Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Back to School Tips for Anxious Kids + ChapStick® {GIVEAWAY}

Disclosure: The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. We were given product for review purposes. All opinions are our own.

We've been back to school for almost a month now and we're settling back into the
daily routine that comes with school days. However, if you have a child that is anxious
and struggles with anxiety issues, each day can almost feel like that first day of school with
the worries of what the new day will hold. Changes in the weather, daily schedule,
and other situations can make your anxious child struggle to enjoy going to school each day.

So, I've got a few tips that I've found help ease the anxiety and make school days fun
and exciting instead of stressful and overwhelming..

TIP #1 - Prep as much as you can the night before.

One thing that has helped us immensely is to get as much as we can put together the
night before the school day. This means we pick out clothes, find socks, locate shoes,
sign the planner, fill the water bottle, make sure homework is in the folder and all other
papers are signed and in the backpack so the morning is stress free.
We didn't do this last year and I can really tell the difference it has made.

TIP #2 - Have a visual checklist for your morning 
and evening routines.

There are definite things that need to be done in the morning and in the evening and 
having a visual checklist can help make sure that things get done and nothing is 
forgotten. I know my kids like have the visual checklist and I don't have to be the nag
because I can just say - did you finish the to-do list? And they can self monitor
and make sure that everything is getting done, which makes them feel empowered
and less anxious about accomplishing everything.

TIP #3 - Have a set of school supplies at home for 
homework and projects.

It can be really helpful to have a little pencil pouch or box with all the same school
supplies your kids have at school at home for them to use for homework. I know we've
had a few stressful afternoons when they've needed glue and scissors and we have no
idea where they are at. So, just like I send them to school with colored pencils, scissors,
glue stick, highlighters, and pencils, we also have a set at home for each of them to use.
All of these items stay in the pencil pouch so they are ready to go each afternoon
when it is time to do homework and school projects and there is no scrambling to find
find this or that.

TIP #4 - Pack small comfort items from home in 
their backpacks.

The last thing that has really helped us is to have little things that are important to her
or that help her feel at ease with her at school. One of those things is ChapStick®.
She hates to have dry lips and she worries about keeping them hydrated and smooth while
she's at school. So, we make sure she always has one in her pencil pouch in her desk
and one in a special little pocket in her backpack. That way she always has ChapStick®
with her and doesn't get anxious about it. 

Did you know that you can purchase the many varieties of ChapStick® in their new
online store? Now, you're never more than a click away from smooth and silky lips!
(There is a minimum requirement of 3 items per order to checkout.)

If you love having ChapStick® on hand at all times like we do, then I'm going to make
your day with this fun giveaway! You'll win ChapStick® prize pack that includes 3 packs
of ChapStick® in different varieties all inside the cute ChapStick® lunch box tin 
you see above! Good luck!   

TOO Cute Tuesday: Linky Par-Tay! #304

We're into the swing of fall even though it's 100+ degrees around here
for the next few days. Ugh! But we had a blast at the Irvine Park Railroad
Pumpkin Patch over the weekend and that always signals that fall has arrived, even
if the temperatures would lead us to believe otherwise!
Did you see my recipe yesterday for THE BEST SNICKERDOODLE COOKIES?
You don't want to miss it!

Now onto TOO Cute Tuesday!

What did you make this week that is TOO Cute??
Come link up!

  • Must be made by you.
  • Link up to the specific post - not your main blog.
  • No Etsy shops or giveaways please :)
  • Please post the button or link back here so more people can join in the fun.
  • Visit some of the other participants and leave them some LOVE!
TOO Cute Tuesday will be open Tuesday-Saturday.
On Saturday or Monday I'll highlight some of my favorites
and then we'll start over on Tuesday!

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I changed the linky party so that the most recently uploaded project will show up as number one. This way everyone gets a chance on top. So, look in the first spot for your project, not at the end. Thanks!!!

Monday, September 26, 2016

{RECIPE} The Best Snickerdoodle Cookies You'll Ever Make

When I first got married, all I wanted to do was make the perfect snickerdoodle. They
were JJ's favorite and as a new wife, I wanted to be able to make his favorite cookie
perfectly. Well, that didn't happened. I've always had a knack at baking (just ask anyone
that has had one of my sugar cookies), but I just couldn't master the snickerdoodle.
JJ likes them soft, with a little crisp, but not too much. They either baked totally flat and
too crunchy or puffy and flavorless. I tried recipe after recipe, but nothing worked.
I thought when we moved from the high altitude of Utah to sea level in California that it
would solve all my problems. Nope. So, I gave up. I was resigned to making sugar cookies
and chocolate chip cookies and I let go of the dream of the best snickerdoodle.

Then, one day, I found it. The snickerdoodle recipe that changed my life and made my
husband (and daughter) very happy! I found it in an old church cookbook that had been
given to me as a gift. I don't know what it was that made me try baking one more recipe
after giving up years ago. But, after ten years of trying, I finally had a recipe that baked
up the perfect snickerdoodles every time.

They have the texture my husband loves and they are SO easy. My 7-year-old loves
to help me make them, especially since they are her favorite, and they always turn
out just right, no matter which one of us makes them.


1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

1. Mix first 4 ingredients.
2. Add next 4 ingredients and mix well.
3. Roll dough into walnut sized balls. I used my cookie scoop to get the perfect size
every time and then roll them into balls.
4. Mix together 1/4 cup sugar and 4 tsp. cinnamon and roll the balls in the mixture
to coat the them with cinnamon sugar.
5. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and bake 2 inches apart at 375 degrees
for 8 minutes. Cookies should be puffed and golden around the edges.
6. Remove from the oven and let them sit on the pan until they've fallen a bit,
then transfer to a cooling rack or another piece of parchment paper to cool completely.

There you have it, the recipe that will make sure you bake up perfect snickerdoodles
every time. You're welcome. Be sure to share with those you love and hide them from
the cookie monster in your house because I promise they will go fast!

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe that bakes perfectly every time?
Leave me a comment and let me know where to find it!


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