3 Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Sandwiches

Summer is such a busy time. The weather is fine so we fill up our calendar with fun things to do. Is it just me or is there a rush to fit it all in before school starts in August?

We are good to go on quick breakfast and lunch choices but dinner is always my downfall. We get home and I’m like, uh oh, what are we going to fix quickly because these kiddos are hungry!

That’s why I loveeeee our slow cooker. I just put everything in it in the morning, set it to low and we’re free to go do what we want to do. When we get home later I can rest easy knowing we’ve got something yummy already cookin’ for dinner!

This three ingredient recipe for Slow Cooker BBQ pork sandwiches happens to be my go-to meal for busy days.

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Slowcooker BBQ Pork Sandwiches | adayinmollywood.com

What you’ll need:

+ slow cooker (I also buy liners for super easy clean up!)
+ pork loin
+ 1 bottle or can of root beer
+ sweet BBQ sauce

Put the pork in the slow cooker. Pour one can of root beer in with it. Set to low for six hours. About 30 minutes before you plan to serve dinner, shred the pork with two forks or a meat shredder. Pour in a good amount of BBQ sauce and mix it around. Set on low for 30 minutes. You can use your favorite type of buns but we prefer hoagie buns!

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Sandwiches

That’s it! You’re ready to serve and enjoy! I’m not kidding when I say your house will smell divine and you will be licking your fingers with this easy meal!

Now, we’re off to go swimming on this hot day but we’ll be enjoying our yummy BBQ pork sandwiches later!

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Knock Your Socks Off

High heels are my love language (that and wine). Honestly, the higher the better because I hate being short. I don’t always get a chance to wear heels because, hello, I’m a mom of three kids who works from home.

But, I’ve got a red carpet event coming up and I get to dress up (bless it!)

Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about wearing stylish shoes without supportive socks. I’ve got my kushyfoot covers ready so I can have a fabulous night!

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What do you think of these shoes? Sexy, huh? And you can’t even really detect the clever peep-toe solution. I’ve also used their flats-to-go before as they fold up and fit right in your purse. Ladies, you know how painful it can be to walk to your car after standing on your feet all night. I will be kickin’ off my heels and using these after the event so I don’t end up with blisters!

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Plus, you know I am a runner now, right? I know. I don’t know how that happened either! I’ve struggled to find low socks that stay in place during a run. But I finally found kushyfoot athletic foot covers. They have a heel grip so they don’t slip down! They are definitely my new faves.

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Thanks to kushyfoot for knocking my socks off and giving me some new ones!

Simple Ham Roll-Ups for School Lunches

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I’m going to mention that thing nobody wants to mention – back-to-school! Have you noticed the school supplies, backpacks and lunchboxes beginning to fill store aisles? Yep, as much as we don’t want to admit it, it’s time to start preparing!

I just finished my first year of having a school-ager and there’s one thing that stressed me out more than anything – fixing school lunches. Not only did it need to be something I could fix fast but I also wanted it to be healthy. I heard from my son about all the bad-for-you foods filling kids’ lunches at school. And while I think it’s okay to let kids indulge on some days I don’t want to send him with cookies and chips every day. They need good nutrition to get them through a long day of learning!

Simple Ham Roll-ups for school lunches | adayinmollywood.com

What you’ll need:

+ flour tortillas
+ mayo
+ hillshire farm naturals® black forest ham
+ string cheese
+ toothpicks

To start, spread the mayo on one tortilla.

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Place the lunch meat over the mayo (it sticks nicely!).

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Place your string cheese on the tortilla like so. You can choose to use only two instead if you want bigger rolls.

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Roll it up tight, put toothpicks in the roll so it stays and then slice the tortilla horizontally. Then slice in between your toothpicks.

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Survey the awesomeness you just created before tiny hands steal them all. They kinda look like little sushi rolls!

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This school year I’m not going to let myself get stuck in a sandwich rut. And you could add whatever you want to make it different each time! It really didn’t take much effort at all and my boys LOVED them. Ahem, so did my husband and I.

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It’s also budget friendly and right now at Safeway you can save $0.75 on any ONE (1) Hillshire Farm Naturals® Black Forest Ham or Honey Roasted Ham with the digital coupon available through the Just4U online portal (expires 8/9/15 while supplies last).

Hillshire Farm® is offering a “Love It or We’ll Eat It” Guarantee for those who try the product. They will donate a lunch to someone in need if you “Love it” or provide a rebate.

So go stock up. Now is the time – the first day will be here before you know it!

