Oct 1, 2016

The Ultimate Guide to a Happy Halloween

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I was provided free product from Oriental Trading in exchange for a blog post.  No other type of compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.

Halloween is less than a month away!  Are you ready?  Do you have the Halloween treats/prizes for your kids classmates?  Do you have the candy ready for trick or treaters?  Did you spend a fortune on it?  Do you have your decorations up?  How are your decorations looking?  Are they a bit old and sad looking?  Have you picked up your pumpkins?  If you have then have you made time to decorate them with your kids?  

Don't get me wrong...I LOVE HOLIDAYS.  However, sometimes we expect way too much of ourselves when it comes to holidays.  I am so very guilty of this.  For instance with Halloween I tend to think I need to hand make my girls Halloween costumes.  I mean it is cheaper so why not?  I tend to try and hand make cute packages that my oldest daughter gives to her classmates.  

I try to do a Halloween party for kids.  I try to do different and fun things with all the pumpkins on my porch.  Then I try to make some grandiose new decoration.  You know, with all the spare time I have.   Then lastly I usually forget about the candy and I end up paying a good fortune on it and I am not that happy with the candy that I pick. 

This year I was determined to do it different.  I have been struggling with anxiety and I knew I needed to change things this holiday season for my own mental health, but also for the good of my own family.  So I decided to simplify things this year.  Who's with me?  Do you want to simplify your Halloween as well?  

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Here's ways I plan to have a Happy Halloween (but simplify at the same time).

Costumes

I am hand making my youngest daughter's costume, but it is so simple that I am actually putting my husband in charge of it.  We are excited to do it together and it won't take long at all.  For my oldest daughter we bought a Halloween costume at a second hand store by us.  She is in love with it and I figured it was easy and inexpensive for me and I LOVE to see her happy.  Oriental Trading has great costumes.  I just have a picky daughter that has to try them on.  (yeah I have no idea where she came from!)

Items to pass out to classmates
The Ultimate Guide to a Happy Halloween

Usually I try to make these beautiful and basically kill myself over it.  However, the kids really do not care at all.  Although I do love to make paper crafts I came to the realization that this year is not the time.  So this year I am going to give her classmates a bundle of temporary tattoos (Item #: IN-25/716).  These are not any tattoos, but these glow in the dark!  So much fun!  The best part is the price!  These are only $5.99 for 6 dozen!  That is roughly $.08 a tattoo.  My daughter is so excited to give them to her friends. 

Treats to pass out for trick or treaters
The Ultimate Guide to a Happy Halloween

Every year I want to give something to trick or treaters that is not candy.  Kids get so much candy for Halloween I love the idea of giving them something else.  This year I am finally doing it.  I am giving out Halloween pretzels (Item #: IN-K678) this year.  Again these are not a break the bank option.  They are $5.98 for 48 packets.  So that turns into $0.13 a packet.  Not bad at all. 

Pumpkin Decorating
The Ultimate Guide to a Happy Halloween

This year we are having fun decorating pumpkins, but it isn't messy and my 4 year old can do it completely by herself.  She has so much fun picking what eyes she wants with what mouth.  She seriously is in love with these stickers (Item #: IN-13707814) and making different faces.  These packets will last us forever.  They would be PERFECT for a party because there are so many options.  With this you get 12 sheets of stickers for $4.99. If these are a little too silly for you there are so many options to choose from.  However, these will make you laugh for sure.  We were all laughing while decorating them. 

Halloween Decorations 


This Halloween I have a new garland that I didn't lift a finger to make.  I have a slight obsession with garlands and this Candy Corn Garland (Item #: IN-13602080) is seriously so cute!  I love it accenting my chalkboard that I love to update every month or so. 

Then since I absolutely love making wreaths I decided I would do that one thing this year.  Although it isn't the easiest thing because it doesn't come ready, but I still love crafting and honestly I so happy when I craft.  So I decided to put together a wreath that wouldn't take long and would be made by me.  Even if you are not a crafter I can promise you can make this.  

