How to: Explain Loss to Children and Why it’s so Important

lossI’ve had my fair share of loss in my life. My mom at 16, my Grandparents a week a part at 19, My two dear friends Dale and Wanda, and most recently my biological father. This morning I had the hard task of telling my children their Great Grandmother passed away this morning at 2:40am.

I’m no expert by any means however I’ve always been very good to deal with loss, and my emotions when it comes to them. I have always explained to my kids about my mom and grandparents whom they never got to meet (Jordan however did meet my grandparents!) I always retell stories, share my memories and often explain to them about death. This morning I had to do this again except I had to explain to them about someone they knew, passing. Their Great Grandmother.

They all took it very well, and I am sure I will be explaining more and answering more questions as the days go on, but I wanted to hop on here and share how I told my kids, and why I think they dealt with it so well.

My kids weren’t very close with their Great Grandmother, so that does play a huge factor in how they are all dealing with the news. But, remembering back to when my mom passed away, and back when my good friends Dale and Wanda who passed away, and both Jordan and I were very close to – telling kids this information is very important, and shouldn’t be dealt with lightly. Kid’s often have lots of questions, and although I don’t claim to know all the answers, I answer the questions as best as I can and deal with them as they come.

Give the news Gently, but Honestly: Explain the situation. “Great Grandma has passed away this morning” if they don’t understand they will more than likely ask. Take the time to sit and answer as best as you can, even if you don’t know all the answers and aren’t quite sure.

Feelings: Explain to kids that it’s okay to cry, feel sad, or even happy. It’s okay to celebrate your loved ones life instead of mourning their death. This I’ve found helps but isn’t by any means an out. Kids need to know it’s okay to feel how they feel, and no one way is right or wrong.

Sickness and Death: This has probably been the toughest one yet for me. Sometimes kids can be too young to fully grasp that someone was terminally ill, so they begin to get scared of getting sick themselves and dying. It’s important to explain the sickness the person had (or circumstance)  to the child if this comes up, because it can come up and we don’t want kids thinking anytime someone gets sick, they will pass away.

Reactions: Sometimes children may cry, freak out, or even show no reaction at all. It’s a lot to take in, and it’s normal. If they show you expressing your sadness, grief and/or happiness they may as well.

Questions: There will be questions, possibly lots. Explain honestly, but give brief answers that they will understand. Too many details aren’t necessary but don’t avoid any questions they ask. More than likely the why, where and how questions will come up.

Talk about good memories: Remembering stories, sharing laughs and memories is a great way to help kids deal.

When I’ve explained to my kids about loss –  the topic comes up often. So that is to be expected. They talk about my mom quite frequently, and they ask about animals we have had pass away a lot too. I try to avoid using Heaven and God when explaining, as we aren’t a Religious family and I just don’t feel comfortable telling them things I don’t know anything about. But,  as with everything  that is up to each individual.

Everyone deals with loss differently but it is extremely important to speak to your kids about it. Even before it may happen in their life. My kids knew about loss from a young age because of the death of my mom before they were born. Although this has helped my kids, if your child isn’t familiar with loss it may help to have a little chat about it to prepare for anything that may come up. Of course, that is up to you and how you want to deal with it when it comes.

I just know what I have experienced in my life, and how I dealt with loss with my own children. A time of loss is a sad time for everyone, and it’s important to include children and explain things to them the best you can. Losing a loved one isn’t easy, and isn’t something we have to deal with everyday thankfully but when we do – it’s tough.

Why it’s important to explain death to children: I personally think it’s important because children although, they are children – do have feelings and emotions too and deserve to know if someone close to them has passed away. Keeping this information from them won’t help anybody. If the person who passes away isn’t close to the family or child then telling them isn’t so pressing, but if it’s a close family member or friend they deserve to know so they can mourn and cope. What happens if they start asking where the person is? Why the person isn’t around? It’s important to be upfront and straight with them so they can understand, and be prepared for the person to no longer be around. You also want this information to come from you and not from someone else which may happen if you wait or keep it from the child.

Depending on a child’s age is how you go about telling them and dealing with it with them. Jordan was 4 when we dealt with the loss of our good friends and he handled it well.

Today my thoughts and love go out to everyone affected in our Family with the loss of Margaret. While I didn’t know her too well, she was very kind and sweet to me. Always giving me hugs, and telling me what a great mom I am and amazing for doing it with 6. Her words will always stick with me, and I will be forever grateful for the little time my children did get to spend with her. She was in her late 80s and lived a long life. Now resting peacefully with her late husband and son. She will never be forgotten.

