Save Space with a Wall Mount Dispenser for Shampoo, Conditioner, or Soap

Disclosure: I received this wall mount dispenser as part of an advertorial.  All opinions are mine.

If you were to look in our bathrooms at any point, you would find countless bottles of shampoo, conditioner, face soap, body wash, and baby soap in the bathtub.  There is never enough room for all of the stuff we use while showering or bathing the kids.  Plus, it's guaranteed that the boys will try to empty a bottle of baby soap in one bathtub because it is always so easily accessible.  We needed a way to store the baby soap, out of reach of little hands, off of the side of the tub, and easy for us to access when bathing the boys.  ToiletTree has a great wall mount dispenser that is going to solve our problems.  

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The single mount wall dispenser is sleek and the chrome finish looks nice in the boys' bathroom.  Hubby installed it in less than ten minutes on the tile wall of the shower.  He installed it with the included mounting bracket using water resistant double sided tape and removable silicone that won't damage the surface.  The dispenser lifts off of the bracket for easy refills and cleaning.

If you're like me, I always try to have one hand on the baby when he's in the tub, and that makes opening any type of bottle with one hand very difficult!  I love that the dispenser can dispense the perfect amount of soap with one hand using this simple lever:

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I love that ToiletTree promises that it won't rust over time.  In fact, all ToiletTree products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

You can purchase this single mount wall dispenser on Amazon for $17.95 in chrome or white with chrome.  For more information, visit the ToiletTree website.

 

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Be Prepared for Spring Allergy Issues with a Family Allergy Season Survival Kit #WellatWalgreens

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Spring Allergy Issues #shop #CollectiveBias

Our entire family suffers with allergy issues, yet somehow, we are always unprepared when allergy season hits.  Spring is our absolute favorite time of the year and being outside is a must.  Soccer games, planting our garden, going to the park, fishing, looking for bugs, and just being outside and enjoying the weather as a family is very important to us.  Allergies have ruined much of this time for us year after year, but this year, I'm going to be prepared!  I purchased a few items that will get our family through allergy season in our Family Allergy Season Survival Kit.

The older boys and I went to Walgreens to see what we would need to deal with our allergy issues before they became a big problem.  I quickly found their allergy medication section and saw the Well at Walgreens brand of different medications.  Hubby had asked me to pick him up some Wal-Zyr, which is a 24 hour antihistimine for adults.

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 The Captain has allergies year-round and we need to always carry something with us in case he breaks out in hives or has a sneezing fit.  Last Spring, he and a friend were rolling in the grass and he immediately started itching, sneezing, and had itchy eyes.  I found that Well at Walgreens had a quick acting antihistimine for children called Wal-Dryl allergy tabs AND they had a bonus size, too!

We also have skin allergies and eczema and while we aren't sure exactly what causes it, we do know that our skin has to be extra moisturized and protected against allergens.  Walgreens had a tremendous selection of products for eczema and skin care.  I found a great heavy duty, non-petroleum moisturizer from BabyGanics that is pure and natural, so I decided to give it a shot.  So far, it has helped the Captain's skin stay moisturized and feel much better!

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Allergy Season Survival Kit #shop #CollectiveBias

So what's in our family allergy season survival kit?  Here's a run down of the essentials:

  • Wal-Zyr 24 hour antihistimine for adults, so we can attack allergies before they start
  • Wal-Dryl allergy tabs for kids, so the Captain's allergic reactions can be stopped quickly
  • Anefrin decongestant Nasal Spray from Well at Walgreens 
  • BabyGanics Protective Ointment for the Captain's skin allergies and eczema
  • tissues!
  • Neil Med Sinus Rinse to flush out allergens and soothe sinuses
  • caffeine free herb tea for soothing sore and itchy throats
  • raw local honey to help allergies year round

Walgreens also has a terrific selection of vitamins and supplements for kids and adults to boost immunity so allergy issues won't be such a problem.  And of course, don't forget the pain relievers, humidifiers, and Breathe Right nose strips to make breathing at night easier.  We also rely on Walgreens for our prescription medication when it is needed.  Walgreens truly is a one stop shop for allergy season.

Beginning February 1, 2011 through December 31, 2014, 1¢ from  the purchase of every Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness product, up to $3 million annually, will support bringing preventative wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment®. What a fabulous initiative that makes me love Walgreens even more.

What does your family rely on to get through allergy season?

