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There’s More to Potty Training Than You Think

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Potty training is a process that usually takes place when your baby is finally a toddler. It involves a LOT of cleaning urine puddles, running to the bathroom, and dancing (pee pee dancing). But there’s A LOT more thats involved when potty training, especially if you are a neurotic person -like me.

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Sure, the biggest goal of potty training is getting from those ridiculously expensive diapers and pull ups to big boy or girl underwear. You have to teach them WHEN the right time is to go- which is a balancing act in its own. But there was so much more to the training than just ‘not peeing in your pants’.

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Photo credit: http://thedementiaqueen.com

Lets take the whole process of getting the toilet ready. You have to make sure the bowl is always ready (aka clean) for those little hands. Girls are touching the toilet on the sides when they go. If theres no seat insert and the poor kid has to balance themselves from falling through the hole, they’re probably on the verge of hugging the bowl by the time 3 drops of pee or an unsuccessful poop is complete. If you have a boy, they have to touch the seat to put it up. If you don’t clean your seat everytime someone uses it, then there is probably little drips of pee on the bottom of the seat. Ladies- be a little considerate and scoot your ass back when you pee. You don’t think of if because you never have the seat up, but the closer you are to the front of the seat combined with the power of your pee spray usually drips all down the front. When you come to my house if you  don’t scoot back (or lysol wipe the seat after you go) my kid has to touch your urine.. not cool. And yes, I have Lysol wipes on the back of my toilet, feel free to use as needed.

 

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After your kid does their business, of course the next logical thing is wiping, flushing, and WASHING THEIR HANDS. Why kids think they don’t have to wash their hands is beyond me. This is without a doubt one of the most important steps in potty training. And I don’t mean turn the water on, run your hands under & then call it a day. When you are training your child, I want to see scrubbing & bubbles from the soap. LOTS OF BUBBLES. We usually sing a song with my son .. its fun for him and gets a GOOD cleaning on his hands. Once the song is over then he rinses.

I can do dirt, I can do messy, but I CANNOT do nasty. Not teaching your kids how to properly wash after using the bathroom is downright gross. Pee & poop are no joke especially when it comes to getting sick .. like really sick because their toys have traces of feces all over them. Its disgusting and literally makes me want to slap you as a parent. If you have a child that comes to my house & uses my bathroom, they better know how to wash those little germ hands. If I hear the toilet flush & then they come running out, please believe I will send them right back in to get clean.

Then we have the “I only went a little in my pants” kids (and parents). If there is enough “drops” of pee OR poop residue left from wiping in their underwear that I can SMELL it… they need to change their pants AND you need to wash them. Stop the laziness, and just do it. If you don’t want to wash a million loads of laundry from your child changing their underwear every time they use the potty, then buy more underwear. No one wants to smell it and no one should have to sit in it.

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If you instill these additional practices WHILE potty training I can guarantee, it will become second nature to your children. However, I cannot guarantee that your three year old won’t blatantly call out their friends when they don’t wash their hands. For whatever reason flushing tends to slip the mind of many boys, but hey I’ll take a non flush with overly washed hands anyway! Happy Training!!

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“Win In a Snap” Treasure Hunt With Smartsy

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Have you ever looked in a magazine and thought, “I LOVE those shoes, but where could I find them?” There is finally an app that allows you to track down all of your most wanted items, while you look through your favorite magazines!

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Smartsy allows you to snap pictures from magazines and real-world objects and instantly collect, share and buy the things you love! You can easily link your Smartsy profile to your Facebook page for fun sharing and trend alerts for friends. Now your significant other can have easy access to your wish list- complete with a picture, price, and even reviews! This app makes buying the “perfect” gift foolproof!

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May 15, Smartsy launched its “Win in a Snap” Treasure Hunt, which includes prizes like a $500 Macy’s gift card and ten (thats right TEN) $25 Mac make-up gift cards! Entering is SUPER easy. All you have to do is go to the Smartsy Contest Page and follow the steps below: photo 1

 

1. Download the smartsy iOS app at iTunes.

2. Go to the new Glamour Magazine June 2014 edition.

3. Find the “treasure” – Solve the clue by using smartsy and by snapping a pic of the below image. If you snap the right image, you will unlock the key that opens the treasure. Tip – If you snap an image and it doesn’t immediately say “Congratulations you’ve found the smartsy treasure,” then you haven’t found it.

