Nuby Light-Up 360 Wonder Cup

Lately we’ve become obsessed with Nuby cups. I’ve posted so many reviews for each cup and I have yet to be disappointed. Their products are so reasonably priced, have great quality and are super adorable for boys and girls of any age.

We’ve now had the opportunity to try the Nuby Light-Up 360 Wonder Cup. Just like the others, this one is another winner for my kids. It’s a 10 oz BPA free cup with beautiful light up designs. It’s recommended for 12 months and older, has a No-Spill Hygienic Cover and a double wall insulation that keeps drink cooler for longer!

My daughter likes to use this cup before bed because she enjoys seeing the colors light up while her room is dark.

So, we usually use this cup as one last bit ‘fun’ for the evening. She knows the cup has her milk in it, so she heads to bed ready to have a drink and to see the lights glow from her cup.

We kind of have a Nuby cup for every occasion. Liliana has one for gymnastics. Kyle has one to take outside with him. We never leave the house without one in our hand. Why would we though? These cups are so reliable, I never want to leave the house without one.

You can find this one at your local Walmart.

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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.

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You won’t regret it!

 

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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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You’re Not a Bad Mom, It’s Just a Bad Day.

They last few weeks my daughter hasn’t been sleeping like she usually does. Teething is the devil. She’s extremely cranky, the house is mess because she wants to cling to me, and I can tell my son is feeling a little jealous because I’ve been trying to handle her being glued to my hip which cuts my play time with him in half. No matter how many times I try to let him know that since Liliana isn’t a big kid like he is, and that she needs mommy’s help a little more, he still gets upset.

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While trying to tend to my children’s needs, I often feel like I’m failing as a mother to both of my little ones. With Kyle, it’s feeling like I’m not spending enough time with him and having our one or one bonding time. With Liliana, it’s not being able to take away her pain and getting her back to her normal self. My son’s favorite words right now are “well nobody wants to play with me”, all while Liliana is screaming her head off because I put her down to try and accomplish some household chores. It rips my heart apart. Words can’t even begin to describe the guilt I feel while trying to clean and not playing with my kids. There is not enough time in the day to accomplish everything that needs to be done. It’s a daily struggle to get everything that I want completed along with tending to every need of my children.

Another thing that brings the ‘bad mom’ feelings out is disciplining my children. This is probably why my husband complains to me for always making him feel like the bad guy, or why my children don’t listen to me as well as they do him. Mommy lets them get away with A LOT. Don’t get me wrong, I yell at and discipline my kids constantly but that doesn’t mean it makes me feel complete crap afterwards. I am a full supporter of discipline. My children will not be raised without manners, but damn does it make my heart hurt. My children will never see that part of me though, the part where I feel bad doing it. I always stay strong in front of them. I must say though, something about that deep, masculine voice of my husband that makes the kids listen the first time around, is music to my ears.

Some nights I break down, shed a few tears. I talk to my husband about it and he reassures me that I’m doing a great job. Sometimes I even struggle to get to sleep at night because I question if I’m spending enough time with my kids. The last thing I want to do is let them down. As much as I want to spend every waking minute playing with them, a dirty house is often a trigger to get my anxiety to escalate.  When my house isn’t clean, it makes me feel unaccomplished and guilty that I’m not fulfilling my duties of being a stay at home mom. My husband works his butt off all day to give me this amazing life, the least I can do is keep our house clean. Also, anytime that my children act inappropriately while out in public or even at home, gets me going too. The last thing I want to do is look like I don’t know how to raise my kiddos.

After these past few weeks, I’ve came to realize that I am far from a bad mom. This is what motherhood is about. If anything has taught be to be strong it’s becoming a mother. Trying to manage time between chores and two kids is a task, but we always seem to figure out. Yelling at them might be difficult now, but I know I won’t regret it when they are older. Ever since I’ve gotten into blogging, reading other mom blogs and learning about their daily lives has made me realize we are all the same. We all go through this craziness, and even though every child is different and every mother’s way of disciplining is different, we deal with the same struggles of motherhood. None of us are alone.

My little boy always goes to bed at night saying he loves me so much, and my daughter smiles at me every night when I rock her to sleep. Raising them is difficult, but worth every minute of the bad days we always seem to overcome.

Always remember, you are not a bad mom. It’s just a bad day. We have all been there, and you’re doing an amazing job!

xoxo

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