Need last minute Halloween decorations and costumes..Kohl’s the the Rescue!

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Halloween is a mere 3 days away. Are you ready?! Now we are with the help of one of my favorite stores, Kohl’s. The first stop in going Halloween shopping is making sure your house is completely decorated for Halloween. We love to go overboard with one of our favorite holidays and tend to put Halloween decorations all over. One of my favorites is this decorative pillow that we put in our front foyer area:IMG 8300 768x1024 Need last minute Halloween decorations and costumes..Kohls the the Rescue!

If pillows are not your thing do not worry as Kohl’s has decorative mats, wreaths, kitchen towels, and more. The best deal is that mostly everything for Halloween at Kohl’s is now on sale. That means you will not only be set for this year but the next as well!  Need last minute Halloween decorations and costumes..Kohls the the Rescue! Need last minute Halloween decorations and costumes..Kohls the the Rescue!
Kohl’s also has you covered in the costume department.  Of course the biggest costume rage this year is Frozen and they have an entire Frozen section dedicated to just that. Besides Frozen, they do have a vast array of amazing costumes for everyone in your family, including a lot of Disney costumes such as themes from Cars. For my family though, we did a Frozen theme and I am sporting an Elsa dress from the Kohl’s Halloween line.1546209 10152766109874356 8636604587946641814 n Need last minute Halloween decorations and costumes..Kohls the the Rescue!

If you are like me and are a last minute shopper, do not forget to shop at Kohl’s the next two days for Halloween. You can even shop online and be ready to go this October 31st! Have fun shopping and Happy Halloween everyone!

 

 

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Why I love Burt’s Bees?!

*This is a sponsored post with Burt’s Bees. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.* DSC 0593 Why I love Burts Bees?!I am amazed that Burt’s Bees is coming up on its 30th anniversary, and can’t believe how incredibly ahead of its time the company was at its inception three decades ago! It is just amazing to me. I feel like consumers are still just figuring out how much better it is for your health to use all natural products. There has now been years of research, and we know that toxins are found in many everyday beauty products, but Burt’s Bees was founded way before we even had all that data. For 30 years, Burt’s Bees has been a trustworthy source of natural products that produce great results. Starting with bees wax candles way back then, the line now encompasses everything from baby products to their iconic beeswax lip balm that now comes in all sorts of dazzling shades. And I can’t tell you how happy I am that it does, because when Hayley wants to grab my “lipstick” I don’t freak out. I know it’s fine for her because it is made from natural ingredients. In fact, I remember one of my first lip balms that I was ever allowed to own was Burt’s Bees too.DSC 0598 Why I love Burts Bees?! Taking a cue from nature,  Burt’s Bees focuses on the environment and sustainability, which makes me feel better about purchasing their products. The philosophy of the company is all about making sure that it operates for “the greater good”, meaning for people, profit and the planet. I love that I can find Burt’s Bees products easily at the places I shop most often. I just picked up a luxurious Burt’s Bees hand cream at Wal-Mart. It smells divine, and makes my hands feel super soft. They have included so many amazing options in their product line now that it was it was hard to choose and not to just buy them all! The way I see it, if I am going to buy things like shampoo, lotion or lip balm anyways, of course I’ll purchase a natural brand that I love and trust. And one that is conscientious about the planet and sustainability, It’s a no brainer, right?10298816 10152593100924356 8669834395098015932 n Why I love Burts Bees?! Aside from the incredible adult skincare line, they also have Burt’s Bees Baby line which has lotions, washes, soaps, diaper ointment and more. I feel good using Burt’s Bees on my 4 month older daughter each morning! Now her and I use similar Burt’s Bees products and I for one, could not be happier.  My next purchase is definitely going to be the facial cleansers. I can find all the Burt’s Bees products now at Walmart. unnamed10 Why I love Burts Bees?! So have you used Burt’s Bees? What do you like best about their products?

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Calphalon Frying Pan makes cooking that much more easier!

