30 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Before Choosing a Daycare – Free Printable!

For the first 6 months after my daughters birth I was a stay at home mom and had intentions of being so until she was at least 2 or 3 years old. I actually had this idea before she was even born – isn’t it funny how quickly life can change!? It wasn’t until the 8th month mark of my daughters life that I started thinking about going back to work. I felt both excited to be getting back into the “adult” world and being able to contribute financially to our family (even though my partner has always reassured me that he is perfectly happy supporting the 3 of of), yet I was extremely nervous about leaving my daughter in the care of others…especially people I didn’t know.

30 Questions To Ask Before Choosing a Daycare - Free Printable

Luckily when I first started back to work it was part-time and because my partner owns a seasonal business, he was able to stay home with our daughter…Mr. Mom! It was a perfect transition, but now that my partners busy season is approaching, so is the company’s I work for and my hours have now switched from part-time to full-time. That meant we needed to look for daycare 5 days a week. I was very anxious about which daycare provider I could trust with the person most important to me. I did a lot of research on things to look for in a daycare as well as what questions to ask to be sure I chose the safest, best option for my kids so I could feel assured in dropping them off there everyday.

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Oat Pancakes

A healthy take on pancakes and make a perfect finger food breakfast for baby! My daughter loves oat pancakes. Great source of protein, fruit and carbs all in one!

Oat Pancakes Baby Finger Food

What you Need:

1/4 cup quick oats
4 egg whites (or 2 whole eggs)
1/2 cup of berries or mashed banana
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Make Oat Pancakes:

Heat pan to medium heat. Lightly spray with olive or coconut oil. Combine all ingredients and pulse a few times in magic bullet or food processor. Using a 1/4 measuring cup, pour into heated pan. Cook on each side for about 2 minutes until edges form. Serve warm topped with a little natural nut butter, sugar free jam or a drizzle of pure maple syrup for a treat!

10 Mother’s Day Craft Ideas for Kids to Make

Mother Day Craft Ideas Poster

Looking for some inspiration for craft ideas that kids can make for Mother’s Day? Here is a list of my absolute favorite Mother’s Day craft ideas that will make the PERFECT gift and sure to melt moms heart. This list include crafts for children just about any age – the younger ones will love getting messy with the hand and footprint ones and older kids can make some great masterpieces. BONUS points if dad stumbles across this page and gets the kids in the action for mom!

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Mini Pita Pizzas

Mini Pita Pizzas

Sometimes you just get a craving for pizza! This pita pizzas are a healthy and easy way to satisfy those cravings without all the extra grease and fat. Every once in a while you just have to indulge in the things you like – after all, a balanced healthy lifestyle is just that: a balance. Not only will a cheat meal here and there not throw your healthy efforts out the window, it will actually help keep you sane and on track for the long haul! The key is keeping it in moderation.

Ingredients:
100% Whole Wheat Mini Pitas
Olive oil
Shredded Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
Pizza Sauce (or you can puree a tomato or 2 with some oregano)
Pizza Toppings (Peppers, Mushrooms, Onion, Pineapple, Olives, Ham, Pepperoni, etc)

Directions:
Arrange pitas on a cookie sheet and lightly brush with oil. Top with pizza sauce, a layer of pizza toppings and a sprinkle of mozzarella. Bake until cheese is melted.

We actually “baked” these in a big roasting pan on top of the wood stove once when the power went out on my birthday when I was a kid! Just goes to show how easy they are to make when you have hungry little mouths no matter what situation you’re in! LOL

3 Ways to Kill Weeds Without Harsh Chemicals That Actually Work!

The weather has been so nice out – it’s almost as if we skipped right past spring and went straight to summer! We have been spending a lot of time in the yard lately – Myra loves exploring outside! Where we live, we have long wet winters with lots of rain that while it gives us beautiful lush green forests…it also brings a lot of weeds!

Homemade weed killer
I don’t like the idea of using harsh weed killers like Round-up, especially since Myra is at such a curious stage and seems to want to put E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she picks up into her mouth. So I spent some time this past week trying and testing different homemade options that don’t contain any poisonous chemicals – perfect for keeping little ones and pets safe! Below are the ones I found worked best!

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5 Minute Apple Pie Oatmeal

Never skip breaky again with this quick and easy apple pie oatmeal!! I work in office so if I’m really pressed for time in the morning I will assemble this and then just add the water when I get to work. My co-workers usually comment on how it smells like dessert!

