Saturday Six

Saturday Six

Another day, another trip to Target for a birthday card for my Dad where we leave spending $80. Just us? But, I mean, Cole really needs some shorts that actually fit…..And Evie needs new rubber bands….HAND SOAP! This is just how our brains work now. So here are the six things that are jumping out at us this week. Enjoy!

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1. It’s Hammock Time

The weather got NICE and the kids want to play outside all day long. But Mama is tired and wants to relax. So basically the best thing that ever happened to Christine is this hammock.  She grabbed it at Costco, but don’t worry, you can get it on Amazon! It is comfy enough that you can lay in the sun and read a book all afternoon (if the kids leave you alone) but it’s also sturdy and doesn’t sway so you know it’s not going to swing and hit your kid in the face if they’re playing with it. If they fall off they won’t hit the structure and it’s the safest hammock we’ve found for the littles to play on!

2. Korean Ground Beef 

We were totally twinning this week when we sent each other matching pictures of our Friday night meal prep. Since we were planning to feed this to five kids with different preferences it must be a crowd-pleaser overall. Want more family meal ideas? Don’t forget to check out our Family Meals and Recipes Board and follow us on Pinterest!

 

3. A Very Disney Movie Bracket

Our friend Becca is back in the bracket game, this time breaking down Disney movies (which, I think it’s safe to say, we have very strong opinions on!) Round one just ended, but voting for the Sweet Sixteen starts Monday! So for now, go check out who made it out of the first round and join the smack talking as you can campaign for why your favorite movie should go all the way. And if your favorite movie already got beat? Use the comments to bemoan the injustice of it all. They’re rad chicks and can handle it.

4. Christine’s New Phone Case

Christine’s old cell phone case started out a beautiful minty green blue, but has become grubby and dingy and minty green blue gray. But, being the cheapskate she is, couldn’t justify buying a new case just because the old one was ugly. So I guess she’s sort of thanking Izzie for throwing her phone across the room and cracking the case. Especially because this beautiful rose gold number is on the way!

5. Kids Eat Free

We love to go out to dinner, but a) it get’s expensive when you’re feeing a family of four or five and b) well, no, it’s really just a! So we are MASTERS at working the system at places where Kids Eat Free. Which is especially helpful when your kid wants to eat shrimp all the time (seriously, it adds up!). So off we go to Gladstone’s on Thursday nights so the kids can at least eat free. I mean, his face says, “I love shrimp” but trust me when I tell you that Mommy’s face says, “I love FREE shrimp!”

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Lies Parents Tell Their Kids (#SorryNotSorry)

We’re gonna go ahead and put it out there- parents lie to their kids all the time. Like, ALL the time. The lies we tell our kids range from the big and widely accepted (we’re looking at you, Santa) to the small and overused (“we’re leaving soon!”).  But either way? Yeah, #SorryNotSorry. Not even a little bit. So now, in no particular order, we present to you the lies we tell our kids on a regular basis.

Everyone lies to their kids SOMETIMES. We happen to do it a lot. Read about the favorite lies we tell our kids at thesaltymamas.com.

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Why We LOVE Wee Blessing! (And a Salty Mama Discount!!)

One of the most challenging things to do with a bunch of kids is clothes shopping. The kids want to touch everything, there aren’t carts to trap them in, and don’t even think about having to go into a fitting room! To make matters worse, these kids keep growing, leaving me little choice but to buy more clothes. Granted, I could spend some precious time without the kids to go shopping, but I tragically have ended up with two little girls with serious feelings about what they wear and the odds are I will bring home the entirely wrong things. Kids fashion may not always be my top priority, but it seems to be theirs.

Theoretically I wouldn’t mind taking Evie or Izzie on a solo “shopping spree” but this ends one of two ways. 1. Evie wants every single skirt/dress/blue thing in the store (sub in “yellow thing” for Izzie). Whatever she’s into at the moment must be hers and we will either leave with bags full and my wallet empty or without any clothes and me pulling a screaming threenager out of the store, never to be seen there again. 2. I manage expectations and Evie agrees to pick out one skirt/dress/blue thing (again, yellow for Izzie). She then spends the next seven and a half hours waffling between near identical items until I scream, lose my mind, and offer to buy both. Then she smells my weakness and resorts to #1.

