*This is a sponsored post with Merry Maids. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
I am miraculously managing to keep my Zen amongst the summer chaos of my first summer as a mom to three. How you ask? It’s my “Mom-Cation” moments secret weapon. The tips I’ve learned from the Merry Maids Facebook page that have saved me time and again. My favorite I think are the cleaning tips for popsicle drips and prevention because they are a daily treat for my kids in the summer. Of course I serve them only the real fruit pops that are not just made from sugar-water and have a tiny bit of nutritional value. They still drip as much as the other ones though, and stain the same as well.
Merry Maids home cleaning expert Debra Johnson shared a great tip to prevent the drips in the first place and it works like a charm. We make popsicle holders to catch the melty mess before it can wreak havoc on our house or clothes. The trick is to just take a cupcake wrapper and cut a slit in the bottom to fit the popsicle stick through, the kids even like making these themselves, and we use colorful or patterned cupcake wrappers to make them look fun. It keeps hands sticky free as well.
Of course there are plenty of times, especially now with a newborn, that they serve themselves without time for my drip prevention intervention. These are the times I find little trails of drips through the first floor, sticky handprints on the counters and chairs, and melty puddles on the couch of bright red raspberry flavored popsicle. These are the times that could push a mom of three over the edge. But they don’t. Merry Maids has also taught me the trick to cleaning up theses inevitable messes as well. Dish liquid works beautifully. Just treat the stain with dish liquid and put a white towel over it. Then run a hot iron over the area, which helps to transfer most of the stain on to the towel. I would have never thought to try this treatment, but it works magic on carpets, upholstery, and clothes. Knowing that I’m able to tackle most messes as they happen really takes the stress out of the messy fun of summertime.
If you are ready for a “Mom-Cation” of your own, I recommend liking the Merry Maids Facebook page to get great cleaning tips like these and take the stress out of summer at home with kids. That just leaves the relaxing enjoyment part, the part we all love and look forward to that ultimately flies by too fast.
You can check out the Merry Maids Facebook page to get more great summer cleaning tips and find your own “Mom-Cation” Moments. If you have photos and stories of “Mom-Cation” moments to share on the Merry Maids Facebook page use the hashtag #momcation, and you will be entered for a chance to win prizes and gift cards.
**I participated in a Blog Blast on behalf of Mom Central for Urbini. I received information from Urbini to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.**
We just welcomed our third child, Baby Taylor, on July 7th. Life has been wonderful and chaotic at the same time. Now that she is 3 weeks old, it is time to start taking her out. The one absolute necessity in traveling is to make sure you have a great travel system. For this reason, I was so excited to learn about the Omni 3-in-1 Travel System that is a baby must have!
The Omni 3-in-1 Travel System allows you to take your baby from infant to toddler years with one stroller. This is an amazing feature because as a mom of two other children, I had to spend a lot of money previously buying stroller after stroller, after my kids outgrew them. They all seemed to have weight limits and once they were out of the infant stage, we then had to purchase another stroller for the toddler stage. It was a real pain. With the Omni 3-in-1 Travel System, those days are long past since this will be a stroller system that will take us through all the stages of Taylor’s life.
The Omni 3-in-One Travel System, offers a variety of strolling options as your baby grows from nesting in an infant car seat, to relaxing in the cozy bassinet, to riding forward or parent facing in the convertible stroller seat. With all the different options, this is the stroller system that all moms/dads should invest in. The numerous capabilities that this stroller can perform are second to none! I love the fact that babies can lay comfortably in the detachable Petal Infant Car Seat or stay cozy in the built-in bassinet. Taylor already likes to sleep in a stroller and this provides ways she can do so safely and be cozy at the same time. Also, I love the fact that I can use the detachable infant seat attachment so I don’t have to transfer her when she is sleeping, from the stroller to the inside of our house. Then once they reach the toddler stage, they can ride forward or parent facing in the convertible stroller seat. It is a great stroller that has so many wonderful uses!
I also do not have to worry about that cumbersome stroller, such as the one I took on our last Disney trip. I was by myself and it was not advantageous to lug around such a heavy stroller. It ended up making me have restless kids and I ended the trip with a sore back. With the Omni 3-in-1 Travel System, I know I am getting a lightweight stroller, that will make my kids and I equally happy! Oh, and when I am done using it, it folds up quite easily.
Urbini, the makers of the Omni 3-in-1 Travel System also have these two other strollers available for purchase:
— The Hummingbird is the world’s lightest full-featured stroller with a one handed closing capability.
