I don’t do product reviews very often. But every now and again, something catches my fancy and really hits the mark. If I’m going to review a product, it’s because I see some value for my working moms on the go. Most recently, I’ve had the opportunity to test out two such top notch items and I have to admit, I’m in love!
Let me start off by saying…if for nothing else, you must buy from this company because they have the cutest packaging on the planet! My items came shipped in an adorable box adorned with little marks of EverydayHappy and when I opened it up, it was like opening a perfect Christmas present. All of my items were packed with care, complete with bright colors and fun packaging filler, and they even included a cute little tote as an extra thanks. To take such care with styling the shipment of everyday home products, I was definitely impressed. It was absolutely top notch and a pleasant surprise! I felt immediately valued. I’ve never been so excited to receive detergent in my life!
This isn’t the package I received, but here’s a great example of how diligent they are with proper presentation. It feels clean and fresh. I love the eco-friendly vibe!
As I do with most items, I gave it a try on myself before I let the kids have at it. In truth, I have the most sensitive skin in the house, so in this particular case, I was excited to have some baby fresh formulated goodies to pamper myself with. I received the following items from EverydayHappy – detergent, lotion, body wash, cleansing soap. I loved that each item was very lightly scented. Almost indiscernible. Just enough to smell good while you put it to use. The lotion in particular was especially smooth and felt clean going on, which is a nice change from other lotions that often feel greasy.
I was thoroughly impressed with each of the items they sent me. They all worked fabulously, but more importantly, they made me feel like I was making a better decision for my kids by using eco-friendly products. I know I keep saying they felt “clean,” but it’s true! It feels good when you know you’re not putting anything unnatural on your skin or the skin of your children. There’s some sort of comforting affirmation that you’re being a good parent and it’s safe for use. I know I like feeling like a good mom and EverydayHappy gave me that little boost.
If EverydayHappy has captured your interest, you can try your own free samples HERE. Pay the shipping and handling, and your own little box of #EDHLove will be on its way in no time flat!
Yes, I know. My boys are well past both bottles and sippy cups these days. But when I mentioned this to Patti, she assured me that I might actually enjoy keeping this crazy looking, but perfectly awesome device all to myself. And she was absolutely right! It should come as no surprise to you that I HATE washing dishes. It’s gross and grimy, and there is nothing I hated more than cleaning bottles, straws and all else when the boys were smaller. And now, the deep dark inside corners of their water bottles and other on-the-go cups…YUCK. I feel like the dishwasher can’t possibly be getting in there to clean well enough, but I hate having to scrub them out myself. The SUDS washer is my personal dream come true. I use it for my own glasses, water bottles and other items that just need a quick rinse. Even the boys couldn’t resist giving it a try! And it might, just might, be an absolute perfect fit for a wine glass…I’m just saying.
Here’s a quick video showing it in action!
Do you have any must-have family items? Be sure to link them in the comments below!
KatyFest 2015 #MySummerStaycation
Let’s face it. I haven’t been on a REAL vacation in what…a decade? Life demands it, at least for now. But one thing I do plan regularly is my annual KatyFest. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ve run into KatyFest at least once or twice. Every year I take a week to myself. I don’t go anywhere – I stay put, keep the kids in school, keep appointments to a minimum and catch up. I’m sure that doesn’t sound like much of a vacation, but to me, it’s heaven. This year, I celebrated #MySummerStaycation as part of KatyFest2015 and with the help of my pals at ProFlowers. You may remember them from a recent post about starting fresh as a family in this new season of my life as a single mom. #LoveGrowsHere
Why am I writing this post?
To remind you that it’s important to schedule time for yourself.
It’s important for me to schedule time for myself! #MySummerStaycation gave me the opportunity to clear my head, find some peace of mind and just rest in silence. ProFlowers sent me this awesomely amazing little terrarium thingy (Formal name: Hanging Paradise Terrarium), which was the perfect solo project for a peaceful afternoon. Something about creating a little piece of earth is supremely calming. Now when I look at my hanging terrarium (which are the ONLY plants I can keep alive!), I am reminded to breathe and rest.
1. Add charcoal. 2. Add sphagnum moss. 3. Add soil. 4. Arrange plants in soil. 5. Add decorate rocks and moss. 6. Gently water. 7. Keep in medium-high light (no direct sun) at room temperature.
Who knows when my next opportunity to actually visit Paradise will be, but until then, #MySummerStaycation will remain in the form of one perfect week of KatyFest hermit time. How do you recharge and refresh?
10 Sorting Games for Your Math-Loving Child – Sorting Bears by Eureka
When J’s teacher told me he really enjoys math and that sorting toys would be a great idea for Christmas, I ran straight over to Amazon Prime and began the hunt for the perfect toy. I bought about a million puzzles, little projects and a whole slew of other games. But none so far can compare to these bad boys:
Before I get started, here is my only CON for this toy. These bears are a relatively good size and really hard, so they don’t scream “Put me in your mouth!” But, as all mothers know, this means nada. So…while they are awesome, this is a toy that requires some observation on the parent’s part. This is not the toy to busy your kid with while you hop in the shower or run the vacuum.
