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Make Starbucks vanilla creamer at home!

This post would of made no sense for me to do 2 years ago when I didn’t drink coffee… I drink it quite often now though… Enough that I make creamer. Let me tell you, it’s a lot easier to make this creamer than to drive to a Starbucks and pay too much for a coffee, because more than likely you already have all the ingredients in your home already.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 quart & Half pint Mason jars
  • 4 cups of half and half
  • 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk (one can)
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Medium pouring bowl
  • Whisk

Directions:

  • Add half and half and vanilla extract to the bowl and while whisking, slowing pour in sweetened condensed milk.
  • Whisk for about one minute; until condensed milk is broken up.
  • Use creamer, or transfer to Mason jars for long term storage.
  • It can be stored in the refrigerator for 5 days. Shake before each use to recombine ingredients.

I use this with ice coffee because I prefer cold drinks, but it’s delicious with hot coffee too! Enjoy.

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Mama loves planners *Free Planner Pages*

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Having OCD can suck sometimes. Like badly, but parts of it, I don’t mind. Like the part that makes me super organized. I like being organized. I like knowing where things are when I need them. I like like having things written down in detail. That’s not a bad thing, right? If I’m not organized, I feel like I’ll forget something

Now, I’m going to clarify what I mean. I don’t organize my closet in alphabetical order (I do however have it organized by season and USE to organize it by color) or organize my socks for each day of the week. I have the important stuff organized, like bills, recipes and my plans for the weeks and months. That’s normal right?

I use planners to accomplish all of this. I am super obsessed with planners. I have like three of them right now. I even have my own planner that I’ve made from a binder. It’s a lot cheaper this way, I might add and you can customize it anyway you want. It’s ridiculous how expensive a decent planner is these days.

When you have multiple kids, a job and side jobs, a planner is a must. That’s a lot of different things to plan. Doctor’s appointments, cleaning jobs, school functions, and so on. I don’t know about you, but I need to write all this stuff down and plan for them. Since planners have become so expensive, I started making my own planner pages and put them all into a binder to make my own planner. A heck of a lot cheaper and everything is exactly the way I want it.

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I thought I would share what I have made with all of you.

 

monthly calendar    weeklycalendar    monthly bills   weekly to do

Just click to down load and make your own planner

password organizer    birthdays    contacts    weekly menu

Hope you all enjoy.

recipe card    shopping list    notes  personal info

You know, I may not forget a lot of things, but I do forget birthdays, so that planner page is very useful to me. The only reason i remember most birthday’s is because Facebook tells me. Good ol’ Facebook! My favorite part of my customized planner is the bill organizer. I have a lot of bills- random little bills as well which can be forgotten about (mostly by my husband) and this keeps it all organized! 

What I have been trying to do lately is meal plan. We can never decide what to do for meals, so I think planning a week in advance will eliminate that problem. 

Enjoy,
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Sensory activity safe for all ages 4-6 months and up

Here is a guest post by a fellow Mom blogger, Rachel! Please show her some love! 

 


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Hi everyone!

My name is Rachel and I’m the owner of Coffee Mamma I’m so honored today to be doing my very first guest post! I am a Mommy Blogger that focuses on all things Woman, Mother, Family and Child friendly. My love of beauty, passion for blogging, addiction to coffee and of course my currently 9 month old Daughter have led me to this point. I owe everything to my little Girl ❤

 


I was absolutely ecstatic when Jessie the owner of this wonderful website you have found me on had told me she liked my website so much and that she wanted me to guest post for her. Hugeeee thanks to Jessie for the Great Opportunity. I appreciate it soooooo much.

There’s something about blogging that just soothes my soul.

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Today I would like to share with all the moms and caregivers around the world a super simple sensory activity safe for all ages 4-6 months and up.

I’m not exactly sure if there is a name or exact recipe out there for this somewhere.

I think once I’ve heard it referred to as “oobleck”.

