Monday, September 8, 2014

5 tips to potty training success

{A hugely warm thank you to Huggies for sponsoring this post. Your pretty radtastic!}

Oh yes, you can see correct. We are still in potty training mode. This time we are focusing on night time potty training. Day time is going pretty smoothly (we have recently had some regression) Due to the accidents I decided it's time to try something else. We are trying the Huggies brand Pull-Ups and the Doc McStuffins ones are my sweet Mushy's absolute favorite!


I wasn't sure how she would "take" us forcing her into Pull-Ups. But I think she could see the frustration we were desperately trying to hide each morning. Every morning. Like EVERY SINGLE DAY...that we had to strip her bedding and rewash her sheets. On average girls are not fully potty trained (meaning day AND night) until about 5 or 6 years of age. Boys are even longer. I cannot tell you how happy I was that my pediatrician filled us in on that little tidbit!

To make her feel like she is still a "big girl" we found a cute bin and she proudly put her pullups inside and up on a shelf in her bathroom. This way we can easily access them I.C.O.A.A. {in case of an accident if you don't speak code!}


There are days I feel like I am going to pull my hair out. But by joining in the Pull-Ups Big Kids Academy I felt a bit better that. Well. I wasn't in this alone! Things I have learned on this journey...the 3rd time around is:

1. Ya don't need the dang tiny potty seats. Potty inserts or anything else that you stick next to or in your toilet. Just a good ol' fashioned stool works wonders in our home. The training seat was only used for teddy bears...no bare bums actually sat upon it. And in the end with my oldest 2, I was kinda thankful as that was one more thing to train them away from!

2. M&M's are actually for the mommy. Each pee accident...eat 10. Each poopy in the pants episode...take 20 and chase em' with a latte.

3. You can never have too many pairs of panties, undies or Pull-Ups. There is no such thing.

4. Poop talk is ALWAYS appropriate. As well as poop jokes, made up words about poop and anything fart related. Fact.

5. In the end, this too shall pass. I thought I would NEVER get my oldest 2 potty trained and they both received a Masters Degree in fully pooping on their own. I cried. Tears of joy streamed down my face. They can even do this in public. And in porta potties {I will be honest, I am still working on this one myself!}


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Holy Ghost - review and giveaway


I had the opportunity to sit an watch the new movie called Holy Ghost. I was kinda eh...at first until I watched the trailer and thought...well. This might be interesting. The movie was filmed with no script, no plan and no idea where God would lead them to film. It was a "fly by the seat of your pants" sorta movie! Darren Wilson set out to make a movie that is completely led by the Holy Spirit.


At first, I felt...like..."oh it's one of THOSE kinda movies." you know...ones that are "led". Or so they say. The kind that make up "words" that God is trying to speak through them. I was very pessimistic at first. But the more I watched the better it got. Seeing people like members from Korn...lead fans at concerts to Christ or hearing Michael W. Smith talk about his experiences. I was sitting on the edge of my seat. Pumping my fist in the air. Clapping. Shouting and smiling from ear to ear as the tears streamed down my face. It started out good...but by the end was just plain awesome. The movie releases worldwide on September 6th, but you have a chance to win a copy for yourself!

Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada only. Winner will be drawn on September 2nd.

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 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wherever the River Runs - book review and giveaway


These days reading is a thing I do with my children. It's not something I get the everyday chance to do. Typically by the time I climb into my bed I am so exhausted from herding cats - Ahem, I mean kids - all day the last thing I want to do is open a book.

I was sent Wherever the River Runs - by Kelly Minter. In her book she sets out on a journey down the amazon on a boat called Discovery. Kelly's heart is felt through her words as she takes us down a river teeming with piranhas, caimans, machete-swingin' mama's and jungle pastors. She takes you so deep your gonna have to pick your jaw up off the floor.

I loved every moment of this book. I laughed out loud. I cried and I felt happy for what I have.


