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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!?

 

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June 22, 2017

Tips for a great Summer and a Giveaway!

Thank you Incredibundles and Bookroo for partnering with me on this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own

 *This post contains some affiliate links. With a purchase from these links a small commission can be made, which helps keep this blog running. Thank you for your support*

School is out and our kids are here to stay for the following 2 months.
What does this mean? that for the next 2 months you will become the unpaid Uber driver, a microwave and an entertainer.

Bella is 2 and still doesnt go to school but I can see it in all my friends faces and of course at the splash pad, the center of fun and desperate parents.

So I put together a list of activites that can be done from home:

1. Make Jello and let them use cookie cutters to make fun shapes!

2.  Water coloring on the driveway.

3. Baking, I have to remind myself to not eat it.

4. Chalk coloring on the fence.

5. Sprinkler fun in the backyard.

6. Painting in the bathtub with these!

7. This is one of the best purchases we have made. A bouncy house. This is not ours but is very similar. I do recommend one with shade! Like this one.

8. Playing with Play-doh.

9. Reading books. This summer we received a subscription to bookroo. Bookroo is a monthly subscription box that ships parents two books for your child/ren to enjoy. I actually recorded (on IG stories) Bella opening her first box and she was so happy to get mail to and honestly, as a mom I want Bella to love to read and having the option to get books shipped to our door just makes it that much easier. This, used with #10 on my list can guarantee at least 30 minutes of fun. Use code THECUPCAKEHOME  to get $10 off your order today!

10. Incredibundles. Incredibundles is another subscription box perfect for summer.You get to pick your box, what you want in it and customize it to your needs or simply let them pick for you. #surpriseme
In our case, we picked the items we loved and knew we would use and when the box arrived Bella was in heaven.
And because we loved all of our items and their quality so much we have partnered with Incredibundles to give one lucky winner and $50 credit to use on your purchase. We got all of our items for less than $50 as well.
But before here is a better look at the items we received.

 

 

 

 

 

And lastly here is the Giveaway!! Click the link below to enter!
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June 21, 2017

Splash Pad and a Giveaway

Thank you SwimZip for partnering with me on this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own

Have I talked about how hot Texas is enough??

It really is too much to handle and this mama is hates being sticky and sweaty, but my daughter loves being outside, running and well everything a 2 year old loves to do.

 

So I make the effort and stand the horrible humidity and take her to the splash pads and parks. This girl could care less about the heat. Just hand her a bottle of water and she is happy for hours.

I love the way kids live. Nothing bothers them to much to make them stop what they enjoy. I wish we could all have their mentality and their way of life. Yes, even their nap schedule!

 

Once we are there we take out our water, juice and snacks out and we just enjoy!

Aside from the heat, one of my biggest worries is the sun. Cancer is everywhere now days and even though is not something we can stop we do try our best to protect Bella from every day dangers!

We use SPF 75 and recently discovered SwimZip.  They have the cutest styles for both mom and kids.
I talked to Betsy, the founder, for the first time almost a year ago and love her story. I wont spill the beans but I promise she is a great inspiration.

She has offered to give one lucky follower a $30 gift card so you can also purchase one for you or your mini!

 
Head to our Instagram page to enter
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June 15, 2017

Oshkosh Summer Fun and a Giveaway!

Giveaway sponsored by Oshkosh, but as always all opinions are my own

Put away all the chunky or slightly warm clothes, summer is here and is here to stay! As melting hot as Texas summers I’m always slightly glad they are here. Summer is probably the only time of the year the weather stays relatively the same. We don’t have to worry about sweaters and flip flops in the same week so we can call it a win.

Another win is the fact that since is so hot my kid prefers to hang out in rompers or just a diaper so can I get an Amen for a lot less laundry! #happydancemoms
For those moment when we, I mean Bella I’m sure no one wants to see me hanging out in my bra and undies all day long, have to wear clothes I’m rounding up a few of our favorites from OshKosh for your summer loving kids.

