10 Things I Said I Would Never Do as a Mom

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016

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Before I became a mom I had a list of things that resided in my head that I swore I would never do when I had my own children. Little did I know…

After having three children (the oldest being 9) I have learned a few things. Or maybe just realized a few things. So here is my list of top ten things I said I would never do as a mom; before I actually became a mom.

1. Allow my children to watch TV before 2 years old: I just knew that if I let my kids watch TV before they were 2 they would be mindless idiots. Fast forward to actually having kids. I could not survive being sick, being crazy busy, or keeping my sanity without Sesame Street, Disney Channel, and YouTube Kids. They continually save me and they also have actually helped my children learn numbers, letters, and colors.

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2. Allow my kids to sleep in my bed. I remember silently judging those who talked about co-sleeping. That would never by MY family. Then I brought my first child home. After countless sleepless nights I was exhausted and pulled him into bed with me one night. It was the best night’s sleep I’d had in weeks. Thus, co-sleeping began. Best parenting decision I ever made. (And, yes, that’s a picture of my daughter sleeping ON my face.)

3. Leave the house without makeup. Ha ha ha! Do I even need to explain this one? I do not, I repeat DO NOT need to look put together at all times. Because, let’s face it, I am far from put together most times. A swipe of mascara and a touch of concealer are perfect for me most days. But if I’m not feeling it? Who cares!?

4. Touch any kind of bodily fluid with my hands: Oh man. This has happened more times than I can possibly count. I have cupped my hands for vomit (better me than the couch), picked noses, cleaned ears with my fingers and so much more. I have no idea how it’s possible to be a parent and NOT do some of these things.

5. Allow my kids to eat junk food. I vowed that my kids would eat homemade baby food, lots of fruits and veggies, and only have candy for holidays. Yeah, right. I now very strongly believe in the motto of all things in moderation. We eat lots of fruits and veggies, but my kids also eat candy and junk.


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6. Let my kids behave that way in public. Of course, I swore my kids would be perfectly behaved at all times when we were in public. And then, my bubble burst. A melt down happened. I don’t even remember what the first one was about. Probably candy. Or sugar cereal. But now I just walk away from said child and pretend they aren’t mine. Ha! Not really, but I want to sometimes.

7. Allow my house to look like THAT. There was no way I would ever let my house be overtaken by toys, laundry, and little shoes thrown everywhere. Now I realize that life happens and a clean house is not always the priority.

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8. Use my Mom’s words on my own kids.  I hated the phrases my mom used to say to me. Now, some days I open my mouth and my mom comes out. Maybe more than some days. I now embrace my mom phrases.

9. Bribe my kids with a treat or toy. I always knew my kids would always listen the first time I asked without any negotiation. I have since discovered that negotiation skills are a must in parenting. And bribery? Yeah, also a must. A pack of smarties is a small price to pay for a clean room and a happy face.

10. Talk about my kids as much as I do. When I was child-less I swore I wouldn’t talk non stop about my kids… but once I saw them I was in love… and couldn’t stop talking about them! In almost 10 years that hasn’t changed much. They are my world and complete me in a way I didn’t know was possible. So, yeah, I’m going to talk about them. A lot.

Bottom line: There is no parenting guide book. We are all different. We believe and feel differently. There is no once size fits all in parenting. So do what feels right to YOU. Put your children and your sanity first and, believe me, it will turn out okay.

What do you do as a mom that you said you wouldn’t?



KidloLand App: Make Learning Fun For Your Littles

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016

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I have come to the realization that I am turning into my Mother. Like her, I have had to embrace the changing of the times. I have to embrace the fact that technology is here to stay. Not only that, but it will be the way my little will learn! iPads, iPhones, androids, apps have arrived and as long as I don’t let it run my child’s life, I am loving these apps!

As a parent, it can be hard to keep my little’s attention span for more than a few seconds! She is constantly on the go and sometimes this mom just can’t keep up with where her attention is headed. I needed something to keep her busy and I found it in KidloLand.

