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August 31, 2016

Simple Pantry Snack Station

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Being a boy mom is the absolute best!!! I never thought playing with super heroes, building forts, battling the bad guys, and hunting for bugs would be so much fun. It may just be that I get to spend time with my boys that make it so much fun, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. They are the absolute best and I am so happy I get to be their mom.  



But, nobody told me how much food these boys could consume as they got older. Some days it's as if they don't ever stop eating. Especially on school days! I can fill their lunch boxes full of food and they will still come home and eat around 4 to 5 snacks in one setting! They are growing boys and I need to keep their growing tummies full! Kroger helps me keep my pantry stocked with their favorite snacks for school lunches as well as after school. NABISCO Multipacks and RITZ Bits Cracker Sandwiches are some of our favorite snacks to keep on hand and I love that Kroger keeps them pretty well stocked up. 


Trying to keep up with there endless eating, our pantry has become a bit of a mess!!! Snacks are everywhere and I am in so much need for organization. Plus, since they go through our snack collection like wild animals, sometimes I don't know what snacks we have or are out of. I needed a simple way to keep the snacks they love upfront and center so when I am packing their lunches in the morning and running low on time, I can just grab something fast.  


I found these open front bins at the store and knew it would be perfect to create a simple snack station to keep their snacks organized and available for them to grab after a long day at school.

To create our Simple Snack Station, I cleared out and cleaned up the lowest shelf in our pantry to make it easy for the boys, and myself, to grab and go. I stacked two bins on top of each other and side by side to create a row of bins. Then I just filled with some of our favorite snacks like NABISCO Multipacks and RITZ Bits Cracker Sandwiches.




For such a simple update, this has been a life saver! Packing lunches has been so much easier now that I have their snacks available front and center! Plus, I can now know when I am running low and need to make another trip to Kroger.


I love that I can also be prepared for our after school munchies. I like to have to them out and ready for when they walk through the front door. When their bellies are full, we can start on our homework or get ready for practice. It makes it so much easier when they are not starving and about to be in meltdown mode. 

How do you keep your kids snacks organized? I'd love to see how you incorporate your simple snack station.

August 23, 2016

DIY Backyard Football Practice Goal Post

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #NotSoFastMom #CollectiveBias


My youngest son loves sports! He likes all kinds and has played basketball for the past 2 years and loves everything about it! This year he wanted to venture out and try football. So, of course after we gave it a lot of thought and discussion, we signed him up for flag football in one of our local community programs. I had my hesitations because it's a lot of commitment and football can be rough. Plus, this momma is not made to sit outdoors in the heat for hours each day. But, I know he wants to try it out and it's really important to him. Plus, I am kinda looking forward to being a first time football mom.  


To help him get ready for his first practice and his big football debut, I wanted to create a fun and easy practice goal post so he can work on his kicks and throws in between practices and just have some fun on the weekends. It was simple and easy to make and he absolutely loves it! Plus, he can play with his older brother and daddy when ever he wants to.


I love that we can spend the last few days of summer break tossing the football around, running drills, and seeing how high we can kick the ball before we head back to school and football practices actually begin.




Even though school is about to start, it's still summer in Texas and our summers are very long and very hot. He may be very excited about starting his practices, but I know that practice will become miserable and hot if I am not prepared. It's usually still in the 90s after 6:00pm and I know I need to be the one to help him power through his grueling practice session. Plus, I need to make sure all of us on the sidelines are hydrated as well. That's why I keep a cooler packed full of our all of our favorite POWERADE flavors. So while he's sweating it out on the football field I can keep him, and the rest of the family, nice and cool. 


Want to create your own backyard football goal post? Make a trip to your favorite hard ware store to grab some supplies and follow these simple steps.

You'll need:


  • Two (2) 10 foot 1 inch pvc piping.
  • Two (2) 1 inch pvc elbow joints
  • One (1) 1 inch pvc T joint
  • Two (2) end caps
  • Yellow Spray paint (I used an outdoor spray paint)
  • Tube of waterproof seal and bond glue
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw

Using a tape measure mark a cut line on one of the 10 foot poles in half (5 feet). Set one 5ft piece aside. Using the other half and the full 10 foot pipe, cut two 2 feet sections and cut two 3-1/2 feet. You will now have 5 cut pieces of pvc piping.


Once all your pieces are cut, lay out and paint all pieces including joints and caps. Let dry completely. 


Now it's time to assemble! 

1. The longest pole, 5 feet, will be your base pole. Attach the T joint to the top of the pole.
2. Place the smallest poles (2 feet) on each side of the T joint to make a T.
3. Attach an elbow joint at the end of each short end. Push in completely.
4. Add the 3-1/2 foot poles to the elbow joint and push down in place.
5. Once pieces are together and you are happy with the height arrangement, using the glue, bond the pieces together. (You may glue as you go along attaching the pieces) I like to wait to glue until after I have made sure each side is perfect. Once it's glued, it's set and can't be changed.
6. Let the glue dry over night to ensure a tight bond.
7. Push into ground and start practicing! 
Make the most of their game days and head to NotSoFastMom.com for more great game day tips. Keeping a cooler of different Coca-Cola beverages and POWERADE helps us stay cool during hot game days so no one misses any action. Be sure to head to Walmart so your athlete can hydrate before and during their practices and games.
How do you keep your football player hydrated during game days?

