GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Have you heard of GoodNites* TRU-FIT* underwear before? If you have a child that is either potty training or has troubles with wetting the bed at night (or both), you need to know about these babies. Sold at Walmart, they look and feel like real underwear! They have a clever little pocket inside that you can place a removable, absorbent, lining inside of.

Check out GoodNites* TRU-FIT* underwear here: bit.ly/18gcVGN

Children should not be embarrassed or scared to participate in activities because of their bedwetting. One out of six children ages 4-12 wets the bed! As a child, my poor husband was petrified of spending the night at his friends’ houses about something he had no control over. Children cannot be trained out of bedwetting. They will eventually grow out of it with time. Having an open discussion about bedwetting with your children is extremely important. They need to know that it’s normal, and not to be ashamed when it does happen! We take our girls to the potty at midnight, before we go to bed, and then we don’t have to worry about doing laundry in the middle of the night :)

I love that GoodNites* TRU-FIT* look like real underwear! They have cute patterns (for girls) that are washable and can be folded right next to their normal daytime undies. This will help children feel confident and not worry about being bullied or made fun of because they are wearing something that looks like a diaper. GoodNites* TRU-FIT* underwear have fully-sealed seams along with six layer advanced absorbent protection to keep your children and their bedding dry all throughout the night!

New

Lots of new things have been happening around here! For starters, my first born started Preschool!! I can’t believe it. She was so ready and is thriving. Check out her sparkly new Hello Kitty shoes! We live in flip flops so that was a big deal. The second I pick her up, the socks and shoes come off!

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Her teacher told me that she is well-mannered, well-behaved, and eager to learn. Music to a mother’s ears :)

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When we first walked into the classroom, Ada went straight for the paints. She put on the smock and got to it! I told her I was going to leave and she said, “Okay, bye Mommy.” all the while focused on her masterpiece. I said, “Hey! Gimme a kiss!” so she did. She didn’t cry, I didn’t cry. Lola cried because she wanted to stay!

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I whispered in her ear that we had a smoothie date and the tears disappeared. Lola is loving the one-on-one time with Mommy and so am I :)

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Ada has made friends and this little girl is the daughter of one of my friends! They’re adorable together.

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I love volunteering in the class. Ada puts her little hand on my arm during snack time and looks back at me with a smile while I’m there :)

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Another new thing is the blog redesign! I am thrilled with it!! I wanted to convey in my header that I cover Food, Home & Family, Travel, and Running & Fitness. Danielle nailed it. The font and blues make me SO happy! She was easy to work with and extremely patient with my picky requests, not to mention incredibly reasonable for her work! She works with Mary on WordPress installs and she was fabulous as well, answering emails within minutes and fixing any requests quickly. If you’re looking for someone for a redesign, check them out!

The last new thing is that we finally joined a gym again!! We are loving it!

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It’s The Little Things That Make Your Child Extraordinary!

It’s all about the little moments when you are raising young children. It may sound cheesy, but I live for the little things! There’s nothing better after a long, exhausting day than to hear your sweet child say, “You’re my best Mommy.” Those moments always make me re-center and focus on the big picture. People say that the days are long but the years are short…even if it doesn’t feel like it when you’re down in the trenches. I added that last part ;)

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Stanford Children’s Health wants you to focus on the little things that make your child extraordinary. You can make a video showcasing what makes the children in your life special! Here is the video I made for Ada & Lola. I totally cried the first time I watched it!

Your kid is extraordinary. Show them how much you enjoy every moment together by creating a special video of your own!

With Ada, it’s our talks. She is growing up and understanding so much more. I love the questions she asks and watching the wheels turn as she comprehends what she’s learning! The other night she was afraid of the “Bad Kermit” with the mole from the latest Muppets movie. She wasn’t falling asleep and I told her that movies aren’t real. She thought that if there were real humans in the movie it was real, and if it was a cartoon movie it was made up! Makes sense, right? After I told her about scripts, actors, and cameras, she went right to sleep. I love watching her learn!

With Lola, it’s picking her up from Nursery at the end of church. I try to sneak in and watch her, usually curled up on someone’s lap reading books. Then I kneel down and say her name until she hears me. When she does, she jumps up and yells, “MOMMY!!!!” and comes running full force to give me a huge hug (that’s why I kneel down, so I don’t get pushed over in my heels). It’s the best!

