5 Tips for Adjusting to Daylight Saving Time with Kids {&Giveaway!}

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

They always say that two kids born to the same family can be completely different, and my boys have proven that to be very true. While Shane was always very flexible with naps, Zac makes sure he gets his three naps every day like clockwork. So to say that I’m nervous for this coming weekend when the clocks change is an understatement!

Shane sleeping at 13 months

Shane, circa October 2010

With Halloween coming up on Friday, Daylight Saving Time is sneaking up on us all. On Sunday, November 2nd, it’ll be time {no pun intended} to “Fall back” an hour and effectively set back all naps, bedtimes, and midnight Halloween candy binges. While I’m still a bit nervous to see how my Type-A baby handles the transition, I’ve come across a number of great sleep tips over the years that definitely helped with Shane.

1. Listen to white noise. Not only does white noise help baby to fall asleep, but using it every night can condition your child to associate it with sleep and make them more tired just by hearing it!

2. Follow a set bedtime routine. A bedtime routine is a nice way to bond with your child and create a bit of calm after a busy day. It can also work like the white noise by giving your baby cues that bedtime is approaching. Whether your routine consists of a story, a song, a bath, brushing teeth, rocking, or a combination of those, choosing a soothing and not-too-stimulating way to end the day is a great way to send your baby off to slumber.

3. Prepare for Daylight Saving Time ahead of time. Start putting your baby to bed a little bit later in the days leading up to the time change {so, this week!} so that when Sunday rolls around, they are right on schedule.

4. Be prepared to be flexible yourself for a few days. Babies can’t tell time, so their little bodies will not get tired or wake up just because your clock says so. It can take a few days for baby to adjust to a new schedule, so try not to plan anything that can get interrupted by naptime or bedtime.

5. Make sure baby stays dry. A 2013 survey conducted by Pampers found that 24% of mothers felt that a dry diaper was the number one thing that enabled their baby to sleep through the night. Pampers diapers have three absorbent layers that provide up to 12 hours of overnight dryness protection

Twitter Party Alert

To help you get ready for Daylight Saving Time, the Double Duty Divas and Pampers will be holding a Twitter party tomorrow night where you can win great prizes! {You can win a prize here, too- see more below!}

To participate, follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and our sponsor @Pampers.

Twitter Party Prizes Include:

-Prize 1Twinkles Nightlight in Blue, 148 ct of Pampers diapers and a pack of wipes.

-Prize 2 – Pottery Barn plush security blanket, $50 Barnes & Noble gift card, a pack of Pampers diapers and wipes.

-Prize 3 – A gift card to The $125 Children’s Place for pajamas, a pack of Pampers diapers/wipes

-Prize 4 – A Kindle Fire so parents can purchase baby bedtime books, an $100 Amazon gift card to purchase the e-books, a pack of Pampers diapers and wipes.

Click here to learn more and RSVP!

Win It: One lucky reader will also win two free product coupons for FREE Pampers diapers and wipes! Just enter using the form below. Good luck!

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DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Cinnamon Face Scrub

I love experimenting with new beauty tools. Whether it’s a new gadget, a new eyeshadow palette, or a new line of skincare, I’m all about trying new things. I have found some great products out there, but I’ve also come to realize that some of the best beauty recipes can be found right in your pantry! Today I’m sharing an effective at-home face scrub that not only exfoliates {thanks to the sugar and baking soda} but also moisturizes {from the coconut oil}. It smells delicious, too! {That’s the cinnamon.}

Using cinnamon in beauty products actually has several benefits, including:

-Plumps up skin {reducing wrinkles}
-Eczema relief
-Acne treatment
-Antiseptic
-Antifungal
-Antibacterial
-Increases blood flow {hello, rosey cheeks!}

I’m sure by now you’ve also heard all about the wonders of coconut oil. People tout it as a miracle ingredient, and rightfully so! It does many jobs, including softening skin, soothing eczema, treating acne, and helping with psoriasis. Basically what I am trying to tell you is that this DIY Cinnamon Face Scrub is the perfect gift for anyone on your list with skin woes- or you can just make a batch for yourself and use it to take a break from the holiday stress!

DIY Holiday Gift Idea- Cinnamon Face Scrub!

Ingredients:

-2 Tbsp. Cinnamon
-1 Tbsp. Sugar
-1 Tbsp. Coconut oil
-2 tsp. Baking soda
-1 Vitamin E Capsule

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.

2. Poke a hole in the end of the Vitamin E capsule and squeeze to release oil into ingredients.

3. Place mixture in an airtight container and store in a cool dark place.

4. To use: Wet skin and scoop a small amount onto skin, rubbing gently in a circular motion

DIY Cinnamon Face Scrub- a great gift idea!

Like with any beauty product, make sure that you avoid getting the scrub in or near your eyes. Despite it’s many benefits, some people find cinnamon to be an irritant, so be sure to test scrub on a small patch of skin first. It may cause some mild redness but this usually fades within a few minutes- however, use with your own discretion.  Do not use more than once a week- this is some powerful stuff, people!

What is your favorite use for cinnamon?

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4 Tips for Buying Baby and Kid Clothes on a Budget

With a young baby at home, we go through clothes like you wouldn’t believe. I had forgotten how quickly things get outgrown at this age- Shane was the same way, but it’s been over four years. I’ve gotten spoiled since Shane just outgrew his 4T clothing after wearing it for over a year. Now, however, it feels like I’m packing clothes away even faster than I’m washing them!