My favorite quote from her book was when she was talking about hitting the Christian jackpot. Which is when you are willing to sacrifice but in the end. You don't have to.

She is witty. Charismatic and funny. You can see her true soft spot for those that she met and shared "life" with.  On her journey through the jungles of Brazil she rediscovers Jesus and she will help you rediscover him too!



You have the opportunity to win a book of your own! The contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only. I can't wait to hear what you think!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

VeggieTales: Celery Night Fever - Review and giveaway

Imagine the excitement when we opened the mail box and the kids unwrapped the NEWEST VeggieTales movie called Celery Night Fever! OK, who DOESN'T love VeggieTales? I mean come on, they have been around for like 20 years and I think everyone knows at least 1 of their songs. I know we have many of them downloaded to our Ipods! And at least 10 different movies on our shelves.

This movie is definitely one of our favorites to date. It came at the most perfect time as my kids have been fighting like cats and dogs all Summer long. "Mom, he broke this." "Mom, she hit me." "Mom." "Mom" "Mom". I loved how this movie took us back to the funkadelic past of these real hip dudes! Upbeat, awesome, stick-in-your-head-for-days songs and laughter for the whole house hold. Old friends, rediscover friendship after many years apart. Teaching us how the bible has a lot to teach us on forgiveness. With witty quotes like "Forgiveness helps to keep others from being mashed like a potato." or "Forgiveness is the organic way to keep us from judging them."

I give this movie 2 thumbs up. And my kids give it 8! In other words...we dig it! Available to own on DVD as of August 5th, with another new one being released October 14th (with an incredibly AWESOME new character voiced by Kellie Pickler!)


Wanna hear something pretty rad?! Y'all get to do the mashed potato and get your groove thing on too! In fact 1 lucky winner will win a DVD of their own! Open to US and Canada residents only. What are you waiting for?! Enter below! Winner will be drawn on August 13th, 2014.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins


A few years back my friend Elizabeth shared the most AMAZING recipe with me. It was the year we all grew more Zucchini's than we even knew what to do with. We were frying them, BBQ'n them. Freezing them. Baking them...but she gave me this recipe and it has been a household favorite ever since! Be forewarned you won't be able to eat just 1, the batch makes about 30 muffins, they freeze awesome OH and best part...kids think they are eating a treat because of the word "chocolate"! Boy, if they only knew!


Preheat your oven to 350 and line your muffin tins with paper liners.

I stick all the ingredients into Prudence (my Kitchen-Aid mixer) in this order:
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (the Tree Top applesauces that you would stick in your kids lunches...you know the small bowl like ones? They are the PERFECT size/amount!)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 

Turn on and mix. Then add in:
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves (I like to ground mine myself in my coffee bean grinder...smells SO good and is so yummy fresh!)
  • 3 cups of flour
Mix. I then use a scoop to divide into my muffin pans. Bake for 22 minutes. Stick a toothpick in to make sure comes out clean and then let cool on a cooling rack. Good luck keeping your mitts off of them as they cool!



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tree Top Playdate and NEW Fruit Full

 
 {All opinions in this post are solely my own. I was compensated by Tree Top for my participation in this campaign as a part of the Mom it Forward group}

This funky bunch of mine and myself were invited to the Tree Top Play Date (thank you Mom it Forward!). The kids were able to run around and play while us mama's learned how to make a mock-tail and learned more about the NEW products that Tree Top has to offer. Can I start off by saying that the apples are from the Northwest...that alone makes them the best company out there! Just keepin' it real folks! They treated us to lunch and even had massages available! {they even catered to the kids with PB&J's, fruit and goldfish! They were delighted!} We made crafts out of fruit that the kids could eat and there was a whole lotta juice drinkin' going on!


