The Snotarator Nasal Vacuum... Does It Work?

My son is under the weather, with every sniffle, cough and sneeze, I feel my heart break a tiny little bit. With his age in mind, there are not many medications that we can offer him to help him fight the symptoms that are making him so miserable.

We had been relying on a bulb syringe to clear his snotty nose, and as all parents who have tried this will agree, this is not a fun task. My son fights, runs, hides and cries every time. I feel like the worst Mama in the world when I have to pin his arms with my knees and straddle him to actually use the bulb syringe. I roll my eyes every time my husband reminds me "That is what the doctor said to do. It doesn't hurt him." While it might not hurt the little one, and it is necessary, it doesn't make me feel any better about the process.

The Snotarator  is a simple plastic device, it is clear, it has removable parts for easy clean up and it sounded like a great option for Mama's like me that feel guilty about wrestling their kids to use a bulb syringe. When Rolfie came down with his cold, I pulled the sample out and I told my husband... I think it is missing a part. He said "Really? Let me see it." He shook his head and asked if I read the directions... uh no. I am one of those people that tries first then falls back on instructions if needed. The wise, instruction reading hubby explained it just goes in the vacuum hose. I threw my hands up in the air. No, no way. I am not looking to traumatize my son any more than the bulb syringe does.

Well, then my son starting sniffling and sneezing again. I sighed in defeat and went for the vacuum cleaner. I expected this to be a huge deal, I thought my son would scream, possibly freak out and maybe cry. I set everything up and called for Rolfie. He generally likes the vacuum, but how would he react to me coming at him with the hose?

Geez, did I make this into a huge deal for nothing? The prospect of Mama sucking his face with the vacuum delighted my son for some reason. He laughed and had a twinkle in his eye as I approached him. The Snotarator is non invasive so really all I had to do was wave this little gadget under his nose. Whoosh, everything that was in there, was out of there in the clear chamber. I liked that I could see that it worked before my eyes.

It was easy enough to clean up with hot water, soap and a nipple cleaner left over from baby bottle days. It worked better than anything else would have. My son seems to enjoy the experience. He howls with laughter every time I use this on him. Maybe he is a goof ball? Maybe he knows it is helping him? Maybe it is just plain hilarious to have someone slurp your nose with the vacuum?

Regardless, this cold has been easier on the whole family. We can easily clear his snotty nose, he can breathe easier, and no fighting over the bulb syringe. I love this product Every family with small children should have one. It is easy to use, it is easy to clean, and it is super effective. 

Okay, here is a moment of truth. I was curious, how does it feel? I have a touch of a cold too, so when no one was paying attention to me, I tried the The Snotarator Nasal Vacuum. Oh my gosh. It feels neat. No wonder my son howls with laughter. It is not painful, it is quick and unlike any experience I have ever had. 

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Magic Cabin's Pinto the Pony Review and Giveaway

While childhood becomes endangered Magic Cabin is a pioneer towards protecting this special time in life by conscientiously selecting products that are beautiful and enchanting, sturdy and safe, and best of all, FUN. 

Magic Cabin has a fantastic assortment of toys to inspire a child's imagination.  I was super impressed with the selection of toys available in a variety of age ranges. I admit, I saw a number of toys I would have loved to have played with while checking out the website.

My son, the lucky kid that he is, received a sit on Pinto, ride on horse. This is a super awesome toy for a little boy! My son likes to ride the pony (the knee of Mom or Dad) and pretend he is John Wayne, so this is the perfect toy for Rolfie.

This pony is sturdy, it will hold up to 150 pounds. It has a removable saddle and bridal to complete the imaginative experience. The horse is adorable. I would have jumped through burning rings of fire to have something like this when I was a little girl.

Pinto is 28 inches tall, he is a fun toy for pretend or one heck of a neat seat for your little one. I would recommend this toy to anyone looking for a unique toy to encourage imaginative play for a special child on their shopping list.

One very lucky Sweet Silly Sara reader is going to win a Pinto Pony from Magic Cabin!
This giveaway begins on 11/25 and ends on 12/ 10.

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Zutano For My Baby Model

My husband and I often hear comments that our son should be a baby model. He is quite the cutie and he knows it. We were very thrilled to give him the chance to be a baby model in an adorable outfit from Zutano.

Zutano offers colorful, uniquely versatile and whimsical clothing designed to encourage the individuality and imagination of your baby or toddler. The softest cotton and the brightest colors create a superior quality product.

The Zutano stylist picked the perfect outfit for my blond haired, blue eyed boy.

I couldn't believe how soft the material of all 3 items was. They felt like a cottony cloud. The outfit was vibrant and perfect for a little boy.

I loved the apple cozie hoodie it is a perfect addition for layering and it lives up to its name as it is very cozy.

The Multi Stripe Toddler Pants were a great match with the hoodie. They fit my toddler very well and seem to be a comfortable fit.

