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Booginhead SippiGrip October 14, 2011

Filed under: Gear for Kids,Mommy Tips & Tricks — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:20 pm
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Amazon.com: Booginhead SippiGrip, Black: Baby.

Don’t you hate it when your toddler decides it is really fun to throw his lovey or sippy cup on the ground making you make it up over and over again? It is the quickest way the 3 feet under crowd can drive you nutty in less than 5 minutes. Even worse, trying to disinfect that when it hit the ground or a grungy restaurant floor. Ick!

I love this product so much, I got 4 of them and stashed them everywhere: at home, diaper bag, in the stroller storage pocket, and grandma’s house. No more bending over to pick up cups tossed to the side. The straps are adjustable on both ends so it fits everything. This was especially handy on outings like the park, museum and amusement parks. No more wondering where in the world did M toss that sippy cup because it is literally chained to the stroller.

Highly recommended for use with toddlers. I bought mine at Babies R Us.

L@WS

 

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Timer+ App – free October 12, 2011

Filed under: Apps,Mommy Tips & Tricks,Parenting — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:12 pm
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App Store – Timer+.

Today’s shout out is Timer+ for iPhone and iPad is for an indispensable app for any busy multi-tasking person like me. Moms everywhere will agree that timers are a really helpful parenting tool. You use them for time outs, for potty training reminders, for transitional warnings for a variety of things like it is time to clean up, time to go to bed, etc., for quiet time reading for your children, for taking turns playing the iPad or any other coveted toy.

I love that you can program and save a variety of timers for yourself to use. This is really great if you have multiple children and have different set time out periods for them. I can track my laundry, dinner, time out, potty training, and piano practice all at the same time on one device instead of setting the egg timer, oven timer and my phone timer. I love that you can run multiple timers simultaneously, and the app runs in the background of your iPad even when it is on power down mode.

Love this! Highly recommended for anyone who loves organizational tools or is in desperate need of organizational tools.

L@WS

 

Preventing the Viral Merry-Go-Round. August 23, 2011

Filed under: Mommy Tips & Tricks,Parenting,Staying Healthy — lifeatwarpspeed @ 4:45 pm
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Prevent the Top Back-to-School Infections.

This is one of my favorite soaps from Trader Joe’s:

Just saw this timely article as the new school year is kicking off. There are a few caveats that I would add to these suggestions.

  1. Be mindful of over-use especially with young children who have a tendency to put their hands in their mouth. These gels are mostly alcohol; there are cases of young children in preschool and daycare settings getting alcohol poisoning or drunk off this stuff. I really only use this in the rare occasions where soap and water are just not available.
  2. The under 5 set gets sick a lot. I saw the stat that the average Kindergartener gets sick 12 times a year. That’s once a month! Pretty hard to control babies, toddlers and preschoolers from touching things, each other and then their mouth, nose or eyes. You don’t even need kids to mouth toys, it is so easy for it to happen when you see kids snacking and then running off to play. Instant germ factory on those hands. You only get viruses if they get into your system, and that’s usually through an orifice.
  3. Stay away from anti-bacterial products.There are alternative gels, wipes, and soaps (like TJ’s lavender hand soap) out there. The proliferation of use of anti-bacterial products is not good for our world. It is creating the environment where super-bugs aka drug resistant bacteria and viruses are becoming more common, and that is a truly dangerous situation.

I suppose that in the end that we all do our best to maintain good hygiene, but eventually kids do get sick. When it seems to happen every two or three weeks, I try to stay patient by telling myself that M is building his immune system. Cold comfort, I know, when you are dealing with a cranked out kid or trying to juggle who is going to take a sick day.

L@WS

 

My Go Box August 22, 2011

Filed under: Mommy Tips & Tricks — lifeatwarpspeed @ 8:00 am
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My Accord and now my Sienna always has what I call my Go box in the trunk. This is what I usually suggest that new parents put in their cars. It is my indispensable, get me out of a jam, emergency box. I use a medium-sized clear plastic tote for my go box. This is the box I go to when:

  • I forgot to pack something I need in my diaper bag.
  • I forgot M’s lunch tote or pack snacks for a car trip.
  • We unexpectedly ended up staying overnight somewhere.
  • We got stranded in the car for some reason.
  • I somehow got throw up on or had to deal with a very messy blowout or toilet training accident
  • Or I just plain need to rescue myself in a pinch.

When M was a baby and young toddler, this is what I kept in the go box.

  • 1/2 dozen of the 4 oz. travel packs of powdered formula
  • 4 to 6 glass jars of baby food
  • 2 packages of freeze dried TJ fruit (usually mango & banana) which keep well even with temperature fluctuations
  • 1 baby bottle or later sippy cup and toddler utensils
  • 10 diapers and 2 nighttime diapers
  • 1 ziploc bag that had a handful of folded paper towels, 3 pairs of latex free gloves, 1/2 dozen plastic grocery bags, and a travel pack of clorox cleaning wipes
  • 1 ziploc bag that has anti-bacterial gel, a travel sized baby powder*, a travel first aid kit & travel sized diaper cream, a travel pack of baby wipes, and a travel sunscreen.
  • 1 complete set of layered clothing for myself, P, and my son. (remember to change sizes for your kids)
  • 1 rolled up neat sheet (for impromptu picnics, park visits, etc.), 1 rolled up fleece throw, 1 rolled up baby blanket, and 1 rolled up towel.
  • bucket hats for myself and M which pack easily
  • 1 travel umbrella

Of course, this is in addition to having a good car emergency kit with flares, tools, cables, etc. Of course, each family’s Go box will differ depending on what your needs are and what stage your kids are in. Hopefully, my Go box list gives you an idea of where to get started in packing your box.

Remember the Boy Scouts motto: Always be prepared!

L@WS

* you might be wondering why I pack a travel sized baby powder in the car. This stuff does an amazing job of removing sand from little hands and feet. Just sprinkle a little on and rub the sand right off and keep that stuff from tracking into the car and house.

 

abc Notes app – Free today only! August 20, 2011

Filed under: Apps,Mommy Tips & Tricks — lifeatwarpspeed @ 6:31 pm
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abc Notes – Checklist & Sticky Note Application for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

I grabbed this app as soon as I saw that it went to free today. Sorry, Sticky Pad app, it is time for you and I to part ways. ABC notes blows you out of the water. I love the features of this app, you can have multiple lists including checklists on multiple bulletin boards. This makes organizing separate boards for each family member so much easier plus with plenty of room left over for your multi-tasking self. It really makes adapting Stephen Covey’s time management matrix (http://www.orgcoach.net/timematrix.html) a cinch.

Cool features include emailing notes, rectangular stickies, taking a “pic” of your bulletin board and using it as your desktop, syncing between iPhone and iPad. All kinds of awesome for organizing gurus, and the easy UI makes it very useable for anyone.

Get it before it is gone!

L@WS

 

 
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