The Story Of Three: March 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

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Life as a single parent is crazy busy and kind of feels like a roller coaster most of the time. I love the time with my children but I also enjoy what little alone time I get. Single parent life has turned me into a multi-tasking ninja, there is always something to be done whether it's cleaning goldfish crumbs out of my truck or staying up late and tackling the never ending laundry. When I'm not cleaning, shopping, meal-planning or chasing my two children, you'll find me blogging or working on my finances. Part of being an adult and a parent is budgeting, I learned early on how to budget but after I became a parent is when I realized how important it really was to budget and stretch every single dollar where I could.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sweetos Snacks are back for Easter!

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Can you believe it's almost Easter? How are you celebrating? Better yet, what are you filling up Easter baskets with this year? The Cheetos brand, the masters of cheese is making Easter just a little sweeter this year by bringing back everyone's favorite Cheetos Sweetos cinnamon sugar snacks! Last year Sweetos snacks took Americans by storm by swapping the signature Cheetos cheese flavor that we all love for delicious, cinnamon-sugar puffs for the first time in the U.S in nearly 70 years!

Sweetos snacks are back for Easter and are the perfect alternative to the traditional chocolate and candy treats. Chester Cheetah and Cheetos believe it's time for a change - according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, Americans purchase more than 120 million pounds (that's 60,000 tons!) of candy each Easter!

Monday, March 21, 2016

How To Maximize Closet Space

When we moved back in January, I lost a lot of closet space. So much that I almost cried over it, all of us have small closets, and I miss my huge walk-in closet on a daily basis. However, I quickly learned that I needed to maximize closet space for every single closet in our house and I was going to have to be creative and stick to a budget.

So I searched and searched for ideas on Pinterest, then headed to my favorite store, Target. I had a few ideas but really needed to see some products in person to get a better feel of how I wanted to get started.

First I tossed those big old chunky hangers that we have all owned for years, they take up way too much space, and are always getting broken. I replaced all clothes with Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers from Target. These are the best thing ever, I can't believe I didn't purchase them sooner! They were the biggest overhaul for my closet, I gained a lot more space on my racks!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Love Of A Sibling

The bond of a sibling is an amazing bond, one that needs no words to explain.

I grew up with two younger brothers, when they were babies I adored them, tried to "mother" them and take care of them. As we grew older, we just grew closer and closer. I can't even imagine what having a sister would be like because the bond with my brothers is immeasurable and I see the same thing right in front of my eyes on a daily basis with my own two children.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Finding Me Time

I'll be the first to admit it's hard to juggle this single parent thing. Between work, after school therapy sessions, errands, keeping up with house work, this blog, and my never ending to-do list, I have a lot going on - all the time. Everything rests on my shoulders, at the end of the day if I don't do it, it's probably not going to get done.

It's hard to find just me time, don't get me wrong I love my children, they are my world but with my schedule it's very rare that I get alone, quiet or down time. Even after my children are in bed or at school, there is always something that needs to be done. Well last week I decided not only did I need me time, I needed to make time and I needed it now. Not tomorrow, not next month, now.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Spring Time Pretzel Rods

Is there anything better than a sweet and salty snack? I know that's what I'm always in the mood for! Dipped pretzels are a huge favorite in our home and these are so easy to make!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Working Together As A Family

It's a big job being a single parent, on top of normal housework, I do all the cooking, shopping, playing taxi for the kids, etc. We all work together on a daily basis to keep our home clean and running smoothly.

My children don't have a chore chart, they don't have chores - and they never will. I don't bribe my children,  and I don't demand either. From a young age they have watched me clean and pick up after myself and they just slowly followed suite. I may have to kindly remind my daughter or son from time to time, but they know that I expect them to help me around the house.