Venus & Olay Razor ~ Making Showertime a little easier

Once you enter the realm of mommyhood things that you always took for granted–like the ability to shower at least once a day!

I’ve always made sure that I make the time to take care of myself even after my kiddos were born though! I know that when I start to feel frumpy and run down everyone suffers! Even on the days when I don’t even leave the apartment I’m sure to squeeze in a shower and put on at least my foundation and mascara. It makes me feel so much more motivated!

As I tell my friends, I swear by early bedtimes for fitting showers and relaxing baths in. When I bathe at night I can be sure that I won’t get interrupted and can take a nice, long, relaxing hot shower–or a soothing bubble bath!

On the days I work out I want a shower in the middle of the day, and since I work out at home that means I have the kiddos running around. I usually put Tyler into his crib with a few books and safe toys and take a quick shower. I’ve always believed that it’s important for kiddos to learn how to entertain themselves–and that things like showers for mommy are important! I know several of my friends let their kiddos wander in and out while they’re in the shower–and that’s what I do/did with Amber a lot. Tyler is a whole different kettle of fish, however, and so I put him away for his own safety (haha!)

On days like this quick fixes and helps are always appreciated! And this is why I love the Venus & Olay Razor. Since the bars are built onto it you can just run it over your legs without even worrying about lathering up your loofa. Although I’m not crazy about the bars during a nice relaxing time (they are a bit hard to maneuver so I prefer my regular Venus then) I love this razor for my after workout showers! It even comes with a nifty little suction cup holder so the bars won’t stick to anything, and it makes it nice and handy to grab!

A big thanks to Influenster for helping make this mommy’s showertime that much easier!

Do you have any secrets for fitting that all important shower into your busy mommy day?

Boogie Wipes & Saline Soothers

When I first heard of Boogie Wipes I have to admit I was very skeptical. I mean–why would I pay extra money for a tissue when I have both them and wipes at home? Christmas before last when I purchased a book from one of my friends she included a few Boogie Wipe samples with it. After trying them I was immediately hooked! Tyler is notorious for getting gunk aaalll over his face–and after this past year of which included a hospital stay and a few ER visits it seems like him have yucky gunk and boogers all over his face is very common place! It actually got to the point that Amber tells me, “Momma Tyler has a boogie wipe on him” whenever he had a booger–that’s how much I use these things!! Haha! They are super soft, smell super great, and make getting hardened on crusties off a cinch!

When I got chosen to be a Saline Ambassador I was thrilled! I talked up Boogie Wipes to everyone anyways–now I got to continue to do so and give out free ones to boot!

I just had a super fun playdate where several of my mom friends came over and I gave them goodie bags with boogie wipes in them. I didn’t want all of you to be left out so I’m hosting a fun giveaway too! One lucky reader will win the full sized products shown in the picture!

Saline Soothers are the “all grown up” version of boogie wipes. If you’ve ever had a raw nose from wiping it so much there should be no question as to why you’d want to buy them!

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Boogie Wipes & Saline Soothers

When I first heard of Boogie Wipes I have to admit I was very skeptical. I mean–why would I pay extra money for a tissue when I have both them and wipes at home? Christmas before last when I purchased a book from one of my friends she included a few Boogie Wipe samples with it. After trying them I was immediately hooked! Tyler is notorious for getting gunk aaalll over his face–and after this past year of which included a hospital stay and a few ER visits it seems like him have yucky gunk and boogers all over his face is very common place! It actually got to the point that Amber tells me, “Momma Tyler has a boogie wipe on him” whenever he had a booger–that’s how much I use these things!! Haha! They are super soft, smell super great, and make getting hardened on crusties off a cinch!

When I got chosen to be a Saline Ambassador I was thrilled! I talked up Boogie Wipes to everyone anyways–now I got to continue to do so and give out free ones to boot!

I just had a super fun playdate where several of my mom friends came over and I gave them goodie bags with boogie wipes in them. I didn’t want all of you to be left out so I’m hosting a fun giveaway too! One lucky reader will win the full sized products shown in the picture!

Saline Soothers are the “all grown up” version of boogie wipes. If you’ve ever had a raw nose from wiping it so much there should be no question as to why you’d want to buy them!

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I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.

