Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021

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Father’s Day 2021 Gift Guide

I curated this gift guide for any father figure in your life! Most of these gifts I have already gotten for Dan and if he approves, that means it must be good.

Hydro Flask will keep dad’s drink hot or cold all day long no matter how distracted he gets.
Your loved one will appreciate you forever with Tushy’s portable bidets. Great for traveling and camping.
These shaving kits from Harry’s will be dad’s new best friend.
This Yeti cooler is great for parties, camping and trips to the beach.
The Pax 3 dual use cannabis vaporizer provides perfect flavor and vapor, long lasting battery, and a 10-year limited warranty.
For the survivalist, this Mystery Tackle Box subscription is perfect.
Anova Precsion Cooker provides the technique of low, slow water-bath simmering creates exceptionally fork-tender, mouthwatering meals. Designed to work with any pot in your kitchen, this sous-vide device heats and circulates water, cooking food evenly to a precise internal temperature for restaurant-quality results every time. Control cooking from your phone using the Anova Culinary app via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro: Six different modes ensure an ultra-reliable vacuum seal for all types of food
The Oura Ring combines advanced sensor technology and a minimal design with an easy-to-use mobile app to deliver precise, personalized health insights straight from the most reliable source: your body.
The 10-in-1 Flip Pillow transforms into a variety of positions to help with sleep, read, relax or watch TV in total comfort. It combines advanced sensor technology and a minimal design with an easy-to-use mobile app to deliver precise, personalized health insights straight from the most reliable source: your body.
Dad will fall in love with the most comfortable loungewear from Cozy Earth. Use code CE-NEST for 40% off your purchase

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Easy Copycat KFC’s Famous Bowl

Easy Copycat KFC’s Famous Bowl

Start of the busy week calls for an easy night’s meal. I made these copycat KFC’s Famous Bowl and they did not disappoint.

It was actually my first time making them and couldn’t believe what I was missing out on.

The secret to the delicious bowls was how I made the chicken. I made double so we can have it throughout the week as well.

How to make the chicken cutlets:

  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets (we are a dark meat family so we did 2 lbs of boneless chicken thighs)
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs (add more if needed.)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese together in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl add mayonnaise.

Lightly grease baking pan and pound your chicken. Spread Mayo on one side of the chicken and dip chicken in breadcrumb mixture. Once fully coated spread repeat on the other side of the chicken.

Bake chicken for about 20-25 minutes.

Now that you have your chicken, he is the easy part.

KFC copycat Famous Bowl:

  • 1 package of instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 1 jar of chicken gravy
  • 1 bag of cheddar shredded cheese

Make mashed potatoes according to package directions and heat up both corn and gravy.

Add mashed potatoes first into your bowl. Cut up your chicken into large cubes and add on top of potatoes. Next add your corn and cheese and top with loads of gravy.

How to Throw a Golden Girls Themed Party

How to Throw a Golden Girls Themed Party

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My favorite show of all time is The Golden Girls. I can recite the words to every episode and laugh like it was the first seeing them.

I think we can all agree that The Golden Girls are heartfelt and can give you a good giggle when needed.

A few years ago we threw this little Golden Girls themed birthday party and I plan to recreate it again. I am going to share how to throw a Golden Girls themed party with similar and new ideas.

I made sure to have palm tree and gold decorations including plates, table cloth, cutlery and balloons.
Tea cups and designer coffee cups are great decoration pieces (not just for drinking!)
I painted this Golden Girl piece at a paint and sip but this is a fun activity to do during the party. You provide the supplies everyone provides the creativity!
Straw toppers are great additions! We had these but in my Golden Girls free printables set you will get a bunch with some pretty funny quotes.
Cupcake and cake toppers of the girls heads are funny and the perfect addition to your cheesecake. These also come with my free printable set including an easy recipe for blueberry cheesecake!
There are so many Golden Girls themed games you will want to play all of them. I have this trivia game and whoever fills all of their cheesecake first wins.
If board games aren’t your thing I have created this super fun Pin The Toupee on Stan! this is included in my Free Golden Girl Game pack printables.
What’s a party without a cocktail? Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get access to this recipe printable and more in The Golden Girls party pack.

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Back to My Future- Words From a Working Mom

Back to My Future- Words From a Working Mom

Did you ever think you could literally go back towards your future? Sometimes taking two steps back helps you move forward. Let me explain.

Two years ago I took a leap of faith and accepted a job offer I couldn’t refuse. I was not planning to leave my current job that I absolutely loved. I had a flexible schedule, supportive co-workers, and I was valued there. What made me really appreciate my job was my family came first and upper management never questioned that. I was always provided a healthy balance of work and taking care of my son.