Steps:
  1. Gather supplies
    The Ultimate Guide to a Happy Halloween
    1. Grapevine wreath
    2. 2 Black Feather Boas (Item #: IN-25/702)
    3. Black pipe cleaners
    4. Ribbon (any color that will look good together)
    5. Black crow(s) (Item #: IN-70/1642)
    6. "Happy Haunting" Sign (Item #: IN-13605330)
  2. Place one end of the boa on wreath form and attach with a pipe cleaner. 
    Halloween wreath
  3. Wrap the boa around the wreath.  Make sure you do not see the grapevine wreath underneath.  
  4. When the first boa runs out then secure it along with the beginning of the next boa to the wreath with a pipe cleaner.  Then secure the end of 2nd boa the same way. 
    Halloween wreath
  5. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath while still allowing the boas to show through. Again securing with a pipe cleaner. 
    Halloween wreath
  6. Attach one crow to the bottom of the inside of the wreath.  These crows come with wires attached to the feet.  This makes it super simple to attach a pipe cleaner to the crow and then attach the crow to the wreath. 
    Halloween wreath
    Halloween wreath
  7. Attach the sign with pipe cleaners as well.  
    Halloween wreath
    Halloween wreath
  8. If you want you can add the second crow to the top of the wreath.  It looks fantastic both ways.
    Halloween wreath
Pretty easy right?  I love that I have everything prepared.  I am ready for Halloween and I am not stressing about it.  No I didn't hand do everything, but I did make one thing.  That way I can still do things I love, but I am not having a panic attack while doing it.  

What way(s) do you want to simplify your Halloween this year? 


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Sep 27, 2016

9 Little Known Ways to Ease Your Way Back Into Reality After Vacation

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Getting back from a vacation can be the WORST!  Am I right?  Just think with me.  You are on an amazing trip either with friends, your husband, or even your family.  Routines are out the window and life is laid back and carefree.  No one has to rush to this activity or that activity.  No one has to go into work or stress about deadlines.  It is paradise.

THEN (dun dun dun) you go home.  There is laundry to be done.  There are deadlines to be met.  Work is basically knocking on your door and it is utter chaos.  Am I alone?  Or are you with me?  I hate it and I have been thinking that there has to be a different way.  There has to be things that make it easier.

So I researched tips and tricks and let me tell you everyone has an opinion on what they think is the best way.  I was overloaded.  So I narrowed down the MASSIVE list into a few ideas for you and hopefully one or a few work for you as well.
9 Little Known Ways to Ease Your Way Back Into Reality After Vacation
  1. Schedule time with your friends your first week back.  - This is genius.  A girls night out to look forward to would soften the blow. 
  2. Put clean sheets on the bed BEFORE you go on vacation, have fresh towels ready, and get rid of clutter. - Who else HATES coming home to a messy house.  This is one thing that I personally have to do if I don't want to be a complete grouch when I come home from vacation. 
  3. Make a pre-made freezer meal beforehand.  - Alright.  This is fantastic.  We love Creamy Italian Chicken in the crock pot.  This freezes so nicely.  So I will be doing this when we go on vacation next. 
  4. Schedule a massage when you get back. - I LOVE this idea.  I will make sure to do this every trip here on out.  What better way to ease your way back into reality than to pamper yourself a bit. 
  5. Put all dirty clothes in a separate bag in your suitcase. - I do this every trip I go on.  It makes starting the wash so much easier.  You just throw the dirty clothes in the hamper and you are done.  No sorting. 
  6. Make a drink or dish that is inspired by your trip. - I love this idea because you are bringing the vacation back with you.  Also, remember that it is okay to do something like this and ease your way in.  You don't have to do all the chores at once.  Slow and steady. 
  7. Make sure to do laundry before you leave.  - If you do this then the only dirty laundry you have is the laundry that got dirty while you are away.  NO ONE wants to come home to endless piles of laundry. 
  8. If you have a friend that will do this one then great.  If not then be a great friend or family member and share the ease of coming back from vacation.  Who knows, maybe they will reciprocate when you get back from your next vacation.  - Fill their food with the essentials that would have gone bad if they were gone long.  I'm talking milk, eggs, and bread.  Maybe even throw in their favorite treat! 
  9. Last way and this one is my favorite!  Make sure your vacation ends on a Friday so that you have the whole weekend to catch up on sleep and chores before having to head back to work. 
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Do any of those sound like they will work for you?  Do you currently do any of these things?  Or do you have any ideas that aren't listed that work wonders for you?  

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Sep 23, 2016

Life is tough, but...

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This post includes affiliate links.  That means that I am paid a small percentage of the sale if you purchase something using the link.  However, that does not change the way I feel about these shirts.  They are amazing and inspiring!

Life....well it isn't always easy.  It isn't always grand.  It isn't always happy and it isn't always fun.  Life is TOUGH.  I get it.  I can give you a run down of all the things that have happened in my life that are tough (and I will in a bit), BUT FIRST life is also wonderful.  Life is a gift.  Life is fun and an adventure that you never know where your day will take you.  Life can be fun and very happy.  Life is worth all the ups and the downs. 

If you have been around my blog for a bit then you know that I am REAL.  I don't sugar coat things, but at the same time I try and be positive, inspiring, and uplifting.  I hope that is the vibe you get when you come visit me on the web.  If you have been around long then you know I love words and the power that they have.  That is why I have words all around my house.  I love wearing necklaces and shirts that inspire me and others.  

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So today I want to share with you my latest obsession when it comes to words.  Introducing the "Life is..." collection from Cents of Style.  Life is seriously each of these things, but I picked one shirt to be the shirt I would wear and I picked it for so many reasons.  Do you want to see which shirt and picked and why?  Alright.  Let's do it! 

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Do you love it?!  I sure do.  Like I said I love all the shirts in this collection for various reasons, but the reasons I picked this are because of the following:
  • The number one reason was that this shirt went PERFECTLY with the theme of my "Happy Through Trials" blog series.  If you haven't read any of the posts then you can start now and I promise you will be inspired by these amazing women! 
  • I have had so many things that have happened to me that I thought would have killed me when I was younger.  Just to name a few...
    • I went through a divorce.  Surprise!  MANY people don't know this about me.  It is not something I am proud of, but it is something about me.  I have to tell you a story as well.  I VIVIDLY remember sitting at the lunch table with 4 of my best friends in high school and telling then that I NEVER wanted any of us to go through a divorce.  It would break my heart and I felt that divorce was such a hard thing for someone to have to bear.  Well out of all those friends I am the ONLY one that has gone through a divorce.  It was very hard.  However, I am tough!  I made it through and although it wasn't the funnest thing I have done, I survived. 
    • I have had c-sections.  This was another thing that I remember telling people I never wanted to do.  And I have survived TWO C-sections.  Do I wish I could have brought babies into this world differently?  ABSOLUTELY, but guess what I survived.  It hurt so very badly, but I am tough and I learned a lot through the process. 
    • I had pregnancies that I thought would kill me.  With my first I threw up at least once  a day, but sometimes many, many times a day.  It never went away.  I was throwing up everyday up until the day I delivered.  With my second I was in the hospital for part of my pregnancy.  Once again, it was very tough, but once again I am tough and I made it through.  And once again there were many lessons learned. 
    • Post-partum anxiety has struck again in my life and it is not fun.  I am still in the midst of this one, but once again I am tough.  
  • I am going to add something to my list that just happened.  So this is not one of the reasons that I originally picked the shirt, but it fit with the theme.  I set out to meet up with my husband for an anniversary celebration.  He was going to take pictures of me in this shirt and while I was waiting for him outside the skies opened and dumped on me!  I mean poured.  I went running to the nearest building.  It was ridiculous and our photo shoot was cancelled since the weather was absolutely nuts after that.  Lovely, right?  I wanted to cry, but instead I laughed.  I guess the pictures will be coming soon.  
  • Lastly, I love this reminder.  Women sometimes think they are not tough.  That the toughness should be saved for the men in the world, but guess what ladies you are tough.  You can get through whatever life has thrown at you.  Most importantly you can smile through your trials.  Maybe not 100% of the time, but everyday has at least one reason to smile.  Don't ever forget that! 
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I will end with this.  I posted a picture on my Instagram account a little bit ago that said, "focus on the good".  So I challenge all of us (me included) to focus on the good!  If we focus on the tough things or on the bad things in life that will not take those tough/bad things away.  All that will do is rob us of the happiness we can feel if we focus on the good.  

