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What to pack in your summer swim bag for a baby at the pool.

June 29, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. This post is sponsored by Huggies Little Swimmers. All opinions are mine alone. #WaterThemDailyCB #CollectiveBiasWant to know what to pack in your swim bag when you've got a baby? Check out all the tips and tricks here.Babies and summer are hard. There is so much to remember and you can’t always find a cool place to hang out so what we love to do is head to the pool. I’m going to show you what to pack in your summer swim bag and also how to make a personalized saying so you don’t get it mixed up with your neighbors..or lose your pool key (that may have happened today)Want to know what to pack in your swim bag when you've got a baby? Check out all the tips and tricks here.Want to know what to pack in your swim bag when you've got a baby? Check out all the tips and tricks here.Want to know what to pack in your swim bag when you've got a baby? Check out all the tips and tricks here.I used some Iron-On Vinyl and my Cricut Explore to make the saying ‘Life’s a Beach’. They have a Heidi Swapp font now available that is to die for and so of course I had to use it. I used some teal glitter Iron-On and placed my iron on medium settings so that it won’t burn. To see the entire ironing process, head here. It’s pretty easy, just be sure to apply pressure and when you’re going to wash the bag, be sure to turn it inside out.  Want to know what to pack in your swim bag when you've got a baby? Check out all the tips and tricks here.Now that we go to our community pool weekly, I needed a bag that would house everything and nothing that I’d have to transfer, I needed a dedicated swim bag for my baby. Older kids, smolder kids – they are important but you just need less stuff when you go out so lucky me, I’ve got this bag now. Here are my 8 essentials that you’ll need in your summer swim bag.

  • Huggies Little Swimmers – The swim pant has adjustable tabs on the side that are great for quick changes. They come with new characters from Disney•Pixar Finding Dory, possibly the best movie to be released in a while!
  • Camera – You want to catch those sweet moments at the pool. Just remember that a camera is replaceable – your child is not.
  • A thin blanket – You want one that’s breathable so that the breeze can cool your baby down once you’ve decided to remove them from the pool. Muslin or cotton is a great choice.
  • A useful toy – You don’t want a toy that your teething baby can’t grasp or put in their mouth. There is such a better selection of toys nowadays and I’m sure they’ll just get even better.
  • Food – Whether they eat formula or they’ve moved onto finger foods, having some food is good for everybody involved.
  • Sunscreen – Be sure to put sunscreen on you and your babes. This is so important and more important to me now. I’ve recently had some moles removed which were one step away from being malignant. Just because my kids are bi-racial, it doesn’t make them immune to skin cancer. Start them early!
  • Change of clothes – You don’t want your baby to be freezing if the older siblings are still in the pool but they’re ready to get out. Be sure to have some extra clothes and diapers in your bag to get them all warm and snugly.
  • Your phone – Malakai’s therapist always used the light on the screen to help him with his head and eye movement so it’s got some purpose other than entertainment. You also want to have your phone available for emergencies in case any arise.

Want to know what to pack in your swim bag when you've got a baby? Check out all the tips and tricks here.Want to know what to pack in your swim bag when you've got a baby? Check out all the tips and tricks here.

For worry-free water fun in the sun, look for Huggies Little Swimmers with new Disney•Pixar Finding Dory characters at a retailer near you, and follow this link to download a coupon for $1.50 off your first pack of Huggies Little Swimmers – for a limited time – and find other Huggies offers.

Parenting Tips & Tricks

Sitting On the Sidelines In Sports

May 11, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SidelineHero #CollectiveBias

During the Summer, I swear I have no spare time. I’m always away at sports or practice of some kind. I’m sure many of you also have these same problems too, but what do you do when you’ve got some in the game and some on the sidelines?

Sitting on the Sidelines It can be a little troublesome trying to take care of others while you want to cheer on your other champion, so I created some simple and waaaaay easy snack ideas for the other POWERADE® sideline hero.

Making Healthy Snacks for Kids

 

I put together this Bento Box full of fruit, goldfish and some cheese, meats and crackers. We try to keep our sports events sugar-free but we’re not always the best at that. When we don’t prepare, that’s when we get in trouble. I like to keep certain things on hand always so that when it’s time to go, we can prepare our meals and head out. Here are some of those essentials:

  • Meat and Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Apples, Grapes, Bananas
  • Chips
  • Cookies for a treat
  • Ziploc bags or storage containers
  • Collapsible Cooler
  • Cooler boxes kept in the freezer

Powerade and Soccer

POWERADE® is also another essential I keep on hand. I do because, POWERADE® is formulated with Vitamins B3, B6, & B12 to support energy metabolism, and a 6% carbohydrate solution to help provide energy to working muscles. I want to help my kids get the energy they need to be able to sustain the game and hanging out, waiting for the game to finish.

