Practical Baby Shower Gifts Every Mom Will Love!

I’ve learned from being a mother myself that some of the most unexpected gifts are by far the best gifts you could receive during your baby shower. Of course, we love all of the cute clothes, soft blankets and rattles but most people (and new moms) never think of the items you’ll truly need until the time comes to use them.

I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite baby items to give (and receive) at a baby shower.

Infants Tylenol/Motrin. You can never have too much medicine for your little one. Nobody ever wants to walk through the baby isles and buy medicine as a gift… but DO IT. It will be put into great use. Trust me. You can never go wrong with this gift and to be honest, a lot of new mothers don’t think about buying medication beforehand. You never think you need it until you wake up in the middle of the night with a sick child.

Thermometer. With my first child, I didn’t even think to buy a thermometer for young children until the time came where I was asked “did he have a temperature at all today”. I felt way too embarrassed to answer with “I didn’t have one to take his temperature with”, so I completed fibbed and told them he “was just a little warm”. I will never go without one anymore.

Mommy & Me Teething Products. I think teething products that children can chew on and mommy can wear are a phenomenal idea. It makes baby happy and keeps mommy looking fashionable. I love the necklaces, but recently came across the Nuby Teething Trends Beaded Bracelet’s and thought they were a great piece. Since it’s wearable, you’ll never be without it. They have a soft textured surface for teething and comfortability while wearing. It’s BPA free and comes in mint, maroon, black, and gray. It’s the perfect size for dressing up an outfit while not looking too gaudy. Find something like it here!

Children’s Q-Tips. Sounds crazy, but it’s smart! One box of these as a gift can last for months. Maybe it’s just me, but I have a weird pet peeve about my children having dirty ears. These were a perfect and not a ‘typical’ gift for myself, so I now continue to buy them for every other mama who’s shower I attend because it’s rare they’d get a second box.

Something for Mom. Yes, baby showers are all about the baby but us mothers would love something a little special for us after the baby arrives (of before). Maybe a few bath bombs, a cute pajama outfit, some comfortable slippers to wear at the hospital. No matter what it is, it will be greatly appreciated! Something new for us might make pushing a baby out sound a little better.

What are some of the best baby shower gifts you received? I’d love to hear!

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FabFitFun Winter 2018 Unboxing

It’s my favorite time of the season again you guys; my FabFitFun unboxing! I just received my winter box and of course, it never fails to impress! I get so excited when I receive the email saying my box has shipped and I’m like a kid on Christmas when it arrives! I’m excited to share all these products with you and to share a future post on what I thought about each product.

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But let’s get to what we’re all here for, the products!

Mark & Graham Color Block Throw.

I received the Gray/Ivory color, but you could also receive a Natural/Ivory color. I must admit, I already opened this throw and put it to good use. It is super cozy and warm. The stripe design, fringe detailing, and neutral colors making is easy to pair with any living room décor. Even the kiddo’s love it!

Valued at $49

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Bearpaw Combo Set: Headband and Pop-Top Glove Duo.

These 100% polyester and sherpa-lined headband and fingerless gloves are adorable, and super soft! It’s perfect for those chilly days and are super stylish. I’m excited to try multiple different hairstyles with this headband.

Valued at $45

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Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo.

If you’re a mom like me, we love our dry shampoo. So, I will quickly use this. Each time I receive a dry shampoo in my box, it’s gone within a few weeks and I loved every single one of them. This product is sulfate-free and absorbs all the unwanted oils and impurities while soothing the scalp and restoring strength and softness.

Valued at $44

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Sherrie Matthews Acupuncture Jade Stone Roller.

I’ve been looking into these and to my surprise I received one in my box. It’s an anti-aging beauty tool that has been used for centuries! This roller helps stimulate energy (qi) and promotes a feeling of facial relaxation. I can’t wait to try this!

