Adding a packet of vanilla pudding to this chocolate chip cookies recipe makes these the softest, butteriest cookie that makes my family happy! I love them and honestly, it’s hard not to eat the entire pan in one sitting. I’m sure ya’ll never do that, right?
Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe With Pudding
You’ll notice to added ingredients not traditionally found in cookie recipes: pudding (instant) and almond extract. The first time I tried the almond extract in my cookies blew my mind! It just adds that something extra and really bring out the vanilla flavoring in the cookies!
1 Cup Butter, softened
1/2 Cup brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
1 Small Pkg. Instant Vanilla Pudding
2 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
Soften the butter and add sugars. Let set for just a minute. Then add vanilla, almond extract and eggs. Add pudding, flour, salt and baking soda. Mix until well incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
Bake on a stone bake ware or cookie sheet for 10 to 11 minutes at 350. When you remove them from the oven, lest them rest for 2 to 3 minutes.
Tips: I personally like to use salted butter for my cookie recipes. I also like to bake with sea salt! As for the chocolate chips, I prefer semi-sweet or dark chocolate. But, go for what your family likes!! Oh, and you could always add just a few more chocolate chips to this recipe. I don’t think anyone would mind!
Do you enjoy drinking milk or coffee with your cookies? If coffee is your answer, check out this recipe for a perfect breve latte! My drink of choice depends on my mood. Some days, I go for a classic fold cup of milk!
It’s important to be prepared while traveling with your family. Travel safety tips helps you to stay calm, stress less, and enjoy vacation time with your family!
How To Travel With Kids
One of the best tips I’ve received over the years is to travel with an open mind. You may have an idea on how the trip will go, but know that circumstances can change or you may need to re-think certain aspects of your trip once you arrived. Remember that the most important thing is to have fun and make memories!
Travel Safety Tips For Family Vacation
Going on your first plane ride or big road trip with kids can be nerve wrecking, but it shouldn’t be.
Prepare your family ahead of time with this simple list:
Have a way to keep your kids with you at all times. We choose to bring a light stroller with us. This was an easy way to keep up with the kids and not let them chance walking off! Some of my friends choose to have an armband leash that attaches from child to parent. With older kids, just have a daily conversation of what is expected of them.
Keep hand sanitizer and wipes for when you have lay overs or pit stops. You can wipe down tables, chairs and create a safe place for your kids to play and relax.
Keep an emergency kit on your carry on or traveling purse. Band-aids, children’s medicine, alcohol wipes are great for your kits. I buy mine at the local Dollar Tree.
Check with the airports you will be traveling through to learn protocols, layouts, restaurants, etc. If you know this ahead of time, you will not be stressing about where to go once you land, etc.
Have 24 Hours worth of supplies packed on your carry on. In the off chance you get separated from your luggage, you can comfortably take care of your family overnight until your luggage is secured.
If your children have travel anxiety or motion sickness, talk to your doctor about options to make their travel experience easier.
Consider packing travel Lysol cans to spray your hotel once you have arrived.
Try to have emergency numbers written down where everyone in the family can access them. I keep emergency tags on our luggage. You may also want to keep them in your wallet, purse, etc.
More Tip For Traveling With Kids
If you are looking for more safety travel and tips for family vacations, check out this post on Traveling With Kids.
Homeschooling doesn’t have to be costly! There are tons of free and cheap resources out there. I’ve covered ways to homeschool on a budget before, but today I wanted to share a list of FREE resources for any grade!
Free Homeschool Resources Online
Ambleside Online: This is my personal favorite and one that I have used with my own children. This Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool program is available for Kindergarten through High School.
Easter is coming early this year! With that in mind, I wanted to share a free printable that I created for my own kids. It’s a great coloring sheet to go along during the Easter story or during morning basket time!
Free Easter Printable For Kids-He is Risen!
You can download your copy of this free printable right here! Feel free to use it for your homeschool studies or even your classroom!
Praying you all have a blessed Easter!
“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” ~Matthew 28:6
If you are looking for Easter basket ideas, you’ve come to the right place! I’m sharing 25 Easter Basket Ideas that can work for both toddlers and older kids. Because, let’s face it, you can only stuff so much candy into one basket!
25 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas For Toddlers Or Even Older Kids
Bracelets or Necklaces
Easter Cookie Cutters
The Easter Story Egg Set
Kinetic Sand Packs
Word Art Books
What are some of your favorite Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers or Older Kids? I’m always looking for fun and unique ideas to use for my own baskets.
Looking For Ideas For Your Daughter’s First Birthday Party? We’ve got a fun solution: Minnie Mouse!
