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January 18, 2018

Life update!

Hey, guys happy Thursday!

Hope you all had a great week and cheers to Friday eves!! This week was a very short week for us as we were closed for two days in the week. Houston was frozen. Literally. A cold front took us on a wild ride freezing our roads and water pipes. Thankfully our home did not have any damage and we are safe.

Now to talk about something else than the weather.

Valentine’s day

I’m working on a few tutorials I can’t wait to share them with you.

Oils

starting next week I will be posting more about my love for oils! How they are changing our daily life and how they can change yours too! Stick tuned.

New Series

Super excited about this! We are starting a new series with a few friends and I can’t wait to share it. We will be talking about our precious little ones. The ones that made us moms and the ones that bring the gray hairs too.

 

Laundry room update

ugh.. It hasn’t happened! We bought a few baskets and some must haves but that it is.

 

 

That aside this weekend we are celebrating our 9 years, so all is well with the world!!

How was your week?!

 

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November 11, 2017

Dressing Our Princess this Holiday Season

“This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.”

This last year Bella has really shown us her beautiful personality. She wants to be a doctor who dresses like a princess, don’t ask me, but its the cutest thing ever. Which means we have a walking, talking and running princess who loves all things pink and girly. She only wants to wear tutus, dresses and if it was up to her, she would have her church shoes on all day, every day.

As a mom, I have to confess, dressing her has been a bit difficult these last few weeks. This is something I really never imagined would happen. I have been the mom who overthinks everything and buys many of her clothes ahead of time. Little did I know that I would be faced with a threenager who doesn’t always love what I pick out for her.  So I was happy to partner with Carters and had a blast shopping at their store.

I was able to let her choose two of the outfits we bought and didn’t feel like we were walking out with only pink gear. Their clothes are cozy, durable, and best of all they have such a variety to choose from.

We, of course, had to have all the tutu looking skirts in their Holiday Line to dance around while GOOGLE plays Christmas music and the temperatures get cooler. The pajamas also needed to have a tutu and she even wears it during the day. Real life here! I seriously tell you, this stage is difficult but it’s my favorite so far!

Now, let’s talk about the awesome deals!

Every year Carters has amazing deals on Black Friday and this year will do it justice, and you my friend, get the scoop before anyone else.

  • Black Friday Deals starts November 17. Yes, next week. you ready?!
  • Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh are giving away over $700,000 in Dash Cash to the first 100 people to visit their local Carter’s or OshKosh B’gosh store for the Dash In to Win Sweepstakes. Please tell me you’ll join me there!
  • I love any program that gives back and Carter’s believes that every child deserves a good night so they are partnering with Pajama Program, an organization that provides children new pajamas from November 1st – December 31st. All you have to do is donate a pair of new pajamas in store or make a monetary donation at check out (instore or online). Carter’s will match up to 100,000 pairs of pajamas. Your local community benefits directly from your support. Giving back!

But, it doesn’t end there! You can start shopping today their Mega Sale, and here is a coupon to make their deals even sweeter.

Take 20% off your purchase of $40 or more in store or online through 12/31/17. Some exclusions apply: www.carters.com/couponpolicy

In-store code: 07071

Online code: CART4198

 

Let’s get this Holiday Season started!

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October 16, 2017

5 Tips for Taming Toddler Tantrums

 

 

Parenting is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve said it many times and gosh as time passes I seem to get worse at it, or does my child get worse? Just kidding is a mix. Totally kidding now! Parenting is hard and if you are a parent I don’t have to tell you that, but you will also agree that is the most rewarding thing you have ever done and will ever do!

Totally kidding now! Parenting is hard and if you are a parent I don’t have to tell you that, but you will also agree that is the most rewarding thing you have ever done and will ever do!

Parenting is hard and if you are a parent I don’t have to tell you that, but you will also agree that is the most rewarding thing you will ever do!

In most things in life with practice you get better but in parenting is different, every child is different and every stage is different.