Valued at $45

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Way of Will Elevate Essential Oil Set: Sweet Orange and Eucalyptus Oil

Oils have become a very popular product and are being used for everything. I personally, have not tried them yet. This will be a good start to see how I feel about them. These oils can be applied directly to the skin. The sweet orange eases stomach cramps and headaches while the eucalyptus helps with cold symptoms and muscle aches. All four of those issues run through our house like wildfire so these will be put to great use!

Valued at $31

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Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in “Stella”

I will try anything to help hide these mom bags. This brightener is infused with macadamia and meadowfoam oil. This silky champagne eye brightener instantly highlights and brightens your eyes.

Valued at $24

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Ahava Hydration Cream Mask.

A few boxes ago, I receive a hand cream from this brand and I still love it. This cream mask is enriched with mineral spring water, shea butter, and vitamin E. This creamy mask softens and smooths the skin while giving intense hydration and comfort.

Valued at $33

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Blaq Hydrogel Eye Mask with Hyaluronic Acid

Love love love eye masks! I have those mom bags, for sure. These masks help swollen and puffy eyes with activated charcoal. It helps to detox and de-puff and give you a refreshed look.

Valued at $29

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Mystery Item: Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion

This is an age defying exfoliator. It renews skin radiance, polishes and smooths, and helps diminish the look of fine lines. I may only be 27, but it’s never to early to keep your skin from aging! I’m excited to try.

Valued at $25

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If you are interested in buying your own box, click here for $10 off!

As I say every time, you won’t regret signing up! These boxes are to die for!

Check back soon for a product review!

 

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Holiday Traditions You Don’t Want To Miss Out On With Young Kids.

This holiday season I am really starting to focus on traditions I want to start with my little ones. My son is almost 5 and daughter almost 2. There are so many neat traditions floating around, and I wanted to share a few that I’ve come across that I have already started or will be starting with my family.

Family time and memories are cherished by me. Of course, I like to create memories all year long but there is a different vibe during the holiday season. The cold weather, the holiday music, the holiday movies, snuggling up on the couch while it’s snowing. It just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Let’s not forget the Starbucks holiday drinks that keep me from becoming a mombie all season long because we all know we stress over making the holiday season perfect for our kiddos.

Okay, so let’s get started. I’m the type of person who tries to enjoy Thanksgiving before I go all out for Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll decorate early, but I want my kids to learn and understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving also. Not just go straight to wanting toys from Santa… but sometimes that inevitable. Let’s be real. But hey, a mom can try, right?

Thankful Pumpkin. I started this back in October. I bought each child a small, plastic pumpkin to list what they are thankful for on. Each day we write one thing we are thankful for and on Thanksgiving we will display them on the dinner table for all family and friends to see. I’ve really enjoyed this, and some of the words that have come out of my sons mouth about what he is thankful for his too cute.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Ever since I was a young girl, I always sat and watched the parade while my mother prepped and prepared Thanksgiving dinner. The floats, the dancers, the music. I was glued for hours. It’s a fun way to start off Thanksgiving Day. In between cooking, my mom would come and watch some with me while we talked about our favorite floats. It’s something I’ll never forget, and I hope my kids won’t either. I’m 27 and still love watching the parade to this day.

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Breaking the Wishbone. Usually, with the wishbone you make a wish and whoever breaks the bigger piece their wish would come true. Hence the ‘wish’ part. My brother and I were always the ones to break it together. We mainly used it as bragging rights because we all know one sibling needs to be the winner with everything. It’s an exciting way to end a fun filled day. Plus, I always believed my wishes would come true when I broke the bigger piece… and I still do today.

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Cutting Your Own Christmas Tree. I am SO excited to start this year. My parents always bought a real Christmas tree for my siblings and I during the holiday season. We wouldn’t let them buy a fake one until we were old enough. But seriously, who doesn’t love the smell of a fresh cut pine tree in your home?! That’s one of my favorite scents. Now that both kids can walk, we are going to cut down our own this year and I can’t wait! Now I might regret the watering every day and the pine needles constantly falling, but my kids are going to love it just as much as I did as a child. Plus, it’s an awesome way to create memories and have some family time.

