Tips & Hacks

6 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Going Anywhere with Kids

Before having kids, I was hella spontaneous. Whether it was last minute dinner plans, answering a friends invite of “let’s go out!” or literally leaving brunch to hit the road and go to Vegas, I was up for it all and with very few questions. So you can only imagine the ton of bricks that hit me when I had this tiny little baby that needed bottles and diapers and wipes and extra outfits and binkys and a suitcase full of miscellaneous items for a quick trip to Target. I mean, how much stuff do I need to run errands with kids?

And it’s not just the stuff – the stuff is manageable, and you can tackle leaving the house with a bunch of kids.  But you have to know where you’re going! And I’m not just talking how to get there fastest. There are a lot of things you never realized you need to consider before picking a location to take your kids. So now, I basically never leave the house without answering these six questions first.

Going to the park? Play place? Amusement park? STOP! Ask these six questions first to have a successful day! #goingplaceswithkids #dayoutwithkids #goingtothepark #goingtotheparkwithkids #amusementparkwithkids #disneylandwithkids #leavingthehousewithkids #checklist #domykidsneedsocks #howmuchdokidscost #momlife #dadlife #momlifehacks #momlifetips #dadlifehacks #dadlifetips #parenting #parentingtips #parentinghacks

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Mama Mojo

How to Rock This Summer’s Styles for Mama

There are so, so many things about summer that I am excited about. I can’t wait to take my kids to the local pools, the beach, and the summer movies. I’m looking forward to weekends away with my husband, and evenings spent sipping a Mike’s Hard Lemonade (cause I’m classy like that) in my backyard. I’m even stoked about my electric bill-yes, you heard me right- since my bill pretty much goes away in the summer. And, in strange contrast to last year, I am STOKED to bust out my summer fashion 2018 selections and take my stylish self around town.

I’ve spent WAY too many years refusing to wear shorts and summer dresses due to self doubt. I bought the flounciest one pieces to hide myself away (which, spoiler alert- it does not work).  I sweated my way through the weather and wore jeans to the wading pool, simply because I was intimidated by summer style.  Well, not this year. This year, mama’s coming in with a bang.

So I scoured the internet (because let’s face it, no amount of confidence is going to make me want to go into Old Navy in the one hour a week I have without kids) and found the best summer fashion, summer style, and general cuteness to greet this summer in style. Give them a peek- we KNOW you’re going to love them as much as we do!

Must-have styles for Summer 2018, complete with the best summer style for moms. Only at TheSaltyMamas.com! #summer #summerstyle #summerfashion #summer2018 #momfashion #momstyle #momlife #fashion #style
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Tips & Hacks

The Ultimate List of Must Haves for a Day at the Pool with Kids

It’s that time. The weather is warming up, the beach is calling and the community pools are opening. My kids spent the last seven months staring wistfully at our pool knowing it was way too cold to enjoy. Now they run to the gate excited every afternoon to get jump in. When we bought a house with a pool, I pictured casual afternoons spent by the pool watching my happy children swim. I didn’t think about all the things they would need to make that happen. Over the years I’ve gotten it down to a pretty good system, but if this is your first (or second, or seventh) summer spent at the beach of the pool and you feel like you still don’t have it all down yet, don’t worry. The Salty Mamas have got you – and your kids – covered with these must haves for a day at the pool!

Pool Days need SO much more than swimsuits and towels. Luckily The Salty Mamas have you covered with this list of everything you need for a fun and successful day by the pool! #poolday #swimday #swimsuit #toddlerswimsuit #swimdiapers #bestswimdiapers #bestgogglesforkids #stayhydrated #pooltime #summertime #pooldayfun #funaththepool #bestfloatiesforkids #bestpooltoysforkids #beachday #bestsunscreenforkids #summertimefun #summertimevibes #schoolsoutforsummer #summerwithkids #toddlersummer #babysummer #babyswim

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Pregnancy

The Lazy Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding Like a Pro

Before I had babies, I did my research. I knew that I wanted to give nursing my kids a try, but I also knew it might not work out.  I tried to figure out the best breastfeeding hacks and breastfeeding tips for new moms ahead of time, but honestly, it sounded like a whole lot of work.

