6 Truths About Helicopter Parents

My parenting style can be best described as a hybrid mashup—a combination of authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. But if one parenting style was to surface and all others sink, at the end of the day I would emerge a predominantly helicopter parent. The term "helicopter parenting" was coined back in 1990 by child development researchers Foster Cline and Jim Fay in their book, Parenting With Love and Logic. Helicopter parents, according to the official definition, take an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of Read more

How to Plan the Ultimate Staycation

Who wouldn’t want to take a vacation every month, or even every weekend? Unfortunately for most, there isn’t room for a trip in the schedule—or budget. Plus, as most holiday vacations prove, it can be exhausting and overwhelming to coordinate a family trip out of town. That’s why many people in need of a small getaway take staycations instead. Staycations allow you to relax and do fun activities with your family, all without the expense of travel or booking Read more

Top of the Tingles: The ASMR A-List

Relaxation. Euphoria. Tingling. These are the words used to describe the result of an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, trigger. In a piece I recently wrote for Sanity & Self, I describe the concept as "the physical response to auditory, visual, or tactile triggers, usually a tingly sensation similar to feeling chills. Think of the goosebumps you might get when someone whispers into your ear. That’s ASMR. Most experts attribute ASMR’s relaxing sensations to the release of endorphins, Read more

Self-Discovery Questions to Ask Yourself Each Day

In today’s uber-connected world, it’s so easy to get caught up in your phone wherever you go. Whether you're responding to work emails, organizing your kids’ schedules, or updating your Instagram, the hours can fly by before you know it. While this is certainly convenient, it can become unhealthy if it turns into a habit. Because we’re all so busy, your mental health could be suffering and you wouldn’t even know it because you’re too preoccupied to pay attention Read more

Self-Care With Hygge

Taking time for yourself as a mom can be difficult between appointments, errands and keeping everyone fed, on time and in clean clothes. Finding ways to fit in self-care and moments to yourself are so important, even short breaks can have a positive impact on your day. One shortcut to make sure you get the change to recharge is make your house ready for relaxation whenever you are. You may have heard of it as an emerging decor trend, hygge Read more

Crock Pot Ground-Beef Stew

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It was chilly day in Maine yesterday, which made it the perfect time to whip up something warm and tasty. We decided to throw together a Ground-Beef Stew recipe that we found in our favorite cookbook, Fix-It and Forget-It. It was pure awesomeness! We doubled the batch and cooked it in a 7-quart crock pot. We also used russet potatoes with the skins on, because that’s all we had on hand and we were too lazy to peel them. Next time, we’ll use small red potatoes. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the seasonings! Pontilicious added an extra heaping of garlic powder and some Emeril’s Essence to the pot. Just delicious! Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Wimpy Chili

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I’ve never been a fan of hot, spicy foods. I just don’t understand the enjoyment people get out of eating dishes that burn their mouths off or cause their noses to drip into whatever it is they’re consuming. Gross. That’s why I’m extremely picky about the chili I will and will not eat. If it has so much bite it causes one to lose feeling in their throat hole, forget it. It’s not going in my mouth hole. My personal chili recipe is for those of us who would rather savor the bites than grab for a glass of water to wash them down. I’ve nicknamed it Wimpy Chili. Enjoy! Read more

Holiday Coconut Squares

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Aless and I dug into my grandmother’s recipe tin this morning after we enjoyed a much-needed nap together. At the very bottom of the tin, we found a little booklet from Woman’s Day Kitchen (1962) that contained a delightful collection of recipes for holiday cookies. As we all know, cookies are a Christmas tradition whether making and serving them, hanging them on the tree or even giving them as gifts. Here is one recipe that was circled by my grandmother – holiday coconut squares. Enjoy! Read more

Grambo’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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My mother makes the world’s greatest baked macaroni and cheese. She’s been making it since before I was born and there’s not a person on the planet who hasn’t raved about it after taking just one bite. I was excited when she agreed to share her recipe here on MommiFried. There’s just one problem. The recipe, according to my mother, is all in her head and she does very little actual measuring. So together, we had to wing this one. If you’re wondering what “Grambo” means, it’s a nickname my nephew gave my mom years ago – a play on Gram and Rambo (because she can be both on some days – grrrrambo!).  Read more

Caution: Addictive Dessert Recipe Ahead

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Oreo balls

I was super excited when Crystal asked me to contribute a guest blog post to Mommifried because I’m a majorly fried mom myself and, therefore, a fan!

These desserts are one of those great recipes that you will want to stick in your recipe box for the next potluck you’re invited to. They also make great teacher gifts, gifts for neighbors, etc.  They’re amazingly easy, yet people seem to go crazy over them every time I make them!  I most recently made them for my daughter’s birthday party and, needless to say, they were a big hit with the teenage girl set. Read more

Maine’s Best Banana Muffins

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Have some overly ripe bananas sitting around? Before the fruit flies take notice, get them cooked up! Here’s another quick and easy recipe from Gram’s Recipe Tin – Maine’s Best Banana Muffins. Filled with wholesome goodness and the taste of old-fashioned banana bread, serve these warm with butter or your favorite cream cheese. Read more

Quick and Easy Apple Pie

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For Thanksgiving and just about any time of the year, apple pie is a universal favorite. Making an apple pie, however, takes a bit of time, which many busy moms (and dads) lack. Here is a quick and easy apple pie recipe that won’t have you slaving in the kitchen for hours, yet tastes every bit as delicious as one prepared using fresh sliced apples.

Don’t turn your nose up at using canned fruit filling! Some of the best chefs in the world often cut corners using canned and prepared foods. Read more

Crock Pot Chicken Delicious

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Crock pot cooking can sometimes be hit or miss. With a new recipe it can be difficult knowing just how long to keep the crock pot on, whether to keep it on high or low or how it will turn out. Will the dish be a complete disaster or an absolute masterpiece? This past Sunday, I prepared what was referred to as “one of the best meals I have ever tasted.” Consider this one a masterpiece! Read more