Thursday, April 23, 2015

Easy Potty Training Outside the Home

Have you ever been traveling with a toddler and all of the sudden they have to go.  Panic sets in as you rush to find a bathroom.  If you do happen to locate a public restroom, chances are they are gross.  And on the other hand, if you cannot seem to locate one, looks like you child is squatting along the highway or having an accident. 

When we would travel with Little Miss M, we would pack a little potty chair in the trunk.  The only problem was that it did not have any type of lid/spill proof seal so we would have to dump it out immediately or drive with it and hope it did not spill over before we reached our destination (or a nearby restroom). 

Thankfully a very inventive Mom from the UK, was encountering the same problem and My Carry Potty was born. This easy to carry and leak proof travel potty facilitates potty learning success both inside and outside of the home.  
The design of this potty is pure genius and it is very easy to use.  One thing to make note of: to provide an effective seal and to keep curious kiddos from making a mess, the lid may seem stuck…it is not.  Simply twist the nose and pull open (pull hard if necessary).  To close just push down on the lid, when you hear the secure locking mechanism click, the potty is completely sealed.  With 3 unique designs and 3 bright and fun colors your child is sure to find the right potty for them.  

When our My Carry Potty arrived, my oldest (although too big for it) could hardly contain her excitement.  She cannot wait to start helping her little sister learn to use the potty.  And I suppose, in a pinch, she would be able to use it as well by hovering over it.
I love not having to worry about where to dump the potty while we are out and about.  I also like the extra large non-slip feet that keep the potty from sliding as your child gets on and off. I cannot wait until Baby A starts learning to use the potty, she will love her little ladybug.

As an added bonus to such a wonderful product…it came with a fun book with brightly colored pages called George and Hallie and the Magic Carry Potty.  This can be an effective tool when starting this journey.
Along with the story I also receive a potty chart and stickers, which is a great reward system!



So whether it’s a picnic at the park, a day at the beach, or a long road trip in the car, My Carry Potty has you and your little one covered!


 Love this potty chair?  I know we do!  Click here to learn more or purchase your own.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Simple and Stylish Way to Soothe a Teething Baby.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Teething bites (pun intended).  Finding relief for your little one can sometimes seem impossible.  All they want is for the pain to go away...chewing sometimes helps.  During this time, everything goes straight into their mouths.  And since babies have a hard time keeping hold of things, they are constantly hitting the dirty ground that we walk on.  Now the problem we face is germs.  So why not fashion a chewable necklace that allows you to hold them while they soothe.

RubyRoo Baby says it all, “Stylish teething necklaces make teething easier by making your baby's favorite place to be - your arms - a little more soothing with beautiful wearable teether that's safe and soft to chew.”  

 Style choices:
http://www.amazon.com/Silicone-Teething-Necklace-RubyRoo-Baby/dp/B00T4ZVR9A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429461938&sr=8-1&keywords=rubyroo+baby+silicone+teething+necklace

 AVA
http://www.amazon.com/Silicone-Teething-Necklace-Nursing-Baby/dp/B00T54OGIO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1429461938&sr=8-2&keywords=rubyroo+baby+silicone+teething+necklace

 CORA

I have the Cora style RubyRoo Baby necklace in True Turquoise.  I chose this color because I wanted something bright that would catch Baby A's eye and keep her attention.  I love that it draws her attention away from the necklace that I have worn everyday since my Dad passed.  I was constantly prying it out of her hands and mouth but did not want to remove it.  Since I’m usually not the jewelry wearing type when she is not playing with it, I tuck it into my shirt or remove it and place it into its resealable bag.  However, if you are a jewelry gal and would like to coordinate with your wardrobe, they do have multiple colors available. 

Color Choices: 
Fresh Mint
True Turquoise
Strawberry Pink
Glacier Gray (only available with Cora)
Elegant Ivory (only available with Ava)


What I Love:
  • Soft food grade silicone beads are the perfect size and are individually knotted for safety
  • The nylon cord is smooth so it does not catch my hair 
  • Can be chilled in refridgerater for extra relief
  • Customizable 30-inch cord that you can customize to suit your style
  • Comes with a resealable bag for germ free travel
  • Phthalate Free, Latex Free, Lead Free, BPA Free
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Truly keeps Baby A occupied and happy
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE 
Both Baby A and I are so happy that we tried RubyRoo Baby’s teething necklace.  Its nice to have something that won’t fall to the floor every time she drops it or moves onto something else and it keep her more focused when she is nursing.  With her no longer being so easily distracted nursing has become more pleasant for the both of us. #MakingLifeEasier! Thanks RubyRoo!

Make sure to stop by Amazon to order today!

 ***WARNING: This product is NOT a toy. Do not place jewelry around baby's neck or leave baby unattended with jewelry. Do not let baby chew on clasp; clasp is not chewable. Inspect jewelry before each use; if damaged, discard.



