Potty Training Struggles || Free Downloadable Potty Training Guide
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Potty Training Struggles || Free Downloadable Potty Training Guide

This is a sponsored campaign in partnership with Pampers. All opinions expressed are my own.

Last weekend I had lunch with some amazing mother’s. Some of them were experienced, – raising teens in addition to new little ones and another one was waiting to become a mama for the first time in the next few months.

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We got together at a local restaurant and immediately connected over many struggles we have had or are currently going through in motherhood.

Potty training being a BIG one.

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The experienced mamas who had potty trained several kids had lots of tips for some of the newer moms. There were so many different things that have worked for each of us but it seemed like we all agreed on one thing.

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Wait until they’re ready…

Do not FORCE it. 

When you begin potty training find a time when you can spend the next few days at home. Try it and see how receptive your child is. Are they fighting it every single time you attempt? Do they throw a tantrum? Are they scared? If they do and it feels like it’s a battle with little progress, let it go for a week or two and try again.

I can’t tell you how much hearing this tip helped me. I received this advice from a friend when we were in the process of potty training our first. She fought it, a lot, and it was stressful and she would get upset, so we let it go and came back to trying again a few weeks later. On the second attempt she was more receptive, she loved the positive praising, the treats, everything we promised her if she just went potty…and guess what..she learned in a just few days!

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“Potty training is an amazing milestone for toddlers and parents alike, but it can also be stressful. Spring is the time many families kick-off potty training so they are ready for summer fun and then for the start of preschool. Potty training can feel like an overwhelming process, and when minor leaks or accidents occur, it can be a disappointment. Pampers Easy Ups helps makes this journey a little easier by providing better leak protection than the leading competitor.”

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“Parents want potty training to be a positive experience for their toddlers, but leaks, accidents, and switching from training pants to diapers overnight can feel like setbacks. This is why we want to empower our little ones to overcome these obstacles to achieve and celebrate potty training success.”

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Our mama chat even caught the eye of a few young dads that were nearby.

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I loved connecting with these other mamas.

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“Training pants support the diaper-to-underwear transition for toddlers and their families as they have a more underwear-like look and feel while still helping to keep messes off clothing, bedding and other surfaces no matter where accidents happen: at home, on-the-go or overnight. Pampers Easy Ups work during the day AND night, enabling toddlers and moms to confidently and completely transition from diapers to underwear.”

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Need more potty training tips? See what my Instagram mamas said have worked for them!

 

Download your Potty Training Tip Guide by Dr. Laura Jana. HERE

 

PAMPERS EASY UPS PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Fun Thomas & Friends® designs for boys and Dora the Explorer® designs for girls
  • A more underwear-like design for growing toddlers
  • Graphics that fade when wet to help little ones learn
  • Super-stretchy sides to make them easy to pull up and down when using the potty
  • Available for Boys and Girls sizes 2T/3T through 4T/5T

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Avent Classic Bottle Giveaway
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Avent Classic Baby Bottles Giveaway

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

You may have seen my posts the last couple of months with Philips Avent. In my opinion, Avent makes some of the best quality nursing/baby feeding products out on the market today. We have their natural bottles, sippy cups, breast pump and their classic bottles.

Avent Classic Bottle Giveaway

It is great for babies with colic.

“Unlike other bottles, the clinically proven anti-colic system is now integrated into the nipple, making it easier to assemble the bottle correctly. As your baby feeds, the unique valve on the nipple opens to allow air into the bottle instead of your baby’s tummy.”

I love that Avent Classic bottles have different nipple flow rates that change with your babies age.

Avent Classic Bottle Giveaway

“The Philips Avent Classic+ range offers different nipple flow rates to keep up with your baby’s growth. Remember that age indications are approximate as babies develop at different rates. All nipples are available in twin packs: Newborn, Slow, Medium, Fast and Variable Flow.”

The bottle also has wide rounded corners that make it easier to clean and there are fewer parts to clean with just 4 parts.

And now you can enter to win 1 of 40 boxes of the 9oz Avent Classic 3 packs!

Philips Avent Classic Giveaway

OverNites Diapers Baby's Bedtime Night Routine for a Peaceful Sleep
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Our Baby’s Nighttime Routine To a Peaceful Sleep

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EveryoneSleeps #CollectiveBias

One thing that I have realized after three babies is that a routine, no matter what part of the day, helps your kids and you get through the day easier and stress-free. We have a nighttime routine that we follow every night and it definitely makes the transition of playtime to bedtime easier for everyone.

OverNites Diapers Baby's Bedtime Night Routine for a Peaceful Sleep

Our Baby’s Nighttime Routine:

It consists of just four specific things.

