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Happy 11 Months Mikey!

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I can not believe my little guy is 11 months old today! He is such a ham too. He weighs around 23 pounds and is 28 inches tall. He can stand for a few seconds at a time and cruises along furniture very quickly. He is a total ladies man and gives the biggest cheesy smile he can when he sees anyone. He has started waving bye and says bye, hi, mama and dada. He eats everything he can get his hands on and loves spaghetti. He still gets up 4-5 times at night and takes two naps a day sometimes three . He is such an easy baby and adores his big sisters. Oh he basically wears all 12-18 month clothes he is a beast. I gave him his first hair cut and now his wild hair lays flat which makes me sad. One month until he is one and I can’t even believe that!#11monthsold #mikeymilestones

 

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New Baby and Formula For Happiness #formulaforhappiness

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I still can not believe that my little boy is turning one next month I feel that time is just flying by so fast and I am trying to savor and hold onto ever little moment I can with him. Every time he achieves a new milestone I am so excited for him.

I still remember that very first day home with Mikey and I have a few tips for a great Formula for Happiness and bonding with your newborn.  The first day with Mikey we were home just a few hours after he was born, the perks of having your baby at a Birth Center. It was absolutely wonderful to just be in my own bed with Mikey and getting to know each other. Cuddles, nursing and looking at every single detail of my little guy. That first day is exhausting yet it goes by so incredibly fast!

One way I found to be a great way to bond and get stuff done is Babywearing! I totally agree that babywearing is a great way to Formula for Happiness when you are trying to still care for other children and keep a happy newborn.

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Lastly, because Newborns grow soooo incredibly fast take photos! Take lots of photos. Of their little hands, feet, back of their head. If you can hire a photographer to take month photos do it!!! Here are a few of the professional photos from birth to 4 months of Mikey.

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What is your Formula for Happiness? Head over to Gerber and learn more.

My New Year’s Plan: Hammer and Chisel

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As you know I gave birth to baby number 4 ten months ago. I still can not believe he is almost a year old. Last year at this time the only thing I thought about was adding a new baby to our family.

A few months after Mikey was born I started using Beach body 21 Day Fix. I absolutely loved the program and after giving birth I lost nearly 40 pounds and dropped three pant sizes! I was very happy with my results.

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Well, the Holiday’s hit and I slacked off with my diet and exercise. So here we are a new year, a new workout plan and a goal that  know I can achieve!  The recipes with the 21 say fix became some of my favorites and even my family loves them!

So I am currently on day four of my The Masters Hammer and Chisel and Performance Challenge Pack. I am loving the program and happy to not be nearly as sore as I thought I would be!  Hammer and Chisel works the same comcept of the 21 day fix but it more intense and for those who have completed the 21 Day Fix.

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Sagi and Autumn don’t mess around. These workouts are intense, but if you insist on feeling and looking incredible, grab your weights and a bench and get to work. Not only will you get their expert resistance-training system that will transform your physique into the ultimate work of art in 60 days, but you’ll also get the pre-workout energy to help you hit your workouts with everything you’ve got and the post-workout support to help your muscles come back stronger and ready for more.‡You can even start streaming The Master’s Hammer and Chisel workouts because your Performance Pack includes 30 days of FREE access to Beachbody®On Demand!

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You get everything you need to get your best results—faster:

  • Beachbody Performance Energize Pre-Workout supplement with key ingredients to help boost your energy, sharpen your focus, push harder, and last longer—delivered on Home Direct, our monthly autoship program.*

  • Beachbody Performance Recover Post-Workout supplement, with key ingredients shown to help combat exercise-induced muscle soreness and speed muscle recovery to help you accelerate your fitness results—delivered on Home Direct, our monthly autoship program.*

  • The Master’s Hammer and Chisel program, featuring 12 hardcore workouts, a set of 7 portion-control containers, a shaker cup, and the Program and Nutrition Guide with your simple, customizable nutrition plan that will help you reach your unique fitness goals.

