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October 29, 2014

5 Facts About Bedwetting You Didn't Know

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Potty training has been one of my toughest obstacles as a parent thus far. And while we have triumphed with both of our boys in potty training with little to no accidents, bed time is another story. There is no such thing as night time potty training. Younger kids have accidents and as adults, we understand that & know that it is okay. But as a child, it can have effects on self-esteem & confidence. In partnership with GoodNites®, who is sponsoring this informative post, I thought I'd share some facts on bedwetting to further educate some of you on this common condition & perhaps offer some solutions to those of you who have children who struggle with it nightly.


1. Bedwetting is a completely normal and common condition that children cannot control or be trained out of. In fact, according to the National Kidney Foundation, bedwetting affects approximately seven million children in the United States alone.

2. Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) is more common in boys than in girls and tends to occur more frequently in first born children than in younger siblings.

3. It is caused by a variety of factors, with the most common cause typically due to a child's bladder not growing as fast as the rest of his body.

4. Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics indicates that children who wet the bed do not enjoy or even have the desire to participate in fun activities, such as sleepovers, because of their fear and embarrassment.


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Cards for Kids on Goo's 5th Birthday

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias


Each year, I write a letter to Collin in a kids card, or as I have called him since birth, Goo. This year is no different, but it does seem to get more & more bittersweet with each passing year. I feel like five is a big milestone. In my Mommy brain, five feels like a kid rather than a baby or toddler. And while I know he'll always be my little Goo baby, five just feels different somehow. Bigger. More independent.

Each year, I also create a collage of photos from each of his birthdays. You an clearly see several changes in him as the years pass. Excuse me for a moment while I sit in a corner & sob.


This year, as I sit down for his annual letter, I'll be doing it on a private card & keeping it between us rather than sharing here on my blog like I've done in the past. I wanted to get a card that would be a special reminder of him as he is in this moment in time. Recently, I discovered poster cards from Hallmark & they will be the perfect size for me to write my long-winded letter while also giving him a rad poster to hang on his wall, which at this age, I'm sure he will appreciate more than a sappy letter from Mom. That appreciation will come with time. Because it features some of his most beloved characters, it also makes a great miniature time capsule for him when he is older. #KidsCards


These cards are great because they come in a normal size that can be mailed, but then fold out into not one, but two posters. This Avengers card I found for Collin is glow in the dark. There was also a Batman card that had face cutouts for a fun little instant Batman photo booth; so they're also interactive. I also may or may not have used this as an excuse to purchase some Avengers washi tape. I mean...okay, so I did. But what better way to display this poster than with Ironman washi?!



I hung the poster up in his bedroom wall for now & if we were celebrating his birthday here, I would leave it up & fill his bedroom with balloons for his to discover when he returns home from his visit with his Dad. However, we will be celebrating in Big Bear with family & I'll be taking this poster along with me to hang in our cabin so he can feel like the super special birthday boy that he is. These poster cards are so awesome & the possibilities are endless.



You can find these super fun poster cards for kids at your local Walmart. Psst...it's also where I found my washi tape! I found several in the Kids Central section of the card aisle. While you're there, stock up on cards from Hallmark & joining the Hallmark Rewards program to earn rewards. With every five cards you purchase, you'll earn a reward.



Make sure you check out the Connections from Hallmark site to sign up for Hallmark Rewards, and to see great content from other bloggers. Join in the #KidsCards conversation on Twitter!  

October 28, 2014

A Family Halloween Outing & Fun Halloween Decor Ideas

This post has been sponsored by Wayfair. All thoughts, opinions, & ideas are my own. Thank you to Wayfair for partnering with me. And thank you readers, for supporting the brands that support this blog & my family.

Over the weekend, I spent some time sharing some Halloween memories with my step-daughters in Las Vegas. Growing up there, my mother always managed to find family friendly activities & several of my most cherished memories are of these fun events we attended. Naturally, I wanted to share some of my childhood with my step-children & own daughter; so we planned a fun family outing to visit Nanny & enjoy the HallOVeen event at Opportunity Village.

The Halloween decor was stunning & so imaginative! We couldn't help but take notes for our own homes & point out to one another all of the ghoulish, spooky decor that they covered the entire campus in.




















While the entire park was made over for Halloween & with intentions to be spooky, it was still very family friendly & a great place for the entire family to visit, even sweet little Evelyn had fun, as you can see. Sister child had a death grip on that lollipop.

The spooky adventure continued back at Nanny's house as we took in all her Halloween decor. I was obsessed with this eerie dining room idea.


And for a clever, terrifying decor idea, use black cut outs in the shapes of spiders, rats, or bats & hang them all over your walls to spook your house guests...or even yourself! Ha!


Wayfair is holding a Halloween decor photo contest that I'll be entering the above images into. The winner will receive a $500 Wayfair gift certificate! Uhm, YES PLEASE! Entries are limited to five per household & can include indoor or outdoor Halloween decor. Anyone can enter, yes even bloggers who participate in Wayfair campaigns or even you!

To enter, head over to the Wayfair Halloween Decor Contest page & submit your decor photos for your chance to win!

Last Minute, Easy Pumpkin Design


If you are anything like me, you want to squeeze every last drop of Halloween out before having to leave the holiday behind until next season. Between gruesome eyeball ice cubes & donut costume DIYs, I've been fully immersed in everything Halloween & loving every moment of it! However, I somehow managed to forget all about pumpkin carving, but no matter. Because with a little creativity & some help from a bottle of black puffy paint, I whipped up a lovely & easy last minute pumpkin design that anyone can recreate. If you're in a Halloween pinch, this craft is simple & effortless. Head over to So Fawned for all the details on this DIY.

Dream, Create, Inspire | W2

Dream Create Inspire Party

Welcome to week two of our fun, new Dream Create Inspire link up party! I am so excited to kick off this new link party with Sarah, Alyson, and Tabitha. Each week, we want you to come and share your favorite creative blog posts from your blog over the past week. Posts that you dreamt, created, & now inspire fellow creative minds with! You may leave links for up to four posts each week. To make this even more fun, & to help us all gain a bit of extra traffic, we would love for you to leave comments on one or two (or several!) posts from other blogs linking up. We will be featuring some of our favorites from all of your posts next week. Below, you will find our favorites from week one of our link up. This is a great way to gain some exposure from four fabulous blogs that will feature your content! I am looking forward to checking out all of your sure-to-inspire posts! In case you forgot, here are your lovely party hosts:

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Head over to see what we have been up to this week with some of our favorites from our own blogs:2014-10-27_0001

And here are the top four of our favorites from last week's link up posts:
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Dream Create Inspire Party
 

Dream Create Inspire Party Guidelines

  • Link up posts that are diy, crafts, printables, tutorials, recipes, etc.
  • Leave a link to the specific post, and not just your blog.
  • You may link up to four posts each week.
  • Do not link up shops and other link ups or your entry will be deleted.
  • Add the button to your blog, or a text link directing back to the party.
  • Make sure to visit and comment on some of the other links.
Keep up with our favorites & the weekly posts from our own blogs via our Dream, Create, Inspire board via Pinterest.