Potty Training with Kandoo Flushable Wipes #Giveaway

Potty Training

You know what’s hard … having kids, you know what’s harder … potty training them!!!!!!! Just when you think you found the light at the end of the tunnel, your mini decides they are going to throw you through a loop and has accident after accident after accident (AHHHHHHHH SOOO FRUSTRATING).

If I have learned some things from the first round of potty training my older guy:
– you are never out of the woods (at least until they are teenagers) accidents happen all the time
– never leave home without a change of clothes (maybe even throw an extra pair in your car as back up for you or even a friend – your friend will love you for life for saving them on this one)
– have a Kandoo hand soap at EVERY sink in your house (they will want to wash their hands because they come in fun colours and smells so good)
– if you are leaving the house, always carry some form of anti-bacterial soap because some how that urine or feces will end up in your hands (true story)
– you can never have enough wipes on you and around your house: regular wipes on every floor and flushable wipes in every bathroom (needs to be in reaching distance)
– kids see that nicely rolled up white toilet paper and want to unravel it and use it so badly but DO NOT LET THEM. It breaks apart and crumbles in their tiny little hands. No good comes from using it, TRUST ME ON THIS PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEE

I was introduced to the Kandoo line about 5 years ago and I have never been let down by them. Their products have been there for me for all problems: leaky nose = Boogie Wipes (smells great and uses saline to help clear their noses), Kids not wanting to wash their hands = Kandoo Hand Soap (smells amazing and is coloured for having fun while washing your hands), Kids don’t want to take a bath = Kandoo Body Wash (also comes in fun colours to entice them to go take a bath) & Kandoo Bubble Bath, Kids learning to potty train = Kandoo Flushable Wipes (safe for toilets)

One of the scariest parts of potty training is leaving the house with your undiapered child. Now Kandoo has their flushable wipes in soft packs for the “on-the-go” moments. Make sure it becomes an essential in your bag.

Kandoo Wipes Facts:
– they are made from plant material
– they are both flushable and biodegradable
– comes in tubs, soft packs and refill packs
– the sheets are the perfect size for little hands
– moistened with lotion
– comes unscented or magic melon

Kandoo Flushable Wipes

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Kandoo, they are giving away a $50 Gift Pack of Kandoo & Boogie Wipes products to 1 lucky Canadian winner. Here’s how to enter:
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Good Bye Tech and Back to the Basics with Good Ol’ Hasbro Family Gaming

Hasbro Games

I remember when I was a kid my mother always yelling GET OFF THE COMPUTER to either myself or one of my siblings and now fast forward 30 or so years and I sound like my mother yelling at my own kids GET OFF THE IPAD about a million times a day!!! Now, I am not 100% opposed to tablets, I think there are some great educational websites and apps, however being on that damn thing morning, noon and night is just ridiculous and to be quite honest was our reality (NOTE: my judgement here is strictly based on my own household and children and nobody else’s, I do not pass judgement on other families and I ask you do the same).  

My husband and I had a long talk after one of our family vacations and decided there were going to be limits with the iPad and by not following those limits, there would be repercussions. Now, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy as there would be a lot of fights, but we figured let’s replace the games they are playing on the iPad (some educational and some not – depending on the kid) with … well … games! We went to the store to buy 1 game (Monopoly Junior) to test and it worked!!! When my older guy saw the game, he immediately put down the iPad and wanted to play. Even my littlest guy wanted to dump the tech and join in the board game fun. He didn’t get it at all, but he loved the act and laughing with all of us (especially with Operation … full on belly laughs from both kids).

In case you didn’t know: Hasbro has created junior versions of our old school games (Scrabble, The Game of Life and Monopoly) which is just brilliant! With these junior versions, they made the games shorter, they changed some of the rules making it WAY more kid friendly and created cute characters that makes them excited to play the game. They have also taken some other old time favourites (Connect 4, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders) and made them smaller making them perfect for long airplane rides or airport waits.

Hasbro Board games

So now our evenings are full of good ol’ Hasbro family gaming instead of hours of tablet gaming so THANK YOU Hasbro and get your gaming on!

