Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Potty Training

What do  big boys do?  Come on, I know you know the answer.  That's right--they go in the potty chair!

I've been dreading potty training Gilead for some time.  Who hasn't heard how hard little boys are to train?  A number of people have told not to even bother until he was three.  But I just couldn't do it.  Three?  Another year in diapers?  So, I took a deep breath, made sure we were equipped with big boy undies, treats, and sticker, and we dove in.

And guess what?  He took to it like a natural.  Less than a week, and we could call him trained.  We're two weeks in now, and the only time we've had to change his pants is days is if he has a bit of an "aiming" issue.  Otherwise, he's one dry boy.

Thumbs up for filling up his first potty chart with stickers!

Celebratory ice cream.  I've become a big fan of giving the siblings treats, too.  Mercy became Gilead's biggest cheer leader in no time flat!

We're all very proud of him.  He's definitely not a "little guy" anymore!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Baking, Yeast, and Costco

Needless to say, I bake.  A lot.  Being gluten-free necessitates a lot of baking if you want food that tastes good and won't break the bank.  However, since we live very rurally, even basic ingredient costs, like yeast, can get very pricey very fast.  

I know couponers who don't buy memberships to places like Costco because they can do better if they combine their coupons and specials just right.  However, when you live as far out as we do, buying the subscription to the paper for the coupons doesn't pay for itself very well since we're rarely anyplace we can use said coupons.  It is much more affordable to make one HUGE shopping trip every three or four months to someplace like Costco.

And, I just discovered that the cost of yeast alone pays for our membership.  Everything else is savings. 

The 4 oz. jar pictured above (not in a three pack), goes for about $5.50 locally.

I just paid $3.99 for this 32 oz. package at Costco.  That comes out to $44 for that much yeast if purchased locally.  A membership is $40.  

This makes me happy.  What do you like to buy at Costco for less than you can find locally?  Or, if you live where most everything is local, what is still worth the price of the membership?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Carry Me, Please Giveaway!

Welcome to the Carry Me Please giveaway! Babywearing can be a wonderful time for both mom (or dad) and baby! For some it is a necessity for others it is just a way of life. For what ever reason you wear your little one, you should be able to do it in style!

We've loved the ability to wear our children during family outings that would otherwise be nearly impossible.  We recently spent a day in Seattle, with our 2 and 3 year olds in a double stroller and our 8 month old in our Ergo carrier.  I'm not sure how we could have done it otherwise!

Tailor Made Momma has put together and amazing giveaway and is offering up the winner choice of an Ergo or Pikkolo baby carrier!
This giveaway is open to the US and Canada and will end on May 26th!
Don't forget to come back and get your daily entries in!

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Bright Starts Ultimate Baby Collection Giveaway!

Welcome to the Bright Starts Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway!

Bright Starts and Mom to Bed by 8, the Iowa-Mom have teamed to offer an amazing Bright Starts Sunnyside Safari Collection giveaway to one lucky reader!
This includes the Sunnyside Safari™ Chair Top High Chair, Playard, Plug in Sway & Swing, Portable Swing and Saucer making this truly the Ultimate Baby Shower Gift.
Special thank you to the wonderful bloggers who made this possible including our co-hosts: To Sew with Love, The Lucky Ladybug and Mom Blog Society.

Quality gear can make such a difference when it comes to having a safe place to put baby down--especially when there are older siblings or pets running around!  We have a bouncer by Bright Starts, and all of our babies have spent time there happily playing while I've accomplished some things around the house.  This collection contains everything a parent needs for baby in an adorable gender neutral design.

Big smiles and bright adventures go hand in hand in this exciting, fun-filled collection!
Take a walk on the sunny side-where baby gear goes together in delightful new ways. It's a win for infants and parents alike, with irresistable jungle characters adorning an array of fun coordinated products you'll use every day. Each piece of the collection does its job charmingly, with non-stop fun at an unbeatable value.
The Bright Starts Sunnyside Collection is available at Wal-Mart!

Sunnyside Safari™ Chair Top High Chair

A good high chair is a must for moms, and Bright Starts™ Sunnyside Safari™ Chair Top High Chair is as good as they come! It does what a full-sized model does and more, adjusting to four different heights (and nearly any table), reclining to three positions, and converting to a booster seat for smooth transition to the toddler years.
The reversible seat pad is made of stain-resistant fabric you can wipe clean or machine-wash. The removable Stay Level Tray™ remains flat even when the seat is reclining. All this, plus the friendly characters of the Sunnyside Safari™ Collection. Make mealtime and snack time more enjoyable for baby and you. Start the fun with Bright Starts!™

Product Features:
  • Convenient 2 piece reversible seat pad is made of stain resistant fabric that is wipeable and machine washable
  • 4 height positions to fit most table sizes
  • 3 position recline
  • Removable Stay Level Tray™ remains level even when seat is reclined
  • 3 locking positions to grow with baby
  • Built-in holders are convenient for drinks or snacks
  • Converts to booster for easy toddler transition
  • 5 point convertible safety harness

Sunnyside Safari™ Playard
A bright, sunny place for baby to rest, play, get a quick diaper change and spend a few moments with some friendly jungle pals! That's the Bright Starts™ Sunnyside Safari™ Playard. This playard includes a removable bassinet with our time-saving One Less Step™ feature for easy fold-and-go mobility.
There's a convenient changing table, a handy side storage pocket, easy-roll wheels, a travel bag, plus a colorful toy bar to delight baby. And like all Bright Starts™ products, this playard is an unbeatable value. Part of our coordinated Sunnyside Safari™ Collection. Start the fun with Bright Starts!™

Product Features:
  • Removable bassinet with One Less Step™ to quickly fold and go
  • Convenient changing table
  • Toy bar with 2 fun toys
  • Side storage pocket
  • Wheels for easy portability
  • Includes travel bag

Sunnyside Safari™ Plug in Sway & Swing™
Some swings go back and forth. Some go side to side. This one does both—and does it with music, toys, and delightful jungle style. With a seat designed for 180° rotation, allowing three swing directions, the Bright Starts™ Sunnyside Safari™ Plug in Sway & Swing™ uses our unique TrueSpeed™ technology to sense baby's weight and adjust for consistent speed—so it grows along with baby.
The swing also boasts a volume-adjustable 20 minutes of melodies and nature sounds, an overhead mobile—even an AC adaptor to save on battery expense. And it features the fun and engaging characters of the Sunnyside Safari™ Collection. Start the fun with Bright Starts!™

Product Features:
  • Seat rotates 180° for 3 swing directions
  • TrueSpeed™ technology maintains 6 speeds as baby grows
  • Mobiles with 2 playtime toys easily pivots out of the way
  • 20 minutes of melodies and nature sounds with volume control and auto shut-off
  • AC adaptor saves money on batteries
  • Swing time with 3 settings: 30, 45 and 60 minutes
  • Whisper Quiet™ operation
  • 5 point harness
  • Machine washable seat pad
  • Non-slip feet

Sunnyside Safari™ Portable Swing
Find baby's favorite speed with this innovative portable swing. The Bright Starts™ Sunnyside Safari™ Portable Swing is a win for parents and babies—from its machine-washable padded seat right down to its bright yellow, non-slip feet. With six distinct speeds to choose from, you'll find it easy to suit your little one's mood—and our patented TrueSpeed™ technology keeps those speeds consistent even as baby grows.
The Comfort Recline™ seat gives you a choice of two positions, and WhisperQuiet™ operation makes this swing silent in use. Wrap it all up in the super-fun animal decor and you've got a perfect travel companion. Part of Bright Starts™’ Sunnyside Safari™ Collection. Start the fun with Bright Starts!™

  • TrueSpeed™ Technology maintains 6 speeds as baby grows
  • Comfort Recline™ seat with 2 positions
  • Whisper Quiet™ operation
  • Easily folds for storage or travel
  • 5 point harness
  • Machine washable seat pad
  • Non-slip feet

Sunnyside Safari™ Saucer
This is where babies go for serious fun. A Walmart exclusive, the 7-activity Bright Starts™ Sunnyside Safari™ Saucer offers entertainment options galore—and a lighthearted jungle theme with fun characters you'll adore.
The seat rotates a full 360° for endless interaction with the activity stations. Twin overhead toy arms provide even more entertainment options. And the three different height positions make this one saucer your baby won't soon outgrow. Four link loops mean still more toys can be attached. Part of the Sunnyside Safari™ Collection, this saucer will quickly become a family favorite. Start the fun with Bright Starts!™

Product Features:
  • 3 adjustable height positions allows entertainer to grow with baby
  • Seat rotates 360° for nonstop interaction with 7 activity stations
  • 2 overhead toy bar arms with mirror, hanging toy and fabric crinkle leaves
  • Hanging elephant toy
  • Bendy giraffe teething stalk
  • Bead chaser with easy to grip textured beads
  • Lion popper with spiraling beads
  • Rotating ladybug barrels with fun textures and beads
  • Rocking toucan on leaf stalk
  • 4 link loops for attaching more toys
  • Lays flat for storage
  • Built-in toy tray is easy to clean
Giveaway starts on May 7 at 12:01AM and ends May 28 at 11:59PM. Open to the US residents only; must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
Enter to win the Bright Starts Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway including the Sunnyside Safari Collection on the rafflecopter form below.
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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Gluten Free Motherhood is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Carry Me Please ErgoBaby Giveaway Sign Ups!

Tailor Made Momma is pleased to host the "Carry Me Please--Baby Wearing Event" with free blogger sign-ups.  This event will run May 12-26 and the winner will get to choose an Ergo or Pikkolo baby carrier of choice!

This event is free.  The only requirement is that you post about the sign-ups, and then post again when the event goes live.

So, head over to Tailor Made Momma and sign up today!