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With baby girl #2 due to make her arrival on April 12th, I’ve been busy adding the finishing touch to her nursery, washing all her pretty pink clothes and organizing the older kids belongings so that grandma and grandpa know exactly where everything is. One of the questions I get asked the most about parenting 6, almost 7 kids soon, is how I keep it all together. It certainly takes a whole village to raise them, but when it is just me and the kids I heavily rely on a routine. I wasn’t always that way with my older kids, but as my crew became bigger, and my work load a little busier, I realized that a routine was essential in making sure things go smoothly for me and the kids. Scroll down for tips on establishing five ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start.

A solid bedtime routine for me is essential and only works if the kids entire days schedule is on point but I’m realistic in knowing that that is not always easy to maintain. However, I’ve found that as long as you can at the very least stick to it on most days, you’ll be fine and on days that you can’t, simply try to use their favorite items of choice to create the same environment. Since I’m in total nesting/baby mode, I decided to share my top five ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start.

1. Pick a bedtime that works for you and your baby. Everyone has their ideal bedtime, but for me it’s whatever works for YOU. I remember when I worked retail for many years and my boys bedtime was always on the late side. That worked because I got to spend more time with them and we all got to sleep in a little later. Now that I work from home, their bedtime is much earlier, giving me and my husband some much needed time to ourselves. Push aside all the advice and do what works for you!

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start

2.***Whether you’re breast feeding or bottle feeding, finding the right bottle is the most important part of any bedtime routine when your baby is born. I’ve tried dozens of bottles but I always went back to what worked best for all of my kids;Playtex Baby Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners! As babies feed, the soft disposable liner inside the bottle gently collapses (like the breast does naturally when breastfeeding) to prevent air from mixing with the milk and getting into baby’s tummy. Another plus: I’ve bottle fed and breast fed with all of my kids and the Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® Nipple has a natural wide shape and a raised texture which helps the baby latch on naturally, promoting easy switching between breast and bottle. It’s priceless!

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start

The liners (my favorite part) are pre-formed, pre-sterilized and are easy to use. Simply match the liner size (4oz or 8oz) to the size of your bottle, place liner into Nurser bottle and fill it with milk or formula. You can recycle and use again or discard after each use. Either way, they’re super convenient to take along with you in a baby bag on the go. The air-free feeding that the Playtex Baby Nurser® provides help to reduce colic in breast and bottle fed babies, and I couldn’t praise these bottles enough, they really do work and it’s the biggest reason I just bought them again for my seventh baby! FYI: Playtex also makes the equally amazing VentAire that we’ve also used and they too provide complete tummy comfort.

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start
3. Make bedtime something they look forward to. Include a book, song or playing with a stuffed animal. This can be applied as soon as the first night you get home with the baby. The sooner, the better! Your baby will recognize and look forward to the routine you create for them. Each one of my kids liked the whole package so we started with a bath, followed by having them select which stuffed animal they’d like to be cuddling up to that night while we read. To include older kids and babies: simply bring along their feeding pillow and blanket so you can prop them up. Also make sure to include them in the bedtime routine with their siblings. The idea is to do the same thing every night at the same time to ease the all too common bedtime meltdowns.

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start
4. Save the last bottle for bedtime. It’s the perfect time to cuddle and that last bottle can be the start of your very first nightly routine. Just make sure to lay the baby down before they’re completely asleep so that you don’t disturb them as you lay them down and they learn how to put themselves to sleep.

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start
5. Keep an extra binky nearby. If you have a binky using baby, keeping a spare on the nightstand can be a lifesaver! There have been nights where I find myself crawling all over the place looking for a binky, and the longer it takes you to find it, the more awake baby gets. It can make or break the rest of the night. Keep a stash and thank me later! During the day I use a paci clip and even keep them on for the first month or so where the baby isn’t able to move much. **Once baby can roll over and starts grabbing things utilize clips during the day to keep binky off the floor

There you have it! My top five ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start! Looking to give Playtex Baby Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners a try or gift them to an expecting mom? Target now has a Cartwheel offer with 15% Off All Playtex Baby Bottles starting 4/2-4/8.


Did you know that today is National Pizza Day? I sure didn’t until one of my kids told me that there was a National Day to celebrate his favorite food. I find it sort of odd that most people don’t even know theres an actual day to celebrate pizza! We normally have pizza on the weekends but it’s fun to break away from routine and I know the kid won’t mind one bit! To celebrate I decided to share these 20 delicious pizza recipes for National Pizza Day

20 Delicious Pizza Recipes for National Pizza Day

Not looking to have an actual slice of pizza? No problem! In this round up (click here to see last weeks) of 20 delicious pizza recipes for National Pizza Day  you’ll find you’ll find recipes for pizza spaghetti bake, pepperoni pizza quesadilla, and even a pizza chili! With these 20 delicious pizza recipes for National Pizza Day you’ll have many ways you can deliciously  celebrate National Pizza Day! I personally want to give pizza toast a try!

