Yes, I hear my kids whining and you will thank me for it later!

Yes, I hear my kids whining and no I do not care.

As far as whining goes, there is no way that they get the attention they want from. Yes, everyone looking at me at the grocery store, I DO hear my child whining but I am not giving in to my 3 year old’s demands. That’s not how this works. He does not rule this relationship. I am sorry for the inconvenience that it caused you for that minute we were in the same aisle but you will thank me later when my kid(s) are not the ones robbing you in the parking lot. If we as parents can be there for our kids more and teach them that they are not the king of everything I think that could fix a lot of the adolescent problems we have today. Our society  does not give parents enough time to be with our kids and teach our kids right from wrong. Continue reading Yes, I hear my kids whining and you will thank me for it later!

How being a SAHM changed my kids

Becoming a SAHM has always been a dream for me. I did enjoy the corporate world and being around adults to talk to but home with my kids is where I always wanted to be. Since I started out as a corporate mom I had NO idea how deciding to stay home would change my kids. Our oldest was in kindergarten so she was gone at school and her change wasn’t as obvious as our youngest. Derik had just turned 2 in September and I became a SAHM in February. We thought we were doing the right thing for both of our kids by having me at home so I could help the kids wherever it was needed. So when this finally happened Continue reading How being a SAHM changed my kids

You ARE doing your best!

I know I cant be the only mom (parent) out there who has those break down moments when you just feel like you are failing completely. Dinner is burnt, your youngest wont stop crying, your oldest is now late for girl scouts, all while your head is pounding so loudly it makes you see spots. Yes, these days suck.  You are not alone!! We all have those moment and we just need to remember that no parent is perfect, no child is perfect, and there is nothing in this world that is worth making you feel like that. Dinner is burnt Continue reading You ARE doing your best!

April Menu! Meal Planning 103

HI All!!

Spring is here in Michigan!! YAY!

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For April’s menu, I took an inventory of meats that we had stocked up already in the freezer and based our menu around that. Even though this shopping trip also included our Easter dinner items that we were bringing to our families homes, I wanted to keep within our $200 budget. That might seem crazy since it is additional meals for a special holiday Continue reading April Menu! Meal Planning 103

Meal Planning 102

The start of your meal planning should be you picking and deciding how many different dinners you will be making for that particular month. The way I go about it is usually every 3 or 4 days is leftover day. This day we eat up all the leftovers in the fridge. We usually only need 1 meal for this day because my husband also takes leftovers for lunch everyday. So that day we usually have a big breakfast so it can be a light leftover lunch then we finish off the rest of the leftovers at dinner. Then, nothing is going to waste. You are putting in a good chunk of your Saturday (or whatever day you cook, ours is a Saturday) to make these meals, you don’t want to be Continue reading Meal Planning 102

If they would just LISTEN!!!

So, I know that all mom’s have been there. You tell your child 20 times to do something and they don’t but when you finally break down and raise your voice they don’t understand why in the world you are yelling. If you haven’t been there because your child(ren) are too young, just wait, you will be. I never wanted to be that mom who just yelled all the time. I wanted to be that ‘happy all the time’, ‘always cheerful’, ‘help out wherever they need’, ‘yeah, let’s be best friends’ type mom. There are days that I am that mom, that they allow me to be that mom. However, I have come to realize when they are young and learning to be independent, you can’t always be their best friend. When I say that I am not referring to the ‘you can never come to me with your problems’ aspect. I am referring to the ‘they need to learn to be independent and responsible’ aspect. There are times when my 6 year old breaks my heart but I know in the long run she will thank me and be grateful for the lessons she has learned. Continue reading If they would just LISTEN!!!

Meal Planning 101

When I decided that I wanted to stop wasting so much food and money, we had a family sit-down to discuss options. For each meal, we all contributed our favorites so we had a decent sized list to work with. We started meal planning in January. Unfortunately, I did not keep my lists or menus but I can tell you that we started with crock-pot meals and casseroles, such as beef and broccoli stir fry and lasagna. This past month we did more soups and dump meals. We grocery shop on Saturday morning then we come back and my husband and I get to work. Yes, he gets right in there to help. Our daughter also likes to help so we have the 3 of us moving around the kitchen.  With the 3 of us we have it down to about 3 hours to prep or make all of our meals for the next month.

Make sure you have your basics for meal planning. Continue reading Meal Planning 101

Meal Budgeting 101

Now, I know hearing that we feed our family of 4 for $200 a month sounds crazy! And it kind of is. At first, I thought this was a joke. There was no way I could really make this happen unless I was one of those crazy couponers (no offense). Running an in-home daycare with 6 kids during the day I really don’t have the time to sit down and clip coupons. I wanted to have a meal plan that was fitting for us to decide on, then just go with it. Now, I am not saying that I don’t shop the sales and use coupons when they are available because I do, just not habitually.

For those living in South Eastern Michigan, you may have heard of a store called Busch’s. This is where we do all of our shopping. Continue reading Meal Budgeting 101

Hello world!

Welcome to Best Mom I Can Be! Here is a little bit about my family and why I decided to have a blog.

My husband, Mike and just got married Feb 6th, 2016. I had 2 children from a previous marriage but he doesn’t look at them that way. They are his and claims them as his (I found the right man! Few bumps along the way but I found him. 🙂 ).  Our oldest daughter, Mikayla is 6 and our son, Derik is 3. We are hoping for one more to add to our family in the very near future. I was a “corporate mom” for 5 years and in February of 2015 we decided that it was time for a change. I was very unhappy where I was and wanted to be there more for our children. Mikayla was struggling with kindergarten (I know!! It is crazy to think your child could fail kindergarten! we will discuss this in length at a later date) and I wanted to be there more for her and for Derik. So, I decided to open a daycare in my home. As of March 2nd I have been fully operational for a year. This job change was drastic for us. We used to live very comfortably and making this change was a huge cut in our income. But we felt that this change would be what was best for our family. We wanted to be there more for our children. With this change comes with additional changes, a HUGE one being budgeting!! I decided to start this blog because I have had numerous people ask me “How do you do it?” ” How do you make 30 meals under $200?” ” How do you have the time to make dinner while watching 6 kids everyday?” The exclamations also helped this decision. 🙂 People walking in saying how great dinner smells & their surprise when I tell them we spend 1 day making dinners for the whole next month, they are in shock and want to know how they can do the same.  They want to know how we have budgeted, meal planned, and how we make it all happen while our kids are still getting fun and exciting experiences. Well, from this Stay at Home Mom to you, it is possible to make 30 family sized dinners for a family of 4 for $200. Stay tuned for tips on budgeting, meal planning and more!

Just a little snap shot of our wonderful family & my parents 🙂

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