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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Enter to Win 4 Tickets (per winner) to an Exclusive Screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 at the Toronto Zoo!

Kung Fu Panda 3 Screening

ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO A SCREENING OF
KUNG FU PANDA 3 AT THE TORONTO ZOO!

After reuniting with his long-lost father, Po travels to a secret village and meets tons of hilarious new panda friends and family members. But when the supernatural villain Kai challenges all the Kung Fu masters across China, Po must discover the teacher within himself and train his clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

Date: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time:  1 pm arrival, 2 pm screening
Location: Toronto Zoo: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7, Canada. Screening will take place in the Wildlife Marquee, Discovery Zone

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2. Only one sweeps entry per follower
3. Entries will be accepted up to Tuesday June 21, 2016 until 11:59pm
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The winners will be drawn on Wednesday June 22, 2016 and will be notified by email immediately.

The winners must make their way to the Toronto Zoo to pick up their passes (the day of the screening only, passes will not be available beforehand). Passes will allow full entry to the zoo before and after the screening.

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I just Learned that it is Potty Training Awareness Month #PottyPartnership #Giveaway

Pull-Ups Potty Training

I just found out that June is Potty Training Awareness Month so what better time is there to start learning about potty training and get ready to start the process (now that I think about it the word “process” is actually a very suiting word here because potty training really is a process and a very frustrating one at that).

I got lucky with my youngest and potty training because he idolizes his brother and therefore wants to copy everything he does (and I mean everything), so he had a natural curiosity about the toilet just seeing his brother going all the time. No joke, sometimes my little guy would follow his brother to the bathroom and just sit on the step stool while his brother was doing his business and the two of them would chat about who know’s what as if they were sitting on the couch together (it was probably one of the cuter things I have experienced with the two boys).

Instead of telling you how I did it because Pull-Ups has an AMAZING online resource that will really assist with getting to know your child and providing a guide to help, I am going to let you know a few things NOT to do which were little mistakes I made (oops):

1. DO NOT RUSH POTTY TRAINING!!! It will become stressful for you and most importantly, scratch that .. equally as important, it will be stressful for your little one (mistake number 1 that I made)

2. Don’t get angry when you see their pants go from light grey to dark grey: as frustrating as potty training is, they are still babies and it’s not an easy thing to learn that feeling of having to pee (I am guessing because clearly I can’t remember this stage in my life). I promise getting angry at your little one will only backfire and cause my issues for you

3. Remember .. SMALL REWARDS: who thought it was a good idea to reward their child with a toy every time they peed or pooped in the potty (you can’t see me but I am guessing you know that my hand is up). Rewards I feel are important, but keep them small and something they do not get all the time so it actually feels like a reward (smarties were a big hit in my house) and the final touches was a big Mickey Mouse Stuffie thanks to Pull-Ups. If you don’t want to do a reward every time your little one goes to the washroom, make a sticker chart and at the end of the week give them a little reward.

Pull-Ups Potty Training Chart

4. Get a cute potty that actually peeks their interest: I got your run of the mill hole in a bucket type potty and though it looked nicer with my furniture because let’s be honest it does become a piece of furniture for a little while, it didn’t help peek his interest. There are really cute, stand alone potty’s out there that have their own little flusher which makes the whole experience more fun

Pull-Ups Potty Training

Not my little guy, but a friends who is just starting potty training

It’s definitely a scary world out there (I am talking about the potty training world), but with Pull-Ups new Potty Partnership, they offer a whole new way to potty train and it really does help!!! All you do is take a short quiz to find out what your child’s potty personality is and then it is almost like a personal guide for you as to how to go about potty training based on their personality (this is my son’s and was pretty much on point).

Pull-Ups Potty Partnership

If you are just starting to think about potty training, I highly recommend checking out this site to get some helpful pointers and tips.

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to our friends at Pull-Ups they are giving away 1 of their amazing Pull-Ups Potty Partnership ToolKit filled with: Pull-Ups® Training Pants, Big*Kids Flushable Wipes, Potty seat and chair, Milestone chart to track and award your child’s progress, Potty training book, Plush toy to reward potty accomplishments to 1 lucky winner. Must be a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec residents). Here’s how to enter:

Potty

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If you found these tips helpful, let others know by commenting below!
Good luck
T.
xo

If You Don’t Know … Now You Know!