I was not looking for a new job at the time, but this new offer came to me so quick that I didn’t have that much time to think about it. This new job offered job security, a pension and opportunity to move up. I knew I needed to accept this opportunity because it would help my future significantly.

HOWEVER, I DIDN’T REALIZE SOMETHING THAT COULD BENEFIT MY FUTURE MIGHT NOT BENEFIT ME RIGHT NOW.

Leaving the job I adored was very hard for me, so I decided to not cut ties entirely and stay on per diem. I always knew I was welcomed back there if I ever needed to come back full time.

My new job was definitely an adjustment and I had a hard time getting into the groove of things. It took me close to a year to finally get a grasp on my position but as a result I spent less time with my son. Previously, if my son got sick at daycare I was only a 5 minute car ride away. With my new job I would have to take a bus home so I could get my car and then go pick him up. Sometimes it just wouldn’t be possible and my husband would get him instead. I was no longer able to drop him off or pick him up from daycare daily so my husband also took that on. As much as I appreciated this, I missed that quality time we had together talking about our day and what we plan to do when we get home. It was frowned upon when I needed to be home with my son whether he was sick or if it was a snow day so once again I would rely on my husband to do this. I felt guilty for not being able to take care of my son when I felt like he needed me the most.

A year later the pandemic hit and things became much more difficult for me as it did for every other parent across the world. I was working from home with a four year old who was used to going to preschool everyday. He needed my attention and it killed me not being able to give him 100% of me.

A few months into quarantine I got a call from two of my supervisors unexpectedly and it caught me off guard. They told me upper management was concerned with my productivity and they wanted to know why I was not meeting expectations. I started to laugh thinking it was a joke but quickly realized they were serious. I told them that my work environment was not ideal which caused some distractions, I never received proper IT support, I have a four year old who needs my undivided attention and WE ARE IN A GLOBAL STATE OF EMERGENCY.

None of my reasons were good enough and quite frankly they didn’t want to hear it. They proceeded to tell me my tasks are not hard and if they can get this work done so can I despite any barriers. I was then informed if I do not produce more work within next week further discipline would be taken. As they were telling me this my son was yelling from the bathroom for me to “wipe his butt”. I was able to keep myself composed despite the tears filling my eyes but as soon as I hung up the phone I lost it.

I have worked so hard despite my barriers and still was presented with threats and possible retaliation. I was never asked if I needed any support and they completely ignored the fact that I had a child I needed to take care of. After that phone call I worked in fear of losing my job. I spent less attention on Franco and became obsessed with my work. Despite all of this, I continued to be threatened of being disciplined and being transferred to an office 4 hours away if I couldn’t reach expectations.

I WAS COMPLETELY STRIPPED OF MY CONFIDENCE AS A WORKING PROFESSIONAL AND AS A MOTHER.

My self esteem declined all while being feared by the pandemic. Since March, I lost a family member, my psychiatrist dumped me and my husband lost his job. I was unable to cope because all of my focus was on my job. After 8 months of going back and forth I knew that I could no longer do this and decided to seek other employment.

I always stayed in touch with my previous supervisor since I still worked per diem and I opened up to her about how my job was affecting my mental health significantly. I always valued our relationship and her honesty with me. Ironically while all of this was happening my previous position had an opening. I was offered this position again but this time with more pay and benefits.

I wanted to yell ‘Heck yes!’ but I know it wasn’t a black and white decision. Although my salary would be significantly increased, was going backwards the right thing to do? Should I continue to go on interviews and completely start over on a clean slate? In all honesty, I wouldn’t be able to do that right now, not during this pandemic. I needed to go back to what always made me happy and value the mission of my work.

So that is what I did and it was an instant relief. I am able to take care of my son and efficiently get my work done because there is a healthy balance. Do I still struggle with guilt and feel like I am less of a person because I went back to my old position? I do, but in order to overcome this guilt I need to build my confidence and self esteem again.

If that means taking two steps back to help better my future then I will do just that.

Rosemary Lemon Blueberry Spritzer

Rosemary Lemon Blueberry Spritzer

Mother’s Day is this weekend and I am looking forward to hanging with my family and enjoying some sunshine outside. 

What’s a relaxing day without a delicious drink? This Rosemary lemon blueberry spritzer is refreshing and the perfect choice to have this weekend and the rest of the summer.

The best part is you can enjoy this cocktail with or without alcohol and still enjoy the same taste.

Here is the recipe for the cocktail, you will need:

8-10 blueberries
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 tbs agave
3 oz dry white wine
3 oz tonic water
1-2 sprigs of Rosemary

Mix blueberries, rosemary sprig and agave into a cocktail shaker. Muddle for about 30 seconds.

Add lemon juice and strain into glass.

Pour wine and tonic water and stir. Add additional blueberries and rosemary.

