R.I.P. Little Baby

Little Baby

You were born, just 4 pounds
Doc said “no problem, safe and sound”
Take him home, give him love
Of course he’ll grow
He’s just tiny, look at you, little baby
Brought together, so many people lately
Little, sickly, not growing, why?
No one thought you would die
All the screaming, something wrong
Just give him meds, move along
You had so many hospital visits
Eventually, bad prognosis, negative
You won’t walk or talk they said
“That’s okay” mommy said, and kissed your face and kissed your head
Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grampa
Auntie, Uncle, and cousins, too
We all pledge to take care of you
Every day, you get weaker
All the pills, appointments many
Still no answers what is wrong
Maybe this, maybe that, so many tests and biopsies
I look at my own baby son and think what might have been.
Two boys, two cousins, will be best friends
The end came sooner than anyone thought, though
The tubes, the wires, you’re sedated
Little baby, getting tired
Sweetie, it’s almost time to rest
You’re so loved, we did our best
Mommy, Daddy, they’re still trying
You did too, you went down fighting
Little baby, your hands are blue
Your mommy held you til you didn’t move

Love, DawnBlogtopus

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Bird Rock Baby – Baby Booties Video and Review

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Bird Rock Baby contacted me and offered me a pair of baby booties to try out. Here are my thoughts.

These booties from Bird Rock Baby are super soft. They have the textured bottom for traction like on toddler PJs. They come in a few different colors, but I decided on the gray ones. I like the fact they are gender-neutral and I like to pass down all of my baby clothes to younger cousins.

These booties are easy to fit – these are size 12-18 months, and they could easily fit a lot of different foot sizes. These booties are very versatile. They have an elastic back and are closed with a metal snap. There are 3 snaps for 3 different sizes/tightnesses. I found that handy, because I could put these on over my baby’s PJs on the medium snap, and then on bare feet on the smallest snap.

My family room is very cold due to the fireplace vent, so I like to keep extra layers on the kids. I liked how I could easily put these booties on over my baby’s PJs, yet still have the traction on the bottom. We have hardwood floors that aren’t completely covered with rugs, so they tend to be slippery on the non-rug areas.

Soft & Comfy

These baby booties are comfortable, very soft to the touch. I could tell that he thought the were comfy, too, because the didn’t try to yank them off. They have tabs on the back so you can easily put them on or take them off.

Check Them Out

My baby and I both like these booties. I have to say, my 5-year-old daughter was a bit jealous that they didn’t come in her size! If you’d like to get a pair of these soft and comfy baby booties, just click on the picture below. It will take you to Amazon. Or if you’d like to check out the other things that Bird Rock Baby carries, then just go to BirdRockBaby.com

Love, DawnBlogtopus

Sephora Play! February and March Unboxing

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Sephora Play! is one of my favorite beauty subscription boxes. Here is a video showing all of the goodies inside the February and March boxes.

Are you a fan of subscription boxes? Sephora Play! has arrived. Here is what Sephora has to say about their beauty box:

“A monthly beauty subscription box that brings you the best of it. Each month, you’ll look forward to a curation of five deluxe, prestige samples handpicked from our shelves (plus a fragrance bonus) in a collectible bag. Every delivery also includes a PLAY! BOOK packed with tips, tricks, how-tos, and beauty advice, and a PLAY! PASS to redeem for 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with any full-size purchase.”

I admit it, I’m a subscription box-a-holic. I’ve tried so many different ones. Sephora Play! is one of my favorites. They usually include some higher-end brands such as Too Faced, Benefit, and Tarte. Here is a short video that I put together of the contents of the February and March boxes.

Thanks for watching! If you’d like to see another video of one of my favorite subscription boxes, check out my February Kira Kira Crate video, located at this link right here.

So you have a favorite subscription box that you think I should try? Leave it down in the comments below, and I’ll check it out!

Love, DawnBlogtopus

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DawnBlogtopus Tames Toddlers

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Is your toddler prone to having meltdowns? Avoid tantrums with this advice from DawnBlogtopus.

You versus Toddler. What a match!

She screams, pouts, and throws herself on the floor. You’ve gotten used to this picture, right? It’s not surprising because this is something normal and shows that your child is being a normal child doing age-appropriate actions.

You try to calm her down, but it’s you who ends up frustrated. Feel like you are doing something wrong? Don’t despair, remember that you are not alone and there is always an option. Get ready, you are going to read some advice that might help you the next time a tantrum starts.

