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Save Money – Price Match at Target with the Amazon App!

I recently learned about the Krazy Coupon Lady. I think it was through a share on Facebook, and one of their videos grabbed my attention – that you can price match at Target using the Amazon app.

You read that right! It’s as easy as scanning a product at Target with your Amazon app.

Unfortunately I somehow lost the receipt between the store and home, but I did go online to get a screen grab to show you the difference:

At Target, the Disney Elena of Avalor Guitar was $29.99, the same as online (see below). The Lego Super Heroes Kryptonite Interception was actually $24.99 in the store (what?!?! different price in store vs. online?!?!)


At Amazon, I was able to use the Amazon App to search for the specific item on Amazon. Here are some screen shots of my phone, just as an example. You click on the magnifying glass and it accesses your camera. Then you can capture either the front of the item, or scan the barcode (which worked better for me).

After that, Amazon pulls up some options and you can select the one that looks like the closest match.

On Amazon, the guitar was $5 less, and compared to the in-store price, the Legos were $2 cheaper! That’s $7 savings!!!

I just took my items and went to customer service, told them I wanted to price match, and they looked up the items and confirmed. VOILA! $7 savings for an extra 5 minutes of my time!

(Target will price match their online price as well – so it’s worth checking out Target online as well.)

Check out other tips on the Krazy Coupon Lady’s website. They have some great tips, even for those of us who aren’t extreme couponers, (I consider myself a lazy couponer) you can save some money fast!

Happy shopping!

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Lip Shield by Rodan & Fields Review

Check out my latest video and review, this time of Rodan & Field’s Lip Shield! I don’t know about you, but this time of year my lips are SUPER dry and cracked. R&F’s Lip Shield to the rescue! (Not to mention it smells fan.tas.tic)

 

Here is a link to the product page on R&F, it’s totally worth it this time of year!

 

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Valentine’s Day Manicure

I’ve decided to re-invigorate my Jamberry business, while also trying out some fun apps for taking videos. Check out my application video below, showing some adorable Jamberry nail wraps.

 

For a better look at the wraps I applied, see below:

HearthsAGlow

(Click on the image to go directly to that page in Jamberry)

Here is a link to see the adorable Valentine’s Day wraps Jamberry offers.

And another link to their “Wear Red” campaign, which also would look great for Valentine’s Day.

**Note: Order by February 7 to ensure Valentine’s Day delivery in the Continental USA**

Finally, check out my facebook Jamberry page. I’ve got a special offer going on that you won’t want to miss!

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Aha! Moment of the Week… Punishment vs. Earning Rewards

How I turned the tables on discipline in our house

I have found that I have one major thought or breakthrough each week. My “Aha!” moment. (Often times they occur when I’m in the car, driving  to/from meetings for work) I thought I might start a regular post with my “Aha!” moment in hopes that others may also find this useful to them.

This week, my “Aha!” moment relates to discipline in our household. We have made the choice to use “time out” and loss of priviledges as most of our tools for discipline. j is particularly strong-willed. As a 6 year old girl, “time outs” don’t work as well for us anymore. She is starting to show a teen-age like attitude, and is always ready with an argument for why she was disobedient (or in our household, “not being a good listener”).

I have found myself moving away from “time out” to losing priviledges, to losing more and more priviledges. “No tablet this morning.” or “Your [insert favorite toy] is going on the refrigerator until tomorrow morning.” or “No going to the swimming pool today.” I would then start with one priviledge loss, and if no improvement in attitude, I would add another, and another until she totally escalated into a screaming, blubbering mess. It just wasn’t working for us.

I looked at several pins on Pinterest that talk about creating logical consequences as discipline, but in the moment, I never can seem to think of an appropriate consequence. (Do check out my Pinterest board about parenting. It’s called “Mommy,” in keeping with Tinker Tailor Mommy Wife…)

I then stumbled on the idea of changing the orientation of priviledges. I wish I could find that website or blog post, but unfortunately I can’t find it now. I do know that I like the idea proposed, which says that priviledges should be EARNED, not seen as an entitlement or assumed. I started doing a combination of things, meaning I would first give j up to 3 warnings (in keeping with our 1, 2, 3 timeout history) and then she loses a priviledge. If she continues with an attitude or whatever she had been doing (or not doing), she has to earn back that priviledge. It has been pretty amazing. It seemed to click with her. She now looks for ways she can “be a good listener” and ways she can help do other things around the house to earn back the priviledge. For example, she dusted my bedroom the other day, totally on her own.

I also decided to create a chart system for j, because it seems to help her visually. I have also found that if I see that an attitude is coming, if I remind her of her chart, or even have her color in one of her “circles” her attitude totally changes for the better.

