First Time Mom and Losing It: March 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Make Your Own "Kinder" Like Surprise Eggs + Printable

If you have a toddler you probably know what Kinder Surprise eggs are. They are these hollow chocolate eggs that have surprise toys inside of them. My daughter discovered them on YouTube and had been hooked on watching them. I have to admit that I get caught watching them too sometimes!

I wanted to find some for my daughter but then realized that they are banned in the US. The reasoning is that the US has a ban of toys being embedded into candy. My creative gears started turning and I decided to attempt to make some for my daughter as a special surprise on Easter.

I bought some silicone egg molds, semisweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. I purchased some really small toys to go inside the eggs and got some foil to wrap around the eggs. I wanted the eggs to look legit to a toddler so I created a printable that you can wrap around the eggs.

The first step is to melt the semisweet chocolate and the white chocolate in separate bowls. I used a double boiler to melt the chocolates. I took a silicone brush and brushed a layer of semisweet chocolate onto the egg molds. I put it into the fridge and let it harden. Then I repeated the steps one more time for a total of two layers. Repeat the steps one more time with the white chocolate.

While the eggs where hardening for the last time I took out some aluminum foil and cut it into  "9 by 7 " rectangles. I printed out the wraps and cut them out.

Then I took the eggs out of the fridge and popped them out of the molds. I took a small frying pan and heated it up a little and turned off the heat. I put the toy in one of the halves and then took the other half and put it cut side up in the pan so the edges could melt a little. I took the two halves of the egg and placed them together to seal. I put them back in the fridge to harden the seal.

Finally I took the foil and wrapped it around the completed egg. Then I took the printed wrap trimmed the top bottom and sides to fit perfectly and taped it around.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Levana Helps This First Time Mom Do More with a Toddler Around!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.

I remember as a first time mom of a newborn I was always carrying her around or keeping and eye on her. I remember running to the bathroom when she napped and waiting for my husband to come home from work to take a shower. It's nerve wreaking when you have a newborn or infant or a child of any age because you want to make sure they are safe every minute of the day.

Now that I think back I realized how much easier things would have been if I had a baby monitor like the ones from Levana. Since they only sell baby monitors they continue to make changes and find new technologies to make them even better as time goes by. I got to try out the Ayden Baby Video Monitor and was first of all impressed at how parent friendly it is. The buttons are easy to press and configuration is super easy. I love that the viewing monitor and camera are wireless so I don't have to worry about cords all around. I love the 48 hour battery life when on Peep mode. The Ayden is so smart that it knows to go into sleep mode until it hears a "peep" from the child and it turns on to show you what is going on.

Now that my "baby" is a toddler I love to use the Ayden to watch her play while I cook. I can make sure she is not getting into something she isn't supposed to and with the Talk to Baby™ Two-Way Intercom I can communicate with her without stopping what I am doing.

I do a lot of my blogging work when she is asleep for the night so I love that I can set the monitor next to me and get to watch her without disturbing her. Toddlers are unpredictable so I am glad I have piece of mind that she is safe in bed while I work in the living room. When my daughter is asleep I love the three soothing lullabies I can play, the night vision and Smart LED indicator ring that tells me what is going on with a quick glance of the colors.

If you are a parent that needs to #DoMore please enter the giveaway for you chance to win an Ayden Baby Video Monitor of your own! Levana is having a special deal right now on the Ayden Baby Video. Click on the "Buy It Now!" button to take advantage. Be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with their latest news.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spaghetti Squash Casserole + Bounty with Dawn Easy Clean Up

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Bounty.

Casseroles are one of my favorite things to eat but not my favorite things to clean. I love the roasted, brown, crispy edges of a casserole but when it's time to clean up I sometimes regret making the dish! When I saw the amazing combination of the Bounty with Dawn the first thing I thought about was making my favorite Low Carb Casserole.

After seeing the commercial for the first time I really wanted to put it to the test and see how well it worked with my Spaghetti Squash Casserole. When I got the box from SheSpeaks/Bounty I have to say that it was the coolest packaging ever! It looks like a real kitchen with little messes I could just pull up and clean. Inside the refrigerator was the Bounty with Dawn and inside the back was a few kitchen tools!

I went to Walmart to get my ingredients for the casserole and checked out the paper towel section. I was pleased that the Bounty with Dawn was easy to find at Walmart. When I got home I made my casserole and put it in the oven.

It was time to clean up so I opened up the Bounty with Dawn and wet it to activate the Dawn. I rubbed it and wrung it out to get lots of suds and cleaned my plate and then the baking dish. I was truly amazed that one little sheet cleaned the entire plate and dish! I was was so surprised how much suds was in one paper towel.

Spaghetti Squash Casserole
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 jar of light spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup Italian blend shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. 
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash into 1" slices. Place onto a greased baking sheet and bake for about 40 minutes turning each ring halfway through. 
  3. Let spaghetti squash cool slightly and then take a fork and remove the threads of spaghetti squash from the skin and place into a large bowl. 
  4. Mix in the sauce and cheese and place into a greased 8" x 8" baking dish. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese. 
  5. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until hot and bubbly. 

