Thursday, September 17, 2020

Team Approved Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Hello Sports Mamas! I know, I know. I've been gone for way too long. I'm sure you all can guess one of the biggest reasons why… COVID. Thankfully this Sports Mama, her Coach Hubby, and three boys are all healthy. I hope you all are too! There just isn't much of anything share worthy going on these days. I promise to try to be better though!

Even though Virginia is in Phase 3, football is a no-go here. (Sobs uncontrollably). At least not this Fall. VHSL (Virginia High School League) voted to postpone our season. Football practice is set to begin February 4th with the first game being played February 22nd. Brrr! As you can guess, we're all a bit heartbroken; the players, the mamas, the coaches. This is our first Fall in 9 years without it. It honestly doesn't even feel right.  No. 1 is set to be this year's starting QB on Varsity. Junior year is incredibly crucial for those athletes hoping to play in college. I am crossing my fingers (and toes!) that we do in fact have a season!

So what am I sharing today? One of my favorite Fall recipes, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins!




They are delicious, easy, and most importantly team approved!


Here's what you'll need:




  • 1 and 2/3 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup of butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips

Here's what you'll do: 

  •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Mix all of your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, salt). 


  • Whisk in eggs, pumpkin, butter. Mix well.

 

  • Add in chocolate chips (milk chocolate and white chocolate). Mix just until combined.


  • Line muffin tins and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Fill each one to the top with batter and add a couple chocolate chips on top.


  • Bake for 25 minutes and ENJOY!



What are your favorite Fall recipes? Let me know in the comment section down below!











 

 

 


Monday, March 2, 2020

You Know You're a Sports Mama When...

Happy Monday, Sports Mamas! I know it's been a long, long time since I've written a blog post for you all, but that's just life sometimes. All three boys are playing basketball this Winter. No. 1 made his high school Varsity team (as the starting point guard!), and both No. 2 and No. 3 are playing rec ball. Coach Hubby is coaching both littles, and I'm still loving living that #sportsmamalife.

Today's post is one that everyone should be able to relate to, regardless of the sport(s) your athlete(s) play! I recently asked the awesome sports mamas in my Facebook Group the following question, and the answers I received were just too good (and true!!) not to share.


You know you're a Sports Mama when...


  • You either have dinner at 4:00 or 10:00 at night. - Brandi W.


  • It doesn't matter what the weather is because you have everything you need for a 90 degree day to a 10 degree day in your truck! - Maria T.


  • Your car buying decision centers around how many players and how much lacrosse gear it will fit. - Kristin V.


  • You can't find a water bottle and know to check under the seats in your car. - Julia S.


  • You open your GPS app, tap in the search box and your child's practice/training/game facility locations come up. - Sonya J.


  • All vacations are centered around AAU Nationals locations! - Joy B.


  • Fast food is divided up into categories; Expensive (Arby's Chic-Fil-A, Zaxby's)-can only eat there when it's you and one athlete and Cheap (McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's)-can afford to feed the whole family. - Jennifer J.


  • You're waking up at 4am to drive 3 hours to a tournament on a Saturday. - Misty J.


  • Your weekly dinner plan is based on practice days, pregame meal days, and game days. - Rebekah C.


  • You feel guilty because you have to miss one son play because another one has a game at the same time - Tania C.


  • You have to tell your friends who want to get together, "Sorry, it's a cheer night." - Michelle W.


  • All your clothes match the kid's team colors. - DeKesha W.


  • You find a cup in your purse... not the kind you drink out of!!! - Angela C.




Sound like your life? Then be sure to join the Confessions of a Sports Mama Facebook Group to connect with hundreds of REAL Sports Mamas, just like yourself!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Sports Mama Tip: The Gifts Coaches Really Want!

We've all been there before. The season is beginning to wind down and it's time to start thinking of coaches gifts. If you're like me and are struggling to come up with (new) ideas, you won't want to miss this post!

