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How to Schedule Your Time as a Work from Home Mom

How to Schedule Your Time as a Work from Home Mom, being a work at home mom, work at home #momlife

Work from Home Mom

The ultimate goal – being a work from home mom! Have your cake and eat it too right? It doesn’t feel like I’ve had any cake for quite awhile. And while we are being honest, sometimes it feels like the most unfair position to be in doesn’t it? The ‘you can have it all’ lie our generation has been fed is right up there with ‘yes, of course honey there is a Santa Claus!”

While, yes, we can have a family and can work…even sometimes from home, the lie we believe is what it looks like…a clean house, with kids quietly playing in clean clothes while we sit in our office of white walls, white desk, white laptop with a strategically placed vase of hot pink Gerber daisies while lunch, dinner and snacks are all prepped and ready to go in the fridge…

– oh yeah I almost forgot, we worked out, showered, did our hair and makeup and showed up to our white office in a pair of neatly pressed white slacks and a blouse.

How to Schedule Your Time as a Work from Home Mom, being a work at home mom, work at home #momlifeI’ve worked from home in some capacity for the last 9 years. That means when I started I had a 2, 5, 7 and 8 year old. Let me just tell you how productive I was most days…not very. I was blessed to be able to be home with them, and at that time was just working for a few extras the kids needed through a direct sales company.

Through the years what that looked like changed for me, and with it changed that nagging torment of being pulled between mom and lady boss. I decided to take the advice of ‘plan your work and work your plan.’ I always thought that was just a cute little thing people put out there – ahhhh who knew if you actually did that it worked?

And with it, came some of the successes I was craving.

How to Schedule Your Time as a Work from Home Mom, being a work at home mom, work at home #momlife

When I work, I work – and when I’m mom, I’m mom. And with it comes a peace…for the most part, because I’m still working on some of it, because we are all a work in progress right? So how did I get to this pretty ok place?


And block scheduling.

I started using an hourly time sheet, which I have revised to a half hour time sheet, because honestly, sometimes an hour is a long time and although we may love to have an hour to dedicate to something, the season we are in doesn’t allow for it.

Get right with the season you are in and be ok with it. Now if you are like a friend of mine, she works from home with kids, one preschooler and one toddler and she works for a local company not herself. I talked to her recently and she said basically what I am saying, it’s about having a schedule you can keep to with where your kids are at the stage they are in. She works a lot in their play room so she can watch them, and finishes up whatever she missed during the day after they go to bed. One day they will be in school all day and she won’t need to do that, but for now it works for them. Get right with your season, know your limitations as well as your family’s and set some boundaries.

How to Schedule Your Time as a Work from Home Mom

I have a basic block schedule that I use as a template. Then, each week I break that down on our schedule. I am super visual and need to see it. I’m also a creative person so I do it in different colors – don’t get caught up in that if that isn’t you, just make the schedule. It’s always about discipline so get rid of all the distractions.

How to Schedule Your Time as a Work from Home Mom, being a work at home mom, work at home #momlifeMake a list of 3-5 things that for you and your family are not negotiable in your day. It could be exercise, quiet time for reading or devotions, reading books before nap time, taking a walk with your hubby – whatever they are put them on your schedule first. Make those happen because those are the things that actually fill you with joy and peace. Remember to know your season, because while reading is awesome, and reading for an hour may sound delightful, it’s better to read for 15 minutes and be ok with it then to not do it at all.

If you are anything like me, I really hope you are so I don’t sound super crazy, you’ll need to break down some areas with more detail, so you know what you are supposed to be doing during your ‘focused work’ time. This differs a little for me week to week but not much. Monday I work on writing blog posts in the morning. I write better in the morning before my brain takes in too much of the day and fizzles out.

I know that Monday mornings are for writing blog posts. What changes is what I’m writing about and who I’m writing for. I keep those details in a separate regular weekly planner. Yes, I ‘reduce it to the ridiculous’ as my husband would say. I need that. I know that. I get distracted by every little everything…ooohhhhh shiny object…you get the picture. I have specific times for social media and specific purposes for it so I don’t get distracted and start scrolling.
Isn’t that one of our biggest distractions these days?

How to Schedule Your Time as a Work from Home Mom, being a work at home mom, work at home #momlifeI also have scheduled times to check emails and blog post comments. If I responded to everything as soon as it came in I would spend all day responding and getting distracted and scrolling and whoops there went all the time I had for ‘focused work’ today – not cool!

The amount of time I spend filling out my schedules is about 30 minutes a week. And it saves me so much time throughout the week it is worth every minute! Plus, it allows me to connect with everyone in our family and find out what their schedules are and what their expectations are for me. Like pick them up from sports and drive a friend home, or do they have a ride –that could be the difference of 40+ minutes in my day. Does my hubby have any late night meetings so he won’t be able to contribute to the shuttle service we run … you get it right?

And while our kiddos are getting older, we still have one of the four that can’t be left home alone yet, so that also comes into play – who will be home for him or who will he be with.

I put any appointments I have on my hourly schedule sheet for the week so I can see exactly how much time I have around that time to either work or do one of my non-negotiables. If I have a dentist appointment that will take 2 hours including travel time, maybe I will swap my morning reading time with focused work time and read in the waiting room instead. Being able to see it all laid out makes it easier to shuffle things around.

How to Schedule Your Time as a Work from Home Mom, being a work at home mom, work at home #momlife

We are all individuals in our individual seasons of motherhood. What works for me today with four kids in school all day, wouldn’t have worked for me 7 years ago. If you have little ones at home, consider swapping play dates with a friend. She has the kids for two hours once a week and you have them two hours once a week. Even if she doesn’t work from home she will love having some time to get her things done without someone hanging off her leg. However you decide to schedule your day, make it count.

Be all in all in your mommy time, all in your wife time, and all in your work time.

Being all in- present, focused will stretch your day. It will make it worth it, it will make it less stressed, and it will make you be able to ‘have it all’ even if you do it in your leggings with your hair in a messy bun at your sticky kitchen table.