Laceez

Well I am going to start this blog post off with a big YOU’RE WELCOME! Why? Because after this post you will be thanking me for introducing you to this product that I promise will make your life SOOO much easier.

Growing up I wasn’t exactly a girly girl! I loved to play sports, I hated the colour pink, frills and bows or anything froufrou for that matter (all of which my older sister loved) and over the years I didn’t really let go of my Tom boy roots, but embraced it just with a twist. Sure, when I needed to clean up for an event and wear a dress with heels I would, but my day to day life was (and still very much is) very casual.

It’s no secret that I love shoes! Clearly I am not talking about all those pretty high heeled, seriously uncomfortable shoes because to no surprise I legitimately despise wearing them, but sneakers … I have a serious soft spot for sneakers!! Having my two boys really let me embrace my boy sneaker envy and well now they both have a pretty awesome collection of retro Jordan’s.

Here is the problem: as your children get older and you are searching for shoes for them, you will find that they offer less and less shoes with Velcro and elastics and they are all lace up (Jordan’s especially). The solution … Laceez!! The minute I saw this product I had to have them. I had the opportunity to test out a few pairs and within 15 minutes I was online ordering 8 more pairs in all sorts of fun colours and sizes.

Laceez

What I love about Laceez
– they make every parents life easier just by changing their regular laced shoes into slip on shoes
– you can change up the look of the shoe by changing the laceez colour
– they are so easy to lace up
– a friend of mine got the wrong size once and she said their customer service was amazing with helping her
comes in a few different sizes XS-XL (there is a guide of which size you should order in comparison to shoe size)
– they ship to Canada (if you order 3 or more they will discount the shipping)
– the tips of the laces easily lock them into place
– they have lots of fun bright colours (i’m hoping they will come out with some cute prints like gingham in different colours etc)

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
As if I don’t love them enough already, they are kindly giving away a set of 3 pairs of laces to 1 lucky winner!!! The contest is open to Canadian and US readers. Here’s how to enter:

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For more information on Laceez or to order them, click here
*i went up a size for both my kids shoes

Happy Shopping
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

It’s a Hasbro Kind of Holiday

Hasbro

As much as I dislike winter, I absolutely love the holidays! The decorations, the music, the family gatherings and of course for me, shopping for presents for my kids. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the huge smile on their faces when they open their gifts to find the newest, coolest toy. Now the problem is, which one’s to buy???

I had a chance to preview (and test) some of Hasbro’s newest toys (all ages) for the Holidays and I have to tell you, they were pretty amazing.

Here are my top picks for the Holiday’s

1. Furreal Friends – J.J the Jumpin Pug
By far, this toy is at the top of my list of “must-have” toys. I cant begin to tell you how much I love it, never mind my kids!! I originally brought it home for my younger son because he loves dogs, but as it turns out, my older son is playing with him just as much as my younger son! Wave your hand at him and he jumps up on his hind legs, barks and pants. If you want to calm him down, pet his hand and he sits back down. I have to tell you this toy pup has taken quite a beating as he has been thrown around and shockingly is still working perfectly (which is when I realized this is the closest we are going to get to a dog EVER). MSRP $49.99
*other toys in this category: Happy to see me Pets, Pets with Style, Lil’ Big Paws, Luvimals, Starlily my Magical Unicorn, Get up and Gogo My Walking Pup, Pom Pom My Baby Panda, Daisy Plays with me Kitty, Butterscotch My Walkin’ Pony

JJ Furreal Friend

2. Connect 4
What’s old is new again!! Who knew that something so simple could derive so much pleasure. I got this game for my older son as he is now at the stage where he wants to play games and we played it over and over and over. What I realized is that even though this is for older kids, the little guys can play with it too as it is great for dexterity getting the small chips into the slots. It kept my youngest son busy for at least 30 minutes emptying out the slots and filling them back up (comes in a mini travel version too). MSRP: $10.00
*other toys in this category: Monopoly Jr Frozen, Candy Land Disney Princess Edition, The Game of Life Junior, Monopoly Avengers Edition, The Game of Life Minions Edition, Trouble Minions Edition, Operation Minions Edition, Guess Who Extra Game, Scrabble Junior Game, 

