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

Disclosure: I received an appreciation certificate from Family Christian for sharing this event.

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HELP A GIRLFRIEND 2014 EVENT: LADY OF DESTINATION

Hello ladies!

Join us for an incredible day of fun, food, shopping, giveaways, and Christian encouragement! Help support this wonderful Christian charity called Help A Girlfriend by purchasing a ticket for you and a friend to attend this exciting event coming up on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Tickets are $15 and include a $5 voucher towards your lunch purchase at the event. Event is located at the Sun-n-Fun Pavillion near Lakeland Airport.

Lots of interesting vendors will be there with booths set up so visitors can relax with some pleasant shopping along with a chance to win a couple drawings for various cool baskets of goodies! Speakers, skit and other awesome programs are planned during the event for your enjoyment. The famous Pass the Pumpkin will be at 4:15pm! Don’t miss this lively game!

Please use the flyer above for details or visit the Family Christian Store in Lakeland, FL to purchase tickets. You may also purchase tickets by calling one of the two representatives on the flyer.

Be sure to support the needy by bringing non-perishable food items or canned goods to donate at the event and be entered in a special drawing!

We hope you are looking forward to this entertaining event!

Follow Help A Girlfriend on Facebook for more information.

Enter to win 2 Tickets to the Lady of Destination Event sponsored by HelpAGirlfriend.org. See below for details!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Prize: One winner will receive two tickets to the Lady of Destination Event at the Sun-n-Fun Pavillion in Lakeland, FL for November 15, 2014. Sponsored by Help A Girlfriend. $30 value! (Winner’s tickets will be available at the check in desk the day of the event from Belinda Hill.)

Location: Open to US lower 48.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Date: Starts 10/1 and ends on 11/6 at midnight EST.

 

Disclosure: This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other social site. Love2EncourageYou and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize delivery. Winner must pick up prize in person at the event.

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

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.

Recently we discovered a lovely new recipe called Creamy Cauliflower Chowder.

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Oh my….this is simply delightful!  Amazingly enough, ALL the kids love it!  Around here we have a tradition that on your birthday you get to choose the meal for dinner.  Even if it’s weird things that don’t go together.  Well, our daughter Grace turned 10 a few weeks ago and she asked for Creamy Cauliflower Chowder and crescent rolls for her birthday meal.  I was shocked!  The chowder is healthy, good for us and she picked it for her special meal! As a mom, I was pretty stoked to get to make the chowder in my new Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker.

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This model is the Set & Forget® Programmable Slow Cooker from Hamilton Beach.  This is like the Cadillac of slow cookers for me.  It has a spoon rest/holder, a lockable lid, a probe for getting the temperature of the dish WITHOUT opening the lid and it is big enough for large dishes.  The first recipe we made in this was our Creamy Cauliflower Chowder.

 

Creamy Cauliflower Chowder Recipe

  • Bacon fried extra crispy
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 stalks of celery with leaves
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parsley

Peel the carrots and garlic and dice up all veggies prior to starting this.  We sometimes add in corn as well!

  • Melt butter and then add in the garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook for a few minutes, or until tender. Stir in cauliflower and cook til tender.  It does not take all that long…maybe another 4 minutes.
  • Whisk in flour until lightly browned and add in chicken broth and milk.  Cook this til it thickens a bit.
  • Add in salt, pepper and parsley.
  • Now carefully transfer everything to your slow cooker.  You can make this the night before and store it in the fridge.  Or make it and cook it right away.  You will want to allow about 2 hours in the slow cooker.
  • In a hurry?  Skip the prep and all all the ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • If desired you may top with the crispy bacon and/or some shredded cheese!

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Would you like to try this yourself?  Good! Hamilton Beach is giving away one Slow Cooker like I own to one of our readers!

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.

 

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

Thank you to Poise for sponsoring this conversation and keeping me confident!

So it’s about to get personal in here.  There are parts of parenting that no one talks about.  And I do mean no one.  We are all quick to share our stories from birthing our babies, but rarely do we share the yucky mess that happens over the first few days postpartum.  Everyone loves sharing pictures from their kids birthday, but no one talks about the money spent or the hours spent cleaning afterwards.  And no one talks about dealing with light bladder leakage when you are still young(ish).  In fact, I did not even know I was dealing with it until I learned about Poise.  Evidently something happened to me after having 4 kids.  Before kids, I would have taken off running down a gorgeous trail like this, without a care in the world.

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Now I sometime worry what will happen if I start laughing when I am running?  Or what if I sneeze really hard?  Typically these are not huge issues for me, but if I have not used the restroom in awhile or had too much water, I can experience light bladder leakage and I am only 36!

Thankfully I have been introduced to the Poise brand of liners.  They are super absorbent  and let me keep up with my kids and not worry about it.

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I really wish I had known about Poise when I was pregnant with Jack.  When I was about 35 weeks pregnant with him, I came down with a horrible cold.  I was coughing so violently that I was going through 3-4 pads an hour.  I ended up in the ER getting some breathing treatments and good medicines to help me rest and keep Jack safe.  I wish I had known to try the Poise brand, but I thought light bladder leakage was only for elderly people.

My advice to you?  Don’t be shocked when you experience light bladder leakage.  It is common and it’s ok.  Just slip a Poise liner into your purse and join your friends and family and live life with confidence thanks to Poise!

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Thank you to Poise for sponsoring this conversation and keeping me confident!

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