However, I had read about all the benefits to breastfeeding, like that it made your kids smarter or helped you bond with the baby (which, yeah, not necessarily).  And the biggest benefit of all from where I stood? It was cheaper.

And with maternity leave looming, and a strong  desire to become a stay at home mom eventually, that was a VERY motivating factor for me. I was determined to press on and to find out how to breastfeed for a year, at least.

When the time came for me to deliver my babies and feed them, though, I found that breastfeeding was just not my favorite thing. It hurt more than I had expected (even though everyone had TRIED to warn me), and Lila took AGES to eat. We got in this infuriating eat/feed expressed milk with a syringe/pump cycle that took a full hour and a half…leaving me with thirty minutes before we had to start again.

I almost gave up, but decided to push through (because CHEAPSKATE). I set short goals for myself, like making it to two weeks, and then a month, and then two months, and slowly but surely, we made our way to a year.

And I still didn’t like it. And that’s okay.

However, in the process of learning to make breastfeeding bearable for myself, I came up with a few strategies that made it seem a lot easier.  I’ve got to admit, making a few little changes made it SO much easier for to breastfeed for a year, even when you don’t like breastfeeding. So if you find yourself in a similar position, give yourself some grace. And don’t worry, because we’ve got some FANTASTIC, super-easy breastfeeding hacks for lazy moms for you to try.

Looking for ways to make breastfeeding easier? We've got the best breastfeeding hacks for lazy moms at TheSaltyMamas.com. #breastfeeding #breastfeedingtips #breastfeedinghacks #breastfeedinganewborn #nursingababy #babies #parents #momlife #mom #motherhood #newborn #infant #pregnancy Continue reading “The Lazy Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding Like a Pro”
Mama Loves a Party, Mom Humor

5 Steps to Planning a Kid’s Birthday Party

Sunday is my son’s 5th birthday party, and as I sit here completely and totally ready taking a short break from the final scramble, I can’t help but reflect on the journey it took to get to this point. I’m literally an event planner by trade, so I had it in my head that I was cut out for this whole party planning thing. I mean, if I can organize 5K fundraising walks for thousands of people and galas that need to raise a million dollars, then surely I can successfully execute one kid’s party right?

Wrong.

All the moody volunteer committees couldn’t prepare me for dealing with one surly 4 year old. The requests – nay demands – like real live unicorns – are out of this world. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here are the 5 steps you must follow to have a successful birthday party!

Planning a kid's birthday party is no joke. Luckily there are five easy - and hysterical - steps to nailing any party! Check them out from The Salty Mamas! #partyplanning #kidsbirthday #kidsbirthdayparty #momlife #momhumor #momlifehumor #5thbirthdayparty #4thbirthdayparty #3rdbirthdayparty #2ndbirthdayparty #1stbirthdayparty #firstbirthday #kidpartytheme #kidsbirthdaytheme #kidspartyplanning #howtoplanaparty #whatshouldIhaveatmykidsparty #partyplanninghelp #partyplanningideas #partyplanninginfulleffect #partyplanningmama

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Mama Mojo

How to Get More Done as a Work At Home Mom

Ahhh, the Work at Home Mother.  People are eager to tell you that being a WAHM is the “best of both worlds,” and at face value, it is. You are earning income for your family, maintaining your career trajectory, and pursuing interests outside of the home. All without having to figure out childcare options!  People picture you playing with your babies all morning, tucking them in for their naps, and completing eight hours worth of work in a two hour period, before greeting your little ones when they wake and heading to the park.

Ha. Ha! Hahahahahaha!!!

Because it’s all fun and games until someone misses a deadline. Or a child is screaming in the background during a work call. Or your kids are too sick to head to their normal childcare locations.

So if you’re a Work At Home Mama- whether you’re a blogger, a freelancer, or if you work remotely- we’re right there with you.  It’s not always easy, but when it works- MAN does it work. Over the last couple of years, we’ve come up with some VERY creative childcare solutions to get our missions accomplished, even with five kids five and under in tow.