Little Life Box Review – A Little Box With Big Benefits!

littlelifebox1Subscription boxes have most certainly become popular in the last year and I’m thrilled to say I’ve been able to review a few!

Today is the Little Life Box!

When I was contacted and asked to do a review of this Canadian subscription box I of course was thrilled. I went to the website and read a bit about it and thought this was a pretty fabulous idea.

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What it is:
Curious about switching to healthier, more sustainable alternatives of the brands that you consume on a daily basis? Receive a package of up to a dozen products right to your door for you to sample and discover. Snacks, cosmetics, supplements, vitamins and more! – littlelifebox.com

For just $19.99 monthly you can get a box full of goodies delivered to your door full of healthy products! What better way to make the switch to a healthier life style than trying new things you may not even know about before, and they come right to your door! It’s a healthy surprise you can look forward to!

For my review I received a Holiday Box ($22.99)! It arrived beautifully packaged in a Little Life Box and wrapped in gorgeous tissue paper!

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I was rather impressed when I opened the box to see it literally FULL. Sometimes these boxes come with 3-4 items but in the Little Life Box holiday box I got a whopping 13 items!

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What I got in the box:

Camino – Chili & Spice Hot Chocolate

Camino – Coconut Dark Chocolate

Natera Hemp Protein Powder: Vanilla

Natera Hemp Protein Powder: Blackberry Pomegranate

Pancake Mix by Gogo Quinoa

Turkey Style Gravy Mix by Riego Foods x2

Buddy Fruits Pure Fruit Bites – in Orange

Better Stevia – 2 packets

Four O’Clock Teas – Two packets – Black Forest Cupcake & Carrot Cake

Lip Balm by Wood’s Body Goods – in White Chocolate

Milk Thistle – by A.Vogel

Bio-Vert Laundry Detergent Sample – 2 loads

Talk about a little box with big benefits! Almost everything was full size. The tea’s were 2 loose packs and the Bio Vert was a small sample as was the Better Stevia. The rest were decent size, or full size. I’m impressed. Not only is everything extremely useful in the box the fuller sizes are a huge plus. How can you really try things to see if you like them if they are tiny samples? So this to me is a great thing! We’ve used most of the products already, but are waiting to try the Pancakes and Gravy mixes on Christmas!

How it works:

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Shipping and Costs:
Shipping is to Canada. Shipping is a low cost of $3.95.

Cost of Boxes Monthly &  Pre-Paid Deals:
There are various options available to you. A One Month Trial is $22.99, The monthly box is $19.99 per month or you can choose from a few Pre-Paid options. 3 Months is $54.96, 6 Months is 107.94 and 12 months is $214.80!

So if you would like to give the gift of a Healthy Surprise once a month you have many options to choose from. Treat yourself, a friend or family member! It’s a great gift idea this Christmas or for any Birthday, Anniversary or just because gift!

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Simple and Rewarding Ways to Give Back Without Breaking the Bank This Holiday Season!

givingbackWhat do you do when it’s the time of year for giving and you don’t have much to give? Don’t feel bad, you don’t have to give a lot, or even at all.. Not everyone can, and if not that is fine! Giving back isn’t a rule during the Holidays, you do what you can if you can! It’s simply something that is a personal choice!

If you would like to try to give back and can’t do much here are some ideas of what you could give that won’t break the bank.

Time – It’s free. Volunteer at a shelter, food bank or even at your kids school. Being a helpful hand doesn’t cost anything and it helps more than you’d realize.

Canned items – I for one sometimes get canned items that I just don’t use. My husband likes beans of all varieties and buys TONS every shop. I often pack up extras that have been sitting, along with any corn, peas and soups and drop them in the donation bin at my local grocery store around the corner.

Extra Mitts, Hats and Scarves – Do you have an abundance of these sitting around? I know I usually do. Most of which unused. Last year we bagged them up and dropped them off at a women’s shelter.

Loose Change – I find loose change all over. Pockets, cupboards and even in jars that we forget about. I like to put them together and drop the change in the change bins at McDonald’s, the grocery store or at the bank.

Extra Diapers, Baby items – These things are great to give this time of year. Hospitals, shelters, The food bank or even a free website are where I have donated these items. Some people don’t access shelters or food banks for extra help so if you can find a free website near you (free cycle, kijiji, craigslist) you can help that way.

