Reviews

The coolest headphones-Captain America

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We are on the road, A LOT. Especially during the summer. I can’t tell you how many songs from games, lyrics from songs and shenanigans I have to listen to while driving with the kids. So I finally decided that it was time to introduce headphones. Yes, I know, how did we not introduce them before? Well, headphones cost money and I didn’t want them to break them and have to replace them multiple times. Therefore I was more than happy to receive a pair of Captain America headphones to review.

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My son almost flipped out. He hasn’t seen any of the Captain America/ Avengers movies BUT, somehow he knows all the characters. Since we haven’t gotten into the superhero stuff he was pretty psyched his first pair of headphones was a superhero headphones. Of course, he also loved that they were red, white and blue (his favorite color is red).

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We opened them and right away he plug them in his iPad and sat in his car seat. I am not going to lie, the kept the headphones on all evening. The headphones are very padded on the ear muffs but also on the headband, so they feel really comfortable. Especially for a child. They are also noise canceling. The headphones are from ekids.com and retail $20, which is great for this seat of headphones. And the sound quality is pretty good.

We really liked them. My son loved them. If there is one thing I wish they would have a way to put the cord away, as I think it could be a potential hazard, plus a bit of a pain to put away. Other than that, you can’t beat the price for a character item.

When was the last time you used a pair of headphones?

 

Disclaimer: I was sent the headphones for the purpose of the review. All opinions and pictures as usual are my own.

Parenting

Potty Training in ONE week!

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Uff, second kid potty trained! Finally, it only took 3 years and 5 months. So, of course after a couple of kids potty trained under my belt there are some tricks and techniques that seemed to work with both kids. They are very different kids, yet there are similar tactics that worked during their training (none of them were bribing!). So here are my tried and true tricks in potty training.

Using the Potette from Kalecom was a life saver!

Using the Potette from Kalecom was a life saver!

1. MOM and DAD need to be ready!!! Forget the kid being ready. YOU need to be ready. The reason I think this is the most important is because if you are NOT ready it will be extra stressful and that will feed into your child. The more prepared and relaxed you are, the better.

2. WAIT. I know many moms want to start potty training at 18 months. There’s nothing wrong with that, but at 18 months you still have a baby, who is just learning to communicate. If you wait when they can talk and tell you it is much easier to train them to use the potty.

3. Have multiple potties. This sounds silly but it helps soooooo much. Kids can’t hold it, especially when you are training. The first step in training is that they learn to listen to their bodies, so it doesn’t matter what potty they go to. I recommend keeping a potty in the room they use the most. For us, is the playhouse.

4. The Naked Day. This is the first day in potty training for us. We keep the kid naked the whole day. Of course, you need to make sure you are just paying attention to the child all day because accidents WILL happen. But this has been great because it makes them aware of something coming out.

It helps if you have different seats, so that the child can pick which one is more comfortable. Sometimes the character ones are just cute because of the character-but that only works for a bit. They want to be comfortable also!

It helps if you have different seats, so that the child can pick which one is more comfortable. Sometimes the character ones are just cute because of the character-but that only works for a bit. They want to be comfortable also!

5. LET IT GO. If you tried potty training and failed, LET IT GO. Give your child some time off and then come back. If you put too much pressure on the child, it will work against you in the long run, making potty training frustrating on both you.

Our week starts with the Naked Day, second day I start putting underwear on them after they go in the morning. On the third day, if there were no accidents the day before I go for an hour car ride. Fourth day schedule the potty breaks. Day five, keep scheduling the breaks and forgo diapers even at night. Day six go out for 3 hours, and by day seven there should be absolutely no accidents!

Of course with every child this is different and boys do take longer to train. With my boys I waited until they turned 3. I started sitting them in the potty at 2, but never trained until their third birthday. And honestly I think this is the best age.

BONUS: Keep a potty in the car. A friend told me about the Potette about 5 years ago. I bought it the next day and this little thing has been my life saver! It is amazing for traveling and potty training. The bags also work with potties at home so you can minimize cleaning during training. Also make sure to keep a caddy with wipes and sanitizer.

