Surviving the Daylight Savings Time Change with Pampers

The start of Daylight Saving Time is quickly approaching on March 8th and, for many moms, that leads to nervousness and anxiety about their baby’s sleep patterns. Funny how I used to dread “Springing ahead” because I didn’t want to lose that hour of sleep, but as I got older, I have come to look forward to that extra hour of sunlight after work. An extra hour after work can translate into more family and play time. :)

Trent has never been the best sleeper. He stays up late and naps at random times (if ever). Thankfully, time changes have never really affected him because there was never a steadfast schedule to affect.

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Aubrey, on the other hand, is as close to a schedule as you can get. At 7pm, she better be in her crib or else she will tell us how unhappy she is. Then, she sleeps all the way to at least 7am, sometimes later but almost never earlier. I’ve said it before, but it truly is something I am so grateful for. If both kids did that, I could get so much done! While I’m not super nervous about it, I do wonder how the time change will affect her. Will she go to sleep an hour later? Wake up later? Or slowly transition back to the normal schedule?

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The time transition of “springing forward” is so top-of-mind for parents that a recent survey conducted by Pampers found that 77% are concerned with Daylight Saving Time affecting their child’s sleep pattern. More than half of parents surveyed dread the anticipated disruption to their child’s sleep schedule more than tax season! As an accountant and a mom, I can understand this!

Another survey conducted by Pampers found that nearly one-quarter of mothers (24%) felt that a dry diaper was the number one thing that enabled their baby to sleep through the night. Through Pampers’ extensive research on sleep, they’ve learned that babies are more vulnerable to waking up when they’re wet. And a dry night means baby is more likely to be more rested, less fussy and more content the next day. That’s why across their entire line, Pampers diapers offer up to 12 hours of overnight protection and are up to three times drier than ordinary diapers to help babies get the uninterrupted sleep they need for a great morning.

Hopefully, Aubrey will continue her amazing sleep habits and we quickly learn how to adjust, if necessary.

What about you? How do your kids adjust to the time change? What actions did you do to help with the transition?

Want to discuss your questions or tips with other parents? Please join @Pampers on March 3rd from 9-10pmEST as they host a Twitter Party with renowned sleep expert, “The Sleep Lady,” Kim West! Kim will be sharing her tips for helping little ones through the Daylight Saving Time sleep transition and will also be answering your questions regarding baby sleep! RSVP here: http://vite.io/DoubleDutyDivas

 

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Peanut Butter Granola Snack Mix

Peanut butter is a weakness of mine, which is funny because as a kid, I never wanted to find a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in my lunch bag, but now I’ll make a pb&j sandwich a couple of times a week. In my quest to be a little healthier, a pb&j sandwich does not make the cut as a healthy “snack” so I decided to find another way to snack on some yummy peanut butter. I found this recipe for Peanut Butter Granola Snack Mix on the Hormel Recipe site and decided to give it a try…and although we questioned how it was going to turn out, we really like it!

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Total Time: 1 Hour

Preparation Time: Under 15 minutes

 

Ingredients for 18 Servings

  • 1 cup SKIPPY® SUPER CHUNK® Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups dried banana chips
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

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1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In large bowl, combine peanut butter, oil and honey; mix well. Stir in oats, peanuts and sunflower seeds. Transfer to baking sheets.

3. Bake granola, stirring occasionally, 20 to 25 minutes or until browned. Cool completely on baking sheets. When I said earlier how we weren’t sure how this would turn out, it’s because before the mixture cools, it does not look like it would turn into a dry snack mix….but after brief cooling, it transforms! All the ingredients soak in the peanut butter and you get flavor in every bite.

4. In large bowl, combine cooled oats mixture and remaining ingredients; mix well. Trent helped with this step. :)

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I think we need to make this often now, since the picky-toddler-that-won’t-eat-anything has been eating it non-stop since we made it. He thinks it’s fun to eat it out of the big bowl, so that’s how we stored it.

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I also brought some to work in a small mason jar.

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You could also put portioned amounts into small baggies. This would also be a nice gift addition.

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To see the original recipe, visit the Hormel Recipe page, where you’ll find a bunch of recipes using Hormel’s Family of products.

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This post was written by me as part of my involvement in the Hormel Family Blogger Program. Thanks for reading!