The root of the problem

Toddlerhood is all about testing boundaries. Screaming and crying is normal and age-appropriate behavior. In the sensorimotor stage (the first two years of life) children are going to explore their senses and actions. You were doing the same when you were their age!

Piaget designated the first two years of an infants life as the sensorimotor stage. During this period, infants are busy discovering relationships betweentheir bodies and the environment. Researchers have discovered that infants have relatively well developed sensory abilities. 

After two years of age (toddlers), they start to communicate with gestures and words. It is around this time when toddlers experience the feeling of “shame” and “guilt.”  They want independence and, as a consequence, they create their own rules.

What can you do to help your toddler avoid tantrums?

Now that we are starting to understand the reason for the tantrums, we need to figure out a way to help and educate our children. Here are some tips that might help you navigate their world and avoid so many misunderstandings between the two of you.

First, you should anticipate your toddler’s routine. Give him advance notice 10-15 minutes before you tell him that it’s time to clean up. You should also give ample notice before it’s time to leave a place where she’s having fun. You should also give her notice in the evening at home before she needs to clean up, take a bath and go to bed.

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

There are particular instances when young children are distracted and need multiple warnings about time, especially if they are having a lot of fun. This is especially true if they are having a playdate with a friend, out at the playground, or anywhere else that’s extra fun.

Are the Basic Needs Being Met?

Make sure that your toddler’s basic needs are fulfilled. Is she hungry? Did she have adequate nap time? Were you out and she completely skipped the nap? These are important questions, and you must consider them when it comes to a child’s routine. This simple questions can save you hours of headaches.

Set Those Boundaries

Set appropriate boundaries for your toddler and make sure they follow them. Let him know that a tantrum is not okay, and if she is not listening, she is going to lose some privileges. If she is already upset with something else, the situation can escalate, and the raise of your voice might blow things out of proportion.

Time Out

I know that some people don’t believe in time out – but I am a firm believer! Of course, for non-verbal kids it doesn’t do very much good. However, for kids 2 and up, it can be very helpful as a cool-down time for both of you. Do 1 minute of time out for each year of age. It’s the fairest punishment in my eyes. For example, if my 5-year-old and my 9-year-old are misbehaving, it just makes good sense that the 9-year-old should have a tougher punishment, being 4 years older, he should know better!

I hope that you found this article on toddler tantrums helpful. If you’d like to read more on Parenting and some shortcuts for busy moms, just click here. Please subscribe to email updates, and you’ll get fresh new article as soon as they’re published.

Love, DawnBlogtopus

Kira Kira Crate February – Japanese Beauty Box Review Video

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Kira Kira Crate from Japan Crate is a monthly subscription box fully of beauty products directly from Japan. Here is my take on the February 2017 Kira Kira Crate.

If you’re unfamiliar with a subscription box, you’re in for a treat. A monthly subscription box is like a present to yourself every month that you give yourself. The beauty of a subscription box is that you have no idea what’s coming in your box. All subscription boxes are slightly different. Today we are going to review the February 2017 Kira Kira Crate.

In the Kira Kira Crate you typically receive 6-8 full-size products. You can get anything ranging from makeup to skin care to fun kawaii products. In the February 2017 crate I received:

  • 5Lanc Moisturizer – The consistency is very watery and difficult to apply. The package says it’s for oily skin, so this might be good for summer. My skin is combination skin, normally fairly dry in the winter and oiler in the summer. I’ll save this for then, it is a GIGANTIC bottle.
  • Yakuyouburo: Fatigue bath salts – This package of bath salts smells delicious! Citrusy, like lemons or oranges. I don’t think this is something that I would buy on a regular basis, but as a treat for the bath tub it was nice.
  • Banana Chocolate lip mask – My lips are super sensitive, and I hate bananas, so I didn’t use this.
  • Delicious Lip Cream, mint chocolate – It’s mint chocolate flavored and scented lip balm. It’s creamy and moisturizing. I would get it again.
  • BWPRM Liquid Eyeliner (Crazy Pink) – Does anyone get the impression that they just grabbed a handful of scrabble tiles out of the bag to pick their company name? I love fun eyeliner, so this dark pink is a good fit for me. I like to wear it over a light shimmery gold or light brown eyeshadow.
  • Pure Smile face mask – I like face masks, and this one has a lot of good benefits and nutrients inside. This mask has vitamin e, collagen, arbutin, and hyaluronic acid listed as ingredients on the package. These ingredients are good for firming and tightening the skin.
  • PGT eyeshadow palette – I love it. It has really pretty colors. They are brown, pink, cream, and gold. These eyeshadows are really nice to wear under the pink eyeliner that came in this crate.

