Oh I remember taking my firstborn home for the very first time, and thinking that he was the cutest little face that I ever saw....I remember it all too clearly.
What I also remember, is the time when I had to bathe him for the very first time- alone.
Most babies like water, right? It can't be that hard, right?
My little one, hated the sound, touch and feel of all things water and boy was I scared to give such a little, slippery baby a bath let alone do it by myself! Thankfully, I got though it and so did my little man, but it took me some time to get used to bath time and to create the perfect ritual. I wish I had these tips to keep me grounded when he was born!
Learning to bathe your baby can be a little scary – there’s a lot to juggle and of course you want to keep your little one safe. But as long you’re properly prepared, bath time can be a great bonding experience and a whole lot of fun!Disney Baby
has some great tips on how to protect and pamper your little one in the tub, and some adorable products to help you to do it! From towels and toys to cleansers and creams,Disney Baby
has you covered. Tip #1: Start small
Your baby is little, so his bathtub should be too! When you start bathing a baby, it’s easier to do it in the sink, or using a small plastic tub. That way, you won’t have to kneel or lean awkwardly over the side of a big bath while keeping your baby upright. Some baby tubs, like this adorable Winnie the Pooh
one, feature built-in toys, ensuring that bath time is fun for everyone! Tip #2: Get some tub toys
For older babies, the bath can be a great place to learn and explore. Once your little one has graduated to a big tub, introduce them to some squirt toys, fun floaties or sponges. Disney Baby
has a great selection of these, featuring characters likeNemo and Friends
. Toys can keep your baby distracted and happy, helping make bath time a breeze. Tip #3: Ditch the daily dips
Babies don’t need to bathe everyday – in fact, daily baths can dry out or damage your little one’s skin. It only takes two or three baths a week to ensure that baby stays squeaky-clean, as long as you stay vigilant about keeping face, hands and diaper area clean between washes. These Finding Nemo washcloths
are the perfect way to keep baby fresh between bath times. Tip #4: Lock in that moisture
If your baby does have dry skin, rub on a little moisturizing lotion, cream or oil post bath. There are plenty of products out there that both you and your baby can use! Tip #5: Keep baby warm
Wet babies can become easily chilled, so throughout bath time it’s important to keep your little one warm. Ensure that bath water is around 37 degrees and that the air in the bathroom is comfortably warm as well. After the bath, wrap baby up in a soft, clean towel and give him a little snuggle! A Winnie the Pooh Bathtime Wrap
keeps baby feeling cozy and looking cute.
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Disclosure: I am a Disney Baby Mom Ambassador and as such, I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. All opinions expressed on this blog are, as always entirely my own.
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As a parent, we all want the best for our children and the environment they live in. That's why I love these new products from Effeclean
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I am completely satisfied with the products in terms of cleaning my home - my counters are spotless and my tv/computer and even my reading glasses have never shined so bright! I just love that all these products do not have an overly distinct smell, much like leading brands do - must be the 'real' ingredients they use to create that spotless shine ;)
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One of my most favorite things to do with the kiddos are scavenger hunts. We usually go to a nearby forest and hide goodies for them while they scurry around trying to find clues and booty. They just love the excitement and so do we! This is why I am SUPER excited to tell you about a new challenge going on in Toronto starting July 1! ,
ESKA is asking people who are in Toronto to keep their eyes opened for 10 hidden #eskaquest tiles they’ve placed around the city - cool right? Every tile you find will complete a fun challenge through the #eskaquest mobile app for the chance to win 1 of 10 iPad minis!! This is seriously an awesome scavenger hunt if you ask me ;) Use your smartphone for some outdoor fun for once!
The #eskaquest mobile app is free to download and there’s no purchase required to participate in the quest. #Eskaquest runs through July 31. Download on eskaquest.com and on the Apple and Android app stores.
There are two ways to play EskaQuest: Solo and Clues. Solo participants can compete throughout July by viewing the map at eskaquest.com
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Disclosure: I was provided a gift pack in exchange for this blog post. As always all opinions on this blog are my own.
Ont thing I have learnt through the years is that aging is inevitable. I too will age, just as my ancestors did before me, and at first thought this is sad, but when you see the beautiful faces of your mother, aunts or grandmothers you will see that inevitable is good - if you are blessed with good genes of course ;)
Does it come down to good genes?
I thought it did, until I realized that environmental factors, stress and quality of life all fall under the category that is....me.