Monday, March 30, 2015

Perfect for Spring...Light Egyptian Cotton Sheets

With spring just around the corner, it's definitely time to start preparing the home for warmer weather.  For many, this will most likely involve changing out comforters and heavy blankets for lighter more allergy friendly sheets.  However, finding quality sheets that aren't costly can often be a daunting task Are they soft enough?  Are they truly allergy friendly?  Will they fit my bed properly?  These are just some of the many questions you may face when shopping for those perfect sheets.  Well, look no further.  Thanks to Yorkshire Mayfair luxurious 500 Thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets and their great color selection you are guaranteed to find the sheets to match your needs, I know I did. 
Fits perfectly in the guest bedroom!

I was sent a nice warm brown color for review .  This sheet set includes both a flat and fitted sheet as well as 2 pillowcases.  These sheets are made with the highest quality brushed Egyptian cotton, making them super breathable and light.  The deep pocketed corners guarantee a perfect fit even for a mattress in addition to a memory foam mattress pad .   The flat sheet is also "over-sized" so it can be tucked snuggly under any size mattress. 

Like any other bed sheet proper care is key.  If you do not take care of your bedding it will not last, no matter the price.  Caring for the Yorkshire Mayfair sheets is very easy.  And as long as you stick to the washing instructions, these sheets will not pill or fray.  Wash in cold water, omit the fabric softener, and tumble dry low.  Some of you may or may not know that harsh soaps and fabric softeners eat away at fabric, so it is best to launder with just regular laundry soap and exclude the fabric softener.  Also, you should avoid using hot water and over drying, as this will cause the threads to come loose.

Overall, I am really impressed with the luxurious sheets of  Yorkshire Mayfair.   You receive quality, luxurious sheets at an affordable price.  While these are not the softest sheets Yorkshire has to offer they are extremely comfortable.  And did I mention that these sheets are WRINKLE RESISTANT!!  Absolutely perfect for our guest bedroom. With these revolutionary sheets you are guaranteed a more restful, restorative sleep.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Handwriting Practice Made Easy! +FLASH GIVEAWAY!

Did you know that penmanship is no longer taught in public schools? Crazy right?  Being a homeschooling family, we are always looking for great tools to help guide us while we educate our children.   Which is why I am so happy to share a program called Startwrite 6.0 with you.

Startwrite 6 is a Windows only program designed to help your child when learning to write.  It is hands down the easiest way to create customized handwriting practice sheets. 
 
Startwrite 6.0 software has so many features and offers so much that I am unsure as to where to begin. You have the option to insert pictures, change the page orientation, add graphics and boarders, and determine what type of guidelines work best for your child.

Also included is a feature that offers clip-art so that pictures can be placed next to the text box or anywhere on the page.  Helping children put a “face” to the word, which is perfect for young readers.  You can also insert your own pictures!!
 
Altering the guidelines to meet your child’s needs is super easy.  You can make them solid lines, dotted lines, thick, thin, or you may choose to turn them off altogether.  And don’t worry about having to use the boring standardized blue and red lines, because Startwrite allows you to change their color.  We changed ours to Little Miss M’s favorite colors: Purple and Pink.

Startwrite is versatile and does not have to be solely for writing.  It can be used for all subjects.  For example, you can build counting, telling time, weather or geography sheets.
 Another neat feature is that you can add borders around each text box and the possibilities are endless.  StartWrite 6.0 comes with pictures that can go around the text boxes that correspond with each letter of the alphabet and also feature some other little pictures and symbols to make the worksheet look more fun.
 
Not feeling like making a worksheet from scratch?  Startwrite has you covered by including pre-made handwriting practice worksheets in their software. 

An added bonus, Startwrite 6 is Bilingual.  Spanish fonts make it easy for Spanish-speaking students to practice writing in their own language, and for English-speaking children to learn Spanish.

Not only will this program save time but it will also save us money!!  This program is a wonderful investment, and a great addition to any home.

Try the free trial version, or purchase it for 39.95.

WIN
To be entered to win simply leave your first name and your email in a comment below.  A winner will be randomly selected 3/30/15 @ 10p

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Make memories for your children with KD Novelties

The introduction of a new sibling doesn't always go smoothly.  In fact, bringing home baby number two often leads to aggression, regression, jealousy, or a combinations of these negative behaviors. A personalized book on the subject could be the answer  to helping your child transition from only child to big brother or sister.  With A’s recent arrival, I was happy to have found a book for M at KD Novelties that did just that.  

Easy as 1-2-3
In a matter of minutes, I created M's personalized storybook (and keepsake).   To make choosing a book easier you can actually go on a virtual tour of each book.  This gives you a chance to see what you are purchasing and what is more awesome than that?!  You can even personalize it and then read a preview of what your published book will look like before placing your order.  Upon creating The Sibling Book, I was asked to give M's name and gender, hometown, and her siblings name and gender.  I was also given the option to write a dedication.  





The Product
This book is a sturdy 7x9 hardcover book, just the perfect size for little hands.  It has 36 beautifully illustrated pages that lightly address issues first children my face while coping with the arrival of a new sibling.  Since we also own KD Novelties Little One, Little One, What Do You See?  for McKenzie, big sis is no stranger to hearing her name is books.  Like M’s personalized book, I can assure you that this will become a family favorite and a frequent bedtime story request.