Win a Personal Skin Care Bundle From The Mommy’s Club {giveaway closed}

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The Lucky Leprechaun is here which means it's time for you to enter to win some great prizes!  Big thanks to Cheap Is The New Classy for organizing this event!  Here at Life With Captain Fussybuckets, you can win a great skin care package from Mommy's Club.  Mommy's Club products are all GMO free, BPA free, vegan, cruelty free, and made in the USA!  We've been using them in our house for a couple of months now and we really like them!  All the products are fantastic.  (Check out my Mommy's Club full review.)   The Personal Skin Care Bundle is packed with high quality, organic, non-toxic products for you and your family.  Included is: 

  • one Baby Shampoo
  • two Rash & Remedy Skin Relief
  • one Baby Lotion
  • two Perfect Touch Hand Sanitizers (1 oz)
  • two Perfect Touch Hand Sanitizers (4 oz)
  • one Baby Foaming Wash

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Easy Oven S’mores

Easy Oven S'mores - Life With Captain Fussybuckets

I'm a sucker for quick snacks and desserts.  I want to have s'mores without waiting to go camping and microwave s'mores and s'mores-like recipes just aren't the same.  My guys love my easy oven s'mores and I know you will, too!  The beauty of making them in the oven is that the marshmallows brown, just like if you were sitting in front of a campfire.  I also use chocolate chips because I usually don't buy chocolate bars and have them on hand, plus, you're using less chocolate so it's not a total overindulgence.

Ingredients:

Directions:

1.  Place graham crackers on a pan, and arrange chocolate chips on top.  Pile on as many as you like, but remember, they will be melty and messy.  This is the number I've found to work best for feeding toddlers and preschoolers:

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2.  Next, pop them (carefully) into the oven on broil.  Watch them closely because you just want them to be slightly melted and not burnt.  

3.  Take them out of the oven and if you're using big marshmallows, like I did, you'll want to halve them.  Push them down on top of the melty chocolate chips and stick them back in the oven, on broil.

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4.  Watch them very closely and wait for them to slightly brown.  

5.  Take them out, put another graham cracker on top, and eat! 

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See!  Super simple and so yummy!  My guys like to eat their s'mores while playing "Adventurers" with their Backyard Safari vests and adventure toys!  It's the perfect snack for exciting adventures.  :)

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Make a Healthier, Toxic-Free Home with Mommy’s Club

This post was brought to you by Mommy's Club.  All opinions are mine.  I received complimentary products in order to facilitate this review.

For the past few years, I've been on a mission to find the best products for our family.  It's very time consuming to read all product labels, ingredients lists, etc on all of the products our family uses.  It's also time consuming to go to Store A to get this product, Store B to buy this one, etc.  What I really wanted, as a busy mom of three, was to have a one stop shop for all of our bath and body care, vitamins, and household products.  Then I was approached about reviewing Mommy's Club products and I have been nothing but impressed.  My one stop shop is here!

Mommy's Club offers numerous products that are:

  • toxic free
  • BPA free
  • GMO free
  • Vegan
  • cruelty free
  • made in the USA

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Here's a list of the quality products that Mommy's Club currently offers:

  • Baby Shampoo
  • Rash & Remedy Skin Relief
  • Baby Lotion
  • Perfect Touch Sanitizer
  • Baby Foaming Wash
  • Daily Cleansing Foam
  • Cherry Chewable Multivitamin for children, with daily probiotic
  • Advance Omega 3/6/9 – lemon flavored and delicious!
  • Pre-Natal Plus
  • Total Body Health with Multivitamin
  • Total Body Health with Multivitamin for Children

I can say that all of these products are high quality and our family has enjoyed using them all.  I want to share with you what I love about our top three Mommy's Club products!

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  1. Cherry Chewable Multivitamin for children, with daily probiotic – The Captain is very…well….fussy about his vitamins.  I have bought many different kinds of vitamins in hopes of him liking them.  The minute we opened the package from Mommy's Club, I spotted the vitamins, quickly read the back, and handed both of the boys two multivitamins to take.  They instantly declared them the best vitamins they had ever had and I was thrilled!  Take a look at the label:

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2.  Total Body Health with Multivitamin for adults – This is a liquid, 100% vegetarian natural source of over 150 vitamins, minerals, super foods, and enzymes.  It's an all-in-one product that also contains a prebiotic fiber complex with special enzymes to help with digestion.  Also included are unique ingredients for liver and kidney functions, vision and youth, circulatory health, amino acids, and concentrated fruits and veggies.  Why do I like it?  Because it's 1 oz a day of pure goodness for the hubby and me.  In all honesty, he thinks it tastes gross but is still willing to take it.  I personally don't mind the taste and actually think it's pretty tasty for something with so much goodness in it!