Jaime blogs at FizlDizl, along with her husband Bill.  They’re passionate about sharing their life stories with others. From the lessons they’ve learned along the way in marriage, faith, parenting four very different children, finances and relationships, and their daily life.  They are eager to use their stories and gifts to help ‘bridge the gap’ in communities by encouraging everyone to step up and step out right where they are with what they have…even if it’s just a story or encouraging word.  

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How to Schedule Your Time as a Work from Home Mom, being a work at home mom, work at home #momlife

12 Minute Workout for Busy Moms

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12 Minute Workout for Busy Moms

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I’m a mom with two young children and working out isn’t always on my daily agenda. Going to the gym for an hour isn’t even a possibility! The 12 Minute Workout for Busy Moms is a quick, yet efficient workout you can do at home without any equipment to take a moment to help you take care of yourself.

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Moms have a tendency to take care of everyone else before themselves and neglect our health and body at times. This summer has been a time of neglect for myself. I have gained some weight and haven’t been eating the foods I should be. I am changing that now and making the time for me, even if it is just a few minutes a day!

It is time to start celebrating the Little Wins™ in everyday. What does this mean? I am going to focus on celebrating the little things! I am going to celebrate not battling my son to brush his teeth before bed, I am going to celebrate when my daughter uses the potty like a big girl, I am going to celebrate getting out of the house on time in the morning. Most importantly, I am going to celebrate taking care of ME.

Taking care of myself includes eating better and finding time 5 days a week for my 12 Minute Workout for Busy Moms. No more soda or empty calories from drinks, no more snacking on junk (especially after dinner), and no more making excuses on why I can’t workout.

To begin my new journey of taking care of myself again, I stopped by my local Walmart to grab some snacks that are high in protein to provide more energy throughout my chaotic days and curve any cravings. I came across these delicious ZonePerfect® bars at Walmart and they are just what I am looking for to accomplish my healthier eating goals. I picked up ZonePerfect® Cinnamon Roll and ZonePerfect® Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough because it is cinnamon roll and cookie dough… winning! The cookie dough is ahhh-mazing by the way.

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12 Minute Workout

Time to share my 12 Minute Workout for Busy Moms! Find time during your kids nap, although my kids actually taking a nap is a Little Wins™ all on it’s own. You can wake up 15 minutes early to get in a quick workout, have your spouse entertain the kids for a few moments, or schedule a certain time everyday no matter what your kids are doing.

When you have young kids running around, how in the world do you get in a workout? The second you decide to do something for you, someone needs to have a meltdown or has to poop or is suddenly starving. Set your kids up with some coloring books, have them read to themselves, sit them down with a snack or have them participate in your workout. I like having them participate! Set up a second yoga mat or even just a blanket as an area they must stay within as they workout with you and have them mimic all your moves. Blast some fun music. This can be a fun way to get your workout in and bond with your children.

You are going to need a space to set up. Moving the coffee table by the couch will be enough space for you and set down a yoga mat if you have one. Wear some cute workout clothes to get you motivated and grab a watch or timer. You will be doing each of the moves listed below for 60 seconds each.

  • Plank. Focus on your core and keeping a straight back. Engage your stomach muscles and hold for 60 seconds.
  • Side Plank 30 seconds each side. From the plank position, rotate your toes and pull up your arm straight in the air. Keep the abs engaged and hold. Squeeze your butt to keep you balanced.
  • Supergirl Lifts. Lay on your stomach and pull up your arms keeping the head aligned with the arms as you pull up your legs focusing on lifting with your thighs and tightening the butt. Go as high as you can without breaking form. Repeat for 60 seconds going slowly up and down.
  • Supergirl hold. At the top of your last supergirl lift, hold for 60 seconds.
  • V Push-ups. With your thumbs and index fingers, make a triangle shape with thumbs touching. Keep a straight back with head aligned, butt tight and core engaged. Do push-ups for 60 seconds focusing on good form. Form is more important the quantity. 5 perfect push-ups is better than 30 sloppy ones.
  • Jumping Jacks. Get that blood pumping for 60 seconds. Keep your core engaged throughout.


  • Squats. Place feet straight and shoulder width apart. As you squat, pull your arms straight ahead and horizontal with the floor. Sit back as far as you can keeping your feet flat on the floor. Always keep core engaged. Repeat for 60 seconds.
  • Wide Leg Squats. Point your toes out and widen your stance. Do squats for 60 seconds.
  • Wide Leg Squat hold. On your last wide leg squat, hold at the bottom for 60 seconds. Keep your arms straight and horizontal with floor, tighten the core area and keep head straight.
  • Flutter Kicks. Lay on your back on the floor with hands to your side. Lift your upper body without straining your neck and lift both legs. Focus on tightening those ab muscles and not creating any space between your back and the floor. Try and pull down your belly button to the floor. Slowly raise one leg higher than the other, then switch to make little kicks. Repeat for 60 seconds.
  • Crunches. Lay on your back and bend the knees. Pull up your head and shoulders with hands behind ears and pull up the legs slightly. Now, crunch for 60 seconds raising the upper body and knees simultaneously. Be careful not to use your hands to help lift the head. All lifting should come from your abdominals.

My 12 Minute Workout for Busy Moms is done. Time for a smarter snack option to keep my energy level up throughout the day to keep up with these kids! I’m grabbing a ZonePerfect® Cinnamon Roll and staying motivated to get my bod back in shape!

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Being a Stay at Home Mom : The Ultimate Blessing

Being a Stay at Home Mom : The Ultimate Blessing

Being a Stay at Home Mom : The Ultimate Blessing

I have been blessed so much in my life. I have 2 children a girl and a boy. There are 15 years between the 2 of them. They have been raised very differently from each other despite having the same mother. I was a working single mother when my daughter was little. Now, I’m a stay home mom with my son. This is the ultimate blessing, a dream come true for me.