Bake a treat for a Neighbour – This is a fun one! Bake up some treats and wrap in nice wrapping or tin and take it over to a neighbour you don’t know well or don’t often see around. There are a few elderly couples on my street I plan on doing this for this weekend!!

An Ear – During this time of year a lot of people go without. They either don’t have family, friends or even a place to call home. Often, they are looking for someone to talk to. I find when I’m out and about random people, often older stop me and talk to me. Just listen. Be kind, and engage in a conversation! It’s free and often benefits everyone involved and hey, you may just make a new friend!

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I am a firm believer of Karma. I find the more good I do for others, the more good comes my way. Doesn’t even have to mean material things, I just find life is much happier and content when I’m able to give what I can, when I can.. I believe you get what you give, and it feels great to give!

What else can be added to this list for Simple and Rewarding ways to give without breaking the bank?

9 Tips For Overwhelmed Moms: You Can Get Through This!

overwhelmedmomsTired? Overwhelmed? Kids not listening, fighting constantly?

We’ve all been there and believe me when I say you are not alone! It’s been a rough past few weeks at our place.

Kids sick, baby not sleeping, kids fighting, kids waking us up at all hours of the night and did I mention all the kids fighting and yelling? What is with that anyway?

My husband works and when he is home he isn’t much help. So what are us mom’s to do when we’ve reached that point where there’s just so much we have to deal with and we can’t anymore?

Over the past 11 years of being a mom I’ve found many tips and tricks to deal with doing it all. So here is my take and if you find yourself stressed, overwhelmed or just at the point of losing your mind because you are just doing too much, hopefully these can help!

Cleaning CAN wait – Yep, it’s true. Cleaning can wait. You don’t have to tackle everything in one day, or even two. Take a break. I promise, the cleaning will still be there when you get to it and no one will judge you for some toys on the floor or laundry in the hamper.

Take a nap – Have a baby? Nap when they do, have older kids? Introduce quiet time. They can chill out in your bed with you.. They can read a book or even just rest themselves. Taking a nap or having quiet time benefits everyone don’t be afraid to do this.

Take a bubble bath – When your husband comes home from work go have a relaxing bubble bath. I do this often. Most times when my kids are tucked into bed, other times when my husband walks in the door. Yep, a 20 minute bubble bath can do wonders for you and give daddy time with the kiddos.

Sleep alone – Yep. Don’t be afraid to tell your hubby to retreat to the couch for a night. I haven’t done this in a while, but when I have, it was great. Don’t get me wrong I love when my hubby is beside me but sometimes, just sometimes, it’s nice to spread out and just sleep. I won’t fool you though, I always have at least 1 baby in the bed with me too so I guess it’s not exactly sleeping alone.

Do some Yoga! – This is a new one for me but it’s oh so relaxing. My kids love to come and do yoga with me. It’s quiet, and peaceful, it even helps them when they are a bit overly hyper and need some quiet time too. Relaxing for all.

Take the kids to play – Indoor play areas are so fun or even the neighbourhood Park. Getting out of the house or having a few minutes by yourself doesn’t have to mean the kids have to be left with dad,  someone else or asleep. They can have some fun while you sit and enjoy or even join in with them. Going down slides, playing in a ball pit with your kids laughing and squealing is one of the best feelings and ways to make you forget all the other stuff that may be weighing you down.

Call up a girlfriend and chat – Girl talk! Who doesn’t love girl talk? I don’t have any friends with 6 kids, OK, I don’t have any friends with more than 3 kids so often they don’t get exactly what I am juggling but they are mom’s, and get it so talking to them helps and even if we don’t talk about our problems and issues just having an adult conversation makes me feel human again.

Have a date night in – Put the kids to bed early, cook a nice meal with your hubby, sit down and relax. Rent a movie or just sit and talk. Do whatever, but do it alone. With your spouse. You don’t have to go out to have special date night. You don’t even have to spend money.

Ask for help! – If you need help don’t be afraid to ask for it. Friends, Family or even your husband will probably be a little more understanding than you think and will probably help if you need it. I know what it’s like not wanting to ask, and wanting to do everything for yourself, but it can be too much. If needed, Ask, you won’t regret it

I was and still am quite often guilty of not taking me time. I feel guilty and bad but I’ve come to learn quickly it is VERY important. Once you have multiple kids, heck even one or two, you can’t forget about yourself. You can’t neglect yourself. I am so guilty of this, and I’ve been working on it. I know all too well what it’s like to get little to no help at home, have any time to yourself or even be able to breathe without someone on you, grabbing at your shirt or screaming for you. I get it.

