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Keeping a watchful eye with a baby monitor

We have three of our boys sharing a room. They love it but sometimes it can get a little rowdy. We keep an eye on them with the help of a baby video monitor. We have on camera set up in the baby’s room and one in the room with the big boys. We can switch back and forth between the two rooms to make sure everyone is doing well throughout the night.

With the aid of our baby monitor we can see if the boys need our help when they get up in the middle of the night. If we hear a crash we can investigate the sound without interrupting everyone while they sleep. Most of the time it’s just someone tossing and turning in their bed. But occasionally we’ve found a child that needs help finding the bathroom or is having a hard time going to sleep. I feel so much more comfortable with the boys sharing a room knowing that we have a baby monitor.

I can keep an eye on 1 sleeping child while I’m busy with the others.

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Diapers.com has some of the best baby monitors on the market today.  We have a monitor that has a two-way intercom. This feature is especially useful while trying to keep an active toddler in bed. We mounted our cameras to the wall opposite the boys beds to keep the wiring secure and to give us the best view of the room.

There are many different types of baby monitors so if you need help deciding on which monitor to buy check out this article: How to Choose the Best Baby Monitor.

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Unplug and Get Outside with CLIF Kid


My kids are really into technology. It sucks them in and and stimulates their little brains. I love technology, it’s an important part of our culture. Kids and learn so much just with the touch of a screen. But it’s also important for kids to be active and engage in physical play. So everyday we make sure to unplug from technology and just play.

“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein

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We typically head outside, even if the weather isn’t ideal. When it’s cold outside we bundle up and play until our noses are pink. On rainy days, we don our rain gear and jump in the puddles. And on hot summer days we find respite under the shade of trees. The changing nature of the outdoors makes it an incredibly stimulating and multi-sensory place to play. Children learn so much through play and being outside in nature. But no matter the weather or our destination we always pack a snack. Kids need to fuel those little bodies while they explore the world around them and learn through creative, physical play time.

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We like to pack portable yet nutritious snacks like CLIF Kid Zbar®. CLIF Kid® makes nutritious snacks from organic ingredients that are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives. I always grab a few CLIF Kid bars and some water bottles before we head out the door. Keeping a healthy snack on hand keeps everyone happy and usually extends our play time.

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CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play.  They encourage boys and girls everywhere to get back outside, push their boundaries and feed their adventures. Hey moms, do you remember when you were a kid and spent hours playing outside?

CLIF Kid wants to remind you of how awesome it was being a kid….

Connect with CLIF Kid on Facebook and tell them your favorite way to play outside.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Stay Home and Avoid the Oops

It’s 8am and everyone is begging for breakfast but I have a baby with a stinky diaper. I run upstairs to change him only to find there are no more diapers in the box. I start to panic and then remember to check the diaper bag. Nothing. I run to the car and search for my secret stash. I find it! One diaper. It’s 2 sizes too small but it will have to do.

After everyone is fed and clothed I pile my four boys in the van and we head to the store for much needed diapers. The boys just want to go to the park but we have no choice but to go to the store. Diapers are needed ASAP.

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Taking 4 small children to the store can be an exhausting experience. I try to avoid it whenever possible, but sometimes you just have to go to the store to buy a needed item like diapers. Or do you?

Look at this crew… they’re a handful.

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You’d think after 4 kids I wouldn’t run out of diapers but it happens. I just don’t have the time to get to the store as often as I need but thanks to this thing called the internet I don’t have to go anywhere. I can order my must-have daily items like toilet paper, diapers, wipes, etc… online at www.avoidtheoops.com

I ordered diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, and some cleaning supplies. It’s so easy to avoid the oops moments by ordering P & G products directly from Walmart.

Products Offered through Avoid the Oops:

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning
  • Baby
  • Bathroom

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This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Walmart.

Ways to Save When Preparing for Baby

In celebration of moms this Mother’s Day I’ve teamed up with online retailer zulily.com to share some great budget tips for all things baby.

Here for some of the survey insights they found regarding spending and saving habits when preparing for baby:

  • With annual childcare costs hovering around $6,000, it’s crucial to choose (and pay!) the right person to watch your kids.In our survey Julia Roberts was voted the top celeb moms would let babysit, but Kim Kardashian didn’t make the cut and was only selected by 3% of respondents.
  • Raising kids can get pretty pricey, so it’s no surprise a third of mothers surveyed said they’d compete in a monthly random dance battle (32%) in exchange for free baby gear, attire, etc.
  • Almost half of mothers surveyed (45%) said the most missed pre-mom indulgence is actually having a day off.
  • 33% of moms agreed that the most common squabble couples have regarding new parenting is about money.

WAYS to SAVE

  1. Borrow – If you have friends or family that have recently had babies and may not be ready to pass along their gear ask to borrow items like a bassinet or baby swing for a short time.
  2. Buy Used – Baby clothes and other baby gear is great to buy used at consignment sales or online. However, beware about buying certain items like car seats and cribs.
  3. Sales – Always look for a sale, shop sites like zulily.com to get great deals on hot products for baby.

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With all the above stats, it’s no wonder moms everywhere are always on the lookout for smarter ways to spend on baby, and online retailer zulily is dedicated to helping their plight by serving up fresh, unexpected items for baby and the whole family, in fact, just in the last year customers have saved millions of dollars on baby gear items. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Savings on baby blankets: over $2.4M
  • Total savings on key items needed to set up a nursery: over $2.6M
  • Savings on all baby feeding supplies: over $4.5M

Be sure to check back on zulily.com or on their app every morning to discover new finds, especially on Mother’s Day (May 8th) for their Moms First event, to shop everything a new mama wouldn’t want to be without.

