Save on LUVS Diapers in Next Weeks Newspaper!

If you have a little one in diapers, you know just how much this must needed expense adds up each month. If you watch for sales and deals you’ll be able to stock up and leave your wallet and bank account feeling less empty.

For instance, this coming Sunday’s newspaper has a $2 off LUVS diapers coupon in it that can be used on any LUVS diapers. If you purchase multiple papers to get the coupons, you can wait for a specific store sale before the coupons expire and purchase multiples at a time.

Luvs coupon

Target just had a deal going on if you spend $100 on diapers or wipes or formula, you get back a $25 gift card; combine that sale with your coupons and a possible Target cartwheel and/or iBotta offer and you’ll be saving quite a bit! This offer is expired but they do something similar quite often.

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So go grab next weeks newspaper!

I plan on it, since I can always use more diapers as were not at the potty training stage yet.

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 featured at BlogHer

Did any of you attend BlogHer and catch the cool Best Buy booth featuring the new Samsung Galaxy Note7? Holy moly is it ah-mazing!

I dont even know where to start since it has so many cool features. 

Like for instance, the iris scanner for security. No one can unlock your phone and use it but you! I dont think it gets anymore high tech than that folks. Well maybe, since im sure Samsung will think of something else bigger and better in the future. 😉

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I also liked that it’s waterproof. I had the galaxy s5 that was waterproof too and it was a great feature since I seem to drop my phones in water all the time; like in my daughter’s water table. Doh! This Samsung Note7 and its stylus pen are both waterproof in up to 5 ft of water, and for around 30 minutes.

The dual pixel sensor lense is also a nice feature, especially for those of us who only have time to take pics with our phones in most scenarios. I have a dslr camera, but it takes time to upload, edit photos on the pc, that of which I can’t do currently since I have a Toddler constantly attached to my leg. 

The Galaxy Note7 camera works like our own eyes focusing on objects in a similarly fast and accurate manner. Its 12MP Dual Pixel Sensor coordinates with a brighter F1.7 lens and larger 1.4µm pixels to take photos whenever and however your life happens, whether it’s day or night, fast or slow.

Blogher best buy galaxy note7

And dont get me started on the expandable memory slot. Nothing is more frustrating than running out of storage space because you’ve downloaded too many videos, installed too much music and have taken too many photos, so having a memory card slot for added storage is a MUST on every phone. You shouldn’t have to worry too much right off the bat since the Galaxy Note7 comes with 64gb. NICE!!

There are so many great options with this phone. I just wished I would have waited instead of renewing my contract in June through Verizon at Best Buy. They had the best deal, even better than the actual Verizon store. (About 50% of people overpay on their cell phone bill.  See how Best Buy can help.)

You will be mine eventually Galaxy Note7.

Go check out how awesome this phone is, you’ll be wanting Samsung to take your money!

 The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Different Ways to Soothe a Baby With Colic

Colic is not fun for any parent, whether new or experienced. My sister dealt with a semi-colicky baby, and I honestly don’t know how she managed. I’d go completely bonkers! I get so stressed when my 16 month old cries or whines at me for more than an hour. When she does that, she is either tired and wants to be held, or have the ninny at times when I’m trying to finish cooking dinner. It’s definitely difficult to handle sometimes.

They say that colic is usually when a healthy baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, at least 3 days a week, for over 3 weeks. It usually starts around 2-3 weeks of life and may be worse in the evening or during the night.

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Crying is a way for babies to express how they feel. All babies cry. It’s natural.

In their first year of life, babies are learning to communicate, and crying is a way for them to express themselves. However, some babies can cry for long periods of time without responding to your usual comforting methods. This can happen even if they are not hungry, too cold or warm and everything seems well.

So if you’re a mom who’s dealing with a baby who has colic, I recommend trying these tips that my sister used in order to achieve less crying for babies, more smiling for all.

1. Swaddling:

Wrap that baby up like a tight little burrito just like the hospital showed you upon arrival. Babies love the feeling of tightness since they didn’t have much room in the womb.

2. Holding Position:

Hold baby face down on your arm so that their stomach has pressure which may alleviate some gas discomfort. More on this below.

3. White noise or Shhhing.

There was a lot of whooshing and noise going on in the womb, so having any type of background noise that resembles this may provide comfort. Get one of those sound machines or stick baby in a seat by the dishwasher.

