Thursday, April 23, 2015

Not going out this weekend? Plan a ladies bingo night

Life with little ones in the house seems amazing and filled with fun. It really doesn’t matter whether you are at home or a working mother because by the end of the day you will be completely exhausted after taking a shower you need some time to chill out. Going out on a weekend may seem like a great idea, but you don’t want to leave your kids all alone at home or it may not be a great idea calling a babysitter. So plan for a ladies night with your friends,which would be a great idea.

Here are some a few ways or ideas which you can implement and have fun in with the girls when your kids are asleep

Call a beautician
These days you will find plenty of spas & salons providing their services right at door step, so you can book a beautician and pamper yourself, by getting pedicure, manicure and a nice facial. While you can chat and gossip on the latest controversies over a glass of wine, also to listen some music.

You all can plan for baking or grilling out some new recipe and experimenting it with all your friends as it will be more fun. You can cook and have delicious dinner rather than ordering the same regular stuff from a restaurant

Play online bingo
Bingo is one such game which has been played over the centuries and has kept people amused, but to indulge in this game. Now you don’t have leave the house, as you will find plenty of bingo sites to choose from and GameVillage Bingo is one such site where in you can play bingo with no deposit required. Once you register on the site you will be rewarded with £5 bonus. The site has wide array of games to play and unlike bingo halls you don’t have to concentrate on the game as the daubing is automatically done for you. While playing you can also listen to some foot-tapping music with your friends.

So ladies plan up something like this, don’t make your life miserable and boring. Have some me time, pamper yourselves and don’t forget to share your views with me.

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Fuel the Geek in You with the Geek Fuel Subscription Box

As we seek out those gifts to get mom, I find that looking for that perfect gift to give her can be easy when I think of the products I might like to get as a mom myself. For me, I like a variety of things, so pin pointing just one gift is just not going to happen. Like many, I adore those Sci-Fi and Fantasy shows, comics, and books, so when looking for gifts I find that those are all products I enjoy getting and giving. Recently I was introduced to a subscription box service, one that is unlike others I have tried, because this one is not meant to fuel your appetite when it comes to food, instead it is meant to fuel the geek in you, with the Geek Fuel box!

The Geek Fuel monthly subscription box is one that has a little bit of everything to help fuel your inner geek! From the reading material that includes those comics that are just a must have, to the gear that includes both toys, and clothing! I found the March box I received was very fitting, since I plan one certain weekend around preparing for The Game of Thrones Season Premier. My box had the shirt, had the comics, to help me get through the marathon leading up to the premier, I also had a Gears of War Energy Drink, and even a Dragon Glass, to bring me closer to the premier I was preparing for!

Aside from the Game of Thrones swag that was perfect for getting me ready for the big premier, I also loved the Leonard Nimoy Spock Button, which was very suiting due to his recent passing, which was a huge loss for Star Trek fans everywhere. In all, making the Geek Fuel Monthly Subscription Box one that will be a great gift to give mom this year, as well as one to gift to yourself, so you and mom can let your geek flags fly!!

Product received, thank you to Geek Fuel as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Monthly Subscription Boxes from Taste Guru

When it comes to the question on what to cook, or what to eat, I find myself stumped more often than I would like. This is something that I might end up giving in on, by getting some fast food, or options that are not what I would like to eat and feed my family, but just go for because I can not think of another option at the time. I know that after talking to friends, this dilemma can be one that they too face, and that they too turn to the easy outs for instead of researching healthier options each time they have the issue at hand. So when I was introduced to Taste Guru, I found that I could find new options when I find myself stumped when it comes to foods, by checking out the gluten free products and recipe ideas that are in the box!

I think aside from the products in the box, I like the fact that I can get the Taste Guru Subscription Boxes delivered to my door, each month! For me, it is like being a kid all over again, waiting on a gift, except I do not have to wait for my birthday or Christmas, I can get a box delivered to my door each month! I mean, when the box comes in, I have no clue on what is inside, so opening it and finding all of the goodies that it has to hold, is very exciting.

