Keep Toddlers Entertained with On-The-Go Toys from Playskool

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With three kids, our house and van can get pretty cluttered.  We have so many toys with so many pieces!  We have three backpacks that are full of toys and materials for church that we rotate every few weeks.  For these reasons, I have long hoped for on-the-go toys that are just grab…and go, not toys that I have to search for all the parts and they are all strewn about in different rooms in our house.  I have hoped for toys that are meant for taking with us to soccer practice, doctor's appointments, grocery shopping, and the dreaded car pick-up line at school.  Twenty minutes in a parked car with a toddler in a carseat sometimes feels like an eternity!  I often take books for him, but the other day, Baby Brother ripped out a few pages before I could rescue the sad little book.  

Playskool has listened to parents like me with ever-changing schedules with their new collection of lightweight, portable products.   These time-saving solutions are great for travel and tough transition times, both for kids and their parents!  Playtime can happen anytime with these grab and go toys!  All of these toys can be easily compacted to stow inside strollers, diaper bags, purses, and some can even fit into a jacket pocket!  Brilliant!  

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What NOT To Say To A Childless Couple Who Is Trying To Get Pregnant

When we were childless and trying to get pregnant the first time, we didn't tell anyone for a long time.  When a few months passed and it wasn't as easy as it seemed, we began confiding in others and luckily, received lots of love and support.  I had been tracking my cycles and it was clear to me that my ovaries just weren't doing their job.  It's hard to get pregnant when you're not ovulating, of course!  A few people and even a doctor said some pretty odd things to us, but I realize they were just trying to make us feel better and lighten up the mood a little bit.  Trying to conceive should be fun and light hearted and it is prime opportunity for sex jokes to be socially acceptable….or some people think!  

If someone confides in you that they are trying to conceive, be supportive and don't offer any advice unless they truly ask for it.  My advice would be to NOT utter any of these phrases to them, because they're not helpful nor necessarily even true.

"Just have sex every day and it will happen."

"Quit trying and it will happen."  (Which, if taken literally, really won't work!)

"Have sex on Day 13 and 14 and you will get pregnant."

"Just get drunk and it will happen."

"Be happy with what you have and then it will happen."

"Do you need some tips on how to do it the right way?"  This phrase is usally said by men and followed by a wink towards the male in the relationship.  Just no.

Trying to conceive is a special time in a couple's life where they are trying for something that will change their lives in the most magical way.  Astroglide TTC Trying to Conceive™ understands that, and wants to make the process as easy as possible.  Sometimes there are issues that need to be medically addressed, but oftentimes, a couple isn't getting pregnant just because of timing or their lubricant simply isn't optimized for the little swimmers.  Astroglide TTC™ is a specially formulated for couples who are trying to conceive.  It supports fertility with adjusted pH levels.  


When trying to conceive, it is very important to create an environment where sperm has a chance of survival, so they have the best chance to get to the prize – the egg. Environmental conditions are affected by pH levels, osmolality, and the consistency of egg white cervical mucus. While traditional lubricants may affect these conditions and inhibit sperm motility, studies have shown that Astroglide TTC is compatible with sperm, oocytes and embryos and allows sperm to move freely.  In essence, it creates the perfect environment to conceive a baby!

Astroglide TTC has a retail price of $12.99 which is the best value compared to other competitors.  One box contains 8 prefilled, mess free applicators.  They fit perfectly in overnight bags and can be taken anywhere for when the time is right!

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What's the craziest thing someone told you when you were trying to conceive a baby?


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Four Reasons to Love the Merino Kids Baby Sleep Sack

This baby sleep sack post was brought to you by Merino.  All opinions are that of the author.

I'm past the baby stage with my little guys, so I was excited to be able to have a guest on the blog today!  Jess Weaver is the mom of three boys and a brand new baby girl.  You can find Jess at her website – Jess Lee Writes.  HUGE thanks to Jess for sharing this post and pictures of her adorable baby girl with us!


Merino Kids Baby Sleep Sack
I recently had my fourth child, which happens to be a girl, after three boys. It’s been such a joy to watch her learn how to nurse and understand how the world works.  As a mom to a new baby, sleeping is one of the most important parts of their lives (and ours). I want her to sleep safe and be comfortable along the way. The Merino Kids Baby Sleep Sack has been a great addition to our sleeping routine. Here’s why we love it!