4. Go for a stroll or car ride:

Sometimes babies just need a change of scenery. There are many times I’ve used this method myself when I couldn’t get my girl to settle down or take a nap, and it worked like a charm! Most of the time I’d go back to the house and sit in the driveway with the stereo on and the car off just so she’d stay asleep for a little while.


5. Try Gerber® Soothe products:

  • Gerber® Soothe Probiotics Colic Drops is formulated with comforting probiotics L. reuteri which is a probiotic that is safe for infants. It has been clinically shown to significantly reduce crying time in colicky babies.

Research indicates that the type of bacteria in the infant’s digestive system may determine whether a child is colicky. This suggests a role for probiotics to help support a balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract of colicky infants. In particular, the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri has been clinically shown in multiple studies to reducing crying time in colicky infants.

Comforting probiotics are a great way to improve the good bacteria in baby’s digestive system, which helps promote digestive comfort. GERBER Soothe products (drops and powder formula) contain L. reuteri, a comforting probiotic that is safe for infants and similar to those found in breast milk.

My sister loves this formula and colic drops. She used both with her son and will use them for her daughter that she is about to have in October because of the probiotics.  She has issues with breast feeding and not producing enough milk to feed her kiddos, so we love that Gerber® Soothe products have probiotics in them that are similar to what an infant would receive from us. This is a godsend for breastfeeding moms who struggle like ourselves!

What is your formula for happiness?

Thanks to Gerber® Soothe for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to speak about baby colic and excessive crying and the solution to the colic problem. Their promise is less crying means more smiling for all!

“I received a free sample of [Gerber® Good Start® Soothe infant formula or Gerber Soothe® probiotic colic drops] from Gerber. My thoughts and opinions are by my own.”

2 Days of Fun at the Clark County Fair in Ridgefield, WA

Ever since I was a little girl, I’d go to this fair every year. The memories I have spending time with the family here, is something I’ll have with me forever.  As I’ve gotten older though, it’s become less fun. Partly because, the insane upside down rides make my brain feel like scrambled eggs and throw my equilibrium off, and 2nd, I’m the one paying for it now. Boo!

But none of that matters. All that matters is letting Arya enjoy it and making those fun memories with my little girl.

Normally I am cringing at the prices of things at the fair, like $7 for a corn dog? $30 for ride bracelets? lol I remember when it was so much cheaper, but it’s a once a year thing that I’m willing to splurge a little on for a day of family fun.

I was hoping Arya would be able to ride some of the kiddie rides with me or dad, but most of the kiddie rides were 36″, and I think she’s about 33″, so she was only able to ride on the carousel according to the signs.

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We were able to talk a carney into letting us take her on the rotating strawberry, which was cute. She loves strawberries! I mean, who doesn’t!?

She enjoyed it since she loves spinning in our computer chairs.

Next we had to head over to the family fun park and let her ride a pony since she’s enthralled with her rocking horse that makes horsey sounds (which she replicates pretty well I might add).

As soon as she spotted them, she was squeeling with joy. I knew she’d love it!

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When it was time to get off, she cried. My poor girl needs a real pony.

Luckily some family in my husbands hometown have some horses that she can see and ride when we visit, which won’t  cost us $7 for less than 5 minutes. Eek!

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She didnt get upset the next day since I think she got a big dose of numerous horses in the horse barn right before. She loved when they’d come over and say hi to her through the gate, and she would reach out and touch their noses.

We didnt watch any concerts since they start at 7pm and we were ready to go home by then, nor did we play any carnival games. But that’s okay, we endulged on food, barns and exhibits.

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Arya and the baby goat were curious about each other’s flavor…

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It was great fun as you can see..and I can’t wait til next year when she can enjoy the rides more. 

Hopefully!

Transitioning: No More Sleeping in Mommy and Daddys Bed

If I had it my way, I’d still cosleep, but since daddy keeps complaining and friends and family make comments about how I need to get her out of our bed or it’ll only get harder, I figured I’d give transitioning a try with our 15 month old. 

Since she’s too tall for her crib, I decided to order these foam bed bumpers for our old queen bed that’s currently in our daughter’s room.
They came all rolled up like a sleeping bag in a box. I unrolled them and let them expand to their intended shape for a couple of hours.