I like that with the product options that are in the box, from the recipe ideas, to the snack options, I can find a variety of products to choose from, in one box. I also like that after sampling the products in my box, when going to the store, I recognized the products we enjoyed, making that dilemma of what to give the family when it comes to snacks and meals a easy choice. In all, making the Taste Guru Monthly Subscription Box a great gift to get for yourself as well as a great gift to get mom this Mothers Day!

Product received, thank you to Taste Guru as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

#Giveaway Mothers Day Gifts from Novica ($50 Gift Card)

With Mothers Day just around the corner, it is time to head out and find those gifts to give mom. Like my own mom, I enjoy gifts that are both practical and unique, and with that in mind, one place I know I can shop at for those type of gifts is Novica. For this years Mothers Day shopping, I was given the chance to shop at and review the products that are found from the Novica line.

Keeping the idea of practicality and products that are unique in mind, I found that the line of Blue Mexican Glass really caught my eyes. I came across the line by checking out the Tableware collection from the Gifts for Mother's Day selection. When looking over the selection of tableware, and finding pieces from the Blue Mexican Glass line, I was very pleased to find quite a few products to choose from and coordinate with.

I like that the collection of blue glass reminds me of my home back in Southern New Mexico, where when you go to a restaurant or even to a friends house, you will come across similar products that have that blue glass theme. I also like that the glasses I chose to go with, come from Mexico and are individually handcrafted using Mexican art blowing. This way of creating the glasses make each glass unique, with different bubbles in the glass, and even the slightest variations in the shape, giving them a great, unique quality that is what I have found with each of my shopping experiences when I shop at Novica!

Aside from the beautiful collection of Mexican Blue Glass that I found at Novica, I also found the line of ceramic vases to fit in that category of being products that are both practical and unique, and also a line that will make for a great gift to give mom this year! I like that the products are ones that are crafted by artists from around the world, and I like that they come directly from the source, at very affordable prices. Making my shopping experience at Novica for Mother's Day, yet another great and memorable one! And to help with finding those gifts for mom this year, the wonderful people from Novica would like to give one of my amazing readers a $50 gift code to use on their site!

Product received, thank you to Novica as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Season 1 on DVD

Saturday Morning Cartoons is a tradition in my home, one that I can remember looking forward to before heading out to play with friends, and one my own kids enjoy as well. Of the shows we had enjoyed when my husband and I were kids, I would have to say that Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo is one that stands out! In my house, we not only grew up with Scooby-Doo and the various shows, but we have also enjoyed sharing those shows with our kids, who also enjoy watching them. So when we were sent the DVD, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Season 1 to review, I knew this would be a great collection of shows to share with my kids, and also a great one to take myself and my husband back to our own childhoods!

In this series, you get Scooby-Doo and the entire Mystery Inc gang, taking on those mysteries with the puppy power of Scrappy-Doo. Scrappy-Doo is a little pup with a lot of pep, who is not afraid of anything, ready to take on the scary bad guys without thinking twice, unlike Scooby-Doo and Shaggy.

This DVD is packed with 16 episodes which are filled with those funny situations that Scooby-Doo and Shaggy find themselves in, along with the mystery solving team and the puppy powered pup, Scrappy-Doo! You can bring home your copy of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Season 1 on DVD on April 28th, to get that nostalgic feeling of being a kid again and share with your own kids!

Product received, thank you to the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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#MonkeyKingdom Happy Earth Day from Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom

Happy Earth Day! Enjoy this clip from Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom, which is playing in theaters everywhere! Also Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. Learn more at

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

#Giveaway Margaux & May 100% Organic Cotton Muslin Blankets (3 Winners)

When we prepare for a new baby, there is a list of things that needs to be in place before baby makes their arrival. For some, finding a place to start can be quite intimidating, but as a mom who has prepared for baby in the past, I find that insuring that you have the basics in place first, can help when it comes to getting ready to bring baby home. On my list when it comes to the basics to have in place while preparing for baby, I find that having plenty of blankets is one of my priorities. So when we were sent a pack of the Margaux & May 100% Organic Cotton Muslin Blankets to review, I knew that they would make for a great selection to adding to the list of blankets to have for baby!

