Tip Tuesday – Mini Marshmallows + Toothpicks

I am going to try something new. I always get asked how do you do it? How do you run a house/family with four young daughters? What are your tricks/tips? So, every most Tuesdays I am going to share tips that get us through our days/weeks/months all while staying somewhat sane.

Tonight’s tip is short and sweet. It is easy to prep for and fun to do. I typically bring this to restaurants with me, but this is also a great quiet activity for those that need a few moments of peace at home.

One of my all time favorite tricks for entertaining kids at restaurants:

Mini Marshmallows and Toothpicks

restaurant activities for kids

My girls love when I pull out mini marshmallows and toothpicks. It’s a great way to keep them entertained. They love to build things with the marshmallows and of course eat them too.

I always make sure to have marshmallows and toothpicks in my bag of tricks. Another thing I always do is make sure everything in my bag is up to date. Meaning new coloring and activity books, fresh crayons and markers, etc.

 

In the Comments Below:

  1. What are some of your tip and tricks for going out to eat with kids?
  2. What do you keep in your bag of tricks?

 

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MIMM # 157

 

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Our girls received their back to school letters today and I have been a mess ever since. I seriously couldn’t stop crying while reading them out loud. This is really happening. Two of my girls are going to go to school every day, all day. There is no turning back. I am one sad mama and tomorrow’s meet the teacher isn’t going to make it any easier.

We had a fun, yet relaxing weekend. Honestly, Saturday I didn’t even leave the house and it felt great. The girls and I played in the rain that afternoon and it was so much fun. I love being silly and having fun with my girls.

Sunday we celebrated a special seven year old, our girls sure had fun.

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of course, we are still enjoying our time at the pool, unfortunately this is all going to change come next week.

august 2016 isabella pool

Sunday was a rest day for me. As much as I love rest days they are also very difficult. I LOVE working out. I love the way I feel after a good sweat session. I love how strong and energized I feel afterwards. My workouts revive me and get my ready for my day. I know rest days are equally as important as my workouts, but they sure are mentally tough.

rest day hooked

{Katie – Marvelous in My Monday}

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Friday Favorites # 1 (Fresh Start)

Good evening everyone. I can’t believe it’s Friday. Where did this week go? Where have all our summer weeks gone? We are coming upon our last week of summer and I am very sad. I know I should be more excited to be sending two of my four girls off to school, but for some reason I just have this awful feeling in my stomach. I just don’t feel good about being without Sophia and Isabella every day, all day long.

Life In Leggings

I am so excited to join Heather with Friday Favorites again. I used to link up every week, but some reason got off track. I have so many favorite products, accessories, toys, clothing, etc. to share with you.

Some of my favorite things these days:

Pool days with my girls will always be a favorite of mine. And let me tell you we have had a lot of these days this summer; the weather has been perfect. I will never get tired of swimming with my girls.

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This summer we made it a goal to visit various parks/playgrounds throughout the city and it has been so much fun. This week we revisited one of our favorites with Mimi, of course. Seeing my girls smile is top on my favorites lists and that will never change.

august 2016 playground sophia

Watching theses two sleep is one of my favorite things to do for a couple of reasons. 1) It took them a long time to finally sleep through the night. 2) They are just so precious. Believe it or not 9 out of 10 times when we check on McKayla and McKenzie we find them sleeping in the exact same position.

august 2016 sleeping mckayla mckenzie

As most of you know, I try to have a salad every single day and I usually do (not because I feel as though I have too, but because I want too). Lately, I have become obsessed with tuna salad and it’s so simple to make. It is literally a can of tuna and a couple pieces of bacon on chopped lettuce. I put 3 tablespoons of light miracle whip on my tuna first. It’s delicious, full of protein and so filling. As you know it is not healthy to eat tuna every day (due to mercury levels), so I try to limit it to 3 times a week. I have a salad every day, but change up the type of protein I use.

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Favorite Post from the Past:

Loving Ourselves and Each Other

learn to love myself

In the Comments Below:

  1. What are some of the things on your favorite list these days?
  2. Do you have a food you eat every day?
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MIMM # 156

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Another wonderful weekend has come and gone. I feel like I say that far too often.

Our weekend started with a Friday with Mimi and a sleepover for Sophia and Isabella at Auntie Ade and Uncle Scotty’s house. Which meant we had alone time with our babies. Any time I get alone time with any of my girls is extra special. Don’t get my wrong I love our together time too, but something about one-on-one time is beautiful.

Saturday was rest day so I slept in until 6:30. Okay, you know your a mom when sleeping in to 6:30 is well sleeping in.

Is rest day hard for anyone else or is it just me? Seriously, I have a love/hate relationship with taking days off. I look forward to them because I work so hard the other 6 days, but I also love exercising and the feeling it gives me each morning that rest days just bum me out.

rest day hooked

I must admit that even though 6:30am is early on a Saturday, I loved my early more snuggle with my McKayla. It was just the two of us until Daddy and McKenzie woke up at 7:15. Once they finally joined us we went to get donuts.

McKayla’s all of a sudden adopted this silly smile. Oh my!!

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After nap time we met my girls (with Mimi, Papa, Auntie Ade and Uncle Scotty) at a birthday party. Boy, did I miss Sophia and Isabella and boy were they tired. Partying all night with Auntie Ade and Uncle Scotty was sure catching up to them. I think they are still recovering from it today. Ha!!

We had a nice and relaxing Sunday, as in I didn’t even get dressed. But, the good news is I have noticed I am so much more productive on days I stay in comfy clothes and Sunday sure was productive. I have also decided that in reality my house isn’t going to really by clean until school starts in a couple of weeks. Even with that said I am nowhere near ready to say goodbye to my girls.

{Katie – Marvelous in My Monday}

 

In the Comments Below:

  1. Anyone else more productive when you don’t get dressed for the day?
  2. What did you do this weekend?
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