Stilettos and Diapers Reviews: June 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Potty Training: It's time to try!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies Pull-Ups.

Motherhood has a funny way of socking it to you. I started this whole potty training adventure about 3 weeks ago. Only a few days after that, we found out we were moving. Those two things don't exactly go hand in hand, right? Potty training has been challenging, to say the least. 

The hardest thing has really been my discipline to take the time for sitting on the potty. There is an awful lot of "come on, it's time to try!" going on around here, but I don't think as much as there should be. In a day filled with realtors, inspectors and house hunting, it's hard to think about going to the bathroom myself, much less reminding my nearly 2 year old to go. 

Luckily, the Pull-Ups are kinda saving the day. If he has an accident, it's not the end of the world, or a cleaning disaster. Beyond that, they have a host of tools for you and your little one to remember to take a potty break. They have a timer for your desktop, an app for your smart phone and you can even schedule a call from Mike or Sully.
Now, another thing that I think is working the best with remembering to take breaks, is good rewards. For my little guy that really loves to eat, a piece of chocolate, a single fruit snack or even a handful of teddy cookies really gives him incentive to try. 
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When Cooper was potty training, he was really into stickers. We started a chart on a big poster board. When he filled a line with stickers, he would get a small prize. (Usually something from the dollar section.) He had such a look of accomplishment while picking out his toy! When he had filled up the poster board, it was time for him to go pick out his big boy underwear. That was such a big, special moment! 

What are your potty training tips for taking breaks? How do you peel them away from what their doing to get them to go? Timers? Rewards? I want to know! Do you give your kids little mason jars full of Reeses pieces and take a couple for yourself?
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies Pull-Ups.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bissell CleanView Plus Review

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There's not much I love more than carpet lines. You know, the perfect lines you get when you vacuum just so, then they disappear after your kids little feet run across the room chasing the vacuum? Yeah, I love those. I have often joked about inventing carpet with permanent vacuum lines. It's a fab idea, right? Until I invent the carpet, I will be vacuuming...a lot. 

When Bissell asked me to review their CleanView Plus vacuum with OnePass technology, I was up for the job. I have 3 floors in my house, 2 of which are completely carpeted. That combined with 2 wild boys, makes the perfect test for a vacuum. 
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I was surprised when I saw the size of the box. It seemed really small for a vacuum, and I discovered I had to assemble some pieces. 
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I was very happy when I realized how easy it was, though. I had it all together and ready to eat my dirt in less than 5 minutes. 
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The CleanView actually allows you to see the grime you're getting off your floors. The Bottom Easy Empty Dirt cup allows you to empty all that grime quickly.  
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Adjustable height allows for bare floor vacuuming all the way up to high carpet height. I don't typically vacuum my hardwood, because my vacuum doesn't do a good job and stuff just flies everywhere. I was throughly impressed with the suction of this machine, though! The OnePass technology allows for faster cleaning with it's powerful suction.
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I even noticed how much more powerful the suction is when I used the hose to clean underneath the high chair. Undoubtedly, the messiest section of the floor in my house. Using the CleanView vacuum on the bare floor setting worked great for me as well. I will be using in instead of sweeping on a regular basis! 
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The innovative brush design on the Bissell CleanView cleaned my carpets like a charm and created the oh so lovely carpet lines. 
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They say the proof is in the pudding, right? Well, here is my embarrassing proof...
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That would be the gunk picked up from one pass over my living room. Oh, and I vacuumed the same space just 2 days prior. So nasty. I am thrilled to have this vacuum and couldn't be happier with it's performance. The Bissell CleanView Plus retails for just $89.99 and outperforms vacuums I have spent way more on. I call this a great buy! 

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Father's Day 2013: Don't buy Dad a tie.

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Can you remember what you gave your dad for Father's Day last year? Year before? If you gave a tie or a coffee mug, the Dad in your life may not be too happy. A recent survey done by RetailMeNot shows 32% of Dad's don't want a tie and 19% don't want a coffee mug. That's along with 27% who don't want a tee with some type of Dad slogan on it. We need to step it up with the Dad gifts! 

Did I knock out all your ideas there? Well, here are a few things that you could give instead. 

1. Golf related items

Tees, ball markers and towels are all great smaller gifts. How about new head covers, a nice new golf shirt or even a new club that he's been dropping hints about? 

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2. Real men eat meat

What man wouldn't be happy with some great steaks? 

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3. Buy him dinner 

With family time being right up there with things that Dad's want for Father's Day, why not take the whole family out for a nice meal! I love this one, because everyone actually benefits from it.

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4. Tool Man Dad

I think I'm right in saying most men could use some sort of tools. Either a new one or a replacement one, this is a category that is super useful and also strokes the man ego. 

Use a RetailMeNot coupon to The Home Depot to save up to 60% off Father's Day gifts as well as saving $5 off your $50 purchase.  

5. Get your travel on

Wether it's 1 night away or a week long vacation, a little surprise break from the day to day is always appreciated. 

Use a RetailMeNot coupon from Expedia to snag 50% hotels in their deal of the day, along with other great coupons for full vacations!

You can find tons of coupons here for fantastic Father's Day deals! 
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I was compensated in exchange for sharing links to great deals from RetailMeNot. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Potty Training: Fears and Fixes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies Pull-Ups.

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Cooper was almost 3 when we finally potty trained him. He was content in his diapers and since he wasn't in daycare or preschool, I didn't really think about it. We just chugged along, until he learned to take his diaper off. If you've experienced this startling event as a Mom, you know just how terrifying it can be. 

Oh. My. Gosh. Now what? He can take his diaper off!!!! My house will never be the same!

Luckily for us, Cooper potty trained very quickly and easily. He was ready. 

Fast forward 2.5 years. 

Callan is 19 months and just learned to take his diapers off. He tells me when he's got a dirty diaper. He's giving me all the signs of being ready. But, he's 19 months! I have a feeling this will be a longer process than Cooper's was, but who knows. I'm a little nervous about it this time around.

I'm worried it will take a long time. That our carpet is going to become disastrous. That our summer traveling will be quite dramatic-filled with twice as many potty breaks. 

So, I'm going straight to Pull-Ups this time. With their fun Monster University designs and all the leak protection my carpets crave, I have a feeling this will be the answer to my potty training fears. I know Callan isn't ready to wander around the house nudie on the bottom half just yet, but I do know he can be persuaded by a call from Mike and Sully to go try to potty. Yes, they will call you for a potty break reminder! 
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Potty training is a learning experience every time, as all kids are just different. You don't really know what to expect from them. What they all need is encouragement, patience and lots of praise for a job well done. I'm excited to start this adventure again! 

Pull-Ups help take the scare out of potty training by making it fun and easy with new Monsters U character training pants! You can help make potty training easier by staying consistent and using rituals like the potty break. Make it a game and ask your toddler, “What does a little monster take?”…“A Potty Break!”

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