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  • Get Kids Excited about Eating Breakfast with Homemade Air Fryer Pop Tarts

    It should come as no surprise that my three year old doesn’t come sprinting down the stairs for breakfast each morning since I often skip the entire meal myself and settle for coffee (I’m working on that!)

    One way to encourage breakfast eating (or any meal for that matter) is to have kids help prepare dishes and perhaps even come up with their own recipes, under the supervision of adults, of course! It also helps when the meal is easy to make and absolutely delicious, and BONUS I get to munch on them too.

    This recipe is an easy spin on an old classic – the pop tart! Thanks to the invention of the air fryer, its possible to create this delicious morning treat in a matter of minutes. My son and I had the best time decorating and getting creative with the icing and toppings.

    Note that the icing does dry fast so keep adding more in order for the toppings to stick. The extra layer of sweetness yields even tastier pop tart. We used Nutella and strawberry preserves for our fillings but feel free to experiment with other fillers such as marsh mellow, chocolate, banana, etc. Have some fun with it!

    The principle ingredient in the icing is Greek yogurt to cut down on sugar bright and early. It is not quite guilt free but certainly healthier than the store bought version.

    Let us help with the stress of skipping “the most important meal of the day” and get kids excited about eating breakfast with homemade air fryer pop tarts!

    Homemade Air Fryer Pop Tarts
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    25 mins
     
    Ingredients
    • 1 Refrigerated or homemade pie crust
    • 1/2 cup Strawberry preserves or Nutella
    • 1/3 cup Cream cheese for icing
    • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt for icing
    • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract for icing
    • 4 tbsp Powdered sugar for icing
    Instructions
    1. Roll pie crust onto floured surface and cut into rectangles.

    2. Spread strawberry preserves or nutella onto rectangle pie crust. Leave half an inch from edge for seal. Place another rectangle pie crust on top.

    3. Seal the pie crusts with water around the edges and use fork to mold both rectangles together. 

    4. Coat Air Fryer with cooking spray. Place pop tarts in fryer. Heat at 350 degrees and let cook for 5 minutes.

    5. Mix all of the icing ingredients in a bowl. Once Pop Tarts are done, remove from fryer and ice. Add sprinkles or other toppings.

     

    Picture of knife cutting rectangle into pie crust to make homemade air fryer pop tart.

    Picture of Knife spreading strawberry preserves on rectangle pie crust to make homemade air fryer pop tart.

    Picture of fork molding rectangle pie crust together to make homemade air fryer pop tart.

    Caught mid-bite eating his
    air fryer pop tarts!

    We hope those early mornings are now a little sweeter! If you’re looking for more air fryer recipes to jump out of bed for, check out our Air Fryer Donuts

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  • Happy Earth Children’s PRINTABLE Earth Day Activity

    As a self-proclaimed tree hugger it’s important to me that my kids understand the importance of Earth Day and why it’s vital to the future of our planet to set aside time to care for it. This activity is a simple and effective way to have that teachable moment on what keeps Earth healthy and thus, happy. On the opposite side, it highlights the actions that impact our environment in a negative way.

    Watch as they sort & learn the small ways we can reduce and reuse to protect our precious planet. We’ve included the FREE Happy Earth Children’s Earth Day Activity printable. It’s available for download at the bottom of this post. Happy Earth Day!

    Picture of Happy Earth Printable activity for Earth Day learning and creating.

    You will need:

    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Blue or green construction paper
    • The Rock It Mama Earth Day printable (Two-page download at the bottom of post)

    Directions

    Glue the sorting chart page on either the green or blue construction paper for aesthetic purposes. Next, cut the two earths first and have your child distinguish between the happy earth vs. the sad earth. Glue both earths on the top of each side of the T chart.

    As each graphic is cut out, have a conversation about the picture and what is taking place. Explain why each picture either makes the Earth happy or sad based on what is occurring. Lastly, have them glue the graphic on the correct side of the T chart.

    Cutting Happy Earth printable for Earth Day learning activity.

