Lily Jade McKenna Review and Giveaway

As my kids get older, there are some phases that I thought would never come to an end arrive.  One of those is carrying a diaper bag.  Think about it.  I have been carrying a diaper bag every day for over NINE years.  since I was 20 years old.

I have gone through numerous bags, but one of my favorites was my Lily Jade Caroline Diaper Bag.  The leather on Lily Jade bags is just incredible.

When asked if I would review a bag, I immediately wanted to show how I now need to carry much less and the McKenna bag is a great fit for my current lifestyle.

To see what's in the bag, and to see the perfect accessory to go with the bag, watch the video below.





Now onto the fun part!  Thanks to Lily Jade, I get to give one of you a $250 shop credit to use at Lily Jade.  Enter Below and GOOD LUCK!


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Freezer Breakfast Meals


Anyone else ALWAYS in a rush in the mornings?  I am not a breakfast person AT ALL, but my husband is.  Instead of having to wake up early to get him a meal and out the door, I take one afternoon to prep and make breakfasts ahead of time, and he is good to go!  Below are 4 recipes for breakfast options that freeze well.


Breakfast Pizza

What you'll need:
2 pkg crescent roll
1 lb mild sausage, browned and drained or ham cubes or bacon pieces
8 eggs, beaten
3/4 of a bag of southern style hash browns
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350. Take a pizza pan with at least a 1" lip and spray it with Pam. Roll out crescent rolls in the bottom of the pan and up along the sides.
2. Add the hash browns and the bacon/sausage/ham
3. Then pour in beaten eggs
4. And top with cheese!
5. Cover and Bake at 350 for 50 mins or until done :)
6. Once fully cooled, cut into slices and wrap to freeze. We also just have this in the fridge to heat up throughout the week for breakfast.

Egg Muffin Sandwiches

What you'll need:
6 pork sausage patties
8 large eggs
6 slices of you favorite Cheese
6 English muffins, halved

Directions:

1. Fully cook the sausage patties.  In a 9x13 inch pan, spray bottom and sides with pam.  Place beaten eggs in pan and cook in a 350 degree oven until full hardened and cooked through (I think like 15 minutes)  once cooled, cut out circles of eggs with a glass cup - see video to see my method.

2. To assemble muffins: Place 1 egg patty on the bottom of a English muffin then top with cooked sausage patty and slice of cheese.  I then wrap these in plastic wrap and then foil to freeze in a freezer Ziplock.

Breakfast Burritos
What you'll need:
1 bag of shredded hash browns
ground sausage / or bacon piece
6-7 large eggs beaten
Burrito Shells
2 Cups Shredded Cheese

Directions:
1.  Fully cook sausage and remove from skillet.  Then cook your frozen shredded hash browns. 
2. After cooked through, add in your beaten egg to scramble into the hash browns.
3.  Incorporate the cooked sausage.  Cook until the eggs are scrambled.  Mix in shredded cheese.
4.  Spoon mixture onto a burrito shell and wrap.  


Breakfast Bowls

What you'll need:
3 lbs. roasted potatoes (I use leftovers from a dinner the night before)
8 large eggs (scrambled)
7 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
2 cups shredded cheese 
1 jar of sausage gravy
Directions:
1.  To build your breakfast bowls, add in leftover roasted potatoes to the bottom of a single serve container.
2.  Layer with sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon and shredded cheese.





To see the whole process of making these meals, watch below!







What's In My Baseball Bag


As a baseball mom of a son who plays on a rec team as well as a travel team, and has a daughter in ball, we are at the fields almost daily.  Some days it's a quick BP, others it's a full tournament day from sun up to long after the lights come on in the evening.  My organization skills come in extremely handy.  I not only organize my van (HERE), but also my bag.  I having a separate bag that is always packed and fully stocked with the essentials makes getting out the door so much easier.  So today I am sharing what's inside, and some tips for what works for me. To see my full video you can watch at the bottom of this post!


1.  For me a backpack is the way to go.  Trying to carry a bag, cooler, chair, and occasionally a screaming toddler takes both hands.  While a backpack isn't the most fashionable, it is the most functional.


2.  Using the compartments within the bag to organize items makes them easier to find.  Also using pouches to corral items helps keep your bag tidy. 


My essentials pouch is known as the "Marry Poppins" bag.  I try to have anything and everything anyone would need.  A few items in this pouch include: pens, pencils, scissors, eye drops, baby powder, stapler, tape, childrens medicine, hot hands, quarters, tweezers, tissues, chap stick, Aleve.


Snack.  Snacks are by far one of my go to items at the field.  I use small snack size baggies to portion out pretzels and crackers.  I try to stay away from things that will crush or melt.  Candy.... it keeps toddlers happy.  I purchase sour patch kids in bulk and then separate them into baggies.  That way if there is no snack bar, there is still candy.  Lollypops and ring pops are another favorite.


As a coaches wife, I am responsible for a lot of paperwork, order forms, scorebooks.  I keep this all in my back pack as well.  

In addition to my bag that I carry with me, I also keep my van fully stocked with essentials.  I usually take a bag with extra clothing, and a full first aid kit as well.  My cooler keeps fruit, fresh snacks, drinks, and cooling towels when the weather is hot.  

All the gear is my husband and son's responsibility.  :)

What are some must have items in your bag?  I would love you to leave me a comment letting me know below!