How To Make The Ultimate Sports Mom Survival Bag The Right Way

I always get a ton of questions on what gear a sports mom needs in order to shake off the struggle + actually enjoy the sideline; so I figured I would put together a quick video tutorial showing you what I do, the items you need, and how to make them work for you!  I even created a printable checklist for you too!

My Amazing New Staple That Has Literally SAVED MY BUTT On The Sideline

My Amazing New Staple That Has Literally SAVED MY BUTT On The Sideline

Have you ever gotten to your kid’s football or soccer game only to realize that the bleachers are still soaked from the morning shower? How unfortunate for your bottom; especially if you didn’t show up prepared with a towel or something to shield you from the elements. Enter the Butt Be Dry: A Fannypack for your Butt!

Wondering How to Keep Gear Smelling Fresh on the Go? Get My Top 5 Dirty Little Secrets Now!

Oh travel sports! For the most part, they are fun times with built-in family time, sight-seeing and good ole team competition. But sometimes, if you’re ill-prepared, they can cause a special type of headache; from the smell alone! So today, for #Take5Friday, I wanted to support you with my top 5 dirty little secrets to keeping sports gear smelling fresh while on the go.

Go To Meal of The Day: Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad

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We all have them… those super long days that just drain you. First it’s the commute, then the actual work day, then commute home, homework time, pick-ups/drop-offs for practice, games, or events; and by time you realize it, it’s dinner time and the very first time you’ve realized you have nothing planned.

In that very moment you just wish you had a magical chef appear in your kitchen that could cook a healthy, quick, dinner so you can nap… am I right?!

Well, sorry to say, but I doubt a magical chef will appear. However, I do have a great recipe to share with you that will take care of all that worry!

Here’s a Go To Meal for you and your family that you can use as a sideline dish (like we do) during super long days for track season, a quick + easy weeknight meal, or even a snack that you make one day and eat off of for the week before and after practices; we’ve made it for all occasions. Shout out to Alison in our Sideline Hackers group for inspiring this post!

It’s super quick, easy, and inexpensive.

I even talk about it on my Instagram Feed: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeOPyzjFxR6/

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grilled chicken pasta salad

Get the recipe and steps below….

Today's Go To: Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad🍜

I absolutely love this dish, and so does my fam. They love it for the flavor and I love it because its really inexpensive, extra delish, super easy to make, and it easily fills them up! And the best part…. it seriously only takes 4 steps to make!!

Let’s get to it. Here’s how to make it.

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Ingredients List:

  • Frozen Grilled Chicken Strips

  • Rotelle Pasta

  • Cucumber

  • Cherry Tomatoes

  • Pitted Black Olives

  • Feta Cheese (crumbled)

  • Zesty Italian Dressing

  • Red Onion

  • McCormick - Perfect Pinch Salad Supreme Seasoning


Recipe Steps:

  1. Cook the pasta al dente (typically takes 8-9 minutes)

  2. Grill the chicken strips (we usually pan fry with a bit of olive oil; let them cool while you complete the next step)

  3. Chop the following:

    • Cucumber (in halves or quarters)

    • Cherry Tomatoes (halves)

    • Red Onion

    • Cooled Chicken Strips

  4. Toss everything together with pasta, salad dressing, and seasoning to taste.

Pop on over to my IG Feed to see a few quick videos of me cooking this: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeOPyzjFxR6/

So…. What’s for dinner?  Let us know in the comments, and join us over in our FB Group for Sports Moms + Team Moms to fill us in on your faves!

Until next time, Sideline Hackers,

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How to Style Joggers on the Sideline This Spring

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Spring is officially in the air… and the weather’s starting to make a shift, but it’s still cool enough to sport a winter coat on occasion; while other days a light rain jacket will do (welcome to Northern VA weather)!

But that also means it’s time to start thinking about stashing away the thermals and bringing out the sweats.

I know what you’re thinking, Shaki, sweats are a staple for sports moms and thus a year round thing, and touché, my young grasshopper… you are correct.  However, Sideline Swag is starting to have a whole new meaning, as far as I’m concerned; and taking advantage of the colors and styles that are coming out makes all the difference.

That’s not to say that the layering pieces of sweaters, hoodies, blazers, cardigans, and light scarves are going away… you guys know I stay cold so I’m totally still layering it up.  But it’s the sweats that ultimately protect us from the windchill on the sideline; so why not do it in style?

Sadly enough, regular old sweats have a reputation for being boring.  They’re way less fun than the new sporty yoga pants they have these days, less chic than leggings, and even less playful than a cute pair of ripped jeans. 

Thankfully, there are a ton of cute, sporty women’s brands on the market to bring the fun back into shopping for sweats aka joggers.  Different colors and patterns are now a thing.  So if you’re excited to get in on the trend, read on for easy-to-follow buying and styling sideline tips.

Patterned Joggers

Patterned sweats are poised to step into the limelight.  These camo joggers that I found on Amazon are right up my alley.

Invest carefully though, no shade to the mama’s who like to rock pumpkin leggings year-round, but it’s just not my thing.  I tend to choose pieces that will can go with multiple items in my closet, and at any point throughout the season.  Besides, you don’t want to drop a registration fee on a cute pair of flannel crop sweats that will be out of use come the winter months; pant gap is a real thing!

A nice pair of camo joggers is a nice compromise that delivers visual interest along with style staying power; not to mention they literally mean business on the sideline!

For some quick inspiration, take a look at how to style them below.

How to Style Sideline Joggers

The beauty of a great pair of joggers is they can be styled in a variety of ways.  Here are some fun strategies to get you started:

Joggers with shorter hemlines (capri) are ideal for showing off your latest kicks.

Christine over at  hellofashionblog.com  knows what I’m talking about!

Christine over at hellofashionblog.com knows what I’m talking about!

Combine your patterned sweats with a neutral, solid-colored tee.  Or graphic tee (my fave). 

There’s nothing better than a pop of team color!

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Keep your colors consistent.

Another way to rock sweats and still look dare I say regal, is to wear the same solid color in the entire outfit; with a pop of color in the shoe. This works really well with black, as in my example below.

Point is… almost anything goes with joggers.

You can even dress up the end of season banquet with some cute strappy heeled sandals and a blazer/jacket, or keep it sideline ready with a graphic tee shirt and classic Converse… like this!

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Which jogger styles have you been eyeing this fall?  Let us know in the comments, and join us over in our FB Group for Sports Moms + Team Moms to fill us in on your faves!

Until next time, Sideline Hackers,

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