  1. Pizza Toast
  2. Pizza Dough
  3. Pizza Chili
  4. Chicken Alfredo Pizza
  5. Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla
  6. Bubble Pizza
  7. Pizza Bites
  8. Philly Cheesesteak Pizza
  9. Pizza Cake
  10. Pizza Spaghetti Bake
  11. Pizza Cone
  12. Tortilla Pizza
  13. Cheesy Breadsticks
  14. Pizza Bread
  15. Pizza Quesadillas
  16. Pizza Pull Apart Sliders
  17. Pepperoni Pizza Bread
  18. Healthy BBQ Chicken Pizza
  19. Hawaiian Pizza Bread
  20. Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

How do you plan on celebrating National Pizza Day?

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Recipes


You’d think after having six kids I’d have this whole new baby thing down, but every baby is different! As the kids get older, there’s more activities to attend, which makes for a super busy household. The big age gap between Robert and Joseph (nine years) threw me for a loop. I thought I could wing it with their schedule, and I might have been able to, but Joseph was very colicky and I quickly realized that I could not. When I had Olivia, work was flourishing and a complicated c-section (read all about it here) made everything a painful process. Scroll down to see my favorite on the go snack + easy to make cajun ranch dressing.

This time, I’m going to try to be as ready as possible and make this a smooth transition. I know the first couple of weeks will require a laid back approach as we settle into a new routine, so I plan on stocking up on healthy foods that can be frozen and easy on the go snacks that can be dipped into this easy to make cajun ranch dressing that I know the kids love.

Once everyone got a whiff of the fact that I’d be prepping food in advance, the first thing I was asked for was homemade cajun ranch dressing (see recipe below).  I plan on storing in individual containers for kids to just grab and go.

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

It’s a really easy recipe to make that’s extremely versatile and can be used on salads, as a dip for veggies, or even to dip the really really tasty sandwiches by Sandwich Bros. Our favorite is the chicken melt! It goes perfectly with the cajun ranch dip and its packed with protein, making them a great snack to keep you energized and satisfied when you’re on the go.

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

I love that they’re low calorie, easy to portion control, and most of all, their convenience! I can’t tell you how many times Sandwich Bros. have come in handy when I’ve been running late! You just throw them in the microwave for 45 seconds and you’re good to go! I often eat them for lunch while I work, in the car while I’m running errands and on the weekend, I lay them out for the kids to grab along with fruits and veggies!

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

Sandwich Bros. snack line has four delicious flavors: Angus Cheeseburgers, Chicken Melts, Gyro Sliders and Italian Sausage Melts and they also have a great variety for breakfast like Sausage and Cheese, Egg and Cheese, Egg Whites and Turkey Sausage and Cheese Sandwiches.

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

Their entire selection is delicious and perfect for the busy mom on the go that want to still be able to give her kids a healthy options to eat. Sandwich Bros. Flatbread Pocket Sandwiches, along with dips like my homemade cajun ranch dressing, will be among the things that will ensure that when baby girl makes her arrival that our fridge will be stocked with healthier foods for us to grab and go! Want to give Sandwich Bros. a try? Click here to get a $1.00 off coupon any Sandwich Bros Flatbread sandwiches! To find the nearest Kroger, Costco, Sams or Walmart where I buy mine carrying SANDWICH BROS click here.

Cajun Ranch Dip

What You’ll Need:
Cajun Seasoning
Ranch Dressing

Instructions:

Take equal parts ranch dressing and cajun seasoning and mix. It’s that easy!

Favorite On The Go Snack + Easy To Make Cajun Ranch Dressing

For those of you with kids how did you get your home ready for your baby’s new arrival?

Thank you Sandwich Bros for sponsoring this post! As always all opinions are my own.


Sometimes the best recipes are the classic ones that you can easily make with ingredients that you all normally have in the pantry. This weekend, after a LONG two weeks of battling the flu, Franklyn and I were just too tired to muster up the strength to do any grocery shopping. We decided to whip up a classic tuna pasta salad, a dish that everyone loves! It can be served as a side dish or on its own, with some fruit like I did.

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

Elbow pasta
Albacore tuna fish in water
1 -2 cups of mayonnaise. We don’t use a lot of mayonnaise just enough so that the pasta salad has flavor is no longer dry. **We used this one with lime.
1/2 white onion
1 cup of celery
Salt and pepper

Instructions:

Cook pasta according to instructions on package
Drain tuna fish
Dice onion and celery
Add mayonnaise, salt and pepper.
Mix all together and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Serve this classic tuna pasta salad with fruit, crackers or for a complete meal add a soup or salad!