Putting Life Hacks to the Test

In my first post I promised to test products and things that would make a parents life easier. This week I went on to pinterest and choose a few that I wanted to give the old college try.  I choose taking a fitted sheet to the beach for a baby, making unpoppable bubbles, tested a site for easier meal options, shoe hack and more… it was an interesting time I can assure you but here is what I found.

 

First, taking a fitted sheet to the beach using coolers and other needed items as weights. Well I will say with the wind here in south Texas just set up was no easy feat, but once it was up and weighed down properly I could see just how amazing this idea would be if you had a baby that wasn’t walking yet.  I, however, have a five year old and she was determined to bring the beach onto the sheet with her. So if you do use this hack for a small child I would suggest letting older children know not to be climbing in and out. This would also be a better idea in my opinion for a romantic picnic on the beach, it gives you a barrier between the wind, sand and your food.  Be sure to bring four heavier items for your four corners and enjoy a day at the beach!

 

Next I tried to make unpoppable bubbles, the recipe is as follows: 6 cups of water, 1 cup of corn syrup and 2 cups of dish soap (this suggested joy but I used dawn). With this hack they didn’t give a lot of information, so I wasn’t sure if my batch came out correctly. I got two small bubbles that did pop in the bushes in my front yard, it was more of a mess to clean off my daughter as well. Something fun to try if you are in the mood for a craft/activity but I personally think it was just a was of dish soap. Think I will stick to the slip-n-slide for my yard dish soap needs.

 

Okay how many of you parents out there absolutely feel like a chicken with you head cut off in the evening and dinner is just one of those last minute decisions. Trust me you aren’t alone! Seems like school and sports just sap all the time you would be spending sitting around the dinner table for a family meal. Well let me introduce you to something I found this week. http://www.supercook.com This is an awesome site where you can put in all the ingredients that you know you have in your kitchen and it will give you ideas and recipes on things you can make for dinner!! You no longer have to ask your spouse what they would like to have and get the “I don’t know” response. Just ask supercook! I say it’s worth it!

 

This next life hack I will admit let me a bit skeptical.  So according to this hack you teach your child to put their shoes on the correct feet but cutting a sticker in half and adding it to the insides of their shoes. Now my daughter is 6… it is hit or miss if she will get her shoes on the right feet. I have tried telling her the designs go on the outside or if they don’t feel right they probably aren’t.  Well we tried this for a week, when I reminded her to take her time and look at the stickers she did pretty well. So it was pretty much just like normal, plus more than once the sticker got stuck to her sock during the day and would require a new one. It was a great thought but I don’t think it helped to much. Though that could just be my stubborn daughter, try it with your children and let me know in the comments if it works for you.

 

Well once again it is cold and flu season, yay.  This next hack might help your little one sleep a little easier (or your spouse or other family members…). This hack is putting Vicks on the bottom of your feet, then put on socks to prevent coughing in the night. Luckily it was the right time of year and I did get to try this out! It works. Though I cannot sleep in socks, so if you don’t mind sleeping in socks you should be good to go. If you are like me and the thought of sleeping with anything on your feet is a nightmare, just apply about 30 to 40 minutes before bed and you will be right as rain!

 

Now my final trial, I have heard of this before but I had never tried it myself. It said that if you throw a dry towel in with your wet clothes it will make your clothes dry in half the time. Being the trooper of testing that I claim to be I did get to try this hack this week (okay so I fell asleep with the clothes in the washer and it was a load of ALL of my husbands jeans). Well I picked out two pairs, threw in the towel and set the washer for 20 minutes. IT WORKED!! Trust me I was shocked and it saved me from being late to pick up our daughter for her birthday party. So I am not sure it would cut the time in half for a full load of laundry but I know it will save you in a pinch with a couple articles of clothing.

 

Okay here is my testing blog, I hope it was helpful! I will say it was a crazy crazy week and I am very happy to learn a few new tricks to add to my ninja book of tricks. Thank you are for reading and if you have any questions, comments, or other hacks you would like for me to try please leave them in the comments!  Have a great rest of your week!

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.

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