Thursday, October 30, 2014

Surviving Sick Days & Brain No Touch + Forehead Thermometer Review

As a parent, some of the toughest days I've had are when AG is sick. Sick littles just break your heart. Especially when they're younger and can't verbally express how they're feeling or what they need. It's such a helpless feeling. Last fall and winter were tough for us. AG had never been sick her first year of life and as soon as we moved (and flew to TX) she became sick. It lasted on and off until January. It was rough. The days were long and exhausting. I'm praying that we keep the germs out of our house this season, hopefully not traveling anywhere will be the key to that. When she was sick during those months, there were a few necessities for helping to survive those tough days.  

As a member of Influenster I was recently given the opportunity to review the new Braun No-Touch + Forehead Thermometer. I had high hopes for this thermometer. Taking AG's temperature can be very difficult. It usually involved bribery and tears. With this new thermometer, taking your child's temperature is quick, easy and painless (for all involved.) It measures in 2 seconds without having to touch your child's head, has color coded guidance depending on the temperature range and it lets you know if you're aiming accurately. It comes with batteries, a protective cap and can be used on your child when he/she is sleeping.  Definitely a must have for parents! 

-low- key entertainment- 
Whether it's TV, books, iPad games, board games, etc. Usually AG and I spend her sick days snuggled on the couch under a blanket, watching multiple disney movies. 

A humidifier is a must have in our house. Using it makes a noticeable difference when AG is sick. We've had one in her room since she was a baby. When I can see a cold coming on, I'll add the vicks to the humidifier and put some on the bottom of her feet as well. 

Whenever I was sick growing up, my mom would always tell me to drink a lot of liquids. Now that I'm a mom, I find myself doing the same thing with AG. When she's sick, I make sure to have water cups all around the house so she's drinking as much as she can. I'll even do diluted juice if she's showing no interest in water. Keeping her hydrated is key while she's not feeling well. 

-tissues/ wipes- 
I can't tell you how many boxes of tissues we went through last year. AG wasn't a fan of any of the wet wipes for her nose, so we would used tissues and a little aquaphor if her nose was getting raw. 

Of course, medicine to treat whatever symptoms she had. Unfortunately, AG is allergic to lots of meds, so we try as many home remedies as we can find! 

How do you survive those dreaded sick days with your children?  Check out the other mama's blogs for their tips.  And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this topic. 
In the difficulty of motherhood, it's so important to find other mamas to relate to.  Toddlers can be a handful and leave you wondering what to do next.  This series is here to help you navigate through toddlerhood while being able to relate to other mamas going through the same thing.  We may not always know what we are doing but we give it our best shot anyway.  Come back each week to check out our new topic and read along with the other hosts of our One Year and Beyond series!
Oct 2:     Toddler Diaper Bag Essentials 
Oct 9:     Learning to love your post-pregnancy body
Oct 16:   Busy Toddler Activities
Oct 23:   Keeping in Shape While Caring for a Toddler
Oct 30:   Sick Day Tips
Nov 6:    How to Not Lose Your Patience with your Toddler
Nov 13:  Favorite Toddler Outings

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Pajama Party {2014}

Halloween is just two days away. I wish I could say I was ready for the spooky holiday. Unfortunately, the costume we bought Avery (last weekend) has gone missing. My mom and I have searched the entire house without any luck. I'm hoping I can talk my mom into taking a trip to the Disney store tonight, since it's by her house and pick up a replacement. Fingers crossed there is a princess costume available for the "princess" obsessed mini. As for Luke, a festive onesie will do this year. He's still in NB clothes at four weeks old (today.) All of the baby costumes I found were 0-3, so he'll be rocking his pumpkin onesie (thank you WalMart) on Halloween night while passing out candy with Nana and mom while Papa and hubs take the mini trick or treating. 

Enough rambling, lets talk pajamas. First, can I tell you how disappointed I was in Gap and Old Navy's selections this year?!? I always find cute jammers there. This year, I didn't fall in love with anything. Thankfully, Gymboree and Aunt Brittany came to the rescue. 

These BOO! kitty pajamas are from Gymboree. What I love the most about them is when AG wears them, she runs around screaming "BOO!" 

Showing off her painted pumpkin that she is very proud of. 
Then she got in her car and drove away. "See Ya Mama"

Here's the little man rocking his pumpkin onesie, snoozing the day away. 
I could just eat him up. And thank you to WalMart for this adorable option. 

I had good intentions of getting a cute picture of the kids together, laying on our bed in their matching pajamas Aunt Britt Britt gifted them this year. That didn't happen, so we settled for some cute couch pictures instead (this morning.) Two things are clear from these pictures….

1. AG is in LOVE with her little brother. I will never get tired of seeing pictures of her loving on him!
2. Getting a clear picture of both kids is no easy task!

I'll leave you with one of my favorite cheesy smiles!

*bribery of a candy corn was used to get these pictures*

Monday, October 27, 2014

{Mommy School} Halloween Fun!

