Back to (Pre)School with zulily

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It’s mid-July, and everywhere you look, stores are stocking up for BACK TO SCHOOL sales! I always loved this time of year when I was a kid. By mid-July, I was bored of summer vacation and ready to buy some new notebooks, and get back to class. (I’m pretty sure my enthusiasm wore off by mid-September, though!)

Though my son is not school-aged yet, I can’t help but browse through the Back to School deals at zulily! Since he’s turning 3 in about a month, I’m hoping to start working on a preschool curriculum with him at home. zulily has some wonderful resources from Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company that I think will work well for his age level.

We’ll start with basic skills, like cutting and pasting, and tracing. These Big Skills for Little Hands books help children build hand-eye coordination with fun activities, like collages and puzzles. Very important for a child with a short attention span!

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He has a pretty good grasp of basic shapes, but he definitely needs practice with counting, which is why I like the I Can Learn My Numbers Workbook Set. He can use his cut/paste and tracing skills while he learns to count! (Currently, we’re good with 1, 2, 3…after that…meh.)

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We will also be working on recognizing letters and their sounds. The Letter of the Week Resource Book introduces the alphabet in a playful way using music, art, and science. We may need to stretch that one week to two…because right now, he just says random letters when you point to a word. (“P Q X!” “No, honey, that says “D O G”…)

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Be sure to check out more great Carson-Dellosa resources for all ages and grade levels, and other Back to School deals at zulily! Happy Learning!

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Sweet Sweet Sleep with Mommy’s Bliss! {Review}

Now that we’ve moved into our new home, we are no longer co-sleeping. My son has his own room, with a big boy bed, and that’s where he sleeps. It’s been quite a transition for him, and most nights, he has trouble winding down. That’s why I was so grateful to Mommy’s Bliss for offering me the opportunity to review their Sweet Slumber Sleep Set. (FYI – some of the links below are affiliate links. Click and support PGM! Thanks!)

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The products in Sweet Slumber Sleep Set use extracts of lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang, which are known to aid in relaxation, to help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep. And, all of the Sweet Slumber products are free of parabens and harsh chemicals, so you can feel good about using them on your little one’s sensitive skin.

Our bedtime routine starts with a bath and Sweet Slumber Baby Wash. This is a 3 in 1 body wash, shampoo, and bubble bath, but we mostly use it as a bubble bath because there are SO MANY BUBBLES! My 2.5 year old just loves it! The subtle scent is not overwhelming like a lot of other lavender-scented kids products, and it doesn’t seem to irritate my son’s eyes (though I don’t see that it specifies “tear-free” anywhere.)

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After bath time, I put his pajamas on (it’s summer, so just a t-shirt and wool shorts over a diaper), and give his legs and feet a quick massage with Sweet Slumber Massage Cream. I didn’t use a lot of lotion on him as an infant, so this step has taken some getting used to on his part, but now he wants to put it on himself! I don’t notice the lavender scent so much with this product. I think it smells a bit like sunscreen personally, but it’s definitely not a bad smell. It’s very easy to apply – nice and silky, not at all greasy, which is awesome!

While Daddy gets his teeth brushed and they pick out a story, I spray a bit of Sweet Slumber Mist on his pillows and blanket. This is my favorite product of the three…I even use it on my own bed! It’s a very fine mist, and doesn’t seem to leave any residue on his bedding. The smell doesn’t stick around that long, though, so I recommend spraying it on right before bedtime.

Sweet Dreams!

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I am very pleased with the Sweet Slumber Sleep Set. It has made bedtime at our house calmer, and my son seems to sleep more soundly! If you’re looking for tips on a good night’s sleep, Mommy’s Bliss has created a slideshare called Ten Steps to Help Your Baby Sleep Better. It’s obviously targeted toward infants, but some of the tips can apply to toddlers, as well.

You can find these and other great Mommy’s Bliss products at your local pharmacy, or online at Amazon.com.

{I was sent a Mommy’s Bliss Sweet Slumber Set in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. I am an affiliate blogger for Amazon.com. This post contains affiliate links that support this blog. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

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The World of Wool: Potty Training Edition

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In my last post, I mentioned that we are no longer using cloth diapers. However, I did hang on to the majority of our wool shorties because they’re great for added protection over undies while in the potty training phase. (Plus, they’re so pretty!)

There are many different brands of wool in various price ranges, but there are two brands that I like more than others. For knits, my favorite is Sloomb, and for interlock, I prefer Wild Coconut Wear.

So, what’s the difference between knits and interlock?

Knits are softer and more delicate than interlock. They must be handwashed and lanolized, and can be easily felted if not cared for properly. Most people in the wool community consider felting to be a bad thing, but some moms prefer it because it’s denser and more absorbent, therefore “bulletproof” when it comes to leaks.

Interlock is generally felted before hand, which makes it very durable, while still being relatively soft and stretchy. It can be washed by hand, or in the washing machine on a wool cycle.

I love the softness of knits, but I do find myself reaching for interlock more often with a toddler!