August 22, 2016

DIY Bathroom Cleaning Caddie for Kids

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

Getting my two growing boys to complete their chores is not an easy task. But, cleaning their bathroom is not something I look forward to. As they are get older, they are beginning to take on a bit more responsibility and that means, they are now on bathroom duty. However, their "clean" and my "clean" is totally not the same. Not even close!!! So, to help them to make sure they get their bathroom somewhat clean and presentable, I put together a cleaning caddie with all the essentials they will need to make the bathroom sparking clean. Plus, a reusable cleaning guide to help them keep track of all the steps. 


I stored their fully loaded caddie in the linen closet in the hall right outside their bathroom. I also made sure to keep all extra supplies readily on hand and within reach in the closet as well. That way everything they need is in one spot and I wont hear "I didn't know where it is" or "There were no extra rags" or any other excuse they may use. 




Want to create your own cleaning caddie for your kids? It's so simple. First, download our printable cleaning guide HERE. Print, cut, and assemble. We laminated our to make it reusable and added a metal book ring to keep it safely attached to our caddie. 

Just grab these supplies:




Our printable cleaning guide comes with 3 different cards with 2 bathroom chores on each. Chores like clean mirror, wash sink, and restock toilet paper. Simple tasks that are important but easy to do. They check off each chore as they are completed. It's dry erase so they do it all over again next week. Plus, I try to make sure they mix things up a bit and rotate the chores each time.


To assemble your cleaning caddie:

1. Gather your items and fill your school supply bin, attach your cleaning guide, and get started cleaning! 
2. Kids can check off each item after they finish. By laminating the pages, it becomes reusable and can be used often.
3. To help them keep track of things so they are not fighting over who does what, I have each one complete a card with 2 chores on it and then they will split the 3rd card and do one of the two. 


Having two boys, toilets are the worst!!! If you have a boy, then you know what I am talking about. Thankfully we do not have to share a bathroom with them. But, it does get messy, quick! That's why I love the new Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber and stocked their cleaning caddie with lots of refills. So, while I'm scrubbing the toilet with the Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber.... my kids can do the rest. Plus, it has a built in bleach alternative cleaner that helps with a deep down clean and has a flexing head design allows maximum contact with the toilet bowl.



Don't forget to look for the Instant Redeemable Coupon on the Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber to save $2.00. The coupon can be redeemed at the register upon checkout at your local Kroger. So don't delay! Head out to Kroger to stock your bathroom cleaning caddie right away!!!


Looking for more great cleaning ideas? Check out this site to see how other bloggers are keeping their bathrooms cleaned with their Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber.

August 19, 2016

Learning is Messy Back to School Teacher Gifts


It's that time of year to start gearing up for back to school. The summer is coming to a close and all our focus has shifted to school supplies, new clothes, and lunches. Our boys now know who their teachers are and can't wait to see who is in their class. With meet the teacher just few days ago, it's time to count down the final few days until the first day of school. 

This year, I created these printable gift tags to attach to disinfecting wipes to surprise our new teachers and let them know we are excited for the new school year. Plus, we all know you can never have enough of these in the classroom. They go a long way!!! 


Download your free Learning is Messy gift tags below, attach to a bottle of disinfecting wipes, and surprise your teacher on meet the teacher night or even on the first day of school. They make great gifts they are sure to love!!! 


It's going to be a great school year!!! Happy first day of school!

August 8, 2016

DIY Germ Juice Teacher Gifts

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Back to school is literally right around the corner and that means we are busy getting ready to send the boys off to school. I can't believe I will have a 2nd grader and a 4th grader this year. EEK!! We love to shower our teachers with praise and gifts and to celebrate the start of the new year and we always bring something special when we meet the teacher for the first time. Just a little something to let them know we care and are looking forward to another great school year.


For the past several years during meet the teacher night, I have grabbed a bottle of hand sanitizer, because we all know classrooms are full of germs, and gave to our new teacher! Of course with a cute little note saying something like Happy New School Year or something similar. This year, to make it extra special we headed to Office Max to see what goodies we can find to make our gifts one of a kind. Now, that my oldest son is entering fourth grade and will have more then one teacher, we have four gifts to make.


With Expo Neon Window Dry Erase Markers, we were able to decorate some mini organizers with the word "supplies" and fill it up with Sharpies and awesome pens by PaperMate. We love the Expo Neon Window Dry Erase Markers because it gives the look of a permanent marker or paint but can changed later when and if their teacher wants to use this for something other than supplies. Plus, the colors stand out and was so simple to use! Since its a dry erase marker, we were able to erase it when we made a mistake. Ooops!