How to make your baby happy when they’re just not happy

 

Man, we are having a tough time with Sawyer right now. She just turned 18 months so I know her little wheels are spinning. She wants to talk. I can tell because she babbles all day long. But she’s not forming words anyone can even remotely understand.

How do you feel when you are trying to communicate with someone and the other person just doesn’t get it? You feel frustrated. She is frustrated. We are frustrated. It’s going SWELL at our house, as I’m sure you’ve gathered by now.

So how do you make your baby happy when they’re just not happy?

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Pick them up – yes, they may be toddlers. But they still need to be held and comforted when they’re frustrated. When things aren’t going well stop what you’re doing, take a deep breath and hug it out. It has been a long time since I’ve worn Sawyer in my ergo. But I pulled it back out because with two older kids I don’t always have the luxury of holding a baby when they’re upset. Thank God for baby carriers. Seriously.

Get down on their level – Sawyer calms down right away when I get down on her level and look her in the eye. Even though she can’t talk to me she certainly understands the language of love and attention. If I take a little time to be at the same eye-level as her she is back to her happy self again.

Play pretend – Sawyer LOVES her baby doll. She holds her, hugs her, feeds her. It’s quite sweet actually. So when she gets upset I try to reenact what’s going on with her doll. I say, “Oh no, Sawyer! Your baby is upset. What do we do when baby’s upset? Should we hug the baby and make her feel better?” It may feel a bit silly but it helps redirect her attention to something else.

Plan fun things – I’ve noticed when I take my children somewhere that will keep them busy for the day their behavior is much better. For the last few weeks I have chosen some fun, free activities and we’ve had such a blast together! Yes, 18-months can be a tough phase but it is also one of discovery. I have loved watching Sawyer’s eyes light up with each new experience.

Buy allll the teething remedies – While I am a big believer in holistic practices, sometimes that just ain’t gonna cut it. When your baby has been screaming for two hours and you can feel the molars breaking through the gums. When your heart is broken and your last bit of sanity is on its way out too – yeahhhh, you buy anything you think might work. You don’t want your child to hurt anymore than they have to and we will try anything in order to get through this phase with less tears and screaming.

Find more support for all the stages of your baby’s life at Gerber.

Creating a Kids’ Pantry

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We’re nearing the end of summer break and there comes a time when you’re more than ready to get back to a routine. Not just for your kids but for you too! We have less than a month until school starts and I’m already stocking up on things that will help make the back-to-school transition easier.

I have to tell you, school mornings can be stressful. I wasn’t great at planning last year and it made things more difficult for our family of five. The last thing I want is for the first meal of the day to be rushed or unpleasant. So I set out to create a kids’ pantry!

Not only does this solve the problem of me fixing breakfast every morning (I mean, hello! I have a toddler too!). It also helps teach my kids to be more self-sufficient. Sure, we will have some mornings where I have time to fix bacon, eggs and fresh fruit. But let’s be real, okay? It can’t always happen.

Creating a kids pantry | adayinmollywood.com

Creating a Kids’ Pantry is so easy! What you’ll do:

+ pick a cabinet and clean it out
+ buy some baskets that will fit
+ choose some easy breakfast and after school snack options
+ explain to your kids the pantry’s purpose and give them rules for when they can open it

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I chose easy options for the kids to grab. Even if your kids are young (mine are 7 and 5) they can fix a bowl of cereal. I put Raisin Bran in separate baggies and bought some smaller bottles of milk since they can’t lift the gallon. Put it down low in the fridge so they can reach it.

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When we showed the boys that they had their very own pantry they were SO excited! It feels good to give them the tools they need to make choices on their own. We’re trying to do more of that in this house!

Creating an organized kids pantry | adayinmollywood.com

The awesome bonus about this project is when you purchase select Kellogg’s products you can redeem your codes to get one free book per code! My kids are beginner readers so practicing how to read is super important! Especially with my sons starting kindergarten and first grade we really picked up the pace on reading each day and night.

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The process of redeeming your code and picking your books was super simple! First we created a Kellogg’s Family Reward account. Then we entered the codes found on the inside of the box and they helped pick out one book each, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Peppa Pig, and they are so excited to get them. You also have the choice to donate books to a school of your choice.

Be sure to check out more books available via this Kellogg’s offer. There are 80 titles of books available for beginning readers to teens. I’d love to hear your favorite book offered! You can be #Back2SchoolReady with a stocked kids pantry while also getting free books to build your library at home.