    Just look at that focus! (Insert heart eyes)

    He’s well on his way to becoming a passionate environmentalist. Need more fun ideas for appreciating nature and the world around us? Add these 7 Nature and Exploration Ideas for Kids to your list!



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  • The Best Baby & Kids Pajamas Under $20 on AMAZON

    I am that extra mom that coordinates my kid’s pajamas with holidays, books, hobbies, you name it. And because they’re always growing out of their jammies (and we wear them a lot in this household) I’m constantly checking around for good deals on quality sleepwear. Furthermore, Amazon offers some great brands for super cheap and admittedly I LOVE the convenience. Below I’ve listed my favorite brands and what I have found to be the best baby & kids pajamas under $20 on Amazon! Happy shopping (and hopefully sleeping!)

     

     

    Picture of the best children's pajamas under $20 on Amazon

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    I can’t get enough of these puppy PJs from Spotted Zebra and I just ordered them for my son! Bonus buy – these are less than $10 and come with the short sleeve option which I love.

       

    How cute are these Bunny sets for Spring? Order now in time for the Easter holiday and have the kiddos open their baskets in style, or have the bunny bring them on Easter morning.

       

    We are a books-to-bed family and nothing gets my oldest pumped for reading like pajamas that match the book we snuggle up to at night. Purchase the books along with the PJ set and it serves as an awesome gift as well. Click here for Llama Llama Red Pajama and here for Brown Bear Brown Bear.

      

    Leveret is one of my FAVORITE brands because of the adorable patterns and the no slip footies. My youngest son is beginning to pull up on everything and the extra grip is a safety plus. I’ve ordered several pairs, and in fact have a matching pair for myself! They also come tag-less for littles with sensitive skin. I have featured the mermaid pattern here but be sure to look at the other patterns available.

    Burts Bees – not just the creamy chapstick in your purse! These are 100% organic cotton and also have the no slip footies. More patterns available for this one as well.

       

    These Avauma sets are the most expensive on the list but I love how cozy and simple they are. These thermal pajamas will stay warm on cold nights and hold their structure well through many rounds in the washing machine.

       

    We hope you found some new Pajamas to lay the kids down in at night! Be sure to check out our 10 Easy Easter Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers

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  • Spring Cleaning Checklist – Free Printables Included

    Picture of Rock It Mama ultimate spring cleaning checklistThere are few rites of passage as we move into spring, and for me – one of them is spring cleaning! As a family who has had our fair share of winter sicknesses, I am ready to get my spring cleaning on and eliminate all lingering germs. And if you are too – I have made this handy spring deep cleaning checklist for you, along with a customizable weekly cleaning schedule you can fill out on your own!

    See below to download your FREE spring cleaning printables!

    Picture of Rock It Mama ultimate spring cleaning checklist

    This checklist is a great reminder to tackle all those essential, but easily forgettable tasks. And these downloads are a great addition to your Family Home Binder printables available in my post here.

    Are you a fan of spring cleaning? What are some items on your list that you think I should add to mine?



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  • Kids Consignment Sales – Part Two: Prep Your Inventory

    Last week, I shared 5 tips for a successful consignment sales and today I am piggybacking off the part one post to share the step-by-step process of prepping your inventory.

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Image of clothing for consignment sales

    Take Inventory

    Look through the items you wish to get rid of and take a look at the tips for choosing your items (in last weeks post). As a consignor, the very first step is checking with your consigning rules or policies so you are aware of what is and is not acceptable to sell.

    Here are some of the popular kid items perfect for consignment events:

    • Clothing
    • Shoes
    • Toys
    • Books
    • Games
    • Movies
    • Baby Gear – DockATot, strollers, jumpers, car seats, high chairs, baby carriers, etc.
    • Maternity Wear
    • House Decor Items – varies depending on consignment sales

    Choose items that are in good, working condition and are likely to sell – remember, if you wouldn’t buy it don’t consign it.

    Next you want to make sure to check the recall list on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for any non-clothing items, just to ensure there are no health or safety problems associated with them. Additionally, if you plan to sell a car seat, always double-check the expiration date – which can be located on the manufacturer label. These items, if expired or recalled would not be acceptable. If in the end you still have items you want to get rid of, but won’t sell, this would be a good time to start a donation pile.