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Bake Homemade Cookies. My mother is the queen of making homemade cookies from scratch. Still to this day, she makes batches and batches of fresh chocolate chip cookies and I am always right by her side helping her. When I was younger, it was licking the spoon and eating her dough. Today, it’s helping her every step of the way while my kids eat the dough. I definitely want to keep this tradition going until my children are old enough to share it with their children. My mother always hid them from us also so we didn’t demolish them in less then a week. I’ll be doing that also. Maybe stash them in my room, so I can sneak one or two. 😉

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Donate Old Toys. My kids are spoiled. Honestly, who’s child isn’t? They have piles and piles of toys in their room, the living room, everywhere! They can never seem to have enough. Well now, we decided every year before Santa comes visit we are going to donate our old toys to places where they will be used. The kids are learning that Santa won’t come unless they share old toys that they don’t play with, because they need to make room for the new ones. Plus, it can help other young kids who don’t have many toys enjoy their holiday season.

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Go See Christmas Lights. One of my all time favorite things to do. We are fortunate enough that our area has SO many places to visit during the holiday season. We always visit a place called Christmas Magic and we take one evening to drive around our area to look at all the drive thru lights. I am grateful for the people who go all out during Christmas, because my kids LOVE looking at lights. They are always amazed by it. My son now reminds me that we must go see Christmas lights before Christmas day. It’s certainly a favorite of his.

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Christmas PJ’s and A Movie. On Christmas Eve, my little ones get to open one present. It’s always their Christmas PJ’s and a movie. My oldest is now catching on to the tradition and he’s already pointing out certain pajama’s that he would like for Christmas night. Once they are opened and dressed, we snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie before bed. We also sneak in some hot chocolate and a peppermint crisp or two, then we pour some milk and leave some cookies for Santa when we’re done.

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Santa Tracker. Now-a-days it’s so much easier to track Santa. Us adults download the app on our smartphone and the kids can check on where he is at. My kids really enjoy doing this and it’s a good way for them to learn other locations in the world. For an awesome mom tip, download the Santa FaceTime app. The kids think they are FaceTiming Santa and he helps them stay on the nice list because Santa is watching. Mom win!

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There are so many more holiday traditions I would like to try. This time of year is my favorite and spending quality time with my family means to most to me. I’d love to hear what you have in store this holiday season.

I hope you have an awesome one.

 

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Why I Switched to an Electric Toothbrush

Hey Everyone!

Let me start off by saying…

How did it take until I was 27 to switch to an electric toothbrush?! I’ve been doing it all wrong for years. I’ve always thought that no matter what the brand, style, shape, etc. was, the cleanliness of your teeth would always turn out the same. You know, brush twice a day, floss, rinse and you’re good. Your teeth can only get so clean right? WRONG. My teeth have never felt better lately. Even my gums have felt better. Anyone else suffer from bleeding gums? I do, but not so much anymore. You’ll see why a little further down in this post.

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Not only did the cleanliness of my teeth guide me to stick with an electric toothbrush. There is so many reasons why an electric toothbrush is just… better. Especially my new cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush by Smile Brilliant.

The storage. Anyone else have a mason jar full of manual toothbrushes? I do. Well, I did. Instead of throwing away a toothbrush every time we received a new one, we just kept piling them in there. To the point where they could barely fit. It got to the point where trying to shove your toothbrush back in there was more of an effort then brushing your teeth in the first place. Now, we have one waterproof cariPRO toothbrush handle (with FIVE brush modes) and two cariPRO Premium Brush Heads. One blue one silver, DuPont bristles, built in tongue scrubbers, and a rubberized head to protect tooth enamel. The handle sits nicely on a charging base and has a modern, sleek look.