  • A FREE 30-Day Trial Membership in the Team Beachbody® Club, so you can start streaming The Master’s Hammer and Chisel workouts, and hundreds of other proven Beachbody workouts, plus find all the support you need to succeed in your challenge. After your 30-Day Trial Membership is up, you will be billed quarterly for Club Membership, which you may cancel at any time.

  • A SET OF 7 PORTION-CONTROL CONTAINERS & SHAKER CUP – It’s a fact—good nutrition is essential to crafting a masterpiece physique. That’s why Sagi and Autumn include a set of 7 portion-control containers and a shaker cup in The Master’s Hammer and Chisel program. So whether you want to lean out, sculpt, or build muscle, you’ll see how simple it is to customize your eating plan, portion out your meals, and get the results YOU want. – Green – Veggies – Purple – Fruits – Red – Proteins – Yellow – Carbs – Blue – Healthy Fats – 2 Orange – Seeds & Dressings – Shaker Cup – Drinks

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I’ll talk more about the supplements and the program! I am excited to work hard and get to where I want!

If you want to learn more about the program feel free to reach out to Coach Joe! You can also follow him on Facebook.

 

 
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The Best Way to Boost Your Health

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Every individual, be it a man or a woman, regardless of their current age, is interested in improving their health. As the old saying goes a healthy person has many wishes, but the sick person has only one, so no one wants to be in a position where they will be left with only one wish – to be healthy again. If we want to avoid situations like this we must do two things – follow a healthy diet and practice some physical training. The first option is relatively easy because we can find many healthy foods and all we need to do is to create tasty meals using natural ingredients. On the other hand, the second element might be difficult to many people because they don’t have enough time or lack the necessary motivation to keep training. One good way to solve a problem like this is to travel to Thailand and join a Muay Thai training camp in this beautiful Asian country.

Even if you have not visited Thailand before, there is a great chance that you have seen images or videos from this beautiful holiday destination. A beautiful sandy beach, a turquoise sea, a wild nightclub party or a Muay Thai match – these are some of the typical images that cross our minds when someone mentions Thailand. We will now focus on Muay Thai training because by practicing Muay Thai you can literally boost your health.

Even though Muay Thai was designed for combat purposes, most people today use this martial art as a highly-efficient fitness activity. Muay Thai training consists of series of interesting and engaging exercises that won’t leave any student inactive for a long period of time. They are very fun and they will surely provide the necessary motivation that you might lack. The training classes in these camps are monitored and guided by professional instructors who will make sure that you are getting the most from each class while keeping you safe from injuries or any other problems. You can read more at Reasons You Should Take Muay Thai Classes | SuwitMuaythai .  In the end, don’t forget that Thailand is an excellent holiday destination for your entire family.

Baby’s First Christmas

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We had such a wonderful time this past week. Christmas always seems to come and go in the blink of an eye but when it is a “Baby’s First Christmas” it goes even faster!

Our little man turned 10 months old a couple days before Christmas and everyone spoiled him with love and goodies.

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We spent time with friends and family the past week. Traveling all over So. Cal (hehe)!

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We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too and can’t wait to celebrate the new year!

Hello 10 Months!

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Happy 10 months little man!!! You love to eat everything! You get mad when people don’t share. You only say dadaand sometimes “mama” but you have to be pretty mad for us to hear mama. On occasion it sounds like you say “hey” when you see someone but I think it is just coincidence.

You cruise along furniture and we have seen you stand for a second at a time.

You love people and will let anyone hold you. You also love to dance. When Mickey Mouse comes on you instantly start dancing. You’re about 22 pounds and probably 28 inches (I will measure you later). You love to play with trucks and blocks and anything that has buttons (like the tv remote).

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5 Reasons Why Busy Parents Need to Try XNSPY for Child Monitoring

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In this economy, parents already have a lot on their plates to have much time for other nuanced aspects of parenting. Especially those that they are less familiar with—parenting in the internet world. Because kids of this generation are digital natives and the parents are simply immigrants. But just because parents have a busy lifestyle does not mean that they can’t be active all aspects of their child’s upbringing. It is time for them to adopt smart technology as well. Here’s why you, the busy parent, should be using XNSPY for child monitoring.