Parenting is so rewarding, and amazing that sometimes we can get so wrapped up in them and trying to be the best parent we can be and forget about ourselves. We can feel less than stellar, very overwhelmed and even stressed out and that’s okay. You are not alone, this is a common feeling and the only way to feel better is to make sure you do take some time for yourself. You’d be surprised how much better you may feel with just a few minutes of peace.

I always felt guilty when I needed to have some time to get work done, or have a shower and lock the door. But don’t. If you feel you are dealing with so much and are overwhelmed take a little time for you. I promise, everyone will feel better after!

What do you do when you are feeling a bit Overwhelmed in life? 

#BabyRockstar – Lullaby Renditions Of Frozen

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It’s been a crazy past few days. All the kids are sick. That is one of the few downsides to a big family – when one gets sick, they usually all get sick.

Well this gave us a chance to have a very laid back, lazy weekend. The kids laid around between trips to the bathroom and getting Gatorade and we were able to all take part in this review.

I’m pretty sure one of the main movies that toys and figurines are most requested from this holiday season is frozen. I know my kids love the movie, especially Justin and Jackson who both dance non stop to the music.

Which brings us to Baby Rockstar – Lullaby renditions of Frozen songs!

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About the CD
Baby Rockstar rearranges the chart topping hits as beautiful melodies played by soothing bells mixed with sleepy tones and light percussive effects. These calming and dreamy renditions will help get your little rockstars ready for bedtime. Baby Rockstar releases ignite a musical curiosity in your little ones and will be favorites of young children, and their parents, for years to come.” – MVD Entertainment Group

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My older kids were happy to sing along to the music, even with no words, and Justin who is 15 months old fell asleep when i just let the disc play quietly.

Songs on the disc:
Frozen Heart
Do You Want To Build A Snowman
For The First Time In Forever
Love Is An Open Door
Let It Go
Reindeers Are Better Than People
For The First Time In Forever
Fixer Upper
Vuelie
Heimr Arnadalr

If you are looking for a gift for a little one this Holiday season why not pick up a copy yourself! Not only is it soothing, relaxing and fun any older kids who know Frozen get a real kick out of singing along to the melodies. This would make a great gift for new parents, or parents to be! This would also make a wonderful stocking stuffer for the little one in your life!

Purchase the disc: Here for $14.99

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was given this product complimentary to review. However all opinions are mine and 100% true.

Jolly Awesome Pet Tags Review

jollyawesome1In the summer of 2012 we were heading on a family vacation and left Chase at home with one of my husbands friends and Chanel went to his brothers house. Well, that night I got a text and I was asked if Chanel likes to hide. She doesn’t,  but we figured she was hiding at his place because she was scared and at a new place.

The next day I was informed she still was in hiding. They couldn’t find where either. I began to panic and was ready to head home. My brother in law had called shelters and gave her description in case she did happen to get out. As I was getting ready to pack my bags and head home to go either get her out of hiding or walk the city to find her we got a call from my brother in law that a dog fitting Chanel’s description had been brought to the shelter the night before. They saw his report of her missing and called him. We had to find a photo, email it to them and they could verify. They also sent us a link to a photo of her in the shelter.

It was Chanel. I lost my mind, cried and cried. I couldn’t believe not only did she really get out but she was Found!! She was found probably trying to find her way home and taken to the shelter.

Of course the tags she did have on her collar from her vets were metal and completely worn out. You couldn’t read the tags but we could clearly see her pink collar with the bell in the photo, she was cold and soaking wet from the rain the night before but it was her!

From that moment on we kept trying different tags. All metal and they would either fall off or wear so badly you couldn’t see what they said!

Jolly Awesome Pet Tags takes care of that!

They are plastic, have a photo of your pet and on the back you can add what you choose. I got one for each of our dogs. They all have their photos on the front,  name on the back with our address and contact number.

Ordering off the website was a bit of a hassle BUT that was due to my own computer, no fault of Jolly Awesome Pet Tags. Once my computer calmed down and I was able to upload photos and create the tags the process was smooth and the delivery was quick.

I didn’t have many photos to choose from on the computer I was on, so I worked with what I had.

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Although I think the quality of the tags are wonderful, and they will last longer than the metal ones we’ve had I find them very big. My dogs are all small, and have small collars. Chanel is not even 10lbs so hers is quite large on her. Chase seems OK, and Ace although I would prefer a little smaller it’s not too bad.