It's the best of both world's- until someone misses a deadline. Hacks for creative childcare solutions for work at home moms, from the WAHMs at TheSaltyMamas.com. Continue reading “How to Get More Done as a Work At Home Mom”

School, Tips & Hacks

A Parent’s Guide to Being Ready for Kindergarten

My son “graduates” preschool this week. Which means at the end of this summer he enters Kindergarten. The Big Leagues. As parents, we spend a lot of time making sure our little ones are ready for Kindergarten. We try to prepare them academically, we buy them first backpacks and school supplies, and we worry about their capacity to sit still. Many of us send our kids to preschool hoping they’ll acquire the skills they’ll need to take those first steps into Kindergarten. But what do we do to prepare ourselves for this transition?

Was preschool preparing us – or was it setting us up for failure and disappointment?

We spend five years getting our kids ready for kindergarten, but did we ever stop to see if WE were ready? Read here for tips on how to make sure YOU are prepared to send your little one off this fall! #readyforkindergarten #gettingreadyforkindergarted #kinderprep #kindergartenprep #kindergartenready #transitionfrompreschool #transitioningfrompreschool #preschool #kindergarten #parenting #momlife #dadlife #kindergartenlife #kindergartener #kindergartenrocks #kindergartenmom #kindergartendad ##kindergartentoolkit #kindergartenreadiness #kindergartenhomeschool #kindergartenfun

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Recipes

7 Easy Freezer Meals Your Kids Will LOVE

It’s no secret that making healthy freezer meals can save you tons of time and money. Pinterest abounds with recipes for easy freezer meals that you can make ahead of time. They help save money on takeout, allow you to shop the sales, and are perfect for days when you just.can’t.cook.dinner. But what about the days where you just CAN’T with finding a healthy breakfast for toddlers? Or when you can’t stomach the thought of coming up with original lunch ideas for kids? We’re not shy about the factfact  we HATE making sandwiches every day, and would do just about anything to avoid doing it- even if that means sandwich-prepping in bulk. So if you are looking to save time and money on toddler lunch ideas they’ll actually EAT,  check out these genius ways to create healthy freezer meals for kids that they’ll LOVE.

Looking for yummy lunch ideas for kids- that they'll actually eat? Try these 7 Easy Freezer Meals for Kids from TheSaltyMamas.com. Continue reading “7 Easy Freezer Meals Your Kids Will LOVE”

Mama Mojo, Married with Children

How Following My Passion Made My Marriage Stronger

When Jaymi and I were first exploring the idea of starting a blog, we did our research. Not about the “important stuff” like Pinterest strategies and Search Engine Optimization, but stuff like what colors we liked, what topics we could cover and what vibe we wanted. During this phase I came across a cautionary tale about a woman that blamed her divorce on her devotion to her blog. I paused, re-read it, and sent it to Jaymi. We decided then and there that priorities included staying friends, maintaining a strong marriage, and enjoying this gig.

Even with all our new goals and dreams, I never once imagined that the blog could make me a better friend, a better Mother, and help me build an even stronger marriage.

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Kids' Activities

Chuck E Cheese Hacks

Ohhh, Chuck E. Cheese. If you were a child in the 80s or 90s, you can likely remember the joy, the excitement, and the thrill of this place. They had pizza. They had tokens and games and tickets. And the prizes, good grief, THE PRIZES. It was like heaven for kids. And now that I am on the other side of it, I know the dark, seedy side of the Chuck. Namely, that parents hate it as much as their kids love it.

Not everything is awful about Chuck E. Cheese, of course.  Their pizza has improved greatly, and the ball pits only exist in the nightmares of germaphobes everywhere.  But as they have improved, we’ve noticed that their prices have crept slowly up.  Which, if you’re trying to limit the amount of time you have to spend there, might be a good thing. But if you’re desperate to show your kids a good time, the cost of the place can be a problem.

Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the internet and our local CECs to find the best collection of Chuck E. Cheese hacks, money saving tips, and upgrades to help make your trip to Chuck E. Cheese a little more bearable- or at the very least, a little less expensive.

Kids LOVE Chuck E. Cheese- but parents? Yeah, usually not. Hacks to make your visit easier (and cheaper!) from TheSaltyMamas.com.

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