The T Rex Toddler Tee was perfect for my dino loving son. The material was super soft and the shirt was a perfect fit for my son.

We were impressed with the outfit. The quality was fantastic, the material was soft, the print on the t shirt was great. The clothes are stylish and durable. I have browsed their selection and I think my son would look fantastic in any number of items from the Zutano line.

I would recommend Zutano to other parents that are looking for quality and style for their little ones.

One lucky reader is going to win a Zutano Gift Certificate valued at $75. This giveaway begins on 11/25 and ends on 12/09.

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with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

I Am Thankful

Happy Turkey Day to you and yours!

In honor of this day I would like to take a few minutes to share with you what I have to be thankful for this year.

I am thankful for my son. Everyday is an adventure filled with twists and turns. I acknowledge the alternative of having a rambunctious 2 year old. I am thankful he is happy, healthy, filled with curiosity and mischief. I wouldn't want it any other way.

I am thankful for my husband who listens to me (sometimes), who reassures me when I need it, who strokes my ego when I need it, who loves me all the time.

I am thankful for my health.

I am thankful for my family. They might not live next door, but they are always in my heart.

I am thankful for the modern conveniences that make my life easier. Inventors of the dishwasher, coffee pot, electric range, I salute you!

I am thankful for the people who read my blog, leave comments and share my giveaways and posts. The reality that you spend a few minutes of your day with me touches my heart.

I am thankful to have shelter, clothing, food and running water. I realize not everyone has that luxury.

I am thankful for the people, the products and the places that have helped me in my journey (motherhood).
My friend Kristy who tells me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear. My Mom who listens to me grumble for hours on end. Huggies Baby Wipes, please never let me see a day when I can't get Huggies Wipes. Sebastian Signs Dream Essence Spray and Dream Essentials Sleep Masks, for creating a much needed feeling of relaxation for me when the day is done.

I would love to hear what you are thankful for this year.

I Am Not Really A Cat Person... Am I?

I am not a cat person per say. I have always favored dogs, but that doesn't mean I don't find cats charming, fun and to be all around lovely creatures.

But then one day I began desiring a cat. So I batted my eye lashes and looked at him with my big blue eyes, my husband, who was at the time my boyfriend, promised me we could get a cat. Oh the power of eyelashes.

I wanted to be specific about my cat to be. I know this is ridiculous. But, I had already given my cat a name, I wanted a black and white or gray and white cat.

Well, I worked with a lady that had black and white kittens. Well, I didn't want one of her kittens even though they met my request in terms of color. Adam said "Why not?" I sighed and said "I don't like that (insert nasty word here) and if I get a cat from her I will always have to be reminded that I don't like her."
Yeah, I was younger and feisty. This was pre motherhood days.

We went to one of our favorite places, the apple orchard. It was winter, but they have the best cider there. They had a sign, Free Kitten. We inquired. The kitten was a little boy, gray with a white spot. I said "I want him!" The lady promised to bring him in the next day if we could return to pick him up.

So, that is how we got him.

He is 4 years old now. In the past few months our relationship has really taken on a new level. My cat and I have a moment together every night after the kid is in bed, the cat curls up in my lap to be adored and stroked. I have come to look forward to this special time with my cat, my lovely Maurice. So maybe... yeah I guess I am a cat person.

Oh Me, Oh My, Oh Sebastian Signs

Just in time for the holidays I am sharing a super fragrant review with you! Sebastian Signs offers a fantastic line of fragrances sure to sweep just about any woman off of her feet.  Created by Sherri Sebastian, who has a background in chemistry, wine making and business management, this line of fragrances is simple exquisiteness. 

The first perfume I tried was a perfume oil called No. 35.  This perfume has three layers to it with different fragrances. This pure perfume oil features top notes of bergamot, coriander and fresh greens. Whispers of white woods, ambers and a hint of vanilla bean. If I could only use one word to describe this fragrance it would be sophisticated. This fragrance was very complex and lovely. 

I tried Purusa Root Perfume Gel next. This has a very earthy tone to it. I thought it would be great for men or women. It has hints of black pepper, bergamot and lemongrass. The perfume gel has a very strong tone of patchouli.

Purusa Seed Perfume Gel has hints of sandalwood, cumin, cardamon, and coriander. It has a very natural scent, it is pleasant although a little heavy in my opinion.

Purusa Leaf was my favorite of the perfume gels. It smells light, lovely and natural. I liked the orange, violet and bergamot hints in this fragrance.

The last item I sampled was my absolute favorite of the group. Purusa Dream Extract Pillow Spray is amazing. It smells clean, crisp, slightly masculine and insanely sexy. I had a hard time falling asleep after using this because I couldn't stop sniffing my pillow and blankets. 

Connect with Sebastian Signs to learn more or to order from this amazing line of unique and elegant fragrances.


