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Monday, February 11, 2019

Reasons you should sign your kids up for Sprouts Cooking School

Last week we had the opportunity to visit Sprouts Cooking School in Carmel. (Thank you Sprouts for having us!)  Emma has actually taken two cooking classes there before, but it was the first time Charlotte had been old enough to attend since you have to be at least three years old.  I even got to join in on the fun and learn more about the classes offered.



We had such a great time!  I highly recommend you signing your kids up and here's why...

Cooking is a great life long tool to have and to learn early.  I grew up learning to cook from my grandmother and it is something I value and appreciate so much as an adult.  Cooking for yourself and for others is something you need to know how to do.  The kids learn to work together in a group/social setting which is so important to learn at an early age, follow recipes and direction, which are all great tools to have.

Learning young gives them the opportunity to make good food choices later on in life.  Don't get me wrong, I love going out to eat every now and then, but cooking for yourself means you get to pick and choose what ingredients you are using.  They have the knowledge early of what is processed vs what's a healthier alternative and grow their palates with new and exciting flavors!


learning to marble fondant
It's fun! Emma couldn't wait to get home and start recreating what she had made during her cooking class at Sprouts.  She knew measurements and even used a knife while she was there and thought that was so cool!  They safely allow the kids to feel independent in the kitchen, which is amazing.  Emma felt like such a big kid!

It encourages YOU to get in the kitchen and cook with your kids.  I love being in the kitchen and it's so fun to include my girls.  It's not always easy, but through it I've learned to be patient and it's really helped both of us.  It does get messy and I have to allow for some extra time, but it's so rewarding to have those moments with them.  Emma has even started learning how to load the dishwasher and hand wash dishes, so it's teaching her how to do chores and responsibility.


Sprouts offers so many fun themes each month that range from ages Tiny Sprouts (3-5), Junior Sprouts (6-8) and Tween Sprouts (9-13).  You can even have a pretty sweet birthday party there!  Sprouts is even gearing up for their Summer camps and you can sign up here.  You definitely don't want to miss out on the fun and your kids will thank you!





Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Winter Fun with Goldfish Swim School

Thank you Goldfish for sponsoring this post. As always, content is 100% honest and my own.


This whole Winter thing is new for us.  We moved to the Indianapolis area from Florida and we are pretty much in shock right now.  Not being around water 24/7 is new to us too.  My girls haven't been swimming since July and we were so happy to find out about Goldfish Swim School!

We are learning quickly that the Winter Blues is actually real and we love that we can get out of the house for some (90 degree water) fun at Goldfish.  Having 4 month old twins at home, a four year old and a three year old, we have to get out of the house at least once a week to burn off some energy and for this mama's sanity.  Swimming is a great way to do that!



My oldest girls started swim lessons last week and were more than eager to get started and be back in water, a place they are familiar with and love.  Even so, Goldfish makes sure that every child feels comfortable and safe in the water and their 4:1 ratio definitely allows them to do that.  Charlotte didn't want to go under the water when she first got there and was able to blow bubbles instead.  I love how patient and understanding they were with her.  She warmed up fast though!



With the weather being below 0 right now, it's always a concern that "it's too cold out" to go swimming.  Not at Goldfish!  I love that we now have a place to go year round and the girls never have to give up being in the water that they love so much.  Goldfish is prepared with blow dryers and plenty of stations to change out of your swimsuits.  The girls loved this part!


BEFORE
AFTER

Seriously, there is so much fun to be had this Winter at Goldfish from family swim nights to parties and they even have swim meets!  This is definitely an investment that you want for your child.  Emma jumped right in (pun intended) and swam by herself under water at her first lesson.  I had no idea she could do that and I love that she is learning water safety along with having fun!  I'm so excited to see my girls' weekly progress.


*Find a Goldfish Swim School location near you and enroll your kids for a fun-filled winter (and spring, summer and fall, too!). We have programs for kids ages 4 months and older, so sign up the whole family!





Friday, January 18, 2019

To the mom who just wants to drink her coffee, I See You

To the mom who just wanted to drink her coffee hot (or at all), I see you.

To the mom who had a bad day which was not good for anyone, I see you.

To the mom who washed her sheets because her toddler peed on them when they couldn't use your bathroom, I see you.

To the mom who cleaned pee (again) off the floor moments later because said toddler needed attention, I see you.

To the mom who tries to make dinner but instead manages to get cereal on the table, I see you.

To the mom who hasn’t brushed her hair in weeks and can’t remember if she brushed her teeth #Guilty, I see you.

To the mom who hasn’t left the house in days maybe weeks and just needs five minutes to herself, I see you.

To the mom who let her baby "cry it out" and feels guilty, I see you.

To the mom who let her kids watch Paw Patrol on repeat just to survive the day, I see you.

To the mom who can't seem to get it together, I see you and YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Yesterday was rough.  Yesterday I had one of those days.  One of those days where you want to hide in a closet and cry.  One of those days where you think you can't do it; this thing called motherhood.  I literally just wanted to drink my coffee. I am in deep right now with an almost 5 year old, a 3 year who takes the stereotypical three year old memes to another level (Google it...they are hilarious) and 4 month old twin girls.  I know it seems hard now, but just know you are not alone and I went to bed knowing that when I woke up to four beautiful little girls today, that they wouldn't even remember the day before and that they would love me regardless of my flaws as a mother and as a human.  

Take a breath. Tomorrow is a new day.  Love on those babies even on your worst days.  Cry if you need to cry and laugh if you need to laugh about it.  I mean, you could have been cleaning up poop off the floor, am I right?  It will get better and it will go by so fast.  

"You're always going to wonder if you're doing things wrong, but that's what it means to be a mom, to care so much about someone else that you just want to be as perfect as possible."
-Naya Rivera

Share your messiest mom moments with me in the comments.