Here is a picture of j’s two charts on our fridge. One is her “chore chart” that I purchased on Etsy (more on that in a moment), and the second is her reward chart (also purchased on Etsy).

Reward Charts to Improve Behavior

 

The chart on the left (see a close up below) I purchased from Etsy. It’s an editable file so I can change the chores she is supposed to do, depending on what we are having issues with. Right now the issues are around getting ready for school without complaining/whining, and going to bed and staying in bed, so you will see those items listed. I also added two “Caught you being a good listener” ones so when she does something without being asked, totally on her own, or if she shows kindness to others, she will get to color in one of those circles.

Chore Chart reward system for good behavior

She is only allowed to watch tv/use her tablet if she gets 5 circles colored in the previous day. Her immediate reward is getting to color in a circle for getting something done. Her short term reward is getting tv/tablet time the next day. Then we have a “BIG” reward she has to earn over about a month…

Chore Chart reward system for good behavior

The chart above is her big reward chart that I purchased from Etsy. It’s not editable, but that works fine because I can just write in the reward she decides she wants to work for. When she gets at least 5 circles in a day, she can color in a “big circle” which gets her closer to getting her current big reward of a whiffer sniffer and a locket. I chose a chart that had 21 circles because I am aiming for one reward/month and I thought this would give her enough opportunities for good days and the occasional bad day to keep her interested. We’ll see if 21 circles is the right number for us right now…

I haven’t gone to the extreme of saying she gets no priviledges until she earns them, it’s a kind of compromise that is working for our family. I hope it can work for you too! Let me know what you think, and how you handle discipline in your household…

~B

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Cloth Diapers for Bigger Babies or Children

Cloth Diapers for Big Babies/Children

Since I started my cloth diaper journey rather late (my son was 2), I had to find diapers big enough to fit my him. I belong to a few cloth diaper groups, and fairly regularly see posts about “How can I find cloth diapers to fit my large baby/special needs child?” So… I decided to write a post about that very topic. It can be so frustrating to know where to turn when you have a larger baby or a child who is not potty trained for whatever reason.

Here’s my cloth diapering journey…

I never considered cloth diapers for my daughter. I work full time and thought it would be too much work. My daughter didn’t have sensitive skin, so there was really no reason for me to make a change.

Then my son was born… And after a reasonable 7.14 lbs at birth, he grew exponentially (thankfully AFTER he was born!!). He has been in the 95th+ percentile for height and weight since his 2 month checkup. b also has sensitive skin. So we went the sensitive skin disposable option. It worked great for us until he grew out of all of the disposable sensitive skin options. (We used Pampers Sensitives and Honest Company diapers, in case inquiring minds wanted to know…)

Wait, let me back up a minute. b was always a heavy wetter at night. Toward the end of our disposable night time diaper experience, I was putting 2 sensitive pullups and a booster pad, all inside of waterproof diaper pants. And he was STILL soaking wet in the morning. So I turned to cloth diapers for overnight. I posted about Motherease Bedwetters in January, explaining how much I like them and how absorbent they are. That was our first foray into cloth diapers… when b was around 2 1/2.

Once b hit 3, he was too big for the sensitive diaper options during the day (he was the size of a 5 year old). We tried the medical supply route, and found some diapers that while hugely expensive, actually fit well. The problem was that he would break out in a rash. Every company I called said their larger diapers were ok for sensitive skin, but for us that wasn’t true. I finally broke down and started looking into cloth diapers. (a note about potty training b: I know many of you are probably saying “why don’t you just potty train him?! He’s old enough to be trained!” Not really. b is a little slower than his counterparts in school. He doesn’t transition well to new things. He wasn’t ready, and I felt that it was better to let him go at his own pace. It turns out that in December he was ready and he actually potty trained very easily. I truly believe it was because I let him decide when he was ready.)

Larger Cloth Diapers That Worked For Us:

Applecheeks

Cloth diapers for special needs children

These ended up being my favorite option. They have a size 3 diaper that fit b well. They were an envelope or pocket style of diaper, where you can put inserts inside to increase the absorbency. Since b was a VERY heavy wetter, there was plenty of room for inserts and we were able to go about 2 hours between diaper changes. (for us, that was a great amount of time) Applecheeks are a bit pricey (usually around $25 each), but I washed them every day and was able to make do with 6 Applecheeks plus some of the other diapers I had purchased. If you are ok with purchasing cloth diapers second hand, there is a facebook group devoted to buying/selling/trading Applecheeks only: Applecheeks For Sale Or Trade Only. It’s a private group, so you will have to request to join. You can get some gently used, less expensive Applecheeks there. And once you are done with your diapers, you can sell them again – – getting at least some of your money back! (as long as you take good care of them)