If I’m going to put something on my new little girl, even if she’s sleeping, I want it to be stylish. I love the checkered pattern of the sleeping sack and she seems to love it, too.

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Sleep Safety

Safe sleeping is important to me. The sleep sack encourages safe sleeping. Placing your child in the sleep sack allows them to stay warm without any extra blankets. The sleep sack also makes it easy to place your child in it. The buttons down the side make it easy to put baby in and out of the sleeping sack.


If you’re going to spend your money purchasing a sleep sack, it only makes sense to buy one that will last for several months or years to come. Not only can I use the Merino Sleeping Sack while she’s an infant, I can also use it as she grows older, which is one of my favorite parts.  


The material on the sleep sack is very soft. To me, it almost feels like a weighted blanket of sorts, so baby will always feel as though someone is there hugging her.  

I hope you enjoy these pictures of our adorable little one in the Merino Sleeping Sack! You can purchase one for yourself at or on Amazon.

The New, Upgraded Pack ‘n Play ® Is Perfect From Newborn – Toddler

#AtHomeWithGraco ADTracking PixelThis Pack ‘n Play® post has been brought to you by Graco®.  All opinions are mine.

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The one product that I have used from the Captain's second day of birth is the Graco® Pack ‘n Play®.  We set it up in our room before he was born and it was awesome for middle of the night changes, and a comfy place for him to sleep while in our room.  We used it as his bed anytime we traveled, and also did the same for the other two boys.  This is the ONE product that truly is great from newborn – toddler age.  A friend of mine has two – one to keep at home and one in the car.  It allows her toddling baby to have a safe place to play at the water park, park, or other outdoor events if she needs to tend to her older children.  It is just so multifunctional and I recommend everyone add it to their baby registry!

Last week, I attended a party for the NEW Graco® Pack ‘n Play® Playard Portable Napper & Changer™.  It was well attended by other bloggers in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, along with Massive Sway representatives, and a knowledgeable Graco rep, who told us all about this updated playard.  We were all in awe over this awesome product.  (And also in awe of the precious 2 week old baby that was there, trying it out!)  My favorite feature of the playard was the option for a newborn to sleep in the portable napper or the bassinet part and all you have to do is flip the napper over to create a changer that can be easily wiped off.  This is something that even *I* can do at 3 AM!  And while there are two wheels on the playard, which makes for easy mobility, the removable napper/changer can be easily carried around the house to make the perfect spot during the daytime hours.

At the live Graco® There were many fun friends to meet, snacks to eat, and cool Graco stuff!  There were also stairs.  Stairs entice babies and toddlers.  Stairs are a mom's worst enemy. 

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I loved getting to hang out with fellow mommy bloggers from the area and listening to what the Graco rep had to say about this helpful product.  Plus…did I mention the adorable babies?  So, so sweet!
AtHomeWithGraco pack n play

If you know any new or expectant parents or grandparents, THIS is the one product I definitely recommend.  Graco® products are dependable and honestly, it's my favorite baby brand.  Graco® is a leading innovator of baby and children's products that are trusted by millions of parents.  Car seats, strollers, travel systems, swings, high chairs, playards, and nursery care essentials are all quality and helpful for parents, grandparents, guardians, and childcare providers.

The features of the Graco® Pack ‘n Play® Playard Portable Napper & Changer™ are beyond awesome:


Watch my video to see how easy you can flip the Napper/Changer:

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Our Journey of Firsts

This journey of firsts post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided product free of charge to facilitate my post, but all opinions are 100% mine.


I never imagined that I would be the mother of three boys, but I am, and it is pretty awesome.  I remember distinctly many firsts in each of the boys' lives.  That first sweet smile, giggle, crawl, or step!  I am glad that I have kept a first year calendar for each of the boys, however, or I would not remember when certain "firsts" happened in the boys' lives.  I have learned though that when firsts happen does not really matter.  What matters is that babies are surrounded with love and support….and sweet celebration when little ones roll over, crawl, walk or talk for the very first time!