That’s it! For $29 my verdict is “meh.” These are nice products, but out of all of them, I think the only ones that I would have actually purchased if I had seen them in the store is the palette and the eyeliner. I will use everything except for the lip mask, though.

I hope that you found this review helpful. Check back again soon for the review of March’s Kira Kira Crate. If you’re interested in more health and beauty articles, check out my post on activated charcoal or my post on the konjac sponge. Sign up for email update to be alerted when a new blog is posted, please.

Love, DawnBlogtopus

 

Time Saving Tips For a Good Morning

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As a busy mom of three kids, it’s important to save time in the morning. Here are some tips and tricks that I have picked up over the years.

Two of my three kids go to school. You’d think that it would be simple, right? Dress them, feed them, and send them to the bus stop. That might be the case next year, but for this year they go to different schools. My daughter goes to preschool which requires me to drop her off and pick her up every day, so time gets a little bit tight in the morning. Here are some ideas that I have come up with to try to save time in the morning.

Get Everyone’s Clothing Out at Night

As someone who is lucky enough to get to work at home, I don’t have to iron. However, if you work outside the home and have to wear business clothing you should put together and iron five outfits on Sunday. Make sure that you pick out your accessories as well. Then all you need to do in the morning is grab an outfit and jump into it.

Since I don’t have to wear anything in particular on a regular day I don’t bother to get a whole week’s worth of outfits ready. I just pick out whatever pair of leggings, yoga pants, or jeans that I want to wear the next day along with a t-shirt and underwear. In the morning I just put on my pre-made outfit, add a hoodie or sweater and I’m good to go.

Normally I don’t change the baby’s outfit in the morning, and my 9-year-old picks out his own outfits. So I also pick out my 5-year-olds clothing and hang it on her closet to put on in the morning in addition to mine. It is a huge time-saver.

sHOWER AT nIGHT

I prefer to take my shower at night, along with bathing the children at night. I have very long hair, and I usually don’t bother to dry it at night. I just put it up on my head in a bun and hope for the best! 99% of the time it’s still wet the next day when I am ready to blow dry it. I saw this amazing product on Shark Tank the other night, though, that dries your hair while you’re sleeping and (supposedly) leaves it looking amazing in the morning. I ordered it but it hasn’t arrived yet. I’ll report back if it works!

Other Quick Ideas

Here are some other ideas to save time – I don’t use these for myself because I don’t need to, but they are still good ideas!

  • Set out your medications and vitamins for the week in a pill container (High above any little grabby hands, of course!)
  • Make your lunch and your kid’s lunch in the evening before bed.
  • Set the coffee maker to go off 20 minutes before you leave with your travel mug next to it.
  • Put your gloves in your coat pockets and scarves around the hangers during the winter.

I hope that you found some of these tips helpful! If you’re interested in reading even more ideas for busy moms be sure to check out my article on time management.

 

 

Love, DawnBlogtopus

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When Did I Become a Grown Up?

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I can’t really pinpoint the exact time that I became a full-fledged grown up. It definitely wasn’t when I turned 18 or 21. Was it when kids came into the picture?

When I was younger it seemed like every single person that I came into contact with was older than me. My family, teachers, even most of my friends were older than me. However, as the years passed it seemed to shift. Since age is just a number, and the heart doesn’t know how old you are, when did I become an actual adult? I can’t really answer that question.  However, I can tell you some the little signs that have led me down that path.

I don’t Get Freaked Out By Little Things (As Often)

My personality has always been a little on the high-strung freaking out over little things sort. However, as the years pass it seems like I am better able to let the smaller things go without getting upset. That’s not to say that I don’t freak out on a regular basis…It’s just not quite as often.

Cooking Has Been Demystified (For the Most Part)

When I was younger I had no idea how to make coffee, use an oven, or cook anything other than pasta. I lived off of frozen food, canned food, or take out. Of course, this is partly due to not being taught by my parents when I was younger, but I also just wasn’t interested in learning. I started to be more interested in cooking when I was pregnant with my daughter, but I was still fairly clueless in the kitchen.

Cooking became more interesting to me when I was pregnant with my daughter, but I was still fairly clueless in the kitchen. My Mother-in-Law is a great cook, and I have learned a lot of things from her in the past five years. At this point in time, though I’m still learning, I feel the most competent in the kitchen than I ever have in the past.