With these blankets, one of the things that really stands out for me is the fact that they are made with 100% Cotton, which makes them very soft and a material that will be gentle against babies sensitive skin. I also like that with the Muslin material, that you get a great, breathable material, that makes for a perfect swaddle to use when swaddling baby. Helping to give baby that security they get from swaddling, along with helping to keep baby from overheating as well.

I also like that aside from using the Muslin Blankets from Margaux & May as a great swaddle for baby, there are many uses you can get, like using the blankets as a nursing cover, using the blankets as a shade from the sun when taking walks with baby and more! Then with the material, I like that it is made from organic cotton and that they are 100% Global Organic Textile Standard certified, with prints that are unique and versatile for using for both baby boys and girls! The material is also very durable, and can withstand being washed over and over, making the Margaux & May 100% Organic Cotton Muslin Blankets a set of blankets that is meant to last!

So if you are preparing for baby, and you are looking for blankets to add to that list of must have items for baby, be sure to add the Margaux & May 100% Organic Cotton Muslin Blankets to the list! Also, the wonderful people from Margaux & May would like to give 3 of my amazing readers each their own set of their Muslin Blankets!!!

Product received, thank you to Margaux & May as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Mezzetta Everything Spread Prize Pack

When it comes to meal time, whether we are cooking a meal for the family or preparing to entertain guests, I like to have products on hand that can help me in changing up those ordinary dishes. One way of doing so is by having the products from the Mezzetta Everything Spreads line on hand, which are not only great for using as a spread over some mayo on a sandwich as well as using it in various dishes to give our foods that little extra they were needing!

Recently we were sent a pack with the products from Mezzetta to use, and to help change up our various meals throughout the day, from adding some of the Mezzetta Red Hot Chili Pepper Everything Spread on my favorite breakfast dish, Huevos Rancheros, to adding a jar of the Mezzetta Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Everything Spread to a whole chicken for roasting! Making the Mezzetta Everything Spreads a great product to have on hand and use for just about any dish, whether it is a main course or a side dish! So this spring as you prepare for those dinner parties, lunches with the kids, or even if you want to change up your breakfast dishes, be sure to check out the recipe ideas from Mezzetta Everything Spreads!

To help with changing up your dishes, the wonderful people from Mezzetta would like to give one of my amazing readers a Mezzetta prize pack which will include 4 of the Mezzetta Everything Spreads and a Mezzetta Apron!

Product received, thank you to Mezzetta as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Wet Wipe Markers from Chalk Inc

Like so many, I like to find fun projects to take on, and use those tools that help bring those DIY projects together. With the spring upon us, those gardens to be tended to, as well as outdoor get togethers to be had, like many I have been creating fun labels for my gardening projects, and even fun signs to welcome guests as we entertain using the chalkboard labels and such that we can find at the craft stores. To help with bringing those DIY signs and labels together, I was sent some of the Wet Wipe Markers from Chalk Inc to review.

With the Chalk Inc Wet Wipe Markers, I can create those fun signs, that resemble the ones you find at local coffee shops. I can also choose from various tips, so I can use the finer tips for the labels I use on my garden, then the broader tips for the signs I can make for greeting our guests with when we have our outdoor barbecues and other get togethers! Making the Chalk Inc Wet Wipe Makers, a must have for anyone that is wanting to take on those fun DIY chalk art projects.

