It Is Time to Say Farewell


I have had an absolute blast designing and writing for my blog What’s In Your Mom Genes over the last couple of years. I’ve learned so much, met some really awesome people, and even if I’ve inspired just a few people to take a closer look at what’s in their baby, personal care, and food products it was well worth it. It’s been an honor to write for The Today Show Parenting Team, partner with Top Mommy Blogs, share reviews from Banish, Seventh Generation, Honest Company, Sticker Kid, DetailsonDemand Etsy Shop, PuRest Float Center, and more. It’s also been so much fun starting my own line of What In Your Mom Genes products (which will still be available on Etsy until March). The time however has come to say farewell.

Blogging sure takes up a lot of time and now that my little guy no longer naps (I know a total drag) and I’ve been trying to keep up with a preschool homeschooling schedule, I just don’t have the time anymore. I do have to say though with all of the stresses of being a SAHM I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I know the hectic years of training (sleep, potty, behavior…), the clingyness, and the tantrums will soon come to an end and memories of morning cuddles, cozy afternoon reading in the big chair, and all of our adventures around town and beyond will be missed terribly. Who knows when he’s all grown up, a monstrous teenager, and I have more time on my hands maybe I’ll be back on the blogging scene complaining about the perils of being a teenage boy Mom. Until then it’s been a great ride. Thanks for reading!

2013-09-09 13.11.38Mama Ashlee


DetailsonDemand Etsy Shop Favor Bag Review

DetailsonDemand Etsy Shop

Favor Bag Cover

So I just had to write a little review and let everyone know what a great Etsy Shop DetailsonDemand is. Not only for the adorable crafty things they have but also for their amazing customer service and super fast shipping.

I ordered party favor bags which came out perfect. I’m so happy with them! Even the packaging was fancy (as you can see below) which made my purchasing experience even more appealing.

Favor Bag 2

Favor Bag 3

Not only are these awesome personalized party favor bags available at DetailsonDemand but you can also purchase sparkler tags, menu cards, wedding logos, favor tags, coffee sleeves, and more.

The owner Carrie was very friendly and quick to respond to all of my questions and my items were processed and shipped at lightening speed.

If you have a wedding, party, special event, corporate, or school function coming up make sure you check out DetailsonDemand!

If you are a company or establishment that promotes natural and healthy living for families and would like to advertise to moms, dads, and caretakers or if you would like me to review your product and write a post about it on my blog, please contact me by or click here to fill out a contact form and see available ad packages.

-Mama Ashlee 2013-09-09 13.11.38

PuRest Float Center

Relieve Stress and Relax at PuRest Float Center

PuRest Collage

Hello one and all! So I’ve never reviewed a place on my site before and that’s because I have readers from all over the world so if I review a nail salon in my area or a park it really wouldn’t do everyone much good unless they live in my area. I did want to take some time though and review a really cool and unique place called PuRest Float Center. I think that it’s the perfect place to review because of how novel it is and because float centers are popping up all over the place, so chances are there’s one near you. If you do live in my neck of the woods do go to PuRest Float Center in Trumbull, CT. Their atmosphere, service, and prices are unparalleled. This place just has an awesome vibe!

First of all what is floating?

I’m going to do you a favor and copy the explanation right from PuRest’s website that way I won’t be mumbling on incoherently about it. Continue reading “PuRest Float Center”

Organic Ouchy Ointment

Organic Ouchy Ointment (aka Natural Neosporin)

Ouchy Ointment for Sale

An Ointment to soothe and promote the healing of minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. (Great for diaper rash and eczema too)

Made from the finest organic ingredients:

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Witch Hazel, Organic Lavender Oil, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Organic Tea Tree Oil


Rub a small amount into washed and dried affected area.

As always:

  • 100% Natural
  • 100% Organic
  • No Parabens
  • No Synthetic Fragrance
  • No Dyes
  • No Mineral Oil

*Do not use if you have an almond allergy

*Always consult a health care professional before using a product with essential oils if you are pregnant or nursing or before using it on a child. Do not use on children under 2 years of age.