Being a parent has its challenges whether you are working outside the home or a stay home mom. I am speaking from my experiences only. It is my purpose to tell you my story not to insult or say one is a better than the other. I recognize everyone is different.

Being a Stay at Home Mom : The Ultimate Blessing

Working Mom

My daughter is now 27 years old and is a mother herself. So much has changed from when she was little. I was single, working, and taking care of her then. I think that is all I could handle mentally and physically.

Was it hard?

At the time, I just did what I had to do. If anything came up, for example, how was I going to take care of her while she was on track break from school? I just somehow found a way. It just worked out. As I think back though, I don’t ever want to live like that again, ever. Heck yeah, it was hard, stressful, and lonely.

Mistakes I Made

Like I said earlier, I suffered physically. I was depressed, had thyroid problems, and was overweight. I never took any time out for myself. I did not have a hobby or any kind of extra interests. All I ever did was work, eat, sleep and take care of my daughter. I suffered and in ways so did she. Not that she was neglected but I could not handle anything extra.

She had friends, and she was healthy. We would occasionally have mini vacations. I know I tried to be the best mother I could be. I see all of this in hind sight. Do I feel guilty? Yes, but all in all I did what I thought was the best for her. I cannot change any of it, so let’s move on.

Things I wouldn’t Change

The biggest thing that got me through this chapter of my life was my parents. My mom and step father were a huge blessing to us then. When my daughter was first born they took care of her so I could go back to work. We somehow made it work until I was comfortable enough to let a babysitter take her. They took care of her for short periods of time off and on for most of her life until she was about 13 years old. Because of this, she had an unbreakable bond with them that I would never have given up for the world. I am pretty sure she would say the same thing.

For whatever reason, her dad and I were not meant to be, the fact she had a relationship with her father was so good for her. Like with most daughters and fathers they have had their ups and downs. But I truly think all children need to have a male figure in their life. I don’t care if they are a boy or girl, kids need a male perspective on life.


Stay at Home Mom

When I got pregnant with my son and knew I did not want to raise him without a partner so I married his father. Our marriage lasted only about a year and a half despite the fact I was very much in love with him. He was not the man he should have been. Before I was divorced I found my current husband. He is the man for me (for us) and as far as I am concerned he will always be.

My husband is the best thing to happen to my son and myself. We found a loving, generous, real man. We, the three of us, have been blessed. So much so I am able, for most of my son’s life, to be a stay home mom.

Comparing the Two

I can’t say one way is better than the other. I think my daughter turned out to be a fantastic responsible adult, wonderful mother who has a beautiful soul that shines brightly. I know I played a part in of how she turned out. My son needs me in different ways than my daughter did. It is because of their personalities more than anything else. My son and daughter are very different people. I truly believe the universe gave us what we needed when we needed it and still does.


I am now sharing the responsibility with someone. I am less stressed. I can and have grown as a person and a mother. I am doing things for my family I had always dreamed of doing, cooking, being able to send him off to school myself, being home when he gets home from school, seeing milestones of learning, teaching morals and responsibility myself to him and not leaving it up to someone else. These are just a few of the things I just LOVE about being a stay home mom (and wife).

When Momma is happy so is the family.

Thanks for stopping by.


Hi, Everyone! My name is Terri. I am super excited that Amber has allowed me to be part of Legging N’ Lattes (Don’t you just love the name!). I wear many hats. Along with being a late in life mom, grandma, wife, coffee addict, and Pinterest lover. I also blog at and offer Virtual Assistant services at TK the VA. The list could go on and on. But I won’t bore you.

If you enjoyed my story about my kids please leave a comment. Amber and I would love to hear from you.

Being a Stay at Home Mom : The Ultimate Blessing

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children


As a parent, the most important thing you will do in life is raise your children to become good people. To teach them respect, honesty, ethics, hard work and responsibility is your number one job. I believe in a strict household with rules and high expectations but I also believe that is crucial to build a strong bond that stems from laughter and fun. A strong bond takes time, patience, acceptance and enthusiasm. One day these little people won’t be your responsibility anymore and they will be building families of their own. I want my kids to remain my best friends forever and I want to share some tips and secrets to build that bond with your children.

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

Tips To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

Where do we start in the journey of creating that strong bond with your child? It starts day one. All those diaper changes, cuddling, feedings do more than just keep this tiny human alive. You are building trust amongst your children and showing them affection. The baby phase is the easiest time to build a bond but when they start having their own opinions on life and start to push you away for other activities or friends, is when it can be more difficult. Here are some tips to remain close to your children:

  • Remember that your child is their own person with their own beliefs and own interests. My son is really into academics and not the best athlete. My daughter is already on her way to be an athlete. They are complete opposites personality and interest wise. As a parent, you have to treat each child as an individual and learn to love what they love. Okay, well maybe you won’t love it all but learn to respect and support their interests. You want them to play football but all they talk about it chess club, let them join the chess club and learn to play yourself. If there is a chess event, attend it with them. Your child won’t be that ideal you had in your head the day they were born. You probably are not raising a professional football player (dad’s, I am talking to you) but if you show that constant SUPPORT towards their passions in life, they will grow into an even better person that you imagined. I believe that 100%.
  • One on one time goes a long way! If you have more than one child, this is a crucial thing you have to do to create that strong bond we all want. Give each child at least one hour every week of your undivided attention. By the way, put down your cell phone during these times! Here are some ideas:
    • Have a “date night” with your child. Let them pick a restaurant and have a meal together to talk and catch up. This does not have to be fancy. My son picked McDonalds for years and it was perfect. Ask them all about school and their friends. See if they need anything. Is there an event at school coming soon that they want to attend? A new sport they want to try? Do they need some new clothes? Give them the opportunity to talk to you one on one about anything and everything. This can include big important discussions like drug awareness or something little like what type of socks they need replaced. The goal is to make sure they know that this time is to talk about anything on their mind, big or small, and to ensure all their needs are being met.
    • Play a sport that they love. My son and husband both love golfing and is the perfect activity for them to get time together. Shoot some hoops at the park, play catch or kick a soccer ball. You can get some exercise in, have a little talk and come home chatting away about the friendly competition.
    • Go to the movie theater and let them pick the movie. Grab lot’s of snacks and enjoy just being next to each other. I like movie time because they get to choose a movie that they are interested in and there is always a good talk in the car afterwards about how awesome the movie was and why they liked it. This is important. You are learning about your child’s interests and what makes them laugh or have emotions towards.
    • Take them to the zoo, museum, amusement park, or aquarium. Somewhere that they have interest  in to walk around just the two of you! They love to point out certain things that catch their attention or share something that perhaps they learned in school recently that is relevant. This time is great because nobody is competing for your attention. You are there and completely focused on them.
    • Walk the dog around the neighborhood together. These one on one times don’t have to cost you a dime. Take a long walk together to talk and joke with each other.
  • Take time daily to talk. Ask how there day was when you pick them up from school or sit next to them as they are completing their homework to see if they need help with anything. Just a couple minutes every day to say hi and see what’s on their mind. Typically, it is a generic response of “fine” but sometimes there is something important on their mind that they want to discuss like a classmate that isn’t being very nice or a frustration they are having. I also like to sit down together as a family during dinner and everyone talks about their day for a moment. Ask everyone in the family what the best part of their day was. This gives your child the opportunity everyday to have “the floor” so to speak to voice their opinion.
  • Allow your child have their own opinion. Let them voice their opinions. Hear them out. Assure that you acknowledge what they are saying. You don’t have to agree with them. Hear out why your toddler needs to eat this entire bag of candy before bed. Hear out your teenager on why they believe they can stay out all night. Then, tell them why it is a big NO. The important part is hearing their opinion and reasoning, and acknowledging their thoughts on the topic. Sometimes, their opinions are good and you can agree. Sometimes, it is ridiculous. Either way, you are teaching them how to have a healthy conversation on a topic where both sides don’t agree (we could use more adults in the world with this skill).

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

Secrets To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

I gave you some of my best tips to build a stronger bond. My tips take patience, time and consistency. Now time for some of my secrets!

  • Share inside jokes with your children. Inside jokes aren’t just for the older kids either. Pay attention to what your kids are laughing about. Maybe everyone was dying laughing during a certain part of a movie. Take a home a quote from the movie and put it on repeat.
  • Be silly with your children. Build a blanket fort with them or play dress up. I don’t care if my child is 16 years old, we are totally building blanket forts! Why? Because it’s silly and fun. Learn to laugh with your children. Don’t always be on the outside observing; get in there and play, laugh, and bond.
  • Prank each other. Go all Ashton Kutcher on your kids and Punk them. Nerf gun wars are frequent in this household. Get into teams and turn the house into a war zone. My two year old even participates. Team up with the kids to get dad as he walks in the door from work even. This is 10 minutes out of your day and the kids are dying laughing and everyone has a moment of fun. We all like to scare each other too.  If I hear little feet coming my direction, I hide behind something and jump out when they are near. The kids always get me back! Just keep your pranks family friendly and safe!

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

Raising children is a hard job. Building a strong bond with your children doesn’t come without a lot of effort. I believe that you, the parent,  has to be the dictator in the household. Ultimately, you make the choices and guide your children to become a productive adult. Your children also need to have fun and express themselves. I want a bond with my children that will last forever. I want them to be happy adults by finding what it is that truly makes them happy in life. How do you play dictator and best friend as a parent? Find a balance! Set aside time for your children to speak their minds, give them one on one time, allow them find what they are passionate about in life but also stay strict.

These tips start from day one of your child’s life and continue throughout the teen years. Start today if you haven’t already and watch your relationship with your children blossom!

Share your best tips for building a stronger bond with your children in the comments below to share with the Leggings ‘N’ Lattes community!

Thank you JCS Modern Day Photography for your wonderful photography! 

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

Potty Train Your Two Year Old

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Potty Train Your Two Year Old

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We have officially made it to the potty training stage and it is slightly terrifying but exciting at the same time! My little girl is quickly becoming a big kid. I have tips for my fellow mother’s out there today on how to potty train your two year old. Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® is my biggest tool for making potty training a success! I am sharing with you signs that your child is ready to potty train, supplies needed and some tips and tricks to accomplish this big milestone in your little ones life.

Okay mamas! Let’s potty train your two year old.


Is Your Child Ready?

To begin, you need to determine if your child is ready to potty train. Most preschools will require your child to be completely potty trained before attending so I believe the sooner you can potty train, the better. Plus, kids learn quickly! At age of two, I believe most kids are ready to use the potty. Here are some signs that your child is ready:

  • You child wakes up dry consistently from naps and goes long periods through the day staying dry.
  • Your child acknowledges that they are going potty or need to go. Caitlin and myself have some awkward eye contact moments when she is going potty in her diaper and says “poo poo” while pointing at it.
  • Your child has an interest in the toilet and what happens while you are in bathroom. They learn from observation. Yes, having them tail you into bathroom while you go tinkle is a good thing. I do look forward to the day I can pee in peace though!
  • Your child may even want to go hide while going potty for privacy.



Yay! Your child is ready for the potty training phase so what now?

I explored my local Sam’s Club to find the supplies needed. You will need the right equipment and supplies to make potty training a success and it all starts with Pull-Ups! Sam’s Club is a great place to pick up Pull-Ups in large packs with really fun designs within the Diaper and Potty Training Supply aisle. Caitlin wanted the pink box and letting your child help pick out supplies will aid you in the potty training process.  Sam’s Club also offers their members online shopping, free pick up, and cash back for Plus Memberships. As a mom, I can tell you Sam’s Club is a necessity!


