Wednesday, August 26, 2015

5 Potty Training Tips and Tricks: with Pull-ups at Family Dollar


A few months before Mila turned two, she began showing the signs of being ready to potty train. I didn't want to rush her into anything just in case it made her back down and stop showing interest. So I slowly started placing her potty in whatever room she was playing in and let her know it was there if she needed to use it. She went maybe once or twice and was over it. Until the day of her second birthday, when I walked into the bedroom and she had her pants and diaper off and there was pee in the potty. Say what?! I was so excited. Ever since that moment, she has used the potty with no issues since. It was like she woke up and was just over diapers. Hallelujah.  Here are a few tips and tricks for potty training that I learned along the way....

1. Don't force or rush it. 

You will know the moment when your child is ready. Seriously. If you rush it, you will just set yourself back with any training you have done so far. After months of having the potty around the house and trying to get her to use it, one morning my two year old just took off her diaper and peed on the potty by herself. Ever since that day she hasn't worn a diaper and we are now on month three of being potty trained. Ignore age

2. Three day method.

This worked wonders for us. If they are truly ready and you have the time to do this, I see no reason that this won't work. We would go out back and play for an hour for the first few days, then come back inside and let her use the potty. We slowly stretched out that time outside the home and she has never had an accident when we weren't home.

3. Invest in a travel potty.

We have this one from Amazon. I take it everywhere, just in case she really needs to go and we aren't near a public bathroom. Sometimes she REFUSES to use a public toilet and I don't blame her, so it's nice to be able to pull this out of my bag and let her go on something she is comfortable with. Super easy to clean it up, just toss the bag in the trash. It is also great for road trips and airplane trips!

4. Go diaper free.

Don't rush underwear. I know it is fun and cute to go pick out their first big kid underwear, but these just feel like a diaper to them if used too soon and accidents are more likely. We rushed into letting her pick out underwear and she kept having accidents in them at home, when before that she didn't have a single accident. Let them go pants free as often as you can, especially anytime you are at home. It's easier for them to run to the potty and just go whenever they need to. It also heightens their awareness that they need to go.

5. Pull-Ups at bedtime and nap time.

Once we started potty training and ditched diapers completely, I explained to my daughter that Pull-Ups were her new big kid bedtime underwear. We were able to drop them at nap time completely after the first week but we still use Pull-Ups every night just in case she doesn't want to wake up to run to the bathroom. For more potty training tips and tricks, head here to the Pull-Ups website!

Right now, Family Dollar is having some major savings on Pull-Ups. Get a jumbo pack for just $8.50. If you are like us, and only use them at night, you are only spending $8.50 a month. Such a huge win! Just click HERE to find a Family Dollar near you. Its time to stock up if you are planning on potty training anytime soon. Even if you aren't. save them for later down the road!

OR just text CARE to 28767 to get Pull-Ups® Training Pants for $8.50 for a limited time only!



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

How to Keep Your Toddler Busy on an Airplane

One of the things I always stressed about most while living here in Europe is traveling with a child. Not only do you have to keep them entertained but it is at least an 11 hour flight for us to go from Germany back home to Florida.....ELEVEN HOURS. I can barely sit there without going crazy by myself, let alone try to convince a child to do it as well. But after more flights back and forth internationally than I can remember, I feel like I have mastered what works for our family when traveling with a toddler.

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  • Plastic easter eggs are the greatest invention ever. I place a new toy inside each one, my daughter prefers animals, and I let her open one every hour or every 30 minutes (depending on the length of the flight) to have something new to look forward to after good behavior. I also wrap each egg in tissue paper or wrapping paper to make it even more exciting.
  • The iPad. I try to load it up with new apps and movies so that she will be preoccupied for longer amounts of time. Daniel Tiger takes up most of the space on the iPad lately. To see our favorite iPad apps for ages 1-3 check out my post here. 
  • They also make headphones for children over age 2 now. Uh-mazing. No more being given the evil eye by people in the seat next to us because they've heard "Let It Go" blasted 700 times.
  • Happy Tot Organic squeeze pouches. My favorite thing to bring. It makes me feel good knowing my daughter is getting some kind of healthy food, despite all of the crappy airplane and airport food decisions we made so far. No mess, no fussing with plates and silverware. She scarfs them down too. A child with a full belly is usually a much happier child.
  • Reusable stickers. The kind that come with a book so the stickers dont end up all over the airplane. I made that mistake the first few times. Never again. These are so much fun and we act out scenes with the animals as well. 
  • Cars. Any type of small car will do. We will have races on the pull out trays and I trick my daughter into rolling them up and down my back. Massage anyone?
  • Window clings. Obviously only if you have a window seat. These alphabet ones are perfect as you can get some education in there as well. 
  • Wipe Clean activity books are also on the educational side. They make several different ones for different age groups as well. Perfect for erasing and using over and over again.
  • Pipe cleaners. These can be used for several things. We usually end up making bracelets and necklaces. You can tie up daddy while he is sleeping (because we all know he is not the one taking care of the kids on the flight) or make anything else you want with them. 
  • Mega Bloks or any other legos. The bigger ones do take up more space but I dont trust my daughter with the tiny Legos quite yet. These keep us busy for quite a while.
Other tips:
  • Try to fly over night when possible. My daughter will sleep the entire overnight flight, but anything during the day and we are all up for at least 24 hours. She refuses to nap on airplanes.
  • Bring the child's lovey or stuffed animal they love most to help them feel more comfortable on the flight.
  • Wipes galore. We ran out of them on one trip and my daughter puked all over me. I had to use napkings to wipe it up and I smelled like puke for 6 hours on the plane. Awesome times.
  • For the love of all things, PLEASE DONT FORGET THE IPAD CHARGING CORD.
  • I always bring books but my daughter has no intention of using them on flights. They are heavy and take up too much room to risk bringing I think. Especially when each kids book takes like 5 minutes to finish.
  • For those with babies still using a bottle. The Playtex Nurser Drop-in bottles are the best. No cleaning out bottles on the flight. Just throw away the old liner and drop in a new one.