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My kids want to brush their teeth MORE. YES. You read that right. My children thought my new electric toothbrush was so cool, they had to get some of their own. We make fun out of brushing our teeth now. We all brush together saying we are going to “tickle our teeth” and they LOVE it. Like I mentioned earlier, my gums have never felt better. All because my cariPRO toothbrush has five brush modes.

  • Clean. The standard mode for a superior daily cleaning.
  • White. The most powerful mode to help remove surface stains, polish, give you a vigorously deep clean.
  • Massage. A gentle gum pulsation for gum stimulation.
  • Gum Care. For gentle cleaning along the gum-line. (Now you know why I mentioned earlier about my gums no longer bleeding)
  • Sensitive. Perfect for sensitive gums and teeth. Use this mode if you find the default clean mode slightly too aggressive.

My children enjoy choosing what “mode” I use each time and they pretend along thinking they are doing the same thing with their teeth.

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My tooth brush keeps time for me. You know as a kid, you were told to sing the ABC’s twice in your head because it equals out to about 2 minutes. Which is the standard time to brush your teeth twice a day. Well, no more keeping track! The cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush has four 30 second bursts of vibrations. For each quadrant of your mouth. I won’t lie, it makes me feel more accomplished after brushing my teeth, knowing that I did it for the full two minutes.

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Say ‘bye’ wine and coffee stains. If you know me, you know I love my coffee… and wine… a lot. What I don’t like is those pesky little stains they can leave on my teeth. I have noticed significant changes in my teeth after brushing with my CariPRO toothbrush. I’ve learned that harder is not better. Gentle brush strokes at a 45-degree angle is all you need to demolish those coffee and wine stains and the pulsations of the cariPRO do the trick.

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I could rant and rave about this product for hours, but we all know one of the most important questions, how much is the product? Trust me, as a mom of two, splurging on pricey things isn’t in my budget what so ever. But, the cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush offers optimal performance for half the price of comparable electronic toothbrushes. Clean teeth don’t have to be expensive and Smile Brilliant showed me just that with this fantastic toothbrush.

You guys have no idea how grateful I am to be able to pair up with Smile Brilliant for an awesome GIVEAWAY! Enter here now for your chance to win this amazing toothbrush!

Want more?! Here’s a coupon code for 20% off your purchase: cunninghamchronicles20.

You won’t regret it!

 

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Awesome Target Finds Under $5: Part Two

Hey Everyone!

I had such a blast posting about my first bunch Target finds from Bullseye’s Playground, I just had to do another post. Plus, it gives me more of a reason to stroll through those wonderful little isles. With school still a few weeks away, Target is really focusing on school supplies for teachers and children. This works out great for me currently because my little one is home with me all day and my oldest only goes to preschool two days a week now. I am starting to teach my youngest numbers and letters while trying to keep my oldest up to date with his math and spelling.

My last post involved just about all children’s products and this one does too. That’s mom life for ya! Next time I am going to focus on us adults. I honestly cannot get over how inexpensive these products are.

 I am eager to use these products with my kids and I believe they are going to be a great implement for learning. Plus, they seem enjoyable also. It goes outside of the box instead of just writing in a notebook.

So, here is my recent finds.

 

Chalkboard Clock.

My four-year-old is really showing an interest in learning to tell time. He is always asking what time it is and also trying to figure it out on his own. This product is perfect for only $3. You can write the numbers on the wooden clock yourself and move the hands wherever you please to show various times of the day. I will have him practice moving the hands himself and have him try to guess the times I give also. We have it hung up by his bed so every morning and night he sets the time before getting out of bed.

 

 

Chalkboard Sign.

Perfect for my ‘Mommin’ on a Budget’ motto. Only $5 for a perfect ‘first day’ and ‘last day’ photo of each school year. I was honestly contemplating buying a pricey sign for one picture, but once I saw this I was sold. I can erase it each year and use it for the next. Money well spent! I am really excited to use the same board for every year my children go to school. When the graduate, I will make a cute collage of each year.