Product received, thank you to Chalk Inc as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Limited Edition Springtime Scents from Softsoap

With the flowers blooming and the warmer weather upon us, I like to seek out those springtime products for my home and family. With that said, one thing I like to keep on the lookout for is the bath and body products, not only for myself, but also for my family, that have those amazingly fresh scents that remind me of Spring. Recently I was sent such products when I was sent the new Limited Edition Body Washes from Softsoap!

This collection includes the French Macaron, which has the refreshing scents of French Vanilla and coconut, the Parisian Escape with the fresh citrus blends along with pear blossom, and the Riviera Renewal, with the fresh scents of Jasmine! All three body washes give me those fresh springtime fragrances I look for, and all moisturize the skin, leaving it both refreshed and soft! Making the new Limited Edition Collection of body washes from Softsoap, a great collection to add to any home this spring!

Product received, thank you to Softsoap as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Tomorrowland Disney's Tomorrowland Trailer

Disney's Tomorrowland will be hitting theaters everywhere on May 22nd! So like many, I am watching in anticipation, as the trailers roll out, so I can get those sneak peaks at what is to come! To help with your own anticipations, you can check out the trailer below, and also be sure to mark your calenders for May 22nd, so you too can take a trip to Tomorrowland!!

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PLAYMOBIL'S Super 4 on Netflix

In my home, we not only enjoy playing with the various sets we have from the PLAYMOBIL collection, but we also enjoy our family movie nights. So when we were told about the new series, PLAYMOBIL'S Super 4 that is now on Netflix, we were excited to check it out and invite some friends over to come and watch with us!

To get us started, the wonderful people from PLAYMOBIL sent us a fun pack of goodies, that had crowns, pirate hats, shields, stickers, a poster, as well as some coloring pages for the kids to color as we all watched the new series, PLAYMOBIL'S Super 4!

In this Netflix series, you get a group of super heroes that are unlike any other group out there! The team consists of a pirate, a fairy, a knight and a agent, who ban together to explore, fight bad guys, and have fun!

For me, I like that with the new series, we can put on Netflix, sit down as a family, and enjoy this awesome series together. For my kids, they like that it is a new series to watch on their Netflix Kids account. They also like that it incorporates characters that resemble some of the characters they have from their various PLAYMOBIL Playsets. Making the new series, PLAYMOBIL'S Super 4, a must watch for the kids, as well as a great series to watch on any family movie night! You can tune in as well, when you go to Netflix and search for PLAYMOBIL's Super 4!!!

Product received, thank you to PLAYMOBIL as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Friday, April 17, 2015

#Giveaway RRS Foundation + $25 Amazon Gift Card

The RRS Foundation, what is it, why should I support it? Well let me tell you. The RRS Foundation is being built to help foster kids that have aged out of foster care. Aging out is when you turn 18 or are emancipated by the state from foster care. Most kids that age out are thrust into he world with very little to no life skills. As a direct result of that, there is a large percentage, as much as 80% in some studies, that show foster kids are either homeless, in jail, or dead within the first year of aging out. The number of young woman that are pregnant or have children themselves by the time they age out, is also very high. 

These are a few of the things I hope to address with RRS Foundation. Once up and running we will allow those that want to go to college that were once foster kids the opportunity. The state already has money they can use for school but what they need most is support. So the Foundation will provide housing, food, daycare if needed, transportation to and from school and work if needed. The same things most of us take for granted because we can call our parents or a relative. What would you do if the next time you really needed help there was no one to call, no one to help? That is the everyday fears of a young adult that ages out of foster care, often having nowhere to turn in times of need. RRS Foundation will change that one young adult at a time while giving them the tool they need to succeed and a college education to give themselves a better chance in life.

Please help me to realize my vision and empower our youth. Also, enter the giveaway, in which I am providing for the readers at Mommy Katie, and help share the mission with others! 