Some 0ther great Hasbro Games Include: Jenga, Clue, Sorry (this was my FAVORITE game when I was a kid), Trouble, Twister, Guess Who and Perfection

T. xo

Netlifx Helps with Bedtime

Netlfix

How many parents out there struggle with getting your kids into their bed for bedtime and then to actually stay in their room to fall asleep? A few years ago, bedtime was easy: hugs, kisses night night. In the last year, the stall tactics have taken over our bedtime routine: “this is old water, I need new water”, “I think I have to poo”, “can you read me just one more book”, “i’m scared of the dark”, “i’m scared I am going to have a nightmare”, “you only gave me a kiss, no hug (even though I did give him a hug)”, “I need another kiss and hug” and of course the old time favourite “just five more minutes … please! I promise I will go straight to bed”.

So now your wondering how can television possibly help me with this bedtime struggle? Well, when your little one say’s “just 5 more minutes” let them have their 5 minutes and turn on the all new, hit show Diontrux Favorites which is an entire episode jam packed into 5 minutes!!! It’s really a win, win: they feel satisfied because they feel like they got their way, and you get an easier bedtime WOOT WOOT.

Dinotrux Favorites with Netflix

What excuse does your little one use to stall at bedtime?

I can’t wait to try this one out

T.

xo

The ‘Baby Care Basics’ – Enter to WIN!

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Parenting is hard … plain and simple!
Whether you are about to have your first baby or your third, those early days (that can stretch into weeks and months!) of parenting are a whirlwind of emotions, sleepless nights and questions (a lot of questions). And while we all have come to expect unconditional love to happen and exhaustion to reign supreme, what can take many a new parent by surprise is the constant question – “Am I doing this right”.
While no one has the magic bullet to calm your fears of making the “wrong” decision, there are resources available that will help guide you through. One such book I highly recommend is Baby Care Basics by Dr. Jeremy Friedman and Dr. Natasha Saunders. Working full time at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto has given these two doctors the background and knowledge to write a comprehensive but easy to read (and understand!) book that covers topics new moms needs to know; from breast- and formula-feeding (with no judgement with which you choose), introducing solid food, treating your baby’s illnesses to sleep habits, playing with your baby and much more. Seriously, where was this book after I had my first!!!!
 Why is this book important? 
    • Because, we all know despite all the planning in the world (and all the advice people will put upon you), nothing can quite prepare you for the big step from pregnancy to parenting.
    • Taking care of your baby is one of life’s biggest and most important challenges (challenge being the operative word here)
    • There is so much conflicting information available on the Internet, how can one be sure whom to trust?
    • Baby Care Basics replaces uncertainty with knowledge and insecurity with confidence
​Containing a wealth of reliable information that will help parents make the right choices for their baby, The Baby Care Basics Book answers the questions every new parent has on a daily basis, providing practical, expert advice on everything you need to know from pregnancy through your baby’s first year.
GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thank you to our wonderful friends, they are giving us 1 book to give away to 1 of our lucky readers!  The giveaway is open to both Canadian and US residents ! Here is how to enter: 

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Let the book help you!
T.
xo

The Install #DionoRainier

Guilty: I previously have had all my car seats professionally installed … until I received my Diono Rainier Car Seat.

I have to be honest, I can’t remember the last time I was as nervous as I was before installing this car seat. Wouldn’t you know that your most precious cargo is going to be sitting in this car seat that you just installed?! I’m not a professional!

I received the car seat and was so beyond excited to test it and then panic set in … I have never installed a car seat. So I did what I do best, procrastinate. I left it in my hall for a few days and just stared it down, it was me against this car seat. Sunday afternoon, I mustered up the courage and unpacked it and the large car seat was in one piece and instantly my heart rate slowed down. For some reason, I had it in my head that it was going to be in a lot of pieces. Yes, I have gone through a lot of car seats, but I usually pre-order them and then pick them up to be installed and it is already out of the box by this point.

Now that I was feeling all confident with how easy the initial set up was, I was ready to take the car seat head on and install it, instruction booklet in hand (plus I read all the stickered instructions too!)

