The Perfect Backpack for Moms!

Diaper bag shopping might be one of the most stressful items you will shop for. You want that perfect bag that will fit everything you need but doesn’t really look like a diaper bag. Believe me I totally get it! My kids are not in diapers anymore, but I wanted a backpack that was stylish and could hold a lot of stuff for when I travel with my 4 and 5-year olds. Here is what I found!

I went to a lot of big box stores, spent hours looking on websites and Pinterest until I found the Chelsea Downtown Chic Diaper Backpack from Skiphop! Let me start by saying this bag is amazing! It was everything I wanted, it was stylish that it wouldn’t look awkward carrying it while I was dressed up and still looks great as I strolled DC and Phoenix! One of the thing I love about this bag was the material it was made out of, it is the perfect material for moms, anything that gets on it just whites right off.  In Arizona my family and I went on a Jeep tour of the Broken Arrow Trail in Sedona, my bag had a lot of red dust all over it and all I had to do was whip it right off.

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The other thing that was really important to me when I was looking at backpacks was that the straps had to be comfortable and didn’t dig into my shoulders when too much stuff was in it. This bag met all my expectations, not once did I have to readjust the bag or take it off to give my back and shoulders a break. The cup holders on the side made it easy for my kids to take the water bottles in and out of the bag themselves without needing my help, MAJOR PLUS!Inside my diaper bag

This bag has a lot of room inside so no matter if you have babies or older kids you will not run out of room for all their stuff. On my flight to Arizona the bag held, 2 Nintendo DS’s, an iPad, 2 kids headphones, my camera, activities to keep my girls busy on our flights, a gallon size bag of snacks, 2 water bottles, my little make up bag, and my wallet. Plus, I still had some room if I needed to put anything else in there! It fit everything I needed without making them have to carry their own bag, which we all know I would have had to carry at some point.

If you are a brand new mom or a mom that will be doing a lot of traveling this coming summer I highly recommend this bag. This bag is perfect for moms of  multiple children and children of different ages, it will fit everything that they both will need. It does come with a changing mat, along with the straps that give you the option to have the bag hook onto a stroller. Skip*Hop did an amazing job designing this bag with moms in mind, they truly made sure that you would not have to buy a different bag at the different stages of child raising! Great job Skip*Hop, I am in love with my bag!

I hope you found this helpful!

– Homefront Housewife

*In no way am I affiliated with Skiphop or the Carters brand. I was not paid for this blog or received this product in exchange for this review. This is simply my own personal review of a product I had purchased and love! 

Pancake Holes

My favorite thing to do on Sunday mornings is make a big breakfast for my girls, pancakes, French toast or even cinnamon rolls are their go to request.

Well just last week I was on FaceTime with a girlfriend who stationed in Japan, she was making breakfast for her son, and of course he is at the age where finger foods are a must. It got me thinking about my girls when they were his age and how I use to make Pancake Holes. Well Sunday morning came and I dug out my little Babycake cakepop maker out. My brother had given me this gift along with the babycake mini donut maker and this really cool popsicle maker at Christmas one year.

Anyways, Sunday morning came, and I knew I had to make these for them, the look on their face when they were done was so adorable! I love when they lit up with excitement!

Since I had lots of messages for the recipe here y’all go! Let me know in the comments on how your kids liked them!

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  • Pancake mix
  • Water
  • Sprinkles
  • Piping bag to put the pancake mix in
  • Syrup
  • Whip-cream
  • Babycake Maker

Seriously y’all this is the easiest thing you will make, plus it makes so many that you can freeze them for later!

1. Make pancake mix via the direction on the box, mine calls for 1 3/4 cups of water for 2 cups of mix

2. Add as the desired amount of sprinkles you want to the mixer. I go a little crazy with mine and then stir until all the clumps are gone.

2. Scoop mixture into a Piping bag or Ziploc bag works just as well and cut the end just enough that some comes out easily.

3. Pipe mixer into the Babycake maker, I fill mine up all the way and then close the lip and wait for the light to come back on to indicate that it is done!

4. Serve and Enjoy!

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I told you it was easy! When you finish cooking all the batter place the desired amount on plate with a side of syrup and you’re done! Your kids will have a blast dunking their pancake-holes into the little bowl of syrup and/or whipped cream! Let me know how your kids liked them!