1.     It is Completely Remote

First of all, XNSPY is an all-inclusive parental control application. This means that parents are able to see everything that goes on in the child’s phone… and they can do it completely remotely. Because the app only has to be installed into the child’s phone once. After that, parents use a web based portal to gain access to the child’s phone and see all the information they’ve been exchanging on it.

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2.     It Gives You 24/7 Reports

Another brilliant thing about XNSPY parental controls is the 24/7 reports. On their online control panels, parents can view a summary of activities that went on on the child’s phone on that particular day. This means you can get reports on the calls that were made, the SMS that were sent, and emails that were exchanged. If you’re a busy parent, chances are you won’t read everything the app records for you. This way, you can at least have a bird’s eye view of your child’s digital security.

3.     It Gives You Alerts in Emergencies

Similarly, if you’re busy, you’re probably not going to spend all day reading whatever is going on in your kid’s phone. This is why XNSPY sends you alerts in case of emergencies. And the best part is that you get to decide what constitutes as emergency by using their Watchlist. Anything that goes to the Watchlist becomes the ‘trigger’ activity and you get an alert anytime one of the Watchlist items is activated.

4.     It Stores All the Data

All data collected and recorded by XNSPY is stored on the online control panel. This means you never get to lose anything. If you’ve had a long day and were unable to check up on your child’s activities, you can still come home and read back on who your child messaged, called, emailed, phoned and much more. This will make you life a lot easier.

5.     It is Sophisticated Yet Affordable

XNSPY for child monitoring uses sophisticated technology. It is what enables it to record everything in real time and put parents on alert when they need to be. You’d think that all of this would come at a hard price to pay. But in reality, XNSPY is available for as low as $8.33 a month and you can chose any subscription that suits your situation best. It is affordable, and there is no reason parents shouldn’t be taking advantage of this fact.

 

Top 10 Holiday Comfort Foods #americasrecipes

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It’s my favorite (and most delicious) time of the year!
Preparing holiday meals is an extremely important tradition in my family — it has been since I was a little girl. During the holiday season, we’d always make tons of veggie casseroles and cornbread for our extended family. I used to love the smell of everything browning and bubbling in the oven. I still do.
I recently partnered with Del Monte (the makers of premium canned vegetables and so much more) to share with you some fun stats on what Americans love to eat during the holidays. They just published their Del Monte Comfort Food Index, which ranked the Top 10 Holiday Comfort Foods.
1.  Potatoes (mashed or scalloped):  84% (percent who feel “comfort” by eating the food)
2.  Pie:  82%
3.  Baked goods (cookies & muffins):  81%
4.  Macaroni & cheese:  75%
5.  Cake:  71%
6.  Casserole:  69%
7.  Stews and hearty soups:  68%
8.  Meatballs (with or without pasta:  65%
9.  Sweet potatoes (mashed or cut):  61%
10.  Cornbread:  60%
Throughout the holiday season, we have pretty much all of these dishes on the menu. We love potatoes in our household, but casseroles are always a huge hit too. Who doesn’t love casseroles?
Going through the Del Monte America’s Recipe site, I discovered some recipes I’d like to try out for this year’s feast.
Cheddar Corn Casserole may be the ultimate holiday comfort food. You can also add ham or turkey to it to make it a complete meal.
Another guaranteed holiday hit is Green Bean Casserole. In fact, it’s not surprising to hear that 57% of Americans find it comforting and nostalgic to eat green bean casserole. (I’m certainly one of these folks.)
And… Pie. I could probably eat a fruit pie everyday. Del Monte’s Peach Slab Pie  recipe is so easy to make, I’m excited to try it! The crust is mixed into the pan, it doesn’t get simpler than that.
So, just how important is comfort food during the holidays? Very important. The survey also found:
>> 46% of Americans agree that their family “shows love and comfort through food.”
>> 44% of Americans look forward to the food more than presents during the holidays. (Totally true in my family!)
>> 62% of Americans say that they are “traditional and like to make or eat classic comfort recipes in the same way every year.”
>> 38% of Americans say they “like to change things up and prefer modern twists on favorite comfort foods.”
P1580214070412_1_0Looking for more quick and delicious versions of comfort food? Check out some of my new faves which match the top 10 comfort foods:
1.  Potatoes (mashed or scalloped):  84% (percent who feel “comfort” by eating the food)
2.  Pie:  82%
3.  Baked goods (cookies & muffins):  81%
4.  Macaroni & cheese:  75%
5.  Cake:  71%
6.  Casserole:  69%
7.  Stews and hearty soups:  68%
8.  Meatballs (with or without pasta:  65%
9.  Sweet potatoes (mashed or cut):  61%
10.  Cornbread:  60%
Find more of Del Monte’s top-rated, family-approved holiday recipes here: Del Monte America’s Recipe site.
I’d love to hear which of these recipes you want to add to your holiday dinners! Let me know in the comments below. 