What you Need to Potty Train Your Two Year Old

  1. Pull-Ups. They wear like underwear to easily pull on and off with easy open sides for quick changes when needed. Plus, the Pull-Ups fade when wet to help your little one learn quicker.
  2. Child’s toilet seat. There are a lot of options. Some are on the floor and some cover your toilet like what I have shown here.
  3. Stepping stool for the regular potty. A stepping stool is also useful for hand washing in the sink.
  4. Flushable wipes to make wiping as comfortable as possible.
  5. Stickers. Never underestimate the power of a sticker! Give your child a fun sticker every time they successfully use the potty.
  6. Patience. Potty training takes time so be patient and consistent. Don’t get mad or upset. DO use words of encouragement, high fives and clapping.


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(Patience is not available online or in store. Yoga or meditation are recommended.)


Tips and Tricks

There are so many different tactics for potty training! Through potty training two children, I have found what works for us! I have just a few tips and tricks to potty train your two year old.

  • Start potty training on a week that is not crazy busy because the first few days will be time consuming and consistency is very important.
  • Start potty training in close intervals. Every 10 minutes, have your little one go to the potty to begin. This is a lot of work but when they begin to potty on the toilet, move out those intervals to 20 minutes, then 30 minutes and so on until your child is voluntarily going to the bathroom when they need to.
  • Have a plan! Decide on your potty training tactics before the process begins to avoid confusion.
  • Let your child go without pants around the house. Just use the Pull-Ups because an extra layer of clothes can be frustrating for you and your child. Remember that your child is still learning how to put on and take off their own clothes so make it as easy as possible.
  • Positive reinforcement is huge! “Yay, you went potty! You are such a big girl/boy!” Words of encouragement will make the potty training experience fun for everyone. The stickers also help with the positive reinforcement. Let your child know how proud you are of them when they use the potty!
  • Go long lengths sitting on the toilet until your child goes potty. During the time, you can do activities like reading a book, practicing ABC’s, or playing with a small toy.

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For the mother’s out there with a child in the potty training phase or have smoothly hit this milestone:

Make sure to share your best tips and tricks in the comments below!

Kid Style : Dot Dot Smile Dress

Kid Style : Dot Dot Smile Dress

Kid Style : Dot Dot Smile Dress

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Dot Dot Smile is a new line for kids clothing and we are super excited. They offer beautiful dresses are rompers that are flowing and comfortable. There are solid colors are fun designs like this one shown in a sort of water color print with lots of vibrant color. Add a cute pink bow in the hair and some simple sandals and your little one is set! Ignore the crazy bed head. This girl always has some curly, uncooperative hair that is going through somewhat of an awkward stage. I know some of you understand that one.

Caitlin is 2 years old and wearing the Classic Cap Dress in a size 2. Typically, she wears a size 3 but the 2 fits perfectly. If your child is in between sizes, I recommend going into the smaller size for great fit. The dress can be used for years, think about how could this would be as a tunic later on with fun bright pink leggings underneath!

To find out more about Dot Dot Smile and see the inventory, follow Jen on social media!

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Where do I see this Dot Dot Smile dress worn? Anywhere! Going to the Zoo, walking around the neighborhood, as a daily play dress or a nice dinner out. The Dot Dot Smile dresses are very versatile and with how comfortable the material is, there won’t be any complaining that the child is uncomfortable or pulling on the dress. My daughter always yanks on her dresses, especially ones with tutus like “get this off of me”. However, Caitlin was really comfortable wearing this dress all day. There is also a ballerina cut dress that is super adorable! Check it out for sure.


How to Survive Your Kids Summer Vacation {+ Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Recipe}

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How to Survive Your Kids Summer Vacation

{+ Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Recipe}

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My kids are officially on summer vacation and after 2 weeks spent in Orlando, we are back in the real world. Two kids against one stressed out and tired mommy. Moms, I don’t want you curled up on your closet floor in the dark to escape the chaos. The countdown to the first day of school has begun but I have tips for you today on how to survive your kids summer vacation!

Needless to say, my #1 tip is coffee! I found a fantastic new product available at Walmart from Starbucks® called Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew pitcher packs and I have a great recipe for a Coconut Cold Brew Coffee that you can easily make at home.

Visit Walmart online for summer cold brew recipe ideas and more! Click HERE.

How to Survive Your Kids Summer Vacation

  1. Create a sippable moment daily. What does this mean? Take a moment for to pour yourself a Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew and sip your coffee in peace. Even if you can only make 5 minutes a day for yourself. Get up a few minutes early if you have to so you can just sit on porch and drink your coffee before the hectic day offically begins. Maybe your kids still take naps and you can get your sippable moment during naptime. P.S. I am sincerely jealous if your children take naps!
  2. Keep your kids busy with activities. Activities don’t have to be expensive or grand. Here are a few ideas to fill in those Summer days:
    • Parks, lakes, creeks, nature trails or anything outdoors. Find an outdoor space where the kids can run around and explore the outdoors. We like to go to the creek to catch frogs and get messy.
    • Zoo or Aquarium. Get a membership to at least one and make sure to get a schedule of events. Many Zoos host member events like outdoor concerts.
    • The movies. Cool off in air conditioning and let the kids pick a movie at the theater. My local theater has a free movie played every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Check your local theaters to see what events are taking place.
    • Amusement Parks. I understand not everyone lives near an Amusement Park but if you do, it is worth the annual fees to spend a few hours during the week riding roller coasters and running around.
    • Museums. History, Aviation, Art, Science… the possibilities are endless. Museums are great because most are air conditioned and it is educational. If you are on a tight budget, many museums offer free days so check your local museums to see what they offer.
    • Let the kids create a piece of artwork on your driveway with chalk.
    • The pool. What kid does not love the pool? Sunscreen everyone up and head out to the neighborhood pool. Bonus is that swimming is tiring! Pool day equals daytime naptime. Fingers crossed.
    • Arts and craft projects. Go to your local hobby store. Let the kids pick out some crafts to do over the summer.
    • Let the kids build a fort inside the house with blankets.
    • Walk or ride bikes around the neighborhood.
  3. Take time for yourself weekly. Get a babysitter so you can relax at the spa with a pedicure, grab dinner with a friend, browse the mall, or whatever you enjoy doing to take at least an hour every week without the kids to recharge. Sometimes even just having the husband take care of the kids while I go grocery shopping with a coffee in hand seems like a mini vacation. You deserve at least an hour every single week to clear your head with a little bit of quiet time.
  4. Schedule your life. During the school year, we are on a tight schedule. Kids actually respond very well to a set schedule. Continue to wake everyone up by a certain time, eat breakfast together, have bath time at a set time, read every night before bed and so on. Create a schedule that works for your family and stick to it. I have found it helps to also schedule  the daily activities so Monday is craft day, Tuesday is spent at the pool, Wednesday is movies, Thursday is outdoor fun and Friday the kids spend half a day at the babysitter so I can unwind. You can only hear, “what are we doing today?” so many times before you want to rip your hair out. Just being honest. Write the schedule down weekly on a big board where everyone can see it. You will still hear “what are we doing today?” at least 5 times a day still but it is better than 40 times.

