Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Smooth Mornings with School Aged Children!

So my daughter Gwen is sooo not a morning person! I wonder where she gets it from? (wink wink) She use to cry every morning and then it would frustrate me, and that just aint cool with two non morning people. So I started evaluating where our problems started. She hated getting up early, she was being rushed, having to get her clothes out and then dressed... It was just too all over the place. So I decided for us to establish a routine. First of all kids need adequite sleep. The National Sleep Foundation says school aged children (5-12) need 10 -11 hours of sleep. That is crazy! I didn't know that I always thought 8 hours of sleep was what everyone needed. So we moved her bedtime to an earlier time. I did notice a big difference when doing this just to start off.

The preparation starts the night before when we get everything ready for the next day. That includes her uniforms, shoes and socks laid out, hair accessories, lunch made, and back pack by the door. This helped tremendously because she wasn't fummbling around half asleep in the mornings trying to find everything to get ready. Having everything stream lined I find is the best. The next part of her morning routine was we started with making her bed first before anything. This gives her a fresh clean start to her morning and is a good habit for her to get into for the rest of her life. I dunno bout you but if I walk into my room and the bed isn't made it distracts me and just makes me feel blah! The whole room could be spottless but that alone can make my day come crashing down. So next is brushing her teeth and getting dressed. She then comes to my room where I do her hair and then its down stairs we go. All of this takes her about 30 min. We wake up an hour before we have to leave for school. Giving her ample time to get ready is a very important thing that way she is not feeling rushed and then in turn does not get emotional.

Next is breakfast. Now since I am not a morning person niether I try to make my mornings as smooth as possible too. So the night before I have some preparations that I do to make my mornings go smoothly. I start with loading my keurig with a k-cup, water, and the mug placed underneath. Next some easy breakfast ideas I came up with was making a whole batch of mini pancakes and freezing them so that way I can just pop a few in the microwave for about 45 seconds tada breakfast is ready. I bought cereal bars as well and those are great along with a banana and orange juice. Gwen loves oatmeal so that is another quick microwave option to do on cold mornings with hot coco! She feels all grown up sipping on her coco while she watches her morning cartoons. One last breakfast that is easy and fast to make are smoothies! Just prepackage them in freezer bags and pop them out and toss some OJ in the blender and there you go! Here is a link to one of my smoothie recipes. So while she is eating next is my turn to go upstairs and put myself together.

I have about 20 minutes to do my hair and makeup and throw on something comfy but cute to take her to school. Now, my hair is down to my booty so it's a rare occasion when I actually wear it down and make it all purddy! But here are a couple ideas on how you can still look stylish and put together without having to blowdry, curl, or flatiron your hair.
1. Top knot bun
2. Side braid
3. Side swept low braided bun (Flower Bun)

Next is my go to makeup for the mornings. I have been a makeup artist for over 10 years now and having kids has definetly made me cut down on my face routine. So I use 6 things to do my makeup in the mornings and I keep them all together in a small makeup bag so that way I can easily grab it and not have to fumble through all of my makeup. You can imagine what kind of collection I have going on haha with 10 years of doing makeup! Here is a list of the basics and I will also give you the brands of things I like using.
1. Face primer (Baby Skin by Maybelline)
2. Foundation (Loreal True Match)
3. Concealer (Loreal True Match)
4. Blush/bronzer (ELF duo)
5. Eyebrow pencil (Avon brow pencil)
6. Mascara (Falsies by Maybelline)

Then my alarm for 7 am goes off and it's off for school!

In conclusion ROUTINE is the key here! Being prepared the night before, having a set routine and ample amount of time gives for a smooth morning with your cranky lil ones. Hope this has helped some of you be inspired to bring some routine into yours and your kid's life!
Much love mamasitas until next time!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I know I know!

I am soooo sorry for being away for a little bit school started for my six year old! ugh! I can't believe she is in 1st grade now! I know everyone says time goes by fast but it really does. I can remember the day I brought her home from the hospital like it was yesterday and now she is in first grade all independent walking herself to class now :( BIG SAD FACE!! Any ways thought I would give you all my links to my social media come check them out. I am always posting new stuff all day, like dollar tree hauls and random pics of my babies.


She cray cray!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dollar Tree Recipe 30 Minute Meal for $4

So this recipe is soo fast and easy to make, so yummy that I have made it twice already! My house we have two adults and two kids and we still have left overs the next day. Everything I bought was from the Dollar tree, although you could buy any of this stuff at your choice of store and use different brands as well. Also you can add meat to yours but I try to incorporate no meat meals in our weekly rotation because it's cheaper. I first saw something like it from a youtuber britneyandbaby check her out her family is  super cute!

Your choice of noodles
1 jar of alfredo sauce
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
Your choice of shredded cheese
Have no idea why this picture won't turn the way I want it to!

First set your oven to 350 degrees and put your noodles to boil. While that is boiling I usually shred the cheese or get my daughter to do it :p You're going to want your noodles cooked al-dente because they will cook some more in the oven. Once they are cooked drain and return the noodles to the same pot. Next add the alfredo sauce straight into the pot with the noodles and stir it together. Next you want to dump all the noodles into a casserole dish. Top the noodles with the spaghetti sauce and make sure it is evenly distributed. Add cheese all over the top and put in oven for about 20 min. or until cheese is melted through.
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That's IT!!!! In 30 minutes you have a yummy meal!
This whole recipe costed me $4 
Also if you would like to add some garlic bread to your meal they sell this at the Dollar Tree as well.

Happy eating chicas!