 

 

Learning Books.

Just $1 each, that is it! They have multiple books to choose from. We picked up addition, subtraction, and printing practice for my oldest. He enjoys practicing addition on his fingers, so I am hoping these will get him more involved with mathematics. The printing practice will keep him up with writing his letters while he is not at preschool.

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Alphabet Blocks.

These are for my girl, my youngest. I am so excited to start teaching her numbers and letters and these blocks will help tremendously! Since I am now staying home I do not foresee sending her to preschool any earlier than a year before kindergarten (maybe), so mama will be doing the teaching. She has already dug into them and enjoys playing with them, which is a plus. They also have adorable little pictures that you can match the letters to. You can get them for only $3!

 

 

Activity Paper Roll.

Thirty feet of fun! For only $3 you can hang this on your child’s wall and they can go to town with tracing numbers and letters, learning time, coloring, learning shapes, and plenty more! I am really going to take advantage of this for my oldest to help his spelling and time telling. I am going to have him trace his letters and then try to spell out words himself. I think he will really enjoy it.

 

Stay tuned for next month to see my next set of Target finds!

I hope you enjoy!

 

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I’m That Mom.

I’m that mom who lets her kids eat a few chips in the morning, so I can enjoy my coffee.

I’m that mom who lets her kids wear what they want even if they look ridiculous.

I’m that mom who lets her kids skip a bath for a night or two. (Sometimes three)

I’m that mom who packs the occasional Lunchable in her kid’s lunch box, because I don’t feel like making a sandwich.

I’m that mom who lets her kids watch TV or their tablet, so I can have some peace and quiet.

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I’m that mom who tells her kids no three times in a row but still gives in.

I’m that mom who lets her kids drink soda occasionally, because I know they like it.

I’m that mom who sometimes gives her kids sugar right before bed even though I know it will keep them up.

I’m that mom who bribes her kids to sit still and smile so I can get the occasional ‘perfect’ picture.

I’m that mom who spends unnecessary money on toys when I know the kids already have enough, then complains about how much money was spent.

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I’m that mom who will leave to go somewhere extra early because I know the kids will fall asleep in the car, and I can too for a little while.

I’m that mom who lets her kids hang in the other room unattended while I go get something.

I’m that mom who let’s her kids get filthy dirty while playing outside. (That’s what play clothes are for!)

I’m that mom who accepts that jumping in the pool is the same as a nightly bath during the summer.

I’m that mom who drops her kids off late to pre-school.

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I’m that mom who forgets to sign important forms that need to go back to school.

I’m that mom who promises she’ll do something for her kids ‘tomorrow’ but just hoping they forget.

I’m that mom who occasionally curses in front of her kids, and then tries to hide the laughing when they repeat me.

I’m that mom who tells her kids the police will come get them when they are doing something wrong.

I’m that mom who will take a picture of her kids failing at something before helping them, because it’s just too damn funny.

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I’m that mom who eats her sweets after the kids go to bed, so I don’t have to share.

I’m that mom who lets her children sleep in the clothes they had on all day, because they don’t feel like changing into pajama’s.

I’m that mom who occasionally scares her kids, because we get a good laugh out of it afterwards.

I’m that mom who will drive though McDonald’s to get her kids a Happy Meal, because I just don’t feel like cooking dinner.

I’m that mom who will throw some of her kids’ art work away because we already have so many already.

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No mom has their sh*t together. No mom has the most perfect well-behaved kids. No mom’s life is perfect. Mom’s screw up, mom’s make mistakes, mom’s just don’t give a sh*t sometimes. It’s life, it’s just how it goes. But when we tuck our kids in at night and hear the words “I love you”, in their eyes you’re doing it all right. I know mine think I am, no matter what kind of mom I am.