 

Tackle Postpartum Hair Loss with the 30 Day NIOXIN Challenge

There are plenty of side effects to pregnancy, and unfortunately, some of them you don’t learn about until they are happening! One side effect I was unaware of until it was happening is postpartum hair loss. It’s the weirdest thing…I had such beautiful and full hair while I was pregnant and then after both babies were born, I noticed hair falling our more and more. I guess with Trent, I didn’t have as much hair loss and it wasn’t as noticeable since my hair was short and I wore it down a lot. But little miss Aubrey sure liked to amplify all of my symptoms, because I experienced postpartum hair loss after her much more than after Trent. Combine that with my hair being much longer and always in a ponytail (it seems) and it was really noticeable around my hairline. So much so that I had to part my hair in a different spot and I stopped wearing it up at work. I wouldn’t say I was embarrassed about it, but I surely didn’t want to flaunt it around for everyone to see.

I had just accepted the fact that over time, my hair would grow back and I would just have to style it differently until that happened. :(

Luckily, in the best coincidence ever, I was invited to take the NIOXIN 30 Day Challenge!

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NIOXIN is specially formulated to create the optimal scalp environment to tackle thinning hair & promote thicker, fuller-looking, healthier hair. Thinning hair affects men and women of all ages. The cause is often genetic, and can also be triggered by certain life stages. Addressing thinning begins with understanding what causes and contributes to it, and the early warning signs to look out for. (Genetics, Nutrition and diet, Stress and trauma, Health issues, Medication, Environmental factors, and Postpartum)

The 30 Day Nioxin Challenge consists of using Nioxin’s 3-step hair care routine picked specifically for your type of hair for 30 days to see amazing results in increased hair growth and fullness. I was so excited to see the results and what Nioxin could do for me. Sure, I knew my hair would eventually get back to the way it was, but I was much more interested in speeding up the process.

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NIOXIN comes in several different system kits as follows:

  • System Kit 1 – Specially designed for normal to thin-looking, fine, natural hair. It amplifies hair texture while refreshing the scalp and delivering a healthy shine.
  • System Kit 2 – Specially designed for noticeably thinning, fine, natural (no chemical processes like color or relaxing) hair. It delivers denser-looking hair and a healthy shine while protecting the scalp.
  • System Kit 3 – Specially designed for normal to thin-looking, fine, chemically treated hair. It amplifies hair texture while refreshing the scalp and providing moisture balanced to colored hair.
  • System Kit 4 – Specially designed for noticeably thinning, fine, chemically treated hair. It delivers denser-looking hair while protecting the scalp and providing moisture balance to colored hair
  • System Kit 5 – Specially designed for normal to thin-looking, medium to coarse, natural (no chemical processes like color or relaxing) or chemically treated hair. It delivers smoothing control to hair while refreshing the scalp and restoring moisture balance.
  • System Kit 6 – Specially designed for noticeably thinning, medium to coarse, natural (no chemical processes like color or relaxing) or chemically treated hair. It delivers smoothing control to hair while protecting the scalp and restoring moisture balance.

I was assigned the level 1 system kit, which is specially designed for normal to thin-looking, fine, natural hair. It amplifies hair texture while refreshing the scalp and delivering a healthy shine.

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Each system addresses three key factors that are crucial in understanding and treading the appearance of thinning hair: [1] scalp and hair environment, [2] the role of hair health, and [3] the change of hair structure over time. Each of the six System Kits includes an easy to use daily regimen consisting of three steps, to help nourish the scalp and give you thicker, denser-looking hair, in 30 Days, guaranteed. NIOXIN uses advanced technologies to deliver thicker, fuller, denser-looking hair. Their commitment to innovation, supported by 25 years of research, enables them to be able to help more than 3 out of 4 men and women in the U.S. who experienced thinning hair. NIOXIN’s innovative solutions have gained industry recognition year after year. NIOXIN’s advanced technologies provide real solutions for making the most of the hair you have, transforming the hair care industry and bringing hope and confidence to men and women and everywhere.

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I took some before pictures so you could see exactly what I was starting with. I do have a confession though…I hated all the photos. Seeing photos of myself truly made me realize just how bad the hair loss had gotten in the corners of my hairline. Yikes. That made me even more excited to start the 30 Day Challenge because that needed to get fixed STAT!

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The NIOXIN Cleanser (shampoo) is a clearish blue and I used the same amount that I would use of my regular shampoo.