Click here to learn more about the Bounty with Dawn and all of Bounty's other products. 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DIY Glitter Rabbit and Pom Pom Shirt + Stencil Printable

My favorite way to dress up daughter during the holidays is to make different t-shirts for her using iron-ons or stencils. It's so easy to buy a plain shirt for a couple of bucks and just print out a stencil to paint with. I have done tons of shirts for my daughter by printing out a stencil and tracing it onto some freezer paper. Then I take the freezer paper and iron it on and then use some fabric paint to color it in.

I wanted to try something different so I decided to experiment with some glitter glue and fashion glitter in place of the standard fabric paint.

First I printed out the printable. Then I placed it on a table and taped down some freezer paper, paper side up. I used a pencil to trace the outline of the rabbit. I took an exacto knife and I cut out the rabbit and trimmed around the stencil. Next I ironed on the stencil to the middle of the shirt and brushed on a nice coat of the glitter glue.

I quickly sprinkled on the glitter until it was fully coated. I placed some wax paper on top of the glitter and used the glitter tube to roll it on top to make sure the glitter was stuck onto the glue well. Then I and let it sit for about 5 hours.

After that I poured off the excess glitter into a piece of folded paper and put it back into the glitter tube. I carefully peeled off the stencil.

I took a white pom pom and used fabric glue to glue it into place where the tail would go. Allow the fabric glue to try completely before putting on the shirt.

I am not sure how well the glitter will hold up to washing so I recommend turning the shirt inside out and hand washing, being careful not to agitate the part with the glitter. I would also allow it to air dry.

Will you be DIY'ing anything this Easter? 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Gives Big Kids Big Confidence

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

I remember how excited I was almost 6 years ago when my sister told me she was pregnant. I had always wanted to be an aunt so I was thrilled! I was never around babies before my nephew so I pretty much learned about taking care of a baby by practicing with him. When my daughter was born he became really attached to her and there has been a special bond between the both of them ever since. I am not sure that I will have more children so I am  happy that she has a cousin close enough to be like her brother.

My niece is 6 months older than my daughter so my nephew has taken the role of watching over
"the girls." He is all boy, tough and rugged and is like a bodyguard to them when we are all at the park. Being a tough little cookie makes it embarrassing for him when he has nighttime bed wetting. My sister tries to be as comforting and as understanding as possible but he still gets upset when it happens. I was so thrilled to hear about the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* that I immediately told my sister about them.

While researching on overnight bed wetting I was surprised to hear that 1 in 6 kids ages 4-12 wet the bed overnight. It is also common for them to have low confidence and not want to do activities like sleep overs. I love that the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* are real underwear that can be machine washed and have an absorbent insert that keeps kids dry overnight. They come in size S/M and L/XL for both girls and boys that covers from 38lbs to 100lbs. I love the cute stripes, designs and colors they come in to truly feel like they are just like regular underwear.

My nephew was super excited to try the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* and told my sister that he was happy he got to wear big boy underwear at night too.

You can learn more about the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* at Walmart. Click to download a coupon for $2 off of a pack and a $1 coupon off of a pack of inserts. 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

#McCafeMyWay with Mommy and Me Mini Muffins

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

I try to get my daily walks in first thing in the morning. If I don't I find myself getting distracted and working on my to do list for the day and the exercise gets thrown to the back burner and almost forgotten. After long nights of working from home I need my favorite McCafé coffee to give me that extra pep to walk around with my toddler.

As I was doing some grocery shopping at Walmart I hit my favorite sugar-free syrup section and bam right in front of my eyes were bags of McCafé coffee! I got my favorite which was the French Vanilla and was super excited to try it out. McCafé coffee has always been my favorite because it is so smooth and made from the premium 100% Arabica Beans. They also come in eight different flavors so you have so many to choose from.

To be extra ready in the morning I decided to make my daughter and I mini-muffins the night before. This way I didn't have to wait to fight with my picky daughter to eat breakfast first. I made them mommy and me my making hers with a few mini chocolate chips and mines with some chia seeds. I put them in little baggies and then took them out as soon as I woke up in the morning so that they would get warmed up a bit. Then I prepared my McCafé French Vanilla coffee with a tiny bit of heavy cream and some erythritol and put it in my cute purple thermos. I took my daughter's thermos and put some warm milk in it. I put the baggies and thermos in my mommy bag and out we went for our walk.

My daughter was so excited that we got to eat breakfast outside and loved being like mommy with her own thermos. I was so happy to be able to just get up and go and get that workout out of the way. Exercising first thing in the morning gives me the extra pep and energy I need to get through my busy long days with my sweet toddler.

Mommy and Me Muffins (Printable Recipe)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tblsp baking powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tblsp mini chocolate chips (for toddler version)
  • 1 tblsp chia seeds (for mommy version)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Mix all of your dry ingredients. 
  3. Mix all of you wet ingredients in a separate bowl. 
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and carefully combine. Do not over mix. 
  5. Split batter in half and mix in chocolate chips in one half and chia seeds in the other half. 
  6. Place in a mini-muffin tin and bake for about 10 minutes or until cooked through. 

What is your favorite time of the day to exercise? 

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