When I left home for college I ended up in a small mountain town where both my parents had gone to school. I didn’t have a lot of extra money to eat out but every once in a while I splurged and went to a local pizza place that my parents had enjoyed when they were going to school. The food was amazing and as an extra treat they had a fun soda I couldn’t find anywhere else — Apple Beer. I decided to experiment a bit with Apple Beer and came up with this fun recipe for Spicy Apple Beer Dipping Sauce. This has just the right tang to it and really jazzes up chicken fingers.
Are you in the habit of staying up too late? I know I am! It’s way too tempting to take advantage of that quiet time after the kids go to bed to try and relax or check another few things off your to-do list. Sleep deprivation has a way of catching up with you though so it’s well worth trying to get to bed a bit earlier. Here are a few great reasons why you should be going to bed earlier at night.
Reading has always been my escape. I fell in love with books when I was 6 years old and my dad paid me a dollar to read my first chapter book. That was a great deal for him for $1 because I read all the books after that for free. As a mom I have less time to read and less money to devote to my reading habit but reading is the way I take care of my own needs when life gets crazy so I make sure that I read something every day.
One of the biggest challenges when teaching kids to help clean up around the house is they get frustrated. Why do they get frustrated? A lot of times they just don’t know what they are supposed to do! You can make chores less stressful for kids (and you!) by spelling out exactly what you mean when you say, “go clean your room”. This free printable cleaning checklist for kids is the perfect way to get your kids to help out around the house without getting overwhelmed.