One of the things I love about being blogger is that sometimes a brand motivates you do something that you really want to do, but would probably never have gotten around to doing on your own. In this case, Cheerios asked me to make a video of all my favorite moments over the past year— not just the perfectly instagrammable moments, but the perfectly imperfect moments too. The laughs, the messes, the chaos, the craziness— all the fun stuff that really defines being a parent.

Behold my family. The part that doesn’t fit within the confines of a silent square.

Thank you, Cheerios for asking me to celebrate my family and parenthood in such a fun way! Plus, now that all the random videos I had sitting on my phone are compiled into one watchable video, it’s like everything I did all year suddenly makes sense! Thanks to my assistant Allie for editing everything together. Mazzy and Harlow thank you too. They laughed and laughed when I showed them the video and then shouted “AGAIN!!!” when it was over.

This is the childhood I want them to remember and for Mike and I to look back on when we are older. The glorious mess of it all.

This month, I’m partnering with Cheerios to give away a Roomba (worth $499.99) + a Cheerios prize pack! To enter, post any photos you have of your kid(s) making a big mess with Cheerios (hopefully on accident and not staged on purpose) using the hashtag #CheeriosEverywhere to your social media channel of choice. Make sure to mention @mommyshorts or @averageparentproblems so I know you posted it to enter the contest. FYI, posting a new photo as opposed to hashtagging an old photo will make it much more likely that I see it.

I’ll be awarding the grand prize to my favorite photo and posting it on @averageparentproblems on January 31st!


This post was sponsored by Cheerios but all footage of my crazy kids is my own. Obviously.