We were delighted to come home with a bottle of the NEW Strawberry Fruit Full. It's a simple, shelf-stable smoothie in a bottle! It is SO good! They also have a Mango one. My first thought was MARGARITA'S!! Seriously this is going to be a new beach staple! Plus is full of vitamin c, has no added sugar,  no high fructose corn syrup and is perfect for any age group! I LOVE that my kids can have their daily smoothie and I don't have to break out my blender..yet you can "fuss it up" a bit as well for us mama's!


My girls decided to sit and rock awhile while drinking theirs! They turned it into a competition to who could drink theirs the fastest...then were disappointed when it was all gone!


I on the other hand turned it into a virgin daiquiri! It was SO easy! Put 3 cups of ice cubes and then pour in your juice till it just about covers the ice. You can throw fresh strawberries in too if you like! Blend...


Then take a glass...getting the rim slightly damp dip your glass into a bowl of sugar (or you can be lazy like me and just stick it into my sugar container!)


Garnish with fresh mint (I added raspberries because we just picked them!) and then voila! Easy drink perfect for the heat!


OH and a little secret...I use Tree Top pouches in some of my baking recipes! In fact I baked Chocolate Zucchini muffins which will be on the blog this week...you can bet I used Tree Top! You can find awesome recipes and ideas FROM Tree Top on Pinterest!

Heather, our incredible hostess made us a Mocktail that was simply to die for! Literally SO good!

Strawberry Mojito Mocktail

10 mint leaves
1 Tbsp Sugar
1/4 of a fresh lime
1/2 cup Tree Top Fruit Full (we used Strawberry)
1/2 cup club soda

Place mint leaves, sugar and lime wedge in a glass. Use a muddler or back end of a large wooden spoon to crush the mint and lime and dissolve the sugar. Fill glass almost to the top with ice. Pour Fruit Full Smoothie over the ice, followed by the club soda. Garnish with additional lime wedge and add more sugar to taste.



Have a blessed day!

Want to learn more about Tree Top and what they have to offer? You can do so buy following them on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or simply visit their website!

{Loved relaxing with these mama's: That Mama Gretchen Crafting in the Rain, Urban Bliss Life, The Scenic Life, Merlot Mommy, Happy Kids Inc, Repeat Crafter Me, Heather Likes Food Healthy Disney Family}


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Miracle baby...


Once upon a time, there was a little curly Q baby girl who became her mama's saving grace. The End.

My miracle baby. Through my many pregnancies (4 here and 4 in heaven) I have encountered more fear, more pain and more faith. Not one of my pregnancies gave us "simple". Each held something that made them stand out from the other. This final pregnancy for us became the most memorable yet. She was our first to make it through the initial ultra sounds with NO hiccups. No blips and no "watch for this". She was the first one to complete my heart. See my heart started to fill up from Emily Grace...and so on. But with Olivia Joy she completed me. I knew from the moment I held her sweet little body and looked her in the eyes. That God had made me whole.


12 hours later as I watched doctors and nurses fight to save my life. I could do only one thing. Hold my baby tightly in my arms, kiss her head and pray. She is the one that saved me. Yes, technically it was God directing the doctors and nurses. But I believe it was because of HER...I am alive.


She is my miracle. My saving grace. My earthly angel sent to me moments before. I stumbled upon the shop Tink & Key (Etsy) on Instagram. A few convos later and we had hit it off. I adore them. I adore what they are about and what they strive to do. They are a faith based tee shirt biz that wants to put a smile on others faces. They take great pride in each article of clothing and it shows. They are easy to work with. They ship fast and they know the significance and meaning of how important our children are. BUT something I am even more excited about...they now carry adult shirts too! Is it bad I want to get matching for my entire crew and myself? But when I came across this shirt...Miracle Baby. It made me tear up. Because I truly believe this child is my miracle baby. Thank you sweetie for sending me my favorite shirt! Is it bad I will be forcing her to wear it weekly?! HA!


Want to hear something even more exciting? Tink & Key is offering up a discount for my readers! Use the code: britchesnboots and you will recieve 20% off your entire order! HOW awesome is that?! Have a blessed day!


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