Staying Hydrated in Youth Sports

So now is the best time to go stock up on POWERADE® and some fresh fruit when you grab a $1 off coupon off specially marked packages of  the POWERADE® 12-pack 12 oz packages and Walmart fresh produce. Make sure you’re also following POWERADE® on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

  
Tell me, what are your favorite sports to have your kids play?

Parenting Tips & Tricks - Travel

5 Ways to Make Your Travel Less Stressful

March 31, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias

5 Must HavesI am programmed to be high stressed. I don’t know what it is but I can’t take it easy and it’s not an automatic thing for me and my family suffers. I’ve learned throughout the years to travel near and far with certain essentials (for me) that make my life a little easier and I wanted to share with you these 5 tricks on how I make travel less stressful for me.

  • A Brush – Yes. Brushing your hair is something you probably shouldn’t have left the house without doing but with three kids of my own, it doesn’t get done no matter how many times I’ve asked…yelled, really. Usually the detangling ones are the best and sometimes the more money you spend, it isn’t always the better.
  • Lipstick and Mascara – again, things you shouldn’t have left the house without doing but I find myself doing it all the time. With my ginger hair, my eyelashes are non-existent and really making myself look just a little bit put together, I feel a little better.
  • A change of clothing for everyone – I am not the best example of this but I have many times found myself either wishing or stopping at an actual store buying clothing or underwear. I’d suggest just an overnight bag in the back or trunk with also a plastic bag of sorts to keep the soiled laundry in while it’s waiting to be cleaned. If it’s something that it pretty repulsive (mom’s ;))…toss it. Your dignity is worth more than a $1 saved.
  • Cash – I’ve talked before about how my husband can be a bit of a stickler and sometimes I do appreciate it. I have my sneaky ways of spending money but cash has really become an essential way to learn how to manage money for me. You are more conscious when you are spending cash rather than using a card. You can actually see your funds dwindling away. If you are going to use a card, I would most definitely recommend you take your check register with you so that you can balance your account to also see those dollars dwindling.
  • Chocolate – Last but most definitely not least is some chocolate. I’m not talking any old stuff though…the good stuff, SNICKERS® Almond. Have you found that you’ll buy the less expensive chocolate thinking it’ll satisfy your cravings and it never does. It all goes hand in hand with giving in to your indulgences. SNICKERS® is my chocolate indulgence and I love their new campaign slogans, “You’re not you when you’re hungry”. I most definitely get the most peace when I can find a moment away to myself and relaxing and pretty much chocolate is that sense of relief for me. I usually always grab them from Walmart because I can get the best price there, too.  

Travel less stressfulI know for myself, motherhood has been a learning experience and I have to take it day by day. In life, nobody is perfect and I hope that no one makes you feel that you have to compare your weaknesses to their strengths. The world of the internet can make you feel like you don’t have it together but if you take it one day at a time, things all work out.

Snickers Almond

Also regarding SNICKERS®, they are having an awesome contest where you can submit a photo or a .gif about how you’re not yourself – I told you this campaign is awesome! See the details below cause I know I’ll be doing it myself cause I think it’s so fun and they are always some of my favorite commercials. You can also get delish SNICKERS® recipes on the SNICKERS® Social Hub

  

     

    Parenting Tips & Tricks

    Dealing with Older Kids and Bedwetting

    February 3, 2015

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GNKroger #CollectiveBias

    Do you have an older child who still wets the bed? Come to seelindsay.com and see what steps she takes with her own son to help him combat his own struggle #GNKroger #adIf you’ve read my blog for a while, you know I have three children. My oldest is 9, and he is the deepest sleeper I know. I wish I had his ability. Yet, he also has an issue, bedwetting. I am always heading to my local Kroger store and buying GoodNites for a good deal. I bought him the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear Starter Pack and the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Insert Refill Pack

    GoodNitesIt’s something that has happened for years and I can pinpoint exactly when he started having trouble. I had him all potty trained and then he had to have his circumcision redone when he was 3. It was from there that he was always hesitant to use the bathroom until the last second. He was continuously having small accidents and so I began to become a very frustrated mom.

