Effortless Hawaiian Chicken Sliders

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You all know by now how much I love my “cheat night” meals! My family depends on me to get dinner on the table each night, but especially with our new very crazy schedule it’s such a relief to have some great Effortless Meal Ideas to be able to fall back on at least once a week!

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How To Make Bedtime Fun For Kids AND You!

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Back in the days when I was a brand new mommy and totally overwhelmed with life (as all new mommies are, am I right?!) I kept hearing over and over again about the importance of routines. Since I discovered that I leaned toward the more natural attachment parenting style of baby rearing I asked around and read a lot to see if routines were really that important. Once I got an affirmative from several people and articles, especially when it came to nighttime and morning routines, I decided to go ahead and start with my rolly-polly baby. Life became much smoother for all of us right away! I also discovered that having these important routines in place especially helped once our second and extremely colicky baby arrived, and also when our life took us through many different chaotic loops, including moving multiple times to multiple states and having my kiddos daddy deployed. In fact one of my main suggestions in How To Help Kids Be Resilient During Moves was to stick with your familiar every day routines because it creates a sense of security for them in the midst of all the unfamiliar.

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A Very Important Back-to-School Year

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A Very Important Back-to-School Year

So this Back-to-School Year is a red letter one for the Elliott family! To begin with Amber started 2nd grade last week. Although this might not seem like such a big deal compared to a “very first” day of school, or even starting at a new campus, it is a big deal to me and to her! That’s because 2nd grade is the year where you really turn the page from little kid to big (she’ll be a tween in the blink of an eye–ack!), and where you transition from playing for learning to really settling down and getting academic. After the first week she’s a little bummed to find this is the case, and thinks that the beginning of school year review is a bore (don’t we all??!!) but she loves her sweet teacher, has a few familiar faces in her class, and so all together we’re both optimistic for the school year!

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