I can’t go to the Garth Brooks concert because I am a mom.

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Garth Brooks is in town and I have tickets…well had tickets :-/ 

I have said for years, if Garth starts touring, I am THERE! And it just so happens he is in Denver and I can’t go because I am a mom.

My parents are out of town and can’t watch our kids.  And since our youngest is a fit-throwing, hair-pulling cotton-headed ninny muggins, I don’t feel right asking someone else to watch him. And side note to whoever said it gets easier after 3 kids are all liars. Our #4 is the sweetest thing but also the toughest. How can I ask my friends, “Hey I know you have kids of your own, but don’t you want to take my 4 for the day??!” 

I honestly I think Trisha was counting on me being at her show because I DO have her cookbook so we are basically BFF’s. So I am sure she will be disappointed. 

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As I was driving my kids to school and giving myself a pity party & this thought raced across my mind…”My kids are worth giving up everything and this is no different.” Truth be told I have given up a lot as a mom like sleep, my 6 pack, & my sanity on certain days. We had to end up giving away our precious family dog this week because we found out our son is epi-pen allergic.  And even though we waited 4 years for the perfect yard to get a dog and the hundreds of dollars we spent on the dog is now down the drain…our kids are worth it.

Some people might think it’s silly to be upset over missing a concert. But as a mom, going to the bathroom alone is a victory.  So a night on the town with my mountain man sounded like going to Jamaica for me.

But why are they worth it? I need to say it out loud and on purpose that they are worth it. I had this thought because I had 1 sick kid. I was wearing the same outfit as the day before. I hadn’t washed my hair in 5 days and had just found Oreo crumbs on my neck. I mean…what mom or dad after a long day says, “I think some kale sounds good about right now.” No one…ever. Pass the cookies and a glass of Kombucha.  (I have to act like I am healthy because I live in Denver). One of my friends asked me the other day if I was a runner because of the fancy pants I was wearing and my answer was, “Nope this is just the only thing that was clean.”. 

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The answer: They just are.

I have been pooped on, they have puked in my hair, my hair has fallen out, I have high school acne, I cook them 3 meals a day and rarely get a thank you, heck they probably won’t even appreciate me until they get my age…but that’s ok. Plus a pity party looks good on no one along with blue eyeliner and acid washed jeans and carrying a self stick.

I mean if your closest friends saw the side of you that your kids do, I bet they wouldnt stick around. Can I get an Amen?

I was telling my friend, Johanna, once after a particularly hard week, that I am not even sure why my kids like to be around me because I am not even that nice at times. But they do. They love me without conditions. I remember apologizing to my oldest for being stressed out and rude that week and his response, “Mom, what are you talking about?” He didn’t even remember!

Thank goodness for yoga pants and forgetful memories. Maybe I haven’t screwed them up yet.

Truth be told sometimes they have chocolate chips for dinner and their juice is not organic…gasp! 

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So maybe next year we can go to a Garth concert.  But if not, I will just annoy my kids with my Garth boxed set on repeat and my awful singing renditions of his songs; which sounds pretty perfect to me.

So here is to all you moms and dads who give up so much to be parents. We are blessed to have happy, healthy children even if they make us miss a Garth Brooks concert or two. And here is to our parents who gave up the same things for us whether it was a Bachman Turner Overdrive or Lynyrd Skynyrd concert.

I am thankful that this was my biggest struggle this week. I did take a shower and finally remembered to wipe the Oreo off my neck.  And I listened to my 2 youngest fight over the Easter eggs I bought yesterday. You know I literally would not trade it for anything. 

I caught my little girl singing a song in the car the other day. It’s a little hard to hear so crank up the volume because this is what it’s all about.

“You are my momma,
my only momma, 
you make me happy, when skies are gray,
you’ll never know dear, how much I love you,
please don’t take my momma away.”

 

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My new breakfast lineup

IMG_9205 Breakfast in our house can be chaos. Take yesterday for example. My 1 year old was sick and woke up super early. He never snuggles or lays in the bed with me so when I brought him in bed and he fell asleep I cherished every second of it until 8 am when I flew out of bed because I had to get my other kids dressed, ready and fed for school and we were already going to be late. That is where El Monterey Signature Breakfast Burritos come in! When I am in a pinch and need breakfast, this is my go to breakfast line up. El Monterey Signature Breakfast Burritos are packed with real ingredients like scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and sausage wrapped in fresh-baked flour tortillas. They are available in five flavors and three different sizes, including single-serve, 4-count and 12-count. I love how fast I can make a couple of these burritos because I have a lot of hungry chow hounds in my house. My husband also loves these because he can  Plus if you want a $1 off coupon, go here! The products can be found in the freezer aisles at major retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Kroger, Hy-Vee, Meijer and many more. I shop at a Kroger affiliate store called King Soopers and they had the single serve ones in the freezer aisle.  #momwins #elmonterey What is your favorite breakfast line up?