Coconut Cold Brew

Let’s get back to what’s really important : COFFEE.

I am making a delicious Coconut Cold Brew with Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew. Keep an eye out for these pitcher packs at your local Walmart so you can make some fantastic cold brew at home.

You will find Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew on the coffee aisle in a simple brown box. Inside will be a foil packet with 2 pitcher packets. Drop both the packets into 4 cups of water, let steep for 24 hours, add in another 3 cups of water and pour over ice with our homemade coconut creamer. Don’t forget to remove the pitcher packs. Easy peasy. Now, time to find your sippable moment and seize the summer!

The coconut creamer is really simple to make. Make a batch when you make your cold brew pitcher and you will have Coconut Cold Brew ready for the week. In a sealable container, add one can of coconut milk, 4 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Give a good mix and set into fridge to use as needed. Shake well before each use. You may also add a pinch of sugar if you like your coffee extra sweet.

Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

Recipe Type: Drinks

Author: Amber

Serves: 6


  • Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew pitcher pack
  • toasted coconut to garnish
  • 13 ounce can coconut milk, unsweetened (sweetened would work as well)
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • sugar (optional)


  1. Brew your Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew pitcher packs : In a pitcher, add 4 cups water, open one foil pouch, drop in both pitcher packs, cover, set in fridge for 24 hours. Remove pitcher packs. Add 3 cups cold water after 24 hour steep time.
  2. Mix the coconut creamer. In a container, add one can coconut milk, 4 tablespoons honey and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Mix well.
  3. Garnish a glass with toasted coconut. I used a little bit of honey of the rim and dipped it in the coconut.
  4. Add ice, Fill 3/4 full of Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew, top with desired amount of coconut creamer. You can add a pinch of sugar if you like it sweet.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Find your sippable moment!


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How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

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How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

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Summertime has arrived and family fun time is on the agenda! Friday nights have been designated as our family movie night for many years. It is my way to bring the family together to bond and well…. have everyone in the same room for a moment of time. Moms, I know you understand that one.  During the summer, it is so easy to take the movie outside and lounge with snacks and watch a fun movie on a big screen. We are hosting an awesome outdoor movie night and I am sharing with you 11 tips of movie night success beginning with the snacks. We aren’t just grabbing any snack though. OREO Sandwich Cookies is what I love to buy for my family to take movie night to the next level.

#EnterTheWonderVault ,#CollectiveBias , AD , outdoor movie night, family night I found some amazing OREO Sandwich Cookie flavors at my local Kroger store. OREO Wonder Vault flavors include Red Velvet, Birthday Cake, Cinnamon Bun and Salted Caramel. Visit the Wonder Vault page to find out more!

Don’t forget about the MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bars that I found while in the check out line! Find your local Kroger/Kroger Family of Stores to get your OREO sandwich cookies.

Click HERE to locate your favorite wonder vault flavors from Kroger and make sure to use the following BOGO offer:

Buy one Wonder Vault flavor OREO and get a free MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bar at Kroger grocers (offer valid 6/14 – 6/20).

Find out more about OREO Sandwich Cookies and MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bars on their social media.

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Hey moms! Don’t miss out on the OREO Wonder Vault and MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bar store demonstration live at participating Kroger grocers 6/15-6/18. The in-store Kroger demos will provide Kroger-exclusive recipes, fun facts about the history of OREO, information on Wonder Vault OREO flavors and the new MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bar, plus more!

#EnterTheWonderVault ,#CollectiveBias , AD , outdoor movie night, family night How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

Whether you are having a family night or a neighborhood get together, I have 11 tips on how to host an awesome outdoor movie night! Outdoor projectors and screens can get expensive. Keep in mind that your family does not care if you spent $50 or $2,000 on your outdoor movie night. You can make this night affordable and memorable no matter your budget. It is all about he little things in life, is it not? Family outdoor movie nights is an activity that your children will remember forever. That what this motherhood stuff is all about! Here are a few tips to help your family create those great memories:

  1. Pick up OREO Sandwich Cookies in your favorite wonder vault flavor. Last year I found the OREO Red Velvet and they are heavenly! I have been keeping an eye out for them every since. The crème filling in the center reminds me of the cream cheese frosting on my favorite red velvet cupcakes. OREO Salted Caramel may be on the way to beating out my favorite Red Velvet though!
  2. Grab some MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bars because let’s be honest, what is movie night without a candy bar involved? Since MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bars are new, you may be wondering what they taste like. You get crunchy bits of OREO, a delicious crème filling and rich MILKA Chocolate Candy. MILKA is one of Europe’s leading chocolate brands, made with milk from the European Alps. You love OREO Sandwich Cookies and love good chocolate (who doesn’t)? I just found your new favorite candy bar. I was really impressed with how crunchy the OREO bits were inside the filling. Amazing!
  3. Get the popcorn popping. I realize my top 3 tips of movie night success involve food. I’m a foodie… clearly. #EnterTheWonderVault ,#CollectiveBias , AD , outdoor movie night, family night
  4. Find a projector. If you don’t already own a projector, I recommend looking for a projector with a LED lamp for a longer life. Longer life equals more outdoor movie nights and the kids will want more! Also, consider what you will be connecting the projector to. Your phone, laptop, or something else? Make sure the projector will connect to the device you will be using before making the purchase. I went with a projector that was super affordable, 1080p resolution, LED, capability to connect with multiple devices and recommended for outdoor use.
  5. You need a white screen. There are many types of screens in all different dimensions you can purchase to fit your needs. You will want to look at what your projector recommends as a screen size to avoid a blurry picture. Don’t feel like you have to spend tons of money either! You can make one for free. We used a white sheet that we already owned for our screen today. The trick is to make sure your sheet is clean and pulled as tight as possible. Place the screen anywhere that is convenient. On the back of your house, in the middle of the yard, draped from the deck or whatever you can think of.
  6. Set up a cart or table with snacks and drinks. Yes, I’m talking about food again. It is a very important subject. I have a 3 tier cart that held water bottles at the bottom with ice, fun bags of popcorn in the middle and more snacks at top. Grab some small snack cups to help keep serving sizes in check. Two OREO Sandwich Cookies fit perfectly into one of these snack cups. #EnterTheWonderVault ,#CollectiveBias , AD , outdoor movie night, family night
  7. Find comfy seating for everyone.  We brought down the patio furniture to the fire pit area so we had cushions, pillows and a level surface for the furniture. You can use lounge chairs, sleeping bags, blankets or whatever you have on hand. Invite the neighbors over too and tell them to bring their own chairs for a fun night with friends.
  8. Find speakers that connect with your projector or device being used. You need good sound but be cautious of any neighbors that may not be happy with the noise outside. You want good speakers but not THAT good. Be courteous and neighborly.
  9. Make sure to keep the bugs away! Use bug spray or citronella candles because mosquitos aren’t invited to this movie night. #EnterTheWonderVault ,#CollectiveBias , AD , outdoor movie night, family night
  10. Pick the perfect movie. More vivid and colorful movies will appear on the projector screen better than others. Find a movie that has bright colors and fun for the family. Also, consider that the movie is outside where neighbors may hear pieces of the movie so keep it family friendly and appropriate for all ages.
  11. The projector will work better the darker it is. Turn off any outdoor lights and wait until dark to hit play. Although, you can get the party started earlier like we did with setting up the seating, snacks and a double feature. #EnterTheWonderVault ,#CollectiveBias , AD , outdoor movie night, family night You have my tips now for hosting an awesome outdoor movie night! So make your outdoor movie plans for this weekend and have a blast. Don’t forget the OREO Sandwich Cookies to make your life “wonderfilled”!

 Which OREO Sandwich Cookies Wonder Vault flavor will you start with?

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Quiet Time, Poop, and Collage Layouts

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Quiet Time, Poop, and Collage Layouts

The push from lunch to quiet time often feels like the last leg of a tough race or long training run. I just keeping talking myself through the next minute or next task…”ok, just need to keep them from killing each other for the next five minutes…” and “just a few more stairs to climb with this fighting, wiggling toddler under my arm…” and then the big sigh of relief as I cross the finish line…or close the bedroom door.  Click. Sigh.

Then it is my time.  My time to paint or do collage work. The minute I move into my studio space, I can feel the tension flow away and the trials of motherhood vanish.

One day, after a particularly difficult battle to quiet time, I prepared to start laying out collage backgrounds for two big commission pieces. These large pieces take quite a bit of time and concentration and I was excited to have two hours to myself to really get to work.  Oh, silly woman…you’re such a dreamer…..

Twenty minutes after putting Lucas in his room, he erupts in hysterical screams….I quickly and carefully put down the papers I was holding, hoping they wouldn’t shift in my haste, and go to my son’s room to discover he had poop all over his fingers.  Oh boy.  We really haven’t had many issues with poop in our household.  No wall paintings, only one failed attempt at self-changing, very few accidents.  We’ve been fortunate.  Ok, time to go back to mommy mode and get this hysterical child cleaned up and calmed down.  I did what needed done, plopped him on the potty to finish what he started and gave him a car to help him regain composure.  Poop on your fingers is pretty traumatizing.  I would be screaming hysterically too.

Twenty minutes later (he takes a ridiculous amount of time on the toilet), Lucas informs me he is done, so I start thinking to myself that I just might be able to salvage this quiet time and finish some of the work I started.  Huh.  I got Lucas cleaned up and as I was lifting him off the toilet, he drops his hot wheels car into the toilet.  Yep.  The poopy water toilet.  I’m not talking just a log.  It was diarrhea style poop.  At first, I contemplated just trying to flush the stupid thing, but quickly realized that would lead to further disaster.  Lucas is whimpering and whining about his car and I’m just about to lose my lunch as I go in after the car.   I’m actually getting a little queasy retelling this story.  Rescuing Lucas’s car was by far the most disgusting task I’ve ever had to do thus far.  I didn’t puke, but I certainly wasn’t feeling very creative anymore.  Forget collage layouts, forget quiet time…. Momma needs to breathe into a paper bag for a while and then use the rest of quiet time for a scathing hot shower.

Here’s to hoping that tomorrow’s quiet time includes a little more collage time and a little less poop.  Please, Lord.  Please.

-Amelia, Leggings ‘N’ Lattes guest contributor

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More about our Guest Contributor, Amelia:

I grew up in rural, central Pennsylvania amidst pastoral scenes of farms, fields, and forests.  Nature has captured my attention for as long as I can remember.  Visual arts were also a dominant force in my life from an early age.  After graduating with a degree in visual art from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2003, I began to explore how I could use paint to express my love of the natural world.  

My background in printmaking and illustration has heavily influenced the direction of my work.  I work in a combination of paper collage, text and thin layers of acrylic paint. Using a selection of documents, vintage images, handwritten text, and symbols associated with the painted image, I remind the viewer that places and objects have many layers of meaning, memory, and beauty.