Disclosure: The Seventh Generation Diapers prize pack, product and information have been provided by Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,  Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Dr. Seuss, The Lorax 

We adore Dr. Seuss at our house. One Fish, Two Fish; The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs in Ham, we have and have read all the classics over and over and over again. I even got the famous “Oh the places you’ll go” as a graduation gift. I can’t believe that I had never read The Lorax before this though! It was the “just right” length for Amber–who at “just turned” four loves longer stories and digging into them. As I was reading it to her and we got to the part where the last Truffula tree falls she looked up at me, genuinely distressed, and said, “Oh but Mommy….that is just SO SAD. WHY did they cut all of the trees down?????”

Wow! What an impact this small story packs! It led us into an in depth discussion of how God gives us all the wonderful things on the earth, and though it’s good to use them, we also need to be careful with them and be sure not to get greedy and use too much–or there won’t be any left at all.

If Tyler had his way he would help “go green” by being a “naked baby” all the time. Anytime I take his clothes off he screams “Naked baby naked baby” and starts giggling hillariously and runs away from me. It’s too funny! The Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers  looked especially cute on my “naked baby”. These were the overnight diapers and they couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Now that he’s such a “big kid” he sleeps for LONG stretches and has been starting to soak through his regular diapers (yucko). These worked great and there were no leaks (along with being so cute and having The Lorax pics on them).

Just Like Me

I just love that I have my own little carbon copy of myself walking around Amber. I see myself in her crazy outgoing personality, in her constant jabber, wild imagination, and love of books.

I can also see traits reflected that aren’t quite so easily bragged about. For example her ridiculous bossiness early emerging leadership qualities, and completely clutziness gracefulness challenged ways are definitely from me as well! It seems like she’s constantly spilling, dropping, or bumping into things. It made me laugh so hard the other day when I knocked something and it went flying and spilled everywhere and she told me, “Mommy! It’s not good to spill  things, we need to be very, very careful.” Yeah, I never really outgrew my graceful challenged ways either, haha!

Since we have a family full of grace challenged people our seats usually take a beating because of it-especially Amber’s chair. Until now that’s not been a huge problem, but with our income tax we not only got a new couch & loveseat but we have a new dining set that’s being delivered this weekend. Yippees!!!! One of the first things that hubby said when we bought it was “We *have* to get chair covers so that Amber’s doesn’t wreck these!”

Lucky for him I have connections–and have found the perfect cover for us!

The SmartSeat Chair Protector is a super nice, super easy to use chair cover that’s perfect for us–and any other family blessed with kiddos or less than ballerina graceful members. You can see that it looks really nice on our chairs, and it comes in a variety of colors. Plus it’s machine washable, now when we get sauce, milk, playdough, and craft stuff ground into the chair I can just un-velcro it and throw it in the washing machine–super nice!

Now I can help focus on encouraging Amber’s great qualities and not getting too hung up on messes and spills.

Be sure to enter for your chance to win 2 of these great covers for yourself–and a nifty invention that helps with bottle feeding too!

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Snap-n-Step Review

Anyone who has a toddler/preschool understands the frustrations of tying, re-tying, and re-tying laces all day long! Previously I’ve just done double knots to take care of the problem….the thing is that these only stay in if you do them *really* tight–and then when you have to take them off/tie them again you’re there for 10 minutes trying to get them apart.

As a uber busy mom I simply don’t have the time for all that! Snap-n-Steps are quite honestly simply genius. You tie the shoe, place the velcro part up and around the knot, then snap it into place. We’ve been using these consistently for several weeks and they have NEVER come off or untied. (and as the ratty shoes testify–we play hard around here so that’s saying something).

Visit the Snap-N-Step website to learn more about this great product, and be sure to enter below to win a pair and more great mom invented products!

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Bee-Stractor Cards *Review & Giveaway*

If you’ve ever ridden in a car with a child, waited in a checkout line, in an office, or any other waiting/sitting/standing scenario you know that it can be a recipe for disaster. Even the best behaved children can grow restless and devise not so nice ways of keeping entertained. Bee-stractors are these nifty little cards that can make all the difference! Each card has a different picture on the front, and a list of age appropriate questions on the back. For example in the picture above I asked Amber, “Which monkey doesn’t have a tail?” I have these in the side pocket of the diaper bag and whip them out for long car rides or in the check out line. Both Amber and Tyler enjoy looking at them and pointing/answering questions.