Do I think I’m a bad mom because of what I do? No. Do my kids still have manners and respect? Sure do.

I’m still one bad ass mama to my little’s.

What do you mama’s do sometimes, just because? I’d love to hear! We aren’t alone on this one. I honestly find it humorous to see what we all do. It’s a good thing to express because we all know that no mom is perfect!

 

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Awesome Target Finds for Kids: Under $5!

If you haven’t been through the Target ‘Bullseye’s Playground’ yet, you are missing out! I have found so many useful goodies in that little section for myself and for the kids. From house décor, to water bottles, to kid’s toys. It’s always an enjoyable surprise every time I visit the store. It’s always the first section we visit. Best part is, everything is $5 and under! You really can’t beat the prices of some of these knick-knacks.

We visited the store today, and since summer is half way over (unfortunately) and school will be back in session before we know it, I was able to pick up a ton of fun learning activities for the kids. I was honestly surprised how inexpensive these products were. I had to snag them up and share what I found. I’m sure I’ll be creating a part two to this post because I wanted to grab even more. Who knows, maybe it’ll be a monthly post, because you don’t even want to know how many items I usually walk away with.

This post is for the kids though. My son is only in pre-k this year two days a week, so he’s home with me a lot. I really want to make sure he keeps up with practicing what he learns in pre-k while also having some fun activities to do while we are at home.

Make Your Own Slime Kit. We opened this as soon as we arrived home. For only $3, this is an awesome craft to make! The kit comes with everything you need (besides hot water and two plastic cups). This was our first time making slime. So, with a failed attempt the first time, we had enough products to try a second time. It’s kept my kids occupied for hours. Mom win.

20 Count Modeling Clay. This twenty-piece set was only $3 and included 1 knife, 1 roller, 6 shaped cutters, and 12 clay sticks. It’s a great activity for children to be creative. The shaped cutters resemble animals so it can also be used as a learning activity for learning the colors of animals, or just for fun! If you want to make a purple giraffe, you do it!

26 Count Magnetic Numbers. For only $1! Yes, a DOLLAR! You get two of each letter 0-9 along with mathematical symbols. You can use these to help your children practice learning numbers, along with learning addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division! They stick great to the refrigerator or any metal you desire. I’m thinking of putting a metal board on my son’s wall in his room so he can practice whenever he wants. You can also use the back of the packaging to match the numbers to their outlines.

Dry Erase Lap Boards. These were also only $1! You really can’t beat it. These boards come with their own dry erase marker. The front is blank so children can use it to draw, write, or create whatever they wish. My favorite part of these boards is on the back. They have outlines of upper-case and lower-case letters along with numbers so children can practice writing their letters and numbers. If they mess up, they can just erase and try again. This is great for fun and learning.

Bubbles. While bubbles are usually inexpensive overall, my little one isn’t quite at the stage for mixing and creating things yet. She sure does love her bubbles though. To make it even better, it’s Minnie bubbles! She loves her some Minnie. These were only $3 and to my surprise it’s quite a large container of bubbles. They have multiple different characters to choose from.

Chips Clips. Okay, maybe this one is for mama, but for only $1 how can you resist! They are magnetic and come in different colors. I’m trying to teach my oldest who is four how to roll up chip bags and close them so they don’t become stale. These are perfect for that. Also, they are perfect for hanging art work from the kiddos on the fridge.

I am a Target mom for sure, and finding these steals make it even more exciting to visit each week! I’m excited to see what we find next time.

What Target finds have you found?

Keep checking back for more Bullseye’s Playground goodies we find!

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Our Visit to Long’s Park

 

I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t be the mom who stays at home with her kids all day and sits around the house. I want to get them out, have them explore and learn new things. Most importantly I want to exhaust them! I want them so worn out that they don’t complain about going to bed at night. Wishful thinking about wanting to go to bed at night, but hey, I try!

Now, living on just about one income isn’t easy. We have bills to pay, groceries to buy, cars to fill with gas.