Here is what you need if you would like it as a mocktail:

8-10 fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon of agave
1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
6 oz of seltzer
2 Rosemary sprigs

Mix blueberries, 1 rosemary sprig and agave into a cocktail shaker. Muddle for about 30 seconds.

Add lemon juice and strain into glass.

Pour in seltzer and stir. Add additional blueberries and rosemary sprig.

Cheers, mama and whether you hold your child in your arms, your belly or your heart I hope you have a kind day.

3 Delicious Ways to Eat Baked Oats

3 Delicious Ways to Eat Baked Oats

Some mornings may feel slow, but they are always busy and most likely jam packed. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but that time frame will disappear as soon as you realize that you should eat.

Since working remote I discovered how to make the trending baked oats and I am so glad I did! It started with one recipe and from there I couldn’t stop experimenting. It is filling and so delicious even Franco enjoyed it.

Here are three delicious ways that I enjoy my baked oats.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Baked Oats

This is my favorite baked oats recipe since I am a huge lover of banana bread. Here is what you need:

  • 1 Mashed Banana
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Almond Slivers and Pumpkin Seeds (optional)

Preheat over to 350 degrees F and add all ingredients except chocolate chips, almond slivers and pumpkins seeds into a food processor and mix until everything is blended well. Pour batter into a greased miniature crock and mix in chocolate chips. Top with almond slivers and pumpkin seeds and bake for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Almond Butter Baked Oats

This baked oats is for the chocolate lovers. Here is what you need:

  • 1 Mashed Banana
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • chocolate chips

Preheat over to 350 degrees F and add all ingredients except chocolate chips and almond butter into a food processor and mix until everything is blended well. Pour half batter into a greased miniature crock spoon almond butter in the middle of the batter. Add the rest of the batter on top and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake for 30 minutes.

Strawberries and Cream Baked Oats

Another delicious baked oats! Check out this delicious recipe:


• 1/2 cup flour
• 1/4 cup oats
• 2 tbs vanilla Greek yogurt
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 tbs sweetener
• 1/2 cup oat milk
• 1 tbs strawberry preserves
• Sliced strawberries

Preheat oven to 375. Combine all ingredients into a food processor except preserves. Put half the batter in a greased miniature crock.
Add preserves in the middle of batter and pour the rest on top. Bake for 30 minutes. Top with strawberries and pour cold milk on top.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2021

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2021

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Our day is finally approaching! A day of pampering and gifts from your loved ones to show how much you are appreciated.

This should be everyday, the celebrating, the gratitude and certainly the gifts!

I’m sharing my favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas if you are not sure what you want this year.

1. Rad Soap Co.

Perfect gift set from a local favorite in Upstate NY.

2. Plant Therapy Mothers Day Set

One of many beautiful gift sets from Plant Therapy!

3. Cozy Earth Loungewear

Fall in love with the most comfortable loungewear from Cozy Earth. Use code CE-NEST for 40% off your purchase

4. Little Words Project

5. Custom Pet Portraits with Dog Gone Painting

This local artist does amazing work! If you are a fur mama that lives in the Capital Region this is a must have gift!

6. Compas Life

Colors Life is another upstate favorite, and now with matching baby and kid sizes!

7. Cool Mom Thermos Jug

This thermos jug from RiffRaff is the only way I consume my water intake.

8. Sudio Wireless Headphones

These are my favorite pair of headphones. They are comfortable and never fall out. Use code ROBINS15 for 15% off your purchase.

9. Tea Drops Tea

These are like bath bombs but for your tea. These have always been a favorite of mine with amazing flavors.

10. Ear Plugs from People I’ve Loved

These will encourage you to take a few minutes to yourself and breathe.

11. Agate Cheese Board

Serve your cheese display on the most beautiful board you will ever see!

12. Hammock Chair Swing

I first stayed on one of these while on vacation recently and I fell in love. It’s so comfy!

13. Coco Beads and Co.

I have a stack of these custom bracelets and I love them. The colors and designs are beautiful all at affordable prices.

14. GIMME beauty 2 in 1 Hair Tool

Not only does GIMME beauty have the best hair ties this 2 in 1 hair tool is a lifesaver. It is a brush and then turns into a hair tie for those emergencies. Use code OURROBINSNEST25 for 25% off your order.

15. Crockd Pottery Kit

This kit provides everything you need to create a custom piece of pottery made all by you!

16. Cool Mom Tank

A cool tank for the cool mom! They come in fun colors also.
Fun Ways To Get You and Your Little Ones Outside

Fun Ways To Get You and Your Little Ones Outside

Our weekends mostly consist of being outside all day long. If the sun is out so are we and it will be this way until the clocks turn back.