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  All your favorite Nursery Rhymes with over 90 age-old classics.

  Thousands of surprises. Tap on animals and other characters and watch them come alive!

  Loads of funny animations and sounds to keep your child entertained.

  Original educational songs for learning ABCs, Animals, Fruits, Vegetables and much more.

  100+ educational activities to build your child’s cognitive skills and hand-eye coordination.

  Download the songs and enjoy them offline anywhere, anytime.

  No advertisements. Designed specifically for 0-5 age group, hence very easy to use and child friendly.

  Playlist feature to play any 25 songs one after another, uninterrupted.

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Since one of our nightly traditions is to read a book and a lot of the time it’s nursery rhymes it was no surprise that the nursery rhymes were my daughter’s fave! She can sit and rhyme to her heart’s content and often I hear her “singing” the rhyme. ADORBABLE! Unlike a TV program that will put your child into meltdown mode the minute a commercial comes on, these are advertisement free and specifically designed for my child. She doesn’t even know she is learning, she is just having FUN!

If you are a parent. If you use technology. You need to get the Kidloland app. Embrace the change! Your little will love you for it!

Download the app now!

 



FREE Summer Reading Programs

Posted by on May 12, 2016

 

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It’s that time to of year again! Temperatures are rising and school is almost out for the Summer! Make sure to keep your kids reading this summer. For some added incentive here is a list of FREE Summer Reading Programs…

Barnes & Noble – This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.

Book Adventure – Sylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program. Your child reads books and then takes a simple quiz to make sure they understood what they read. The quiz is usually about 10 questions long. They earn points based on how much they remember from reading the book. There are hundreds of books to choose from in all reading levels. Once they have earned enough points they can trade them in for prizes.

Books-a-Million: Free Camp Half-Blood Tote Bag when you read four books, and turn in your journal to your local store.

Half Price Books – Kids ages 14 and under can earn a $5 Gift Card for reading just 15 minutes each day. Once they reach 300 minutes your child can turn in their completed reading log to get their $5 HPB Back-to-School Bucks.

Scholastic Summer Challenge – Log your reading minutes at the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn prizes.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program – Read 10 books and write them down on their Summer Reading Form. When you turn it in your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE!

Local Public Library – Don’t forget to check with your local libraries to find out if they’re offering programs this summer.

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UTAH PROGRAMS:

Salt Lake County Summer Reading: Salt Lake County offers an extensive summer reading program for the entire family. The library system is offering a big summer reading kickoff celebration on Saturday, June 4 in West Jordan. Those who finish the program will receive a free book or a $5 fine waiver.

Salt Lake City Library Summer Reading: Kids can mark down their summer reading with their Summer Reading Tracker, available at all City Library locations and earn fun prizes every month. There are even reading trackers for the tiniest readers! There will also be lots fun events at libraries throughout the city all summer long.

Utah State Fair Read and Win: Children ages 6-12 who read 10 books and fill out & mail the reading record form (print it from their site) can get a FREE ticket to the Utah State Fair in September and a voucher for one free carnival ride and a small lemonade.

Dream Big: Read/Provo: Provo City Library has a summer reading program with prizes, events and an end-of-summer party.

Some of these programs are limited to certain regions so you’ll want to check for locations in your area and verify that they are participating. Let us know if you know of any others that we don’t have listed here.



See Kai Run: Adorable Shoes for Adorable Feet

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016

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I really do need two closets. Well scratch that. I need one really BIG closet that I can fit all my clothes on one side of it and…all my SHOES on the other. SIGH. I love shoes. I love the way they fit, make me feel and look. Heels, flats, but especially being a mom on the go- athletic ones. When I am on the go, my kids are trailing right behind me. So of course it’s important they have stylish shoes of their own…but are being fashion forward while doing so. See Kai Run gave me all that and more…and the mom is from Seattle!! Good things come from Seattle!!