*Keep product away from eyes and do not put in ears. Do not ingest.

This product is made in small batches for optimal freshness and quality, please allow extra time for production and shipping. SHIPPING IS ALWAYS FREE! *Shipping is Only Available Within the United States

For Any Additional Product Questions Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions Page or email me at

Also Available:

Headache Halter Balm
Re-Energizing Rub

Coming Soon:

Kids Bedtime Balm
Moody Mama Mist
Man Hands (a rough cracked skin balm for Dads)

Sticker Kid Review

Sticker Kid Labels, Tags, and Decor

I recently came across a really awesome company called Sticker Kid! They have labels, tags, wall decor, and more. They offer a ton of really cute designs and even offer a 10 year warranty. Sticker kid provided me with some complementary products to share my honest opinion. Here’s what I thought:

Here are the labels I chose:

Sticker Kid Label-1

They are round and come in a pack of 15 for $8.95 plus shipping (which is lightening fast by the way). Like I said they offer a ton of different design options and they’re completely customizable as far as the logo, background color, and wording. Some of the other things I like about the labels are:

  • They are water resistant, dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe as well as scratch resistant.
  • They are great for kids cups, lunch boxes, school or camp supplies, and even sports equipment.
  • The labels are not at all flimsy they’re thick and seem very durable-I have run the bottles I put them on through the dishwasher several times already and they’ve stayed intact.
  • They also offer a lot of other label options like iron on name labels for clothing, shoe labels, wristbands, tags, and allergy labels.

Sticker Kid also has really cool wall decor. Here’s one I chose: Continue reading “Sticker Kid Review”

Jump Start Your Day with Re-Energizing Rub

  Organic Re-Energizing Rub
 to Put Some Pep in Your Step

Re-Energizing Rub Clear


Organic Re-Energizing Rub is a revitalizing balm to jump start your morning or pick you up at the end of a long day

Made from the finest organic ingredients:

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Raw Shea Butter, Organic Beeswax, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Organic Grapefruit Oil, Organic Lemon Oil, Organic Bergamot Oil


Massage into neck at base of skull, area between thumb and first finger, balls of your feet, and any other desired energizing pressure point.

As always:

  • 100% Natural
  • 100% Organic
  • No Parabens
  • No Synthetic Fragrance
  • No Dyes
  • No Mineral Oil

*Always consult a health care professional before using a product with essential oils if you are pregnant or nursing or before using it on a child (this particular balm is not intended for children and should be kept out of their reach).

*Keep product away from eyes and do not put in ears.

*Do not expose skin to the sun when using this product.

*Do not use this product before bed to avoid sleeplessness.

This product is made in small batches for optimal freshness and quality, please allow extra time for production and shipping. SHIPPING IS ALWAYS FREE! *Shipping is Only Available Within the United States

For Any Additional Product Questions Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions Page or email me at

Also Available:

Headache Halter Balm
Ouchy Ointment

Coming Soon:

Kids Bedtime Balm
Moody Mama Mist
Man Hands (a rough cracked skin balm for Dads)

Banish For Stretch Marks Review

Banish Acne and Stretch Marks

I was asked to test and review a really cool product called Banish. It’s a derma roller that you glide along your skin as well as serums and scrubs to reduce scaring from acne, stretch marks, and other skin conditions.

I was provided a kit free of charge to share my honest opinion about how it works and below that’s what you’ll find.

The Kit

The kit I received included the Banisher (derma roller), container for cleaning, Aloe Vera oil, vitamin C, E, and ferulic acid serum, and carrying case. *The kit has been updated and is now called the Naked Kit it includes: the Banisher, aloe vera oil, peppermint walnut scrub, container for cleaning, and carrying case

Banish 1 Banish 2

What Exactly is a Derma Roller?

I had never heard of a derma roller before so this was all new to me. It’s actually a roller with tiny metal needles in it that when rolled over the skin cause the skin to repair itself.


