This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.
Teaching little ones how to start a new after school routine can be one difficult task! If your child is anything like mine, they flourish so well with routines that it can be rather tough to switch things up when the time comes. All you autism, ADD, ADHD mamas definitely know what I’m talking about here! Our kids tend to be stuck in their own ways!
A new school year means new academic goals and a new after-school routine that needs to take place! If your kiddos struggle when it comes to learning a new routine or if time management in general is just not their thing, I have the greatest routine hack of all. Back to School Routine Clock!
All you need to do is sit down with your child and write up an after-school schedule on a blank piece of paper that works for the both of you. My child is still on the younger side, so we include a lot of play into her after-school routine since homework usually doesn’t take too long. When she gets older, that playtime can eventually be swapped for more homework and study time! Then take a cheap wall clock. Have mom or dad take it apart in small pieces and color code the face to match your child’s new after school routine. You can even let you child color away and make their own special Back to School Routine Clock! Make a really big deal out of the clock so they are eager to start using their newest creation. Then put the clock back together & hang it somewhere your child will look often so they follow it daily! I like to place my daughter’s routine clock in the living room since it’s in the center of our home!
Regardless of where our kids are when it comes to routine, I think we can all agree on what activity takes that number one spot on the routine clock, snack time! I swear I can pack the whole kitchen in my daughter’s lunch box just for her to come home starving to death and acting like she hasn’t eaten a thing in days. She’s also the world’s pickiest eater, like most high functioning autistic kiddos. I swear they hate everything, but their beloved chicken nuggets. So that’s why Tyson® Chicken Nuggets are the most convenient and affordable option for all our back to school/back to routine mealtime needs! A whole 2lb bag will literally last my kiddo forever and the price does not hurt the wallet! You can even prep for success and prep these snacks ahead of time in a food storage container to save more time after school. Score!!
I guarantee these protein-packed snacks with crave-worthy flavor will give your kiddo the full belly they need to conquer that after-school routine and hold them over until dinner time. No more “Mom I’m hungry” cries thanks to Tyson! The best part of all? All you Tyson favorites such as Tyson® Any’tizers® Chicken Fries, Tyson Chicken Nuggets, & Tyson® Chicken Strips come from chickens raised with no antibiotics ever!!! I know that gives this mama some peace of mind when it comes to snack time that’s for sure
You can easily find all your Tyson favorites at your local Price Rite Super Market! When you hit up Price Rite Supermarket to do your weekly grocery shopping, just head on over to the freezer section and toss a bag or two into your cart. Your kids will love you for buying them the best after-school snack ever!!!! Heck, you will even love yourself once snack time comes since who doesn’t enjoy stealing a nugget or two from their kids when they aren’t looking?
Does your child have an After-School Routine?
I swear I can’t think about summer without reminiscing past Sesame Place trips!!! I lived in Philly for about a year when I was I kindergarten so Sesame Place was literally my playground. Then you best believe I started to take my daughter once she was old enough to enjoy the park!!! We always have so much fun hanging with Elmo and his pals!!!!
Since a trip down to Philly to chill with Elmo doesn’t look like it will be happening this year. We will be hitting up Disney instead, my daughter and I figured we would make Elmo donuts while thinking about past fun times!!! Enjoy!!!
• Plain Donuts
• Red Frosting
• Large Wilton Candy Eyes (Walmart)
• Butterscotch Candies
Take your plain donut and frost it with red frosting. Don’t worry if you cover the hole. That is where you will place your butterscotch candy later.
Take two large candy eyes and place them on your donut. Then take a butterscotch candy and place it where the donut hole is located to create Elmo’s nose.
Serve & enjoy!!
Just a few more weeks until the 4th of July!!!! Of course Haylie and I had to start getting festive with the Red, White & Blue Crafts!!! Dot painting has always been a favorite activity of Haylie’s. Best way to use my spare corks!!!! So we decided to make American Flags!!! So easy to make!! And totally cute and festive. Enjoy.
• Red Paint
• Blue Paint
• White Paper
• White Sticky Side Foam Stars (Walmart)
• Wine Corks
1. Pour the red and blue paint out onto a plate/palette.
2. Dip one wine cork into the blue paint and create a blue square in the upper right corner.
3. Dip the other wine cork into the red paint and create red flag stripes.
4. Let the flag painting dry for several minutes and then take the sticky stars and stick them to the blue section of the flag.
This post was sponsored by Tobacco Free New York State as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Smoking is one thing I never really understood! I always joke that I live in a bubble world and even cigarettes help prove that. No one really smoked around me growing up. If there happened to be a family member that smoked at a family gathering, you best believe they were told to hide their habit from any child in site. Smoking was so taboo and labeled “bad” “gross” “smelly” even “scummy” that I just assumed only terrible or uneducated people smoked.
My little high school was just the same. Yes people smoked, but apparently the anti smoking classes worked like a charm because the number of smokers was minimal. You didn’t see athletes or scholars puffing away that’s for sure.
And then came college. My freshman year was definitely shocking for many reasons. I was now surrounded by thousands of kids coming from all types of backgrounds & most of these kids didn’t live in the same bubble as I. Smoke-Free campus meant nothing and these people smoking? I would spot athletes, nerds, fashionistas, even teachers puffing away! It was almost like it was a trend. Everyone was doing it.
I have a habit of hating things if everyone else likes them and thankfully smoking cigarettes was no different! Since everyone was doing it, it looked more and more unappealing to me. Unfortunately I’m a rare breed because most kids? If the cool kids say to do something? You best believe their doing it. Even smoking cigarettes.
Talk To Your Kids!!
I am now mom to the most precious little girl in the world!!!!! She is a total people person. Loves to be social. Loves attention. & like most little girls, wants everyone to like her. You best believe the pressure is on to make sure my daughter follows in my smoke-free footsteps! With the average age of a new smoker in New York State being only 13 years old. That’s right 13!!!! & to make matters worse, from 2014-2018 e-cigarette use grew 160% among high school students, this will not be one easy task in today’s society.
My worst nightmare would be for one of the “cool kids” to hand my daughter a cigarette since cigarettes are everywhere!!! Tobacco companies are literally spending billions to put their products in front of our kids in stores. And the more kids see tobacco, the more likely they are to start smoking since it almost becomes the new normal. How scary!!!!!!
Don’t let a friend or even a store display be the first ones to introduce your child to cigarettes! Let this be a conversation your child has with you first! The sooner your child knows what cigarettes are and the consequences of starting this habit, the better!
We can have all the conversations in the world!!!! We can even help our kids come up with all the witty I hate cigarette excuses to tell their classmates, but unfortunately it still might not be enough to beat peer pressure. If you ask me, it’s time we as parents take action and protect our kids from being exposed to tobacco products in stores! The less our kids see tobacco, the better luck we have of them even starting!
Sign the “Seen Enough Tobacco” pledge today to make New York a healthier place to live, work and play!
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Can you believe it?!?! It’s now June, which means Father’s Day is just a few weeks away. I swear I have zero concept of time because it’s crazy to me that it’s June!
Since it was raining here in Western New York all weekend long, my daughter and I did some crafting for a special guy in our life. She might just call him dad!!!
• Yellow Paper Plate
• Letter Stickers
• Blue Construction Paper
Take the blue construction paper and cut two large ribbons.
Glue the two ribbons onto the back of the yellow paper plate.
Turn the plate over. While the glue is drying, take the sticker letters and write out “Best Dad Ever” onto the yellow paper plate.
Time to give dad the cutest Father’s Day gift EVER!!
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.