    Do you have an older child who still wets the bed? Come to seelindsay.com and see what steps she takes with her own son to help him combat his own struggle #GNKroger #adI tried everything from patience to frustration. I felt as if nothing was helping him remember to use the bathroom before he went to bed or to stop drinking by 7pm. Well, now he is old enough for accountability. If he has an accident, he is responsible for changing his sheets and washing them. If he doesn’t, he is grounded. We of course had some crying in the beginning but it has subsided and now I have found myself not even mentioning it when it happens. If you think you’re child is just too old to be doing this, you’re not alone and many children still do it. Here are some facts”

    • According to a GoodNites® brand study, it’s estimated that 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4-12 in the United States suffer from nocturnal enuresis, more commonly known as bedwetting
    • Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that psychologically, children who wet the bed do not want to participate in fun activities, such as sleepovers, because of their fear and embarrassment.
    • Many parents don’t realize that bedwetting is a fairly common, developmental condition and they can’t “train” their child out of it.
    • Visit the Better Night Network at www.GoodNites.com and the GoodNites Facebook page for more information on bedwetting solutions and advice from trusted experts.

    Do you have an older child who still wets the bed? Come to seelindsay.com and see what steps she takes with her own son to help him combat his own struggle #GNKroger #adHe’s extremely self conscious about this and it also has a lot to do with the fact that his younger brother doesn’t have this same problem. Many bodies are different and it’s just an issue that the body has to outgrow. I firmly believe that you need to be covered thoroughly on everything. Grab a plastic mattress protector, have some extra sheets on hand and most definitely have some GoodNites that you can grab at your local Kroger retailer. I also don’t find those electrical underwear to be very ethical. I mean, if it’s already happening then why shock you to stop? They literally cannot stop, their bladder is FULL!

    I will tell you that we have a full/twin bunk bed for our boys and we bought a $50 new mattress for him. I purposely bought this because of his bedwetting issues and so when his body does start to grow out of this, we can just throw it out and I won’t feel bad about it one bit! The GoodNites actually very useful and now he can wear them in secret and not have him brother tease him in the process. The joy of raising boys!

    Do you have an older child who still wets the bed? Come to seelindsay.com and see what steps she takes with her own son to help him combat his own struggle #GNKroger #adSo let me know, do you have any kids with bed-wetting issues in your family? What kinds of tips do you have? Let me know and make sure you enter the giveaway below, good luck!

    Pull-Ups and GoodNites Potty Training Sweepstakes

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    DIY Spelling Magnets

    November 6, 2014

    DIY Stencil Letters and Numbers by Frenchie for Hazel and Ruby

    I first did this project over at Hazel and Ruby’s blog. I you don’t remember or didn’t know, I am one of their Makery Members. There are definitely some talented ladies on the team so I’m really honored to be a part of it. This project was so easy and a lot of fun. The kids love having something cool that they can practice their spelling with and I like having a little bit of different things on the fridge that aren’t those generic plastic numbers and letters.

    DIY Stencil Letters and Numbers by Frenchie for Hazel and Ruby

    First, I headed to Michaels and they have this great new RAW bar. It’s just items that are natural and it’s pretty awesome. They have bags of different sizes of cork circular discs. Mine was 1.5″ and there were 50 in the bag and cost around $8. I then grabbed 2 bottles of Krylon spray paint. This stain one is one that is sprayed on then wiped off just 5 minutes later. It’s great for the stencils too because it’s easy to clean.

    DIY Stencil Letters and Numbers by Frenchie for Hazel and Ruby

    I used two stencils for this project. The Mixed Numbers Stencil Masks and the Typewriter Alpha Stencil Mask. They are some of their newest stencils and I’m seriously in love! Hazel and Ruby knocked it out of the park with their new Fall line.

    DIY Stencil Letters and Numbers by Frenchie for Hazel and Ruby

    I did let this cure overnight so that it would be 100% dry, I added magnets to the back. I just used magnet sheets because I’m only planning on to use these as spelling letters. If I was going to use these to hang things on the fridge, I would spend a few extra dollars and get the round, stronger magnets.

    DIY Stencil Letters and Numbers by Frenchie for Hazel and RubyThat’s it, it’s time to spell away with your little spellers or make more to make a fun message for your loved one. It’s so much fun and just a little way to break up some time with the all the Holiday decorating going on.

    XOXO, Lindsay