul 022015
 

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I received product free of charge, but all opinions are 100% mine.

It’s really no surprise that babies have the ability to warm even the coldest of hearts.  They are so cute and cuddly, and just amazing in every way.  I mean, is there really anything better than holding a freshly born baby?  I don’t think so!  I just love to soak in that newness and that beautiful baby scent. Babies are so pure and innocent, and deserve the very best we have to offer them!

Logan

Having had 2 babies of my own, I have seen the great lengths other people will go to, to make life #BetterForBaby.  They will instantly grow silent when they realize a baby is napping.  They will endure hours of cheesy baby music to keep baby happy.  They will act like a complete fool to try to get a baby to smile or laugh.

Baby Collage

Pampers, too, knows how important it is to make life #BetterForBaby, and that’s why they have launched the “Pampers #BetterForBaby Program” – a program that recognizes how babies have the ability to bring out the best in all of us and that is why we should do our part to make life better for them.

Logan

As part of their campaign, Pampers has released an absolutely beautiful video that celebrates all of the profound ways babies change the world around them for the better, and in turn asks families to pledge how they will make life #BetterForBaby. My husband and I saw this video for the first time while we were watching television the other night. It nearly brought me to tears! If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out below.

As the brand who supports the happy, healthy development of babies for more than 50 years, Pampers is committed to doing their small part to making life #BetterForBaby through their core brand commitments including: 1) protecting premature babies, 2) helping families in need through product donations, 3) preventing maternal and neonatal tetanus and 4) reducing their environmental impact.

At the launch of this program they also made a significant donation to some amazing charity partners (Graham’s Foundation, UNICEF and Feeding America) in recognition of their valued partnership in helping Pampers support the happy, healthy development of babies.

WIN SOME GREAT PRIZES!!

Pampers is also giving away some really great prizes during this campaign! One way you can win, is by attending the Pampers #BetterForBaby Twitter Party on Wednesday, July 8th from 9-10pm EST as they discuss how to make like #BetterForBaby! You can RSVP here: http://vite.io/iconnectim

Prizes include:

· Prize 1: Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System ($60), Pampers/wipes

· Prize 2: PUR Baby White Vertical Faucet Mount and Filter ($25), Replacement Filters ($20), Pampers/wipes

· Prize 3: $100 TOMS GC (a great company that gives back), Pampers/wipes

· GRAND PRIZE: $300 VISA GC

· RSVP: Pampers/wipes

You can also enter to win an Apple Watch worth $400. All you have to do to enter, is tweet a #BetterForBaby pledge during the campaign using #Better4Baby and #B4BDivas, along with a link to the video: http://bit.ly/1Cr6k4A. This contest ends July 15th.  Visit http://bit.ly/BetterForBabyContest for complete contest info and rules.

Here’s my pledge:

Finally, I am hosting a Pampers giveaway right here on the blog, where you can enter to win a Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Care System, Pampers Diapers and Wipes, a Spring Floral Scarf and a Reusable BPA Free Water Bottle! This prize package is worth approximately $100!

Pampers Prize Package

To enter to win, simply complete as many entries as you wish below. This giveaway is open to US residents only, and will end on 7/11/15 at 11:59pm EST.

Good luck! :)

 Posted by at 11:04 pm
Jun 232015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gold Toe. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I may just be home all day with the kids, but boy, do my feet ever hurt at the end of the day.  It’s really no wonder though, since I’m usually chasing Kayleigh around the house, running from room to room all day picking up messes, and pacing back and forth with Logan in my arms, trying to get him to settle down.

There is nothing I like to do more at the end of a long and stressful day, than to lay on the couch, watch some TV or a movie, and just relax.  As a Mom of two small kids, it’s so important for me to have a little “me time” at the end of a long day to unwind and re-energize.  I really think it helps me to be not only a better Mom to my kids, but also a better wife to my husband.  When I’m happy, everyone is happy!

It’s also really important for me to give my aching feet a little TLC on a regular basis.  So, after a long day of hard work as a stay-at-home Mom, I slip my tired feet into a pair of Gold Toe Oh. So. Soft socks, and I swear they instantly feel a million times better.  Gold Toe socks are hands down the softest socks my feet have ever had the pleasure of wearing.  They feel so good, that I don’t ever want to take them off!

Gold Toe Socks

Not only are Gold Toe socks super soft and comfy, but they are stylish and affordable, too!  They also have lots of cute colors and patterns to choose from, so you can get a pair to go with every outfit!

Gold Toe Socks

I have worn Gold Toe socks for many years now.  They are of very high quality, and hold up really well after multiple washes.  You really could not ask for a better sock, and I highly recommend them!

Gold Toe socks

Follow Gold Toe on Social Media:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/goldtoe

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How do you take care of your feet after a long and stressful day?

 Posted by at 3:52 pm
Jun 162015
 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Best Buy has always been one of my favorite stores.  Whenever I’m in need of a new computer, printer, camera, TV, etc., it’s the first place I go to, because I know I’ll find exactly what I’m looking for.

