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I am excited to share some great MOM HACKS with you today!  I love to find different ways to make our days run smoother.  This post is sponsored by Store Brand Formula.

Here are some of my favorite Mom Hacks:

1- Use a cupcake liner to catch drip from your favorite frozen treat.

A popcicle with a cupcake liner attached to the popcicle stick.
Our kids love frozen pops on a stick, but they melt pretty quickly which can lead to a mess.  Even if you try to use the wrapper to keep your hands clean, it doesn’t seem to work. Last year, at our son’s birthday party, we used a cupcake liner around the base of the Popsicle stick and it worked great.  It caught the drips and kept the kids’ hands and clothes clean… along with the floors!

2- Make your own single-serving container of formula before leaving the house.
A can of baby formula with a clear plastic container with a blue lid beside it with a small bottle of water.
If your infant or toddler will be needing formula while out & about, prepare a to-go container at home.  I suggest grabbing an 8-ounce bottle of water to toss into your purse or bag, along with the correctly measured amount of Store Brand Formula.  Store Brand Formula is nutritionally comparable to nationally advertised brands but costs up to 50% less. After all, it’s called formula for a reason (all formula brands contain comparable essential nutrients).  Not only is their formula filled with nutrients that the baby needs, not to mention convenient, but my favorite thing was what I read on their website:

“When it comes to your infant’s health and nutrition, the first thing you should know is that breastfeeding is best. It’s the gold standard, offering your baby hormones, active enzymes and other important compounds that are proven to be beneficial to your child’s health and development. For a variety of reasons, not all moms choose to or are able to breastfeed.”  

In my case, one of our sons had been born with low blood sugar, so while I was breastfeeding, I was also asked to give him formula throughout the day.   A combination of breastmilk and formula worked well for him.

“Thanks to FDA regulation based on the Infant Formula Act, all infant formula products sold in the United States are required to adhere to the same standards and provide the same levels of identified nutrients required for the growth of babies. All infant formula manufactured in the United States offers the same levels of required nutrients in order to take the best care of your baby.”   

This means that the main difference between buying Store Brand Formula and the others boils down to one thing: price.  Store Brand Formula can save parents around $600 a year compared to the national brands.

3. Cut food with scissors.
A piece of bread with crest cut off with a pair of scissors beside it.
When our kids were young and I was cutting up every single meal, it took me forever with a knife and fork.   One day, I saw a pair of cooking scissors in the drawer next to that knife and decided I’d give it a try. I’ve never looked back.  I would cut everything for them… from chicken to waffles. It made life a million times easier and until they were ready to take over cutting their own food (once it is on their plate), this was how I handled it.   

4. Use a sticker to help your kids learn which shoe goes on which foot.
shoes with sticker to show which foot to put it on
If your kids are struggling with putting their feet into the right shoe, this trick will help!   Cut a sticker down the middle. Apply the left side of the sticker to the inside of the left shoe.   Apply the right sticker to the inside of the right shoe. When your child is ready to put his shoes on, he will simply look at the stickers and make them match.   
This trick is so simple and it will really help your child to feel proud and independent when they are able to put their shoes on (correctly) without asking for your help.

I love finding a little trick, hack or shortcut because it gives us MORE time to do the things that we love to do… spend time with our children!

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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