Week 5 #FitnessChallenge Check In

Oh me, oh my! Can you believe there is only 1 week left?!?! Let’s make this the best week, yet…No regrets!

 

Fresh Start Fitness Challenge 2014 #freshstart2014

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If you are wanting to join in on the fun, go here to find out the info and how this Fitness Challenge works. It is never too late to start!

What prevents you from being successful?

5 Great Potty Training Tips with Disney Princess Magical Sparkle Potty System

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


I will be the first one to admit that I do not know everything, but boy do I love a good tip or idea. Through my own experience potty training 2 children and through other moms around me, I have learned some fantastic potty training tips that I would love to share!

 

Start Practicing When You See Signs of Readiness

Watch for those signs of interest/readiness and slowly move forward with training. My youngest started showing signs of readiness around 13 months. I thought I was making it up in my head, but she did it every day (i.e. bring me diapers when she needed a diaper change or she would hang out near the bathroom when she was doing her biz). I think it is a bit early to start full on potty training, but I can start practicing. Every morning when she wakes up, I will have her sit on her potty chair and she will usually “go” within a few minutes. We make it fun by singing a few songs while we wait and definitely shouting for joy when she does “go”.

Potty Chair Review - The First Years - Princess

 

Pick the Right Potty Chair For Your Child

Take your time to research a good potty chair that will work for your family and more importantly one that your child will love to use. When it was time to start potty training my first child, I rushed to my local store and picked what I thought would work best for him from the three options there. We went through 2 different potty chairs and he never really liked using them, but they made great stools!

Times have changed quite a bit in the last 7 years and technology has improved. There are plenty of ways to research for a good match on a seat and you are definitely getting more bang for your buck if you can find something like the Disney Princess Magical Sparkle Potty System by The First Years that is a 3 in 1 (a potty chair, removable seat to be used on the family toilet and a stool that can be used for years to come). It is available on Walmart.com.

This particular chair is perfect for my youngest. She loves everything girly and with the pink, purple and the added “magical twinkle” sound at the push of a button, this fits her just right. An added bonus is that her big sister is so excited that it has princesses on it, she is always around to cheer our toddler on in her potty training efforts! Big sister was always a fan of the Huggies Princess Pull-Ups Brand Training Pants and this chair matches perfectly.

2014-02-25Potty Chair Review - The First Years - Princess

Other features that I really like is that is comes with a padded soft-seat that she seems to like. We have tried another chair and I simply cannot get her to sit longer than 10 seconds on it. I do not have that problem with this chair. It also comes with a lift-out pot for easy emptying and cleaning, which  is also awesome because I can see if and how much she went. And finally, I love that it can be used on the adult seat, too. I was a little confused on how to do this at first, but you basically remove the entire lighter pink part of the seat. And, at least on our toilet lid, the potty chair has some clasps that hooked under the rim of the toilet seat to prevent her from wiggling the potty chair around or accidentally tipping the whole chair forward.

 

Make It Exciting

Make potty training an enjoyable experience for everyone involved! If everyone is stressed out, nothing is going to get accomplished. So, find their reward button. For some it is treats, for other’s it is praise (i.e. shouts of joy and sticker charts), little toys or some other creative reward. Since I am starting my youngest daughter a lot younger than her siblings, we are aiming for the fun and praise and hope it will be enough. It took me a lot longer to figure out the magic reward for him was that he was banned from wearing shorts and flip flops unless he went on the potty. Ha! I guess he really loved his shorts and flip flops a little too much.

 

Think Ahead and Take It With You

This is a fantastic tip that I learned from watching a good friend potty train her oldest. At some point in the potty training journey we all have to leave our house and when we do we may be leery of trying a public bathroom. Instead you should just keep one with you in the car. A potty system just like the one above is perfect to keep in your trunk and use when you are on the go with your potty training child in hand. Before you leave your car you can have them sit and do their “business” (hopefully parked in a discreet part of the parking lot away from the public). Keep a couple plastic bags and bottle of water in the back of the car with the chair to help rinse and dispose of any potty “treasure”. This will be so much easier on you and your child.

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Every Child Has Their Own Time Schedule

Most importantly you need to remember that every child has their own schedule, Even though you may want them to be potty trained yesterday, they may not be as eager or ready to start. My eldest was not ready to fully potty train until he found out at 3.5 years old that his boy cousin, who he thought was the coolest, could go to the bathroom on his own. My 2nd was on a schedule of her own. It drove me bonkers! No matter how much we bribed, pushed and encouraged, she took her sweet little time and was ready to be potty trained when she decided. My youngest, thank goodness, is a way more eager and so I am encouraging her at slow speed. She has some great examples around her, a seat she enjoys and a ton of encouragement, so I am hoping we will have an early, or at least earlier than her siblings,  potty trainer!

 

What Are Your Favorite Potty Training Tips?

 

**I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Homemade Bubble Blowers

Looking at the weather lately I do not know what to think. I feel so bad for my friends who are freezing their toesies off and, yet, I am loving the “way to early to be this warm” weather here in sunny AZ. I have lived my fair share of years cooped up inside during the winter, so I totally feel the pain of being cooped up. So in honor of everyone warm or freezing, we are sharing a fun and inexpensive activity that everyone should love indoors or out!