Now, the good stuff.
The opportunities are endless for free play with these little dudes. Here are the 10 sorting games I play with the boys (and they then play with each other – which is super cute):
1. What color is this? I have them identify the color and then place the bear in its matching cup.
2. Here are 3 bears (different colors). I have them identify each color and count them back to me as they place it in its matching cup.
3. Pick a “red” bear and give it to Mommy. I line up all of the bears (or even dump them in a big pile) and give them a color to pick out and give to me. This can be taken up a notch for more advanced kiddos, by asking them to give you a certain number of bears of certain colors.
4. Count our colors. We separate the bears into piles of their colors and then count them together back into the cups.
5. Clean up the bears. Seriously, they love this one. It’s like 52 pick up with animals instead of cards.
6. Line up your colors. Everybody loves to build a mini army of color-coordinated bear squadrons.
7. Stack and unstack the cups. Tower! When the bears get old, I swap to the cups. Some simple towers always bring a smile.
8. Flip cups – Bears on top. Instead of lining up the bears or grouping them in piles, we switch it up by using the upside down cups as platforms for whatever game we are playing.
9. Color patterns – What’s next? I set up simple patterns and ask them to pick the bear that fits next.
10. Give me “7” bears and count. I give them a number of bears that I want and they get to pick what colors they give back to get to that number.
One final twist that they love…turn the tables! They’re in control and get to ask me the questions. They LOVE to ask “Mommy, what’s this?” or order me to “give them a red bear.” Let them play teacher for a bit and you’ll keep them busy for hours!
Welcome to the New Chaos & Kiddos! Blogger to WordPress Transfer by Blogelina
It’s here! I made the leap!! Today marks the first official day of the new Chaos & Kiddos. I’ve migrated from Blogger to WordPress and I couldn’t be more excited. I loved Blogger and had my little workflow down, but truth be told, I am an HTML nightmare, and as my blog began to grow, so did my need to integrate additional programming and functionality. I quickly became overwhelmed with how to insert the appropriate HTML in the appropriate places. I needed the easy button. The volume of available WordPress plugins and easy-to-use formatting options had captivated my interest some time ago, so I decided to make a change. And then it hit me. How in the heck do I do this?
It was time to be very honest with myself. Up until this point, beyond tiny things, like buying my domain URL (If you haven’t done this, read 3 Mistakes I Made When I Started My Blog!), I hadn’t spent money on my blog. Mainly, because I hadn’t really, truly set up the monetizing strategy platform that I wanted yet. I realized that I’ve been beyond blessed to have had such great blogging success in a brief 7 months of existence, and it was time to treat this puppy like the real deal. It was time to outsource. For a big move like this, I wanted to be sure my content carried over, my image links didn’t break, and that all of the hard work of the last 7 months wasn’t completely lost when I switched platforms. I knew I had neither the knowledge nor the time to commit to this task, so when Blogelina was suggested to me, I know exactly what I needed to do.
Blogelina offers a wealth of great information and resources on a constant basis, and I’m always finding new tips and tricks on their blog. It’s very clear that they know what they’re doing. Whether you’re just a reader that keeps up with their recent posts, a seeker of quality takeaway resources for your blog , or looking for help taking your blog to the next level, there’s something for everyone. I was of course delighted to see the “Stress-Free Blogger-to-WordPress Transfer Package,” and knew I was in the right spot. And while I was at it, I opted for the Blog Makeover as well. If we’re going to do this, do it right!
I could not be happier with the new blog. I love the new style and the absolutely mind-blowing plugins I have already been able to put into play so quickly with WordPress, but even more satisfying is knowing that all of my content is there, all of my images are present, and any back links or pins or anything other linked items will properly redirect to our new home. I know that if I had done this by myself, it would have been an absolutely nightmare and the source of countless panic attacks. I am so relieved that it is complete and so excited for what this means for the future of Chaos & Kiddos.
I highly recommend the folks at Blogelina. They were timely, personable and patient. I had about a million questions, and they provided appropriate resources and friendly communication whenever I needed it. I am thoroughly satisfied with their work and my own sister already plans to use them to migrate her blog at the end of the summer. I always talk about how delegation is key to the success of a small business owner, especially one with a family. You need to know when you’re not the best man for the job, and I was definitely not the best man for this job. Choosing to invest a small bit of money for the promise of a seamless transition, more time with my family and less headache…worth every, single penny. Well done, Blogelina! And thank you!
Click on the pictures and links below if you want to give Blogelina a whirl! I promise – you’ll be so glad that you did!
Total Blogger to WordPress Transfer Package