Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Booster Seat Reminders

Did you know that 61% of car crashes occur less than 10 minutes from home? For those of us with children riding in the car, that statistic is a great reminder to be more diligent about car seat safety guidelines, specifically as it relates to booster seat safety.

In fact, a study last fall revealed that 9 out of 10 parents move their children from booster seats to seatbelts too soon, unknowingly putting their children in harm’s way. Check out the following infographic about booster seats, thanks to Chicco

Monday, March 16, 2015

Behavior Chart

Sometimes I swear I have the most type A personality 3 year old in the world. (And I have no idea where she gets it;) So a few weeks ago at dinner, she tells us she needs a chart like Ms. Lucy (her teacher at daycare) has. I knew she meant the behavior chart at the front of the classroom. We asked her why she wanted one and her 3 year old self said "Because." What the heck I thought why not and to Pinterest I went.

I pinned a few that I liked and asked Miss E which was her favorite (she picked my favorite too!) because the colors matched her one at school.

So that night Hubby and I played around with Publisher and came up with our own chart. Here is the chart:

If you would like to view/steal it please click here. We used legal size paper and  to finish it off we laminated the chart (my MIL has a laminator, but you can do the same at Staples) and added 2'' wood letters (Jo Ann's of course) with magnet on the back to place the girls on the chart.  Miss E loves having her chart at home and makes sure that each day her and her sister start back at green.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Easy Football "Jersey"

This post is a little late, but in case it comes in handy for someone else, I wanted to share. What is a mom to do on the day of the Super Bowl when your 3 year old requests a "shirt with numbers" (AKA a jersey) to wear for the game? Really kid? 10 AM on the DAY OF THE GAME?

We tried to negotiate as she already have a similar set of 2 shirts as this one for her to wear. (Yes we are Patriots fans and yes I would have posted this if they lost too). As per most negotiations with Miss E, she was standing her ground. No tears no getting upset just wanted numbers on her shirt. (Side note the only ones in the house with jersey are me and the dog. And mine shirt is a Kids Large I bought on clearance for like $20).

As Little B was napping and Miss E was watching Frozen (again), hubby and I tried to come up with a plan. I was headed out to Jo Ann's after B's nap for another project, when it hit me..... Iron On Numbers!

Coupon in had we headed out and found these:

They looked perfect and I thought how hard could this really be..... We put the girls down for afternoon naps and fingers crossed, I started on Miss E's long sleeve shirt.

These went on super easy, when I went to take the backing off, I thought I messed up, but you have to really pull it off. When it comes off they are AWESOME. Miss E was so happy with her shirt after nap, she even asked to wear it again that Monday!

We were one big happy Pats Family

And I have extra numbers for some other projects:)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Refresh VoxBox Review

I love the boxes that I get from Influenster to try out new products. Most recently they sent me the #Refresh VoxBox and boy did this busy mom enjoy the box.

First off was the Beanitos chips

I am a huge fan of any healthy chip that passes the Hubby Test (AKA he will eat them too!) These chips had great flavor and are high in fiber and protein, what more could you want to take care of that afternoon snack need.
Next was Cover Girl's Ultra Smooth Foundation

I love the applicator in this product, it makes for such a smooth finish. To be honest I do not use foundation often because I hate the feeling of it on my hands, but this foundation is a game changer for me, loved it and the color then sent was perfect. 

Next we have the L'Occitane Shea Butter Comforting Cream. 
I have been using this at night and I can say my face has been softer and smoother the last few weeks. I love that it works well but is not heavy to make me feel like it will clog my pores. 

Next up, I was super excited to try the Skinny Girl Bar. (I am a huge Bethany fan!)
The chocolate pretzel bar was so good and such a better choice they candy for an afternoon pick me. I have never tried any of the Skinny Girl food items and was quite impressed with the quality of this bar. 

We also got a Montagne Jeunesse Peel-off mask as well. 
I love a good at home facial mask and this one was so easy to get off, always a plus. I hate when it takes for every to get all the bits off your face.

Finally, there was a coupon to try Orgain's Natural Shakes.
I tried the Iced Cafe Mocha flavor and was actually impressed. I normally do not like nutritional shakes because of the chalky taste many of them have, but this was nice a smooth and filling.

Again, thanks Influenster for an awesome box of fun products.

*****"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mommy Wars....some thoughts

So I am sure by now that everyone has seen the Similac video. But I had to share it again because I love it. I think everyone can relate to this in some way. I see myself in a couple groups because I am a full time working mom who pumped, but used a bottle and formula so that hubby could help with the girls as well. Little B also breastfeed (I was so excited since Miss E would never latch!) for several months. I am also the mom who took both pre-natal and mom and baby yoga classes with both girls and made all my own baby food.

I will say I still feel judged by SAHM's all the time, but I am getting over it, especially when I see how well my girls are doing. Miss E loves school and can write her own name, knows all her letters and can sound out what most words start with. Also she is one of the most talkative and social 3 year olds I know, even of all the kids in her class.

As for Little B, she is so active at school that she gets bored with just us on the weekend, so I could not imagine her home with no one to play with everyday. For my kids, daycare just seems to fit their personalities and need to be extremely social. But I am not saying that is right for all families and children. 

I work because I want to not because our family needs me to as some people have implied to me. Saying things like " I am so sorry you have to work." My answer is always "I enjoy all the extra things my children can do because I have a job I love." FYI to all the judgey people, some of us love our kids and our jobs. We all do what is best for us and our families and that is all different.

Ok rant over, just needed a little soapbox time, but seriously watch the video if you have not, it is AWESOME!