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on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally
and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance
with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

The Complexity Of Marriage

When I first started dating, Adam, my husband, I told one of my friends "I am going to marry him", very seriously. She gave me an odd look and said "Oh, really..." I knew she thought I was crazy. I had really only went on one date with this guy. Sneaking off to make out didn't count. But,  somewhere deep down inside I knew that I would marry this guy.

It took a long time. In fact, it took almost 11 years, but I did marry Adam. In our long and sometimes dramatic relationship and our marriage (3 years now) we changed. We were no longer those young silly people that were crazy in love. We were just crazy, busy, focused on new and different goals. We had a child. We slowly had faded into older people. In our thirties maturity and immaturity  had crept up on us. It was weird. 

There were times when I wondered... Why Did I Marry Him? That sounds so odd to admit. But it is true. I have wondered that. It seems like there are times when all of the fun vanishes from life and I no longer take pleasure in hanging out with him, and in all fairness it is not like I am always a barrel of laughs. I know there are times that my husband doesn't really enjoy my company either. I am grumpy, I am frustrated and sometimes lonely. I don't always react to things in the appropriate manner. There are times when I am a mess at best.There are times I wonder if the ups are worth the downs. Not just for me, but really is it worth it to him too? 

There are times when I wonder if we will be able to survive marriage. Or if marriage can survive us. I have tried to imagine my life without my husband in the picture. I feel like my life would go on, but it wouldn't be the same. Yes, the ups and downs are worth it. He might not be perfect, but that is okay. I am not either. 

Knowing that a marriage is a lot of work, I have tried to do things differently to make it better. My favorite of all the things I have tried is increased contact. It sounds silly, it really does, but it works. I don't expect my husband to be attached to my hip, but I do expect him to set aside 5 minutes a day to hold my hand or hug me, or put his arm around me while watching television. When we make time to connect in this way, we communicate better. One hug leads to more hugs. We are happier to see each other. Face it a hugging, cuddly wife is a welcome site compared to a frowning, nagging wife.

I used to think 'Oh, we are married, I have to love him. He has to love me. It is easy we don't have to try anymore.' Oh, how wrong I was. It wasn't until my son was born that I realized something vital. Unconditional Love is reserved for your children. You do have to try, you have to keep trying, you have to keep things new.

I had no idea that marriage was so much work for both parties. A promise to make someone fall in love with you over and over again while you remain open to the experience of falling in love with the same person for the rest of your life is...yeah.

I have listened to advice, I have read books and magazine articles and searched the internet. I really want to have a good marriage, a happy marriage, a lasting marriage. Of everything I have learned, heard and read, the key, the secret to having the good, happy, lasting marriage was never mentioned. 

Over the weekend, I finally relaxed a little. I let the laundry pile up and the dishes sit in the dishwasher. I went back to bed. Sleep is amazing.

 I closed the laptop and actually talked to my husband. No distractions. I just listened to him and enjoyed the sound of his voice. We smiled at each other. 

When I saw his smile, not forced, not practiced, his natural happy face, his eyes twinkling with delight and heard his deep rich laughter, all of those moments that led up to falling in love with Adam became apparent again... Remember earlier I admitted there were times when I wondered... Why Did I Marry Him?! I began wondering... Why Didn't I Marry Him Sooner?

My husband has a great smile. I somehow forget just how wonderful his smile is over time. Maybe I hadn't taken the time to get him to smile, or maybe I was oblivious to it.

I think that is it, the secret to a happy marriage is to smile at your spouse. To genuinely, sincerely, happily smile at your other half. Finding ways to make your spouse smile is the challenge. 

Seeing my husband smile led me to wanting to talk to him. I found myself sitting closer on the couch, leaning my head on his shoulder and realizing Wow... My Husband Smells Seriously Good. I don't think I had noticed he is wearing something different and it really works for him... 

In 120 Languages

The I Love You In 120 Languages Pendant is a lovely gift idea for a special lady on your holiday shopping list! When mine arrived I could barely resist ripping the package open to inspect this treasure.

What is it? It is a onyx pendant that has the words I love you written on it in 120 languages. This is a gift of the heart  and for the heart.  Oh, and did I mention that I love you is engraved in 24 K Gold? Now you tell me, what woman wouldn't love this necklace? I think this necklace is a great way to remind someone just how much you care. In any language the meaning is the same.

I loved that the necklace came with a little magnifying glass for closer inspection of the detailed necklace. I liked that I could wear this for any occasion and with any outfit. It is a lovely and stylish piece of jewelry.

Nano Style really impressed me with this unique piece and I was blown away when I saw their selection. There is truly a necklace or pendant for any woman on your shopping list and Nano Style hasn't forgot about the men. Be sure to browse their site and be prepared to be blown away by the lovely items they have to offer. I saw a few things I wouldn't mind receiving as a gift this holiday season.

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