Before having Bella I read my share of parenting books, I understood it all, or so I thought and was ready to put it in practice when she was born.  was gifted the most precious girl, with a huge heart and a personality just as big. I often joke that she will be a boss wherever she goes, she will dictate an army and still be their best friend, all of this meaning that my child is hard-headed, though I prefer strong-willed, sounds better right?!

And then, I was gifted the most precious girl, with a huge heart and a personality just as big. I often joke that she will be a boss wherever she goes, she will dictate an army and still be their best friend, all of this meaning that my child as hard-headed as they come. Though I prefer strong-willed, sounds better right?!

But if she is “strong-willed”  I’m even worse so it brings out a very ugly side of me which I had to learn to keep in check.

I had to learn that she is only 2, she may act, talk and walk like a teen but she is only 2 years old and there are ways to handle her tantrums without it becoming a battlefield.

I will share a few things that have worked for us but remember every child is different so what worked for me may not work for you.

Learning to deal with a tantrum

  1. First I prayed and prayed a lot. I had to understand I make mistakes and that I had to change first! I also had to realize that I caused more chaos to her chaotic 2 minutes by screaming or telling her she was going to go to time out rather than being the calm in the storm.
  2. Give them time. I’m not going to tell you to count to 10 because that definitely doesn’t work, at least for me. During the tantrum I ignore it, I gently ask her to stop and if she refuses to listen and ignores it I just let it happen. This is her time. Just like we need 5 minutes every once in a while, this is theirs.
  3. Let them explain, if possible. Remember they cant use words to describe what they are feeling. Bella has been talking for a while and will usually be able to tell me what’s going on, so after her “little session” I ask her to use her words to tell me what she wants or doesn’t want.
  4. Do follow through. This has been the biggest changer for us. If I warned her with a timeout and she didn’t do what I asked, after the crying stops and grab her, sit her in time and tell her why.
  5. Lastly, don’t talk too much. Why? Usually, before actually sitting her in time out I would tell her what she should have done and go on and on (and on) about how I wish she had acted (well hello, she is only two) and ended up distracting her from the actual incident.

I hope these tips will help you or at least give you a good belly laugh as I may be doing it all wrong, but this is what has helped us thus far. You can find more tips and how to apply them to your family by signing up to Boys Town email series. Boys Town (also for girls) believes that every family belongs together and every community deserves to thrive so they have created an email series just for you. These series will help you apply their teachings to your situation with tools and tips.

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June 30, 2017

Houston Zoo Fun!!

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                     I received product from Chicco, Wonder Well and Evian, which are shared in this post. 
                                   As always all thoughts and opinions shared are 100% my own.

This year, for the second year in a row, we made it our mission to buy the Zoo membership and get the most use out of it. Bella is a total animal lover.

Girl friend is afraid of frogs but elephants, tigers ad every big animal you can think she could really care less. She wants to pet them and can stare at them all day long.
So one Saturday out of the month we take our little crew to enjoy a zoo day.
We leave the house early, 7-8, and head to downtown Houston.  We get to enjoy some breakfast on the way and walk it out (lol) through the zoo.

 

Sometimes with kids trips are very unpredictable and as fun as they may be it can do downhill pretty fast.
I’ve put together a list of tips that have worked for us and we hope they work for you too.
I feel I should write the little notice you get when doing an exercises video, you know the one that reminds you to contact your doctor, well yeah I don’t know about your toddler but mine is as hard as the next INSANITY video when she is upset.
5 Tips to make a Zoo (or any park) fun and easy for the whole family.

 

1. Take it slow:  We do the zoo by sections, our zoo is so big that’s the only way to see it all comfortably. The first few times we went and attempted to do the entire zoo let’s just say we left there all grumpy and tired. Also our zoo has a splash pad so whenever we do the petting zoo we always finish at the splash pad.
2. Bring Food: I mentioned this a few post ago, but we need food AT ALL TIMES. Snacks, nothing big but have them prepared in zip lock bags. This helps calm a melt-down in 0.3 seconds.