This post was provided by the Founder and CEO of the RRS Foundation.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

#Giveaway LifebankUSA Peace of Mind Contest (Win 1 of 3 Graco 4ever 4-in-1 Car Seats)

Being a parent, we make many choices that affect our children's futures. From the time we find out we are pregnant with them, we find choices that have to be made. Choices like the prenatal care and provider we will use during pregnancy, the foods we eat that nourish our growing babies, to the hospital we will use, the birthing plan, as well as a pediatrician. These choices are just a few of those first ones that we as parents must make while we prepare for babies arrival, and from there, we make choices everyday which affect our children as they grow. I think of the choices that I have made, compared to the choices my own parents were faced with when they were preparing for me is, the choice on cord blood banking.

The topic is something you find information on in the OB/GYN office, something that the doctor might discuss with you as well during visits. With the information and the benefits that we learn about cord blood banking, I have found that the only choice to be made for me is which company I will use once baby is born. I found that choosing a company was made easy for me, because like many OB/GYN offices, mine had the information and recommendations on banking with LifebankUSA.

I like knowing that LifebankUSA is a pioneer in their field, in that they can boost the amount of cells that can be recovered after birth, and that they are the only company in the world to release stem cell units for transplant. Another big plus when it comes to choosing LifebankUSA for cord blood banking is that they are the only cord blood bank with propriety technology, offering [T1] placenta blood banking with the cord blood banking to expecting parents! Making the choice on who to go with a much easier one, knowing all that expecting parents can get from LifebankUSA!

So if you are expecting, and you are considering your options when it comes to cord blood banking, be sure to keep LifebankUSA in mind! Also, right now, when you head on over to the LifebankUSA Facebook page, you can enter to win 1 of 3 Graco 4ever 4-in-1 Car Seats in the LifebankUSA Peace of Mind Contest! The contest is open now through May 29,2015 and you can enter by clicking on the picture below!!

This post was sponsored by LifebankUSA, all opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

#Giveaway Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away

With the Mothers Day shopping to be had, I find myself looking at all of the products that are out there, that will make for a great gift to give mom. I like finding products that I know I will like, so when I shop for my mom, I can see her liking as well. With both of us having homes with pets, and both living in areas where there is a lot of dust in the air, I like seeking out products that can help with reducing the allergens in the air. Products like air purifiers, dusters, and the latest and greatest when it comes to the vacuums on the market. So when I was sent the Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away, I was curious to see how it can help with getting the pet hair in my home, as well as help with reducing the allergens in my home.

Once I put the vacuum together for the basic use, I found that the suction power was unbelievable! I mean, I had vacuumed earlier, with a vacuum that I do really like, and when I went over the same area, I was able to get quite a bit more hair and dirt up. I also like that emptying the dirt cup is simple, so even if my mom were to use it, she would not have any issues with getting the dirt cup off to empty it. Another plus that really got my attention, which is a big seller for me is the fact that this vacuum never looses suction. So no matter how much cat and dog hair I pick up over time, I will still get the same amount of suction I got from the day I first used my new Shark Rotator!

When it comes to the other features, well where do I start. There are some really great attachments that come with this vacuum, which help transform it so it can do more than any other vacuum I have seen out there! Aside from the basic vacuum use, I can turn this vacuum into a canister vacuum, and use the hose to get under the furniture, which will also come in handy for my mom, who has issues when it comes to moving furniture around for cleaning. I also like that with the Hard Floor Genie, I can switch from the carpet floors, to the tile and wood floors in my home, by just switching out the attachment. This Hard Floor Genie is great for getting debris and dust off of my hard floors, and is very easy to take on and off as I switch out attachments!

Other features include the 30 foot cord, so I can clean large areas in my house without having to stop and go constantly. The specialized tools which are easy to switch out when needed, and include the pet power brush, upholstery tool, flexible crevice tool, and the canister caddy. You also get the LED lights on the front, which make it easy for seeing under the furniture so you can be sure to get everything.

In all, making the Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away, a great vacuum to have in the home, as well as a great gift to give mom this Mothers Day! And to help with finding those gifts to get mom, the wonderful people from Shark would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away!!