There had to be a better way.

Enter Wee Blessing.

A big thank you to Wee Blessing for sponsoring this post by providing our first box! As always, the thoughts, experiences, and opinions expressed here are our own. This is an honest review of everything sweet – and anything salty – about Wee Blessing!

Wee Blessing is a professional children’s styling service tailored to your taste, budget, and lifestyle that helps you feel your best and gives you back what matters most…your time! And, let’s face it, your sanity.

You can sign up for monthly deliveries (or quarterly – or every six months – whatever works for you!) and have zero obligation to stick around. You can skip months or cancel at any time, which is a HUGE draw for me. Plus, you’re not pouring a ton of money in each month. You only pay the $8 shipping fee to receive your box. Then you can choose which of the 4 outfits you want to purchase (at a significant discount from the stores). Buy all 4 outfits and you get an extra 10% off. Whatever you don’t want, you send back in a prepaid package.

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How to Create a Toddler Schedule That Will Help Them THRIVE

With limited patience and BIG energies, it can be very difficult to find toddler activities that will keep your kids engaged all.day.long. And with the first three years being crucial to kids’development, the pressure is on to find activities that will keep your kids happy, playing, and growing the way they should. Making up a toddler schedule can seem overwhelming- there are so many suggestions about how to keep a toddler busy, with each activity lasting for about three minutes- but by sticking to basics and establishing routine daily activities for toddlers, you can really help to create a toddler daily schedule that will leave both you and your child feeling fulfilled.

Creating a daily routine for your toddler helps to make sure that they are progressing in the key areas of language, cognition, gross motor, and fine motor skills.  They seem like heavy concepts (and they are), but when you break them down, there are super fun and simple ways to help toddlers learn the basic skills they need to be successful in preschool and beyond.  We think you’ll find that by fitting each of these activities into your toddler’s daily schedule, you’ll be nurturing their growth, and having lots of fun at the same time.

So without further ado, here are the ten things that you should fit into your toddlers’ schedule every day.

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Saturday Six

Saturday Six

It’s been a great week in so many ways, but we’ve had about as much coffee as we’ve had sleep (strike that…WAY MORE COFFEE THAN SLEEP), so let’s get right to the good stuff. Here are the things we’re loving lately!

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1. Easy AF Chicken Pesto Pasta

You had me at “Easy AF,” Chicken Pesto Pasta recipe.  This recipe is SO yummy, SO easy, and can be made in a single pan in 20 or thirty minutes.  It transports and heats well, and even tastes delicious using Gluten-Free Pasta (see below). Perfect meal to take for new babies, or a friend that just needs a little extra help.

2. Take and Toss Products

We’ve been on the struggle bus with sippy cups for something like six months. All the cups are always dirty and the lids are unfindable. Since the kids like milk first thing in the morning, we were always confronted with this problem around 5:30 each morning, and we had had enough.

And then we remembered that Take and Toss products are like $3 for a set, and bought a mess of them. Saying it changed our lives is embarassing, but also an undertsatement. Sometimes you just have to throw some money at the problem (especially when it’s THREE DOLLARS) and make it go away.

3. The MiFold Booster Seat

We love to throw an extra kid into the mix on a regular basis.  Playdates can change your whole vibe, and having a friend tag along is the easiest way to turn a good day into a great one.  We keep extra carseats in our car in case we get the chance to bring another kiddo along with us, but it just takes up so.much.space.  Then we realized our kids are in the weight and age ranges for the MiFold Booster seat. This bad boy folds up to the size of a tablet so it’s crazy easy to store, and certified to keep your kids (and their friends!) safe.

4. Guest Post at KateTheAlmostGreat.Com

Jaymi has been going through some health struggles for the last six months or so. It was an endless barrage of symptoms and appointments and tests that came up normal.  Finally, Daniella recommended that she tried going Gluten Free, and to her delight and horror, her symptoms all disappeared.  So now she lives that GF life….which is hard for people to understand.  Check out her guest post over at Kate the Almost Great about the 6 Biggest Misconceptions she’s encountered since going Gluten-Free (and what’s annoyed her most about the lifestyle).

