Dresses I am Loving Right Now

Dresses I am Loving Right Now

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How did I not know about this #targetdresschallange floating around social media??

Coming up on a year of a pandemic and this never felt more appropriate.

In all seriousness I’ve been loving the long tiered dresses and puffy sleeves and all the floral prints.

Check out my favorites below.

Now it’s time to go milk the goats.

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Hand Sanitizer Valentines with Free Printable

Hand Sanitizer Valentines with Free Printable

Valentine’s Day for your little ones may be a little different this year. They may be able to celebrate in school or they may not, but I am sharing these cute Valentine’s that can be shared with anyone!

These cute Valentine’s are perfect to spread some cheer around your neighborhood. These are guaranteed to put a smile on your neighbors face.

The best part (once again) is that everything here is from Dollar Tree! Fill these treat bags up with hand sanitizer and goodies of your choice. This is what we chose below.

We added pens and sticker assortments in this fun canvas bag.

Pack up your bags and print these gift tags. Add your little ones name by writing it or using a label embosser. It is my favorite way to label things. I have one from when I was a kid, but you can get one here.

Now that they are signed and sealed, time to get them delivered!

I would love to see what you decide to make so be sure to tag me on Instagram!

CHECK OUT MY OTHER FRIENDS PRINTABLE VALENTINES

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My Psychiatrist Dumped Me a Week Before the World Shut Down

My Psychiatrist Dumped Me a Week Before the World Shut Down


After being on different trials of medication since my son Franco was born, I thought I finally found the one that would work. The past year had many transitions and struggles which unfortunately led me to feel that it was not working for me. My anxiety and depression increased and found it hard to complete simple tasks. 
In agreement with my therapist, I decided to call my psychiatrist and make a sooner appointment than already scheduled. I was lucky to get in the next day and just assumed it had to do with a cancellation opening. 


I went in hopeful that things were going to change moving forward and this was the tool I needed to help me get back on track. I sit down in my doctor’s office and noticed something wasn’t right. There were no pictures on the walls including all of his degrees and licenses. Before I could say anything he said ” So, you are here for your last appointment?” 
I just stared at him and barely got the word “What?” out.


”Oh, you didn’t know?” 

He asked insincere, “Someone was supposed to call you and let you know I am no longer practicing at this location and you are here today to prepare a discharge plan.”


”How would I know? No one called me!” I raised my voice out of fear and anxiousness.

” I just called yesterday and no one said anything to me.”


”Oh,” he said quickly, “well I moved to a different practice and you are welcomed to join me there, otherwise I can provide you with a list of providers you can try.”


There were two problems though, his new practice was too far of a drive for me and the list he provided was so old and unreliable, some providers weren’t even practicing anymore. 
I had such a look of disgust on my face I couldn’t even say anything. 
He told me I didn’t need to decide now and he would provide me with one more refill of my current medication. I explained to him the medication I was taking were not helping and possibly making things worse and I did not want to continue them anymore.


”Well, if that is the case then I think it would be best to part ways and for you to see someone new.” He didn’t even look me in the eye and continued to type on his laptop. 

At this point I realized my psychiatrist of 8 years has given up on me. I am too complex to fix and he just didn’t want to try anymore. 
I quietly nodded my head in agreement and didn’t listen to anything else he had to say. I left feeling pretty hopeless and hurt. The first person to ever give up on me was my own psychiatrist.


Taking this as a blessing in disguise, I called and emailed over 20 providers the next day and was able to land an appointment with a practitioner who was highly recommended by a friend. I was able to get in by the end of the week.


I was re evaluated and was put on some brand new medications I have never tried before. I was nervous but excited to make another appointment in four weeks to see how I was doing. 


A week after my initial appointment, a pandemic has been declared and a national shutdown started to begin.



Schools and businesses have closed, and I was forced to work from home while trying to take care of my son. Fear was instilled into us and grief started to take over all while trying to live a new life. 
I never thought over the past month I would lose a loved one and not be able to say goodbye, try to explain to my four year old why he can’t go to school anymore and work from home acting like nothing has changed. 


I would keep seeing articles to do yoga and drink smoothies to help reduce stress or watch webinars on ways to reduce stress which included doing yoga and drinking smoothies. 
Honestly, it only increased my stress.


Feeling like a failure as a mom, wife and employee, my guilt was sky high and so was my anxiety. I had no idea if my medication that I just started to take was even working. 
Thankfully, I continued to work with my therapist and prescriber through virtual therapy and I feel comfort in that.

I have felt a lot of anger and resentment these past 10 months, but I have no one to blame. I want to blame my psychiatrist for doing this and the system for allowing this, but for me I saw it as a blessing in disguise.

Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone.

Resources during this time of uncertainty: Crisis Text Line-Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline– Call 1-800-273-8255

Postpartum Support International-HelpLine: As always their HelpLine is open, and available for calls from moms, dads, and families, or anyone who may be looking for resources to help a loved one.Call 1-800-944-4773 (4PPD), English and EspañolText a Message: 503-894-9453 (English) or 971-420-0294 ( Español)

Be kind, be hopeful and for the love of God, psychiatrists, please don’t give up on your patients.

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Easy Frozen Hot Cocoa Pops

Easy Frozen Hot Cocoa Pops

Hot chocolate is the theme this winter and who can be mad at that?

We can only have so many hot cocoa bars, hot cocoa bombs and traditional hot cocoas that I wanted to think outside the box.

Since this has been a mild winter in Upstate New York, I whipped up these easy frozen hot cocoa pops. They are the perfect treat to have after a day of playing outside or taking a break from virtual learning. If you are from a place with warmer climate, these pops are for you and your little ones!

It only requires two ingredients and the best part is I got them both at my favorite place, Dollar Tree!

All you need is chocolate pudding cups and mini marshmallows.

If you are at Dollar Tree, you can also grab what you need to make the pops. Grab an ice cube tray and popsicle sticks found in the craft area.

You can also use popsicle molds like I used here.

Fill molds with marshmallows and fill with chocolate pudding. Freeze for about 2 hours and enjoy!

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Read These Books To Help Better Yourself

Read These Books To Help Better Yourself

I used to say I don’t have time to read but in reality I just didn’t want to. I preferred to scroll on my phone in a daze instead of picking up a book on my down time. I am not one to make New Year resolutions, but I vowed to myself that I am going to try and read more this year. 

I love listening to podcasts and audiobooks, but I usually listen to them while I am working or doing chores around the house. With reading, I have no choice but to sit down and do nothing but read.

I have compiled a list of books that I plan to read this year. These books all have something to offer to help better myself in today’s world. Whether you are a working mom, stay at home mom or not a mom at all, these books are a must read.

The revelatory, inspirational mom book needed for every mom to crush that “never enough” mentality and slay every day.
A little book about goal setting, prioritizing, and managing your time during the challenging mama years.
Be the best version of you that YOU can be.
This book is two things. It’s an eye-opener to the fact that we don’t have to do a million things to be productive (or successful). And it’s a coach that helps us trim the fat, get real with our purpose, and start living more intentionally-Goop.
Beyond affirmations this book also shares tips to journal and discuss your own feelings and thoughts in a focuses way.
No matter your past mistakes, relationship status, career choice, or feelings, nothing can change the truth that you are so worth loving.
Christy Harrison takes on diet culture and the multi-billion-dollar industries that profit from it, exposing all the ways it robs people of their time, money, health, and happiness.
Experience again that first moment you fell in love with your child!
Mondays can be the worst. Some weeks it seems like the only way to get through the day is a gallon of coffee and a prayer. Instead of drowning that start-of-the-work-week-bitterness in endless cups of caffeine, pour yourself a cup of encouragement.
Working Mother, provides solutions for moms tasked with filling the role of employee, teacher and parent, all while attempting to maintain a semblance of sanity.
For anyone who feels less-than about your work, worth, body, or the life you’re building, find here an incredible hope: you don’t have to have it all together to “qualify” for your life’s calling.
For mothers who love their children with a fiery fierceness but know what it is to feel crushed at the end of those long days, Dear Mother is like a warm hug that says, “I get it.”
Loaded with unfettered support from a mom who has been through it all, You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom offers a lifeline of encouragement, inspiration, and community for the new mama who got a baby, lost her mind, and desperately wants to find herself again.
If you are ready to be a part of building a society rooted in love, acceptance, justice, and equality,Where to Begin is the ultimate inspirational guide.

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Holiday Cookie Busy Kit

Holiday Cookie Busy Kit

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Holiday break is approaching and for some it doesn’t make much of a difference, but no matter what your circumstances are, I am here to share a fun craft for your little ones!

Busy kits have been a hit in our home and I love how versatile they can be. Colors and themes are interchangeable and can be made based on what your child likes.

This holiday cookie busy kit is perfect since I am sure your little ones want to be included with your holiday baking.

I included my hot chocolate play dough so the aroma could really make this holiday cookie experience seem real. It adds more to your child’s sensory exploration.

The play dough and rolling pin is always a hit, but the fun part in this kit is the sprinkles!

Check out my girlfriends winter kids crafts by heading to their blog below!