Good Morning!  Today, I'm excited to have Sarah from The Not Quite Military Wife on the blog taking over Mommy School. Halloween is a few short days away and I will definitely be using some of these fun ideas for AG this week. Thank you Sarah! 
Hi everyone!  I'm Sarah and I write over at The Not Quite Military Wife.  I'm mama to a highly energetic toddler and am due with my second in a few short weeks.  I'm always looking for ways to teach my daughter and loved this excuse to put it all together for a blog post!  With it being October and all, I thought a Halloween theme would be fun!  Thank you Leah for letting me take over your blog for the day!

It's Pumpkin Day Mouse- This sweet board book has the favorite character Mouse decorating seven pumpkins with all different faces.  
Where's Baby's Pumpkin?- This is a fun lift the flap board book from Karen Katz.  The baby looks everywhere for her pumpkin finding fun Halloween items along the way.
Room on the Broom- This is a fun rhyming book about how many different animals plus a witch you can fit on a flying broomstick.

I got this idea from pinterest and can find the link here.  I used this opportunity to let Aislynn collect her favorite leaves from our tree and gave her this bag to collect them in.  She loves collecting anything so she found this activity so much fun...especially having her own bag.  Apparently it works better than just her hands :)  Afterwards, I drew a face on the bag and let her play with it.  This is a great activity for even the littlest of hands.  It's perfect for letting them sort and working on their colors too.

After reading It's Pumpkin Day Mouse, we talked about all of the different faces we learned about.  Happy, sad, scared, etc.  Her favorite one was happy so I cut a happy face out of black cardboard paper.  I mixed up some orange paint and gave her a paper plate.  She had so much fun painting the plate, her hands and even tasting it.  After it had dried, she helped me paste the face on the pumpkin.  We talked about the eyes, nose and mouth.  She pointed them out on the pumpkin and herself.  Overall a really simple but fun activity to do!

I'm not sure if this counts as a treat, activity or both!  Aislynn loves to help me bake so this was a perfect activity for her.  She helped me roll the cookie dough balls in sprinkles and place them on the sheets.  Then after they were baked, she helped me put frosting on and then decorated with sprinkles to her little hearts content.  This was definitely a messy activity but so delicious.  What's better than getting a cookie at the end?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Five on Friday

The weather outside couldn't be more gorgeous. The kids both woke up on the right side of the bed. I've already enjoyed Starbucks and my mom will be here at 1 so I can go get my hair done.  Happy Friday indeed! 

Today I'm linking up with DarciAprilChristina, and Natasha for Five on Friday and I'm also linking up with with ErikaAndrea, and Narci for Friday Favorites!


 Luke is now three weeks old. I've been home on my own with both kids for about 10 days. Hubs loves his new job but unfortunately has a bit of a drive each day. This means he leave at the crack of dawn and doesn't see the kids in the morning. I've had to get creative with how I get AG in and out of her crib, since I still cannot lift her because of the surgery. Thankfully we had a step stool that works wonders. I'm adjusting to life with two, each day is different. Some are easy, some are tough…all of them fly by. One thing I've been thinking about a lot lately is how I'm going to find balance. Balance with two kids (giving each little one on one time.) Balance with hubs, finding time alone for us while still adjusting to little sleep with Luke. Balance with work, setting time aside each day to grow my business and keep up with the everyday workload.  Balance with daily household musings…laundry, cleaning, unpacking and decorating!  There is a lot on my plate and I want to make sure to prioritize my time well enough to give all of the above my best.

Last week I talked about Old Navy and how much I've been loving their current items. 
This is my new favorite shirt. It's flattering on my postpartum body and so comfortable. I ordered a M, which was perfect. I am also rocking non maternity shorts. Let me be clear, these are not my pre pregnancy shorts. But, I'm getting there.  

I opened back up my shop this week. Honestly, I think it was a little to soon after the orders I've received over the past few days. But, I'm a people pleaser. I want to be able to get the holiday items out to my customers who have been by my side since the beginning.  I hired a mommy's helper this week which I'm helping will allow me to do work. I met our mommy's helper on a walk with the kids this week in the neighborhood. She was outside and when I said hi, she responded with "I babysit!" She was so sweet, I immediately asked her to start next week. She'll be here two to three afternoons a week for two hours. She'll just have AG when she's here and I'll be home when she's here, which is why she's a mommy's helper instead of a babysitter. I'm hoping that in time, AG will be comfortable enough with her so hubs and I could use her for date nights as well. Anyhow, I'm thrilled that AG will get some one on one time and I'll be able to hopefully keep up with work. 

My birthday is less than a month away and I've already started thinking about what I want to add to my list. One thing that is already on my list is this sweatshirt  (I'm thinking in an oversized M) with pockets from Fitspiration Couture.  

story of my life right now...

The weather here in FL has been gorgeous the past few days. Cool evenings are the perfect time for chili in the crockpot.  This is our current favorite chili recipe, if you're looking for a new one to try it won't disappoint! 

Happy Weekend Friends!  

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