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

Pumpkin Bars

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Caden’s grandmother gave me this recipe years ago, which has been in her family for many years. Moist and bursting with flavor, these pumpkin bars are easy to make and the recipe is pretty much fail proof. The frosting is not too overpowering (some people do not like a strong cream cheese flavor) – adding a nice texture to an already perfect treat. Enjoy a bar with a hot cup of seasonal coffee or a chai latte with a hint of cinnamon. Oh yum!

 

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Whole Seasoned Chicken in a Crock Pot

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I tackled another recipe from the “Fix-It and Forget-It Pink Cookbook” yesterday. This time it was Chicken in a Pot, which I am officially calling Whole Seasoned Chicken in a Crock Pot. I don’t think I’ve ever had a more tender, flavorful bird in my life! It was to die for! We finished it off with garden-fresh steamed green beans and rosemary and garlic oven-roasted potato wedges. Check out the video of it simmering here: Read more

Slow Cooker (Crock Pot) Peanut Butter and Hot Fudge Cake

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Ladies, before reading this post and embarking on a heavenly journey of chocolate and peanut butter, I’d like you to do something. I’d like you to feel your boobs. I’m not kidding. Go find a private place and do a breast self-exam (BSE). Don’t put it off – Procrastination is Cancer’s Breast Friend. It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and you have got to take an active role in maintaining your health. Please. Do this now. Read more

Crock Pot Apple Pie Cake

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Until yesterday, one thing I had never tried in my crock pot was a cake. I’ve tried a few other desserts and sugary drinks, but never a real baked goodie. When my BFF sent me this recipe for Crock Pot Apple Pie Cake, I knew I had to give it a test drive. And I’m glad I did! Not only was in a cinch to make, it tasted incredible! Pontilicios referred to it as “mouth orgasmic” and I have to agree. The only downside is that it comes out small – lasting minutes in a house full of the male population. Read more

Crockpot Country Chicken Recipe – New England Style

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It’s September here in Maine and for us New Englanders that means crisp, cool air, trees exhibiting colorful displays of leaves and all kinds of yummy cooking! The other day I made my version of Crockpot Country Chicken – New England style. Give it a try. You’ll love it! Read more

MommiFried’s Flava’ful Tangy BBQ Crockpot Chicken

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I’m starting to think I should name this blog Crockpot Lady because I’m doing a lot of crockpot cooking lately. It’s so easy, so delicious at the end of the day. And the best part is that I am once again experimenting with recipes – putting my own spin on things. Below is a recipe for BBQ crockpot chicken that I whipped up yesterday morning. By the time it’s done it literally falls apart and melts in your mouth, so consider throwing together some sandwiches and serve with chips. Enjoy!

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MommiFried’s Easy, Awesome Meatloaf Recipe – Great for Busy Moms!

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Preparing meatloaf does not have to be complicated or include an endless list of ingredients – even though most recipe sites hint otherwise. Below is my easy, awesome meatloaf recipe, which is great for busy moms (and dads, too). Enjoy! Read more

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe – A Busy Day Win!

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Since Nick started back to work full-time, I’ve had to resume preparing and cooking dinner 5 nights out of the week. Thankfully, the crock pot and I are reacquainted and officially best buds again. Last night, I made an old favorite – crock pot BBQ pulled pork on flavorful bulkie rolls. It’s an easy recipe and a busy day win! Score the recipe here!

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