Product received, thank you to Shark as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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Give Mom the Nutri-Ninja 2-in-1

Finding those gifts to get mom is on my to do list, so when I head out and check out the products that are on the market, I like to think of products I like and that would also be something my own mom would like and appreciate as well. With all of the juicing and blended drinks that are out there, that help with reaching those health goals that many of us have, I find that checking out some of the appliances that can help reach those goals is something that would make for a great Mothers Day gift this year. So when we were sent the Nutri-Ninja 2-in-1 to review, I was not only excited to try it out, but also check out all of the variations of blended concoctions I could create!

When the Nutri-Ninja 2-in-1 arrived, I was very impressed with what all this one little blender product can do. I mean, unlike other similar products I have used in the past, the options for what I can do with the Nutri-Ninja are endless. From using it as a juicer to make all of those fresh smoothies and drink creations, to making dressings, soups and even dough for pizza and more!

I like that I can drink directly from the cup and take my drinks I blend up to go, with the Sip & Seal to go lids. The convenience of this feature is great for when I am heading out to run errands, so I can go for a healthy fresh fruit and vegetable blended drink option, leaving no room for excuses on not eating healthy, even when I am not at home! This also comes in handy for my own mom, who is a school teacher, who can take her breakfast to go with her, and not have to worry about skipping it due to not having time to prepare a healthy, well balanced breakfast!

The food prep is very simple and fast, and I like that I can breakdown ice, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables with no issues due to the Patented Ninja Blade Technology, which is unlike any other I have used and which is also on my Ninja blender that I use in my kitchen! Oh and when it comes to finding ideas on drinks variations, I can head on over to the Nutri-Ninja site and go over all of the recipes they have available that include fresh ingredients!

Then with the Dough Blade Attachment, I can create my own pizza and cookie dough, using my Nutri-Ninja! In all, making the Nutri-Ninja 2-in-1 not only a great item to add to your own kitchen, but also a great gift to give mom this Mothers Day!

Product received, thank you to Nutri Ninja as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway 7 Tips For ‘Cleaning Out’ Your Baby or Toddler’s Sleep Schedule + Prize Pack (ARV $77)

by Nicole Johnson, Founder and Lead Consultant at The Baby Sleep Site®

Spring is here and if you’re like me, that means it’s time for spring cleaning! While the work of spring cleaning isn’t my favorite, I so love the aftermath - my fresh, clean, organized, sweet-smelling house.

Of course, spring cleaning isn’t just for our homes…we can spring clean other areas in our lives, too! For example, if your baby or toddler isn’t sleeping well - if your little one is waking frequently at night, or taking short and erratic naps - then this is the perfect time to “clean out” your child’s sleep schedule!

Keep reading for my top schedule clean-up tips, and learn how you can get your baby or toddler sleeping peacefully at night and napping consistently each day.

7 Tips To “Clean Out” Your Child’s Sleep Schedule
1. Make sure feedings and naps time up appropriately. Hunger is a very common reason for night-waking, and interrupted naps. Be sure that the timing of your child’s next meal isn’t falling in the middle of a nap; also, be sure that you are offering ample feedings during the day, so that you’re maximizing your child’s chances of sleeping for long stretches at night. Note, however, that newborns (especially those with reflux) need a little time after eating to set upright and digest, so don’t put your newborn down immediately after a feeding. For help creating a feeding and sleep schedule that works for your child, check out our feeding and sleep schedule templates.

2. Speaking of naps - know how many your child needs, and how long they should be. You cant exactly work towards consistent naps until you know exactly how many naps your little one actually needs! Heres a quick overview of nap totals by age, to help you out:

    From 1-4 months, the number of naps your baby takes will be variable, but will hover around 4-5 naps per day, depending on how long his naps are and how long he can stay up between naps.
    By 3 or 4 months old, she will lean towards just 4 naps, rather than 5.
    From 5-8 months, most babies will have three naps per day. There are a few babies who will only have two naps at a very young age, but those naps are usually long.
    From 9-15 to 18 months, on average, your baby will nap two times a day. Although many people believe most babies can transition to one nap at 12 months, the average age is actually 15 to 18 months.
From 18 months to 4 years, toddlers nap once a day. The age to transition away from all napping varies a lot, from 2 to 5+ years old, but the average age is between 3 and 4 years old.