After having my 2 boys, I have struggled to achieve that 'youthful' glow that illuminates from within, the kind I had in my early 20's. I know, this too happens with age of course, but what is worse is that we live in a society that is smeared with Botox, plastic surgery and photoshop-- how can a 30 something female ever feel beautiful in her own skin?
I think I found the secret to my existing youth in Elizabeth Arden's Prevage
skin care line.
This stuff REALLY does work!
It has been about 1 month since I started using this line religiously and I have to say, I am totally loving the results. My skin appears softer, dead skin is almost at zero and I love the way I look wearing minimal to no make up at all. SINCE WHEN COULD I EVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT MAKE UP??
Now I can!!
I highly recommend this entire skin care line because unlike other creams, eye care, and exfoliation, a little really does go a long way! Personally, I love an investment that lasts a long time, makes maintenance easier and is more cost efficient too. I hardly ever rave about products, but these are my most favorite essentials to date.
When I want to look my best, and feel like a beautiful aging woman, I use Prevage!
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Advanced screening to the new Turbo Fast episodes have made me a turbo-junkie! I hate to admit it, but I am really loving this Netflix
original series. YES I know it is for kids but, adults are allowed to have a little high-speed fun too right?
Since the show was limited to a few episodes initially, my children have been anxiously awaiting the new additions for quite some time now. When they were given the opportunity to watch the new additions early that will air on Friday April 4th, they couldn't resist, and have been hooked ever since. I love that they could watch these episodes over and over again without getting 'bored' or anxious to change to another series.
Turbo Fast has sent my kiddos into high-speed addiction! I am sure your kids will love this fun, animated series too!
Warden Rudy Guana proves a worthy competitor for Turbo and his stunt team in DreamWorks Animation's Turbo FAST only on Netflix.
"Turbo FAST” is an outrageous, high-octane ensemble comedy series teaming the world-famous super-powered snail Turbo (Reid Scott) with his posse of adrenaline-junkie buddies to form the Fast Action Stunt Team (FAST). Together, they amp up everything to the extreme: extreme adventure, extreme challenges and extreme excitement. Each member of the Stunt Team – Turbo (Reid Scott), Whiplash (John Eric Bentley), Burn (Grey DeLisle-Griffin), Smoove Move (Phil Lamarr), White Shadow (Michael Patrick Bell), Skidmark (Amir Talai) and Turbo’s brother and team medic, Chet (Eric Bauza)– has their own customized shell and catch phrase (Ya dig?).
Home base may be the Los Angeles microcosm Starlight City, complete with a customized racetrack to practice their moves, but thanks to Smoove Move, this souped-up posse grooves to a global beat and travels far and wide to take on villains from all over the world. With their tricked-out shells in tow, the team attempts outrageous stunts, races on the coolest tracks and takes on the craziest challengers, including masked Mexican lizards, surfer cockroaches and giant Sumo snails. No matter how wild things get, the Fast Action Stunt Team always has each other’s backs. The first-ever Netflix original series for kids, DreamWorks’ Turbo FAST delivers a whole new level of excitement. Snail Up! Anytime, anywhere, only on Netflix.
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Disclosure: I am a member of Netflix's StreamTeam. I receive perks for this program in exchange for my honest opinions. All opinions on this blog are my own.
Ever since Cookie was born 7 years ago, I have always been curious about these so called 'Teething Necklaces." Do they actually work, are they safe for children, let alone babies to wear? So many questions, but the one thing I was certain of was that they were incredibly adorable- especially on tiny necks!
Cookie was a high-needs, spirited child from he gecko, skin problems, belly issues, tags on clothing - you name it, it bothered him! He required so much more attention than most kids, so often times I found myself researching alternative ways to sooth his cries. That was the first time I came across the idea of teething necklaces, but never thought they would help my restless boy who also suffered a from severe eczema too. So I suffered, and so did he.
Let's face it, there is no magic spell or item that will make every baby cry disappear.
What if there was something that has been proven to exist for many years that could actually help soothe even a fraction of your baby's cries? Wouldn't you want to try it, or at least be curious?
I still was, 7 years later.
gave me the opportunity to try out their amber and hazel-wood necklaces I jumped at the chance. It is said that the hazel-wood and amber both heal and help alleviate the pain associated with teething, eczema and in some cases, sleep! To be honest, after trying these necklaces out for over a month now, I am truly happy and satisfied with their healing properties. Cookie's eczema has not disappeared completely, but it has substantially subsided, especially around his neck area. As an added bonus, I really feel that these necklaces have helped with our sleep issues at home too. Seems that ever since these were placed on my kids necks, mama has had a good nights rest! My little rockstars love their new bling, and have had so many people ask where they got them! This jewelry is light, cute and super-efficient too!