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I love to cook in my house. Most nights, I love to sautée vegetables and add it to my chicken recipe of the week. Other times, I really enjoy breakfast for dinner, and love to fry up some eggs for a quick meal. No matter how I cook, I always use my Calphalon cookware to help me get started to some great meals.IMG 8310 1024x768 Calphalon Frying Pan makes cooking that much more easier!

A few weeks ago we were sent the Calphalon Frying Pan and I have to say, that I immediately fell in love with it. It is an 8 inch frying pan that is perfect  for frying up my eggs, cooking some vegetables with chicken, or just making some good ole’ grilled cheese sandwiches. As with a lot of the Calphalon products they are completely non-stick. Long gone are the days when you can’t get the food off the pan or end up having a pan with remnants of food stuck after washing. The Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick is created with multi-layer nonstick for ultra durability.

Once I am done cooking, I simply put the frying pan in the dishwasher and in no time at all, it is ready to be used again. Some pots and pans from other brands have to be washed by hand, but with the Calphalon Nonstick Line, you never have to worry about this. The Calphalon Frying Pan combines durability and ease with cooking, while allowing an easy cleanup.

With some pots and pans, the handle ends up heating up so quickly and it is too hot to the touch. This again is not a problem because it features a long, cast stainless steel handle that stays cool while you’re cooking on the stovetop. It is oven safe to 450 degrees F and is made of a heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum for even heating.DSC 0600 1024x682 Calphalon Frying Pan makes cooking that much more easier!

When I was getting married, Calphalon was the name I had all over my wedding registry. Almost all of our cookware is Calphalon and I continue to be a big fan as time goes on. The products are made to last! After all, I got married almost 9 years ago, and I have yet to replace my pots and pans. That is saying a lot.

If you are looking for a great frying pan, definitely check out the Calphalon brand today. Besides being extremely functional, it is also affordable at around $54. Happy cooking!

 

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Sleep Tips for Daylight Savings and a Pampers Giveaway!

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So shall I dare say that Taylor is almost sleeping through the night… Of course, she is not in her crib yet so things can change drastically but right now we are getting between 8-12 hours out of her at a time. Amazing if you ask me! However, the dreaded day that most parents fear is coming up on November 2nd- Daylight Savings! I wish they would do away with this, but in reality, I don’t see that happening for a long time. So to help myself and all moms/dads out there, I thought I list some of my top sleep tips for daylight savings.

1. Make sure you start moving up their bedtime at small increments this entire week. I suggest doing it about 3-4 minutes each night so by the time this Sunday comes, you will be all set for that hour difference in setting back our clocks. The littlest changes will assure a smooth Daylight Savings transition.

2. Make sure the room is dark when putting your kids to bed and try to get them up when it is light. Consistency is key with sleep! Even if it is the weekend, do try to adhere to the same wake up and sleep time. I know you might be tempted to keep them up later at night on the weekends, but this will ultimately lead to cranking kids and no fun for anyone in the family!

3. Have a solid bedtime routine. For us, this consists of bath, book, and bed. We try to start our schedule every night at 6:30 pm for a 7:30 bedtime. If you follow a routine, it makes putting kids to bed much easier.

4. Let them go to sleep with their lovey or pacifier. If they are young (like Taylor’s age), a pacifier might help with them sleeping. Of course, this should not be used forever but it is okay if they are babies. If they don’t take a pacifier, try a favorite blanket or stuffed animal.

5. Make sure that your babies/toddlers stay try all night long. The #1 reason Taylor wakes up at night is she is wet. No baby or child likes to sleep in urine- Would you? In fact, in a 2013 survey conducted by Pampers, they  found that nearly one-quarter of mothers (24%) felt that a dry diaper was the number one thing that enabled their baby to sleep through the night. For this reason, we use Pampers as our go to diaper!10489656 10152544236969356 6728190412325951220 n  Sleep Tips for Daylight Savings and a Pampers Giveaway!

