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March 20th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

DIY Cleaning Products


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Let’s face it…when you have kids, you do a lot more cleaning. These messy little creatures always seem to find a way to make things dirty! Unfortunately, all the cleaning supplies can add up. You can save money by making your own cleaning products! Some of them are so simple, requiring only two or three ingredients that you probably have around the house already, and they work just as good, if not better! Check out some of these DIY cleaning products and let us know what you think!

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January 30th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Garanimals Baby Toys for Fun and Learning


Baby toys often seem like they’re just for fun and entertainment, but they are important for your little one’s development. Even something as simple as a teether does double duty, serving as something to soothe gums, as well as helping develop tactile and visual senses with textures and colors. Garanimals toys are designed with safety as the top priority, and with education, entertainment, and development in mind. We have everything from rattles to teethers to bath toys! They can play while developing motor skills. What kind of toys does your little one like best?
You can find all of these toys in Walmart stores and on!
Garanimals Wrist/Foot Rattles
Garanimals Textured Links
Garanimals Teether Book 
Garanimals Bee Teether
Garanimals Froggie Teether Beads
Garanimals Chilly Chew, Rattle & Teethe Monkey 
Garanimals Frog Bath Gift Set 
Garanimals Pop & Pour Pals and Squirt & Squeak Blocks Gift Set
Garanimals Hand Rattle Assortment – IN STORES ONLY
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January 24th, 2014 at 10:03 am

Global Belly Laugh Day

DSC01985Did you know that today is Global Belly Laugh Day? Belly Laugh Day is all about celebrating the gift of laughter!

Laughter has some great effects on the body. During this season of sickness it can boost immunity, relax your muscles and lower stress hormones. It also eases anxiety, improves your mood, strengthens relationships and attracts others to us.

I love when I hear one of my boys enjoying a good belly laugh; the laugh that makes your whole body shake and the sound comes from deep within your soul! It rejuvenates us!

In celebration, I wanted to share some great jokes, and ways to share laughter in your house!

Why did the chicken cross the playground?
To get to the other slide.

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Interupting Pirate.
Interupting Pirate who?
(While interrupting)AARGH!

How can you tell the ocean is friendly?
It waves.

Where do cows go on Friday night?
To the MOOvie theater.

When is the moon the heaviest?
When it’s full!

Why can’t a tyrannosaurus clap?
Because its extinct.

Want some other ways to add humor into your families day?

Stick some jokes in your childs lunchbox.

Watch funny videos on Youtube.

Relive memories of funny things that have happened in your family.

Do a Mad-lib.

Have your kids make up their own funny jokes.

Hopefully by the end of the day your bellies are hurting so much from laughing!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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November 11th, 2013 at 9:04 am

Everyday Ideas for Baby Play

9-2-05 LaundryWe all know that one of the most important jobs of a baby is to PLAY! It helps them to learn about their world and is crucial for their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. I know that I overthought play as a young mother. I would feel overwhelmed by all the toys sold for young children, spending time trying to play with them while doing “learning activities” and never wanted them to do anything messy.

But, that is what play is all about. The child exploring and touching things, especially messy ones.

Here are some great activities to build play into your day…

In the kitchen: Use wooden spoons, bowls, and other items to play with. These are great to bang together, stack, and show off shapes and colors.

In the bathtub or even a sink: Bring the bubbles inside. Not only do babies love to interact with bubbles, it helps them to develop good visual skills. In the winter, bring some snow in the tub. This is a safe and warmer way to play with snow without having to bundle them up so much they can’t move. Turn your hair dryer on them for a quick second while you are drying your hair.

In the basement: Get out those boxes you are saving. The imagination runs wild when a simple box is produced. This is a great toy for babies, toddlers, and older kids alike.

While your cleaning: When my oldest was little he loved the vacuum cleaner. Bring it out to vacuum and have your little one watch. Press one of the hoses near them to show them what it does. Put your child in the laundry basket while your folding or putting away the laundry. Wouldn’t you love to lay in a warm pile of clean clothes?

In the bedroom: Do some tummy time or fun stories or songs while laying or bouncing gently on the bed.

All over the house: I know I am always thinking about stuff, so when my kids were little I just thought out loud. The best part about babies is that they always agree and interrupt. A conversation can go a long way!