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Common holiday pitfalls and how to avoid them #CTCA

Cancer Treatment Centers of America CTCAThe holidays are a time many of us look forward to all year; a time for celebrating family and being thankful for friends. Music, parties and being cozy are some of our favorite things during the holidays, but let’s not forget the food. There is nothing wrong with enjoying these special treats, but it can often be difficult to stop yourself from overeating. Cancer Treatment Centers of America® Registered Dietitian Sarah Kiser shares some common holiday pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Saving room for the big dinner. Depriving yourself of food can make you more likely to overeat when you do have a meal and less likely to choose wisely. You will be so ravenous that your judgment to make smart choices will be impaired. Instead, eat normal meals throughout the day: a well-rounded breakfast and lunch, and a light snack consisting of protein to keep those tummy growls at bay. By the time you get to the big meal, you won’t be as hungry, making it easier to pick and choose which foods you really want to eat.

Only socializing around food. Parties and get-togethers often revolve around snacks, meals, desserts and drinks, making it easy to overeat while spending time with your loved ones. Instead, try playing games or being active together. Spending time together in creative ways is a great way to celebrate the holidays without losing sight of your health goals.

Forgetting about liquid calories. Alcohol can be a significant source of added calories, and depending on what you mix it with, added sugar. These excess empty calories can raise blood sugar and be stored as fat. Drinking too much can also lead to dehydration and feeling sluggish the next day, making it very likely you won’t make it to that yoga class you vowed you would attend. Instead, pace yourself with the drinks. Sip slowly to enjoy the flavor. Drink water along with your adult beverage to stay hydrated. After one or two drinks, try switching to water. For a fun twist, try adding a splash of lime juice and frozen strawberries to seltzer water.

These are some excellent tips for all year long. I think it’s important for everyone to remember that we can have a great time without over eating or drinking.

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Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer. CTCA® provides cutting-edge medical treatment options for their patients to fight cancer, which are combined with a full array of integrative therapies to mitigate side effects and improve quality of life, with all services available under one roof.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we use leading technology to aggressively treat cancer. We also support you with nutrition and other therapies, because we know that managing the side effects of cancer treatment is half the battle. Nearly 70 percent of CTCA patients travel to one of thehospitals from another state. Why?

Their physicians have expertise in treating many forms of cancer, including complex and advanced-stage diseases. Our hospitals offer advanced technologies and tools to fight cancer combined with integrative oncology services to improve quality of life—all under one roof. Our patients receive an individualized, comprehensive treatment plan from a team of cancer experts.

To learn more head on over to www.cancercenter.com.
*I received compensation as part of a promotional program with CTCA and MomSelect.

More isn’t Always Better: Make Your Kitchen Remodel Count

The experts tell us that when considering a remodeling project, a kitchen “facelift” can almost pay for itself. By some estimates, a minor kitchen remodel can return over 90% of its value during a resale. One key factor in designing a remodeling project that recoups most of its cost is to keep a few ideas in mind.

Customize = Specialize

It’s most likely that you’re considering the remodeling project for your own purposes and not as much concerned about the resale value. It’s your home and you’re not really thinking about the family likely to live there next. In planning your design though, it’s good to remember that the more you customize to fit exactly what you want, the more you narrow the pool of prospective buyers in the future. You may love the Spanish colonial trim on your cabinets and island, but if it’s inconsistent with the rest of the home, you might find yourself undoing it when it comes time to sale. You can check out the Best Hybrid Table Saws for your customizing project.

Update or Remodel

You might be dreaming of a full kitchen remodel like the ones you’ve seen on Pinterest. It’s a fact of life that the more you do the more it will cost. It would be great to know what the sweet spot is where bigger costs stop building value.

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According to the 2015 “Cost v. Value Report,” it’s $19,226. Up to that point you can expect to get a little over 80% of the cost back in added value to your home. Now that you know that number, you can start deciding what things are most important. Will you benefit more from updated appliances and refinished cabinets or do you need a bigger overhaul? It’s entirely possible that your kitchen has become so dated that it needs a complete remodel to improve its functionality.

Whether you’re looking at a floor to ceiling demo or just a cabinet and appliance update, it’s good to know what the tipping point is going to be.

Keep It Simple

Most kitchens could benefit from some simple upgrades. Unless you had a custom build, it’s likely that most of the fixtures in your home are builder’s grade. They work just fine, but they probably don’t create the feel you’d like in your own space.

downloadOne of the most cost effective upgrades you can make is with your appliances and fixtures. Something as simple as updating the faucet and sink can give the room a different look. The best kitchen faucets today are also more efficient. That can save you on your monthly water bill. At the very least, they give your kitchen a more contemporary look.

The same is true of modern kitchen appliances. They come with an energy star rating that will tell you how much you’re likely to save annually by upgrading. Most of your kitchen appliances are only expected to last ten to fifteen years. If it’s been longer than that since you replaced them, it’s likely that upgrading the current appliances will save you significant money on energy bills right away.

In reality, remodeling is more about building what you want than adding value to your home. You want to build the space that suits you, not the next family who is going to live there. Still, your home is possibly one of your largest investments, and you want to maintain its value. Looking at what you really need and knowing the effective budget can help you create your perfect space and protect your significant investment.

Essential Tools For Maintaining A Healthy Garden

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Every garden has its own personality, size and complexity, just like its gardener, so the tools chosen to nurture individual spaces vary widely. As gardeners are notoriously particular and passionate about the tools of their trade, we’ve created a selection of the highest rated and the best loved, from the straightforward traditional tools such as pruners to more new-fangled gadgets. Whatever your tastes in flora and fauna may be, or however big your space to create your perfect paradise is, keeping some gardening essentials at hand will help ensure that your garden flourishes!

1.Sharp pruners – An absolute must have, a good pair of pruners can help with fatigue and safety, in addition to trimming unwanted leaves or branches.

2.An ergonomic shovel – Look for a shovel with a sharp and heavy blade but a lightweight fiberglass handle to make it easier to grip while digging as this kind is the most beneficial for maintaining an injury-free back and joints.

3.Compost tumbler – A tumbler makes all the difference with compost timing, reducing it from a couple of months to a few weeks

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Photo by Rennett Stowe

4.Trowel and fork – Probably the most used items in any garden, trowels and forks are used for planting, poking, weeding and even removing any ‘gifts’ left by neighborhood cats!

Photo credit by Wicker Paradise

Photo credit by Wicker Paradise

5.Trug – They can be a bargain and make life maintaining a garden a whole lot easier by shifting compost and weeds, gathering the (literal) fruits of your labour, or simply and safely transporting multiple and often sharp garden tools.

6.EasyBloom – One of those gadgets that has revolutionized the gardening world, the EasyBloom is a data-gathering stake that collects information about sunlight and moisture amounts and is perfect for those whose thumbs are not quite green yet.