— The Touri includes a stroller and Petal Infant Car Seat creating the ultimate on-the-go travel system.
Be sure to check out the Omni 3-in-1 Travel System and other Urbini products today! They are sold exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com! The Omni 3-in-1 Travel System sold out in 1 month at Walmart when initially released, due to it being very popular, but it now back on the shelves! I would highly recommend this travel system to make us lives as moms/dads easier. What is better than a convenient and versatile travel system. I know I am heading to Walmart this week because the Omni 3-in-1 travel system is back on shelves!
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Happy weekend everyone! We are almost 3 weeks into having 3 kids and so far..so good! Taylor is a really good baby, and I truly hope it stays that way. Here is her most recent picture:
As always, come link up any cute or funny post and LAUGH! Definitely check out the other blogs who linked up, as they all provide a great laugh. Feel free to take my button or share on social media, although this is not necessary.
My top five laughs:
5. Zane is just about swimming which completely amazes me considering he is not even 3.5 years old. He started when he was 5 months so that might have helped. Anyway, he likes to play the game where he throws the fish and dives down to get them. I told him that he was too young and I was afraid of him doing this. He answers me, “Mommy…I can do anything I put my mind to”. I think I might have used that line one too many times! LOL! He did it though- he dove down (shallow waters) and got all the fish!
4. Hayley is a huge Mommy’s helper with Baby Taylor. The only problem is she sometimes wants to be the MOM and take control. She is very insistent that her and her sister dress the same too, which makes me laugh!
3. Hayley informed me yesterday that she wants a bounce house for her birthday. I told her, her birthday was a bit away and she told me, “No mommy… I am 5 years. and 3/4 old… My birthday is sooner than you think!” She got me!
2. Taylor makes the cutest little baby noises. I really need to record it. She sounds like a bird- no joke!
1. I officially came up with a nickname for her. I call her Tay-Tay! Now, Zane needs to stop me whenever I say that and insist I call her Taylor. He always tells me that I am saying her name wrong! The other day he told me, “Mommy… It is T…A..Y..L..O..R.. Get it right!” LOL
Now your laughs:
**I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Banana Boat® Sun Care. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.**
This summer has been off to an awesome start. Besides welcoming Baby Taylor into our family on July 7th, the weather has been absolutely beautiful. I think us Rhode Islanders deserve it because the winter we had was absolutely horrible. However, those days are long passed and we can now enjoy the summer and all that it has to offer. One way we do this is by venturing outside every single day it is sunny. Even with a newborn, I have two other kids who want to go to the beach, the pool, or simply play in our backyard. Due to them constantly being outside, I have to make sure they, along with my husband and I, have the proper sun protection to get us through the summer days.
I decided to list some tips about having proper sun protection to help you all out when you plan your next venture outside!
TIPS FOR SAFE AND PROPER SUN PROTECTION:
1. Make sure kids and adults alike wear clothes that are sun safe. A lot of the kids bathing suits these days have UV protection (Ultraviolet Protection Factor is the ingredient) that can help guard against harmful sun rays. I tend to buy these swim suits and rash guards that offer my kids additional sun protection, as they can spend hours in the brutal sun. Also, it is better if they are fully covered with long sleeve shirts to prevent against accidental burns.
2. If you plan to go to the beach or pool, make sure you seek out the shaded areas. As a mom, I know I want to work on my tan but it is important I make sure we are all sun-safe. I always rent an umbrella when we go to the beach, so we have shade against the sun. There is nothing advantageous about spending hours upon hours in the sun. Make sure you know where the shaded areas areas are and prepare yourself to spend time in the shade.
3. Sunglasses and hats are an absolute must! Even the youngest kids need to wear hats. Here Taylor is at 2 weeks old and I made sure to bring her hat. If I could find sunglasses to fit her, she would be wearing them as well!
4. SUNSCREEN..SUNSCREEN..SUNSCREEN!! I think you get the point- you must wear SUNSCREEN at all times. Make sure you put on sunscreen each morning and continue to re-apply throughout the day. You might think you can’t get a burn by going out later in the day, but you are wrong. Those harmful UV rays are still out and will cause havoc! Even if you are just having your kids play outside for a short period of time, you have to make sure they put on sunscreen.