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Rainbow with a Pot of Gold Treats

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The other day I realized that although I am “busy” at home and never get a second to sit down because I’m cooking dinner or washing clothes or eating ore’s   working out, I don’t make enough time for fun things with the kids. The clothes can wait and my husband can go another day without clean underwear socks. I love to do fun things with the kids but just keeping them alive and the house clean is a full time job but I need to make more time for fun.

And I am fully aware St. Patrick’s day is over but I think you can make these treats any day of the week! I saw them on Molly Mesnick’s instagram from Jenny Cookies blog and had to make them!

I wish I would have videotaped my son’s expression when he saw this sitting in the seat when he got out of school. You would have thought it was publishers clearing house showing up at the car! And plus they were so easy to make!

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These are the ingredients you need. I found these twizzlers at walmart. When you are assembling the bags, put the twirlers in first then the rolo’s. 

I found the treat bags in the cake decorating section in walmart, then printed these super cute printable bag toppers from Harper Gray from Jenny Cookies blog! When you print them  out, fold them over and staple them to the bag. 

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Celebrate the Kids’ Choice Awards with Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KidsChoiceDrink #CollectiveBias

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The Kids’ Choice Awards is being held on March 28th at 8pm ET and I know my house cannot wait to watch it! And since Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters is the official drink sponsor of the show we are all going to sit down and drink some together while watching the awards show. But we are going to kick it up a notch by freezing our drinks and “eating” them like popsicles.

We live in the mountains and I find it really difficult to keep my kids *hydratyed but when I have Capri Sun Roaring Waters on hand, I don’t have to beg them to drink.  Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters is a lightly fruit-flavored water beverage with no artificial colors or flavors. It is low calorie with only 30 calories and  a fun way for kids to stay hydrated*.

We were completely out of Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters so I headed over to Walmart to pick up 2-30pk’s.

I went over to the drink aisle and there was only 1 30-pk left but as I was checking out I noticed a display up front by the registers.

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So if you find the drink aisle is empty of the Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters 30 pk’s, there is probably a display by the registers. And be on the lookout for a special Kid’s Choice Awards Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters display at your store!

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When we got home, I popped a few in the fridge to let them freeze. After a few hours, just take them out and cut the tops off. My kids go through so many popsicles but freezing the Capri Sun Roaring’ Waters, keeps them busy for a long time and it’s so fun to “eat.

This has become one of my favorite #lifehacks or #foodhacks . It’s something every Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters drinking family needs to know.

All you do is pop those babies into your freezer and let freeze. Once you take them out and before you cut the top, squeeze them around to break up the ice a little.

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 Next cut off the tops with a knife or scissors. Remember for some reason you are taking picture of you cutting the top of to show your friends, that you don’t have a sink full of dirty dishes #reallifemom.

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And enjoy!

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I know my kid sand I like to sit around and watch Nickelodeon and chow down on these yummy treats.

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Are you going to watch the Kid’s Choice awards?

*Consume a variety of beverages every day.

 

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Affordable, child-friendly, waxless, AromaBreeze Fragrance System now at Walmart

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WicklessWonders #CollectiveBias

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I live in a house full of boys so getting my house to smell good is an ongoing battle. Keeping the house clean is one thing but battling the smells is another. I am always on the lookout for new products to help with that battle.  At the same time, I need them to be child friendly since all of my kids are young. The AromaBreeze is safe for kids’ rooms and safe to be around pets.

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This week I headed over to WalMart to try out their new AromaBreeze Fragrance systems. Near the candle aisle, there is a whole aisle for these types of systems. The AromaBreeze system was easy to find and they had a large selection. My store was packed with so many options that were super cute so it was hard to choose! These are now available at select WalMart stores and on Walmart.com.

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I decided on the golf-inspired one for my boys so they would let me put it in their room without the risk of it being too girly.

What’s unique about this warmer is that it distributes fragrance from an innovative fragrance “Halo” for continued aroma distribution. And you can go cordless with the option of putting in batteries so you can move it from room to room or you can us the plug for interrupted good smells.

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 I have had warmers in the past and I love the pricing and ease of being able to purchase these systems and fragrances right at WalMart without having to order them online. 

 With any type of system, such as this, you need to follow the instructions very carefully.  

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I also tried out the ScentSationals wax warmer which is the white warmer in the picture above and it leads the market in innovation, style, and value. Each design is hand-made and individually inspired. I absolutely loved all the designs they had to choose from! The ScentSationals is a warmer so you don’t want to leave it on in a kid’s room and not on a soft surface.

What I loved about the AromaBreeze was it was easy to get going. All I had to do was take it out of the box, and find the cord and plug it into the back of the system. 

Next, I took out the “Halo” and put it over the fan as directed and put the canopy back on and plugged it into the wall and turned it on!

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This is the warming disk over the fan. 

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It not only gives off a nice smell but also a pleasing warm glow. Now instead of spraying down in the kids’ rooms with air freshener, when we have company, I will just turn on their AromaBreeze. Now we need one for every room in the house!

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