After they fluffed up, I stuck them under the sheets and showed her her new bed.

She loved the security feeling of the added bumpers. She was so excited and happy to be on her new bed.

So 9pm rolls around and I breastfed her in her room, but she was too amped up to sleep and wouldn’t settle down until around 11:30 which I then had to give the feeding another try. This time she was tired and decided to stop fighting it, so after she passed out, I put her in her bed and I quietly turned on the baby monitor and went to bed in my own bed with my husband.

I was too worried to sleep though, not knowing if these bumpers would actually work since she often wakes up every 2 hours with us and sits up and falls back asleep in a random position and spot on the bed. I figured she’d sit up, and then plop over the side and onto the floor. luckily it isn’t a huge fall since we don’t have the box spring and mattress on a frame ATM, but still.

I’m waking up every 30 minutes to an hour and glancing over at the baby monitor and she’ll be in a different position a couple times, but she did not fully wake or make one peep until morning, and I had the monitor on full blast so I could hear the slightest sounds over our AC.

I was amazed, because she had constantly been waking me up every 2-6 hours to breastfeed since birth besides the occasional few times of sleeping through the night.

Overall…

Getting her into her own bed to sleep was not difficult, as every kid and situation is different. The difficult task for us is going to be weaning, which I’ll try to do around the age of 2 since she’s showing no signs of giving it up yet.

Either way, this is what works for us and has been successful the past 4 nights. I’m thankful it’s been easy, now I can catch up on some much needed sleep!

When did you transition your child to their own bed?

What Do You Know, I Have Another Niece…

It’s only the 20th one. Lol No, just kidding.

I have 3 sisters.

my first sister had 2 girls, then a boy (guess 3rd time was the charm) and now shes due with another girl in October. Then she’ll have 3 kids under 3. I think she’s kinda crazy… but, that’s just me.

my 2nd sister, has 2 girls and just had her 3rd girl arrive August 1st (the reason for this post).

my 3rd sister has 1 girl, but i imagine she’ll be pregnant again in no time and it’ll be a girl.

And I of course have my daughter.

So as you can see, we’re an all girl posse.

My poor nephew Braylon doesn’t stand a chance with his siblings and cousins. Poor fella.

They say it’s all dependent on the male for which sex you get, but I think it goes a little deeper than that. I’ve found some information online (that I of course take with a grain of salt) that states some findings suggest that it also has to do with the vaginal PH. This results in the sperm of each deciding sex to live longer or die faster.

Apparently you can test your vaginal PH with a test strip and find out if you’re more alkaline (to get a boy) or acidic (to get a girl). A vaginal PH of between 4 and 4.5 is ideal for conceiving a girl, while a vaginal PH of between 7.5 to 9 is perfect for conceiving a boy.

I think im going to order the strips and have myself and my siblings do the test since I’m curious. And if we’re all acidic that would explain the reasoning for all the girls, at least in my mind it would.

Anyways, id like to welcome my new baby neice Alexis. Isn’t she adorable? She weighed 8lbs, 4oz and 19 and 3/4″ long. Her biggest baby yet, but still not bigger than mine. heh.

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Has anyone tested the PH theory?

DIY Lavender-Orange Body Butter

With the high costs of beauty products nowadays, I decided I wanted to start making my own. Plus, the ingredient list on some items  you see in store or even have in your bathroom are mind baffling. Like why would I want to put all of those chemicals on one of the most important organs; my skin? No thanks!

So I started collecting some items I would need, like organic coconut oil, African Raw unrefined shea butter, apricot kernel oil, and an array of essential oils just to get me started.

For this recipe, I used the above and doTERRA’s lavender and wild orange essential oils.

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Wild Orange:

  • High in monoterpenes, Wild Orange possesses stimulating and purifying qualities, making it ideal to support healthy immune system function when seasonal threats are high.
  • As with many citrus peel oils, Wild Orange contains powerful antioxidants that help maintain overall health.

Lavender:

  • In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume; it is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities which continue to be Lavender’s most notable qualities.
  • Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck.
  • Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to promote a restful night’s sleep.

