I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Baby Mantra. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

My husband’s side of the family has a history of allergies and skin issues like eczema and sensitive skin.  It should not have come as a surprise to us, that our firstborn has sensitive skin.  It can be difficult to predict what will affect her sensitive skin.  Kayla tends to do better when skincare products are sls-free.  Now that she is a tween, she is speaking up and helping us choose her own skincare products.  She was excited when Baby Mantra arrived and she was able to give their products a try.

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The Baby Mantra line is natural, cruelty-free and gluten-free and made with allergy tested ingredients.   Kayla received quite a few products to try, but she selected her two favorite items to share with you.

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Her favorite was the detangling conditioner.  She loved this!  It left her hair free of tangles and smelling great!

Her other favorite item was the calming lotion.

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Kayla is not sure that the lotion calmed her, but it did help her with her dry skin.  And she was thrilled that it did not sting, make her itch or turn her skin red.

Bonus….all Baby Mantra products are made in the USA!  If you are interested in the Baby Mantra line  you will find them at select retailers including select Walgreens and Duane Reade stories nationwide, Babiesrus.com and Amazon.  You can learn all about Baby Mantra by visiting their website.   They are very active on Social Media, so check them out and follow them as well.

I would love to hear from you.  What are your struggles with skincare for your kids?  Do you or your kids deal with sensitive skin?

 

 

I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Baby Mantra. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for #AveenoEczemaTherapy. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

When Jack was about 3 months old, he got RSV.  He spent a week in the hospital.  Since the hospital was an hour from our home, we had to opt to use disposable diapers during that time.  He got a horrid rash on his legs and we assumed it was from the diapers.  But after he came home…the rash stayed.  Sometimes it would move to his thighs or behind his knees.  It would come and go and we didn’t really think much of it.  Then one day the doctor asked about his eczema and I was like, “What eczema?”  That was when we found out that poor Jack had it.  Since then it has been trial and error with different products to see what works.

Even more recently, we have begun to suspect that my husband has eczema.  While he does not have the official diagnosis, he has many of the symptoms of eczema such as itchy skin, sensitive skin and some areas of swelling.

Since October is National Eczema Awareness month, it seemed appropriate to discuss eczema with you all.  Since our kids were babies, we have used Aveeno products.  But for the next few weeks, we are going to have Jack and my husband use the Eczema Therapy line from Aveeno and see if it makes a difference to their skin.  We have used the Aveeno Eczema Therapy Bath Treatment before and felt like it made a difference, but we are also going to make sure that Jack and Cliff only use this line of Aveeno products for the next few weeks.

Jack is excited for this challenge!

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Do you or someone you know struggle with eczema?  If so, please follow us on our journey!

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for #AveenoEczemaTherapy. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

It’s really a bit hypocritical of me.  I am adamant that each of our kids goes to the dentist every six months for a thorough exam, cleaning and anything else that needs to be done.  As soon as they had a tooth, I had their first appointment scheduled.  Over the years we made up songs to sing to encourage teeth brushing.  We buy cool toothbrushes and make sure to replace them regularly.  Sounds great right?  BUT, we regularly forget to enforce brushing and flossing with the older kids.  Sigh.

So is there hope for parents like us?  I say yes! As long as we can follow a few easy tips!

1. Set some goals.

Some people call this bribing…but it works!  Our kids are very willing to brush their teeth, but they are kids.  They get distracted and forget.  Since the girls are 10 and 11, we assume they have already brushed their teeth.  Whatever the case, we all need some help in getting this done.  So we set some goals.  One example would be…if you brush your teeth two times a day for 7 days in a row, we will go to the park!

It’s a win-win.  Your kids are developing a good routine for oral care AND getting a trip to the park!

Whatever goals are right for you and your family will work for this.  Maybe it’s strictly flossing, maybe it’s brushing.

2. Get the right products.

We are trying out a new routine which incorporates LISTERINE products! My husband really likes the LISTERINE POCKETPAKS.  These are small strips that can freshen your breath when you are on the run.  I am loving the LISTERINE FLOSS!   I think I will appreciate the Gentle Care LISTERINE FLOSS. And we will try the LISTERINE HealthyWhite mouthwash!  Our family will be trying out LISTERINE products and seeing what we think and if we notice any results so stay tuned!