So, I have been researching a lot to find places that are either free or inexpensive to visit. I call it “Mommin’ on a Budget”.

Do not get me wrong, we will get our expensive amusement park days in, but that cannot happen every day of week when my son isn’t at Pre-K.

But, if you look hard enough, you’ll find some awesome places out there. Especially parks. I’m surprised with how many parks have awesome free activities for kids to do.

I came across Long’s Park on Google Maps while drinking my morning coffee. After reading the reviews, and looking at some pictures (I’m totally that mom that goes on Instagram and looks at all the tagged photos of that location just to get some insight on the place, don’t judge, it totally works), I wanted to take the kids there. It’s a huge 80-acre park with multiple activities for the kids to do… FOR FREE. We were loving it! I must mention that this park was super clean and well kept.

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So, here is what we enjoyed.

Petting Farm.

This was really neat! You walk through a large fenced in area where the animals just roam around you. No fences, no restrictions (except feeding the animals), nothing! The animals were very calm so you felt comfortable around them. There’s a variety of animals to see from roosters and chickens in their coop, to baby goats, and alpaca’s. Let’s not forget the pot belly pig that my youngest thought was the best. They have a washing station after you leave with soap, water, towels, and hand sanitizer. It’s very nicely kept. Only thing to remember is, you can’t bring strollers into the fenced in area, but we just sat ours right outside, no biggie.

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The Pond.

Such a clean, well-kept pond I must mention. They have a path you can use to walk around the entire pond which makes it super easy with a stroller. There is multiple benches (shaded and unshaded) to sit on. There’s a small bridge you can walk on that leads to a beautiful gazebo and a few picnic tables. Ducks, fish, and wildlife are all around you. One thing I honestly noticed was that there was barely any flies or gnats bothering you. Might be a coincidence, but it was nice to not have to keep swatting bugs away. There’s a beautiful rock lining around the entire pond and small pier where you can walk out on to get a beautiful view of the entire pond. My oldest really enjoyed this part. You can fish there also, so we’ll be going back to give that a go.

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The Playgrounds.

 So many playgrounds. They have tons located all over the park. The main playground is called Kids Place Playground. It is wonderful. My favorite part is that it’s completely fenced in. You need to open a large gate to get out. That put my anxiety at ease. I did not have to worry about my youngest running out or anyone coming and scooping up my kids (Yes, I think about that, and my anxiety sky rockets the first time I lose sight of my little’s). It’s also handicap accessible. I LOVED that feature. Knowing that any kid can have a blast on this playground is total brownies points with me. There’s many stations all over the playground that are learning mechanisms too. Let’s not forgot the music stations where you can play bells, hit some drums, and whistle. My youngest was all about the music.

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There are a ton of smaller playgrounds located around the park too. Just as entertaining as the big one, and a great place to get away from the crowds. A lot of shaded also, so no burning slides! I’m waiting for the day where they come out with heat resistant slides for these little ones.

Cisco’s in the Park.

A perfect little place to end your adventures or even to visit in between. They have a nice variety of small finger foods if you forget to pack lunch (we did pack, so we didn’t try the food). But, we did try the ice cream and fruit smoothies! Yum, yum, yum! It was only $3 for two big scoops of delicious Hershey’s ice cream. I ordered a fresh mango smoothie for only $5, which was worth every cent. Super delicious! We really enjoyed that. They had shaded picnic tables for you to enjoy your sweet treats, we also decided to eat our lunch there. The staff was friendly and quick. It was a clean area for being the food area in the park. Very minimal bees and flies. Our lunch and dessert was very enjoyable!

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There is also multiple sports fields and an amphitheater that hosts concerts over the weekend. From the looks of it, I think I might return to experience a live band one evening.

We really enjoyed our visit, and will return soon. If you live near the Southern PA area, I recommend this park to others, especially with little ones.

Enjoy!