My work is displayed throughout the United States in traditional and non-traditional venues and my work can be found in private collections nationwide.  I call Loveland, Colorado home and live with my (amazing) husband and two sons (they are pretty great too).  

To learn more about me and my work, visit and follow me on Facebook and Instagram.


10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

{+ Cupcake Recipe}

My daughter is turning 2 years old and we are throwing a party and sharing 10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party !

#1 ) Have your child pick a theme and colors! We are focusing on Minnie Mouse today because my daughter is literally obsessed with all things Minnie. Where do these obsessions come from? She saw a Minnie Mouse one day in the store and for the past 4 months, everything from shoes, shirts to stuffed animals and toys have to be Minnie Mouse. Minnie Mouse was an obvious theme for this year and so we had to pick colors. Pinks, black, and white were some nice complimentary colors to go with. Pick at least 3 colors. One dark, one light and one bright for contrast and fun. Some great places to go for party supplies are Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby and Target. Amazon is also a great place to search for ideas and grab fun items.

#2 ) Meal plan. I think a lot of people go over board in this department. Kids are pretty simple. Pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers work perfectly. We did some hot dogs on the grill for our guests with ketchup and mustard on the side. Cheap, simple, and all the kids are happy. Don’t feel like you have to feed everyone a big meal either. Maybe just have some snacks spread out and put your money and focus on other areas.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#3 ) Snacks are a must. If you do a meal or not, you need some snacks. Kids get hungry and the adults get bored but everyone can agree on eating. We did some popcorn in cute bags and a plate of watermelon. Popcorn is filling and healthier than other options and it is always nice to offer something fresh so shoot for a fruit or vegetable. Remember to buy some plates, napkins and utensils.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#4 ) Add special touches. I enjoy crafts so I made everything myself but even if you don’t have a crafty bone in your body, there are a lot of great party packs that are ready to go. Once you have a color and theme picked out, just search for what you need. You may end up spending more money doing this, especially if you want Minnie Mouse on everything. The little things go a long way though! I made this Minnie Mouse head below from Styrofoam balls. I spray painted the round Styrofoam and a stick, used toothpicks to assemble and poured some confetti in a vas. Really simple to do but so much fun to make and for our guests to look at.

Also, I had Minnie Mouse cut outs for everything. I used the felt with a sticky back and a cookie cutter in the shape of Mickey to use as my template. A hand drew a little bow as my template for all those.  I made the banner, cups, and popcorn bags with the Minnie Mouse felt cut outs to add a pop of Minnie and  to make the party table cohesive. I also used this cookie cutter for the watermelon cut outs.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#5 ) Let the kids dress up. Invite the kids to dress up as Mickey or Minnie or make your own mouse ears like I did. Having a theme and purpose to the party is important and going beyond that to play dress up adds a memorable experience and prompts bonding between children. You can buy mouse ears but this gets expensive! I found ones for under $2 a piece… these were about 50 cents to make. Big difference when you have 20 kids running around. All you need is cheap head bands, scissors, felt, glue, bobby pins to hold the ears in place until dry, and bows. I got lucky with these bows because they were on clearance so search around for a good priced bow or even make your own.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#6 ) Drinks! Refreshments are always on the party list.  A pink lemonade was a great choice with the theme and colors. We also had a cooler filled with caffeine free sodas and waters. If alcohol is acceptable for the adults, you can let them know to BYOB in the invite. Don’t forget the cups.

#7 ) Never underestimate the power of a balloon. Seriously. Throw a bunch of blown up balloons on the floor and it looks neat, plus the kids have a blast with them. Bonus! They are cheap.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#8 ) Have a craft and activities planned out.  I bought some wooden beads and ribbon so we could all sit in a  circle and do an activity together as a group. Pick at least one group activity. Pin the bow on Minnie would be fun. Cut out and paint a Minnie Mouse and a bunch of bows to see who can come the closest to pinning the bow in the right place, make a necklace or bracelet, paint, color, use stencils, or whatever you can think of. Try and pick an activity that is fun for all ages that will get a lot of participation.

#9 ) Cake! Save money by making your own cupcakes or cupcakes. Cupcakes are a lot easier to bake and decorate so I made these cute Minnie Mouse Cupcakes for the party. All you need is a box of chocolate or vanilla cake mix, mini Oreos, butter, vanilla extract, milk, confectioners sugar, eggs, cupcake liners, instant pudding, pink chocolate melts and a chocolate bow mold.

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Minnie Mouse Cupcakes
Super simple Minnie Mouse Cupcakes for birthday celebrations!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 1 box chocolate or vanilla cake mix
  • 1 box chocolate or vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk, + 2 tablespoons for frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • .5 pound pink chocolate melts
  • bag of mini Oreos
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. You need a hand or stand mixer, muffin pan, cupcake liners, chocolate bow mold, measuring cups, mixing bowls and a glass bowl for chocolate, frosting tip and bag.
  3. Place cupcake liners into muffin pan.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add box of cake mix, 1 cup milk, .5 cup room temperature butter, and 4 eggs.
  5. Use your hand or stand mix to blend well.
  6. Pour mix into the cupcake liners filling ¾ full.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool.
  9. Make the chocolate bows. In a small glass bowl, microwave chocolate according to package directions. This should take about 1 minute. Stir well and use a spoon to fill each mold. Let the chocolate set before removing and repeat until you have enough bows.
  10. Begin your frosting. In a large bowl, add .5 cup of room temperature butter and mix until smooth. Add the 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla extract and half the confectioners sugar. Mix well and add the remaining confectioners sugar until blended completely.
  11. Place the frosting into the pastry bag with a large tip. Frost each cupcake.
  12. Set 2 mini Oreos on each cupcake with a chocolate bow in the center.


Minnie Mouse Birthday Party#10 ) Lay out all your plans in the invitation. Let your guests know what to wear, what foods you will be serving, that there will be crafts, and of course put the time and date. Also, have a phone number and email for RSVP. If you know who is coming, you can save money across the board by not buying too much!

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