From the first time parents see their little one on a sonogram to the first evening home from the hospital, this Pampers “Firsts” video showcases precious, heart-felt moments babies and parents share together.  Pampers recognizes that all first moments, no matter how big or small, are moments to be cherished and celebrated. Pampers is honored to be a part of the journey of firsts for millions of families around the world every day.  Grab a tissue and watch this incredibly sweet video!

Pampers Swaddlers was the first diaper each of the boys wore in the hospital after they were born.  Pampers Swaddlers is the #1 choice of hospitals in North America and the first diaper worn by millions of babies.  I always loved the sweet smell of Pampers Swaddlers, the the soft feel against baby's skin.  These are quality diapers that you can depend on when you have so many other things to worry about!

Pampers Swaddlers are now available up through size 6.  Pampers listened to parents and have provided us with the dependability and soft, sweet diapers through the journey of firsts through the diapering years.  Swaddlers offer up to 12 hours of protection so, if your baby isn't sleeping through the night, (mine didn't and Baby Brother still doesn't!) you can rest assured that it's not a leaky diaper that's to blame.  You CAN depend on the color changing wetness indicator and Absorb Away Liner® to pull wetness and mess away from babies’ skin.

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Baby Brother is Enjoying the Summer with Kushies

This post was brought to you by Kushies.  All opinions are mine.

Being the third child is hard.  Scoff if you will, but I was the third child and my older brothers might see it differently, but being the baby has it's challenges!  The constant noise, physical battles, living up to older siblings' reputations, and having to wear hand-me-downs is what we babies of the family have to suffer through!  Okay, okay, so it wasn't that bad.  And, I was a the first born girl so I did get new clothes.  But Baby Brother is the third boy and while he does not care what he wears, it is nice to have some new things from time to time….especially cloth diapers!

Throughout our cloth diapering journey, I have continued to hear great things about Kushies.  Their diapers are adorable, but for whatever reason, I never tried them, until now.  We tried the Kushies Ultra Lite "All in One" diaper, in White Crazy Circles.  The outer shell is lightweight and waterproof.  It has a hook and loop closure system, which usually I am not a fan of, but Kushies makes it work  because of the positioning and length of tabs:

Kushies all in one diaper

This diaper is less than $20, which makes it easy on a family's budget.  It features six layers of 100% cotton flannel with a super absorbent soaker layer inside.  And the best part is….this diaper contains a patented built-in flap that can be folded up for boys or down for girls for extra absorbency.  The infant diaper fits babies 10-22 pounds and sells for  only $14.49.  The toddler version is $17.49 and fits from 22-45 lbs.

Kushies all in one cloth diaper

I had no clue that Kushies offered WAY more than just cloth diapers, too.  If cloth diapering isn't your thing (or even if it is,) you should visit the Kushies website to see all the wonderful things going on!  Baby Brother loves this Little Lizard Romper by Blue Banana.  It is soft and super adorable.

Blue Banana RomperAnd don't forget the perfect summer accessory…sunglasses!  These Kushies blue sunglasses are fit him well and keep his eyes protected from UVA and UVB rays.  The lenses are scratch resistant and the arms are flexible and virtually unbreakable.  And it's true that my children have big heads, (95 percentile, y'all!) but these sunglasses even fit D, who is three.  They are less than $6 and fit for quite a while, so I will be looking to Kushies for more sunglasses in the near future.

Kushies sunglasses

Find out more about Kushies and see all the great things they have to offer for your baby.  Follow Kushies on Twitter and Facebook, too, to stay up to date about new products and sales!  Check their products out on Amazon, too.



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Thanks Mama and Teething Tots

To celebrate Baby Brother's arrival, I've joined the "Pink & Blue: Babies Are Due" Giveaway Hop hosted by Mommy's Favorite Things and Mama's Baby Cupcakes.  Michelle's baby girl was born this December, and Heather's baby boy set to arrive in January. This hop is focused on items you'd want/need for babies ages newborn to 6 months of age. Whether its bottles, blankets, toys, or clothes, I'm sure you'll enjoy what all the bloggers have to offer. After visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at what the other blogs have to offer! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner.


Check out my Thanks Mama and Teething Tots reviews and enter to win a great prize from both awesome online stores in the Rafflecopter form below!