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I just started from my scalp and worked my way down to the ends, working up a good lather. Then I went back up to my scalp and lathered it even more there, also concentrating on my hairline, for 1-2 minutes. It has a minty scent and gave a cool, tingly feeling to my scalp. It was quite invigorating!

 

The NIOXIN Scalp Therapy (conditioner) is white and moderately thick.

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Typically, you would put your normal conditioner only on the ends of you hair, but the Scalp Therapy is meant to go on all over, from your scalp to your ends. I would get a decent amount, apply it starting from my scalp to the ends, then I would spend about 30 seconds massaging it all over my scalp. Then, I would put it up and then finish my shower and rinse it out at the very end (after about 2-3 minutes). This also left my scalp feeling tingly clean. My only wish is that the bottle was larger. I have long hair and didn’t think I was going to make it the entire 30 days, so for the last week, I used the Scalp Therapy on my scalp/roots, and then my regular conditioner on the ends.

 

After my shower, I towel-dried my hair, then applied the NIOXIN Scalp Treatment.

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I sprayed all over my scalp from about 1/2″-1″ away, then I would massage it into my scalp. Again, even though I sprayed it all over, I concentrated on my hairline.

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The NIOXIN Scalp Treatment has a warming sensation and may also cause some redness. I noticed some redness around my hairline, but it was hardly noticeable with makeup.

After the entire process, my scalp truly felt invigorated going from cool to warm. During the process, not only do you get the benefit of the products themselves, but all the scalp massaging is really good for you too. The process was painless and required almost no additional time to my morning routine, just for the minute or two I spent working in the Scalp Treatment. It didn’t weigh my hair down and it didn’t affect how I styled it.

 

Ok, time for some results, right?

After 30 days of using the NIOXIN System, this is how my hair looks:

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Here is a side-by-side comparison between day 1 and day 30.

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I am super pleased with the results!

In the corners where I felt there was the most hair loss, now looks more filled-in and actually has little hairs growing in. I am more confident now and feel more comfortable parting my hair where I used to and having my hair in a ponytail. Even though it still has a way to go, I’m really glad I could make my hair look fuller while it grows back in. I would recommend this to any new momma out there dealing with postpartum hair loss, or anyone wanting to tackle hair thinning or loss and have thicker-looking hair.

 

To use the Consultation Tool to see which system kit is right for you, click here.

Buy it! Click here to find NIOXIN in a professional salon near you or shop on Amazon or Ulta.com.

 

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Prize: One NIOXIN hair system kit $44 value (winner will be able to choose which of the six systems they receive).

Open to: US only

Ends: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 11:59pm

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Aubrey: 6 Months

My sweet baby girl is 6 months old!

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I know it’s been said a million times by every parent in the world, but time sure does fly. Can you believe she has already been to Disney World TWICE! She would probably have gone more if I actually had leave left to take and it wasn’t Winter (brrr cold!). I’m sure she will be there plenty enough…but she already has her brother beat for WDW trips by this age, since he didn’t go for the first time until he was 10 months old.

She has 2 teeth on the bottom that came in about a month ago. Lately, she has been a little extra whiny and drooly, so I imagine that more are probably on their way.

She can sit up for a little bit, but she starts to topple over when she feels the need to reach for her feet or a toy. She has also started pushing up on her hands and knees for a few seconds at a time, but hasn’t propelled forward. She is an ace at shuffling backwards and rolling over. We should do a timelapse video of her on the floor because she scoots and rolls around all over and covers the entire room if you let her be long enough!

She is still such an amazing nighttime sleeper. 7pm to 7-9am. It’s the most glorious thing ever. She needs to teach Trent a thing or two because that boy is a nighttime party animal. I know I know – it’s our own fault, but there are pros and cons to both schedules.

She is always so happy and smiley when she wakes up in the morning and from her naps. Trent loves going in there when we say “Go get sissy!” He peeks over the crib rail and she pops her head up and smiles.

We were going to start feeding her sweet potatoes this weekend, but the ones at the grocery store didn’t look so great, so maybe next weekend!

She still isn’t transitioned into being a model and stares at the camera open-mouthed no matter what we do to make her smile, but that didn’t stop us from doing a little girly photoshoot for her 6 month birthday. She always wears pajamas during the day, most of the time they are Trent’s hand-me-downs, so it was fun to dress her up in pink girly stuff. It was a pink explosion!!

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We were lucky to get a few smiles!

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I don’t know what she’s doing in this next one…looks like she created a new gesture. Maybe it means “Mom, feed me now.”