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How it works:
You pick the product you want to customize, open it in the design tool, upload a photo, add text, add the product to your cart and off you go!

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I now have zero worries if any of our Fur Babies happen to get out I know at least if they are found they will have the tags and whoever finds them can contact us. Just because we got SO lucky with Chanel back in 2012 doesn’t mean that will always happen. Now I don’t have to fear. Not only are the tags simple and easy to read they are very clear to see and I now have comfort in knowing they have them on. It will take time for me to be able to make sure they don’t fade or rub off like the boring old aluminum tags, but I have a feeling I will be quite happy with these tags for years to come.

If you would like to take a look for yourself and see if you’d like to order some Jolly Awesome Pet Tags for your Beloved Fur Baby, there is a sale right now that you don’t want to miss!

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Glider Gloves – Touchscreen Gloves Review

glidergloves1It’s winter and cold. Even though it’s freezing anytime I get a text message, phone call or any sort of notification I have to check. I don’t know what it is but I can’t stand to hear that little ding, and leave it. So it’s no surprise when I saw these gloves I jumped at the chance to review them.

Normally I wear mitts, because gloves don’t keep my hands warm enough and if I’m pushing a stroller, I need my hands warm at all times. So if you are like me you try very unsuccessfully every single time that phone dings to check it with your gloves on, right? How frustrating can that be? I usually end up getting annoyed and taking my gloves off yet I know before I even attempt it that I won’t succeed, and I keep doing it.

Well, now I don’t have that problem. Glider Gloves not only keep my hands warm when not using my phone, but pushing the stroller and running to the store too. They are snug, and warm just how gloves should be. But these are very different.

HOW DO THEY WORK?
Using special conductive micro-fibers woven into the liner, we are able to bridge the conductive gap your gloves create between you and your device. The result? Amazing touch response along your entire hand and fingers and allows for precise control and unparalleled touch response of your touchscreen device – no matter which part of the glove you use.

HOW THEY ARE MADE:
Conductive yarns along entire hand – not just the tips, Constructed with thermally insulated layers for warmth, Anti-Slip grip keeps a secure hold of your device ,Soft brushed interior for comfort and added protection. – glidergloves.com

I received a pair of winter Glider Gloves in size medium. They fit me and Jordan perfectly, he borrowed them quite a few times to take to school to be able to use after school on his walks home after hanging out at friends houses. He was able to call me and text me with ease, and stay warm which is something that is a huge issue for most everyone when its Winter and cell phones are concerned.

Want to see how easy it is to text while wearing them? Jordan, my model for this post, was texting his dad this morning in the first real snow fall we’ve had (and its still going) try doing this with normal gloves, doesn’t happen. It was -12C (which is 10.4F according to my conversion calculator online folks!)

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If you live anywhere that has snow or even gets cold these would be great gloves for you! Especially if you like to be able to use your phone. These would make a really great gift idea too. These Winter Style gloves retail for $29.99.

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Comfortable, Stylish and they work Glider Gloves are hands down the best gloves for winter to protect your hands and be able to use them! I’ve tried many other gloves and if you want to be able to use your phone and keep your hands warm even in -5C weather, these are the gloves for you! Make sure you select the proper size when buying as these fit me just perfectly, if I would have went with a small they wouldn’t have fit and large would have been way too big.

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Fabulous Gift Ideas For Babies Under 1!

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Over the past 11 years of being a mom I’ve grown to love products new and old. So I thought it would be fun to put together some of my most favorite items I used during the first year of Justin’s life. I know it’s easy and nice to get babies clothes, sleepers and  stuff that like but why not get something they may use more than once before out growing? I know once I finally got all my baby clothes together, and gifts from others I had so many clothes, outfits, single pieces that I didn’t even get to use. No one wants that. So if you aren’t sure what to get someone and you really want to buy an outfit – that’s fine too!

But, here are a few alternative items I absolutely loved and some of which I even reviewed here on Six Time Mommy over the last year!

1. Mayapple Baby Teethers: These are incredible. I received both the ABC teethers and Suri and Friends teethers from Mayapple Baby back in February 2014. Justin still uses these teethers to this day (and hes 15 months old) so while I do recommend getting these when a baby is under 1 as they start teething they are good until any age to suck on, play with and tote around!

2. Baby Shusher: The Baby Shusher is one of those genius ideas that when you see it you think to yourself “Hmmm I wish I would have created that!” because it’s so good. I reviewed the Baby Shusher back in January 2014 and we used it for a good few months. It’s small and can go with you anywhere!