Incorporate play and communication into your day and your baby will have a grand old time!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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April 24th, 2013 at 11:53 am

Baby Shower Ideas


Pregnancy is filled with ups and downs. There’s the excitement, the preparation, the happiness and anticipation…and then there’s the morning sickness, the weight gain, the swollen ankles, the mood swings etc.

That’s why baby showers are so great…it makes moms-to-be feel loved and supported during a time of many emotions, and helps her prepare for her bundle of joy! In my opinion, every party should have at least a basic theme, whether it be a color scheme or a full blown, top-to-bottom concept. Here are a few theme ideas that are sure to impress.

Do you have any other great ideas for baby shower themes?

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April 8th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Knowing if Your Family is Complete

When my husband and I got married we made a pact – if we have two children of the same gender, then we will try for a third. Ten years later I am a mom of two boys in my mid-thirties. Now is the time that I need to start deciding if that girl is truly worth a try.

I truly never imagined that I wouldn’t have a daughter. I never had a brother and my close cousins were all girls. I didn’t know much about what little boys liked or did. I dreamt of days playing Barbie Dream House, dressing in pretty dresses and having tea parties.

Instead, my days are filled with Legos, wrestling and endless sports. They truly don’t care what they wear and would play video games from sun up until sun down! Don’t get me wrong, I adore my boys and all the amazing things that boys come with, but sometimes I think about the dreaminess that comes with another baby, and all the dreams that would come with a girl.

Then I think of the midnight feedings, diapers, and the stuff they need. I know if I would be blessed with another child I would adore them, but I can do without high chairs, car seats, diaper bags and rattles. I’ve reached that spot that I’ve been dreaming of also. That time when you can jump in the car and go without packing and planning. Most of the temper-tantrums have ended and the diaper changing is long gone. This is what makes me most certain that the pact we once made won’t be fulfilled, but I am okay with that!

But, how do you know if you are ready to make that decision? Think about these items.

Are you and your partner on the same page? 

What are your reasons?

Do you have enough time or money or energy for another child?

Give yourself some time – things can change.

Go with your gut. Think about the idea of more kids – does it make your heart skip a beat or give you anxiety?

Children are a big commitment! I know sometimes my thoughts about having another child are more derived from thoughts of other moms, then my own. You know your family the best!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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January 24th, 2013 at 11:01 am

Introducing Baby to the Family Pet


Most of us with pets consider them to be a part of the family… sometimes even our first “babies” (or “fur babies”). It’s quite an adjustment for them when we suddenly have another little bundle that takes up a lot of our time, energy, and affection. Having babies and pets living under the same roof requires some planning, both before you deliver and when you first bring your newborn home. Here are some tips for making sure you all become one big happy family!

Before Delivery:

Research the hazards

Diseases can be transferred from your pet to you, and from you to your unborn baby. You may have heard of the dangers of the cat’s litter box. If you are pregnant and cannot have someone else change the litter, wear rubber gloves.

Prepare your pet

  • If your pet has any obedience or training issues, now’s the time to address them. Consider a training class at your local pet store or do some training research to handle it yourself. Be consistent and firm and keep treats on hand! Doing so will ensure your pet will listen to you when your baby is home.
  • Make sure you keep their coats washed and nails trimmed to avoid scratching and shedding issues.
  • Schedule a vet visit before your due date to make sure they are up to date on vaccinations.
  • Familiarize your pet with the smells and sounds of a baby with baby powder and audio of babies crying (you’d be surprised how animals react to new sounds and smells!).

After Delivery:

  • Have a family member bring home a blanket or item of clothing the baby has been wrapped in, and let your pet smell it. Some pets will enjoy sleeping with it once they are familiar with it.
  • When you come home from the hospital, your pet will likely be excited to see you. Let someone else hold the baby in another room while you greet your pet calmly and show it love. Once they are calm and collected, bring the baby in and carefully let them see and smell him or her. Give them treats for good behavior around the baby.
  • Always supervise interactions between your child and your pets. While you may be convinced your pet would never hurt them, it’s important to remember that they sometimes don’t know their own strength or roughness.
  • Try to stick to your pets’ routines as best as you can. It may be difficult so enlist your family members to help if necessary. Remember to give them lots of love and affection and involve them in your new baby’s life.
  • Sometimes it’s best to wait to introduce your new baby to your pet. Birds, reptiles, rodents and some other caged animals require different care than a cat or dog. Keep them separate until your child is old enough to understand the proper way to hold and care for them.