I recently reached out to a bunch of coaches, and asked them what their favorite gift they ever received was. You might be surprised at the answers... spoiler alert, gift cards didn't make the cut. In fact one coach said, "wife takes cash/gift cards anyway!". Ha!

So what do they really want? Here were the top three responses (in no particular order):








A team photo signed by their players.






A ball signed by their players.





Handwritten thank you cards from their players and players' parents.




As you can see they all had a common theme, hand written memorabilia from their young athletes.


So the moral of this blog post, Sports Mamas? Sometimes (what we may think of as) less is more...especially when it comes to coaches gifts!






For daily Sports Mama motivation, be sure to join the Confessions of a Sports Mama Facebook Group today!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Team Mama Idea: DIY Personalized Football Signs

No. 1 and his teammates made the PLAYOFFS!!! It's the first time the school has been in the post-season since 2015, so it's kind of a big deal. And the game is HOME! So you know me and my fellow football mama BFFs just had to do something special.


We decorated the fence closest to the field with footballs and balloons. Every player on the team, all 47 of them, had a football with their name and number on it.





Look how nice they turned out!




Did we buy them you ask? Nope, we made them! Want to learn how to make them yourself? Then just keep on reading!


Begin by designing your template. We used PowerPoint but you can use whatever software you prefer. You could even draw them out by hand, if you'd like.


Then add the players' names, numbers, and team name. Be sure to double triple check for any typos before printing!




After printing, cut them out.




Then it's time to work on the foam board. Take one of your footballs and trace as needed; if you have 20 footballs, you will need to trace it 20 times, etc.




When you are done tracing, it's time to cut again. We used X-ACTO Knives for this part.




Once they are all cut out, you can begin gluing the footballs on.






The final step (if you plan on hanging them) is to make a hole at the top. Depending on how thick your foam board is, you may be able to get away with using a hole puncher. Ours was too thick, so we had to improvise...




Yep, my girl broke out the power tools! Ha. A Sports Mama's gotta do what a Sports Mama's gotta do! Am I right?!?




That's it! Grab a few of your favorite friends and I promise, you can knock it out in no time.


Go get 'em, boys!!!





For more fun ideas and to connect with hundreds of REAL sports moms, just like yourself, be sure to join the Confessions of a Sports Mama Facebook Group today!





Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Team Mama Idea: Personalized Football Pins

Homecoming 2019 is in the books! Spirit days, the parade, the big game (and big win!), and the ever so famous dance, of course!


A bunch of us mamas got together a few days before game day and crafted our little hearts away. We made new fatheads (click HERE for step-by-step instructions) and these super cute, football pins!




We personalized the pins with our players' names and numbers. Seriously, how cute are they?! Want to make one (or a bunch!) yourself? Then just keep on reading!




What you'll need:


  • Foam footballs (can be found at your local craft store or on Amazon)
  • Ribbon in your team colors. (We used 4 different prints; solid orange, blue and white polka dots, football patterned, and blue glitter)
  • Pin backs
  • Letter/number stickers or vinyl if you prefer using a Silhouette or Cricut
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors




What you do:


  • Attach the name and number to the football.






  • Cut the ribbons to the same length (we burned the ends with a lighter to help them from fraying). Arrange them in a similar fashion as pictured below.




  • Hot glue the ribbons and pin back to the back of the football.






  • When you flip it over it should look something like this. Let them dry overnight before wearing.




That's it! Super easy and super cute!





We made them for Homecoming, but they'd be just as perfect for Senior Night! You could even tailor it to your sport by simply switching out the football. The possibilities are endless!



*** A big thank you to Kristy O., one of the awesome Sports Mamas in our Facebook group, for the idea! Not a member yet? Click HERE to join us!




Check out these other pins made by some of our other awesome mamas!



Photo submitted by Ericka C.


 Photo submitted by Heather P.


Photo submitted by Terika L.


Photo submitted by Sara O.


Photo submitted by Mindy G.