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Combi USA teamed up with Heather on a Shuttle Infant Car Seat review, and they've also offered a giveaway! One US winner will win a Shuttle Infant seat as seen in the button above, with their choice of colors (black, red, royal blue or teal) ENTER THE GRAND PRIZE HERE!!!


Celebrating Baby’s Firsts

This post about baby's firsts has been brought to you by Pampers.  All opinions are mine.

Baby Brother is our third child, but yet, everything seems brand new all over again.  It has been amazing to me that we are still sometimes confused about what to do and how much we have forgotten since D was a newborn…just three years ago!  I'm also pleasantly surprised that all of Baby Brother's firsts are so special.  I was worried that he would have "third child syndrome" but so far, I do believe he's getting more love and attention than the other two did.  Probably because his brothers adore him so much!


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Give A Gift Throughout the Year with Citrus Lane

This post is brought to you by Citrus Lane.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.


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The Captain and D both have birthdays close to Christmas, and the new Baby will, as well.  I sometimes have a little guilt over the fact that they can only celebrate with gifts one or two months out of the year.  We don't let that stop us from buying them things they need or little things they might want throughout the year, but as far as the surprise factor and quality items….that's only reserved for birthdays and Christmas.  Citrus Lane monthly subscription boxes are a fabulous remedy to this problem.

Each month, Citrus Lane compiles boxes full of 4-5 quality toys, books, snacks, household and body care items, as well as the occasional treat for parents.  There is a box each month for kids ages newborn through five years old.  Each box is worth at least $25 in retail value, and shipping is always free.  


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We received a Citrus Lane box to review for D because his birthday is a week from Christmas, and I felt he needed a little surprise in November, after the Captain's birthday.  He was SO excited to receive his very own package in the mail and loved opening it up!  The Captain was excited, too, of course!  The surprises were wrapped in yellow tissue paper and was fun to just tear into.


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D's box was jam packed with goodies!  It contained:  a Dreamz & Twinkles To Go from Cloud B, rhythm sticks from Hohner Kids, BOPS baked organic potato snacks from Good Boy Organics, and a Ladybug Magazine from Cricket Magazine Group.  Also included was a 3 month digital subscription to Ladybug Magazine!


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I was most excited about the adorable Dreamz & Twinkles To Go.  It is a compact nightlight that can easily be packed in a suitcase for travel, used in the car on a dark night, or just for use at home, like D is doing at this very moment in his crib!



Although D loved each item in the Citrus Lane box, his and the Captain's favorite item was definitely the rhythm sticks.  They both love music and banging things together, so of course they loved these sticks!  D likes to take them in the car or play with them at home.  They're high quality and fun!


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I think a monthly subscription to Citrus Lane would make a great, different Christmas gift – one that gives throughout the year.  You can discover new products, get great new toys and items, and receive a great surprise in your mailbox every month.  Citrus Lane boxes are perfect for rainy days, rewards, trips, or "just because." 

Subscriptions are available in one, two, three, six, or twelve month increments and start at $25.  Right now, you can save $10 off any subscription.  Just visit the Citrus Lane website.  **Offer Terms: can only be applied to subscription purchases by new Citrus Lane customers. It cannot be applied to gift subscriptions. Subscriptions automatically renew to full retail price. You may cancel anytime.**

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Should We Switch To A Big Boy Bed Just Because Baby Is Coming?

Should We Switch To A Big Boy Bed Just Because Baby Is Coming?

Everyone who knows our family or who has read this blog knows that we've struggled to keep the Captain in his own bed at night.  You see, shortly after D was born, just after the Captain turned 2, we decided that he needed his own "big boy" bed.  We put him in a different room, in a twin bed with bedrails.  It worked pretty well.  D was not in the crib yet, but everything I had read suggested to give the older sibling time to adjust to the new baby "taking over" his old bed.  Hubby and I were house parents at a children's home and would be going back to work shortly, so we wanted to hurry up and get it done, in case the Captain had trouble adjusting.  Well, the Captain adjusted dreamily.  There were no problems, (except for that he rarely actually wanted to go to bed.)  But, he slept through the night in his big boy bed and was well rested, which was great, because we were getting newborn sleep.

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