Three Toddler Bath Products You Must Own

Three Toddler Bath Products You Must Own
So I’m sure if you have a toddler you probably already know and love the most common bath time products like the Munchkin Caterpillar Spillers Stacking Cups and you’ve long since realized how handy regular cups and spatulas from the kitchen are for keeping your little one entertained in the tub for hours. You’ve also probably discovered that nasty, icky black gunk that squirts out of cheap water squirty toys (hint–those cheap rubber ducks are adorable but don’t buy them from Wal*Mart!)

Since you’ve already discovered all of this I wanted to tell you about my three current favorite toddler bath time products you might not know all about yet but that you’ll definitely want to own!

1. Dial Kids Body and Hair Wash – you might remember how impressed I was with the Dial Coconut Water Body Wash that I recently tried out so when I saw that there was also a new Dial for Kids wash out I couldn’t wait to try it–especially when I saw that there was a formula made especially for kids over 2. The toddler age is usually where the super mild baby products aren’t cutting it, but you don’t want to use full strength products–especially not if your kids have super sensitive skin like mine do!

The peachy clean fresh body wash smells wonderful and since it’s Hypoallergenic & artificial dye free I can even use it on Amber’s eczema prone skin–yey! Anytime I find something that smells good that I can use on my kids I’m all over it! It does a great job as a shampoo on Tyler’s cropped locks-and suds up really nicely as well! (hint–be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post for a chance to win some from me!)

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 Waterproof Bath Books

2. Waterproof Bath Books are about the coolest things ever. Toddlers are super independent and more than a little bit naughty–so when they get to do something “wrong” (a book in bath tub no no!!!) and it’s actually ok (a special bath time book, yes yes!) it goes over really well! We were given the classic The Rainbow Fish bath book as a gift when Amber was tiny, but there are a huge variety of books to choose from that come in this fun, float-able fashion!

Avon Naturals Kids Finger Paints

3. Avon Naturals Kids Finger Paints  My mom got two of these for the kids at Christmas and they have absolutely *loved* them! I love that they’re all natural so that they don’t irritate the kiddos skin, and their seriously fun and then soap up and rinse off of the tub very easily–even when the kids get it *everywhere* (compared to tub crayons which are fun but can be  a pain to clean off). I loved these so much I bought them four more for their Valentine’s Day gift and we’re already almost out again!

These are awesome for learning letters, shapes, and colors for your toddler and Amber uses a paintbrush to really “paint” pictures on the shower walls–you can also mix the colors (blue and red) to create purple and it’s a great way to launch into color combinations with your preschooler!

What Are Your Must Have Toddler Bath Products? Leave me a comment letting me know!

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Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: I was provided with the Dials Kids Natural Body Wash to rub a dub scrub with and giveaway. The bath book linky and the cutie caterpillar are affiliate links to Amazon. All other products, links, options, and cute naked baby pictures are not compensated and everything is my own wonderful advice and opinions which can never be bought.

Nicole Elliott

Why I love Scrubbing the Bathroom

All this talk about organizing bathrooms  lately has made me nostalgic.

Growing up we had this *fabulous* white, claw foot tub. Our bathroom was teeny tiny but the one amazing thing about it was that tub! I grew up with it and really took it for granted until I moved out and realized that not everyone grew up with one!

For our chores we each had to pick one to do each week-(yes we were lucky, but hey with four of us it made it easy to divide them up!) I hated vacuuming, didn’t mind dusting, but the chore I always asked for was cleaning the bathroom. For some reason scrubbing things until they are shiny/bright has always made me smile!

Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bath & Kitchen Cleaner

 Growing up the only cleaner I ever used in the bathroom was the Classic Lemon Soft Scrub in a bottle. So when I was recently sent Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bath & Kitchen Cleaner to review it was like greeting an old childhood friend! Sure the “haircut” (i.e. new cap that reduces spills) might be different-but so many things are still the same. Even lemon cleanser smell, the feel, and the white pools all made me warp back to being 14, jamming out to music while I pushed bubbles around and day dreamed about my short, muscly wrestler crushes (I know, I know-how funny is that considering I married a 6’7″ beanpole)

Some things never change–Soft Scrub still does an awesome job making the bathroom shiny and bright. You know a company has a good thing going when I can clean with the same cleaner 13 years later and get the same wonderful results!

And yes, cleaning the bathroom is still one of my favorite chores!

Two Lucky Winners can wax nostalgic (or just give the bathroom or kitchen a good scrub) for themselves!

Is there a certain cleaning product or smell that makes you nostalgic? Leave me a comment and let me know what it is and the memory behind it!

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Nicole Elliott

Organizing In Small Spaces ~ Personal Care Products

I’m very excited to be kicking off the first week of my Organizing in Small Spaces Series! Before I dive into our topic today — How To Organize Your Bathroom ~ Personal Care Products — I wanted to give a brief word of wisdom. This series is designed for the busy mom who has most of her life somewhat under control but could use a better system to help her find things easily. If you feel that you are so overwhelmed that you don’t even know where to begin I’d recommend a few different things. First you might look into having a professional organizer come work with you. Just like you’d have a professional carpet cleaner come to your house if your carpets were soiled and stained, having a organizer help you know where to begin can really help! I’ve been delighted to hear several come and speak at different MOPs groups and I always come away with new great ideas! If you don’t have the money or don’t feel quite like you need that level I’ve taken several of FlyLady’s ideas and tweaked them to fit my life and I’d highly recommend buying her book Sink Reflections! (you can also sign up/find things on her website, but I’ve found it to be a bit overwhelming at times)

Ok, with that being said let’s dive in!

