Not so pinterest birthday

Your child’s birthday is such a fun time. You’re excited to decorate and help your little one celebrate their special day.

Think back to your birthday memories as a child: what do you remember? A special gift (such as your first bike or a toy you really wanted)? The family and friends that helped you celebrate?

These days it seems that the reason for the party is put on the back burner while parents are trying to outdo each other. Bigger doesn’t always mean better. Parents are spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on extravagant parties that their kids are too young to even remember.

I am not saying that you can’t go all out for your child’s birthday but if you don’t have the cash for the extravagance don’t feel like a failure. I am just suggesting that you do what is right for your child and budget. Even if the party you have planned isn’t “pinterest worthy.” I promise your young child will not feel that they have missed out!

Pinterest has great ideas and DIYs but only you know what will make your child the happiest. It is the friends, family and memories that will really matter in the most.

Every year for my daughters birthday we send gift bags to her school for her class to enjoy, then go out for pizza, to the arcade after, and she gets to pick what we have for dinner no matter how outrageous (it’s just one day a year after all), which is then followed up by cake and presents. It isn’t flashy, or pinterest worthy but we always have fun!

Find something that works for you, make your own traditions and please don’t worry about keeping up with the Jones’s. Today we did our birthday celebration with our daughter and she told us she had “the best birthday” when we tucked her in.

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Diaper bags and Go bags

Diaper bags

Moms are warriors! Whether you are battling tantrums, fevers or lack of sleep. The most important thing is for a mom or dad is to be prepared, the most important thing in the mom arsenal is the diaper bag. No matter which bag you choose you need to fill it with the right things. Below is a list of the things I would suggest or that have helped me personally in the past!

  1. Diapers (obviously)
  2. Wipes (these are for bottoms, sticky fingers and dirty surfaces)
  3. Hand sanitizer
  4. Changing pad
  5. Plastic bags (for soiled diapers, clothes or blankets)
  6. Bottles/breast milk/ formula
  7. Blanket
  8. Extra clothes (two extra outfits for baby and at least one clean shirt for mom)
  9. Pacifiers
  10. Sunscreen/hat
  11. Emergency information (the baby’s doctors info, blood type, allergies and family members info)
  12. Sling or wrap (even if you have a stroller, you never know when you will need a hands-free carrier)
  13. Bottled water (this can be used for multiple things and is always good to have with you.

You can add things such as toys as needed but these are the main things I would recommend. You don’t know how many times my daughter went through her diaper and I wished I had brought an extra shirt. Also if you are in the parking lot changing a baby who spit up all over themself a bottle of water to pre-rinse an outfit can save your babies clothes! Moms have to be quick on their toes when a “crisis” happens, so be sure to have the essentials with you at all times.

Go bags

Now say your child is potty trained, you can then retire the diaper bag for what I call “the go bag.” This is slightly smaller than the diaper bag but just as important and has saved my behind on multiple occasions. The beauty of this bag is it can be left in your car because it is only needed when you are out for the day. The items for this bag are listed below.

  1. Baby wipes (while no longer for bottoms they still work for sticky fingers, dirty faces, etc.)
  2. Bottled water (to drink while at the park or while shopping, to rinse skinned knees, etc.)
  3. Change of clothes (I suggest two pairs of underwear, even if your child doesn’t normally have accidents it’s better to be safe than sorry)
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Emergency info (doctors info, family members to contact, allergies and blood type)
  6. Child toys/ coloring book/ entertainment
  7. Snacks (include a granola bar or energy bars for yourself)
  8. First aid kit

Like the diaper bag you can add things or take things as needed. I feel more comfortable knowing that if something happens I am prepared. Keep up the good fight warrior moms and prepare yourself for anything you child throws at you.

Thank you for reading and please comment any questions, products you would like to have tested or anything you would add to either bag!

Ninja Mom

From the minute people find out they are going to be parents we begin asking other parents for advice. Women will ask their girl friends for advice on which doctor to go to, what bottles, diapers, and laundry detergent that fellow moms used.

We are living in a time that we can get overwhelmed with options! Parents just want to choose the right products for their families. You research and a lot of parenting is product testing! You buy because of a friends suggestion or research.

Well that is where I come in! I will be testing maternity products, baby items, cleaning supplies, pinterest recipes, and children’s toys. This blog is to save you money, time and stress! When I was a new mom I spent time and money on trial and error! Hopefully this will help you choose the right products for your family.14AF9749-F478-4295-95B2-4352D21F36C0