The instructions were as follows: Just sanitize the Banisher in alcohol in the container provided, roll over the desired area, and finish with the aloe oil and vitamin C serum. Repeat once a week for 10 weeks. The process was easy and didn’t hurt a bit.


I was actually surprised to see improvement on my stomach after just 10 weeks. I still have a long way to go but it’s suggested to dispose of the Banisher after 10 uses. I would be very interested to see how months of use affect the area. See the results below.

Banish Results

Want to try it out for yourself? Click here

 2013-09-09 13.11.38 Mama Ashlee


Parenthood Is Not A Sprint

Parenthood-It’s Not a Sprint It’s a Long Distance Race

Not a Sprint

So I haven’t been blogging as much lately and I wanted to talk a little bit about why. Of course I’ve been working on my new line of What’s In Your Mom Genes Products  and that’s been taking up some of my time but to be completely honest…I’m exhausted! My son hit the “terrible twos” around one and a half and they’re still going strong as we approach 3. Now had I not had a very difficult pregnancy (nauseous and/or vomiting the entire time, migraines, depression, anxiety, back pain, PUPPP rash, lack of sleep…), postpartum depression, and had my son slept through the night at all before reaching 13 months maybe I would have a better handle emotionally and physical on this treacherous toddler time. Such is life though and while all of those things were difficult there is nothing I could have done about them (aside from sleep training earlier, but that’s a different topic for another time). The biggest mistake I think I made was not realizing this simple fact: PARENTHOOD IS NOT A SPRINT, IT’S A LONG DISTANCE RACE.

I started out at the gate so excited to be a Mom. I was going to do everything right and perfect.  Continue reading “Parenthood Is Not A Sprint”

Organic Headache Halter Balm for Headache Relief


New Baby

That’s Right! Welcome the Very First Product by What’s In Your Mom Genes:

Organic Headache Halter Balm
for Headache Relief

(Okay so it’s not a real baby, but I worked really hard on it and it’s the first of my new products so I feel like it is my baby)

Headache Halter Balm


To keep your information safe and costs low Paypal will be the only accepted form of payment. Click the Buy Now button above to purchase.

Organic Headache Halter Balm is a soothing balm for headache relief to help ease pain from migraine, tension, sinus, and other types of headaches

Made from the finest organic ingredients:

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Raw Shea Butter, Organic Beeswax, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Eucalyptus Oil, Organic Lavender Oil, and Organic Rosemary Oil


For headache relief massage balm into temples, behind earlobes, on jawline, back of neck, in between eyebrows, on bridge of nose, and any other applicable pressure points or areas of pain. Reapply as needed.

As always:

  • 100% Natural
  • 100% Organic
  • No Parabens
  • No Synthetic Fragrance
  • No Dyes
  • No Menthol
  • No Petrolatum
  • No Mineral Oil

*Always consult a health care professional before using a product with essential oils if you are pregnant or nursing or before using it on a child (this particular balm is not intended for children).

*Keep product away from eyes and do not put in ears.

This product is made in small batches for optimal freshness and quality, please allow extra time for production and shipping. SHIPPING IS ALWAYS FREE! *Shipping is Only Available Within the United States

For Any Additional Product Questions or Comments Please Email:

Also Available:

Re-Energizing Rub
Ouchy Ointment

Coming Soon:

Kids Bedtime Balm
Moody Mama Mist
Man Hands (a rough cracked skin balm for Dads)


Your Non-Toxic Why

Jennifer’s Non-Toxic Why

Your What's In Your Mom Genes Why-


Below is a wonderful article from my friend and Ava Anderson Non Toxic (soon to be PURE Haven Essentials) consultant Jennifer Pacelli. It tells her non-toxic why story. Send your story to for a chance to be featured on the site. Bloggers and natural product consultants welcome!

Why I Went Non Toxic

So, I was going to write a fact based article, but decided to tell you a from the heart story of myself and why I became a non toxic mom.

Continue reading “Your Non-Toxic Why”

Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes Review

Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes Are the Best!