Do you have any crazy potty training strategies??

Disney Movies

Inside Out-Best Pixar Movie since UP

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I am a Disney FANATIC. Disney can do no wrong in my book. But in all honestly, I wasn’t interested in Inside Out. My kids on the other hand were beyond excited, so I was happy when The Moms had a special screening last Friday. I have to say, I laughed-I cried I enjoyed every single minute of that movie. I don’t want to spoil it for you but I’ll tell you it’s a story of what happens inside a girls brain. Her emotional struggle and her memories.

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The movie stars Bill Hader as Fear, Kaitlyn Dias as Riley, Amy Poehler as Joy, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Lewis Black as Anger, Diane Lane as the mom and Kyle MacLachlan as the dad. The movie is cast to perfection with each personality portrayed exactly as you would imagine. I felt a connection with each one of the characters and that added to the reason why this movie is a must see for the whole family.

The movie follows the inside of the girl brains from birth until tween years. How she goes to every emotion to how her memories are stored from the most important (core memories) to the least important that get vacuumed up. As the story develops the characters (emotions) goes through their own struggles and find themselves in different territories than they are used to, changing how Riley reacts to what’s going on in her life. Through Joy and Sadness travel they meet other character including Bing Bong.

What I found the most enjoyable about the movie is how relatable is to this moment in my life, where so many emotions are running wild. It definitely rings true how Joy is the boss in Rileys’ life and we are trying to find Joy every day when we wake up, but are taken over by Sadness or Anger. The movie is colorful, full of emotion, and real life messages for parents and kids a like.

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I do have one criticism and is minor. I know a lot Pixar movies, including Toy Story have used the word stupid, but there is one moment in this movie where one of the characters says moron out loud. I found it a bit shocking and was definitely not prepared for that.

The Moms as always has a really lovely afternoon planned for us, including special treats from KIND and Vita Coco. And a little Q&A with the one and only Bill Hader. Inside Out opens nation wide Friday, June 19th.

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Disclaimer: I was invited by The Moms Network as part of the media for a screening of the movie. All opinions and pictures are my own.

 

Announcements Giveaways

Concurso Para Papá!!

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Ya nos estamos preparando para celebrar el día de los Padres y yo no sé ustedes pero mi papá y mi esposo son las personas más difíciles para complacer con regalos. Ambos tienen lo que ellos mismos quieren y nunca sé que regalarles. Pues para que ustedes tengan una mejor idea, este año me fui con algo bien simple. A ambos les decoré un marco de foto y adentro le puse una postal con la foto de los nenes.

Ahora ustedes no tienen que preocuparse de que regalarle a papá. ¿Qué mejor que un dinerito para que ellos compren lo que quieran? Sigue las instrucciones con el enlace abajo para la oportunidad de ganar $100 para papá.

Cuéntame, ¿como celebran el Día de los Padres en su hogar?

 

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Food Reviews

Honey Bunches of Oats-Breakfast Biscuits

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions and pictures are my own.

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About 2 weeks ago I decided to start a diet to take better care of myself. One of the hardest things I noticed is finding things that I can take with me and eat while taking care of the kids. That same week I got a lovely package with the new Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits. They have 3 flavors: honey roasted, strawberry and chocolate chip. Each packet come with 4 biscuits. These biscuits are kind of cross between a muffin, a granola bar and a cookie. Just perfect to start the day.

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There tasty treats are packed with grains and protein. For me these were good to start the day because they kept me fuller than having a simple granola bar. Plus, because it’s 4 in a pack, I felt I was getting more and felt more satisfied. As far as taste, they are pretty good. My favorite is the honey roasted because I can dip it in my coffee. The chocolate chip I like to have in the afternoon low, when I feel hungry and would grab a chocolate bar. This is a much healthier, satisfying option.

