Tip{py} Tuesdays: Buy a Spare


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It’s inevitable, it will happen, be prepared; your child will at some point lose that one obscure object they can not live without… And it just happened to us.

Smh, you’d think after 3 kids, being a former nanny and former preschool teacher, I would be overly prepared for all the challenges my children can throw at me. But noooooo. Here I am on my phone in the car on our way home from a family play day on ebay, Amazon, Target and every other site I can scour looking for a freaking “baby”.

I found it luckily, but not without a cost. SB is almost two and so her must-have-can-not-live-without lovey comes at a high cost. It can no longer be found on store shelves. Sigh, as I press “checkout” and cringe at the obsorbinate amount I must pay; I think back to how we got here.

I thought I was prepared. I picked out the lovey she would carry around with her the rest of her life. It is a cute TY elephant; and I bought two at once. Following in the steps of her siblings, I thought this was the perfect (and matching!) lovey for her. Her brother still has his TY tiger and Diva can not breath if she can’t find her TY giraffe. It only made sense to “keep it in the family”. But you can never prepare for them to be independent and make their own choices at such a early age. At 3 months old she made her choice. It was this scary looking security blanket with a piglet head.

Sorry, but those types of blankets scare me. I don’t understand why children fall in love with a blanket with a head on it. Creeeepppyyy! But, she bonded with it and never had it out of her sight since; until yesterday.

Hubs and I keep going back and forth; parenting fail? We always tell our kids their babies must stay in the car. We warn them they could get lost, stole and be mistaken for stealing (yes, it has happened). However, we figured she was in a stroller and really had no chance of losing it. But as soon as we loaded SB into the car we knew.

So lesson learned. We as parents need to stick to the rules we make. We make mistakes too; and now it’s costing us $20 to fix it. As soon as you realize what lovey they have attached themselves to, buy an extra!

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Tip{py} Tuesday – Clean that Purse Out


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I recently decided to change up a few things in my life; my purse. I’ve never been a big shoe girl, but I love having a nice purse. Since I tend to use them for years before getting a new one, I rarely clean it out. 

My normal is becoming a little to big as my life needs have changed and evolved. Hubs refers to it as the land craft carrier. So I downsized to a more manageable size for a while. It’s amazing how now all a sudden my arm is falling asleep as I carry my bag. Maybe it was a little to big. 

So while switching from one purse to the other, I ran into a wide range of items I didn’t need. Including size 2 diapers (she is 24 pounds!) and a pacifier (SB never used one). 

So here’s a little tip- while switching purses clean then out! Throw away the stuff you no longer need. An even better idea? Change purses more frequently to help escalate the need to keep a clean purse. Also gives you a great reason to get a new purse 🙂

Tricare and Therapy Thursdays – Rubber Bands on Steroids


It’s has been a busy, yet productive, week in our house! I love these weeks and the weather makes it so much more enjoyable since I did a lot of running around. Rain boots clash with most of my outfits 🙂 Im always loving this weather in paradise. Also this week Bug started back to school!

Grades 1-5 started back on the 12, but our little wee ones did some small transition days into the classroom this week and start back next week full time. I am smiling ear to ear!

Bug, like most ASD kids, thrive on structure and he was thrilled Tuesday when he got to go to school. He asked to go yesterday and had a rough day when I told him he has to wait another day.

But then my mommy mind started buzzing with new thoughts about making sure my little bug was taken care of when I’m not with him. New school year means a new teacher. And Bug has a IEP and has a few tools he gets in the classroom. I know he isn’t even back to school full time, but I didn’t see any of his tools there are Tuesday.

One of the great tools we employ at school and home is the exercise band. It sounds so simple because it is. It helps his focus so much. Sadly, the one at home broke, but they are only a few bucks at Walmart.

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The exercise band is a simple massive rubber band. They use them in physical therapy and for working out. They are easy to take with you, easy to install and easy to use.

Bugs OT simple tied one between the chair legs on his seat at home. The OT at school did the same on his desk chair. It simple provides the user with a other way to focus their physical energy on something without taking away from their learning environment.

There are different resistances which is great as your child grows. And when they snap (think rubber bands) they are easy to replace.

Bug is able to concentrate more on his school work or task at hand because he can spend his physical energy flicking the band with his feet; which keeps his hands and mind more focused.

Sock Basket


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excuse the mess

While Hubs was gone on a extended work assignment, I knew I would not be able to keep up with the entire household and kids. So I gave up a few things in order to keep my sanity. One was the laundry. Yes, I washed our clothes; but I didn’t fold them. Please don’t judge. But if you really think about it, after you put your nicely folded clothes in your kids drawers; do they ever stay folded? Mine don’t, and I didn’t want to spend a year stressing over it. Even folded, Diva tells me she has nothing to wear, so in a basket fresh out of the dryer clean clothes went. Each kid had their own basket and knew where it was in the laundry room. So if they couldn’t find anything in their drawers (yes, I would get a crazy hair up my butt and sometimes fold clothes they were instructed to put away), off to the laundry room I would send them. However, we still ran into the common sock monster problem. No one could find socks. Luckily where we live, they are rarely needed, as we always wear sandals But on the occasional PE day we would be in a mad panic to find socks. So I made a fourth pile. After after Hubs returned he liked the idea, and we kept it. So I introduce to you – sock basket. All socks for every member of this family go into this basket. During laundry time, we match them and keep them here. And here they stay. Luckily for us the door to the garage (which we use most often and where our shoes are kept) is in the laundry room. So it is easy for us to grab a pair of socks, get dressed and out the door we go. We still have to occasional stay sock and have since discovered that SB likes to wander in the laundry room to play with the socks, but we manage pretty well with having a basket of socks handy by the door. Saves time in the morning and frustration for mom and dad.