I’ve been using Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes since my son was born so when Seventh Generation provided me a few free samples and asked me to write a review for them I was really excited. Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes are among my favorite things. If I was Oprah I would give a pack to everyone!

Seriously though they have the perfect amount of moisture, even down to the last wipe, and are great not just for diaper duty but sticky fingers and faces as well. They are very thick and have a special design with ridges so the mess gets caught and wiped away. Also the fact that they are free of fragrances, dyes, parabens, and phthalates is a cherry on top.

Needless to say I love these wipes and even though my son is almost completely potty trained (I will be blogging some potty training tips in the near future) I still see us using them well into the future for all of the other toddler messes we encounter.

Mama Ashlee 2013-09-09 13.11.38

4 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Learn to Love Winter with These 4 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

How to Love Winter

So for years I begged my husband to move to a warmer climate. When winter rolled around I would literally curl up into a weeping ball and await its end. Fast forward to today and winter is one of my favorite seasons. So why the change? Well I made some small adjustments including some regarding my thinking and here I am anxiously awaiting the first snow fall and all of the other good stuff I’ve come to love about winter. Here are 4 tips on how to become a lover of winter.

Continue reading “4 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues”

Why I Changed My Mind About Natural and Organic Products

Why I Changed My Mind

What I Thought

So I want to talk a little bit about how I got into the whole natural products and natural foods scene. I will tell you that it wasn’t always my thing. In fact in the words of Amy Poehler’s character in Baby Mama I thought “That crap [was] for rich people who hate themselves. I thought it was a fad and didn’t want to get involved. I secretly laughed under my breath at the people that wasted their money on organic food and bought shampoo that wasn’t 99 cents. Honestly:

  1. I thought it was how greedy companies rope people into spending more.
  2. I thought that it didn’t really make a difference so I just chose the cheapest foods and products.
  3. I thought that there were regulations so that companies had to use safe ingredients for their products and safe methods when growing and making their food.
  4. I was in denial! I didn’t want to admit that I had been using these harmful products all these years and had absolutely no idea.

The above mentioned thoughts are common myths held by many.

What I Know Now

It was only after I decided to get pregnant with my son and looked a little deeper did I find that:

  1. A lot of these companies selling natural products and organic and natural foods* weren’t greedy at all. They were Moms (like Annie of Annie’s Homegrown, and Jessica Alba of Honest Company), Dads like (Kevin & Keith of Babyganics) and people that cared about other people and the environment (like Seventh Generation and Roxanne Quimby and Burt Shavitz of Burt’s Bees). These companies saw what other greedy companies where doing by continuing to use toxin ingredients simply because they were cheaper to produce and they wanted something better for their families. So they made it themselves and thankfully shared with us.
  2. I realized it does make a difference and that so many products on the market today have cancer causing ingredients, toxins that aggravate asthma and allergies, dyes that increase hyperactive behavior like ADD and ADHD, among other things and are just plain garbage. Yes, you will pay a little more for natural products and organic foods but that’s a good thing. You’re paying for safer ingredients, and your paying for your family’s health. That means less days of work and school missed for illness, less trips to the doctors office (yay for no co-pay or worse out of pocket pay), and a healthier family long term.
  3. There are very lose regulations for what passes in products and food in our country. In fact American is the dumping ground for so many products that are banned from China and Europe due to safety issues. Check out the documentary “The Human Experiment” available on Netflix.
  4. It was important to abandoned my denial, get the facts, and start making changes.

We hear, see, and have grown up using so many products. Commercials, billboards, and the internet advertise them, celebrities advocate them and we take for granted that they are safe. That’s not always the case. We have to be informed as consumers and really look into what is in things we put on our bodies and ingest into our systems. In an upcoming post I will be launching a several part series entitled, “Ditch This, Try That!” I will list common products and some of the dangers associated with them along with better, easy to find alternatives. See you next time.

