Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bounce...21 Ways

I recently found an article that listed 20 different uses for Bounce fabric softener sheets. Some of them are pretty much common knowledge but there are a few that might surprise you.

  1. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice.
  2. To freshen the air in your home - Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.
  3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened often.
  4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.
  5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.
  6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling.
  7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors in a jiffy. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.
  8. Spread sheets around foundation areas, in trailers or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.
  9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.
  10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew!
  11. Prevent musty suitcases . Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.
  12. To freshen the air in your car - Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.
  13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan.
  14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.
  15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.
  16. Eliminate static electricity from venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.
  17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collects sawdust like a tack cloth.
  18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.
  19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.
  20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away.
  21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Dog Days of Summer Giveaways! is giving away some GREAT PRIZES this month. There will be a different prize for you to enter to win every weekday in August. Some of the awesome prizes they have listed are the Blackberry Pearl, a $400 gift card to Ikea and a Little Tikes water slide.

The Grand Prize is a 4 day 3 night trip for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 15) to a Beaches Resort in Turks & Caicos or Jamaica (your choice). This includes your accommodations, food, drinks, activities and entertainment for both you and your little ones. And the answer to every parent's prayer, they provide child care by expert, certified nannies. Also included is coach airfare from your nearest major airport. The total prize value of this trip is $6,000. WOW!

I sooooo need a vacation!!!

He's Starting Kindergarten!!

I can't believe how much Munchie has grown up! From my baby boy who loved being snuggled and kissed to my little guy who now turns his face so I can only kiss his cheek and only snuggles when it's convenient for him. And this month he will start kindergarten! It breaks my heart to think of my days without him, what will I do? Sure, I still have Love Bug to keep me busy but it just won't be the same without him here.

I'm going to miss him coming into the living room when he wakes up and telling me all about his dreams (I'm sure it's a VERY exaggerated version). What will I do without him here creating messes for me to clean up and always insisting that we play monster trucks for hours on end? I won't be able to say "watch the baby while Mommy starts dinner" or "Munchie will you get Mommy a diaper?".

But what really scares me is thinking about how he will do without me being there for an entire day? Will he be too scared to ask the teacher to go to the bathroom? What if he thinks I abandoned him at this new big scary place? Will he get along with the other kids or will he be too shy to talk to them? Just sitting here thinking about it brings tears to my eyes.

I tried to convince Greg to take Munchies first day of school off work to keep me from going crazy but he isn't going for it. I guess I'll have to suck it up and be thankful for the time I had with him and the time I will now have with my little Love Bug!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

"Kids Being Kids" Summer Photo Contest

Shutterfly and The Land of Nod have teamed up, they want to know what your children have done over their summer vacation. All you need to do it submit a picture of your little ones having some fun in the sun. The Grand Prize is a $500 gift certificate to The Land of Nod store!!! You can upload as many pictures as you want but they need to be submitted by August 31, 2009. If you don't win this one don't worry, there will be two more contests running through December 31, 2009 with a $500 gift card for the second contest and a $1000.00 gift card as the final grand prize (both to The Land of Nod). So get out there and have some fun in the sun with your kids, it could win you $500.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sick and Tired

I haven't been logged on in a while partially because I have had 2 weeks from hell!! Two sick kids make for a very busy Mommy!

Munchie had the flu about two weeks ago, it was absolutely horrible!! We made it through that ok, with the help of Tylenol suppositories and another suppositories to keep his food down. A few days later he was picking raspberries at my Grandmothers house about two weeks ago and my biggest concern was him finding a snake and trying to make friends with it. Little did I know that two days later he would wake up with poison EVERYWHERE. I was worried because it started out on his face so I called the doctor and of course they wanted to see him. He ended up being put on steroids for 12 days (what a treat!). He has never taken medicine very well so this was a challenge like no other. We tried EVERYTHING to get him to take it, nothing seemed to work though. I finally just added a few drops of soda to it to drown out the taste. Now I know you aren't supposed to do that but I was left with no choice. He ended up finishing the bottle, but it took about a week for the poison to dry up and stop itching. Do you know how hard it is to explain to a four year old that you can't scratch something that itches so bad? I am so thankful that it's over!

The same day we took Munchie to the doctors I decided to take the baby along because she had an unusually large amount of ear wax coming out of one of her ears. She wasn't extremely fussy and she was eating and sleeping fine but I couldn't shake the feeling that something just wasn't right. Boy was I ever right! It turned out she had an ear infection that perforated her ear drum which is what was causing the increase in discharge. She ended up getting ear drops which were a blessing after the struggle we had getting Munchie to take his medicine. But I think the drops had a reverse reaction for the first week because she screamed and cried more than I thought she ever could. Now she's back to being my happy little baby girl, thank goodness!

So I am still absolutely exhausted, why is it that sick and tired go so well together? Everyone is now doing much better, I just pray it stays this way!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Teeth Are Not For Biting

I was recently at a picnic where a 2 year old little boy bit another little girl his age. Apparently the little boy was playing in a jeep and when the little girl got in he got mad and bit her numerous times both on her face and her arms. Now I saw these marks and I could not believe they came from a two year old. A few of the bites broke the skin and her face was swollen because of being bit. Do you have a toddler that bites? Has your child been on the receiving end of another child’s biting?

Munchie was never a “biter”. He was (and still is) a pretty laid back child. Now don’t get me wrong, he has had his share of floor pounding temper tantrums when we are out and he does not get his own way but he has never been a child that has been aggressive towards another child.

I have found a few tips for parents dealing with a biting toddler:

Confront your child as soon as you see them bite. Step in and express your disapproval. You should tell him/her that “Biting hurts and it is not ok to bite people”. Quickly remove your child from the situation and reinforce that biting is not ok.

After that you will want to comfort the other child in front of your child and have your child apologize or hug him/her. Showing your little one that biting cause’s pain will help them understand why biting is bad. It is also a good idea to have your child look at the other child while you say something along the lines of “Do you see him/her crying, biting hurts”.

Teaching your child another way to express how they feel is probably the best way to prevent biting. Teach them to come to you if they want a toy or to ask the other child to share.

I have heard a lot of people say “If they bite, bite them back”; from what I have read this is not the best way to discipline. This merely teaches the child that biting is ok for you to do but not ok for them. Try a time out, usually for a minute for each year of their age (a two minute time out for a two year old).

Which ever method you choose to do to help curb the biting it is extremely important to be consistent. Remember to stay calm through everything; you do not want your child to associate biting with getting attention. Some children will take which ever type of attention they can get, positive or negative.

We have the book "Teeth Are Not For Biting" by Elizabeth Verdick. It is a great board book that teaches children alternatives to biting.

Whether your child is the biter or the one being bitten please put yourself in the other parents shoes. Nobody wants their child to be labeled a "biter" so try to refrain from yelling and screaming at them in front of your children. If your child is the one doing the biting remember to be empathetic towards the other child and even the parents. Always remember to apologize for the incident.