Transitioning to Middle School

Tips for Parents transitioning to middle school

Are you having issues sleeping at night because your 5th grader just came home with a letter about middle school?  Did you grab that bottle of wine after the 5th grade parent night because you're overwhelmed with the fact that your little baby is going to middle school?? Well I promise you're not alone...lots of wine was consumed after the 5th grade parent night!! Here are 7 things you can start doing for your 5th grader now to help make the middle school transition easier for them:

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie

Growing up we always had Turkey Pot Pie the day after Thanksgiving.  I say Turkey Pot Pie because my mom would use leftover turkey to make it instead of chicken...perfect way to eat Thanksgiving leftovers!! My mom's recipe was an "easy" throw it all in and just cook it recipe...no one wanted to do a lot of cooking the day after Thanksgiving.

Well a few years ago I decided I was going to make "real" Chicken Pot Pie...with chicken and fresh ingredients!! I was excited!! I read a bunch of different recipes, picked out yummy veggies at the grocery store, spent about an hour prepping everything...and....it tasted the exact same as my mom's "easy" recipe!! So forget all of that work...I'm going back to the "easy" Chicken Pot Pie!!!

The Best Affordable Peloton Alternative

experience peloton for cheaper

Peloton commercials are everywhere right now...everyone's thinking about their New Years Resolutions and working towards their "bikini body"!!  Peloton has built a great spin bike...they have an attached screen where you can stream into live classes from your home!! And they have thousands of spin classes available for download...it's amazing!! Why not get one and just try it out?!?!  I'll tell you why...the price tag!! A Peloton bike costs over $2000!!! TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS!! You've got to be a serious biker to "try out" a Peloton bike. This isn't something you buy for your New Years Resolution hoping it'll motivate you to work out...this is something for serious bikers!!  Or someone who has an extra $2000 laying around....and that's not me!!

Luckily there are VERY affordable alternatives to the Peloton bike!!  I've spent a few months reading about alternatives and trying the different options out there....I've finally found what I would call the "best alternative"!!

Quick and Easy Stuffing

Easy Stuffing Recipe

Growing up I was responsible for the stuffing....which I now know is the hardest and most time consuming recipe we make at Thanksgiving/Christmas!! As a teenager it would take me 3-4 hours to make!! I'm a little faster now but it's a lot of work to make Louise's Famous Stuffing.  If you have the time then I'd recommend Louise's Famous Stuffing...but if you're short on time check out the recipe below!!