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Disclosure: I was given teething necklaces in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions on this blog are my own.
Often times I talk about my sons eczema and how we go about preventing it. Usually it takes a lot of moisturization care and washing on our part. I have never really found a product that will maintain and keep his skin soft and smooth for a very long time, so when I was approached by Spectro I thought that this was just another product on the market that would not help. After using Specro Dry Skin Therapy
for about two weeks I really noticed a difference in Cookies skin. It appeared softer and a lot less red and smoother to the touch. I really love the texture of this moisturizer too because it is more of a gel than a cream, goes on without leaving a filmy residue.
The only thing I have also noticed is that this product works wonders and quickly however when use for a long period of time it seems to dry out his skin immensely. The only other note was that Cookie doesn't seem to like the smell much, which in my opinion really doesn't make a difference because it is not an overwhelming scent. We have seemed to find a balance though, we do not use it every day instead we use it every other day with a happy medium making my sons skin soft and smooth, and my job a lot easier too! This product works great and I love that it takes a lot less maintenance to keep his eczema under control without medicating. Enter to WIN this beautiful package from Spectro and try it out for yourself!
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Disclosure: I was given sample products in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own. Prizing will be determined by company and issued on their behalf.
For a busy mom on the go, getting organized is often a very hard task to do. I have tried various labels, cards and even stickers just to get my life in order. In my opinion, what it comes down to is the ability to actually have the resources when you need them the most. I was thrilled to try out the Epson LabelWorks LW-400 and jumped at the chance at using it simply because I have always admired moms that have their act together, and 'seem' organized. I have to admit though I was skeptical at first because it looked so complicated- so many buttons! Boy was I wrong- this thing rocks! It is so easy to use and functional it has a lot of options all right at your fingertips! Once you figure out the borders, the font sizes, the font types, and the material you want to use, this tiny machine does the rest with the push of a few buttons!
I now refer to my little friend the LabelWorks-LW400 as my hand-held 'go-to' machine of choice! I LOVE THIS THING!! I have since made ribbons for presents that are personalized, stickers for all of our toy buckets and a label for just about every box, bag and piece of clothing we have in our home! Those labeling mamas have nothing on me ;) I am now super-labeling mama! My most favorite function is the ability to change cartridges by simply opening up the backing and pulling the old one out to replace with the new. This makes transitioning from stickers to ribbon easy, and perfect for my family since I often change my mind a million times.
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Disclosure: I was given the LabelWorks LW-400 to review in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions on this blog are my own. Please note: the winner will be awarded and prized from the company directly, and not from lil-sugar.ca.
The LeapFrog LeapReader learning system is the perfect addition to any preschoolers learning environment. Because learning doesn't just happen at school it happens at home too! I've always wanted to buy one of these systems for my child but I didn't know which one would be the perfect one for his age category. My oldest child was always a quick learner when it came to reading, and I have found that my second child has had a little more trouble in this area. Since he started kindergarten this year I find that letter recognition and letter practice has become an ongoing challenge in our home.
This system is wonderful! It teaches children how to read right and engage with words and letters! Our little guy has been using this on a daily basis and already i see an excitement in his learning patterns. The books are engaging and the voice is soothing, not to mention set up was easy too! Simply plug the device into your computer go to the website and download the software. Everything was included and so simple to use I would definitely recommend this as a learning tool for any child learning to read and write.
On another note, it is very portable compact and simple to store I have now brought this in our bag when visiting people to keep my kids entertained and learning while on the go. This would make a great distraction on a plane or long car ride, the characters come to life and stories can be read to your child without any work involvement whatsoever. I think it is super-important to make reading fun, and there is no better way to do that then with a toy that is equally enjoyable as a learning tool as well as a playing device.
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Kids will love learning with the Musical Rainbow Tea Party! The lovable light-up teapot bubbles with personality while percolating and teaches kids about colors, matching, manners and counting, too! Kids will love matching and building motor skills as they play. Host a special tea time for two to learn lessons in sharing. And, best of all, the Musical Rainbow Tea Party features 50+ songs, phrases and tea party sounds!
* Musical Rainbow Tea Party is a 10-piece set that lights up in six colors and features songs and surprises! * Tip the teapot to see it light up, hear fun sounds and see the tea move realistically!
* Teaches colors & matching, manners & greetings and counting.
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Disclosure: I received a product in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions on this blog are my own; LeapFrog is responsible for the shipment of the winners prize once chosen.