3. Aden+Anais Swaddles: I discovered these swaddles before I got pregnant with Justin. I had started collecting them and by the time he was born I had over 40. I haven’t reviewed these however I used them daily for the first year of Justin’s life and still do. The older kids even love to use them on the couch to watch tv. So these you can get for a baby under 1, but also older is fine too and they last a good while.

4. Kael+Kaed Baltic Amber Necklaces: I’ve been using these necklaces from Kael+Kaed for just over 2 years now. Jayden, Jackson and Justin wear them. We haven’t dealt with cranky teething pains, or restlessness since having the necklaces on. I recommend for babies 4 months and up. If its real amber, it will work. Kael+Kaed is my go to for all of my Amber and Hazelwood needs! I did post a review back in January 2014 however the necklace I did review was purchased by myself.

5. SleepBelt: I received the SleepBelt to review back in February 2014 Justin was a little bit too big for the SleepBelt but we did use it quite a bit as he is a huge snuggler and avid breastfeeder. It made being able to cuddle, nurse and soothe him much easier while also tending to the other kids when it came to reading, homework and cuddles with them as well!

6. Oball: This is a huge favorite of Justin. I received and reviewed an Oball Obounce Activity Centre, and although he still loves going in it and jumping around he also likes to detach the Oball and play with it. It’s one of his absolute favorite toys. It won’t break, it isn’t too hard and it can fit right in your bag or in the stroller with baby for on the go! Justin loves toting it around when we are out and about!

I am quite confident any of these items would make a perfect first year gift. Most even last until well after the baby is over a year old. Which is a huge plus. These are just a few of my favorite items that left a great, lasting impression on me and have helped us enormously.

My kids also love dancing, and any toy that plays music. danelectro anyone? Maybe I will do another post at some point with musical and educational toys too!

What is one gift you got or gave to a baby for a 1st Christmas that was memorable?

Tushy Tote & Dropper Stopper By Sister Chic Review

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The Tushy Tote is a diaper and wipe tote! Perfect for on the go mom’s and dads! I personally hate taking diaper bags with me anywhere anymore, probably because I haven’t found one I really prefer yet but that’s a whole other story. I like taking smaller bags and totes like the Tushie Tote with me when I go places because I usually bring one or two kids with me so I won’t need a huge diaper bag and I’m never gone very long so one or two diapers is all that is needed.

This trendy diaper and wipe case is perfect for moms-on-the-go! The clutch design opens wide and has an expandable bottom to fit all of moms diaper duty essientials. It can remain nice and thin in a purse or expand to fit all the needed goodies and be worn as a wristlet, keeping the hands free for baby. The tushy tote is machine washable, has a wipeable lining and a large inside pocket. This is a mommy must-have and a welcome break heavy diaper bag.” – tushy tote

The Tushie Tote is the perfect size I can fit 2 stuffed cloth diapers and my zip pouch of cloth wipes in the bottom. I also can keep my keys and slide my cell phone in to it as well with no fear of it getting stuck or falling out. It’s the perfect size. If you use cloth or disposable this would be a great and I assume you could fit up to 4-6 disposables in here as well!

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There is even a wristlet so you can be hands free while carrying it, and there is also velcro to keep it closed up tight!

There are lots of different patterns to choose from I received Groovy Guitars. You can purchase and  check out the patters here.

The Dropper Stopper is AMAZING. This has saved us a few scream sessions when we have been out and about. Justin thinks its a game to throw or drop his toys, or his favorite cup! So now when he does this it won’t hit the ground, he can pull it back up and still be able to play with the toy or drink his drink. It’s truly fantastic.

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You attach one side to the toy and the other to the stroller. I also attached mine to my carrier when babywearing, and it worked like a charm. When using it with a cup, use the other side and do the same thing. It’s pretty great and can attach to a wide range of things.

“Simply Wrap it, Snap it and say Goodbye to the Pick up Game!”

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With it’s patented design, Dropper Stopper chic prevents dropped baby items from ever hitting the floor. Made with flexible material, one end wraps around strollers, high chairs and baby carriers while the opposite end secures sippy cups, bottles, toys and more! Simply wrap it, snap it and say goodbye to the dropping game!- dropperstopper.com

The Tushy Tote retails for $17.99  ||  The Dropper Stopper retails for $13.00

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was given this product complimentary to review. However all opinions are mine and 100% true.