One of the things no one told me about when I became a mom was the amount of time that I would spend thinking about my kid’s gut. I want to encourage them to “go with their gut” during their life and to do that – I’ve got to make sure that they’re well taken care of. And, after a particularly scary ER visit for an out-of-whack gut issue when Melanie was little, you bet your sweet buns that I’m vocal about making sure everyone is aware it. So, allow me to pass along my knowledge to you. Here’s my top five tips for toddler wellness with SmartyPants Kids Probiotic Complete.
Texas Mom Blogger, Kiss My Tulle, shares Melanie and Finn’s 2016 Halloween costumes: a mermaid and Baby Groot from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”!
Okay, full confession, I’ve never been a big Halloween person. I don’t do scary, I hate the idea of knocking on strange doors, and I didn’t grow up in a house that allowed pranks. I did love dressing up when I was younger though – but I always picked really random and weird things. Like, a purple alien or a bunch of grapes. No princesses or fairies for me! If your kid is like me and likes to have a little inventive fun then be sure to check out these 24 completely unique and original Halloween costumes for kids!
My daughter is a HUGE Hulk fan. Like, HUGE! She’s just loves anything “Hulk Smash” and we watch “The Avengers” at least once a week. So, when it came time to plan her third birthday party, I decided to go with an Avengers theme. As the Patron Saint of Slacker Moms, I kept things VERY simple but still wanted to have a few special touches. As the official Cheap Ass of my family, I also wanted to keep it affordable. So, the idea of doing a swimming party with a superhero theme was born. Check out the rest of the post for tips and ideas from Melanie’s Marvel Avengers Birthday Party!
I’ve done many posts on preparing for baby and I think that I do a pretty good job of making sure that I have what is needed before the little arrives. However, after the birth of Melanie, I realized that, while I had all the stuff, I had completely neglected to make any preparations for showing her off to the world. I totally forgot to plan for birth announcements, photo books, and photo canvases to showcase all her cuteness. But on my second go around – I was prepared, y’all! I booked a newborn session with Pure Happiness Photography and knew that, when it came time, I would be getting ready with Mixbook!
As many of you know, Melanie stopped wearing diapers soon after her first birthday (she would literally rip them off her body) but just was not ready to formally potty train at that time. Fast forward to a few months ago, she was ready so we stocked up on toilet paper and started the process. It’s been a bumpy road (Melanie is one of those kids who totally knows what to do but doesn’t want to stop playing to actually go to the bathroom) but I can safely say that she’s nearly 100% potty trained now. Along the way, I discovered some little things that I found helpful during this process. So today, I’m sharing my top 5 tips to make potty training easier (with Charmin® Essentials Strong):
This weekend, my little family had the opportunity to attend the LEGO® Americana Roadshow, a traveling display of large scale LEGO® models replicating some of the nation’s most iconic and well-known landmarks. We had such a good time since this one-of-a-kind exhibit is highly visual, educational, and free! Melanie has been playing with LEGOs® since she was a year old and it was so amazing to see her get incredibly excited looking at the workmanship and inventiveness of the LEGO® exhibits. Truly, it is family-friendly fun for all ages at the LEGO® Americana Roadshow at the North Star Mall!
I’ve been lucky enough for the last year to be able to snag the car from my husband (we’re a one car family) once a week so I can take my daughter to storytime at our local library. Since it’s literally the only time she gets to socialize with other children during the week, I’ve worked really hard to be sure and get us there no matter what. Sure, she sucks at sitting still and listening (and frequently stand RIGHT IN FRONT of the book being read) but she’s definitely grown and gotten better at participating. I do love seeing her enjoy the new books and playing with toys but, I gotta tell ya, as a total introvert, I’m totally over being there with other parents. I KNOW! I’m an asshole. But listen, they’re all there and have all these different personalities and, for my social anxious ass, it’s super overwhelming. And they all basically fall into the same groups, or, as I like to call it – the 10 people you meet at library storytime:
I’m about to become a two-time parent and with it came a HUGE issue that I hadn’t anticipated. How am I supposed to safely wrangle and transport a newborn and a rambunctious 3 year old around San Antonio (and on future road trips and vacations)? As many of you know, my daughter is not a quiet, sit in a stroller seat kinda kid. She’s more of a let’s-see-how-fast-and-far-I-can-run-away kid. We’ve been using a leash (and 100% happy with that decision) but really did somewhere for her to relax when we went out for a long day at the rodeo or park. And it also needed to accommodate her new brother and his growing needs. Luckily, I realized that the best investment you can make as a second time parent is the Evenflo Sibby Travel System and the Ride-Along Board.
Now that my baby boy is here, I’m back on the breastfeeding wagon. I nursed Melanie for two and a half years and wore nursing bras the entire time. And, even when I’m not nursing, I have big boobs. Like, “who did your plastic surgery” (Answer: GOD) big boobs. That makes finding nursing bras in my pricepoint even more of a challenge.At this point, I’m kind of an expert at finding great nursing bras at an affordable price. I love the wonderful, frilly, lacy ones SO MUCH but they definitely tend to be out of my price range so I’m always on the look out for ones that are practical (but still pretty) and work within my budget. So, I’ve decided to help y’all out and round up the best affordable nursing bras for breastfeeding moms with big boobs:
Over Christmas, we flew round-trip from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska – and then drove from there to Salcha (and back!). As many of you know, I was born and raised in Alaska and we visit go there to visit my family for Christmas once every two years. This was our first time flying with a toddler (she was 5 months old the last time we did this trip) and I was also several months pregnant. Overall, Melanie did really great during each of our four flights plus the two eight+ hour car rides but I did figure out some tips and suggestions for traveling with a toddler and I’m sharing them with you!
As so many of you know, I’ve been using this last month of my second pregnancy to plan and decorate a joint nursery for Melanie and Baby Boy. We’ve gotten a few big items crossed off the list: picked up a Big Girl Bed for Melanie, bought all the bedding for both kids, and snagged a gorgeous nightstand for next to the rocker. And now, I can start picking out the really fun little bits! Like these made-in-the-USA rockers from RockABye – I mean, REALLY, how cute are they?!?! So cute, that I’m having a hard time choosing the one (or ones) to keep in the room so today, I’m asking you to help me choose an awesome RockABye rocker for the joint nursery!