See Kai Run has bright colors and sharp details make this high top stand out. This sneaker features a padded collar and tongue for comfort and support, and a removable insole to keep active feet fresh.

  • Flexible rubber sole is sturdy enough for outdoor play
  • Rubber toe cap increase durability and protection
  • Wide opening and back pull loop make on/off easy
  • Adjustable hook-and-loop closure and faux laces ensure fit
  • Our footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Associations prestigious Seal of Acceptance.

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I was given a pair of See Kai Run for each of my kids feet. So I was able to see both the boys and girls styles. CUTE. CUTE. CUTE!! I absolutely love that I am doing the best for my littles growing feet while all they have to do is look stylin. They are easy for all my “feets” to run around in, jump in, play in and they are really durable. They will definitely hold up to the shenanigans that my kids will put them through. Another plus? I REALLY like See Kai Run and the bright colors they use. I often put my kids in bright colors while were out- just so I can spot them easily if they decide to wander an inch or two away from me. The shoes are a great way to spot them in a crowd! Just look down at the feet!

Yep. I need a BIG closet. I need the room for THEIR shoes as well. And don’t think that See Kai Run only has athletic shoes, go to www.seekairun.com and see for yourself all they have to offer. You will start to fill not only your “wagon”, but that BIG closet? It will be filled in NO time.



40% off Kids Furniture at Amazon Today!

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015

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Today (Nov 5) only you can save 40% off kids furniture at Amazon. Prices start at just $7.19 so get shopping!



Mommy Melt Downs: How Do You Muscle Through?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015

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Mommy Melt Downs: they are real. Like really real.

Remember this from last year? Yeah, me too. While my daughter now sleeps for more than 2 hours at a time, she is still my worst sleeper by far.

Yesterday I had a meltdown. A serious mommy melt down. My amazingly beautiful, sweet, miracle of a daughter has decided within the last couple of days that she would prefer not to sleep longer than two hours at a time. And while she is awake she thinks it’s super fun to scream if I’m not holding her. Or not looking at her. Or not feeding her. Or sometimes just because it sounds fun. And it’s not your typical baby scream. It’s this high pitched “you will listen and pay attention to me now” type of scream. Okay, maybe that’s a regular baby scream. But in my sleep deprived state it feels a bit like it’s in the supernaturally high realm of screaming.

So what did I do to try to deal with the screaming? I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. Didn’t work. So I closed my eyes again and started to count to ten very S.L.O.W.L.Y. But before I got to 3 my eardrums felt as if they were bleeding. At which point my 7 year old (that’s right, SEVEN) decided to let me know he had done a number two in his underwear. And then took the underwear off, dropped a surprise from said underwear on the bathroom floor, and left both objects there to find later.

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I took another deep breath. Still nothin’. So I grabbed my cherub of a daughter and deposited her in her crib and shut the door. I turned the shower on for my 7 year old, then I sat down on the couch and started bawling. I messaged my amazing friend, Hillary (who thankfully had my 5 year old at her house) and told her about the loveliness that was happening over at my house. Thank heavens for good friends!! She repeatedly asked what she could do, sent some Italian Ice over to soothe my bleeding ears, er…my wounded heart, and helped me to calm down just a bit. I also messaged my sister (who is my best friend in the entire world). She promptly called me and told me to take a deep breath (ha!) and to look at the bigger picture. Then she made some reference to me being a horrible mom that was totally ridiculous and made me laugh out loud. I can always count on my sister, Becky to make me laugh.

After a few minutes of crying, chatting, crying some more, and eating (because. duh. eating makes everything better) I scooped up my daughter from her crib, checked on my showering son, and wiped my tears. My daughter had those sad sobs in her throat and her arms clinging to my neck. And all was back to being right in the world. Because nothing can melt my heart faster than my children showing me they need me.

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Ultimately, there was no magic trick to help me through my meltdown. Good friends were by far the best helper for me. But I did get through it. And remembered just how much I love my children. And, really, how amazing they are. Because they are. And I don’t just say that because I’m their mom. Plus, they are stinkin’ adorable when they are asleep.