Of course the supplies caddie is a great gift in itself but, we really want to personalize our traditional hand sanitizers for our teachers. So, this year we used Sharpies to hand decorate each bottle front with "Germ Juice" to include in our supplies caddie. It was super simple and easy thanks to Sharpies. 


What are you waiting for? Head to the store and get started on your own back to school teachers gift! 

August 2, 2016

Save on Dinner with Chef Boyardee

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With the back to school season approaching, my family is looking for easy weeknight meal solutions. By spending less time in the kitchen, we can enjoy other after-school activities together. Now through August 29, 2016, each 14.5 to 15 ounce can of Chef Boyardee is on Rollback at Walmart for only $0.80! Purchase five cans for $4 in a variety of flavors that include: Mini Ravioli, Beefaroni, and Spaghetti and Meatballs. You can enjoy a week’s worth of quality meals at an affordable price.
Be sure when you stock up on Chef Boyardee at Walmart to look for the Chef Boyardee cans that feature NO artificial flavors, NO preservatives, and NO artificial colors. With quality ingredients since 1924, Chef Boyardee has been a pantry staple for many families.
While shopping at Walmart, be sure to look for the Rollback signs for Chef Boyardee in the Canned Food aisle!

Back to school for us also means back to football practice, basketball practice, and even PTO meetings. Sometimes dinner can be an afterthought and to avoid heading to the drive-thru, I love that Chef Boyardee has great options my boys love, especially the Spaghetti and Meatballs. We serve with a slice of garlic bread and it's a perfect busy weeknight meal for us.  

August 1, 2016

Ad: Back to School Breakfast with DIY Felt Pencil Banner

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #ReimagineYourRoutine #CollectiveBias



I cannot believe that we are already preparing for back to school. Where did the summer go?!?! Time flies when you're having fun and boy did we have a bunch of fun this summer! From sports camps to art classes, swim lessons and sleepovers, we packed in as much fun as we could. But, now we are preparing to head back to school and that is kind of exciting too. New clothes, new supplies, new friends, and new teachers are awaiting my boys when school starts in just a few short weeks. So to ease any fears they may have about heading back to school, I gave the boys a delicious back to school breakfast with a few of their favorite breakfast items like Jimmy Dean® Pancakes & Sausage and Jimmy Dean® Fully Cooked Links & Patties and of course milk and juice.


The 1st day of school is always so crazy! Trying to figure out how to get everyone ready, dressed, fed, and cleaned up, bags and lunches packed, and out the door in time for school before the bell rings is always hectic. Sometimes we are throwing together whatever we can find for breakfast. It's hard to send them off for the day knowing they didn't get the best breakfast possible. I love that Jimmy Dean® Pancakes & Sausage and Jimmy Dean® Fully Cooked Links & Patties help me provide a great breakfast for my boys whether we are in a rush or right on time. Just throw them in the microwave and go! Simple, easy, and fast! Something that I need in the mornings!




My boys are at the age that anything served on a stick is way better than anything not. Plus, Jimmy Dean® Pancakes & Sausage combine the two things my boys love most, pancakes and sausage, plus as an added bonus, it's on a stick! Since I am not much of a cook, but I do try, Jimmy Dean® Fully Cooked Links & Patties makes a great addition to our breakfast plate. They gobbled them up faster than I could get them on the plate.



Make your own DIY Felt Pencil Banner:



Materials Needed:
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue - I used Tacky glue but a glue gun or glue for material/felt will work too
  • Ruler
  • Felt - gray, pink, cream, yellow, and black. I used 8-1/2 x 11 sheets from the craft store.
  • Ribbon


How to Make:

1. Fold yellow felt in half, cut, then fold in half and cut again to form 4 rectangles.
2. Using a ruler and a pencil, measure the yellow felt and cut to the size of 6in x 3in.


3. Measure and cut the gray felt to 1/2in x 3in. Then cut a zig-zag pattern across one side.
4. Measure and cut the pink felt to 1-1/4in x 3in
5. Measure and cut the cream felt to 3in x 3in. Then fold in the edges to a point and cut to form a point.
6. Cut the black felt to fit into the point on the cream felt.


7. Once all pieces have been cut, begin assembling by gluing pieces together.
8. Glue the pink strip onto the straight edge of the yellow felt.
9. Flip the yellow felt over, (pink will be in back) glue the gray strip over the seam between the pink and the yellow felt.


10. Glue the cream felt onto the backside of the yellow felt.
11. Finally, glue the black felt to create the lead.
12. Let dry. I let dry over night to insure it was fully dried.


13. Once dry, you can use as is or use as a banner as I did. Using scissors, cut two slits into the pink end and string ribbon through and hang.



Are you getting ready for back to school? Head to Walmart and save the day, and time, with Jimmy Dean® Pancakes & Sausage and Jimmy Dean® Fully Cooked Links & Patties. Plus, save a $1.00 with the on box sticker when you purchase any two Jimmy Dean® participating products.

How do you get back into your routine for the school year?
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