Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday Shopping…

Whether you love or hate it, its there.

As a child, Black Friday shopping never even entered my mind. Our home was always buzzing with activity. My mother comes from a blended family. She is one of fourteen children. My father is the youngest of four. My parents hosted Thanksgiving every year until I started college.

As my cousins and I got older, the number of people attending Thanksgiving at our house became less and less. Now it’s just my sister, parents, my husband and I, our daughter, and a few uncles. We have a great time! But there is more down time now, then before.

So, on one Thanksgiving several years ago, I talked my mom and sister into going Black Friday Shopping for the first time ever. Of course this was back when it actually began on Friday. My mom thought I was crazy and frankly so did I.

We. Were. Hooked.

Every year since then we have gone out for Black Friday. We don’t stand in those crazy lines and bum rush a store the second it opens. Instead, we comb through the ads in the newspaper after dinner. Choosing to hunt for the items most practical. Leaving the house as most stores are opening to ensure there is no line once we arrive.

Now, with Black Friday starting on Thursday we still wait until after dinner to look at the ads. We don’t go out until several hours after the stores have opened.

Until this year…

I made the mistake of looking at the Toys R’ US ad ahead of time. Let’s just say, my husband and I ended up standing in line. It wasn’t terrible. We stood in a small line for maybe 20 minutes. The store was busy, but calm. We were in and out in about 15 minutes, train table in hand…

Did you go Black Friday Shopping this year? What were your must haves?

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Recipe Failure

It’s no secret that I enjoy creating new and delicious recipes for my toddler. Inspiration seems to be everywhere, as my newsfeed explodes with short video clips of tasty foods. We even enjoyed a few amazing dinners from those videos. So, when I saw a breakfast recipe which appeared to be easy, quick, and appetizing – I knew I had to give it a try.

Recipe Failure…

The recipe had ingredients my daughter loves – toast and cheese. Eggs were also a main ingredient. Like any toddler, sometimes she loves them and sometimes not. So, I began changing a few things. Here is where I began my first recipe failure in a VERY long time.


  • Use a spoon to indent the center of bread
  • Crack and drop an egg in the center
  • CHANGE: My daughter is big on texture. If I cut into a piece of toast and orange oozed out, she wouldn’t try it. So I scrambled the egg…
  • Buttered the edges of the bread and placed shredded cheese over the butter
  • The egg soaked through the bread like french toast
  • Had a little egg left over, so I dumped it on the bread and placed it in the oven immediately
  • Cook at 400 F for 15 minutes


This recipe inspired me to try the same thing with other ingredients my daughter loves! Also a recipes failure…


  • Use a spoon to indent the center of bread
  • Place cut up strawberries in the center
  • Pour pancake batter on top
  • Sprinkle sugar around the edges
  • Cook at 400 F for 15 minutes


The eggs were overcooked and the pancake was undercooked! Needless to say – I tossed them out and made a typical pancake for my girl! While my adventures in the kitchen aren’t always successfully, they do create some great memories.


What was you latest kitchen catastrophe?

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6 Tips For Having A Successful Restaurant Experience With Kids

Remember the days when you and the hubby would go out to eat, as a couple? Yeah, me either! It’s true – once you have kids, you often forget about your life before them. I think its called, lack of sleep… Regardless of the reason, one thing is certain – going out any where is harder, much less a restaurant.

Do you know the saying; “there is that ONE child in every family.” In my family, that child is my younger sister. She is the reason my parents stopped taking us to restaurants for a few years. My sister was the wild child! Of course now my mother laughs as she recalls those memories of my sister trying to crawl under the table, standing up in order to get the attention of the people in the next booth, and requesting to use the restroom a million times. Although, at the time it was neither fun or exciting for my parents.

Many parents would probably use the words stressful and unpredictable to describe taking their strong willed child to a restaurant. At least, these are some words my husband and I would have initially used to describe taking our daughter to a restaurant. Through my experience, I have come up with my top 6 tips for having a successful restaurant experience with children:

  1. Plan Accordingly

Try heading to a restaurant while your kids are in the best possible mood. For us, this means shortly after naptime. She has a small snack and a cup of milk and then we head out. Thus, ensuring she will still have an appetite once we arrive, but not cranky with hunger.

  1. Call Ahead

If you are going to a place with Call Ahead Seating – USE IT! I cannot stress this enough! We try to beat the rush, but there are times when this isn’t possible. So, Call Ahead Seating is the perfect solution to ensure little to no wait time. If you have ever tried to contain a toddler in a small space, then you will understand the magic of Call Ahead Seating.

  1. Bring Snacks

Expect the unexpected. One evening we decided to go for pizza. We planned accordingly – shortly after her nap we gave her a snack, milk, and packed a bag of activities. Even though we arrived early, there was already a wait. After an unusually long wait time we were seated – only to be told by our server that the kitchen was back up and it would be an additional 45 minutes from the time we ordered our food. By this point we had no other choice but to stay put. Thank God I packed a bag of extra snacks as a last resort.

  1. Order Their Meal Immediately

I always check the kid’s menu online before heading to the restaurant. Before the waitress can even get our drink order, I order her meal. The last thing I want is a meltdown in the middle of a restaurant because there was a mishap in the kitchen. I also don’t want my food getting cold because I am busy breaking up her meal and trying to cool it off while she impatiently wants to shove it all in her mouth. So having her meal arrive first, ensures everyone the opportunity to enjoy their food.

  1. Bring Activities

In the beginning we brought teething toys, the iPad, and iPod. I know some families frown upon using technology at the dinner table and I get it. The dinner table is the center of family conversation and I firmly believe this. Unlike eating at home, sometimes there is a long wait before the food is brought out. This can leave a small child sitting for much longer than usually. Plus, in early stages such as these, they typically can’t hold crayons. If they are, its probably because they are trying to eat it. But as they get older, crayons and stickers become all the rage. So we now leave the technology hidden away at home.

  1. Use A Highchair


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