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Her eyes are still blue!

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And here’s what she thinks of the camera…

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Happy 6 months Aubrey!

 

To see more Aubrey posts, visit her page: See Aubrey Grow

To see all of Trent’s updates, visit his page: See Trent Grow

 

Usborne Children’s Books Review & Giveaway!

From the very beginning, I tried to read to Trent as much as possible. He loved little black & white board books, for both looking at and chewing on…babies chew on everything! As he grew older, his attention span grew shorter, and even though he liked sitting with books, he would flip through them too fast for me to read! I guess he wanted to look and be an active part of it and not just listen to me talk, and a book full of words wasn’t as fun to look at. I’ll also confess that I kind of stopped looking at books in the local stores. There is never as much of a selection and they are kind of all similar. And since I’m more of an online shopper anyway, I was thrilled to learn about Usborne Children’s Books!

I was contacted by the lovely Melissa Ewing, who is a consultant for Usborne, to see if I wanted to host a giveaway for you all, and since I had never heard of Usborne before, I asked her for recommendations for Trent and Aubrey. She was so excited about all of the options for us and even selected books she knew they would like based on what she has read on the blog here. Isn’t that so wonderful? I was really excited. :)

Within a few days of ordering, the books arrived at our door!

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Right away, I was impressed with how colorful and interesting these books were. I could tell these were much more unique than what I’m used to seeing in the stores. Melissa truly hit it out of the park on her selections for Trent and Aubrey.

For Aubrey, we have books that are colorful, have few/simple words, and have different textures.

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“That’s not my fairy…” is a cute little girly book that has fairies with different textures for babies to touch and feel…great for sensory development.

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Aubrey was immediately interested.

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I think she likes it!

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“My Wild Animal World” is a collection of mini cardboard books featuring different wild animals.

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You can see that they are small, but the illustrations inside are super cute.

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Not only did Aubrey like holding them (and yes, biting them)…

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…but even Trent came over to join us, where he had fun reading through them and stacking them up high.

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“Baby’s very first touchy-feely Fingertrail Book” features lots of colors, patterns, textures and flaps for baby to run their fingers across and play with. Trent showed Aubrey what to do.

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Trent’s books were super fun!

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“Muddle and Match” is a mix and match book with three different flaps to create different characters and stories.

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“Lift-the-Flap Colors” is a book chock full of flaps for kids to lift up and find out what’s underneath. There’s several pages of colors, numbers and shapes for kids to discover.

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Trent opened every flap, read what was underneath and closed it again…from front to back and then back to front. This one kept him busy for a long time…much longer than any book I’ve tried to read him lately hahaha

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“ooooohhhh”

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“Pull-back Busy Car Book” is really awesome! It comes with this little red pull-back car and the book has an indented trail on each page layout. You wind up the car, place it in the trail, and then let it go and read as it winds it’s way around the book.

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Even Aubrey was fascinated. She kept yelling “Oohh!” over and over and watching it go around and around. Just look at her facial expression in these next photos!

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We sat on the floor reading and playing with our Usborne books for a while; it was nice to “play” with books…they were interesting and stimulating and educational all at the same time. Double bonus for the convenience of shopping online and getting them at our doorstep!

I also hear they have wonderful books for homeschooling. :)

Usborne also provides great fundraising programs! The Literacy for a Lifetime program is a 50% grant matching program (minimum of $200 to get the match.)  Melissa recently ran one of these for a local organization to provide books for children in need at Christmas time. They raised a little over $600, so with the match had $900+ towards books!  For more info: www.literacyforalifetime.org

They also have a fundraising program for individuals, groups, whomever might need it!  It’s called “Cards for a Cause” and you can learn more about that here:  http://www.cardsforacausefundraisers.com/

 

To shop the amazing book selection, visit Melissa’s Usborne website.

While you’re there, you can also learn about hosting a party (it can be on Facebook!) to share these amazing books with your friends that have kids and earn free books for your family! Ask Melissa how you can earn extra income too!

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Now it’s time for a giveaway!

Usborne Books Giveaway

Prize: Win $75 worth of Usborne Children’s Books of your choosing. You’ll work with Melissa to pick out the books you want and she’ll also cover the shipping and taxes! ($75 should get the winner at least 4 books, and potentially double that, depending on the books they choose.  Of our top 100 best sellers, all but 16 are under $20 and over 60 of them are $12.99 or less.)

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