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Here we are, at the end of another month! I hope it was a good one for you!
The end of the month is always a great time at The Merry Momma because it means it’s time for me to share my Fabulous Finds from the month!
This month, you’ll find more great parenting advice, practical ways to make the most of your time with your kids, ways to declutter in mere minutes, and a delicious real food recipe. Plus learn about a few of my favorite products I discovered this month.
It’s time for March’s Fabulous Finds!
March Fabulous Finds
8 Ways to Teach Children Good Behavior | One Determined Life
I am right in the thick of the “Training Two’s” (I first heard my friend Denise from deniserenae.com use this term, and I love it!), so I need anything that’s going to help me teach good behavior. This post from One Determined Life contains some great ideas for teaching good behavior at any age. I’ve been using #5 a lot lately to teach “Please” and “Thank you,” and it has worked very well!
Related Post: Why Do I Discipline? A Hard Look at My Motives
How “Mean” Parents Raise Grateful Kids: 5 Things to STOP Doing | How Does She?
One character trait that I deeply desire to nurture in my children is gratitude. I see so many entitled kids (and adults!) these days, and I want to do everything I can to keep that spirit of entitlement out of my kids. I enjoyed this post from How Does She? about how to be “mean” (spoiler alert: you’re not actually mean!) in order to raise grateful children. #4 was a little convicting for me! *Gulp!*
If you’re interested in learning more about raising un-entitled kids, I highly recommend the book Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World. It challenged me, personally, and caused me to reconsider a few things I thought I had to do to be a good mom. An excellent read!
32 Ways to Savor Your Children While You Have Them | The Life On Purpose Movement
With a blog name like that, how could you not like this one? If you’ve read The Merry Momma long, you know I’m all about savoring the season and finding joy in the everyday life of being a mom. This post presents 32 fabulous ways to do that! Some of them are oldies-but-goodies, such as watching them sleep or making more eye contact, but there are some really creative ones in there, too! I never would have thought to do #15!
Related Post: 5 Ways to Be More in the Moment
Tips to Declutter When You’re Short on Time | Simple Lionheart Life
I was a giant slob as a kid, but as an adult I’m learning that I actually really hate clutter. It makes me feel chaotic and anxious, and it’s hard to maintain a clean home when you have too much stuff! But decluttering feels like a monumental task sometimes, and it often seems to get pushed further and further back on my to-do list. This post from Simple Lionheart Life showed me that it doesn’t have to be an all-at-once kind of job, but rather a continual process. Decluttering in this way only requires minutes (or even seconds!) here and there as opposed to hours in one big chunk. These are seriously fantastic ideas, and I have already started implementing a few!
By the way, one of my favorite books about keeping a tidy home is The House That Cleans Itself, by Mindy Starns Clark. If housekeeping is a struggle for you, this is the book for you!
The Best Pulled Pork in a Crockpot! | 100 Days of Real Food
A Fabulous Finds list wouldn’t be complete without a yummy recipe! 🙂 As I mentioned last month, I recently began a journey to cut out processed food and refined products and reduce our sugar intake … aka eat “real” food. The blog 100 Days of Real Food has been a lifesaver as I figure out how to cook in this new way. One of our favorite discoveries this month was her pulled pork recipe, which has no barbecue sauce or ketchup. My husband was skeptical (he loves his BBQ!), but it was a HUGE hit! He didn’t miss the barbecue sauce one teensy bit!
The recipe is for the slow cooker, but I used my Instant Pot since I love it so much. (Read about my love affair with this handy tool. I promise, it’ll be your new favorite appliance!) It was sooooo tender and juicy. However, if you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, I’m sure the slow cooker version is great, too!
My Favorite Things in March
My little guy, Andrew, is a SERIOUS drooler. One day at daycare he went through three bibs! I tried putting bibs on him at home, but they either didn’t fit right, they never stayed in place, or they bothered him. Then I found these bibs from U.S. Bilby, and we love them! They’re just the right size and shape, they’re adjustable, and they’re 100% organic cotton, so they’re gentle on his eczema-prone face. Perfect! They come in a pack of four, and I’m thinking about getting another set. I can’t always get them washed in time, and I’m lost without them!
My mom has some kinetic sand at her house for when the grandkids come over, and Aidan loves it! It keeps him well entertained for quite a while. He plays with it right in the large plastic container she stores it in (genius tip!) and gives him measuring cups, spoons, and straws to play with. He has a blast building, creating, digging, and squishing, and it doesn’t stick or make a mess like real sand. He loves it so much I’ve been thinking about getting some for home … but then again, maybe I should let it be a special treat for Grandma’s house. 🙂
I was in the market for a new muffin pan, and I had heard good things about the silicone ones, so I thought I’d give one a try. I love it! It’s non-stick, so I don’t need any liners, spray, or grease, and it is SUPER easy to clean. And in this season of my life, I’m all about super easy to clean! 😉 It’s dishwasher safe, and because it’s silicone, I can bend it to fit better around my dishes, allowing me to fit more dishes in a load. One tip, though – I would recommend putting a cookie sheet of some kind underneath when you put it in the oven. Otherwise it’s a little tricky to put it in and take it back out.
My new favorite snack/treat
Here’s a new little snack I’m loving these days: a small bowl of raw cashews, raw pecans, a few dark chocolate chips, and dried pitted date pieces. The combination is so yummy, and it’s all real food!
Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley
I’m only a few chapters into this book, but it’s already had me tears (in a good way)! It tells the story of a mom and business owner (she’s the genius behind the Simplified Planner) who realized that she couldn’t do it all anymore. Through the book, she teaches women how to simplify and organize their lives to make space for what matters most. It’s too soon to say for sure, but this might end up being one of my favorite books.
There you have it – helpful parenting advice we all could use, ways to savor our children, tips to declutter no matter how busy you are, and a super scrumptious real food recipe! Plus a few of my favorite things this month! It’s been a great round of Fabulous Finds, don’t you think?
What were your favorites? Share with us below!
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