3. Create healthy habits.

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And I don’t mean just oral care.  Make healthy food choices.  Get exercise.  Work on getting a full night of sleep.  When you take care of yourself, you will be more inclined to take the time to do your full oral care routine.

To get you inspired, please check out the LISTERINE You Tube page where you can see some healthy habit heroes!  Ready to pick up your own LISTERINE supplies?  Go ahead and visit the LISTERINE locator.

What is your oral care routine struggle?

 

 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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It’s hard to believe it’s already October!  The leaves are changing and the temps are dropping.  Last weekend, I packed up Little Miss’s tank tops and most of her shorts.  Time for long sleeves and soon, jackets.  Since A needed some cool weather clothes, I turned to Zutano.  They offer a large line of super cute mix and match outfits.  I was excited to receive the Pixie Baby Pretty Pleats Dress, leggings and a matching coat for Little Miss.

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It is absolutely adorable!  I love the bright colors and the print on the dress is so sweet and fun!

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The turquoise leggings match the piping on the top of the dress, perfectly.

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The Hot Pink Terry Baby Bodice Jacket is the perfect compliment to the outfit.  I really like the style.  It has double buttons but only the ones on the right actually button and unbutton.  This makes it easy and quick to put on A.  All three pieces are super soft. That’s important to me because I want Little Miss to be comfortable.

As a bonus, I also received this adorable stuffed owl:

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It’s so cuddly and A loves it!  Little Miss was excited to try on her new outfit.

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Excuse the paci.  She refused to give it up for the pics!  The outfit is a size 24 months.  The dress fits her perfectly.  The leggings are a tad long but I prefer it that way since it means she’ll be able to wear them all winter.

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The coat is perfect for the cool mornings and it actually matches several other things in her closet.

Once again, I am impressed with Zutano.  I love that I can get several pieces and then mix and match them to create multiple outfits.  The quality and selection are fantastic!  If you’re looking for unique styles for your little guy or girl, check out Zutano!

One lucky reader will receive a $75 gift certificate to Zutano!

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Today’s post about potty training tips is sponsored by Pull-Ups, by my love for their Big Kid Academy option is all my own!

If you are sitting in a room filled with parents, you just to need to mention the idea of potty training and you will get a powerful discussion going.  All parents have stories about potty training.  The amazing child who potty trained super early, the child who they thought would never potty train, the different methods, different products, different terminology and the list can go on and on and on.  Since I have 4 kids, I have had 3 who have potty trained and each has done it in an entirely different way.  Yet, I feel like there are some basic potty training tips that I can share that were the same for all three.  It is the PERFECT time to remind myself of these tips, because it now time for Jack to start potty training!

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1.  Wait.  Wait til the child is ready.  NOTHING will be gained by trying to force a child to potty train on YOUR timetable.  How will you know when they are ready?  See my next tip.

2. Make sure they are showing at least 2 different signs that they are truly ready.  Here are a few signs you can looks for.

Repeatedly waking up dry from naps

Repeatedly waking up dry in the mornings

Hiding when they need pee/poop

Asking to be changed when they are wet/dirty

Showing an interest in the potty and what you do on it

I am sure there are other signs as well, but when our kids were ready they each had at least 2 of these signs.

3. Before you start, make sure you get some Pull-Ups to have on hand.

Not only are they a breeze for the child to pull up and down, but they now come with awesome characters on them like Doc McStuffins and Jake the Neverland Pirate!  Plus, you can take full advantage of the Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy!  Joining is easy…just click the Enroll Now button below.

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Pull-Ups understands that every child is different and unique.  So when you join the Big Kid Academy, you will get a special landing page that is different for each child.  In the Academy you will have access to advice and articles filled with information such as:

• How to talk to day care providers about potty training
• Solutions for nighttime
• Potty training on the go
• The best clothing for potty training

Have you experience potty training a child before?  I’d love for you to chime in below and share your best potty training story!

Today’s post is sponsored by Pull-Ups, by my love for their Big Kid Academy option is all my own!

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen