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Holiday Themed Meal Plan Printables

Happy Hump Day! Check out these Holiday Meal Planning Printables that are sure to keep you organized this season for all of the yummy meals you will be making for your family! It's finally starting to cool down here in North Carolina, and I am loving every second of this Fall brisk weather! Hope you all are having an awesome week! Let me know what ya'll think in the comments 🙂

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Eat Family Dinners Recipes

Quick and Easy Breakfast Casserole

This Easy Breakfast Casserole is sure to be a hit in your home. It is the perfect meal for any time of day. I usually make this recipe for dinner because I love breakfast for dinner nights in our home. (I always make extra so we can have some for breakfast the next day. It’s quick, easy, delicious, and my picky eater toddler scoffs it down! (This recipe is even better with fresh spinach or mushrooms and your favorite cheese)

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How To Reason With Your Toddler

I've got some tips on How To Reason With Your Toddler. Sometimes it's not so easy when it comes to reasoning with a stubborn little human being. If you can't tell, I clearly have some experience in this department. My son is a very strong willed little man. It has taken a lot of time and patience in the last couple years and finally I feel like I have come to a point where I am able to sway situations in my favor; most of the time. Of course, anything I ask of him is an astounding, NO! But we have come a long way.

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GIVE THEM CHOICES

Things have gotten easier once I started giving my son some choices. He knows that if he refuses to do something, say, eat his vegetables or go potty when I ask, he can choose to go to bed instead. You can use time out, bed time, or anything they would rather not do as your other choice. By doing this, it makes them feel in control because they chose the latter. It's when they say, "Okay, Nunight Mama" is when you're really screwed. If this happens, follow through and then go get them after a few minutes. (This is a trick I was taught by my awesome sister in law. She's got some great ideas up her sleeve. Check her out!)

EXPLAIN WHY

Most times, toddlers just want to do what they want. If you explain to them why they can't do something, it might make them understand a bit better. Toddlers are like little sponges, they remember pretty much EVERYTHING! If you make it a habit to explain things in a way they can understand, they may stop asking to do things they shouldn't. Or not. It's a toss up.

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REDIRECTION

If the top two don't help, redirecting your toddler usually works wonders. For example, we go to Target A LOT. Literally every time we walk through those big red doors, my son starts chanting "CAKE POP, CAKE POP, CAKE POP" while pointing at Starbucks. He slowly but surely gets louder and louder until a tantrum is moments from happening. Now, I'm totally not against cake pops; however, if we indulge in one, I know nap time is out the window for the day. And that's not cool. So, instead of giving in, I will redirect him into helping me pick out a snack or maybe even a little toy that he can have. At the moment, he's obsessed with Disneys Tsum Tsum's. You know, the ones that look like hamster shaped Disney characters? That's my go-to redirection, and for now, it works like a charm. For the low cost of $2.99, and the fact that it keeps him occupied and happy for my entire shopping trip, I call it a MOM WIN!

TIME OUT

Unfortunately, there are those days that your toddler will not be down for any of these tricks up your sleeve and it will eventually turn into a time out. If you're out in public, although it's totally a pain in the butt, pick up your little one and explain to them that they have to leave because of their behavior. Bring them to the car and buckle them in until they calm down and explain that they are in time out. Revert back to my first piece of advice and give them the choice of going home or returning back to the store. Hopefully they don't choose home, because then you're screwed! ;-p

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Combining all of these tips will be most effective for you. Good Luck Messy Haired Moms, and May the odds be ever in your favor.

Printables

FREE AUTUMN PRINTABLES

Although it doesn't exactly feel like fall here in Raleigh, NC; it's officially Autumn! My absolute favorite time of year. FEED ME PUMPKIN EVERYTHING! It's not always easy decorating while juggling all of your children. They destroy the house anyways, so I figured I'd leave you some free printable to get your autumn decorating started; all while making your life a little bit easier! Let me know what ya'll think. Happy Fall!

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Favorite Products Nest

Fresh Wave | All Natural Odor Remover

It’s always exciting for me when I find a product that is not only made with natural ingredients, but is actually safe to be around my children. Although they have never been super sensitive to any type of detergents or chemicals, it’s important for me to reduce any type of interaction I can on their contact with toxic chemicals. Even if it’s in the smallest amount. One product we have completely stopped using since having kids is Febreeze. Although it is oh so nice to walk into a room and get a wiff of the fresh Alps mountainside in mid spring, it makes me entirely uncomfortable just thinking about the amount of chemicals that goes into air freshening products like these; which will have direct contact with my babies skin as they crawl all over my rugs and couches. It’s funny how you become so aware and mores paranoid of these things when you become a parent! If you would like to see the full list of UNDISCLOSED ingredients in Febreeze, this is a great source. Caution: It may be very eye opening for you if your love Febreeze products.

Introducing Fresh Wave!

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If you aren't familiar, Fresh Wave odor eliminators use the power of nature to actually remove odors.  No harsh chemicals. No harmful ingredients.  No masking fragrances.  Just water and natural extracts of lime, pine needle, aniseed, clove and cedarwood — to get rid of organic and inorganic odors. Basically, Fresh Wave products are environmentally friendly, and most importantly non-toxic.  When Fresh Wave first contacted me to try their products, I was instantly excited. Finally a odor eliminating product I can trust around my babies! But you always have that doubt in the back of your brain when trying a new "All Natural" product. The question is, Will it actually work? 

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Over the last month, I have been using Fresh Wave as much as possible. I really wanted to test out and get to know how well it actually works before writing a review about it. I have definitely fallen into the trap of reading a sponsored post about a product only to find it a disappointment. That always leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. How could someone say something was - oh so great - when the product actually kinda sucked!? So for a little over a month, I have been using Fresh Wave in every way that I possibly could. And here is the honest truth.

I actually really really like Fresh Wave Products.

In my sample package, I received a bottle of the Odor Removing Spray, Odor Removing Gel, Odor Removing Packs, and the Odor Removing Laundry Booster. The two products that have been the most effective for me have been the Odor Removing Gel, and the Laundry Booster; although all of them have been revolutionary in our home.

Lets face it Messy Haired Moms, your babies are cute, but they stink like hell sometimes! We just started feeding our little one solids, and things have really changed in the diaper department. As some of you may know, we are a cloth diapering family and this change can be much more of a transition than if we were using disposables. I have definitely been having a lot of second thoughts about this whole cloth diapering thing lately. The Fresh Wave Odor Removing Laundry Booster has been a godsend. Sometimes it's tough to get those stinks out, but since using Fresh Wave, our little peanuts diapers have been coming out of the wash odor free. It's been truly helpful in our wash routine.

Aside from cloth diapers, sometimes you need a little booster in your laundry if you have something that was a little mildew-y smelling. (Yes I just made up the word mildew-y.)  The best part about Fresh Wave products, is that it doesn't mask the smell. It truly eliminates them.

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Next, I tried the Odor Removing Gel and Travel Gel Packs. These are awesome. Literally, I am constantly moving them around the house if I smell something icky. The travel ones are great for the car, but I have found them THE MOST effective in our cloth diaper pail. It has been revolutionary.

Next comes the Odor Removing Spray. So our living room rug has taken a bit of a beating in the last 3 years since my son was born. Although it's a great rug, it's gone through pets, spilt milk, and god knows what else. About every 2 months, we really give it a good wash outside. Of course the night we had washed it and left it out to dry, it ended up raining and sitting there wet for a day or so. Long story short, the rug ended up smelling terrible. I gave my husband a capful of Fresh Wave, along with some other soaps and cleaning products and it really helped. But after it was dry, it still had a slight odor. In came the Fresh Wave Spray. It sprayed and sprayed and sprayed away. Odors Gone. BOOM. Mind Blown. I literally was talking with my husband about just getting a new rug and tossing it. We were really close. Now it's good as new, except for my son spilling chocolate milk on it as we speak.

HONEY, WHERE'S THE FRESH WAVE?

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In all, we have really loved all of the Fresh Wave products we have tried. It's really refreshing - no pun intended - when I find a product that I actually like and that WORKS that is made with all natural ingredients. Fresh Wave also offers vacuum beads, PET SHAMPOO, and candles. All three products I definitely will be testing out. Oh and by the way, Fresh Wave Products are available at Target. You're Welcome 😉

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fresh Wave Odor Eliminators. All opinions of the product are on behalf of Messy Haired Mom.

Eat Family Dinners Recipes

Hidden Veggie Cheddar Bacon Turkey Meatloaf

Do you know what it’s like dealing with a picky toddler? I feel like I have constant anxiety that my little man isn’t going to get the nutrition he needs. At least once a week, I make a dinner that is packed with veggies and this happens to be my all time favorite. It has so much flavor and after processing the fresh veggies, my son eats these little meatloaf’s with a smile (and so do I!). The bacon and cheddar on top are the icing on the cake to this delicious mini turkey meatloaf recipe. This recipe can also be made into meatballs or burgers. I hope ya’ll enjoy as much as me and my little family do!

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Tips on Dealing with a Picky Eater

 

This was a post I had written for the Raleigh Moms Blog.