Monday, August 17, 2015

Design Work

I am happy to say that I am back to blog designing full time!
To take a peek at my recent portfolio, prices, policies, and order form,
just head over to the sidebar below my about picture! --->

I look forward to working with some of you in the near future!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mommy and Me Dresses from MATCHING SWANS



We had the privilege of winning a giveaway with Matching Swans a few months ago and I have been so excited to share these amazing dresses with you guys. Not only are they the softest little dresses, but they are made from 100% organic cotton. Who doesn't want to match their beautiful daughter in comfort and style?!







 Want your own matching outfits? Head over to Matching Swans. They have a ton of tees and dresses for you and your little ones.


Monday, July 13, 2015

MILA TURNS TWO

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I cannot believe my little Bubby has turned two! She is potty trained, knows all of her colors, can count to 10, and just has the sweetest and funniest little personality. We wanted to make sure she had the best weekend ever, so we went to her favorite places: the pool and the zoo! She hasn't stopped talking about either place in over a week and I am so happy she had such a great time. 








Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Getting In Shape with LBL and Poise Free Samples!


I have FINALLY been working out for the past few months to get a body I would be happier with this summer. It took me almost two years to find the motivation to start but once you do, it is addicting. I feel better about myself, some days I actually look forward to working out, and it has boosted my mood overall. However, ever since having Mila, cardio has seemed nearly impossible. Only because every single time I start to jump, or run, or do ANYTHING that involves quick movements, I immediately have to pee. And its that feeling that you cant hold it in, even though you JUST went 5 seconds before working out and there is no way that any pee is left in your bladder. But somehow there is. Welcome to having kids. One of the fun parts that no one tells you about because its embarrassing. Lucky for you guys, I don't embarrass easily and want to share a lifesaver with those of you who also have light bladder leakage (LBL) when working out like I do.


Designed to move with your body, new Poise Thin-Shape pads feature Super Absorbent Material (SAM) and a Thin-Flex design for extraordinary protection that’s still 3x drier than period pads to help you take care of leaks with confidence. Because who wants to wear giant period pads when working out?! Not me.

Now what to do with your old period pads? Recycle them! Mila has just started potty training this past month and it couldn't have been at the perfect time. I have been using all of the period pads that I no longer need, to make "pee pads" for her car seat. No more having to disassemble the whole seat to wash the cover whenever she has an accident. 



Want to try the new thin-shape pads for yourself? Click HERE for a FREE SAMPLE!!

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Freshly Picked Moccasins Review



A few months before I had Mila, I found Freshly Picked on Pinterest. I immediately fell in love. I started coming up with all of the outfits and color moccasin combinations that I wanted for her. Seriously, dressing up a baby is one of my favorite things. Freshly Picked made it easy with all of their color options and new color drops that they have often. They are launching a new ice cream inspired line this week that I may need to beg my husband for.


The colors aren't the only thing that drew me to this company. They are made 100% in the USA, with real leather, and their background story just blows me away. You can read all about Susan and her rise to fame here. These are the only shoes I can get Mila to keep on. They slip right on but the elastic band makes it a little difficult for her to get off on her own, not that she would ever want to take them off because of how comfortable they are for her. 


If you have been contemplating ordering a pair of these, I urge you to do it. You will not be disappointed. They are worth every penny that you pay for them. Mila is wearing the Salt Water Taffy color in a size 4. Her foot is 5" and they fit PERFECT with a little room to grow!


They were the perfect shoes back when she was learning to walk and now that she a is a pro, she still loves them. So no matter the age of your child, they will love them! Here is a review we did on these moccasins last year as well!


What is your favorite color Freshly Picked Moccasins?