5. BFF Tattoos

Becca at WithLoveBecca.com let us know that you can get a temporary tattoo made of your BFF’s face. Which is either horrifying or amazing, depending on how creepy your relationship is with your bestie.

We’re ordering a whole batch for this summer, in case you were wondering.

6. Jellies & Saltwaters

Chrisitne rolled up to a Chick-fil-A lunchdate wearing adult-sized jelly shoes, and Jaymi just about lost her mind. First of all, because of the cuteness, but also because it’s SO nostaligc. The new version is way softer, but just as adorable. Grab a pair for yourself here.

Which got us to thinking- what other retro shoes are making a comeback? We quickly found that you can get some Saltwater Sandals for yourself (and a matching pair for your littles!) as well as a modernized version of Birkenstocks, all of which seem shockingly on trend for summer.  What would be your summer shoe of choice? Tell us in the comments below!

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How to Save Money With Easy Chick fil A Hacks

As mothers of young children, we spend an embarrassing amount of time at Chick-fil-A. From taking over their play area to sleeping in their parking lot, we’re there a TON. As in, we know the owner and many of the employees by name. We also know ALL the Chick Fil A money saving hacks, and all the ways to cheapskate your way to a free lunch or two. And we are equal parts proud and embarrassed by these facts.

Even though it’s fast food, those dollars spent at Chick-fil-A add up quickly, especially when your kids keep growing and insist upon eating their own food.  I keep a VERY tight cash budget, which means that I can only eat out with the kids about once a week- and that’s if I keep our total under $10 for the three of us. So how do I fuel our obsession with CFA while keeping our costs down? We’ve got a few Chick fil A money saving hacks for you to help you make it work.

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6 Games we Secretly Hate to Play with Our Kids

Make no mistake: We love our kids. We do. No matter what you read in the rest of this post, hold tight to that solid truth. But there is another truth, that is just as true: We HATE some of the games they require us to play with them. In no particular order, here are the games we wouldn’t mind never ever ever not once having to play ever again.


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Saturday Six

Saturday Six

It’s Spring Break, which means we had all the kids and had to find a way to kill all the time. While we were trying to entertain The Bigs, the littlest Salty has decided that she LOVES to play from 1 to 3. In the morning. So while Christine walks around like a Mombie, she’s just looking for all the ways to make her life easier. Here are six ways we entertained the big kids and made our lives easier this week.

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1. Spring Break Bucket List

One of the things we like to do at the beginning of a school break is sit down with the kids to make our Break Bucket Lists. Sometimes we need to manage expectations, but sometimes the kids get it just right. Like this week, Lila’s list included: Frogg’s Bounce House (an affordable indoor bounce house place), ice cream, playing with the neighbor girl and a shopping spree. So Jaymi got to planning and knocked these out while Lila was living her dream. Literally.

Especially when she got to go shopping, “by herself,” with her own money at a cool accessories store where everything was $2 – buy 5, get 1 free! Bonus points for learning about budgeting and making hard shopping decisions!

2. Tumbling All Day, Everyday

Okay, not really, but whenever the gymnastics center was open for free play, we were there. Not sure why we weren’t normally living there, because the kids loved it. One hour where they ran, jumped, bounced and got hella tired. We will never turn down a place that leaves our kids nice and exhausted. Afterwards, the little ones took epic naps, the big ones did calm activities like coloring and watching TVs in a catatonic state.

The only complaint came from the Big Girls, who felt they desperately need proper gymnastics attire. Lila’s going to need one like this, with a subtle mermaid vibe, while Evie has requested anything with a skirt.

Well, and Christine complained about some Moms that maybe thought they didn’t need to supervise their kids, but we’ll save that for our upcoming sequel to Open Letters to the People That Make Us Salty. Because turns out, we weren’t done.

