Staying on Time as a Parent with JORD!

**Attention! Giveaway included in this post for $100 towards your choice of a new JORD watch plus all entries will receive exclusive holiday discounts!**

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How We Potty Trained Pain Free

**as always, my parenting posts are simply my sharing what has worked for my family in the hopes that it can help yours. I am not a parenting expert by any means, I am simply learning as I go (as aren’t we all!)**

So first of all, I’ll admit straight up, the concept of potty training terrified me from the beginning. It just seemed, so, HARD! And stressful! And messy! And nebulous! For me and my littles! But I felt like there had to be a better way, and what I would like to propose in this post is, I believe there is. I took a rather non-conventional potty training approach with my little ones and it worked absolutely beautifully for us. It wasn’t hard, it wasn’t messy, it was so, NATURAL. And honestly, it wasn’t training. I just let them take the lead and they did it themselves. And, dare I say, it was so EASY. It really was. It was so so easy. When my son was barely over a year old, he suddenly started refusing to poop. It was seriously stressful and traumatizing for both of us. On a whim, I got a little potty hoping that perhaps the only issue was he didn’t want to mess his diaper. Lo and behold, he pooped on the potty that day and we never had another issue (or another single poopy diaper from him!).

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Bath Kneeler and Elbow Rest Organizer Set-Modern by Designs

Bathtime is a crucial part of our evening routine. My children are definitely creatures of habit, and thrive off structure, so bathtime every night is pretty set in our schedule. (Not to mention, they play hard and it’s quite necessary!😉) When I was contacted by Modern by Designs to review their Bath Kneeler and Elbow Rest Organizer, I was pretty excited. We have a hard tile bathroom floor and it’s not overly kind to knees (especially pregnant knees!).

(Also, keep reading because I have a limited number of 25% off discount codes to hand out!)

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Snacktime with Oogie’s Popcorn!

First of all I have a confession: my family and I have been Oogie’s popcorn fans for yearsssss. So, when I got the chance to collab with them I totally took it! And I mean, there are quite a few reasons (besides how undeniably delicious it is) that Oogie’s popcorn has a place in my heart. Created by a musician, and made in the mountains of Colorado, non-GMO, gluten-free and truly packed with flavor, it really is a fantastic product. I love that I don’t have to feel guilty when my kiddos snarf down an entire bowl (which trust me, getting these pics was challenging because I had to shoot fast before they’d eaten it all!). And have you ever popped open a nice fresh bag of delicious looking popcorn, expecting zing and dazzle, and it’s, bland? That absolutely will not happen with Oogie‘s. They truly pack these bags with flavor. Best popcorn ever!

 

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Christmas Time with Lena’s Yard!

**as you know if you’ve seen my previous post about Lena’s Yard, I fell head over heels in love with the quality of her work and the style and fit of her clothing. She ever so graciously gifted me these beautiful outfits I am featuring today, and I am just as in love with them as I was the ones I bought from her first!**

I will admit to LOVING dressing my babies. As my mama once said, it’s like having actual real life living dolls! Dolls that are picky and hard on their clothing though ha! 😉 The holidays are an especially exciting time to get them dressed, and I can NOT wait to take my little ones in their new rompers to our holiday events! Keep reading to see our latest gorgeous pieces from Lena’s Yard!

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Parks Project

Do you all know about the Parks Project organization?! I didn’t until recently, and I am just so excited to have been able to collaborate on a project with them and share with you all! The people behind Parks Project saw a need in the lack of care for our beautiful national parks and took action to change it. And, they are seriously making a difference. (You can read their inspiring story here)! “Each product purchased contributes directly to one of over 30 different conservancies across the USA, providing vital funding for the ongoing care of National Parks.”-www.parksproject.us/pages/about-parks-project

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How we kicked the screentime habit in under a week

Let me preface this by saying three things: one, I am not a parenting expert. I simply love to share what has worked (or not!) for my family and hope others may benefit. Secondly, I do not believe that all screen time is all bad all the time. Thirdly, there are seasons of life and I believe some of those seasons will benefit from more screen time than others. I had been having that type of season, twin toddlers, very pregnant, and doing a major home renovation project. When we were in the thick of drywalling and it came down to my kids potentially eating drywall compound or watching more PJ Masks than I would preferably want them to, let me tell you what I chose….(hint…it didn’t involve a call to the poison control hotline).

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How I’m Getting Ready for Family Holiday Photos with Smile Brilliant

GIVEAWAY CLOSED <3

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10 Fantastic Toddler Educational Toys for under $20!

As you might know if you’re following along with us, I am a HUGE fan of play based learning and love engaging and power packed educational toys. I have a few requirements for toys: I want them to be sturdy, provide a multiplicity of play/education options, have longevity of use (meaning, the toy grows and evolves with them!) and I also don’t want them to break the bank.

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5 Easy Ways to Go Green while Saving Time and Money

Happy Monday friends! As you know, I’m all about saving where I can AND making our lives easier, and I’m also passionate about taking good care of our planet. I cloth diapered the twins and will cloth diaper our new baby when he comes, and I have also learned a few easy tricks over the years that save us time and money on a daily basis. I’ve included a couple items you can get from Amazon, and a few lifestyle tips that have really helped us.

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