So I woke up this morning with the intention of making Monday a FUN DAY in our home. I didn’t have any plans as to how I would make that happen, but I knew that FUN would be on my parenting priority list! Today, fellow parenting coach, Ashley Newberg and I kicked off a Bring Fun Back to Life Challenge Group! on Facebook! When I saw the news that October 1st is National Homemade Cookie Day, I decided to use it as an opportunity for some spontaneous fun!

Lately, I have noticed myself feeling really bogged down by the day-to-day, struggling to find ways of having fun for myself and struggling to make life fun for my children. Having this awareness and then looking for opportunities to have fun has become my best solution to connecting with my kids and keeping depressed and anxious feelings away.

I am super excited to get through the day’s tasks knowing that we have something fun and exciting to look forward to!

What can you do today to make fun a priority? Maybe it’s not cookies. Maybe it’s starting a few fall crafts. Maybe it’s going for a walk at the park. Let me know in the comments because I am going to be on a continuous mission to find the fun!

Here’s the recipe we use for Monster Cookies in our home. I’ve copied and pasted this straight from here.


  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 cups peanut butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 9 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 pound candy-coated milk chocolate pieces
  • 1/2 pound semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine, white sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs, two at a time, then stir in the corn syrup and vanilla. Mix in baking soda and oats until well blended. Stir in the chocolate candies and chocolate chips. Roll dough into 2 inch balls, and place 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes, before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.


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