This Father’s Day, Best Buy is the destination for the latest cameras and camcorders, including the new GoPro HERO+LCD.  This new camera is perfect for capturing all of those special family moments, vacations and more.

GoPro+LCD

The GoPro+LCD features:

  • 1080p60 video, 8MP photos and built-in Wi-Fi, plus the convenience of a touch display.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connect to the GoPro App for shot preview, total camera control and easy content sharing to Instagram, Facebook, and more.

Go Pro HERO+LCD

You can make this Father’s Day extra special by giving Dad a new GoPro HERO+LCD so he can capture all of his adventures and relive them on the spot with the LCD display.

How much fun would it be to relive all of those hunting and fishing trips, hikes through the woods, and all of the other adventures Dads love to go on?!

Go Pro HERO+LCD

Special Savings and Offers:

  • HERO+LCD (Sku 6954009) with free 32GB Extreme Plus memory card (Sku 9387066). Valid 6/14-6/20
  • Free $50 Best Buy Gift Card with purchase of the GoPro HERO4 Silver (Sku 8374096) or GoPro HERO4 Black (Sku 8374078). Valid 6/7-6/20

Will you get the Dad in your life a GoPro HERO+LCD for Father’s Day?

 Posted by at 10:24 pm
Jun 142015
 

My body has completely changed after giving birth to my two children.  I’m 40 pounds heavier, have a soft tummy that’s covered in stretch marks, my feet are a size and a half bigger, and I now experience light bladder leakage more often than I care to talk about.  Awesome.

I was at my daughter’s 2nd birthday party a few weeks ago, and I had an embarrassing bladder leakage moment.  We had her birthday party at an outdoor picnic area near a large pond, so I really had to keep my eye on her, as she is constantly on the move, and I didn’t want her getting into the water.  She was kicking a ball around, and it started to roll away, right towards the pond.  Of course, she started running after it, so I started running after her.  I didn’t get too far before I felt it.  Light bladder leakage. 

There was no bathroom in sight, so I had to just sort of deal with it until I got home after the party.  I felt so awkward and uncomfortable after.  Light bladder leakage at 33 years old.  I never thought I would have to deal with this problem at such a young age, but I now know that it’s actually very common for younger people to experience bladder leakage. 

Did you know?

More people with bladder leakage are in their 20’s than their 80’s.

Theaverage age of someone with bladder leakage is only 52!

More people with bladder leakage are 50 or younger than 60 or old!

So, now that I have light bladder leakage, what am I going to do about it?  I certainly don’t want it to slow me down, or embarrass me again, like it did at my daughter’s birthday party.

After doing a little research, I found Depend Silhouette Active Briefs.  I know what you’re probably thinking… Depends are for old people, right?  Well, no, not anymore.  Depend has been working hard to break down the stigma associated with bladder leakage.  There are so many women that experience it, so why should we all have to suffer and be embarrassed by it?  Depend Silhouette Active Briefs have a low rise, and they look and feel like real underwear!  I was really quite surprised at how comfortable they are.  They even come in black and beige, so they don’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Depends Silhouette Active Fit

I recently picked up a box of these Depend Silhouette Active Briefs at Walmart.  When I got to the checkout, of course there was a young guy standing there.  Now, normally, if I were buying depends in front of a younger man, I would be completely embarrassed, but these look so much like real underwear, and the Depend logo is so small on the box, that I don’t even think he noticed that I was buying bladder leakage protection.  I absolutely love how discreet these are.

Depends Silhouette Active Fit

Depend is entering year two of Underwareness, a social movement and charitable cause to break down the bladder leakage stigma. As part of Underwareness, the Depend brand is encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage.

For every photo and video shared using #Underwareness and featuring Depend products, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage!

Visit www.Underwareness.com to support the cause and to also request free samples of Depend Silhouette Active Fit!

Have you ever had an embarrassing experience with light bladder leakage?

 Posted by at 10:25 pm
Jun 112015
 

I received an advance copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

I am a child of the 1980’s.  I was born in 1981, at the tail end of what has been termed “Generation X”.  My parents were born in 1961 and 1963, at the very beginning of Generation X.  While we are from the same generation, our parenting styles differ greatly. 

When I was a kid, I walked to school with my best friend every day.  Our parents didn’t walk with us, and they didn’t drive us to school, or walk us inside to our classroom to make sure we arrived there safe and sound.  They trusted that we would walk straight to school, and not run into any trouble along the way.  And, we did.

After school, we would walk back home, alone.  We were sometimes “latch-key” kids, meaning that our parents would give us a key to get into the house because they were not home when we returned.  They once again put a lot of trust in us, and felt that we were responsible enough to stay home alone for a couple of hours until they came home.  And, we were.

Summer days and weekends were spent walking across town to the drugstore to replenish our stash of penny candy, stopping at the convenience store to cool off with a Slush Puppie, taking a quick dip in the town pool, swinging as high as we could at the playground, or riding our bikes all around town.  All of this was done without any adult supervision.  Oh, and we never wore a bike helmet either.

