Author Archives: Aly

Aside from being a full time Mommy and aspiring blogger, I am a part time nanny. I am in charge of five little boys under five a few days a week. With that much little boy energy in one house it’s vital to have fun little activities planned. Recently a shift fell on one of the little guys’ birthday. I wanted to make it extra special for him. And, this is how I did it with literally five minutes of planning.

How to Make a Birthday Special With No Prep and a Hack for Pancake Batter.

How to Make a Birthday Special With No Prep. And a hack for pancake batter!

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I don’t know about you, but I am overwhelmed easily. And, when I get overwhelmed it’s easiest to just not do what I need to. So, when my house is messy, forget about it. Days will be spent on social media, and saying how frustrating and overwhelming being in charge of a house is.

True story.

But, after four years of marriage, and two babies, it was time to change that. And, actually get on top of my home making skills!

I bring to you the first installment of my Organize Your Life series : My Weekly Cleaning Schedule. How To Keep Your House Clean When You’re a Busy Mama.

Perfect cleaning schedule for busy mama's! How to keep you're house clean, the easy way.

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We are in the thick of picky eating. Are you? My kid would literally eat chicken nuggets and french fries for every meal if I’d let him. I have not mastered him actually eating his vegetables yet, so that’s not the advice you will be getting from me. But, if you have that magic trick, hook a mamma up?

I am impatient by nature. Which often means getting frustrated easily. So, today my advice is how to keep your cool when your picky kid only wants chicken nuggets and french fries.

How to keep your cool when your kid is a picky eater.

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I received a Pampered Momma Box to share with all of you!

Formerly Pampered Momma Box, a review on Emma & Prince subscrition box

Disclaimer: I did receive this box as a gift in exchange for a review. All opinions are authentic and my own.

When I opened the box and it smelled delicious. And, natural. Very homemade, in the best possible way! I love to know that my products are safe. So, the aroma of homemade vanilla soap is a win in my book. And, for my nose!

Formerly Pampered Momma now Emma & Prince

The packaging is very sweet and simple. With purple and white cardboard confetti. There is a print out explaining all that is included in the box, as well as contact information for the company.

Inside the box there are five special pampering goodies.

Formerly Pamperd momma, Emma & Prince Box, contents

The first piece is Organic Soy Warm Vanilla wax melts. Probably the perfect vanilla I’ve smelled. Being an organic wax, the smell isn’t fakey, like that flavor can sometimes be. Along side that is a Warm Vanilla oatmeal soap bar. This was what filled the box with aroma. It is a perfectly subtle blend oatmeal and vanilla! You can see the oats in the bar of soap, so it’s very authentic. It is a very sturdy block of soap. And, left my hands super soft.

Next, there is a pretty infuser bottle. It is empty so you can fill with your own favorite essential oil. Now, I have to start exploring oils! And, it is the perfect size for putting in any room. As well as an  aromatherapy inhaler. This I’m excited to try! It is the size of a chap stick, so it seems perfect for a mom’s bag. Fill it up with some Lavender or another Calming oil… maybe there’s one called “So mom doesn’t lose her cool”, and then pull it out for a quick inhale during those rough mom moments while out and about.

The last piece I just missed being able to use! A bump oil. It has a very subtle smell. One I couldn’t really place, but liked it all the same. With sunflower, coconut, sesame, jojoba, olive, and lavender oils, as well as fatty acids, and coconut milk, it went on silky. And, left my squishy Postpartum belly very soft. Although, this product is intended for nourishing a growing bump, I’m sure it works great as an after bath oil!

I so enjoyed receiving this box! It is a win in my book.

Now, due to recent changes Pampered Momma Boxes have changed to Emma & Prince boxes.
This monthly delivery service will be for mommy and baby! Mommy will still receive 4-6 pamper products and baby will receive a special surprise. The educational piece, toy, or baby accessory will have been tested and used by the baby behind Emma & Prince.

See how you can get involved in a community of mothers and children over at The About section of Emma & Prince. And, to get your hands on your own use the code “Royalty” for 10% off your first 3 month subscription!

 


You didn’t picture missing your child’s birth. Or, missing your toddler learning to count to ten. These kids were nothing but a maybe-in-the-future when you enlisted. Now, they are your everything. And, you’re in another country for Father’s Day. We know it’s hard and far from where you want to be. But, we see you and honor you. Here’s to the deployed dads who are missing out this Father’s Day.

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Summer time is upon us. With the sunshine and blue skies, I find it so important to have something to  interest my full-of-energy toddler. This summer we are planning on going through a bucket list. So, he doesn’t go stir crazy, and Mom stays sane! Here is our Toddler Summer Bucket List, 50 nearly free things to do your toddler this summer.