Connect 4

3. Playskool Pop-Up Shape Sorter
With my first born (who was colicky might I add), I had a toy stuffed into my diaper bag or in my purse at any given time anticipating the massive meltdown while I was out. Who’s purse and diaper bag has the room for a big bulky toy??!!! Playskool has introduced a new line of toys which are great for moms who are always on-the-go. This adorable shape sorting kitty comes flat which is great for storage purposes and then pop it up to create a fun sorting game. Play – Stow – Go! MSRP $16.99
*other toys in this category: Stack ‘N Stow Cups, Roll ‘N Gears Car Toy, Wobble ‘N Go Friends, Pop-Up Rollin’ Ramp Toy, Dressy Kids Assortment, Fold ‘N Go Elephant Toy,

Playskool Pop-Up Shape Sorter

Playskook Pop up Shape sorter

4. Twister Moves Hip Hop Spots Game
What a fun game!!!! My kids (and I) had a blast playing even though we realized how terribly uncoordinated we are 🙂 The game is rated for 8+ years but my 5 year old loved it and wasn’t too bad at it either. My 2 year old on the other hand … well let him have a turn because he giggled his way through his turn and made us all laugh. Play solo or with a friend and move to the beat by matching your feet to the flashing colours. Note to self: buy batteries for it! MSRP: $29.99
*other toys in this category: Twister Moves Hoop, Twister Moves Skip-It Game, Twister Moves Tracker

Twister Moves

5. Star Wars BladeBuilder Jedi Master Lightsaber
These toys are getting bigger and better than ever! When I saw this new Jedi Master Lightsaber, I thought I was in lightsaber heaven (I am a true kid at heart). Configure any way you want, make a new lightsaber every day with over 100 combinations. I didn’t have the kids test this one because the thought of having one of these in my house with two very rambunctious kids who like to constantly mount each other and play fight, sounds like … well you get it. MSRP: $49.99

Star Wars Jedi Master Lightsaber

6. Play All Day Elmo
The ultimate of all the Elmo’s on the market … bigger, smarter and funnier! If you are wondering what does he do, the question should be what doesn’t he do!!!! Unlike the rest of the Elmo’s, this Elmo grows with your child having stages of play (toddler and pre-school). Flip him upside down and he will tell you he is upside down, play pat-a-cake with him, put your face close to his and he will kiss you. Squeeze his nose and he plays games like red light, green light (guess what, he knows if your moving or not with his excelerometer) and Elmo says. He will engage with your child by asking what your little one’s favourite part of the day was. Put him into nap mode and he will play a lullaby and his voice will get softer and softer. He truly will be your little one’s best friend!!! MSRP: $79.99
*other toys in this category: Bath Time Elmo Plush, Sesame Street on the Go Friends, Elmo’s on the go Letters

Play All Day Elmo

Now the fun part … buying them, wrapping them and then passing them on to the kids.
Happy holidays to all (well almost)
T.
xo

Get Cozy with Netflix – #StreamTeam

Netlfix

Officially I can say it feels like Fall! The temperatures have drastically dropped, you have retired your summer wardrobe and brought out all your favourite fleece slippers and most importantly, your cozy sweatpants.

Truly, what is better than getting home from work (or a full day’s worth of errands in some cases), slipping on those comfy sweats (or pj’s in my case) and a big, baggy sweatshirt, popping fresh popcorn with some sprinkled chocolates in it (to satisfy the sweet and salty of course) and sitting down on the couch with your kids to watch a movie or favourite television show. Ok so let’s be real, in my house it doesn’t quite go down like that since I have two very rambunctious boys who don’t sit for a mere second (well at least until 7:00pm), but when they do settle down and want to want to watch television, I truly thank G-d for Netflix. There is always one (or six or seven) shows on there that they both want to watch and then there is peace and quiet that comes over the room … ahhhhh SUCCESS!!!

New on Netflix 

Netflix September Shows

1. Lilo & Stitch
2. Nanny McPhee Returns
3. The Muppets
4. Shark Tale
5. Meet the Robinsons
6. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
7. Freaky Friday
8. Homeward Bound
9. The Princess and the Frog
10. The Lizzie McGuire movie
11. The Aristocats
12. The Rescuers

Oh and don’t forget about yourself, the kids bedtime means it’s your time to kick your feet up and get your Netflix on … I sure did!

Netflix

T.
xo

Are you going to see Disney Pixar Inside Out?