3. Don’t force a schedule too soon. I’ve talked a lot so far about schedules - but keep in mind that most babies aren’t ready for a by-the-clock schedule until close to 6 months of age or older. In the newborn stage, simply focus on cycles - for example, an eat-play-sleep cycle works well for most families, and is a great way to foster healthy sleep habits. Once your baby is about 4 months old, work towards more clock-based consistency by trying to ensure that your baby wakes up and goes to bed at the same time each day. You can gradually work towards a by-the-clock schedule by timing up the first morning and first afternoon naps, and so on.

4. Create (or strengthen) bedtime and nap time routines. A pre-sleep routine can go a long way towards signaling to your baby or toddler that its time to settle in and go to sleep. If you dont have one in place already, work on establishing a consistent bedtime routine. Your bedtime routine doesnt have to be long, and it should be made up of a few relaxing, calm activities, designed to gradually wind-down your child.

5. Know your baby or toddler’s ideal bedtime, and work towards it. Speaking of bedtime - keep in mind that not all bedtimes are created equal! In my experience, many parents make the mistake of putting their babies in bed too late in the evening, and their toddlers to bed too early. For a look at your child’s ideal bedtime, check out our printable bedtime by age chart.

6. Work towards earlier bedtimes and longer naps, if your child seems overly-tired and cranky. I know it seems counter-intuitive, but it’s true…a child who’s overly-tired actually benefits from more nap sleep, and an earlier bedtime. Many parents assume that cutting naps short and putting baby to bed late will help with sleeping through the night, but that’s not the case. The truth is, well-rested babies tend to sleep better and longer.

7. If your child needs your help to fall asleep, begin working on drowsy, but awake. If you typically have to hold or rock or nurse your baby to sleep, this no doubt has as lot to do with why he/she wakes at night, and wakes too early from naps. See, if your baby or toddler doesn’t know how to fall asleep independently, then he/she wont’ know how to go BACK to sleep without your help, when waking between sleep cycles (which is something we all do). To help your child learn to fall asleep without your help, begin putting your little one into the crib drowsy but awake at sleep times.

Regardless of how you choose to work on your child’s sleep challenges this spring, I think that you will benefit from my free e-book, 5 Ways To Help Your Child Sleep Through The Night. The tips and strategies in this book work for all parenting styles, and are designed to trouble-shoot a wide range of common childhood sleep challenges. Best of luck to you and to your family - and happy sleeping!

Nicole Johnson is a married mother of two wonderful boys and owner of The Baby Sleep Site. When her eldest son was born, he had a lot of sleep problems he would wake every one or two hours, all night long! She got busy and thoroughly researched literature and scientific reporreports until she became an expert in sleep methods, scheduling routines, baby developmental needs, and more. She overcame her sons sleeping issues in a way that matched her own parenting style, and knew it was her mission to help other tired parents find their childs sleep. If you have your own sleep issues, maybe she can help you, too.

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#Giveaway Stock up with P&G at Walmart + $25 Gift Card

The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G.

With the Spring cleaning in full swing and the stock on our household products needing to be revamped, it is time to head out and seek out the deals on those products we need. Being a family of 5, I find that if I want to save I have to buy in bulk, from the bulk paper products, to the bulk cleaning supplies and more, and one place I head to when I go to stock up on my household supplies is Walmart. So when I was told about the Stock Up & Save Event that is going on right now on the P&G products we use everyday in my house, I was excited to not only stock up but also share.