2013-09-09 13.11.38 Mama Ashlee

*A common myth is that just because it says natural or organic it’s automatically good for you. Check your ingredients. Sometimes good ones are added but the hazardous ones are not taken out. If it contains any form of the word Paraben, any fragrance or parfum (unless it specifically says natural fragrance and lists the type, such as essential oils), or lots of words you can’t pronounce you might want to rethink your purchase. Still not sure if your product is safe check it on The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Site or download their app which allows you to scan the product in question. Also check the sugar content and fat content as well as the other ingredients in your natural and organic foods, they might not be as healthy as you think.

Gluten-Free Pancakes with Cinnamon

Try These Gluten-Free Pancakes with Cinnamon

GF Pancakes
Photo By Spicely Organics

I usually make up or at least try all of the recipes that I post on my site but for this one you will all be guinea pigs. I know a lot of people, for different reasons, require a gluten free diet so when I saw these yummy looking gluten free pancakes I had to share. If you decide to take a stab at them please let me know in the comments how you liked them. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Pancakes with Cinnamon”

Autumn Veggie Muffins With Honey Butter

A Delicious Breakfast Treat for a Family on the Go-Autumn Veggie Muffins With Honey Butter

Autumn Veggie Muffins
(Adapted from
Spicely Organics Blog Recipe)

So it’s not officially fall yet, it doesn’t feel like it either (especially since in my part of the country it’s supposed to reach 90 degrees on Tuesday) but if you’ve been to any store in the last few days you’ve seen that the pumpkin everything craze part of the year has taken over already. I figured hey if I can’t beat em’ I’ll join em’. If you’re not quite ready for it, come back in a few weeks and check out this scrumptious Autumn Veggie Muffin recipe. If you are then preheat your oven, pop these suckers in and ENJOY! Continue reading “Autumn Veggie Muffins With Honey Butter”

Back to School Activity Sheet

All About Me Back to School Printable Activity Sheet

Hello Again Everyone! I wanted to make a little back to school activity sheet that the kids could paste a picture on and fill out. I thought it was a fun little memory that they could keep and look back on. I’ve included sheets for K-5. I often type fast and make mistakes, so if there are any typos please let me know. How ironic would that be? A back to school sheet with typos. Sometimes I think I need to go back to school! Anyway I hope they are correct and you like them! Please feel free to share. Just click on the picture of the one you’d like and a PDF that you can print out will pop up. Enjoy!


BTS-2   BTS-3

BTS-4   BTS-5


2013-09-09 13.11.38 Mama Ashlee


Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki Kabobs

Quick Dinner on the Grill-Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki Kabobs

Kabobs 1

*Disclosure Statement: Some links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

These pineapple chicken teriyaki kabobs are a delicious summer recipe that’s so quick and easy. Just chop and marinate the ingredients ahead of time and toss them on the grill (or have your husband toss them on the grill like I did).

What You’ll Need

Continue reading “Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki Kabobs”

Best Natural Deodorant Challenge

The Best Natural Deodorant

I’ve been searching for a natural deodorant that actually works for quite some time now. I’ve tried lots of brands that I’ve seen here and there but nothing really worked. Recently a few brands came to my attention that had great reviews, so I decided to pit them against each other (pun intended). Bobbie Thomas over at the Today show raved about Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant, My friend with Organic Beauty Spray Tan loves Eco by Sonya Driver Coconut Deodorant, and I kept seeing the Honest Company pop up on Facebook and decided to try their Honest Deodorant as well.

*Disclosure Statement: Some links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.


A few notes first:

  • These natural deodorants are NOT Antiperspirants, therefore you will sweat. That’s a good thing though sweating is the body’s way of releasing toxins. Also antiperspirants contain aluminum which according to Dr. Edward Group of the Global Healing Center and many other health professionals, may contribute to breast
  • Wearing light colored, mostly cotton clothes is a good way to avoid underarm odor.
  • Deodorants are best applied to freshly clean underarms that have not been just shaven. I would recommend shaving the night before, showering in the morning, and then applying the deodorant (when I shaved right before there was a few seconds of burning).