I Care More About Life

I never thought that I would live as long as I have. My later teens and my 20s were dark days. I didn’t really care about life, and my poor life decisions reflected that fact. The turning point was definitely having my daughter. I try to make the best decisions possible now. This involves putting a lot more thought into life in the present. Now I’m also thinking toward the future.

So am I a full-fledged adult now? My birthday a couple of weeks ago. Age-wise I have been an adult now for half of my life. As far as feelings go, though, I feel like I have just arrived at the threshold of adulthood. And I’m ready.

Love, DawnBlogtopus

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Roe Models – LuLaRoe Consultant Jennifer Trusso

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Not all LuLaRoe consultants are created equal. This new series on DawnBlogtopus.com will highlight some of my favorite LuLaRoe Consultants.

Are you familiar with the wonderful comfort that is slipping on a pair of LuLaRoe’s magical leggings? Once you’ve put them on you’ll want to get a pair for every day plus more to wear as PJ’s!

LuLaRoe is sold in a very odd way – you can’t just go to their website and buy it. You have to seek out a LulaRoe “Fashion Consultant” to purchase LuLaRoe clothing. Many consultants host parties in their homes and travel to “pop up” parties where someone else is the hostess for the evening. Another popular way to buy and sell the clothing is online on Facebook. There are hundreds of Facebook groups solely dedicated to selling LuLaRoe clothing, which includes not only the magical leggings, but also skirts, shirts, dresses, and even children’s clothing.

Unfortunately, not all consultants are as professional and honest as you might hope. This blog series is dedicated to some of the amazing consultants that I have come across. Today’s “Roe Model” consultant is Jennifer Trusso. Here are the same seven questions that I will ask all of the different “Roe Models”. Enjoy getting to know your new favorite consultant!

1 – How long have you been a consultant and how did you get started?

I got my call on January 19th. My initial inventory came January 27. And I did my first sale February 5th! I was well addicted before I became a consultant so making that decision wasn’t too hard. I would buy leggings weekly and fell instantly fell in love (I loved the Halloween capsule). My sponsor and I met in a bst site while I was selling leggings that did not fit me. And its been happily ever Lula ever since! I’ve already met so many wonderful ladies doing this (even being so new). Best decision I made.

2 – What was your job before, and do you still work there?
I work at Express Scripts as a pharmacy technician. This September it will be 10 years I’ve been working there. I work 8 hour days MondayFriday
3 – What is your favorite piece of clothing that Lularoe makes?
Leggings! But, I also love Randy’s! I’m always wearing leggings with a oversized tee (usually an Irma) or Randy’s with jeans. I also love oversized Julia’s and of course my girl Amelia. I think maxis are going to become my summer staple this year also! There’s just to many great styles to pick just one. Oh, and wait until the new styles come out! 😉
4 – Do you have an entire LulaRoom set up? If so, can we see a picture?
I have a few rooms dedicated to my Lula inventory and parties. I love decorating and making my Boutique a fun place to be. Note: See the video below for pictures of Jennifer’s Lula Room.
5 – What did your family think about you becoming a consultant? Has their opinion changed since you got started?
My husband supports me. He knows how much I was dedicated to finding my unicorn before I became a consultant. So, when I finally decided to take the leap he was onboard and eager to help anyway he could. My mom, well she thought it was too much money to invest. Now, she’s starting to understand everything a little better and is 100% onboard with me. Everytime I see her she’s wearing leggings or shopping my inventory! 
6 – What’s your unicorn?
My unicorn is anything with roses anymore. And I’m also searching for a large classic tee with the lace print all over! 
7 – Are you participating in any pop-ups or putting up new inventory on your VIP page soon that you’d like to tell us about?
Yes, I am. I try to do a VIP sale every Saturday at 6 PM EST. Also, I try to do a few flash sales here and there. I am also opening my Boutique on the weekends per request. …. I would love to have new ladies join my group. My link is :
Thank you to everyone for reading today’s article! Check out Jennifer’s VIP group on Facebook.

Love, DawnBlogtopus

Meet Your Friend, Activated Charcoal

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You might have heard of activated charcoal if you have a fish tank, but there are many other uses around the house. Read on to get some handy tips for activated charcoal around the house.

Activated charcoal is a common item that you might find in a fish tank filter, but are you familiar with other uses for activated charcoal? This charcoal is a special type has been used for hundreds of years. Uses include reducing odors, water purification (hence the fish tank filters), and poison control. You don’t normally associate things that you use in a fish tank with beauty, but there are definitely some uses for activated charcoal in your beauty routine.