Did you have any problems introducing your bundle of joy to your pets? Share some of your own tips and tricks!

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January 16th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Baby Nursery Room Decorating


One of the best parts of preparing for a bundle of joy is decorating the nursery! There are so many themes and décor options to choose from nowadays. Whether you like bright, bold colors or soft, pale pastels… animals, nautical touches or simple designs… there’s a theme or idea out there! Personalize it even more by adding DIY decorations. Here are some ideas to start you off:

Matching Sets

If you’re very coordinated and like a perfectly matched look, go for a packaged set or buy separates from the same line. Typically, bedding sets are bundled together and include crib sheets, comforter and bumper. You can often buy matching items such as a window valence, mobile, wall stickers, etc. to complete the look. Check out our Hearts at Home collection.

Color Schemes and Themes

Popular colors for baby nurseries are often soft pastels or neutral colors, but bold and bright colors work well too. Visit your local home improvement store and mix and match paint color swatches to see what looks best together, or ask a store associate to help you pick. Choosing, and sticking to, a theme is a nice way to achieve a uniform look. Here are a few themes to consider: Jungle, Princess, Cars and Trucks, Butterflies, Stars and Skies, Animal Print, and Floral.

DIY Décor

Make your baby’s nursery as unique as possible by incorporating personalized touches you create yourself!

Alphabet Wall:

I love these alphabet wall hangings for a look that your kids can enjoy through their older years. You can buy a bunch of letters in different fonts and sizes from your local craft store, and paint them any way you want!

Tutu Table Skirt

Make any table fit for a princess with this tutu skirt that only requires some tulle and ribbon. Your little girl will love this for years to come.

Family Handprint Canvas

You can create these adorable handprint canvases a number of ways. Use pre-made canvases from your local craft store and paint them any colors you choose. Have everyone in your family participate or make one every 6 months or so for a collection of your child’s growing handprints.

There are so many ways to decorate… how did YOU create the perfect nursery for your baby?

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October 3rd, 2012 at 10:52 am

Packing for Labor and Delivery Part 1: Baby Bag


Whether you’re getting ready for your first baby or you’ve done it before, packing for labor and delivery is not an easy task. It’s common to forget key items amidst the excitement and craze, or to pack too much and end up with a bag full of unnecessary items. Here’s a list that will make packing for the hospital a breeze… less stress, more time to enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnancy!

Baby’s Bag
Moms-to-be are usually tempted to bring multiple outfits and accessories to the hospital because, let’s be honest, they’re all so adorable and we spend hours picking them out! But for the majority of your time in the hospital, your bundle of joy will stay swaddled in a blanket wearing only an undershirt and diaper provided by the hospital. Skin-to-skin contact while breastfeeding and relaxing with your baby is important for creating that special bond, and going “sans pants” allows nurses and moms to change diapers and perform check-ups with ease.

The hospital will usually provide you with all the necessities such as diapers, wipes, blankets, burping cloths, etc. But some moms prefer to bring those items from their trusted brands. Here’s what we recommend you bring in your baby bag:

  • A cap
  • Scratch mittens
  • Socks (a few pairs)
  • A receiving blanket
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Pacifier (pre-sanitized)
  • A going-home outfit
  • Baby book (for footprint stamps and documenting the experience)

All of the items should be pre-washed and/or pre-sanitized.

We want to know…do you have any packing tips for moms-to-be? Was there anything you forgot to bring to the hospital? Was there an item you were SO GLAD you had with you?

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May 12th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Pretty in Pink – It’s Baby Time!


For those who have been following along, we have been doing baby countdown interviews with Christine the past few weeks.

It is with great joy that we announce she has become a mom for the third time. Sophia Noelle Lopez was born at 12:23 AM yesterday (getting her mom primed for years of being up at that hour waiting for a daughter to come home). She is a healthy 7.1 lbs. Mom and baby are doing fine.

After two sons you can be sure Sophia will be sporting plenty of pink. (A little shameless plug for the brand – how adorable is this Garanimals Newborn 21-piece Layette Essentials Set. Click here for more info or to buy this for a little girl in your life).

We welcome any advice you may have for Christine on mothering a daughter after two boys.

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