Another use for the Bee-stractors is a way to decrease the pain of shots. Many studies have shown that distraction decreases pain. I have read this all over and actually use the tactic in our day to day life when I have Amber tell me a story/correct my story telling while I’m brushing her hair. I think that this would definitely work better for bigger kids getting shots (3 and up) I tried the cards with Tyler’s last batch of shots and while they helped him from freaking out when he was first laying down when the needle went in he could care less what I was holding. I will definitely be bringing them to Amber’s 4 year old check up though!

You can find the Bee-Stractor Cards Website here! Be sure to enter to win a set of cards for yourself along with other great items including the Toothtimer that I reviewed last week!

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Bee-Stractor Cards *Review & Giveaway*

If you’ve ever ridden in a car with a child, waited in a checkout line, in an office, or any other waiting/sitting/standing scenario you know that it can be a recipe for disaster. Even the best behaved children can grow restless and devise not so nice ways of keeping entertained. Bee-stractors are these nifty little cards that can make all the difference! Each card has a different picture on the front, and a list of age appropriate questions on the back. For example in the picture above I asked Amber, “Which monkey doesn’t have a tail?” I have these in the side pocket of the diaper bag and whip them out for long car rides or in the check out line. Both Amber and Tyler enjoy looking at them and pointing/answering questions.

Another use for the Bee-stractors is a way to decrease the pain of shots. Many studies have shown that distraction decreases pain. I have read this all over and actually use the tactic in our day to day life when I have Amber tell me a story/correct my story telling while I’m brushing her hair. I think that this would definitely work better for bigger kids getting shots (3 and up) I tried the cards with Tyler’s last batch of shots and while they helped him from freaking out when he was first laying down when the needle went in he could care less what I was holding. I will definitely be bringing them to Amber’s 4 year old check up though!

You can find the Bee-Stractor Cards Website here! Be sure to enter to win a set of cards for yourself along with other great items including the Toothtimer that I reviewed last week!

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Twooth Timer ~ Make Brushing Fun

Amber has always loved brushing her teeth. The problem is that when you’re 3 your attention span isn’t all that long, and after I do a good pass, and then she does a pass she’s ready to be done. This usually takes us about 30 seconds total–that makes sense because according to the Twoothtimer website:

Experts recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes. A recent study found young adults spent less than 35 seconds brushing their teeth.

The Twoothtimer is super easy & super cute! Shaped like a tooth you just give it a twist and brush until the tooth buzzes!

Amber loved it and thought that brushing to it was super fun. The buzzer made her laugh.

Aside from making brushing teeth fun for kids I’ve recently come up with another great idea for the Twoothtimer! As you know I’m on a slim & trim quest right now. Several of the girls in my Facebook accountability & encouragement group have been saying that they do squats while they brush their teeth to fit in a little extra training into their day–now 35 seconds worth of squats probably wouldn’t be too great but 2 minutes? Perfect! Not only am I brushing my teeth for the right amount of time it’s a super easy way to fit in some more exercise into my busy mom schedule!

Tuckaroo ~ No More Messy Babies

This is my mini monster Tyler. He is 18 months old and he is MESSY. And by messy, I mean never-has-a-clean-face…..EVER…..messy. He thinks that he is such a “big boy” now and insists on feeding himself. Usually this results in food everywhere. Especially when his scatterbrained way-too-much-on my-plate-Mommy forgets to put a bib on. Like the above picture. Major yuck! After lunch and the kid needs a bath!

Even when I do use normal bibs many times he can yank them off, they’re too small to cover much of anything, or (major yuck) when I’m changing him I discover 3 or 4 wayward tortellini in his shirt/pants/onsie that got smuggled down there somehow.

Because of all of this when I saw about the Tuckaroo I thought it was an ingenious product! Not only was it *plenty* big, had great strong snaps in the back, but it also has a little flap that you tuck in the shirt (hence the name) that keeps it from coming out and away from the body and those wayward tortellini from sneaking into his clothes.

See? Now the mess is on the bib (and tray) and NOT on, or in, my mini monster’s clothes!

Voila!

That makes for a happy monster and Mommy!

Mompact has an amazing giveaway today of  2 Tuckaroos and a nifty Bib Drying Rack! Be sure to enter!

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