Toddler Summer Bucket List

Toddler Summer Bucket List: 50 Nearly Free Things to Do With Your Toddler This Summer

1. Celebrate a national day.
Example: June 2nd is National Doughnut Day celebrate with a free doughnut at Krispie Kreme!
2. Make slime.
3. Summer learning program
4. Bake cookies
5. Go to the park once a week.
6. Put a kiddie pool at the bottom of the slide.
7. Local water park/ splash pad
8. Disney movie day
9. Library toddler time
10. Park passport
Booklet of all the local parks, visit each once.
11. Screen free day
12. Toddler’s choice day
13. Hand wash the car.
14. Run through the sprinkler.
15. Swing spider style together.
16. Picnic
17. Draw with chalk.
18. Go for a walk.
19. Play I spy.
20. Blow bubbles
21. Taco Tuesday
22. Mess free painting.
23. Discount movie day at your local theater.
24. Skip rocks
25. Play hide and seek
26. Grow lollipops
27. Make breakfast kabobs.
28. Home made play dough
29. Recyclable art
30. Pick flowers
31.Homemade slip & slide
32. Dress up
33. Daily dance party
34. Yoga
35. Let’s Go Fishin’ game
36. Go to the local pet store to look at animals.
37. Found art
Go on morning walk and collect cool things and make art project.
38. Homemade pizzas
39. Floor fort for tv time
40. Write a letter to a relative
41. Water painting
Paint with water on the side-walk, watch as it disappears.
42. Printable flash cards
43. Firework painting on the 4th.
44. Outdoor tent
45. Ice cream in a bag
46. Plant and water flowers.
45. Pajama day
47. Make popsicles
48. Dirt Pudding
49. Race
Run, walk, skip, jump
50. Have them help with a no cut, no cook meal; so they are able to help in the whole process of meal time.


I have been a military wife since 2013. My husband enlisted eleven months after we started dating. So, the military has been part of our makeup for most of our relationship. But, I’ve never felt like “Military Wife” was something I could claim. I’ve never done anything, besides shopping at the commissary, to earn that title. Four months into our first deployment, I know that it is part of our identity, but there are others who have it worse. On this Memorial Day While My Husband is Deployed, I want to recognize the people who we celebrate on this long weekend.

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Do you ever wonder what a day in the of a mom is like? The real version, not the Instagram image. Let me paint a picture for you…

The little ones have been going crazy since before 7 am. The toddler is getting into everything. You have been constantly saying no. “How do we listen?”
All the way. Right away. With a joyful heart.
Not five minutes later. SAME. EXACT. THING.
The baby wants to nurse every three minutes and only sleeps for twenty minutes at a time. The day flies, but you accomplish nothing. And, you always climb in bed utterly exhausted! Physically and mentally.

And, then you ask me what I want for Mother’s Day. Here is What Mothers Really Want for Mother’s Day.

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I remember how my heart sunk when I heard the word deployment. Four years into a six year  contract, my husband and I thought we might make it out without a deployment. And, than utter disbelief set in with those two pink lines. This could not be happening. Instead of breezing through a military career free of deployment, we were going to do it in one of the hardest ways possible. I have never really felt like I could say much about the hardships of being a MILSO (military significant other). In fact, this is the first time I’ve ever even thought of using that term. But, three months into our first deployment and having survived a birth with my husband 7,310 miles away, I like to think I have some knowledge to share. So here is The How-To Guide for a Young Mom Surviving Her First Deployment.

How to guide surving first deployment

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DIY Rain Boot Easter Basket
It’s Easter week. And, the first time I have put together an Easter Basket. Even though this is my son’s third Easter. Is that awful? My sister-in-law said that she had seen a rain boot Easter basket recently on Facebook. I actually didn’t realize it was a thing. But, I ran with the idea!

Step One Find Your Boot

I found these Ranyzany boots on Amazon. I thought the cute airplane print would be a great base for an Air Force themed basket. Since Daddy is deployed for this Easter. And, E is currently in love with Captain America.

Step Two Find Your Filling

At first, I was worried that his toddler sized boots wouldn’t have enough space for filling. But, they turned out perfect! So, if you’re filling a basket for a toddler, lucky you. Pick out a few fun items. Run with the theme of your boot, like I did. Or, go with the basic bunny Easter basket.

Easterbasket
The foam air plane was found at Hobby Lobby, and is a two-in-one craft! The zipper-pull is the perfect addition to his favorite Captain America sweatshirt, and will help him master zipping it up. I chose the Captain America treat containers from Target in place of Easter eggs.

Step Three Assemble

Start stuffing! The goal is to have the items most following the theme to be sticking out the top of the boots. Thankfully, his toddler size 8 boots turned out to be the perfect sized basket! Although, his toothbrush didn’t make the cut. But, that’s okay as TMNT doesn’t go with the theme. Get all the goodies in place. And then add in the filler to make it look cuter and more polished.

Air Force Easter Basket

Voila! An Easter Basket that has a purpose. I love that these baskets are not only adorable and out of the norm, but they are practical too. My little may or may not already be jumping in puddles with his fancy new airplane boots. April showers after all!