how do I get ahead?

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I need your help guys.  Seriously.  

I have just entered fully into this crazy multiple kids in school – meaning way too much time in the car – season of life and it is totally kicking my ‘you know what’.

I don’t know how you all do it!  What with rushing breakfasts, packing lunches, constantly making snacks, and then prepping and cooking dinner in the midst of all that, I am just plain exhausted.

And I won’t lie…  we have eaten way more than our fair share of mac & cheese lately!  My goodness, I feel like I spend 99% of my life in the kitchen.  (Good thing it’s my favorite room!)

I am trying to get better at prepping things ahead of time, in order to simplify my life a little bit during this hectic season.  Bure here’s where I need your help.

What are your tricks and tips for simplifying this chaotic season of life?  (Besides running through a fast-food joint or ordering take-out!)

Packing lunches the night before, prepping breakfasts the night before, and getting crockpot meals ready to turn on in the morning are a few of the ways I am trying to improve the flow here in the kitchen.

But you know what?  Before I got my new Maytag appliances, especially the big roomy fridge, it was so hard to do some of those things.

Even packing a lunch the night before was hard sometimes trying to find places to store it in the fridge for later.  And prepping a crockpot meal was not even possible, since there was no way to fit the crockpot insert into the fridge until morning!

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Even with all this room though, I am running out of fresh ideas.  And my family is getting a little tired of the same old, same old.  So…

What are your favorite crockpot (slow cooker) meals?  

What are your kids favorite lunches?  

What are your favorite after-school snacks to make??

What are your favorite school morning breakfasts?

Wow, I am full of questions today aren’t I?  I told you I needed help!!

Please, please, I would love your tips.  How do you stay on top of things when it feels like you spend half your life in your car?!

what makes life easier…

I have so many good things to say about my new Maytag Kitchen.  I could really go on and on about all the things I love about my new appliances…  but the bottom line is, my life is that much easier now than it was 6 months ago, and I am so grateful to Maytag for that! As a busy, overwhelmed mom, I am all about making life easier.  But do you want to know what I have loved the most about Maytag?  The amazing customer service I have received! We have had a few very minor issues, and they were handled so well and so quickly I could hardly believe it!  I was seriously in shock at how fast and well our glitches were resolved.  10 gold starts Maytag!! There is not one of our new appliances that is not used every single day. I bake or cook something on our range every day.  I reheat my coffee in the microwave multiple times a day.  :o)  We run the dishwasher at least once a day!  And obviously…  the fridge is well loved and used! I have never been much of a microwave user, but I have to say, it is so nice to be able to reheat two plates at once in this gigantic beautiful microwave.  When I do need it, I am so grateful that it’s there…  if you have little kids close in age, you know how hard it is for one of them to wait there turn for the other.  Two plates of mac & cheese heated up at once = happy kids and happy mama! The fridge has still not worn off its novelty…  the littles love opening the middle drawer and getting their own apples/carrots/string cheeses out for a snack.  I love that they can grab something healthy, without me having to do it for them!  And I have yet to run out of room in the fridge, even after major Costco-stockup trips! The dishwasher is… well…  a dream.  I barely ever remember to rinse any dishes and have yet to have one dish come out less than perfectly clean.  My kids think it’s the funnest game to load and unload the dishwasher, and you know what?  After not having a working dishwasher at all for about 6+ months…  I think it’s a pretty fun game too!!  (My other favorite feature of our dishwasher?  The “extra dry” function!  No more drippy dishes or leaving the door open for an hour before you can put stuff away!)

Check out Maytag’s website, Twitter and/or Facebookfor more information and reviews from other moms in the Maytag Moms program!

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Loving our new Maytag fridge!

I sometimes don’t know how we survived without this beauty in our kitchen.  Even just the ice & water in the door, something we’ve never had before, seems so essential to us now.

Spoiled maybe?  Yes, absolutely.  But I’d rather think of it as a blessing than as a ‘spoiling’!

I had no real problems with my old fridge, but I would never choose to go back after trying out this big beautiful new Maytag Ice20 French Door Refrigerator.

Yes, my whole family loves the ice and water in the door (Hello?  Dr Pepper poured over a big glass of freshly crushed ice?  Heavenly!)…  but do you wanna know my favorite thing about this fridge?

I just love how deep and roomy it is!

I love that I can go grocery shopping, come home, put away all the groceries, make a big pot of soup, and still be able to fit that whole pot of soup easily into the fridge to reheat the next day.

I can thaw roasts & turkeys, and I can prep slow cooker meals the night before, without ever even worrying about wether or not I will be able to fit that stuff into the fridge!

I also love the extra middle fridge drawer.  We keep it stocked with fruits and veggies, and even Bjørn & Haakon (3 1/2 & 2 years old!) love to grab their own apples and carrots.  They feel so grown up, and all of a sudden eating veggies is fun for my picky toddlers.  How is that not a great thing?!

With the holiday baking season in full swing, this beautiful fridge is getting a workout.  And I am grateful for it every single day when I walk into my kitchen!

Want to hear some other moms’ thoughts on their Maytag appliances?  Check out Maytag’s facebook and twitter pages!

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my new Maytag kitchen!

Remember when I told you that we were getting some new appliances soon?

Well, they are finally here!  We have a new Maytag kitchen, and I am so incredibly thrilled with it!

We got an amazing new fridge, dishwasher, range and microwave.

I’ve gotta tell you…  right now I am slightly obsessed with our new fridge.  I love the size, I love the storage, I adore the middle pull-out drawer, and we are all loving the ice and water in the door!

Our old fridge had none of that fun stuff.

This new Maytag beauty is substantially bigger, and just plain cool!

Our dishwasher had quit working a few months before Maren was born, so needless to say I am also loving the dishwasher.  And even if our old one had still been working when it was replaced, this new one is a huge improvement.

The range makes me want to bake every single day.  I’ve gotta say, I’m glad it’s not summer, because I don’t have to feel guilty turning on the oven every day when it’s nice and could out.  :o)

The oven is so much bigger than my old wall oven.  And much more accurate heat-wise… everything I make in it is turning out better, faster.  I haven’t tried the convection feature yet (I have a slight fear of convection – the unknown), but I am hoping to soon.

The range top has a great quick-boil burner that heats faster than the others, great for boiling water, and overall I am happy with all of the range’s features!

The microwave is, well, a microwave.  But, I’ve gotta tell you…  this thing is massive!  You can fit an entire 9×13″ pan inside of it (or two plates side by side!) and even though we don’t use our microwave much in general, it is nice to have a roomy one when we do need it!

The bottom line:  I am thrilled with this new Maytag kitchen of ours!  I couldn’t even imagine being happier with any other appliances!

Check out the Maytag facebook page and twitter to find more reviews from the Maytag Moms!

Disclosure:  “I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Kitchen Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with a Maytag kitchen appliances set, including a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and range to facilitate my post.”