Bowl of Apple Pie Oatmeal

What you do:

1/3 cup uncooked quick oats
1/2 green apple cored, peeled & diced
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup water (to desired thickness)
Drizzle pure maple syrup
Sprinkle cinnamon
1 tbsp chopped walnuts

Mix oats, water and diced apple. Microwave for 1 1/2 mins. Stir in a drizzle of pure maple syrup and sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!!! Apple pie oatmeal for breakfast OR even as dessert that won’t expand your waist line!! So good!!

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Protein Smoothie

This is my GO-TO and all time favorite protein smoothie recipe!! I’ve even mixed up a half serving of this for dessert in the evening when I was craving something sweet – it’s that good…and good for you! Perfect for re-energizing and recovery after a workout…or chasing kids around all day, whichever. I’m all about quick workouts with maximum effectiveness…because I’ll be honest…I just don’t have the time to spend 1hr+ exercising! Check out some of my favorite quick workouts HERE!

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie

1 scoop chocolate Shakeology (or protein powder of your choice)
1/2 banana
1/4 cup plain yogurt or milk
1 tsp natural peanut butter
1 cup water
Ice (as much as you like)

Blend all ingredients (I use a magic bullet) until smooth. Tastes sinful for something that is so good for you!!

5 Things Every Mom Should Do Alone

Things First Time Mom Should Do Alone Coffee Cup Latte

Let’s face it – becoming a mom takes over your life. All of a sudden your entire existence become all about another person – and while it is perhaps THE greatest feeling of all – whether you are a first time mom or mom of 3+, so many of us often lose ourselves in the process of transition from parentless to parent.

I can personally say this because it happened to me. It still happens to me if I’m not careful. After my daughter was born in 2015, I went through a time where I completely lost myself and who I was. I barely had time to think, let alone read in peace, be with friends or do any of my hobbies that make me feel like “me”. I was there for my daughter, my family and my work…but I wasn’t truly there in the moment. I was just doing, not living. I would get up, get myself and my daughter ready, go to work, come home, dinner, bath, bedtime routine…then go to bed, get up the next day and do it all over again. I knew what I was doing was important, and I love my Mom title and will always be there for my family, but I realized I needed a little “Me” time to recharge and connect with who I am as an individual too. These are ways I have found that allow me to reconnect with my identity beyond just being a mom – I hope you find them useful for you too!

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1 Dish Dinner – Chicken & Veggie Bake

This recipe is great for when you don’t have a ton of time to make dinner. The best part – you can toss it all into one dish and done! I really dislike doing dishes, so 1 dish dinner’s are my kinda cooking!

I am all about set it and forget it – especially on my days off. The last thing I want to do is spend my precious spare time off work standing in the kitchen for an hour+ making supper every afternoon when there are much more fun things to do – like sipping wine on the patio (err…I mean…teaching my child with organically grown cotton flash cards with the TV definitely not on…)

I made this a couple weeks ago and it was a hit so it’s going to make another appearance at our dinner table this coming weekend!

1 Dish Dinner Chicken and Veggie Bake

What you need to make this 1 dish dinner:

2-3 skinless chicken breasts
1 lb red potatoes chopped into 2 inch cubes
2-3 cups worth of veggies cut into 1 inch pieces (asparagus, red & yellow peppers, bite size tomatoes, green beans, etc)
1 small onion sliced
1 tbsp dried basil
3 garlic cloves minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp chopped dried rosemary
Salt & pepper to taste

What you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and add all ingredients to a 9×13 baking dish. Toss to coat evenly. Loosely cover with foil and bake for approximately 40 minutes, turning half way through, until cooked through! Optional: Remove foil and broil for a few minutes at end for yummy browning!  SERVE!!!

Website Marked as Spam on Pinterest?!

I discovered a little (ok, not so little in my world!) unpleasant surprise the other day: Pinterest has flagged my website, Fitness Family Food Fun, and the links that are connected to Pins as SPAM and BLOCKED my entire website from Pinterest. “Blacklisted” as they call it 🙁

While blogging and sharing some of my blog posts and recipes on Pinterest is new to me, I have personally been using Pinterest for a few years now. I love it…I love DIY projects, searching out and trying new recipes, and to be totally honest – I’m not the most savvy at putting outfits together…and I just get so much inspiration and ideas from it.

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