 

Babycake 3

-Homefront Housewife

Our new adventure has begun!

Have you ever been doing laundry when all of the sudden all your emotions hit you at once, you find yourself hitting the start button on the dryer again so you can cry? Well that was me earlier this week.

Our new adventure is officially underway, Matt left over the weekend for TBS (The Basic School), we couldn’t be more excited for him. The next 5 months will be long, stressful, but also exciting as it will be filled with lots of first. Unlike all the deployments and WTI’s we have gone through I’m really not sure what to expect this time. My mind set it he’s 27141095_10156017955484793_1652008874_ogone just like a deployment, is that weird? I know he’s not in harms way but for me its easier to think like that as he’s gone.

For the first time being a military wife I wasn’t going to have my support system to help get me through these long months. I have been blessed even when Matt and I were just dating I knew other spouses and girlfriends in our squadron to lean on and go through the deployments with. This time it was going to be different, this time the girls and I were all alone.

We all have our core group of friends that we know will drop everything to be there for you. I was lucky enough to have 2 ladies in my group of girlfriends that also had husbands in Matts’ squadron. We had each other to lean on, complain to, and laugh with.  We went through a lot together, we grew up together, we went from girlfriends to wives together, to mothers together. Unfortunately, this will be the first time in 9 years I will not have them to help me through the hard days, the days where I say f-this who wants to meet up for dinner tonight, to the days where they just show up at my house with a bottle or two of wine because they know I had a hard week. This time is different everyone had left, some got out of the military, while the rest moved to all different parts 27144566_10156017941824793_1901152179_oof the world. I know they are always a phone call/ text message/ FaceTime away. I’m so grateful for the technology that we have, but it’s still not the same. It’s not the same as getting together in person and having Sunday night dinners, meeting up for a much-needed mommy night out, to just sitting on the back of my husband’s pick-up truck that hasn’t moved in maybe 7 months drinking some wine and watching all the kids play outside. This time is different and I felt alone.

I am so grateful for all the people I have met over the years and the amazing memories that were made. Sunday night dinners might not be the same without my girlfriends, but that’s okay. I might feel alone and out of place for the next couple of months, but I have to remember it’s all for the best.

For those of you who are going through a hard time, a recent PCS or maybe your friends moved but you didn’t, you are not alone. Times will be hard for a little while as you get into a new grove, but this feeling is only temporary. Take advantage of the amazing technology we have, don’t let distance get in-between your friendships. Take this time alone to reconnect with yourself, maybe start something new, join the PTA at your kid’s school, volunteer with your husband’s command or on base. Most importantly don’t be afraid to make new friends, tust me you can never have too many!

 

– Homefront Housewife

Snow Day!

A real Snow Day in Eastern North Carolina only comes by every couple of years here! The average snowfall for Havelock, NC is estimated to be a little over 1 inch of snow, while the US averages over 26 inches every year! This year we got 5 inches and as you can assume everyone was very excited!26195480_10155974676474793_48106986487209156_n

6:30 this morning the sound of little feet running down the stairs filled the house, along with the screams of excitement as they looked out the front door and saw all the snow on the ground. These southern born babies don’t have any snow gear so instead I dressed them in 3 pairs of pants, 2 shirts, 2 pairs of socks and some cowboy boots, and they were good to go! Watching their little faces light up as they ran out of the house grabbing snow to chuck at each other and flopping down to make snow angels, they were having the time of their lives. This Maine Momma was in heaven as well, don’t get me wrong I don’t miss the blizzards and the winters that last way to long. I do however miss the first snow of the season, the excitement that came with knowing that snow was coming, how it made everything look so pretty.
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Growing up in Maine taught me a lot, I didn’t appreciate it as a child but looking back at my childhood now I wouldn’t have it any other way. The memories I made in the snow where some of the best, my family would use the giant snow piles the plow would make plowing our driveway, and have a contest to see how far we could go on our snow tubs. We would do weekend trips to the mountains to go skiing and of course have the ultimate snowball fights! As we spent the day outside today using boogie boards as sleds, having snowball fights and just enjoying the snow it made me realize how blessed I was as a child and how much I wish we could raise our children in Maine. For now, we will soak in the snow we get every couple year, it’s like a little sweet treat for us!

 

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– Homefront Housewife