Right now when I head to my local Walmart store, I can find amazing savings on the Tide Liquid Detergent, the Charmin Ultra, and the Bounty Paper Towels! All are products that are in high demand in my house, and when I shop the Stock Up & Save event, I can revamp my cleaning and paper supplies for my home!

Then when it comes to the Pampers diapers we need, along with the feminine hygiene products from Tampax Pearl and Always, I can stock up on those well. All while ensuring my family has the products they need, and all while saving money and time, since I can find all of the P&G products we need, all at amazing prices and all under one roof when I shop at my local Walmart!

Stock Up & Save:
·         Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent
·         Tide Simply Clean and Fresh Liquid Laundry Detergent
·         Charmin Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong Toilet Paper
·         Bounty Mega Roll Select-A-Size Paper Towels
·         Luvs Super Absorbent Diapers
·         Pampers Swaddlers Huge Pack
·         Tampax Pearl Plastic, Super Absorbency
·         Always Ultra Thin Long Super Unscented Pads
·         Always Discreet Maximum Underwear
·         Always Discreet Moderate Regular Length Pads

So as you get that Spring cleaning done, and you find that you are needing to get your household supplies restocked, head on out to your local Walmart and shop the P&G Stock Up & Save event now through April 30th! Also, to help with stocking up the supplies in your home, the wonderful from P&G, would like to give one of my amazing readers a $25 Walmart Gift Card!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Gifts for New Moms from Boppy (Gifts for Mom)

With Mothers Day coming, I like to find gifts for all of the moms on my list, whether they are new moms, expecting moms, or moms with older kids. When I think of gifts to get the new and expecting moms on my list, I look for items that are going to come in handy, and be of use for when taking care of baby. One item that is not only at the top of my list when it comes to those gifts I adore, but also on the list of gifts for new and expecting moms is a diaper bag. So when we were sent the Boppy Golden Diaper Bag to review, I was excited to check it out!
I like that this diaper bag comes from a company that knows moms, and is a company that I have used over the years when caring for my own babies. With the Boppy Golden Diaper Bag, you get more than just another diaper bag, but a bag that is made to function and help parents with the many features!

These features include a changing pad with a padded head for support. The top has a zipper on the top, giving parents easy access to the contents, which include a very convenient wipes dispenser case, a handy wristlet that coordinates with the bag, and a pacifier case to help keep babies pacifiers clean and accessible.

Then when it comes to the storage that this diaper bag has, parents will find plenty of it, with the large front slit pocket on the front of the bag that has 2 other slit pockets on it. The 2 side pockets, one that is great for carrying bottles and such, and another large slit pocket in the back. I also like the expandable strap with the clip lock closure on the front which is great for securing a Boppy Pillow on or a jacket in place! In all, making the Boppy Golden Diaper Bag a great gift to give the new or expecting mom on your Mothers Day shopping list!

Product received, thank you to Boppy as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Pairing the Dark Horse Wines Sauvaignon Blanc for Mothers Day Dinner Ideas

With Mothers Day in the horizon, I not only like to seek out gifts to give mom, but also ideas when it comes to making meals for mom to enjoy. For me, I enjoy not only having a great meal on special occasions, but I also like to have a good wine to go along with the meal. So when I was sent a bottle of the Sauvaignon Blanc from Dark Horse Wines to review, I was excited to find a great meal to pair it with for Mothers Day this year!

Since Mothers Day is a Spring occasion, I like to find dishes that are light, and fresh, so one dish that I have found that will make for a great pairing and also make for a great dish to make for mom this year is a Spring Panzanella with Asparagus. This dish has those fresh spring vegetables like asparagus, radishes and other light ingredients that all together remind me of spring! And adding the Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc, will make for a great pairing for this dish, making not only for a great dinner, but also a great meal to make and serve to mom this Mothers Day!

So this year as you seek out things to do and get for mom, be sure to check out the line of wines from the Dark Horse Wines collection, and make mom a meal to remember!

Product received, thank you to Dark Horse Wines as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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