5 Lessons I’ve Learned This Year as a Mom of Three

Five lessons I've learned this year as a mom of three

My sweet “Clay-Bay-Bay” just turned one.

It seems so cliche to say that this year has gone fast but it also feels wrong to not say it. We have officially completed an entire year with three kids, 5 and under. I get tired even thinking about it.

To be completely honest with you all, this has been the hardest year of my life. It’s not just the baby’s fault.  It has been more of an accumulation effect. Yes, having an infant that didn’t sleep well was a big part of it. But on top of that we had a three-year-old who pretty much had a year long tantrum. Oh, and I have a good idea. Let’s land a cookbook deal and create and test 75 recipes in 5 months. Not stressful at all.

Truth be told, I feel as though I am just now coming up for air and being able to look back at the year with some perspective.

And, because I’m a blogger and writing is therapy for me, I thought it’d be fun to expand on some things I’ve learned in the most challenging year of my life.

Mini Bacon, Spinach, and Egg Quiches {Freezer Meal}

Simple goodness. Mini Bacon, Spinach, and Egg Quiches. These come together super easy and are freezer friendly. Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. OK, maybe a snack too!

Yum-yum in my tum-tum.

These mini quiches were a certified crowd pleaser. The ingredients are as simple as the recipe is.

I must admit though. This is one of those, “real food meets reality,” recipes. While a real food purist would make their own pie crust, this mama just doesn’t have the time for that. Maybe in 10 years but until then, I plan to cheat a bit and use the pie crust from a can. (My grandmother just rolled over in her grave.) Sorry grandma.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up & Save” Deals

Real Food Menu Plan for March 27-April 2: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

This week I’m going easy with recipes like Baked Potato Bar (in the slow cooker!), taco night, and some of our favorite paninis. With 77¢ pasta at Hy-Vee this week, I’m also cooking up some Homemade Chef Boyardee Pasta on Monday night. This is such a sneaky and yummy way to pack in nutrition for picky eaters!

P.S. To Everyone: Did you know you can have these menu plans emailed to you to weekly? All you have to do is sign up here.

Two Questions to Ask Your Child Every Day

Dinner time is far from picture perfect these days.

While I do have hopes of one day sitting around the table and talking about the happenings of the day, our current meal times are a combination of sibling squabbles, standing up in chairs, spilled drinks, and complaints. It’s usually all wrapped up with some sort of bribery to eat their food.

We are a work in progress, people.

Despite the chaotic life stage we find ourselves in, I really do want to set the precedent of having good conversation at our table.

Because we need things pretty simple and straight forward, I am thankful for picking up on these two super important questions to ask your kids everyday:

10+ Easy Easter Crafts

10 easy Easter craft ideas that any age can do.

Easter is such a happy holiday! Here are some easy ways to get your kids in the Easter spirit. While I do love a great craft round up, I also love this round up of books that point kids to the true meaning of the holiday. Make sure to check that out as well.