My friends and I were pretty much given the freedom to do whatever we wanted, within reason.  We never had to check in with our parents while we were out having fun, and growing up.  There were no cell phones for us to call them with.  Most of the time, they had no idea where we were or what we were doing.  They simply expected us to return home for dinner, and we did.

I want my kids to have the same fun experiences I did as a child, but here’s the thing… I have found myself turning into a “helicopter parent”, meaning I hover over my children and don’t allow them the freedom to make decisions for themselves.

Kayleigh walk

My kids are very young, so I do have to keep a constant eye on them still, but I can already tell I am headed towards that helicopter parent mentality where I will have to know where my kids are and what they are doing at all times, or I will simply go mad!

I absolutely don’t want to turn into that parent.  I want to give my children the same freedom I had when I was young.  They need to learn from their mistakes just like I did.  They need to become adults.

I was very intrigued when I heard about the book “How to Raise an Adult” by Julie Lythcott-Haims.  I just knew that I had to read this, for my sake, and for my kids’ sake.  This book was full of valuable lessons and information, and did not disappoint!

How to Raise an Adult

In her book, Julie Lythcott-Haims writes about her experience as a freshman dean of students at Stanford University.  It really came as no surprise to me that most college students still rely heavily on their parents for the most basic things.  I worked for a lawyer for more than 10 years.  He was also a landlord and owned several apartment buildings that catered to college students.  I dealt with many college students, and their parents too.  They were very involved in their child’s lives still, even though they were technically considered an adult, and should have been old enough to make decisions on their own at that point. 

“Without experiencing the rougher spots of life, our kids become exquisite, like orchids, yet are incapable, sometimes terribly incapable, of thriving in the real world on their own.”

One part of Julie’s book that really resonated with me, was when she told the story of a time she saw a mother and her 8 year old child crossing a busy street together.  The mother looked left and right, and then left again, and the child never once looked up from the cell phone he was staring at.

When we are always present with our children, thinking that they will always be safe, as long as we are there to help them, they never have to learn to do anything for themselves, and the above story is a perfect example.  Why would the child look up from his cell phone to make sure the intersection is safe to cross, if his mother has always been there to make sure it’s ok?  He is relying on her to do something that he should be doing for himself at that age.

Kayleigh swing

So, how do we allow our children to become adults, and keep them safe at the same time?  Teach them life skills, starting at a young age.  Kayleigh is only 2 years old, and I already have her helping me cook in the kitchen and helping me clean the house.  These are things she will have to do for herself some day. 

Teach your children to know important names, addresses and telephone numbers in case of an emergency.  Allow them to play freely.  Teach them about the value of money, and how to take pride in their personal belongings.  It is also very important for you to listen to them, to what they really want, and not force things on them.  Let them make their own decisions.  They will grow up to be very smart, independent individuals that will make you beam with pride.

What tips do you have for raising your kids to be adults?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 Posted by at 9:50 pm
May 222015
 

Here in the great state of Maine, we love our food, and we love to eat a lot of it.  We have to endure really long, cold winters, so we find warmth and comfort in hearty meals that keep our bellies full.  One of our favorite dishes is, of course, chili!

Popovers with chili

We eat our chili many different ways here.  Some of the most popular ways are chili cheese dogs, chili-topped baked potatoes, and chili with cornbread, popovers, or biscuits on the side. I really enjoy all of these options, but I really do love chili paired with a light and fluffy biscuit the most!  

Biscuits and Chili

I often keep Hormel Chili in my pantry, as it is so quick and easy to heat up, and it tastes great.  There are so many things that can be done with this little can of chili.  The possibilities are endless! 

Since we also love a big, hearty breakfast here in Maine, I decided to kick the chili/biscuit combination up a notch, by cutting my biscuit in half, topping each half with Hormel Chili, sprinkling on some shredded sharp cheddar cheese and topping it all off with a fried egg, for a super easy and amazing Open-Faced Chili Cheese Breakfast Sandwich.  Everything’s better with a fried egg and cheese on top, right? 

Breakfast Sandwich

I cannot even begin to tell you how delicious this breakfast sandwich was.  It was so flavorful, and definitely filled me up and gave me lots of energy for the rest of the day.  Of course, you have to cook your eggs over easy and let that delicious golden yolk pour out all over your sandwich.  The combination of the chili and the egg yolk is so good!

Open-Faced Chili Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

I like to bake my own biscuits at home using the recipe on the back of the Bakewell Cream can.  Bakewell Cream is a variety of baking powder, and was actually invented here in Maine, just a few minutes from where I live!  It was developed by a Maine chemist in response to a shortage of cream of tartar in the US during World War II. 

If you can’t find Bakewell Cream, you can certainly use your favorite biscuit recipe, or pre-made biscuits for this breakfast dish.  Biscuits are a staple here in Maine.  We eat them with a lot of our meals!

Chili Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • Biscuits
  • Hormel Chili No Beans
  • Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Eggs

Directions:

Simply cut your biscuit in half, top each half with chili that you’ve warmed up, sprinkle shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top, and top with a fried egg. 

Super simple, very hearty, and truly delicious!

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