Trent-isms

One of my favorite bloggers does a series where she shares some funny things her daughter has said lately. I find it cute and funny and since Trent has said some funny things lately, I wanted to share some of them with you. After all, it’s hump day and we could use some funnies and feels to get us through the rest of the week. ;)

 

“Orion, shut up! Bad dog! No! Go lay on your bed!”

This was after Trent wasn’t watching where he was going and ran into the dog, who was laying on the floor not bothering anyone. Trent got embarrassed and said everything he has ever heard us yell at the dog. Ever. I don’t like that he says shut up to the dog, but that one is completely my fault. And although we should have been telling him not to say it this time, I couldn’t help but laugh so hard I was crying.

 

“Go now, mommy?”

Oh no, we are in trouble now. He said this when he was watching me edit our videos from our December trip to Disney World. He now knows it’s a place we go to and is requesting it. Then a commercial came on tv. It’s like they know…. Until now, it’s been up to us to decide when we take trips to WDW, and we hold ourselves back because babies in 4 hour car rides aren’t fun, but as Aubrey gets older and Trent starts asking to go, well, we might as well move down there now.

 

“A Nana, a Papa, a Wee?”

Nana and Papa are Nana and Papa, but “Wee” is Lily, Trent’s cousin. Usually we see all three of them at the same time, so he has come to associate them all together and will ask for them as such.

 

“Sissy go for a ride?”

He likes when we put Aubrey behind him on his Buzz Lightyear electric car and asks to have her go for a ride all the time.

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“Goodnight stars. Goodnight moon. Goodnight Big Sheepy. Goodnight Baby Sheepy. Goodnight Trent. Goodnight Mommy.”

Trent says goodnight to everything he has in the bed with him. The moon and stars come from the nightlight turtle and he now has 2 Sheepies he brings to bed. And yes, he says goodnight to himself too.

 

“I’m so happy”
This one kills me. He knows what it means too. My heart gets so full when he tells me he is happy. Because that’s what matters most. :)

 

“Puppy commercial”

The way Trent says “commercial” just makes me want to have him repeat it all day long, it’s adorable. Every syllable is enunciated. And when a commercial for dog food came on, he said “puppy commercial” and it took every ounce of his brainpower to get all the syllables out perfectly.

 

 

#DisneySide @Home Celebration Cars Party

I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. Enjoy!

As you all already know, we are huge Disney fans, even from before we had kids. As much as we’d love to live closer to a Disney Park, the 3.5 hour drive to Walt Disney World prevents us from going as often as we’d like. I’m sure we’ll go more often when the kids are older and driving for 4 hours doesn’t involve any hysterical crying to get out of a car seat and be fed. ;)

However, one of the upsides is that we find ways to creatively bring Disney home with us and celebrate our #DisneySide even when we can’t be at a park!

So, imagine my excitement when I was chosen to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration! My dream would be to work for Disney (hiring an accountant or blogger?? hehe) but until then, I was ecstatic to partner with them, and others, to host a party for Trent/Aubrey and their friends so we can all show our #DisneySide!

The theme we were given was Cars! Trent loves cars and has a Cars table already, so this was perfect. We were anxious to receive our box full of party supplies to see what fun stuff was inside.

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As it is with every shipment to the house, Brett was the one at home when our #DisneySide party box arrived, so they filmed a fun video of them opening it up!

Then, it was time to plan. We had so many ideas of our own, and there are also so many ideas on Pinterest for a Cars party, we had trouble deciding what to do. And as anxious as we were to have the party, our weekends were full for a few weeks, and then all the kids invited to the party were sick on the day we chose…yikes! We rescheduled to the following week and everyone was able to make it. Time to party!

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{Start Your Engines Sign here}

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{Racetrack Runner here}

The party Table!

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{Similar tablecloth hereSimilar hanging decorations here}

 

Since our party was a brunch, we kept the food light…and since our guests were mostly toddlers, we kept it bite-sized too!

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Part of the supplies in our #DisneySide box included these cute mini Cars buckets, perfect for holding popcorn!

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{Similar Snack Pails here}

We were so excited to find this Mater Snack Caddy on Amazon…so fun!

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{Mater Snack Caddy here}

 

We cut up a block of cheese to be Sally’s Cozy Cones.

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Small chocolate donuts became Luigi’s Casa Della Tires.

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I printed Dinoco labels on sticker paper and cut them out to put on bottles of Jones soda.

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We put some cheesy crackers in our Mickey’s Kitchen Sink from Magic Kingdom.

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Costco was a big source of our treats, including these mini cinnamon buns that went into checkered cupcakes cups.

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{Similar snack tier stand here}

No brunch is complete without an iced coffee bar…aka the Fueling Station.

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Coffee ice cubes!
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Instead of regular cups for the kids, we got Cars Take and Toss sippy cups to prevent spills.

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{Cars Take & Toss Sippy cups here}

We found these really sturdy and awesome Cars plastic favor bags on Amazon to put a bunch of Cars favors in for the kids to take home. We filled them with Cars cups, pull-back cars, tops, keychains, pit passes, and other toys.

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{Plastic Cars Favor Bags here}

Temporary tattoos at Ramone’s House of Body Art were a hit!

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{Cars Temporary Stickers here}

 

We got a huge Mater cutout for photos – the kids loved it! {Jumbo Mater cutout here}

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Aubrey insisted on learning how to drive during a Cars party…big brother showed her what to do ;)

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Thank you for reading about our #DisneySide @Home Celebration Cars Party! Since Trent doesn’t go to daycare, he doesn’t get the opportunity to play with other kids his age as often as other kids do, so I am always grateful when he can play with friends. I am thankful for being chosen to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration, thankful to all the sponsors that included their items in our box of goodies, and hopeful that everyone that joined us had a wonderful time. :)

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I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you for reading!

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?

Aubrey

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

[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. 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.

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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.

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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).

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

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I participated in the NIOXIN Challenge blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.