Saturday Top Five Laughs- Come Join Our Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! Easter weekend and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend with whatever you do! As always come link up any cute or funny post that you may have, kid or not kid related. Definitely check out the other blogs who link up, as they all provide a great laugh. Feel free to take my button or share on social media, although this is not necessary. Have a great weekend!

dentistmelsbbutton1 Saturday Top Five Laughs  Come Join Our Blog Hop!My top five laughs:

5. Zane is at the point where he is almost giving up naps. I try to make him stay at least an hour in there but he comes up with every excuse to get out. Today, I heard at least 4 excuses including, “If you don’t get me out, I will pee the bed”. The boy is a smart one!

4. Hayley and Zane are really close these days but boy do they fight! Hayley likes to blame Zane and Zane likes to blame Hayley. I probably hear about 2 hours of fighting a day and then in between the fighting, they are best friends. Seriously, bi-polar much?! I kid:)

3. Hayley is getting her room painted and we let her pick out the paint and rug. While she did a great job with the paint color, I totally vetoed the floor color. Brown carpet, purple walls, and a yellow mural- does not match! It is almost like her picking out her clothes that have totally no matching to them! It is cute though!

2.  Totally have pregnancy brain. Just went through drive through at Starbucks and when I got to front, I told them that what they were giving me was not my order. Within 2 minutes, I realized I never actually ordered from the drive through. Just drove my car right to check out. Lol! I messed up that barista.

1.Kids were eating dinner and Hayley told a blatant lie. Zane yelled out to Hayley, “Hayley..Your nose is going to get bigger!” Hayley proceeded to start crying because she really thought her nose was going to grow and asked me how to stop it from growing. How in the world does my 3 year old know about this but my 5.5 year has no clue! I had to laugh!

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How Zane is doing Potty Training?! #StartPottyTraining #MC

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Unknown 1024x682 How Zane is doing Potty Training?! #StartPottyTraining #MCI just looked back at my first post as a Pull-Ups ambassador on February 26, 2014. When I looked back, I am absolutely floored how much Zane has advanced in the potty training world, in as little as two months. I remember in that post that I was frustrated and was willing to do anything to embark on our journey to finally getting him trained. I decided to use many tactics including The Big Kid Timer, reward charts, and constantly wearing Pull-Ups to getting him trained. Well….I am so happy to report that my little Zane is finally almost 90 percent potty trained. Do you want to do the potty celebration dance with me? Sure, there are times when he is still wearing his Pull-Ups such as nighttime and wearing them during swimming (I don’t trust him yet in a pool) but overall, he is now in big boy underwear! Hooray!!!

DSC 12634 1024x682 How Zane is doing Potty Training?! #StartPottyTraining #MCHonestly, I owe a big portion of him getting potty trained to Pull-Ups. Pull-Ups training pants are ideal for toddlers that are ready to begin the potty training process and they are designed to look and fit more like underwear and to work with each individual child’s potty training style. What Zane loves about his Pull-Ups is that he could do it all by himself. The boy is into total independence and Pull-Ups allows him to go to the bathroom himself by simply pulling up and down his Pull-Ups. When he did have an accident in the Pull-Ups, he hated the feeling of being wet and did not like the fact that his Cars design went away when he had an accident. The Pull-Ups are made with a cool alert feature when it begins to feel cool when wet, as well as seeing the design fade when it is wet. With the help of Pull-Ups, the boy was trained in 2 months! Seriously amazing! If you are personal Facebook friends with me, you know I have been talking about Potty training for over 2 years but now I can officially say with the exception of a few circumstances, he is TRAINED! Again, Hooray!!DSC 12643 1024x682 How Zane is doing Potty Training?! #StartPottyTraining #MC

Honestly, there is nothing I would have done differently with the Potty Training journey! I am a big advocate of letting your children let you know when they are ready. As I told before, I made the big mistake of sort of forcing Hayley to potty train, which ended up backfiring on me.  I knew Zane was ready because he showed all the signs of wanting to go to the bathroom and did that “hide in the corner” thing to tell me that he had to go. I really think he was so easy to train because I let him take the lead! If you rush a child, it will surely backfire on you. You can certainly begin to try to train them with Pull-Ups but don’t full on rush it, and put on underwear right away. Pull-Ups is a great stepping stone to get your kids trained.  I also feel having an older sister was motivating to get Zane trained. Zane wants to do everything Hayley does in life! Haha!

Consistency is key during the potty training journey. I used a lot of tips from the Big Kids Academy on the Pull-Ups® website to help overcome any challenges I faced during potty training. For example, we used the reward chart method and stickers to get him to where he is today. With Zane we gave him a quarter (I know..he is strange) every time he went on the potty. Zane loves quarters so that was enough to make him go on the potty. We also used the tips of Vicki Lansky, who is a mom and potty training expert on the Big Kids Academy site. She recommended always making sure that you have extra clothes when training, taking a potty seat with you, making sure your child goes potty before you go anywhere, etc.  Using a timer to track when he should try going potty, was also invaluable.