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For my Bay Area friends, Stanford Children’s Health doctors can be reached within 10 miles of most homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. They are the largest Bay Area healthcare provider with an exclusive focus on children and expectant women. Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has been the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California for over a decade!!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Things My Daughters Say

Lola, while eating popcorn, bit her own finger.

Lola: “Owwwwww!!! Maggick bite meeeee!”

Me: “Lola, I think you just bit your own finger.”

Lola: “Noooooo Maggick bite meeeeee!”

Me: “Lola, Maverick is sitting right by me, and I watched you bite your own finger. We need to be careful when we eat, not to bite our fingers, tongues, or cheeks.”

Lola: “Yeah, me bite mine finga.”

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Ada saw me kissing Matt and said, “Mommy. He’s MY prince.”

I told her that she’d find her own prince one day, but I could share Papa until she did :)

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Ada: “Mommy, Lola always coffees me. I just learned that it means she’s a coffee cat because she does everything I do.”

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Ada asked me to snuggle with her. She put her little head under my chin and said, “Mommy, I love you because you’re fluffy and your heart sparkles.”

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Ada handed me a big rock at the beach and I said, “Oooh thanks! Can I throw it in the water?” And she says, “No! It’s for a special occasion.”

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Easy Homemade Play Dough

Today was a rainy day, so we made play dough to pass the time inside. The girls love mixing the ingredients and putting the food coloring in. I used McCormick’s Neon Food Coloring and the play dough turned out so pretty!

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We made hot pink, purple, and blue.

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This dough is really soft and fun to knead while it’s warm. Hope you and your children enjoy it!

Easy Homemade Play Dough
 
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Recipe type: Play Dough
Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4-6 drops food coloring
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients into a medium sized pot. Stir to combine, then place the pot over medium heat. Stir constantly until the ingredients start to pull away from the edges of the pot and form a ball. Remove from heat and let rest on the counter until cool enough to handle. Knead the play dough until nice and smooth and have fun!

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Shopping Trip & Missing Your Kids

My mom and I went up to Gilroy & San Jose for a little getaway & shopping trip last month. It was awesome! Look at us in our new stripes & skinny jeans :) We definitely have the same taste when it comes to style!

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It’s weird being away from the children that you are accustomed to being with 24/7. I yearn for quiet when I’m with them. Then when I have it – it feels awkward. But nice! When we ate out at Cheesecake Factory, my mom & I both said how quiet it was compared to when we’ve been there before with both girls!

Marc texted me this pic of Ada putting on her shades after he and Matt had gone surfing :) 

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And Matt sent me this picture of the girls visiting Nana & Bobba :) 

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The second night I was gone, Ada called in tears saying that she wanted me. It broke my heart! I welled up in Macy’s and just wanted to be there to hold her. I told her to go sleep with Mommy’s pillow and that I’d come snuggle her when I got home in a couple of hours. That made her happy :)

I got these adorable flats at Nordstrom Rack – the best! I also found a pair of Brooks PureConnects that felt like clouds on my feet…but they were too big :( 

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I came home to my babies and was a much better mother. I need to remember to schedule away time because I come back refreshed and recharged. It’s about time for another break. Girls’ night anyone?? :)

I’ll leave you with this: Ada as a fairy. My mom got the girls these dress up clothes for Christmas and they’ve been loving them! Ada’s poses crack me up. She loves all things girly!

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Making Sugar Cookies with Ada

Every Christmas growing up, we would make sugar cookies for Santa with my mom. I remember learning how to roll out dough, cut out shapes, and decorate cookies. When I told Ada that I used to do this with her Nonnie, she just laughed and said, “That’s weird!”

Unfortunately, these cookies didn’t make it until Christmas. We’ll just have to make another batch for Santa :)

It’s really hard for me to give up control (especially in the kitchen), so baking with children is a good exercise for me. I just try to relax, know that it’s going to be messy, and keep my cool. Ada couldn’t help but lick her fingers every time they got dough on them, so we made many trips to the sink to wash them yet again! Ah, lessons in life.

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She did such a good job! I loved watching her little hands at work.

Sugar Cookies

This recipe is great for children because it doesn’t require the dough to chill in the refrigerator. Which means you get your cookies faster. Wahoo!!

