Baby sleeping tips to ease through daylight savings time

Daylight savings time is approaching.  To some people it has very small affects to their routine.  But to parents of little ones it can cause huge interruptions in a baby’s sleeping habit. More than half of moms feel that their babies’ sleep patterns are thrown off when the clocks ‘fall back’ an hour. A survey conducted by Pampers last year found that almost 1/4 of mothers felt that a dry diaper was the number one factor that helped their baby stay asleep throughout the night.  Research shows that sleep contributes to a child’s well being in many ways, from physical and cognitive development to sociability and mood. Pampers is committed to keeping baby dry during the important parts of the day: love, play and sleep! Through Pampers extensive sleep research they learned that babies are vulnerable to waking up when they are wet.  Pampers diapers have three absorbent layers, unlike other brands that only offer two layers.  This extra layer of absorbing provides up to 12 hours of overnight dryness protection.  Pampers hops to minimize a baby’s sleep disruption so they get the sweet slumber they need! My tips for a helping you baby have a sweet sleep: 1.  Create … Continue reading

Be Inspired: Frozen Party Ideas

Do you want to build a snowman? or throw a Frozen Party?! Well I have started  planning my daughter’s first birthday. I have decided that I want to put a baby twist on the ever so popular Frozen Party theme.  During my preliminary planning phase I came across a large number of wonderful ideas that have been a huge inspiration to her party.  I have created a collection of my top favorite Frozen Party ideas to build on for my January Frozen First Birthday. Look for my Frozen Party post from my daughter’s first birthday in January! Magical Party Dip by She Saved | Olaf Cookies by Suz Daily |  Frozen Hearts by Delicate Construction Snowball Tower by Paging Supermom | Olaf Snowman Snacks by She Knows | Elsa Frozen Party Invitations by Hand Made by Rianna | Snowball Marshmallows by Yellow Bliss Road Watercolor Layer Cake by Baked by Rachel |Iced Glitter Trees by Purple Hues and Me on Home Talk | Frozen Paper Drinking Straws from Etsy For more Frozen Party ideas follow my Frozen Board on Pinterest. Follow Mandy {The Household Hero}’s board Party: Frozen on Pinterest.

We love seasonal bedtime stories! #myfriendparis

Bedtime is very routine for us.  The most important thing is storytime so when holidays come around we like to have themed stories.  Halloween is definitely an exciting time of year for my son who is now three.  He has a collection of Halloween related children’s books that we read throughout October.  So my son and I were both happy to receive “My Twins’ First Halloween” by Paris Morris. Paris Morris is a child author who began writing a series of books when she found out she was going to be the big sister to twins.  She realized that there was a lack of children books that related to having twins in the family so she filled that void by by creating the “My Friend Paris” book series.  The series now has nine short stories in the collection.  My Twins’ First Halloween is about Paris teaching her twin sisters about the Halloween holiday.  This book is very well illustrated and written with easy to understand language that is a great combination for holding my toddler’s full attention.  My son not only enjoys the images but appreciates a story that he can relate to.  He is also trying to teach his … Continue reading

Learning responsibility and feeling grown up with the Kupp

WHAT IS A KUPP’ The Kupp’, inspired by kids and made by mom, is an innovative way for children to drink safely from a glass while learning responsibility. The Kupp’ glass is outfitted with a colorful, toxic free silicon sleeve.  The kids cup comes in four colors- blue, green, red and orange.  Perfect for those with multiple kids so each child has their own color cup to care for. My son is still rather young to fully understand his responsibility with chores but this cup has given him a sense of accomplishment as he takes care of it and helps wash it and put it away. He truly feels like a big boy when using it and is proud of his Kupp’! KEY FACTS ABOUT THE KUPP’ A six ounce glass cup designed for children 3-10 years old The glass is surrounded by a silicone sleeve that protects the glass from damage The Kupp’ comes in four colors: blue, green, red and orange The glass was designed to look like a smile to naturally gain the child’s attention The Kupp’ retails for $16.99  WE LOVE THE KUPP’ When the box of Kupp’s arrived, I let my son choose his color.  … Continue reading

Uncorked Ventures pairs wonderfully with a date at Vino Picasso’s

  I had the opportunity to try out Uncorked Ventures monthly wine club.  I am not a wine expert by any means, so I love that this gives me the chance to try something new and learn about what I am tasting.  Uncorked Ventures offers a variety of  options to fit ones budget and preferences.   You can have them ship your wine to you one time only, each month, every other month or even quarterly and yearly. The three different options include the Explorations Wine Club ($40), the Special Selection Wine Club ($95) and the Reserve Selection Wine Club ($195). Aside from the Wine Club, Uncorked Ventures also offers Gift Baskets that are perfect for the friend or family member that loves good wine. I was sent Lennox Chardonnay and Sola Chardonnay 2013.  Last night my husband and I attended a fun paint class at Vino’s Picasso in Fort Myers.  This is a cute date night or girls outing that allows you to bring your own beer or wine.  So I decided that this was the perfect time to try the Sola Chardonnay.  The provide the bottle opener, the cups while your provide your booze.  A simple, creative and … Continue reading

Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at WDW Magic Kingdom

I just bought our tickets for the annual Halloween Event at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World!  This will be our third year going.  Each year I have figured out new things (tips) to make the next year visit even better.  Plus being a former Cast Member helps with insider information.  So as I prepare and build my excitement I want to share some details and useful tips that may help you in planning a fun, family friendly Halloween Activity either this year or in the upcoming years! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special event that happens each year during September and October at the Magic Kingdom and requires a special ticket.  So even if you have admission for that day you will need the special event ticket to get into or stay in the park after 7pm on the certain days in September and October.  So it is important to note of the event nights if you are planning a Disney Vacation during September or October whether you plan to attend it or not.  A number of tourist are upset each year when they find out that the day they had planned at Magic Kingdom … Continue reading

No more cooking burns with the silicone flex oven mitt

Do you have a friend or family member that loves to cook?  I have found the perfect gift for those that love receiving tools and gadgets for the kitchen! Fall is a great time to replace all you cloth oven mitts with silicone ones to have burn free cooking during the holidays! The Triumphant Chef Super Flex Silicone oven mitt prevents burns in the kitchen as well as from the grill.  Most oven mitts are not as helpful as one wishes because if holding a pot too long the heat comes right through the cloth.  These mitts are heat resistant up to 450 degrees so you should be well protected for most of your cooking needs.  And no worries of it getting wet, burning  or needing to be thrown in the wash.  The gloves are larger so your hands, wrists and forearm are well covered plus even the men can use them!  They move freely so that you have no trouble moving your hand in them and are easy to grip without fear of dropping your dish. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use … Continue reading

Encourage and praise through reward charts #mygrowingupchart

The Victoria Chart Company has provided me with another beautifully designed reward chart that my son will love.   Since we started incorporating charts into our parenting method, my son has really shown signs of increased self-esteem and excitement over his success of doing the things listed on his charts.  We currently have a Melissa & Doug Chores magnetic chart and the Good Night Sleep Tight Bedtime Routine chart from The Victoria Chart Company.  Read about Conner’s success with the Bedtime Review Chart here. So when he opened the mail and saw this new chart he jumped with joy and wanted to immediately hang it up. Here is a photo of all the charts and his calendar outside his bedroom. The My Growing Up Chart is officially on the wall but waiting to be used for when Conner begins preschool in several weeks.  The chart is designed for ages 4 and up which is ideal for children in the early years of school.The My Growing Up Chart pack includes long Wall Chart, mounting pads and dry erase marker 10 Activity reusable stickers 6 blank activity stickers to allow for custom activities 240 reusable colored stickers numbered 1-20 84 Gold Star Great … Continue reading

Build Your Own Profitable Blog – For Just $5!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your own money-making blog?  You want to start – but you just don’t know how?  Or, maybe you have a blog that would like to take to the next level and start earning an income from it? For a limited time, Blogelina is offering a special deal – Just For You. You can enroll in their popular 4-week blogging class—Profitable Blogging for Beginners—for just $5! If you want to learn the basics of how to set up a blog, how to take your blogging to the next level, or how to begin earning money from your blog, this class is for you. If you sign up for this class, here’s what you’ll get: A 60-Page How-To Manual – packed with information that will help take the overwhelming out of starting your own blog 4 weekly online class sessions where you can ask your questions and get personalized feedback A FREE Year of Web Hosting Blogelina Does Your Blog Set-Up For You – We take care of the techy side of the set-up so you don’t have to. You just have to start blogging! Blueprints, step-by-step tutorials, networking with other bloggers -Everything you need … Continue reading

Pumpkin Cupcakes disguised as Mummies

It is that time of year again.  Fall baking and Halloween!  I love both, so my first round of baking with Fall flavors usually involves alittle Halloween Spirit!  So this year my son said he wanted some spooky cupcakes. Being on a grain free kick, I wanted to try mixing almnd flour and pumpkin together with some sweet and spooky flare.  The result was pumpkin Mummy Cupcakes! What I used: 1 cup pumpkin 2 cups almond meal 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1/4 cup Brown Sugar Splenda 1/2 honey 2 whole eggs 2 Tbsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking powder What I did: Preheated oven 400 degrees Used a food processor to blend all ingredients together to make a smooth liquid batter Pour evenly into cupcake pan Baked 25 minutes and let cool completely Then frost; I used my Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting recipe And then disguise these yummy healthy pumpkin cupcakes as Mummies by using the white gummy strips and edible eyes! What are your favorite pumpkin recipes?   ———–Recipe Linked Up At—————- Time for Mom Hop @Can’t Google Everything Simple Supper @Cooking From A Stay at Home Mom Tasty Tuesdays @Creative K Kids In and Out of the Kitchen … Continue reading

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