DSC 12652 1024x682 How Zane is doing Potty Training?! #StartPottyTraining #MCIf you are a potty training mom or dad, definitely check out all the different tools and resources, available on the Big Kid Academy via the Pull-Ups websiteFacebook page, and Twitter page. The resources are so useful and will help in your potty training adventures. While we primarily used a sticker chart, on the Pull-Ups website, they have a rewards wheel, where your kids can do certain fun activities if they go potty. If the sticker chart did not work out, we were certainly going to try the wheel. It looks great and is available to view on the Big Kid Academy Pull-ups website.

Pull-Ups recently announced an exiting new partnership with The First Years, a maker of potty training systems and seats. The First Years offers a range of different potty training systems and seats, even some decorated with Disney characters to help make potty training as fun as possible! With with the purchase of a specialty potty system from The First Years, you will also receive a free sample pack of Pull-Ups Training Pants to tackle the potty training journey! We used the Cars First Years seat and it was awesome to help him get trained. You can read my full review of the Cars First Year potty seat here: First Years.

Lastly, the Big Kid App has proved to be a wonderful feature to help get Zane trained. The app offer videos and songs and a Big Kid checklist to help your little one, in his or her nighttime routine. Zane loved getting his stars on this app and then being able to open his favorite Disney games right on the app. Oh and how could I forget his favorite feature: Choosing a special Disney character, along with a time and date, and they will deliver a a message (through the phone number you provided) for your child at potty time! How neat is that?!

Be sure to check out  the Big Kid Academy via the Pull-Ups websiteFacebook page, and Twitter page today!

So tell me, have you potty trained and what advice do you have?

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National Geographic Welcome to the World Keepsake Baby Book Review + Giveaway!

*I am a National Geographic Blog Ambassador. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*

unnamed 11 National Geographic Welcome to the World Keepsake Baby Book Review + Giveaway! With the new baby coming in a few weeks, I was on the search for a great baby book. I am still that mom who tries to document everything the baby does, and I hope to continue the tradition with this new baby girl. Recently I received the National Geographic Welcome to the World Keepsake Book which is the end all, be all of baby recording books.

DSC 1265 1024x682 National Geographic Welcome to the World Keepsake Baby Book Review + Giveaway! It’s a beautifully designed keepsake that, in true Nat Geo style, emphasizes stunning photography. The cover of the book features a mommy and baby penguin with a starry outline looking towards the sky. Then the first few pages show the earth and sky and continue to show some of the beautiful landmarks of the world via photography until the the day you were born page. On the first “You were Born!” page, it gives you ample room to answer certain questions such as when the baby arrived, how the baby was delivered, first pictures, hair color, etc.DSC 12633 1024x682 National Geographic Welcome to the World Keepsake Baby Book Review + Giveaway!

Throughout the book, not only will you see stunning pictures but equally awesome poems about infancy and the joy of raising a newborn.  There is many pages for you to fill out about the time the baby grows up, favorite memories, routines, etc.  The book then ends with the saying, “It’s a wonderful world waiting for you!”

What I love about this keepsake book is it is unlike any baby book I have seen. It has over 150 pages and is broken up into photography based on newborn sayings, animals, etc. and in between is the pages for you as the mommy or daddy to fill out to remember those special occasions and events from the time you were born to the time you got bigger. I am in awe of how simply detailed this baby book is and I really can’t wait to use it for our new baby girl!

DSC 12642 1024x682 National Geographic Welcome to the World Keepsake Baby Book Review + Giveaway! Here is a little more information about the book:

*This stunning keepsake baby book awes and inspires, reaching parents who appreciate design and elegance and who want to treasure the memories of their baby’s first year in living color, connecting the birth of a new child to the beauty of the world he or she is entering. Sweet, tender, and inspirational entries help parents fill out a memory scrapbook for their children that goes far beyond first tooth or first steps, but misses none of those key milestones. This book introduces the new baby to a world full of beauty, promise, and hope, just what every parent wants for their child.*

Buy it: This book is wonderful for a new baby or for a baby gift. This baby book retails for $24 (an incredible price) if I must say so on the National Geographic Website. 

Win it: One winner will receive this keepsake book. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me why you want to win this book in the comment section proceeding this post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. US only.
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NewAir AI150SS Ice Maker Review and Giveaway!

newair logo 256x100  NewAir AI150SS Ice Maker Review and Giveaway!NewAir has been a company I have been familiar with since I first became a homeowner.  NewAir is the premier provider of appliances built to fit your home. They have many incredible appliances such as ice makers, air quality control devices, wine/beverage coolers, and home appliances. All of their appliances are designed to make your life easier and incorporate sleek designs, efficiency, and ease of use. They develop appliances that are not only portable, but are made to fit even the smallest areas of your home. They will help you make your most of the small spaces and develop products that go above and beyond industry standards.ai 150ss left m  NewAir AI150SS Ice Maker Review and Giveaway!