With how fast babies and young children outgrow clothes, it’s important to find ways to save some money while keeping {good} clothes on their backs. Over the last five years I’ve picked up a few tips here & there that have helped us save on clothing!

Buying Baby Clothes on a Budget

1. Shop second-hand. Babies outgrow their clothes around every 3 months- sometimes sooner. That means that most baby clothing items only get worn a handful of times before they are too small, so assuming that they aren’t covered in food, they are typically still in great condition! While we don’t usually buy second-hand past 18M {once they get into the “T” sizes- 2T, 3T, etc.- the clothes get worn for much longer and therefore are often worn out}, we would make exceptions for “special occasion” clothing that may have only been worn a couple of times- Halloween costumes, dress up pieces, tuxedos, suits, etc.

2. Shop the sales. If you have a favorite clothing brand {or two}, learn their sales schedules. One store that we particularly love has a very predictable schedule so we are able to get some pretty high priced clothing for less just by picking the right time to shop.

3. Set up a Swap. Whether you do it in person with your community or you join an online swapping site, you may be able to score new-to-you kids clothing without even spending any money! There are several websites out there that exist for just this purpose!

4. Save money on play essentials. Kids are dirty. They just are. Jumping in mud puddles, smearing ice cream all over the place, and falling down regularly are all parts of being a kid. Don’t send your kids out to play in expensive jeans- stock up on some well-priced play essentials that are cute but casual enough to play in.

Garanimals makes a great line of clothing that is very affordable, and perfect for play! They get how fast kids grow up {as proven in the adorable video above} and they make clothing that won’t break your budget, even when you have to buy a bigger size every few months! Garanimals clothing is available in sizes newborn to 5T and you can find it exclusively at Walmart or Walmart.com!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Garanimals. The opinions and text are all mine.

13 Haunted Halloween Treats

This post is brought to you by Foodie. All opinions are my own.

Halloween is such a fun holiday for so many reasons. It gives you permission to play dress up at any age and play pretend- something that none of us do often enough. It’s the first chance of the season to decorate your house inside and out, and the only time it’s a good thing to find your home covered in spiders and other creatures. It involves copious amounts of candy and of course, creative and festive Halloween treats!

13 Haunted Halloween Treats

Below is a collection of 13 Haunted Halloween Treats that are perfect for trying out this weekend {the last one before Halloween!} or on the 31st. Whether you decide to make it a family affair and create treats together or you surprise your friends and family, there’s nothing tricky about these easy treats! Enjoy!

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Sharing the Swiffer Love with Pet Parents Everywhere #SwifferEffect #ASPCA


With two small children, my house is messed up faster than it can be cleaned. However, I have a great helper in Bella Notte, who is always around to help clean up any speck of food that finds it’s way to the floor! However, she isn’t big on cleaning up after herself- especially the mounds of fur that she leaves in every single corner of the house. Luckily, we have Swiffer products to help with that!

Bella helping to clean up

We use Swiffer products quite often in this house. It’s amazing how much one short-haired dog can shed! I feel like I could vacuum every day and still find fur- but who has time to vacuum every day, especially with young kids at home? In between sessions, we use our Swiffer Sweeper to pick up everything from big clumps of hair to stray furs. We even use the Swiffer Duster to wipe down toys, furniture and even sometimes walls {how her fur gets on the walls, I will never know}. I especially appreciate that using Swiffer products are a safe way to clean up after her without using chemicals- perfect for a home with a dog that licks the floor constantly and a baby who is crawling all over the place!

Swiffer Big Green Box

I’m not the only one who struggles with cleaning up after a pet. According to the Swiffer Cleaning Index, half of Americans say that concerns about pet hair and shedding in their home is one of the top reasons they worry about getting a pet, wouldn’t get a pet or don’t have one! More than one third of pet owners also say the leading source of “pet cleaning tensions” in their home is hair, dust bunnies and/or shedding. Whether you already have a pet or are considering a new one, Swiffer can help with the every day cleaning challenges!

Surprising my friend with a Swiffer Big Green Box!

Recently, I surprised my friend Kathryn {who has the cutest little pup herself} with a big green Swiffer box! Inside held everything she could need to help clean up after her pup and the various pets that she helps to “dog sit”.  She was so excited- with three young children, one cute little pup and several dogs that she helps take care of when family and friends go out of town, she will definitely get some use out of her Swiffer products!

ASPCA and Swiffer Partnership

Swiffer isn’t just a great brand because they have great products- they also have great heart. Last weekend they donated big green boxes to over 100 shelters nationwide and donated a free Swiffer to each person who adopted a pet at the ASPCA’s Mega-Match-A-Thon last weekend! While the Mega-Match-A-Thon weekend has passed, the partnership between Swiffer and the ASPCA is a year-long one, so there is still a whole lot of good to come! I’ve shared before about how I love to support our local shelter whenever possible and I donate to the ASPCA, so I was so excited to hear about this perfect partnership! You can read more about it here.

Whether you’re sweeping up after your own furry friend or just dusting your kid’s room, every family needs their own set of Swiffer products- and a pet or two to love!

Who puts your Swiffer products to work?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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