 

3. Have Refreshments: I know as a parent we always have this on hand, but we tried Wonder Well Water and Bella slurps it down in seconds. I has a dash of fruit flavor but with no added sugars. It literaly makes them think that they are having juice with out the total sugar rush.
Use code THECHOME to get 10% of your order
 

 

 

 

4. Have a comfortable ride: We take our stroller and cannot imagine doing the zoo with out it.  We have the Chicco Viaro and use it daily whether for special trips or running around in the neighborhood. Is high enough to allow her to see the animals, comfortable enough to let her fall asleep when she is worn out and it has not one but two drink holders… And yes she uses both of them. Sometimes for her drinks and another times for her feet. #toddlerlife.
5. Have the right products: Very vague I know but I’ll list a few of the products we take and cant go without.
Evian Facial Spray: Yes, is just what you think and let me tell you your body will thank you! Special if you live in the south.
Sunscreen: I’ve told you about this before and I’ll say it again. We trust this sunscreen so much
Bug Spray: As clean as any zoo may be there is always water and that water brings mosquitoes and many many more bugs so this is very very important.
KLEENEX and Wipes: Who are we kidding.
How do you make your family trips easier for the whole family?

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June 24, 2017

What’s in our Toddler Bag!

The diaper bag went out the window when Bella turned two and my purses finally made it out of the closet after a very long break.  This was a big step in my mommy journey and I have to confess that many times after making the switch I deeply regretted it. Something was always left at home. The milk had spilled more times that I can count, a blowout occurred once or twice and food incidents are still happening which left my mommy brain in pieces every time I would miss an item.  It would have been easy to use my purses as a diaper bag since most of them were always big enough, but the idea of getting them dirty didn’t sit right with me, so kept them as purses and would carry around a purse and a diaper bag.

That lasted a split second!
I got tired of the two handbag thing fast, so after lots of research googling I decided that we needed a car tote. This has worked amazingly for our little family.

We keep this tote in the car at all times packed with items we may need and since the summer started we also added a pool tote to our trunk. We carry diapers and wipes in all my purses simply because that’s really a must, but everything else fits perfectly in my car tote.

So now let’s get to the basics.
I use the Mama Martine diaper bag. I use this bag almost every day and since my laptop fits in it’s perfect for work too.

 

So here is a run down of what we carry:

1.  My Tote Savy: This is a must for all big bags! I’m the messiest person alive, yet have the worst type A personality with my bags so this helps a ton.

2. A change of clothes: If you are a parent, there is really no explanation needed.

3. Swimsuit: Yes, we carry a swimsuit around because Bella loves water.

4. Snack: I don’t know if it’s just my kid but she is always hungry. She doesn’t finish any of it but she just has to hold it. For some reason, she thinks I’ll forget to feed her. LOL. It has never happened but it’s a Bella thing.

5. Sunglasses. This is usually my backup glasses. I need one at all times because my eyes are very sensitive to light which results in horrible headaches so I make sure I always have a backup.

6. KLEENEX Go Anywhere Packs: Tissues are like sanitizers, always needed and in large quantities. There is always someone with runny eyes or nose. In Texas, there is no such thing as allergy season, allergies last all year long and sadly all of us suffer from it so these are a must! I also love that Kleenex has this cute little packaging that can be attached to any bag’s handle or even a stroller for faster clean up. Here is a coupon for all you sweet mamas. They can be found at your local Walmart and here is a coupon to make this deal even sweeter.

7. Books and Planner: We are big readers and most of the time we have a book for both of us. Bella is big on books and will literally entertain herself for a good 10 minutes “reading”. Ten minutes are huge in our doctor’s waiting area.

8. Sunscreen and Bug repellent. We carry the regular sizes in both pool tote and car tote. I cannot talk enough about sun safety and as far as the repellent we just found out Bella is allergic to mosquito bites so we slather it on.

9. Essential Oils, Lip Balm, Computer, Evian face Spray and Changing pad.

 

Like I mentioned above this bag usually stays in the car but I love that even when I need to I  just add my wallet and use it a purse or hang it in our Viaro.

Now, tell me how do you keep you toddler’s things organized, and most importantly your toddler clean!?