Recently we received the  NewAir AI150SS Ice Maker which is a portable ice maker that makes 24 pounds of ice daily. This portable ice maker has been so useful, as we added in a home wet bar in our basement. While a wet bar is great, there was no way to get ice to the drinks, other than going upstairs and taking the ice from the freezer. This inevitably added to spills and not enough ice being brought down in one trip. With the  NewAir AI150SS Ice Maker, I can put the ice maker on my countertop or below on my shelves, to make ice right there.  The ice drawer opens on the front so if you want to hide it, you can put it like I do under your cupboards. Long gone are the days when I have to rely on my refrigerator to make ice.

Screen Shot 2014 04 16 at 9.58.32 AM  NewAir AI150SS Ice Maker Review and Giveaway!This ice maker features a sleek design, which takes up hardly any counter space. Set up of the ice maker is virtually seamless and in no time at all, I had ice being made in my basement. Of what I read, this is one of the smallest portable ice makers on the market, but one that will make a great deal of ice. The dimensions of this ice maker are  only 13.5 inches long and 12 inches tall, so it will fit anywhere you need it – kitchen, office break room, office, bar, living room, etc. What could be better!

The NewAir AI-150SS starts making ice the minute you turn it on and produces fresh ice in as little as 10 minutes.  To use the ice maker once you have it on your counter, simply  plug it in, add water with the included cup, and press the button to start making ice! LED indicators light up to tell you when to empty the ice bin or add more water. That is it! Pretty neat if I must say so myself! I can get easily confused with appliances but the NewAir A1-150SS makes it so easy to use with the easy one button control and no installation process.

I love using my NewAir A1-150SS to make ice. 24 pounds of ice a day assures me that I will never run out. I am also a huge fan of being able to have the push out draw to get the ice, once I make it. With other ice makers I have to bend high and low to try to get the ice out. I never have this problem because of the front pull-out draw. This ice maker is portable so with your summer barbecues coming up, simply unplug it and bring it to a friends house. Then turn it on and in no time at all, that house with have ice. Long gone are the days where you have to ask a friend to go out and get a bucket of ice. This ice maker will do it all for you! Take it on vacations, picnics and backyard barbecues. You’ll never run out of ice again!

BUY IT: The NewAir A!-150SS is available to purchase on Amazon for $180, as well as other retailers that sell NewAir appliances.

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Earth Day is coming up! Healthy Essentials Savings and Tips!! #Moms4JNJConsumer #ad

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.*Screen Shot 2014 04 16 at 8.08.31 AM Earth Day is coming up! Healthy Essentials Savings and Tips!! #Moms4JNJConsumer #ad

Earth Day is coming up next week, and since becoming a mom I have an increased awareness regarding the importance of environmental sustainability. After all, our legacy to our children will be the earth they inherit. On Earth Day we pause to celebrate the environment, but really every day is Earth day, and every day our actions are important.  So I’ve put together a few ways to help the environment and your wallet at the same time, while doing good in the world!

I started by visiting the HealthyEssentials.com website where I know I can get amazing deals on everyday products. In April there are great printable coupons for products that I love, and by signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons and offers right now you can get up to $55.00 savings right there.  Bargains like saving a dollar when I buy  JOHNSON’S® Baby Intense Moisture Cream or any LUBRIDERM® product, and $2.00 on any (3) NEOSPORIN®, BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive bandages or JOHNSON and JOHNSON RED CROSS® Brand products.  (all sure to come in handy on the playground this summer) These are amazing deals on products that I would buy anyway, and those are just a few of the coupons on the website.

Here are some amazing deals available now:

  • Save $1.00 on any JOHNSON’S® Baby Intense Moisture Cream
  • Save $1.00 on any LUBRIDERM® product (6oz or larger)
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) CLEAN & CLEAR® product (excludes trial and travel sizes)
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Sun product (exclude trial size)
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® SMART RINSE Anti-cavity Mouthwash, 500 ml
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) REACH® Total Care Floss, or REACH® Gentle Gum Care Floss, or REACH® Dentotape® or REACH® Access® FlosserScreen Shot 2014 04 16 at 8.09.26 AM Earth Day is coming up! Healthy Essentials Savings and Tips!! #Moms4JNJConsumer #ad

 

There are also great lifestyle tips on the Healthy Essentials website, and earth friendly tips like reminding us to recycle in the bathroom. Even though it might be the smallest room in your house, recycling, and conserving water in there can make a big environmental impact. On the website you can learn more about Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to improving product sustainability, and their philanthropic work with their commitment to improving the lives of women and children around the world.

Don’t worry you can help make a difference too, by downloading, and using the Donate A Photo app. The free Donate A Photo (DAP) app allows consumers to make a difference by raising money and awareness for causes that they care about through the simple act of taking a photo. For every photo shared through Donate A Photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate one dollar to one of its non-profit partners that you choose from a the list. This is a really fun way to share your photos while making a positive impact in the world.

Learn more about recycling at http://caretorecycle.com, and join us in celebrating a Happy, sustainable Earth Day on April 22nd, and every day.  Be sure to visit HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®  amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more for all the products you and your family love. You can save over $55 by visiting http://www.HealthyEssentials.com in April and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons and offers. HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Products Has You Covered for Earth Day – Remember to Recycle Packaging in the Bathroom! Let’s make this Earth Day count! 
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