7.Gardening apron – It may not be the most obvious tool, but a multi-pocketed apron can be a lifesaver for those who spend a lot of time in the dirt juggling everything from pruners and seeds to water bottles and mobile phones, by keeping everything safe and within reach.

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a newbie to taming and cultivating Mother Nature, there are plenty of garden hand tools to choose from when it comes to creating the perfect garden space.

Images by YourCastlesDecorRennett Stowe and Wicker Paradise used under Creative Commons License.

9 Months Old

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We have celebrated another month with our boy. He is getting big fast! He absolutely loves to eat. He will eat everything you give him.

He cut his 6th tooth and celebrated his first Thanksgiving.

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What Nutrients to “Chews” When Expecting #BeActiv

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Approximately 68% of women are calcium deficient, but this matters even more when you’re pregnant because the developing baby needs calcium to build strong bones and teeth, as well as for a healthy heart, nerves, and muscles.

When a pregnant woman lacks dietary calcium (which is often the case), her developing baby draws this much-needed calcium directly from HER bones, which can impact the woman’s health later in life. Popular prenatal vitamins only have a small percentage of recommended the daily calcium.

The recommended amount of calcium during pregnancy is 1000mg daily and Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are an easy and delicious way to make sure you’re getting the recommended amount. Available in milk chocolate and caramel flavors, these soft chews have 100% of your daily recommended value in just two chews—plus Vitamin D and K! They are each individually wrapped so you can even toss them in your purse so you don’t forget.

One Viactiv Calcium Soft Chew (500 mg of calcium and 500 IU of Vitamin D) taken twice daily provides 100% of the daily value of calcium for most women plus vitamins D and K.

Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are intended to help achieve recommended daily dietary levels of these nutrients as a supplement to diet/food sources.

Viactiv is part of the three keys to healthy bones:  

  • Obtaining an adequate daily dose of calcium from your diet
  • Regular bone strengthening exercises–#BeActiv
  • Supplementing when diet is not enough

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Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are available in milk chocolate and caramel flavors at major retailers including CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as supermarkets nationwide. Save $2 on your next in-store purchase with the Viactiv printable coupon.

Also be sure to enter Viactiv’s BeActiv with Baby sweeps to win fun prizes to keep you and baby active together. Four weekly winners – one per week.

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You can learn more about Viactiv on their website as well as follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

“This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received Viactiv products for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.”

FDA Disclaimer:
Please talk with your doctor regarding any concerns before taking any supplements. This post is not intended to address or diagnose any medical conditions. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Happy 10th Birthday to my Sissy

TEN today… 10 years ago this sweet little girl blessed my life. She was the calm to my crazy. She still is and I am beyond lucky she is my princess. (and yes I totally treat her like a princess) She has a heart of gold and loves her friends deeply. If you have had the chance to know her you would agree that she is pretty special. I can’t believe it has been ten years though. I look forward to the next ten with her.

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Kolcraft Select a Seat – Perfect for those little ones who just potty trained

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After Shelby potty trained early this year she was still using a little potty that was on the floor. When Mikey was born I was done cleaning out the little potty but I knew she wasn’t ready to use the toilet without some kind of insert. (She would fall right into the toilet.)

I was beyond happy to see that Kolcraft makes a Select a Seat toilet seat. The Kolcraft Combination Toilet Seat is a potty training seat and full-size adult toilet seat in one. Now teaching bathroom skills to your little one can be easier than ever. This easy-to-assemble, integrated item will mean one less thing cluttering up your bathroom.

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The colorful child seat flips up out of the way, and both seats are cushioned for comfort. Made of durable plastic, it is not only comfortable but durable, as well. This child and adult toilet seat is easy to assemble and comes with detailed instructions, so it can be safely and properly installed.

This is the perfect solution to not have a bunch of extra pieces sitting around in the bathroom. It is extremely easy to clean and makes for keeping the bathroom organized.

*A product was provided.