Printable Holiday To Do List

Free and festive Holiday to do list. Great way to prepare for the holidays and make sure nothing falls through the cracks.

Today's post is sponsored by Bona, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. I've always enjoyed the holidays, but now that I have kids I love them even more. Unfortunately, motherhood also means that my Holiday to do list is a lot longer than it used to be when all I had to do was wake up and open presents. (Cue Archie Bunker, "Those were the daaaays!") … [Read more...]

Whole30 Day 6: The Banana30

Eating lots of bananas on the Whole30

Our banana intake has definitely increased since we started the Whole30. My husband is jokingly referring to it as the Banana30 because we are burning through them fast. We've always been banana eaters. They're an easy snack that the kids love, and it's rare that a banana ever goes bad in our house because we all love them at different stages. I love them when they're still somewhat green and kind of chalky, my husband loves the perfectly ripe yellow variety, and my eldest son loves them overly ripe and somewhat bruised. The three littlest eat them no matter what. Our usual banana count is about a bunch a day. A bunch is usually six or so bananas, there are six people in our family, it's really not a lot per person even though it sounds like it. Saturday afternoon we bought our usual 3 bunches to get us through to Wednesday, but they were gone by Sunday evening! We have lots of other fruits available, but bananas go the fastest! What's you easy, go-to snack and how to do … [Read more...]

Whole30 Day 4: Dodging edible land mines

Dodging edible land mines and barely getting out alive. That's right, I'm talking about the grocery store.

I spent a good portion of today dodging edible land mines. This would have been hard enough on its own without four kids trying to push me into the throws of danger at every opportunity. That's right, we went grocery shopping. I realized years ago that kids are really smart, and my stepson had my husband and I totally figured out. He knew that if he wanted to watch tv, dad was the guy to ask. I'm more apt to tell him to read or do chores. I allow electronic time too, but dad's a little easier to sway. However, when it comes to junk food, I'm the target. This finally dawned on me as we walked through the store a few years ago, while he pointed out every sugary cereal, donut, or ice cream he could see, and I enthusiastically said, "Sure, we can get that!" Five or so items later and I realized he was totally playing us! I've gotten a lot better about saying no since then, especially since we went paleo in January, but mid-August through September were bad months for us. We … [Read more...]