Saturday, September 24, 2016

Underwear Training with Harper & Easy Ups

This post has been sponsored by  Iconnect and Pampers but all opinions are my own.

It seems like only yesterday I was preparing to meet her; my belly bulged and my body ached, my bags were packed. Somehow, she is turning 3. Her hair is long and golden blonde; her legs are long and for an almost 3 year old she is tall. She knows her colors, her shapes, her ABC's and she can count to 12. She is  ready to say bye bye to diapers and is quick to announce when she needs to go pee.

We have been using Pampers Easy Ups with Harper because they are easy for her to pull up and down whenever she needs to hit the potty. I love that the sides are secure and don't have velcro to hold them together, with a little one that might need to pull her big girl pants up and down a few times before changing that is important to me.

Harper got incredibly excited to see Dora on her Easy Ups! She could hardly wait to get her easy up on and her diaper off after spying the package and I knew right away that this adventure in underwear training was going to go well, with that kind of enthusiasm, it had to!

I have a few tips to share with other moms who are potty training, I have used both of these with my kids with stellar results.

1) Make sure you have potty chairs available to your child. One potty is not enough, we have a 2 story home, so I have 2 pottys per floor available. If she needs to go, I want her to be able to go! 

2) Praise the child when she goes to the potty! We give high fives and fist bumps every time she goes. We might be high-fiving 15 times a day, but it gets excited!

3) Use a product designed with your little one in mind, like Pampers Easy Ups.

4) Let her pick out her own panties as a motivator. 

5) Don't stress. Accidents happen. Every child develops differently and when the time is right, your little one will start consistently using the potty. The best thing you can do is to be positive about the potty for your little one.

If your little one is ready to begin working towards the milestone of underwear training, you won't want to miss this chance to print a $2 coupon for your Easy Ups purchase!

I also want to give you a chance to win an Underwear Training Prize pack that includes:

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Saturday 323 - 327

You guys... I have the best intentions with this series, I really do. I want to share my life with you while leaving a documentation for my kids of how we spent our time when they were little, but the summer is the worst time for me to even think about Saturday. Everyday feels like Saturday when the whole family is on summer break.

On Saturday 323, we went to the Lincoln Highway Buyway Yard Sales in Upper Sandusky. We brought home assorted junk like a mini pie making machine, an ice cream machine, toys, dishes for the blog and etc.
It stormed on the way home, so we got drenched. That after the heat of the day was enough to do all 4 of us in!

On Saturday 324 we didn't do anything exciting. We got up early, we played. Same old weekend in the summer song and dance.

On Saturday #325 we went to the Lego Brick Universe Convention in Columbus. The kids and I took a long mall walk that day, as we kind of love doing that. We noshed at A&W Rootbeer for dinner. Again, it rained. But we were lucky to take in the Topiary Park before the storm moved in also.

On Saturday #326, it was the first weekend after my husband was back to work. We were getting ready for Rolfie to start school also, so that weekend was spent gathering supplies and trying to soak in the last moments of summer.

Saturday 327, Harper woke everyone up at 2:20 am, Rolf was unable to sleep after that. He insisted that we get up at 3 am. I was a bear. I refused to cook breakfast that early. I handed over the remote, took the lightsabers away and dozed on the sofa til 6 am. We did nothing all day. We made some crafts, I cleaned up a million and three messes. Harper and I stayed home as the boys were to a viewing the night sky event.

So, we are back in school now. Weekends are growing more precious as our only family time without the rush of school. Hopefully this series will become more interesting for you guys at some point. Harp and Rolf, when you read back on this as adults, I know... our Saturdays have been lame. Love you!