3.  Lavender Body Lotion – I love to slather this on Baby Brother because it is smooth and smells delicious!  It is a blend of vanilla and lavender that is absolutely amazing.  And knowing it's toxic-free and soothing makes it perfect for all of us.

Those are my top 3 but really, all of the products are simply amazing and I would recommend them to anyone.  And Mommy's Club offers bundles of products, as well as detailed descriptions to make it super easy on us when ordering.  

Visit Mommy's Club to sign up for a yearly membership or buy products.  You can purchase a Mommy's Club starter kit for only $39, which includes a year membership, 4 oz Perfect Touch Hand Sanitizer, talking points, compensation plan, product catalog, and get member prices on all of these amazing products.  OR you can select any of the bundles, starting at $99 and a Mommy's Club membership is included.  See, also, how you can sell Mommy's Club products yourself and make supplemental income!

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Kids Go FREE to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Grapevine, Texas

This post was brought to you by LEGOLAND Discovery Center and US Family Guide.  All opinions are mine.

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The boys have always been intrigued by Legos and while we haven't made it to LEGOLAND Discovery Center yet, we are going soon!  They are going to have an absolute blast, I just know.  LEGOLAND Grapevine has fifteen different attractions, like Merlin's Apprentice LEGO Ride, DUPLO village, and much more.

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center is the ultimate indoor playground for kids who are the biggest fans of LEGO! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Grapevine is one of DFW's best attractions for kids.  Reach out and touch the stars in the 4D cinema, build the fastest car in LEGO Racers: Build & Test, zap the bad guys in Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, or have the ultimate LEGO birthday party. Plan your family visit and jump into the biggest box of LEGO bricks!

4-24-12 --- Legoland Discovery Center, Grapevine, Texas

4-24-12 --- Legoland Discovery Center, Grapevine, Texas

Right now, kids go free with purchase of adult admission.  Visit DFW Kids Guide for the coupon.  Limit four free kids tickets with four paying adults.  Offer expires 12/31/2014.

 

 

Start your Garden Indoors with DIY Seed Pots! Great Earth Day Craft, too!

This DIY seed pots post has been brought to you by Oriental Trading.  All opinions are mine.  This post contains affiliate links.

Earth Day is April 22nd and a great day to teach about recycling, gardening, and just being kind to the Earth we all live on.  Now is the time to start thinking about our Spring Garden, however, and I wanted to start some seeds indoors with the boys, so they will be ready to plant by Earth Day, or sooner.  

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I received these seed pots from Oriental Trading and we were excited to decorate them.  I gave the boys some markers, eco-friendly glue, googly eyes, tissue paper, eggshells, and old cooked spaghetti noodles, just for fun.  I was curious as to what they would come up with.  (The googly eyes and other items that aren't biodegradable should be removed before planting.)

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We had a blast decorating the biodegradable seed pots.   The Captain tried to make a pot that looked like Daddy.  We made a smiley face out of eggshells that we had put in the compost bucket.  We used the cooked spaghetti noodles to spell "BP" for bell pepper.  D made a four-eyed monster that he was quite proud of:

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After we were done decorating, we filled the pots with potting soil and planted a few seeds in each.  We planted herbs, tomatoes, and bell peppers, then wrote on the back of the seed pots the name of the type of seed that was planted in them, so we wouldn't forget.IMG_0142

Our seed pots have sprouted and will be all ready to transfer to our garden when Spring comes!  The boys are excited and I am, too!  We love gardening!  Most of the googly eyes have fallen off with water, and watering does change the appearance of the pots over time.  

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These DIY Watch It Grow Medium Seed Pots can be purchased at Oriental Trading  for only $8.25 for 24.  They are made of biodegradable peat fiber, so you can plant them right into the garden without worrying about disrupting the roots.  As I noted before, however, you should remove all plastic decorations before planting them, although most fall off with watering.

 

Happy Spring and Happy Earth Day, too!

 

Visit SEA LIFE Aquarium in Grapevine This Spring!

This post was brought to you by Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine.  All opinions are mine.

We visited SEA LIFE Aquarium in Grapevine about two years ago, and the Captain still talks about how cool it was and how we should go back.  He was only two and D was seven months old, but we all had a blast!

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SEA LIFE Aquarium in Grapevine, Texas has over 5,000 sea creatures, 30 incredible displays and a 360 degree ocean tunnel! SEA LIFE Aquarium will transport you into the amazing underwater world. Come nose to nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. If you are shark lover or seahorse fanatic, SEA LIFE will astound you!  You'll see the graceful rays or the clever octopus, too! that you love the most.  You can see them all – from the curious and the rescued to the rare and the enigmatic. And you'll be able to get closer to them than ever before.