4. Help spread the word and simply share Smartsy on at least one social network to complete the entry – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. **For every friend that downloads the smartsy app, additional entries are given.**

 

Did you spot the PERFECT pair of nude pumps from the Kim Kardashian/Kayne West- Vogue issue from April 2014? Great news! Smartsy recognizes that issue! All you have to do is flip to your pump page, and easily get all the info on the shoes that are destined to be on your feet! Download Smartsy now to get the full list of recognized magazines!

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Good luck on your Treasure Hunt!!

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own :) 


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The Latest and Greatest Mom Gifts From Best Buy

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Mother’s day is the perfect time to celebrate mom and Best Buy makes it easy to shower her with the perfect gift. Depending the type of mom you are, Best Buy has all types of gifts for all types of Moms. We’re always having parties and gatherings (even on slow weekends) so I’m constantly entertaining. Being a hostess is tons of fun, but there are always those certain gifts that can make it easier and more cost efficient.

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Whether I’m cleaning the house for company, prepping for the event, or floating around once guests arrive, I always have my music playing in the background. I love to listen to my iPod while I’m in the shower and getting ready, but my speakers are never loud enough for me to hear my music over the water running. The Bose® – SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth Speaker allows me to sync my iPod right to the speaker and listen to my music without having to drag a stereo in the bathroom or blast the living room entertainment system. You can even accessorize your Bluetooth Speaker with Bose® – SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth Speaker Soft Cover. Blue happens to be my favorite, but you can choose from three bright colors. 

Another favorite that is really handy for parties is the SodaStream – Source Soda Maker. You can easily make your own soda in the convenience of your home. The kids LOVE being able to pick their flavor and watch as the machine magically creates their bubbly beverage. As a bonus, each maker comes with a sample pack that allows you to test out six different flavors!

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This year I’m really hoping to get my hands on a devise that would play music outside while we’re in the yard. The Insignia™ – Simulated Rock Outdoor Speakers (Pair) would allow our guests to mingle in the nice weather, while still enjoying the music. My favorite part is the design of the speakers which would easily blend in with our landscape. Plus, the sound quality handles up to 100 watts of total power!

If you’re an entertainer mom like me, Best Buy has a variety of gifts to fit your every need, AND you always get the Low Price Guarantee!

While big expensive gifts are great, sometimes its the smaller ones that are your favorites. Our dinner parties always have wine and nothing is more frustrating then trying to pop that cork without it breaking off in your expensive bottle of vino. The Oster – Cordless Rechargeable Electric Wine Bottle Opener makes it SUPER easy to open as many bottles as you want! The best part for dads? Its a steal at only $19.99! Want something a bit bigger? How about the Frigidaire – 8-Bottle Wine Cellar.. its practical and still under $100. I love the size of the cellar because it fits just enough bottles to entertain without taking up a TON of our limited counter space.

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Here are a few additional items from the Gift Center that would be perfect for your entertainer mom:

SodaStream – 1-Liter Carbonating Bottles (2-Pack)
Breville – Smart Oven Convection Toaster/Pizza Oven 
Bose® – SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Bose® – SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth Speaker Soft Cover
Canon – EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Keurig – Elite Single-Serve Brewer 
Keurig – K-Cup Carousel Tower
SONOS – PLAY:3 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music
Insignia™ – Simulated Rock Outdoor Speakers (Pair)
Margaritaville – Bahamas 36-Oz. Frozen Concoction Maker 
Hamilton Beach – Set & Forget Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker 
Microsoft – Xbox One Console

If your husband is anything like mine, he likes to do his shopping online. This is a match made in heaven since Best Buy offers free shipping with qualified purchases and 20% off Misfit Shine products! Click here for the coupon code. Mother’s Day Shopping just got a lot easier!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free


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Easter Candy Alternatives for Kids

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Easter is a wonderful time a year. The weather is finally starting to warm up, birds are starting to chirp. You get to enjoy a nice big meal and see family and friends. It also gives a major opportunity for people to give your kids tons of candy. Between the Easter Egg hunts, Easter baskets, and chocolate bunnies we usually end the day with a bag full of candy (only half of it ends up being stuff we’ll eat) and a handful of cheesy dollar store do dads. A month later the candy bag is barely touched and the dollar store items are slowly dwindling down. Unfortunately, these little plastic items (probably filled with toxins) are always the things my three year old tries hardest to hold onto.. and when one goes missing.. he knows!