Teeth Whitening

Activated charcoal is non-abrasive but great at sweeping away plaque and stains on the teeth leaving you with a brighter smile. You can use it alone or mix it with other ingredients like baking soda, coconut oil, clay to cleanse your teeth. 

It’s simple to use activated charcoal as a tooth whitener. Simply wet a toothbrush and dip into the powdered charcoal. Alternatively, you can buy capsules of activated charcoal and dump a capsule of charcoal on the wet toothbrush. Quickly put the charcoal covered toothbrush into your mouth to protect your sink from getting dirty. Brush in small, gentle circles for 2 minutes, spit carefully and rinse very well.

Gas and Bloating Relief

Activated charcoal can get rid of the worst of gas and bloating. If you’re having tummy issues you can prepare a glass of water with about a teaspoon of activated charcoal mixed inside. About 15 minutes later you should feel much better.

Activated charcoal can also help prevent gas and bloating issues if you plan ahead. Take a teaspoon of activated charcoal an hour or two before you eat your problem foods. You should skip that horrible feeling altogether!

Poison Control

Because of activated charcoals ability to absorb over 1,000 times its own weight, it’s a great aid to help when poisonous substances have been ingested. It works by stopping things such as bleach, prescription medicine, and mercury from being completely absorbed into your system (usually up to 60%).  It does have limitations. Substances that are corrosive like sodium hydroxide and petroleum based products like paint thinner can’t be helped with activated charcoal.  Activated charcoal is most effective if taken within 30 minutes of poisoning. Make sure to call 911 in the event of poisoning even if you have activated charcoal on hand.

Warnings

If you don’t drink enough water with activated charcoal it can cause constipation and dehydration. Don’t ingest activated charcoal along with medications or foods as it can bind to these. This does not allow your body to absorb the necessary nutrients from them. Wait at least an hour or two between taking activated charcoal and taking medications or eating foods. If you want to take activated charcoal internally on a regular basis you may benefit from taking probiotics. This will help keep the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut.

I hope that you found this article helpful, thanks for reading. If you’d like to read more from DawnBlogtopus, just click this link to read about how to help your kids stop biting their nails. 

Love, DawnBlogtopus

Let’s Talk Lice – Information for Moms

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Have you or your children ever had lice? Growing up in a hot, humid climate it was fairly common. Here are some tips and tricks to help moms deal with lice.

Most moms of school-age children, no matter their age, have had to face this bitey predicament at least one time in their lives. The bitey problem, of course, is the problem of lice. A lot of parents have then been forced to learn how to manage everything connected to this problem. Things such as the outbreaks of itchiness, stinky foams to apply, and trying brushes and combs of all kinds. However, in America and now even in Europe, there is a new treatment that not only is natural, but also very effective. This treatment does not require toxic elements or tiring and costly sessions of head analysis.

Who Discovered This Amazing Solution?

The inventor of this method was Dale Clayton, a biology professor from Utah University. He used his abilities as a researcher to solve a problem that involved him as a father. His product is called AirAllé and claims to eliminate the 99.3% of the eggs, which are called nits, in about half an hour. It works with a very high temperature of over 135 degrees, air flux, time (30 seconds for each area), and a technique with a specific tool that is similar to a hair dryer. Moreover, there is a certain program to follow in order to succeed in the treatment of every area of the head.

What happens next? A story with a Non-Itchy ending

What is surprising about this is that many people are using this technique as a way to start their own business. A British woman from Essex, has created a business called “Lice Clinics”,  and after a successful experiment now looks forward to opening at least a hundred shops in her country. There are few in the surroundings of London, where every service costs between 100 and 150 pounds, but more and more requests come every day.

Use Products for Prevention

There are a few products out on the market that you can use for lice prevention, one of the more popular ones is a line of products called Fairy Tales. Fairy Tales has shampoo, conditioner, and a detangling spray. These products are meant to repel lice, not kill them once they have taken up residence in your children’s hair. If you don’t care for this particular brand, then you can also try a tea tree oil shampoo, lavender oil shampoo, or a coconut oil shampoo.

If chemicals aren’t your thing, then you could also try the new NIX electronic lice comb. This little comb detects lice and kills them on contact. Is it too good to be true? You’ll have to give it a try and let me know.

I hope that you found this article about lice helpful. If you need a little cheering up after your lice epidemic, go check out my article about happiness. It’s located at this link right here.

Love, DawnBLogtopus