Bathtime

Lotion + Oils

Foot Massage

Change into Huggies OverNites 

The first thing I do to begin winding everyone down is to give baths. After a bath I can tell that everyone is more calm and relaxed which makes it easier for everyone to fall asleep easier and quicker. After bathtime we do lotion all over and essential oils on the feet. While I’m applying our favorite nighttime oils I give a little foot massage. I find that foot massages help to relax everyone, espescially the baby. He will sit so quietly while I am rubbing his little feet. He loves it, and who doesn’t love cute little baby feet? :)

After the lotion and oils I will do one last diaper change before bed. Our favorite night time diapers are Huggies OverNites. Huggies OverNites Diapers are the #1 selling Nighttime diaper and Huggies’ most absorbent diaper to help keep baby’s skin comfortable and dry for a deep sleep and happy day. We love them because of their all night leakage protection, they last up to 12 hours. Right now Lennon is sleeping really well throughout the night, so with Huggies OverNites, I can let him sleep and not have to wake him up to change a soggy, about to leak diaper. There is a neat wick away layer that helps keep the baby’s skin dry and overnight. We also really love the Disney designs, like these sleepy Winnie The Pooh he has on here.

OverNites Diapers Baby's Bedtime Night Routine for a Peaceful Sleep

We purchase our diapers at Walmart.

OverNites Diapers Baby's Bedtime Night Routine for a Peaceful Sleep

OverNites Diapers Baby's Bedtime Night Routine for a Peaceful Sleep

Do you have a routine that you follow with your little ones before bed to help them sleep better?

OverNites Diapers Baby's Bedtime Night Routine for a Peaceful Sleep

Huggies OverNites are available at Walmart. Get your coupon here.

 

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY
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June & Scarlett’s 3 & 4th Scooby Doo Birthday Party

The girls birthday party was this weekend. One of my favorite things to do as their mama is plan their special day. It’s one of the reasons I started a blog to begin with, to document their special days so that they can see this when they get older.

I’m most definitely not a Pinteresty party mom. The day of the party is complete chaos, I am always running late, there are things that don’t get done, I forget things – like my cake stand! But the party goes on, and my girls have a blast and in the end that’s all that matters.

Some of the best advice I can give when planning your childs birthday party is something I realized several years ago – hire a photographer or even a family friend or relative to take the photos. I can’t tell you what a huge stress reliever this was and always has been. You want to be sure you capture all the special memories but you can’t be everwhere at once either. Hiring someone to take the photos ensures that you will be there in the moment with the people that matter most, that you will get this day preserved in time AND you will actually get to be in some of the photos! :)

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

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Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

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Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

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Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

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Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

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Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

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Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Birthday Party DIY

This year we did it at the Witte Museum. Food was easy with chicken salad sandwiches made by the grandmas.

We served chips, popcorn and of course Scooby Snacks!

I found these cute DIY Scooby printables for the party favor bags on Etsy.

You can see our DIY Mystery Machine Photo Prop post here.

 

Easy Natural Looking Extensions Fishtail Braid Mom Blogger Latina Blogger
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How I style my hair with clip in extensions || Irresistible Me

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I got my first set of clip in extensions from Irresistible Me and I love them! I’ll be honest and say that the first thing that came to my mind when I was asked to review these was lack of time. I thought I just wasn’t going to have the time to put in clip in hair extensions, but I was so wrong!

I’ve been wearing and styling these for the past couple of weeks and after straightening my hair it takes only about 10 minutes to put them in!

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I received the Royal Remy Premium extensions in the 22 inch length, 200g in Royal Medium Brown.

The first thing I do before putting in my extensions is straighten my hair. The first day after washing my hair I will usually wear my hair without extensions. That’s just my personal preference because the first day after washing my hair it can look really curly, frizzy and and it’s really hard to manage. Since my hair is so thick, I prefer to sleep on it after a wash before styling it. With that said, I wondered if there was going to be extensions thick enough to look natural in my hair.

The Royal Remy Premium extensions are amazing!
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After I get up the next day after sleeping on my newly washed hair I will use my dry shampoo. I won’t need to re-straighten it but I will do a little touching up with my hair iron. Then it’s time to put in my extensions.

Here’s a good video on how to put them in if you’ve never worn extensions before.

I love them so much!

They are the perfect weight, color and length!

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I have been loving wearing my hair in a fish-tail braid. In fact, this was probably the reason I was so excited to get them in!

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I mean who doesn’t love a long thick braid?

Easy Natural Looking Extensions Fishtail Braid Mom Blogger Latina Blogger

Easy Natural Looking Extensions Fishtail Braid Mom Blogger Latina Blogger

And now I’m excited to try out all those fancier braids that I’ve seen all over YouTube. :)

Easy Natural Looking Extensions Fishtail Braid Mom Blogger Latina Blogger

Easy Natural Looking Extensions Fishtail Braid Mom Blogger Latina Blogger

Check out irresistible me on their website, Instagram and YouTube.