 

I’ve just been running into a lot of moms that haven’t thought this would be safe for children of really young ages. Buttt! I’m here to tell you it is!!! And your child will love it!!!

As long as your baby can sit in a highchair on their own and my personal suggestion is that they have had cereal before, then this is a great thing to introduce.

Also, my reasoning for the preference of your child starting cereal beforehand is because babies put everything in their mouth. This is a thicker substance and I just feel it’s in a child’s best interest to introduce this activity after they have had practice swallowing something thicker than breast milk or formula.


You will need:

  • A tarp or drop sheet
  • Corn Starch
  • A mixing bowl
  • Food Coloring of your choice
  • A Highchair or somewhere safe for your child to sit.
  • A whisk or a fork to mix with
  • Water

 

  1. First what you want to do is set up your drop sheet. Now, this is more necessary unnamed (1)for infants or if your young child makes a HUGEEE mess. The first time I let my daughter play with goop she got it everywhere all over my table couch and floors. I picked some painters to drop sheets up from the dollar store next time I was out. 
  2. After you have your drop sheet set up you want to place the highchair probably in the middle. You probably wouldn’t think that it could get too messy behind your child but you’d be surprised. 
  3. Now, take your mixing bowl, and put as much cornstarch as you like. Be reasonable though.
  4. If you have a really young child I would put a lot less then if you have a toddler or school-aged child. This step is where I like to add just a couple drops of food coloring. I just do whatever color I feel like doing!!! 
  5. Add little bits of water at a time while stirring. The trick with this is NOT putting TOO MUCH water in. If you add too much water then the cornstarch won’t develop the ability to be both solid and liquid at the same time. 
  6. Last but not least get your kiddo secured in their highchair and let them play! I started by pouring it in little bits directly onto my daughter’s tray. Once she was more interested in it I dumped the rest of the bowl onto her tray.

 

This is something I just love because it’s super simple and its fun, safe & sensory for all ages. There are plenty of ways you can change it up too, in different colors, a dash of cinnamon or vanilla extract. My daughter had suchhh a blast it was amazing seeing her explore and have so much fun.

Like I mentioned for this to work you really want to make sure you don’t use toooooo much water. When you first touch it should feel kinda solid, like you can run your finger over it without applying pressure and it shouldn’t move very much.

When you touch it with a bit of pressure, it will break apart a bit allowing you to pick it up.

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Pressure mixed with the warmth of your skin will turn it very liquidy so when you pick it up it will turn watery and fall through your fingers.

Here is a link to a YouTube video. I did not make this video but the person who did make this video displayed perfectly what the end results should be.

I hope you all enjoyed my little post. Thank you so much for reading again this was my first guest post so this really means a lot to me. Another big Thank You to Jessie for having me here today.

For other fun things, you can do with your young children check out some of my latest posts like 9 things you can do with you 6 – 12-month-old & 11 Baby Friendly Fall Films. Or just check out my entire site to see if anything spikes your interest. I hope to see some of you soon. Have a wonderful day everyone.

 

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How to become a morning person.

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Let’s be honest here, as much as you say you’re a night owl, if you’re a mom, you are forced to be a morning person because for whatever reason, kids like to wake up at the butt crack of dawn, and it’s just more convenient considering everything happens during the daytime.
If you are a night owl and have been most your life, but would find more beneficial to be a morning person, then follow these tips. I know how hard it is. I’ve been a night owl since I graduated high school, so much that I worked graveyard for almost 2 years. Once I became a mom, the night owl life just wasn’t working for me anymore.

SLEEP:

Let’s face it, mom’s never get enough sleep, but in order to become a morning person, sleep and enough of it is essential. You should plan for at least 7 hours of sleep. I know, not always feasible – sometimes you wait for your little’s to go to sleep to get that much need ME TIME, which is understandable, but if you put your little’s to bed around 7:30 – 8:00 pm, and you want to be in bed by 10 in order to get up by 5:30 am, and get 7 hours of sleep, that leaves you 2, to 2 and a half hours of to have me time.