    Gather Supplies

    You will need quite a few supplies for prepping your inventory. Here are my suggestions:

    • Child-sized HangersYou can get these from Dollar Tree, Walmart for pretty cheap. As you continue to consign each season, you will be able to collect them as you go.
    • Large Safety Pins
    • Small Safety Pins
    • Magic Erasers
    • Stain Remover
    • Zip-Ties
    • ZipLoc Bags – Various sizes
    • Cardstock – 65lb
    • Clorox Wipes
    • Clear Packing Tape
    • Scissors
    • Iron
    • Bright Patterned Duck Tape – Optional
    • Febreeze Fabric Refresher – Optional

    Wash and Clean Items

    Everything will need to be washed, wiped down and sanitized.

    • Clothing and Bedding
      • Treat spot stains before washing all items
      • Wash and dry, preferably with baby laundry detergents to prevent irritation, if someone was to have a skin allergy or sensitive skin
      • Iron all clothing for best presentation – wrinkled items will NOT sell
      • Use scissors to cut loose garment thread

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Image of loose garment thread

    • Baby Bottles, Gear & Toys
      • Bottle sets sell well at consignment sales. Wash and sanitize all pieces and do not include the nipples
      • Wipe down all toys with Clorox wipes and get in between all the nooks and crannies
      • If your toys can get wet, consider running them through the dishwasher or soaking them in the tub with white vinegar and leave to air dry
      • Magic Erasers can do wonders. Wipe down baby gear with sanitizer and get all the scuffs and marks off using this magic scrubbing tool
      • If toy is battery operated, replace all batteries for potential buyers to test out item

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Picture of Crayola Easel before and after cleaning with magic eraser

    Magic Eraser is Your Friend

    • Carseats, Strollers and Highchairs
      • Wipe down and clean with magic eraser
      • Thoroughly clean straps and seat covers
    • Shoes
      • Try to consign like-new shoes only
      • Clean with soap and a toothbrush to get out any dirt, wipe all marks and scuffs with a Magic Eraser and wipe down with a Clorox wipe

    Price Items

    After you have decided how you want to sell your items – whether as separates, outfits, bundled, etc., you are ready to start entering your inventory into the consignment software and print out your tags onto card stock. Always be sure to be as detailed as possible on the tags and to price realistically. And if you are like me and just want to see the items gone, start off at a clearance price and then allow your items to be discounted so they have a better chance of being purchased (which results in less items to pick up at the end of the sale). See our last post here for the consignment pricing guide.

    Tag Your Inventory

    As mentioned in my previous post, presentation is everything! So even after washing, cleaning and replacing all parts, you still need to make sure your inventory is displayed nicely. Here are my top tips for tagging your items.

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Image of clothing for consignment sales

    • Hang all clothing so that the hanger looks like a question mark when you look at the front
    • When tagging two-piece items, hang them on the same hangers and have them display front of the shirt/pants/etc on each side
    • Pin clothing with large safety pins on each end with the hanger in between for security and so they do not slip off
    • Pin the tag onto the front of the item with a small safety pin
    • If you are selling multiple outfit pairs together, zip-tie or tape the hangers together

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Image of clothing for consignment sales

    Presentation is key, even when tagging your consignment sale inventory

    • Shoes should be zip-tied together with the tag in between
    • Packs of clothing (socks, hats, etc.), toys (Imaginex, Hot Wheels, etc.) or bundles of books should be packaged in a ziploc bag. Seal and secure the opening with clear packaging tape and tape the tag to the front
    • If you don’t have original boxes, place baby bottles and accessories in ziploc bags and tape the tag on
    • Purses, carriers and pumping bags can be secured and tagged using zip-ties
    • Baby gear such as strollers, coloring easels, bouncers and more should have the tags taped to them
    • Optional: Use bright or patterned duck tape to mark your hangers and other items. This is helpful if a buyer sees inventory of yours they want to purchase, they are likely to keep an eye out for more of your items by using this trick. This is also helpful during pick-up at the end of the event and will help you locate your items easier

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Image of clothing for consignment sales

    Prep for Transport

    To make things easier when dropping off your inventory to the sale, be sure to first sort your items into categories such as: home decor, toys, shoes, infant clothing (by size), maternity clothing. For storage, pack everything in large plastic bins to prevent wrinkling and disorganization along the way.