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Helping Your Toddler Get to Sleep at Night: Our Personal Tips.

 

If you have a toddler, like mine, who refuses to sleep because she thinks she’ll miss something, getting them to sleep can be a difficult task.

The “cry it out” method is a no go in our household. My toddler will stand on the side of her crib and scream for hours until mommy or daddy comes to the rescue. We are not the parents who co-sleep either. If you do, that’s awesome. With my anxiety and constant worry of my little ones falling from our bed, there is no way I’d ever get a good night’s rest. Plus, my kids sleep like ninja’s. I’ll pass on getting kicked in the head in the middle of the night.

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We’ve done trial and error with numerous bedtime rituals and we’ve seem to have figured out what works best.

Yes, every child is different, but if I can enlighten others on our nightly rituals you never know who it could help.

You never know unless you try, right?

 

White Noise. Yes, yes, and more yes! We put a humidifier in my daughter’s room that makes the perfect white noise sound. We have it running even before she goes into her room to sleep. It blocks out any other noises that might startle her throughout the night and helps her fall asleep faster. We use the Vicks Starry Night Humidifier. It gives off enough white noise to block unwanted noises, and you can also insert Vicks Vapor Pads when the little ones are sick!

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Brush Their Teeth. Now that my daughter has plenty of teeth, we are starting to brush them every single night before bed! I’ve made it more into a “before bed” chore.  Both of my kids know that brushing their teeth is one of the last things they do before bed. My daughter is very picky when it comes to food and certain flavors. We got our hands on some Nuby All-Natural Toddler Training Toothpaste. It has a fun and tasteful tutti frutti flavor that she loves. It’s safe to swallow, non-toxic, and fluoride free. It’s BPA free and made right here in USA! It’s also endorsed by Pediatric Dentist Dr. Grace Kim – Founder of Yummy Dental and Orthodontics for Kids in Chicago, IL.

If you purchase the toothpaste, it comes with a bonus toothbrush! It has an easy grip handle (perfect for those little hands!), comes in a variety of fun, bright colors and designs, BPA free, and has soft bristles to gently clean those little precious teeth. You can find this at Babies R Us and Kmart!

 

Rub their head. Something about rubbing the back of my daughter’s head is incredibly soothing to her. She’s been putting her hand on the back of her head since birth as a soothing mechanism when she’s tired. It’s the sweetest thing.

If your child doesn’t like the head, try their back or arms. Every little one is different! My oldest loved his back rubbed when he was a little one, and it still works to this day at four years old!

 

Show them you’re going to bed too. Every so often, I’ll lay on my daughter’s room for just a few minutes to let her know we are “going to bed” too. Even if we aren’t, it helps ease her mind knowing she’s not missing out on anything fun. I’ve been starting to let her know that Mommy is going to bed too by putting on pajama’s myself. Usually both my children go to bed at the same time, so I’ll put my oldest to bed first so she sees that he is going to sleep also.

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Stuffed Toy. No Minnie, No Sleep. Something about hugging Minnie tight at night is a good way to get my toddler to sleep. It seems like a comfort thing knowing that she has something lying in bed with her. She’s starting to say “Minnie” at night when I lay her in her crib, and it melts my hearts. Whatever your child is into grab a stuffed animal of their favorite cartoon or movie and have them snuggle up to it.

I’ll look at her monitor at night when she’s asleep, and she never let’s go of her Minnie.

 

Have the room dark. My husband and I always turn the lights off and the humidifier on before we take her into her room. Walking into the dark room lets her know it’s time for bed and we are not coming in here to play.

Since we started this, and now that she has caught onto it, she now lays her head on our shoulders. This made me believe that this is a good tip to helping her get to sleep, because before when the light was on she’d throw a fit.

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These pre- bedtime rituals have really helped our toddler get to sleep at night. She’s a wild little one so if these nightly steps work for her, I’m sure it can help another mama. Give them a go, let me know what you think!

 

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