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Easy 5 Minute Festive Salad Wreath

Easy 5 Minute Festive Salad Wreath

Looking for a last minute Christmas morning brunch idea? I am here to show you this simple 5 minute wreath salad that is sure to be a hit.

I never met anyone who does not like fresh mozzarella, and if you are one of those people, I need to know why.

All you need is

  • Fresh romain lettuce
  • Marinated mozzarella balls
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

On a large round serving plate, arrange lettuce into an ‘O’ shape circle.

Every place mozzarella and tomatoes all over lettuce.

Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar all over and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

You can also put the oil and vinegar on the side by mixing it in a small bowl and placing it in the center of the wreath.

Enjoy!

Check out my friend’s easy quick recipes!

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Easy Homemade Latkes

Easy Homemade Latkes

One of best parts about having a Jewish husband is getting to celebrate Hanukkah and making all the latkes. 

I would eat these regardless of the holiday, but it has become a tradition in our home and it just adds more to the holiday spirit. 

No matter what holiday you celebrate, I suggest you try these easy homemade latkes, also known as potato pancakes. They are made with simple ingredients and fun for your little ones to help with as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion shredded
  • 1 bag (20 oz) of Simply Shredded Hash Browns
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 cup corn oil for frying

Directions

  • Mix potatoes and onion. Add in the egg, salt and pepper. Mix everything well and set the batter aside while corn oil heats up.
  • Add corn oil to a large skillet and heat it over medium-high heat. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the mixture onto a flat spatula and flatten to form a patty. Transfer about four patties to skillet. Cook about 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Adjust heat if necessary. Repeat with remaining latkes.
  • Transfer cooked latkes to a paper-towel lined plate.
  • Serve with sour cream and applesauce.
  • Enjoy!
Latkes

Easy Homemade Latkes

These potato pancakes are made with simple ingredients and fun for your little ones to help with as well.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 20z bag of Simply Shredded Hash Browns
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup corn oil

Instructions
 

  • Mix potatoes and onion. Add in the egg, salt and pepper. Mix everything well and set the batter aside while corn oil heats up.
  • Add corn oil to a large skillet and heat it over medium-high heat. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the mixture onto a flat spatula and flatten to form a patty. Transfer about four patties to the skillet. Cook about 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Adjust heat if necessary.
  • Transfer cooked latkes to a paper-towel lined plate.
  • Serve with sour cream and applesauce.
Keyword Hanukka, Holiday
Easy No Bake Graham Cracker Santa Cookies

Easy No Bake Graham Cracker Santa Cookies

If you are not the baking type, these cookies are for you. Not only are they easy to make, your little ones will have fun making them!

These no bake Santa cookies have me all excited to get into the real serious cookie baking to come! I found this original recipe from Living Well Mom but added some changes to it.

Ingredients

Red food coloring

Yellow food coloring

12 graham crackers (6 sheets)

Red M&Ms

1 cup mini marshmallows (aka snowman poop!)

1 1/4 cup vanilla frosting

Red Dots candies (gumdrops)

2 cups shredded coconut flakes

Directions

  • Mix one drop of red food coloring in 1/4 cup white frosting. In a separate bowl mix 1 cup of white frosting with I drop of red and one drop of yellow food coloring.
  • Frost one corner of each graham cracker with red frosting. Frost the rest of the graham cracker with the lighter frosting.
  • Use three mini marshmallows as a pom pom for the hat, cut red Dots in half and use as Santa’s nose and two red M&Ms for the eyes. Sprinkle coconut flakes as Santa’s beard.

Franco had a blast making these and loved such a hands on recipe/activity, not to mention they were yummy!

no bake graham cracker santa cookies

No Bake Santa Claus Graham Cracker Cookies

If you are not the baking type, these cookies are for you. Not only are they easy to make, your little ones will have fun making them!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • Red food coloring
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 1 1/4 cup Vanilla frosting
  • 12 squares Graham cracker 6 sheets
  • Red M&M's
  • Red Dots candies Gumdrops
  • Mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups Shredded coconut

Instructions
 

  • Mix one drop of red food coloring in 1/4 cup white frosting. In a separate bowl mix 1 cup of white frosting with I drop of red and one drop of yellow food coloring.
  • Frost one corner of each graham cracker with red frosting. Frost the rest of the graham cracker with the lighter frosting.
  • Use three mini marshmallows as a pom pom for the hat, cut red Dots in half and use as Santa’s nose and two red M&Ms for the eyes. Sprinkle coconut flakes as Santa’s beard.
Keyword Christmas, Holiday, No Bake, Santa Claus

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