Shipping
The website says to allow about a week in a half from the date of order for your book to arrive, but I received mine in just a few days.  The shipping is also reasonably priced.  KD is currently offering FREE priority shipping on orders of $50 or more!

And There’s More
KD Novelties not only has a huge variety of personalized books, but they also have CDs, DVDs, and book baskets all created especially for your child.  With Christmas just around the corner their CDs and bookmark buddies would make great socking stuffers! 

Would I recommend KD Novelties Absolutely!

You can browse their selection and/or make a purchase straight from their site.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Luxury Sheets by Yorkshire Mayfair

With spring just around the corner, it's definitely time to start preparing the home for warmer weather.  For many, this will most likely involve changing out comforters and heavy blankets for lighter more allergy friendly sheets.  However, finding quality sheets that aren’t costly can often be a daunting task Are they soft enough?  Are they truly allergy friendly?  Will they fit my bed properly?  These are just some of the many questions you may face when shopping for those perfect sheets.  Well, look no further.  Thanks to Yorkshire Mayfair luxurious sheets and their great color selection you are guaranteed to find the sheets to match your needs, I know I did. 

I was sent a beautiful sage color for review .  This sheet set includes both a flat and fitted sheet as well as 2 pillowcases.  These sheets are made with the highest quality brushed microfiber, making them super breathable, incredibly durable, and soft.  The deep pocketed corners guarantee a perfect fit even for a mattress in addition to a memory foam mattress pad .   The flat sheet is also "over-sized" so it can be tucked snuggly under any size mattress. 


Like any other bed sheet proper care is key.  If you do not take care of your bedding it will not last, no matter the price.  Caring for the Yorkshire Mayfair sheets is very easy.  And as long as you stick to the washing instructions, these sheets will not pill or fray.  Wash in cold water, omit the fabric softener, and tumble dry low.  Some of you may or may not know that harsh soaps and fabric softeners eat away at fabric, so it is best to launder with just regular laundry soap and exclude the fabric softener.  Also, you should avoid using hot water and over drying, as this will cause the threads to come loose.
Overall, I am really impressed with the luxurious sheets of  Yorkshire Mayfair.   You receive quality, luxurious sheets at an affordable price.  And did I mention that these sheets are WRINKLE RESISTANT!!  Absolutely perfect for our guest bedroom. With these revolutionary sheets you are guaranteed a more restful, restorative sleep.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Animal Trackers Club Review

All kids love animals so why not expand this love with an inexpensive monthly subscription specifically designed for your new reader. With their age-appropriate instructional materials designed to encourage hands-on learning through creative play and activities, Animal Tracker Club allows your child to “track” a new animal of the African Safari each month.
Animal Trackers Club is recommended for children ages 3 and up and will definitely hold their attention.  A subscription starts at just $11.95 a month plus $3.00 for shipping, and can be cancelled at any time.  This is a great way to introduce children to new animals in the animal kingdom.  

The Adventure Begins With:
Introduction to the Animal Trackers Club
Animal Trackers Club Safari Lunchbox
African Savanna Information Card
Cover and Ring for the Safari Animal Photo Collection
Savanna Art Project
Savanna Animal Cards Activity
Each Month Your Child Will Receive:
Animal Information Card
Animal Play Figure
Animal Foam Mask
Animal Magnet
Safari Animal Photo Card
Learning Activity
Art Project

Little Miss M  was so excited to have received a package just for her.  And Mommy was excited that she was excited to learn. 



 After reading the Animal Trackers Club introduction sheet, the first activity M wanted to do was create her "safari" scene with the included animal stickers.




The self-stick stickers were easy for her to use and she was even able to move them to different places on the sheets without them losing their stickiness. 


My favorite item is the Safari Lunchbox.  This versatile lunchbox  can become a play station for the monthly animal magnets as well as a storage for the animal figures, information card collection, and the "Safari Animal Tracks" ringed set.  M's lunchbox did arrive with a decent sized dent on the side but this does not affect the purpose of the box (and it does not seem to bother my daughter).  

  Although M loves all animals, I am so glad the first one sent was one of her favorites...the zebra.  So naturally, M's favorite item in the package was the zebra play figure.  The activities included were age appropriate, rewarding, and fun!  The foam mask is soft and comfortable so M did not want to take it off.   
  
Even after the activity portion Little Miss M continued to learn and play.  And since she learned that the zebra was part of the horse family she had to add her horse to the safari.  She was overjoyed to have received another zebra to complete her zebra family.

Overall, I was super impressed with the Animal Tracker Club.  Very well thought out and the addition to our home school curriculum.  

With 4 different subscription options you can easily fit Animal Trackers Club into any budget.

Monthly Plan $11.95 +3 shipping
3 Month Plan $36.00 +$3.00/month Shipping
6 Month Plan $70.00 +$3.00/month Shipping
12 Month Plan $135.00 +$3.00/month Shipping