If you’re child is in the beginning stages of potty training, you will need something more absorbent than regular underwear between them and the wool, like Super Undies training pants. For more experienced potty-ers, wool shorties can be worn directly over underwear to catch small leaks and protect your floor/bed/couch. The stretchiness of the wool makes it easy for a toddler to pull them up and down themselves, as opposed to pants with snaps, buttons, and zippers.

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Read more about The World of Wool is these posts – Part 1: My New-Found Love and Part 2: Washing Your Wool Diaper Covers.

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Goodbye, Cloth Diapers!

After 2+ years, it’s time to say goodbye to our cloth diapers. :(

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DS is doing pretty well with potty training, and is in underwear full-time during the day now. I considered keeping most of our stash for another baby, but I don’t know if/when that will happen, so it seems silly to hoard all of them for the unforeseen future.

For the record, potty training is a huge pain in the butt, but I’m probably doing it wrong. Luckily, most of our new house has tile floors! lol

I have held on to a lot of our wool stash, though, because we do use them over undies fairly often. (More on that in an upcoming post.) I guess I need to find a new hobby to spend my time and money on. Perhaps this blog?? ;)

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Pinterest Project: Daily Routine Chart

A few weeks ago, I posted our new daily routine chart on Instagram.

This was one Pinterest project I told myself HAD to be done ASAP when we moved, because Little Man was used to a routine at daycare, and I needed to make sure that we didn’t just sleep until noon and watch TV all day now that I stay home with him. (Though, for the first couple of weeks, that was happening more than I care to admit…)

So far it’s working out…ok. I’m not really sure what I had planned on happening. He’s not even three, so he obviously can’t read it (though my awesome art skillz are a nice touch, no?) If anything, it keeps ME more on track than him. But he still falls asleep any time we’re in the car (even if it’s not naptime), and outside play is always cut short because after five minutes he’s complaining about how hot it is. (Like mother, like son!)

Next week, the neighborhood pool will finally be open on weekdays and the library starts toddler story time again, so that will give us some variety in our daily activities. But, I do need to find some more things to keep him busy at home, because he gets bored easily. If you need me, I’ll be browsing Pinterest. ;)

Do you and your toddlers/preschoolers have a daily routine? Feel free to share your typical day, and throw out any ideas for keeping kids entertained all day in the comments!

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I’m Baaaaaack!

*blows dust off the old computer* Oh…hi! Sorry for disappearing for the past few months. If you’ve been on pins and needles waiting for an update, I sincerely apologize!

So, here’s what’s been happening in our neck of the woods. (If you follow me on Instagram, you already know this…)

WE MOVED!

And OMG what a process that was. The buyer of our old house almost backed out twice. I won’t bore you with the details, but seriously, if you don’t have to move…just…don’t. So stressful!

A month later, we’re mostly settled in. We have a housewarming party with some family and friends next weekend, and I’m trying to ignore the fact that rooms still need to be painted…but at least the garage is cleaned out, so we can park both of our cars in it!

Honestly, I’ve been trying to sit down and write this post for a couple of weeks. But, since I stay at home with the little guy now (oh yeah, I quit my job too!), I’ve become painfully aware of the fact that I got a lot more blogging done AT WORK than I do at home. lol That being said, I can’t promise that I’ll be updating every day or anything, but I will do my best to get back on a posting schedule now that we’re finally getting into a routine over here. He still takes naps…for now… ;)

Anyway, enough about me! How’s your summer starting out?!

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“I Ate Coin”

Guess where we were yesterday…

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Yep, the hospital!  Little man had his first ambulance ride, ER visit, and surgery in less than 12 hours, at not quite 2 and a half years old.

Long story short, he ate a quarter. (Ironically, the child in the bed next to us in the ER was a one year old who swallowed a penny.)

When the EMT asked little man what happened, he said, “I ate coin.”  So, at least on some level, he knew why he was there…

We stayed in the hospital overnight Thursday, and they did surgery Friday morning.  (The quarter was in his esophagus, so they just went down his throat and pulled it out.  It could have been much worse!)  We were discharged a few hours later, and he’s doing just fine now.

My sister thinks he should be a piggy bank for Halloween this year, like Hamm in Toy Story. Lol

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One Word Wednesday: PACKING!!

You may have noticed that I’ve been MIA for a bit here. I kind of alluded to some big news on my Facebook page a while back…

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Yes, we are moving!

(So much for my #OneWord365 this year, right?! lol)

I’ve been hesitant to post about this because…well, there’s just not much to tell right now. Our main objective at this point is to pack up everything we can and move it to a storage unit, so we can stage our house and list it (t-minus 20 days until our planned “on the market” day!) We do have a general area where we are house hunting…a different suburb about 45 mins. away from our current house (closer to my family, easier commute to husband’s work, etc.)

Fingers crossed that this whole process goes as smoothly (and quickly!) as possible. There may not be many updates on the blog until we get settled in to our new home, but I’m always on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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