THE ULTIMATE NAP TIME ROUTINE

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One of the things that other moms share with you when you have multiple children, is that no two babies are the same. That’s very evident when it comes to my kids. All three of them have different tastes, and personalities. However, when it comes to nap time, they have all been really good about sticking to the same routine… at the same time! This means that if I play my cards right, I can have some child-free time to do important thing like the laundry or the dishes.
There’s no magic potion that helps them go down at the same time, but there is a routine that we have honed down over the years that works like a charm and today I’m sharing it with you.
Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles

Here is our ultimate nap time routine:

  • Same time every day–  I like to put all three babies down at noon regardless of what we have going on.  This allows for them to have enough playtime in the morning so that they are tired enough for a snooze and a long afternoon so that they wear out at night. Noon works out for us really well.
  • Prep them for post-nap time activities– I like to give them a heads up of what to expect post nap time. This give them an incentive to get to bed without putting up much of a fight AND waking up excited rather than cranky. Some days I even hold their lunch time dessert (strawberries or frozen yogurt) for after their nap.  Whatever it takes to get rid of those afternoon blues!
  • Wash hands/ change– sometimes they make a mess of their clothes during breakfast or playtime and this is when I change them out of their outfit into something more comfortable. I also take the time to wash their hands and freshen them up before bed.

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  • Warm milk- this is my secret weapon. My older two will have warm milk in their sippy cups. Emory drifts off to a sweet slumber when I feed her milk from her Playtex Baby™ VentAire®. I’ve used Playtex Baby VentAire for all my babies because they’re BPA free, are designed to reduce colic and reflux. Also, their angled design allows for a semi upright feeding position and prevents ear infection. These days we are using the Playtex baby VentAire however, we also like using the Playtex Baby™ Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners.  Both work like a charm!

Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles

  • Lovies– all three of my kids have their preferred lovies. Haddon has his blankie, Emory has a stuffed animal and Gracie loves her fluffy pillow. Right before nap time, I make sure they all have their preferred lovey and are nicely tucked in bed. This is a crucial step.  I can’t tell you what happens when we misplace a lovie or God forbid we’re washing Haddon’s blankie!

Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles

  • Prayers- we always pray before bed time and nap time.  We ask God to help us rest and thank Him for all of the play time that He allowed us to have that day, pray for our family and ask Him to continue to bless us.  Sometimes I hear them praying all by themselves and it makes my mama heart so happy.

Easy right?

Let’s face it, nap time is the only time that moms can get anything done around the house. It’s a sacred time around here!! Also, I have learned that when my kids sleep well during the day, they sleep well at night so there’s no skipping naps around here.

Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles

Here is to nap times everywhere and to products like Playtex Baby VentAire, that make life easier on us moms!

 Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles

Here’s the good news, you can find Playtex bottles at Target and now you can use the cartwheel offers below for some happy shopping… and check here for more tips and inspiration! 
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Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles
Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles
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TEACHING STEWARDSHIP+ prAna CLOTHING

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One of the values we instill in our children is stewardship. We start off when they’re young with their toys and the reason why they should take care of them. We explain that everything we have is a gift from God and that it’s our responsibility to  be good stewards of everything He has given us.
With Grace, we’re able to talk about money, time, talents, and resources and that we are going to be held accountable one day for how we spend what we have been given.

Here are three areas we are showing our children how to be good stewards.

  1. Toys– our kids have been blessed with numerous toys. We keep some downstairs in the living room and some in their bedroom. Every day, they get a chance to play with their toys and when they’re finished it is their responsibility to return it to its proper place in the same condition in which they found it. We explain to them that just because the toys are theirs, it does not give them the liberty to mistreat them.
  2. Time– We purpose to start our mornings (after breakfast) with school. And because we value each other’s time, we emphasize the importance of staying focused on the task at hand. If Grace decides to play or lose focus, during the allotted school time, we explain to her that she is not being a good steward of her time. The lack of stewardship in this area usually results with her not being able to do a fun activity in the evening. Although she is four, she is very aware of when she is paying attention and when her mind is elsewhere.
  3. Finances– It’s fun to see children handle money.  Grace has a few chores around the house that she receives financial compensation for. It’s nothing big, but quarters add up. We have been able to instruct her in the importance of being a good steward of your finances and that if the whole dollar is spent as soon as it’s recieved, then there won’t be any left over for the toy she’s had her eye on. We are also teaching her about giving to God and to others.
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Here are a few Bible verses that are helping us in the process of teaching stewardship.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s very grace” 1 Peter 4:10
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” Luke 16:10
Speaking of stewardship, I want to share with you a company that is raising the bar when it comes to sustainable clothing. PrAna is a clothing company that shows love for our planet. They offer sustainable, recycled, fair trade certified and hemp clothing items that are versatile and classy (here’s is a video on why hemp matters and why organic cotton matters)
This shirt for example, is the most comfortable shirt I’ve ever own and I see myself throwing it on during the spring to play in the park with the kids or dressing it up with skinny jeans and boots for date night.
Also these pants are soft and have an elastic waist band that embraces my post baby body. I can see myself strapping on some heels and a cute top and heading straight to church.

PrAna also likes to give back to communities all over the world and their designers create and test the clothing based on their own love for the outdoors!

I really appreciate companies like prAna, who are demonstrating stewardship of God’s creation and making a positive impact on our planet!

