Water Safety Tips To Remember Even When You Aren’t Swimming

goldfish swim school lessons progress updateMost parents are pretty vigilant about watching kids closely when swimming or near a pool or the ocean. But there is just as much of a drowning risk for small children when you aren’t swimming, and because parents aren’t as aware of the risks it is probably even more dangerous.

As parents, we’ve educated ourselves on water safety while in the water, the signs of drowning, what to do during a potential drowning emergency – but it’s also vital to be aware of accidents that can happen even if you’re not actively swimming. Whether that is being in proximity of an accessible pool, the bathtub, or even a bucket of water it is imperative to be aware of any potential drowning hazards. Young kids need only seconds and 2 inches of water to drown. That means drowning can happen where you’d least expect it — the sink, the toilet, buckets, inflatable pools, or small bodies of standing water around your home, such as ditches filled with rainwater. It really is that easy. Here are some tips to keep in mind to help prevent drowning when you aren’t actively swimming from our friends at Goldfish Swim School: Read More

A Big Kid Room For a Star Wars Loving Boy

Charlie's Room Tour: A Big Kid Room for a Star Wars Lover

This room marks the end of an era in our house: no more sharing a room for Charlie and Calvin, and no more crib for Quincy. I no longer have a nursery but I now have an official big kid with a proper big kid room. It is bittersweet. But I had so much fun designing and creating this room for Charlie and he is thrilled with how it turned out. When I shared a sneak peek on Instagram, so many people requested to see more and get the sources for items I included. So I thought a room tour was in order. First, more photos. All sources will be listed at the end of the post. Read More

Single Serve Coffee Options That Are More Affordable and Eco-Friendly for Your Keurig and Nespresso Machines

This post is sponsored by Gourmesso, but the opinions are my own.

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Since becoming a mother most of my guilty-pleasures have fallen by the wayside as there is less time or money to allocate to my own enjoyment (I know my fellow mamas feel me on that). But one thing that has actually increased is my coffee drinking. I love a good cup of coffee. I savor that quite ritual of drinking a delicious cup of hot coffee or espresso in the morning before my day begins. Honestly, I need the ritual of it more than I need the caffeine. I’m the only coffee drinker in my household so in an effort to prevent myself from drinking a pot of coffee on my own, I switched to single use machines — I have both a Keurig and a Nespresso. I tend to use my Keurig the most — it is the most convenient when I’m in mom-mode during our busy weekday mornings. But all those single-use pods add up, and that means both in cost and in the plastic containers that go into the garbage. Both of those things have bothered me about K-Cups for years. But I recently discovered Gourmesso and think I have found a solution to my concerns with their Glorybrew compostable coffee pods!

We compost at our house and I used to peel off the foil top of my old K-Cup containers to use the coffee grounds in our compost bin (which we then use in our garden) but it was messy and a pain in the butt. And then I still had all of those plastic cups that I had to throw in the garbage and feel guilty about because I was just adding to the global plastic problem. But the Glorybrew pods are 100% compostable, meaning that within about 12 weeks the entire pod will break down into clean soil to be added back into our ecosystem! If you don’t compost at home you can toss them into a flower bed or small area of soil, or send to an industrial composting facility in your community. We love composting and it isn’t as complicated as you would think.

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I also really like the coffee (Lady Vanilla is my favorite) and love that it is affordable. If you get the 60 pack you are spending a little over .50 a cup, which is a great value. That’s even cheaper than buying a box of Starbucks K-Cups at Costco. They even have a rewards program to help you save even more, plus ship it directly to you.

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I also recently got a Nespresso machine for the occasional coffee or espresso treat. I love the frothy texture and flavor of making coffee this way but only do it when I have time to indulge. Nespresso’s pods are so expensive though and I was having sticker shock at buying them once my initial set that came with the machine had run out. But Gourmesso’s compatible capsules are much more affordable — you can get a box of 10 capsules for under $5 (which is basically the cost of an espresso drink at Starbucks). The capsules aren’t compostable but I use them much less frequently.

Gourmesso also has a certified FairTrade and Organic line of flavors, which is also a priority for me when it comes to coffee.

Want to try it for yourself? Head here to shop and you can get $5 off your order!

This post is sponsored by Gourmesso, but the opinions are my own.