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This is a compensated post. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

Summer Camp at Home with Netflix

Last week we had summer camp at home, Camp Lieb. I incorporated a lot of Netflix Streaming shows into our daily themes.

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Here’s a list of  our theme Netflix shows:

Friendship Day
Daniel Tiger: Friend Help Each Other
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast

Space Day
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Planets
Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle
Little Einsteins: Ring Around the Planet
Magic School Bus: Gets Lost in Space

Nature Day
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Earth’s Crust
Wild Kratts
Magic School Bus: Goes to Seed

Ocean Day
Lego Atlantis
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Ocean Life
Magic School Bus: Goes the Mussel Beach

Ninja Day
Lego Ninjago
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
Power Rangers Ninja Storm

I’m sure there are more shows and movies that are on Netflix Streaming that would fit into many of these categories but these are just a few of our favorites.

My All-Time Favorite on Netflix Streaming

One of my all-time favorite T.V. shows is Quantum Leap. I remember watching it when I was young with my dad. We always enjoyed see which period in time Sam would leap into and what crazy things he needed to “set right”.

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After Jude was born Joe and I spent most of our evenings watching TV and Quantum Leap was one of the first shows we binged watched. Granted this was in the days before Streaming TV but we carefully planned out our DVD arrivals so we could watch as many episodes as possible.

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We spent many nights cuddled on the couch with a newborn baby watching Sam and his hologram friend Al travel throughout time hoping his next leap might be the leap home.

Now Quantum Leap in on Netflix Streaming and we can watching it whenever we want.

Easy Mott’s Minion Applesauce

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Minions © 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. #MottsAndMinions #CollectiveBias
Mott’s is a registered trademark of Mott’s LLP.

Minion Appleasauce Craft

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Hey kids, I’ve got a great idea! Let’s combine snack time, craft time and your favorite movie characters for one totally awesome afternoon activity.

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Today we’re going to make Minion Applesauce cups to celebrate the coming Minion invasion. The new Minion movie is being released this summer (July) and we’ve got to get prepared. These easy-to-make decorative snack cups could be used at a birthday party, movie night, or just a fun afternoon activity. It’s easy enough that you can create them anytime.

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Supplies:

  • 6 pack of 3.9oz Individual Mott’s Natural Apple Sauce
  • Construction Paper (Yellow, White and Black)
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Pencil

Instructions

    1. Using the pencil, trace the top of the Mott’s Applesauce cup onto the yellow paper.
    2. Cut out the yellow circle and glue to the top of the Mott’s cup. This yellow circle is now the face for your Minion.
    3. Net you will want to cut out a long strip of black paper and glue it onto the Minion’s face.

Then you want to create the eye (or eyes) of your Minion. Cut out a large black circle, a medium white circle and a small black circle, stack from largest to smallest and glue them together creating the goggled minion eye(s).Finally glue the eye(s) onto the minion face and viola! you have yourself a Minion snack.

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It’s no masterpiece but the kids loved the activity and the applesauce!

If you loved this fun and easy craft check out the other great Mott’s inspired crafts and games.

For a limited time Mott’s is offering special Minions packaging to celebrate the new Minions movie (coming July 2015), but get them quickly because they are only available through July 31st, 2015 in all Food Lion stores.

 

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In addition to the new Mott’s packaging Mott’s is launching 3 new Minion approved flavors, available for a limited time (June 1st through July 31st, 2015) available at Food Lion stores.

The special Minion flavors are…

  • Strawberry BA-NA-NA applesauce in a 4pk of pouches
  • Tropical BA-NA-NA applesauce in a 6pk of cups
  • Tropical BA-NA-NA juice drink in a 6pk of 8oz bottles

Exclusive Food Lion Offer

Buy any (2) two Mott’s 64oz or 6-pack Juice products and get a FREE 6-pack of Mott’s Applesauce. Offer valid in Food Lion stores 6/17-6/30.

Mott's Minions Food Lion How do you plan to celebrate the Minion invasion this summer?

Scotties Tissues Sponsors Cat & Kitten Adoption #bringhomeabox

Are you considering adopting a cat?

If so, June might be a great month to adopt a cat or kitten from the SPCA of Wake County.

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June is National Cat Adoption Month and Scotties Facial Tissues is sponsoring select cat and kitten adoptions at three rescue organizations along the east coast. Our local SPCA, SPCA of Wake County in North Carolina is one recipients that will receive $15,000 to use towards the placement of cats in kittens into loving homes.

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Watch this short video to find our more…

 

“There is so much good that we hope to do in 2015 for cats and kittens in need of a good home,” said John Robertson, Scotties Marketing Director. “Whether it’s inviting a new kitten into a forever home or bringing home a box of tissues to a sick child – these are the moments of softness and compassion that should be praised and supported.”

Each year, approximately 8-12 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide and on average 5-9 million are euthanized. Scotties hopes to rally support for this cause and to put approximately 100 – 150 cats and kittens into their forever homes.

Scotties Cat & Kitten Sponsored Adoption With The SPCA of Wake County
When: Sunday, June 21, 2015 through Tuesday, June 30th

Where: The SPCA of Wake County
200 Petfinder Lane
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone (919) 772-2326

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Hashtag: #bringhomeabox

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