Diono Rainier Car Seat

Being an install rookie, I can confidently say that the installation was pretty easy! Here’s how it all went down:

The instruction manual was extremely helpful providing detailed written instructions, as well as diagrams (I am a visual person so that really helped). On top of that, the SuperLATCH system is probably the best invention and easily takes 20 minutes off your install because you don’t have to hold down a button while finding your way in the dark zone to the hidden latch. Using my body weight, I tightened everything and let me tell you, that sucker didn’t budge, I was quite impressed with myself! As my car does not come with an anchorage point under the passenger seat, I used the tether to create a tether anchorage point, tightened and that’s it … my car seat was installed! How easy?!

Diono Rainier Car Seat

For those of you who are scared to install a car seat, this is the perfect car seat to try on your own! I promise you, if I can do it, you can absolutely do it!!!

T.
xo

Note: this post is also featured on Parents Canada and Mommy Connections

All Good Things Must Come to an End #MomTrust

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I don’t think a summer has ever flown by this quickly! I am still in shock that its the second week of August and in only a few weeks time I am back at work, BUT I feel very fortunate that I had the summer off to be with my kids (well the older one is at camp, but at least I can drop him off at the bus and pick him up everyday).

I truly think my older son had the absolute best summer of his life (so far) with lasting memories for both him and us and though my little guy is in his first year of life, it was a summer of exciting firsts for him including his first birthday coming up!

Here are some of our favourite memories:
My big guy was able to experience camp for the first time: When he got on the bus on the first day, naturally I cried and he just looked at me and said good-bye with no tears … NOTHING. Of course I was so proud of him for being so brave, but come on I was hoping he would be a little sad and miss me (better he wasn’t I know).

Camp

 

My husband and I took my big guy to Canada’s Wonderland with one of his best friends: Although we took him last summer, he was too small for all the rides he wanted to go on and cried 90% of the time because he couldn’t understand the concept of a lineup so needless to say we didn’t stay very long. This year was a WHOLE other ballgame: he ate all the yummy stuff he wouldn’t be allowed on a regular day like candy floss, big huge lollipops etc (sugar rush much), and best of all he got a blue bracelet and was able to go on all the rides he wasn’t allowed to the previous year like the the Ghoster Coaster (I am actually scared of that ride, but he insisted so my husband took him on). I had to enlarge the pic below, because his face is CLASSIC (front row – the little guy in the sunglasses and that’s my husband)

Canada's Wonderland

 

We got to meet our cousins from LA for the first time: I am fortunate that I have a very large family, but sadly they are all over the United States. My father told me our cousins from Los Angeles were coming to Toronto to visit, so immediately I planned a big family get together so that the kids could all meet their cousins for the first time and it was as if the kids had known each other forever. The best part of the meeting was that when F’s oldest cousin walked in, he noticed that he had the same jersey as his cousin was wearing and went upstairs and changed into a matching outfit so he could be like his big cousin. A memory that will never be forgotten

Frankie and Jake

Spending time with my whole family: My family consists of my mom and dad, my two older brothers, my older sister and their kids (S is 11 years old, P is almost 5 years old, J is almost 3 years old, B boy is 6 months old and B girl is almost 1 year plus my two boys). We are a very close family, so much so we all live about 5-10 minutes max from each other. I don’t think there was one weekend this summer that I didn’t see a family member which truly is the best. To me, there is nothing better than being surrounded by family

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Although all good things must come to an end, the memories we make are forever!
T.
xo

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The Battle of the Bang

The Beauty Supply Outlet

I recently made a HUGE decision … to cut bangs! That may not seem like a big decision, but for someone who has had the same hair cut for the last 10 years … big decision! I walked away loving my new do until I showered and tried to do the bangs myself and it was an EPIC failure. My bangs looked like tree’s … straight and stiff.

I had two problems to work with: one being that I had to find the time every other day to blow dry my hair straight since I have naturally wavy hair which I really don’t see wavy working with well with the bangs and two, figuring out the right products to make these bangs look normal.