Please present this coupon to the SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium Admissions Center to receive one free child ticket with the purchase of a full-price standard admission ticket. This coupon is not valid with pre-purchased online tickets nor can it be combined with any other offer or discount. Valid up to (4) free child tickets per coupon with the purchase of (4) adult tickets. Child ticket only valid on the day of purchase. 

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Engage and Educate Your Preschoolers with EmbarK¹² Online Programs

This post brought to you by K12, the leader in online education. All opinions are 100% mine.

Having two preschoolers at home with a newborn is hard.  Trying to keep both of the boys entertained and still learning is quite the challenge.  I don't want them sitting in front of the TV all day, but Baby Brother always gets first dibs on Mommy.  I like the idea of having a ready-made, go-to program that the boys can turn to for educational learning.  There is a great online company that is here to help me and millions of other parents of kids who are eager to learn:  EmbarK12 Online – Over 830 interactive activities to engage your preschooler. and EmbarK12 Comprehensive- Online and hands-on preschool program for your early learner.  EmbarK¹² preschool online programs provide a fun, interactive way of learning to prepare your kids for school and to develop a lifelong love of learning.  

There are two choices when deciding what program would be best suited for your little ones, EmbarK¹² Online and EmbarK¹² Comprehensive.

Features of EmbarK¹² Online include:

  • age-appropriate online activities
  • a variety of educational interactive multimedia and games
  • 12 units of activities, covering Math, Language and Literacy, and topics from the world around them
  • music, songs, videos, and friendly engaging activities
  • geared for kids ages 3-6
  • $59 for a 12 month subscription  (see discount code at bottom)

Features of EmbarK¹² Comprehensive: 

  • Over 1,200 age-appropriate activities
  • 18 thematic units covering Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Music, and Art
  • Over 450 online multimedia rich activities
  • Over 750 hands-on activities
  • 18 digital guides that outline the objectives and activities of each unit 
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Kindergarten readiness programs by K12. Try a sample activity today.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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The Epic Battle: Junk Food vs. Healthy Snacks

Before I had kids, I always *knew* that my kids would not ever eat junk food.  Not only would they not eat it, they wouldn't even WANT it.  Yeah.  Isn't it true that people think they know the most about kids when they don't have any?  Well, my two oldest sons are 5 and 3 and junk food is a constant temptation in their little world.  Candy at the holidays, (which seems to last forever,) cookies, cake at birthday parties, fast food, treats at church, sodas….junk food is everywhere and at eye level for them.  It really is almost impossible to stay away from junk food.  I have been trying to teach the boys about moderation, because I know that we can never truly get away from food that just is not good for anyone.  Along with moderation, I have healthy snacks available for them at all times.

I asked the boys what their favorite "junk" snack foods are, and then what their favorite healthy snacks were.  Luckily, I truly believe that their healthy snacks are just as loved as the junk foods, if not more so.

The Captain & D's favorite "junk" snack foods:

  • chocolate cake
  • nacho cheese chips
  • suckers
  • gummy worms
  • jello
  • cookies

​The boys can tell you what is "junk" and what isn't.  While shopping, D will actually point out the "junk" cereals and the ones that are healthier and I allow them to get.  He even asked me the other day, pointing at one of the not so healthy yogurts that are marketed for kids:  "Mommy, that's junk, isn't it?"  He knows that stuff like that is something to be enjoyed in moderation, and that there are healthier foods that are just as satisfying to him.

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Healthy snack foods that the boys love:

  • baby carrots 
  • apples
  • yogurt
  • berries
  • peaches
  • granola
  • Mott's Snack & Go

healthy snack foods​The boys are huge applesauce fans.  Mott’s Snack & Go doesn’t add sugar and I love that!  There honestly wasn't a flavor that they didn't just love.  Sure, they had their favorites (they both adored the mixed berry,) but it was all consumed in a short amount of time.  I threw some in the diaper bag, church backpack, the Captain's lunchbox, and each and every time, the boys were thrilled to be able to get that special treat.  It's like they don't even care that Mott's Snack & Go is good for them!  It's delicious and that's all that really matters to them.

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Mott’s® Snack & Go is the nutritious applesauce kids love in a squeezable pouch they can take with them wherever they go. Mott's is also the only applesauce brand with Box Tops for Education®, helping to support kids' schools. Visit Motts.com to learn more.  Print out a coupon, too!

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