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We used a simple buttercream frosting and decorated with festive sprinkles. I just love a thick sugar cookie with a buttery frosting and crunchy sprinkles on top. I know Santa will be happy!

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I hope you and your children will try making these together! It’s messy but worth it.

I mean really, look at this face.

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So worth it :)

Simple Sugar Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
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  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until smooth. Add egg and mix. Add the powdered sugar and beat well, scraping down sides as needed. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out dough to about ½ inch thick. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Cut into desired shapes and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies.

 
Easy Buttercream Frosting
 
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  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until very soft and light, about three minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until smooth and fluffy. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate until needed. Enjoy!!

This post was originally featured on Mom it Forward on 12/15/13.

Kidoodle TV!

I participated in a Blog Blast program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kidoodle.TV. I received a promotional item and a free trial as a thank you for participating.

I have always worried about my daughters having access to wholesome entertainment. We have been extremely careful with what they are allowed to watch and the type of shows we allow in our home. One time, Ada was watching Sesame Street online and a suggested video came up afterward that was NOT Sesame Street! I hurried over and turned it off before anything inappropriate was seen or heard, but it was enough to make me stop letting her use the browser for videos. 

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Kidoodle.TV solves the problem of unwanted videos showing up. It has videos and shows that are age appropriate and meant for  ages 12 and under. You can set up profiles for up to 5 children and customize the colors and characters to their liking. Another huge bonus: no ads! Both of my girls love it, and I love the peace of mind it gives me. 

Kidoodle.TV is having a giveaway!!!

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Perfect Timing & Progress

Recovering from being sick is crazy. I always think, “Yay! Glad that’s done and over with. Now to do everything I didn’t do while I was sick.” Commence cleaning, doing dishes, folding clothes, then the shutdown. I was trying to catch up on everything Monday but I was so tired! I got a text from my mom in the morning right as I was about to make “TOAS and EGG” for Lola that said, “Come over if you or the girls want pumpkin waffles!” Um, yes please and thank you! I literally had the first egg in my hand, ready to crack. Perfect timing! I got us all dressed and we walked over to Nonnie’s house for some delicious waffles. It felt so good to get outside and move…all I did was sleep and lay around for two days while sick – yuck. 

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My mom graciously watched the girls while I went home to shower and get ready. Amazing how nice it feels to clean the shower & get ready without any interruptions!

I even hung this mirror over the rosebush from hell: 

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It’s a temporary fix, but it’ll do until I can paint over it. I’ve been thinking a lot about chalk painting the cupboards, pantry doors, and this door…who has done it? 

Oh how I love Lola’s chubby little hands on my cheeks! She is so snuggly when she wakes up & rests her cheek on my face :)

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Today Ada helped me hang a mirror over the fireplace. Progress, people! Almost out of boxes…almost.

That little hammer was mine when I was Ada’s age! I literally remember carrying it around as a 3-year-old on the deck my dad built in Smyrna, Tennessee. 

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I made some chicken & salad for dinner that I’ll be sharing on here soon! Already looking forward to leftovers for lunch :)  

What’s your earliest childhood memory?

Are you a DIY-er or pay someone to do it type of person?

Shhh…It’s Church!

Lola has figured out how to climb on the storage container in the backyard and harass me from the kitchen window :)

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While I was making breakfast, Ada was sitting on the couch singing. I snuck up on her and captured this gem:

Then we went to the park and talked and played with friends. I love that my girls & I both have so many good friends here!

I decided to run the 2.6 miles there, knowing that I’d have to run the 2.6 back even though I didn’t want to! It was so hot today (80 degrees) and I felt it on those uphills home!

On the way there I averaged 10:27/mi. while pushing a double stroller! Yeah! The way back – 14:11. Woof! I ran the sunny spots and walked the shady parts.

There was loose gravel flying up from construction…I’m glad we didn’t get hit with any! And thanks to the man in the red van cheering me on up the hill by Pacific Christian – you made my day!

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The stroller felt SO heavy and one point on the way home and I looked down to see if the brake was on. Nope, just Lola pushing her leg on the tire, dirtying up her leggings in the process. Thanks for the extra calories burned, love :)

Hot day, have to make sure and stay hydrated!

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Did you work out today?

What’s your favorite hymn? I can’t decide between Praise to the Man or The Spirit of God.