Monthly Archives: December 2017

Activity Tool Box for the Creative Kid

Positive Parenting Hack

I had no idea what kind of parent I was going to be before I had Oliver. and I definitely didn’t know what positive parenting was. I just knew I wanted to be a good mom.  Then I became a parent and I have realized that wanting to be a good parent isn’t always enough.  Parenting is hard.

I just didn’t understand all the ways that it is hard.  Sure, sleepless nights, diapers..yadda yada.  I had no idea I would spend a significant part of my day trying to negotiate with an unreasonable tyrant and just how many messes a 3 year old can make in 10 minutes.

The Solution

Redirecting Oliver’s behavior in a positive direction can be difficult.  My first instinct is to just say “stop that” and “don’t.”   But every time I take a deep breath , give my self a mini pep talk,  and then actually take the time to guide his behavior in a positive manner, it works out far better.

Which is why I started compiling a basket of positive activities for him to do when he is in an especially mischievous mood.  I added paint, crayons, colored pencils, scissors, play dough and flash cards. But very quickly this basket became a “hot mess” of chaos sitting on top of my fridge for all to see.  It bugged me every time I looked at it..

So I found these awesome little stackable caddy organizers on amazon to create the perfect activity tool box for my creative kid. (Disclosure: affiliate link above. {JUST TRYING TO SUPPORT MY FAMILY}).

I love having all of these activities in one place.  Its so easy to pull this out when I need that positive direction and say, “which activity do you want to do?”

This is my favorite mommy hack to date.  And the best part is that eyesore on top of my fridge is a distant memory.

These organizers are awesome because they stack together and you can even get a rolling cart bottom. I think my office/craft room needs a few.

For all you parents out there, I hope this idea helps you get a few more moments of peace, it has for me.

Hot Cocoa Oatmeal

Is it just me or does hot cocoa sound amazing right now?! I pretty much want hot cocoa around the clock from now until March. I was planning out what I wanted to do for #FloatMyOatsFriday but I kept being distracted by my desire for Hot cocoa. Then BAM, the two ideas converged. How have I never thought of this before? Delicate, creamy, chocolate oats topped with fluffy marshmallows and whip. So dreamy! And since my Husband Juice is always talking about how he doesn’t want to “drink his calories” this little gem makes that hot cocoa bender a little less disastrous for the waist line. You are welcome!


Hot Cocoa Oatmeal

  • Prep Time: 5h
  • Cook Time: 10h
  • Total Time: 15h


  • 1 c steel-cut oats
  • c almond milk
  • 1 c water
  • 1/4 c hot cocoa mix
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. salted butter
  • whipped cream for garnish
  • mini chocolate chips for garnish
  • mini marshmallows for garnish


  1. Place oats, almond milk, and water in Instantpot and seal. Set to steam for 10 minutes with the vent closed.
  2. After the 10 minutes, let the Instantpot sit for an additional 10 minutes to allowing to vent naturally. Then switch to venting.
  3. Add in hot cocoa mix, brown sugar and butter. Stir until combined. Garnish and enjoy.