Picky Eaters Beware… Campbell’s Has a Delicious Trick Up Their Sleeve…

My two kids couldn’t have more different tastes (no pun intended) in food if they tried. My daughter, age four, is very adventurous with food. She always wants what we’re having and some of her favorite foods are broccoli, Brussels sprouts and salsa (and no, I don’t cover them in cheese). My son, age seven, is a little bit pickier. He’s down with things like pizza, chicken nuggets and meatloaf. Such a dude. I’m not much of a chef, and I find no real enjoyment in cooking anything elaborate. That being said, the fam’s gotta eat, so I’m always looking for easy things to throw together that are flavorful, taste good and reheat well. For more than 144 years, Campbell’s Soup Company has been making meals fun and delicious. Now, Campbell’s gives you a fresh way to delight your family (new, kid-friendly recipes like Mini Chicken Pot Pies, and fun ways for your kids to eat Tomato soup) and yourself with their recipe destination (which can be used with or without the ownership of kids) The Wisest Kid in the Whole World™. With the help of The Wisest Kid in the Whole World™,

Campbell’s soup is offering delicious recipes your kids won’t be able to refuse, making your life easier and their bellies full. From this website, I chose the Tater Topped Casserole. It’s kid-friendly, ridiculously simple and has only a 10-minute prep time. All you need is some ground beef, chopped onion, Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. And, of course, the Tots.

IMG_3624IMG_3656Yes, I just made a smiley face with tator tots. I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.

After the fun and games of making faces with tots, it’s time for the casserole to hit the heat (or, go into the oven, as moms not so cool as me would say) for 25 minutes at 425 degrees. Take it out… IMG_3668Serve it up… IMG_3675We added cheese on top because what kid doesn’t like cheese on their tots?! This is also a great dish to go with any vegetable. I mixed in some peas with mine… the 4 year old followed suit… the 7 year old kept it separate. Hey, whatever works. You eat, I won’t complain.  

Holiday Traditions



Whether you have a little elf that moves around your house or go caroling, no matter what holiday you celebrate, you have traditions.  It seems like when you have two small children new traditions crop up every year, mixing what you grew up with with something fresh and meaningful that your kids can grow up with and teach to their own children.  Now I’m thinking about grandchildren, which makes me feel ridiculously old.  Moving on!

This year, we started something new, and my three and six year old were given trees, ornaments and all the fixings of their very own.  To decorate as they pleased.  I think they did a fabulous job, so I wanted to share it with you =)

They had candy canes on the trees too, but you can just imagine how long those didn’t last for haha

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

TIME OUT! My Toddler Flooded The Living Room!

You know how they say that “I was frozen in place and couldn’t say or do anything until it was too late” ? I just had that moment. Luckily it wasn’t a safety issue.

My mother in law (MIL) gave all of the grandsons (4 of them) these squeeze bottles for drinks. Since we were walking there today (don’t even get me started on how we walked 30 min there and 30 min back on the hottest day of the summer lol stupid) I decided to let him take his squeeze bottle & filled it with (thank God) water. He drank a good bit of it between being there and on the way home.

We’re home & I’m reorganizing the diaper bag and putting things away when I hear this trickling noise. I turn around and he is dumping the entire bottle of water all over his table in the living room! After I picked my mouth up off the floor I said NO about 15 seconds too late. For the most part it stayed on him and the table.

As I changed his clothes I told him it was very bad what he did, explained why.. etc. Then got an idea.

Why not try time out? We used to put him in the crib and tell him he was in time out and make him stay in there for 2 minutes (since he’s two) but he had his lovie and some stuffed animals in there, so to me thats not really a time out. He’s successfully sat on the steps for time out twice at my MIL’s… so why not try it here???

I took his little chair from his room and put it in the living room facing a blank wall and turned off the TV. I explained this was his time out chair and I told him he had to sit there until I cleaned up the water and the toys that were wet. He got up once because I took a few toys out of the living room to dry so he got an extra few minutes. I had to leave the vicinity to throw some things out and get him another (safer) drink. When I came back he was still in the chair so I let him out early. He sat as his table with his new drink & snack and said “I’m sorry, Mommy”.

What a good boy ;) Can’t believe it worked and it was SO easy!

My son will be 3 in October.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall… Why Won’t My Son Sleep In?!

Today I received my second order from VNS. It was the Orly Once Upon A Time set and China Glaze Moody Blue. I decided to put Poison Apple on my toes (do you know this was good in ONE coat?! I almost fell over. I did 2 for good measure though) and Mirror, Mirror on my fingers.
I won’t gross you out with a foot pic (some people just don’t like the feets!) but promise to put Poison Apple on my tips at some point.
Here is Mirror, Mirror – 2 coats, 1 flash ;) Please excuse my red thumb, there was a mishap with Poison Apple on my big toe lol

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I didn’t like this after I did my left hand, but as I finished up the right hand it grew on me. I may leave it on! I contemplated taking it off right after the pic… but seriously… it’s nice!

On another note. We bed trained my oldest on Friday. He’s doing SO well. Last night was a test, though I know people have gone through worse. DH was in the basement installing a toilet in our new bathroom and was having issues… making all kinds of noise… so DS went to bed late. As did I since I wasn’t about to go to bed when all of that racket was BOUND to wake up both kiddoes. DS went down around 10 or 1030, me at 1230. DD up at 2. DS up at 230. DD up at 6. DS up at 630. He refused to go back to sleep. I probably should have pushed the issue of sleeping in more with him, but wasn’t in the mood. Do you know he’s still going strong and its almost 3pm?! I tried to get him to nap. I got about 30 min in and so did DD. DS just laid in bed and played. At least he was good. I don’t get how kids are ready and raring to go with little or NO sleep?! What are these children on?! Gimme whatever they’re taking!

A little bit of cleaning, turns into a Jon & Kate rant lol

My cousin Jenna Lynn is coming today! She’s never met the baby so we’re super excited to have her here.

I have been cleaning like CRAZY. It made me think about something. WHY, when someone hasn’t been to our house before, do we clean like maniacs? Corners and ledges get cleaned that haven’t been touched in I don’t know how long. But when someone comes who is here all the time, such as parents or siblings… cleaning get’s totally half assed?

It is SO hard to clean when you have kids. With my kids, they are gated into the living room. I usually clean that the night before and the rest of the house the next day. I also keep a schedule for light cleaning throughout the week so it never gets out of hand.

I see OCD types like Kate Gosselin who make it look so easy to go go go! I do feel bad for her. In the beginning you can tell how much in love she and her hubby are. It’s understandable why she chose reality life. They got lots of $$… lots of freebies… she’s able to give EIGHT kids everything they want. But was it worth the destruction of her marriage? You can tell Jon was over it after the first season. When it’s the choice between keeping your family whole and money, family should win EVERY time. So what if you can’t keep the big, beautiful home or go on 20 trips a year. Take a break and enjoy your loved ones. I hope that they can work it out. I loved their family dynamic in the beginning. Watching it now is just sort of like watching a train wreck….

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