Which one of the shirts fits your life's description?  Maybe you want one of each of them so you can wear them depending on your day.  (Don't worry.  I thought about it)  

Happy Friday!  Enjoy your first weekend of Fall! 



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Sep 21, 2016

Here's a Quick Way to Make Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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Ashley is back in the kitchen and making the most amazing Pumpkin Spice Muffins!  You can find out more about Ashley on the Contributors tab at the top of the blog.

If you missed Ashley's first contributing post last month then you must go to that post and make those cookies as well as this amazing recipe she is providing for us today!  Fall is here and I am in LOVE.  There is something about Fall that just makes me smile.  I can't contain it.  

With Fall comes Pumpkin Spice, right?  I mean you have to have Pumpkin Spice.  My husband is not a fan and I was so worried that my daughter would be the same way (they kind of share their likes and dislikes when it comes to food).  However, I was so wrong.  I would dare say that Pumpkin Spice just might be my daughter's favorite.  She would prefer a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie over a normal chocolate chip cookie any day hands down.  

We both love muffins too.  So this recipe has us all heart eyed over here.  What's even better is how fast and easy it is.  Oh and did I mention that the calories aren't through the roof either.  

Check it out and come back and let us know what you think!  Happy Fall! Here's Ashley everyone! 

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I'm all about made from scratch desserts. But there are times when you need a quick easy treat. These muffins are cheap, easy, simple, delicious AND healthy! 

Ingredients: 
1 box of Spice Cake Mix
1 can of pumpkin puree
1 T Pumpkin Pie spice
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions: 

Mix all the ingredients together.  Use cupcake liners for less mess and bake at 350 for 19 minutes. Makes 22 muffins. They are under 100 calories a piece!
Here's a Quick Way to Make Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Sep 9, 2016

What Everyone Ought To Know About Sprout Organic Foods

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sprout Organic Foods . All opinions are 100% mine.
“I don’t like soup.”  “I don’t like this casserole.”  The list goes on and on.  This is how dinner goes with Hannelore (my oldest daughter).  I don’t know where it all got messed up, but she is so very picky.  I thought I fed her a variety of foods as a baby.  Thankfully she does like her fruits and vegetables, at least enough of them that she will get enough each day. 

My fear is that I have two picky eaters.  I want to help Isla (my youngest) by starting early with her.  Research shows that developing a love of healthy foods early on helps foster healthy eating habits for life.  That is exactly what I want for both my girls.  I have made progress with Hannelore, but Isla is getting MORE healthy options from the start.   

A little more than a month ago I wrote a blog post about a brand of pouches that I love and my daughter loves (actually I use the pouches for both girls at times and they both love them).  Sprout Organic Foods offers delicious blends of whole fruits, vegetables, and grains giving babies greater exposure to wholesome foods.  Like I said above that is exactly what I am striving for. 

Sprout pouches consist of whole fruits, vegetables, AND grains.  I love it because many of the competitors only have fruits and Sprout consists of all of these things for a delicious blend that my baby loves. There are no concentrates or preservatives.  They are non-GMO as well!  There are no harmful or unnecessary additives.  Sprout only uses ingredients like those that would be found in your own kitchen-nothing artificial.  NO SURPRISES.  All around I love their Mission & Values.

In my last post I wrote about their honesty pledge.  I thought to myself that of course they will have the same ingredients that the front says.  I thought that was common sense.  That there was no way they would put other fruits in it.  So I went into my local Babies R Us store and started comparing Sprout with their competitors.  I started looking at what was being advertised or displayed on the front of the pouch versus the back label. 
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I looked at the first 6 ingredients (those are the most important ingredients and the ingredients with the most proportions).  I was surprised.  Check out what I found below.


Competitor #1

This label right here proved to me that Sprout is a brand committed to providing consumers simple, pure, honest ingredients.  Although there were no added fruits in the competitor’s pouch there were some added acids.  See the comparison of Sprouts Mango pouch below.  I love the part of the label that says “Contains nothing but”.


Look at the next competitor.

Competitor #2

This one shocked me more than competitor #1, because the very first ingredient (the ingredient with the highest portions) isn’t even on the front of the pouch AT ALL.  Then the second ingredient is water.  The 6th ingredient isn’t on the front of label as well.  I honestly didn’t think I would find an example like this, but I did and I was very surprised.  Once again compare it to one of my daughters favorite pouches below.


Once again with Sprout, what you see is what you get.  No guessing!  No wondering!

Stop by your local Babies R Us on Sep 9th - Oct 2nd so you can receive a $10 gift card with a $25 Sprout purchase and while you are there I encourage all you moms to flip over Sprout pouches and make sure the back label matches the flavor names on the front of the pouch.  I can guarantee that they do and I also believe your kids will LOVE the flavors.  My picky child even loves all the flavors.  I am so grateful that I found a product that my kids love AND that help me rest assured that they are getting the nutrients they need in a natural way.

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Sep 7, 2016

Have an Attitude You Can Be Proud Of Even Through Trials

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This post is written by my beautiful friend, Lori.  After I got done reading this post I was crying and my husband thought I was nuts.  She is so beautiful from the inside out and I hope to be like her one day! 



I had one of those fairy tale nights. I was 16 and I went to a youth dance. My parents were chaperoning and I danced all night with cute boys and my handsome father. One of mine and my dad’s favorite song even played that night. ("One Sweet Day" By Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men) It was perfect. I even went to bed that night thinking those words. "My life is perfect" also, "I want my life to stay like this forever".

The next morning, my older sister woke me up for church. The first thing she said to me was "Dad's been in a car accident." and she didn't know how bad it was. Getting ready for church was a blur, but I do remember some things vividly. I was outside going to do some chores (I lived on a ranch) and I just thought. "He's going to die." I was (and still am) a worrier and often thought the worst. But this time, I KNEW the worst. My dad was going to die.

My siblings and I went to church without my mom that morning. We only went to sacrament meeting and then we were told to go back home. I remember gathering in our living and my mom telling us my dad had died.

I don’t know exactly the cause of the wreck, but when my dad was on his way to an early morning church meeting for whatever reason he drove off the left side of the road and then over corrected and went off the right side of the road and ran into a ditch. His airbag didn't go off and his truck caught on fire. Luckily some fisherman saw the crash and cut him out and proceeded to call 911. Soon, a helicopter came to life flight him to the hospital. Something went wrong when it got there and it wouldn't start back up again. Another helicopter was called that took my dad to the hospital but he died before he got there.

Faith and service


Sep 5, 2016

Get in Control of Baby Hazards Once and For All

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This is a sponsored post.  I received compensation from Owlet Baby Care to write this post.  All text and opinions are 100% my own. 

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you were able to read Debra's, from Housewife Eclectic, article yesterday on baby safety at grandparents' and other people's homes. I am very excited to be part of this blog hop with some amazing bloggers.  We're working with Owlet during Baby Safety Month to help educate parents about all aspects of baby safety.  This is something that I am very passionate about and I tend to be a bit obsessed with this topic.


Get in Control of Baby Hazards Once and For All

One day I was doing the dishes and my baby was on a blanket around the corner from the sink.  I was able to hear her cooing and then all of a sudden it stopped.  So I dried my hands and I peeked around the corner.  She had scooted to the edge of the blanket.  This was the first time she had done that!  AND she was chewing on something.

I stuck my finger in her mouth to retrieve the object and it was a piece of wood!  AHHH!  I about died!  It was the setting for a perfect storm and right then I knew I couldn't have my house in the shape that it was currently in.  I now had a scooter!

Before I go on I must explain myself a bit.  I'm sure some of you are thinking, "A piece of wood?!  What in the world?"  Yeah that's exactly what I thought.  That is when I realized that we have been doing TONS of home renovations and there must have been a piece of wood that came off a 2x4 that we were shaving down.  It blended perfectly with my rug that I had laid the blanket on.  Please don't judge me.  I am still upset about this and it was months ago.

It was an eye opener for sure and it got me to quickly make my home a safe place for my sweet babe.  I knew I had to get control of the little hazards that were all around my house.  I thought about each room and how each room was a hazard zone.  I had to take control of each and every room in my home.

So that is exactly what I did.  I went room by room and took control of baby hazards once and for all.  Once I did that I was able to rest assured that my sweet little one would be safe in her own home.  I wouldn't have to stress about something like the horrific "wood in mouth" event that happened.  I get that nothing happened at that time, but I was dying just thinking of all the things that could have happened!
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So lets take a journey room by room and help get control of hazards that could possibly be in your home as well. Let's go!


Tips for all around the house and to make your life easier

  • Electrical outlets need to be covered.  Little ones are so curious and will focus on little things as small as an outlet for a long time and it is so scary to have them fixated on one thing.  So it is very important that they can't hurt themselves while being fixated on it.  Covering the outlets is so important.  The covers are inexpensive too.  Please don't overlook this. 
    Owlet, Baby Safety Month
  • Doors need to be locked and if easily opened then make sure to put door knob covers on. 
    • My older daughter is very friendly so she will open the door for complete strangers.  Well I should say she DID open the door for a complete stranger (luckily it all turned out), but I had to have a talk with her to not open the door unless I was there.  Kids/babies are very trusting and in this world we live in you can never be too safe. 
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  • Make sure all cleaning supplies are put up high.  Make sure that while you are cleaning you either have your hand on the cleaner or it is higher up so the baby can't reach it. 
    • I have all mine put in a cupboard above our washer and dryer.  That way my baby can't get into any of them and possibly swallow any of the contents.  
  • When it comes to little stuff make sure to collect every little thing in your home and either throw it out or put it up high.
    • Before my daughter was mobile I went through the whole house and did this.  In the playroom we went through every single drawer and container and pulled out anything that was small.  We have a big Tupperware on the top shelf in our playroom that has these small accessories or parts of toys that could harm our baby.  My older daughter knows the only time she can play with those things (barbie shoes, marbles, little balls,  small figurines, etc.) is when my youngest is sleeping and then she has to play with them in my room.  That way if one of the little pieces is overlooked during clean up then it is in my room with the door shut.  
  • Candles/Scentsy burners should be up high.  Once again babies are very curious.  Being curious is a great thing, but it can cause them to hurt themselves.  So make sure that you burn candles or have warmers up high. 
    • I have a really cute burner for my daughters' room, but I currently don't have a secure place to put it with a baby.  So I have removed it until I can find a great place for it.  
    • I also love the plug ins that go right into the wall, but I again had to only plug them into outlets that are out of her reach. 
  • Pack n Plays are your best friend.  NEVER get in the shower without having the baby contained.  Use a pack n play to help your baby stay safe.  If you know your attention will be on something else more than the baby then again use the pack n play (dinner prep, deep cleaning, a phone call, etc.)  
    Owlet, Baby Safety Month
    • I like to take showers while my girls are asleep, but sometimes that isn't possible.  If I have to get in the shower while they are awake I put my baby in the pack n play in the play room and then my older daughter is in the play room outside of the play pen.
  • Baby Monitors.  Video baby monitors are fantastic for checking on your baby during the night or if they are in the play pen to keep an eye on them.  
    Owlet, Baby Safety Month
    • I actually don't have a video baby monitor (long story), but I do have security cameras in the play room and my daughters' room.  This is a great way to watch them (maybe while I'm in the shower or prepping dinner).  It gives me piece of mind to be able to check on them. 
  • Make sure all window blind strings/pulls are tied up so there aren't any strangling hazards.  
    • I have very few blinds in my home and I honestly think this is part of the reason.  I love the look of drapes, but I also love that there aren't any strings.  In the rooms that I have blinds I make sure to tie or drape up the strings.  
  • This might sound a little crazy, but the best way to know your baby is safe is to watch them.  Babies are fast once they can get around and like I have said many times they are curious and nothing will stop them unless they are stopped by an adult.  So make sure to have your eyes and ears open at all times to insure they are safe. 
