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2014 04/22

Jasper and his allergies

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Somehow we managed to have three kids without any allergies. No food allergies. No environmental or seasonal allergies. And I totally grasp how lucky we are with this. But then I had to go and tempt fate and we ended up with a dog with allergies. Go figure!

The crazy thing about animals with allergies is that it is pretty difficult to pinpoint allergies with them. For example, I mentioned before that Jasper has taken to chewing on his paws. It started with one of his back paws. When we noticed it getting raw, we took him to the vet and it was determined that he must have gotten something stuck in-between the pads on his paw and it irritated it, causing him to chew on it. Solution: a topical spray to keep it from getting infected.

The chewing seemed to stop. Or so we thought. Read the rest of this entry…

2014 04/21

5 tips for potty training the toddler or the puppy

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Apparently I am a glutten for potty-training punishment!

Still knee-deep in potty training with Talon, but definitely on the tail-end of the journey, we decide to get a puppy. Meet Dexter:


As cute as he is, this means we’ve entered a whole new set of potty training! And, truth be told, potty training a puppy is pretty similar to potty training a toddler!

So, as we continue to navigate the world of potty training, here are my five take way tips for potty training your toddler or your puppy: Read the rest of this entry…

2014 04/17

Just in time for Easter, here come The Happy’s! {giveaway}

Oh, Easter, the time of year when parents decide it would be super fun to get their kids a new puppy/kitty/bunny/chick. Because nothing screams Easter and Spring like baby animals. And then, two weeks later, we wonder what on earth were we thinking?

This year, appease their “please, oh, please, mom!” but avoid the post-Easter “it’s not MY {insert animal here}” and fill their baskets with The Happy’s!


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2014 03/31

Jazzing up Springtime school lunches

As Spring Break quickly approaches (later this week for my kids), we have officially hit the homestretch of the school year. After Spring Break we have just 8 short weeks of the school year! Which may seem super short or super long, depending on how excited you are for Summer break to hit.

Regardless, I’ve noticed that my kids are starting to get a bit bored with their lunch selections just about this time of the year. I notice this mostly when they start begging for store-bought lunch in a box. Not because they sound delicious and are super filling and nutritious, but because they are different. And they come with a piece of candy. Read the rest of this entry…

2014 03/26

Learning to Play

The majority of the first 7.5 years of our parenting life, our family lived in a condo surrounded by a neighborhood in our suburban town. “Play” consisted of deliberate trips to the local parks or indoor play areas or activities in the small yard or riding bikes around our cul-du-sac.

All toys needed to be picked up and put away at the end of playtime (per the associations rules) and all outdoor activities needed to be parent-supervised, because, heaven forbid the adults on our street actually watch for kids as they were driving through. It all became more of a nuisance than fun. For any of us. Read the rest of this entry…

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