Adventures in Potty Training with Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants

with Thanksgiving being a long weekend, i figured, what better time to start potty training then now. at least i’d have the help from my husband, and not have to worry about getting work done.

with this being my third child having to potty train….you’d think that i would have the whole thing down to a “T”. but not so much with this little one.  he has a personality all of his own. he is only 2-1/2 but i know he can do it.

i have had it easy in the past. my first boy was potty trained by two. he was pretty easy with few accidents.  my second boy was tougher in the fact that he just loved his diapers, so he would refuse to even wear underwear. until the day when i wrestled him into a pair….and that was that. no accidents at all. pretty lucky with that one.
this little guy does. not. want. to. potty. train.  he too loves his diapers. he says no, no, no. and i can tell that if i push him too hard, he’s gonna rebel. so when i got the chance to try out Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, i thought….this might be the answer. they are still kind-of like a diaper, but we can use them like underwear.
so i ran to Walmart and got some Huggies Pull-Ups Training pants. i also had him pick out a treat and some stickers. i even printed out this customizable potty chart on the Pull-Ups website.
now we are set to potty train. 
i showed him the Lightning McQueen themed Pull-Ups….and he was actually excited.
and he even put them on.
and played with his toys while wearing them.
i set up the potty all nice with his treats and stickers and a child-sized potty seat.
but….getting him to sit on it….no. such. luck. at least he likes the Pull-Ups!
please….wish me luck in this whole potty training business. i can tell i’m in for it!

Smarties Halloween Printable Candy Cards

did you know that Smarties Candy is a “worry free” Halloween treat?  with so many kids with allergies, celiac disease and other dietary problems, Halloween season can be a scary time. many treats and candies contain nuts and other items that are harmful to some children with allergies.  Smarties Candy is a great choice since they are free of top allergens as well as gluten free, vegan and low calorie.

i’ve been a room mom in my kiddies classrooms every year and i always encounter the issue of children with allergies. every year there has been a child or children allergic to some kind of nuts. i have had to make sure to find candy items that are suitable for them.  Smarties has been my go to candy…not only are they safe for most children to eat, they are inexpensive and found in most stores with Halloween candy sections.

each year my kiddies like to pass out treats to their friends in their classes, so this year i made some fun Halloween monster cards that we will attach Smarties Candy to.

they are very simple to make. just download the Smarties Halloween Printable Candy Card, print the printable onto cardstock and cutout the cards.  you will want to cut slits on the dotted lines near the monster’s mouths with scissors or exacto knife.  then you can slip a roll of Smarties Candy right into it!

these little monster cards are a fun way to give out Halloween treats that everyone can enjoy!
and in case you missed it, here is the

Family Game Night and Campfire Sauce recipe!

it’s been a while since we’ve had a family game night….so that is just what we did. i planned a special, fun dinner and since the boys were tired of all the games we already own, we headed over to Walmart to let them pick out a new one.

we chose Cars 2 Monopoly by Hasbro!
instead of dice, you get to race Lighting McQueen around the track. where he stopped….the number he lands on is how many spaces you get to go!

Cars 2 Monopoly is a really fun game for the whole family.  much faster than the original Monopoly game, and a great way to teach the kids about the value of “pretend” money and making decisions of whether or not to buy properties.

for dinner, i made chicken nugget sliders with campfire sauce, Ore-ida french fries with a variety of dipping sauces and banana milkshakes. i thought the kiddies would think this was super fun. and they did. everything turned out yummy.

the chicken sliders were good! you will need the following to make each slider. or you can make them anyway you’d like.
• 1 Hawaiian roll
• 2 chicken nuggets
• 1 slice tomato
• 1 leaf lettuce
• 2 teaspoons Campfire Sauce
for the dipping sauces, i decide to have plain ketchup, ranch dressing, campfire sauce and sweet & sour orange sauce.
Campfire Sauce
• 1/2 cup Ranch dressing
• 1/4 cup Bulls eye Brown sugar Hickory Barbeque Sauce
• 1 Tablespoon Heinz Ketchup
mix all ingredients and chill 30 minutes
Ranch Dressing
• 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
• 1 cup mayonnaise
• 1 cup milk
mix all ingredients and chill 30 minutes
Sweet &  Sour Orange Sauce
• 1/4 cup orange marmalade
• 1 Tablespoon Heinz Ketchup
• 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
• 1 teaspoon soy sauce
mix all ingredients and chill 30 minutes

we had so much fun at our family game night…that the kids want some more games! by entering the Dip to Play Sweepstakes, we have a chance to win a $1,000 Hasbro Game Night!

and by entering the UPC codes to any of these products, you can unlock special online games on  DiptoPlay.com. you can find the official rules here.
in the meantime, my boys are dreaming of all the games they could win!

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Teaching My Kids to Give Back to the Community: Elmer’s Bag It Forward

one thing i have been trying to teach my kids this summer is giving back to the community. i really want them to understand what giving back to community means and how it feels to give to others. that is why i was especially excited to participate in the Elmer’s Bag it Forward Campaign. where you buy and donate quality school supplies to those in need.
the first day of school is right around the corner and the back-to-school supply sections are already up in the stores. my kiddies have been anxious for me to buy them new school supplies for the new school year. so we ran over to Walmart. Their prices on school supplies are awesome, and that way we were able to get a lot more school supplies to “Bag It Forward!”
We decided to Bag it Forward to one of our friends who is a teacher. she works at a title 1 school where many children in her class can’t afford to buy school supplies. Often times she has to buy them for the children in her class. did you know on average, teachers spend $356 of their personal money on school supplies every year. we were able to get her pencils, glue sticks and crayons for her entire class along with some helpful items such as Kleenex, glue, hand sanitizer and post-its.

We also found the Elmer’s school supply holder, and downloaded the Elmer’s 1st Day App. It’s a FREE app for your smart phone that allows parents to share pictures of their kids first day with their family and friends, or teachers to share their classroom or student’s projects throughout the year.  You can make custom keepsakes, add personalized quotes and dates, make slideshows and organize your photos into albums. this app makes it easier to share 1st day moments with your loved ones…Capture, Create & Share!

The best thing about the Elmer’s first day app is that for every photo uploaded, Elmer’s will donate one product to The Kids in Need Foundation (KINF), up to 200,000 products. That will help a lot of kids! PLUS, X-Acto Designer Series and Walmart are offering a chance to win a trip for four to Disney World! the entry form can be found on the 1st Day App site.

Here is a picture i took with the app of my kiddies Bagging It Forward! i asked them how it felt to help others in need, they said “it feels nice and warm,” and the are already asking to do it again.
By simply picking up an extra bag of school supplies for a child or teacher our life, we can make a huge impact! everyone can #BagItForward! You can read other Bag it Forward stories like mine by visiting the Bag it Forward Pinterest page.
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