Use the code PMOMAAT to receive 15% off your entire prAna order until 4/14/2017

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(Disclosure: I partnered with The Motherhood and prAna for this review. All thoughts and opinions are mine)
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EVENING WALKS | WITH TEDDY SOFT BAKED FILLED SNACKS

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If you have followed along here, you know that we just recently moved our family from Florida to Nebraska in the middle of winter! Most our days have been spent indoors, but last weekend the weather was incredible and we spent every minute of the day outdoors. The sun was shining and there was the most amazing warm breeze. We didn’t realize how much we’d miss the warm weather until we got a glimpse of it.

I think that’s one of the things I miss the most about living in Florida. We got out every night for an evening walk with the kids, we breathed in some fresh air and all of us got some exercise before bed…Hopefully once spring is in full swing, we can them back up.
Evening walks with Teddy soft baked filled snacks

During our walks, we ask the kids to keep their eyes open and look out for animals, rocks, trees or anything that they may want to bring back home.  Grace usually picks out cool looking branches and Haddon just picks up random rocks. They call it their “treasure” and we bring it home to talk about it or glue it on cardboard as a science project

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Evening walks with Teddy soft baked filled snacks

While we’re out and about exploring, we like to take breaks and have a few to-go snacks. This time around we packed a few fruits and the new TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks! They’re shaped like little teddy bears and are individually packaged making it easy for the kids to enjoy their own.

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We find TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks in the cookie/cracker aisle at Walmart, they are fun to eat and because they have no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, I feel good about this snack. Also, if you’re into coupons, you can earn cash back with the free Ibotta app on the purchase of TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks at Walmart!” Also, on 2/23 they are having a demo at your local Walmart with Teddy Grahams and GoGo Squeeze!

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Evening walks with Teddy soft baked filled snacks

We’re trying to get Emory used to being outside and on the stroller.  Grace and I have been going on runs since she was born and she really enjoys getting outdoors. Haddon is a wild card child. Some days he does really well and just hangs out with his blanky and pacifier and sometimes he wants to run into the lake.  You really never know with him.
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This guy and his cute little teeth! I just want to eat him!

Evening walks with Teddy soft baked filled snacks

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Grace’s face here sums up how I’m feeling about this weather. It’s getting us all really excited for spring!

Evening walks with Teddy soft baked filled snacks

Haddon is at the stage where he loves sharing.  Grace on the other hand is aware of every single bite specially of her TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled SnacksIMG_3794

Here’s to warmer weather and evening walks!

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FIVE TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR NEW YEAR GOALS | WITH SILK

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Ok so we’re getting really close to February and we are still holding on strong to our resolutions.  One of the really big topics for us this year is to maintain a dairy free diet.  We’re also trying to exercise more and to be consistent with our daily tasks like drink 64 oz of water. So far we are doing great and although it hasn’t been easy, there are five tips that have helped me stay on track.

I. Substitute when you can–  I grew up drinking cafe-con-leche in the morning and to this day it’s my morning must have.  There’s something about the taste and warmth of cafe-con-leche that reminds me of home.  These days, I try to do my best to stay dairy free so I’m having to make a few tweaks to my go-to drink in order to keep up with my goals.  I like to swap out my whole milk with Silk almond milk because it has fewer calories, it’s dairy free and it has a really delicious creamy taste that goes perfect with my cafe-con-leche.  Also, Silk Milk is the perfect everyday milk for our dairy-free needs and come mid-january they are featuring a new packaging and that you can find at Walmart.   If coffee is not your thing, you can try swapping out Silk Milk for regular milk in your cereal or tea and not feel guilty because every delicious glass has absolutely no cholesterol and no saturated fat.

 

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II. Dress the part–  I love wearing exercise clothes throughout the day.  They’re easy to move in, I can leave the house at a whim and I am more likely to do a few lounges, pushups or even yoga if I’m already dressed for a workout. Also, I’m often running after little people so if I’m dressed comfortably, I’m more likely to run after them around the house.

 

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III. Pack the protein– I love having smoothies as an afternoon pick-me-up and these days, my go-to smoothie is my tropical-latin-flavored mango smoothie.  Often, smoothies can have a lot of sugar and not have much of a nutritional component.  To ensure that we are all getting a good amount of protein (like 6g of plant-based-proitein) throughout the day, I like to add Silk non-dairy yogurt to my smoothie.  Silk yogurt is smooth and has less calories than other yogurt, it adds another degree of flavor, it’s completely dairy free and it packs some crazy plant-based nutrition! Also, Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt alternatives are available in 6 different flavors. Yes!

 

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IV. Move everyday– My goal this year is to workout at least 15 minutes every day.  Most days I’m not able to go out for a run, get on the treadmill or the stationary bike.  However, every day I make it a point to do something for 15 minutes.  That may mean a round of pushups, situps and jumping jacks before my shower or going up and down the stairs 10 times or even lounges while I cook dinner. It doesn’t have to be fancy, I just have to get it done.

 

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V. Make your goals visible– It takes a lot of time and effort to come up with with goals for the year and it makes it really difficult to stay on track if your goals are not visible on a daily basis.  This may be a little old school, but I like to write down my goals on a large piece of paper along with daily tasks in the form of a check-off list.  I post it up in the kitchen and look at it all day long.  I check off when I’ve hit 64 oz of water or finished homeschooling Grace etc.  Having the goals visible also keeps me focused during the day.

 

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How about you? How are you doing with your new year goals?? Do you have any tips for staying on track?

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