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I am really impress with these biscuits. I didn’t think I would like them, I thought they were going to taste like cardboard, but not at all. They’re simple and easy to eat and I like that they are in a to-go packet individually wrapped by serving. These have really come to save my days. I’ve been having one packet each day to keep me going. If there is one thing I wish would be different is the amount of sugar. But the fact that they have whole ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup make them a plus for us.

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Do you have a favorite to-go snack? What’s your afternoon pick me up?

 

Disclaimer: I was send a box of Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits and a gift card as a thank you for this post. All opinions and pictures are my own.

Baby Gear-Strollers-Car Seats-Carriers

The Armadillo Strollers from Mamas & Papas

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Space is essential for living. Space in the house, space to work, space in the trunk of the car. This is what the new Armadillo line of strollers from Mamas & Papas is all about. They are small but mighty. There are plenty of things I like about each one and I was lucky enough to play with them recently. The first thing I should tell you is that they are light. I can pack these up and pull it up and down a subway stairs no problem.

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There are different models for different needs. The Armadillo, the Flip, the Flip XT & the City.  The Armdillo is good from birth to 50 lbs, which makes it great overall stroller for any family, it can fit a car seat and be used as a travel system. Best feature for me is that it has a one hand fold. If you have kids, who know how awesome this feature is. The Flip lets the child parent face and has a big enough seat for the kids to stretch it also has a huge canopy to protect from the sun rays. The Flip XT, has everything the other Armadillos have but it also has extra lining on the canopy for extra protection, it also has a telescopic handle to adjust to parent height, thicker wheels that could handle a bit more rough terrain and toy loop to hang the favorite toys. The City is perfect for on the go trips. Why? Because it’s a full size stroller but only weighs 15lbs. This is great for the on and off the subway rides. As with the other Armadillo family it also has a big canopy with protection and toy loops. Plus the easy fold, which is really my favorite thing about this brand.

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During the afternoon, I also checked out other products from Mamas & Papas. Can I tell you the new nursery and bedding line are so adorable and appropriate for any baby or tot. They also have toys, blankets, play seats, and on the go items. I can’t wat to try the Armadillo.

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What’s the most important feature for a stroller to have?

 

Disclaimer: I was invited by Mamas & Papas as part of the media. All opinions and pictures are my own. I received a gift bag for attending.

Reviews Travel

Travel Essentials LeSportsac

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Now that we have a couple of destinations in mind, it’s time to pack! I have been to many places and always struggle with a good weekender bag that can hold everything and be cute. Le Sportsac answered my prayers with their weekender bag.

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This bag is really the perfect size for a weekend getaway and if you’re a good packer you can fit a weeks full of clothes in there. I like that it has two zippered pockets on the outside as well as a carry strap. As always the best thing about the brand is the incredible amount of prints you can choose from. They have all prints for all personalities and styles. I went on a road trip recently and took my bag and it was perfect. It held everything I needed for the week including some shoes.

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Not only do I love the weekender for me, I also love the Vogager Backpack. This is what I use for my daughter when we travel because it also fits all her needs, clothes, diapers, bows, shoes and toiletries. Everything has a place in this bag. Plus they just came out with new Disney prints including Cinderella, so you know I had to have that print for my princess. I have also used the backpack for long day trips where I might need more stuff that fits in the diaper bag.

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I really like the quality of these bags. They definitely withstand the test of travel and kids, and city living. I really wish I could own all the patterns because they are so much fun. My favorite is really the Cinderella print. If you have a little girl or even if you’re a Disney fan, this will be a collectible bag. Plus, it’s super practical.

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These are perfect for the summer travel, especially for us since we road trip a lot. The bags can easily be washed off, so you don’t have to worry about beach sand or dirt messing up your luggage. And like I mentioned before they have so many designs that it won’t be hard for you to find your favorite one.

What’s your one travel tip?

 

DISCLAIMER: Thanks to LeSportsac for sending me the bags for the purpose of the review. All opinions and pictures are my own.

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