My sunscreen of choice is Banana Boat for my entire family. They have so many wonderful Banana Boat products including lotions and sprays for my family. As a parent, I love the Banana Boat Protect and Hydrate UVA/UVB Sunscreen and Moisturizer. It contains Aloe Vera and Antioxidants, to provide a lasting moisture and protection against the sun. Best part is the formula is non greasy and water resistant up to 80 minutes. The kids also love the UVA/UVB Protection Spray that offers a Broad Spectrum SPF 50+. We can’t forget that Banana Boat has a Men’s Line, because it is just as important to keep dad or husband’s skin clear of those harmful sun rays.
One of my all time favorite Banana Boat products is the Banana Boat Sport Performance with Powerstay Technology. This is a UVA/UVB protection spray sunscreen that offers protection with SPF 15, 30, 50+, and 100. It provides heavy-duty protection, an ultra-lightweight feel, and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. I am extremely active outdoors and one of my favorite activities in the summer is to get on the tennis courts. This year I am not playing USTA tennis because I just had a baby, but I am still going back to the courts in the scorching heat. I love this sunscreen for the fact that I can stay active and know I am protected against the sun. There is nothing better to be able to sweat but know you are safe from the sun’s rays with the heavy-duty protections sunscreen that allows your skin to breathe with a lightweight feel.
Here is more information about he Banana Boat Sport Performance:
The new Banana Boat Sport Performance Clear UltraMist Sunscreen with Powerstay TechnologyTM,was specifically designed for the sport enthusiast and active individual who doesn’t want to be slowed down while out in the sun. Powerstay TechnologyTM is the brand’s latest innovation, which helps sunscreen stay on strong throughout all outdoor activities. This new formula has been designed to provide better application aesthetics, including a light-weight feel compared to the original formula, as consumers continue to seek products that feel good on their skin.
Do not forget about the awesome sweepstakes that is going on now! Banana Boat sunscreen is teaming up with actress and mother of two, Busy Philipps, to bring moms and their families the tips, tools and fun prizes they need to have the Best Summer Ever! Visit the Banana Boat Facebook Page to learn more about the Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes. You can win some great summer fun prizes, including the grand prize – a family trip to a Treehouse Resort.The Sweepstakes ends on July 31 so you do want to hurry!
I have to confess that when I was pregnant with my first child, for some reason I had McDonald’s Big Mac Cravings all the time. Perhaps that explains my daughter’s love for all things McDonald’s. Then again my son is just as big of a fan, and I wasn’t eating a Big Mac meal on a daily basis for that pregnancy, so go figure! I think my kids have just come to relate a trip to McDonald’s as a visit to a happy place, where the food is yummy, and they can meet up with friends to play. I don’t think they have picked up on how happy the value makes me, but it really does! It is a win-win and we are all satisfied when we go to McDonald’s.
I know I’m not the only mom out there who considers their local McDonald’s to be one of their biggest saviors as a parent. I seriously don’t know what I would do if I could not swing through to feed my kids while rushing them from one activity to the next. To be honest we would probably miss or delay many meals. As parents you know that the last thing you need when you are trying to stick to a busy schedule are hungry kids. Yeah, kids don’t do so well hungry. As a mom, I don’t do so well listening to them whine about starving either. It makes my life so much easier to pick up a couple of Happy Meals along the way to get them fed, and keep them cheery. It is their special treat for the week and they love seeing those golden arches.
There are also those days when we just have to get out of the house. Moms, you know what I mean! You’ve just cleaned up, they are bouncing off the walls, and it’s lunch time. Those are days when we will drive just a tiny bit farther to the McDonald’s branch with the PlayPlace! This has come to be our favorite spot to meet for play-dates, let them get their ya-yas out and have some lunch together. I have also had birthday parties at the McDonald’s PlayPlace, and they have been a total hit. The kids love it, McDonald’s practically does everything for you, and I love the price. It is really tough to beat! When it’s time for a special treat, or to cheer a little sad face up, I know everyone will be excited about (yes, I confess, even me) a trip to McDonald’s.
McDonald’s is a gift to parents everywhere! My kids can each pick their favorites off the menu, and knowing that McDonald’s uses white meat in their Chicken McNuggets, 100% beef in their burgers, real fruit in their smoothies, and in their oatmeal, I know they are eating wholesome food as well. I remember my own mom taking me to McDonald’s and feeling like it was such a treat. It makes me smile that the family tradition has continued, and I’ll let you in on a little secret, it still feels like a treat to me!
“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by McDonald’s via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of McDonald’s.”