I went to The Beauty Supply Outlet which was the only place I knew would have a selection of the products I would need to maintain these puppies and walked out with a bag full of brushes, a new flat iron (that was on sale woot woot) and combs to try out and … I still could not perfect the beauty of the bang though they were soooo much better than before. Talk about a complete coincidence, a month later I was offered a chance to go to The Beauty Supply Outlet (at Yonge and Eglinton) to help with my beauty routine and I happily accepted since my last visit I went in for the sole purpose to buy brushes and didn’t even look around or see what they would recommend (my bad).

The Beauty Supply Outlet

The Yonge and Eglinton Store

First off let me say that I actually took the time to walk around the store and was so shocked because they had the specialty shampoo and conditioner that I normally order through my regular salon and takes over a week to get, and best of all is that it was so much cheaper at The Beauty Supply Outlet (don’t I feel dumb) not to mention a lot of the other high end brands (Joico, Paul Mitchelle etc). Secondly, they were so extremely helpful with taking the time to walk me around show me products that would help me tame these suckers. I hate to say it, but all those brushes I bought previously were all wrong (oops by bad), so this visit I walked away with a new ceramic brush in the right size and a salon quality blow dryer which I have to say, both made a WORLD of difference. She even convinced me to not always straighten my hair and leave it natural (and only blow dry my bangs – I will let you know how that goes).

The Beauty Supply Outlet

My purchases

I am always looking for great deals, especially when I am constantly buying products for my hair and The Beauty Supply Outlet really does have them. Not only was my shampoo and conditioner cheaper, I saw the product I use for my wavy hair, two for $30.00 when I have been previously buying them for $20 each. Oh, did I mention that I bought my new flat iron on sale and my blow dryer (those are the big ticket items that you want to get a deal on).

I do very much appreciate when staff members take the time to listen to their customers problems (whatever those may be, in my case battling the bang) and provide you with solutions and that is exactly what this staff member at The Beauty Supply Outlet did and for that I am grateful.

I’m also excited about the weekly Red Hot Deals available on the website – check out this month’s deals here

So there you have it, a little dose of my daily hair drama.
If you have bangs, PLEASE share with me your secret on the upkeep

T.
xo

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DISCLAIMER: This post was brought to you by The Beauty Supply Outlet. The opinions expressed herein are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the Beauty Supply Outlet.

Netflix helps Teach Your Kids about Earth Month #StreamTeam

Did you know April is Earth month? So how do we educate our kids about the importance of being good to our planet and all that lives on it? Lucky for us, Netflix has made it easy!

They have great documentaries for kids of all ages. For the older kids (who will actually sit through a movie), there are documentaries (they are even great for us adults since we can all learn a thing or two). For the younger one’s, there are some great Netflix TV shows using some of their favourite characters like Diego, Bubble Guppies etc. to help reinforce the message.

Here are some great titles to choose from:
Older Kids

Netflix Earth Month
The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans
Moving Art: Oceans
A Sea Change
Chasing Ice
Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?
Addicted to Plastic
David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials
The Hole Story

Younger Kids

Netflix Earth Month
Curious George: Mulch Ado About Nothing / Gets a Trophy
Go Diego Go: Rescue of Red-Eyed Tree Frogs
Bubble Guppies: Boy Meets Squirrel
Dinosaur Train: Stargazing on the Night Train / Get Into Nature
Sesame Street: The Camouflage Challenge
Wild Animal Baby Explorers: Beaks and Bills / The Mighty Oak Tree

 Even for Yourself

Netflix Earth Month
Vegucated
Farmageddon
Food, Inc.

I showed my older son all the titles he could choose from and he chose to watch Sesame Street: The Camouflage Challenge and learned what the word camouflage meant and how insects camouflage themselves to protect themselves. He did learn a thing or two because every time we are out and he see’s an insect he asks if it is camouflage (it may take some time for him to fully understand, but hey Rome wasn’t built in a day).

If you are looking for a craft to do with your kids to help them learn about earth month, try doing what we did: Explaining about recyclable items wasn’t too easy, so I compiled a few non-recyclable items that were around the house and would have been thrown out and told my older guy to choose one item and we will use our imaginations and make something to save it from disposal. He chose a piece of old tupperware, we cut a hole slightly larger than a twoonie in the lid,  decorated it with stickers and pom poms and voila you have a custom made piggy bank from something that was going into the garbage.