So what I really want to know is, how do YOU muscle through when you have reached your limit? Do you have a meltdown or do you have a trick to stop it in it’s tracks?



Maverix USA Remote Controlled Electric Skateboard

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015

MaverixWhen I was given the opportunity to review the Maverix USA Remote Controlled Electric Skateboard I was stoked! Then I realized I don’t know how to skateboard. At all. So what’s a girl to do?

Call up my skateboarding neighbor of course! My super cute 11 year old neighbor loves skateboarding. And he’s really good at it! I’ve been very impressed with the skill I’ve seen from this kid. So instead of giving you my not skateboarding, non athletic in any way review I threw it over to him. Here are his honest thoughts.

I was given a chance to ride this skateboard and this is what my results were. I thought the skateboard was really cool because you don’t have to use your legs and get really tired from riding when you go somewhere with your friends or go get something from the store.

The only thing I didn’t like about the skateboard was that it didn’t go very fast, so you can’t get places fast. I do think the Electric Skateboard company should add is something so that you are able to get more speed, more battery power so you can ride longer without needing to charge it, and the last thing is that they should add lights so that you can ride at night so you can see in front of you so you don’t hit stuff and get hurt when you fall.

I love seeing exactly what he thinks about this thing. While I haven’t ridden the skateboard I CAN tell you what I think as well. It’s heavy. This tells me it’s well built and is going to last. This is not some flimsy skateboard that is going to snap in two the first time you hit something on accident.

Even though my awesome neighbor would like the speed increased I’m perfectly happy with how fast it goes. If it goes much faster it feels like it might not be very safe. Since you are just pushing the trigger in your hand to make it go it would be easy to get going too fast and have a problem stopping. Since this is an intro board, faster is just not a good idea. Ha! All in all I’m pretty impressed. The price tag is a bit high, but I think this is a you get what you pay for type of scenario. I don’t think you will find better quality for the price.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.



Kid to Kid Clearance Sale!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015

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Have you been to Kid to Kid? Have you HEARD of Kid to Kid? They buy and sell gently used kids and maternity items. Clothes, toys, bags, that kind of stuff. They are totally my new obsession! I LOVE them! I can bring in all the clothes and toys my kids have outgrown. Then I get store credit (you can opt for cash, but you get 20% more in store credit) for those items and can turn around and buy new to me items at a great discount! It’s a win win.

Plus, through Friday the 24th, they are having their clearance sale. That means if you find five items that are on clearance you will only pay $1 each! And these aren’t no name brands. I got ten items for my daughter including multiple things from Gap and Gymboree. For only $1 each. Seriously. If you have been on the fence about shopping at Kid to Kid now is a great time to try it out.

Find a Kid to Kid location near you now.

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FREE Summer Reading Programs

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015

Make sure to keep your kids reading this summer. For some added incentive here is a list of FREE Summer Reading Programs…

Barnes & Noble – This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.

Book Adventure – Sylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program. Your child reads books and then takes a simple quiz to make sure they understood what they read. The quiz is usually about 10 questions long. They earn points based on how much they remember from reading the book. There are hundreds of books to choose from in all reading levels. Once they have earned enough points they can trade them in for prizes.

Books-a-Million: Free Camp Half-Blood Tote Bag when you read four books, and turn in your journal to your local store.

Chuck E. Cheese – Earn 10 FREE tokens every time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row. Just fill out the form and bring it in to claim your free tokens. (A food purchase is required.)

Half Price Books – Kids ages 14 and under can earn a $5 Gift Card for reading just 15 minutes each day. Once they reach 300 minutes your child can turn in their completed reading log to get their $5 HPB Back-to-School Bucks.

Scholastic Summer Challenge – Log your reading minutes at the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn prizes.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program – Read 10 books and write them down on their Summer Reading Form. When you turn it in your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE!