    I hope these tips helped you as you prepared your items for your next kids consignment sale! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out and I would be honored to help.

    Happy consigning and good luck!

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Image of clothing for consignment sales

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  • Kids Consignment Sales – Part One: 5 Tips for a Successful Sale

    We are officially heading into spring and that means consignment season is upon us!

    Blog Image of clothing saying Consignment Sales 5 Tips for a First-Timer

    Twice a year, I sift through piles of clothing, unused toys, books and baby gear to prep them for our local spring and winter consignment sales. I have found that participating in these events not only helps to declutter our home (Marie Kondo would be so proud), but its a simple and frugal way to outfit our children throughout the year. As a consignor, I’ve actually made a decent amount of money selling old items and then turned that money around to purchase seasonal-appropriate clothing and toys.

    Now the idea of consigning might seem intimidating for a first-timer, but I promise it can be so beneficial to you and your family. And since I’ve involved myself in a handful of sales, I want to share my best pieces of advice for those considering taking the leap. Part one of my consignment post series will highlight 5 tips for a first-time consignor and will hopefully be a great resource to set you up for success.

    Choose the Right Sale

    The first thing to keep in mind when signing up as a consignor, is making sure you choose the right children’s consignment show to participate in. There are a handful of factors that help make this decision easier and they are:

    • Location – Is it convenient to you?
    • Date – Will you have plenty of time to prepare? Are you available during the show days for drop-off/pick-up?
    • Size of Sale – Is the show pulling in a lot of buyers and making it worth your time and investment?
    • Season – Consider the items you want to sell, particularly clothing. Does the season work well for the items you wish to sell? (ie. If you have a lot of winter jackets and shirts, your items will not be accepted at a sale in the spring).

    Give Yourself Time to Prep

    Preparing your inventory takes A LOT of time; so plan accordingly in order to hit your drop-off deadline. You will need at least a months time in advance to go through the items you wish to sell, wash/clean, bundle items (if you plan to do this), list on the inventory software and tag.

    To learn more about the step-by-step preparation process I use, check out this post.

    Choose Items to Sell Wisely

    Go through all your items and choose the ones that are likely to sell at the show. This is also a good time to see everything you want to get rid of and decide if donating the items to a local thrift-store makes more sense. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to choosing what items to consign:

    • Make sure you pick in-season clothing (jackets, long-sleeve for winter / short-sleeves, shorts, summer dresses for spring, etc.)
    • Don’t include dingy, worn/torn or stained clothing
    • Don’t include items that are broken or have missing pieces
    • Older kids clothing, baby gear and outdoor play equipment are the fastest sellers and in high-demand. Additionally, clothing sets or outfits sell better than separates.

    Price Items Fairly

    Generally, children’s consignment events advise to sell at 30%-40% of the retail price, but it is best to refer to the specific consignment sales staff on a recommended pricing guideline. See our pricing guide below!

    Image of Rock It Mama's recommended pricing guide to use for kids consignment sales.

    Presentation is Key

    Presentation means everything at consignment events. When selling your gently-used items, you want to make sure that from a buyers standpoint, the items still look relatively new. Always wash/iron all clothing, wipe down and sanitize any baby gear or products and make sure all electronics have new, working batteries so buyers are able to test them out.

    Images from kids consignment sale Weecycle Wardrobe

    Photos courtesy of Weecycled Wardrobe

    For a more in-depth look at preparing for children’s consignment sales, be sure to check out Part Two – Prepping Your Inventory. And if you plan to consign in any future sales, be sure to bookmark or pin this post for reference!

    Have you participated in children’s consignment sales? What are the best tips you suggest for a first-timer?

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