Happy Earth Month
T.
xo

The Smell Solution – Playtex Carbon Filter #MomTrust

Playtex

When new moms ask me what is the one item (for baby) in my house that I can’t live without, my answer is simple … the Diaper Genie! It was one of those products that I originally put on my registry for those looking to buy gifts and then realized when the baby came that it was a huge mistake considering there were over 10 diapers in the garbage per day most of which had massive explosions in them and the smell … don’t even get me started. So, first post baby purchase was my Diaper Genie (thanks to my husband who immediately ran out to get it).

It does a great job keeping in the awful smell that 10+ smelly diapers would release, but then comes the moment you step on that peddle, the lid opens and poof you get a waft of that g-d awful smell and … well … kinda gag (lets be honest). That’s why I kept a bottle of Febreeze at every Diaper Genie .. until now!

I had the opportunity to test out the new Diaper Genie Activated Carbon Refill and truthfully speaking, I didn’t think there was any product (including Febreeze) that could take away that smell, but gladly I was wrong. IT ACTUALLY WORKS!!!! TMI: I have put some seriously smelly diapers in that Diaper Genie recently (as the ultimate test), left it for 24 hours and opened it up and … no smell.

Diaper Genie Carbon Filter Refill

What I love about the Playtex Carbon Filters:
– Made with safe, natural activated carbon that locks in odour molecules rather than just masking it with a fragrance
– Pack comes with 1 case and 4 carbon filters
– Easy to install: peel, stick, insert
– Sachets need to be replaced every 90 days or when they lose effectiveness

This is an absolute MUST if you have a Diaper Genie or if you are looking to buy one.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Pack Price: $5.99

Make sure to check out Playtex Mommyville to see what other moms have to say about their products and give them a “like” on Facebook

Bye bye odours
T.
xo

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Help Your Cold with HydraSense – Enter to Win!

We know that winter is synonyms with getting colds and we wait (impatiently) for the warmer weather to come thinking that cold season is ending, but with the onset of the higher numbers in the weather forecast the jackets, gloves and hats come off and just when you think cold season is over, the viruses re-emerge.

I have being using HydraSense since my oldest was a little baby. He got his first cold when he was 8 months old and naturally I panicked (he was my first what do you expect) because the poor little guy was so stuffed up and MISERABLE (which is an understatement) so I went into my trusty bag of samples that I got at a baby show and there were the many samples of HydraSense Easy Dose.

I, by no means am going to tell you he loved it because he HATED it, he screamed his head off when I put the drops in and sucked whatever was up there clogging the kids nose making him not able to eat, but I can tell you that the moment after I picked him up, put a bottle in his mouth, he realized he could actually breathe he was happy again and the cycle  continued with every cold. Now comes my second who got his first cold when he was only 3 weeks old (thanks to his older brother who was learning about sharing) and has had a cold every single month of his life .. actually! This kid hates the drops just as much as his brother especially now that I have added the nasal aspirator to the routine, but there is instant relief (that I can promise you) and lots of smiles .. what can be better than that?! Most importantly, it is made with 100% undiluted natural-source seawater.

HydraSense has something for everyone 
•             Easy dose (newborns and infants) – these little tubes makes it clean and easy to administer the drops
•             Nasal aspirator starter kit (newborns and infants)
•             Gentle mist  (age 2+)
•             Medium Stream (age 2+)
•             To Go (age 2+) – great for moms on the go to carry in their purses
•             Congestion relief kids (age 6+)
•             Congestion relief (age 12+) – this is what I use every day

HydraSense

For those that are prone to getting sinus infections (yup thats me), I highly recommend using their Congestion Relief Spray. It has a great pump that really helps hydrate the sinuses and reduce inflammation.

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Thanks to our friends at HydraSense, they are giving away 4 products of your choice from the selection above to 1 lucky winner (you can tailer the prize back to your family). The contest is open to Canadian residents only. Here’s how to enter:

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For another chance to win a great HydraSense gift pack, make sure to visit Multi-Testing Mommy

Breathe Clean
T.
xo