 

ROUTINE:

I cannot stress enough how important having a routine is just when having kids, let alone be a morning person. Number one thing to remember when sticking to a routine is to NOT HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON ON YOUR ALARM! I know this is hard for some (I’ve actually never hit the snooze button. No, I’m not lying.) but you have to just get up. That zombie exhaustion once you start moving around (faster with coffee).

 

CONSISTENCY:

Make a point to get up at the same time EVERYDAY, or at least close to the same time. This is the quickest way for your body to get use to the routine. Eventually, your body will think of it as normal and it will become easier.

 

EAT BETTER:

Yes, this is important to becoming a morning person. We all know eating healthier makes you feel better. Don’t eat to late or it might keep you up and don’t skip dinner or you might wake up hungry, both of which will ruin your sleep and lack of decent sleep will ruin your routine. Healthy snacks thought out the day are essential as well, as they can provide healthy energy.

 

BEDTIME FOR LITTLES:

In order for you to have a constant routine, your kids need to have one too! Think about it, the later your kids go to bed, the later you go to bed, which means less sleep for you! Besides, kids need consistency and a routine.

 

ATTITUDE:

This is the biggest tip to becoming a morning person. If you have a shitty attitude, you won’t accomplish anything. It’ll be hard at first, but you gotta do it, so just embrace it. Trust me, it gets better and easier!

 

I’ve been a morning person for the last 5 years. I’ve gotten up no later than 7am for work. Now, I get up even earlier than I ever have before. I get up at 3 to be to work by 4am. I just started this shift about a month ago and it was hard at first, especially because I have insomnia, but it’s gotten easier. Before this 4am shift, I worked the 6am shift for years.

Stick to your routine and be consistent with it and you’ll be a morning person in no time!

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THURSDAY How-To be an essential part of society.

We all know that we need more decent human beings in society. There is so much ignorance and hate in the world already. It’s sad. Too many horrible things are happening because of ignorance and hate. Too many people ignore the red flags and honestly, in my opinion, that is just as bad as being the red flag. Here’s how you can be an essential part of society.

Be smart

Be smart. Try in everything you do- finances, choices, surroundings, etc.  Be somebody and follow your passion. Don’t be average. Strive to be who you really know you can be. Use your intelligence for something beneficial to you as well as other.

Help Others.

Always be willing to help someone in need. Help someone who doesn’t have what you have. Do charity work. Feed the homeless. Donate your things instead of selling them. Everyone at some point in their lives need help.

Discipline.

Self discipline- It is the ability to control one’s impulses, emotions, desires and behavior. It is being able to turn down immediate pleasure and instant gratification in favor of gaining the long-term satisfaction and fulfillment from achieving higher and more meaningful goals.
Disciplining your kids- Discipline isn’t just about giving kids consequences. Instead, it ensures children are gaining the skills they need to become responsible adults. You are molding your children for the future. They will eventually be a bigger part of society and no discipline isn’t going to prepare them at all for what is in store when they are adults.

Compassion

Compassion is a notion that is profoundly ingrained in our human consciousness. It has been proven to be crucial to our well-being in a world now shared by more than seven billion people. Indeed, the capacity for compassion in the human mind and heart, recently a topic of study in the neurosciences and the subject of ongoing discussions in psychology, ethics, literature, and theology, may be key to the very survival of humankind as well as the environment we share with other creatures.

Integrity.

A person with integrity won’t lie, will keep their word and won’t betray you. They won’t go behind your back, badmouth you, go after another person’s partner or cheat on you. They stand by a code of ethics that may make them foreseeable, but safe to the heart and one’s sanity. No unpleasant surprises come from someone with the most desirable traits in a good human. People who display the best human qualities follow a code of ethics that tends to be, incorruptible, and they comply to principles of common decency.