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And because boys have just as much fun I went ahead and round up a few of the items I would dress a sweet boy if I had one.
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If you scroll a few post back we did a spring closet cleaning with OshKosh and our items are still going strong. As I mention in that post obsessed with washing clothes, if only the same thing applied to putting it away, so Bella’s clothes get washed after one use and all of her spring closet it is still going strong and holding up as new.
We have the white romper and it’s probably one of my favorites as is very airy and Bella doesn’t get hot! I’m also loving the stripped boy short! I may have to sneak in the boy’s section at my local store and buy it for Bella.
*mom tip: Bella has worn a few boy jeans and shorts and no one can tell the difference*
Which one is your favorite and do you have any mom tips?
Also, I have teamed up with OshKosh to give one lucky winner a $50 giftcard so click the link below to enter!

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June 14, 2017

Helping your little one through HFM

You see that spot on her cheek? That’s one of them!

As a parent, having a sick child is the worst.
 No matter the age, it breaks your heart into a million pieces and even more when there is nothing you can do about it.

Last December Bella got hand, foot and mouth disease (HFM), and I would probably go ahead and say this is the worst sickness known to a healthy child.
Everything hurts, itches and eating normal food is not an option yet you are healthy and no medicine is prescribed.
Bella got it right in between Christmas and New Years and it was the worst for both her and us.

The thing with HFM is that no medicine is actually given. It’s one of those things where you just have to let it run its course, meanwhile, this disease gets worse before it gets better.

It appears as innocent spots and before you know your child is completely covered.
Now, there are cases where the child doesn’t even seem to bother by it and others where it gets very bad.
With Bella, it began with a fever, a fever that seemed to have no limit (104.9). We took her to the ER and after waiting 3 hours without seeing a doctor we took her to the next best thing, an Urgent Care clinic. Once the doctor saw her and spotted 3 red dots on her stomach she knew right off the bat.

*There is a misconception that these spots will only appear on the hand, feet, and mouth, going by it name, but in reality, they can show up anywhere on the body*

Within a few hours, she was completely covered and the worst part began. Her fever continued, the crying started and she began to feel very, very uncomfortable. The worst part was that every time we touched her it seemed to bother her more and more, yet she wanted to be carried and held tightly.

After 3 days the worst seemed to be behind us and Bella began acting normal, but her spots continued to appear and did so for about 4 more days. She was able to eat a little better and the itching stopped. Her spots started disappearing 2 weeks in and by 4 weeks they were completely gone, and to say I was relieved doesn’t come close to reality.

As the season of HFM circles back around we are taking every precaution possible to avoid it happening again, and I want to share with you how we are doing it and also a few tips that can help if your child already has it.

To prevent it is pretty simple, yet even more simple to catch.
– Wash hands after being in any public setting, specially splash pads and parks. Remember that germs reproduce in hot areas. This may be anywhere! Our daughter caught it from her cousins at my mom’s house.
– Use a lot of disinfectants. We carry a bottle of this in the car and always have Baby Ganics in our diaper bag. Bella loves this one as is a foam.

When your child has it:
– Ask your doctor for a prescription mix of Benadryl and Maalox.
This was our saving grace. This allowed Bella to sleep, eat and be a bit happier for a while. I was honestly afraid to give it to her since is does have Benadryl, but according to our doctor  (and the web of doctors, if you know what I mean), the amount of Benadryl is lower than the recommended dose going by your child’s’ age.
– Pick up at your local pharmacy (or you can always order it online here) Calamine Lotion and feel free to spread it as much as possible. This helped Bella with the healing, scarring, and ITCHING!
– This is the time to spoil them! Give them lots of TLC. Like I stated above, doctors don’t give medicine for this so only our love can make them feel better.
– To avoid any scratching we used cotton these PJs.
– Squeezy pops, Outshine fruit bars anything and everything cold.

Hope these tips help, but as always if you have any further questions feel free to email me!

 *This post contains some affiliate links. With a purchase from these links a small commission can be made, which helps keep this blog running. Thank you for your support*

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