1 Bubble Fun with Straws

 

What You Need:

  • Bubbles
  • 2 straws - I always snag a couple extra when we go out to eat just for these occasions!
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Small measuring cup (medicine size is perfect)
  • Stir-crazy children

 

Directions:

Step 1: Cut two straws in half.

Bubble Straw Blowers

 

Step 2: Tape all 4 straws together to make a Bubble Pipe (see below). We found it helpful to tape in the middle, but also 1/2 inch from the edge the bubble mixture will be touching.

Bubble Straw Blowers 1

 

Step 3: Fill your measuring cup half way with bubble liquid. See the cup below? Perfect, right?!?!

Homemade Bubbles

 

TIP: We discovered the small measuring cups were perfect for this kind of bubble play! They are a good fit for the kiddos hand/fingers, fit the straws perfectly and, most importantly, if they happen to “accidentally” spill it, you did not loose the whole bottle!

 

Step 4: Go outside and let them blow away!!! OR…

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…Go to the bathtub and let them blow their little bubble hearts out! The bathtub is a great place to contain the bubble mess and they still can go crazy!

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In case you are wondering, you can fit 3 kiddos comfortably in the tub area. Ha! But the wee one was ruling the zone!

Fighting indoor boredom with bubbles

 

They had a lot of fun and it was a super easy clean up!

Homemade Bubble Blowers

 

What are your favorite Bubble Activities?

 

Week 4 #FitnessChallenge Check In

It’s the start of Week 5! ….Make this Fitness Challenge something to be proud of!

 

Fresh Start Fitness Challenge 2014 #freshstart2014

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What helps you reach your fitness goals?

Week 3 Check In #FitnessChallenge

It’s Week 4! Holy Moly! We are half way through. Can you believe it? We have probably all have let a little bit of our motivation go by now. Life happens. I totally get it! Just recommit to finish strong. This is only 6 weeks and we have 3 weeks left. So, no matter what….Make this Fitness Challenge something to be proud of!

Balloons at Funeral - Fun On a Dime

I‘ll be honest, that I have been a bit side tracked this past week. My family celebrated a GREAT man’s life the first half of Week 3 and all our focus was on that. But Week 4 is a time to start Fresh again. Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming. I am going to enjoy it, share my love and even eat some treats, but I am going to remind myself that 1 or 2 pieces of chocolate is plenty and I do not have to eat the whole box in one sitting. I’ll probably be repeating in my head, “I am in control” all week. LOL Can you tell I am a chocolate lover?!?

 

Fresh Start Fitness Challenge 2014 #freshstart2014

Now it is your turn! Check In HERE!

If you are wanting to join in on the fun, go here to find out the info and how this Fitness Challenge works. It is never too late to start!

What are your Valentine’s Day Traditions?

Exploring the Benefits of Music and Color with GiggleBellies Musical Adventures {Giveaway}

 I was provided with a GiggleBellies Ultimate Fan Pack to review and share my experience with you, my readers. Regardless all opinions are 100% my own!

 

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Before becoming a parent, my idea of children’s music was something that scared me and I avoided it, but I have been proven wrong again and again over the years with music like the GiggleBellies. This is not the typical annoying music that I remember my little sisters listening to with crazy instruments and high pitched singing. The music from the GiggleBellies Musical Adventures are beautifully sung songs that I, as a parent, would not mind having stuck in my head all day and better yet, my children love them. They especially love watching the DVD that accompanyies each song that was designed with specific colors to match the mood of each tune and interesting GiggleBellies characters to catch your youngsters attention.

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“We strive to initiate the words “Play it again” and bring forth valuable and fun entertainment to your little ones. Our goal is to inspire toddlers and preschoolers to sing, dance and learn, which we believe is a balanced approach….Simply put, we create unique music and creative worlds that kids enjoy and understand. AHOOGA!™”

Scientists have studied the benefits of music and color and the creators of Gigglebellies have put these studies into action by creating entertaining and colorful scenes to go with each song and in turn truly creating a musical adventure. I have read articles about the science of color theory in relation to children and it has been so fun to actually see it in action and experience it with music.

 

Our Experience

As soon as I turned on our first DVD all my children were mesmerized by the music and colors. I will admit that I was a little more curious about the animals that are part of the music. They are different, but they children loved them and they have grown on me because, like I mentioned earlier, I really like the music. My two older children will stop everything they are doing to listen to the music. My 15 month old really likes them, too, but she has her own way of enjoying them. I like to put a DVD in while I load the dishwasher to distract her. It will not be long before I hear her squealing on the other side of the room from me dancing and twirling. (Watch her in action here) Love it!

GiggleBellies review and giveaway

 

A couple other things that surprised me was that a lot of the songs are classics that every child should know, like “Working on The Railroad” and “Down By the Bay”. My other surprise were the GiggleBellies characters. They are  a bit quirky looking, but they have grown on me and my children did not even notice that they were different. They love them just as much or more than the music! In fact, before I ever agreed to try out these videos I made sure to play a few previews to see their reaction. When they all came running across the house when they heard the music and then kept asking to see more, I knew they were all going to enjoy these!

 

Other Gigglebellie Perks

With each DVD all the songs are available in MP3 format and include free color pages, lyric sheets and a couple fun wallpapers. This means I can make my own CD or download them onto my phone to let my little ones listen to when we are on the go.  I can also download and print the coloring pages for my 2 older children to color their hearts out, which my 6 year old will enjoy the most because she is a coloring maniac!

 

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