I feel like the bathroom is a great place to start because if you’re like me you have a BUNCH of things in there that need to be organized and unlike clutter you won’t really need/want to get rid of them. Our family of 4 seems to have each person needing a different kind of soap and shampoo for various reasons–add to that the fact that I love to get body products as gifts, and the fact that we both like having a stockpile–well, we always have a lot of personal care products!

One great thing  about living in a small apartment or condo is that you most likely have a nice sized bathroom (if you’re living in a small, older house this sadly won’t be the case!) If you do, however, be sure to take advantage of that space by using it wisely!

The First Place to Start is the tub/shower – you should only have out one of each type of item (one shampoo, one conditioner, one soap/bodysoap) If like us different people have different skin needs make sure to just have one thing per person, and see if you can’t streamline by having certain people start to share (for example Amber and Tyler both use the Mommy Bliss body wash) You can see for us that I also have Bubble Bath along the ledge, and a foot scrubby item (like I said–I love my body stuff!!!!)

The next obvious place is on top of the toilet – Especially if you’re in a small bathroom this is “real estate” you’ll want to take advantage of–but in such a way that it doesn’t look trashy! I take care of this by using a pretty basket to hold the lotion & Amber’s eczema medicine since I use it several times daily, along with our Glade Expressions Spray (which, by the way) is pretty awesome–for some reason I’m really into lavender scents lately!!

Our bathroom here doesn’t have a fan (boo to that) so to pull “double duty” against odors next to the basket I also have a Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser. It’s a pretty way to make the bathroom smell as great as it looks!

Now it’s time for all the “hidden away” spots-one that most bathrooms are guaranteed to have is under the sink – For ours we have it split into “my side” and “hubbies side” I keep one of each of the personal care items that I’m going to be using daily (hairspray, facewash, makeup remover, contact solution) and my “makeup tacklebox” which is where I store all of my makeup on my side. On hubbies he actually has most of his “stockpile” of personal care items so that way he doesn’t have to go digging through all of my and the kids things in the drawers since he uses fewer products than the rest of us.

Lastly it’s the drawers! The bathroom we’re using now has several nice, deep drawers to use. In the top one I keep all of the kiddos products and my toothpaste and various other products that aren’t under the sink. (hubby has a long skinny drawer that he keeps the rest of his items in)


In the very bottom deep drawer is where I keep our stockpile of “extras” of anything that we have. I also keep all my extras in the very top of our cabinet (see the top photo for those) As you can see I’m pretty well stocked up! Which brings us to the question–how much is too much? During her talk with us last week Miss Pary Moppins addressed this and I loved her logic. She said that in her family they use the “Rule of Twelve”. That means that for any item like shampoo or body wash you figure you might go through about one a month, if you have twelve you are provided for for a year–which is an ample amount. Anything above this you can stop buying items or donate ones that you get to worthy places ( Pregnancy Crisis Centers, Single Mom Pantries, or Homeless Reach Out Organizations are just a few ideas!)

Do you have any great bathroom organization tips that I missed? Please let me know in the comments!

Nicole Elliott

Easy Cleaning For You

Wet & Forget Shower Spray

This week in my Organizing in Small Spaces blog post I’ll be doing my first post on Organizing Your Bathroom. I thought before I wrote about that, however, I’d do a post on how to make cleaning your bathroom easy so that you’ll actually have time to organize it!

As you know I’m normally all about using all natural cleaners–and I am, but I’ve found for me personally when it comes to the bathroom-especially the tub-I need to use “the real thing”!

Since we’re living with my in-laws right now me and my lovely second mom have a lovely system worked out–I cook, she cleans! When it comes to our bathroom, however, I clean that (because I would feel a little weird with someone else cleaning up the bathroom we use!)

Since I’m so busy between all my jobs, being home full time with the kids, and extracurricular activities I try my best to work smarter–not harder!

Wet & Forget Shower Spray

So here are my top 3 tips for easy cleaning for you!

Use your kids Bathtime or your Shower to your advantage!  You’re already in there–why not take advantage of that? I clean the entire bathroom during Tyler’s bath once a week-normally I can get everything cleaned up and wiped off before his bubbles disapear!

Keep your supplies in the bathroom. If you have room store your bathroom cleaning supplies in one of your cupboards/linen closet. If they’re right there handy you’re much more likely to use them!

Buy products that do the work for you! I use toilet cleaners that you drop in the bowl and it cleans every time you flush. Another awesome “does the work for you” product I just recently found out about is the Wet & Forget Shower Spray. Since I  do my bathroom cleaning while the tub is being occupied I was having a hard time figuring out when a good time to go in and scrub the tub & shower would be. With the Wet & Forget Shower Spray I just spritz it on really quick after my shower and then rinse it off again the next time I hop in the shower or before I put the kiddos in for a bath.

Shower
The Before Picture–nice and clean from scrubbing!

Wet & Forget Shower Spray

The only part I had any problem with was figuring out how to get it to latch in initially–(one of those “you have to be smarter than the bottle battles I often lose–haha!) The trick is you have to push it DOWN till it latches in, not try to screw it in. 😉

Check out my short video to see it in action!

Of course a product is only as good as it’s final results–so here you are!

Shower
The “after” picture!

Ta Da! I know–you might be saying “that looks just like the first picture” well…it does! But that’s really the good thing, it means that for 2 weeks all I’ve had to do is spritz the shower down-taking all of 2 minutes, and leave it. I *love* that! So much easier than the weekly scrub down I was having to do that required me to change my clothes so the bleach wouldn’t ruin them and then scrub away awkwardly trying to not rub up against the spots I just did (with my short little arms that was quite the feat!

If you’d like to try out Wet and Forget Shower Spray for yourself you can use their store locator or shop their online store! Don’t forget to get social while you’re at it–they’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too!

Leave a comment letting me know what your best “easy cleaning” tip is!

Nicole Elliott