Friday Favorites

August is here already?!  This summer is flying by.  I hope you all have fun plans for the month ahead.

  • Lake Pajamas: so soft and classic!
  • Lightning to SD Card Camera Cord:  If you’re a frequent camera user, this is for you! You place your SD card from your camera right into this device while it’s attached to your phone, and it’ll upload your photos from your SD camera.  This has been such a time saver — I don’t have to pull out my laptop to upload my photos and I can do it on-the-go.
  • 4everBound Books: This company takes your child’s original work and binds them into hardcover books.  So that large pile of artwork can be scanned into a book, saving you space and memories!
  • Made by Mary: I purchased this necklace with both kids initials.  I wear it everyday.  Love it!
  • Lightning to SD Card Camera Cord:  If you’re a frequent camera user, this is for you! You place your SD card from your camera right into this device while it’s attached to your phone, and it’ll upload your photos from your camera.  This has been such a time saver — I don’t have to pull out my laptop to upload my photos and I can do it on-the-go.
  • Zella High Waist Leggings: Zella has become my favorite brand for leggings and workout attire.  These pants are high waist, holding in all the right spots, so comfortable, and they’re high quality. Plus, they’re currently on sale!!

Happy August!

Friday Favorites

Here comes July!! Happy early 4th, everyone!  Here are some favorites from June…

  • Post App: This Social Print Studio app allows you to send a photo postcard for just $1.99.  You select the template, insert your photo, write a message, and then they print and send for you!  It’s such an affordable and fun way to send pics to family members.  Lately, I’ve been using this app to write thank you cards to my grandparents.  They love the all-in-one card and photo aspect of it.

  • Gathre Mat: This was my Mother’s Day gift!  The play mats are made from bonded leather, and they are wipeable, waterproof, and compact. They come in a variety of beautiful colors and sizes.  They’re great for the beach, at the park, in the yard, or in the house. It’s one of those items that is worth the money because we will have it forever and I’m sure we’ll find more uses for it than we even know right now.

  • Land of Nod U.S. Map: Liv’s a bit too young for this puzzle but I have my eye on it for when she’s old enough.  I had a U.S. puzzle growing up that I loved, so I’m drawn to this one.
  • Amazon Prime Pantry: We’ve always been a fan of Amazon Prime, and Subscribe & Save.  I love eliminating any trip to the store so Amazon is a hit in our house.  Since we’ve had Jack I’ve been using Prime Pantry for small items that I can’t get out our grocery store (Trader Joe’s).  There’s always a deal and it arrives in great time!

Happy July!

Potty Training Journey

Potty training is not fun, takes time, and is a total trial-and-error experience.  What works for one person might be the total opposite for another.  Here’s what worked for us, so you can consider it in your own experience…

  • Begin by Talking + Showing: Expose your child to the potty and talk about it.  You’ll begin to see that they’re interested in it — maybe with flushing the toilet, watching others use it (other toddler friends is a good one!), or wanting to try it themselves.  Reading potty books helps too!
  • 3-Day Method (or so they say): Begin panty-less on the first day (we did this for the first couple days), then move to panties the next (Liv thought this was exciting.  Training panties are awesome because they absorb so much!), then move to panties with pants/shorts on.
  • Pull-Ups During Nap + Bedtime: Save yourself some sanity, and don’t feel bad if you put them in Pull-Ups during nap time and bedtime.  Some studies/people will tell you to do without them and others won’t.  Do what works for you and rest assured that they’ll be out of diapers all together one day!
  • Have Cleaning Material Ready: Prepare to use lots of paper towels, wipes, and bags to clean up the messes.
  • Choose a Warm Weekend: Olivia could run around outside wearing a large t-shirt, panty-less, and we didn’t have to worry as much about cleaning up big messes around the house.  We brought her toilet outside and played there most of the day.
  • Keep Them Hydrated:  The sooner they are successful on the potty, the better.  Making sure they have enough fluids will increase your chances of getting them to have to even use the potty.  Olivia was really good at holding her pee from the beginning so it took us a while before she’d even have to use the potty each day.
  • Stay Positive: Your patience can certainly be tested but you have to stay positive so that the kids don’t get overwhelmed and discouraged.  Take those breathers when needed!  Don’t be too hard on yourself either. It takes times and probably more time than you’d like, but just know, it will click!
  • Give Rewards: With Olivia, we started with marshmallows, then moved to chocolate chips, and ended with pieces of jelly beans and gummi bears. She’ll still occasionally ask for a treat after going potty and we give them to her.  We would give her a treat even when she’d attempt to go to the potty. When she was successful, we’d sing and clap like crazy, and that would make her proud.
  • Activity for Potty-Time:  Reading, puzzles, singing songs, and watching some TV helped to occupy her while she sat on the potty.
  • Offer Options: We offered either the floor potty or the potty on the toilet seat.  It ended up that if we sat her on the seat on the potty, she was more successful because she couldn’t step down from it herself.  She didn’t love this at first but once she went completely and was successful, it became easier.

Just remember it may take time, be open to explore some options, and GOOD LUCK!