Tips for Keeping Your Littles Healthy On The Inside

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Tips for Keeping Your Kids Healthy on the Inside

I think one of the hardest parts about having multiple little kids is trying to keep everyone healthy. Because once one of us comes down with a sickness, we all go down. Or you might get over the hump of a health issue with one child and then a new one pops up. Colds, croup, constipation, oh my! I’m by no means an expert, but after 8 years of parenting and three kids I’ve learned a thing or two about how to stay healthy or figured out what works for us when one of us isn’t. I’ve teamed up with DocuSol® Kids to share some tips for how I keep my kids healthy on the inside.

  1. Wash, Wash, Wash our Hands: this one is pretty self-explanatory, but teaching kids the importance of hand washing is probably the biggest thing you can do to keep them healthy. I stress washing hands every single time we go to the restroom, whether we “touch the toilet” or not (having boys, they often protest that they didn’t have to touch anything, and of course they avoid flushing the toilet.) Making hand washing mandatory across the board before meals and after bathroom visits helps them get into good habits whether they are home or at school.
  2. Change Clothes After School: in cold and flu season especially, having my littlest kids change their clothes when they get home from preschool helps eliminate germ contamination from bugs that may come in on clothing (either literal bugs like lice, or viruses). We also keep backpacks and coats on hooks in our mud room/garage. I never put backpacks on top of our kitchen table or counter, where we eat or prep food.
  3. Use tea tree or lavender oil or hair products with those ingredients as a lice preventative: You don’t need to buy any special shampoo or conditioner to help prevent lice (although they certainly exist). Just make an essential oil roller with some tea tree or lavender oil and roll it behind ears after bath time or before your kid heads off to school. Lice don’t like the smell and will find a different head to infest.
  4. Have DocuSol® Kids on hand to help when your kiddo gets backed up: Constipation has been a problem for one of my sons since he was a baby and we’ve done preventative measures to keep him regular for years. Diet changes, fiber, prune juice when necessary, lots of water: these all help keep him regular. But occasionally we need a little help in that department (like after he had surgery recently and became really nervous to poop afterward). We are also struggling with a toddler who is stubbornly holding his bowel movements rather than pooping on the potty. DocuSol® Kids mini-enema has really helped us in those situations. It’s safe and effective for kids ages 2 to 12, and works within 15 minutes so you don’t have to wait overnight for relief. 
  5. Daily Vitamins and Probiotics: Every morning with breakfast my kids get both a probiotic and a multivitamin. Having it be a daily part of our routine means I don’t forget and they just get into the habit of taking it and don’t protest when I try to get them to take these supplements. In the winter I also add some Vitamin D because we aren’t getting outside enough for our natural vitamin D and it is so important to help with the immune system, mood and anxiety, and strong bones as well.

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Always consult your pediatrician for any health concerns you are having with your kids. But also have your mom tool box stocked with some prune juice, distractions, rewards, and DocuSol® Kids.

Disclaimer: The material contained is for reference purposes only. Alliance Labs, LLC and Summit Pharmaceuticals do not assume responsibility for patient care. Consult a physician prior to use. Copyright 2019 Summit Pharmaceuticals and Alliance Labs LLC. (2.26.19)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DocuSol® Kids.

My Solo Parenting Experience + Tips For Making It Through

Our First Six Months In Columbus

Since leaving Los Angeles to move to Columbus, Ohio I have done three separate phases of solo parenting, the shortest being 50 days and the longest being 10 weeks. As you would imagine, solo parenting is incredibly challenging. Solo parenting three small boys is insanely hard. Put all of that on top of moving to a new home, state, part of the country and it is basically insanity. My husband has worked in the entertainment industry for 20+ years. When we moved to Columbus we knew that it would be a challenge for him professionally, but finding a job here in Columbus has been really tough. We’ve found almost nothing that he is a fit for experience-wise (teaching would be wonderful but everything asks for a Master’s), so he has gone back to LA two more times to work there at his old job (he works on the show Big Brother for CBS). It is hard for us to be without him, but it is also incredibly tough for him to leave each time. But, we all do what we have to do for our family. I thought that perhaps sharing my experience, how I struggled each time, and what got me through could be helpful to anyone else parenting on their own — whether it is for a weekend, a week, a month, or permanently.Read More

What’s On My Kids’ Bookshelf

the kids' books that are in heavy rotation in our house right now

My kids LOVE books and we have about a million of them. We frequently rotate the books on our shelves so that we see new ones, even though they aren’t “new” to our collection. I’ve often been asked about our favorite books or the ones seen on our shelves on Instagram so I thought I would share what is currently on our bookshelves and in heavy rotation at our house. First, our favorites by kid/age:Read More