3. Frozen Yogurts

In our house, sacks wax and wane in popularity. Raisins will be the hot thing one minute, then we’ll buy a Costco sized bag of then and no one ever touches them again. One snack that disappeared from the rotation made it’s triumphant return this week. The kids wake up FREAKING OUT asking if they can have a “frozen yogurt” today. We squelch the gut reaction of “Nooooo, we are NOT going to go get frozen yogurt” and remember they’re talking about the sweet little treat in the fridge.

And look at that happy face!

4. Adding an Extra Kid

It may seem counterintuitive, but we swear by adding an extra kid to the mix to shake things up. Our kids’ sibling rivalry gets a little shakeup when we add a friend to our activities. So while Christine was dreading taking her three to the nature center this week, she was saved when Lila agreed to come with them. The kids were adorable, we all got some exercise and they got to spend a fun day with a friend.

5. Apple Peeler

Our kids love apples, but are finicky about the skin. So when the little gremlins start whining about how they need apples immediately, we die a little inside. They all want apples immediately and have zero patience for the fact that we need to peel three apples while they tug at our pants and whine “why aren’t the apples ready yet???” Add to it that they also decide at the same time that they need jugs of water to drink, and the baby needs to be held and someone needs help getting on the toilet.

So yeah, Christine buckled down and bought this potato peeler to do just a tiny bit of her job for her.

6. Game Night with Friends

The surest antidote to spending all that extra time with our kids is to also spend extra time with our friends. Preferably with a cocktail in our hands. This week was the perfect storm for a girls night: Spring break, Real Housewives of NY premiere, SO much leftover Easter candy, and got the game Kinderperfect! It’s like Cards Against Humanity, except designed for people that spend their entire day avoiding Calliou and dealing with poop.

So…..us. If you dig having a game night with the girls, you should definitely grab this one!

How did you survive spring break?

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Celebrate YOU With These Amazon Baby Registry Hacks

I know this is not a popular thing to say- but when I was having my first baby, I felt a little left out. Yes, I was getting a lot of attention- cue the unwanted belly rubs and the great debate over the name we had chosen- but people weren’t really concerned about me.  Even trying to get my Amazon baby registry in order was a constant reminder that from here on out, it was going to be all about the baby, all the time.  And frankly, I was a little jealous.

I remember the first time ­I tried to create a baby registry.  I walked the halls of Target with my older sister (and baby nephew!) trying to find all the things on the baby registry checklist and weed out the baby registry items you don’t really need. I was overwhelmed by all the recommendations, from booger-sucking-devices to nipple cream. When what I really wanted? Lots of Diet Coke. And coffee. And a pretty nursing cover that I wanted but probably wouldn’t need. My sister laughed it off, but I am here to tell you- I registered for the damn Diet Coke. Which is exactly what my best friend rolled up with when she came to meet the baby. Because she’s my best friend, and she knew that a unique baby shower gift- like a case of Diet Coke!- was the key to my heart.

So as you troll the aisles of Target, weird scanner-gun-thingy in hand, we’d like to give you a few reminders. First, do everyone a favor and create a registry on Amazon, too.  That way everyone, from your Grandma in Portland to your Aunt in Law in Minnesota, can ship you a unique baby shower gift without the added stress of shipping fees. And secondly, remember that YOU are having a baby. Your role in this cannot be understated. Things will be changing for you, too- mostly for the better!- but it wouldn’t hurt to sneak a few items for yourself on to your registry. Celebrating yourself could easily be one of the best Amazon baby registry hacks of all time. Below, a list of items we humbly suggest you add to your Amazon Mama Baby Registry.

When creating your Amazon baby registry, don't forget to include items for yourself! FInd out what to include at thesaltymamas.com. #babyregistry #babyregistrychecklist #amazonbabyregistry

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7 Things You NEVER Thought You Had to Teach Your Kids

Having kids is a big responsibility. You hold your tiny baby and think, “I’m going to teach you letters and numbers and colors, how to throw a ball and how to read” and it can feel overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. Kids are constantly learning and part of our job is to facilitate this amazing experience for them. And then they take off their pants in a Chick-fil-A and you realize you’ve been focusing on all the wrong things. And there’s a whole world out there of things you NEVER thought you’d actually have to teach your kids.

So here are seven things we learned the hard way that you absolutely MUST teach your kids.

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