Humor.

Life has its ups and downs. There will be good times, bad times, hard times and easy times. Everything is easier if one maintains a sense of humor, or at least surrounds oneself with those who have one. There is a reason that poll after poll shows that most people desire a sense of humor in their partners. I also feel that someone who makes me laugh most of the time will less likely make me cry too often either.

Understanding.

Bring empathy — the skill of putting yourself in someone’s shoes — to all of your interactions. Listen actively. Listening to someone talk is a vital part of understanding them, but to truly be understanding you need to be an active listener. Look past first impressions. This isn’t to say that first impressions aren’t important — they are — but more often than not people make their mind up completely about someone without enough information to do so.

 

Everyone should have these qualities. Although we all know that not everyone will have these qualities. If they did, we wouldn’t have so many problems and this much hatred in the world.

jessie

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THURSDAY-HOW-TO- How to organize your toddler’s rooms made easier.



We all know that our little’s have way more toys than really necessary than we’d like to admit. Hence why those toys are always all over the place. Yesterday, I spent about two hours organizing my girls room-stuffed animals, toys and clothes. My girls have a truck load of stuffed animals and just like three months ago, I got rid of an entire trash bag of them. It’s like they multiplied. I’m going to have to do it again, but my step daughter saw the trash bag full the last time and now anytime I go in their room, she watches me like a hawk. LOL


There are a ton of things around your house that work perfectly for organizing your toddlers rooms. Why buy all those storage containers if you don’t have to? I mean, their toys aren’t going to stay in them that long anyways, right? lol.
Organizing Tools around the house:
1. Ice cream containers work great for smaller toys, such as Trolls characters and doll house accessories.
2. Popcorn tins that you get at Christmas time are great for baby doll accessories such as, bottles, clothes, brushes and stethoscopes (Which some how we’ve acquired 4 of them.)



3. Crates can be used for extra toys that don’t fit in their toys box, their favorite, most-used toys or if you are anything like me and like to be even more organized, baby dolls and baby doll beds.
4. Homemade fabric corner shelf for stuffed animals, we all use to have one, right? These things are handy though. It keeps stuffed animals that they don’t really play with anymore but are too sentimental to get rid of, up high and not contributed to the mess down below. Lol. These are easy to sew out of old receiving blankets.


Organizing tools to buy:
1. Toy shelf with bins is so worth the $40. This holds a ton of random little toys, pieces of toys (that’s they insist on keeping), happy meal toys (that they also insist on keeping), small stuffed animals, and electronic books.



2. Plastic colored dressers are perfect for toddlers. Why spend money on a nice dresser when they are more than likely going to destroy it anyways, right? Besides, these plastic ones are the height for them. At their age, they are starting to pick out their own clothes and expressing their creativity. My step daughter does and my daughter kind of does because she see’s her sister doing it.

3. Back of door shoe storage can be used in multiple room, for multiple things, but for toddlers room, it’s great for toys that there are multiple of, such as, Barbie Dolls & clothes, Hot Wheels and army men, or you can even use it for clothes-outfits for each day of the week for quick and easy access. OR you know, you can use it for what it’s originally intended for, but that’s boring.


Tips for easy organizing
1. Do it alone! It really defeats the purpose of organizing their room if they are in there un-organizing everything you just organized. (Hence why it took me so long to organize it the other day.)
2. Work on one thing at a time and not three. Way less overwhelming that way.
3. Get rid of old toys that they don’t play with when they are NOT there. I learned this the hard way. My step daughter’s favorite toys were all of a sudden the ones I was getting rid of- one’s she hasn’t played with in months. If they are old enough to understand, go through their old toys with them and explain what donation is and what it means and have them make the decision to donate their toys to those who have less than you.


BONUS Storage Item:
Kids table with middle storage is great for play kitchen utensils and play food, which is what I use it for.