How to make Lavender-Orange Body Butter

Lavender-Orange Body Butter

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of unrefined shea butter.
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  • 1/2 cup of apricot kernel oil. (or any other fast absorbing carrier oil)
  • 15 drops of Lavender and 15 drops of wild orange. (add more for a stronger smell.

Instructions:

  1. Combine the shea butter, the coconut oil and apricot together in a double boiler, or use a pan and a metal or glass bowl if you dont have a double boiler. Heat until melted. It’s faster if you break up the shea butter into smaller chunks.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for 15-20 minuses. It should still be warm.
  3. Add your drops of essential oils. (If it needs more, add 5-10 more drops each.)
  4. Place the bowl in the freezer until slightly hardened. Around 30 minutes. I forgot about mine and it was solid, but it still worked, just took a bit longer to whip.body butter
  5. Whip the solid contents for 5-8 minutes until you get a whipped consistency using a mixer, either hand or stand. I used hand cause that’s all I have atm.
  6. Add body butter to jars. I used Ball brand 4oz jelly jars and it only filled about 3 of them.

I made these as baby shower prizes for my sisters baby shower a couple weeks ago and it was a hit!

I was afraid theyd melt in the summer heat, but nope they stayed whipped. Granted it wasn’t super hot that day, maybe mid-70s.

One of these 4 oz jars lasts a long time and should be shelf stable as long as you get no water in it for at least 6 months. A little bit goes a long ways too!

I love it because I have dry skin. Makes my bumpy arms feel so soft after a week of using it.

I’ll be trying to make more chemical free items when I get the chance now that I have a little one, so stay tuned!

Baby girl update: She’s 15 months now

Or should I say toddler update since she’s the size of a 2-3 year old. Lol My baby has always been in the 98th percentile and she got it from her mama. Poor girl!

She’s running around now causing as much havoc as possible. She turns the house upside in 2 seconds, literally. Oh the joys of having a constantly messy house. It was never like immaculate clean, but I at least had things organized and put away. Those days are now long gone. So if you can’t stand a messy house, you may not want to visit ours.

She still only has 8 teeth. I’m surprised her molars haven’t started to come in yet, but I aint rushing, cause I hear those are the worst, not only for baby but for parents too! Eek.

Shes starting to play with her toys more so  now than when we first got them. Maybe she was just too little or just not interested before, but thankfully my money didn’t go down the pooper and they’re getting some use out of them. That’s one thing I need to stop doing is buying toys, then shes going to think she constantly gets a new one everytime I go to the store. But, it’s so hard to pass up a good clearance deal at Target. I LOVE TARGET!!! SQUEE. If you’re in the area stopping by and I’m not at home, I’m most likely at Target. Lol

Her vocabulary is getting better. She says mama, daddy, memma (emma) her cousin, owe, wee, yeehaw (Thanks sheriff callie), no (my fault), yes, A for her abc’s, she does the count from sesame streets laugh, ni ni (night night), bye and hi, and some random correct words that she’ll say once. And we’re like, did she really just say that? She’s like a copy machine. I know all kids are. But one night, a few days after the fourth, I said shit when I heard a loud firework go off near us cause my cat was outside and she’ll take off, then of course she copies and said shit too. Thankfully it never stuck and it was a one time thing but it reminds me that I need to be aware that she’s in the learning stage and I have to be careful. Oops!

I still haven’t figured out how to transition her to her room, but I’m completely fine with co sleeping. My husband, however, is not. He told me if we don’t get her moved out of our bed so he can have at least 9 months of good sleep, we won’t be having another baby. Lol lil does he know he isn’t the only one that gets to have a say.

I ordered some bumpers to prevent her from falling off the bed in her room, so ill see how we do with that, even if I have to sleep with her a few night since she’s still breastfeeding. That’s mainly the reason I keep her in our room, cause she still acts like a newborn with her eating schedule. It’s tiring, but I know shes not ready to stop just yet.

This post is long enough so ill stop here until next time. 🙂

Avoid the doctors office and chat with real doctors on Amwell

“This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and Amwell. All opinions are my own”

Before I got pregnant, I hardly ever went to the doctor. I just didn’t feel the need to waste my time by sitting in an office waiting to be called, then sitting in the exam room for a half an hour waiting to be seen for something trivial that could possibly be handled by just dealing with it at home. By dealing with it, I mean contacting Amwell, which is a site with real doctors who call or video chat you to help you out with a diagnoses based on your symptoms.