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Instead of pilling up your grandkids, great-grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc. with junk, there are a few alternatives that are actually useful AND will be greatly appreciated by parents! These are the candy alternatives that I suggested for my little guy over that chocolate bunny:

- iTunes gift cards: You can easily get $5 or $10 gift cards, giving kids the opportunity to purchase that app they’ve had on their wish list. flashcard Collage
Crayons, coloring books, number or letter workbooks: These are perfect for my three year old or younger school age children.
- Flash cards: There are so many varieties.. letters, words, pictures.
- Sand toys: With summer right around the corner, most of last year’s shovels & pails are broken. This gets you beach ready OR sandbox ready.
- Bubbles: Who doesn’t love bubbles?
- Summer clothes: Most stores offer discounts and will even email you the coupon for easy access from your smart phone! Places like Carters and Children’s Place have pretty significant sales happening too. books Collage
- Money: Take the money you’d spend on candy and give them the cash.. even if its only a couple bucks.
- A toothbrush and toothpaste: Believe it or not my grandmother is known for giving toothbrushes at Easter and the kids love it.
- Books: This is a great way to add to your children’s library and possibly pick up a new favorite (I’m pretty much over The Giving Tree & Green Eggs and Ham).

Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying absolutely NO candy at all. However, if you are planning on candy, don’t go overboard and make sure it’s a candy they will actually eat!

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What are some candy alternatives you give for Easter? 


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My Response to Mike Francesa on Paternity Leave

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It’s no secret times have changed when it comes to family dynamics. Years ago fathers sat in a room waiting for the arrival of their baby… and found out not only WHEN the baby arrived, but also if it was a boy or girl. Not only are men allowed in the delivery room but they’re now offered (in some industries) a paternity leave.

Now … I get it.. paternity leave is a rather “new” concept to many people (mainly those who either A. do not have children or B. raised a family in the olden days). But as paternity leave becomes more mainstream and adopted, more individuals are weighing in on their thoughts… especially when it comes to professional athletes. I couldn’t help but Laugh Out Loud at the latest rant I heard from Boomer Esiason- and specifically Mike Francesa regarding Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy taking three days paternity leave.

I’ve never been a fan of Mike Francesa from the start. His arrogance and holier-than-thou attitude taints his remarkable knowledge about sports and statistics. I’ve always chalked it up to him being an EXTREMELY insecure person… if you have to hang up on a caller of your radio show because your brain can’t intellectually hold a dispute, you need to re-evaluate yourself. But no stress off my back, I simply tune OUT of anything he’s on .. the greatest thing about sports commentators is there is ALWAYS another option.

Mike’s daddy issues are ever so prevalent when you listen to his actual rant about Daniel Murphy. Mike goes into his own experience and solidifies why he won’t be in the running anytime soon for a father or husband of the year. He not only has complete disregard for moms who had just given birth by asking what the dad is going to do at the hospital, but blatantly states “what is he [Daniel Murphy] gonna do for three days” referring to after being discharged from the hospital.

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Well Mr. Francesa, let me explain to you in simple terms why you will never be able to hold a candle to my husband’s ass.

Besides the fact that its the beginning of the baseball season (you’re not in game 7 of the world series) I’m sure that Murphy is taking the time to BOND with his newborn and I don’t know just possibly SUPPORT his wife and change a diaper or two. Believe it or not many dads are actually EXCITED (and anxious) about being a dad and bringing a little person into the world. Perhaps its also the fact that his wife may have just endured hours of pain and her body is now healing from not only the beating over the past 9 months, but the lovely journey of having a human being escape from her vagina. A c-section just means instead of her vagina being stretched, she had to undergo a SURGERY, had a catheter, and will worry for the next several weeks about anything rubbing against her incision. Either way I’m sure Murphy was purely thinking about being there for the woman who bore his child.

To answer your question regarding “what he will do” in more detail here are a few things I can think of off the top of my head:

- change diapers
- take a NAP
- hold baby
- rock baby
- stare at baby in amazement that you created that little being

The saddest part about Mike Francesa’s comments is the disregard he has for fatherhood. In a society where Stay At Home Dads and dads getting primary custody of their children are becoming more of the “norm”, Mike is the epitome of the statement that anyone can be a father, NOT everyone can be a daddy. My husband became a daddy from the day I found out I was pregnant. He endured all of the kicks when my sons were in my belly, held my hand and counted out EVERY SINGLE contraction through both labors, and looked at me in amazement and awe after I gave birth. But it didn’t stop there. He was with me a few days after my oldest was born.. changing diapers, doing laundry, and making sure I was okay. I watched his face as he reluctantly left for work leaving his newborn and wife at home in the morning. I watched the same face light up in the evenings as he ran through the door towards the sink so he can wash up and hold his newborn son.

Do professional athletes make a lot of money? YES. Do they have a commitment to a team? YES. Is that a bigger commitment than that to their spouses and children? NO.

Where does Mike Francesa rank on your Dad of the Year O-Meter?