The love for Minnie Mouse has been strong in our home since our daughters were tiny. So much so, that we knew that our primary ideas for our first born’s birthday party would be Minnie Mouse or at least Disney themed. Minnie & Mickey won out by a landslide!
Mickey Themed Cupcakes
I knew we wanted cupcakes that would be Disney themed, but I also knew that homemade was the way to go! We Simply added mini oreos to create “ears”for the cupcakes. Simple is the way I like it!!
Minnie Mouse Decor
So, I wanted to think outside the box for the decorations. I ended up buying a lot of tulle! I taped it around our daughters high chair to create a tutu effect! I also used it to drape around baskets. I found Minnie Mouse sandwich cutters and actually used them as decor! I attached them to our popcorn basket.
Budget Ideas For First Birthday Party
I worked hard to keep our birthday party on a tight budget, so for extra supplies I utilized the Dollar Tree. Wal-Mart and Mardels is also a great resource for cheap party supplies!
Do you have a favorite resource for birthday party supplies?
When people think of paradise, images of floating islands or mysterious foreign countries come to mind, but for me it’s none other than La Jolla Cove. It’s one of my favorite places on earth!
Why La Jolla Cove?
From the rugged beauty and endless amount of free entertainment, you simply can’t go wrong! It’s perfect for couples, families or even solo getaways!
Where to Stay
There are dozens of hotels and inns where you can stay, but my personal favorite was the La Jolla Cove Inn & Suites. It’s a quaint hotel with a stone throw’s distance from the ocean! We spend such little time in our hotel room once there that upgrading to an upscale hotel just wasn’t in the books for us. Figure out what your personal preference is and go from there. BTW, this isn’t a paid review! I really love this place.
What To Do
My first tip would be grab a cup of coffee from one of the local spots and walk along the coast starting in front of the cove. There are multiple stops where you can rest or walk down to the water. Always double check the local event calendar because it seems that festivals are always going on! They also offer unique shopping, art galleries, outdoor dining and so much more.
Closing Thoughts on La Jolla Cove
Another tip, La Jolla is just minutes away from San Diego. There are tons of things to do there as well. You may find my post on San Diego helpful, too!
Setting goals! It’s either an inspiring journey or one that can create havoc on your peace of mind. There are a few ways to realistically set goals as a mom that can help you achieve success!
Why Setting Goals Is Important
Personally, I’ve always felt that having goals as a mom allows me to stay focused on “big picture” items. Whether it’s for personal reasons, family or even financial reasons!
Tips & Tricks To Make Your Goals Work
#1 Take A Mental Note of What Some of Your Current Goals Are: Ask yourself if they are realistic during this season of life. For example, going to the gym every day may not work with school schedules, but going for a daily walk or lifting weights in your bedroom may work better.
#2 Get Your Spouse On Board: Ask your spouse to keep you on track for goal setting. Try to set goals together and apart to create unity together. It can be a fun date night activity to check in on your goals every once in a while.
#3 Put Your List in A Prominent Place: Put your list of goals in an area that you will allow you to see them daily. Hang them on your fridge, on your bathroom mirror or in your closet where you get ready for the day. Seeing your goals regularly helps keep you motivated
Be kind to yourself. Celebrate the wins and give yourself grace for days when you don’t get ahead. The point of having goals for yourself is to grow as an individual while pursuing your dreams. And most importantly, have FUN with it!
I remember googling tips for Disneyland last fall as we headed out for our first every trip. I wanted our trip to go smoothly. We spent an entire day at the park (over 9 hours!) and I have to say it went without a hitch!
Today, I’m sharing a list of items to pack for your Disneyland trip to help your family day go as smoothly as possible.
My Top Tips For Disneyland
Before we get to the list, though, I’m going to share my top two tips…drumroll…
#1 Wear comfortable shoes!! Seriously, this cannot be stated enough. Personally, tennis shoes were the only option for me.
#2 Bring a “busy” toy for the kids to play with during long lines. Think mini doodle boards, silly putty, etc. Just anything that is easy to keep on your person and will entertain the kids!!
Dineyland Packing List Tips
Small Toys (see tip #2!!)
Backpack that can easily be tied to your stroller
Stroller (life saver even if your kids are out of the toddler stage)
Lollipops (another life saver idea for long lines)
Bandaids/First Aid Kits
More Tips For Disneyland
If you want more tips on how to see Disneyland in a day and navigating Disneyland with a toddler, check out this post!
“May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours. That stay with you all the year long.” Irish blessing
“Wherever you go and whatever you do may the luck of the Irish be with you.” Old Irish Proverb
“Grant me a sense of humor, Lord, the saving grace to see a joke, to win some happiness from life, and pass it on to other folk.” Irish Prayer
I hope you enjoy the free St. Patrick’s Day Free Coloring Page!!
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