How awesome is it to not waste gas, bring the kids, or sit around and wait forever?

 Reasons to Use Amwell

  1. Lower cost. Consumers expect online visits to be cost-savers; with in-office visits costing, on average, $82 for first-time patients according to the Healthcare Blue Book, Amwell offers a $49 physician visit – a savings of $33. Great option for students in college looking for cost-effective healthcare or those between jobs and without insurance.
  2. Accessibility. After hours, on weekends and in the middle of the night (24/7/365) availability. Great for those who do have transportation or when you don’t feel well enough to drive and those who are newly relocated and don’t have providers yet.
  3. Convenience. Consumers are looking for a faster appointment. Now they don’t need to schedule an appointment nor do they need to wait to be seen, especially if on vacation or business travel. The doctor can be seen from the comfort and convenience of their own home.
  4. Quick prescriptions. Consumers would rather have an online video visit than an in-office visit to obtain common primary care prescriptions.
  5. Peace of mind. Rather than self-diagnosing or visiting a social forum for medical advice, users can obtain second opinions directly from board certified, licensed doctors.

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I’ve been feeling like I have a UTI, so I decided to hop on Amwell and contact a specialist. I described my symptoms and they are prescribing me antibiotics. It’s as quick and as simple as that.

Having a little one makes it hard to do anything let alone visiting a doctor’s office. I’ll be using Amwell from now on for all of my basic needs.

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Follow the link and use this code (HEALTHY16) to get your first visit for only a $1!

Learning the Tricks of Etsy and Getting Sales

Around March, my Etsy shop finally decided to take off and I currently have 90 sales under my belt. Now I know to the big Etsy sellers, my measly 90 sales over at my Make it Cute shop is nothing, but to me it’s a huge milestone.

I’ve worked my butt off trying to fix my listing titles, tags, descriptions, seo, etc. Basically, it’s like another blog, and requires constant effort.

Most people think you just list a few things on Etsy and you’ll get sales; Wrong!

Things I’ve learned about the algorithm of Etsy

learning the tricks of etsy

 

Keywords

Titles need to be filled to the max with keywords of your item. I separate them with a hyphen or a comma, then paste them into the tag section (use all 13 tags).

Keywords also need to be more than one word. Be descriptive. Think of what you’d be searching for to find your item.

Your keywords also need to be implemented into your description. The part where you describe the process and detailing of your item.

Great Photos

It also helps to have clear photos that stand out and catch the eye. I am still working on this part since it’s hard to do great pics in Sunlight and/or inside the house. I am contemplating on building a light box or even purchasing a cheapo one from Amazon to use with both my phone and dslr camera in hopes that it will make my photos more enticing and in turn generate more sales.

Having your item staged with something next to it to give a size comparison is also good. Shows the buyer just how big your item is comparatively.

 

Profile

I have heard that filling out your profile and policies 100% leads to more views. Regardless of views, you’ll want to do this so you are backed by your shop policies if something were to go awry.

Social Media

You’ll want to build a social media following specifically for your Etsy business. I mainly like Instagram as I get way more interaction there than on Facebook. Probably because the Facebook pages only show to a small percentage amount to your followers. Don’t sign up for the business instagram account. They could eventually show you less and less like Facebook since they were bought out by Facebook.

Establish a following on whatever social media sites you prefer, use relative hash tags for your product and watch the likes, comments and follows come in. (Especially on Instagram)

Introduce new products on social media first that way you get them interested enough, they’ll be waiting for you to list it on Etsy. Announce sales with coupon codes, flash sales, giveaways, whatever to get a little online traffic.

Click on the relative hash tags that you’ve used in your posts and go heart a few of the people’s photos who have used the same hash tag. It gets them over to your profile and can lead to a possible sale. For instance, I use the hash tag #idrinkandiknowthings from #gameofthrones since I have made a mug and tumbler with that quote. Then I go heart peoples public posts.

It’s my number 1 seller so far!

There are plenty more tips, so maybe I’ll do a second edition post as I learn more tricks of the trade.

Do you have any tips for Etsy sellers whether you’re a buyer or a seller?

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My Etsy Shop if you’d like to take a Peek at more of my items.