Here are my findings:

Continue reading “Best Natural Deodorant Challenge”

Peanut Butter Chicken Skewers Recipe

Peanut Butter Chicken Skewers Recipe-A delicious dinner right on the grill
PB Skewers

Peanut Butter Chicken Skewers Recipe photo by Taste of Home

What You’ll Need

1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup organic soy sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon Spicely Organics ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves Continue reading “Peanut Butter Chicken Skewers Recipe”

Apple & Brie Salad With Dried Cranberries

Try This Apple & Brie Salad With Dried Cranberries

Salad Pinterest

What You’ll Need

Organic Mixed Green
1/2 an Organic Apple (cored and sliced thin)
Brie Cheese (cut into chunks)
Dried Cranberries
Balsamic Dressing

What to Do

Lay a bed of mixed greens on a plate

Add sliced apples, brie chunks, and dried cranberries

Drizzle with balsamic dressing

I Hope you enjoy this delicious and simple lunch or add chicken and make it dinner.

 2013-09-09 13.11.38 Mama Ashlee

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link and I will make a small commission if you click on my link and make a purchase.

How to Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom

Save and Make Money As a Stay at Home Mom

Stay At Home Mom

There are so many Moms (I say Moms but sometimes Mom is the main breadwinner, so this article can just as easily apply to Dads that would like to stay at home with the kids as well) out there that would love to stay at home with their kids but need the extra income. Here’s how to make money as a stay at home Mom. Continue reading “How to Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom”

Essential Oil for Bug Bites-Stop the Itch Fast!

Use Essential Oil for Bug Bites


Essential oils can be used for tons of things. I like the brand Aura Cacia because the oils are 100% pure, quality, and reasonably priced. Lavender oil (lavandula angustifolia) is one of my favorites for it’s delightful scent and varied use. I just stumbled upon another great use for it recently and wanted to share it with you.

It turns out 100% pure lavender oil is great for stopping the itch from mosquito bites. I was recently swarmed by a massive amount of mosquitoes on a woodsy walk (shame on me for forgetting my natural bug spray). I’m telling you these bugs thought it was an all you can eat buffet and I was on the menu. I swell up pretty bad from mosquito bites and the itching lasts for days. The lavender oil worked great to stop the itch. I just added a few drops to a cotton ball and rubbed it on each bite. The itching stopped instantly (if you’ve been scratching a lot before you use the oil it may take a little longer for the itch to be soothed). I did have to reapply as needed when the itching came back, but all in all I thought this was a great natural and inexpensive way to beat the itch. Note-As with all essential oils do your research and check to see if they are acceptable to use for children and while pregnant.

For an awesome list of recipes and other uses for essential oils click here.

Thanks for reading!

 2013-09-09 13.11.38 Mama Ashlee


Scary Toxins That Are Hiding in Your Toothpaste Ingredients!

Toothpaste Ingredients-What Are the Hidden Dangers?


Hello All! Today I’d like to talk about something we use several times a day, our kids use it several times a day, it’s approved by the FDA and ADA, and most of it is pure GARBAGE. It’s toothpaste. We use it believing that it’s protecting our teeth and our family’s teeth and in actuality it contains ingredients that do the exact opposite. Take for example: Kid’s Crest Cavity Protection. First of all it was very difficult for me to even find the ingredients online, that says something right there. If a company is not being completely transparent about their toothpaste ingredients, or the ingredients of any product for that matter, something is wrong. After some detective work though I was able to find Kid’s Crest Cavity Protection toothpaste ingredients. Here they are, along with some explanations of what the ingredients are (Note* You may want to sit down the following is quite shocking): Continue reading “Scary Toxins That Are Hiding in Your Toothpaste Ingredients!”