Happy Flute

Cloth Diapers for Big BabiesCloth Diapers for big babies and children

These were probably my second favorite option. I bought them from Sophie’s List, and were less expensive (around $15.00) On this particular site, there were two closure options, snaps and velcro. The snaps were smaller, and while they fit b, they were a little on the tighter side so we didn’t keep them. The velcro ones were really nice as far as being easy to put on/take off. But that was also a problem, they were easy to take off. So b liked to do just that! Usually if I put his pants on right away he would leave them alone. But if I hesitated and kept him just in the diaper, they were off in a flash. The velcro ones were also much bigger. I would estimate that they could easily fit a 60 lb child, maybe even larger. Because they were velcro, though, I was able to get them to work for b at 45 lbs. They were also a pocket diaper and I could stuff them with several inserts to keep his clothes dry. The opening for the pocket is much smaller than Applecheeks, though, so stuffing was a bit of a pain. The velcro option also came  with a huge insert that was pretty absorbent – an added bonus!

SuperUndies

Cloth diapers for special children

SuperUndies were probably my third favorite option. I used the snap-on trainer pants, which would be perfect for potty training. (They cost around $20 each) As a larger diaper, they worked, although the pocket in them wasn’t quite as generous and the “waterproofness” only extended to the colored portion of the diaper. The white part in front is more of a stretchy material and isn’t lined. This can be particularly troublesome for boys because of where their “wet zone” is. If your larger baby/child isn’t a super heavy wetter, these would be fine. There is also a bedwetter option which I hear is FANTASTIC. I haven’t tried them, but am considering it for our nighttime solution. They have a lining throughout the diaper, so they may work better as a “real” diaper option.

Other Options for Larger Cloth Diapers

I haven’t tried any of the following cloth diaper options, but have seen them recommended on various facebook groups:

  • Rearz – Youth Suitable Cloth Diapers
  • Bummis – When I look on their site I don’t see any really large diapers, the largest looks like it’s for around 40 lbs, but maybe that’s what you are looking for… And several people recommend them for larger diapers. Maybe I’m just missing it…
  • SnapEZ Stuffable Briefs
  • Alva – People rave about Alva because they are very reasonably priced (like around $7 each) and I see some “trainers” on their website which may work for larger babies/children. Their site isn’t very user friendly, though, and it’s hard for me to determine what might fit. Here is a link to another page for “big babies” listed as up to 3 1/2. On this post, you can see pics of the fit that I found helpful…
  • Squishy Tushy – these go up to adult, and the in between sizes as well.

Inserts for Added Absorbency

I mentioned earlier about “stuffing” or adding inserts for extra absorbency. There are a ton of options available for this purpose, and while I ended up having my own favorites (flour sack towels, charcoal bamboo inserts, microfiber inserts) I have never done a thorough test of the various inserts (also called “doublers”) but have found a few blog posts that did do some tests. They are below:

Cloth Diapers at Daycare

We were very fortunate that our daycare was willing to use cloth diapers for b. They knew the difficult time we were having, and even though they had never been asked before, were willing to try them. I have heard some people say that some daycares will refuse to use cloth, citing state regulations as the reason. I always feel that being informed is best, so I found this website that has a link to state regulations about cloth diapering. I brought the regulations with me when I spoke with the daycare owner, which I think also allayed her fears.

Daycare Concern: Keeping Cloth Diapers “Sanitary”

I didn’t really see the concern about the sanitary nature of cloth diapers, but according to my state’s requirements, all diapers must be kept in an “individual, securely-tied plastic bag” which I provided (I used plastic bags from the grocery store). They just removed the diaper, put it in the bag, tied it, and placed it in the extra large wet bag that I provided each day. There really isn’t any more “exposure” to the nasty stuff from cloth diapers that the day care workers don’t already experience when changing disposable diapers. I would send in one wet bag with clean diapers, already stuffed and ready to go, and a second wet bag for the dirty diapers. Easy Peasy! Of course, if your state has different requirements, you should follow those. I washed my diapers every day to keep the number I needed down, and this system worked fine for me.

Cleaning Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapers for big babies and children

I won’t even begin to talk about cleaning cloth diapers. There is SO MUCH CONTROVERSY about this seemingly simple topic. I will share that I found success with Fluff Love University’s approach to cloth diapering and leave it at that. You do what you feel works for you 🙂

Selling Your Cloth Diapers

Did your little one FINALLY potty train? Giving up on the cloth diaper journey? Take comfort in knowing that you can re-sell your gently used diapers in tons of places. I have found that facebook has many, many groups for buying/selling/trading cloth diapers and the good news is that you can recoup some of your money (something you definitely can’t do with disposables).

 

I hope you found this post to be informative. What do you think? Have you had success with any of these larger diapers? Did I miss any?

~B

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