It took me 18 years to start trying foods other than chicken fingers and pizza. When I think back on my youth, I find myself blaming my parents for being too nice. How could they not have known I was bringing my carrots to the bathroom and spitting them out in the trash in the middle of dinner?! They definitely were turning a cheek towards my unhealthy eating habits. Although it was always offered at meal time, I’d usually get away with not having any or taking the smallest helping possible and not even eating it. Now that I have my own children, I refuse to accept that picky eating can run in the family. Even if it does. When my son was just starting to eat solids. I wanted to save him from becoming a picky eater like I had always been. I read every Pinterest article and book imaginable on how to raise a child to not be a picky eater. Unfortunately none of that worked. He didn’t start these picky habits until he was about a year old; but it’s been a struggle ever since. Where did my sweet baby go that would open wide for his mashed veggies? I’ve gotten a handful of advice from friends and family saying, “Give him healthy foods, he won’t starve himself.” Clearly they haven’t had to deal with my stubborn (yet sweet) little boy.  I never wanted to hide veggies in my child’s food, but sometimes, a Mom’s gotta do what a Mom’s gotta do! Just imagine what it would be like to spray Windex in your child’s mouth and that would be an accurate re-enactment of what happens when we have him try a vegetable. (I honestly think he would enjoy Windex more than he would a green bean.) Here are some tips I’ve acquired in the past couple years after dealing with my own picky eater and having been a picky eater my whole life.

Let them Help

I’ve noticed that my son is way more apt to eating something if he helps make it. Sometimes it can get messy, but the outcome is definitely worth it.

Get Saucy!

The only way I could stomach a vegetable or something I didn’t like, was to drench it in BBQ sauce. Hey, whatever works, right? This is literally how I started eating seafood and vegetables, and I can honestly say it helped bring me to be the adventurous eater that I am today. Getting your child to eat veggies can be tough, start by mixing them in dishes like casseroles, or pastas. They eventually will acquire a taste for them. Ranch can and will be your best friend; and I’m pretty sure its meant to be dipped by veggies. Just keep an eye out for your child using a vegetable as a vessel to just eat the sauce. This usually happens and will need to be corrected immediately. Hey, I don’t really blame them!

Add seasoning!

In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than an under-seasoned vegetable. Even just a little bit of salt and pepper and butter can be your best friend when getting your child to take a bite.

DO NOT offer alternatives.

If your child is saying no to the meal you have made for them. Don’t force them to eat it. If they leave the table and come back because they are hungry, one of the worst things you can do is offer them something you know they’ll like, just to fill their tummies. It will be hard, but stay strong Mama! Just offer them their meal again. If they still refuse, then they will unfortunately have to go to bed hungry. Enough of these nights, they will eventually start trying new things. Who knows? Maybe they’ll like it next time!

Use your food processor.

When in doubt, whip your food processor out! If your child just wont budge, try some hidden veggie recipes. I saved this for last because if the other tips work, stick with those. Sometimes, children can be very stubborn. ESPECIALLY if you’ve dug yourself a hole and have caved in to their terrible eating habits over time. Just know, you are not alone! It can happen to anyone. Even our pediatrician recommended hiding the veggies until our son would start saying yes to nutritious foods. You can find my favorite weeknight recipe, Hidden Veggie Cheddar Bacon Meatloaf here. You can also blend veggies and add them to a smoothie. I usually make one for myself, and one for my son in the morning. If you do hide the veggies in a recipe, the next time you make it, try having your child help. That way you won’t feel bad about being sneaky and your child will realize that veggies can taste good!

Remember, it takes time. Your picky eater will not start eating his vegetables overnight. Good luck!

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DIY Cloth Wipes

Hey guys! So I’m getting uncomfortably close to my due date and I have so much to do on my “Nesting To-Do List” I’ve totally put everything off until last minute as usual and am now pulling my hair out trying to prepare for little miss’ arrival. As some of you may know, I’ve decided to cloth diaper her from the beginning. With Cal, I was introduced to the cloth diapering game a little late and wish I had started at birth. It really is crazy how much money you can save. With Cal, I had made probably all of the cloth diapering mistakes a first time mom could. One of those that I wish I had tried was using cloth wipes instead of disposable. This made cloth diapering a little harder on us because you are constantly having to separate your

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Chocolate Chip Chia Mini Muffins

Hey guys! It’s been forever! Life has completely taken over and I have been so extremely busy that this pregnancy has been flying by! This past week, I decided to make my little one a treat and they actually came out so good, I had to share them with ya’ll. He has a little sweet tooth as do I so I decided to make something we both could indulge in. These are mini Chocolate Chip Chia Muffins made with Vanilla yogurt and I would like to give you a warning. [They are addicting!]

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Farmhouse Chowder

Hey guys! So now that it’s started to get really cold out, that means its officially SOUPS, CHOWDERS, and CASSEROLES season. My favorites! I’ve got a super easy recipe for ya’ll to try this winter. And even better, It’s completely homemade! No junk in this one. It reminds me of chicken pot pie but as a chowder. It’s soooo yummy and will give you tons of leftovers that you can even freeze! Let me know in the comments below how you liked it! Have a great week 🙂