The Excitement of Picking Out Your First American Girl

When Emily was young my mom and I decided that for her fifth birthday we would take her to American Girl to get her first doll.  We had the best time on her birthday trip we decided it would be a tradition and that one day we would do the same for Madi.  Madi is approaching her fifth birthday and our only free weekend was in April about a month before her actual birthday.  Both grandmas and Madi and I traveled down to LA for one night and had the best time celebrating our sassy girl.

How to Get Baby to Sleep Thru the Night

The weeks or months until your baby sleeps through the night are so difficult.  It's worse if you have other children and / or are working because you can't take the time in the day to rest or even nap.  Not only is your sanity suffering but sleep for a baby is super important and I think it is a skill that parents have to teach to their babies.  In my opinion every baby is different and there definitely isn't one guaranteed way to get a baby to sleep through the night but I also think there are some tips and ideas that definitely help most babies.  This is my third baby and these are the things that I swear by.  Emily slept through the night at 16 weeks, Madi at 10.5 weeks and Jackson just before 6 weeks.  I'd like to say I got better with "training" them but I have to note that each baby was bigger.  I think birth weight affects their ability to eat more and sleep longer.

The Perfect Solution for Snack Time that Kids Love

This post is sponsored by Goldfish® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own

Does anyone else have kids that beg for snacks all day long?  My girls could live on snacks if I let them.  Now that they are in school at least they're not bugging me for snacks 24/7 but they come home famished (I have no idea why) and the first order of business is snack time.  I usually rattle off the usual suspects and they've either already had it in their lunches or they aren't interested.  I'm always looking for new ideas for snack time and when I find a hit I love to share it with you.
This snack is what I'm calling Epic Trail Mix.  I love making a trail mix because you can change up the ingredients to keep things fresh and prevent boredom.  Furthermore, they are always super simple to assemble and don't require any cooking or baking.  The staple "ingredient" in this recipe is Goldfish Epic Crunch Nacho.  My girls, along with any child I've ever met, love Goldfish so when I learned that Goldfish had a new product I knew I had to use them in this recipe.  Goldfish Epic Crunch has a bigger, bolder tortilla crunch with a zesty nacho flavor.  They are baked (never fried) with whole grain and contain no artificial preservatives.  I combined them with rice chex, popcorn and pretzels.

  • 1 bag Goldfish Epic Crunch Nacho
  • 1 cup Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1 cup Pretzels
  • 1 cup popped Popcorn

Combine all ingredients and serve.  Store in air tight container or bag.  Consume within a few days because popcorn will lose its crunch.

You can find Goldfish Epic Crunch in the cracker aisle of your grocery store for an affordable price.  I found them on an end cap so just a heads up to look there as well.  In addition to Nacho flavor you can find Ranch and Honey BBQ.

Since we are in the Easter season I just had to share an oldie but goodie for an Easter-inspired snack.  I filled pastry bags with Goldfish Epic Crunch and tied them with green ribbon to look like carrots.  These are a hit and super simple to assemble.  They are perfect for a fun after school snack or to add to your Easter party/menu.