Pampers is so committed to keeping baby dry during the most important parts of their day: love, play and sleep. Through Pampers’ extensive research on sleep, they’ve learned that babies are more vulnerable to waking up when they’re wet. Unlike other diapers that offer two layers, Pampers diapers have three absorbent layers that provide up to 12 hours of overnight dryness protection. It’s Pampers hope to minimize sleep disruptions so that little ones get the sweet slumber they deserve and need!

We know once we put Pampers on Taylor, she will be all set for a good night sleep and will not wake up wet! This equates to a happy baby and an even happier mommy! Sleep is essential for little ones to grow so why prohibit that by making them sleep in wet diapers that do not absorb. Be sure to check out Pampers diapers today so mommy/daddy/baby can all have a great night sleep!

Good luck to everyone with the sleep transition on November 2nd! Hopefully these tips will help!

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Taylor is loving her new stroller! – The Joovy Roo!

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Screen Shot 2014 10 26 at 4.43.29 PM Taylor is loving her new stroller!   The Joovy Roo!A few weeks ago, we were sent the amazing Joovy Roo for review. With Taylor being about 4 months old now, she is going to be in an infant car seat for quite some time and I needed a stroller that would help me leave her in the car seat from the car,  but at the same time, make sure she is safe. That is where the Joovy Roo comes in!  The Joovy Roo is an Infant Car Seat Frame Stroller  that will help you leave your child in their “bucket” seat and transition from the car to strolling on the go.IMG 8250 768x1024 Taylor is loving her new stroller!   The Joovy Roo!

Once we received the Roo in the mail, it was quite easy to set up. The frame was already set up, so we needed to add some wheels and make sure everything clicked in, and then we were good to go. What is incredibly unique about this stroller, is it fits a vast array of car seats and it allows you to fit each specific brand based on how you set up the Roo. For example on the inside of the frame, it tells you which way to set up the car seat depending on the brand. There is also an additional accessory piece that can be used to help accommodate the large car seats. Right now the Joovy Roo is compatible with the Chicco KeyFit 30, Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30, Graco Snugride Classic Connect 35, and the Peg Peregos Primo Viaagio SIP 30-30. Since we have the Graco Snugride, we are good to go. Currently it does not fit the Click Connect Graco but this is something that might become available in the future.IMG 8275 768x1024 Taylor is loving her new stroller!   The Joovy Roo!

Once we had it set up, we were ready to take it out for a spin. The very first thing I noticed is the lightweight frame. It is very easy to take it from the trunk to the streets, without much effort on my part.  With a very simple opening to the stroller, I can then click in Taylor’s infant car seat. The Roo uses a simple click-in design and releases with the manufacturer car seat’s release lever. Once in, you will hear a click and then you know you are safe for strolling. It is incredibly easy to use.IMG 8283 768x1024 Taylor is loving her new stroller!   The Joovy Roo!

The main design feature that sets the Joovy apart is the fact that the infant car seat faces sideways with the Roo. The Roo’s side mount is made that way to take the parents into account. Instead of trying to get a bulky stroller in when you are sitting in restaurants, you simply “parallel park” the stroller next to you. That way it is more convenient for you (the handle will not get in the way) and the baby can actually see  you. You can then simply interact with the baby without much strain to either of you, or feed the baby efficiently. At first, I was not sure about the sideways mount but now I can honestly say I absolutely love it. It has made my life much easier as a mom taking care of her!IMG 8279 768x1024 Taylor is loving her new stroller!   The Joovy Roo!

The frame on the Roo is wider to provide maximum stability to your baby. This is a VERY DURABLE stroller that will most likely last for quite a few years. The smaller wheel base allows for easy maneuverability and handling. Once done, it folds up with the one hand. It also had rear wheel breaks, front wheel suspension, and a great latch system. The storage space on this stroller is also second to none and it has a total of 4 cup holders! This stroller is absolutely amazing!! IMG 8276 768x1024 Taylor is loving her new stroller!   The Joovy Roo!

If you are looking for a great newborn stroller, look no further than the Joovy Roo! It will sure make your life as a mom/dad much easier!IMG 8285 768x1024 Taylor is loving her new stroller!   The Joovy Roo!

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