Living room/Family room
  • If there is a TV in your living room then make sure it is secured and not able to fall on top of your babe.
  • Make sure that all small objects are put away. This could include games that have dice or other little pieces. Although, your baby might not be able to open the game box NOW that doesn't mean he/she won't be able to in the next few minutes. This isn't even an exaggeration. My story above proved that.
    • My living room is separate from my family room. I like to completely block off my living room from my sweet baby. I do this because of many reasons.
      • I have book shelves in my living room that have lots of breakables on it. I like to keep them there because this is the room that you see when you enter my house. I like all the decor items I have in there and I don't want to change it.
      • Another reason, is that my front room is hard wood. My baby likes to climb on the chaise and couch and it makes me nervous to have her do that when she could fall and hurt herself pretty badly.
      • Lastly, is I have an upright piano in that room.  I do not want it falling over on top of her.  Although I know it would be quite difficult it still scares me so I eliminate that by keeping her out of the room.  It doesn't have a door to it so I have to use a baby gate
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Kitchen
  • Latches for kitchen cabinets/drawers is huge hazard reducer.  That way babies don't slam their fingers or get into anything that they shouldn't be (pans that can hurt them, food that can be dumped or drank, or food in glass containers that could be broken and cut them).  
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Bathrooms
  • Shutting the doors to bathrooms is the best option.  
    • If I don't shut the doors then I worry about her trying to climb into the tub and falling.  I worry about her opening the toilet and falling in.  I also worry about her getting into the trash can and eating random stuff from there (GROSS)! 
Playroom
  • Keep small things on top shelves in the closet that even older siblings cannot reach.  This makes it so only an adult can get down those small things that can cause babies to choke.  
    • This is the one room I want her to be able to be her, but I have an older daughter too.  I want her to be comfortable in here as well.  So it was a little tricky.  See my advice above.  It works fantastic for us.  
  • Make sure that any TV's are secured.   
Bedrooms
  • Secure nightstands or other furniture pieces that babies can pull over on them.  If you can shutting the door is a great option to help keep the baby safe. 
    • My little baby LOVES to pull nightstands over.  Well at least try.  I have 90% hardwood in our house so the nightstands slide.  I have found that keeping her out of the bedrooms is best.  That way I don't have to worry about her slamming her fingers in the doors to the room or the closets and I don't have to worry about her knocking over the nightstands. So shutting the doors is what I do while she is awake. 
  • This has to do with sleeping.  Babies are to be laid down on their back in their crib.  Other hazards are lose clothing and blankets, instead of blankets use sleep sacks since they are more safe.  
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  • Use monitors to help hear or see your baby.  
    • I like to be able to see my kids so I have a camera in their room.  
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  • Another monitor that is so very nice and comforting is the Owlet monitor.  I am so glad that there is a product like this now.
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    • I never had anyone tell me or warn me that I would constantly worry about my kids not breathing during the night.  It never crossed my mind until I had my first baby and then it was a CONSTANT worry.  I would lose sleep over it.  If she didn't move for a period of time I would run in the room and almost wake her up like a crazy person.  This product helps eliminate that constant fear. 
If you don't know about Owlet then read below for basic information and then you can visit their website to check out this amazing product even further.  

The Owlet Baby Monitor is the only baby monitor that uses hospital technology—pulse oximetry—designed to alert you if your baby stops breathing. You probably know pulse oximetry as the little red light they clip on your figure at the hospital to measure heart rate and oxygen. Owlet has miniaturized this technology into a tiny, snuggly baby sock that your little one wears to bed. It's totally wireless and connects via bluetooth to a base station and Wi-Fi to your smartphone so you can view live vitals. 

Once again I am so happy to be apart of this amazing blog hop.  Be sure to read what Whitney from Beauty, Baby, and a Budget shares tomorrow.

This blog hop alone isn't great enough, it gets even better!  There is a giveaway!!!!  It is amazing and I am quite excited for the winners.  There is about $850 worth of prizes and there will be 4 winners total!  Enter below for your chance to win.  Good luck!

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