Easy Slow-Cooker Pineapple Chicken

For the first couple years after my son was born, my husband and I worked opposite schedules to save money on childcare.  Right after my little man turned two, I got a full time job and my husband went from cooking to restaurant management; our schedules changed dramatically.  When I stumbled upon the concept of easy slow-cooker recipes and freezer meals, it seriously was a godsend; they made my life so much easier.  I would prep a week’s worth of meals Saturday afternoon and store them in the freezer.  Every night after work, I pulled my meal for the next day and stuck it in the crockpot the next morning on my way out; it was so, so helpful!! Even though I…

5 Great Activities for a Preschoolers at Halloween!

As Halloween comes to a close, I want to take a moment and reflect on how much fun we had.  We really made the most of October this year, and that means something to me. I want Munchkin to enjoy and engage in the excitement and activities different seasons and holidays have to offer.  It is something I value, and I hope he will as well.  As everyone gets ready to go trick-or-treating I wanted to share some of the great things we did this Halloween to keep on file for next year.   5 Ways (Besides Trick or Treating) to Enjoy the Halloween Season with a Preschooler!   1. Decorate!         2. Have a Halloween Party!     3…

How to Throw your Kids a Halloween Party on a Budget!

  It’s Halloween weekend!!  Is anyone else as excited as I am about this? Halloween is my favorite holiday, next to Christmas.  Back when, before I started making tiny humans, I was the queen of Halloween.  I always hosted the best Halloween party I could afford; it was awesome.  I would spend whatever I needed to on my costumes because it was the one time during the year I really went big on something.  I was very creative too; it was so much fun. Well, now it’s my little man’s turn to enjoy Halloween.  Today is wear your costume to school day; he was so excited.  And, of course, so was I!  Getting him into a costume has been…

A Different Kind of Bedtime

Bedtime is normally a pretty easy ordeal in my household; my son is wonderful with routine.  We brush our teeth, go potty, wash our hands, feed the fish, let the dogs out, put our PJs on, and read a book; it works.  Munchkin falls asleep with me sometimes since I am pregnant and go to bed insanely early; it’s fine. I am not stressing out about all the parenting rules I am breaking or anything.  Everyone is OK. Well, last night was a very different kind of bedtime.  After we read our story, my son got this crazy burst of energy converted into a need for knowledge.  There were so many questions he had for me about animals; what they eat, what they…

Homemade Sesame Chicken

I love sesame chicken.  I do not even open menus at Chinese restaurants because it is always the same; sesame chicken, house rice, and pan fried peking raviolis.  *I am starting to think the term “peking raviolis” is a NH thing; you may know them as pan fried dumplings. I really wanted to create my own, relatively simple sesame chicken recipe, and boy am I glad I did!  Not only was it delicious, but it is pretty healthy; no fryers and a relatively small amount of sugar.  Plus, there are no take out costs; added bonus! Homemade sesame chicken it is pretty inexpensive to put together; you may even have most of the ingredients in your cupboard already.  My husband is a nut…

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