Local Public Library – Don’t forget to check with your local libraries to find out if they’re offering programs this summer.

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UTAH PROGRAMS:

Salt Lake County Summer Reading: Salt Lake County offers an extensive summer reading program for the entire family. The library system is offering a big summer reading kickoff celebration on Saturday, June 6 in West Jordan. Those who finish the program will receive a free book or a $5 fine waiver.

Salt Lake City Library Summer Reading: Kids can mark down their summer reading with their Summer Reading Tracker, available at all City Library locations and earn fun prizes every month. There are even reading trackers for the tiniest readers! There will also be lots fun events at libraries throughout the city all summer long.

Utah State Fair Read and Win: Children ages 6-12 who read 10 books and fill out & mail the reading record form (print it from their site) can get a FREE ticket to the Utah State Fair in September and a voucher for one free carnival ride and a small lemonade.

Governor’s Reading Challenge: When children read and track their reading throughout the summer with the printable Family Progress Card and send it in they’ll receive a certificate from the Governor. The online link will be available August 1, 2015.

Dream Big: Read/Provo: Provo City Library has a summer reading program with prizes, events and an end-of-summer party.

Some of these programs are limited to certain regions so you’ll want to check for locations in your area and verify that they are participating. Let us know if you know of any others that we don’t have listed here.



Sometimes…There is Pee

Posted by on May 14, 2015

Parents around the world do it every single day. Drop their precious cargo off at school and wait to pick them up in the afternoon. And when parents drop kids off, we do so thinking nothing will happen from the time being dropped off till pick up. Sure. All parents HOPE to never get a call from the school while their kids are there. And if the unfortunate event comes up when you do? You pay attention.  So when my stereotypical Monday started at work, it certainly did not disappoint and ended up anything but typical. When I got that dreaded call from the school, I just happened to be in a meeting, so when I got back to my desk, I could immediately tell that something was amok. My husband, Artyom, had called my cell phone a number of times, a text was also visible. My work phone was blinking, letting me know I also had a message. Taking a very quick inventory check, I went for the quickest response first and checked my cell for the text which read-

Sofia peed her pants. They need a new set of clothes for her.
Well. OK. That type of message I could actually handle on this Monday mid afternoon. Once I resolved that the phone call from the school was letting me know “said incident” did not involve the loss of limbs, I THEN went back and dialed up my voice mail to listen to the phone message. I felt so bad and was extremely curious as to know what had happened.
 After I organized myself and completed my “phone tree” of calls,  trying to find out who would get to my poor girl the quickest, I got a hold of  my bestie Jacki who was home, willing, and also able to pick her up ASAP. I mean come on…no one wants to sit in wet pants for long…It was either find someone to pick her up, bring her clothes, or else… she would have to degrade herself to the lost and found dumpster dive.  All to look for clothes that would be either 3 sizes too big or MUCH to small to wear till the end of the day. I will be honest. I considered it for half a second and then decided that was too traumatic for my sweet Maka.
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Sofia was picked up from school, taken to Jacki’s where I called to check in. I wanted to see if she was OK or scarred for life (as I would have been at her age…). I got her on the phone and she “whispered” to me the events that had transpired earlier that day. Sofia went on to explain that she and her friends, her BFF Dayana and Natalia, were on a merry go round, twister type thing at recess. There they all were, just she and her friends, laughing and having the BEST time. Well Sofia was laughing so hard that she could not stop laughing and before she knew it she accidentally peed her pants.
Well. Here is my bad mom moment of the day, cause I completely ERUPTED in laughter and I am darn lucky that she started laughing hysterically too. THAT could have had an entirely different outcome.
Then in her ultimate six year old wisdom and knowledge, she said “MOM! Don’t laugh. I know it happens all the time.”
That got me going all over again and she and I just laughed on the phone together for a few minutes…Best.Moment.Ever.
Lesson learned from my beautiful 6 year old daughter that day? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Laugh till you cry…or pee your pants. Cause after all…it happens all the time…