Inside Out

I have always been a huge fan of animated movies, but Inside Out could be just the cutest! I mean, what a great concept for a movie. It enlightens kids about all the different emotions they feel in a dramatic yet funny way. I’m definitely not a movie critic, but I had high expectations going in to see the pre-screening and walked out very pleased (and so did my big guy), in fact he now explains how is feeling based on the characters he saw (anger, fear, sadness, disgust and joy).

The one thing I do have to say, is that it is a very hard concept for the little one’s to understand. After explaining to my mini me that these emotions are not in your “stomach” (his words), that they are in your head, he seemed to get it, but that didn’t seem to bother him because he laughed out loud and well so did the rest of the audience (comprised of mostly adults).

In a very creative way, the different emotions inside Riley’s head (anger, fear, sadness, disgust and joy) all work together at Headquarters to help guide her through the up’s and down’s of her life. While Riley is trying to adjust to a family up route to San Francisco, turmoil begins at Headquarters and Sadness and Joy get separated from the group leaving Fear, Disgust and Anger in charge. Trying to find their way back, they watch as Riley’s favourite memories start to disappear and run into a few of her favourite old memories who help them through the maze of her mind seeing unfamiliar places like Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions to get back to turn things around (make sure to bring some tissues because there are some parts that are a real tear jerker).

In theatres NOW!

Inside Out

Enjoy making new memories with your little one
T.
xo

 

 

 

Playtex Has New Friends

It wasn’t long ago that I reviewed the Playtex Anytime Straw Twist N’ Click Sippy Cup and since then it has been the only sippy cup that I use as it NEVER (yes NEVER) leaks!!!

What could possibly make this sippy cup better? Let me introduce you to the new Playtex® PlayTime™ cups with some of your little one’s favourite friends like Thomas the Train, My Little Pony and DC Superheros like Batman/Robin and Superman (Superman is exclusively sold at Walmart). Timing worked out well for me because my little guy is OBSESSED with all things Batman so much so, that we actually had to hide my other son’s Batman cup because the little guy would cry wanting that cup.

Playtex Anytime Sippy Cup

What I love about the Playtex Anytime Licensed Sippy Cups?
– First and foremost, I love the Twist N’ Click technology, NO LEAKS!
– Lid options include Spout Lid and Straw Lid
-You will hear a click when the lid is shut properly
– The amazing licensed designs; there is something for everyone
– The cups are break-proof (thank you to my little man we have put this theory to the test)
– Double wall so it keeps the cold drinks colder for longer and no sweating leaving nasty rings everywhere they put the cup down
– Very reasonably priced at $7.99

Playtex Anytime Sippy Cup

My little man lovin’ his new cup!

Where to Buy: Toys R Us

 Good times
T.
xo

Oh the Lies! #StreamTeam

Netlfix

Put your hand up if you lie? If for even one second you thought about not raising your hand, your lying! We all do it … period … the end!

I feel bad telling my little one itty bitty lies, but come on, it must be done! Yes honey the park has a bed time too, one day when your tooth falls out a tooth fairy will come, the DVD player magically turns off … to name a few

I kept telling my husband over and over that our big guy never lied … until the day he lied and well it hasn’t changed since. At first I thought it was cute and now it is just innate (odd how quickly they pick it up). We tried teaching him about Pinnochio and his ever growing nose when he lies, but we couldn’t find the movie to help him better understand (my kid is better with visuals).

If you are going through this now, do not fret as Netflix has a bunch of great titles for all age groups that will teach your little one about lying (and there are even one’s for adults, because sometimes we need a lesson too).

Little Kids:

Netflix

 1. Super Why! S1, E15: Humpty Dumpty and Other Fairytale Adventures: Pinnochio
2. Curious George: S1, E19 Truth about George Burger
3. Clifford the Big Red Dog: S1, E26 The Kibble Crook
4. The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: S1, E9 The Pothole/ Chuck’s Perfect Plans

Big Kids:

Netflix

1. Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action
2. H20: Just Add Water
3. Mean Girls
4. iCarly: S1, E12 iPromise Not to Tell

The Biggest Kids of them All (Shows for us):

Netflix

1. Bloodline
2. Just Go With It
3. Liar, Liar (the old time classic)
4. Pretty Little Liars (my next series that I am going to watch)