Studies have shown that all we need is at least 20 minutes a day outside. Nature came be healing and beneficial for the mind and body. Benefits include:

  • Improves mood — Researchers have found that nature simply makes us happy. Anxiety, depression and anger are notably decreased after spending time outdoors.
  • Improves focus — Studies show that both adults and children who have difficulties focusing or controlling impulses are better able to concentrate after being in nature. The natural world allows our brains to take a break from all that mentally drains us, and even reduces symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (Source from Sharp.com)

Sometimes it can be hard to get little ones to go outside, so here are some fun ways to inspire them to ditch the electronics and get outside!

1000 Hours Outside

1000 Hours Outside is a global movement designed for any age child (or adult) and any environment. The entire purpose of 1000 Hours Outside is to attempt to match nature time with screen time. They provide challenges, trackers and activity ebooks for the whole family.

The Best Homemade Bubble Recipe

Just realized you are out of bubbles? No need to worry with this easy recipe with ingredients you most likely have on your home already! Head to Caitlin Houston Blog for this recipe!

DIY Children’s Garden

Create a garden for your little one that includes a ton of imaginative play! While growing plants of your choice, your little one can decorate with rocks, stones and figurines of their choice! Head to Mid Morning Mama to see how they did theirs!

DIY Backyard Binoculars

This fun craft is an oldie but goodie of The Robins Nest! We made these last year and were a hit when we went outside. They are even great for rainy days and want to do some hunting your home.

Go On A Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt

Don’t forget these printables on your next nature walk! You have the choice of drawing your own finds or circling the images you see on your walk. It gives your little ones a reason to look around them while on their adventure.

Watercolor Painting Outside

Create a mess free masterpiece while getting inspiration painting outside. These watercolor paint pens are ideal for your kids painting outside! Check out The Very Best Baby Stuff for more info!

DIY Glow Jars

How cool are these fun diy glow jars from Our Tiny Nest? This easy activity is great for little ones who enjoy warm nights outside.

Seed Bombs

Our Tiny Nest is also sharing these awesome seed bomb diys. Just in time for Earth Day these little earth seed bombs will plant into beautiful wild flowers. Go check it out!

Outdoor Games

There are so many fun games to play outside! Check out Chronicles of a Momtessorian for some fun game ideas.

35 Additional Outdoor Activities

There are so many reasons to get outside and have fun so check out Happily Trista for 35 additional activities to do outside!

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My Favorite Rompers for This Summer

My Favorite Rompers for This Summer

Summer is just around the corner and after practically living in jumpsuits this past season I am ready for some rompers.

I love rompers because instead of looking for two things to pair and wear, it is only one!

I am sharing my favorite rompers for this summer and as a 5’1 plus sized girl, I approve them!

Plus Solid Knot Detail Tank Romper

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Plus Solid Button Front Cami Romper

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Plus Two Toned Ribbed Panel Tie Front Cami Romper

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Plus Tie Waste Tank Romper

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Plus Tribal Embroidery Cami Romper

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Lightweight Soft Shortalls

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Sleeveless Surplice-Back Romper

Army Green Front Tie Romper

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Summer Tank Romper

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Casual V Neck Sleeveless Romper

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Easy Last Minute Easter Ideas

Easy Last Minute Easter Ideas

Yes you are reading that right, last minute Easter ideas because it is only a few days away!

Don’t ask yourself how this happened and how to it! I am sharing some easy last minute Easter ideas to get your little ones excited for this spring holiday.

They are easy enough that some of these activities can be done at home, or for very cheap! Check them out below.

1. Easter Bunny Footprints

Print out this free template and carefully cut out the bunny feet to make a stencil. Place stencil on the floor and sprinkle powdered sugar. Do this a few time to make a trail.

2. Free Spring Printables

When you sign up for my newsletter, you will get a set of spring themed printabbles including Easter pennants, toppers and coloring pages.

3. Naturally Dye Eggs With Onion Skin

Coloring eggs has never been this fun! Head to my previous post on how to color eggs with onion skin!

4. Easter Bunny Bait

Mix some dried oats, colored sprinkles and anything else you want to add to sprinkle for the Easter Bunny when he comes at night.

5. Dollar Store Easter Basket

Head to your local dollar store and stock up on the ultimate Easter basket! Everything you see hear is from Dollar Tree or Target Dollar Spot. You can add snacks, bubbles, Playdough, sippy cups and more! Also how cute are these sunglasses? I decided to glue some letter beads to customize them.

6. Jelly Beans in the Toilet

Throw some jelly beans in the toilet and even add some green and purple food coloring. Add the note for the Easter bunny saying they forgot to flush!

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Some blogger friends and I are teaming up to share some fun Easter Basket ideas! Follow our blog links for more inspiration!

Kimmy

Ally

Amy

Lexie

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