Mama’s Chili Recipe

A Delicious Chili Recipe That Everyone Will Be Taking About


This chili recipe is so good my family and I end up eating it for days and days, it makes enough to feed an army. I’ve been making this recipe for years and passing it on to family and friends and now I’m passing it on to you. I honestly can’t remember where I got the original recipe it might have been my very own Mama, that’s why I’ve named it Mama’s Chili Recipe. I’ve added my own touches to it and I hope you and your family enjoy it. Continue reading “Mama’s Chili Recipe”

51 Fun Summer Activities For Families

51 Kid Friendly Fun Summer Activities For Families

Hello again! I’ve compiled a list of 51 super fun summer activities for families. Whether you work full time and plan your activates with the kids for nights and weekends, work part time and stay at home with the kids the other days, stay at home full time, or are a caregiver, have one kid, two kids, or six kids, there is something on this list for you. These ideas are just as much fun for the adults as the kids too. Just don’t try to do them all. Overbooking can lead to a stressful summer. Remember down time for kids to just explore and relax is important too. I’ve marked activities especially for families with babies with a *. Enjoy!

Continue reading “51 Fun Summer Activities For Families”

Easy Chicken Recipe With Carrots and Potatoes

5 Ingredient Easy Chicken Recipe

Easy Chicken Dinner


I absolutely love this chicken recipe! It’s my go to when it’s been a hectic day and I need to get something going for dinner without constantly checking it or standing over the stove and stirring. This recipe is great because it only has 5 ingredients and you just toss it in the oven and forget about (but please try not to forget it, I’d hate for you to have a kitchen fire on top of your busy schedule). Continue reading “Easy Chicken Recipe With Carrots and Potatoes”

Quick, Delicious, and Healthy Recipes-Calling All Chefs

New Healthy Recipes Section-Speedy Sustenance

Speedy Sustenance

Hello Everyone! It’s been a bit of a hectic week and I’m postings a little later in the week than I usually do, sorry (I’m sure no on even noticed, that’s okay). Anyway I’ve been posting a lot about natural baby products and about healthier options for families and I’ve noticed that there is a huge, gaping hole in my site. Something is missing, and it’s quick, delicious, and healthy RECIPES. Meals that Mom, Dad, or even older kids can whip up and have on the table in no time. There’s one problem though…I don’t like to cook. Let me rephrase that, I don’t like to cook under the gun. When it’s lunch time I’m usually thinking, “Wow that snuck up on me, what do I do!” When 6pm rolls around, the family is starving, and I haven’t thought of anything for dinner because I’ve been up to my neck in laundry and diapers all day it’s kind of stressful and it can take the fun out of cooking. So let’s do this together. In the next few weeks I will be launching a new section on my site called Speedy Sustenance. I will be sharing a few of my favorite tips for making healthy, delicious, quick meals. I will also include fun tips for how to get the kids involved in the process. I would also like to feature tips and recipes from my readers as well. I would love to include your breakfast, lunch, appetizer, dinner, and baby food recipes in my new section. Please submit your tips and recipes to  whatsinyourmomgenes@gmail.comMake sure to include recipe ingredients, directions, and if you have time, clear photos of the cooking process and of course a photo of your finished meal. Your tips and/or recipe could be featured on What’s In Your Mom Genes.

*Please include your first name and last initial along with your recipe, or you may ask to submit anonymously.

*Your email address will NEVER be shared.

*If you have a blog I would be happy include a short bio and a link to it along with your recipe.

2013-09-09 13.11.38Mama Ashlee

How to Save Money Shopping Online

Tips for How to Save Money Shopping Online

Online Shopping

So this is the 3rd post of my 3 part savings series. If you missed How to Save at Target-On Natural Products and More, read it here. Click Here to read all about saving on groceries and getting natural and organic foods for less. Online shopping can be a huge time saver for busy parents and if you play your cards right a big money saver too. Here’s a few tips on how to save money shopping online:

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Save on Groceries-Get Natural and Organic Foods for Less

How to Save On Groceries and Get Natural and Organic Foods for Less

Grocery Store Savings

Welcome to part 2 of 3 of my savings posts! If you missed part 1 about saving at Target click here to read it. This week I’m going to tell you all about saving at the grocery store and also a great way to sit on your tush and have your groceries brought to you. Okay that’s enough with all the pleasantries let’s jump right into it. Continue reading “Save on Groceries-Get Natural and Organic Foods for Less”